September Theme Day: Curiosities

September Theme Day:  Curiosities

Cottonwood Madonna – Virgin of the Tree

Supposedly, Toby Avila who was a parish member of San Felipe de Neri, Albuquerque’s oldest Catholic parish, carved the image of the Virgin de Guadalupe into a cottonwood tree. It is one of the hidden treasures of Old Town. The carving sometimes appears to change so people wonder if it is haunted but it just reflects the condition of the tree.

Mr. Avila was part of the Korean conflict and promised that if he returned home safely he would create an image of the Virgin de Guadalupe to show his gratitude. He worked on this project for a year and he died two days after it was finished. He still had blue paint on his hands as he was lying in repose.

Nosh Jewish Delicatessen & Bakery

Nosh Jewish Delicatessen & BakeryI was pleasantly surprised to actually find a place here in Albuquerque, Nosh Jewish Delicatessen & Bakery, selling a Delish Knish – A house made potato knish. I have to say they were amazing. A little different than the knishes that I am used to from NY. in that the covering was a flakey pastry.

I will definitely be going back to Nosh’s to try some of their other menu items like the Potato Latkes or maybe the Noodle Kugel. I have not had Noodle Kugel in 30 years.

According to Nosh’s website: If you can’t say something nice, say it in Yiddish!!  So, Hot a gutn tog!  (Have a Nice Day!)

Dan’s Boots and Saddles

Dan's Boots and SaddlesI have not been in Dan’s for quite a few years now but I used to love to go in and just look at EVERYTHING while they were getting my order together. I like horses but never really had the opportunity to ride or take care of a horse. I remember looking at the saddles at Dan’s and they were beautiful.

The Hope Center

The Hope CenterI’m not really sure what The Hope Center is and I couldn’t find any information about it but I know it has something to do with St. Martin’s Hospitality Center.  St. Martin’s Hospitality Center mission, according to their website, To assist homeless and near homeless people by providing resources, opportunities and HOPE.  

The plaque on the turquoise wall reads:

“Honoring and recognizing
how the Staff and Volunteers of
St. Martin’s Hospitality Center
make Hope possible.”

Rev. Fr. Rusty Smith & Mr. Scott Reiber