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Watch as Mary Ann Orate and I discuss Baile de Cascarones!

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March 30, 2010 Posted by | Baile de los Cascarones | Leave a comment

Book signing at Cosmetic Artistry

I woke up Saturday morning and there were large flakes of snow falling to the ground. I love the snow and we definitely need it, but it’s not a good sign if you have an event planned for the day.  I scrambled to drive up north for the book signing in Santa Fe.  Actually, the roads were clear as I drove up.  When I arrived in the City Different , the sun started to shine and warm up the day.  It was perfect!

Signing Books

Several friends and family members came by Cosmetic Artistry to buy a book and have them signed by me, Socorro Aragón (my mother and the book’s Spanish Translator), and George Gonzales (my uncle and the book’s other Spanish Translator).  It was the first time we had done this together.

My Helpers

As you can tell, this project has been a family affair.  Special thanks to Michelle Marmion and Dora Anaya (my sisters who own the shop), AJ Anaya (my nephew who handled the money), Miranda Anaya and Socorro Ojeda (who assisted with the crowds).  Here are some pictures of everyone who came.  Thank you all!

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March 26, 2010 Posted by | Baile de los Cascarones, Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Every once in a while, I’ll hear my peers complain about the younger generation…“they’re lazy, distracted, unreliable, and spoiled.” That may describe some young people, but certainly not Brittany Marmion. 25-year-old Brittany is a shining example of a young woman who works hard and plays by the rules.

Brittany graduated from Nursing School at the Santa Fe Community College in December with a 3.7 Grade Point Average. She was chosen to represent her class and speak at the Pinning Ceremony. A month later, she aced her Nursing test and earned her license as a Registered Nurse. Her journey to reach this milestone hasn’t been easy, but Brittany wouldn’t have it any other way. She thrives on challenges.

After graduation from Santa Fe High School, Brittany attended the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. Her brother, J.D., also went to NMMI. The disciplined culture of the military shaped her life and gave her an impeccable work ethic. She went on to join the U.S. Air Force Reserves where she is a Staff Sergeant and has received extensive training as a medic.

In between college and the Reserves, Brittany has worked as a nursing assistant at Christus Saint Vincent and a phlebotomist for Tricore Reference Laboratory in Santa Fe. Now she’s looking for a full time nursing job. Continue reading

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Brittany Marmion, Santa Fe Hometown News | | Leave a comment

Children’s Book Honors Santa Fe Tradition

There is an incredible amount of satisfaction and pride when you actually make your dreams come true. Fifteen years ago, a light bulb went on in my head as I returned from one of my favorite family traditions, the annual Baile de los Cascarones. As the confetti shook free from my hair, I thought I should write a bilingual children’s book about this fun tradition to pass on to future generations.

On March 1, 2010, “Dance of the Eggshells/Baile de los Cascarones” by Carla Aragón was finally released. It is an absolute thrill to see it in a bookstore and to know I reached a lofty goal.

The story is about a young brother and sister who visit their grandparents in Santa Fe for Spring break. Skeptical at first, they join the preparations for the post Easter celebration of the Baile de los Cascarones (Dance of the Eggshells) – a family oriented dance with cascarones or confetti filled eggshells and traditional folk dances. People ask one another to dance by breaking a cascarón over their partner’s head. The conflict and sibling rivalry between the main characters is resolved through the activities of the dance itself. The brother gets carried away with cracking cascarones on people’s heads, but is embarrassed during the Baile de la Escoba or The Broom Dance, in which the only person caught without a partner has to dance with a broom. He is saved from embarrassment by his sister. The grandparents introduce the kids to a cultural tradition that engages them in unexpected and powerful ways. Continue reading

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Baile de los Cascarones, Santa Fe Hometown News | | Leave a comment