Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm…..
So, the summer has begun to wind down in Santa Fe after 3 longs weeks of almost constant celebrating between Indian Market, Labor Day, The BLU Crawl, The Burning of Zozobra and Festus. Each of these events draws tourists to Santa Fe year after year for art, history, partying, quite a bit of debauchery, at least in the past.
I have seen more than my share of unmentionable situations over these events in the last 14 years: some sad, some hysterical, and some beyond belief. But this year, something was different. All the same pieces to each festival was there, the bands, the booths, the music, and all. The bars and restaurants were busy. But something I had never experienced happened.
Needless to say with tens of thousands of tourists and locals attending all these celebrations, bar security and local enforcement was fattened up like a Christmas turkey, but for the most part, their presence was all that was needed. On a normal run like this in the past, I have been had to cut off or even shut down my bar because of the out-of-control rowdiness of guests. But this year there was only one time I had to ask someone to leave.
Maybe I was just lucky, but it got me thinking……
For well over twenty years now, bar professionals and alcohol companies, along with the media and general public have been pushing responsible imbibing. Has it finally begun to take a foothold? Are we in general being more aware of our consumption nad finding that booze is a great enhancer for a good time but doesn’t have to be the main attraction?
There is nothing wrong with a drink or two on a night out: even a few given that there is a plan in place including a way for everyone to get home safe. But this was the first time in my career that I really felt that everyone around was owning their actions and doing the right thing considering the city-wide party atmosphere for the past 3 weekends. I spoke with a relative that is a police officer here in Santa Fe and asked him what it was like around town. For the most part, he told me the same thing. Yes, there were a couple of situations, but nothing that the average weekend didn’t bring to the table. It was just another night with the addition of several thousand more people.
I hope I am right here. Parents, teachers, the media, liquor companies and hospitality pro’s keep it up!