Storytelling by the Fire with Cherie Burns
Our Weekly Travel Blog this week features Asia Golden, General Manager of Palacio de Marquesa:
Taos is a place and space for stories including stories of the mountain, of the Pueblo, the Spanish, the Pioneers, and the souls searching for the meaning of life. Everyone originally born in Taos or transplanted to Taos has a story full of joy, sorrow, intrigue, and love. Living in such a profoundly inspiring multi-cultural community and landscape, you can’t help but create magic every day.
As Palacio De Marquesa and Heritage Inspirations realized the Artists’ stories need to be told. We decided to have a weekly series through December telling those stories by the fireplace here at Palacio. Our second week features Cherie Burns, author of Seeking Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers. Palacio honors Millicent with two rooms named after her.
Cherie Burns started coming to Taos in 2003 and settling full time in 2005. The author of three non fiction books including Great Hurricane 1938, Step Motherhood How to Survive without feeling frustrated left out or Wicked and Searching for Beauty The life of Millicent Rogers. She was visiting the Millicent Rogers Museum and was studying the photographs of Millicent and realized there was more to the story than a collection of Native Art. She never anticipated writing this story but Millicent’s energy was bubbling over and her extraordinary life was waiting to be heard.
Below is an excerpt from Cherie’s book describing Millicent’s whirlwind life:
Nobody knew how to live the high life like Millicent Rogers. Born into luxury, she lived in a whirl of beautiful homes, European vacations, exquisite clothing and handsome men. In Searching for Beauty, Cherie Burns chronicles Rogers’s glittering life from her days as a young girl afflicted with rheumatic fever to her debutante debut and her brilliant social trajectory in wartime Washington and postwar Hollywood. A rebellious icon of the age, she eloped with a penniless baron, danced tangos in European nightclubs, divorced, remarried and romanced, among others, Ian Fleming and Clark Gable. Her romantic conquests, though, paled in comparison to her triumph in the fashion world where she electrified the fashionistas by becoming the muse to designer Charles James, appearing in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. In the late forties she retreated to Taos, New Mexico where she found a new spiritual life and popularized Southwestern style.
It is in Taos where Millicent who mirrored the 20th century in her fashion, her inventive nature, to her men came to Taos and found a freedom that she did not have elsewhere. She became enchanted with the landscape and the “noble savage” and soaked it into her soul and her spirit soared with a joy not conceived elsewhere. While she was a fashion icon in the rest country, she was a woman seeking herself in the wind swept raw high desert of Taos with the colors of the landscape influencing her fashion and design. She constantly sought the beauty of being. While her life in Taos was short, she came in 1946 and died here in 1953, she made a lasting impact on the Taos community which Cherie will share with you Friday evening. Cherie honors Millicent through her dedicated research and inspiring writing style.
Cherie is a delightful, engaging person who immediately captures you in her natural storytelling manner with her beautiful flowing voice with inflections that leave you wanting to know more. Angelisa and I are very pleased that she accepted our invitation to speak Friday evening! Please join us. You can sign up by calling Angelisa at 575.779.5516. We have a special local rate! We can’t wait to enjoy this special evening with you! From 4:30 to 5:30 local musical talent Omar Rane will play classical guitar…and, wow, the acoustics of Palacio are amazing. Story telling is from 5:30 until dinner at 6:30! And just maybe we will have more stories to tell after dancing with Millicent for an evening.