We anticipate the series attracting international as well as local audiences interested in the dynamic culture, unusual locations and unique stories of life in New Mexico.  It should also attract the interest of “cultural creatives” and the younger generation committed to transforming our world.  Ultimately, we hope to draw a “cult following” inspired by the show’s innovative design and offbeat nature.
Four essential intentions of this project are: 1) to create an ongoing vehicle for creative collaboration and development of those involved in the cinematic arts in New Mexico (its modular structure encourages inclusion of short films by many local filmmakers), 2) to provide a forum for stories about New Mexico as well as stories that inspire viewers towards more effective and fulfilling expressions in their lives and communities, 3) to promote greater understanding of the culture and issues of New Mexico, and 4) to boost tourism and business activity within New Mexico with the website becoming a “go to” destination for information about the state and the “Enchanted Café Train Adventure” becoming a notable attraction.
John Meade, creator / writer / producer, has been a film location scout-manager, production manager and assistant director for over 30 years with experience in all formats of the film and television business.  He has also been a producer of concerts & theatrical productions, community events and multi-media conferences with a focus on inspiring community interaction, social evolution and personal transformation.  A well respected networker with extensive connections into diverse circles in New Mexico, John is looking forward to weaving together a rich and adventurous tapestry of people, places and stories for the episodes of this show.  Additionally and relevant to this project, John was the owner of The Planet Cafe, a natural foods restaurant and community events venue in Santa Fe (see the Other Business page of this website).  Raquel Lopez, writer / production designer, grew up in New Mexico in a family that has lived in the area for generations.  She has been writing all her life and has worked as a costume designer and art director for countless festivals and events in the western USA, most notably for major camps at Burning Man and Santa Fe's 2016 Unify Fest.
Copyright © 2018 by John Paulding Meade.  All rights reserved.
A more detailed project outline, creative treatment and script are available for those interested in collaboration.


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There are currently over 700 newsletter subscribers in Santa Fe, 80 in  ABQ and 100 in Taos with a typical open rate of around 30% among Santa Fe subscribers which is apparently far above average for email newsletters.  It is also posted on the Enchanted Cafe and my personal Facebook Pages with over 1000 local friends where it is read by many non-subscribers and forwarded on a friend's email list of several hundred local subscribers.

Submissions to the newsletter may be made on a donation basis - there is a somewhat similar service offered in ABQ in terms of its audience and number of subscribers that asks $15/listing/issue.  These may be made via check payable to John Meade mailed to the address above or via PayPal to  Notices are posted chronologically among other events through the week of the event or the end date specified, particularly for ongoing programs.

Submissions should preferably be a letter or legal size "bulletin board flyer", in vertical format to achieve the largest size, visually attractive (include a great photo, image and graphic design) without too much text, in JPG format, about 300KB - 1MB in size and emailed to the address below with "Enchanted Cafe Submission" in the subject line.  If you would like a working website or email address link included for easy access to more information about your event or to contact you, also include these so they can be copied and posted in an additional small text block under your flyer image.
Questions or newsletter submissions: 
John Meade,, (505) 982-9950.


We are working on setting up a directory on this website for ongoing programs, classes and services that will be linked from the weekly newsletter.  To be included, please email your website or facebook page along with your contact information and a one-line description of what you are offering.

An unconventional entertaining and informative weekly show that follows the lives of the colorful characters at an offbeat café and ventures into unique corners of New Mexico.
ENCHANTED CAFÉ will be a weekly TV series created and produced by a cinematic arts collective of independent filmmakers in New Mexico analogous to the creative structure involved in the development of Meow Wolf's renowned immersive installation, "House of Eternal Return", in Santa Fe.  Rousing conversations and activities of the quirky characters who frequent a magical village café, will lead viewers into inspiring stories and adventures about unique people, places and events in New Mexico that convey the essence of The Land of Enchantment.
This original, mixed-format show blending reality and fiction might be described as a New Mexico version of a cross between the popular TV series, “Cheers” and “Northern Exposure”, with some of the enchanting qualities of the films, “Bagdad Café” and “The Milagro Beanfield War”, interwoven with magical reality TV-styled adventures as in Anthony Bourdain’s CNN series, “Parts Unknown”, curious documentary vignettes as in Andrei Codrescu’s feature, “Road Scholar”, and an occasional music video or musical montage.  These segments will highlight intriguing NM personalities, adventures to unique events and places, the complex culture and colorful history of this state, and exemplary ideas in business, technology, public service, social organization, well-being and the arts as well as reflect on challenging local issues with a transformative perspective.

The principal location for the series is planned for the historic Legal Tender Saloon (, in Lamy, NM, an offbeat little Northern New Mexico village just 18 miles southeast of Santa Fe.  Built in 1881 as a general store, the building houses the Lamy Railroad and History Museum (open for tours by appointment) and the saloon, parlor, ballroom and kitchen which have primarily been rented for special events over its recent history.  The village has only one church that is not in operation, a classic train station used minimally for twice daily Amtrak service, several old train cars on railway sidings and a wonderful assortment of authentic New Mexican homes making it a perfect setting for this show.

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An aspiring writer, escaping the trauma of her childhood home in a stolen truck, breaks down in an obscure New Mexican village and discovers a new family in an enchanting café.
Angela, an independent, spirited mid-western farm girl in her early 20s, escapes the trauma of her childhood home following the death of her mother by stealing her Step-Dad's pick-up truck.  Her spirit lightens as she heads west through New Mexico until her truck breaks down in a remote village.  Having no cell service, Angela searches for assistance and wanders into an unusual café.  She gradually finds herself entranced by Rosita, the sweet but dynamic proprietor, an intriguing cast of characters and a quirky traveling circus, and is transformed from a stranded runaway to a most welcome member of this unexpected family.

The TV series’ website will be created as a blog written by the series’ lead character and aspiring writer, Angela, which will include more information and related web-links on the stories and issues referenced in each episode.  It will also include a calendar of NM events, programs and classes (an evolution of the Enchanted Cafe Bulletin Board noted above) and a directory of NM products and services, often highlighted in the show.

A Collaborative, Multi-faceted, Creative Commercial Venture

We are seeking a small team of innovative, community-minded entrepreneurs to develop and manage a unique commercial collaborative of synergistic businesses including a natural cafe & bar, events space, gallery/boutique, museum and gardens as well as the primary filming location for the "Enchanted Café" TV series.  The goal of this mixed-use venture is to create a community gathering spot that draws a lively, multi-cultural crowd of Santa Fe area residents and visitors who seek opportunities to connect with others for celebration, personal & community inspiration and creative collaboration.
The cornerstone business will be the Enchanted Café offering a broad, locally inspired menu to attract a wide range of clientele along with the added focus on healthy organic produce, hormone & antibiotic-free meats and gluten-free / vegetarian / vegan options.  Beverage offerings might include smoothies, healing elixirs, kombucha, mate, hard cider as well as beer & wine.  The existing large commercial kitchen, saloon/bar and dining/ballroom at the Legal Tender will serve this operation well.  Additionally, there is an outdoor terrace that would benefit the café during the warmer months as well as exterior grounds for gardens to grow produce and herbs.
The front parlor of the Legal Tender could be used as a boutique and mini general store to sell arts and crafts as well as foods and wares from New Mexico.  Some art and décor for sale could also be displayed on the walls of the café to enhance the inspiring quality of the establishment.  The large open areas around the train station nearby could lend themselves to outdoor events and offer the perfect base camp for the film production.
We will prioritize the Enchanted Café becoming a model business in the sustainable practices that are incorporated into its various activities, including energy conservation, use of local, organic and environmentally friendly products, minimal use of paper goods, recycling and composting in our gardens.  We will seek to install skylights for more natural lighting and solar panels at the rear of the building or on the roof to provide all the power needs of our operations as funds can be made available.
The Enchanted Café is envisioned as a collaborative venture structured to allow financial autonomy of the separate businesses involved through the leasing arrangements with a non-profit entity as the master lessor of the property.  The non-profit status of the master lessor will encourage donations to support the mission of the project (see next section below) meanwhile supporting the activities under its umbrella.
As much as possible, we will solicit the loan of the establishment's décor and large interior plants from Santa Fe area businesses in exchange for marketing their services.  Likewise, we will seek to incorporate special local products and services into the café at discounted rates in exchange for publicity generated for them, particularly enhanced by the eventual television show exposure and its accompanying website.
We are seeking to furnish the space with a unique and fanciful collection of local furniture, carpets, art and décor in conjunction with the tribal flare of large colorful fabrics.  We anticipate having cultural theme days at the café and performance space when unique menus and entertainment will be offered to draw a more specific clientele from the local community - such themes might include Latin, Native American, Cowboy and Asian.

The Enchanted Café is envisioned as a progressive crossroads of Northern New Mexico culture and an essential facility for bringing the Santa Fe area's conscious community together as an "antidote" for the challenges of our times.  We seek to expand the palette of our clientele in the broadest sense and the overall mission of this project is to foster inter-cultural understanding and appreciation, collaborative creative expression and personal / community well-being.

An entertaining and informative train adventure to the Enchanted Café TV series set at the historic Legal Tender Saloon in Lamy, NM.

The Enchanted Café Train Adventure will be a unique, immersive experience of New Mexico, guiding participants on an old train on the Santa Fe Southern Railway ( - "tourist" train service is currently suspended) from Santa Fe to the village of Lamy, a landmark stop on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway and Santa Fe's Amtrak depot.  Here they will visit the historic Legal Tender Saloon (,, film location for the "Enchanted Café" TV series, tour the Lamy Railroad and History Museum which is housed in a back room of this building and enjoy a wonderful locally inspired meal served by a restaurateur in the vein of La Cocina de Balam (  Throughout the journey, participants will be treated to informative presentations on New Mexico's dynamic history, culture and contemporary issues and inspiring music and performances from the region coordinated by musician / historian, Michael Coombs (, also featured in the Creative Startups video below), and others.

This project is essentially a reincarnation and weaving of several independent businesses inspired by the Enchanted Café TV series now in development, to convey the essence of the heart and soul of the Land of Enchantment.  It is also an answer to countless requests to revive the train, open the Legal Tender for meals and increase visitation to the museum that honors the significant history of Santa Fe's railroad.  It promises to be a great asset to tourism and business in New Mexico.

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