Sandia Green Chile Festival: September 16

September 11, 2012 by  
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The Sandia Green Chile Festival is hot to trot for its debut on September 16. Perhaps it will provide a definitive answer to the eternal “red or green?” question – at least it would if the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum and Peralta chile growers O’Hare Serna Farms have anything to do with it!

The first Sandia Green Chile Festival gets hot under the collar at the Balloon Museum on Sunday September 16, 2012, from 11 am to 7 pm.  There’s a great line-up of entertainment, plus cooking demonstrations, chile and farming exhibits, and a KidsZone with jumpers and face painting.  As you’d expect of a festival dedicated to all things green chile, they’ll be roasting green chile for sale and you’ll find chile-themed food as well as beer from Albuquerque microbreweries to wash it all down.

Admission is $7 for adults and free for kids aged 12 and under.

The press release I received doesn’t give a full schedule of events and what’s happening when, so I guess it’s a case of turn up and smell the chiles. But entertainment includes some very popular performers, including Le Chat Lunatique, The Squash Blossom Boys, The Buckarettes, Jeez la Weez, Felix y los Gatos, and Racine Kreyol.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

If you JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH chile – and of course you can’t – check out Saturday’s Old Town Salsa Fiesta too.

–Tania


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ABQ Concert Band Free Concert & Stories in the Night Sky: Aug 8

August 6, 2012 by  
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This is the last in this summer’s series of free concerts and evening stories at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, so if you haven’t got out for one yet, now’s your chance!  

The Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and the Balloon Museum does a pretty good job of entertaining us all too :-) Put the two together and you’ve got a recipe for a pretty delicious evening with the concert band PLUS Stories in the Night Sky. And it’s all free!

This Wednesday August 8, 2012, the Balloon Museum hosts Stories in the Night Sky at 6 pm, followed by an Albuquerque Concert Band concert.

Admission is free, and the Stories in the Sky segment gives us ‘Stories and Poems with a Beat’, featuring storyteller Laurie Magovern, Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy, and percussionist Ken Smith.

The Stories in the Night Sky segment will run from 6 – 7 pm. The Albuquerque Concert Band concerts will run from 7 – 8 pm.

You’re also welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. (Welcome? You couldn’t stop me!) Of course, you can also go just for the concert or just for the stories.  It’s all free so what the heck?

The band usually plays a variety of music from big band classics to Scottish dances and rousing symphonic marches, and no doubt people will be having a dance, so don’t be shy to strut your stuff.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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Free Concert ABQ Concert Band & Stories in the Night Sky: July 25

July 23, 2012 by  
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The Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum does a pretty good job of entertaining us all too :-) Put the two together and you’ve got a recipe for some pretty delicious evenings with the concert band PLUS Stories in the Night Sky. And it’s all free!

This Wednesday July 25, 2012, the Balloon Museum hosts Stories in the Night Sky at 6 pm, followed by an Albuquerque Concert Band concert at 7 pm.

Admission is free, and the Stories in the Sky segment features storyteller Laurie Magovern and music from Susie Tallman and Friends. You’re also welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. (Welcome? You couldn’t stop me!) Of course, you can also go just for the concert or just for the stories.  It’s all free so what the heck?

The Stories in the Night Sky segment will run from 6 – 7 pm. The Albuquerque Concert Band concerts will run from 7 – 8 pm.

This is the second-to-last evening in the summer 2012 series of Albuquerque Concert Band free concerts and Stories in the Night Sky at the Balloon Museum. After July 25, the final date will be August 8.

The band usually plays a variety of music from big band classics to Scottish dances and rousing symphonic marches, and no doubt people will be having a dance, so don’t be shy to strut your stuff.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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ABQ Concert Band Free Concert & Stories in the Night Sky: June 27

June 25, 2012 by  
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The Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum does a pretty good job of entertaining us all too :-) Put the two together and you’ve got a recipe for some pretty delicious evenings with the concert band PLUS Stories in the Night Sky. And it’s all free!

This Wednesday June 27, 2012, the Balloon Museum hosts Stories in the Night Sky at 6 pm, followed by an Albuquerque Concert Band concert.

Admission is free, and the Stories in the Sky segment features storyteller Laurie Magovern plus magic from guest performer Tall Paul’s Magic Show.

The Stories in the Night Sky segment will run from 6 – 7 pm. The Albuquerque Concert Band concerts will run from 7 – 8 pm.

You’re also welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. (Welcome? You couldn’t stop me!) Of course, you can also go just for the concert or just for the stories.  It’s all free so what the heck?

These are the next summer 2012 dates for Albuquerque Concert Band free concerts and Stories in the Night Sky featuring different guest performers each time. They’re all on Wednesdays at the Balloon Museum:

  • June 27
  • July 11
  • July 25
  • August 8

The band usually plays a variety of music from big band classics to Scottish dances and rousing symphonic marches, and no doubt people will be having a dance, so don’t be shy to strut your stuff.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Concert Band Free Concerts and Stories Too!

June 5, 2012 by  
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The Albuquerque Concert Band has been entertaining Albuquerque for more than 40 years, and I so love this band and the music they play! I also love the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum and the Stories in the Sky series. Put the two together and you’ve got a recipe for some pretty delicious evenings. Especially when they’re free! So here’s the heads-up to save the dates.

This summer’s series of Albuquerque Concert Band free concerts will all be held at the Balloon Museum. They’re combining the concerts with Stories in the Night Sky – I’ve told you about that fun storytelling program before, so if you haven’t got out to enjoy it yet, here’s your chance to do a double whammy. Stories in the Night Sky will feature special guests on these evenings, geared to all ages, so although the kids will love it, the adults should love it too. You’re also welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. (Welcome? You couldn’t stop me!)

The Stories in the Night Sky segment will run from 6 – 7 pm. The Albuquerque Concert Band concerts will run from 7 – 8 pm.

Of course, you can also go just for the concert or just for the stories.  It’s all free so what the heck?

These are the dates for summer 2012, they’re all on Wednesdays:

  • June 13
  • June 27
  • July 11
  • July 25
  • August 8

The band usually plays a variety of music from big band classics to Scottish dances and rousing symphonic marches, and no doubt people will be having a dance, so don’t be shy to strut your stuff.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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African Music & Dance Concert Free at Balloon Museum

May 17, 2012 by  
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Get free tickets to the African Music & Dance Extravaganza concert – book online in advance to guarantee your tickets

The African Music & Dance Extravaganza is a kick-off party and concert for Camp Mabina, and it’s happening on Friday May 25, 2012, at 12:30 pm at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

Camp Mabina is a gathering of musicians and dancers from Zimbabwe and the free concert is a side benefit for us, presented by AMP Concerts.  Sounds rather fun, doesn’t it? Shame it’s in the middle of the day, but if you’re working on May 25, maybe you can sneak over there in your lunch break.

The event is free to spectators, but reserve your free AMP Concert tickets online in advance.

–Tania

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Free and Cheap ABQ Annular Solar Eclipse Viewing

May 11, 2012 by  
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The 2012 annular eclipse of the sun is on its way, and Albuquerque is a prime spot to witness it.  If you haven’t heard about this rare celestial event yet, where have you been? On Mars?  Well, here’s the scoop, with my pick of the free and cheap annular eclipse viewing events on May 20…

An annular eclipse is a solar eclipse where the moon doesn’t cover the entire sun, but passes across the center to leave a bright ring around the sun’s circumference, so it looks like a ring of fire. (It burns, burns, burns…) The annular eclipse on May 20, 2012, will be the first one visible in mainland U.S.A. in nearly 18 years, and the next will be in October 2023.  Hey, I’ll remind you of that one nearer the time :-)

The 2012 annular eclipse in Albuquerque will start on Sunday May 20 at around 6:28 pm, and and all the really cool stuff happpens very quickly in the next four minutes after that.

Of course, we can view the solar eclipse by ourselves, without going to an event. But (serious danger alert!) we’re told that we must never look at the sun – including during the eclipse – without the appropriate protection measures or we’ll severely damage our eyes, guaranteed. This means using special solar viewing glasses or special pinhole cameras. Don’t look at the sun with the naked eye, and don’t use binoculars, a telescope, a camera or cell phone, either.

Don’t use anything except what the lovely people at The Albuquerque Astronomical Society tell us to use. They offer safety guidelines and information on the solar eclipse in Albuquerque, including how to make a pinhole camera.  The annular eclipse will be visible low on the western horizon in the vicinity of Mount Taylor, so if you can’t see Mount Taylor from your viewing spot, you’ll miss all the action.

The advantage of going to an event is that they’ll have the experts there with viewing gear… just to make life easier and safer. The ABQ Astronomical Society is going to be very busy, as they are everywhere. Some of these public viewings will be packed with eclipse-watchers, so arrive early, and check out the individual event links to see what equipment will be available, whether to take lawn chairs, and other details.

These all happen on Sunday May 20, 2012, seeing as the sun and the moon won’t give a repeat performance. In order of price from FREE to CHEAP:

Bernalillo County Free Solar Eclipse Event with The Albuquerque Astronomical Society and entertainment and education booths, starting at 2 pm at the Regional Recreation Complex near Mesa Del Sol. Parking is in the Hard Rock Casino Presents the Pavilion parking lot (formerly the Journal Pavilion) at 5601 University Boulevard, SE.

University of New Mexico Free Solar Eclipse Event at the UNM observatory parking lot, 1919 Lomas Blvd NE, with a presentation about the eclipse. Although admission is free, they’d rather like a $2 donation.

Albuquerque Balloon Museum Solar Eclipse Event is from 4 – 10 pm at the price of regular admission, and they’re throwing in free solar glasses while supplies last. The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will have telescopes projecting eclipse images on a giant LCD screen inside the museum - neat, huh? You can also make a pinhole camera and there will be kids’ activities, crafts, live music, and a climbing wall. After the eclipse they’ll screen the movie Contact, starring Jodi Foster, and filmed at the Very Large Array near Socorro. Admission to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is $4, or $3 for New Mexico residents (take your ID!) or $2 for seniors aged 65+, $1 for children 4 – 12, and free for kids aged 3 and under.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Solar Eclipse: A Nuclear View is the price of ordinary admission and they also provide free solar viewing glasses. Astronomers from The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will be on hand, and the event includes kids’ activities. It runs from 6 – 8 pm, and admission is $8 for adults or $7 for seniors 60+ , youth aged 6-17, and veterans. Active military and dependents pay $6, and kids 5 and under go free. Even if you don’t go watch the eclipse at the museum, you can buy eclipse viewing glasses in advance for $1 in the museum store.

These are the cheapest deals to view the eclipse as far as I can see from scouting around, but you can find info on other Albuquerque Annular Solar Eclipse events courtesy of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as educational events in advance of the day.

–Tania

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Balloon Museum Free Stories in the Night Sky

May 7, 2012 by  
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The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum runs its free Stories in the Night Sky program this Thursday.

The next Balloon Museum Stories in the Night Sky session is on Thursday May 10 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm with stories and music. Kids, don’t tell anyone because this part is secret, so I’ll whisper it very quietly: you can also make something for your mom, grandma, or anyone else you’d like to send love to on Mother’s Day, May 13. 

It’s a free event for all ages, and families are welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn before or after the stories – they’ll keep the grassy area open till 7:15.  Kids can also wear their PJ’s – super-cute for a pajama party!

If you miss that, the free Balloon Museum Stories in the Sky program takes place every Wednesday morning for kids aged 6 months to 6 years. There are two session times, from 9:30 to 10:15 am for the first session, and from 11 to 11:45 am for the second.

Admission to the museum during Stories in the Sky is free for both children and accompanying adults, and the fun for kids includes stories, songs, art, movement, and whatever else they might creatively think up each week, led by Curator of Education and storyteller, Laurie Magovern. You can hang out afterward to enjoy the whole museum — on the house!  That’s great for homeschoolers.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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New Mexico Children’s Fair

May 4, 2012 by  
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The New Mexico Children’s Fair, sometimes called the Albuquerque Children’s Fair, depending on who you’re listening to, takes place this weekend May 5 and 6, 2012, with plenty of family fun and activities.

The New Mexico Children’s Fair at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum isn’t free, but it’s the same low price as Balloon Museum admission, and it includes lots of stuff to do over the weekend. Entertainment and activities include:

  • Performances including music, dancers, and gymnastics
  • Free bicycle tune-ups if you take your bike
  • Old Town Gunslingers
  • See wolfs and wolf dogs, rattlesnakes, and birds
  • Climb a rock wall and play on jumpers
  • Storytellers, face-painting, balloon animals, and kids can plant seeds in containers to take home
  • Zumba session, hula hooping,  and strong man trials
  • A SWAT team, and firefighters simulating a kitchen fire to show kids how to escape from a burning room
  • A dog fashion show
  • Meet Orbit, the Albuquerque Isotopes mascot at 2 pm on Saturday May 5

Check out all the New Mexico Children’s Fair activities, and the entertainment schedule.

Balloon Museum admission covers much of the fun, although expect to pay extra for some activities – like the fundraiser Monster Truck rides ($5 donation in aid of UNM Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network) or get a bike helmet and decorate it with a $10 donation to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The usual Sunday morning Balloon Museum free admission hours were NOT in effect last year for this special event, and admission was charged at all times. I don’t know if that’s the same this year, but I’m just saying…

New Mexico Children’s Fair:

  • When: Saturday and Sunday May 5 and May 6, 2012
  • Time: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Where: Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
  • Price:  Adults:  $3. Seniors aged 65+:  $2. Children 4 – 12:  $1. Kids aged 3 and under get in free!

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is at 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE.

–Tania

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Balloon Museum Free Stories in the Sky & Stories in the Night Sky

April 11, 2012 by  
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The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum runs a weekly free Stories in the Sky program, and they’ve recently extended it, which is great to hear, as it’s a terrific freebie for parents and kids to enjoy the museum.

The Balloon Museum Stories in the Sky program takes place every Wednesday morning for kids aged 6 months to 6 years. After we mentioned this program in January, the museum said they had such a surge in attendance, they’re expanding the program by adding a new session. So the times are now from 9:30 to 10:15 am for the first session, and from 11 to 11:45 am for the second.

Admission to the museum is free for both children and accompanying adults, and the fun for kids includes stories, songs, art, movement, and whatever else they might creatively think up, led by Curator of Education and storyteller, Laurie Magovern. You can hang out afterward to enjoy the whole museum — on the house!  That’s great for homeschoolers.

On five dates this summer 2012, they’ll also hold an evening program of Stories in the Night Sky, with evening stories, entertainment, and a free concert by Albuquerque Concert Band.

The regular morning Stories in the Sky is free every Wednesday, except during Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta when the museum charges admission. In any case, it’s best to check what’s going on entertainment-wise during Balloon Fiesta, as we all know the fiesta brings its own special fun.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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