Casa San Ysidro Free Day and Frontier Life

July 3, 2014 by  
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Casa San Ysidro offers occasional free admission days with family-friendly activities.

Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults.

But on the Casa San Ysidro free day on Saturday July 12, everyone gets free admission from 1 – 4 pm. That means you can tour the house and gardens, and enjoy a family-friendly presentation to learn about frontier life.

At 2:30 pm, you can enjoy a family friendly program about the history of dogs in the Southwest and their role in Native communities will be presented by Dody Fugate, Curator of Archaeological Research Collections, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez-Minge House is located at 973 Old Church Road, Corrales.

–Tania


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Free Casa San Ysidro Holiday Celebration

December 4, 2013 by  
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Celebrate Noche de Luces at the historic Casa San Ysidro. It’s free for all the family on December 7, 2013.

Casa San Ysidro in Corrales is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and tours (only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults. In any case it’s closed during December and January. UNLESS….you get in the holiday spirit and join them for the free Casa San Ysidro Noche de Luces event this Saturday, December 7 from 5 – 8 pm.

Casa San Ysidro celebrates the holiday season by welcoming one and all to enjoy its decorations of farolitos and holiday greens. The free event includes a craft activity, a display of traditional New Mexican artifacts, and music by Breaking Blue in the grand sala.  They will also be serving hot cider and cookies. Tra-la-la! Wrap up warmly as much of the activity is outdoors.

Casa San Ysidro Noche de Luces celebration takes place:

  • When:  Saturday December 7, 2013
  • Time: 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Price: Free admission for all

Casa San Ysidro is located at 973 Old Church Road in Corrales.

–Tania

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Casa San Ysidro Free Day August 11 and Frontier Life

August 6, 2013 by  
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If you haven’t made it yet to the 2013 summer program of Casa San Ysidro free admission days on the second Sunday of the month, your last chance is coming up!

Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults.

But on the Casa San Ysidro free day on Sunday August 11, everyone gets free admission from 1 – 4 pm. That means you can tour the house and gardens, and enjoy a family-friendly presentation to learn about frontier life.

This Sunday August 11, 2013, from 1 – 4 pm, the Casa San Ysidro free program features demonstrations by a blacksmith and a hide-tanner. At 2:30 pm you can see a piece of living history as Edward Wallace gussies up in period costume and presents a Chautauqua-style portrayal of mountain man Jim Beckworth.

Beckworth was a real historical character who overcame slavery and established a life as a frontier hunter, trapper, guide, and hotel operator. (Hotel operator? I guess we’re resourceful here in New Mexico and always have been!) Edward Wallace will tell us all about it in his performance of “From Slave to Super Star.”

Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez-Minge House is located at 973 Old Church Road, Corrales.

–Tania

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Casa San Ysidro Free Days

July 9, 2013 by  
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This new summer program of Casa San Ysidro free admission days offers family fun and activities on the second Sunday of the month.

Casa San Ysidro in Corrales is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults.

But with this new summer series of Casa San Ysidro free days on the second Sunday of July and August 2013, everyone gets free admission from 1 – 4 pm. That means you can tour the house and gardens, and enjoy the family-friendly program or presentation offered on each afternoon.

This Sunday July 14, 2013, from 1 – 4 pm, the Casa San Ysidro free program features the art of the blacksmith with Gary Williams, a blacksmith from Corrales. He’ll be demonstrating traditional metal working in the forge, to give an idea of the kinds of skills used to create the Spanish Colonial ironwork at Casa San Ysidro. He’ll also tell stories about blacksmiths in the past, and how they crafted all the essential items for people living on the frontier where iron was scarce, including agricultural tools and chains.

If you miss this Casa San Ysidro free event, the final second Sunday date for 2013 will be on August 11, so you can pop that on your calendar instead.

Casa San Ysidro The Gutiérrez-Minge House is located at 973 Old Church Road, Corrales.

–Tania

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Casa San Ysidro Free Days

June 6, 2013 by  
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A new summer program of Casa San Ysidro free admission days offers family fun and activities on the second Sunday of the month.

Casa San Ysidro in Corrales is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults.

But with this new summer series of Casa San Ysidro free days on the second Sunday of June, July and August 2013, everyone gets free admission from 1 – 4 pm. That means you can tour the house and gardens, and enjoy the family-friendly program or presentation offered on each afternoon.

This Sunday June 9, 2013, from 1 – 4 pm, the Casa San Ysidro free program focuses on the life of the historic Spanish buffalo hunter, or cibolero. Check out traditional tools and a tanned buffalo hide, and see a Chautauqua or living history presentation at 2:30 pm.

The presenters are Manuel Lopez, playing a cibolero,and Larry Marken, portraying Old Bill Williams, a 19th century mountain man. Find out about their traditional clothing, equipment and life on the colonial frontier! Should be fun for kids, huh?

If you miss this Casa San Ysidro free event, the remaining second Sunday dates for 2013 are July 14 and August 11.

Casa San Ysidro The Gutiérrez-Minge House is located at 973 Old Church Road, Corrales.

–Tania

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Corrales Heritage Day 2013

May 13, 2013 by  
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Looking for some weekend fun?  Good, because Casa San Ysidro and Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales celebrate Corrales Heritage Day 2013 on May 18  from 10  am to 4 pm.

Casa San Ysidro is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults.

But on Corrales Heritage Day Saturday May 18 you can visit Casa San Ysidro for free, and check out the period rooms in this historic house. You can also see demonstrations of blacksmithing in the forge, spinning, weaving, bread baking in the horno, and other traditional occupations. They’ve had sheep shearing in the past too and the event often includes critters to pet, perhaps a llama or a burro, plus children’s activities. I’ve very much enjoyed watching the blacksmithing here. It was fascinating and I walked away with a nail the smithie had just made. (He gave it to me. I didn’t just steal it!) Visitors may also browse the retablos, jewelry, and other arts and crafts at the traditional Arts Mercado.

Live entertainment includes:

  • Puppet show by Loren Kahn Puppet Theatre at 11 and 1 pm, presenting Floppo, the Spanish Frog Prince.
  • Frank McCulloch y Sus Amigos play New Mexican music at 3 p.m.
  • Watch a burro packing demonstration at 12 noon and 2 pm, when Ron and Pat Rundstrom with their faithful burros show how the early pioneers packed their burros for adventure!

At the Old San Ysidro Church you can watch a video of Heart of the Village: a History of the Old San Ysidro Church and see other historic photos and exhibits of the Corrales Historical Society. They also have kids’ activities like making tin ornaments.

Did we mention that it’s all FREE admission to this historical extravaganza?

–Tania

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Free and Cheap Things To Do In Albuquerque This Weekend

October 5, 2012 by  
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It’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta time (hurrah!) but there are plenty of free Albuquerque events this weekend too.  We’ve mentioned some of them before, but if you’re looking for free entertainment, free things to do with the kids, or other easy-on-the-budget ways to spend the weekend, here are our top picks of free and cheap places to go and things to do on October 6 and 7, 2012. 

Saturday October 6

Free Home Depot workshop for kids aged 5 – 12 from 9 am to noon to make a Fire Truck. (From 10-11 am parents can also join a free fire-safety workshop to make a fire prevention plan for the home.)

Big Top Chocolate Festival at the Balloon Museum from 7 am to 4 pm. Get 40% Off Adult Tickets making them $6 each when you buy tickets online in advance using the promo code Chocolate – the discount only works on adult one-day tickets.  Otherwise, admission is $10 for adults (aged 13+), $1 for kids aged 4-12, and free for tots aged 3 and under. This includes entry to the Balloon Museum where there will also be live entertainment, and parking is free from 10 am – 2 pm, outside the busy Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta hours.  If you pay on the door take cash – they’ll add a $2 per ticket fee to any credit card payments.

Kirkland’s Grand Opening on Saturday and Sunday at the Coronado Center includes a free personalized design consultations with interior designer Deborah Smith from 1 – 4 pm both days. Take floor plans or photos of the rooms you’re decorating. They’ve also got some giveaways. (More info at our previous post.)

Author Karen Baldwin Meet & Greet from 12 noon to 1:30 pm at Barnes & Noble in the Coronado Center. I have to declare favoritism here, as New Mexico writer Karen Baldwin wrote her wonderful book Ruby’s World while taking one of my writing seminars so I know how good it is! Karen was recently appointed American Ambassador to the Rural Women’s Movement of South Africa. Go hear her read from Ruby’s World and say hi for me!

San Felipe de Neri Santero Market around Albuquerque Old Town Plaza from 9 am to 5 pm, with traditional Spanish religious arts, and music and dancing at the Gazebo. It’s all free – unless you buy something!

Albuquerque Grecian Festival offers all things Greek with live entertainment, cooking classes, Greek language classes, and (of course) food vendors. Admission is $5, or $2 for Seniors 62+, and free for kids under 12. It’s also free for police, fire, emergency, and military personnel. Find it at St George Greek Orthodox Church (308 High Street SE) on Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch is open through October 31. It’s a cute space and lovely for kids to play there, and admission is free from 9 am – 6:30 pm.  Find it at 4349 Irving Boulevard on Albuquerque’s Westside, on the corner of Eagle Ranch Road and Irving.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival runs all weekend. Save $1 on admission with this Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival coupon – regular admission is $7 for adults, free for kids aged under twelve.  Browse the arts, enjoy the entertainment, and children can create their own art in the Kids Creation Station. Hours are 9 am – 6 pm on Saturday.

Albuquerque Maize Maze with the 7-acre frog-themed corn maze is open on Saturday from 1o am – 9 pm.  Admission is $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under. However, here’s a  50% off Albuquerque Maize Maze admission deal at $7 for two people or $14 for four people, available via Groupon till Sunday, for a maze visit through October 14.

Wagner’s Farmland Experience corn maze and pumpkin patch in Corrales costs $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids aged 3-11. On Saturday they open from 9 am to 10 pm, and in the evening they host a night maze with a campfire. (Sunday is 9 am to 6 pm.)

Albuquerque Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show is free to visit this weekend, from 9 am to 5 pm both days at EXPO New Mexico Creative Arts Center.

Museums on Us program gives free admission this weekend to the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History when vistors show a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card and a photo ID. The offer is also at around 150 museums nationally. The free admission is only for the card holder, but Albuquerque Museum children’s admission aged 4 – 12 is only $1, and it’s free for kids under 3.

Tinkertown Museum is open daily until October 31, then it closes for the season. Right now you can get a 50% off Tinkertown Museum deal of Family Four Pack of four admissions for $7, at the link via SweetJack. FAQ’s say they’ll email your admissions certificate within 10 minutes of purchase.  Otherwise, admission is $3.50 for adults,  $3 for seniors aged 62+, and just $1 for kids aged 4 to 16. Tots aged 3 and under get in free. Hours are 9 am – 6 pm, seven days a week, with the last admission at 5:30 pm.  But go much earlier – you need at least an hour (two!) to explore this extravaganza of folk art by the late Ross Ward, including a model circus, a miniature Wild West town that stretches the length of a room, animated wood-carved figures, and arcade-style wonders such as Esmerelda the fortune teller.  These and an amazing collection of American ephemera are housed in a rambling building constructed from over 50,000 glass bottles.  Head to the highlands and Tinkertown Museum, on the road to Sandia Crest off Highway 14 (the Turquoise Trail).

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2012 You might have heard of this event 😉 The evening session starts at 5:45 pm, with the Twilight Twinkle Glow and the launch of the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race, followed by the fantastic fireworks!  Admission is $8, and kids aged 12 and under go free.

Free Star Party from 6 pm to 10 pm, by The Albuquerque Astronomical Society at the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center. Study to the heavens with the astronomers’ telescopes, get a green laser guided tour of the night sky, and hear talks on amateur astronomy and asteroids.

Poesía de México Free Performance at 7 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in the Wells Fargo Auditorium. The trilingual Náhuatl, Spanish, and English production with music presents 500 years’ worth of Mexico’s best poetry. Although the event is free, reservations are recommended (505-724-4743). The production repeats on Sunday at 2:30 pm.

It’s the Zuni Pueblo Fall Festival this weekend, October 6-7,  if you’re in the mood for a day trip (about 150 miles west of Albuquerque via I-40). Expect traditional dances, a human and horse relay race, and a horseshoe tournament.

Sunday October 7

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta The Dawn Patrol is at 5:45 am, the Krispy Kreme Morning Glow at 6:30 am, then the morning mass ascension takes to the skies at 7 am.  (Arrive good and early! Basically don’t go to bed the night before…) That’s followed by the Fiesta of Wheels Car Show. The evening session starts at 5:45 pm with the Balloon Glow, followed once again by fireworks. Admission is $8, and kids aged 12 and under go free.

Big Top Chocolate Festival at the Balloon Museum from 7 am to 4 pm. Get 40% Off Adult Tickets making them $6 each when you buy one-day adult tickets online in advance using the promo code: Chocolate.  Otherwise it’s $10 for adults (aged 13+), $1 for kids aged 4-12, and free for tots aged 3 and under.  Other details are the same as in the Saturday mention of this event, above.

Rio Grande Nature Center Nature Walks A bird walk at 8:30 am and another naturalist-led tour at 1 pm through the bosque. The walk is free, just pay the park admission fee of $3 per vehicle at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW.

Poesía de México Free Performance at 2:30 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in the Wells Fargo Auditorium. Although the event is free, reservations are recommended (505-724-4743). See the Saturday show above for more details.

San Felipe de Neri Santero Market around Old Town Plaza continues, from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday, with traditional Spanish religious arts and live entertainment. New Mexico santero Adan Carriaga gives a lecture at 12:30 pm at the San Felipe church.

A ChamberCHOPS Free Concert at 2 pm on Sunday includes Mozart’s Serenade No. 11. ChamberCHOPS is the Chamber Music Cooperative of the Southwest and while admission is free, they accept donations. The concert is at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Boulevard NE. Find any updates on the Chamberchops Facebook page.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is free to New Mexico residents on the first Sunday of every month. That means this week – Sunday October 7. Take your New Mexico ID. From 11 am – 3 pm it’s Meet The Experts Day with behind-the-scenes insights from curators and staff in the museum atrium

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival continues. Save $1 on admission with this Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival coupon (Print one coupon per person.) Regular admission is $7 for adults, free for kids aged under twelve.   Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday and other details are as per the Saturday mention above.

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest is open to all from 9 am to 4 pm, for hiking and wildlife-spotting, and viewing the sun with solar telescopes! A presentation on Family Nature Mapping is at 10 am.  This property is usually closed to the public, you can only visit on the first Sunday of the month.

Albuquerque Maize Maze is open from 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday. See the Saturday mention above for details and how to get 50% off tickets.  

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission for all on Sundays from 9 am – 1 pm.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum also offers free admission on Sundays, from 10 am – 5 pm

Coronado State Monument Admission is free on Sundays for New Mexico residents with ID.

Hope you find some cheap or free Albuquerque fun in there to enjoy your weekend!

–Tania. There are some affiliate links in this post.

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Corrales Heritage Day 2012

May 15, 2012 by  
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Looking for some weekend fun?  Good, because Casa San Ysidro and Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales celebrate Corrales Heritage Day 2012 on Saturday, May 19  from 10  am to 4 pm.

Casa San Ysidro is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and tours (usually only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults.

But on Corrales Heritage Day Saturday May 19 you can visit Casa San Ysidro for free, and also see demonstrations of blacksmithing, weaving, sheep shearing, bread baking in the horno, and tortilla making, as well as traditional diversions like papel picado. They’ll have live music, and they often have critters to pet, perhaps a llama or a burro, plus children’s activities. I saw the blacksmithing here last year, and it was fascinating. The blacksmith gave me a nail he’d just made. Now, if only I had a hammer…

At the Old San Ysidro Church you can view  exhibits on the Alameda Land Grant, and other historic photos, archives, and exhibits of the Corrales Historical Society, and they also have kids’ activities like making tin ornaments and other arts projects. At 11 am, the chef, author, and cooking teacher Jane Butel will give an illustrated talk on the Culinary History of the Rio Grande.

Did we mention that it’s all FREE admission to this historical extravaganza?

–Tania

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Amateur Radio Kids Day: January 8

January 7, 2012 by  
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A chance for kids to try out amateur radio on Sunday, January 8, 2012.

In the old, old days when I was a kid, back before anyone invented cell phones, Twitter,  and Facebook, I was always intrigued by those ham radio people who could mysteriously communicate with each other.  Today, ham radio is more properly known as amateur radio, and this Sunday, January 8, the Amateur Radio Relay League Kids Day gives young people (licensed or not) the chance to try out Amateur Radio.

In conjunction with ARRL Kids Day, the High Desert Amateur Radio Club of New Mexico will be set up on Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm at the Darling Tribes School in Corrales for young people to have fun getting on-the-air experience, talking with other kids, and learning about the hobby from veteran ham radio operators.

It’s free to join in, and the Darling Tribes School is located at 3650 Corrales Road, Corrales.

–Tania. Thanks to Carolyn at Wichita on the Cheap for alerting us to the existence of ARRL Kids Day!

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Free Casa San Ysidro Holiday Celebration

November 27, 2011 by  
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Celebrate Noche de Luces at the historic Casa. It’s  free for all the family on December 3, 2011.

Casa San Ysidro in Corrales is part of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and tours (only offered on specified dates/times) generally cost $4 for adults. In any case it’s closed during December and January. UNLESS….you get in the holiday spirit and join them for the free Casa San Ysidro Noche de Luces event this Saturday, December 3 from 5 – 8 pm.

Casa San Ysidro celebrates the holiday season by flinging its doors open and inviting one and all to enjoy its decorations of farolitos and holiday greens. The free event includes ornament making and carol singing round the bonfire. Tra-la-la!

Casa San Ysidro Noche de Luces celebration takes place:

  • When:  Saturday December 3, 2011
  • Time: 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Price: Free admission for all

Casa San Ysidro is located at 973 Old Church Road in Corrales.

–Tania

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