Survival New Mexico: August 16-17

August 11, 2014 by  
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas asks how well we’d survive life in Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. Sometimes I wonder how good I am at surviving it right now in the 21st century, but certainly if you took away my fridge and I had to venture out hunter-gathering, I’d go hungry.

Hence the Survival: New Mexico weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe, caught my eye. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17, 2014, with activities for adults and kids on traditional skills, and some handy modern day outdoor survival skills too.

If you’re in the mood for a day trip, admission for the Survival New Mexico event is $8 for adults, $6 for teens aged 13-18, and free for kids aged 12 and under. Seniors aged 62+ pay $6.

Activities and talks include:

  • An archery and atlatl workshop to learn how to shoot
  • Learn how to make fire when you don’t have any matches to hand
  • Make mini adobe bricks
  • The art of fiber arts – before wool there was yucca
  • Black powder weaponry demonstration
  • Civil War medicine – just a talk, not practicing it on each other 😉
  • Wilderness first aid by the American Red Cross
  • How to make a wilderness shelter
  • Learn how to cook ginger bread in a Dutch oven, weave a survival bracelet, attend the leather craft workshop, or kids can make a felt snake
  • Backyard composting, harvesting honey, and food preservation

Plus flintknappers, mountain man survival stories, horno bread, and more. Some activities are only on one day, and you can see the full schedule at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas  events page.

Survival: New Mexico weekend:

  • When: August 16-17, 2014
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
  • Admission: $8 adults, or $6 for seniors (62+) and youth aged 13-18. Free for kids aged 12 and under

El Rancho de las Golondrinas directions to the living history museum on 200 pastoral acres just south of Santa Fe are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to find, off 1-25 exit 276. Take a left onto state road 599 and keep left. It’s well-signed and just a few minutes from that exit.

–Tania


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Rio Rancho Free Music Concerts

June 26, 2014 by  
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The Rio Rancho free music concerts series is in the swing for summer 2014, offering musical pleasure and any dancing you choose to do on Sunday evenings. They’ve some great acts on the schedule!

Rustle up a picnic and take blankets, lawn chairs or whatever other seating arrangement suits you (probably leave the La-Z-Boy at home) to the Rio Rancho free music concerts for summer 2014. They’re all on Sunday evenings through August 31 2014 and they all run from 6:30 -8 pm at the  Rotary Club Barbeque Pavilion in Haynes Park.

The kids can do their thang on the free fun jumps while you chill out listening to a nice mix of familiar and new performers. The Haynes Park music schedule at time of writing is:

  • June 29: The New Hit Squad
  • July 6: Twisted Mojo
  • July 13: Rio Rancho Jazz Band
  • July 20: Little Hawk
  • July 27: Flyin A’s
  • Aug. 3: St. Wolfe & Company
  • Aug. 10: The New Hit Squad
  • Aug. 17: St. Wolfe & Company
  • Aug. 24: Rio Rancho Concert and Jazz Bands
  • Aug. 31: Recurve

The Rio Rancho free music concerts are of course weather-permitting, at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard, Rio Rancho, opposite Intel.

–Tania

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$1 Off Admission to Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival Spring Show

March 5, 2014 by  
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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival spring show is coming up this weekend but don’t pay the full admission price… get $1 off using the coupon.

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be springing out at EXPO New Mexico from March 7 – 9, 2014.  Around 200 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking and painting to pottery and jewelry… and much more.

Kids can enjoy creating their own work of art at the Kids’ Creation Station, and naturally there will be food vendors to feed you everything from fajitas to gyros, plus specialty food items to buy from the culinary booths – and plenty of free samples! The festival also includes live entertainment, although at time of writing their website doesn’t give the entertainment schedule yet. Hmm, that’s strange, they usually have the line-up in place by now. But previous performers have included Syd Masters and the Swing Riders and Mariachi Fiesta Internacional, so expect some good grooves whoever is on the roster this year.

Regular adult admission is $7 or you can get a 3-day pass for $9, but save a buck by printing out the Festival’s $1 off admission coupon valid on either a one day ticket or the festival pass. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve.

If you use the $1 discount coupon, it’s good for one admission or pass only, so you need a coupon for each adult going to the show.

  • When: Friday March 7 through Sunday March 9, 2014
  • Times: 10 am – 5 pm

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival takes place at the EXPO New Mexico Manuel Lujan building. Be prepared to pay $5 for parking at the fairgrounds.

–Tania

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Return of the Sandhill Cranes Festival

November 14, 2013 by  
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The annual Return of the Sandhill Cranes celebration is back on November 16 and 17, 2013, offering plenty of free fun, including Tai Chi. (You do it with the cranes, although who knows if the cranes will join in?)

Albuquerque’s Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration this weekend at the Open Space Visitor Center gets us all in a flap on Saturday and Sunday November 16 – 17. It’s a great opportunity to join with others to see the sandhill cranes traveling south for the winter. Whenever I see the large flocks of cranes migrating along the Rio Grande Valley I’m awed by their beauty and grace.  I often want to fly away with them but I haven’t got the hang of that bit yet.

The free family event is not just about birdwatching through the viewing scopes, however. The line up includes:

  • A guided Bosque bird walk (8:30 am on Saturday) plus a couple of fly-in and fly-out walks
  • Tai Chi with the cranes at 9 am on both days
  • Silk painting demonstration at 11 am on Saturday
  • A tin punch workshop at 11:30 am on Saturday
  • Two performances of the musical Love in the Bosque by Phil Bock, about a romance between cranes who pass through Albuquerque along the Rio Grande. (Cute! The performances are on Saturday at 1:30 and 3 pm.)
  • See Wildlife Rescue birds from 10 am – 2 pm on Sunday (I always love that!)
  • The Albuquerque Origami Society – they usually get everyone making origami cranes
  • Films including Waking Up Crane and Stories of Wolves
  • Children’s games and crafts, and solar scopes for everyone!

See the full Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration 2013 schedule as some events only happen once. And check the times for anything you especially want to do, as all events are subject to change.

Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW. (East of Coors at the end of Bosque Meadows Road, between Montano Boulevard and Paseo del Norte.)

–Tania

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$1 Off Admission to Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival

October 3, 2013 by  
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It wouldn’t be Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta without the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival running over the two Balloon Fiesta weekends too!

Regular adult admission is $8, but you can get a Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival coupon that gives you $1 off. Put an email address and zip code into the form at the link, and then you’ll see the coupon in your browser to print out immediately. Remember that kids aged under twelve always get free admission. The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be in full swing over the long weekends of October 4 to 6,  and October 11 to 13, 2013.

More than 280 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work in the juried show, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking to painting to pottery to jewelry and much more. Kids can enjoy the Kids Creation Station, where they create their own works of art, or play in the sandbox, all for FREE!

Live entertainment includes Pink Elephant magic shows, and music from maestros such as Syd Masters, the Watermelon Jug Band, Mariachi Fiesta Internacional, Mezcla Latina, John Martinez, and Larry Freedman. See the full entertainment schedule here.

Of course, there will be food vendors to serve up lunch, and also the culinary arts booths selling specialty food items from goat cheese to mustard to honey – and giving plenty of free samples!

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival discount coupon gives $1 off one admission or one pass – so you need a separate coupon for each person going to the show.

Other ways to save at the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival:

Buy the $12 Festival Pass to cover the entire six days of this Balloon Fiesta edition of the arts festival. That’s a great deal if you plan to return for even one more day. The $1 off coupon can also be used for passes, so the Festival Pass is only $11 with the coupon.

Or get a $16 Grande Pass for unlimited admission to the October 2013, November 2013 and March 2014 festivals. If you plan to visit the next festival too, the Grande Pass looks like the best value, and with the discount coupon it’s just $15.

  • When: Friday to Sunday October 4 -6, and Friday to Sunday October 11 – 13, 2013
  • Times: Fridays and Sundays 9 am – 5 pm. Saturdays 9 am – 6 pm.

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival is located on the southwest corner of I-25 and Paseo del Norte, one exit south of the Balloon Fiesta launch site. You can’t miss it: the festival is housed in a gigantic white tent that’s three stories high and longer than a football field. Parking is free.

–Tania

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Survival New Mexico: August 24-25

August 20, 2013 by  
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas asks how well we’d survive life in Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. Sometimes I wonder how good I am at surviving it right now in the 21st century, but certainly if you took away my fridge and I had to venture out hunter-gathering, I’d go hungry.

Hence the Survival: New Mexico weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe, caught my eye. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25, 2013, with activities for adults and kids on traditional skills, and some handy modern day outdoor survival skills too.

If you’re in the mood for a day trip, admission for the Survival New Mexico event is $8 for adults, $5 for teens aged 13-18, and free for kids aged 12 and under. Seniors aged 62+ pay $5.

Activities and talks include:

  • How to make a survival bow, and an archery and atlatl workshop to learn how to shoot
  • Learn how to make fire when you don’t have any matches to hand
  • Make mini adobe bricks
  • Wagon rides
  • Black powder weaponry demonstration
  • Civil War medicine –  just a talk, not practicing it on each other 😉
  • Wilderness first aid by the American Red Cross
  • How to make a wilderness shelter
  • Make yucca soap, weave a survival bracelet, make a leather pendant, or kids can make a felt snake
  • Backyard composting, harvesting honey, and food preservation

Plus flintknappers, mountain man survival stories, horno bread, and more. Some activities are only on one day, and you can see the full schedule at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas  events page.

Survival: New Mexico weekend:

  • When: August 24-25, 2013
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
  • Admission: $8 adults, or $5 for seniors (62+) and youth aged 13-18. Free for kids aged 12 and under

El Rancho de las Golondrinas directions to the living history museum on 200 pastoral acres just south of Santa Fe are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to find, off 1-25 exit 275. Take a left onto state road 599 and keep left. It’s well-signed and just a few minutes from that exit.

–Tania

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Lavender in the Village Festival 2013

July 9, 2013 by  
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The Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Lavender in the Village festival includes live entertainment, cooking demos, how to grow lavender, lavender crafts and activities, and plenty for the kids to do.  They’ve got new additions to this sweet summer festival for 2013, including beekeepers and meet a mule or donkey!

It’ll be a fragrant weekend at the Lavender in the Village Festival in Los Ranchos on Saturday and Sunday July 13 and 14, 2013, with family fun including:

  • Lavender crafts and activities
  • Cooking with lavender demonstrations
  • Live music including Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, The Sandivas, and Railyard Reunion Band.
  • Kids’ activities in the Children’s Tent including music with Susie Tallman & Friends, face painting, storytelling, and the Wings of Enchantment Butterfly Farm.
  • A Pet Parade on July 13 at 10 am with awards (it’s free to register your own pet to the parade, from 9 am)
  • Wine tours of Casa Rondeña Winery
  • Los Ranchos Beekeepers will be talking about honey bees and how to get started keeping your own bees, with demonstration hives on site.
  • Meet donkeys or mules, courtesy of the Rio Grande Mule & Donkey Association
  • Family Fun Run/Walk on July 14 at 8 am (fee required to participate)
  • And of course, lots of lavender goodies to buy!

Check out the Lavender in the Village Festival schedule as there’s far too much going on to mention it all here.

Admission is a little higher than last year at $5 for adults. But it’s still only $2 for kids, and admission is free for children under age 10.

The Agri-Nature Center (4920 Rio Grande Boulevard) is the hub of the event, although they only have handicapped parking available there, and no other public parking. Festival park and ride shuttles will be available.

Lavender in the Village admission includes activities at all locations except a few special events, such as participation in the fun run.

Lavender in the Village Festival takes place:

  • When: July 13 and July 14, 2013
  • Time: 8 am to 4 pm both days
  • Where: Various Los Ranchos locations, with The Agri-Nature Center as the focus for many events and entertainment, but also including the Growers’ Market, Casa Rondeña Winery.
  • Price: $5 adults, $2 for kids, free for kids under 10 – cash only

The Lavender in the Village map of festival locations also shows park and ride shuttle routes – in case all that soothing lavender makes you too relaxed to walk!

–Tania

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Rio Rancho Free Music Concerts

June 11, 2013 by  
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The Rio Rancho free music concerts series is in the swing for summer 2013, offering musical pleasure and any dancing you choose to do on Sunday evenings. They’ve some great acts on the schedule!

Rustle up a picnic and take blankets, lawn chairs or whatever other seating arrangement suits you (probably leave the La-Z-Boy at home) to the Rio Rancho free music concerts for summer 2013. They’re all on Sunday evenings through August 25 2013 and they all run from 6:30 -8 pm at the  Rotary Club Barbeque Pavilion in Haynes Park.

The kids can do their thang on the free fun jumps while you chill out listening to a nice mix of familiar and new performers. The Haynes Park music schedule at time of writing is:

  • June 16: Twisted Mojo
  • June 23: Point Blank
  • June 30: Bosque Blues
  • July 7: Saint Wolf
  • July 14: Rio Rancho Community Jazz Band
  • July 21: Rio Rancho Community Concert Band
  • July 28: Interplay
  • Aug. 4: The Hit Squad
  • Aug. 11: The Otherside
  • Aug. 18: Code 29
  • Aug. 25: Rio Rancho Community Jazz Band

The Rio Rancho free music concerts are of course weather-permitting, at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard, Rio Rancho, opposite Intel.

–Tania

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Recycled Art Fair 2013

April 17, 2013 by  
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The City of Albuquerque’s fifth annual Recycled Art Fair talks trash on April 27-28, 2013, with plenty of free family fun and the chance to browse the unique and very earth-friendly work of upcycled arts and crafts people. The event takes place over two days this year, instead of just one.

The Albuquerque Recycled Art Fair at the Open Space Visitor Center is on Saturday April 27 and Sunday April 28 from 10 am to 4 pm, and admission is free.

First off you can see recycled art – a.k.a. upcycled art – made from discarded materials, for sale in the vendors’ booths. I guess at least you know that every piece of art is unique! Then check out the exhibit in the visitor center gallery: Revived! Lost, Found and Reinvented Objects of Art show.

The event also includes live music, arts and crafts workshops and other activities. Details are sketchy at time of writing, but here’s what I know:

  • Saturday April 27 features music by Juniper Hill and the Andy Moss Celtic Trio, plus a workshop on plantable stationary.
  • Sunday April 28 features storyteller Rachel Carson, kids’ activities, live music, a workshop on papermaking, games and prizes, a raffle, plus info from City of Albuquerque Solid Waste Department folk who’ll be there to answer your questions about recycling in Albuquerque.

Check out the Recycled Art Fair schedule for the latest details.

  • When: Saturday and Sunday April 27 and 28, 2013
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: Open Space Visitor Center
  • Price: Free

Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW. (East of Coors at the end of Bosque Meadows Road, between Montano Boulevard and Paseo del Norte.)

–Tania

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Women & Creativity 2013 Events

February 26, 2013 by  
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Viva Women and Creativity!  There’s a bunch of great free and cheap stuff going on throughout March as part of the Women & Creativity 2013 event organized by the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Harwood Art Center.

Albuquerque Women & Creativity 2013 events run until March 31, and are held in various locations. Some require advance reservations or have maximum attendance numbers. Highlights include:

  • Free Opening Reception with live music to kick off the month’s celebrations, on Friday March 1 from 6 – 8 pm at Harwood Art Center, 1114 7th Street NW.
  • Yoga Trip: Journey With the Heart on March 2 and March 30, both at 8:30 am. A morning yoga workshop to balance your chakras and connect to your creative intentions. By donation ($3 – $10 suggested) at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
  • Free Sing-Along Classes on Tuesdays in March from 6:30 pm – 8 pm. Cantando La Cultura is led by New Mexico musicians to teach the history and music of traditional New Mexican and Latin American songs. At the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Tuesdays March 5, 12, 19, and 26.
  • Happy Arte Hour on March 7, making small wood collage vignettes in this free workshop for adults from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Although it’s free, they encourage donations and reservations, and you’ll be able to refresh yourself at the cash bar with tapas for sale!
  • Free Films on Fridays at noon, at UNM Women’s Resource Center, screening films made by and about women and girls, on March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.
  • Tin Collage Workshop on March 18 from 5:30 – 7 pm, including a short lecture on upcycled art, then make your own recycled art with supplies provided. Register in advance as they have a limit of 20 people, at Harwood Art Center.
  • Four Poets Respond on March 16 at 7 pm, featuring Jasmine Cuffee, Valerie Martínez, Shelle Sánchez, and my talented friend Jamie Figueroa in a performance of Four Poets, Two Rivers, One Water. The event (by donation) is at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
  • You can also join in from home with Play Along projects. Sign up for Write & Share by February 28, for the decorated trading card exchange by March 15 (they provide the cards), or join the resolution to commit ten acts of creativity in March. Come on – get inspired!

This is just a tiny sampling of all the events, performances, and exhibitions.

Check out the complete Women & Creativity schedule for 2013 to see all the options for each week, full details on times and locations, and any registration requirements.

–Tania
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