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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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2014

August 10, 2014 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseThe tomatoes have been delicious already this season, in my avid tomato-fiend opinion. But now they’re arriving more abundantly in the August harvest, we’re devouring fresh tomatoes like crazy here at Cheap Central.  I read that if you eat avocados at the same time, you absorb up to seven times as much of the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. New Mexico already knew this. This is why we all eat salsa and guacamole, isn’t it?

Health benefits aside, at the peak of summer nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato and I only wish I could grow them myself. We aren’t growing tomatoes this year as we have been moving home so we haven’t been able to keep up with a garden. But in any case we don’t have green thumbs for tomatoes. We only yielded a handful of cherry tomatoes last year. They ripen one cherry tomato at a time, which we solemnly cut in half to share. They taste delicious but watching Mr Cheap eat half a cherry tomato is like giving a peanut to Daizy the elephant.

Still, if you’re as fond of tomatoes as we are, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2014 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 17 from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids aged under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Free gardening seminars  at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101) and 12:30 pm (Waffle Gardens with Sean Ludden)and at 1:45 pm Master Composters.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Free plant clinic by the Master Gardeners
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

The Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta is sponsored by Jericho Nursery, Osuna Nursery and Montano Acura.

  • When: Sunday August 17, 2014
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE, at Eubank.

– 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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$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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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2013

August 20, 2013 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseThe tomatoes have been late this season, in my avid tomato-fiend opinion. But now they’re arriving, we’re devouring fresh tomatoes like crazy here at Cheap Central. I read that if you eat avocados at the same time, you absorb up to seven times as much of the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. New Mexico already knew this. This is why we all eat salsa and guacamole, isn’t it?

Health benefits aside, at the peak of summer nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato and I only wish I could grow them myself. Our current attempt at cherry tomatoes has yielded exactly two so far in 2013. Last year we did better, with a grand total of four cherry tomatoes over the entire summer. They ripen one cherry tomato at a time, which we solemnly cut in half to share. They taste delicious but watching Mr Cheap eat half a cherry tomato is like giving a peanut to Daizy the elephant.

Still, if you’re as fond of tomatoes as we are, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2013 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 25 from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids aged under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Free gardening seminars  at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101 with the Tomato Guys) and 12:30 pm (Preserving the Harvest with Cindy Davies.) At 1:30 pm Peter Sinanian will be sharing advice on Raised Beds and Fall Gardens.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Free plant clinic by the Master Gardeners
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

The Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta is sponsored by Jericho Nursery and Montano Acura.

  • When: Sunday August 25, 2013
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE, at Eubank.

– Tania

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Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Thanksgiving Festival $1 Off Admission

November 19, 2012 by  
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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival 13th Annual Holiday show runs during this Thanksgiving weekend, and you can get $1 off admission using the coupon.

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be getting festive on Black Friday and over the holiday weekend, from November 23 to 25, 2012, at EXPO New Mexico. 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 to painting to pottery to jewelry and much more.

Kids can enjoy the Holiday Creation Station, where they create their own works of art. They can also become a work of art with facepainting, or play in the sandbox. Entertainment in the Jingle Bell Square includes visits from Santa Claus (11 am – 3 pm daily) and at various times you might hear a storytelling elf, Victorian carolers, Syd Masters and The Swing Riders, Mariachi Fiesta International, and other musical performers.

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

Regular adult admission is $6 or you can get a 3-day pass for $8, 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 admission coupon, it’s good for one admission or pass only, so you need a coupon for each adult going to the show.

  • When: Friday to Sunday November 23 – 25, 2012
  • Times: Friday and Saturday 10 am - 5 pm. Sunday 10 am – 4 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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$1 Off Admission to Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival

October 12, 2012 by  
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It wouldn’t be Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta without the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival running this weekend too!

Regular adult admission is $7, but in case you missed our previous post before the festival started, here’s the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival coupon that gets you $1 off. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve. The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be in full swing from Friday to Sunday, October 12 to 14, 2012.

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. Around 50 of the artists this year haven’t exhibited in Albuquerque before. 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 and the Swing Riders, the Watermelon Jug Band, Mezcla Latina, and Larry Freedman. See the full entertainment schedule here.

And, of course, there will be food vendors for 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 coupon for each person going to the show.

Other ways to save:

Buy the $8 Festival Pass to cover the remaining three days of this Balloon Fiesta edition of the arts festival. That’s $2 cheaper than last year and a great deal if you think you might return even for one more day.

Or get a $15 Grande Pass for unlimited admission to the October 2012, November 2012 and March 2013 festivals. If you plan to visit the next festival too, the Grande Pass looks like the best value, and the $1 off coupon can also be used for passes.

  • When: Friday to Sunday October 12 – 14, 2012
  • 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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$1 Off Admission to Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival

October 1, 2012 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 $7, but here’s the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival coupon that gets you $1 off. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve. The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be in full swing over the long weekends of October 5 to 7,  and October 12 to 14, 2012.

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. Around 50 of the artists this year haven’t exhibited in Albuquerque before. 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 and the Swing Riders, the Watermelon Jug Band, Mezcla Latina, and Larry Freedman. See the full entertainment schedule here.

And, of course, there will be food vendors for 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 coupon for each person going to the show.

Other ways to save:

Buy the $8 Festival Pass to cover the entire six days of this Balloon Fiesta edition of the arts festival. That’s $2 cheaper than last year and a great deal if you think you might return even for one more day.

Or get a $15 Grande Pass for unlimited admission to the October 2012, November 2012 and March 2013 festivals. If you plan to visit the next festival too, the Grande Pass looks like the best value, and the $1 off coupon can also be used for passes.

  • When: Friday to Sunday October 5 -7, and Friday to Sunday October 12 – 14, 2012
  • 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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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2012

August 14, 2012 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseWe’re devouring fresh tomatoes like crazy here at Cheap Central, and I recently read that if you eat avocados at the same time, you absorb up to seven times as much of the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. New Mexico already knew this. This is why we all eat salsa and guacamole, isn’t it?

Health benefits aside, at the peak of summer nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato and I only wish I could grow them myself. Our last attempt resulted in a yield of exactly four cherry tomatoes over the entire summer. They ripened one cherry tomato at a time, which we solemnly cut in half to share. They tasted delicious, but watching Mr Cheap eat half a cherry tomato was like giving a peanut to an elephant.

If you’re as fond of tomatoes as we are, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2012 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 19, from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Free gardening seminars  at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101) and 12:30 pm (Preserving Tomatoes). At 1:30 pm it’s either Organic Gardening or Rainwater Harvesting, depending on which of their schedules you believe.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Free plant clinic by the Master Gardeners
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

The Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta is sponsored by High Country Gardens, Jericho Nursery, KHFM, Fano Bread, and Montano Acura.

  • When: Sunday August 19, 2012
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE, at Eubank.

– Tania

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