Just two more Chuckwagon Barbeque and Western Music concerts left this season at Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood. This weekend (August 22), the talented Sons of the Rio Grande will perform, and closing the season will be the popular western swing band of Holy Water and Whiskey (August 29). Performances are held in an all-weather amphitheater in an old west atmosphere.
The show opens at 6 p.m. with an incredible free-flight Peregrine Falcon demonstration presented by world-renowned falconer Tom Smylie. The audience will experience these magnificent birds close up and learn how the fastest raptor on earth survives in the wild. Come early, enjoy a hayride and get a rare opportunity to be close to wildlife in their natural habitat. It's fun for the entire family.
The Chuckwagon shows help to support the native wildlife zoo, which is managed through volunteer support. Dinner shows are $25/adults, $23/seniors, $12/child 5-11, and kids under 5 are free. Reservations are required by 2 p.m. on the day of the show. Call Wildlife West for reservations at 505.281.7655 or toll-free 1.877.981.WILD (9453); or for more informationwww.wildlifewest.org.
Join the activities at the annual Harvest Festival on Saturday andSunday, August 15-16, 2015, atWildlife West Nature Park, in Edgewood. It’s a time to celebrate the area's culture, traditions and agricultural heritage. Experience the rich history of the pinto bean farming in the Pinto Bean Museum, which displays antique bean processing equipment, farming artifacts and historic local photos.
The Festival opens on Saturday at 9 a.m. with a tractor parade beginning at Wildlife West, then traveling west along historic Route 66 and ending at the Tractor Supply Company.
As visitors stroll through the Park they will experience an old west atmosphere. They can explore a replica of the western town of Venus (original name of Edgewood), and see weaving and spinning demonstrations, along with antique cars and trucks. Also on showcase will be old iron tractors, steam engines, corn shellers and other historic ranch equipment.
Get a behind the scenes tour of Kothari, Wildlife West’s 500 pound black bear, and watch a snake and reptile identification presentation by the New Mexico Herpetological Society. Mark Chavez and friends, renowned chainsaw artists, will demonstrate artistic chainsaw techniques. A Juggler Show for kids will be held on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.Tractor games will take place on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. on the field in front of the historic Pinto Bean Barn. Plus an opportunity to experience wildlife up close throughout the weekend. Local artists and the Knights of Columbus volunteers will serve up pinto beans, fresh sweet corn, and hamburgers and hot dogs.
Don’t miss the Chuckwagon Dinner Show on Saturday, from6 - 9 p.m. Come early for the activities during the day and stay for the evening old-fashion hayride, free-flight peregrine falcon show, barbeque dinner and Holy Water & Whiskey western-swing music concert. Reservations for dinner show are required by 2 p.m. on the day of the show. Chuckwagon tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $12 for children 5-11, and kids under 5 are free.
All activities throughout the weekend, except for the Chuckwagon dinner show, are included with regular admission to the park: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 students and children under 5 are free. Music performances are presented in a covered all-weather amphitheater. Plus free dry camping and parking.
Wildlife West is located just 25 minutes east of Albuquerque, off Interstate-40 and legendary Route 66 in Edgewood. For more information at visit www.wildlifewest.org or call 505-281-7655 or toll-free 1-877-981-WILD (9453).
When: Saturday & Sunday, August 15 & 16, 2015
Where: Wildlife West Nature Park, 87 North Frontage Road, Edgewood, NM
The 13th Annual Arts and Music Festival took place this past weekend at Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood, NM. The Park, opened in 1994, began two years earlier as a not-for-profit, all volunteer effort to create a new approach to combining habitat restoration, recreation and environmental education for children and adults.
It was a perfect outing for my birthday! The drive from Albuquerque took us less than 30 minutes and the heat of the day was not a problem - there was plenty of shade, food and cold beer!
We had a pleasure to see live concerts of some very talented musicians.
The Quebe Sisters:
James Reams & the Barnstormers:
There was plenty of fun for children, including face painting and a fantastic juggling show by Andy Young:
The festival gave everyone a chance to admire an art display, meet craft artists and purchase unique items, like Hidden Treasures crafted by Oneida Lopez:
We loved the beauty of the landscape.
We said hi to some animals that weren't asleep at the moment :-)
The zoo visit is included in the ticket price.
The Park offers nearly thirty wildlife exhibits, connected by 2 miles of trails;
all in a very relaxing atmosphere. The event was well organized.
We had a truly wonderul time.
The Arts and Music Festival may become my birthday tradition :-)
There are other events happening at Wildlife West throughout the year so visit any time during the open hours:
To celebrate the launch of STRIVEFuel in Albuquerque, they are giving away free gas for a year! To enter, visit the STRIVE Fuel Facebook page and share how you take care of the environment. The contest ends July 31st, 2015.
STRIVE FUEL it is a program that reduces carbon emissions in a sustainable way and counteracts the negative effects emissions can have on the atmosphere, climate and way of living. Consumers can automatically offset harmful emissions by pumping the same high-quality ALON fuel as always at no additional cost or effort. Every time a customer pumps a gallon of fuel at an ALON 7-Eleven, STRIVE will calculate the vehicle’s tailpipe emissions and invest in projects that reduce those emissions by up to 30 percent. To offset emissions, the program invests locally, regionally and globally to replace or reduce emissions that harm the atmosphere. The projects it invests in are certified and proven to sequester carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. Most notable beneficiaries in Albuquerque are Tree New Mexico and the Arbor Day Foundation. The new reduced emissions fuel is available at 122 pumps across 23 ALON owned 7-Eleven stations in Albuquerque.
Did you know about Trader Joe's coloring contest for children?
Just pick up a monthly copy while you're shopping ! It's fun and your child can win a goodie bag :-)
My daughter was so proud of herself after entering last month's contest. She got a lolly pop just for returning her art and that made her feel special already :-) What a joy it was when she received a bag full of goodies! She really worked hard on her dinosaur picture :-)
Thank you Trader Joe's for providing this extra fun for our kids :)
An event focused on just feeling good! Come to Mama's Minerals in Albuquerque on Saturday, August 1 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to experience New Mexico's finest healers and purveyors of healthy lifestyles. Sample alternative health treatments in this outdoor event, including Kinesiology, Chair Massage, Acupuncture, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Yoga, Chakra Balancing, Intuitive Readings, Chinese Medicine, Curanderas and much more!
Admission is FREE. Support your local community at this health-conscious event. Mama’s Minerals hosts this Alternative Health fair as an opportunity for local businesses to offer their insight into alternative health options. (source: Mama's Minerals Facebook Page)