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:
Mid-March - End of October: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
November - Mid-March: Noon to 4 p.m.