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Civil War Reenactment

June 21st, 2011

Civil War reenactment groups from around the state participate in the annual “Battle of Socorro” – simulating the Battle of Valverde and the Confederate capture of Socorro.  It is held every year on the weekend closest to February 21, the date of the historic battle, in Socorro, New Mexico and the nearby village of Escondida.

Brig. Gen. Henry H. Sibley led his force of 2,500 men across the Rio Grande River and up the east side of the river to the ford at Valverde, north of Fort Craig, New Mexico, hoping to cut Federal communications between the fort and military headquarters in Santa Fe. Union Col. E.R.S. Canby left Fort Craig with more than 3,000 men to prevent the Confederates from crossing the river. When he was opposite them, across the river, Canby opened fire and sent Union cavalry over, forcing the Rebels back. The Confederates halted their retirement at the Old Rio Grande riverbed, which served as an excellent position. After crossing all his men, Canby decided that a frontal assault would fail and deployed his force to assault and turn the Confederate left flank. Before he could do so, though, the Rebels attacked. Federals rebuffed a cavalry charge, but the main Confederate force made a frontal attack, capturing six artillery pieces and forcing the Union battle line to break and many of the men to flee. Canby ordered a retreat.

Confederate reinforcements arrived and Sibley was about to order another attack when Canby asked for a truce, by a white flag, to remove the bodies of the dead and wounded. Left in possession of the battlefield, the Confederates claimed victory but had suffered heavy casualties. Although the Confederates would soon occupy Santa Fe, they would have to leave New Mexico within four months.

Jack’s Tracks: Inter-Tribal Ceremonial

October 11th, 2010

I, Travelin’ Jack, was invited to the fab-tabulous Inter-Tribal Ceremonial.

…so off we went to Red Rock State Park and Gallup to take in the scene.

Check out the Ceremonial Dances in the amphitheatre…Wow…would you look at that!

Yup, nuthin’ better than catchin’ some shade….and what a great spot, eh?

SO much to do…where’s a pooch to start? Arts & crafts at the Open Air Market….the Exhibition Hall and bee-you-ti-ful rugs….folks to visit with….

Why everywhere I went, I was dog-dazzled by the magnificence of this Red Rock setting….wow…getta look at that will ya!?!

Hey…can’t miss the action at the Parade. And a grand one it is!

And from Travelin’ Jack….Gallop’s  Inter-Tribal Ceremonial is one dog-dandy find fer sure!

The 90th Annual Inter-Tribal Ceremonial…Gallup, New Mexico!

September 9th, 2010

People come from all over the world for this spectacular event, and whether you’re eight…or eighty, it’s an experience you’ll never forget!

For decades, Native American groups have come to Gallup to perpetuate the tradition…the culture…the rich heritage of this annual event.

Highlights include the dances and competitive pow wows, with songs, dance steps and costumes passed down from generation to generation.

The parades are immensely popular….a continuous and colorful pageantry that includes tribal groups, dancers, horseback riders, Navajo Code Talkers and tribal royalty.

And for art lovers, this is THE event of the year.  The authenticity and quality of the arts, crafts and world-class juried art show make this a shopper’s paradise…an absolute gold mine!

For a touch of the wild west, enjoy the Ceremonial Rodeo…with dust-swirlin’ action and heart-poundin’ excitement!

And believe me…you could come just for the food!  Navajo fry bread and tacos….Hopi corn stew…roasted corn on the cob…Zuni oven bread…you’ll love every mouthwatering bite!!

It’s the 90th Annual Inter-Tribal Ceremonial…August 2011 at Red Rock State Park in Gallup.

Visiting Gallup: 90th Inter Tribal Ceremonial

September 9th, 2010

Here is a NEWS FLASH:   When visiting New Mexico in August you absolutely, positively must attend the 90th Inter Tribal Ceremonial.  Make no mistake about this is truly one of New Mexico’s treasures and a full two days of watching, listening, learning, dancing, eating and enjoying!

We just attended the 89th and our friend, Executive Director, Terri Frazier, made our two days in Gallup nothing short of sensational.  We started early Friday morning checking out the jewelry and other great items for sale in and around the convention center at Red Rock State Park.  It was great to have a chance to talk with the artisans and learn how and why they make the things they make.  I was mesmerized watching one lady meticulously weaving her rug, which she told me takes about six weeks at the rate of ½ inch per hour.  No drawing or plan … just a vision she receives that tells her what to make!

After a foot long corn dog and the biggest order of hand cut curly fries I’ve ever seen (one order will feed 4-5 – we of course each had one!)  we were off to the rodeo.  This was an unexpected surprise.  I have seen calf roping but this was my first face-to-face visit with bull riding … up close!  Now these are some big bulls and nothing I would want to tackle athough our director, Chuck, said he’d give it a try  (HA!) but really something to see.

The grand entry of over 200 ceremonially dressed Native Americans from all over the country was really a WOW event and the drumming and singing that went along with this was a wonderful way to sit down for a while and just enjoy the pageantry.

In the evening there are dance contests in the rodeo grounds that go for several hours all with a true Native American flare.  Nothing better than sitting outside on a warm summer night under the stars watching these wonderful performers.   I was flabbergasted that at 8pm the line of cars coming in was at least a mile long, if not longer!   People coming from all over to witness the night time dancing and singing.  Just spectacular!

Saturday morning was the big two hour parade.  We thought getting there at 8am for a 10am start would be just right.  What a surprise to find out that the streets were lined several people deep long before we arrived.   This is an annual event that none of the locals want to miss, not to mention people from all over Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah and all regions of New Mexico.  What’s not to love about a parade?  You’ll love every moment!!

This is a grand march from beginning to end and with very few vehicles (reserved for politicians who don’t want to walk!) and something for everyone.  Again, Native Americans in their traditional dress and dance costumes + a couple of wagons filled with the infamous Navajo Code Talkers from World War II.  These men are held in the highest esteem and rightly so.  Without them it is possible that the war in the Pacific would have had an entirely different outcome and one that would, possibly, have changed our lives.  Very special men who deserve our honor and thanks!

After all of this we needed a couple good nights sleep and we found that at the Comfort Suites just about a mile from Red Rock State Park.  Our host, General Manager Ken Riege, truly rolled out the red carpet.  Initially I thought it was just for us, but alas, Ken and his staff roll this carpet out for each guest.  I talked with several people over the great complimentary breakfast and everyone I spoke with felt exactly the same … a return trip to Comfort Suites is in their plans for 2011!  Thanks, Ken, for a wonderful stay.

And thank you, Teri Frazier, for helping us bring the Inter Tribal Ceremonial to life for our TV and web watchers!

We’ll be back at Red Rock State Park next August.  Check out www.theceremonial.com for more information.  Dates for the 90th Ceremonial in August 2011 will be posted shortly.

And did I mention just how magical Red Rock State Park is?   Guess you’ll just have to make a trip to Gallup and see it for yourself.  Who knows … we may run into each other there.  I’m going back and hope you’ll join me!

Rainbow Ryders

August 24th, 2010

For hot air ballooning in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Albuquerque, Rainbow Ryders rises above the rest with daily, year-round balloon rides for weddings, groups, conventions, company retreats and special occassions. We even have gift certificates for Rainbow Ryders hot air balloon flights!

Specializing in hot air balloon rides in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Albuquerque year round, Rainbow Ryders is THE authorized hot air balloon company for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Our hot air balloon company has been in business under the same ownership for 27 years, offering safe, fun and memorable hot air ballooning adventures in Albuquerque, NM and in Phoenix / Scottsdale, AZ.

Rainbow Ryders offers balloon rides every morning at sunrise year-round, weather permitting. Sunset balloon flights are offered during the winter months.

Rainbow Ryders, Inc.

5601 Eagle Rock Avenue NE

Albuquerque, NM 87113

505-823-1111

http://rainbowryders.com/

38th Annual EIGHT NORTHERN PUEBLOS Arts & Crafts Show

June 28th, 2010

Mark your calendars for July 17th & 18th…the 38th Annual EIGHT NORTHERN
PUEBLOS Arts & Crafts Show.
This incredible event is the Southwest’s largest Indian owned and operated
arts & crafts show…and is one of the summer’s must see events!
You’ll come face to face with more than 300 artists and
artisans…presenting and selling their jewelry….pottery….
sculptures….paintings….wood carvings…and more.
What an amazing opportunity to talk with these artists….learn about their
work…and purchase their exquisite art & jewelry!
It’s no wonder that people come from all over the country for this event!
In addition to the art, you’ll enjoy traditional pueblo food and
electrifying pueblo dance performances, with each tribe presenting their
unique dances, costuming, singers and drummers.
It’s the 38th Annual EIGHT NORTHERN PUEBLOS Arts & Crafts Show………July
17th & 18th……..8:30 am — 4:30 pm…..at the
Eight Northern Pueblos Visitor’s Center in Ohkay Owingeh…(O-keh
0-weeng-eh) just five miles north of Espanola on Hwy 68.

For more information, call 505.747.1593 or visit ENIPC.org.

89th Annual Inter-Tribal Ceremonial in Gallup, New Mexico

June 28th, 2010

The 89th Annual Inter-Tribal Ceremonial…Gallup, New Mexico!
People come from all over the world for this spectacular event, and whether
you’re eight…or eighty, it’s an experience you’ll never forget!
For decades, Native American groups have come to Gallup to perpetuate the
tradition…the culture…the rich heritage of this annual event.
Highlights include the dances and competitive pow wows, with songs, dance
steps and costumes passed down from generation to generation.
The parades are immensely popular….a continuous and colorful pageantry
that includes tribal groups, dancers, horseback riders, Navajo Code Talkers
and tribal royalty.
And for art lovers, this is THE event of the year.  The authenticity and
quality of the arts, crafts and world-class juried art show make this a
shopper’s paradise…an absolute gold mine!
For a touch of the wild west, enjoy the Ceremonial Rodeo…with
dust-swirlin’ action and heart-poundin’ excitement!
And believe me…you could come just for the food!  Navajo fry bread and
tacos….Hopi corn stew…roasted corn on the cob…Zuni oven bread…you’ll
love every mouthwatering bite!!
It’s the 89th Annual Inter-Tribal Ceremonial…August 11th to the 15th…at
Red Rock State Park here in Gallup

Visiting Chama, New Mexico

June 4th, 2010

Sierra del Rio

May 13th, 2010

Snuggled just six miles from the base of Turtleback Mountain and sprawling throughout the wide open landscapes of the high desert, Sierra Del Rio honors the majestic spirit of the wild southwest. Located in Elephant Butte, NM within the 1,000 plus acres of Turtleback Mountain Resort, Sierra Del Rio Golf Course, is an 18-hole championship daily fee facility with full amenity clubhouse.

In New Mexico we appreciate our natural resources—both for their beauty and for the life they give. For this reason, we have designed a course that is unique not only in its play design but also in it limited impact on our environment. At Sierra Del Rio, we use environmentally safe organic products throughout the property to protect our water shed and abundant wildlife.

Our beautiful southern New Mexico climate combined with our draught tolerant grasses allows the course to maintain its green coloring throughout the year. The organically grown greens are covered with bent grass that offers some of the smoothest putting surfaces found in this part of the country.

At Sierra Del Rio, we believe that playing golf should be a beautiful experience—one that allows you to immerse yourself in a game among a unique design of greens, fairways, and teeing grounds but also one where you will bask in the natural and abundant landscapes that quietly and majestically surround your play. Our design team has created a premier course with 18 memorable holes while preserving the natural environment that has existed here for ages.

The New Mexico History Museum

April 16th, 2010
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Rather than telling visitors what ‘happened,’ the New Mexico History Museum presents a theatrical environment and the engaging stories of the many cultures that have called the Land of Enchantment home.

The New Mexico History Museum includes interactive multimedia displays, hands-on exhibits, and vivid stories of real New Mexicans. As a 96,000-square-foot extension of the 400 year-old Palace of the Governors – the oldest continually occupied government building in the US – the New Mexico History Museum anchors itself on the historic Santa Fe Plaza and offers a sampling of the people and the legends to be found throughout the state.  Modern history museums know that individual accounts are often their most treasured artifacts.

With stories from and about New Mexicans like Po-pay, Juan de Oñate, Kit Carson, Billy the Kid, Adolph Bandelier, Earnest Blumenschein, Robert Oppenheimer, and the ’60s-era counter-culture, the New Mexico History Museum sweeps through centuries of human interaction. The museum is located on the Historic Plaza in Santa Fe Next to the Palace of the Governors, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM, 505-476-5200.

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