Today marks the anniversary of a historic day. On Oct. 24, 1901, the 63-year-old school teacher Annie Edson Taylor conformed her body to the inside of a barrel and gallantly rode it down Niagara Falls. She was the first to make a plunge down the mighty falls in a barrel.
A historic day it was.
Let’s make Oct. 24, 2014 just as potent. Having fun trying something for the first time is OK, but please don’t hop in any barrels and plunge down a massive waterfall. And make tomorrow and Sunday even mightier than today. After all, there’s just so much to do.
Paper witches are splattered against front doors all around town. Fake spider webs are tangled in front windows and trees. Pumpkins are sold on roadsides. Paper skeletons with rivet joints dance in the wind. Albuquerque is getting downright creepy lately. We’re not trying to creep you out even more, but get ready for tonight. Things are going to get spooky.
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is hosting its third annual Fright Night, starting at 6:30 p.m. All ghouls and goblins must be 21 to attend, as a cash bar will be peddling booze. The band Soul Kitchen will satiate all the souls’ hunger for music. The observatory will be open. The planetarium will play never-before-seen shows.
Tickets are $9 for general admission, $8 for museum members, and $7 for students.
Fresh food samples will be available. Aladocious, Sol de la Noche, and The Porter Draw will grace the stage to kick out some jams. Items will be raffled. Good times will be had. Beer will be guzzled. Moderately, of course.
Admission is free. But the bar tab isn’t.
This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s time to think about and honor the women who have courageously fought through it. Sunday, Oct. 26, the American Cancer Society‘s Making Strides Agains Breast Cancer walk will take place at Cottonwood Mall from 8 a.m. to noon.
Participants can walk in a team or go at it alone. Either way, it’s a good cause. While the walk doesn’t actually start until 9 a.m., registration begins at 8 a.m. This three-mile walk is free to join and open to all ages. It’s a rally to fight against breast cancer. It’s an event to show the determination of so many powerful women. It will inspire the community. It will raise awareness. It will honor survivors.
While we’re on the subject, don’t forget to pick up your gorgeous Albuquerque Team Double D 2015 calendar (and read more about them in our Dec. 2014/Jan. 2015 double issue). All proceeds support breast cancer research, programs to improve breast health awareness, and organizations supporting women as they go through diagnosis and treatment. It’s available at both O’Niell’s locations. Email these awesome women at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are your weekend plans?