Even if you’re not a fan of collegiate basketball, it’s almost impossible to avoid the excitement of NCAA March Madness, as fans of the University of New Mexico Lobos basketball team emerge from the woodwork, and onto nearly every barstool at every Duke City cantina.
And there are a LOT of Lobo fans, which makes us wonder if anyone will read this blog. Wait, that’s dangerous thinking. For the few others whose schedules aren’t dictated by the bouncing ball, here are a few suggestions to keep the weekend rolling.
Undeniably the Nile
For an olfactory trip to the old country (the REALLY old country, in Egypt), sniff out the 2014 Oriental Potpourri Festival on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Attendants can seek out the scents of the ancients from a number of vendors, while traditional dancers like Raffa Britto Dellan and the Saltanah Dancers dance and teach others to bust a move during the two-day festival.
Raffa will teach attendees the choreography to the iconic and iconic Egyptian song, “El Mashaal” by Hani Mehanna, while the Saltanah Dancers will teach a “Specialty Sunday Egyptian Madness Class.”
The event will benefit the Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center, and will also include a gala show, workshops, and performances from groups around the nation. For more info, visit wisewomandancer.com.
Sons of Albuquerque
Don your chaps and kick start your bike for the grand opening celebration of Duke City Harley Davidson, which will begin on Saturday with a ride led by “Sons of Anarchy” star Tommy Flanagan.
The ride starts on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Duke City Harley Davidson’s sister dealership, Thunderbird Harley Davidson, and ends at the new location, where the party continues with live music from the band Oldzkool, a catered meal, vendors, and more Harley merch than you can shake a tailpipe at.
Participants must purchase the $20 tickets beforehand, with proceeds benefiting Blessings in a Backpack and the students of McKinley Middle School. If they can’t fit enough Flanagan into their Saturday, riders also have the option to purchase a $95 ticket to dine over a catered meal on Sunday with the star.
The second location opened as a result Albuquerqueans’ overwhelming demand for new bikes, Marketing Manager Kristen Sweeney says. Already, 320 people have purchased tickets (and that translates to a lot of backpacks).
Break off a a sweet piece of fun at the 4th Annual Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest, where there’s plenty of festivus for the rest of us not enthralled in the NCAA (but are smitten with the COCOA).
This year’s fest aims to be the best with more than 110 vendors and plenty of room to move at the Expo New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Choco and java lovers can show off their skills in a variety of different contests,including a food photography challenge, chocolate pie eating, and chocolate cookie and cake baking contests.
After checking out a cow milking demo, participants can amble on down to the chocolate sculpture raffle, see some live music from NM Philharmonic musicians and local bands like Breaking Blue, Deer in Headlights, and the Red Light Ramblers. Oh, and did we mention there would be a primer on Caveman Coffee from MMA fighter Keith Jardine?
If you order your ticket online, you’ll get a free festival mug that’ll hold plenty of brews to look forward to from Red Rock Roasters, New Mexico Pinion Coffee, Villa Myriam Specialty Coffee, and other local and regional roasters. And what would the perfect cup of joe be without the perfect pastry from Rebel Donut or Cake Fetish Cupcakes?
No matter what booths you visit, we guarantee you won’t fall asleep with all that sugar and caffeine to choose from (better yet, we might put our dentists on speed dial). Worth it!