Favorite Things Friday

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

By now, Albuqerqueans everywhere are falling into fall–and why not? It’s been a long year, and as the leaves fall, our spirits rise along with the holiday spirit, as we begin to reflect on all the work (and play) we’ve put into the year thus far.

Perhaps Bertie Charles Forbes–the founder of Forbes Magazine–described the season best with, “It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.”

With hot air balloons in the air and coat season right around the corner, this weekend may be one of your last chances to soak up the sun before retiring those flip flops to the corner of the closet! Before that happens, make sure to check out these amazing outdoor activities before the cold air comes knocking (we’ll see you out there!).

Getting in the Holiday “Spirit”

If you’re looking for some good karma and even better grog,  grab a brew for charity at the Fourth Annual Mountain Rescue

Brewfest at Marble Brewery this weekend, where head brewer Ted Rice has whipped up a special batch of beer—known as Trident Spirit Ale—to help raise funds for the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council.

It’s just one of the rather ingenious ways the non-profit council raises funds that make it possible for their all-volunteer crews to undertake difficult medical and technical rescues deep within the forests and mountain ranges of New Mexico. Festivalgoers will be treated to bubbly brews, great eats, and musical entertainment from local and regional artists like Little Sister, Eliza Linde, Wildewood, Spanish Dogs, and Boulevard Lane, to name a few.

Beer? Yes. And if the blog posts on the council’s website are any indication, they know we’re coming.

“Please enjoy Trident Spirit Ale responsibly,” one of them reads. “Do not drink and climb. Or drive.”

That includes lamp posts, right? The festival will start at noon on Saturday at Marble Brewery (111 Marble Ave NW, 243-2739, marblebrewery.com).

Chill Out at an Alaskan Destination Dinner

If you’d rather stay sober and out of the way of the balloon tourists, then check out Destination Dinner: Alaska at the ABQ BioPark on Saturday night, where participants can get a taste of Alaska without even having to board a plane or brave a blizzard. And did we mention polar bears would be present?

While attendees sit under the watchful eye of Kiska and Koluk, the park’s polar bear brothers at Inukshuk Bay (the Polar Bear exhibit), they will be served a five-course meal with dishes inspired by America’s 49th state. With plates like juniper-crusted venison medallions with grilled polenta cakes, dungeness crab ceviche, and beer-braised rabbit served over egg noodles and abbage with crispy pork belly, you’ll need to bring a massive appetite to conquer this “last frontier.”

Kid Around at the Harvest Festival

If you’re looking for something a little more kid-friendly, look to the Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Harvest Festival at Santa Ana Star Center every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Oct. 31.

Actually, invite grandma too, because there will be plenty of adult-friendly activity as well, from pumpkin-picking to food, contests, fall decorations, hay sculptures and more educational demonstrations than you can shake a cornucopia at.

We wouldn’t recommend placing bets on children at the festival’s pedal tractor races, but it’s a safe bet that they’ll have plenty of fun in the process—all while learning Galloping Grace’s values, which include enriching Albuquerque’s youth through fun, active, hands-on experiences.

If you need us, you can likely find us in the festival’s fall maze. Seriously, we’re probably lost in there! For more info, visit pumpkinharvest.org.