We know Thanksgiving’s still a couple weeks away, but the truth is, we already have turkey on the brain. Did you know Minnesota raises 46.5 million turkeys more than any other state in the country? Of course, that sounds like a small number when you consider that about 250 million turkeys are raised every year in the U.S., specifically to get served up on Turkey Day. While you fantasize about the impending glut of the long-awaited holidays, here are some ABQ activities and events that should get your heart rate up. That is, until the tryptophan kicks in.
How the West was Fun
Like a tumbleweed rolling in the wind, the National Western Music Showcase bounced through Old Town Plaza yesterday. The series of country music and western performances are sponsored by the City of Albuquerque and the Western Music Association, which has a mission of promoting the preservation, composition, and performance of vintage and contemporary Western music and poetry.
Today’s performances kick off with Carol Markstrom at 12 p.m., with an act occurring every hour until 4 p.m. It might also be a great time to pick up some preemptive holiday gifts for the folks on your list. After all, Old Town is home to more than 150 stores and galleries located throughout delicate nooks and crannies of buildings constructed centuries ago.
Nothin’ but a Swing Thing
So, you really think you’re the sultan-ness of swing? Put on your best pumps and pencil skirt for Casa Ball Swing, a bash held to benefit Albuquerque’s homeless community.
The jive drive will start at 6 p.m., with registration and a silent auction at Sandia Resort & Casino, followed by a cocktail hour, plated dinner, and a local celebrity dance-off. At the end of the evening, guests will get the chance to win a cruise for two to the Bahamas, along with a handful of other great prizes.
The event will be hosted by the Apartment Association of New Mexico to benefit the Albuquerque Heading Home program, which was created to make homelessness in the Duke City brief, rare, and not cyclical. If anything, come out to check out the fancy footwork from some of the city’s biggest names, including Jonathan Perno, the executive chef at Los Poblanos; award-winning mariachi, vocalist, and entertainer Antonio Reyna; and Runway Apparel partner Dara Ambriz.
Tickets are $55, but there may only be a few left available by phone, at 822-1114.
We’ve got birds on the brain, so don’t miss the Return of the Sandhill Cranes Celebration, which pays homage to the return of thousands of sandhill cranes that will spend winter in the lush valleys and fields along the Rio Grande. Guests can partake in Tai Chi with the cranes at Los Poblanos fields, hear live music courtesy of the Cottonwood Quartet, as well as discussions on the birds’ origins, lifestyle, history, and place in various cultures.
Viewing scopes will be set up along the perimeter of the Open Space Visitors center, and a number of ABQ associations will also be on-hand to celebrate the birds’ return. One of them is the Albuquerque Origami Society, which will teach visitors how to create origami cranes. A short film on cranes called Waking Up Crane by Joanne Schmidt will be open for viewing, as well.
According to the Open Space Division, some of the cranes live as long as 20 years—that means many have made this trip before. Visitors can learn more when the celebration kicks off on Saturdy at 8 a.m. with a Bosque Bird Walk, courtesy of Jessica Allen with the Central New Mexico Audubon Society.
Visitors should register for events in advance or seek more info by calling 897-8831.