Barking Up the Right Tree

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

True, they sell aerosol cans and candles of the smell aplenty, but nothing beats the real deal.

Of course, we’re talking about Christmas trees.

But when it comes to the real deal, it doesn’t get any more real than chopping down your own. The holidays are just around the corner, but there’s still time to to saw through some pine bark. According to the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands website, tree-cutting permits for the forest’s Mount Taylor and Magdalena Ranger Districts are being sold through Dec. 24. Trees up to 10 feet tall cost $10. Anything taller costs $1 per extra foot.

Speaking of Christmas trees, Cliff’s Amusement Park’s 120-foot tree of lights, which surrounds the Cliff Hanger ride, made USA Today’s “Merry and bright: Beautiful Christmas trees to visit” story.

Anyway, there’s still plenty of time before Christmas to deck the halls and enjoy them. If you find yourself with a bit of cabin fever, get of of the house and check out these ABQ activities.

Man 1900 style wearing black hat and coat. Medicine man in DickeA Dickens Christmas

In late 1867, according to, Charles Dickens toured East Coast cities in the U.S., performing an adaptation of A Christmas Carol. The crowds were large. It proved the story’s consistent success since it was first published in 1843.

The transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge’s character is a message kept in our hearts, especially during the holidays. And A Christmas Carol’s popularity continues today.

The Vortex Theatre is performing David Richards Jones’ stage adaptation of the holiday favorite, under the direction of Jones himself—The Vortex Theatre’s founder. Only three shows are left, Dec. 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. both days, and Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. Admission is $22. 

Santa PawsSanta Claus with dog

You love your pets. You treat them like humans. And we know, because we witnessed it when you lined up outside pet stores around town to vie for the top spot in our September 2014 canine cover model contest.

Well, take them to visit Boofy’s Best for Pets this Saturday, Dec. 20, between noon and 4 p.m., for photos with Santa. Humans are welcome, too. That’s why they’re having an ugly sweater contest, so wear the most horrid one you have. The winner, in addition to awkward looks, gets a $25 Boofy’s gift card. All ages are welcome, and donations will be accepted for local animal welfare groups.

Funny kitten coming out of a gift box with bokeh backgroundTravelin’ Jack’s At it, Again

Travelin’ Jack is a renaissance man, or, renaissance dog. Not only did he team up with local radio personality Terrie Q. Sayre for Rio Grande Books‘ Terrie Q. Sayre & Travelin’ Jack’s Pet Friends (a second version of the book is on the way—keep your eyes peeled), but he’s also hosting this Sunday’s, Travelin’ Jack’s Howl-i-day “Give Back” Tour 2014  at Lucky Paws Adoption Center.

From noon to 4 p.m., everyone is invited to drop by, make a donation, and select a toy from the big chest full of pet goodies, which will then be given to a pet in need.

What are you doing this weekend?