Favorite Things Friday

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

Snow in the sunny Southwest? Can it be?

Yes, actually! As we look forward to some white frosting on the Sandia Mountains after this weekend’s storm, throw another juniper log on the fire and keep an eye out for these three fantastic Albuquerque events:

Sandhill Crane on the Membrane

It’s totally normal to have migratory birds on your mind around this time of year. Totally.

But just in case you need some reassurance, migrate a little bit south of ‘Buque where you’ll find like-minded waterfowl fans at the 26th Annual Festival of the Cranes on the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (festivalofthecranes.com).

The event–which started Nov. 19th and ends Nov 24th–includes more than 100 workshops, lectures, hikes, tours, and activities that center around the beloved native birdie and other refuge species, including “Walk Out to Fly Out,” where guests can watch thousands of Sandhill Cranes take flight early in the morning, a tour of birding areas, or a “Duck Butts Intensive Lecture,” which teaches Albuquerqueans how to distinguish duck sexes without gettting too personal.

…Or, Meet Us in Placitas

If bird isn’t the word this weekend, then head north for the 32nd Annual Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale (placitasholidaysale.com), where you can get intimate with more than 80 skilled artists and crafters who will be exhibiting their work for Albuqueqrueans to enjoy (or perhaps buy as gifts).

The event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and takes place simultaneously in three locations; Anasazi Fields Winery, “The Big Tent” east of the Presbyterian Church, and at Placitas Elementary School.

Artists and crafters will be slinging everything from hand-formed sterling silver jewelry and decorative fused glass to organic goat cheese, walking sticks, pinion nuts, hand-painted scarves, and functional wooden folk art birdhouses.

Either way, they had us at “goat cheese.” Delish!

…Or Get Amped Up on Caffeine.

At Albuquerque the Magazine, we do love our “juice.”

So of course we have to tell you about The New Mexico Piñon Coffee Experience, where you can take a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of Albuquerque’s most successful coffee rosters (nmpinoncoffee.com). And the best part? It’s totally free!

Every Saturday at 10 a.m., New Mexico Piñon Company gives guests the opportunity to tour the facility, participate in an official “coffee cupping” taste session, and be given an educational course on all things java-related.

What does that entail, you ask? Try the history of the company, the different roasts and qualities of coffee, and a primer on different regions around the globe where coffee is produced.

Actually, this is better than free. Each guest gets a parting gift, a discount on purchases, and their very own bag of pinion coffee. Just thinking about it gets us amped up.

Or perhaps that’s the fourth cup of coffee kicking in.