Favorite Things Friday (Memorial Day Edition)

Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

School’s out, the pools are open, and what were windy, temperate spring days are emerging into the still, hot days of a New Mexico summer.  As always, the Albuquerque area has a plethora of exciting events to celebrate the last weekend in May.  We’ve compiled a list of events to check out over your three-day weekend.

1. We’re still looking for Albuquerque’s Hottest Singles. As part of our tireless search, we’ll be at Casa Esencia in Hotel Albuquerque from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. tonight.  So, if you’re hot, single and 25 or over, come out and apply.  Not hot? Not single? Only 24?  Bring one of your eligible friends and peer pressure him or her into applying!  If you can’t make it, be sure to submit applications and nominations online before June 4th.

2. “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” opening Friday at Albuquerque Little Theatre, is the perfect excuse to pull out those cowboy boots and Texas it up for a few hours.  The play “recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas.” The show runs at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays through June 20. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $18 for students and can be purchased online.

3. What better way to welcome the blazing hot days of summer than with some local wine and live music?  The 2010 Albuquerque Wine Festival takes place from noon to 6 p.m. May 29 to 31, at Balloon Fiesta Park.  The $15 entrance fee includes a souvenir wine glass. Not looking forward to monster entrance lines? Jump ahead by purchasing your tickets online beforehand.

4. Handmade craft items, fresh, local produce, wearable art, yard art and treats of all kinds make up the Idalia Road Marketplace in Rio Rancho.  The market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through November 29. If local, local, local is what you crave, make sure to stop by the market sometime during the long weekend.

5. We’ve voted it “Best Place to Hear Classical Music Outdoors,” for two years in a row, and, well, we don’t hand out those titles for nothing. Symphony Under the Stars continues this weekend with “Stars, Stripes and the 1812 Overture,” featuring great American favorites as a tribute to the Armed Forces. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at the Rio Grande Zoo. Tickets range in price from $15 to $50.

6.There’s no better way to feel connected to your food like buying it from the person who grew it!  Support local farmers by stopping by the Corrales Grower’s Market on Sunday.  The market’s “homegrown only” policy brings fresh produce, local honey, farm fresh eggs, plants and crafts. Tie it all together with live music by The Bleeker Street Boys, and there’s no better way to spend a Sunday morning.

7. To so many, Memorial Day is a much-needed 3-day weekend, but let’s not forget what the holiday is all about. Rio Rancho’s annual Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Country Club Drive and ends at the Rio Rancho Veterans Monument Park, next to the Esther Bone Memorial Library. Following the parade is a remembrance ceremony celebrating the lives of those who served.

That’s what we’ll be doing this weekend.  What are your plans?