A packed issue... Summerfest, ballooning, Heritage Days in Portales, Centennial Choral Celebration at the historic Rio Grande Theater in Las Cruces, follow up on Centennial Pony Express from Hobbs to Santa Fe and more...
Join in on the fun this Saturday, June 16th, from 12pm to 9pm, for New Mexico's largest Centennial celebration in downtown Albuquerque.
Centennial Summerfest will feature six different stages and pavilions along Central Avenue. At 6 pm, the main stage becomes the focal point with performances by award winning musicians, followed by the multiple Grammy®-winning band Los Lobos rockin' the stage from 8pm to 9:30pm.
Ballooning in New Mexico has become the largest ballooning place in the world and New Mexico's largest tourist attraction, and this will be the 5th year for Bloomfield's San Juan River Balloon Rally.
Eighteen to twenty hot air balloons will launch from the Bloomfield soccer fields, next to the San Juan River, for three consecutive mornings. Balloon pilots will strive to fly down the San Juan River during the day and there will be a Balloon Glow on Saturday night.
Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17, from 7am to 10pm.
Celebrate the pioneer heritage of Roosevelt County on Friday, June 15 through Saturday, June 16.
Held in Portales' City Park, events will include a 5K/10K run, a Centennial themed parade, a car show, music plus free birthday cake for New Mexico's Centennial. For more information, please visit http://www.portales.com/index.htm
New Mexico Centennial Choral Celebration
Concert on Saturday, June 16, from 3pm to 4pm at the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces.
The Mesilla Valley Chorale and the Albuquerque Civic Chorus join together to present a concert which will include works about New Mexico by New Mexico composers. Both choral groups have a long, successful history in their respective communities. Additional local choral groups will be invited.
The concert takes place in one of Las Cruces' most treasured historic gems, the Rio Grande Theatre on the downtown mall. Tickets are $10. A portion of the proceeds will be given to the Rio Grande Theatre. For more information, please visit NMCentennial.org
THANK YOU... to the Centennial Pony Express!
NM Centennial wants to extend our gratitude to the Centennial Pony Express Riders. The coordinators of the event, Mr. Calvin Smith and Mr. Red Hann worked very hard to bring the Pony Express from Hobbs to Santa Fe, and we want to thank them for their efforts. Fun was had by all as the riders made their way to the Santa Fe Plaza, led by New Mexico's very own First Gentleman, Mr. Chuck Franco. It was a great day in Santa Fe!
Pictured above: Mr. Red Hann, Pete Slade Johnson and Mike Johnson
More events taking place statewide...
Lecture, "Conveying Our State's Visual Charms: La Tierra Encantada as a Mecca for Artists"
Friday, June 15, from 5pm to 6pm at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Explore the traits that made our region so irresistible to eminent painters, photographers, sculptors and other talents. Moderated by John F. Andrews of the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Shakespeare Guild of New York, with Andrew Connors, Curator of Art at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and Sharyn Udall, art historian and author of "Carr, O'Keeffe, Kahlo: Places of Their Own". This event is part of the Centennial Fridays program at the New Mexico Museum of Art. For more information, please visit NMCentennial.org
Film Premiere, "LAND WATER PEOPLE TIME"
Friday, June 15, from 6pm to 9pm at the El Museo Cultural in Santa Fe. A celebration of New Mexico's multi-cultural identity, this film features the people and landscapes of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos Counties. There will be a reception from 6pm – 6:30 pm, the film screening at 6:30pm – 8pm and a post screening reception from 8pm – 9pm. For more information, please visit NMCentennial.org
Conference of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, "Where Trails and Cultures Meet"
Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17, at The Lodge at Santa Fe. In addition to the latest in methodologies in genealogical research and publications available at the conference, selected presenters will discuss historical events with a cultural perspective, a way in which the narrative of our state continues to be defined. The Keynote speaker will be Ana Pacheco, a native of Santa Fe who was the publisher of La Herencia magazine. Like many, Pacheco traces her New Mexico ancestral roots to the 17th century. For more information, please visit NMCentennial.org
World Blacksmith Championships in Edgewood
Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17, from 10am to 6pm in Wildlife West Nature Park. This 3-day event features blacksmiths from all over the world competing to make perfect horseshoes from scratch. On Saturday, there will also be a Wildlife West Chuckwagon BBQ feast and live stage show by Holy Water and Whiskey, reservations are required. For more information, please visit NMCentennial.org
For these and more events taking place statewide this month, please visit our events calendar at NMCentennial.org
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