Double & Triple Fun In Bean Valley (Estancia: 8/4/12)


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Old Timers Day in Estancia this Saturday is not just for Estancia graduates–everyone’s invited! The day starts with a parade, with line up at 10 a.m. and take off at 11. A youth rodeo also begins at the county fairgrounds and the barbecue will start at 11 a.m. ($6 a plate) at the fairgrounds. In addition, the Van of Enchantment will be at the library from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special exhibit on women in the Estancia Valley. Horseshoe and volleball tournaments begin at noon and the swimming pool will be open from 2 to 6 p.m.

If you’re looking for music, the Juniper Hill Band will be playing from 11 to 1 p.m. at Arthur Park, with the Clay Mac Band from 1 to 4:30 and Tumbleweeds from 4:30 to 7 p.m. To top it all off, the dance at the fairgrounds will start about 7 p.m., with DJ Corey Plant.

More details can be found at Or call 384-2833 or 384-2377 for reunion information and384-5225 for dance information.

“Diamonds in the Field” onstage in Mountainair

An original musical history about Mountainair’s bean field era will be presented by the “children of the bean fields” in Mountainair on Saturday, August 11. “Diamonds in the Field” reflects the tradition of old-time musical get togethers and tells of the joys of Mountainair when it was the pinto bean capital of the world in the years before the 1930’s drought, and the sorrows afterward.

“Diamonds in the Field” is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., following the 6 p.m. dedication of the “Tribute to Mountainair” mural at the B-Street Market. It will be held in the WPA-era Dr. Saul Community Center. A suggested donation of $5 is requested, to benefit the Manzano Mountain Art Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For further information email

Wildlife West’s Tenth Annual Music Festival Happens This Weekend!

Come on out to Edgewood this weekend for Wildlife West’s 10th Annual Music Festival for music, dancing, food, hay rides, and a whole lot more.

Fifteen bands will perform, including nationally acclaimed performs like the Quebe Sisters Band and the Byron Berline Band. The fun starts with a dance at 7 p.m. on Friday in the historic pinto bean barn and continues on Saturday with three stages of music from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. On Sunday, bluegrass gospel performers Coyote Crossing will start things off at 11 a.m., with folk and bluegrass performances until 4 p.m., when the fiddle and banjo contests will begin. The contests will be followed by an open stage for youth performers.

 There will also be food, kids’ games, musicians workshops and jam sessions, as well as wildlife viewing available. For more information, go to or call 505-281-7655.

Farmer’s Markets Along the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway


I’m reposting the following, since it didn’t get much “play” last week at the top of the list.

For a healthy alternative to the standard day trip full of junk food, consider visiting the Farmers Markets along the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway. Wildlife West in Edgewood (87 North Frontage Road) hosts a Farmers Market on Thursdays from 3 to 6:30 p.m. , while Mountainair’s Farmers Market (next to the post office) is active every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until sellout. If you can’t make it on one of those days, beginning in early August consider stopping at Schwebach Farms’ market stand in Moriarty, which will be open Tuesdays through Sundays. Call (505) 832-6171 for hours.

Both the Wildlife West and the Mountainair Market are now accepting WIC and Senior checks. Contact Rebecca Lueras at 505-847-0973 or visit their Facebook page at!/MountainairFarmGardenMarket for information about the Mountainair market and Craig Noorlander, (505) 281-7851 or for information about the Wildlife West market.