Mountain Arts Activities in Mountainair

Looking for something to do in the Mountainair area in September? Mountain Arts on Broadway holds ongoing classes at the Art Center at 122 East Broadway Ave. (aka US Rt. 60 and Ross Ave.) in Mountainair. Here’s the list for this month.

Yoga Classes- 9:30 to 11 am and 4:30-6:00 pm by Ellen Ashbrook, Physical Therapist and Yoga Teacher.
The month of September is for make-up and drop-ins – for those regularly enrolled who might have missed a class or two and for anyone else who wishes to come! Cost is $5.

Speak Spanish- Eat Lunch (Habla Espanol-Almuerza)- 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Bring your own lunch. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. For more information, contact Tomas Wolff: or 505-847-2444.

ICreate Free Summer Music Classes (Adult and Children). 4:30. Call Kay (847-2301) or Lenora (847-847-2419)

Open Studio- Clay and Mosaics-10 am to 1 pm. Tomás Wolff (505-847-2444) conducts this class. $10 for art council members, $15 per class for nonmembers.

Community Garden- 9:00-11:00

Mountain Arts on Broadway is a project of the nonprofit Manzano Mountain Art Council,, and is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information contact Art Center Director Kent Potter at 847-0295 or

De Profundis Concert at Quarai Monument

Once again, the de Profundis annual concert at Quarai on Sunday, September 15 opens the twentieth season of de Profundis concerts. The theme for this year’s concert is “Homeward: Songs of Longing and Return.” Quarai is a unique space – a 17th century Spanish mission church, abandoned in the 1670s – part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. The monument is one of the three “salt missions” on the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway. The top part of the church is open, and yet the acoustics in the stone walls are wonderful.

The concert starts at 3:00 pm and is free of charge. Arrive early with your picnic lunch – and make sure to make time before or after the concert to tour the grounds of Quarai. And don’t forget your water, head cover, and sunscreen!

The Quarai Mission Ruins of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument are located north of Mountainair on NM55 and south of Tijeras on NM55. Rain location is the Mountainair Elementary School Gym.

For more information about de Profundis, their music, and concert schedule, go to

Enjoy the Buckarettes at the Chuckwagon BBQ at Wildlife West!

Buckarettes photo

This Saturday, August 3, the award-winning Buckarettes will be entertaining during the Wildlife West Chuckwagon BBQ! Live Cowboy Band (or in this case, Cowgirl) entertainment is a special feature of the weekly Chuckwagon BBQ feasts at Wildlife West in Edgewood, just 20 minutes east of Albuquerque on I-40. The suppers include a traditional chuckwagon show, including a barbecue dinner, wildlife presentation and puppet show for the youngsters, Wildlife West’s unique falcon show, plus (this week), New Mexico’s Buckarettes. The barbeque dinner includes brisket, chicken, ranch beans, baked potato, rolls, apple sauce, cookies, lemonade, coffee, and water. A vegetarian option, substituting a tasty salad for the brisket and chicken, is also available. Shows take place rain or shine in Wildlife West’s all-weather amphitheater.

For more details go to To make reservations, call 505-281-7655 or 877-981-9453 (toll free).

For more information about the Buckarettes, go to

Feathers and Yucca Become a—–Blanket!?!

Have you ever seen a turkey feather blanket? These wonderful Native American blankets were made of soft, downy feathers woven together with cordage made yucca leaves. Come to the Tijeras Pueblo Interpretive Center at Sandia Ranger Station just south of Tijeras on Saturday, July 13 to watch Mary Weahkee, of the Santa Clara Pueblo and Comanche Nation, demonstrate how to make a turkey feather blanket. The presentation starts at 10 a.m. and is sponsored by the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo. A $5 donation is requested from non-members of the Friends. For more information about Mary and the presentation, go to


Travis Suazo, Executive Director of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM, will be offering a Pueblo perspective on archaeology and discussing the importance of the core values of love, faith, compassion, service and community to the Pueblo people at the Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Friends of Tijeras Pueblo lecture.
This lecture kicks off a collaborative effort between the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. It is being held at the Sandia Ranger Station just south of the Village of Tijeras and begins at 6:30 p.m. A $5 donation is requested from non-members of the Friends. For more information go to


Whether you’re into books or mud bogging (or maybe a little of both!) Saturday, May 18 will be a great day to have fun on the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway!

Stop by the Estancia Public Library’s Spring Carnival from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. for games, books, and golf carts. Tickets are 6 for $1 and all proceeds will go to the 2013 Summer Reading Program “Just Dig It!”

Or if you just have to get muddy, head on over to the Mountainair Marauder Mud Bog with New Mexico’s only hill-n-hole racing event, standard mud pit, rum barrel run, or maurauder challenge. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the battles start at 11 a.m. For entry fees, spectator admissions, and directions go to or call 505-847-2975 or 350-7765.