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


Lots to Do on the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway!

Come on out to the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway communities this weekend and find something to do for just about everyone!

In Estancia, the Torrance County Fair will be wrapping up a week-long set of activities with a parade, the Junior Livestock Show, and the Torrance County 4-H barbecue at the Fairgrounds. A Country and Western Dance will top off the festivities on Saturday night at the Estancia Community Center. For a calendar of events, click on the Torrance County Fair link at

In Edgewood, the Route 66 Run, Rally, Rock Celebration will kick off with a 10 a.m. Parade and end with fireworks in the evening. There’s a lot of other stuff in between from car shows to dunk tanks and a business expo, so stop on by Edgewood to see what’s going on. You can also get more details at

In Tijeras, the Village will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of its incorporation, with live music, a silent auction and other activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Contact for more information.

Wildlife Music Festival Begins Its Second Decade of Great Music

Come out out to the cooler side of the mountains on July 19-21 for the 11th Annual Wildlife Music Festival at Wildlife West in Edgewood! Grammy-nominated Lisa Haley and the Zydakats will perform along with the Blue Canyon Boys, Chuck Pyle, Joe West and the Santa Fe Revue, and a whole lot more. Just 20 minutes east of Albuquerque, this all-ages weekend festival will include entertainment and fun for musicians and onlookers alike, with workshops, open jams and other events. For more informaiton go to

Farmers Markets Along the Byway

Looking to escape the heat of the city? Come visit the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway and take the opportunity to buy food from local farmers at one of the Farmer’s Markets along the Byway. Start in Edgewood on Saturday mornings at Tractor Supply Company from 8:30 to noon. Then head south on NM41 to the Estancia Valley Farmers Market in Estancia on Thursdays and Saturdays from 3 to 7 p.m. on the sidewalk by the old Mill Restaurant. Or you can start your trip in Mountainair at the Farm and Garden Market on Highway 60 and Roosevelt Street on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any way you come, you’re bound to find fresh food and great folks, and a cool experience, in both senses of the word!

Meet Local Authors at Annual Event in Moriarty

Talk to local authors, buy their books (and get them autographed!), participate in a scavenger hunt, and more at the Seventh Annual Authors for Literacy event in Moriarty on Saturday, April 20. Dozens of local authors will be there to talk about and sell their books.
The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Moriarty Civic Center. Entrance is free. Authors will donate a percentage of their sales to benefit the Read “Write” Adult Literacy Program, which provides free tutoring in basic literacy and English as a second language. For more information contact or call 832-2513.