BeyondTaos Staff Report – May 2, 2016
Mother’s Day weekend, Friday May 6th through Sunday the 8th, offers a slew of events and activities in Taos and surrounding communities for moms of all ages and interests. Here’s a list that includes not only Taos but Angel Fire, the High Road, Ojo, Abiquiu, and Farmington, all pulled from BeyondTaos’s calendar and Taos Art Calendar.
May 6 – 8
Kentucky Derby Days
Enjoy an art show and wine tasting, Run for the Roses Derby viewing party, and Sunday Brunch to celebrate your win. Sponsored by Angel Fire Rotary Club to benefit Big Brother Big Sisters and the National Veterans Wellness Center. Location: Angel Fire Resort.
Mother’s Day Brunch in Angel Fire:
H2 Uptown serves a full buffet 10:00-2:00pm with live music and games for the whole family. 575-377-1200
Spring Arts & Crafts Fair and Northern NM Mother’s Day Concert
One location (Kit Carson Park); two great events. The crafts fair has been presented every year since 1971 by Taos County Chamber of Commerce. Local and regional artisans display and sell pottery, food products, textiles, paintings and photography, handmade toys, and more. Open 10:00am to 5:00 each day.
The music fest presents live entertainment all three days from traditional New Mexico-style musicians, Tejano, classic rock, and country and is a project of LMNOC Broadcasting. Music begins at 4:00pm Friday; noon on Saturday and Sunday. Location: Kit Carson Park.
Mother’s Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival
Three days of fun for moms who love to be outdoors. Whitewater races, river-side rendezvous, rodeo events, guided hikes and competitions for rafts, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards. Sponsored by New Mexico River Outfitter Association.
Location: On the Rio Grande at Taos Junction Bridge in Pilar
Mother’s Day Crafting at Twirl
Make your mama something awesome (like a butterfly bouquet!) just in time for Mother’s Day. 11:00 to 1:00pm. Location: Twirl Play & Discovery Place
Young Artists Reception: Anything is Possible Show
Art by the children in Taos Municipal Schools through the Elementary Arts Visiting Artist Program. A reception for the children, families, and public includes live cello music by Rebecca Caron; poetry readings by the children; and dancer Catalina Rio Fernandez teaching and demonstrating Flamenco techniques. 1:00-4:00pm. Location: Hacienda de los Martinez
Little Joe Concert
Five-time Grammy winner, Little Joe and La Familia perform at Sagebrush Inn Conference Center. The hotel is offering $20-off lodging packages over the entire weekend which include their signature hot breakfast. A BBQ Buffet for $12 a person is offered pre-concert as well. 575-758-2254. Location: Sagebrush Inn & Suites
Kentucky Derby Day Party
A benefit for Taos Lilac Festival (happening May 20-27 this year) features Best Bonnet Dressed Couple contest, BBQ spread, games, raffles and more, 3:00-6:00pm. Location: KTAOS Solar Center on NM Hwy 150
Taos Community Chorus: Celebrando! : Guest conductor Ryan Allais, pianist Claire Detels and the Chorus debut New Mexico composer Justin Raines’ The Raven. Location, Saturday: La Santisima Trinidad in Arroyo Seco, 7:00pm. Location, Sunday: St. James Episcopal Church, 3:00pm
Mother’s Day Brunch in Taos:
It’s best to make a reservation in advance because all three of these eateries, the best in Taos, fill up fast.
Lambert’s of Taos on Bent Street. 575-758-1009
Doc Martin’s in Taos Inn on Paseo Norte, 575-758-1977
La Tierra in El Monte Sagrado on Kit Carson Road, 575-75-3502
GHOST RANCH & OJO CALIENTE AREA
El Rito Open Studios
El Rito Artists are opening their studios the first Saturday of every month from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Follow the signs through town. El Rito is 14 miles west of Ojo Caliente and 30 miles east of Ghost Ranch. The drive is exquisitely beautiful at all times of the year! 505-927-8461 Location: Throughout El Rito on NM Hwy 554
Mother’s Day at the Lavender Farm
Stroll through the lavender fields. Shop for farm-made lavender body, bath and culinary products, have a tasty, gluten-free lunch and healthy lavender goodies on the deck of the Tea House, then buy lavender plant starts in the nursery. Open 10:00 to 5:00pm. Location: Purple Adobe Lavender Farm in Abiquiu, NM Hwy 84
Mother’s Day Brunch in Ghost Ranch-Ojo Area:
Ghost Ranch Dining Hall
Farm to Table program uses seasonal farm produce whenever possible. Menus highlight vegetarian entrees and a salad bar is featured at lunch and dinner each day. Meals are served cafeteria style, with choice of indoor or outdoor dining. Lunch: $11, Noon-1:00pm, Dinner: $13, 5:30-6:30pm. 505-685-1000.
The Artesian Restaurant at Ojo Caliente
Take mom for a soak in Ojo’s soothing mineral springs then have lunch (11:30-2:30pm) or dinner (5:00-9:00pm) in the Artesian. The chef describes the menu as “a delightful range of seasonal Southwestern favorites to a variety of international fare.” A wine bar adjoins the restaurant. 505-583-2233
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mariachi bands, folk dancing, jalapeno eating contest, Chihuahua races, food vendors, and salsa cook off. Noon to 6pm. Location: Farmington Civic Center
While in Farmington, visit Gateway to the Imagination, a juried art show that features paintings, watercolor, sculptures, photographs and mixed media works by nationally-recognized artists. It is on view 8:00 to 5:00pm at Farmington Museum and Visitor Center. 505-599-1174.
Mother’s Day Brunch in Farmington:
There are over 100 restaurants in Farmington. Choose one from the Visitor Center’s list.
VILLAGES ON THE HIGH ROAD TO TAOS
Mother’s Day Weekend Sale at Ojo Sarco Pottery
Once a year sale and celebration of Spring at Ojo Sarco Pottery. Great prices on handmade pottery by Kathy Riggs and Jake Wilson. Come early because they sell out every year! 505-689-2354. Open 10:00-5:00pm both days. Location: Ojo Sarco Pottery
Mother’s Day Brunch
on the High Road:
Rancho de Chimayo in Chimayo, 505-351-4444
Sugar Nymphs Bistro in Penasco, 575-587-0311
Find complete event calendars:
BeyondTaos community calendar
BeyondTaos art calendar
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