Friday, October 28, 2016

The Taos Mountain Balloon Rally

From the Taos News:

Katharine Egli, The Taos News
Good times get ready to take flight again this year with the 34th annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally. This spectacular, not-to-be missed event will be underway Friday through Sunday (Oct. 28-30). Launch site is in the vacant lot along Albright Street, across from The Taos News offices. Admission is free.
On Saturday and Sunday mornings, Mass Ascensions are scheduled for 8:15 a.m. All outdoor events are weather permitting. So, if the autumn winds are gusty this year and liftoff is canceled, don’t be disappointed. This is for everyone’s safety.
The mornings may be chilly to start and then warm up, so dressing in layers is recommended. Parking is plentiful, and there will be vendors on hand serving up tasty breakfast burritos, donuts, coffee and more.
This hot air balloon rally is an invitational with hand-selected pilots each year. Only 35 balloons take flight and the pilots (who fly in larger rallies) enjoy the intimacy of this Taos weekend.
This event is organized by the all-volunteer Taos Mountain Balloon Rally Association (TMBRA), supported by the town of Taos, and held in conjunction with many Taos businesses and local artisans who donate thousands of dollars in sponsorship, lodging and handmade goods.
TMBRA board members are: President Chris Standard, Vice President Dave Doolittle, Secretary Joan Doolittle, Treasurer Neomi Standard, and members Sandy Olsen, Mike Olsen, Dennis Manzanares and Carmel Manzanares.
There is also a long list of yearly, dedicated sponsors. “We would like to acknowledge our town of Taos co-sponsors and also give recognition to the local lodgers who generously provide rooms for our pilots. Michael’s Kitchen bakes our donuts and provides coffee to our pilots,” Sandy Olsen said.
Rick Romancito, The Taos News
For the first time, Enchanted Florist and Electric Sheep Computers are sharing a sponsorship as a new option for local small businesses. “I just really feel that it is important that we support these events that bring visitors to Taos. Every business benefits from a good strong economy. Teaming up with Electric Sheep just seemed natural. They are our new neighbors,” Marjorie Perry, owner of Enchanted Florist, said.
If you think watching balloons ascend is thrilling, nothing compares to the rush of the burners igniting and the soft quiet when drifting. To earn a ride in a hot air balloon during the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally, visit its website to become a sponsor (you actually earn two rides). You’ll get to experience the ride and meet your pilot and their crew at the registration party.
For the first time this year, TMBRA is holding the pilot registration party at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Radio station KTAO-FM 101.9 has been a big sponsor of the balloon rally for many years, and this year it is expanding its involvement.
Every year, TMBRA has a clothing booth and offers apparel with a unique design for each year, which have become collector’s items. “Our prices are competitive and all proceeds are turned back into the community in the form of the ‘Reach for the Sky’ scholarship awarded to a graduating senior. The more we raise, the more students benefit. This year’s recipient was Ian Haimowitz. In 2015 we awarded two scholarships,” Olsen said.
If someone wanted to purchase a balloon ride for a special event such as an anniversary, there are local companies who fly all year and give spectacular experiences in surrounding areas and into the Río Grande Gorge for a “splash and dash” river experience when possible.
One of the local pilots is Kris Braden of the Taos commercial balloon company, Pueblo Balloon. He is a “Pilot in Residence” for the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally Association. In previous years Braden has advised TMBRA on technical flight elements, especially about the weather. He’s had his pilot license since he was 14 years old.
Story continues at The Taos News

Diane Padoven

2016 Schedule of Events
 Friday (Oct. 28)
7-7:30 a.m. Dawn Patrol
8:15 a.m. Mini-Ascension
8:30 a.m. Tether Rides for School Children
4-10 p.m. Pilot and Sponsor Registration at KTAOS
Saturday (Oct. 29)
7-7:30 a.m. Dawn Patrol
8:15-9 a.m. Mass Ascension
1 p.m. Balloon Rally Parade, starts at TMBRA Field, continues along Paseo del Pueblo Norte y Sur, ends at Kit Carson Park. Picnic to follow.
Dusk “Balloomenshine,” inflated, grounded balloons light up; named tongue-in-cheek after Taos Society of Artists founder Ernest Blumenschein.
Sunday (Oct. 29)
 7-7:30 a.m. Dawn Patrol
8:15-9 a.m. Final Mass Ascension
11:30 a.m. Closing Ceremonies
If you go …
• Dogs are forbidden on the site, leave them at home.
• When driving near the launch site, keep your eyes on the road – not the balloons.
• Keep track of your children.
• Do not step on balloon fabric or guide lines.
• Watch out for chase trucks moving through crowds.
• Dress warm and in layers.
• Cameras are allowed, but don’t interfere with launch crews.
• Do volunteer for chase crews. You may even get a ride.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

October in Taos

From the Website

VISIT TAOS. Taos, an art colony, a world-class ski resort, an ancient community and land of Earthships. Taos is a place of convergence – of cultures, of opposites, of like minds and new perspectives. Drawn by clean air and great views, visitors come to experience rich spiritual traditions, fine art and the beauty of the landscape. They come to Taos for creative inspiration and the abundant outdoor recreation. Find your re-creation here.
This year's theme is humor with a participation-themed StorySLAM.
October 8-9
Open Studios in Angel Fire and
Eagle Nest areas.
Three festive days with brightly colored hot air balloons.

November 12-13 & 19-20
Performing “Solemn Mass in G”.

October 7-9  |  Authentic German food, music, arts, entertainment, family activities and more.
October 9  |  Taos Plaza.
Celebrating flavors from Northern New Mexico kitchens

October 31  |  Games, Prizes & Trick or Treat on Taos Plaza, Teresina Lane, John Dunn Shops & Bent St.

November 16-19
Four Nights / Four Venues

Millicent Rogers Museum. Show & sale of museum-quality antiques.
October 14  |  Hear the velvety
voice of one of America’s best singer/songwriters
November 5-6  |  Embudo Valley.
One of the most popular studio tours in the state.
  |  November 19, Taos Youth Center. A super fun morning for the entire family.


Find out more at TAOS VISITOR CENTER  |  1139 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, New Mexico 87571  |  (575) 758-3873
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Paseo-An Annual Outdoor Event

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Projection piece by Nettrice Gaskin, Paseo 2015

The PASEO 2016
Friday – Saturday,
September 23-24, 5-10pm
Saturday – Sunday,
September 24-25, 10am-5pm
The Paseo Project
PO Box 1075
Taos New Mexico

The PASEO 2016, an outdoor art event, will fill the streets of Taos Historic District on Friday and Saturday evenings, September 23 and 24, from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. "Be prepared so you can make the most of the few short hours you have to see 21 temporary, participatory and 100%-free artworks," advise PASEO co-directors, artist-educator Agnes Chavez and artist-architect, Matt Thomas. Here is their advice for navigating The PASEO 2016. 

"When you arrive in Taos, start at one of the convenient PASEO Info Centers to pick up a map and PASEO Festival Program Guide. Or download the map and guide in advance from Then, set your mind to full-acceptance mode so you can experience all things new, different and unexpected, and keep your eyes open for the big orange PASEO X's that mark each art installation."

 Map of Taos Historic District

Become one with the art. Virtually all the PASEO art is participatory in some way. Your movement will light up, a nontraditional Navajo sand painting wired with LED lights. Feel free to protest, confess, pontificate then watch your words become part of the art – blasted onto short-wave FM radios or projected on to adobe walls. Other installations will recolor, resize and respond based on audience interactions. 

Let your smartphone be your partner in The PASEO experience. Several installations use online integration and PASEO partner,, has developed a GPS-enabled map to all the installations. Don't forget to take pictures and post to Instagram: #paseotaos2016 and #newmexicotrue. 

Wear your running shoes and bring your water bottle so you can sprint along with the moving art. Four roaming artworks will dance, cycle, or bring light and sound to hidden corners of the town.  

Bring the kids, become a kid again doing special activities at Twirl Discovery Space and at a STEAM-inspired makers space set up outside The Toolbox on Civic Plaza Drive. Twelve of the 21 installations will include youth from Taos schools so your kids will see Taos kids participating in the art process. 

Soak in silence. On the Plaza, dancers in high-tech headphones will move to the rhythms of three DJs. Their colored LEDs tell which channel they are grooving to, though the audience hears nothing. A surreal experience for the audience, all of whom are welcome to try on the headphones and enter the dance floor. 

Dosshaus from Los Angeles is part of Paseo 2016

About The PASEO
In its third year, The PASEO 2016 is held in conjunction with the 42-year-oldTaos Fall Arts Festival (September 23 through October 2), a Taos tradition that exhibits works by over 160 painters, sculptors, and photographers in two major exhibitions. The two art events combine with numerous gallery openings, a film festival, and an arts and crafts fair to make September an exceptionally creative time to visit Taos. The PASEO is a New Mexico True event, sponsor

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Wanna Visit Some Beautiful Homes In Taos, New Mexico?

Taos Parade of Homes A Benefit for HFHT

The Taos Association of Realtors is proud to offer a tour of beautiful homes of distinction peppered throughout Taos. Habitat will have their latest home on the tour as well so you can see the 'safe, decent, affordable homes' they build and meet the newest home buying partner, Vera Romero.

Whether it's your goal to be inspired, find a new home, be up on the latest trends, or you just have a passion for architecture and interior design then we believe you'll find this year's tour to be exceptional. From spectacular villas to classic Pueblo-style homes tucked away off the beaten path, this tour has it all. And remember, every home on the tour is currently on the market to be sold (except ours). Plus, throughout the tour, you can enjoy wonderful culinary delights from Taos' finest restaurants.

Tickets are available at all the Taos Real Estate offices, The Taos News and Habitat for Humanity of Taos office and the Habitat ReStore. Call 575.758.7827 for more information. Mark your calendar to attend Saturday, July 9, 2016, 10-3pm cost is $20.00

CLICK HERE for a list of homes in the 2016 Parade of Homes and CLICK HERE for a map to the 2016 Parade of Homes 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Italianos Trail Hike in Taos Ski Valley

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Italianos Trail is one of my favorite hikes in Taos. Located on State Highway 150 on the way to the Taos Ski Valley, this trail is one of  the most beautiful in Taos County. It is, in my opinion, one of the least difficult although there are numerous water crossings. The streams have water trails made with large rocks and logs and, providing you wear waterproof shoes and the snow melt is not too high (rarely happens), the crossings are pretty easy.

This hike is 3.6 miles long and increases in elevation from 8,704 to 11,387 feet. Click here for a map of Italianos Trail.

We have had a ton of rain in Taos this year which has resulted in lush green foliage and the most wildflowers I have ever seen on the trail. We hiked last week and I found myself snapping photo after photo of the beauty. A series of flowers, each with a bee, were some of my favorites.

This is a perfect hike for families, dogs (on leash) and less than expert hikers because the elevation changes gradually. Just please prepare properly with appropriate footwear, water, snacks,sunscreen, rain gear and snowshoes & jackets in winter.  But, right now in summer, the trail is breathtaking. Just remember, if you are not used to our elevation, take it easy. You are starting at 8700 feet. It may take a while to catch your breath.

Photo bomb from Jasper!

For additional information and photos, check out this in-depth article about hiking Italianos Trail from the Taos News.

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