July is a special time of year in which our Village has the opportunity to showcase our rich agricultural heritage through our Lavender in the Village Festival. Although lavender is grown sparingly in the Village, it represents the beauty and intrigue of living in the North Valley.
The Lavender in the Village Festival showcases our Village and the special qualities of our community that we are all fighting so hard to protect. The Festival represents a peaceful, serene lifestyle in a rural agricultural setting. This is a lifestyle for which most city dwellers can only dream and, on occasion, visit.
I have often said that lavender represents romance and intrigue, much like the name Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. This year’s Lavender in the Village Festival will once again be held at our Agri-Nature Center. Village residents can get in free by stopping by Village Hall before the end of the day on July 12th and picking up an admittance wristband.
The festival will start with a dance on Friday night and festivities all day Saturday and Sunday.
Many of us often take for granted the beauty of the Los Ranchos. All you need to do is observe visitors to our festival and watch the sparkle in their eyes when they walk around the Agri-Nature Center. If you have not had the opportunity to visit our Agri-Nature Center, the festival is an opportune time to see one of the premier municipally owned properties in the state. We have just recently completed several trails throughout the property. One walking trail along the southern border of the property allows our residents to gain access from Rio Grande Boulevard to the 140-acre Los Poblanos Open Space that is jointly owned by Los Ranchos, Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque. We are also in the process of adding several benches so you may sit and enjoy the beautiful setting.
While strolling the grounds of the Agri-Nature Center and the Los Poblanos Open Space you cannot help but reinforce your beliefs of why we all live here. It gives of us all a renewed sense of appreciation and pride in our community.
Additionally, on Saturday morning you will be able to stroll through the Los Ranchos Growers’ Market and Arts and Crafts Market at Hartnett Park. This enables visitors to see why it is one of the premier growers’ markets in the state of New Mexico. The weather this year has been rough on our market. The early severe cold weather followed by extreme heat and drought conditions have made for a slow start but the produce is starting to roll in. The market still offers one of the best places to take a Saturday morning stroll, visit with your neighbors as well as meet new friends. The market provides an unparalleled opportunity to purchase fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables, fresh blended organic juices, as well as fresh cut flowers.
The unique pets that accompany their owners always intrigue me and provide an added bonus to the social atmosphere.
My heartfelt thanks goes out to all the volunteers and sponsors that have helped make this festival a success. You make all of us look good.
In other news: Congratulations goes out to Cliff and Jennifer at Simpatico Cycling Shop at 7103 Fourth Street. On Sunday July 13th they will host a “Happy 6th Birthday Celebration” along with Women Riding Well.
I continue to work on plans that will make Fourth Street a much friendlier place to walk and ride.
The Village has redesigned our website and we continue to make changes in order to make it very user friendly, including reading this very magazine digitally and in its entirety online. Our official website is www.losranchosnm.gov. Additionally, we have consolidated our Facebook pages. To follow us on Facebook, please go to our official page at Los Ranchos de Albuquerque.
Lastly, please be especially vigilant in these times of drought and high fire danger. Our Village and the Bosque is a tinderbox right now and we have instituted the maximum restrictions we can regarding open flames.
Please be safe, enjoy Lavender in the Village and have a great summer.
- Larry P. Abraham, Mayor