Lavender, Wine and Everything Fine

COURTESY ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL - RIO WEST, JULY 13, 2013
By Rosalie Rayburn

Lavender picking, wine tasting and a varied menu of live entertainment are all part of the mix for the annual Lavender in the Village Festival, which will keep multiple locations in the village of Los Ranchos bustling today and Sunday.

The event gives local growers and artisans an opportunity to show off lavender products as well as an array of art, food, pottery, jewelry and textiles.  Musical entertainment will include a sing-along for children, bluegrass and western music, along with Spanish and Latin classics.  Vendors and activities will be at the Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande NW; Casa Rondeña Winery, 733 Chavez NW; and Kelly Jo Designs & Design by Wine, 6829 Fourth NW.  Festival activities will also be part of the Growers Market at 6718 Rio Grande NW from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.  Local experts will be giving talks and presentations on lavender specialties, such as a presentation on growing and distilling lavender by Armin Rembe of Los Poblanos Inn & Organic Farm and a demonstration on cooking with lavender by chef Mia Maes.  Lavender-themed artwork by students in the Los Ranchos district and surrounding areas will be on display at the Agri-Nature Center.  Festival visitors can enjoy local wines produced at the Casa Rondeña Winery or in the beer and wine garden at the Agri-Nature Center.  Aspiring beekeepers will have a chance to learn how to get started handling and working with honey bees.  The series of talks by Los Ranchos Beekeepers will also focus on the service bees provide to the environment and what to do when you encounter a swarm.

Mule and donkey fans can visit with the Rio Grande Mule & Donkey Association, which will be bringing along several of its four-footed friends. Association members will give out information about getting together for trail rides and other activities.

  •  WHEN: Saturday and Sunday
  •  WHAT: Lavender picking, wine-tasting, arts and crafts, live music, children’s activities
  • WHERE: Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande NW; Casa Rondeña Winery, 733 Chavez NW.; Kelly Jo Designs & Design by Wine, 6829 Fourth NW.   The festival will also include the Grower’s Market beside the Village Hall, 6718 Rio Grande NW, today only. And at 8 a.m. Sunday, a fun run/walk will start at Alvarado Elementary School, 1100 Solar NW
  •   ADMISSION: $5 adults, children $2, kids under 10 years old free. Free parkand-ride to event locations from: Growers Market (Village Green/Hall), Los Ranchos Elementary School, Taft Middle School, Alvarado Elementary School. No public parking at the Agri-Nature Center.  

Full schedule available online at: www.lavenderinthevillage.com 

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MARLA BROSE/JOURNAL - On Friday, Jacqlyn Johns of Los Ranchos Lavender prepares bunches of lavender at her booth, which will be part of the annual Lavender in the Village Festival that is happening at several locations in Los Ranchos today and Sunday.

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Posted on July 16, 2013 .