I hope everyone is having a great spring. One of my favorite times of the year in Los Ranchos is the month of May. This is the start of the regular season our annual Growers' Market. This year we are celebrating the 23rd year of the founding of the Growers' Market. The market represents the essence of why most of us live in Los Ranchos. It is also where all of us get to mingle on a Saturday morning, meet our neighbors and reacquaint ourselves with friends who we have not seen since last summer. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers for their tireless efforts that go into organizing the Grower's Market each and every Saturday morning. I want to extend a special thank you to Sue Brawley for taking a lead role in coordinating the market.
This iconic Saturday morning event does not happen without a lot of volunteers and a grower community that is dedicated to creating what I believe is the greatest market in New Mexico. The Los Ranchos Growers' Market is not only a people friendly place, but also pet friendly. It has become a tradition for many people to come to the market with their pets on Saturday morning and let their pets socialize along with them.
The opening day of this year’s regular market season is Saturday, May 2. There are, on average, nearly 50 vendors each week; however, the market is much more than just fruits and vegetables. Every week there is a local musician and, on any given Saturday, there are special events from guest chefs, “ask the experts”, old vehicles, a canine celebration and a costume day, plus many special local business spotlights and more.
At the same time, the Los Ranchos Arts & Crafts Market shares the tennis court parking lot and Hartnett Park with the market. Enjoy a wide variety of handmade products such as pottery, clothing, jewelry and so much more. Just as with the Growers' Market, the Arts & Crafts Market takes the hard work of volunteers to make it happen each week. So thank you to all those who are making our summer weekends so special.
In other news, the Village will resurface and re-stripe the tennis courts. We anticipate this project to start on May 11 and be completed by May 29. It will be done in phases so there will always be a few tennis courts available. We will also be upgrading the playground and park equipment. Additionally, I am very pleased and excited to announce the appointment of three new Planning and Zoning Commissioners. They are Tom Riccobene, Debbra Colman and Jeff Phillips. These three individuals represent a broad cross section of the Village and, most importantly, are passionate about protecting our rural atmosphere and lifestyle.
We continue to move forward on the Fourth Street Revitalization Improvement Project. By the time you are reading this, it is expected that Sites Southwest would have presented their final recommendations to both the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Trustees. We remain excited by the prospect of improving the roadway in support of our local businesses now and in the future. The Village is committed to seeing this project to completion. In the winter issue of the Village Vision Magazine, we highlighted the many Village businesses that won Best of the City Awards from Albuquerque the Magazine. However, we failed to include Canine Country Club and Feline Inn, a staple in our Village for more than 20 years. We are proud to say they have won Best of the City awards for many years. This year, they won the 2015 Best Pet Boarding and were listed in the top five for Best Doggy Day Care and Best Pet Grooming. Checkout page 14 of the Los Ranchos Village Vision Magazine for more information by clicking here.
- Larry P. Abraham, Mayor