Summer is here - happy Fourth of July. Have fun and help keep the community and your neighborhood safe by exercising caution when using fireworks. Los Ranchos is again looking beautiful with the grass, trees and plants in full bloom.
The Los Ranchos Growers' Market is open every Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to noon. On July 11, make sure to come enjoy the Lavender and Garlic Celebration. The market will have extended hours and opportunities to learn about lavender and garlic and, of course, purchase fresh produce and handmade arts and craft items. You can read a little more about the event and see the day's schedule in the Ditch Writer column on page 11.
We are pleased that Vintage Albuquerque, one of the premier charity events in the area, benefiting arts education, has chosen Los Ranchos as their permanent home. I would like to welcome Vintage Albuquerque to Los Ranchos. For the past two years, their dinner and live auction event has been held at Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center. We are working with Vintage Albuquerque to relocate their Friday night wine tasting to the Agri-Nature Center starting in 2016. You can learn more about the organization and the wonderful work they do to support arts education in schools and through private not-for-profit organizations at www.vintagealbuquerque.org.
We want to recognize and thank John Calvin of Casa Rondeña Winery for honoring the Village with two special blends that pay tribute to the rich history and cultural significance of Los Ranchos. The book, Shining River, Precious Land, authored by Los Ranchos residents, Kit Sergeant and Mary Davis, detailed this history through the archeological discoveries of Sargeant. So it is very appropriate that Calvin named one blend Shining River and the other Precious Land.
Calvin is also hosting Los Ranchos Day at the winery on September 12. We are excited about the plans for the day that include, food, music, wine and celebration of Los Ranchos. The details are being finalized and we will help him promote the event through the Village's website, Facebook page and throughout the magazine, so look for more to come on the event soon.
As the summer gets into full swing, I want to remind everyone to shop and dine with our local merchants and restaurants. We have some unique and treasured businesses along Fourth Street and shopping with them helps to build a strong and sustainable community.
- Larry P. Abraham, Mayor