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Bernalillo Farmers Market opens in July

The Management Team for the Bernalillo Farmers’ Market has announced that the first Market Day is scheduled this year for Friday, July 10. The Market will be held at the same site it has occupied for the past several years: on the west side of Camino del Pueblo (Hwy. 313), just south of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Bernalillo. This is about a half block south of the intersection of U.S. 550 and S.R. 313.

The Market site has parking for customers inside the gates, but customers may also park on the street if they wish. Vendors begin selling at 4:00 p.m. and continue until 7:00 p.m., or until they sell out.

Available products may include an assortment of fruits and vegetables — all of which must be produced by the vendors themselves (resale of commercially-produced items is not permitted) — as well as baked goods, jams and jellies, honey, eggs, goat cheese, and usually a few items that can be consumed on the spot.

Often hand-crafted wooden items and decorative wreaths and chile ristras appear, although this is more likely to happen later in the season. In past years there have also been decorative gourds, plant items (especially natives), cut flowers, cards, cider and barbecue sauces, fruit wood for grilling, and decorative yard items.

If you make a regular habit of stopping at the market, you will find something different most weeks. Of course, part of the reason for this is that not all the items that are grown are ready at the same time.

The Market also offers an opportunity for customers to “interview” the sellers and become acquainted with items they may not be familiar with. It’s also a chance to get tips for growing and preparing various foods, and finally, a great chance to meet neighbors you may not know, from communities all around Sandoval County.

The Market Team has announced that persons who want to sell at the Market should contact Ann at 867-2485, or Bonnie at 867-9054. Applications for former vendors are being mailed out in late May or early June. New vendors are encouraged to attend, and participate. The Market will again accept WIC vouchers for 2009 that are issued for fresh food items. The Market will continue to operate Fridays through the summer and fall months until October 30.

The Bernalillo Farmers Market is affiliated with and supervised by the statewide New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association, which operates under the auspices of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. A complete listing of markets throughout the state may be obtained by calling the New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association in Santa Fe at (505) 983-4010. Markets are held on different days and at different locations throughout the state. Each market has its own distinct character and quality!


Placitas Summer Solstice concert

The old and new, sacred and profane will come together in Polyphony’s Summer Solstice 2009 concert at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 27 at 4:00 p.m.

An exciting afternoon of a cappella choral works from major composers will be sung by Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, New Mexico’s newest professional choir, led by Dr. Maxine Thevenot, founder and artistic director. The talented singers may have acquired their musical education at institutions across the United States, but all call New Mexico home, and their passion for choral music here is obvious. Visit Polyphony’s website at polyphonynm.com for more information on its accomplished director, Dr. Thevenot, as well as on the group and for audio clips of their music.

The twenty-voice mixed vocal ensemble will sing music of the legendary Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez and music of today, including arrangements of Maori (New Zealand) tribal songs, music of Morten Lauridson, and songs of the great Louis Armstrong. The program offers a veritable aural feast for any choral music connoisseur. Come journey back in time with us and spend what will be a unique and memorable summer’s afternoon.

Las Placitas Presbyterian Church is known in the community as a generous host to many community groups and as a superb acoustical venue for concerts such as those presented by The Placitas Artists Series. This summer choral concert is presented by the Church as both a fundraiser for its building expansion fund and as an opportunity for community members to discover and enjoy this wonderful New Mexico-based choral group in our area.

Tickets are available by mail in advance until June 15 and at the door on the day of the concert. A minimum donation of $20 per ticket is requested. Stop by the Church during office hours or call 867-5718 for more information.


Viva la Fiesta

Marco Padilla carved "Viva la Fiesta" on an elevated platform within view of people driving by on I-25.

Stone Sculpture Garden & Gallery

Marcos Padilla, John Griffin, and Kevin Sears stand in the cavernous gallery at the Stone Sculpture Garden & Gallery.

Stone sculptors share craft, camaraderie, community

— Keiko Ohnuma, Signpost

As artists go, stone carvers form a unique tribe, even in the sweaty world of power-tool sculpture. Once upon a time, nothing said “professional artist” like a sculptor taking a chisel to a piece of marble. Today, anyone who carves marble would have to be considered a quaint anachronism—albeit one in a tight-knit brotherhood of fellow fanatics.

Here’s Marco Padilla, a New Mexico native and tombstone maker who traces his roots to coal mine workers in Madrid. For months now, Marco has been standing on a platform under a giant billboard by I-25 near Algodones, hammering and grinding an eight-ton piece of limestone into a ’53 Chevy pickup, raising huge clouds of dust that billow across the highway.

He thought it would be interesting to make his sculpture as a public performance, in view of people driving by on the highway. “I told Martin (Quintana)”—an acquaintance who owned a piece of land by the highway—“it would be cool to make it where people could see it, step by step.”

Quintana loved the idea; he had been looking for a good use for the thirteen acres of rubble and backfill. Fired up, Padilla bought three large pieces of limestone and invited two other sculptors he had met at the Southwest Stone Carving Workshop to join him by the highway. So for a good part of last winter, Kevin Sears, Jon Decelles, and Padilla perched on the semi trailer they now call The Artist’s Stage, carving massive pieces of stone in situ as they were transported from the quarry in Belen, to the amazement and puzzlement of commuters and long-haul truckers whizzing by.

Their ideas grew from there, inspired by the camaraderie of the stone carving workshop where they all met in Jemez Springs, organized every summer by Chippewa sculptor Rollie Grandbois. Before long, half a dozen carvers had signed on to the cooperative studio, including Grandbois himself, and the Stone Sculpture Garden & Gallery was born.

On a weekend in early May, the loose-knit group of six to nine stone sculptors celebrated their months of hard work cleaning and landscaping the property with a three-day grand-opening party that drew several hundred people the first night for a pig roast, carving demonstrations, and live music.

The group’s ambitions are as weighty as the stones they carve. Already, they’ve set up a gallery, landscaped sculpture grounds, and several buildings for work and gatherings. A trailer has been designated for lapidary work, and sculpture stations are being outfitted with electricity and water. Classes will be offered, and ongoing events are planned—concerts, light shows, and demonstrations. Equipment will be available for rent, and raw stone for purchase. Ninety percent of sales in the gallery will go to the artists themselves, with ten percent donated to a foundation that will help at-risk youth learn the skill.

Grandbois, who founded the Southwest Stone Carving Association in 1985, sees the venture as a kind of a miracle, the way it came together without any budget or business plan, on donated land. The large main building that serves as a gallery was actually built fifteen years ago by the owner with no real purpose in mind. “To me, it’s an act of God,” Grandbois said by phone from Jemez Springs. “It’s not an accident. It’s an amazing event.”

Sculptors will want to come from around the country and world to work here, he predicted, because such venues are so rarely seen outside of Italy. Stone sculptors face special difficulties, he noted, just to display and transport their work. Delivery and installation comprise a whole separate area of expertise that requires the help of a trained team and heavy equipment.

Yet, massive works are what stone carvers eventually long to do. Even though most of the carvers in the group have their own studios and equipment and already earn their living as sculptors, on-site camaraderie is invaluable for help and inspiration to reach the next step.

Padilla, Griffin, and Sears all started their art careers as painters, but have never looked back. It’s not so much that stone carving takes over your life, Sears said, as “you become a part of it.” Anyone who works with stone shares this understanding, Padilla said—that what comes out of the earth is a living thing.

“When you open up a stone and see the faults for the first time in thousands or millions of years,” it’s a spiritual thing, he said. Some pieces of stone really do seem to dictate their desired form, Sears added, while other sculptures might not be realized for years, waiting for the right piece of stone to come along. Learning to “read” the fractures and fault lines is part of the art, and this is where the experience of other sculptors helps, said Griffin.

Equipment is another issue. Whereas some sculptors use hand tools exclusively, many rely on expensive, specialized power tools such as pneumatic hammer, angle grinder, saws with blades tipped in diamond or carbide. That’s one reason why stone carving is no longer exclusively a brotherhood—co-op member Katherine “Kat” Watson started teaching after just two years of stone-carving experience.

Classified as “brute art,” the medium is actually quite meditative, notes Griffin. Modern, large-scale stone sculpture came to prominence really only in the last century, influenced largely by the late Allan Houser, founder of the sculpture department at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Because their numbers remain small, stone sculptors emphasize their inclusivity. Your race, age, and background don’t matter, says Grandbois. “If you’re interested enough in stone, we’ll teach you.”

“We invite anyone who wants, to bring a piece of stone and create,” echoes Padilla. The group’s most devoted participant so far is a seventy-three-year-old retired lawyer from New York City, Bernard Rothman, who comes regularly to learn the art.

“He’s already gone through three pieces of stone,” chuckles Griffin—meaning sculptures that have shrunk to nothing. “He’s a little hard-headed.” It’s not a problem, though, the other sculptors add good-naturedly. “We’re used to working with hard things.”

The Stone Sculpture Gallery & Garden is located off exit 248 on I-25. Head northeast on the frontage road to the end. For more information, contact John Griffin at stonesculptors@gmail.com or 414-2956.


Doorways, Pueblo BonitoDoorways at Pueblo Bonito

Summer Solstice at Chaco Canyon

—Margaret M. Nava, Signpost

The first light of morning infuses the clouds before tracing a path across the ancient valley floor. Drowsy campers abandon their tents and gather in a huddle. Overhead, a red-tailed hawk soars on thermals. Down below, a coyote scurries for its burrow. Dawn has come to Chaco Canyon and it is the first day of summer, the longest day of the year, the summer solstice.

Long before there were proper calendars, early civilizations looked to the sky for signs telling them when to plant crops or move to higher ground. They knew, for example, that when a certain star cluster became fully visible, winter was coming or that when a constellation appeared, spring was on the way. By following the phases of the moon, they learned to sow above-ground vegetables when the moon was growing larger and below-ground crops when it was growing smaller. By studying the sun, they discovered that days were shorter when the sun was in one position and longer when in another. The regular and predictable movements of these celestial bodies enabled hunter-gatherers to forecast seasonal differences and develop the concept of agriculture. As time progressed, astronomical observatories were built and ideas on the nature of the universe began to be explored. The solar system was mapped, lunar phases and eclipses were recorded, and the sun’s cyclical events became known as equinoxes and solstices.

According to scholarly sources, an equinox occurs twice a year when the tilt of the earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the sun. The term equinox is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, night and day are approximately equally long. Also occurring twice a year, a solstice takes place when the tilt of the earth’s axis is most inclined toward or away from the sun, causing the sun’s apparent position in the sky to reach its northernmost (summer) or southernmost (winter) extreme. The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) because at the solstices, the sun appears to hesitate for a few days before reversing direction.

Sometime around AD 850, the people of Chaco Canyon began incorporating a variety of solar orientations into their architecture. Some people say they studied the heavens and used their knowledge for astronomical purposes—others believe they used it for sorcery. Buildings now known as great houses were constructed along celestial alignments and connected to one another by line-of-sight. Doorways, roof holes, and natural objects channeled light from the sun and moon and provided windows to celestial worlds.

During summer solstice, the morning sun climbed above the northeastern horizon, worked its way across the mesa and illuminated a niche in the western wall of Casa Rinconada, the largest kiva in the Chacoan world. An hour later, sunrise reached Pueblo Bonito, and at midday, a small shaft of sunlight passed through three stone slabs on the east face of Fajada Butte. Eventually growing into a thick dagger, the light bisected the middle of a large spiral petroglyph pecked into the wall behind the slabs. Known as solstice markers, these devices not only anticipated the occurrence of cyclic and seasonal patterns of the sun, moon, and stars, they encompassed the set of rituals and beliefs underlying the traditional Puebloan worldview.

For more than three hundred years, Chaco Canyon served as the political, educational, and spiritual center of the ancestral Pueblo culture. An extensive network of thirty-foot-wide roads provided mobility and access to trade sources where turquoise, copper, pottery, jewelry, seashells, and rare birds were exchanged or sold. It is uncertain how many people actually lived there, but it is widely accepted that Chaco was the center of ancestral Pueblo culture—a place of unprecedented power, a place to be respected and honored.

In an effort to preserve and protect this extraordinary area, Chaco Canyon was declared a National Monument in 1907. It became the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in 1980, and in 1987, it was named a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site, one of a select list of protected areas “whose outstanding natural and cultural resources form the common inheritance of all mankind.”

Each year, the National Park Service honors Chaco’s history as an ancestral pueblo center and educational site by presenting special Summer Solstice events, including lectures, craft displays, native dancing, and a dawn viewing of sunrise on the famous Casa Rinconada solstice marker. Backcountry hiking trails lead visitors to remote Chacoan sites, ancient roads, petroglyphs, stairways, and spectacular overlooks of the valley. Those fortunate enough to camp overnight can take part in the Night Sky Program and view the spectacular dark sky above the canyon.

Superintendent Barbara West wrote, “Chaco is a place that engages people on different levels and for different reasons. Its sheer and stark beauty; its wonderfully engineered structures; its evidence of astronomical knowledge; and its aura of mystery and things yet unknown all connect visitors to this very special place. There is only one Chaco. What is preserved here for your enjoyment and education is what remains of extraordinary people who demonstrated phenomenal skills and talents.”

Late in the day, thunderclouds gather over the canyon. As the ancient world darkens, lightning pierces the sky and a low rumble vibrates the hot summer air. Have the summer monsoons come early or is this just the desert’s way of reminding us that there is more in the heavens than we are yet to imagine?

Mark your Calendar:

June 19, 20, and 21: Summer Solstice Programs are presented at Casa Rinconada at sunrise. On June 20, members of Pueblo song and dance groups will be present at sunrise at Casa Rinconada and will perform dances and cultural presentations in the plaza of Pueblo Bonito at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The twenty-mile-long dirt road leading to the park is in good shape and should present no problem unless there is heavy rain. Drivers should slow down for cattle guards and avoid rocks and ruts. There are thirty overnight spots at the Gallo Campground but some (or all) might be closed due to emergency repairs. No food, lodging, or gasoline is offered at the park and the nearest town is sixty miles away. So plan ahead, wear a hat and sunscreen, pack a lunch, and bring drinking water. For more information, contact Chaco Culture National Historic Park at (505) 786-7014 or www.nps.gov/chcu.


Stimulus money used to improve energy use in Bernalillo housing

The Town of Bernalillo Department of Housing Services provides safe, affordable, and professionally managed low-income housing programs. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the department received an appropriation of $144,796 for energy efficiency. While the funding is a one-time capital improvement appropriation, it will go a long way to update climate features of the Town’s forty-year-old public housing facilities.

The money will help pay for the renovation of heating and cooling units and renovate bathrooms and kitchens with water-efficient fixtures. It will also be used to affix gas meters to each of the facility’s units to better control and account for energy use.

“We will use the money to reduce energy costs and usage once the renovations are complete,” said Rick Bela, director, Department of Housing Services. “The individuals and families we serve will have energy-saving heating and cooling systems.”

The Town’s public housing facility currently houses approximately two hundred individuals. Almost half are children. Among the adults, more than twenty percent are elderly or disabled.

The money was awarded due in large part to the successful past three audits conducted by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the use of federal funds by the Town and how it follows federal guidelines to qualify families and individuals seeking housing.

The department’s readiness and commitment to meet the criteria for any and every dollar available for housing support—in this case energy savings—was also a consideration.

“We are a dedicated department of five and we collaborate with federal, state, and bordering local governments, as well as private service agencies,” explained Bela. “These partnerships have been further strengthened by the Town governing body, whose support has been invaluable.”

The Town of Bernalillo Housing Services maintains the facility. The Town donated the property and provides the infrastructure.

Like energy and environment concerns, affordable housing is a regional issue. The Town of Bernalillo administers and allocates a Section 8 voucher program that helps regional families in need with affordable housing in the area.

About half of Section 8-eligible individuals eventually choose to reside in other jurisdictions, such as Rio Rancho, due to occupational, familial, or other considerations. Rio Rancho does not currently have its own housing authority to handle housing vouchers, placements, or claims.

A region with housing diversity, from the inexpensive to the high-end, also enhances the economy. More businesses are apt to relocate to communities with options and variety. Potpourri means prosperity.

Mr. Bela understands this dynamic. “While we aim to aid those most in need foremost, we recognize the importance of serving low-income students as well,” said Bela. “By supporting them now, we are investing in the future.”


Family Chapel

The family chapel at the vineyards

Casa Abril Vineyards

—Margaret M. Nava, Signpost

Native-born Raymond Vigil laughs as we walk his land near Budaghers. “Be careful when you choose a hobby… things can get out of hand very quickly.” Initially starting Casa Abril Vineyards as a hobby, he knows what he’s talking about.

“I worked in computer technology in corporate America for many, many years and had a lot of responsibility. I was part of the team that wrote the first state payroll and personnel system for the State of New Mexico and I worked for Digital Equipment, Exxon, and Xerox. While working with Oracle and PeopleSoft in Washington, DC, I got up at 3:30 every Monday morning, caught the first flight out of Albuquerque, worked there all week and didn’t return to New Mexico until Friday evening or Saturday morning. My escape from that kind of world was to go out and work in my yard. I loved to plant things and, somehow or another, the Lord gave me a green thumb. I started by planting trees and eventually turned this high desert environment into a wave of green.”

The yard Vigil is talking about is part of the 350 acres homesteaded by his grandparents Pablo and Dolores Leyba back in the early 1930s. After building a traditional family chapel and small hacienda, the Leybas worked the land and raised seven children. Upon their passing, the property was divided among their children, including Raymond’s mother Aurora Leyba-Vigil.

In 2001, Raymond, his wife Sheila, and their four children planted one hundred Tempranillo grape plants in the sandy desert soil. Four years later, after leaving corporate America, they harvested one ton of grapes, bottled one hundred gallons of wine and entered the 2006 New Mexico State Wine Competition, where they picked up four bronze medals. “We plant every year,” says Raymond, “but we don’t harvest our plants until after the fourth year. The second and third year grapes go into my wife’s jellies. She makes a Grenache jelly, a Tempranillo, a Zinfandel … whatever we’re growing.”

The two main grapes grown at Casa Abril are the Tempranillo from the Rioja region of Spain and the Malbec from Argentina. Both plants produce a dry red wine but the Tempranillo is lighter and fruiter than the earthy Malbec. Vigil tells me the semi-arid climate of New Mexico requires special considerations. “Even though we now have more than two thousand plants, we try to put as little stress as possible upon the land. We select root stock that will tolerate our unique soil; we grow the plants organically with no herbicides; we control weeds with hand-hoes and tillers; we use natural predators like ladybugs and praying mantises; and we don’t require a lot of water because we use a drip system that controls the amount of water that goes to a plant. Once we squeeze all the juice from the grapes, we extract all the skins and seeds and recycle them into the vineyards.”

“Starting this business wasn’t just a matter of planting grapes,” he says. “It was a lengthy process. In order to put up a winery, we started with a 2400-square-foot building. Then we had to bring in an architect, hire a contractor and get everything approved by the state Construction Industries Commission. Then we had to apply for all the licenses. The average time to get a state wine license averages 150 days… then there’s the federal government permits. After you get all your federal permits done, you have to submit your labels for the Federal Trades. Once you get those approved and all the paperwork comes back, the state issues a winery license and wholesale distributor license. Meanwhile the Sandoval County Planning and Zoning Department has to come out to determine if the facility is properly set up to serve the public. Right now, I’m working on a parking lot for ten cars and I want to fix up the patio so visitors can sit out there, enjoy a glass of wine, and watch the sunset. Who knows, maybe sometime in the future we’ll add music and flamenco dancers. I’d even like to build a small heritage museum in honor of my family and hardworking ancestors. There’s an old adage in this business: ‘It takes $2 million to make $1 million in the wine business.’ I don’t think anyone truly gets into this industry for an economic return. It’s more like an expensive hobby. I do it as a labor of love.”

Before I leave, Raymond hands me a small brochure describing the vineyard and some of its history. A paragraph on the front page catches my eye. “Casa Abril Vineyards was born out of a dream to leave our mark on the land and the state of New Mexico. We endeavor to offer you, the wine lover, a taste of Old Spain with a New Mexico flare, where vivir not only means to live but also, ‘Let’s Celebrate.‘“

The Casa Abril Vineyards are located just west of I-25 halfway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque at the Budaghers exit (exit 257). Although estate wines produced from their grapes will not be sold until May 2010, other wines (made from outside sources) will be available after all licenses are granted. Contact Raymond at (505) 771-0696 for more information and directions.


Jubilee Garden

Wheat is almost ready for harvest in the Jubilee Garden. 

Earth Care Fellowship at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church discusses “elephants in the living room”

—Dan Gips

Over forty people from the community participated in three Monday night discussions in May titled “Peak Oil, Climate Change, and Economic Hard Times—Building Compassion and Community.“

Peak Oil is defined as the point at which production of petroleum starts to decline because it is a limited resource. Production in the U.S. “peaked” in around 1970. Science and petroleum experts predict that global production will begin to decline in the very near future, leading to much higher prices, shortages, and sweeping economic and societal changes.

A video entitled “Post Peak Living,“ available online at www.postpeakliving.com was viewed and people were able to share openly some of their fears, hopes, and sorrow for what appears to be a very challenging future for all. On the second Monday, we viewed a video called “Sandpoint, the Great Unleashing“ (available online at www.vimeo.com/3049457), about a community of eight thousand people in Idaho and how they have come together using the Transitions Town model to build resiliency, food security, and a plan to lessen their dependency on oil.

Zaida Amaral, a local permaculturist and a trainer in the Transition Initiatives movement, spoke about the growing interest in New Mexico and across the world. She announced that there will be a two-day training in Albuquerque called “Transition from our Oil Addiction to a Vibrant, Healthy Lifestyle.” It is supported by the UNM Sustainability Studies Program and La Montanita Co-op and will take place June 13-14. To learn more about the Transition movement in the U.S., visit www.transitionus.org and you will also see a link to the Albuquerque training.

Earth Care Fellowship and friends have also set up a container vegetable garden, hoping to be able to supply some fresh produce to Casa Rosa, the food bank of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. So far this year, the irrigation waters available are so limited that water is going to established trees and planting in the Jubilee Garden across the street from the church has been postponed. There is a bit of a miracle going on in the Jubilee Garden, though. A cover crop of hard red Durham wheat was sown last October and without any irrigation or cultivation, it looks like there may be a small harvest in June! Who ever heard of dry farming wheat in Placitas? If Placitas starts getting some early monsoons, Jubilee gardeners may use planting sticks and try a small experiment with Valencia peanuts.

“The Earth Care Fellowship will hold its annual celebration of the summer solstice with a contemplative hike in Placitas at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 20. Everyone is invited.

Likewise, monthly meetings are open to all and are at 7:00 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month. For more information, contact John Green at 867-0240 or jogreenalbq@aol.com or call Las Placitas Presbyterian church at 867-5718.


Father Charlie Brown

Father Charlie Brown speaks about Saint Antonio de Padua during 2008’s Feast Day Procession Annual Feast of San Antonio de Padua

San Antonio Mission in Placitas will celebrate the annual Feast of San Antonio de Padua on Sunday, June 14

Celebration of the Mass at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by a Procession of the hard-carved Santo of San Antonio through the historic Village. Mayordomos Valentina and Arsenio Duran will be joined by the Mayordomos and Santos from Our Lady of Sorrows, Bernalillo, San Jose, Algodones, and the Sanctuario de San Lorenzo, Bernalillo. The Knights of Columbus Honor Guard will accompany the Procession.

This celebration has its roots in the early history of Placitas when the people of the Village would join together to ask their patron saint, Anthony of Padua, to intercede on their behalf with God. Prayers and offerings were made; blessings were especially sought for a good harvest, continued good health and well-being. Over the years this celebration has continued in Placitas as it has in hundreds of small communities throughout New Mexico.

A “Rancheros” breakfast will be served at the Mission Social Center after the Procession.

Everyone is invited to join in this Village traditional celebration. If you play guitar, trumpet or any other instrument and would like to participate in the Procession, please call Bob at 771-0253.

San Antonio Mission is located on Paseo de San Antonio in Placitas Village.


Picnic, anyone?

Mayor Patricia A. Chávez and Robert Stephens, Coronado Campground Director, are pleased to offer Bernalillo residents one free summer day-use of a recreational site at the campground for your next family barbeque or party.

In June and July, the fee is waived for residents. All you need to do is provide a Bernalillo utility bill with appropriate personal identification and a $20 damage deposit. The deposit is refundable at the conclusion of the event. Select from either the recreation shelter located on the north side of the campground or sites at the beach area. The shelter is equipped with one small charcoal grill and will accommodate up to thirty-two people comfortably. There are four tables that can seat eight individuals.

The fee for use of the shelter is normally $52 per day; the beach recreation area is $14 per day; all require a $20 damage deposit. We encourage our residents‘ use of the Coronado Campground to experience the town’s exceptional outdoor recreation facilities along the Rio Grande. To check on available dates and sites or to make reservations, call Robert Stephens at (505) 980-8256.

 

     

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