Monday, November 30, 2009

Farmington, NM Holiday Event Calendar; Casa Blanca Inn

Visit The Casa Blanca Inn for a truly memorable holiday experience, whether enjoying a cup of cocoa by the fire or a experiencing the many Farmington holiday events filled with charm, tradition, and celebration.
December 4 "The Best of Broadway" — An unforgettable evening of music from around the world at the Brooks/Isham Performing Arts Center. The show includes a celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza. Tickets & information:505-598-4560


December 4 Riverglo — Berg Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Luminarias light up the river and the evening sky. Stroll along the river’s edge with carolers and bell choirs. Hot chocolate and food available. Information: 505-326-7602


December 5 San Juan College Luminarias —Display illuminates the campus with thousands of candlelit bags. This is the largest luminaria display of a non-profit entity in New Mexico. Display at San Juan College campus, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington. Information: 505- 566-3403


December 5 Salmon Ruins Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair — Salmon Ruins brings together artisans from throughout the Four Corners to display and sell their wares at McGee Park off Hwy. 64, between Farmington and Bloomfield, NM. (505) 632-2013.


December 6 San Juan Symphony Jingle Bell Home Tour and Dessert Concert — The Home Tour departs from the Totah Theatre at 4pm for a tour of beautifully decorated homes, special dinner, holiday beverages, and live music, and returns to the Totah at 7pm for a holiday concert featuring San Juan Symphony musicians and fabulous dessert from Something Special. Transportation for the tour is provided. Call 505-327-2907 for information.


December 8 3rd Annual Christmas Parade — This Christmas Parade’s route travels along 1st Street, Broadway, 3rd Street and Blanco Blvd. in Bloomfield, NM. Call the Bloomfield Chamber for times and parade entry forms at 505-632-0880.


December 11San Juan Band Concert — 7:30 pm at the San Juan College Little Theatre. Tickets: $8 adults, $5 students and seniors. Information: 505-566-3430.


December 12 Farmington Indian Organization Christmas Arts & Crafts Show — 8:00am - 4:00pm, Farmington Inter-Tribal Center. Information: 327-6296and build their own robot. For more information, call 505-599-1425.


December 17 San Juan College Choir Concert — This concert will begin at 7:30 pm and will take place in the San Juan College Little Theatre. Tickets: $8 adults, $5 students and seniors. Information: 505-566-3430.


December 22 Navajo Nativity — From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Annual living nativity with native Navajo costumes and live animals. Presented by children at the Four Corners Home for Children. 2102 W. Main, Farmington. (888) 325-0255.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Farmington and Aztec Holiday Light Show

The Casa Blanca Inn sits up on a hill and overlooks the city lights each evening. When Farmington begins to be lit up for the Holiday Season - the display of color is delightful. Beginning in Early November the City of Farmington begins decorating for the Season...but for the FORMAL celebration of lights we recommend joining in the local festivities.
The holiday season officially kicks off on November 27th in Riverside Park with the first evening of the Aztec Festival of Lights. Continuing through New Year's Eve, the festival features a drive through light show with nearly two hundred lighted displays and animated scultptures. The events are available 6 PM - 9 PM Sunday through Thursday and until 10 PM on Friday and Saturday. Entry is free, but a $4 donation per vehicle is requested. For more information, view http://www.aztecfantasyoflights.com/ or call 505.330.5230. Have a beautiful Holiday Season.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rachel Carson - "A Sense of Wonder"

The Casa Blanca Inn celebrates film. On Wednesday, November 18th, The Farmington Public Library, located at 2101 Farmington Avenue, is featuring A Sense of Wonder, a documentary film chronicling the life of environmentalist, Rachel Carson. Carson first published Silent Spring in 1962, focusing on the risks posed by chemical pesticides, which propelled her into a very public and controversial role in environmental lobbying. Produced by Kaiulani Lee, A Sense of Wonder depicts Carson in the final year of her life, as she struggles with cancer and recounts attacks by the chemical industry, the government, and the press. The film is an intimate reflection on Carson's life as she emerges as America's most successful advocate for the natural world. A Sense of Wonder was shot in HD by Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler at Carson's cottage on the coast of Maine. The film will be shown in the Farmington Public Library Multipurpose Room at 7 PM. For more information, call 505-599-1270 or reference the library's website, http://www.infoway.org/.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Best of the Southwest Fiber Arts Festival, Farmington

Close to the Casa Blanca Inn our guests will discover the Fairgrounds and Convention Center! This week the San Juan County Fairgrounds Convention Center is hosting the annual Best of the Southwest Fiber Arts Festival on November 14 th and 15th. The event features workshops, demonstrations, competition, food vendors, raffles and prizes. Competition categories include skein and yarn, weaving, fleece, finished garments, home accessories, and fine art. Workshops are offered in feltmaking and knitting landscapes in 3D. For more information and a schedule of events and sponsors, visit: http://www.fourcornersfibershow.com/.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Farmington NM; Angel Peak Scenic Area

Angel Peak Scenic Area

The Casa Blanca Inn is surrounded by scenic areas, reserves, and parks, each offering their unique history and natural beauty.

Thirty miles southeast of Farmington is the Angel Peak Scenic Area, with more than 10,000 acres of rugged terrain recognized for its scenery and scientific wonders. The nearly 7,000-foot Angel Peak is a landmark composed of river deposited sandstone from the San Jose Formation. This landscape is more than 60 million years old and boasts a panoramic view of the canyon.

Visitors can enjoy activities such as hiking, photography, watchable wildlife, camping, and picnicking in three picnic area along the canyon rim overlooking Angel Peak and the Kutz Canyon badlands. Angel Peak Campground has nine sites available for tent camping. Of course, be sure to start or end your trip with a nice relaxing stay at the Casa Blanca Inn.

For more information, contact the Farmington Field Office at 505-599-8900.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Mexico Women's Foundation

Guests of the Casa Blanca Inn will be attending many events supporting the Navajo Nation and other native people groups throughout the year.
On Saturday, November 7th, the New Mexico Women's Foundation will present the Rage Rug Festival and Design Collective at Farmington Museum at Gateway Park. The event will include handcrafted art, jewelry, rag rugs, original books, hand-dyed yarns, knitted fashions, and tote bags made out of recycled rice bags and flour bags, and a chance to see the work of Weaving groups such as Torreon Community Store, a non-profit organization promoting self-reliant community development in the Torreon/Star Lake Chapter of the Navajo Nation; Ramah Navajo Weavers Association from Pine Hill, and Loose Ends, a Bhutanese family group from Ablequerque. The Farmington Museum at Gateway Park is located at 3041 East Main Street. The event hours are 10am-4pm and admission is free. For more information, reference http://www.nmwf.org/ or call Frieda Arth at 505-983-6155.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Casa Blanca Inn applauds the Artifacts Gallery in Farmington

The Casa Blanca Inn is a supporter of many local Farmington Businesses, individuals and causes.
One of our favorites is found nearby and is known for it's generous and creative spirit.

Artifacts Gallery and Studios in Farmington offers an experience for the heart, soul and stomach! Featuring the works of fifty local and area artists, Artifacts displays jewelry, handmade books, calligraphy, collage, handmade furniture, pottery, hand pulled prints, photography and works in acrylic, watercolor and oil. Housed in the former Farmington Lumber and Hardware Building in Historic Downtown Farmington, Artifacts is also home to twelve artists in residence who welcome you to visit and watch work in progress. And for a flavorful New Mexican experiences, The Chile Store at Artifacts offers a variety of New Mexico made chile products such as salsa, dry mixes, jellies, and hot sauces. Artifacts Gallery and Studios recently hosted its 4th annual "Unhooked" fundraiser to help raise awareness for breast cancer. The exhibit featured the work of local artists who created twenty different types of artistic bras using a variety of art media, including quilt, collage, woodworking, photography, and watercolor. For more information about the Artifacts Gallery and upcoming shows call Artifacts, (505) 327-2907 or view their website at: http://www.artifacts-gallery.com/.