Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Vintage Albuquerque

I think you can learn a lot about a town based on the activity of non-profits in the area. Last month, we attended a fundraiser for Vintage Albuquerque; an organization that is dedicated to fund arts education programs in New Mexico.
This is the view I thought we would have when we moved to Albuquerque. But, we ended up moving into a different part of town than we expected.  If you twist the right way in our back yard, you'll get a {condensed} view of the mountains.
This is the view from the Santa Ana Golf course which was the venue for the 2011 Vintage Albuquerque Fundraiser. We also attended a tasting dinner earlier in the week. Our favorite wine from that evening was the Colome Torrontes - Valle Calchaqui-Salta 2010 (less than $15).
(sunflare on a camera phone - impressive!) Wine tasting & a silent/live auction full of cases of wine.  It was quite a shock to the system coming from Utah. It was a hot night so we stuck with white wine again. The best part of the evening? Live auction items were selling for at least 25% ABOVE market value.
 It's ironic that New Mexico has so many amazing artists yet the public schools can only fund art classes for students every other year. Ella is very disappointed that there will be no art in school this year. Quite a shift from her school in Utah where art was not only available weekly, but often integrated into aftercare. I know that many students in the state have less access to the arts than the students in our school district so I was very happy to be a part of this event.

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