Goodbye Summer, Hello Angel Fire -

Labor Day usually marks the official end of summer, with fiestas, festivals and burning effigies, but that doesn’t mean the days for getting out and enjoying what’s left of the season are over. Not by a long shot. There are still a few weekends of warm weather and fun times left. This weekend, you need look no further than Angel Fire Resort to squeeze those last few drops of sunshine out of the year, with not one, but two free events, and a third wrapping things up at the end of the month.

It’s already been a beautiful, musical summer, but the last concert of the year always holds a special place for many. Start the weekend off on Friday, September 9, with the final Cool Summer Nights Concert of the year in Frontier Park. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and as many friends as you can round up, for an evening of music and dance amongst the cool pines. Hitting the stage will be Mark’s Midnight Carnival, playing rock n roll with an indie feel, featuring high energy originals alongside carefully curated covers. The fun starts at 5 p.m. and wraps up when the band is ready to stop, usually around 7:30 p.m. Visit the website for more information.

But wait, there’s more! Saturday, September 10 marks the return of races at the lake, with the Second Annual Monte Verde Lake Regatta. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy kayak races, stand-up paddleboards, a pedal boat sprint, and an overall race with winners from every category. There’s no charge to participate, but to register, get to the Boat House before 10 a.m. If you don’t own your own watercraft, there will be rentals available. Winners of the race events will walk away with Angel Fire gift certificates. There will also be burgers, hot dogs and drinks available for purchase, but it’s cash only, so don’t forget to hit the ATM on your way to the lake. Get all the details at the website.

The last day of September presents yet another opportunity for family fun, when amateur astronomer and astrophotographer Mike Hawkins leads an evening of Stargazing near the Boat House at Monte Verde Lake. Who doesn’t love studying the night sky, with its infinite spray of stars, galaxies and other heavenly bodies laid out in an awe-inspiring display of wonder? Mark will have a telescope set up and will guide you and yours through discussions on the latest developments, while answering any questions you may have. There’s something about that cool mountain air that just makes the heavens pop, and you can have a ringside seat from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Find out more at the website.

Obviously that’s not all Angel Fire Resort has to offer. You need only take a peek at their ongoing calendar of events to see that. As the winter months approach, you can expect a lot more going on, as well. But, when it comes to getting the most out of those dwindling days of summer, these free events will fill you with enough great memories to keep you satisfied until the warm weather rolls around again.

This article was posted by David Salcido

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