INAUGURAL TAOS LILAC FESTIVAL MAY 17 – 19, 2013
The Taos Lilac Festival is blossoming for the first time in Taos, New Mexico with a three-day free event celebrating the heritage of lilacs, May 17–19. The inaugural Grand Festival Weekend will include a pet parade and costume contest; live music and dancing; children’s carousel; food and crafts vendors; and many family friendly activities. Lilacs flourish abundantly in Taos and peak the last two weeks of May.
ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
For the duration of the festival around Taos Plaza, festival-goers can purchase unique art from more than 40 talented artisans who work with a variety of medium including ceramics, fiber, wood, metal work, jewelry and crafts. The crafts fair is open from 12:30–7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. Specialty food vendors and Lilac Festival merchandise will be available. Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos will show lilac lovers how to care for lilacs and sell the purple plants. The crafts fair is sponsored by and benefits the Community Against Violence (CAV). For information on participating in the Arts & Crafts Fair contact Annette & Jalmar Bowden at email@example.com.
PET PARADE, PET BLESSING & COSTUME CONTEST
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, pet owners are invited to dress pets in costume for a pet costume contest and parade which will assemble in the parking lot at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church located at 205 Don Fernando St at Camino de La Placita. Please ensure that pets are leashed or safely caged.
The pet parade will start at 10 a.m. and proceed from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to the Taos Plaza. The pet parade and costume contest are sponsored by Stray Hearts Animal Shelter.
VINTAGE TRUCK SHOW
At 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 18 a caravan of restored classic trucks will make its way from the Sagebrush Inn up Paseo del Pueblo Sur to the Taos Plaza. These vintage cars will make a loop of the plaza and park in static display for closer inspection. Classic trucks are an integral part of Taos culture and not to be missed. Prizes will be awarded for most uniquely decorated truck, best lilac themed truck and most Taoseño truck.
The Vintage truck show is open to all with vintage trucks. To participate, please arrive at the Sagebrush Inn parking lot by 12:30 pm on Saturday, May 18th. All trucks will caravan to the Plaza and park on static display around the Plaza for judging. The vintage truck show is sponsored the Taos Car Enthusiasts and members of Taos Car Enthusiasts will bring up the rear of the truck caravan with their classic cars. truck.
Jimmy Stadler, one of Taos favorite musicians, will be performing at the Taos Plaza Gazebo from 2 to 5 on Saturday afternoon, May 18th. Come and enjoy the music, the cars, the food and the arts and crafts fair!
ENTERTAINMENT AT THE TAOS PLAZA GAZEBO
On Friday evening May 17th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Billy Archuleta will perform at the Taos Plaza Gazebo. Billy has Spanish music in his soul and will play a variety of music including his original music, classic rock, bolero and some latin dance music.
Jimmy Stadler will perform solo at the Taos Plaza Gazebo from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 18th. Jimmy is one of Taos favorite musicians with a huge repertoire of songs. Jimmy and his band are consistently voted the top rock band in Taos county in the Best of Taos polls.
Big Swing Theory wil be featured on the Gazebo on Sunday, May 19th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Playing a mix of jump blues, West Coast swing, and traditional blues songs, Big Swing Theory is meant for dancing. Influenced by musicians such as Big Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Louis Prima, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf, their original music is based around the 1-4-5 chord progression common to many blues, swing, and rock songs.
TIO VIVO CAROUSEL
The Taos Lions Club will offering free rides on their historic “Flying Jenny” carousel. Since 1939, the Lions Club has been operating their carousel at fiestas and festivals for the enjoyment of the children of Taos.
PLANT LILACS NOW!!
Taoseños help us make future Lilac Festivals even bigger and better and plant lilacs. Any time that you can get a shovel in the ground, you can plant lilacs. The garden centers still have lilacs in stock so get yours planted now. The sooner you plant them, the more time they have to grow buds that may bloom next year.
If you would like to be involved in the 2013 Lilac Festival or if you would like to donate to the Taos Lilac Festival fund, email Thom Wheeler at Thom@ThomWheeler.
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