Annual thank-you party keeps kickin’ up its heels
By Scott Gerdes
Some say to be a true Texan you must have a spirit of independence, “y’all” will just come out naturally and beans, steak and cornbread are your diet staples. And being that true Texans like their mountains and celebrations big, traveling to Angel Fire for a “thank-you” party is a no-brainer. With Lone Star visitors accounting for more than 50 percent of the resort’s faithful, their loyalty is celebrated every year. That’s not to say, however, that the party just attracts our neighbors to the east. Good music, food, drink, day and night skiing, and snowboarding call to all winter enthusiasts.
The 13th annual Big Ol’ Texas weekend promotes and celebrates the Texas way and the unique roots that are shared with New Mexicans. Nestled in the beautiful Northern New Mexico mountains of Angel Fire, a fun-filled weekend (Jan. 27 through Jan. 29) of activities includes themed headline concerts, Texas Hold’em, food and whiskey samplings and the world famous Big Texan Steak Challenge.
In conjunction with the hoopin’ and hollerin’ of the Big Ol’ Texas Weekend is the inaugural year of the Whisky & Powder event — a music festival featuring up-and-coming Country/RedDirt/Americana artists. Live music from today’s and tomorrow’s stars will be playing at various locations within the Village of Angel Fire and at the Angel Fire Resort.
A sampling of entertainers includes Jody Booth, Aubrey Lynn England, Jason Allen, Phillip Griffin, Laci Booth and David Grace.
The Whiskey and Powder is in close proximity to a wide range of restaurants, drinks and mountain activities for the country music fan and is certainly destined to become one of the top country music events in the U.S.
Friday (Jan. 27)
• Denim & Diamonds Dinner: Elements at the Country Club
The evening includes a three-course prime rib dinner, a Jim Beam Whiskey tasting and live music.
Reservations recommended. Call (575) 377-3055
Saturday (Jan. 28):
• Texas Tailgate: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the deck at the base of the mountain.
• Texas Barbecue & Beer Tasting, sponsored by Premier Distributing Company.
• Seventy-two ounce Steak Eating Challenge, sponsored by the Big Texan at 1:30 p.m.
• Texas Hold-em Tournament, sponsored by the Big Texan and Jim Beam (must be 21 or over). Tournament Doors open at 5:40 p.m. No cost to enter.
• Bacon Buffet Dinner at Legends Restaurant.
• Saturday Night Neon Rail Jam, sponsored by K2. Register from 4-5 p.m. at the event, starts at 5:30 p.m.
• Saturday Night Concert at the Village Haus, 7-10 p.m.