Photo courtesy of Corrales MainStreet
- Corrales, like all other areas fortunate enough to have a beautiful Bosque, is on high alert during what is being termed an “early fire season.”
Corrales Road travelers may – or may not – notice a subtle addition: installation of new way-finding signage within the Village. The first and biggest sign has popped up at the Village Complex and stands as the harbinger of more to come.
Corrales’ new sign represents the beginnings of a two-phase project initiated by former Mayor JoAnne Roake. Part two includes upgrading the Village Complex as a whole, making it a desirable place for local residents and visitors alike to hang out.
Included in the complex are the Corrales Senior Center, run by Sandoval County, and the Corrales Community center – an event venue used for meetings, art classes, and many other group happenings. The Police Department, Planning and Zoning, and Animal Control are also in the Complex, as are Council Chambers and the Municipal Court. Facing directly onto Corrales Road is the MainStreet office.
Mayor Roake’s vision for the project included continued enhancement of the Village as a true tourist destination. Acknowledged as a quiet part of any tourism experience, signage, in particular, may be one of the most unheralded but most appreciated aspects of a visitor’s time in a community. Plans for the project were developed by Amy Bell of groundworkstudio, with the signage created and produced by Century Sign Builders.
Meetings are underway to update and schedule implementation of Part Two.
Right now, Corrales, like all other areas fortunate enough to have a beautiful Bosque, is on high alert during what is being termed an “early fire season.” High winds such as those recently endured can create instantaneous danger, and residents are encouraged to keep current on fire conditions by visiting Sandoval County’s main website, www.sandovalcounty.org, or the Sandoval County Tourism website, www.seesandoval.org.
As hardy Corrales residents enjoy that windy, warm spring, they, along with plenty of visitors, continuously take advantage of the Village’s many amenities. Newly sworn Mayor Jim Fahey will provide his administration’s vision for the Village in the Summer edition of Corrales MainStreet News (CMSN), due on the street at the end of May. Typical for summer in New Mexico, “Inviting Friends” is this edition’s theme, especially welcoming back the ever-popular Corrales Garden Tour. An event that draws participants from across Northern New Mexico, CGT suffered from COVID19 cancellations like so many other functions in 2020 and 2021, but they are making up for it in 2022. Tickets are available online at www.corrales-gardentour.com and will be sold the day of the event at The Corrales Frontier Market.
Other “back-to-normal” events coming up include Corrales’ arts community First Sunday in the Village today (May 1), during which guest artists and makers are peppered throughout the commercial district. A new participant this month is Jennifleurs Flower Truck, selling fresh flowers from a well-followed custom VW Bus that will be parked at Hanselmann’s Potter from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other guests, galleries, and vendors will be open during those same hours, and the Corrales Growers Market resumes its summer hours, 9 a.m. to noon. Finally, another perennial favorite, The Corrales Tractor Club’s Tractor Show (a free event) will be May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Corrales Rec Center, 500 Jones Road.
CMSN, a feature’s oriented periodical dedicated to covering the treasures of the Village, is produced in partnership with the Rio Rancho Observer. Copies can be found at the Rio Rancho Library, as well as Hannah and Nate’s, Ex Novo, Hanselmann’s Pottery, and the Corrales Library. The digital edition is also available on the Observer website, www.rrobserver.com.