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Escape to New Mexico
Feb 28, 2007 - 6:22:45 AM

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Thereís a lot to see and do in New Mexico, no matter what month it is. But, seeing how it is February and love is in the air you might want to keep that in mind as you find things for you and your significant other to do in New Mexico.

There are several Mardi Gras events that take place throughout New Mexico and all are great fun. Begin in Red River for Mardi Gras in the Mountains, where you can not only find a nice resort for skiing and cuddling by the fire but you will find a great Mardi Gras party as well. The event often features Cajun music, people dressed in costumes throwing beads and many other events. Then, make your way to Cloudcroft for Mardi Gras in the Clouds. Here you will find masked parades and other unique events. Mardi Gras vendors will supply authentic Cajun food, live music and, of course, a Mardi Gras parade. Many of the events are held in a heated tent considering that the weather in February is quite chilly.

The White Sands Film Festival is held each year in Alamogordo. The White Sands Film Festival is a project conducted by the Otero Country Film Office. The organization represents a wide range of talented filmmakers. The film festival features a variety of films from documentaries, drama, comedy and animation. They feature films from all over the world including the US, Canada, Italy, Bulgaria, Germany and Greece.

Maggie the Artistís paintings are a must see if you are an art aficionado. With her abstract style paints and black fuzzy fur, you are sure to love her. Black fuzzy fur? Thatís right. Maggie is a black bear cub. She was rescued in Georgia at one year old when she was found barely alive. She now lives at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park in Carlsbad. The bear cub was very traumatized when she first arrived at the zoo, but with the help of curator Holly Payne she has been able to explore painting and has helped the zoo at the same time. The paintings are available for purchase at the zoo.

New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment for a reason. Not only is the scenery beautiful but the cities are full of art and culture and all visitors are sure to find something they are interested in doing.


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