November 21, 2017

Angel Fire Chamber Rocks


Be on the lookout for painted rocks that are popping up all over Angel Fire! If you see one, pick it up and see which business is on the back. Take the rock to the participating business to redeem for a gift!

For a sample of some of the rocks visit #AngelFireChamberRocks.

2017 Art & Farmer’s Market Update

For the second summer, one of the absolute best new venues in Angel Fire is the Sunday Art + Farmer’s Market in Frontier Park. It is so nice to experience the sites and smells and sounds of a fresh outdoor market. Added are many other organic treats, local and regional artisans, a kid’s zone, made to order foods, and music to shop by. The atmosphere is enticing, as well as engaging. It gives all who participate the opportunity to connect with art, music, and food!

This year the Angel Fire Resort has hired Jennifer Helsel to coordinate all that is edible at the market. She also coordinates the Saturday Taos Farmers Market and has run a few in Albuquerque. The original concept of this weekly Farmer’s Market is to allow local and regional farmers a place to sell their goods in Angel Fire, as if they were on the side of the road, but in a more convenient spot and where consumers would know they would be selling, on a consistent schedule.

The cornerstone produce vendor is Jerry Neal. He is based out of Chama, New Mexico. Jerry brings in freshly picked produce from various farmers in New Mexico and Colorado, around the Palisades and Grand Junction area. His cantaloupes and watermelons are from Pecos and Midland Texas. (I was excited to see yellow meated watermelons! They are so sweet and have that melt in your mouth goodness!) Jerry said he had worked construction for years in the blistering heat of Texas, when his daughter suggested he come to New Mexico where she lived, to cool down and set up a side of the road watermelon stand. So that is exactly what he did. The first truck load he brought sold out in a matter of hours. He still sells out of his stand, close to Farmington, NM and has added more fruits and vegetables and has great success selling in Angel Fire.

You’ll also find many other fresh food products including organic eggs, gluten free breads, coffee cakes, cookies, sconces, cupcakes, jellies and jams and cheeses, fresh beef and of course fresh roasted green chiles.

This year the Resort has teamed up with Art Up Northern New Mexico to sponsor and coordinate all things art or not edible, with a large scale of homemade products. Your shopping experience may include skincare products that are made from the vendor’s own herb and flower gardens, homemade doggie treats, massage by the minute, fresh flowers, pottery, jewelry, handbags, and art made from wood, metal, oils, watercolor, fabric, pinecones and/or glass.

Photos courtesy of Jo Mixon and the Angel Fire Resort.

Then after you load up on fruits and vegetables, fresh roasted Hatch green chiles and other wonderful items for the week, wander over to the Kids Zone for free face painting and or relax on the giant beanbag chairs! You will be delighted to know all ages are welcome to get their faces painted. The face painters use vegan non-toxic water soluble hypo allergenic paint. Cassandra, head face painter, said, “It is the happiest paint in the world! We use only happy paint.” Well that makes me happy! And now included at the Art & Farmer’s Market is free yoga at 11:00 am. That makes me happy, too.

There are only 3 Sundays left to shop and enjoy the Art + Farmer’s Market, so make plans to attend. If you have any questions or would like to set up a booth and become part of this awesome Sunday market, there is plenty of room for you! Food vendors visit, all other vendors visit to fill out an application.

Maybe I’ll see you there!

Art + Farmer’s Market
Frontier Park Plaza
Angel Fire, NM
Sunday’s thru September 3, 2017
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Event Sponsors: Angel Fire Resort, ReMax Mountain Realty of Angel Fire, Art Up Northern New Mexico, Washington Federal and Lowe’s Markets

Chamber News August 07, 2017

By Jo Mixon

This year has been full of changes. First we changed our fiscal year at the Chamber to the calendar year January thru December. In doing so Chamber membership fees went from being due on anniversary dates, to all being due January 1. The annual member meeting/dinner, board of directors election and the annual board retreat also changed dates according to our by-laws. Having past the first 6 months of 2017, I’d like to report this was a good decision for the Chamber. We have added a few events and activities to the calendar year too. These are fun changes.

The 12 Days of Christmas Raffle was such a success, it will definitely be held again this year. Gather your donations and bring them into the Chamber!

The Habla Tamale Cook-off and Festival will become an annual staple for Angel Fire and we have plans to broaden and expand. In 2018 Habla Tamale will become a 2-day event. The first day will be the New Mexico State Tamale Cook-off, as we have done in the past and we are going to add an Enchilada Cook-off in the afternoon. The second day we hope to have a National Tamale Cook-off Contest. We will be reaching out to winners of other state Tamale Cook-off’s to invite them to participate against the New Mexico State Champions. Plus we will add a Salsa Competition in the afternoon and more festival vendors, so make sure to put it on your 2018 calendar. When you do, please make a note that the date is changing back to our original dates in August. After having surveyed our contestants and vendors, the majority asked to move it back to August instead of having it on the Father’s Day weekend in June. So we will. We had thought about the 2nd week in August, but after checking calendars, there are 2 other festivals in the area on that week end. So mark your calendars for Habla Tamale to be the first weekend, August 4-5, 2018. Plan to enter and/or attend! Applications for entry will be on and the first of October, 2017

This month we have begun #AngelFireChamberRocks. It’s a fun colorful rock painting and hiding (in plain sight) activity designed to bring people into our local businesses and produce smiles and customers. (See #AngelFireChamberRocks)

Next, in early September, we are organizing an area wide Volunteer Appreciation Picnic called “I Am Angel Fire”. We are joining forces with other non-profits and businesses to say thank-you to all of the volunteers who make Angel Fire events and activities a success! Countless hours and talent are put into events and we want to say exactly how much we appreciate the hard work. Each and every volunteer IS Angel Fire! Look for more information coming soon.

The last weekend in September, Art Up Northern New Mexico will stage an Angel Fire Studio Tour. Artist that are interested may sign up now. Any local businesses that would like to be on the brochure map may call 575-377-6353 for more information. Deadline for entry is August 11, 2017.

For the Holiday season, we are joining forces with the Resort, the Village and the Garden Club in the Holiday Lighting initiative. We asking businesses to “Light Up” in white lights. Please plan to attend the Quarterly Membership Breakfast meeting August 22, 8:00 am to 9:00 am, in the foyer of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce for more information. Let’s turn Angel Fire into a Holiday Village!

Then we we are going to help coordinate “Pop Up Holiday Markets” throughout the Christmas shopping season. So much is happening! Year after year we are strengthening our local economy and we at the Chamber are extremely pleased to be a part of this vibrant community we serve!

Want to get involved? Angel Fire Chamber offers a variety of Membership Levels. They include the Standard Membership at $275 per year, Non-Profit Membership for $225 per year, Premium Membership also $225 per year plus 1/2% pass thru customer fee with min. contribution of $ 110 annually. When a Premium Member’s customer past thru fee reaches $2,500. annually, this Premium Member automatically receives a Gold Membership and their annual fee is Free. There are also Associate Real Estate Memberships, Associate Multiple Business Owner Memberships and Chamber to Chamber memberships for $100. per year. If you do not own a business but still want to contribute to the community through Chamber membership, we have an Individual Supporter Membership for $100 per year. If you are not yet a member of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, join today! For more information on the benefits of membership visit or call 575-377-6353 or stop by the office at 3407 Mountain View Blvd. / Centro Plaza in Angel Fire, NM.

Quarterly Membership Breakfast Meeting

Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Membership Breakfast Meeting

When: August 22, 2017 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

We will be discussing the “Holiday Magic” Lighting Initiative.

The Angel Fire Resort, the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Angel Fire and the Angel Fire Garden Club have joined together to launch the
Holiday Magic, Lighting Initiative.

Mike Hess of Angel Fire Resort says, “Our goal is to have as many businesses within our community and the surrounding area join with us to create an Angel Fire fairy tale holiday village.”

Come see how you and your business can get involved.

The Bump Coffee Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

Barista – Haliegh Campbell, Jo Mixon – Angel Fire Chamber President & CEO and The Bump Coffee owner Lisa Sutton

What goes better together than coffee and ice-cream? Coffee and ice-cream and free wi-fi!

You will find all three of these plus much more in Angel Fire’s local lovin’ coffee shop, The Bump Coffee, 3375 Mountain View Blvd. Ste D. Adjacent to Coldwell Banker, Headin’ Home Realty in Angel Fire, NM.

The Bump Coffee has just added a new ice-cream machine they purchased from New Zealand, Trendy Blends. (Betcha’ can guess whose idea it was… hint is New Zealand!)

It is similar to a blizzard and not much different than a stone-cold soft serve. The fun part is that you get to pick whatever you want to go in it. You may choose from several options of fruits, sweets and flavorings with multiple toppings. Today I chose vanilla ice-cream and fresh strawberries… YUM! It was delicious. You must go try one for yourself!

Lisa Sutton decided to open The Bump Coffee last December when Hatchas Cafe, next door, decided they did not want to be a coffee shop. Lisa knew Angel Fire locals and guests really love (and need) all things coffee, so she purchased Hatchas’ espresso machine and remodeled a portion of her business, turning it into The Bump Coffee. It is a full range coffee shop, serving local coffees from Black Lake Coffee Roasters. They also serve fresh pastries, handmade by Jeanette Sanchez, waffles, lox and bagels and other items to satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, manager Corrina Hodge, is stocking shelves with locally made arts and crafts from some of the artists she worked with in her store Hodge Podge Box.

The Bump Coffee is open daily from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. During the Cool Summer Night Concert Series, they remain open on Friday’s until 6:00 pm, and they set up a booth from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Art & Farmer’s Market in Frontier Park on Sundays. The plan is to schedule a few more “Dessert Nights with Live Music on the Patio”, staying open until 8:00 pm, weather permitting, throughout the summer. And watch for more fun “Loving the Locals” discounts during the slower months of the year. Like and follow their Facebook page to keep up with local discounts. Drop by today or everyday for your coffee and ice-cream cravings or just to sit and enjoy a book and/or surf the internet utilizing their free wi-fi.

Want to be a part of this fun local loving team? The Bump Coffee is now hiring. See Corrina Hodge for more information.


We are starting a fun new project for the summer at the Angel Fire Chamber. It is called #AngelFireChamberRocks.

We would like ALL of our members to participate in this fun nonsensical program.

The concept is simple. Email or call me back to let us know you will be participating, find a rock(s), paint it/them, (or we will paint for you) put your business name on the back, apply clear coat to protect it, take a photo and post it on the Angel Fire Chamber Rocks Facebook Page with #AngelFireChamberRocks and #YourBusinessNameRocks, then place your rock(s) where someone else will find it/them safely and fairly easily somewhere in and around the Village.

When someone finds your rock they are to return it to your place of business (or to the Chamber) to redeem it for a free service, money off of a service or an item. It could be something as simple as a free cup of coffee, a bottle of water or a soft drink. It could be a promotional item with your logo on it, i.e: golf tee, ink pen, lip gloss, candy bar, etc. etc. etc. You could plan to photograph the person/people who find and bring your rocks to you and put it on the Angel Fire Chamber Rocks Facebook Page and/or your business Facebook Page. The idea is to gain maximum exposure for our businesses and Angel Fire, with very little investment but a whole lot of fun!

We will be holding a series of come and go Rock Painting parties at the Chamber. The first dates are: Tuesday July 25, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and Wednesday, July 26 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. We will have painting supplies available and a book of “Painted Rock” ideas. Bring your rocks to paint or we will paint them for you. Will also have a print out for you to put up in your office and on your Facebook page to let people know you are participating in #AngelFireChamberRocks. We will kick off the program on August 1st. This is a fun activity for any age and any group – much like coloring books. Acrylic paints, oil based sharpies or even regular sharpies work well (just cover them with Mod Podge or clear spray sealant before sealing).

This is your chance to make someone smile or brighten a day and to get them into your place of business. GO FOR IT! You rock too!


Jo Mixon, CEO & President
Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

High Country Ski Rentals Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon, Photo By Hannah Johnson

Giraffe, Jo & Bi-Bi (Co-Owner)

High Country Ski has changed locations, expanded their hours and added a toy store. On June 1, 2017 they opened their doors in the new location at 48 N. Angel Fire Rd. (upstairs) to become a year round business with toys, candy and musical instruments. They will continue to be a full service ski and snowboard rental/service shop, as they have been for the past 26 years. But instead of being open only during ski season, they wanted to add something that Angel Fire did not have, not only for their tourist and guests, but also for the Angel Fire locals. With proof that you are a local, High Country Ski will give you a 10% discount.

Inside of the store, I was pleased to see the large selection of merchandise they are carrying. There are Ty stuffed animals of all varieties. Even Disney Movie characters are there. They stock Melissa & Doug, Angel Fire t-shirts, board games, puzzles, even sunglasses, and much much more. For your sweet tooth there is salt water taffy, fudge and other candies lining the counters. They even stock musical instruments- horns, ukuleles, guitars and more. Plus they carry guitar strings and accessories. It’s true, you don’t have to drive to Santa Fe when you break a guitar string anymore!

Bi-Bi and her husband Chris have operated High Country Ski for four years. Bi-Bi grew up in the store. It was first opened by her parents after they moved to Angel Fire in 1979. She loved working and helping out while she was growing up, so when it was time for her parents to retire, it was only natural that Bi-Bi would want to continue the family business. She loves working in retail because she loves working with people.

High Country Ski will be open 7 days a week through the summer season, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Then she plans to close one day per week in the off season. Please stop by and say hello, spend a little money and take home real goodies. And don’t forget to sign up for the end of summer giraffe give away! (The one pictured with us above)

Visit or call 575-377-6424 to make your ski and snowboard rental reservations.

A Great Weekend In Angel Fire!

A great weekend to be in Angel Fire, NM!

All things Tamale, Hot Air Balloons, Pancakes, Music in the Park, Art & Farmers Market, and Father’s Day!

Photos courtesy of; Jo Mixon, Sarah Campanella, Linda Gau, Michael Turri, Wende Woolley, Erin Arko, Northern New Mexico Gas, Janet Sailor, Maria Sibley, Lisa Sutton, Patricia Rivera, Lynn Heafy, Wendy Hail, Kari Jaramillo, & Melody Costa

2017 Habla Tamale Cook-Off Volunteers

The Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce wants to say thank you to all of these individuals and groups who volunteered to help make Habla Tamale Cook Off & Festival 2017 a tremendous success!

Our Board of Directors

John Hail
Jennifer Fitch
Johnese Turri
Daniel Serna
Wende Woolley
Cathe Moon
Nita Jones
Brenda Johnson
Chuck Howe

Our Rock Star Community Volunteers

Michael Turri
Pat Serna
Emily Aspillaga
Jazmine McKee
Robyn Dahl
Kenize Meisenburg
Joeseph Romero
Kri-C Lund
Adena Joy
Brady Ratliff
Dominc Serna
Ariah McCoy
Indira Cantu
Samantha Weeks
Margarette Howard & Josey
Chico Howard
Jonathan Gonzales
Andreas Flores
Linda Gau
Jan Leonard
Brenda Waters
Jo Brennan & Daughter
Kathleen Dello Stratto
Jackson Fitch
Markus Podell
Janice Podell
Pete Peterson
Diane Peterson
JJ Huddleston
Pam Hasford
Carol Lindenblatt
Elsie Grassmick
Madison Mutz
Kirsten Grisham
Billy Archeletto
Bob Randall
Sandy Jones
Almeada Martinez
Lauren Dean
Jessica Credeur
Whitney Brewer
Moreno Valley Community Church
Michael Martinez
Art Up Northern New Mexico
Angel Fire Resort
Mike Hess

Our Tamale Cook Off Chefs & Their Crews

Wendy Hail: Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQ and More (Angel Fire)
Cecilia and Guillermo Solano: Yaquis Hotdogs (Belen)
Kathy Serna: Hatchas Cafe/H2 Uptown (Angel Fire)
Cade Hollier: Yukka Outdoors (Ranchos de Taos)

Our Vendors & Their Crews

Steve & Shelley Larson: Enchanted Circle Brewery- Angel Fire, NM
Whitney Brewer: Freshies Juices- Angel Fire, NM
Georgeanne Fore: The Shuter Library-Angel Fire, NM
Sylvana Apache: Bluebird Navejo- Canoncito, NM
Linda Casper: Maxwell FCCLA-Maxwell, NM
Ginger Lagasse: Ruby Heaven Jewelry-Angel Fire,NM
Sandra Harrington: Art Questa-Questa, NM
Marlene Pittman/Phalysa Pittman: Xyngular LaRue-Cimarron, NM
Shirley Sheriff: Angel Fire Garden Club- Angel Fire,NM
Brooke Baggio: Melt/Pampered Chef-Albuquerque, NM
Joe & Fannie Aragon: Native American Jewelry-Acoma, NM
Ray & Cheyenne Renfroe: Whatville- Angel Fire, NM
Cleve Lewis- Barewood Art- Angel Fire, NM
Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church- Angel Fire, NM
Anna Phillips: AP Design- Springer, NM
Will Scian: Guatemala & More: Santa Fe, NM
Denise Janelle: Creating My Choices Massage- Angel Fire, NM
April Miracle & kids: Bradley Addison Bodyworks- Angel Fire, NM
Aurelia Staley: Aurelia Staley Jewelry- Ranchos De Taos, NM
Lillian Platero: Platero Jewelry- Albuqueruqe, NM
Jacqueline Gonzales: Plata Sasha Gallery- Santa Fe, NM
Lorena Santisteven: Dream Limosine- El Prado, NM

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors, we could not put on such a successful event without you!

LMNOC Broadcasting

2017 Habla Tamale Cook-Off Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 Habla Tamale Cook-Off Winners!

Cecilia Luzilly Solano: Yaguis Hotdogs (Right)
Belen, New Mexico
1st Place – Tradition Tamales,
1st Place – Gourmet Tamales,
Winner of the People’s Choice

Kathy Serna: Hatchas Cafe/H2 Uptown
Angel Fire, New Mexico
1st Place – Non-Traditional Tamales

Wendy Hail: Hail’s Holy Smoked Bar B Que & More
Angel Fire, New Mexico
1st Place – Dessert Tamales

Chase Stagner: Eagle Nest, NM
Winner – Tamale Eating Contest
14 tamales in 3 minutes!

Pete & Diane Peterson of Angel Fire, New Mexico
Crowned Royalty
Wally & Molly Tamale 2017

Ray Renfroe: Whatville, Angel Fire, New Mexico
Winner – Most Creative Vendor Booth