Hello and Welcome!
Autumn time in Albuquerque can be truly magical with the changing of the leaves and the smell of roasting green chile. We hope everyone is making time to get outside and enjoy the beauty of autumn! Give yourself a pat on the back for making it through a record hot summer.
What an amazing year 2016 has been! Thank you to everyone who has made it this incredible! We wouldn’t be here without the thousands of people that support us. We had a great summer and this fall is already off to a wonderful start!
Fiesta 2016: Balloons & Breakfast, Dine & Glow Dinner, and More!
Fiesta 2016 is only a week away! We are over the moon excited for this year’s events at the Balloon Museum. We have our annual Balloons & Breakfast and Dine & Glow Dinner, the most comfortable way to enjoy the Fiesta, with a delicious catered meal and a fantastic view of the field. We are selling out quickly, so book now!
For more information, please call us at 505.880.0500 or click HERE to book your tickets!
Find Joy and Fly Family Day!
Sunday, October 9, 2016
5:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Celebrate the final day of Balloon Fiesta with your family at the Balloon Museum! We have the best view of mass ascension around, so join us in our Sky Lounge for a farewell to the balloons. But don’t worry, after the mass ascension, the fun isn’t over!
Enjoy the exhibitions we currently have at the Balloon Museum, including our new Tim Anderson 4D Theater! There will also be activities for the whole family, and goodie bags for the kiddos! Tickets are $5 per person, infants under one get in free. There are a limited number of tickets, so hurry and buy them now HERE! Note that a $10 parking pass is required. We’ll see you there!
A special thank you to the following additions to our Foundation team!
Thanks to Alissa Ranf, our wonderful Intern from UNM. Alissa has enthusiastically joined our staff this Fall semester supporting us with her Social Media & Communication skills. And she has word-crafted most of this newsletter! Great job Alissa…and thanks for being such a valuable part of our Foundation team.
Thanks to Vince Le, our Fiesta Event Coordinator, who has come on board temporarily to assist us with all of our extra needs during this busy time! His artistic and graphic skills along with his great people skills make for an invaluable addition to our team! Thanks, Vince, for taking time out of your busy schedule to help us out!
Thanks to Allen Winston, our favorite Photographer who helps us out at ALL our events and activities here at the Balloon Museum. Allen, you are a blessing to all of us with your amazing photographic masterpieces, along with your fabulous adaptability and people skills, always ready to help in any and every way imaginable.
Thanks to our temporary Museum Shoppe Staff who are so helpful in taking care of our onslaught of visitors and purchasers in the Museum Shoppe. Whether it’s your first year or 10th year to help out during this busy season…we appreciate you!
And finally…a SPECIAL THANKS to ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS for donating your time, your service and your SMILES to the Balloon Museum! Our Volunteers are the Life Blood of our service to all our guests! We certainly love and appreciate our amazing Volunteers.
Introducing Scott Appelman
Scott Appelman is the President of the Board of Directors for the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation. He is also the founder and current president of Rainbow Ryders, known as the “premier hot air balloon ride company in the Southwest.” In fact, they are one of the largest hot air balloon companies in the United States!
Scott learned the keys to success at the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management. In 1983 he decided to turn his hobby of Ballooning into a career. He obtained his Commercial Pilot’s License, Lighter than Air rating in 1984. Before he founded his company, Scott traveled the country competing in balloon races. With such a passion for ballooning, it seemed the next step forward had to be starting his own company.
Rainbow Ryders offers rides, promotions and instructions in hot air ballooning. As Scott says, “I get the opportunity to fulfill people’s dreams.” Hot air ballooning is such a unique and special experience, and Scott gets to provide that to the public everyday.
If you decide to take a balloon ride, go with Rainbow Ryders, and make sure to say hello to Scott!
MORE EVENTS COMING SOON
3rd Annual Balloon Museum Holiday Arts, Crafts, and Book Fair
Get your Holiday shopping done early this year by stopping by the Balloon Museum on November 13th! If you are a New Mexico local artist, crafter, or author and are interested in being a vendor, there are still spots left! Click HERE to register.
There will be free admission to the Balloon Museum all day as well. With a wide variety
of arts, crafts, and books, there is sure to be a gift for everyone. All items are locally made and New Mexico based.
After you’ve done a bit of shopping, make sure to look around and enjoy all of our wonderful exhibits.
Manhattan on the Mesa
Celebrate New Year’s Eve the Manhattan way on New York time. Dancing, delicious food, a spectacular balloon glow, and the ball drop in New York are all you need to know about this event!
A live band and a New York Style Dinner catered by the Cooperage set the stage for the Time’s Square celebration on New York time. To top off the evening, a grand prize of two Hot Air Balloon Rides with Rainbow Ryders Balloon Company will be given to the best dressed party-goer. After the ball has dropped, stick around for more dancing, or beat the traffic going home, OR, head out to your second party to bring in the New Year on New Mexico time. Call us at 505.880.0500 or click HERE to reserve your spot!
Stories in the Sky
Don’t forget about our award winning story time! We offer two sessions every Wednesday at 9:30 AM and 11 AM! Stories in the Sky is fun for all kids in the family. We have fun art projects, educational stories, and the best part is that it’s free!
Special Ways to Donate
A beautiful way to remember a friend or family member is a Donation to the Balloon Museum. These tax deductible charitable contributions can be directed to a specific support area at the Balloon Museum by the Donor.
In loving memory of Howard Gerwin, generous donations made by Ann & Kaz Oishi and Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Gerwin. Howard was a loving husband of Dawn, Father of Greg and Spencer, and a dedicated Balloon Museum Volunteer. Donations are still being accepted in Howard Gerwin’s name at the Balloon Museum. “Those we love can never be more than a thought away… for as long as there’s a memory, they live in our hearts to stay” – Author Unknown
Dr. Loren Potter
If you would like to make a donation to the Balloon Museum, IN HONOR or IN MEMORY of a special family member or friend, please contact the Balloon Museum Foundation at 505-880-0500. We will be happy to help direct your generous donation to the specific area you designate. These donations are 100% tax deductible.
DID YOU KNOW?
In addition to cash donations, we have a unique way to recognize friends and family members. The Balloon Museum FOREVER WALL with customized tiles is a great way to honor or remember someone. Each custom created and personalized tile is placed permanently on the Forever Wall at the entrance to the Balloon Museum, visible for everyone to see. Contact us anytime for more details about the Forever Wall tile program.
Other Unique Ways to Donate to the Balloon Museum:
We are now a member of the Amazon Smile
Program! The Amazon Smile Program is a simple way to support the Balloon Museum at no cost to you. When shopping with smile.amazon.com, you can find the same exact products, however, Amazon donates a portion of your purchase to the organization of your choice! Learn more HERE!
We are also part of the Smiths Community Rewards program! You can support the Balloon Museum anytime you
grocery shop! Whenever you use your Smith’s rewards card, you can make a donation to the Museum. Click HERE for more information!
We would also like to remind you that by attending our events you are supporting the Balloon Museum! Your participation helps raise funds for future events and exhibitions at the Balloon Museum.
Are you a member?
If yes, we thank you! We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the Museum or at our fun events!
Not a member? Well, there is no better time than right now to become one! Your membership will entitle you to free admission year round, discounts at the Museum Shoppe, and other awesome perks! Membership levels start at $20.
Membership information is available HERE or call us at 505.880.0500 for more details!
What a Summer!
Red, White and Balloons
We had a fantastic time this 4th of July with our Red, White & Balloons event! Over 1200 guests attended to watch the fireworks show and performance by the Albuquerque Concert Band. The Balloon Museum is the perfect, exclusive viewing area for the fireworks away from the
crowds! In addition to the great music and the fireworks show, we hosted a delicious dinner upstairs at our VIP Stars n Stripes Reserved Ticket Dinner. Many families also enjoyed an open picnic on the Balloon Museum lawn and free and fun lawn activities. Keep Red, White & Balloons in mind for next year’s Independence Day! Red White & Balloons at the Balloon Museum is a great way to have a comfortable, fun, and of course, patriotic evening!
This summer we also got to party the Carmen Miranda Brazilian way! This was our annual benefit gala for the Education programs at the Balloon Museum. It sure was a hit! The museum transformed into a Calypso Marketplace, with Sol Calypso steel drums, tropical drinks, and delicious food. We also had a successful silent live auction with fantastic items! Stay tuned for next year’s fundraiser, as it will definitely be a spectacular event!
Bill Taylor on winning the Hawaiian
Vacation Raffle! Bring us back a lei and a pineapple please!
Joe Turiciano on winning the Disney Vacation Raffle! Make sure to take a picture of Mickey Mouse for us!
Stories in the Night Sky
We had a wonderful time hosting this summer’s Stories in the Night Sky! Families enjoyed free admission, the exciting stories, and the live band. Make sure to join us next summer!
New Exhibitions at the Museum
Tim Anderson 4-D Theater
The Tim Anderson 4-D Theater is opening to the public on October 1st! “Aerobatic Challenge,” an award winning
animated movie about flight experience, will be showing in 4-D.
This screening will be sure to excite the whole family. So grab your 3-D glasses, buckle up, and hold onto your vibrating seat!
Arctic Air: The Bold Flight of S.A. Andrée
If you’ve never heard the story of S.A. Andrée’s attempt at flying to the North Pole, you must stop by to experience this exhibit. Coming to the Balloon Museum on September 30th, Arctic Air tells the suspenseful story of the first-ever attempt to reach the North Pole by balloon. In 1897 S.A. Andrée and his crew used the most innovative technology of the time and made a fateful attempt on a perilous journey! Come check it out!
Hall of Fame
We are pleased to announce the 2016 inductees to the International Ballooning Commission Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include Albuquerque’s own Troy Bradley and Isaburo Yamada of Japan! Visit the Hall of Fame at the Balloon Museum, where you can learn about those who have made remarkable and notable contributions. The 2016 induction will take place on September 30th!
The Box Interactive Preview
Opening October 1st, this unique and fun exhibit allows you to create your own balloon and launch it into the famous Albuquerque Box! You can be one of the first people to launch their own balloon into the Box!
Mark Your Calendars!
Upcoming Balloon Museum Events
Check the website www.balloonmuseum.com for updates and details as the events get closer!
Words from Jill Lane
Executive Director, A.A.I.B.M.F.
As this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta rolls around, here at the Balloon Museum we will be rolling out the red carpet for our visitors from near and far! This is always a magical time of year to experience the awe and excitement so apparent on the faces of our museum visitors. From toddlers watching balloons float over the Balloon Museum to adults becoming kids again with all the colors and the excitement of the season, we ALL get caught up in the spirit of ballooning and what a unique place we call home in Albuquerque.
Here at the museum, we are SO excited about all the NEW and FUN and EDUCATIONAL and INNOVATIVE exhibits and activities added to our traditional line-up of things to see and do at the Balloon Museum. We’ve tried to tempt you with some brief overviews in this issue, but in reality, the best way to experience them is to come out to the museum yourself! And remember, our Balloon Museum members get special discounts on our Dine & Glow and Balloons & Breakfast events too!
Do you have friends or family visiting during Fiesta? If so, then bring them along for the BEST VIEW OF THE BALLOONING ACTION from right here at the Balloon Museum. We are so proud to have you share our unique and iconic museum with everyone. You are sure to be deemed the BEST HOST EVER as you help showcase all we have to offer.
And while here at the Balloon Museum…either during Fiesta or afterward…it’s not too late to start your Holiday Shopping. As a Balloon Museum member, you ALWAYS get a 10% discount in the Museum Shoppe! Our gift shop has everything ballooning imaginable…and more! There is sure to be something for everyone on your list! Your purchases support our fabulous Balloon Museum.
Thank you again for being part of our Balloon Museum family. We love sharing our special world with you!
Jill D. Lane
Jill D. Lane
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The International Balloon Fiesta is one of Albuquerque’s biggest events, and with it comes big crowds. However when all those crowds leave, Balloon Fiesta Park sees big traffic jams.This weekend, traffic congestion went on for miles and made a lot of drivers frustrated.
“The pressure of getting that many cars and people onto Balloon Fiesta Park was somewhat unprecedented,” said fiesta spokesman Tom Garrity.
Some people were turned away Saturday morning as parking lots filled up. Then Saturday evening, drivers were at a standstill with some waiting hours to get out of Balloon Fiesta Park. On Monday, City Council President Ken Sanchez said it’s time to take a serious look at the situation.
“I think long-term wise, one of the things we should look at as a city is purchasing additional property near that site,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez said he wants the city to add more roads into the park and more parking lots. However, the land around the park may cost a lot of money.
“Unfortunately, that is probably going to be prime property at a very expensive cost,” Sanchez said.
The Sandia Pueblo is north of the park. Sanchez hopes to start talks with the governors there to see if they could maybe work something out.
“The benefit is to the entire state, the pueblo and the city,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez said that could take a while. On the meantime, he said the city and Balloon Fiesta officials need to up the push on leaving the car out of the equation.
“I think we really need to look at increasing our park and ride throughout the city and make it more convenient for visitors across the country, across the world and locally.,” Sanchez said.
He said an outside company has operated park and ride at the fiesta since 2000. Now he wants the city to get involved.
“If we can accommodate at least on the weekends,” Sanchez said, adding that could make an immediate impact.
Sanchez would like to see that done before next year’s events take flight ensuring Balloon Fiesta Park isn’t put in jeopardy.
“I would hate to see them move again which and I think this is a prime location for this venue,” Sanchez said.
Balloon Fiesta officials say they will begin meeting in February to take a closer look at things. Currently, there are seven designated parking lots for the park that hold 12,000 cars. The city said the Convention and Visitors Bureau will tweak its marketing strategy, pushing more weekday events to relieve some of the weekend crowd.
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Officials say attendance was so good at Balloon Fiesta Saturday that many got stuck in traffic trying to get to the field. Parking lots at and around the Fiesta grounds were full Saturday morning. Traffic was also at a standstill surrounding the park.
Balloon Fiesta officials were urging drivers to take alternate routes.
At this time, it is unknown how many people attended Balloon Fiesta Saturday morning.
The green flag went up early Saturday morning for mass ascension on the final weekend of the 2014 Balloon Fiesta.
After the balloons go up, there’s still a lot going on at Balloon Fiesta Park. Pin trading starts at 11 a.m. Country fans will love Music Fiesta this year, as Josh Turner and friends will be rocking out at the park at noon.
The night magic Balloon Glow begins at 5:45 p.m., followed by a fireworks show.
Sunday’s farewell mass ascension marks the final event of Balloon Fiesta.
It begins at 7 a.m.
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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Balloon Fiesta mass ascension lifted off to ideal conditions Saturday morning as light winds pushed balloons north of the field.
According to the Albuquerque Police Department and Balloon Fiesta officials due to the large turnout, all Balloon Fiesta parking lots were full and traffic also was at a standstill most of the morning.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The countless pictures taken of Albuquerque’s balloon fiesta and the millions of words written about it have painted a wonderful picture of our premier event. We won’t try to add to those stories. However, there are a couple of other angles about the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta we would like to explore.
First, this week is definitely Albuquerque’s week to shine – or maybe soar would be a better word. While tourists enjoy Albuquerque and New Mexico as much as they enjoy the balloons, we get to enjoy seeing these visitors impressed with our hometown. We get to pat ourselves on the back as we hear folks praise our community and its beauty. The frustrations caused by traffic congestion and crowds at our favorite restaurants pale in comparison to the pride we feel in this place we have chosen to call home.
This is the one week of the year when we can put aside the problems facing the people who live here. We can, at least temporarily, forget our struggles with crime or education or poverty or those infuriating lists that continue to show us at the bottom. We can take a short break and just be proud that we live in this wonderful state. It’s good for our self esteem.
Second, credit must be given to fiesta planners who devote so much time and effort to create a perfect event, knowing all the time they have no control over the weather. It’s not as if the balloons can be moved inside if it’s too windy. It’s not as if the dates can be changed. At the end of the day, the weather is in charge.
Those planners of the balloon fiesta give so much heart and soul, not to mention blood, sweat and tears, to pull it all together, to make sure the balloon community, the visitors, the businesses and the city get to experience a wonderful fiesta. The amazing effort required that allows us to easily enjoy the beauty and the fun of the balloons is unbelievable.
And yet, after all this work, regardless of the exceptional planning, the fiesta is at the mercy of Mother Nature and her whims. It must get frustrating at times for the people who have devoted so much time and energy to this event to know it can all fall apart because of something they cannot control. These people deserve our appreciation for all their hard work, but also they deserve our appreciation for continuing in spite of the knowledge that unexpected weather can change everything, and they can’t plan for that.
On another note, we want to praise the folks responsible for the construction on Paseo del Norte. They have designed the work on this gargantuan project so that it hasn’t caused balloon fiesta traffic to be thwarted; people have still been able to get from Point A to Point B. The project managers deserve our praise.
We also are impressed with the amount of progress that has been made. The access from eastbound Paseo to southbound I-25 seems complete and works well. All of us have been watching the construction on the huge flyover to westbound Paseo and see it getting closer and closer to completion. We feel a bit of ownership as we have monitored its progress day after day and as we anxiously await its completion.
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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — Special shapes are easily the most popular part of Balloon Fiesta, but they haven’t always been a part of the big event.So just how did special shapes come to be, and when did they finally arrive at Fiesta?
Historians at the the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum say it was a small start, quickly blew up to something big.
Curator of Collections at the Balloon Museum, Marilee Mason says one of the first people to get in on special shape balloons was an eccentric British pilot named Lieutenant George Philip Lempriere.
“It’s the ‘Cherry Blossom’ and it was flown by Lieutenant Lempriere, who’s someone that we have very well represented here in the museum,” said Mason. “And as you can see, it’s a perfume bottle.”
The Cherry Blossom balloon debuted in the 1880s. It was a gas balloon and one of the first special shapes ever, according to Mason.
“(It was) made for a company that made perfumes and soaps,” said Mason.
While the first special shapes were built in the 1800s, it would be around 100 years before the special balloons made their way to Albuquerque.
“The first special shapes that came to the Balloon Fiesta were in 1982 and 83,” said Mason.
One of the first special shapes was the “Chicky Boom” balloon, which was an homage to the famous fruit wearing singer, dancer and actress Carmen Miranda.
While the Chicky Boom balloon is still flying at Fiesta in 2014, a different version from the first one is now flying. A miniature replica of the first Chicky Boom balloon hangs in the rafters of the Balloon Museum today.
“The people who had it made thought that balloonists were getting a little too serious and they really needed to lighten up a bit,” said Mason.
That motivation seemed to work. Other early special shapes, like Planters peanut company’s “Mr. P”anut” soon became favorites.
“It really kind of grew exponentially year after year,” said Mason.
By 1989, Fiesta launched the first “Special Shapes Rodeo,” with about a dozen of the specific balloons. The event hasn’t stopped since. Today, the “Rodeo” spans across two days of flights in the morning and balloon glows at night.
The Balloon Museum says because of the success in Albuquerque, special shapes began to grow as an industry.
“Really because it took off so well here, special shapes rodeos are a part of almost every ballooning event around the world,” said Mason.
Some of the most iconic balloons range from Levi’s standing pair of jeans to the piggy banks known as “Little Buck” and “Miss Penny.”
“One of the real favorites here in Albuquerque is Airebelle, the flying cow,” said Mason.
In the last 10 years, Mason says the number of companies manufacturing special shapes has grown from less than a dozen to around 20. Mason says that kind of growth shows the specific balloons are here to stay.
“I think it’s just the delight of seeing these incredible huge balloons that represents so many different things in our lives,” said Mason.
A pilot, who has been flying at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta since 1977, died this week. Friday morning, Gary Tarter’s friends made sure to honor him in true hot air balloon pilot fashion.
It’s easy to get excited about the new balloons and pilots at fiesta, but today was about remembering one of the originals.
Tarter was a pilot who made sure each October–his home was at Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta.
“Back in 1975, and I was a fairly new pilot, a guy came to me and was interested in me training him,” said David Dobel.
That guy was Tarter. A friendship was born and so was Tarter’s love for ballooning and balloon fiesta.
“It just became an annual thing. He loved Albuquerque and he wanted to come back every year,” Dobel said.
During his favorite week of the year, tarter had a fatal heart attack.
His friends made sure his balloon would inflate one last time—an honor to a great pilot, an honor to a great friend.
“We stood around and had our final moments,” said Dobel. “We talked about some of the things we remember about Gary. It was a fitting closing for us as pilots and friends.”
Pilots often describe flying as soaring through the heavens. They now are permanently joined by their friend Gary Tarter