Schedule

Friday

Music: River Reach Terrace

7-9 p.m. Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat - Rock/Blues

Saturday

8 a.m.  Riverfest Run: 10K, 5K Run & 2-mile Walk. Both runs and walk will start and finish at the Animas Park parking lot area and run along the scenic river trails.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Disc Golf Tournament

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Rafting. Put in is at the very east end of the park-Animas Parkland-off of the Browning Parkway entrance, near the Prairie Dog Village.

11 a.m.  Wiener Dog Races

Noon-3 p.m. Kayak Rodeo

Music: River Reach Terrace

11 am - 12 pm Gypsy Fire, contemporary folk/Celtic

12:30 - 1 pm Third Time Charm, modern rock/pop

2 -3 pm Fool's Gold, Spanish/Rock/Variety

3:30 - 4:30 pm Native Reign, contemporary Native American

5-7 pm Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat

Music and Shows: Little Pavilion/Berg East

12:30 -1 pm Kids Show: Chicken Little

1:30 -2 pm Kids Show: Mark A Board

12:30 -2 pm SJC Country Company - River Reach Terrace/grass area

3-5 pm The Geezers

4-5:30 pm Belly Dancers

5:45-6:15 pm Kids Show: Red, White and Blue

Sunday

8 am -3 pm  4 Corners Old Car Club Car Show near Cottonwood Landing

10 a.m. Roverfest at Animas Park

10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Rafting. Put in is at the very east end of the park-Animas Parkland-off of the Browning Parkway entrance, near the Prairie Dog Village.

11 a.m.  Dog Agility Show at River Reach Terrace

Noon-5 pm One Nation Gourd Dance at the Veterans Memorial

Music: River Reach Terrace

Noon-1 pm Joshua Breakstone-Jazz Guitar

1:30 -2:30 pm Suave - Spanish/ pop

3 -5 pm Mississippi Heat - Blues harmonica & vocals

Music and Shows: Little Pavilion/Berg East

11:30 am-12:30 pm Reverend Catfish

12:30-1:30 pm SJC Country Company-River Reach Terrace/grass area

1:30- 2 pm  Belly Dancers

2-4 pm Close Enuff

4:15-5 pm Kids Show: The Wonders of Nature

A free shuttle bus will be looping every 30 minutes from Animas Park parking lot to Rocky Reach Landing.

FARMINGTON — For the last 27 years, Riverfest has been one of Farmington's best-known festivals.

Centered around Memorial Day weekend, the festival brings in entertainers from across the country and invites both humans and canines to participate in three days of activities. These activities range from wiener dog races and rafting trips to concerts and art shows.

Riverfest is put on through combined effort of the city and River Reach Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving local rivers. It kicks off its celebrations on Friday with a rock and blues concert by Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat and will continue through Sunday evening.
Joshua Breakstone will be performing at Riverfest.
Joshua Breakstone will be performing at Riverfest. (Courtesy photo)


Jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone to perform in Farmington

When Joshua Breakstone was a teenager, he sat down with jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan's album "Search for the New Land."

"There was something there that was really exciting, fiery, thrilling when he played," Breakstone said.

Although he didn't know much about jazz music, after hearing Morgan play, Breakstone knew he wanted to be a jazz musician.

Breakstone, now a well-known jazz guitarist, will be performing at noon Sunday at the Rocky Reach Landing as part of the 27th annual Riverfest celebration.

Although from New York, Breakstone has performed in Farmington many times and said he loves to visit New Mexico.

"When you're in Farmington, you know you're in New Mexico," he said.

Breakstone first started playing the guitar when some of his classmates in high school needed a guitar player for their band. However, while with the band, Breakstone didn't play jazz music.

"Nobody my age was listening to jazz," Breakstone said.

It wasn't until he heard "Search for the New Land" that Breakstone became interested in learning jazz. The album featured jazz guitarist Grant Green. Breakstone said when he heard Green play he initially thought Grant wasn't very good.

"The problem wasn't Grant's playing," Breakstone said.

After studying jazz, Breakstone began to appreciate Green's music.

Jazz took Breakstone to study under Sal Salvador, a bebop jazz guitarist who Breakstone described as a great teacher.

"He helped me advance my playing," Breakstone said.

He added no other teacher could have helped him advance as quickly as Salvador did.

After Breakstone started recording, Salvador continued to support him.

Artists gather to display work at arts and crafts fair

Around eight years ago, artists got together and decided to take part in the festivities at Riverfest.
ARTIST BOOTHS

Dolton Roberts Metal wall art, Capitan

Jason D. Chee Painting, Farmington

Marilyn Taylor Oil painting, Farmington

Edwin Whitesinger Painting, Chinle, Ariz.

Peter Kewitt Decorative gourd art, Durango, Colo.

Eric Hester Woodworking, Santa Fe

Shirlen Heath Lathe-turned wood vessels, Mancos, Colo.

Betty Reed Fiber & jewelry, Kirtland

Sue Johnson Fiber, jewelry, clay, Farmington

Michael Bulloch Watercolor, Farmington

Sharon Bulloch Watercolor, Farmington

S. Brian Berkun Photography traditional/digital, Centennial, Colo.

Elizabeth Stannard Contemporary painting, Farmington

Lou Mancel Jewelry/metalsmithing, Aztec

Tim Gordon Acrylic painting, Aztec

Kennith Gordon Photography, Farmington

Anne Hartman Portraits and wildlife, Blanco

D.A. Evans Jr. Woodcraft, Bluewater

Richard J. Mordecki Watercolor/acrylic painting, Aztec

John E. Harris Metal yard art, Mesilla

Tim Essary Graphite drawings, Farmington

Doug Miller Mixed media/acrylic paintings, Farmington

Don Powell Wood art, Tularosa

Catherine Thomas-Kemp Studio jewelry, Farmington

They got together to start the Riverfest Fine Arts and Crafts Fair. With the exception of two years, the arts and crafts fair has become a recurring feature of Riverfest.

 

A couple dozen artists from around the Four Corners will display and sell their art at the Red Lion Inn, 700 Scott Ave., during Riverfest. A reception for the fair will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Friday.

 

The artists for the show were selected by the show's juror, Ann Smith, an abstract painter from Durango, Colo.

 

In the same spirit as this spring's "People's Choice" art contest, the public will be able to vote on which artist's work they like best. This artist will then receive a "People's Choice" award.

 

The fair also has a commemorative poster, which will be for sale. The poster was designed by Blanco artist Ann Hartman, who will be at the fair and will autograph the posters.

 

Tim Gordon, a member of the art fair committee, said the committee wants to bring attention to local artists and their work. A lot of people travel to Santa Fe or Taos when they want to purchase art. However, Gordon said, the art there is often more expensive.

 

"You can get quality art in the area," Gordon said.

 

Gordon, who is an acrylic painter, will be one of the artists participating in the fair. He said he paints realistic-style art of landscapes, animals and "whatever I'm kind of interested in at a particular time."


Hannah Grover can be reached at hgrover@daily-times.com; 505-564-4652. Follow her on Twitter @hmgrover