Summer Of Love 2009
February 18, 2009 - TAOS, NEW MEXICO: Easy Rider reigns supreme as
the best biker movie of all time. The brilliance of writer, director
and actor Dennis Hopper paved the way for "the New Hollywood" by
sparking independent filmmaking fever in 1969. And, more importantly,
the film showed the country what it meant to be a free spirit in the
late '60s...the Cannes Film Festival winner has been called a
"touchtone for a generation" that "captured the national
imagination." Re-live the psychedelic era as you blaze a trail for
gorgeous Taos, New Mexico -- Hopper's home at the time of filming and
the location of many of the movie's famous scenes -- for Taos Summer
of Love 2009, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
From May through September, Taos Summer of Love 2009 will feature an
amazing array of events, art, film and music. Not only will you be
able to indulge in everything lovely, artistic and free about Taos,
you'll get to ride the same roads filmed in Easy Rider....talk about
bragging rights! And you could potentially meet Hopper himself, as he
will be master of ceremonies over all things Taos this summer.
Taos Summer of Love 2009 events include a feast with Hopper! On May
3, the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos is hosting a fundraising dinner
with Dennis Hopper; all proceeds benefit the Harwood Museum of Art.
This dinner is the kickoff to the summer-long Dennis Hopper at The
Harwood event. From May 8 to September 18, you can enjoy two
Hopper-related shows: "Silver Gelatin Prints by Hopper" and "Hopper
Curates," which features artwork by five artists.
Also in May, you can join thousands of fellow bikers May 22 - 25 at
the 26th Annual Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally & Run-to Taos' Vietnam
Memorial. The weekend will feature live music and food. The Red River
Classic Car Show will be held the weekend of June 5-7, and Toast of
Taos Wine Festival starts July 3. No summer would be complete with
out a chili cook-off: You can taste to your heart's delight Aug 13 -
15 at Hot Chili Days, Cool Mountain Nights, located at Brandenburg
Park, Red River.
These are just some of the many things you can enjoy in Taos this
summer. But be sure to reserve some time for cruising the town on
your bike. Any motorcycling fan will drool over the rugged, scenic
landscapes and wide-open spaces that make Taos famous. More than
1,200 feet across from rim to rim, The Rio Grande Gorge offers
visitors views of astonishing lava flow, extending to the Rio Grande
Canyon, which is about 300 feet from side to side. And the Rio Grande
Bridge is the second highest bridge in the US.
One of the most fascinating and famous scenic spots around town is
the Taos Pueblo, home of the Taos-Tiwi Indians. It is located two
miles north of Taos, and is at an elevation of 7,000 feet. At the
Pueblo, you can experience the rich cultural heritage exemplified by
the exquisite Native American architecture and the seasonal
ceremonial dances. Please note: You can watch the dances but
photography is strictly prohibited, which makes a trip to the pueblo
all the more special.
Taos Summer of Love 2009 also features an exciting contest! Visit
www.taossummeroflove.com to enter your name in the Summer of Love
Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $4,000 trip to Taos! The package
includes airfare, three nights accommodations for two, a guided
Harley-Davidson tour of the town, spa treatments for two, museum
passes and more!
So dust off the love beads, don your fringed leather jacket, and roll
on into to Taos this summer! For information, visit www.taossummeroflove.com.