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Photo submitted During a self-guided tour of Redlands Mesa, you can meet alpacas and their owners Doug and Debbie Christner and discover all the items the alpaca provides.

If you've ever wondered, "What's up on Redlands Mesa?" here's your chance to find out! A group of gardeners, farmers, ranchers, artisans and great cooks have collaborated to offer a tour of several places of interest on Redlands Mesa, near Hotchkiss on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day's events include a self-guided tour, a farm-to-table lunch, and happy hour with drinks and live music. There will also be free demonstrations in kombucha and jelly making and a permaculture gardening class.

Tour participants will be able to tour elk, bison and alpaca ranches, stroll through an amazing garden, visit a winery and tour the distillery, learn about solar power, and explore a unique "cob" house. The Redlands Mesa Grange will be hosting a farm and artisan market featuring locally-grown produce, pottery, fused glass, handcarved spoons, wire-wrapped jewelry, cards, art and other crafts starting at 9 a.m. The fabulous cooks at the Redlands Mesa Grange will be serving up a farm-to-table lunch from 11:30 to 1:30. The lunch will feature a choice of elk, buffalo, alpaca or vegetarian chili, cornbread, salad and dessert. Gluten free options will be available.

After the tour, relax and enjoy "happy hour" from 4 to 7 p.m. at Jack Rabbit Hill Winery with wine, cocktails and tasty appetizers. Live music will be provided by The Solar Brothers. Come spend the day, or just a couple of hours, it's up to you!

Begin the tour at the Redlands Mesa Grange, located at 27953 Redlands Mesa Road. Here you will register and pick up your map which will list the complete schedule of all events and demonstrations as well as descriptions of the homes and farms featured on the tour. Map pickup will be between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the day of the event. Tour tickets are $5 per person, Lunch is $10 per person, and happy hour which includes two glasses of wine or two cocktails plus appetizers is $15 per person. Tickets are available online at www.redlandsmesagrange.weebly.com

Redlands Mesa has a rich history of interesting and creative residents. This collaborative event is a natural outcome of neighbors sharing their creativity with the community. More information and tickets are available online at www.redlandsmesagrange.weebly.com. Purchase your tour ticket by Sept. 4 to be automatically entered in a drawing to win one of the door prizes that have been donated by the tour artists, gardeners and farmers. Proceeds will benefit the Redlands Mesa Grange.

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