Annual Fundraising Event Features Local Musicians, Friends, Food and Fun!

Silver City -- The 39th Annual July 4th Ice Cream Social is happening Tuesday, July 4th, at the Silver City Museum, featuring a full slate of local musicians, vendors, food, friends and fun. The annual celebration and fundraising event takes place in the museum courtyard from 11 am - 3 pm, and all proceeds benefit the museum.

What says Fourth of July celebration more than grilled hot dogs and ice cream? Attendees will be able to buy tickets for the purchase of hot dogs, popcorn, ice tea, lemonade and water, and a selection of ice cream treats. Nearly a dozen food and craft vendors, including the Mint Chip Creamery, will be offering a selection of items for sale.

A variety of free children's activities will be offered, including making magic windows, bubble-making, face painting and games for family fun, all of which will be held under a large, shaded canopy. Visitors can also learn more about current exhibits and programs at the museum, including the Life and Times of Arturo Flores and the Chihuahua Hill History Project, featuring dozens of oral histories from residents of this historic neighborhood.

This year the "world-famous" cake walk features some 55 cakes, including cupcakes from local bakery, Simply Delicious, meaning that a cake walk will be held approximately every six minutes, giving cake lovers great odds of leaving with a treat.

Music lovers will enjoy a wide variety of musical styles throughout the day, including mariachi, regional music, folk and traditional tunes. The music schedule:

11:30 am Flicker, regional accordion music;
1:00 pm Angelica Padilla, performing traditional mariachi and regional music; and
2:00 pm: The Big Ditch Crickets, a 14-piece community dance 
                  band, playing traditional tunes and New Mexican folk music.

Local sponsors of the 39th Annual Ice Cream Social include Food Basket, First Financial Credit Union, Western Bank, First New Mexico Bank and First American Bank.

For more information about the event, please contact Marcus Hanson, partnerships and promotions coordinator, at (575) 597-0226 or

The Silver City Museum creates opportunities for residents and visitors to explore, understand, and celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of southwestern New Mexico by collecting, preserving, researching, and interpreting the region's unique history. The museum is nationally recognized through its accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.

Admission is free, though a suggested donation of $5 helps support the museum's education programs, collections care and exhibitions. For more information, please contact the museum at (575) 589-0221/  , or visit the museum's website at . To donate or to learn of volunteer opportunities, please visit .

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