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Wild Wild West Rodeo June 8-10, 2023

The annual First New Mexico Bank, Wild Wild West Rodeo will be held June 8, 9 & 10 with Casper Baca Rodeo Company at the Southwest Horseman's Arena in Silver City, New Mexico.

Tickets go on sale Monday, June 5 at Circle Heart Western Wear in Silver City and Circle S Western Emporium in Deming. Tickets will be $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Gates open at 5 pm with the performances starting at 7 pm.

Thursday Night Wild Wild West Bull Fest Sponsor – W & N Enterprises

Friday Night Full Rodeo Sponsor –  Snappy Mart and The Brown Boys at Werner Tire

Saturday Night Full Rodeo Sponsor – Freeport McMoRan and First Financial Credit Union

For more information find the Wild Wild West Rodeo on Facebook or at www.wildwildwestrodeo.com 

Jacob Bennett Chapter of the DAR Founders day Celebration June 10, 2023

The Jacob Bennett Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is celebrating the 120th anniversary of the founding of the chapter in Silver City on June 10, 1903 at the Fort Bayard Theater starting at 10:30 AM with the doors opening. The program will start at 11:00, the luncheon is at Noon and a tour of the Fort Bayard Museum is at 1:00 PM. If you can attend this event please contact Lucy Whitmarsh, Jacob Bennett Chapter Vice Regent at whitmarshlucy@gmail.com or 575-574-8394.

The history of the Jacob Bennett Chapter is that Jennette Amelia Ashenfelter was the Organizing Regent. There were seventeen Charter Members, six of whom were descendants of Jacob Bennett, a private from the state of New York, who served in the Revolutionary War. 

In 1905 the chapter purchased a vacant lot for back taxes on College Avenue in Silver City and developed a public park where trees were planted and a flag pole erected. Logs from three of the first log cabins built in Silver City were donated to the chapter. It was hoped that a building for the chapter could be constructed at the park using the logs but the logs were stolen and the dream was never realized. The College Street Plaza currently occupies the park once owned and maintained by the Jacob Bennett Chapter members.

Currently the Jacob Bennett Chapter members are involved with numerous community service projects. Members participate in the “Toss No Mas” trash collection program, visit with veterans in the Veterans Wing at Fort Bayard Medical Center, participate in the July 4th Parade, the Memorial Day Ceremony and Wreaths Across America at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery. 

During the first half of 2023 the chapter members recognized the local Vietnam Veterans with the presentation of a flag, certificate and pins for Vietnam War Veterans, and had an education outreach table at the New Mexico Historical Society History Conference, Armed Forces Day Celebration and the Earth Day Celebration. 

Members also continue to work to educate the public about the United States Constitution by celebrating Constitution Week. In addition the Good Citizen Chapter Chair coordinates the Daughter of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award that is presented annually to an outstanding High School Senior. 

At the June 10, 2023 Founders Day Celebration, the Jacob Bennett Chapter will honor the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society and the Village of Santa Clara for their contribution to Historic Preservation with their involvement with the Fort Bayard Museum renovations.

Memorial Day ceremonies to take place May 29, 2023

The Memorial Day Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29, 2023, at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Phillip Torres, Fort Bayard Cemetery manager, will serve as master of ceremonies and Daniel Castillo will be the guest speaker. A joint color guard of VVA, American Legion and Marine Corps League will present and retire the Colors.

SOLD OUTSouthwest Regional Museum of Art and Art Center Benefit

SOLD OUT, but they are keeping a waiting list in case of cancellations

Silver City Premier of " The Thief Collector," a true crime docudrama centered around the theft of the Willem de Kooning painting, Woman-Ochre, from the University of Arizona Art Museum and the subsequent discovery of the painting at the home of a deceased couple in Gila. - Movie Trailer https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14361892/ 

Wednesday, June 28 at the SILCO Theater 311 North Bullard St. Silver City, NM

Reservations Required: $20 per person paid at the door, cash or check to SWRMAAC. To make a reservation send an email with the names of the attendees to victoriachick@victoriachick.com prior to June 26. A confirmation email will be sent.

Doors open at 5:30 for checkin and payment. Enjoy a complimentary small drink and popcorn at the concession. Additional items available for purchase. Seating limited to 150. "The Thief Collector" will be shown as soon as everyone is seated. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion presented by Buck, David and Rick from Manzanita Ridge who were involved in the discovery of the stolen painting and  return of the painting to the University of Arizona Art Museum.

Hi Lo Silvers Concert CORRECT location for Sunday 051423

img 6905 copy 2Hi Lo Silvers prior to concert on Friday, May 12, 2023Photos by Mary Alice Murphy taken at the Friday concert. An additional one is below.

A notice in the Desert Exposure about the Hi Lo Silvers concert on at 3 p.m. Mother's Day afternoon, Sunday, May 14, 2023, had the location incorrect.

Other outlets such as the Grant County Beat and the Silver City Daily Press have the correct location, which is the First United Methodist Church on College Ave. .

A spokeswoman said: "DE calendar says Sunday concert is at Presbyterian. Church. We will put signs on Presbyterian Church doors on Sunday after their service to alert anyone who goes there that they need to go to First United Methodist Church. And, we may start Sunday concert a few minutes late to give folks time to get to to the Methodist Church

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CLAY Festival Workshops

Featured workshops include "Embellished Stories" with George Rodriguez, the WNMU Headlining Artist at Western New Mexico University from 7/10-7/14 from 10 AM-5 PM. 

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Hi Lo Silvers to present Spring concert twice - May 12 and May 14, 2023

Hi Lo Silvers present its Spring Concert twice, on Friday, May 12 at 7 pm, and Sunday May 14, at 3 pm, at First United Methodist Church, 314 W. College Avenue in Silver City.

Nada Dates will direct the chorus who sing songs from film, standards and spirituals with piano accompaniment by Rhonda Gorog, bass by Becky Harwood, percussion by Melinda McClanahan, and harmonica by Bonnie Kelly.

Special features include "Little Eyes" and "Harmonize the World " by the Silver Ringtones quartet and a violin/piano duet by Megan and Rhonda Gorog. FREE Masks are suggested as people will be sitting near each other. Please join us. Contact: Caroline Baldwin 388 8771

Armed Forces Day Celebration May 21, 2023

The GCCCA, WNMU, and the American Legion Post 18 will host a celebration for Armed Forces Day in Bataan Memorial Park in Santa Clara. The event starts at 1:00 PM with presentations from the Ft. Bayard Historic Preservation Society, Friends of Bataan Park, and from the director of the Ft. Bayard National Cemetery. The event is to honor active military personnel, Gold Star Families, veterans and all the veterans service organizations in Grant County. Following the presentations, the 1st Armored Division Band from Ft. Bliss will perform a concert entitled “As Time Goes By” starting at 2:00 PM.

The 1st Armored Division Band is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. "Old Ironsides" traces its heritage from 1943, when it was activated in the early days of World War II. To this band, however, music was often a sideline as division bands were used as infantry units during World War II. The majority of the band's time was not spent in rehearsing and performing, but in guarding supplies or headquarters installations. Throughout the decades they have been deactivated and reactivated several times, being deployed to war-torn regions around the globe including Korea, Kuwait, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo to name few.  

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