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11th Annual CLAY Festival July 11-17, 2022

Silver City -- Southwest New Mexico ACT is pleased to present the 11th Annual CLAY Festival July 11-17, 2022, in Silver City, New Mexico. CLAY Festival is a week-long celebration of all things earth, dirt, and clay with workshops, lectures, youth events, a Makers Market and more. 

The CLAY Festival will hold a fundraiser event at 7 pm Saturday, July 2. Advance tickets may be purchased on the festival website, www.clayfestival.com. No tickets will be available at the door. Live jazz performance, food and drinks from local businesses, and a silent auction to benefit this year’s CLAY Festival will be held. 

The CLAY Makers Market will be held on Saturday, July 16, from 10 am - 2 pm in the Main Street Plaza, just east of Bullard Street in historic, downtown Silver City. The CLAY Rodeo, a wheel throwing competition, and Mud Fun, a kids free-play with clay activity, will also coincide with the market from 12-2 pm. Live music, food vendors and demonstrations will also be offered at the Main Street Plaza. Yen Chu will present a wheel throwing demonstration during at 11 am in the Main Street Plaza. 

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Silver City Museum Celebrates its 38th July 4th Ice Cream Social

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

Silver City -- The 38th Annual July 4th Ice Cream Social is happening Monday, July 4th, at the Silver City Museum, featuring a full slate of local musicians, food, friends and fun. The annual celebration and fundraising event takes place from 11 am - 4 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 to be used to purchase regular or vegetarian hot dogs, lemonade, water or ice tea, popcorn and a variety of ice cream treats. Tickets can also be used to participate in scheduled events, including an old-fashioned cake walk and face painting. 

A variety of free children's activities and games will also be available for family fun, and visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about current exhibits and programs at the museum, including the Chihuahua Hill History Project, featuring dozens of oral histories from residents of this historic neighborhood. Participants will also have an opportunity to share their stories, regardless of where they live.

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Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society Announces Summer Film Series

The Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society is pleased to announce its summer film series, devoted to Native Peoples.  Mr. Joe Saenz of the Chiricahua Apaches will introduce each showing, to be held on Thursday evenings at the Santa Clara Armory, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Armory is located north of US Highway 180, across from the Village of Santa Clara, six miles east of Silver City. Doors open at 6. The movies are free to the public, and donations are welcome. The series will begin with the showing of “The Last of the Mohicans” on June 30. The complete schedule is as follows:

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Gala in the Garden July 23

The Commons Center for Food Security and Sustainability is hosting their first annual Gala in the Garden on Saturday, July 23 from 6-10 pm to raise money to support our mission of feeding households across Grant County.

The Gala will feature music, food, fun, and a silent auction featuring many exciting items!

$25 tickets are available now at the Commons and will be available online in early July (https://thecommonsgrantcounty.org/ ). 

The public will be able to view silent auction items in early July; online bidding will be available for many items for those not able to attend the event.

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Fort Bayard National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremonies

Presented by Marine Corps League Gaffney-Oglesby Det. 1328

Monday May 30, 2022 at 10:00 am

  • Master of Ceremonies: Dean Bearup, MGY SGT USMC (Ret)
  • Call to Colors: John Pace
  • Posting of Colors: Marine Corps League
  • National Anthem: Loraine Anglin
  • Pledge of Allegiance: Preston Harper
  • Invocation: Robert Lopez
  • Prisoner of War/Missing In Action Remembrance Ceremony: Robert and Danna Lopez
  • Salute to the Military: Hi Lo Silvers, Director Valdeen Wooten
  • Presentation of Wreaths

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The Silver City NM Blues Festival Is Back!

The 27th Annual Silver City Blues Festival will take place in different venues throughout the 3-day Memorial Day weekend. The main event will happen on Saturday, May 28 at Gough Park in Silver City NM from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. This year’s festival is supported by local businesses and individual blues lovers, and especially by donations from attendees. 

The festival is pleased to present five great performers: 

  • Dirty Red & the Soul Shakers, from OK, a lone weeping guitar, blues harmonica and soul filled vocals
  • Hector Anchondo, from NE, 2020 Winner of International Blues Challenge
  • Eddie Turner, from CO, his music moves the feet while simultaneously haunting the soul
  • Connie Brannock’s Little House of Funk
  • Miller and the Other Sinners

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Western New Mexico University ¡Fiesta Latina! Extended One Day

Charro Performance Added, Artisan Mercado Returns, and Opening Concert Offered for Free

wnmu fiesta 2022 release 1Ballet folklorico performers share their traditions during the 2019 edition of ¡Fiesta Latina! This year, the four-day cultural event will run June 16 – 19 at Western New Mexico University.Silver City, NM – In its fourth year, ¡Fiesta Latina! at Western New Mexico University will run June 16 – 19, 2022. Throughout the four-day family event, attendees can explore Latin culture, rhythms, flavors and crafts at Regents Square on the WNMU campus (1000 W. College Ave.) in Silver City. Tacking on an extra day to the university’s signature event, WNMU Cultural Affairs is expanding the opportunity for border communities to engage with their neighbors to the south through celebration and collaboration.

“We are aiming for a triumphant return with a full schedule of events,” said Alexandra Tager, who is Director of Cultural Affairs at WNMU.

New to ¡Fiesta Latina! this year will be a charro presentation by the Castro Family of Las Cruces on Sunday afternoon. The authentic Mexican horseman show boasts performers of all ages.

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Fiesta Latina at WNMU June 16-19, 2022

Western New Mexico University's signature event, ¡Fiesta Latina!, provides an opportunity for border communities to engage with our neighbors to the south, through celebration and collaboration. Over this four-day event, folks explore Latin culture, rhythms, flavors, and artisan crafts on the beautiful Western New Mexico University campus set in the mountains of the Southwest. This wonderful family event is now in its fourth year of hosting the Artisan Mercado featuring 40 traditional master artisans who travel to New Mexico, from all across Mexico to sell their crafts.

There are both free and paid events.

Free events include a music stage featuring entertainment throughout the weekend, including Thursday nights free Mariachi Los Camperos concert, Nohe & Sus Santos, an Artisan Mercado, children’s activities, Mariachi Plata, Ballet Folkorico Alfaro, Castro Family Charros, indigenous dance, and more. There will be children’s crafting activities throughout the weekend in the dedicated Children’s Tent and demonstrations by visiting artisans at their booths in the artisan tent. The festival will also offer additional demonstrations and lectures.

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