Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

A week ago Saturday on Nov. 20, 2021, the Tamal y Mas Fiesta took place in the village of Santa Clara, for the fourth time. Before the fiesta became a part of the village celebrations, Silver City had hosted it several times. 

On a pleasant Saturday, Santa Clara Mayor Richard Bauch welcomed people to the fiesta. 

Guests, who had just arrived that morning, AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) youths took part in the fiesta. Their Fire 5 team leader Owen McNamara of Boston told the Beat the members planned to be in Grant County for about a month. "We will be working at Fort Bayard and at The Commons food bank."

{Editor's Note: If this author misspelled any names in the caption to the AmeriCorps photograph, please email editor@grantcountybeat.com to give corrections. Her pen was not working well, so some of the names were somewhat unreadable.]

Village Clerk Sheila Hudman welcomed the new arrivals. "We've applied three times, this year, as well as in 2018 and 2019, and this is our third team. We house them at the former Armory, and they do wonderful work for us, especially at Fort Bayard."

District 1 Commissioner and Chair Chris Ponce, who attended the fiesta, said he appreciated everyone coming out. "I also thank the trustees, Sheila, the Action Committee and helpers for everything they have done to bring this fiesta to us, especially after the past year we've had."

Joseph Maestas, Public Regulations commissioner from "up north," was welcomed. Emcee Raul Turrieta said earlier that state Treasurer Tim Eichenberg was also in attendance.