Bring your sweet tooth and forget that New Year's dieting resolution—it's time for the Mimbres Region Arts Council's 7th Annual Chocolate Fantasia. From 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 31 shops, galleries and restaurants in historic downtown Silver City will welcome ticket-bearing chocoholics for a taste of something decadent. The annual event is a fundraiser for the arts council.
The $15 tickets for Chocolate Fantasia entitle the bearer to 20 pieces of chocolate, chosen from 31 different downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. Ticket holders are given a list and map of the participating sites. The Chocolate Fantasia servers welcome the public at each of the participating downtown businesses, mark off their cards and give out the treats.
This year, gift boxes have been added to the mix, enabling chocolate lovers to create a one-of-a-kind gift for their special Valentine. Gift boxes are available for $2 each at the arts council office, and will be available at the chocolate sites on the day of the event.
Chocolatiers can win prizes for their creations. Previous chocolate entries have included tiny chocolate tamales, chocolates with a chile-pepper kick, meringue mushrooms with a touch of cocoa, and chocolates with lavender flowers.
This year's chocolate sites include:
Alotta Gelato, 619 N. Bullard
Blackwell's Jewelers, 218 N. Bullard
Bullard Street Bazaar, 416 N. Bullard
Fantastic Finds, 204 N. Bullard
Gila Hike and Bike/Bear Mt. Lodge, 103 E. College
Manzanita Ridge, 107 N. Bullard
Morning Star, 809 N. Bullard
Palace Hotel, 106 W. Broadway
Pretty Sweet Emporium, 312 N. Bullard
Silver City Food Coop, 520 N. Bullard
Syzygy, 106 N. Bullard
Thunder Creek Fabric & Quilt Shop, 1330 N. Hudson
Toy Town, 107 W. Broadway
Western Stationers, 703 N. Bullard
Workshops of Carneros, 405 N. Bullard
Elemental Day Spa, 406 N. Black
The Studio Space and Gallery, 109 N. Bullard
Art & Conversation/Curious Kumquat, 614 N. Bullard
Bloomin' Gourdworks, 211-A N. Texas
Blue Dome Gallery, 307 N. Texas
Cienega Spa and Salon, 101 N. Cooper
Eklektikas, 104 W. Yankie
Firecloud Traders, 209 W. Broadway
Lois Duffy, 211-C N. Texas
Leyba & Ingalls Arts, 315 N. Bullard
Luna Gallery, 108 W. Yankie
Gila House, 400 N. Arizona
Silver City Musuem, 312 W. Broadway
Star Mountain Trading, 409 N. Bullard
Weele Arts Studio, 602 N. Market
Silver Imaging Services, 214 College.
Tickets are available at the arts council office in the Wells Fargo Bank building, and at Gila Hike & Bike, Leyba & Ingalls Arts, Alotta Gelato, 1st New Mexico Bank at Wal-Mart, Cienega Spa and Salon and Mouse of All Trades. For more information, call the arts council at 538-2505.