March into Spring
Call it "spring fever," but March is busting out all over with events in our corner of the Southwest. In Deming, March 6-9 is the 49th Annual Rockhound Roundup gem and mineral show, bringing more than 100 vendors and countless rockhounds to the Southwest New Mexico State Fairgrounds.
On March 7 at the Buckhorn Opera House in Pinos Altos, the Mimbres Region Arts Council's Folk Series features Americana trio Red Molly. That's Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo) and Molly Venter (guitar), who have recently opened for Willie Nelson and performed at the RockyGrass festival. Their CD "Light in the Sky" spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association's Top 40 radio chart.
MRAC's Folk Series wraps up for the season later this month, March 21, also at the Buckhorn Opera House, with Terry Hendrix and Lloyd Maines. Hendrix is an award-winning Texas songwriter, classically trained vocalist and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin and harmonica). Maines is a Grammy Award-winning country music record producer, musician and songwriter who started out as a member of the Joe Ely Band in the early 1970s. They've been touring together since 1996.
March 7-8 is also the free Symposium on Preparedness at the WNMU Global Resource Center, which we told you about in-depth last month ("Being Prepared," Tumbleweeds, February). Day one is for the general public, with topics including wildfires, crime, evacuations, food sustainability, and dealing with trauma and loss. Saturday's program, "The Ember Zone: A Guide to Home Wildfire Assessments in New Mexico," is aimed at professionals such as emergency managers, first responders, insurance agents, and landscapers, as well as homeowner organization leaders.
And in this issue we tell you all about the annual Cabalgata Binacional in Columbus on March 8 ("Hooves Across the Border"). Along with the 11th Annual Camp Furlong Day, also March 8 at Pancho Villa State Park, and the 98th Annual Memorial Service, March 9 at the Depot Museum in Columbus, the events commemorate Pancho Villa's 1916 raid.
Over in Las Cruces, March 8-9 is the 15th annual Cowboy Days at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. New this year is the Borderland Pistoleros Mounted Shooting Club, in which riders on horseback demonstrate the fast-growing sport of mounted shooting, using rifles, shotguns and pistols. Black-powder blanks are used as the riders weave quickly through a course, firing at balloons. The demonstrations will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Flying Cloud Productions will also stage gunfight re-enactments twice each day, and will have an Old West Medicine Show and a 19th Century Fashion Show. You can help decide the fate of a cattle rustler in a living-history "trial," and kids can attend a new "Sheriff School." Musical performers on the schedule are Tom Foster Morris, Chris Baker, Randy Granger, Bruce Carlson, Washtub Jerry, Kenny Arroyos, James Michael, the Stagecoach Troubadours and Skunk Valley.
The next weekend, on March 15, Grant County marks the 60th anniversary of the locally made film Salt of the Earth. The film was based on the 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in which Mexican-American workers were barred from picketing and their wives, mothers, sisters and daughters took their place on the picket line. The film was made by members of the original "Hollywood Ten," who were blacklisted for refusing to answer Congressional inquiries in the McCarthy era. The commemoration begins with a reception at 10 a.m. at the Union Hall in Bayard, followed by a history tour of Bayard and Hurley, lunch at 1:30 p.m. at the hall, and a reception and film screening from 4-7 p.m. at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre. The luncheon will feature a performance by the great-niece of Juan Chacón, local union leader featured in the film, Loretta Chacón-Hellerman.
It's all about plants in Silver City the following weekend, with the 4th Annual Home & Garden Expo on March 21-22, sponsored by the Silver City Farmers' Market, at the Hwy. 180 conference center. Also on March 21, the Gila Native Plant Society will present Tucson naturalist and artist Martha Ames Burgess, speaking at WNMU's Harlan Hall. That's followed on March 22 by the society's 12th annual Native Plant Pre-Sale and Educational Fair, downtown at 405 N. Bullard St. (the former Workshops of Carneros).
In Deming, western music is in the spotlight, as historic Morgan Hall hosts Miss "V," The Gypsy Cowbelle, on March 22. Then on March 29 it's singer, songwriter, guitar player and storyteller Bill Barwick — you might recognize him as the voice of Encore's Western Movie Channel.
If you're more into astronauts than cowboys, circle March 28, when WILL presents "New Mexico's Century of Leadership in Space Exploration," a talk by Loretta Hall, author and ambassador for the National Space Society, at WNMU's Parotti Hall. Her book, Out of this World: New Mexico's Contribution to Space Travel, will be available for sale and signing.
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