May is the month area events come to full flower, starting with Silver City's Tour of the Gila, which continues through May 4. Saturday, May 3, brings bicycle racing downtown, by racers and citizens alike, plus an expo (next to Morning Star on Bullard Street) with booths, food, a beer and spirits garden, fun for kids, and live music by Danny Reyes, Melanie and Jeff, and Greenwood Misses.
Then of course May 23-25 is the 19th annual Silver City Blues Festival. Meet the local performer who'll kick off the program and see the complete schedule in this issue's "More Sounds of Silver City" feature.
That same weekend, May 24, the Silver City Museum opens "Gila Wild," a new exhibit celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Gila Wilderness and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Visitors to the exhibit, on view through December, will explore the passage of these events, the land, the people, places and things that have ventured in and out of our neighboring wilderness areas. The exhibit will also have hands-on discovery stations with activities for children and adults outlining the "Leave No Trace" principles. At the opening reception, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wilderness District Ranger Ray Torres will provide opening remarks and be available to answer questions about the Gila Wilderness. Smokey Bear (a New Mexico native) will also put in an appearance.
In Las Cruces, Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26, means the Southern New Mexico Wine Festival. Enjoy wine samples from some 20 wineries across the state. Food vendors, arts and craft vendors, live music and an education tent are all part of the fun.
The month wraps up with the MainStreet Downtown Rodeo Day, May 31 at the Silver City Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon, to get folks in the mood for the following week's Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo, June 4-7. Enjoy cowboy singer Gene Booth ("True Gene-ius," February 2013), cowboy poetry and the coronation of the 2014 Rodeo Queen.
Send events info by the 20th of the month to: firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 534-4134, PO Box 191, Silver City, NM 88062 or NEW — submit your event online at www.desertexposure.com/submitevents.
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