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Fireworks and More


This month brings all the usual Independence Day hoopla, including the annual Electric Light Parade in Las Cruces on July 3 and the downtown parade and Gough Park festivities in Silver City on July 4. If you'll be in Las Cruces for the holiday, note that the July 4 fireworks and entertainment will be at a new location, Las Cruces Public Schools Sports Complex at 2501 Tashiro Road. And don't miss a special performance by legendary singer-songwriter Don McLean — yes, that Don McLean, of "American Pie" and "Starry Night" fame.

If you're in Silver City on July 4, don't miss the Silver City Museum's Fourth of July Ice Cream Social. The first social was held to celebrate the museum's 10th birthday on July 4, 1977, and consisted of a single table with three tubs of ice cream. It was repeated on a small scale every other year through 1983, when it became an annual offering. Ice cream cones, root beer floats, popcorn, fresh fruit and cold drinks will be available for sale. Children big and small can enjoy an assortment of historical games, plus a miniature children's train, and participants of all ages can try their luck at the traditional cake walk.

Up at Little Toad Creek in Lake Roberts, the Virus Theater is back after a two-year "hibernation" with a new original play, "TICKER: or Of Gods and Creampuffs." Performances continue July 3-6. In the Virus Theater tradition, the play borrows from every genre of theater imaginable, including lip syncing to modern songs, slapstick comedy, dark twists, interpretive dance and poetry, panoramic video projection, heartfelt sadness, and even a Michael Jackson dance move or two, all moving the story along its course.

In Deming, the July 4 festivities included the continuation of the Summer Concert Series at the St. Clair Winery, with Nikki Lee May. Upcoming concerts this month will feature Buzz Tones on July 11, Desert Trio on July 18 and Chain of Fools on July 25.



But the don't-miss events don't stop when the fireworks' smoke clears. On July 19-20, also at Little Toad Creek in Lake Roberts, the Annual Hummingbird Festival returns, with hummingbird banding, lectures and fun for the whole family.

July 19 is also the Third Annual Silver City MainStreet Big Ditch Day. Music and dancing will be provided by the Big Ditch Crickets, and visitors can take guided hikes through the park, go on "discovery hunts," learn about the ecology of San Vicente Creek and chat with historical interpreters. Park at the Visitor Center.

In Las Cruces, No Strings Theatre Company presents Into the Woods at the Black Box Theatre, July 25-27 and August 1-3. The musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine won several Tony Awards including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical. It catches up with the characters of "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Rapunzel" and "Cinderella" after the "happily ever after" in their own fairy tales. The story also follows a childless baker and his wife who wish to have a child. a witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey.




Note that events listings are subject to change and to human error! Please confirm all dates, times and locations.



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