This month it feels as though all the events of summer have been waiting for the end of summer, and they're all piling on in the waning days of the season. You can start the month on a contemplative note on August 3 with the annual Hiroshima Peace Day Observance at Gough Park in Silver City, sponsored by Gila Friends Meeting. Then it's a 180-degree turn to lighthearted fun at Tikis & Tacos, a luau presented by the "101 Things for Youth to Do in Grant County" on August 8, 4:30-8:30 p.m. at Bataan Memorial Park. The following day, August 9, brings the Evergreen Garden Club's Annual Garden Tour. Get advance tickets at Silver Heights Nursery, Alotta Gelato, Aunt Judy's Attic or the Silver City Farmers' Market.
The first signs of the end of summer arrive on August 16 when Silver City MainStreet welcomes new and returning WNMU students to Downtown Silver City at the Bash on Broadway. WNMU President Joseph Shepard will deliver a "State of the University" address at 5:30 p.m. at the Seedboat Gallery, followed by live music, games, prizes, a videogame challenge, and beer tasting at Little Toad Creek.
In Las Cruces, you can toast the waning of summer with a cold one at the Tour de Beer at the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, August 16-17. The event features more than 100 beers and live music by Crooked Beaver Creek, Taking Over, Derrick Harris, DAMN Union, Chris Baker and Matt Morgam, and Ardik.
The following weekend is jam-packed. Nosotros and opening act the Illusion Band perform a special send-off to summer concert at WNMU's Old James Stadium on August 22. At the Silver City Farmers' Market on August 23, it's the second annual Flower Fiesta to benefit Gila/Mimbres Community Radio KURU-FM. At Gough Park in Silver City that same day, it's the annual Run to Copper Country Car Show, which you read about in last issue's Tumbleweeds section. Up in Lake Roberts, Little Toad Creek is sponsoring a Farm Fest and the Wilderness Artisan Fair on August 23-24.
In Deming, that weekend climaxes the quacking-good fun at the Great American Duck Races, which begin with the annual pageant on August 21 and run through August 24. If you prefer salsa to fowl, August 23-24 is also the SalsaFest in Las Cruces. Then on Thursday, the NMSU Aggies kick off the football season against Cal Poly in a special weeknight game, August 28.
Labor Day Weekend, of course, brings a familiar roster of favorites: the New Mexico Harvest Wine Festival in Las Cruces, the Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Show in Silver City, and the Hatch Chile Festival. Plus Hillsboro re-creates the famed Fountain murder trial. Don your best Old West garb for this "creative re-enactment," as the audience will also portray the jury.
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