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On Sunday, November 10, 2019, the Marine Corps League Gaffney-Oglesby Detachment 1328 will host the 244th Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

The cost is: $30 for ‘single’ and $55 a ‘couple’. Paying at the Door will be $35 single, and $60 a couple.

Checks can be sent to P.O. Box 2251, Silver City, NM 88062 prior to November 8, 2019.

It will take place at the WNMU Campus Cafeteria beginning at 1800 for ‘Happy Hour’and dinner will begin at 1900. The dinner served will be Prime Rib or Chicken. Birthday Cake cutting will follow with oldest and youngest Marines being served first in Marine tradition.

unnamedPicture is the Silver City Community Ofrenda that is on display at the Visitor’s Center and was created by Chickie Beltran.The Silver City Dia de los Muertos concludes with the traditional Blessing of Ofrendas Procession from 2 till 4 p.m. on, Saturday, November 2. The procession will be led by Nena Benavidez starting at the Glasserie and winds through downtown, stopping at various ofrendas,  and ending at the Silver City Museum where the  ofrenda that honors Johnny Banks and was created by Chickie Beltran is displayed. At the museum there will be mariachi music , refreshments and face painting followed by a showing of the movie “Coco” at 5:30.  There will also be a downtown  gallery walk from 4 till 7 p.m. However you spend this memorable day, remember that this is a celebration of the lives of  those near and dear who have moved on to the next.

The 2019 Silver City Dia de los Muertos is a collaborative effort of Silver City Art Association, The Green Chamber, Mimbres Region Arts Council, Silver City Museum and Mainstreet.  Also to be thanked are the sponsors: the Town of Silver City, HMS, Rainbow Lizard, Janey & Suzi and SW NMACT.  For more information contact Diana Ingalls Leyba  575-388-5725 leybaingalls arts@qwestoffice.net

lighted parade 3Pictured is a float from a previous Lighted Christmas Parade.Silver City MainStreet and The Village of Santa Clara are working together to promote both communities Lighted Christmas Parades. The Silver City parade will be Saturday, November 30 at 7 pm and Santa Clara’s will be Saturday, December 7 about 6:30 pm.

“The parades are for children and families and are about community, states Sheila Hudman, Town Clerk for Santa Clara. The children would love to see both parades and we are encouraging families, businesses and organizations to participate in both parades. There is some space available to store floats at the Armory, so if you make a float for the Silver City parade, you can store it for a week and have it in the Santa Clara parade.”

“This year, the Silver City parade does not have a theme, so you can use the decorations and lights you have to make a float, states Patrick Hoskins, Board President of Silver City MainStreet. We want to make it easier for everyone to participate in float making. Just make sure that it has child appeal and is well lit.”

44999786 627591427642341 2682175035895971840 oPhoto credit Endre Balogh and Donna ColemanLight Hall Theater Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00PM.

The year 2019 marks the two hundredth birthday on September 13 of one of the world’s great—but relatively unsung—composers, Clara Wieck. A child prodigy, by the time she was a teenager she was already renowned as one of the best pianists in all of Europe, owing to the strict guidance of her father, Friedrich Wieck. When Clara was a mere eleven years of age, she attracted the attention of the already famous Robert Schumann (1811–1856), and one of the most enduring and passionate love stories of all time began. Years of court battles with Clara’s father prevented their marriage until one day short of her twenty-first birthday in 1840. For the next sixteen years, Clara and Robert supported and inspired each other in their creative endeavors, she mostly as concert pianist (and mother to their eight children, only half of whom survived beyond her lifetime) and he mostly as composer (and occasional conductor). Clara nevertheless continued to compose works that stand alongside those of her husband as equal masterpieces. She outlived her unfortunate husband by forty years, during which she pursued a relentless schedule of concertizing, child rearing, and serving as muse, friend, and advisor to illustrious musicians Johannes Brahms, Joseph Joachim, and others. 

img 1945Everyone has a great time at the Silver City Dia de los Muertos Street Festival!It has begun! Marigolds have been gathered, ofrendas have been created and the street celebration that begins at noon on Sunday, October 27 is going to be a significant day of remembrance. The festivities in downtown Silver City will include a Sunday afternoon with art, food, crafts, and mariachi music. It is a time when friends, old and new, family from grandmothers to grandchildren gather, embracing each other and the occasion and remembering the good times with those loved ones gone before. This is a community event that brings all cultures together in a joyful celebration of Dia de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead”. Market and Texas Streets will be closed and there will be booths lining the street for your favorite street food vendors, clothesline art, chalk art, crafts, face painting and more. The highlight of the afternoon will be annual Dia de los Muertos  parade with all of your favorite monsoon puppets and much, much more!    

Come for the afternoon when there will be activities on the street  for everyone  or come for your favorite event and musical performances. The schedule is as follows-At 12 p.m. there will be “Death Conversations” at Javalina’s Coffe Shop with Maryam Weidner and Linda Aiman-Smith as facilitators; from 1 till 2 p.m. the music of Oscar Pena; from 2 till 2:30 p.m. the music of Alycia Carillo; and  from 2:30 till 3 p.m. Angelica Padilla will provide the music. Next there is the Dia de los Muertos parade on Bullard starting at 3:30! All are invited to join in walking the route or participating in non-motorized floats appropriate for the theme. And at the street festival, after the parade, there is even more musical entertainment from 4 till 5 p.m. with Angelica Padilla and from 5 till 6 p.m. with local favorite Brandon Parrault.    

image002 1A detail from the Museum’s 2019 ofrenda honoring Johnny Banks, which will be blessed in a 4pm ceremony on Nov. 2.On November 2 from 4-7pm, the Silver City Museum will host a Día de los Muertos gathering like no other. Visitors begin by communing with the spirit of a local legend Johnny Banks at an Ofrenda Blessing Ceremony, then can choose to get their faces painted like sugar-skulls while enjoying live mariachi music and traditional refreshments in the magically decorated courtyard, then settle in for a special outdoor screening of Disney’s Coco.

At around 4pm, Silver City’s annual procession between community ofrendas will culminate this year at the Museum’s magnificent ofrenda in honor of hometown hero Johnny Banks, a unique and fiercely loved character from Silver City’s recent past. Margaret “Chickie” Beltran and her apprentice Nena Benavidez, creators of this altar, will bless it in a public ceremony of remembrance.

At 4:30, guests will file out into the courtyard to begin celebrating. Mariachi singer Angelica Padilla will set the mood, while Veronica Jimenez will be painting faces for the occasion. Pan de muerte (the official bread of the dead) and champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate) will be provided to guests as they mingle in the late-autumn weather, enjoying the ambiance and waiting for the sun to go down.

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