Rural Roads Community News

Reports and photos of events or happenings that have occurred in the smaller towns of SW New Mexico and SE Arizona will be posted here. Send them to mabm@grantcountybeat.com 

The Bush Valley Craft Club of Alpine, Arizona wants to thank everyone who attended their Labor Day weekend Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale.

This year the Bush Valley Craft Club had another very successful sale. The club is pleased to announce the winners of the raffles, which are part of the annual Christmas Bazaar.

Life and War on the Edge of the Spanish Frontier

Usually when we think of Arizona in Spanish Colonial times we have an image of crumbling adobe walls with ragged settlers cowering in fear, just waiting to suffer slow, tortured death at the hands of hostile Indians. The truth is something very different. The settler of the frontier we know as the American Southwest was as tough and resourceful as any Davy Crocket or Daniel Boone. Danger and disease were always lingering about, and the challenges of survival were many, but the settlers lived a good, productive life. In between field work and child raising the women followed the latest fashions from Britain and France and bought ribbon and silk. Soldiers took pride in who they were and what they accomplished. Life was rough, but these colonists persevered and carved out a settlement that impacts every part of our lives today.

Dan Judkins who is a local historian will be speaking about the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line otherwise known as the "Jackass Mail", it was the earliest overland stagecoach and mail operation form the Eastern United States to California in operation between 1857 and 1861. It was created, organized and financed by James E. Birch the head of the California Stage Company. Birch was awarded the first contract for over land service on the "Southern Route", designated Route 8076.
The Corral meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Schieffelin Hall, Fremont St. at 4th, Tombstone. Come and see this wonderful, historic theater built in 1882. There is an optional 5-ish pre-meeting dinner at the Longhorn Restaurant, Allen St., Tombstone. Call or email ahead so we can tell the restaurant how many to expect. This is Cochise County’s corral and all are welcome. For more information contact Sheriff Doug Hocking (doug@doughocking.com), 378-1833, or Nevada Smith 520-642-7601; 775-482-7601, or Trail Boss Bob Spahle, bobsp1882@gmail.com, 732-1036. To R.S.V.P. for dinner contact the Recorder of Marks and Brands Liz Severn ljsevern@gmail.com, 220-6313. Everyone is invited.

Sales and Special Events at the Bisbee After 5 Artwalk

Bisbee, AZ – Bisbee’s historic district is well-known for its eclectic mix of art galleries, antique shops, and boutiques. You can find unique gifts, stylish clothing, vintage décor, and even something for your four-legged friends. This month, you can scoop up on great deals at the artwalk as merchants host the 3rd Annual Indoor/Outdoor Sidewalk Sale! Beginning at 10 am on Saturday, June 9th, merchants will mark down a variety of overstocked, creative, one-of-a-kind, handmade, and vintage items. While you are here, enjoy dining out at Bisbee’s incredible local restaurants. Then, grab a map and tour the art galleries on the artwalk, which are open until 8 pm. There are several receptions to attend, including a brand new art center opening, an exhibit of recycled art, and the Bisbee debut of a Tucson painter. After the artwalk, find some live music at one of the After Party locations! Continue reading for featured sales, events, and entertainment at the June Bisbee After 5 Artwalk:

Events & Openings

The Tang Gallery is holding its June exhibition "Recycled Everything," opening on Saturday, June 9. Included in the show is sculpture by graphic designer Richard Jeltes who collects interesting materials from the desert to fashion exquisite pieces. Pen and ink artist Carolyn Yeutter has found old geological maps as a basis for her drawings of Bisbee sites. Joann Sarachman uses recycled fabrics to create unique panoramic quilted landscapes. There will be recycled painted furniture, recycled journal books by Karen Webb, and assemblages by artists Laurie Giangregorio, Karen Kyler, Mina Tang Kan, Marcela Lubian, Peter Kuttner, Archie Sutton, Eva Arenas, and Jan Searle. The opening receptions will be held from 4 to 7 pm during the artwalk at the Tang Gallery, 32 Main Street, Bisbee across from Café Roka.

Y Arts art Center andgallery is hosting its Grand Opening! Come say hello, view the schedule of free art and dance classes, as well as open studio times. View the gallery and shop handmade gifts at the Bisbee Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue.

Eric Galbreath debuts his show "Way Out in Bisbee" at 55 Main Gallery. What a gorgeous body of work! In the tradition of National LGBT Pride Month, 55 Main has selected Tucson painter Eric Galbreath as their 2018 featured artist. He is a proud representative of the gay art community. You are invited to join in welcoming him at the opening reception during the Bisbee After 5 artwalk from 5 to 8 pm on Saturday, June 9 at 55 Main Street in Old Bisbee, AZ.

Sales & Specials

June is the month for Bisbee's annual Indoor/Outdoor Sidewalk Sale! Check out the shops mentioned here for some great deals:

Please visit Belleza Gallery's back showroom for a half-off sale of paintings by some of your favorite artists! You can find these deals at 27 Main Street.

Gimme Shelter, a resale shop benefitting the Bisbee Animal Shelter, invites you to their "Indoor Sidewalk Sale" Lots of items are marked 50% off! Stop into 52 Main Street to find something great.

Finders Keepers Antiques is busy marking down items of all kinds for their indoor/outdoor sidewalk sale! You can receive at least 10% off everything store-wide and up to 75% off some items! Take advantage of these bargains as they make room for new inventory at 81 Upper Main Street.

Easy as 1-2-3! At Redbone Bisbee Vintage, look for $1, $2, and $3 sale specials throughout the store all weekend. From 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday night, Carolyn Toronto will be playing live music on Subway Street, and wine and cheese will be inside...plus a free drawing for a gift basket!

The Bisbee After 5 "After Party"

This month's official Bisbee After 5 AFTER PARTY is at the Bisbee Grand! Grab a cocktail as "Out of the Blue" plays jazz, psychedelic, funk, and blues live from 8 to 11 p.m. at 61 Main.

You can also head to the gulch for a late dinner and live music at The Quarry, savor one of the award-winning artisanal beers at Old Bisbee Brewing Company, or dance to cool funky jazz and rock by the Bill Ren Band at the Copper City Saloon on OK Street!

Latest news from the project manager Justin Henwood of the DOT:

Traffic Control During Construction – "It is our intent to allow traffic to move through the construction project with only minor delays. We anticipate maintaining one lane of traffic through the project at all times, with any delays kept to a reasonable minimum, less than 15 minutes. One lane closures will only be required in the area the contractor is working, so the majority of the route should remain open to two lane traffic during construction. Prior to construction we will hold a public meeting with the contractor to share the intended traffic control plan with the citizens of Glenwood."

The Central Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration is continuing design efforts on State Highway 174, the Catwalk Access Road. Recently, the design team, in consultation with the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the Gila National Forest, made the decision to alter the road widening, which was originally planned for.

The Bush Valley Craft Club will sponsor a Memorial Day Craft Sale, featuring in-state and out-of-state vendors. The sale will be held on Friday, May 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Alpine Community Center.

The Bush Valley Craft Club will resume their meetings on the first Monday in June, June 4, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in their meeting place next to the Thrift Shop, down from the Alpine Community Center. They will meet there each Monday, except for holidays, and on into September. Members work exclusively for the benefit of community organizations.