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Thursday, December 15, 2016 Volume 21, Issue 22 Publisher: Barbara Beck Editor: Tom McDonald Vision Editor: Christina Stock Copy Editor: Vanessa Kahin Ad Design: Sandra Martinez Columnists: Donald Burleson, John LeMay, Sara Woodbury Get in touch with us online Facebook: PecosVisionMagazine Twitter: twitter.com/PecosVision Pinterest: pinterest.com/VisionMagazine Email: email@example.com www: rdrnews.com/wordpress/vision-magazin For advertising information, call 622-7710 Correspondence: Vision Magazine welcomes correspondence, constructive criticism and suggestions for future topics. Mail correspondence to Vision Magazine, P.O. Drawer 1897, Roswell, N.M. 88202-1897 or firstname.lastname@example.org Submissions: Call 622-7710, ext. 309, for writersâ€™ guidelines. Vision Magazine is not responsible for loss or damage to unsolicited materials. Vision Magazine is published once a month at 2301 N. Main St., Roswell, N.M. The contents of the publication are Copyright 2016 by the Roswell Daily Record and may not be reprinted in whole or part without written permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. One copy of each edition is provided to 13,000 weekday subscribers to the Roswell Daily Record in the third Thursday newspaper of each month. An additional 3,000 to 5,000 copies are made available free of charge to county residents and visitors and select site newsstands, and direct mailed to non-subscribers in the retail trade zone. Subscriptions are available by mail for $2 a month or free through subscription to the Roswell Daily Record. The Roswell Daily Record and Vision Magazine are represented nationally by Paper Companies Inc.
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Gleewood 8 Nature A Roswell Tradition
UFOlogy Looking Up
16 Winner of the Holiday Cover Contest: Shante Brown
Gena Cacy — Photography
Martin Gran — Photography
The Results Are In
Voting for the art for the cover of the Vision Magazine holiday edition has finished and the results are in. By Christina Stock Vision Editor
amilies and fans of the 10 final art pieces — graphic arts, painting, sketches and photography — had a week time to vote daily for their favorites at the first Vision Magazine holiday cover art contest, brought to you by The Gallery and Roswell Daily Record’s Vision Magazine. The voting was open for everybody at The Gallery, 223 N. Main St. Winner of the cover spot for this issue is Shante Brown. Her sketch was brought in by Brown’s teacher, Martin Gran, of Mesa Middle School. Brown’s sketch of a snow scene received 28 votes. Martin Gran sent in his own art, a photography of a horse sculpture with a Santa Claus on its back. He received 25 votes. Gena Cacy brought in a photography of Christmas trees that received 25 votes, too. Both photos are so uniquely different, we decided to give both artists second place. We want to thank everybody for participating, especially the New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Media Arts Class. We are going to have a new contest in our next Jan. 19, 2017 edition. This time all readers get to send in their vote for their favorite event in 2016. This can be any theater production, concert, festivities or show in our area that was open for the public. The team of the Vision Magazine and the Roswell Daily Record wishes everybody happy holidays and a happy New Year 2017!
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Submitted Photo, courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico. Hawkins Orchard, packing apples in the Pecos Valley. Men are pictured in the apple stand picking apples. The apple industry died in the ‘30s when all trees were lost in a big freeze.
Christmas Past, Christmas Future ‘Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.’ — Hamilton Wright Mabie By Christina Stock Vision Editor
here is a soft gossamer curtain that separates us from the season of love in the past. This curtain is made out of memories — precious memories of family and friends when you or your children were young. emories shared Elvis E. Fleming moved to Roswell in 1969 to become a teacher at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. He was on the faculty 28 years. After retirement, Fleming wrote books and also shares history as a columnist for the Vision Magazine. In an interview, Fleming remembers his first Christmas in Roswell.
“The way we celebrated Christmas revolved to a great extent around our church,” he said. “It was First Baptist and later Gateway, and we — my wife and I — both sang in the choir. Our first feeling of Christmas would start in the fall when the choirs would start rehearsing. “The church had a children’s program that the kids were involved in and also plays or musicals. That is pretty typical of Baptist churches in those days, and still is in some instances. “In general, we tended to give Santa Claus a backseat at home. We didn’t keep our kids
away from him but our main emphasis was baby Jesus not Santa Claus. We were careful not to tell our kids any lies about Santa Claus. “The best thing that we told them was, ‘Remember, not all stories about Santa are true,’” Fleming said with a laugh. “Eventually it dawned on them what it meant.” Like so many families, Fleming and his wife Menza had different traditions for Christmas celebrations. “First, we would decorate the house,” Fleming said. “We had our main celebration on Christmas Eve night. That might include a
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church service. We would come home and eat supper. After we ate, we all would come into the living room where we had a small Christmas tree. We would come in here and I would bring my guitar and we would sing Christmas carols, including ‘Rudolf’ and ‘Jingle Bells,’ which the kids loved so much, but mainly we would sing religious Christmas carols such as ‘Joy to the World’ and ‘Silent Night.’ “That Christmas Eve tradition was something I had to get used to when I married my wife,” Fleming said with a laugh. “Because her family had always done it on Christmas Eve while mine waited for Christmas morning.” “We always saved the kids main present until Christmas morning. There were some years where my wife would prepare a dozen of little presents of some kind and open one every day for the 12 days of Christmas. “They (the children) were so eager they could hardly stand it,” Fleming said. “On Christmas Day we would have a big turkey or ham dinner and maybe have relatives. Then the day after Christmas, we would head into Texas to visit our other relatives and our parents. We loved how we had Christmas down there with them. That’s nothing out of the ordinary. That is pretty much what everybody did. We did try to get involved in charitable things, delivering food to poor people. Trying to help out. Mainly that was giving money to various groups that were helping the poor.” Fleming’s favorite
Christmas memory growing up on a farm in Baily County, Texas, was when he got a little red wagon. “I was about five in 1941 and we lived in a, what we called half-dug-out with electricity. “Everybody but my father and my older half-brothers went to the program at church. When we came back, there was the little red wagon. Santa always came when I was gone,” Fleming said and laughed. “I remember my siblings would push me back and forth across the floor with their foot, so they didn’t have to get up, so they just gave me a shove and the other shoved me back. “One of my main memories of early
Christmas was the Christmas tree we had,” Fleming said. We never had a real Christmas tree but my mother made one out of tumbleweeds. It looked more like a snowman than a tree. She had three big ones, a big one, middle and small one. She tied them together so it stood up. She sprinkled water on them and then flour to make it white, then she decorated it with anything that was shiny or colorful: tin can lids and scraps of cloth. That was the first Christmas tree I remember we ever had,” Fleming said. “I wish I had a picture of it. I don’t know where she got the idea of the tumbleweed tree. She was pretty creative. “By the time I was in see Past on page 5
Submitted Photo The family of Elvis E. Fleming, Roswell, ca. 1970 (Elvis E. Fleming, Menza Fleming, their children: Eddie, 3 years old and Fran, 5 years old).
Continued from Page 4 fifth or sixth grade, my mother started working in the lunchroom at school and they always had a Christmas tree in the lunch room. Of course, school would close three or four days before Christmas, so my mother would get that tree out of the lunchroom and bring it home. That was our Christmas tree most years,” Fleming said. Fleming has a message for young parents: “Slow down,” he said. “Your child is not going to absorb your values by osmosis. If you just assume that just because you raise them they will share your values, that is not necessarily the case. You need to be sure that you transmit what you want the child to learn and not just trust in luck. “Of course, we always say, ‘Jesus is the reason for the season,’” Fleming said with a laugh. “We want to be sure the kids know that, too.”
Horizontal Christmas Curtis Michaels was born and lived in Roswell most of his life. He writes special assignment stories for the Roswell Daily Record. It was my seventh Christmas in Roswell, I had just gotten a new Siamese kitten for my birthday three months earlier. The livingroom in the house we lived in had a 10-foot ceiling, and in one corner was a table that was 4 feet square by 2 feet tall. We always got a big tree and filled it with ornate decorations that my stepfather’s mother had brought over from England when she was young. Late on the night of Christmas Eve, we heard a loud crashing sound, and everyone ran into the livingroom to find our tiny kitten, slightly dazed, climbing through the branches of the now downed tree, only to sit on top of a high branch and proudly proclaim, “Meow,” as he showed us his kill. The adults cleaned up the broken glass and the teens redecorated the fallen tree and we had a horizontal Christmas that year.
because I was very small then, but they also had a Christmas parade, not like we have now. It was in the day. I remember Holsum Bakery, they made little tiny loaves of bread they would give out to all the kids. They gave goodies and sweets, too. My sister and I would have tea with the little loaves of bread and that’s one of my earliest memories. When I got into high school, Main Street had the big angels hanging over the street and it was so beautiful. You could see it from the top of the hill with St. Mary’s Hospital on the other end. It was like driving through a tunnel with angels overhead. It got everybody into the Christmas spirit,” Sallee-Dunnahoo said. “In those days, all store windows downtown were decorated. People would shop and wish each other “Merry Christmas.” We had much more of a community then — it was a happy town. Everybody was in the Christmas spirit, shopping downtown with packages. I don’t remember any Black Friday then,” Sallee-Dunnahoo said. Musician Robert Green remembers, “I was born and raised here. Santa was at Sears back then, the only big department store at the time. Roswell had these big gaudy decorations they strung across Main Street. Ugly, but I missed them when they were gone. Mim Knoch remembers the angel decorations, too, “ I was born in Roswell. I used to think the little blond-headed angels they hung on the light posts were me.”
Kim Greenhaw Bates Photos and Story Growing up in the ‘50s in Roswell was fun, especially at Christmas. Christmas wasn’t complete without a visit to Wilmot’s Toyland (above photo). My dad, Bill Greenhaw, artist and sign painter, kept our yard decorated. I believe he won second or third prize for this display (photo bottom right). The aluminum tree became popular and my dad featured a colored spotlight that revolved to cast color on it. He was pretty well known in the ‘50s and ‘60s as an artist and sign painter.
ngel Tunnel Janice Sallee-Dunnahoo was born and raised in Roswell. She is active in many organizations and volunteers at the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico. “There was always the Santa Claus at Sears, there was always a long line,” Sallee-Dunnahoo said in an interview. “That was when the base was here (General Walker Air Force Base, 1941-1967). Sears was a big deal back then. It was the store to shop in. Sears also had a sleigh and a reindeer at the top of the building which is at the same location as it is today. Before that it was Peter Hurd’s dad’s ranch. “We had Christmas parades downtown. I have a vague memory that they would have little baggies in brown paper bags with fruit and nuts in it in front of the courthouse. I think it was one of the service organizations like the Elks club who organized it, and all the cars would line up with the kids in the back and they would give out the little bags with fruit and nuts to the kids in the car. Each child would get a bag,” Sallee-Dunnahoo said. “I don’t remember if it was at the same time,
Submitted Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Southeast New Mexico Newspaper clipping, date unknown, featuring one of the angels that were decorating Main Street Roswell during the Holiday season.
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Calendar Ongoing Events Roswell Every first Wednesday of the month Pecos Valley Quilting Guild business meeting The meeting is at 10 a.m. at the Roswell Adult Center in room #22. For more information, call Sue Carter 575-624-1854. Roswell Every first Thursday of the month Meeting of the Sand Diver Scuba Club Meeting is at 6:30 p.m. The location changes. For details, call the Scuba Shop at 575-973-8773 or visit scubashoproswell. com. Roswell Every first Friday of the month Pecos Valley Steam Society Social Everybody is invited. No dress code. The meeting is usually at Stellar Coffee Co., 315 N Main St. at 6 p.m. For more information, follow them on Facebook.
Every first Friday of the month Downtown Market at Reischman Park Call for food trucks and musicians to join the volunteer-driven, notfor-profit event which is sponsored by MainStreet Roswell among others. The goal is to introduce Roswell residents to all downtown Roswell has to offer. The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit mainstreetroswell.org.
Every second Wednesday of the month Roswell Woman’s Club Meeting The Roswell Woman’s Club meets at Los Cerritos Restaurant, 2103 N. Main St. at noon. For more information about the club, “like” their new Facebook page or call Rhonda Borque Johnson at 505-917-1292.
Every Week, Tue, Wed, Thu Games at Pair-A-Dice Pair-A-Dice game shack, located at 309 N. Main St., holds weekly gaming events. For more information, call 575-623-4263 or visit their Facebook page.
Roswell Every third Tuesday of the month Sgt. Moses D. Rocha Marine Corps League Detachment 1287 Meeting Marine Corps League Meeting at 1506 E. 19th St. at 7 p.m. For more information, call 575-578-4689. Roswell Every Wednesday — all season Men’s Senior Golf tournament The tournament takes place in the morning for Spring River Men’s Senior Golf at the Spring River Golf Course.Call the golf course at 575-622-9506 for additional information.
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Roswell Every Week, Mon 8 Ball Pool League Roswell Ball Busters is Roswell’s own local BCA sanctioned 8 ball pool league. They play every Monday night at 7. Venues are Farleys, Variety, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Center City Bowling Alley. For more information, call 575-650-2591 or email email@example.com. Roswell Every Week, Mon - Sat Lest We Forget: Roswell Army Airfield - The Early Years This Walker Aviation Museum exhibit features a short history of the base and many items from the WWII era, as well as information about the planes that flew at Roswell Army Airfield from 1941-1945. The museum is open from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 347-2464 or visit wafbmuseum.org. Roswell Every Week, Mon - Sat Peace Through Strength This Walker Aviation Museum exhibit is a tribute to the 579th Strategic Missile Squadron assigned to Walker Air Force Base during the early 1960s. The museum is open from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 347-2464 or visit wafbmuseum.org.
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Roswell Every Week, Wed Weekly Knockout The Roswell Fighting Game Community presents Weekly Knockout at The Unity Center located at 108 E. Bland St. every Wednesday from 7 p.m. midnight. All games are welcome. For more information, visit facebook. com/RoswellFGC. Roswell Every Week, Thu T-Tones at El Toro Bravo The T-Tones play at El Toro Bravo at 102 S. Main St. from 6 - 8 p.m. For more information, call El Toro Bravo at 622-9280. Roswell Every Week, Thu Bingo at the Elks Lodge Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner service. Games start at 6:30 p.m. Open for the public. 1720 N. Montana Ave. 575-622-1560. Roswell Every Week - Thu Dart Tournament at the Eagles Open for the public. 3201 S. Sunset Boulevard. For more information, call Mike and Donna Ramey at 575-910-5895 or Leigh Humble at 575-627-7350 or visit roswelldarts.com or email roswelldarts@ roswelldarts.com. Roswell Every Week, Thu, Sat Live music at Cattleman’s Kountry Kitchen Tom Blake performs at Cattleman’s Kountry
Kitchen, 2010 S. Main St., 575-208-0543. Roswell Every Week, Fri Tina at El Toro Bravo Tina Williams performs at El Toro Bravo at 102 S. Main St. from 6 - 8 p.m. For more information, call El Toro Bravo at 622-9280. Roswell Every Week, Fri The GIG “God Inspired Gathering” — The GIG happens every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Courthouse. For more information, find them on Facebook at gospel.music.jubilee.roswell. Roswell Every Week, Sat Gospel Jubilee The public and musicians are invited to join in the Gospel jubilee at Tabernacle of David Church at 7 p.m. Live feed starts at 7:30 p.m. at 24-7christian. org/gospel.music.jubilee. This is for everybody. The church is located at 424 E. Fifth St. at Shartell. For more information, find them on Facebook at gospel.music.jubilee.roswell. Roswell Ongoing until June 18, 2017 Duty, Honor, Art: The New Mexico Military Institute Collection While the New Mexico Military Institute has a long history of engaging the Roswell Museum and its holdings, NMMI also has its own significant collection of art and historical objects, including paintings, prints, and sculpture. Encompassing works created by both faculty and alumni, as well as prominent southwestern artists such as Laura Gilpin and Kenneth Miller Adams, this collection is an important facet of Roswell’s vast cultural heritage, and emphasizes
the Institute’s ongoing interest and commitment to art as well as education. In recognition of NMMI’s 125th anniversary, this exhibit will showcase the school’s art collection, and highlight the Institute’s interaction with the Roswell Museum. The exhibit opens at 5 p.m. at the Hunter Gallery of the Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St. Roswell Ongoing throughout December Art classes at The Gallery at Main Street Arts The Gallery at Main Street Arts, 223 N. Main St., is offering various classes and activities throughout the month. For more information, call 575-625-5263 or 575-623-3213. Roswell Until December 24 Roswell Christmas Railway Ride the Christmas Railway — many other attractions await the children big and small. Indoor and outdoor dining, Santa Clause, Santa’s toy store, a Christmas village and get some hot cocoa at Mrs. Clause’s kitchen. Tickets for children from 3 to 14 yearsof age cost $7, adult tickets are $10, and children under 3 get in for free with an adult. The train runs Dec. 16-24 from 5 to 9 p.m. (last train leaves at 8:30 p.m.). The tickets include admission to the St. Nicholas station and light displays starting at 5 p.m.To see the detailed entertainment schedule, reserve a ticket, visit roswellchristmasrailway.com or email jacob@ roebuckmedia.com.
Calendar Roswell Until December 25 Holiday Ornament Exhibit Tokay Beaded Art, 1407 W. Second St., invites the public to join its Ornament Exhibit. Beaders are invited to join the event. Just submit a photo of an ornament or two of your own design to Tokaybeadedart@yahoo.com. It should be at least 80 percent beads (excluding globe if included). Along with the photo, include name, address, phone number and email. All ornaments must be for sale. Once accepted, Tokay Beaded Art will contact the participants regarding shipping information. All accepted work must be at the gallery by November 7. For more information, call 575-626-9809. Artesia Until December 30 Holiday Boutique at the Ocotillo The Holiday Boutique is a unique, one-of-a-kind Christmas gift show from local artists Tuesday-Fridays at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St. For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212. Carlsbad Until December 31 (excluding Dec. 24) Christmas on the Pecos Holiday Boat Tours Every year the dark river Pecos, usually illuminated by only the stars and moon, reflects what has become one of New Mexico’s grandest holiday light show “Christmas on the Pecos. This year the event celebrates its 25th anniversary season. Being on the river can be very cold, so bundle up and insider tip: bring a ther-
mos with hot tea or cocoa. Carlsbad citizens who live along the river turn their homes into a fairyland of twinkling lights. The tours are 40 minutes long. Boats set sail several times each night between 5:30 and 9:45 p.m. Departure is from the Pecos River Village, located at 711 Muscatel Ave. Tours sell out quickly, especially on Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas Day. To purchase tickets, visit Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, 302 S. Canal St. or visit christmasonthepecos.com. Roswell December 16 ‘Mutualities’ Exhibit Roswell Artist-in-Residence Beverly Acha’s exhibit opening and reception for ‘Mutualities’ takes place at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St., at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit roswellmuseum.org or call 575-624-6744. Roswell December 16 Gleewood CD Release Show The folk rock band Gleewood will have its CD release party at Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro, 412 W. Second St., at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. For reservations, call 575-627-6265. Roswell December 16 Ugly Sweater Show Ugly Sweater Show at the Unity, 108 E. Bland St., 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 — $3 off if you wear an ugly Christmas sweater. Performing are Examiner, Mentality Music, Pikasso The Kid, Nova Rush, Bradley Martell. For more information, visit their event page on Facebook.
Carlsbad December 16-17 Rock of Ages As part of the Centennial celebrations of the National Park Service, the public can take part on a tour that goes back in time. The ranger guided tour goes through the Big Room where visitors meet characters from the past who helped shape the rich history of this park. The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $10. For more information, visit nps.gov/cave or call 575785-2232. Artesia December 17 Branson On The Road Branson On The Road is coming to town for a show full of fun, music and laughter. There will be two performances at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St. at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $30. For more information and reservations, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212. Roswell December 17 Christmas Bird Count The United Field Ornithologists of Roswell will meet at Martin’s Capitol Cafe at 6:15 a.m. for coffee and breakfast. Tally sheets will be handed out and everybody has to sign a release form. Counts in assigned areas will follow until 1 p.m. when everybody will meet to turn in the summarized tally sheets. Location to be announced. For more information, visit their event page on Facebook or ufoofroswell.com. Alto/Ruidoso December 17-18 The Nutcracker This original adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic featuring Ruidoso’s Dalí Ballet Company is true eye-candy with
outstanding dancers, lavish sets, special effects and gorgeous costumes. Performance proceeds benefit the nonprofit Dalí Ballet.The ballet takes place on Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Spencer Theater, 108 Spencer Road, Airport Highway 220. Tickets are $30. For tickets and information, visit spencertheater.com or call 575-336-4800. Roswell December 19-30 Christmas Vacation Fun Program Roswell Recreation Center News Release Registration is taking place for the Roswell Recreation Center’s Christmas Vacation Fun Program. The Christmas Vacation Fun Program will be in session daily from 7:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. The cost of the program will be $12 per day. The theme of this year’s program is “Snow and on the Go” and takes place at 807 N. Missouri. Events scheduled for the program include exciting field trips, sports, movies and holiday crafts. For more information contact the Roswell Recreation Center at 575-624-6719 or visit its Facebook page. Artesia December 20 Free Movie Join in the adventure of the movie “Polar Express.” There will be snacks and a special Christmas gift. Everybody is encouraged to come in pajamas. The movie is shown at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St. at 11 a.m. For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-7464212.
performing their Christmas Carol Sing along at Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro, 412 W. Second St., at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $15. Reservations must be made by calling 575-6276265. Alto/Ruidoso December 22 Asleep At The Wheel in Concert Asleep at the Wheel’s “Merry Texas Christmas Y’All” at the Spencer Theater. With Texas twin fiddles and boogie piano, great vocals and sizzling guitars, this eight member band presents popular Western swing and distinctive Wheel’s favorites like “Christmas in Jail,” “Swingin’ Drummer Man” and “Merry Texas Christmas Y’all.” Doors open at 7 p.m. The Spencer Theater is located at 108 Spencer Road, Airport Highway 220. For tickets or information, visit spencertheater.com or call 575-336-4800. Carlsbad December 22 Grand Opening The grand opening of the Carlsbad Community of Hope Center, 1314 S. Canal St. will be at 2 p.m. The center is a homeless shelter and resource center based on Christian values and guidance. For
more information, visit hopecenterwowinc.com or call 575-706-0379. Roswell December 22 Live music at The Liberty Casey Donahew Band will perform at The Liberty, 312 N. Virginia Ave. at 8 p.m. This event is for members and invited guests only. Tickets start at $28.83. For more information, visit thelibertyinc. com. Roswell December 24 Fourth Annual Zoo Animal Gift Giving Watch the furry residents of Spring River Park & Zoo have fun opening presents at 1:30 p.m. The zoo is located at 1306 E. College Blvd. For more information, visit roswell-nm.gov or call 575-624-6760. Ruidoso/Alto/Ski Apache December 28 Dummy Gelunde Competition and Ski Apache Torch Light Parade Join in for the annual Ski Apache Dummy Gelunde Competition that begins at 1 p.m. Handcrafted dummies will take to the skies as they speed down the mountain before being launched off
Roswell December 20 Live music at Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro Josh and Kristi Grider are
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Time Bears Sweet Fruit
Release party of Gleewood’s second album “Time, Sweet Time to be hosted by Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro.
By Christina Stock Vision Editor leewood is a musky Americana act based out of New Mexico that swaggers through blues, folk and rock ‘n’ roll, with lyrics that lend a story to folk and roots music enthusiasts with an energy that swells into energetic guitar solos from the heart of the psychedelic ‘60s. Gleewood is steeped in a vintage vibe and is poured out over an icy fresh dose of the 21st cen-
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tury. Jhett Schiavoni’s bass baritone grit welds uniquely with Callie Sioux Schiavoni’s high, clear, soprano vocals to create a sound that is described as coffee and cream. The duo met seven years ago and got married four years ago. An adventurous road awaited them. On Dec. 16, they are going to have the release party for their second album “Sweet, Sweet Time.” “We are going to play a full show,” Jhett Schiavone said. Next to Jhett and Callie Sioux will be Chavo Budlong on the drums. “Jhett and I were actually born and raised here in New Mexico,” Callie Sioux Schiavone said in a phone interview. “We are both from Lincoln County. I grew up on a ranch north of Capítan with my family and Jhett grew up in Ruidoso with his. “Jhett had been playing guitar since he was 18,” Callie Sioux Schiavone said. “I had been singing with my family in church and participated in music in that way. “Neither one of us had taken very many classes for music, did any music at school (for the arts). We had a couple of random piano classes and guitar lessons. We had no idea we would be playing music for a living and professionally,” Callie Sioux Schiavone said. “We were working in Ruidoso and playing music with friends on the weekend. We started collaborating together and it just sort of
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snow-balled from there. “We found that we had a lot in common with our musical direction — where we wanted to go. How we wanted to express ourselves,” Callie Sioux Schiavone said. “Then we thought, we want to do that full time. It was a God-thing. Then, all of a sudden, we felt compelled to record an album in Roswell with Jeff Lennan.” The first album was written three and a half years ago. Ever since, the couple that named itselves Gleewood has been on tour throughout the U.S. The tour was also a learning experience. “I learned how to play bass on the album. From there, we learned how to play and sing on the road,” Callie Sioux Schiavone said. The years on the road weren’t always smooth. “Everything about this project is steeped in faith,” Callie Sioux Schiavone said. “We can’t do it on our own. We had late shows, shows that have been canceled, or we gotten sick, our vehicle broke down and we were stranded. We encountered all kinds of obstacles that happen when you are on the road. You have a choice: to either crumble under the weight of all the stress or pick yourself up and keep going” she said. “Like any job, really. It is what many go through but for Jhett and I, we don’t only have the ability to pick ourselves up, we lean on the Lord and we hear Him say, “OK kids, keep going, we’re doing good,” Schiavone said with a laugh. “It has been one heck of a ride.” “We are so excited to be stepping in to a new kind of phase,” Jhett Schiavone said. “This album has been a long time coming and that’s why the title is ‘Sweet, Sweet Time.’” “It kind of ended up being more of a concept piece than we were expecting, the way the songs fell together,” he said. “We are having the launch party especially for the Roswell crowd, because Roswell has been a much supportive community for our project. It has been a musical home away from home for us,” Jett Schiavone said. “We are very grateful for all the fans and friends in Roswell,” Jhett Schiavone said. “We are very proud of the artistic community that has evolved over the past few years in Roswell. It has really become a diamond in the rough here in southern New Mexico. “I look forward to spending and playing a lot more in Roswell in the next years. We are just really grateful for them,” he said. “We really focus on having either a positive sound or positive lyric in our songs,” Callie Sioux Schiavone said. “We all go through some pretty upsetting things in our daily lives, or experiencing events that brings us down. So we try to bring some joy to people. We have a lot of fun onstage and we are trying to include people in what we are doing. Everyone can sing along and have fun.” “We are just really grateful for our fans. They have been with us from the beginning and we really just want to give them the new album,” she said with a laugh. “They deserve it.” see
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Holiday Treats from Ireland and Mexico
By Christina Stock Vision Editor
rish Colcannon Potatoes Top o’ the mornin to ye, or whatever time of day it is when you are reading this holiday edition of the Vision Magazine. How about trying a different dish for your upcoming holidays? Leave it to the Irish to make a simple dish such as mashed potatoes into something amazing. This dish is one that is near and dear to the heart of the Irish. It’s the true Irish soul food. Colcannon can be served by itself or instead of mashed potatoes. The name colcannon is from the Gaelic cal ceannann which literally means white-headed cabbage. Ingredients: 1/4 large head of cabbage, chopped 1/2 cup minced onions or scallions 8 medium sized starchy potatoes (Depending on your taste you can leave the skin on or peel them) 1 cup warm whole milk 3 slices of bacon Salt and pepper (white pepper if you have peeled potatoes) Instructions: Add the washed potatoes in boiling salt water. Cook until tender, approximately 25 minutes (do the fork test to see if they are tender). While the potatoes cook, fry the bacon on low temperature until slightly crisp. Put the bacon on a paper towel to drain and set aside. In the same skillet, cook the cabbage and onions until soft (it cooks faster if you put a lid on it).
Drain the potatoes and add the warm milk. Mash the potatoes until they become creamy. Fold in the onion/cabbage mix. Put in a serving bowl and top with the bacon bits. Serve right away. Variations: Colcannon is a hearty dish that was created to feed hard-working Irish after a day on the rocky fields of Ireland. The oldest recipe from 1810 adds half a stick of butter while mashing and includes heavy cream. Additionally a lump of butter was added in a little dent per serving. That is a calorie bomb. This recipe is a leaner version. This recipe was also approved by selected reporters of the Roswell Daily Record who got to sample it. Other recipes call for the healthier kale instead of the white cabbage. For better digestion you can add a dash of nutmeg to it (use sparingly). This recipe can easily be adjusted to include roasted garlic, cheddar cheese or green chile — we are in New Mexico after all. If you are lactose intolerant or don’t eat bacon, you can use soft tofu in place of milk or cream, use olive oil instead of the bacon or use turkey bacon. Lore: Serving colcannon on All Saints Day or New Year’s Eve in Ireland usually included adding a golden ring, a sixpence, a thimble or a button. Finding the ring meant marriage within the year for the person who found it. Finding the sixpence meant wealth, the thimble spinsterhood and the button bachelorhood. If you add this tradition, do warn your guests beforehand. There is even a song written about it from the 19th century. “Did you ever eat colcannon when t’was made with thickened cream And the greens and scallions blended Like the picture in a dream? Did you ever scoop a hole on top To hold the melting cake Of clover-flavored butter Which your mother used to make? Did you ever eat and eat, afraid You’d let the ring go past, And some old married sprissaun* Would get it at the last?” *Sprissaun comes from the Gaelic word spreasán, which means someone or something worthless. The idea here is that it would be a waste of time if a married person got the ring buried in the colcannon, as the ring was supposed to foretell its finder’s marriage prospects. see
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a massive jump between Capitan Heavy and Easy Street runs. Each dummy is judged on jump distance, jump height, landing, creativity and crowd response. Each dummy team will compete for a portion of the $2,750 prize pool with $1,500 going to the first place team, $750 to second place and $500 to third. Teams of three or less can enter their dummy by noon on the day of the event for $25. The Torch Light Parade includes a fireworks show starts at 6 p.m. Torch bearing skiers glide down the mountain to the rhythm of traditional Native American drums leaving a trail of light behind them. After the parade a dazzling fireworks show will light up the sky. For more information, visit skiapache.com or call 575-464-3600. Artesia December 30 Free New Year’s Family Night Join in an evening of crafts, a movie and New Year’s festivities for the entire family at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St. at 11 a.m. For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212. Roswell December 31 New Year’s Dance The Roswell Adult Center, 807 N. Missouri Ave., presents their New Year’s
Dance. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and include dinner and drink. Marriages will be conducted after the dinner. Live music by Tom Blake band. There will be a silent auction to benefit Friends Of Roswell Animals. For more information, call Bob Powers at 575-420-6394. Roswell December 31 New Year’s Party Cibolo Springs Trio and Holiday Inn present 2016/17 New Year’s Eve Dance at the Holiday Inn, 3620 N. Main St. Admission is $50 per couple for the dance. $120 per couple for the dance and a room. There will be a cash bar, hors d’oevres, a midnight toast and live music. Advance reservations are required. For more information and reservations, visit ewyearseveroswell. com or call 575-623-3216. Ruidoso/Mescalero December 31 New Year’s Eve Party A good time awaits the guests at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizozo Canyon Road, for their New Year’s Eve Party that starts at 7 p.m. The evening will feature gourmet dinner options, followed by a show at 8 p.m. and then a live DJ at 10 p.m. Another live performance will happen at 11 p.m., and a champagne toast, all inside the Mescalero Ballroom. Entertainment includes JMA &
Hard Livin’ Band, DJ Frizzo, Abe Mac Band and Hillbilly Starz. Must be 21 or older. Limited seating available. For more information, visit innofthemountaingods.com or call 1-800-426-2537. January 1 HAPPY NEW YEAR! Roswell January 4 Winter Storm Tour Marie Manning and the Escape with special guest Shelby Lanterman will perform at Stellar Coffee Co., 315 N. Main St. at 6 p.m. in the back room. Tickets are $7. This is the kick-off event for their tour. The artists ask for donations of non-perishable food and water. For more information, visit its event page on Facebook. Roswell January 5 No Horizon: A Video Art Screening at the Planetarium No Horizon: A video art screening takes place at the Roswell Museum and Art Center’s Planetarium, 100 W. 11th St., at 5 p.m. The screening entails animations, short live-action films and experimental music videos created by artists in the U.S. and Chile. For more information, visit roswellmuseum. org or call 575-624-6744.
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Ruidoso/Alto/Ski Apache January 7 First Terrain Park Competition Ski Apache’s first terrain park competition of the series of four starts at 11 a.m. There are divisions for every skill. Helmets are required. For competitors under the age of 18 there is no inverted aerial allowed. Details subject to change. 11 a.m. (12 and under) Youth Devision: $10.00 entry. Prizes: Swag. At 1 p.m. (13 and up) Big Park Devision: $25 entry Prizes: Based on entrants. Terrain park competitions judges on style, difficulty and sportsmanship. Competitors go over the jumps, rails, boxes and see who can pull off the best of two-three runs. For more information, visit skiapache.com or call 575-464-3600. Roswell January 9-20 Registration for Broadway Bound Kids Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre Company presents Broadway Bound Kids. BBK is an all-youth performing group for children ages 7-16. The children will learn singing, dancing and acting skills that will not only enhance their performance ability, but will build the confidence and discipline to be successful in any area of life. BBK classes will be held during the Spring and Fall Semesters. Members of Broadway Bound Kids will be split into two age groups - ages 7 to 11 and 12 to 16. Students will work with BBK Instructors Summer Souza and Devon Bullock, along with WWOB alumni throughout the 12 weeks, as they prepare for a special performance at the end of the semester. Each semester will be themed. (Rodgers and Hammerstein, Disney, movie musicals) Each semester will
be a new theme to help expand children’s knowledge of theatre. Along with singing, dancing and acting skills, students will also learn the history of the music and shows they are rehearsing throughout the semester. Class size is limited to 20 students per age group. There is also a registration fee that must be paid by January 20th. More info on how to register can be found on our website soon! Registration begins January 9th and is open until January 20th! Classes begin January 28th through April 22nd (final performance). For more information or to register, visit waywayoffbroadway.com. Hobbs January 12 Travis Tritt in Concert Travis Tritt will perform an intimate solo acoustic concert at the Lea County Event Center, 5101 N. Lovington Hwy., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $27.75. For more information, visit leacountyevents.com or call 575-391-2900. Roswell January 12 Live music at The Liberty William Clark Green will perform at The Liberty, 312 N. Virginia Ave. at 6 p.m. This event is for members and invited guests only. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit thelibertyinc.com. Roswell January 13-15, 20-22 “Paradise Lost and Found” The Roswell Community Little Theatre presents “Paradise Lost and Found,” a comedy by Pat Cook. Mavis and the other employees of the Lost and Found department of the Paradise Bus Company are used to dealing with all kinds of strange things from abandoned tubas to
missing tiara. However, their biggest challenge yet may be controlling a runaway rumor that bigshot B.F. Crandall is coming to visit. As they try to keep up the ruse for their by-the-book manager, crazy misunderstanding and confusion ensue — and to top it all off they must figure out the mysterious reason why a nine-year old girls has turned up at the bus station alone. Will the answer that they’re looking for turn up at the Paradise Lost and Found? Directed by Alethea Hartwell. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Sundays at 2 p.m. RCLT is located at 1717 S. Union Ave.For more information, visit roswelltheatre.com or call 575-622-1982. Roswell January 14-15 Western Frontier Gun Show The Western Frontier Gun Show will host its first show of the new year at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center. Jan. 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Jan. 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. General admission is $5. Children 10 and under are free with an adult. The gun show includes private collectors and sellers, as well as federal firearms licensed dealers. The show features ammunition, knives, purses, military and survival supplies, coins, jewelry and Western collectibles. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances must be obeyed. For more information contact Eli Calles at (575) 430-8681. Hobbs January 14 - March 18 New Mexico Junior College Art Faculty Exhibition and Student Art Show The show takes place at the Center for the Arts, 122 W. Broadway St., at
7:00 p.m. For more information, visit leacountyevents.com or call 575391-2900. Ruidoso/Mescalero January 20 Foghat in Concert Foghat will perform at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizozo Canyon Road, at 8 p.m. The band began its career in 1971 as a bunch of rather unpretentious young Brits with an affection for American blues and ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll. By the middle of the decade, they had evolved into a major touring and recording act, playing a pumpedup brand of boogie-rock to arena-size audiences. Their looks grew flashier, their sound fattened and filled out, yet the rootsrock core of the band remained ever-present under the surface. Despite a staggering amount of personnel changes, the band’s subsequent nine albums managed to retain Foghat’s signature blues-infused hard rock and harmonious slide guitars, most notably on the 2010 album “Last Train Home” which paid tribute to departed lead singer and Foghat founder Dave Peverrett. The band has achieved 8 gold records, one platinum and one double platinum record, and despite several lineup changes, continues to record and perform to the present day. Tickets for Foghat start at $20. For more information, visit innofthemountaingods.com or call 1-800-426-2537.
Doors open at 8 p.m. at Diamond Lils, 2600 N. Dal Paso. This event is for guests 21 years and older. Security will be strictly enforced. Performing will be D.O.G Texxx Pesci, NICC D, B.B.M.G, Money Side Musica, Crafting The Conspiracy, Cinematica, Entity and Destiny Awaits. Entry is $10. For more information, visit their event page on Facebook or MoneySide Studios on Facebook. Roswell February 23 Acting Coach John Pallotta Workshop John Pallotta is scheduled to be in town for a one day acting intensive workshop at the Roswell Community Little Theatre. This event is sponsored by UFO City Studios, Cosmic Interplanetary Studios and Interplanetary Studios. Students who attend need to have a memorized, performance/film ready scene or monologue. For more information and to attend, visit RCLT website roswelltheatre.com. If you would like your event listed on the entertainment calendar, please email vision@rdrnews. com or call 622-7710 ext. 309.
By Slim Randles here is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year here at home. This is a time for summing up and looking ahead — and a time for dreams. And at night — ah, that’s the time, isn’t it? Outside it’s dark, December dark, and we’re inside and warm and cocooned up. The cold makes our world shrink, especially at night. But we have our dreams. For Janice Thomas, our art teacher at the high school, it’s that painting she’s planning. She makes starts at it, from time to time, but she’s wise enough to know she isn’t good enough to paint it yet. She paints other things well, but that one — it has to be perfect. It will be the painting of a lifetime, she knows. Doc will drift off to sleep tonight thinking about that new fly rod. He has half a dozen, of course, that will take about any weight line, and let him catch anything from mouse to moose. But even the most expensive rod isn’t what he dreams of. This year, for Christmas, he’s giving himself a rod-builder’s jig, and he will make his own rod from a Sage blank. That will be the one. It will have his own wrappings and he’ll put the ferrules on it himself. He’ll be able to feel the fish breathe with this one. It will be true and wonderful and last forever. For cowboy Steve, the December dream is always the same: spending all his time at that little cabin up there in the mountains. Sometimes he’ll sit by that stone fireplace downstairs and sip coffee, and sometimes he’ll be up in the turret he built and sip coffee. Ol’ Snort, his cowpony, will be out in his corral, of course, except when the two of them are exploring the miles of mountains behind the cabin. And in the cabin, while sipping coffee, he’ll hear
music on the radio and a breeze going through the pines outside. There is a nighttime sweetness and hope that hovers over us this time of year. Here’s to dreams. Brought to you by “Sweetgrass Mornings” by Slim Randles, memoirs of an outdoor life. From UNMPress.com. Newspaper columnist Slim Randles, who writes the weekly Home Country column, took home two New Mexico Book Awards in 2011. His advice book for young people, “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right,” took first place in the self-help category, and “Sweetgrass Mornings” won in the biography/ memoirs category. Randles lives and works in Albuquerque. Home Country reaches three million hometown newspaper readers each week. Slim Randles learned mule packing from Gene Burkhart and Slim Nivens. He learned mustanging and wild burro catching from Hap Pierce. He learned horse shoeing from Rocky Earick. He learned horse training from Dick Johnson and Joe Cabral. He learned humility from the mules of the eastern High Sierra. Randles lives in Albuquerque. Randles has written newspaper stories, magazine articles and book, both fiction and nonfiction. His column appeared in New Mexico Magazine for many years and was a popular columnist for the Anchorage Daily News and the Albuquerque Journal, and now writes a nationally syndicated column, “Home Country,” which appears in several hundred newspapers across the country.
Hobbs January 26 RAP vs Metal Four heavy metal bands and six rappers will take the stage with jaw dropping performances that are sure to make this night unforgettable.
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Christina Stock Photo A colorful kaleidoscope of oilpaint is ready to be used by Beverly Acha at her Roswell Artist-in-Residence studio.
An Artist Is Not Born But Made
The lecture and show of Roswell Artist-in-Residence Beverly Acha at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. By Christina Stock Vision Editor When stepping into the studio of Beverly Acha at the RAiR compound, a visitor is first greeted by the unmistakably scent of oil paint — a painter works here — secondly, the large geometric designs of her work that will be, by the time this Vision Magazine comes out, safely installed at the RMAC. It is a privilege getting a glimpse into the work process and the creative mind of the RAiR and sharing it with our readers. Acha creates paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures that playfully explore the structures and forces that shape our lived experiences. She received her MFA from Yale University and her BA from Williams College. Acha is the recipient of various awards, including the Frederick M. Peyser Prize in Painting, Berkshire Art Association Fellowship, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Salem Art Works Fellowship, and Robert
Schoelkopf Memorial Travel Grant to Brazil. Recent exhibitions in New York include “Museum Starter Kit” at El Museo del Barrio, “Over Here, In There”, a two-person show at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, “Introductions” at La MaMa Galleria and “No Regrets” at LeRoy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University. Acha is a first-generation American who grew up in Miami where her parents had met. “They are both from different countries in Latin America,” Acha said. She spent most of her adult life living in the Northeast, though her roots are important to her. ”My dad works in computers and my mom is a biology teacher,” Acha said. “My mom put us as kids in a lot of after school art, music and dance classes. She always wanted us to do creative things. They were not happy that I was interested in becoming an artist. As a first-generation U.S.
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citizen they were hoping I would take advantage of opportunities that they didn’t have. They were not very aggressive about it, but they did question if it was a good idea, which I understood. They wanted to make sure that I was secure and safe and stable.” Acha’s love for the arts from an early age might have been subconsciously influenced by her grandmother, who was a hobby painter, and the playful experiences she had learning about photography from her father, which included a dark room. “We took the pictures, we enlarged it, all by hand — I loved it,” Acha said. “They instilled both in my sister and myself the importance of being creative. These things that make you not want necessarily pursue certain kinds of jobs. It was like magic. To take the picture and make the physical object of it was a very mentally active experience. One that not many kids have. We also did stop-motion-animation.” While Acha refers to herself as a nerd, she truly is the essence of an intellectual. School brought her joy, learning for learning’s sake. At the beginning she was considering a career in fictional literature, though she had taken many art and painting classes during high school. This changed in college. ”I fell in love with printmaking,” Acha said. “They had a great shop and facility at my college. I loved printmaking more than painting. It was interesting I went back to painting for graduate school.” This reversal was thanks to her teacher, Frank Jackson, who taught her the ancient art of using beeswax in paint. “I remember I was frustrated that the oil paint wouldn’t dry and I wanted to work fast,” Acha said. “That’s why I liked printmaking because there I made a decision, I printed, went back and printed on top of it again. It had a rhythm to it, the process was nice and quick. So there was a speed to the way I worked at that time and the oil paint wouldn’t let me do that.” Wax is an excellent preservative of materials. It was from this use that the art of encaustic painting developed. The Greeks applied coatings of wax and pitch to weatherproof their ships. Pigmenting the wax gave rise to the decorating of warships and later, merchant ships. Mention is even made by Homer of the painted ships of the Greek warriors who fought at Troy. The famous white statues of the Roman and Greek period are now known to have been covered with encaustic paint to make them more lifelike. ”It is possibly extremely flammable and dangerous,” Acha said. “It was a way to excavate through my work faster and I could carve away, revealing layers underneath. At the time I was doing it I was interested in landscapes. I think subconsciously I kept painting in a way that the composition seemed as though it was a landscape, even though there was nothing recognizable. There were no trees or rocks, there was a sense that there was a horizon and earth, there were things inside and outside, above and under. I feel I have gone back since I have been here, thinking about that time a lot. Unlike other RAiRs, Acha explored New Mexico, which has a landscape and lighting that is foreign to her, before starting her artistic work in Roswell. see Art on page 13
Continued from Page 12 The audience attend“When I first got here, I had a hard time work- ing the show will find no ing,” Acha said. “There titles on Acha’s work. “I were a lot of new things, usually don’t title any a new place, new com- since I was in college, munity. I didn’t know which is almost 10 years anybody. And it is beau- ago now,” she said. “It tiful. I haven’t spent a lot felt as if the language of time in this part of the m a d e i t t h a t p e o p l e country and there is also read it a certain way. I was much more intervery much art here. ”I went down to Marfa ested in it being non(Texas) to see the Chi- verbal. Even if it was nati Foundation, the confusing or unclear it Carlsbad Caverns and didn’t anchor itself in a W h i t e S a n d s a n d t o word or in few words, Santa Fe. I have been because for me it takes around to see as much it somewhere too specifas time allowed. The ic. Asked about her plans landscape here is unbeafter her time in Roswell lievable,” Acha said. H e r w o r k f o r t h e ends, Acha said, “I am upcoming show is influ- applying to more resienced by Acha’s expe- dencies and I would like riences and also by an to teach at a university. I astronomical histori- think it is important for cal book she found at a young people in unilibrary with paintings versities to be excited instead of photography. about ideas. There is a “I am really interested sense that it is possible in light, thinking about to do something. Once how it transforms our you finish school and visual experience of you are in the real world the world,” Acha said. p e o p l e d o n o t h a v e “Things look very dif- time to think about how ferent when they are things could be. For me, light or dark. Very sim- that is important for my work: imagining, using ple.”
Christina Stock Photo Beverly Acha at her studio in the Roswell Artist-in-Residence compound shows the antic book that inspires her work. creative thought as a way to imagine another kind of future. ”I know it is a lofty way to say, my paintings showing what the future
would look like, but the process of imagining things that don’t exist or could exist is very powerful. Just to have that space to think about
that,” Acha said. RAiR Acha will talk about her show “Mutualities” Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Roswell Museum and Art Center,
100 W. 11th St. For more information, call 575624-6744.
Continued from Page 9 Ponche Navideño (Calientitos) — Mexican Christmas Fruitpunch There are hundreds of ponche recipes all over Mexico. This one is from the family of Sandra Martinez. Ingredients: 4 quarts of water (1 gallon) 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers 8 ounces tamarind pods, (about 12), shelled 3 oranges, quartered 1 large piloncillo cone (12 oz) or brown sugar) 3 pieces fresh sugar cane, (6-inch long), peeled and quartered 3 cinnamon sticks 30 tejocotes, (similar to hawthorne apple - fresh or jarred. You can substitute fresh kumquats or yellow plums for tejocotes) 1 1/2 Lb. guavas (about 12 guavas fresh, jarred or canned) 2 cup apples, chopped 1/2 cup raisins 1 cup of shelled pecans Serving Size: 1 cup (Serves 16) Bring 4 cups of the water, hibiscus and tamarind to boil in a heavy-bottomed 3-quart saucepan. Remove from heat. Let it stand at least 15 minutes to extract
Submitted Photo the flavor from the hibiscus and tamarind. Strain hibiscus mixture into large (8-quart) stock pot. Discard solids. Add remaining 12 cups water, piloncillo or brown sugar, sugar cane sticks, cinnamon sticks and oranges. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 40 minutes to blend the flavors. Stir in tejocotes, guavas, apples, pecans and raisins. Simmer 20 minutes or until fruit is tender. Ladle into cups, making sure each cup gets a fair amount of fruit and nuts. This festive drink is perfect for parties and for all ages. Adults can add a splash of rum or tequila to their cup. Serve hot.
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‘Winter Deer Dance’ By Gene Kloss From the Vault Roswell Museum and Art Center
By Sara Woodbury RMAC Curator of Collections and Exhibitions
always like to do a seasonal piece in December to help get myself into the holiday spirit, and the Roswell Museum and Art Center has a substantial number of winter-themed works in its collection we can talk about. Today, let’s focus on “Winter Deer Dance” by Taos printmaker Gene Kloss (1903-1996). A Californian by origin, Kloss studied art at the University of California, Berkeley, and the California School of Fine Arts. She began her etching adventures in her mother’s kitchen after learning about the process in school. She first visited Taos in the 1920s during her honeymoon with husband Phillips Kloss, and during that trip she brought along her 60-lb. etching press, which was subsequently cemented to a tree stump at a campsite. The couple would go back to Taos every summer,
eventually settling there permanently in 1945. Having access to a printing press, let alone having one of your own, was rare in Taos at this time, so Kloss was definitely at an advantage when it came to printmaking. During the Depression, she worked for the WPA, as the small scale of her prints made them an affordable art form. Kloss is best known for her intaglio prints of Pueblo life, New Mexico landscapes and penitentes. She would apply acid directly to the exposed plate with a brush, giving her works a distinctly painterly appearance characterized by deeply saturated values and luminous highlights. Over the course of her long career, she created over 600 prints, an impressive number for someone who started out her printmaking career in her mother’s kitchen. She was also a successful painter, working in both oil and watercolor. The Roswell Museum and Art Center is fortunate enough to have two of her watercolors, one
of which was on view in the 2015 exhibit “Painted, Sketched, Drawn: Landscapes on Paper.” Performed in late December, the deer dance is deeply tied to the religious traditions of Taos Pueblo, which blends indigenous beliefs with Christian practices. It is a ritual that has fascinated Taos artists for several generations, with artists such as Howard Cook, Dorothy Brett, and of course Kloss presenting their own interpretations of the ritual. Due to the prohibition of photography at these events, Kloss would have had to execute this composition from memory, reconstructing her memories of the dance to create this work. Dark clouds form an arch across the top of the page, framing the pueblo scene below. Dancers and musicians form ordered groups in the foreground, their arrangement suggesting the rhythmic nature of the performance. The surrounding pueblo buildings provide a sense of cultural context as well
as a contrast to the dark cloud, helping the forms of the dancers stand out in the foreground. Kloss’ distinct etching technique, with its emphasis on direct acid application, lends a softness to the overall work, giving it a sense of warmth that reflects the benevolence of the holiday season it-
self. Speaking of holidays, stop by the Museum Store to pick up some great gifts for your friends and family. Non-members will receive a 15 percent discount, while museum members will get 20 percent off their purchases. All visitors are eligible for a 25 percent discount
on jewelry. If you have any questions, give us a call at 575-624-6744, check out our website at roswellmuseum.org, or visit our Facebook page. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing all of you this holiday season.
Continued from Page 8 The Schiavonis are planning to hit the road starting in January for their album release tour, starting in the West and heading towards the Pacific Northwest. “We will also be doing band shows with our drummer and duo shows, which is Jhett and I. That will be a lot of fun,” Callie Sioux Schiavoni said. The release party will take place at Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro, 412 W. Second St., Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more information or reser-
vations, visit Pecos Flavors Winery or call 575-627-6265. The band will also have its new CD available for purchase at the event as well as new merchandise. To follow the band, visit its Facebook page or gleewoodmusic.com.
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Billy The Kid Turns 50
By John LeMay
his month Billy the Kid turns 50. Well, not that Billy the Kid, but his more recent doppelgänger, William H. Cox II, born in Florida on December 13, 1966. For those unaware of his story, Cox was taking a road trip through New Mexico in the summer of 1989. While stopping in at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, the docent Ken Hobbs told him that he looked just like Billy the Kid and that he should go visit Lincoln at once. Being a fan of the “Young Guns” movies, Billy Cox was delighted to hear others thought he resembled the famed desperado, and so into the old Lincoln Courthouse he walked to the
amazement of the staff. Ranger Jack Rigney suggested that Cox stay in Lincoln for a while as a new tourist attraction. As such, Cox — in full old Western dress — would casually walk through the courthouse to spook and delight the many visitors and took a plethora of photographs with tourists and reporters alike. Cox’s similarities to the Billy of old didn’t end at the resemblance. Like Billy Bonney (Billy the Kid’s official name), Cox too had lost his mother at a tender young age. Not only that, once he arrived in Lincoln some of the locals soon blamed Cox for various incidents, among them some stolen cattle.
Submitted Photo William H. Cox II as Billy the Kid
Before he knew it Cox was on the run from the folks of old Lincoln town. Cox headed north to old Fort Sumner to seek refuge. The people at Fort Sumner embraced him with open arms, and there “Billy” stayed for the rest of his tenure in New Mexico which ended on Dec. 31, 1991. On that day Cox placed a wooden cross in the ground to commemorate his time there as Billy the Kid and left. Today, Cox remains active. He is involved in local history events in the South. He is a member of the Sons of the Confederacy in Lakeland, Florida in addition to attending several Civil War reenactments in the same state.
This summer he has been on a historical road trip, visiting places such as the Jesse James home in Saint Joseph, Missouri. In a previous interview for his home newspaper, The Tampa Tribune, Cox said, “It’s still in my spirit. Billy the Kid is who I’ll always be. I’ll take it to the grave with me.” Cox’s full story is available in his memoirs “The Adventures and Times of William Cox II ‘Billy the Kid.’” Cox returned for a visit to New Mexico in 2014 and hopes to come back soon. Until then, southeast New Mexico wishes Billy a happy 50th! John LeMay’s book covering the Cox story, among other stories
A Roswell Tradition
ith the holiday season quickly approaching, I’m sure many of us are thinking about our family’s seasonal traditions. Whether it’s carving a turkey, building a snowman, or picking out and decorating a tree, this is the time of year when families do things together. In addition to popular family activities, the city of Roswell has plenty of annual traditions of its own. From festivals for UFOs and chile to exhibitions of fine art, minerals, and vintage cars, there is something for everyone.
about the famous outlaw, “Tall Tales and Half Truths of Billy the Kid,” won The New Mexico Book Award 2016 in the category 2x9 best cover. The New Mexico Book Award is organized by The New Mexico Book Co-op, a not-for-profit organization serving authors and publishers. The book is available for purchase at the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, 200 N. Lea Ave. — Christina Stock, Vision Editor.
By Brianna Johnson Biology intern, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
The Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count is one long-standing tradition you may not be familiar with. The Christmas Bird Count began in 1900, when early Audubon member Frank M. Chapman proposed a survey of birds to replace the era’s popular side-hunt tradition. That first year, participants documented 90 species of birds from Ontario to California, and Frank’s “Christmas Bird Census” quickly gained popularity among birders and outdoor enthusiasts. This year, the Audubon Society estimates that over
70,000 participants will observe birds from the Arctic Circle to the tip of South America! The information collected by this community of dedicated volunteers will help scientists understand and manage global bird populations for years to come. Here at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, records show that staff and visitors have been part of the Christmas Bird Count since 1941. The Refuge is a great place to spot all kinds of birds: the unique landscape is home to thousands of charismatic water birds, sweet song
birds, and several species of raptor. The Roswell group has counted over 100 species in past years, so novice birders are likely to make a new sighting. It’s also a great way to learn from experienced bird watchers and interact with new people in our community. If you’d like to be part of a national wildlife watching event this holiday season, I hope you’ll consider participating in this year’s Christmas Bird Count. All ages are welcome; the only requirements are a couple of hours of your time and enthusiasm. The count will take place on
the morning of Dec. 17. For more information or to sign up, contact Refuge biologist Jeffrey
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Submitted Photo A scaled quail poses for the camera at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Reserve.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Will Government Ever Be Transparent About UFOs?
ur country has recently come through what was probably the most bizarre, unpredictable, and often vitriolic political campaign season in American history. The presidential candidates, while engaging in a lot of rancor toward each other, did also talk about real issues: the economy, immigration, national defense. But priorities being what they are, nobody had much of anything to say about transparency in government. At one point in the campaign, Hillary Clinton did remark in passing — whether seriously or in jest, it was hard to
By Donald Burleson
tell — that she thought the government should release UFO-related information to the public. Many of us in the field of UFO studies seriously suspect, however, that a president would not routinely be allowed to disclose such things, or would perhaps not even be briefed on them. President-Elect Donald Trump has not made pronouncements on the subject, so far as I know. In 2008 when Obama first took office, he made a show of promising official openness, but frankly there has been no real evidence of this, certainly not with regard to what govern-
ment knows about alien visitation. Of course the total UFO skeptic may say that the reason the government doesn’t “come clean” and release such information is that there isn’t any, but we have reason to know better than that. Researchers making use of Freedom of Information Act requests have obtained the release of thousands of UFO-related documents, and though many of these are heavily redacted (blacked out or whited out), they still show that the government has tons of such information on its hands. Indeed, with unidentified flying objects
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appearing pretty often in the skies, any government that didn’t pay attention to their presence would be failing to do its job, because airborne interlopers potentially pose such threats as accidental war. A UFO mistaken for a hostile aircraft could get troublesome. But why exactly does government insist on secrecy about UFOs? Researchers have long speculated about this. Some people have put forward elaborate theories, claiming for example that the government may have struck some kind of deal with alien creatures who themselves insist on main-
taining secrecy. As one of the “hard science” people in this field, though, I would have to see very convincing evidence to buy any of that. It’s more likely that government’s admitting to the frequent presence of UFOs would be tantamount to confessing that our leaders aren’t altogether in control, given th a t s tr a n g e o b j e c ts can just pop in and out of our air space at will. They’re not about to tell us “We can’t do anything about these visitors, and by the way, we’ve been lying to everybody about it all for decades.” Under liberal and conservative administrations alike,
transparency is an unrealistic thing to expect. Still, no one can keep us from seeing what’s in the skies for ourselves. Here’s wishing everyone a merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy Kwanzaa, happy Winter Solstice! Keep looking up! That object in the sky might be Santa’s sleigh. Then again, it might not.
Published on Dec 14, 2016
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