February 2, 2012
PECOS LIFESTYLES & ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE
Ghost Ranch: Far Away Nearby
Pecos Valley Stampede
Valentine始s Day Events
The Soup 驶n Bowl
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SOUP ʼN BOWL
Upper right, upper left and left: Photos of the 2004 Soup ʼn Bowl pictures courtesy Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. Lower left and below: Clay bowls in production at the RMAC Ceramic Studio.
Soup ‘n Bowl
Rey Berrones Vision Editor
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For those unfamiliar with the Soup ’n Bowl, here is a quick overview. If you buy a $25 ticket, you can go to the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art (AMoCA) on Feb. 25, select a handmade ceramic bowl to keep, and enjoy a gourmet soup dinner in one of the AMoCA galleries. The Soup ’n Bowl is an event that has only come around four times since 1996. The previous events raised money to help build the Bassett Center addition, and to raise funds for preservation of the “West of Beyond” exhibit at the Roswell Museum and Art Center (RMAC). The last VISION MAGAZINE
Soup ’n Bowl was in 2004 at the AMoCA, and raised money to benefit the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program (RAiR). This time around, the funds raised are going towards building an enclosed kiln yard at the RAiR Program, Howard Cook Road Facility. According to Nancy Fleming,
“There has been a steady stream of clay-based artists at the residency since the program moved to the Howard Cook Road location. An upgrade to an enclosed kiln facility would protect the equipment and
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SOUP ʼN BOWL
Rey Berrones Photos With a goal of producing more than 55 platters, and 1,200 handmade bowls before Feb. 25, the RMAC Ceramic Studio is a busy place.
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attract more clay-based artists to apply to the program.” The healthy ceramics
community here in Roswell uses events like these to form the seed to build more for the community. Even though the Feb. 25 event will make this Soup ’n Bowl number 5, there was also a similar Ice Cream Bowl, which makes this the sixth time the Pecos Valley Potters Guild has sponsored an event of this nature. The Pecos Valley Potters Guild, students of the Roswell Museum Ceramic
Program, current and former artists with the RAiR program, and community artists will be creating the bowls. Aria Finch, head of the RMAC Ceramics Program said, “On average, each person contributing will create between 30 and 90 bowls, at least one platter and a piece of artwork.” The goal is to produce 1,200 bowls for the event. There is a 55 platter goal. The platters and the artwork are being auctioned online as soon as they are complete. Those items can be seen on the soupnbowl.com website, or in the northeast gallery at the AMoCA. The auction items all have a buy-out price, and as of the writing of
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Junie B. Jones Outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament, and other various first-grade angst-ridden situations. Follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.” This musical is based on four volumes in Barbara Parkʼs Junie B. Jones series of books, and will be at the Flickinger Center at 2 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $9 for ages 13 and under. For more information, call 437-2202.
Feb. 5 - 11
Centennial Education The Zia Therapy Center is hosting open house tours of their facility where visitors can learn about the center and its role in the history of special education in Alamogordo. For more information, call 439-4900.
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Sons of the Pioneers
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Sons of the Pioneers The Sons of the Pioneers are performing a special Valentineʼs Day performance at the Flickinger Center. The chocolate buffet opens at 6 p.m., and the Sons of the Pioneers start at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 437-2202.
Feb. 4 Tuesday Feb. 14
The Sons of the Pioneers are performing a special Valentineʼs Day performance at the Flickinger Center. The chocolate buffet opens at 6 p.m., and the Sons of the Pioneers start at 7:30 p.m. The Pioneers were different right from the start. While some screen stars sang traditional sweetheart songs the Pioneers actually sang about the West. The Pioneersʼ songs painted unforgettable images and stories of horses, cattle, cowboys, “night herds”, tall timber, cool water, canyons and prairies. For more information, call 4372202.
Ron Grimes as “Pat Garrett” Ron Grimes as “Pat Garrett” will be at the Flickinger Center at 7 p.m. This NM Centennial Celebration event is about the life of Pat Garrett. Although best remembered as the sheriff who shot the Southwestʼs most infamous outlaw, Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett left an enduring legacy in
New Mexico and West Texas history. Irrigation planner for the Pecos Valley, US Customs Collector in El Paso, dogged pursuer of the killers of Albert Jennings Fountain and his young son, and victim of a mysterious killing near Las Cruces, Garrett remains a colorful yet enigmatic character of New Mexicoʼs past. For more infor-
The Texas Tenors The Texas Tenors play the Spencer Theater at 7 p.m. First discovered in 2009 on TVʼs reality show, Americaʼs Got Talent, The Texas Tenors now enjoy international repute as powerful entertainers who weave effortlessly from John Denver to Puccini, Merle Haggard to Leonard Bernstein. This made-in-Amer-
ica Texas trio takes their audience to a musical ride from West Virginia to Italy to New York City, pausing between genres to swap tales big and small and smile wide to roaring applause. There is also a BBQ Brisket Buffet before the performance at 5 pm . The Buffet is $20. Tickets for the show start at $76. For more information, call 336-4800 or visit spencertheater.com.
Valentineʼs Soiree Singles and couples alike are invited to celebrate the beauty of love and life and the Guild of the Spencer Theaterʼs 11th annual Dinner & Dance Valentine Soiree. Taking place on the stage of the Spencer Theater from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., the celebration includes a gourmet three-course dinner, complimentary cocktail and dancing to the
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Junie B. Jones Outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fastpaced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament, and other various firstgrade angst-ridden situations at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Children 4 and under are free. Children 5-12 are $5. Ages 13 and up are $10. For more information, call 746-4212 or visit arteisaartscouncil.com.
The Newsboys The Newsboys will be performing live at The Walter Gerrells Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6PM and the show starts at 7PM. Separate VIP packages will be available online only at carlsbadlive.net. Tickets are available at Gossettʼs Jewelry in Carlsbad and carlsbadlive.net.
Sweetheart Pairing Cottonwood Winery is accepting 20 reservations for a “sweet” pairing of five sweets with four sparkling wines and finishing with D.H. Lescombes Port. This opportunity is being brought to you by Southwest Wines and Susan Irby, cater-
Mardi Gras in the Clouds Itʼs time to don your finest green, purple and gold, and most magnificent beads as we kick off this yearʼs Mardi Gras in the Clouds. Friday will have a cajun cooking contest and dancing, Saturday will have a street celebration and live music
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The Newsboys will be performing live at The Walter Gerrells Performing Arts Center. The Newsboys have began its largest tour as a band, the "God's Not Dead Tour," which started in January and will look to promote the release of their latest album. Doors open at 6PM and the show starts at 7PM. Separate VIP packages will be available online only at carlsbadlive.net. Tickets are available at Gossettʼs Jewelry in Carlsbad and carlsbadlive.net.
throughout the day, and Sunday will have a Battle of the Bands. For a full schedule of events, and more information, visit cloudcroft.net or call the Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce at 682-2733.
Clovis Feb. 11
Windrush Alpaca Open Farm Day Visit Windrush Alpacas between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to get your very own Pacabuddy during our monthly Open Farm Day Event and Farm Store Shopping Experience. Glance through our inventory of other ʻsnugglyʼ items such as luxuriously soft scarves, gloves, mittens, hats and the most comfortable socks and slippers you could ever put on your feet. If you want more information, call 6835177 or visit windrushalpacas.com.
The Will Banister Off 2 England Concert Will Banister and the Mulberry Band at the Lyceum Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person, or $25 per couple, which includes a complimentary live CD.
Vienna Boys Choir The Vienna Boys Choir is playing Mar-
shall Auditorium at 7 pm. For more information, call 769-4956.
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Vienna Boys Choir The Vienna Boys Choir is playing Tydings Auditorium at 7 pm. For more information visit swsymphony.org.
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Lest We Forget: Roswell Army Airfield - The Early Years This Walker Aviation Museum display will remain through the end of the year. This 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. For more information, call 247-2464 or visit wafbmuseum.org.
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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 squadron was responsible for operating and maintaining 12 Atlas missile silos
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around the greater Roswell area. The exhibit was funded through a grant from the Association of Air Force Missileers. The 579th will hold its reunion here in Roswell May 4-6, 2012. For more information, call 2472464 or visit www.wafbmuseum.org.
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Karaoke at Billy Rayʼs Restaurant and Lounge Karaoke at Billy Rayʼs Restaurant and Lounge at 118 East Third St. from 9 p.m - until people stop singing.
Every Week, Thu, Fri, Sat Ritmo Latino at El Toro Bravo Ritmo Latino plays El Toro Bravo at 102 S. Main St. from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. For more information, call El Toro Bravo at 6229280.
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Los Band Dʼ Dos at Los Cerritos Mexican Kitchen Los Band Dʼ Dos playing Latin Pop and Country music at Los Cerritos Mexican Kitchen at 2103 N. Main from 6 p.m - 9 p.m. For more information, call Los Cerritos Mexican Kitchen at 622-4919.
Open Mic at Ginsberg Music Ginsberg Music opens up the stage every Saturday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. P.A. system and drums are provided, all other instruments must be brought by the musician.
Monday Feb. 13
The Vienna Boys Choir is playing Tydings Auditorium at 7 pm. The group continues to delight music-lovers across the globe and thrilling audiences young and old, with the purity of tone, distinctive charm and a diverse crowd pleasing repertoire that encompasses Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, beloved pop songs, holiday favorites and medieval chants. For more information visit swsymphony.org.
Dec. 17 - Feb. 19
Roswell Museum & Art Center - Exhibition: Karen Aqua (1954-2011) - “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral” This exhibition is based on drawings, sounds, and video from former RAiR fellow Karen Aquaʼs film, Taxonomy, which was completed before her passing from cancer in May 2011. There will be a tribute to Karen Aqua on Jan. 13. The Roswell Museum and Art Center will host
a Screening and Public Reception on Jan. 13 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. and The Memorial Tribute will follow at 7 p.m. at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. For more information, call 624-6744.
Jan. 6, 2012 - Jan. 31, 2013
Roswell: Diamond of the Pecos Diamond of the Pecos focuses on the history and accomplishments of Roswell since its inception as a trading post in the Pecos Valley along the Goodnight - Loving Cattle Trail in the 1860s. From the simple outpost, Roswell has grown into the hub of southeastern New Mexico. A collaboration between the RMAC and the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, this exhibit includes historic photographs, art, and artifacts from both organizations. For more information, call 624-6744.
Jan. 20 - March 2
Curatorʼs Invitational - Isaacʼs Gallery Curated by Trey Nesselrodt, this exhibition at the Isaacʼs Gallery located at 309 N. Virginia presents the work of 5 artists, Donald Anderson, Susan Marie Dopp, Corwin Levi, Agustin Lucho Pozo and Peter Rogers. All residents near or of Roswell with a chronological age range from 93 to 32. The works are a variety, from proto- realism, metaphysical revelation, the conceptual, to abstract construction. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. 12 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 626-8626.
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Enchanted Squares Square Dancing Lessons Learn to square dance with free lessons, on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Roswell Adult Center.
International Winter Film Series: Mother of Mine Mother of Mine is Directed by Klaus Haro, 2005, Finland, 105 minutes, unrated, Finnish and Swedish with English subtitles. Admission is free and the film starts at 7 p.m at the RMAC. Donations are welcome. The winter film seriees is sponsored by the RMAC Foundation. For more information, call 624-6744.
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Valentine’s Day Events
Martha D. Urquides-Staab Vistas Editor
Valentine’s Day is the day to love and cherish your loved one. Why not get your love on at some local Valentine’s Day hotspots: In Roswell, El Toro Bravo is having a special buy one order of chicken or beef fajitas, two drinks, second fajita order is free. • Billy Ray’s is having a surf and turf Valentine’s Day special. • The Fraternal Order of Police and Chaves County J.O.Y. Centers at 1822 N. Montana, is having a $5,000 Valentine bingo Feb. 4, Six games pay $500 each, two blackouts pay $1,000 each. Lunch Counter opens at 11 a.m. Bingo at 1 p.m. $25 per person / per seat. Tickets available at the Roswell Joy Center or call 623-4866 or 626-5703. • The Fairfield Inn and Suites is offering a sweet escape romance package with a stay for two, king suite, champagne,
chocolates and dinner for two at Pepper’s Bar and Grill. Prices start at $179. For more information call 624-1300. If a couple wants to be adventurous, the surrounding areas have wonderful dinner and date options: The Smokey Bear Restaurant in lovely Capitan is having a Valentines Special: Prime rib, with 2 vegetables, including a choice of a special baked potato. For 11.95 or a special 2 for $20. • The Swiss in the historic Swiss Chalet Hotel is going to have a Miso Marinated Chilean Sea Bass Feature. In Artesia the Cottonwood Winery will be having a Sweetheart Pairing for Feb. 4, starting at 2:30 p.m. The winery currently accepting 20 reservations for a “sweet” pairing of five (5) sweets with four (4) sparkling wines and finishing with D.H. Lescombes Port. Cost is $5 per reservation. For more information call 365-3141.
Alamogordo is the ultimate date location for Valentines Day Yoga. Feb. 11, from 2-3:30 p.m. This special Valentines date is a couples Yoga that is modified for all bodies. Have your photo taken together in the posture of your choice for that special unique photo. This is a great time to introduce your partner to Yoga. Space is limited. Innovative Health Network 1200 N White Sands Blvd Suite 110 Alamogordo. For more information call 430-5116. The Sons of the Pioneers are also in Alamogordo, performing a special Valentine’s Day performance at the Flickinger Center. The chocolate buffet opens at 6 p.m., and the Sons of the Pioneers start at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 437-2202. In Alto, Feb. 12, a Valentine’s Soiree for singles and couples alike are invited. The Guild of the Spencer Theater’s 11th annual Dinner and Dance Valentine Soiree will be taking place on the stage of the Spencer Theater from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. This celebration includes a gourmet threecourse dinner,
The Cottonwood Winery in Artesia will have a special “Sweetheart Pairing” on Feb. 4. complimentary cocktail and dancing to the Michael Francis Trio. Tickets are $50. For more information, call 336-4800 or visit spencertheater.com. In the Ruidoso Downs, The Graham Brothers Band and Luke West will perform on Feb. 14, at the Hubbard Museum of the American West during the Blue Heart Beat Ball. This is a fundraising event for N.M. Organized Against Trafficking Humans, (NM OATH) and will be held from 7-11 p.m. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction with a stunning array of beautiful items promoting victim ad-
vocacy. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the door or at the Coyote Howling gift shop in Ruidoso’s Times Square Shopping Center. For more information, call 630-0015. For those of you not into the Valentine Day hoopla Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub is the place to be. Valentine’s Day at Grace O’Malley’s Irish Members of Cupid’s Hater Club can party upstairs with “shorts for your sorrows” and “drinks for the divorced”! Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub 2331 Sudderth Dr. Midtown Ruidoso For more information call 630-0219.
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The Stampede kicks off the Road Race Series
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The running season is coming out of hibernation and hitting the path for the 31st annual Pecos Valley Stampede. The Stampede is slated for Feb. 25. As in years past, there will be several races for runners to participate in. The races include; ½ Marathon, 10K
run/walk, 2-mile run and 2-mile walk. This year’s Stampede is sponsored by SCOR, the Humphreys family, Roswell Runners Club and the Roswell Parks and Recreation Department. The run is being held to benefit the Altrusa Club, Breast Cancer Awareness programs and the New Mexico Youth
ChalleNGe. “The proceeds will help benefit the Altrusa Club breast cancer awareness programs,” said Joan Blodgett, Altrusa club member. The Stampede is a great way to stay true to those New Year’s resolutions. Novice to expert runners can participate, and if you’re not a runner there
will also be a 2-mile walk and a 10K run/walk. The race is also a great way to help out the community. “The proceeds are going to help out these organizations who have several projects under way,” said Bob Edwards, race director. Early registration is Feb. 20, with an entry fee of $20. Late registration and race-day registration fee will be $25. Race-day registration will be done between 7:15-8:15 a.m. the City Parks and Recreation office at 1101 W. Fourth Street. Race start and finish for the 1/2 marathon starts at 8 a.m. The 2-mile run, 10K run/walk, and 2-mile walk will begin at 9 a.m. All races start and finish at the City Parks and Recreation office at 1101 W. Fourth St. All participants will receive a T-shirt and awards will be given for the top female and male finishers in each event. Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age division. All participants will be eligible for a post-race drawing for door prizes donated by local merchants. For more information call Bob Edwards at 624-6720.
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The Band Mercy at Billy Rayʼs Restaurant and Lounge The country and classic rock band The Band Mercy plays Billy Rayʼs Restaurant and Lounge from 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Baby Boomer Health and Business Expo The Baby Boomer Health and Business Expo is at the Roswell Convention Center from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. There will be many business showcases, and speakers that will present topics of interest to Boomers as well as live music. The Patriot Guard Riders will have a Poker Run and a booth at the Expo. For more information, call 627-1112 or visit
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Bitter Lake National Wildllife Refuge Discovery Tour Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge will host a Refuge Discovery Tour. The tour will start at 10:00 AM at the Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center and will end at noon. This is an opportunity to see different areas of the refuge and learn how the refuge maintains and improves habitat for migratory birds, threatened and endangered plants and animals, and other wildlife. The tour will include light walking. For additional information and to reserve a place on the tour, call the visitor center at 625-4011 or 625-4009 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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$5,000 Valentine Bingo Fraternal Order of Police and Chaves County J.O.Y. Centers $5,000 Valentine Bingo, at 1822 N. Montana. Six games pay $500 each, two blackouts pay $1,000 each. Lunch Counter open 11 a.m. Bingo at 1 p.m. $25 per person, per seat. Tickets now at Roswell Joy Center or call 623-4866 or 626-5703.
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The Josh Grider Trio is playing at Pecos Flavors Winery at 7 p.m. Josh Grinder is performing with and his full band. This is also going to be one of his CD Release parties. The native New Mexican, and current Tennessean, has a musical palate as big as the Southwestern skies he grew up under. Joshʼs background is built on a bedrock of stone cold country, the kind played by guys known on a one name basis: Willie, Merle, Waylon, Cash, Buck, Roger. Admission is $10 per person. For more information, call 627-6265.
Western Sky Band Country Western Dance featuring Mike Greengrass & The Western Sky Band from 7 p.m. 10 p.m., at the Roswell Adult and Senior Center located at 807 N. Missouri. There will be snacks, fun, and door prizes.Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call Carla Cobb at 914-1865 or 627-3400.
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The Roswell Symphony Orchestra - Subscription Concert The Roswell Symphony Orchestra is performing at Pearson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call 6235882 or visit roswellsymphony.org.
ENMU-Roswell Hosts “Explore A Major Day” ENMU-Roswell Hosts “Explore A Major Day” from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Physical Education
International Winter Film Series: Agatha and the Storm Agatha and the Storm is directed by Silvio Soldini, 2004, Italy, 118 minutes, Italian with English subtitles, rated PG (some nudity and sexual content). Admission is free and the film starts at 7 p.m at the RMAC. Donations are welcome. The winter film seriees is sponsored by the RMAC Foundation. For more information, call 624-6744.
Josh Grider Trio The Josh Grider Trio is playing at Pecos Flavors Winery at 7 p.m. Josh Grinder is performing with and his full band. This is also going to be one of his CD Release parties. Admission is $10 per person. For more information, call 627-6265.
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Yoga and Wine Join Pecos Flavors Winery for a gentle, heart-opening yoga class starting at 4 p.m. Wine and cheese will be served following the yoga. Please bring a mat, any props you use for yoga, and water. Cost is $12 and includes the class, wine and cheese. For more information, call 627-6265.
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Great White and Slaughter play Inn of the Mountain Gods at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. The hard rock band Great White was formed in L.A. in 1978, gaining popularity in the Ęź80s and Ęź90s. The band released several albums in the late Ęź80s and gained airplay on MTV with music videos for songs like â€œOnce Bitten, Twice Shy.â€? American heavy metal band Slaughter reached stardom in 1990 with their first album, â€œStick it to Yaâ€? which spawned several hit singles inclucing â€œUp All Night,â€? â€œSpend My Life,â€? â€œMad About You,â€? and the power ballad â€œFly to the Angels.â€? The album reached double platinum status in the U.S. For more information, call 4647508 or visit InnoftheMountainGods.com.
Roswell Public Library - Story Time - â€œPetsâ€? Story Time is at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., at the Roswell Public Library located at 301 N. Pennsylvania. For more information, call 622-7101.
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Bill Rakocy Exhibition ENMU-Ruidoso is proud to present an art exhibit of the works of artist and curator, Bill Rakocy. Oil and watercolor paintings and books will be on sale during the exhibit. A silent auction on the forty paintings is
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Photographs Copyright Craig Varjabedian. All Rights Reserved Left: Old Corral and Approaching Storm, Antelope Flats (Llano Pasture), Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, 2005 Right: Cottonwoods at Ghost House, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, 2006 Fe, with a Master of Fine Arts dewith an extraordinary place. gree in photography from the presIn nearly every image, the epic tigious Rochester Institute of and the miniscule expand or contract, conflating ordinary spatial di- Technology. Museums nationally have exhibited and collected his visions and recalling O’Keeffe’s photographs, and his work has enigmatic phrase: “the faraway won an Emmy Award as well as nearby.” grants from the National EndowCraig Varjabedian is widely acment for the Arts, the Samuel H. claimed for his images capturing Kress Foundation, the McCune the people and places of the AmeriOn Feb. 17, from 5 - 7 p.m. there ing Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Charitable Foundation, and the can West, taken over a photowill be an opening reception, lecNearby. New Mexico Humanities Council. graphic career spanning more than ture, and book signing with Craig Opening Friday February 17 at Ghost Ranch and the Faraway 35 years. His gift is his intuitive Varjabedian. the Roswell Museum and Art CenNearby is made possible through ability to make authentic and comAt the heart of Northern New ter, this national traveling exhibithe shared generosity of the New pelling images that illuminate the Mexico’s legendary Ghost Ranch, a tion of images taken at Ghost Mexico Humanities Council, a state inseparable ties between identity, semicircular arc of red-orange cliffs Ranch over a period of several affiliate of the National Endowment place, and the act of perceiving— catch and transmute the drama of years reaches beyond the familiar for the Humanities, the Albuthe “landscape behind the landNew Mexico’s roiling skies in varideas associated with the place—inquerque Museum of Art & History, scape.” Varjabedian is the director ied, often startling ways. Spreading cluding its renown as a site of rest Manfrotto Distribution, Lowepro, of the well-known Eloquent Light beyond these Cliffs of Shining and renewal, and as the longtime and Ilford/Harman Technology. Photography Workshops in Santa Stone in three directions, scrubhome of 20th-century painter Georspotted plains and scattered remgia O’Keeffe—into the artist’s nants of the ranch’s fabled past unique vision of his subject’s relaturn dark or brilliant according to tionship to the surrounding earth !"##$!%&%'()*+,-.%//'% movements far above. Now bright, and its inhabitants. In Varjabe'$!#"0"$1%*23/"'%+''(2,#+,#4% now overtaken by heavy gray thun- dian’s photographs, the scenery of derheads, now again sun-filled, the Ghost Ranch is additionally part of earth and sky maintain a constant a fusion of time and timelessness. interplay that seems fundamental Through the light and form of his ! !"#$ to the place’s enduring mystique. compositions, he points to the And for photographer Craig Varephemeral nature of all things and ! %&&'()*+),$ jabedian, it is the serendipitous provides a launching pad for larger moments in which the potential in inquiries: humanity’s need for conthese interactions appears fully renection with the earth, the West’s ! -').(/*+),$ alized “when I feel the play of light, evolving regional identity, and the <== >' -388"4"%?8;@'% .+3)"F%GHG6IDD6CG==% shadow, and texture resolve into power of memory in shaping a ! 0''11223+),$ something wonderful,” he says— sense of place. Varjabedian’s pho235A"88,%B7%CCD=E% J"K5$9"F%%AAA'#*3*L1'*3M% that he deftly captures in the 75 tographs are firmly rooted in his silver gelatin photographs compris- own deeply personal relationship
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Robert Goddard - Roswell's Rocket Genius
Stu Pritchard Roswell Historian
In the fall of 1899, when he was 17 years old, a young lad in Worchester, Mass., climbed a cherry tree behind his home, planning to trim some branches. As he worked, he began to think about the possibility of devising a vehicle capable of traveling to Mars. As frivolous as this may have seemed to the young man, it was the choosing of the parameters of his life. As he wrote later, he was a different person when he descended from that tree. Suddenly he knew he had chosen a definite purpose in life. Robert Hutchings Goddard was born on October 5, 1882, to an old New England family. Trained as a physicist, he taught at Worchester Polytechnic Institute, Princeton University and Clark University; became a full professor in 1919 and head of the physics laboratory in 1923. Pursuing his major interest, he experimented with powder rockets as early as 1914, after which the Smithsonian Institution published his classic report, “A method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes,” in 1919. Although fully immersed in his work, to those who knew him, he was warm and friendly, often displaying his interest in art through his oil and watercolor paintings. Additionally, Goddard was a competent piano player with a love of good music.
By 1920, Goddard became convinced that liquidfuel rocket engines were capable of more power and had greater versatility than solid fuel rockets. On March 16, 1926, he successfully launched a liquidfueled rocket, an assembly of pipes and chambers leading to an engine nozzle at the top. The launch was made on his Aunt Effie’s farm, a large open space in Auburn, Massachusetts. The small rocket weighed only 10 1/2 pounds. Of this, the structure was 6 pounds, the oxygen 3.7 pounds and the gasoline fuel .75 pounds. The thrust was approximately 9 pounds and the distance traveled 184 feet in 2.5 seconds. That flight is now considered a benchmark in flight history, as great as that of the Wright brothers whose flight was only 120 feet. This rocket launch was brought to the attention of area fire marshalls who were led to believe that the experiments were much too dangerous for the area. This unfavorable publicity came to the attention of renowned aviator Charles Lindbergh, who was instrumental in obtaining a Guggenheim Foundation grant for funding planned rocket experiments. Frequently short of funds for his research, Goddard never ceased his experiments, calculations and improvements. His vision of what the future held for rocketry remained real and urgent. With the Guggenheim
monies and an additional grant from the Carnegie Institution, Goddard, his assistants and valuable equipment made their move to the hospitable plains of Roswell, N.M., in 1930. They made their headquarters in a large Spanish house called the Mescalero Ranch near Roswell. They built a workshop and a 20foot static test stand nearby plus another 85-foot launch stand in open prairie about 10 miles northwest of Roswell. On December 30, 1950, Goddard launched his first New Mexico rocket. This latest missile was now eleven feet long and weighted just over 38 pounds without fuel. To Goddard’s delight, the rocket reached an altitude of fully 2,000 feet and a speed approximating 500 miles per hour. Nonetheless, Goddard was concerned by the swerving and yawing of his rocket and set about adding a stabilizer and a gyroscope which proved to be very successful. With the financial assistance of Guggenheim and the help from the Smithsonian in acquiring special equipment from abroad, Goddard acquired increasing scientific respect. In March 1936, he produced a paper, “Liquid Propellant Rocket Development” in which he presented indisputable facts which placed him far ahead of others in the field. Roswell was a hospitable center for the scientist and he, in turn, made frequent contact with people in the VISION MAGAZINE
Robert H. Goddard photo courtesy Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico community, often giving presentations to civic organizations and groups of friends. There was, however, one group of very interested spectators concerned by the success of Goddard’s rocket experiments. Germany’s Nazi rocket scientists sent at least one secret “abveger” as an envoy to Roswell to acquire and confirm Goddard’s considerable successes. Rotary attandance records of the time confirm that a German visitor to Roswell by the name of
Gustav Guellich often inveigled invitations to Goddard’s presentations listing his profession as a metallurgist. Post-war records confirm that Guellich was directed to record Goddard’s achievements especially with regard to high altitude rockets and any perceived breakthroughs in his rocket development. Werner von Braun, who after World War II, used V-2 components for high altitude firings while assisting U.S. military scientists at White Sands Missle Range, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012
also confirmed that Guellich was given a list of questions to answer during his tenure in Roswell. A few older Rotarians vaguely remember Gustav Guellich as a pinch-faced, emaciated appearing German approximately 35 years of age. To the Nazis who indemnified Guellich as Agent number 2338, the research in Roswell was a qualified success adding much to the “buzz-bomb” and V-2 rocket research. Even during the first World War, Goddard attempted to convince the U.S. military that launching high speed rockets from a launching tube became a very effective cannon. Even as WWI was ending, Goddard, in a demonstration at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, completely amazed his military audience with a tube launched rocket which penetrated a stack of sandbags. However, the war ended and bazooka-type rockets were not reintroduced until years later, when during World War II, this type of weapon became a very effective anti-tank missle. In fact, during WWII, the Germans progressed in rocketlaunched weapons to a point that if used earlier might have altered the war’s outcome. Goddard never faltered as his experiments convinced him that there was a genuine possibility that a manned rocket could safely reach the moon. Many major newspapers and publications ridiculed Goddard’s published papers which recorded his calculations and experiments in a treatise titled, “A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes.” Disdain was such that through the rest of his THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012
life, he was very careful about disclosing the results of his work. During the summer of 1924, Goddard married Esther Christine Kisk, whom he had met when she was secretary to the president of Clark University. Esther proved to be an untiring assistant in his work, keeping voluminous notes and making photo records of his experiments for the rest of his career. In ensuing years, Goddard patiently tested and proved his rocket designs, Smithsonian published his second paper on the subject: “Liquid Propellant Rocket Development” in March 1936. He remained in New Mexico until the beginning of World War II when he departed his desert test center, joining the Naval Engineering Station at Annapolis, Md., in 1942. Here he continued his work until his death in 1945. In all, he was granted 69 patents. They include the first to shoot a rocket faster than the speed of sound; use of JETO, short field take-off for heavy-laden aircraft, the bazooka, jet vanes and gyroscope rocket controls a full ten years before the Germans. He was the first to prove, by actual test, that a rocket would work in a vacuum and many other valuable scientific contributions that were little known to the citizens of his own country during his lifetime. As his wife Esther remarked after his death, “Shed no tear for Robert Goddard. He chose a field for his own search for truth and devoted his life unremittingly and joyfully to bringing his dream through hope into shining reality.”
SOUP ʼN BOWL
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SOUPNBOWL Continued from Page 4
this article, buy-outs have already happened. The online auction will turn into a silent auction on Feb. 25, and bidding will close at 3 p.m. Past Soup ’n Bowls have been well-attended events, with the 2004 event drawing more than 850 attendees. More than 1,000 people are expected at this VISION MAGAZINE
year’s Soup ’n Bowl. Given the large attendance, this year there will be a special Soup ’n Bowl pre-event party on Feb. 24 from 5 - 7 p.m. For $25, anyone can attend this event and get first pick of the bowls before the Soup ‘n Bowl starts. All of the bowl makers, contributing artists and sponsors will be in attendance, as this party is also intended to thank everyone involved in making such a
Rey Berrones Photos large event a success. If you want more than one bowl, you may buy more than one ticket for the event. Each ticket will allow you to take home one bowl. Bowls will be on display at the AMoCA beginning on Feb. 21. Tickets for the Soup ’n Bowl are available at soupnbowl.com, at the AMoCA, Roswell Museum Store, Tinnie Mercantile and Finishing Touches, or by calling 623-5600. PAGE 15
New Mexico's First
Century: Plenty of UFOs On Jan. 6, 2012, New Mexico celebrated the completion of our first hundred years of statehood. This has been a remarkable century for New Mexico in many ways, not the least of which is the fact that some of the most significant events in human history occurred here, including human contact with extra-terrestrial airborne objects. But first things first. We
had only been a state for 33 years when, in July of 1945, the first atomic bomb was exploded at the Trinity Site. Although this bomb was small by the standards of later such weapons, it ushered in a new age for humankind, and in fact the detonation of July 16, 1945, in the New Mexico desert was the first human activity actually visible from space.
Some people in the field of UFO studies, myself included, have speculated that it may well have been this event that attracted the attention of other intelligent beings and brought them to Earth, probably anxious to find out more about what the wayward creatures of this planet were up to. After all, not quite two years after the Trinity blast (and the subsequent atomic explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki), a UFO crashed northwest of Roswell, scattering strange debris and diminutive bodies over the land and touching off first a massive military and governmental coverup and then, years later, a series of private investigations involving thousands of witness interviews, establishing beyond reasonable doubt that the incident really happened and really
involved a craft not of this world. If indeed the Trinity test did excite the curiosity of someone on the Great Outside, then New Mexico could be expected to remain a place of high interest to such visitors, since with its notable military installations, and with its laboratories devoted to secretive research, our state has an uncommonly rich assortment of places that might long have been of interest to anyone curious about humans as a species. As a matter of fact, UFO events have kept occurring in New Mexico. In March of 1948 a disk crashed near Aztec and was recovered, apparently intact for the most part, by a scientific team including famed nuclear scientist Robert Oppenheimer. There was even a UFO landing, witnessed
by the police, just outside of Socorro in April of 1964. According to a witness interview I conducted some years ago, radar operators across New Mexico produced a composite tracking of an airborne object entering the state from West Texas, flying across Roswell, turning north, traversing Los Alamos, taking another turn to bring it across Sandia Lab, heading south to fly over Holloman Air Force Base and then zooming back across Roswell and out of the state the same way it came in. And all of this happened in 90 seconds! I worked out the air speed for this object, about 21,000 mph. Sightings continue to this day. UFOs have certainly enlivened New Mexicoâ€™s first century. My guess is, they will enliven our second century too.
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