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JUNE 6, 2013





Miranda Howe

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Fiddle and Griddle


NM Senior Olympics



Thursday, June 6, 2013 Volume 20, Issue 9

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Bruce Gaucher Photo RCLT favorites Dan Hawranek and Michael Christopher during early rehearsals.

A dinner party to die for!

By Rey Berrones Vision Editor ast Call at Chez Mort is a dinner theater written by Lee Mueller and directed by Edie Stevens. It features several of the Roswell Community Little Theatre favorites, but on the evening of June 22, everyone will know them by names like "Big Suit Stu" or "Jean Paul Truffaut." Attendees will be treated to an evening of comedy, mystery theater and hilarious flim flam. The evening starts with a social hour at 5 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to dress in vintage 30s costume to get into the show. And by "get into the show," they mean it. At the

The Roswell Community Little Theatre is presenting a murder mystery dinner. door, guests can let the crew know that they are willing to be tapped into the show, and they may end up being part of the mystery. It will be at the newly opened Liberty, which provides the perfect excuse to get lost in the throwback show and pretend that everything is happening at the original Liberty Theater. Inspector Constantine takes attendees on a journey back in time to uncover the truth in a historic place with an enthusiastic cast of players. Pepper's Grill is catering with a prime rib dinner that starts at 6 p.m., which means that attendees get to combine

dinner and a show. Libations will be available. Because this is a catered dinner, spots must be reserved by June 17. Admission is $50 per person. Reserve your spot by calling 622-1982. This is a fundraiser to help with the ongoing renovation and improvements of the new RCLT theatre building. The Liberty is located at 312 N. Virginia. For more information on this and other shows by the Roswell Community Little Theatre, visit R o s we l l C o m m u n i t y L i t t l e Theatre, or visit

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articipation in the New Mexico Senior Olympics could not be easier for Roswell seniors in 2013; and there’s still time to sign up for the local and state games. For the first time in a long time, Roswell was chosen as the location of the New Mexico Senior Olympics summer games, set to take place June 11-16. With the Roswell Convention and Civic Center as the state games headquarters, events are set to take place at New Mexico Military Institute, the Wool Bowl, the Roswell Adult and Senior Center and at various local schools, just to name a few locations. With the motto “You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing,” NMSO is comprised of a plethora of sporting, dance and talent events; from pickleball (yes, pickleball) to bowling; from Frisbee accuracy to shuffleboard. Also, there are 16 different dance events one may choose from, including two-step country, waltz, swing, jitterbug and polka, to name a few. There are just two requirements to join the NMSO. One, the prospective competitor must be at least 50-years-old by Dec. 31. This means an athlete may participate in the local games and even the state games this year at age 49—just so long as he or she turns 50 by New Year’s Eve. Second, one must participate—and qualify—for the NMSO summer games by competing in the local games first and placing within the top six in one’s age group. “For Roswell that’s easy,” said Chaves County Coordinator for Senior Olympics Sara Hall. “If you come out and play you qualify. We very rarely have six (participants) in each age group.” Cost to participate in the local games is $10. Local games have already started, Hall said, but

it’s not too late to register, participate, and qualify for state games. “We’re doing our local qualification through the month of April,” she said. Further facilitating Senior Olympics participation is the fact that Chaves County tries to provide every sport that’s available at the state level. This reduces the need for participants to have to travel to other counties within the state to qualify in a certain game. “We will provide (the sport) so long as we have someone sign up for it,” Hall assured. Participants may compete in up to 10 sports, but this might mean more than 10 events as sports tend to be compartmentalized. For example, swimming counts as one sport but it is split into different categories, such as the 500-yard freestyle, the 50yard backstroke or the 200yard co-ed medley relay, to name a few. The NMSO is a member organization of the National Senior Games Association, which conducts the biennial National Senior Games during odd number years. The 2013 national games will be in Cleveland July 19-Aug. 1. Seniors wanting to participate at the national level may have to wait one more year to become qualified. Odd number years are the non-qualifying years for Senior Olympics, meaning, one may participate in local competitions and move on to state competitions in an odd number year but this will qualify the participant for nationals. Senior athletes can become qualified for national competitions during even-numbered years. Those who participate in next year’s state games— which will also, fortunately, take place in Roswell—have a chance to qualify for the 2015 national games in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington, Minn. Roswell won a bid against



NM seniors come to Roswell to play.

By Vanessa Kahin Vistas Editor

Roswell is the new home of the New Mexico Senior Olympics.

Albuquerque to get to host the New Mexico Senior Olympics summer games in 2013 and 2014. Winning a bid to host the games always means hosting them for two consecutive years, Hall said. This is meant to reduce the likelihood of glitches or mishaps during qualifying years, as the host city and the athletes get one non-qualifying year to be as prepared as possible for the following year. Aside from a need for athletes, Hall said the Senior Olympics also has a great need for volunteers. Many athletes choose to volunteer during non-qualifying years, but there is also an opportuni-

ty for those who are not yet old enough to compete to help. “For people who are not old enough to compete yet, this is a good opportunity to see what Senior Olympics is all about,” Hall said. “It’s a good chance to get involved in the community. There’s so many things going on between typical Olympic game sports and non-typical sports. There’s almost something for everyone.” And for the athletes, the most invaluable aspect of Senior Olympics is the boost in physical and emotional health, Hall said. “The first thing that we want from our local seniors is for

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them to be active,” Hall said. “It’s so beneficial (to be active,) whether one is a senior or not.” Senior Olympics also offers seniors the opportunity to socialize. There are participants who make friends from across New Mexico, and look forward to seeing these friends during the summer games. “The friendships are wonderful,” Hall said. Spectators are welcome to the events, and are encouraged to come out and cheer on their favorite player. For a complete schedule of events, visit


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June 8

Frank Zona and Urban Edge Join saxophonisst Frank Zona & Urban Edge for an evening of the freshest sounds from todayʼs smooth and contemporary jazz scene. This is part of the Tailgate Concert Series that starts at 8p.m. at the NM Space Museum. For more information, visit


June 7

The Glass Menagerie “The Glass Menagerie,” which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1945, is an exquisite family drama staged at the Spencer under the direction of Marti Runnels, Dean of Wayland Universityʼs School of Fine Arts and Director of Theatre. The departmentʼs past performance collaborations with the Spencer include the

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Robin Scott Enjoy the live acoustic music of Roswellʼs Robin Scott on the patio at Yellow Brix located at 201 N. Canal Street from 7 10 p.m. For more information, call 941-2749.

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Enjoy the live acoustic music of Roswellʼs Robin Scott on the patio at Yellow Brix located at 201 N. Canal Street from 7 - 10 p.m. Robin Scott is a singer-songwriter cut from the same cloth as John Mayer and Jeff Beck. For more information, call 941-2749.

dramas “Art,” “Shadowlands,” “Elephant Man,” “The Mousetrap” and “Steel Magnolias.” The performance of “The Glass Menagerie” will star a cast and crew of graduate and undergraduate students from Wayland, (its main campus in Plainview, Texas), and high school theatre students from Texas & Ruidoso. The performance starts at 8 p.m., with a lasagna buffet before the show at 6 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $30. Preshow buffet tickets are $20. For more information, call 1888-818-7872 or visit


June 7 - 8

Gus Macker The pavementʼs hot, but the competition is even hotter in the annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 street ball tournament in Artesia. Be one of the 200+ teams that beat the heat to play basketball in competition for the coveted Macker trophies. The weekend is full of loud music, good food, and great ball. Team registration is $132. Not a player? Itʼs still fun to watch. For more information, call 7462744 or visit artesiacham-

Jorge Marinez Rios, Daniel Vega-Abela and Roberta Arrunda Daniel Vega-Abela and Roberta Arruda, violinists and Jorge Martinez Rios, violist, will present an evening of duets and trios at the Trinity United Methodist Church on 10th at D Ave. in Carrizozo at 7 p.m. This Carrizozo Music in the Parks concert is free and will be followed by a reception and opportunity to meet the performers. They will perform the gorgeous Dvorak Terzetto, and the Duo for Violin and Viola by Mexican composer Manuel M. Ponce and other selections. Winners of a 2012 Latin Grammy Award and Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as wonderful ambassadors of music, the La Catrina Quartet is one of the most sought after ensembles on tour today. Their unique blend of Latin-American and standard repertoire has proved enormously enter-

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Cloudcroft June 14 - 16

BAMM Festival The BAMM Festival is in Cloudcroft beginning on June 14. $25 for as much or as little BAMM as you can handle (all inclusive), kids under 12 are free Friday: Gates are open from 4 p.m - 10 p.m. Saturday: Gates open at 10 a.m., music starts at 11 a.m. Music will go well into the night. Food vendors will be set up selling all sorts of delicious foods sure to please everyone. Cold refresh6 >>

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June 15 - 16

High Rolls Cherry Festival Come to the High Rolls Cherry Festival Saturday (9 to 5) and Sunday (9 to 4) June 15th and 16th, 2013 Community Center, High Rolls, NM (East of the U. S. 82 Tunnel, follow the signs and traffic control personnel). Fresh sweet Bing cherries, and cherry products, over 65 arts & crafts vendors in the Walk Through the Woods. Food, drink, and Childrenʼs activities As always, admission and parking (in Lionsʼ lots) are free. Sponsored by the High Rolls/Mountain Park Lions For the latest information visit our web site at Profits go to local, national, or international charitable projects.

Fort Stanton June 14 - 16

Living History Weekend The beat of the drum and the shrill of the fifes can mean only one thing: the Living History Weekend at Fort Stanton Historic Site. The mounted rifles, the artillery and the muskets of the Infantry all contribute to the sounds of the past on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June

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14-16. The Living Historians of the Fort Stanton Garrison interpret Company K of the 8th Regiment, U.S. Infantry, which was at Fort Stanton from 1855 through 1860, with Mounted Rifles, Infantry and the Fortʼs artillery piece. The Living Historians will gather, set up camp and prepare weekend demonstration on Friday evening. Living History interpretations will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the raising of the Fortʼs historic flag. This will be followed at 10:15 a.m. by the Infantry Manual of Arms. There will be a special activity for the ladies of Fort Stanton at 10:30am. It will be “Making Hats Day” and the ladies will learn how to design and construct period headwear. The public is invited to participate in the activity. The Antebellum Armyʼs Mounted Services will be the theme of the Living History presentation at 11am and visitors will learn all about the pre-Civil war equine services of the army of the United States. Fort Stanton was built in 1855 by soldiers of the 1st Dragoon and the 3rd and 8th Infantry Regiments to serve as a base of operations against the Mescalero Apache Indians. It served that role through 1896. Troops marched out from the Fort to search for and fight the Mescalero Indians during numerous campaigns from 1855 until the 1880ʼs. Ra-

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messengers, drummer boys and more. Begin your journey through the fascinating history of Fort Stanton at the Museum which features an excellent exhibit and introductory video that provides breathtaking images and informative interpretive content that bring the rich history and heritage of Fort Stanton to life. The Fort Stanton Museum Store sells a variety of gifts and keepsakes that support the mission of Fort Stanton, Inc, in their efforts to preserve the history of New Mexico and the West as well as educate the public about the historical significance of Fort Stanton.

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The Second annual Fiddle and Griddle competition returns to the courthouse lawn. It features a BBQ competition, and performances by fiddlers, along with Bakerfield Twang, the Jason Perry Family and a street dance. For more information and a complete schedule visit

tions will be issued to the soldiers of Company K at noon and, while rations will be distributed only to the troops, the public is invited to pack a lunch and eat with the infantry. The Artillery Fire Drill will begin at 1;30 in the afternoon, followed by the ever-popular Mounted Saber Exercise at 3pm. The ladies of Fort Stanton will enjoy a Victorian Tea at 4 p.m. and the Saturday public activities will end with the Evening Flag Ceremony at 5 p.m. Fol-


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Bill Cosby Come see the man who has made your family laugh for decades. Bill Cosby at the Lea County Event Center from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale at and the Lea County Event Center Box Office. Tickets cost $25, $40 and $60.

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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. The museum is open from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 2472464 or visit

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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 around the greater Roswell area. The exhibit was funded through a grant from the Association of Air Force Missileers. The museum is open from 10 a.m. 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 247-2464 or visit

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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.

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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.

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Thursday June 13

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Award winning Fusion group Del Castillo is at The Liberty Inc. For more information on the band, Tickets for the June 13 show are $20, and for tickets or more information on the show visit

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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 622-9280. David and Tina at El Toro Bravo David and Tina plays El Toro Bravo at 102 S. Main St. from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. For more information, call El Toro Bravo at 622-9280.

Party on the Patio Starting May 1, DJ Louis Najar leads a theme party every Wednesday at 5 p.m. on the Peppers patio, located at 500 N. Main. For more information, call 623-1700. 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

Martie Zelt: In Spaces Between The Roswell Museum and Art Center presents the exhibit Martie Zelt: In Spaces Between. Zelt is a Roswell printmaker who has lived in the community since 1989 after completing a second fellowship with the Roswell Artist-inResidence Program. Over thirty assemblages produced during the last twelve years are contained in the exhibition that runs through August 4. Zelt makes her own paper, and starts with a printed ground―either a collagraph, monoprint, or photo etching―to which she adheres fabric scraps, plant materials, and other media including stitched thread and graphite or pastel markings. The finished works are playful, highly nuanced abstractions that speak of the natural and manmade worlds


through which she has traveled. Many allude to her flower garden and surroundings in southeastern New Mexico. Zeltʼs work is represented in the collections of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Roswell Museum and Art Center. For more information, visit

Feb 8 - Sept 28

Vision: 2013 Invitational Exhibition On Friday, February 8 from 5-7 pm the Roswell Museum and Art Center opens the exhibition Vision, featuring the work of five artists from northern New Mexico who practice traditional techniques, yet make their art relevant to todayʼs society. Kevin Burgess de Chávez (tinwork), Drew Coduti (tinwork), Catalina Delgado-Trunk (papel picado), Damian Velasquez (furniture), and Frederico M. Vigil (true fresco) are represented in the exhibition that continues through September 28, 2013. For more information, vall 624-6744 10 >>



el Castillo is breaking in the stage at The Liberty in Roswell with their eclectic blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin and Blues on June 13. Del Castillo began more than a decade ago as a family project between two brothers, and has grown into an award winning group that is normally touring with the likes of Willie Nelson, Los Lobos and Don Henley. When they last played in Roswell, more than a year ago, they were showcasing songs from their newest album "Infinitas Rapsodias." That album features several songs that were written with crowd interaction in mind, so the intimate setting of Pecos Flavors Winery was a very nice fit for those songs. This time around, the band will be playing the larger Liberty stage with a different set of songs that is more suited to the larger format. According Mike Zeoli, Del Castillo drummer, currently the band is "back in the studio recording new songs." He continued, "We took a trip up to Nashville earlier this year. We went up there for a few days and wrote a bunch of new songs. We had a really intense writing session, and now we have about 20 new songs. We are going through them and recording them." Take the

While the last album focused on collaboration, with a laundry list of guest artists, the new album goes back to the band's roots. Zeoli said, "One thing we are doing with the new recordings is working with outside producers. Typically Del Castillo has produced its own stuff. Now we are bringing outside producers to help grow our sound. We are looking to break the mold and expand into new musical horizons. We are excited to get together the raw sound that came out of Nashville. "This year we are actually spending more time in the studio, which is great. We will be playing a few new songs when we play in Roswell. We are anxious to share our new songs with our fans." The Roswell show is part of a short set of gigs that the band will play which allows them to break in the new material and help round out the raw material that was written in the Nashville sessions. It also gives them an excuse to bring out some of the older Del Castillo songs, so that they can reconnect with their original sound. Zeoli said, "We are kind of going back to our instrumental roots. We are mixing up the show to feature more of the dynamic guitar work that


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On June 13, Del Castillo will bring their fusion of Rock, Latin and Blues to the brand new stage at The Liberty. By Rey Berrones Vision Editor Rick and Mark do so well. We are mixing in some of the new songs, so it should be a fun night. "We've got some songs that are unlike anything that Del

Castillo has done before, and other songs that are the tried and true Del Castillo sound with different twists that freshen things up." While there aren't any guest artists on the new recordings so far, the band has not ruled it out. Zeoli elaborated, "We are focusing on the core group. It is early in the game, but when you have the cre-

ative flow, anything goes." For fans of their fusion style, this is a rare opportunity to catch a band trying out fresh cuts in a brand new venue. For information on the band, visit Tickets for the June 13 show are $20, and for tickets or more information on the show visit

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Fiddle and Griddle

Juliana Halvorson Photo Musicians on stage at the 2012 Fiddle and Griddle.

Fiddlers and barbecue cooks compete for cash prizes at the Fiddle and Griddle. Two staples of Wild West culture come head-to-head in one toe-tappin’, finger-lickin’, syncopated weekend. The second annual Fiddle & Griddle Festival will take place June 7 and 8 on the strip of Main Street between Fourth and Fifth streets. The event involves a fiddle-playing competition as well as a competitive barbecue cookoff. It was New Mexico’s own Wild West heritage that inspired the first Fiddle & Griddle last year. MainStreet Roswell board president

Peggy Seskey said the event began as a way to commemorate New Mexico’s centennial, and the cultural influences that made the state unique in 1912, and continue to do so a century later. Fiddle & Griddle 2013 will attract the best fiddlers and barbecue cooks from Roswell and from across the nation. Locals may attend the event for free and enjoy good, live music and possibly get insiders’ secrets to a perfect barbecue. Vendors will be onhand with food, crafts and even soda out of a covered

wagon. For those who attend Fiddle & Griddle to share their fiddle-playing talent or their grilling abilities, the event is a more serious affair. Barbecue cooks have been known to bring along everything from their kitchen — including the kitchen sink — to aid in their grilling. Champion fiddlers will not only compete for up to $3,000, but also entertain the crowd. “This is a music festival,” Seskey said. “It’s for the love of music.” MainStreet Roswell, the


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Roswell Parks and Recreation Department and the city’s Lodger’s Tax are all contributing to the summer kick-off event. June 8 will be entirely dedicated to the fiddle competition, with fiddlers gathering at the Chaves County courthouse lawn at 8:30 a.m. to check in and meet the judges. The competition begins at 9 a.m. There are three fiddle categories. The junior category is for those 18 and younger. The senior category is for those 60 and older. Both junior and senior categories will reward the top five in their category, with prize money ranging from $750 for first place and $100 for fifth place. The third category is the open category, and allows anyone of any age to enter. The top 10 fiddlers in the open category will receive a prize, with prize money ranging from $3,000 for first place and $100 for tenth place. The open category will tentatively have various musical categories that the competitor must be able to play. More people are expected to compete in the open category than in any other category. Therefore, the open category will have three elimination rounds, while the junior and senior categories will only

have two. The caveat of all this is that a fiddler may only enter one category. Entry fee to enter the fiddling competition is $25. Those interested in participating in the fiddling competition are encouraged to pre-register at However, fiddle players may register up until 8 a.m. on June 8. Last year’s fiddle winner — Jacie (pronounced “Jackie”) Sites — will retur n to this year’s event, this time, as a judge, along with her fellow fiddle-playing husband, Joe. “(Jacie) entertained the crowd, even when she was not competing,” Seskey said. No strangers to fiddling competitions, the Sites travel the country, sharing their talent and ability to connect with an audience. They have won fiddle competitions all over the nation. Joe has won the Idaho State Grand Championship for fiddle-playing more than 10 times. In their native Idaho, both are violin instructors. Fiddle players at Fiddle & Griddle will have their chance to interact with one another as well as with an eager crowd. On Friday, June 7, fiddlers will have a chance to play and show how well SEE


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• Roswell High School, 500 W. Hobbs St., breakfast at 8 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Adults may get a meal for $3, correct change would be appreciated. For more information call 637-3339



June 8

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Self Deception 2013 The Cube presents Self Deception 2013 by Dallas-based artist Stephen Lapthisophon. Engaging the nebulous area between public and private, personal and communal, the artist has sent a series of travelling objects, letters, pop-culture memorabilia, LPs, and postal detritus to be examined, arranged, and rearranged by participants. It will be exhibited at The Cube, #8 Howard Cook Rd, between 6 and 9 p.m. There will be light refreshment and energetic conversation.



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Hotel Transylvania Free Summer Movie “Hotel Transylvania,” at dusk, at Cielo Grande Park, located at 1101 W. 4th St. For more information visit Second Saturday The monthy hands-on art activities for students in grades 3 - 12 continues with Mixed Media presented by Paula Wilson and Mike Lagg. at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. To register for upcoming sessions, please call the Museum at 575-624-6744, ext. 22. Space is limited. This program is sponsored by the Roswell Museum and Art Center Foundation.

June 8 - 9

Fiddle and Griddle The Second annual Fiddle and Griddle competition returns to the courthouse lawn. It features a BBQ competition, and performances by fiddlers, along with Bakerfield Twang, the Jason Perry Family and a street dance. For more information and a complete schedule visit

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Missoula Childrenʼs Theatre The red truck is coming. Missoula Childrenʼs Theatre is in Roswell from June 10 - 15 (registration has begun – $50 per student). A Little Red Truck pulls into town full of costumes, makeup, and a set, all that is needed is kids and a place to put on a show! Thatʼs where we come in! We provide a week long camp for the youth of Roswell to experience live theatre and fall in love with ACTING! Location: Roswell Community Little Theatre 1717 S. Union. Auditions will be held

NM Senior Olympics NMMI, ENMU-Roswell, Roswell Convention Center, Wool Bool, Center City Lanes, Bottomless Lakes, Roswell Adult and Senior Center, Cahoon Park To be held in Roswell, NM June 12-15th. This is the first time the Games have been held in Roswell since 1988. We are expecting 800 senior athletes to compete in 26 sporting events. Spectators are welcome. For more information visit the website, email , or call 6235777.

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Paranorman Free Summer Movie “Paranorman,” at dusk, at Cielo Grande Park, located at 1101 W. 4th St. For more information visit

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June 15 - July 28

Miranda Howe Ceramic artist and Roswell Artist-in-Residence fellow Miranda Howe has been influenced by the natural environment, particularly the geologic structure of places where she has lived and visited. “Strata, erosion, fault lines, and fissures all make their way into my work,” she states. There will be a slide talk on June 15, at 5:30 p.m. and a reception to follow at 6 p.m. The exhibition will be in the RMAC until July 28. For more information, visit

June 22

Last Call at Chez Mort Dinner Fundraiser theater at the Liberty Inc. Last Call at Chez Mort is presented by the Roswell Community Little Theatre. There will be a prime rib dinner, libations available, music and “Whodunit” entertainment. 1930s costume encouraged. Willing to be tapped into the show? Let us know at the door. Reserve

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John Brandi

By Laurie Rufe Director, Roswell Museum and Art Center

The Roswell Museum and Art Center presents the haiga of John Brandi.

rganized by the Palace of the Governors and the New Mexico History Museum, John Brandi: From a Distant Road f eatures the work of noted northern New Mexico poet and painter John Brandi. This exhibition contains Brandi’s Haiga, or “Haiku Painting,” a spare, inkbrushed image combined with a calligraphic haiku, the world’s shortest poem of seventeen syllables or less. Brandi’s haiga are inspired by Japan’s 17th century wandering poetpainters, popular ized by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), Japan’s great haiku master. Like their haiga, Brandi’s are also influenced by journeys along distant roads. Brandi’s haiga are mounted to specially marbled papers created by curator Tom Leech of the press of the Palace of the Gover nors. Leech used an 11th century Japanese technique called suminagashi, or “black ink floating.” Inherent in the art form, which is comprised of delicate, swirling patterns, is the implication of meandering water or wind-blown clouds. Coupled with the haiga and suminagashi are photographs from the Palace of the Gover nors photo archives that detail the much unchanged Japanese countryside and people two centur ies after Matsuo Basho made his journeys. John Brandi is no stranger to Roswell. He has been a resident poet with Sidney Gutierrez Middle School, New Mexico Military Institute, and the Roswell Museum and Art Center. With

Image Courtesy Courtesy of New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors. regard to the RMAC, he and museum staff developed a poetry anthology, Poems inside out, with students from Mesa Middle School, New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell High School, and University High School in 1999. The exhibition runs from June 8 - September 15 in the Horgan and Graphics Galleries of the Roswell Museum and Art Center. Brandi was introduced to Japanese poet-wanderer

Nanao Sakaki by beat poet Gary Snyder, and in the tradition of f ellow beat poet Jack Kerouac, Brandi will present a haiku reading accompanied by saxophone music on Saturday, October 12 at 1 p.m. Mark your calendars for this unique program that is a part of the Roswell Jazz Festival. Dan Borton of Santa Fe will perform on the sax. This program is free. Seating is limited. This program is sponsored


Miranda Howe Howe at work in her studio.

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Howe’s repeating forms create large pieces that will be on display at the RMAC.


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t’s late spring in southeast New Mexico, and Miranda Howe is in a place where most would not want to be as the temperature is consistently rising to and beyond the 100-degree mark: a warm kiln room. Specializing in sculpture and ceramics, Howe will be the next artist to present her exhibition — titled “Stacked Patter ns” — through the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program. The exhibition will open June 15 at the Roswell Museum and Arts Center. There will be a slide talk that day at 5:30 p.m. and a reception to follow from 6-7 p.m. A warm structure despite its humongous fan, the kiln room is a recent addition to the artist compound as well as a silent reminder of Howe’s impressively artistic family. Her father, Tom Howe, built the kiln room that can now be used by artists from near and

far who are part of the RAiR program. Miranda’s mother, Elaine Howe, was instrumental in the creation of Roswell’s Creative Lear ning Center, which promotes and educates young children in the areas of visual and performing arts. Elaine Howe also served in implementing some of the CLC’s most enduring programs, such as the Legacy Project. “They contract with professional artists to work with fifth-graders,” Miranda Howe said of the program. Together, artists and fifth-graders create a work of art that is installed at their school. The Legacy Project has been known to be any kind of medium — from ceramics to mosaic, from murals to printmaking. “They’re leaving their legacy before they move on to middle school,” Howe said. “When you go into these schools, they’re just amassing

all this work that’s been created by fifth-graders over the years. “Our schools are becoming more art-friendly and artrich.” Howe has participated in the Legacy Projects every year for the past five years. Howe’s grandfather, Bill Wiggins, was a local artist — expressing himself through painting. “He was bor n and raised here,” Howe said of her grandfather, who painted from the 1940s until he passed away in 2012. Both Elaine Howe and Wiggins have been recognized for their contribution to culture and art. Elaine Howe received a Gover nor’s Award for Excellence in Art in 2009 for her positive impact on art education. Wiggins received the same award for his painting in 2011. Furthermore, Howe’s two brothers — Jeremy and Logan Howe — are both artists. Jere-

my is a trained geologist who deals primarily with rocks, minerals and even fire to create art. Logan works with glass and makes jewelry. “I come from a family of artists, that’s for sure,” Miranda Howe said with a chuckle. Although she admits she also creates functional items, for the purposes of this residency, she said, she’s focused on sculpture and ceramics. She creates works big and small, often creating designs on her work that are stimulating both to the sight and touch. Her most recent work involves creating smaller pieces and placing them together to create a structure taller than the average human being. “It’s definitely challenged me physically,” Howe said of her larger works. “I love that quality. I also love parts coming together to make a whole.” In this sense, she explained, her works are reminiscent of a quilter’s labor. The items that will comprise “Stacked Patter ns” come together in a unique way that alludes to the work of Howe’s geologist brother, Jeremy. “(The exhibition’s title) relates dually to my artistic approach as well as giving a nod to a geologic branch of study called sequence stratigraphy,” Miranda Howe stated in an email. “From the geologic standpoint, patter n stacking is the way sedimentary deposits are laid on top of each other over time, creating a related succession of information. “In my work, I'm physically making components that stack on top of one another, as well as incorporating a variety of surface techniques — like slip-trailing, silk-screening, using masks and resists and carving into the clay — in order to create layers of decorative patterning.” Howe grew up in Capitan, her family moving to Roswell when she was in the 10th grade. She completed high school at Goddard High, graduating in 1989. She attended Lubbock

Christian University, which did not have an extensive art program, she said, but it did offer many possibilities to create and lear n about ceramics. When she began attending Texas Tech University, she tried several other art forms; but always returned to ceramics. In 1995, Howe completed a bachelor in fine arts in ceramics from TTU. In 2002, she completed a master of fine arts in ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. She’s completed various residencies; including one through the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Mont.; The LH Project in Joseph, Ore.; and a residency through the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colo. Most recently, Howe has embarked into the realm of teaching. She is a ceramics instructor at Easter n New Mexico University- Ruidoso, but returned to Roswell Dec. 15, 2012, to begin her residency with the RAiR program. Described as a “gift of time” by its coordinators and participating artists, the RAiR program was established in 1967 to bring talented individuals to Roswell and allow them an opportunity to concentrate on their work. “For me as an artist, coming to this exhibition, having the opportunity of the residency, allows the opportunity for me to explore the ideas I may not have had the time or resources (to explore) otherwise,” Howe said. Despite the fact she’s from the area and has shown her work to the community, Howe wants her audience to know to expect something different from her upcoming exhibition. “Much of the community here has seen my work, watched it grow and been supportive of me,” she said. “I want them to see a continued growth, a newness, an exploration in my work.”



n July 28, 1913, a silent movie house opened up on Main Street in Roswell. T he Princess Theater was owned by James Halper and managed by G. W. Morgan. The front third of the building still stands, and is currently the home of Pecos Flavors Winery. However, according to records at the Historical Foundation f or Southeast New Mexico archives, the or iginal theater building extended all the way back to the alleyway and contained a large stage and a secondlevel operating and projection room. According to articles published in the teens by T he Moving Picture World, the Princess was a state-of-theart theater, with steam heating, and several exhaust f ans. It had a contract to show Mutual pictures, and was a proper auditorium that seated 725 people. T here was a staff of three full-time orchestra players that played along with the silent films. The front of the building had the word Princess with incandescent globe lights that lit up in a ser pentine pattern that brought a little bit of the big city to downtown Roswell. The namesake of the theater was a large oval painting of a Native American Princess that was inset next to the lighted sign. Accoss the alley toward Virgina Street, which was then called Pecos Avenue, there were two small buildings. The building that faced the street is called Roswell Bottling Works in some records, and Roswell Vinegar Factor y in other records. Behind the bottling building was a machine shop. Given no address other than the bottling shop address, this building is often referred to as a Machine Shop, or an Electric Motor Shop. Here, car r iages, motors and machiner y were built and


Rey Berrones Photo Finishing touches were happening as this article went to press, preparing the Liberty for the June 13 grand opening. The south wall in the main room, shown on right has the original brickwork from nearly a century ago.

The Liberty restores a part of Roswellʼs rich history

The Liberty Theater returns to Roswell 100 years after it first opened its doors. By Rey Berrones Vision Editor Additional research by Elvis E. Fleming

repaired. By the ‘30s, the Roswell Bottling Works building was no longer standing, but the motor shop still stands to this day. Sometime in 1917, the Pr incess expanded the orchestra, which, at the time was called the Liber ty Orchestra. Eventually, the front of the theater was redesigned with the Princess signage covered over with plaster, and a large replica of the Statue of Liberty up top. According to playbills in 1917 editions of the Roswell Evening News, The Princess showed films under contract from Paramount Pictures and Metro, while The Liberty had


Vaudeville shows, concerts by the Liberty Orchestra and traveling theater groups. In of ficial records, it is always listed as the Princess Theater, but in much of the publicity, and the front signage, the theater was known as "T he Liber ty, 'Where Quality Counts!'" In fact, it had this dual personality up until its closure in the early ‘40s. Soon, after the closure of the Liberty, it was reopened with new management as The Pecos. It was one of five movie houses in Roswell, the others being The Plains, The Yucca, T he Chief , and El Capitan. The Pecos closed

down in the mid-’50s, and the building didn't have live music within its walls until Pecos Flavors Winer y was opened in 2004. Meanwhile, the old machine shop diagonally across the alleyway from The Liberty slowly grew over the past 100 years, eventually becoming a large industrial warehouse. While the original Liberty building has become smaller, and can't hold the same types of live events that it once had, a group has stepped in to reopen the Liberty, but they are doing so in the old machine shop located at present day 312 N. Vir-

ginia. The new Liber ty Theater has already started booking events, and great pains have been taken to keep as much of the original structure of the building intact. Much of the brickwork on the back half of the building has been there for nearly a century. It is a multifunction space, much like the original Liberty, capable of showing movies, or hosting a full orchestra. It also features a full-service bar, which utilizes much of the vintage tool cabinets to organize the spirits. The new Liberty is called The Liberty Inc. It is a nonprofit that formed this year and is being spearheaded by Josh Ragsdale. The plan of The Liberty is to have a bar space for its members and also be available to the public for arts-related events. The Liberty Inc. will take the profits from its operations and use them to promote the arts in Roswell. The Liberty will have yearly memberships, which give members access to The Liberty Inc. for the year of 2013. Members will receive invites to exclusive events, tastings, discounted tickets and discounted rental fees. The grand opening event will be a concer t by Del Castillo, f ollowed up by a dinner party fundraiser for the Roswell Community Little Theater, both of which are featured in other parts of this magazine. Future shows include the Tejas Brothers on June 27, Amy LaVere on July 6, and Max Stalling on July 26. If you would like more information on The Liberty Inc., visit If you would like to rent the space, or you are looking for a space to do an art related event, email



Billy the Kid - Epilogue

By Stu Pritchard Roswell Historian id Billy the Kid really die that fateful night in July when it was said that Garrett's pistol put a heavy slug through the kid's heart? In this part of the country, one can find enough people to doubt it and enough stories as to "why not" to fill a dozen volumes. Here are a few items: The coroner's report disappeared, although many witnesses swear they saw and some say that they signed the original document. Joe Hines, a survivor of the Lincoln County War, swore that Billy never died and was instead living in Hamilton, Texas, under the name of Brushy Bill Roberts. Several witnesses have confirmed that Sallie Chisum Robert, John Chisum's niece, was visited by Billy the Kid on occasion. Sallie even told several people that Billy had sparked her with several letters and that she had lent the letters to a Chicago reporter who promised her a considerable sum for them. She never heard from him or of the letters again. After Billy's reported death, it was said that Sallie often visited Mexico, to meet with Billy, and that a man named Billy Barlow was the man killed that night in Fort Sumner. Which leads us back to Brushy Bill Roberts, who was said to be the Kid - using a version of Sallie's last name. There was a Brushy Bill. In 1948 he claimed to be 90 years old. He was 5'8" and weighed 165 Ibs. He had very small hands (as Billy was said to have had) and his body bore 26 ragged scars from knives and bullets. His

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description of the Lincoln County War has been so accurate as to amaze his friends. At least two scholars are convinced Brushy was Billy the Kid. Perhaps he was, for when Brushy Billy was closely questioned, his answers made many a Southwest historian wonder. Ponder this: Roberts stated that soldiers definitely fired on the burning Gunnor Petersen Illustration McSween house - a much disput- Did Sallie Chisum Robert know more about Billy ed subject. He the Kid’s final fate? described the layout of the Lincoln County named Billy Barlow and tried Courthouse in 1880; some- to pass the body off as his, thing no one today can exact- since the passing off of a ly confirm. He could accurate- phony corpse was not unusual ly describe battles, details in the early West. Roberts said and names up until the very Garrett used the killing to colnight Garrett was supposed to lect the reward and gain the prestige that would go with have shot the Kid. As Roberts tells it: He knew slaying the West's most noted Garrett was in Fort Sumner outlaw. Several persons in and decided to lay low until Fort Sumner assisted in the the sheriff left town. On the identification of the corpse as fateful night he heard shoot- Billy, so that he could escape ing and ran into Pete to a new life unmolested. No, Maxwell's backyard where he it's not likely, but then we can started firing at some figures always wonder. he saw there. The shadowy figures fired back and a bullet tore through his mouth and Correction: The May 16 Billy left shoulder. He staggered the Kid article stated that into the home of an old Mexi- Christopher Thomas McKincan woman, who nursed him ney’s nickname was Tip. His back to health. correct nickname is Kip. We Later he said he heard that apologize for this error. Garrett and his deputies had accidentally killed a man


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they can relate to their listeners. A “people’s choice” winner will be selected by measuring audience applause. Also on the night of June 7, the highly acclaimed country music cover band Bakersfield Twang will entertain the crowd, luring all those who listen to a street dance. “They are one of the most professional bands I’ve ever heard,” said talent coordinator and agent Jim Kisselburg. One of last year’s judges for the fiddle competition, Kisselburg helped bring Bakersfield Twang to 2012’s Fiddle & Griddle, and now the band is back by popular demand. Don’t let the band’s name suggest otherwise — they are based out of Tucumcari, but their sound echoes the honky-tonk vibes that came out of California in the 1960s. Continuously on the road, Bakersfield Twang’s repertoire includes such genres as Tejano, blues, funk, rock ‘n’ roll, Texas Red Dirt and everything in between. Another street dance will bring out cloggers, waltzers and two-steppin’ couples on the night of Saturday, June 8. However, this street dance will only feature the top contestants of the fiddle competition. This way, the top competitors can show how well they can relate to an audience. The winners of the fiddle competition will be announced Saturday night. The griddle competition will begin June 7, when contestants start to set up around 3 p.m. at Pioneer Plaza. All cooking sites will undergo an inspection to ensure they include a water station, fire extinguisher, and that they comply with health and fire department regulations. There will be three meat categories to choose from: chicken, beef brisket and pork ribs. Competitors must bring their own meats. “We have certified barbe-

cue judges who will inspect the meat,” Seskey said. Inspection of the brisket occurs on Friday afternoon so that competitors have the chance to cook their meat overnight, if they wish. On Saturday from 7-9 a.m., the chicken and pork ribs will be inspected. There will be a meeting with the barbecue judges Saturday at 7 a.m. In order to win the overall category, one must enter all three meat categories. Furthermore, this year’s Fiddle & Griddle adds an extra category to the summer food competition — that of side dish. The side dishes must be cooked on the grill. There is a great variety as to what may be submitted as a side dish in the competition. It can be baked beans, German potato salad, cobbler, cor n pudding, zucchini boats, even tomatoes on the grill, to name a few ideas. Barbecue contestants must also bring their own supplies, and can cook with wood, charcoal, gas or a smoker. They are not allowed to use solar or electric technology. They are also not allowed to dig pits. Although griddle competitors may give free samples of their delicious barbecue, they may not sell it. Judging of the “griddle” portion of Fiddle & Griddle begins at 1 p.m., June 8, when side dishes are judged. This will be followed by judging of chicken at 2 p.m., pork ribs at 3 p.m. and brisket at 4 p.m. The deadline to register for the “griddle” half of Fiddle & Griddle is June 1. Aside from competitors, a music-loving audience and barbecue aficionados, there is also a great need for volunteers to help make Fiddle & Griddle a success. All volunteers get a T-shirt and will attend an informational meeting prior to the event. For more information about the event, or to register, visit For more about the Sites, visit



The Roswell alien bodies: what about their DNA? Looking Up


By Donald Burleson ill the government ever disclose to the public what it knows about UFO-related subjects? Recently (April 29 to May 3, 2013) a large group of distinguished researchers in the field of UFO studies attended public hearings in Washington under the aus-

pices of the National Press Club for the purpose of heightening public awareness and putting pressure on the gover nment to tell what it knows. But will they? Or will they just ignore the whole thing? Time will tell. Meanwhile, let me make some observations and raise an immensely important question that I don't think anyone has raised before. Having kept UFO information hidden from the public for two-thirds of a century, and having threatened and probably killed witnesses, the government would find it disagreeable at this point to admit to what it knows. I think a great deal depends on what kinds of information they have. The more exotic and

profound that information is, the less likely it is that they will ever disclose it. Suppose you were the government, and suppose that what you knew was that unaccountable airborne objects have commonly been seen in our skies and that some reliable photographs, trace evidence, and radar tracks have been observed. My question to you would then be "What harm is there in telling us?" After all, private researchers already know that much anyway. But let's up the ante. Suppose you're the government and what you know is that UFO crash debris and alien bodies were recovered near Roswell. Well, you might be a good deal more reluctant to talk about that.

Now let's play for even higher stakes. In 1947 when the Roswell incident occurred, very little was known about DNA. It would be another six years before Watson and Crick would discover its basic structure, and it would be several decades before good methods of extracting DNA and gene-sequencing would be developed. So when the Roswell bodies were first recovered, no one was in a position to do much of anything about examining them from a genetic standpoint. But the science of genetics has burgeoned tremendously in recent years (dramatically improved DNA recovery and sequencing techniques were discovered as recently as 2006) and now we have recovered the entire human

genome as well as the genome of many other species. So I want to raise a question that I don't believe anyone else has asked outright. When our science progressed to the point where suddenly this was possible, did those shadowy entities in government, those people responsible for the retrieved alien bodies from Roswell, Aztec, and possibly other UFO crashes, turn those new techniques to the recovery of the aliens' genome? Has someone recovered, sequenced, and begun to analyze all of their DNA? Surely this would be a project of exceedingly high priority. It could tell us a great many things. Like how, if at all, we are related to these creatures. But that's precisely the kind of information the gover nment would have the hardest time ever releasing.

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Vision for June 6, 2013  

Vision for June 6, 2013 featuring Miranda Howe, the Fiddle and Griddle, The Liberty Inc. NM Senior Olympics, Del Castillo and the conclusion...