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CONTENTS THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS & TEXAS TORNADOS

Thursday, July 18, 2013 Volume 20, Issue 14

Publisher: Charles Fischer Editor: Rey Berrones Ad Design: Sandra Martinez, Steve Stone Columnists: Donald Burleson, Stu Pritchard Roswell Daily Record Staff Writers: Amy Vogelsang Roswell Daily Record Staff Photographers: Amy Vogelsang

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In The Spotlight

The Odyssey

Culture

Remembering Roswell

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School Supply Drive

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The Morning Garden Club Revisited 4

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On The Cover

Thomas Messer hONEyhoUSe Pat Garrett - Part 3

UFOlogy

The Roswell incident wasnʼt an isolated event

The youth program at the Roswell Community Little Theatre is in full swing as the ensemble cast rehearses The Odyssey. Photographer: Rey Berrones


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Photo courtesy Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Hinkel’s once stood in the current Reischman Park project location.

Remembering Roswell

tributes to eventually creating an Arts and Culture District in Roswell, which is also in the plan. However the Master Plan doesn't stop at addition to the green space and the creation of an Arts and Cultural District Steering Committee. Providing that the City of Roswell is still on target with the goals set out by the plan, we should see implementation of the first phase of the wayfinding program (which includes informational kiosks in strategic locations), and the beginnings of city improvements to the Railroad District. All of these projects come together to help create a downtown that is vital and thriving. We have already begun to see a growing downtown with the addition of a stage at Ginsberg, the renovation of what is now the Subway, the beginnings of a renovation of the Silver Dome, the

opening of the Liberty Theater and other private projects that have begun downtown. Eventually, the hope is that downtown will become a nice place to be for tourists and locals alike. Sue Wink, who is helping lead the project said, "It is a great thing to try and revive that history where there were parades, people were shopping on Main Street, people walking up and down the street and hanging out. I think that because shopping and all these other aspects of our community are farther out, it isn't as necessary to go downtown. "To make a cool spot and draw people downtown is the hope. It is kind of the heartbeat of the community, and we want to make that active. We are an arty community, with artists that live here and fantastic museums, so we want to show that off. SEE ROSWELL ON PAGE 14

Your old photos of Roswell are needed to inspire the design of Reischman Park.

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By Rey Berrones Vision Editor our old photos and stories about Roswell are needed to complete the Reischman Park project. The Roswell Interarts Organization (RIO) will be holding a memorabilia gathering session at the Historical Society of Southeast New Mexico (HSSNM) archives building. They will have a scanner on-site so people can bring in their materials, have it scanned, and returned right then and there. They will also interested in hearing stories behind the photos, and stories about Roswell. The L. J. Reischman Park Renovation is a community project that will take the empty lot that was created when KBIM burned down and turn it into a community park area with a stage. This is a community driven project that will

take the photos and stories and incorporate them into a mosaic of tile vignettes that represent the personal stories of Roswell. The seating and stage are intended to be used for music events, such as the UFO Festival, the Jazz Festival, and the Alive After Five events. In addition, it is hoped that the stage will be used by the community as a public gathering place for small concerts, presentations or even for people to read poetry. The park is part of the MainStreet Roswell Master Plan that was adopted by the city in 2011. It is part of the "Improve Green Space" section, with a renovation of Library Park slated to begin after the completion of Reischman Park. Having a stage in the park also con-

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The Morning Garden Club revisited

Since we last featured the Morning Garden Club, it has won an award at the National Garden Clubs Inc convention.

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By Amy Vogelsang Record Staff Writer ittle hands are covered with mud and little faces are covered with smiles as preschool children learn all about planting flowers and vegetables. From tomato plants to flower arrangements, children at Working Mothers Day Nursery are starting to learn about gardening at an early age thanks to Morning Garden Club’s Mentor with Nature – Grow a Child program. “I believe the time is now to teach children about gardening,” said program chairman Melanie Deason. “And what better way to start than with wildflowers.” Wildflowers became the

main focus of the program. What eventually became a successful program about all gardening aspects, including vegetables and various plants, all started from the idea of teaching children how to do simple flower arrangements. It was thought that this would be a way for the children to express creativity through color. The program expanded much more than expected. “The joy of the garden club’s Mentor with Nature project is that it encourages children to do what comes naturally – have fun!” said former president Deana Bozarth, who originally inspired the idea to work with the preschoolers.

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“And they learn firsthand the cycles of plants through the flowers and plants they personally grow from seeds.” The children are not too young to learn about planting, but rather see nature through untainted eyes, embracing the new life in a proud and innocent way. “They have proven their age is not a deterrent to creativity, but enhances it,” Bozarth said. Their work with Working Mothers was not overlooked, and on May 25 in Seattle, Wash., the Morning Garden Club won first place, which included a $1000 prize, in the “Outdoor Classrooms – Wildflower Walks and Nature

Amy Vogelsang Photo From left, Morning Garden Club president Martha Morrise, program chairman Melanie Deason and former club president Deana Bozarth hold the national award. Trails” category at the 84th annual National Garden Clubs Inc. convention. National recognition solidified the positive reactions and influence the club has played on the lives of 4 and 5-year-olds.

Although the flower arrangements are a takehome gift for their families, “the children’s enjoyment of gardening is a take-home skill for life!” Deason said.


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Shroud Exhibit and Museum The Turin Shroud interactive exhibit at White Sands Mall in Alamogordo offers a backlit, full-sized picture, the only interactive VP8 Image Analyzer 3D experience. The exhibitʼs goal is make Turin Shroud available to all including the vision impaired. Hours are Sunday from 2 p.m. -4 p.m., Tuesday - Friday from 1 p.m. 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 4462113, or visit ShroudNM.com.

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July 19

Joe Ely Band Joe Ely is a progressive-folk country rocker whoʼs been intimate with the road for decades. The performance starts at 8 p.m., with a BBQ buffet before the show at 6 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $66 and $69. Preshow buffet tickets are $20. For more information, call 1888-818-7872 or visit spencertheater.com.

July 25

The Music of ABBA The critically acclaimed Music of ABBA ARRIVAL FROM SWEDEN is an electrifying concert re-creation of the ABBA phenomenon, Swedenʼs biggest music export ever and one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop music. Tickets for the performance are $66 and $69. For more information, call 1888-818-7872 or visit spencertheater.com.

July 27

Vadym Kholodenko The newly named winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Vadym Kholodenko will wow a Spencer audience in late July. Born in Kiev, Vadym Kholo-

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Joe Ely is a progressive-folk country rocker whoʼs been intimate with the road for decades. Since he first hitched a ride out of his native Lubbock, Ely has been traveling highways and back roads across America and Europe, playing his hit tunes like “Dallas,” “If I Were A Bluebird,” “She Never Spoke Spanish To Me,” “Me and Billy The Kid” and “West Texas Waltz” at countless stops in between. Elyʼs boundary-blurring blend of rock, country, blues and folk has sometimes been termed “roadhouse music,” but might most accurately be described as “Texas music” - a lyrical blend steeped in the heart of the Lone Star State. Over a career that spans some 40 years, heʼs been embraced as a kindred spirit by artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt, The Clancy Brothers and the Clash, with whom heʼs frequently shared the stage and recorded. The performance starts at 8 p.m., with a BBQ buffet before the show at 6 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $66 and $69. Pre-show buffet tickets are $20. For more information, call 1-888-8187872 or visit spencertheater.com.

denko won first prize at both the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund in 2012, and the Sendai International Music Competition in 2010. The performance starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $59 for adults and $25 for 18 and under. For more information, call 1-888818-7872 or visit spencertheater.com.

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July 22 - 27

Eddy County Fair The Eddy County Fair is at the Eddy County Fairgrounds, 3402 S. 13th Street. Entry is

free to the public. The Eddy County Fair Parade is July 22 at 4 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Artesia. The Eddy County Fair Chili Cook-Off is July 26 at 4 p.m. at the Eddy County Fairgrounds. Entry fee is $10. For more information, call 746-2744.

Movies in the Park Bring your own blankets and chairs to enjoy an outside movie along with some fun and games. 418 W. Fox St, please sit blankets front, chairs in the back. For more information, visit cityofcarlsbadnm.com or call 887-0276.

July 18 - 27

Wonderland This summer is all about the children as CCT proudly presents our Summer Musical Fundraiser “Wonderland” a childrens musical based on the story of Alice in Wonderland and adapted from Lewis Carrollʼs Through a Looking Glass. This yearʼs production will be Directed by Carolyn Olson and Mannie Bemis who recently produced the very successful and entertaining “A Christmas Carol Scrooge and Marley”. Wonderland! is an unabashedly silly adaptation of Lewis Carrollʼs Through the Looking Glass. With hip-hopping music, it is an upbeat, coming-of-age story that audiences of all ages will adore! Youʼll recognize some of your favorite familiar characters of Aliceʼs Wonderland along with meeting dozens of new ones:

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a baseball team, a gospel group called The Responsibilities, a train conductor, starstruck tourists, plastic light-saber wielding knights and much more. An eclectic mix of music that ranges from gypsy swing to doo-wop to bluegrass will have your audiences grinning like a Cheshire cat! Youʼll love the toe-tapping musical renditions of “Jabberwocky” and “The Walrus and the Carpenter” as well as other great numbers such as “Anythingʼs Possible,” “Step by Step” and the hysterical “I Was a Good Egg But Then I Done Went Bad,” sung by Humpty Dumpty and the Dixie Chickens! Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the following locations up to two weeks prior to opening night: Kristinaʼs Frame Shop, The Shade Tree, Old Pecos Gallery, Shop Around the Corner, Candlewood Cards and Gifts and The Blue House. Tickets can also be purchased at the Theater Box Office 15 minutes prior to curtain unless the show is a sell out. All seats are general admission.

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Hobbs

July 18 - 20

Little Mermaid, Jr The Youth Performing Arts Workshop “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” directed by Sandy Goad and Ronnie Gray is at the Hobbs Community Playhouse. July 18, 19, and 20 at 7 p.m. and July 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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Book Signing David Turk and Cliff Caldwell will be signing their books at the Dolan House, located 826 Calle la Placita, across from the Tunstall Store from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free refreshments. For more information, call 6534670.

Roswell

Every Week, Mon - Sat

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

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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 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 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 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.

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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 infor-

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Anderson Museum

Xcellent Music at AMoCA presents hONEyhoUSe, Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m. at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, located at 409 E. College Blvd. Free admission, with the doors open at 6:30 p.m. There is limited seating with offerings by Pecos Flavors Winery. This concert is made possible by and Xcel Energy Arts and Culture Grant and the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Foundation. For more information on hONEyhoUSe, visit hONEyhoUSe.me.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Every Friday

Concerts in the Park

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Concerts in the Park, every Friday, beginning June 7th through August 16th, at 6:30 p.m., at Cahoon Park, located at 1101 W. 4th St. The City of Roswell Parks and Recreation Department presents free summer concerts in the park. Enjoy a variety of music performed by local and regional bands. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended. For more information, call 6246720.

Every Saturday

Farmersʼ Gardenersʼ Market The Farmersʼ and Gardenersʼ Market is one of our largest successes. Here you will find the freshest fruits and vegetables available anywhere. We also have local crafters and just good old-fashioned atmosphere. Purchase your home grown/home made items at the Chaves County Courthouse Lawn from the first Saturday in July until late September. This family event features high quality fresh produce, flowers, and crafts that are produced by families in the Pecos and Hondo Valley. We also accept WIC coupons and Senior Citizen stamps. Each week, hundreds of locals and visitors visit our market. This direct relationship between the producer and the consumer contributes to strengthening our local economy, keeping agricultural land and water in production and providing fresh, healthy food to our community. Vendors at the market must 7 >>


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Every Saturday

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.

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

Jan 18 - Aug 4

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

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 RoswellMuseum.org.

Friday July 19

First Baptist Church

Please help welcome Oklahoman musicians Piercing the Darkness with very special guests Aestus Symphonia and Aaron Ray at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Roswell located at 500 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Piercing The Darkness is a rock band from Shawnee Oklahoma. Started in 2011, the band has gone through many lineup changes but still proceeds to build a fan base and put on a good show. Combining elements of rock and roll and elements of metal, Piercing The Darkness has the perfect sound for anyone looking to rock out. Admission is $5.

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by the Palace of the Governors, this exhibition contains Japanese photographs and haiga mounted on marbled papers using an 11th century Japanese technique known as suminagashi. The exhibition will be in the RMAC until July 28. For more information, visit roswellmuseum.org.

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. For more information, visit roswellmuseum.org.

July 18

Photographic Arts Society of Roswell Club Meeting The Photographic Arts Society of Roswell will hold its July meeting at the Roswell Adult Center at 6:30 p.m. in room 28 at the Roswell Adult Center, located at 807 N. Missouri. We will share and discuss photos from this monthʼs challenge “Red, White and Blue.” Time permitting, there will also be a show and tell session, so bring your photos, printed, on flash drive, or on disc. As always, 10 >>

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he award winning trio hONEyhoUSe are set to play as part of the Xcellent Music Series on July 27 at 7 p.m. The show is at the beginning of a series of dates that the group will be playing around the state. hONEyhoUSe is an award winning group that features the vocal trio Hillary Smith, Mandy Buchanan and Yvonne Perea. Last May, at the 2013 New Mexico Music Awards, hONEyhoUSe took home the award for Best Song for their track, Fire on the Hill. They also recieved the Norman Petty Producer's Award for Medicine Lodge. This followed up them taking the Best of the Year award in 2012 at the New Mexico Music Awards for their album Sun. A very good start for a band that has released two albums, despite being together for a relatively short amount of time. hONEyhoUSe is a unique acoustic trio combining the talents of three very diverse and seasoned artists into one unexpected powerhouse force. Consisting of award winning R&B/Gospel soulstress Hillary Smith, earthy Blues/Folk singer-songwriter Yvonne Perea, and sweet voiced Mandy Buchanan, hONEyhoUSe seamlessly melds the lines of musical genres with their original cre-

ations embracing blues, soul, folk and Americana into one sweet Honeyhouse of music. With a deep soulfulness rooted in the Gospel-driven churches of her youth, a classically trained vocal instrument that’s a natural wonder and a God-given instinct for swinging a lyric, vocalist Hillary Smith has been electrifying audiences across the US for more than a quarter century. She’s a belter, but her voice also possesses great warmth and expressiveness, and she is able to get under the skin of those in her audience. With a seamless merging of folk, blues, and rock, Yvonne’s music captures her audience through her memorable melodies, relevant lyrics, and soulful earthy vocals. After hearing Yvonne or watching her perform live, you come away with the feeling that you’ve really seen a glimpse of Yvonne’s soul. Red River songbird, Mandy Buchanan always delivers a moving, powerful performance whether she is singing with a lone guitar player or a full band, lead vocals or harmonies. Surrounded by a family of musicians, Mandy began singing in church at an early age. From country to blues, jazz to rock and roll, her sweet voice will take you by surprise when you least

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Three voices, one sound, hit the stage at the Anderson. expect it. hONEyhoUSe has released two albums. Sun is a more fundamental sound when compared to the follow-up, Medi-

cine Lodge, which adds a full drum kit. Of course, both albums take care to blend the vocal stylings into a single unified sound. The Xcellent Music Series is a free concert series held at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, located at 409 E. College Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There is lim-

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to organize various supplies into labeled boxes. Gonzales also organizes free haircuts for the boys, and his wife shops for new clothes to start the girls out. Kids will also sometimes ask Gonzales to pray for them as they enter new grades and new challenges or face struggles with grades. Gonzales says they already have 1,300 kids registered to receive supplies and will probably end up with a total around 2,500. Registration is at 7 p.m. at 210 E. Third St. on July 20, 27 and 31 and August 3

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It is time to collect school supplies

Amy Vogelsang Photo Johnny and Angie Gonzales are busy rounding up school supplies

The Community Volunteer Program needs help to equip our area children for the coming school year.

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t’s almost that time of year again: Summer is quickly coming to an end and students are already in search of next year’s school supplies. But for single parents, trying to provide multiple children with the extended list of pencils, notebooks, markers, erasers and other necessities can be a challenge, and that’s where Johnny Gonzales comes in. Gonzales has been heading up a collection of school supplies every year for 30 years.

“We try to help the kids,” he says simply. “There are a lot of needy kids.” And for Gonzales, he believes education is what really matters. “(The best part is) seeing the kids one day get a degree from college and see how they are now owners and managers… and I helped them when they were little,” Gonzales says. He describes a dorky little girl and how he has had the opportunity to see that child

grow into a young woman and eventually an adult, graduating college. “I see the change, and even though (providing school supplies) is a small thing, now I see them and rejoice because I had a part,” he states. Boxes were stacked as organization of supplies already donated took place July 11 at 210 E. Third St. Gonzales and Angie Gonzales were joined by City of Roswell community service volunteers

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and 7. Anyone who wants to donate can drop supplies off at 1101 Caminisito. They especially need erasers and plastic pencil boxes, Gonzales says. They also need volunteers to make school bags. For more information contact Johnny Gonzales at 624or by emailing 7579 gonzalesjohnny@hotmail.com . A check can also be written, made out to Community Volunteer Program and sent to PO Box 2790 Roswell, NM 88202.

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man field at the fairgrounds to the Roswell Invaders camp. The players and coaches will be split into age groups. one will hit, one will do ground balls, one will be in the outfield, and they will run bases! They will all rotate. For further questions, please contact your hometown Roswell Invaders General Managers Misty Hernandez 910-7909 and Cecilia Carrasco 910-2621.

July 21

Old Time Gospel Hour The Old Time Gospel Hour is the third Sunday of every month at First Assembly of God Church, located at 1224 W. Country Club Road. The music starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 5 p.m. For more information, call 910-7102.

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Friday July 26

The Liberty

Max Stalling is playing the Liberty at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Stallingʼs style is modern with a vintage feel. With Jeff Howe on drums and percussion, Clay Willis on guitar, and Jason Steinsultz swapping between upright and electric bass, Stalling creates a dynamic live show thatʼs smart, charming and as listenable as it is danceable. Stalling and troupe are equally at home on a huge concert stage in front of thousands or playing an acoustic set for a hundred. For tickets and information, visit thelibertyinc.com.

>>7 free coffee. Interested in photography? Come join the PASR. For more information, call Cliff Powell at 626-2529.

July 19

Tom Blake Trio The Tom Blake Trio plays Pecos Flavors Winery at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, call 627-6265.

July 19

Dragopolis Come in drag - Girls as boys and boys as girls! Come show your pride and help raise money for Roswell Pride 2013. Partial proceeds from each Pride Night go to benefit Roswell Pride 2013. Club Revue is located at 3905 SE Main in Roswell. Facebook.com/groups/roswellpride 10 | VISION MAGAZINE / THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013

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July 19

Piercing the Darkness

Please help welcome Oklahoman musicians Piercing the Darkness with very special guests Aestus Symphonia and Aaron Ray at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Roswell located at 500 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Admission is $5.

July 20

Roswell Adult and Senior Center Dance July 20, from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. $5 per person. For more information, call 624-6718.

July 20

Roswell Invaders Baseball Camp The Roswell Invaders Baseball Camp is at the Invader Field located at 2500 SE Main from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Ages 5-15 yrs of age. Cost is $30 per child, cash only. Gates open at 8 a.m. to sign in. Come out to Joe Bau-

July 21

Larry Graves Larry Graves will be performing at Calvary Baptist Church located at 1009 W. Alameda at 6 p.m. For more information, call 505-301-9881.

July 25

Business After Hours Business After Hours at Southwest Cash and Carry, located at 208 E. College Blvd. from 5 - 7 p.m. Join us for an evening of food, fun and friends. Door prizes will be awarded so donʼt miss out. For more information, contact the store manager Allan M. Guzman at 575-623-9723.

July 26, 27

Jesse Andrus and Mike Hillman Memorial Bull Riding Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Eastern New Mexico Fairgrounds located at 2500 SE Main. $20 for adults, $10 for 12 and under. For ticket information, call 317-8430.

July 26

Max Stalling Max Stalling is playing the Liberty at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Stallingʼs style is modern with a vintage feel. With Jeff Howe on drums and percussion, Clay Willis on guitar, and Jason Steinsultz swapping between upright and electric bass, 11 >>


>>10 Stalling creates a dynamic live show thatʼs smart, charming and as listenable as it is danceable. Stalling and troupe are equally at home on a huge concert stage in front of thousands or playing an acoustic set for a hundred. For tickets and information, visit thelibertyinc.com.

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July 26

Glow and Blacklight Party Come have a GLOWtastic time. Come show your pride and help raise money for Roswell Pride 2013. Partial proceeds from each Pride Night go to benefit Roswell Pride 2013. Club Revue is located at 3905 SE Main in Roswell.

July 27

hONEyhoUSe Xcellent Music at AMoCA presents hONEyhoUSe, Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m. at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, located at 409 E. College Blvd. Free admission, with the doors open at 6:30 p.m. There is limited seating with offerings by Pecos Flavors Winery. This concert is made possible by and Xcel Energy Arts and Culture Grant and the Roswell Artist-inResidence Foundation. For more information on hONEyhoUSe, visit hONEyhoUSe.me.

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July 19

Moon Over Buffalo

Wednesday July 31

Inn of the Mountain Gods

The Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Texas Tornados are coming together for a night thatʼs sure to be unforgettable. Donʼt miss them as they take the Inn stage at 8 p.m. Are you “Tuff Enough”?? The Fabulous Thunderbirds are! The Grammy-nominated group will rock your night with their special hybrid of Blues and Rock ʻnʼ Roll. Donʼt miss the quintessentially American band perform hits like “Tuff Enuff,” “Wrap It Up” and many more! And the ultimate Tex-Mex super group is back!! The Texas Tornados are bringing their infectious, party-ready sound to the Inn stage with their early Rock ʻnʼ Roll, Mexcian folk music, country, R&B & Blues! You donʼt want to miss the Grammy-award winning groupʼs “Little Bit is Better than Nada,” “(Hey Baby) Que Pasó” and other hit songs! Disclaimer: Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets start at $25. For more information, call 464-7777 or visit innofthemountaingods.com.

LCCT will be performing “Moon over Buffalo” on Friday and Saturday, July 19, 20 and July 26 and 27. We will also hold 2 Sunday matinees on Sunday, July 21 and July 28, 2013. Location will be the RHSPAC - Ruidoso High School Performing Arts Center! We are very excited to be able to perform at this wonderful venue. Tickets will be $15 for all Friday and Saturday performances. Sunday matinees will be just $10. Tickets will be available at

the door for cash or check. For further information about reservations, please call 575-2583133. In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950ʼs. At the moment, theyʼre playing Private Lives and Cyrano De

Bergerac in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by Georgeʼs dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughterʼs clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play theyʼre actually performing, caused by Charlotteʼs deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in Georgeʼs body.

July 27

Ski Run Road Challenge Ski Run Road Challenge 12M & 3M Runs Eagle Creek Sports Complex start & finish at Ski Apache plaza, 2600 feet elevation gain in one of the most scenic road race of SE New Mexico. Solo, Teams welcomed from $35 and up. Famous Ruidoso carved bears awards. Registration at active.com or skirunroadchallenge.com. Call 575-937-7106 or srrcruidoso@hotmail.com.

July 31

The Fabulous Thunderbirds & Texas Tornados The Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Texas Tornados are coming together for a night thatʼs sure to be unforgettable. Donʼt miss them as they take the Inn stage at 8 p.m. Disclaimer: Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets start at $25. For more information, call 464-7777 or visit innofthemountaingods.com.

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Ruidoso Downs May 4 - Sept 9

Celebracion del Arte The Hubbard Museum of the American West is proud to announce the opening of the inaugural “Celebracion del Arte” juried art show and exhibit in the Museumʼs Green Tree Gallery. Original art from some of New Mexicoʼs best artists will be on display from May 4 through September 9. The Celebracion del Arte is a juried fine arts competition that seeks to recognize and honor excellence in the contemporary visual arts of the American West. Thirty-two (32) artists, representing 54 pieces of original art, were selected as finalists for the show. These artists and their works will benefit from regional recognition and exposure through New Mexicoʼs first Smithsonian Affiliate museum, as well as the opportunity to sell their work(s) during the exhibition. For more information, call The Hubbard Museum of the American West at 378-4142, or visit hubbardmuseum.org. If you would like your event listed on the entertainment calendar, please email vision@rdrnews.com or call 622-7710 ext. 309.

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By Amy Vogelsang Record Staff Writer

Thomas Messer

A retrospective on one of the Roswell Museum and Art Center’s great leaders

hrough risk and charm, one man was capable of turning the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from a building struggling to display art to a prestigious art sanctuary complete with pieces by Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste and Pablo Picasso, just to name a few of the great artists represented. This man served nearly 30 years as the museum director, and spent a little more than 30 years as the director of the Guggenheim Foundation. But his beginnings were more humble and not as predictable. From 1949 to 1952, he served as the director of Roswell’s very own Roswell Museum and Art Center. Bor n on Feb. 9, 1920, in Bratislava of what was then Czechoslovakia and is now Slovakia, Thomas Maria Messer learned about art early on from his art historian father. Although his love of art was developed early on, he was sent to school to study chemistry in Prague. On Sept. 2, 1939, Messer traveled to England en route to America to further his studies. A day after his arrival in London, England declared war on Germany, bringing Messer and his German occupied homeland into WWII. Choosing to continue his journey, however, Messer found himself aboard the Athenia, a ship that he had to be rescued from after it was hit by a torpedo in its crossing of the Atlantic. Upon his arrival in the United States he studied chemistry at Thiel University in Pennsylvania, but soon left that field to study moder n

Photo courtesy Roswell Museum and Art Center languages in Boston, from which he graduated in 1942. Finding himself in the turmoil of the war, he joined the Army and served as an interrogator until the war’s completion. Instead of returning to the States, however, Messer decided to remain in Europe to officially study, for the first time, art. His studies took him from Sorbonne to Harvard, and somewhere in between he found himself bunking down in the small and only recently heard of New Mexican town Roswell. “Small but promising muse-

um of fine arts and historyarcheology immediately needs a young, enterprising, qualified director in Roswell, New Mexico. Modest salary to start with, but real opportunities for community service in full range of museum activities, together with advantage of living in New Mexico.” This advertisement received 65 responses, from which Messer was the chosen candidate. “By hiring Thomas Messer in 1949 as director, the Museum’s Board of Trustees veriSEE

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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Above, The cast engages in team building exercises on the RCLT stage; Top Right, Trevor Sanders rehearses the role of Odysseus; Middle Right, Odysseus pleads with Circe, played by Lauren Amos, to stop turning his men into pigs; Bottom Right, Jacob Sanders plays Pete, in pig form.

Roswell youth go on an Odyssey

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By Rey Berrones Vision Editor he Roswell Community Little Theatre youth production is just about ready for the public. The children involved in the production have been rehearsing and entertaining each other with a comic reinterpretation of the classic, Homer's Odyssey. The Odyssey was chosen as the RCLT youth program play for a number of reasons. Many of the children that are participating in the program have just finished reading through the story in their classes, so this is familiar content to them. It is also a story that allows itself to wide interpretation. For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers around Odysseus and his jour ney home after the fall of Troy. This production is a con-

The Roswell Community Little Theatre presents their summer youth production densed version of the classic greek tale. According to play director, Curtis Folts, "We like a play that leaves room for a lot of improvisation. We want the kids to feel free to throw some crazyness in there and have some fun with it. It is more fun for them, which makes it more fun for everybody." Ultimately, while the kids are having fun, they are also developing skills that will help them later on in life. Folts said, "They learn to develop their confidence with speaking in public." He continued to say that there is an aspect of playing a fictional character that many of the children lear n from. Specifically, they get to explore how this new character they are playing fits in with their own personality,

while expanding their ideas as they put themselves in someone else's shoes. He said, "They get to learn new tastes. They get to explore ways they never thought of dressing, and reading things they never thought of reading. "It is amazing to me to have these kids come back to me and have them say, 'I've been reading Homer's Odyssey, and it is so cool!' Sometimes they actually get in touch with the classic." In addition to self-confidence, the kids are learning about creativity and teamwork as they put together this epic play that has a large ensemble cast. The children get to play figures from mythology, animals, monsters, and even a whirlpool. SEE

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want to showcase other unique aspects of our comContinued from Page 3 munity in feature tiles that "There are already musi- will be in the wall. The work cians that play there, so now will have a beautiful handthis will be a better spot. made quality that hundreds There will have more of a of community members have focal point, a showcase that helped us do, but also artiwill set them off from the sans have helped craft. When audience. someone sits down there, "When the stage isn't func- they will know that it wasn't tioning, it is still a functioning pre-fabricated, but made park, with picnic tables and with love, and made by hand. art benches that will be cov"What is so wonderful ered with the tile that mem- about this process is that bers of the community have people bring their personal made. stories to us, as to how they "We are using the images experienced Roswell through that people bring us ... pho- their childhood, young adulttos, postcards, matchbooks ... hood, or maybe they left to inspire the tiles that go on town and now they are back. the sculptural benches within It means a lot to them, and we the park. We have been hav- like to engage in those coning these workshops where versations and to hear their we have gathered peoples stories, and see what images signatures and drawings of they have. flowers from this region. We "So I feel like with this proj-

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ect, it is a conduit where we can represent people with their unique stories." The scanning event is July 25, 26, at 9:30 a.m. - noon at the archives building located at 208 N. Lea. For more information, call the HSSNM at 622-8333. Although it is being headed up by RIO and MainStreet Roswell, the Reischman Park project is truly a community effort with help and support from other organizations, which include the City of Roswell Engineering Dept., the City of Roswell Parks and Rec. Dept., the HSSNM, the Roswell Museum and Art Center, the Pecos Valley Potters Guild, the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, the Roswell Centennial Committee and the Xcel Energy Foundation.

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fied the seriousness of their intentions to raise its quality,” the RMAC’s quarterly bulletin, printed in fall 1987, stated. “Records show Messer brought to the position a deep sense of devotion to art and museums. His efforts drew grateful response; his programs were well attended.” In just his first year Messer became a known figure in the Roswell community. He visited the Wednesday Book Club, Roswell Advertising Club, Junior Chamber of Commerce and two classes at Senior High School, among other social club visits. He also did a 15 minute broadcast with Col. Paul Horgan, then the Board’s president, to announce the museum’s goals and plans to the public. In the fall of 1949, Roswell Museum School was opened to teach drawing and painting classes, and construction started on building an East Wing to house a new exhibit. That winter, word went out that the City Council had approved a $25,000 bond for the museum building needs, and RMAC was urging people to vote for the bond in the coming April. It passed in 1950, largely in part to Mess-

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The ages of the cast are as young as nine, with the oldest age 16. The large number of characters that are in the story of The Odyssey allows many of the children time to shine while ensuring that no one performer has to carry the show. This had made for some busy days for Folts and his assistant directors, Lynetta Zuber and Crystal Gage who will also be taking on set

er’s charisma and diplomacy. Messer’s greatest achievements while director of RMAC, however, were in securing new exhibits, two of which were of particular interest. The first from Mrs. Esther Goddard, whose husband, Robert H. Goddard, was a scientist of liquid propellant rocket flight. She donated many artifacts from her husband’s research, including a rocket launching tower. The second contribution was the Peter Hurd Exhibit, which was housed in the new wing. Donated anonymously, this exhibit disclosed that new paintings would continuously be added. Ending his career in Roswell in 1952, he went on to be director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and then at the Guggenheim Museum. Retiring in 1988, Messer continued a love for art until his death on May 15, 2013. “He brought an old-world charm and values to an American institution,” said Lisa Dennison, a former Guggenheim curator and subsequent director. “He created this incredible dialogue between postwar America and European art.”

building and lighting duties. For the children, the commitment to summer rehearsals two to three nights a week that started after the late May auditions will finally be paying off with the performances that are set for July 26, 27 and 28. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday mantinee at 2 p.m. at the RCLT building at 1717 South Union. Admission is $5. For more information call the RCLT at 622-1982.


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By Stu Pritchard Roswell Historian he White Sands have seen a multitude of criminal and murderous acts over the years. Billy the Kid is said to have delivered Chisum cattle to Pat Coghlan, the king of the Tularosa there. The George Nesmith family was murdered nearby and many a traveler simply rode in and never rode out. But the disappearance of Albert Fountain and his son gained national prominence when they vanished into the glacier-like dunes. A lawyer who dabbled in occasional forays as a psuedo vigilante, Fountain was a considerable force in the lower Rio Grande. Another strong man, a powerful rancher whose progress toward wealth has to be considered somewhat violent, if not downright dishonest, was being investigated by Fountain. He was Oliver M. Lee, and Fountain was successful in acquiring a true bill against Lee on a trip to Lincoln one cold mid-January day. He had taken the long trip from Las Cruces against the advice of his wife, and was accompanied by his son Henry. The two never made it back. They reported to persons they encountered on the trail that three men were following them, then disappeared forever. Although buggy trails were found and a pool of blood indicated foul play, no bodies were ever found. Searchers found Henry's hat, a threatening note, a cartridge belt and the judge's cravat. However, a set of horse tracks were found which led to an old line shack. Inside were Oliver Lee and four other men. Disregarded when there were no real law problems,

Part 3 in a series on Pat Garrett

Pat Garrett: The Law on Horseback

Pat Garrett was considered the law on horseback in times of violence. The national prominence of Judge Fountain prompted a call for the kind of man Garrett represented. And Garrett could not refuse that challenge. When Pat Garrett accepted the task of identifying the killers of Judge Albert Fountain and his son he was not immediately made sheriff, but served as a private detective. Later, as sheriff, he completed his investigation and requested warrants for Oliver Lee, the powerful rancher, and his associates Gililland, McNew and Carr, whose tracks were followed by the posse to the old line shack. When Garrett and his posse attempted to serve the warrant at Wildy Well, he found the fugitives on a roof top of the ranch, armed and in a commanding position. When gunfire erupted, a posseman, Kent Kearney, was wounded and later died. Several of the posse were trapped under a water tank with cold water pouring down on them from bullet holes that punctured the galvanized sides. Garrett, humiliated, retreated from the comic-opera escapade. Then Judge Albert Fall entered the scene, took over representation of Lee and Gililland, and arranged their surrender. In the course of Oliver Lee's trial for the murder of Judge Fountain, New Mexico acquired a new county. Political maneuvering became so intense that Dona Ann, Socorro and Lincoln counties all contributed land for Catron County so that the trial could be held in a new county, unencumbered by local politics. However the trial was finally held in Hillsboro, Sier-

ra County. A more unimpressive piece of judicial folderol would be hard to find. The verdict of "not guilty" took only 8 minutes. After 5 years as sheriff, Pat Garrett, tired and in financial difficulties, declined to run again and turned to other pursuits. Five railroads rumbled into El Paso at the turn of the century. Ten thousand residents, three banks, 20 churches, international trade with the teeming, sprawling city of Juarez, more saloons than you could count and politics so complicated that no one could sort them out; this was the setting for Pat Garrett's last public service. President Theodore Roosevelt himself selected Garrett as Customs Collector. In seeking a rugged and fearless man the vigorous Roosevelt identified Garrett as â&#x20AC;&#x153;his kind of man.â&#x20AC;? However, Garrett himself had to personally assure the president of his moral fibre by signing a most unusual document, giving his word of honor that he would abstain from drinking intoxicants during his term of office. Garrett's strict adherence to his opinion of the requirements of the position got him into immediate political trouble. His somewhat abrasive personality added to his problems. Then in 1905, at a "Rough Riders" convention in San Antonio, Texas, Garrett introduced his friend and saloon owner, Tom Powers as a "Cattleman." A picture taken of Roosevelt, Garrett, Powers and others quickly became the political downfall of the former sherriff . The president was infuriated when he learned that Powers

was really a gambler and owner of El Paso's Coney Island Saloon. Garrett was dismissed as customs collector. An odd occurence is worthy of note. Later, Roosevelt became very friendly with Powers. He had at least one other picture taken with him and accepted a bear cub the barman had captured and sent to him. Reporters named the cub "Teddy's Bear." From

this name came the toy Teddy Bear which we now hold with such affection. Pat Garrett was a sincere and principled customs collector in El Paso, but as in other important opportunities Garrett had in his lifetime, he failed to exploit them because of his abrasive personality and lack of political and business acumen.

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UFOLOGY

The Roswell incident wasn't an isolated event

Looking Up

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By Donald Burleson here has never been a UFO event more conspicuously publicized than the Roswell incident. People the world over have heard about it, and the fact that it involved not only physical wreckage but organic diminutive bodies (both retrieved by the military)

surely makes the Roswell happening one of the most significant events in human history. But people should be aware that it didn't occur in isolation. That whole period of time was a frenzy of UFO activity. Though there were even earlier reports, the event that really started the Age of UFOs in the public eye was Kenneth Arnold's celebrated sighting of nine objects near Mt. Ranier, Wash., on June 24, 1947, some ten days before Roswell. It was then that a newspaper reporter named Bob Bequette coined the term "flying saucer." Arnold was a pilot and an astute observer, and his sighting remains unexplained to this day. It got relatively little public-

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ity, but there was actually a notable sighting the day before Ar nold's, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where a railroad engineer saw a group of ten disk-shaped objects flying very high. Five days later, on June 28, pilots both in the Lake Mead area in Nevada and at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama observed anomalous airborne objects. The next day at the White Sands testing grounds in New Mexico a naval rocket expert saw a silver disk in the air. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to note how many of these observers were military and other professional people. We're not talking about any "flying saucer lunatic fringe" here; these were competent and serious witnesses.

All those sightings preceded what happened at Roswell, but the days during and following the Roswell incident were not by any means uneventful either, even aside from that most famous case. On the very same day as Roswell, numerous UFOs in formation were seen in Portland, Ore. by the police and other observers; similarly, near Boise, Idaho, the pilot and crew of a United Airlines flight heading to that same Portland, Ore., locale reported seeing a group of nine disks; a Coast Guard yeoman observed and photographed a circular object near Seattle, Wash.; and a group of motorists saw four rapidly flying disks near Redmond, Ore. Only two days later, on July

6, 1947, a pilot at FairfieldSuisun Air Force Base in California saw an oscillating UFO traverse the sky very quickly. The very next day, a man named William Rhodes saw and photographed an airfoiltype object in Phoenix, Ariz., and his photos are some of the most remarkable ones known to exist. In particular it is interesting to note, looking at those pictures, how similar that object was to witness descriptions of the Roswell object. I myself saw a boot-heelshaped object glide across the sky on the night of the Roswell crash, but some 300 miles east of Roswell in Breckenridge, Texas. I was five years old. As the month of July 1947 wore on, even more UFO sightings occurred. No question, those were exciting times!


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