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ARTS EXPOSURE • JANET PAUL

The Scoop’s at Patron’s Hall pril 2015 heralded the opening of Patron’s Hall at 1106 New York Ave. as an art gallery and event space, but quickly grew into something sweeter for the community of Alamogordo. By October of the same year, a coffee shop and ice cream parlor were added to the space, making Patron’s a great

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place to congregate and refuel. The inspiration to open Patron’s Hall was due to the need to generate revenue and at the same time augment the lobby space of the Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts. Fifty percent of the revenue goes to operating costs of the Flickinger Center, and the other fifty percent goes into an endow-

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ment for the arts. “Adding a coffee shop and ice cream parlor was an afterthought,� said Jim Mack, Executive Director of Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts, “That afterthought has been growing, more than we anticipated, and is turning out to be a great asset for the Flickinger Center.� Ice cream parlors ceased to exist in Alamogordo about six years ago when Baskin Robbins closed their doors. America’s frozen delight resurfaced at Patron’s which

currently offers 12 flavors of ice cream, three sherbets and one frozen yogurt. At the top of the list of customer favorites is the Cherry Chocolate Chunk and the Coffee ice cream. Between the hours of 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday, lunch is served. All the sandwiches, salads and soups are made on the premises Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m., gather with friends to enjoy performances by local artists, with no cover charge.

Patron’s Hall operates 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information or for event reservations, email flickingercenter@gmail.com. Check them out either on Facebook or Instagram for upcoming events, and maybe even a new ice cream flavor or two! Patron’s Hall seats up to 150 people and can be rented out for receptions, meetings, parties and gatherings.

FOR LOVE OF THEATER • CAROLYN DITTMER

Turquoise and Silver Tea Flickinger Center history honored with annual event

hen Margaret Flickinger bought the 1950s-era Sierra movie theater and donated it to a nonprofit organization in 1988, she might not have realized the impact her generosity would have on Alamogordo, and that some people would make it their life’s work to support and protect the resource. Two groups that work tirelessly to continue the success of the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts are the board of directors and the guild. Compiling her memories and what she has been told by others, Flickinger Board member and longtime Flickinger Center supporter, Teresa Ham, has written a history of the center and how it has evolved. Flickinger’s donation ended the organization’s four-year search for a building in which to feature performing arts. In December 1988, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra provided the first live performance in the space. “On a temporary stage with no curtains, the audience was delighted and demonstrated their approval with a long and heartwarming standing ovation,� wrote Ham of that first concert in what has become a 590-seat cultural icon. Until 1990 and 1991, when a million-dollar capital campaign made it possible to renovate the old movie theater, groups such as Alamogordo Music Theater and traveling acts had to

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change costumes in an RV in the alley or in offices next to the theater. Always important to Ham are the many children who not only perform on the stage of the Flickinger Center in AMT and Academy of Ballet productions, but also the ones who are able to expand their cultural experience by attending shows with their schools. “Parents testify that this experience has made a profound difference in the growth and development of their children,� said Ham. “Sixty-three hundred children came to performances at the Flickinger last year. Local schools use the theater free of charge for their musical, theatrical and artistic events.� In addition to the Flickinger Board, members of the Flickinger Center Guild support nearly every aspect of the Flickinger Center in its mission. Founded in 1990 by Flori McElderry and Cheryl Leach, it is a dynamic organization made up of diverse men and women. One of Alamogordo’s favorite annual events and the guild’s only fundraiser, the Turquoise and Silver Tea “Musical Memories� will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Tays Special Events Center, 2235 N. Scenic Drive, Alamogordo. “I anticipate a new energy for our 15th Turquoise & Silver Tea. Each year is different, but this year is especially different in that we will be in a new venue and set up for 400,� said guild

president, Lee Selden. “With the larger space, we will be able to do more than ever before, including a photo opportunity location.� Doors will open at 1 p.m. so that guests can browse the silent auction offerings of items such as art work, services, gift cards, jewelry, handbags, and household items donated by local businesses and individuals, while listening to preshow tunes provided by the group, Simple Gifts. As head of the organizing “Tea Team,� Selden would like to promote the tea as an event for the whole family, adding that there are always silent auction items that appeal to men. Something that won’t change at this year’s event is that tea will be served from the traditional silver tea services and ROTC Cadets will be our servers. These young people do an admirable job, not only serving, but also washing the dishes afterwards. Heading up the tea’s Musical Memories entertainment team, Mary Lynn Bardocz said, “Our amazing entertainers will be presenting our guests with music that everyone can tap their toes to, hum along with, and smile with happy memories!� Pianist Helen Garrett will be on hand to provide some of those musical memories. The seasonal style show will also undergo changes this

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Desert Exposure - October 2017  
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