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Summer ‘00 6 Lifestyle SUDIE KENNEDY Visit the home of a successful downtown businesswoman.

22 Out & About SNAPSHOT OF LOCAL EVENTS Business, political and social personalities turn out for town’s activities.

24 The Arts OPENINGS, PERFORMANCES & SPECIAL EVENTS A detailed listing of what’s in store for the coming months. DOROTHY MCCRAY Silver City’s acclaimed fine art printmaker.

12 Homes SOUTHWEST HOMEBUILDING Tips for a successful building experience.

16 Small Towns RATED THIRD IN THE NATION “Cultural vitality” is a key asset for attracting retirees.

18 Dining WHY DIANE’S THRIVES An award-winning family business captures the community’s palate.

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36 Political Profile TOMMY FOY A long history of involvement and accomplishment.

38 Business DEVELOPMENT New and expanding businesses are an indication of a strong economy. BRIEFS New faces in local business.

40 Gardening GARDEN GUIDE Planting the best trees for Silver City. SOUTHWEST HERB GARDEN Silver City’s culture is rich in herbal use.

44 Fashion TIPS FOR SUMMER Be in step with local styles.


SILVER CITYLIFE Joseph Burgess PRESIDENT Terri Menges MANAGING DIRECTOR Todd Yocham CREATIVE DIRECTOR Arlyn Cooley STAFF ACCOUNTANT Jeannette Alvo Melissa Misquez DESIGNERS Joseph Burgess Erin Griffith Marta Morris Steve Vinson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Sally Ember EDITOR Marta Morris Sue Ellen Perkins PRODUCTION COORDINATORS Joseph Fischer Brittany Madrid Tanicia Ortega Paul Ortega ART INTERNS Toni Wetzel ADVERTISING SALES Joseph Burgess Toni Wetzel PHOTOGRAPHY Geraldine Chacon Toni Wetzel DISTRIBUTION Geraldine Chacon DIRECTOR OF CATALOG SERVICES Graham Dodd DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES Nikki and Clyde CREATIVE CONSULTANTS

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DESIGNING A LIFE By Joe Burgess

Sudie Kennedy “The cottonwoods along Big Ditch Park, the new trees downtown, flowers in little pots along the sidewalks, and the vines and geraniums in the shop windows: that’s really my front yard. The downtown area is a treasure.” Sudie Kennedy has been one of the prime advocates for preserving the downtown district since the train station was torn down in the late ‘60’s. She has also been a successful businesswoman, carrying on her family’s Home Furniture venture. She is now passing on the tradition to her son, Scott, and his family to operate. The question I was anxious to ask was: “What would the interior decor be like in the home of a person who has dealt with furniture her entire life?” The answer (of course) is a collection of elegantly warm and practical pieces, with plenty of room to pursue life’s dreams and enjoy her 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Silver City is full of beautiful homes, from sprawling, multi-level abodes tucked away in hidden canyons, to the two-and three-story brick mansions of the historic district. The two-story Kennedy home overlooks the city from the edge of “W” Mountain. The interior is spacious and open, and the yard has been carefully groomed with native species. One has to wonder, however, how Sudie ever had time to create and enjoy such a home. In addition to family and business commitments, she helped form the downtown development group in

time to create and enjoy such a home. the early ‘80’s, which later evolved into the highly successful Mainstreet Project. She joined Prospectors, a lobbying arm of the

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“Of course, it’s the people of Silver


City that make the difference...” Chamber of Commerce, and made countless trips to Santa Fe seeking help. “We were so fortunate in those years to have had all senior legislators. They were a big help. And now our new legislators are making up for lack of experience with a lot of hard work and a strong desire for positive achievements... Of course, it’s the people of Silver City that make the difference and have always made the difference.” The key employees at Home Furniture have been with the business for years. Sudie also brags about the loyalty of the customers. “We have helped each other through the good times and the bad.” Sudie is optimistic about the future of the downtown district. “There remains much to be done, but we have never had so many enthusiastic people involved with downtown preservation.” She also believes the proposed new streetlights on three blocks of Bullard and Broadway will help attract people. Sudie’s parents, Nelson Wygant and Marvyne Gattis Wygant, started the furniture business in 1937. “My father loved Silver City!” While attending the University of Arizona, Sudie met Richard L. Kennedy, whom she married in 1956. Their four children were all born in Silver City. The family then migrated toward San Diego, where they remained for 12 years. The Kennedys returned to Silver City to help with the furniture business when a younger brother died. “I didn’t want to leave San Diego, but after about three months, I had fallen in love with Silver City and have loved it ever since.” Sudie handled the decorating, marketing and advertising for the business. “I read recently that one’s first few years of life often determine your career path. I always loved arranging the furniture in a large doll house that I had

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“The downtown area is a treasure.” as a small child. Perhaps that’s why I became so attached to the furniture business.” Sudie is currently spending about as much time in Santa Cruz, California, as she is in Silver City. She met Carl Ruhne in Hawaii, where their children were both participating in a Pacific Cup Race. “Carl is a skipper and has introduced me to ocean cruising in his Hatteras 44 power boat. I have never been so far from land in my life, and when in Silver City, Carl claims he has never been so far from the ocean. It has been a fabulous experience for both of us.” So what is Sudie’s favorite furniture? “The unique pieces in the dining room, including the long oak table, where our happy, rowdy family and friends gather as often as possible.”

Page 8: Elvis, the Labrador retriever, keeps track of the grounds, and is Bill Armstrong's walking partner. Page 9, Top: The Silver City vista is very special for Sudie and Carl. Page 9, Bottom: This oak dining room set is a focal point for an active family and social life. Opposite: An ecclectic assortment of knickknacks comprises a room that is simple yet elegant. Top: Sudie became a successful business woman, running the family-owned Home Furniture Store. Middle: Comfortable and practical pieces help make a space a home. Bottom: Carl, a skipper for years, builds his own kayak.


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When it comes time to buy or build a home, new options are available for consideration. Often, when people decide to leave the jungle of a big city, they soon find themselves caught up in a different sort of tangle—how to begin their new life. Choosing the right "base of operations" is an important decision. People have a tendency to skip over the most important stages of construction: deciding what is needed, who is needed to do each phase, and how much it will cost. Before even considering building a home, consult several mortgage lenders, and decide your budget carefully. This will save you a lot of trouble later and will also help prevent some of the broken dreams that often come along in the process. Type of Construction: Wood Frame. Pros: offers great flexibility and is strong. Cons: Decreasing supplies of housing lumber have led to considerable inflation. Needs extra protection against the elements. Declining quality of lumber.


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So where in the world are you going to retire? Do you plan to sit in a rocker the rest of your life, or do you want a little action? How about a place with good weather, a trail through the woods, a fishing lake, a great dinner, and an evening at the symphony? You bet, having good hospital facilities is a given, but I’m also looking for a place with friendly people and an occasional art show. I haven’t a clue what it’s like to retire in Venice or Rio, but narrowing the search down a bit to include only the stars and stripes, Modern Maturity magazine helped us with a list of the “50 Most Alive Places to Live” in the United States. And voilà! Silver City is the #3 Small Town in America, based on hundreds of interviews regarding such factors as neighborliness, restaurants, ease of getting around on foot, ethnic diversity, recreational options, “and most important, cultural vitality.” Golf courses were, of course, a consideration, but weren’t weighed as heavily as in most surveys. The Modern Maturity team also threw in a “kitsch factor” that included “klunky” stores that might sell “useless souvenirs.” Ten communities in each of five categories were ultimately chosen. The top community in each category included: Boulder, Colorado — “Green and Clean”; Austin, Texas — “College Towns”; Boston, Massachusetts — “Big Cities”; Asheville, North Carolina — “Small Towns”; Sonoma County, California — “Quirky.” In “Small Towns,” the Southwestern representatives were: Silver City, at #3; Fort Collins, at #5; and Prescott, at #9. Las Cruces was the #8 “College Town,” and Bisbee, Arizona, was the #9 “Quirky” town. Flagstaff and Tucson made the “Green and Clean” list. Silver City is certainly “alive,” and Zia Publishing thanks Modern Maturity for its recognition of this wonderful community.


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Why

Diane’s Thrives By Joe Burgess

Above: Initially, it was freshly-baked breads and elegant pastry creations that were responsible for Diane’s success. Top: the crew of Diane’s gathers as Diane and Bodhi relax outside the restaurant. Opposite, top left: Rack of lamb with a bourbon demi-glaze. Top Right: Bodhi Werber controls the flame with a skill that comes from experience. Bottom Left: Aari Werber sautees up excellence under the watchful eye of Diane. Bottom Right: A Mediterranean salad with olives and feta cheese.

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“We want to grow with Silver City. In fact, it’s my dream for people to drive to Silver City for the purpose of eating at Diane’s.” Diane Barrett’s son, Bodhi Werber, gets excited when he talks about the restaurant. “We start from scratch to present the best possible quality. The presentation is artistic, and we prepare it right before the clientele, so that they see not only our expertise, but also our commitment to quality and health.” Diane and Bodhi each has a wealth of experience, having worked in some of the West’s largest hotels and most discriminating restaurants. “We are excited about finally having our own business, and we are excited about giving the people of Silver City a unique dining experience.” Diane started her venture in Silver City as a bakery. “But people wanted me to put something in the bread, so I started serving sandwiches.” When Bodhi agreed to come to Silver City from Hawaii, the two chefs developed the present menu and began serving dinner. “We have also tried to create a European atmosphere, with candles, fresh flowers, art on the walls, and imported beer and wine.” Bodhi has captured and brought to Silver City flavors from around the world. He pulls from Thai, Japanese, Italian and French cuisine, and adds a touch of New Mexico through his use of corn and jalapeña. Silver City has certainly embraced their preparation of fresh salmon, grilled New York steak, and apricot duck breast. They enjoy the homemade pasta and freshly chopped vegetables; and, of course, they love Diane’s bread, pastries and fine dining specialty desserts. Diane and Bodhi were raised around great food, and Bodhi says you also have to have a good palate to be a cook. “My brother, Aari, has a good palate, and I’m helping him learn to create his ideas.” Even young Daniel helps with the baking when it’s busy. Diane became a certified cook and baker in Albuquerque, and won the Best in State Award in the Technical Vocational Institute in Albuquerque. In American


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RECIPE Diane’s Lemon Caper Chicken Served Over Fettuccini Alfredo (Serves 5) Lemon Caper Chicken 3 Tbsp. flour 1 tsp. salt 1 ⁄2 tsp. pepper 1 ⁄2 tsp. Italian seasoning Canola oil for frying 5 split chicken breasts 5 Tbsp. Capers 2 Cups chicken broth 3 Tbsp. lemon juice 2 Tbsp. oyster sauce 5 servings cooked fettuccini noodles Combine flour, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning in a dish. Heat canola oil in large skillet. Coat chicken breasts in flour mixture, both sides. Brown chicken breasts, skin side down. When browned, turn chicken breast, add capers, chicken broth, lemon juice, and oyster sauce. Simmer until sauce thickens and chicken is tender. Serve over a bed of fettuccini noodles tossed in Alfredo Sauce. Alfredo Sauce 1 pint heavy cream 3 Tbsp. parmesan cheese or to taste Salt and pepper to taste In a medium skillet, simmer cream until it starts to thicken (bubbles will get slower and bigger).

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Culinary Federation Competition, she won two national silver medals, two bronze medals, and the Best of State Award. She did her apprenticeship for The American Culinary Federation under Milos Safarik, a Czechoslovakian chef, in San Diego. She says, “I’ve done it all. I had to bake a cake for 5000 people that had to be finished from ladders, and cook 500 pies in 6 hours.” Diane then worked at Stoffer Resort’s flagship hotel in Maui, until the Ritz Carlton stole her and trained her for another five weeks. She returned to the Land of Enchantment in 1992, and was in charge of baking for the Eldorado Hotel’s three restaurants in Santa Fe. She attributes her debut into the small business world to WESST Corp., the Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Team. “You have to be real brave and a little crazy to go into business for yourself. And you have to have a passion for the restaurant business, because it’s hard work,” stated Diane. Bodhi says: “There’s risk involved with creating something different and exciting. And all the crewmembers have to give the performance of their life. . . every night. We love it.” In May, their performance was rewarded when New York Life and Sage (New Mexico Women’s Magazine) presented Diane’s with its Phoenix Award for “achievement against the odds.” In 1998, Diane’s was chosen Mainstreet Business of the Year. Above: Roast duck with an apricot demi-glaze, accompanied by sauteed prawns with a Thai coconut sauce, and spinach and salmon mousse with an asparagus garnish. Opposite: Candles, fresh flowers, and art on the walls create the European atmosphere that makes customers comfortable.


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Linda Bright Alma and Bob Carson

out and about Chicken Lunch Band

Kevin Vigil

Silver City Life laughed along with

and unique costume of Dale Lane,

the community at Celebrity Waiters, a

from Silver City Plumbing. District

hilarious fundraiser for SIGRED (Silver

Attorney Jim Foy made his fashion

City Grant County Economic

statement in a grass skirt… I’m not

Dale Lane, Arlene Schadel

John Garcia, Murray Ryan

Development). John

positive, but I think that was Arthur

Garcia, Director of the

Martinez of WNM Communications

New Mexico

with pie smeared all over his face.

Department of

State Senator Ben Altamirano helped

Economic

keep the laughs rolling, and past State

Development, came

Representatives Murray Ryan and

down from Santa Fe,

Tommy Foy took oversized portions

and was a real hit,

of harassment from John Garcia.

with a food tray as big

SIGRED employees, Linda Kay

as himself spinning

Jones, Linda McArthur and Judy

on the end of his

Ward posed with a cutout of

finger. We caught

Al Bundy.

Arlene Schadel admiring the spirit

Chocolate Fantasia was a unique presentation of the downtown shopping experience. Silver

Bill, Rhonda and Gene Van Dran

City’s premiere chocolatiers

Linda Kay Jones, “Al Bundy,” Linda McArthur, Judy Ward

presented their delicious delicacies, giving everyone a great excuse to view the impressive array of art, crafts, food, furniture, frames

Kathleen and Mike Trumbull

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Lois Duffy Marianne Bray, North Johnson, Patty Smith

and antiques in the historic district. Our camera managed


Richard Brooks, Sam Redford

Joe Casey

Juanita Escobedo, Jack Rackowski

to catch Wells Fargo banker, Neysa Pritikin, and her mother, Geneva, testing the chocolate with North Johnson at Eklektikas II. Wow! What a turnout at Silver City Showcase, with 54 business and manufacturing booths, continuous entertainment, and gift drawings. We

Geneva Pritikin, North Johnson, Neysa Pritikin

photographed a sampling of Olga Rodriguez’s traditional Mexican dance, and musical groups from Central

Sergeant, of Med

Elementary, such as Kevin Vigil, and

Square Clinic, with

the Chicken Lunch band. Manning

visiting Morenci

and visiting the booths, we

medical personnel,

photographed Chamber Board Member

Marlene and Dell

Sam Redford accepting a plate of food

Baska.

Veronica Galindo

Cabinet Secretary John Garcia, Senator Ben Altamirano

from Chef Richard Brooks of Michael’s

Blue Dome

Restaurant; Peggy Bryan, of Silver Leaf

Gallery, Silver City’s

Floral, and her daughter, Amanda;

latest addition, had its

Mayor John Paul Jones, relating a

official opening, and it

Mimbres tale to Janet Sherman;

appeared that the

Linda Bright, at the Bright Funeral

entire art community

Home display; Bob Carson, of Silver

turned out. We

Savings and Loan, and wife, Alma

photographed artist Lois Duffey,

Carson, relating the services and

who co-owns the gallery with artists

benefits of Kiwanis; Veronica Galindo,

Linda Brewer and John Rehovec.

handling the Wal-Mart food booth; Patti

Faye and Floyd McCalmont and grandson Neil

Peggy Bryan and Amanda

We staged a dress rehearsal for

Smith and Marianne Bray with North

a Mother’s Day Tea at El Agave

Johnson at the Eklektikas “room”; and,

Gallery, and relaxed for a

Chamber President, Bill Van Dran,

moment with gallery

Optometrist Rhonda Van Dran, and

owner Juanita Escobedo;

son, Gene.

Regional AAA Sales

At the Dave Van Ronk and Steve

Arthur Martinez

Megan Alvo,

Manager Jack

James Blues Concert, we

Rackowski, from

photographed Mike and Kathleen

Houston; Juanita’s

Trumbull of Old West Hotels, who

daughter, Rosella

brought their guests from Minnesota,

Yniguez; and

Tip and Mary Cowan; Faye and

Australian foreign

Floyd McCalmont with their

exchange student,

grandson, Neil, and Dr. Michael

Brad Vidulich.

Dr. Michael Sergeant, Marlene and Dell Baska

Tip and Mary Cowan John Paul Jones, Janet Sherman

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Ballet Magnicicat

Cat and Mouse Comedy Company

Steve James

Performing Arts have become a significant lifestyle force in Silver City. Kept alive from the city's inception by the university and a handful of local performers, theater activities have mushroomed in recent years and contributed to Silver City's leading role among America's small towns. The Mimbres Region Arts Council, with considerable support from local individuals, businesses and industry, have given to Silver City and its schools, the best in entertainment. World-renowned folk performances, ballet, symphony, blues, opera and stage, from "down home" to classical, are among the gifts presented annually to the community. Quality family entertainment groups, including ballet and musical performers, have added Silver City to their tour itineraries as a result of support from a rather unique consortium of local churches. One simply has to open one's eyes to be swept up by the performing arts in this town. The WNMU theater can always be counted on for brilliant work in academic performance. University and community performers combine talents to present the classical masterpieces. The newest act in town is the Cat and Mouse Comedy Company, performing in the

Ballet Folklorico de Santa Clara

totally renovated Silco Theater downtown. The group specializes in light-hearted comedy and invites audience participation. Owner Bryan Woodhall remarks about the theater renovation that, "We felt Silver City needed another outlet for the many creative minds that already reside here. Two years ago, the work ahead of us was impressive, but so was the potential." Zorro, the Man in the Mask, starts in June. Performing in the Opera House, the Pinos Altos Melodrama group continues to thrill audiences with old fashioned melodrama and lots of popcorn. . . you can eat it or toss it, it's all part of a hilarious night. The Virus Theater has pleased and shocked the community with its collection of welldirected and performed political satires. Sean Hare, of the Pinos Altos Melodrama Theater, shares his thoughts: "I hope that the community will chose to add importance to the performing arts, through more arts education in schools and the support of local talent." Artistic growth here is as imminent as economic growth. "There is very strong theatrical presence in Grant County, it just needs to be nurtured," says Robert Torres, a member of the performing arts community. Silver City is becoming known for its love of all the arts: visual, theatrical and musical.

Jack Cunningham

Dave Van Ronk


A OPENINGS, PERFORMANCES & SPECIAL EVENTS May The Mimbres Regional Fine Arts Fridays program, sponsored by the PNM Foundation, brings various community artists into the classroom year ‘round. This year’s Fine Arts Fridays program will sponsor performances aimed at fourth and fifth grade elementary students. Performances range from music to dance and theatrics, and encourage students to become interested and involved in the arts at an early age. Fine Arts Fridays is an ongoing program. For more information or to participate, please contact Caroline Baldwin at 388-8771. The Pinos Altos Melodrama will be performing “Dumb Guns” throughout the month of May. This comedic Western is performed in true melodrama style, with full audience participation, and of course, popcorn. For reservations and ticket prices, call 388-3848. With the month of May comes one of Silver City’s most prominent events, the Tour of the Gila bicycle race. This intensive five-day stage race lasts from May 3-7, and brings fans and contestants from around the world. Races are held for amateurs and children as well as for professional racers, so if you don’t own a bike, borrow one and try for the prize. For more information, call 388-3222. The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival takes place May 5, offering audience members the graceful strains of New Mexico’s finest performers of classical music. The festival begins at 7:30 PM in the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater, and features a full piano quintet, call 538-2505. The International Film Society will be holding a viewing of a new film May 6 (title yet to be announced). Screenings are held at the Real West Cinema on Sundays at 4 PM. For more information or to obtain a film calendar, please contact Jane Miller at 388-3922. The Mimbres Region Art Council, in conjunction with Wells-Fargo Bank present the work of nationally acclaimed artist R.W.M. Winkler. He has received many notable awards, locally and national. A reception for Winkler will be held May 11 from 4-6 PM at Wells-Fargo, where his works will continue showing until June, call 538-2505. Spring has arrived, and the people of Silver City will celebrate the burst of fresh life at Silver City’s annual Celebration of Spring on Yankie Street. This year’s festival takes place May 13. The Stardancers Dance Studio will be holding its Fifth Annual End of Year Dance Recital May 13 at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater. The community is invited to attend as students of all ages perform ballet, tap, jazz, cheer dance, and tumbling. For information on Stardancers, ticket prices, or other Stardancers events, please phone 388-3524. Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco

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Gifted Hands Gallery

From May 14-19, SIGRED will be administering classes on New Mexico Economic Development at the WNMU campus. The classes are available to anyone who is interested in economic or community development. Enrollment is limited to 40, so call soon to ensure a place. For information, contact 538-6320.

In the Heart of Historic Downtown

The Gila Bird and Nature Festival spans from May 19-21, and includes guided field trips led by experts from the Gila National Forest and Western New Mexico University. The field trips explore the birds of the Gila as well as local geology, flora, reptiles, and amphibians. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 538-3785.

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The third Saturday of every month, the San Vincente Artists host an art walk from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Prominent galleries around town leave their doors open to those wishing to browse through some of the best artwork in Silver City. The art walk is sponsored by the Mimbres Region Arts Council, and a guidebook can be picked up at many downtown galleries and restaurants. For more information, contact Diane at 388-5725. The best party in town, the Fifth Annual Silver City Blues Festival, is looking to be the largest ever, with acts such as David Gogo’s and Eddie Kirkland’s taking part in the action. The three-day event begins on May 26, and features dozens of performers from around the nation. This year’s Blues Festival will be held at both Gough Park and the WNMU campus. Leyba and Ingalls ARTS will be hosting an opening May 26 featuring the work of its accomplished gallery artists. Works include sculptor and printmaker Fred Barraza; potters Kate Brown and Susan Brinkley; sculptor and printmaker Dayna Griego; mixed media artists Diana Ingalls Leyba, Connie Knuppel, and Melanie Zipin; painter Paul B. Wailson; printmaker Phillip Parotti, and sculptor Cecilia Stanford. The opening will last from 5-9 pm, and is open to the public. Leyba and Ingalls ARTS is located at 217 N Bullard St. For information, call 388-5725. Eklektikas II will be hosting an artists’ reception


A OPENINGS, PERFORMANCES & SPECIAL EVENTS for the exhibition “Cosmic Totems.” The exhibition features the work of nationally known painter John Gary Brown, and sculptor Don Miller. The reception will be from 5-8 PM Friday, May 26. Inquiries may be made at Eklektikas II on Yankee St., or by calling 538-8081. The Blue Dome Gallery will be hosting a reception for an opening featuring the work of Seattle artist Cynthia Spencer Friday, May 26 from 5-7. Spencer specializes in sculptures of the female form, sometimes using accents of 23k gold in her work. For more information on this and other artists, contact the Blue Dome Gallery on 307 Texas St., at 534-8671.

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June The Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo rides into town on May 31, That evening,“ Boys and the Bulls,” kicks up dust in the arena. The rodeo competition begins June 1, complete with barrel racing, calf roping, bull riding, and bronc riding. All participants are professional cowboys and cowgirls, competing for titles and cash prizes.

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Silver City Blues Festival Memorial Day Weekend May 26-28 Festival Kick-Off - May 26 Featuring David Gogo - May 27 Blues & Brews Acoustic Showcase May - 28

Wonderfully cozy southwestern guesthouses, on a bluff overlooking Bear Creek and the Gila Wilderness. The Cat and Mouse Comedy Company will begin its run of the parody “Zorro: The Man in the Mask,” June 7 at the Silco Theater and Mercantile. The show will encourage full audience participation, including inviting audience members on stage. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday evenings, with a matinee on Sundays. For information and ticket prices, contact 388-3108. The Pinos Altos Art Fair shows artists’ original works in a beautiful high mountain setting on June 3. The Art Fair lasts from 10 AM – 4 PM on Main Street in Pinos Altos. Children’s activities, live entertainment, and refreshments will also be available. For more information, phone 388-5202. The Mangus Bowmen will be having a 2-day shoot at Mill Canyon, 18 mi. south of Silver City, June 3. The event features two fun-filled days, with activities suited to all ages and levels of skill, including novelty shots such as a speed round, balloon shoot, and much more. For more information, contact Rough Country Outdoor Gear at 534-0540.

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Dorothy McCray “Art will continue to grow in Silver City, but it takes catalysts to keep it moving.” Dorothy McCray has certainly been one of those catalysts, as an educator at Western New Mexico University from 1948 - 1981, and as a painter/printmaker, with work exhibited in over a hundred national and international shows. Her positive influence on the community has been even more apparent since her retirement from the University. Continuing to paint, produce original prints, and show her work with the same enthusiasm that she displayed at the University are clear indications of her belief in the potential of the individual and her dedication to building the art community. “It is never too late to start painting or to return to the artwork that you enjoyed before you focused on your job or raising your family. I want to be an example of what can be accomplished by picking up a paintbrush at the end of one’s business career.” Dorothy displays her work at Atelier McCray on Broadway.

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Being a local boy, I had to shove aside my pride, and I asked Dorothy what in the world an “atelier” is. I can now stand tall and state: “Obviously, atelier is French for a combination workshop/studio/gallery.” Having mastered the word atelier, I can now move on to the fascinating world of fine art printmaking. Dorothy is one of only a handful of American artists to first print complex and multicolored lithographs. “I was hired by WNMU to teach lithography and painting. The University had a lot of the Bavarian limestone used for the lithographic process at a time when they were scarce and expensive.” Lithography is


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based on the simple principle of water repelling grease. The artist draws directly onto a smooth stone (usually limestone), with a greasy crayon or liquid. The stone is dampened with water and then inked. The ink clings to the marks, but not the dampened areas. Paper is laid against the stone, then the stone and paper are placed on a press bed, and high pressure applied. When the paper is pulled from the stone, the ink has been transferred from the greasy marks to the paper. With color lithography, each color has to be applied separately to a cleaned stone. In 1955, Dorothy took a year’s leave of absence from the University to study color lithography in California. It is a long, arduous process. So why do people still bother with it? “Why do people do anything?... It’s the challenge,” Dorothy says. And she is well known for her challenging creations. Dorothy has worked in numerous media, and taken many approaches. “I enjoyed experimenting and exploring new ways of expression. As a teacher, it was my responsibility to understand students’ needs and to encourage them to pursue a chosen direction. I couldn’t accomplish that without having worked with those media myself. Even when expressionism was quite daring, I worked with it in an effort to understand what the artist was doing, and the intent of the new approach. As a result, I learned along with the students, making teaching quite fun.” Among McCray’s students were Harry Benjamin; the late Ruben Gonzales and Bonnie Maldonado; Fred Barraza; Gloria Myers at WMNU; Helen Griswold; Terry Strauss, and, many, many

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others. “I only wish I knew where all of them are and what they are doing.” As an instructor, Dorothy, of course, understands the academic approach to the various art forms. “Occasionally, I go back to it to maintain my objectivity.” She got started with this type of art when she took a course in printmaking in college, and migrated toward the art form. “I like doing things with my own hands.” She went on to explain some of the original printmaking processes. Intaglio processes include those involving carving and chemically etching metal plates. A few examples include: Etchings, which are made by coating a metal plate with an acid-resistant material called a “ground,” and then the material is scratched off by the artist. Acid etches the plate where the ground has been removed, and these grooves accept ink in the printing process.

Drypoint, which is similar, but without the acid etching. Hardened tools are used to scratch the metal surface directly, leaving a burr that gives a softer, velvety appearance. Mezzotint, which is a subtractive process in which the entire surface of a copper plate is roughened and the image is scraped into the roughened area, leaving the image as a smooth surface. Aquatint, which is often used in combination with line etching, and requires covering a copper plate with a semi-acidresistant porous ground, and the non-printing areas with a wholly acid-resisting varnish. Repeated dipping in an acid bath etches to differing depths, and a finely-pebbled background results from the porous ground. Wood-cuts and linoleum-cuts are made by carving the images into those materials and then using the blocks in the printing process. Lithographs, as explained earlier, involve images carved into stone or aluminum plates as the first step before printing. Serigraphs utilize silk-screens and a stencil method. Colographs are printed collages. Dorothy McCray received the Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts in 1992. She has been listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who Among American Women, the Dictionary of International Biography, Who’s Who in Art and Antiques, and Who’s Who in the World of Women. She is an Emerita Professor of Art at WNMU. In recognition of her contribution to the arts, the Art Building at WNMU was designated the “Dorothy McCray Art Building” in 1983.


Pg. 28: Dorothy McCray poses with a work in progress. Pg. 29: Dorothy McCray shows off some of her prints while standing in front of an original painting entitled "Paean." Opposite: "Sunflowers" reflects Dorothy’s wonderfully controlled use of color. Above: As shown in the painting "The Homing," McCray derives many of her scenes from nature. Right: Dorothy McCray offers constructive criticism to Sandy Urban.

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July The roar of engines pounds the streets of Silver City as the Gila Thunder Wilderness Motorcycle Rally gets underway July 1. This brand-new event ends on July 4. For information about the event or to find out how to participate, contact 537-2409. The world-famous rock-and-roll band, Steppenwolf, will appear in Silver City on July 3. Steppenwolf was a big name during the early ‘70s, with songs such as “Magic Carpet” and “Born to be Wild.” The Flame, located on 2800 Pinos Altos Rd., will be hosting the band as part of their Independence Day celebration. For information and ticket prices, contact 388-2427. The Silver City Museum is hosting its annual Fourth of July Ice Cream Social. The event takes place in the museum courtyard from 11 AM – 4 PM. There will be activities for children, old-fashioned entertainment, a car show, and of course, ice cream. Admission is free, and refreshments and tickets for games will be sold on the premises.

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Renowned Santa Fe-based artist Delona Roberts will be the subject of an opening sponsored by the Mimbres Region Arts Council July 7. Roberts uses vivid colors and a variety of media to bring out the human spirit in a unique and profound way. The opening will be held in the lobby of Wells-Fargo Bank from 4-6 PM, and her works will be displayed in the bank throughout July and August. For information on this and other MRAC events, contact 538-2505. The Mimbres Paquimé Experience will take place at the WNMU campus on July 15. This year’s Mimbres Paquimé Experience will feature Juan Quezada, the well-known founder of the Mata Ortiz movement, as well as food, pottery sales and workshops. For more information, contact the Mimbres Region Arts Council at 538-2505.

August The Dorothy McCray Art Building at WNMU Gallery will be showing the works of Gary Eklund of Pueblo, Colorado. Eklund is a self-taught muralist and painter. His paintings have appeared in such places


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OPENINGS, PERFORMANCES & SPECIAL EVENTS as the “Brave New World” juried exhibition. For more information on this and other exciting events, please contact the McCray Gallery at 538-6517. The Copper Cruisers Auto Show takes place on the third weekend of August. Antique automobiles and hotrods rule the show as proud owners display their hard work and love of what many consider to be an American art form. For more information on the event, contact the Copper Cruisers car club at 537-3740 or 538-3655.

September Some of Silver City’s most respected artists turn out for the Big Ditch San Vicente Art Fair September 2. Contemporary and Western artwork lines the Big Ditch (across the footbridge from the Chamber of Commerce) from 10AM-6PM as art lovers survey the works of their favorite artists in the shade of cottonwood trees. A Taste of Downtown Silver City will whet your palate September 9. This unique event features a contest of recipes made from ingredients produced in the Silver City area. For information and guidelines, call 538-3731. With September comes the Silver City Renaissance Faire. Entertainment, contests, food and refreshments will be available, all in the spirit of the time. Visitors are encouraged to dress up in medieval style, or come as they are. The all-female, Mariachi Feminil Reyna de Los Angeles appears at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater on September 16. The event is sponsored jointly by the Mexicano-Chicano Chamber of Commerce and the Silver City Museum Society. For more information regarding the event and ticket prices, contact the Silver City Museum at 534-2502. September 20 will be a fine day for golf, as the Gila Regional Billy Casper Foundation Golf Tournament begins. Events include bingo, bridge, a Fall Fling Dinner and Dance, a breakfast, a reception, and you guessed it— golf, and plenty of it. The PGA-sanctioned Pro-AM tournament includes a million-dollar hole-in-one contest and a golf shootout. Events conclude September 23. For more information about the tournament, contact Marge Ford at 538-4098. SIGRED will be hosting the NAFTA Institute September 27-29. The Institute focuses on small

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October

A Step Back In Time

Silver City Business and Professional Women will be holding A Walk For Domestic Violence in the month of October. The walk will raise awareness of domestic violence. Businesses and individuals are asked to sponsor participants. Half of the proceeds from this event will go to the El Refugio Home for Battered Women. For more information, please contact 388-6320. The Black Mountain Male Chorus of Wales has entertained royalty, and now Silver City has the opportunity to hear 40 of Wale’s most talented and well-trained voices. This once-in-a-lifetime performance will be held at 7:30 PM at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater, October 4. For more information, contact the Grant County Community Concert Association at 538-2159. Silver City rolls out the red carpet for art lovers during its Fourth Annual Weekend at the Galleries. Downtown art galleries stay open all weekend as horse-drawn trolleys roam the streets. Silver City’s most prominent artistic event runs October 6-8. For more information, contact the Mimbres Region Arts Council at 538-2505. The Dorothy McCray Art Building at WNMU will be hosting a Leonard Leff Retrospective, curated by Jim Proctor, from October 6 to November 3. Leff is an accomplished bronze, wood, and stone sculptor, as well as partial owner of downtown Silver City’s Broadway Gallery. For more information, contact 538-6517. On October 11-13, SIGRED will be administering a Rural Economic Development Forum on the WNMU campus. The forum is directed towards individuals who are interested in economic and community development, and is expected to draw more than 300 people from around the state. For more information, please contact 538-6320. Ghosts and Goblins line the Big Ditch Park on October 30 at Silver City’s Annual Spookwalk. The Spookwalk leads adults and children alike through a unique outdoor haunted house. The event is safe, Halloween fun, with refreshments available and games and contests galore.

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a politi Tommy Foy “From our prisoner of war camp in Roca Rochi,

Bob Martin confided his decision to retire from the

Japan, I saw the smoke from the burning cities of

State House of Representatives. “I made a lot of

Hiroshima, and three days later, Nagasaki. We had

friends on both sides of the aisle over the years,

been told that if the Americans tried to land, we would

which was important for passing needed legislation.”

be executed.

Tommy chaired the Judiciary Committee for 16 years,

Many of the New Mexicans who survived the

and was appointed to the National Conference of

horrors of the Bataan Death March returned to fill

Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 1987. When

leadership roles for their state. Grant County’s Tommy

he left the legislature in 1998, a bill was passed

Foy received his battlefield commission on January

allowing him to continue on the committee.

19, 1942. He came home upon his release by the

The Lions’ Club has been Tommy’s venue for

Japanese to continue his law practice, to launch his

community service. He is the last remaining charter

illustrious careers in banking and politics, and to raise

member of the Bayard club, and has an impressive

a family, who continue to move the community.

record of 60 years of perfect attendance.

“The mining district was in need of a bank in

On the personal side, Tommy proposed to Joan

1946,” Tommy says, and he drew up the papers

Carney in Deming, during November, 1945. This was

establishing the Grant County State Bank. He became

their first meeting after the war. Did she

one of its first officers, and served as Chair of the

immediately succumb to the young war hero?

Board for fourteen years.

Tommy laughs, “She thought I was crazy. We didn’t

Tommy leaped into state politics in 1970, when

get married until November 17, 1948.” Tommy and

Foy served 28 years in

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Joan raised and educated their children, Tommy, Celia, Muffet, Carney, and Jim, who have all made their marks in business and politics. “Southwest New Mexico will continue to grow,” Tommy says, “and I’m glad I have been able to participate in its successes.”

Right: Tommy Foy sponsored legislation creating 19 National Guard Armory Buildings. Bottom Left: Cabinet Secretary John Garcia clowns around with the longtime legislator at Celebrity Waiters. Bottom Middle: Tommy and daughter Celia are two of the family partners of Foy, Foy & Castillo law firm. Bottom Right: The first free license plates in New Mexico went to exPOWs as a result of a Foy bill.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT By Joe Burgess

New galleries opening around town, a Wal-Mart Superstore, new communications groups, service stations being built or remodeled, and little shops filling every nook and cranny downtown are good indications of Silver City’s strong economy. “Education is one of the keys to Silver City’s current status and to its future growth,” says Linda Kay Jones, director of SIGRED [Silver City Grant County Economic Development]. “We have a work force that wants to remain in the area, and if we can keep them trained, they’ll have the opportunity to do so.” Area high schools and the university have excellent computer programs, and local companies provide in-house training. People are taking advantage of continuing education programs, and there is a lot of help for entrepreneurs trying to start or expand a business. Internationally, the Small Business Development Center

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hosts the NAFTA Institute to help businesses deal with foreign trade. Largely resulting from the Institute’s Silver City location, a Global Resource Center is being established on campus that will include an auditorium and breakout rooms. The core area industries of copper, agriculture, and tourism remain strong, and the regional hospitals, schools, utilities, the forest service, as well as Wal-Mart, are among the major employers. Expansion of the arts is contributing to Silver City’s economic stability, and communications-related business has immediate growth potential. “There is so much talent here,” says Linda Kay, “and the people who are relocating to Silver City to work and to retire are infusing even more talent and enthusiasm into the community. That and the strong volunteer programs here give Silver City a definite edge for the future.”


BUSINESS BRIEFS Sunny McFarren has been chosen as the new Marketing and Public Relations Director for Gila Regional Medical Center. Her position at Gila Regional includes responsibilities such as advertising, marketing, coordinating special events and market research. Sunny relocated to Silver City from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she was the Vice President for Planning and Marketing at the Lancaster Health Alliance, an integrated delivery system with three hospitals and an HMO. “I love it here,” she says, “the climate, the scenery, the fine arts scene, all the friendly people— you name it. And Gila Regional Medical Center is such a gem of a hospital. I’m enjoying helping people in this area realize just how special it is.” Henry Cwieka is newest addition to the growing staff at Smith Real Estate & Property Management. Cwieka moved to Silver City in July of 1997, with his wife of 37 years, Miriam. His record of experience with real estate is impressive. He graduated from El Camino College in Torrence, California with a degree in real estate. He later went on to work as an appraiser in the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office, and as a mortgage broker in Silver City, prior to his move to Smith Real Estate. Mary Jane Friedler has recently become the Assistant State Coordinator for the Grant, Catron, Luna, and Hidalgo Counties district of the AARP 55/Alive program. Mary Jane’s responsibilities include overseeing instructors for the program and reporting to the State Coordinator. AARP is an organization devoted to serving the needs and interests of people age 50+. Mary Jane and her husband, Jerry, moved here from Tucson, Arizona in 1997, and have been active members of the community ever since.

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GARDEN guide By Steve Vinson

As you read this, the worst summer heat is imminent. So are thoughts of shade trees: cool, dark spots out of the sweltering sun to relax and renew your tired body with a frosty afternoon drink. Sounds good; too bad you didn’t get that tree planted about three years ago, so that oasis would be there for now. Oh, well, you have to start sometime. So here’re some tips on getting the right tree for your yard. Plan for the mature size to fit your space when picking out a tree. Do not assume you can trim it to fit a too-small area later—it just doesn’t work that way. Also, don’t think if you put the tree in the wrong place, you can merely dig it up and move it in a few years; these are living, rooted-in-the-ground plants, not lawn furniture to be rearranged at your whim. Digging in our soil is no treat, either, so do yourself a favor and think through the placement before ever dragging the pick and shovel out of the garage. Know where the utilities are so you don’t encounter problems, such as, after spending an enormous amount of time and energy digging a hole that is almost finished, you strike the water line on a

RECOMMENDED TREES 30’h x 15’w, 1. Evergreen, Mondel or desert pine. Very fast grower, low water user, dark green and fairly dense, if mulched and watered properly. 40’h x 20’w, 2. Evergreen, Arizona Cypress. Very fast grower, very low water user, a tough native, green or blue, rounded or pyramidal. 50’h x 25’w, 3. Evergreen, deodar cedar. Fast grower, lacy foliage, symmetrical pyramid shape all the way to the ground, with branches tipped down. 30’h x 20’w, 4. Deciduous, Arizona ash. Generally a quick grower, dense shade, rounded attractive head, can put shade loving plants beneath it. 35’h x 35’w, 5. Deciduous, fruitless mulberry. Extremely

Top Right: White pines are graceful evergreens. Above: The foreground shows a dotting of Mugo Pines in front of Spruce. Opposite Right: A melange of houseplants. Opposite Left: Steve and Regina Vinson, owners of Silver Heights Nursery.

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fast grower, moderate water user, a large umbrella appearance, with mapleshaped leaves. 25’h x 15’w, 6. Deciduous, desert willow. Drought— tolerant native, with trumpet shaped blossoms that attract hummingbirds.


Sunday afternoon. You don’t want to know what a plumber charges to come and make repairs then. Use your imagination if that is a gas line you puncture with a mighty swing of a metal pick head, ditto buried electric lines my extra crispy friend. Determine what time of day you will most use the space for shade, and where you want that precious shadow to fall during that time. Stand out there with your arms out to your sides and/or something like a leaf rake over your head, to simulate your new tree’s outline, and literally move around to get that shade where it will do you the most good. Yes, your neighbors will call the authorities, but it’s time you made some new friends. Remember that the sun will move around seasonally, so don’t forget to factor that into your decision about where to plant. Also, consider whether you want a tree that is evergreen and will provide this shade all year, or if a deciduous plant that drops its leaves in the fall and allows for the winter sun to warm the space is more appropriate for your needs. One other consideration is your zone. I’m writing this with the thought that you will be planting in the Silver City, Pinos Altos, Glenwood, Gila, and Bayard area of Southwest, New Mexico. Most of you in Reserve, Hillsboro, Playas and Animas can use this also. We are in zone 7, which means our normal winter low temperatures are 0 to 10 degrees F; or, in the colder spots, in zone 6, which is –10 to 0 degrees F. All right, time for some (certainly not all) specifics, now that you know where, how big, evergreen or deciduous, and theall the important New Mexico consideration—red or green—oh no, that’s something else.


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HERB garden By Marta Morris

Herbs have a long tradition of use as food, culinary spices, medicines, and decorative, fragrant additions to gardens. We are fortunate in the Silver City area to be surrounded by a Hispanic culture rich in herbal uses. Many of the plants from this tradition are excellent selections for an herb garden. By understanding the roles they have played in the history of our region, you will better understand their uses. Following are six plant suggestions for your Spanish herb garden. Mentha arvensis, of the mint family, Labiateae, is commonly known as “Brook Mint,” and is the only true native mint in the United States. Its Spanish name is Poleo, and it can be found growing wild throughout most of New Mexico. This delicate, pinkflowered mint has been used traditionally as a tea for headaches accompanied by fever, and for soothing indigestion. Most of the mints are effective digestive aids. This is true for Yerba Bueno, a Spanish name used liberally for species of the Labiateae, or mint, family of plants. Spearmint, Mentha spicata, is naturalized to the Southwest, and also

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Drying Herbs: gather small bunches of the herb and hang in a dry, warm place – preferably out of direct sunlight. When the plant becomes dry and brittle, crush the leaves and remove large stems. For Tea: A simple tea can be made by placing 1⁄2 tsp. to 1 tsp. dry herb in a tea ball, or by placing the herb loosely in a cup. Pour a cup of boiling water over the herb, cover, and steep for 5 to 15 minutes. Honey can be used to sweeten the tea.


referred to as “Yerba Bueno.“ It is known as THE stomach tea, widely used for comforting and soothing many stomach ailments. Another wild Labiateae growing in New Mexico is Monarda menthaefolia, Wild Oregano. Historically, Hispanics have used the flowers of this herb as a spice in salsa and chile. The leaves can be used in place of common Greek Oregano. Medicinally, this plant is used as a hot tea drink or gargle, for coughs and sore throats. It is known by its Spanish name, Oregano de la Sierra. Three plants that are not native but play a significant role in Spanish tradition are Lavender, Basil and Rosemary. Lavandula spp. which is lavender, or Alhucema, in Spanish, has been used as a tea for indigestion and to subdue persistent coughs. It is more commonly drunk as a tea to alleviate stress, or used aromatically to promote sleep. Ocimum basilicum, Basil, is used in this tradition and in many other cultures. An exceptional taste and sweet smell make it a popular culinary herb, used fresh from the garden or dried. The Spanish call this plant Albacar, and it is used to stimulate a poor appetite and to reduce abdominal cramping. (It is believed that the whole leaf carried in your pocket will bring good luck, for love or money.) Rosmarinus officinalis, Rosemary, is another excellent culinary herb with many medicinal uses. This highly aromatic herb offers healing vapors for many conditions. The Spanish call Rosemary Romero. Mixed in lard and applied topically, it has been used as protection from windburn and chafing, and to ease the chest and head pains of a cold. There are many varieties available in Silver City to plant in your herb garden. These are a few suggestions that reflect a long tradition of use in Southwestern New Mexico, traditions that are still alive and being built upon today. Always consult a knowledgeable herbalist before using any plants medicinally.

Los Remedios, Traditional Herbal Remedies of the Southwest, by Michael Moore. Red Crane Books, 1990.

Silver Leaf Floral “For a Touch of Class” The Finest Quality of Fresh Flowers, Gifts & Plants for All Occasions

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One Stop Garden Center

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Large Selection of: • Trees • Shrubs • Natives • Flowers • Houseplants

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388-8894 Lic # 56502

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fashion By Erin Griffith

TIPS FOR SUMMER away from faux gold 1. Stay and tortoise shell. buying a purse, think 2. When practical. More and more people are shying away from wallet-sized purses, towards more traditionalsized leather bags. purchasing retro-style 3. When clothing- do not over-mix eras. (Example: tie-dye and lace= bad) in doubt, wear denim. 4. When Anything matches; there is no thinking required. Left: Denim is suited to all ages, and comfortable in the summer. Above: Nothing catches the eye better than gold rings in unusual forms. (Courtesy of Azurite Gallery) Opposite: Men are finding khakis to be a comfortable solution to fashion woes. (Courtesy of the Model Shop)

Spring is in the air. For Silver City and other desert regions, this means that not only is the comfortable weather of spring in store, but so is the relentless summer heat. So what do people wear when the air turns warm? Here are a few fashion tips to help you beat the heat this summer, and stay in style while doing it. Khakis are the key. A flexible fashion with a casual unisex look is taking over the spring stock of stores everywhere. For a comfortable, go-anywhere look, try pairing khakis with a light-weave sweater vest, or a bright knit tank. Capri pants are also taking over women’s wear, being worn with baby T’s or the slightly harder-to-find 3⁄4sleeve knit tops. Men are wearing khakis as shorts or slacks, and mixing these with

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either sedate Polo shirts or brightlycolored Hawaiian shirts. For some, the rules are set in stone; for others, it is a whatever-looks-good mentality. Short sundresses are an eternal favorite, along with their ankle-length equals. Nothing serves better to keep you comfortable in our dry heat than light, gauzy materials. Broomstick skirts in floral


Maxwell Maxwell House House The Maxwell House is Grant County’s largest brand-name department store. Huge formal wear department for all of your formal-wear needs. In-stock tuxedos for last minute occasions. designs are a romantic change to stark winter colors. Ribbon-weave sweater vests are a comfortable match to any skirt. Beverly Redvine, of the Model Shop, encourages women to wear wrap-around skirts with sandals. If there is one thing that all retailers agree on, it’s denim. Denim has remained America’s item of choice for fifty years, and we’re not about to change it now. “Denim never dies,” says Anne Maxwell, of Maxwell’s Department store. Many others, including Uniquely Southwest’s Vicky McCauley, share her sentiments: “Denim is warm, yet comfortable, and breathable in the summer.” To add flair, try brightening it up with one of the silk scarves found around Silver City. You’ll be surprised at what you find. Men will be encouraged to couple denim basics with colorful buttonups or T-shirts. One person’s throw-away is another person’s…well, you get the drift. When one individual calls “old,” a million people are calling “vintage.” “What we are seeing here is a definite flash to the ‘70’s and ‘80’s,” says Repeat Boutique’s Suzanne Lawrence. “Everything is either very bohemian, or very romantic.” For a retro look, straight skirts that go to mid-knee can be very glamorous. When teamed with the right pair of sunglasses (Jackie O glasses are back) they can make a person feel very Audrey Hepburn, and that is not a bad feeling to have.

Basic Tuxedos start at only $49.90

1500 N. Hudson Silver City, NM 88061

505-388-1573

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LAST WORD

Joe Burgess and Terri Menges

We made it! After years of hard work by a lot of people, Silver City has achieved a rating as one of America’s top communities, and a level of excellence in living that made publishing a lifestyle magazine an easy choice. For years, Zia Design and Publishing has presented Silver City to the outside world with a focus on its ancient cultures and natural wonders. Turning our focus inward, we now want to concentrate on the people responsible for creating this mecca for enthusiastic and creative individuals. Silver City Life is about those fringe benefits that make a community more than just a place to live and work. We focus on the reasons people choose Silver City for their home, why they return to Silver City after testing the waters elsewhere, or why they decide never to leave in the first place. We talk about art and culture, business, dining, gardening, fashion, and entertainment. We want you to realize, as we have realized in our travels around the country, that an enviable lifestyle exists right here. Silver City Life will take a look at the fashionable clothing offered by local shops that might be appropriate for the symphony, or perhaps even the local melodrama. We will pass along tips for designing a backyard garden, and information on what might grow in our Southwest climate. You’ll be amazed by the herbs that flourish in our locale, and by the educational programs that study them. We’ll divulge some of the secrets of our local restaurants, and feature an artist who finds Silver City special. We suspect that most longtime residents don’t realize the pot of gold that they grasp, when it comes to the full array of special events concentrated in our town. Or, by the time they do, it’s last week’s news. Silver City Life will alleviate that problem by providing a comprehensive schedule of events. Theater productions, art show openings, motorcycle rallies, the rodeo dance, blues concerts, visiting professional troupes, and a university fund raiser can all be located in one, easy-to-use list. Each issue will also feature individuals who have been instrumental in elevating our lifestyle to its current level. We will even grab a few snapshots of people who get out and support local activities. Join hands with us now to keep Silver City moving toward a quality of life found nowhere else, at a pace that, well, keeps us all young at heart.

Joe Burgess President

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Small enough to know you large enough to serve you For information please contact Admissions:

1-800-872-WNMU (9668)

www.wnmu.edu


Western

New Mexico

University Museum

Most surprising and awe-inspiring about the WNMU Museum in Silver City, NM is that it houses the largest permanent display of Mimbres pottery and culture in the world.

Mimbres PaquimĂŠ & More July 14-16 featuring Juan Quezada, wellknown founder of Mata Ortiz Pottery

505-538-6386 Open Monday-Friday 9:00-4:30 Saturday & Sunday 10:00-4:00 Free Admission Handicap Accessible www.wnmu.edu/univ/museum.htm

Silver City Life 2000  

Featuring the best of what Silver City New Mexico has to offer in the way of unique people, businesses and lifestyles. Includes the Silver C...

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