Civil War Week Going on Now at the Ruidoso Public Library

The Civil War years will come to life this month at the Ruidoso Public Library through Nov. 17.

The events began last Saturday when Civil War historian Walter Pittman gave a lecture on the Territory of New Mexico during the 1860s war. Then classic movies set during the War Between the State will be featured. “Gone with the Wind” will be shown at the library from noon until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the feature will be “Gettysburg,” from noon until 6 p.m. The movie “Glory” will be shown from noon until 2 p.m. Nov. 16.

Also in the mix will be “The Humor of Abraham Lincoln,” presented by Corey Bard, the library’s director. That will be offered from 11 a.m. until noon. Nov. 15.

Civil War Week will conclude on Nov. 17, with a lecture by Dwight Pitcaithley, an NMSU history professor. The topic from 11 a.m. to noon will be the Lincoln/Douglas Debates. Pitcaithley is a former historian for the National Park Service.

For more information, click here for the Ruidoso Public Library Calendar.

Tall Tales of the Wild West: The Stories of Karl May

Open November 18, 2012 through February 9, 2014 at The New Mexico History Museum in the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, this exhibition gives visitors a unique view of one of the most iconic writers of the Wild West: Karl May.

The novels of German author Karl May served as trail guides to the mystique of the American West and even today are celebrated in European festivals and theme parks. His books have outsold those of Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey combined and were beloved by the likes of Albert Einstein, Herman Hesse, Fritz Lang, and Franz Kafka.

But there’s a hitch: May never visited the West. Nevertheless, his faith in the land of cowboys and Indians nurtured an entire continent’s love for it. From Nov. 18, 2012, to Feb. 9, 2014, the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors celebrates May’s life, legacy and lasting impact in an original exhibition, Tall Tales of the Wild West: The Stories of Karl May.

Curated by Tomas Jaehn, librarian for the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, this small, original exhibition in the Mezzanine Gallery includes first-edition and foreign-language versions of May’s books, along with photographs illustrating his life. On loan from the Karl May Museum is Silberbüchse, Winnetou’s name for his rifle. May (whose name rhymes, perhaps fittingly, with “lie”) said he took the weapon from the Indian’s grave in Wyoming for safekeeping. In fact, the rifle was manufactured in Radebeul as a nonworking prop. Its visit to the exhibition will mark the first time it has been seen in the land where it was purportedly made.

Opening event and lecture series

At 2 pm on Sunday, Nov. 18, an opening reception for Tale Tales of the Wild West: The Stories of Karl May will feature a lecture by Hans Grunert, curator of the Karl May Museum in Radebeul, Germany, in the History Museum Auditorium. The Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico will serve light refreshments at 3 pm in the lobby. Invited guests include Klaus-Jochen Guehlcke, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Houston, Texas, and Stephan Helgesen, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

All of the exhibition’s lectures are free with admission (Sundays free to NM residents and Friday evenings free to everyone). Each lecture is in the History Museum Auditorium:

Sunday Nov. 18, 2 pm: “Karl May’s Wild West,” by Hans Grunert, curator, Karl May Museum, Radebeul, Germany. Refreshments following.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 6 pm: “Karl May and Beyond: Indian Hobbyists in 20th-Century Germany,” by Birgit Hans, professor of Indian studies, University of North Dakota.

Friday, April 12, 2013, 6 pm: “Karl May in America—Enthusiasm or Disappointment?” by Peter Karl Pabisch, professor emeritus of German studies, University of New Mexico.

Friday, June 14, 2013, 6 pm: “Karl May’s Winnetou: Imagining the Noble Savage in 19th- and 20th-Century Germany,” by Michael Wala, professor of North American history, University of Bochum, Germany.

Mark Your Calendar: Carrizozo Music in the Parks Classical Guitar Concerts, Thursday, November 15 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

On Thursday, November 15, at 7 PM   Jack Sanders, classical guitar, will present an evening of music at the Trinity United Methodist Church on 10th at D Ave. in Carrizozo.  This Carrizozo Music in the Parks and Piatigorsky Foundation  concert is free and will be followed by a reception and opportunity to meet the performer.

Members of the  Carrizozo Woman’s Club will host a pre-concert dinner at the historic WPA clubhouse on 11th and D. Avenue, just a short block from the Trinity United Methodist Church.    Green chili stew, Tony Roma Potato soup, salad, roll,  plus a beverage and dessert tray all comes for $8, and the proceeds go to the Woman’s Club scholarship fund.  Doors open at 5 with service until 6:30.  Take-out also available.  Park on D Avenue and walk to both venues.

Mr. Sanders will also perform at the Old Gym of the Carrizozo School Campus at 1 PM.  The concert is also free and the public is encouraged to attend.  For more information about Carrizozo Music in the Parks and these concerts, please check or call Elaine Brannen at 575-648-2757.

For over 22 years, The Piatigorsky Foundation’s commitment to artistic excellence and public outreach has fascinated many avid concert goers, as well as curious first-timers. It is this combination of complimentary access, flamboyant performances, and human warmth that makes Piatigorsky Foundation concerts so appealing to diverse audiences. Last year, the Foundation presented a tour of 10 concerts in New Mexico reaching over 1,990 people in Lovington, Jal, Carrizozo, Albuquerque, and Hobbs. In an effort to serve more communities this season, for the very first time The Foundation will present two tours in the state. The Fall tour will take place November 2012, beginning in Jal and concluding in Albuquerque; the second tour is planned for Spring 2013.

Fall Photography Exhibit at the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso Downs

The Hubbard Museum of the American West is a monument to times and places that are not quite as far off as you may think. It’s a place where the visitor can not only experience the West, but actually participate as one passes through various portals of time encompassing three area cultures – Native American, Hispanic and Pioneer.

It’s a living, exciting experience that has something for everyone. Whether the visitor is eight or eighty, The Hubbard Museum of the American West provides an entertaining and educational look into our past and the spectacle of the American West as it was in pioneer days and even before.

In November, The Hubbard Museum of the American West and the Photographic Society of Lincoln County are proud to present the 21st Annual Fall American Photography Competition and Exhibition.  The Photo Exhibition will be open to the public November 3, 2012 to March 17, 2013.

  • Hours

    9:00 am-4:30 pm daily
  • Address

    26301 Hwy 70 West
    Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346


*Photo exhibited in 2011

“A Land So Strange” @ The Hubbard Museum

Depression Era Rendering of the Altar Sanctuario Chimayo
Depression Era Rendering of the Altar Sanctuario Chimayo


Over the past four centuries, a distinctive culture has evolved in New Mexico, an area described 400 years ago in the journal of Cabeza de Vaca as Una Tierra Tan Extraña…… A Land So Strange. The Hubbard Museum is proud to present its newest interpretive exhibit, A Land So Strange, which opens Saturday, June 16th, and runs through February 8, 2013.

As the State of New Mexico celebrates its 100th anniversary, A Land So Strange was created and designed by Curator of Exhibits, David Mandel and Curator of Collections, Adele Karolik, to provide a unique and educational journey through nearly 400 years of New Mexico history. With hundreds of artifacts and images from the 16th century to the 20th century, the exhibit tells the story of the Native Americans, the Spanish, and the Euro-Americans who created the New Mexico we experience today.

Take a closer look at materials drawn from collections around the nation that represent these separate cultures at Ruidoso Downs’ The Hubbard Museum, just minutes from Vera Cruz Mountain Ranch.


9:00 am-4:30 pm daily


26301 Hwy 70 West

Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346



Phone: 575-378-4142

White Sands International Film Festival workshops announced

Emmy nominated actor Jeffery Tambor among the presenters

LAS CRUCES, NM – The 2012 White Sands International Film Festival will feature four unique workshops presented by film industry professional along with Emmy nominated actor Jeffery Tambor. This year’s festival will be held August 22-26, 2012 at Cineport 10 with workshops being held at various locations around town.

Workshops will cover independent filmmaking, the history of film in New Mexico, screenwriting, and the art of performance.

‘Independent Filmmaking,’ a panel discussion featuring Stephen Griffin, David Spence, Mark Medoff, Cesar Alejandro, and Rod McCall, will take place August 23 from 2 PM- 4PM at the Black Box Theater. Film professionals will discuss tips for making independent films.

‘100 Years of Movie Making in New Mexico,” presented by Jeff Berg and Rod McCall will take place August 24 from 4:30 PM- 6 PM at Cineport 10. The workshop will provide a history of film in the state to include movie clips, audience participation, and a pop-quiz.

Mark Medoff will present ‘Screenwriting: the Hero’s Journey’ August 24 from 1 PM- 4 PM at the Black Box theater. This workshop provides information on character development and screenwriting.

The final workshop will be presented by Emmy Award-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor on August 25 at 10:30 AM in the Rio Grande Theater. ‘Performing Your Life’ will explore the art and process of performance with insight into human nature and Tambor’s professional experience. It is expected to be both entertaining and informative.

Those with VIP Passes have complimentary admission to all workshops but are still required to reserve a space. For non VIP Pass holders, tickets for ‘Performing Your Life’ are $35 per person until July 31 and $45 after. Students are $25. All other workshops are $25 and $15 for students.

Those wishing to attend any of the above workshops must register by August 10 due to limited space by emailing VIP Passes and tickets are available online at


Opening Night Film Premiere

Wednesday, Aug. 22

Invited guests at this exclusive premiere include stars Milla Jovovich and Bill Pullman!

Bringing Up Bobby is the story of a European con-artist and her son Bobby, who find themselves in Oklahoma in an effort to escape her past and build a better future. Olive and Bobby blithely charm their way from one adventure to another until Olive’s criminal past catches up with her. Consequently, she must make a choice: continue with a life of crime or leave the person she loves most in an effort to give Bobby a proper chance in life.

Centennial Summerfest to Celebrate New Mexico’s 100th Birthday

Albuquerque’s birthday bash for New Mexico will provide entertainment, food and fun on June 16th

To celebrate New Mexico's 100 years of statehood, Albuquerque will host the state's largest birthday party. The Centennial Summerfest on June 16th will provide diverse and exciting entertainment. Historically themed pavilions, free concerts, delicious food, a car show and more are sure to provide a true Albuquerque and New Mexico experience. Grammy(R) Award-winning band Los Lobos wrap up the festive day as the headliner performance. (PRNewsFoto/Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau)

To celebrate New Mexico’s 100 years of statehood, Albuquerque will host the state’s largest birthday party.  The Centennial Summerfest on June 16, 2012 will provide diverse and exciting entertainment. Historically themed pavilions, free concerts, delicious food, a car show and more are sure to provide a true Albuquerque and New Mexico experience.

“This is the largest event in New Mexico to commemorate our state’s one hundred years of statehood. Centennial Summerfest is a chance for visitors to—in one day—experience the rich cultural history of New Mexico,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry.

Stroll through themed pavilions to sample the flavors of Albuquerque and New Mexico’s history:

  • The Hispanic Heritage Pavilion features flamenco, mariachis and authentic New Mexico music from artists including Albuquerque’s own Al Hurricane and Gonzalo.
  • The Native American Pavilion will be adjacent to Albuquerque’s iconic KiMo Theatre featuring traditional and modern Native American music, food and crafts.
  • The World Beat Pavilion will showcase global music and dance from local groups. Enjoy Taiko drumming and music from groups like Son Como Son and Wagogo.
  • The Rock and Rockabilly Pavilion and Car Show will pay a tribute to the “Mother Road” by revisiting a time of Rock ‘n Roll, poodle skirts and classic cars. Listen to live music by groups like The Fireballs, New Mexico’s first hit-making Rock ‘n Roll band.
  • At the Territorial Village visitors will get a glimpse of New Mexico’s frontier days. Sample authentic food at the old time chuck wagons while being entertained by country artists like Roy “Dusty” Rogers, Jr. and Will Banister.

A Kid’s Fun Zone will provide free entertainment for the whole family. An arts and craft market featuring artists from across New Mexico, and a live musical depicting the history of New Mexico will be shown in the KiMo Theatre at 7 p.m.

The event’s highlight will be a free concert by Grammy® Award-winning performers, Los Lobos on the Main Stage at 8:00 p.m.

For a complete list of events and performers, visit

The mission of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau is to stimulate economic growth by marketing Albuquerque as a visitor and convention destination. For information, visit , or .

Mark Your Calendar: Living History at Ft. Stanton, April 21, 2012

The Fort Stanton Garrison will host living history events on the third Saturday of each  month through the year—this means you can get in on the action on April 21st. Activities will include flag ceremony, military drill, fatigue (work) details, leisure activities and horse care. Additional activities will include demonstrations of specific skills such as musket firing, horsemanship and field cooking, to name a few.

During these activities, at least one of the Garrison volunteers will be available to talk with visitors to explain the activity taking place and the significance of that activity to the daily life of a soldier at Fort Stanton. Visitors will be able to  view activities and may even be invited to participate in some activities for a hands-on experience. In addition to monthly events, Garrison members may be called on to assist with group or special activities where a living historian or historic demonstration will add to the experience of that group or activity.

Fort Stanton was built in 1855 by soldiers of the 1st Dragoon and the 3rd and 8th Infantry Regiments to serve as a base of operations against the Mescalero Apache Indians. It served as a military fortification through 1896. Built of local stone, the sturdy 1855 buildings have lasted to this day. The Fort was named for Captain Henry W. Stanton, killed fighting the Apaches in 1855 near present day Mayhill. Troops marched out from the Fort to search for and fight the Mescalero Indians during numerous campaigns from 1855 until the 1880’s.

For more details and other events at Fort Stanton, click here.

Fort Stanton is located just off the Billy the Kid Scenic Byway (Hwy 380) on Hwy 220 at the Bonito River. The turnoff to Hwy 220 is 4 miles southeast of Capitan on the Byway or 10 miles west of Lincoln, NM.

UPDATE: Arts for Cellular Healing Has a New Date

Due to conflicting events within the community, the workshop Arts For Cellular Healing with Ruth Hamilton has been rescheduled for Saturday April 21st at 1pm.

There are still several spaces spaces available for the workshop at this time.  The charge is $35 and covers course materials.  Deadline for registration is Monday April 16th. Click on the link to download a PDF with more on this interesting workshop! Arts for Cellular Healing 4-21-12

Workshop @ Mary Mac’s: Using Art To Heal on Saturday, March 17, 2012

Using art to solve life’s problems is a technique known as Expressive Arts Therapy. The therapeutic discipline has been a recognized tool in psychology since the late 1940s and incorporates drawing, painting, sculpting, music and dance.


According to the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, “the expressive arts combine the visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development. By integrating the arts processes and allowing one to flow into another, we gain access to our inner resources for healing, clarity, illumination and creativity.”


Area residents will have a chance to learn more about Expressive Arts and how to use it in their daily lives when Mary Mac’s Café in the High Country Lodge will host a workshop by therapist Ruth Hamilton of Magdalena.

Her workshop, “Arts For Cellular Healing,” will be held Saturday, Mar. 17, from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $35.

According to University of Texas psychologist James Pennebaker, at about three months, people stop talking about a painful event. Those unresolved feelings are internalized and become toxic and spread until another painful event reveals these and other buried feelings.


Expressive Arts can help one process and transform their feelings before they are tucked away inside, Hamilton said.


“Expressive Arts can give you a perspective on your life that is like the dawning of a new day. The beautiful sunrise gives hope that your stressful emotions can be transformed,” Hamilton said. “With Expressive Arts, you can depict these stressful emotions and transform them just as the colors of morning transform the sky. All thoughts start first in pictures and imagery. In order to make changes, you must access the mind’s imagery. Art is the expression of the body’s inner language.”


In an Expressive Arts session, one does not need to be an artist, Hamilton said. “We’re teaching art, we’re teaching how express yourself through the arts.”


“Often simple pictures reveal the imagery. An expressive arts counselor will help you access the images that your body, mind, and spirit need to heal painful emotions and physical symptoms.

Life has challenges that cause grief and painful emotions. Time alone does not always heal these painful emotions.”


Prior to her involvement with expressive arts, Hamilton spent 21 years using humor in therapy.

“I actually founded the nonprofit Carolina Health and Humor Association in 1989,” she said. “It promoted therapeutic humor around the country. I spent those years teaching the staff in hospitals how to use humor in patients. You’re using a lot of stand-up comedy, which we saw improve their health.”


Hamilton even went to Russia with the real-life Patch Adams.

“It was a goodwill tour of hospitals in Russia to demonstrate therapeutic humor,” she said.


Hamilton made the transition from humor therapy because “I wanted to focus more on art for healing, and I like working with small groups.”

Her demonstrations on humor therapy were sometimes before audiences of up to 6,000.

“I did a lot of public speaking and tours. Now I work with small groups, like the one at Mary Mac’s” she said.


At the University of North Carolina Hospital she worked one-on-one with children who were getting chemotherapy. “I used watercolor techniques to help them become interested in the power of watercolors during their therapy,” Hamilton said. “I use big brushes, everything is oversized. It became a family kind of thing with family members joining in.”


At Duke Medical Center in North Caroline she used expressive arts with heart transplant patients.

“They’re able to visualize the body cells and immune system, because all healing must start with cells before healing can happen,” she said. “Illness begins at the cellular level. Some have an illness going on for years.


Hamilton explained that Expressive Arts sessions begin with relaxation exercises and inner focusing. “You’ll be guided to sense the body’s wisdom and to note the inner imagery,” she said. “Often the body is trying to tell you about stress producing situations in your life.”


Through visual arts using watercolor, pastels, oil crayons, and colored pencils attendees can learn to identify, display, and transform their images, she said.“Sound, laughter, and music activate vibrational healing to soothe the spirit. Movement, dance, and healing gestures mobilize the body’s healthy hormones. Storytelling and native and tribal myths help you tap into the wisdom of the ages,” Hamilton said. “Three dimensional design, mandalas, and sculpture bring focus and clarity that can release stress. All of these expressive arts help you create healing and growth pathways.”


Ruth Hamilton moved to Socorro County four years ago, but still spends part of her time in Durham, North Carolina. “I love being here in Magdalena,” she said. “I like the stories I hear in the cafés. I love the art that is created by the people here, and appreciate everyone’s love of music and going to dances in the area. Believe it or not, I teach clog dancing.”


Hamilton also is a designer of jewelry and uses gems and rocks she collects while hiking around Pinon Springs.


Her jewelry can be seen at the Market Place and Bear Mountain Gallery in Magdalena, and Alamo Gallery and Gifts in Socorro.

She says, “each piece of jewelry art expresses a healing combination of colors, gem stones, and precious metals.”

 The “Arts For Cellular Healing,” will be from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 17.Call Mary Mac’s Café at 575-854-2063 for reservations or information. The cost is $35 in advance or $40 at the door.


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Mary Mac's new interior 🙂


MARY MAC’S CAFE – now located on Hwy 60 in Magdalena, in the High Country Lodge.  We are open 7 DAYS A WEEK Monday through Saturday 7am – 7pm and Sunday9am – 7pm.  Telephone number is 575-854-2063.  We have a very similar menu to our former location  with daily specials, soup of the day, jumbo muffins, cakes and pies plus Mexican food & other regional dishes.  Dinner is served from 5pm-7pm. We also offer made to order whole pizzas to eat in or take out – with our own sauce recipe and crust.  Pizza orders accepted from 11am – 7pm daily 7 days a week. Call  854-2063 to order.   Large 2 topping pizza $15.95.   Whole pies, cakes and cheesecakes available by special order.  Meeting and banquet facilities.  No charge or nominal charge for non profit group’s use of the meeting room.  Call for details.