Elephant Butte Inn Blog
Posted January 8, 2012
We hope you made it safely and happily through the first week of the new year! The weather has been beautiful and we all have so much to be thankful for. In our bi-monthly updates, I thought I would start letting you know what's going on in all areas of the Elephant Butte Lake Resort..it's getting closer for the busy season to get started in Elephant Butte and we're all excited about that.
What's Happenin' in the:
Ivory Tusk Restaurant: The second week of January is Healthy Weight Week but at the Ivory Tusk Restaurant, we are celebrating all month. I will post the specials with this Blog today. The Atrium is currently closed for remodeling but there is plenty of room in the banquet hall and the tavern to order from our full menu.
Ivory Tusk Tavern: With the start of the 100th Birthday of the State of New Mexico, our Tavern is highlighting the official Centennial Margarita which is made with 100% Agave Camarena Tequila. The drink is only $7.99 and you get to keep the commemorative glass that it is served in.
Ivory Tusk Gift Shop: We have a great sale going on our Noni (AHA) products: Purchase a Facial Cleanser at regular price and get the Facial Tonic for half price. If you use this wonderful line of product, you know what a great deal this is. If you don't use this line, come visit with Debbie; she'll explain the great benefits of using this line. We also have some new scarves in done by Grasshopper Silk (aka Sandy Hopper). These sold really well for Christmas gifts...start thinking now about Valentine's Day!
Ivory Tusk Spa: WOW! Gift Certificates purchased for Spa Treatments this Christmas were amazing. What's even more exciting is that everyone is using their Gift Certificates and finding out the health benefits of a massage and other spa treatments. A gift of wellness is a wonderful, thoughtful gift.
Ivory Tusk Salon: Spend some time with Annette when you can. She is excellent at looking at your face color and shape, the color and texture of your hair and so much more. She then uses her artistic skill to give you the best salon services in the area. Did you know she does hair extensions?
Group Services: Most of you know Nancy Cottle and many of you have dealt with her arranging your special party or group meeting. We have the space and staffing (for up to 200 people maximum) to help you with your wedding, company parties, monthly meetings, special breakfasts...the list is endless. We can accommodate more than 200 people if your event is outside on our east lawn. We can cater for your party. Just give Nancy a call!
RV Resort: If you haven't checked out the Dog Wash or Laundromat, you are missing a great service the RV Resort offers. Both of these are open to the public, not just RV guests. If you have any friends coming to visit and need a great, friendly resort...send them our way. Ask them to call (744-5996) and ask about our special Golf Packages. We are hoping to have the new website for the RV Resort up by the end of this month...www.
Elephant Butte Inn Website: We've started something new on our Blog this week. We will be "discussing" the special and historical events that have happened in our area and hope to get your input. Under "Group Events", check out our "Image Gallery"-- you may even find yourself on that site. Don't forget to find us also on Facebook. We are in the process of doing some updating on our website so you may see some changes soon. www.elephantbutteinn.com
The LaFont Family and all of us here at the Resort wish you a terrific year! Thank you for your patronage.
Posted January 7, 2012
In an arid state, harnessing water from mountain snow melt and springs has always been critical to sustaining agricultural production,
The Bureau of Reclamation's construction of Elephant Butte Dam, rising 301 feet tall and nearly 1,700 feet wide, between 1911 and 1916, created the largest irrigation reservoir in the world at that time. By creating a vast lake, the project also produced New Mexico's most popular state park.
The project was aimed at taming the unpredictable flooding of the Rio Grande, to ensure the regular supply of irrigation water and to consolidate small privately built irrigation systems in the Rincon and Mesilla Valleys.
The amount of irrigated acreage in Southern New Mexico tripled to more than 100,000 acres, according to the Bureau of Reclamation.
More next week...this information was supplied by the Albuquerque Journal's "New Mexico, 100 years of Statehood" special Centennial edition.
Today, Sierra County celebrated with a "Walk Across the Dam"...this has not been allowed since the 9/11 tragedies.
Posted January 6, 2012
New Mexico History Museum Shares '47 Stars'
The Flag Act of 1818 set forth a rule that no new stars could be added to the flag until the Fourth of July immediately following a state’s admission to the union. Thanks to that mandate, New Mexicans hoping to share their pride at becoming the 47th state were essentially forced into committing their first illegal acts as U.S. citizens, since the 48th star – Arizona – sabotaged the timeline.
From January 6, 2012 through November 25, 2012, the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe commemorates that dip into the dark side with “47 Stars,” an exhibit of the officially unofficial 47-star flag. “47 Stars” joins a collection of long-term exhibits commemorating statehood.
In addition, the museum’s front window will be festooned with bunting and the archival image of a statehood parade car will be turned into a cutout that visitors can pose behind for Centennial souvenir photos.
The museum’s Brainpower and Brown Bags lunchtime lecture series will also be dedicated to statehood topics throughout the centennial year.
Contact Kate Nelson, (505) 476-5200, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Posted January 5, 2012
Rio Grande Yacht Club
NM 100th Birthday Sail
Boats will gather shortly before the start of the Official Events at 11am. Sailboat Parade will be viewable from shore and from Dam Site. This is in conjunction with the Walk Across the Dam described below.
Posted January 4, 2012
Walk Across Elephant Butte Dam
Sierra County: Spirit of the Past–Eye on the Future
Official Event of the New Mexico Centennial
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Begins at 11:00am
Construction of the Elephant Butte Dam commenced in 1911 and was completed in 1916. The dam has been closed to traffic since 9/11/01.
Special arrangements will allow visitors to walk the dam this one day ONLY from 11-3. The celebration begins at the Dam Site. A flag ceremony, speeches, music, food, video interviews, historic photos, brochures and books will be on display at Dam Site restaurant/parking area. Vans will take visitors from the Dam Site recreation area to the dam overlook and will return visitors to the restaurant for an optional $10 buffet lunch.
Dam Site Recreation Area
Elephant Butte Lake State Park; Highway 51 entrance.
No State Park Fees & Free Parking with free shuttle service from parking area to event
Event cost: Free | Optional Buffet lunch at the Dam Site Restaurant $10, served from noon till 3pm
Posted January 1, 2012
Be sure to check out our Facebook page for photos from New Year's Eve and the Morning After.
Posted January 1, 2012
"Me and My Baby" are full-time traveling musicians.
After producing their new "Smokin Oldies" CD at Fox Run Studio in Newberry, Florida, this summer, they headed west to winter in T or C. (click on http://fordrinksandtips.com/recordings/ to check out some of the singles on the CD).
This dynamic duo from Kansas can draw from a set list of 140 songs, to tailor their show to the musical tastes of the audience.
Friday Night...January 6th...7pm!
Posted January 1, 2012
The Sierra County New Mexico Statehood Centennial Celebration Committee (a part of the non-profit corporation Campo Espinoso) is hosting a special (and potentially one-time) event celebrating Elephant Butte Dam. The roadway at the top of the dam will be open to the public (for foot traffic only) for the first time since 9/11.
Historic photographs and video interviews of Sierra County pioneers will be displayed at the Dam Site, as well as a 47-star flag sewn by the Winter Quilters of Sierra County. The American Legion Post 44 and the Jr. ROTC will perform a flag ceremony and honor guard, and the HSHS band and chorus will perform "Oh, Fair New Mexico." The Dam Site Resort will reopen for the day and present a special lunch buffet costing $10; entrance to the roadway is free. Meet at the Dam Site Recreation Area off route 51 for a free shuttle to the dam. Contact: Harriette Bolling, 575-744-4761, email@example.com.
Posted January 1, 2012
The Ivory Tusk Restaurant features This Week's Healthy Plate Special:
Balsamic-Honey Shrimp Salad
Steamed shrimp tossed in honey-balsamic sauce with green leaf and fresh spinach, cool cucumbers, tangy orange slices, juicy tomatoes and sweet Bermuda onion.
This special runs Monday, January 2 through Saturday, January 7, 2012
Posted December 11, 2011
Check out our Facebook page for an album on the weekend of lights including winners!!