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Welcome to Sierra County! T or C Veterans Memorial Park

Posted November 25, 2013

Sierra County is an amazing place...most people don't realize how much there is to see and do here so I am starting this blog...in no specific order...of places to see and things to do and other information I hope you will find interesting.  Today I would like to highlight the T or C Veterans Memorial Park.  This park is dedicated to the memories of family and friends that have dedicated their lives to the service of our great country.  All generations are encouraged to come and experience the "Wall That Heals" as well as other attractions within the park.  In February 2003, a half-scale traveling replica of the world-renown Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall made its permanent home in Truth or Consequences, NM.  This wall was one of a handful of wall replicas traveling throughout the nation.   Since its inception in 1996, more than one million people have visited the Memorial Funds Traveling Wall exhibition.  it has made stops in nearly 200 U.S. locales in addition to touring the four Provinces of Ireland.  This wall, that was purchased by New Mexico with the assistance of local businessmen traversed the United States for approximately three years until being retired in December 2002.

"The Wall That Heals speaks not only to the loss, but of the lives of 58,420 men and women named on the wall - our parents, children, neighbors and friends" said Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial fund.  We are confident that the memorial will become a frequent visiting place for those honoring the service of all who served in Vietnam and in particular, the 399 New Mexicans who made the ultimate sacrifice.  This memorial in Truth or Consequences serves as a common gathering place for  New Mexicans both young and old to show respect and honor in remembrance.

"The Walk of Education" is fascinating.  You take an historical walk along a congressional Medal of Honor shaped path and read our country's history on a monument representing each conflict the United States has been involved in since 1775 up to and including Afghanistan and Iraq.  You could easily spend a few hours in this place of honor.  In the next blog, I'll discuss the adjacent Hamilton Military Museum.

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted November 15, 2013

11/16/2013Denim and Diamonds Gala Benefit for Sierra Vista Hospital6pm, Elephant Butte Inn, 401 Highway 195, Elephant ButteJoin us for an evening of wild west fun with big time bling to benefit Sierra Vista Hospital. This is your chance to pull out all the stops and go country wild for a great cause. For information about the gala event or to find out how you can support Sierra Vista Hospital through donation of auction items or by sponsoring a table please contact: Sharon Finarelli at 743-1272 or sharon.finarelli@svhnm.orgCost: $100.Contact: Sierra Vista Hospital Development Organization, Inc., Sharon Finarelli, 575-743-1272, sharon.finarelli@svhnm.org.http://www.svhnm.org


11/16/2013Turkey Shoot Golf Tournament and Auction10am start, Sierra del Rio Golf Course at Turtleback Mountain Resort, 101 Clubhouse Rd, Elephant Butte, NM 87935Annual event to support the Food Bank and Children of Sierra County. 4-person Scramble (must have a least 1 female golfer per team), Silent Auction and Raffle. Entry Fee includes: golf, cart, Turkey Gift Certificate, drink tickets and lunch. You do not have to participate in the tournament to participate in the auction or raffle.Cost: $60 per golfer ($240 per team).Contact: Sierra del Rio Golf Course, Jake Saxton, 575-744-GOLF, jake@sdrgolf.com.http://sdrgolf.com


11/16/2013New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association Saturday Night Playhouse Dance7-9pm, NMOTFA Playhouse, 710 Elm Street, 7th at Elm, Truth or ConsequencesLive music provided by NMOTFA Fiddlers and Friends. Toe-tapping fun! Door prize. Refreshments served. Family friendly. No alcohol or smoking in the building. You are invited to dance and listen to the music. Funds are used to host the New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association State Fiddle Championship Contest the 1st weekend in October.Cost: donations greatly appreciated!.Contact: New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association, Zelma Iorio, 575-297-4125,nmofta@hotmail.com.http://www.nmotfa.com


11/17/2013Le Chat Lunatique3pm-5pm, Hillsboro Community Center, Elenora Street, HillsboroAs unpredictable, fearless and entertaining as their namesake, Le Chat Lunatique purveys an addictive genre they call "filthy, mangy jazz,: a signature sound that makes you want to smoke and drink too much--if only you could get off the dance floor. The hot Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli are their north star, but they use the beacon to navigate through a wide range of genres, blending Western swing, classical, reggae and doowop.Cost: $5 dollar donation.Contact: Hillsboro Community Center, Laurie McKray, 575-895-5686, Lmckray@icloud.com.


11/17/2013Regular Main Stream Square Dancing2 - 4 pm, Moose Lodge dining room, 202 W. Smith St, Truth or ConsequencesSundays,check it out - free Tips & Tunes dance from 2pm-2:45pm - no experience required. There are lots of "angels" to help you learn. From 2:45pm-4pm is our weekly Club mainstream square dance open to the public. Come alone, as a couple, or a family. Need not be a member of the Moose to come and dance or just watch the fun. Call ahead to be sure the venue has not been temporarily changed. No charge for Tips & Tunes or to watch. $3.00 per person to danceContact: The Sierra Twirlers Square Dance Club of T or C, Carole Wheeler, 575-313-9971,randcintennessee@msn.com.


11/19/2013Festival of the Cranes9am-3pm, Elephant Butte Lake State ParkBirding from a houseboat on the lake in the mornings as well as birding hikes in the Paseo del Rio campground along the river.Cost: day use fee.Contact: Friends of Bosque del Apache, 575-838-2120, friends@sdc.org.


11/22/2013 - 11/23/2013Craft ShowSt. Paul Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall, 407 Cedar Street, Truth or ConsequencesA variety of talented crafters will be displaying their wonderful creations. A hot dog, chips, drink and cookie plate will be available for $5. Hours: 12-4pm on the 22nd; 9am-3pm on the 23rd.Cost: $25 per table to exhibit, no charge for admission.Contact: St. Paul Episcopal Church, Mary Alice Troyer, 507-219-1696,Troyaust2@hotmail.com.


11/23/2013New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association Saturday Night Playhouse Dance7-9pm, NMOTFA Playhouse, 710 Elm Street, 7th at Elm, Truth or ConsequencesLive music provided by NMOTFA Fiddlers and Friends. Toe-tapping fun! Door prize. Refreshments served. Family friendly. No alcohol or smoking in the building. You are invited to dance and listen to the music. Funds are used to host the New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association State Fiddle Championship Contest the 1st weekend in October.Cost: donations greatly appreciated!.Contact: New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association, Zelma Iorio, 575 297-4125,nmofta@hotmail.com.http://www.nmotfa.com


11/23/2013 - 11/24/2013Elephant Butte Arts/Crafts - Farmers Market - Flea Market9am-4pm, 104 Water Street, Elephant ButteGrand Opening! All artists, craftsmen, farmers, and flea market sellers are encouraged to reserve spaces asap.Contact: Elephant Butte Arts/Crafts/Farmers Market/Flea Market, Paula Baker, 505-321-8064, crcinc@netzero.com.

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted November 7, 2013

11/9/2013 Saturday11th Annual Run for the Wall9am-4:30pm, Veterans Memorial Park, 996 S. Broadway, Truth or ConsequencesCome support the Truth or Consequences Veterans' Memorial Park & Museum during this fun and festive event, which includes vendors, games, a car show, food, music, the tug-of-war Tug-off, a Bike Run and Rodeo - a guaranteed good time! Tug-a-war is at 3pm.Cost: free.Contact: Veterans Memorial Park, Bobby Allen, 575-740-7111.http://www.torcveteransmemorial.com/


11/9/201317th Annual Veterans' Day Car Show9am-3pm, New Mexico State Veterans Home, 992 South Broadway, Truth or ConsequencesTrophy Plaques and Dash Plaques will be awarded for People's Choice and Judge's Picks. Judging starts @ 11:30 / door prizes begin @ 1:00 PM / awards start @ 2:00 PM. Vehicle Entry Fee: $30. Concession Stand on Site. Swap Meet Area Available! (10' x 10' space $25.00) Free for spectators - hosted by New Mexico State Veterans Home.Contact: New Mexico State Veterans' home, Sam Shannon, 575-894-4222,sam.shannon@state.nm.us.http://www.nmstateveteranshome.org


11/9/2013Hot Springs High School Student Art Show6-9pm, Geronimo Springs Museum, 211 Main Street, Truth or ConsequencesPlease join us for the opening of the Hot Springs High School Student Artists. The show will highlight exceptional student artwork including original drawings, paintings, and designs. Art on display and for sale November 9 - December 1, 2013. Free admission to the Geronimo Springs Museum during this opening. For further information call the museum at 575-894-6600.Contact: Hot Springs High School, Vicki Evans, 575-894-8350, vevans@torcschools.net.http://torcschools.hshs.schooldesk.net/TeachingStaff/EvansVicki/tabid/15303/Default.aspx


11/9/2013 - 11/10/2013Bass Fishing TournamentElephant Butte LakeCatch & release bass tournament; weigh-in on south side of Marina del Sur boat ramp. Safe light-3pm Sat, 1pm Sun.Cost: $5 day use fee.Contact: Duke City Bass Bums, Gary Thomas, 505-353-1610, not2busy2fish@gmail.com.http://www.sierracountynewmexico.info/elephant-butte-lake/


11/9/2013Holiday Craft Boutique11am-6pm Craft Boutique, The Club Restaurant's Rio Bravo Room at Turtleback Mountain Resort, 101 Clubhouse Rd, Elephant ButtHoliday Craft Boutique featuring local artisans (open to public).Contact: The Club Restaurant at Turtleback Mountain Resort`, Tammie Ohrman, 575-744-7107, tammie@turtlebackmountain.com.http://www.turtlebackmountainresort.com


New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association Saturday Night Playhouse Dance7-9pm, NMOTFA Playhouse, 710 Elm Street, 7th at Elm, Truth or ConsequencesLive music provided by NMOTFA Fiddlers and Friends. Toe-tapping fun! Door prize. Refreshments served. Family friendly. No alcohol or smoking in the building. You are invited to dance and listen to the music. Funds are used to host the New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association State Fiddle Championship Contest the 1st weekend in October.Cost: donations greatly appreciated!.Contact: New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association, Zelma Iorio, 575-297-4125,nmofta@hotmail.com.http://www.nmotfa.com


11/10/2013 SundayDamsite Car Show8am-4pm, Damsite Parking Lot, 77 B Engle Star Route, Elephant ButteNo charge to enter for a chance to win Shell gas cards for $100, $50 and $25. Come on out and enter your car. Enjoy the sites and the friendly staff at the Damsite!Contact: Damsite, Karen Fessenden, 575-894-0000, damsite@hotmail.com.http://DamsiteRecreationalArea.com


11/11/2013 MondayVeterans' Day Celebration10am, New Mexico State Veterans' Home, 992 S Broadway, Truth or ConsequencesPlease join us as we celebrate and honor VETERANS’ DAY. There will be speakers, a 21 gun salute, fly over by local pilots, music and a BBQ Lunch. Coffee and pastries will be served in the lobby beginning at 9am prior to the start of the program. The event is free to all and the cost of lunch is only $5.00 per person. Lunch will include BBQ sandwich, baked beans, cole slaw, cake and a beverage.Contact: New Mexico State Veterans' Home, Carol Wilson, 575-894-4200,carol.wilson@state.nm.us .http://NMStateVeteransHome.org

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted October 11, 2013

10/19/2013  SaturdayDesert Diamond Casino Night6:30-11:00pm, Elephant Butte Inn, 401 Hwy 195, Elephant ButteJoin us for an evening of fun at the 9th Annual "Desert Diamond Casino Night" This is a fundraiser for the activities of the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce. There will be great prizes & games galore! Roulette, Craps, Poker, Black Jack & more! Play is by donation only. Cash bar with drink specials all night.Contact: Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce, Kim Skinner, 575-744-4708,info@elephantbuttechamberofcommerce.com.http://www.elephantbuttechamberofcommerce.com


10/19/20135K Walk Fundraiser9am, Veterans Memorial Park, 996 S Broadway, Truth or ConsequencesThe Sierra Health Council is hosting a fundraiser walk to benefit SHC Community Training Collaborative. Thanks to donations from Bullocks, Coordinated Home Health Care, and Sierra Water and Soil Conservation District participants will receive a free t-shirt and refreshments.Cost: $10 donation.Contact: Sierra Health Council, Laura McDonald, 5107981071,sierrahealthcouncil@gmail.com.http://www.sierrrahealthcouncil.com

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted September 20, 2013


Saturday,September 28th:  Free Fishing Day...all day, at fishing sites throughout NM.   Anglers of all ages - residents & non-residents- can fish without a license, stamp or validation.  All other fishing rules apply.  Cost is free.  For more information, call 505-476-8095 

9/28 - 9/29..Triathlon..see our homepage


What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted September 15, 2013

9/21/2013Fashion, Fun and Food at January's2pm, January's, Broadway, downtown T or CJanuary is having a fund raiser for Sierra County Cancer Assistance. Come and have a great afternoon with your friends. A donation of $20 will get you a ticket. There will only be 50 tickets available and can be purchased at January's. Support your local charity where all donations go to work in Sierra County.Contact: Sierra County Cancer Assistance, Steph Ross, 575-740-3971, srfoxie@gmail.com.http://www.sierracountycancerassistance.org/fund-raising-events/

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted September 6, 2013


This weekend is full with Elephant Days..here's "What's Happenin'" next weekend:


9/13/2013Brian Haas & David Wayne - Jazz at the Lee Belle Johnson Center7:30 pm, The Lee Belle Johnson Senior Recreation Center, 301 S. Foch St., Downtown T or CThe Sierra County Arts Council Concert Series is proud to present Jazz at the Lee Belle Johnson Center on Friday, September 13 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Brian Haas and David Wayne present an evening of piano, keyboard and percussion duets. Brian is from LA where he leads his own trio and performs with acclaimed The Dead Kenny G's. Featured music will be from his upcoming duet CD with LA's 1st call drummer Matt Chamberlain. Tao's David Wayne will be playing drums, percussion and some keyboards.Cost: donations accepted.Contact: Sierra County Arts Council, James Durham, 575-894-7008, gumbojames@aol.com.http://www.sierracountyart.org


9/14/2013Second Saturday Art Hop - September6-9pm, Downtown Truth or ConsequencesGalleries, studios, shops and restaurants are open late on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Check the MainStreet Truth or Consequences website for info on opening exhibits and special events.Cost: free.Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences, promotions@torcmainstreet.org.http://torcmainstreet.org/hop/


9/14/2013 - 10/27/2013Land as Spirit6:00-9pm, RioBravoFineArt, Inc. 110 N. Broadway Truth or ConsequencesThere is a palpable, vibratory energy in the New Mexico landscape thatI have not experienced in quite the same way in any other place where I have lived or traveled to. In the south at the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge on the Rio Grande River and in the north in the Pecos Wilderness of mountains and valleys bisected by the Pecos River, it feels as if all of Nature is in constant movement expressing its joy at being alive. Each location has its own identity and beauty.Contact: RioBravoFineArt, Eduardo Alicea, 575-894-0572, riobravofa@gmail.com.http://www.riobravofineart.net

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted August 31, 2013

 Friday through Sunday, September 6 - 8  
Elephant Days - Adventures!
2pm Friday through 2pm SundayElephant Butte

Events kick off Friday afternoon when the arts & crafts show opens a day early at 2pm. Saturday's slate includes live music, a 10amparade, rock crawls and thrilling motocross acrobatics displays by the Brigade FMX team from 11am-5pm. The fun continues on Sunday with music from On Call, more motorcycle acrobatics and closing ceremonies. The Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta is happening right next door at the state park, so arrive early to catch the ascent or descent (see below for details). A balloon glow is planned for Saturday night, weather permitting. See the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce website for more info. Most events are free; park entry fees apply to get close to the Balloon Regatta. Contact: Mel Tepper, 575-744-4411 or 224-402-2044,meltepper@valornet.com.

Elephant Days - Adventures!

  Saturday & Sunday, September 7 - 8  
33rd Annual Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta
6-10am, Lions Beach, Elephant Butte Lake State Park (enter through the main gate)

Events for spectators include Saturday and Sunday daily balloon ascension and, weather allowing, balloon glows in the evenings in conjunction with Elephant Days (see above). Standard park entrance fees apply. Contact: Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta505-821-8558

Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta

  Saturday, September 7  
C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Tournament
7am-12pmElephant Butte Lake State Park

This fishing tournament began in 1991 and unites volunteers who love to fish with disabled and disadvantaged children for a day of fishing in the outdoors. Free for participants; spectators must pay the standard park entrance fee. Contact: C.A.S.T. for Kids, Chris Bolen, 575-744-5923 or 575-744-5998

C.A.S.T. For Kids

  Saturday, September 7  
NM Old Time Fiddlers Saturday Night Dance
7pm, NMOTFA Playhouse, 710 Elm,Truth or Consequences

Everyone's invited to dances at the Playhouse, where the New Mexico Old Time Fiddlers Association keeps fiddle music alive! Performers include Stan Williams, Wes Burrus and Berry Cox on fiddle, John Tate on guitar, Helen Tate on drums, Larry Nelson on bass, and Snooky Keller on piano. The all-ages fun includes dancing, a door prize, and refreshments. Wheelchair accessible; alcohol and smoking not allowed on the premises. Donations are appreciated. Contact: Zelma Iorio, 575-297-4071,nmofta@hotmail.com.

Old Time Fiddlers

  Sunday, September 8  
2nd Sunday Poetry Reading
1pm, Black Cat Books and Coffee, 128 Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Monthly poetry readings return from summer vacation! Read or listen on the 2nd Sunday of every month. Free. Contact: Rhonda Brittan, 575-894-7070

Black Cat Poets


What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted July 5, 2013

Wow!!  This is 4th of July weekend is "wild and crazy" but the fun never stops in Sierra County.  Here's "What's Happenin'" next weekend:

7/13/2013 – 7/14/2013

Drag Boat Races

8:30am-1pm, Hot Springs Landing, Elephant Butte Lake State Park

speed boatPay the standard park entrance fee to watch drag boats racing on the lake, or bring your own watercraft (doesn't have to be a drag boat) and get in on the action.

Contact: SWDBA, Rick Lindgren, 505-259-3876.

American Bass Assoc. Fishing Tournament

6am-3:30pmMarina del SurElephant Butte Lake State Park 

Small Mouth Bass caught at Elephant Butte Lake 2013A one-day bass fishing tournament sponsored by the American Bass Association.

Park entrance fees apply. Contact: Bobby Brewster, 575-740-7320.

Sierra County Farmers' Market - see 7/6/2013.


Second Saturday Art Hop

6-9pm, downtown Truth or Consequences / Hot Springs Historic District

Art Hop logoDowntown galleries, studios, shops and restaurants are open late on the 2nd Saturday of every month. July's special events include the opening of local artist Chantal Elena Mitchell's new show "In Bloom" at the Rio Bravogallery, and a "Christmas in July" celebration at Martha's gift shop, complete with a visit from Santa and live music by the T or C Community Chorus! 

Truth or Consequences MainStreet sponsors the event; check their Second Saturday Art Hop page on Facebook for more information. Contact: promotions@torcmainstreet.org.

Socorro Bass Club Fishing Tournament

6am-3pmMarina del SurElephant Butte Lake State Park 

fishA one-day bass fishing tournament sponsored by the Socorro Valley Bass Club. 

Park entrance fees apply. Contact: 575-835-1200.



Help Sierra County Cancer Assistance!

Posted June 9, 2013

Deucin' For A Cure6am-10pm, Either Rattlesnake Island or Lion's Beach, w/in the main area of Elephant Butte Lake State ParkFundraiser for cancer with live broadcast from KFOX 92.3. Events include a deuce pull and towing assistance to individuals stuck in the sand (donation requested), karaoke, lip sync and air guitar contest. Barbeque lunch w/ a DJ MCing activities and music. Grace the Psychic Lady will be doing readings. Pins and shirts will be available for donations. All donations for cancer research, etc.Cost: park entrance fee.Contact: Sierra County Cancer Assoc., Tami Smith, 575-312-5415smithtami1@msn.com.http://sierracountyevents.com/flyer/DeucinForACure.pdf


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