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Events for the Month of March 2015

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March 7, 2015
16th-Annual Cowboy Days
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
As Cowboy Days enters its 16th year, more activities are being added to help keep the Old West and New Mexico’s ranching traditions alive.

This year’s event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 7-8. Admission is $5 for everyone age 5 and older (no discounts or passes).

A Cowboy Dinner & Dance is part of the festivities this year on March 7, with a barbecue beef dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and a dance from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. The Las Cruces band, The Desperados, will provide the live music, and there will be a cash bar. Tickets for this fund-raising event are $30 per person and are on sale at the museum.

Old West Thunder will do gunfight re-enactments and Enchantment Historical Productions will do a 19th-Century Fashion Show that progresses to modern times, as well as perform as the Skunk Valley Singers and a living history skit called “Daniel F. Beatty: Purveyor of Pump Organs, Clocks and Sewing Machines.”

Another living history activity this year is the annual time travel program in the museum’s Horse & Cattle Barn. “Pickles, Pies & Cowpunchers” takes visitors back to a Spring Fair in Magdalena, N.M. in 1886. Cowboy Days attendees are invited to interact with the characters as the 1886 folks celebrate the completion of the railroad. Miners and cowpunchers are sampling the wares as townspeople set up various booths and offer pickle tasting and a pie auction. The sheriff and his deputies are keeping an eye on everyone. The time travel experience is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

The new activities this year include mechanical bull rides (for $5 each), and cow bingo, which will benefit its sponsor, Jardin de los Niños, a local shelter for homeless and near-homeless children and families.
The Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted Shooting Club returns for the second year to demonstrate this fast-growing sport. Riders on horseback go through a course in the museum’s Roping Arena firing blanks to pop balloon targets. The museum also will offer its Parade of Breeds program where six different breeds of beef cattle will be herded into the Round Pen where the origins and characteristics of each breed will be discussed.

Cowboy Days also features chuck wagon cooking, stagecoach rides, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, demonstrations and many children’s activities, including the Sheriff’s School. Pony rides for kids are $5 each, in addition to regular admission. Pat Howard’s working dogs will show their herding ability on Sunday only, and there will be a plant sale both days at the museum’s greenhouse.

Music is always part of Cowboy Days and this year’s roster of musicians and singers include James Michael, Gary Colson, Kenny Arroyo, Washtub Jerry, Voz Vaqueros, Eddy Harrison and Jim Jones. Also, members of the Western Writers of America will sign copies of their books, tell stories and do readings. The featured authors are Ollie Reed, Stephen Zimmer and Melody Groves.

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road. For more information, call (575) 522-4100 or visit www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org

Cowboy Days Schedule

Saturday, March 7

Ongoing activities both days: Arts & crafts vendors, food vendors, stagecoach rides, cow bingo, children’s activities, face painting, plant sale, chuck wagon cooking, book signings, and demonstrations, including blacksmithing, dowsing, wool spinning, guitar making, and wood carving. Working dogs (Sunday only).

9:15-9:45 a.m.: Melody Groves – Theater.
9:30-10:15 a.m.: Skunk Valley Singers – Amphitheater.
10-10:30 a.m.: Ollie Reed – Theater.
10-11 a.m.: Pony rides -- near the Horse & Cattle Barn ($5).
10-10:30 a.m.: Sheriff’s School for kids –Courtyard.
10:45-11:15 a.m.: Stephen Zimmer – Theater.
10:30-11 a.m.: Washtub Jerry –Courtyard.
10:45-11:15 p.m.: Old West Thunder gunfight re-enactment – Front of Bruce King Building.
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted Shooting -- Roping Arena.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Mechanical bull rides -- Pavilion ($5).
11-11:30 a.m.: Sheriff’s School for kids – Courtyard.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Voz Vaqueros – Theater.
12-4 p.m.: Pony rides -- near the Horse & Cattle Barn ($5).
12-1 p.m.: Parade of Breeds -- Round Pen.
12-12:45 p.m.: James Michael – Courtyard.
12:45-1:30 p.m.: 19th Century Fashion Show – Theater.
1-3 p.m.: “Pickles, Pies & Cowpunchers” time travel to 1886 – Horse & Cattle Barn.
1-2 p.m.: Gary Colson – Courtyard.
1:45-2:30 p.m.: Eddy Harrison – Theater.
2:15-3 p.m.: Kenny Arroyo – Courtyard.
2:45-3:30 p.m.: Jim Jones – Theater.
3-4 p.m.: Parade of Breeds -- Round Pen.
3:15-3:45 p.m.: Old West Thunder gunfight re-enactment – Front of Bruce King Building.
3:15-3:45 p.m.: Sheriff’s School for kids – Courtyard.
4-4:45 p.m.: “Daniel F. Beatty: Purveyor of Pump Organs, Clocks & Sewing Machines” living history skit – Theater.
4-5 p.m.: Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted Shooting -- Roping Arena.
4:30-5 p.m.: Sheriff’s School for kids – Courtyard.

Sunday, March 8

9:15-9:45 a.m.: Melody Groves – Theater.
9:30-10:15 a.m.: Skunk Valley Singers – Amphitheater.
10-11 a.m.: Pony rides -- near the Horse & Cattle Barn ($5).
10-10:30 a.m.: Sheriff’s School for kids –Courtyard.
10-10:30 a.m.: Stephen Zimmer – Theater.
10:45-11:30 a.m.: Kenny Arroyo – Courtyard.
10:45-11:15 p.m.: Old West Thunder gunfight re-enactment – Front of Bruce King Building.
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted Shooting -- Roping Arena.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Mechanical bull rides -- Pavilion ($5).
11-11:45 a.m.: Washtub Jerry – Theater.
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Sheriff’s School – Courtyard.
12-4 p.m.: Pony rides -- near the Horse & Cattle Barn ($5).
12-1 p.m.: Parade of Breeds -- Round Pen.
12:15-1 p.m.: 19th Century Fashion Show – Theater.
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Gary Colson – Courtyard.
1-3 p.m.: “Pickles, Pies & Cowpunchers” time travel to 1886 – Horse & Cattle Barn.
1:30-2:15 p.m.: “Daniel F. Beatty: Purveyor of Pump Organs, Clocks & Sewing Machines” living history skit – Theater.
1:45-2:30 p.m.: James Michael – Courtyard.
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Voz Vaqueros – Theater.
3-4 p.m.: Parade of Breeds -- Round Pen.
3:15-3:45 p.m.: Old West Thunder gunfight re-enactment – Front of Bruce King Building.
3:30-4 p.m.: Sheriff’s School – Courtyard.
3:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.: Eddy Harrison – Theater.
4-5 p.m.: Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted Shooting -- Roping Arena.
4:30-5 p.m.: Ollie Reed – Theater.
4:30-5 p.m.: Sheriff’s School – Courtyard.

March 7, 2015
Cowboy Dinner & Dance
5:30 pm – 12:00 am

A Cowboy Dinner & Dance is part of Cowboy Days this year on March 7, with a barbecue beef dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and a dance from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.

The Las Cruces band, The Desperados, will provide the live music, and there will be a cash bar. Tickets for this fund-raising event are $30 per person and are on sale at the museum.

March 8, 2015
16th-Annual Cowboy Days
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
As Cowboy Days enters its 16th year, more activities are being added to help keep the Old West and New Mexico’s ranching traditions alive.

This year’s event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 7-8. Admission is $5 for everyone age 5 and older (no discounts or passes).

A Cowboy Dinner & Dance is part of the festivities this year on March 7, with a barbecue beef dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and a dance from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. The Las Cruces band, The Desperados, will provide the live music, and there will be a cash bar. Tickets for this fund-raising event are $30 per person and are on sale at the museum.

Old West Thunder will do gunfight re-enactments and Enchantment Historical Productions will do a 19th-Century Fashion Show that progresses to modern times, as well as perform as the Skunk Valley Singers and a living history skit called “Daniel F. Beatty: Purveyor of Pump Organs, Clocks and Sewing Machines.”

Another living history activity this year is the annual time travel program in the museum’s Horse & Cattle Barn. “Pickles, Pies & Cowpunchers” takes visitors back to a Spring Fair in Magdalena, N.M. in 1886. Cowboy Days attendees are invited to interact with the characters as the 1886 folks celebrate the completion of the railroad. Miners and cowpunchers are sampling the wares as townspeople set up various booths and offer pickle tasting and a pie auction. The sheriff and his deputies are keeping an eye on everyone. The time travel experience is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

The new activities this year include mechanical bull rides (for $5 each), and cow bingo, which will benefit its sponsor, Jardin de los Niños, a local shelter for homeless and near-homeless children and families.
The Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted Shooting Club returns for the second year to demonstrate this fast-growing sport. Riders on horseback go through a course in the museum’s Roping Arena firing blanks to pop balloon targets. The museum also will offer its Parade of Breeds program where six different breeds of beef cattle will be herded into the Round Pen where the origins and characteristics of each breed will be discussed.

Cowboy Days also features chuck wagon cooking, stagecoach rides, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, demonstrations and many children’s activities, including the Sheriff’s School. Pony rides for kids are $5 each, in addition to regular admission. Pat Howard’s working dogs will show their herding ability on Sunday only, and there will be a plant sale both days at the museum’s greenhouse.

Music is always part of Cowboy Days and this year’s roster of musicians and singers include James Michael, Gary Colson, Kenny Arroyo, Washtub Jerry, Voz Vaqueros, Eddy Harrison and Jim Jones. Also, members of the Western Writers of America will sign copies of their books, tell stories and do readings. The featured authors are Ollie Reed, Stephen Zimmer and Melody Groves.

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road. For more information, call (575) 522-4100 or visit www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org

Cowboy Days Schedule

Saturday, March 7

Ongoing activities both days: Arts & crafts vendors, food vendors, stagecoach rides, cow bingo, children’s activities, face painting, plant sale, chuck wagon cooking, book signings, and demonstrations, including blacksmithing, dowsing, wool spinning, guitar making, and wood carving. Working dogs (Sunday only).

9:15-9:45 a.m.: Melody Groves – Theater.
9:30-10:15 a.m.: Skunk Valley Singers – Amphitheater.
10-10:30 a.m.: Ollie Reed – Theater.
10-11 a.m.: Pony rides -- near the Horse & Cattle Barn ($5).
10-10:30 a.m.: Sheriff’s School for kids –Courtyard.
10:45-11:15 a.m.: Stephen Zimmer – Theater.
10:30-11 a.m.: Washtub Jerry –Courtyard.
10:45-11:15 p.m.: Old West Thunder gunfight re-enactment – Front of Bruce King Building.
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted Shooting -- Roping Arena.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Mechanical bull rides -- Pavilion ($5).
11-11:30 a.m.: Sheriff’s School for kids – Courtyard.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Voz Vaqueros – Theater.
12-4 p.m.: Pony rides -- near the Horse & Cattle Barn ($5).
12-1 p.m.: Parade of Breeds -- Round Pen.
12-12:45 p.m.: James Michael – Courtyard.
12:45-1:30 p.m.: 19th Century Fashion Show – Theater.
1-3 p.m.: “Pickles, Pies & Cowpunchers” time travel to 1886 – Horse & Cattle Barn.
1-2 p.m.: Gary Colson – Courtyard.
1:45-2:30 p.m.: Eddy Harrison – Theater.
2:15-3 p.m.: Kenny Arroyo – Courtyard.
2:45-3:30 p.m.: Jim Jones – Theater.
3-4 p.m.: Parade of Breeds -- Round Pen.
3:15-3:45 p.m.: Old West Thunder gunfight re-enactment – Front of Bruce King Building.
3:15-3:45 p.m.: Sheriff’s School for kids – Courtyard.
4-4:45 p.m.: “Daniel F. Beatty: Purveyor of Pump Organs, Clocks & Sewing Machines” living history skit – Theater.
4-5 p.m.: Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted Shooting -- Roping Arena.
4:30-5 p.m.: Sheriff’s School for kids – Courtyard.

Sunday, March 8

9:15-9:45 a.m.: Melody Groves – Theater.
9:30-10:15 a.m.: Skunk Valley Singers – Amphitheater.
10-11 a.m.: Pony rides -- near the Horse & Cattle Barn ($5).
10-10:30 a.m.: Sheriff’s School for kids –Courtyard.
10-10:30 a.m.: Stephen Zimmer – Theater.
10:45-11:30 a.m.: Kenny Arroyo – Courtyard.
10:45-11:15 p.m.: Old West Thunder gunfight re-enactment – Front of Bruce King Building.
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted Shooting -- Roping Arena.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Mechanical bull rides -- Pavilion ($5).
11-11:45 a.m.: Washtub Jerry – Theater.
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Sheriff’s School – Courtyard.
12-4 p.m.: Pony rides -- near the Horse & Cattle Barn ($5).
12-1 p.m.: Parade of Breeds -- Round Pen.
12:15-1 p.m.: 19th Century Fashion Show – Theater.
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Gary Colson – Courtyard.
1-3 p.m.: “Pickles, Pies & Cowpunchers” time travel to 1886 – Horse & Cattle Barn.
1:30-2:15 p.m.: “Daniel F. Beatty: Purveyor of Pump Organs, Clocks & Sewing Machines” living history skit – Theater.
1:45-2:30 p.m.: James Michael – Courtyard.
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Voz Vaqueros – Theater.
3-4 p.m.: Parade of Breeds -- Round Pen.
3:15-3:45 p.m.: Old West Thunder gunfight re-enactment – Front of Bruce King Building.
3:30-4 p.m.: Sheriff’s School – Courtyard.
3:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.: Eddy Harrison – Theater.
4-5 p.m.: Borderland Pistoleros Cowboy Mounted Shooting -- Roping Arena.
4:30-5 p.m.: Ollie Reed – Theater.
4:30-5 p.m.: Sheriff’s School – Courtyard.

March 12, 2015
Culture Series: My Land is the Southwest
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Beth Laura O’Leary and Brittany Porter are the speakers for this special presentation: “My Land is the Southwest:” The National Register of Historic Places and the Nomination of the Peter and Henriette Wyeth Hurd House and Studios in San Patricio, N.M. Admission is a suggested donation of $2.

Dr. O’Leary taught at New Mexico State University (1991-2014) and is currently Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology. She created the year-long graduate seminar in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) which is the cornerstone for the CRM Certificate for the graduate program in Anthropology. She has worked with many students in completing State and National Register nominations. From 2003 to 2011 she was appointed by the Governor to the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee (CPRC), where she served five years as elected vice chair. For the last four years, she has been involved in providing instruction and working with faculty, restoration experts and volunteers in the completed restoration of the Phillips CME Chapel, in Las Cruces. It is the oldest extant African American church in New Mexico.

Brittany Porter was born and raised in Lincoln County, New Mexico. In October 2014 she wrote a State and National Register for the Peter and Henriette Wyeth Hurd house and studios in San Patricio, NM which was unanimously accepted by the Cultural Properties Review Committee. She worked with Dr. O’Leary on this nomination as part of her Master’s thesis. She has a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Anthropology (December 2014) from New Mexico State University. She holds certificates in Cultural Resource Management and Museum Studies. Through her research for the nomination, she learned about Peter and Henriette Wyeth Hurd’s artistic style and their contribution to Southwest art and landscape.

Exhibitions On Display in March 2015

New Mexico Colonial Home – Circa 1815

On long-term display
The Spanish colonial home (la casa) gives visitors an idea of what a home from the time around 1815 would have looked like. Walk through the home and see period artifacts and get a feel for co. . .

Heavy Metal: Vintage Farm Equipment by Richard Ondrovic

December 12, 2014 through April 5, 2015
Richard Ondrovic's unique perspective is showscased in the photography exhibit called “Heavy Metal: Vintage Farm Equipment by Richard Ondrovic.” Twenty-eight photographs of the museum’s vintage farm eq. . .

Cheryl Cathcart: In a World of Horses

November 14, 2014 through October 25, 2015
As a small child, watching her grandfather’s draft horses work on the farm left a lasting impression on Cheryl Cathcart. The Corrales, N.M. artist has combined her love of horses and photography and the. . .

Cowboys: The Real Deal

June 26, 2014 through July 5, 2015
“Cowboys: The Real Deal,” is on display in the museum's Legacy and Traditions galleries through July 5, 2015. For almost three centuries, beginning with the arrival of the Spanish in the region, those w. . .

The Cowboy Way: Drawings by Robert "Shoofly" Shufelt

On long-term display
The first artwork ever to be displayed at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum belonged to Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt. Fifteen years after he graciously loaned some of his lithographs for a temporary . . .

Slim Green: Master Saddle Maker

On long-term display
The Museum’s Horse & Cattle Barn is the site of a new, long-term exhibit celebrating the art of saddle making. The exhibit features the recreated workshop of the late, legendary saddle maker Slim Green,. . .

Sheep and Goat Barn

On long-term display
The Sheep and Goat Barn is home to two different breeds of sheep — Navajo churro and Suffolk — as well as Boer goats. The facility includes demonstration areas, indoor and outdoor pens, and inf. . .

Historic Green Bridge

On long-term display
Formerly known as the Pecos River Bridge and the Rio Hondo Bridge, New Mexico's second-oldest highway bridge is the Museum's newest exciting structure. Built as part of a three-span bridge across the . . .

Farm Life in New Mexico: Then & Now

On long-term display
This extensive exhibit is packed full of interesting objects from the museum's collections. Located in the Main Gallery, the beautiful exhibit features four major sections: "Moving Around," "On the Farm. . .

Skaggs Dairy Barn

On long-term display
A fixture at the Museum since it opened, the Skaggs Dairy Barn features exhibits that trace New Mexico's unique and long history of dairy production. Milking demonstrations are Monday through Saturday at . . .

Generations

On long-term display
The Museum's first permanent exhibit takes visitors on an odyssey through 150 generations over 4,000 years of agriculture in New Mexico. The exhibit uses the biographies of 33 people from New Mexico's hist. . .

Witte Cabin

On long-term display
Built in the early 1920s, the "cabin" was intended for use as a garage for Marcus Witte's Model A. However, it soon became the blacksmith shop for the Witte ranch. The Museum relocated the historic str. . .

Peter Hurd's charcoal studies

On long-term display
In order to create a large work, like a mural or fresco on a wall, artists must plan and prepare. This is can be achieved through charcoal studies that work out compositional elements for the final ve. . .

Antique Equipment Park

On long-term display
Dozens of farm implements line the pathways through this outdoor exhibit. The park includes threshing machines, hay rakes, cultivators, planters, and many other horse-drawn and tractor-pulled equipment. . . .

Watering Place

On long-term display
This unique sculpture by artist Armando Alvarez is dedicated to New Mexico agriculturalists. The sculpture is shaped like a water tank. The cut-out figures were inspired by photographs of New Mexico fa. . .

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