The Pink Bike raffle

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Della Cruz, better known as the “Pink Bike”, will be the grand prize to be awarded in a drawing on Sunday, November 26th at 2 p.m. at the Silver City Museum to benefit the Museum. Della, a stylish 2006 one-speed Retro Cruiser by Diamondback, was won at last year’s $1.98 Follies by Berma Matteson, a member of the Museum Board. Ms. Matteson has generously donated her winnings to benefit the Museum.

Tickets to win the Pink Bike will go on sale September 23rd, during Silver City’s annual celebration, “A Taste of Downtown.” Other fantastic prizes in the drawing include pottery by Leslie Lent and donated by the Blue Dome Gallery, a framed and matted charcoal drawing by Joe Wade of the Hurley Art Gallery, a $50 gift certificate from Wrangler’s Restaurant, a gift certificate for the newly opened Isaac’s Bar & Grill, a copy of the book, Built to Last: An Architectural History of Silver City, New Mexico and a limited edition glass ornament made in recognition of Silver City being one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” donated by the Museum Gift Shop. Chances to win, at $1 each, will be available at the Museum Store, Hurley Art Gallery, Dos Baristas, Gila Hike & Bike, A Mouse of All Trades and the Silver Confectionary. For more ticket information, call the museum at 538-5921 or Lucy Whitmarsh at 538-4362.

New Parade Route?

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Bike Kid

I thought the new route for the parade was a good change, and welcome. Most of the people I spoke with yesterday said they preferred it, including participants. It’s shorter, and covers most of the traditional territory. We’ll see if organizers choose the same route again next year.

Gila Smokejumpers Royalty Water Fight

SHS Cheerleaders Forest Service La Capilla Float

Marching Band Caballeros

Events at the park and at the museum were rained out in the late afternoon, which was unfortunate, but all accounts indicate a successful day for both locations. I was volunteering at the museum (I’m on the board of directors for the Museum Society) and we ran out of ice cream twice. I think we bought out Albertson’s and the Food Basket (sorry if you were looking for ice cream yesterday — you should have come to the social!).

Ice Cream Social

After taking my aunts’ and uncle’s money (ah, family poker games) we watched the fireworks from atop Ursa Minor, the hill overlooking the majority of Silver City. I’ve never seen the fireworks from that locale, but, more importantly, I’ve never heard them before. Yeah, you’ll hear the bang as they explode wherever you are, but atop the hill the explosions echoed off the hills to our north like distant thunder.

International Museum Day

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Well, today is International Museum Day, so it seems like as good a day as any to mention I’m not a board member for the Silver City Museum Society. I was elected to the board two months ago, and will be working primarily on marketing the museum in the community.

I think the Silver City Museum is an integral part of the tourism economy in Grant County, but, even more, I feel it serves a unique purpose in preserving the area’s history. As I wanted to become more active in the community, while avoiding potential conflicts of interest, the Museum Society appeared to be the perfect fit. In fact, I’m happier with my decision to join now that I’ve met fellow society members and have seen the work the museum staff has accomplished. This is an exciting moment for me.

I’d encourage you, if you’re in the area, to visit the museum today. It’s a downtown fixture, and the current exhibits are wonderful. When you’re there, make a donation, or consider joining the society. Members are eligible for some great benefits, including a discount at the Museum Store. If you can’t make it today, head over on the weekend. Either way, visit when you get a chance, because I promise you won’t be disappointed.