Glenwood Gazette

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· Blue Front Halloween Photos
· Faith Community
· Fiber Arts Festival
· Willcox CowBelles
· Catron County Food Pantries

Halloween at the Blue Front in Glenwood

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Faith Community Receives Donations

Recently Faith Community - a continuum of care senior living facility - was given two donations toward the goal of $150 to purchase land for the project.

Elks Lodge #413 gave a $500 donation and the Santa Rita Masonic Lodge #44 presented $2382 from the sale of tickets from a recent raffle.

Faith Community is raising money with "Souper Tuesdays" held at the First United Methodist Church on College Ave. every Tuesday from 11:30-1:00. For $6 you can get a bowl of homemade soup, bread, dessert and drink. These lunches will continue through November, the resume in January.

Faith Community will also be having a RADA Cutlery plus Quick Mixes, Cookbooks, Stoneware and Soy Wax Candles Fundraiser in November for Christmas giving.

To view a catalogue or find out more information you can call Linda Brake at 534-4523 or Marti Trammell at 574-2724.

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Fiber Arts Festival

Special Exhibits & Demonstrations Featured At Silver City Fiber Arts Festival
Friday & Saturday November 11-12 Grant County Conference Center, Silver City

The Silver City Fiber Arts Festival will be held November 11-12 at the Grant County Conference Center located at 3031 East Highway 180 East (next to Ace Hardware).

This two day event celebrates all aspects of fiber art. There will be a juried vendor hall of fine fiber art and supplies, classes, demonstrations, make and take projects and exhibits.

"We are so excited about the nineteen special exhibits that will be on display throughout the festival", states Chairperson Lynn Welsch. "Fiber artists from Silver City and southern New Mexico will be exhibiting, making this one of the best exhibits of fiber art in southern New Mexico and a truly unique experience for people attending the festival".

Some of the exhibits that will be available for viewing are Wool to Wearables, Tatting, and Antique Dolls. The Wool to Wearables exhibit was made by spinners from Yada Yada Yarn and will feature all phases of the process of going from raw wool to carding, spinning, weaving, knitting, to beautiful finished products.

The Tatting exhibit from Edna Puleston will show examples of many different stitches and items made with the tatting shuttle. Ms. Puleston will also be exhibiting fine porcelain antique reproduction dolls with clothes handmade of all natural fibers.

Some of the nineteen exhibits will include 1930's Reproduction Quilts, Needlework, Invitational Mini Quilt Challenge, Wearable Art, Beaded Jewelry, George Mendoza designed fabric Quilts, Handmade Books, Woven and Pine Needle Baskets, Contemporary Fiber Arts, Japanese Embroidery, Fiber Art Story Boards, Silk Painting, Wool Hooked Rugs and more!

Demonstrations will be done throughout both days of the festival with Bed Turnings at 11:00 am on Friday November 11, and at 1:00 pm on Saturday. Lynn Welsch invites the public to share their quilts for the Bed Turnings by dropping off quilts one hour before the Bed Turnings. "Come and join in the fun and the ooh's and aah's as one by one, the locally made quilts on the "bed" are "revealed" and their stories told"!

Judy Billings from Aunt Judy's Attic will be demonstrating the Accucut Fabric Die Cutting Machine at the festival on Friday at 3:00 pm. Judy will demonstrate how easily it works to make strips, triangles, die cut shapes, and other traditional or contemporary quilt pattern shapes.

Karen Rossman of A Bead or Two will also be demonstrating Beading on Textiles at 4:00 pm on Friday. Karen will provide an overview on types of beads, different fibers to work on with beads, techniques, tools, and more! She will also show specialty beading technique examples of Bead Weaving, Kumiho Braid, and Closed Coiling on Gourds.

The Silver City Fiber Arts Festival is a fundraising event for the Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective.

Admission is free and donations are appreciated.

The SW Women's Fiber Arts Collective, is a non-profit that provides the means to learn and earn an income from the fiber arts. For more information about the festival please go to or stop by in person at The Common Thread gallery at 107 W. Broadway. Call 575-538-5733 for hours. Email

To Sign Up for Classes: or

While in Silver City, be sure to visit many of the shops associated with fiber arts, including . . . The Common Thread, A Bead or Two, Thunder Creek, Yada Yada Yarn, Aunt Judy's Attic, and others!

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The Willcox CowBelles

The Apache influenced ranching in the Sulphur Springs Valley of Southern Arizona in more than one way. Fear of the Apache, who raided the early Spanish Ranches, stole their cattle and frequently killed the settlers, deterred settlement of the valley but on the other hand, they created a good market for beef.

Many army posts were established in Arizona Territory to protect settlers and travelers from attack. These posts, as well as the Indian Agencies, required large quantities of beef.

In 1867 Colonel Henry C. Hooker, under military contract, began providing beef to Arizona forts. He drove as many as 15,500 cattle to southeastern Arizona each year to fill orders from the army posts and Indian agencies.

Hooker recognized the areas potential for cattle raising and in 1872 established Sierra Bonita Ranch at the northern end of the Sulphur Springs Valley.

At the headquarters, he built a thick walled adobe fortress with no exterior windows that could easily be defended on the site of a Spanish hacienda that had been destroyed by the Apache in the early 1800's.

It was not long before other ranches were established in the valley. Several of these ranch houses had thick adobe walls that not only gave protection from Apache raids but also were warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Visit the Willcox Cowbelles booth and other exhibits in the Old Peace Store, Pearce, AZ at Old Pearce Heritage Days on November 25 and 26 to learn more about early area ranches and relive a part of the areas' history. The Old Pearce Store will be open to the public free of charge. Walk the streets of Old Pearce that were once filled with miners and cowboys, visit the quilt show and gem and mineral exhibit and shop at the vendor booths while listening to live western music.

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Catron County Food Pantries

The Catron Food Pantries is the Roadrunner-associated Commodity and Mobile Food Pantry distribution for Datil, Horse Mountain, Pie Town, Quemado and Luna.

The Catron Food Pantries is selling 2012 calendars with scenic views of Catron County for only $5 each. All proceeds from calendar sales go towards the purchase of food for low income families in Catron County.

Calendars can be purchased at many local businesses around northern Catron County including - the Datil Feed Store, The Daily Pie, Top of the World store, and J&Y as well as the Country Store in Quemado. We will be selling calendars at each of the next 3 food distributions in Datil, Horse Mountain, Pie Town, Quemado and Luna and also at the Datil Halloween carnival and the Datil Extension Club's annual Christmas Arts and Crafts fair in early November and at other local events.

The calendars were photographed, printed, assembled and bound right here in Catron County and will make lovely holiday gifts for friends and family in and out of our county.

For more information on buying or selling calendars please contact Terri Brown, Catron Food Pantries secretary at 575-772-5646.

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