Sierra County Events—October 2016

Saturday, October 1

Art Jam! Featuring Funkbac

7pm, Point Blanc Winery, Taproom & Pizzeria, Truth or Consequences

A monthly live art & music event at Point Blanc—the beer & wine bar / restaurant located inside Bedroxx. This month’s Art Jam features Funkbac, a group out of Albuquerque whose music is a unique blend of reggae, ska, funk, hiphop, blues, and rock. Acoustic folk musician Ellen Griffin and artist Chantal Elena will also perform. Other musicians to be announced. Come out for some fun! Repeats monthly on the first Saturday. No cover charge, 21 and over only. Follow the Facebook event for updates. Contact: Chantal Elena, 575-740-0925,

Saturday, October 1

Trinity Site Tour

Stallion Gate is open from 8am-2pm, site closes at 3:30pm, White Sands Missile Range

The Trinity Site is where the first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945. The 51,500 acre area was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975. The site is open to visitors twice a year on the first Saturday in April and October. Visitors are usually granted access to Ground Zero, the “Jumbo” bomb casing, the McDonald House, one of the old instrumentation bunkers, historical photos, a Fatman bomb casing, and part of the original crater left by the explosion. Enter and exit via the Stallion Gate gate between 8am and 2pm on tour day. The site closes at 3:30pm. No food, water or other services are available along the route, so visitors are asked to come prepared. Picture ID is required. Port-a-johns are available at the gate and at the Trinity site. Photographs may be taken at the Trinity Site but not anywhere else along the route. Complete info is on the White Sands Missile Range website. Contact: 575-678-1134.

Saturday, October 1

Spaceport America Open House

9am & 1pm, Spaceport America

Free to the first 800 cars to RSVP, Open House at Spaceport offers residents and visitors an up-close look at the state-owned facility. 400 personal vehicles will be allowed to drive in and park inside the Spaceport America site from 9am to 12pm. The second wave of 400 personal vehicles will be allowed to drive in from 1pm to 4pm. Vehicles must have at least two passengers and no more than eight. Register on the Spaceport America website. Contact: Tammara Anderton, 575-649-5467.

Thursday through Sunday, October 6-9

Sierra County Fair

Sierra County Fairgrounds, 2953 S. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Arts, crafts, livestock, food vendors, community groups, a dance (with music by Tudy Romero and the Silver Bullet Band), and lots of other fun events are held as part of the annual County Fair. Anyone can enter and potentially bring home a ribbon. See more events here, or view the complete schedule (including entry deadlines) on the Sierra County Extension website. New this year: the “Pie in the Face Fundraiser”—lob a pie at a local celebrity and for each pie purchased, whether you hit or miss, help one of five local charities. Contact for Pie in the Face: Susan Brandt, The Cobblestone, 575-740-1685, Contact for the Fair: Sierra County Extension, 575-894-2375.

Friday and Saturday, October 7-8

Elephant Butte Dam Centennial Celebration
Kick-off Event: Damsite Book Fair

5-7pm Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday, Damsite Restaurant at the Historic Damsite Recreation Area

On Friday night: a wonderful smoked brisket dinner, a historical presentation, and a chance to mingle with authors and historians. Saturday’s Book Fair will offer talks and workshops, as well as books and more books by a wide range of New Mexico authors and artists. The keynote speaker is Joy Poole, award winning author and New Mexico State Deputy Librarian. Browse, buy, eat, drink and take in the view of the lake and the Butte in the autumn sunshine. Follow the event on Facebook for late-breaking info. Contact: Will Dooley, 575-894-2041,

Saturday, October 8

SoulCollage® Workshop: Creative Collage and Journaling

1pm, Wildflowers, 400 N. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Want to explore your creative self, imagination, and inner wisdom? Here’s a class that will teach you the technique of creating “collage cards” from images and journaled personal reflections. Workshop participants will create one or more SoulCollage® cards, access inner guidance through images and journaling, and learn how to create cards at home. Begin your own SoulCollage® deck, or create more cards for your deck if you have done SoulCollage® before. Open to artists of all levels. $25 includes the workshop and all supplies. Contact: Vicki Evans,

Saturday, October 8

2nd Saturday Art Hop

6-9pm, downtown Truth or Consequences

Participating downtown businesses include galleries, studios, shops and restaurants. Check the Second Saturday Art Hop page on Facebook for any late-breaking information. Contact:

Tuesday through Friday, October 11-14 (repeats October 18-21)

Photography Workshop at the Ladder and Armendaris Ranches

Sierra Grande Lodge, Truth or Consequences

Spend four days photographing some of the most unique, diverse, pristine and scenic locations in the American Southwest with photographer and educator Jerry Courvoisier. The $2,125 price tag includes daily breakfast, two dinners, lodging at Sierra Grande, and the photography workshop, which will take participants to two vast and extraordinary ranches owned by Ted Turner. More info on visiting the ranches is on our Ecotourism page. Workshop contact: Jerry Courvoisier, 505-670-1495,

Wednesday through Saturday, October 12-15

26th Annual Chile Challenge 4WD Event

Caballo Lake State Park

Ride trails, talk shop and hang out with 4-wheel drive enthusiasts from around the state and country! It’s a family-friendly event—nearly every age group has participated in the past, as well as all makes and models of 4×4 vehicles, “from Mild to Wild.” Caballo offers all kinds of trails including some of the most challenging in the state, but rides will be available for all levels. Camping is at the Riverside Campground within the park. Evening events include socializing around the campfire, a pot luck, an ice cream social, and a raffle. Pre-register online for any or all of the four days, or take your chances with walk-in registration, open every morning and the first three eveningss on a first-come, first-served basis. $125 for all four days, $50 for one day, $75 for two days, $100 for three. Vehicle requirements and all other details are on the website. Contact: Dan Pettit,

Thursday through Sunday, October 13-16

AKC-Sanctioned Dog Show

Albert Lyons Events Center & Sierra County Fairgrounds, 2953 S. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

This four-day event is sponsored by two New Mexico dog clubs, Oñate Trail Dog Fanciers Association (Thursday and Friday) and Valencia Valley Kennel Club (Saturday and Sunday). Each day is its own individually AKC-sanctioned event. Entries are open to a wide array of breeds in Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-sporting, and Herding classes. Non-champions and champions will be judged by experts traveling from as far away as Canada. The event includes all–breed shows‚ NOH‚ Obedience and Rally. Pick up a schedule at the beginning of each day or purchase a catalogue for indepth information. Spectators will be able to see dogs competing with handlers, as well as at owners’ RV campsites and grooming stations on the fairgrounds. Food and other items such as jewelry, clothing and dog show-related accessories will be available at vendor booths. Seating is not guaranteed so plan to walk and stand, or bring a chair. Please do not touch show dogs without obtaining permission first. No personal pets will be allowed on the grounds. Contact: Jennie Behles, Valencia Valley Kennel Club of New Mexico, 505-400-7320,

Friday, October 14

Damsite Lights Up The Night!

5pm, Fish Hatchery Park, west of Elephant Butte Dam on E. Third Street, Truth or Consequences

A night of fun with food, music and dancing, as the historic Fish Hatchery (also known as Paseo del Rio) comes alive with the glow of thousands of luminarias and lights. Entry: $5. Contact: Will Dooley, Elephant Butte Dam Centennial Celebration, 575-894-2041,

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 14-16

TCCT Presents "Delval Divas"

7pm Friday, 6pm dinner / 7pm curtain Saturday, 2pm Sunday
Ralph Edwards Auditorium at the Civic Center, Truth or Consequences

Stella Wild, MBA, Rosemary Adams, JD/MBA, Linda Robertson, M.D.,Ph.D., and Beth Ziegler, MBA, have some things in common. Besides being educated, successful, professional women, they also share the same address. It isn’t a swanky high rise apartment building or a beachfront condo; they reside at the Delaware Valley Federal Correctional Facility, a low-level security prison for white and “pink” collar criminals. With the Warden in one pocket and their cell block guard in another, the “Divas” continue to indulge their lavish and luxurious lifestyles until Beth is prematurely released and a murderess moves in to her place. Adding insult to injury, the Department of Corrections has announced its intention to close the Delval facility due to mismanagement and relocate inmates to the less-than-glamorous Black Rock Federal Prison. How do the Divas save Delval, solve a murder and reunite on a Roman holiday? Who ever said that crime doesn’t pay? Written by Barbara Pease Weber. Cost: $8-10 for the play on Friday and Sunday, $16 for dinner and play on Saturday night. Reserve ahead of time for dinner and a play. Contact: Carol Anton, 575-740-2174,

Saturday and Sunday, October 15

Wooden Nickel Makers Mart

10am-7pm Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday, Winding Roads Park above the Damsite Recreation Area

Join Lago Rico and the Dam Site Historic District at scenic Winding Roads Park for an old-time community fair with crafters, artists, demos, and live music, including a performance from U.S. Air Force Academy Band Wild Blue Country! Entry fee is $5. Contact: Will Dooley, Elephant Butte Dam Centennial Celebration, 575-894-2041,

Saturday, October 15


1-6pm, Elephant Butte RV Resort, 402 Highway 195, Elephant Butte

Come ready to polka and party with beer, food and music by the Oom-Pah-Sters! All ages welcome. Buy tickets in advance at City Hall, 103 Water Ave. $10 admission includes a commemorative beer stein. Free for kids 12 and under. Contact: 575-744-4892,

Saturday, October 15

Dinner on the Dam

5pm, Elephant Butte Dam, Lakeshore Road, Elephant Butte Lake

Join Lago Rico and the Dam Site District for a once-in-a-lifetime event: a 10-course gourmet dinner atop the historic Dam! On the menu: 10 courses inspired by the cuisine of New Mexico, paired with New Mexican wine and beer. Music, dancing, and a fireworks show will round out the evening. Cost: $425. Contact: Will Dooley, Elephant Butte Dam Centennial Celebration, 575-894-2041,

Saturday, October 15

Dam Centennial Fireworks Show

8:30pm, Historic Damsite Recreation Area, Lakeshore Road, Elephant Butte Lake

A fireworks show honoring the Dam on its 100th birthday? Yes! And it’s free. Gather friends and family at the beautiful and historic Damsite Area for the show! Contact: Will Dooley, Elephant Butte Dam Centennial Celebration, 575-894-2041,

Wednesday, October 19

Walk on Elephant Butte Dam

2-4pm, Elephant Butte Dam, Lakeshore Road, Elephant Butte Lake

Elephant Butte Dam, normally closed to all traffic, will be open to walkers in celebration of the Dam’s Centennial. Contact: Will Dooley, Elephant Butte Dam Centennial Celebration, 575-894-2041,

Thursday, October 20

Brown Bag Series

12-1pm, Elephant Butte RV Event Center, 402 Highway 195, Elephant Butte

Sponsored by Friends of Elephant Butte Lake Park, the Brown Bag Series is held on the third Thursday of every month. Bring your lunch and enjoy a one hour presentation on the area’s history and assets. Contact the RV Resort for program information. Contact: Liz Foster, 575-744-5996,

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 21-23

TCCT Presents "Delval Divas"

7pm Friday, 6pm dinner / 7pm curtain Saturday, 2pm Sunday
Ralph Edwards Auditorium at the Civic Center, Truth or Consequences

See October 14-17 for event information.

Saturday, October 22

Ringers on the Rio

10am-3pm, Fish Hatchery Park, west of Elephant Butte Dam on E. Third Street, Truth or Consequences

A horseshoe pitching tournament at the historic Fish Hatchery at Paseo del Rio. “Ringers” is the final event celebrating Elephant Butte Dam’s 100 Birthday. Cost to enter is $20 per team. Contact: Will Dooley, Elephant Butte Dam Centennial Celebration, 575-894-2041,

Saturday, October 22

Casino Night

6:30-11pm, Elephant Butte Inn & Spa, 401 Highway 195, Elephant Butte

Join the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce for an evening of fun at the 12th Annual Casino Night. Play roulette, craps, poker, black jack and maybe win one of the many prizes—gift baskets, boat rentals, golf certificates, hot spring soak certificates, hotel packages, dinners at local restaurants, spa treatments and more. Cash bar with drink specials all night! Donations only. Contact: 575-744-4708,

Saturday, October 29

Harvest Festival

5-8pm, Appletree Educational Center, 1300 S. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Bring the kids to this family-friendly alternative to trick or treating with more than 35 carnival-style games (play for 25 cents!) plus a cake walk, petting zoo, hay ride, food, and much more. Contact: Rebecca Dow, AppleTree, 575-894-5646,

Saturday, October 29

2nd Annual Halloween Bash

6-10pm, Grapes Gallery, 407 N. Main Street, Truth or Consequences

Join Friends of the Pool for a spooky evening of tricks and treats! There’ll be live music from the 24/7 Blues Band, drinks with the Sierra County Arts Council, tons of food, a silent auction, a cake walk, and a costume contest between 8 and 9pm. Plus raffle tickets, door prizes and tons of fun for all! Get your tickets in advance by calling 575-740-0682 or stop by the City of T or C Swimming Pool, Daniels @ Charles in the hot springs district. Tickets are $10/single or $15/couples (or $3 for the costume contest only between 8pm-9pm, does not include food/drink.) Cocktail hour is from 6pm-7pm, early birds welcome. Don’t miss it, it’s sure to be a blast! Contact: Destiny Mitchell, Friends of the Pool, 575-740-7542,

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