Sierra County Events—September 2017

Saturday, September 2

Mimbres to Miners: 1000 Years in Hillsboro & Kingston

9am-4:30pm, Hillsboro and Kingston

Spend the day getting to know two lovely mountain towns located 9 miles apart on Highway 152, at the edge of the Gila Wilderness. Three museums (Black Range, Kingston Schoohouse, Percha Bank) and numerous businesses will be open to visitors, while the Hillsboro Community Center will host an Arts and Crafts Fair, a lunch made from the recipes of Tom Ying, and a silent auction. Town-wide yard sales, walking tours of both towns, and tours of the Kingston cemetery round out the list of activities. Contact: Linda Seebach, Hillsboro Community Center, 575-895-5154,

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 8-10

Elephant Days

Elephant Butte

Join the City of Elephant Butte for three days of fun, including a parade, motorcycle stunts, a beer garden, food, live music with Tudy Romero & the Silver Bullet Band, Larry Fisher’s telescopes, DJ Derek Bean, a raffle, and more! Contact: 575-744-4892,

Saturday, September 9

Second 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 late-breaking information. Contact:

Saturday, September 9

Milo Matthews Dance Party

7:30-10pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Company, 410 N. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

It’s Second Saturday September! See some art, do some shopping, then come to the brewery, grab a beer, and dance the night away with blues, funk, and folk beats from Milo Matthews. Milo plays originals plus his own versions of popular covers from 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and present day. Free. Contact: Marianne Blaue, Truth or Consequences Brewing Company, 575-297-0289,

Friday & Saturday, September 15-16

Homecoming Under the Stars

7-10pm Friday & 2-10pm Saturday, Turtleback Mountain Resort, 101 Clubhouse Road, Elephant Butte

This event, brought to you by the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce, starts Friday night at Turtleback Mountain Resort’s Smokin’ Turtle, with dinner and dancing to one of New Mexico’s favorite bands, ‘Merican Slang. Games and a dance contest to crown the 2017 Elephant Butte Homecoming King and Queen follow. Tickets for Friday night are $40 per person or $70 per couple. On Saturday the “Elephant Butte Community Market and Dance” combines vendors, art, and a White Elephant Sale with contests and entertainment. The Duke and Duchess of Elephant Butte will be crowned — to be considered, anyone 6 years of age or younger is invited to dress in costumes representing their vision of Elephant Butte. Winners of a Logo design contest will be also announced, and kids can create their own Elephant Butte-inspired artworks. Saturday night’s entertainment ($5 cover) is Constance and the Tin Kan Band. Contact: Will Dooley, 575-744-4708.

Saturday, September 16

Double Clutchers and “Cosmic Blonde Ale #1” Release Party

Doors open at 3pm, music at 7pm, Truth or Consequences Brewing Company, 410 N. Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Get your swing on with the hardest working Rockabilly act in New Mexico (the Double Clutchers!) and try the very first large batch of beer from Truth or Consequences Brewing Co. — an easy-drinking blonde ale named “Cosmic Blonde #1.” Come dressed as a “Cosmic Blonde” and win a prize! Not a drinker? Don’t worry, we have non-alcoholic options too, like coffee, iced tea, soda, and free filtered water — whatever it takes so you can dance, dance, dance! Free. Contact: Marianne Blaue, Truth or Consequences Brewing Company, 575-297-0289,

Thursday through Sunday, September 21-24

Moon Mirror — Autumnal Alchemy for the Reflective Soul

La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa, 311 Marr Street, Truth or Consequences

Mineral baths have long been associated with longevity and health, while vast desert landscapes can facilitate a deep connection to self and spirit. Allison Riegel & Fawn Williams will lead this autumnal retreat devoted to soaking, basking, movement improvisation, gentle yoga, journaling and creative ritual. One nourishing, communal meal prepared by holistic chef Allison will be shared alongside luxurious siestas, group classes, and lots of free time to explore the bathhouses. Prices start at $675 and include daily bike rental, daily meditation/workshops/gatherings/happenings, and onsite bath house privileges for all three nights. Register online here or contact: Fawn,, 503-349-5952, or Allison,, 415-652-9061.

Friday through Sunday, September 22-24


Black Range Lodge, Kingston

From its origins in the mid 1980s as a backyard party hosted in a garlic shed, “Pickamania” has evolved into a festival celebrating the love of acoustic music of all genres. The event went mainstream in 2008 when the Mimbres Region Arts Council adopted the name and created its own awesome Pickamania festival in a downtown park in Silver City, with professional bands from across the country. This year the Black Range Lodge will host the event at their new outdoor Pavilion, as the culmination of their summer Starlight Concert series, sponsored by Sierra County Arts Council. Pickamania 2017 will feature a talented line-up of New Mexico musicians, with a few from Arizona and Colorado. Wine and beer will be available from Black Range Vineyards, with free ice tea for designated drivers. Food trucks will offer more substantial fare, and picnics are welcomed too. Musician’s CDs will be for sale and available as door prizes during the festival.Tickets are $30 for the entire weekend, or $10 Friday, $20 Saturday, $10 Sunday. Children pay 1/2 price. Gates open each day one hour before the first act. Contact: Catherine Wanek, 575-895-5652,

7pm: Mackie Redd & Kathy Reed, Lake Valley, NM – Country Folk
8-10pm: Sawmill Canyon, Truth or Consequences, NM – Old-style Bluegrass

3-4pm: Pat Dutton, Mark Kashmar, Bill Bussmann, Southern NM – Acoustic-style blues
4:30pm: 5:30pm – Mark & Ruth Bennett, Kingston, NM – Country Roots
6-7pm: Chris Sanders, Anne Luna, KC Groves, Ezra Bussmann – Americana & Originals
7:30-10pm: Peter Mclaughlin and Chris Brashear (& friends) – Southwestern Bluegrass

11-11:45am: Desert Milk, Truth or Consequences, NM – Americana
12-12:45am: ESP, Silver City, NM – Folk, Bluegrass & originals
1-1:45pm: Sheriff Glenn’s Gospel Band, Truth or Consequences, NM
2-2:45pm: Chris C, KC and the Gospel Cats, The Universe

Saturday, September 23

C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Tournament

Elephant Butte Lake State Park

The C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing tournament has been held every year since 1991. C.A.S.T. stands for “Catch a Special Thrill.” The local C.A.S.T event matches disabled and disadvantaged kids with experienced anglers from local fishing clubs. Following a few fabulous hours of fishing on Elephant Butte Lake, everyone enjoys a cookout, and participating kids take home tshirts, hats, and fishing gear. Volunteer boats and captains are needed, as well as dock volunteers and people to help with lunch. Kids and volunteers should sign up online or contact: Will Dooley, 575-894-2041,

Sunday, September 24

Double Reed Quintet

5pm, Grapes Gallery, 407 Main, Truth or Consequences

A Chamber concert presented by Southwest Chamber Winds. Two oboes, two bassoons and an English Horn will perform a variety of music by Bach, Handel, Schumann, Granger and more. Admission is $10 or $5 for Sierra County Art Council members. Contact: Rebecca Speakes, 575-894-0615,

Saturday, September 30

End of Summer Car Show & Fundraiser

10am-2pm, Healing Waters Plaza, Daniels between Mims & McAdoo, Truth or Consequences

Come out to the Healing Waters Plaza to check out the sweet rides at the Sierra County Car Club‘s End of Summer Car Show! The event benefits Matthew 25 Food Pantry, an organization that provides food to area individuals and families with limited resources. All car makes and models are welcome to enter the show, so bring your Mustang, Corvette, 41 Ford, De Soto, Model A or any other vehicle you would like to show off! Spectators are welcome starting at 10am, and will vote for their favorite cars until 1pm. Trophies will be awarded around 2pm. More than $600 worth of prizes will be raffled. Car owners: register your vehicles before September 15 and pay just $10 per car. The entry fee increases to $15 after September 15. Entrants will receive a free t-shirt for every paid entry; dash plaques will be awarded to the first 30 entrants. Car check-in starts at 8:30am. Contact: 575-297-7548,

Saturday, September 30

Sierra County Cancer Assistance Fundraiser

3-7pm, Smokin’ Turtle Restaurant & Bar, 101 Clubhouse Drive, Elephant Butte

Help Sierra County Cancer Assistance meet their fundraising goal! SCCA pays for cancer patients’ transportation to doctor appointments, chemotherapy treatments, and more. Tickets are $15; the event includes appetizers from 3-5 and music by Southern Blend. Everyone will receive a gift from SCCA. A live auction with local auctioneer extraordinaire Willard Hall will be held at 5pm. Items for auction include a full smoked brisket. Contact Steph Ross for tickets and more info: 575-740-3971,

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