We've heard from folks in Mancos that the aspens are starting to turn color. We're hoping our trip up that way weekend after next will be well-timed to enjoy the fall color.
The weather here has been fine ... a little cooler, but with no rain lately, unfortunately. It's been good for outdoor activities and events, though. I took a WILL-sponsored (Western Institute of Lifelong Learning) tour of the Mattocks Site in the Mimbres Valley, a site that helped give me a better understanding the Mimbres prehistoric people. Morning glories go well with ancient sites!
I then met Sandy back at Fort Bayard to help prepare for Fort Bayard Days. The threatening sky behind the Commandant's House gave a dramatic picture. The next day, Friday, was full of 500+ kids from all over the area.
My grandson, Aiden Calhoun, was also there, as "Flat Aiden." He's in second grade in Swannanoa, NC, and he sent me a cutout of him to take around Silver City during his "visit." In the picture above, he's visiting with Paul the mountain man at Fort Bayard. Billy the Kid was at Fort Bayard, too; he grew up around here. In addition to a Zuni family that was there, there were Apaches, both in traditional and modern dress.
That same day, we also took him to enjoy the papier mache puppet figures prepared for the Gila River Fest ... Yoda and river otter and rotifers, etc.
A big recent event for the Grant County Art Guild, which we're members of, is the Purchase Prize Exhibit. Tom helped hang the exhibit (50 paintings from 23 SW New Mexico artists) and then assisted the judge (Susan Carlin, a portraitist from San Antonio, TX ... nice lady!). We took pictures at the reception and then Tom took more pictures at the workshop she did for 12 artists. There's a picture of the judge judging, the judge and the Best in Show winner ... and Tom's personal favorite.
After which came the Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival last Saturday ... the first time we've had a booth at an event in this area. Long, warm day, but good fun. About 40-50 vendors, alcohol-free, pleasant setting, good music and lots of visitors to gab with and get feedback on what they liked of our wares. So, we'll do it again this Saturday at the Piños Altos Fiesta ... 20 miles closer, 2 hours shorter and probably 10 degrees cooler! tv