2017 CARRIZOZO FESTIVAL AND ARTISTS’ TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Saturday and Sunday, August 12th and 13th
Parade The Festival begins at 10 am with an old-fashioned parade with lots of entries, including Matthew Midgett and Thunder (Belle’s had some foot issues, so Thunder’s replacing her this year) in full parade regalia (which Thunder had no clue weighed so much!). Also in the parade will be the Folklorico Dancers (who will also be dancing in the afternoon).
Beer Garden Sierra Blanca Brewery founded in Carrizozo will host a Beer Garden beside the Lutz Building at the shed with their famous brew, including prepackaged boxes of their brew for sale to take home. In addition to beverages, food will also be available, and biker friendly.
Live Music There will be live music in various places all afternoon and early evening – The Yucca Stage will have La Ultima, Paul Pino and the Tone Daddies and the Folklorico Dancers after the Parade. There will be a Street Dance on 12th Street from 7 to 9 in the evening, and Nathan Chavez will play music in the Park. So you can sing along and dance all day and half the night!
Folk Dancers The well known Folklorico Dancers not only have fun but will encourage you to get up and dance, too! They’ll be in the parade starting at 10 am as well as doing some dancing on 12th Street after the parade.
Food, Food, Food -- what can we say? There will be several food vendors in McDonald Park and by the Beer Garden beside the Lutz Building. If you’re still hungry, you must have missed something….
Artists, Craftsmen and More -- Below is a list of the folks whose works will be available to admire, discuss, enjoy and purchase. The names are in alphabetical order by the artist’s first name, most of whom are from Carrizozo. The list of all artists is also in the Festival brochure by the location where their work is being shown and includes their full names. Brochures are available at several locations around town as well as at the Caboose/Visitors Center.
Bonnie Soley James Mack Marcus Abel
Chuck Riley Joan Malkerson Pia
Coe Kitten Jose Diaz Randall Roberts
Deborah Geary Judy Pekelsma Rick Geary
Douglas Stanton Leroy Lopez Suzanne Donazetti
Hope de la Torre Lisa Maue Tamara Haas
Historic Homes Tour in the Carrizozo Trolley Catch a trailer-trolley ride on Saturday for a narrated Carrizozo Historic Homes Tour at the Wells Fargo parking lot on 12th Street at 4th Avenue. Tours will begin at 11 am, 12:30 pm, and 2 pm. Many of the homes were built at the turn of the 20th century of adobe bricks formed on site. Craftsman, Salt-box and Mediterranean are among the architectural styles to be seen. Several have been restored to their former boom-town glory. It’s well worth a ride around Carrizozo’s historic district!
Artists’ Studio Tour A self-guided tour of artists’ studios as shown on the festival brochure (available at the Caboose/Visitors Center, the Information Booth and many 12th Street businesses) showcases the diversity of talents of Carrizozo’s resident artists. Copper weaving, pottery, mixed media, hand-made jewelry as well as landscape, abstract and character paintings are among the many art offerings not to be missed!
Don’t forget to make a stop at Carrizozo’s Historic Museum! Our legacy of railroad life and ranches is displayed for an enlightening walk-through of a by-gone era. The Museum will be open from 10 to 4 on Saturday to show some of the really interesting rooms they have filled.
There are a lot of sites to see, as you can tell from the map in the program flyer, and one other place of interest is the set of small town buildings at the east end of E Avenue created by local craftsman Leroy Lopez. It’s about a mile after you turn off Highway 54 past the Emporium and go across the railroad tracks, but it’s well worth the visit, especially if you like refurbished old cars and trucks.