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Memorial Day events begin Friday throughout Southern New Mexico

May 23, 2014

By S. Derrickson Moore, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.

May 23--LAS CRUCES -- Amidst the cookouts and picnics, music events and water park fun, Memorial Day weekend is a time to honor departed loves ones and members of the armed forces. For many, that involves cemetery visits and attending Memorial Day ceremonies.

"Memorial Day is important to me in lots of ways. I always take flowers for my parents," said Elaine Szalay of Las Cruces, who sometimes leaves flowers on graves of people she never knew, in addition to tributes for her parents Al and Naomi Socolofsky.

Formal ceremonies honoring service men and women will pepper Las Cruces.

The fifth annual Wreath Memorial Day ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Sunday will be hosted by American Legion, Post 10, at St. Joseph's cemetery on Espina Street, next to St. Genevieve's Church. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will include placing of a wreath and a bugler playing taps. A group of 20 to 30 people will place flags on graves of veterans.

A service will be held at Veterans Park, 2651 N. Roadrunner Parkway. It will begin with a flag-raising ceremony at 8 a.m. and flag lowering at 5 p.m. at the park. The third annual Memorial Day Candlelight Service will begin at 8 p.m. Candles will be lit in honor of 209 area military personnel who were killed in action, from World War I to modern day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A wreath laying ceremony, sponsored by the VFW Ladies' Auxiliary and VFW Post 10124, will take place at 8 a.m. Monday on the Rio Grande at the west bank of the Picacho bridge.

There will be a Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 5140 W Picacho Ave., sponsored by VFW Post 3242.

Also over the weekend, music fans will be able to enjoy everything from blues and jazz to country, salsa and alternative rock at a variety of events, including the Southern New Mexico Wine Festival, the Mayor's Jazz Fest (kicking off Las Cruces' summer Music in the Park series) and the 19th annual Silver City Blues Festival. The KLAQ Balloon Fest begins today with a free Friday Night Spectacular outside of Wet-N-Wild's gate in Anthony, with a balloon glow, fireworks, and release of glowing helium balloons to honor U.S. soldiers. Musical acts will be Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the water park.

Thousands are expected to travel to water recreational areas near Truth or Consequences for the holiday. At Elephant Butte, RVs, campsites and boats will be festooned in red, white and blue. Boaters will gather at 10 a.m. at Damsite Marina for the annual Elephant Butte Fly Freedom's Flag Boaters Parade, which will begin at noon.

S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450.

22nd annual Southern New Mexico Wine Festival

When: Noon to 6 p.m. daily, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Where: Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds, 12125 Robert Larson Blvd.

Highlights: Live music, arts and crafts vendors, food treats

Entertainment:

Saturday: Noon, Muddy Hands Blues Band; 3 p.m., Latin Funktion

Sunday: Noon, Border Avenue; 3 p.m., A Thousand Horses

Monday: Noon, Fast Lane; 3 p.m., Prime

How much: $15 in advance, $20 at the door for adults 21 and up, includes souvenir glass. Entrance is free for those under 21 when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Tickets available online or at the gate.

Info: snmwinefestival.com, nmwines.com or 575-522-1232

Participating wineries: Dos Viejos Winery, Cottonwood Wine and Brewing, Luna Rossa, La Esperanza Vineyard, Rio Grande Winery, Amaro Winery, Tularosa, Wines of the San Juan, Heart of the Desert, DHL VIP, St. Clair, Soleil Mimosa, DH Lescombes, The Grove

Mayor's Jazz Fest

What: Summer Music in the Park Kick-Off

When: 5:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Main Street downtown

Entertainment: Poncho Romero, Las Cruces, Son Como Son and Super Sax NM, both of Albuquerque

How Much: Free

Albuquerque Wine Festival

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Where: Balloon Fiesta Park grounds, Albuquerque

Highlights: Handcrafted art, music, 24 wineries, arts and crafts, food vendors

Performers: Saturday, James Carothers & The Renegade Mountain Band at noon and A Thousand Horses at 3 p.m.; Sunday, City Lights at noon and Vinyl Tap at 3 p.m.; Monday, Los Primos at noon and Nosotros at 3 p.m.

How much: $20, under 21 free with parent or guardian. Military Monday: $3 discount for active duty military. Must bring valid photo ID.

Info: abqwinefestival.com

"Le Corsaire"

What: Marius Petipa's pirate adventure with 70 dancers

Where: Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, 108 Spencer Road.

When: 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday

How much: $30

Info: spencertheater.com, 575-336-4800

KLAQ Balloon Fest

When: Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Where: Wet-N-Wild Waterworld, Interstate 10, Anthony exit, other venues

Events: Park opens at 7 a.m., rides open at 8 a.m. Headliner entertainment begins at about 5 p.m. each day, local bands at noon daily.

Bands: Sevendust acoustic and electric shows on Saturday; The Pretty Reckless and Five Finger Death Punch on Sunday; Aranda, We As Human and Heaven's Basement on Monday.

How much: Prices vary for day passes, all-weekend passes and full overnight camping packages. Check website for details.

Tickets, schedule and camping info: wetwild.com or KLAQ at 915-544-9550, klaq.com

Plus: Free Friday Night Spectacular today outside of Wet-N-Wild's gate, with balloon glow, fireworks, Southwest University Soldier Salute and release of glowing helium balloons to honor U.S. soldiers.

Balloon launch: 30 hot air balloons from Maldonado Maze, 2855 Avenida de Mesilla in La Union, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Free and open to public.

37th annual Cloudcroft Mayfair Juried Art Show

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Zenith Park, behind Cloudcroft Visitors Center

Events: About 60 art vendors, plus live music and food

How much: Free

Info: Cloudcroft Visitor Center at 575 682-2733 or cloudcroft.net

Plus: Cloudcroft Light Opera Company presents the melodrama,"Aw, Shucks," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Zenith Park Picnic Pavilion. Free.

Info: cloudcrofttheatre.com

Annual Elephant Butte Fly Freedom's Flag Boaters Parade

When and where: Boats gather at 10 a.m. Saturday, parade at noon at Elephant Butte State Park. Guest speakers will kick off a boat parade from Damsite Marina. Boats will be decked out in red, white and blue and will travel to Marina del Sur, where ceremonial wreaths will be dropped onto the lake surface and floated in honor of our nation's veterans. All are invited to decorate their boats, RVs or campsites in red, white and blue and join a parade honoring veterans.

How much: Free

Info: 575-744-5567, elephantbuttechamberofcommerce.com

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino Horseracing

When: Opening Day, Friday. Live racing today through Monday, beginning at 1 p.m. daily.

Where: Ruidoso Downs Racetrack & Casino, 26225 U.S. Hwy. 70, Ruidoso Downs.

Entertainment: Will Banister performs 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 24

How much: Free admission in grandstand

Info: ruidosodownsracing.com, 575-378-4431

Ruidoso Valley Noon Lions Crafts, Guns and Collectible Show

When: Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Drive

How much: $5 adults, kids under 12 free when accompanied by an adult

Info: RuidosoNoonLions.org, 575-336-7706

Silver City Blues Fest

When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Where: Gough Park and other venues in Silver City

Events: Concerts, vendors, food and art, workshops, dance, tour shops and galleries

Performers at Gough Park:

Saturday: 12:15 p.m., Iya Khan; 1:45 p.m., Blue Monday; 3:15 p.m., Memphis P-Tails; 5:15 p.m., Studebaker John and the Hawks; 7:15 p.m., Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory

Sunday: Noon, Roy Book Binder; 1:30 p.m., Kelley Hunt; 3:15 p.m., The Hazel Miller Band; 5:15 p.m., Mingo Fishtrap

Performers at Little Toad Creek, 200 N. Bullard St., Silver City:

Today: 7 p.m., The Roadrunners; 9 p.m., Felix Y Los Gatos

Saturday: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Performers Jam Session

How much: Gough Park events free. Friday Night Dance and Saturday night Jam Session, $12 each

Info: 575-538-2505, mimbresarts.org

Memorial Day ceremonies

What: American Legion, Post 10, annual wreath ceremony

When: 7:30 a.m., Sunday

Where: St. Joseph's Cemetery on Espina Street, next to St. Genevieve's Church

How much: Free, open to public

Info: Lawrence Orvis,575 621-1738

What: Veteran's Memorial Wall Committee ceremonies, honoring service men and women

Where: Veterans Park, 2651 N. Roadrunner Parkway

When: Monday, Memorial Day. Flag raising ceremony at 8 a.m., flag lowering at 5 p.m., 3rd annual Memorial Day Candlelight Service at 8 p.m.

How much: Free, open to public

What: VFW Ladies' Auxiliary and VFW Post 10124 wreath-laying ceremony

When: 8 a.m., Monday

Where: West bank of the Picacho bridge

What: VFW Post 3242 ceremony

When: 9 a.m., Monday

Where: Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery

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