Downtown Silver City "Springs" to Life May 13
Silver City MainStreet Project will host the ninth Annual Celebration of Spring Festival in historic downtown Silver City on Saturday, May 13, from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. The event features a Spring Fair from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Big Ditch Park with arts and crafts and commercial and nonprofit booths. It coincides with the seasonal opening of the Farmer's Market (see the May 2005 Desert Exposure), and will involve numerous downtown businesses.
"MainStreet has expanded the event over the past several years and there is something to do for everyone," says MainStreet manager Frank Milan. "In addition to the Big Ditch Park Fair, there is the 'You-Paint-It' Art Mural, many overlapping events, and the reggae dance with local favorite Root Skankadelic. It's a great day to come to historic downtown Silver City and enjoy the festivities."
The Farmer's Market will have its seasonal opening from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon at Bullard and 6th Streets. Participating downtown merchants, their stores and galleries identified by balloons, will give out free carnations honoring Mother's Day.
Local artist Marilyn Gendron has designed this year's "You-Paint-It" Art Mural. All are invited to pick up a brush in the Big Ditch Park and add color to this 4-foot-by-20-foot canvas mural of downtown.
More than 75 prizes will be raffled off during the course of the day. Tickets will be on sale at the fair for six for $5, or $1 each.
Associated downtown events include the Literacy Link Leamos Rummage Sale, Silver Confectionary's Grand Opening, a Spring Fashion Show at A La Mode Fine Fashions, "Make a Mother's Day Card" event at Toy Town, and "Meet the Artists" at Silver Spirit Gallery.
To close the festival, a free street dance is scheduled from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Morning Star parking lot with the band Root Skankadelic playing reggae and other music. Live music will also be featured at downtown venues in the evening.
For more information, contact the MainStreet Project at 534-1700.