Family Fun in the Great Outdoors

Glenwood’s Dutch Oven Gathering set for April 15


It’s like a trip back to the Old West when you visit the annual Dutch Oven Gathering in Glenwood. There’s great food prepared the old-fashioned way in large cast iron kettles over charcoal by teams of cooks from New Mexico and adjoining states.
This year’s event is set for Saturday, April 15, at Glenwood Community Park.
The cooks love to chat and share info about traditional and updated dishes. Each team prepares a full meal – a meat or main dish, a side dish, a bread, and a dessert. Water, lemonade, or coffee will be supplied with the meal. Each camp will have a menu on display.
Browse around and find the meal you would like most and then purchase a ticket for $15 per meal. Menus are posted at each site and in the pavilion where tickets are sold. Buy your tickets early as meals sometimes sell out. Serving begins about 2 p.m. at each camp where the meals are being prepared.
You can enjoy your Dutch oven dinner at the park or take it home.
Other activities this year include games to pass the time and shopping from vendors selling food, crafts and other merchandise. There will also be a raffle.
Glenwood Library will set up its Spring Book Sale with tons of books, CDs and DVDs available by donation for readers and viewers to add to their collections.
Activities will run from 9 a.m. until about 3 the community park on Catwalk Road, Route 174.
But that’s not all – from 7-11 p.m., the Whiskey Fire Band will take the stage for your listening and dancing pleasure.
Admission is $7 for adults and teens. It’s free for children. The Catwalk Cafe will be serving barbecue. Grass-fed beef burgers and hotdogs will be available by donation from the Glenwood Park Board.
The Dutch Oven event is a community fundraiser, and money after expenses is donated back into the community. Last year, proceeds were donated to the community park, the local 4-H kids, the community kids summer reading program and the annual fireworks.
Organizer Molly Bryan said they are still looking for cooking teams and vendors to participate. There is a fee of $25 for vendors. Contact Molly at 575-539-2714 or cell: 575-574-7704 or for more information.
Glenwood is located on U.S. Highway 180 northwest of Silver City in the Gila National Forest.
The nearby Catwalk trail, as well as many other trails, are open for those who want to explore more of the area.