New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum March 2012 Calendar
Rag Rug Festival
March 3-4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
From the stunning patterns of handmade textiles to the subtle beauty of traditionally woven basketry, the New Mexico Women's Foundation's Rag Rug Festival showcases the creations of nearly 100 New Mexican women artisans. Presented by the N.M. Women's Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting programs that create economic opportunities for the state's women and girls, the two-day festival provides a venue in which craftswomen can display their creative talent. Admission is free.
Exhibit Opening: "Green Machines: Celebrating 175 Years of John Deere"
March 8, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The museum celebrates the 175th anniversary of John Deere with an exhibit featuring restored tractors from 1929 to 1952 and other equipment. Much of the exhibit is from the collection of Norman Ruebush of Silver City. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and a lecture will follow in the museum's theater at 7 p.m. Admission to the reception is free and a donation of at least $2 is suggested for the lecture.
13th Annual Cowboy Days
March 17-18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The museum's largest annual event pays tribute to New Mexico's ranching traditions, and includes many demonstrations, a team roping competition, living history, cowboy music, gunfight re-enactments, stagecoach & pony rides, scavenger hunt with prizes, children's activities, arts and crafts vendors, and lots of great food. A plant and tree sale at the museum's greenhouse also is part of the weekend festivities. Admission is $4 per person.
Basic Dowsing Class
March 24, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of dowsing (questing, divining, water witching), how to use the four basic dowsing tools, and the benefits associated with dowsing. The cost is $15 per person ($12 for museum Friends members), and dowsing tools will be available. Pre-registration is required.
For more information, please call (575) 522-4100. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, NM 88011 www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.