Gila River Extravaganza

Saturday, September 22nd, 11:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Big Ditch Park, Silver City

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Kick off the Gila River Extravaganza with a special Monsoon Puppet Theater Parade.  The parade will lead revelers down to Big Ditch Park where the party continues with more kid- and family-centered fun. Enjoy West African drumming with Andrew Dahl-Bredine & Friends, dynamic spoken word poetry with Poetry Bread, San Carlos Apache Singers and Dancers, and the Mescalero Apache Singers and Dancers.  Artist Zoe Wolfe will facilitate another community art project throughout the Extravaganza.

Photo: Jay Hemphill

Photo: Jay Hemphill

Monsoon Puppet Theater Parade

Saturday, September 22, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm; Mask making at Bike Works  11:30 am - 12:30 pm; Parade - Bike Works to Big Ditch Park - 12:30pm - 1:00 pm; FREE

Kick off the Gila River Extravaganza with a special Monsoon Puppet Theater Parade.  Join the zany Monsoon Puppet Theater for a family-friendly parade, full of fun costumes, music, dance, and giant puppets! At 11:30 p.m., at Bike Works (corner of College and Bullard streets), we’ll do face painting and mask making, with all materials provided, and line up for the parade at 12:30. Show off your painted faces, puppets, and masks! When the parade ends at Big Ditch Park, the party continues with more kid- and family-centered fun from 1:00  pm –4:30 pm. It’s all FREE!


West African Drumming with Andrew Dahl-Bredine

Saturday, September 22, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm; Big Ditch Park; FREE

Andrew Dahl-Bredine & friends high-energy rhythms will keep you moving!


Poetry Bread - Spoken Word Performances

Saturday, September 22, 1:40 pm - 2:15 pm; Big Ditch Park; FREE

Enjoy spoken word performances that flow like the Gila River itself --alternately racing, meandering, or slow and graceful -- with Silver City's Poetry Bread, a collective of poets, writers and verbal scalawags that meet semi-regularly to present writing based on a particular topic. 

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San Carlos Apache Singers & Dancers

Saturday, September 22, 2:25 pm; Big Ditch Park; FREE

Christian Pike of the San Carlos Apache sings songs of the Nde, honor songs of the sacred waters of the Gila, and social songs bringing the people together to celebrate.

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Mescalero Apache Singers & Dancers

Saturday, September 22, 3:35 pm; Big Ditch Park; FREE

Southern Eagle War Dancers and Freddie Kaydahzinne of the Chiricahua Apache perform traditional calls to all warriors to defend and provide for the Nde, songs that reverberated from the sacred mountains in the Gila to protect the land, air, plants, animals, and waters of this land.


Fish Wish—Community Art Project

Saturday, September 22, 1:00 - 4:00 pm; Big Ditch Park; FREE

Join artist Zoe Wolfe in embellishing an art installation representing our free-flowing Gila River! The public is invited to participate by decorating fish forms (cut from recycled flat plastic) with permanent markers, decorating with patterns and meaningful words as wishes to the river. These will be pinned to the fabric river, along with appropriate offerings such as blue ribbons and beads. All materials provided and all ages are welcome to participate.