Gila River Extravaganza

Saturday, September 23rd, 12:30 pm - 10:00 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. We'll have a variety of booths to enjoy tastings of native plant foods, DIY demonstrations of how to make native plant foods and utilitarian products. Enjoy spoken word poetry by Elise Stuart and Raven Drake and music by Miguel Santistevan, Big Ditch Crickets, Andrew Dahl-Bredine & Friends, The Black Teas, and Caliente.  The Fort Sill Apache Tribe Fire Dancers with the Gooday Family will return for an encore performance.

Photo: Jay Hemphill

Photo: Jay Hemphill

Monsoon Puppet Theater Parade

Saturday, September 23, 1:30 - 2pm; Mask making at Gough Park to Big Ditch Park - 12:30 pm - 1:30 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 12:30 p.m., at the Gough Park gazebo, we’ll do face painting and mask making, with all materials provided, and line up for the parade at 1:30. 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 2:00–10:00 p.m. It’s all FREE!



Dance of the Mountain Spirits by the Fort Sill Apache Fire Dancers with the Gooday Family

Saturday, September 23, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Big Ditch Park; FREE

For many generations, the Chiricahua Apaches, now known as the Fort Sill Apache Tribe, have performed the Dance of the Mountain Spirits yearly and during sacred occasions to drive away sickness and evil and bring good health and good fortune. Th e Fire Dancers are a traditional group and rarely perform for the public.

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Gila River Extravaganza - Music

Saturday, September 23, 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Big Ditch Park; FREE

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Music & Sing-a-long with Miguel Santistevan

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm - Music & Dancing with the Big Ditch Crickets

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Drumming with Andrew Dahl-Bredine & Friends

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm - Music & Dancing with The Black Teas

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Caliente


Big Ditch Park Booths - Tastings and Sales

Saturday, September 23, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Big Ditch Park; FREE

Mesquite, sacaton, Apache red grass: Richard Felger, Gabriel Feldman, Chelsea Rittchen & Adrienne Booth

Insects: Carol Fugagli

Fermented foods: Margaret Garcia (Taos Real Foods), Harolene Pitts

Acorns, prickly pear: John Slattery

Chile roasting: Kyle & Meggie Skaggs (Frisco Farms)

Herbal medicine: Monica Rude (Desert Woman Botanicals) Nikki Tesnow Brooke Feldman (Lizard Dreaming Remedies) Naava Koenigsberg (Bear Creek Herbs)

Native plant dyes: Ann Hedlund & Hosana Eilert

Kids’ activities/ Fire-making: Andrew Dahl-Bredine

Kids' activities/Weaving with native plants:  Cedar Smith

Kids' activities/Native plant game: Andrea Warner


Gila River Extravaganza - Talks, Demos & Poetry

Saturday, September 23, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm; Big Ditch Park; FREE

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm - Poetry reading with Raven Drake

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm - Talk: Curanderismo with Dr. Gilbert Arizaga

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm - Food demo with Consuelo Hester

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm - Talk: Native American traditional foods with Stephanie Muise

5:30 pm - 5:45 pm - Poetry reading with Elise Stuart

5:45 pm - 6:00 pm - Talk: Chiricahua Apaches with Joe Saenz

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Sunburst: An Organic Mandala

Saturday, September 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm; Big Ditch Park; FREE

Join artist Zoe Wolfe and architect Steven Shelendich for this community art project to create a mandala out of natural materials in the Big Ditch Park. Feel free to bring organics to add to the mandala, which will remain on the site to decompose with the elements.


Pub Crawl

Saturday, September 23; 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Downtown Silver City

Enjoy food & drinks made with local native plant food ingredients. Full list of participating establishments forthcoming.