The opening CLAY Festival Farm-To-Table Fundraiser held on July 22nd was a successful sold-out event. It was a truly local, grass-roots meal that honored the connection that the food we eat has to the earth, mud, dirt, and CLAY; it also honored connections within the Silver City community and New Mexico.
The elegant dinner featured Gruet Winery with Operations Manager, Michael Dominguez, making a trip from Albuquerque to attend the dinner and pair Gruet wine with each course. Jean-Robert Be’ffort of A-Space Studio Art Gallery won the prize for best ceramic place setting, which included a farm-to-table themed gift basket donated by Single Socks, a Coach Massage Gift Certificate, and a hand-made silver pendant made by local jeweler Juan Velasco.
The meal was prepared using locally grown food from Silver City Farmer's Market vendors and was prepared by local chefs from Brazzas Grill, Shevek’s Casual Restaurant, Diane’s Restaurant, Revel, Tapas Tree Grill, La Bonita Bakery, and Bad Ass Bakery. Local teens participating in a summer youth internship program through the Volunteer Center, Rooted, grew greens that were used in the salad and harvested the nopales used in another dish. Youths in the Community Youth Building Program attended two trainings in food service to serve at this special event.
The funds raised will help support the CLAY Festival in its efforts to foster an entrepreneurial spirit that engages local businesses, artists, and the global community in a unified enthusiasm for CLAY leading to rural economic sustainability. CLAY Festival is donating $1000 to the Volunteer Center's Food Bank and $500 to the Silver City Farmer's Market.
CLAY Festival kicks off with Empty Bowls, Pony Hills Petroglyph Tour, children's activities, and Farm to Table
Virus Theater returns this summer with William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, starring the Silver City community! Once again, fantastical director Teresa Dahl-Bredine will dazzle you with her extraordinary flair for theatrical adventure.
Shakespeare’s comedy aims to enthrall you with love and folly! In traditional Virus Theater style, don’t be surprised if you are entertained beyond your wildest dreams in this wedding of all weddings extravaganza! Our fairy kingdom stars eleven of Silver City’s children and a beautiful fairy queen, not to mention a fairy trickster or two that may titillate us all. Kick back and watch the players give you a hilarious version of this play within a play and, of course, the lovers and all of their woes. Costumes by well-known artist Cecilia Stanford will leave you breathless!
To top it all off, all shows will be at the downtown El Sol Theater at 406 North Bullard Street!
We welcome audiences to our preview shows on Wednesday and Thursday, July 26th and 27th, 2017, for which tickets will be $8.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Grand Premiere night will be at the El Sol Theater on Friday, July 28, 2017. This will be a special night with refreshments, a theater tour, and conversations with the cast and director. A RSVP is required for this event, for which there is also a suggested donation of $50. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 26th.
Shows to follow will be on July 29 and 30, and August 3, 4, 5, and 6, for which tickets will be $10. All shows begin at 7:30pm
Tickets for all shows are available now at Yada Yada Yarn, at 621 North Bullard Street, phone number 575-388-3350.
Join us and be part of a magical evening!
The full schedule of events for the Silver City CLAY Festival, taking place July 22nd to 30th, will be available in the July 20th edition of The Independent. Whether you are looking to enjoy a workshop, lectures, mining and petroglyph tours, CLAYFest Market, or see exhibits at the galleries downtown, The Independent will be the place to find out the information you need to plan your week during CLAY Festival.
You can pick up the CLAY Festival schedule anywhere The Independent is normally distributed at locations all over Silver City and beyond. Extra copies will be available at the following locations in Silver City: The Visitor Center (201 N Hudson), Syzygy Tile (106 N Bullard), Silver City Food Co-op (520 N Bullard), Gila Hike & Bike (103 E College), and Silver City Daily Press and Independent (300 W Market).
There is something for everyone at the CLAY Festival - a New Mexico True experience not to be missed.
The schedule of events is also available as a printable pdf on the website – sorted by date, by event type, and as a list of free events.
The CLAY Festival Mud Pie Contest is your opportunity to showcase your favorite mud-inspired treat and win a prize! This contest is open to all - simply bring your dessert in a pie dish to be taste-tested by CLAY Festival judges on Saturday, July 29th at 10am in front of the Market Café at 614 N Bullard Street in downtown Silver City.
The Mud Pie Contest takes place at the same time as Mud Fun! for kids, the CLAYFest Market, and the Silver City Farmer’s Market – all at the North end of Bullard Street on Saturday, July 29th between 10am-4pm. Mud Fun! (10am-1pm) will be an opportunity for kids to explore their creativity and get their hands dirty with a free-form sculpture opportunity sponsored by Lawley Toyota. Kids and adults can take a whirl at throwing on the wheel for 5-10 minutes at the demonstration tent at the CLAYFest Market. CLAY artists will be demonstrating wheel-throwing and selling Mata Ortiz pottery, Jicarilla Apache tradition micaceous clay vessels, Raku, sculptural works, mixed media, and handmade tile.
Come out on Saturday, July 29th for many opportunities to enjoy CLAY!
The CLAY Festival Farm-To-Table Fundraiser on July 22nd will be an extravaganza you won't want to miss! It will showcase locally grown food from Silver City Farmer's Market vendors, including EZ Does It Farm, Gone Fishin’ Farms, Frisco Farms, Amy’s Greens, and La Bonita Bakery. The menu of chilled beet and chipotle soup, pit-roasted lamb, black beans, nopales con queso fresco, blue corn mesquite tortillas, salad, and a special dessert will be prepared by local chefs from your favorite Silver City restaurants. Chefs from Brazzas Grill, Shevek’s Casual, and more will be preparing the special menu. Local teens participating in a summer youth internship program through the Volunteer Center, Rooted, will grow the greens and vegetables that will be used in the salad. And, youths in the Community Youth Building Program will be trained in food service to serve at this special event.
Gruet Winery will provide the wine and the pairings will be chosen by Gruet Operations Manager Michael Dominguez. Gruet is located near the Elephant Butte Reservoir in New Mexico, and the Gruet family has been growing grapes and producing wine since 1952 in France.
In keeping with the spirit of CLAY, dining participants will bring their favorite ceramic place setting to dine on and the best place setting will be awarded a prize. Funds raised will help support the CLAY Festival in its efforts to foster an entrepreneurial spirit that engages local businesses, artists, and the global community in a unified enthusiasm for CLAY leading to rural economic sustainability. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Volunteer Center's Food Bank and the Silver City Farmer's Market.
Join us at this elegant opening celebration of the CLAY Festival on Saturday, July 22nd from 6-9pm. You won’t find a more local, grass-roots meal than this one, honoring the connection that the foods we eat have to the earth, mud, dirt, and CLAY.
Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.