Ellen M. Wilson
What: Concert at The Old Mill, 641 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso

Who:  Singer and songwriter Ellen M. Wilson with special guest, guitarist Rich Chorné

When: October 12, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Cost:  $10 at the door/$8 in advance, tickets available at the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Seating is limited. 

Type of music:  Original Adult Contemporary

Copies of Ellen’s CD, Destiny will be available for purchase at the concert.

This will be a unique acoustic performance of songs from Ellen's album, Destiny, with Ruidoso icon, guitarist Rich Chorné.   Ellen’s backup singer from El Paso, Gabriel Infante, will join the duo for this performance.

This is Ellen’s first performance in Ruidoso, having just arrived in the area from El Paso, where she performed regularly with her band at such venues as Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss.  A recipient of a CAP Grant from El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department from FY 2009 to FY 2011 and again in FY 2013, receiving an Artist Incubator Grant in FY 2012 that provided support for the recording of her album, Destiny, at Clap of Thunders Studio in El Paso.  The album was released in the fall of 2012 on the TMG record label.

Until her move this summer, Ellen was on the music faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso as one of the studio voice teachers, working especially with Commercial Music majors.  She has joined the ENMU-Ruidoso faculty as a Music Resource Faculty member.

A veteran of the national music scene, Rich Chorné has opened for such bands as ZZ Top and toured with Hall & Oates, the Electric Prunes, and others.  A songwriter himself, Rich heard Ellen's songs and agreed it was time for the two to do a performance together, giving Ellen's songs the Chorné touch.

Rich Chorne
by Blake Martin
Old Mill Playhouse at 6:30, Saturday August 3rd, 2013, call (575) 973-4348.
A Warehouse 591 production.
One Page Printable Flyer (PDF, 684 Kb)

Storytellers, including Samuel Beckett, Alfred Hitchcock and many others, explain McGuffin different ways. It’s kind of something that has no purpose and so doesn’t exist, yet drives the plot forward.

If you dislike confusion, avoid this theatrical performance at all costs! (It will only make you mad at me) If, however, you have a taste for ambiguity . . . your chariot awaits, and SPATULA is your chauffeur.

The music band SPATULA presents SPUDS McGUFFIN VANISHES! An unplugged concert will be hosted in conjunction with a surreal romantic comedy of pseudo-couples in the fashion of Absurd Theater at the Old Mill Playhouse on Saturday, August 3rd at 7pm. Attend only if you dare to only attend a dare!

SPATULA consists of Pete Davis on drums, Rich Chorne’ on guitar/flute/harmonica, Tim McCasland on dobro/banjo, and Deanna and Blake Martin play percussion and bass. Their repertoire includes a fusion of reggae, R&B and rock and roll.

SPUDS McGUFFIN VANISHES! is also a fusion of styles. The cast of characters includes The Great Oompah, the Fabulous Bambee, Penelope and Yum-Yum Coco, Nambe-Pooboo, Morinda Bombinda, Blue Bottle Fly and Spuds McGuffin in the flesh (at least for now)! Not least of all, the audience becomes the murmuring and buzzing Unintelligible Minions of The Great Oompah!

The drama takes place high in the Village of Sawtooth Mountain, where Penelope Coco has been sentenced to be executed for high treason! But never fear! Nambe-Pooboo’s mother Morinda Bombinda has devised a scheme to save Yum-Yum’s sister from certain demise. (Are you reading this aloud? Because if you aren’t; you should be . . . this is your audition for the Unintelligible Minions) Meanwhile, despite the efforts of the Fabulous Bambee, true love WILL prevail in the face of ALL adversity.

Anon fair adventurers, SPUDS McGUFFIN VANISHES! is not for the squeamish of heart! In the grand finale, the Fabulous Bambee is torn apart for the Great Dance of Ceremonial Posh and Circumstance. This, in true Sawtooth Mountain tradition, will be in anticipation of the Weddings at Dawn.

I’m almost too excited to continue! Look at our hands, they’re trembling! Pull yourself together!

The Old Mill Playhouse, formerly used as a dance hall, will then be re-christened as SPATULA takes to the stage once again. DJ Pete will be entreated to take the spotlight, whereas all remaining will dance to his mojo until everyone has collapsed. And this will all occur before dismissal at 8:30 pm (perhaps for the first time in the history of Ruidoso!).(?...;>)

If you’ve ever wondered what existentialism is all about . . . will you still be wondering for a long, long time? Yes! Well, maybe. But hey, I’m not sure it’s really worth all the anxiety you’re experiencing right now. Let’s just say it’s hopelessness with moments of great exhilaration. But how will you EVER REALLY know unless you push the veritable envelope of absurdity and attend this magnanimous confabulation?

Now’s your chance, tickets are available at the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce for $20 each. Doors will open at the Old Mill Playhouse at 6:30, Saturday August 3rd. See you there, or not . . . whatever. Costumes welcome, but please wear something.
Enjoy an evening of music and an audience participation murder mystery on June 29th from 7 to 8:30.
Tickets: $15
Doors will be open at 6:30 for tickets.  You can also purchase tickets at the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce, Dream Catcher Cafe,  Coyote Howling Shop for a Cause, Cafe Rio Pizza or call (575) 973-4348. Fifty percent of ticket sales will go to support the Old Dowlin Mill, an important historic landmark in Ruidoso.

MAMA HOTTIE is promoting their new cd, Rubber Glove. With genres from folk rock to bluegrass and cha-cha, they feature songs from the Beatles, Emmy Lou Harris, Simon & Garfunkel and bluegrass standards such as Rocky Top, Old Slew Foot and Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms.TIM McCASLAND offers tons of finesse along with the harmonies of DEANNA and P. BLAKE MARTIN.

As an added bonus, there will be a presentation of The JADE BRACELET, an audience participation murder mystery. Who done it? Come and see!
THE JADE BRACELET will be presented by Mama Hottie & the Sterilizers on June 29th. Saturday night at 7:00, the stage is set for an evening of musical entertainment, murder and tongue-in-cheek mayhem. The Jade Bracelet is a one act play written by local, aspiring playwright, Blake Martin.

Who done it? Private Detective Spade Holmes leads suspects and audience through a twisted labyrinth of brilliant deductions to expose the homicidal thief. It proves to be chilling tale of super human misconceptions, alien vaudeville and unrequited love.

Eight actors (including Mama Hottie & co.'s Tim McCasland, Deanna and Blake Martin) portray a mystery comedy where Billy the Dostoevsky, the owner of a priceless, stolen bracelet, is murdered.

Mama Hottie & the Sterilizers provide a concert of acoustic folk-rock, bluegrass and cha-cha-cha in the midst of this intriguing event at Ruidoso's historic Old Dowlin Mill.

Mama-Hottie-and-the-Sterilizers on Face Book

Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 6pm at the Old Mill,
accomplished guitarist and musician, Rich Chorné will present a special program with his musical friends at the Old Mill Playhouse, 641 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, New Mexico. 

Rich is well traveled as a performer and has produced four CD’s and has won songwriting awards in the Washington/Baltimore area.  This concert will feature Corinna Ripple on fiddle. She is best known as a member of the Flying J Wranglers.  Blake Martin will help Rich with this show. 

Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. The show is one set, approximately 70 minutes.   Tickets may be purchased at the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce.   Proceeds help preserve the Old Mill as a part of Ruidoso history and now as an intimate music venue.  
Rich’s music covers many genres; he plays with emotion and spontaneity.

Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. The show is one set, approximately 70 minutes.   Tickets may be purchased at the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce.   Proceeds help preserve the Old Mill as a part of Ruidoso history and now as an intimate music venue.    

More information can be found on his websites:
www.guitarrich.comwww.reverbnation.com/richchorne, www.cdbaby.com,

Read more about Rich and his music here (PDF, 2.4 MB)
Saturday Feb. 16th, 2013, at 6 p.m.
FINGER STYLE GUITAR VIRTUOSO and multi-instrumentalist Thomas P. Radcliffe will present a repertoire of original and traditional instrumental works and songs at the Old Mill Playhouse @ 641 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, New Mexico.

Thomas music is filled with light, energy and joy and he sings of love and peace. Suitable for all ages and guaranteed to be enjoyed by all who attend.

Tickets are $17 advance or $21 door and are available at Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce or by phone (915) 346-5606.
You can also follow Thomas on Facebook.
August 4, 2012
10:00 AM
  • MC Jamie Estest welcomes crowd
  • Mill Wheel is turned on by Mill Meister Eddie Shepard
  • Presentation of the colors by Co. A, 1st Regiment NM Mounted Volunteer Infantry
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by Col. Matt Midgette mounted on “Belle”
  • The National Anthem....the Old Mill Singers
  • Mayor Ray Alborn reads the formal Old Mill Proclamation
  • Wreath honoring Carmon and Leona Mae Phillips laid by daughter Delana Clements
10:45     Old Mill Singers
11:00    James Hobbs and the Flying J Wranglers
11:30    Official cutting of the “Birthday Cake”
Noon-1:30     Speakers and Storytellers
  • Jamie Estes: Story of the ditch bringing water to the Mill
  • Hollis Fuchs: History of the Dowlin family
  • Bill Morrison: History of the Wingfield family
  • Rolla Hinkle: History of the Hinkle family
  • Jack Shuster: Interprets the life of Capt. Paul Dowlin
1:30   Mark Reminton        Guitar and songs
2:00    Sawyer Ward            Songs of the West

Newspaper article with details about the event, Ruidoso News
_Who: Old Mill Gang (and any wishing to join up)  
When: 3 pm on Sunday, July 15.
Where: Gather at the Mill to learn how to operate the old wheel, turn on the water and learn a brief talk about its history. Also some plans will be finalized for the Celebration Day,  Saturday, August 4.  For more information contact Sally Burkstaller at sburkstaller@windstream.net
WHEREAS,             The historic OLD DOWLIN MILL, built in 1868 by Captain Paul Dowlin, is the oldest building in Ruidoso, New Mexico.  The town was known as “Dowlin’s Mill” in earlier days; and

WHEREAS,            from 1868 until the turn of the 20th Century, the OLD MILL served the community as a grist mill, saw mill, bean thrasher, blacksmith shop, first post office in the area and general store; and

WHEREAS,            like many legendary structures in the American West, the OLD MILL was visited by legends of the day including Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, “Black Jack” Pershing, Geronimo and Lt.  Douglas MacArthur; and

WHEREAS,            Carmon and Leona Mae Phillips saved the historic New Mexico landmark in 1950 through careful conservation efforts and maintained the historical integrity of the OLD MILL for the next five decades; and

WHEREAS,            the Village of Ruidoso acknowledges the OLD MILL as its oldest building, a symbol of its pioneer past and one of only two extant water-powered grist mills in the Southwest.  The Village of Ruidoso fully supports the recognition of this historical resource and enthusiastically endorses its recognition on the National Register of Historic Places; and

WHEREAS,            the Village of Ruidoso proclaims and honors the OLD MILL’s 144th anniversary, all citizens of the Village and Lincoln County are invited to come to the OLD MILL and celebrate.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Gus Raymond Alborn, Mayor of the Village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, do hereby proclaim Saturday, August 4th, 2012 as


and congratulate the community on preserving and maintaining this historic New Mexico landmark. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF,             I, Mayor Gus Raymond Alborn, do hereby set my hand and cause the Corporate Seal of the Village of Ruidoso to be affixed this 31st day of July, 2012.

Gus Raymond Alborn, Mayor of Ruidoso

What: Old Mill Preservation meeting
Where: 313 Spring Road, Ruidoso, NM
When: 7 pm, June 28, 2012
Purpose of Meeting: Planning for Old Mill Celebration on August 4th.
Update: Besides working hard on the new play to be presented later in the summer at the Mill, Delana has the landscaping almost completed and the mill pond and wheel ready to roll.  She has also ordered lovely posters for the Old Mill Celebration which will be on Saturday, August 4th, 2012.  

If you can’t attend on June 28, please let us know of your activities....AND be thinking of friends, neighbors and fellow enthusiasts who would be willing to donate a couple of hours on the weekends occasionally to host the building and the wheel for visitors.  We are going to need to set up a committee of volunteers to do this. 

Denise has been working on the stationery, Jeannine on the website, Marty on the application and Delana has contacted the office of the governor regarding the August event.
Paul Dowlin is still buried in the original Fort Stanton Army Cemetery, which is slightly uphill and southwest of the Fort Stanton Museum, maybe 1/4-mile away from the Fort.  Below are his gravestone photos.  In addition to being the civilian post trader, Dowlin may have been stationed at Fort Stanton in earlier years.
Paul Dowlin's gravestone in the graveyard near Fort Stanton.
The same Dowlin gravestone from a different view point.