We would like to invite you to our benefit event at the Old Mill this Sat., April 9th with the Flying J Wranglers. The doors open at 6:30 & the music begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25. It will be a great western show for the entire family. There will also be a book sale & jewelry sale to help save the Mill. Coyote Howling will be hosting the concessions & they have donated some gift baskets & a gift certificate to raffle during the event. As an added bonus, the Old Mill waterwheel will be turning & grinding grain inside the building. We hope you can join us for a fun evening of entertainment in Ruidoso's birthplace. Tell all your friends & come get your Western on!
The Old Mill Preservation Corporation would like to invite you to our
fund-raising benefit on Sat., March 19th from 11:00am to 4:oopm, sponsored
by the White Apron Society. Our top chefs in Lincoln County will be
preparing hors d'oeuvres, fruit & veggie carvings, along with special
cooking demonstrations. There will also be an ENMU student art sale, silent
auction, & gift certificates for dinner at the Ruidoso Jockey Club, Inn of
the Mountain Gods,& more! We look forward to seeing you at the historic Old
Mill on Sat.
The Old Mill is nearing 150 years old now and showing its age. The town of Ruidoso began with the Old Mill. Billy the Kid came to dances there, babies were born there and many a weary traveler laid their head down in Dowlin's Mill. The Old Mill is now a popular spring and summer venue for local musicians and displays the work of local artists. There are plans to expand the programming to plays, comedians, dances, art exhibits and more. But much needed repairs are hampering the use and the future of the Old Mill.
Water damage from rains and winter snow have taken a toll. Chunks of the old adobe wall are falling out and cracks are appearing throughout the old building. The water well needs replacing and the water wheel needs repairs. Though it's listed as a historic site, the Preservation Corporation receives no state or federal funding. It is totally dependent on donations, which have gone down.
The picture gallery below shows some of the damage.
Delana Clements, owner of the mill and overseer of the Old Mill Preservation Corporation (a 501c3), is asking that everyone in Lincoln County, or anyone who appreciates the Old Mill, aid in its preservation with a tax deductible donation. No amount is too small and every bit of help is deeply appreciated. If you are interested in helping preserve the Old Dowlin Mill, donations can be made to :
Old Mill Preservation Corp.
313 Spring Road
Ruidoso, NM 88345
For more information, call 575-257-1090.
Gleewood rocked the Old Mill on August 16th. As a 3-piece alternative band, Jhett and Callie Sioux Schiavone and Myles Erdmann offer something that could be described as a cross between gypsy jazz and folk rock.
August 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm.
Though both 4th generation New Mexican, it was after Jhett Schiavone began his laid-back songwriting in Hawaii that he met the western desert flower, Callie Sioux. The folk rock duo later teamed with percussionist/drummer, Myles Erdmann, with whom they launched their first self produced album in Nov, 2013 and have been on the road since. Gleewood steps out in in their converse and cowboy boots spreading their hippie-meets-western songwriting across the Southwest leading with vocal ingenuity, catchy melodies, and an uplifting stage presence.
Let's face it, The Jones and Miles String band are a rowdy bunch. They rocked the Old Mill's adobe walls last Saturday night with their Howlin' at the Dowlin concert.
Audience members danced to the band's unique blend of traditional folk and rock. The Jones brothers, Tyler and Cody, front the band with lead vocals, flat top guitar, mandolin and harmonica. Their rhythm section, double bassist Chris Miles and drummer Donny Marling provide the brothers a great bed to jump up and down on!
If you haven't seen Jones and Miles yet, it is worth the effort. They play all over New Mexico.
MAMA HOTTIE AND THE STERILIZERS present Hoot 'N Shenanigans this Saturday night.
Stink Bug, Aurora Borealis and Leff Hook Smiff are upstairs making a lot of noise. They must be up to their usual shenanigans!
So why not call this concert Hoot 'N Shenanigans?
Last year's Jade Bracelet (a murder mystery concert) is a hard act to follow. So Mama Hottie decided to just throw a party.
She's got the Sterilizers rehearsing music, poetry readings, stupid magic, and a special appearance of some of the area's younger musicians. Audience enjoyment and participation are a must.
Join Mama Hottie and the Sterilizers for a bluegrass mountain music jamboree on Saturday, July 26 at the Old Mill Summer Concert Series 2014. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce, Coyote Howling Shop for a Cause, Josie's Framery and Mountain Annie's. As always, parking is available across Sudderth at Radio Shack.
Lyn Kidder will be on hand from 5 to 7 p.m. to sign copies of her latest book, Images of America, Ruidoso, The Carmon Phillips Collection. Also, local artist Kody Taylor will be exhibiting her artwork for the book signing, concert and show.
Tickets are $20, with $5 from each sale going to Feed My Starving Children (that's 22 meals per ticket!).
Coming up in August: Cowgirl meets hippie with Gleewood on the August 16. On September 6, the series will close with a Gwendolyn Watson cd release / multimedia party.
There's a family tradition brewing at the Old Mill this weekend. Cody and Tyler Jones are the sons of Randy Jones who plays with the Flying J Wranglers. Randy, who has lived in Ruidoso for at least 100 years, has passed the torch to these two talented young men.
Teamed up with stand-up bassist Chris Miles, the trio offers bluegrass mountain music that just might levitate audience members to the ceiling.
Jones And Miles is a modern American folk style band that prides itself on a diverse live set that merges old and new bluegrass, folk, blues, and country. Their music merges old-time depression era folk, hillbilly style bluegrass, good ol' country dancing music, with a nice raw rockin' modern edge to create one of the most entertaining live shows in the southwest.
The trio brings an arsenal of various instruments to play including guitars, 4 string banjo, 5-string banjo, mandolin, upright bass, and harmonicas.
Jones and Miles will be Howlin' at the Dowlin Mill this Saturday. Cody Jones' paintings will also be on display as part of the Old Mill Summer Concert Series 2014.
The concert is Saturday, July 19, at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., parking available across Sudderth at Radio Shack. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
More info and photos at Jones and Miles.
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, on May 24, 2014, at 7:00 pm.
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 $20 advance or $25 door and are available at Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce 720 Sudderth and Coyote Howling Shop for a Cause 1803 Sudderth or by phone (915) 346-5606
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.
by Blake Martin
Old Mill Playhouse at 6:30, Saturday August 3rd, 2013, call (575) 973-4348.
A Warehouse 591 production.
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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.
The Old Mill Preservation Corp