Mora County Notebook - Saint Gertrude’s parish celebrates función

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By Ruth Fort

The 156th year of the birth of Saint Gertrude was celebrated this past Sunday with the annual función at Saint Gertrude’s Catholic Church.

The Mass ended with a processional to the elementary school gym.

In the processional, the priest and the deacons followed with the cross.

The statue of the patron saint was carried along with the patron saints of the different churches of the parish. The Penitentes sang hymns all the way. A large group of people of different ages walked in the procession.

When the group arrived at the gym, the priest gave the blessing. The patron saints were set on a nicely decorated table set aside for them.

The gym was decorated in the fall and Christmas motif. Each table had a colorful covering to fit the season. They had attractive centerpieces donated by the ladies of the church.

Odilia Cantrell came up with the idea for the decor. Two tables, holding the food cooked by parishioners were ready for the large crowd to enjoy. Many volunteered to serve the people.  

The gym was filled with games and booths for people to enjoy. There was a raffle of several different items donated by the parishioners and merchants. There was a drawing and prizes were given  out at the end of the afternoon.

Everyone enjoyed this annual affair. The people of the parish wish to thank all of those who gave generously to make this special day possible.

Restaurants in Mora
This Thanksgiving weekend we have been thinking of food and enjoying partaking of it.

These days Mora has many choices when it comes to eating out.

There used to be 13 bars and just a couple of restaurants in the Mora Valley. That has changed with time.

Now the Mora Valley has only one bar in Cleveland and package liquor at Allsup’s. There are five restaurants all serving good food and service as good as or better than ones in the city.

Hatcha’s was here then gone because of a fire. The owners of Hatcha’s then retired, but returned and remodeled Cowboy Kitchen and opened it up under their old restaurant’s name.

The Martinezes — Hatcha, Gloria, Geno — and staff are now back.

The kitchen has also been remodeled to help the cooks be more efficient. They have changed the counter to the north wall with the menu in big posters on the wall and small menus on the counter for customers to read. After they choose their food, a cashier is at the end of the counter to receive the money.

Then the customer takes his order to the kitchen window to be filled.

They then choose their table and the waitresses give full service from then on. This proves to get the meal to the customer more quickly.

Other places to eat in Mora and Cleveland include Rene’s 50’s Diner, which opened recently with full service and well-served meals.

The restaurant has the former Little Alaska’s Ice Cream Parlor with a special area just for customers. The restaurant maintains the ‘50s theme through its decor and music.

Pizza Pro/Sub City offers pizza and burgers, salads and other sandwiches. Its specialty is an all-you-can-eat noon buffet with salad bar and pizza and pasta and desert. The restaurant also features Flavor Burst ice cream specialties.

Then as one travels a little more to the motel, one will find Kristy’s Korner. This is another place with a delicious variety of food. It also has a very efficient staff and quick service. It has Happy Hour Monday through Friday, which means a 10 percent discount on food ordered from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. During summer months, there is comfortable seating outside.

The last stop as one travels up the valley looking for food is Casa De Teresa’s Tamales. She also has other foods besides her famous tamales. The restaurant is known for its all-you-can- eat Sunday morning buffet. During the summer the restaurant also offers outdoor seating.  

Besides those restaurants, Russell’s and Allsup’s have delis where one can get a quick snack or meal. Still the Mora Senior Citizens Center serves great meals to the seniors 60 and older
With all of the choices people know all of them serve good food and render polite and efficient service.

Mora Valley people and visitors are well fed with all of these eating establishments that serve delicious food.

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@yahoo.com.