Mora County Notebook: Summerfest raises money for theater

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By Ruth Fort

The VFW Building and grounds was a busy place on Saturday as people set up their booths for the many people who came to enjoy the day visiting with friends and neighbors and shopping and playing games. Mora Summerfest was truly a family affair.


There were two food booths where people bought food and many booths with cookies, pies, tortillas and even watermelon. There were  six games with prizes for winners that were popular. They included balloon bust, ring toss and so forth.

Many crafts were displayed including ceramics, Christmas ornaments, New Mexico coffee, furniture and needle crafts, hand carved wooden toys and sewing goods. There was even a pastry walk in which the contestants could choose cake, cookies or pie for their prize. The children flocked to the castle like Bounce House. Bingo, set up in the building, was a very popular activity, and about 60 people enjoyed that activity. They awarded $400 in prizes.

During the afternoon a big wind came up and swept through the ground upsetting and blowing a tent away. As soon as people saw what was happening whoever was close to a tent grabbed the posts and held the tent down until the wind passed. There was a great show of community cooperation and concern for others. Otherwise, it was a beautiful day with many people enjoying the sunshine and friendly atmosphere with friends and workers, who kept busy caring for everyone’s needs.

Summerfest was all for the benefit of the Mora Theater. Plans are under way to remodel the theater which is part of Tapetes De Lana. The theater has not been used for about 40 years and is in disrepair. The community feels the need for a theater for plays, movies and other activities that needs to have a theater setting. It looks as though it will happen.

Plans are working out with grants and community cooperation. The stage has been rebuilt and other repairs are in progress. Avery Construction is donating part of the time to construct the concession stand within the facility.

The sponsors were the Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce, La Jicarita Telephone Cooperative, and Southwest Capital Bank.

Many people donated their proceeds to the theater fund. Among them the Mora Chamber of Commerce donated the proceeds from the sale of shirts and member, Tom Montoya, donated and made the caramel corn. Southwest Capital Bank paid for the advertising.

The elementary student government under Karla Sena donated all of their proceeds to the theater. Leroy and Mary Jean Aragon have donated a popcorn machine for the theater concession stand.

Joseph Weathers and the board of directors wish to thank all of the venders who took part in the Summerfest, the community who came out to enjoy the day and those who donated much and the ones who organized and worked to make a great day for the community and for the good of the theater.

Weathers said, “It was a nice venture as the community came together as one to make it a special day. It was not just the effort of one person but many.”

Weathers added that they made $1327 to go toward the theater fund.

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