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Friendly competition, make-and-take crafts

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Saturday, beginning at noon, the monthly Roswell Chess Encounter will provide an afternoon of food, fun and friendly competition. United States Chess Federation expert Mark Austin will be available to provide demonstrations and instructions for newcomers and seasoned players alike. This program is recommended for ages 8 and up and game supplies will be provided.

On Monday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m., teens will get the chance to make their own macramé bracelets for this make-and-take craft. Supplies will be provided to weave a special, one-of-a-kind piece. The teen programs are open to ages 13-19 and no registration is required.

For more information, call 575-622-7101, visit 301 N. Pennsylvania and find the website at http://roswell-nm.gov/405/Roswell-Public-Library.

Book Talk by Tomás González
Reference Librarian

It is that time of the year again where many set out on the road to explore the wonders of the land. Whether it be a long vacation or a short day trip, the Roswell Public Library has a book that explores the “quirky characters, roadside oddities and other offbeat stuff” that can be found in New Mexico. Here are a few suggestions from the book “New Mexico Curiosities” by Sam Lowe of the odd things that can be seen in the Land of Enchantment.

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Angel Fire, located in the Northeast region, has a peculiar way to start the ski season. At the start of November there is an event that is an appeasement to the snow gods to bring plenty of snow for a good ski season. The event is named the Calling of the Snow. There are many contests that are held at the Angel Fire Resort with such categories as Loudest Call and Most Unusual Call, plus other activities throughout the day.

The event ends with a bonfire that burns a large effigy of a golfer that marks the end of golf season and the start of ski season.

The Northwest region has Albuquerque as the major stopping spot for curiosities; however, not too far from Albuquerque is the small town of Madrid. The pronunciation of this town isn’t the same as the capital of Spain, but is pronounced MAD-rid. Something that most locals will be quick to correct you on. Madrid is a sort of artist haven where local artists’ works can be found throughout the small, rural town.

For those that seek an escape from the busyness of Albuquerque, Madrid is great spot to take in the local flair and see many peculiar and curious things both on canvas and in the local residents.

For more natural works of art, the Ice Cave is located in El Malpais National Monument about a half hour drive south of Grants. This cave was formed by volcanic eruptions that took place thousands of years ago. The cave never melts, even during summer months, and is said to never raise above 31 degrees Fahrenheit — a big curiosity for a part of the state that has warm weather most of the year.

In the Southeast part of the state, the major hub is Roswell. Of course the book details many attractions that may be known to local residents, such as the alien-themed places here in Roswell, Carlsbad Caverns, Smokey Bear, Lincoln and Billy the Kid, as well as other curiosities in our part of the state. Even though most of these may be familiar, some are worth multiple trips and getting a fresh perspective.

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