Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Lecture on Oct. 18 at 1pm

*Post from Mananzo Mountain Art Council*

MOUNTAINAIR, NM – Mr. Stephen Vollmer’s presentation, “Entre Mundos: Gods, Goddesses, Saints, and the Cultural Confluence of Identity”, will provide a brief look into early missionary work in post-Conquest México. This was a time when friars, who as prototypical cultural anthropologists encountered highly evolved cultures whose pantheons in many cases, ran parallel to their own. It was during these primary years of globalization in the Sixteenth-century that the European and Native American experience resulted in a redefining, and melding, of beliefs and symbols into a hybridized expression of faith.

Mr. Vollmer will bring into the illustrated discussion, numerous contemporary sites, which for centuries have remained as pilgrimage sites that sixteenth-century friars occupied and consciously incorporated elements of traditional beliefs in order to give the new dogmas a native appearance.

For more than four decades Stephen Vollmer has worked as a cultural advisor, curator, and administrator in museums and universities in México and the United States. He has curated and participated in the development of several hundred exhibitions in both nations and has contributed numerous catalogue essays to bi-national programs. Mr. Vollmer earned a B.A and M.A. from University of the Americas in Mexico City and Puebla, México, and currently serves as an independent contractor and cultural advisor on the arts relating to Ibero-America and Border Studies.

This free interpretive presentation will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday October 18th, at the Alpine Alley Coffee Shop, 210 N. Summit, in Mountainair, NM.

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument protects the sites of ancient Pueblo settlements and structures, associated 17th century Spanish Colonial missions, and 19th century homesteads at Gran Quivira, Quarai, and Abó. Established in 1909 as a unit of the National Park Service, the Monument serves as an example of the cultural resources management movement in the United States, and provides public interpretation of our nation’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.

Directions and park information are available on the Monument’s Facebook page at…/Salinas-Pueblo-…/1412954302286034, and website at For more information please call (505) 847-2585, ext. 20.


Farmer’s Markets

Mountainair – Farmer’s Market at the Shaffer Hotel courtyard on July 12 and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm or when the vegetables run out. For more information, please call 505-705-0622.

Edgewood – Open-air and Farmer’s Market at Tractor Supply on July 12 and Saturdays from 10am-2pm and 3-6pm. For more information about the AM market, please call 286-0525 and for the PM market, please call 269-1577.

July 4th events along the Salt Missions Trail


  • Moriarty Lion’s Club Annual Pancake Breakfast – monies raised will go to the Lions Club. Starts at 7am at the Lions Building in Moriarty. For more information call Don at 505-832-6330 or 505-410-1369.
  • Route 66 Arts Alliance hosting Art Show – 9am to 4pm at the Moriarty Civic Center. For more information contact
  • A parade starts at 9am on Route 66 and ends at Crossley Park
  • There will be a car show outside of the Moriarty Civic Center
  • Tug of war between the Torrance County sheriff and fire departments starts at Noon at the Moriarty Lions Building
  • Bingo at 4pm at the Moriarty Lions Building


  • Luna Brothers Circus show at 7:30 on July 3rd at the baseball fields. Free coupons for kids at the Family Dollar
  • Live music, volleyball tournament and fishing derby at Arthur Park on July 4th. The pool will be open from Noon to 4pm.


  • On July 4th at 11am, there will be a barbecue lunch at Chavez Park hosted by the Mountainair fire department. There will be games, water polo, music and vendors.
  • A fundraiser Italian dinner will be held at the Bakery at 6:30pm on July 4th. Funds will go toward Mountainair’s animal control fund. For more information call Barbara 505-506-1415.
  • On July 4th at 4pm, there will be a poker tournament at the Dr. Saul Community Center followed by a pie auction at 6pm and a dance from 8pm to Midnight.
  • On July 5th there will be a pancake breakfast at the Shaffer Hotel dining room from 6-8am. It costs $6.25.