Friends of LL Library

Dressed in old West attire in honor of its second annual fundraiser, the Friends of Los Lunas Public Library and Museum of Heritage and Arts board members include, from left, Stephanie Williams, Tammie Nolde, her husband, Wayne Nolde and Jean Davies.

LOS LUNAS—A night of live music, dancing and New Mexican cuisine in an old West atmosphere is planned for Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Southwest Event Center west of town.

It’s the second annual fundraiser by the Friends of Los Lunas Public Library and Museum of Heritage and Arts.

“It’s a very nice venue, it really is,” said Friends board member Stephanie Williams. “It’s very western; knotty pine tables and lots of wooden paneling.”

It’s rustic charm includes mounted hunting trophies of elk and longhorn, a large dance floor, indoor dining area and an outdoor covered patio with beautiful views, Williams said.

Country and western music will be provided by the local band Up The Creek, whose five-piece group perform covers of such icons as Merle Haggard, George Strait, Johnny Paycheck and Dwight Yoakam, said Clayton Stansell, the band leader.

“We do songs you heard on the way over here,” Stansell said with a laugh. “Some of these guys have played with Merle Haggard, Hal Ketchum and Johnny Rodriguez.”

The dance floor is wooden with a corner stage and wooden wall paneling.

“It’s a great venue. I wish we could play there more,” Stansell said. “Come out and support the library.”

Participants who want to are encouraged to dress up in old West attire. It’s a perfect opportunity to dust off that old fiesta skirt, bolo tie and hat. It’s also a chance to win a prize for best costume.

Last year, tickets sold out, so the Friends moved this year’s fundraiser to the larger venue.

There will be a cash bar and an all-you-can eat matanza style meal.

The dinner will be cooked by Getaway Grill owner Steven Otero and his sidekick Herman Garcia. They will serve slow-cooked red chile pork ribs, marinated carne adovada, crispy chicharrones and carnitas, pinto beans, potatoes, calabacitas and tortillas.

A silent auction will be held outside with items such as a Getaway Grill dinner for 50 people, Popejoy Hall tickets, a gift basket from doTERRA therapeutic-grade essential oils, artwork from Nicolas Otero, gift cards from Sam’s Butcher Shop and much more.

The Friends of Los Lunas Public Library and Museum of Heritage and Arts are a nonprofit auxiliary fundraising group that support programs for the library and museum.

The goal of this event is to raise funding for a speaker series of historians and authors, said board member Jim Rickey.

“Michael McGaritty spoke here a couple of years ago and (the Friends) paid for the speaker,” Rickey said. “There was no charge to the public. A lot of people brought their books to be signed and there were books on sale. Everybody loved it.”

The matanza style benefit dinner event is $50 per person and will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Southwest Event Center, 24 Dalies Road, about five miles west of Interstate 25. Take N.M. 6 west and turn south on Dalies Road. It’s the two-story building passed the livestock auction barn.

To purchase tickets call the Los Lunas Public Library at 839-3850.

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