November 16, 2015
During this year’s Festival of the Cranes at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Socorro will host Arts & Cranes, Socorro’s popular Arts and Crafts Fair. It’s become a favorite event for attendees of the Festival of the Cranes, with visitors from throughout the state and throughout the world.
With a full house of crafters and artisans from throughout New Mexico, there will be plenty of interest to shoppers – from jewelry, fiber arts, pottery, and quilts, to watercolors, hand-made soaps, locally made prickly pear jellies, woodwork, and unique mosaic benches.
In addition to the opportunity to mingle, browse, and get a jump on holiday shopping lists, attendees have the opportunity experience Socorro’s Garcia Opera House, which is a national historic site. Francesca Garcia, widow of Juan Nepomuceno Garcia, had the opera house built and dedicated to her husband’s memory, with construction completed in 1887. The adobe walls are 34 inches thick and are curved to add strength and acoustics to the building. The inside 40-foot wide space has an open-trussed roof system, with flooring made of hardwood. The “raked” stage, which takes up one third of the building, is slanted to give the audience a better view.
Arts & Cranes will run from Friday until Sunday, Nov. 20-22, with the following hours:
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Garcia Opera House is located at 110 Abeyta Avenue West in Socorro, New Mexico.
The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is approximately 20 minutes south of Socorro, and many attendees to Socorro’s Arts and Crafts Fair enjoy taking in both events. Information about Festival of the Cranes is available at www.festivalofthecranes.com