Viva El Cinco de Mayo!

Tomorrow, May 4th let’s go to Ripley Park and have some Cinco de Mayo fun! Beginning at 10:00 am, there will be many of the same vendors you are used to seeing at MainStreet events and some brand new ones. There will be a great deal of food, drink, and merchandise.

The Chamber will be sponsoring Chihuahua races again. If you are a Chihuahua owner, bring your dog at 10:30 for registration. The races will start at 11:30. Don’t miss this adorable event!

Do you have what it takes to consume the most jalapenos? Make sure you sign up for the jalapeno eating contest sponsored by Super Save and Raton MainStreet. Registration is at 12:00pm and the contest will commence at 12:30.

What would be a Cinco de Mayo celebration without live music? Two live bands, Grupo Vive and The Cliques, will provide some wonderful tunes while you enjoy your day in the park.

DJ Ted Romero will also provide entertainment throughout the day. He will be sponsoring many contests for the kids, so make sure your whole family comes out to enjoy the day.

Take your chances on a $10 raffle ticket for a Honda ATV 4-wheeler from R&D Honda. This is a fund raiser to support MainStreet activities.

This is a great opportunity to spend your Saturday in Raton. Don’t miss it!

For more information call Jillian at the Shuler Theater at 445-4760.

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Springtime in Raton

Spring is definitely in the air in our fine community! MainStreet is very excited to be in preparation for our upcoming outdoor events.

Cinco de Mayo in Ripley Park will be on Saturday, May 4th starting at 10:00am. Enjoy our vendors’ wares, games and contests for kids and adults, such as the chihuahua races and the jalapeno eating contest. Most of all, enjoy a nice day out in the sun with your family and friends. While you are enjoying this beautiful spring weather, take a stroll through Raton and shop locally. Take advantage of Spring sales and clearances and help our economy at the same time!

If you are planning a shopping trip to Pueblo or Santa Fe this weekend, do me a favor and take a moment to consider giving your home town your business instead of dumping money into another community.

Be vocal with our business owners and let them know what you appreciate about them and what you would like to see in their stores. I bet they will listen.

Get out and about and enjoy the spring!

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Spring for Hops & Vine

Spring for Hops & Vine is this Saturday from 5-8pm. I know we are all ready for spring. What better way to welcome the happiest season of the year than with a little toast and socialization!

For $15 you will get eight drink tickets to sample wine and beer from different distributors, eat some delicious catered appetizers,  receive a pilsner or wine glass, take part in the silent auction.

By attending Spring for Hops & Vine, you are not only in for a great Saturday evening, but you will be supporting organizations in this town which help Raton live and thrive. I’ll see you on Saturday!

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We want YOU on our Committees!

New Mexico MainStreet conducts annual assessments of MainStreet organizations throughout the state. Raton’s assessment last week was promising. Our organization is doing well amidst the filling of new staff positions last year and the volatility of the City of Raton. One thing that was apparent – we need more committee members.

Do you have a decorative eye? Do you enjoy working with your hands? Building things? We can use you on our Design Committee.

Do you want to help our local businesses thrive? We need you on our Economic Positioning Committee.

Do you enjoy planning events? Our Promotions Committee will put you to work.

In event news: Spring For Hops and Vine is only one week from Saturday! Come to the Raton Museum on Saturday, March 30th from 4-7pm for wine and beer tasting. There will be appetizers provided by Lucy Romero Catering Service and acoustic music by Drey & Hector. The Raton Museum will host an “Easter Seek & Sundry” and the Raton Arts Council will present an art exhibit upstairs. Tickets are $15 for 8 drink tickets. Join us in welcoming Spring!

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Balloon Rally Logo Design Winner

We have a winner! In the month of February, students from the mid and high schools in the area were given an opportunity to design this year’s balloon rally logo. The committee received 15 entries from Springer High School and Raton Middle School. The winner of the 2013 International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally is Cass Kear, a sophomore at Springer High School. Congratulations! Not only will Ms. Kear ride in a balloon during the event, but her logo will be used in advertising and merchandise.

There is a balloon meeting Monday, March 11th at International Bank. We still need volunteers to get this momentous event “off the ground” and everyone in the community is invited to help.

MainStreet is now selling tickets for “Spring for Hops & Vine”, a beer and wine tasting event at the Raton Museum on March 30th from 4-7pm. Tickets are $15.

Attendees must be 21 and older. There will be live, acoustic music by Drey & Hector and catered appetizers. The Raton Museum will have an “Easter Seek & Sundry” treasure hunt, and Raton Arts Council will have an art exhibit upstairs. This will be a full evening of fun and socializing, so don’t miss it!

Tickets for “Spring for Hops & Vine” are on sale now at the Shuler Theater, or you can pay at the door.

Be on the look-out for new benches on Park and Cook Avenues. Not only will these benches add beauty to our downtown area, but it will be a convenient place to rest while folks are out shopping, sight-seeing, or enjoying street fairs and other events downtown.

Call us anytime if you have suggestions for MainStreet or want to get involved in our many projects. 445-4760 We’d love to hear from you!

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Volunteering is Good for You!

Did you know that volunteering makes people healthier? A report in the The International Journal of Person Centered Medicine found that people who volunteer their time in their communities live happier and healthier lives than those who do not get involved. Interesting.

I don’t think anyone can argue that our town is a unique little hub of interesting people, a wonderful abundance of history, and located in one of the most beautiful areas of this country – and it needs help.

The majority of this help is coming and must continue to come from concerned citizens who volunteer their time in any and all areas that interest them. Do you want to see art and music thrive here? Call the Raton Arts Council at the Old Pass Gallery (445-2052) and see how you can help. Are you dying to see our economy soar? Contact GrowRaton (447-4561) and see how you can help. Are you interested in helping our local businesses thrive? Contact the Raton Chamber (445-3689) and see how you can help. Would you love to see our downtown area revitalized? Would you love to see face-lifts on certain buildings? Call MainStreet (445-4760) and talk to me (Jillian) about how you can help.

If you are part of positive change in this town, you will feel a pride that you are solely responsible for. How wonderful that feeling is!

As the report finds, volunteer activities will enrich your sense of purpose in life and lower your stress level by focusing on something bigger than yourself. Those who give back are less likely to feel hopeless and lonely than people who do not volunteer.

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do”

Let’s all do something for Raton and feel healthier and happier doing it!

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International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally is Back!

The International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally has been absent from our community for the past two years. In 2011, the Track Fire was to blame for putting an abrupt end to the rally, and momentum was lost for 2012. This year MainStreet, with the help of many local organizations, has taken on the responsibility of getting back that annual momentum, and planning is moving right along.

The weekend after July 4th will be filled with the bustle of activity surrounding the balloon rally. Friday, July 5th will be the Pilots’ Reception, to which all local sponsors are invited. Saturday, July 6th will be the first Mass Ascension, the Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast, and an Independence Day parade in the afternoon. Sunday, July 7th, will be the final Ascension and Pancake Breakfast.

As the planning process continues, we are going to need major community involvement to make this balloon rally successful and to maintain the continuity of this event that is so important to our area.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 25th at 5:30 in the conference room of International Bank. If you are reading this, we need you there.

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