Tularosa Wine & Art Festival

The Tularosa Wine & Art Festival put on by the Rotary Club of Tularosa was a great success! This was the Rotary Club’s effort to bring the festival back to the village where the festival started 10 years ago. Thanks to all the terrific sponsors who helped make this event a success:
* United Country – Properties
* Flickinger Center
* Bank ’34
* Otero Federal Credit Union
* Otero County Electric Cooperative
* Coble Constructors
* First National Bank
* Mesa Verde Enterprises

The Rotary Club is already planning for the 2017 Tularosa Wine & Art Festival!

-Tom Jacoby

Tularosa Wine & Art Festival

Tulie Wine & Art Festival

The Rotary Club of Tularosa has announced the schedule for their 2016 Tulie Wine & Art Festival. The event is scheduled for September 16 and 17, and will be held on Granado Street in the heart of historic Tularosa, New Mexico. We expect four or more New Mexico wineries and many vendors to be present at the Festival. There will be live music and multiple food vendors.

The Festival is the primary fund-raiser for the Tularosa Rotary Club, which puts all the profits back into the community. Over the past few years, the Tularosa Rotary has refurbished the village museum, sponsored the adoption of the Dave Ramsey financial training program in Tularosa’s high school, donated dictionaries to Tularosa and Mescalero school children, and carried out numerous other community service projects.

For more info and tickets, click Tularosa Wine & Art Festival.

-Tom Jacoby

Goodbye German Air Force!

Photo courtesy German Air Force

For almost 20 years, the German Air Force has operated a flying training center at Holloman Air Force Base. But now they’re leaving by 2019 – what a sad development for our community. We have counted them as friends and neighbors, and it will be sad to see them go.

They’ve also been a major factor in our Otero County economy, with an impact of $50+ million dollars annually. With our county still suffering through the Great Recession, this is a heavy blow to absorb.


-Tom Jacoby

Luminarias in Tularosa

Here's the happy Rotary crew plus volunteers, busy filling luminaria bags.
Here’s the happy Rotary crew plus volunteers, busy filling luminaria bags.

On Christmas Eve, the Tularosa Rotary Club filled and placed luminarias along Central Avenue, from the “Y” to Bookout Road. Luminarias are simple brown paper bags, with a cup of dirt for weight and stability, and a small candle inside. Other civic and school organizations place luminarias throughout town. About dusk, crews light each candle, and Tularosa’s main highways are outlined with glowing lights. (In some places, luminarias are known as farolitos.) At each end of town, police officers slow the traffic and ask drivers to turn off their headlights as they drive thru town.

It’s a beautiful display of civic pride, and people come from miles around to see it.

Sorry, I didn’t take any night-time photos. Google for “Tularosa luminarias” and you’ll find many great photos.

-Tom Jacoby