NEXT MEETING: 6:00 PM, Wednesday, December 18, 2019: GCAS general meeting & Awesome Annual GCAS Potluck Christmas Party & White Elephant Extravaganza. Meet at Josh & Kyle's party house at 615 E. Skyview Drive. Annual Board of Trustees meeting begins ~ 5:30 PM, general meeting begins at 6 PM. Bring some potluck finger-food AND a wrapped white-elephant gift to exchange. Directions: From Hudson Street/Hwy 90 southbound from Silver City's downtown, turn left (southeast) onto Ridge Road where the Chevron gas station is on the southeast corner. Continue on Ridge Road a short ways and take the second left (eastbound) onto Skyview Drive. 615 Skyview will be a ways down the hill on the left.

NEXT FIELD TRIP = Sunday, December 8, 2019: San Diego Mountain Petroglyphs. Meet BEFORE 9:00 AM at the Valero gas station in Deming a bit south of the Hwy 180/Hatch Hwy 26 junction, about 1 hr. south of Silver City. Depart Valero at 9:00 AM sharp. Convoy will drive thru Hatch to I-25 & the Rincon exit 35, then go south on I-25 to meet Las Cruces & El Paso friends at Upham exit 32 at 10:00-10:15 AM. From there, drive about 5 mi. on dirt road to the arroyo. High clearance is not necessary with careful driving. Park, then walk approx. 1 mi. on a flat, sandy surface to the petroglyphs on an uphill, uneven terrain. Round trip hike is about 3 mi. total. Bring lunch & water. Call Kyle at 575 538-5706 if questions, including concerns about the weather.

Upcoming Southwest Kiln Conference, October 4-6
ENMU Excavation at City of Rocks State Park

Hummingbird Festival 2019

Mattocks still life Wood House and panic room need a new roof The GCAS Info Booth receives a visitorThe 2019 Hummingbird Festival, hosted by the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site, was a happening thing the weekend of July 27 through 28. Over 29 artisanal vendors participated and the GCAS was happy to be in the action by providing an informational booth, lecture programs, hands-on demonstrations of ancient tools, and site tours. The public turnout was outstanding - parking opportunities expanded outward and further outward around the MCHS, and not one frowny face was in sight.

Hummingbird banding Josh Reeves demonstrates yucca cordage 2 Josh Reeves demonstrates yucca cordage 5Early birds watched an ornithologist band wee hummingbirds [photo, far left] so that scientists may track their migration patterns. Folks toured the MCHS museum and walked the trails of the Mattocks archaeological site. Both young 'uns and adults were pleased to learn from the GCAS's own Josh Reeves and Marilyn Markel how to strip yucca fibers to make string and test its tensile strength, like this young adventurer did [photos center and right]. The GCAS booth's volunteers were all excited to exchange information with visitors and show them how many ways the ancient past applies to their 21st-Century lives in ways they may not have thought of before.

The photographer photographing the photographerDid you happen by the 2019 Hummingbird Festival? If so, thank you for joining us for a good time! If you couldn't make it this year, mark your calendar now for 2020!

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