December 1st is rapidly approaching and arrangements for displaying five 12 x 12 panels are being finalized. Each panel contains eight quilts made in memory of loved ones lost to AIDS and is a tribute to the impact each individual had on those around them.
The five panels will contain forty names, many from New Mexico, some we know and some we know in spirit. The quilt will be displayed on the campus of Western New Mexico University.
Members of our community, both LGBT and at large, will have an opportunity to make a quilt that will be added to the larger quilt. These will be submitted when the panels are returned. Information about making a quilt is available from the Rainbow Village or go on line to www.aidsquilt.org and click on “making a quilt.” It is not a requirement that the quilt made be someone you know, but can be made in honor of someone. Also the ability to sew is not a requirement.
On the evening of December 1st, a candlelight vigil and memorial ceremony will be held in the Alumni Garden of Western New Mexico University. This will provide us and others an opportunity to relate experiences, both good and bad, tell about those lost and those fighting. A chance to shed tears, to laugh and support those dealing with AIDS/HIV directly or indirectly. A chance to tell about friends, lovers, brothers and sisters and anyone that has been in our lives. The time will be announced later and facial tissues will be generously supplied.
There is a cost associated with bringing the quilt to Silver City and donations to defray the cost will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged. You would play a very important part in raising awareness and keeping alive the knowledge that AIDS touches friends.
LGBT Grant County is hosting a dinner on Tuesday, December 17th at 6 pm to be held in the WNMU Dining Hall. The theme is “An Italian Christmas.” Five pasta dishes will be served with five different sauces; salad; and Italian dessert! Wine will be available for purchase at the great low price of $2.00 a glass. All proceeds go toward the support of Rainbow Village, our new community center, and our other work in and for the community. Tickets are $25 single or $45 duo. They can be purchased from any board member or Brian McHugh or purchased below. Email Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 575-388-1131 (leave a message please) and he will even bring you your ticket(s)!!
Thanksgiving Dinner was a huge success in our new venue at WNMU! Thanks to our friend Dennis Much for arranging for the use of the space and not to mention his hard work too. He and Marsh were our saviors in pulling off the night’s feast. Dinner was well attended in spite of the threatening snow and ice outside. If you haven’t had the chance to make this dinner, don’t miss our Italian Christmas Dinner on December 17th.
November 23rd at 5 pm – Thanksgiving Dinner – WNMU Dining Hall.
Turkey and Trimmings provided. Please bring a side dish or desert. Wine by the glass will be on sale. There will be a silent auction as well. For more information or to donate a piece of art, contact Marsh at 651-592-7071 or email her. The WNMU Dining Hall is on the 2nd floor of the Student Union Building. Park on the College Street side parking lot.
TRIVIA NIGHT IS BACK!!!! Rainbow Village will be hosting Trivia Night the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The cost is only $2 with half of that going into the pot for a cash prize. Bring a snack to share if you like. We will provide the questions, the prizes and the FUN!!!! The first one will take place on Thursday, November 14th at 6 pm at Rainbow Village, 301 W. College, Suite 5. You can print out the trivia_rules.