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Plaza to Host Arts Mesilla and Crafts, Mariachis Date: Sept. 30, 1998

LAS CRUCES -- The voices, horns and stringed instruments of musicians will fill the air at the "Sounds of Mariachis in Mesilla" program from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in Mesilla's historic plaza.

"Listening to beautiful Mariachi music on a fall afternoon on the Mesilla town plaza is one of the greatest treats in all of southern New Mexico," said Mike Cook of New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project. "This is another way Mesilla has found to share its rich and varied culture with the rest of the world."

The musicians will perform following the Mesilla Mercado. The mercado is held year-round on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

"The Mesilla Mercado brings local farmers, artists, craftsmen and musicians together with shoppers and visitors," Cook said. "It's a unique mix because of the diverse cultures involved."

The mercado features locally grown or made products, including authentic chile ristras and arts and crafts. Shoppers can get an early start on Christmas, while musicians fill the air with cheer.

REDTT, which promotes agriculture through tourism, is a program of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service.

For more information about mariachis program or the Mesilla Mercado, contact Robert Aranda, Mesilla's community activities director, at (505) 524-3262.