Magdalena conducted its 12th annual craft fair at the Magdalena School Fine Arts center on Dec. 2

“It was a success this year. We had lots of customers and great vendors,” Linda Montoya co-organizer of the fair, said.

Montoya said that in 2011 she and Wanda Mansell started the craft fair as a fundraiser for Old Timer’s Indian and Spanish village. Without Oldtimers in recent years, they plan on using the money for a college scholarship for a Magdalena senior.
“After teaching here for 30 years I have seen the need for the community to encourage our students to continue their education either in college or a trade school,” Montoya said.

Montoya credited the creative industries grant for financially supporting the event.
Magdalena’s Craft show was not the only opportunity for local shopping over the weekend in Socorro County. There was also the Christmas Craft Market at the Knights of Columbus Hall and the Enchanted Arts Market at the Socorro Teen Center.
Holiday fun coming to Socorro includes:

• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 to Dec.9, San Antonio Elementary Festival of the Cranes craft fair and BBQ at #2 fourth street, San Antonio. BBQ available at 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
• 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, Senior Paint Frosty at the Socorro Senior Center for ages 60 and up.
• 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, Dec. 8 to Dec. 10 , Festival of the Cranes arts and craft fair at the Garcia Opera House.
• 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, SCOPE Thrive 365 Christmas Party, all youth welcome at the Scope office 411 N. California street.
• 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, annual Socorro Fire Department Matanza on the Socorro Plaza.
• 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, the Luminarias art and music stroll on the Socorro Plaza.
• 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, electric light parade on California street.
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, Town Christmas tree lighting, Santa and craft booth at the Socorro Plaza.
• 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, SCOPE’s Holiday paint party at the Socorro Library.
• 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, Socorro Library Christmas celebration at the Socorro Public Library.
• 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec.15 Bingo at the Senior center, open to the public.
• 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, La Venta de Navidad local art and small business shopping at the Macey Center.








Jessica Carranza Pino, Editor