The Portal/Rodeo community is made up of people I proudly count as true friends from many different circles and backgrounds. Though we don't agree on some topics, we do love and respect this beautiful community and the mountains.
The Chiricahua/Peloncillo historical society sponsors field trips each month to learn the history of ranches and mines in the area.
On Labor day a group of co-workers got together for a picnic and swim at the Grills ranch. They have a nice new beautiful pond to swim in. It was great!
There are lots of community activities that bring us together in different venues. We had a 99th birthday party for Bob Addison in September. His 100th birthday party is already being planned!
Portal Irish Week is an Irish music workshop held in downtown Portal each year and the instructors treat the community to a concert on the Saturday afternoon. Susan and Burt, the Gypsy Carpenters, are the organizers.
Oktoberfest is a fund raising event for our Portal Rescue EMTs and Firefighters. The Banjo Blasters came to Portal and played a benefit concert for the Sew What? Club's Scholarship Fund after the Oktoberfest activities.
At Christmas I once again taught a wreath making class at the library and next Christmas we may have to move it from the library to the Portal Rescue Classroom so everyone has room to work on their projects.
Of course birding is a big thing here and even those who aren't birders are interested in new or unusual sightings. This winter there has been a Streak-backed Oriole in the Rodrigues yard since November and apparently will be here until Spring. Beautiful bird from Mexico. We've seen Sandhill Cranes and a few Snow Geese and wintering owls in the Cienega north of Portal.
This year was the first time we attended the community Christmas Dinner in the Rodeo Community Center. A great dinner provided by local business owners and served by volunteers. Christmas Caroling followed afterward. It was really nice.
Our population increases in the winter and on Fridays a couple times a month we have forums hosted by the Sew What? woman's organization. The speakers range from scientists talking about their studies to travelogues of adventures around the world, to authors talking about their books. Always interesting. Snacks served afterward are provided by local ladies and donations benefit the Scholarship Fund.
We've been burning up firewood in our woodstove instead of using our furnace and this week, the temperatures have reached the high 60s during the day, and above freezing overnight. Spring is coming!
I'm sure we'll have another cold spell before winter is over, but the longer days are sure nice!