Debra Minyard may be a White Rock resident, but by day she is a mother of sorts to 40 kids as she dons her teacher cape as the band director for Pojoaque Valley High School.
She is asking for the community’s help supporting her concert band students as they host an arts and crafts fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Pojoaque Valley Middle School Auditorium.
“The band students are in grades 9-12 and this year, our band numbers 40 strong and over half are new to band, either as students new to the high school or new to an instrument,” Minyard said. “Our goal is to prepare well for our festival/contest season in March and April.”
Minyard and friends started the event as a way to raise funds for the band, which has evolved into a wonderful holiday shopping experience featuring many local artists.
“Our annual craft fair features vendors from all over New Mexico,” Minyard said. “Last year our vendors sold jewelry, stained glass crosses, leatherworks, kachinas, pottery, paintings, baked goods, wood carvings, retablos, and much more.”
The bountiful band members not only support their vendors by volunteering to set up tables and clean up after the event, but Minyard sees to it that they hone their performance skills throughout the day. Her musicians will perform live playing during the day to entertain shoppers and craftspeople.
If you want to spend some time in a rather wonderful way, stroll their aisles, partake of food and drink sales, as students and their families are preparing for a bake sale, with homemade Frito pies and more.
Minyard and her students could not do this alone. Two “band-aids,” come to the rescue year after year.
“I have two amazing parent volunteers who have been the driving force behind organizing and preparing for the event,” Minyard said. “Victoria DeVargas oversees the organization of the vendors and Peggy Mares is working to setup and run our concession stand and food sales. I’d be lost without both of them!”
The fair will be held in the Frank B. Lopez Auditorium at Pojoaque Valley Middle School on N.M. 502.
Santa visits with kids at previous arts and crafts fair in pojoaque valley. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen