The 1880’s era Jemez Springs Bath House in Jemez Springs is celebrating its grand reopening event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18, followed by the opening of the Spring Renewal Fair.
State Rep. Christine Chandler and State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard will join Jemez Springs Mayor Roger Sweet and the Bath House staff for a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. then tours of the newly improved Bath House immediately after.
“The Bath House’s indoor renovation has been a long time coming and we couldn’t be happier with the clean look and relaxed atmosphere, while maintaining the integrity of the historic building,” Mayor Sweet said. “We especially would like to thank Rep. Christine Chandler and former Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard for making this possible by securing funding for the Bath House improvements.”
In 2015, former State Rep. Garcia Richard secured $90,000 in capital improvements funding to cover improvement costs. Improvements include repair and resurfacing of tubs;
replacement of drains, tiles, pipes and valves, plaster, ceilings, and sub flooring.
The interior was painted, electrical and light fixtures were upgraded, and historic windows were restored along with a new roof and coyote fence. Current Rep. Chandler is working to secure a grant for $110,000 for future improvements, which will include replacement of the heating and cooling system and replacement of the stucco.
The first 50 guests through the door will receive a free, future 25-minute soak with purchase of a soak.
The Bath House also will raffle off three prizes. The grand prize is a free soak for an entire year, valued at $650; second prize is a 20-minute facial and 25-minute soak (valued at $75); third prize is a renewal basket with gift shop items valued at $50. The Bath House is offering complementary chair massages throughout the event.
To celebrate the idea of renewal, the Village-owned Bath House is hosting the first ever Spring Renewal Fair featuring a dozen vendors ranging from services to products. The Fair continues until 1 p.m., when the Bath House will begin offering services that day.
Later that morning at 11 a.m., the Jemez Historic Site less than a 1/4 mile along N.M. 4, will officially open its brand new museum with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The updated exhibits include a 3d projection mapping, oral history video with Jemez Tribal members, a new children’s activity booklet, updated trail guide and a visitor kiosk promoting tourism and more.