Photo caption: Patti Ezell, Board Treasurer & Cindy Gresser, Executive Director
by Cindy Gresser, Executive Director, The Smoki Museum of American Indian Art & Culture
Do you remember a time when you were excited to have the first fire of the season in your home? For many of us, autumn or fall was the time of year when that “first fire” would usually take place
Bundles of dried wood were brought into the house, the flue was opened, and mom or dad would carefully start the fire with some fatwood, or newspaper. Soon, the sounds of crackling wood and a smoky smell would permeate the house. Warm cider was the favorite drink in our house in front of that fire.
At The Smoki Museum, we celebrate that event with our First Fire Fall Fundraiser this year on Nov. 9. In our historic Pueblo Building, we build a fire, offer sumptuous food and provide entertainment from our Native friends. As it is in your home, seating is limited.
Think about joining us this year, as we welcome The Hopi Polequaptewa Family Dance Group from Soongopavi (Shungopavi Village, Second Mesa, Hopi) to perform the Water Maiden Dance. Premier Catering and Events will provide roast beef au jus, baked chicken with pesto Florentine, green beans with bacon, roasted red potatoes with onions and peppers, and apple cobbler for dessert. Wine and beer along with delicious appetizers will start at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and entertainment at 6 p.m. Local flute maker and artist Michael Goodluck will provide dinner music.
And of course, there will be an amazing silent auction, filled with Native art and interesting items from far and wide.
As always, all proceeds from this wonderful evening will benefit The Smoki Museum’s general fund. And our price per seat is only $65. Won’t you join us? And remember your “first fires.”
For ticket information, contact Smoki Museum at 928-445-1230.