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Hurray for Las Cruces Dancers!!!

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

I just received a fantastic article in the mail (thanks mi amiga, Laura) that recently appeared in a Las Cruces publication. Lonnie Ludeman and Julie Schmitt, as well as all the musicians, dancers, and other callers, deserve humongous kudos for their fine organizing work. Article, complete with photos, can be read at: Las Cruces Contra […]

Merri’s 20th Anniversary as a Dance Caller

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

December 7, 2011 marks my 20th anniversary as a dance caller. I’ll be calling two dances to celebrate, one on Saturday, December 3, at the Albuquerque Square Dance Center, 7:30 – 10:30 pm with Hey! playing (I just got home from a two-hour band practice with them, and they have planned some fun surprises for […]

Farewell, Richard Wilson, August 4, 2011

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

(photo by Stephen C. Mills) Richard Wilson, longtime dancer, dance caller and folk community icon, passed away peacefully today, August 4, 2011, at home surrounded by his family, wife Karolyn and daughters Emily, Karina, Lily, Laurel and Charline. Although he fought his melanoma cancer with all of his being, biology triumphed and death prevailed, as […]


Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Many members of the New Mexico music and dance community know that caller Richard Wilson’s cancer has returned. He and Karolyn are facing many difficult challenges ahead. Albuquerque will host a benefit dance for the Wilsons on Friday, November 12, 2010 at Lloyd Shaw Dance Center, 5506 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM. The evening will […]

Craig Tinney Departs This Earthly World

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

I don’t remember exactly when I met the Privy Tippers or the first conversation I had with each of them. I do have vivid memories of interacting with each as the years passed. I must have encountered them at the very first Dance in the Desert in 1995 when Wild Asparagus kicked off the marvelous […]

Merri’s Summer 2010 Folk Enews

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Howdy, Folkies, I wanted to post a short folk enews after a long absence. As many of you know, my aunt died in February 2010, and I have been doing much estate business since then. But I was able to host a very fun open mike dance on June 5, and I’m happy to report […]

Enchanted Error?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Mark and I just got home from seeing the movie ENCHANTED. Amy Adams’ earnest princessness was delightful, despite the overly swelling score and rather abundant product placement of New York icons such as McDonald’s (I haven’t eaten there since I saw SUPERSIZE ME) and Coca-Cola. However, I noticed a glaring error in the movie. The […]

Remembering Justice Pamela Minzner

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Justice Minzner swears in Judge Rudd, January 1, 2003 This column first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal, Business Outlook on September 20, 2007. Reprinted with permission. Remembering Justice Pamela Minzner by Judge Merri Rudd Over the past few weeks, you have probably read or heard about the death of New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Pamela […]

Save A Snake for Humanity

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

I grew up in Memphis, during its dark years, when racism and hatred and prejudice were ways of everyday life. Schools and community centers were segregated. Poverty permeated the black neighborhoods. Even as a child, I didn’t ‘get’ it, didn’t understand why you should fear people because of the color of their skin. I tutored […]

Snow Day

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

From our house to yours…wishing you the happiest of holidays! Taken moments ago, December 19, 2006, 3:15 p.m., Albuquerque Speaking of snow, check out the oh-so-clever “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” at http://badaboo.free.fr/merryxmas.swf If that link won’t work for you, try www.thecompassgroup.biz/merryxmas.swf

A Splendid Celebration!

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

The 100 or so musicans and dancers who attended last night’s music and dance party at the Heights know what a fine, festive, food-filled and fun-filled evening it was. Merri called her favorite dances over the past 15 years, including Karen & Greg Tie the Knot, Trip to Phan Reel, M.A.D. About Dancing, and Chuck […]

PARRRR-TY! December 16, 2006

Monday, October 16th, 2006

What started out as one small celebration has blossomed into half a dozen events. Come see for yourself who’s celebrating what on Saturday, December 16, 2006 at the Heights Community Center, 823 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque. We’ll also be honoring the Megaband musicians that night. Click here for the colorful invitation created by Nancy Ford. […]

Thank You, Musicians!

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Musician Appreciation by Dancers (MAD) This article first appeared in the New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society (FOLKMADS) newsletter, Vol. 9, Issue 6, November/December 2006. It was then picked up by the Country Dance and Song Society News, Issue 194, January/February 2007, page 12. It has been reprinted in various folk music and dance […]

Joyce Briscoe

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Joyce, Dec. 2005, after receiving ACLU Volunteer of Year Award Photo by Merri Rudd, (c) 2006, All Rights Reserved A reunion for Joyce is planned for Friday, November 3, 2006, 3-7 p.m., Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque. Click here for details. Joyce Briscoe, 56, and her long-time friend and colleague Allys (Alice) Brice, 63, died when […]

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