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(Neb)-It's Boxing Day At Agate Fossil Beds NM  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/26/2017 08:30 AM
AGATE FOSSIL BEDS N.M. - Agate Fossil Beds National Monument hosts its 19th annual Boxing Day Open House today from noon till 3:30. Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, is an official holiday in much of the former British Empire including Canada, which is why it's observed at Agate.

      Agate Ranger Lil Mansfield says the park began observing Boxing Day as a way to reconnect with its history as part of the Agate Springs Ranch. That's because Dorothy Meade, granddaughter of ranch founder and homesteader Captain James Cook, and her husband Grayson brought it with them after he ended his career as a geologist in Canada

     Mansfield says the Monument celebrates Boxing Day pretty much the same way the Meades did, informally with neighbors and friends...much different from the original traditional observance.

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Boxing Day at Agate always includes music and this year's its the Green Valley Homesteaders, who will lead an afternoon-long open jam session with everyone invited to bring musical instruments and join in.

      Mansfield says Boxing Day also includes a chance to make holiday ornaments to take home or hang on the park's tree in the visitor center, visit with old friends while making new ones, and visit the Artist-in-Residence Art Gallery on the second floor of the Visitors Center.

   In the spirit of giving, visitors are asked to bring canned goods for distribution to food pantries in Crawford and Mitchell to help them restock after the holidays.

      While the Boxing Day Open House runs from noon till 3:30, the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument Visitor Center is open from 8:00-till-4:00.


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