‘Key Ingredients’ exhibit features Kid’s Day events

By Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico University wants to offer children food for thought and inspiration.

A Kid’s Day being held Saturday in conjunction with the “Key Ingredients, America By Food” Smithsonian Exhibit at ENMU.

The activities will appeal to children in pre-school through middle school said Merlene Olmsted professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at ENMU.

“We want parents to come out with their children, enjoy the activities and view the Smithsonian Exhibit,” Olmsted said. “There will be many activities for the children.”

The activities include a reception catered by the Portales Junior High School Family and Consumer Sciences department.

There will be live singing and dancing performed by the ENMU Children Development Center and Arts Academy at Bella Vista .

The students of the Arts Academy at Bella Vista in Clovis will be performing live poetry and dance they will even be doing a performance piece using the food pyramid, Olmsted said.

There will be a story time for pre-schoolers done by Francine Stuckey, ENMU Family and Consumer Sciences professor and Child Development Center director.

Two treasures chest from the Museum of New Mexico of Santa Fe will be on display. Presentations on the chest will be done by Jamie Brytosuski, Museum of New Mexico, each of the chests contains real artifacts, replicas, artworks, projects and information designed for hands-on learning, Omsted said.

One chest is about the Spanish Frontier Family which will include crafts, clothing, cooking tools used by the 1598 Spanish colonist, the second is called Foodways and will have items on Hispanic cooking traditions such as recipes, sample staple foods, a rolling pin, comal or tortilla griddle, bean pot, and a retablo of San Isidro.

There will also be art displays that were made by the eighth grade art students of Jon Birdsong, art teacher, at PJHS. The display is being called “Make My Day, Bring on the Food” and will feature paintings sculptures and drawings, Birdsong said.

“It is a privilege to have the art of the students on display along with a national exhibit,” Birdsong said. “I am very proud of the students and the art pieces they have done.”

Children ages 4-8 will have a chance to prepare two recipes in the ENMU Department of Family and Consumer Sciences foods lab. Olmsted will aid the children in preparing either a mud cake or trail mix.

Later in the day there will be a lecture by Joyce Davis, retired professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at ENMU. The lecture connects the deterioration of New Mexican’s health through consumption of foods with higher and higher fat content over two decades.