When Craig and Laurie Dunn of Black Mesa Winery found out Friday (Feb. 17) has been designated as the day for a “General Strike Against Trump,” instead of closing their doors, they decided to stay open in the spirit of the demonstration.
Singer-songwriter and bluesman Tony Mason is scheduled to play from 6-9 p.m. The Dunns say they decided to stay open, but make it a benefit for Community Against Violence.
The venue is located at 241 Ledoux Street in Taos. Friday (Feb. 17) a General Strike is taking place along with rallies and actions being organized in cities across the country including Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Phoenix, Tucson, Philadelphia, San Diego, Madison, Denver, Eugene, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Chicago, San Francisco, and of course, Taos.
Participants in the strike are planning to not go to work and and to not purchase anything that day. Instead, they are planning to hold peaceful protests, engage in community service, or reach out to local leaders, engage in democracy in some active way.
“The idea came from Craig and Laurie and I agreed to participate. I was already scheduled to play on Friday. I believe that any effort I make to speak for the rights and dignity of every person is like casting a vote for what I believe,” Mason said.
Mason’s music transitions from folk music to blues, from acoustic guitar to rhythm electric. He flows from focused performer to whimsical storyteller. There are pauses in between his songs. His choices are varied and come from rich deposits in American roots music.
“There's no cover charge,” Laurie Dunn said, “but voluntary donations will be matched, dollar for dollar. A couple of folks have already given me their donations,” she added.
“I believe every person is of value and has a place in the sun,” Mason said. “We are all here together and the more of us who support and cherish each other the better the world will be for everyone. I do not believe that any race, religion, ethnic group or political group has all the good or all the bad. The best and worst people are part of every group so identifying any group as the source of a problem is narrow-minded and dangerous.”
“I wanted CAV to be the recipient for our effort for many reasons, but the two most important are that they work locally to deal with violence which hurts the entire family. Secondly, I chose them because they make an effort to help people who are violent to change themselves. I compare it with giving people who need it food and also giving them the means to grow their own food and feed themselves,” Mason said.
Black Mesa Winery Tasting Room offers wine tastings, more than two dozen wines by the glass or by the bottle, New Mexico craft beer, and small plates with New Mexico cheeses or locally made organic hummus served with gluten-free crackers. Hand-dipped chocolate truffles are also available.