Michael Martin Murphey steps in to help Enchanted Forest

(Courtesy photo by Harry Frank)

Michael Martin Murphey is headlining a benefit — Michael Martin Murphey’s Bootstraps Concert — to support the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area Saturday (Jan. 6) at The Motherlode (406 Main Street) in Red River.

Murphey is a frequent visitor to Red River and performs during the summer at his Rocking 3M Amphitheater up Bitter Creek Road.

“I enjoy visiting during the skiing season,” said the iconic singer of such hits as “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac” and more. “And the best cross-country skiing in the area is at The Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area. Unfortunately, this part of the country has not had nearly enough snow this year, and the Enchanted Forest has not been able to open its season yet, which normally begins around Thanksgiving. The owners are facing tremendous financial problems that could spell the end for the popular destination.”

“We are asking for your help,” said one of the owners, Ellen Miller-Goins. “We need to bring our payments to the USDA Forest Service up to date. We need to pay for liability and workers’ comp insurance. We need to repair our ancient Chevy Suburban to use as a shuttle and snowplow. We have other expenses, too. If we were able to take care of these, we would be able to carry forward this season — and beyond. Our fundraising goal represents our best estimate of what it will take to bring the business back from the precipice, yes, even during this drought year. We are already blessed to have American Music Legend Michael Martin Murphey as a longtime friend and customer and now this multiple Grammy nominee has generously offered to host a benefit concert. We know with his help — and yours — we can weather this disaster.”

“The outpouring of love and people wanting to help the Enchanted Forest is kind of overwhelming,” co-owner Geoff Goins said. “We’ve had loyal friends and loyal staff since the place opened and people are coming together to help us stay open and it’s just so touching.”

“He’s exceptionally generous,” co-founder John Miller said. “I am overwhelmed with gratitude. It’s a cryin’ shame it didn’t snow. Enchanted Forest is an exceptional ski area, I think. I know the UNM Nordic Ski Team members love it.”

“After our family and friends, the Enchanted Forest is everything to us,” co-founder Judy Miller said. “We made a huge number of our dear friends at Enchanted Forest, including Michael Martin Murphey. He’s just one in a million. He thinks about others and he’s so willing to help people whenever they need it.”

Ellen concluded, “We truly believe that Enchanted Forest belongs to everyone and we will re-open. By pledging to help, you’ll not only be investing in our future, but also investing in the future of cross country skiing, snowshoeing, trail running, mountain biking — outdoor sports in Northern New Mexico.”

A limited number of VIP Tickets are available, which include early admission and a pre-show meet-and-greet with Murphey (limited to the first 25 VIP Ticket buyers) VIP Tickets are $100 apiece, and doors open at 5 p.m.. General admission tickets are $50 ($30 for youth) and doors open at 6 p.m. Murphey’s show begins at 7 p.m.

Purchase tickets here (prices increase $10 on the Day of the show, so get your tickets early).

Enchanted Forest’s owners are also hosting a crowdfunding (raising small amounts of money from a large number of people) campaign here

Editor’s note: Ellen Miller-Goins also owns the online Sangre de Cristo Chronicle.