BLOOMFIELD — More than 60 vendors came out Saturday for the annual Bloomfield Days celebration at Bloomfield's Salmon Park, 301 N. Fifth St.

Vendors sold a variety of crafts, food and art, and live bands provided music.

Bloomfield Days is a two-day event celebrating the beginning of summer.

The Daily Times caught up with some of the artists at Bloomfield Days. Here are their stories:


Suave entertains audiences around the Four Corners


BLOOMFIELD — When Mindy Smith was a child, every Sunday, her father cooked dinner for the family and she sat on the kitchen counter and sang.

"I got the love of singing from my dad," Smith said.
The San Juan College Company band performs at Bloomfield Days on Saturday.
The San Juan College Company band performs at Bloomfield Days on Saturday. (Hannah Grover/The Daily Times)


She now is the lead singer for Suave, a Farmington-based band that plays a variety of different genres, ranging from Spanish music to blues and jazz.

Suave has been invited to play at a variety of venues, from weddings to casinos. Last week, the band opened for Kumbia Kings at Sky Ute Casino. On Saturday, the group performed at Bloomfield Days.

While suave means smooth, Smith said the band's style is actually pretty rough. Despite the contradiction, Smith said the name still fits the band, partly because it adds a Spanish flare. That lets people know the band plays Spanish music, as well as other styles.

"In San Juan County, we are so diverse," Smith said. "So, we felt that we had to be diverse."

Smith said she loves many different types of music, but her voice lends itself best to blues because she has a low voice.

Smith also performs solo. On Friday, she was the featured singer at the San Juan College Big Band Concert. Before the concert, she had only sung jazz a few times. Practicing for the concert made her appreciate the music, she said.
Sarah Alcon, a Bloomfield High School senior, sells her jewelry at Bloomfield Days on Saturday.
Sarah Alcon, a Bloomfield High School senior, sells her jewelry at Bloomfield Days on Saturday. (Hannah Grover/The Daily Times)



San Juan College band provides summer entertainment


BLOOMFIELD — In 1987, the San Juan College Company band finished its spring concert, and then the musicians turned to instructor Linda Edwards to inform her they wanted to sing more.

Edwards went around town looking for more venues for the band. From there, the band grew. Now, the vocalists change every fall, and the band changes every spring. During the summer, the San Juan College Company band performs throughout the Four Corners area. The band has played at Riverfest, Fourth of July celebrations and Bloomfield Days, where they performed on Saturday.

As the band grew more popular, the college eventually bought a trailer to transport instruments.

During the spring, the group learns different types of music, including classic rock and country. Edwards said the group focuses on "anything that we think fits the group that we think the audience would be interested in."

This year's group has been focusing heavily on classic rock.

"I think "Separate Ways' by Journey is becoming in the group's favorite," Edwards said.


Bloomfield High School senior creates jewelry using her feet


BLOOMFIELD —  Sarah Alcon was born without a left arm. Her left hand attaches just below her shoulder.

But Alcon doesn't let that stop her from doing one of the things she loves creating jewelry.
Jim Mitchell started carving wood to make a frame for his father-in-law’s flag, earned during service in World War II.
Jim Mitchell started carving wood to make a frame for his father-in-law's flag, earned during service in World War II. (Hannah Grover/The Daily Times)


On Saturday, Alcon set up a booth at Bloomfield Days to sell the jewelry she makes.

To make the jewelry, Alcon holds the pliers with her feet and uses her right hand to shape the jewelry. She said she tries to get as many real gemstones as possible for the jewelry.

"There's a shop over in Kirtland that I go to," Alcon said.

Alcon will be graduating on Monday from Bloomfield High School, and she plans to attend Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. She hopes to one day be a graphic novelist.


Woodworker honors father-in-law through his work


BLOOMFIELD — A year ago, Jim Mitchell first started using computers to make elaborate wood carvings.

His wife's father had served under General George Patton during World War II. The flag from his service was sitting in a closet, and Mitchell's wife asked him to make a frame for it.

After making the frame, Mitchell continued to create carvings.

"I did that just as a hobby and it grew from there," he said.

Since then, Mitchell has turned it into a business. On Saturday, he joined more than fifty other vendors at Bloomfield Days.

In the past year, he estimates he has made around 100 carvings. A carving of the Last Supper took him about 10 hours to complete, but most of the carvings only take a couple of hours.

Hannah Grover can be reached at hgrover@daily-times.com; 505-564-4652. Follow her on Twitter @hmgrover.