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Shea Church, left, Grammy’s House volunteer coordinator, and Grammy’s House Executive Director Celina Bryant are preparing for October’s activities designed to promote domestic violence awareness. (Courtesy Photo)

Shea Church, left, Grammy’s House volunteer coordinator,
and Grammy’s House Executive Director Celina Bryant are
preparing for October’s activities designed to promote domestic violence awareness. (Courtesy Photo)

In celebration of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Oct. 1-31, Grammy’s House staff, volunteers and board members are planning a variety of events. The main focus of the month is to turn Artesia PURPLE.

Purple is the color of domestic violence. So to intensify awareness of this devastating violence in homes throughout our nation and all over the world, residents — men, women, children — are being asked to wear purple in some form every day but most especially Oct. 13 and 20. On the 13th, everyone is asked to wear purple. Then on the 20th, everyone is asked to “turn Facebook purple.” Through the wonders of technology, residents are asked to photograph themselves and friends and send the photos to [email protected] This is not gmail.

Mayor Phil Burch is expected to sign a Domestic Violence Month Proclamation at the beginning of the observance. Banners are scheduled to fly at The Derrick Floor, Hotel Artesia and the Holly Energy offices  on Main Street beginning Oct. 1. In addition, purple pinwheels will be placed on the grounds around The Derrick Floor to commemorate domestic violence survivors.

The public is invited to participate in a Domestic Violence Walk at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 from Grammy’s House Administrative Office at Eighth Street and Texas Avenue to Central Park. Participants are asked to wear purple. At Central Park, domestic violence survivors will share stories, the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center elite theatre kids’ group will perform, and there will be singing and prayers. Snacks and a variety of giveaways decorated with purple ribbon and information about Grammy’s House services will be available.

Volunteer coordinator Shea Church will be emcee, and the Rev. Mike Elliott of Faith Baptist Church will lead prayer. Grammy’s House’s own Joyce Lloyd will sing. Snacks and domestic violence information will be available also. Those who would rather not make the walk are invited to show up at Central Park to join in the celebration. Please remember to wear purple.

“The Saga of Diamond Bessie: A Tale of Love and Murder” will be performed by Susi Wolf of Albuquerque, who created the one woman show, at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 1006 W. Bullock Ave. It is sponsored by Grammy’s House and the New Mexico Humanities Council.

Diamond Bessie was an infamous actress and prostitute who was murdered by her paramour husband, Abe Rothschild, in Jefferson, Texas, in 1877 while she was carrying their first child. He killed her to steal the last of her diamonds to settle gambling debts and continue his reckless and hedonistic lifestyle. The solo performance portrays her life from the earlier and happier years to her final tragic ending, and perhaps even beyond. The show is free but for adults only due to mature content.

To wind up the month, an open house is planned from 4 – 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Grammy’s House Administration Office, 811 W. Texas Ave. Folks are invited to come for refreshments and see improvements to the property that have been partially financed by generous donations from the community to allow Grammy’s House to continue providing help and services for local domestic violence victims. It’s Grammy’s House’s way of saying thank you to our generous donors and supporters for the more than 20 years Grammy’s has been in existence.

Thank you, Artesia!