Memorial Day weekend starts summer season

Memorial Day Weekend is typically the official kickoff weekend for the summer season.

Outdoor grills are readied for a summer-long workout, the outdoor furniture is cleaned off, gardens begin to fill with plants after the last threats of frost are gone, and clean-up efforts indoors and out are in full swing.

Pagosa businesses also react to the approach of the summer months as beautiful Pagosa draws visitors from near and far.

On Saturday, May 23, the Chamber will attend ribbon cuttings and grand opening celebrations. Several businesses have relocated and would like to make sure that the community is aware of the new addresses. We encourage locals to stop by these businesses, see what new goods or services they have to offer, and take advantage of some great sales.

Ribbon cuttings we will attend include United Country Real Estate, which has relocated to 2017 Eagle Drive from their former offices on Pagosa Street. Join us at 11:30 a.m. as we christen their new offices.

Still in the same location, but with expanded retail and massage services, is Satori Boutique and Tree of Life Massage. Located at 424 Pagosa St. in the heart of historic downtown, Satori’s will get you in the mood for summer.

There will also be lots of sales, specials and graduation excitement over the Memorial Day weekend. Don’t miss this opportunity to invest in Pagosa and see what great goods and specials our here for us to take advantage of.

Fishing derby

On Friday, May 22, the Town of Pagosa Springs, the Division of Wildlife and the San Juan Turkey Foundation host their annual Kid’s Fishing Derby. The fun will take place at the ponds behind the River Center. The fishing is free and there will be free fishing poles, hot dogs, drinks and snacks for the kids. The fun is from 2 to 5 p.m., after school lets out. Kick off the kids’ summer fun with this annual fishing outing — all free, for children up to 13 years old.

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock Archeological Site also kicks off the season with Local Appreciation Days. Enjoy guided tours all weekend long, or go out to the Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Program on Friday, May 22 — all at half price if you are a local. The day tours are about 2-2.5 hours long and you can explore this Native American archeological treasure right in our backyard. The Night Sky opening program is scheduled from 7:15-8:15 p.m. with viewing from 8:45-10:15. Gates open at 6:15 and there are a limited number of tickets available. Tickets can be purchased at the Chimney Rock Visitor Cabin prior to the program for $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 11 years and younger (this is the local appreciation price). Call 883-5359 for reservations or information.

Wake-Up Pagosa

On Tuesday, June 2, the second Wake-Up Pagosa breakfast session will take place. As residents talk about economic diversity, attracting new businesses, growing existing businesses and economic vitality, there is much happening “behind the scenes.” Come listen to, and ask questions of, Bart Mitchell, Archuleta Economic Development director, at 7:30 a.m. at the Pagosa Mountain Hospital, Pagosa Room. The Pines Café will serve up a breakfast of pancakes, french toast and fresh fruit. The breakfast is $8 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members.

The Chamber started this informational breakfast meeting in May to better disseminate information about popular topics in our community. It is a time to ask questions, find out what is being done in our community on important issues, and share ideas. Although walk-ins are welcome, space is limited, so call for a spot at 264-2360. The last breakfast in May with the Town Tourism Committee was packed — standing room only. Don’t be standing this time; make your reservation now.

Folk ’N Bluegrass

Another harbinger of summer is the Folk ’N Bluegrass Festival held on Reservoir Hill — this year, June 5-6. Great music, convenient camping, tasty food, kid’s activities, workshops and much more await those who attend this popular music festival. An added benefit to the weekend’s festivities is the Free Friday concert with two great performances. Jeff and Vida will get the crowd up and dancing with a concert in our Town Park. Also playing that evening will be the five-member band, The Boston Boys. With members hailing from the Berklee School of Music, this band makes their Colorado debut in Town Park and then plays on Reservoir Hill on Saturday, June 5, during the day and on the late night stage.

Some of the other musical entertainment over the weekend includes Missy Raines and the New Hip, the Badly Bent from Durango, Pagosa favorite Tony Furtado, last year’s festival sweethearts The Belleville Outfit, and the John Jorgenson Quintet. To get the full schedule, go to FolkWest’s Web site,

Membership news

We welcome several new businesses to the Chamber this week.

Starting off, we have Lucero Tire with Clifford and Bernie Lucero. Lucero Tire is a retail tire and repair shop established in 1987. No matter the vehicle, Lucero Tire has a make and model for your car or truck, or even your 18-wheeler. The shop is located on South 8th Street, behind the downtown City Market. You can also call for pricing or tire availability at 264-3232.

Divine Designs International is a full-service landscape design firm providing landscape services to southwest Colorado. Their scope of service includes landscape plans, irrigation plans, hardscape plans, planting plans, estimating, quantity take-off and project management. Owner and designer Cameron Parker has a degree in horticulture and landscape design and the practical experience of building and owning landscape design companies for over 10 years. From the simple to the extravagant, Cameron can balance structure, land and materials. Call for an estimate at 903-1532.

While not a new business, we have new owners at La Quey Funeral Home. Marshall and Rachel White have bought La Quey. They remain independent and locally owned and look to meet your needs with dignity and respect. We look forward to seeing more of this young couple in our community.

Renewals this week include the Town of Pagosa Springs; Four Season Land Company; Pam Barsanti with Prudential Triple S Realty; Les Mundall with Jim Smith Realty; the Junction Restaurant and Wolf Creek Gift shop; Marcy Mitchell and MTECH Internet Marketing; Fulbright Construction; Wines of the San Juan, located just outside of the Navajo Dam area in the bosque of the San Juan River; Century 21 Valley Realty in South Fork; and Durango Coca-Cola.

Our Friends of the Chamber renewing this month are Jack and Katy Threet, and Kennith Ceradsky.

Hanging baskets will be delivered Friday, May 22 — a week earlier than expected. Your baskets will come with fertilizer and the warning to take them in at night should a freeze warning be issued. And water, water, water, especially during this windy season. The wind really zaps the life out of the baskets!

We thank the community and businesses for the support and participation during the San Juan River Rod Car Show. Without your support, we cannot put on events such as this one. We’re already planning for next year.