Three in one: Picnic, auction, kite festival

A picnic is a classic summer activity, and this year the Chamber of Commerce is hosting a community picnic in Town Park Saturday, June 13.

Not just for Chamber business owners, this picnic is for all to enjoy, with a menu complete with hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, beans, coleslaw, chips, dessert and drinks.

In honor of Ben Franklin’s kite experiment and as a continuation of Kite Day festivities, we will be serving Poor Richard’s Ale from Pagosa Brewing, along with other spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. The evening will also feature live music, the bounce house for children and a special Super Services Auction to culminate the gathering.

The Chamber board of directors, numerous public figures and officials have provided Super Services you can bid on.

• Pagosa’s Town Council will offer up a half-day raft trip for two with councilman Jerry Jackson, including lunch and shuttle service provided by the rest of the council members.

• How about giving a special birthday or anniversary gift of a day trip on a houseboat at Navajo Lake, complete with lunch, chilled adult beverages and great service provided by Chamber board member Brent Christians and houseboat captain Steve Crowe?

• If you have guests coming to town, treat them to a brunch for up to six people at the picturesque Moomaw Ranch.

• If you miss out on the brunch, Citizen of the Year Mary Hart will be offering up dinner for four at the romantic gazebo at Hart’s Rocky Mountain Retreat.

• Volunteer of the Year Terri House will auction off two hours of shooting range time for two, for pistol and/or rifle, at the lovely Sheltered Acres Ranch.

• With Father’s Day around the corner, how about treating dad to a fly fishing trip with Steve Kuhlman, complete with lunch and fishing accessories?

These are only a few of the Super Services that community leaders have generously donated and there’s something for everyone.

Admission to the picnic for Chamber members is $5 for adults and that includes dinner and a drink coupon; children under 10 are free. If you are not a Chamber member or affiliated with a business that is a Chamber member, admission is only $10 for adults and $5 for children. You can purchase tickets in advance at the Chamber, or on June 13 at the event in Town Park. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. and run until about 8. Let us do the cooking for you on June 13 while you sit back, listen to music, have a summer fun meal, and enjoy time with family and friends. Don’t forget to bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket.

The third annual Kite Festival is also back on Saturday, July 13, honoring Ben Franklin’s kite experiment. If the weather keeps up, we should have some good winds Saturday afternoon.

The day starts off at 11 a.m. with a free kid’s movie at the Liberty Theatre. If you miss the movie, then gather at Centennial Park at 12:30 p.m. for the Renaissance and Pirate Kid’s Parade that will take place along the Riverwalk. There will be prizes for best costuming, fun giveaways, and the crowning of the king and queen of the Kid’s Parade at 1 p.m. in Town Park. Enjoy watching the colorful parade of youngsters from the Overlook or along the Riverwalk.

You can also start your festivities at 12:45 p.m. in Town Park when the official kite sign-up begins. The schedule for kite flying is as follows: 1:30 p.m. — children 7 and younger; 2:30 p.m. — ages 8-12; 3:30 p.m. — ages 13-17; and 4:30 p.m. — ages 18 and older.

There will also be music all day long and activities including the bounce house. There will be a limited amount of free kites given out. Numerous prizes will be given out for best homemade kite, longest flying kite, most colorful kite, best crash and more. Admission is free to all the Kite Festival activities.

Saturday, June 13 is really a great family day. We look forward to seeing all ages and participants at the Kite Festival, the Super Services Auction and Community Picnic in the Park.

Healthcare reform

On Tuesday, June 16, the monthly Chamber Business Bites luncheon will welcome representatives from the nonprofit Business Health Forum of Denver to conduct an interactive forum on healthcare reform. The discussion will center on pressing issues for individuals and businesses, such as rising healthcare costs, mandates and other difficult matters that must be addressed as policymakers and stakeholders work toward solutions, including how individuals and businesses can afford the insurance.

Attendees will be able to weigh in on the issues and proposed changes that are being debated by lawmakers. You’ll be able to use live polling technology to provide immediate, anonymous feedback. Your input will then be tracked and shared with the decision makers, helping to amplify the business community’s voice in the reform debate.

We hope owners of large and small businesses that may or may not offer health insurance, employees who have insurance with their company and employees who do not have insurance will attend. This will be a great session for insurance brokers and self-employed individuals. We want to gather a representative mix of the community to give a perspective from Archuleta County. Space will be limited for this forum. Lunch will be held at Boss Hogg’s Restaurant at noon Tuesday, June 16. Lunch is $12 for members and $15 for non-members and includes a choice of entrée, drink and gratuity.

If you are interested in voicing your opinion, or finding out more about the changes that are on the horizon in the healthcare industry, especially for businesses, don’t miss this important Business Bites. Call the Chamber to reserve your slot at 264-2360.

Upcoming events

Don’t forget the Pagosa Mountain Hospital Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 13, beginning at 10 a.m. with a shot-gun start. There will be prizes and giveaways. You can pick up a registration form at the golf course, Pagosa Family Medicine, Pagosa Mountain Hospital and the Chamber.

Those crazy nuns are back in the Music Boosters presentation of “Meshuggah-Nuns.” Show dates are June 26, 27 and 28 and July 1, 2 and 3. A male character, played by Mark Devoti, joins the hilarious cast of nuns as they embark on a cruise ship adventure.

You can purchase tickets for the show directly online at, or come to the Chamber and we can do it for you.

Membership news

We have quite a few members renewing this week: The Springs Resort; Canyon Rio Rafting; Peter Welch with Pagosa Computers and Networks; Juli Morelock with Galles Properties; Patsy and Rich Lindblad and their consulting firm, The Lindblad Group-Management and Marketing Specialists; the Archuleta County Democratic Party; and Soaring Tree Top Adventures in Durango.

Congratulations to all who ran successful events last week: The Folk ’N Bluegrass Festival and the Turkey Trail Track Mountain Run.

It was nice to see the community busy and active, and thank you to the groups that worked so hard to make these activities happen.

We’ll see everyone at the Chamber Community Picnic on June 13.