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A great week, with plenty more ahead
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

By most accounts, it was another great Fourth of July weekend in Pagosa. There were more than 90 floats in the parade; the work that went into the creation of many of the entries was impressive and the volunteer work by members of the Rotary Club was again exceptional.

Special thanks to Bob Hemmenger, whose solo sax performance of the Star Spangled Banner in conjunction with the opening fireworks gave an extra special touch to this already popular event. The fireworks were spectacular, and thanks go to the Town of Pagosa Springs. The arts and crafts vendors presented some wonderful wares and restaurants appeared to be feeding the multitudes at a fast pace.

We hope everyone had a safe, fun and profitable Fourth of July. But, wait, the events for the summer are not over yet!

Renaissance and Pirate Festival

Camels in Pagosa? Live, and life-size chess pieces in tournament matches? Hunting for the king’s treasures?

These activities and more will take place at Pagosa’s inaugural Renaissance and Pirate Festival. This festival will be great for adults and children alike, as they engage in fencing demonstrations and watch the talented actors and actresses with The Gypsy Players as they entertain the masses on Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19. There will be many vendors on hand with wares that will intrigue you, including leather work, jewelry, clothing and other unique items. Various food vendors will make tasty fare and cask beer available.

Tickets are available at the Chamber: $8 for adults and $5 for children for a two-day pass, and $5 for adults and $3 for children for a one-day pass. The festival will be held at the athletic field at Town Park, which will be transformed into a medieval village.

Involve your whole family and come dressed for the part, or just wear a fun hat or other piece of attire. If dressing up doesn’t sit right with you, then just attend and enjoy yourself at the Renaissance and Pirate Festival.

We also encourage the people at community businesses to dress up in period costumes to promote this unique event in Pagosa. Just imagine people in your stores asking about your costume dress, then talking about the Renaissance Festival. If your staff does dress up, please let the Chamber know so we can get photographs and promote you in turn. For more information, contact the Chamber at 264-2360.

Home and garden tour

On Sunday, July 12, the Pagosa Springs Arts Council hosts the annual Home and Garden Tour, with four homes on this year’s tour. The homes of Jack and Janie Bard, Bob and Janis Moomaw, Al and Marti Bledsoe, and Bob and Lisa Scott will be featured. Each home is unique and offers various designs that attendees can get ideas from for their own homes or gardens. The views of Pagosa Country from these homes are stunning, and ticketholders will not be disappointed in this year’s magnificent selection. Tickets are $20, with the tour occurring between noon and 4 p.m.

America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful is definitely the theme this year in Pagosa, as the Pope John Paul II Catholic Church will host an America the Beautiful dinner, with a silent and live auction, July 11 at the community center. Food will be provided by Alley House Grille and fabulous items, including services, jewelry, art works, and trips (including a week stay at Disney World) will be on the auction block. Tickets are $25 per person or $250 for a table of 10, and are available at the Chamber or the IHM parish office on Lewis Street. Let someone else do the cooking for you, your friends and family. There will be a cash bar at the auction. This event is community oriented and all are welcome. Proceeds from the event benefit the new church and kitchen that will serve many in this community.

Springs Theatre

Keep your Renaissance costume on, because the dinner theatre production of the “Compleat Works of Wllm shkspr (abridged)” will be held at the Harman Park Pavilion, timed perfectly with the Renaissance Festival. This hilarious performance fits right in theme for the weekend of July 17. Just imagine, you can see all of William Shakespeare’s plays in one night! Performance dates are July 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. The evening includes a dinner, the performance and the soothing atmosphere of the Harman Museum and Park. Rain or shine, the production will occur, as the audience is protected by the large tent. Tickets are $28 for adults, children 12 and under are $20. You can purchase your tickets at the Plaid Pony, or call 731-5262.

Shift happens

Feel like you’re in a rut, professionally or personally?

Looking for ways to enhance or change something in your business?

If so, this is the Business Bites for you. On Tuesday, July 21, Lauren Cohen, D.C., with the Life Expansion Center, will give you tips on how you can shift and improve your business and personal life — and one certainly can affect the other!

The monthly Business Bites is a luncheon session held at Boss Hogg’s Restaurant, beginning at noon. The session lasts just a little over an hour — perfect for your lunch hour and to pick up some useful tips. The luncheon is $12 for Chamber members and $15 for nonmembers. This fee includes a choice of lunch items, non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity and some tips to help you improve your business savvy. Walk-ins are welcome, but to give the restaurant a heads-up, we would appreciate a call to the chamber to reserve your spot.

Lauren Cohen believes that, in working from the inside out, one can be better prepared to handle life’s challenges and react to what life throws them. By making even small shifts in your way of thinking, or the way you do business, you can positively change your life. Make a shift and find out how you might be able to enhance your life or the life of your business. Give the Chamber a call at 264-2360 to reserve your space at Business Bites.

Membership news

We have three new members to welcome to the Chamber this week.

While not totally new, these business owners have worked to create a synergistic business. We welcome Tree of Life Massage with partners Anna O’Reilly, Rebecca Cortez, Deni Blaisch and Terri Miller. With these four women, someone looking for a massage can get just about all types of treatment: energy work, Swedish massage, CranioSacral, Reiki, Reflexology, light and deep tissue massage, pain relief therapy, raindrop and essential stone therapy, and other types of treatment. They are conveniently located now at Satori Boutique at 424 Pagosa St. in the heart of historic downtown Pagosa. All four certified and gifted practitioners facilitate healing experiences through intuitive, nurturing hands-on body and energy work. Call 264-9227 for a massage or that special gift certificate.

We also have the San Juan Mountain and Golf Resort joining. The San Juan Mountain and Golf Resort offers two luxury accommodations for its guests: the Timbers and The Links with one-, two- or three- bedroom spaces. They are an affiliate of Interval International with ownership exchangeable at over 2,200 of the world’s finest resorts. Visitors can also see if there are units available on a rental basis outside the timeshare requirements. Besides the beauty of Pagosa Springs, residents can enjoy the golf club, fishing in Pagosa Lakes, and the recreation center along with the luxurious accommodations. Call 731-4653 for more information on either the time share or other amenities.

Our third business joining this week is Wolf Creek Traders, Inc. with Ronnie Zaday. Wolf Creek Traders deals in general freight transport including over-the-road, long-haul, and heavy-haul transportation. With a large amount of transportation coordination occurring outside the Pagosa area, we celebrate Wolf Creek Traders as one of Pagosa’s “Lone Eagle” businesses, where they orchestrate over 40 percent of their business from outside the area and bring their revenues into our community. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a “Lone Eagle” or “High Flyer” business, contact Bart Mitchell with AEDA at 731-1443. Welcome to all three of our new businesses.

Our renewals this week include Wells Fargo; Farrago Market Café; and Mountain Majesty Chalet Vacation Rental.

Thanks again to the many organizations that make a very busy week in Pagosa possible. We look forward to a busy summer and fall. There are numerous events occurring; as a business owner, please be aware of them, and should you need any information, call the Chamber.