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Pagosa turns back the pages to a medieval scene
Friday, November 12, 2010

Town Park will be converted into a medieval town as the first Renaissance and Pirate Festival comes to Pagosa July 17-19.

The Renaissance Festival will be held on the athletic field of Town Park Saturday and Sunday, and will feature an entertaining troupe of young actors — The Gypsy Players. There will also be scavenger hunts for the children, a live chess tournament, fencing demonstrations, camels and many more activities. Adults may also like the dancing, live music, artisans and food court.

Artisans will feature leather work, clothing, jewelry, hand-crafted items and other unique wares. The food court is complete with period foods, with perhaps some modern twists. Beer from Pagosa Brewing will be served, cask-style.

Tickets are available at the Chamber for $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.

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

We also encourage community businesses to urge staff to dress up in period theme costumes to promote this unique event in Pagosa. Just imagine people in your stores asking about your costumes, then talking about the Renaissance Festival. If your staff does dress up, let the Chamber know so that we can get photographs.

We look to grow this Renaissance event and draw visitors into town. Please make sure your guests and customers know about the Renaissance and Pirate Festival and come down to the park to experience Pagosa in another unique way.

For more information, contact the Chamber at 264-2360.

Springs Theatre

The Springs Theatre kicks off the Renaissance weekend with their version of the “Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)” Friday and Saturday nights. The Springs Theatre is located at the Harman Park, protected by the elements by their large, comfortable tent.

The evening includes dinner and the performance. The festivities begin at 7 p.m., but if you are visiting the community, come a little early and tour the Fred Harman Museum.

Tickets can be purchased at The Plaid Pony, at the door or online at Tickets are $28 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under.

Business Bites

With all the talk about change, looking for ways to incentivize, and working smarter not harder, this is the perfect time to take 45 minutes and invest in yourself and your business. Come to the July Business Bites with Lauren Cohen, D.C. with the Life Expansion Center and find out about the positive things that can happen to you when you focus on “shifting” your thoughts and priorities.

Lauren will be doing some short exercises to help you hone in on what is important to you personally or professionally. What can you do to enhance your business by tweaking just one small thing? Have you been wanting to do something different but just can’t seem to “get off the dime?” Lauren can show you how to move. We hope this session will motivate attendees and help them narrow their focus.

Business Bites are always the third Tuesday of the month at Boss Hogg’s Restaurant; this month’s meeting will be July 21. The luncheon begins at noon and lasts just about an hour. The $12 admission fee for chamber members gets you a delicious lunch, nonalcoholic beverage, tax and tip. The non-member fee is $15.

We think the timing is perfect. Help yourself professionally, or personally. Walk-ins are always welcome, but we do like to give the restaurant a heads up on the number of people attending, so call the Chamber at 264-2360 to reserve your slot.

Membership news

We have one new member to welcome to the Chamber this week. Everyone is raving about the food at Bacci’s and we’re pleased that Yale Espoy is back and has joined the Chamber. Bacci is located at 117 Navajo Trail Dr. in the Silverado Shopping Center. Yale is serving up classic Italian favorites, including sandwiches, fresh seafood and steak. They also have a full service bar and those wonderful Italian wines. Don’t leave the kids at home, as there is a menu for them as well, and Bacci does take reservations for parties over six. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Pagosa’s new Italian restaurant.

And while the owners of this business are not new to this community, they have a new name and they too have taken on a new twist to their business. We welcome Toby and Renae Karlquist, formerly known as K.K. Paddywhacks, and their new business, Whut Marketing Solutions. Whut is a complete marketing department right here in town for you. Their services can include concept and logo design, execution of the design, and implementation of the product. Since they are independent representatives, the products they can find for you are almost limitless. They also are an award winning, nationally recognized custom embroidery studio. Whether it is banners, T-shirts, promotional products, or logo design, Whut helps your business stand out in a crowd.

Renewals this week include Cowboy Carpet Cleaning; Flooring by Design; and the Pagosa Trails Council.

If the activity on the San Juan River here in town is any indication, the summer looks like it is holding its own in terms of tourists. So far this year, we have welcomed over 14,000 visitors at the center — a 10.3 percent improvement over last year. We continue to be inundated with visitor requests from a variety of sources including the state Web site,, a newspaper insert into the Sunday travel sections of targeted regions nationally and even a new lead — Oprah West! Our requests for visitor information is up 100 percent year-to-date from last year. We hope the inquiry and travel trend continues and people find Pagosa as wonderful as we think it is. Continually focus on customer service and consistency to keep people coming back to your stores and restaurants. If your business would like any specially-designed hospitality training, call the Chamber at 264-2360 to talk about how we can help your business.