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Music, one of the highlights at Art in the Garden Festival

There will be live music throughout the day at this year’s Art in the Garden Festival 2009, taking place on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m., at El Rancho Pinoso in the Upper Blanco Basin.

Eight musical acts will perform 30-minute sets to provide added ambiance to this afternoon event of fine art and gourmet food. Perry Scholin will sing and play the piano. An Acapella Quartet, Four the Good Times, will vocalize. The members of the Quartet are Julie Loar, Nancy Smith, Pat French, and Paula McFadden. Pianist Harvey Schwartz will play double duty, accompanying Bob Nordmann on the sax for one set, then later playing the piano solo for a set. Pianist and composer Rada Neal will team with Larry Elginer, who plays trumpet and does vocals.

Experts on the strings will also perform. Jeff Dysinger will play his own guitar compositions. Kate Kelley, on the cello, will perform with Heidi Tanner on the violin. The afternoon will close with duo Michael Joseph Thomas on the piano and Vince Guitar Stewart on the guitar.

Tickets for the Art in the Garden Festival 2009 are on sale for $30 at the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Plaid Pony and the Community United Methodist Church. The proceeds from this event, including 30 percent of fine art sales, support the CUMC Community Assistance Fund. This fund provides help to those in need in Archuleta County regardless of religious affiliation.

Art in the Garden will be held at El Rancho Pinoso, a beautiful Archuleta County mountain ranch. In addition to live music entertainment, there will be 15 wonderfully-skilled artists, and delicious gourmet food.

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