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Michael Martin Murphy to perform in Pagosa on March 22

Having received an unexpected phone call from a contact I made previously with Fred Hargrove, often a duo partner with country music legend Michael Martin Murphy, a request for these two gentlemen to perform in Pagosa Springs on March 22 was solidified. Murphy will perform here to benefit the Chamber.

Murphy’s performance venue requests were researched and with the assistance of The Springs Resort, the Atrium in the new EcoLuxe building at the Springs Resort was chosen. The venue that Murphy will be playing in will be intimate and relaxed.

The concert will be held Monday, March 22 beginning at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6. It is general seating with a limited number of tickets available. Tickets are on sale at the Chamber of Commerce for only $25. There will be a cash bar available.

Michael Martin Murphy is known for his songs and song-writing ability. Since 1975, when his hit song “Wildfire” topped the music charts, to 1983 when he was voted the Best New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music, Murphy has produced additional country classics such as “What’s Forever For,” “Carolina in the Pines” and “A Long Line of Love.” He is also known for his preservation of the spirit of the American Cowboy, not only through West Fest, but all his other endeavors that earned him the Western Heritage Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame five times. His concerts are a popular draw on the Rio Grande Express train throughout the summer when he performs at La Veta.

Joining Michael Martin Murphy is Fred Hargrove, a frequent 3M concert opener. Hargrove currently resides in Monte Vista and when not joining Murphy, keeps a very busy concert schedule. A rancher by trade, Hargrove has been performing on stage since 1992. His rich voice relays eloquent poetry of the cowboy way of life and has earned his written words a place at an exclusive art exhibit at the Denver International Airport and an article in the Rocky Mountain News.

For more information about the concert, or to purchase tickets via phone, call the Chamber of Commerce at 264-2360.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

We only have a short time to gather the 25 necessary entries to have a Pagosa St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Without 25 entries by Monday, March 15, we will not have our annual March 17 Irish tribute. Entry forms for the parade are at the Chamber where you can pick one up, or we can fax you a form.

The parade this year will be held at 4:30 p.m. to better accommodate the children getting out of school and our spring break visitors coming down off the mountain. This parade is a great way to celebrate a little bit of the green while promoting your business or organization. Cash awards will be given to the Best Overall Entry, the Greenest Entry, and the Most Bizarre Entry. The parade will take its usual route from 6th Street to 2nd Street on U.S. 160. Similar to the Fourth of July Parade, while goodies may be handed out to spectators, throwing of items is prohibited. For more information about the parade, call the Chamber at 264-2360.

RFP for Pocket Park Project

As mentioned last week, bids are being accepted to construct the upcoming new Mural on Main Pocket Park Project. The RFP is listed on several Web sites: The Town of Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County, and the Chamber of Commerce. Hard copies can also be obtained at the Chamber of Commerce. Questions about the RFP should be directed to Mary Jo Coulehan at the Chamber, either by calling 264-2360 or contacting The bids must be in by 5 p.m. Friday, April 2. This is a community project and we are confident that a beautiful, quality product will soon grace our downtown district.

Operation Cinderella

We just finished celebrating the “Little Black Dress” affair for Seeds of Learning, and now the “older” female generation can assist the younger female generation by participating in Archuleta County Victim’s Assistance Prevention’s “Operation Cinderella” program.

High school girls are invited to come to the Pagosa Springs Youth Center on Wednesday, April 7, from 4-7 p.m. to “shop” for an elegant or fun prom dress, offered at no charge. Women in the community are encouraged to clean out their closets and donate gowns, formal dresses or other sparkly clothing to this program. You can bring clothes to the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program office located on the north side of the Town Hall building at 551 Hot Springs Blvd. Dresses need to be donated by Monday, April 5.

The “Operation Cinderella” program will not only provide our high school youth with some beautiful clothing, it is also designed to bring awareness to the many forms of sexual assault, most often occurring in dating situations. If you have questions about what to donate or about the “Operation Cinderella” Program, call Liz Parker at 264-4152, Ext. 31.

Free movie

The free movie, Blue Gold: World Water Wars, narrated by Malcolm McDowell, will be shown at the Liberty Theatre on Monday, March 15, at 7 p.m.

This multi award-winning film is being brought to you by the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District and the Southwest Organization for Sustainability. Pagosa Brewing will be on hand to offer some handcrafted libations. All proceeds from the film will benefit the SOS’s Pagosa Farmer’s Market for 2010. With numerous Best Documentary and Best Ecology/Environmental film awards to its name, the 2008 Blue Gold: World Water Wars will get you thinking about corporations taking over the world’s water supplies.

The doors of Liberty Theatre will open at 6:30 p.m. for this movie.

Marketing for Smarties

The very popular and comprehensive business class, Marketing for Smarties, begins Wednesday, March 24, at the Chamber. Offered by the Small Business Development Corporation from Fort Lewis College, these sequential classes offers personal coaching and peer feedback as participants develop basic, enduring marketing and sales processes and a simple, actionable and affordable marketing plan tailored to their specific needs. Remaining classes will be held at the Chamber on April 13, May 4 and May 26.

Marketing for Smarties will offer several scholarships. For those who apply by March 18, Region 9 is offering one full scholarship. There are also two half scholarships available: one from the Lindblad Group and one from SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, specifically for a local artist. The course is limited to 10 participants. For more information, you can contact Patsy Lindblad at 731-9074, or you can obtain registration forms at the Chamber of Commerce.

Membership news

We have two new businesses to welcome to the Chamber membership this week.

We start off with Homespun Comforts with Sara and Doug Anderson. Homespun Comforts offers hot tubs and spas, fireplaces and stoves, blinds and window coverings. No matter the manufacturer of your spa, they are there to maintain and service your investment. In addition to providing fireplaces, they also inspect, clean and certify chimneys. You can also order custom draperies including Crystal Pleat Cellular Shades. Call Sara at 946-4673 to find out more about Homespun Comforts’ excellent home services.

Also new to the Chamber this week is Serenity Trail Gallery located at 135 Country Center Dr. No. B5, on the west side of town behind the Country Center Plaza. Serenity Trail offers fine art originals, photo art, and limited editions by artists such as Ted Blaylock, Donald Voohrees, Bev Doolittle, and Native American artists, carvers, and potters. There will be six annual exhibits, workshops, retreats, juried competitions, and events to enhance the artistic talents and enrich the Pagosa lifestyle through art appreciation. Thank you to Connie Giffin, Jim Plant and Kent Schafer for bringing us this gallery to further Pagosa’s art culture.

We have some longtime Chamber members renewing this week: Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park and Lobo Outfitters; Buckskin Towing and Repair; Alpen Haus Ski Center; Silver Dollar Liquor Store and the Pagosa Bar with owner Pete Dach; Safer Living; the White Family Funeral Home; and the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Associate member Mary Sealy also renews.

Nonprofits: Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the Ride the Rockies/Denver Post Community Grant opportunity. This grant is available to those organizations that offer services to low-income youth through education, recreation, or direct services. Applications may be picked up at the chamber and the grants are due at the Ride the Rockies offices by 5 p.m. on April 2. We will also get out information to the restaurants about the Bicycle Tour of Colorado’s extra day in Pagosa on June 24. Start planning what special services, discounts and entertainment you would like to provide for our visitors on this very special day.