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Dancin’ good times ahead at Shamrock Festival

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is preparing for a weekend of entertainment, bargains, great food, and dancing at this year’s Shamrock Festival, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12 and 13.

The weekend always includes a variety of opportunities for the community to come together to help support funding for local non-profit agencies. Leadfoot Ruthie, a favorite local folk band, will offer their lively foot stompin’ music for after-dinner dancing on Saturday evening, Aug. 13. The group, led by school Superintendent Mark DeVoti, has played for the Shamrock Festival for a number of years and always brings the festival to life with their musical talent, lively tunes, and good humor.

The Shamrock Festival will begin at St. Patrick’s on Friday evening, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. with a silent auction preview, wine and hors d’oeuvres, and a one-act play reading by members of the Music Boosters board. Tickets for that evening will be $15 and available at the door. Part of the proceeds from that evening will go to assist Music Boosters and their efforts to promote and support arts in the schools.

Saturday morning, Aug. 13, at 8 a.m, will be a bargain hunter’s delight, beginning with a huge yard sale. The big tent behind the church will be overflowing with gently used treasures offered at bargain prices. At the same time, the Book Nook will be selling used paperback and hardback books as well as videos and CDs in the church library for almost giveaway prices.

At noon, the big tent will be transformed into a beautiful venue for a gala party that includes 4 p.m. cocktails and silent auction, a delicious catered meal at 6, dancing, and the Shamrock Quilt drawing. Dinner tickets are now on sale in the church office for $20. Quilt auction tickets are also available for $1 or 12 tickets for $12. Silent auction items will be on display for your bidding from 4 to 8 p.m., with a preview and early bidding on Friday night at 6. Dinner tickets are not required to attend the auction on Saturday.

Money earned from this weekend of fun activities goes to support local non-profit agencies such as Seeds of Learning, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pagosa Outreach Connection, Loaves and Fishes, St. Patrick’s Food Box Ministry, Pagosa Mountain Hospital indigent fund, Pagosa Youth Center, and others.

“The people of Pagosa Springs always come out and support the Shamrock Festival with great enthusiasm,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “I am always humbled and gratified by the level of participation and generosity we enjoy from our friends in the community. With their help, we are able to provide important and necessary funding for those non-profit agencies that reach out to those in need.”

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Call 731-5801 for more information.

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