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Shamrock Festival offers a little something for everyone

Every August, the people of Pagosa Springs along with visitors to the area flock to St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church for the annual Shamrock Festival, an event that brings a variety of fun activities and sales that support local non-profit charitable organizations.

This year’s festival promises to be the best yet, beginning on Friday night, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. with wine and refreshments, silent auction preview and early bidding, followed by a one-act play reading by members of Music Boosters. On Saturday, Aug. 13, people will line up early to take advantage of a big yard sale and used book sale from 8 a.m. until noon. Following the morning events, the huge tent on the back lawn of the church will be transformed into a lovely outdoor dining venue. Beginning at 4 p.m., cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be available and the bidding for items at the silent auction will begin. At 6 p.m. a delicious dinner, catered by the Plaza Grill will be served in the tent followed by dancing with Leadfoot Ruthie. Bidding for the auction items will close at 8 p.m.

The Shamrock Quilt is a gorgeous handmade queen-sized quilt and pillow shams, made by the skilled hands of members of St. Patrick’s Quilt Ministry. This year’s quilt, called “Pagosa Peaks” took many hours of careful labor to construct, and will be raffled at the Shamrock Festival. Raffle tickets are on sale now for $1 each; six for $5, or 12 for $10. All money raised from these tickets goes to community outreach.

St. Patrick’s is a generous donor to many non-profits in our community. The money collected at the Shamrock Festival goes to support local agencies that assist people in need. Past funding has gone to Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pagosa Springs Youth Center, Seeds of Learning, Pagosa Mountain Hospital Indigent Fund, The Pregnancy Center, Head Start, Archuleta County Victims Assistance, Pagosa Outreach Connection, Hospice of Mercy, as well as St. Patrick’s Food Pantry ministry, and discretionary outreach. ’A portion of the funds received on Friday evening will go to assist Music Boosters in their efforts to support arts in the public schools.

“All of these organizations provide important services to our community,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “It is difficult for individuals to provide independent donations to so many worthy organizations, but when we come together as a community we can do a great deal to help,” he said. “Jesus is not ambiguous about his mandate to reach out to assist those in need. We at St. Patrick’s are dedicated to this task and are grateful that we, with the support of the larger Pagosa community, are able to help.”

All events will take place at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd., next door to Pagosa Mountain Medical Center. Tickets for the Friday evening gala event are $15 and available at the door. Tickets for the Saturday evening dinner in the tent are $20 and are on sale in the church office. There are a limited number of tickets for the dinner, so please buy your tickets early. You do not have to buy a ticket for the dinner to enjoy cocktails and the silent auction.

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