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Fred Harman Museum hosts ‘A Tribute to Patsy Cline’

The Fred Harman Museum will present “A Tribute to Patsy Cline” on Saturday, Oct. 8. The dinner and performance at the big tent on the museum grounds will be one of the events that closes the museum for the winter, and it’s a show you don’t want to miss.

The event will be a special day of food and entertainment.

“I’ve been singing Patsy’s music for over ten years.” says June Marquez, a native of Archuleta County. When asked by board members if she would be interested in helping raise funds for the museum, Marquez’s answer was an emphatic, “Yes.”

Not sure when it would all happen, but having a deep desire to keep a Pagosa Heritage alive, Marquez went to work learning songs. She met with Norma and Fred Harman Jr. and sang “Crazy,” as she had done so many times with John Graves.

In fact, it was at the performance of “The Empty Bench,” a play written by Graves and John Porter, five years prior, that Marquez, in the second half of the show, received accolades for her performance as Patsy.

“It’s fun to put on a wig and boots and be someone else,” exclaims Marquez. It was on the second night of that show, a woman approached Marquez and said “Patsy, we love you!” At that moment, June knew she was touching people’s hearts.

“I have had the desire to do a tribute to Patsy since then and now the purpose to do so is evident. There is a need in our community and we should do all we can to help.” Marquez was surprised to know how many locals have not visited the museum and encourages everyone to experience the wonderful cowboy art of Fred Harman.

The afternoon will begin with an appetizing dinner prepared by Henry and LouJean Espinosa. smoked lamb, corn, coleslaw, green chile and homemade tortillas will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. Come at your convenience.

The tribute will begin at 4 p.m. with room enough to do some dancing in your favorite cowboy duds. There will also be a cash bar and a silent auction.

Price for dinner and show is $25; show only is $15. Children 12 and under are admitted to the show free and a $6 children’s plate can be purchased at the door.

Tickets can be purchased at The Fred Harman Museum, Moonlight Books, Goodman’s and LouJeans Salon. Please inform the salesperson if you will be purchasing a children’s meal ticket.

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