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Simple words deliver a powerful message at ‘The Gift’

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 15, as Pagosa Springs Music Boosters offers a special evening mix of music, poetry, storytelling and dance entitled “The Gift.” 

“The Gift” was created by Dave McDonough and Harvey Schwartz, joined by local musicians Dave Chambers, Jammer Greg and artist Betty Slade, and the audience will be treated to a night of inspiring musical selections. 

Author and painter Betty Slade will be painting live on stage during the performance, adding yet another artistic layer to the performance.  Additionally, Betty’s paintings will be displayed in the commons area throughout the night, with a silent auction for an original oil and for the painting done during the show. 

All artists are volunteering and donating their time and talents to the concert, with proceeds to Music Boosters in support of the performing arts in our schools. 

A little about musician Dave Chambers:  He is a part-time poet and shaman, full-time drummer and a philosopher with rhythm.  A professional musician and woodworking artist with a busy schedule, he always makes time for the community.  Born and raised in Colorado, he is truly a mountain man.  His writings are influenced by the mystics of present and past. He combines his passion for nature with his quest for knowledge and shares it through his words, music and art.  His spirit is guide and tourist, teacher and student, mature and infantile.  Dave Chambers is truly a unique gift to this show and Pagosa Springs.

Jason Peterson of Citizens Bank in Pagosa has made a generous donation to “The Gift,” and would like to see as many young people as possible attend the event, which supports their schools.  A “Chopin and Djembe” presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium, with doors open at 6 p.m. for gallery viewing.  The main concert at the high school auditorium is at 7.  Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students. They are available at the Chamber of Commerce and at the door. 

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