Not only is WinterFest over President’s Day Weekend fast approaching, but there are lots of other events in February that will get people out of the house and involved in fun indoor and outdoor activities in Pagosa.
WinterFest events and all registration forms are available online. Families or groups should be working on their homemade sleds or ideas for snow sculptures. There is also a registration form available for the Snowman Romp Snowshoe Stomp race to be held at the golf course.
Individuals and organizations should also be out there garnering pledges for the Pagosa Penguin Plunge. Not only will each plunger get some cool schwag, including hot springs passes and a sweatshirt, but the person who turns in the most money for an organization will get a top fund-raiser penguin gift. We have about 10 plungers so far, and registration is due by Friday, Feb. 17. Groups represented to date include San Juan Area Agency on Aging, Seeds of Learning, the Pagosa Youth Center, Pope John Paul II/Immaculate Heart of Mary Food Bank and the Humane Society.
Also, on Sunday, Feb. 19, we’ll have the first Hot Toddy for the Body contest, in which professional bartenders and amateur mixologists will compete to see who makes the best hot drink. This will be a great time for spectators for the Penguin Plunge to gather, stay warm and taste some delicious, toasty concoctions while awaiting the Plunge. DJ Dude will be blasting out music and it will be a great Sunday outing. The Toddy Contest begins at 11:30 a.m. with tastings and the event will last until 1 p.m. The Penguin Plunge will take place at noon. For more information about the Plunge or to register for any of the events, contact the Chamber at 264-2360.
February also has Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras, so there are numerous fund-raisers and other activities related to these events.
Enjoy an evening of dinner and theater by visiting one of our great restaurants and then attending the Pagosa Center for the Arts presentation of “Love Letters.” This show will be performed five nights and each night brings a different pair of local actors to the stage. Loving pairs include Will and Christy Spears, Tim and Laura Moore, Bob and Bonnie Hite, Brooks and Blue Lindner, and John and Sandy Applegate. Tickets can be purchased online at www.pagosacenter.org or by calling 731-SHOW.
Our Savior Lutheran Preschool hosts its annual fund-raiser this year at beautiful Keyah Grande on Friday, Feb. 10. The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, music, a cash bar, a silent auction and prize drawings. To get your ticket, call the church office at 731-3512.
Get your green, gold and purple duds out and head over to the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse for the annual Rotary Mardi Gras Casino Night this Saturday, Feb. 11. This fund-raiser benefits the Rotary scholarship fund and the evening includes gambling, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a silent auction, prizes and dancing. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at Exit Realty on Eagle Drive or at the Pagosa SUN offices downtown. This is a fun evening that benefits a very worthwhile cause, helping with the continuing education of the Pagosa youth.
Also on Feb. 11, the Pagosa Nurturing Center will host the “One Love” fund-raiser. This event will be held at Dorothy’s Restaurant on Piedra Road. A suggested donation is $5 and the evening includes music by “Un Amor” (One Love) and DJ Marcus. There will also be a silent auction and food can be purchased. Proceeds will benefit the Nurturing Center and the RAD fund to help displaced youth and to help create a safe environment. You can purchase your tickets at the door.
Activities later on in the month include the “PAGOSA PAW” dogsled and canine skijoring races on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25 and 26. Organized by the Colorado Canine Mushers, this event includes distance races with various numbers of dogs (usually one or two) pulling sleds and people, and races that just pull people (skijoring). The race schedule is repeated each day and scores are combined to determine winners of prizes and money. For more information about entering the races or being a spectator, visit the Nordic Club website at www.pagosanordic.com. Spectators are encouraged to come out and see these beautiful animals and talented sledders.
On the evening of Feb. 25, the annual Heart Beat Ball will take place at the Pagosa Lodge. This evening of dancing, live and silent auctions, a cash bar and other festivities will benefit the Pagosa Mountain Hospital. The ball begins at 7 p.m. and continues until 11. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at most local banks.
Then, on Wednesday, Feb. 29, the Archuleta Education Center hosts their annual fund-raiser luncheon at the Pagosa Lodge. Tickets for this event are $50 and may be purchased at the Education Center, located on Lewis Street. Tables for your business can be reserved by calling the Education Center at 264-2835.
Winter events will continue into March, such as the Seeds of Learning Little Black Dress Affair on March 3, another Sunset/Moonrise Cross Country Ski Social on March 2, and an evening of Bob Dylan music at the Pagosa Center for the Arts, also on March 2.
There is no reason you should suffer from cabin fever.
We have several individual members to welcome to the Chamber this week. They are Visitor Center volunteer Jim Carson and his wife, Jean. We also have volunteer Mary Jane Knight joining, as well as Reg Larkin. Remember, you do not have to be a business owner to join the Chamber. Many people join to stay informed about what is going on in the business community, and they like to attend some of our functions, such as the SunDowners and educational luncheons. Call Jan at 264-2360 to find out how you can sign up and what your benefits will be.
On the renewal front we have Sue Angelo and Pagosa Realty Rentals and The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Katy Deshler renews as an individual member.
Don’t forget to get your registration forms for all the WinterFest events and bring the family out for a few days of fun, invigorating activity and lots of laughs. Don’t forget to also support those who will be plunging into the San Juan River, which is running around 33 degrees right now. Bring on the snow!