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Events set for Pagosa Springs Heritage Month 2012

The Town Historic Preservation Board (HPB) is pleased to announce the list of events and activities for May’s Pagosa Springs Heritage Month.

The HPB is tasked with identifying and designating historic landmarks and historic districts, promoting cultural, educational and economic welfare through the preservation of historical structures and areas, increasing economic and financial benefits to the town and owners of historic properties, and fostering civic pride in the beauty and accomplishments of the past.

The board consists of longtime member Chrissy Karas, members Twila Brown and Wendy Sutton, newly-elected members, Judy James and Andre Redstone, and alternate member Jeff Greer.

The yearly Pagosa Heritage poster contest for seventh-graders is currently underway. Posters will be judged at the May 17 HPB meeting.

In keeping with tradition, the Downtown Historical Walking Tour will be led by HPB chair Twila Brown on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. Meet at the San Juan River overlook deck located next to Tequila’s Restaurant.

The Fred Harman Art Museum opened for the season on Tuesday, May 1.

Two lectures will be given this month at the Ruby Sisson Public Library. The first will be conducted on May 10, at 6 p.m., by Fort Lewis College anthropology professor Charles Riggs and will concern Pueblo Architecture. The second lecture will be delivered Thursday, May 17, at 6 p.m. by Fort Lewis College history professor Andrew Gulliford and Deb Hepler on the topic of Ghost Ranch.

Additional activities scheduled for Heritage month are listed as follows:

• Thursday, May 10: Chimney Rock Interpretive Association potluck dinner and presentation. Featuring guest speaker Wilfred Moses, traditional practitioner of the Navajo Nation, with a talk entitled, “The Sacred Mountains and The Four Elements.” The potluck will be held at 6 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

• Saturday, May 12: San Juan Historical Society Museum season opening at 9 a.m.

• Tuesday, May 15: Chimney Rock Archaeological Area opens for the season at 9 a.m. See www.chimneyrockco.org for additional information.

• Friday-Sunday, May 18-20: 2012 San Juan River Rod Run Car Show and barbecue. Registration and a meet-and-greet featuring music and food, and a wine and beer garden will take place at 5 p.m. Friday. Special award festivities will be held Sunday at 10 a.m.

• Sunday, May 20: Annular Eclipse of the Sun and Night Sky Archeoastronomy at Chimney Rock. This event merges the Night Sky program with an opportunity to view an eclipse of the sun. Reservations are suggested, as space is limited. For reservations, call the visitor cabin (May 15 and after) at 883-5359, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, or the CRIA office (before May 15) at 731-7133.

• Friday-Sunday, May 25-28: Local Appreciation Day for Chimney Rock tours. Tours will be held at 9:30 and10:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. at half price: $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.

• Saturday-Sunday, May 26-27: Fiber festival. The Pagosa Fiber Festival is a celebration of the efforts of a growing cottage industry involved in fiber-related businesses — spinning, weaving, knitting, felting and designing patterns. The festival helps preserve a rural lifestyle and landscape by providing the small livestock raisers a venue to promote their products. The Pagosa Fiber Festival will be held in Town Park on Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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