The “Tribute to Patsy Cline” was produced as a benefit for the Fred Harman Museum last October and was a success, with over 130 attendees. The weather kept it from showing under the big tent located on the museum property, but thanks to the Catholic Church, the show went on at the Parish Hall on Lewis Street.
In January, June Marquez and her four piece band performed for the community of Bayfield to help the Hockenbury family with medical expenses, raising over $1,200.
“We want to help our communities,” expresses Marquez. “I want to give back.”
A native to Archuleta County, Marquez has raised three children as a single mother and has made Pagosa Springs her home for 11 years. She has been singing with the very talented pianist John Graves for most of those years and is always quick to mention her thankfulness for his mentoring.
“Singing was not always in my plan,” says Marquez, but as the Christmas Shows produced by Elation Center for the Arts grew and Marquez continually received encouragement, it soon became a passion.
So why Patsy Cline, one may ask?
“In memory of my mother, who passed in 2000.” She loved music and Marquez remembers listening to Cline’s music as a young girl, with her mom. One of the items chosen by Marquez from her mother’s belongings was a short, ‘50s-style wig. “It’s fun to dress up and portray someone else.”
The wig completes the look to the fringe and cowboy boots. It is a show in its infancy, but every time produced, Marquez intends to add a broader element. The show is not only entertaining but educational, as Marquez recalls dates in which songs were produced and little-known history of a legend in country music.
Marquez intends to make the show exclusive to Pagosa Springs, working on a website and funds to produce at least six shows a year.
“I believe tourists want to see something country when they come to the country,” says Marquez.
It would be like the Bar-D of Pagosa. When visitors come to town, they will be fed, entertained and enjoy some dancing. The production last October fed over 75 people a smoked lamb dinner. The show scheduled in August at the Performing Arts Center will be a dinner and dance.
Marquez wants to help local non-profit organizations when each show is produced. “It is in giving that we receive. And yet, we must do it without expectation. I believe in our community and the great things to come when we humble ourselves in giving and receiving.”
Marquez is looking for investors. “As we invest in each other, we are saying, we believe in you.” What encouraging words, words Marquez has heard many times and finds to be the driving force behind much of her public singing.
On Tuesday, June 5, “A Tribute to Patsy Cline” will take place at the Ross Aragon Community Center at 451 Hot Springs Boulevard. Come enjoy appetizers provided by our new restaurant, Two Chicks and a Hippie, at 5 p.m. A cash bar will be provided by the community center and volunteers from our non-profit organization, The Nurturing Center, will be there to serve.
Show time is 6-8 p.m. with a 25-minute intermission. Children 10 years and younger admitted free, $15 ticket sold at door.