Beginning today, July 19, the creative spirit blossoms in Pagosa Springs with the fourth annual Renaissance and Pirate Festival and the multi-week celebration of the Spirit of Woman.
The Renaissance Festival opens in Town Park and the adjacent athletic field tomorrow, July 20, and lasts until Sunday. Both sites will be filled with activities, theatrical troupes, period guilds, amazing artists and vendors.
The vendors will offer an array of products including lotions and potions, jewelry, clothing, knives, swords, crystals and more. There will also be food vendors and a spirits garden where you can quench your thirst.
Activities for adults and children alike will keep everyone entertained for hours. Many of the activities will change daily, so you can enjoy the festival for several days. Please check the related Renaissance and Pirate Festival article in The PREVIEW for a more complete description of the activities and the daily schedule.
Today, July 19, the Spirit of Woman event kicks off with an opening reception at the Wild Spirit Gallery. More than 13 female artists will display their works in various mediums. The reception begins at 7 p.m. and you will be able to meet the artists. The week will be filled with various demonstrations highlighting women and their talents. On Sunday, July 22, Gushikawa with present dancing with swords. On Monday, July 23, visit with local animal communicator Jennifer Martin and on July 25 attend the book signing of “The Power to Transform” by Shari Silvey and “Everyday Goddess” by Julie Loar. Closing out the 13 days of celebrating the “Spirit of Woman” will be a fashion show at the Wild Spirit Gallery with internationally-known clothing designer Pat Dahnke. There is an incredible amount of talent and energy in Pagosa, especially with this community’s women. Don’t miss out on at least one of these days. Experience the talent and stop by the gallery to view the works of art.
There will be the monthly, free Maximizing Your Membership class on Monday, July 30, at the Chamber.
Attend and find out about membership benefits and how we can help your business. If you have been debating about becoming a Chamber member, come and see why you should join this organization and determine how we can best meet your needs. Joining the Chamber provides support to the business community and together we can accomplish so much more than as individual business owners.
The session begins at 11:30 a.m. and a free lunch is provided.
So that enough food can be ordered, please R.S.V.P. at 264-2360.
This month’s Business After Hours will be held July 25 in the parking lot of the downtown Citizen’s Bank and is co-hosted by Habitat for Humanity and Citizen’s Bank. If you aren’t aware, Habitat for Humanity has moved its offices and is now located above Citizen’s Bank. They are also offering new programs — not just building houses. Come learn about some of their new efforts in the community. In addition, folks from Citizen’s Bank will be there to let you know about their programs. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. and the cost is $7 for Chamber members and invited guests.
There are quite a few events coming up in July.
Don’t forget that every Saturday, there is a Farmers Market held at Ponderosa Lumber from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get fresh, local produce for the week and shop for other goods such as bakery items and skin care and animal fiber products. This is a great place to catch up with friends and celebrate the fruits of summer.
The summer rodeo series is held on Thursday nights at the fairgrounds. The rodeo starts at 7 p.m. and the series continues until July 26. Tickets are $10 for adults and the evening is packed with great western excitement.
The San Juan Shootists Fast Draw will take place Saturday, July 21, at the Fred Harman Art Museum. The match begins at noon and while out there you can stay and take a tour of the museum. The State Fast Draw Championships will be held at the Archuleta County Fair in August. Come out and see over 60 competitors, both men and women, compete in this exciting sporting event.
Another sporting event will be the Michael Valdez Bow Shoot on Honeybee Place out by Stevens Reservoir on Saturday, July 21. Funds raised are contributed to the scholarship program set up in Michael’s name. There will be men’s, women’s, team and youth categories. There will also be elk and turkey calling contests, food and live entertainment.
We are still receiving comments from customers who say some local businesses won’t accept Pagosa Perks. “It’s just funny money. It’s a hassle. I never get my money back,” are some of the comments that business owners make. If you are uninformed as to how to accept and handle Pagosa Perks, contact the Chamber. Pagosa Perks act as local cashier checks or money orders. It is that simple. If your business accepts a cashier’s check, you should accept a Pagosa Perk. Deposit it into your account and that’s it — no hassle; money is in the bank and it is guaranteed. The Pagosa Perks program has been the Chamber’s way of keeping local dollars in local circulation for more than 15 years. This is not a new program. For more information, contact the Chamber.
We have one new business to welcome to the Chamber this week: Robert Shoffner–Piano Technician. Being a member of the third generation in a piano tuning family, Rob offers an array of services including tuning, restoration, repair, rebuilding, voicing and humidity control system installation. Shoffner Piano Technician services the Four Corners area and other areas in Colorado. To reserve a time or schedule an appraisal, contact Robbie at (970) 903-6053.
Our renewals this week are plentiful and include Archuleta County, Colorado Land Title, Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures, Pagosa Riverside Campground. Quantum Travel Group, Hillside Inn and Aspenwinds Condo Reservations, Cool Pines Recreation and Pagosa Mountain Hospital, now with surgical and radiological facilities and the health clinic.