By Linda Parker
Special to The PREVIEW
Date night? Entertainment for company? The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir (PSGC) has just the thing to help you spend an enjoyable evening, whether it’s with a special someone, house guests or friends.
The members of the PSGC will be hosting their “Over the Rainbow: Making Dreams Come True for Young Girls in Pagosa Springs” annual fundraiser set for March 2 at the Ross Aragon Community Center.
This enchanting evening of fun-filled activities featuring friends of all kinds promises to be magical for all. The event kicks off with a silent auction full of an exciting array of generous donations from individual and business supporters. While listening to the smooth and masterful guitar of Steve Blechschmidt, event-goers can peruse the lavish baskets and items that have been generously donated.
For the price of an event ticket — $40 per person — event-goers will be treated to a scrumptious dinner of roast tri-tip followed by a delectable offering of chocolate.
Then, at 7 p.m., expect the dance floor to fill up quickly as the San Juan Mountain Boys — Glenn Unrath and Ron Lowe — take center stage, lift their voices and play a blend of popular music spanning genres from Hank Williams to Neil Young to Michael Bublé.
Funds from this event will be used for the Girls Choir’s operating expenses, including music, insurance, their accompanist, as well as their summer educational trip to New York City.
The girls will see historic sites as they walk the sidewalks of New York, such as the 9/11 Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, the Museum of Modern Art, as well as attending Broadway and cabaret performances.
“Organizations like the Girls Choir offer a window to the much larger world beyond the reach of most kids here in Pagosa Springs,” Unrath said. “Musical connections can only expand the world for these kids and open doors to future opportunities in life be they musical or other. We (both) urge the local community to get on board with the San Juan Mountain Boys supporting the Girls Choir here in Pagosa Springs. See you at the dance!”
“The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir is about much more than just learning to sing some new songs. In addition to learning so much about the art of performing choral music with harmonies and nuances of expression, the girls also learn poise and stage presence,” Gwen Taylor, the parent of two choir members and accompanist for the choir, said. “It’s immediately apparent when you see them in concert. The standards for behavior and musicality have been set pretty high by the director and the girls know they have to strive to meet expectations. It’s a bit magical when you can motivate kids this age to work together to achieve such a professional and beautiful outcome.”
“Over the Rainbow” tickets are available for purchase from The Buck Stops Here, Goodman’s Department Store and from any member of the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir. Group tables of eight can also be reserved so that you can enjoy the evening with your friends. For additional information regarding the event or tickets, call Linda Parker, director, at 264-1434 or send an email to email@example.com.
Doors for “Over the Rainbow” open at 5 p.m. The silent auction runs from 5 to 7:15 p.m. A cash beer and wine bar will be available throughout the evening. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6 p.m., so don’t be late. Then, the choir will treat event-goers to a short choral presentation, including a song performed with the Mountain Boys. Music and dancing follows from 7 until 9 p.m. Make plans to attend; we hope to see you there.
By Linda Parker