By Mary Jo Coulehan
Pagosa Springs Area
Chamber of Commerce
As restrictions lift, life begins to return for events, live musical and theatrical performances, and gallery openings.
Bingo is back on Sundays. The games will only be held the first and third Sundays of the month, except for July 4, when there will not be bingo. Early-bird games begin at 5:45 p.m. and the regular games begin at 6 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Lewis Street.
Pagosa Peak Open School brought back its Movie Nights and is offering a free Family Movie Night on Saturday, June 19. The movie will be Disney’s “Zootopia” and shown in the athletic field across from Town Park on Hermosa Street. The movie will start at dark, approximately 9 p.m. Bring your blankets and chairs.
Live theater returns with both Thingamajig Theatre Company and Curtains Up Pagosa at the end of June. The award-winning Thingamajig Theatre will produce the comedy “Sylvia” beginning June 25. There will also be two gala events: “The Last 10 Years” and “The Next 10 Years” with performances from shows past and shows hopefully to be produced in the future. The season also includes two special one-man performances by returning Thingamajig artist Dennis Elkins. His performances will be on July 7 and July 9. Tickets can be purchased for the shows at www.pagosacenter.org and gala tickets by calling (970) 731-SHOW.
Curtains Up Pagosa returns to the stage with the musical performance of “Cinderella.” Performances will start June 30 and run until July 3. Ticket information should be out soon.
As we mentioned in a previous SUN article, there are many activities occurring over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. One event that wasn’t mentioned was the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs’ 27th annual Auction for the Animals and Pet Show, which will be virtual again this year and held on July 3 at 6:30 p.m. This free, family-friendly event offers the fun of the pet show with a wide range of animals and fabulous auction items. Auction items can be previewed beginning June 24. Bidding on the items begins June 28 and will end July 5. Go to www.hspagosa.org to view the auction items and to attend the event.
Other events include the 22nd annual United Way Golf Tournament, to be held on June 26. Get your team and register at www.unitedway-swco.org/pagosagolf.
Speaking of the golf course, the 19th Hole Concert Series begins on July 8 and runs for four weeks, every Thursday in July until July 29. Help a critical nonprofit agency by attending even one of the concerts. Enjoy great music and delicious food and cocktails at the beautiful Pagosa Springs Golf Course.
For you athletes, Rise Above Violence is back with the “Do the Du” and the Pagosa Duathlon. There will also be a “Dusty Kids Gravel Growler” prior to the main race. For more information about this event, visit: https://www.riseaboveviolence.org/pagosa-duathlon.html#/.
The Town of Pagosa Springs will host a free concert in the athletic field across from Town Park every third Friday of the month from June to August. Bring a chair or blanket and come out for some great family fun. There will also be food vendors and a beer garden. Proceeds will benefit three lucky nonprofit agencies that were chosen out of a hat at a town council meeting.
The Archuleta County Fair returns in person beginning Aug. 5 and running until Aug. 8. There will be plenty of space for vendors and informational booths along with the traditional 4-H barbecue, livestock show and auction, ranch rodeo and plenty of games and activities. For more information, go to: https://www.archuletacountyfair.com/.
The Chamber will host the Car Show Aug. 13 and 14 on Lewis Street. This free event will include amazing cars and motorcycles, food vendors, live music and a beer garden. You can register for the event at: https://pagosachamber.com/the-car-show/.