By Sally High | Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership
Breakfast with Balloons on Saturday morning, Sept. 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership’s (GGP)amphitheater on the San Juan Riverwalk is the best seat in town to view the mass ascension of hot air balloons during Pagosa Springs’ annual ColorFest weekend.
Breakfast with Balloons always sells out, so get your tickets early.
Breakfast with Balloons guests enjoy a private seating, an extra special breakfast, live music and two beverage tickets. Guests bring their own camp chairs or picnic blankets to get comfortable for the hot air balloons rising just across the San Juan River.
Tickets to the GGP’s Breakfast with Balloons fundraiser are $60 for adults and $30 for children 12 years old and younger. Get your tickets early at https://www.pagosagreen.org/breakfast-with-balloons-2022/. Online ticket buyers receive a wristband from volunteers at the entry gate. Paper tickets can be purchased downtown at the Pagosa Chamber of Commerce office and uptown at Choke Cherry Tree.
This year’s breakfast includes a sweet box and a savory box. Guests pick up their two breakfast boxes in one serving line. The sweet box contains a freshly baked scone and fresh fruit.
In picking up their savory breakfast box, guests must make a difficult choice. Chef Cynthia Sperry and local heritage foods advocate Rose Chavez plan for three hot breakfasts. The first is a butternut squash, poblano pepper and chorizo hash. The second is hearty biscuits with sausage gravy. The third choice is a vegetarian offering, a robust burrito with green chili, egg, potatoes and cheese. Each savory box includes a blue corn and pinon muffin.
Beverage choices are coffee, orange juice, champagne mimosas or GGP’s rather famous choke cherry champagne mimosas. Each guest receives two drink tickets. After that, it’s a cash bar tended by smiling GGP directors and friends.
Cuatro Kruse and Future Folk are the perfect musical background for balloon watchers’ enjoyment. In the interest of full disclosure, Cuatro’s Future Folk is all Cuatro, an ingenious blend of sounds by this creative local musician and inspirational farmer.
Proceeds from Breakfast with Balloons benefit the continuing operations of the GGP, an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The service organization is volunteer- and donation-driven, and Breakfast with Balloons is the GGP’s biggest fundraiser.
The GGP operates three dome greenhouses in Centennial Park on the downtown San Juan Riverwalk. All three greenhouses provide the Pagosa Springs community with naturally grown vegetables. The GGP demonstrates year-round agriculture using renewable geothermal and solar energy. The dynamic nonprofit teaches wise water use and environmental awareness with various educational partners.
Breakfast with Balloons tickets can be purchased through the GGP’s website, https://www.pagosagreen.org. The GGP is a Colorado Gives affiliate, with a continuing good standing status as a Colorado charitable organization. Tax-deductible donations can be made through https://www.coloradogives.org/geothermalgreenhousepartnership. See you on the Riverwalk.