19th Hole Concert Series continues tonight

By Evelyn Tennyson
Special to The PREVIEW
Join us tonight for the 19th Hole Concert series hosted by the nonprofit Pagosa Springs Girls Choir. Local musicians the Retro Cats will be entertaining outdoor-loving, toe-tapping concertgoers who will be enjoying wonderful music, fabulous weather and views from the Pagosa Springs Golf Course.
The 19th Hole Concerts were not held last week due to the Fourth of July, but will continue tonight.
Next week’s concert will be hosted by the Pagosa Area Trails Council (PATC). The PATC is one of six nonprofits selected to benefit from the 19th Hole Concerts. The 19th Hole Concerts pair an Archuleta County nonprofit with a local music talent on Thursday evenings through July 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club, offering fun and entertaining events.
The primary purpose of the PATC, formed in 1998 as a nonprofit trail advocacy organization, is to promote local trails within the Pagosa area of the San Juan National Forest. The PATC serves as a roundtable organization bringing together various user groups in the community, helping to mobilize government and nonprofit groups, resolving trail conflicts, and providing communication and coordination between trail user groups and Forest Service officials. The PATC also serves as a platform to provide training in trail construction, maintenance and planning of new trails.
Their current main project is the “Clear the Trails Campaign.” That includes assisting with fundraising, awareness, coordinating, education and volunteer time in the clearing of spruce beetle killed trees from national forest in the Pagosa Springs area due to the spruce beetle-killed trees which are now falling at an alarming rate. The San Juan National Forest Pagosa Ranger District and volunteer user groups are overwhelmed to keep trails cleared of trees so as to provide safe access to the national forest and wilderness areas. In the last four years, the number of trees falling on local trails has increased tenfold, with an estimated backlog of 9,000 to 16,000 downed trees.
Next week’s entertainment will be the Brooks-i Band, a local band featuring original party rock ‘n’ roll dance music. Join us next week and dance to old time music and learn all about the PATC,
The cover charge is a $10 donation (children 10 and younger are free, making it a great family evening) supporting the six selected nonprofits. At the end of the concert series, all proceeds are pooled and distributed equally to the six featured organizations.
No outside food or beverage is allowed (food from the grill, beer, wine and signature cocktails will be available for purchase). Bring a camp chair or blanket, and, please, leave pets at home. Concerts happen rain or shine.

This story was posted on July 11, 2019.