Curses, Foibles Again — the return of The Follies

After a hiatus of more than five years, the Pagosa Mountain Morning Rotary Club picks up the gauntlet to bring back The Rotary Follies. Poking fun at everything Pagosa, the Follies is an evening of laughter, satire, and no time to mind your Ps and Qs.

A slate of quick skits and snippets will keep the audience laughing. Come listen to the quick-witted poetry of Bob Huff, and watch other local personalities in short scenes. The MCs will pick apart almost everything in Pagosa as we laugh at ourselves and our troubles. Three acts from the Durango SnowDown Follies have been secured as an added bennie to the Pagosa Follies.

The Follies will be presented one night only — Saturday — at the Pagosa Lodge. Tickets are $15 per person and $25 per couple and are available at the Chamber, Moonlight Books and the Plaid Pony. The show is rated PG-13 and performance times are 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 731-3777. Don’t miss this rollicking night of laughter.

Creatively Yours

This is the last week for fifth- and sixth-graders to get their entries in for the Pagosa Artisans’ Co-op Creatively Yours art contest.

Art submissions may be in any media including jewelry, pottery, painting, drawing, photography, and others. The artwork must be to the Pagosa Artisans Co-op by Feb. 28. There will be an awards reception at the Co-op at 150 Pagosa St. on Sunday, March 15 from 1-4 p.m. The public is invited. For more information, stop by the store or pick up an application.

New Works Festival

There was a national search that resulted in selection of three emerging playwrights, with three exciting new plays, that will result in three staged readings premiering in our lovely mountain town March 19-21.

Square Top Repertory Theatre, under the direction of Charlie Pepiton, will unveil three new works featuring staged reading performances at the performance space in the Pagosa Springs Community Center. All shows begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are only $5 per show, or $12.50 for the weekend pass.

Award-winning playwright, Joseph Frost wrote the drama, “Anathema,” about an Irish family and the uncovering of family secrets and need for redemption through Alice, a new addition to the family’s dynamics. “Anathema” will be performed on Thursday night, March 19.

Joan Dunayer, a professional writer-editor, brings us “Seeking Flight,” a comedy about two parrots and experimenter, Sandra Barstow, who is testing the parrots’ ability to speak and understand English. Little known to her is their current level of understanding and their own private method of communication in which they already comment, converse and compose poetry. You can enjoy this comedic reading Friday, March 20.

The suspense play, “Contrapositive,” by John Philpit, will have audience members on the edge of their seats and talking for days. Father Joseph’s dissertation has been stolen from the Library of Congress and Harvard by pre-seminary lover Martha as she plans to eradicate all knowledge of the writing. This play has all the elements of a suspenseful production with the acts and emotions of murder, conspiracy, faith and betrayal. “Contrapositive” will close out the weekend shows on Saturday, March 21.

These play readings have been performed by other repertory companies around the U.S. and are destined for stage productions. Come be part of the feedback process and meet and talk with the playwrights. For more information or tickets, view Square Top’s Web site at www.squaretoptheatre.com, or call 264-0264.

‘Interim’

The art community continues to provide great gallery exposure, including Shy Rabbit’s exhibit “Interim,” a selection of finely crafted works by eight Shy Rabbit emerging, established or nationally-recognized gallery artists. The show consists of sculptural and functional ceramics, aquatint etchings, abstract paintings, black and white silver prints, monoprints, and mixed media works.

Shy Rabbit is also conducting an open call to all photographers and artists over the age of 18 to submit work to the Contemporary Photograph: A National Juried Exhibition — to be held May 2-June 6. All works must be submitted or postmarked by March 20.

Shy Rabbit continues gallery hours on Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. They also offer a ceramics studio and two mixed-media workshops. For more information on the requirements of the call to artists, visit the Web site at www.shyrabbit.com, or call 731-2766.

Membership news

We would like to welcome three new members this week.

Harold Slavinski and Pagosa Office and Storage, located at 543 Park Ave., offer both office and storage spaces. The offices are climate controlled, 10 feet by 20 feet professional office space. The available storage areas vary from 5 feet by 10 feet up to 10 feet by 20 feet spaces. All are priced right and ready to help with your business or personal item needs. For more information, call Sunetha at 731-4344.

Personal Touch Home Services with Paula Craig will be working to bring the home services that you need in a timely and economical fashion. If you are looking for home services such as security check inspections while you are out of town, crawl space issues, landscape concerns or maintenance, give Paula a call at (970) 398-0351. She can locate and send out the perfect person for the job.

Next, we would like to welcome Region 9 Economic Development District and Ed Morlan to the Chamber. Region 9 is a non-profit community economic development corporation serving five counties, 10 towns and cities and two Indian Tribes. They offer business loans; administer the Southwest Enterprise Zone Tax Credits; staff the Southwest Regional Transportation Planning Commission; and assist communities with economic development planning and technical assistance. For more information on Region 9, call 247-9621.

Renewing members this week include Tom and Pam Schoemig of Be Our Guest Bed & Breakfast and Guesthouse; Galles Properties; Astara Boutique; Archuleta County Education Center; and the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department.

That is it for this week. Thank you again to our newest members, and our returning members.