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Summer events are in full swing

We’ve often heard this definition of “crazy”: Doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

Let’s relate this phrase to the business community. If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting the same results.

There is a perfect opportunity with the tourism season upon us to look at your business and what you do, and see if you can improve your business practices.

Even with the delayed seasonal winds, springtime is definitely upon us, especially when we consider events promoting Pagosa Springs. We will move into our busy season with something taking place almost every week until the Fourth of July. Already there is a steady flow of Wyndham visitors here and people are taking advantage of this early season.

Is your business where it should be? The Chamber will offer several opportunities to get you and your business up to speed.

Group networking

We will start our business networking groups in the month of June. Businesses of like tenure and type will be grouped together so owners and managers can exchange ideas, solve shared problems, and brainstorm to further their business efforts. A successful business mentor will work with each group. The groups will set their own meeting times and establish their own priorities. A Chamber board director will adopt each group.

The initial meeting schedule is being set. Non-profit organizations have been meeting regularly due to Rural Philanthropy Days, but they are continuing their collaborative efforts and will communicate with their peers. The remaining groups being formed are: Startup or businesses under one year; one to three years in business; three to five years in business; home-based businesses with less than five employees, and established businesses (more than five years).

We hope new ideas will form, obstacles will be resolved to help in furthering your business goals, and new contacts will be made. If you are interested in attending one of these groups, call the Chamber at 264-2360 for more information. We will also post meeting times on the Chamber’s Facebook page and through some of our other social marketing sources.

Merchant meeting

Again, with all the events of spring and summer upon us, improvement plans for the downtown area — with signage and a new mural — and business ideas popping up all over, the Chamber would like to host a merchant meeting. You do not need to be a Chamber member to attend, and you do not need to be in any particular location in town. Some of the issues we’ll discuss at the meeting will focus on the downtown area, but we would like to solicit ideas from all over town.

Thanks to the hospitality of JJ’s Riverwalk Restaurant, the meeting will be held Tuesday, June 8, beginning at 6 p.m. Complimentary appetizers will be served. We will inform everyone of the upcoming events, find out what can be done to maximize the summer business, begin working on the Parade of Stores for December, and listen to what concerns business owners have. Just so we can give JJ’s a head count, call the Chamber if you would like to attend, or drop us an e-mail. Drop-ins are always welcome if you find out you can attend at the last minute.

Pagosa Fiber Festival

If the fiber festival is here, it must be Memorial Day weekend.

The Town Park area will be filled with animals, weaving, crafts and so much more. Come downtown and see everything fiber related. If you’ve always wanted to raise alpacas or llamas, the experts will be on hand to tell you about it. You can even start shopping for Christmas gifts. The main portion of the fiber festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at the athletic field at Town Park. The popular Navajo rug auction will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center at 5 p.m. Saturday.

There will also be workshops held today and Friday, with mini-workshops at the fair. Learn how to felt, knit without needles, get introduced to spinning, locker hook, dye fiber and more. For more information on the Fiber Festival, visit the website at www.pagosafiberfestival.org.

Folk ‘n Bluegrass

Festival

The first weekend in June brings the Pagosa Folk ‘n Bluegrass Festival, with another year of great musical acts. Headlining the event Saturday night will be a Pagosa favorite, the Belleville Outfit. On Sunday night, multi-talented musician and superb songwriter Darrell Scott will take the stage and close the festival. There will be on-site camping again this year and a late night stage.

Town Park lights up as Free Friday kicks off the weekend and brings out the crowd. The Quebe Sisters Band and Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams will perform at the gazebo beginning at 5 p.m. On-site camping pass holders can then enjoy the late night acoustic stage beginning at 8:30 p.m. up on Reservoir Hill.

Tickets this year are available at the Chamber of Commerce for cash or check, or you can purchase tickets online at www.folkwest.com. Remember: kids 12 and under are free and there are kids’ programs as well.

Biking in June

Colorado Bike to Work month is June and this event coincides with two Bicycle Tours coming to Pagosa Springs.

The first tour will be Ride the Rockies, slated to arrive Thursday, June 17. The cyclists will ride from Durango after a difficult few days of mountain passes and long stretches. We will welcome this 25th-anniversary ride with the usual Party in the Park at noon on June 17. There will be live music beginning at 3 p.m. Local bands Rockola Deluxe and Brooks-i will play from 3–7:30. The Boulder Acoustic Society will close the show, playing from 7:30 to 9:30. There will be food and games, and if you’re not working and feeding the masses, we hope you will attend this free event. Ride the Rockies will provide bus transportation for their riders so they can move around town and enjoy all of our festivities.

On Wednesday, June 23, the second bike tour, Bicycle Tour of Colorado (BTC), will arrive in Pagosa. BTC will be in Pagosa for two days. This is important for Pagosa since ,on Thursday, June 24, tour participants will have a free day to wander around town and enjoy all our amenities. Thanks to Mountain Express Transport, we will providd free transportation to the riders so they can get around our community all day and evening on both days and enjoy the various parts of town and all the activities, shops, restaurants and soaking facilities. On the evening of June 23, we will again have a party in the park. This time we will have live performers Brooks-i and David Bess with Public Property. The headliner will be the Ryan Bradley Affair, beginning at about 7:30 p.m.

Please make sure you are staffed and have plenty of food and drink on hand for both of these tours.

We are sending out pre-arrival information to the cyclists so they know what to expect when they get to Pagosa, and to help them plan their time. If you have any questions concerning the bike tours, contact me at the Chamber at 264-2360. Let’s make Pagosa Springs the best town on both tours!

Ribbon cuttings

We will have two ribbon cuttings this week to welcome new businesses to Pagosa Springs.

On Thursday, May 27, Estudio y Galeria, located at 1501 U.S. 160 on Put Hill, by Let It Fly, will open its doors. See our new member listing for all that Estudio will be offering. The ribbon cutting will be at 5 p.m. and we congratulate Sueyel Grace and David Harris on their new venture.

We will welcome Carol Schneider and her new gallery, The Artist Within, located at 190 Talisman Drive, Suite C. Carol will carry wonderful jewelry by various artists as well as yarns and quilting supplies. Her ribbon cutting will be Saturday, May 29, at 3 p.m.

Come out and support these new businesses and become familiar with additional shopping opportunities in Pagosa Springs.

Membership

Our new member this week is Estudio y Galeria at 1501 U.S. 160, next to Let It Fly. This studio will carry pottery, arts and crafts, pine needle baskets and unique gifts. There will also be works of art from the youth and senior sectors. They will be open in the summer until 7:30 p.m. We welcome Sueyel Grace and David Harris and their new gallery.

Renewing members this week include: Colorado Dream Homes; Stevens Field FBO operator, Avjet Corporation; Costume Pit Shop; and Glenn Hieronymus and his Life Elixir wellness tea with organic herbs and spices.

Get ready for a busy summer Pagosa. We appreciate everyone taking the time to look at new ways to improve their businesses. Don’t settle for what you’ve always had; look outside your business box.