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Customer service pays off in Pagosa

In the wake of the two bicycle tours, we were bombarded with compliments, and comments about how friendly our town is and what great places we have here.

Every now and then I like to share some of the best comments that we receive about our businesses. While this letter was not from either bike tour, it does express the sentiments of “Joe Traveler” about our businesses. The author of the letter wishes to congratulate the whole community on a job well done.

Dear Chamber of Commerce:

I recently spent a couple days in your wonderful community and definitely was able to find the relaxing, downtime that I needed.? The hot springs are invigorating, especially at midnight!? I wish I could be there for your Independence Day activities ... it looks to be a wonderful time.

Your businesses were very friendly and helpful and Boss Hogg’s steaks were great and the smothered breakfast burrito at Pagosa Baking Company was a wonderful mid-morning treat.? And what can you say about the amazing variety at Choke Cherry Tree!? I purchased an anniversary gift for my wife at Goodman’s Dept. Store and the gelato at Pagosa Ice Cream Company was so good we went by both days!? Needless to say, we had a good time.

Your town is lovely, my wife and I really enjoyed our couple of days and we look to come back in the future (actually it was our 30th anniversary and we came through there 30 years ago!).

I am a current board member and past president of our Chamber of Commerce here in Carlsbad, N.M.? I always look to support the Chamber, especially in small communities.? It looks like you are doing a great job and I hope your economy continues to improve!

Sincerely,

Mark Schinnerer

Carlsbad, N.M.

The busy season continues in Pagosa with the Fourth of July weekend and I hope our businesses keep on treating each customer as they would like to be treated. Thank you for two fantastic bike tours. Pagosa was a hit because of everyone’s efforts!

Fourth of July activities

The Fourth of July weekend kicked off Wednesday, with the first performance in the final week of “Annie.” “Annie” will play July 1 and 2, starting at 7 p.m. each night at the high school. Tickets for the show are available at the Chamber of Commerce until the day of the performance, when they can be purchased at the door.

On Thursday, July 1, come out to the seventh annual “Celebrate America” night at the Ross Aragon Community Center, beginning at 6 p.m. This free event pays tribute to the reason for this season, honoring those who have served and are serving in our armed forces. It will be an evening of music and dance. There will be free dessert and coffee at the end of the evening, compliments of the Pagosa Red Hats.

On Friday, July 2, the Red Ryder Rodeo begins its performances for the weekend. The evening rodeo will start at 6 p.m. that night. The rodeo will then continue on Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and 4, with afternoon performances beginning at 2 p.m. General admission tickets may be purchased at Goodman’s Department Store and box tickets can be reserved if you call Pagosa Land Company at 264-5000. Cowboys and cowgirls from all over the region will compete for prize money. You can call the Chamber for more information on where to register if you would like to enter the rodeo.

Also beginning on Friday, July 2, is the annual Park to Park Arts and Crafts Fair, with vendors set up from Town Park to Centennial Park. This event brings in mostly handcrafted, unique items including jewelry, clothing, glassworks, pottery, photography, artwork and many other goods. The craft fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Back for another colorful year is Quilt Fest. The Quilt Fest will be held at the Mamie Lynch Gymnasium at the junior high school at Lewis and Fourth streets on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 2-4. There is a $2 admission charge for adults and children 12-18 are $1. The array of quilts is very extensive and this event is a great addition to the Fourth of July festivities

The weekend really kicks into gear on Saturday, July 3, with the Fourth of July Parade starting at 10 a.m. The parade route runs from 6th St. to 2nd St. Parade participants and viewers need to remember that candy or other items cannot be thrown from the floats nor can anything be given out until a float passes the 5th St. Bell Tower Park. Last-minute Parade applications should be brought directly to the registration area at the high school the day of the parade. Participants can register after 8:30 a.m. the day of the parade. We have some fantastic and generous Grand Marshals this year in the persons of Jack and Katy Threet. Come out and have a great time and start your Saturday off in high spirits. Many thanks again to the Rotary Club for putting on this event for our community.

Continue your day either at the rodeo, the Arts and Crafts Fair or at the Arts Council’s new event — the “Creating Outside the Box” auction. The event takes place on Lewis Street at The Club building, and will be a Pagosa Springs Arts Council fund-raiser. Over 60 boxes have been creatively decorated and will be auctioned off. There will be appetizers and wine served. Bidding takes place from 2-5:30 p.m., with the event ending at 6 . Bring the family down for a fun afternoon and try to take home a collectable box.

On Sunday, July 4, the morning starts out with a little “quiet time” with family and friends, then it’s time to get ready for the rest of the day. The rodeo begins at 2 p.m.. The Arts and Crafts Fair and the Quilt Fest also continue on the Fourth. Beginning at 6 p.m. at the high school, there will be live music, food and a bounce house for the kids, as people stake out their spots in preparation for the evening’s fireworks. Brooks I will be the first band on stage, from about 6 to 7:30. Brian Flynn and his band will take to the stage at about 7:45 and play until the fireworks begin, somewhere after dark, around 9:15-9:30.

Renaissance and Pirate Festival

Just two weeks after the Fourth of July weekend, we come back with another event for the community: the Renaissance and Pirate Festival on July 17 and 18.

This event is fun for the entire family, especially the children. The fair will be held in Town Park this year. There will be live stage performances, including period plays, belly dancing, jugglers, magicians and escape artistry, and music. There will be different individual events for the children every hour, including an elevated “tug of war” (Hunkerhausen), a jousting contest with pillows (without the horses), Twilsey Wop, various races, and many other activities. Vendors will offer jewelry, clothing, a pewter line, knives, treasure boxes, masks, scents and candles, and fun wooden items.

Throughout the weekend, there will be a chess tournament at the park. However, the finals will be played at the large, outdoor chess set at The Springs Resort. There will be tarot and angel card readings, camel rides, henna art, face painting, treasure hunts, lots of great food and a beer garden.

Tickets are only $2 for adults and $1 for children 5 to 18 years old, and children under 5 are free. Come out for this expanded festival and the entertainment for children of all ages. We encourage children to dress in appropriate attire — as a fairy, jester, elegant lady or pirate, for example. For more information, contact Stacy at the Chamber at 264-2360.

Thanks

As the Chamber, Pagosa Springs Arts Council and the TTC get ready to unveil the new mural and signage on Hot Springs Boulevard, we want to thank some committed individuals for sprucing up the perimeters of town. The Welcome to Pagosa gateway signs at the east and west ends of town have undergone a facelift.

Here are some of the individuals and companies that worked so hard to restore our signs: Ron Saunders, of Wolf Creek Construction, for supplying the rock to build a new wall, cleaning and painting the wall and lettering on both signs. Bob Hart, of Hart Construction, for time and machinery to remove the old wall, clear and level the site and spread the gravel on the east end of town. Valerie Green, of Canyon Crest Lodge, for planting and cleaning the sites. Pam and Tom Schoemig, of Be Our Guest B&B, and Jon Johnson, of Jim Smith Realty, for tending and watering the plants. Ponderosa Lumber Company for donating the paint for both signs, and Pagosa Nursery for donation of the plants. Slow down when you pass these perimeter signs and take a look at the improvements and thank these folks for their efforts to beautify Pagosa.

Membership

We have two new members to welcome this week.

We start off with a new name at a familiar place: the Hillside Inn, previously the Holiday Inn Express. They offer the same great rooms and continental breakfast. They also have an indoor pool and Jacuzzi.

We have a new retail store in the historic downtown district: Southwest Elegance Jewelry and Gifts, with owner Robert Bradshaw, offers contemporary and southwest jewelry along with pottery, paintings or other unique gifts to accentuate your home. It is located at 456 Pagosa St. next to Four Seasons Land. Come out on Saturday, July 3, at 1:30 p.m. for the ribbon cutting and enter a contest to win a necklace from Vernon Phillips. Congratulations on this new store.

Renewals this week include Summit Ski and Sport; At Your Disposal; Wolf Creek Motor Coach Resort; Mud Shavers Car Wash; and San Juan Back Country Tours.

The legal holiday for the weekend will be Monday, July 5, so don’t forget government offices and banks will be closed this day. Make the most of the extended holiday weekend. We hope everyone has a fun, safe and prosperous Independence Day weekend.