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Summer is here: Is your business ready?

With two busy weekends under our belt already, and more to come, we need to ask ourselves if our businesses have adjusted accordingly?

At a May 26 meeting with the Merchants Association, the point was made that one of the biggest concerns of visitors to our community is the hours of operation of many or our businesses.

With daylight saving time, pleasant weather and our enticing community, it is natural for people to want to walk around town and along the River Walk. When the evening cools down, people are still walking around, especially when the heat of summer arrives.

Have you adjusted your business hours to stay open later, or do you still close at 5 p.m.? Have you thought about opening on Sundays, even a few hours during the middle of the day? Is there an opportunity to get your business name out there with all the events or conferences coming to town in the next couple of weeks?

It is very nice to see the streets busy, items presented as they are during our annual Sidewalk Sale. The traffic is definitely out there. Again, review your business practices. Are you staffed? Do you have dress standards in place to present the most professional and pleasant image?

Now is the time for us to shine, promote shopping local, and demonstrate what a great community Pagosa Springs is — because it is! Our businesses help make it that way.

Remember that the Chamber is here to help. We will host website information classes Monday, June 6, at 8 a.m. and Wednesday, June 8, at 5 p.m. These classes will help you understand how to utilize the new Chamber website to your advantage, how to get your business recognized, and show you ways to enter special events, pay for your membership online, and order tickets to Chamber events online. All classes will be held at the Chamber conference room. To reserve a spot, call the Chamber at 264-2360. Walk-ins to the sessions are welcome.

Folk ’N Bluegrass

Visitors and locals alike enjoy the beginning of the festival by attending the free concert in Town Park on Friday. Three musical artists/groups will perform in town and give people an example of the great music that will be played up on Reservoir Hill Saturday and Sunday. The groups playing in Town Park on Friday will be PM MilkDrive, The Grant Farm and Warren Hood and the Goods. Also at the park that evening will be a beer garden and food booths. It is a great way to enjoy a part of this annual musical event.

The music continues on Reservoir Hill beginning at noon Saturday. Closing this day will be one of Pagosa’s favorite bands, Eddie from Ohio. The music begins on Sunday at 11 a.m. with Rockin’ Acoustic Circus and closes with the Celtic sensation Solas. Festivalgoers can enjoy the late night stage, merchandise and food vendors, and a beer garden. Tickets are available at www.folkwest.com or by calling (877) 472-4672.

Trail marathon

The summer athletic season begins with the first of three races in the Pagosa Peak Trail Race Series on Saturday, June 11, presented by GECKO. The Turkey Track Trail Marathon also offers a half marathon for those who want to start the season in less intense fashion.

This event takes place on single track, with rolling hills and mellow climbs. With it being early season, be prepared for streams, rocks and, yes, mud! The race takes place about 3 1/2 miles north on North Pagosa Boulevard. and begins at 8 a.m. with registration starting at 7. There will also be a children’s fun run beginning at 7:30. For more information about this race or other events produced by GECKO, visit their website at www.joingecko.org.

LASSO benefit

Another upcoming fund-raiser will be a benefit concert and dance for LASSO (Large Animal Support Southwest Organization) on Saturday, June 11. The event will be held at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and will consist of dancing, fabulous food, a silent auction, cash bar and music by Tim Sullivan and Narrow Gauge. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the Hide Out on the west end of town and Home Again in historic downtown Pagosa. This event is always a great time and who doesn’t like to dance to Tim Sullivan?

Pagosa Summer Comedy Series

A new type of entertainment comes to Pagosa this summer — the Pagosa Summer Comedy Series, a family style comedy event. There will be three “acts” every month. Act I starts on June 18 with Hypnotist Rusty Z. If you have never seen a comedy hypnotist, you are in for an evening of laughter. Act II will be held on July 23 with comedian Jolly D. And Act III will take place on Aug. 13 with ventriloquist Wayne & Wing Nut. The Comedy Series will take place at the Pagosa Springs High School. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the performances beginning at 6. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Also on Saturday, July 23, there will be an adult stand-up comedy show at the Pagosa Center for the Arts which will begin at 9 p.m. Tickets for this show can only be purchased online at www.pagosacenter.org.

Proceeds from these events will benefit the Pagosa Builders Association and the Pagosa Springs High School Theater Department. This series will be an enlightening addition to our event community. You can purchase tickets in advance at the Chamber of Commerce, Hart Construction, and First Southwest Bank.

Golden Retrievers

The Golden Retriever Roundup is alive and well and will be coming to Pagosa Springs on Saturday, June 25.

Registration for the event will take place on Friday, June 24, at the Pagosa Lodge. Then, on Saturday morning, the fair-haired animals will have a parade with a great route soon to be announced. The parade will end up in Town Park where there will be myriad activities for the canines. Events include agility and obedience trials, best trick, race/retrieving heats, and costumed owner/pet lookalike contest. There will also be veterinarians on hand to discuss via a forum common Golden health issues and how to deal with them. There will be lots of wading pools around the area, food vendors, lots of crafts vendors, including those with animals products, and a beer garden. Access to the river will also be available to cool down the animals. Other breeds are welcome, space contingent. For more information on either participating in the Roundup with your pet, to be a food vendor, or a craft vendor, contact Karin Kohake at the Pagosa Springs CDC at 264-1443 for more information.

Discover scenic Ireland

If you have not made your vacation plans yet, or would like to wait until the busy season subsides, a perfect vacation to consider is Ireland. This year, the Durango Chamber is offering Pagosa Chamber members the same opportunity as their constituents. An eight-day Ireland trip, to leave Nov. 5, is being offered through Chamber Discoveries. This company is excellent in their field of group travel. Vacationers will experience Ireland highlights such as Adare and have a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle, travel to the Cliffs of Moher, visit Kilkenny Castle, travel to Galway and experience many other exciting excursions. You can even tack on a two-night extension to Dublin. The cost of the trip is $2,199 per person, which includes round-trip airfare, transfers, luggage handling, upgraded hotels and villas, breakfasts, dinners and many other perks. We are pleased that Durango has made this offer to Pagosa Chamber members as we will be looking to add this benefit to our membership menu next year. If you are not a Chamber member, you can still go on the trip, but there is a price difference. For more information, contact Rita Simon at the Durango Chamber at 247-0312.

Membership

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new owners of the Wolf Creek Run Motorcoach Resort on Friday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. This is a beautiful facility and also has event space available for rent. Come out and see if this facility along the San Juan River might work for your next event and welcome the new owners, the Curetons to our community.

We have renewals to welcome back this week: Troy Ross Construction; Enchanted Valley Farms; Majestic Outfitters; L Bar Z Ranch; Juli Morelock with Galles Properties; and Pagosa Animal Advocates.

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