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The stockings are jammed with entertainment at PSCA

On Thursday, Dec. 15, the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is featuring a “Fine Art Christmas Market” previewing at 6-7 p.m. at the Champagne Opening of Thingamajig Theatre’s production of “The SantaLand Diaries.” The Market continues Friday, Dec. 16, from 2-7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 17, from noon-7 p.m.

Proceeds support the Center’s continuing efforts to bring professional, year-round entertainment to the Pagosa area. Some of the artists featuring their work are Betsy Bracken, D. Raes and Chris Nelson. Shop locally and support quality Pagosa area artists showcasing their work in our hometown. Together, we can create greater awareness that Pagosa can and will be an art destination with many great artists making our homes here.

On Dec, 9 and 10, the Music Boosters present their holiday show, “Hollydaze,” featuring many of Pagosa’s finest local performers. The show, featured in the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts spacious 8,000 square-foot gallery, begins at 7 p.m. with pre-show entertainment at 6. Tickets are $12 for adult, and students are just $5. They are available now at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce downtown or at the door. Limited seating available, so get your tickets right away. For more information or to secure ticket visit www.pagosamusicboosters.org.

Also at the Center, the Whatchamawhozit’s Children Theatre will present “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” beginning at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11. Support our budding young thespians as they perform on everyone’s favorite tale of Wizardry. The performance is welcome to the public, tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Starting Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m., Thingamajig Theatre’s production of “The SantaLand Diaries” debuts. The (R-rated) show follows David Sedaris’ classic account of his (mis)adventures as an Elf during the holiday season at the NYC Macy’s and is brought brilliantly to life in this one-man show. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas or are turned off by the hyper-commercialization of the holiday, you will find something to relate to here. Hasn’t everybody suffered through an awful job that you took because, a) you were broke; b) it was the only gig available; c) the pay was decent and, hey, it’s only a temp job anyway?  That’s how our hero became a Macy’s Elf, complete with ridiculous costume, scripted “character” moves and speeches, and an up-close-and-personal education in how the season brings out the best and not-so-best in all of us. The show continues through Dec. 30, visit www.pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW for tickets and information.

  Rounding out the season on Dec. 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. is “A Classic Christmas,” produced by the Elation Center for the Arts. The concert of holiday classics and classical music, will take place in the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre. A pre-concert social, with live music and cash bar, starts at 6 p.m.

For years, “A Classic Christmas” has been a family tradition in Pagosa. This year’s holiday musical celebration will be performed at Pagosa’s dazzling new Center for the Arts. Jessica Peterson, John Graves, Jessica Espinosa, Larry Elginer, Kathy Isberg, Carla Roberts, Sally Neel, Bob Nordmann, Jean Smith, Joe Gilbert, Heidi Tanner, Carl Mori, June Marquez, Ross Barrable, Paul Roberts, Tim Moore and Robert Neel — artists whose work is enhancing Pagosa’s notability as a vibrant regional arts center — will perform a program of beautifully entertaining, refined and diversified music.

A pre-concert social will take place in the Center’s gallery, a majestic room, which will be quite gussied up for the occasion in sumptuous holiday decor.

At the pre-concert social, during the intermission and after the show you will have the opportunity to see and be seen, hear and be heard, greet your friends and make new ones and experience one of the joys of living in (or visiting) one of the friendliest and most scenic mountain villages in the world! Join us for an evening to remember at “A Classic Christmas.”

Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for young people 18 and under. Reservations can be made by calling 731-SHOW (7469) or by visiting the website www.pagosacenter.org.

“A Classic Christmas” is produced by Elation Center for the Arts with the sponsorship of The Pagosa Springs SUN Newspaper and the help of Jeff Laydon of Pagosa Photography.

The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is located at 2313 Eagle Drive (frontage road off U.S. 160, one turn east of Piedra).

For further information on all these events and what’s happening at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts please call 731-SHOW, visit us at www.pagosacenter.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PSCA.CO.

Happy holidays!

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