Dance – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 22:22:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Rotary’s Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance http://www.pagosasun.com/rotarys-jewels-and-jeans-barn-dance/ Wed, 30 Oct 2019 11:00:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189874

Photos: Terri House and Kim Moore

Scene … boot-scootin’ the night away at Rotary’s Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance. The fundraiser celebrated fall with live music, food, a slient auction and more.

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Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance Saturday http://www.pagosasun.com/jewels-and-jeans-barn-dance-saturday/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 21:00:47 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189111 By JoAnn Laird
Special to The PREVIEW
Last call for those wanting to spend an autumn evening in the throes of live country music.
Precious few tickets remain for Pagosa Springs Rotary’s fifth annual Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance. Held on Oct.19 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Archuleta County Extension building, this event promises to be a boot scooting good time.
Pagosa’s own Country Thunder will provide the music for dancing, there will be food truck fare and libations available for purchase, and lots of coveted items available to bid on at a silent auction. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the band starting at 7 p.m. Better get there early if you want that front-row seat by the dance floor. Eat a little, drink sensibly and two-step the night away. How fun is that.
All proceeds benefit the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club’s Scholarship Fund. Gifting over $25,000 a year to higher education for our graduating students means that not only will you have an enjoyable autumn evening out, but you could very well be part of changing a young life for the better. Simply buying a ticket to socialize and have fun with friends and neighbors might direct a life down the road to success — a journey that without your help may be impossible.
Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, the Choke Cherry Tree or from Rotarians. Tickets are $20. If there are any available at the door, it will cost you $25. Presales end Friday at noon. Last call. Y’all better hurry now.

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Country Thunder to perform at Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance http://www.pagosasun.com/country-thunder-to-perform-at-jewels-and-jeans-barn-dance/ Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:00:59 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179699

Photo courtesy John Duvall

By JoAnn Laird
Special to The PREVIEW
If you love country music, the two-step and line dancing, then you won’t want to miss Pagosa Springs Rotary’s fifth annual Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance.
Country Thunder, headed up by Clay Campbell, is known to turn the shyest wallflower into a crowd-pleasing line dancer, to say nothing of a two-stepping fool. You’ve got to love get-down, hometown country to relate to any of this. Most in Pagosa do.
Speaking of Campbell, everyone knows him to be a gifted musician, playing around Pagosa for decades, but few know the man.
Campbell’s fascination with Pagosa began as a boy when his grandparents bought a small cabin in the Blanco Basin. Moving here in 1978, Campbell obtained an B.A. in industrial education and went on to do all jobs necessary to be able to live in the little mountain town he loved. Carpentry became his trick of the trade, with wilderness guiding and outfitting thrown in for good measure.
Campbell has been performing for about 35 years, beginning his career in bluegrass music. He would be, back in the day, playing the upright bass at Frankie’s with Randall Davis and the Left Hand Band. All members had serious day jobs, but their passion was music.
About five years ago, country music came a-callin’ and he joined the group Country Thunder. Made up of four local musicians, they are a familiar band playing at various local venues and are sought-after for private functions. Like many in their audience, they are the shy, humble types, not wanting to talk about themselves. They just show up and play. And play they will at the Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance on Oct. 19 at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds from 7 to 10 p.m. The doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Along with the music, there will be a silent auction with serious items you will want to bid on like ski passes, gift certificates to Pagosa’s finest dining establishments, art work and jewelry, plus there will be items from food trucks and libations for purchase.
The purpose of all this you ask? Surely, like everything in Pagosa, there is a justified reason for doing what we do. No trick ponies here. All proceeds go toward the Pagosa Springs Rotary’s Scholarship Fund.
Since 1983, Rotary has granted higher education scholarships to 174 graduates, to the tune of almost $450,000. It is a driven purpose to elevate our youth, to give them a step up to be what they dream to be. College or trade school, it doesn’t matter. Rotary is that behind-the-curtain mentor that speaks for the voice of all Pagosans who say, “Go be what you are meant to be. We’re behind you.”
Rotary, being Pagosa’s largest service, nonprofit club, is dedicated to bettering our community, our nation and our world. Locally, they direct the Feed the Children backpack program; annually gift almost $1,800 of fabulous color dictionaries to all third-grade students; house foreign exchange students from all over the world plus send our local outbound students to other countries; help the town manage the largest attended event in Pagosa, the Fourth of July parade; support out-of-area clubs with time, talent and monies; give funds to developing nations for cleaner water, medical facilities and education; and are part of the worldwide club endeavor to eradicate polio. Yes, polio still exists. Rotarians are givers of their time and talents, mentors, teachers, financial backers. Rotarians are volunteers whose motto is “Service Above Self.” In Pagosa, it shows big time.
So, Pagosa, here is a chance to dance a little, socialize a lot and give to our youth, knowing that you will be a part in making a difference in someone’s life. It makes you want to learn that “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” just thinking about it. Can’t make it? Buy a ticket or two for someone else. Think “Service Above Self.”
Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, the Chokecherry Tree or from any of your friendly Rotarians. Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. You better hurry, there are only so many tickets available and once they are sold, there goes your chance to tell those stories about an autumn night in October, dancing the night away in the county Extension building, to the music of Country Thunder.

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Homecoming celebration http://www.pagosasun.com/homecoming-celebration/ Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:00:15 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179636

Photos courtesy Sally Riggs

Pagosa Springs High School students capped off their homecoming celebration with the traditional dance, crowning of royalty, donning fancy dresses and spending time with friends Saturday night.

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Get your tickets now for Rotary’s Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance http://www.pagosasun.com/get-your-tickets-now-for-rotarys-jewels-and-jeans-barn-dance/ Tue, 08 Oct 2019 11:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179223 By JoAnn Laird
Special to The PREVIEW
Calling all lovers of country music and the dancing that accompanies it: Pagosa Springs Rotary’s fifth annual Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance, to be held on Oct. 19 from 6 to 10 p.m., is about to make you one happy attendee. It will be a happening on an October Saturday night like none other.
There will be a silent auction with the special offerings of lift tickets, candy making classes, artwork and gift certificates to all the fine dining sites our town enjoys. Other offerings are libations and food truck meals available for purchase, socializing and, more importantly, helping to build the coffers of Rotary’s Scholarship Fund. All of the evening’s proceeds are strictly to assist our graduating students in their quests for higher education.
This year, Rotary gifted $30,000 in scholarships and it was possible only through fundraisers like this and the support of the community. So, put those items in your closet that contain fringe, embroidery and jewels to good use while helping a great leg up to our youth.
Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, the Choke Cherry Tree or from any of your boot-scootin’ Rotarians. Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. Hurry, hurry. There are only so many tickets available before the fire department puts a spur in our side.

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Mountain Chile Cha Cha http://www.pagosasun.com/mountain-chile-cha-cha-2/ Mon, 07 Oct 2019 11:00:08 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179261

PREVIEW photos/Chris Mannara

Scene … celebrating the arrival of fall at the Mountain Chile Cha Cha in Town Park. The festival, which celebrated green chile with chile roasting and the Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic, also featured a margarita contest, live music, dancing, kid’s activities and a beer garden.

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Get your tickets now for the Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance http://www.pagosasun.com/get-your-tickets-now-for-the-jewels-and-jeans-barn-dance/ Sun, 29 Sep 2019 11:00:27 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=178723 By JoAnn Laird
Special to The PREVIEW
While the popular song, “I Can’t Dance, Don’t Ask Me” was popular in the ’50s, there’s no excuse for this at the Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance, to be held on Oct. 19 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Lovers of country music that you are, the thought of the two-step may be a bit distressing. Well here’s that “ah-ha” moment you’ve been looking for: get lost in the hordes of those who love line dancing. And what better way to do it than being accompanied by Pagosa’s own country-western band, Country Thunder? Now really, what’s more fun than line dancing? Well, maybe watching it.
The Pagosa Springs Rotary Club is throwing its fifth annual event that has been a crowd pleaser for residents and visitors alike. There will be a silent auction with the likes of lift tickets at the ski area, candy-making classes, art work and gift certificates. Other offerings are libations and food truck meals available for purchase, socializing and, more importantly, helping to build the coffers of Rotary’s Scholarship Fund. All of the evening’s proceeds are strictly to assist our graduating students in their quests for higher education. Your help with funding these scholarships may very well produce our next local family doctor or, dare I say it, an engineer to improve our roads.
Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, The Choke Cherry Tree or from any of your fine Rotarians. Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. Don’t wait to get your tickets. With a passion to help our community, it makes your Rotarian buddies nervous.

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Jeans and Jewels Barn Dance set for Oct. 19 http://www.pagosasun.com/jeans-and-jewels-barn-dance-set-for-oct-19/ Sun, 22 Sep 2019 11:00:16 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=178211 By JoAnn Laird
Special to The PREVIEW
If you love country music, love the two-step and line dancing, have a hankerin’ to wear serious or not-so-serious western wear, then your wish is Pagosa Springs Rotary’s command.
That fun-loving group welcomes you to its own version of days gone by in Archuleta County, as it throws open the doors of the Archuleta County Fairgrounds building and welcomes all you partners in to the fifth annual Jewels and Jeans Barn Dance on Oct. 19 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Back in the day, when ranchers and cowboys wrapped up haying and moving cattle to market or warmer climes, the hard work was behind them and they wanted to kick up their heels, socialize and party hardy with their neighbors. Voila! The barn dance was born.
Music that promises to get those boots a-movin’ will be provided by Pagosa’s own Country Thunder. So, get out those Sunday jeans, embroidered western shirts, bedazzled skirts and come on out to support the Pagosa Springs Rotary Scholarship Fund. All proceeds of this favorite local event will go to providing higher education for our graduating high school seniors. It’s a win/win evening for everyone.
There will be a silent auction of things too exciting to mention just yet, and libations and food truck meals for purchase. As in years past, a whopping good time is to be had. For sure, it will be the best time to be had in Pagosa on an October Saturday night.
Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, The Choke Cherry Tree or from any of your fine Rotarians. Tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. Yippe-I-O. You just have ta go.

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It’s county fair time http://www.pagosasun.com/its-county-fair-time/ Thu, 01 Aug 2019 21:00:03 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174253

Photo courtesy Archuleta County Fair

Today is the opening of the 68th Archuleta County Fair. If you haven’t been to the fair before, then come see what you’ve been missing. There are fun events, activities, exhibits and entertainment you don’t want to miss.
Take a walk around the exhibit hall to see the 4-H youth projects. You will see the dedication and hard work that the youth have accomplished. Read their stories to find out what they liked best and some of the struggles they may have had completing their projects. You will also see the talents of residents who enter the open classes with traditional items like homemade jams, canned and baked goods, floral arrangements, fruits and veggies, crop samples, and much more. And you can’t help but notice the beautiful quilts that line the center of the hall. There are so many stunning colors, patterns and designs, you could spend hours just wandering the walls of quilts.
Everyone can participate in activities around the fairgrounds. You can challenge your friends to a game of laser tag, or maybe tug-of-war is more your style of competition. Compete in a round of horseshoes or have some good, old-fashioned fun in the pie-eating contest.
Not into competition? Then make your way to the activity tent where you can see Wacky Science with mad scientist Dr. Barb Shaw, an aikido demonstration and the Wild Man Phil show with Stumpy the tortoise and other live animals. Take the kids to the Kid Games tent or the Petting Farm to pet bunnies and goats. If you are looking for a break from the kiddos, you can put them on the train to enjoy a jaunt around the grounds while you catch your breath from the fun. Indulge in the yummy fair food like funnel cake, waffle burgers, sopapillas, gourmet hot dogs, fajitas and snowcones. There is plenty of live music to go around with an encore performance by the High Rollers.
One of the newest events is the Bares, Broncs and Bulls. You will see rough stock riders compete for buckles, cash and fame. Enjoy a night of action-packed riding and top-notch broncs and bulls. You can also attend the Ranch Rodeo at high noon on Saturday and the Kids Rodeo at high noon on Sunday.
The 4-H livestock shows are the cornerstone events that showcase beef, sheep, goat, swine, rabbit and poultry. These shows lead up to the Livestock Auction. It’s an exciting time for not only the audience, but the youth and the buyers who reward these youth for their hard work in raising their animals. The auction is held on Saturday evening after the famous Chuckwagon Dinner, where the San Juan Conservation District will honor the very well-deserved Conservation Educator of the Year Award to JD Kurz. Congratulations, JD.
All events, activities, a full schedule and fair information can be found at www.archuletacountyfair.com. So, come one, come all to the 68th Archuleta County Fair, where there is something for everyone.
CPR and first aid classes
CPR and first aid certification classes are offered monthly by the CSU Extension office on the second Monday and Wednesday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m. Anyone needing to receive or renew certification can register by calling the Extension office at 264-5931.
We will also attempt to schedule classes on additional dates with five or more registrations. Cost for the classes is $80 for combined CPR/first aid and $55 for CPR, first aid or recertification. The type of first aid information provided will vary by the needs of the audience.

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Dancing with the Pagosa Stars http://www.pagosasun.com/dancing-with-the-pagosa-stars-2/ Fri, 26 Jul 2019 15:12:04 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=173926

PREVIEW photos/Terri House

Scene … Dancing with the Pagosa Stars Saturday night. Seeds of Learning’s annual fundraiser brought in more than $230,000 for the early childhood education center to help fund education for at-risk students while also allowing for a little fun and friendly competition.

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