Arts & Entertainment – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:10:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 56th annual Russ Hill Bazaar to open Monday Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:00:17 +0000 By Barbara Draper
Special to The PREVIEW
The ever-popular Russ Hill Wreath Bazaar will be open for the 56th consecutive year Monday, Nov. 18, through Dec. 9 at the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis St.
Local greens are harvested and the scent of our pine forests will greet customers at the door. Both walk-in and phone orders can be placed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. except for Nov. 27, 28 and 29, when the bazaar will be closed for Thanksgiving. The designated phone number for the bazaar is 264-4538. Please do not call the church office with your order.
Two wreath sizes are available. The standard wreaths (about 25 inches wide) are $35. Shipping is available for an additional fee. Extra large wreaths (about 45 inches wide) are $70. Unfortunately, shipping is not available for this size. Each wreath will be decorated with pine cones and a bow that can be selected from several colors. Wreaths can also be customized with special bows and other embellishments for an additional charge.
Table arrangements will be created by custom order this year. There will not be a cash and carry selection available. You are welcome to bring your ideas and/or work with the arrangements specialists for your creation. Prices will vary according to your order.
There are many good reasons to purchase these wreaths. Perhaps foremost is the fact that all profits are distributed in Archuleta County to deserving nonprofits through mini grants. You can simplify your gift-giving decisions, avoid long lines for mailing and anyone on your list will surely appreciate such a thoughtful gift from Pagosa Springs. As for your own wreath, you will not find one made from fresher materials or that will be as long lasting.
The bazaar elves look forward to helping you. You are welcome to come visit the workshop between 9 a.m. and noon or 1 to 3 p.m. to see how the wreaths are made. It is wise not to wait too long to order. A maximum of 500 wreaths will be created this year and many phone and mail orders come from across the country. Former residents continue the tradition of having Pagosa wreaths for their own homes and gifts.

Christmas Tea tickets on sale Monday Sat, 16 Nov 2019 12:00:18 +0000

Photo courtesy Sandy Artzberger
The women of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church are beginning preparations for the annual Christmas Tea on Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on Nov. 18 in the church Parish Hall.

By Sandy Artzberger
Special to The PREVIEW
The women of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church are getting ready to make cream cheese scones with strawberries and chocolate chips; open face sandwiches; savories consisting of cucumber/dill on rye-recipe from Empress Hotel in Victoria, Canada; carrot/ginger sandwiches and tarragon chicken salad — recipe from the Silver Palate; and tea desserts for you at their annual Christmas Tea to be held Dec. 7. in the church Parish Hall (next to the church).
The aroma of cinnamon apple tea, decorations, tea table settings and hanging Christmas quilts will transport you back to the time of Charles Dickens.
Tickets are $15 each and will go on sale in St. Pat’s Parish Hall Monday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m. If not all sold out on Monday, tickets will be sold in the church on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no advanced sale of tickets, even to parishioners, and there is a limit of eight tickets to one buyer. Also, there’ll be two seatings at the Dec. 7 tea: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Most tables seat four. Scones and tea will be available to “early birds” on Monday ticket sale day.
Unique this year will be musical entertainment from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in the church which is free and open to all attending the tea and those without tea tickets. The musical groups are the Night Song Trio and the Dickens’ Carolers. Handmade crafts will be for sale in both the Parish Hall and church.
Yes, this is a community outreach fundraiser. However, since the tea’s beginning, the women of St. Pat’s see it mainly as their gift to the women of Pagosa Springs to be a bit of a respite before the busyness of the holidays.

Loaves and Fishes to offer Thanksgiving feast next Thursday Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:00:47 +0000

Photo courtesy Nancy Crouse
Volunteers from St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church are busy preparing for the early Thanksgiving dinner at Loaves and Fishes. The free community meal will be one week before Thanksgiving, Nov. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Parish Hall on Lewis Street. All are welcome to enjoy a delicious lunch of turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry. While there, be sure to eat some pumpkin pie, too.

By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many of us. It is a time to sit with family and friends and enjoy a big meal of turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, bread, pumpkin and pecan pie — a time to eat until you cannot hold another bite. It is a time to share in conversation, laughter and memories.
Loaves and Fishes, a local nonprofit, makes sure that no one needs to go without the opportunity to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Next Thursday, beginning at 11:30 a.m., members of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will once again host the annual Loaves and Fishes Thanksgiving feast. The meal will be complete with roasted turkey, homemade dressing and all the delicious side dishes that make the meal special.
“This is truly one of our favorite events of the year,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “The mood is always festive as we prepare the meal and serve it to our guests. We are always mindful of those for whom a tasty traditional Thanksgiving meal would not be possible without the efforts of these volunteers.”
Loaves and Fishes is a nonprofit organization that serves a free hot meal every Thursday at the Catholic Parish Hall on Lewis Street from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A wide variety of organizations from around town volunteer to prepare and serve the meals. Loaves and Fishes provides the meat, bread and desert and the organizations provide the rest. There is a professional cook on staff to help with preparation and to give guidance on how to prepare a meal for hundreds of people and a coordinator to instruct the servers. The volunteers also stay to clean up after the meal.
Recently, Loaves and Fishes held its annual appreciation pizza dinner for their volunteers. St. Patrick’s parish hall was filled with representatives from 30 local organizations whose volunteers helped to serve over 7,000 free hot meals last year.
“Certainly, we have so much to be thankful for,” said Nancy Crouse, Loaves and Fishes board president. “Our community demonstrates their kindness and generosity every week, serving others and bringing joy to so many. None of this could happen without the support of our wonderful volunteers.”
For more information about how to become involved in Loaves and Fishes, go to its website:, or contact Crouse at Individuals as well as organizations are always needed and welcome to serve.

Holiday Hoopla to begin Nov. 15 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:01 +0000 By Mary Jo Coulehan
Special to The PREVIEW
What was once the Parade of Stores weekend shopping extravaganza has now morphed into the Holiday Hoopla, giving stores and shoppers more time to embrace the concept of “Shopping Local.”
The Hoopla event technically takes place from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 whereby shoppers can reap the rewards of special discounts and chances to enter the prize packages. However, remember that you an always shop local.
This year, more than 35 retail stores and restaurants will be participating in the Hoopla. Let’s get started.
First off, stop by any of the participating retail stores and sign up and receive your Hoopla card. Keep this with you to use at the other participating retail stores and restaurants during this shopping period. When shopping, for every $10 you spend, you will be entered into drawings for special prize packages to be awarded after Dec. 15. Different from the Parade of Stores rules, it doesn’t matter whether you spend $10 or $100, you get one entry, not one entry for every $10 you spend. However, the same concept remains, the more you shop, the more times you can be entered in the drawings. You can also be entered multiple times in the same store if you make multiple visits and purchases.
Also, use your Hoopla card at participating restaurants to receive restaurant discounts for food and beverage specials. After all, we need sustenance when we shop ‘til we drop.
There are many opportunities to shop local during this time frame. Many stores will be offering specials only on certain days. Some stores may take advantage of national programs such as Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
How do you know how to take advantage of these specials? Check out the Holiday Hoopla pages in this week’s The Pagosa Springs SUN PREVIEW.
Not only does your shopping dollar give almost three times the value of circulation by shopping local, you also support your friends, neighbors and community residents. Sometimes online shopping is just tough to beat. However, be thoughtful in your gift giving and try to send gifts from your community and support Pagosa Springs.
Downtown lighting and caroling Nov. 29
The Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and downtown business community will be bringing back the lighting of the Visitor Center on Nov. 29 — the day after Thanksgiving. This is a perfect time during this holiday season to gather the family and come downtown for a community experience.
Victorian carolers will be roaming the downtown district from about 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. They will be around the stores until about 5 p.m., at which time they will be at the Visitor Center/Chamber when the building will be “lit up.”
Surrounding businesses will also attempt to coordinate the downtown lighting at 5 p.m. Many of the parks and bridges are on timers, but we are aiming for the 5 p.m. time slot to light up our town. Come to the center, where hot drinks and cookies will be served and Santa will make his initial visit to the Visitor Center. Enjoy the carolers before they head back out into the downtown district.
Many of the stores in the historical district will be open until 6 or 6:30 p.m. so that shoppers can take advantage of any specials and enjoy the music. The carolers will close out their singing at The Springs Resort, so you can also take advantage of a warm and cozy place to gather after hitting the shopping streets. If you have visitors or family in town, this is a perfect opportunity to show off your community with this beautiful lighting.
Remember to get your Hoopla cards and shop local.

Veterans Day Thu, 14 Nov 2019 11:55:54 +0000

SUN photos/Chris Mannara

Local veterans were honored at multiple events over the last week. Nov. 6 featured local Cub Scouts serving dinner and chatting with local veterans. On Veterans Day, a ceremony was held at the American Legion to honor past, present and future veterans.

Sunday Night Unplugged to feature sounds of the harp Sat, 09 Nov 2019 12:00:11 +0000 By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
This Sunday evening at 5 p.m., St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will feature harpist Anne Eisfeller at its monthly service of music and meditation, Sunday Night Unplugged.
Eisfeller is the principal harpist of the Santa Fe Symphony, as well as Music in the Mountains and San Juan Symphony Durango. She recently retired from the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Philharmonic after 40 years of playing in Albuquerque.
Eisfeller has also played with the symphonies of El Paso, San Antonio, Hartford and San Salvador. In addition to Music in the Mountains, she has performed at the Aspen Festival and Britt, Cascade, Coast and Sunriver festivals in Oregon. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees with high honors from Indiana University.
“We are honored and thrilled that Anne has agreed to play for Sunday Night Unplugged,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “This service is one of quiet prayer and meditation, one perfectly suited for the beauty of the harp. I know that everyone who attends will be abundantly blessed by this special evening.”
Sunday Night Unplugged is a monthly offering at St. Patrick’s that includes brief readings and prayers punctuated by silence and music. Those in attendance are invited to light candles as a symbol of their prayers and to sit or stand quietly and enjoy the view of the mountains and trees from the clear transept windows.
This service is a wonderful opportunity to “unplug” from the rest of the world, to soak in the peace of God’s love and to offer your prayers of intercession or thanksgiving. It is a gift you give yourself in the midst of a confusing and tumultuous world, a time to center yourself in a quiet space. All are welcome to attend free of charge.
St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Sunday Night Unplugged is offered the second Sunday evening of every month at 5 p.m.
You also are welcome to come and walk the outdoor labyrinth located behind the church parking area. The labyrinth is always open and available to those who wish to make this a part of your time of prayer and meditation.

Holiday Bazaar Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:00:54 +0000

Photos Randi Pierce and Peggy Andrews

The longstanding Holiday Bazaar helped kick off the holiday season in Pagosa Country last weekend, with dozens of booths offering homemade wares. The event also featured a bake sale and silent auction.

Katrina Thomas to play Mrs. Gloop in upcoming ‘Willy Wonka’ production Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:00:33 +0000

Katrina Thomas

Dale Johnson
Special to The SUN
It takes many villages to produce a show with over a hundred cast, musicians, crew, techies and volunteers.
Curtains Up Pagosa (CUP), a community theater, has been fortunate over the years to have the help and support of the talented Katrina Thomas, not just for her onstage performances, but for her production expertise as well.
Thomas has been a choreographer, assistant director, assistant to the director, seamstress, artist, kid wrangler and more. She is an invaluable part of our production team, raising the bar on every show for all of us.
She stars in CUP’s winter show, “Willy Wonka the Musical,” as Mrs. Gloop.
“Wonka” opens Nov. 21 for four shows only on CUP’s home stage at the high school. We feature a live pit orchestra, led by Dale Scrivener.
We thank Thomas for helping to bring our own version of “Oompa-Loompas” to Pagosa.

Trunk or Treat Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:00:30 +0000

Photos courtesy Kimberlee Hutcherson

Scene … celebrating Halloween at Trunk or Treat. Pagosa Bible Church again hosted the event, with more than 2,200 children, adults, teens, participants and volunteers going dressed in creative costumes to enjoy the treats, games, food, dog sled rides and more.

Americana Project class announces upcoming concerts Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:00:29 +0000

Photo courtesy Bob Hemenger

By Bob Hemenger
Special to The PREVIEW
The 2019/2020 Americana Project class will be playing an informal concert at The Springs Resort Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The free concert will be in the atrium of the Luxury Lodge. Students will be performing a mix of cover and original music.
This year’s class has 30 amazing musicians who are eager to share their music with you.
The class will also have a formal concert Dec. 12 in the auditorium of Pagosa Springs High School.
The Americana Project class is an elective offering at Pagosa Springs High School. This is the 11th year and the primary focus of the class is on performance and songwriting.
Students gain self-confidence, self-expression and the ability to stand and deliver a song. These skills transfer over to everyday life and they also create a lifelong love and appreciation for a good song.