Holiday Events – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 20:48:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Holiday Events – The Pagosa Springs SUN 32 32 State health officials offer tips and tricks for Halloween Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:00:40 +0000 Colorado Department of
Public Health and Environment

Celebrating Halloween is a cherished fall tradition for many people across Colorado. There are ways to minimize the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 while still having fun. 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment advises Coloradans to think carefully about how they can lower the risk, not only for themselves and their families, but for their communities. It is still very important to follow best practices to help prevent the virus from spreading. Coloradans should wear masks that fully cover their nose and mouth, wash hands frequently, and maintain 6 feet of distance from people outside their household. 

The department also reminds Coloradans that parties with alcohol and drugs can cloud judgment and increase riskier behaviors.

Tips and tricks for
Halloween festivities

Follow local guidance. COVID-19 risk varies depending on the spread in specific communities, so follow the guidance of your local public health department. Use Colorado’s COVID dial framework to help determine how to celebrate Halloween in your community this year, especially when considering group sizes.

Protect yourself and others. Regardless of your community’s level on the dial dashboard, people should not participate in any in-person activities, including handing out candy, if they:

• Are sick, especially with COVID-19 symptoms.

• Have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are currently in the quarantine period.

• Have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently in the isolation period.

People at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should think about the risks and benefits of activities they are considering.

Choose the safest options:

• Outdoor gatherings are generally safer than indoor gatherings.

• Smaller groups are generally safer than larger groups.

The department encourages alternatives to traditional, door-to-door trick-or-treating this year to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. Door-to-door trick-or-treating involves mixing a lot of different households at close range over a short period of time. Many short interactions like this could raise the risk of COVID-19 spread. Communicate with neighbors to plan trick-or-treating this year. Get creative and figure out ways to hand out candy while keeping appropriate distance. 

For example:

• Line up individually wrapped treats at the end of the driveway or yard’s edge. Watch the fun and enjoy the costumes from a distance.

• Use a plastic slide, cardboard tubes or plastic pipes to deliver candy from a distance.

• Take kids on an outdoor, distanced scavenger hunt to look for candy or Halloween-themed items. 

Whatever form your trick-or-treating takes, it’s safest to:

• Stay in your own neighborhood.

• Have adults accompany trick-or-treaters to help them follow precautions.

• Stay with household members. Avoid mingling with groups from other households; stay at least 6 feet away from non-household members.

• If going door-to-door, limit the time you spend at doorways.

• Whether trick-or-treating or handing out candy, keep your COVID-19-protective masks on — save the candy eating for when you return home.

• Follow regular Halloween safety tips such as decorating costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and carrying glow sticks or flashlights to help increase visibility among drivers. 

These guidelines include a note about costume masks versus COVID-19-protective masks. Costume masks are not a substitute for cloth face coverings unless they are made from two or more breathable fabric layers that cover the nose and mouth, with no gaps around the face. It is important to wear non-costume masks when indoors around other people and outdoors whenever 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.

See all the guidelines at:

Pagosa Arts Initiative launches pumpkin-decorating contest Fri, 09 Oct 2020 11:00:41 +0000

Photo courtesy Sherry Phillips

Sherry Phillips
Pagosa Arts Initiative

Things are getting spooky around Pagosa. In the spirit of Halloween, the Pagosa Arts Initiative is hosting a pumpkin-decorating contest. 

Local artists are encouraged to decorate a pumpkin in whatever fashion they desire and submit their design for one of three prizes.

 Buy or harvest your own pumpkin, decorate it and submit two photographs to One photo must include the decorator/artist as proof of submission and one will need to be a close up of your pumpkin for online voting purposes. Voting will take place on

There are three opportunities to win. First prize is a $100, second prize is $50 and third prize will be a $25 credit towards future Pagosa Arts Initiative art classes.

So, grab yourself a pumpkin and get creative. Submissions will be due by noon on Oct. 23. Voting will begin on Oct. 24 and continue through Halloween, Oct. 31, at noon. Winners will be announced on Nov. 1.

More details and guidelines can be found at Good luck and have a spooktacular Halloween.

COVID-safe Trunk or Treat plus movie planned Sun, 04 Oct 2020 11:00:42 +0000 By Alison Beach
Pagosa Peak Open School

This Halloween, Pagosa Peak Open School is proud to present a “COVID safe” Trunk or Treat and drive-in movie wrapped into one big night of fun. Join us at 7 Parelli Way, in the parking lot, on Oct. 31 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wear your favorite costume (and mask). 

The evening will feature a Day of the Dead-themed movie. Treats for the Trunk or Treat will be prepackaged with social distancing and following COVID guidelines. Admittance to the Trunk or Treat will require a movie reservation. Suggested donation is $30/vehicle for entry. Limited spots. Email or go to\ to reserve your spot.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the school’s capital campaign for building renovations. Pagosa Peak Open School is a tuition-free, public charter school serving Archuleta County.

Choral Society’s annual Christmas concerts canceled Tue, 18 Aug 2020 11:00:54 +0000 By Richard Bolland
Pagosa Springs Choral Society

It is with deep regret the board of directors of the Pagosa Springs Choral Society wishes to inform the community that this year’s annual community Christmas concert series has been canceled. This is due to concerns respecting the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Also, Pagosa Springs High School’s facilities are not available for public use during the 2020-21 school year for choir rehearsals or performances.

The safety of our choir members and our audience is our primary concern and has prompted this cancellation. 

We look forward to the September 2021 beginning of rehearsals and next year’s performances. 

Despite the cancellation, we wish everyone in Archuleta County a blessed 2020 Christmas season.

Pine Ridge Parade Thu, 09 Jul 2020 21:00:44 +0000

SUN photos/John Finefrock

The community celebrates with a socially distanced parade for residents of Pine Ridge Extended Care Center on July 2.

Park 2 Park Artisan and Food Market Thu, 09 Jul 2020 21:00:11 +0000

SUN photos/Chris Mannara

Returning this year with a new twist, the Park 2 Park Artisan and Food Market made its return for the 40th time to Pagosa Springs July 3-5. Vendors used vacant space at the athletic field across the street from Town Park, as well as Town Park and Mary Fisher Park to help spread the event out and promote distancing.

Back the Blues Cruise Thu, 09 Jul 2020 21:00:07 +0000

SUN photos/Chris Mannara

Decorated vehicles cruise to show support for local law enforcement in the Back the Blues Cruise on July 3. One portion of the event passed the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office, where staff showed appreciation for the recognition. Routes also passed the Colorado State Patrol Office and Pagosa Springs Police Department.

Fourth of July Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:56:48 +0000

SUN photos/Randi Pierce and Chris Mannara

A flag ceremony, rifle salute, flyovers, Freedom Float and fireworks were held in celebration of the Fourth of July holiday Saturday. Social distancing was encouraged at all events due to the pandemic.

Fourth of July events Thu, 25 Jun 2020 11:00:25 +0000 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

Despite the Fourth of July parade being canceled, Pagosa Springs is still looking to have a fun and exciting holiday for locals and visitors alike with multiple events still planned for town, including a new one taking place on the San Juan River.

Freedom Float

For the Fourth of July, residents and visitors are encouraged to float down the San Juan River, when it’s warm enough, and show off some patriotic pride and colors for the first ever Freedom Float.

“The whole point of it was to show some patriotic colors throughout downtown during the day,” Tourism Director Jennie Green said in an interview on Monday.

Local outdoor adventure businesses have also encouraged patrons to get out and float on the afternoon of the Fourth of July, Green added.

“We’re still trying not to encourage large gatherings, so hopefully the tubes will keep them separated and people will just kind of do it throughout the day,” she said.

For those who are decorating their tubes or floats, keeping trash out of the San Juan River is a priority, Green noted.

“We want a clean river when this is over, so try to make sure the red, white and blue sticks to you as much as possible,” she said.

Park 2 Park Artisan and Food Market

As has been tradition, the Park 2 Park Artisan and Food Market will make its return to Pagosa Springs July 4-6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with just a few changes.

According to Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mary Jo Coulehan, vendors will be spaced appropriately using vacant space at the athletic field across the street from Town Park.

“It’s always been intended to be a crafts fair,” Coulehan said in an interview on Tuesday. “We’ve kind of re-branded it this year into an artisan market to attract those people that really create handcrafted goods.”

With the carnival not taking place at the athletic field across from Town Park this year, Park to Park will see half of its vendors take up that space as well as space at Mary Fisher Park for social distancing, she explained.

“We encourage people, obviously, to wear masks. To not just maul the merchandise when they get to a vendor booth,” she said. “The vendors are asked to wear masks as well.”

An Independence Day Music Breakout Concert

The New Thought Center for Inspirational Living will be holding an event at the Best Western Lodge on U.S. 160 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets for the event will be $10 and the event will feature four musical groups and a few vendors.

Children are free, children’s activities will be provided.

For more information, call/text (970) 309-6067.


In an email to The SUN on June 22, Town Manager Andrea Phillips explained that the town is still planning on having a Fourth of July fireworks display around 9:30 p.m. depending on fire restrictions.

The fireworks will be set off in South Pagosa. Please maintain social distancing when viewing from various venues throughout the community.

Fourth of July Flag Ceremony

American Legion Post 108 will be holding its flag ceremony on the Fourth of July at 10 a.m. at the American Legion 108 Post located at 287 Hermosa St.

This ceremony will include the running up of the flag with a bugle call and retiring it with taps.

A rifle salute on the foot bridge and a flyover by the San Juan Squadron is also planned for 10 a.m.

The American Legion asks those who come to observe to wear masks and participate in social distancing.

Back the Blues Cruise

On July 3, the Back the Blues Cruise will be held to show support for local law enforcement agencies.

The event is looking to have as many cars participate as possible and cars are encouraged to be decorated and to honk their horns in support and for a positive experience.

Everyone will line up at 4:30 p.m. at two locations and the cruise will start at 5 p.m., according to event organizer Kim Hamilton.

The first route will begin on Aspen Village Drive, behind Walmart, and will feature a route that follows U.S. 160 onto Piedra Road and passes the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office, according to an email from Hamilton.

From there, the first route will go onto Cloud Cap Avenue, Park Avenue, Eaton Drive and eventually onto Village Drive past the Colorado State Patrol Office, Hamilton’s email describes.

The second route will begin at the Pagosa Springs High School parking lot and will go onto 8th Street and Apache Street, eventually leading into the Pagosa Springs Police Department parking lot, according to the email.

Both routes eventually lead to Yamaguchi park for a “clap rally” with positive posters.

Goodie bags will be handed out to the various stations the day before.

For more information, interested parties are encouraged to contact Hamilton at

Pine Ridge Parade

A parade for residents of Pine Ridge Nursing Home is set to take place on July 2 at 2 p.m., according to a news release from Activities Director Tricia Mitchell.

Interested parties are encouraged to decorate their vehicles or make signs to lift the spirits of the residents.

For those who are wishing to participate in the parade, contact Mitchell at 731-4330 by June 29.

The Springs Resort

At 3 p.m. on the Fourth of July, Allora Leonard and the Lost Cause will be performing on The Springs Resort and Spa’s event lawn.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. The event will feature beer, food and games. Bringing a lawn chair is encouraged.

At 6 p.m. on the Fourth of July, Elder Grown will be performing on The Springs Resort and Spa’s event lawn.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. The event will feature beer, food and games. Bringing a lawn chair is encouraged.

Submit your event

If you would like to add your public event to this list, email the details of your event to by noon on Monday, June 29.

Town and DAR celebrate Flag Day Fri, 19 Jun 2020 11:00:21 +0000

SUN photos/Terri House

By Linda Hobbs
Daughters of the American Revolution

The Town of Pagosa Springs teamed up with the local Daughters of the American Revolution to honor, celebrate and commemorate the flag of the United States on Sunday, June 14, the 243rd anniversary of the birth of our U.S. flag. The flag has evolved, just as our nation has evolved, and it remains a symbol of our great nation.

The event highlight was the unfurling of the 10-foot-by-15 -foot flag hung on the west side of the Archuleta County Courthouse building, a proclamation supporting Flag Day, comments by Mayor Don Volger and Tanice Ramsperger, regent of the Sarah Platt Decker Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the national anthem led by Jeff Laydon.

The organizers wish to thank the Town of Pagosa Springs and those in attendance including veterans, passers-by and community members.

The flag will remain displayed through the Fourth of July, according to Andrea Phillips, town manager.