Music – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 19:52:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ‘Over the Rainbow’ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:00:32 +0000

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Scene … going “Over the Rainbow” with the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir at an evening of music and more Friday. The benefit included an auction, dinner and more. The annual event raises funds for the choir’s educational programs.

Pagosa Springs Girls Choir annual fundraiser Thu, 19 Mar 2020 10:57:02 +0000

Photos courtesy Jeff Laydon

Ilona Huck holds up a package of toilet paper to be auctioned off at the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir’s annual fundraiser on Friday. Inset: Huck gives her grandfather, Tom Audetat, a hug for making the high bid of $350 in support of the choir’s educational programs.

St. Patrick’s Irish Festival to be a celebration with music and fun Mon, 09 Mar 2020 11:00:47 +0000

Photo courtesy Sally Neel
Everyone gets in on the act at the St Patrick’s Episcopal Church Irish Festival, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free fun and free food. Leashed dogs are welcome, along with their Irish-loving humans.

By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
The public is invited to join in the celebration as St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church brings its annual Irish Festival to life Saturday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church parking lot.
The day of free activities and free food promises the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world, 30 vendors with booths filled with enchanted treasures, activities for the kids, fly-casting and fly-tying lessons, bagpipes, dancing and a concert of Irish music provided by The NightSong Trio.
The NightSong Trio — with Jessica Peterson on flute, Heidi Tanner on violin and Sally Neel at the piano — will play two 30-minute concerts filled with your favorite Irish tunes. Their music will be performed in the church at 12:30 p.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. In addition to the trio, following the parade, there will be more lively jigs provided by St. Patrick’s new bagpipe band, accompanied by its own Irish dancers.
The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. and will stretch from one end of the parking lot to the other. The parade will include the bagpipe band, an honor guard, a hook-and-ladder fire truck (unless it is needed elsewhere), a trash truck, with the parade flanked by the St. Patrick’s float featuring St. Patrick himself (who bears a remarkable resemblance to Fr. Doug Neel) and any children who would like to ride along. Others who wish to participate in the parade are invited to line up on the north end of the parking lot at 11:20 a.m.
There will be free face painting and crafts provided for children. Free food and (nonalcoholic) drinks includes brats and chips, lemonade and coffee in the parish hall. Beer and Irish coffee also will be for sale for $5 (ID required) for those who want to celebrate with libations.
For those who enjoy the beautiful lakes and rivers in and around Pagosa Springs, the St. Patrick’s Men’s Group will be selling raffle tickets ($20 each) for your chance to win one of three great fly-fishing gear prizes. First prize is a Sage 4-piece, 5 weight MOD rod and a Ross Animas 4/5 reel, line and case. Second prize is 5 weight, 9-foot rod, reel, line and case (kit). Third prize is a $300 gift certificate. The drawing will be held on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m.
“These are terrific prizes for three lucky winners,” said Neel, fly-fishing aficionado. “The money from the raffle will go towards local charities supported by St. Patrick’s. If you need help with your casting technique, the festival will include free casting lessons along with a free fly-tying class. So, for those interested in this wonderful sport, we’ve got you covered.”
For the bookworms, there will be a prefestival used book sale in the church library from 8 to 10:30 a.m. There has been a large influx of used books to spark the interest of every sort of reader. If you are a lover of mysteries, romantic novels, how-to books, history books, cookbooks or children’s books, this is a wonderful time to stock up on some great finds. Paperbacks are only 25 cents and hardbacks are $1. No need to be without a great book to read. Come early and take advantage of this great book sale.
“We have a record number of vendors this year,” said Lynne McCrudden. “We have everything from jewelry, spices and soaps to information booths to inform you about how you can become one of the many Pagosa Springs volunteers. With our new expanded parking lot, there will be plenty of room to enjoy the many planned activities.”
The Irish Festival is public celebration, free of charge. However, if you would like to help supply food for the hungry in Archuleta County, your canned food donations or monetary donations will be gratefully received. All proceeds will benefit the many charitable organizations supported by St. Patrick’s, including its own food box ministry.
St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. For more information on the event or to find out how you can be involved, call 731-5801. Free parking will be provided in the hospital parking lot (please do not park in the emergency lot), next door to the church.

‘Over the Rainbow’ tickets available now Mon, 09 Mar 2020 11:00:01 +0000

Photo courtesy Linda Parker
Tickets are on sale for the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir’s annual fundraiser, “Over the Rainbow: Making Dreams Come True for Young Girls in Pagosa Springs,” to be held Friday, March 13, beginning at 5 p.m. at the PLPOA Clubhouse.

By Linda Parker
Special to The PREVIEW
My mother was right many times. She used to tell me that change was the only constant and that I’d better get used to it. Her statement and advice have proven to be true on more than one occasion. Such will be the case when the young ladies of the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir host their annual fundraiser, “Over the Rainbow: Making Dreams Come True for Young Girls in Pagosa Springs.”
This year’s event, set for March 13, will hold several changes, but it is our hope that guests will see how a love of music and gratitude for this community make the Girls Choir a unique organization.
Our event this year will take place at the PLPOA Clubhouse. However, although our venue is different, many aspects of the evening will remain the same. This enchanting evening of fun-filled activities promises to be magical for all. The event kicks off with a silent auction full of an exciting array of generous donations from individual and business supporters.
Event-goers can peruse the lavish baskets and items that have been generously donated by Pagosa businesses and individuals. Additionally, Candy Cubes will be available for purchase. Each “cube” of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory candy bars will house a special gift valued between $5 and $50. Some lucky winner will take home a $50 bill. For the price of an event ticket — $25 per person — event-goers will be treated to a scrumptious dinner of lasagna or fettuccine (regular or gluten-free), salad, breadsticks and dessert. Then, at 7 p.m., the Girls Choir will take center stage. Our auction winners will be announced at 7:30 pm., and our evening will come to an end at 8 p.m.
Funds from this event will be used for the Girls Choir’s operating expenses, including music, insurance, their accompanist, as well as their summer educational trip to Las Vegas, Nev. The girls will study with faculty members of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and attend music performances. They will also take in some breathtaking sights, including the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park, in their travels to and from Las Vegas.
“The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir is about much more than just learning to sing some new songs. In addition to learning so much about the art of performing choral music with harmonies and nuances of expression, the girls also learn poise and stage presence,” Gwen Taylor, the parent of two past choir members, said. “It’s immediately apparent when you see them in concert. The standards for behavior and musicality have been set pretty high by the director and the girls know they have to strive to meet expectations. It’s a bit magical when you can motivate kids this age to work together to achieve such a professional and beautiful outcome.”
“Over the Rainbow” tickets are available for purchase from Goodman’s Department Store, Made in Colorado Shoppe and from your favorite member of the Girls Choir. Group tables of eight can also be reserved so that you can enjoy the evening with your friends. For additional information regarding the event or tickets, call Linda Parker, director, at 264-1434 or send an email to
Doors for “Over the Rainbow” open at 5 p.m. The silent auction runs from 5 to 7 p.m. A cash beer and wine bar will be available throughout the evening. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., so don’t be late. Then, the choir will treat event-goers to a choral presentation. Make plans to attend. We hope to see you there.

Celtic harp to be featured at Sunday Night Unplugged Sat, 07 Mar 2020 12:00:20 +0000

Photo courtesy Sarah Riehm
Harpist Sarah Riehm will present Celtic music this Sunday evening at 5 p.m. for Sunday Night Unplugged, a service of music and meditation offered monthly at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. All are welcome to attend free of charge.

By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, this month’s Sunday Night Unplugged will feature lovely lyrical Irish melodies performed on the Celtic harp by local artist Sarah Riehm, this Sunday evening at 5 p.m. This calming meditational service is a monthly offering at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Sarah and her husband, Chuck Riehm, moved to Pagosa Springs full time in March of 2019, after spending seven years going back and forth from the Dallas area. She has been a church musician all her life, playing piano and pipe organ, directing choirs, and leading praise and worship bands. She started playing harp in high school and college. She recently returned to playing after inheriting her aunt’s harp. Her songs for the evening include traditional and sacred Irish melodies, such as “Londonderry Air (Danny Boy),” “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” and “Be Thou My Vision.”
In addition to her musical talent, Riehm is also an author and award-winning playwright. Her play, “Bibo and Bertie,” about the life of Albert Einstein, was produced recently in Tampa and will be produced in Middletown, N.J., in the 2020-2021 season. “Liberty,” about the wife of American patriot Patrick Henry, won the Southern Playwrights Competition and was produced at the Kennedy Center. It was a recent semifinalist at the O’Neill Competition and is currently in the running as a semifinalist in the Screencraft Competition, one of the top three international screenwriting awards. “Duende,” a play about the artistry of flamenco, recently won the Moondance International Film Festival. “Yellow Rose,” just won a major grant from the city of Dallas and is currently in development.
She writes a daily blog,, featuring guided meditations based on the life and work of St. Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th century abbess who was a scientist, preacher, author of seven books and also the first known composer.
“We are delighted to welcome Sarah to the wonderful group of musicians who regularly offer their musical gifts to Sunday Night Unplugged,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “We first heard her play at this year’s Heralds of Christmas concert and were thrilled that she has become a permanent part of our community. Her music on the harp will certainly be a blessing to our service of meditation.”
Sunday Night Unplugged is offered free to the public at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. The service begins at 5 p.m. and lasts approximately an hour. It is a wonderful way to stop and meditate, pray, or just sit and enjoy some time of peace. All are welcome.

Pagosa Springs Girls Choir’s annual ‘Over the Rainbow’ fundraiser set Wed, 04 Mar 2020 12:00:43 +0000

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The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir will host “Over the Rainbow: Making Dreams Come True for Young Girls in Pagosa Springs” at the PLPOA Clubhouse on March 13.

By Linda Parker
Special to The PREVIEW
Friday the 13th. Yikes. Many superstitious folks shy away from attempting many activities on this traditional day of bad luck, but for the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir, it’s going to be an exceptional day with an exciting evening event.
On Friday, March 13, the Girls Choir will host its annual fundraiser, “Over the Rainbow.”
This year, the event will offer several changes, the first of which will be a change of venue.
The Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association (PLPOA) Clubhouse will house our event, which will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m., when event-goers can peruse our annual silent auction. A delicious dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
We will forgo our dance this year, but none will be disappointed as the Girls Choir will present a special concert for the entertainment of our guests. Our evening will close at 8 p.m., giving attendees plenty of time to travel home safely.
Although some differences will be noticed, guests who make their way through the doors of the PLPOA Clubhouse on this special Friday will once again find themselves transported “Over the Rainbow” — a place where a love of music and song, and the help of a supportive community give the members of the Girls Choir opportunities to realize that the dreams they dare to dream really can come true.
Another “newbie” this year will be the offering of Candy Cubes. Rocky Mountain Chocolate candy bars will be for purchase in cubes of six bars. Each cube will hold a special prize, valued from $5 to $50. Even without an additional treasure, the candy bars are a prize in themselves.
Our silent auction will beckon with dazzling, must-have offerings generously donated by local artists and businesses. This year’s offerings include baskets galore, gifts for moms-to-be, house warmings, concert tickets, family outings; the list goes on and on. There will be a scrumptious dinner of lasagna or fettuccine (regular or gluten-free), salad, tempting bread sticks and dessert. A cash bar of beer, wine and sodas will be available all evening.
The choir members, under the direction of Linda Parker and accompanied by Lauren Highsmith, will join the fun with a performance to thank the audience for their attendance and support.
“Over the Rainbow” tickets for this unique evening are $25 per person. They are available for purchase from Goodman’s Department Store, Made in Colorado Shoppe and from any member of the Girls Choir. Tables of eight may also be reserved at no additional charge. For additional information regarding the event or tickets, call Parker at 264-1434 or send an email to
Proceeds from Girls Choir fundraisers are used to help provide scholarships and educational enrichment opportunities for choir members, and to help with the organization’s operating costs.

Thingamajig’s ‘Pagosa City Limits’ benefit concert set for March 30 Wed, 04 Mar 2020 12:00:21 +0000

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Multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Bruce Hayes will be featured in the March 30 “Pagosa City Limits” benefit concert for Thingamajig Theatre Company.

By Cynda Green
Special to The PREVIEW
Thingamajig Theatre Company is excited to announce the inaugural “Pagosa City Limits” benefit concert featuring outstanding Colorado musicians in an intimate concert setting.
Featured artists include Bruce Hayes from Salida, Kirk James from Durango, Leah Orlikowski from Durango and Allora Leonard (returning to Pagosa from Nashville) playing with Jeff Hibshman of Bayfield. Various genres of music are on the program.
Sound will be provided by Michael Fuchs. Perry Davis Harper will emcee the show.
The concert is set for March 30 at 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, where the nonprofit Thingamajig Theatre Company is in residence. If the sold-out “Acoustic Duets” concert last year is any indication, “Pagosa City Limits” will sell out early.
Tickets are $30 and are available online at or by calling 731-7469 (SHOW).

St. Patrick’s Irish Festival a time for shamrocks and fun Sun, 01 Mar 2020 12:00:39 +0000

Photo courtesy Sally Neel
St Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd., is preparing for this year’s annual Irish Festival, set for March 14 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes the World’s Shortest St Patrick’s Day Parade.

By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church’s Irish Festival is promising to be a joyful celebration for the entire family. The day will include more than 20 vendor booths, free food and nonalcoholic drinks (beer and Irish coffee available for $5 — identification required), a snowman contest, free face painting and crafts for the kids, free fly-tying and fly casting classes, free Irish music entertainment by NightSong Trio, and the debut of St. Patrick’s bagpipe band and dancers.
The morning will be kicked off with the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a parade that stretches from one end of the parking lot to the other. The parade will be led by a color guard from the church’s Venture Crew, the new St. Patrick’s bagpipe band and dancers, and a float with St. Patrick himself (aka Fr. Doug Neel). Also included in the parade will be a fire truck, an ambulance and a trash truck. Children are invited to ride on the float with St. Patrick. Others who wish to march in the parade are asked to line up at the north end of the parking lot by 11:20 a.m. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Warning: Don’t be late or you’ll miss it.
Free spaces are still available for vendors, but please call Lynne McCrudden at 731-5801 to reserve a spot as soon as possible. The entire event is free of charge, though donations of nonperishables such as canned goods, 1-pound bags of rice, peanut butter, jelly, cereal or Hamburger Helper for the church’s foodbank ministry will be gratefully received.
“The point of the festival is to provide a fun event for our community in celebration of our patron saint, St. Patrick,” said Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “We are not out to make a profit for the church. We appreciate all donations to benefit our outreach ministries, however, as this money will go directly back into helping members of the community.”
So, start assembling your most outlandish St. Patrick’s costume and join the fun. The festival begins at 11 a.m. in the church parking lot and will end at 2 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Parking will be made available at the hospital parking lot and at John Paul II Catholic Church located on either side of the church. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash. The event will take place snow or shine, so make your plans to join in the fun.

WOLF to host annual spring fundraiser Sun, 01 Mar 2020 12:00:27 +0000 By Darcy DeGuise
Special to The PREVIEW
It’s that time of year (again) to dust off your dancing shoes and your beer-drinking lips in support of the Winter Outdoor Learning Fund (WOLF).
Since its inception five years ago, WOLF, whose board is comprised mainly of ski patrolers, has used its organization to encourage awareness of outdoor safety. Whether it be raised through wilderness first aid or avalanche training courses, this six-member board’s purpose is to prevent catastrophe in the wilderness by granting scholarships to those interested in upping their knowledge of the outdoors.
WOLF formed shortly after the death of one of their own ski patrollers, Collin Sutton, who was caught in an avalanche while conducting exploration and research in the South San Juan Mountain Range on March 4, 2014. To honor Sutton’s love of the outdoors and service to the ski industry, in particularly Wolf Creek’s, Riff Raff Brewing Company releases Sut’s Faux-kanee Lager every year around this anniversary.
This year, the release party takes place on Wednesday, March 4, at Riff Raff. WOLF will host a silent auction in the “Stepchild Room” and entertainment will be provided by the Robin Davis Duo. The keg is tapped at 3 p.m., and the music/silent auction starts at 6 p.m. All proceeds fund WOLF scholarships.

Sisters in Song Women’s Chorus will begin rehearsals March 3 Sun, 01 Mar 2020 12:00:17 +0000 By Linda Parker
Special to The PREVIEW
The Sisters in Song community women’s chorus is ready to embark on another joyous year of making beautiful music together. The choir is again being sponsored by the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir and it is open to all women in Pagosa and surrounding areas who love to sing. Ladies in the community are invited to be a part of this women’s chorus that will share the stage with the Girls Choir at its annual spring concert, which will be held on May 7.
The chorus will begin rehearsals on Tuesday evening, March 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church. Rehearsals will continue each Tuesday evening until the concert in May.
The women’s chorus will perform quality choral music highlighting home, family and friendship. The concert theme is “Back to the Roaring 20s,” chosen to complement the year 2020.
“The music will be fun, yet challenging,” said Linda Parker, director of the women’s group. “No prior experience is required to be a part of the choir, only a $15 fee to help offset the cost of the music. Reading music is always helpful, but there will be enough rehearsal time to learn the music.”
The Women’s Chorus has been formed to offer the girls of the Girls Choir the opportunity to sing with a women’s chorus. Conceived and directed by Parker, the chorus will allow the girls to meet some Pagosa ladies who have enjoyed music throughout their life. The chorus will have its own part of the spring concert, singing several tunes alone, then a song with the girls.
We are excited to offer Pagosa ladies the opportunity to share their love of music and singing and to give them an opportunity to perform.
“We musicians are hams and we love to perform,” said Parker.
If you have questions or would like more information, call Parker at 264-1434 or email her at
“We’re looking forward to meeting new friends, having an entertaining time and being a part of a unique experience in Pagosa Springs,” she said.