Youth – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 16:31:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Youth – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 Archuleta County Fair Board Cancels 2020 Archuleta County Fair: County fair will continue focused on 4-H projects and Junior Livestock Sale http://www.pagosasun.com/archuleta-county-fair-board-cancels-2020-archuleta-county-fair-county-fair-will-continue-focused-on-4-h-projects-and-junior-livestock-sale/ Mon, 29 Jun 2020 16:31:36 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=206466 The Archuleta County Fair Board approved the cancellation of the 2020 Archuleta County Fair at a special online board meeting on June 25.

The Fair Board action results from the difficulty operating a traditional county fair with public health order restrictions in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some county fair operations focused on the 4-H youth program will continue during the traditional fair period but no members of the general public will be allowed to attend those events and instead the fair will focus on streaming 4-H events.

“The Archuleta County Fair Board began coming up with contingency plans soon after initial shutdowns of many industries in the county began in the middle of March,” said Archuleta County Fair Board President Jason Cox. “Public health orders issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) adversely affected the Fair Board’s ability to conduct a normal operating county fair and the board wanted to be proactive in planning under different contingencies.”

Based on evolving CDPHE public health orders and the current public health order, “Seventh Amended Public Health Order 20-28, Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors,” released on June 18, Cox said conducting anything closely approximating even a limited county fair was essentially impossible.

“The restrictions on the number of participants, attendees, volunteers and other staff rendered an impractical situation that would not satisfy the needs of operating a fair for the Archuleta County community while balancing the requirements of the current public health order,” Cox said. “In addition, many of the fair’s volunteers who make the event successful have stated they will not volunteer for the fair this year since they’re in susceptible health categories for COVID-19.”

The Archuleta County fair was not completely cancelled by the Archuleta County Fair Board. In its resolution to cancel the fair, the board specified that it would deploy every resource it could to help the 4-H youth program and Livestock Committee run a successful 2020 fair focused on participants in 4-H projects and the Junior Livestock Sale. These projects range from showing live animals of different species to exploring rocketry and gardening or learning sewing and arts and crafts. County 4-H leaders plan to offer streaming services of 4-H events to allow the general public to view and participate in the projects and Junior Livestock Sale using the internet.

“This was a tough choice, but we thank the Fair Board for the continued support of our 4-H program,” said Becky Jacobson, Archuleta County 4-H Coordinator. “No decision is easy during these unprecedented times and working together is more important now than ever. A plan to be approved by Colorado State University has been in the works and with the help of the Livestock Committee, Fair Board and Extension Office, I hope we can provide a safe, fun and educational ending to 4-H projects.”

In upcoming weeks, the Archuleta County 4-H leadership team will share additional information about how events will be broadcast via the internet. Along with the Livestock Committee and Archuleta County Fair Board, fair organizers hope to provide a great experience for 4-H members and their projects within the unique conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our 4-H youth, especially the seniors, have suffered with the restrictions put in place by public health orders in response to COVID-19,” Cox said, “and we feel that the unique situation of the 2020 fair leads the board to support the 4-H program and Junior Livestock Sale to the fullest of our ability. We plan to invest into audio/visual (A/V) equipment and internet network assets that we can use for future fairs to extend the reach of the traditional Archuleta County Fair well beyond the boundaries of the fairgrounds and to the whole world.”

Cox thanked the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners for its continued support of the fair and for fully preserving the budget allocated for the 2020 fair. However, Cox said, it was best to spend as few budget dollars as possible on normal fair operations and instead to focus on the acquisition and deployment of assets including A/V equipment that can be used at future county fairs.

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Register now for Whatchamawhozits Winter Theatre Camp http://www.pagosasun.com/register-now-for-whatchamawhozits-winter-theatre-camp/ Sat, 10 Nov 2018 12:00:23 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=140637

Photo courtesy Tess Wisher
The Whatchamawhozits camps are always a blast. Kids get the great opportunity to work with theater professionals over the course of the camp. Registration is now open for the Whatchamawhozits Winter Theatre Camp.

By Tess Wisher
Special to The PREVIEW
The Whatchamawhozits Winter Theatre Camp is coming back this December. Over Christmas break, Tyler Price will be directing an original 20-minute play called “Mission Moo Shu” written by the director himself.
The camp will run at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts from Dec. 26-Jan. 4, 2019, with a public performance on Jan. 5, 2019, at 2 p.m. Over those days, kids will get to rehearse the show, play fun theater games, and develop useful skills like public speaking and confidence.
Price, beloved actor of Thingamajig Theatre Company, has directed the Summer Kids Camp productions “Annie” and “Willy Wonka.”
“Mission Moo Shu” tells the story of kids whose parents are abducted by aliens from the planet Moo Shu. The aliens leave a note saying that the kids must raise a certain amount of money to save their parents. So, the kids decide to get their friends together to put on a variety show in their garage to raise the money.
The camp is limited to 20 students and will run Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29 and Jan. 2, 3 and 4, 2019, from 1 to 4 p.m. Registration for the camp is $200 and extremely limited. Students aged 7 to 12 are welcome to register.
If you’re interested in signing your child up for this thrilling winter theater camp, email thingamajigbox@gmail.com with the following information: parents’ names, child’s name and age, parents’ phone numbers and email, and child’s allergies/medical conditions. Checks can be mailed to Thingamajig Theatre Company, 2313 Eagle Drive, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 with your child’s name in the memo field.
More information is available at pagosacenter.org.

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Pagosa Springs youth to get a taste of professional playwright life http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-springs-youth-to-get-a-taste-of-professional-playwright-life/ Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:00:51 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=132403

Photo courtesy Thingamajig Theatre Company
From left to right, Allora Leonard, Chance Hurt and SImon Mitchell will be participating in the Youth Playwrights Festival as a part of the Playwrights Festival with Thingamajig Theatre at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. The Youth Playwrights Festival will be on Oct. 22.

By Tess Wisher
Special to The PREVIEW
On Oct. 22, three young Pagosa Springs playwrights will be joining the Thingamajig Theatre Company as a part of the Youth Playwrights Festival.
There these three bright minds will have their new plays workshopped by a team of professional theater artists and then presented in a free event at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.
Chance Hurt, Allora Leonard and Simon Mitchell will each participate in the festival with their own original plays.
Hurt, a sixth-grader at Pagosa Springs Middle School, has been acting in the Whatchamawhozits Theatre classes and camps since 2015. During that time, he has been in six plays. Hurt has an impressive imagination and puts that brain to work while playing with LEGOs and writing stories. His play, “The Gang War of Chicago,” is his first attempt at writing a play, but we suspect it won’t be his last. Based in 1958, “The Gang War of Chicago” tells the story of Officer David and his squad of brave police officers who spend a month battling.
Leonard comes to the festival with her play “The Adventures of Pagosa Pete and Jelly Bean.” Leonard has also participated in the Whatchamawhozits Theatre camps and played Miss Hannigan in “Annie Jr.” this past summer. She was also a featured soloist in “Children of Eden” with Curtains Up. “The Adventure of Pagosa Pete and Jelly Bean” is Leonard’s second piece of writing. The play focuses on a cowboy named Pagosa Pete who roams the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his trusty steed, Jelly Bean, saving friends along the way.
Mitchell is a junior at Pagosa Springs High School and absolutely adores the stage, whether he’s writing or acting. “One in Six” is his first play. He was inspired to write his first play after spending the past two summers at Interlochen Arts Camp in northwest Michigan. “One in Six” tells the story of Arlo Mac, who has been holed up in his room for months after a seemingly innocent fling with a popular boy, Matt. In the midst of confrontations and inner battles, Arlo has to find his way to step outside again.
Melissa Firlit, festival artistic director, is incredibly excited for the Youth Playwright Festival. “The biggest thing about theater is the collaboration, and I believe in paying it forward. So, to me, it’s very important that we connect with our youth and help them hone the stories they want to tell and hear the stories they are interested in telling. The great thing about the three plays that have been chosen for the festival is that each one of them is a different style from the other piece and asks something different of the audience.”
If you’re interested in seeing these stories come to life, join us on Oct. 22. Reservations are not necessary. Admission is free. For more information, visit us at pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW (7469).

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It’s not too late to sign up for winter theater classes http://www.pagosasun.com/its-not-too-late-to-sign-up-for-winter-theater-classes/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=131251 By Tess Wisher
Special to The PREVIEW
This past Friday, the Whatchamawhozits’ Children’s Theatre classes began again. The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts was filled with laughter and fun theater games. Luckily, registration for the Whatchamwhozits classes is still open so more young thespians can join performing fun.
The classes are for children ages 7 to 13 and are held every Friday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. until Dec. 7. Over the course of the class, the brilliant young minds involved will write and star in their very own stage production to be performed in early December.
Registration costs $150 per student and is due at the child’s first class.
The Whatchamawhozits is a part of the Thingamajig Theatre Company, which is the only professional nonprofit theater in Pagosa Springs. All of the activities are run by theater professionals and will have your child jumping for joy.
If you are interested in enrolling your child or children in this fun theater class, please email thingamajigbox@gmail.com with the following information:
• Subject: kids class registration.
•Body of message: name, age, parents’ names, phone numbers, medical conditions/allergies.
For more information, please visit us at pagosacenter.org or call at 731-SHOW (7469).

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Whatchamawhozit’s winter theater classes are back http://www.pagosasun.com/whatchamawhozits-winter-theater-classes-are-back/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 21:00:20 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=130747

Photo courtesy Tess Wisher
Whatchamawhozit’s kids are getting excited to be back in classes after having performed “Annie Jr.” this summer. Here you see some of the great fun rehearsals can be.

By Tess Wisher
Special to The PREVIEW
This Friday, Sept. 14, fall/winter theater classes at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts will be starting again. It’s not too late to sign up your child for a fall and winter full of theater excitement run by the professional theater artists at Thingamajig Theatre Company.
The classes for children ages 7 to 13 will be every Friday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and will run until Dec. 7. During the class, the youth thespians will write and star in their very own stage production that will be performed Dec. 8 and 9.
The class costs $150 per student and is due at the first class. At just over $12 a class, this is an amazing deal on a fun and educational opportunity for your rising star.
If you’re interested in enrolling your child or children in the Whatchamawhozit’s fall and winter classes, please email thingamajigbox@gmail.com with the following information: Subject: kids class registration. Body of message: name, age, parents’ names, phone numbers, medical conditions/allergies.
For more information, please visit us at pagosacenter.org or call at 731-SHOW (7469).

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Early-bird registration deadline for Thingamajig’s Summer Theatre Camp approaching http://www.pagosasun.com/early-bird-registration-deadline-for-thingamajigs-summer-theatre-camp-approaching/ Sun, 27 May 2018 11:00:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=123722

Photo courtesy Tess Wisher
The fun and educational Whatchamawhozits Children’s Theatre Summer Camp will run again this year at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, with the deadline for early-bird registration being June 1.

By Tess Wisher
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts is revving up for another exciting summer. This summer will include a five-musical season and the fun and educational Whatchamawhozits Children’s Theatre Summer Camp.
The theater camp offers an early-bird registration option that ensures your child’s spot in the camp. Early-bird registration also offers $50 off the price of the three-week camp. The deadline for early bird registration is June 1.
Children ages 7 to 12 come to learn all aspects of the theatrical craft. Professional performers hailing from across the country teach a variety of lessons. (Special requests for 6- or 13-year-olds will be considered.)
The children will get to participate in the creation of a collaborative masterpiece while also learning valuable life skills like teamwork, collaboration, public speaking, articulation, critical thinking, self-confidence, physical fitness and, above all, empathy.
This summer the three-week camp will run from July 2 to July 19, Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The camp will culminate in three performances of “Annie Kids” on July 20 and 21 at 2 p.m. and July 22 at 6 p.m.
Students can sign up for just the first week of camp, which focuses on general theater lessons and games that are designed to develop the tools of the trade. One lesson in makeup class even includes learning how to make gnarly scars.
Or, students can sign up for the second and third weeks, where all of these skills come together and the kids rehearse and perform “Annie Kids.” Thirdly, students can sign up for all three weeks of theater fun.
On top of an amazing camp experience, registration includes an invitation to see all the camp counselors in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at 2 p.m. on July 15.
The cost for just the first week is $150. The cost for just the second and third weeks is $300. If registered before the early-bird registration deadline, June 1, registration for all three weeks will cost $350. This early registration means the cost per day is only $30. After June 1, the price for all three weeks will be $400. You can’t find a more economical, educational and fun program for your children this summer.
Registration fees are nonrefundable and registration is considered complete once payment has been made.
For additional questions on the best summer camp in southwest Colorado, please contact Laura Moore at laura@pagosacenter.org or by calling 731-7469.
In order to register: Email thingamajigbox@gmail.com with the following information:
Email subject: Child’s name registration.
Email body: Child’s name; age; parents’ names; email; phone number; medical conditions; and choice of first week, second and third weeks, or all weeks.
Payment: Mail a check to Thingamajig Theatre Company, 2313 Eagle Drive, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 with your child’s name in the memo.
What parents say
“Thank you for your awesome work with the kids during the improv class. It was great fun to watch their growth.”
“Many thanks for your invaluable instruction and encouragement to all the kids in the Whatchamawhozits program. [My son] had a blast and it was a fun program to watch on Saturday.”

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Whatchamawhozits to present ‘The Curious Incidents of the Hoff-Houser Christmas Murders’ http://www.pagosasun.com/whatchamawhozits-to-present-the-curious-incidents-of-the-hoff-houser-christmas-murders-2/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:00:10 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=107637

Photo courtesy Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts
The Whatchamawhozits Children’s Theatre class has been creating, writing and rehearsing an original play, which will be performed at 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. Tickets are $5 at the door.

By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW
The Whatchamawhozits Children’s Theatre class has been at it again this fall — creating, writing and rehearsing an original play and, on Dec. 9 at 2 p.m., they will perform their piece for the public.
The Whatchamawhozits is the kid’s division of Thingamajig Theatre Company, a 501(c)3 in residence at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.
Each summer, a three-week theater camp is available to kids 7-12 that is taught by the professional artist and actors that make up Thingamajig’s repertory season. Each fall, an after-school class focuses on creating an original work and character development and each spring, the class plays within the realm of improvisation.
This fall, the 15-student class wrote a play together called “The Curious Incidents of the Hoff-Houser Christmas Murders,” inspired no doubt by the fact that most of the writing was done in the Halloween-infested month of October.
It is a quirky piece with lots of fun characters including a cat, a robot, a homeless man, detectives, witches and radio personalities, that spans three decades. A whirlwind of amusing ideas and goofy murders — if there is such a thing — mixed in with a little audience participation. So, come join the fun and hold onto your hats as you take a wild ride through the imaginations of our Whatchamawhozits.
The play will be held at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts on Dec. 9. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can only be purchased at the door.

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Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership using ladybugs for pest management http://www.pagosasun.com/geothermal-greenhouse-partnership-using-ladybugs-for-pest-management/ Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:00:40 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=86477 By Pauline Benetti

Special to The PREVIEW

The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) recently celebrated a week of beautiful weather with two special events in the Education Growing Dome — ladybug liberation and plant sale initiation.

4-H students gathered to release 1,300 ladybugs into the dome as part of the GGP’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.

The GGP’s IPM program is based on prevention, monitoring, control and avoidance of all toxic pesticides; it includes a variety of methods and techniques such as the use of biological and nontoxic materials. Volunteers monitor plants in the dome twice a week and use soap and neem oil-based spray for control of pest problems.

An important aspect of the program is learning to live with an acceptable level of pests. The release of ladybugs is a biological method intended to control, not eliminate, the aphid population and the children had fun and learned about the program as they participated in it.

Seeds planted in November have come to fruition. The GGP now has a dome full of plants, herbs, beans, peas, lettuce, chard, cabbage and broccoli — you name it and it is probably in the dome.

These plants are on sale now until they are gone, but by then new seeds will be up, so the plan is to have starts perpetually available to the public and at a very good price. Small, medium large and extra large pots go for $1, $2, $3 and $4, respectively. Also available are aquatic plants.

Volunteers are available Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to drop by for a visit or a purchase.

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Whatchamawhozits are back for improv http://www.pagosasun.com/whatchamawhozits-are-back-for-improv-2/ Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:00:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=62615 Photo courtesy Thingamajig Theatre Company In the spring, the Watchamawhozits program provides classes in improv style that are geared to helping young actors learn to take chances on stage. Classes start on Jan. 22 and run every Friday through March 18.

Photo courtesy Thingamajig Theatre Company
In the spring, the Watchamawhozits program provides classes in improv style that are geared to helping young actors learn to take chances on stage. Classes start on Jan. 22 and run every Friday through March 18.

By Audrey Layne Crocker
Special to The PREVIEW

Thingamajig Theatre Company is proud to provide classes for the youth of Pagosa Springs to experiment and learn about the art of theater.

In the fall, students gather together to write an original play and perform it during the Christmas season. In the spring, the Watchamawhozits program provides classes in improv style that are geared to helping young actors learn to take chances on stage.

Thingamajig is passionate about bringing great art to the community of Pagosa, but, more than that, Thingamajig is passionate about making theater accessible to everyone. Thingamajig strives to create a place where young artists can learn, have fun and explore their skills while creating meaningful relationships. Improvisation not only helps students on stage, but gives them the confidence to move strongly into circumstances that are unpredictable.

Registration for the entire class, which meets once a week, is only $100. Classes start on Jan. 22 and run every Friday through March 18. Students will learn the basics of improvisation, as well as how to implement those skills in a rehearsal process. The class culminates in a performance for the community to see the techniques they have learned over the semester.

Register by emailing laura@pagosacenter.org with your child’s name in the registration. And the name and age of your child in the body of the email, as well as your email and phone number. Registration fee can be brought in the first day of class.

Visit pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW for registration or more information. The class fills up fast, so don’t wait.

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Whatchamawhozits are back for improv http://www.pagosasun.com/whatchamawhozits-are-back-for-improv/ Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:00:40 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=62611 Photo courtesy Thingamajig Theatre Company In the spring, the Watchamawhozits program provides classes in improv style that are geared to helping young actors learn to take chances on stage. Classes start on Jan. 22 and run every Friday through March 18.

Photo courtesy Thingamajig Theatre Company
In the spring, the Watchamawhozits program provides classes in improv style that are geared to helping young actors learn to take chances on stage. Classes start on Jan. 22 and run every Friday through March 18.

By Audrey Layne Crocker
Special to The PREVIEW

Thingamajig Theatre Company is proud to provide classes for the youth of Pagosa Springs to experiment and learn about the art of theater.

In the fall, students gather together to write an original play and perform it during the Christmas season. In the spring, the Watchamawhozits program provides classes in improv style that are geared to helping young actors learn to take chances on stage.

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