Food – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:11:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 Youngsters make meatballs at Seeds of Learning http://www.pagosasun.com/youngsters-make-meatballs-at-seeds-of-learning/ Tue, 28 Jan 2020 12:00:12 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195822 By Ursala Hudson
Special to The PREVIEW

After washing up and donning oversized plastic gloves, the 4-year-olds in the Seeds of Learning Ladybug classroom began forming the beginnings of their morning snack in the palms of their hands. Culinary chef, native Pagosan and Ladybug mother Nikki Macomber led the week’s cooking lesson on how to whip up authentic meatballs using a simple yet flavorful recipe straight from Italy.
Some of the playdough hobbyists masterfully rolled the mush into light, uniform balls, while others were satisfied with simply getting their patted meat onto the baking pan before it fell apart. They lined up the balls into the straightest rows they could manage and Macomber slid the pans in the school oven to bake — just long enough for a little play break before snack time.
After witnessing only the finest and freshest ingredients get grated, chopped, crumbled and folded in the big steel bowl — and skillfully baked by a credible mom — each child boldly tasted the warm creations as soon as they were plated in front of them. A couple boys speculated that they tasted an awful lot like blueberries, the majority recognized the fresh Parmesan flavor and everyone agreed that they were worth devouring to the last crumb.
On a regular basis, parents and community members visit the various classrooms at Seeds with unique lessons from their area of expertise. From art and music projects, to science and naturalism, the children are exposed to hands-on experiences that spark further inquiry and broaden their perspectives.
Seeds of Learning is a nonprofit, high-quality early child care and education center in Pagosa Springs. If you are interested in learning more about the center, please call 264-5513 or visit www.growingseeds.org for more information and a tour of the center.

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WinterFest kicking off Friday with myriad activities http://www.pagosasun.com/winterfest-kicking-off-friday-with-myriad-activities/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:03 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195819

Photo courtesy Beth Tollefsen

By Mary Jo Coulehan
Special to The PREVIEW

Mother Nature was smiling on Pagosa Springs, depositing a little more snow in preparation for the 2020 WinterFest activities Jan. 24-26. Here’s what’s happening over the weekend.
On Friday, Jan. 24, the WinterFest Gala takes place at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association (PLPOA) Clubhouse beginning at 6 p.m. You do not have to be a Chamber member to attend, but you do need to be ready to have a good time. Tim Sullivan will provide the entertainment for an evening of dancing. There will be scrumptious hors d’oeuvres to start the evening followed by an extensive pasta and salad bar, and then some decadent desserts will wrap up the weekend. There will be a cash beer and wine bar, a wine pull, a candy bar and other activities to add to the fun. The evening will also celebrate the community award winners for Citizen, Volunteer, Non-Profit and Small Business of the Year. You can purchase your tickets in advance online at www.pagoachamber.com or at the door.
Saturday, Jan. 25, is chock-full of events for the participant and spectator. The hot air balloon mass ascension will take place on the west side of town both days. Launching of almost 20 balloons will occur around the PLPOA Rec Center, CrossRoad Christian Fellowship Church, the PLPOA Clubhouse and other vacant and plowed areas. The pilot briefing begins at 7 a.m., with the launch starting around 7:45 a.m.
The Pagosa Nordic Club will host a Cross-Country Ski Clinic at Cloman Park beginning promptly at 10 a.m. The DUST2 Fat Tire Bike Race will be held at Yamaguchi Park with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and the race at 8:45. You can enjoy fresh crepes and hot drinks as you watch the racers or participate in the event.
The fifth annual Barkus Parade along the Riverwalk begins in Town Park at 11 a.m. Costumes (for humans and pets) are encouraged and a donation of $10 or more will also get you a cup of steaming gumbo. The top three best-dressed pets will win a prize.
Stay downtown and get your choice seat along the Riverwalk and watch the ever-hilarious Penguin Plunge that supports nonprofit agencies in Pagosa Springs. The hardy plungers will enter the frigid San Juan River in front of the Visitor Center at 1 p.m. with registration beginning at noon at the Chamber. Plungers raise money for their favorite nonprofit agency.
When the plunge is finished, walk over to Reservoir Hill, where you can watch the Sledz on Rez Sled Race. The Build Pagosa group sponsors this event and homemade sleds race down the hill for a multitude of prizes. Registration for this event begins at 2 p.m., with the races starting at 2:30 p.m.
The day isn’t finished yet. You can round out the day at Motel SOCO with the DUST2-sponsored party with the Brooks-I Band and drink specials.
On Sunday, the balloons will again take to the skies on the west side of town at approximately 7:45 a.m. Make sure your camera or phone is charged for some stellar photo opportunities.
Cross-country skiers will enjoy the BB Gun Biathlon held at Yamaguchi Park at 9:30 a.m. There will be a variety of course challenges for skiers of all ages, including youth. Match your skill with shooting and cross-country skiing — a great event for spectators and participants.
Occurring on both Saturday and Sunday will be the inaugural Skis and Saddles Skijoring event. This action-packed, fast-paced event will take place from approximately 9:45 a.m. until about 4 p.m. in the vacant lot along Hot Springs Boulevard south of the Bank of the San Juans. There will be activities at certain times for snowboarders, youth and beginners. Watch as expert horse handlers pull skiers along a timed obstacle course.
Teams should register on Friday evening at the Quality Inn or at 8 a.m. on Saturday, also at the Quality Inn.
Please note that Hot Springs Boulevard will be closed from the south side of the post office to Apache Street on Saturday and Sunday. Please use U.S. 160 to Hot Springs Boulevard south to access all the hot springs facilities and the post office. Access Apache Street to the south end of Hot Springs Boulevard to utilize the Ross Aragon Community Center. More information can be found at https://www.skisandsaddles.com/.
Enjoy this wonderful winter season that we have in Pagosa with myriad activities to participate or spectate. A full schedule of events is found at www.pagosachamber.com. Click on the WinterFest 2020 listing above the WinterFest poster for all the details.

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Cabin Fever Festival http://www.pagosasun.com/cabin-fever-festival-3/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 11:53:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195855

SUN photo/Chris Mannara

Basking in the glow of a bonfire, in the greatest sense of the word, Pagosa Springs locals enjoyed music, food, craft beer and other activities at the Cabin Fever Festival on Jan. 18. The bonfire was ceremoniously lit by a local Cub Scout troop and enjoyed by all.

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‘Fly Me to the Moon’ mystery box party to benefit Aspire http://www.pagosasun.com/fly-me-to-the-moon-mystery-box-party-to-benefit-aspire/ Sun, 19 Jan 2020 12:00:26 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195475 By Marcy Mitchell
Special to The PREVIEW
Aspire Medical Services and Education invites the Pagosa Springs community to fill its Valentine’s Day with romance and mystery.
At 6 p.m. on Feb. 14, Aspire will host its inaugural “Fly Me to the Moon Valentine’s Night Mystery Box Party” at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse on 230 Port Ave.
Each $75 ticket includes delicious and unique food stations, desserts, a drink ticket, dancing and live music by our own Pagosa crooner, Bob Hemenger. Tickets are on sale at: http://aspirepagosa.org/valentines-night-party.
As part of the evening fun, Aspire will also sell mystery boxes that contain a prize in each box. One of the boxes contains the ultimate golden ticket and if you are the lucky winner, you will get to choose one out of four paid trip selections which includes airfare, lodging at a luxury resort and more.:
• Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: Four nights at a resort with airfare for two.
• Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada: Three nights at a luxury hotel with airfare for two.
• New York, New York: Three-night stay at a luxury hotel, Broadway tickets and airfare for two.
• Sonoma Coast/Napa Valley, Calif.: Four nights at two luxury retreats including private wine tasting and airfare for two.
Mystery boxes are $25/box or five for $100. In addition, several other amazing prizes will be in the boxes. Everyone will win something.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Aspire’s affordable prenatal care program and parenting classes. Aspire currently provides services to more than 80 percent of all pregnant women in Archuleta County which include pregnancy tests, early ultrasounds, prenatal care, prenatal and parenting education and STI/STD testing and treatment.
Over the past two years, our prenatal clinic has helped lower the preterm birth rate and low birth rate percentage in our area by allowing disadvantaged women to see a quality medical doctor for prenatal care up to 36 weeks. The rate of low birth weight for babies born to our prenatal care clients in the last 12 months is only at 5.8 percent compared to a state average of 8 percent.
In addition, Aspire offers free childbirth, prenatal and parenting education to all parents of children age zero to 3. Aspire’s goal is to help all children zero to 3 years of age thrive physically, emotionally and socially during the most pivotal stage of development.
For more information, visit http://aspirepagosa.org/valentines-night-party, or contact Kristi Smith at development@aspirepagosa.org or call 264-5963.

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Cabin Fever festival, bonfire set for Jan. 18 http://www.pagosasun.com/cabin-fever-festival-bonfire-set-for-jan-18-2/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:00:47 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195473 By Michael Whiting
Special to The PREVIEW
On Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. along Hot Springs Boulevard, will be Pagosa’s one and only original bonfire. Year two. Totally free event.
New and improved, there will be a bigger bonfire, multiple food trucks, libations of every sort and good beer. DJ Prophecy is providing the great sound waves.
We have heaters and less mud this year, too.
We are also planning to have disc golf tossing, a fat bike demo and a ski thing.
All proceeds from food, drink and donations go to your local nonprofit bouldering gym.
Bring your retired Christmas tree down with you or before the event.
Hot Springs Boulevard — follow the signs.
Donations are encouraged to support our bouldering gym.
The big burn is coming. Add to the pyre. Don’t forget to drop off your Christmas tree at Pagosa’s official drop-off site on Hot Springs Boulevard, just south of the Bank of the San Juans. Or, bring it to the fest if you want.
For more information, call 946-2422.

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DUST2 announces lineup of winter activities http://www.pagosasun.com/dust2-announces-lineup-of-winter-activities/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:00:30 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195458 By Annie Sewel
Special to The SUN
It’s winter in Pagosa Springs and DUST2 is bringing you a lineup of fun winter events for the whole family.
Kick off the winter fun this Friday, Jan. 18, at the Pagosa Climbing Initiative Cabin Fever Festival, where DUST2 will be hosting bike trainer competition. There will be hot drinks and fun prizes.
The very next weekend, DUST2 will be going all in for WinterFest Jan. 25-26. Grab the family and begin your WinterFest fun at the WinterFest Fat Bike Race at Yamaguchi Park. This family-friendly, downtown course is groomed by the Pagosa Nordic Club and all participants receive a fresh crepe and hot drink.
Be sure to cheer on the DUST2 Sledz on Rez sled team and head down to the river to cheer for the DUST2 Penguin Plungers.
DUST2 will be closing out the day’s festivities with our second annual WinterFest After Party at Motel SOCO with live music provided by Brooks-I. This year, we will be crowning the day’s king and queen of WinterFest. There will be food trucks and drink specials.
Our last event for the winter season is our annual Fat Bike Fun Race on Forest Service Road 725 on Feb. 22. This epic 4- or 7-mile course beautifully groomed by the Wolf Creek Trailblazers is truly an adventure race.
This year, we are excited to announce that our Fat Bike Fun Race will be a part of the exciting line of events at the all new Frozen Foot Festival — more details to come. The winter forecast is looking great and we hope you will join us for the fun. For more information, visit www.dustx2.com, https://www.facebook.com/pagosabike/ or call 398-1168.

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Cabin Fever Festival, bonfire set for Jan. 18 http://www.pagosasun.com/cabin-fever-festival-bonfire-set-for-jan-18/ Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194620

Photo courtesy T Jay Carter
This year’s Cabin Fever Festival, set for Jan. 18, will feature a bigger bonfire that in its first year, as well as food trucks, libations, music and more. Christmas trees are being accepted at the drop site on Hot Springs Boulevard in advance of the festival.

By Michael Whiting
Special to The PREVIEW
On Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. along Hot Springs Boulevard, will be Pagosa’s one and only original bonfire. Year two. Totally free event.
New and improved, there will be a bigger bonfire, multiple food trucks, libations of every sort and good beer. DJ Prophecy is providing the great sound waves.
We have heaters and less mud this year, too.
We are also planning to have disc golf tossing, a fat bike demo and a ski thing.
All proceeds from food, drink and donations go to your local nonprofit bouldering gym.
Bring your retired Christmas tree down with you or before the event.
Hot Springs Boulevard — follow the signs.
Donations are encouraged to support our bouldering gym.
The big burn is coming. Add to the pyre. Don’t forget to drop off your Christmas tree at Pagosa’s official drop-off site on Hot Springs Boulevard, just south of the Bank of the San Juans. Or, bring it to the fest if you want.
For more information, call 946-2422.

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Pagosa Winter Classic to feature pond hockey tournament and more http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-winter-classic-to-feature-pond-hockey-tournament-and-more/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194586 A three-on-three pond hockey ice battle will take place on Jan. 11 and 12 at the third annual Pagosa Winter Classic, with Saturday featuring live music, a heated tent, whiskey, craft beer, food and other family activities at the Pagosa Multi Purpose Pavilion (PMP), 550 S. 8th St.
The event will feature two 15-minute periods of three-on-three pond hockey action with a four-game guarantee for each team.
The cost for teams is $300 and the singles cost $50, with each team consisting of three to six players.
On both Jan. 11 and 12 games will start at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. will feature the live music, whiskey and craft beer.
PMP Executive Director Brian Collabolletta explained that pond hockey is generally played in a three-on-three format.
“It’s a scaled down version of the game,” Collabolletta explained, noting that there are no goalies in this version of the game.
Three-on-three hockey is more of a skill-based game, he explained.
“You have to make two passes before you’re allowed to score a goal,” he said. “The goals are different. They aren’t full-sized 4-by-6 goals.”
A pond hockey goal is typically 4 feet wide, 6 inches tall and has two openings on each end, he described.
“It’s much more of a passing and skill type of event,” he said.
The number of games could go up depending on the number of teams that sign up, he added later.
Teams that claim victory at the tournament will earn a trophy, Collabolletta explained.
To register for the event, interested parties can go to www.eventbrite.com and search “Pagosa Winter Classic Hockey Tournament”; you can also sign up the day of the event.
“Every year gets a little bigger and better. This year with the help of the town tourism committee we had a small grant that’s allowed us to rent a 20- by 40-foot tent that will be heated,” Collabolletta said. “More and more teams every year. We’ve got teams coming from farther away. This year we have a team coming from Santa Fe, which is a first.”
More information can be found at skatepagosa.org, by emailing skatepagosa@icloud.org or via phone at 398-2337.

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Breakfast with Santa http://www.pagosasun.com/breakfast-with-santa-3/ Thu, 19 Dec 2019 11:55:36 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=193163 SUN photos/Randi Pierce
Youngsters meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus to explain what they want for Christmas at the Dec. 14 Breakfast with Santa. The annual event featured a full breakfast, crafts, games, face painting for the kids, Christmas songs from high school musicians and a picture with Santa. The Pagosa Springs High School music department hosted the event with all proceeds going toward the music department’s events in the spring, including the Music in the Parks competition.

 

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St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church’s annual Christmas Tea http://www.pagosasun.com/st-patricks-episcopal-churchs-annual-christmas-tea/ Mon, 16 Dec 2019 12:00:53 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192912

Photos courtesy Sally Neel

Scene … celebrating the season at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church’s annual Christmas Tea. The event featured music, handmade goods, treats, tea, a chance to visit with others and more.

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