Food – The Pagosa Springs SUN The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 29 Aug 2019 22:45:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Enrollment open for 12th annual Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic Tue, 03 Sep 2019 11:00:37 +0000

Photo courtesy Jacque Aragon
Enrollment is open for the 12th annual Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic, part of the Mountain Chile Cha Cha on Sept. 28. The cost to enter is $10.

By Jacque Aragon
Special to The PREVIEW
Enrollment is open for the 12th annual Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic (PAGCC). The cost to enter is $10.
All participants will receive an entry gift. Winners in the meat, vegetarian and overall people’s choice categories will receive $200 each and trophies, while second- and third-place winners receive medals and bragging rights. Registration is first-come, first-served, so don’t miss your chance to participate in this event.
Commercial entrants pay $25 and first place will land them a special award. Commercial entries are also eligible for the people’s choice award of $200 for first place and medals for second and third place.
The PAGCC is part of the 14th annual Mountain Chile Cha Cha. The Cha Cha will be held rain or shine on Sept. 28 in Town Park.
This event is free and also features a music concert by New Mexico’s Sangre Joven, trail races hosted by the Pagosa Peaks Volleyball Club ( to enter), a Mexican beer garden, margarita contest, green chile roasted and for sale, and a kids’ corner.
For more info or to enter the cook-off, please call Jacque at 946-7636 or register online at

Community Fall Festival and Raffle set for Sept. 8 Sat, 31 Aug 2019 11:00:44 +0000 By Roxanne Schick
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Catholic Community is preparing for the upcoming Community Fall Festival and Raffle. This event was previously called the Pagosa Catholic Community Picnic and many thought that the event was for only Catholic members of the community. Hence, we changed the name to Community Fall Festival and Raffle.
The Community Fall Festival and Raffle will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8, at Town Park from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is a free event and everyone in the community is welcome. There will be free food provided by the Knights of Columbus, kids’ lawn games, snow cones and a cash bar. The Retro Cats band will donate their time and musical talent. Dance students will entertain the crowd while the band is taking a break.
There will be a raffle with the following prizes: first prize, $2,000; second prize, $500; third prize, package for eight for an escape room.
Tickets are $10 each and are available at the JP II office, 731-5744, and Town Park. The drawings for these prizes start at 3 p.m.
In addition, there will be brown bag raffles. Tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5, and drawings will start at 2:30 p.m. The prizes for this raffle were donated by local and out-of-town businesses.
Mark your calendar for this family event and spend a day full of fun, merry-making, wonderful food and the opportunity to win cash and fabulous prizes.

Auction for the Animals Fri, 30 Aug 2019 11:00:53 +0000

PREVIEW photos Randi Pierce

Scene…at the Silver Anniversary Gala celebration raining money to help the Pagosa Springs Humane Society. This year’s Auction for the Animals feature3d dancing to live music by the Tim Sullivan Band, as well as the event’s traditional live and silent auctions, dinner and more.

Items galore at the Auction for the Animals Sat, 17 Aug 2019 11:00:14 +0000

Illustration courtesy Humane Society of Pagosa Springs

By Mike Stoll
Special to The PREVIEW
The 25th edition of the Auction for the Animals is right around the corner. This year’s Silver Anniversary Gala celebration takes place Friday, Aug. 23, at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The annual auction is the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs’ major fundraiser of the year and always features a wide array of incredible items to bid on in both the silent and live auction portions of the evening. This year is absolutely no exception.
Is a picture worth a thousand words? Try out this year’s new online auction preview feature and decide for yourself. Go to and click on Benefit Bidding in the auction promo section of the main web page to view photos and descriptions of all the items in both the silent and live auctions. It’s a wonderful way to identify ahead of time awesome auction items for yourself and great gifts for family and friends. Don’t want to wait for the auction to start your bidding? You can bid on items online until 5 p.m. the day before the auction. The highest online bid on each item will carry over to the start of the silent and live auctions the night of the event.
Here’s a taste of what you can preview online or see first-hand the night of the auction: How does a getaway to the Amalfi Coast sound? Win a trip to Praiano, Italy, for up to four people and experience a six-day, five-night stay in a two-bedroom apartment with sea-view terraces. Trip includes a private Amalfi lemon tour and private sunset cruise on the Amalfi Coast. Or how about a seven-day, six-night trip to the museums and canals of Amsterdam, including a Van Gogh walking tour, a Heineken experience and a hop-on hop-off canal boat tour; or immerse yourself in Scottish history and castles with a seven-day, six-night trip to Edinburgh; or if Flamenco shows, sipping sangria,and taking a gourmet tapas walking tour is more to your tastes, win a seven-day, six-night trip to Barcelona.
Prefer domestic travel? Bid on any of the following: New York City and Broadway entertainment, Las Vegas golf and show package, New Orleans dinner jazz cruise and cooking class, Palm Springs shopping spree, Scottsdale golf and spa getaway, Sedona outdoor adventure jeep tours, or a trip for up to eight in a three-bedroom villa at a resort and spa in SoCal. Get more information on both foreign and domestic trips by visiting the Benefit Bidding page at
Already planning a trip to California wine country? Bid on a two-night stay at a cottage in Sonoma, Calif. The cottage is the former writing retreat of famed poet and essayist Maya Angelou and contains memorabilia of the author.
Would you like to adorn yourself or loved one with exquisite jewelry? The live auction will include three stunning diamond and ruby pieces. The necklace, earrings and bracelet are each accompanied by a written appraisal. A reserve minimum bid price applies for each piece. Or, for that special someone who has always wanted to design their own one-of-a-kind jewelry, bid on the opportunity to work with a jeweler to design your own unique piece with a value up to $3,500, while enjoying lunch and champagne.
Other wonderful jewelry items include a gold dragonfly pendant and matching earring set from a goldsmith and a golden bells necklace and earrings from a renowned and collectible costume jewelry designer whose pieces adorned celebrities like Joan Crawford, Gloria Vanderbilt, Lucille Ball, the duchess of Windsor and the dancers of the Ziegfeld Follies.
For the music lover or collector of rock and roll memorabilia, the live auction features two great items. How about a BC Rich Warlock guitar autographed by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Kiss? The Rock ‘n’ Roll All Night guitar is tastefully mounted and framed for display. Or, bid on an awesome framed performance photo autographed by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame, with certificate of authenticity. Bring two memorable pieces of rock and roll history into your home.
Know a photography enthusiast? How about a Sony RX100 VI digital camera from the Cyber-Shot RX Series? The camera is brand new and includes an accessories package. Know a history buff? Bid on “Gallon’s Gettysburg,” a framed montage of prints depicting the Battle of Gettysburg from a renowned contemporary civil war artist. This auction item also includes four authentic civil war infantry cap and cavalry hat reproductions. Know someone who truly appreciates hand-carved wood art? Bid on a stunning custom carved, rough-edged walnut bowl by a local wood artisan.
Looking for some fun and unique gift packages? Check out the Pagosa Springs and Durango date-night packages that include dining, lodging and activities. Or, head out for a girls weekend away with lodging, activities and spa passes for four.
For the avid outdoor person there are fly-tying and fly-fishing gear and equipment and a fun package of car camping gear. Other silent auction items include fine jewelry from local businesses and private collections, ski passes, lodging and dining opportunities, and a huge selection of gift certificates and gift baskets from area merchants.
For gift-giving ideas, check out the array of gift baskets complete with adult beverages and accessories. There are also great gift certificates from local professional services ranging from veterinary, medical and dental care to therapeutic massage and personal styling to computer and website design and maintenance. Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase a special treat for yourself and do some early holiday shopping for friends and family, too.
All this exciting auction fun is happening Friday, Aug. 23, at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The festive evening features a delicious seated dinner and dessert, along with a selection of fine wines, great beers and soft drinks from the cash bar. Tickets are $50, available only in advance. The auction has sold out the last five years, so don’t delay. Any remaining tickets may be purchased at the Humane Society administration office and thrift store or by calling 264-5549.
Community Center doors will open at 6 p.m. Festivities will begin with the silent auction followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and then the live auction. Live music will be provided by the Tim Sullivan Band, and Thad McKain will be the evening’s emcee. Lloyd Cooper will be our professional auctioneer, ably assisted by local auction spotters Mike Branch and Mark Crain.
This year’s auction is our Silver Anniversary Gala, celebrating 25 consecutive years of community auction support for the shelter dogs and cats. Dress is Pagosa fancy (jeans are OK), so bring a smile and your dancing shoes, and be ready to enjoy good company and good food in support of our local animal shelter.
Tickets for the third annual Raining Cats and Dogs Raffle will also be for sale prior to and at the auction. Raffle tickets are $25 or five for $100. One winning ticket will be drawn during the live auction portion of the evening and the winner will receive one-third of the raffle ticket proceeds. Last year’s winner received over $1,600. The balance of the ticket proceeds benefits the cats and dogs at the shelter, providing a much-needed boost to cover the costs of shelter operations. For additional raffle information, please call 264-5549.
The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs serves our community by providing homeless and lost animals with temporary shelter and care until they can be reunited with their owners or an adoptive family can be found.
We also operate the Humane Society thrift store downtown which serves the needs of so many in our community by offering low-cost and high-quality gently used household items, clothing and much more. The success of the annual Auction for the Animals is essential to the Humane Society’s mission of providing a safe haven and quality care for over 700 temporary animal residents each year.
The auction also supports our many community programs that assist people and pets in need, including low-cost and no-cost spay/neuter, financial assistance for emergency veterinary care, aid to senior citizens and their pets, and our feral cat trap and spay program.
Please plan to attend one of the most enjoyable evenings of the year in support of a great cause. Our local Humane Society does not receive any funding from the Humane Society of the United States, American Humane, the ASPCA or the United Way. The animal shelter relies on revenue from private donations, our thrift store and fundraisers such as the Auction for the Animals to create a safe haven for animals in need.
Make sure to go online at and preview all the wonderful auction items – and remember, if you won’t be able to attend the auction, you can still bid online. For more information on the event, please contact the Humane Society at 264-5549. See you at the auction Aug. 23.

Auction for the Animals celebrating silver anniversary Fri, 02 Aug 2019 11:00:30 +0000 By Mike Stoll
Special to The PREVIEW
The 25th annual Auction for the Animals is right around the corner. Whether you are a local or a visitor, this year’s silver anniversary gala celebration is the summer event you don’t want to miss. Join us for a fun and entertaining evening and help make this important fundraiser a great success for the dogs and cats at the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs animal shelter.
This year’s event will be held on Friday, Aug. 23, at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The evening will feature a delicious catered dinner and delectable desserts, along with a cash bar featuring fine wine, great beer and soft drinks. Doors open at 6 pm.
The Auction for the Animals is a terrific way to help the dogs and cats in our community’s only animal shelter and a great way to have a fun-filled night, too. Live music will be provided by the Tim Sullivan Band and the dance floor will be open.
The Humane Society is very fortunate to have generous supporters and donors both locally and from afar. Here is just a sampling of some of the fabulous items donated for this year’s auction: exquisite diamond and ruby necklace, earrings and bracelet; framed “Rock N’ Roll All Night Long” B.C. Rich Warlock guitar autographed by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and the members of Kiss; mint CZ model 452 .22 LR bolt action rifle; framed and autographed Jimmy Page and Robert Plant performance photograph with certificate of authenticity (COA); “Gallon’s Gettysburg” framed montage of prints by renowned civil war artist Dale Gallon; new Sony RX100 VI compact digital camera; date-night and weekend getaway packages for either Durango or Pagosa Springs, including lodging, dinning and great activities; shaken-not-stirred James Bond martini gift basket, including autographed Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan photographs as Bond, with COAs.
Other auction items include exquisite jewelry; works of art, with limited prints and original paintings; lodging and trips (domestic and international); sporting goods and memorabilia (including an autographed Dan Marino Dolphins helmet); home décor and furnishings; and much, much more. You’ll also find a wide variety of gift certificates for ski packages, spas, local dining and activities, and an assortment of gift baskets, including baskets of adult beverages and accoutrements perfect for entertaining. There are gifts for your furry family members, too. It’s a super opportunity to do your holiday gift shopping in August and find awesome gifts for those special folks on your list, including yourself.
New this year: starting Aug. 1, you can preview auction items on the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs website ( New auction items will be added regularly for previewing until the week of the auction. Can’t attend the auction but want to bid? No problem. In addition to previewing, you can also bid on both silent and live auction items online from Aug. 1 through Aug. 22. Leading online bids for all items will be transferred to the silent and live portions of the auction the day of the event. Winning bidders not in attendance will be notified.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the evening’s festivities kick off with socializing and the start of the silent auction. Dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m., followed by the live auction. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased online through or in person at the Humane Society thrift store, animal shelter or Two Old Crows Gallery. Tickets are limited. The event has sold out the past several years, so don’t delay.
Please help support your local Humane Society by attending and participating in this very important annual fundraiser. The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs does not receive any funding from the Humane Society of the United States, American Humane, the ASPCA or United Way. Your local Humane Society relies on revenue from private donations, the thrift store and fundraisers such as the Auction for the Animals to fund the care of over 700 animals that enter the shelter each year and to fund the many programs that also support community members and their pets.
Remember to purchase your tickets in advance. For more information on the event, visit our website at or call 264-5549. Come on out Aug. 23 and enjoy a wonderful evening — you’ll be glad you did.

It’s county fair time Thu, 01 Aug 2019 21:00:03 +0000

Photo courtesy Archuleta County Fair

Today is the opening of the 68th Archuleta County Fair. If you haven’t been to the fair before, then come see what you’ve been missing. There are fun events, activities, exhibits and entertainment you don’t want to miss.
Take a walk around the exhibit hall to see the 4-H youth projects. You will see the dedication and hard work that the youth have accomplished. Read their stories to find out what they liked best and some of the struggles they may have had completing their projects. You will also see the talents of residents who enter the open classes with traditional items like homemade jams, canned and baked goods, floral arrangements, fruits and veggies, crop samples, and much more. And you can’t help but notice the beautiful quilts that line the center of the hall. There are so many stunning colors, patterns and designs, you could spend hours just wandering the walls of quilts.
Everyone can participate in activities around the fairgrounds. You can challenge your friends to a game of laser tag, or maybe tug-of-war is more your style of competition. Compete in a round of horseshoes or have some good, old-fashioned fun in the pie-eating contest.
Not into competition? Then make your way to the activity tent where you can see Wacky Science with mad scientist Dr. Barb Shaw, an aikido demonstration and the Wild Man Phil show with Stumpy the tortoise and other live animals. Take the kids to the Kid Games tent or the Petting Farm to pet bunnies and goats. If you are looking for a break from the kiddos, you can put them on the train to enjoy a jaunt around the grounds while you catch your breath from the fun. Indulge in the yummy fair food like funnel cake, waffle burgers, sopapillas, gourmet hot dogs, fajitas and snowcones. There is plenty of live music to go around with an encore performance by the High Rollers.
One of the newest events is the Bares, Broncs and Bulls. You will see rough stock riders compete for buckles, cash and fame. Enjoy a night of action-packed riding and top-notch broncs and bulls. You can also attend the Ranch Rodeo at high noon on Saturday and the Kids Rodeo at high noon on Sunday.
The 4-H livestock shows are the cornerstone events that showcase beef, sheep, goat, swine, rabbit and poultry. These shows lead up to the Livestock Auction. It’s an exciting time for not only the audience, but the youth and the buyers who reward these youth for their hard work in raising their animals. The auction is held on Saturday evening after the famous Chuckwagon Dinner, where the San Juan Conservation District will honor the very well-deserved Conservation Educator of the Year Award to JD Kurz. Congratulations, JD.
All events, activities, a full schedule and fair information can be found at So, come one, come all to the 68th Archuleta County Fair, where there is something for everyone.
CPR and first aid classes
CPR and first aid certification classes are offered monthly by the CSU Extension office on the second Monday and Wednesday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m. Anyone needing to receive or renew certification can register by calling the Extension office at 264-5931.
We will also attempt to schedule classes on additional dates with five or more registrations. Cost for the classes is $80 for combined CPR/first aid and $55 for CPR, first aid or recertification. The type of first aid information provided will vary by the needs of the audience.

4-H Wolf Creek Wonders Club Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:00:06 +0000

Photos courtesy Lisa Scott

Members of the 4-H Wolf Creek Wonders Club host the meal at Loaves and Fishes as their annual community service project. This was the sixth year participating with the Loaves and Fishes volunteers at a June mealtime when school is out. Thirty-three 4-H members participated in the day from setup to cleanup and also experienced food preparation, grilling hamburgers and serving 173 meals.

Opening Pagosa Farmers Market great success Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:00:34 +0000

Photos courtesy Pauline Benetti
The first Pagosa Farmers Market of the season featured great weather, crowds of people, garden fresh veggies, a huge variety of potted starts, and new vendors.

By Pauline Benetti
Special to The PREVIEW
The first Pagosa Farmers Market of the 12th season was a huge success with great weather, crowds of people, garden fresh veggies, a huge variety of potted starts to be taken home and put out when the weather is right, two new vendors and two more coming soon.
Now, for those who could not find tomatoes, just relax. They will be here in nature’s own good time and not one moment before. This is our local growers’ greatest challenge — the short growing season.
In 2018, The Pagosa Farmers Market was the recipient of a grant from the national organization Farmers Market Coalition in the form of an EBT terminal that will accept SNAP cards, allowing the market to continue the Double Up Bucks program supported by Live Well Colorado.
Now we want all SNAP recipients to know that for the rest of the season through Sept. 21, they can double their food dollars. Every SNAP dollar spent is matched with a dollar from the Double Up Bucks program to a maximum of $20 per visit. Essentially, that means free fruits and veggies. That’s what the Double Up Buck Program promises. How can anyone turn that down? The terminal also facilitates purchases of healthy food with a debit card, thus increasing the customer count for our growers.
Here are three of the many reasons shopping at your local Pagosa Farmers Market makes sense:
1. Since local and regional products travel fewer miles, produce is allowed to ripen on the trees and in the fields, ensuring the best flavor.
2. Buying local maintains jobs, sustains family farms and ranches and contributes nearly $16 billion to the state economy annually.
3. Local farmers and ranchers are right here in your backyard. They are readily available to answer questions about their fresh products. “Know your farmer, know our food.”
If you did not make it to the first Pagosa Farmers Market, let’s see you this Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Find us at the east end of town where you will also find music, shade, tables and very likely your neighbor.
Consider this also an excellent time to renew your membership in Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS), the organization that supports the Pagosa Farmers Market, organizes our week-long celebration of Earth Day plus other activities that promote sustainability in Archuleta County.

Friday night is Las Vegas night in Pagosa Thu, 20 Jun 2019 21:22:33 +0000 By JoAnn Laird
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Rotary Casino Night Las Vegas promises to be a fun-packed evening. On June 21 from 6:30 to 10 p.m., the event will be held at the PLPOA Clubhouse on Port Avenue.
Think dancing, play-money wagering and consuming tidbits and beverages. You will even get $50,000 of play money to play black jack, roulette or Texas hold ‘em at the end of the evening your chips will be converted into tickets. Those tickets will then be drawn for prizes, such as a four-night stay in a private home in Sedona, Ariz., with golf for two and a wine tasting, tickets on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and a stay at the Antler’s Rio Grande Lodge with Creede Repertory tickets, just to name a few. Dance to the music of the Retro Cats, win at the silent auction, enjoy the cash bar, munchies and desserts. It will be the most fun you can find on a Friday night in Pagosa.
But wait, there’s more. Your entry ticket will be drawn for cash prize awards of $100, $200 and $400.
All proceeds will go to the Pagosa Rotary Scholarship Fund which serves a multitude of educational needs for the students of Pagosa schools.
If you have other obligations and can’t attend, buy a ticket or two and gift a friend or neighbor. They will have a great time, you will be a good friend and you will be rewarded, knowing you are helping a needed cause in our community. The number of tickets are limited due to the event’s popularity and space. Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, The Choke Cherry Tree or from any Rotarian. Tickets are $45 or $50 at the door.
Casino Night, Pagosa style, is a better bet than Las Vegas could ever be.

IHM/JP II Food Pantry Thu, 20 Jun 2019 21:07:25 +0000

Photo courtesy Roxanne Schick

The new IHM/JP II Food Pantry is open for business, following a celebration held last week. The food pantry is located at Pope John Paul II Catholic Church, 353 S. Pagosa Blvd., and is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.