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By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
This Sunday, at 5 p.m., Sunday Night Unplugged will feature the talents of classical guitarist Stephany Bouchier.
Like many musicians in the Pagosa area, Stephany began her guitar training as an adult, purely for the sake of her own enjoyment. However, she has discovered that her natural talent and ability has manifested itself into something that brings joy and peace to many.
Since moving to Pagosa Springs six years ago, her gift as a classical guitarist has been shared with those who attend performances presented by the Pagosa Springs Performing Arts Council, Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, as well as for weddings. Stephany has been featured at Sunday Night Unplugged in the past along with local artist, Kate Kelly. This is her first solo appearance.
Sunday Night Unplugged has become an opportunity for many to enjoy beautiful music in a setting of contemplation, prayer and meditation. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church offers its lovely worship space as a venue for this monthly musical offering and meditation time. The service itself lasts just around an hour and brings participants a time for peace and reflection accompanied by readings and beautiful music. The public is invited to attend free of charge.
“There is no preconceived dress code or expectations on our part,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “Come as you are and enjoy this time of reflection. Each person leaves with his or her own gifts and blessings.”
In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day was on October 4, this month’s Sunday Night Unplugged readings and prayers will focus on the blessings of animals in our lives and will honor precious pets who are no longer with us.
“I am really looking forward to playing in this lovely space where the wonderful acoustics present music at its best,” said Stephany.
Sunday Night Unplugged begins at 5 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Call the church office for more information, 731-5801.