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CRIA to hold Native American rug auction tonight

By Nadia Werby
Special to The SUN

Photo courtesy Nadia Werby These Native American rugs are among the items available to bidders at the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association potluck and auction being held tonight at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The potluck begins at 6 p.m., the auction starts at 7, raising funds to benefit the nonprofit, which helps to operate Chimney Rock National Monument.

Photo courtesy Nadia Werby
These Native American rugs are among the items available to bidders at the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association potluck and auction being held tonight at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The potluck begins at 6 p.m., the auction starts at 7, raising funds to benefit the nonprofit, which helps to operate Chimney Rock National Monument.

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) will hold a Native American rug auction at the Ross Aragon Community Center tonight, Dec. 12, to help raise money to benefit the nonprofit, which helps to operate Chimney Rock National Monument.

CRIA will auction off 14 Native American rugs in a variety of colors and sizes from several highly-acclaimed designers, including Zapotec, Navajo, Mexican El Paso Company, and Ortega’s Weaving Shop.

The monthly CRIA potluck will precede the auction at 6 p.m. and the auction will follow, starting at 7.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet some of our valued volunteers and learn about the CRIA organization.

The Native American rugs will be on display during the potluck, so bring your favorite dish or attend the auction only, if desired.

Chimney Rock Interpretive Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that conducts daily tours and operates the Visitor Center at Chimney Rock National Monument. Last year, CRIA provided complimentary tours to more than 1,000 students.

CRIA cannot survive on tour revenues alone and relies on donations and fund-raisers like this in order to continue offering free school group tours and monthly and annual family friendly programs. Visit the website for more information about donating or volunteering.

The CRIA mission, in partnership with the San Juan National Forest, is to provide the site’s care, protection and preservation, as well as public interpretation and education, and to manage the interpretive program at the monument under a special use permit with the Pagosa Ranger District, USDA Forest Service.

View the CRIA website at www.chimneyrockco.org.

This story was posted on December 12, 2013.