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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Casino Night will put a smile on your face

By John Duvall
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy John Duvall Are you ready for Pagosa’s own “Dancing With The Stars”? Rotary’s annual Casino Night event is guaranteed to make you smile just like (left to right) Lindsey Kurt-Mason, Mary Helen and David Cammack and Mary Kurt-Mason did at last year’s star-studded event. Tickets are limited. Don’t miss the fun on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. in the community center.

Photo courtesy John Duvall
Are you ready for Pagosa’s own “Dancing With The Stars”? Rotary’s annual Casino Night event is guaranteed to make you smile just like (left to right) Lindsey Kurt-Mason, Mary Helen and David Cammack and Mary Kurt-Mason did at last year’s star-studded event. Tickets are limited. Don’t miss the fun on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. in the community center.

The mid-winter blahs got you down?

How to snap out of it is easy. Hint: Just pick the best choice from among these — (a) Get a juicy, full-on smooch from Toby the Wonder Dog, (b) Keep on floating down the San Juan River for a couple of miles after your Penguin Plunge, (c) Enjoy a night of Blackjack, dancing, craps, tasty food and Texas Hold ‘em at Rotary’s annual “Casino Night,” or (d) Shovel the snow from your neighbor’s driveway, steps, porch, deck, yard, etc. while sidestepping the “deposits” made by your dog.

The correct answer is (c) — Rotary’s Casino Night — the theme is “Dancing With The Stars” this year. It is guaranteed to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face.

Here’s what you need to know: The party starts at 6 p.m. and roars to a joyous climax at 10. It’s at the Ross Aragon Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Tickets are $40 per person with the added “feel-good” bonus of knowing you’re helping to fund the $20,000 in college scholarships the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club gives each year to deserving Archuleta County students. You can buy your tickets at The Pagosa SUN, Old West Press, EXIT Realty or from any Rotarian.

While it’s always OK to come dressed “Pagosa casual,” you might want to join your zany neighbors who’ll be decked out in everything from riverboat gambler duds, to dance hall floozy rags, to 1880’s cowboy hats and leathers, to Emmitt Smith’s Dallas Cowboys uniform, to things even more creative and bizarre. It can be a visual freak show at times, but it’s all in good fun.

There will be a limited number of tickets sold, so don’t wait ‘til the last minute.

This story was posted on February 13, 2014.