Enter the World of the Ancient benefit dinner

By Cherlyn Gwin
Special to The SUN

America’s newest National Monument is in Pagosa Springs’ backyard, and we are ready to celebrate.

Join the volunteers and staff of Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) on June 14at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse, 230 Port Ave., from 6-10 p.m. as we celebrate Chimney Rock and its exciting new designation as a National Monument.

You will enter the mysterious world of the Ancestral Puebloans through a newly-constructed replica of an ancient T-Door into an evening of dancing and great food.

Live music throughout the evening will be provided by the San Juan Mountain Boys, dinner music by John Graves and flute music by Charles Martinez.

The evening includes door prizes, a silent auction, a brown bag drawing and a cash bar.

The benefit is in support of Chimney Rock National Monument and its important role in our community as a tourism destination that brings our area’s history alive.

Roughly 1,000 years ago, the Ancestral Pueblo People built more than 200 homes and ceremonial buildings high above the valley floor. Currently, 22 national monuments are associated with Native Americans, and it is exciting to have Chimney Rock National Monument as our neighbor.

Tickets for the evening are $35 each, with reserved tables available for your party of eight for $300, by calling the CRIA Office, 731-7133. Individual tickets are available at Higher Grounds Coffee Co., Boulder Coffee Cafe, the Humane Society Thrift Store or the CRIA office.

CRIA, in partnership with the Pagosa Ranger District, USDA Forest Service, provides the site’s care, protection and preservation, as well as public interpretation and education about the history of the site. The evening’s benefit will provide funds for care of this place of unparalleled beauty sitting on a high mesa at the southern edge of our San Juan Mountains.

This story was posted on May 2, 2013.