Pagosa’s holiday season begins in earnest

December begins with a plethora of festivities, activities and events. Pull out your calendars and set aside some time to enjoy theatrical performances, musicals, and the opportunity to have fun while giving back to the community.

Festival of Trees

The annual Festival of Trees will be held Friday at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

The fund-raising event begins at 6:30 p.m. with delicious hors d’oeuvres, a cash beer and wine bar, a silent auction and live music.

Twenty-three trees will be decorated by nonprofit organizations in a variety of styles from the whimsical to the elegant. Attendees should make sure that they arrive by 7:30 p.m. to vote for their favorite tree. The top 10 “favorite” trees will then be part of the live auction. Proceeds from the sale of the trees will benefit the nonprofit entity. Not only will you be assisting a community organization, but you will also have the opportunity to obtain a beautiful tree for home or office, or you can donate a tree to a family in need.

Tickets to the festival are only $12 in advance, and $15 at the door for a wonderful evening of fun.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

This creative story is a twist on the classic Frank Capra movie, portrayed through a live 1940s-style radio broadcast.

This story of love and redemption brings alive the holiday spirit.

The Thingamajig Theatre presents a cast of characters in a production that begins with a Nov. 30 champagne opening night and runs through Dec. 23.

Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets for the champagne opening are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. All other performances are $18 in advance and $25 at the door.

Don’t miss another noteworthy performance produced by the Thingamajig Theatre. Order tickets at

Community Choir 

A group of more than 60 local singers of all ages gathers to present another holiday musical extravaganza beginning Friday and continuing on Saturday, with both performances at 7 p.m. A concert will be held on Sunday at 4 p.m., with all performances at the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium.

The concert will consist of religious musical renditions, secular favorites and sassy numbers by the Jazz Ensemble. The “Hallelujah Chorus” will provide a magnificent finale.

The concert is free; however, donations are gratefully accepted.

There will be a special gathering of the members of Archuleta Seniors Inc. at the Sunday performance, with a reception at the Casa de los Arcos facility one block away immediately following the concert.

Santa at the downtown center

Santa makes his annual visit to the downtown Visitor Center on Saturday. His sleigh should arrive at 3 p.m. and he will be present until about 5:30. The Chamber and Visitor Center building will also be lit up Saturday evening. With the Visitor Center, The Springs Resort, the star on Reservoir Hill and some addition of lights in the downtown area, it will be a wonderful time to get out and enjoy a bit of Pagosa. The lighting ceremony will take place at about 5:15 p.m.

While you’re at the center, enjoy cookies, beverages and trinkets. Parents will be treated to a free holiday photograph of the kids, and there is time to use this photo as your Christmas greeting from Pagosa Springs. Bring the children and enjoy a festive setting, with plenty of treats for adults and children.

World Craft Fair

Restoration Fellowship presents the seventh annual World Craft Fair.

Goods from around the globe will be for sale Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Home decor, hand crafted goods, jewelry and many more items are for sale, all produced by skilled artisans from around the world. The sale of these items provides a fair wage to the talented artisans.

The fair is at Restoration Fellowship, located on Village Drive behind City Market.

Get ready to shop

The seventh annual Parade of Stores Shopping Extravaganza will take place from Thursday, Dec. 6, to Saturday, Dec. 8.

Stores all over town will offer an array of specials including No Tax Shopping. There will be numerous open houses, additional discounts and specials.

Downtown and east-end stores will stay open late on Friday, for another “Street-Walking” event. Plan on getting off work and do a little socializing and shopping. Stores will be open until 7 p.m. There will be live music, warming beverages and delicious snacks at various stores.

Participants can begin their shopping adventure on Thursday, Dec. 6, with the frequent stamp program or at the Super Prize Package event. Shoppers can pick up frequent stamp cards at the Chamber or at any of the participating stores. Shoppers will be eligible to be entered into store drawings if they collect at least 15 stamps on their shopping excursions during the three-day event. More than 35 gifts have been donated by participating stores as a way to thank the public for visiting the establishments and shopping local. No purchase is necessary.

The other part of the weekend is the opportunity to enter the Super Prize Package giveaway. Three weekend vacations will be offered to winners. For every $10 spent, you will have the opportunity to enter the drawing. The more you spend, the more chances you have to win. Each participating store will have tickets for shoppers to fill out. You might want to take address labels with your name and phone number on them if you are planning on buying a lot of gifts. Every year, this event continues to grow thanks to the support of local retail merchants. Winners of the prizes will be notified the following week. For more information about participating stores, or about the shopping opportunities, contact the Chamber of Commerce.

Business news

On Monday, Dec. 3, the Community Development Corporation will host Crowd Funding business developer, Anthony Edwards from Silverton, Colo. Anthony was a guest speaker at the fourth annual Entrepreneurship Conference here in Pagosa in 2011. Anthony’s field of expertise is finding funding sources for businesses and communities. Crowd Funding is a new concept where groups of people can be gathered together to fund a particular project or business venture. While it is similar to other funding sources such as Kickstarter and Indie GoGo, Edwards will bring a new twist to the Crowd Funding platform. You can attend the CDC meeting that begins at 5 p.m. at the Quality Resort and Edwards will be the major speaker at the meeting. For more information, contact the Chamber at 264-2360. Reservations are not necessary and all are welcome.

We have a new business to welcome to the Chamber this week. We consistently get requests in the Visitor Center about wineries in the area. We have Wines of the San Juan located by Navajo Dam as members, but sometimes that is just too far for people to drive. Now we welcome Richard Parry and Fox Fire Farms to our area. Located just outside of Ignacio, Foxfire Farms is a full-scale winery complete with tastings of the wines they make, and it also serves as an event location. You can stroll the grounds and vineyards or hold a wedding or special event on the grounds. The eggs and grass-raised beef that are produced on the farm are not sold to consumers, but are used for seasonal wine dinners and special events. You can schedule a wine tasting outing for small or large groups or schedule a special dinner. Right now, you can view or taste at the winery by appointment only, however, they will be open for the season in May until the end of October, typically from 1-6 p.m. For more information, visit the website at

Our renewing members this week include Growing Spaces, Briliam Engineering, CenturyLink, Bruce Spruce Ranch, Econo Lodge, and the Aspen Springs Metro District. We welcome back all our renewing members and the services they provide to our community and to customers in other parts of the country.

Have you purchased your Pagosa Perks raffle tickets yet? For just $5 per ticket, or five tickets for $20, you could win $1,000, $500 or $250 in local spending dollars. Time is drawing to a close; the drawing is Dec. 19. You do not need to be present to win. Pick yours up at the Chamber or from a Chamber board or staff member.


This story was posted on November 29, 2012.