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Patsy Cline tribute show to benefit Hands On Arts Camp

By June Marquez
Special to The PREVIEW

When I was approached by my friend Lisa Brown last year, the subject was Ms. Patsy Cline.

Lisa was entering the third week of her summer art program; it was western week at the Hands On Arts Camp and she asked if I would come to class and talk about Patsy Cline.

Lisa knew about the Patsy Cline tribute show I had produced for the Fred Harman Museum in 2010 and thought a presentation would be educational for the kids.

I was all for it, and by my side was my son. We dressed up in our cowboy boots and hats and we were off to the high school. We set up a computer with speakers and played a few songs from a recorded benefit show done in Bayfield. I sang a few songs a cappella and we danced to an original of Patsy Cline’s to demonstrate the two-step.

I shared with the kids a book I was reading with some pictures of the late country singer. As the book was passed around, a little girl raised her hand and said, “Did you say you aren’t Patsy Cline? … cause you look a lot like her.”

Of course, I smiled and thanked her for the compliment, and realized dressing up is a real novelty of the show.

I have been very blessed with the support I have received from this small community as I perform this show to benefit local non-profits. My hope is to build a show worthy of a few laughs and a few tears, if necessary. I’ve seen both, so I hope this show will touch your heart.

We are planning a tribute show on Aug. 18 to benefit Hands On Arts Camp will enjoy seeing some local musicians playing in the tribute band: from Pagosa Springs, Dan Fitzpatrick on stand-up bass and Marcus Rivas on drums; from Bayfield, Ted Hockenbury on steel-guitar and Charlie Harmer on lead guitar.

Giving to a program like Hands on Arts Camp is fulfilling. I am an advocate of keeping the arts alive in the schools. This is just one way we can give to our youth. We hope to have some art from the camp at the upcoming show. Last year’s donations made it possible for one more student to participate in this summer’s art program, headed up also by Tessie Garcia.

Come join us at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Bogey Q, 83 Pike Drive, Pagosa Springs. We will be serving your choice of ribs or chicken, coleslaw, baked beans and homemade dinner roll with strawberry butter. Dessert and coffee will be served during intermission. Tickets are $35 and available at Bogey Q and Two Chicks and a Hippie, 117 Navajo Trail Drive. Purchasing ahead of time will help with food preparation.

You can also call  769- 7254 to reserve tickets.

This story was posted on August 15, 2013.