It Will Be Memorable in Saguache This Weekend!
Memorial Day Weekend marks the officials start to the summer season. And things are no different in Saguache Today, so here’s the line-up for the first, three-day holiday weekend of the summer. This one honors those who gave their lives in service to the country. So enjoy all the festivities, but make sure to take the time to remember what Memorial Day is all about!
So first things first! The American Legion Garcia Post 110 will conduct the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies in the Saguache area cemeteries on the morning of Memorial Day – Monday, May 30. The group will begin at the Hillside Cemetery Veterans Memorial at 10 a.m., then continue to the old Chicago Cemetery at 11 a.m. The public is encouraged to join these heart-felt traditions that honor those who fought for American freedoms!
Now on to the long list of other festivities happening over Memorial Day Weekend in Saguache.
The festivities kick off Friday, May 27 with the Grand Opening of the Blue Earth Cafe in downtown Saguache. The new coffee shop is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be offering fine coffees, teas and snacks most of which is organic. This is the latest successful venture from Saguache Works. For their big splash weekend, the café will be having live music throughout the weekend, kicking things off Friday afternoon will be Barry Monroe playing some original jams from 3 – 6 p.m. For a full schedule, see the Blue Earth Cafe STORY.
The American Legion Garcia Post has been partnering with many Saguache community organizations to ensure this year’s Memorial Weekend will be respectful and enjoyable for everyone. On Saturday, May 28 the Saguache County Museum will host a pancake breakfast at Otto Mears Park from 7 – 11 a.m. For a mere $5 you can get a plateful of pancakes and sausage, as well as juice & coffee. If you don’t make it to the Saturday breakfast, they will be doing it again on Sunday (7-11 a.m.) as part of the museum’s summer season opening which will include a full day of fun and festivities (see below)
Also on Saturday, vendors will be set up from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the park along with Veteran service organizations who will be on hand to provide the latest information on programs for the Vets.
A silent auction will be held on Saturday till 4 p.m. There is still some space available for food & craft vendor booths The cost is $15. Contact Jeannie Ewing 719-480-2920.
The American Legion Garcia Post 110 in conjunction with the Saguache Town Parks and Recreation Board will be hosting this year’s Memorial Day Parade starting on 4th Street at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Free American flags will be handed out as the parade begins. Afterwards the Saguache Fire Fighters will be serving BBQ pork or beef ribs, along with potato salad, Marconi salad, cole slaw and baked beans at Otto Mears Park. It’s a fundraiser for $10/Plate.
As activities in the park wind down, the focus will shift to Cozy Castle Theater in downtown Saguache, starting at 6 p.m. Guest speaker Dorothy Brandt, a WWII veteran of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), the women’s branch of the United States Army. She will be there to provide some insight on her experiences. A feature film will follow her presentation. There will be food, fun and entertainment for all.
Then, plan to stay over for the Saguache County Museum official opening for the 2016 Summer Season on Sunday, May 29. Now in its 58th year, the museum has some new & exciting exhibits, as well as books, crafts by local artists, t-shirts & more in gift shop.
Starting Memorial Day weekend, the popular tourist attraction will be open daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission: $7/Adults, $1/Children under 12.
On Sunday at the museum from 9 a.m. to Noon Author Margaret (Minks) Mizushima will have a book signing of the Killing Trail: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery and a t-shirt signing by Larry Ward of “The Man Behind the T-Shirt”
Be sure to stop over to the museum because it’s a perfect time to also pick up all the details on the Sunday Afternoon Historical Lectures or Music Recitals, which will begin in June. You may also call 719-655-2557 for further details. Remember, the Saguache County Museum is a non-profit organization, operated by volunteers, so if you’d like to be one of them or wish to contribute financially, connect with them HERE.