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Latest News – September 16

Fall Festival & Quilt Show in Saguache Today

In Saguache Today, Sept. 16, Otto Mears Park will come alive with the sights and sounds of autumn at the 24th Annual Fall Festival & Quilt Show.  Presented by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, the yearly occasion celebrates the harvest season with good food, hand-made quilts, a full line-up of live music, family fun and a variety of vendors sure to have you taking out your wallet!

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The 24th Annual Fall Festival & Quilt Show offers quilting demonstrations and the Chamber’s ONLY Silent Auction fundraiser which usually beings out the good loot to place your bid on! You can find the fun in the Community Building on September 16.

The day kicks off at 7 a.m. with the Saguache County Museum serving up some of their famous hot cakes and sausage, including beverage for only $5. You can find them under the park pavilion. They will be serving breakfast until 11 a.m. for you late risers!

The day’s festival schedule kicks into high gear at 9 a.m. when the vendors pop-up in the park and the Community Building opens for the much-anticipated Silent Auction. This is the chamber’s only official fundraiser, so there are usually some top notch things to bid on. Please support their efforts.

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Performers from the Salida Circus will be on hand to entertain the kids!

And while you’re in the Community Building be sure to take in the beautiful design work being presented and demonstrated by the Saguache Sagebrush Quilters. They will have a handmade quilt as a door prize, so be sure to get your ticket!  

From there, head out to cruise the park and shop the vendors, offering a variety of wares from food, to jewelry to handcrafted artwork. Live music will also be offered throughout the day starting at 10 a.m. And this year, there is quite a line-up, so get ready to be entertained by some of the best acts around, including: 

  • Seat of the Pants String Band – This duo is the epitome of old timey, grass roots, down home rocking chair bluegrass. Together forever, this husband and wife combo are like a sweet sunny summer morning. This is a great way to start the day so don’t miss them at 10 a.m.
  • Cheap Therapy – Saguache’s own Barry Monroe brings his brainchild to the stage. Cheap Therapy delivers unique originals with a tropical pop, white-boy reggae, groove shuffle vibe. They dish out harmonies so smooth you can ride ‘em like a slide.
  • Alpine Backbeats Drum Line – Catch the precision rhythms of the Alpine Backbeats Drum Line from Adams State University in Alamosa. This ensemble has eleven drummers playing bass, snare, tenor drums plus cymbals. They have been together for 2 years and have performed over thirty shows. Delaney Armstrong manages the drum line and James Doyle is the Professor.  This will be acoustic, on the grass and lots of fun! 
  • Roadrunners – Speeding across the valley from Saguache is “Roadrunners.” This is a five-piece country rock band with a beat that will kick you to your feet and get you dancing. Members are Rick Grontz on Keyboards and vocals, Mike Croft on drums, Ed Johnson on guitar and vocals, Mike Brill on guitar and vocals and Jack Barton on bass.  Catch them After lunch on Saturday.
  • Pint and a Half – Pint and a Half plays to crowds all over Colorado with forays into other neighboring states. Their folk roots Americana style is propelled by electrified acoustic guitar, bedrock percussion, blues harmonica, and close vocal harmonies. This band always delivers a tremendous show with both tears and dancing as standard features. Don’t miss them this afternoon.

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    The 24th Annual Saguache Fall Festival & Quilt Show has an incredible musical line-up with some of the best bands in the valley! Come and join the fun at Otto Mears Park on September 16. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Of course, there’s plenty of family fun to be had at the Saguache Fall Festival. Make sure the kids are at the park, starting at noon to see the Salida Circus performers offering face painting, stilt walkers, a magician and balloon clown. You can catch some of the circus performers in between the musical acts and throughout the park; they will be clowning around until 4 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m. the chamber will announce the winners of the silent auction, as well as hold the drawing for a beautiful handmade quilt. The fall festival is sponsored  by Saguache County Commissioners & Aventa Credit Union.  Come, celebrate the season on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Saguache Fall Festival! See you at the park!

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Latest News – September 5

Festival Celebrates Art, Artists in Saguache Today

The 8th Annual Saguache Arts Festival was held on August 19, featuring an array of creations and crafts.  This year’s festival featured more than 20 artists with music and food throughout the Town of Saguache. And the weather was perfect!

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Teri Rills stands beside the stump-carved sculpture outside her studio in Saguache during the 8th annual Saguache Art Festival held August 19.

More than 200 attendees got to roam the galleries, shops, and studios, featuring some of the regions finest from Kelsey Pedersen, to Teri Rill, to Riff and Marilyn Fenton.

“It was a good turnout,” said Barry Van Sant, President of the Saguache Chamber of Commerce who presents the annual event, now in its 8th year.

New participants this year include Ramblin’ Roy with his assemblage sculptures and Ruby Creek Press’ photographic postcards of Saguache. Old favorites include Saguache’s award-winning Fiber Artists and Quilters.

The Fentons had a live pottery demonstration at their studio on San Juan down the street from the Magpie Gallery, where local musicians kept the vibe alive as visitors shopped for exotic African art as well one-of-a-kind whimsical creations.

Byron Williams kept festival-goers entertained at the Smith Market Gallery with his gourd-eous work, while across the street Teri Rill’s studio, proudly displayed the tree trunk carved into a bouquet. The event was a true celebration of the burgeoning arts scene happening in Saguache Today.

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Stephanie Beuchler (left) and Barry Van Sant (right) hold down the booth for the Saguache Chamber of Commerce which presents the annual Saguache Art Festival.

Another component to the 8th Annual Saguache Art Festival that saw a huge spike in numbers was participation in the 4th Annual Saguache County Photography Contest.

“We’ve never had so many entries,” said Sarah Fernandez who has organized the event from its inception. With a total 125 photos from 29 artists, 75 voters had a difficult time selecting their favorites in each of the nine categories: Action, Historical Buildings, Landscape, Local/Current, Pets, Series, Wildlife, Miscellaneous,  and Miscellaneous/Organic.

And perhaps as a testament to tradition meeting up with technology in Saguache County, the Grand Champion Photo – “Round-Up” was captured by Josiah Brinkley from his iPhone! For complete Photo Contest Results:  CLICK.

Fernandez also wanted to make mention of a few supporters of this annual event, from Mary Morfitt with the United Methodist Church who provided the venue for the exhibit, to Stephanie Beuchler with the Wapiti Coffee House for donating camera accessories to top winner and Barry Van Sant with the Saguache Chamber for donating $50 for the Grand Champion Prize. And finally, thanks to the Town of Saguache for proving the grant money that helps make the annual event possible.

“Thanks to all the exhibitors and voters who make this event bigger and better each year,” stated Fernandez. “I hope you keep coming back; Keep taking pictures!” Participants should note that there will be a few minor changes to the contest, as well as additional categories for next year. Stay Tuned!

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With a total 125 photos from 29 artists, 75 voters had a difficult time selecting their favorites in each of the nine categories: Action, Historical Buildings, Landscape, Local/Current, Pets, Series, Wildlife, Miscellaneous, and Miscellaneous/Organic. This year’s contest, which is held in conjunction with the Saguache Art Festival, had a record number of photo entries.

Chamber’s Speaker Program: Computers, Cleaning

Tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Saguache Chamber of Commerce continues with its popular speak program, welcoming Brenda Garcia, Owner/Proprietor of Bear Claw Computers and the Westwind Cleaning Company. The presentation beings at 6 p.m. at the County Road & Bridge at 305 3rd. St. in Saguache.chamber logo

Brenda Garcia, a Saguache native and longtime resident, has offered to share her story at the next Chamber meeting. A few years ago, Garcia started Bearclaw Computers in Saguache to help fill the need for local computer services. Garcia services desktop and laptop computers, configures and troubleshoots computer networks and internet access, and she provides data security services as well. Some of her notable clients at Bearclaw include Saguache Works and the Town of Saguache. she also recently began the Westwind Cleaning Company performing all cleaning services for commercial and residential and even auto detailing. Westwind Cleaning Company provides, for example, commercial cleaning services at the Joyful Journey Spa.

Come and hear Brenda Garcia speak about herself, her businesses, and hear why she has decided to remain here in Saguache and provide these valuable and needed services to the community. Brenda is from a long line of Saguache natives and her family extends back to the original settlers of the Town. Maybe she’ll share some insight into the town history as well!

The Chamber monthly meetings (as always) are open to the public. Please contact the Chamber at info@saguachechamber.org or call Barry at 719-322-7298 if you have any questions about this meeting or if you’d like to know more about the Chamber Speaker Program.

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BECOME a Chamber Member! Saguache Chamber President Barry Van Sant provides an update regarding Saguache tourism during the San Luis Valley Tourism Association held at Adams State University on February 21. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

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Latest News – August 30

Chamber’s Speaker Program: Computers, Cleaning

Next Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Saguache Chamber of Commerce continues with its popular speak program, welcoming Brenda Garcia, Owner/Proprietor of Bear Claw Computers and the Westwind Cleaning Company. The presentation beings at 6 p.m. at the County Road & Bridge at 305 3rd. St. in Saguache.chamber logo

Brenda Garcia, a Saguache native and longtime resident, has offered to share her story at the next Chamber meeting. A few years ago, Garcia started Bearclaw Computers in Saguache to help fill the need for local computer services. Garcia services desktop and laptop computers, configures and troubleshoots computer networks and internet access, and she provides data security services as well. Some of her notable clients at Bearclaw include Saguache Works and the Town of Saguache. she also recently began the Westwind Cleaning Company performing all cleaning services for commercial and residential and even auto detailing. Westwind Cleaning Company provides, for example, commercial cleaning services at the Joyful Journey Spa.

Come and hear Brenda Garcia speak about herself, her businesses, and hear why she has decided to remain here in Saguache and provide these valuable and needed services to the community. Brenda is from a long line of Saguache natives and her family extends back to the original settlers of the Town. Maybe she’ll share some insight into the town history as well!

The Chamber monthly meetings (as always) are open to the public. Please contact the Chamber at info@saguachechamber.org or call Barry at 719-322-7298 if you have any questions about this meeting or if you’d like to know more about the Chamber Speaker Program.

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BECOME a Chamber Member! Saguache Chamber President Barry Van Sant provides an update regarding Saguache tourism during the San Luis Valley Tourism Association held at Adams State University on February 21. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

Latest News – August 19

Art Festival in Saguache Today!

The 8th Annual Saguache Art Festival will be held today Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This year’s festival will feature more than 20 artists and crafters, with music and food throughout Downtown Saguache.

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The Saguache Arts Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 19 in Downtown Saguache.

Saguache Art Festival maps will be available throughout Downtown. The Saguache Hotel will display art and antiques, 4th Street Diner will feature local artists and always amazing pie. Antiques Etc. will have eclectic antiques and local glass art. The Fentons will do a live pottery demonstration at their studio on San Juan around the corner from the Village Pub, serving up pizza, pasta and a full bar. The Magpie features Judith Page’s mixed media artwork and artifacts from Africa and the Middle East. The Range will exhibit painting by Gaby Wolodarski, an artist from Montevallo, Alabama.

Around the corner visit Smith Market Gallery to see the work of Byron Williams, maker of baskets and embellished gourds. Across the street from Smith Market is Teri Rill’s studio, with a tree trunk carved into a bouquet. More artists and crafters will be set up at tables throughout the Downtown area. 

The 8th Annual Saguache Arts Festival is sponsored by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce.

Meet The Artists:

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Saguache artist Kelsey Pedersen Photo: June Savage.

Visit Hauck/Pedersen, in business in Saguache for over two decades, showcasing figurative expressionist art. Kelsey Hauck displays paintings, collage, sculpture, 100’s of works on paper, and antiquities throughout her 1886 storefront building.  Hauck has lived throughout the Southwest and has traveled widely in Europe. She came to Saguache in 1993 with her late husband Doug Pedersen.

Pedersen and Hauck met in 1966 in New York City when he hired her at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s first Education Department. Both artists have a strong interest in philosophy, classical music, education, and organic food. Their artwork deals with the human condition.

A world-renowned artist, Hauck has made Saguache her home for more than two decades. Today, she continues to create works of collage magic, and is happy to have visitors to her studio, The Hauck/Pedersen Fine Art Gallery located at 313 – 315 4th Street in downtown Saguache. www.hauckpedersen.com

For the serious art collector the journey to this 100 year-old mercantile building provides a face to face interaction with the art and the unique environment in which it was created. So next time you’re downtown, be sure to stop in and see what people have been talking about for years!

Magpie Gallery: A Combination of Inspiration & Art 

By Kathy Bedell, Saguache Today

In honor of next Saturday’s Saguache Art Festival, here’s the next Meet The Artist story, featuring the Saguache artist and owner of the Magpie Gallery, Judith Page

For art-lovers wondering about the genesis of Saguache artist Judith Page’s colorful, and often whimsical artwork, the answer can be traced to a naughty childhood habit: coloring in the wallpaper.

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Artist and owner Judith Page writes up the receipt for another satisfied customer at the Magpie Gallery located in downtown Saguache Today.

“Yes, I got caught doing that on more than one occasion,” recalls Page during a recent visit to the Magpie Gallery at the corner of 4th and San Juan. But perhaps that childish indiscretion was more the result of the artist’s self-described upbringing in a “poor” section of Washington, D.C., rather than a desire to deface her girlhood bedroom. After all, most artists work with what they have, right?

Judy’s signature style is the use of bold, primary colors to illuminate fantastic imagery.

Judy’s signature style is the use of bold, primary colors to illuminate fantastic imagery.

However, these days Page’s meager beginnings seem as far away as her birth place,  and nowhere is that more apparent than in her Magpie Gallery. From the array of colors used in Page’s mixed media illustrations, to the cross section of textures in the glass and wood beads adorning the windows and walls, as well as the hand-woven decorative baskets and rugs, visitors tend to forget they are in downtown Saguache!

Page has been producing & selling her artwork in the San Luis Valley since 1998. According to the Magpie Gallery website: Judy’s signature style is the use of bold, primary colors to illuminate fantastic imagery.  

“My art reflects a way of seeing the world with a sense of wonder, where anything can happen, where things are a little askew,” Page explains on her website. “I hope to excite a sense of curiosity in my viewers, that they might look at the world a little differently.”

And if Page’s art helps people to see the world a little differently, then her partner Dean Coombs’ African collectibles help bring the world to the corner of 4th and San Juan. In fact, it’s that deep sense of texture that visitors to the Saguache art studio connect with the moment they enter, producing that childhood desire to run one’s hands across the rows and rows of one-of-kind beads.

And while many in the San Luis Valley know the Coombs name as the third generation printer and editor of the Saguache Crescent, Dean has been collecting African beads and ethnographic artifacts for more than 20 years, much of which is on display and/or for sale at the Magpie Gallery.

As one art enthusiast expressed during a recent visit, “I’m surprised to see this kind of African collection in the middle of nowhere; it’s lovely!” And no doubt the word has gotten out, as collectors from around the region now seek Coombs out because of his rare and diverse collection of art, particularly his vast selection of high quality beads.

Come and see one of the most unique art shops in the San Luis Valley for yourself; the Magpie Gallery is open during the days and times listed below. And remember that Saguache’s 8th Annual Saguache Art Festival is happening this Saturday, Aug. 19 – do you need a better reason to stop in to Saguache Today?

The Magpie Gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. (Closed for the winter from January – April except by appointment). 324 4th Street, downtown Saguache Colorado. Call 719-655-2650.

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The Magpie Gallery stands as an anchor to the ever-growing arts and cultural district in downtown Saguache. Business is flourishing on 4th Street!

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Saguache’s Byron Williams Creates Gourd-eous Art!

Saguache artist and owner of the Smith Market Gallery, Byron Williams has a gourd-eous way of expressing his creative side.

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Local artist Byron Williams will be featured at this Saturday’s Saguache Art Festival. Photo: Smith Market Gallery

Williams has made baskets out of many materials, most frequently basket reed which is a standard basket making material.  He has used grapevine, honeysuckle, tulip popular bark, Siberian Elm bark as well as rawhide, wool rovings and yard, paper and fabric.  His talents are shown in a wide variety of baskets from traditional to the uniquely creative freeform styles.

Byron runs the Smith Market Gallery at the corner of 5th and Denver in Saguache and will be one of the featured artist during the 8th Annual Saguache Art Festival this Saturday, August 19.  Williams’s exhibit will have examples of his work, going back 40 years including baskets and gourds of many patterns and styles.

IMG_0025Gourds are used for making everything from baskets looking like sculptures to masks and are part of his large collection of art. The art work is accomplished with the use of design itself to the unique painting the color with various dyes and wood varnish, antlers, carving, wood burning and other embellishments.  He states that he likes to clean each of the gourds so he “becomes familiar with each one.”  Each piece is a one of a kind; just like the artist!

Latest News – July 14

Hollyhocks Celebrated July 29 in Saguache

The tourist season is in full swing in Saguache Today. And nothing says summer is in bloom like the 6th Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival which will be held Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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The Town of Saguache’s official flower – the Hollyhock – will be celebrated with great fanfare and affection at the 6th Annual Hollyhock Festival on July 29. Photo: SaguacheToday/Lynn Nowikowski.

Presented by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, this event has grown in popularity, finding many San Luis Valley residents joining in the celebration of Saguache’s official town flower!  So if you’re looking for the shade of the tall trees and haven’t stopped into downtown Saguache for a while, be sure to include this self-guided walking tour in your plans to see what’s new.

Hollyhock Festival goers will begin their route at Otto Mears Park in Saguache. Check in at the Community Building anytime between at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. More than a dozen gardens, some with Hollyhocks, some without, will be on display as gardeners compete for generous prizes.

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Pictured here standing next to one of the Hollyhock artworks from last year, Saguache Mayor Greg Terrell is the official Hollyhock Festival greeter. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

The celebration of Saguache’s official flower commemorates the dedication of early settlers who brought the hollyhocks and old-fashioned roses to the area. In addition to the delightful tour, master gardeners will hold a plant clinic. So if you’ve been wondering what’s been going on with your green thumb, this is the place to do it!  And be sure to bring the kids along for a special session on how to create a Hollyhock doll; of course the adults are welcome too! There will also be Hollyhock plants which will be potted and available to buy for your garden!

In addition to the beauty created by Mother Nature, local galleries will have their artwork on display, many pieces highlighting the delightful Hollyhock. Artists’ work will also be displayed in the Community Building, all featuring glorious Hollyhock in various mediums – painting, needlework, carving, etc. Be sure to be there at 2 p.m., when the winners of the best adult and juvenile Hollyhock art will be announced. It all leads up to the grand announcement of the first, second and third place prizes will be awarded for the best Hollyhock garden and the best general garden.

As part of the Saguache Hollyhock Festival there will be breakfast, snacks and lunch available in the Community Building as a fundraiser for the Saguache Volunteer Fire Department. So fuel up before you tour the gardens, or when you come back for the awards and announcements. In addition, those World Famous Root Beer Floats will also be offered by the Friends of the Saguache Public Library.

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Children enjoy making Hollyhock dolls from the town’s official flower while sipping on a homemade root beer float from the Friends of the Library.

Once you are finished touring the gardens, you’ll want to make a day of it! From downtown’s Magpie Art Gallery, the Hauck Pedersen art gallery and The Range to Antiques, Etc., the Fenton Studio Pottery, and Smith Market Gallery just a few blocks off main street, if you haven’t visited in a while, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see a thriving arts community in Saguache Today.

There are a lots of new and thriving businesses on 4th Street, Saguache’s downtown business and arts district. Be sure to visit the Welcome Center, along with the 4th Street Food Store, and Blue Earth Thrift Store, and don’t miss out on the new Saguache Bicycle Service shop located behind the thrift store.  Wander over to see a movie at the Cozy Castle Cinema.

There are also now a few dining options in Saguache. Of course, the 4th Street Diner and Oasis Restaurant are favorites among locals, but also check out the Village Pub now in its second summer. The Saguache Hotel is undergoing some renovation work, so be sure to “check in;” that’s just one of the many exciting things happening in Saguache Today!

So make it a lovely day of gardens and small town enjoyments at the 6th Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival on Saturday, July 29. The Hollyhock Festival is presented by The Saguache Chamber of Commerce with the generous support from the following sponsors – Thank You! Saguache County Commissioners, North River Greenhouse in Alamosa, Monte Vista Co-op, Walmart in Alamosa & Salida, True Value in Salida, Salida Greenhouse, SLV Garden Center in Monte Vista, Always Azul in Villa Grove, Catlin’s Greenhouse in Monte Vista, Brady’s West Greenhouse in Salida, Yvonne Halburian in Saguache, Saguache Office of Rio Grande National Forest.

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The garden competition includes a Hollyhock and general garden category. Pictured here is one of last year’s winners.

Latest News – April 11

Saguache Chamber of Commerce: Decade of Progress

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The Saguache Chamber of Commerce Board presented its Annual State of the Chamber on April 4, 2017. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

The Saguache Chamber of Commerce held its annual State of the Chamber meeting last Tuesday, April 4. While a spring snow storm that dumped more than half a foot of snow in some areas of the San Luis Valley might have accounted for a sparse attendance, the report brought more than a ray of sunshine to the county seat.

Chamber President Barry Van Sant opened the meeting with the announcement of the results of the recent Chamber election. New board member, Theo Boudreaux with Joyful Journey Hot Springs was welcomed in as a Member-at-Large and Byron Williams, was re-elected as Vice President. The annual meeting continued after a few gracious comments from the newly elected, the new Saguache Chamber Board was seated as follows: Barry Van Sant, President, Byron Williams, Vice President, Jean Collier, Treasurer, Theo Boudreaux, Member-at-Large, Carita Ginn, Secretary. Congratulations to all and thank you for your service to the Saguache community.

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Newly elected Saguache Chamber Board member Theo Boudreaux (center) expresses his gratitude to the membership for their recent votes in the March election. Pictured here with re-elected Chamber Vice President Byron Williams (right) and Chamber Secretary Carita Ginn (left). Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

The main presentation given by President Van Sant was entitled: A Decade of Progress. The Saguache Chamber of Commerce – as it is known today – was established in 2007. As it heads into its 10th year, it was time to look back and reflect on the progress made by this  group of dedicated volunteers.  

Through a series of photographs, Van Sant took attendees through the story of hard work and dedication starting with the renovation of the downtown core district in 2007. Most remember the ScSEED funding that combined with the county commissioners, town trustees, and local citizens’ efforts was able to move a dying rural community away from the edge of darkness. That upgrade set into motion a momentum that continues in Saguache today.

“These combined efforts have allowed the Chamber to exist, grow, and define itself,” explained Van Sant to a hardy group of ten chamber members who braved the spring snow storm for the presentation. “Today, the Saguache Chamber of Commerce is the largest community organization in Saguache County with membership levels hovering at 70 members.”

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Saguache Chamber President Barry Van Sant shows the Decade of Progress the chamber has made through a series of pictures, Photo: Saguache Today

Each year, the Chamber focuses on three primary events: the Hollyhock Festival, the Art Festival, and the Fall Festival & Quilt Show. In 2016, reported Van Sant, these chamber events brought a combined 1,000 event-goers and an estimated $140,000 in monies inserted into the economy. That’s in addition to providing locals a chance to get out, have some fun and visit with their neighbors!

The chamber board also instituted several new programs which have proven to be informative and well-attended. The Saguache Chamber Speaker program invited local business owners to speak about their vetures and the service they offer so that folks would know what is available in Saguache. One of the added benefits to the program, stated Van Sant was a shared insight “that it takes a special person to live and work in Saguache and Saguache County, and hearing from our fellow members offers insight into the commonalities of our members and the methods used to make-a-go-of-it in an area of low income and population.”

Last year also saw the introduction of the new Chamber Sponsorship Program and two seminars, including The Basic Food Safety Program, which was a big hit with local restaurant workers as well as those who sell food at festivals during the summer. Each participant received a Basic Food Safety certificate and learned “correct and safe” methods of serving food to the public. This was one of the best-attended event and indicates that the chamber is on-track providing services and programs that are relevant to the membership and community it serves.

Looking ahead, the Saguache Chamber of Commerce is planning on two overarching activities as it celebrates its 10th Anniversary.

  1. Continue to make the Chamber Events bigger and better.
  2. Continue to expand the outreach and services provided by the Chamber. 

 

Full Report_Link ChamberIn conclusion, stated Van Sant: 2016 was a banner year for the Saguache Chamber of Commerce. Revenues were up, membership totals were up, product sales were up, and several new programs brought new sources of income and larger expenditures back out into the community and citizens.

Congratulations on all of your success and hard work!

If you are interested in becoming part of the exciting momentum that is the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, memberships are a real bargain considering the benefits and programs; they start at just $25 a year!

Latest News – March 20

Chamber Board Election Underway in Saguache Today

The Saguache Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors election is underway and chamber members have until March 31 to cast their ballots for two of four nominations.

Chamber Board Secretary Carlita Quinn presents at the 2016 planning conference last January.  The Saguache Chamber election is underway with four nominees for two open Board positions presented to voting members in good standing . Photo: Saguache Today.

Voting is open only to chamber members in good standing (2017 dues have been paid). If you or your business have been considering becoming a Saguache Chamber members, dues are very reasonable compared to the benefits the chamber provides through local events support, as well as member benefits of marketing opportunities and a popular speaker program created to share information among entrepreneurs and programs all up and down the San Luis Valley. Contact Carita Ginn, Secretary, Saguache Chamber of Commerce for membership information at lalady50@hotmail.com or check out the chamber website

In the meantime, for voting chamber members, John Darden of Las Cruces, NM (officially, although he also owns property in Saguache County) has been designated as the election official by the Saguache Chamber Board of Directors, per the Election Rules outlined in Article IV of the By Laws of the Chamber of Commerce: Officers, Section 1. Officers, paragraph 3.

While that might sound a bit procedural for a small town chamber, it speaks well to the group’s organization, and willingness to be transparent with an independent official. Darden has provided a detailed timeline to members indicating that the chamber election closes on March 31, with new officers slated to be seated at the next chamber meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Saguache Road & Bridge Meeting Room. John Darden may be reached via email at  JOHNDARDEN@ZIANET.COM   

The four Saguache Chamber Board Nominees are: Theo Boudreaux, Marge Hoglin, Carla Quintana, Byron Williams. Thanks to everyone who accepted the nomination to serve their local chamber. Saguache Today will let you know the election results when they come in.