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Saguache News – August 13

Hollyhock Festival: Another Success Story

By Carita Ginn, Saguache Chamber of Commerce

The 7th Annual Hollyhock Festival was another success story.  We counted over 300 folks visiting the Community Building and were told there were more uncounted throughout the Town-WOW!

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Byron Williams garden at the Smith Market Gallery won the blue ribbon in the Hollyhock Garden category. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Even with the rains that helped to offset our drought, folks flocked to view the artwork on exhibit; enjoy wonderful pulled pork sandwiches with sides provided by the Saguache Volunteer Fire Dept; the world-famous root beer floats offered by the Friends of the Saguache Public Library; not to mention the activities—hollyhock doll making thanks to Gia and Paige Hammel; face painting compliments of Stacey Holden; and pinwheel making thanks to Ashland Wilhite.  Marvin Reynolds with SLV Extension Service brought his talents along with his associate to answer any questions for these Master Gardeners.  Don Baker demonstrated honey extraction to the excitement of onlookers.  Liza Marron with Walk2Connect offered a guided tour of the local gardens at 11am.  Unfortunately, the second scheduled tour at 1pm had to be cancelled due to weather.

There were 17 local gardens to enjoy, some with and some without hollyhocks.  The Chamber wants to thank each of you who worked to exhibit your gardens.  Byron Williams took 1st place for Hollyhock Garden; Juan Amezcua took 2nd place; and Joan Bannister took 3rd place honors.  For the non-Hollyhock Garden, prizes went to Lisa & Jim Jaminet for 1st place; Kathy Hill for 2nd place; and May Engquist for 3rd place.  Other gardens included in the tour were Jeannie & Mike Norris, Sarah Krantz & David Smalley (not competing since they took first place honors in 2017), Mountain Valley School Community Garden, Richard Helmick, Loraine Quintana, Big Valley Motel, Stacey Holden, Jane & Duncan Martin, Saguache Hotel Antiques, Saguache County Museum, and Hazard House Museum.

In the Art Contest Adult Division, we had entries from Sara Fernandez, Mackenzie Hammel, Stacey Holden, Mary Morfitt, and Lacy Reed.  The Youth Division only had one entry, from 4-year old Dallas Lucero.  The Chamber salutes his willingness to become involved in this competition.  First place adult awards went to Lacy Reed for the beautiful handmade quilt.  A picture of this item will appear on the 2019 Hollyhock seed card in addition to the prizes this year.  Second place honors went to Stacey Holden for the matched Hollyhock flower paintings.  Third place adult art winner was Mary Morfitt for her handmade calendar holder featuring Hollyhocks.

In addition to the hollyhock plants for sale and the T-shirts featuring embroidered hollyhocks, there were also seed cards for sale.  The 2018 seed card honored the 2017 winner of the Adult Art Contest, Wade Collins.  Also available were seed cards from previous years for a discounted price.  Donations were accepted for two door prizes.  The first was a handmade fairy garden planter created by Sarah Krantz.  The second item was a fantastic painting of hollyhocks donated by Yvonne Halburian. 

The Hollyhock Festival Committee members for 2018 consisted of Sarah Krantz, Carla Quintana, Cathy Kent, Stephanie Buechler, Becky (Williams) Harman, and Carita Ginn.  These members donated countless hours to advertise, prepare for and execute duties which made this event possible.

As a tribute to J. Byron Williams who was a driving force in the creation of this event, Greg Terrell was on hand-complete with gnome head ware-to present a plaque to him acknowledging those efforts, not only in 2012 but every year since then.

The Chamber took this opportunity to also honor Byron for his contributions to the Saguache Chamber of Commerce over the past ten years.  Not only was he a driving force for this event, but also for creation of the annual Art Festival which will occur this year on August 18, 2018. Yvonne (Eve) Braden from Valley to Valley Senior Care Center was on hand to present a plaque to Byron for his donation of land for the creation of the Senior Care Center planned to be built just north of Saguache.  A specialty cake with a photo of Byron on it, created by Jean Collier, along with lemonade was offered to those in attendance.  Barry Van Sant, President of the Chamber, delivered a proclamation by the Chamber Board of Directors to establish the J Byron Williams Distinguished Service Award.  Byron is the inaugural recipient of this award.  Funds were also presented to Byron to assist with his relocation.

The Chamber wishes to acknowledge the generosity of everyone who contributed prizes, talents, volunteer time and efforts to help us make this another wonderful event.

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Hollyhock Festival attendees admire the first place (adult) Hollyhock Art Contest Award for the beautiful handmade quilt made by Lacy Reed. Photo: Saguache Today

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Saguache News – July 25

Hollyhocks Celebrated July 28 in Saguache

The tourist season is in full swing in Saguache Today. And nothing says summer is in bloom like the 7th Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival which will be held Saturday, July 28 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 7th Annual Hollyhock Festival on July 28. 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.

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!Hollyhock Festival

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 Wapiti Coffeehouse located behind the thrift store.  Wander over to see a movie at the Cozy Castle Cinema or have a bite at The Village Pub.

So make it a lovely day of gardens and small town enjoyments at the 7th Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival on Saturday, July 28. The Hollyhock Festival is presented by The Saguache Chamber of Commerce with the generous support from many sponsors – Thank You! 

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The garden competition includes a Hollyhock and general garden category. Pictured here is one the past winners. Photo: Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee.

 

Latest News – August 1

Flowers – and Flooding – Greet Hollyhock Festival

The 6th Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival saw a bit of sunshine last Saturday which was a welcome reprieve from relentless rain Saguache has been seeing for more than a couple of weeks.

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Byron Williams garden at the Smith Market Gallery won the blue ribbon in the Hollyhock Garden category. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

While some of the gardens experienced a pretty good hail lashing the day before the July 29 event, most sprang back to life with some tender, love and care from their owners. Garden tour-ists seemed to make a goodtime of it regardless, exchanging gardening tips and of course, conversations about the weather .

This year’s garden winners for the 2017 Saguache Hollyhock Festival could be found on the same street, but a few blocks apart. The winner in the Hollyhock Garden category was Byron Williams, artist and owner of the Smith Market Gallery. “The judges must have seen them before all this rain, when they were at their peak,” Williams said in front of is artists shop at the corner of 5th and Denver Streets. And while there were plenty of the official town flowers gracing his garden, many seemed to be bowing in homage to the ancient settlers who brought them here.

The blue ribbon top prize in the garden category went to Sarah Krantz and Dave Smalley for their entertaining and whimsical garden at 655 5th Street.

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The see-saw feature in Sarah Krantz and Dave Smalley’s whimsical garden was one of the things that garnered it the top prize for the garden catagory.

From the campfire feature to the fake alligator in the newly-formed swamp created from all the recent rain, most visitors left with a smile. But for those who really wanted to throw their heads back in laughter, it was the giant hand-crafted see-saw feature that took the cake!

And while all of the floral beauty could be seen outside, the festival’s homage to the Hollyhock continued inside the Saguache Community Center as well.

“We’ve seen about 100 people, so far,” stated Committee Member Sarah Krantz and that was only at 12:30, with two and a half hours left to the celebration. There was plenty of fun for the kiddos with Hollyhock doll making with Lacey Reed, face-painting by Town Administrator Pam Fye and the Saguache Girl Scouts kept busy making windsocks to place in gardens.

The locals show up to support the fundraising efforts from the Saguache Volunteer Fire Department serving up some delicious hamburgers and frito pie with some of those roasted chilies on top.

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The 6th Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival brought good crowds out to the Saguache Community Center last Saturday, July 29. Want to see more photos? CLICK

The Friends of the library served their famous root beer floats and Don Baker of Evergreen Apiaries was on-hand extracting some of his delicious honey for tasting and to buy!

 In the Hollyhock art contest which is open only to residents of Saguache, it was Wade Collins who took the top price for his piece: Offering. In the youth contest which artist Samantha “Sami” Robinson’s painting “The Hollyhock” garnered the blue ribbon.

“We want to expand the art competition for next year,” said Hollyhock Committee Member Caroline Irwin. “We are hoping to get more students involved by offering some kind of art class earlier in the spring, so that they can submit work for this show.”

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The face painting with Town Administrator Pam Fye was a big hit with the kiddos!

There has also been some discussion about having a separate category for those artists who do not live within the town of Saguache, which would cast the net of submissions a bit farther as well.

That’s a wrap for the 6th Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival report. Next up on the Chamber of Commerce event calendar is the Saguache Art Festival, which will be Saturday, August 19. Stay tuned to Saguache Today for coming details.

 

Latest News – July 29

Hollyhocks Celebrated in Saguache Today

Don’t let the rain deter you from getting to the 6th Annual Hollyhock Festival in Saguache Today from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. It just mean sthatthe gardens you tour today will be extra lush and green. Plus there’s plenty of fun and Hollyhock activties inside at the Saguache Community Building should the rain return.

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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 – July 18

Calling All Artists for Hollyhock Art

As part of the 6th Annual Hollyhock Festival in Saguache on Saturday, July 29 there will be an “all things Hollyhock” art contest and show.  

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.

There are two divisions:  Adults and Youth (K-12).  The art items will be judged prior to display on Saturday July 29 at the Community Building, 525 7th Street in Saguache from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Winners will be announced July 29 at 2 p.m. with ribbons, recognition, and prizes awarded.

Artists interested in entering their Hollyhock creations are asked to bring their entries to the Saguache Town Hall at 504 San Juan Ave, Saguache from Monday thru Thursday July 17-July 20 during the hours of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Town staff will gather the items for the Hollyhock Festival committee.  Artwork is to be picked up at the Community Building, July 29 after 2 p.m.  Contact  Caroline, 719-850-0051 with any questions or text inquires.

Hollyhocks, Alcea rosea, were one of the earliest plants brought to the new world.  Originally from Asia, the plant’s hardiness, drought tolerance, and soil adaptability supports its cultivation throughout the Middle East, Europe and North American continents. The hollyhock plants growing in the southwestern region are probably descendants of the first seeds planted when the area became settled.

The town of Saguache adopted the Hollyhock as the town flower in 2012 and since 2013 there have been self-guided tours of town gardens and yards. For 2017 the Hollyhock Festival will be held on July 29 with maps and Hollyhock seeds and plants available at the Community Building at Otto Mears Park located at 525 7th Street, Saguache.  

Other activities that day will include hands-on-activities, face-painting (yes, the entire family would enjoy this event), master gardeners clinic, bee-keeping display, and so much more. The Sixth Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival on July 29 will be a great way to enjoy a Saturday among flowers and friends. Come visit and may everyone’s Hollyhocks grow straight, tall and be weed free.

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.