1061 Wet Mountain Tribune - Page 1 - 5/24/2018
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5/24/2018 Memorial Weekend 2018! Graduation; youth rodeo; solemn ceremony and more
Don your red, white, and blue and enjoy the official kickoff to summer in the Wet Mountain Valley! There are ample opportunities for residents and visitors to celebrate Memorial Day throughout the festive, yet somber and commemorative weekend. To help organize your itinerary, here are community wide events from which to select the complements to your own gatherings: Friday, May 25 -Greenstone Artworks, 100 Main Street, Westcliffe hosts a reception for exhibiting artists from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jacqueline Keller, Bernie Hutterer, Sara Woods, Timothy Hans Johnson, Christoph Stopka, Cathy Krelling, Karen LeBlond, Cheryl Swartz, and Rus Hinman will be feted by Greenstone co-owners and artists Curt Gillepsie and Linnea Laurila as they celebrate the first anniversary of the new studio and gallery. -Youth Rodeo at the rodeo grounds and arena on the north edge of Westcliffe gets underway at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for events including calf riding, junior bull riding, barrel racing, pole bending, goat ribbon pull, mutton busting, dummy roping , and stick horse racing. -The silver screen at historic Jones Theater, 119 Main Street, Westcliffe features the 7:30 p.m. showing of the sci-fi horror drama, “A Quiet Place.” -The Baccalaureate Service for the Custer County High School Class of 2018 convenes at 7 p.m. at Valley Bible Fellowship, 116 Hermit Lane, Silver Cliff. Saturday, May 26 -The annual Memorial Day Parade will proceed west on the two towns’ Main Street, ending at The Bluff park in Westcliffe; it commences at 10 a.m. and features elements of Americana: floats, fire trucks, flags and horses. -All Aboard Westcliffe’s museums, the 1901 last standing single stall Engine House next to the railroad Heritage Center in the 100 block of Rosita Avenue, and the restored historic Rio Grande 1920s railroad depot will both be open from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. -KLZR radio invites all into their annual Spring Open House for refreshments, tours, and live music, from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. -Greenstone Artworks hosts a pottery demonstration by Karen LeBlond, from noon until 4 p.m., with one of her signature raku pots as a door prize. -The Youth Rodeo continues, with gates opening at noon. -Another Jones Theater showing of “A Quiet Place” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27 -See the Church Directory on page 20 for worship service times throughout the county. -Custer County High School Graduation Ceremonies in the schools’ East Gym begin at 2 p.m. -A 2 p.m. showing of “A Quiet Place” at the historic Jones Theater. Monday, May 28, Memorial Day --The Brookwood art gallery at 211 Main St. in Westcliffe will hold it’s annual open house from 1-7 p.m. -The American Legion Post 170, Sons of The American Legion Squadron 170, and Auxiliary Unit 170 are presenting the 14th annual Memorial Day Observance at Silver Cliff Commemorative and Community Park at 1099 4th Street from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. This special occasion includes a tribute to veterans that have served our country, who are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their ountry. The keynote speaker is Chaplain (COL) Andrew S. Zeller (USAR Ret.) Ceremonies at this year’s observance offer introduction, recognition and thanks to all veterans who have served our country. Taps will be played and the Honor Guard will offer a three volley rifle salute followed by folding and placement of the Flag. The National Anthem and “Mansions of the Lord” will be presented by Don Paul, Ellen Paul, Don Pinnela, Guy and Karen Madden. Following the ceremonies, refreshments will be served by Auxiliary Unit 170. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be held at Custer County School in the East Gym. (For further information, please contact Post 170 Public Information Officer, Bob Dreher at 783-2462 or email TALPost170Westcliffe@gmail.com.) Add to this the variety of additional galleries, retail shops, restaurants and saloons that will be open and welcoming throughout the weekend, and the Valley Memorial Day celebration is extensive and full. Remember, and enjoy. – Tracy Ballard and W.A. Ewing