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Stay in the Valley for Memorial Day weekend

Posted: Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Memorial Day celebrations like last year's American Legion ceremony will take place throughout the Valley this weekend. Courier file photo by Ruth Heide

VALLEY — Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend in the San Luis Valley where several special events are planned. Following are some of the special celebrations:


All veterans and other interested members of the community are invited to plant flags at veterans’ plots throughout the Alamosa Cemetery on Sunday, May 26, beginning at 1 p.m. Flags and maps to the headstones will be provided.

On Monday, May 27, beginning at 10 a.m. the American Legion will host Memorial Day ceremonies at the Alamosa Cemetery, beginning with a service at the American Legion plot and then moving to the VFW plot and the POW/MIA plot, where a short prayer will be recited. The group will then move to the Spanish Cemetery on the Co-op Road for a full ceremony.

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The San Luis Valley Museum, 401 Hunt Ave., Alamosa is holding an open house on Saturday, May 25 from 1-4 p.m. to honor Floyd and Cordelia Higel for their generous donation which has completed Phase II, the beautiful garden area. Contact: 587-0667.

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Enjoy excursion trips on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, which runs daily Alamosa-La Veta from May 24-September 8. Weekday trips are diesel powered and weekend trips steam powered. The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad’s Excursion Train is the longest and highest standard gauge railroad in the country. For more information and tickets, call 587-0509 or 877-726-7245 or go to www.coloradotrain.com


The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad launches its 2013 season May 25. The new Sunday Express runs from Chama, N.M., on May 26 through September 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Sunday Express riders will enjoy a picnic prepared by Toltec Gorge Catering.

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad climbs up to Cumbres Pass at an elevation of 10,015 feet and traverses 64 miles, crossing back and forth between New Mexico and Colorado 11 times. All trains stop at the historic Osier Station for a homemade lunch including freshly made desserts.

The National Park Service recently designated the railroad as a National Historic Landmark. It is the highest and longest steam-powered, authentic, narrow-gauge railroad in the U.S. See www.cumbrestoltec.com.


A Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m. on Main Street, Creede, hosted by the Elks Lodge, B.P.O.E. #506.

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Celebrating 25 years, Creede’s “A Taste of Creede, A Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Dining,” will be Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26.

New this year, weather permitting, after dusk on Saturday will be a fireworks display off the cliffs.

The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and close down at 4 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to an array of street vendors, live music, artists’ demonstrations and street art, A Silver Chef competition is planned on Sunday.

Taste of Creede will have children’s events both days, as well as silent and live auctions on Sunday.

CRT will offer tours of both the main stage and the Ruth Humphreys Brown Theatre.

Call the Creede-Mineral County Chamber of Commerce at 658-2374.

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The Creede Arts Council National Small Print Show opening and sale is planned for May 25th at 5:30 p.m. in the Creede Repertory Theatre lobby. This juried exhibition contains more than 100 small prints from fine artists across the country. Many of the prints are in limited editions or monotypes.

On that same evening, the CAC and CRT open the Past Judge Retrospective in the upstairs gallery of the CRT. This show features prints of all sizes, created by previous NSPS judges.


The Crestone Artisan’s Gallery will be marking its 9th anniversary with a celebration party for its spring opening: “Art is Always in Fashion!” on Saturday, May 25th from 2-4 p.m. CB Jazz will be providing live music and refreshments will be served.

The Artisan Gallery is a membership cooperative, representing over 20 artists from Crestone and the surrounding area featuring a wide array of mediums.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors will be hosting the “Annual NHN Yard Sale” on Saturday, May 25th, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Curt’s Store in downtown Crestone. This is a community wide yard sale. All funds received will go to NHN and support individuals and families in crisis in Crestone and Saguache County. All donations are tax-deductible. Those with items to donate to the sale, please drop them off at Curt’s at 8 a.m.


The Fort Garland Museum will hold its annual living history military encampment on Memorial Day weekend, May 25 and 26.

Throughout the weekend, the Fort Garland Memorial Regiment and the Artillery Company of New Mexico will present activities and displays that depict 19th century garrison life at Fort Garland. “Doc’s Mercantile” and “Keeping You in Stitches” will be selling Victorian era items and clothing.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with the Flag Raising Ceremony. Also on Saturday, the Ladies of the Garrison will host an Afternoon Tea at 2 p.m. At 7 p.m. on Saturday night, the public is invited to the Regimental Ball with music provided by the New Mexico Territorial Band. Period dress is encouraged but is not mandatory.

On Sunday at 10 a.m., a non-denominational church service will be held in the Soldier’s Theater. The event ends Sunday at 4 p.m. with a Pass in Review and Retreat ceremony.

Call the Fort Garland Museum at 379-3512.


Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake plans its annual Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 27, at 9:30 a.m. at the Homelake Cemetery, 3749 Sherman Ave., Monte Vista. The ceremony will include Honor & Color Guards, USS General Patrick Bell Tolling, Wreath Presentations, Ft. Garland Memorial Regiment and Keynote Speaker Master Sergeant David Carr. Dorothy’s cinnamon rolls will be served following the observance in the Old Dining Room.

The Homelake History Center & Museum will be open following the service until 12:30 p.m.

As directed by the Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force has cancelled aviation support for all public events, which includes this year’s Memorial Day Fly-over.

Call Pam Self at 852-5118.


The San Luis Theatre Company will present its annual vaudeville show on Sunday, May 26, at 3 and 6 p.m. at the Historic Ute Theatre, 410 Fourth St., in Saguache. Call 655-6300 or see www.theutetheatre.com

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As the Saguache County Museum opens for its 55th season on May 26 the museum invites the public to join in celebrating this milestone.

The museum first opened on June 20th 1959, with no money and a crumbling 1870’s adobe building with attached 1908 jail. Many years later the museum is a National Historic Site, and those old buildings are still standing with two additions to the old complex, housing an impressive collection.

Features include a pioneer kitchen, schoolroom, blacksmith shop and minerals collection.

A gift shop features items made by local artisans.

The schedule for the opening day in Saguache on Sunday, May 26, is:

• 7:30 a.m. 5K race from Otto Mears Park Pavilion

• Craft and other vendors in the park all day

• At 11 a.m. the parade, honoring Bill Hazard as Grand Marshal coming from Main Street and passing by the park

• 12-2 p.m. barbecue dinner at the park

• 3 and 6 p.m. theater production at the Ute Theater

To participate in the 5K race call Ellen Cox, 655 9937. Want a park booth? Call Jeannie Ewing at 480-2920; to have a parade entry, call Lynn Sutherland at 655-4279. Museum admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 12 and under. Costs for the barbecue will be $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 12 and under.


Pike’s Stockade opens to the public May 25 and will remain open through Sept. 30. The gate opens at 9 a.m. and is locked at 5 p.m. Due to the recent fire at the Stockade, the trail to the river is closed. Call Fort Garland Museum at 379-3512.

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