Saturday, July 30, 2011

FREE Concerts in the Park

Paonia is a small town and some of our events are reminiscent of small town America in the 1950s.  Yes, they may remind you of yesterday by the fact there's free music in the park and most of the town shows up for the show.  But, don't be fooled, there's nothing old fashioned about the music.   The lineup for August is as follows:
     Aug. 4 - March Fourth Marching Band from Portland, Oregon
     Aug. 11 - Shannon Whitworth, former lead singer for the Biscuit Burners
     Aug. 18 - Old California, a California based folk rock group
     Aug. 25 - The Black Lillies, a Tennessee band playing country, roots, rock and blues

So bring your picnic to the park, or purchase a burger or hotdog to enjoy with the music.  And, don't forget to bring seating - a chair or blanket.

See you there!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wine, Wine, Wine

Wine, is thy name the North Fork Valley?  It doth seem so.  August is filled with events that showcase the fruit of the vine in the Paonia area.  We encourage you to come for a weekend, or a few days, and partake of the drink of the gods. 

Let me give you an overview of activities that will feature Paonia wines.

August 5-7 -  Follow the West Elks Wine Trail to vineyards throughout the Paonia and Hotchkiss area.
Sample winemaker selected food and wine pairings, collect a complimentary wine glass, and collect commemorative winemaker recipe cards!  Complete your tour with a winemaker dinner at your favorite cellar.  For more information and to make a dinner reservation go to

August 13 - Winemaker dinner in the vineyard sponsored by Stone Cottage Cellars.  For information call 970-527-3444 or go to

August 20-21 - Food, Farm, Film and Wine Festival in Paonia.  Come enjoy more of our locally grown produce and fruit as well as our wines.  Information can be found at

August 20 - The Delta County Hospital holds its annual Wine Festival.  This year the libations will include tastings from local microbreweries.  The event will be held in Delta.    Information and tickets can be obtained at

So don't stay home in August, make a reservation at the Bross Hotel B&B and spend a few days enjoying the bounty of the North Fork Valley.  The number to call is 970-527-6776.

Friday, July 1, 2011

A Happening Weekend - July 8th and 9th

Whoever says there's nothing happening in rural Colorado has it all wrong.  This weekend is a four-day celebration of July 4th and Paonia's 65 year old Cherry Days Festival.  I hope you haven't missed it.  If so, make your reservations now at the Bross Hotel B and B for next year - 970-527-6776.

Meanwhile make your plans for next weekend.  The Living Farm will hold its Farm Market on Saturday, July 8th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. providing the opportunity for you to purchase fresh, local, sustainably grown veggies meats, eggs, and wool.  Then the Farm will host an Open House on Sunday, July 9th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There will be free tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  And, of course, there will be food - smoked chicken, hamburgers, salads, sides, and dessert available from 11:30 to 1:30.  For more information go to

Complete your Sunday with the show at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts with Rick Wamer, mime and monologue artist.  For details see the previous blog post.

The Bross Hotel Band B will be pleased to be your host for the weekend.  As space is limited in this historic lodging, call now to make your reservation - 970-527-6776.

Rock Legend to Perform Locally

John Oates, of Hall & Oates fame, will perform on Sunday, July 24th at 7:30 p.m.   David Starr, owner of Starr's Guitars in Cedaredge, is bringing the rock legend and his band to the AppleShed Arts Complex and Gallery, located at 250 S Grand Mesa Drive in Cedaredge.  Oates and his band will be performing songs from his newest CD "Mississippi Mile", along with some old favorites.  For more information and tickets call Starr's Guitars at 970-856-2331 or go to

International Mime Comes to Paonia

Rick Wamer, international mime artist and monologue actor, will bring his one-man performance to the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia for one performance, July 9, at 7:30 p.m.  His show, Geometries: Performing Art Experiments by a Not-so-Mathematical Genius follows the inner workings of the mind of a wind and wacky scientist who is obsessed with geometric forms and the stress of living up to such mathematical perfection.

Trained by Marcel Marceau, among others, Rick Wamr is a 30-year vetran of the stage and the artistic director of the School for Mime Theatre at Kenyon College in Ohio.  A favorite of audiences everywhere he has played, Wamer's Geometries promises to be en engaging and delightful evening of non-traditional theater.  For more information, go to

Top off your evening by staying at the Bross Hotel B&B.  To make a reservation call 970-527-6776.