Friday, January 27, 2012

Pike Ice Derby

Calling all ice fishermen/women!  Take part in the First Annual Pike Ice Derby on Saturday, February 11th.  This event is sponsored by the Bait Box-N-More, 318 Cedar Avenue, Crawford.  Register now ($20/person).  The larger the pot, the larger the payout - 75% of pot to champion (most weight for two fish) and 15% for largest catch.  So spend your day enjoying the fresh mountain air, the camaraderie of fellow fisherpersons, and, finally, a delicious fish dinner.  For details call the Bait Box at 970-921-5219.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Not-So-Newlywed Game

The “Not-So-Newlywed Game” will be presented by the Paonia Players, directed by Merrily Talbott, on January 28th, 8:00 p.m. at the Paradise Theater.  Nine not-so-newlywed local couples, including the town mayor and his wife, will compete in this “reality theatre” event, which will be co-hosted by Paonia’s “Makin’ Bacon” couple, Bob Doobanks and Vanna Auf-Whyte (a.k.a. Shawn Larson and Chelsea Bookout).  Music will be provided by Honey Don’t (Bill Powers and Shelley Gray).  A 60s/70s Dance Party will follow the show so come dressed in fashionable styles of the era and cheer for your favorite couple. 

Advance tickets are available for $12 at the Paradise Theater and KVNF radio station. Tickets purchased the day of the show will be $15. For more information, email

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Paonia Hosts Major Music Groups

Yes, Paonia ranks with the big cities when it comes to hosting major musical groups.  As an example, let's talk about three groups that will play at the Paradise Theater within the next six weeks. 

On Saturday, January 21st the March 4th Marching Band will perform at 8:00 p.m.  They not only have great music, but put on a fantastic show.  It's not to be missed.  Last summer they performed for the free concert series in the Paonia Park.  This performance will help raise money so that the performances in the park can continue in 2012.   And, you are welcome to come to those outdoor concerts each Thursday evening in August.  I'll keep you posted on the schedule.

Willie Porter will follow up his tour of the big cities - Dallas, Houston, Austin, Chicago - by playing Paonia.  That concert will happen Thursday, February 9th.  Y'all come to Paonia for his toe-tapping rhythms and be sure to wear your dancing shoes.

Then change the musical genre again.  The Western Slope Chamber Music Series will offer an evening of trios for violin, cello, and piano February 18th.

Paonia may be a small town, but it has a huge musical tradition.  We invite you to enjoy the music with us.  For more information on these concerts go to: