A Patchwork of News from Saguache Today
Quilters Return with June 12 Show
They’re big. They’re beautiful. And they’re back!
The Saguache Sagebrush Quilters Show returns this Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This event will be on full display at the Saguache County Road and Bridge building at 3rd and Denver Streets. Readers may remember the beautiful display put on by the group of local craftspeople back in June 2019.
“Wow!” was exactly what most attendees said as they entered the room which had been transformed into a first-class, artistic display of fabrics and patterns that immediately made attendees at the Saguache Sagebrush Quilters annual show feel warm and welcoming.
The updated quilt frame displays were funded by a grant from the Saguache County Commissioners and are a fine example of tax dollars put towards good works, because these simple, yet sturdy frames turned the quilts into a magnificent art display! The Saguache Sagebrush Quilters was founded in 2008 by Sara Fernandez. The group boasts a number of women with high-quality capabilities in the creation and construction of outstanding quilts. Among their projects are comfort quilts for those in need, quilts of valor for veterans, and their most recent project of tiny quilts for preschoolers in the area.
A Weekend Filled with Memories
The Town of Saguache kicked off the unofficial start to summer with a full weekend of activities to commemorate Memorial Day Weekend. Under bright blue skies and returning to tradition, neighbors and friends gathered in downtown Saguache on Saturday, May 29 for the Veterans’ Parade sponsored by the American Legion Garcia Post 110 and the Saguache Chamber of Commerce. The small but very enthusiastic parade of patriotic entrants made their way down 4th Street as children from Mountain Valley School handed out American flags to bystanders. It was a sea of red, white, and blue as vintage cars, horsemen and even an appearance from Smokey-The-Bear waved to on what can only be described as a perfect early summer day.
The Dunn Building
Before the parade Saguache Today had a chance to catch up with the newest owner of the Dunn Block, formerly known as the old Masonic Building at the northeast corner of 4th Street and San Juan Avenue. “Initially, we were thinking mixed-use,” Leighanne Duncan said. “But now, we are leaning towards a more educational use, something that will keep the kids here in the valley.”
The biggest building on the block has been seeing some recent TLC from the new owner and other community members like new Saguache Public Library District Manager Matt Pettigrew (pictured here). The chore that late May morning was exposing the sizeable front windows which have been covered over for years. It’s a labor of love and one you can see in downtown Saguache Today. Stay tuned for updates on this historic overhaul!
A bit further south on 4th Street – and bookending the world-famous 4th Street Diner where some of the best pies and breakfast lunch options can be found – it’s The Saguache Hotel. And if activity truly does turn results, then this historic lodging gem is headed in the right direction. Recently purchased by Andy Hackbarth, the Carbondale-born musician is restoring the hotel with support from History Colorado and the State Historical Fund.
According to a November 2020 story in Westword Magazine, “Last summer, Hackbarth visited Saguache, a San Luis Valley town with a population of 450 people about three hours south of Denver. He had planned to look at a rustic cabin that was for sale, thinking it would be a nice long-term rental investment. But as he wandered the town’s Main Street, he saw that the hotel, which had been vacant for three decades, was for sale.”
Readers can see the vision and progress in this video produced by Andy and his team. Enjoy! Be sure to check out their progress next time your downtown!
The Saguache Hotel Video
Party In Otto Mears Park
After the parade on Memorial Weekend, the crowds moved over to Otto Mears Park where vendors, craftspeople, families, and friends gathered in the Colorado sunshine. With big smiles replacing most masks, the warmer weather is bringing people together in safety measure. One thing that was noticeably missing was the park’s pavilion which was crushed back in 2020 when a nearby cottonwood met its demise and flattened the shelter. According to American Legion member Terry Gillette, the structure was insured, and with additional grant funds, the pavilion is ready to be replaced. Sounds like the town council needs to sign off on the final plan in order to get the ball rolling – hopefully, this summer!
The Memorial Weekend also included the official start to the Saguache County Museum’s summer tourist season. The museum staff reports some new displays as well as all the old favorites which tell the stories of Saguache County. Stop by just off Highway 285.
And finally wrapping up the three-day event, members of the American Legion held two Memorial services at the Hillside and Old Chicago cemeteries. Thank you for all you do for Saguache Today!