Flowers, Art & Fairies in Saguache
Hollyhock & Arts Festival This Saturday
By Kathy Bedell © Saguache Today
Think of it as a triple scoop ice cream treat, piled high with your favorite flavors. Only instead of a high-calorie treat, it’s some of your favorites things to do in Saguache Today all rolled into one fabulous day! That’s right this Saturday, July 31, the Saguache Chamber of Commerce’s 10th Annual Hollyhock Festival and the 12th Annual Saguache Arts Walk are combining efforts to bring a weekend of flowers and all-things-beautiful made by area artists and local residents. Then to top it all off there is going to be a tour of the recently established fairy houses.
The tourist season is in full swing in Saguache Today. And nothing says summer is in bloom like the 10th Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival which will be held Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Presented by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, this event has grown in popularity, finding many San Luis Valley residents joining in the celebration of Saguache’s official town flower! If you’re looking for the shade of tall trees and haven’t stopped into downtown Saguache for a while, be sure to include this self-guided walking tour in your plans to see what’s new.
This year’s competition will be brought to you in living color with an online viewing option and official voting for best gardens via the Chamber’s Facebook Page.
Hollyhock Festival goers will begin their route at Otto Mears Park in Saguache. Check-in at the Community Building (525 7th Street/adjacent to the park) anytime between at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Nearly a dozen gardens, some with Hollyhocks, some without, will be on display as gardeners compete for generous prizes.
The celebration of Saguache’s official flower commemorates the dedication of early settlers who brought the hollyhocks and old-fashioned roses to the area.
In addition to the delightful tour, there will be plenty of other activities, including face painting, making Hollyhock dolls, a Master garden clinic, beekeeping demonstrations, live music, a children’s activity area, and a car show.
Artists’ work will also be displayed in the Community Building, all featuring glorious Hollyhock in various mediums – painting, needlework, carving, etc. Be sure to be there at 2 p.m., when the winners of the best adult and juvenile Hollyhock art will be announced. It all leads up to the grand announcement of the first, second and third place prizes will be awarded for the best Hollyhock garden and the best general garden.
12th Annual Saguache Arts Walk
In addition to the beauty created by Mother Nature, the 12th Annual Saguache Arts Walk will be held throughout town on the same day, this Saturday, July 31. Local galleries will have their artwork on display, with many pieces highlighting the delightful Hollyhock. The arts walk will showcase area artists and craftspeople in local galleries and pop-up tents throughout town. Once you are finished touring the gardens, you’ll want to make a day of it! From downtown’s Magpie Art Gallery, the Hauck Pedersen art gallery and The Range to Antiques, Etc., the Fenton Studio Pottery, and historic Ute Theater. If you haven’t visited in a while, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see a thriving arts community in Saguache Today.
Fairy House Tour in Saguache Today
And if the flowers and art weren’t enough the organizations have something new to add to the mix: A Fairy House Tour! Do you believe in fairies? These mythical beings have been talked about in folklore for centuries and you just may find some of them living in Saguache Today!
Started as the creative stylings of Saguache artist Sarah Krantz, these popular, whimsical architectural details have been popping up all over town from the stumps to the stately trees. And this year, as part of the arts walk, Krantz has published a map of fairy houses for folks to visit at their leisure. Maps may be picked up at the community building during the festivals.
Be sure to visit Saguache’s downtown business and arts district, including the 4th Street Food Store, and Blue Earth Thrift Store. Wander over to see a movie at the Cozy Castle Cinema or grab a bite at The Village Pub, the 4th Street Diner or The Oasis Restaurant just off Highway 285. And if you haven’t paid a visit to the historic Saguache Hotel to see the ongoing renovations and plans, this weekend is the perfect time to do so!
Questions regarding the Hollyhock Festival should be directed to Carla Quintana at 719-530-1707. Artists wishing to participate in the Saguache Arts Walk should contact Sarah Krantz by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 913-484-8983. both of these events are hosted by the Swatch chamber of commerce.
So make it a lovely day of gardens, the arts and fairy houses along with the small-town enjoyments that can still be found in Saguache Today. The 10th Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival and 12th Annual Saguache Arts Walk on Saturday, July 31 are presented by The Saguache Chamber of Commerce with generous support from many sponsors – Thank You!
Colorado Journalist Kathy Bedell owns The Great Pumpkin, a digital media company located in Leadville, Colorado which publishes Leadville Today and Saguache Today. She may be reached at email@example.com.