Saguache Celebrates Fall On Saturday
Annual Festival Returns
This Saturday, Sept. 18, Otto Mears Park in Saguache will come alive with the sights and sounds of autumn at the 28th Annual Fall Festival & Quilt Show in Saguache. Presented by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, the yearly occasion celebrates the harvest season with good food, hand-made quilts, a full line-up of live music, family fun, and a variety of vendors sure to have you taking out your wallet to support local craftspeople!
Of course, the festival is the perfect time to pick up some extra honey from Evergreen Apiaries for everyone on your gift list. And if all of the backup-retail predictions come true this holiday season then it’s all the more reason to buy NOW from a local artist – that special painting or handmade card! Let’s hope there are a plethora of peacock feathers, a wide range of regional gifts and goodies on Saturday in the Park.
The Chamber has a sweet live music line to enjoy when you’re done shopping. Starting things off at 10 a.m. it’s Andy Hackbarth who will be knitting together the live performances throughout the day with some mini-performances of his original songs as well as old familiars. Then from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Dusty Mountain Boys, a homegrown Saguache duo are likely to kick up some of their own dust as this crowd favorite usually gets those toes tapping and hands clapping and maybe even a dancer or two – even if it is before noon!
For your noon-hour pleasure grab some homemade food from any number of local vendors and then catch the next set as Ahgadaze takes the stage for some classic rock. Headliner Sandy Wells will perform from 1:30 – 3 p.m. A country music singer/songwriter Wells is a festival favorite and sure to get those boots kicking up their own dust before it’s back to the field for harvest time!
Country Musician: Sandy Wells
Be sure to stop in the Community Building, adjacent to the park for other vendors. In addition, the Saguache Sagebrush Quilters will have some beautiful quilts on display. they just had their annual competition in June so be ready to see some real stunners!
And if you know someone who enjoys this handmade (and machine-made) art, please consider joining the fun. 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 tiny quilts for preschoolers.
This Saturday the winners of the Annual Saguache Photo Contest will also be revealed. Be sure to stay tuned for those details!
If you’re looking to check out the latest eatery then head downtown where Breads and Botanicals will be offering some of its tasty coffee brews and baked goodies. The new cafe can be found in downtown Saguache behind the 4th Street Food Store/ Thrift Store. “We will have some fall-inspired dishes to honor the changing seasons! Our new hours will be 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Come on by!” the owners posted.
License Renewal News For Seniors
In a press release the Department Motor Vehicles Communications Manager announced, “with the implementation of the Driver’s License Electronic Renewal By Seniors Act (HB21-1139), Colorado seniors now have the permanent ability to renew their driver license or identification card online.
The new law also adjusts the process for renewing driver licenses online. Now Coloradans who are older than 21, but younger than 80, must attest that they have had an eye examination within one year before renewing their driver license online. Previously, Coloradans had to attest to having had an eye examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist within the last three years.
Additionally, Coloradans who are older than 80 and renewing their driver license electronically will need to obtain a signed statement (DR 2402) from an optometrist or ophthalmologist attesting that the person renewing their license has had an eye examination within six months and the results of the examination. This statement will need to be uploaded as part of the online renewal application process.
Prior to the public office closures and under emergency guidance from Gov. Jared Polis, the DMV opened up online renewals to Coloradans 65 and older on March 10, 2020. From March 2020 to August 2021, about 136,000 Colorado seniors renewed their license or ID online.
By continuing online renewals to seniors, the DMV was able to serve thousands of Coloradans without the need to visit a state driver’s license office.
Additional DMV Update News
The new law also allows more people to sign a permit holders’ drive time logs. Now the permit holder’s drive logs can be signed by a parent or guardian, or by a responsible adult, even if they were not the person who signed the soon-to-be-driver’s affidavit of liability. Requirements for drive time logs vary depending on the age of the permit holder.
The new law eliminates the previous requirement that the person who signed a permit holder’s affidavit of liability must be the person who signs that permit holder’s driving logs.
The DMV is expanding online services which is allowing the DMV to bring even more essential services to Coloradans wherever they are. Part of that expansion is empowering seniors to renew their driver licenses online.
The DMV offers a growing selection of online services, with over 40 currently available, including license and ID card renewals, upgrading a permit to a license, vehicle registration renewals, paying a traffic ticket, motor vehicle records, first-time vehicle registration and many more. Coloradans can access the convenient and time-saving features on many internet-connected devices, including smartphones, computers and tablets.
The DMV encourages Coloradans to Save Time, Go Online by using DMV online services. Visit DMV.Colorado.gov/Save-Time for information, direct links and more about DMV online services. Remember, the next time you need to visit the DMV, use DMV.Colorado.gov/Save-Time so you can #SkipTheTripCO with DMV online services.