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Posted on July 18 2013, 1:13pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Silverton Mayor Chris Tookey prepares to cut a ceremonial ribbon to officially dedicate Columbine Park on Blair Street on Columbine Day, Tuesday, July 16. Also in attendance were Silverton Youth Center members, left, along with Youth Center coordinator Julie Danjou and Judy Zimmerman lurking in the background. To the left of the mayor are Cindy Bryant, president and secretary of the Blair Street Historic District Association, and Rose Raab, Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce director. To the right of the mayor are Pam Welty, Blair Street association treasurer, and Mike Geryak, the association’s vice president. 
 
Columbine Park dedicated
The Blair Street Historic District Association’s rejuvenated Columbine Park was dedicated Tuesday, July 16, with a ribbon cutting.
The park has already gotten a couple of new picnic tables, a repainted fence, thanks to Silverton Youth Center members, and landscaping with help from Judy Zimmerman.
Meanwhile, Mike Geryak assembled the new picnic tables, repainted the public bathrooms building and installed an interpretive sign explaining how “Notorious Blair Street” became notorious.
The new Columbine Park replaces what had commonly been referred to as “potty park” because of the public restrooms there.
The ceremony was conducted on the third Tuesday of July in recognition of Columbine Day, which is actually an official San Juan County holiday, though employees get no paid time off.
It goes back to 1911, when pioneer Otto Mears organized a massive shipment of an estimated 75,000 of the wildflowers to Denver for a real estate promotion. Columbines are now planted in the park.
 
Barbershop Music Festival to bring 
harmony to town
The public is invited to attend the final evening concert of the Silverton Barbershop Music Festival on Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m. in the Silverton School Gym.
This year’s festival will include the Black Canyon Chorus from Montrose, the Bookcliff Chorus from Grand Junction, the Narrow Gauge Chorus from Durango, and the Four Corners Harmony Chorus from Farmington, N.M.
The two-hour concert will feature a mass chorus directed by Rod Sgrignoli, and various quartets.
There is no admission charge. For more information, contact Carroll (Pete) Peterson at (970) 247-5073 or Jason Ward at (970) 240-1827.
 
Hike targets flowers and butterflies 
Join San Juan Mountains Association in partnership with San Juan National Forest and Durango Mountain Resort, Saturday, July 20, from 9:30 a.m. to noon for a leisurely and fun hike while learning about wildflowers and butterflies.  
Nature is closer than you think! Meet at the Backcountry Experience store in the Plaza at Purgatory. Be prepared for any kind of weather. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, rain gear, and appropriate shoes.  
Contact MK at 970-759-9113 or MK@sjma.org.
San Juan Mountains Association promotes education, volunteer stewardship, information and hands-on involvement on public lands in SW Colorado.  Staff and volunteers work as the nonprofit partner of the San Juan National Forest, BLM Tres Rios Field Office, and BLM Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
 
Tickets available 
for Aug. 24 waffles
 Tickets are now on sale for an Aug. 24 waffle breakfast at Columbine Park on Blair Street during the Antique Car and Tractor Parade and Show that day. The parade and show is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Blair Street.
The breakfast is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tickets must be purchased by Aug. 3 at the Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center. Call (970) 376-5654 for “will hold.”
 
Bonnie Lee Black 
at quilters meeting
  Silverton Threads quilting club has invited Bonnie Lee Black, author of “Making an African Quilt,” for the group’s Aug. 6 meeting.
The quilters will meet at 7 p.m. at Kendall Mountain Community Center.
“Making an African Quilt” is Black’s memoir of her experience living and working in West Africa. Her presentation is open to the public.
 
 
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