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Write On! Contest Deadline Looms

The eighth annual Write On! Competition deadline is January 20, 2015.  The Write On! Contest provides Delta County writers an opportunity to submit their works of fiction, non-fiction or poetry for inclusion in a published anthology produced each year by the Blue Sage Center for the Arts and the Delta County Libraries.  Pieces should not exceed 3,000 words, or poetry more that 50 lines.  The writing is judged to be either ready for publication, or not.  A selected number of writers whose work appears in the anthology will be offered a chance to read their pieces at the Write On! Anthology public reading on May 22.

This contest began in 2008 with the purpose of providing a place for aspiring local writers to submit their work for publication.  Since the first contest, the number of entrants has grown and moved from a self-judged contest to one juried by students in the Masters program in English at Western State Colorado University. The contest is easy to enter and a great way for a beginning writer to earn a publishing credit.  Past winners have included Marion Conger Stewart, Marla Bishop, Angus Stocking, Thomas Wills and Brandi Hudson.

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization located in Paonia, CO providing education and expression in the arts and humanities in order to engage and enrich the North Fork community.  Founded in 1996 the Blue Sage serves about 10,000 residents of the North Fork Valley annually through classes, events, gallery exhibits, venue rentals and arts outreach into local schools.

Kids Bring Local Playwright’s Vision to Life

Marty Durlin’s The 12 Months is an original musical based on a Czechoslovakian folk tale. The performance features students form the Blue Sage Performing Arts after school arts programs. The students will perform all the rolls including acting, singing, dancing and even designing the sets and costumes. Opening night is Friday December 12th at 7:30pm. Two additional performances will follow on Saturday December 13th at 7:30pm and Sunday December 14th at 2:00pm. General admission is $7 and kids 13 and under are $5. Parents of performers receive free admission. Tickets and ticket information are available at www.bluesage.org.

 

The 12 Months is a Cinderella story full of whimsy and humor designed for children by professional playwright Marty Durlin. This semester, the after school arts classes at the Blue Sage are all designed to cover each aspect of the production. The kids are learning how to work both individually and in groups to create a whole project for the community. “The students are incredibly talented and having such a blast!” states Sharon Bailey, the musical’s assistant director and set design teacher.

 

The story begins in a little Czech town where everyone knows everybody else. The town gossip tells the story of young Marushka and her evil step mother and step sister, Uglina and Holena. Marushka is made to run some impossible errands in the blistering snow and comes across a group of mystical characters, The 12 Months. As the story unfolds, lessons are learned and love prevails.

 

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization located in Paonia, CO providing education and expression in the arts and humanities in order to engage and enrich the North Fork community.  Founded in 1996 the Blue Sage serves about 10,000 residents of the North Fork Valley annually through classes, events, gallery exhibits, venue rentals and arts outreach into local schools.

Paonia Holiday Festivities

Holidays in Paonia

Holiday festivities are abundant in Paonia the weekend of December 5th and 6th.  The whole town comes alive with activities for all ages. The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is honored to be part of the fun! Shop for that special gift on Friday night at the Holiday Art Fair and paint a snowman mug, plate or platter with Pour Farm Ceramics at the Blue Sage.

 

By far the most popular event will be the Blue Sage’s Kids’ Cookie Cottage Building Workshop where children of all ages can decorate their own graham cracker cottage.  For $5 kids receive a kit, which includes a bag of frosting, a bag of candy and a preassembled cottage.  Kids can decorate their house at the Blue Sage during the Holiday Art Fair or take the kit home to decorate at their leisure.

 

On Saturday, take a hayride from Homestead market to the Paonia Library to see the new art installation “Generations: Wisdom and Wonder” unveiled, watch a puppet show and shop for books at the book sale. At the Blue Sage, support local artists at the 22nd Annual Holiday Arts Fair. The art fair will host a multitude of artists and crafters in the Blue Sage Loft and Curtis Hall. Santa Claus and his shiny elves will be visiting the Eccentric Artist gallery for photographs and next door to Santa, the Paradise Theater is showing a free holiday movie.

 

Other happenings include an open house at Homestead Market, specials at Hightower Café, a sale at Elisabethan’s studio, face painting, and a midnight masquerade ball at Wisehart Springs.  Meet and greet Jane Berry, the new Paonia town manager at town hall on Saturday from noon to 1pm.

 

Schedule of Events:

Friday, December 5

3p-8p – 22nd Annual Holiday Arts Fair in Curtis Hall at the Blue Sage

5p-7p – Ladies Night Sale at Paonia Farm & Home (20% off refreshments)

6p-8p – Pottery Painting with Pour Farm Ceramics at the Blue Sage

 

Saturday, December 6

9a-5p – 22nd Annual Holiday Arts Fair at the Blue Sage

10a-1p – Hay Rides from Homestead Market to the Paonia Library (weather permitting)

10a-4p – Book Sale at the Paonia Library

11:00am – Puppet Show at the Paonia Library

11:30am – “Generations: Wisdom & Wonder” Art Installation Unveiling at the Paonia Library

12p-2p – Gingerbread House building at the Blue Sage

12p-3p – Santa Clause at the Eccentric Artist Gallery

2:00pm – Entry Deadline for Coloring Contest at the Paonia Library

3:30pm – Free Holiday Movie at the Paradise Theater

6p-8p Elsewhere Studios Benefit Dinner at the Wisehart Springs Inn

8:00pm Abundance Masquerade Ball at Wisehart Springs Inn

 

Shop local, support the arts and enjoy the abundance of creativity Paonia has to offer during the holiday festivities throughout the month of December. For more information on events happening in December visit www.bluesage.org or call (970) 527-SAGE.

 

The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization located in Paonia, CO providing education and expression in the arts and humanities in order to engage and enrich the North Fork community.  Founded in 1996 the Blue Sage serves about 10,000 residents of the North Fork Valley annually through classes, events, gallery exhibits, venue rentals and arts outreach into local schools.