San Juan String Band to perform at Cortez Public Library

Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 7:11 PM
The San Juan String Band, from left, Carol Calkin, Joni Vanderbilt, Joan Green and Laurie Swisher, play a sample of their show at the San Juan National Forests Supervisors Office in April.

The Journal

The San Juan String Band is scheduled to perform at the Cortez Public Library on Sept. 5 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on early release Wednesday. The band will help the library launch its Wednesday Activities Club.

Smokey Bear is tentatively scheduled to make an appearance.

“The event promises to be a fun-filled hour!” said children’s librarian Laura McHenry.

Founded 10 years ago by Forester Sally Zwisler, the group of San Juan National Forest employees and volunteers brings the woods into schools and other programs. Band members Laurie Swisher, a forester and founding member who plays guitar and vocals; Joni Vanderbilt, a hydrologist and another founding member who plays mandolin and vocals; SJNF volunteer Joan Green, who is the group’s songwriter and plays ukulele bass; and SJNF volunteer Carol Calkin, on the fiddle and vocals, have been playing as a quartet for about 2½ years.

The performance is free and open to all ages.

Other Wednesday Activities Club programs, for children ages 8-12, will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in September. The free events are: Sidewalk Chalk Art on Sept. 12; Matinee Movie “Turbo” on Sept. 19; Outside Fun and Games on Sept. 26.

The library is at 202 N. Park St. For more information, call 970-565-8117.