To the fine people of Mancos, I bid you a warm hello. My name is Jaime Becktel, humble successor to Dian Law - faithful Art Beat columnist for The Mancos Times the past eight years.
Dian asked if I would carry on with keeping our community apprised of all things art and culture and I accept the responsibility with great happiness.
I've been living in Mancos for two years and am so inspired by the fervently growing art and music scene within Montezuma County.
As the new generation of Art Beat, I want to celebrate the natural and cultural treasures we are so fortunate to experience in the Southwest.
I invite you to send me information on the upcoming shows, performances, open studios and workshops of local and visiting artists, writers, musicians, thespians, poets, painters and potters.
We are awash in creativity, and in that swirl of paint and prose, we are lucky indeed.
Please feel free to email me at Jaime.Becktel@gmail.com.
Nice to meet ya'll.
Navajo Code Talker at the Cortez Cultural Center - Sam Sandoval
When: 8-10 p.m. every Wednesday, June through August
Where: In the Cultural Center Gallery
Native American Dances in the Cultural Center Plaza
When: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.; through the end of August
Cost: Free to the public
11th Annual Dolores River Festival
What: The festival will feature a costumed river parade, live music all day on two stages, info booths, food and beverage vendors, contests, children/family activities, free raft rides and camping.
When: Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. to dusk
Where: Joe Rowell Park in Dolores
Wayne Hancock at the Dolores River Brewery
What: Express Train to Honky Tonk Heaven
When: Saturday, June 7,
Info: Ticket information at 970-882-HOPS
Pagosa Folk and Bluegrass Festival
What: June 6, 7 and 8
Where: Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs
Info: Lineup and more information at www.folkwest.com