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Page 16 – Section 1 – The Pagosa Springs SUN – PREVIEW – Thursday, August 8, 2013

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The St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church annual Shamrock Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17, begins a 8 a.m. with a giant yard sale and used book sale. The festival also will feature a silent auction inside the church, a quilt rafe, a y ďŹ shing equipment rafe, along with a dinner under the tent at 6 p.m.

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the day a success. Each year, the parish family has stepped up to the task to offer a truly fun day for the enjoyment of our community and to help provide a significant outreach fund for our church to use throughout the year.â&#x20AC;? The day begins at 8 a.m. with a giant yard sale under the tent, a one-stop-shopping opportunity for those who enjoy cruising the neighborhoods for yard sale bargains. At the same time, in the church library, a fabulous used book sale will offer paperback books on sale for only 25 cents each and hardbacks for a dollar. Raffle tickets for the handmade quilt and fly fishing package will also be on sale as long as tickets last. At the conclusion of the yard sale, the tent will be transformed into an outdoor bistro for a lasagna dinner, served at 6 p.m. Raffle winners will be announced at the dinner (you need not be present to win). Cocktails and hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres will be served beginning at 4 p.m. while shoppers enjoy browsing the elegant silent auction in the

church. Women of the church first gathered in March with their sewing machines and supplies to begin work on a beautiful handmade queen-size bed comforter (it will also cover a king size bed), and matching pillows. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quilt includes shades of blue, beige and rust and will be a beautiful decorative addition in the home of the lucky winner. The women named this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quilt, â&#x20AC;&#x153;San Juan Streams,â&#x20AC;? because the colors remind them of the beautiful flowing waters of the San Juan Mountains. Quilt raffle tickets are sold individually for $1, six for $5, or in packets of 12 tickets for $10. Tickets are now on sale and can purchased (while they last) up until the drawing at the festival dinner under the tent. The quilt raffle alone brings in $5,000 each year to assist local outreach. Not to be outdone by the women of the church, the men of St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s have put together a raffle that fly fishing aficionados are clamoring to win; a handmade R.L.

Winston 4 wt./4 pc. flyrod and case, a Lamson Konic reel, along with fly fishing gear and supplies, topped off by a guided fishing expedition to choice waters. Tickets are $20 each, with only 300 being sold. The Shamrock Festival schedule includes: â&#x20AC;˘ 8 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;noon: yard sale under the giant tent behind the church. â&#x20AC;˘ 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 p.m.: cocktails and hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres. â&#x20AC;˘ 4:30 p.m.: silent auction. â&#x20AC;˘ 6 p.m.: Homemade lasagna dinner (vegetarian included) under the tent, $20. The Shamrock Festival is an event anticipated by the entire Pagosa Springs community. It is an opportunity to come together, have fun, buy some great new and used items, enjoy a wonderful meal under the tent and, most importantly, help provide outreach funds that will be distributed within the Pagosa Springs community. For more information on how to purchase raffle tickets, meal tickets, or to make donations to the yard sale or silent auction, call the church office at 731-5801.

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