Upcoming events are listed at the end of this post
Ginny and Glen looking at the corn
at the VA Nursing Home

August 18, 2015 
It's already feeling like fall in the area.  Can be a little warm in the afternoon but wonderful mornings and evenings. The mosquitoes are also dissipating thank goodness.  Had signs of a bear in the park this week. They haven't been around this year. Having little afternoon showers which has kept everything green.  I have totally given up on the tomatoes but we do have some zucchinis and cucumbers that look good. Next year, no tomatoes for us!!
I had something exciting happen yesterday.  I was taking my girlfriend out for a scenic drive. We drove down Pass Creek Rd which, by the way, is stunning with all the sunflowers along the side of the road. I made a wrong turn and we ended up heading toward the Upper Huerfano area. It was so beautiful and full of history with old mining buildings and a very old cemetery. We stopped to look at the river and when I got back in the Jeep, I looked at my rear view mirror and I saw a bobcat, no wait, it turned around and it was a mountain lion!!!!!!  Was not able to get a photo because it all happened so quickly but it is something that I have wanted to see forever. 
The donations for the Pathway to the VA Veterans Nursing Home Gardens are coming in.  The support has been wonderful.  I visited there today and met some of the residents outside in the garden area. It is a wonderful place.
The Quilt Retreat is filling up!!
If you are interested in attending my UFO Quilt Retreat in October, please give me a call at 719-989-0614 to get a spot. You can also reach me by email at jay@circlethewagonsrvpark.com.  I have room for 10, maybe 11.  The cost will be $100 which includes all meals and an experienced quilter to help us with issues. The dates are October 9, 10 and 11th.  The retreat will begin at noon on Friday.  RV campers will get $5 a night off of their site. We had a great time last year and it's a beautiful and cozy time to be in La Veta.  

The Fort Francisco Museum has a free event every Saturday. Please check out their website to see what might interest you.  www.franciscofort.org
1. I have a block of the month project that will continue for 2 seasons. Even if you aren't a quilter, the blocks are small and I have tons of fabric that can be used for the blocks. There will be a sewing afternoon every week.
2.  Carol Naylor has offered to come down from Colorado Springs and teach her Watercolor/Batik painting. It is so much fun and you will have a painting of your own at the end of the day. She will do this once a month for the summer. Next class is Aug 24th and 25th.
3. Balance and Strengthening exercises will begin on Thursday, July 2 at 9 am. Sara Hoffman has generously offered to do this class. The classes will be one day a week. 

There are many events happening this summer at the Fort Francisco Museum  Please go to www.franciscofort.org  719-742-5501
Many fun activities in Cuchara.  Please go to www.cucharavalleyrec.com for a list of activities.

August 29 - Altezza Trio  7 pm $20    www.franciscocrossing.org 
September 4-6 - "Mountain Mining Days" in Walsenburg
September 10 - Ricky Tims Lecture on "The Music in My Quilt"  7:30   www.franciscocrossing.org  
September 18 - German Piano Trio - Francisco Crossing www.francisocrossing.org
September 20 - German Piano Trio -Francisco Crossing  www.franciscocrossing.org
September 25-27 - Spanish Peaks Celtic Festival - www.celticmusicfest.com
October 3 - La Veta Oktoberfest
October 9-11 - Quilt Retreat at Circle the Wagons RV Park  719-989-0614

La Veta Chamber of Commerce: www.lavetacucharachamber.com
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad events coming up: 
For Cuchara Activities please go to www.cucharavillage.com
If you need extra room for family and friends, check out this website:  www.thewarehousesuite.com

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The Warehouse Suite

Located in the heart of downtown La Veta, the Warehouse Suite combines historic charm with modern conveniences. Completely renovated in 2009, the Suite consists of 2000 square feet of living space, 4 spacious bedrooms with 6 beds, a large living/dining area, completely equipped gourmet kitchen with granite counter-tops and a long bar and two full bathrooms. There is also a large flat panel television, washer and dryer, free wi-fi, and an in-house phone.  Perfect for families, retreats, or just a quiet weekend for two. Close to art galleries, quaint shops, and restaurants and a perfect hub for day trips to the mountains or lakes. Daily or weekly rates available. 
For reservations call 719-742-5278.