Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce Update
Mary Jo Coulehan | 3/4/13

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Canceled for 2013
In 2013, there will not be a St. Patrick’s Day parade.  The decision was based on several factors.  The first one is that St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday this year.  To schedule a small parade on a Sunday and to get businesses and attendees together would be difficult.  Scheduling a parade on this day also involves securing town, county employees and volunteer organizations to block and man the highway that needs to be closed down and this also involves a significant amount of overtime and related costs being that it is the weekend.

Pagosa Springs St. Patrick's Day 2013

Last year, when the parade was held a day earlier, on March 16, the public was not happy because it really wasn’t St. Patrick’s Day.  So this year, because of the weekend and no matter if we held it a day earlier, it would still fall on a weekend day and we would have to incur overtime for a very short parade.  Therefore, we made the decision to cancel the parade.  Another factor was that in order to close off the highway, we must have a minimum of 25 entries.  To acquire even this minimal amount of participants for the past few years has been difficult and always last minute.  We could not run the risk of applying to close the highway on a Sunday and then not meet the requirements.

We apologize that some entries will not be able to promote their business or organization, but when looking at the whole picture of entry and attendee participation, we felt this was the best decision.  In 2014 March 17 falls on a Monday, so depending on the interest level, there will probably be a parade.  As an alternative visit one of our local restaurants or pubs that will be celebrating the holiday and where everyone can be Irish for a day.   Look for an update about "All Things St. Patrick's Day" in an upcoming Pagosa Daily Post.

Dancing with Stress/Managing Overwhelm Rescheduled

Pagosa Springs Daily Post Dancing with Stress

With Mother Nature being Mother Nature, a snow storm blew into Southwest Colorado on February 20 necessitating the need to cancel the 1st session in our 3-part Women’s Conference series.  This conference has now been rescheduled and will be held, Thursday, March 21.  The seminar will still be held at the EcoLuxe at the Springs Resort & Spa and we thank them for being so flexible in working with our changing needs.  The class will begin at 4 p.m. and last until 7 p.m.  This time also includes an hour for networking and socializing with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. 

The conference will feature popular Durango naturopath practitioner, Dr. Nicola St. Mary and Pagosa’s own wellness advocate and business owner, Puja Parsons.  These two health leaders will guide participants through some easy steps in helping women cope more effectively with daily stress and the daily requirements to keep many balls in the air at once.  They will provide and teach you small and effective ways to set boundaries, change one habit which could make your life easier, and even recommend foods that might be affecting your moods and therefore your ability to handle stress. 

Also from a chamber standpoint, we encourage businesses to send some of their female staff members to this conference as a wellness benefit.  The seminar is only $7 and this ticket would be a perk and a way to say thank you to some of your staff and let them know that you care about their well-being.  You may even see a change in their performance or attitude whether it be handling work or home issues. 

There is limited space for this conference, so register now for a spot.  You can reserve your attendance by calling the chamber at 264-2360 or go online to and register for the event.  Those registrants that paid for the February class may apply their payment to any of the three upcoming sessions to be held this year. 

A bit about Nicola St. Mary, ND
Dr. St. Mary received her BA with honors in International Health from Brown University in 1997 and her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2004.  During medical school she developed a passion for going back to the basics: whole foods nutrition, exercise, sunlight, nature.  After completing medical school Dr. St. Mary worked in private practice and with patients at Body Positive, an HIV wellness organization in Phoenix, AZ where she utilized her Spanish fluency while serving the Latino community.    She moved to Durango, Colorado in 2006 to become co-founder and Wellness Director at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy, a program working with a wide spectrum of at-risk adolescents and young adults.  After having a baby last year, she returned to private practice where she combines her enthusiasm for exposing people to natural living with the tremendous healing power of nature.



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