Durango Friends of the Arts
Last Update: March 30, 2014
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A special message from the President:
Board to ask membership to consider changes to bylaws, approve other organization proposals
Hello, everyone! Well, spring has sprung here. In town, the blossoms are so lovely to see. As you will read, the board has proposed a number of changes, and we wanted to be sure to give you an opportunity to review them before our General Meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, at the Durango Arts Center.

I also hope you will support our upcoming fund raisers, listed below. I know the various committees and individuals are working hard to make our year a success!

I am looking forward to seeing you all at our meeting!

Best wishes,
Carol Treat, President DFA

Please follow these links for the proposed changes and rationale behind them:
What's in your newsletter: Learn more about Vermeer
at next DFA General Meeting on May 8

See a complete list of general meetings here . . .
Learn more about 17th century Dutch painter Johan Vermeer at the next general membership meeting of the Durango Friends of the Arts. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, at the Durango Arts Center. DAC Docent Steve Walker will present the program.

Vermeer specialized in middle class domestic life and middle class residents of his neighborhood, like the painting above right, Girl with the Pearl Earrings. Contact Karren Little at littlekarren@gmail.com for more information.

May Birthdays:
Laura Marachino, May 1
Diane Welle, May 9
Marilyn Garst, May 13
Cristine Champagne, May 16
Joan Spicer, May 23
Rose Bartol, May 23
Patty Hain, May 25
Caroline Todd, May 30
Knock on the Speakeasy Door, for All That Jazz,
the fifth-annual Ya Ya Sisterhood Luncheon on May 10

A couple of seats are still available for the annual Ya Ya Sisterhood Luncheon, and wouldn't it be fabulous to have a full house? A sold-out event? Susie Ammann and Carol Bruno and their committee members have been working very hard to make this a fantastic event. Join your girlfriends for All That Jazz on Saturday, May 10, at Carol Treat's speak-easy at 51 Cliffs Edge Drive in the Glacier Club. Starts at 11 a.m. Check of $50 reserves your spot.

To get there: Take U.S. Highway 550 to Mile Marker 39. Turn into the Glacier Club. Follow the road around the golf course, staying left on the road. Take the very first righ, and go down the hill to Cliffs Edge Drive on the second left. The Gate will be open. Call Susie at 375-7925 or Carol Bruno at 259-0373 for more information.

Learn Zumba from Karyn Gabaldon
Karyn Gabaldon will introduce you to Zumba for only $10 per person, and all proceeds benefit the Durango Friends of the Arts. The class will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Smiley Dance Studio. She offers a lower impact, slower class with salsa, cumia, cha cha and a little bit of rock-n-roll to music that is, perhaps, a little more familiar to our generation. Please let Karyn know you plan to attend at kgabaldon@rmi.net.

Dance the Night Away on June 14
with Tim Sullivan at Edgemont Picnic Grounds

Join your Durango Friends of the Arts friends who purchased Tim Sullivan and his band for a night of music and dancing on Saturday, June 14. It starts at 4 p.m. when the picnic grounds open. Bring a picnic dinner and your own beverages. Music and dancing commence at 6 p.m. A dance floor and some tables will be under a tent.

This fun event is a fund-raiser for Durango Friends of the Arts. Contact Cindy Cortese at cindy@cortesenet.com.

Who doesn't like pie? Who doesn't like YOUR pie?

Joann Trimberger is organizing several bake sales this summer to raise funds to replace the Artists Market that had to be canceled. The first will be on Friday, June 20, at the First National Bank of Durango. Please consider baking pies, cakes, cookies, etc., to help. Contact Joann at joanntrimberger@hotmail.com, and let her know if you can provide some baked goods and/or spend some time at the booth.

Farmers Market Bake Sale Dates

Joann also has secured two dates at the Farmers Market to sell pies. She needs pies for and June 14
and August 9. Contact her at joanntrimberger@hotmail.com to help.

German Food AND Music
from the incomparable Marilyn Garst

Marilyn Garst will host a fantastic German dinner and piano concert for a lovely fund-raiser scheduled for Friday, June 27, at her home. Her sister, Bonnie Mangold, will accompany her on cello. Dinner and concert will be $100 per person. This is a limited event.

Joanie Thomas and Marilee White will be her chefs and servers for the evening.

If you've never attended one of Marilyn's gourmet dinners and piano concerts, you will be enthralled by her charm, her cuisine and her incredible piano performance. Contact Marilyn at mmgarst@durango.net

Style 'n' Stones Jewelry Class has filled

Style 'n' Stones Jewelry Class is filled, but do call Mary Orsini for the wait list. The class will be on Saturday, June 28. Cost is $100, all of which will be donated to the Durango Friends of the Arts. Mary will ensure a day of fun, good food, and jewerly making with friends. Contact her at Mary Orsini, orsini@frontier.net or call 970-946-4939

Annual Summer Potluck scheduled for July 10

Make your reservations now for the annual Summer Potluck and General Meeting on July 10 at the beautiful home of Mary Husemoller, 748 South Lakeside Drive in Hesperus. Please e-mail Myriam Palmer at mharp4@bresnan.net. Meeting begins at 10 a.m. Lunch follows. Iced tea and lemonade will be provided. We'll have grab bags of wine for sale if you would like to purchase one to take home or drink at the luncheon. The Fort Lewis Percussion Band will perform under the direction of Janothan Latta. As always, the group is a DFA grant recipient. Please bring a dish to share. If your last name begins with:

A-E: Dessert
F-K: Green Salad
L-R: Main Dish
S-Z: Pasta Salad

Mahjong and/or hiking with lunch at Marcia Baxter's home

Open to beginning and experienced mahjong players. Starts at 11 a.m. on July 18 at Marcia Baxter's home in Destination Ranch. Limited to 40 people. Lunch will be at 12:30 p.m. with a hike after lunch, or play more Mahjong.
Cost is $35 per person. To reserve your spot, send your check to Joanie Thomas at 77 Los Ranchitos Drive, Durango, CO 81301. Make checks payable to DFA.

Make your reservation now for a High Tea Party
on Aug. 9 at Marilee White's Lawn in the Animas Valley!

teaMarilee White will host a High Tea at her home from 2 to 4 p.m. on August 9 . Limited to 30 tea sippers. Reserve your seat now at $35 per person by sending a check to Carol Treat, 51 Cliffs Edge Drive, Durango, CO 81301. Ms. White promises a delightful afternoon of visiting, eating wonderful treats, scones, and teas from all over the world. Watch your newsletter for more information

Fall Luncheon and Fashion Show

Put this on your calendar now: Friday, Sept. 19. Contact Carol Treat at 375-7781.

Game Day at Carol House's Home on Sept. 29

Play Mahjong or regular bridge with a delightful lunch prepared just for you. It'll be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, at Carol House's Home. Cost is $35 per player. Please send a check to reserve your spot to Carol at 3189 E. Animas Village Drive, Durango, CO 81301. Limited seating. Call Carol at 385-4564.

DUES ARE DUE! Download a Membership Form for Your 2014 Dues
Membership dues support the Durango Friends of the Arts administrative costs that allow the organization to raise money throughout the year to support arts projects.

Membership dues are:
  • $35 for individuals
  • $50 for couples/families
  • $75 for businesses (includes 2 memberships)
  • Free for those over 80 years old
To become a member, download this Membership Application and mail it to:
Dana Wilson
703 E. Fifth Ave.
Durango,CO 81301

Contacts for Specific Programs:
For more information on DFA or to donate to DFA, contact our President, Carol Treat, 970-375-7781 or caroltreat@durango.net.

For membership information contact Dana Wilson, 970-403-3776 or danaaloha@gmail.net.

To better understand our grants process, contact Betty Kilpatrick, 970-375-1430 or betty@mydurango.net.

General membership meetings are the second Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November. They are open to the public.

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