It was about a year ago that the movers and shakers of Mancos teamed up for "Mancos on the Move," one of the biggest
collaborative parties in the little town's storied history. It can only be a good sign that they're all still here a
year later, ready to do it again.
Now that Mancos already is in full motion, the party's been renamed "Spring into Mancos." But a party by any other
name still is a party, and if there's one thing Mancosians know how to do, it's party. They even make their own rum
over there, for cryin' out loud.
In short, if you can spend only one day in Mancos this year, Saturday would be the day to do it. Grand Avenue and
Mesa Street will be closed to traffic, making room for a street carnival with food, music and art - lots of art.
Some of the regional artists who will be hawking their wares include Kelly Black, Sarah Peterson, Dusty Lyon, Carroll
Pulis, Lisa Mackey, Barbara Grist, Rosemary Juskevich, Steve William, Blake Hughes, Troy Hicks and the team of Amy
Vaclav-Felker, Miki Harder, Cindy Coleman and Elizabeth Kinahan.
Other artists, or more accurately, artisans, will do outdoor street demonstrations to let those of us with little to
no talent get a glimpse into the world of those who do. Potters Milt Beens and Collette Webster, ironworker Steve
Williams and Janice Reich, who transform gourds into works of art, will ply their crafts while you watch and wait.
Providing the eight-hour soundtrack for "Spring into Mancos" will be Robbie Overfield, John Thomas (fresh off his
successful two-weekend cowgirl opera run), Baby Toro (don't miss its set), Nate Mayfield, the Four Corners Community
Band, Jim Dryer and Ace in the Hole.
After his set, Mayfield will move inside to Arborena to entertain the dinner crowd once the streets are clear.
And speaking of Arborena, Rena Wilson's restaurant is one of several that will keep the crowds well-fed along with
Absolute Bakery, Millwood Junction, Hamburger Haven, Zuma Natural Foods and Farenheight Coffee. And the Artisans of
Mancos will hold an ice cream social from noon to 4 p.m. in the middle of it all.
Through it all, the independent and downright charming businesses that are responsible for the rebirth of downtown
Mancos will be open, so stop into the Beehive, Raven House Gallery, The Bounty Hunter, Nathaniel's Hats (a great
shop) and of course, the anchor of Grand Avenue, Goodnight Trail Gallery, where Veryl Goodnight's world-famous
sculptures are on display every day.
Even the temperamental spring weather promises to cooperate, with sunny skies and temperatures around 70 degrees
expected. If you already had plans to attend Sunday's Taste of Durango, consider Saturday in Mancos a warmup and make
a weekend of it.