We would like to thank our very generous community for supporting and embracing the Open Bard Poetry Series’ 2013-2014 inaugural season. We had no idea that the response would be so overwhelming. Each month a professional and celebrated poet came to the Sherbino Theater and was greeted by a consistently engaged and enthusiastic audience. Nothing made us happier than to round up more seating for our full crowds.
We were also thrilled to see our community members share their own poetry during the open mic portion of the evening. The heartfelt delivery and sheer number of practicing poets who braved the microphone each week always surprised us. We especially loved the standing-room-only Youth Night in February and were delighted to listen to such passionate local student poets.
We were lucky to have the support of several key sponsors: The Ridgway Chautauqua Society, the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, Mosaic Community Project, as well as the Ouray and Ridgway Public Libraries. Blue Corn Naturals and Good Light Natural Candles made it possible to create an intimate and illuminating environment every month.
We had amazing volunteers and bartenders at the Sherbino as well. Robyn Cascade was a dedicated and friendly face at the door, Ashley King designed such fantastic series posters, Erika Gordon and John Kissingford stepped in as co-hosts, Kate Kellogg graciously helped with our open mic sign-ups, John Clark, Pat O’Leary, Maureen O’Driscoll, Stephanie Wallin, Heather Yeowell, Virginia Bellows, Mike Budai, Don Paulson, and Scott Bridger all contributed to the setting up and kept our endeavor running smoothly and efficiently.
We will be excited to see you all in October for the second season of Open Bard. Check in with us over the summer for more information on our 2014-15 line-up of stellar poets. https://www.facebook.com/RidgwayPoetrySeries.
And lastly, thank you to Michael McCullough for planting the first seed.
– Kierstin Bridger and Beth Paulson,
Co-directors, Open Bard Poetry Series
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