In 1947, the newly-formed Paonia Lions Club was looking for a way to raise money to light Dan Lawrence Field so the Paonia Eagles football team could host night games. Paonia was known for growing prize-winning fruit, so they decided to honor the cherry in a day-long celebration on Independence Day, and Cherry Days was born.
The recently reorganized Creamery Arts Center, 165 W. Bridge Street, in Hotchkiss, will celebrate its grand reopening from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, with the opening of the center's first art show since closing its doors last summer. The show includes pottery and photography.
Park Family Orchards, Paonia Friends Church and First Colorado National Bank will host a u-pick fundraising event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Park Family Orchards.
The public is invited to pick organic apricots for $2 per pound, with $1 from every pound sold benefiting the family of Mike Hillman, who was recently seriously injured in an accident.