Production company filming in Paonia July 28

By Tamie Meck


Do you own a classic 1980s automobile? Want to give that beauty its 15 seconds of fame? Here's your chance.

On Friday, July 28, a video production company called 7 and CO Productions will be shooting scenes for a 1980s era film called "Lily 'N' Rose." Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Box Elder and Oak Avenues between Second and Fourth streets will be closed for filming.

"They chose Paonia for its charm," said town administrator Ken Knight. The company is asking that all vehicles be cleared from those sections of street, and inviting anyone owning 1980s-vintage vehicles to park them in front of the homes. "They are not, however, looking for extras," said Knight.

According to LilynRose.com, the film is about two best friends forever, Lily and Rose, whose lives are changed by the appearance of a precocious teen who captures Rose's attention. In looking for a place that evokes images of the 1980s, the company traveled to western Colorado "to look for a town stuck in time. What we found was Paonia."

Since they don't want a big trash truck rolling by, filming will affect trash collection along that entire route, which includes Poplar, Box Elder, North Fork and Orchard avenues between Second and Fourth streets, and Box Elder in the Lee's Park Subdivision. Trash normally collected Friday on that route will be collected the following Monday.

In other news, someone recently brought the periodical Model Yachting Magazine to the attention of Mayor Charles Stewart, who brought a copy to the most recent meeting of the Paonia board of trustees. "I did not know that there was a model yachting magazine for folks that like to sail remote miniature yachts," said Stewart.

The reason it was brought to his attention: Model Yachting Magazine featured Paonia on its cover. The image was taken during a yacht race at Azura Cellars & Gallery on Farmers Mine Road, looking east toward the West Elk Mountains.