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Have you ever wondered, "What's up on Redlands Mesa?" Well, here's your chance to find out. A group of artists, gardeners and farmers on Redlands Mesa, near Hotchkiss, have collaborated to offer a self-guided tour of their studios, farms and gardens on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour includes five farms and gardens, and three artist studios. Demonstrations will be offered throughout the day including cheese making, blacksmith forging, seed saving, kombucha making, potter's wheel techniques and three-dimensional embroidery.

Tour participants will be able to tour elk, bison and alpaca ranches, see artists at work in their studios and take in the stunning views Redlands Mesa is famous for. The Redlands Mesa Grange will be hosting a farmers market featuring locally grown produce from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the fabulous cooks at the Redlands Mesa Grange will be serving up a farm-to-table lunch from 11:30-1:30. The lunch will feature a choice of elk, buffalo, alpaca or vegetarian chili, cornbread, salad and dessert. After the tour, relax and enjoy "happy hour" from 4 to 7 p.m. at Jack Rabbit Hill Winery with wine, cocktails and appetizers prepared by Chef Bill Frantz of Gunnison River Farm. Live music will be provided by The Solar Brothers. Come spend the day, or just a couple of hours, it's up to you

Begin the tour at the Redlands Mesa Grange, located at 27953 Redlands Mesa Road. Here you will register and pick up your map which will list the complete schedule of all events and demonstrations as well as descriptions of the studios and farms featured on the tour. Map pickup will be between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the day of the event. Tour tickets are $5 per person, Lunch is $10 per person, and happy hour, which includes two glasses of wine or two cocktails plus appetizers, is $15 per person.

Redlands Mesa has a history of creative residents. This collaborative event is a natural outcome of neighbors sharing their creativity with the community.

Tickets are available online at www.redlandsmesagrange.weebly.com or in Hotchkiss at the Creamery Arts Center. Purchase your tour ticket by Sept. 5 to be automatically entered in a drawing to win one of the door prizes that have been donated by the tour artists, gardeners and farmers. Proceeds will benefit the Redlands Mesa Grange.

You can also follow the What's Up On Redlands Mesa? Facebook page. For more information contact Gini McNair at 970-589-3331 or ginimcnair@gmail.com.

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