The public is invited to join us as we celebrate the 32nd annual 'Sunday in the Park' at Ridgway's Hartwell Park on Sunday, July 7. Activities will begin at 10 a.m. followed by our traditional outdoor western barbecue with all the trimmings -- FREE to all who attend.
Speaking on this year's theme, "United in Prayer" will be Green Beret Will Summer, a retired communications Sergeant of Operation Detachment-Alpha 595, the Army Special Forces team featured in the book "Horse Riders" and the movie "12 Strong." Will and his fellow Green Berets from the 5th Special Forces Group were among the first to deploy to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 200l attacks. They became known as "horse soldiers" after riding into battle on horseback alongside fighters from the Northern Alliance. Will has been married to his wife Dawn for 23 years and they have 11 children.
Providing inspirational music will be "The Hubbard Family," a five-piece live gospel band consisting of Jerry and Debbie Hubbard and their three daughters Emmylou, Lorianne and Jeri. The Hubbard's have had the privilege of travelling throughout their home state of Texas, across the USA, and around the world performing Christian country and bluegrass gospel. Much of their repertoire is comprised of heartfelt original songs inspired by the work God has done in their lives individually and as a family.
"Sunday in the Park" is an annual patriotic community event co-sponsored by Ridgway Community, Colona Community, and Grace Ouray County Churches in an effort to rekindle small town values and community in celebration of our Christian heritage and the freedom and privileges we enjoy as Americans. Bring a lawn chair and jenjoy an inspirational message and music followed by a BBQ picnic under 100+ year old cottonwoods following the program.
Hartwell Park is located in the center of Ridgway on Highway 62. For more information, call 970-626-5692.