LIL’ SMOKEY’S PIG DAYS OF SUMMER
as recorded by Sandy Dolak
Dog Days of Summer?
Why do the dogs get all the attention?
Waggy tails, drooly jowls, pathetic eyes.
Come on? What is wrong with the smarter animal? The Pig Days of summer are here!
And what is the Pig About Town (at least La Veta and Cuchara) going to do?
First a little education- why do they call it “dog days”?
It is the sultry part of summer when Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun.
Described as a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.
That may be the Dog Days of Summer, but it doesn’t describe the Pig Days of Summer, especially if you are Pig about Town…a Pig Star, so to speak.
Summer really seems to start with a bang when Fourth of July comes around on the calendar.
This year it is easy to make Fourth of July choices as the 4th occurs in the middle of the week.
Cuchara has the best Fourth of July parade on of all days…the Fourth of July! Our tiny hamlet swells with the summer guests and everyone turns out for the parade. Then, La Veta will have their Fourth of July parade on the Saturday July, 7th. A 7th of July parade just doesn’t have the ring, nonetheless, the parade is awesome. So awesome it goes around the block and comes back down Main Street. It is so cool! Firetrucks and horses, kids on bikes and floats and tractors, candy, candy, candy and sometimes even a pig—oh my. The parade coincides with La Veta’s famous Art in the Park happening both Saturday and Sunday in our beautiful little town park. Lots of artsy vendors, good food, and entertainment. Everyone brings their dog! So many dogs; So few pigs.
During the Pig Days of Summer, you will generally find us in the coolest spots. In the soft dirt of the shade loving flowers; Mom yelling because we are smashing them flat. Then rooting in the vegetable garden until we get caught. Smack dab in front of the air conditioner if we are so lucky to be in the house.
Just about the time we are getting rested up and cooled down, another great event happens in our Valley. Huajatolla Heritage Festival will again be in the lovely La Veta Town Park. Friday August 3 from 5:00pm-7:00pm, Saturday August 4th from 9:00am-7:00pm and Sunday the 5th from 10:00 am-4:00pm. This is my favorite. All about cultural literacy honoring the Native American and Hispanic cultures through art, education and presentation. The Festival will feature Tim Nevaquaya a renowned flute player and artist; Red Feather Woman an award-winning singer and storyteller as well as performances by the Southern Ute Dancers. Something awesome on the stage all day long. Great vendors. Good food…oh such good food (I am a pig remember). This is the Festival I get to attend. I am not much of a dancer or singer or artist, but I like to think I am a pretty good storyteller…so maybe I will get a top billing also.
Next there is the Stonewall Century Ride Saturday, August 11th. La Veta overflows with people in tight shorts, snug helmets and expensive bicycles. They ride from La Veta to Cuchara over Cuchara Pass to Stonewall…and then turn around and follow the same route back. One hundred miles, thusly a Century ride. Makes my little hams just ache thinking about it. (Did you know at the La Veta Public Library you not only can check out books and movies, you can check out bicycles for two hours at a time?)
Summer comes to a close with one of the best events of the year, Oktoberfest in La Veta. Always the first Saturday of October , this year plan to attend on October 6th, and now in its 32nd year of celebration. Main Street in La Veta closes and is lined with vendors, good food, old cars and a Beer Garden with great music. Traditionally, early October is one of the best and prettiest times of year; gorgeous colors and cool sunshine…Now what isn’t to love about that?
Those are my favorite major events. Yet, every week there is an astonishing variety of live music. Check out Deerprint Bistro or The Mercantile in La Veta or the Dog Bar in Cuchara and you will be amazed at the quality and diversity of the live music that graces the Cuchara Valley. And there is also the 4th Friday Art Walks in La Veta from 5:00pm-7:00pm; a great chance to meet the talented artists and share good food and cold libations.
Then, of course, there is my favorite: Every Thursday from 3:00pm-6:00pm in the courtyard between the Library and Museum right on Main Street, we have a Farmer’s Market. Now, what isn’t there for a piggy to love about fresh produce, organic goodies, plants, breads, pies and more. MMMMMMM….another slice of watermelon, please.
Whew…so much for a little pig to do in the Pig Days of Summer!
Remember….eat, sleep and belly rubs! Sincerely,
From Page 72 of our Summer 2018 Issue