Ridgway Rendezvous Comes to Town This Weekend
by Samantha Wright
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SEE YOU AT THE RENDEZVOUS – Visitors and vendors mixed it up at last year’s Ridgway Arts and Crafts Rendezvous. The event comes back to town this weekend. (Courtesy photo)
SEE YOU AT THE RENDEZVOUS – Visitors and vendors mixed it up at last year’s Ridgway Arts and Crafts Rendezvous. The event comes back to town this weekend. (Courtesy photo)

RIDGWAY – This Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11, Ridgway's historic Hartwell Park will come alive with over 130 artists and vendors for the 29th annual Ridgway Arts and Crafts Rendezvous. 

Much more than just another arts and crafts fair, the Rendezvous lives up to the meaning of its name – it is a gathering of people from near and far who come together in one of the most beautiful settings in the world to celebrate art in all its forms. People come to buy, sell, visit, play, and soak up the festive atmosphere which includes live entertainment both days on Ridgway’s new Town Park Stage, children’s activities and – new this year – a street dance on Saturday night.

The Rendezvous, always a highlight of Ridgway’s summer season, has grown in quality and reputation over the years, and now attracts top quality artists and artisans from across the country, who must pass through a strict jurying process to get in. 

The jury, comprised of a group of discerning local artists, art buyers and fine crafters, has pushed in recent years to “weed out” vendors peddling mass-produced items. 

This year, for the first time, show director Kentee Pasek is proud to announce that this goal has been completely achieved. 

The Rendezvous will offer “100 percent handmade and homemade” products, in categories including wearable art, woodworking, drawing and graphics, mixed media, jewelry, photography, metal, painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, bath products, gourmet products, fiber arts and more. 

“It really does put us in a new bracket,” Pasek said. She is equally excited about the quality of artists and fine crafters who will be attending this year’s show. Well-known Idaho sculptor Jeff May and painter George Coll of Loveland, Colo. will be among this year’s top vendors. Others will be making their way to Ridgway from as far afield as Pennsylvania and Hawaii.   

Entertainment on the Main Stage will run continuously on both Saturday and Sunday. The diverse lineup includes local musicians, a magic show, belly dancing with Silverton’s Caldera Belly Dance troupe and more, with live deejaying by the Funk Brothers in between acts.  Watch art transpire as demonstrations of all types are scheduled by the vendors throughout each day. 

Adding to the festive atmosphere, there will be an array of food concessionaires offering everything from barbecue to gyros. Quench your thirst with tasty adult beverages including wine, beer from Two Rascals Brewing Company in Montrose, and signature drinks such as margaritas and bloody marys.

As evening sets in on Saturday, Aug. 10, the crowd will migrate north to 630 N. Cora Street, where a vendor/artist award ceremony happens at 6:15 p.m. followed by a street dance featuring live music by Bonewagon. Entry to the street dance is $8 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. Food will also be available, as well as fun activities and plenty of drinks and snacks.    

 Both the street dance and the Rendezvous are family affairs, with kid-friendly activities ranging from mini-train rides to face painting and a free arts and crafts booth.

Hartwell Park is located in downtown Ridgway, not far from the junction of Highways 550 and 62. The Ridgway Rendezvous runs on Saturday from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. (followed by the street dance from 6-10 p.m.) and on Sunday from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m.  Admission to the Rendezvous is free.

For more information, contact Weehawken Creative Arts at questions@weehawkenarts.org or call 970/318-0150.  Or, contact the Ridgway Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-220-4959. The Ridgway Rendezvous is sponsored by Weehawken Creative Arts and is a fundraiser for the children's arts programming offered through Weehawken throughout the year.   


Ridgway Rendezvous Entertainment Line-up


Saturday, Aug. 10


10:30-11:30 a.m.

Jessie Stout 


12:15-1:15 p.m.

Rick Boretti Magician


2-2:30 p.m.

Mt. Sneffels Marathon award ceremony


2:30-3:30 p.m.

Andrew Wynne


4-5 p.m.

Susan Walton



Sunday, Aug. 11


11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Rick Boretti Magician


12:45-1 p.m.

Caldera Belly Dancers


1:30-2:30 p.m.

Pat Swonger


2:45-3 p.m.

Caldera Belly Dancers


3:30-4:30 p.m.

Til Willis


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