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Nov 29, 2012 7:22 PM by Andy Koen

Luminaries to light Southwestern celebration at UCCS

COLORADO SPRINGS - Students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will notice luminaries lighting the pathways around the Heller Center for Arts and Humanities next weekend as the campus celebrates the holiday traditions of the San Luis Valley.

Stitches and Stories: A San Luis Valley Christmas is a two day event filled with workshops, story telling and a warm Posole supper.

The activities begin on Friday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m. with the lighting of the luminaries and the Posole supper. Posole is a corn based soup or stew that is popular throughout the Southwest.  Storytellers Rick Manzanares of the Fort Garland Museum, poets Maria Melendez and Juan Morales and UCCS faculty members Janice Gould and Mary Jane Sullivan will share stories, poems and a short film featuring culture of the San Luis Valley.

Then Josie Lobato will host a stitching workshop inspired by the Spanish Colonial embroidery technique known as Colcha on Saturday, December 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Her husband Eugene will share stories based on local legends, family memories, and cultural observances during the workshop.

The events are free and open to the public. However, reservations are required. To attend, call Perrin Cunningham at 719-330-3463 or email arts@uccs.edu by Dec. 5.

When emailing, please use "stitching resv" in the subject line and include your name and contact information in the body of the email.

Stitches and Stories is sponsored by the President's Fund for the Humanities, the UCCS Office of the Chancellor, the UCCS Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities.

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