Mountain Harvest Fest Pub Crawl

Mountain Harvest Fest Pub Crawl

The Mountain Harvest Festival will have the Pub Crawl in Paonia on Sep. 27, 2013.

Venues hosting live music for the Pub Crawl:

  • Paradise Theatre
  • Revolution Brewing
  • The Living Farm Café
  • Back Country Bistro
  • Louie’s Pizza
  • Linda’s Bistro
  • Paula’s Restaurant
  • Thomas Waldo’s
A Night Of One Act Plays

A Night Of One Act Plays

Three smart, touching and funny one act plays by women playwrights presented on September 6 & 7 at 7:30PM.

  • Bedtime by Mary Gallagher
  • Relative Strangers by Sheri Wilner
  • Commencing by Jane Shepard

One Acts Poster

Save the Paradise Dance Party Benefit Bash!

Save the Paradise Dance Party Benefit Bash!

Friday, August 30th, 7:30pm

An evening of dance, comedy, spoken word and more! All to benefit our fine theatre. Drink specials, friends, community- y’all come!

Paradise Benefit

Here’s the schedule for the evening’s affair:

  • Welcome Home: Future of FOPT
  • Spoken Word: Craig Childs, Prima Mary + more
  • Cage Free Comedy
  • Dance with DJ Smyth and DJ Art Beller
  • Visuals by Adam Smith & Jordan Schevene
  • Ambiance by Bohemian Beet Studio
  • $10 suggested donation
Paonia-Carbondale Dating Game

Paonia-Carbondale Dating Game

PrintThis “reality theatre” event matches real bachelors and bachelorettes from opposing communities in a question and answer game show, complete with dynamic game show hosts, 1970s costumes and a dance party after the show.  This performance follows the immense success of last year’s production of the Not-So Newlywed Game, which had local married couples competing to see who knew their spouses the best.  For adults only. Bachelors and bachelorettes from each community ask and answer questions for a chance to go out on a Hot Date!

Co-hosting are Cooper Woods-Darby from Paonia and Ananda Banc from Carbondale.

Saturday, August 24 at 8pm. (Doors open at 7:30.)

1970s costumes… Dance party after the show!!

Tickets: Advance – $20; day of show – $25. Advance tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets and at Paonia Farm & Home Supply.

A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Paonia Players Scholarship Fund and Friends of the Paradise Theatre, working to SAVE YOUR COMMUNITY THEATRE!!

For more info or to enter as a possible contestant, contact

Paonia Players Events

Paonia Players Events

This fabulous community theatre group delights with performances for all ages. Coming up this season, a Paonia/Carbondale Dating Game and a holiday play.

Alchemy: Dia de Los Muertos & Costume Party

Alchemy: Dia de Los Muertos & Costume Party

WHAT: “Alchemy” Multimedia Performance Art Experience (building upon the tradition of FaDs)

Alchemy: 1: a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life. 2: a power or process of transforming something common into something special. 3: an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting.

WHEN: November 1

To join the production crew, email Susie Kaldis at

Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s The Strolling Scones!

Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s The Strolling Scones!

The GALACTIC PREMIERE of the all new original stage play “Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s The Strolling Scones!” Is coming to the Paradise Theater in Paonia, CO Oct. 11-13, 2013.

Show times:
Fri. Oct. 11 & Sat. Oct 12 – 7:30pm; Sun. Oct 13 – 2:00pm matinee.

The play, with book written by New York playwright L.E. McCullough and music and lyrics by Rick Stockton, is an all original 2 act rockin’ – rollin’ musical that follows the fictional Strolling Scones – 1960′s era British invasion band – through their struggles to adjust to the new millennium after being “accidentally” frozen in a VW microbus at the bottom of an ice choked high mountain lake since 1969. Lenore Cambria directs some of Paonia’s most skilled comedic actors through this witty and campy multi-media extravaganza.

As the legend goes……

The year was 1969. Popular British Invasion band the Strolling Scones were on their first North American tour.

Enroute to their New Year’s Eve gig in snowy Colorado, the band had an “accident” of unknown cause … their VW microbus careened off the road into an ice-choked high mountain lake, where the hapless rockers were frozen instantly. Search and rescue attempts failed and the band was presumed dead.

Now, more than 40 years later, the band has been found, miraculously thawed, and put back out on tour. All still in their Twenties and ready to rock.

Follow Malcolm, Yardley, Stewart, Chelsea, Rainbow Sunshine and Harry as they struggle to adjust to a new millenium and a second chance to rediscover their music – and redefine their lives, loves, and dreams.

For more information, contact Helen Highwater (970) 527-4490.

Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets!


Paonia Chamber Signs Lease!

Paonia Chamber Signs Lease!

Paonia’s Paradise Theatre will be reopening this month with a schedule of music, special events and classic movies. The Paonia Chamber of Commerce and a group of interested citizens called the Friends of the Paradise Theatre will see that the operations of the eighty-eight year-old theater will continue through the end of the year.

As the former owners’ lease expired, the Paonia Chamber of Commerce stepped in to assume the lease and keep the Paradise doors open. “The theater not only directly supports many businesses by providing the space they need for programming and fundraising, but also supports our restaurants, lodging and stores on Grand Ave. The Paradise attracts tourists to the area, and helps to keep the downtown vibrant with an “open” vs shut primary business. By keeping the theater open we are also supporting one of the venues that is at the heart of our new state Creative District Designation. The Chamber Board sees this as an opportunity to support local commerce and downtown Paonia,” says Chamber President Alexis Halbert.

Members from Pickin’ Productions, The Paonia Players, Green Lotus Events, KVNF, the Creative Coalition and the North Fork Heart & Soul Project worked diligently to come up with a plan and a schedule for the North Fork audiences. Program Director, Amy De Luca said, “The FoPT is a grassroots effort to save a cultural and historic strong hold of the North Fork Valley. I’m very excited about our events program coming this fall and all the support from our community Partner organizations. Here is a sneak peak of what’s to come:

  • Slow Food Western Slope will kick off the season with the 5th Annual Food, Farm, Film & Wine Festival Aug 16-18th.
  • Pickin’ Productions is bringing great music every Thursday in Paonia Town Park (with the theatre on hold in case of rain).
  • Paonia Players are cooking up a North Fork version of The Dating Game.
  • Local DJs & VJs will be laying down some dance music for a Save the Paradise fundraiser at the end of the month.”

Further fall programming includes: Mountain Harvest Festival, The Strolling Scones Musical and The Creative District 81428 “Alchemy” MultimediaART Show by the NFV Creative Coalition. Pickin’ Productions and Green Lotus Events will be bringing the valley a concert series ranging from Bluegrass to Soul, Reggae to Indie, and also a classic film series called “Dinner and a Movie” presented by Green Lotus Events and the Paonia Chamber.

In small towns across the country maintaining a movie theater is a challenge. Movie prices, technology upgrades and a dwindling market for movie-goers has stifled the small town business. Yet the theater is a definite asset to any town. It is a place where people gather and enjoy a common experience together; it is the heart and soul of any community. In Paonia, the showing of first-run movies has been supplemented with concerts, locally produced plays, and unique events like the District 81428 Fashion Show, the Paonia Players’ kids productions and Craig Childs’ Dark Night.

Susie Kaldis, Director of the North Fork Valley Creative District said, “We are a creative, resourceful, driven community. We believe that keeping the lights on and doors open of the Paradise Theatre as an events venue benefits not only the economy of Paonia, but also the quality of life for our community. As a newly Certified Creative District, the North Fork Valley’s arts and culture hinges on the ability of our creatives to express their art. The Paradise Theatre is an important space for us to do this. Many thanks go out to FoPT and the Paonia Chamber for giving our community the gift of Paradise.”

The theater building is still for sale and the Friends of the Paradise are looking at options to keep the tradition of movies and fine entertainment alive in the North Fork Valley. “Our success depends on the support of the community, so please keep your eye on the schedule and come on out to support your local theatre!” De Luca said.

Like the Paradise Theatre of Paonia Facebook page and watch for dates and times of upcoming events. Please send your event inquiries to Program Director Amy De Luca or the theatre hotline at 527-6610.