Bluff Community Center Fundraiser

You're invited to attend the Bluff Community Center Fundraiser!

May 20, 2017 from 5 – 8 pm at the Bluff Community Center

Community members are organizing a fundraiser to purchase theatrical quality curtain for future “The Players Bluff” events, picture molding for art events, and gym quality floor mats for gymnastics.

Their goal is to raise $5,500.  To date, they have raised $2,385.  We need another $3,115. Can you help?

The event will include a pot luck, a screening of the classic film Singin' in the Rain with a discussion by Nina Kleiberg.

Bluff can reach its goal if 100 people give $31.15 or 50 people give $62.30 or 3 people give $1,038.33.

Help us reach our goal!  Join the party.  Celebrate your community center.  We will accept cash, checks and credit card donations. If you can't make the event, you can also donate online.

The Bluff community center committee, a subcommittee of the Bluff Service Area Board.

First Annual Bluff Founders Day & Frybread Festival

Community Celebration of Native and Pioneer Heritage

Saturday, April 8, 2017 | Free and open to the public

Schedule Events

Bluff Street Parade

From the Community Center to Twin Rocks Café | 10 am – noon Floats welcome!  

Bluff Fort Heritage Activities

Bluff Fort | 10 am – 6 pm Come for demonstration of pioneer skills like blacksmithing, quilting and bonnet-making  

Food vendors

Bluff Elementary | 10 am – 6 pm  

San Juan School District Student Art Show

Bluff Fort Co-op | Noon to 6 pm  

White Mesa Ute Bear Dance

West Twin Rocks parking lot | Noon – 2 pm  

Navajo Song & Dance

Bluff Elementary School | Noon – 2 pm

Frybread Festival

Twin Rocks Parking Lot | 4 pm – 5:30 pm  

Free Movie at the Community Center

“More than Frybread” | 7 pm  

The day will also include a “Frybread Fling” and a Frybread Eating Contest.

Glow In lights up night sky at Bluff Balloon Festival

Spectacular night time Glow In at the 19th Annual Bluff International Balloon Festival

Saturday, January 14, 2017 | Pilots, community members and visitors gathered to see Bluff's night sky lit up by hot air balloons for the annual Glow In. This event is a highlight of the annual Bluff International Balloon Festival, which celebrated its 19th year this year. The weather was not good for flying this year but the pilots would not be deterred: the Glow In was as spectacular as ever as folks walked through the streets lined with balloons, warm chili (or cold ice cream sundaes) in hand.    
   
 

A Bluff Tradition: Winter Solstice Burn

Photo (c) Josh Ewing

Blue Herons Burn on Bluff Winter Solstice

This past Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 Bluff welcomed friends from across the Four Corners for the ritual burning of two giant blue heron sculptures - one as tall as 35 feet.

The herons were constructed over the past 2 months by Bluff artist Joe Pachak with as many as 50 helpers. The towering birds were made primarily of local willow and sage and when completed, were surrounded by a soft nest of willows.

The Winter Solstice is the longest and darkest night of the year so to celebrate the coming of longer, brighter days, Bluff has started a tradition of hosting winter burnings. In the past, giant mammoths, bison, and other sculptures were burned.

The wooden sculptures are lit with atl-atls, an ancient technology used in hunting by earlier paleolithic inhabitants in the area. This year, a few young kids had the honor of throwing the first flaming spears to light the birds. Watch the video below to see favorite moments of the burn.

Photo (c) Amanda Lincoln Bouchard

After months of construction, the two herons were bid farewell with a poem and interpretive dance and then burned in a quick 20 minutes. The town and its guests danced, cheered and beat drums to celebrate the past year and usher in the new.

Bluff Artist Anthony Lott to be Community Artist in the Parks

lott-butler-ii-smBluff resident and artist Anthony Lott was selected as the 2017 Community Artist in the Parks for the National Park Service. This program will give Lott the opportunity to teach, demonstrate and share his fantastic creative ability with visitors to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument and Hovenweep National Monument. lott-comb-ridge-ii-smAs the Community Artist, or artist in residence, Lott will share several hours a month between April - October with Arches, Canyonlands, Natural Bridges and Hovenweep. Lott plans to host a couple of drawing workshops in the more heavily traveled parks and spend some quiet painting time in our southern spots. Lott teaches drawing, painting, ceramics, art appreciation, and emergency medical response at Utah State University's Blanding Campus. To get a feel for his work, check out his website. To learn more about the Artist in the Parks program, you can visit the NPS page. Congratulations to Anthony Lott, and we look forward to seeing you and your sketchbook and paint in the field!Artist Anthony Lott at work during a Plein Aire competition at Natural Bridges National Monument during their 100th Anniversary celebration.