Open Bard: 2nd Annual Local Poet's Night!

Featured Poet: YOU.


The Open Bard Poetry Series will host its first scheduled Locals Night and Potluck on Thursday night, March 1.  Local area poets and singer-songwriters are invited to sign up in advance to be featured for a five-minute time slot on the Sherbino stage in Ridgway.  Those interested in taking part as featured performers should contact co-directors, Beth Paulson (bpaulson@ouraynet.com) or Kierstin Bridger (kbbridger@me.com) by Monday, February 26.   

Kierstin, who emceed a similar Open Bard event last May, said she is thrilled about having a planned event to feature creative writers in the community.   She added, “We had such great local support last year that we thought it a good idea to thank our generous audience with a community-building night such as this.”   

Local writers and singers who have published books or CDs are invited to bring them to display, sign, and sell at this event.  Other activities will include creative word games, such as book spine poetry and exquisite corpse poetry.

Open Bard will have its usual Open Mic after intermission at which time those not featured may sign up to read their own poetry or a poem by another poet.

Bring your poetry-inspired dish to share at the Sherbino at 6:00 p.m. Students and teachers are always free, but no admission will be charged for this event.   

Open Bard Line-up for 2017/2018:

October 5th :Wayne Miller (Denver, CO) *Winner of 2017 Colorado Book Award for Poetry*

November 2: Trish Hopkinson (Provo,UT)

December 7: Danny Rosen (Fruita, CO)

January 4: Ellen Metrick and Erika Moss Gordon (Norwood, CO/ Ridgway, CO)

February 1: Youth Night at the Wright with Douglas Jones and the WordHorde (Gunnison,CO)

March 1: 2nd Annual Local Poets Night

April 5: David Feela (Cortez, CO)

May 3: Jodie Hollander (Avon, CO)

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Doors and Cash Bar for all Open Bard events are at 6pm. Reading begins at 6:30. $5 Entry or purchase a “Bard Card” for the whole season for just $20.

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Thanks to our sponsors!

Interested in supporting the Sherbino? Sponsors make it happen.

  • Alpenglow Arts Alliance
  • Telluride Foundation
  • Colorado Creative Industries

A history of community

Established in 1915, the Sherbino has been the heart of Ridgway Colorado, providing a venue for community events ranging from music to poetry. Now in a period of re-birth, the Sherbino continues to standout as the hub of events and community activities in Ridgway and throughout Ouray County. On February 11 2012 the Sherbino incorporated as the Ridgway Chautauqua Society Inc. whose mission is to embody the Chautauqua tradition by producing programs celebrating lifelong learning, the arts, culture and community. Learn more about the Sherbino.

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604 Clinton Street
Ridgway, Colorado 81432


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