Honoring Oak Creek moms

Paradigm Theater performance celebrates mothers of all ages

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— If you're still not sure what you should get your mom for Mother's Day, a trip to Oak Creek's Paradigm Theater might be the answer.

Theater owner Barbi Bonfiglio said she is planning an eclectic mix of art, music, dance, readings and performances all that will focus on the mother-child relationship. The two-day event will begin tonight.

If you go What: "Mother and Child"

Where: Paradigm Theater, 116 Main St., Oak Creek

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Cost: $5 at the door. Tickets also are available at All That Jazz in Steamboat Springs or Bonfiglio Drug in Oak Creek

Call: Barbi Bonfiglio at 846-5137

"We have a wide variety ... there will be journal reading (and) poetry reading coming from a mother and daughter's perspective read by mothers and daughters," she said.

South Routt resident Belinda Rossi will sing a lullaby she wrote for her 5-month-old daughter, Olivia, Bonfiglio said.

South Routt mothers will present memories of their grandmothers, mothers and children for the performance.

"Virginia Rossi is doing a series of remembrances of her grandmother, her mother and her children. Some of her children are even going to do remembrances of her," Bonfiglio said. "It is some really interesting stuff."

While planning the event, Bonfiglio said she wasn't necessarily inspired by her experiences as a mother or by her children. Instead, Bonfiglio said the mothers around her inspired her to present the subject through storytelling.

"You don't have to look beyond your own backyard for inspiration. You just have to open your eyes," she said.

Bonfiglio said she hopes the community takes advantage of the event, especially the community's mothers. "There are so many fabulous, strong mothers here. We need to pay tribute to these mothers," she said.

Bonfiglio said she plans to give a solo vocal performance called "Grandma can you hear me?" She wrote the song years ago.

"It would be a great thing to take mom out. It's nice to hear stories to remember the wonderful parts of your own life, whether you are a mother or you are remembering your own mother."

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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