From violin strings to shoestrings, special ways to tug Mom’s heartstrings |

From violin strings to shoestrings, special ways to tug Mom’s heartstrings

Post Independent/April E. Clark

Like most moms, Peggy Sparks makes visitors feel right at home in her house in Glenwood Springs.

“Do you want a tuna salad sandwich before you leave?” she asks from the kitchen, after wrapping up the photo shoot for the weekend’s Mother’s Day Quilt Show.

Do I ever.

But, work calls.

Turning down Sparks’ homemade tuna salad sandwich is as regretful as missing Mother’s Day dinner with my own mom this Sunday.

A quilter and mother of three grown children, Sparks is helping prepare for the Quilters of the Rockies and the Needle and I quilt guilds show taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Hotel Colorado. Her living room is covered in colorful works of sewn art following the “Salsa Triad Sampler” challenge.

This year’s show features 80 quilts in reds, yellows, blues, greens, and more.

“I love the colors, but I almost went crazy trying to get it finished,” wrote Carole O’Brien, about her quilt titled “Almost Crazy.”

The quilts will be exhibited from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Roosevelt Room at the Hotel Colorado. Admission is a $2 donation.

Like the quilters, Symphony in the Valley is honoring Mom with its annual Mother’s Day concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, 16543 Highway 82, Carbondale, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium.

Winners of the Symphony’s Young Artist Competition will make their moms proud during the concerts conducted by Wendy Larson and John Bokram of Aspen. Student conductor Zachariah Milby will perform “Symphony No. 1 in E flat Major, K-16” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; soprano Lindsay Nelson will sing “Soprano Song of the Sandman” from “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck; soprano Secia Klocke will sing “My Man’s Gone Now,” from “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin; and pianist Aaron Poh will play “Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K414” by Mozart.

Tickets for the Symphony in the Valley concerts, available at the door, are: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 for students ages 3-18; and $25 for families. Any student who mentions his music teacher is free.

Moms and their families can lace up their running and walking shoes for some quality family time at the Seventh Annual Mother’s Day Mile Race Sunday. The event, which benefits the Advocate Safehouse Project in hopes to eliminate domestic and sexual violence, begins and ends at Glenwood Medical Associates at 1830 Blake St.

Everyone who crosses the finish line will be handed a red rose and a slice of homemade pie. Awards are given to the fastest overall male and female, fastest mom, fastest grandmom and the speediest great-grandmom.

The race begins at 1 p.m. Children 14 and under will start at 1:15 p.m., followed by men and women younger than 40 at 1:35 p.m., then the men and women over-40 wave at 1:55 p.m. The non-timed wave for walkers, families, strollers and re-runs starts at 2:10 p.m.

Along with flowers and pie, treats for Mom include time in the massage tent or the chance to win one of 50 baskets with special Mother’s Day gifts in a silent auction after the race.

“There are baskets and massages and everything from spa stuff to anything a mom could want for Mother’s Day,” said Holly Graubins, the 2006 race director.

Pre-registration, which is encouraged, is $12 per person or $40 per family. On race day, cost increases to $15 per person and $50 per family. Runners and walkers can go to GMA or go to to register.

Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518

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