The Entrada Institute concluded its 20th year serving Wayne County and a larger southwest community promoting the natural, historical, cultural, and scientific heritage of the Colorado Plateau. The annual well-attended Friendraiser was held at the Cougar Ridge Lodge south of Torrey on October 18th. Over 100 participants enjoyed an afternoon of activities.

The event kicked off with tours of the beautiful Cougar Ridge lodge and grounds. Participants enjoyed beverages and hors d’oeurves prepared by Chef Aaron Torrey of Broken Spur Restaurant.

A short video reviewed the year and previewed future organization activities. Photographs of art, author, music, social science, and science programs from the Saturday Sunset Series were featured along with images from the many Entrada Institute festivals and special events including the Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, Arts and the Park, Apple Day Patriotic and Music Program, Take the Stage: Youth Workshops and Concert, Women’s Redrock Music Festival, Heritage Starfest, and the Harvest Time Scarecrow Festival. The Artist-in-Residence Program and  the Wayne Scholarship program were also featured. Finally, the video stressed that the Entrada Institute has had 20 years of impact and is ready for 20 more. During coming years, the nonprofit will continue to support existing programs, while expanding its local community programs including an Interfaith Christmas Celebration and a President’s Day Children’s Program focusing on health and fitness. A new Earth and Social Science Fellowship will be introduced in coming years. Finally, plans are in the works for enlarging the Entrada Institute’s facilities including a new concert venue. To view the video, go to

The Ward Roylance award was given to the Capitol Reef Natural History Association. Executive Director Shirley Torgerson and Board Member Newell Harwood accepted the award thanking the Entrada Institute and Capitol Reef National Park Superintendent Leah McGinnis. Shirley Torgerson also shared her memories of Ward Roylance.


The Harvest Time Scarecrow Awards were given in both business and residential categories. Broken Spur received the business award. Dick and Lauralee Williams of Fremont received the most votes in the residential category.

The evening concluded with an outstanding set of music by talented singer-songwriter Stacey Board.

Special thanks to the Entrada Board for hosting the event, Gary and Tamie Bagley for providing a beautiful facility, and all the friends of the Entrada Institute who donated to this important, local nonprofit organization.

The Entrada Institute supports a wide range of local activities and we need to your support. If you missed the Friendraiser, you can still donate. Go to

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