This Saturday, The Watershed in Buena Vista will host its next lineup of Homestead Days activities. With so much happening during this July Fourth week, the town will be full of family-friendly events that tourists and locals alike can look forward to. In its second year of business, The Watershed aims to provide the community with more tools, workspace, exposure and encouragement to thrive, and ultimately offer a better today and tomorrow for the town of Buena Vista.

Homestead Days’ inaugural summer series focuses on families by offering a unique calendar of events each Saturday that showcases artists, small companies and creative ventures happening in the valley. This Saturday’s lineup is full of hands-on activities and live theater for all ages.

The day kicks off with a pop-up shop by Usborne Books & More and Discovery Toys taking over the Watershed storefront, followed by bubble painting, demos of oil blends and pairings, soap making, pottery-throwing and old-fashioned ice cream-making, all complete with vendors selling their unique handmade products and sweets.

Event coordinator and community manager Christian Kelly hopes Homestead Days will be valuable to young families in the area. “We wanted to create an atmosphere this summer for Watershed members and community members to share and sell their products; host art, educational or kids workshops; and offer entertainment such as live music, demonstrations, an open mic for all ages and community dances. We’re also selling local libations from Eddyline Brewery to benefit Watershed’s Fertile Ground Fund, a nonprofit that focuses on arts, education and entrepreneurship in Chaffee County,” she said.

This week, Kelly is looking forward to the county’s High Country Fine Arts Association Kids’ Theater. Children in first through eighth grades can participate in a week-long theater camp that will culminate in a performance on The Watershed stage offering a variety of small skits, monologues and songs.

This includes songs from past HCFAA shows such as Beauty and The BeastThe AristocatsA Year with Frog and Toad and others. Fifteen students will have the opportunity to perform solo monologues from a collection of Shel Silverstein’s poems as well. The theater performance is free to the public, and organizers hope a large audience will turn out to support these young thespians and their passion. HCFAA member and event leader Lindsey Mueller said she is excited about the kids’ theater and is grateful for the partnership with BVEC and Watershed, and more exposure for HCFAA.

“We wanted to host this event because the children in our organization truly love to perform, and we wanted to add another opportunity for them to do this during the summer,” said Mueller. “We believe strongly in the community nature of Buena Vista and feel that this children’s event fits perfectly with the community approach of The Watershed, as well as the old-fashioned family nature of our town during the July Fourth holiday week.”

After the kids’ performance, the open mic portion of Homestead Days will take over the stage, offering everyone the opportunity to sing, play, read, dance and share their talents. Afterward, none other than “The Boss” will end the evening as live recordings of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band make it impossible not to get up and boogie down. Homestead Days is the perfect setting to bring the family and have fun while learning more about all the community has to offer.

“What I like most about Homestead Days is the family and community vibe,” Kelly said.

To find out more or to become a part of the next Homestead Days, go to www.watershedbv.com or email events@watershedbv.com.