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Silt to be more of a happening place

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

SILT, Colorado – A core of movers and shakers here has banded together on a project aimed, in a way, at overcoming – or perhaps fulfilling – the promise represented by an old bumper sticker: Silt Happens.

By way of assuring everyone that good things do happen in Silt, the town government is creating a new venue for bands and other entertainment, the Silt Stoney Ridge Pavilion.

With capacity for 400 or so, the pavilion will get its first workout in September.

On Sept. 17, the town and KMTS radio, along with other sponsors, will host the current version of the veteran and popular country band, Highway 101, performing for the grand opening of a brand new stage just outside of the town center.

Founded in 1986 by country star Paulette Carlson, the band currently is made up of Nikki Nelson (who succeeded Carlson in 1990) on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, backed by Andy Gurley on electric guitar, Curtis Stone on bass guitar and Cactus Moser on drums.

The opening act will be town trustee Rick Aluise, performing what a town press release termed the “breaking in the stage” act at 4 p.m., followed by a local band, Straight Shot, at 5:30 p.m.

Highway 101 is to take the stage at 7 p.m.

Construction is nearly finished on the new, 1,200-square-foot stage.

The pavilion is located next to the town-owned ball field on 7th Street north of Richards Avenue in the northwestern part of town.

“Once we get all our materials delivered, it should be done within a week,” said town administrator Pamela Woods. She said the remaining lumber and other materials are expected to arrive by Aug. 22.

Woods said the venue is being built at a cost of approximately $42,000, half of which is paid for by Colorado Lottery funds and the other half is coming from the town’s coffers.

The stage has been erected mainly by the town’s public works department – five employees have been at the task since early July, Woods explained.

Praising public works director Gerry Pace in particular, Woods said, “I think the public works department has done a very, very good job.”

In addition to the town employees’ efforts, Woods said, “We have received a lot of donations, sponsorships, to help us put this on, and maybe to pay back part of the cost of building the pavilion.”

Among the donations, she said, are cash contributions from A-1 Traffic Control, EnCana Oil and Gas (USA), Bill Barrett Corp., American National Bank, Alpine Bank, Lyons Construction, Master Petroleum, Frontier Paving, Downvalley Septic and WasteManagement.

The total in cash contributions, she said, has been “about $15,000, but more is coming in.”

In addition, she said, there have been numerous “in-kind” contributions, such as free paving, free porta potties and half-price construction work. She valued the in-kind contributions at $30,000.

“This has been a team effort,” she said, mentioning help from the town trustees, including logistical assistance by Janet Aluise, a town planner and wife of the opening act on Sept. 17.

General admission tickets are $5, while VIP tickets for seating in a special area close to the stage are $22, and “executive VIP seating” is $27 per ticket.

Mayor Dave Moore estimated that 400 attendees will fit easily in the town-owned ball field, which spreads out north of the stage and is surrounded by a chain-link fence that will stay in place for what Woods said are security reasons.

Parking will be at the Re-2 School District parking lot near the ball field, at 822 Orchard St., among other nearby lots.

The plan is to have one big concert per year, said Moore and Woods, with an unknown number of smaller shows over the course of every year.

“I’d like to have a little bit of everything,” she said, “jazz, bluegrass, rock, gospel, Hispanic bands, all of it.”

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