Are you NUTS?
“If you build it, they will come,” isn’t just for baseball fields. This past month, we here at NUTS have been feeling a lot like Kevin Costner in “Field of Dreams.” When we first conceived of the New Ute Events Center, it felt like a dream too good to be true. But we continually envisioned a place where people of all ages could gather and enjoy food, entertainment and a sense of community. Now, less than a year since the Ute’s opening, we are thrilled that the Ute is serving just that purpose.
On April 18, Rifle High School held prom at the Ute. Not only was the entire building decorated beautifully, but the young adults of our town had an absolute ball and partied the night away. To have them hold their most esteemed social event here in town, rather than exporting the fun to Glenwood Springs as in years past, was an absolute thrill. Not to mention how many parents heaved a sigh of relief that the kids would not be driving through the spring snowstorm on Interstate 70 in the middle of the night.
The Ute also hosted its second family movie night in April, with “Lego Movie” most recently being shown. With a Lego-building contest and discounted tickets for those who dined at a local restaurant before the show, this event brought lots of kids and their parents into town. Movie nights are one example of how the Ute gives young families here in town something to do — a luxury that many of us here in Rifle know did not always exist. The next movie night will be at 7 p.m. May 21, featuring “Back to the Future.”
Lest we adults forget that we need to have fun, too, the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce also hosted its Business After Hours event at the Ute. This provided area business-people with the opportunity to have a drink and network while enjoying live entertainment and food from Sammy’s Rocky Mountain Steakhouse. Prior to the Ute’s existence, few if any venues in Rifle offered this combination of socializing, food and drink, and entertainment.
The energy and connections that each of these events produces for our community are what make Rifle thrive and keep us all engaged. And it’s just getting started — as you may have noticed, the Ute is currently getting a major upgrade to its outdoor front plaza. When complete, the plaza will have seating and tables where we can all enjoy lunch, a book or a quick conversation with friends. We hope that you choose to come down to the Ute soon to enjoy this great space.
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