New Year for the New Ute |

New Year for the New Ute

The Symphony in the Valley performed at the New Ute Events Center on New Years Eve for the center's first New Year's party.
Tanya Giard |

The beginning of a new year is always a time for reflection on the past year’s blessings, and if there’s one thing we here at the New Ute Theatre Society are thankful for, it’s the fact that our community has a gem like the New Ute Events Center. The gala we hosted at the Ute on New Year’s Eve was a great reminder of how it can bring our community together for some fun.

We spent the last moments of 2014 partying to the swing tunes of vocalists Kelly Thompson, Stephanie Askew, and Lorraine Curry, with musical stylings from Symphony in the Valley. When we tired of dancing, we feasted on delicious food by Grand River Café and sipped champagne served up by wonderful bartenders Lou White, and Patty and Craig Fontus. The well-dressed Rifle community came in force, dancing the night away and contributing to an optimistic outlook for the new year.

Or maybe the optimism came from the balloon drop at the end of the night, which showered the crowd with gifts from Rifle-area businesses like CrossFit Generate; Geneva Farr (Arbonne); Shelley R. Aibner, C.M.T.; Twisted Studios Boutique; Blush Salon; Choice Liquors; Miner’s Claim Restaurant; Hogback Pizza; Jay’s Steakhouse; Rifle Fireside Lanes; Drake Consulting; Starbucks; Napa; Fred’s Hardware; 1211 Fitness; and Blue Eyes Designs. Thanks to all these businesses, and to Gary Miller and Miller’s Dry Goods; Rocky Mountain Liquors; Jon’s Liquors; Midland Arts Company; and the City of Rifle, The gala went off without a hitch.

Even if you couldn’t make it the gala, there are still plenty of opportunities in early 2015 for more fun at the Ute. Hippie Man, the super-psychedelic stand-up comedian from Boulder will be headlining a comedy night on January 17. Then, on February 7, John McEuen (formerly of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) will play. And, if you missed Symphony in the Valley or just want to hear them again, stay tuned for the next date and time that they will be at the Ute.

The New Year is also a time to evaluate our priorities for the coming months and to make resolutions about the upcoming year. One of our resolutions here at the New Ute Theatre Society is to increase our membership. For the 2014-15 season so far, we have raised over $14,000, and we hope you, too, will make the resolution to support this incredible asset in our community. All that is required to become a member is a generous cash donation of $50 or more. Members get discounts on all New Ute Theatre Society-sponsored events and merchandise.

You can also get involved with the Ute by volunteering for an event personally or offering to sponsor an event through your business (just as the generous local businesses listed above did for the gala). For more information, find us on Facebook, visit our website at, or write to us at PO Box 84 in Rifle.

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