Notes from New Ute Theatre Society: Some end-of-summer fun and fundraising
Notes from NUTS
School is well under way, and summer activities are winding down. The interior remodel of the New Ute Events Center continues and is going well. In keeping with what will be a mixed-use facility, the floor has been flattened to accommodate banquet tables, a dance floor area and many more options the community would like to see.
The stage has been expanded with a new staircase on the east side of the building, leading to new dressing rooms under the new stage area. The framing for an expanded snack bar and a new sound and projection system is also under way. Until the remodel is complete, any activities of the New Ute Theatre Society will be held outside the building and very likely involve fundraising.
In fact, our next activity is a benefit for the Bookcliffs Arts Center. Both organizations are concerned with making cultural activities easily available in the Rifle community, so helping them with their end-of-season wrap-up performance and fundraiser seemed like a good match. On Saturday, Sept. 14, gates will open at 2 p.m. and the music will run from 3-8 p.m. Tickets are on sale online at bookcliffsartscenter.org. Go to the calendar page to purchase tickets. Adults are $15, children 12 and under $5 and seniors 65 and older are $10.
This event sounds like a terrific concert. It’s being billed as “Hilltop Summer Music Appreciation Day,” and features “The Three Twins,” former members of the Subdudes. There will also be a silent auction, food provided by WingNutz and Simply Dogs, local artisan wares, and a wine and beer tent hosted by the board members of The New Ute Theatre Society.
Many of us have spent delightful Thursday evenings enjoying the free music at the Hilltop stage, 1100 E. 16th St., so now it’s time to come out in force to show our appreciation for the good times by participating in this ticketed event. We hope to see you all there having a fun time, celebrating the end of summer and supporting these nonprofit organizations that try to bring entertaining and cultural activities to the community.
We appreciate our alliance with the Bookcliffs Arts Council and know our visions are very similar. It brings to mind a quote from a very wise woman in our community I think we can all learn from:
“It is so great to partner and work with all of our ideas to help our community to be the best it can be … working together, playing together, building together makes a great team. Thanks, partner.” – June Renfro.
For information about the events center project, call (970) 414-0834, follow them on Twitter, @NewUteEvents and Facebook, The New Ute Events Center, or utetheater.com. Mailing address is P.O. Box 907, Rifle, CO 81650.
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