Notes From NUTS: Fall Festival fun to help New Ute Events Center in Rifle |

Notes From NUTS: Fall Festival fun to help New Ute Events Center in Rifle

New Ute Theatre Society
Notes from NUTS

Get ready for a day of fun and help the New Ute Events Center at the same time.

From Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, the City of Rifle will hold the third annual Fall Festival, in collaboration with the New Ute Theatre Society.

The exciting news for NUTS is that work on the events center renovation is well underway. The down side is that the street dance cannot be held in a construction area (who would have thought!) So this year’s festivities will be held in Centennial Park.

Entertainment will feature local performers who eagerly await the opening of the New Ute Events Center and the prospect of having a state-of-the-art venue in which to perform in all seasons. ArtillumA Dance Co. and Sol De Mexico are on between 5 and 6 p.m., the Boom Town Players from 6 to 7 p.m. and the Johnny O Band from 7 to 10 p.m. These groups have all been supportive and enthusiastic about having an event/performance center right here in Rifle. Many of you are familiar with one or all of them, but for those who are not, here is a brief rundown:

• ArtillumA Dance Co. has provided a variety of classes – from aerobics to Zumba and most forms of dance – for students from 18 months to adults since Aug. 1, 2010. In addition to an extensive teaching schedule, they have performed for many groups and organizations in town, enhancing the entertainment for everyone involved. Their website is

• The Boom Town Players are a local theatrical troop that started in September 2010. They provide comedy, drama and improvisation for “good ol’ entertainment” on the Western Slope. Their mission is to nurture local talent, entertain audiences and showcase the art of live theatre. They can be reached at

• The Johnny O Band has been on the Blues scene for more than 13 years. Having grown up here, John Ohnmacht recognizes the importance of venues where live performance is routinely available. The band is showing its support by performing for us once again and looks forward to the doors of the events center opening so they can entertain us for years to come in all seasons in a venue with state-of-the-art equipment. They can be contacted at

• Sol De Mexico is a nonprofit group founded in May 2011. Grupo Folklorico Sol De Mexico enriches the lives of children through instruction in Mexican folkloric dance. Their goal is to engage in the community and transcend cultural barriers through the art of dance, teaching and promoting artistic development and encouraging crossing of cultural barriers. They can be contacted at (970) 618-5317.

These are only the groups performing for the Fall Festival. Many other groups and artists are eagerly awaiting availability of a venue for performing arts and other activities. If you are interested in other possibilities for programming, please contact us. Amidst all the entertainment and activity, the NUTS will be having a membership drive at Centennial Park throughout the Fall Festival. Choice Liquors and Rocky Mountain Liquors will be sponsoring a beer and wine tent from Noon to 10 p.m., with all the proceeds going toward the retractable seating for the center. New Ute Events Center shirts and stickers will be for sale as well. Come on out and join us at Centennial Park for a fun time!

For information about the events center project, call (970) 414-0834, follow them on Twitter, @NewUteEvents; Facebook, The New Ute Events Center or Mailing address is P.O. Box 907, Rifle, CO 81650.

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