by Bill Forman
One such initiative that's worthy of your attention takes place this coming Saturday, Aug. 11. It’s called Manitou Alive, and will be a day-long community event featuring performances at Venue 515, with proceeds directed toward the Manitou Wildfire Fund.
The artist line-up at the time of this writing includes:
Ode To The Marionette
Adam Lopez & His Mighty LoCasters
And now, the fine print, courtesy of musician and organizer Tommy Dorr:
"Here's how it works. Entry to this event is a $10 donation. With this you get an entry bracelet, a raffle ticket and the satisfaction of helping Manitou Springs where and when it counts most.
Your entry bracelet allows you to enter and exit the event freely all day and night. You'll be given a playbill outlining the acts, times, styles, raffles, special events, etc. You'll also get a Map of Manitou showcasing many of our many unique businesses and fare. We highly encourage you to tour our amazing oasis and come back to Venue 515 to see the performances as you please. You'll also receive a raffle ticket for the many art and business give-aways between each act.
We have the full support of the City of Manitou, Mayor Snyder, the BAC and Venue 515. We will even have FREE parking (only a 100 yards from the venue) for over 200 and a shuttle service from the venue to the other end of downtown. The walk back is downhill.
The $10 donation (for entry) is split between the EDC (Economic Development Committee) of the Manitou Chamber of Commerce (not a city entity) and the Manitou Wildfire Fund.
The EDC uses their share to help the damage control of the recent loss of business to Manitou and to help promote the attraction of outside money into Manitou. They are a big reason why there aren’t chains in Manitou to the extent that there is in other tourist towns.
The Manitou Wildfire Fund needs $47K of wildfire gear. Each ‘outfit’ costs between $1500 and $1700. The standard is 20 for our area. We had only 8 during the fire.
The current 8 outfits do not match each other — which, in itself, presents its own dangers. The 20 outfits will bring us up to snuff, and the additional monies go to basic minimum protection gear needed by the Manitou Police Department and Public Works Department. A lot of these guys were out there in places they had NO business being, without proper gear, during the fire. They were there because they felt it was their duty... They deserve the basic minimum next time.”
You can find the latest information by visiting the event’s Facebook page here