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Pioneers Museum park hosts city celebration


Find out what all the Hoopla (excluding upcoming elections) in town is about, Friday, Aug. 13, on the lawn of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Starting at 3 p.m., The Independent's 2004 Summer Hoopla gets going with a handful of live bands and activities aimed at celebrating our local culture and community.

Bristol Brewery will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in conjunction with Hoopla, donating all micro-proceeds to the Independence Community Fund, which assists creative, community- building projects in the city. Take advantage of guzzling a brew for a good cause in the beer garden, and while you're at it, feast on delicious fruits and veggies from the Colorado Farm and Art Market farmers, as well as other local vendors.

The Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Partnership (the CSCCNPP for all you wacky acronym fans) will host more than 50 nonprofit organizations through Hoopla to inform Springs denizens about how to make the world a better place with a little action. Once you've been informed, saunter over to the Pioneers Museum and check out These Rare Lands, a photo exhibit of American landscapes, and Hands on History, a children's exhibit (both are free and open until 7 p.m.).

There'll also be a Kids Kalliope, featuring activities and performances to entertain the shorter members of your party -- so don't leave 'em at home with the babysitter, unless you're planning on parking at the Bristol tent.

Local Springs hard-core band Harrison Bergeron (any Vonnegut aficionados out there?) kicks off Hoopla's music offering at 3 p.m., followed at 4 by Denver's Reno Divorce, a punk rock 'n' roll band that recently opened for the Warped Tour.

The Blues All Stars, featuring Magic Dave and John Wise, will play from 5 to 7 p.m. After the blues, stick around for Ft. Collins' Drag the River from 7 to 8 p.m., as they dredge up a mean "post-punk honky-tonk country" sound.

Headlining Hoopla from 8 to 9 p.m. is town celebrity Against Tomorrow's Sky (that's ATS for all you lazy goofs and cool kids), rockin' an indie-emo mix that's been steadily gaining more repute in far-off lands. You may have caught them recently at Red Rocks or 32 Bleu; they're well worth the day's wait, so stick around.

-- Matthew Schniper

capsule The 2004 Summer Hoopla

Presented by the Colorado Springs Independent, Bristol Brewery, Elope, the Chamber's Nonprofit Partnership and the Pioneers Museum.

Friday, Aug. 13, 3-9 p.m.

Pioneers Museum park, on the corner of Tejon and Vermijo

Free and open to all

For more, call Sherri at 577-4545

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