The Grand Valley’s expansive desert geography offers refuge for a variety of endeavors. The resource-rich landscape is dotted with oil and gas leases in an ever growing and controversial exploration. In the same setting you’ll find dinosaur quarries, renowned mountain biking, excellent off-season hiking, and endless routes for off-road vehicle use. To the west the Colorado National Monument awes thousands of out-of-state visitors every year, and at the far east end of the valley sits the quaint town of Palisade. In Palisade you’ll find a bounty of agriculture, including proud peaches and vibrant vineyards. With this being the season of harvest, Colorado Environmental Coalition decided this would the perfect setting for our new and improved fall fundraiser, the Harvest Hoedown.
The metamorphosis of our past Barn Dances into the Hoedown first reshaped around the glaring reality that they had for too long transpired sans beer. Fortunately, in the center of Palisade is arguably the valley’s best brewery, the Palisade Brewing Company. With the venue set, the importation of a fresh sound to highlight the event came in the form of Durango’s Waiting on Trial. With the talented bluegrass quartet, a tasty BBQ buffet, a revamped silent auction with sponsors such as Patagonia, Osprey Pack, and Aspen Ski Company, well over two months prep and planning under the belt, and a picture perfect October evening, a stellar scene was set for the Harvest Hoedown premier.
As dusk fell upon the face of the Bookcliffs just north of town, patrons began to fill the brewery to socialize and move their feet to the music. A healthy hum reverberated from the scene all evening as folks laughed, connected and shared in the spirit of conservation. Our five volunteers and great support staff from Denver ran the behind the scenes details, from check-in to check-out, with perceived effortlessness. Participants that bought early tickets were entered in a prize giveaway, and Nina, a local active outdoorswoman and traveler won the Osprey Porter Travel Bag. May she wear it well!
Many other satisfied supporters walked away with great gear and gift certificates by bidding big at the silent auction. We thank you all for supporting the work of Colorado Environmental Coalition and hope you enjoy your new goodies!
Waiting on Trial played late into the evening and expressed satisfaction in the turnout and success of their first gig in the Grand Valley.
The staff at the Palisade Brewing Company worked hard all night to keep guests satiated; in food, beverage and service. Their assistance in planning the event was much appreciated as well. To wrap-up the successful affair, our pre-arranged free bus shuttle shuffled responsible attendees back to campus and downtown.
Throughout the night and in days following the event feedback has been filled
with positive compliments and praise. And those of us here in the West Slope office feel the same. The first Harvest Hoedown was a great success. If you missed out be sure to sign up for email alerts to get information on our upcoming holiday party and events into next year. There’s no better way to celebrate the end of the season with good people for a great cause. If you were there, be sure to spread the positive word. We look forward to seeing you at our next outing, and again, thanks to everyone for your support of CEC and the work we do for the health of Colorado.