Co-op boardmember Kathryn Burke listed some of the attractions. “There’ll be a ribbon cutting by the Chamber of Commerce at 11 a.m. There’ll be a juggler and face painting for the kids. There’ll be food and music, and beer provided by Dan and Emma Kigar of Colorado Yurts.”
Burke expects up to three musical acts, including Yvonne Meeks of Montrose. “If you’re a musician, bring an instrument,” Burke said. “People will be playing all day long in the parking lot.”
In addition to the entertainment, Burke expects a number of vendor booths on site. “One will be Dee Hilton, proprietor of Wildflower Boutique. She’s also the president of our board.” There should be several booths highlighting green products, Burke said, green solar and green insulation products.
And for anyone in need of a massage, there will be chair massages by Sarah Waltrip, sponsored by Indulgence Salon in Montrose.
Next-door neighbor in the Old School Building, the Old School House Emporium, will also join in the festivities on Saturday. As will Burke’s publishing venture, San Juan Publishing, which will feature a new title by Ridgway’s “horse lady,” Alice Billings.
Burke wasn’t sure about the details on one activity slated for the grand opening: a seed exchange. “Bring your seeds and an exchange container,” says the event literature. Vegetable seeds? Flower seeds? A call in to Melissa Johnson, who runs RNF, had not been returned by press time.
In any case, bring your appetite for healthy food and community spirit, and join the party at one of Ridgway’s most iconic and graceful old buildings.