With so much going on, where do visitors and residents even begin to learn about all the possibilities?
On Tuesday, June 3 from 3-7 p.m., local nonprofits will invite service workers to attend the Telluride Walkabout to learn more about summer programming to share with visitors to the region. Along the way, service workers, including lodging, restaurant, outfitter, retail, and transportation employees, will have a chance to sample great food and win amazing prizes including cash, day ski passes and concert tickets.
“Our local nonprofits offer such interesting and innovative programming – they truly make Telluride the place we all want to live and visit,” said Emily Dresslar, executive director of Telluride Academy. “The Walkabout was born out of the idea to showcase all that’s going on this summer and get that word-of-mouth marketing moving through the community.”
The Walkabout will take participants to five different locations in downtown Telluride where they will learn about summer programs offered by a number of nonprofits. As an incentive, door prizes will be awarded at each location.
Stop number one is at the Stronghouse Studios, a program of Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities, located in the stone Stonghouse Building on South Fir Street. Door prizes at this location include a one-day ski pass and darkroom time.
The second stop is Telluride Academy’s new location at the Silver Bell Building on the corner of Spruce Street and Pacific Avenue (the former Ah Haa School for the Arts). Drawing includes a day pass and two tickets to KOTO’s popular Doo Dah summer music concert.
The third stop is at the Telluride Historical Museum at the top of Fir Street. Sample great food from the Cosmopolitan Restaurant and win prizes including a ghost town tour from Telluride Outside, 18 holes on the Telluride Gold Course, and a two-night stay at the Mountainside Inn
Stop number four is the Sheridan Opera House, next to the courthouse on main street. Food will be provided by 9545 and prizes include tickets to fun summer concerts in the historic venue.
The final stop is at the Ah Haa School for the Arts located at the historic train depot at the bottom of Townsend Avenue. Prizes include free arts classes and a one-day ski pass.
Participants are encouraged to visit all five locations. Those who do will be entered for a chance to win one of three grand prizes including $100 in cash courtesy of the Sheridan Opera House, a $100 Clark’s Market Gift Certificate and a $100 Alpine Bank Savings Bond. All locations are easily visited on foot and participants can also take advantage of a Telluride Limo continuous shuttle.
“The Telluride Walkabout grew out of our desire to educate the local community about the programming, events and classes that Telluride’s nonprofit organizations offer,” said Lauren Bloemsma, executive director of the Telluride Historical Museum. “By targeting the service community, we’re able to help businesses provide more personable and knowledgeable customer service which increases customer satisfaction and encourages repeat business.
“Our nonprofits offer such great programming for families, individuals, and groups and we want everyone to benefit from the great work that they do,” said Bloemsma.
For more information, contact Bloemsma at 728-3344 or Dresslar at 728-5311.