Friday, September 14, 2012
Tickets are going fast for the September 18 th special rock 'n' roll show by the Rocky Mountain Opry to benefit children's learning programs in the Estes Valley and Guatemala. With a little more than a week to go before the show, only 90 tickets were left for what promises to be a spectacular special musical show celebrating the rock 'n' roll era of the 1950s and 60s. "We expect this show to be a sellout," said Barbara Barleen, one of the stars of the Rocky Mountain Opry. "The rock 'n' roll show is the most popular show we do. When we launched our season in Arizona last year, we started with the rock 'n' roll show and it was a sellout in 38-minutes. People love the music from that era." The Sept. 18 th show also will feature cars from 50s and 60s parked outside the door, thanks to the Estes Park Car Club. The Estes Park Museum is donating photos of Estes Park during that time period as decorations inside the National Park Village Theater downstairs. And Scott Webermeier has donated the use of the theater for the show.
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Rotary Rocks At The Opry For Kids
Tickets for the Sept. 18 th benefit show at 6:30 p.m. are on sale the Rocky Mountain Opry box office at the entrance to the National Park Village, 900 Moraine Ave. (Hwy 36) or by calling the box office at 970-577- 8000. Reservations are required and seating is going fast so you'd better get your reservation now. The cost is $30 per person. Credit cards accepted. The Rocky Mountain Opry is donating all proceeds from the show to the Rotary Club of Estes Park which will use the money to help children learn to read. One of those efforts is the summer reading program at the Estes Valley Library. "Each year our library has over 300 participants in the summer reading program," explained Library Director Claudine Perrault. "Our programs are the antidote for learning loss. Instead of losing knowledge and skills during the summer months, kids who participate can actually show gains. They continue to improve their skills while having fun over the summer and parents are so appreciative that their children are motivated to read!" Perrault said the Estes Park Rotary Club has helped purchase paperback books for prizes. "What could be better than book incentives for reading books?" said Perrault. "We're rewarding reading with more ways to read-- a wonderful cycle that promotes and rewards the love of reading. Without Rotary's continued support of our summer reading program, we would find it difficult to maintain the book giveaways for our summer reading participants." The Rotary club also built an outdoor reading area for children at the library. "It has worked out much better than we had expected," said Perrault. "It has han- dled up to 35 children and parents and everyone could hear us just fine and there were no problems with traffic distractions. It's a sweet, intimate spot that we'll be using again and again." Perrault said the library would like to add some birdhouses and other touches next spring to make the reading area even more attractive. Rotary will also use some of the proceeds from the benefit performance to purchase books for the children's library. The program speaker at each Rotary meeting signs a book that goes to that collection. The Rotary club also supports the Guatemala Literacy Project. It provides textbooks to schools in rural Guatemala where only about one in ten children graduates from high school. Most drop out by the sixth grade. "We made a $1,000 contribution in 2010 and we received $2,500 in matching funds from the Rotary District 5440 and the Rotary International Foundation," said Rotarian Jack Vaughan. "In addition, there were 71 other Rotary clubs that contributed various amounts in 2010 and most of them also got their money matched. So the total in 2010 was over $200,000. We just recently mailed them another check for $1,000." Some 350 Rotary clubs are involved in the Guatemala Literacy Project and it's having a positive effect. Dropout rates are dropping and more kids are staying in school because they have a textbook. "Estes Park has always given to us," said Barbara Barleen. "You know we had a lot of tough years, many, many tough years, but our family business is now very successful and now it's time to give back the other direction." Barleen said the benefit show will be an extended, special edition of the Opry's regular rock 'n' roll show with prizes for the best dressed in clothing of the era and for correctly answering trivia questions. Free ice cream sundaes or root beer floats will be available as well as a cash bar for beverages. "We're going to put in extra songs," said Barleen. "It's going to be one great big, fun party. It's celebrating that era. We want to bring back those memories, back to those wonderful days." The doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the show starts an hour earlier than usual at 6:30 p.m. "But tickets are going fast," said Rotary club president Pete Sumey. "So, call the Rocky Mountain Opry box office today at 970-577-8000 and reserve your ticket today. You'll see a great show and help a lot of children at the same time."
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