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In 1976, August 12-14, the Colorado Chautauqua brought 60 artists and a tent to the park. We did workshops, theater and music, belly dancing in the park, raku pottery firings and lit up the town with art.
It was a blast.
During these activities, two oilfield workers drove me to The TANK for the first of many visits and we’ve now been making music there for 40 years!
We are having a 40th-year anniversary of the Chautauqua on this Saturday, and many of the Chautauqua people will be coming to town, including the legendary Bob Sheets, the very first State Arts Council director in America, from our own Colorado. The Chautauqua was his idea.
So Rangely residents, do you remember? If you were there, please join us for a reunion and celebration. There will be a barbecue (for a suggested donation of $13) at Elks Park starting at 5 p.m., with time for talk and reminiscences.
Starting at 8 p.m. there will be music at The TANK. If you were not there 40 years ago but just want to celebrate 40 years of activities at The TANK, come join us. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get a head count for food.
And thank your Rangely for welcoming the Colorado Chautauqua 40 years ago, and for welcoming The TANK Center for Sonic Arts now. Both are examples of how the arts can bring people together and lift them up. And if you are one of the guys who took me to the TANK, speak up, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
and all the Friends of The TANK