While Bat Masterson, Marshal Dillon and Miss Kitty were no-shows, there were a lot of Old West characters at The
High Noon Saloon and Gambling Hall."
The event, organized by High Noon Rotary Club for its community projects, took place April 10 at the Durango Arts
More than 150 people, most dressed in their best Western attire, passed through the swinging saloon doors in the
DAC's theater, where they were greeted by President
Mark Prouty. He was sporting a handlebar mustache, vest and 10-gallon hat to set the theme.
Once inside, guests found the room transformed into a turn-of-the-century gambling hall, where their play money could
be used to wager at blackjack, craps, poker, roulette or bingo. At the end of the evening, they could convert their
winnings into raffle tickets, eligible for a drawing for the grand prize - a trip for two to Las Vegas, including
airfare and hotel.
Saloon music was provided for the evening by pianist Lacey Black, and the PMS Bettys" provided atmosphere
(and beauty) in their saloon-girl outfits. They also posed with guests to create distinctive souvenirs of the
During the evening, the gamblers were surprised by two bandits," who broke in with guns blazing and directed the
startled guests to reach for the sky." Fortunately, the sheriff wasn't far behind, and after a brief gunfight, order
was restored and the fun continued.
Food for the evening was provided by the Strater Hotel's 1887 Catering. The menu included barbecued pulled-pork
sliders, Santa Fe-chicken egg rolls with jalapeño cream, chipotle-marinated chicken skewers with cilantro-lime aioli, chef-prepared chicken, cheese and vegetable quesadillas and a dessert table.
Volunteers from Habitat for Humanity, one of the organizations that High Noon Rotary supports, delivered drinks.
A silent auction brought in more largesse that High Noon can use to serve our community.
Corporate sponsors included Liquor World, Four Corners Broadcasting, Rainbow Printing, La Plata Electric Association, Fast Track Communications, El Rancho Tavern, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Cedar Networks along
with First National Ba
nk of Durango, Alpine Bank and Bank of the San Juans.
The preliminary accounting indicates that High Noon Rotary pulled in about $12,000 with the help of about 60
Kudos go to event chairpeople Ted Weirather and Emily Spencer for a successful event, and to all the
High Noon Rotarians for everything they do, both here and abroad.
Making up for no birthdays in Wednesday's Neighbors retrospective, here are a week's worth of folks who are
celebrating their big day - Chuck Schultz, Emil Nagy, Rachel Overington, Lew Patton,
Allison Barker, Eric Copeland, Topher Leach, Cheryle Brandsma, Rebecca Awe, Randy Glenn, Martina Pansze, Colin Deaver, Bryan Bauer, Elizabeth
Whitehurst, Elaine Hartnett, Jonathan Thompson, Lillian Krause, Emma Hallin, Suzanne Washburn, Donna Alsdurf, Robert Wagner, Pam Snyder, Michael Benner, Dean Brown, Susan McDowell, Ida Kolb, Troy Pugh, Duane Smith, Al Studer, Allen Ottman, Stella Best, David Smith, Ian Gordon, Staci Latham, Gary
Conrad and Karin Kingsley.
Happy birthday wishes go to the married couple that celebrates their birthdays in one fell swoop - Allan and
A week ago, I wrote a story about Danny and Sandy Myers, who are experiencing major health problems -
multiple sclerosis and lupus - and the pursuant financial stresses. Friends held a fundraiser in March that helped
them catch up with bills and buy some breathing room, and now they're working to make the M
yerses' ongoing situation easier.
Vicki Love tells me that an account has been set up at Bank of the San Juans to help with the Myerses'
mortgage payments. On the 15th of every month, an automatic payment will go to the bank, and they're asking anyone
who wants to help to consider giving what they can when they can. The goal is to have money in the account by the
fifth of the month to make sure it clears by the time the mortgage payment is due.
Because this is financial business, Love prefers to keep all the details out of the paper, but if you could donate
once, once a month or once a year, your generosity would help a really fine family in a tough time.
Reach love at vlove54@ gmail.com.
Thanks to all the people who have called or dropped me a line for the 10th anniversary of Neighbors and the
retrospective that ran on Wednesday.
There was one small disappointment, however. At some point in the last decade, I wrote about a girl who decided to
ask the guests who were coming to her birthday party to bring a donation for La Plata Search and Rescue instead of a
gift for her. Then she and her mom created a game searching for a lost Barbie who had suffered some injuries, and the
guests had to try to track her.
For the life of me, I couldn't find the story, but it was definitely one of my best.
Now, on to the second decade.
Celebrating their anniversaries in a week where any weather condition is possible are Myrle and Barbara
Cornelius, George and Melodie San Miguel, George and Aurora Rose, Trevor
and Ellen Balzer, Ralph and Sarah Campano, Brad and Laura Cartwright, Barry
and Phyllis Stone and Bill and Marianne Griffin.
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