The Year 2013 in Review
When I looked into the past year I was truly amazed, and, yes, proud of the accomplishments we made. It was a lot of work but it is now paying off and we have become something in our community and area that people now recognize and support.
I decided to put together a little video using one of my favorite sites, Animoto, to illustrate just what all we did manage to do in 2013. I hope you enjoy seeing the year shooting by in fireworks as Clocks by Coldplay plays in the background:
Of course, the person that we'll never forget is Rod Johnson who passed away very unexpectedly in early December. He was the Rock of Kiowa County and losing him was a huge blow to our community, and to CLCEC, specifically. Through this past year Rod had done so much including the following: Helped Terry Riley design and build our brand new 10' x 40' portable stage that is really an amazing asset for us since part of what we do is put on concerts; Rod created the Mud Run at at Jackson's Wildlife Area (his piece of Heaven on Earth) and put up with my grandiose ideas coming through with every obstacle idea thrown out at him; Set up the Maine Street Bash and Fair Street Dance helping in so many areas I can't even begin to list them; and was the head organizer on Pedal the Plains....the biggest undertaking he probably had for some time. Through it all Rod was a class act ... we will never be able to replace him.
In 2013 we also lost Sharon Frazee off our board of directors as this busy and dynamic woman who did all our catering work had to take some things off her plate due to health concerns. But she is still there in the background supporting us and urging people to give to the Plains Theater at every turn. She is someone who has been on our board since its inception in 2006 and we will be hard-pressed to replace her quiet leadership.
But, as they say, the show must go on and so we replaced Sharon with a new board member in Laurie Musgrave who brought her energetic talents to the group. We also gained a gem of a caterer and cook in Charlie Vasquez, who, with his wonderful wife Mary, has taken over the catering jobs and will do the food for our summer events. Finally, we gained a good number of new and talented friends through our latest theatrical performance. In particular, we got to know Phil Splitter who agreed to direct the production and Erin (Specht) Schneider who aptly assisted him. Of course, the Crow-Luther Players gained a whole cast of talent from the East End and from the Eads area through this most recent production. We hope that we will be able to produce more and bigger shows with the new-found talent.
The Plains Theater is just about completely done after 6 years of work. This past year we finished up the auditorium with a new lighting system that is operated from the control room and can be programmed for an entire production from start to finish. We used the new lights in our theater productions and our summer events out on the street and on our new portable stage. We also installed brand new handicapped accessible bathrooms, new electrical systems, and new heating/cooling systems. In addition, the lobby and auditorium contain many historical aspects that now tells our history.
There is only one thing that remains to be done in the Plains Theater before it will be one of the best theaters in the whole area...that is, of course, installing new digital projection, new Dolby surround sound, and a brand new screen that can be pulled up to make the stage area much larger than it is now.
As you are aware, we are fundraising right now for the this final addition for our project and once we have raised the money the Plains Theater in Eads, Colorado will be an amazing facility that will be showing current, first-run movies and offering new and exciting foods from our concession stand.
Yep, 2013 was a tremendously successful year for CLCEC...but it looks like 2014 may be the best one yet!