Last summer, the High Park fire raged through the Poudre Canyon in northern Colorado. Although it's been nearly a year since the fire was contained, it's still very fresh in the minds of the community, especially the folks at Mishawaka Amphitheatre. Despite the fact that the fire ravaged much of the canyon surrounding the venue, somehow the Mish was spared. To commemorate the heroic efforts of those who fought the blaze, Mishawaka GM Dani Grant and her husband led an effort to establish a monument.
"We will never forget the danger presented by this fire and the heroic efforts of firefighters who toiled day after day to protect the Mishawaka and all property in the Poudre Canyon," says Grant, who, along with her husband, Matt Hoeven, commissioned a pair of local artists, Chris Gugelman and Jackie Sindelar, the latter of whom also tends bar at the Mish, to create the piece. "This monument will stand as a lasting gesture of our appreciation. We're pleased to unveil the monument as a fresh summer season at Mishawaka begins.
"The project is so important to us," her statement continues, "because we know so many people that lost so much in the fire and also so many great people who fought the fire. Having an art piece dedicated to all the hard work hopefully will never let people forget the tragedy and triumph that this fire brought. Having the opportunity to display this piece of art at the Mish makes it even more special and personal on so many levels. Chris and I both have a huge place in our hearts for the Mish."
Before the monument ceremony, which is slated to take place at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 11, at 12:30 p.m., the Colorado Tree Farmers are hosting a fire-preparedness program at Ward Mountain Ranch on Stove Prairie Road from 9 a.m. to noon, in which various representatives from local fire agencies and the Colorado Forest Service will discuss and analyze the High Park fire and share the things they learned that could help folks be better prepared when facing the prospect of future wildfires.
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