Historic Grand Junction Theater Finishes $9 Million Renovation

streetview_base scheme_July 2014 RevisedGRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—Sept. 12, 2014—The historic Avalon Theatre, which has been the cornerstone of downtown Grand Junction at 7th and Main Street for the past 90 years, has recently completed a $9.65 million renovation that ensures its position as one of the premier performing arts venues in Western Colorado for years to come.

Originally built by local publishing giant Walter Walker in 1923 for the residents of Grand Junction, the Avalon Theatre was a major stop for acts traveling from Denver to Salt Lake City. Performers from Al Joplin to Pat Benatar have graced its floor boards; dance performances, symphonies, plays, operas, and movies also take place at the theater. The Avalon is the only performing arts venue of its kind in the region and the renovations will allow for additional cultural experiences to take place in this unique theatre.

“The $9.65 million dollar project has been completed on budget and on time,” said Debbie Kovalik, department director for the Avalon Theatre with the City of Grand Junction. “We look forward to cutting the film (aka ribbon) in front of the Avalon Theatre Cornerstone Project on Wednesday, September 17 beginning at 10:30am and then letting everyone come experience the entire project until 7pm.”

Highlights of the renovation include:

  • New seating: the Avalon will expand from 900 to a capacity of 1090 seats, allowing for larger audiences.
  • Acoustic and digital audio/visual improvements: these improvements will not only allow the space to host larger acts, but will also make the Avalon a state of the art performance venue.
  • The addition of a multi-purpose room: the Encore Hall will offer a smaller space for meetings and presentations without tying up the large performance area. The hall will accommodate the showing of smaller films and also provide excellent space for local groups to use.
  • ADA: Updates to the theatre’s ADA compliance, which includes a patron elevator and hearing loop will provide improvements to every guest’s experience at the Avalon.
  • New rooftop terrace: the rooftop will be able to host a variety of events such as receptions and weddings; catering services will make this a desirable space for both local and regional events and occasions.

Special care has been taken to both preserve the historic appeal of the Avalon while designing amenities for the future.

The Grand Reopening for the renovation will begin September 17, 2014 at 10:30am, with activities running through the Community Celebration Weekend taking place September 26 – 28, 2014. For details on the ceremonies planned, visit www.tworiversconvention.com.

Weddings and events have already began to book for 2015, making this the venue to be at in the coming months for Western Colorado performances and special events. Reservations are now open to the public by calling the Avalon’s sister property, Two Rivers Convention Center at 970-263-5700.

For more information on the renovation or to learn where to donate, please visit http://www.avalontheatrefoundation.org/.

Mistalynn Meyeraan, Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau, mistalm@gjcity.org, (970) 256-4063


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Hop on Your Hog and Head to Sweetwater County Wyoming this Fall

-Southwest Wyoming is a hidden gem for autumn motorcycle tours-

 Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County Travel and

Tourism invites motorcycle enthusiasts to pack up their bikes and head for the open roads of Southwest Wyoming this fall. Here are some tips and treks to help make the jaunt to Sweetwater County one for the memory books.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Directions!
The new visitor’s center in Green River (1155 W. Flaming Gorge Way) is a good starting point and offers information and resources, including maps and directions. A guided audio tour of Flaming Gorge Country and Flaming Gorge Lake is also available online to help you prepare for your trip. Smartphone users should download the Tour Sweetwater County Mobile App for information on-the-go about what to do, where to stay and more in Sweetwater County.

Scenic Drives Sweetwater County boasts wide-open vistas and views at every turn. Ramble across the same high deserts and rugged mountains that were once traversed by Native Americans, mountain men, pioneers and even outlaws. Scenic overlooks allow many opportunities to stretch your legs.

elkHighways 191 and 530 encircling Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area are designated state scenic byways.  In addition to the notorious untamed horses of Wyoming, big game animals like moose, elk, deer, antelope and big-horn sheep also roam the national recreation area. The Flaming Gorge-Green River Basin Scenic Byway is accessible from the towns of Green River and wild horsesRock Springs via Interstate 80. The 160-mile loop dips into Utah and takes about three hours. The Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Tour north of Green River is only 24 miles long – about one hour of road time, depending on how many stops you make to check out the herds of wild horses.

Lodging & Camping
There are plenty of places to bunk up in a local hotel for the night or you can pitch a tent at one of Sweetwater County’s many campsites. Here are a few favorites. Buckboard Crossing Campground is located on the far northwest shore of the fabulous Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Buckboard Marina is nearby for boat rentals, fuel, fishing license, bait and groceries. For a desert experience, consider Firehole Canyon Campground, located 29 miles southwest of Rock Springs and adjacent to Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The campground offers beautiful views of the reservoir and surrounding red rock formations. The Mustang Ridge Campground sits at 6,300 feet on the Utah side of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Dining & Nightlife
After a long day on the road you’ll want to refuel at one of Sweetwater County’s delicious dining establishments. Bitter Creek Brewing is a casual brew pub located in the heart of downtown Rock Springs. Coyote Creek Steakhouse & Saloon is located in an historic building in downtown Rock Springs and offers a touch of elegance mixed with the Wild West. Cowboy Donuts is a great place in Rock Springs to feast on fresh-baked raised donuts, cake donuts, kolaches and a strong cup of coffee.

For more information visit www.tourwyoming.com.

About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.

Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com
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Mountain Lodge Telluride Hires New Digital Marketing & Group Sales Manager


– Monique Ouellette will manage weddings, social channels at upscale Telluride resort

Telluride, Colo. – The Mountain Lodge Telluride, an exclusive, upscale and slope-side resort, today announced that it has added a new Digital Marketing & Group Sales Manager, Monique Ouellette. Ouellette will handle the property’s social media channels, as well as manage its growing wedding and group sales business.

wedding kissing“Destination weddings are huge, but it’s no longer just about heading to a beach resort to tie the knot; ski towns like Telluride are becoming increasingly popular,” Continue reading

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Delta County, Colo., Announces “What’s New” for Summer Travel Season

- Western Colorado vacation destination offers new opportunities to enjoy “Our Side of the Divide”

Delta County, Colo. – Delta County, nestled on the western slope of the Continental Divide, is one of Colorado’s hidden gems. This year Delta County – which includes the delightfully diverse communities of Cedaredge, Crawford, the City of Delta, Hotchkiss, Orchard City and Paonia – invites visitors to check out its newest winery, pub, Main Street, and lodging offerings. Continue reading

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Sweetwater County, Wyo., Names Top 5 Campgrounds

-Whether tent or RV camping, Southwest Wyoming has a scenic site to suit every need -

Sweetwater County, Wyo.Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism today announced the top five campgrounds near Rock Springs and the town of Green River. This area, characterized by high desert country landscape and wide open spaces, is conveniently located right at the junction of I-80 and Highway 191. This makes Sweetwater County the perfect pit stop for those traveling between national parks or road-tripping across the American West. With over 10,500 square miles, there are plenty of places to pitch a tent – or hook up an RV – in Sweetwater County. Continue reading

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Winter Park Odell Brewing Co. Summer Concert Series Features Jam-Packed Summer Line-Up

SolShine 2014‘Colorado’s Favorite Playground’ is a music festival mecca this summer –

Winter Park, Colo. – The Odell Brewing Company Summer Concert Series at Winter Park kicked off with a bang over the Fourth of July weekend with the free Sol Shine concert, featuring G. Love & Special Sauce and Rob Drabkin. The series continues throughout the summer with a number of additional concerts, including: Rock n’ Ride Music Festival & Bike Tour, Winter Park Jazz Festival, Winter Park Music Festival and more.

For more on the Odell Brewing Co. Summer Concert Series click here.

  • Fraser Tuesdays Picnic in the Park: Tuesdays through Aug. 5    Free live music at Old Schoolhouse Park Continue reading
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Grand Junction VCB Shares Six Fun Lessons For Exploring Western Colorado’s Outdoor Classroom

 Visitors hike, pick and dig into education

Grand Junction, Colorado – The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau (GJVCB) has created a lesson plan with six enlightening ways to learn about the wonders of western Colorado. From ranger walks to dino digs, these attractions and activities make the grade for sharing insight into this culturally rich region.

Here’s a crash course on six favorites that both educate and entertain. Continue reading
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Rocky Mountain National Park and the Grand County Tourism Board Gear Up for 100 Year Anniversary Celebration

- Festivities start September 3, 2014 and continue through September 4, 2015  -

Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is celebrating its centennial anniversary in September of 2015, but the activities and programs that will commemorate this special birthday will begin a full year in advance. From Centennial Hikes to geo-caching adventures, it’s the perfect time to visit one of Colorado’s most beloved national treasures.  Continue reading

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Grand Junction Offers Seven Ways to Make a Business Trip a Pleasure

-Visitors mix meetings with pleasure in Colorado’s Wine Country-

Grand Junction, Colo. – The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau (GJVCB) invites business travelers to make the most of their time in Colorado’s Wine Country with these seven out-of-office adventures. Named one of the eight sunniest cities in the U.S. by TourismReview.com, Grand Junction lures office workers out from under the fluorescent lights and into the sun-bathed beauty of its landscape… because all work and no play makes for a less-than-productive trip. Continue reading

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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Offers Family Fun for Kids, Kids at Heart and Fur-Kids

Colorado’s Favorite Playground offers fun for the whole family this summer –

wplogoWinter Park-Fraser Valley, Colo. – The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber invites visitors to bring the whole family – kids and canines alike – to partake in summer fun in Colorado’s Favorite Playground. With so many activities and events, there is something for every type of kid in your family. Continue reading

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