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Glenwood park will be `Flirtin’ With Disaster’

Greg Masse
Special to The Aspen Times

After receiving detailed plans for the handling of a July 6 Molly Hatchet concert at Two Rivers Park, Glenwood Springs City Council members gave the show their blessing.

“I think if done properly, it would be a good thing for Glenwood Springs,” Councilman Larry Emery said. The other council members agreed.

The concert is scheduled for the evening of July 6 as part of the first-ever Harley-Davidson Roaring Fork Independence Rally. Molly Hatchet, a Southern rock band out of Jacksonville, Fla., is best known for its hit “Flirtin’ with Disaster.” According to the band’s Web site, the name comes from 17th-century Salem, Mass., where, according to legend, a woman named Hatchet Molly would behead her lovers with an ax.

In his presentation to council Thursday night, Patrick Coggins, general manager of Aspen Valley Harley-Davidson and organizer of the rally, alluded to the recent banter in letters to the newspaper. He insisted that most motorcycles – even Harleys – aren’t inherently loud, but they all can be modified to be made louder. Coggins also pointed out that there are loud cars and loud trucks on the road.

The plan for the concert includes a request for uniformed Glenwood Springs police. Coggins told council that rally organizers would pay for the extra police patrols.

The motorcycle rally is set to take place July 4, 5 and 6 and will use the Glenwood Springs Community Center as its hub.

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Coggins told council that the idea behind the rally is to take advantage of around 800 bikers who ride to Aspen each Independence Day and give them a place to gather and spend their money downvalley.

Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation director Dan Rodgerson said he’d like to set the record straight regarding the community center’s role in the rally.

“There’s a whole bunch of misconceptions out there that Harley riders are going to take over the community center,” he said.

Rodgerson assures that ralliers will be in the center’s banquet rooms and on the ice rink’s surface – where there will be vendors – but that the rest of the facility will be open.

“They’ll be focused on that side of the community center. Everything else will be open to the public,” Rodgerson said. “We have made every effort to minimize impacts on our members and on residents.”