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The revival of FAC?

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Given the huge turnout for Aspen’s July 4 street dance and fireworks, Councilman Tim Semrau has suggested the city throw Friday afternoon dances for the rest of the summer.

He pitched the idea to revive FAC (that’s Friday Afternoon Club, for those who don’t remember live music and beer on Fridays in the Hotel Jerome courtyard in the good ol’ days). There could be bands and dancing on the mall, with a stage next to Wagner Park, on Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. through Labor Day, he said.

“Given how the community seems to want to liven things up, I think the city should think about reviving it,” Semrau said during the council’s Tuesday work session. “I think it would be incredible.”

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Mayor Helen Klanderud.

Semrau urged city staffers to look into the plan, with hopes of initiating the FAC events quickly.

He also urged the council to make the July 4 dance a regular occurrence by including funding for the band in the city’s annual budget. The council agreed to put up $4,500 this year for the dance.

Semrau’s council colleagues liked the FAC idea, but Councilwoman Rachel Richards questioned whether the city would be competing with Friday happy hour business at local watering holes or with the live music on Fridays at Highlands.

On the other hand, Richards said she’d like to see a concert series in town, noting the successful free concerts last weekend on Fanny Hill in Snowmass Village.

The cost, conflicts and amplified music are all issues that will need to be addressed, Klanderud said.

“OK, so we can make this an ’05 project,” Semrau said with a sigh.

[Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com]


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