The Red Lodge Area Community Foundation is taking the bull by the horns, or rather the backhoe by its bucket, to rally area people to celebrate the Water Upgrade Project in Red Lodge. It has asked Broadway merchants to remain open on Friday May 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is inviting area residents to meet their friends, enjoy festivities, shop, dine, or enjoy a drink at their favorite watering hole. It is urging enterprising people to organize the newest rage for the occasion: “flash mobs” for revelry or to show off talents. It is encouraging local bands to provide street music. The Arts Guild is asking local artists to participate with pleinair painting. All for a real “rumpus”!
The Community Foundation came up with the Rumpus as a means for its non-profit members to thank the many establishments on Broadway who have supported them through the years. The Foundation asked them to send e mail blitzes to their supporters asking them to come out in force for the Rumpus. The Rumpus should be a great community gathering, while boosting sales for stores and restaurants impacted by the Water Upgrade. “The Water Upgrade has created a unique traffic-free, mall-like environment on Broadway,” says RLACF board member Judith Gregory and Rumpus organizer. “It is time to stop moaning and groaning and to celebrate what we have: a new, reliable water infrastructure and streets that allow us to mingle and shop when the machines stop for the weekend. We urge everyone to come out and have fun, while appreciating and supporting our very own Main Street.”
The Foundation is urging folks to explore business offerings the whole length of Broadway from Mas Taco to the Coleman Gallery. Parking is available at Lights on Broadway on the north end of town and the Civic Center on the south end to help revelers begin at either end of Broadway. As an added incentive to open wallets and support the Fun Run, the Foundation is sponsoring a Rumpus Raffle: for every $15 shoppers, diners or imbibers spend, they will receive a raffle ticket allowing them to name their favorite Fun Run charity to receive $100.
The drawing will occur at 8:15PM at Pride Park and five charities will receive a total of $500 through the Fun Run in September. Raffle tickets will be offered at participating businesses. The Foundation is sponsoring a second drawing, a Romp around Broadway, which will be take place between May 31 and June 16. Its purpose is to encourage people to continue shopping beyond the Rumpus and to traverse the whole length of Broadway. It will be based on a card that is a street “map” of Broadway. Shoppers need to have the map notched or initialed, filled up like a bingo card, which they do by visiting at least two participating businesses on each side of each block. Once the “map” is full, it can be turned it in to announced locations. The drawing will take place on June 16. The prizes will be tickets to the Rodeo and to the Roman Theater. The Foundation hopes to see a great turnout for the Rumpus as people avoid the holes and celebrate what they have.
Editor’s note: The CCN has provided free Rumpus posters for businesses to display. Extra posters are available at the news office.