Westsiders celebrate 4th... and 5th
Entertainers help fill Old Colorado City's streets on night after Independence Day

       Old Colorado City merchants aren't planning to make the recent night-after-Independence-Day street event an annual happening - they're talking about doing it more often than that. The magician known as “Professor Higgins” kept youngsters on their toes during the Old Colorado City merchants’ July 
5 event.
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       “Everyone liked it,” said Karen Earley, market director for the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group, after the “Magic of Old Colorado City” promotion that noticeably increased foot traffic in the three-block area between 24th and 27th streets from 6 to 9 p.m. “They're saying, 'Let's do it again.'” Citing conversations with some store owners and members of the OCCA board, she said that even though sales did not increase noticeably, the exposure seemed to be worth the effort and expense. “They want to do it monthly, at least in the summer,” she said.
       One appreciated outcome was the number of stores staying open late. Typically on summer nights, fewer than half the 100 or so stores keep their doors open later than 6 p.m. But during “Magic,” Earley said, “Out of each block, only one or two shops were closed.”
       The event featured a range of street entertainers, including a magician, several bands or individual musicians, balloon twisters, a clown, artists, a historic tour-provider and a Fire Station 5 fire truck (with firefighters offering guided tours of their rig).
       One of the bands, Happenstance, is a six-member group that includes a few Westsiders. The group was playing in the 2400 block. One of the band members, guitarist Glenn Hodge, described the evening as “a lot of fun… It's a great thing they [the merchants] decided to do. I hope it drums up some business for them.” With the 25th and Colorado clock tower in the background,
The Happenstance band performs during the merchants’ “Magic in Old Colorado City” promotional event July 5.
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