Dru Van Doren, a board member for the United Center in Idaho Springs, answered some questions about the multipurpose venue and discussed the end of the 2022 season.
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Get tickets online from the United Center website at unitedcenterinc.com, or visit either of the Clear Creek public libraries or the recreation center.
Operations at the United Center are supported by a dedicated board of directors, according to Van Doren.
Clear Creek Courant: What is the United Center?
Van Doren: On April 17, 1859 with supplies, wagon teams, and twenty-two men, mostly from Chicago, Jackson set out for his claim in what would come to be Idaho Springs.
Two decades later construction of what is now the United Center Community Center began.
This former Methodist Episcopal Church building was recognized as a historical site by the Colorado Historical Society on March 5, 1998, and a grant was awarded by the Historical Society for rehabilitation in 1999. This work began a year later. The congregation of the United Church of Idaho Springs and several private individuals donated substantial funding, along with their talents and time to bring the United Center to completion.
CCC: Who is the United Center for?
Van Doren: The United Center, Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 2002 and continues to be maintained through grants, donations, volunteer hours, and usage/concert fees. The United Center has been host to a myriad of events, including meetings, parties, weddings, funerals, plays, comedy shows, many concerts and even the opera.
CCC: What does the fall lineup at the center look like?
Van Doren: We have had an amazing 2022 Season of music and look very forward to ending it on a high note with an Idaho Springs favorite, FY5. Colorado’s FY5 proudly swim in the deep currents of American music, playing new songs, well-informed of country and bluegrass traditions, but not bound to them. Featuring thoughtful arrangements, strong singing and musicianship, the band strives to connect to listeners with stories of common struggles and big ideas. While their sound evokes timelessness, it is decidedly contemporary, well-traveled 21st-century sensibility that informs their songwriting. This band has changed names a bit over the years but the thing that always remains the same is their outstanding performances.
CCC: How can people get more information about shows and events at the center?
Van Doren: You can find us on social media (Facebook and Instagram), on Eventbrite and our website www.unitedcenterinc.com.
CCC: Why should people come to events held at the United Center?
Van Doren: As one of just a few true listening rooms in Colorado, The United Center offers an intimate music experience in a truly remarkable space with great acoustics - and without the noise of bartenders and people dining/drinking. Additionally, children under 12 are free.
CCC: What else should people know about the center, upcoming performances, etc?
Van Doren: Tickets are available on eventbrite.com and at both Clear Creek Public Libraries and at the Recreation Center, too.
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