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Vail Valley: Eagle business group sponsoring events, seeking volunteers

Scott N. Miller
Vail, CO, Colorado

Erin Seabury got six volunteers just by asking. But she had a motivated crowd.

Seabury put out the call ” specifically, for volunteers to help with Saturday’s bike pub crawl ” at Tuesday’s meeting of the new One Eagle business group at the Broadway Cafe in Eagle, in the Vail Valley. Hands went up and Seabury quickly had a small group ready to help.

Now comes the hard part ” keeping those and other hands in the air for other events.

Seabury, who has organized and helped with numerous downtown events including the fall Potatopalooza, knows how hard it can be to round up people willing to sacrifice part of their weekends or evenings to help a worthy cause. She also knows how important those people are.

Speaking about the new business group, Seabury said, “There’s more to it than writing checks and coming to meetings. Volunteers will make or break this. You don’t have to do everything, but everybody has to do something.”

Charlie Brown, owner of the Mountain Pedaler bike shop downtown, and a sponsor of this month’s Bikes and Bananas promotion, said he thinks the new business group has made a good start.”

“Getting volunteers is always a challenge,” Brown said. “But I think we’ll get there.”

Jan Rosenthal Townsend has for years volunteered her own time with the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce. As someone who’s tried to round up volunteers, she knows how hard it can be.

“Staying power is so important,” Rosenthal Townsend said. “You need to get people excited about having these events in town.”

Based on the e-mails she’s been getting, Rosenthal Townsend said she thinks One Eagle is on the right track.

“I’m hearing from a lot of people who are enjoying the positive news about what’s happening,” she said.

Selena Armstrong is the Front Range-based marketing and sales manager for the Dusty Boot, which has three other locations besides Eagle. She’s worked most of her adult life in the marketing business, and has organized events in big and small towns. She sees a lot of similarities between events she helped start and the efforts to rev up Eagle’s business environment.

“To keep people volunteering is hard,” Armstrong said. “You need to encourage, demand, and stay frequent. You need lots of meetings.”

But, Armstrong said, One Eagle has a chance to capture the imagination of a lot of people who might be new to the idea of spending an afternoon or evening helping an event go well. Getting those people involved now could result in a reliable pool of people in the future, she said.

“What’s evolving here is very exciting,” Armstrong said.

Business Editor Scott N. Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930 or smiller@vaildaily.com.

Here’s a look at some of the events coming to Eagle:

– May 9: Eagle Pub Crawl, 4 ” 9 p.m. The event starts at Yeti’s Grind in Eagle, then goes to the Grand Avenue Grill, the Dusty Boot, the Broadway Cafe and the Brush Creek Saloon. Touring by bike is encouraged, and there will be events and prizes at every stop. Event registration is at Yeti’s Grind.

– May 15 ” 17: Boot Days, at the Dusty Boot in Eagle Ranch. Events bike demos and rides, kids’ events, live music and, of course, special menus at the restaurant. To learn more, go to http://www.dustyboot.com.

– Eagle B Active, May22 ” 25, Eagle Town Park. Events include tournaments in a variety of sports (paid registration is required), along with vendor booths and entertainment. To learn more, go to http://www.eaglebactive.com.