A sunny mountain morning with the fireplace crackling, a Manitou Springs landmark and a history plan for the future.
Three gourmet breakfast seatings drew more than 130 guests to the beautifully renovated hillside Craftwood Inn Event Center March 18 to hear updates about the capital campaign to purchase the site of the Manitou Springs Heritage Center near downtown.
Craftwood Inn owners David Monson and Brian Scully led tours of the 1912 inn and former restaurant, with its creative wedding areas including the Bride's Cottage and the Groom's Cottage. Weather permitting, they said, it will be gardening time in the terraced outdoor areas snuggled beneath red rock formations.
Visiting with friends and new acquaintances for brunch and on the patio overlooking the town, those enjoying the morning drew in graduates of Manitou Springs High School and teachers, town officials, Heritage Center board members and supporters and visitors from out of town just enjoying a special local site with a storied history.
Heritage Center board members updated guests on the drive to buy their site, 517 Manitou Ave., in an area of small buildings dating back to the late 1800s that had been stables, a garage, a light manufacturing facility and a pottery studio. The Heritage Center's museum opened there in 2009 and volunteers are working to purchase the site.
The next fundraising event is a History Express Cog Train ride up Pikes Peak, complete with history presentation, followed by dinner at the Craftwood Inn, June 2, reservations: manitousprings heritagecenter.org.