(MONTROSE CO 07/10/14)— “Meet Me @ The Barn” kicks off its inaugural night at the
Habitat Barn on Monday, July 21st with Bozeman, Montana band Flatt Cheddar!
A new brand for the local music scene boasting a unique outdoor venue, Meet Me @
The Barn (MMATB) events offer a promising concept to build homes as well as
“It’s the easiest Do It Yourself home project on the planet!” claims new Development
Director, Heather Zeilman. “Kick back, enjoy great live music, help build a home. How
great is that?”
Not only is the Habitat Barn, which is located behind the Habitat for Humanity of
Montrose County office and ReStore Building at 1601 N. Townsend, a novel space for
music on the Western Slope, but the location provides semi-primitive overnight
accommodations for those coming from out of town as well as those who would rather
not make the drive home after an MMATB event.
“We have a big vision for events at the barn, with new additions and changes planned
out in phases as our budget allows: an amphitheater, beautiful rusted fencing via Recla
Metal, drought tolerant landscaping, multiple stages for festivals, designated camping –
the sky is the limit with the 10 acres of space we have available. We want to keep ticket
prices as low as possible to cover our costs while building the MMATB program so we
can fill the events with people while developing a tradition and reputation in the region of
high caliber music events. We have limitless opportunity when it comes to re-writing the
perception that there is nothing worth making the trip to Montrose for (other than to buy
groceries). By building a strong, credible brand, we can eventually bring in larger and
larger acts,” explains Zeilman.
The gates for Meet Me @ The Barn with Flatt Cheddar will open at 6:30 pm on Monday,
July 21st. Local Montrose musician, Susan Walton, will open at 8pm and Flatt Cheddar
will take the stage from 9-11pm. There will be food and drink for sale that night, as well
as coffee and homemade muffins the next morning for those who camp out. Tickets will
be $8 for the show and $5 for camping. There will be Porta Potties available and
drinkable water. Attendees can sleep in tents, campers, car camp or stay out under the
Bozeman, Montana bluegrass band Flatt Cheddar features a 100% original style of
music deeply rooted in bluegrass but unafraid to smash the genre’s boundaries of time
and melody to create a sound that is completely their own.
The band has played at the Big Grass Big Sky festival for the last three years, and has
shared the stage with bands such as The Infamous Stringdusters, Devil Makes Three,
Emitt-Nershi band, Pert’ Near Sandstone, Charlie Parr, Hillstomp and Run Boy Run.
Their digital media kit can be found here:
“We are also adopting stronger and more specific environmentally friendly standards
with our events, which aligns perfectly with the ReStore concept of recycling through
donations and repurposing by way of purchases. We will be working hard to provide
reusable utensils, plates, cups, etc. When we can’t, they will be recyclable and we will
provide recycling stations. We are also bringing potable water for water bottles to the
barn to replace the need for bottled water sales. Alpine Bank has also sponsored
stainless steel Klean Kanteen pint glasses for MMATB events, which is just one more
way we can encourage our green guidelines,” says Zeilman.
Habitat for Humanity International is an organization that was founded in 1976 by
Millard and Linda Fuller. The Fullers, inspired by their visit to the small Christian
community of Koinonia Farm, embarked on their own quest to provide housing for all
who deserved and desired it. According to Habitat, it was the founding Fullers who
“developed the concept of ‘partnership housing,'” which hinged on the idea of ” those in
need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent
Today, Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that assists individuals all
over the world, and has successfully built over a half million homes which provide
shelter to approximately 2.5 million individuals in over 90 countries.
Though it serves the world over, there are plenty of ways locals can get involved with
Habitat for Humanity, specifically though the Montrose County Affiliate. Colleen Burke,
Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County, explains the positive
mission of the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.
“The overwhelming need for safe, affordable housing in Montrose County has provided
Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County (HFHMC) with a unique opportunity to change
lives in our neighborhoods,” Burke explains. “Habitat for Humanity is one of the few – if
not only – affordable home ownership programs that serves families and individuals
earning 30-60% of the median family income. Cost burden and overcrowding are the
most serious problems experienced by very low-income area residents. Working with
volunteers, families and individuals, corporations, congregations and donors we are
able to tackle this important housing issue in Montrose County. We are dedicated to
making homeownership possible for hardworking, low-income families and individuals.”
One of the exciting things about Habitat for Humanity is that not only does it provide the
basic necessity of shelter, but it encourages the accompanying responsibilities that
come with home-ownership. The organization offers not a hand-out, but a hand-up;
Habitat for Humanity requires its homeowners “to invest up to 500 hours of sweat equity
to help build their home and each qualify for a non-profit mortgage,” Burke points out.
There are currently THREE homes going up in Montrose.
“Since 1991, we have built 44 homes in Montrose County. Shelter is a basic human
need and Habitat for Humanity strives to achieve its goal of eliminating substandard
housing by making decent, sustainable and affordable housing a reality for everyone.”
And volunteers are very much wanted! The organization thrives through the generosity
both of volunteers who give their time, and those who volunteer supporting funds.
“Volunteers are the heart of Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County,” Burke explains.
“Hundreds of volunteers lend a hand to build and rehabilitate homes with us year after
year. HFHMA brings together individual and group volunteers to ensure that everyone
can live in safe, decent and affordable housing.”
Volunteers can sign up to volunteer at construction sites, in the Habitat for Humanity
office, and in the ReStore. (The ReStore sells donated materials including new and
gently used furniture, appliances, lumber, hardware, vintage and unique items to the
public. All prices are at least 50% off retail value and all proceeds from the ReStore are
used toward the Habitat for Humanity mission to end substandard housing worldwide.)
No previous construction experience is necessary to volunteer.
Donations to Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County are also tax-deductible and
qualify for the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit and can be used to help Habitat for Humanity
to fight poverty and the housing crisis and to empower the community as a whole.
Over the past 23 years, Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County has empowered 44
local families to help build and move into homes of their own. Habitat for Humanity is
always in need of volunteers to help with construction, special events and at the new
ReStore. To volunteer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-252-
9304. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity in Montrose, go to