We are in awe with the progress that’s taking place on the infamous ‘V’. It was a lot of work removing the mountains of tape which secured the posters on one side of the ‘V’. No matter how hard we tried, keeping it in tact and looking nice was difficult. The weather had played its toll on it for the past months as it mainly sat (other than a couple day or weekend adventures & the odd protest) in the backyard of Pueblo House. No longer will the pieces of posters being flying off as we occupy the roads! All the stickers ad posters have been removed. The artists Alais Clay (from Denver) and Brett Jones (from Utah) have painstakingly removed all traces of stickers, cleaned, scraped and sanded this beautiful beast and have now transformed it into a work of art for all to see. Everyone around the Country will be able to enjoy for years to come. We don’t know how to thank these artists enough. (more…)
The “V” has been taking up space in the back of our beautiful little Pueblo House. If you look real close you can see it back there. But now it’s time to get back on the roads and head East. We never quite made it to the West Coast as planned and OTR apologizes to our friends there who wanted us to come out. Unfortunately an urgent personal matter has come up, which is going to require me to be near Detroit. So I’m starting the engine and heading out tomorrow (Monday). I plan to arrive Thursday, where the “V” will be parked while I tend to these personal matters. Afterward and depending how surgery goes, it will be time to start our Organize Central -HQ in downtown Parkersburg, which hopefully we’ll have the 501c3 certificate available ,so the donation of that property can be finalized. Larry has been quite patient as we wait on the Government to issue our certificate and allow us to forge ahead with reno’s and a city farmer’s market in the heart of Parkersburg.
The Li’l Red House and the Stone (Music & Art) House will be taken care of by Ed Sandoval, his girlfriend Mona and our newest addition to the team Ellis who has been working around the clock planting, hauling, fixing and watering. Ellis came to us from Salt Lake City and had been following us for a while. He came to the house when I got back and hasn’t left. He’s going to be our maintenance guy for both properties. We love his idea and creative solutions for our crazy layouts here, with regard to getting water and power to the MA House. Between Ed, Mona, Ellis, Cory and my main man Glen Burke we’re in good hands. (more…)
The house is busy with volunteers as we inch our way closer to finalizing the “lil red house”. Our walls are being painted, kitchen cabinets, some furnishings and windows being put in place of nasty old boards that have hidden this little treasure for some time. Between James & Darla, Ed, Tom, Jack, Cory, Rob & I we’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel. We’ll have more professional help this coming week to finish drywall, plaster and shower so we can get this little gem “occupied”. Been a long stretch and it will be a great anniversary present to be done by June 12th with glorious gardens in the back. (more…)
Back from Denver and kick’n back with Kayla who’s conked out beside me. We had great weather and networked with lots of cool people at the “National Media Reform Conference”.
Now, I’m back in Pueblo where we’re working on a concert with artists who are performing for us for free on May 3rd. Then a few of us are going to take Cory up on the challenge of making some tree hugging hippies (heading to Goodwill for some serious bellbottoms & flowered shirts) to put on trees down the street. Then, we’re going to make signs…one to hang on the fence of the empty lot (2 lots over) to say “Future home of new doggie park”. Then, another to hang on the fence of the beautiful old stone house (2 lots the other way) to say “Future home of Art & Music”. Then we’re going to check out a building a couple blocks over, for our new school thanks to a very generous couple. Ah, the joys of being in a depressed area….you get to do fun stuff and no one complains! Next…Polka dots on the street? Art in the park? MayDay Parade through town? All of the above…check! (more…)
We have Alais Clay and Wondering Monks willing to do a concert here in Pueblo for Cinco de Mayo to raise funds for the “Pueblo House”. We’ll be hosting them in our little house if it’s ready. We’re planning an event in the park (either Erie or Sticker) after the street parade from Safeway and down 8th St. on the east side. We’d love to have two shows, a concert on Friday night and then again on Saturday. The message of “occupy for social & economic justice” is the theme? Both musicians bring political messages through their music and both are very good. We could use some help organizing this event too so please offer if you can. OTR, Pueblo House, Occupy Pueblo, and “Idle No More” will be taking part in the event. We NEED this to help educate the masses about our world today and doing it with music in the park just seems perfect. (more…)