Letter to the editor: Narrow Gauge Book Co-op open mic night was electric

On May 15th the Narrow Gauge Book Cooperative hosted its third Open House, and what a success it was! Between the event and our online Indiegogo fundraiser, we raised $5,278. Not only did the community show up to support reviving our community bookstore, they bore their souls during an open mic session.

Performers were courageous and vulnerable, and their talent generated a lot of energy and excitement in the bookstore! We were even graced with a visit from the Colorado gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy, who wished us luck! The open mic night was a glimpse into the possibilities of how the Narrow Gauge Book Co-op can bring people of the San Luis Valley together to explore expressive inclinations. I look forward to attending many more events like this and growing in my artistic and literary endeavors alongside my neighbors.

The open house on May 15th was just one example of the time, effort, and love that volunteers are contributing and the enthusiasm of community members. I am overflowing with pride for the work we have already accomplished. But there is more to do. We have less than 10 days to raise a minimum of $10,000 and ideally $19,123 to ensure success! These startup funds will support us in our first six months while we settle in to that lovely shop in the heart of town.

Please share our communal efforts with your neighbors, friends, and family. There is one final open house on May 24 at the bookstore, 602 Main Street. If you are unable to attend the event, consider investing on the Indiegogo platform by navigating to Indiegogo.com and searching for “Save the Narrow Gauge Bookstore in Alamosa, CO.” Let’s get the to finish line together and revive this special place to gather and read!

Marlena Antonucci