Westside B&Bs lead annual fund-raising tour for History Center Dec. 4

       Two Westside bed-and-breakfast establishments are once again leading the organizational effort for the annual fund-raising tour to benefit the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) Sunday, Dec. 4.
       Andy & Pat's Our Hearts Inn and the Holden House - 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn will also be among the nine area B&Bs in this year's Victorian Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour from 2 to 6 p.m. All proceeds go to OCCHS.
       Sallie Clark of the Holden House and Pat Fejedelem of Our Hearts Inn both said they enjoy organizing the effort, despite the extra work. Plus, supporting the Historical Society - an all-volunteer organization that runs the History Center (museum) at 1 S. 24th St. - makes sense for people in their business, Clark explained.
       “I think B&Bs in general are very mindful of historic preservation,” she said. “So it's a perfect fit for us to work with the Historical Society, especially because so many of us have Victorians and antiques. It's good for us in our marketing, but at the same time we're doing a great service for the History Center.”
       Fejedelem called the annual tour a “pet project” for the bed-and-breakfast businesses. “We want to be part of preserving homes with historic significance.” Although the B&Bs don't make any money from the event, it does provide exposure for them, she added. “We want the community and our neighbors to know we're here. It pays us back that way.”
       The tour, now in its 11th year, originally consisted only of Westside B&Bs. The event started to help OCCHS raise money for windows at the History Center that the group otherwise couldn't afford. The Clarks (Sallie and Welling) and Fedelems (Andy and Pat) helped with marketing initially, but when tour initiator Karla Hefferan of the Westside's former Awarenest B&B moved from the area, they found themselves in that role.
       Another change over the years has been expanding the event outside the Westside. This year's event also includes one B&B from the Cheyenne area, one from downtown and five from Manitou Springs. (Also on the tour is the History Center itself.)
       The earnings from the event are well appreciated by the OCCHS, which also fund-raises for itself during the year. Last year's B&B Holiday Tour raised $1,700.
       Clark said the event is open to any area B&Bs. Invitations were sent out to more than 30. Participants decorate their places in holiday style, put out refreshments and let the tour-goers look around to their heart's content.
       The cost to go on the tour is $15 a person. For more information, call Fejedelem at 473-8684 or Clark at 471-3980.

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