Big turnout for Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour

       Near-final tabulations of earnings from the 10th Annual Victorian Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour Dec. 5 brought jolly news for the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS).
       OCCHS President Bev Disch reported a record tally of more than $1,700 from the event, in which 11 area B&Bs, including 2 on the Westside, dressed up for the holidays and opened their doors to visitors. All ticket sales from the tour go to the volunteer OCCHS, which runs the History Center at 1 S. 24th St.
       “It's just wonderful,” Disch said. “We can use it.” She laughed that it felt like she gave directions “a million times” Dec. 5 to people who had called the History Center wanting to know how to find the various homes on the tour.
       The income is a big increase from the $1,100 raised in the 2003 tour.
       Disch said that nearly a third of this year's total was raised at the Holden House, owned by Welling and Sallie Clark at 1102 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
       Sallie Clark and fellow Westside B&B innkeeper Pat Fejedelem (Our Hearts Inn, 2215 W. Colorado Ave.) both expressed delight with the turnout.
       Clark had led much of the marketing effort - including a “celebrity chef” stint for one media outlet. She praised the “really good media coverage,” adding that all the B&Bs reported good turnouts, “even in Cascade.”
       Fejedelem, whose Our Hearts Inn has been on the tour every year since it started, said two factors helping this year's event were the sunny weather and (unlike last year) the lack of a flu threat in the community.
       In other OCCHS budget news, Disch reported “another Christmas present” - a $1,000 check for the society's general fund from the Vanguard Charitable Foundation.

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