Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach announced yet another economic development program on Friday afternoon after most city employees had gone home.
The “Spirits in the Springs” initiative is designed to encourage private and public sector employees alike to linger after work and enjoy life at any of the dozens of downtown and Westside bars and restaurants that so enliven our city.
“This shouldn’t be confused with my ‘Spirit of the Springs’ initiative,” said Bach. “That one honors people and dogs that have made substantial contributions to our city. Not all of us are smart enough to win national science competitions, and not every dog can be the reserve champion at Westminster – but every one of our residents, if 21 or over, can slam a shot with the Mayor.”
Following words with action, Bach slammed a shot of Crown Black before a cheering crowd at the Ritz.
“Follow me, ladies and gentlemen!” the Mayor exclaimed. “The night is young, and so are we … sort of.”
The party made its way up Tejon, stopping in at Phantom Canyon, Springs Orleans, the Famous and Blondie’s (among others). At Blondie’s, Mayor Bach presented proprietor Sam Guadagnoli with the inaugural “Spirits of the Springs” award as “Tippler of the Month.”
“Display this proudly, Sam,” said Bach, “and remember to comply with all of our liquor laws! Remember, in our city there’s always someone watching!”
An irritated Guadagnoli directed his bouncers to eject the entire company.
At about 9:30 p.m., the Mayor and his merry companions boarded a re-purposed FREX bus, which delivered all the participants to their respective houses.
“I think this was a real success,” said Bach. “This is step one in reclaiming downtown for the older set. It’s about time that Sam and his friends started catering to our demographic. We need better music, too – when was the last time we got to dance to Sweet Home Alabama?”
Told that Lynyrd Skynyrd had no plans to come to Colorado Springs, the Mayor smiled.
“That’s what you think,” he said. “They’re touring this summer, and we’re in touch with them. They’ll headline our summer Spirits in the Springs festival – and if they don’t, I’ll buy you an April Fools shot.”