Pictured (L-R) are James Richmond

Pictured (L-R) are James Richmond, Randy Welch, Dave Reeves, Joe Van Dyke and David Geluz playing a little jam session music for community members who decided to come out and enjoy listening to the musicians in the courtyard at Fort Wootton.

On Saturday, June 27, Fort Wootton opened their doors to an open evening jam session in their courtyard and volunteers were pleasantly surprised that even without much advertisement, around 35 members of the community came out to listen and join in on the jam. While most of the crowd was socially distanced between families, there was plenty of room to spread out on the lawn and still enjoy catching up with friends.

“This could be the new normal for a while,” said David Benavides. “Still, it’s great to see everyone.”

Joe Van Dyke, a quartermaster and veteran volunteer at Fort Wootton, said he and others wanted to put the event on to help raise awareness that the fort was there for the public.

“We do everything we can to help all the veterans in the community who come to us,” said Van Dyke, “but you don’t have to be a veteran to be a member and take advantage of these facilities. I’m hoping eventually we can turn this into a regular thing but right now I just want to get as many musicians on board I can.”

The fort consists of 6 veteran memorial buildings, an auditorium, an administration building, and two guard turrets, all constructed of native gray stone. The structures surround a courtyard with wartime field pieces decorating both the courtyard and the buildings. A nine-foot gray stone wall surrounds the entire fort. Teller Ammons, Governor of Colorado in 1937, called Fort Wootton the most unique memorial ever created in the United States.

For more information about future community jam sessions and other events at the fort, visit their Facebook page or email them at @gmail.com

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