Nederland needs more than frozen dead guy
Mike Cote, The Daily Camera
February 1, 2004

Grandpa in the Tuff Shed been good for business, but it’s going to take more than Nederland’s favorite frozen dead guy to guarantee the town’s economic health.

Buoyed by the success of an annual festival saluting Bredo Morstoel — a future-thinking Norwegian whose cryogenically prepared body is locked in a shed under a layer of dry ice — the Chamber of Commerce is gaining momentum toward a plan to improve commerce in the mountain town.

On Saturday, the chamber is organizing a dinner and auction at the Black Forest Restaurant to raise $5,000 toward the cost of a $25,000 market research project designed to help business and community leaders draft the town’s future.

The event begins with a cash bar and auction preview at 6 p.m., with dinner beginning at 7. For $25, you can dine with the locals and bid on donated items that include Eldora ski passes, three-day passes to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and — what else? — a 12-by-8-foot Tuff Shed.

“The Tuff Shed company is our big sponsor this year for Frozen Dead Guy Days,” said Teresa Warren, president of the Nederland Chamber of Commerce. “They donated this shed because they are also interested in the town thriving, not just from having a festival, but doing what we need to do to keep our place on the map.”

In May, community leaders organized an economic summit that attracted more than 100 businesses and spurred plans for the research project.

“The market analysis is a way to satisfy the needs of two of the different groups that came out of summit,” Warren said. “One group is charged with developing infrastructure; the other is charged with business development.”

Organizers have raised $11,000 privately and have a matching fund for the money they collect at Saturday’s auction. “We’re hoping to be very close to our goal of $25,000 by the end of that evening,” Warren said.

Chamber officials were scheduled to interview four finalist firms for the market study on Friday and expect to enter into a contract by mid-February, Warren said. The study should take 60 to 80 days to complete.

“Hopefully by this year’s economic summit we can present the findings of the market analysis,” Warren said.

In the meantime, the chamber is gearing up for this year’s Frozen Dead Guy Days, scheduled for March 12-14. Warren promises even better coffin races this year, thanks to increased festival sponsorship from Tuff Shed.

And the theme of the film festival will be a little less dead — changing from “Frozen and/or Dead Film Festival” to the “Frozen But Not Dead Film Festival.”

Last year’s theme attracted material that became a bit trying for the judges to watch, Warren said. And this year’s moniker better reflects the spirit of Grandpa.

“Grandpa is not really dead,” she said. “He’s frozen and suspended in time.”

To make reservations for Saturday’s dinner and auction, call the Black Forest Restaurant at (303) 279-2333 or mail a check for $25 to the Nederland Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 85, Nederland, CO 80466.

Contact Mike Cote at (303) 473-1362 or at cotemj@dailycamera.com.


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