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Luttrell Barn to host open mic night, tea in April

Events are ramping back up after two-year hiatus

Eli Pace
The historic Luttrell Barn is shown in 2017 when it was sold to the Save the Barn Committee for $100 by Moffat County Commissioners.
Lauren Blair/Craig Press archive photo

As the COVID-19 pandemic eases and many people return to the activities they enjoyed before all of the closures and cancelations, two fun upcoming events are planned for the Luttrell Barn in Craig.

On April 20, the Luttrell Barn Cultural Center will play host to an open mic night from 6-9 p.m. The open mic night is a chance for musicians to take the stage, and donations will be accepted with proceeds going to support continued work and upgrades at the barn. Anyone interested in playing on open mic night should call Dave Payton at 970-819-4011 for details.

Then from 2-4 p.m. April 24, the cultural center will offer Tea at the Barn, an event that happened annually every year until it had to be canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. Now that Tea at the Barn is back, tickets are $20 for adults or $100 for a table of six. Children age 12 and under are free. Tickets can be found at Downtown Books or at the door. For more, call 970-757-2276.

“The tea was one of our first fundraising projects to save the barn,” recalled Mary Lou Allen, a board member for the Luttrell Barn Cultural Center.

She added that there was so much work to do at the barn in years past, they couldn’t hold the tea party there and had to rent space at a local hotel. That’s not the case anymore.

Built in 1910, the Luttrell Barn was originally intended to house livestock, tack and feed. The Luttrell family bought the barn in the 1930s, and the Luttrells’ daughter donated it to the arts and humanities foundation in Craig in the 1970s.

After 75 years in its original location, the barn was moved to 411 Emerson St. For 30 more years the barn was busy with theatrical events, art galleries and community events. The barn eventually fell into disrepair and was in danger of being torn down.

Several years passed while community members worked to save the Luttrell Barn. In 2016 and 2017, the Luttrell Barn Cultural Center Foundation received its nonprofit status, and after months of repairs and clean up, the barn was reopened for community use.

Spectators enjoy one of the events during the second annual Cowboy Poetry Night at the Luttrell Barn Cultural Center. The barn will host two events in April including an open mic night and a tea party.
Andy Bockelman/Craig Press archive photo

The barn comes equipped with audio and video systems, and has internet connections, so there are a variety of events that can now be accommodated there. The barn’s rich history and new systems only serve to make it a wonderful local events venue, Allen added.

“It’s really quite a nice events center, and people really do enjoy it a lot,” she said.

Allen explained that the Lutrell Barn Cultural Center envisions holding regular fundraising events inside the historic barn like the upcoming open mic night, perhaps every month or so, as a way to welcome people into the barn. She hopes the events will help to show off the space and raise a little money for its continued upkeep, utilities and other improvements. One project on the horizon would install an elevator so that everyone can have access to the barn’s loft.

The regular events could run a wide range of offerings, be it a dance, comedy skit or another fun happening, Allen said.

The barn is also available for rent. Prices and more details are available online at

The Luttrell Barn is pictured in 1975, shortly before its relocation from its original location on Washington Street to 411 Emerson St.
Courtesy Photo

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