Happy Holidays! - see you in 2013!
The non-profit Friends of the Story Mansion (FOS) have submitted a proposal to the Bozeman City Commission that would extend FOS purchase of the Story Mansion over a six-year period. The plan, a contract for deed, would replace the outright purchase of the Mansion as stipulated in the current purchase agreement between the FOS and the City.
This alternative proposal for payment follows the recent confirmation that a major donor, Exergy Development Group, is yet unable to fund the outright purchase of the mansion by February 25. The plan includes yearly payments to the city, with interest, through 2019, totaling the already agreed-upon purchase price of $391,000. Under such an agreement, the FOS would assume all responsibility for both management and ownership. For more information, please read the recent press release from Andy Epple.
We remain committed in our efforts to purchase the Mansion for continuing public use of the first floor, and the restoration and use of the 2nd and 3rd floors and Carriage House.
The Mansion remains available for rental from the City for all types and sizes of meetings and events. Reservations are made through the City Parks and Recreation Department. The surrounding Story Park lawn is always open for casual day use, and also can be rented.
As it has since 2009, the Friends will continue to promote the use of the Mansion on behalf of the City, and will soon be hosting some of Bozeman's favorite events, including Halloween at the Mansion on October 31st and the Victorian Holiday Tea on December 2nd.
Later this fall, we plan regular hours of operation and the start of docent led tours. We also hope to stage a special surprise at Thanksgiving. These events follow our much loved (and free) annual August outdoor film series, Story Under the Stars, co-hosted by the Friends and the Bozeman Film Festival.
All Friends events are open to the public, some free, others by donation. At all times of the year, and in any amount, donations are welcome, and provide the financial support necessary for maintaining this unique public gathering place.