‘Write a love letter to Summer 2021’ with Dear Summer Festival this weekend

Cambrea Schrank 

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     The Hause Collective is an art and thrift community that houses local artists, creatives and thrifters. In a final farewell to summer, the Hause Collective is hosting a two-day Dear Summer Festival on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26. 

     The Dear Summer Festival will feature live music from out of town and local artists, food trucks and 44 vendors. The purpose of the Dear Summer Fest is to generate a network hub for artists and creatives in the Colorado Springs community and beyond, according to Liz Lawrence, a vendor and partial owner of the Hause Collective alongside founder Chelesa Drew. 

     “This is for us and by us to create an experience for not only ourselves but the community,” Lawrence wrote via email. “We encourage college students to attend to familiarize themselves with local networks, like-minded people and to enrich community engagement.”  

     Lawrence spoke on the importance of thrifting and secondhand shopping: “We can all do our part if we all shop second hand, that can be clothing, furniture, outdoors gear, electronics and more. You’ll be surprised at the things you can find used that are still in great condition! I truly believe one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” 

     Lawrence and her team have been working since July to put this event together. Lawrence said, “We hope that everyone enjoys themselves and sees all the love and pure intention we put into this. We can’t wait to write a love letter to Summer 2021 together.” 

     The festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 2-10 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 26 from 12-5 p.m. in Manitou Springs at Soda Springs Park and Bud’s Pavillion. 

     [Peacemaker (Single Day Pass) $15, Nomads (2 Day Pass) $20 and Squirts (Kids) free.]  

     Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite through the direct link on the website.  

     The Hause Collective’s flagship store is located in the Citadel. There are two more locations: The Hause Thrift & Lounge in Chapel Hills Mall and The Hause Collective Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. The Hause Collective opened February 2021. 

Photo courtesy of Liz Lawrence.