Fire & rain

Not only were folks in Durango out dancing in the rain last weekend, they were in full celebration mode. Rain boots and umbrellas gladly took to the soggy streets on Saturday and Sunday as locals gave thanks to the rain gods and supported Durango the best way they know how: by drinking and eating. Local First and First Southwest Bank have teamed up to create the "Let the Love Rain" campaign to help bolster local businesses in the wake of the 416 Fire. Events were set up around town including restaurant and brewery tours to get people out of the smoky doldrums and into local establishments to have fun and support the community. Future events include more games, contests and potentially a concert to help those in need. Until then, check out the Local First website ( for updates and be on the lookout for the gift-card fairy, who just may rain some lucky dollars down on you.

The biker gang takes its brewery tour seriously on the Carver's patio.
A participant in Saturday's pub crawl takes a victory lap.
The food tour makes its way down Main Avenue on Saturday.

Farmers Market patrons were all smiles on a showery Saturday