3rd annual Hammer Bash concert features local bands, set for Saturday

CSU sophomore Jennie Maydew sews wristbands for this weekend's Hammer Bash. All proceeds from the concert will support the many community projects at Hammer Time!, located in Fort Collins.
CSU sophomore Jennie Maydew sews wristbands for this weekend’s Hammer Bash. All proceeds from the concert will support the many community projects at Hammer Time!, located in Fort Collins.

Walk into Hammer Time! shop, located on east Laurel, and you’ll find a wall lined with books to read, a sewing area equipped with reams of fabric and even a community garden out back. But the most inviting element exists within the volunteers that create the space.

Hammer Time! is a non-profit organization that provides a space for the Fort Collins community to learn and share new skills. The organization is run entirely by volunteers and funded solely by donations and fundraising events.

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This Saturday marks the organization’s third annual Hammer Bash, a day-long concert series featuring 24 local bands. The concert will take place on a farm located at 4321 County Rd. 54G in Laporte.

“It’s all the bands the community loves in one place plus some lesser known people that you might not go out and see,” said David Klausa, Hammer Time! volunteer.

Karen Snider, a Hammer Time! volunteer and recent CSU garden and soil crop science graduate, said the location of the event is symbolic to the nature of the organization.

“Choice of the venue is a way to celebrate the DIY music culture,” said Snider. “It keeps it about the music and the community.”

Hammer Bash is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. Attendees are encouraged to donate anywhere from $5 to $10 dollars to enjoy a day full of music, games and food.

“It’s pretty much just to keep Hammertime! going,” said Klausa who said they operate month to month. “We rent out a warehouse on East Laurel and it’s pretty expensive— about $1,200 each month so we have to keep doing fundraisers just to pay the rent.”

Hammer Time! opened shop in 2010 and has since grown a community focused on promoting an organic, self-improving lifestyle.

“There are a lot of people like myself who have just poured our lives into this place just to keep it functioning,” said Klausa. “The idea is we want to open up a community space where people can share resources with each other.

All of the materials needed for each space was donated by members of the community and can be used for a suggested donation.

“There’s no sense buying your own hand drill and only using it once,” said Klausa.

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CSU sophomore art education major Jennie Maydew learned of the organization during the annual CSU involvement fair.

“It’s a lot of different people and I really loved that— different ideals than the other clubs at CSU,” said Maydew.

While the organization is certainly in place to serve the outside community, the space revolves around its volunteers.

“It’s about 50/50 here for the community and our volunteers,” said Bryan Crawford, who began volunteering with Hammer Time! four months ago. “It’s really inspiring to see so many young people working so hard and not expecting anything back.”

The space exists for volunteers to work on individual projects while teaching various skills to fellow community members.

“Everyone has a set of skills, passions, expertise in different areas,” said Crawford. “This is a place to share what they know and share with each other.”

Hammer Time! is open to the public Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.