I heard that an animatronic George Harrison and John Lennon are close to being perfected, so it is a possibilty... Seriously though, you raise a good point about the folks who gave to SOPA along with the Friends of Stanley Hall(FOSH).
Will the groups who are all for the performing arts still be on board if their role is a diminished one? What is it we're after anyway? A legitimate venue for theatre and other stage shows or a monument to the greater glory of a few who speak loudly and carry a small pocketbook? Will the diva's come to the fore and huff and pout that they aren't getting the attention they deserve? Will they collectively let us know when they are,"ready for my closeup Mr. DeMille."?
Is the Town going to find fault because it isn't part of their plan at Stanley Park? Don't laugh too loudly at that one. They don't like it if someone shows them up as being able to do it better. How many people looked at "Vacationland" as being THE vacation guide for their trip to Estes for decades? But instead of looking and saying,"We have a publication that is used by a lot of people and has been since the 1950's . Let's partner with the publisher and let them do what they are good at", they tried to put out their own visitor guide which was a joke. And then they even had a visitor guide published by some national outfit that again was a lame effort.
As to the Seeley's donation. I hope it is on the up and up. I gathered that it was a conditional donation contingent on raising the money needed to complete the project. If they are part of the LLC set up to manage the facility, no problem. Even if they derive some income from it, go for it. But if this is a ploy that gets the hopes of the business and arts communities up, only to hold the town hostage while they try to get the Town of Estes Park to buy the property, shame on them.
We have been played like suckers before. Anyone remember the Pinnacle/Peregrine golf development? Another thing that was going to make us a "premiere" destination. I just can't seem to find their number so I can reserve a tee time...
We shall see what the real story is when someone suggests that all donations/gifts/loans/grants be made conditional and refundable if the full amount is not raised. If everybody is okay with that and provides full transparency in the accounting of funds, we'll have a winner for sure.
Anything else and I would be cautious.