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Having your Cake (and eating it too): Folks who attended the “Save the Cake” benefit two weekends ago at Eating Cake can rest easier about the fate of the financially troubled North Side art space. According to creative director Victor Morales, the Cake has been saved and is in the process of moving across town to its new location at 732 South 1st St. West, site of the former Bleecker Furniture retail outlet (since relocated to a wholesale location).

“We found that we’re a lot more popular than we thought we were,” Morales says of the four-band fundraising event. “Lots of people made extra donations and a lot of them offered to help, too.”

Eating Cake’s bare-bones finances were stretched dangerously thin in November and December, when, Morales says, a family emergency diverted much of his time and energy from the business of keeping rent money flowing from art sales, tickets for Cake-hosted shows and donations made at the events themselves.

Recently, however, with “Save the Cake” a success and arrangements made to pay off rents still owed before moving to the new location, Morales and his informal committee of advisors have decided to change Eating Cake’s status from a sole proprietorship to a non-profit status. UM art professors Marty Fromm and MaryAnn Bonjorni have been tentatively named to a new board of directors, as has local photographer Shelley Truman.

“Running something of this scale has been challenging and I’ve learned a lot,” says a relieved-sounding Morales. “But there have been a lot of ideas about basic reorganization and I’m going with them. With the new organizational structure, it’ll take a lot of the weight off me and keep the place running smoothly.”

The new Eating Cake should be up and running for its one-year anniversary party on April Fool’s Day.

A worthy salvage: It’s not getting the media attention accorded to the massive Bitterroot salvage logging proposals, but some folks just over the border in Idaho are engaging in some fire salvage of their own—and there’ll be no mediation needed for this one. The reincarnation of the venerated Lochsa Lodge, which burned to the ground a year ago, is proceeding on schedule and was showcased last weekend at a pig roast and keg party hosted by Missoula’s Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures.

A mere 60 miles from Missoula on Highway 12, the Lodge grounds appear to have come from another world entirely. The rental cabins looked like a postcard from an Austrian mountain town, where the snow on the ground nearly meets the white stuff hanging off the roofs. The bonfire site, located behind the lodge, was a virtual snow cave lined by five-foot high walls. And as for the new lodge itself, ay carumba, it is a thing of beauty.

A massive log structure, the new lodge is roomy and bright, with giant windows all around, especially on the south side overlooking the river. Carved archways mark the entrances to each of the building’s rooms, and modern lighting highlights the natural wood colors.

Perhaps most beautiful of all, though, was the expression on the face of owner Don Denton as he surveyed the first group of people to celebrate the new digs. Having endured in the last year both the loss of the original Lodge and the death of his mother, longtime Lodge matriarch Gerry Denton, Don was gratified by the show of support. To which we say: You have built it, and we will come! The Lochsa Lodge will officially open for the whitewater season in early May.

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