Latest News – July 24

Boomtown Music Festival in Lake County This Weekend

Have you heard the word? Maybe you’ve seen the small flyers up around town? Or perhaps the event has come up on your Facebook news feed?

The Boomtown "Beta Test" Music Festival where 22 musical acts will be performing this weekend at the bast of Mt. Elbert at the Smith-Parsons Ranch, south of Leadville. Photo: Leadville Today.

The Boomtown “Beta Test” Music Festival stage, where 22 musical acts will be performing this weekend at the bast of Mt. Elbert, south of Leadville.

There is a music festival going on this weekend in southern Lake County that could explode into the next big thing. The Boomtown “Beta Test” Music Festival is a three day “experimental” festival featuring local musicians, artists, and yoga! The whole thing is happening at the historic Smith-Parsons Ranch located several miles south of Leadville, off County Road 10 or what is more commonly known as Sure Pretty Drive.

“Our family ranch has owned and operated this hay ranch for 100 years, for three generations,” said Joseph Smith in an interview with Leadville Today.  And while haying only takes place a few months of the year, the rest of the time the family spends enjoying the beauty which surrounds their private property at the foot of Colorado’s highest peak, Mt. Elbert.

A good time in the old "Boomtown" this weekend. Photo: Leadville Today

A good time in the old “Boomtown” this weekend. Photo: Leadville Today

“We decided that we wanted to share that with the greater community, because we find it to be one of the most beautiful places. And we want to open it up a little bit,” said Smith.

By “a little bit,” Smith means holding a three-day musical festival that will be capped at 300 attendees, this year.

“I’ve been going to music festivals for about six years now and it’s really changed my perspective on the world, the way that people treat each other,” explained Smith, referring to the way that “a temporary community influences human interaction.”

So from those experiences came the Boomtown “Beta Test” Music Festival. So why Beta Test? Well, by definition, beta testing is the last stage of testing; generally thought of as a test for a computer product prior to commercial release. In other words, if things go well this year, the event will become an annual Lake County event.

Music and the arts will meet up with some pretty incredible scenery.

Music and the arts will meet up with some pretty incredible scenery at the Smith-Parsons Ranch.

And even for a “beta test,” the Boomtown schedule of events is pretty impressive: 22 musical performances, yoga sessions, and artists displaying their creations. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online at the Boomtown Festival website, or you can also purchase them at the gate (cash only).

Admission includes on site camping. Rustic car camping sites and port-a-potties will be available on the private ranch land. No showers or electricity will be available. They can also accommodate RVs, but there are no hookups.

Of course, the event has gone through all of the necessary permitting processes and organizers will have a security detail in place as well.

 “Lake County has been extremely helpful with the whole planning process,” said Smith. And yesterday county officials did visit the site to make sure all safety concerns and crowd control issues were addressed.

Follow the signs to the first Boomtown "Beta Test" Music Festival, south of Leadville.

Follow the signs to the first Boomtown “Beta Test” Music Festival, south of Leadville.

So there you have it, sounds like the base of Mt. Elbert is going to be the spot for great music and good times this weekend.  

“Join us on the first step of our journey towards building a new festival venue and outdoor art gallery,” states the Boomtown website. “Our goal is to encourage creativity and expression in the local community while developing a unique venue in the Colorado high country!”

The Smith-Parsons Ranch is located at 1322 County Road 24A. Take Sure Pretty Drive south and follow the signs, turning off at County Road 24A. The Ranch will open at noon tomorrow, Friday, July 25 and will close at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 27.Obit_Spacer_Thin

The FREE Fun Continues this Friday in Leadville

Friday Nights in Leadville continue this Friday, July 25 with two plays will be presented in “Readers Theater” style at 7 p.m. at St. George Church, at W. 4th and Pine Streets.

From left to right: Allie Collins, Ingrid Mager and Judy Cole will perform at Readers Theater this Friday.

From left to right: Allie Collins, Ingrid Mager and Judy Cole will perform at Readers Theater this Friday.

“Dragons in Denver” is a lively adventure about a 12-year-old boy, a witch, a dragon and a unicorn.  It stars Judy Cole, Ingrid Mager and Leadville youth performer Allie Collins. The play is written by Carol Bellhouse and directed by Susan Fladager.

The second presentation is titled, “Leaving,” and stars local actors Annie Livingston-Garrett and Ed Solder. In this play, tough times challenge a long-married couple. It was written and directed by Carol Bellhouse.

As always admission is free.

Ed Solder (left) and Annie Livingston-Garrett (right) will present Carol Bellhouse’s “Leaving”.

Ed Solder (l) and Annie Livingston-Garrett (r) will present Carol Bellhouse’s “Leaving”.

 

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Come, Get “Happy” at this Friday’s Movie Night

Leadville Community Movie Night continues this Friday, July 25 with Despicable Me Too. Following on the success of the first movie, the sequel tag line surmises: “When the world needed a hero, they called a villain.”Movies_July25 copy

Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. A secret laboratory in the Arctic Circle containing a powerful mutagen known as PX-41 is stolen by a mysterious vehicle using a huge magnet. The Anti-Villain League (AVL) tries to recruit former supervillain Gru to find out which evil person stole the lab, since he knows how villains work. And if that isn’t enough to grab you, this movie also contains the smash song hit, “Happy.”

The show starts at dusk, which is generally about 8 p.m. this time of year. The movie is FREE. Ice Palace Park is located north of the Mining Museum (E. 10th Street Entrance).

This series of movies is funded entirely with private donations from the community. Here’s a full line-up of this summer’s movies, as well as some information about how you can become a sponsor of this great community event: INFO.

 

 

 

Latest News – July 23

Leadville Fish Hatchery Marks 125 Years on Saturday!

The public is invited to the 125th anniversary of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery this Saturday, July 26.  A fun, action-packed schedule of events is planned.

Celebrating 125 years on July 26: The Leadville National Fish Hatchery

Celebrating 125 years on July 26: The Leadville National Fish Hatchery

The day starts at 10 a.m. in front of the main hatchery building for welcome and remarks. At 11 a.m. the hatchery building will be open for tours, with guides stationed both inside and outside toprovide information. 

Join the picnic at the beautiful new pavilion, made possible by the Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery.

Join the picnic at the beautiful new pavilion, made possible by the Friends of the Leadville Fish Hatchery.

At noon, the party will move up to the picnic grounds where you can eat a BYO lunch or purchase a pulled pork sandwich plate with coleslaw and beans for $6 from the Leadville Lions Club. Stick around, because free cake, ice cream and lemonade will be served at 1 p.m.

Afternoon activities include a horseshoe pitching tournament, a demonstration of Tenkara fly fishing at Evergreen Lake, adjacent to the picnic grounds, and a presentation on the history and use of labyrinths. Fun for the kids includes face painting, a bean bag toss game, and trying their hand at a fishing “pond.”

At 4:30 p.m. down at the main hatchery building there will be a Victorian costume contest and local band Leadville Cherokee will play out the celebration, starting at 5:00 p.m.

Come, and celebrate the fish!

Come, and celebrate the fish!

Leadville National Fish Hatchery History:

School children look forward to their visit to the hatchery each year!

School children look forward to their visit to the Leadville Fish Hatchery!

Construction of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery began in 1889.  Initially the hatchery supplied eggs and fingerling fish to streams and lakes throughout Colorado, the western U.S. and even to Europe and Japan.

Currently, the hatchery supplies 10 inch catchable trout to Turquoise Lake, the Forebay, Twin Lakes, and Clear Creek in Chaffee County. The hatchery is also the location of one of three populations of the endangered greenback cutthroat trout. The federal hatchery system originated as a way to ameliorate the negative effect on native fish populations from mining, logging, ranching, stocking of non-native species and over-fishing.

The Leadville National Fish Hatchery still plays a role in mitigating the impacts of these activities. Additionally, it has become a well-loved destination for historical tourism and out-door enthusiasts.  Reunions, school functions and special events are often held at the picnic grounds.

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Latest News – July 22

 Pianist Cendejas to Raise Funds for Fire Department

What do you get when you bring together a concert pianist, a fire chief, an opera house and 100 miles of trail? An evening of incredible music, for an alarmingly good cause!

The Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue Department (from left to right) Firefighter Adam Olson, Captain Sean Simon, Captain Bill Burns, and Fire Chief Dan Dailey pictured with Pianist Javier Cendejas who will be performing a benefit concert at the Tabor Opera House on July 31.

The Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue Department (from left to right) Firefighter Adam Olson, Captain Sean Simon, Captain Bill Burns, and Fire Chief Dan Dailey pictured with Pianist Javier Cendejas who will be performing a benefit concert at the Tabor Opera House on July 31. Photo: Leadville Today.

On Thursday, July 31 accomplished concert pianist Javier Cendejas will perform a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Tabor Opera for the Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue.

While Cendejas makes his present home in Kentucky, his accomplishments as a pianist are internationally renown. If you enjoy classical music, you are familar with the name Javier Cendejas. And if the renderings of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Arabesque in C Major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann, and Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor, are to your musical taste, then don’t miss this special performance. For Cendejas’ full biography see below.

Now semi-retired, Cendejas is presenting this benefit concert to share his love for music and to support Leadville friend, Fire Chief Dan Dailey.

Concert Pianist Javier Cendejas will - no doubt - be playing to a full house at the July 31 Tabor Opera House concert to benefit the local fire department.

Concert Pianist Javier Cendejas will – no doubt – be playing to a full house at the July 31 Tabor Opera House concert to benefit the local fire department.

“I have known Javier for almost a decade now,” explains Chief Dailey. “He has become a good family friend,” often visiting with the Dailey family during his training runs, and races.

And yes, that’s where the trail part of the story comes into the picture. Cendejas will be attempting his tenth Leadville Trail 100 Run on August 16 -17.

“Unfortunately, I haven’t finished it,” says Cendejas quietly, as he plays the piano during the publicity photo shoot at the opera house. So will his tenth attempt seal the deal with a famous LT100 Belt Buckle?

“Who knows? We’ll see! I just like coming here and running. I just have fun,” he joked.

In fact, it was during one of his recent “fun” running visits, over lunch with Chief Dailey, when Cendejas offered to do a benefit concert for the fire department. From there, things came together quickly, and the benefit efforts to purchase a new fire engine were underway. Of course, it’s just the beginning of securing funds for new equipment, but any time the burden can be taken off the taxpayers, it’s a good thing, recognized Chief Dailey.

This could very well be the last summer of performances at Leadville's Historic Tabor Opera House.

This could very well be the last summer of performances at Leadville’s Historic Tabor Opera House.

Of course, the concert’s venue and instrument should also be noted. If you have not attended a performance at the historic Tabor Opera House, or it’s been a while, DON’T WAIT! Owners Bill and Sharon Bland recently announced that this will be their last summer. Of course, the opera house remains on the market and they are still hopeful that the right buyers come along, but for now, this could be the swan song summer.

As for the piano that Cendejas will be playing, it’s pretty special. The Knabe Grand Piano which was originally purchased for the opera house by Horace Tabor, was recently returned to its rightful home through a donation of the most recent owners. It’s a one-of-a-kind and its sound throughout the opera house is nearly pure!

But this won’t necessarily be the first time Cendejas will be playing this Knabe. In fact, he has often been found “keeping his fingers in shape,”  and thrilling afternoon tour visitors to the opera house.

Tickets for the July 31 benefit concert are $15/per person or 2 for $25 and can be purchased at the Leadville fire house on the corner of 9th and Harrison Ave. or at the Tabor Opera House. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the performance.

More About Javier Cendejas

According to online biographies, Cendejas was born in Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico.  Before coming to the United States, he studied at the National Conservatory in Mexico City.  His initial studies in the U.S. were with Angelica Morales von Sauer, at the University of Kansas.

His career and continuing studies took him to New York City, where he studied with Dora Zazlavsky at the Manhattan School of Music.  He completed his Bachelor of Music Degree at The Juilliard School, as a scholarship student of Adele Marcus and Jacob Lateiner.

While living in New York, he served as both performance and rehearsal pianist with New York’s Joffrey Ballet Company, and participated in both capacities on several national tours with The Joffrey II ensemble.

Concert Pianist Javier Cendejas

Concert Pianist Javier Cendejas

After moving to Louisville, KY with his wife, Nancy, he worked with The Kentucky Opera Association, and served as a pianist in the Affiliate Artist program, traveling throughout Kentucky.

Javier continued his formal studies, earning a Master of Music Degree from the University of Louisville.  His formal studies were completed earning a Doctor of Music Degree at Indiana University, where his major field of study was piano performance. He also served as a graduate assistant/opera coach to Indiana’s opera department.  In 1976, he began 20 year association with the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado, serving as staff accompanist, opera coach. 

Javier’s career as a performer includes numerous performances, with orchestras and as a recitalist, in Mexico, as well as in USA. He has performed with orchestras in Morelia Michoacán, in Monterrey Nuevo Leon and in Mexico City where he performed Rachmaninof’s First Piano Concerto which was nationally televised. He has participated in Piano Festivals in Monterrey and in the city of Querétaro.

Javier Cendejas will attempt his tenth Leadville Trail 100 next month. Buena Suerte! Photo: Javier Cendejas Facebook Page.

Javier Cendejas will attempt his tenth Leadville Trail 100 “Race Across The Sky ” next month. Buena Suerte! Photo: Javier Cendejas Facebook Page.

Latest News – July 21

Johnny Canoe Paddle Fest Success for Twin Lakes

Some times with all the history surrounding Twin Lakes, it’s hard to remember the first anything that happened. But no doubt, folks who participated in the Inaugural Johnny Canoe Paddle Fest are not likely to forget the first one held on July 12, 2014.

Video Take Down Moment from the Johnny Canoe Paddle Fest

Obit_Spacer_Thin“Less than 100 people participated,” stated Paddle Fest organizers. “And all the participants received a prize!”

Racers competed in four divisions: three-person canoe, tandem kayak, single kayak and stand-up paddle boarding. The event started at the upper lake at the Red Rooster boat ramp parking lot. The race course was a one-mile across and back to Interlaken Resort on Twin Lakes, with timed intervals determining the winners. There was some fierce competition and one day, readers can find the race results HERE.

Johnny “Canoe” Gwaltney (second from right) poses with volunteer friends (left) and Karl-the Take-Down-King (right), and owner of the Twin Lakes General Store at the Inaugural Johnny Canoe Paddle Fest in Twin Lakes on July 12, 2014. Photo: Leadville Today

Johnny “Canoe” Gwaltney (2nd from right) poses with volunteer friends (left) & Karl-the Take-Down-King (right), and owner of the Twin Lakes General Store at the Inaugural Johnny Canoe Paddle Fest in Twin Lakes on July 12, 2014. Photo: Leadville Today

Background: When your name is Johnny Canoe, what else are you going to do, except start the Johnny Canoe Paddle Fest, in Twin Lakes, Colorado!  It was a dream-in-the-making for years, but Johnny “Canoe” Gwaltney finally filled out enough federal forms to secure the proper permits, thus making Paddle Fest an official Twin Lakes annual event, to be held every second weekend in July. So a big “high five” paddle on that accomplishment!

If you’re looking for some high country, alpine lake adventure, be sure to mark  Johnny Canoe Paddle Fest on your 2015 calendar.

For those who may not know, Johnny owns and operates the Twin Lakes Canoe and Kayak Adventures boat rental shop next to the Twin Lake General Store. And while it’s not a huge operation, it’ll certainly meet your needs for rental should you decide  to head out to Twin Lakes for some kayak or canoe adventure! For more info, call or log on: 719-251-9961; www.twinlakescanoeandkayak.com

 

Latest News – July 20

Forest Service Seeks Proposals to Benefit Lake County

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking applications for projects that would enhance forest ecosystems or restore and improve land health and water quality on several forests and near-by lands in various counties, including Lake.

Forebay Reservoir located above Twin Lakes in the San Isabel National Forest. Photo: Leadville Today.

Forebay Reservoir located above Twin Lakes, Colorado in the San Isabel National Forest. Photo: Leadville Today.

At this time, the Pike and San Isabel Resource Advisory Committee (PSI-RAC) is accepting project proposals. The deadline for submittal is August 15, 2014.  Proposals must be submitted online at the PSI-RAC website. LINK to FORM

Some background: The PSI-RAC works closely with the U.S. Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, US_ForestServicesoils, watersheds and other resources; maintain roads, trails and other infrastructure; or control noxious weeds. Proposals will be accepted by both the U.S. Forest Service and cities and counties located in the designated counties.

PSI-RAC projects must be located on National Forest System lands in Larimer, Chaffee, Huerfano, Lake and Park counties or on other nearby lands if the project will benefit the resources on the National Forests. Projects can be completed by U.S. Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations.