Structure Fire on East 5th Street Friday Evening
The Leadville Arts Coalition is currently accepting applications from artist and crafters for their Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. This year, presenters should be aware of a few changes.
First the event has been moved up on the calendar to the week BEFORE Thanksgiving, to be held November 20-21, 2015.
Secondly, ALL presenters MUST HAVE a valid, current tax license to participate in the show. According to organizers, this can be a single, multi-event or regular sales tax license. LAC is also emphasizing that applications WILL NOT be processed unless a self-addressed, STAMPED envelope is included with your application and payment.
Join local and regional artists and craftspeople as they display their work for your enjoyment. VENDOR INFO.
Take home that special homemade item, for that special someone, just in time for the holidays. The holiday show opens on Friday, November 20 from 4-8 p.m. returning to the Leadville CMC Campus in the Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center gym. See you there
Twelve Lake County Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) participants visited the State Capitol on Monday, Sept. 14. Participants met with Senator Kerry Donovan, representatives from the Office of Legislative Legal Services, the Joint Budget Committee, and The Colorado Trust. They also received a tour of the State Capitol from the Chief Sergeant-at-Arms. For many participants, this was their first visit to Colorado’s Golden Dome.
The FLTI is a “first of its kind family civics program” in which families spend 120 hours learning to become effective leaders in their communities. The goals of the FLTI are to effect positive family leadership development by:
- Helping families become leaders in their communities through civic engagement
- Expanding and facilitating the capacity of families to be change agents on a neighborhood, regional and state level;
- Developing supportive communities of families within regions of the state;
- Facilitating family involvement in state and local policy decision-making processes;
- Increasing parent-child interaction through family involvement.
This is the first FLTI class to be offered in Lake County. The class is currently being offered in Spanish and will be offered again in 2016 in English and Spanish. Lake County’s FLTI is being offered through a partnership between Full Circle and Lake County Build a Generation, with funding from The Colorado Trust.
Goodbye 80461 – Henry Retires from Post Office
And it just might be that unmistakable Alabama accent that could warm even the coldest Leadville winter day, that Lake County residents may miss the most as Henry checks out of the 80461 zip code, for a little while.
“I’m going to go back (to Alabama),” explains Chalkley. “I’m definitely going to spend a Christmas with family, which I haven’t done in 25 years.” After all, working at the post office you don’t get but one day off during the month of December – Christmas Day.
Chalkley’s official retirement begins at the end of this month, however his last day was September 16 as he took advantage of accrued paid time off. So, if you don’t see him behind the counter, that’s why!
But not to worry, Henry will “be back and getting in everybody’s way,” sometime next Spring. Leadville is where Chalkley spent 15 of his 25 years as a postal worker. And while he couldn’t recall a 80461 “postal” story – which almost seemed hard to believe – he will fondly remember the Leadville Preschool kids from The Center who tour the Leadville postal office every year.
I’ve enjoyed watching the kids grow up,” says Henry fondly. “Now, some of them have already left and gone off to college.” And now that he’s retired Henry will have a “chance to catch up with the family, see all the little nieces and nephews I haven’t seen.”
All the best – enjoy your retirement, Henry! And thanks for all the letters, packages and forever stamps you’ve helped all the 80461-ers with over the years.
There are certain things that happen in Leadville to signal that autumn is on its way: the kids go back to school, the leaves start to change – quickly, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held. Wait, what?! Isn’t St. Patrick’s Day in March?
Well, Leadville likes to celebrate its Irish heritage TWICE a year. Besides March weather can be cold and snowy for a proper parade, so why not do it again the third Saturday in September?!
So mark the calendar for Saturday, Sept. 19 for Leadville’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in September. The merriment starts at Noon at the top of Capitol Hill (in front of the Mining Museum), and marches down historic Harrison Avenue and straight into the Silver Dollar Saloon, Leadville’s Irish bar.
The Queen City Pipe Band will be returning to provide all of the lively bagpipe music that spectators have come to expect!
This one-of-a-kind Colorado happening is a spin-off of the true Irish holiday celebrated six months earlier on March 17. Today, it’s one of the Cloud City’s favorite traditions.
The great thing about September’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is that the weather in September is (generally) nicer than in snowy March. Plus the bagpipe music combined with aspens ablaze amid Colorado’s two highest peaks,make for the perfect fall day!
All marchers are welcome, meet in front of the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum on W. 9thStreet just before noon. Don’t miss “Amazing Grace” as the parade stops in front of the courthouse. After the parade, the Queen City Pipe Band will play some great Irish tunes at the Silver Dollar Saloon. So, grad your shillelagh, pull on that green sweater and head up to Leadville for September’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Slainte!
Seven days, and that’s it. After that, your opportunity to ever step inside Leadville’s historic Tabor Opera House will be considerably reduced.
“We are closing the doors as of Monday (Sept. 7, 2015) and we won’t reopen unless something ‘major’ happens,” said owner Bill Bland in an interview with Leadville Today. “We are going to shut it down until we can get us a buyer.”
According to Bland, next Monday – Labor Day – September 7 will be the last day of the 2015 season, and possibly forever, for this one-of-a-kind venue. However until then locals and visitors can still take advantage of the opera house’s self-guided tours, which run daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Tabor Opera House is located at 308 Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville
For those who don’t know, owners Sharon and Bill Bland have been actively trying to find a buyer for the past several years. But as the summer season draws to a close, there is no deal, no contract, no sale in place for this 136-year-old Harrison Avenue gem. Serious inquiries can be made directly to the owners at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who may be interested in the details on their efforts, here is a short documentary about the struggle to maintain the Tabor Opera House of Leadville, made for the Colorado Documentary Project. “Center Stage” was directed by Paul Partridge and features interviews with owner Sharon Bland and locals Glenda Dunn, Howard Tritz and Terry Ryan.
Rusch Raises Funds for Opera House, Others at LT100
Leaders give. They give back with their time, their experience and yes, their money. So when 4x Women’s LT100 champion Rebecca Rusch was in Leadville last month for the race, that’s exactly what she did; she gave back to the Leadville community.
As a result, three local organizations benefited. As part of “The Leadville Experience,” with Elden “the Fat Cyclist” Nelson, Rusch hosted a show at Leadville’s Historic Tabor Opera House on August 13. The proceeds from the show were split among three groups: the high school cycling team; Leadville Racing, the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame, and ongoing renovation work at the historic Tabor Opera House. At the end of the night, each walked away with $350 for their causes.
“Leadville is a special race for me,” said Rusch. “It really helped propel my mountain bike career.
But the thing that really makes it close to my heart is the riders and community. They’re like family to me.”
And for Rusch, being part of that family includes giving back. The special evening at the Tabor Opera House included opening remarks from LT100 founders Ken Chlouber and Merilee Maupin, as well as inspirational readings from Rebecca’s Rusch To Glory and Nelson’s The Great Fatsby.
Thanks for giving back, Champ! Readers can keep up with Rusch fast-paced cycling life at her website, which includes information about her own race – Rebecca’s Private Idaho – which happens on her home turf of Ketchum, Idaho this weekend, Sept 4 & 5.
Friday Nights, Community Market This Weekend
Friday Nights in Leadville continues August 28 for the summer season with Open Mic Night for musicians at the Pastime Bar, 120 West 2nd Street at 7 p.m. The event is hosted by George Finnell and is free. Everyone is invited – to perform or enjoy. They had a good showing and jam session at last month’s Open Mic, so should be a worthy show!
Then after the open jam, Leadville’s legendary band, 24 West will take the stage for some good classic rock-n-roll. Friday Nights in Leadville cultural events are free and part of the summer’s Friday night series sponsored by Zuni Canyon Institute. For information call 719-486-1282.
Community Market Ready to Rock n Roll on Saturday!
Then on Saturday, Aug. 29 the Leadville Community Market (LCM) continues its Fall season from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the First Mountain Bank parking lot in downtown Leadville.
And this week’s fresh food order is in! Expect to find beets, broccoli, carrots, chard, cilantro, collard greens, kale (toscano & red curly), lettuce (butter & red leaf), parsley, peas, radish (amethyst & cherriette), scallions & zucchini! And that’s not to mention Leadville-grown basil, spinach and more! PLUS Palisade Peaches! Get there early for the best selection of fresh produce – it goes quick!
Some of this year’s vendors include Purdy Yummy, The Daring Chocolate Company, Cookies With Altitude, Palisade Farm Fresh Organic Peaches, and Weathervane Farm Fresh Vegetables.
The live music will also continue this week with 24 West. Yep, if you didn’t catch them at the Pastime as part of the Friday Nights in Leadville series, or maybe you’re looking for an encore, then catch the classic rockers at the market from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The market, which runs Saturdays through September 19, also showcases local artists. And be sure to check out the popular “Community Table,” where local gardeners & chicken keepers can sell their products for a small fee. Last week featured fresh greens from the Greater Heights garden, come and find out what’s available this week!
Any local groups or organizations wanting to participate in the kids zone should contact organizers. The LCM organizers are continuing to accept applications for full and part-time vendors. This weekly market features goods and services from local residents and companies. Market organizers welcome all vendors from jewelry makers, craftspeople, artists, musicians, face-painters, and all other kinds of sellers of goods! Vendor application can be found HERE. Contact LCM organizers at 719-293-4742 or online at www.leadvillemarket.com.
Triple Crown Burro Race Winner Reigns at Boom Days
Lift Lift Boom Rumbles in Leadville For First Year
By Ben Wells
On Saturday, Aug. 8, the Leadville Lifters competed in the inaugural Lift Lift Boom Weightlifting Competition. There were a total of 17 competitors from around the state competition. Representing Leadville Lifters Girls at the meet were Kaytlin Sprague, Bailey Sprague, Tayler Galloway, Aarika Johnson and Cassidy Cecil. For the guys there was Quentin Vigil-Highhawk and Tony Torsell. Crossfit 10-2 had two competitors, Adam Olson and Ethan Howard as well.
For the girls, Kaytlin Sprague just came back from Youth Nationals and lifted a total of 50KG(110lbs) between the best of her lifts. This total puts her in line to be able to compete at Youth Nationals next summer in Austin, TX. Bailey Sprague had a bit of struggle with her snatch lift, but came back and set a personal competition record in the clean and jerk with a successful 35KG(77lbs) lift. Tayler Galloway had a great showing with a snatch of 32KG(70.4lbs) and a clean and jerk of 35KG(77lbs). Cassidy Cecil lifted 30KG(66lbs) in the snatch and 40KG(88lbs) in the clean and jerk which is a total of 70KG(154lbs), a personal record for her as well. Aarika Johnson had decided to lift for support of the other girls and went 5 for 6 with a total of 80KG(176lbs).
For the guys, Quentin Vigil-Highhawk had some issue with his snatch lift but had a great showing in the clean and jerk with a successful 70KG(154lb) lift. Tony Torsell had a great day lifting, with a 105KG(231lbs) snatch and a 142KG(312.4lbs) for a total of 247KG(543.4lbs). With this total Tony has qualified for the American Open in Reno, NV in December. Adam Olson, co-owner of Crossfit 10-2, competed in his first competition and had a success with a 91KG(200.2lbs) snatch and a 121(266.2lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 212KG(466.4lbs). Ethan Howard, one of Leadville’s own firefighters, also competed in his first competition and competed a 91KG(200.2lbs) snatch and a 130KG(286lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 221KG(486lbs).
Congratulation to all of the competitors; hope to see them back again next year.
If It’s Friday in Leadville, It’s Lead Vegas, Baby
It’s the week after Boom Days and the eve of the Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) Mountain Bike Race. Next week, it’s the USA Pro (Cycling) Challenge coming through Lake County on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by the LT100 “Race Across The Sky” Run. It’s hard to keep up with it all, but Leadville Today is here to assist with some helpful information. And if it’s Friday in Leadville, then it’s time for the Lead Vegas report!
Friday Nights in Leadville Continues This Weekend
The “Friday Nights in Leadville,” series continues this Friday, Aug. 14 for the summer season with a Poetry Reading by Juan Morales starting at 7 p.m.
Juan Morales is the author of the new collection of poetry, The Siren World (Lithic Press) and Friday and the Year That Followed (Bedbug Press). His poems have recently appeared in Poet Lore, Huizache, Luna Luna, and are forthcoming from Hayden’s Ferry Review, Mas Tequila Review, Ostrich Review, Origins, and Duende. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, the Editor of Pilgrimage Magazine, and an Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he directs the Creative Writing Program and curates the SoCo Reading Series.
The free event will take place at Upstairs at the Brewpub, 115 East Seventh Street (BYOB). These “Friday Nights in Leadville” cultural events are free and part of the summer’s Friday night series sponsored by Zuni Canyon Institute. For information call 719-486-1282719-486-1282719-486-1282719-486-1282“>719-486-1282719-486-1282719-486-1282719-486-1282.
Live Music at Scarlet Friday & Saturday
Founded by Leadville’s Carey Nall, GROOVESPEAK, has been rocking the mountains since 2003 with some original tunes and of course, some old Grateful Dead favorites. Everybody out on the dance floor!
Then on Saturday when you’re ready to celebrate your LT100 MTB Finish, head over to The Scarlet and take in the Soul Tones band w/ special guests Roadrunnerz as they light the evening ablaze with their rock in’ funky, dance till you drop sound! Catch the band as they perform tunes off their newest upcoming album as well as performing some old favorites. With almost 60 years of accumulated musical experience, you can be assured that the Soul Tones are a refined act that is sure to please.