Latest News – July 21

Church News: It’s the “G” in TGIF!

There will be a hub of activity over at the historic Annunciation Church this weekend, as remodel and historic preservation efforts continue, with a big assist from the Knights of Columbus visiting from St, Mark’s Parish in Highlands Ranch, near Denver.

The historic Annunciation Church in Leadville is part of Holy family Parish. Photo: Leadville Today.

Over the past year, Holy Family Parish of Leadville has seen great strides in their efforts to address and fix the aging issues at both of the churches that make up this Catholic Community of Leadville: Annunciation Church and Saint Joseph’s Church.

The Knights charitable group will join the efforts of Leadville Parishioners in the big push to complete the upgrades at the Parish Hall. This social and religious education hall is located behind the historic church that hosted both the Unsinkable Molly Brown’s wedding and alas, the funeral of Baby Doe Tabor. While renovations continue at St. Joseph’s across town, this weekend’s efforts will focus on Annunciation Church with the tall, sky-piercing steeple on the corner of E. 7th and Poplar. So please give them a break, if you’ve been using the back roads (i.e. cutting across on Poplar) a bit more than usual these days. Or better yet, grab a pair of work gloves and join their efforts. The work will continue through Sunday, July 23 where their effort being celebrate with a community BBQ after 9 a.m. Mass. Everyone is welcome to help save Leadville’s historic churches.

Free Organ Concert at Presbyterian Church

The First Presbyterian Church of Leadville invites you to an evening of organ music. Their 1889 William Schuelke tracker-action pipe organ is recognized by the Organ Historical Society as “an instrument of exceptional historic merit worthy of preservation”  and the only remaining Schuelke organ in Colorado (originally 3)  still in service.    

Church Organ

The hills will be alive with music at Wednesday’s FREE concert at First Presbyterian Church of Leadville, featuring this 1889 William Schuelke tracker-action pipe organ.

The organ arrived in Leadville in 1889,  coming over Mosquito Pass by mule train and assembled in the Old Red Brick Church downtown (formerly the Presbyterian Church).  It was originally “powered” by a cadre of young choir boys pumping the bellows.   In 1936 an electric air pump was added to the organ.  In 1969 the organ was disassembled, restored and moved to its current location with the Presbyterian Church at 299 McWethy,  and was more extensively restored again in 1975.   

Today, nearly 130 years old,  it’s rich tones continue to “sing” in worship nearly every Sunday,  September through June.  (In Summer months the congregation gathers for worship in its outdoor chapel.)  

Our guest organist for this concert  is Dr. Bruce L. Gibbons from Decatur, Illinois. Dr. Gibbons is a Colorado native (Ft. Collins),  and received a Bachelor’s in Music Education as well as a Masters in Music and Piano at Colorado State University,  then earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at Louisiana State University.  He recently retired after 32 years as Adjunct Professor of Music at Millikin University in Decatur, IL.   While specializing in piano,  he has been playing pipe organs since the summer of ‘65 as an organist/accompanist in several churches in Ft. Collins, Baton Rouge and Decatur,  and currently 22 years with the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. 

The music literature  Dr.Gibbons  will be playing will feature classical organ,  chosen for the particular stops available on this organ,  some hymnody,  and a piece or two on the piano.  

This free concert will be Wednesday, July 26 at 7 p.m.  at the First Presbyterian Church of Leadville,  located at 299 McWethy,  next to the Community Park.   All are welcome! 

Latest News – July 20

Courage Classic Returns to Lake County Saturday

The Denver Children Hospital’s Annual Courage Classic will take place this weekend, with the Saturday, July 22 ride coming through Lake County. This annual benefit ride, now in its 28th year, is held in July to raise funds for The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colo. The 2-day, 158 mile bicycle tour travels through some of the most scenic mountain passes in the state.

On Saturday, 2,000 Courage Classic cyclists will take on Day One of the 3-Day charity ride. Participants will take the loop from Copper Mountain over Fremont, then towards Tennessee Pass, through Minturn, Vail and back to Copper. Anyone traveling the same route could encounter delays.

And Saturday’s ride should provide some pretty spectacular scenery. Starting at Copper Mountain, the riders will ascend Fremont Pass on Highway 91 and follow the headwaters of the Arkansas River through the valley towards Leadville. From there, cyclists will pick up Highway 24 north towards Ski Cooper and take on Tennessee Pass, making their way down into Camp Hale. The day’s ride continues through Minturn, then completes the loop through Vail returning where they started at Copper Mountain. This is the first day on the 2-day tour and will have racers putting a solid 77 miles in the saddle.

The second day will take riders through Frisco, Silverthorne and Keystone, tallying another 80 miles. The Courage Classic does provide shorter routes for cyclists for each day to accommodate riders of all levels as well as families.

About The Courage Classic

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 3.02.14 PMThe Courage Classic raises money to support the Children’s Fund for Children’s Hospital Colorado. Children’s Fund gifts allow the hospital to quickly improve the care they offer to every child who walks through our doors. Children’s Colorado served 198,564 patients in 2013, and they expect to see even more infants, kids and teens in the years to come.


First Wildflower Train This Saturday

#AllAboard for a trip  to Mother Nature’s alpine garden which is coming into peak season in the high country. This Saturday, July 22 the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad will host the first of its three upcoming Wildflower and Photo Special rides. Train_WildflowersJoin their experienced wildflower tour guides for a 20-minute hike through pine forests, aspen groves and open meadows. View a multitude of varieties of wildflowers at the water tower. Some flowers sighted include Indian Paintbrush, Lupine and wild strawberries. You may find anything from the “local” deer to a mushroom in a wet marsh. Remember hiking shoes, a water bottle and camera. The train ride will depart at 10 a.m. and arrive back at the depot at 1 p.m. This hike is for people of all capabilities and interests please. Wildflower Specials will be July 22, July 29 and August 5.

Readers can connect with the Leadville Train on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and of course, their Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad website for schedule and ticket sales.

National Land Rover Rally Next Week

Lake County residents will see a surge in Land Rovers about town next week, as one of the largest rally events for the four-wheel vehicles comes to the Leadville area next Monday – Thursday, July 24-July 28. The Solihull Society  will be hosting the 2017 Land Rover National Rally touting the gathering as one of  “the largest event in many years.”

Ranger Rovers_2

The 2017 Land Rover National Rally will be held in Leadville/Lake County Next Monday – Thursday, July 24 – 28.

The Solihull Society, founded in 1991, is a Land Rover club serving Colorado and vicinity. Membership is open to all Rover enthusiasts (whether you own a Rover or not). The club is devoted to providing a social forum for Rover enthusiasts, several off-road events per year, a quarterly newsletter, and education about Rovers and their maintenance.

The Solihull Society is committed to the enjoyment, sharing of goodwill and fellowship engendered by owning a Land Rover or other four wheel-drive vehicle to engage in social, educational, and recreational activities which adhere to the Tread Lightly principles. The Club is also committed to supporting Civic activities for the betterment of the community and betterment of the environment that we use for these activities. 

Here is their posted schedule of events: LINK.

Range Rover Rally 2009

Land Rover Rally in 2009 made quite a group photo impression at the We ♥ Leadville wall. Alas, probably not this year, as the area is currently under development construction.