Latest News – September 1

The Fat Lady Sings, Opera House Closing, For Good?

Seven days, and that’s it. After that, your opportunity to ever step inside Leadville’s historic Tabor Opera House will be considerably reduced.

Governor John Hickenlooper addresses the crowds at the historic Tabor Opera house during his stop in Leadville in August 2015. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

Governor John Hickenlooper addresses the crowds at the historic Tabor Opera House during his stop in Leadville in August 2015. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

“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 taboroperahouse@gmail.com.

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.

C’mon, Leadville, let’s not lose this gem!
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That Last Tabor Opera House Hurrah: A Wild Life

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Join other Leadville outdoor and environmental enthusiasts to watch 11 inspired short-films at the Cloud City Conservation Center’s (C4) Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The program begins at 6 p.m. with a reception (free beer), and shows start at 7 p.m., including notable films as Delta Dawn, The Great Turning, The Ridge, and Brilliant Darkness.

Tickets are $15 per person with discounts for C4 members. For ticket information and more details, visit the Tabor Opera House website.

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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.

Lt100 Champion Rebecca Rusch poses with Leadville Racing which benefited from her fundraiser at the Tabor Opera ouse. Pictured left to right: Cheyenne Mendoza, Joe Koch, Brian, Rusch, and Emma Collins.

LT100 Champion Rebecca Rusch poses with the Leadville Racing Team which benefited from her fundraiser at the Tabor Opera House last month. Pictured left to right: Cheyenne Mendoza, Joe Koch, Brian, Rusch, and Emma Collins.

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.

On the stage of the historic Tabor Opera House during The Leadville Experience, Rebecca Rusch and Elden Nelson are joined by Leadville Trail 100 Founder Ken Chlouber and Merilee Maupin.

On the stage of the historic Tabor Opera House during The Leadville Experience, Rebecca Rusch and Elden Nelson are joined by Leadville Trail 100 Founder Ken Chlouber and Merilee Maupin.

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.

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