Latest News – April 22

“Articipate” Music Concert Tops School News

Whenever you see the Lake County High School auditorium fill to capacity, you know you’re in for a good show. And that was the case yesterday as hundreds of K-6 grade students took their seats for a special musical show sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Reading Council (RMRC).

Performers from 6 to 60 years of age took their turn at the marimba (aka xylophone), to entertain Leadville students on April 21. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

Every year, the council solicits people, businesses and organizations to assemble special reading baskets to promote literacy. Then raffle tickets are sold to raise monies for an annual educational event.

This year, the council selected to invite some musicians from Articipate out of Salida, instead of their usual author event. So, if you bought a raffle ticket for one of the 74 literacy baskets, you helped to raise the $740 to bring the musical group Wooden Raindrops to Leadville.

“The authors have gotten so expensive that it’s not possible to bring many of them into town,” explained Judy Fabian, RMRC member. But the students didn’t seem to mind the change in direction, and were actively engaged with the program from the first note to the last as they watched performers from 6 to 60 years of age take their turn at the marimbas (aka xylophones).

Wooden Raindrops performed at the Lake Counyt High School sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Reading Council who raffled off reading baskets to raise the money for the show, which the students really enjoyed! Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

For those unfamiliar with Articipate, their mission is “to foster awareness and teach the importance of the Arts in building communities and improving lives through workshops, performances and educational programs for all ages.” The non-profit was founded in response to the alarming decline of art programs in schools and communities across the nation. To see this decline in Chaffee County where the group was founded, was especially troubling because the area is home to an abundant pool of artists. Knowing the importance of the Arts in healthy, vital communities, the founders of the organization, Jill and Trevor (aka Bones) Davis, set out to find a solution and Articipate was born.

What a great concept and one that clearly works! Thanks for coming up to Leadville and putting on a Friday afternoon show for the students and staff.

Prom Couples Take Tropical Trip

Lake County High School will be celebrating Junior-Senior Prom tonight, April 22. The annual rite of passage will take place at the high school from 7 – 11 p.m. This year’s dance (and after-prom event) will have a beach/island theme. So, be on the lookout for some elegantly dressed young couples out on the town tonight. Have a great, safe night!

Spring Art Show and Graduation on the Horizon

In other school news there are a couple of upcoming events to make sure you have on the calendar. The annual Spring Art Show is scheduled for Friday, May 5. This district-wide show celebrates artwork from Lake County’s preschool through 12th grade students.

The annual Spring Art Show for the Lake County School District will be held on Friday, May 5. This photo of the beautiful student artwork is from last year. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

Art show coordinators and teachers, Amanda Good, Katie Anderson and Erin Farrow depend on amazing, generous volunteers to make this event happen, and this year will be no different. This is the art program’s only fundraiser, and it is how they raise the majority of the money used for art supplies.

Here’s how you can help: Every little bit helps!

  • Week leading up to May 5 show, after school: bringing artwork from the Lake County High School to Lake County Intermediate School.
  • Day of Show, Friday, May 5
    • Set Up from 8:15 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m.
    • Clean Up after the show 8 – 9 p.m.
  • During the Spring Art Show two shifts: 5 – 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 8 p.m. Activities include face painting, cake decorating, plant potting, root beer floats /new Frosty Fruit machine (!), card making, cotton candy and more. You do not need to be artistic to help!

Show some ♥ for Leadville, volunteer for the schools’ annual art show on May 5. Photo: Leadville Today

Attendees will see the return of the silent auction, featuring an adult AND child’s season pass to Ski Cooper, a Melanzana hoodie, a stand up paddle board and much more! There will also be a ceramic sale featuring handmade ceramic work by high school students, Lake County’s High School art teacher, and some fabulous local artists. LCHS Band and Choir will also be performing!

For more information, contact Erin Farrow at or 719-486-6838.

The class of 2017 will be turning their tassles on Saturday, May 27 in the high school gym. Congratulations to all the Lake County High School Seniors – Graduation Day is just a few weeks away . . . NOW what are you going to do with your lives?! The best of luck no matter where your path leads. GO Panthers!

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