Ugly Sweater Partys and Holiday Music
The holiday season is underway with a number of festive events coming up that should be considered for your entertainment. It’s hard to say when the craze got started but there’s little doubt that it’s not going away any time soon. It’s time to break out your ugly Christmas sweater!
While its origins were founded in the need to create an event where one would actually wear the offensive holiday frock knitted by someone in the family or worse, seriously gifted by a well-intended relative, the craze has reached new levels in recent years.
Whether it’s the offensively bright greens and reds, or generous use of glitter and pom-poms, these holiday frocks have broken free of Aunt Betty’s closet and can be found making appearances at the following places in Leadville Today. It’s time to don your gay apparel and join the festive fun!
Leadville’s historic Pastime Bar & Café’s 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Party will be held this Friday, Dec. 7 from 8 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. There’s usually some pretty hilarious homemade holiday contenders at this fete. The evening’s merriment will include drink specials and Karaoke music by Girl DJ. Come and get your warm and fuzzies on in Leadville’s former Red Light District. The Pastime is located at 120 W. 2nd Street.
If you don’t make that ugly sweater showing, or perhaps you’ve created something so fashion-fabulous that everyone needs to see it, then be sure to hit up Periodic Brewing for their Ugly Sweater Party on Friday, Dec. 14, starting at 5 p.m. And if for some reason, you don’t already own an Ugly Christmas Sweater, there’s still time to pick one up at a number of downtown retail stores, including The Mule Kick, Matchless Treasures Thrift Shop or perhaps and Community Threads. Or be creative and make your own!
Leadville Parade of Lights 2018
In case you missed it, here’s the video from last Saturday’s Parade of Lights sponsored by the Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce. December 1 was a cold and blustery night with some sleeting-snow coming down on America’s highest city. Fortunately, the folks living in Leadville Today are a hearty bunch and hundreds lined historic Harrison Avenue to kick off the holiday season and cheer on the 15 parade entries. Of course, the big guest of honor was old St. Nick. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus saw 300 children for pictures, and to hear children’s Christmas wish lists. Happy Holidays!
Raise Your Voices in America’s Highest City!
One of the uplifting aspects to the holidays is all of the wonderful music that is performed this time of year. From the old Christmas favorites to the more modern hold-overs, the seasonal songs are in the air. The Old Church is hosting a couple of Christmas concerts. The first will be held this Sunday, Dec. 9 from 2 – 4 p.m. and should be a very special afternoon of music as the Messiah Sing will be presented. This event is FREE and open to everyone. It is noted that if you intend to sing, bring a copy of the music with you, otherwise, they will have some spare copies to borrow for the performance.
For readers unfamiliar with this holiday tradition, it is an informal performance of Handel’s Messiah in which the audience serves as the unrehearsed chorus, often supported by a carefully prepared core group. Such performances have become a tradition among music lovers especially around Christmas and appear in concert halls and churches around the world, where a choir has rehearsed the music, but the public joins in. Frequently these events are held during Advent, and often they are associated with fund-raising for charitable purposes. Donations for The Old Church are always welcome.
Then on Saturday, Dec 15 join the Old Church Singers will make their musical debut at “An Evening with Celesta, Donna, Scott and Friends: The Christmas Edition.” With a 7 p.m. curtain call, the performance will get your hands clapping and your feet tapping to all of your holiday favorites as well as a few surprises! This musical group of troubadours has been entertaining local crowds for years and always put on a good show. The night’s entertainment will also feature a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as some Holiday readings.
This event is being presented by the Lake County Civic Center Association (LCCCA) with all proceeds going to the operations and renovation of the Old Church located at the corner of W. 8th Street and Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville. General Admission at the door is $10.
About The Old Church, A Center for the Arts and Humanities
The following information has provided by the Lake County Civic Center Association (aka: L, triple-C, A) regarding The Old Church which they own and operate: Situated in picturesque 2-mile high Leadville, Colo., the Old Church was first dedicated for use by the Presbyterian Church in 1889 for many years this unique building served as a prayer and community meeting place. Time and the elements took their toll and the building, needing exterior repair and maintenance, was put up for sale. Through the efforts of the Lake County Civic Center Association (LCCCA) the Old Church was purchased and saved from certain demolition. Extensive exterior repair commenced and the first step was taken toward a new future for the historic structure.
During the 1980s the Lake County Civic Theatre Company joined forces with the LCCCA and the two groups formed the Old Church Committee. This group undertook the challenge of raising the necessary funds to bring the building back to life. Heating, lighting, and plumbing were restored in the building along with a complete restoration of the beautiful gothic stained glass windows. The effort of that group put The Old Church in the position of its current condition.
This season the LCCCA is inviting people to become a patron of the Old Church. The “purchase” of a seat in the center will establish donors as a patron and will assist with the restoration of the building. Their current effort is to raise funds to reestablish the kitchen area. This will make the building more useful for events. As a patron, you may have your name, family name, the name of a group or organization, or if you chose the name of a loved one engraved on a brass plate and permanently placed on one of the auditorium’s 158 seats.
The Lake County Civic Center Association accepts donations for the Old Church Arts And Humanities Center at P.O. Box 962, Leadville, CO 80461. Or contact Carl Schaefer at 719-486-2148.