Leadville News – February 14

Leadville Loppet Marks 15th Year on Saturday, Feb 17

This Saturday, Feb. 17, The Leadville Loppet will be celebrating its 15th year! Started in 2003, this high-altitude Nordic ski race serves as the annual fundraiser for Leadville’s historic Mineral Belt Trail (MBT).

The race course starts and ends at at the base of Dutch Henri Hill off of HWY 24 South of Leadville. From there skiers glide through a rolling, forested network of trails, leading racers on to the MBT, where climbs and descends await. The tracks follow along abandoned rail grades left behind from Leadville’s mining era, offering a passing history lesson to the skinny skiers. It’s a one-of-a-kind course which should be laden (and groomed) with fresh snow come Saturday.

New this year, The Loppet has been added to the the list of 2018 American Birkebeiner qualifiers!  Skiers will be able to utilize results from either the 22 or 44 km race for improving their wave placement for the Birkie or Korte. More details on that can be found HERE.

Registration is currently open online for classic and freestyle 44K, 22K, & 10K distances, plus a 5K and 1K fun race, where costumes are encouraged! Online registration will close the night before the race, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. In-person registration & packet pick up will be held in the gym in the Climax Building at CMC on Friday evening from 5 – 7 p.m. Packets may also be picked up the morning of the race from 7 – 8:45 a.m. Please note Race Day Registration (Feb. 17) is from 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. (there will be no registration after 8:45 so show up early!)

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More serious competitors take on the 22k course at The Leadville Loppet. Photo: Leadville Today.

Other highlights of this “fun”raiser are the awards ceremony, held after the competition in the gym with homemade soups and chili galore!

They will also host a free wax clinic provided by Leadville’s Tim Hill of Alpine Ski & Sport, the night before on Friday, Feb. 16, 6 – 8 p.m. at their NEW location at 504 Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville.

Registration for the Leadville Loppet can be found on their website, or stay connected with race update through their Facebook Page. If you plan on joining the fun this year, be sure to register in the next week, as the price goes up February 1.

Leadville News – February 13

Music News: “Annie,” Alpine Orchestra & Apres Ski

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The Alpine Orchestra is looking for a few string players! If that’s you, contact themhttps://www.facebook.com/AlpineOrchestra/.

Hey diddle diddle please help them fiddle! Do you play a stringed instrument? The Alpine Orchestra is in need of strings for their spring concerts in April.  Rehearsals begin February 19 in Buena Vista every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. Concerts will be April 13, 14 and 15. For more information contact artboat@wildblue.net, or alpineorchestra.org or call/text (903)930-1568.

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There’s a full line-up of Apres Ski Live Music planned for the 2018 season at Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub in the Ski Cooper Lodge.

They’ve been reporting plenty of fresh snow at Leadville’s ski hill, so if you’re taking some turns on the mountain, be sure to catch the Après action at Katie O’Rourke’s Pub in the lodge at Ski Cooper. This Thursday, Feb. 15 it’s Mark Hanson on stage from 3 – 5 p.m. Great way to top off that great $30 Thursday deal they’ve got going on. Or if you’re in town for some weekend skiing be sure to catch Sean Flynn on Saturday, Feb. 17, same time , same place. Stop in after a day on the slopes for a beer-on-tap and some toe-tappin, and hand-clappin good times. 

“Annie” & Friends on Stage Feb 22-25  

The Lake County High School’s Performing Arts Department announced today that their production of the Classic Broadway hit “Annie” will be presented February 22-25 in the high school’s performing arts center.

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The stage is set for the next Lake County High School musical production, “Annie” to be presented February 22-25 under Artistic Director Scott Carroll, pictured here. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

“I am so excited that we are able to bring the entire district together to create theatrical magic,” stated Artistic Director Scott Carroll, whose musical experience and expertise has brought live-theater expectations to a heighten level in recent years.

And fortunately, Carroll knows how to deliver the goods. Not only have his productions led to sold-out audiences, but more importantly, the educational opportunity for students to learn more about theater than just the final curtain call, has become a shining star of success for the local school district.

From lighting to props to costume design, these LCHS presentations have given students at all grade levels the opportunity to put practical classroom instruction into real-world experience that can not only create solid footholds for their academic resumes, but also keep community audiences coming back for more. And in the world of school-plays, that ain’t easy to do!

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Last year’s “Little Shop of Horrors” production had parents and community theater-lovers singing high praises. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

 “All of these performers range in grades K-12 and have worked extremely hard,” touted Carroll. “We are excited to present their work to the community of Leadville. Don’t miss this special and heartwarming musical!”

For those unfamiliar with the musical, “Annie” is based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, and has become a worldwide phenomenon, winning seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by award-winning writers and composers feature some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.”

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of New York City.

While the cast of “Annie” characters has unfolded countless times in big and small productions across the country, it’s always the home-town actors and actresses who make a stage, a home.  And the same holds true in Leadville Today. Local fans will see the return of some of their favorite thespians, including Bailey Sprague and Jude Hill (Annie), Alex Guzman (Warbucks), and Moriah Perkins (Grace) who will take the leads, backed-up by a range of other familiar faces, like the singing and dancing orphans played by Leadville students ranging in age from kindergarten to seventh grade.

Along the way of reviving the “Encore” in Leadville, Carroll has also established a multitude of creative collaborations, among them beloved piano teacher Donna Schaefer who will serve as the Associate Musical Director.

Of course, productions like these don’t just happen, without a cast of Daddy Warbucks understudies. And fortunately Carroll’s reputation has now acquired its own list of community investors: some show up with stage make-up; others with the checkbook. Regardless, there are no small parts, and it all culminates into a final presentation worthy of The Magic City. Plan on coming and seeing it for yourself. But don’t wait too long to claim your seat.

Tickets for the entire run of the production are currently on sale by calling 719-486-6950 or online HERE.  Adult tickets are $12 and student, senior tickets are $10, and child/student tickets are $8. Ticket prices will be $2 more at the door.

“We invite you to come to one of the biggest gems musical theatre has to offer,” Carroll says. #BreakALeg.

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A favorite among music students and Leadville-theater lovers, Donna Schaefer will return as Annie’s Associate Musical Director.