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Latest News – February 24

Lead Vegas: Party Arts and Literature for $300, Alex

Happy Friday and welcome to the Lead Vegas report, where it’s time to throw a little fire over all this winter ice. It’s time to heat things up in Leadville Today!

lead-vegas_logo-copyIf you’re dreaming about some place warm and sunny, or perhaps don’t have the funds to travel to an exotic beach location, then head over to Leadville’s historic Pastime Bar and Café and join other pretenders for tonight’s Luau Party. Shake out your grass skirt and straighten out that coconut bra, then think about what kind of blended rum concoction you’ll want to order. There will be a limbo contest and prizes for the best luau-themed attire. The party starts at 9 p.m. tonight, February 24 but get there earlier for some delicious chow to lay the groundwork for a great Lead Vegas Friday night!  

The Pastime is the last bar in Leadville’s old Red Lights District, located at 120 W. 2nd Street.

Award-Winning Leadville Author Releasing New Book

If you’re looking to heat things up in a different sort of way, then Leadville Author Laurel McHargue might have what you need.

“When was the last time you read an adult fairy tale, or any fairy tale, for that matter?” she wants to know. If “huh?!” was your answer then, McHargue believes her latest publication, The Hare, Raising Truth, will fill a niche “and scratch an itch” for readers who enjoy bizarre fantasy, a quick read, and a surprise ending.

mchargue_hare_book“It’s not what I had intended to write,” said McHargue, “but my lustful house muse took over at some sleepless hour and I went along with her inspiration.” She credits her fascination with Grimm’s Fairy Tales and an early diet of The Twilight Zone television episodes with inspiring what she calls her twisted tale.

This is not a story you’ll read to your children at night, the author cautions. The Hare, Raising Truth is available for ebook pre-order now and will be available in paperback from Amazon and Ingram on release day, March 12, coinciding with the next full moon, a reference that readers will soon understand!

And lastly, if you’re looking for some musical inspiration that is more brimstone than fire than head down to the big city for a heavenly recital from a Leadville organist – STORY BELOW. 

Leadville Organist to Grace Denver Basilica

by Brennan Ruegg, Leadville Today Contributor

Not all music that comes to and from Leadville is thrashed out with whisky and three string banjos. One finds talent in bars, but also in less glamorous places like Leadville’s high school concerts and churches.  No matter the setting, the musician’s job remains the same: putting sound to feelings. In a church those feelings of austerity and magnificent size are best sung by the organist.

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The Organist’s View of the Denver Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (DCBIC): Photo: DCBIC

Historic Annunciation Catholic Church on West 7th Street, where Patrick Torsell directs the volunteer choir of Holy Family Parish, is big for Leadville. Torsell’s skill on the organ however can fill a cathedral, and though he lends his services humbly to the Cloud City’s Catholic parish, he will be impressing the halls of the Denver Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception this Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m as part of the Bosetti Sunday Concert Series. The grand halls of a 157-year-old cathedral combined with Torsell’s interpretation of organ literature will provide a worthwhile trip out of dodge for any music lover.
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Patrick Torsell playing the organ in St. Cecilia’s Cathedral, Lincoln, NE.

Torsell began playing the organ at age 8 and landed his first professional post at 11 in his hometown of Bellefonte, Penn. Now he is a multi-instrumental musician and vocalist whose primary focuses are classical organ, jazz piano, and sacred vocal music. In 2009, Torsell was hired as Director of Music at Blessed Sacrament Parish in the resort town of Stowe Vt., where he transformed a volunteer choir–which struggled to sing in unison–into a group capable of singing 4-part polyphony.

During two subsequent years of formation at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton Neb., Torsell spent time studying and learning about Gregorian Chant and Sacred Polyphony. While he continued to build his organ repertoire as a seminary organist he learned more still about the integral role of sacred music in the liturgical life of the Catholic Church. Upon leaving the seminary in 2013, Patrick was hired as organist at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Littleton, Colo., a parish served by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, which celebrates Mass in the traditional Latin Form. Torsell maintains his post in Littleton while living in Leadville and directing the Holy Family Parish volunteer choir.

The Torsell name is familiar in Leadville. Patrick is also Director of Marketing, IT, and Slope Maintenaince at Ski Cooper/Chicago Ridge where his father Dan Torsell is President and General Manager. Christian Torsell, Patrick’s younger brother, is a saxophonist in the Lake County High School Band, and has created quite a buzz as an up-and-coming musician, lending his talents to a host of bands throughout the state.

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Annunciation Catholic Church on West 7th Street makes Leadville’s Skyline unique. Photo: Brennan Ruegg

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Torsell will perform ten pieces on the cathedral’s Kimball-Morel & Associates organ entitled “Organ Literature Through the Years,” beginning at 3 p.m. Admission to this and every installment of the Bosetti Concert Series  is free, but donations will be accepted and return to Leadville’s Holy Family Parish. Denver Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is located in downtown Denver at 1530 Logan St.

Support your local musicians and artists by following them out into the great wide open, and get in touch with Patrick Torsell by visiting Annunciation Catholic Church.

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The Bosetti Sunday Concerts continue until April 9 at the Denver Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

Latest News – February 23

Lake County Winter Sports Round-Up Report

Nik Adams proudly displays the Ski-Do snowmobile helmet he won for placing first in the Under 800 Division at the 2017 High Altitude Snow Drags held at the Lake County Golf Course on February 18. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

Nik Adams proudly displays the Ski-Do snowmobile helmet he won for placing first in the Under 800 Division at the 2017 High Altitude Snow Drags held at the Lake County Golf Course on February 18. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

Spac_50The 4th Annual High Altitude Drags (HAD) were held in Lake County last Saturday at the Leadville golf course. According to JR Halverson with the event sponsor, The High Riders Snowmobile Club, more than 20 racers competed in a variety of categories.  It was a bluebird day to get out on the snowmobiles for a little friendly competition. “It was a good day and we appreciate all of the support from local businesses who donated prizes and provided support,” said Halverson. On Sunday,  the group led a social ride to encourage more membership in the snowmobile club. If you’re interested, connect with them on the HRSC Facebook page.

Here’s how the 2017 HAD competition panned out.

  • Under 500 Division
    1.) Philip Reed
    2.) World Class Todd
  • Under 800 Division 
    1.) Nik Adams
    2.) Elliott Wellman 
  • Under 1000
    1.) Dirk Pinto
    2.) Julian Medina
  • Modified Division 
    1.) Greg Blount
    2.) Jon Heckman
Thanks to the High Riders Snowmobile Club members JR and Karl, the 4th Annual High Altitude Drags was held in Lake County on February 18. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

Thanks to the High Riders Snowmobile Club members JR and Karl, the 4th Annual High Altitude Drags was held in Lake County on Feb. 18. Photo: Leadville Today.

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Spac_50Winter MTB Series Rolls Out Race Two: Winterbike

The Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series held its second race in the series last weekend, and again headlamps were necessary! The 6th Annual Winterbike was held at Copper Mountain on February 18 in cooperation with Cloud City Wheelers, Leadville’s local bike club.

The race was part of a winter series occurring throughout the winter in and around Leadville.

Next up in the Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series is the Mineral Belt Mayhem on March 4. Photo: Copper Mountain.

Next up in the Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series is the Mineral Belt Mayhem on March 4. Photo: Copper Mountain.

Utilizing groomed Nordic ski trails, groomed singletrack and snowmobile trails, the races are a great way to keep riding and racing during the off-season. Three of the races, are held at night. A typical course is 12 miles with a mix of spine-tingling conditions, and all proceeds from the race series go towards Cloud City Wheelers advocacy efforts. The races end with food and beverages, laughter and good times. The website for the 2017 Winter Mountain Bike Race Series urges potential participants to “Come on up and enjoy the ride!” The 2017 Winterbike results can be found HERE.

The next race in the series will be held on March 4. Another night ride, the Mineral Belt Mayhem, is an 11-mile loop on Leadville’s beautiful Mineral Belt Trail at night!