Almanac Week of 07.03.18

Tuesday, July 3
The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on July 3 at the GMF Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.  
Wednesday, July 4
Independence Day happenings. A variety of festivities will occur in Woodland Park, Cripple Creek and Manitou Springs on July 4. In Woodland Park, this is the time for the Old Fashioned July 4th celebration, with a variety of games and contests in Memorial Park. Cripple Creek also will feature a variety of festivities and live music. See for details. However, due to the fire dangers, all fireworks celebration have been cancelled and will occur later in the year (see related story in this week’s TMJ).
Ute Pass Historical Society Annual Cemetery CrawlTake a walk around the Woodland Park Cemetery on July 4th and meet some of the old pioneers who are resting there. Tours run every 15 minutes from 1 to 3. Cost is $5, and tickets are available at the gate. The cemetery is located at 650 Short Street in Woodland Park.
Please call UPHS at 719.686.7512 or e mail for more information.
Green Box Arts Festival. A block party celebration will occur at the Green Box Arts Farm Stand, next to The Pantry restaurant near the Gazebo on July 4starting at 7 p.m. Throughout the day, a variety of hikes will be conducted. Visit for more details.
Cripple Creek Art Show Finale. The 23rd annual Once Upon A Time In The West Art Show continues at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center until July 4. This show has been a popular hit for a number of years. It kicked off last week. For more information, go to
Meeting Cancelation. Due to the July 4th holiday, the regular meeting of the Cripple Creek City Council has been canceled
Thursday, July 5
Tops, Take Off Pounds Sensibly. The original nonprofit weight-loss group is an educational support group providing weekly weigh-ins and programs to help members to make positive changes in the role food plays in their lives. The local chapter meets every Thursday at 9 a.m. in Green Mountain Falls at the Church in the Wildwood. Call Evelyn at 719-748-8383 for more information.
Symphony Above the Clouds.  The annual Symphony Above the Clouds, featuring the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, will perform in Woodland Park at the WP Middle School football field on July 5, with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Cannons will be fired off at the close of the grand symphony finale by Fort Carson personnel, but no fireworks will occur. This is one of the largest attended events in the Ute Pass area. 
Friday, July 6
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club will meet at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library every Friday
The Bella Vista Restaurant at Shining Mountain, one of the town’s favorite restaurants, has great weekend specials and events. Don’t miss their great entrees for lunch and dinner and special entertainment during the weekend. Live music occurs every Friday night. Plus, the course is now open for play for the season. For more information, regarding activities at the Shining Mountain Golf Course and Event Center,
Melodrama  celebration. The Butte Theater in Cripple Creek will feature its summer melodrama, “Hot Night In The Old Town,” on the evening of June 22. This classic melodrama runs until August 25. This classic melodrama and olio brings in the exciting history of Cripple Creek’s wild west days of the past. For ticket information, and to  make reservations, call 719-689-6402 or
Saturday, July 7
Cultural Trees. Pikes Peak Historical Society has been documenting human-modified trees for almost 20 years.  These remarkable living artifacts, displaying a variety of unusual shapes, are truly works of art, sculpted by highly talented and creative peoples.  Known widely as culturally modified trees (CMTs), they are cited in several areas of the USA, and as far away as Australia, as the handiwork of indigenous peoples.  This presentation will highlight some of the most spectacular CMTs found in our region. Andy Weinzapfel, Pikes Peak Historical Society member and Chairman of the PPHS Tree Committee, will be giving this presentation at Eleven Mile State Park, North Shore Amphitheatre, at 8 pmSaturday, July 7.  Unless you have a State Parks pass, expect to pay a fee upon entry.  For more information call 719-748-8259 or 719-748-3861.
Gold Camp Trolley Tours, which started in early June, continue every Saturday through September 1.  Sites, stories, and reenactors will cover both history and happenings of Cripple Creek, Victor, and The CC&V Gold Mine.The trolley will leave from the Cripple Creek Train Welcome Center next to the District Museum at both 11am and 2pm.  (No morning tour on June 23rd during Donkey Derby Days.) Tours are $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Sponsored by the City of Cripple Creek and The Gold Camp Victorian Society. For more information, call 719-439-0462 or 719-423-9481.
Fossil Beds Activities and Hours. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is open year round. The Monument is now open from  8 am to 6 p.m. during July. Be prepared for outdoor conditions by taking a sweater/coat, wearing a hat and sunscreen, etc. There are no additional fees for any park programs beyond the daily entrance fee of $7 per adult (15 and younger are free). Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers 15 miles of beautiful, yet lesser known, hiking trails to explore, a free Junior Ranger Program, three short self-guided trails, a park video and museum exhibits, and bookstore. Some our key programs including: Yoga Hikes, Mondays, 9 am – 10:30 pm. Join a certified yoga instructor and a Park Ranger for a 1 hour and 15 minutes, 1 mile yoga hike. This will be a hike interspersed with standing yoga poses. This program is geared for beginner to intermediate yoga enthusiasts.  Meet at the visitor center.Fossil Demonstration Excavation Site, Wednesdays from 10 am to noon Meet geologist, Dr. Bob Carnein at the demonstration excavation site and see the fossil beds in situ and learn about how excavations are conducted. This site is located off the Petrified Forest Loop approximately 1 mile round trip from the visitor center. Art in the Parks, Thursdays, 10 am to noon  Everyone is an artist! Drop in and join volunteer artists and other visitors to sketch and/or water color paint scenes of Florissant Fossil Beds.   We also have Wildflower Walks,  and Bear and Mountain Lion Talks.  These occur on Saturday. For additional information, please call (719) 748-3253 or visit our website: or on Facebook or Twitter at /FlorissantNPS

Mayor’s Forum. The Green Box Arts Festival will feature a mayor’s forum, with current GMF Mayor Jane Newberry at the Church in the Wildwood on July 7 from 4 to 6 p.m.  
Keigwin and Company Celebrates (Leonard) Bernstein with the Ormao Dance Company with performances on July 7 at the Sally Bush Community Center in Green Mountain Falls at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. This is one of the signature events of the Green Box Arts Festival.  
Purely Bluegrass FREE concert on the green. Scheduled for Saturday July 14, featuring two of Colorado’s finest bluegrass bands — Flatt Five at 11 amand Blue Canyon Boys at 12:30 p.m. Shows will occur at the Midland Pavilion, next to Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Avenue, Woodland Park. All ages welcome. Food, beer, wine available. The concerts are part of Woodland Music Series. Visit for more information.
Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis Bingo. Join the fun at Shining Mountain during the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.Twenty dollars buys a packet for 10 games, 6 cards for each game It’s a great opportunity to have fun and socialize with your friends and neighbors. Come early and have dinner! Food and drinks will be available for purchase during the games!  This event is sponsored by the Ute Pass-Woodland Park Kiwanis club.  The proceeds benefit the children of Teller County.  For more information, call Rita Randolph at 719-502-5085.
Mining tours. Experience mining old and new this summer and explore gold rush history past and present at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. Tour experiences, sponsored by the Newmont Mning Corporation, will offer the chance to see giant haul trucks, shovels and drill rigs in action in the large surface mine between Victor and Cripple Creek, Colorado. Learn about the modern refining methods while helping to preserve the district’s 1890’s history – all tour proceeds go to the Museum to help offset operations and building renovation costs. This summer the mine tours will be available May 26 through Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., daily except no tours will be held on Thursdays. In addition, tours are offered Sept. 8 and 9, 15 and 16 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Check for additional tour times and dates during the summer weekends. The cost is $8.50 per person plus a small online booking fee – an affordable way for the entire family to see a real working gold mine. Only children 5 years of age and older are allowed on the tours. Please be sure to reserve your tour dates (June is the slowest and the best time to make a reservation) as they are very popular and fill up quickly. Reservations may be made online at or by leaving a message at 719-689-5509. The maximum on each tour is 13. The best way to reserve a mine tour is online at – online reservations receive first priority.
Cemetery Tours. Step back in time and learn about Victor’s 1890’s cemetery, its residents, and the history that brought them to the gold mining camp. These walking tours of the Sunnyside Cemetery are sponsored by the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and will be held two Saturdays of each month from June 9 through the end of September as weather permits. Remaining tour dates are July 14, 28, Aug, 11, 25, Sept. 8, 22.Local historians Veldean Myers and Alicia Petri will provide insights into the cemetery and its history. The event will be held at the Sunnyside Cemetery which is south of town on Seventh Street. Meet just outside the gate in Pauper’s Field by 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or at the museum at 298 Victor Ave. For more information, visit, email or call 719-689-5509.
 Love Your Libraries Fiesta. Join us at the 4th Annual Love Your Libraries Fiesta on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 11:00 – 2:00 pm. Support your local Libraries as we raise money for our All Decked Out fundraiser.
Hosted on the beautiful patio of Woodland Country Lodge, located at 723 W. US Hwy. 24, and featuring live music by Teller County’s own F-150 band. Cash bar and Fiesta Brunch menu available. So come out and support your Libraries where there is Something for Everyone.Tickets only $10 Available at Woodland Park and Florissant Libraries, Woodland Country Lodge and Gold Hill Wine and Liquor For information:  719-687-9281
Tickets for Ute Pass Mansion Tours Kick Off. The much anticipated tours of the historic Marigreen Pines Estate in Cascade will be held on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15. Ticket sales for the popular event have begun. The tours of the estate are hosted by the Ute Pass Historical Society. Marigreen Pines was the home of the Thomas Cusack family from 1895 until 1978. The tour includes their original home, Ellinor Cottage, as well as the elaborate Marigreen Pines mansion built in 1923. In 1978, Mrs. Anne Cusack Johnson stipulated that the mansion and grounds should be open for tours every three years for the benefit of the Ute Pass Historical Society. The tour is the biggest fundraiser for the non-profit group. Adult tickets are $25, and UPHS Patrons and groups of 10 or more are $20 per person. Tickets do sell out quickly, so get your order in soon!

For more information, call UPHS at 719.686.7512. Ticket order forms are also available at our website:
Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs
Music on the Labyrinth Series. On Saturday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m., First Christian Church at 16 E. Platte Avenue is presenting the next program in their summer Music on the Labyrinth series, featuring the Academy Jazz Ensemble, a full-sized big band with a love for jazz.  The program will be held outdoors on the labyrinth on the south side of the church, but will move indoors for inclement weather. You may bring a blanket or chair, or just sit on the labyrinth wall.  A free will offering will be taken. For more information, call 719-633-8888.