Mountain Almanac for the Week of August 31

Tuesday, Aug. 31

Second Annual High Country Best Burger Showdown, sponsored by TMJ News, is winding to a conclusion, with voting available at

Wednesday, Sept. 1

Wellness Walk. Scheduled for Sept. 1 at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Meet at the lower level and choose a one, two or three-mile hike. Maps are available. Healthy living tips and mindfulness exercises to enhance your walk. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. Free admission.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the CC Council Chambers

Thursday, Sept. 2

Gallop in the Garden. This is a 5K Fun Run/Jog/Walk in Garden of the Gods Park on Sept. 2 at 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Free admission.

The Woodland Park City Council will meet on  Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, next to city hall.  The meeting is available  for in-person attendance and on Zoom.

  Friday, Sept. 3

Final weeks of Farmers Market. Our Vendors come from all over Colorado and provide a variety of products to choose from. Including, Colorado fruits and vegetables, fresh baked bread, honey, coffee, food trucks, and more. We have space for 100 vendors, providing a large variety of products. Held every Friday through Sept. 24 at N. Center Street, next to Memorial Park, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 719-400-9986.

Tee-off Time.  The Shining Mountain Golf Course is open for daily play for the 2021 season, and the course is in great condition. Check out some of the prime charity events and tournaments. In addition, the clubhouse bar is open, along with the driving range and chipping area. In addition, the restaurant is now open on a limited basis from Wednesday through Sunday, with special dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Call 719-687-7587 for more information.

Live Music and Performances.  Held every Friday evening in the patio area of the Painted Bear gift shop in Green Mountain Falls.

Saturday, Sept. 4

Labor Day weekend festivals. Several key events will occur this weekend, as the summer reaches a grand finale, such as a Cowboy Music and Poetry event at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, sponsored by a Colorado chapter of the International Western Music Association, and the annual Victor Celebrates The Arts. See related article in this week’s TMJ for more details.

Cemetery Tours. Step back in time and learn about Victor’s 1890’s cemetery, its resident politicians, pioneers, and families, and the history that brought them to the gold mining camp. This event is sponsored by the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and will be held on select Saturdays, June through September. The remaining tours are scheduled for Sept. 4 and Sept. 18 Local historian Veldean Myers will provide insights into the cemetery, its history and some of the residents who made up the human element of the gold rush. 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 1 p.m. For more information, call 719-689-5509.

Final Gold Camp Trolley Tours. The Gold Camp Victorian Society will present again the Original Historical Gold Camp Trolley Tours. The tours  continue every Saturday through Labor Day weekend. Each tour starts at 1 p.m. from the District Museum in Cripple Creek. These 90-minute tours are led by our Victorian hostesses and feature many of the characters from Cripple Creek’s storied history, as depicted by members of the Gold Camp Victorian Society. Please join us for the only historical trolley tour in Cripple Creek. A donation of $10 is requested. These tours are fun for the whole family. Space is limited, so arrive early to reserve your seat.

 I Ought To Be In Pictures. Featured at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek on select times Thursday through Sundays in August, and continuing through Sept. 18. This is a Neil Simon comedy-drama, later made into a film with Walter Matthau & Ann-Margaret, that revolves around a struggling screenwriter suffering from writer’s-block. This is Neil Simon at his best which will have you laughing one minute and choked up with emotion the next. For more information, and to make reservations, call 719-689-6402.

Monday, Sept. 6

Pancake Breakfast. The Mountain Communities Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual Pancake Breakfast on Labor Day Monday, September 6, from 7 to 11:30 AM at the Mountain Communities Fire Department Station 2, 15000 Westcreek Drive.  (Exit Highway 67 at Abbey Ave (mile 91) then turn left onto Westcreek Drive. We are approximately 15 miles North of Woodland Park). The festivities include best breakfast in town, Silent auction featuring items from local vendors and artisans; Meet & greet with MCVFD members and Smokey Bear and Tour of the trucks. For more information, call 303-647-2361.


Nine/Eleven Tribute.  The annual Nine/Eleven Memorial Ceremony, in honor of those who died from the terrorism attacks 20 years ago in New York City and Washington D.C., will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. in Lions Park in Woodland Park. The event features speeches and tributes from leaders of several veteran organizations in the region and from key elected officials. It is a highly emotional ceremony.  The public is invited.

Cruise Above the Clouds. The Cruise Above the Clouds car show is scheduled for Sept. 11 in Woodland Park at Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s festival is a one-day event in Woodland Park. In the past, the event has attracted several hundred cars, and rates as one of the most popular festivals of the year. For more information, visit the Cruise Above the Clouds website.


Woodland Park Senior Center Car Show Pancake Breakfast – Car Show Pancake Breakfast at the Woodland Park Senior Center, SE corner of Pine Street and Lake Avenue on Saturday, September 11 from 7 to 11 a.m. For a breakfast guaranteed to keep you going throughout the Car Show day, fill up with all you can eat fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit and the best biscuits and gravy around! Your home town seniors will be flipping pancakes and scrambling eggs, to be served up with juice and coffee or hot tea for only $8. Kids 6 and under eat for $2. Our open to the public event helps to support the programs and activities of the Woodland Park Senior Center.


Mt. Pisgah Speaks, Cemetery Tours. Scheduled for Sept. 18-19.  Features historic tours of the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery and some of its famous inhabitants, by members of the Victorian Society.  For more information, see