Mountain Almanac for the Week of November 22

Tuesday, Nov. 22

The Green Mountain Falls Planning Commission will meet on Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the GMF Town Hall. The  meeting will be available in-person and on Zoom.

Wednesday, Nov. 23

Aspen Mine Community Thanksgiving Dinner. This annual event, which attracts many people in the community, especially from southern Teller, is scheduled for Nov. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  It will be held at the Aspen Mine Center East facility (the old Aspen Mine Center).

Thursday, Nov. 24

Happy Thanksgiving from TMJ.

Office Closures.  Most government offices are closed for both Thanksgiving and for the following day, Nov. 25.

Thanksgiving meals. If  you don’t have turkey plans, check out some of the options at area restaurants and casinos, like the Mucky Duck in Green Mountain Falls. Several casinos also offer great Thanksgiving feasts.  Just make reservations prior to your outings.

Friday, Nov. 25

Debut of Wizard of Oz, Colorado and a new Christmas Olio. Featured at the Butte Theater for select times from Nov. 25 to Dec. 31. This is a New Holiday play by Chris Sorensen, loosely based on L. Frank Baum’s OZ stories. It is December in Cripple Creek, 1899. Before the holiday break, Dorothy Gunnison, a young schoolteacher, invites famed genius Nikola Telsa to speak to her class. But while demonstrating one of his inventions (the N.T.M.), Telsa accidentally sends Dorothy through a time twister to the LAND OF OZ. There, with the assistance of a certain scarecrow, tin man, and lion, she must find a way to return to Cripple Creek before Christmas is cancelled. Followed by TATC’s famous Christmas Olio. For more information, call 719-689-6402 or check the Butte Theater’s website for reservations.

Saturday Nov. 26

 Mountain Arts Holiday Show and Sale. The annual Mountain Arts Holiday Show and Sale is scheduled for Saturday, November 26, at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, 9am to 4pm. Free admission Members of the Mountain Artists will showcase acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings, photography, cards, prints, wood working, jewelry, and more! There will be a drawing for a $10 coupon every half hour which the winner can spend with any of the Mountain Artists.  For more information, visit


23rd Annual Holiday Headframe Lighting. The giant headframes that are the remains of 1890’s gold mining days will again light up the night sky around Victor and Cripple Creek again this holiday season. These unique mining structures are one-of-a-kind remnants of the gold rush era. This marks the 23rd anniversary of the event. Holiday ornaments, some as large as 20 feet tall, will be lit against the starry night skies of the Victor and Cripple Creek starting Saturday, Nov. 26. Everything from a Christmas wreath to a snowman and a toy soldier will be on display this year. A self-guided driving tour map will be available at the Cripple Creek District Museum, Cripple Creek Heritage Center, Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, and online at  The lights will be best viewed after dark and will be in place Friday through Sunday nights through New Year’s Day, weather/safety and volunteers permitting. Between Christmas Eve and New Year’s, weather allowing, the lights will be on nightly. More information and maps are at

Sunday, Nov. 27

Artists Sunday. Scheduled for Nov. 27 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and This is the second annual Artists Sunday event in Woodland Park and it is hosted by Reserve Our Gallery at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Artists set up, provide demonstrations, and showcase their work. Original art is for sale along with prints, cards and other after-market products. Local potter, Wendy Iaconis will attend with her horsehair pottery and more. You can stroll around the Cultural Center to see beautiful art while listening to music and eating great food. The Coffee Cottage and the famous Brenda’s Tamales will be in attendance. A bakery is also on hand to provide freshly baked goods. A variety of activities are scheduled. For  more information call Gayle Gross at 719-233-9902.


Tweeds Holiday Home Tour/Sounds of the Season.  Scheduled on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a variety of locations. Our Mission is to raise funds for the Greater Teller County nonprofit organizations that foster art, culture, human services, environmental stewardship or sports and recreation. The 2022 Beneficiaries this year are Friends of Mueller State Park; HtN – Hope Lives Here; Woodland Park Farmers Market and Woodland Park Senior Organization.  Revenues will be generated by producing an impressive, high quality tour event that positively showcases the Greater Teller County area and its talents, creativity and community commitment. Tickets may be purchased online or at Tweeds Furnishings. For more information, call Karolyn Smith at 719-661-7377.  See related information regarding this event in this week’s TMJ.

The Lighter Side of Christmas Parade, an annual event that culminates a variety of Yuletide events in the City Above the Clouds, will be held on Dec. 3 in downtown Woodland Park, at 6 p.m.

Swing Factory Christmas Concert.  This free concert is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.  The scheduled includes a 6 p.m. reception with Christmas cookies and wine; a 7 p.m. Christmas jazz show.  For detailed information visit

Woodland Park Wind Symphony Christmas Concert. Scheduled for Dec. 11 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.  Two performances – reservations required will be held at  4 pm and 6:30 pm.  This is a free concert with a  cash bar and Christmas cookies before each performance.  For reservations and detailed information visit