“American Pickers” Clamor to Cloud City for Collectibles
The TV show “American Pickers” was in Leadville yesterday looking for a few good “honey holes” in The Cloud City. And it was “mission accomplished” by the time the snow from Sunday night’s first, in-town dusting had melted away.
That same snow delayed the crew’s arrival in town as their famous “Antique Archaeology” van got stuck in the snow on Independence Pass en route to Leadville.
One of the show’s local stops was the historic Tabor Opera House owned by Sharon and Bill Bland. As most local know, the Blands are in the process of selling the opera house, in addition to many items from the Furman Estate (Sharon’s Mother, Evelyn Furman passed away in 2011). The Blands had been in the process of an Estate Sale this summer, when word was out that “American Pickers” would be coming through Colorado and looking for a few good “honey holes,” a nickname given for “picks” that contain amazing objects.
“We figured that the show would be a good way to get the word out about the sale of the opera house,” said Sharon Bland. “Maybe someone would see the show, and be interested in buying the Tabor, and carrying on the renovation work Mother (and the Blands) started.”
For those who may not be familiar with the show, “American Pickers” is a documentary series airing on the History Channel which explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’. The high profile show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the US.
The show follows the pickers in their “Antique Archaeology” van, as they go on a mission in search of America’s most fascinating and valuable antiques – treasures that have been long forgotten in junkyards, barns and yes, even historic opera houses.
Once the crew arrived, the business of tv-making was underway, and there wasn’t much room for local media types who might spill the beans on what deals were leveraged on the historic stage. In fact, photos with the show’s two stars – Frank & Mike – were off limits. Guess, picking involves some pretty top-secret situations!
Fortunately, in today’s world of social media sharing, it didn’t take long for photos of the famous van and the show’s stars to start popping up online. Leadville Today has been sharing those on Facebook. Come, join the conversation!
The Colorado episode will air sometime next year and hopefully include some of the Leadville picks . Although for those who are familiar with the show, it might not come as much of a surprise to see a lot of footage of the Independence Pass debacle (did they call Danielle for help?) than what treasures may have been plucked from the bowels of the Tabor. Stay tuned to Leadville Today for scheduling details.
Pbville Racing Team Presents and Represents!
On Sunday Sept. 22, the Pbville Racing Team hosted their first Colorado High School Cycling League race: The Cloud City Challenge. A whooping 450 high school cyclists competed in the event held on the Colorado Mountain College, Timberline Campus’ trail system.Girls Rock & Ride! Stephanie Colton, Lara Lufkin, Aarika Johnson celebrate a good day of racing. Photo: Pbville Racing Team.
“We appreciate all of the help and support we received to be able to host a home race,” said Coach Stacy Kelly. “Leadville will be a venue for next year too. They loved the course, the venue, the central location for team travel.”Cain Gipson finishes 1st lap at Sunday’s Cloud City Challenge. Photo: Pbville Racing Team.
The event is a cross-country mountain biking race for 9th to 12th-graders and is part of a four-race series held by the Colorado High School Cycling League. The race series started in Granby, Colo. on Sept. 8; Leadville’s Cloud City Challenge last Sunday, Sept. 21 marked the second stop.
“We are so proud of our students and all of the hard work they have put in to having a successful race season,” stated Kelly.Congrats to Lara Lufkin finished 2nd in the varsity race. Photo: Pbville Racing Team.
Cycling teams with up to 30 riders compete from both private and public high schools. The next race in the series is in Elbert on Oct. 6. The season will wrap up at The Haymeadow Classic, the final race and state championship, to be held in Eagle on Oct. 20.
For more information about the race and the Colorado League, visit www.coloradomtb.org.