Latest News – July 24
Boomtown Music Festival in Lake County This Weekend
Have you heard the word? Maybe you’ve seen the small flyers up around town? Or perhaps the event has come up on your Facebook news feed?
There is a music festival going on this weekend in southern Lake County that could explode into the next big thing. The Boomtown “Beta Test” Music Festival is a three day “experimental” festival featuring local musicians, artists, and yoga! The whole thing is happening at the historic Smith-Parsons Ranch located several miles south of Leadville, off County Road 10 or what is more commonly known as Sure Pretty Drive.
“Our family ranch has owned and operated this hay ranch for 100 years, for three generations,” said Joseph Smith in an interview with Leadville Today. And while haying only takes place a few months of the year, the rest of the time the family spends enjoying the beauty which surrounds their private property at the foot of Colorado’s highest peak, Mt. Elbert.
“We decided that we wanted to share that with the greater community, because we find it to be one of the most beautiful places. And we want to open it up a little bit,” said Smith.
By “a little bit,” Smith means holding a three-day musical festival that will be capped at 300 attendees, this year.
“I’ve been going to music festivals for about six years now and it’s really changed my perspective on the world, the way that people treat each other,” explained Smith, referring to the way that “a temporary community influences human interaction.”
So from those experiences came the Boomtown “Beta Test” Music Festival. So why Beta Test? Well, by definition, beta testing is the last stage of testing; generally thought of as a test for a computer product prior to commercial release. In other words, if things go well this year, the event will become an annual Lake County event.
And even for a “beta test,” the Boomtown schedule of events is pretty impressive: 22 musical performances, yoga sessions, and artists displaying their creations. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online at the Boomtown Festival website, or you can also purchase them at the gate (cash only).
Admission includes on site camping. Rustic car camping sites and port-a-potties will be available on the private ranch land. No showers or electricity will be available. They can also accommodate RVs, but there are no hookups.
Of course, the event has gone through all of the necessary permitting processes and organizers will have a security detail in place as well.
“Lake County has been extremely helpful with the whole planning process,” said Smith. And yesterday county officials did visit the site to make sure all safety concerns and crowd control issues were addressed.
So there you have it, sounds like the base of Mt. Elbert is going to be the spot for great music and good times this weekend.
“Join us on the first step of our journey towards building a new festival venue and outdoor art gallery,” states the Boomtown website. “Our goal is to encourage creativity and expression in the local community while developing a unique venue in the Colorado high country!”
The Smith-Parsons Ranch is located at 1322 County Road 24A. Take Sure Pretty Drive south and follow the signs, turning off at County Road 24A. The Ranch will open at noon tomorrow, Friday, July 25 and will close at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 27.
The FREE Fun Continues this Friday in Leadville
Friday Nights in Leadville continue this Friday, July 25 with two plays will be presented in “Readers Theater” style at 7 p.m. at St. George Church, at W. 4th and Pine Streets.
“Dragons in Denver” is a lively adventure about a 12-year-old boy, a witch, a dragon and a unicorn. It stars Judy Cole, Ingrid Mager and Leadville youth performer Allie Collins. The play is written by Carol Bellhouse and directed by Susan Fladager.
The second presentation is titled, “Leaving,” and stars local actors Annie Livingston-Garrett and Ed Solder. In this play, tough times challenge a long-married couple. It was written and directed by Carol Bellhouse.
As always admission is free.
Come, Get “Happy” at this Friday’s Movie Night
Leadville Community Movie Night continues this Friday, July 25 with Despicable Me Too. Following on the success of the first movie, the sequel tag line surmises: “When the world needed a hero, they called a villain.”
Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. A secret laboratory in the Arctic Circle containing a powerful mutagen known as PX-41 is stolen by a mysterious vehicle using a huge magnet. The Anti-Villain League (AVL) tries to recruit former supervillain Gru to find out which evil person stole the lab, since he knows how villains work. And if that isn’t enough to grab you, this movie also contains the smash song hit, “Happy.”
The show starts at dusk, which is generally about 8 p.m. this time of year. The movie is FREE. Ice Palace Park is located north of the Mining Museum (E. 10th Street Entrance).
This series of movies is funded entirely with private donations from the community. Here’s a full line-up of this summer’s movies, as well as some information about how you can become a sponsor of this great community event: INFO.