Labor Day Weekend: There’s A Lot Going on Up Here!
Yes, you’ve heard it before, how Labor Day Weekend marks the traditional “End of Summer.” But with everything going on this weekend in Leadville, you’d think that the festive summer season was just getting started! Leadville Today has rounded up the goings on for your Labor Day Weekend in The Cloud City. Have fun!
Things kick off tonight as the “Friday Nights in Leadville” series continues, this week in song! Kelli McCall will host a Song Circle event on Friday at 7 p.m. at St. George Church, 200 W. 4th Street. The music forum is free and open to anyone with or without singing ability. Song Circle involves learning and singing international melodies, often in rounds. The “Friday Nights in Leadville” cultural events are free and part of the summer’s Friday night series sponsored by Zuni Canyon Institute. For information call 719-486-1282.
Another option for live music will happen a bit later on tonight, and just a couple blocks east, on the corner of 4th and Harrison.
Head on over to The Scarlet Bar for some Rocky Mountain Twang with Jaime Wolfe and The Wranglers. They take the stage at 10 p.m. with some authentic “Honky Tonk” music from North West Arkansas.
Also, a quick check with the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad, found there is still room for tonight’s BBQ & Views Train Ride. This special evening ride departs at 4:30 with an award-winning BBQ feast and a trip to the end-of-the-line at Stork Curve. Please see the related story below.
On Saturday, Sept. 5 the Leadville Community Market (LCM) continues in downtown Leadville from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. So what can market-goers expect this week? How about Palisade peaches, squash and zucchini from Mountain View Fruit Farms, and organically grown farm fresh vegetables from Weathervane Farms in Buena Vista!? Plus the kids can enjoy a Saturday afternoon treat with the market’s fresh popped popcorn and cotton candy!
Tomorrow the market will also be celebrating National Library Month with Nancy Schloerke from the Lake County Public Library who will be signing people up for library cards.
Also as a community service, tomorrow the LCM will be hosting a shoe drive. New and gently worn shoes, boots, sandals and athletic shoes are welcome!
And if that’s not enough, market sponsor Independence Realty & Property Management will once again be offering a FREE BBQ with some live music by classic rockers 24 West from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. So, head on down to the Leadville Community Market on Saturdays – thru Sept. 19 – from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the parking lot of First Mountain Bank in historic downtown Leadville.
If you’re looking to get in some exercise on Saturday morning, then why not help out a local cause at the same time? Join the Lake County School District cross-country team for a fundraiser and fun run on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Colorado Mountain College (CMC). This low-key race starts at 11:30 a.m. and will follow the high school course. Registration is $20 and begins at 9 a.m. on the CMC soccer field. Maps will be available. All proceeds will benefit the cross-country program, and every participant will get a shirt.
Saturday night will be your last chance to see a show in the historic Tabor Opera House, possibly forever! Join other Leadville outdoor and environmental enthusiasts to watch 11 inspired short-films at the Cloud City Conservation Center’s (C4) Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The program begins at 6 p.m. with a reception (free beer), and shows start at 7 p.m., including such notable films as Delta Dawn, The Great Turning, The Ridge, and Brilliant Darkness. Tickets are $15 per person with discounts for C4 members. For ticket information and more details, visit the Tabor Opera House website.
On Sunday, Leadville will be host to the Rocky Mountain High-est Leadville Road Marathon and Half-Marathon. This is the sophomore year for the race which will start at the corner of 6th Street and Harrison Ave. at 9 a.m., then head west. Click for the FULL STORY.
Also on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 6 & 7, the Leadville Professional Firefighters Union, local #869 will be out collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) “Fill The Boot” Campaign, held annually on Labor Day Weekend. You’ll find the local crew from the Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue out on the corner of 6th and historic Harrison Avenue from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. both days, so be sure to have those bills (and coins – every bit helps!) ready to toss into the firefighter’s big black boot. All proceeds benefit MDA.
Any day is a good day to take advantage of the Top of The Rockies Zipline’s FALL SPECIAL: Book their 9:30 a.m. Prospector Zip Line Tour and enjoy a complimentary box lunch after your tour. Take in the incredible views from the deck at Base Camp with a delicious sandwich and dessert prepared by City on a Hill Restaurant & Coffee Shop in Leadville. Call for reservations or book online
Of course, it’s highly recommended that you visit the historic Tabor Opera House sometime this Labor Day Weekend: the final, very-well-could-close-its-doors-forever weekend. According to owner Bill Bland, Monday – Labor Day – September 7 will be the last day of the 2015 season and possibly forever, for this one-of-a-kind venue. However, this 3-day weekend, locals and visitors can still take advantage of the opera house’s self-guided tours, which run daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Tabor Opera House is located at 308 Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville.
So, there you have it, that’s what’s happening this Labor Day Weekend in Leadville! So whether you think of it as Summer’s last hurrah or the beginning of (hopefully!) an Indian Summer season, get out there and take it all in!
All Aboard for BBQ and Incredible Views on the Train
By Brennan Ruegg, Leadville Today Contributor
All Aboard! It’s the perfect time to ride the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad above it all. Tonight, September 4, the Leadville train departs for its Stork Curve/Climax Barbeque Tour for a sunset ride continuing several miles past the end of its daily line, to the top of Fremont Pass, including one-of-a-kind views of the Climax molybdenum mine. And there’s still room, so make plans for a relaxing evening with friends, family, or your sweetheart, as riders get a rare vantage point of this Rocky Mountain paradise, and a little history, compliments of the train’s conductor.
Most importantly come hungry because the dining car is stocked and flowing with award-winning, homemade BBQ sauce, pulled pork, coleslaw, tasty beverages, and fruits and vegetables of every color.
The Leadville railroad is one of only two of the 117-year-old rail lines that still run in the 21st century. It is a testament to Leadville’s reverence for history that they keep the railway alive and exciting, offering a chance to experience the region in a most authentic way. By the way, kids get a chance to meet the engineer, and maybe even pull the whistle!
Don’t miss this magic tour combining BBQ and incredible views; this is the last tour of its kind this season. Reserve a seat for tonight either online at www.leadville-train.com or by phone at (800) 861-3936 The train departs at 4:30 from the depot located at 326 E. 7th St. just up two blocks from Harrison Ave. Bring a camera, your appetite and some good company, for that All Aboard train whistle!
When not out on assignment, Leadville Today Contributor Brennan Ruegg can be found at The Grill dishing out Margaritas and Sopapillas, and singing songs you wished were forgotten.