Renaissance in Ice, Pearl’s Follies, Teddy Roosevelt & More!

Join us in celebrating Cripple Creek’s 11th annual Ice Festival!
This year’s theme is “Renaissance in Ice,” and feel free to dress the part.

The Ice Festival runs for two weekends beginning this weekend. And although there won’t be organized events during the week, the ice carving and completed ice sculptures will be available for viewing, sliding and photo ops. For more information, visit the City of Cripple Creek’s Events page.

The Ice has arrived!

For those of you who live and/or work in Cripple Creek, here are road closure details from the City of Cripple Creek:

Ice Fest will be taking place from Friday, February 9th-Sunday, February 11th and Friday, February 16th-Sunday, February 18th.  This year the theme is “Renaissance in Ice”. We have 5 carving teams and we are encouraging everyone to dress in their Renaissance best!

Road closures will begin at 6:00am on Tuesday, February 6th to accommodate ice delivery and carving.

Here is the schedule of road closures…..

1st and Bennett to 3rd and Bennett:  February 6th – March 1st
2nd from Myers/Masonic to Carr:  February 6th – February 20th
1st and Bennett to 5th and Bennett, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th from Myers/Masonic to Carr: February 9th-11th and 16th-18th

There will be access to the Aspen Mine Center throughout the event.
There will be access to the Bronco Billy’s parking lot between the two weekends and after February 19th.
Carving will begin the evening of Tuesday, February 6th or the morning of Wednesday, February 7th.
Vendors will begin set up on Friday, February 9th.
There will be food, drinks, live bands and shopping! Please come join us for the festivities.


How about spending some time with “Teddy Roosevelt?”

Teddy Roosevelt speaks on the Antiquities Act. The event includes a bully reception. Vice-presidential nominee Teddy Roosevelt visited Victor in September of 1900. The Rough Rider was run out of town by an angry mob but returned later to accept apologies and to speak at Victor’s Gold Coin Club.


President’s Day special – Preservation of Our Natural Wonders – Don Moon will portray Roosevelt at the Gold Coin Club.
When: Saturday, Feb. 17. Noon reception, 1 p.m. presentation.
Where: Gold Coin Club, Diamond Ave., Victor, Colorado.
Tickets: On sale now – $20 per person fundraiser for the museum; includes a bully reception and presentation. Advance reservations highly recommended – maximum of 50 tickets will be sold. More info & reservations


Learn about Cripple Creek!

All of the Cripple Creek museums will be open both weekends of Ice Fest.  The District and Old Homestead House will be open 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. both Saturdays and Sundays.

The Heritage Center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The Jail Museum will be open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The Jail Museum will be offering FREE ADMISSION on February 10, 11, 17 and 18.


Pearl’s Follies

Mark your calendar for Pearl’s Follies on March 3rd.  The 20th Annual Pearl’s Follies is a fun-filled event to raise money for the Old Homestead House Museum. Named for Madame Pearl DeVere, the event provides an evening of entertainment, food, and silent auction. Come out for some fun and support a worthy cause-Historic Preservation at its finest!  Click here for details.



Victor Celebrates The Arts

Victor Celebrates the Arts

Looking for something unique to do on the LABOR DAY WEEKEND? Try VICTOR CELEBRATES THE ARTS! A treat is in store for gamblers, history buffs, art lovers, families, and tourists at the 18h annual en Plein Air art show and sale in Victor. Dozens of artists from around the country gather to capture the lively, authentic 1890’s gold mining community. The magnificent scenery of the Sangre de Christo Range lends inspiration as well.

Hundreds of paintings are created on location within 10 miles of the Victor City Hall during the week prior to Labor Day. Artists will seek out new and interesting sites in Victor as well as Cripple Creek this year. The artists look forward to visiting the numerous shops and casinos who have donated gifts and free passes to be given out at the Artists Reception. A new feature added to the Labor Day Quick Draw, Monday Sept 5 is live music to be played while the artists paint in Wallace Park.

This popular show and sale is at the Elks Hall Ballroom, 3rd and Diamond, Sept. 2-3 , (9-5) and Labor Day, Sept 4 (9-1). The free event opens 9 am. Watch artists paint on Victor streets Aug 18 thru-Sept 1 prior to the show. Additional at events include the BRUSH RUSH timed competition, Sun. Sept 3 9am-noon. The Wallace Park QUICK DRAW and SELL , Mon. Sept. 4, 9am-noon features artists painting vignettes in a timed event (public applause determines the $100 winner). Chuck wagon vittles, live music and bin artwork for sale as well. Colorado gold mining history, antique shops, unique stores, museums and restaurants all add to the fun.

Victor is located 1 hr. west of Colorado Springs, and 5 mi south of Cripple Creek. An invitation to the private PURCHASE PATRON PARTY, Fri. Sept will be sent upon request . Info at 719-689-5836 or 303-781-2643 for information.

Submitted by: Marilyn Fay

Spooktacular Halloween Events at Parks & Rec!

Spooktacular Halloween Events at Parks & Rec!

CCPR Boozaar AmbulanceCCPR Boozaar Ambulance

CCPR Boozaar AmbulanceCCPR Boozaar Ambulance

This year’s BOOzaar will be a creepy carnival theme, with lots of circus fair worthy games! Instead of on Halloween, this year the event will be Friday, October 28th.  As always, tickets will be .25 each, and games will range from .25-$2 with toys and/or candy as prizes. The Creepy Café offers sweets, but also easy dinner foods so your little monsters and ghouls can fill their bellies with more than just sugar.

Booths will be run by staff and non-profit organizations – ticket sales gathered by each booth will go towards that non-profit’s fundraising efforts! Any donations made to Parks & Rec will help fund scholarships, which go towards kids attending classes like Kido4Kids, playing on sports teams like basketball or soccer, or having fun at Kids Rock University!

CCPR fishbowl

CCPR fishbowl

This year we’ll have again the Fish Pond, Cake Walk, Minion Toss, plus many new, fun games! We’re doing a new version of Plinko offering some wacky twists that will definitely make you think you’re at a crazy carnival. Practice your aiming skills with various shooting and throwing games that will remind you of winning prizes all the way down the midway. For the little ones, we’ll have a section of adventures better fitted to their size. They’re more than welcome to play any game they like, they just might find these easier and more fun!

Cripple Creek Parks & Rec Boozar

Cripple Creek Parks & Rec Boozar

You’ll have another chance to dress up your sweet princesses and strong superheroes. On Halloween night, we’ll have our annual Trunk or Treat and a Costume Contest with prizes for best dressed of each! The Costume Contest starts at 5:30pm, with the last entry taken at 6pm – the winner will be announced at 6:15pm, leaving plenty of time to trunk or treat! Trunk or Treat also begins at 5:30pm, ending at 7:30pm. We would love to have you costumed with a well decorated trunk and store bought treats to hand out. The best decorated trunk will be awarded a Hotel Stay & Dinner for Two from Century Casino, including one night, breakfast, and $30 off lunch or dinner at Mid City Grill.


Cripple Creek Parks & Rec

District Museum flanked by Aspen gold.

Aspen Gold in Cripple Creek

The City of Cripple Creek invites visitors in search of gold – Aspen Gold!

Gold Season in Cripple Creek

Gold Season in Cripple Creek (Photo Credit: Anita Braun)

– to come to the mountains surrounding Cripple Creek in celebrating the golden colors of the aspen trees at Cripple Creek’s First Annual Big Aspen Happnin’ Fall Festival September 24 and 25. The festival weekend is entirely free to the public.

The Big Aspen Happnin’ is a family fall festival featuring a massive inflatable 70-foot slide, challenging 150-foot obstacle course, rock climbing wall, bounce houses, Live Music, Beer Garden and Street Vendors – all free and all on the world famous, historic Bennett Avenue.
And Cripple Creek has partnered with the Western Music Association-Colorado Chapter who will present the 2016 Pikes Peak Cowboy Gathering featuring authentic Western Music and Cowboy Poetry performances on stage at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center, plus a silent auction to benefit the Western Music Association.

Live Performance Painter, Michael Potts will be on the main festival stage to create one-of-a kind original paintings to the tune of live music entertainment.

A photo contest will give visitors an opportunity to display their talents and share photographs taken of the incredible aspen scenes in the mountains surrounding Cripple Creek. One of the top driving routes to view aspens runs down Colorado 67, south of Highway 24 and continues directly through downtown Cripple Creek’s Bennett Avenue.

In partnership with the Big Aspen Happenin,’ the Western Music Association – Colorado Chapter will hold its Pikes Peak Cowboy Gathering during that same weekend, bringing the art of Western Music and Cowboy Poetry to the stage.

Opening the festival on Saturday at 11 a.m. will be the presentation of the song “Aspen Gold” written in honor of the festival and to benefit the Western Music Association, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of western music and heritage.

You can listen to “Aspen Gold” here:

There will be live Western Music performances by award-winning artists on the Festival Stage at various intervals between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The Pikes Peak Cowboy Gathering will re-group at the Pikes Peak Heritage Center for two special performances at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday begins with Cowboy Church at 9 a.m. at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center with more live performances on the festival stage from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.on Sunday.

The Big Aspen Happenin’ Fall Festival and the Pikes Peak Cowboy Gathering are free to the public.

The search for gold in Cripple Creek during the late 1800s and early 1900s drew thousands of prospectors to the “World’s Greatest Gold Camp” over 100 years ago. Visitors now come to the area seeking a different kind of gold – Aspen Gold – the golden spectacle of aspen trees while in their full fall glory.

The glorious brilliance of the aspen tree against a backdrop of evergreens and crystal clear blue skies in the Colorado Rocky Mountains has visitors making a yearly pilgrimage to view the aspen’s golden, leafy splendor. Traditionally, the best time to view the peak of aspen gold is the final weekend of September, and the mountain town has chosen September 24-25 as the dates for the Big Aspen Happnin’.
For more information and the Big Aspen Happnin’ fall festival event schedule of activities visit
Go to for the Pikes Peak Cowboy Gathering show schedule featuring award- winning Western Musicians and Cowboy Poets and to view silent auction items.

Author: Sonja Oliver

Greatest Gold Camp On Earth 2016

“Greatest Gold Camp on Earth” Event This Saturday!

Greatest Gold Camp on Earth Event to Benefit Cripple Creek District Museum

Greatest Gold Camp On Earth 2016

Gold Camp Victorian Society performers to be featured at Gold Bar Theater Aug. 27 

Experience Cripple Creek’s past through historic personalities whose lives were intertwined with the thriving city at the “Greatest Gold Camp on Earth” a fundraising event to be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 at the Gold Bar Theater downstairs of The Imperial Hotel located at 123 N Third Street. 

Known as the “World’s Greatest Gold Camp,” the Cripple Creek Mining District has its roots in ranching, mining and railroad history.

The performance will feature Gold Camp Victorian Society (GCVS) members who will portray the lives of people, once a part of the fabric that formed the Cripple Creek Mining District during its turn-of-the century heyday.

Historic re-enactments of well-known Cripple Creek personalities include Leo Kolman as Winfield Scott Stratton, Rob Johnson as Johnnie Nolan, Linda Johnson as Adeline Hornbek, Hedy Boyce as Doc Susie and Cheryl Steen as Mollie O’Brian. A very special new performance by Steve Smith and Pat Lewis will be introduced and Debbie Martin will make her debut as Pearl Devere, Colorado’s most beloved madam.

Debbie Martin, a.k.a. the “Silver Haired Goddess,” will be performing an eclectic blend of vocal selections during the cocktail hour at 6 p.m and during intermission. Greg Lowry will act as Master of Ceremony for the event. Gold Camp Victorian Society members will be on hand during a meet and greet at Cripple Creek’s historic Imperial Hotel from 6-7 p.m. with live entertainment on stage at the Gold Bar Theater beginning 7 p.m.

The event also includes a presentation made by the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Co. representative Dave Martinek who will present an update on the mine’s operations and recent activities.

Purchased in 2015 from AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. for $820 million in cash, Greenwood Village-based Newmont Mining Corp. is one of the world’s largest gold producers, with operations in Nevada, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, Peru, Suriname and Indonesia. Read more about Newmont Mining Corp.

Museum Director Richard Tremayne said proceeds from the event will benefit the District Museum, lauded as one of the top ten museums in the West by True West magazine. For ticket information call (719)689-9540 or purchase your ticket from the District Museum Gift Shop. Tickets are also available from Gold Camp Victorian Society Members. Tickets are $10 each.


Since 1999, the Gold Camp Victorian Society has been dedicated to the preservation of the history of Cripple Creek, Colorado and surrounding areas.

The society seeks to safeguard the heritage of the lifestyles and accomplishments of the early day residents who created and enriched the community.
Through research of individual lives from over one hundred years ago, GCVS activities support on-going efforts to preserve the historical culture of Cripple Creek, presenting skits at local schools and by providing ambiance to numerous area festivals and events. Find out more about the Gold Camp Victorian Society.


Named as one of the top ten Western museums in the country and touted for its authenticity, the Cripple Creek District Museum is in its 65th year, working to preserve the history of Cripple Creek.

Visitors can browse through five historic buildings – the 1893 Colorado Trading and Transfer Building, the 1895 Midland Terminal Railroad Depot, and a turn-of-the-century Assay Office, plus two cabins. The museum recently added a new wing, dedicated to preserve the railroad industry which was so vital to Cripple Creek when the city boasted a population of more than 50,000.

A self-guided tour of the museum includes exhibits of railroad history, mining memorabilia, maps, paintings, glass and china, children’s items, furnishings, a photograph gallery, Native American artifacts, mineral displays, two Victorian apartments and two turn-of-the century cabins.

The French Blanche Le Coq cabin was the actual residence of a woman who lived at one of the mining camps during the gold rush and the cabin has been furnished to be historically accurate and to reflect her lifestyle. The second cabin has been furnished to represent the living space of a miner during the gold rush days.

The Cripple Creek District Museum is located at 5th Street and Bennett Avenue and is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days a week through October 1. The museum will be open every weekend through Christmas during its winter season and will be open for special events such as Winter Wonderland and Ice Festival. For more information on upcoming museum events, click here.


By Sonja Oliver
(with a few tweaks by Anita Braun)

Donkey Derby Days Are Here!

Donkey Derby Days is This Weekend!
Come Up And Check Out Our ASSets!

Donkey Parking

Donkey Parking. Photo Credit: Clyde Byers


The 85th annual donkey Derby Days is this weekend, June 24th to June 26th. Lots of fun to be had all weekend! There will be donkey races, live entertainment, a petting zoo, donkey rides, a parade, pancake breakfast and more. Donkey Derby Days is a free two – day event and fun for the entire family! See the Schedule of Events listing below.

Bennett Avenue will be lined with vendors offering products and services, but be sure to check out the gift shops along Bennett Avenue as well. The owners are all locals and can answer just about any question you have about the area, as well as offer up unique shopping experiences.

Road Closures.

  • Bennett from 5thto 1st will be closed Friday June 24th 6am- Sun. June 26th 6pm
  • Bennett from 1stto “A” street will be closed Friday June 24th 5pm-Sun. June 26th  6pm
  • Bennett from “A” to “C” streets will be closed for the parade on Saturday June 25th from 9am-1pm
  • Side streets to Carr and to Masonic/Myers will also be closed to through traffic along the above specified routes.
  • The detour will be “C” Street to Masonic/Myers to 5thstreet
  • Vendors will begin setting up on Bennett Friday morning at 9 am.

Donkey Derby Days – Schedule of Events

Please register for Donkey Races at the Information Booth

Friday, June 24th

6:00pm-10:00pm – Friday Night Street Dance Featuring Exit West – Beer Garden Open

7:00pm – OPENING NIGHT!!! “Darling of the Donkey Derby”
– Melodrama at the Butte Theater

Saturday, June 25th

7:00am – Pancake Breakfast at Cripple Creek Fire Station

8:00am – Two Mile High Club Booth Opens
Information Booth Opens
Petting Zoo at District Museum Opens

9:30am-11:00am – 4th Infantry Division Band – West Stage

10:00am – “Big Ass Challenge” Media Race – Double Eagle to 2nd St.
Donkey Rides Begin – Near Aspen Mine Center
Kids Activities at the Park
Parade Check In – Jail Museum

10:30am – Kids Donkey Race – Aspen Mine Center to 2nd St.

11:00am – Beer Gardens Open

11:30am – Best Beard Contest – East Stage

12:00pm – Parade

1:00pm – Donkey Calling Contest – East Stage
“Darling of the Donkey Derby” – Melodrama at the Butte Theater

1:30pm – Draw for Donkey Derby Race – West Stage
Announce Parade Awards – West Stage

1:45pm – Western Shootout Gun Skit – West Stage

2:00pm – Donkey Derby Race – Jail Museum to District Museum

3:00pm – Announce Donkey Derby Race Awards – West Stage

3:00pm-6:00pm – BJ Estares and Route 61 Blues – East Stage

6:00pm – Two Mile High Club Booth Closes

6:00pm-10:00pm – Saturday Night Street Dance Featuring Sandy Wells – West Stage

7:00pm – “Darling of the Donkey Derby” – Melodrama at the Butte Theater

10:00pm – Beer Gardens Close

Sunday, June 26th

7:00am – Pancake Breakfast at Cripple Creek Fire Station

8:00am – Two Mile High Club Booth Opens
Information Booth Opens
Petting Zoo at District Museum Opens

10:00am – Donkey Rides Begin – Near Aspen Mine Center
Kids Activities at the Park

10:30am – Kids Donkey Race – Aspen Mine Center to 2nd St.

11:00am – Donkey Calling Contest – East Stage
Beer Gardens Open

11:30am – Dog Show – West Stage

12:00pm-2:00pm – Wild Blue Country (Air Force Band) – East Stage

1:00pm – Draw for Donkey Derby Race – West Stage
“Darling of the Donkey Derby” – Melodrama at the Butte Theater

1:30pm – Donkey Derby Race – Jail Museum to District Museum

2:00pm – Best Beard Contest – East Stage

3:00pm – Businessmen’s Donkey Race – District Museum to 2nd St.

3:30pm – Announce Donkey Derby Race & Businessmen’s Race Winners

5:00pm – Two Mile High Club Booth Closes
Information Booth Closes
Beer Gardens Close

Make plans now to escape the heat and come to up to Cripple Creek…where it’s always cooler!

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