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.

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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

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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.

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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.

 

 

Bennett Ave at night

Ice Fest Road Closures

From City of Cripple Creek Events

Cripple Creek Ice Festival 2013

This year’s theme is “Safari in Ice”. We have 5 carving teams and more ice than ever before!

Ice Fest will be taking place Saturday, February 11th-Sunday, February 12th and Saturday, February 18th-Sunday, February 19th.    

Road closures will begin at 6:00am on Wednesday, February 8th to accommodate ice delivery and carving.

Here is the schedule of road closures….. 

1st and Bennett to 3rd and Bennett, 2nd from Myers/Masonic to Carr:  Feb. 8th – Feb. 28th 

1st and Bennett to 5th and Bennett, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th from Myers/Masonic to Carr: Feb. 10th-12th – 17th-19th 

There will be access to the Aspen Mine Center and the Bronco Billy’s Parking Lot on Bennett Ave. 

Carving will begin the evening of Wednesday, February 8th.   Vendors will begin set up on Friday, February 10th

There will be food, drinks, live bands and shopping! Please come join us for the festivities. 

Thank you all for your assistance and cooperation.  We are looking forward to this being a great event!

Join us for the 9th Annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival! It’s Free!

Cripple Creek Ice Festival 2016

Cripple Creek Ice Festival 2013

ice Delivery

Each February, ice carvers transform Bennett Avenue into a ice sculpture extravaganza! Come be amazed at what’s hidden in a block of ice, that only an ice artist has the vision to see and expose. Each year’s festival comes together around a specific theme; past years have included Cartoons In Ice, Medieval, Story Time and Mythological. This year’s theme is: The Old West “How the West was Carved.”

The ice sculptures are lit with colored lights at night and are a beautiful sight to see.

There will be music, dancing and a liquor luge.

You’ll find many unique items in each of Cripple Creek’s shops along Bennett Avenue, so set aside some time to shop.

There are always fun interactive ice sculptures for the kids too; an ice slide, maze and sculptures that make wonderful backdrops for a great photo opportunity.

What You Need To Know

Where: Cripple Creek, Colorado

When: February 13,14,15 and February 20 & 21
(Although it’s billed as a two weekend event, the ice sculptures remain on Bennett Avenue from the beginning of the carving to whenever the weather renders them unsafe and the city Public Works Department clears them off of Bennett Avenue. So you may be able to see them any day of the week up through the end of February. (The vendor booths and the ice bar/liquor luge may not be open during the week.) 

Parking: Most of Bennett Avenue will be closed during this event, but parking is available in casino lots and parking garages, some side streets and there will be free parking at the Heritage Center as you start your descent into the city. City shuttles will bring you from the Heritage Center into the city.

Road closures: Bennett Avenue will be closed starting at 6:00am on Tuesday, February 9th to accommodate ice delivery and carving.

Additional road closures are as follows:

2nd and Bennett to 3rd and Bennett, 2nd from Myers/Masonic to Carr: Feb.9th – March 1st.
2nd and Bennett to 5th and Bennett, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th from Myers/Masonic to Carr: Feb. 12th-Feb. 15th and Feb. 20th-Feb. 21st.

Carving will begin the evening of Tuesday, February 9th or the morning of Wednesday, February 10th.

Vendors will begin set up on Friday, February 12th.

Attire: Remember to bring sweaters, jackets, gloves, etc. You may be coming from a location that is “relatively warm” for this time of year, but it’s always different in the mountains at 9,494 feet. If the sun goes behind the clouds, it’s cold.   If the wind blows, it’s cold. When the sun goes down for the day, it’s cold! Bottom line, it can get pretty cold up here-dress accordingly.

Band Schedule

Saturday, February 13th
Sandy Wells 12pm-4pm
Wheelhouse 6pm-10pm

Sunday, February 14th
(Valentine’s Day in case you needed a reminder)
Wheelhouse 12pm-4pm
Trademark Infringement (TMI) 6pm-10pm

Monday, February 15th
Trademark Infringement (TMI) 12pm-4pm

Saturday, February 20th
Exit West 12pm-4pm
Southernbelle 6pm-10pm

Sunday, February 21st
Exit West 12pm-4pm

Cost: Free!   So grab your friends and family and come on up for some fun in the “Old West!”

Ice Sculpture

Ice, Ice, Baby!

Come To The Ice Festival!

Huge blocks of crystal clear ice? Check. Chain saw? Check. Die Grinder? Check.
Talented ice carvers who know how to use these tools to create frozen masterpieces? Check.
They’re all in Cripple Creek, Colorado this weekend and next.

Cripple Creek Ice Festival 2013

ice carver hard at work.

In years past, ice sculptures featured at the annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival were based on various themes. Last year it was “Cartoons in Ice,” 2013 was “Mythological Wonderland,” this year it’s “Ice Carvers Choice.” It will be interesting to see the sculptor’s visions come to “life” as they create from their very blank ice canvases.

Cripple Creek’s 8th annual Ice Festival begins this Friday, February 13th.
Event dates are: Feb 13th-15th and again on Feb 21st -22nd. This event is FREE! 

Ice Slide

Ice Slide.

 

As always, there will be interactive ice creations for children to climb on or in. Bring your camera to capture and share the fun! (The ice sculptures will be available for viewing during the week as well, though other events/activities are limited to the weekends. Click the link at the bottom of this article for those details.)

Three of the Cripple Creek Donkeys

Three of the Cripple Creek Donkeys

The Cripple Creek Donkeys will be available for viewing, pictures, and petting in a corral on the southside of Bennett Avenue in the 300 block, right next to the Wild Horse Walkway.

Shopping
Be sure to take some time out to shop at the local stores along Bennett Avenue and bring home a fun souvenir or treat. Most of the shops carry items you won’t find anywhere else.   Remember, Valentine’s Day is Saturday, so if you’ve waited until the last minute to pick up something for your Valentine, the local stores have you covered!

Where are the public restrooms? There will be portable restrooms on 2nd Street and Bennett Avenue near the tent and food vendors, but if the temps are low, that may not sound like a fun thing to do, so where else can you go?

There are public restrooms:

  • Behind the Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is at the end of Bennett Avenue, just past the Double Eagle Casino, right next to the District Museum.
  • There are restrooms at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation in the 100 block of Bennett Avenue across from the Cripple Creek Fire Station.

Why did I include a restroom section? As a local shop owner, parents often ask us, as a child stands nearby doing the “p-p” dance, where the nearest restroom is. Keep in mind that most of the gift shops do not have public restrooms. Although all of the casinos have restrooms, gambling laws prohibit anyone under the age of 21 on the gaming floors. They all also have restaurants and children are allowed, however, whenever you cross the casino floor with a child, keep moving until you reach the restaurant or the restroom. Tip: The restrooms in most casinos are at the back of the casino.

Looney Tunes-Cartoons in Ice 2014

Looney Tunes-Cartoons in Ice 2014

Dress in layers or bring extra clothes. It may be nice and warm at the lower elevations, but at 9,494 feet, it’s likely to be considerably cooler, and there may be a breeze or even wind. Please come prepared with warm clothing for all members of your group.

Logistics

Street Closures & Parking Information from Pat Martin, City of Cripple Creek Events Coordinator

Tuesday, February 10th: the 200 block of Bennett Avenue is closed to through-traffic from 2nd Street to 3rd Street, and will remain closed through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27th. If the ice sculptures remain structurally sound, they will remain on display until Tuesday, March 4th.

2nd Street (Highway 67) will close on February 12th and will remain closed through the 24th of February for the placement of the event tent.

Friday, February 13th and Saturday February 21st: the 300 block and 400 block of Bennett Avenue will be closed to through-traffic from 5th Street to 3rd Street, and will remain closed through 7:00 a.m. on Monday, February 16th and February 23rd. 3rd Street and 4th Street will be closed to through traffic over the event weekends. Vendors will be staged on the north lane of the 300 block (west-bound lane), and traffic will be routed onto Myers/Masonic Avenue at 5th Street. Historically, vendors have left quickly on Sunday, and we have been able to open the road Sunday evening. We will open the road as soon as vendors have moved. This closure will also impact access to the City Parking Lot, Johnny Nolon’s Parking Lot, and the Colorado Grande Parking Lot.

The Ramblin buses and the casino shuttles will need to be rerouted over the course of the event Tuesday, February 10th: the 200 block of Bennett Avenue is closed to through-traffic from 2nd Street to 3rd Street, and will remain closed through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27th. If the ice sculptures remain structurally sound, they will remain on display until Tuesday, March 4th.

2nd Street (Highway 67) will close on February 12th and will remain closed through the 24th of February for the placement of the event tent.

Friday, February 13th and Saturday February 21st: the 300 block and 400 block of Bennett Avenue will be closed to through-traffic from 5th Street to 3rd Street, and will remain closed through 7:00 a.m. on Monday, February 16th and February 23rd. 3rd Street and 4th Street will be closed to through traffic over the event weekends. Vendors will be staged on the north lane of the 300 block (west-bound lane), and traffic will be routed onto Myers/Masonic Avenue at 5th Street. Historically, vendors have left quickly on Sunday, and we have been able to open the road Sunday evening. We will open the road as soon as vendors have moved. This closure will also impact access to the City Parking Lot, Johnny Nolon’s Parking Lot, and the Colorado Grande Parking Lot.

The Ramblin buses and the casino shuttles will need to be rerouted over the course of the event weekends starting on Friday the 13th and Saturday 21st, however buses and shuttles will be able to access 3rd Street during the week. The Double Eagle Valet entrance/exit will still be accessible over the event weekends.

Please note: warm, sunny weather may cause the ice sculptures to melt sooner than expected.   In an effort to help keep the event area as safe as possible, ice sculptures will be removed prior to February 27th if necessary. If the street is cleared of ice sculptures prior to February 27th, Highway 67 and Bennett Avenue will be opened as soon as the street is cleared.

Mickey Mouse in Ice

Mickey Mouse in Ice

OVERFLOW EVENT PARKING: 

Several accommodations have been made should Cripple Creek fill up and all parking lots, garages, and spaces are filled or at near-full capacity. Overflow event parking will be made available at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center (located at 9283 South Highway 67); the Wildwood Casino’s east parking lot. The City of Cripple Creek’s Transportation Department has scheduled an additional shuttle to be available specifically to loop from these parking areas, if needed, on the following schedule:

Saturday Feb. 14, Sunday Feb. 15, Saturday Feb. 20, and Sunday Feb. 21

 Come to Cripple Creek and have some fun! Click here for the schedule of events.

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Cartoons In Ice – Special Event Details

Please Join Us for Cartoons In Ice at the 7th Annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival

From: Maria Cunningham, City of Cripple Creek Marketing & Events Manager, Public Information Officer  

It’s that time of year, and we are well on our way toward a fun and successful 7th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival.  The ice is staged, and you will start to see the ice carving teams stacking and carving blocks of ice over the next two weeks.  Below is additional information regarding the event’s street closures, entertainment, and schedule.

STREET CLOSURES: 

Monday, February 10th: the 200 block of Bennett Avenue is closed to through-traffic from 2nd Street to 3rd Street, and will remain closed through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27th.  If the ice sculptures remain structurally sound, they will remain on display until Tuesday, March 4th.

2nd Street (Highway 67) will remain open (west-bound, north-bound and south-bound lanes) through the event.

Friday, February 14th and February 21st: the 300 block and 400 block of Bennett Avenue will be closed to through-traffic from 5th Street to 3rd Street, and will remain closed through 7:00 a.m. on Monday, February 17th and February 24th.  Vendors will be staged on the north lane of the 300 block (west-bound lane), and traffic will be routed onto Myers/Masonic Avenue at 5th Street.  Historically, vendors have left quickly on Sunday, and we have been able to open the road Sunday evening.  We will open the road as soon as vendors have moved.  This closure will also impact access to the City Parking Lot, Johnny Nolon’s Parking Lot, and the Colorado Grande Parking Lot.

The Ramblin buses and the casino shuttles will need to be rerouted over the course of the event weekends starting on Friday the 14th and 21st, however buses and shuttles will be able to access 3rd Street during the week, and 2nd Street at any time during the event.  The Double Eagle Valet entrance/exit will still be accessible over the event weekends.

Please note: warm, sunny weather may cause the ice sculptures to melt sooner than expected.  In an effort to help keep the event area as safe as possible, ice sculptures will be removed prior to February 27th if necessary.  If the street is cleared of ice sculptures prior to February 27th, Highway 67 and Bennett Avenue will be opened as soon as the street is cleared.

OVERFLOW EVENT PARKING:

Several accommodations have been made should Cripple Creek fill up and all parking lots, garages, and spaces are filled or at near-full capacity.  Overflow event parking will be made available at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center (located at 9283 South Highway 67), the Wildwood Casino’s east parking lot, and the Teller County Fairgrounds.  The City of Cripple Creek’s Transportation Department has scheduled an additional shuttle to be available specifically to loop from these parking areas, if needed, on the following schedule:

Saturday, Feb. 15th: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16th: 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22nd:  12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 23rd:  12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

ICE FESTIVAL EVENT SCHEDULE: 

Friday, February 14th:

7:00 a.m.:  Vendor Setup

3:00 p.m.:  Beer Garden Opens

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.:  Live Entertainment:  Trademark Infringement at the Main Event Tent.

Saturday, February 15th:

10:00 a.m.:  Beer Garden Opens

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.:  Live Entertainment:  Exit West at the Main Event Tent.

1:00 p.m.:  The R.I.P. Improv Comedy Show at the Butte Theater.

4:00 p.m.:  The R.I.P. Improv Comedy Show at the Butte Theater.

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Live Entertainment:  Wheelhouse at the Main Event Tent.

Sunday, February 16th:

10:0o a.m.:  Beer Garden Opens

12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.:  Live Entertainment:  Wheelhouse at the Main Event Tent.

1:00 p.m.:  Faria Hypnokomedy Show at the Butte Theater.

4:00 p.m.:  Faria Hypnokomedy Show at the Butte Theater.

Friday, February 21st:

7:00 a.m.:  Vendor Setup

Saturday, February 22nd:

10:00 a.m.:  Beer Garden Opens

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.:  Live Entertainment:  Trademark Infringement at the Main Event Tent.

1:00 p.m.:  Magik Eksplosion Show at the Butte Theater.

4:00 p.m.:  Magik Eksplosion Show at the Butte Theater.

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.:  Live Entertainment:  Southern Belle at the Main Event Tent.

Sunday, February 23rd:

10:00 a.m.:  Beer Garden Opens

12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.:  Live Entertainment:  Southern Belle at the Main Event Tent.

1:00 p.m.:  Ventriloquist with Peter Hefty Show at the Butte Theater.

4:00 p.m.:  Ventriloquist with Peter Hefty Show at the Butte Theater.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES OF NOTE: 

There will be several area attractions offering special rates and extended hours during the Cripple Creek Ice Festival.  Please visit the Main Event Tent for a flyer with details regarding admission rates/hours for area attractions, including the Cripple Creek Jail Museum, the Old Homestead House, the Cripple Creek District Museum, and the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum.

February 21st – 23rd:  Victor’s Steampunk Event (paranormal investigations, tours at the CC&V Gold Mining Company, Steampunk events and presentations, and several tours in historic Victor).  More information is available at VictorColorado.com.

Cartoons In Ice!

Will Your Favorite Cartoon Character Be Temporarily Immortalized In An Ice Sculpture?

Visit downtown Cripple Creek, (a.k.a. Bennett Avenue), from February 14th (yes Valentine’s Day), through February 23rd and find out!

This is the 7th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival sponsored by the Cripple Creek Victor Chamber of Commerce and the City of Cripple Creek.

If you’d like more information about the event or to set up a vendor booth, click here to be taken to the city’s event page.

It’s a great family event with an ice slide and an ice maze for the kids.

If you haven’t been to the ice festival in the past, click here to see pictures from last year’s ice festival.

Come on out and enjoy some time with your favorite cartoon characters!