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.



Cresson December 2015 Newsletter

Cresson Elementary School December 2015 Newsletter

Season’s Greetings Cresson Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you all in good health & happiness. There’s only three weeks of school in December, but we’ve filled them with many activities we want you to join us for!

Winter Fine Arts Night on Thursday, Dec. 10 @ 6pm
Junior/Senior High School Cafeteria

Cresson & Junior/Senior High School students will sing, perform their drama production, and have several art projects on display! Join us for a night of music, theater, and art! Students should arrive @ 5:45pm

CC-V Winter Fest on Thurs., Dec. 17 @ 1pm

All CC-V students will be dismissed at 12:30pm (bus service) on Thursday, Dec. 17th. That afternoon, CC-V will host its first annual Winter Fest from 1-4pm. Join us for free family games, crafts, and hot cider or hot cocoa.


Winter Break December 21st – January 4th

Enjoy the time with your family! Students return on Tuesday, Jan. 5th.

Please dress your child for the weather! Weather/temperature permitting, we will take students outside for fresh air, sunshine, and physical activity!


Principal Miriam Mondragon

Principal Miriam Mondragon

Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Hunt Winners

IMG_8984What a GREAT day for an Easter Egg Hunt last weekend!  The weather was perfect and everyone had a blast.  We had 173 participate in the hunt and approximately 300 people at the park.  The line up started at 12:30 with the Easter Bunny and Peter Cottontail there to take pictures with the kids.   The coloring contest winners were announced at 1:00.  The contest was opened  to children ages 0-12 with the winners receiving a basket full of toys, candy, and a $5 bill.  This year’s winners were:  Ages 0-3  Ronson Sherman, Ages 4-6 Cole Sassnet, Ages 7-9 Chloe O’Shea, and Ages 10-12 Melody Gruber.

It was beautifully organized into the age groups with line leaders and “line cabooses” leading their groups to the hunting areas.  Once the children found their assigned number of eggs they went into the arena to trade in the eggs for prizes.  Each age group also had two golden eggs hidden in which one would receive $5 if found.  The winners of the Golden Eggs were:  Ages 0-3 Tristen Dunlap and Mayci Lewellen, Ages 4-6 Chaska Cross and Nakeylee Hapes, Ages 7-9 Harley Darling and Wyatt Walsh, Ages 10-12 Lilly Gonzales and Megan Mendenilla.

Our Easter Egg Hunt would not be a success with out the help of our volunteers.  They helped fill gift bags, watch the park, hide eggs, hand out prizes, clean up after the event, and anything else that we needed help with.  The volunteers were:  Cherie Mason, Alli Krage, KC Kohlmeyer, Scott Cain, Michelle Brown, Sarah Elizaldi, Mike Trangmoe, Trinity Rowe, Lakisha Montes, Lily Herbert, Donelle Spriggs, Angel Edwards, Tony Tuvera, and Dillon Owen.  THANK YOU ALL!

We need help for our special events financially because of being a non-profit.  We greatly appreciate the help from our donors!  This year’s donors were: Cripple Creek/Victor American Legion, CnR Mechanical, Help U Club, Gold Mine Tours, Mr. and Mrs. Mondragon, Cripple Creek Venture Foods, Mountain Top Cycling Club, BPO Elks Lodge #316, Community of Caring, Ralf’s Breakroom, Ute Pass Kiwanis Club, Sanborn Western Camp, Community Partnership, Bronco Billy’s, Sherry Rowe, and Cripple Creek/Victor Mine.  THANK YOU DONORS!

Until Next Time,



Staff Easter Photo

Homecoming Week Events!

This is Homecoming Week for the Cripple Creek-Victor Pioneers

Pioneer Pride

Pioneer Pride

Guest Author: Tana Rice

October 6th kicks off Homecoming Week for the Cripple Creek-Victor Pioneers.  If you look around, you will see a new sense of pride emerging.   On Friday afternoon, a group

of students and staff did their share of spreading enthusiasm for the upcoming week and the CCV Cheerleaders spent a few hours Sunday evening showing their pride by painting up Pioneer Spiritthe town.  It is so exciting to see people stepping up to show their support for the hometown football and volleyball teams.

There are events happening every day this week.

  • Monday October 6th, the Freshman class will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner as a fundraiser for their class.  Dinner will be served from 5:30 – 7:30 and donations will be accepted.
  • Tuesday October 7th, the Cripple Creek Police Department will be facing the students in a game of volleyball from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
  • There will be a powder puff game on Wednesday October 8th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm and
  • Thursday will be the bonfire from 8:00 – 10:00 pm.
Go Pioneers!

Go Pioneers!

The Volleyball and Football Homecoming games are Saturday October 11th.  The Lady Pioneers will be playing the Sanford Indians at 11:00 and the Football game starts at 1:00 against the Swink Lions.

The athletes have been working very hard and although they have struggled this year, their heart and dedication are unmatched.  They can really use the support of the community to cheer them on.  Please come root for your hometown teams and show them just how proud we are of them!  GO PIONEERS!

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Easter Egg Hunt at Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation, June Hack Community Center

easter1easter2EasterParks and Recreation will be “hopping” on Saturday, April 19 from 12:30-2:30pm.  Our annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 0 – 12 will be taking place on that day. I want to tell you about our Coloring Contest before I get into the Easter Egg Hunt activities.  We are having a coloring contest for ages 0-12 at Parks and Recreation.  All you have to do is to come to the June Hack Community Center Parks and Recreation office on 128 East Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek  and pick up one of our coloring sheets.  I will also be handing out the sheets to the teachers at Cripple Creek/Victor Elementary School and Head Start Monday, March 31.  We will have four categories:  Ages 0-3, Ages 4-6, Ages 7-9 and Ages 10-12.  The winner in each age group will receive an Easter Basket full of goodies.

The Easter Egg Hunt starts up with the children lining up in the circle between the pavilion and the gazebo by June Hack Community Center at Parks and Recreation .  We will divide the kids up by age groups, make some announcements, and then the hunt begins!  The different age groups will go to different areas and will be told how may eggs are allowed to be found by each child.  The best eggs to find are the golden eggs, of course.  They will be worth a $5 bill!

Once the eggs have been found your child will go into the arena to pick out their prizes.  There will be tables set up for the four age groups and the child will go to his/her table to trade in eggs for prizes.  We will also be selling popcorn and cotton candy for $1.00.  There will be a puppet show afterwards put on by a local group called, “Kids Helping Kids”.  This is a wonderful group that puts on a FREE soup kitchen at Parks and Recreation, June Hack Community Center every Friday from 11:30-12:30p.m that is open to the public.  They will also be giving away donations of children’s clothing for those in need.

Wait, there is more!  After the Easter Egg Hunt we will have skating in the arena from 2-4p.m. for $2.00.  So, you can see, this is a great opportunity to spend a fun day with your family at our park.  We hope to see you there!

P.S.  We are also looking for people to volunteer their time the day of the hunt or a monetary donation to help out with the cost of candy and prizes.

Until Next Time,









Ice Festival & More!

As you know, the Ice Festival is in full swing.

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(If you’re not aware of it, click here to read all about it.)

And there’s more to do and see…


Visit Victor, Colorado February 21nd-23rd, 2014 as the town is taken over by Steampunk folks from all realms of time and space.

Celebrate the era and industry that helped create the “City Stuck in Time” with aristocrats, vagabonds, inventors, artists, time travelers, and miners.  The 2014 festival boasts several exciting and educational events for all ages including mine tours, ice skating, contraptions, steampunk art, broom ball, presenters, vendors, and a costume ball.  Please see the events listed below. Scroll all the way down for image-links to event ticket purchases, etc.

Friday, February 21st

Open Ice Skating at Brian’s Park

Saturday, February 22nd

Above Ground Art Show Gallery 80860

4 p.m. Broomball Brian’s Park, Free.

7-11 p.m. Steampunk Ball and Costume Contest- Victor Elks Lodge, Cash at door $10

Live Music by Rubedo 10 p.m. at the Headframe Tavern—360 Victor Ave. No Cover

Sunday, February 23rd

Above Ground Art Show-Gallery 80860

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Steampunk Emporium Vendor Exhibit (310 Victor Avenue)

10 a.m., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Downtown Tour-Departing from the Lowell Thomas Museum, cash at door $5  (Scroll down for more info on this tour.)

11 a.m. Contraptions at the Ag and Mining Museum, Free.

1 p.m. Tesla Victor Elks Lodge, Free entry.

Explore Gold Rush History with Historic Van Tours of Victor. Click on image below for more details.

van tours

Strong Mine Tour. Click on Image for more information.

strong mine tour

Paranormal Investigation. Click on Image for details.

steampunk paranormal

Gold Mine Tours. Click on image for details.

CCV Mine Tours

The Battle for Power. Click on image for more information.

power battle