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.



Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza

Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza & Fresh Subs

Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh Subs
Business Spotlight


Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh Subs

Hungry? Want something quick and easy? How about a delicious pizza or sub from Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh Subs?

Owners Lori and Kurt Hale are long time residents of Teller County and after decades working in casinos decided to venture out on their own.

When asked about their new venture Lori explained:

Kurt and Lori Hale of Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh Subs

Kurt and Lori Hale of Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh Subs

“Kurt owned a couple different restaurants in Gig Harbor, WA. in the past, and has the motivation to be an entrepreneur. Two years ago we looked into purchasing a concession trailer and decided against it, because it would be a challenge to maintain in this environment.

We noticed that the “Coffee Barn” had closed for business and contacted the owners. Everything else just fell into place!”

When I asked why pizza, she simply stated: “Everybody Loves Pizza!”

 “I would like to express my thanks to the community for how supportive they have been! We’re off to a good start!” -Lori

Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh Subs has the only drive-thru in Cripple Creek. They welcome credit/debit and EBT customers.

Their pizzas are available in two sizes 14” and 16”. Chose from lots of popular fresh toppings. The pizzas are hot from the oven, because they come out of your oven when you’re ready for them. (425 degrees for 12-18 minutes.) Pick one up on the way home and have dinner in a few minutes-just the way you like it. How about a great sub? See their menu below. (Click on the image and it will enlarge.)

Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh subs menu

Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh subs menu

They are open 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Mon through Sat. They are Closed on Sunday.

Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza and Fresh Subs is located at:
427 West Carr, Cripple Creek, CO.

Call ahead with your order, 719-686-6740 or just drive up and they’ll put your pizza and/or sub together quickly while you wait.

Like them on Facebook.


A Note from Anita: We have enjoyed a few pizzas from Pioneer Take & Bake Pizza-delicious every time! (Tell them Cripple Creek Today sent you.)

Free Cooking & Nutrition Class for Parents of Preschoolers

nutritious foodCooking Matters Colorado*

Families, Fun, Food, Free

A nutrition education program

This is an Adult Class for Parents of Preschoolers
 Helps families make healthy meals at home on a budget
 Helps parents of kids ages 0-5 learn healthy eating habits
 Improve your food safety skills, eating habits and nutrition knowledge
 A hands-on class using lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains

This class is being offered beginning Thursday, February 27th at the Aspen Mine Center, 166 E Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, CO 80813.

Dates & Times:
February 27, March 6, 13, 20, April 3, and 10
Thursdays 11:00am – 1:00pm

Registration: Fee: Free of charge, but must register, space is limited!
Childcare is available, but must register by February 24th to ensure a place.

Call or email Kathy Cefus to sign up:

Click on this link for PDF Cooking Matters Parents of Preschoolers Class Flyer – Aspen Mine Center Feb-April 2014

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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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Make Plans Now to Attend the 16th Annual Pearl’s Follies! Hurry Space is Limited!

The 16th Annual Pearl’s Follies

Pearl’s Follies, named for madam Pearl de Vere, is an annual fundraiser to help preserve The Old Homestead House museum.

Last year’s fundraising enabled the museum group to realize the purchase of the “house.”

According to Charlotte Bumgarner, this year’s fundraising efforts will be focused on two big projects:

“First it needs a new roof.  We have been awarded a State Historical Fund grant in the amount of $15,661, but we need to raise at least $5,500 of matching funds for that.

Our next project will be to restore the dining room, etc. at the back of the house.  Those rooms were destroyed by the previous owner, Wildhorse Casino, and turned into office space.  We would like to get them restored and back as part of the tour.  The dining room was on the tour prior to this. The other rooms were not, but are part of the original house, so we want to do something with them also.  Not sure what, maybe enlarge our gift shop.

Of course we always have on going expenses, heat and electricity in winter, when we don’t have income, is always a challenge.”

As of this writing, 19 tables have sold for the follies, there are only 9 left.

The 16th Annual Pearl’s Follies will be March 1st, 2014 at the Double Eagle Conference Center.

Tickets are $20 per person, ($160 for a table of 8.)  The doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.   Nine acts have signed up to entertain.

Contact Charlotte Bumgarner for tickets or more information at 719-689-2485 or Lodie Hern at 719-689-2754.

Come out for an evening of fun and revelry. If you’ve never been, click here to see pictures from last year’s event.

More information about Pearl de Vere can be found here: