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.

 

 

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:

Brothel Fundraising Goal Sealed With A Kiss!

Cripple Creek Colorado

The $5,000 Kiss! Photo by: Shelly Bogenhagen

 Great News! The annual Pearl’s Follies fundraiser for The Old Homestead House, succeeded in meeting its financial goal to purchase the museum!

Susan Austin, Madam of the Mustang Ranch in Sparks, Nevada, attended Pearl’s Follies to lend her support for our local museum. In doing so, there were a couple of interesting offers: Chris Hazlett, of Ralf’s Grill and Saloon, offered $500 for a photo with Susan.  Immediately following that photo op, Moe Florance offered $5,000 for a kiss.  Susan and Moe were not shy, going up on stage to seal that deal! Moe had already donated $25,000 to the Old Homestead House, so the additional $5,000 brought his contribution to $30,000, well over the $11,500 needed to purchase the museum.  Additionally,

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Support Your Local Brothel (Museum)

The Old Homestead House

The Old Homestead House

Pearl’s Follies, named for Pearl DeVere, the brothel’s former owner and “soiled dove,” is the yearly fundraiser for The Old Homestead House Museum.  Chock full of entertainment by local musicians, singers and comedians, you’re sure to have a great time while supporting a worthwhile cause.

The money raised will go to purchase and preserve The Old Homestead House. It was built in 1896 and was the most elegant brothel in the Cripple Creek District during its heyday. The house opened in 1958 as a museum and has been a public favorite ever since.  With your help this treasure will be around for many generations to come.  The museum group is close to their fundraising goal to be able to purchase the house/museum.   read more