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.



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

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!

Share your Donkey Derby Days pictures on Facebook:  Cripple Creek Today and/or Cripple Creek Donkeys.

Softball’s Hidden Gems

Softball’s Hidden Gems

Softball League 2015

Softball League 2015 at Hern Field

Softball often gets construed as baseball’s little brother. It doesn’t quite have the national following garnered by the MLB, it doesn’t quite have that air of American nostalgia or the famous names that have become bigger than life for so many. But in a way, what it’s lacking produces the allure. Without the baggage of an intense national following, it seems more approachable for those who may have never played and it still has that foundational competitive spirit. And it is just plain fun.

The birth of this beloved sport came shortly after a Yale and Harvard football game when a Yale fan threw a boxing glove at a Harvard fan. The Harvard fan grabbed a stick and struck the glove…. This was followed by the shout of “play ball,” from a man named George Hancock, and the first game of softball was played on that Thanksgiving day in 1887. Hancock went on to create a ball and a bat over the next week and launched the beginning of the centerpiece to so many company picnics across the nation.

Some fun softball facts:

-The sport was designed for indoor play with closer bases. Before it became a phenomenon all its own, it was meant to help baseball players hone their skills in the winter.

-The first softball had a 16-inch circumference compared with the modern 12-inch ball.

-Softball was an Olympic sport from 1996 until 2008. It was dropped from the Olympics along with baseball after the 2008 Olympics. These were the first sports to be dropped from the Olympics in 69 years– the last one was polo. Many perceived this decision as a response to ongoing United States dominance in these sports.

-There is still a league of softball that uses the original 16-inch ball in Chicago, they call it “Mushball.”

You can get involved in this unique and fun-filled sport with the local Parks and Recreation adult league. REGISTER YOUR TEAM TODAY! Click here for more details.

Submitted by: Dan Smith,
Cripple Creek Parks & Rec

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May Park & Rec Events and Classes

Events and Classes at Park and Rec in May

Special Classes/Events & Trips for MAY:

M.U.L.E.Y. Kids Day Shooting Sports on Sat., May 14, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., only $5 plus $2 for bus ride – call for details.

Concealed Carry Handgun Class on Sat., May 28th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., only $50

Sat May 28th, Garage Sale from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Park – booth space available for $10.

"Park" and "Rec"

“Park” and “Rec”

On Going Classes:

 Aikido for Adults (Martial Arts), Mon & Wed 6:00 to 7:00, Tues 11:00 to 12:00, $5

Archery Classes, most Fri 5 to 6, and Sat 8 to 10 by Appointment, call to schedule

Bible Study for Women Only, every Wed evening from 5:00 to 6:30, FREE

English as a Second Language, Call Michael 689-3514 for Info

Judo, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30, only $5

Pilates Class – New, Tuesdays 3:30 to 4:30, FREE to Fitness Members

Silver Sneakers Exercise Classes every Mon-Wed-Fri 10:00 to 11:00

Zumba Gold is Back, Tuesdays 12:00 to 1:00, FREE to Fitness Members

On Going Activities & Sports/Fitness:

Adult Co-Ed Softball League Monday Nights, Team Registration Deadline May 8

Air Rifle Shooting for Kids ages 5 to 18 every other week FREE, call John for details

Archery Indoor Open Shooting, most Fri 6 to 8 & Sat 10 to 12, CALL AHEAD, $2

Archery Outdoor Open Shooting, Daily Sun-up to Sun-down, $5 per month

Day Care (KRU – Kids Rock University) Licensed Program ages 5 – 17, Mon – Fri

Day Care (KRU) field trips one Friday per month, call for dates/times/places

Fitness Center Membership $14 month, or $3 day, or $20 Punch Card 10 visits

Kids Adventure Club for Boys & Girls, Grades 1 to 6, Info call John 689-3514

Roller Skating/Blading most Fridays 1:00 to 4:00, CALL AHEAD, $2

Silver Sneakers Fitness Membership is FREE for qualifying seniors!

Silver Sneakers Exercise Classes every Mon-Wed-Fri 10:00 to 11:00

T-25 Cardio Workout DVD is FREE to all Fitness Members

Walk/Run with “5K at 10K Running Club” on Thursdays, FREE

Youth T-Ball/Baseball, practice/games throughout week, call for details

Upcoming Classes/Events & Trips:

KRU Summer Camp starts May 31 call for details,  Discount SkySox Tickets  available soon for the June 24 game,  Outdoor 2D Archery Shoot on Sat June 25 from 12:00 to 5:00 only $10.

Facility Rental:

  Weddings, Family Reunions, Company Parties, Picnics, Office Meetings, etc. Choose Indoors/Outdoors.  Birthday Party Packages include food, cake, games, decorations, and themes.  Archery Parties available.

Parks and Recreation Building Includes:

  Large Arena, Fitness Center, Full Kitchen, Meeting/Class Rooms.

Outdoor Facilities Include:

Basketball Court, Playground, Sandbox & Toys, Horseshoe Pit, Pavilion, Gazebo, BMX Bike Track, Skateboard Park,

Gold Camp Trail, Indoor and Outdoor Archery Ranges.

Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation 689-3514

Click here to visit the Cripple Creek Parks and Rec website.

Submitted by: John Hartelt