Founders’ Day Celebration honors Old Colorado City’s 145th anniversary
Carnegie recognition also in Aug. 14-15 events
L.J. Winchester. Anthony Bott. Lewis Tappan. Melancthon Beach. Rufus Cable.
It will be 145 years ago Aug. 13 that these and other hardy souls formally established Colorado City near Fountain Creek, with the goal of making it a supply town for prospectors on their way to and from the mountains.
That memory will be recalled this weekend (Aug. 14-15) in Old Colorado City at the seventh annual Founders' Day Celebration, with a craft fair and live music in Bancroft Park and a variety of free activities revolving around a historical theme.
In a special twist this year, the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) will be joined by the Old Colorado City Library for part of the event - commemorating the 100th anniversary of Andrew Carnegie's donating the library building which is still in use.
“We wanted to celebrate the founding of Old Colorado City,” OCCHS President Bev Disch said. The event is also a fund- raiser for the society, through earnings from the two-day fair.
Among the items for sale at the fair will be about 20 varieties of home-baked goods, prepared by OCCHS volunteers. Also, the society's free-admission History Center at 1 S. 24th St., next to Bancroft Park, will be open through the weekend.
Below is a list of scheduled Founders' Day Celebration events. All will be in or next to Bancroft Park (i.e., the Old Colorado City Library or the Old Colorado City History Center). Those not specifically in the park are indicated as such.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. - Craft fair and bake sale.
10:30 a.m. - Coyote and the Yodeling Cowboy puppet show.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. - Old Colorado City History Center, 1 South 24th Street, open to the public.
12:45 p.m. - Midland Express Bluegrass Band.
1:30 p.m. - Pipes 'n Drum Bagpipe performance on the front steps of the Old Colorado City Library, culminating with the introduction of “Andrew Carnegie” (historical impersonator Doug Mishler of the University of Nevada), who will be brought to the library in a horse-drawn carriage.
2 p.m. - Mischler portraying Andrew Carnegie in an interactive presentation on the main floor of the library.
2 p.m. - Serendipity Peak Dulcimers.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. - Craft fair and bake sale, with live music.
Noon-3 p.m. - Old Colorado City History Center open to the public.
Noon-3 p.m. -Picnic in the Park, with children's games and free watermelon.
1:30 p.m. - Tom and Carol Beedle (old-fashioned fiddler and guitarist).
2 p.m. - Heritage Dancers and Country Squires - public of all ages can join the dancing, with live music provided by the Beedles on fiddle and guitar.
For more information, call the library at 634-1698 or the History Center at 636-1225.
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