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After 1-year break, OCC History Center brings back annual Holiday Tour Dec. 4

       The Holiday Tour is back for the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS).
       The event will be Sunday, Dec. 4 from noon to 5 p.m.
       A fundraiser for the OCCHS, the tour lets ticket-buyers drop in on participating historical locations, meet their owners or proprietors and walk through the interiors.
John Langmeyer (center) and his wife Marta from Seattle, Wash., stand next to the gravestone for John's namesake ancestor during the OCCHS Haunted Histories at Fairview Cemetery Sept. 17. At left is Tom Schorsch, who portrayed the late 1800s Colorado City business leader. (See "Haunted Histories" subhead at bottom of this article.)
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This year the schedule shows four bed-and-breakfasts, a residence and a private club.
       In addition, the Old Colorado City History Center itself - originally a church built in 1890 - will be decorated for the season and host artisans from the Black Forest Crafters Guild.
       Tickets are $20. Reservations are available at 636-1225 during History Center hours (Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), or at the center, 1 S. 24th St., during those times.
       The B&B's consist of one on the Westside (Spurs & Lace B&B), one downtown (the Lennox House B&B) and two in Manitou Springs (the Blue Sky B&B and the Avenue B&B). The club is the El Paso Club, a long-time staple in the downtown.
       According to an article by Roberta Hardy in West Word, the OCCHS newsletter, Spurs & Lace operates in a three-story Queen Anne Victorian built in 1885. The building's original location was in the 300 block of Pine Street, but it was relocated to 2829 W. Pikes Peak Ave. as a result of I-25 being widened in the early 1990s. Turned into a B&B 17 years ago by previous owner Leo Janzen, the business was purchased in January of this year by Arlene Lanman, the West Word article reports.
       Started in 1995 by a group of Westside bed-and-breakfast owners, the Holiday Tour has had different names but in recent years has gone by the current name. Last year the OCCHS tried something different in December, holding a free gathering at the History Center that emphasized its museum exhibits and drew about 200 people.
       But Susie Schorsch, the society's treasurer, said the tour is a needed fundraiser for the volunteer-run organization, and inquiries found several locations this year willing to take part. So this is the “21st annual” tour, as stated in the OCCHS' promotional materials, because of the one-year “break” in 2015.
       Haunted Histories: In its second year Sept. 17, this evening event at Fairview Cemetery – in which people dressed up to portray nine notable figures from the past – was so successful an extra tour had to be added to accommodate the turnout.
       The event also featured “celebrity” visitors – John and Marta Langmeyer from Seattle, Wash. John is a direct descendant of John Langmeyer, who owned stone quarries in what’s now Red Rock Canyon Open Space with Colorado City co- founder Anthony Bott in the 1870s. John and Marta learned about the OCCHS through the Internet and said they enjoyed society volunteer Tom Schorsch’s Haunted Histories depiction of John’s ancestor.

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(Posted 11/20/16; Community: Old Colorado City History Center)

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