Mountain Mix

July 2017 Mountain Mix – The Best of All the Rest

July 1-6
17th Annual Piles of Pawn
Eagle Plume’s Trading on Hwy. 7 near Allenspark will be “positively dripping” in old estate and pawn jewelry during its annual Piles of Pawn event, July 1-6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Eagle Plume’s also hosts artists Janice Black Elk and Daniel Jim for a showing of bead work and jewelry, July 8-9, and stop in July 22 for special Zuni Fetish Show. Eagle Plume’s Trading is located at 9853 Hwy. 7 near Allenspark. Visit, call 303-747-2861 or e-mail for information.

July 4
Eagles Tribute Concert
Enjoy a live performance from The Long Run, “Colorado’s Tribute to the Eagles,” July 4, 6 p.m., at the Estes Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave. Local favorite Chain Station opens the show. The concert will take place in the grandstands, and wrap up just in time for a spectacular view of the evening’s fireworks over Lake Estes. Adult tickets are $11. Kids under 10 are free. Learn more at, and or call 970-586-6104 for more information.

Georgetown Independence Day
Kick off Independence Day, July 4, with one of the best small town parades in the region at 11 a.m. The annual barbecue at City Park follows. After lunch, stroll through the town’s many independently-owned shops and learn about history by visiting one or all four local museums.Before dusk, head over to Georgetown Lake for a spectacular fireworks display. For more information, visit

July 5
Summer Enchanted Evening
The Baldpate Inn welcome’s back Bruce Davies to its Summer Enchanted Evening event, July 5 at 7 p.m. He will be speaking about Estes Park history including people such as Lord Dunraven, Joel Estes and Isabella Bird. He will also tie in some of the famous keys of the Baldpate Inn that relate to Estes Park. As a licensed guide for the national park, Davies is the current owner and operator of Tour Estes Park. He specializes in history and wildlife. Summer Enchanted Evenings at the Baldpate Inn are held every Wednesday throughout the summer beginning at 7 p.m. There is no charge, and refreshments are provided in the Key Room. Enjoy a soup and salad buffet for dinner before the presentation. Call 970-586-5397 for dinner reservations or visit for more information.

July 6, 13, 20 & 27
Estes Park Paint ‘N Sip
Paint ‘N Sip is bringing the “wine and paint party experience” to Estes Park and the newly remodeled Hollywood’s Dance Bar, formerly Kelli’s Lounge, on Thursday nights in July from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration of $45 per class includes all the materials necessary to paint a painting with the guidance of local artists Michael Young and Heather Gooch and one wine, well or draft. No experience is necessary, but students must be 18 or older. Space is limited. Register online at

July 7 & August 4
Hamill House First Fridays on the Lawn
First Fridays at the Hamill House in Georgetown are back by popular demand. Starting in June, Historic Georgetown Inc. began hosting Alice in Wonderland-themed lawn parties each first Friday of the month at the Hamill House Museum. Guests have the opportunity to unwind and start their weekend in true Victorian lawn party fashion, with a twist. The second First Friday, Three Cheers for the Red Queen of Hearts, White and Blue Caterpillar begins, July 7 at 5:30 p.m. Eat, drink, and enjoy live music, play card games or yard games. The price is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12. The grand finale First Friday, Through the Looking Glass Dinner & Auction, takes place, Aug. 4, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Come treat yourself to dinner with friends and enjoy great food, drinks, games and big band jazz by The Original Cow Boy Band. The $35 price includes great food, drinks, games, live music, silent and live auction. Proceeds from benefit the the Hamill House Museum, which is currently undergoing extensive restoration. For more information, or to reserve tickets, visit

July 13
Author Bob Ruesch shares his book
Author Bob Ruesch will be sharing his book, “In The Warmth Of The Shadow,” at Macdonald Book Shop, 152 E. Elkhorn Ave. in Estes Park, July 13 from 2-4 p.m. The book highlights his experiences growing up at the YMCA of the Rockies. He started his writing career with Bethany Press in 1968. Since then, along with a career at the YMCA of the Rockies, he has published articles in magazines and newspapers. Visit or call 970-586-3450 to learn more and find out about additional author events in July and August.

July 14
Evening at the Museum
Boulder County Parks and Open Space invites everyone for coffee and dessert while exploring local history and mountain lore at the monthly Evening at the Museum event, July 14, 7-8 p.m., at the Nederland Mining Museum, 200 N Bridge St. This month’s program topic is the historic Switzerland Trail. Discover how railroads influenced the mining industry and later tourism into the Rocky Mountains. To learn more, call 303-678-6200 or visit

July 15
Gala, Silent & Live Auction & Wine Pull
The Old Gallery holds its annual Gala, Silent and Live Auction and Wine Pull. July 15 from 5-9:30 p.m. It’s the non-profit’s biggest celebration of the year with all proceeds going toward annual operating costs. A catered dinner will be provided by A Spice of Life and an announcement of the Dan Crane Community Excellence Award will be made. Tickets start at $75 and requires reservations 10 days in advance. Visit or e-mail to learn more.

July 22
Cousin Estes: A Musical Docudrama
“Cousin Estes,” July 22 at 7 p.m. in the Estes Park High School Auditorium, 1600 Manford Ave., is a musical docudrama that explores the roots and historic contribution of the Estes family from Italy and Scotland through 1875, and then beyond the grave by the ghost of Joel Estes performed by his cousin Michael Estes Dixon. Estes will introduce participants to the Marquis Niccolo III d’este in Italy; Thomas Dixon in Scotland; Abraham Estes, the first Estes to come to America; Joel’s Grandfather and namesake Joel, who fought in the revolutionary war; Peter Estes, who followed Daniel Boone over “The Wilderness Trail;” and Joel’s interesting life with his family as they discover gold in the California Gold Rush of 1849, and settle in what would become Estes Park, Colorado. Tickets are on sale at the Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth St., for $15 for museum members and $18 for non-members in advance, or $20 the night of the production. The performance is a Centennial event highlighting the history of Estes Park. Visit or call 970-586-6256 to learn more.

Forest Service urges fire prevention

Fire officials from the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland urge visitors to help prevent wildfires. During the past week there have been numerous human caused wildland fires forest-wide. Even though some snowpack remains in higher elevations, grasses are drying out leading to higher fire danger.

The wildland fire community of northern Colorado noted that the Fourth of July holiday brings many visitors onto public lands. Folks are reminded that fireworks and exploding targets are not allowed on national forest system lands, so leave them home. Forest Service officials ask that all forest visitors be considerate and practice fire prevention. Know before you go on that camping trip. Fire restrictions may be in place. Target shooting and use of power equipment can spark a wildfire. If you do have a campfire, keep it small, never leave it unattended, and put it out completely before you leave.

Be sure to have maps with you to ensure you are on public land. The Motor Vehicle Use Maps are a free resource that can help. They are available at district offices or online or through the AVENZA app. Learn more about maps at Many roads are open for the season, but be sure to check road status before heading out at
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