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July 31, 2011

CENTRAL CITY OPERA OFFERS HISTORIC CENTRAL CITY DAYS

Who/What: This Saturday and Sunday, Central City Opera will celebrate all that's good and great about Colorado in the place it has called home for more than 75 years. Over the course of the weekend, Central City Days will feature a full smattering of family-friendly activities to discover the best of Colorado, including historic hiking, walking and biking tours, Colorado mead, wine and beer tastings in historic places and casual performances designed to "wow".

People will have the chance to experience a quintessential 19th century Colorado mountain town via guided mountain biking ghost town and cemetery tours, guided walking tours of Central City and Black Hawk, entry into two mountain museums, hikes to the Coeur d'Alene Mine, a geocache (GPS) history hunt, and three unique short performances in the historic Williams Stables - all included with pass purchase.

In addition, festival goers will enjoy all-natural beverages provided by Colorado's New Age Beverage.

 

Schedule of Activities*:

Saturday, July 30

9:00am - 4:00pm: Check-in and pass sales at the Teller House, 124 Eureka Street

10:00am-10:45am: Guided Historic Walking Tour: Central City, Then and Now

10:00am-11:45am: Guided Mountain Bike History Tour - Nevadaville Loop (Not technically difficult, but a good amount of steady climbing required. No children under age 12, please.)

11:00am-11:45am: Family Performance at the Williams Stables: How the West Was Sung. What did the pioneers and miners of the frontier West do for fun? Surprise! They liked opera (among other activities), and the adventurous lives of Colorado historical figures Molly Brown, Horace and Baby Doe Tabor, and Clara Brown make great opera stories for today!

Noon-12:45pm: Guided Historic Walking Tour: Mountain City/Black Hawk 

2:00pm - 2:45pm: Guided Historic Walking Tour: Central City, Then and Now 

2:30pm - 3:45pm: Family Performance at the Williams Stables: Performing Arts Intensive. An original production written and performed by the amazingly talented youths of the Summer Performing Arts Intensive, and will include an original operatic work based on the life of an historically relevant Colorado figure.

3:00pm - 4:00pm: Guided Short Hike to the Coeur D'Alene Mine

4:00pm - 4:45pm: Guided Historic Walking Tour: Richest Square Mile on Earth

4:00pm - 6:00pm: VIP Tasting Party - Oskar Blues Brew & 'Q featuring live music by The Mile Markers (VIP Pass purchase required; age 21 and older) at the spectacular McFarlane Memorial, featuring the acclaimed craft beers of Colorado's Oskar Blues Brewery, live music by The Mile Markers, BBQ and incomparable mountain scenery.

Sunday, July 31

9:00am-4:00pm: Check-in and pass sales at the Teller House, 124 Eureka Street

10:00am-11:45am: Guided Mountain Bike History Tour - Nevadaville Loop (Not technically difficult, but a good amount of steady climbing required. No children under age 12, please.)

Noon-12:45pm: Guided Walking Tour: Mountain City/Black Hawk 

1:00pm-2:00pm: Wizard's Chest magician performing in the Opera gardens

2:00pm - 2:45pm: Guided Historic Walk Tour: Central City, Then and Now 

3:00pm - 3:45pm: Family Performance at the Williams Stables: Eureka Street. Stroll down Central City's Eureka Street and experience an "aha moment" as captivating characters are discovered spilling out the doors of the Opera House, singing toe-tapping tunes with wonderful words and spectacular stories form the magical world of opera. Drawing on scenes from some of opera's funniest tales, they build a unique Central City opera with help from student performers.

3:00pm - 4:00pm: Guided Short Hike to the Coeur D'Alene Mine

4:00pm - 4:45pm: Guided Historic Walking Tour: Richest Square Mile on Earth 

4:00pm - 6:00pm: VIP Tasting Party -Colorado mead and wine tasting featuring live music by The Mile Markers (VIP Pass purchase required; age 21 and older) at the historic Johnson House gardens across from the Opera House.

*Self-guided excursions are free and available all day Saturday and Sunday, including:

Central City Geocache - History Hunt
Use a GPS system (or rely on provided hints and noggin) to find 5 caches in Central City; collect all five clues and return them to the Teller House for a chance to win a fabulous prize furnished by The Outlets at Castle Rock.

 Mountain Biking Cross Country Loops
In addition to daily guided bike tours (RSVP recommended, and no children under 12, please), you may opt for one or more of the following self-guided rides:

The Tramway Loop - medium level of difficulty; approx. 45 minute - 1 hour ride
The Nevadaville Loop - medium level of difficulty; approx. 1 to 1.5 hour ride
The 'Oh My God' Road - expert/technical level of difficulty; approx. 1.5 - 2 hour ride

Random Acts of Opera take the opera out of the house and leave pretensions at the door for a spine tingle when and where it's least expected. 

"O" is for Opera! - A special area at the Teller House, adjacent to the Opera House, will feature crafts and activities for children throughout the day.

 

Where:

The historic town known as Central City, 45 miles west of Denver on I-70. 

When:

Saturday, July 30 from 9:00am-6:00pm

Sunday, July 31 from 9:00am - 6:00pm

All-access Central City Days passes:

--One-day passes to Central City's storied past are priced at $15 for adults, $10 for kids (ages 4 to 12); or get a one-day family 4-pack for $45.

--Two-day weekend passes are $25 for adults, $15 for kids (ages 4 to 12); or get a two-day family 4-pack for just $75 - the best value.

--Daily VIP pass: A $25 per day VIP pass allows access to every activity plus private, nightly Colorado beer, wine and mead tasting parties in historic venues. (21 and older)

 Passes may be purchased online at centralcityopera.org/centralcitydays, by calling 303-292-6700 or onsite on both days.

Celebrating its 79th year, Central City Opera is the nation's fifth-oldest opera company, located just 35 miles west of Denver in one of Colorado's official National Landmark Historic Districts. The company continues to present artistically excellent professional opera in its annual summer festival; to offer career-entry training to young singers; to produce education and community service programs; and to preserve and maintain the Opera House and 30 other Victorian-era properties.

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