Victorian Day and some other stuff you might want to do

Looking for something to do this week? Of course you are.

We have a few ideas.

First, there’s Victorian Day on Sunday (June 26) at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum downtown. Looks like fun, and it’s free. There will be Victorian dance demonstration, a courtroom “melodrama,” free lemonade and watermelon and some Civil War re-enactors.

Victorian Day at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum downtown.

You can come to Victorian Day dressed in your best "finery." I wanted to grow my facial hair this way for the event, but someone else who lives in the house vetoed the decision.

 

On Wednesday (June 29), there’s the second annual whiskey/beer tasting at the Fine Arts Center. The Whiskey for My Men, Beer for My Horses event costs $20 for nonmembers ($15 for FAC members), but if you wear a “big-ass” belt buckle, you can get $5 off admission. There will be samples from Downslope Distilling and Bristol Brewing, with music by Grass It Up, a bluegrass band from Colorado Springs.

After some midweek whiskey drinking, you might want to tone it down a little on Thursday with some Pinon Nut Brown Ale from Bristol Brewing. While the beer is probably outstanding, it’s worth the visit for the food from Blue Sage Catering. We had some of their food at Bristol’s Christmas Ale party. They’re incredible.

On Friday, the first day of July, nearly a hundred longhorn steers will be herded down Tejon Street. Why they’re doing this, I’m not sure — something to do with the rodeo, I guess. Whatever. Not into rodeos, but at noon on Friday, dozens of cows will be tromping along Tejon, so it sounds like something worth seeing.

Longhorn Steer Cattle Drive, downtown Colorado Springs

Yes, excuse me, I'm looking for Zeezo's -- am I on the right street?

 

July 2-4, if you haven’t had enough bovine entertainment, you can swing on over to Manitou Springs for the Buffalo Barbeque Festival at Soda Springs Park. Of course I’m not sure how entertaining the barbecue is for these bovines, but it sounds delicious.

Cemetery tours, Music in the park, Farmers Markets, ArtFarm

This summer there are a bunch of regular weekly events going on. Fun!

Mondays from 10-3 in Acacia Park downtown there’s a farmers market. This is a real farmers market with real farmers from Colorado selling their stuff. The farmers markets in Memorial Park and Old Colorado City are fake farmers markets with stuff that came all the way from California. That’s lame. So don’t go to those ones, go to the one on Mondays in Acacia Park.

Farmers Market in Acacia Park, downtown Colorado Springs

Farmers Market in Acacia Park, downtown Colorado Springs

Wednesdays from 3-7 at the Fine Arts Center on Cascade and Dale is the Colorado Art and Farm Market. Another market with real farmers from Colorado. Also, tasty snacks and cool art for sale.

Saturday evenings in Acacia Park are free concerts from 5:30-7:30. Each week there are two “indie” type bands playing. Bring a blanket and a picnic or go across the street to Paris Crepes and get some tasty crepes to eat on the lawn while you listen to the music. Here’s the lineup of bands.

Have a picnic in the park while listening to indie bands on Saturday evenings.

Have a picnic in the park while listening to indie bands on Saturday evenings.

Another really fun and interesting thing that’s happening are Evergreen Cemetery Tours on select Wednesdays and Saturdays. Pretty much anyone who was anyone in Colorado Springs is buried there. It’s really an interesting place and the grounds are very pretty. They have day and night tours- the night tours will highlight murders that took place in Colorado Springs-ooooh spooky! The day tours are $8 and the night tours are $10. Evergreen Cemetery is located at Fountain and Hancock. Visit the Evergreen Cemetery Society website for the tour dates and times and for more information.

Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs

Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs

So there you go! Lots of fun things to do this summer. Let us know about other fun things that are going on around town!

Fine Arts Center Bemis School Of Art Summer Classes

A couple of summers ago I took a ceramics class at the Bemis School Of Art at the Fine Arts Center. It was really fun! I’m probably going to do it again this year. The classes are really low key- there are no grades or anything, it’s just for fun. They have all sorts of classes that run from 8-10 weeks, one day or evening per week. Drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry making, print making, photography, computer stuff like Photoshop, and even a couple of darkroom classes (wha?!) are all on the schedule for this summer. Classes range from $75 to $250.  You should totally take a class- it’s a great way to unleash some of your pent up creativity.

A raku bowl I made in ceramics class at The Bemis Art School.

A raku bowl I made in ceramics class at The Bemis Art School.

A raku bowl I made in ceramics class at The Bemis Art School.

A raku bowl I made in ceramics class at The Bemis Art School.