Well, at least thatÂ´s what IÂ´ve heard. WeÂ´d like to build a bocce court and a permanent stage somewhere on our property as part of our annual Hootenanny-versary Party we have each summer. I think people have a tendency to complicate things, so after researching the ideal court site, dimensions, grading, sub surface materials, top dressing, etcâ€¦. now the project seems daunting. WhatÂ´s the big deal? Well, letÂ´s just get to Spring before we start thinking about Summer!
Last night we played at The Eldo in Crested Butte while locals and visitors were busy flushing out winter and welcoming spring with their annual Flauschink Festival. This IS a big deal. Today we are headed to Ouray so, sadly, we will miss the continued festivities, which include (but arenÂ´t limited to) an evening of polka dancing at The Eldo, a longtime local Flauschink tradition. Tomorrow, the previous yearÂ´s “Has-Beens” hand over their royalty status to the newly crowned Flauschink king and queen at the parade, and they will proudly raise their scepters made from toilet plungers. ItÂ´s a sight to behold.
Tonight we will be playing at The Wright Opera house in Ourayâ€¦.the Â´Little Switzerland of AmericaÂ´. IÂ´m looking forward to being a part of this unique venue! It is an historic building constructed in 1888, when the town was only twelve years old, and is known as one of the most impressive small opera houses in the Western United States. Originally, the basement was used for a hardware store, church meetings and dances, and was even flooded for two winters for use as a skating rink! The building has weathered the ups and downs of the silver crash, the depression and the decline of mining in the San Juan Mountains. Now, the new owners intend to keep the tradition “alive and active” with theater, dance, and live music.