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Andy Goessling – January 7

A founding member of the Americana band, Railroad Earth, Andy Goessling plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, reeds, penny whistle and recorder. When off time permits, Andy tours with other projects to extend his musical palette. Andy has enjoyed a long and varied career being a part of many seminal projects in the acoustic, folk and bluegrass scenes. He has played with Allman Brothers guitarist, Warren Haynes, two of his personal bluegrass heroes, David Bromberg and John McEuen, and Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Watch Andy here. Don’t miss this very special evening of music! Saturday, January 7. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.


Just Announced: Chautauqua History Series

Step back in time and learn about the people and events that have shaped and influenced our regional culture. Dedicated to exploring our sense of place, this new, curated series will look at historical topics that are relevant to important contemporary issues related to the understanding of Colorado heritage. Part II of the series will be announced later this spring. All events: 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.




Colorado’s Immigration History – January 17
with Tom Thomas, Ph.D.

Immigrant labor built Colorado, but fear and resentment against particular immigrant groups created tensions that have defined much of Colorado’s history. Read more here.

The Legacy of Penfield Tate, II – February 9
Boulder’s Humanitarian Mayor
with Penfield Tate, III

Penfield Tate II, Boulder’s only African American mayor, was a humanitarian ahead of his time who paid a great price for his convictions. Read more here.

Boulder Women in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame – March 7
with Wendy Bohling

From pacifists to cutting edge scientists, discover the Boulder women who are represented for a variety of outstanding achievements in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. Read more here.

Colorado Women in the Progressive Era – April 12
with Tom Thomas, Ph.D.

Colorado succeeded in gaining women’s suffrage and in enacting prohibition well before the rest of the nation, due to an extraordinary group of women who were influential in the Progressive Era. Remove more here.

Rocky Mountain Joe, Untangling Tall Tales – May 3
with Mona Lambrecht

Chautauqua’s first official photographer told many a tall tale, but his own real life may be the most remarkable of all. Read more here.


Spectacular Scenery Clinched the Deal

Soon after Texas educators visited Boulder in the fall of 1897, they returned to Austin and incorporated the Texas-Colorado Chautauqua Association. The group came back to Boulder in February of 1898 to survey proposed sites. Boulder officials treated them to a ride on the narrow gauge Colorado & Northwestern railroad from Boulder up to the town of Sunset. The Texans were wowed by the mountain splendor. Legend says it was that trip that clinched the deal for Boulder to win the Chautauqua. Beginning the first season, Chautauquans were offered mountain excursions on the narrow gauge train that would soon be dubbed “The Switzerland Trail of America.” Chautauquans rode the train, often accompanied by a Chautauqua orchestra, to pick wildflowers and ferns, throw snowballs, visit gold mines and have picnics in the cool mountain climate. The railroad featured “Chautauqua Day” for many seasons until the Switzerland Trail ceased operation in 1919.


Chautauquans on a mountain excursion circa 1900.

Photo courtesy of Colorado Chautauqua Association Archives.


New Year’s Eve specials

Ring in 2017 at the Chautauqua Dining Hall! The special three course, price fixe dinner includes family style appetizers, choice of entrée course and choice of dessert. Price: adults – $42 per person; children (12 and under) – $20 per person. Beverages, tax and gratuity are additional. Reservations recommended. To view the New Year’s Eve menu, click here.

For reservations, call 303.440.3776 or click here.


Boulder Ski & Stay Package

Enjoy a night at Chautauqua and spend an exciting day on the slopes of Eldora Mountain Resort. Package includes a one night stay in your choice of a studio, one, two or three bedroom cottage and two lift tickets. Additional lift tickets sold separately. Rates start at $280/night* for a studio cottage.

For reservations, contact or 303.952.1611.

*Restrictions: Offer valid on new reservations only, between December 14, 2016– March 31, 2017. Cannot be combined with any other offers. *Tax not included.


The next phase of the City of Boulder’s Chautauqua Pedestrian Safety, Access and Lighting Improvements project is underway along Chautauqua Park (managed by the Parks and Recreation Department) and will take three months to complete.

If you are in the project area, you will see orange construction fencing in the right-of-way by Chautauqua Park. During the week of Dec. 26, vegetation to the north of the fence will be removed. Mature trees within the park are being retained and protected to the greatest degree possible, and will be wrapped in orange fencing for easy identification by the public and the work crews. However, 25 trees that measure four-inches in diameter or greater must be removed from the project construction area. Clearing and grubbing within the construction zone will remove additional vegetation and trees measuring less than four-inches.

An equivalent number of trees to those removed by construction and other re-plantings will occur upon project completion according to a landscape plan to be developed in the spring by city Parks and Recreation staff and the Colorado Chautauqua Association.

The Chautauqua Project will address the safety hazard caused by the lack of sidewalk on the south side of Baseline Road from west of 6th Street to west of 10th Street and will improve visitor and area resident mobility and accessibility to Chautauqua. The project will build sidewalk on the south side of Baseline Road between 6th and 10th streets, improve pedestrian crossings within the project area, reconstruct the transit stop near 10th Street to be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and improve pedestrian connections to Open Space and Mountain Parks designated access trails and existing Parks and Recreation paths. The 2014 voter-approved Community, Culture and Safety Tax ballot initiative provided $1.5 million to fund the project.

For the latest construction and traffic impact information, visit and follow boulderconezones on Twitter. For more information regarding the project, please click here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Melanie Sloan here.

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