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TALKS

The Legacy of Penfield Tate, II – February 9

Penfield Tate, II, Boulder’s only African American mayor, was a humanitarian ahead of his time. Mayor of Boulder from 1974-1976, Tate advocated for equality for all. His stance on protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation cost him his political career. He and his family faced a hateful and frightening backlash. What was it like for the Tate family during those times? What can we learn from Penfield Tate’s commitment to his convictions? Join the honorable Penfield Tate, III, son of the late mayor, for a revealing look back to the life and times of Boulder’s humanitarian mayor. Thursday, February 9. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

MUSIC

The Freewheel Trio – February 10

Join us for an evening of bluegrass, old-time, classical and American jazz traditions with Denver-based group, The Freewheel Trio. This contemporary string band approaches both original and traditional music with the weight of their varied musical backgrounds. Their versatility, both individually and as a group, fosters a close connection with audiences and a unique style from a familiar instrumentation. The Trio consists of Mike Robinson on guitar, Andrew Ryan on bass and Joe D’Esposito on fiddle. Watch The Freewheel Trio here. Friday, February 10. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

EXPLORER

Chris Fisher: City of the Jaguar – February 16

Over the past two years, the excavation of an ancient city in Honduras has yielded a trove of remarkable stone artifacts from a mysterious, unnamed Pre-Columbian civilization. A joint American-Honduran team of archaeologists led by CSU’s Dr. Chris Fisher uncovered and removed more than 200 sculptures from the center of the site, which is being called the “City of the Jaguar.”

While the City of the Jaguar is spectacularly isolated now, at its heyday it was probably a center of trade and commerce. “When you’re here today,” Fisher said, “you feel so disconnected. It’s a wilderness, and it’s hard to imagine you’re even in the 21st century. But in the past, it was in the midst of an intense network of human interaction. It wasn’t isolated at all. Watch a recent interview with explorer Chris Fisher on CBS Sunday Morning here. Thursday, February 16. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

LODGING

Spend Valentine’s Day at Chautauqua

Getaway with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day! Stay in a charming cottage nestled against the Flatirons and savor a special four course prix fixe dinner for two at the historic Chautauqua Dining Hall.

Special one night packages start at $232 per night,* based on studio cottage and double occupancy. Includes one night stay in a cottage and a four course prix fixe dinner for two at the Chautauqua Dining Hall. Other packages available for 1-3 bedroom cottages and additional guests. For reservations or information, call 303.952.1611.

*Restrictions: Valid February 14, 2017 only. Offer valid on new reservations only. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Tax and gratuity not included. Dining reservation times accommodated based on available timeslots at time of reservation. Dinner includes four course, prix fixe menu only. View menu here.

CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL

Valentine’s Day dinner – February 14

Celebrate love at the Chautauqua Dining Hall with a special four course prix fixe dinner. Click here to read the full menu. Price is $55 per guest. Tax and gratuity not included. Reservations begin at 5 PM. Please call 303.440.3776 or email reservations@chautauquadininghall.com.

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY

Oliver T. Jackson, Entrepreneur

Nowadays, Boulder is well-known for its abundance of restaurant entrepreneurs. For the Texas-Colorado Chautauqua opening season in 1898, organizers hired one of Boulder’s early restaurant entrepreneurs to manage the brand new Dining Hall. Oliver T. Jackson, known as O.T., was a successful African American businessman in Boulder. His entrepreneurial ventures included an oyster bar, ice cream parlor and a full catering operation. He managed the Stillman Hotel in downtown Boulder. In 1897, he established Jackson’s Resort at the site of today’s Boulder Dinner Theatre (55th & Arapahoe).

Jackson’s stint at the Chautauqua Dining Hall was short lived as he moved on to other ventures. He left Boulder in 1907, after prohibition was enacted.

Jackson founded the settlement of Dearfield in Weld County in 1910. Dearfield was an African American community based on the teachings of Booker T. Washington who encouraged self-determination, land ownership and economic independence for black people. In addition, Jackson was the trusted official messenger for three Colorado governors. Dearfield flourished until the Depression and the Colorado Dust Bowl years of the 1930s. In 1995, Dearfield was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. Chautauqua is proud to claim a piece of the significant legacy of the enterprising Coloradan Oliver T. Jackson.

OT TAYLOR

The opening season staff of the Chautauqua Dining Hall on the steps in 1898. Pictured: manager O. T. Jackson, holding hat, and his wife, Sadie, front left. Photo: Colorado Chautauqua Archives.

CITY PROJECTS AT CHAUTAUQUA

Baseline Sidewalk Project Update

Due to the temporary closure of the King’s Gate entrance to Chautauqua, a detour has been provided on the north side of Baseline Road to Kinnikinic Road.

For your safety and that of the construction crews, and to ensure that work can be completed on time, please observe the detours and do not enter the work zone–marked by cones, barrels, barricades and fencing. It may seem safe to hop the fence or go inside the cones and barrels, but the machine operators aren’t expecting you in their work area and may not be able to stop in time to keep you safe. Also, there are many other safety hazards that may not be clear, like holes to fall in, exposed utilities or unstable ground and slippery surfaces.

If you have questions regarding the detour, please contact Melanie Sloan, Transportation Division, at 303-441-4934 or by email at sloanm@bouldercolorado.gov.

All work is dependent on weather, contractor schedules and material delivery and so is subject to change. For the latest construction and traffic impact information, visit www.BoulderConeZones.net and follow @boulderconezones on Twitter. For more information, visit the City of Boulder’s project page here.

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