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DANCE

Romeo and Juliet by Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble – September 17

Join us this Sunday for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble’s lush and evocative production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Set to the timeless Prokofiev score, Cleo Parker Robinson’s interpretation of this Shakespeare classic carries the audience into the vibrant world of New Orleans as the young lovers struggle to overcome the religious conflicts of their two families. Listen to artistic director Cleo Parker Robinson on CPR’s Colorado Matters here. Sunday, September 17. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.

TALKS

Your Life, Your Legacy – September 18

Most people make financial plans for the future-planning college funds, vacation, retirement—but very few like to think about death, let alone plan for it. By pre-planning your funeral and final legacy wishes, you enable your family to make important financial decisions and fulfill your requests because you made them known. Join Matt Fox, general manager of Crist Mortuary & Mountain View Memorial Park, for an afternoon conversation on the value of pre-arranging your final wishes as a gift to surviving family members. Monday, September 18. 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House, Meadows Room. FREE event. Coffee and cookies will be served.

Please RSVP here.

FILM

Neva Romero: Jamas Olvidados – September 19

In May of 1974, a University of Colorado student and Chicano activist was killed, along with two of her peers, in a car bombing at the Colorado Chautauqua. Forty-eight hours later, three more activists were killed in another car bombing. These tragic events sent shock waves throughout the Chicano Rights Movement yet no one was ever convicted for these crimes. Filmmaker Nicole Eqsuibel explores these horrific events -a scar on the conscience of an entire community – highlighting the efforts of the fallen young activist and struggling to uncover the truth behind her death in the documentary “Neva Romero: Jamas Olvidados.”

Filmmaker Nicole Esquibel will give an introduction as well participate in a panel discussion after the screening. Read about Los Seis de Boulder in the Daily Camera here. Tuesday, September 19. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.

MUSIC

Steep Canyon Rangers – September 21

Grammy® award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers unveil their ninth studio album, “Radio,” a project that further illustrates the band’s dynamic songwriting, instrumental virtuosity and high-energy performance. As one of the premier bluegrass bands in the country, Steep Canyon Rangers is also known for collaborations with actor/comedian and respected banjo player Steve Martin and esteemed singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. Watch the highly-anticipated new video by Steep Canyon Rangers and Steve Martin here. The Steel Wheels will open the show. Thursday, September 21. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.

HOLIDAY PLANNING

Host your family Thanksgiving at Chautauqua

Hosting out-of-town guests this Thanksgiving? No need to pull out the hide-a-bed, clean out the basement or plan the menu when your guests can enjoy cozy accommodations and dining at their front door step.

Chautauqua’s 57 cottages and Missions House Lodge are the perfect options for hosting and entertaining visitors. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and stroll to the historic Chautauqua Dining Hall for your Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 23. Served from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., the delicious, festive dinner includes a family style appetizer course, salad course, choice of entrée (4-5 special entrees available including a vegetarian option), and choice of dessert. View the full Thanksgiving menu* here.

For lodging reservations, call 303.952.1611 or email lodging@chautauqua.com.
For dining reservations*, call 303.440.3776 or email reservations@chautauquadininghall.com.

*Menu is subject to change. Holiday dining reservations with a credit card are required.

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY

Chautauqua once had its own zoo

According to “A History of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation,” Mr. Lyman, a City of Boulder employee who maintained Chautauqua’s buildings and grounds, established the zoo just south of the Auditorium in 1902. In 1903 its denizens were several “game quadrupeds” (deer). In 1906 an eagle joined them, but was soon released due to visitors’ concerns about his poor condition. Mary Galey’s “The Grand Assembly” states that by 1913 the zoo had been renamed Deer Park and moved to Bluebell Canyon, the ravine southeast of the Auditorium. It housed twelve deer, four elk, a gray wolf, two gray squirrels, two pheasants, two bear cubs and some guinea pigs. The Boulder Daily Camera reported that they were later joined by “two chameleons.” It is not known exactly when Deer Park closed.

Bear cubs in Chautauqua zoo circa 1913.
Photo courtesy: Colorado Chautauqua Association archives

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