This week’s High Country High Lights

Angela Dingwell
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Summertime in Teller County is bursting at the seams with activities. Certainly, many of you are out hiking, biking and otherwise enjoying this mild weather and glorious sunshine. However, you should save a little energy for the following events and others found in our local calendar. These are opportunities for you to meet your neighbors, or get re-acquainted as you enjoy every precious moment of our all-too-short warm weather season.

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Beer enthusiasts appreciate the efforts of producing craft beers and revel in the distinctions of taste, color, clarity and heartiness of beer. If you consider yourself a beer enthusiast (or, would like to be one), the Ute Pass Brewery at 209 E. Midland Ave, in Woodland Park is the place to be on Thursday night, June 19 from 5:30-6:30pm. Beer judge, Matt Baldwin will be showcasing different types of beer and explaining what makes one different from the other. Attending the event is free, however you do need to buy your own beers. Grab a buddy, wife, girlfriend or gather up your co-workers and arrive ready to learn, drink and enjoy. You can contact Kristen Baldwin at 687-9281 for more information.

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Friday, June 20 is the third Farmers’ Market of the season, which will be open from 7am-1pm in downtown Woodland Park. Featured musicians in the ‘lunch garden’ at the corner of Henrietta Ave & Center St this week will be the band A Pick, A Stick, and A Chick + 1. This group played during the opening market the first week of June and the crowd loved them. The band will be playing from 10am until 12:30pm. The ‘lunch garden’ has picnic tables for eating your tasty lunch from the market vendors and a swing set and rocks to climb on for the children. Judy Crummett, Market Manager can answer your questions at 719-689-3133. Don’t forget - you can follow the Woodland Park Farmers’ Market on Facebook for updates on what’s fresh at the market each week.

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Downtown Woodland Park is the place to be each month during the Third Friday Art and Wine Walk. Teller County is home to very talented artists and this is a great way to view their work, listen to great music and have a beer at the courtyard on Midland Ave. in front of the Charlie Chambers Studio and Summit Beauty School. Bierworks will be providing libations until 9pm and the band, Trebleedias will be playing from 5-9pm on Friday night, June 20. Several of the local businesses are open extended hours for this year-round monthly event.

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Comedian Red Skelton is famous for once saying “I’m nuts and I know it. But so long as I make ‘em laugh, they ain’t going to lock me up.” That pretty much sums up the life and humor of this comic who made millions laugh each week during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Those of you over 50 can enjoy a look back at all things Red at the Imperial Hotel’s Gold Bar Room Theater in Cripple Creek on June 21 and 22. Brian Hoffman will perform “Remembering Red – A Tribute to Red Skelton” in a family friendly comedy show for all ages. Hoffman performs many Skelton favorites including the infamous dim-witted country bumpkin, Clem Kadiddlehopper, everyone’s favorite hobo — Freddy the Free-loader and of course, the “talking” seagulls, Gertrude and Heathcliffe. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Contact George at 719-344-9274 with questions.

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Officers from the Woodland Park and Cripple Creek Police Departments and the Teller County Sheriff’s Office will be going beyond the call of duty this weekend as they wait tables at local restaurants to raise funds for Special Olympics. You can help them by participating in this year’s Tip-A-Cop event by dining at McGinty’s Wood Oven Pub in Divide on Saturday, June 21 from noon-2pm and again from 5-7pm or Denny’s restaurant in Woodland Park on Sunday, June 22 from 10am to 2pm. You can show your support by leaving a generous tip and appreciation for these fine men and women who protect us on a daily basis, yet find the time to participate in this worthy cause.