Walk Through Time on the Vindicator Trail – Back by Popular Demand

The Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) will be hosting a second round of its May historic mine tour, A Walk Through Time, on Saturday, July 13. The hike will feature a walking tour of the Vindicator Valley Trail just north of Victor. The cost is $15 per person with proceeds benefiting the non-profit STCFG.

Victorite Gary Horton will provide history and tales of the underground mines of the 1890s, starting the Vindicator Mine and ending at the Theresa Mine. This is a walking tour (in the downhill direction). Participants will carpool to the upper mine site, walk to the Theresa and carpool back up or hike back up to the Vindicator Mine.

If you missed the May 18 version of this tour or want to return for the same tour, please see STCFG.com for information and reservations.

For the tour, meet at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum at 3rd and Victor Avenue in Victor no later than 12:30 on May 18. All participants will be required to sign waivers. This tour is very popular and advance, pre-paid reservations are recommended online at STCFG.com. Online reservations are by credit card; cash only payments will be accepted at the museum the day of the event. Be sure to bring warm clothing and be prepared for walking on rocky ground. The site is at 10,000 feet in elevation so be sure to consider the effects of elevation and colder temperatures when planning your visit.

The cost is $15 per person, which benefits the historic preservation and community development projects of the STCFG. The organization works to preserve historic structures, develops, promotes, and maintains the Trails of Gold, and hosts other annual events such as the Victor Gem & Mineral Show, and Gold Camp Christmas Headframe Lighting.

The morning of July 13 at 10 a.m. the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum will host a walking tour the Sunnyside Cemetery. See VictorColorado.com for information and reservations for that tour. For more information on the STCFG or this event, visit VictorColorado.com, email stcfg@victorcolorado.com, or call 719-689-2675.

 

Housing Survey Reminder!

Cripple Creek and Victor are sponsoring a study to better understand housing needs in the area.  We are sending out a final reminder seeking your response on this confidential questionnaire about your current residence and future housing needs.  The survey will close for input May 30th.

Employee Survey link: www.bit.ly/ccv2019

If you have already responded to the survey, THANK YOU very much. If you have not, please recall that participants may choose to be entered in a drawing for one of five $100 gift certificates (redeemable at a store of your choice).

Your participation is essential to the success of this study!!

Historic Victor, Colorado Holds 7th Annual Gem and Mineral Show

The annual Gem & Mineral Show sponsored by the Southern Teller County Focus Group (STCFG) in Victor, Colorado will be held June 14-16. The event will be held in downtown historic Victor and is open and free to the public.

The show will include vendors from across the state selling Colorado dug minerals. Items for sale will include polished gems, hand-crafted jewelry, rough slabs, specimens, cabochons, geode breaking, Cripple Creek & Victor Mining District gold ore specimens, Cripple Creek turquoise, and more. There will also be gold and gem panning at the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. Show hours are from 9 to 5 each day.

This year a geologist from Newmont Mining Corporation will make a presentation on the geology of the gold mining district. This free presentation will be held Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m. at the Victor Elks Lodge.

In addition to the show, the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum gift shop will be open from 9:30 to 5:30 with its collection of rocks, gems, minerals, rhodochrosite and aquamarine jewelry, geodes and gold panning for the kids. The museum also houses a mineral collection as well as historic mining equipment, photos, and historic displays. In addition, guided tours of the modern gold mine are available through the museum – see VictorColorado.com for reservations.

The Victor Elks Lodge members will be grilling burgers on the lodge porch as a fundraiser. Victor’s many shops and attractions will also be open, including Victor’s Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum, antique, art and gift shops, the old-fashioned soda fountain, German Bakery, the local bar and eatery, Victor Hotel, as well as the local parks and Trails of Gold where you can explore the historic gold mining country.

For more information on the STCFG or this event, visit VictorColorado.com, email info@stcfg.com, or call 719-689-2675.

Brooks Forsyth Music Video filmed in Victor!

The following music video was filmed in Victor, CO!

Watch Video Here: https://youtu.be/p2g2FuweiGg

Releasing tomorrow (May 9, 2019)– acclaimed music video director Nigel Dick has partnered up with a new, up-and-coming Americana artist, Brooks Forsyth, for a new music video “Cast My Dreams to the Wind.”

A versatile guitar player, Brooks Forsyth reels in crowds with masterful flatpicking and fingerpicking and keeps them there with his melodic storyteller’s voice.

The video is directed by award-winning and nominated (21 MTV awards, 26 Much Music Awards, and one GRAMMY) Nigel Dick. Dick has made over 380 music videos and worked with an incredible list of artists and has been responsible for some of the most influential videos in music video history: Sweet Child O’ Mine, Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City by Guns n’ Roses; “Wonderwall” by Oasis, “Believe” by Cher; “Oops, I did it Again” and “Baby, One More Time” by Britney Spears.

Now, Nigel Dick has directed a music video for up-and-coming Americana artist, Brooks Forsyth. Dick rarely works with independent artists, but, having heard Brooks’ song, “Cast My Dreams to the Wind” from his recent album, So Much Beyond Us, Dick knew he wanted to work with Brooks.

More on Brooks Forsyth:
Hailing from Boone, North Carolina, Brooks Forsyth is a new class of Americana singer-songwriter. A versatile guitar player, Brooks reels in crowds with masterful flatpicking and fingerpicking and keeps them there with his melodic storyteller’s voice. His songwriting encompasses a variety of genres within Americana: folk, country blues, bluegrass, and roots rock. His newest project, So Much Beyond Us, released on September 21, 2018. The album is a collection of new-style country Americana with down-home country storytelling. He recorded with producers Buzz and Parker Cason at Nashville’s Creative Workshop. The album includes musicians Sadler Vaden, guitarist of Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit, Grand Old Opry fiddler Eamon McLoughlin, bassist Michael Rinne, and drummer Jon Radford.

Housing Survey Coming Soon!

CITIES OF CRIPPLE CREEK AND VICTOR EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES AND RESIDENTS:  Please Participate in our Housing Needs Assessment

All employers, employees and residents within the Cripple Creek and Victor area are encouraged to participate in an online survey beginning May 1st.  The study is designed to assess the housing and community needs of residents and employees in the area, with the survey providing valuable insight into the extent to which local employers, residents and employees are impacted (or not) by the availability of housing.  The cities of Cripple Creek and Victor are sponsoring this study to better understand and plan for our resident and workforce housing needs now and, in the future, and to support our community and economy.    We need to hear from you to make this study a success!  More to follow!