Rails offer ties to adventure

By Sonya Ellingboe

Posted 6/16/12

Colorado has a number of historic railroads with lovingly restored engines and cars that offer vacation fun for families. The Rio Grande Scenic …

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Rails offer ties to adventure

By Sonya Ellingboe


Colorado has a number of historic railroads with lovingly restored engines and cars that offer vacation fun for families.

The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, headquartered in Alamosa, schedules scenic excursions and related special events such as the Rails and Ales Brewfest on June 23, a summer concert series at Fir Station and more. A one-day round trip between Alamosa and Chama, N.M., includes a stop for a hearty lunch and volunteer historians who love to chat with passengers. For information: coloradotrain.com or for the concert series, see mountainrailslive.com.

‘People of the Land’

“Mapuche, The People of the Land” opens June 29 at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., and continues through Jan. 13, 2013. David Irving will loan his collection of textiles and other items to the museum. He studied with Dr. Joe Ben Wheat at CU-Boulder and with Kate Peck Kent at DU, receiving a degree in anthropology and a master’s in sculpture. He became a collector of Navajo and Pueblo textiles and later shifted his focus to the Mapuche people of south-central Chile and adjacent areas of Argentina, recognized for skill in weaving and silversmithing. Open during museum hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. 303-795-3950.

Artists invited

The Joan R. Duncan Galleries at Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly St., Centennial, invites artists to submit applications for exhibits in the gallery’s 2013 schedule. Two-dimensional work only, limited to 30-40 pieces which may be sold during the exhibition. Send images of 10 representative works (as Windows-compatible jpeg files on a CD) and a completed application form, available at the library or via e-mail. Deadline for submission is August 1. For information, contact Kitty Kramer, 303-792-8999, ext 12712 or e-mail her: kkramer@ald.lib.co.us. For more information: arapahoelibraries.org.

Artist as music lover

Included in the rich collection of Clyfford Still’s art and artifacts willed to Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum is a record collection. He is known to have painted to musical accompaniment. At 6:30 p.m. June 28, Colorado Symphony resident conductor Scott O’Neil will explore and discuss the collection’s contents and play excerpts. Tickets: $10 public/$7.50 members. The museum is at 1250 Bannock St., Denver. Clyffordstillmuseum.org, 720-554-4880. Also scheduled: lawn concert, Faceman with Rubedo at 5:30 p.m. on the museum lawn. Concert is free, but museum admission is necessary to visit the interior, which is open until 8 p.m. on Fridays.

Auditions in Arvada

The Arvada Center will hold auditions for the musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28 and 29 at the Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Rod A. Lansberry will direct. Call to schedule an appointment: 720-898-7200. Must be 18 or older. For information about the casting needs: arvadacenter.org. Experienced singers with strong acting abilities sought.

Expanded hours

Hours are extended for those who want to visit the popular Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit before it closes July 8: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except July 4, when the museum will be open until 5 p.m. and June 29 (untitled night), when 10 p.m. is closing time. Timed and dated tickets are available online at: ysldenver.com. A ticket to the show includes museum admission and the interactive Fashion Studio. Museum general information: denverartmuseum.org


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