Consider a little close-to-home time travel next weekend. Grounds around the Fort Restaurant in Morrison will be in motion with colorful mountain men …
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Consider a little close-to-home time travel next weekend.
Grounds around the Fort Restaurant in Morrison will be in motion
with colorful mountain men and women — trappers and traders dressed
in period clothing — selling and showing their wares at an 1830s
encampment. Included might be buckskin period dress, trade silver
and beaver skin hats and smaller treasures.
Tepees are set up and furnished as the were in the early 19th
century. Competitions such as tomahawk throw and black powder shoot
are scheduled, as they might have been at the original Bent’s Fort,
the model for this unique restaurant and cultural center. Kids’
hands-on activities will include making wampum beads. Storytellers
and 1830s interpreters will teach about the culture and early
western lifestyle portrayed.
At the same time, inside the Fort, the Rendezvous will host the
8th annual Colonial Spanish Art Show and market, with famous
artists from Colorado and New Mexico demonstrating and selling
their traditional art: retablos, bultos, tin work, and encrusted
straw applique. Santero Jose Raul Esquibel of Littleton is among
the many participating artists, who include Charlie Carrillo,
Catherine Robles Shaw, Jimmy Trujillo, Teresa Duran and Roberta
Carvers will probably have images of San Isidro, patron saint of
farmers, and namesake to the San Isidro Farmers Market, thanks to
the Colorado Proud Program, which will also be on the grounds,
selling roasted chili peppers, fresh vegetables, corn, squash and
Food, art and music will fill the weekend, including fiddle,
traditional Spanish music, Flamenco dancing and a fandango.
Volunteers are needed to assist on 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 4
p.m. shifts. See positions available on the Tesoro Web site.
If you go:
The Fort is at 19192 Highway 8 in Morrison, just off Highway
285. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept.
20. Admission: $6/adults; $3 Seniors and students; children under
12 free. 303-839-1671, www.tesorof
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