Quebe Sisters from Texas headline Fiddles, Vittles & Vino at Rock Ledge July 30The 13th annual Fiddles, Vittles & Vino will bring six hours of live music and food to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Sunday, July 30.
The outdoor event from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. will feature four bluegrass/Americana-style bands and samples of donated food and beverages from 40-some restaurants, breweries, wineries or suppliers.
Located off Gateway Road at 30th Street, the ranch is owned by the City of Colorado Springs, with significant support from private donations and the volunteers in its Living History Association (LHA). Fiddles is one of the major ranch fundraisers.
This year's headline band - scheduled for one set from 7 to 8:30 p.m. - will be the Quebe Sisters. The Texas fiddling trio have been performing together since 1998, when they were 7 (Hulda), 10 (Sophia) and 12 (Grace).
Asked in an e-mail about playing at a historic site that's been restored to its 1880s-era heyday, Hulda Quebe replied: “It's so cool that the ranch is preserving such important American agricultural history in such a fresh and interactive way. We are excited to be a part of the fundraising efforts!”
Also on this year's Fiddles bill are the Wooks, from Kentucky, the 2016 RockyGrass Band Contest winners; as well as Colorado bands Lizzy Plotkin & Natalie Spears and Tibet. Each of these groups will play two sets.
Until July 23, ticket prices are $45, with a lower cost for children. Prices will go up $5 after that.
Hulda Quebe also replied to a question about the sisters' development as musicians in light of their youthful start in the performing world. “The best and hardest part about music is being innovative and creative,” she replied. “It's something we have always worked on and been challenged by. The beauty of playing in a band since a young age is that it has allowed us to gain a lot of experience in progressing our music.”
For more information, the event website is fiddlesvittlesandvino.com, or call the ranch at 578-6777.
In other ranch news... The UCCS-based Theatreworks group will perform “Much Ado About Nothing,” based on the play by William Shakespeare, July 27 to Aug. 19 in a large tent on the Rock Ledge hayfield.
This is the eighth year for the showings nicknamed “Shakespeare at the Ranch.” Shows are in the evenings. For dates, times and ticket information, call 255-3232, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to theatreworkscs.org.
Ongoing at Rock Ledge Ranch is its summer season ($8 admission with some age discounts), which continues this year until Aug. 20, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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