Three main events Sept. 22
With three new stories to tell - seven in all - the 15th annual Cemetery Crawl will be Saturday, Sept. 22 at Fairview Cemetery, 1000 S. 26th St.
A fundraiser for the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), the event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the gate, with no charge for children 12 and under.
For early tickets, call the OCCHS at 636-1225, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
According to a press release from OCCHS member Jo Cervone, the Crawl “will take you back in time - the late 1800s and early 1900s - as actors dressed in period costumes portray a variety of Colorado City pioneers who lived or spent time and eventually found their final resting place in this town.”
Visitors will be guided from station to station, typically to the gravesites of the people the actors are portraying.
New personalities from the past will be:
A new take on a Crawl story will be provided by OCCHS member Sandy Hanzlian, acting the part of Bertha Schmidt. She will be paired with Phil McDonald as her husband, Jacob Schmidt, a turn-of-the-19th-century Colorado City tavern/deli-bakery owner. An element of their relationship was that Bertha did not like the tavern side of the business. Jacob's character has been presented at the Crawls in 2009 and 2010, but this will be the first time for Bertha.
Another character this year who has appeared at previous Crawls (most recently 2009) is heart-of-gold lady of the night Blanche Burton, who ran houses in Cripple Creek and Colorado City. She will be portrayed this year by Dianne Hartshorn, a fifth-generation Coloradan who first played Burton 14 years ago, according to Cervone.
Laura Bell McDaniel, Colorado City's most famous madame, will be played for the second straight year by Lee Michels, who has researched Colorado's early brothels for about 20 years.
Reprising his 2011 role as Colorado City co-founder Anthony Bott will be David Wright, who works with several reenactment organizations.
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