Chautauqua performances Sept. 13-14: Family-friendly, educational & fun |

Chautauqua performances Sept. 13-14: Family-friendly, educational & fun

Peter Booth
Cultural Confidential Contributor


WHAT: Eighth annual Two Rivers Chautauqua

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 13-14

WHERE: Cross Orchards, 3073 F Road

COST: $15/family, $12/couple, $7.50/person


This weekend, Cross Orchards Historic Site, located at 3073 F Road, is bringing Colorado history to life at the eight annual Two Rivers Chautauqua. “Their Colorado Riches!” is the theme and will feature historical depictions of “Molly” Brown, Otto Mears, Diego Martin and Theodore Roosevelt.

Molly Brown is best known as a survivor of the sinking of the ocean liner Titanic. Using her forward and assertive personality — not considered proper for a woman of that day — she used her voice to speak for the disenfranchised who had no voice at that time.

Otto Mears was a Russian immigrant who was a witness at the trial of Alferd Packer. He also built roads and helped design the Colorado State Capitol.

Diego Martin, el vaquero, is a composite character based upon traditional stories and histories and portrays a Spanish cowboy. Doug Mishler will reprise his role as Theodore Roosevelt — environmentalist, U.S. president and Colorado hunter. These four people, because of their creativity and influence, have greatly enriched the quality and color of life in Colorado.

In addition to these professional Chautauquans, you will also have the privilege to hear Young Chautauquan presentations from students from School District 51.

Entertainment under the big tent will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, and Chautauqua performances will begin at 6:30. On Saturday, Sept. 14, you can have coffee with the professional Chautauquans at 9 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 2451 Patterson Road. The Saturday performance at Cross Orchards Historic Site will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue throughout the day. Entertainment on Saturday evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by Chautauqua performances at 6:30.

Food will be available to purchase on Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 5 p.m.

Admission prices are $7.50/person, $12/couple or $15/family up to six people each day.

For more information or schedules, check out the Museum of Western Colorado’s website at

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