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Playing with the Past

The Frontier Historical Society hosts a fun evening of frontier gambling with the second installment of its Playing with the Past series. Join the gang at the White Star Saloon (the Elks Lodge at 51939 Highway 6 in West Glenwood) on Saturday, Aug. 29, to learn how to play Faro, Keno, Chuck-a-Luck, Spanish Monte, Bluff and Vingt-Un. Look for Doc Holliday, Kid Curry and other pioneers of Glenwood Springs. Dress in your old west best (optional) and see if Lady Luck is on your side. Social Hour begins at 6:30 p.m. with a talk by Professor Reginald Lamb at 7 p.m. Games begin around 8. $10 gets you into the saloon and a stack of chips to play with. Enjoy a cash bar and club menu with food items for purchase while you gamble the evening away. Adults are welcome. For more information, call 970-945-4448 or email

The Galloping Geese of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad

The Galloping Geese of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad will be the featured topic of the September program at the Glenwood Railroad Museum. The Rio Grande Southern Railroad, built by Colorado transportation pioneer Otto Mears, was a narrow gauge railroad connecting Durango and Ridgeway via Lizard Head Pass and Telluride. The Rio Grande Southern developed the Galloping Geese, a unique railcar that was part bus and part freight car, to provide service to the remote communities along its route. Karl Schaeffer, retired engineer and manager with the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and board member with the Ridgway Railroad Museum, will present this illustrated program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the museum in the Glenwood Railroad Depot across the street from the Hotel Denver on Seventh Street in Glenwood Springs. Entrance to the museum for this program will be from the track side of the depot. Take the stairway located to the west of the depot and walk along the depot to the museum entrance. The program is free and open to the public.

Audition schedule announced for ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Defiance Community Players will be producing “Fiddler on the Roof” this year, directed by Wendy Moore and starring Bob Moore as Tevye, with performances on Nov. 13-15 and 20-22. Auditions will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 12, with callbacks starting at noon on Sept. 13. The location for auditions is to be determined. Children, men and women are needed to fill about 30 spots. Rehearsals will take place Sunday through Thursday with some Sundays off.

Auditions are by appointment only and can be made by sending an email to or calling Alexis States at 515-360-6882. Appointments can be made starting on Sept. 4.

For an audition, prepare 16-24 bars of a song, and bring the sheet music to the audition. Also, be prepared to learn and perform a short dance routine that will be taught at the audition.

For more information, contact Chip Wells at 970-379-5940.

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