Category Archives: Events

Two Rivers Chautauqua: “Western Voices” Event Schedule

Friday August 18 Community Presentations – Free to the Public Mesa County Libraries, Main Branch: 10:00 to 11:00 am Legendary Ladies: Straight Out of Colorado’s History, Announcer: Joyce Nelson Josie Bassett, Rancher & Rustler, Portrayed by Judie Hinton Helen Hunt Jackson, Indian Rights Advocate, Portrayed by Gretchen Payne Mary Rippon, University of Colorado’s first female professor, Portrayed by Charlene Pazar Katharine Lee Bates, Author of a Beloved American Song, Portrayed by Kyle Neidt    Colorado … Read More

Cross Orchards Events

Car Show For the first time in more than a decade, Cross Orchards will host a car show! The Museums of Western Colorado, in conjunction with local community members, is restoring this cherished event. The show will take place on May 20. There will be numerous classic muscle cars, trucks, tractors, and motorcycles, as well as some truly exceptional and one-of-a-kind vehicles. It is sure to be fun for the whole family! Summer Concert Series … Read More

Character Forged in Conflict – Young Chautauquans

Two Rivers Chautauqua 2016 This year we have four Young Chautauquans who will present at our evening performances along with our professional Chautauquans. For more information and the event schedule, please go here.   Friday, September 16     Ashton Call as General George S. Patton Military genius, legend, warrior, egotist, conqueror, and bully are all descriptors used to describe General George Patton. WWII provides a panoramic backdrop as Ashton Call, 8th grader at Caprock Academy, exposes Patton’s flair and … Read More

Character Forged in Conflict – Abraham Lincoln

Two Rivers Chautauqua 2016 Abraham Lincoln: The Power of the Spoken Word Portrayed by George Frein, Ph.D. Everybody knows that Abraham Lincoln was President during the Civil War. It is not so well known that he spent most of his time and energy while in office as a writer and orator. His words were the chief power of his administration. He labored over his speeches, knowing that not getting his words right would cost men … Read More

Character Forged in Conflict – Eleanor Roosevelt

Two Rivers Chautauqua 2016 Hammering Out Human Rights: Eleanor Roosevelt at the United Nations Portrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak Besides being the longest serving First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. One of her biggest challenges was as the US Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. In this capacity, President Truman dubbed her the “First Lady of the World.” Eleanor Roosevelt speaks of the … Read More

Character Forged In Conflict – Jefferson Davis

Two Rivers Chautauqua 2016 Jefferson Davis: Patriot or Traitor? Portrayed by Doug A. Mishler Vilified in the south for decades as a coward and tyrant who lost the war for General Lee; damned for a century as the quintessential evil slave owner and one of America’s great traitors, Jefferson Davis is a character who has always generated more passion than insight. While a simple man in many ways, Davis was also remarkable. Davis graduated from … Read More

Character Forged in Conflict – Nikita Khrushchev

Two Rivers Chautauqua 2016 The Fiercest Cold Warrior: Nikita Khrushchev Portrayed by Doug A. Mishler Often remembered merely as a blowhard or a buffoon for his surreal kitchen debate with Nixon in 1959 or his petulant shoe pounding at the UN, in fact, Khrushchev was never a joke. Khrushchev followed a long and very colorful path to become arguably the most crucial figure opposing the West during the Cold War—certainly his Cuban missile adventure almost … Read More

Two Rivers Chautauqua

Chautauq…What???? History and Family Fun — Rolled Into One! Two Rivers Chautauqua, “Character Forged in Conflict” aims to bring history to life in the most fun and enjoyable way! Join us on Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th for this unique event that provides attendees with the opportunity to interact with Chautauquans. Chautauq…what????? A Chautauquan is a scholar who portrays a significant figure in our history by delivering an unscripted dramatic monologue in costume … Read More

Back by Popular Demand… The King ‘n Trio Returns to Cross Orchards Historic Site!

July 29 ♪ 7:00 pm Cross Orchards Historic Site • 3073 F Road, Grand Junction $25/person The King ’n Trio returns to Cross Orchards Historic Site for a benefit performance Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7 pm. Gates open at 6 pm. The barn at Cross Orchards Historic Site provides the perfect ambience for a mid-summer night’s concert. The traditional folk sounds of string bass, banjo, and harmonica are sure to get your feet tapping and … Read More