Category Archives: History

Grand Valley History Players presents Abigail Adams

Join us for History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua, September 13 and 14. Find out more here. Abigail Adams presented by Jessica Downing-Ford I witnessed the birth of independence from Britain from my farm in Braintree, Massachusetts. My husband, John Adams—my “Dearest Friend”—was a lawyer, a patriot, and a public servant. His role in the founding of our country took him far from our farm for years at a time. In these absences I became the … Read More

Grand Valley History Players presents Bea Arthur

Come rub elbows with a few 20th century icons at our History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua kick-off! More information on this event here. Bea Arthur presented by Marjorie Deese Bea Arthur is known for her portrayal of Maude and Dorothy Zbornak but where was she before then? The pre television years of her life will be presented on the Chautauqua stage by Marjorie Deese.                   Marjorie Deese … Read More

Grand Valley History Players presents Minnie Pearl

Come rub elbows with a few 20th century icons at our History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua kick-off! More information on this event here. Minnie Pearl presented by Angeline Roles The wholesomeness of poodle skirts and letter jackets gave way to war and protests during the late 1960’s and early 70’s. With a career spanning over 60 years, one female entertainer carried her fans through it all with laughter and love.  Sarah Colley-Cannon, aka Minnie Pearl, … Read More

Grand Valley History Players presents Zelda Fitzgerald

Come rub elbows with a few 20th century icons at our History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua kick-off! More information on this event here. Zelda Fitzgerald presented by Kathy Applebee Zelda Fitzgerald, dubbed the original flapper by her novelist husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, was his muse, the darling of the Jazz Age, a ballerina, painter, and writer. She struggled with a tempestuous marriage, mental illness, and the changing times. Kathy Applebee is a writer, playwright, actor, … Read More

That’s the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years – Walter Cronkite

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua presents… David Skipper as Walt Disney Larry Bounds as Walter Cronkite Karen Vuranch as Julia Child September 13 and 14   More details as we get closer to event date here. Memories of Cronkite Walter Cronkite’s journey to become America’s most watched and most trusted journalist began as a newspaper boy in Missouri, a newspaper copy boy in Texas, a radio announcer in the Great Depression, and a United Press correspondent … Read More

That’s the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years – Julia Child

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua presents… David Skipper as Walt Disney Larry Bounds as Walter Cronkite Karen Vuranch as Julia Child September 13 and 14   More details as we get closer to event date here. Julia Child and the Development of Academic Culinary Programs Karen Vuranch In 1961, Julia and Paul Child arrived back in the United States to live permanently. Except for a few years at the end of WWII, they had been … Read More

That’s the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years – Walt Disney

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua presents… David Skipper as Walt Disney Larry Bounds as Walter Cronkite Karen Vuranch as Julia Child September 13 and 14   More details as we get closer to event date here. Walt Disney: Dreamer of Dreams Walt Disney has become a legendary character of the twentieth century. So much has been written about him, and so much is inaccurate, that the legends often attained a currency that was not deserved. … Read More

Guess Who’s Coming to Chautauqua?

It’s almost time for our 2019 Chautauqua! We have a new name – History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua. We also have a new logo.  Most importantly, we have a great theme – That’s the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years. That is sure to have us strolling down memory lane. Mark your calendars now for September 13 and 14 as we bring three icons from our past to life. Walt Disney, Julia Child, and … Read More

Pacomio Chacon: Aspen Tree Artist

In the late 1840s, thousands of young Basque men migrated from Europe to the American West. Many of the men found employment as sheep herders. The herders would take the sheep to the high country in the summer to graze among the aspen trees. To pass the time they made carvings on aspen trees, known as arborglyphs. One of the famous of these Basque aspen artists was Pacomio Chacon. He was born near Coyote, New … Read More