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This Week in Colorado Springs (6/19 - 6/25)

Happy Father's Day!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - June 18, 2017

Hello once again Colorado Springs, and welcome to this week’s installment of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! I hope you had a great Father’s Day weekend, and that you’re ready for another week of beautiful summer weather, and some great events to go with it! With highs in the 80s and 90s all week, and no rain at all in the forecast, it’s looking like summer has finally started for us!
Starting off our week with Monday (6/19), we’ll head up to Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs, where The Little London Winds will be kicking off their 2017 Summer Concert Series: Metamorphosis! This series of family-friendly, free concerts features a variety of music. This concert series is played outside in the pavilion at Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs. The Little London Winds encourages audience members to bring a picnic dinner as well as folding chairs. No tickets are necessary and the concert is free and open to the public. With clear skies and nice, warm summer weather in the forecast, this will be a great chance to get out of the house and enjoy the evening!
After an evening with some very experienced, professional musicians on Monday, we’ll be heading over to the Packard Performance Hall for the Colorado College Summer Music Festival on Tuesday (6/20) to see some up-and-coming musicians strut their stuff! The Colorado College Summer Music Festival is an intensive three-week program for 52 advanced student musicians who work with world-class faculty to further develop their musical talents. The Festival has brought the very best in chamber and orchestra music to the wider Colorado Springs community since 1984. With 26 concerts in a 3-week period, from classical to contemporary, children's concerts and free lunchtime concerts, the festival is sure to offer something for everyone!
Wednesday (6/21) we’ll be heading up to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to join them in celebrating and supporting World Giraffe Day! World Giraffe Day is a worldwide celebration initiated by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation that aims to raise support, create awareness, and spotlight the challenges that giraffes face in the wild – on the longest day of the year! Join us for giraffe-themed activities and remember to wear your giraffe costume for the giraffe parade! You’ll also have a chance to meet their herd and the keepers in African Rift Valley during a variety of demos and talks!
With so many events going on during the summer, it might be nice to get out and do something on your own to get away from the crowd as well. With that in mind, this Thursday (6/22) would be a great day to avoid the crowds and head up to Manitou Springs (once again) for a day on the Manitou Springs Incline! The Manitou Springs Incline, also known as the Manitou Incline or simply the Incline, is a popular hiking trail rising above Manitou Springs, Colorado, near Colorado Springs. The trail is the remains of a former 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge funicular railway whose tracks washed out during a rock slide in 1990. The Incline is famous for its sweeping views and steep grade, with an average grade of 45% (24°) and as steep as 68% (34°) in places, making it a fitness challenge for visitors and locals alike. The incline gains over 2,000 feet (610 m) of elevation in less than one mile!
Friday (6/23) we’ll dive right back in to the Summer fun here in Colorado Springs, this time at the Stargazers Theatre, where they’ll be presenting Starburn, with special guest Balanced Rock! Remember Vanilla Fudge, The Doobie Brothers, Chicago, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Santana, Cream and many more? Starburn will take you there! Starburn is a high-energy rock band playing the music of the late 60's and early 70's based in Colorado Springs. Put on your best 60’s threads and join Starburn for a total rock experience! The Colorado-based musical band Balanced Rock is named after the famous 700-ton natural red sandstone rock formation located in the scenic Garden of the Gods in their hometown of Colorado Springs. Like the uniqueness and rarity that balanced rocks appear in nature precariously perched to seem to defy gravity, likewise, the rock group Balanced Rock, is a one-of-a-kind musical force of nature!
This Saturday (6/24) will be a special opportunity if you’re here in Colorado Springs, as the Manitou Cliff Dwellings will be hosting the wolves from Colorado Wolf Adventures! Explore the fascinating architecture of the ancient Anasazi and browse through two museums featuring cultural displays, all overlooking the historic town of Manitou Springs. The magic and mystery of the Native American culture is sure to delight visitors of all ages, and with the wolves visiting for the day, it’ll be an extra special afternoon for the young ones!
Wrapping up our week with Sunday (6/25), we’ll be heading over to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center to check out their exhibit “Everyday Extraordinary: From Rembrandt to Warhol”! Sparked by their first fine art acquisition, intended primarily to be a prudent financial investment, the exceptional collection of Morton and Tobia Mower has multiplied into scores of Rembrandt etchings, Impressionist paintings and prints by masters such as Claude Monet and Berthe Morisot. Their collection also includes examples from some of the most recognizable artists of the 20th century – Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Roy Lichtenstein. Everyday life, familiar stories and common objects comprise each image, but these stunning artworks are far from ordinary!

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