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This Week in Colorado Springs (11/21 - 11/26)

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - November 21, 2017

Good morning Colorado Springs, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! It’s Thanksgiving week, and weather is looking to be quiet and very mild, with no chance for rain or snow all week! Thanksgiving day we’re looking at temperatures in the upper 60s and 70s, so we’ll have a great chance to enjoy some sun for the holiday!

Starting off our week with Tuesday (11/21), we’ll be heading over to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum for their Fall Family Fun Days! If you’re looking for a fun family outing during Thanksgiving break, join the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum for their Fall Family Fun Days! Explore their brand new, 100% interactive children’s exhibit, “Beads, Blankets & Buffalo: Trading at Bent’s Fort.” Make seasonal crafts. Hop on a family-friendly guided tour offered at noon and 2pm, and enjoy a holiday movie and popcorn throughout the day!
As for this Wednesday (11/22), we’ll be stopping by the Stargazers Theatre for their Hungry Farmer Bands’ Annual Thanksgiving Reunion! Musicians never stop playing - they just change venues. If you were in a local band in the 1970s and '80s the place to play was The Hungry Farmer, a popular restaurant on Garden of the Gods Road known for its generous servings, country atmosphere and live music. In 1979 the manager decided to have a big Thanksgiving Day meal on Thanksgiving Eve for all the musicians who didn't have anywhere to go or any money to spend on the holiday. Those same musicians requested a post-meal jam session since they never got to play together, and a holiday tradition was born! The 38th Annual Hungry Farmer Bands’ Thanksgiving Reunion includes about 10 musicians from the Pikes Peak region and as far away as Iowa who get together to jam. The one prerequisite? Musicians must have played at The Hungry Farmer. Friends and family gather together each year to watch the former members of long ago bands, including Fall River Road, Buffalo Dreams, Radford Lewis Band, Range Rockets and Phantom Hooters.  Admission is 2 non-perishable food items or a small cash donation for Care & Share.
On Thanksgiving Day (11/23), most of us will be spending the holiday with family, but if you’re travelling for the holiday and looking for a nice Thanksgiving meal while you’re in town you may want to stop by The Antlers hotel for their Thanksgiving Brunch! The Thanksgiving Brunch menu at the Antlers Hotel will satisfy every appetite. Enjoy tantalizing food and add bottomless Mimosas or Champagne for only $10. Children under the age of 5 eat free with an adult. For more information, call 719.955.5600.
And breaking tradition on Black Friday (11/24), we will not be celebrating Black Friday, but a more Colorado-esque holiday: Fresh Air Friday at the Cheyenne Mountain State Park (Free Entry)! Spend a day of thanks outside at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, where we’ll be hosting a few activities for you to get to know your park! Here at CMSP there is plenty to keep your mind off those holiday sales. Tucked between Colorado Springs and Rockies, CMSP is abundant in native wildlife, hiking, biking & equestrian trails, year-round camping options and year-long programs to keep you busy! Join us - outside! – for this annual initiative to give every Coloradan an opportunity to get out and appreciate and have an all-around good time in the great wilderness found right outside our doors!
For those of you wanting to take advantage of the Black Friday Sales, we’ll be heading up to the Promenade Shops at Briargate this Saturday (11/25) for Parad-Ice on the Promenade! Black Friday weekend at the Promenade Shops at Briargate will feature an all new event to enhance the shopping experience. It is called “Parad-Ice on the Promenade” and will feature CO ice sculptor, Jess Parrish, of Food Network and Travel Channel fame, carving 5 holiday-themed sculptures at various locations at the center over the weekend. They will be illuminated at night to add to the festive holiday atmosphere. Customers are invited to vote for their favorite via Facebook or on-site and the sculpture that earns the most votes will have that dollar amount donated to The Empty Stocking Fund. Victorian carolers will stroll the center and customers can enjoy a hot beverage, a sweet treat and a commemorative gift during designated times.
And wrapping up our Thanksgiving weekend with Sunday (11/26), we’ll be heading over to the Pikes Peak Center for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Presents: The Nutcracker! This enchanting favorite returns Thanksgiving weekend when a Christmas Eve gift of a toy nutcracker from her godfather transports Clara on a magical journey to a world of fantasy and fun. With a newly added Friday matinee, create memories to last a lifetime with the Philharmonic and the Oklahoma City Ballet for Tchaikovsky’s musical masterpiece, The Nutcracker!

And as always, don't forget about Front Range Shuttle! From cozy SUV's to 25 passenger buses, we have all your airport transportation needs covered!