Join us for a 3-day fundraising celebration at the Stage Station and Hurzeler House! Printable Open House Schedule
Friday, June 8, 2012: (7pm -11pm) Western Dance with Live music from "Barely Gettin' By" ($10/adult, free/children under 12) and Fundraising Pie Auction (8:30pm-9:30pm)
Saturday, June 9, 2012: (9am-4pm) Free Admission; Throughout the day: Open House, Craft Show of many local vendors featuring their hand-crafted ware, wool-spinning demonstrations, privately-owned stage coach display; Bring your cameras for the Wells Fargo Stage Coach (10am -1:30pm); Demonstrations of period professions and impersonations of famous western personalities: Hugh Bingham as Mark Twain (12:00pm), Eva Sue Littleton as Lady Moon (10am); Wayne Sundberg - local history (10:30am); Joan Day as Virginia Slade (12:30pm), Gordon Chavis as Jack Slade (9:30am & 1:30pm); Caricature Artist Dale Crawford-all day; Miles McGaughey- Bee Keeping presentation (11:30am); "Let's Talk Goats" by Haydee Chavis (11:30am); Wool-Spinning demonstrations-all day; Food; Games, History Quiz Game (2pm); Cowboy Poet - Dick Hart (2:30pm); Results of the Vintage Attire Costume Contest ($5 entry fee)--wear your late 1800s/early 1900s attire; General Store & Silent Auction (ends at 2:30pm), and more! A Raffle for an original-designed quilt hand-made by the VDCC (see below) -- Drawing at 3pm
Sunday, June 10, 2012: (10am-4pm) Free Admission; Country Church at 10 am; Picnic Lunch (Bring your own food) from 11am-1pm; Craft Show Continued; Civil War Quilt collection & talk by Jeananne Wright (1pm); Civil War Speakers: "Protecting the Overland Trail" by Captain Everett Brailey-1st Colo Infantry speaker (2pm) and "Being a Civil War Soldier" by Stephen Hyatt-Historian (2:30pm) and Collector; Horseshoe Tournament ($10 entry fee); A Cappella Choir
Directions to the Stage Station: From Ft. Collins: Go North on Hwy. 287, pass the abandoned Virginia Dale Café and post office. Turn right onto the next road, County Rd 43F,by the historical marker. Look for signs/balloons to the Stage Station.
From Laramie: Head South on Hwy. 287. Continue past the Virginia Dale rest stop. Turn left onto County Road 43F, just past the Abbey of St. Walburga on the right. Look for signs/balloons.
This year's raffle quilt, created by member Mari Harpold, is taken from a Civil War era pattern and made with reproduction fabrics. The strip quilt pattern features vertical rows of Uneven Nine Patch blocks set on point using setting triangles. The reproduction fabrics are a medley of rich dark colors including navy, burgundy, gold, and green. The quilt measures 85" x 103". The pattern was selected and sewn by club members. It was machine quilted by Kelly Gallagher-Abbott. It is sure to become an heirloom treasure for the winning ticket holder. Raffle tickets are $1 each, and you do not have to be present to win. Get your raffle ticket for a chance to win this beautiful quilt! Call or email any of the contacts listed on this website. The raffle will be held at the Open House in June. Come join the fun!
"Follow the Overland Trail to Virginia Dale"