39th Annual Territory Days
- Old Colorado City
- May 24th – 26th, 2014
- Saturday – Sunday: 10:00am – 7:00pm / Monday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
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Welcome to the 2014 Territory Days celebration, hosted by Old Colorado City Associates, Ltd (OCCA), the merchant association for the West Side. Here’s a bit of our history.
In 1859, the small settlement of El Dorado, located at the eastern entrance to the pass, that went thru the mountains to the west, was renamed Colorado City, by its founders, and became the first permanent town in the Pikes Peak region.
Early settlers included farmers, ranchers, freighter and outfitters for the people who were rushing to the western minefields. By 1886, the Colorado Midland Railroad was one of the city’s largest employers, with headquarter offices, terminal, and repair yards located here.
A Glass Works was established in 1887, where bottles were made for Manitou Mineral Water, liquor, and wine, by Bohemian glass blowers. Anheuser Busch, Mayor Charles Stockbridge, and others, also bottled beer here at the turn of the century.
When Gold was discovered in 1891 at Cripple Creek, prosperity came from the four gold ore reduction mills, operating in Colorado City.
The town soon became more famous for its many Saloons and Brothels, while the hardworking residents were much more proud of their schools, The Carnegie Public Library, and the churches. As time went on, change was inevitable for Colorado City, and in 1917, it was annexed by Colorado Springs.
TODAY – With over 100 Fine Galleries, Specialty Shops, Boutiques, Museums, Restaurants, and services available, Historic Old Colorado City, has it all. The tree lined streets beckon you to stroll and enjoy the largest concentration of independent retail establishments in Colorado Springs. Enjoy turn of the century architecture and rich history from Colorado’s Gold Rush Days.
Enjoy the fun this weekend, remember our fallen brethren, and please do come back to Old Colorado City often. Shop, Dine, Discover – Historic Old Colorado City!
To contact the OCCA please call (719) 577-4112
Territory Days began in 1975 as the “Rampart Range Sertoma Territory Days Parade and Buffalo Barbecue”. In 1976 the name was changed to Territory Days to commemorate “Colorado City” (now known as Old Colorado City) as the first capitol of the Colorado Territory in 1861. Territory Days began as a merchant organized barbecue and parade and has grown into a three-day street festival which now hosts 200 craft, commercial and food booths. Between 80,000 and 140,000 guests, (depending on the weather), enjoy this event every Memorial weekend.
The historic district on Colorado Avenue between 23rd Street and 27th Street will come alive with live music, food, fun and entertainment for the entire family. One of the state’s largest craft vendor fairs is highlighted with features including pony rides, kids play area, petting zoo, mechanical bull, Cowboy Church Service, toy train rides, gold panning, wild west gunfight re-enactments, live blacksmithing, period costumed characters, live birds of prey, native American dancers, quick draw competition, and two beer gardens with live music running all three days.
Memorial Day Observance
In observance of the “National Moment of Remembrance”, please join us in Bancroft Park on Monday, May 26th at 3 p.m. as we gather to remember our nation’s fallen Heroes, and pay respect to those who have sacrificed their Freedom and their Lives so that we may enjoy our own as citizens of the GREATEST Country in the World.
Natalie Stovall and the Drive headline the TERRITORY DAYS / CAT Country concert series on Monday afternoon – Memorial Day – in Bancroft Park.
Show-stopping singer Natalie Stovall’s high-energy, take-no-prisoners live performances and relentless, barnstorming global tours have earned her the attention she deserves from those who matter the most to her — the fans.
Natalie has been playing professionally since she was ten, and by the time she graduated high school she had already performed everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to the White House. And since she put her first band together (in 2007), things have really begun to take off.
Natalie’s reputation for lighting up the stage has made her a favorite to warm up audiences for country stars such as Dierks Bentley, Josh Turner, Gretchen Wilson, Justin Moore, Josh Gracin and many more. Even more impressive, Natalie’s genre-defying live show has put her on stage supporting non-country acts like Switchfoot, the Doobie Brothers, Styx, and Safetysuit.
“It’s funny to me when people ask me whether I consider my music ‘country’ or not,” Stovall says. “I grew up in Columbia, Tennessee playing fiddle at Opryland every day, so I am country. But I was a child of the radio as well, and once I put my fiddle down for the day I was just as likely to be listening to Michael Jackson or Aerosmith as I was to Reba and Faith. I’m sure my music and my show reflect that, and that’s who I am. The thing I hear most from people is, ‘I normally don’t like country music, but you just changed that,’ and that makes me feel like I’m doing something right.”
Stovall and her band have also traveled the world the past few years playing shows for the military on bases across the globe. “My daddy is a retired Army Colonel.” reveals Natalie, “So it’s always been important for me to give something back to the troops and their families when I can, but the tours we do for the military are far from selfless. A lot of the best shows and best crowds I’ve ever played for have been for the military. And how else on earth could a 5’2” fiddle player from Columbia, Tennessee ever have the chance to land on an aircraft carrier, drive a Navy SEAL boat, or shoot a machine gun? I feel like I get more out of those tours than the troops ever could, but as long as they keep asking – I’ll gladly keep performing for them.”
“I want people to know it’s possible to follow your dreams. The path isn’t always easy, but honestly, it shouldn’t be. If you surround yourself with the right people, even the hardest days can be a lot of fun. Someday I hope to sell out arenas with my band, performing music we are proud to play.”
Natalie continues, “there is no better high than when the band is on and they’re reaching for that place between music and magic and we have a crowd in front of us willing to take that ride. That is musical heaven.”
Catch Dylan Scott on the main stage in Bancroft Park Sunday afternoon. It’s all part of the Awesome CAT Country / Territory Days FREE Concert Series for 2014!
Dylan Scott can write your life in a song…and deliver it in a baritone so deep it’ll rattle your bones.
Then there’s his stage presence, so commanding as to win two major music competitions–the final for the Colgate Country Music Showdown in his native Louisiana, and in 2009, the Neal McCoy East Texas Angel Network Talent contest.
Now the multi-talented Sidewalk Records Artist is poised to become a major star with his new self-titled CD, Dylan Scott, featuring five modern, progressive songs he co-wrote with the best of Nashville’s new generation of songwriters. The CD, produced by Music City legend, Jim Ed Norman, is self-named for more than the obvious reasons: “It says everything about me, honestly,” explains the 22 year old, whose speaking voice is as soulful as his singing. “There’s not a song on there that doesn’t relate to who I am.”
Take, for example, “Turn Rows”, a perfect nugget of spirited rural fun and youthful enterprise in the cornfields. Or “Grandaddy’s Gun”, which captures the rite of passage for a boy who grows-up bonding with the men who teach him the ways of the woods.
“There’s a spiritual quality to hunting,” shares this avid outdoorsman, talking about his favorite pastime. “I usually sit in the stand by myself. It’s nice and quiet. You don’t hear anything but wind and birds. You watch the sun come up. It’s a peaceful thing.” Almost everything in his life has been a natural fit…starting with the music itself. If he sings about it he’s done it.
It was old-school country – Merle Haggard and George Strait – that really caught his ear early on, and he heard something special in the plaintive sounds of Keith Whitley, who died the year before Dylan was born. “Keith was my musical role model. Talking about him is like talking about Elvis to me. I love how smooth his voice was.”
Dylan’s signature style launches with the debut single, “Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy,” set to arrive at country radio in the Spring of 2013. Co-penned by Dylan, the track’s melody rolls through that perfect southern-girl relationship that Dylan proclaims drives his own life. “The song represents a lot of who I am. When I’m in a relationship, I give my all to it.”
Brulé returns to TERRITORY DAYS. See the Band do their magic on the 25th street stage all weekend.
The origin of Brulé’s hauntingly beautiful music started with an unexpected discovery.
Paul LaRoche was adopted at birth and raised by two wonderful parents in the small farming community of Worthington, Minnesota. Always interested in music, Paul formed a variety of rock-n-roll bands throughout his high school years and beyond, but gave up music to support his wife Kathy and their children, Shane and Nicole.
When his parents passed away within months of each other, Paul grieved for his loss. In going through their belongings, Kathy found a piece of paper hidden away in a desk drawer for years…Paul’s adoption papers. It was then Kathy traced the steps back to a tiny reservation in central South Dakota called Lower Brule. One simple phone call changed Paul’s life forever: “Hello, bro…you’re Lakota,” came a voice, with an invitation back to the reservation. Thanksgiving 1993 Paul, Kathy, Shane and Nicole, drove from Minnesota to South Dakota to meet his blood family. They were welcomed home with open arms and given a Star Quilt, a gift of honor. Paul discovered another important aspect…both his grandmother and great grandmother were musically gifted. He realized for the first time, he’d inherited his gift, now stirring within him again.
Like the days of long ago, Paul and his family embarked on a journey west, leaving suburban Minneapolis for “the rez.” Their new setting opened a door into a world of tribal ceremonies, visits with elders, pow wows, forgotten trails, traditional foods, and historical sites that included their own backyard along the Little Bend on the Missouri River where explorers Lewis and Clark made their famous journey in 1804. They learned about sacred sites like Bear Butte and Paha Sapa, the beautiful Black Hills, and participated in Native American festivals all across the Upper Midwest and Desert Southwest.
Through this and more, the music of Brulé was born.
Click To Read Territory Days Official Program