Identity Theft

I’ve not kept up with the whole Equifax fiasco/security breach so I am not up to date on everything that happened, however I have been concerned that someone might help themselves to my information which I’ve head is a nightmare to clean up.  I had heard that Equifax was providing a year subscription for theft but I wasn’t sure how to go about signing up for it.  It’s possible that if you sign up for the identity protection, you will not be able to sue Equifax should there be a class action lawsuit in the future.

By most estimates, 1/2 of the population was affected by the security breach.  To determine if you are included in those numbers, go to their website to check:

Equifax Security Breach 2017

Scroll to the bottom and click on “Read More”

Scroll to the bottom and click on “Potential Impact”

Fill in your last name and the last 6 digits of your SS#.

Weather your information was part of the security breach or not, you can still sign up for a free one-year subscription to their identity protection program called Trusted ID.  The last day to sign up is November 21, 207.

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Sex Sells

The Madams of Central Colorado arrived in Buena Vista last night for the opening sold-out show of the 2017 summer season.  This show, in its 11th year, was written by cast member Kathi Perry as an educational and historical theatrical production.  Each character is based upon a true life painted lady who lived and worked in the Upper Arkansas Valley at a time when there was a shortage of women.

Belle Brown, portrayed by Carrie Carey, had one of the most popular parlour houses in Buena Vista early in its history.  She bottled her own beer and sold it to her patrons at 500% her cost.  She would dress up her girls in their finery and take a buggy ride down the middle of street, as a form of advertisement, of course.  Belle’s business declined and she left town soon after she staged the brawl that damaged Cockeyed Liz’s eye.

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Lizzie Spurgeon, also known as Cockeyed Liz and portrayed by Kathi Perry, arrived in town in her silk & satin and everyone knew who she was when she stepped off of the train.  She opened her house, The Palace of Joy, and enjoyed a successful career in the profession until she married one of her customers.  She was married for over 30 years and when she passed away, no church in town would hold her service so her beloved Alphonse held her service under the tree in the front yard of the Palace.

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Laura Evens, as portrayed by Renee Graner, arrived in Denver with her one year old daughter Lucille after fleeing an unhappy marriage.  She soon realized that she didn’t know the first thing about taking care of a baby and with no money, job or skills, she chose to “turn out” to pay for her daughter’s care & upbringing.  Laura moved on to Leadville before settling in Salida where she opened her own parlour house.  Ms. Laura had the longest running house in Colorado and finally shut her doors in 1950.

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Lillian Powers, as portrayed by Bonnie Schwam, was a good friend of Ms. Laura.  Ms. Laura had asked Lillian to work in her parlour house, however, Lillian was a crib girl and wished to remain in Ms. Laura’s cribs.    Lillian eventually moved to Florence and opened her own house where she was soon Florence’s most famous madam.  Lillian chose the life of a fallen angel rather than remain in her first profession as a school teacher.

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Silverheels Jessie, as portrayed by Morgan Mahala, worked in Ms. Laura’s parlour house in Salida.  Jessie had the highest regard for Ms. Laura and the way she ran her house.  At one point, during the influenza epidemic, Ms. Laura closed her house down and sent her girls out into the community to act as nurses.  Silverheels Jessie ended up at the home of a local baptist minister who had tried for years to close Ms. Laura down.  After she nursed his wife back to health he offered her a job as his wife’s companion.  Silverheels Jessie turned him down and returned back to the parlour house to continue her life as a bride of the multitude.

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Laverne, as portrayed by Whitney Tidwell, was also a parlour house girl in Ms. Laura’s house.   Not a lot is known about Laverne before or after her life as a soiled dove, but she too enjoyed and loved working for Ms. Laura.  She and Silverheels Jessie enjoyed a competitive rivalry for both Ms. Laura’s attention as well as those of their “friends”.  She likes to tell the audience what it was really like living and working in a parlour house, without offending those with tender sensibilities.

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The Professor, as portrayed by Teresa Roorda, pleases and entertains the crowd with her musical skills.  Cockeyed Liz was progressive for her time and employed The Professor, a woman, as musical entertainment for her gentlemen callers.  It was well known to the madams that music could hasten the turnover of clients.

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If you missed last night’s show, (July 8, 2017) the ladies will be back in Buena Vista on August 12th, as well as September 9th.  They will then be off to Pueblo to perform for the Medal of Honor Recipients before taking the “cat wagon” to Lamar to set up their tent at the historical encampment.

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When Was The Last Time You Visited With A Madam?

The Madam show is back!  Madams of Central Colorado, a production for the benefit of Buena Vista Heritage Museum, will open on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. sharp.  This show features the lives of 6 women who lived and worked this valley from circa 1880 to 1950.  No lie!  The stories they share are based on actual events.  You can either purchase tickets beforehand at the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center for $15….or if you are feeling really lucky, you can purchase them at the door of the Museum.

Read the following article for all the dirt and details.  Thank you Ark Magazine for keeping our notoriety alive!

Madams of Central Colorado

 

 

The Princeton Retreat: Welcome Home

We have inched into July, which is peak season for Buena Vista.  Anyone in a tourist community can understand the intensity of peak season!  I try to carve out a little time during the week for Paige, but then that means that other things are neglected.  Blog writing is probably the first thing to go.  So, in lieu of writing my own blog, I am going to share a blog by Emily and Hudson Crider, travel bloggers, who stayed with us last May at the Princeton Retreat.  Their blog was really all-encompassing about Colorado, but they do spend a little time talking about Buena Vista and their fabulous stay here:

The Princeton Retreat: Welcome Home

Swimsuit Dilemma

It might have snowed yesterday, the 18th of May, but trust me, swimsuit season is just around the corner!  Fortunately, we live near a couple of hot springs which enables us to swim in the chilly mountain summer months.  These two moms are hilarious but they hit right on the heart of the dilemma we all face in front of the dressing room mirror:

Moms Explain the Swimsuit

You can don your favorite swimsuit and visit two local hot springs, which are open year round, even when there is snow on the ground:

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs:  Mt. Princeton Hot Springs

Cottonwood Hot Springs:  http://cottonwood-hot-springs.com/colorado/

Courage

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”  ~John Wayne

Courage doesn’t mean a person has no fear.  It means that in spite of your fear, you are able to move forward and do what must be done.  In the case of a rodeo clown, or bullfighter as they prefer to be called, his job is mostly fun and games but there comes a time when he takes a deep breath, swallows hard, and moves forward to put himself between a nasty, mean bull and the rider he deliberately threw off his back.  His job is to make sure that the cowboy is able to exit the arena safe and sound and that takes courage.

It takes a little bit of courage, or sometimes even a lot, for each of the rodeo participants to do take part in a dangerous sport which could end their career in 8 second or less.  If it were easy, wouldn’t we all be riding a bucking horse?!?  Which is exactly is why you will see me in the stands rather than the shoots, sharing in the triumphs, disappointments, and tragedies of the cowboys and cowgirls at the 96th annual Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo in Buena Vista on June 10-11, 2017.

Give it all you got

This year marks the 96th consecutive year for Buena Vista’s rodeo.  It began as a celebration in the fall after the lettuce harvest was over.  The townspeople got together to have riding and roping contests and to celebrate their good fortune.  They were “BuenaKist”!

If you don’t have boots and a cowboy hat, tennis shoes and a ball cap are acceptable attire for a rodeo.  See ‘ya all there!

 

 

PaddleFest: Summer to Remember, 2017

Always on Memorial Weekend, PaddleFest is Buena Vista’s kickoff for summer fun and adventure!  Paddlers, both professional and amateur, descend upon Buena Vista from all over the region to hone their skills or to just be a part of this exciting river party.  This event includes kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) workshops, demos, races, and river competitions.

PaddleFest is an interactive, hands-on experience for participants to learn and share.  This is also an exciting event for the spectators.

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There are multiple events hosted in town, including a flat-water demonstration at Town Lake, a playpark on the Arkansas River, vendors in the South Main Town Square, and a concert.  PaddleFest is committed to providing opportunities for children to learn new skills and experience outdoor sports in a safe and fun environment.

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5 Reasons Why Vacation Rentals are Better Than a Hotel

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If you love to travel but stick primarily to hotels and motels, I hope you’ll consider looking at a Vacation Rental instead. Hopefully the following list will persuade you:

  1.  Vacation rentals are often less expensive than a hotel.  When you break down the cost per person and factor in the ability to prepare your own food rather than dining out, you often come out ahead with a vacation rental;
  2. The average vacation rental is more than 1000 square feet versus the 325 square feet of a hotel room.  There is room for everyone to spread out while still being all together in one place;
  3. If you travel with a furry pet, most hotels do not accept them.  While we do not accept pets at our rentals, many other vacation rentals do;
  4. The fees are laid out and paid up front.  There won’t be extra fees tacked on such as a mini bar, internet, etc.;
  5. Comfort!  You have the freedom to set your own schedule.  You have all the comforts of home such as full sized appliances, cookware and laundry facilities. You have the option of relaxing and unwinding in a sitting area without having to do so in the place you sleep.

Hover over each picture to see the name.

  1. The Princeton Retreat is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, which sleeps up to 8.  This house backs up to the game preserve in Game Trail.   Rates start at $275/night.
  2. The Ponderosa at Chalk Creek is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, which sleeps up to 16.  This house sits on Chalk Creek and has a beautiful green belt.  It also has a great game room with pool and foosball.  Rates start at $450/night.
  3. The Sunflower Room is a 1 bedroom studio which seeps 2 comfortably.  Water is a premium in Buena Vista and this studio sits right on Cottonwood Creek.  Rates start at $115/night.
  4. Mt. View Chalet is a 4 bedroom, 5 bath, which sleeps up to 14.  This house backs up to a peaceful green belt.  It too has a game room with foosball.  Rates start at $450/night.
  5. Brock Haus Log Home is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, which sleeps up to 6.  This house has spectacular 360 views and sits on Cottonwood Creek.  The deck runs the full length of the house with a spot just right for roasting marshmallows down below.  Rates start at $325/night.
  6. Evie’s Outpost is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, which sleeps up to 8.  This house also has spectacular views and is on 2.5 acres outside of town which lends itself to peace and quiet.  Rates start at $250/night.

Each rental has a one-time housekeeping fee, sales & lodging tax and a security deposit.

Please check our website for more information:

Pinon Real Estate – Buena Vista Website