Central City for an Opera

Zeb the Duck here and we returned to Central City, Colorado.  Today mom and a friend brought me here to see the opera.  Mom’s friend’s grandson is in the opera!!  We arrived early to experience some of Central City.  First stop was the visitor’s center.  Upstairs the Gilpin County Arts Association displays work from mostly Colorado artists.  I liked this pottery by Steve Briggs.

I like Steve's pottery

I like Steve’s pottery

To learn more about Steve visit www.thepotterystudiogallery.com  About 50 artists are featured at that gallery in Littleton, Colorado.

Then we went on a tour of the Teller House.

Teller House in Central City, Colorado

Teller House in Central City, Colorado

Mr. Teller built this grand hotel in 1872.  Today the hotel is not available for guests, but sometimes the bar and small restaurant are open.   This clock came from Europe especially for the Teller House.

Sent from Europe to Central City

Sent from Europe to Central City

Another room has a wonderful mural on the ceiling.

I like ceiling murals

I like ceiling murals

It is big. This is just one part of it.  From the piano room you can see into another room.

Spacious rooms

Spacious rooms

This sure was a luxury hotel when it opened.  The Teller House is famous for the bar

Great place for a drink

Great place for a drink

and the face painted on the bar room floor.  Mom could not get a good picture of the face on the barroom floor so we bought this post card.

Face on the barroom floor post card with Zeb

Face on the barroom floor post card with Zeb

After lunch at Stella’s Upstairs Café in the Bonanza Casino, we went to the opera.

Central City Opera

Central City Opera

The grand opening of this opera house was in 1878.  We saw Deadman Walking.

Other operas also this summer.  Deadman Walking was ours today

Other operas also this summer. Deadman Walking was ours today

We were not allowed to take pictures during the performance.  This is just before the opera began.  The stage is dark, with only one chair.

Opera will begin soon.  See the orchestra pit.

Opera will begin soon. See the orchestra pit.

You can see the orchestra pit under the stage.  This was my first opera.  Does this mean I am a cultured duck?  I really liked this opera and our friend was fabulous.  He can act and he can sing!

Central City is an old mining town, so we looked around one of the cemeteries.

Old towns have interesting cemeteries

Old towns have interesting cemeteries

This headstone is for William Quiller.

Headstone of William Quiller

Head stone of William Quiller

He was born in England on March 31, 1816 and died January 10, 1897.  That is an old headstone.  It began to rain, so we left.  You might remember that I was in Central City last September.  To read about that visit, click on this link   www.coloradotravelingducks.com/2013/09/09/zeb-visits-central-city-colorado/  We like Central City and we think you would also.  Hope you visit here soon.  It is so pretty!

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