The Poudre Landmarks Foundation (caretakers for the Avery House and Water Works) are hosting their third Time Travelers Ball on April 1st in the Agave Room (over the Rio). There’ll be lots to do with dancing, history displays, a trivia contest, costume contests, scrumptious food, a cash bar, and a silent auction with exciting items both vintage and new.
What to expect
Doors open at 6:30 pm and live music, provided by Weekend Weather, will begin at 7:00. (Click through on the link to listen to a few of their songs.)
Food is being provided by the Rio and will include their classic empanadas, quesadillas, and sopapillas among other tasty offerings. You can quench your thirst at the cash bar.
There will be plenty to see and do with history displays (including the story of the Rio building), a vintage clothing display, a trivia contest, costume contests, dancing to live music, and a silent auction.
Some of the items available in the auction include gift certificates to Masonville Mercantile, the Bee Family Farm, the Butterfly Pavilion, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Aquarium, and Outback Steakhouse. There will also be a vintage typewriter, several vintage clocks, a vintage mirror, and a vintage salesman mini-model of a cast iron stove available for bid. And this just skims the surface of all of the great things that will be available for you to take home that evening.
Costumes are optional, but they make the evening a whole lot more fun. If you’re not interested in dressing up, then come for the people watching opportunities. And remember that time travelers come from all eras. Last year visitors arrived from prehistoric times, the Roman era, a whole host came from the Victorian era, and there were a few Steampunk types from an alternate future reality.
And of course, the Tardis will be on hand again creating some wonderful photo opportunities.
Why support the Poudre Landmarks Foundation
The Poudre Landmarks Foundation manages the 1879 Avery House and the 1882 Water Works. It also offers numerous educational opportunities for young and old alike.
Poudre School District 2nd grade curriculum includes a unit of study on local history. Each year, over 1,000 students from numerous schools in the area choose a field trip to the Avery House as the culmination of their studies. PLF offers the schools specially designed private tours for the students, teachers, and attending parents. Docents tailor their presentations to young visitors. These tours are free of charge to the schools.
1879 Avery House Tours
Visitors to the 1879 Avery House are guided through the historic house museum by a trained docent and learn about the family of Franklin and Sarah Avery and life at the turn of the 20th century in Fort Collins. The home has been expertly restored to its original state and many of the vintage artifacts were donated by the Avery family. Guests learn about the extensive impact that Franklin Avery had in early Fort Collins. A favorite of visitors is the many toys of the era that are on display. The Avery House is open for tours each Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 pm. Admission is free, with a suggested donation $3.00 per person.
1882 Water Works
Tours of the 27 acre Water Works property are open to the public on the 2nd Saturday of each month from May through October, 10 am – 3 pm. Docents guide visitors through the facility and grounds and guests gain knowledge about the first public works facility in the City of Fort Collins. Tours are free although donations are appreciated. Poudre Landmarks Foundation and its Friends of the Water Works group manage the ongoing preservation work at the Water Works property. Future plans are to transform the facility into an interpretive center for water development and use in Northern Colorado. The State of Colorado Historical Fund and Poudre Heritage Alliance have provided several grants to complete planning, stabilization, and archaeological investigations at the property.
The Poudre Landmarks Foundation also hosts an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July at the Avery House each year, which is a free family event that takes place at the end of the Fourth of July parade. Ticketed events include Victorian Teas on the Avery House lawn and the Annual Historic Homes Tour.
Plan to attend
Buy tickets online at Eventbrite. Proceeds from this event go toward the nonprofit Poudre Landmarks Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area. Tickets are $40 each or two for $75. (After March 29th, the price increases to $50 per ticket.) Costume attire is optional.
I’ll see you on April 1st in the Rio Grande Agave Room at 143 W. Mountain Avenue. Doors open at 6:30 and the party starts at 7.