Time for a big night out at Pioneer Town

By Hank Lohmeyer


Time for a big night out at Pioneer Town | Cedaredge, Pioneer Town

Photo by Hank Lohmeyer The authentic buildings and displays of Pioneer Town's Main Street, carefully maintained and preserved by volunteers, will become a bustling center of community life for the annual Night on the Town this Saturday, June 24.

No matter whether you are a home body or a local social function fan, this Saturday, June 24, is the date you want to mark on the calendar for gettin' up and gettin' out to one of the most easy goin' fun events of the year in Surface Creek Valley.

Members of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society and the many dedicated volunteers at Pioneer Town are getting ready to kick out the jambs for this annual event -- Night on the Town -- a celebration of the area's pioneer Old West heritage that is dedicated to the purpose of a fun, family evening for all comers.

For openers, there will be free admission to the entire Pioneer Town complex for the evening. Even if you visit Pioneer Town's unique assemblage of historical buildings and displays just one time this year, Night on the Town is the night you want to do it.

Starting at the Welcome Center, have a fine visit with friends on the front porch of the headquarters for the reenergized Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway. Then, visitors will find that browsing the collection of displays and tasteful, affordable items in the gift shop makes a tour all in itself. The work of local craftspeople is on display and for sale from the gift shop collection, a trove that includes authentic history of the area and Native American crafted items as well.

Heading on out to Main Street there may be a cowboy or cowgirl you know offering a friendly "Howdy!" (or "hello," "evening," "hi," "how's it goin'?") to visitors. Everyone is invited to join in the evening's fun feeling by donning a cowboy hat of their own, or even a pair of boots.

Main Street will be the center of attractions from the 6 p.m. opening of the event and through the lighting of the street lights at dusk. Visitors will want to stay on and experience the magic of Pioneer Town in the soft glow of the Main Street lights till evening's end.

It will be a chance to step back in imagination to another time of America when a rugged and hearty people used the land, lumber and water they found in a this rich and scenic country to build a heritage of independence and self reliance based on respect for self, for family, for neighbors, and for nature's bounty. Night on the Town is a chance for people to take a moment and rediscover their natural, social, and economic heritage, to recognize themselves as among the fortunate people who have inherited it, and to enjoy a fun evening at Pioneer Town.

The Surface Creek Historical Society and its Pioneer Town enterprise are funded by members, friends, visitors, community donors, special events, and facility rentals, all without governmental support.

There will be plenty of activities for Pioneer Town guests to enjoy. There will be live entertainment, cowboys and cowgirls, re-enactors of the Old West, and live music by local singer and songwriter Emily Wray.

The Cedaredge Rotary Club will step up once again in its community service role to be a player in the occasion by lending its giant outdoor barbecue and club chefs platooned to serve up brats and more as a fundraiser for the SCVHS and Pioneer Town.

Visitors won't want to miss out on the scavenger hunt, the silent auction, the photo board, and the games.

And of course, there will be plenty of refreshments for everyone.

It all happens this Saturday, June 24, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Pioneer Town is located at at 388 S. Grand Mesa Drive, at the intersection of Grand Mesa Drive and Highway 65, in Cedaredge. During the summer it is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.