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Activities For Young Folks At The Stanley Museum

Photos of Estes Park Young Chautauquans courtesy of Donnie Spangler.

Readers Theatre: The Estes Park Library Foundation begins a summer series of Reader’s Theatre for students. The sessions begin June 7th and run every Monday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Stanley Museum. Admission is free. Script topics begin with Fractured Fairy Tales and span interests from Tall Tales to early American history throughout the summer. While the scripts are written for grades 3-5 reading level, older students are welcome and will be challenged. The scripts and impromptu acting are a fun exercise for any age student interested in theatre and reading. Scripts for Reader’s Theatre here in Estes were originally sponsored and paid for by a grant from the Colorado Humanities organization.

Songs You Probably Learned as A Child: The public is invited to come sing along with Johnny Mueller as he plays the FO made Stanley violin Monday June 7th at noon, inside the Stanley Museum. Mueller has been caring for the violin for quite some time now and presents a different musical program every month. An encore performance will take place Saturday June 12th, at 2 p.m. at Highland Music center in the Old Church Shops on Elkhorn Avenue. Teachers are available after the violin performance Saturday to help students try various musical instruments which they might wish to learn to play. For more information call 970-577-9532.

Young Chautauqua Students Strut Their Stuff: Local students performed a series of characters at the Estes Park Museum recently, sponsored by the Estes Park Library Foundation and the Estes Park School district, our community youth put on a rip roaring performance of their Favorite Young Chautauqua characters which they had studied throughout the year. Students choose historical figures to study and actually “become” an historic figure, for a few brief magical minutes, truly bringing history to life. The Young Chautauqua activities will continue throughout the summer at the Stanley Museum. Any student who wishes to get a head start on their characters or their research can come into the Stanley museum for help and coaching with their projects.

Steam Talks and Barn Tours: Talks on the entropy of steam and a tour of the various steam cars owned locally are also available upon request. Boy scout and girl scout troops as well as other youth organizations are welcome to attend. The Stanley Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting creativity and ingenuity in adults and children alike. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday noon to 3 p.m. and by special appointment. Daily talks are available in the afternoon. For more information call 970-577-1903. Volunteers are needed and always welcome, especially students.

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