Mission Statement: We are volunteers serving all of Grand County, dedicated to the accurate portrayal of Grand County and Colorado history. We present educational and entertaining programs by invitation for community and private events.

Special Events, Re-enactments & Chautauqua Shows

Upcoming Events

• August 22, 2012 - Murder Mystery

Ticket Options

Location: Betty's Cafe - 10658 US Highway 34, Grand Lake, CO 80447
Cost: $40 per person OR $75 per couple
Buy Tickets: Select your Ticket Option and click the 'Add to Cart' button
Time: 6pm - 8:30pm
Details: This event is a fundraiser for a local Girl Scout group. The event theme is 1900 Western. Grand County Characters and the Girl Scouts will be in costumes. Period clothing costumes are encouraged for guests. A Western Buffet will be served including meat, bread, veggies, dessert, and non-alcoholic drinks. There will not be any tickets at the door, and seating is limited, so advance purchase is required.
How the Mystery Works: When guests arrive, they get a name and a clue. Then they have to mingle with the other guests for more clues until the mystery is solved.

• Every Wednesday through August 1st, 2012 - Chautauqua Shows & Rowley Homestead Shows

Location: YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch - 1101 County Road 53, Granby, CO 80446
Time: 7pm
Details: Visit www.grandcountyliving.com/eventcalendar.html for program details or contact the YMCA at 970-887-2152 or visit www.ymcarockies.org.


Previous Events for 2012:

First Place Award in the 2012 Horace Button Parade

- Grand Winter Carnival
   • Parade Winners
Grand County Characters received First Place for the Best Organization Parade Entry in the 2012 Button Parade. The Button Parade, created in honor of Horace Button, was held on February 11, 2012 as part of the closing day activities for the Grand Winter Sports Carnival. The Grand Winter Sports Carnival celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the first winter carnivals which took place in Hot Sulphur Springs. Click here for more information on the Grand Winter Carnival



Previous Events for 2011:
- Various Events
   • August 27th & 28th - Performances at the Grand Rendezvous in Granby

- Chautauqua Shows at the Outdoor Campground Chapel at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch:
   • August 12th - Josie Bassett: The "Other" Annie Oakley - Extraordinaire Cowgirl Rancher, Courted by Butch Cassidy
   • July 29th - The Moffat Railroad: David Moffat, Savior of Denver, Early Developer of Grand County
   • July 8th - Pioneer Women: A Tough Life for Horse & Women - The Life & Times of Pioneer Ranch Women in Grand Co.
   • June 24th - Ute Bill Thompson: Indians, Saloons & Shipwrecks - Famous Mountain Man and Rancher of Grand County

- 1900's Pioneer Family Show at Rowley Homestead:
What - living history portraying a pioneer family in the early 1900's, using the restored facilities
Where - at the Rowley Homestead located at the YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch
When - 7pm to 8pm
   • August 17th
   • August 3rd
   • July 20th
   • June 29th
   • June 15th


Previous Events for 2010:
- Winter Park Historic Chautauqua Story Telling Series at the fire pit in the village at Winter Park Resort:
   • March 27th - The Truth about the Tunnel
   • March 20th - Horace Button Goes to Winter Carnival
   • March 13th - The Two Wives of Ezra Kaufmann
   • February 6th Mountain Man Jim Bridger (Rich Dowell)
   • January 30th Doc Susie (Kathy Naples)
   • January 23rd Mountain Man Jim Bridger (Rich Dowell)
   • January 16th David Halliday Moffat (Dave Naples)

- 1900's Pioneer Family Show at Rowley Homestead:
What - living history portraying a pioneer family in the early 1900's, using the restored facilities
Where - at the Rowley Homestead located at the YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch
When - 7pm to 8pm
   • July 2nd, Friday                     • August 4th, Wednesday
   • July 6th, Tuesday                  • August 12th, Thursday
   • July 15th, Thursday
   • July 22nd, Thursday
   • July 29th, Thursday

Snow Mountain Ranch - Rowley Homestead Slideshow




- Seminar on Collecting and Presenting Oral History:
We are bringing to Grand County two trainers to show us how to do historical interviews and how to record them for access on the internet via www.grandcountyhistory.com and all other historical websites in the county. The trainers have developed similar projects in San Luis and Del Norte. These projects are collectively know as the Novella Project.

When & Where - Granby Library community room
• Friday 8/20/2010 8am to 4pm
• Saturday 8/21/2010 8am to 12 noon

The cost is $25.00 per person and includes morning coffee-juice-pastries and lunch on Friday. The Grand County Characters believe it is important to record our communities history before it is too late. If we are going to record history we should be following established protocols that the museums and libraries use today. We in Grand County are blessed with a plethora of pioneer people that have much to say and valuable history to record. Please help us in doing this project by taking this seminar and becoming a trained interviewer for recording history. Our heritage is our most valuable resource. Please call Dave or Kathy Naples at 887-3066 or 970-281-9094 for more information and for signing up.