June 9, 2015
Celebrate Local History This Saturday and Next
This Saturday, June 13:
Big Splash at the Water Works

Big Splash hose demo
Kick off summer at the Big Splash at the Water Works on June 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy free admission and games, food, music, and even a little history. No reservations or tickets required. Just show up and join the fun!

Commemorating the month the facility first delivered water to Fort Collins in June 1883, the event includes:

~ Tours of the historic buildings

~ Bucket brigade

~ Fire engine from Poudre Fire Authority

~ History booth from Poudre Fire Authority

~ Blacksmithing demonstration

~ Water trivia games/activities

~ Music and entertainment

The 1882 Water Works
2005 N. Overland Trail in Fort Collins
Next Saturday, June 20:
Tea on the Avery Lawn
Tea Setting
Tea on the Avery Lawn is a stylish affair that, for $25, includes a traditional tea with sweet and savory treats, a demo of a Japanese tea ceremony, apprentices from Opera Fort Collins performing selections from Madame Butterfly, a silent auction, and a tour of the new Avery House exhibit highlighting the Avery family's early-1900s Japan tours.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes a special tour of the Avery House with a focus on a new exhibit that details the family's two trips to the Far East. See heirlooms from those trips and learn about the influence of Asian art on American aesthetics at the turn of the 19th century.

Buy tea tickets online (click the button below) or at several local stores (Downtown Ace Hardware, The Cupboard, The Perennial Gardener).
Buy Avery Tea Tickets  
The Avery House
328 W. Mountain Ave. in Fort Collins
Bluegrass Patriots to Perform at Old-Fashioned Fourth of July
Bluegrass Patriots
The Bluegrass Patriots
PLF is excited to announce that renowned local band the Bluegrass Patriots will perform at the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July at the 1879 Avery House. The Bluegrass Patriots have been entertaining crowds for 35 years in locales from California to Ireland, and we're proud to claim them as hailing from Fort Collins.

At this free Independence Day event, enjoy Victorian games and crafts, booths, Avery House tours, live music, and more. The festivities run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Avery House, 328 W. Mountain Ave. Take in the City of Fort Collins July 4th parade on Mountain Avenue and stop at the Avery House for some old-fashioned fun.

Questions? Email Poudre Landmarks Foundation or call 970-221-0533.

This event is produced in cooperation with the City of Fort Collins Parks Department, Ranch-Way Feeds, and the Coloradoan. The event is sponsored in part by City of Fort Collins Fort Fund and the OtterCares Foundation.
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Birney Streetcar Lends Nostalgic Charm to Mountain Avenue
The restored Birney Car #21 runs on Mountain Avenue Saturdays and Sundays and vividly evokes a bygone era as it trundles along its 3-mile roundtrip route between City Park and Howes Street. As the car passes the Avery House, you can feel for a moment as if you've stepped back in time. In this 1937 photo looking west down Mountain Avenue, the spire of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Avery House's neighbor to the east, is visible.

The streetcar is operated by the Fort Collins Municipal Railway Society, an all-volunteer organization working with the City of Fort Collins to provide a heritage streetcar experience. Catch a ride on the streetcar, 12-5 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays, May-September. Adults $2, seniors & children $1, kids under 3 free.
Birney Car 21, 1937
Birney Car #21 on Mountain Avenue, 1937. Fort Collins Local History Archive, Image #H02479

Poudre Landmarks Foundation Board of Directors
Thom Tisthammer, President | Jennifer Kutzik, Secretary | Nancy DuTeau, Treasurer | Tom Boardman | Carol Brescher | Cheryl Donaldson | Doug Ernest | Norm Evans | Lynda Lloyd | Kimberly Miller | Pat Nelson | Jacques Rieux | Robin Stitzel | Alexandra Wallace | William Whitley

Jennifer Beccard, Exec. Director | Linda Harty, Admin. Assistant
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108 N Meldrum St
Fort Collins, CO 80521
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