Publisher’s Column – The Last Hand – ‘You won’t know unless you go’

Central City Opera shining brightly


Publisher Bob Sweeney

DJ’s Moment For Me hair salon, located across from the Teller House next to the Visitor’s Center, was jumping Saturday afternoon in Central City. The talented hair expert is doing a great job of filling hair needs for locals and regulars who seek out his talents. Having a barber pole out front of the shop at 109 Eureka St. is part of the major comeback now going on in Central City.

Attending the Central City Opera performance of Oklahoma last week, we saw a city busy with theatergoers and gamblers along the main street.

We had a delicious dinner at Johnny Z’s that included prime rib, sirloin steaks and baby back ribs, all delicious and prepared and served well in a short period of time before we walked up the street to the Opera.

Oklahoma was sold out on this delightful summer night and standing out in front of the historic opera house was Artistic Director Pelham “Pat” Pearce, who makes the performances so outstanding.  Pat has been at the helm for 16 successful years and brings Broadway quality productions to famed Central City and the famous opera house.

He and his board have already selected the fare for 2013 that will feature Our Town, The Barber of Seville, and Show Boat.  These will be popular shows for next season as the opera house sparkles with music and song.

Pat told me one time, “Opera is all about singing.”

He was right.

“You won’t know unless you go” is the catchy marketing slogan hanging over the Parkway entering Central City heralding this year’s opera performances.  This summer theater just adds so much in history and culture to this famed mining community.  Miner’s thought enough of singing and dancing to build an opera house at the end of the Civil War and the booming of the gold and silver mines in Central City.

The Opera sings praises to these historic folks who built the town and shared their wealth with Colorado and the world.

There is still time to see any of the three Opera performances by calling 303-292-6700 or online at CentralCity
Opera.org.

The other music heard up and down the streets was the jingle of slot machines and the sound of laughter pouring out from the busy casinos and happy tourists.

“You won’t know until you go” is a pretty good slogan for the entire gaming community of Central City and Black Hawk.

Marketing managers should keep that slogan around for a long, long time.

We will at the Colorado Gambler.

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