Centennial Information

Feb. 8, 2012 – Salad luncheon at Mountain View Church

The program honored past presidents with music by the High Country Strings. Members brought a small container of salad fixings, when combine together it was a yummy salad. Schmidt’s Bakery donated the cake and Sweet Basilico donated dinner rolls. Community dignitaries were invited to the luncheon as guest of Woman’s Club. We had a huge turnout with many dignitaries and past presidents showing their support and respect to the Woman’s Club.

March 14, 2012 – Luncheon at the Stanley Hotel with the Legendary Ladies

Founded in 1992, The Legendary Ladies is an educational, non-profit, performance organization bound by our love of women’s history. We perform all over Colorado, sharing stories often forgotten in American historical record: those of the unconventional women who made their mark on the west. The group is comprised of approximately 20 women who volunteer their time for research, rehearsal, costume creation and performance. We make history come alive through portrayals of remarkable women! We can move you to laughter and tears, all while giving you a history lesson. In addition to the infamous and famous, you may even catch a glimpse of notable women that walked the streets of Estes Park. Don’t miss this unique and fun theatrical experience.

April 11, 2012 – Luncheon at Twin Owls Steakhouse with the Famous Vintage Fashion Show

With the famous vintage fashion show “Dressing to Shine Through Decades of Time.” So much fun! Numerous members of Woman’s Club, plus some family members and friends, participated in the show. It was a marvelous turn out, the food was delicious, and the show had cute, elegant and authentic fashions. The finale had members and non-members modeling original wedding dresses. Shirley Neely-Turpin’s daughter, Liz Wager, modeled her grandmother’s 1926 wedding dress. A special decorating committee decorated the tables with numerous items collected from their homes. This was a perfect setting for a perfect event. Schmidt’s Bakery provided the cake. Live piano music was played by Verlene Thorp, matching the music with the fashion, thus making the event authentic. The models were escorted to the stage by Art Turpin and Richard Erbe dressed in tuxedo’s. Very handsome! Many emotional memories were shared.

May 8, 2012 – Box Lunch in the Woman’s Club Rooms at the Municipal Building

Rocky Mountain National Park presented Woman’s Club with the Polaski award for their support and service to RMNP throughout the years. The box lunches were purchased from Aisle II bakery. The affair was very casual and fun exhibiting the lighter side of our members and RMNP.

June 9, 2012 – Stanley Site Tours

Members and non-members were invited to tour the Stanley Mansion, the Hydroplant, and the Stanley Museum. The tours were very informative and provided a historical background of Estes Park and the forming of the Woman’s Club in 1912.

July 10, 2012 – Estes Park Rodeo Parade

Members of the Woman’s Club rode on a fire truck in the parade.
(Currently looking for pictures of WC in the parade, please email Pam if you have any!)

August 9, 2012 – A Sweet Day

A member of Woman’s Club, Nancy Sweet, opened her 100 year old home for members to tour and enjoy sweets provided by members. The home is on the national historic registry. The Sweet family was one of the founding members of the YMCA.

A Sweet Day (1)

August 18 & 19, 2012 – Heritage Festival

The High Country Strings and Estes Park Jug Band played at the festival representing the Woman’s Club.
Heritage Festival

September 12, 2012 – Luncheon at Elkhorn Lodge

The program focused on our historic roots with a reenactment of Eleanor Hondius. The legacy of Deer Mountain Trail was discussed at this luncheon since the Woman’s Club originally built the Deer Mountain trail starting at the Elkhorn Lodge.

Luncheon at Elkhorn Lodge

October 10, 2012 – At the Crags Lodge

RMNP presented “The Spark Behind the Park.”

November 4, 2012 – Culminating Event at the Estes Valley Library

The grand finale of our Centennial Celebration. The focus was on “It’s Not About Where We’ve Been, But Where We’re Going!! This was a perfect way to end our year long celebration. The Woman’s Club opened the first Estes Park Library in 1916. The entire town was invited to this event. The book, “Then the Women Took Over” was released and offered to the public. It was a bittersweet happening since the author, Harriet Burgess, and editor, Sue Spooner, beloved members of Woman’s Club, had passed away shortly after completion of the book. Champagne was served along with delicious appetizers.