The festivities kick off at 1 p.m. today, when a modern-day George Jackson (actually Bill Lee, who also played Santa) with dogs and burro in tow will make the snowy trek from the spot where the original Jackson found gold to downtown Idaho Springs in time for the 2 p.m. opening ceremonies at Clear Creek Middle School. That outdoor event will be followed by a traditional (and indoor) miners supper of sow belly, cornbread and coffee at the Idaho Springs Elks Club, 1600 Colorado Boulevard, and then by a Fred Eaglesmith concert at the United Center at 1440 Colorado.
Weve joked all along that on the one hand, since Jackson made the discovery in January, that opens up the whole year for celebrating, Adams points out. But it would have been more convenient if hed done it in June. For a complete list of the years activities, go to www.150goldrush.org.
Wed., Jan. 7, 2009