Good Morning All,
On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!
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I’m so glad to see another view of Colorado. One note based on my 9 years living in a rural/small town community: there is a whole culture of Chautauqua presenters who learn to imitate famous historical Americans. They present their craft in many contexts; most of the ones I enjoyed were as part of county or state Democratic Party dinners, often they portrayed FDR or Lincoln.
It’s a very neat, all-American tradition that still lives in small towns across the US, most definitely in Colorado. Should you have the chance to experience it, I highly recommend. Even in such a simple context as a dinner with “rubber chicken”, performers are hired who spend countless hours learning the words, thoughts, deeds, and mannerisms of our history. It’s not the Grand Opera, but it’s impressive nonetheless and such commitment to living history and education is to be commended.
I apologize in advance if this is a “duh” observation for all of you; growing up in Washington DC with a Swiss father and an American mother who grew up in Colombia, I didn’t have the exposure to “normal” American/small town life and traditions, so when I discover things that I appreciate, I tend to share my discovery as if no one else has ever heard of it. Mea culpa.
Have a wonderful day and enjoy the pictures!