Marble will throw centennial bash
The Crystal River town of Marble is celebrating its centennial this weekend with a series of activities that promise enjoyment and fascination for everyone.
The focal point of the centennial celebration will be guided tours of the Yule Marble Quarry, but the celebration will also feature an art fair, rides in horse-drawn wagons, historic photography, barbecues and picnics, a dunking booth, a huge fireworks display and more. Marble’s citizens will celebrate their town’s centennial Saturday and Sunday, and they are inviting everyone in the valley to attend.
“Fun is the operative word,” declared Craig Donaldson, centennial committee chairman. Much of Marble’s citizenry will participate in showing everyone a good time, he said.
Donaldson said the quarry tours will be conducted by Mario’s 4×4 Tours of Marble. Tours will begin at 9 a.m. both days, and will include transportation to the quarry, four miles from town, and a walking tour inside the quarry. The tours will cost $15 per person, with proceeds going to cover centennial expenses and any profits going to the Marble Historical Society and the Marble Charter School and the town of Marble.
The quarry tours will begin and end at the Marble mill site, a National Historic Site. In this area, next to the Crystal River and near the center of town, stone from the quarry was cut and finished before shipping. Massive columns of cut marble masonry, nearly all that remains of a 1,250-foot-long milling building, still stand on the site, resembling the ruins of some ancient civilization.
The annual Marble Art Fair, usually held on the Fourth of July, has been moved on this year’s calendar to coincide with the centennial. Donaldson said the fair, located at the mill site, will feature excellent work by local artists.
Students from the Marble Charter School will guide visitors on a Historic Wagon Ride around the town, pointing out historical sites. The horse-drawn wagon rides, provided by Chair Mountain Stables, will also begin at the mill site, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The Old Quarry Slide Show, featuring slides copied from antique photographs of the Yule Quarry and Marble, will begin at 9 a.m. at the stone building on the north side of the mill site parking lot. The slide show will be repeated every 30 minutes.
The ongoing Marble Marble Carving Symposium, a teaching event drawing stone sculptors from all over the United States and some international participants, will be continuing through the centennial. Guided tours will be available.
Saturday night’s festivities will begin with a dual piano recital at 6 p.m. at the firehouse. On the bill will be works by Chopin, Debussy, Bach and Schubert.
The recital will be followed by a potluck reception at the Beaver Lake Lodge. To wrap up the evening, the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District will put on a fireworks display at Beaver Lake.
“The fireworks will be awesome, with the backdrop of White House Mountain and Sheep Mountain,” Donaldson said.
The Old Timers Picnic will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, at Marble’s museum. “There’ll be some yarns to be spun there,” Donaldson said.
Late Sunday afternoon, a locals barbecue will wrap up the festivities.
Throughout the weekend, there will be softball and kickball games in Thompson Park, also the site of the dunking booth.
“We’re gonna dunk the mayor, the Town Council. Everyone who wants to be dunked, including me, will be dunked,” Donaldson said.
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