Time Travelers from 2014 having a good time.

Party goers at the Time Travelers Ball in 2014.

I’ve been asked many times, if I could go back in time, who would I want to meet. I’ve never been very good at answering that question, mostly because when I meet new people, I never know what to say. So it seems silly to me to go back in time just to stand in front of someone I admire while the cat’s got my tongue. But there are many periods of time that I’d like to go back to, just to see what they were like. I want to walk the streets, peer into windows, and watch life happen while I hang back in the shadows, hoping not to be discovered in my out-of-place jeans and t-shirt.

On March 19th, the Poudre Landmarks Foundation is providing an evening of going-back-in-time in order to raise money to help them maintain and showcase two places that enable us to see and experience what Fort Collins was like over a hundred years ago. (Which is about as close to really going back in time as we can actually ever get.)

The Time Travelers Ball is March 19th, 2016 at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery from 7-11pm.


The Poudre Landmarks Foundation is the organization that maintains and operates two important historic places: the Avery House and the Fort Collins Waterworks. The Avery House currently has a brand new collection on display covering a century of fine womenswear from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s (recently donated to Poudre Landmarks by Margaret Brown). The Waterworks is going to be getting some extra love and attention soon, too, as the Foundation has plans in the works to make the site even more accessible, with additional interpretive signage and other changes that will help to tell the story of our earliest water system.

The Time Travelers Ball: Equinox Adventures is a fundraising event, but it’s also going to be a great time to meet people (I’ll be there!), wander through the displays in the Museum of Discovery, watch a movie or two in the Digital Dome, and boogie the night away with the Colorado Swing Cats. You can also people watch, as many attendees will be dressed up in period attire (or maybe period attire with a bit of Steampunk thrown in). There will even be a costume contest. (But if you want to hang back in the shadows in your jeans and a t-shirt, nobody’s gonna judge.)

The Colorado Spring Cats at the 2014 Time Travelers Ball.

The Colorado Spring Cats at the 2014 Time Travelers Ball.

Here’s what you can expect:

Food: The food is being provided by A Catered Affair with Connie. If you’re curious about what sort of things Connie puts together, head on over to her website and drool a little over the deliciously sumptuous pics of food she’s whipped up in the past. She’ll also have gluten-free options for those that need to eat with caution. The bourbon meatballs, shrimp shooters, caprese skewers, and spinach dip with veggies are all sans gluten.

Drinks: There will be a cash bar. Soft-drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

Schedule for the Evening: The first hour, from 7-8pm, is for mingling and munching. Food and drinks will be available in the lobby area of the museum. Then at 8pm, the entire museum will open up. The band will be rockin’ near the dance floor. And movies such as “Back to the Moon for Good” and “From Earth to the Universe” will be showing up in the Otterbox Digital Dome. There will be a costume contest (with prizes!). And, there’s even going to be an egg balancing contest (just to see if it’s really true that eggs balance better during the equinox). (There’s also a rumor that a Tardis might be on hand, though I haven’t been able to substantiate that yet.)

Price: The flyer says that tickets are somewhere between $35 – $50. Here’s the deal on that. It’s $40 for an individual or $35 per ticket if you buy more than one. (If you don’t have a “Plus 1” but you’d like to save that extra $5, let me know (meg@northerncoloradohistory.com) and I can help connect you up with someone else that’s also looking for a price saving “Plus 1” person.) These prices jump up to $50 per ticket (with no discounts) if you purchase after March 14. (The caterer needs to know how much food to make, so buying tickets early not only saves you money, but it also ensures that there will be plenty of food to munch on for everyone that attends.)

Costumes: You don’t have to wear a costume. Like I said before, if you want to hang back in the shadows wearing jeans and a t-shirt, it’s all good. But, if you’ve ever fancied purchasing a new top hat, slipping into a short Flapper dress, or taking a peek at a new pocket watch, this is a great excuse. All three of the in-person ticket pick-up locations are costume shops that will help set you up in style.

Tickets: You can buy tickets online (which will include a small surcharge to Eventbrite) or pick up tickets in person at Wear It Again SamLife of the Party, or Masonville Mercantile.


We’re going to have a blast on March 19th and I’d love to see you there!

(Click through to see even more pics from the Time Travelers Ball in 2014.)