Telluride Museum: The Social – 70s Shindig

Telluride Museum: The Social – 70s Shindig

Some historians say The Seventies Show actually began in January 1968, the month of the Tet offensive and ended  in November 1984, the month Ronald Reagan was elected to a second term as president. In between, well, lots of bad hair, bad clothes, bad music, bad design, bad politics and lots of bad ideas  – except for the fact that feminism, gay rights and an obsession with fuel efficiency grew out of that period.

Drilling down to the basic facts of life back when, the ’70s were Watergate, an energy crisis, hot pants, leisure suits, bell sleeves, polyester, garish prints, drugs, sideburns, “Deep Throat,” “Star Wars,” the Village People, Carlos Castaneda, streaking, Bobby Riggs versus Billy Jean King, geodesic domes, Jim Jones, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,” the rise of Gerald Ford, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, “The Godfather” movies, and the Eagles, whose “Greatest Hits, is the best-selling record in history.

By the ’70s, it seemed Americans had grown tired of holding back in the name of an endless war, so post-Vietnam (and other scuffles), restraint went out of fashion. Small wonder author Tom Wolfe dubbed the ’70s  the “Me Decade.”

If you can’t get enough of that crazy stuff, then attend the Telluride Historical Museum fundraiser brings it all home. Literally. Its “The Social: ’70s Shindig” takes place Saturday, March 23, 6:30 p.m. at the Ah Haa School. Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the door.

This historical popup exhibition and cocktail tasting event is focused on Telluride’s history in the ’70s, which was when our mining town was morphing into a ski town. And the cultural life began to pulse with the founding of the Telluride Film Fest, Bluegrass and Chamber Music.

Enjoy creative libations served by some of Telluride’s notable ’70s characters including: Ingrid Lundahl, Dick Unruh, Jane Dunham, Rita Robinson, Terry Tice, Grace Enbring, and Peter Waldor, while you check ouot artifacts in the one-night-only popup exhibit.

Learn the stories of Telluride’s past from those who lived them and view treasures from our archives not regularly on display.

Admission to the popup exhibitionand party comes with two drink tickets. Theme attire is encouraged (though not required). Additional drink tickets are available for purchase.

Get ready to party like it’s the YX years!

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