Conservatory camp and carnivale, and U Club kickoff

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If you thought the programs offered at the Colorado Springs Conservatory were just for kids — think again.

You can experience it all for yourself Sept. 10 and 11 during Camp Conservatory and Conservatory Carnivale.

Camp Conservatory is a “ladies only” overnight experiential fundraiser for the Conservatory Partner Programs. (Which probably means that I’m not getting invited no matter how much I beg Linda Weise.)

Participants will experience classes and workshops in music, theater and art, surrounded in the luxurious atmosphere of the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

Thursday evening’s highlight is a “Cabernet Cabaret.” Friday morning is blocked off for resort spa time.

The cost is $250, and includes a room, food, beverages, classes and the Carnivale.

Speaking of the Carnivale, it’s scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11, and men are welcome to attend. (OK, so it’s not like us XY chromosomers are being left out entirely.)

Guests will enjoy entertainment from conservatory faculty, alumni and students, as well as CSC Arts Partners. There also will be a silent auction, signature drinks and foods, and jazz, classical, musical theater and theater performances.

The cost of the Carnivale is $125.

For more information, or to make reservations, call 577-4556.

Just for the sake of being honest, I really couldn’t have made it on the 10th anyway.

The University Club for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is having its Kickoff Reception and Wine tasting that night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Lodge.

For those of you who might not be familiar with University Club, it’s an organization that “fosters a mutually beneficial partnership between UCCS and the business and professional communities of the Pikes Peak region. Members contribute time, talents and resources toward the sustained growth of UCCS as a vital, dynamic component of Southern Colorado.”

During the kickoff, Professor Bob Larkin and others from the Department of Geography will host a brief lecture based on their perennially successful course “Wines and Vines.” Following the lecture, attendees will have the chance to taste several of the wines discussed.

If you’re interested in attending and learning more about the club, call 255-3637 by Sept. 4.

Looks like I’m going to have a busy end to that week — might be a good idea to take a vacation day or two.

Mike Boyd is editor of the Colorado Springs Business Journal. He can be reached at or 329-5206.