The Historic Crags Lodge in Estes Park, Colorado 

It was another sold-out crowd, and, having attended the preparatory dance classes ahead of time, everyone was eager to step onto the ballroom floor. First, though, after hours of prepping dresses, tuxedos and hairstyles, many gathered in the beautiful dining hall of the Historic Crags Lodge for an impressive sit-down dinner. The dancers knew that tasty refreshments would also be served at intermission, but first would come much delightful dancing.


Fan Flirtations in Skilled Hands Special Guest Lillian Russell The Dining Hall at the Crags Lodge

Lillian escorted by long-time companion, "Diamond Jim" (portrayed by Michael Guli)

Wonderful period music is provided by
The Grandview Victorian Orchestra

Lillian with Dance Prompter Sharon Guli


One year, we were honored to have as our guest the fabulous and famous Lillian Russell, known world-wide for the beauty of her voice, her wardrobe, her face and her figure. She delighted us by performing her signature piece, "Come Down, My Evening Star" and later, sang "Beautiful Dreamer" as the dancers waltzed the night away. Thank you, Lillian, for taking time from your busy touring schedule to join us for our special evening.

(Lillian Russell was magnificently portrayed by Lonna Miller)

Attendees have traveled from across the country, including Colorado, Arizona, Kansas and Connecticut!

Ladies of Locust Grove

Attendees from Cheyenne and Connecticut

Representatives from the Gold Camp Victorian Society, Cripple Creek, Colorado

The Shadows of the Victorian Past Dancers

A Past Programme of Dances
Grand Polonaise/Opening Waltz
Dick Sand's Hornpipe
Cheat the Lady
The Princeton University Lanciers Quadrille
Money Musk
Lamp-Lighter's Hornpipe
The Isle of Sky
The Rat's Quadrille
A German Cotillon
Old Countryman's Reel
Last Waltz
We are thrilled to have such an enthusiastic response to our annual Victorian Ball, and hope to see you again each November! Thank you for your dedication and friendship. Also, a special thank you to the staff of the Crags Lodge for their hard work, their excitement, and for going all the "extra miles!"

 - Sharon & Mike Guli

The Twelfth Annual River Crossing Victorian Ball is scheduled to be held on November 19, 2016.

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 If you wish to contact Sharon and Mike about having them come to your event to help you host a Victorian Ball and to teach Victorian Dance Instruction, or to book Lillian Russell for your affair, call 970-221-4854 or send an email to

The Historic Crags Lodge - 970-586-6066

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