By Craig Michaels
Now that the music festivals are over and the temperatures are rising, it’s a perfect time to
take a road trip. While Las Vegas may have some interesting shows, there’s an attraction
just off the I-15 Freeway in the town of Yermo that will showcase a very unique show of its
own this Saturday. The Calico Ghost Town, which is approximately a 2 hour drive from Palm
Springs, will Feature the Calico Gypsies dinner show.
Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 and was born during the
largest silver strikes in California. When silver lost its value in the mid-1890’s, Calico lost its
population. The ghost town was purchased by Walter Knott, who in the 1950’s architecturally
restored the buildings to their original look. The park offers visitors an opportunity to share in
its rich history, shops, restaurants and camping. This Saturday, May 4th, the ghost town will
summon the Calico Gypsies dinner show as they return for their second season.
Creator and director, Michelle Hilario, who began belly dancing in 2009, is the brain child
behind this family friendly show. The Calico Gypsies have become so popular; their show has
been relocated from the Calico restaurant, to the outdoor Silver Bowl Stage to accommodate
the swelling crowds.
The troop of dancers will pull you back in time when this remote town was filled with dusty
miners and gypsies who roamed the back roads. The 90 minute show consists of dancers from
all across the South West. Guests will be entertained by sword waving Gypsies performing
a tribal style of belly dancing fused with many other forms of dancing. Following the Calico
Gypsies show, DJ Noe will keep the dance party going for young and old alike.
Dinner is served at 7:00 pm with the show starting shortly after at 7:30. If you don’t want to
get your grub on, you can purchase tickets for the show only. After their performance this
Saturday the Calico Gypsies will pack up and take the show on the road but will return to
the ghost town on September 21 of this year. If you would like more info on the show or to
purchase tickets you can visit their website at: www.calicogypsied.com.