Historic Douglas County, Inc.
It is February in Douglas County! Januarys and our Februarys are generally our coldest months in Colorado. NOAA says February is, on average, one degree warmer than January’s average temperature. With this somewhat crazy, unpredictable weather we’ve been experiencing this year, who can really forecast what February will bring? January brought the heavy Nor’easter to the eastern United States in the latter part of January that essentially shutdown Washington D. C. and New York, while we here in sunny Douglas County experienced rather mild, sometimes high 50s and low 60s weather! We’ll have to wait and see what El Niño has in store for us this year in February. As it always has been, February’s weather will likely be a surprise! It’s sort of like a potluck, “We get what we get”!
The history events in and around Douglas County in January were all well attended. Cherokee Ranch & Castle came out of the first of the new year’s gates with a Downton Abbey Tea …followed by a lovely Sunday Brunch at the Castle …followed, yet again, by a month ending Tea. Castle Rock Historical Society hosted an informative program by the Daughters of the American Revolution. And, Palmer Lake Historical Society (PLHS)and Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society (CCVHS), respectively south and north of our Douglas County borders, held their annual meetings. PLHS always holds a fantastic Potluck and CCVHS did a visit to the Aurora History Museum for Science Fiction Land. Roxborough Area Historic Society hosted a visit from Jon Voehl as Abraham Lincoln. Parker Area Historic Society held a program with Susan St. Vincent, Recreation & Wildlife at the Rueter-Hess Reservoir. Highlands Ranch Historical Society hosted Historic Douglas County, Inc. (HDC) for a four persons program on Telling the History of Douglas CountyTelling the History, the story behind HDC’s 2016 Historic Calendar of Douglas County “In the Beginning.” Speaking of the Historic Douglas County historic calendar, February is the last month this calendar will be available for ordering from this website (Historic Book-Calendar); otherwise, if you want this unique, educational Book-Calendar, you’ll need to pick it up at the Castle Rock Museum or at one of the events in which HDC is participating in 2016. January was a good month for history in Douglas County …as I predicted on the January Home Page of this website.
The HDC Players, comprised of HDC members and Douglas County History Research Center archivists, also did Roxborough Elementary School in January, bringing back pioneering residents by re-enacting Mountain Jenny, Amos Miksch, William Henry Jackson, The Wagon Master and Henry Persse from the late nineteenth century. This was another performance by the Players group re-enacting life in early Douglas County for elementary schools …check out our webpage, Education Resources. Now, here comes the month of February…
Starting the month of February on February 4, Douglas County Libraries and the Cherokee Ranch & Castle host two contrasting programs …well, maybe in another light, they are complementing programs! Douglas County Libraries presents Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, discussing his new, thought-provoking Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. In contrast or, if you will, in complement, the Cherokee Ranch & Castle presents The Chocolate Therapist at the Castle. Either one of these programs should get you pumped, depending on your individual leanings.
During Valentine’s week both Castle Rock Historical Society and the Cherokee Ranch & Castle are getting into the swing of season. Castle Rock Historical Society is doing a historical celebration of Valentines with a program called Love is in the Air …the really neat feature of this program that the audience provides the program! Yes, the audience is the program …those attending are requested to bring their vintage Valentines to the program that they have received over the years …now, this is not a prerequisite for attendance; it’s just a feature that is fun and really gets the audience involved. Mark it on your calendar, February 11, at the Phillip S. Miller Library; it should be a blast! The Cherokee Castle is holding a unique blues band Valentine’s program performing Blues, Rock and Roll, Soul and Raggae, featuring Erica Brown …that’s the Afrosippi Blues Band at the Castle on February 14 …the published name of the event is Valentine Blues at the Castle. If you can’t make either one of the Valentine’s programs, do remember to remember your spouse or significant other on Valentine’s Day …not doing so will likely impact the remainder of 2016 for you!
Parker Area Historical Society
Parker Area Historical Societyis doing a neat wildlife program on February 9, Owls and Fowls in Douglas County. For those of you who live in the non-metropolitan areas of Douglas County know we have plenty owls, wild turkeys, duck, hawks and turkey buzzards. For those of you in our metro areas and/or who are golfers, you know that Canada geese certainly abound all over Douglas County …even in winter’s sometime icy and snowy weather.
On February 15, Highlands Ranch Historical Society hosts Ben Martin presenting The The Birth of Liberty and the US Military, honoring those citizens who, throughout our history, have bravely stepped forward to defend our Nation …and, a whole lot more. The Highlands Ranch Historical Society really works at acquiring excellent monthly programs. Their February program is a very informative and patriotic program that I really think you will enjoy. Make sure you mark this one down on your “to attend” calendar for February.
Down south of the Douglas County border on February 18, Palmer Lake Historical Society (PLHS) presents Benny Nasser, offering the highlights and experiences of some of more than 100,000 young boys, less than sixteen years of age, who fought in the Young Boys That Fought in the Civil War. This is a thought-provoking, educational program that you will really enjoy. is one of those amazing programs presented by PLHS that sort of reminds me of their November, 2015 program by Jane Milne, Orphan Train …again, you don’t want to miss their February program, Young Boys That Fought in the Civil War.
February certainly has some really good, unique historical society and historical venue events. Get out and see at least one of them. And, if healthy living and lots of outdoor activity is part of your life style, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Colorado Healthy Living Expo on February 6 at the Douglas County Event Center. You can learn more about it at Healthy Living Expo. If you still are hankering to be outdoors and enjoying the February elements in Colorado, you might want to consider the mountain carnivals and winter festivals. Winter Park is holding their Winter Park Winter Carnival of February 6 through February 14. The Steamboat Springs’ Winter Carnival is February 3 through February 7 and, Pagosa Springs’ Winterfest is February 12 through February 14. Any or all of those will certainly get your blood pumping!
One more item…
National History Day Colorado is coming to Denver on March 12! The Denver Greater Metropolitan Area event has grown significantly over the years as a regional contest of the National History Day program in Colorado. The event is held at the Auraria campus in downtown Denver. The event sponsors are always are looking for judges. This is something you might really enjoy doing. You can learn more about the event at National History Day 2016. This year’s theme is Exploration – Encounter – Exchange. The reason I am telling you about this March event in February is because you just might want to sign-up for judging.
You will also find a good deal of other items that gets added to the Historic Douglas County, Inc.’s website’s Events Calendar throughout the month; so, keep checking the Events Calendar periodically throughout the twenty-nine days of February. Let’s talk some sports, starting with the Broncos…
Here’s my assessment of the AFC Championship game:
– Broncos defense played the best NFL defensive game in many years, the BEST Bronco defense EVER!
– Vonn Miller was an animal; and, he needed to be!
– Coach Phillips – what a game plan!
– The Bronco offense did just enough to win; but, they left an easy 10 points on the field! This will NOT work versus Carolina.
– John Elway’s faith in Kubiak and Phillips has been rewarded with two closely-played playoff games; KUDOS to the Bronco’s coaching staff for having EVERYONE ready to play!
– Give credit to Brady and Bellichek for their end of game comments to Manning, Kubiak and Phillips …very classy!
– You cannot ask for a better set-up for Manning – win or lose, he’ll go out in style! Yes, this will be Manning’s LAST game for the Broncos at Sports Authority Mile High Field.
…The Bronco defense will have to play as well or better to beat Cam Newton and the Panthers. There’s a very interesting story line between Vonn Miller and Demarcus Ware, great for the Broncos! Hopefully, Manning will NOT have a game from hell like he had against Seattle! This should be a competitive game BUT, can the Broncos win? …We’ll find out in Santa Clara!
Well, I should touch on the other pro sport teams of Colorado…
The Avalanche are hanging tough, currently they are in the 7th playoff position with about 40% of the season remaining. If they can go on a winning streak, they might be able to climb to 5 or 6…Hmmm!
The Nuggets have had a tough season, a lot of close games, but like in horseshoes, close is not good enough for a win. At best, the Nuggets might win 32 games, that’s 9 games below .500.
The Rockies …not too much excitement in the off season. They traded one outfielder and acquired another. The Rocks also signed three relief pitchers, this will be a moot point if the starters cannot average five full innings. I wouldn’t look for any major changes at 20th and Blake – sorry to say!
College-wise, The Colorado Buffalos are looking more and more like a team that can compete in the Big Dance in March, one full month to go!