Historic Douglas County, Inc.
It is May in Douglas County, Colorado …that time of year when everything from our emerald green vegetation to our black bears and rising rainbow trout rise to the occasion. Now I must thank Mother Nature for our April moisture. It looked a bit in early April as if we could have a stiff spring and summer with very little opening moisture. But, during the latter part of the month, Mother Nature smiled upon us.
April was also a great month for the historical event ball to really start rolling …the Rockies started well also, but we will leave that aspect alone until the end of this month’s message.
Both Parker Area Historical Society and Roxborough Area Historical Society had Jeff Norman ride through their April events as Buffalo Bill. Highlands Ranch Historical Society hosted Author Mary Taylor Young who celebrated the The First 100 Years of the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Three historical societies (Castle Rock, Larkspur and Palmer Lake) hosted Author and American Federation of Human Rights member Karen Kidd for the presentation ”On Holy Ground.” You can read more about this presentation on HDC News.
Castle Rock Museum also held its hats auction in April. This auction, by the way, was a silent one and involved sine 60 hats and over 41 hat boxes donated to the museum by the Oberlin family …again, you can learn more about the auction on HDC News. And, if you see an ladies (or men) wearing flapper hats around Castle Rock, you might just guess from where they were purchased!
Sedalia Museum and Gardens also had their opening day for the year on April 18. If you haven’t been to this great facility and gardens, make yourself a note to get to the Museum and Gardens this year.
April was also a good month north and south of the borders (Douglas County’s borders that is). Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society (CCVHS) Open House at the 17 Mile House was one of those events just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from Douglas County’s north border …by the way, CCVHS does an open house at the 17 Mile House each month. Check the HDC Events Calendar for dates and times. South of Douglas County’s southern border in Palmer Lake, the Palmer Lake Historical Society hosted John Westley Anderson in a great presentation, Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region.
On April 14, the Board of County Commissioners approved the land-marking nominations for two Douglas County landmarks, Blackfoot Cave and the Loraine Ranch. Once again, you can read more about the lark-marking of those two sites at HDC News. My, my…I had better get on with what’s happening in May!
May is somewhat of an eclectic event month! May is a month that has conducive weather when the history tours begin to appear. Highlands Ranch Historical Society (HRHS) begins the tours for the month on May 4 with Denver’s Amusement Parks & History Colorado, one of HRHS’s popular RTD Tours. Check the HDC Events Calendar for price and registration requirements. On May 16, Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum starts their famous Castle Rock Trolley Tours. Again, you can get the details on the HDC Events Calendar,
On May 12, Parker Area Historical Society celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park with Mary Taylor Young. This presentation is a really good presentation about Colorado’s most famous National Park and delves into many areas with which most people are not familiar. On May 14, Castle Rock Historical Society is also hosting Mary Taylor Young. So, you have your choice of two dates and two venues for this great program.
On Saturday, May 16, Douglas County Libraries is doing the second in their “Where Do You Think You Are? ” series. This one is in Roxborough at the Roxborough Library. Be sure to register for this event; the information to register is on the HDC Events Calendar.
Later in the month, May 23, Sedalia Museum and Gardens are assisting us all with When Nature Calls! “Nature” in this sense is vegetation …gardening. This is a very educational program. As you know, Sedalia Gardens is one of the testing grounds for Colorado State University. Hence, you can get a good horticultural understanding of what and what not to plant and how to raise certain plants in your garden.
On May 30, put on your farm and ranch togs and join Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) on the Lowell OV Ranch for Farm and Ranch Day! This is always a neat event with all sorts of booths, plants and, of course, animals. Historic Douglas County, Inc. will be at Farm and Ranch Day. Come on back to the farm and discover the true roots of Douglas County.
Well now, if you don’t think you can find enough to do in Douglas County, let me invite you to our close neighbors to the north and south of our Douglas County borders. Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society is doing their May Open House at the 17 Mile House Farm Park on May 16.
Down “South of the Border,” Palmer Lake Historical Society is hosting Robin Hammitt in American Bison. This program is very interesting as Robin presents his theories about what happened to the American Bison …would you believe the politics and the expansion West are involved? Palmer Lake Historical Society always draws good audiences for their wide variety of interesting programs.
So, have I stimulated your historical juices for what’s coming-up in May? If you still are looking for something to do, perhaps you should take in a Colorado Rockies game …as I recall, I think the Diamond Backs, Dodgers, Phillies and the Giants are in town in May. Speaking of the Rockies, let’s get to my musings on sports…
Where to start…? Both the Avs and Nuggets seasons FINALLY came to a close, both teams missing their respective playoffs.
The Avs …a lot of young talent, a lot of potential. Potential does NOT win games; hard work and maybe a bit of luck does. Yes, the Avs had some injuries, but so do most of the other teams. The “young guns” need to mature quickly to find the winning formula. Good luck to Roy and Sakic!
The Nuggets …who knows what to do? Should they blow up the roster and start from scratch? My guess is that the Nuggets will NOT have any blockbuster trades; but, perhaps a good draft and one possible good trade may get them back on track. Oh by the way, another “new” coach is needed. I would put my money on Scott Brooks who was recently fired from the Oklahoma Thunder. I can’t figure out how the Thunder can fire Brooks after he lost two of his “key players for most of the season …but the Thunder’s loss would be the Nuggets’ gain!
The Rockies …off to a mediocre start, a game or two above .500; however, warning signs are looming …and its only May! Cargo is off to a horrid start; he’s right at the “Mendoza” line, batting .200 …not good! If the Rocks are going to be successful, they need to score A LOT OF RUNS. As is usual with the Rockies, the pitching is already shaky. They have one or two starters who can pitch 5 to 7 innings. They need at a minimum, four starters to pitch 5 to 6 innings each outing. Its only May 1, and the Rockies have already lost one reliever(Adam Ottavino) to injury, and he might be done for the season? In the first month of the season, the Rockies bullpen leads ALL baseball teams in innings pitched …that is a recipe for disaster! … which also, by the way, happened last year! It is still early, but some red lights are already flashing!
The Broncos …new coach (Kubiak), and mostly a new staff, how will it play out? The Broncos had a very quiet “free agent” period, due to tapping out the bank last year. They do have ten draft picks, but the majority of the picks are after the 3rd round, not exactly jaw dropping. The “Young 39” Manning is healed, after his December injuries …that should help! Can he stay healthy ? The contract issue with Darius Thomas is a sad, but true story in the NFL. John Elway holds most of the leverage. Thomas has evolved into a star for the Broncos; so, it would be a shame to see him go by the way side! The Broncos schedule appears to me to be VERY DIFFICULT. I project 11 wins, let’s hope that I’m close… “Ve shall see what Ve shall see…!
Have a great May and get out there and enjoy history in Douglas County,