Historic Douglas County, Inc.
It is April in Douglas County …one of those spring months we experience that can be extremely eclectic …weather-wise. Of course, April would have to do some Olympic gymnastics to out class March for meteorological antics. March was a month that had some of us believing that winter and summer were doing battle while Saint Patrick played referee. But, with April always entering with a joker opening the door, one never knows what the month will hold. As for events and entertainment, April, like flowering daffodils, begins to blossom. It’s going to be a fun and educational month.
At this point in my monthly message I generally recap the numerous historical events of the month past. I am not going to do so this month with one exception and that is to alert you to a program that Douglas County Libraries started on March 21, “Where Do You Think You Are?“ This insightful, educational program started at the Phillip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock and featured a knowledgeable panel of experts that the audience could get their questions answered about Castle Rock’s history from pioneering days to contemporary times. The Castle Rock event was well attended and well addressed by five panelists: Steve Boand, former County Commissioner; Angie DeLeo, Executive Director of the Castle Rock Museum; Kent Brandebery, Castle Rock Historical Society; Randy Reed, former Castle Rock Mayor; and, John Manka, Downtown Merchants’ Association. As the old saying goes, “This show is coming to your town …soon!” The panelists for each area will be intrinsically familiar with the area. Here are the locations and times of future “Where Do You Think You Are?” events:
1 p.m., Saturday, July 11 at the Larkspur Firehouse
2 p.m., Saturday, July 25 at Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue branch
1 p.m., Saturday, September 19 at the Louviers Village Clubhouse
11 a.m., Saturday, Nov 21 at Douglas County Libraries in Parker
April is bursting with great programs and events. On April 9, three area historical societies, Castle Rock, Larkspur, and Palmer Lake are sponsoring renown author Karen Kidd speaking about her book, On Holy Ground. This insightful presentation delves into Co-masonry and specifically the American Federation of Human Rights that is located in Larkspur. The program is FREE to the public and is a program you definitely do not want to miss. Up north, just over Douglas County’s border on April 11, Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society is hosting an open house at the magnificent Seventeen Mile House north of Parker. If you haven’t seen the Seventeen Mile House and property, it is a fun way to spend the afternoon with the family.
I just finished talking about three historical societies getting together to host Karen Kidd. Well, Parker Area Historical Society and Roxborough Area Historical Society are both hosting, but on separate dates, “Gunny” Jeff Norman in his enthralling reenactment and impersonation of William Cody, The Buffalo Bill Experience. You’ve got a double-barreled chance to catch Buffalo Bill. Parker has their program on April 14; Roxborough has the program on April 23. If you haven’t caught Jeff Norman in this role, you’ll want to see him …Buffalo Bill becomes alive!
Down south of the Douglas County border on April 16, Palmer Lake Historical Society welcomes John Westley Anderson presenting a program on the Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region. This educational program delves into how the Native American Utes used trees for messages, prayer and medicine.
Highlands Ranch Historical Society hosts Mary Taylor Young on April 20, celebrating the centennial of Colorado’s premier Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years. This presentation is much more than the first 100 years of the park, talking about the mountain formations and the ancient people who roamed the land.
If you are in for great food, music and dancing, April 25 is the date and The Pikes Peak Grange #163 is the venue with a spaghetti dinner and Lee Sims & The Platte River Band. Tune-up your taste buds and put on your dancing shoes!
So, if you’re still hankering for entertainment in April, check out the many events being hosted by our Douglas County towns. April 24 – 26, Colorado Classic Mules & Donkey Days at the Douglas County Events Center, Easter Bunny Breakfast at the Castle Rock Outlets and much more. Check out Castle Rock Events. Parker starts April with Bluegrass at Parker Mainstreet: The Rapidgrass Quntent & the Young Pickers and has all sorts of music and drama on the stage during the month, including Beauty and the Beast for the children. Check out Parker’s packed month of April at Parker Events. Cherokee Ranch and Castle is doing an International Wine and Spirits event! Check out all the Castle’s teas, brunchs, tours and entertainment at Cherokee Castle Events. And, finally but definitely not least, if you are interested in exploring volunteer work for all types of 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, Highlands Ranch is hosting a Volunteer Fair: April 14, 5:00-7:00 pm. The Volunteer Fair is an opportunity for volunteers to meet face-to-face with nonprofit organizations seeking help. The Fair is free to nonprofits and persons who are looking for an organization where they can donate their time. It’s also an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to showcase their volunteer needs – all under one roof. Check out Highlands Ranch Activities. Well, I think I outdid myself this month with talking about events …and, I didn’t even touch on Patriot Day in April or gotten to the Rockies Opener on April 10!
MARCH MADNESS, the annual “Big Dance” for college basketball teams! Colorado States thinks they got snubbed! AND, then they turn around and lose their first game in the National Invitational tourney …quit your crying! Wyoming pulled an upset by winning the Mountain West tourney, but will they get past their first game against Northern Iowa? No! Colorado? …too many injuries derailed their season early on! The BIG question is: “Can Kentucky win six games and finish the year a PERFECT 40 and 0?” There has not been an undefeated NCAA champion since Indiana in 1976. Is this the year for another PERFECT season? Well, the Cats have won four, two to go. The” Elite 8” games were thrilling! Each of the four games was contested to the final buzzer, only Duke had some breathing room vs. Gonzaga. Saturday’s “Final Four” looks like two heavy weight battles: Kentucky and Wisconsin, Duke and Michigan State. I think the Kentucky-Wisconsin game should be the actual Championship game, but that’s how the bracket unfolded!
Nuggets? I’m not sure who knows what’s going on! Lose 19 out of 21 games usually does get the coach fired …”Bye-bye, Brian Shaw.” Interim Coach Melvin Hunt … normal winning “bump” after an ousted coach? The Nuggets seem like a different team, but is that what the Owner wants? The Nuggets have been playing well the past three weeks …not enough for anything this year but maybe some optimism for next season? Will Melvin Hunt get the coaching job?
Avalance … too much ground to make up from a poor start. They’re trying but running out of games. Losing their 20 year old superstar in the making, Nathan McKinnon, will not help. The Avs will miss the playoffs but maybe they have learned a valuable lesson – those early games count just as much as any game.
Rockies …it’s Spring Training and everyone appears to be healthy (Tulo and Cargo). The BIG question, “What will the Rox pitching staff look like …and, will it be effective?” Let’s hope that the off season management changes will show some positive improvement. Manager Walt Weiss has been given more input into player decisions. We’ll find out by the end of June. The Rox usually start well in April and struggle in May. For those who want to go to Coors Field for fun, go check out the Party Deck in right field for the cost of a General Admission ticket!
Broncos… interesting off season! The Broncos lost several starters who were free agents. With the huge spending spree in 2014, the Broncos wallet was much thinner in the 2015 free agency battles. “Where will the replacements come form?” …it appears like three players from free agency (safety, tight end and one offensive lineman) …the other needs must come from existing young players (that departed Coach John Fox did not want to play) or rookies from the upcoming NFL draft. The Broncos added 3-4 “extra”picks from departed players prior to the 2014 season. The 2015 Bronco schedule is daunting, …11 wins could be the ceiling!
Happy Easter to you all,