Historic Douglas County, Inc.
It’s November in Douglas County and autumn is well established. The tree leafs have fairly well turned and those leafs of the fairer deciduous trees are now being blown around the country by fall’s wispy and somewhat chrisp winds. A lot is happening historical event-wise but the pace is slowing a bit from the night-after-night, day-after-day hectic pace of summer’s history event. As skiing begins in the High Country, albeit mostly on man-made snow, down here on the Front Range we celebrate Veterans’ Day on November 11 and look forward to family gatherings around the Thanksgiving Day table, loaded with the bounty of the harvests of our great Country.
The month of October was a busy and varied month for history oriented events around the County. Roxborough Area Historic Society (RAHS) and Douglas County Open Space conducted the last of this season’s Lamb Spring Archaeological Preserve Tour and RAHS also presented a fascinating program, A History of Colorado Women with Author Gail M. Beaton. The City of Lone Tree conducted their extremely successful and well attended annual Schweiger Ranch Fall Festival …see representative collages of the event at Schweiger Ranch Fall Festival in this website’s Picture Galleries. As always, the Cherokee Ranch and Castle had great music events and Parker Area Historical Society did a historical reflection of Wicked Towns Along the Union Pacific Railroad with their Hell on Wheels with Author Dick Kreck. Highlands Ranch Historical Society sponsored a tour of the Denver Botanical Gardens Chuhuly Exhibit and a captivating program, Riding Denver’s Rails with Author Kevin Pharris. Larkspur Historical Society combined its monthly meeting with a tour of Prairie Canyon Ranch guided by Douglas County’s Restoration Specialists Jerry Wlodarek and Johnny Mulligan. And, there were two big meetings during October, the fall conference of the Eastern Colorado Museums & Historical Societies at the Pikes Peak Grange in Franktown and Historic Douglas County, Inc’s annual meeting …seeNews – ECM&HS 0n the News page of this website.
November is a month when we honor our military service folks, those who have served our great Country and preserved our freedoms with their dedicated service and some their greatest gift, their lives. God bless all who are serving or have served. From a historical event perspective, November is loaded with the red, white and blue. Douglas County Libraries takes center stage in sponsoring to great programs on November 7 and 8. On November 7, Author Don Cygan will be presenting No Silent Night: The Christmas Battle For Bastogne at the Roxborough Library. On November 8, at the Phillip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock will host An Evening with Dan Hampton, with Author Dan Hampton, author of Viper Pilot, in a presentation about his newest book, Lords of the Sky. Both these presentations will be extremely enjoyable and informative.
Highlands Ranch Historical Society brings Rosie the Riviter alive with speaker Gail Beaton presenting Rosie, the name given to women war workers during World War II. Parker Area Historical Society hosts Rocky Mountain Honor Flight in a Veterans Tribute. Larkspur Historical Society (LHS) also touches on patriotism, bring history to Larkspur Elementary fourth graders with their historic re-enactments …LHS-er Bob Leise brings probably Union soldier< Art Tillery as a re-enacted member of a Union Army artillery soldier …what life was all about hefting six pound cannon balls and bivouacking in the wilds. On Veterans’ Day, November 11, the Douglas County Office of Veterans Affairs in conjunction with the Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation will conduct a Veterans Day Tributebeginning 11 a.m. at the Douglas County Veterans Monument Plaza located at the corner of Wilcox and Fourth Streets in downtown Castle Rock. Wow! “Salute to all of our great veterans! God bless.
November is also a month for great musical entertainment at the magnificent Cherokee Ranch and Castle …replete with the Lynn Baker Quartet’s Beatles Jazz and BeatRoots …Atmospheric Folk-Rock and Award-Winning Irish Cuisine. Mix all that in with your Thanksgiving turkey! And, mention Thanksgiving …November is definitely family-around-the-table time …whether turkey, ham, crown pork roast, prime rib or leg of lamb is in the center of the table, the family surround it, remembering that first day when with the Pilgrims and Native Americans and giving thanks for this great Country …’Taint nothin’ like it in the world! Palmer Lake Historical Society in the heart of Divide Country reflect on the early years of our area with Dave Wallace bringing to life the early years of this country as Mountain Man Jedediah Smith! This is one of those “Don’t miss events! So, you see folks, November’s historical events and programs are a bit lighter than during this past hectic summer. BUT …they are superb. Oh, and don’t forget Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum’s November program, By an Act of Congress with Author Bob Easterly. And, don’t forget Castle Rock’s 79th Annual Starlighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 22 …from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Starlighting Ceremony has everything. Stop by and see us; Historic Douglas County, Inc. will be there! November actually makes you wonder. The month is a bit slower than summer months …but, it sure doesn’t seem like it! Oh …almost forget; remember, November 2 is the date that we need to remember to have our clocks “Fall back” to regular (non-daylight) time.
Before I sign-off my November message, let me continue my tradition and touch a bit on sports…
BRONCOS – Vegas odds makers have just made the Denver Broncos the favorites to WIN the Super Bowl on February1; let’s hope they are correct! The Broncos got off to a slow start through the first three games (2-1). But, they have been on a tear the past three games (3-0). My pre-season prediction was 13-3 with Denver finishing the first half at 7-1. If this holds true, I believe the 13-3 record is pretty solid. “Old Man” Manning just continues to get better at age 38 – very impressive! The “Gruesome Twosome” of Von Miller and Demarcus Ware are a force to be reckoned with for every Denver opponent. The Broncos have an unbelievable amount of offensive firepower; they will probably be the highest scoring team in the NFL, like in 2013. Let’s see how it plays out through the month of November before we start booking tickets to Phoenix!
The Denver Nuggets should be very interesting this season. The Nuggets appear to be talented and have good depth. The Western Conference in the NBA is very challenging. It could easily take fifty wins just to make the playoffs. The Avalanche are off to a very slow start, they are having a difficult time in scoring goals which definitely is not a good sign. It is early in the season; however, you cannot make up those games …every win and 2 points helps to get a NHL playoff spot. Let’s hope the Avs begin to turn things around …and soon!