Historic Douglas County, Inc.
December, 2016 …a time to reflect on the year past …a time to look to the future in hope of the best for mankind. The month past, as most of the months during 2016, was unique and historic. November saw the end of an unbelievable, unique, impetuous, egregious Presidential election and a unique, phenomenal win of those lovable Chicago Cubs. culminating their long-awaited trip to the World Series with the win in the seven-games series over the Cleveland Indians …the latter taking a 108 years to accomplish, but more about the Cubs in my view and words on sports. Those of us who receive the Denver Post have noticed that over the last three years, its size has diminished considerably as folks seem to have adopted the Internet and television as their primary news mediums. We’ve also seen the headlines shrink in size. On November 9, the Post‘s front page headline read, “STUNNER;” after the Cubs won the Series, the headline on the front page of the Post sported “CUBBOOM!” My, my, my… In my monthly messages, I normally reflect on the events of the previous month. That being said and since this is the last month of the year, I thought I would provide a brief overview of the events of the year, soon to pass to 2017.
It’s December and the month, being the last in the 2016 calendar year, is a month of both sentimentality and reflection of the past and the gathering love of families. First of all from Historic Douglas County, Inc. (HDC) Happy Holidays! For those of the 15 to 20 thousand who attended STARLIGHTING in Castle Rock on November 19 you saw the Season welcomed royally when the Big Switch was thrown and the Star lighted, followed by a barrage of fireworks from The Rock. You can read a bit more about it on the News Page of this website.
December is the time in Douglas County that dons a lot of changes. Weather-wise, Winter-Soltice enters Douglas County at 3:44AM on December 21. On average, we receive 11 sunny days, 10 days that are partly cloudy and 10 cloudy days. Our low temperature averages 29o while our high temperature averages 42o and our average snowfall is 12.75 inches, the largest average snowfall of any month of the season. With the exception of deer in Colorado’s plains, hunting seasons in Colorado are closed. December is the month that snow skiing becomes the sport of choice. Christmas sales fill the newspapers and airwaves and Hollywood’s release of seasonal films flood our movie theaters. December is also the month when historically oriented events diminish dramatically and members-only Christmas celebrations replace the normally programs time slots of historical societies. The latter is not true across the board and, in the case of Cherokee Ranch & Castle, December become one of their busiest times for events and programs for the public.
Two Brunches and sixteen Teas are scheduled at the Cherokee Castle during December. If you have not been to a tea or brunch at the Castle, you are in for a big treat. The Castle folks do a beautiful, gracious job with both their brunches and teas, leaning very much to the High Teas of Merry Ole England. It’s a great event for a memorable Christmas get together with family and friends.
On On On On On On On On December 2, the Cherokee Castle presents a memorable, seasonal musical event, Christmastime is Here! hosting the Denver Brass 5. The Denver Brass 5 will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit and you find yourself humming the various songs well after the program is complete!
Early on in December (Dec. 7) hosts Art Afield at Cherokee Ranch. If you love to paint in the great outdoors, regardless of oil, acrylic, water …or even pastels or charcoal sketching, Art Afield is for you! These popular Paint Outs at the Cherokee Ranch & Castle are very popular with area artists, pro and amateur. Check out the details on the Event Calendar.
Cherokee Ranch & Castle is also hosting MO Productions with the ever popular seasonal, murder mystery, Have a Holly Jolly Murder. Close your eyes and slip yourself back to 1988 …it’s the annual Christmas Pageant is being held for a local Children’s Fund. Okay, that’s all you get on this message. You will have to attend the Have a Holly Jolly Murder to see for yourself the amazing things that happen! Okay, didn’t I tell you the Cherokee Ranch & Castle always has bang-up entertainment in December?
Most entities Christmas celebration’s host an event at one venue. Not Sedalia! Sedalia hosts their celebration with open doors and events throughout the whole town! December 3, 11:00AM to 2:00PM, the doors come open in the town and you hold the Key to the City for the great celebration, billed as Winter Fest in Sedalia. From Sedalia Museum’s Open House to fly tying special …from bakery goods to pizza …well, I could go on and on but check it out yourself with a lot more detail on the December Event Calendar.
On December 8, Highlands Ranch Historical Society holds its Annual Meeting & 25th. Anniversary Celebration. This is will be a neat meeting because you will also get to see what’s in store for the year to come; i.e., 2017. You will also get an opportunity to purchase their new book, just cooling down from the press, Highlands Ranch. This book is well done covering when Highlands Ranch was a ranch, the early and extremely active development of the community and what’s to come. The book is really well done.
On December 8, 2016, Castle Rock Historical Society will host Author Rhonda Beck. Rhonda’s program keys on The History of Denver’s Union Station. Think you know a lot about Union Station’s history? Wait until you hear Rhonda talk about the building of the station and the station’s clientel during it’s early years.
Speaking of books, Roxborough Area Historical Society, embodied by Writers Flo Tonelli and Char Nauman, provide a brief book review of their new book, Roxborough at the Visitors’ Center of Roxborough State Park on December 10. Roxborough is another really well-done book. Again, see the Event Calendar for specific details.
I also wanted to let you know that HDC has added yet another educational program. Dennis Burdick, Volunteer Range for Castlewood Canyon State Park has created The Day the Dam Failed, the account of the bursting of the Castlwood Canyon Dam in 1933. You can read more about this program on the Education Resources page on this website. About three-quarters down the webpage you will see the “Programs” picture; click on the “Programs” picture and you are on your way. Okay, let’s talk a bit about Colorado sports…
DENVER BRONCOS: Their end of November loss to the Kansas Chiefs in overtime is going to hurt badly. The Broncos record stands at 7 – 4, a full 2 games behind the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West …worse yet, the Broncos are also behind the Chiefs for any wildcard opportunity. The next two games are on the road versus the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans, the latter will not be easy; the Titans are hot! Looking at the remaining schedule, the Broncos could easily finish 9 – 7 …and not make the playoffs! The Chiefs are 8 – 3 and should easily get to 11 or 12 wins. The Miami Dolphins are 7 – 4, and should get to 10 wins, maybe 11. From the there’s always a silver lining perspective, missing the playoffs may not be all bad; it would give the Broncos higher draft pick numbers to go after big, strong, aggressive linemen on both sides of the ball …which the Broncos need desperately!
DENVER NUGGETS: Not a great start for this young team, 6 – 10. This does not bode well for maybe even a breakeven season with 41 wins! One consolation is that the Nuggets have lost 3-4 games in the last few seconds. We should have a better idea at the end of December …Gosh! Another one of those always present comments about Colorado’s professional teams!
COLORADO AVALANCHE: Different coach but the same players… The early season has NOT shown any improvement. The AVS are near the bottom of the Western Conference and tied for 12th out of 14 teams. Not sure how much longer General Manager Joe Sakic can put up with this bunch, before starting a rebuilding process …diddo …Gosh! Another one of those always present comments about Colorado’s professional teams!
COLORADO ROCKIES: Well, Jeff Bridich should now be the one on the hot seat! Walt Weiss walked away after realizing that Bridich had no job for him. The Rocks have hired well respected Bud Black as the new manager for the 2017 season. If Bridich does not fix the bullpen, I doubt that Bud Black has too many miracles in his back pocket, the Rockies bullpen during the past season was TERRIBLE! On the bright side, Bud Black was a successful pitcher in the majors andhas a good track record of managing a pitching staff. Let’s hope that we see some positive results at 20th & Blake next year …once again, diddo.
That’s December in Douglas County …history-wise and sports-wise …the latter, of course from my “Weglarz Wise Words” perspective. Enjoy the Holiday Season in Douglas County and have and extremely happy and safe time during these busy days.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…