Historic Douglas County, Inc.
Here we are, June, 2016, in Douglas County, Colorado. At this point, I believe that I can fairly accurately say, “Winter is over!“ June is the traditional time when summer really begins here in Colorado. May’s hosting of Memorial Day seems to be the mystical button that Mother Nature presses to launch the blossoming month of June. So, let’s get started …but, before we do, let’s do an ever so brief recap of May history programs and events in and around Douglas County, history-wise that is. May was really the month that history oriented events took off even though Mother Nature, weather-wise, seemed to have different ideas.Cherokee Ranch & Castle started the month with a May Day musical program, Gayle Skidmore and Chelsea Wilde and Douglas County Libraries followed on May 7 with Holocaust Remembered …yes, opposite ends of the spectrum, historically. Castle Rock Historical Society (CRHS) had a Joy Poole program with Over the Santa Fe Trail, covering the 1825-26 journey of Dr. Willard Rowland. CRHS followed their program with a Castle Rock Trolley Tour the next day. The Cherokee Castle hosted Derek Evilsizor as Sinatra in a musical program, Castle Rock Trolley Tour. The week of May 16 was loaded …Highlands Ranch Historical Society’s (HRHS) program Denver Amusement Parks; Douglas County Libraries’ Introduction to Genealogy; Cherokee Ranch & Castle (CR&C) hosted the Front Range Theatre Company in We Were Blessed; HRHS conducted a Hike to the Grigs Homestead – Highlands Ranch Backcounty; Roxborough Area Historical Society did a Hildebrand Ranch Tour; Castle Rock Museum held its the first annual Victoria’s Tea; CR&C presented An Evening with Devan Blake Jones; and, down south of the D.C. border, Palmer Lake Historical Society held a well-attended program, Spencer and Julie Penrose: Colorado Community Collaborators. Parker Area Historical Society (PAHS) and Sedalia Museum and Gardens (SM&G) closed out May: PAHS with a Colorado Freedom Memorial Field Tour and SM&G with their annual Sedalia Plant Sale.
Along about June 1, someone will light the fuse …because on Saturday, June 4, events in Douglas County will begin to explode! And, TWO EXPLOSIONS WITH INTENSITY! Two explosions occur in Larkspur almost simultaneously: the Larkspur Chamber of Commerce hosts and all afternoon and event event with Settler Day and Larkspur Historical Society hosts a double-header program in the afternoon with Terry Stokka, Giant Ponderosas and The Black Forest Fire.
Then, an explosion occurs on the northwestern part of Douglas County in Roxborough. Its a similar two piece of event, Roxborough Art Fair at which you will be able to buy a new history book! Arcadia Publishing Coming is doing a Roxborough Area Historical Society Book Release! Longtime Roxborough Park residents, RAHS founding members and co-authors Flo Tonelli and Char Nauman spent months collecting information and images to recount Roxborough’s historical past. Congratulations, Flo and Char; a job really well done. All of you readers got to have this book!
Roxborough Area Historical Society also closes out the month of June (June 28) with a Tour of Slocum Cabin at Chatfield Park. Read all about it on the June Events Calendar. It should be a nice day for the tour along the water’s edge, so to speak.
The second week of June, and the first full week at that, belongs to Highlands Ranch Historical Society (HRHS) and Castle Rock Historical Society (CRHS). HRHS is attending Rascal’s Oldies on June 8. This is a musical event at the Lone Tree Arts Center with HRHS getting preference. Get your tickets through HRHS; check out the June Events Calendar. CRHS is hosting HDC for Telling the History of Douglas County. This event is at the Phillip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock and features HDC telling how their 2016 book-calendar came to be and giving a brief overview of some of the chapters (months). Yes, if you haven’t been able to get your 2016 HDC Book-Calendar yet, you will likely be able to get one at the event.
May featured Mother’s Day and Sunday, June 19, 2016, is the day we honor our father. Down south of the Douglas County border, Palmer Lake Historical Society (PLHS) has done the day up right for years. This year again, on the Green in Palmer Lake, PLHS celebrates fathers everywhere with free ice cream, pie and superb entertainer, old troubadour-stype by Nick Davey. If you want to celebrate Dad doing what Dad likes to do, we’ll see you in Palmer Lake on the nineteenth!
Have you read James Mischner’s Centennial? If you are a reader and over 40 years of age, I am quite certain your answer is yes. Well, Highlands Ranch Historical Society, is giving you the chance to get A Geographer’s View of the 1974 Book, “Centennial“. John Dietz, Geography Professor Emeritus, will be doing so on June 20. It’s a special program. You know, the movie, Centennial” was filmed at Highlands Ranch. This should be a really good, insightful program!
June 24 is her birthday, you know. “Who,” you likely are asking. Mildred Montague Genevieve “Tweet” Kimball, that’s who. And, Cherokee Ranch & Castle is celebrating and honoring the all time best cattlewoman that ever lived in Douglas County with their Waterloo Western Extravaganza. You love this and “Tweet” will be there in spirit. Check the Events Calendar for June 24 …that’s the day of the Waterloo Western Extravaganza event! Wow! Isn’t June loaded with some really fantastic history events? Well, we’re not done yet!
On June 25, the day after Waterloo Western Extravaganza celebrating Tweet Kimball’s birthday, Castle Rock Historical Society is conducting A Walking Tour of Historic Castle Rock.
Douglas County Libraries and Douglas County History Research Center are partnering with several organizations to explore the roots and unique experiences of ranching in Douglas County. Through an interactive, educational four-part program, participants get a peek into ranching’s past. This is a four-piece program over as many days with the first two days in June, followed by two days in August. The June dates are June 26 and June 30. Check more about this event at Ranching Rich History.
Yes, if you like history events, you are really going to enjoy the month of June in Douglas County, Colorado! Well, there’s no professional football or hockey but let’s talk sports in Colorado for a moment…
DENVER BRONCOS: Never a dull moment when it comes to the Broncos! The bookies in Las Vegas have pegged the Broncos for a 7- 9 season! Hmmm? I must have missed that the Broncos are the current Super Bowl Champions; apparently, this does not impress too many people! True, the Broncos’ 016 schedule is a “10” on the difficulty degree scale. The Broncos open the season with three (3) games against playoff teams: Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, and the Cincinnati Bengals. This season looks difficult! Seven games are against playoff teams and the Oakland Raiders are a much improved team in the AFC West. It’s too early for predictions! We need to see how healthy the Broncos enter the season, which QB will start the season (my $$$ is on Sanchez) and how well the rookies fit into the Gary Kubiak / Wade Phillips system. Circle your calendar for Monday night, October 24th, Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans come to Denver! Hmmm?
DENVER NUGGETS: The upcoming NBA draft will be a very interesting one for the Nuggets; they have THREE first round picks, starting with #7. This could become the “springboard” Hmmm?
COLORADO AVS: All is quiet in Denver for the hockey team. Not sure what will shake out in the next 4 months …Hmmm…
COLORADO ROCKIES: Let’s start with a PARTIAL apology from my May’s Sports Column …the Rockies did not go down the drain in the month of May; they merely treaded water. As of May 29th, the Rockies were 23-26 …not good, but not terrible …simply, middle of the road. As expected the pitching is the weak link, the bullpen is marginally better but not without inconsistency. The “ace” of the Rockies, Jorge De La Rosa is a shell of his former self. He’s 1-4 with a balloon ERA of 10.52! The young guns, Butler and Gray,have been very inconsistent …sometimes very good …sometimes very bad. Hmmm …when do we know? Bettis and Chatwood have been solid; but two good starting pitchers is not enough. The Rockies need two more decent, consistent starters. The hitting has been in spurts, first Story and Arenado were “hot,” then a slump for Cargo and Story …and then, yet another slumping Arenado. One thing is consistent; Coors Field is not carrying the home field advantage for the Rockies, that will haunt them throughout this season. No hmmm here!
Rio and Brazil will pose many problems for the Summer Games. Zika virus, sewage in the bay for the yachting and swimming events, the slums lining the hillsides behind the beach façade, Russian doping scandal. This will be interesting, Hmmm…