Historic Douglas County, Inc.
It is July, 2016. We are officially in our first full month of summer and the temperatures in and around Douglas County fairly well accentuate summer’s warmer status. Reflecting on the past five years of celebration and history-related events and programs in and around Douglas County, July is always the BIG month of events. 2016 is no different …except this year! It appears the historical societies, museums and venues are going to “out-do all previous years!” So, fasten your chin strap for the ride. It’s July, in Red, White and Blue Douglas County, Colorado! By the way, William Blake, the writer of the poem in the home-page picture above, was a member of the British Parliament at the time of his authorship of the poem.
Two major events occurred in June beyond the numerous programs, walks and tours of history. The most monumental was the remembrance and celebration of the life of Robert Vernon “Bob” Shultz, held at his bucolic Prairie Canyon Ranch. Bob passed on October 31, 2015 and Douglas County lost one of its favorite, well-respected and entertaining sons. Douglas County Open Space now owns Bob’s Prairie Canyon Ranch and has preserved it beautifully.
The second event was the exciting release by Arcadia Publishing of the new book, ROXBOROUGH on June 4 at the Roxborough Arts Fair. ROXBOROUGH is the product of the almost literal blood, sweat and tears of Flo Tonelli and Char Nauman of the Roxborough Area Historical Society. The book is beautifully done and a “must have” by all you Douglas County history buffs and students of Douglas County’s history and culture. Nice job, Flo and Char. Congratulations, Roxborough Area Historical Society for a job extremely well done.
I had better begin talking about July; it is going to be an educational, fan, exciting, history-packed month! Cherokee Ranch & Castle kicks-off the month on Friday, July 1, with Arise at the Castle. Arise is one of the Castle’s films during their summer film series. The second film in the Castle’s film series is July 22, Rising from Ashes. Both of these films are are done in classic artistry and should be very enjoyable. If you are interested in either film, go to our July Events Calendar, click on the film and make reservations on the link in the listing.
There is one big Independence Day celebration on the Fourth of July. In Kiowa, Elbert County Historical Society’s holds its annual Pioneer Fourth Celebration at the Elbert County Museum Grounds. Uncle Sam’s brother, Uncle Jim, says “I hear Kiowa calling. Get in your vehicle and head east on Highway 86. The Pioneer Fourth Celebration wants you!” This one is fun for the whole family. You won’t regret it!
In addition to the summer film series early mentioned, Cherokee Ranch & Castle has a big month planned for July. On July 9, the Castle has a fantastic evening event (6:00PM-9:00PM), Peter Kater & Tina Guo at the Cherokee Castle combined with a Farm to Table Dinner. Combining musical entertainment and food is always a great combination. The following week, three nights in a row, the Castle is doing a bit of Whiskey Tasting with a Canadian bent (July 14). On July 15, the Castle is featuring an exhibit, Painted Sky Artist Reception inspired by Author E. Ashley Rooney’s new book. And folks, “‘taint over yet!” The following Saturday afternoon (4:00PM – 6:00PM), July 16, the Castle presents another two bands …this time rock bands, featuring Overslept and Darkness Dear Boy. July is a really good events month at the Cherokee Ranch & Castle. Take a peak at the July Events Calendar.
Larkspur Historical Society (LHS) is hosting a number of Open Houses this summer. They are using two of the sites in their area. The first site is the Crull/Hammond Cabin which was the venue for their June event and is the same venue for their July 16 Open House. Respectively on August 20 and September 17, the LHS Open House will be held at the Greenland School. Yes, in the old town of Greenland, of course.
On the afternoon of Saturday, July 9, Parker Area Historical Society is hosting their Annual Chuckwagon Dinner at the Moore Ranch off of Bayou Gulch Road. This is a fun for the family event. Check the July Events Calendar for details. PAHS is also spending time in July getting ready for the big Parker Quest that will be held August 27. The Town of Parker always has a big attendance for Parker Quest. Well, we’ll talk more about that in my August message.
Saturday, July 16, is really a heavy day when it comes to scheduled events. Roxborough Area Historical Society is conducting a tour of the Miksch-Helmer Cabin Tour off of Titan Road. Also on July 16, up north just over the northern Douglas County border on Parker Road, Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society is hosting an Open House at Arapahoe County’s 17 Mile House Farm Park. 17 Mile House Farm Park is a 70-acre Arapahoe County’s Open Space which includes the 1860’s beautiful mile house. Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society is holding and open house at 17 Mile House Farm Park each month this summer; in addition to the July 16 open house, there will be an open house on August 13 and September 17 as well. Make sure you attend one of these open houses at 17 Mile House. It is well worth your time and Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society does an excellent job with hosting the event.
There is another really big event outside of Douglas County’s borders in July. This one is down south of the border, so to speak, in El Paso County. This superb and always memorable event is the 8th Annual Colorado Springs POWWOW. One Nation Walking Together is the sponsor of this Powwow. This is the eighth year of this annual event and it is magnificent. If you’ve never been to a “real” Native American powwow, you are in for a treat. The Colorado Springs Native American Intertribal Powwow is one of the best!
Highlands Ranch Historical Society (HRHS) always draws large audiences with their unique programs. The program HRHS has scheduled for July 18 is a very good one. Illustrator Gene Boyer will fascinate you all through his program, The Art of Illustration. Mark this one down; you don’t want to miss it!
In addition to Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum’s (CRHS&M) member and guest only July event at the Castle Rock Museum, CRHS&M is conducting their Castle Rock Heritage Walk on July 23. Check the July Events Calendar for details, including the meeting place for the start of the walk.
Down south of Douglas County’s southern border, Palmer Lake Historical Society will be hosting HDC’s Larry Schlupp for The Goodnight Legacies (July 21). Charles Goodnight was an extremely influential character in moving the beef cattle industry into the West. You will also find out at this program why “Brazos was the call of the West, so to speak.
I wanted to bring to your attention a new feature on the left sidebar of this website, Douglas County Libraries’s Monthly Events. Click on the URL link in this section of the sidebar and it will take you to all of the events that the libraries’s sponsor during the month.
Well, there you have it for Red, White and Blue Douglas County! Take it from me, Yankee Doodle Jim, when it comes to historical events and programs, Douglas County, Colorado is always extremely difficult to beat. I’ve been around this great Country of ours and haven’t found anything that quite compares to history programs, events and tours in Douglas County. Yes, Douglas County isn’t always perfect, but it is a great place to live and relish life. Enjoy July in Douglas County and stay safe and cool. Looks as if it’s going to be a warm one! Okay, let me touch on a few things in sports in Colorado…
DENVER BRONCOS – Leave it to the Broncos for making the off season exciting! Three QB’s will challenge for the starting job in September. It does appear that the preferred option would be for Paxton Lynch to sit and watch, but you never know… I am very curious how the Sanchez and Semian tussle in Training Camp will work out. Sanchez has the experience, Trevor Semian has better knowledge of the offense scheme, and everyone says a much stronger arm! Elway versus Von Miller …the Broncos do NOT need this type of drama. The longer this goes on, the uglier may be the situation that unfolds. The “hard” deadline is July 15th, the start of Training Camp. Von has said that he will NOT play for the $14 million “franchise tag.” Elway is in the “hot seat!” How can the Broncos begin this season defending the Super Bowl crown without their best player? This is not what anyone wants, an unhappy star player and discord in the locker room! The NFL experts are picking the Broncos for 3rd in the AFC West, behind both Kansas City and Oakland! The Broncos 2016 schedule is hard enough, there’s no way the Broncos have success without #58. GET A DEAL DONE!!!!!
DENVER NUGGETS – On paper, it appears the Nuggets drafted well: two shooting guards and a young, but very talented European player. The local sports writers are not impressed; they believe the Nuggets need to package a trade for a “star.” I agree with the consensus that the Nuggets are a very young team … is this good or bad? Looks like too many “
COLORADO AVALANCHE – The first pick of the draft looks like a solid future player. The 18 year old from British Columbian seems to have all the skills to join the Avs in 2-3 years. It does appear that Sakic and Roy are going to stand pat with the bulk of last year’s team. The Avs have definitely underperformed the last two seasons; the 2016-2017 season has to be the make or break season for this team. Looking at the roster, it appears the talent level is there, what’s missing …attitude?
COLORADO ROCKIES – Just when you think the Rocks are going to climb over the hump, another downturn! The Rockies starting pitching is always a concern. This year started out fairly well, with the exception of DeLaRosa. So now Jorge gets straightened out, and two other pitchers are having health issues: Chatwood and Gray! The bullpen, which was projected as a strength, has been terrible in the last three weeks of June. Coors Field has been turned into a wonder stop for visiting teams. Coors Field is supposed to be home field advantage for the Rockies, not this year! My prediction: the Rockies will finish the halfway point of the season (81 games) with a 38 – 43 record. This may be optimistic…
RIO’S SUMMER OLYMPICS – more athletes continue to drop out as a result of the Zika virus; can you blame them? NO! The latest media story is that Brazil does not have enough funding to deliver the promised security procedures! What a great deal for visiting athletes! The USA Swim Team will have many names not familiar. As of the end of June, it appears our own Missy Franklin, is somewhat on the bubble! A 31 year old Michael Phelps …who knows!
Well, so much for Colorado professional sports and the Summer Olympics …at least, how they stand at the end of June. Hopefully, things will grow more optimistic as to their standings by the end of July …keep your fingers crossed!
As always, ready to enjoy July in Douglas County,