December 6: Holiday Open House at the Sedalia Museum & Gardens

December 7: Roxborough Park Peresse Open House ...a Hiking Tour

December 11: Highlands Ranch Historical Society an RTD Tour: The Jersey Boys Musical

December 18: Highlands Ranch Historical Society conducts The Mizel Museum Tour

Cherokee Ranch & Castle in December
December 4: Holiday Dinner with Charles Dickens
December 6: White Christmas-Holiday Music
December 13: The Brass of Christmas Past
December 20: Have a Holly, Jolly Murder
December 21: Holiday Tunes by Rachael Lampa

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ALSO ...don't forget to check the "Around the West" to find events outside of Douglas County.

That Special Gift

Here’s a great opportunity to get that little something as a remembrance for yourself or someone during the holidays …give a gift of reflection on historic times.

Merry Christmas - Coverlet, Calendar and Ornament 2014

Ranchers of Early Douglas County is the limited-edition Historic Douglas County calendar for 2015. Learn more and order at: Order Calendar.

Historic Douglas County Coverlet is a gorgeous 48” by 68” woven coverlet depicting the treasured historic structures of Douglas County. Stay warm with the coverlet at night while watching the History Channel …go to: Coverlet Ordering.

The Indian Pony Tree Ornament is symbolic of the Indian Pony on the incredible Kit Carson Carousel, it will remind you again and again, year after year about the really special things and places in Colorado. Learn more and order at: Ornament.

Historic Douglas County, Inc. Mission:

The purpose of Historic Douglas County is to expand and enrich public awareness of Douglas County history through education and communication, and through support and coordination among local historical organizations and other related groups.


November 2014
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.

Oct 14 Event CollageThe 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. Veterans' Day 2014 Douglas County LibrariesFrom 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. PAHS Honor Flight November 11, 2014Parker 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.

Nov 2014 Music at the CastleNovember 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! Dave Wallace as Jedediah SmithPalmer 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…
Weglarz's Wise Words
Manning Tops FarveMallet and BellBRONCOS – 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!

Jim Weglarz

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