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Hello folks! It seems like the ball just dropped in Times Square and already we’re into the month of March. March is known as the Green Month …all due to St. Patrick and the Irish. The funny thing is that, according to the website Christianity Today (http://www.christianitytoday.com/history) “St. Patrick isn’t really a Saint with a capital S, having never been officially canonized by Rome. And Patrick couldn’t have driven the snakes out of Ireland because there were never any snakes there to begin with. He wasn’t even the first evangelist to Ireland (Palladius had been sent in 431,about five years before Patrick went). Patrick isn’t even Irish. He’s from what’s now Dumbarton, Scotland (just northwest of Glasgow).” Well, all that being said, the month just past didn’t seem like February either, at least weather-wise. Hopefully, March and April will provide us some make-up moisture. We can really use it down here on the Front Range and the Eastern Plains.
February was a month with not only unique weather characteristics but also one with considerable historical events; something well beyond what we consider usual for one of winter’s months. So, what does March have in its historical events coffers? Let’s take a look…
Castle Rock Historical Society opens March most appropriately with author and baseball aficionado Roger Hadix presenting Colorado Vintage Baseball. Along with Colorado Rockies fans and Castle Rock’s three senior softball teams, Take me out to the ballgame is alive and well in Douglas County. Hadix talks about vintage baseball, not only about the many teams who play in Colorado but the “old rules” by which the game is played; Hadix will also have his book along that you just might want to read. The program is in the evening of March 9 at the Phillip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock. Check the March Events Calendar for the details.
March 9 is the date of Highlands Ranch Historical Society’s (HRHS’s) first of two RTD Tours. HRHS has become quite famous for these well-planned, entertaining tours in the Denver metropolitan area. The March 9 tour features An American in Paris at the Buell Theater. The second tour comes on March 15. This is a very educational event touring the Vikings – Beyond the Legend exhibit at the Museum of Nature & Science. By the by, you’ll be relieved to know that the tour is by RTD bus to and from the museum. You won’t need to strengthen you muscles to row a Viking boat to the event!
Cherokee Ranch & Castle is really doing a great job during March with a number of tours of the castle as well as a couple of Afternoon Teas and a delightful Sunday Brunch. Check the Events Calendar for all the various dates and times of these fun events. The Cherokee Ranch and Castle is also opening their superb annual season of Arts Afield; the March session is March 22 at the Picnic House venue close to the castle. The Castle is also hosting Gayle Skidmore in March …the evening of March 18, Between The Lines – Musical Story Teller Series in the Great Hall of the Castle. March is a really big month at the Cherokee!North of the Douglas County border, Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society (CCVHS) is hosting a 17 Mile House Farm Park Open House. CCVHS holds these fun and cultural filled open house events at the 17 Mile House monthly. These are really good events for the whole family and allows everyone the chance to step back into a bit of Americana. If you live in the southern Denver metropolitan area, this is a close location to enjoy the country without driving for miles and miles.
Speaking of Americana, Parker Area Historical Society (PAHS) hosts Charlease Elzenga-Bobo spinning tales of Spinning in the Western Region. This program takes one back in time when boutiques were non-existent and many clothing products literally were farm to market! PAHS now holds their programs in the new Douglas County Parker Library …which, if you haven’t yet seen it, is one very impressive place. March 14 is the date to remember for Spinning in the Western Region.
Castle Rock Historical Society is coordinating a bus tour to and through Historic Denver in March …the 18th to be exact. The tour leaves at 10:00 o’clock in the morning from the Castle Rock Museum (420 Elbert Street, Castle Rock) and returns at 4:00 PM. This will be fun, entertaining and educational trip. The seats are limited; so, sign-up now, either on the Castle Rock Historical Society & Museum Website or by calling the Museum telephone number 303.814.3164. The Castle Rock Museum hours are Wednesday through Friday, 12:00-5:00PM and Saturday, 11:00AM to 4:00PM.
On March 20, Highlands Ranch Historical Society hosts noted Author and Newspaperman Dick Kreck, returning to Southridge Auditorium with interesting stories from his new book, Rich People Behaving Badly. This should be an interesting and enlightening program. You think that rich people behaving badly is only limited to our past history? Like I said, this program is going to be quite enlightening, particularly if you are familiar with Dick Kreck’s newspaper writings.
Oh yes, March is the month of St. Patrick. You’ve seen a bit of green here and there in the header and the poem of the month. As famous as St. Patrick Day is around the Country, the Cherokee Ranch & Castle is the only historic entity in Douglas County that is recognizing the holiday with an event, Cherokee Castle’s Welcome to Blarney Castle! on March 17. You might want to check it out on the Events Calendar. Slainté!
Larkspur Historical Society is holding one of its quarterly programs. Their program will be held at the Phillip S. Miller Library on Saturday, March 25. Dr. Gordon Tucker will be addressing the early years of Douglas County, Ancient Douglas County: 10,000 Years of Culture History. Wow! Doesn’t sound like your normal genealogy program, does it?
Ah yes, lest I forget! Douglas County’s Bob Easterly will be speaking about An Act of Congress at Palmer Lake Historical Society on March 16. Check this out on the Events Calenda. Easterly’s program has very close ties to the Divide County as well as the Civil War. Don’t miss this program south of the Douglas County border in Palmer Lake at the Town Hall …March 16, 2017.
Folks, March is going to be a really good historical event month. Let’s hope we get a bit of much need moisture along with the good programs, tours, teas and brunches. Now, as I usually do, let me address our Colorado sports picture. Are you ready for the new Rockies?
DENVER BRONCOS: Free agency officially starts March 9, although NFL teams can negotiate with their own players with expiring contracts. The Broncos have more than a couple of needs: at LEAST two offensive linemen, ONE big, angry defensive linemen, maybe a linebacker who can cover receivers! The other question looming is quarterback – will Elway stand pat with the two young guys? Many observers see the Broncos picking up an experienced quarterback in free agency. I don’t agree, if you bring in a third QB, it will limit the practice reps for the two who need it the most. Stay tuned, we’ll find out soon …unsettling odds at this point!
DENVER NUGGETS: Just when you think the Nuggets have turned the corner, they fall on their faces! There are four teams very close in the standings for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Nuggets need to find a “hot” streak, maybe win 8 of 10, to get some breathing room. A playoff spot would show progress and that’s what the young players need. Even if the Nuggets secure the 8th spot, they would get the honor of playing the # 1 seed, Golden State Warriors – good luck with that …fairly long shot.
COLORADO AVALANCHE: There is not much to say about the AVS, they have hit absolute “rock bottom;” the next worst team is not even close to the AVS! I don’t know that anyone has the answers to fix the team. I’ve heard it will take 4-5 YEARS to restore the competitive level …long shot?
COLORADO ROCKIES: Hope springs eternal! The Rockies are unbeaten, well yes, the season is yet to start. Could 2017 be the year to get over the hump and evolve into a year to year competitive team? Looking at the Rockies roster, a lot of talent, can the pitching meet expectations? Let’s see how the Rocks compete in April and May! I think the Rockies break out this year …long shot?
NCAA COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Colorado State is vying for the Mountain West title …which would give them an automatic berth in the NCAA …not such a long shot!
Well, so much for sports,
Hey, history buffs, enjoy March,
a great historical event month,