Historic Douglas County, Inc.
It is January 2017! In reflection, 2016 seemed to pass almost as briefly as a strike of lighting. However, when we really concentrate on the year past, as did this Home Page review last month (December), it was a fairly normal year, as measured by time, although a year of 366 days with February, 2016 being a leap year. In contrast, as we recall some specific periods and events during the year, such as all those endless political commercials on television and those incessant pharmaceutical advertise-ments focusing on “…ask your doctor” about their latest, revolution medication to improve whatever factor is plaguing your life, the year moved ever so slowly. Ole Man Winter certainly let us know at the end of December that he was in Douglas County, punctuating the abnormally warm days we had been experiencing with below zero temperatures and some very fluffy snow. So, let’s take a look at January in Douglas County from an events history or historical organizations perspective, keeping in mind that January, as February and a good share of March, are slow winter periods for such events.
As said, January’s calendar for events is a bit lighter than previous months, primarily because of Colorado’s famous “wait a minute and it will change” weather. But Cherokee Castle fills many of the what-would-be blank spots with tours, teas and brunches. If you’ve never been at the Castle, January is a great time for a visit. If you’ve been at the Castle before, January is a great time for another visit. The Castle’s teas and brunches are truly a royal experience. Check out the Events Calendar for specific dates and times.
January is a really good time of year to do inside tours of Douglas County’s grand historical structures. Highlands Ranch Mansion is an architectural marvel, paralleled by history of Colorado’s formative eras and is a don’t miss tour selection. The Mansion offers free open hours and tours most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and one Monday evening from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. each month. Please call at 303.791.0177 or check the Mansion’s Calendar to confirm open tour dates.
On the second Thursday of the month, January 12, Castle Rock Historical Society (CRHS) presents historian and storyteller Ed Weising telling about Hoaxes, Scams & Schemes in Colorado’s early history. You think today is crazy with scams, identity theft and swindles, check out early Colorado at this CRHS first program of the year!
We’ve already talked quite a bit about the Cherokee Ranch & Castle in January; well, we still have a couple of Castle-mentions to go! On Monday evening, January 16, Highlands Ranch Historical Society (HRHS) will have three individuals talking from the perspective of An Insider’s Peek into Cherokee Castle. You’ll enjoy all the stories you will hear from an “Insider’s” point of view. The three individuals are people who used to work at the Castle for Tweet Kimbal. Tweet was one of the greats in Douglas County, the cattle industry and U. S. and Colorado history. You’re not going to want to miss this HRHS program in January.
Speaking of greats and again about the Cherokee Castle in January, the Castle hosts the Lionel Young Band in Godspeed to the Greats. Attending this will take you back in time to the musical icons of BB King, Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and a number more. “Musical Greats” whom have now passed-on will live again in the songs and musical styles of the Lionel Young Band at the Castle. Purple Rain, Purple Rain…
Roxborough Area Historical Society (RAHS) hosts a very special guest in Thomas Jefferson at Roxborough. Dr. Jack Van Ens, executive director of Creative Growth Inc, brings Jefferson to life to explore issues of an era you’ve read about but not heard directly from the man who actually addressed them.
Another indoor-visit venue for January is the Castle Rock Museum. You can check out the current exhibits at Castle Rock Museum Exhibits. The hours of the Castle Rock Museum are Wednesday through Friday, 12:00-5:00PM, and Saturday 11:00AM – 4:00PM. There are a lot of other artifacts housed in the Museum other than just the exhibits. You’ll most likely find your visit very worth your time …particularly, if you have some questions about Castle Rock’s past that the museum folks can likely answer for you.
Highlands Ranch Historical Society is also starting off 2017 with their extremely successful RTD Tours. There are two such tours in January: Star Wars on January 25 and font color=B40404>Thoroughly Modern Millie on January 28. The Star Wars tour is a costume focused exhibit at the Denver Art Museum and the musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, is a tour that centers on the Boulder Dinner Theatre.
Down south of the Douglas County border, things are popping in the New Year as well. Palmer Lake Historical Society announced that Jack Anthony is presenting A Tale of Two Husteds at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry on January 17; check the January Events Calendar for time and directions to the Western Museum. And, if you haven’t heard, El Paso County designated its first county historic site on December 27, 2016, Rainbow Falls, west of Manitou Springs. Read more about it on Around the West.
Well, it is January and generally a slow month for historic events, but 2017 may be changing that! There’s a lot happening in and around Douglas County, Colorado! I guess as a bit of leftover 2016 reflection, let me comment on major sports close to home…
HISTORY BEING MADE: Military flyovers aren’t performed anymore at large public events because of costs. A group of men in Kansas City, who do formation flying in their own planes, decided they’d attempt to arrange with the Kansas City Chiefs to flyover one of the Chiefs’ games. Forty-nine men with their own airplanes signing up to join in. An additional feature of the flyover was the use of pink smoke for cancer awareness. The folks from the Guinness Book attended the flyover game to confirm it as the largest formation flight ever. At that game, the crowd set the record for the loudest gathering at a football stadium. Fly-Over
Sports Update entered January 10, 2017…
DENVER BRONCOS: For health reasons, Coach Gary Kubiak stepped aside after the final game of the season …won by the Broncos over the Oakland Raiders. The recent health scare convinced Coach that it was time to step down and enjoy life with his family, a very wise choice! John Elway has a short list of candidates to interview, which includes Kyle Shanahan, son of former coach Mike Shanahan. The decision should come in two weeks, there are too many other open NFL coaching jobs to dawdle and lose the top candidate.
If you asked college sports fans across America which teams should play in the National Championship Game every year, it would be unanimous …Alabama and Clemson! The past two games have been CLASSIC! Last night’s game was scripted to end on the last play of the game, a Clemson touchdown with time expiring: Clemson wins 35 – 31. This is after last year’s game won by Alabama 45 – 40. These two teams are clearly the best two, and the past two Championship games have clearly shown that!
Best Wishes for the New Year,