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20 May 2017 Pres Msg Home Page
It is May in Douglas County or, said another way, it is the traditional Springtime in Colorado! This year, we’ll just give that a long, drawn out “Hmmmmmmm…“May is a music month in Douglas County and Colorado, for that manner. Within Douglas County, Castle Rock is featuring a Cinco De Mayo Street Party and Concert at Festival Park and Lone Tree is holding a couple of events …one with featuring the Denver Brass and another concert involving the Boulder Chamber Orchrestra. If you would like to travel within Colorado, you might consider Telluride’s Mountainfilm Festival or the MeadowGrass Music Festival in Colorado Springs. A bit closer to home, you might consider the Denver Tango Festival or, perhaps, the Aurora Rose Garden Concert. Whatever your music ear, you’ll likely find it in Douglas County or Colorado in May. There is also a lot of horsey events going on at the Douglas County Fairgrounds; you can check out all those events on the Fairground’s May Calendar.
Before we get into what’s happening in May in and around Douglas County, Colorado, let’s briefly review what took place history-wise, in the month of April.
The month of April was a good month for history-related events. Societal-hosted programs were really well done. Roxborough Area Historical Society teamed with Active Minds for Historic Women of Denver, a really insightful program. Cherokee Ranch & Castle hosted one of their Between the Lines, a Story Telling Series with Bobby Messano and Highlands Ranch Historical Society presented author Dick Kreck with the dramatic Murder at the Brown Palace …now there’s a bit of titillating history! Down south of the Douglas County border, Palmer Lake Historical Society held an educational program about The Alexander Film Company. Castle Rock Museum opened their new exhibit featuring World War I and the Cherokee Ranch and Castle entertained with numerous tours of the Castle, formal teas and a couple of their great brunches, one of which was a delightful Easter Brunch held on April 16. Up north, Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society held their monthly Open House at 17 Mile House Farm Park. It was a really good April for historical events; I hope you were able to attend some of them. So, with that brief overview of the month of April, let’s move on to May. May’s got a lot of interesting programs. Get out your paper and pen!
Once again, the Cherokee Ranch and Castle schedule of entertainment for the month is well rounded. Three programs of their Wildlife Night Series with Nature’s Educators fill May with All About Rabbits on Tuesday evening, May 2, Animal Mothers on Wednesday, May 17, and rounding out the series on Tuesday, May 30, Backyard Wildlife.
Other multiples of fine entertaining at the Castle during the month include eight morning tours, three formal teas and a beautiful Sunday brunch; check the May Events Calendar for dates and times of these royal treatment events. AND, the big program at the Castle in May is Frank Sinatra! Yes, Frank’s coming back with Fly Me to the Moon Martinis. Derek Evilsizor is the great impersonator of Sinatra …in voice and in looks. This program will take you back in time to the great time of the one and only Frank Sinatra. Check the May Events Calendar and make reservations now. You don’t want to miss this one!
Castle Rock Historical Society & Museum (CRHS&M) has a lot going in May as well! On Saturday, May 6, CRHS&M is hosting their Second Annual Victoria’s Tea. On Thursday evening, May 11, CRHS&M is hosting Lt. Col. “Max” Fraizer, United States Air Force Academy Associate Professor, in discussing One of Ours, Willa Cather’s famous, 1923 Pulitzer Prize winning book. CRHS&M also introduces its Eighth Annual Trolley Tours on May 20; this year traveling around the old Craig & Gould Neighborhood. Highlands Ranch Historical Society‘s May program (Monday, May 15, 2017) is going to be one to remember. Dr. Robert Mallin is presenting Guts and Glory: Modern Medicine and Surgery during the Civil War. Replete with a surgical kit of the time, Dr. Mallin talks about and demonstrates various surgical procedures …again, of the time! Register for this event at HRHS Happenings.
Okay, there’s a lot going on, historical event-wise in Douglas County in May. If you want travel outside our County territory, there is some good “stuff” going on as well. Two of those events are north and south of our borders. Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society hosts the 17 Mile House Farm Park Open House …up north in Arapahoe County, Down south of the border in El Paso County, Palmer Lake Historical Society presents Laura Campbell and Linda Crawford. Co-chairs of the Goodnight Historic Barn Preservation Committee, in a program about Charles Goodnight, Goodnight in Colorado.
Folks, May is generally a great month …both weather-wise and historical events-wise. I certainly cannot attest to what this year’s May is going to turn out to be, but I can vouch that historical events-wise, May’s going to be great. Get out there and enjoy all the fun, entertaining and educational events in and around Douglas County …and, for that matter, Colorado as well. Now, let’s take a look at sports in Colorado; what are you thinking about our Rocks…?
Again, enjoy may, get out there and attend events,
“…take me out to the ball game…,