Upcoming Events

August 17: Highlands Ranch Historical Society's Downtown Aquarium RTD Tour
August 19: Cherokee Ranch Hike - Backcountry
August 19: Douglas County Open Space at Prairie Canyon Ranch
August 19: Roxborough Kiln Fundraiser
August 20: Sunday Blues Series #3: Jack Hadley LIVE at Cherokee Castle
August 21: Highlands Ranch Historical Society's Writing for Pleasure ...for Profit
August 23: Cherokee Ranch and Castle sponsors Arts Afield - Ranch Headquarters
August 24: Highlands Ranch Historical Society hosts Hammond Candy Factory RTD Tour
August 26: Louviers Clubhouse - 100 Years Anniversary Celebration
August 26: Cherokee Ranch Geology Hike
August 26: Walking Tour of Downtown Castle Rock
August 27: Cherokee Ranch Geology Hike

August Cherokee Castle
Recurring Events

...August 10, 17, 19, 24, 25 & 31: Public Tours of Cherokee Castle
...August 4, 11 & 18: Lunch on the Terrance
...August 2 & 16: Afternoon Tea
...August 19: High Noon Tea
...August 13 & 27: Sunday Brunch

For programs, concerts, teas and tours at Cherokee Castle, go to their the Castle website at http://cherokeeranch.org and check their Events page.

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


The HDC 2018 Book-calendar was released on August 3rdStrife and Success is the third in the series of Telling the History of Douglas County. The 2018 Book-calendar provides insight to the about Douglas County during the first three decades of the twentieth cent, 1900 - 1930. Learn more about the 2018 Book-calendar and how to obtain one at 2018 Book-Calendar.

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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.


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Historic Douglas County, Inc. brief news articles are always meant to be informative about the historical and history educational aspects of Douglas County. This news article is similar but has a bit of a different bent that really peaked my curiosity …as I hope it does yours. News-wise, this news piece is an accompaniment article to Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation’s May Days article which follows. However, it is much more than May Days’ story …because this piece is also about one of the groups that attended the May Days festivities.

HDC’s Treasurer, Mary O’Pry, provided a history overview of the Lowell OV Ranch at the latter part of the day at Sunday’s (May 27) CALF’s May Days. Now, this in itself is not big news about Mary because with her Douglas County history credentials, Mary could present the Lowell Ranch history with her eyes shut and facing a 75 miles per hour wind. As a matter of fact, if this event had been Saturday instead of Sunday, that’s exactly what Mary would have had to do! What is interesting about this news is that Mary made her presentation to a group from Vi (pronounced “Vee”). “Vi,” you say, who or what is “Vi?” Vi this writer learned is a really neat assisted living group located right here in Douglas County, Vi at Highlands Ranch. Vi is an incredible facility that focuses on a lifestyle of “supporting whole person wellness.” It is impossible to give you, the reader, an adequate feel of what this facility really is and all it does and provides in this short news article. I would highly encourage you to take a look at Vi through the eyes of their website, Vi. It is a well-done, descriptive website and under their website’s 360 degree “Virtual Tour” page, you can literally be there. This writer and senior softball player is going to bookmark the Vi website location when it comes time that I want to find more fun in life than sliding into second base!

After Mary’s walk down the history lane of Lowell Ranch, the Vi member’s visit to May Days slipped in to watching the Dog Trials as the Border Collies manipulated the sheep in fantastic and magnificent manner. Then, the “piece de resistance, the group had a fantastic sampling finale in the great outdoors prepared by Vi’s Certified Executive Chef, Gregory Strickland, and Sous Chef, Geoff Heskett. Just “feast” your taste buds to the thoughts of such mouthwatering items such as …

Shredded lamb shank canapé
Carved leg of lamb with tomato relish and goat cheese
Marinated lamb “lollipop” with feta yogurt sauce
Lamb chili
Grilled lamb loin chop with mint pesto demi
Watermelon gazpacho
Bacon chocolate truffles

Holy Macanoli,” I am going to have to end this article because my stomach feels totally empty!

Recognition for fine work and personal donation should go to Deborah M. Terry of DMT Enterprises DBA MTH Farm located in Franktown that donated the lamb, Carolyn Hayes, CALF’s Volunteer Coordinator and Sarah Harman, Community Relations Manager for Vi at Highlands Ranch. It is these caring individuals and people like them that make really enjoyable and great events like this happen.

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