Upcoming Events

January 9: Roxborough Historical Society hosts
Early Travelers of the Front Range ...a living history presentation
January 11: Castle Rock Historical Society & Museum presents The Old Mining Town of Uravan
January 13: LIVE Bobby Messano - Baby It's Cold Outside at Cherokee Castle

Cherokee Castle
Recurring Events

Public Tours of the Castle: January 6, 18, 20 & 25

For programs, concerts, teas and tours at Cherokee Castle, go to their the Castle website at http://cherokeeranch.org and check their Events page.
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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…” considering Mother Nature’s April 28-29 snow dump on Douglas County! 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!

On Tuesday, May 9, Parker Area Historical Society (PAHS) presents artist Rex Rideout in Songs of the American West: A Musical Performance. The venue booking is running late for the performance; so, check the Parker Historical Society Event Calendar closer to the time of the event to check for venue.

May is National Preservation Month and on May 6, Douglas County, Roxborough Area Historical Society and Lamb Spring Archeological Preserve are teaming up for a day of historical tours to recognize the month. See Lamb Springs and the pioneering Miksch-Helmer Cabin. Check the Events Calendar for reservation information details. Similarly, on May 13, Douglas County and the Pikes Peak Grange are presenting free tours of the Pikes Peak Grange building and the Converse Ranch, recognizing National Preservation Month.

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.

On May 19, Larkspur Historical Society hosts a Louviers Walking Tour. This is a tour rescheduled from April 21 due to weather. Check out the May Events Calendar for details and reservations.

On Saturday, May 27, Colorado Agriculture Leadership Foundation (CALF) holds its annual Farm and Ranch Day at its Lowell Ranch south of Castle Rock. This fun-for-the-whole-family event features educational events, an historic, Colorado Centennial Ranch, livestock and gardening techniques and various exhibitors from around the County. It’s a great time to get out and kick-up your heels on the farm!

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…?

Weglarz's Wise Words
DENVER BRONCOS: Let’s start with quarterback, Trevor or Lynch? All the Bronco coaches are saying this will be an “Open Competition” for the QB spot. The two primary questions are: “Can Trevor improve after playing most of 2016 hurt” and “can Paxton the Pirate learn how to be a NFL quarterback? Answering the two questions will be interesting, to say the least!

Let’s go to the the 2017 Bronco schedule. Schedule-wise, AFC West is rated as the toughest division and the Broncos have two games each with the Raiders, Chiefs and Chargers. Four games with the NFC East: Cowboys, Giants, Eagles and Redskins; the NFC East is rated the best in the NFC. Next up the AFC East: Patriots, Bills, Dolphins and Jets …not exactly pushovers! The two filler games are the Bengals and Colts. My Pre-season prediction is 9 wins and 7 losses, and this might be ambitious!

Bronco’s NFL Draft: 1st pick OT Garrett Boles from Utah could be the starter, but he needs to bulk up from 297 pounds. Demarcus Walker, defensive end from Florida State …let’s hope he’s mean, Malik Jackson was really missed last year. Wide Receiver Carlos Henderson: analysts say he is the best Denver pick and he is also very good returning punts. CB Brendan Langley is a development project but has good size and speed. TE Jake Butt from Michigan, if he stays healthy from his second ACL injury, could help the offense. The last two picks, WR Isaiah McKenzie and QB Chad Kelly QB are flyers; who knows? General Manager Elway traded away 3 picks in the middle rounds; let’s hope that at least two of the picks can contribute this year!


UGH! Giddiup, Giddiup …UGH!

The Nuggets have let a golden opportunity slip away to secure the 8th and final playoff spot in the NBA Western Conference! The Nuggets did improve to 40-42, still a losing record, but a major improvement from the past couple of seasons. Where do they go from here? They seem to have a good, young nucleus, an emerging star (Jokic), and several other talented players. Will Gallanari be back? I say “NO,” too much to resign him, but economics in the NBA are a bit strange! It’s a long off season; let’s see what plays out through September. Best thing for the Nuggets would be to move to the Eastern Conference …just kidding!

COLORADO AVALANCHE: WORST TEAM IN THE NHL! …a measly 48 points for the WHOLE SEASON! The next worst team has 69 points! The AVS are an embarrassment …do we really need to ask ourselves why Patrick Roy left? What happens next? This offseason could be very interesting …will Sakic remain as the GM, his track record has not been good …how about the young talent that is NOT producing? I don’t think you can blame this season on the new coach; he does not go out and play in any of the 82 games. The NHL experts are predicting a 4 to 5 year rebuilding plan …unbelievable! …not even fantasy material.

COLORADO ROCKIES: Well there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the Rockies are off to a pretty good month of April; the record stands at 16 – 9.

The bad news is more specific. John Gray has a fractured toe and will miss 4-6 weeks! Chad Bettis may never suit up this season, battling cancer! Tyler Anderson has been terrible! However, last year’s problem, the bullpen, has been outstanding! A few key bats have been cold, mainly Cargo and Trevor Story. But, I’m guessing they’ll heat up with the weather. Arenado has been playing and hitting like an MVP Candidate! The Rockies are getting outstanding pitching from two local rookies: Freeland and Senzatela! Want change? So far, the Rocks are 8 – 0 in one run games; last year they were 12 – 20! A shutdown bullpen will do that for you! Its early, but very promising!



for winning the 2017 NCAA Hockey Tournament Championship; the “W” is their 8th National title!

IT’S KENTUCKY DERBY TIME! Who’se your pick? …or, is the question, What’s in your Wallet? Saturday, May 6th is the 143rd Run for the Roses Possible contenders? Perhaps Girvin, Classic Empire, Gormley, Irap, Irish War Cry… Yep, May 6 is definitely Mint Julep time! Now if you have never had a Mint Julep and are 21 years of age or older, click Mint Julep Recipe for the ingredients and methodology of preparing this Southern delight.

Again, enjoy may, get out there and attend events,
…take me out to the ball game…,
Jim Weglarz

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