Upcoming Events

January 18: Palmer Lakes Historical Society's (PLHS) Annual Potluck Dinner and Membership Meeting
January 19: Highlands Ranch Historical Society hosts The Denver Mob Tour
January 20: Dessert with Edgar Allen Poe ...at the Castle
January 21: Mary Todd Lincoln in person at Roxborough Area Historical Society
January 21: Highlands Ranch Historical Society presents Sheriff Kelly, El Paso County’s First Sheriff ...the Secret Scandal

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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2017 June President Message Inc.

June is the Coloradoan’s straightaway to accelerate into the beauty and fun that Colorado offers. Skis get traded for rafting and climbing equipment. Winter’s work of fly tying gets introduced to Colorado’s life-giving trout streams and rivers. And, the doors of historical and cultural events are swung wide open, launching a frenzy of folks both in and out of the State into all the venues and programs that Colorado, Douglas County and our surrounding sister counties offer. Yes, Notwithstanding the heavy, heavy hail and snows of mid-May, May was literally the runway that got things up to speed for history related activities, but June is when everyone gets moving at full, straightaway speed!

Now when I’m talking about June, event-wise, being an accelerating month, Cherokee Ranch & Castle (CR&C) not only lifted off the runway, they kicked the afterburners as soon as the wheels were tucked into their wing cavities! And, the June events CR&C are hosting is, metaphorically, a bit mindful of event carpet bombing! One sort of wonders, if this is June, what will CR&C’s July be like? The bars of pictures on the left and right are the events that CR&C are sponsoring; These do not count the programs that CR&C is hosting, I will get to those later!

Along with the Castle’s usual tours, teas and royal brunches, Cherokee is doing a number of amazing events for children in June. June 3 finds an event for children of all ages, Discover the Life of a Newborn Calf! This event is at the Cherokee Ranch Headquarters. There’s a Princess Party on June 4 and on June 6, there are two sessions of Art Outdoors “En Plein Air for Children, one for children 8 to 12 and the second for 13 to 17 year olds. On June 5, you’ll find a summer camp for 7 to 12 year olds, Into the Wild, Songbirds to Raptors; there’s another one of these Into the Wild series programs again for 7 to 12 year olds on June 19, Pollinators! June 12-16 there’s Castle Times Summer Camp for 7 to 12 year olds. June 20 through 22 is Castle Arts Summer Camp for 9 to 12 year olds. And on June 20, Cherokee Castle hosts an Arts Afield Workshop for children of ages 6 to 8. On June 27 through the 29th, Cherokee Castle hosts another summer camp (10 to 15 year olds) for attendees to meet the animal ambassadors, Nature’s Educators. Wow-ser! By the way, for the young at heart, Cherokee Ranch and Castle is hosting an Arts Afield at the Memorial Garden (June7), and a couple of hikes …Archaeology Hike (June 10) and a Geology Hike (June 24). That’s a double Wow-ser and I haven’t yet got to the CR&C programs for June!

Let’s take a look at June’s programs and special events at the Cherokee Castle. June 2, the Castle hosts Tina Phillips in a Ella Fitzgerald Tribute …great summer time music. Then, on June 17, it’s Waterloo 2017. Waterloo is an annual, Western gala event Celebrating Tweet Kimball’s Birthday. This is always a superb country music event celebrating the remarkable, strong hearted life of Mildred Montigue Genevieve Kimball. So, saddle up in your best boots and hat for a Western-style birthday celebration that you will always remember. Tweet Kimball was one of those charismatic, unique people that carved out a special niche in our western history.

The evening after Waterloo, June 18, the Castle presents Bluzone Blues featuring Eef Guitar for Father’s Day. Oh, Wow! Do you know Eef? Well, let me tell you, this will be a superb performance. If you want to get a hint of the tall-Dutch-girl-with-the-red-guitar, click on Eef Guitar. You’ll be hooked.Cherokee Castle winds-up their June musical extravaganza with James Brown & Prince Tribute with The Lionel Young Band. Back by popular demand, Lionel Young and his band returns to The Castle for a sizzling hot summer tribute to two of Rock’s greatest legends. So, if it’s music you like, June at the Castle is definitely for you! Jazz, country, contemporary, rock… As I told you at the very beginning, June is the month that the Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation has ignited the afterburners! Let’s get on to the other historical teams on the June playing field. Ever wonder about where the rhyolite stone that is in the court house, the old Castle Hotel (now the Castle Café) and the old 1st National Bank building (now the Masonic Lodge) in Castle Rock was quarried? The stone came from either the Madge, O’Brien or Santa Fe Quarries. Learn more on June 10 when Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum (CRHS&M) sponsors a driving tour to some of these sites in Castle Rock. This tour would be a really good follow-up to CRHS&M’s June 8th program at the Philip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock when CRHS&M’s president, Jerry Persall presents some absolute gorgeous pictures of what Jerry entitles, “Soul Melting Scenery.” You’ll see some really great pictures of places in your own backyard you may have not even noticed were there.

Saturday, June 10, is another popular Highlands Ranch Historical Society (HRHS) RTD Tour, this tour is destined for the Boulder Dinner Theatre where you will enjoy the amazing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. These HRHS tours have really become popular. They sell out quickly; so, if you are interested, get hopping! HRHS’s June program (June 19) features John Westley Anderson speaking on culturally modified trees. Yes, author Anderson is the gentleman who you’ve heard about talking about the Ute Prayer Trees. When it comes to modifying trees in Southern Colorado, the Ute Native Americans were very, very busy. Learn about these trees and what they meant to the Ute culture.

Is there an old-fashioned gunfight in Parker on June 13th? Although it may sound like a gunfight, there isn’t. It’s one of Parker Area Historical Society’s (PAHS) great monthly programs, Outlaws, Con Men & Gunslingers in Colorado History. You are going to want to see this. PAHS is hosting this program at the Parker Library …and, it’s FREE! I promise, there will be no real bullets flying!

On June 15, HRHS is hosting another RTD Tour. This program is at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center Performing Arts. Unlike HRHS’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tour, the program at the termination of this RTD ride is CURIOUS INCIDENT of the DOG in the NIGHT-TIME. Again, these RTD Tours sell out quickly! June 22 has two events each side of the County.

Down Larkspur way, Larkspur Historical Society is Walking Back in Time. If you want to do a walking tour and learn about Larkspur’s history, here’s your chance.

Up Roxborough way, Roxborough Area Historical Society (RAHS) is doing a fundraiser of sorts to contribute to the restoration of kiln. I started my message.
with a lot about the events, activities and programs that the Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation is hosting. RAHS’s program will provide you An Insider’s Peek into Cherokee Castle. This program, Meg Anderson, John Lake and Kathy Peterson, who used to work for Tweet Kimball at the Cherokee Castle, will take you back into when Tweet Kimball’s Cherokee Castle was in its operational heyday. Don’t miss this program. It is very good and the proceeds go to a great cause, the restoration of the kiln.

I told you folks, June in Douglas County is loaded with historical activity. Let me take a moment and provide you a brief synopsis of what’s happening outside of our County’s borders.

Let’s go north, just across the Douglas County border into Arapahoe County. On June 10, Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society, is working an Open House at 17 Mile House and Farm Park. This is a beautiful pioneer farm right on the outskirts of the Denver Metropolitan area and it’s is fun for the whole family.

Down south of the Douglas County border in El Paso County One Nation Walking Together is sponsoring a one-day Native American Traditional Powwow on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Mortgage Solutions Financial EXPO Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80907. This is the 9th annual holding of this pow wow. Last year, the pow wow drew 3,000 people. This is a superb event, offering educational entertainment and cultural food for the whole family. Check it out on the June Events Calendar. If your family has never attended a pow wow of this nature, you are in for a treat. The Native American dancing along will mesmerize you.

On Thursday evening, June 15, Palmer Lake Historical Society (PLHS) hosts Jerry DalFerro in a program entitled Hummingbirds – Up Close and Personal. This program will educate you about these fascinating little
miracles of life. The pictures and information provided by Jerry will really open your eyes about these tiny creatures. Later in June, June 18, PLHS hosts a Double-Header. The double-header is the result of a program cancellation from Mother Nature’s wet May spring snowstorm. PLHS’s annual Father’s Day celebration is coupled with Charles Goodnight in Colorado. These two events run from 1:00PM to 4:00PM on June 18 …Nick Davey, Singer, Guitarist and Dad will be playing music on The Green as well. Click on photograph of the poster, on the left, to enlarge. Another don’t miss event!

Colorado Agriculture Leadership Foundation (CALF) is holding a couple of somewhat unique events in June: Miss Plum’s Baby Shower and CALF’s Donuts for Dad Farm Tour. These are fun events and a chance to go back to the farm again. Check out the Events Calendar for June and participate with CALF, as their slogan reads, “Connecting People with Agriculture.

June also hosts many long standing historic venues, events and activities In and Around Douglas County Colorado. Over west in Jefferson County, Tesoro offers Living History Experiences at the Fort Restaurant
in Morrison (June 2 through October 15 …check it out at Living History Experience. Again, south of the Douglas County border in El Paso County, June 25 brings the 95th Running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb (Official PPIHC Site). El Paso County also hosts the Pikes Peak Celtic Festival (Pikes Peak Celtic Festival) in Memorial Park, Colorado Springs, on June 16 through 18. And, to our east in Elbert County on June 1 through 4, there’s the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo & Concert (Elizabeth Stampede) …“Yee haw!” Then on June 10, in southern Douglas County in Larkspur, the Colorado Renaissance Festival opens and runs, weekend-wise, through July 30 (Renaissance Festival). Holy Hannah! If you can’t find enough to do In and Around Douglas County in June …well, folks, “You just aren’t trying!” Okay, let’s move into my other Wise Words
Weglarz's Wise Words
DENVER BRONCOS: For the NFL, this is the dead zone time of year, not much is happening. Yes, OTA’s have begun, but what can you gauge by big, fast players in T-shirts and shorts? There will be some big questions to answer this summer …who will be the QB, Trevor or Paxton? …who will play right tackle AND who will play left tackle? …which of the (8) draft picks will make the 53 man roster? Stay tuned for Training Camp in July, anything prior to that is just speculation!

DENVER NUGGETS: It is another interesting offseason for the Nuggets. Will they sign Gallinari or let him walk? What are they looking for in the NBA draft, another big man to replace the one they traded? Will they look to sign any free agents for megabucks? Doubtful…

COLORADO AVALANCHE: There cannot be any joy in Avalanche country! This team has hit rock bottom, where do you go from there? I don’t know that anyone has the answers!

COLORADO ROCKIES: Will 2017 be the year of the Rockies? So far, “YES!” As of today (May 31), the Rocks are 33 – 20, leading the NL West with the best record in the National League. The downside, the LA Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks are right behind the Rocks within 2 games. Too bad the Rocks don’t play in one of the terrible divisions; they would be running away! The Rocks have been in the lead for almost the entire season. Their pitching, both starting and the bullpen, have been pleasant surprises. What do they need to do? Keep a close eye on the starters; both Chatwood and Anderson have been shaky. What if the Rocks make big changes with Jeff Hoffman to replace Anderson, and Jon Gray replaces Chatwood …that would be a major move! Who knows? Let’s hope that the Rocks avoid either a June Swoon or a July Meltdown. The Rocks have the position player talent to win their first ever division title, will the pitching hold up…

There will be no triple crown candidate this year! The Derby winner faded badly in the Preakness. Next comes the grueling 1 ½ mile Belmont Stakes.

Well folks, this just about does it; enjoy June in Douglas County,
Nothin’ like it in the world,
Jim Weglarz

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