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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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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August comes into Douglas County after a frightful July month of wildfires in Colorado. Let us hope August is a more calm, perhaps more peaceful, predictably very warm month, but hopefully more peaceful weather and wildfire-wise. History event-wise, Douglas County will be anything but peaceful!

Kicking off August is the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo! Folks, the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo is truly a family event that you don’t want to miss. Each year the Fair & Rodeo draws thousands upon thousands of folks to the Douglas County Fairgrounds to enjoy this great event. This year …a change in scheduling. Instead of having the parade on the Saturday of the fair, which has always seemed to be a traffic nightmare, the parade is being held on the previous Saturday, July 29. Hopefully, that change in scheduling make fair time traffic more tolerable. No matter what your poison, 4H, rodeo, craft-vegetable-canning-sewing-baking…, checking out vendors, music, perusing the wares of hundreds of vendors… even if it is stopping by a booth of one of the political parties to meet a representative, senator or a candidate for a future office, DC Fair is the place to go! In the DC Events Center, stop by the Historic Douglas County, Inc. booth and meet one of Douglas County’s many history organizations. Click on the picture below and go straight to the DC Fair & Rodeo website with all the great poop, as the first sergeant would say!
Actually, the literal “kickoff” of the Fair & Rodeo occurred as it does annually with Colorado Agriculture Leadership Foundation’s (CALF) Legend of Agriculture Award Banquet; the Award Banquet occurred on the evening of July 29. CALF presents the Legend of Agriculture Award annually to an individual or individuals who exemplifies Colorado’s rural, agricultural heritage through a mindset of cooperation, discipline and personal excellence through their service to the community and our youth. This year the honoree’s were Bruff and Sandy Shea. You can read more about the honorees on our News Webpage.

As mentioned earlier, HDC will be at the History Booth in the Event Center at the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo. Traditionally, and this year will be no different, HDC introduces our new Historic Calendar for the next year. This year our release for 2018 book-calendar will be the third in our five year series of Telling the History of Douglas County. The 2018 book-calendar covers Douglas County history for the first three decades of the twentieth century, 1900 – 1930. The book-calendar, named Strife and Success, delves into the economy, modernization, the Great War and much, much more. You can read more about it at 2018 Book-calendar. I think you’ll find the 2018 book-calendar a superb addition to the Telling the History series.

July 2017 was a big month in and around Douglas County for history related events, some 40 such events during the month. August, traditionally our warmest month weather-wise, also has a heavy load of events but not quite the number as we experienced in July. It’s that warm fading of the summer into the early fall of festival time in Douglas County. Let’s take a look at August.

The Cherokee Ranch and Castle again takes the cake, so to speak, for the largest menu of events for the month. With two Afternoon Teas and an April 19 High Tea the chance to experience the tea sessions of royalty is offered. The Castle really does a bang-up job on these teas and the teas include a tour of the magnificent castle as well. The Castle also is doing four excellent Lunches on the Terrance. The lunches on the west terrace of the Castle overlook a fabulous panoramic of Douglas County, allowing one to view an expanse extending from El Paso County on the south to Araphoe/Jefferson Counties to the north. Wow! There are also two Sunday Brunches in August (13 and 27). Sunday brunches at the Castle provide an elegant way to highlight a beautiful Sunday family event. Now if you don’t want to do tea, lunch or brunch and just want to tour Cherokee Castle, that opportunity is available as well; yes, just a tour and no food. There are seven such tours at the Castle in August. These are morning affairs. Check out the August Events Calendar.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle presents a blockbuster subject program on August 10. Veteran crime journalists, Stephen and Joyce Singular, will share their new findings at Cherokee Ranch & Castle. This notorious murder crime is still burns as the number one murder mystery in Colorado, if not the whole Country. List this one on your calendar, August 10, 6:30PM.

If you are seeking musical enlightenment, Cherokee Ranch and Castle will also offer you the opportunity to fill that quest. On August 4, the Castle hosts René Heredia and the Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre in a special musical performance of Sangria Sunset for an audience of 13 years of age and above. On August 20 and one of the Castle’s Sunday Blues Series, Jack Hadley LIVE. These neat Sunday afternoon events are really special.

Parker Area Historical Society (PAHS) is preparing for a great historical event with Parker Prepares for the Solar Eclipse. The solar eclipse will occur on August 21, 2017. This is the first total solar eclipse over the continental U.S. in 38 years, and is a once-in-a-lifetime event. PAHS’s program by Sorin will get you prepared to make the best of this historic, front page event.

Castle Rock Historical Society & Museum intriguing August 10 program features well-known Denver-based author Dick Kreck. Kreck beguiles with stories from his book, Rich People Behaving Badly. Oh yes, Denver, The Queen City of the Plains was not necessarily of a Puritan nature!

On August 12 and down south of the Douglas County border, Palmer Lake’s Return of the Rocky Mountain Chatauqua will be drawing hundreds and hundreds of people. This is one event you do not want to miss! “Taint nothing like Chatauqua in the whole world for family fun and learning new things!” Also on August 12 …and this time, north of the Douglas County border, Arapahoe County and Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society hold an Open House at 17 Mile House and Farm Park. The 17 Mile House Farm Park is a neat venue and in the southeastern fringe of the Denver Metropolitan Area.

Highlands Ranch Historical Society (HRHS) has a very busy month with two RTD Tours and a program to stimulate and improve your writing skills.

The HRHS RTD Tours have become extremely popular; consequently, you got to register for these quickly. The registration information and “register by times” are on the listings on our Events Calendar. The first tour (August 17) is to Denver’s magnificent Downtown Aquarium. If you haven’t been to the fascinating world of the Aquarium, you need to do this tour and eat lunch at the Aquarium’s seaside restaurant. On August 24, Highlands Ranch Historical Society presents an RTDTour tour to the Hammond Candy Factory with lunch at the Golden Corral. This one will tantalize your sweet tooth! HRHS’s program this month (August 21), Writing for Pleasure …for Profit should peak your interest and stimulate your writing skills. This program may excite a stirring of your creativity and offer a great opportunity!

August is a big month for hikes and historical walks as well. Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum is offering a Walking Tour of Downtown Castle Rock on August 26. These Castle Rock walks are very enlightening and offer you an opportunity to really get know your town.

If your into some hiking some truly unique areas, Cherokee Ranch and Castle offers three hikes in August that are really special. The hikes vary in both subject areas as well as breath of interest. The first hike on August 12 is a Cherokee Ranch Hike featuring the Petrified Wood Areas some of which provided some of the wooden stones used in building the Castle. On August 19, another Cherokee Ranch hike, labeled Backcountry takes you into the wilds of the ranch property. The third hike, August 26’s Cherokee Ranch Geology Hike is for all you rock hounds. Knowledge-filled guides, Al Koch and John McKinney, will provide you some really fascinating information. These stones are not just rocks!

Now for you artists out there, the Cherokee Ranch & Castle does have two more of its unique Arts Afield sessions in August. On August 9, the Arts Afield site is Wauhatchie, followed on August 23 by a session at the Cherokee Ranch Headquarters. I don’t believe you can find any more interesting palate sites than Wauhatchie and the Ranch Headquarters. Brushes up!

As I said when I started writing this column, the warmth of summer starts slowing down activity. Not all of the historical societies and venues have posted all of their activity yet for August. So, as the month goes on, periodically check the Events Calendar to see what may have been added. Well, let me touch on sports a moment before you get off to enjoy this beautiful month of August…
Weglarz's Wise Words
COLORADO ROCKIES: After the first 100 games, the Rocks were at 58 and 42, pretty good, 3rd in the West Division …but, battling the Diamondbacks. They went to St Louis and promptly lost all three games of the series with the Cards, next on to Washington DC for the Nationals. Game 1 was rained out, it will be played as a day / night double header. The Rocks did receive an excellent game from Marquez on Saturday (July 29) to bump their record to 59 and 45. Their lead for the second wildcard has shrunk to 4 ½ games over Milwaukee. After Sunday (July 30), the Rockies return home for six games, five games on the road and back to Coors Field for another for another seven games. This span of 18 games, with 13 at home, could be the make or break point for their season! The Rocks are only a half-game behind Arizona for the home game wild card “winner take all” game. One third of the season is left. Can the Rockies pitching hold up?

DENVER BRONCOS: Training Camp opened on July 27th …and, early injury issues. Shaq Barrett hurt his hip in the off season; there is no timetable for his return. Davontae Booker broke a bone in his wrist that was not discovered until July 27th. Booker’s out 4 to 6 weeks. Shane Ray snapped a tendon in his wrist and he’ll be out 6 to 8 weeks. Very bad timing, here’s how the physically unable to perform (PUP) List works. If the player can return before the start of the season or maybe the first week, he’s placed on the Active Roster. If the player is still on the PUP List when the season begins, he MUST miss the first 6 games. The Broncos could easily be looking at some difficult roster decisions around September 5 when they need to announce the 53 players roster! With injury comes opportunity. For the running backs, it looks like D’Angelo Henderson will see a lot of playing time; this rookie was counted on for Special Teams. Henderson may very well be the #2 running behind CJ Anderson! The quarterback “decision” continues; will it be Trevor or Paxton? This will take 3 to 4 weeks to determine the starter …no later than August 26th, which is the third pre-season game.

DENVER NUGGETS: Nothing special from the NBA Draft; their big news was the signing of free agent Paul Milsap to a 3-year deal. Milsap is an excellent all-around player and might be the stabling force for all the young talent on the Nuggets. Jokic, Murray, Harris, Mudiay and Plumlee need to take the next step if the Nuggets have any chance in the formidable Western Conference!

COLORADO AVALANCHE: You cannot get too excited about the AVS, they need to improve, the 2017 – 2018 will be a “Wait and See” to find out if anything has changed…

Colorado – Wyoming College Football Advance Look

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BUFFALOES: Coming off their best season in years at 10 and 4, are the Buffs looking forward to more success? Hopefully, “Yes,” but it will not be easy. They snuck up on a couple of Pac 12 teams last year, that won’t happen this year! Buffs play CSU on Friday, Sept 1st at Mile High…
COLORADO STATE STATE RAMS: An “Okay” 7 and 6 last year, the Rams need to create a spark in their new, on-campus stadium. The stadium opens on August 26th versus the Oregon State Beavers …not exactly a pushover! The Rams may be slightly improved, but so are the other teams in their Mountain West Division, another break even year?
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY FALCONS: The Zoomies are among the best teams in the Mountain West Conference. In 2016 they were 10 and 3, including the only bowl win for our Front Range teams! I would expect very similar results in 2017. The Falcons are well coached, run a wide open option attack, and recruit some every good athletes.
UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING COWBOYS: The Cowboys were on a roll in 2016 before they hit some bumps with 3 straight losses at the end of the season, but they still finished 8 and 6. Their junior quarterback, Josh Allen, is already being touted as a very high NFL Draft pick! The Cowboys 2017 schedule begins at Iowa; a little seasoning before Mountain West Conference play?

Jim Weglarz

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