Folk Art Festival – Rock Ledge Ranch

Folk Art Festival – 33rd Annual Rock Ledge Ranch Holly Berry House

Rock Ledge Ranch, on the outskirts of beautiful Garden of the Gods, has been a respected member of the National Historic Registry for the past 32 years.  Non-profit and educational, Rock Ledge Ranch has several significant buildings that remain on the property from previous eras.  Living History Tours depicting the lifestyles of four separate time periods (American Indian, post-Civil war, Gilded Age, and an Edwardian Estate) are conducted regularly, with a time frame dating back to 1775.

The Holly Berry House, in the heart of Old Colorado City, is a quaint store that specializes in needlework, gifts, and rubber stamps, their specialty being the medallion rubber stamp.

These two entities will join together to sponsor the 33rd Annual Rock Ledge Ranch Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival to be held on the grounds of Rock Ledge Ranch at Garden of the Gods this weekend, September 16, 17, and 18, 2011.  The event is to raise money to benefit restoration projects on the Ranch, and is expected to draw as many as 25,000 visitors to this nationally acclaimed affair.

High quality artwork, antiques, unique clothing, pottery, jewelry, seasonal decorations, fine wood furniture, floral crafts, and exquisite quilts will be just some of the offerings of this visually stimulating occasion.

In addition, the Orchard House, the home that General Palmer built for his sister-in-law and her husband in 1907 at a cost of over $20,000, will be open for a living history interpretation tour.  When it was built, the home had indoor plumbing and steam heat, certainly state-of-the art at the time.

Crafts will include Victorian, Country, and Southwestern flair.  There will also be food and drinks, along with music, so come and plan on spending a relaxing afternoon viewing some of the best craftsmanship in the country, and taking a relaxing stroll through the grounds of the Orchard House at the base of Garden of the Gods.

Hours of operation for this weekend will be: Friday ~ Noon until 6:00 PM; Saturday ~ 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM; Sunday ~ 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

Cost to attend: $6 Adults; $5 Seniors; $2 Children 6-12; FREE under 6.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Holly Berry House at 2409 West Colorado Avenue.

Living History Association Members are admitted FREE of charge.

No free passes will be accepted this weekend.

By Mimi Foster

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