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Rock Ledge Ranch features sheep activities for season-opening day June 4

A demonstration of old-time weaving techniques by the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild is an annual part of the opening day at Rock Ledge Ranch. This photo was taken inside the ranch's barn in 2007.
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Opening day for the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will be Saturday, June 4. In keeping with tradition, it will feature demonstrations of sheep-shearing and sheep-dog herding skills, as well as demonstrations by the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild.
       The event will kick off a summer season that continues until Aug. 20.
       Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 55-and-up, $4 for ages 6-17 and free for younger children.
       Ranch admission also allows access to the American Indian Area, Galloway Homestead, blacksmith shop, Carriage House and historic Rock Ledge and Orchard houses. The city-owned facility is off Gateway Road at 30th Street.
       Regular hours are Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       The ranch also has a number of annual, special events during the warmer months. These are as follows:
       - Basic Blacksmith Workshop, Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19, hands-on workshop with ranch manager/craftsman Andy Morris ($150, reservations required).
       - Family Fourth, Sunday, July 4 - music and speeches/activities featuring historical reenactors commemorating American independendence (normal admission price);
       - Fiddles, Vittles & Vino, Sunday, July 31 - live, outdoor bluegrass music and samples from ranch-supporting restaurants and beverage producers/distributors ($45 before July 20 and $50 after that; ages 12 and under $20 and later $25).
       - Shakespeare at the Ranch - presentation of “Antony and Cleopatra” by Theatreworks actors in a large tent, Tuesdays through Saturdays, July 28-Aug. 20 ($36-$42 for adults, $18 for 17 and under). Call 255-3232 or go to theaterworkscs.org.
       Special events scheduled later in the year are the Labor Day Vintage Baseball Game (Sept. 5), Holly Berry Folk Art Festival (Sept. 16-18), Garden of the Gods Powwow (Sept. 24), Harvest Festival (Oct. 1 - free), Everything But the Oink (Nov. 12) and Holiday Evening (Dec. 17).

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 5/26/16, updated 6/1/16; Outdoors: Rock Ledge Ranch)

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