Historical Society holds third annual gardening event

       For the third straight year, the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) will host a free gardening event in Bancroft Park Saturday, June 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
       Called the “Garden Fair” in 2005 and 2006, this year it's titled “Art & Crafts in Bancroft Park.”
       Featured will be the CSU Extension Service Master Gardeners, a craft fair, live music and plants for sale.
       The Master Gardeners will answer questions and provide “fact sheets” on various garden topics, according to OCCHS volunteer organizer Jo Cervone.
       The plants are being donated by OCCHS members and will range from succulents to house plants to ground covers to perennials, she said.
       Music will be provided by two groups:
       10:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Talking Trees (traditional African drumming performing rhythms from Mali, Guinea and the Congo).
       12:30 to 1:30 p.m. - Serendipity Peak Dulcimers (traditional Americana of the late 19th century).
       Up to 30 artisans and crafters will rent space during the event, offering items such as aspen log frames, cosmetics, pottery, wind chimes, birdhouses, candles, antique signs and gift items made from the Hayman Fire aspen. Also on hand will be representatives of the Friends of Red Rock Canyon to answer questions about the large Westside open space area.
       The name was changed this year because it's occurring in late instead of early June, as in the first two years. “We just felt like it was too late to call it a garden fair so we changed the name,” she said.
       Bancroft Park is at West Colorado Avenue and 24th Street.
       The historical 1859 Garvin Cabin in the park will be open as well as the Old Colorado City History Center and Museum, which the OCCHS owns and operates at 1 S. 24th St.
       The separate Old Colorado City Farmers Market, which runs Saturdays on 24th Street next to the park, will be operating simultaneously starting at 7 a.m. and continuing until about 1 p.m.
       For more information, call the History Center at 636-1225

From a press release