Hot Club of Cowtown (from left),
Whit Smith, Elana James and Jake Ervin, perform on the main stage as
the closing act at the 11th annual Fiddles, Vittles & Vino at the Rock
Ledge Ranch Historic Site July 26.
Photo essay: Fifth straight Fiddles & Vittles sellout for Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site July 26
Bracketed by rainstorms before and after but sunny throughout, the
11th annual Fiddles, Vittles & Vino picked and grinned its way to its
fifth straight sellout July 26 at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.
Youngsters at Fiddles & Vittles have
a blast on the grass while a band plays nearby on the Pergola Stage
(located on the back side of the Orchard House).
The 6½-hour bluegrass-based affair again featured close to 40
businesses donating food and beverages for ticket-buyers'
consumption, along with continual entertainment (after the first hour)
by four contracted bands from in and out of Colorado.
According to Ron Wright, president of the ranch's volunteer Living
History Association, all 1,200 tickets were sold. He added that,
including bands, food vendors and related support crews, a total of
2,092 people actually came through the gates.
The event is a major fundraiser for the 1880s-style working ranch off
30th Street and Gateway Road. It's owned by the city, but needs
grants, donations and dozens of volunteers to keep going, offering a
summer season with regular hours and various special events.
Wright and Mark Gardner, an author, musician and Rock Ledge
volunteer who lines up the Fiddles bands every year, commented that
there had been considerable consternation early July 26 as
sometimes-heavy rains - contrary to the forecast - pelted down
throughout the morning and into the afternoon. But shortly before the
event's 2 p.m. starting time, the skies cleared and stayed that way
through the closing set by Hot Club of Cowtown, the headline
three-piece swing-and-jazz band from Austin, Texas.
Other bands, each of which played two or three sets earlier in the day,
were Songs of the Fall (hailing from Pagosa Springs and Nashville),
Caribou Mountain Collective (a quartet from Nederland that won last
year's RockyGrass competition in Lyons) and the Stanleytones (a
five-piece from Mead that previously played at Fiddles in 2005, 2006
For roughly half the event, two stages (the main one in front of the
ranch's Orchard House and the Pergola Stage behind it) were going
Above, left and below are Westside Pioneer photos taken
during the event.
LEFT: John Hulett, a Rock Ledge
Ranch staffer/ranch hand, cooks corn on the cob the old-fashioned
way, providing a historic touch to Fiddles, Vittles & Vino. Meanwhile,
with the ranch's Orchard House as a backdrop, the crowd watches a
band (not shown) on the main stage. RIGHT: Fiddles attendees enjoy
food samples from a vendor under one of several tents that were
erected for that purpose. All the food and drink was donated for the
The Stanleytones, a Colorado band
that plays traditional bluegrass, were performing in their fourth
Fiddles&Vittles (previous years were 2005, 2006 and 2010).
LEFT: Emily Spotted Wolf (left)
and her granddaughter, Calli Loren Sherry All Red Spotted Wolf, staff
the teepee that was put up during Fiddles&Vittles as a reminder of the
historical heritage at Rock Ledge Ranch. Spread out on the floor in
front of them are various toys and domestic implements that American
Indians made from animals, wood and other natural sources. RIGHT:
Songs of the Fall, an amplified quartet, was led by Cia Cherryholmes
and Stetson Adkisson.
LEFT: Three of the four members of
Caribou Collective, a bluegrass band from Nederland, Colorado,
perform on the Pergola Stage. They also played a set on the main stage.
RIGHT: An "artsy" shot shows the arm of a grill chef for one of the
close to 40 vendors at Fiddles & Vittles, using water spray to tone down
the flames under the brats he's cooking. In the background can be seen
people getting food samples under one of the tents.
As sunset falls over Rock Ledge
Ranch, Hot Club of Cowtown performs the closing set for the crowd
on the main stage at Fiddles, Vittles & Vino July 26.
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