Band, presentation Aug. 14 to help History Center mark Colorado City's annual Founders Day
Featuring live, vintage music and a presentation, the free, annual Founders Day will be at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
Between bites of birthday cake, attendees can learn more about Anthony Bott, one of the town's co-founders, in a talk by long-time Westside historian Dave Hughes; and take in live music by the Colorado Frontier Army Band, which plays 19th-century instruments and is attired in a similar style. The band previously performed at the 2013 Founders Day.
The event organizer is the volunteer Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), which owns and operates the History Center.
The official date of Founders Day, is Aug. 12, but the society traditionally recognizes it on the nearest weekend.
In a separate initiative, the OCCHS is fundraising for a project to xeriscape the north and west sides of its History Center at 1 S. 24th St. - a total of more than 1,000 square feet.
The cost has been estimated at $1,800, according to organizer Joanne Karlson, a former president of the volunteer organization.
At one time, the area had been grass, but it has been worn down over the years - admittedly as an offshoot of the summer-Saturdays craft fairs outside the History Center. “A lot of it is just packed dirt,” Karlson said.
In its place will be rock xeriscaping and “a few drought-tolerant plants” (but not where crafters might step on them), she explained. This will also help reduce the center's water bills. “We're trying to be thrifty,” she said.
For more information, the center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call 636-1225 during those times.
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