Folk Art Fest at Rock Ledge Sept. 12-14

       Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will host - and once more benefit from - the annual Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival Friday through Sunday, Sept. 12-14.
       The festival, in its 30th year, will feature about 170 artisans offering wares from around the United States, with proceeds going to the ranch's American Indian Area, according to Kathy Read, owner of the Holly Berry House in Old Colorado City.
       There will also be three musicians, playing near the old apple tree throughout the event - Jody Adams, of the Palmer Divide group; David Templeton, an area pianist; and John Jacobs, a dulcimer player from Boulder.
       Adams has been especially supportive of the festival over the years and has created a new "30th annual" CD with seven new songs, Read said. "I was so stunned I couldn't believe it."
       The city-owned, 1800s-era working ranch (actually located inside the Garden of the Gods) is off Gateway Road at 30th Street. Times are Friday, Sept. 12, from noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
       Festival admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $2 for children ages 6 to 12. Tickets are good for all three days.
       Artisans' tents and booths are set up on the hayfield just east of the ranch's Rock Ledge House.
       Read started the event 30 years ago to help cover the costs of preserving Rock Ledge, which City Parks had purchased in 1968. By city estimates, the festival contributes more than $20,000 a year to the ranch. Last year's completion of the Orchard House restoration was aided by such funds.
       The ranch's master plan calls for a secure storage area at the American Indian area. Currently, “parts of it have to be taken down at night,” Read pointed out.
       She added that “another festival goal” is to “acquaint people with this rare historic jewel” and encourage them to join Rock Ledge Ranch's volunteer Living History Association.

Westside Pioneer/press release