Folk Art Festival at ranch for 34th year Sept. 14-16

       Returning for its 34th year, the Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival will set up tents Friday-Sunday, Sept. 14-16 at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

Above is the drummer in the six-piece "band" created by artist Dave Park out of recycled metal. He plans to display the entire group at the Folk Art Festival.
Westside Pioneer photo

       The event, a fundraiser for the ranch, features about 165 artisans from around the country selling such items as jewelry, furnishings, rugs, seasonal decorations, pottery, yard art and items for home décor.
       Festival times are Friday, Sept. 14, from noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
       Normal admission is $6, good for all three days. The cost for seniors is $5 and $2 for ages 6-12.
       Proceeds after expenses will go to a foundation set up by Rock Ledge volunteers to aid the ongoing preservation and restoration of the city-owned, 1880s-style working ranch off Gateway Road at 30th Street.
       At the same time will be a silent auction for quilts by the Piecing Partners organization in the ranch's Carriage House and an opportunity to watch blacksmiths in the ranch's blacksmith shop.
       Free parking is available in the Rock Ledge lot.
       The event was founded and is still organized by Kathy Read, owner of the Holly Berry House in Old Colorado City.
       Asked about new artisans this year, Read mentioned an Asian sculptor who makes flowers out of clay, a stone potter from the state of Washington and a Calhan artist named Dave Park who plans to display a six-piece “band” (banjo, guitar, keyboards, drums, sax and trumpet) that he welded together from junk metal.
       Contacted on the phone, Park said he retired three years ago from the post office and has a son who lives in the Midland area of the Westside.
       Using the name, Imperfection LLC, Park started making art from old materials, including “warped wood and rusty metal,” he said. The band is called “Iron Mike and the Metal Flakes.”

Westside Pioneer/press release