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Historically reminiscent greenhouse is fundraising goal of Folk Art Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch Sept. 18-20

A family strolls between tents during the 2014 Folk Art Festival at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.
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       A future greenhouse for the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site is a fundraising goal for the 37th annual Folk Art Festival Sept. 18-20 at the ranch.
       According to organizer Kathy Read, $20,000 is being donated from the event for that purpose. The festival has been a major fundraiser for the ranch since its earliest days, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years. It was also a major contributor to the ranch's working windmill, which was purchased and installed last year near the barn.
       “The greenhouse will be an absolutely wonderful way to show how horticulture was done 130 years ago,” Read said. “It opens up a whole new world of education.” She pointed out that the Chambers family, who established a ranch at the site in the 1880s and built the now-restored Rock Ledge House, had a greenhouse where they raised vegetables they sold to the Broadmoor Hotel.
       The Rock Ledge parking lot is off Gateway Road at 30th Street.
       Sponsored by Read's Holly Berry House in Old Colorado City, the festival times are Sept. 18 from noon to 6 p.m., Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $6 entry fee is good all three days.
       Read said she expects roughly 160 juried-in artisans and crafters from Colorado and surrounding states - many of them new this year. The vendors rent space for the three days inside tents erected on the Rock Ledge hayfield between the blacksmith shop and the historic Rock Ledge House.
       The event will also include a quilting show and auction in the ranch's Carriage House.

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(Posted 9/12/15; Outdoors: Rock Ledge Ranch)

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