Auction, Pyle concert to help Rock Ledge

       Area singer/songwriter Chuck Pyle will perform outdoors Saturday, May 22 at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.
       Preceded by a 4 p.m. auction, the show will begin at 6 p.m. on the grassy area near the Orchard House. Suggested donations of $3, along with auction sales, will help ranch supporters with an ongoing fundraising campaign to keep Rock Ledge open after 2010.
       The auction will include “handmade pieces created by our Rock Ledge blacksmiths as well as unique and beautiful items provided by local artists and businesses,” according to information in the ranch's just-released 2010 Calendar of Events.
       Nicknamed the “zen cowboy,” Pyle is well known in the Pikes Peak region for an acoustic guitar-playing act that “mixes infectiously hummable melodies with straight- from-the-saddle poetry, quoting bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders and old cowboys,” the Calendar adds.
       “It's right before we open for summer [June 5], and it will be a wholesome time for family and friends,” said ranch manager Andy Morris. In addition to enjoying Pyle's show, “people can pick up some unique items and help the ranch.”
       Rock Ledge is owned by the City of Colorado Springs, receiving a City Parks subsidy in past years to defray costs. However, city budget shortfalls this year limited city aid to just the first three months. Through fundraising and carryover donations, the ranch's volunteer Living History Association (LHA) has been able to ensure that the facility will stay open through this year, but the years after that remain iffy, according to LHA leaders.

Westside Pioneer/press release