Sheep-shearing, dog-handling on view at Rock Ledge opening day June 3Opening day for the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will be Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In keeping with tradition, it will feature demonstrations of
The event will kick off a summer season that continues until Aug. 19.
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 55-and-up, $4 for ages 6-17 and free for younger children.
Ranch admission also allows access to the American Indian Area, Galloway Homestead, blacksmith shop, Carriage House and historic Rock Ledge and Orchard houses. The city-owned facility is off Gateway Road at 30th Street.
Regular hours are Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The ranch also has a number of annual, special events during the warmer months. These are as follows:
- Basic Blacksmith Workshop, Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, hands-on workshop with ranch manager/craftsman Andy Morris ($150, reservations required).
- Family Fourth, Sunday, July 4 - music and speeches/activities featuring historical reenactors commemorating American independendence (normal admission price).
- Fiddles, Vittles & Vino, Sunday, July 30 - live, outdoor bluegrass/Americana music and samples from ranch-supporting restaurants and beverage producers/distributors ($45 before July 20 and $50 after that; ages 12 and under $15 and later $20).
- Shakespeare at the Ranch - presentation of “Much Ado About Nothing” by Theatreworks actors in a large tent, Tuesdays through Saturdays, July 27-Aug. 19 ($30-$42 for adults, $20 for 17 and under). Call 255-3232 or go to theaterworkscs.org.
Special events scheduled later in the year are the Labor Day Vintage Baseball Game (Sept. 4), Holly Berry Folk Art Festival (Sept. 15-17), Garden of the Gods Powwow (Sept. 23), Harvest Festival (Oct. 7 - free), Everything But the Oink (Nov. 11), Holiday Teas and Tours (Dec. 6, 8, 9 and 13, by reservation) and Holiday Evening (Dec. 16).
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