Fundraising concert, auction propel Rock Ledge into summer season

       Buoyed by the May 22 Chuck Pyle concert/auction as part of a continuing fundraising campaign, the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site is looking to the start of its summer season.

Attendees relax in lounge chairs as they listen to Chuck Pyle perform in the Showmobile May 22 on the lawn in front of the Orchard House.
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       The opening day, Saturday, June 5, will feature the annual shearing of the Rock Ledge sheep, a sheepdog demonstration and wool-working demonstrations by the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild, according to the ranch program. The admission price ($6 for adults, with discounts for others) also allows access to the 230-acre, old- style working ranch and its ongoing offerings, such as the American Indian Area, Galloway Homestead, Rock Ledge House, Orchard House and blacksmith shop.
       The summer season will continue through Aug. 14, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During that time there will also be special events, including the Family Fourth celebration of Indepen-dence Day July 4 and Fiddles, Vittles & Vino bluegrass festival July 25.
       According to Ron Wright, president of the ranch friends group, the Living History Association (LHA), the May 22 event netted $3,727, with a $1,000 donation from Club Nine, (the Fiddles, Vittles and Vino sponsors) paying for Chuck Pyle.
       Many of the items in the auction were donated by Westside merchants. “All of the merchants are hurting also with business, but they still want to help,” Wright said. “There really is not another part of Colorado Springs that comes together when the going gets rough like the Westside. As a native of our community, I have seen this happen many times, and this is just another showing of caring and standing together.”

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