From bats to banjos: Labor Day big at Rock Ledge

       Labor Day will be a full day at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site this year.
       Starting things off Monday, Sept. 3 will be the annual Vintage Baseball Game at 1 p.m. Admission will be $8 for regular admission, with discounts for seniors, children and members of the ranch's Living History Association (LHA).
       The game, played by rules from the 1800s, will pit a Rock Ledge team against ballists from a vintage baseball league in the Denver area. Fans typically line the field and even can affect games if they catch a ball and toss it to a fielder without it touching the ground.
       After 3:30 p.m., the ranch will open at no charge, with events geared to raising money for the firefighters in Ute Pass as well as the Colorado Springs Explorers (youthful volunteers who learn about the craft from city firefighters).
       Here is the schedule:
  • 3:30 p.m., barn dance.
  • 4:30 p.m., Indian program, including drumming by Jim Running Bear and his group.
  • 5:30 p.m., 45-minute sets each by old-time, acoustic musicians Jody Adams, the Sister Brothers and Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout.
           The concert, in which all the musicians are playing at no charge to the ranch, was set up by Gardner, as a way of thanking Ute Pass firefighters who had saved his house in the Waldo Canyon Fire.

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