EDITOR’S DESK: The Westside – right on time

       There are some neat traditions on the Westside - particularly all those great annual events.
       What got me thinking about that was the bunching of several of them in the August and September time frames. There was the Car Show, put on by four car clubs in Old Colorado City Aug. 15. And, thanks to the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), we just had the Cemetery Crawl, and (the day before the Car Show) Founders' Day.
       Best wishes to the Historic District Merchants of Old Colorado City, which saved the annual Scarecrow Days (but also took on the cost of organizing that creative endeavor) when the larger Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group decided not to continue it.
       Out at Rock Ledge Ranch, staff and volunteers have been extra-busy this year, trying to raise money to keep the place going. From late July on, the calendar has shown Fiddles, Vittles & Vino, Shakespeare in the Park (through most of August) and the annual-but-still-new EcoFestival Aug. 28. Looking ahead, there will be the Labor Day vintage baseball game Sept. 6, the Holly Berry Festival (Rock Ledge's biggest fundraiser) Sept. 17-19, a resumption of the once-traditional Indian Powwow Sept. 25 and the Harvest Festival Oct. 2.
       Nor do certain groups and individuals think we are sated with annual events. The OCCA, which already puts on the biggest one of all (Territory Days) hopes to start offering an Oktoberfest next fall. If we had a vote, we would beg and plead for a return of the St. Patrick's Day Parade, or short of that, Jason Baalman coming up with a crazy new painting implement every year.
       In the meantime, it's fun to look forward to what we have going for us on the Westside. You can set your clock by it.

- K.J.