The second annual fall Barn Party and Tour were a great success for the Cherry Hills Land Preserve (CHLP). Stephanie Bluher, CHLP President, reported that the event saw Villagers out in even greater numbers that last year. We estimate over 325 people toured at least one of the barns. The barn tour highlighted three unique Village barns each set in the rural landscape and along the treasured trails of Cherry Hills. From the delighted squeals of children feeding cookies to Mike and Eve Ruffatto’s horses, to the charm of the historic Anderson barn, to the dressage demonstration on Nikko by trainer Kelly Boyd at the Schuck barn arena, participants learned about the geography and history of our Village while greeting old friends and welcoming new residents.
For many, this was a time to discover new trails, and new areas of the Village. Bike riders, old and young, were out in great numbers. CHLP Board member Karen Barsch noted that at one time she counted over 60 bikes at the Schuck barn. Villagers Rose Lynch and Geoff Landry worked with Kevin Kearny, Sally Scott and their daughter Mave at the Ruffatto barn where proceeds from ticket sales and donations exceeded $415! Former Mayor Welborn and his wife Martha were seen touring visitors through their neighbor’s, Jacqueline and Doug Schuck’s barn. Bluher noted, “The weekend events raised needed monies to cover the technical and administrative costs of our nonprofit…We believe celebrating the equestrian lifestyle is a great way to share the mission of CHLP which is to “preserve natural open lands in CHV through leadership, stewardship, education and advocacy.”
“We want to thank everyone for their support!” Villagers Connie Brown and Harriet LaMair spearheaded the events for CHLP with terrific support from Committee Members: Ann Clark, Klasina VanderWerf, Lori Autterson, Stephanie Bluher, Lisa Gould, and Rose Lynch. Again Katy and Paul Rady graciously offered to host the Saturday evening event in their wonderful Montana styled barn. This year the Barn Party, with donated libations thanks to Debbie and Jim Shpall of Applejack liquor and neighbors of the Rady’s, was an even greater success than last fall! Neighbors Fred and Nancy Wolfe, Buck and Marie Fredrickson, Suzanne and Peyton Bucy along with new residents Silbhan and Richard Zane enjoyed the lovely fall evening and art from the silent auction organized by the new Village Art Commission.
The evening party went without a hitch, as the sun set over the pond, the good company was quieted with the able assistance of Mayor Tisdale. Bluher and LaMair reminded all of the value of our open spaces and how they create the quality of life so unique to our Village. Brokers from Fuller/Sotheby’s and Steel Street Bank and Trust VP Amy Graden were thanked for all they have done to help establish this wonderful community gathering. Learn more about the Cherry Hills Land Preserve or become a member.