BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH PRESERVING AND ENHANCING OPEN SPACES IN THE CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE – The Cherry Hills Land Preserve’s Annual Fundraising Weekend
On Saturday, September 14, the Cherry Hills Land Preserve’s largest fundraising weekend kicked off with the 9th Annual Barn Party and Art Auction. With perfect weather and the beautiful barn setting, attendees arrived in their western attire and spent the evening with delicious fall fare from Three Tomatoes Catering, open bar hosted by Applejack Wine and Spirits, a silent auction featuring artwork from over 20 local artists and live music by The 5 & Dimers, Smitty and the Mango Brothers and Tivoli Brass Band. The evening was filled with fun, laughter and community supporting the Cherry Hills Land Preserve’s mission to preserve and enhance open lands and inspire land stewardship through education. During his speech, the gracious host for the weekend’s festivities Paul Rady, said, “Building community is important and the work the Cherry Hills Land Preserve does to preserve and enhance our open spaces allows our community to come together to reap the benefits. I appreciate how this weekend with the Barn Party and the Trail walk emphasizes community and brings people together.”
Sunday, September 15 brought the Village’s youngest community members out to the trails on a gorgeous, sunny late summer day to learn from local conservation groups, eat gourmet pizza from Mountain Crust Pizza, enjoy a petting zoo and win prizes. Ranging from raptor and pollinator education to ocean protection, local conservation groups joined our community and educated attendees about their missions and relationship to land conservation. These groups included Nature’s Educators, the Colorado Master Gardner Program in Arapahoe County, the High Line Canal Conservancy, the Colorado Ocean Coalition, Little Angel’s Pony & Pals, the Cherry Hills Village Art Commission, the Boy Scouts, the Platte Valley Pony Club and the Cherry Hills Village’s own beekeeper, Bill Lucas.
This year’s Barn Party & Art Auction and the Trail Walk went off without a hitch and had the biggest turnout to date! The Cherry Hills Land Preserve would like to thank the community, sponsors and these special folks for all the support: Paul and Katy Rady for once again hosting the Barn Party and Trail Walk at their beautiful barn and property, Dale DeLeo for all of his work helping plan and throw the party and St Nick’s Christmas and Collectible store for the loan of the red truck.
- Presenting Sponsors: MidFirst Bank and LIV Sotheby’s International Realty;
- Community Sponsors: Applejack Wine and Spirits and Land Title Guarantee Company
- Patron Sponsors: Mesa Properties and Phase One Landscapes.
- Advocate Sponsors: Tiffany and CR Brinton, Janney and Todd Carpenter, Goca Weis and Todd Leavy, Bill and Jan Lucas, Susan and Charlie Maguire, John Madden, Carrie Switzer, Laura Barton, The Beaird Family Foundation and Friends of the Village Club.
STARGAZING AT QUINCY FARM
A sold-out crowd spent the evening at Quincy Farm with Evan Gaffney, astronomy and physics teacher at Kent Denver School, for a look up at the stars on Friday, October 4. Mr. Gaffney brought a high-powered telescope that allowed for views of stars and other heavenly bodies over 100,000 light-years away. After having to postpone the originally scheduled event on September 27 due to cloudy skies, the group was rewarded with a clear night and not a cloud to be seen. Hot chocolate and treats were enjoyed as everyone had plenty of opportunities to observe different stars, moons and galaxies through the telescope.
On October 12 Quincy Farm hosted a nature trail walk and Bird Watch. Volunteers from Denver Audubon led the trail walk through the conservation easement protected west acreage of the Farm, while discussing bird migrating habits, non-migrating birds and the Great Horned Owl, a resident in the woods at the Farm. The group then followed the canal to the pond at Quincy Farm where they observed a Great Blue Heron and ducks and other birds.