Thank you to everyone who came out this summer to our various events. We had a blast with all of you! We thought’d we give a little recap of things that happened this summer. If you missed out on anything, we hope you join us next summer!
We kicked off the 2017 with our usual hike to Haunted House Meadow with 30 hikers! We hiked many mountains this year, including Trinchera, where 4 brave souls made it to the top! To wrap up our regular season, we hiked Haunted House Meadow again, with 25 people! We also had one of our hikers, Riley, do some drone footage while we were in the meadow. We can’t wait to show you the footage!
We had our annual fun run again this year, and the blue Highway to Heaven shirts were a HUGE success. We ended up with only one youth small left! Thank you to everyone who came out and ran/walked on the morning of the Fourth of July! Also, congratulations to our winners:
Kendrick Neptune (Austin, TX) 6:25
Dave Stewart (Longmont, CO) 6:44
Tanner King (Wichita, KS) 6:45
Jen Kirkhart (Turpin, OK) 7:31
Maddison Hefley (Walsh, CO) 7:47
Jacqueline Stovall (Piedmont, OK) 8:43
Our Fourth of July Bingo was our biggest bingo of the summer, per usual, with 150 players. Most weeks we averaged around 100 bingo players. One week we had multiple winners on most of our bingo games throughout the night! Every week is different, every year is different. If you haven’t come out to our Wednesday night Bingo sessions, we highly recommend it! It is fun for all ages! If you haven’t attended before, be prepared, the crowd is well-trained! Get ready for our shout-out to All Seasons Real Estate by watching this video and practicing for next year:
We also offer other night activities, such as our Movie Night & Picnic as well as our hikes: Sunset & Stars and our (Almost) Full Moon Hike to treeline of West Spanish Peak. This year our Sunset & Stars was rained out, but we had a great group of about 25 for our (Almost) Full Moon hike, where we were able to watch the sunset, the moonrise, and spend quality time with others in the community. Our Movie Night was also another success, showing Moana. We had families of all ages come out to enjoy a movie under the stars and free glow sticks!
This year we also introduced Kid Art, which was a blast for both kids and adults! For three weeks kids were able to the Community Center and learn some new crafts and be creative. The activities we perfect for all ages, from nature weaving to rock painting, everyone was able to get involved and make something special.
Our Walking History Tour of Cuchara was a big success and well-received. We are planning to bring the history tour back next year with more information. Please plan on attending this very informative tour to learn more about Cuchara!
This year we had a successful Wildflower Pilgrimage, seeing over 70 different flowers. While our Fearless Leader Bruce lead the crowd on a leisurely “wander” through the woods, folks were able to get to meet one another, take photographs, and learn about the wildflowers around the Cuchara Valley. After the morning stroll, the crowd came back together for an evening slideshow of flowers and birds put together by Larry Hollar.
Even though the regular season of bingo and hikes ended, we hosted a concert by The Trio in the Community Center on August 16th. We had a great turnout and a special night filled with wonderful music and socializing!
Make sure you keep checking our Facebook page for updates on next year’s schedule so you can start planning your summer. We can’t wait to see you all next year at all the wonderful events we will have planned!
Next year you’ll be able to see Cocklebur in his new home, The Cuchara Community Center! We will also be celebrating the 60th year of the Cuchara Community Center, so if you have any ideas for a celebration, let us know in the comments!
If you have any other suggestions, please let us know! We are also looking for speakers/presenters and musical groups for next summer, so tell us if you have ideas!
Thank you for supporting Cuchara Valley Recreation this summer! We are all
about community, family, learning and also exploring this beautiful valley.
Thank you to all our volunteers who have helped us organize and put on some wonderful and successful events, including: the 5th Annual Quilting Workshop, Kid Art, the Annual Fun Run, Walking History Tour, our Wildflower Pilgrimage & Slideshow, concert, hikes, and more!
Also, a special thank you to all our wonderful community members and businesses who have supported! Thank you to Jim Stalder, Roland Gassman, Gary Bridges, Tom Waller, Carolyn Lowery, Ron Page. Especially Dakota Dukes, Mama Dukes, B and S Ice Cream, The Bear’s Den, The Cuchara Country Store, The Dog Bar, The Timbers, and of course, All Seasons Real Estate.
Thank you to Shawn Bridges who helped put together our Cuchara Coloring Book this year! Money raised by the sale of the Coloring Books is going towards the Waller Science Grant, helping students and teachers!