2018 Dates: December 15th
The Lone Tree Fall Festival at Schweiger Ranch is full of all the things you love about fall. Scarecrow decorating, hay rides, petting zoo and a pumpkin patch will delight the whole family. Our guided tour of the historical Schweiger Ranch will offer surprising insights into RidgeGate’s roots dating back to the 19th century. There’s something festive for everyone in your family, compliments of the RidgeGate community and the City of Lone Tree.
The Schweiger Ranch Austrian Christmas & Christkindl Market celebrates the cultural heritage of the Austrian brothers who homesteaded Schweiger Ranch in 1874. There will be fun for the whole family! Visit Santa Claus and his reindeer, have your face painted, make crafts or take a horse drawn carriage ride. There will be wreath making workshops for the adults (for purchase), Austrian band, Austrian food and beverages (for purchase), performance by the Legendary Ladies: Unconventional Women of the West, carolers and s’mores. Stop by the Christkindl Market for a gift that will add a local handcrafted touch to your gift giving this year. All of this while enjoying our festive holiday lights too!
Learn about the history of this longtime homestead, founded by the Austrian Schweiger brothers in 1874. Today, the Schweiger Ranch is owned and operated by Schweiger Ranch Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and a protected Douglas County historic landmark. The historic restoration of the ranch house and buildings was completed in 2016. See restorations of the farmhouse, barn and other structures, and learn about the history of the ranch.
Enjoy fresh biscuits and learn how to churn butter by hand!
Join us for a night of fireside entertainment under the stars!
Travel back in time to hear the stories of real women who made a significant impact on the West. Meet Augusta Tabor, Elain Goodale Eastman, Josie Bassett and other courageous and fascinating women whose lives became a part of the lore of the West!
In his nationally acclaimed BUFFALO BILL EXPERIENCE living history presentations, Colorado-based author of “Re-enacting!” and Buffalo Bill re-enactor “Gunny” Jeff Norman guides audiences down the untamed frontier trail that was “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s life, in a costumed one-man play that’s as entertaining as it is informative! “EDU-tainment” that’s chock full of all the wagon train driving, Army scouting, Indian fighting, and Pony Express riding adventures that made Buffalo Bill an American icon, gathering legendary friends like Wild Bill Hickok, Kit Carson, Annie Oakley, General George Armstrong Custer, and Sitting Bull along the way. In the spirit of Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain”, Jeff colorfully portrays Buffalo Bill’s amazing “rags to riches to rags” life, blending equal parts humor, drama, and little-known historical anecdotes.
Cinnamon Sue, Wrangler Willie and Frontier Dan take us back in time to explore American history and culture through imagery and song. Through song, images and writings, we get a sense of how culture has evolved. Songwriters express values and cultural view from their particular era offering a window into the past.