May Events in Historic Larimer County

Historic Larimer County has many great events planned for northern Colorado in May, so mark your calendar and register!

May 7

Fort Collins/Wellington: spring on the farm. Come and enjoy the baby animals, visit the family bee farm and find out what makes spring a great time on the farm. Local artisans and vendors will be on hand, along with free seed planting kits, wagon rides, snacks for sale and more. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The cost of the event is the price of admission to the farm: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 60 and over, $4 for children 3-12, under 3 are free.

Burgdorf: Join the Historical Society of Burgdorf at 6th Annual Spring Festival and Plant Sale! We will have over 1000 plant starters – herbs, vegetables and flowers. A master gardener will be on hand to answer your questions about the garden. Additionally, we will have several vendors selling handcrafted items! Pioneer Courtyard (224 Mountain Avenue, Burgdorf) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

soapstone meadow: Link between bison and archeology. After a brief history and resource orientation of Soapstone Prairie in the shelter of the south parking lot, you will hear and see the story of this unique bison herd that calls it home. It begins first with their past dominance on our continent, their near total elimination by the late 1800s, and their successful recovery pictured here in Soapstone Prairie. From this shelter, we will all head to the north parking lot (3 miles) where we will take a 0.25 mile walk on a gentle slope to the Lindenmeier archaeological site. Here we will tell the incredible story of the ancient Folsom culture rediscovered in this place. 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration required.

centenary: Layton Hooper Indian Wars Symposium 2022. Join us May 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., doors open at 8:30 p.m. Featuring well-known speakers, morning coffee, juice and donuts, a full buffet lunch, authors and booksellers. Price per person is $40 if paid before May 3 or $50 at the door. This year, our hostless party will be held at the Greenwood Village LaQuinta Inn. List of speakers: Eli Paul, all because of a Morman cow. John Monnett, Whiskey Trails, the Frontier Army and outlaws dressed as Indians. Carol Bruer, Emmet Crawford. Bill Cavaliere, photographic essay of Apache’s surrender. John Wesley Anderson, Juan Batista de Anza against Cuerno Verde: 1779 Comanche Campaign. Colorado National Guard Headquarters, 6868 South Revere Parkway, Centennial.

May 12

land of love: Lest We Forget: Veterans Memorials and Monuments in Larimer County. There are many veterans’ gravesites and memorials that have either been almost forgotten or are rather hidden and hard to find. Ron Sladek studied them all and gave a very interesting presentation about them. This meeting will be preceded by a membership meeting at 6:00 p.m. at which members of the Loveland Historical Society Board of Directors will be elected. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be hosted by the Loveland Historical Society at the Loveland Museum, 503 N Lincoln Ave.

May 17

land of love: Rialto Theater Open House. As part of the Rialto centenary celebration, the theater will be open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. for tours and a historical overview of the theatre. Tours start on time. No ticket is necessary. Free. The Rialto Theater is located at 228 E. 4th Street.

May 20

land of love: Silent feature films at the Rialto theatre: The Kid (with Charlie Chaplin) and Dew Drop Inn (the first film screened at the Rialto Theater in 1920). Tickets are mandatory, but they are free. This event is part of the Rialto Theater Centenary Celebration at 7 p.m. The Rialto Theater is located at 228 E. 4th Street.

May 21

soapstone meadow: A journey through the ages. Experts in geology, ecology and history show how the Soapstone Prairie was formed, the creatures that make it work, and the farming and ranching history that is part of our heritage. The hikes offer participants unique off-trail experiences. This hike will head east to a spring wetland, with moderate difficulty. We will be following the Pronghorn Loop and Plover trails in parallel, but we will be hiking off-trail over rough terrain. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration required.

Fort Collins: Hootenanny History and Mid-Century Modern Tour. Join Historic Larimer County for an hour-long meeting where we review HLC’s past year and consider the future of the organization. We will also have a quick vote on board members. We currently have three vacancies, so if you know someone who would be a particularly good fit on the board, let us know! We are particularly looking for people who will help us manage the membership side and increase our fundraising efforts. After the meeting, Ron Sladek will take us on a tour of three mid-century modern buildings that were part of Fort Collins’ “urban renewal” in the 1960s. 1:00 p.m. Meeting place to be determined.

land of love: Rialto Theater Centenary Celebration. To celebrate over 100 years in Loveland, the Rialto Theater will host a unique centennial celebration event on May 21, 2022. The Saturday night concert will feature Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mark Cohn! The Centennial Celebration will be a FREE event (no tickets required) open to the general public and will be held on 4th Street outside the Rialto Theater with an overflow area in the Foundry. Marc Cohn is an American folk-rock singer-songwriter and musician. He won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1992. Cohn is best known for his song “Walking in Memphis” from his 1991 album. The song, which charted in the Top 40, has been described as an “iconic part of the Great American Songbook”. with the support of the Face Vocal Band of Colorado. Internationally acclaimed Face Vocal Band captivated audiences with their infectious energy and endearing love of performance. The closed section of 4th Street opens at 4 p.m. to the public. Face Vocal Band continues at 7:30 p.m. Marc Cohn starts at 8:15 p.m.

May 28

Greeley: Celebrate the opening of the Centennial Village Museum’s 2022 summer season! Visit Greeley’s 8-acre Living History Museum. Experience demonstrations of heritage skills, tours of historic homes and more. At 2 p.m. there will be a show by the Buffalo Soldiers. Opened during the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, the Centennial Village Museum preserves and interprets Western American heritage in Colorado’s high plains region over the past 150 years. Some of the oldest structures in Weld County are located in this museum. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 1475 A street. $3-$8.

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