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By Janet “White” Bradford

The Wheat Ridge Historical Society’s May Festival on Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature an antique appraisal booth, may pole dancing, craft demonstrations and sales, musicians providing songs to sing along, and lunch heated on the wood stove in the Soddy.

It won’t be as fancy as the “Antiques Roadshow,” but it should be fun to learn what grandma’s things are worth today. Local appraisers will be at the Historic Park, 4610 Robb St., in Wheat Ridge to give values to your family treasurers. To make the appraisals go faster we are requesting that participants post a picture or two on our Facebook page with a description of the item. We are requesting a $5 donation for each appraisal at the festival.

The May Pole Dance is a spring favorite and this year we will have a dance at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. to accommodate those who can only make it in the morning or afternoon. Our 14-foot may pole has ribbons that were donated by local flower shops in the 1970s, making it almost as old as the City of Wheat Ridge!

We have local musicians join us monthly and we now have two groups to enjoy. Our recorder musicians play a variety of tunes and will have lessons later this year. Our guitar musicians also play a variety of tunes for our visitors to sing along. Bring your instrument or voice and join in the musical fun.

If you’re feeling crafty this spring, bring your items to show, tell and sell. Local crafters are encouraged to bring their handmade items to the May Festival. You can show your items, give demonstrations of your craft and/or sell your crafty wares. If you started too many plants this year you can sell your extra starters here as well.

The May Festival is at the Historic Park where we have a collection of several buildings that tell the story of the community begun by a handful of farmers. One of the buildings is our implement shed, filled with old-time hand tools that were once used on the area’s truck farms. Come see how our members have cleaned out the shed and displayed the hand tools of the past – this was a member’s project this April.

Lunch in the Soddy is only $6, $4 for kids, cash or check only.

Bring your questions about the Wheat Ridge area to our historians and bring the whole family to learn a little Wheat Ridge history. If you can’t make the May Festival you can take a tour of the Historic Park when it is open, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours are only $2 per person, cash or check only. Please call our museum hostess at 303-421-9111 for groups of 10 or more.

Our Historical Society Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at the Red Brick house at the Historic Park, 4610 Robb St., starting with a social at 7 p.m. and meeting at 7:30. Snacks provided. Committee meetings are the first Friday of the month at the Red Brick house from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Wheat Ridge Quilt Circle meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Historic Park, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $2, cash or check only. The Quilters are working on a quilt for the Historic Baugh House now and all crafters welcome.

The Historic Baugh House, at West 44th Avenue and Robb Street, is open every second Saturday of the month from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 303-421-9111 for more information.

Check us out on Facebook – The Wheat Ridge Historical Society – and watch for our website coming soon.