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Wheat Ridge Historical

By Janet “White” Bradford

The first Earth Day celebration was in 1970. We were taught about reduce, reuse and recycle. Our ancestors were living a recycled lifestyle back in the 1800-1900s. All items that could be recycled were, most grew their own vegetables and table scraps were composted. Flour sacks became clothing; newspapers once read were used for the cook stove or to wrap food scraps. Food bought in shops was weighed out at the point of purchase and put into paper for women to carry home in their wicker baskets or cloth bags. There were few tin or aluminum cans – they used reusable canning jars and fresh foods.

The Wheat Ridge Historical Society will be hosting a yard sale at the Baugh House property at 44th & Robb Street for our April Second Saturday Event on April 13 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. We will have folks offering all kinds of items that can be recycled, reused or refurbished. (There also will be new, used and handcrafted items for sale, trade.) For sellers set up will begin at 8 a.m. in the yard. Remember springtime in Colorado can be iffy – wear layers!

The Wheat Ridge Historical Park at 4610 Robb St., is open Tuesday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. We have awesome tour guides to show you around the park. Tours are only $2 per person (cash or check only please). We offer group tours with advanced notice. Call 303-421-9111 for more information.

The Historical Society meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Red Brick Museum at the Historical Park. Members take turns bringing snacks and you can learn more about the Society and our upcoming events.

On the fourth Wednesday of the month you can join the Wheat Ridge Quilt Circle between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. If you prefer to do crafts at night, then join our Knit/Crochet Group from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $2 for either meeting.  Bring a project and lunch/snack if you want. All crafters welcome.

At our Fourth Saturday Project Days we have tackled some much needed projects. We meet at the Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s not all work with no play, we enjoy snacks, visiting and historical tidbits, too. Stop by for 30 minutes, an hour or two, all help is greatly appreciated! Check our Facebook page for updates on this community service, which is open to all. Next dates April 27, May 25 and June 22.

Upcoming Second Saturday Events include May Pole Dance & Festival (May); Brides revisited – Wedding vow renewal (June); Craft Exchange – buy, sell, trade, free (July).

For more information email wrhistorical@gmail.com or check our website www.wheatridgehistoricalsociety.org.