Perched on a windswept hill in Sedalia – with magnificent views of the Rocky Mountains and more than 3,000 acres of preserved open land – is Cherokee Ranch and Castle, a Scottish-style structure built in the 1920s.
This architectural gem, now a vibrant cultural and entertainment center, is home to a popular performing arts series.
Defined as a full experience rather than just a concert, the performance evening begins with a complimentary wine tasting, cash bar, dinner buffet and tours of the castle – a time for mingling and enjoying the elegant ambiance of the castle and grounds.
A chamber music performance or a small professional play production is next.
The last part is a dessert and coffee reception where the audience mingles with the musicians and actors.
The series has been successful from the beginning, with several concerts sold out ahead of their scheduled dates.
The Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation’s mission is to share the castle with the community.
Property owner Tweet Kimball started the foundation and made sure the land was protected by a conservation easement before she died.
The Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation recently received a grant to bring underprivileged students to the castle for performances, tours and conversations with actors and musicians.
Several high schools have already visited, thanks to the grant funding.
The foundation also hosts educational field trips, with tours focusing on the castle, its art collections, wildlife and other themes.
Public and private tours led by experienced docents are also available for visitors, along with lunches, brunches, English-style afternoon teas, special holiday teas and “mystery” teas, in which audience members try to solve a mock murder mystery.
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