Water Works Monthly Open Houses Resume Saturday
water works front view
Water Works apple orchard
1882-83 Water Works
Vintage apple orchard at the Water Works
Spring in Fort Collins means flowering trees, fresh green leaves, singing robins-and the start of open house season at the historic Water Works site on Overland Trail. Beginning this Saturday, May 9, the Water Works holds free monthly open houses on the second Saturday of each month, through October, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Built in 1882-83, Fort Collins' first public works project includes 26 acres, four buildings, and two historic irrigation ditches. This fascinating historical site is being transformed into an interpretive center for visitors to learn about the history of water development and use in Fort Collins. Tour guides offer insights into the architecture and construction of the buildings as well as the engineering of the turbines, pumps, and filter system.

With an orchard featuring vintage apple trees as well as one of Larimer County's largest cottonwood trees, the Water Works makes a scenic stop for bicyclists enjoying Fort Collins' many bike trails. Pack a picnic and stop by for a tour!

2005 N. Overland Trail
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Avery Granddaughter Bequeaths Heirlooms to Avery House
Florence Avery, age 4 1/2 years, 1912. From the Larimer County Digitization Initiative, H11557.
Florence Avery Hollweg, daughter of Edgar and Mabel Avery and granddaughter of Franklin Avery, recently passed away at the age of 106. Florence grew up in the Avery House after Franklin and Sara moved to California. She married and lived in Winnetka, Illinois, for the remainder of her life. Her sons, Bob and Bill Hollweg, ensured that Florence's wishes were fulfilled by returning many lovely items to their original home in the Avery House. The items include several pieces of artwork, Mabel Avery's desk, and more. The shining centerpiece of the bequests is a beautiful étagère shelf that once held the Avery family's treasured knickknacks. The bequests are now happily back in their original home.

We extend our thanks and gratitude to the Avery family for continuing to remember the Avery House and its importance to our community.

The new items are now on display at the Avery House, 328 W. Mountain Ave. in Fort Collins. Stop by for a free tour any Saturday or Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m., or receive a special tour at our June 20 Tea on the Avery Lawn, described below.
Tea on the Avery Lawn ~ June 20 ~ Tickets On Sale Now
Experience a traditional tea on the lush grounds of the historic Avery House, June 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sip tea and indulge in sweet and savory bites while enjoying a demonstration of a Japanese tea ceremony, a silent auction, and a tour of the Avery House's new exhibit highlighting the Avery family's early-1900s Japan tours. Vintage attire is welcome. Tickets are $25 and are available online at poudrelandmarks.org, or purchase in Fort Collins at Downtown Ace Hardware, The Cupboard, or The Perennial Gardener. Royal-Tea group tables are available upon reservation.

This unique event is interlaced with a Japanese theme to highlight the Avery House's new exhibit of acquisitions from the Avery family's visits to Japan in the early 1900s. As part of the Japanese theme, two artists will perform selections from Madame Butterfly, and a local expert on the art of the Japanese tea ceremony will demonstrate this fascinating ritual.

The Royal-Tea group tables entail a $25 extra fee and offer preferential seating, special tea settings, and a royal queen's tea blend. To reserve a Royal-Tea table, email poudrelandmarks@gmail.com or call (970) 221-0533.

Proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction go toward the nonprofit Poudre Landmarks Foundation's mission to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area.

Seating is limited. Get your tickets now and join us on June 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Avery House on 328 W. Mountain Ave. in Fort Collins!
CSUnity Day Volunteers Make Our Day
CSUnity Day volunteers 2015
On April 25, eight CSU student volunteers from Sigma Nu fraternity helped our staff and docents give the Avery House and its Carriage House a spring freshening. These energetic gentlemen cheerfully rearranged furniture and cleared out basement and attic cobwebs.

In this photo, CSUnity volunteers pose at the Carriage House entrance: lead volunteer Haritsa Manja, Mike, Matt, Tyler, Marco, Ian, Nick, Andre.

We at Poudre Landmarks Foundation are grateful for the help these students provided and are proud to be part of a community that includes such industrious young folks. Thank you, CSU and CSUnity Day!

Poudre Landmarks Foundation Board of Directors
Thom Tisthammer, President
Jennifer Kutzik, Secretary
Nancy DuTeau, Treasurer
Tom Boardman
Carol Brescher
Cheryl Donaldson
Doug Ernest
Norm Evans
Jayne Hansen
Lynda Lloyd
Kimberly Miller
Pat Nelson
Jacques Rieux
Robin Stitzel
Alexandra Wallace
William Whitley
Jennifer Beccard, Executive Director
Linda Harty, Administrative Assistant
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