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Food for Thought and Nourishment for the Soul
Experience Parker History - Local - To-Do Events Calendar What’s Going On In Parker Christmas Carriage Parade Adventure Awaits at Discovery Park New Year’s Eve Gala Downtown Parker Locally Made The Bookends A Quilt for Christmas Local Author Spotlight Sons of IO - A Trilogy By Alain Medel
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ON THE COVER
This beautiful photo of Christmas in Parker is courtesy of: Ted Veltrie Photography 720-289-2357
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Have you seen them? Can you pick them out of the crowd on the playground or at the bus stop? Do you know which kids right in your neighborhood are excited to go home after school and play and which kids are nervous to go home from school each day because they aren’t sure what, if anything, will be in their pantry or refrigerator for dinner that night or breakfast the next morning? It’s not an obvious or highly visible problem, but 45,000 families live at or below the poverty level in the in the suburbs of Highlands Ranch, Parker, Aurora, Englewood, Lone Tree and more. This is a unique segment of poverty and comes with unique dynamics.
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Children who are affected by poverty and going to school hungry are often fighting a losing battle each week. They may act out due to stresses at home or may just have that much harder of a time concentrating during the day, because if you’re not getting enough to eat, it’s hard to think about much else. SECOR’s Food for Thought program came to be to make an impact with those directly affected by hunger and powerless to combat it themselves, children. With 1 out of every 5 elementary school age children in Douglas County eating little to nothing on the weekends, this is a silent epidemic happening in our own backyard. Food for Thought started with five schools and has grown to eight; three in Aurora, one in Elizabeth, one in Cherry Creek and six in Douglas County. Each week, volunteers deliver 140 bags of food to sustain kids and their families through the weekends and breaks. Times off school are hardest; when most look forward to school vacations, students who are hungry often worry about what or how they will eat over long breaks. With the need for intervention growing, SECOR is committed to adopting more schools to aid students in need. It is their hope that businesses, organizations and even other schools will want to be a part of the solution and adopt a school with children in need. The reach of SECOR goes much further than the Food for Thought program. SECOR assists families facing seemingly insurmountable odds stacked against them in the midst of job loss, divorce, inadequate retirement, piles of medical bills, rising rents, or loss of a vehicle. For many families, things are going along just fine and then, life happens. Single parents and seniors are the fastest growing segment of the vulnerable in the area that Secor serves. SECOR believes, no matter their circumstances, all people
deserve respect, compassion and dignity, and they vow to serve them to that end. They are committed to breaking the chains of suburban poverty, which is growing at the rate of 9.6% per year in our area, and allowing those shackled by it to be given a chance to turn the corner. Invaluable resources are available for those who find themselves in the worst of situations. Guests to SECOR can benefit from free financial counseling, legal aid, dental programs, financial support and the amazing Food Market. People often walk through the doors broken but SECOR cultivates an environment of grace, love and hope. Anyone who walks in needing the market or counseling services is a guest of SECOR, not just another client. The free market allows guests shop from a wide variety of pantry items and non-perishables as well as fresh produce, milk, eggs, and quality meats. They are guided through the market with a volunteer and able to shop with choice and pay absolutely nothing; they are not just handed a box of miscellaneous food and sent on their way. Guests are able to shop, with dignity, and choose grocery items that their family wants and needs. The market relies on donations from the community as well as generous sponsors and partners including Food Bank of the Rockies, Target, Walmart, King Soopers, Sprouts, Kneaders and Papa Murphy’s Pizza. All in all, about 60,000 pounds of food is provided monthly. With SECOR serving 42 zip codes in 3 counties, they welcome any and all partnerships and volunteers. The first step is to just walk in the door and see what you can do to help. Anyone with an interest is invited to tour Secor and see what it’s all about. Meet and speak to Shannon, SECOR’s Program Director, to see just what it takes and how it all works. Tours are twice a month, the second Wednesday from 12:30pm-1:30pm and the fourth Thursday from 5:30pm-6:30pm. To sign up for a tour, contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Barbara at 720-8425621. If your organization or church would like to learn how you can partner with SECOR or adopt a school for the Food for Thought program, contact Mike Dworak at mike@ secor.info or call 720-842-5621. The holidays are a time that most find themselves asking what they can do for others. SECOR and their volunteers make that pledge every day of the year and they want to continue to serve those in need. With your help, they can.
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Food for Thought and Nourishment for the Soul
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT WITH PARKER REC The one thing most every grown-up has on their wish list during the holidays is a bit of a breather in the midst of all the holiday mayhem. On Saturday, December 17th, you can cross that off your list because the Parker Recreation Center is giving you the gift of time! You can grab a quiet bite to eat, get a little holiday shopping done or just enjoy a relaxing night in wrapping gifts while you catch “Elf” or “Christmas Vacation” on TV again this year. The Recreation Center provides games, activities, crafts, movies, climbing and skating (children must provide their own skates) to keep your little elves busy. If they need a little down time during their fun night out, kids can catch a familyfriendly film and mini-films in the activity
rooms at the Rec Center. Concessions will be available for purchase and the movie title will be posted at check-in that evening. To ensure your child has a spot at this event, pre-registration is highly encouraged. As staffing is determined by the number of children pre-registered participants so there is a chance walk-ins may be turned away that evening. The cost is $20/first child, $15/ sibling. Fee increases by $5 day of the event. Call 303.805.6304 or go to www.parkerrec.com to register your little ones for a fun night in and gift yourself a quiet night out!
THE CHICKEN SHACK
Sometimes, you just need comfort food. Maybe it’s been an exceptionally long week or a cold and blustery day. Maybe you’re about to watch the Broncos or getting together for the holidays. Whatever the reason or occasion, there’s a spot in Parker that makes sure that delicious food is just a click away. The Chicken Shack offers the very comforting selection of wings, chicken fingers, burgers and chili and getting those scrumptious selections from their kitchen to your door couldn’t be any easier. Of course, you could pop in and order but, even better, you can go online to thechickenshackparker.com or download their app, which offers Apple pay to make check out as simple as possible. Online and on the app, you’ll find full menu access and restaurant information, order ahead
capability, the ability to note any special instructions and you can even save your account information to make future orders even faster. Choose from their burgers, chili, chicken fingers or wings. Pair those with one of the many varieties of sauces and sides and you’ve got a Tailgate party that can’t be beat! Next time you are figuring out your family’s dinner or planning a bigger get together, be the hero of the party and let Chicken Shack take care of the menu! Chicken Shack is located at 11211 S. Dransfeldt Rd. Suite 134 Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm & Sun 10am-8pm Call 720.504.5044 - thechickenshackparker. com – Find them on Facebook
THE DURAY HOUSE: A PIECE OF PARKER’S PAST By: The Town of Parker Historic Preservation Commission
Nestled back just off Mainstreet in Old Town Parker sits the William DuRay house. Built by William DuRay and his wife Elizabeth in 1911, this simple, two-story home with the wood gabled roof is typical to turn-of-thecentury homes in this area. This modest home doesn’t necessarily make a strong architectural statement; but it speaks a rich narrative for Parker. The DuRay’s were prominent business and civic contributors who once owned the Parker Creamery. The house was sold and bought at several times between 1922 and 1963 and was visited by the DuRay sisters in 1965 when they came back to visit their childhood home. In 5 SEARCH PARKER MAGAZINE
1973, the home was sold to the Episcopal Diocese and was then used as St. Matthew’s vestry office, sitting adjacent to the church building. Additions and improvements, like the small back porch and the bathroom, were made to the home over the years, but the heart of its history remained intact. It was named a Parker Landmark Parker Town Council on August 20th, 2007.
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THROUGH DECEMBER 17 Winter Market on Mainstreet Mainstreet – Downtown Parker DECEMBER 2, 3 & 4 A Classic Parker Holiday with the Parker Chorale and the Parker Symphony Orchestra PACE Center Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm parkerarts.org DECEMBER 3, 10 & 17 Holiday Carriage Rides O’Brien Park and Douglas County Library-Parker Branch Rides are free but reservations are required and tickets are given on a first come, first served basis. Sign up opens at 2pm on days that rides are held. For advanced registration, go to www. ParkerOnline.org/HolidayCarriageRides DECEMBER 3 Healthy Gluten-Free Living Seminar Shopping tips & meal planning for living gluten free Natural Grocers 10:00am-11:00am naturalgrocers.com DECEMBER 3 Gluten-Free Holiday Fair Natural Grocers 11:00am-3:00pm naturalgrocers.com DECEMBER 4, 11 & 18 Santa’s Workshop Mainstreet – Downtown Parker
DECEMBER 4 Open House: Grow Community Youth Center To The Rescue Building – 10355 S. Progress Way 3:00pm-5:00pm GrowCommunityCenter.org DECEMBER 6 Sounds of the Season Presented by Skyline Chorus PACE Center 7:00pm parkerarts.org
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DECEMBER 6 Therapeutic Recreation – Crafter’s Corner Parker Recreation Center 6:30pm-8:00pm parkerrec.com DECEMBER 7 Coffee and Coloring Parker Library 6:30pm To register, go to DCL.org DECEMBER 9 Mike Super – Magic & Illusion PACE Center 7:30pm parkerarts.org DECEMBER 10 Christmas Carriage Parade “Magic on Mainstreet” Downtown Parker 12:00pm parkeronline.org/826/ChristmasCarriage-Parade
DECEMBER 15 Therapeutic Recreation – Game Night Parker Recreation Center 6:30pm-8:00pm parkerrec.com DECEMBER 15-18 The Nutcracker of Parker PACE Center Thursday & Friday at 7pm, Saturday & Sunday at 2pm & 7pm parkerarts.org DECEMBER 17 Parents’ Night Out Parker Fieldhouse 6:00pm-10:30pm Pre-register to ensure a spot! parkerrec.com DECEMBER 19 Art Stop on the Go with the Boulder Musuem of Contemporary Art Parker Library 4:30pm To register, visit DCL.org
DECEMBER 10 The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) PACE Center 7:30pm parkerarts.org
DECEMBER 20 Clara’s Dream PACE Center 7:00pm parkerarts.org
DECEMBER 10 Saturday Skate Night Parker Fieldhouse 5:30pm-9:00pm parkerrec.com
DECEMBER 31 Noon Year’s Eve – An early celebration for all ages Parker Library 11;00am To register, visit DCL.org
DECEMBER 11 Milk and Cookies with Santa Parker Fieldhouse Must register, space is limited 1:45pm-2:30pm or 2:30pm-3:15pm parkerrec.com DECEMBER 12 Sweet and Savory Grain-Free Baking Natural Grocers 10:00am-11:00am naturalgrocers.com DECEMBER 13 Kids’ Zone – Drop in fun for kids ages 6-12 Parker Library 4:00pm More information at DCL.org
DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve Gala 7:30pm - 1:00am Grab some friends and meet some new ones at our New Year’s Eve Gala in Parker. Music from the Blues Brothers Bootleg Road Show & the Bluzinators Band. Prime Rib and Salmon Buffet dinner. Proceeds to benefit the American Warrior Initiative. Deep Space Event Center 11020 Pikes Peak Dr. www.deepspace.me/NYW2016
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Saturday December 10th - Noon - Downtown Parker
The holiday season is a time to create and carry on traditions that make this time of year so magical for young and old alike. Parker traditions are alive and well and continue this season with the Rockwell-esque Christmas Carriage Parade on Mainstreet, through the heart of Downtown Parker on December 10th, beginning at noon.
Favorite. Winners will be announced at the end of the parade, just prior to Santa making his grand entrance. Each winning entry will then gather at Winner’s Row after the parade near the Parker Library.
This annual Parker Holiday favorite, presented by Xfinity, makes its way through downtown Parker each year on the second Saturday of December, bringing the Colorado Driving Society out for an event that is not to be missed.
After you’ve seen the incredible parade pass, stick around Downtown for more to enjoy at O’Brien Park. Get some of your holiday shopping done at the Winter Farmer’s Market, let the kids explore the petting zoo or take a turn on the pony rides and see all the other sites to take in around the park – be sure to check out the ice sculpting!
This all-equestrian parade consists of dozens of horse drawn carriages, wagon, surreys and stagecoaches from all across the state. Each entry is dressed for the parade’s theme each year. Last year’s theme of “A Storybook Christmas” made for an unforgettable display of holiday spirit and this year’s “Magic on Mainstreet” theme promises more of the same.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a complete holiday event without a visit with the stars of the show. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be sitting for pictures again, but this year they will be at a new location after the parade. Join them for photos (for $5, cash only) at the new Douglas County Library at Parker (20105 Mainstreet) from 1:00pm3:00pm.
All entries in the Christmas Carriage Parade will be considered for judging in the categories of Best Themed Carriage, Best Themed Mini, Best Themed Riding Group and the Judges Grand Prize
Be a part of the holiday magic this season at the “Magic on Mainstreet” Christmas Carriage Parade.
The parade is free to attend. Plan on getting there a little bit early to park and find a great spot along the route to view the parade. Please be aware that there will be road closures for the parade route. Limited handicap-accessible parking for the parade will be available at the Schoolhouse on Mainstreet, 19650 E. Mainstreet.
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Adventure at Awaits Discovery Park THE FOUNTAIN
arker residents were delighted to see the doors to the gorgeous new library open recently and now there is one more reason to celebrate with the opening of Discovery Park! During the summer months, Discovery Park will feature a large, interactive fountain with programmable water jets that will provide hours of splash-tastic entertainment and a much needed break from the summer heat. The approximately 900 sq. ft. fountain will also feature color changing LED lights creating an even more impressive display, especially during warm summer evenings.
The north end of the park will be home to a performance stage, allowing for another intimate, outdoor venue for concerts and performances. The
park will be equipped with sound and lighting for optimal entertainment experiences and the lawn will allow for casual seating during performances. In addition to a variety of live performances, the park will also feature an art installation near the Mainstreet entrance to the park and plaza, continuing in the theme of incredible artwork found throughout downtown Parker. This winter, Discovery Park becomes Parker’s own Winter Wonderland with our very own ice trail, open for enjoyment seven days a week. One of the few trails of its kind, Discovery Park’s ice trail skating path will weave its way through the park, giving skaters the feel of gliding along a frozen river or canal. Skaters and
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visitors alike can warm up next to one of the three fire pits along the trail. Concessions, skate rental and restroom facilities will be available for park patrons as well allowing park goers to rent skates and hit the trail, or buy a hot chocolate, snuggle up next to one of those fire pits and just enjoy the view from the sidelines. Downtown Parker is truly the heart of our amazing town; home to incredible restaurants, unique shops and boutiques, the cultural richness of the PACE Center, our unbelievable new library, and now Discovery Park. One more fantastic reason to explore the riches right in your own backyard, Discovery Park and the ice trail is a definite “must” on your holiday bucket list this season and every season to come.
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THIS SECTION IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DOWNTOWN BUSINESS ALLIANCE AND ITS DOWNTOWN PARKER MEMBER BUSINESSES
ecember is magical in Downtown Parker. With a picturesque backdrop of millions of twinkle lights, Downtown is the place to be this Holiday season. The locally owned businesses in Downtown Parker have a wide variety of gifts and products to make your holiday shopping easy and fun. From the unique to the amazing, you can find it at one of our member businesses.
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local family owned businesses grow and succeed. The simply act of making a purchase from a local business helps them not only put foot on their table, but also help their local employees provide for their families. This “local” effect is powerful and fast...and starts with you! The Town of Parker is also providing horse drawn carriage rides and lots of events this season. Every year it gets better and better and this year will for sure be great. Come down and see for yourself. Grab some friends and family and schedule
ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT 1 Deep Space Workplace & Event Center 2 PACE Center and The Schoolhouse 31 Blue Talon Photography
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FOOD & BEVERAGE 3 elev. 5900 4 Fika Coffee House 5 Indochine Cuisine 6 Las Delicias 7 Nomelie Cupcakes 8 Parker Garage 9 Swirls Frozen yogurt 10 The Tailgate Tavern & Grill 12 Vines Wine Bar 35 Rocket Fizz 37 Rory’s Diner
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HEALTH & BEAUTY 11 Wolf Chiropractic 13 All EyesOn U, LLC 14 Seven Seas HAIR Salon 28 Me Me Me Salon 32 Parker Day & Med Spa 36 Mainstreet Dental
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SERVICES 15 Debbie Lewis Properties 16 Farmers Insurance 17 Mango Mortgage 18 Osgood Team Real Estate 19 Travel Leaders 29 Parker Area Chamber/Visitors Center 30 Staffing with Bliss 33 Monograms by KK 34 JTS Real Estate
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SHOPPING 20 Beautiful Art Picture Framing, Inc. 21 Bonne’ Bella Boutique 22 Fruits of our Spirit 23 Mainstreet Flower Market 24 Mainstreet General Store 25 Parker Panache 26 Pinetree Jewelers 27 Victoria Marie Jewelers
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a couple trips to Downtown Parker for shopping and fun. Stop by and grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa, pick up those special gifts for your loved ones (donâ€™t forget a little something for yourself ) and then enjoy a great meal at one of our many locally owned Downtown Parker restaurants. Have a safe and happy Holiday and make Downtown Parker part of your Holiday shopping traditions.
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Are you looking for that “perfect” gift for someone special’s Christmas present? Perhaps you are looking for something unique for yourself? No problem,we’ve got you covered and you will be helping our community at the same time! We’ve compiled a list of some incredible local artisans and crafters who have their products available for purchase. When you support locally made products you are not only getting unique and cool items but you are also helping support a local family...and our local economy. So next time you need to get something for a gift or just because, start with locally made products! Keep it local! EXTRAORDINARY BEARDS
Locally produced salon quality small batch beard oils and balms...everything a man needs to keep his beard in tip top shape. No matter if his beard is on day one or his face hedge is measured in inches, our products will make his beard stand up and thank you for keeping it healthy! extraordinarybeards.com
ALISON KELLEY DESIGNS
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ATHENA’S PUPPY CAKES I have a small canine bakery where I sell all gluten free canine cupcakes, cakes and pies. I make sure every thing is dog safe and human grade. Right now we are selling Pumpkin Puppy Pies as our special which are dog mini pies. I also do blueberry and apple pies as well as mini and regular puppycakes. I can do any size cake too! www.facebook.com/athenaspuppycakes BARNETT & SON BREWING CO
Craft beer. Barnett & Son Brewing Co Tap Room 18425 Pony Express Dr Parker, CO 80134 www.facebook.com/ barnettbrewing
I sell hand-made and hand-lettered custom product, from watercolored quotes to custom Christmas ornaments. Each piece is unique and made with love! etsy.com/shop/ beautyfleeting
BRIAN KERLS PHOTOGRAPHY
Fine art landscape photography of the natural and man-made environment. www.briankerlsphotography.com
BUNDLE BABIES Bundle babies is a children’s accessories company. We make hooded blankets to keep your baby or toddler warm from the carseat to where they need to go without hassling with bulky coats or blankets that don’t cover them completely. I started this company
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when the first winter storm was blowing in and I was running errands with my 1 year old daughter. I wanted to get her inside quickly without having to hassle with a bulky coat so I wrapped her in a blanket. The blanket kept coming off of her head and then wasn’t big enough to cover her legs so I thought there needs to be something better! So bundle babies was created. They are easy to slip on over your child’s head and cover their entire body. They are soft and cuddly and available in many different prints and solids. www.etsy.com/shop/bundlebabies
COLORADO STITCH AND PRINT CO
We create fun and quirky art prints and embroidery designs for home decor. Check out our Colorado themed pieces as well as some modern holiday designs. We offer: 8x10, 5x7 prints, some custom prints like our state prints, and PDF printables that make great gifts. Ready to ship the next business day! etsy.com/shop/costitchandprint costitchandprint.com
CORINNE O’FLYNN, AUTHOR
Fiction books! - Song of the Sending, Book #1 of the Expatriates series. (Fantasy, Young Adult, Clean Fantasy) - Tick Tock: Seven Tales of Time (Award-winning Anthology of Fantasy/ Sci-Fi stories that all have something to do with time.) www.amazon.com/Corinne-OFlynn/e/ B00OLI5HZU
CYNDI SUE SEWS
I create key fobs, lanyards, planner clips/book marks and kitchen towels. www.etsy.com/shop/ CyndiSueSews
DERRIAN DID IT
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t-shirts, signs, and doggy bandanas, etc. I even restore furniture. I even make homemade soap. www.derriandidit.com
DIAMONDS & PEARLS Handmade bullet jewlery. Each bullet is cut by hand and crafted into a beautiful piece of jewlery. I currently have stud earrings with swarovski crystals and can also do custom orders! http://etsy.me/2fA7Pt5 MAGICAL BEGINNINGS I created a children’s book series, The Fairy Village Series as well as Fairy Doors. The books and Fairy Doors are intended to bring joy and magic into children’s lives. Each book also contains a special moral for the readers encouraging them to believe in themselves, reach for the stars and to follow their hearts. The doors are meant for the Tooth Fairy, as well as all the other fairies I talk about in my books. It is a way to bring the magic home. magicalbeginningsshop.com MARION MADE IT
I am creating wooden crafts for your home, mostly out of reclaimed wood, like boxes, Welcome signs, pumpkins, Christmas decor. www.facebook.com/ MarionMadeIt
MISS MARIE’S BOUTIQUE
I handcraft personalized apparel, drinkware, promotional items, painted signs, hard lotion bars, ornaments and a variety of painted signs. www.etsy.com/shop/missmariesboutique
I create fused and stained glass artwork. For the holidays I have made some beatiful themed plates, candy dishes and ornaments. The ornaments can be customized with a name or little message that will be fused into the glass to make it permanent, which makes them a great gift for parents, kids, pet owners...basically everybody. Available at Beautiful Art Picture Framing in Parker
PURGATORY CELLARS WINERY
Hand crafted wines produced in Parker blending old world European tradition with the latest in American technology and fermentation processes. Our amphora style wines are unique in the state of Colorado and rare in U.S., aged in Georgian clay pots (amphorae) to become orange wines. Our wine list includes award winning wines on Colorado Governor’s Cup such as Cabernet Franc Dessert Wine - gold medal, Chardonnay Amphora silver medal. White wine aged on a leese - Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc. Rewarded red wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and other red as Sangiovese, Syrah, Malbec, Merlot and many more. www.purgatorycellarscolorado.com
RED BIRD JOURNEY
A beautiful hardcover children’s book, “Journey Home, A Thank You To American Veterans”. A great gift for military families, Veterans, children, and schools. Proceeds benefit Honor Flight. www.redbirdjourney.com
SKY’S SKADANAS In honor of my therapy dog Sky and his friends, I have created a reversible dog bandana design for dogs wearing regular or e-collars. This upscale option always looks nice when appearance counts! Please contact me if you don’t see a pattern you like or you would like something custom made.
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All material can be mixed and matched and I can add your dog’s name on any side. You can also send material or a photo of the material you would like and the skadana can be made from that. This option is adjustable, doesn’t bunch up like regular bandanas and always looks nice. I have created many designs, and this is the best and final of my designs. If your dog wears a remote-collar, the receiver fits inside the bandana and is not visible. It can also be worn with a regular collar. If your dog never wears an e-collar the bandana will be made without an opening for the receiver. The unique design fits a dogs neck and is comfortable. 5% of the price of each item sold will be donated to the Go Team Therapy Dog organization. To celebrate our grand opening, all shipping is free through January, 2017! https://www.etsy.com/shop/skysskadanas
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SUGAR AND SPICE GREEN CHILE AND BAKERY
TWO RAVENS SOAP COMPANY
Authentic Colorado Green Chili and Bakery. Our Green chili recipe originates from generations ago from the San Luis Valley, Colorado. We use Colorado-grown products whenever possible and include our fire-roasted green chilies, fresh beef & pork, citrus, and authentic spices. We also bake fresh chocolate, chocolate-peanut butter pie, strawberry, lemon meringue pies and cakes. www.facebook.com/ SugarandSpiceGreenChiliandBakery
Two Ravens Soap Company makes small-batch, natural soaps that inspire, create memories and take you on an adventure. We also create bath salts, bath fizzies, body scrubs, beard care products and much more. All of which are Colorado inspired with unique scents blended for purpose and with designs that catch your eye. www.tworavenssoap.com
TWINKLETREEPOTTERY Unique and affordable pottery....wheel-thrown and hand-built in my home studio in Castle Rock. All products are food-safe, as well as dishwasher/oven/ microwave friendly. Many one-of-a-kind pieces; custom orders welcome too! www.facebook.com/TwinkleTreePottery
The Warmfront is a chest warmer, but it’s a better thermal base layer. It will boost the protection of your favorite outdoor gear. Put it on when you need it, take it off and stash it when you don’t. The Warmfront allows you maximum flexibility to regulate your temperature. Handmade in Colorado, 100% guaranteed. www.thewarmfront.com
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with Pam & Becky
A Quilt for Christmas By Sandra Dallas
Eliza’s husband has joined the Kansas volunteers to fight the Confederates. While he is gone she must care for her two children and their land to the best of her abilities. It is physically difficult to manage the farming but so far she is able to feed her family and store just enough away for the colder months ahead. Her only relaxing time is during a monthly gathering with quilting friends from the community. Although her home is full and food supplies are stretched to their limit Eliza has welcomed in a young war widow that is in desperate need of shelter. Although it is challenging she is happy for the extra help and companionship. What she isn’t sure about is the additional request to hide an escaped slave for a few days. Eliza is faced with a difficult and dangerous decision.
BECKY This story revolves around a group of women that are, for
the most part, in similar situations. Most of the husbands are away fighting the war or have died in battle. Their most relaxing and normal times are during their monthly quilting gathering. As a quilter did you enjoy the descriptions of the various quilts and their ability to bring different women together for a common purpose?
PAM I did! Sandra Dallas frequently brings the art of quilting into her storylines. I think she does this for exactly the reason you mentioned above. It brings women together like few things do and I could picture the women sitting around the quilt frame, discussing events in their lives while making these pieces of art. I especially loved the importance a simple scrap of fabric given to a fellow quilter held. Eliza created a very special quilt for her husband from some of these precious scraps. He used this quilt to keep him warm, while away at war. Do you think she intended it to do more than warm him in this scary time? BECKY I don’t quilt but every book that includes this art clearly
shows that there is a message in every quilting design. Eliza was sending her love, support of his decision to go to war and reminders of their family in this one quilt that would also provide desperately needed warmth. I wish that the book cover would have included this quilt in the design as my imagination probably isn’t accurate. What did you think about Eliza’s character? I had some challenges connecting with her. I liked her but she felt one dimensional to me and I found myself wanting to know less about her storyline and more about some of the other characters.
PAM I agree that a picture of the quilt design would have been a wonderful addition to the book! Eliza obviously loved her husband very much, but I struggled with their formality towards each other. I realize that was probably normal for that time period, but I found it sad. Perhaps with the amount of work that was required for the women of that time in that area, they had to be stronger and show less emotion. Did you find that interesting about Eliza? BECKY You have a good point. Maybe relationships were
different during that era. I think that she was stoic and that made her hard to connect to but I did admire her strength. She had to face physical and mental challenges so that was an interesting facet to her character and it brought back memories of stories my older relatives would relay. I much prefered spunky Missouri Ann the war widow that came to live with Eliza. She was an extra set of hands around the house and gave Eliza companionship. However, her male in-laws had a mean spirit and were not going to let her move on without some conflict. What did you think about the hostile group of men and in contrast the hard but caring mother-in-law?
PAM Great question! That part of the story was very sad. Missouri Ann was stuck with a family that didn’t want her, but didn’t want to let her move on. The Stark men were demeaning, mean, and filthy. But, Mrs. Stark was a kind soul who was stuck in the middle of this family. She missed Missouri Ann and her granddaughter when 29 SEARCH PARKER MAGAZINE
they went to live with Eliza’s family. However, she knew they needed to escape and tried to help them be free. The Stark men caused trouble for the women, but with their strong spirits and supportive neighbors, they were able to overcome the challenges. I loved that Missouri Ann was determined to tell her young daughter that her father (Hugh Stark) was a good man, although we later learn that this was not the case. How did you feel about this little lie?
BECKY That spirit is what makes me love this character. She could
have easily told her daughter the ugly truth but chose to create a more loving memory. That tells me a lot about her heart and I thought it was incredibly loving. Soon after Missouri Ann comes to the house, Eliza is approached with a request to hide a runaway slave, Sukey. Not only is this a dangerous choice but Sukey is weak, sick and recovering from a severe beating. Did you like this storyline and did the author paint a vivid picture of what that experience might have been like?
PAM I thought this storyline allowed us to see Eliza in a different light. Her character was very straightforward, honest, and faithful. When she was asked to hide Sukey, she was told the background of the runaway slave. When she heard these details and what Sukey was accused of, she had to put herself in another’s place and answer some difficult questions. This process gave Eliza’s character a new dimension, as she considered slavery, motherhood, and faith. Missouri Ann’s father in law is hunting runaway slaves and the women suspect he will come looking for Sukey. Were you surprised that Eliza agreed to shelter Sukey with this added danger? BECKY What surprised me is that she would put the children in
that danger. Two were young enough that it would have been difficult for them to fully understand the need to keep this woman a secret. I have to say that this storyline, although interesting, wasn’t very believable. Sandra Dallas normally has direct ties to Colorado in her stories and I have always loved the setting of old Colorado. This story is completely set in Kansas with just a few mentions of Colorado. Did you miss that special touch in this story or were you content with a different angle?
PAM I did miss the Colorado connections in this book. That is one of the reasons I am drawn to Sandra Dallas books! However, although the story was short on Colorado details, it was long on the amazing relationships of women in a difficult time and area. This is another reason I enjoy this author; the depth of her characters and their connections to each other. Next month, we will explore unique friendships and relationships as we discuss The Ballroom: A Novel by Anna Hope.
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SONS OF IO Book One
SINS OF THE FATHER Book Two
APOTHEOSIS Book Three
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