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4 CASTLE ROCK EVENT CALENDAR 5 EXPERIENCE CASTLE ROCK Local - History - To Do 7-9 LOCALLY MADE 11 DOWNTOWN CASTLE ROCK Explore Downtown 17 THE BOOKENDS A QUILT FOR CHRISTMAS 19 LOCAL AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT SONS OF IO - A TRILOGY BY ALAIN MEDEL 3 CASTLE ROCK MAGAZINE
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DECEMBER 2 Breakfast with Santa Castle Rock Outlet Mall 9:00am-10:00am www. outletsatcastlerock. com DECEMBER 3 WinterFest Festival Park 8:00am-1:00pm www.crgov.com
PUBLISHER MIKE WAID
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EDITORIAL TIFFANY GRIZZLE
GRAPHIC DESIGN JAMESON HAMSMITH
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DECEMBER 3 Winter Nature Hike Hosted by Denver Botanical Gardens Cherokee Ranch & Castle 10:00am-11:30am cherokeeranch.org DECEMBER 4 & 11 Have a Holly Jolly Murder – A Musical Murder Mystery Presented by MO Productions Cherokee Ranch & Castle 6:00pm cherokeeranch.org
DECEMBER 8 Castle Rock Historical Society & Museum’s Free Monthly Presentation: An evening with author Rhonda Beck about the history of Denver’s Union Station Philip S. Miller Library 6:45pm-8:00pm www. castlerockmuseum.org DECEMBER 9 & 10 Rue de Noel, A Paris Street Market Christmas Exhibit Hall, Douglas County Event Center 10:00am-5:00pm www. aparisstreetmarket.com DECEMBER 10 Terrain Blood Drive Swim Club – 1465 Autumn Sage Street 10:00am-2:00pm www.bonfils.org DECEMBER 10 Season of the Star – Storytellers and S’mores Festival Park 2:00pm-5:00pm crgov.com/2622/ Season-of-the-Star DECEMBER 13 Coffee with a Cop ANB Bank – 3851 Sol
Danza Drive 10:00am-11:00am crgov.com/1714/ Coffee-with-a-Cop DECEMBER 13 & 14 A Visit with Santa Philip S. Miller Library 10:00am To register, go to DCL. org DECEMBER 17 Season of the Star – The Castle Rock Winter Express Festival Park 2:00pm-5:00pm crgov.com/2622/ Season-of-the-Star DECEMBER 21 & 27 Bark for Books Philip S. Miller Library To register in the program, call (303) 791-7323 DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Services Festival Park 4:00pm-5:00pm DECEMBER 31 Castle Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Festival Park 5:00pm-8:00pm crgov.com/2622/ Season-of-the-Star
DECEMBER 6 Douglas County Gives Day All Day To Donate – go to ColoradoGives.org DECEMBER 6 All Aboard the Polar Express Philip S. Miller Library 7:00pm To register, go to DCL. org
THROUGH DECEMBER Holiday Tea Show Cherokee Ranch & Castle Check website for dates and tickets – reservations required cherokeeranch.org
THE CASTLE ROCK WINTER EXPRESS The Season of the Star event series continues with the Castle Rock Winter Express! On Saturday, December 17th, Festival Park will be transformed into a North Pole celebration, complete with the man in red himself! Come down to the park between 2:00pm and 5:00pm for the traditional story, Castle Rock style. In addition to the holiday merriment, the Castle Rock Winter Express event will feature numerous vendors, holiday food fare and picturesque carriage rides. With the Christmas holiday right around the corner, the Castle Rock Winter Express is the perfect way to spend the day with your family. Plan on making a day of it; get some shopping done locally in Downtown Castle Rock, take
in the beloved holiday story with a Castle Rock twist and watch as the Star illuminates the night sky as the evening comes to a close. The Season of the Star Event Series will continue into the start of the New Year with Christmas Eve Candlelight services at 4:00pm in Festival Park on December 24th; the Downtown Holiday Movie presentation of “Elf” on a giant outdoor screen at 4:00pm on December 26th and WinterFest on January 2nd from 4:00pm-7:00pm at Festival Park. Enjoy the holidays with friends and family at all the Season of the Star Events!
COOKIES & CREMA
Just over three years ago, Castle Rock acquired a couple of new residents. April and Jesse moved here and decided, on top of relocating and purchasing a new home, that they would open a coffee trailer. As soon as they happened upon a vacant store-front space off Trail Boss Drive, their plans changed. After several weeks and lots of elbow grease, Cookies and Crema opened its doors. Originally a fantastic spot for delicious cookies and an indulgent coffee, Cookies and Crema has grown into much more than a coffee shop. There’s still incredible signature coffee drinks like the Mayan Mocha and Snickerdoodle Latte (as well as a perfect Americano or Cold Brewed) but you can also enjoy a menu that now includes breakfast burritos and
the Hatch Valley Breakfast Plate. Lunch doesn’t disappoint either. Try the Cowboy or Tuscan Sandwiches, build your own burger or enjoy a bowl of Green Chili. Seasonal menu items, ala cart and Kids’ Menu items are also available. Of course, there are always tempting treats to be enjoyed as well. Castle Rock residents didn’t realize how lucky they were when April and Jesse moved to town. If you haven’t visited Cookies and Crema yet, stop in soon – you’re in for a treat! Cookies and Crema is conveniently located at 4284 Trail Boss Drive, Suite 100. You can also find them online at cookiesandcrema.com or can give them a call at 720-985-2883.
THE HISTORIC 300 BLOCK OF WILCOX STREET
If you were to take a stroll north on Wilcox street, you’ll see a stretch of buildings along the east side of the street from Third to Fourth. Many of these date back as far back as 1900, and are known as the “300 Block of Wilcox.” This key row of buildings forms the east side of the historic Town square and contains eleven separate structures, making this block the Town’s most visually prominent and historically significant commercial block. The 300 Block of Wilcox Street gradually replaced Perry Street as the commercial center of Castle Rock after the stone Courthouse was built on the west side of the street in 1890. Anchored by the Masonic Temple at the south end, the block includes the B&B Café. The buildings between the Café and the Masonic Temple have seen 5 CASTLE ROCK MAGAZINE
considerable alterations but their uses, as offices mixed with bars, remain the same. Even after a century, this area remains a part of the heart of Downtown Castle Rock. “Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Castle Rock, Colorado” – Town of Castle Rock Historic Preservation Board
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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
I love gemstones and work with them frequently in beads and cabochons. Silver is my true love, but I also work with copper and brass and occasionally gold filled. I make all my jewelry in my workshop by hand. www.alisonkelleydesigns.com 7 CASTLE ROCK MAGAZINE
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
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
I make custom crochet patterns so that you can turn for favorite portrait into a work of art. I do custom crochet and embroidered gifts. I make personalized
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. WWW.CASTLEROCKMAGAZINE.COM 8
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
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
WARMFRONT CHEST WARMER
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Crowfoot Valley Coffee Maddie’s Biergarten VistaVino Modern Grill Hideaway Bar & Grill Pegasus Restaurant
734 Wilcox St. 330 3rd St. 611 Wilcox St. 600 Jerry St. 313 Jerry St.
(303) 814-0999 (303) 663-5073 (303) 660-2005 (720) 519-0509 (303) 688-6746
crowfootvalleycoffee.com maddiesbg.com vistavinomoderngrill.com www.hideawaybarandgrill.com pegasusrestaurantcastlerock.com
1 Stop Tire & Auto 414 Wilcox St. Chicago Title 212 Wilcox St. Valentine Properties 210 Wilcox St. Folkestad, Fazekas, Barrick & Patale 18 S Wilcox St.
(303) 688-0366 (303) 291-9999 (303) 903-9256 (303) 688-3045
www.1stoptireandauto.com www.chicagotitlecolorado.com www.reneevalentine.com ffcolorado.com
411 4th St. 376 3rd St. 350 3rd St. 611 Wilcox St.
(303) 688-1722 (303) 688-9395 (303) 660-6684 (303) 900-3667
castlerockbikeandski.com www.yourenchantedgifts.com www.everythingalpaca.biz www.backinloveconsignments.com
221 Perry St. 414 Wilcox St. 703 Wilcox St.
(303) 688-9395 thechurchatthecourtyard.com (720) 272-5517 www.crfarmersmarket.org (303) 660-2323 www.heygidday.biz
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Miss M’s Tea Parlour
HEALTH & BEAUTY Copperfalls Spa and Salon 340 Perry St.
308 4th St.
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EXPLORE DOWNTOWN CASTLE ROCK PARK YOUR CAR AND EXPLORE YOUR DOWNTOWN!
Downtown Castle Rock is full of amazing locally owned businesses. Here is a sampling of some of the incredible businesses who call Downtown home. Take a moment and check them out. Supporting locally owned in Castle Rock is a great way to support Castle Rock. So grab some friends and head Downtown. Park in one of the many free parking spots and explore! Be sure and bring this map along with you and stop by the businesses listed here.
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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 17 CASTLE ROCK 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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LOCALAUTHORSPOTLIGHT SONS OF IO A Trilogy By Alain Medel
SONS OF IO Book One
SINS OF THE FATHER Book Two
APOTHEOSIS Book Three
ABOUT THE BOOKS In the year 2086, three friends, Virgil, Haley and Cameron, are prisoners in Purgatory. After a nuclear war on Earth, the remaining humans now inhabit IO, a moon orbiting Jupiter. The inhabitants of Purgatory are told that they have a deadly virus and must be quarantined. Virgil knows the truth. There is no virus, but the 124 children in Purgatory do have unique Gifts. Virgil has telekinesis, Haley can manipulate sound waves, and Cameron can heal others. Determined to escape their prison, the three friends hatch a daring plan. Will they make it out of Purgatory? What will they ďŹ nd if they do? The Sons of IO trilogy is available on Amazon, B&N Nook, & iBooks
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