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CONTENTS CASTLE ROCK
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Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo
Volume 10 Issue 6 PUBLISHER MIKE WAID
EDITOR PAMELA WAID
AD SALES TIFFANY GRIZZLE
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CREATIVE DIRECTOR ADRIENNE ZEAK BRUST
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Parker Days Festival
Colorado Renaissance Festival
The Bookends: The Promise of Stardust
WIN TICKETS TO THE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL!
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JUNE 6, 7 & 8
CASEY JONES PARK – ELIZABETH, CO
on’t miss the 2014 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo. As the three-time reigning PRCA Small Rodeo of the Year for 2011, 2012, & 2013, the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo Association is proud of its history of providing a top level competitive environment that challenges the best in professional rodeo. In 2014 they will feature the stock of Summit Pro Rodeo, a new partnership created by J.D. Hamaker from the original Burns Rodeo Company, along with two other new partners, Jesse Hill of H&H Rodeo and Greg Talbert of Talbert Bucking Bulls as their primary stock contractor. Summit Pro Rodeo will provide some of the most feared buckers in professional rodeo today, having supplied bulls for many NFR and Mountain States Circuit Finals, Xtreme Bulls and PBR events year after year. Combined with the strong pen of bucking horses from their string, Summit stock is getting more well-known every year as the ones that can put you in the pay window. For their 2014 Third Annual PRCA Xtreme Bulls Division 2, Summit will also be their primary contractor with additional bulls coming from Kenny Berringer’s bulls from the Hyland/Brookman Rodeo Company. If you’ve never been to the Elizabeth Stampede you are in for a treat. The arena is in a beautiful setting tucked in a ring of 75 foot tall pines trees with an open view to the west of the Rocky Mountains. Many fans and contestants have told them this is just a magical place to compete. The 250 volunteers that put on the Elizabeth Stampede welcome you to the rodeo and look forward to seeing you there. For more information, visit www.elizabethstampede.com. Let’s Rodeo! v
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PARKER DAYS 2014 COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: JUNE 13, 14 & 15
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hose who live and work in Parker know that you haven’t truly experienced the town until you’ve been to Parker Days, a signature event of the Parker Chamber of Commerce! Complete with a carnival, homespun crafts, good food and plenty of FREE music, Parker Days offers three action-packed days of activities for the entire family. The 2014 Parker Days is scheduled for June 13, 14 and 15 in beautiful downtown Parker with a bonus “1/2 day” on Thursday June 12th from 5pm – 10pm. A combination of beautiful Colorado weather, rides and games, FREE live entertainment and more than 100 funfilled vendor and arts & crafts booths in the Market Place provide the community with a fantastic weekend of fun. As always, there will be plenty of your favorite Festival Food options and beverages in the Food and Beverage Garden. Also available is a special kid’s which features special activities for children, such as unique bounce houses and a family entertainment stage. Saturday morning of the Festival ushers in the traditional hometown parade. Each year, Mainstreet and Victorian Drive is lined with families enjoying a variety of parade entries, including floats, marching bands, horses and vintage cares. Several civic organizations and nonprofit groups host special events as well, such as community pancake breakfasts. For 37 years, Parker Days has been the signature summer event and official Parker holiday, uniting Parker in community pride. With more than 120,000 people attending over the three days, it is an event that simply cannot be missed. For more information or to purchase carnival ride tickets, head on over to parkerdaysfestival.com today! See you there! v
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Family Fun Fit for a King:
ere Ye! Here Ye! Another summer of the most unique, affordable forms of family fun is back. The Colorado Renaissance Festival’s banners unfurl the weekend of June 14th and will be open, rain or shine, every weekend through August 3rd. It is challenging to find an outdoor attraction more family friendly, with more variety that is more fun than the Renaissance Festival. Just thirty-five minutes south of Denver, thirty minutes north of the Springs and minutes off I-25 just south of Castle Rock, the entire front range has a front seat for medieval merriment. Jousters, comedy performers, fire eaters, acrobatics and jugglers will delight and amaze you. Browse the streets of the festival village to find over 225 artisans offering one of a kind items such as hand blown glass, pottery, furniture, brass ware and jewelry. Of course, no trip is complete without treating yourself to some unbelievable food. It wouldn’t be right to experience the Colorado Renaissance Festival without indulging in the famous Turkey Drumsticks or Steak on a Stake! It’s almost impossible to sum up the endless attractions and activities offered during the festival, but here’s just a • Puke & Snot – Game of Clones! The show everyone loves reinvented. • Hey Nunnie Nunnie – Laughter will ring like convent bells! A dazzling display of improve and comedic escapades, crackling jokes, songs and “counseling” hilarity sure to please. • Majestic Endangered Cats – New cats that will bring excitement and education. The big cats (and some small ones too) will thrill audiences with their power and majesty! Also catch the majestic birds in the new Nature’s Educators; learn more about the sport of Kings, Falconry!
sampling of what’s in store this summer: JUNE 14TH & 15TH Opening Weekend, “BOGO” coupon offer from participating Wendy’s JUNE 21ST & 22ND Royal Ale & Art Festival and Military Appreciation weekend. BOGO free adult ticket with Military ID and children (under 12) of military personnel get in free. JUNE 28TH & 29TH Celtic Festival
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• Johnny Fox… Sword Swallowing Extraordinaire – A brand new addition to the festival sure to amaze you with his feats of sword swallowing, magic and comedy. • Also appearing, Celtic Legacy, The KamiKazi Fireflies, Ye Klass Klowne, Arsene of Paris, Cast in Bronze, The Rick Stratton Hypnotist Show, Washing Well Wenches, Wilsome-Great Balls of Fire and during the last five weekends, catch The London Broil; a show filled with improvisational comedy, and impressive feats of juggling.
JULY 5TH & 6TH Children’s Weekend – young knights and maidens 12 and under admitted for free with a paying adult JULY 12TH & 13TH Wine Revelry JULY 19TH & 20TH Love and Romance – Bring your beloved to the “Renewal of Vows” ceremony.
JULY 26TH & 27TH Music and Dance Festival featuring Belly Dance Troupe, the Vodca Family and Celtic Legacy AUGUST 2ND & 3RD Fare Thee Well and Mardi Gras Style Carnivale – The Final Huzzah! Come celebrate King Henry’s 524th Birthday and “Let Ye Olde Good Times Roll!” A fitting way to end the 38th season of the Colorado Renaissance Festival.
If you’re left with the decision of not if you’re going, but when; this may help… Whether you prefer to peruse over 200 booths filled with one of a kind artistry, you are a connoisseur of scrumptious cuisine, or you prefer taking in the dazzling feats one of a kind performers and unique shows – the Colorado Renaissance festival is sure to make you feel like a King for a day with memories that will last a lifetime. For more information, visit www.ColoradoRenaissance.com or call 303.688.6010v www.coloradorenaissance.com, (303) 688-6010 for more info
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BOOKENDS The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley Matt and Elle grew up living next to each other and have shared many of life’s ups and downs. The story starts when they are in their late thirties and happily married. Matt is a successful neurosurgeon and his wife Elle is a brilliant scientist. A fall from a ladder leaves Elle brain-dead and as a neurosurgeon he understands that she will not recover from her injuries. After watching her mother die a slow death, Elle has made it clear that she does not want her life artificially extended. Although he is devastated, Matt wants to fulfill her wishes. That is until bloodwork from the emergency room reveals that Elle is pregnant. After years of trying to have a baby he knows that Elle would do anything to protect this life inside of her. His mother believes differently and as Elle’s medical power of attorney she is ready to battle for Elle’s desires. BECKY: I think that a book club would have great discussion with this book. Not only is there the obvious question about whether Elle’s body should continue for the sole purpose to incubate the baby but there are other relationships to explore as well. The author is a woman but the main character is Matt. Do you think that she was successful in writing with a male voice? PAM: I felt that the author was successful in writing from male perspective. Matt has some very difficult decisions to make, especially when faced with extreme opposition from family members and people he respects and loves. However, he knows in his heart, that Elle would do anything to save her baby and he is prepared to do everything in his power to honor this. The author takes the reader back into the past, in order to establish the history between Elle and Matt, as well as give background about Elle’s mother’s fight with cancer. Do you feel that she gave depth to the characters and were you able to understand the relationships within the families?
BECKY: The reflections on the past gave good insight to all of the characters. It felt like a movie playing in that the information was given in scenes rather than from Matt’s view or his opinion. The characters, including Matt and Elle were not perfect and their flaws were believable. While reading this tale did you feel like the story represented both sides of the difficult question of when does life begin and end? PAM: The author definitely created a very intense environment in her story. The characters obviously felt very strongly about their different viewpoints and those feelings made for a tense setting. In this way, I felt that the author represented many of the feelings that would be present in this situation on both sides of the argument. Since the author took us back into the past, did you feel that you were able to get to know Elle’s character? Becky: The reflections went all the way back to when Elle was young and
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lived next door to Matt so I do feel like I knew her well. There is also a previous boyfriend of Elle’s that is a character so we have a picture of her outside of her relationship with Matt as well. All of the reflections made me feel like I was peeking into the life of a real couple that had history including some flaws, which I found very enjoyable. A portion of this book revolves around a lawsuit that is filed by Matt’s mother as she tries to stop him from continuing Elle’s life. Do you feel like this is a courtroom drama or more of a romance? Pam: Although there were aspects of a courtroom drama, I would classify this as a romance. The author did a great job of pulling the reader into Elle and Matt’s relationship and it was clear that they loved each other deeply. Their relationship wasn’t perfect and they had a long history with problems as well as celebrations. But, I felt that this made their love more realistic and more believable. Matt decides he must fight his mom, brother in law, and Elle’s ex-boyfriend in order to honor her memory and do what he feels deep down she would want him to do in this tragic situation. Elle’s ex-boyfriend and his behavior was not my favorite part of this book, to say the least. What were your thoughts about this character? Becky: I would agree that he was my least favorite character. There is a reason why he is brought into the storyline but I could have done without this character. It didn’t flow with the rest of the story and felt like it was added as an afterthought. He has a small role so it didn’t have much impact on a wonderful read. It has a spot in my favorite picks and it was a great reminder to make it known what your end-of-life decisions are. Will it make it onto your top ten list? Pam: When I first started reading this book, I felt the arguing among the families was upsetting (although probably realistic). However, I became so engrossed in the book that I could not put it down. Although I don’t know if it is in my top ten list, it is toward the top of my favorites and certainly one that I would recommend! Next month we will go in a very different direction and read the suspenseful Always Watching by Chevy Stevens.
LOCAL AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT Seeing the Elephant by David Quinn
that he is putting his trust in the right people. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Seeing the Elephant tells the historical events of the Mountain Meadow Massacre through the eyes of fictional character Jigger Richmond. Mormon prophecies and lore are brought to life through the current and relevant character Sax Richmond and his race toward the presidency. Full of depth and captivating characters, Seeing the Elephant is a perfect blend of the past and present that will keep readers engaged to the very last scene. Author David Quinn is a retired teacher. He has always been a lover of history and of reading. Seeing the Elephant is a marriage of those interests. It is his first novel. Available online at Amazon.com
knew I would wake up at any moment. I would be back in the circle of wagons, in the middle, and everything would be warm again. I wouldn’t tell anyone about this dream. But I didn’t wake up. We were still running through the bodies and the Mormons and the Indians. Those were the words of Jigger Richmond, in the letter she lefts as her legacy. Her descendent, presidential candidate Sax Richmond, has discovered that his ancestors were not only survivors of the 1857 Mountain Meadow Massacre but one was a conspirator. As he continues his presidential campaign, Sax is now faced with the decision of how to handle the information. Does he hide it as it’s been hidden for decades? Does he come clean before his opponent finds out? He turns to Mormon dignitary for advice, but he can’t be certain
Don’t Miss the
ou’ve heard about it, you won’t want to miss it. The 2014 Ducky Derby is set for June 7 2014 at 11am at Festival Park. Here is how the Derby Race works. After you make a donation, which earns you a numbered ticket, a “rubber Ducky” is entered into the Derby Race with the number of your ticket affixed to one of our highly trained Duckys. Only those Duckys that have a ticket sponsor will be allowed to race in the Derby. Multiple tickets may be purchased. On the day of the race, June 7, all the Duckys are released at the same time into the water at the starting point on Plum Creek. Then all these Duckys RACE like crazy for the finish line. If a ducky with your ticket number is first across the finish line .... you Win $2000! If your Ducky comes in second, then you win a cool $750 and the third place Ducky wins $250. However, there is a chance you could be a new millionaire thanks to your Ducky! If your Ducky is the first place finisher AND has the “million dollar ticket number”.... you Win $1,000,000! Yes, that is one million dollars. The million dollar ticket number is selected in a random drawing from all the purchased ticket numbers before the race. A consolation prize is also available. If a Ducky with your ticket number comes in second and it has a “New Car Ticket Number” you Win a New CAMARO from Medved Autoplex! That is right, a New Car. Multiple New Car ticket numbers are selected at random before the race. For more information, visit RotaryClubofCastleRock.org. v 13 CASTLE ROCK MAGAZINE
DUCKY DERBY HISTORY
At the first Castle Rock Ducky Derby in 1997, only 500 rubber ducks raced down East Plum Creek to a finish line, where the first several ducks earned their sponsors a few prizes. Each year since that modest beginning, the Ducky Derby has grown to the point that it is a recognized and highly anticipated annual event for Castle Rock and the surrounding community. The 2013 event was attended by 3,000 to 4,000 people from all over the area including visitors from out of state. Over 8,500 of our highly trained Duckys raced in the Derby. The only cash awards in 2013 were $2000 for 1st, $750 for 2nd and $250 for 3rd. In addition there were 375 other non-cash prizes awarded to lucky winners, based on how their Duckys performed in the race. No one has won the $1,000,000 so far. Most important of all, close to $50,000 net proceeds were raised in 2013 and awarded to local, regional and international Rotary charities.
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