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CONTENT ISSUE NO. 216 | DECEMBER 2020

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VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS What would the holidays be without our favorite festive sweets? We found some of the best desserts in town to make your holiday merry and bright!

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WHAT TO MY WONDERING EYES We asked the Kennah family if we could come in and see their winter wonderland. See how they make this, truly, the most wonderful time of the year.

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EDITOR'S TAKE - CHRISTMAS CAKE

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COVID Spike With the increasing numbers of COVID-19, the State of Colorado moved Douglas County to the more restrictive level orange. Then just a week later, moved us to red.

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New trails, including an uphill challenge, opened on Thanksgiving. The Incline Challenge is 132 steps and the Rosie Rueter Trail loop, which starts and ends at the parking lot, is about a mile long.

Families rally to a drive-up food donation in response to the increased need in our community. With the pandemic complications, the need is at a high level this year.

Election Results Parker Citizens voted in a record turnout and elected a new mayor as well as three new councilmembers. Jeff Toborg will become the seventh mayor of Parker. John Diak will retain his seat on council with Todd Hendreks and Laura Hefta winning the other two vacancies. 8 SEARCHPARKER | DECEMBER 2020


Parker Racquet Club PRC annouced expansion for 2021 - Three Outdoor Tennis Courts with lights, Platform and Padel Courts, Pickleball, and a Hitting Wall.

Santa Sightings CCV Rotary of Parker has eight activities with the Clauses that started last month. See their website for dates and details.

Holiday Events The Town started their festivities with holiday music playing through speakers, ice sculpture carvings, and characters strolling throughout downtown. Events last all month.

Vines Closes

PACE Center Parker Arts announced the cancellation of their holiday/winter theater lineup as well as their winter classes and camps.

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For more than 15 years, Vines has been part of the downtown landscape. They closed their doors permanently last month and make way for a new tavern - Black+Haus.

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E D I TO R ' S TA K E BY AMBER TUELLER

When I was growing up in Texas, our family lived next door to a couple named Steve and Carol. I am sure that they were curious, and perhaps wary, at hearing that a family with six kids would be moving in (soon to be eight kids!) Through the years they were very kind and neighborly towards our family. They let us ride our bikes to the top of their long, slanted driveway and race down. We sometimes inadvertently kicked a ball over the fence into their yard and, upon retrieving it, would experience a nice visit with Carol. She would show us around their backyard and let us help with her garden. She let us eat strawberries and shared their garden bounty. We went over to visit and pet their cats and look at their beautiful wind chimes. They were patient with our childhood antics and took interest in our lives. Every Christmas Eve, we went as a family to sing carols at their door. We would step into their house and visit for a time. Each year that same week, Carol would show up at our door with a Christmas Pound Cake. It was a much-anticipated part of our holiday treats and traditions, and it was a chance to catch up with them. We really loved our interactions. Carol became ill later in life and recently died. 10 SEARCHPARKER | DECEMBER 2020

In celebrating her life, our family shared memories of her kindness to us. The yearly pound cakes were some of our favorite memories. At her funeral, we learned that she made over 100 pound cakes each year to take to those she loved! She was a sweet example of service and sharing. While reflecting on her life, I have been reminded to take the chances now to tell others how much we appreciate them and share our love with them. It is a blessing to us and others to reach out and treasure those relationships. In honor of Carol, I’d like to share her delicious recipe below. Christmas Pound Cake 3 sticks cold butter 1 8oz. cream cheese 3 cups sugar

6 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 3 cups flour

Start mixer with (cold) butter and cream cheese, beating until smooth. On low speed add sugar slowly. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. Add in vanilla. Slowly add ½ cup flour at a time. Finish cake batter with medium speed for about 45 seconds or until smooth. Bake at 300° for 1 hour and 30 minutes.


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also cited desserts as a top reason to anticipate the holidays, with other top traditions being holiday movies, holiday music, and decorating the Christmas tree.

HOLIDAY TREATS

Way Past Visions of Sugar Plums From pumpkin pie to eggnog, the holidays are marked by food

Holiday desserts elicit wonderful memories that people want to relive, recreate for the next generation, and share with others. Whether it's baking night with the family, swapping holiday goodies with friends, or taking a plate of treats to the neighbors, desserts are intertwined into the fabric of our holiday traditions.

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I can't think of the holidays without imagining all the delicious food that comes with them. Growing up that meant fudge, buttermilk mints, and sugar cookies. My mouth waters just typing them now. And a recent study shows I'm not alone, when 63%

Locally, we have some great options to enhance our holiday smorgasbord. La Petite Creperie makes mini pumpkin pies, Posh Cakes can't keep up this season filling orders for their Christmas cookies, Kneaders offers a wonderful take on the tradional hot chocolate, and Kilwins can always be counted on to assuage your chocolate cravings. Try some of these favorites or let us know yours at www.searchparker.com. 14 SEARCHPARKER | DECEMBER 2020


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What to my Wondering Eyes Robert and Crystal Kennah give us a glimpse into their winter wonderland

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s I walked into the Kennah home one sunny afternoon, I knew my claim that the visit would last only 15 minutes was not likely to happen. Holiday decorating was underway and a smile crept onto my lips the moment I approached their front door. Entering their gorgeous home, I was welcomed by two giant nutcrackers who flank a holiday greeting of "believe." And just like that, my holiday cheer had increased tenfold. I was greeted by Crystal, and Alexa Nugent, owner of Design for the Holidays. They had been putting a few finishing touches on some of the decorations. They met last year after Crystal had seen the article in Search Parker Magazine about Alexa and now they are fast friends. Crystal even invited Alexa and Scott (her husband) to their Christmas party last year. And it sounds like the party was quite the event, with a chocolate fountain and horse-drawn carriage rides. Although the party was a new thing for the Kennahs, celebrating the holidays is not. Every year the Kennahs deck out their home in red, green, and white. They transform their elegant home into the proverbial winter wonderland that brings joy and magic at this time of year. And while the house looks like it can't accommodate even another single light, Crystal says she adds to her collection each year. Her inspiration for the decor comes from St. Nick's Christmas Store.

I was in awe of the trimmed trees, the ornate garnishings, and the sheer magnitude of the adornment. But my favorite part was the garlands. Everywhere in the home was accented with boughs of greens branches, accented by red and white embelishments. Every decoration was highlighted with glimmering lights that brought back those feelings of Christmas from my childhood. Crystal said she doesn't have a "favorite" decoration, other than the ornaments her son, RJ, made. She just loves the whole season. She loves being home with her family, creating memories and enjoying the magic of the holiday season. But above all, Crystal and Robert love celebrating the birth of the Savior. DECEMBER 2020 | SEARCHPARKER 17


The author Robin S. Sharma said, "What you focus on grows, what you think about expands, and what you dwell upon determines your destiny." I have simplified this saying in my life to merely, "That which you focus on enlarges." Think about it. When you are thinking about getting a new car, you start noticing that car everywhere you go. It's a simple concept. If we want love, peace, and compassion, why not focus on love, peace, and compassion? This year, in particular, has put our fortitude to the test. Pandemics, elections, wild fires, riots, and civil unrest; it is easy to find the trials and negativity 2020 has experenced (just scroll through any of your social media accounts). But there are so many good things in our lives - way more good things than bad. Then why does it feel like the world is collapsing around us?

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