15th Annual Taste of Douglas County

15th Annual Taste of Douglas County

As the saying goes, it’s always a good idea to, “eat, drink and be merry.” Thursday, August 17th, the Douglas County Events Center becomes the site for the hottest ticket in town at the 15th Annual Taste of Douglas County. As the name implies, Taste of Douglas County hosts dozens of local restaurants, cafes, bakeries and coffee houses.

Food samplings will abound from the area’s finest local eateries such as The Old Stone Church, Pegasus Restaurant, Crave Burgers, the famous Airplane Restaurant of Colorado Springs and other area favorites. Although the magnificent sampling is reason enough to attend, there’s more to the Taste of Douglas County than tasting alone. Top area chefs will go head to head in a cooking competition, with Adam Friesem from Castle Rock Adventist Hospital returning to defend his 2016 title. In addition to the return of the chef’s competition, this year chefs will be showcasing their talents in a cooking demonstration, offering samples of their wares. Castle Rock Brewing Company will also be hosting a craft beer seminar and tasting as well. While you’re there, be sure to check out the new Rocky Mountain Harley Davidson motorcycles and get a taste of their fabulous jambalaya. Also on hand will be an all-black 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago from Overdrive Raceway in Monument, visiting with food samples from the Overdrive Raceway Sports Grill!

El Meson Mexican Restaurant, Surena Persian Cuisine, Larkspur Pizzeria & Café, Tailgate Tavern & Grill of Parker, Trestles Coastal Cuisine, Viewhouse Restaurant and many, many more will be on hand to treat your taste buds to flavors that draw inspiration from all corners the globe! In addition to amazing samples of savory morsels and sweet treats, many restaurants offer guests menus and coupons for your next visit.

You can purchase your tickets for Taste of Douglas County in advance for just $10 (children under 3 are free) online at www.tasteofdouglascounty.com/tickets. After August 1st, Pegasus Restaurant in Castle Rock, Castle Rock Senior Center and Enchanted Grounds Coffee in Highlands Ranch will also have tickets available for purchase. Tickets may be purchased at the box office the day of the event for $20 beginning at 5:00pm. All ticket sales are final.

Come hungry, leave happy – the 15th Annual Taste of Douglas County is not to be missed!
Thursday, August 17th from 5-8pm Douglas County Events Center
500 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock, CO

Local Business Spotlight – Mathnasium of Parker

Local Business Spotlight

Mathnasium of Parker

Albert Einstein once said, “Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” Even the greatest mathematical minds reach points of frustration when it comes to making math make sense. That is exactly what instructors at Mathnasium strive to do, make math make sense. Whether a student is struggling to catch up or yearning to be pushed to greater challenges, Mathnasium provides customized curriculum to eliminate the frustration, increase student confidence and ignite a passion for learning.

With the start of a new school year comes a new year of challenges for all students. Some parents may hear a familiar mantra at homework time, “I hate math.” Kids don’t hate math. Students that are struggling with math hate feeling frustrated and confused. Those that excel in math may not be able to delve as deeply into the subject as they’d like or have a desire to be challenged more. Mathnasium will meet each student where they are, bridging those gaps for those who are struggling and challenging those preparing for more advanced classes.

Mathnasium’s unique system provides a strong mathematical foundation by identifying students’ current skill level and helping them propel forward by teaching them math in a way that makes sense to them. There is often a disconnect between students’ learning skills and curriculum they are expected to master. This is a concept Mathnasium Method creator Larry Martinek identified more than 40 years ago. A teacher himself and a father to a mathematically gifted son, he wanted to help students, both gifted and frustrated, to succeed. What formed was a system not based on memorization of facts and formulas, but an approach that builds a deeper mathematical understanding. Students with noticeable gaps in learning may seem obvious candidates for help but just because a child is an A/B student doesn’t necessarily mean there are no gaps in understanding. Bridging those gaps and gaining that confidence is important for all students.

Getting that help is simple. Students or parents can do a quick five question assessment online (whether they are struggling or advanced learners.) If Mathnasium seems like a good fit, an appointment to do an in-house, detailed assessment can be made, which allows instructors to customize a learning plan formulated on concepts needed to meet each child’s specific learning goals. Specially trained instructors then implement the plan; working with your child until they are able to master the material. Instructors want to be there when the learning happens, they don’t assign additional homework, and they provide an encouraging environment where your kids feel motivated and confident so they can learn. Homework help is also provided, helping students turn what was once a frustration into a welcome challenge they can conquer with confidence. For older students, they also offer ACT/SAT math prep, helping students see impressive improvements in math scores.

Watching your child’s confidence blossom in math will undoubtedly trickle over into all areas of their academics. What better gift to give them as they tackle the new school year than the ability to believe in their own abilities? Go online, take the five question survey or just give them a call – the only thing your child stands to lose is frustration, and that is a huge gain!

11211 S. Dransfeldt Rd. , Suite 149
(303) 840-1184

Evolution of a Student

Evolution of a Student

Tips for Success & Survival at Every Stage of School

When you need advice on how to best take care of yourself, you ask your doctor. If you needed help remodeling your home, you would be served well by having an architect draw up plans and an engineer ensuring everything has a strong foundation. With the school year starting, who better to help you build a strong foundation for your student than the people who are going to be with them, everyday, for the next nine months? Take our advice and listen to advice from teachers – you might be surprised at how simple it can be to help your student have a great year, whether they are beginning the trek as a kindergartner or coming to the finish line as a senior in high school.


Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd

It may seem simple, but the simplest things are sometimes the most important. Now that your little one is a “Big Kid” they need to start doing big kid things! Teachers of little ones suggest parents help by making sure kiddos:

  • Know their full name address and mom/dad’s phone number.
  • Can write their name with a capital beginning and rest lowercase.
  • Can tie their shoes, or wear Velcro until they are able!
  • Can open their own lunch and snack.
  • Can put on and zip/snap their own jackets and backpacks.

For parents with children entering elementary, it may be hard to let your little one do more for themselves, but by giving them some control over some things it will allow them to learn/fail/succeed in a safe environment (home/classroom.) Being in charge of their learning is extremely important and that should be the end goal. Each year students should take on another piece of control in their learning. In today’s world, it is becoming increasingly important for students to advocate for themselves (mainly due to technology interaction with peers) and they should learn to advocate both for their learning and in social situations. A true gem in my book is setting a goal, for any age, to start the year. This can be started as early as kindergarten. If a child is struggling with behavior, setting a goal to have positive days at school can have great outcomes in the future.– 2nd grade teacher

Try your best. Work hard. Pay attention to your teacher. Kindergarten is so much fun. You get to learn, but you get to learn in a fun way.– 2nd grade student


3rd, 4th and 5th

Again, covering the basics is important. It helps to:

  • Make sure students have their multiplication and division facts memorized as they head into higher level math and problem solving. It makes a SIGNIFICANT difference!
  • Foster a genuine love of reading. Encourage (don’t force) kids to read chapter books (no matter how short or silly) like CRAZY! Taking an interest in what your child is reading; take them to the library or book store, read chapter books aloud to/with your kids, and model a love of reading as an adult. The more kids read, and the more they want to read, the better readers they will become.

My best advice for parents is to,
1. Let go a little. A fourth grader has never died (that I know of) from forgetting a homework assignment or a lunchbox. Sure that pang in their hearts when they realize they forgot something is a shocker, but if kids are constantly saved from making even the tiniest of mistakes, they will grow up thinking they are no good unless they’re perfect. Talk about a life sentence.
2. Fourth grade is like crossing over from “little kid” to “big kid.” Teachers slowly push kids to do more themselves and take responsibility for their own learning. It’s the switch from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” Encourage your child to think for himself, ask questions, and seek answers.– 4th grade teacher

Be confident, you might mess up, but you can learn from your mistakes.– 4th grader


Middle School

Middle school is an important time in a student’s career. It’s an essential transition that allows students to create good study and time management habits, add to background knowledge and understanding, and continue to evolve and grow socially. Students start to have some choices about classes they take and begin to explore their interests. They also continue to learn about themselves and how they best learn and interact with peers and teachers. This growth will go a long way to prepare them for high school and beyond, as they continue to master these skills. This is also an ideal time for parents to practice a gradual release of responsibility to their students. Students and parents can work together to review upcoming assignments, current assignments, and grades. As students move through middle school, parents should encourage students to take the lead and become independent in preparation for high school. Stay involved. Never stop asking about their day, their struggles, their successes, and how they are working towards their goals. It’s the everyday conversations and time that make the most enduring impact for kids.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you feel like you’re the only one who doesn’t understand. If you need to clarify something or don’t understand; ask the question. It saves a lot of frustration and confusion. If you are too nervous to ask in class, hang back a few minutes after class to talk to the teacher, they’d rather you understand than leave not knowing what to do.– 9th grader


High School

Organizational skills are key. Use an online calendar, an app, or a planner (like the ones used all through elementary and middle school) to stay organized and on top of deadlines. Don’t wait until the last minute to complete assignments. High school students are often busy with sports, clubs, jobs and other things, so finding a system that works and utilizing time management is imperative and sets you up for success after graduation. Be accountable for your work and advocate for yourself. In college or the workforce, you will be expected to, so start now. It’s important for parents to stay involved, but it’s critical that students take the lead.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Go in and talk to your teachers, get the answers you need to understand. Everyone will tell you this, and it’s true, high school really does fly by, so enjoy each year, every assembly, sporting event, dance other special activities.– 12th grader

So You Have a Senior…

So You Have a Senior…

Senior year is a tremendous milestone for students, whether they are planning on continuing their education in college, entering the military, perhaps taking a gap year or going straight into the workforce. Senior year is filled with numerous celebrations, but there are also numerous deadlines. If you have a senior, be sure to keep track of these deadlines so your student is not too far behind the 8-ball during what should be one of the most exciting years of their life.

Senior Year Checklist

[ ]   If you haven’t already, book senior photos. They are usually due in the first semester, so having them done before school starts or soon after the start of the year is a good idea.

[ ]   If your senior doesn’t already have an idea of the colleges they want to apply to, start looking as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to visit and tour schools. Chances are multiple colleges will be appealing, so the sooner they start looking, the sooner they’ll be able to research their choices and narrowing down the list for applications.

[ ]   College applications open as early as September, so the sooner they’ve selected which colleges they want to apply to the better!

[ ]   Have your senior start looking for scholarships as soon as school year starts. It is never too early to start applying. Applying for scholarships can continue throughout senior year and even into post-senior year summer.

[ ]   Make sure to have your senior check class credit requirements as soon as school starts; they should already be set as they’ve have already chosen classes, but it doesn’t hurt to double check – better safe than sorry!

[ ]   Many schools require at least 20 hours of community service as a graduation requirement. At the beginning of the year, seniors should check how many hours they’ve completed. Ideally, they should try to complete their hours first semester so they can focus on college applications and other senior requirements for the remainder of the year.

[ ]   That halfway through point is also a good time to check on their grades; graduation eligibility hinges on grades and failing grades would prohibit them from graduating with the rest of their class.


What Seniors Should Know

Advice to Seniors, from a College Freshman

  • Senior Year IS NOT the easiest year, if anything, you should push harder senior year to finish out strong.
  • College applications all require transcripts which include senior year, first semester grades, and colleges also require a final transcript to be sent at the end of the year. Senior year grades are taken into serious consideration, so make sure to stay on top of school senior year!
  • Grades are important, however, do make sure to enjoy your senior year….there are lots of fun opportunities to take a part in. Don’t miss out on things like senior sunrise/sunset, senior assemblies, etc. These special events will make it a lot of fun finishing out your last year of high school!
  • Take advantage of the resources available to you. My most helpful resource was my high school counselor. If I had questions or needed help with credits, community service hours, college/scholarship applications, she was happy to help. If you have questions on college/scholarship essays, your English teacher is also a great resource.
  • It may seem obvious, but Google is also a good resource for application essays.

Experience Castle Rock


Western Heritage Welcome

Castle Rock will tip its hat to its rich, western history with the Western Heritage Welcome weekend, coming right out of the gate with a Longhorn Steer drive beginning at Castle Rock Park and heading south through historic Downtown Castle Rock. This event not only honors Castle Rock’s history but also serves as a kick off to the 99th Annual Douglas County Fair and Rodeo.

Join your friends and neighbors on Perry Street to see all the cowboys, longhorns and their calves and then be sure to make your way over to the Chuck Wagon Cook-Off for a taste of the old west.

Cowboy cocktails and country music that will put a giddy up in your step complete the evening!

Mark your calendar and head Downtown Friday, July 28th from 6-9pm for a great time straight of out the Wild West!


The Poo Crew

Yep, you read that right. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it – and it doesn’t have to be you. You can call the Poo Crew to help you with clean up at your home or commercial site. Over 10 years ago, the owners decided to step away from corporate America and start something all their own. What they’ve achieved is running a successful, environmentally conscious company that treats its employees well and provides outstanding service to their loyal customers. In addition to serving all areas within the E470/C470 circle, Parker and Castle Rock, the Poo Crew also volunteers their services at the Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies. There are no contracts, just flat rate, monthly pricing for services from fully insured, uniformed, animal loving staff. You can even conveniently pay for your services online! Tools are sanitized after each house, and a door hanger will be left after each visit. The Poo Crew even makes and use their own line of high quality bags that are OXO-Biodegradable, unscented, and non-toxic. Their mission now is to continue to provide outstanding service to their residential and commercial clients while becoming the largest eco-friendly pet service in the Denver area.

For more information, go to
poocrew.com, call 303.653.5355
Open Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm,
Friday 8am-2pm

where in town?

A Monthly Scavenger Hunt

Would you like to win a new grill? Look through the magnifying glass and simply guess correctly where in Castle Rock this is. We will randomly draw a winner from all correct entries! CLICK HERE to enter online – GOOD LUCK!

Just off Trail Boss Road, June’s clue is a great place to get away for a bit of the day this summer. Metzler Ranch Park offers baseball and softball fields, In-Line Rinks and a Skate Park with push button lights, picnic pavilions, trails for walking or biking (leashed dogs are allowed), a playground and swings. There is something for all ages to enjoy; as well as a fantastic view! Picnic pavilions can be reserved for a summer birthday or family get together and gas grills are permitted at the park. Get out and explore the fun to be had right in your own backyard!

6 Grillmaster Tips

It’s time to kick up your grill game and our six easy tips can help you do just that. So what are you waiting for, get the grill fired up, invite over some friends and cook up some grub!

Chimney Starter
Skip the toxic charcoal lighter fluid and go with a chimney starter. They are super easy to use and won’t have any of that offensive odor. Simply crumple up some old paper, stuff it in the bottom of the chimney, fill it with charcoal and light the paper. That’s it. After about 15 minutes or so the coals will be ready to rock. Spread them in an even layer in the bottom of your grill.

Get Handsy
Not sure if your grill is hot enough? No worries, that’s why you have a hand. Carefully hold your open palm about 5-6 inches above the grill rack. If you can’t stand the heat for more than 2 seconds then your temp is considered high. 5 seconds of heat and you are in the medium range. If you can keep your hand over for 10 seconds then you are experiencing low heat. Most of all be smart, don’t burn yourself because you can’t cook if you can’t use your hand.

Let’s Keep It Clean
Once your grill is nice and hot, clean it. Use a long handled wired brush made for grills to clean off gunk and debris from your previous meal. When the grill is hot it is easier to clean, so get to it.

Oil It Up
Keeping your grill clean and “seasoned” is imperative. Once it is clean and hot make sure you oil it up before placing your food. Simply take a folded up paper towel and soak it in vegetable oil. Grab it with tongs and rub it back and forth over your grill rack. This will help keep your food from sticking to the rack.

Embrace the Basket
Vegetables and small food can be a real bummer. Don’t get frustrated with them…instead use a grill basket. These miracle workers will save you lots of time and frustration. Just give them a once over with vegetable oil or non-stick spray before each use to keep the sticking to a minimum.

Take It Easy and Give It a Rest
Once your meat is done, give it some time to rest. Place your culinary creation on a platter and tent it with foil for 5 to 10 minutes. This will allow the meat time to distribute all those yummy juices evenly.

The Battlefield Cross Memorial

Imagine an inspired person decides to give back to the community in a way that leaves a lasting impact for decades to come. Imagine this person decides they want to do something to pay tribute to our nation’s military so this person puts everything they have into finding the necessary resources to erect a memorial that speaks to the ultimate sacrifice made by so many of our nation’s military. This most determined person stated, “My hope for this project is that this memorial will promote awareness for all our veterans have given to ensure our freedom and remind the residents of Parker on a daily basis how much we owe them.”

Sounds pretty remarkable, doesn’t it? This person is actually an incredible young man named Ewan Gregory. Ewan, who will be an 8th grader at Cimarron Middle School this fall, developed this memorial project as his Eagle Scout Project. A scout since he joined Cub Scouts in the first grade, Ewan has always had a deep respect and appreciation for the military. Much of his immediate family serves, as did his Great Uncle, who lost his life during the Vietnam War and his Great Grandfather, who bravely served in WWII. Ewan himself has plans to join the Army.

To honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, Ewan is having a sculpture of the Battlefield Cross erected in Living Wheel Park in Downtown Parker. The battlefield cross is a symbolic replacement of a cross or marker at the base camp of a soldier who has been killed. According to the Smithsonian, the first appearance of the Battlefield Cross may have been during the Civil War. Soldiers were buried in temporary cemeteries near battlefields, identified by simple, wooden plaques. The configuration of a “cross”; a rifle pointed downward with a helmet perched on the stock, was a more common sight during WWI and WWII. Beginning with the Gulf War in 1991 and during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, the latest version of the Battlefield Cross was created using the rifle, helmet, boots and dog tags. Sculptor Richard Young and his partner Lena Toritch have produced dozens of bronze statues honoring our military. Most recently, he was commissioned to sculpt a life-size eagle which serves as the centerpiece of a Veterans Memorial park in Stoughton, Wisconsin.

To bring this project to fruition, Ewan is working to raise $7,000 and could use everyone’s help. You can donate directly to Parker Troop 280 at Champion Bank (located at 16790 Centre Court in Parker) or through the project’s GoFundMe site (www.gofundme.com/battlefieldcross.) Any excess funds raised will be donated to a local veteran’s organization.

The Battlefield Cross Memorial, the first of its kind in Colorado, will be unveiled on July 29th at 2:00pm.

With remarkable young men like Ewan setting the example for our community, it is safe to say we are a community to be proud of.

Castle Rock WineFest

Castle Rock WineFest

Wine lovers of the world, rejoice! The 14th Annual Castle Rock WineFest, presented by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, is back and better than ever! One of the Chamber’s Signature Events, the WineFest will transform Butterfield Crossing Park into a wine lover’s playground. The event will host over two dozen wineries offering over 180 varieties of Colorado wine for the tasting. In one, beautiful location you can take the opportunity to channel your inner Sommelier and delight in the nose of each sample (the smell of the wine in the glass), or check out each wine’s legs. When a wine is swirled, it leaves drops that slide down the glass. These droplets, referred to as the “legs,” “tears,” or curtains of the wine appear. The thicker the droplets, the higher the alcohol content in the wine. Who knew?

In addition to the wine offerings, an incredible selection of food trucks and cooking demonstrations will be there to delight your taste buds and live music will be on hand to round out the entertainment. Additionally, the first 2,000 WineFest attendees will receive a free wine tote and wine glass to commemorate the event. Grab a few friends and make a day of it!

Not to be missed is the winemaker dinner prior to the Grand Tasting event. Enjoy a fabulous meal while getting a chance to get up close and personal with vintners, find out answers to all your wine questions and mingle with other aficionados during the evening. Tickets for the Winemaker Dinner will be available online. WineFest tickets are on sale now; Regular Price Tickets are $29, Designated Driver Tickets are $17. Tickets will increase in price the day of the event, so purchase online ahead of time!

There is no self parking at the event but limited valet parking will be available on the west side of the park near the basketball courts for $10. Free shuttle service will be available from the Outlets at Castle Rock. The shuttle will travel from the northwest section (near the Nike Outlets) and make one stop at Butterfield Park; continuously running from the park to the outlets and back. Shuttle service will also be provided from the Castle View High School parking lot to Butterfield Park. In order to ensure that everyone safely enjoys the WineFest, Castle Rock Firefighters of Local 4116 will again be providing Castle Rock residents with a safe ride home if needed, free of charge.

As this is an adult only event, PHOTO IDs are required and children are not permitted. No pets, strollers, outside coolers, food or beverages are permitted.

This is a Rain or Shine Outdoor event, no refunds or rain checks will be issued. Dress for the unpredictable Colorado weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Castle Rock WineFest
Saturday, July 15th

Butterfield Crossing Park
3952 Butterfield Crossing Drive, Castle Rock

Tickets: castlerock.org/castle-rock-winefest

Our Readers’ Best Apple Pie Recipes

Few things are as “American” as home baked apple pie. The smell of a pie baking, with a hint of cinnamon in the air, brings so many memories flashing through our minds. We reached out to our readers to find their favorite recipes for apple pie goodness. Here are our four choices for best apple pie.Enjoy!

Mini Dulce De Leche Apple Pie Empanadas
Yields 1 Dozen Empanadas

  • 4 Peeled, Cored, Diced Apples (I used Granny Smith & Fuji)
  • 2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • A Dash of Nutmeg
  • 1 Package Refrigerated Pie Crusts
  • 11 ounces Dulce De Leche (store bought or homemade)
  • 1 Egg Lightly Beaten
  • Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Inch Circle Shaped Cutter

1. Dice apples and toss with lemon juice in large bowl.
2. Combine cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg, whisk and set aside.
3. Put diced apples in a 2 quart size saucepan with water. Heat stove to medium high, cover and cook for 8 minutes. Apple pieces will be tender.
4. Add Dulce de Leche reserving just a little to use as drizzle topping and add cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir till well incorporated and heat for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat set aside.
5. Preheat oven to 425° Use Non-stick pan, lining the pan with parchment paper is optional.
6. Lightly flour a counter and unroll pie crust and slightly roll out.
7. Cut out 6 rounds with circle shaped cutter and repeat previous step 6 and 7 for second pie crust.
8. Place pie crust rounds on pan and fill each round on one side by the tablespoon of apple pie filling leaving room to be able to seal the empanada.
9. Brush lightly beaten egg wash around inner edges of each empanada. Fold over and seal each empanada crimping the round sided edge with a fork. Brush each empanada with the remaining egg wash and generously sprinkle them with granulated sugar.
10. Place the pan with the empanadas in the over and heat for 12-14 minutes. Let cool 5-10 minutes.
11. Drizzle Dulce De Leche over top of empanadas.

So Simple Apple Pie

  • 7 C Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 C sugar, 1 t cinnamon Mix all together

Place filling in pre-made or homemade pie crust. Add about 5-6 pats of butter to top. Cover with another crust, tuck in edges. Decorate top if you want, but vent at least 3 places.
Bake 425 for 15 minutes, 350 for 30 more.
Enjoy warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, or cold!

Caramel Apple Pie


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 5 large apples, thinly sliced and peeled


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping

Line 9” pie pan with basic single crust.  In large mixing bowl, stir together the pie mixture, making sure to coat all apples.  Transfer to pie plate.  For topping, stir together sugar, flour and oats.  Cut in butter until it has coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle over apples and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.  As soon as you take it out of the oven, drizzle caramel sauce – it may be easier to drizzle if warmed up in microwave.  Then sprinkle nuts on top.

Kyle’s White glove special Granny Smith bacon Apple Pie

  • 1 9” pie shell, unbaked
  • 3/4 C light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 1 t ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 t ground Allspice
  • 1/4 t ground Clove
  • 6 C peeled, sliced Granny Smith apples
  • 6-8 slices smoked bacon

Preheat oven to 350In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and toss/mix thoroughly. Add sliced apples and toss to evenly coat/distribute. Use bacon to form a “lattice” top; over/under weaving the strips to cover pie.

Trim edges of bacon to fit, leaving enough extra to “crimp” the ends into the pie shell.Cover loosely with foil and bake one hour.Remove foil, continue baking for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is browned and begins to crisp. (Not too crispy – need to be able to cut to serve) Allow pie to rest roughly one hour before serving.

Welcome to the Colorado Horse Park

Nestled in the southeast side of Parker is a destination that may have evaded your attention; until now. The Colorado Horse Park is a one-of-a-kind destination for equestrian enthusiasts, amateur riders and horse lovers alike. Over the last year, the Colorado Horse Park has undergone numerous renovations and restorations, making it one of the leading equestrian centers in the west; committed to safe, quality competitions. Home to numerous equestrian events including top hunter/jumper, dressage and eventing competitions throughout the spring, summer and fall, CHP also serves as a boarding facility for over 100 horses.

The summer season started off with the Dressage in the Rockies in May, followed by the Eventing in the Rockies Series in early June and continues with the Summer in the Rockies Series. Every Saturday through July 23rd, Colorado Horse Park will host the phenomenal Grand Prix competition, which is open to the public, with the gates opening at 4:00pm. Incredible competition is accompanied by vendor fairs, charity showcases, food truck villages and more!

In addition to the main events, CHP’s Ride & Learn Series gives riders a chance to learn the sport from the very best. World class trainers constructively critique and educate participants as they assist them in fine tuning their technique. Space in the Ride & Learn series is limited, more information and registration for this instruction can be found on the website under the Ride & Learn tab.

The horses aren’t the only ones with fantastic accommodations at Colorado Horse Park. You can book your own, private event at CHP. The Banquet Hall and Grand Prix Ballroom boast amazing floor to ceiling windows providing spectacular views to the west, north and south. The staircase positioned in the center of the room, makes for a perfect divider separating spaces for tables and chairs and space for dancing. The Coors Family Arena Patio Area includes a large span of grassy berm and pavement with intermittent covered pavilions making it an ideal location for BBQs, outdoor movies, picnics or other gatherings. The Central Park Pavilion is a covered, open-air pavilion located in the southwest section of the property, overlooking the show grounds. Centrally located and equipped with a stage, a bar and plenty of room for family and friends, it’s the perfect place for a gathering. Go to the website to contact the Events team for more information on the options for your event.

Don’t balk at the opportunity to mix the thrill of competition with the majesty of these amazing animals and their talented riders this summer. Make plans for a family night out unlike any other at the Colorado Horse Park!

Colorado Horse Park is located at 7522 South Pinery Drive. For more information go to www.coloradohorsepark.com.

Looking for a fun, family outing to cap off your weekends? Check out The Colorado Horse Park and experience top equestrian competition throughout the summer! The 2017 Summer In The Rockies Series features seven weeks of family-friendly activities and events! Entertainment begins at 4:00 p.m. before the Saturday evening grand prix competition, with the first horse and rider combination beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday Night Grand Prix Schedule:
July 1 – $60,000 Horseware® Ireland Grand Prix
July 8 – $70,000 Ariat® Grand Prix & Mayor’s Cup
July 15 – $80,000 Front Range Kubota Grand Prix
July 22 – $100,000 Adequan® Grand Prix