The Castle Rock Craft Show Extraordinaire

Twenty-five years ago, a few ladies from the Castle Rock Senior Center decided it might be fun to get together and sell some of their beautiful, handmade crafts. That humble beginning back in 1992 has evolved into the largest craft event in south Denver and now serves as the unofficial kick-off to the holiday shopping season for thousands of eager shoppers.

The Castle Rock Craft Show Extraordinaire comes to town Saturday, November 4th, from 9:00am-4:00pm. Every square inch of the area’s biggest venue, the Douglas County Events Center at the Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, will be filled with 150 booths selling unique, handcrafted items, one of a kind gifts, scrumptious food and much, much more.

One of those booths will be set up by Thelma Minney, who may hold the title of longest running vendor. “I’ve loved this show since I started in 1996,” she said. Although she has had to give up her bees after years of selling honey, she’ll still have other items for craft show shoppers, including her aprons, which are always popular selling items. She keeps coming back because the show keeps getting better. She is not alone, as more than 80% of the vendors, coming in from all over the state, are returning this year.

The show has moved around, from a room in a previous Senior Center building, to the Castle Rock Recreation Center, and then to Kirk Hall at the fairgrounds in 2006, when it housed 35 booths. It relocated to the current location in the Events Center in 2007, taking up only half of the facility but allowing space to expand the popular bake sale, book sale and silent auction. The show grew to 80 vendors by 2011, but was only attended by about 800 people. As word spread, the show has literally exploded these last few years; bringing more than 5,000 people through the doors in 2016, shopping not only at the craft booths, but also at “Grandma’s Attic,” where hundreds of treasures await. Another popular addition is the recently added Holiday Wreath Silent Auction in the Community Corner room.
“We are proud of the legacy of this show and strive to honor those who started it 25 years ago as we prepare for it all year,” explained Debbi Haynie, Executive Director of the Castle Rock Senior Activity Center. “The show has a following with the vendors who say it’s one of the best, with the hundreds of volunteers it takes to put on an event of this caliber, and with the attendees who come back year after year because of the great bargains they find.” Proceeds from the event provide services and programming to the growing senior population.

Traditionally, the Castle Rock Craft Show Extraordinaire has never charged an entrance fee, and that tradition continues this year. Admittance is free, however, guests are asked to consider bringing non-perishable food donations for a local food bank. The first 1000 families who come through the doors this year will receive a commemorative 25th Anniversary shopping bag. Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit more than mingling through the seemingly endless aisles of treasures at the Craft Show. They say it’s better to give than receive, but finding that perfect gift to give is pretty great too. Mark your calendars for November 4th and be prepared to find all kinds of great gifts for everyone on your list!

Don’t miss the Castle Rock Craft Show Extraordinaire on Saturday, November 4, 2017. It is at the Douglas County Events Center from 9:00am-4:00pm. For more information, go to www.castlerockseniorcenter.org

The Castle of Terror

Dark, confined spaces. Seemingly endless stairways. A maze of twists and turns with surprises more frightening with each step – The Castle of Terror beckons all who love a good scare.
The Fire Department training tower provides a perfect backdrop for this extremely popular haunted house, with low lighting and tight spaces, the options for petrifying surprises are endless. Planning for this event begins early each summer, including finding a perfectly horrifying theme and then taking the steps to make that vision come to life. This year, Castle Rock’s most frightening haunted house is a creepy Freak Show, featuring Werewolf Boy, the Bearded Lady, the Amazing Electric Man, and Medusa, just to name a few.

The puppet master of this frightening show is Castle Rock Fire Chief Art Morales, for whom the Castle of Terror is a labor of love. In his nearly 40 year career, Castle Rock Fire Department Chief Art Morales has seen many changes in the different departments he’s been a part of but one thing he doesn’t see changing is the support that the Castle Rock community shows each and every year. That small town character and comradery is one of the keys to the success and continued growth of the Castle of Terror each and every year.

“It’s a labor of love and it takes the time and commitment from a lot of people in the community to make it happen.” Morales affirmed.

As the following has grown, so has the need for volunteers to make the event come to life. Both teens and adult volunteers are needed for make-up assistants, special effects operators and actors. Those interested in making the Castle of Terror horrifyingly wonderful can sign up online at VolunteerConnectDC.org.

The Castle of Terror isn’t just a scary face; proceeds from the event, after the cost of costumes and make up, go to the Fire and Police Explorers programs, providing funds to outfit those enrolled with necessary gear needed as well as enable the groups to participate in competitions. The Fire Explorers Program, for teens ages 14-19, offers the opportunity to learn basic fire suppression and emergency medical services. Once the program is completed, Explorers have the opportunity to go on 911 calls, as an observer. The Police Explorer Post 401 allows participants (ages 14-21) the opportunity to learn all aspects of law enforcement while receiving community service credit towards high school or college graduation requirements. Both programs enforce leadership and education beyond high school. Many in the Explorer programs go on to college or pursue training in other careers, but not surprisingly, several find the Fire or Police Departments to be their true calling and pursue careers within the departments. Chief Morales has seen some self-described “gawky teens” come through the program, graduate the academy to become members of CRFD, marry and start families.

Working with youth is something Morales feels very passionate about and has developed programming to educate, particularly kids, about fire safety. Early in his career, Morales responded to what would tragically be a fatal call that claimed the lives of two young girls. Had they known how to open the window in the room they perished in, that call would have had a very different outcome. Seeing a preventable tragedy like this inspired Chief Morales to create programs to educate youth and that programming has saved lives. Two young girls who had been through one of these programs knew to get low and crawl, under the smoke, out of their burning home. Once they reached their family’s meeting spot, they realized their parents were still inside their home. Because they knew how to safely get out, they were able to save themselves, call for help, and save their parents.

Chief Morales’ commitment to the community is unquestionable. The Castle of Terror may be the signature event of the season, bringing in visitors from all over the area for a good scare, but the motivation behind the event and the commitment to the cause are what’s truly commendable.

Local Haunts of Colorado

Come Trick or Treat season, people start scoping out where to find the best corn mazes, pumpkin patches and, if they enjoy a bit of a thrill, the best haunted houses. You don’t have to wait until Halloween to find some great haunts; turns out, Colorado has some great destinations that will add a little spooky to your next weekend day trip.

The Molly Brown House Museum (Denver)
The “Unsinkable” Molly Brown was a one-time local who famously survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. She once lived in this Victorian Denver home, built in 1889. Since then, it’s served as a private residence, an apartment for young men, and a home for wayward girls. It’s also a place associated with numerous eerie tales, including tales of hauntings by Molly herself. Today, in addition to frequent visitors by paranormal investigators, it serves as an educational outlet and offers historical tours. www.mollybrown.org

Museum of Colorado Prisons (Canon City)
Royal Gorge is not the only thing to check out while you’re in town. “Stop by and do time” at the museum, which shares a stone wall and armed towers with the prison that has been in continuous operation since 1871. Explore over 140 years of history including the two story cell house, with 30 inmate cells on the upper level and archival storage, the original kitchen and isolation cells on the lower level. Documentation of famous riots and exhibits of famous inmates, including Alfred Packer (convicted cannibal) and Antone Woode (convicted 12 year old murderer) are just some of the creepy artifacts on display. With all that happened within those prison walls over the last couple hundred years, the spookiness level is definitely high. Prisonmuseum.org

Hotel Colorado (Glenwood Springs)
The Hotel Colorado was built in 1891 and hosted such famous guests as Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft, Molly Brown, Al Capone and even notorious gambler Doc Holiday (although his visits to the Hot Springs preceded the existing hotel, his presence forever links him with the beginnings of the Hotel Colorado.) It was converted to a hospital in WWII, hosting as many as 500 injured military personnel. The giant ovens in the basement, rumored to have been used as crematoriums. There are still 131 of the original rooms available to guests, but visitors to the hotel aren’t limited to paying guests. Guests and staff alike have reported lots of activity, especially in the pre-dawn hours. Elevators moving floor to floor without passengers, wafting smells of cigar smoke and perfume in the lobby and sounds of dishes being moved in the Devereaux Dining Room have all been reported. A young girl in Victorian clothing has reportedly been seen playing ball on the grounds as well. Check in and see what you might see at the Hotel Colorado. hotelcolorado.com

Central City Masonic Cemetery and Creepy Crawl (Central City)
Nothing says creepy weekend haunt like an old cemetery. Just above the mining towns of Central City lies this graveyard that was started in the early 1860’s. Rumor has it that every year around November 1st, the ghost of a woman dressed in black appears to visit the grave of John Edward Cameron. There’s also stories of the ghost of a young boy that may follow you around the grounds. As they say, there’s safety in numbers, so if you chose, you can visit the cemetery with the Gilpin Historical Society during the Creepy Crawls around the city each October and take in Paranormal Night at the Museum. www.gilpinhistory.org

Hotel Jerome (Aspen)
Aspen is known for being a luxury ski resort destination, but this particular hotel has quite a different reputation. Jerome B. Wheeler built the hotel in 1889, less than a decade after the mining town of Aspen was established. The town and the hotel were booming until Aspen’s “quiet years” with the mines beginning to close. At that time, people paid $10 for a month of residence at the hotel, including meals, and the Hotel Jerome became the social center of town. Hauntings at the Jerome are rumored to include visits from the ghost of a little boy who tragically drowned in the swimming pool as well as a maid who fell ill and died after falling into an ice-cold pond. Brave enough to book your stay? Hoteljerome.aubergeresorts.com

Stanley Hotel (Estes Park)
The Stanley, arguable the best known spooky Rocky Mountain destination, is famous for being the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. The hotel is home to endless ghost stories, including those of no less than 4 spirits regularly roaming the halls, most notably, Lucy, Paul, Eddie, and Elizabeth. In the concert hall, lights have been known to flicker, laughter and footsteps echo off the walls and unexplainable, chilly drafts greet guests from time to time. During the spookiest of seasons the Stanley offers more than just their famous Evening Tour; join them for Murder Mystery Dinners, The Shining Ball on October 21st, and Halloween Masquerade Party on October 28th. Book your stay with the Spirit Adventure Package for tickets to the spirited night tour, a Stanley “squishy” ghost, REDRUM mug and accommodations of the most infamous 4th floor. stanleyhotel.com

The liveBIG Run and Ridgeline Trail Races

Living in Colorado, there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures and Castle Rock’s newest event is just that – a new great adventure for everyone!

Saturday, October 7th, the Castle Rock Trail Festival combines the liveBIG Run and Ridgeline Trail Races; giving everyone something to try whether you are an experienced runner looking to tackle the ultra-distances or the whole family is looking to get in on the fun with the liveBIG Family Adventure Run. Beginning at the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park, the race will wind its way through single and double-track trails at Philip S. Miller Park and Ridgeline Open Space. These races make their way along the freshly cut, soft surface trails that are a part of the Town of Castle Rock’s largest ever park project.

The party begins at the starting line, with music to get everyone going, no matter their race course or start time. Course options include the Ridgeline Marathon and 50K Ultra marathon (both beginning at 8:00am), Ridgeline Trail Half Marathon (beginning at 8:30am), Ridgeline 10K (beginning at 9:00am), liveBIG 5K (beginning at 9:30am) liveBIG Family Adventure Run (beginning at 10am.) Both runners and walkers are welcome along the full supported course, equipped with up to 11 aid stations on the 50K trek. Trail course runners will be given a disposable bib chip for professional timing. The Family Adventure Run is the exception as it is an untimed event. Prior to race day, avoid the rush and pick up your packet (or register) Thursday and Friday between 11:00am and 7:00pm at RNK Running and Walking in Parker (13019 South Parker Road.)

Each and every participant in the trail races will receive a custom t-shirt, with shirts for the Family Adventure Run available for $5. Finishers will also be awarded a medal and free professional photo downloads after the event, sponsored by Sporthill. Gift certificates from RNK Running in Parker will also be awarded.

After the finish line, the party continues with more music and post race goodies; muffins, oranges, banana, bagels, pizza and cookies will be served starting at 10:30am. Be sure to stick around for a live performance from John Adams: A Tribute to John Denver. At 4pm, the finish line will close. And, if by some miracle you still have some fuel left in the tank, you can always tackle Challenge Hill, the 200-step hillside staircase near the finish line.

Get those running (or walking) shoes ready, get out and enjoy one of the most scenic race courses around at the Castle Rock Trail Festival, liveBIG and Family Adventure Run!
For more information, go to crgov.com, www.coloradorunnerevents.com or contact RNK Running and Walking www.rnkrunning.com – 303.840.0399

Dia de los Muertos

Inspire Creative Theatre Company’s Día De Los Muertos Event
Saturday, October 21st 6:00pm – 1:00am
Studio @ Mainstreet – 19604 E. Mainstreet – Downtown Parker
www.Inspirecreative.org – 303.790.0875
TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE

Celebrating its 10th year of operation, Inspire Creative Theatre Company (ICTC) is an artist directed, local theatre company bringing the best of big time theatre to the heart of our Parker community.

Since its beginning, ICTC has performed over 100 fully produced stage musicals and provided teaching and training in the performing arts for all ages. Casting both professional and amateur actors from around the nation, they continue to be a local favorite, reaching audiences of over 200,000 in their 10 years of operation. They have provided over 2,000 students opportunities to receive training in musical theatre, dance, singing, and acting. For the last three years, they have been the co-producing theatre company for the Town of Parker. If you’ve seen any of the recent musicals at the PACE, including Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, and Spamalot, then you are familiar with Inspire Creative’s incredible work. This fall, Inspire Creative brings Rogers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific to what will likely be another round of sold out audiences at the PACE Center.

Each year, Inspire Creative Theatre Company hosts a themed event to raise much needed funds for their education programs, performance season, and company expansion. This year’s theme is Día De Los Muertos and is sure to be an extravagant and delightfully perfect October evening.

The Día De Los Muertos event will be hosted at Parker’s newest event space – the Studio@Mainstreet at 19640 E. Mainstreet. Located in the old Action Auto Service location, this converted service garage will be an intimate and unique venue for this year’s fundraiser. Guests will enjoy delicious catered food and drinks, and be entertained by a selection of musicians, comedians, and performers. Party goers can dress up in their favorite Día De Los Muertos costume and face painting will be available to perfectly finish the look for the evening.

Additionally, guests will be invited to bid on live and silent auction items including custom “Día De Los Muertos” sugar skulls painted by celebrity artists.

Tickets for the Inspire Creative Theatre Company’s Día De Los Muertos event are available for just $25.00/per person or $45.00/per person for VIP packages. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.Inspirecreative.org or call 303-790-0875.

The Bookends – October 2017

in a dark, dark wood
By Ruth Ware

Twenty-six year old Nora receives an unexpected invitation to an old friend’s hen do ( a British bachelorette party). Nora hasn’t spoken to Clare in ten years so ignores the email for a few days. Why would Claire, a childhood friend include Nora in her prenuptial party? Nina, a mutual friend is the only other familiar name on the list and the two make a pact to attend this event together. After hours of driving to the countryside, they arrive at a modern glass walled house in a dark wooded area. The cell reception is poor, there is no internet or landline and the other guests seem to feel equally uncomfortable. Forty-eight hours later Nora wakes up in a hospital bed. Badly bruised and bloody, with no memory of what happened.

BECKY Reese Witherspoon is developing this book into a movie. How do you think this story will play out on the big screen?

PAM I had not heard about this becoming a movie! With the quirky characters and the dark twists and turns, this could be great on the big screen. When Nora makes the decision to attend the hen, she leaves her quiet and orderly life behind and delves back into the drama that she left many years ago. She hopes to determine why Clare would want her to attend the hen when she has not been invited to the wedding. Nora is nervous about seeing her old friends and meeting new people and struggles with her past. Were you able to relate to Nora as the author introduced the reader to her?

BECKY Nora was an interesting character. From the beginning we see that she is a bit of a recluse and prefers her quiet lifestyle. There is also a hint that she has some baggage from the past. As interesting as this sounds I didn’t connect to her quickly. I think that this will play out much better in the theater with an actress to give us some visual connection to this character. However, as the story progresses I found myself connecting to her and caring about her story. Yet I couldn’t understanding her desire to go away for the weekend to celebrate with someone she hasn’t spoken to in ten years? Maybe a lunch but a whole weekend! The story slowly unfolds as we meet a curious group of ‘friends’ that share this weekend celebration. Do you feel like all the characters were developed well or was it just the top few?

PAM I completely agree, Becky! I felt that it wasn’t very plausible that a recluse like Nora that had put her past behind her would agree to this weekend with new and old acquaintances in a place she had never been. There was not as much character development as I typically like in a story, especially for a couple of the new acquaintances. Do you think the author did this purposefully to try to create a feeling of unease and mystery for this suspenseful story?

BECKY It’s possible that was the author’s intent but it missed the mark for me. I enjoyed the book but I did not find it to be a scary story, as Reese Witherspoon suggests. It was a good mystery and once again, I think that with the right acting it could play out very well in the theater. The first chapter starts out with Nora in the hospital with no recollection of the weekend. Did the beginning pull you into the story?

PAM I was quickly pulled into the mystery, although I struggled to connect to Nora and felt that parts of the story weren’t very plausible. I still found that I wanted to unravel the story and discover what really happened that night. I agree with you, Becky. I would not call this a scary story, but a mysterious one. Did you feel that the beginning, with Nora unable to remember, added to the air of mystery?

BECKY I like that we didn’t go through a few chapters of fluff to lead up to the inevitable discovery of a murder mystery. However, with that style of writing we miss out on some character development. It could have been accomplished in the alternate chapters that focus on the past but the characters stay one dimensional. It is a good, quick read but it didn’t keep me up at night to finish the last few pages like The Black-Eyed Susans, by Julia Heaberlin. Ruth Ware has a book that is recently released, would you consider reading this author again?

PAM I would consider reading another work by this author if the story line grabbed me, but with the understanding that I probably wouldn’t be seriously invested in the characters. We will explore another mystery next month, but one that is sure to take us on a very different journey. Jillian Cantor takes us back to 1938 and 1989, as we unravel the mystery of an old love letter that connects generations in her book, “The Lost Letter.”

Local Author Spotlight – October 2017

Return to the Scene
by Carmella Gates

Liliana Martelli Delaney dreads returning to the Massachusetts farm where she grew up and recently inherited. She hated the farm and everything to do with farm life! She hopes that sorting out the detritus of the 250-year-old house, once an inn, and the outbuildings will help resolve her anger and animosity. She plans to sell the place, and put an end to that negative portion of her life.

But Lily and her family discover evidence of some shady dealings by former owners who operated the inn and tavern during Prohibition. Rumors and stories she heard as a child about bootlegging and a missing Revenue Man may have had some truth to them. She becomes determined to solve the mystery!

Lily’s story is often poignant, and sometimes frightening, but her adventurous spirit, loving heart and ability to see a little humor in any situation make this book a must read!

Return to the Scene is available online at amazon.com.

 

THE STONE OF MERCY
Book1 of the centaur chronicles
By M.J. Evans

Be it known throughout the land that the rightful heir to the throne of Crystonia will be the wearer of the Silver Breastplate with its four stones of light: The Stone of Mercy, The Stone of Courage, The Stone of Integrity and the Stone of Wisdom.

By tradition, the ruler of Crystonia will be the one in possession of the Silver Breastplate. Yet the rightful heir has not appeared and the throne that sits atop Mount Heilodius has stood empty for a century and a half.

The kingdom is being torn apart as the biggest and strongest races battle for control. Even the herd of peace-loving Centaurs has splintered into two factions, one awaiting the promised bearer of the breastplate, the other seeking power and control over the land.

Unbeknownst to all but a very few, the Silver Breastplate has been created. In due course, it is presented to a sixteen-year-old Duende girl named Carling, one of the tiny descendants of the fairies that once filled the land. But the Silver Breastplate is not complete. In order for its wearer to have the skills to rule the land righteously, the young Duende needs to find the four stones of light that are needed to finish this magical source of power and authority.

This is the riveting story of Carling’s quest. She, along with her friends, must risk their lives to save their land and fulfill the assignment given to them to complete the silver breastplate.

Award-Winning Author M.J. Evans takes the reader on another fantastic adventure. Immerse yourself in her fantasy world of Centaurs, Cyclops, Ogres and the Duende.

The Stone of Mercy is online at amazon.com.

Happy 20th Anniversary! The Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum

Happy 20th Anniversary!

The Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum

Anniversaries are important celebrations and milestones like your 20th deserve to be recognized. For the last twenty years, the Castle Rock Historical Society has been volunteering their time to make sure residents and visitors alike get the chance to experience and learn about the colorful history of Castle Rock.

The Castle Rock Historical Society was formed in 1991 by a group of citizens with a passion for highlighting the colorful and rich history of Castle Rock as well as preserve historic buildings in the heart of Downtown. Five years after the society was founded, the Historical Society was able to purchase the old Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot to create a museum, which it still is today. The museum showcases several permanent exhibits as well as temporary exhibits such as the current exhibit 100th Anniversary of the United States Entering into WWII.

Both permanent and limited exhibits are on display at the museum, but the work of the Historical Society hardly stops there. The CRHS hosts regular Walking and Biking Tours of Historic Downtown Castle Rock, Trolley Tours, Walking Tours of historical cemeteries in October, and seasonal special events. Additionally, free monthly presentations are hosted at the Philip S. Miller Library, covering a variety of subjects. On September 14th, you can catch a presentation by Bart Berger from the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation. Berger created this foundation several years ago to assist in advocating for Denver Mountain Parks in the hopes of improving and maximizing the potential of the park system’s 14,000 acres. Refreshments will be served prior to the presentation at 6:45pm, with the main event commencing at 7pm.

Presentations like these draw dozens of curious residents each month, eager to learn something new about their community. The Castle Rock Historical Society is proud to present these, free of charge, but depends on and sincerely appreciates the support of those who enjoy these and all the other programming the CRHS sponsors. Supporting the historical society and museum is as easy as making a donation online at www.castlerockhistoricalsociety.org or, better yet, by becoming a member. Yearly memberships are available for students, individual and families or you can make a one-time donation by purchasing a lifetime individual or family membership. Memberships are incredibly affordable and afford the Historical Society the ability to keep doing the great work they do for the Town of Castle Rock.

Marcus Garvey once said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” The Castle Rock Historical Society knows that this community’s roots run deep and they are committed to preserving all that is uniquely Castle Rock for years to come.

The Castle Rock Museum is located at 420 Elbert Street – Open Wed-Fri 12pm-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm. To make a donation, purchase a membership or for more information, go to www.castlerockhistoricalsociety.org

Art in Castle Rock – Don’t miss the Artfest!

Art in Castle Rock

Don’t miss the Artfest!

Artists, art enthusiasts and those looking for a way to add a little color to their weekend be sure to make plans to experience the Castle Rock Artfest. Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th, the Outlets at Castle Rock becomes the biggest creative outlet around with more than 170 exhibitors showcasing everything from life-size sculptures, to photography and jewelry and every other medium in between. In addition to the artists from all over the country displaying and selling their works, Artfest will have live, main stage entertainment all weekend as well as strolling entertainers, the Artfest Store, a silent auction and the Imagination Zone for those little, budding artists. Food and beverage vendors will also be on hand. The cost is just $5 for adults and $3 for seniors; children 16 and under are admitted free of charge. Military and First Responders and their immediate families will also be admitted for free (with ID.)

New this year is the Rock After Dark VIP Event. Ticketholders to this special addition will be able to enjoy Artfest after hours, on Saturday from 6:30pm-10:00pm. Rock After Dark will feature live music, food and more to enjoy.

This year’s featured artist is Nick Lucey, who specializes in fine art landscapes and commercial photography. Nick got his start as a journalist working as a combat correspondent in the US Marine Corps in the 1980’s. After his 5 year tour was finished, he moved to Savannah, where he worked at Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine, eventually becoming Editor at Large. His assignments took him all over the world, including exotic locales such as Borneo, Egypt, Japan, the Maldives, Micronesia and nearly every island in the Caribbean. Nick has completed thousands of dives and his photographs have been published in magazines all over the world. Nearly 10 years ago, he co-founded LiquidAssests.tv and has spent the last three years filming “Into the Drink,” which premiered on MAVTV in April 2014. In May of 2014, he moved to Colorado and set up his office and studio in Downtown Castle Rock. Nick is a very active member of the community with the Chamber of Commerce’s Government Interest Committee, as well as serving on the Board of the Castle Rock Chamber and Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation. For more about Nick Lucey and his work, visit NickLucey.com.

In hopes of forging a lasting legacy from Artfest, event hosts The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce has created a Community Art Fund to both encourage and financially support large-scale, outdoor art installations for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. Pieces include “Freedom’s Keeper” by Bill Hueg, which stands in Veterans Plaza and “JAX” by Janene Dirico-Cable. Jax is a monument dedicated to Police Dogs and was created in the likeness of Jax, who served Castle Rock from 2002-2008. This piece can be seen at the Castle Rock Police Station. Most recently, a new 9/11 Monument was erected outside the CRFD Local 4116 Headquarters. It is comprised of a tall piece of contorted, rusted steel pipe, which is a portion of pipe from the fallen World Trade Center. The steel rests on a pedestal of locally-quarried rhyolite.

Help keep art alive and join the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce and artists from around the country in what will surely be a weekend filled with wonder at the 27th Annual Artfest.

Artfest will be held at the Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Rd. Shuttle Service parking will be available at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Respectfully, no pets allowed at this event.

Prost! It’s Oktoberfest Time!

Prost! It’s Oktoberfest Time!

Castle Rock Oktoberfest
September 30th | 1pm – 9pm | Wilcox Square

The 24th Annual Castle Rock Oktoberfest, sponsored by Bellco Credit Union, transforms Castle Rock into a Bavarian playground on Saturday, September 30th, from 1pm–9pm, right in the heart of Downtown at Wilcox Square and the surrounding streets. This very popular fall festival will be one hour longer this year and feature free bounce houses, face painters and balloon artists, German dancers, live music, football courtesy of Xfinity, food trucks and a variety of adult beverages.

Local favorite, Rockyard Brewing Company, will serve as the primary beer provider and will be joined by ten other breweries including 105 West, Grist, Blue Spruce, Barnett & Son, Lone Tree Brewing, Deschutes, Paulaner, Astro Tap, Four Sons and Odyssey. Last summer, over 10,000 people gathered in Downtown Castle Rock to sample brews, bratwursts and dance the day away. This year’s festivities begin with a ceremonial keg tapping and set the stage for stein hoisting, classic Bavarian tunes and family activities. Oktoberfest is the largest regional draw event that the Downtown Merchants Association produces.

Getting to and from the event can be made a bit easier with free shuttle service, provided by the Downtown Alliance, between the Town lot and the event every fifteen minutes from 12:30pm-9:00pm. Residents can also take advantage of Lyft rides available at the event to ensure they arrive home safely.

If you are driving to the event, the Douglas County Parking garage at 3rd and Jerry will be open as well as the Douglas County lot on Elbert Street between 3rd and 4th Streets. The Town of Castle Rock parking lot is 2 blocks south of the event at the corner of South and Perry Streets. Be aware that Wilcox between 3rd and 5th Streets will be closed along with Jerry Street between 3rd and 4th Streets, 4th Street between Perry and Jerry Streets and 3rd Street between Perry and Wilcox.

Oktoberfest guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs &/or picnic blankets to find a spot to claim as their own home base during the event. The festival covers a lot of ground, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen! Although warm weather is anticipated, be sure to check the event’s Facebook or Twitter page for the most up to date event information (in the event of Colorado weather blitzkrieg!)

For more information on this and other Downtown Castle Rock events, visit www.downtowncastlerock.com