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

Local Business Spotlight: Heygidday Gifts

Local Business Spotlight

Heygidday Gifts Embroidery & Engraving

703 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Monday to Tuesday 8:30AM to 5PM and Wednesday to
Sunday 8:30AM to 7PM


We offer custom embroidery, custom metal engraving and motorcycle accessories.

We live and work in Castle Rock and we love this community.

We will custom make a single embroidered patch or gift and engrave love into any metal. We are also active motorcycle riders and support the local motorcycle community. We keep it sincere and personal and do everything possible to create long lasting friendships
with locals.

We began embroidering fun motorcycle and military patches years ago just for fun, it seemed natural that we should do is more for the community, we love creating and producing fun and personalized items.

We love most that we can live and work and play right here in Castle Rock. We especially like personally taking care of everyone that comes to visit us.

Be good and sincere to your community and they will always love on your business in return. Keep it personal.

Local Author Spotlight

In the Heart of a Mustang

By M.J. Evans

In the Heart of a Mustang is one of the finest books ever written for teens and pre-teens. This book is strongly recommended for young readers.” Literary Classics Seal of Approval

A boy is told that his father was a brave and virtuous man, a soldier who traded his life to save the lives of countless others. He was the man that Hunter needed to emulate. The only problem is the story is a lie, all of it. The truth, which Hunter discovers as he begins his sophomore year of high school, is that his father has actually spent the boy’s entire life in jail, paying his debt to society, but not mending his ways.

A wild mustang mare is rounded up by the BLM, the spring rains had been sparse, the forage on the plains even more so. The mare and her herd are rescued from certain starvation and placed for adoption. In a sandy corral at Promise Ranch (named for the local therapeutic riding center in Franktown,) a home for troubled teenage boys, the boy and the mare meet. A weathered, old cowboy brings them together – a mentor for one, a trainer for the other.

The bond that forms between the boy and the horse becomes one that saves the lives of both.

All of M.J. Evans’ books are available in print or ebook format. Autographed copies may be obtained at www.dancinghorsepress.com. These books are also available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and independent bookstores. Popular local children’s bookstore: The Bookies, has them currently on their shelves.

Among the Lesser Gods: A Novel

By Margo Catts

For fans of authors like Barbara Kingsolver and Leif Enger, a stunning new voice in contemporary literary fiction.

“Tragedy and blessing. Leave them alone long enough, and it gets real hard to tell them apart.”

Elena Alvarez is living a cursed life. From the deadly fire she accidentally set as a child, to her mother’s abandonment, and now to an unwanted pregnancy, she knows better than most that small actions can have terrible consequences. Driven to the high mountains surrounding Leadville, Colorado by her latest bad decision, she’s intent on putting off the future. Perhaps there she can just hide in her grandmother’s isolated cabin and wait for something–anything–to make her next choice for her.

Instead, she is confronted by reflections of her own troubles wherever she turns–the recent widower and his two children adrift in a changed world, Elena’s own mysterious family history, and the interwoven lives within the town itself. Bit by bit, Elena begins to question her understanding of cause and effect, reexamining the tragedies she’s held on to and the wounds she’s refused to let heal.

But when the children go missing, Elena’s fragile new peace is shattered. It’s only at the prospect of fresh loss and blame that she will discover the truth of the terrible burdens we take upon ourselves, the way tragedy and redemption are inevitably intertwined–and how curses can sometimes lead to blessings, however disguised.

This book is available in hardcover and ebook formats and can be found at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.