Get wild in the Wild, Wild West |

Get wild in the Wild, Wild West

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

This year’s theme for the Burning Mountain Festival is the Wild, Wild West. So saddle up your stick horses, pencil-in July 17 and 18 in your Blackberries and make plans for your participation in New Castle’s weekend of family fun.

New this year is a Baby Back Rib Cook-off. For a $20 entry fee, slap your baby backs up against all others who consider theirs the best ribs in the valley. Contact Steve Higgs by July 10 at (970) 379-7076 or

The Burning Mountain Parade will be held at 10 a.m.Saturday, July 18. Volunteers and participants are needed. Call Dan Harbour at (312) 560-6120.

Food and craft vendors are needed to set up their wares in Burning Mountain Park. Please call Mickey Tucker at 984-3530 or e-mail, or call Julie Taylor at 984-2646.

Be a part of this year’s Burning Mountain Festival.

Hannah Peck, second-year Master of Divinity student at the Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Conn., and daughter of Kaaren and Daniel Peck of New Castle, has been awarded a fellowship with Yale Divinity School by The Fund for Theological Education (FTE). As a recipient of a 2009 FTE Ministry Fellowship, Hannah will receive $10,000 for educational expenses and to fund self-designed projects to enrich her formation as a ministerial leader. She will also attend a leadership development program and the 2009 FTE Conference on Excellence in Ministry June 17-21 at the Virgina Theological Seminar in Alexandria, Va.

While attending the seminar, she will have a chance to see her brother, Zachary, who won the Holy Cross Energy Essay Contest, and will be representing local energy sources in Washington, D.C.

Don’t forget to stop by from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Patti’s Main Street Coffee House, 219 W. Main St. in beautiful downtown New Castle, for Wewer Keohane’s booksigning and Dream Art exhibition. The exhibition was inspired by Dream Studio Intensive dream artists Leslie Stoupas, Jocelyn Murray, Lynne DeNio, Ellen Zagoras and Lisa Grace.

Pick up signed copies of Wewer’s new books, “Artful Dreaming” and “Nightscapes,” at this event. A percentage of the proceeds will be given to the Humane Society.

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column runs every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. For local news tips and inspirations, call 404-0759 or e-mail

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