New Castle gets busy over the next couple of weeks |

New Castle gets busy over the next couple of weeks

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Petco employee and pet lover Judy Parks is organizing a Doggie Luau from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, July 11, in front of Petco. Bring your talented dog to participate in the limbo, cross the bed of coals (painted bubble wrap) and the ring of fire (hula hoop with streamers). All dogs will receive a treat bag. The first-place dog will receive a mini-makeover from the Petco Groom Shop. Second place will be a gift bag, and third place will receive a nail trim. Bring in your furry friend and have lots of fun on Saturday. The event is sponsored by Natural Balance all-organic dog and cat food.

For more information, call Petco at 945-1527.

The 2009 Hogback Hustle 5K race will be held Saturday, July 11. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Register online at or at Entry fee is $20 for early registration; $25 after 5 p.m. July 10.

Patti Reich and Bill Pugh’s goal is to re-open Patti’s Main Street Coffee House at its new location, right next door to its former location on Main Street, at 7 a.m. Tuesday, July 14. That’s if the state gives the OK on the changes to the kitchen.

The coffee house will have a different, western atmosphere, but will offer the same good service and reliable, friendly people. All the barnwood in the new restaurant has been recycled from Betty Arthur’s 1920s shed on Fifth Street.

Patti’s will still offer Daz Bog coffee, sausage squares and homemade gravy, waffles on Wednesdays and Saturdays, French toast Fridays, and eggs benedict on the weekends.

A free Wi-Fi Internet counter will be offered, and the restaurant will also have the popular artist-of-the-month feature, opening with Scott Pope.

Hours will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The energetic couple will also offer its reservations-only Sunday dinners twice per month. They are already fully booked for July, and are considering which Sundays to offer in August. Call 984-9115 or sign up while you’re enjoying a piece of Patti’s “best-in-the-valley” quiche.

Stop in and wish Patti and Bill good luck in their new location.

A wine tasting will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. July 16 at Spirits Liquor Store at the corner of Third and Main streets.

New Castle’s biggest event, the annual Burning Mountain Festival, will take place Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18, at Burning Mountain Park. This year’s theme is Wild, Wild West.

On Friday at 5 p.m., a skateboard/BMX bike competition will be held at HogBack Skate Park. Register for the event at 4 p.m.

The beer garden will be set up at Burning Mountain Park from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday and from 2-8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Derringers will provide musical entertainment from 6-9:30 p.m. Friday.

History lovers will be interested in the Marshall Rennix Headstone Dedication, to be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 17, at Highlands Cemetery above New Castle.

Rennix was the marshall who was shot in the famous shoot-out on Main Street in 1910. Rennix’s wife had already passed away at the time of Rennix’s death, and apparently the family didn’t have enough money for a headstone.

The man who shot Rennix has a headstone at Highlands Cemetery, but Rennix doesn’t, and that fact didn’t sit well with some town fathers. But the issue just fell through the cracks for years.

At the dedication, Mayor Frank Breslin will give a speech and unveil the headstone, which will match Rennix’s wife’s headstone. Family members have approved the correct information for the monument.

Baby back rib fans will be in heaven at the Burning Mountain Festival’s Baby Back Rib Cook-off. Local backyard barbecuers and restaurateurs alike are invited to participate in the competition, to be held in Ritter Plaza, with judging at 4 p.m.

Food and craft vendors will be set up at the park from 5-9 p.m Friday and from 9 a.m. to dusk on Saturday.

West Care Ambulance will be serving breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Saturday at the New Castle Community Center.

A custom car and motorcycle show will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in front of the Community Center. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday on Main Street, with Don Shrull as the grand marshall. All entrances to New Castle will be closed at 9:30 a.m. Saturday before the parade.

The New Castle Library is sponsoring a silent auction, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stop by the New Castle Historical Museum for its open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Back at Burning Mountain Park on Saturday, entertainment includes the Western Slope Stompers who will perform at 11:30 a.m, followed by the Earthbeat Choir at 12:30 p.m. The Burning Mountain Pageant talent show winners and royalty will perform at 1:15 p.m. The Whittingtons will take the stage from 2-4 p.m., Roundabout will perform from 4-6:30 p.m. and Mary’s Point rounds out the evening’s entertainment from 7-9:30 p.m.

You might just stumble upon a yard sale near Main Street, which will offer just that special item you can’t find anywhere.

If you can’t find anything to do in New Castle July 17 and 18, just go to Chicago.

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column runs every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her with a news tip or local inspiration, e-mail

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