Discover Christmas gifts, joy in New Castle |

Discover Christmas gifts, joy in New Castle

The town of New Castle and the New Castle Chamber present the Sixth Annual Holiday Celebration on Dec. 5 and 6. Many local elves have been busily preparing for this annual event for a long time.

Bob Gordon’s family is gearing up for their Chat with Santa, part of Friday’s excitement at the Gazebo in Burning Mountain Park. Kids can whisper what they want Santa to bring, and you can receive a photo of your child with Santa. The First Baptist Church will be giving out free hot dogs and brownies, and you can get a hay wagon ride courtesy of Talbott Enterprises if you’re waiting at the Burning Mountain Park’s basketball court.

Holiday festivities at Ritter Plaza on December include the Chili Cook Off. If you have $3, you can taste the entries and cast a vote for your favorite. Proceeds go to United Way and Salvation Army.

New Hope Church will supply hot cider, chocolate, coffee and cookies. OZ, the Artists’ Workshop, is the place to be if you would like to have a reading with Mrs. Clause from 6-7 p.m.

Entertainment at Ritter Plaza will be provided by John Noel, Joe Brown, Ritchy Marks and Friends.


The Seventh Annual Christmas Bazaar sponsored by the New Castle Art Guild starts on Friday night (5-9 p.m.) and continues through Saturday, with wonderful crafts from area locals. The popular cookie sale by area church ladies starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and continues until all the cookies are gone.


Stop by Spirits of New Castle for a great present idea for friends or family. Most hosts of any party would appreciate a gift basket, complete with local Colorado wine. Please allow a week time frame to order.


Warren Gentry, local New Castle-ite, has opened Diversion, a snowboard, skateboard and clothing store in Glenwood Springs. The store is located in the historic St. James Inn at 712 Blake Ave. and features snowboards built by snowboarders.

Gentry, who has been a serious ‘boarder for close to 14 years, done competitive boarding, and knows what is going on in the industry, listens to locals and tries to provide what they need. He sells “100 + days” snowboards that are durable yet perform well, and last for more than one season.

Gentry also repairs snowboards, and will sponsor several contests at Sunlight this year.

He is also planning on sponsoring skateboard contests in the spring and summer.

Support your New Castle neighbor and check out what’s hot in the snowboard and skateboard world, or call the store at 945-5520 for more details.


Antiques, Etc., located at 316 W. Main St. in beautiful downtown New Castle, is stretching its inventory to offer New Castle Books. The new bookstore offers antique, collectible, rare and hard-to-find books. Children’s and young adult, mystery, history, western, poetry, medical, cooking and other books are available. Store hours are noon-7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until Christmas. The store also has vintage linens and hats, household and kitchen items, tools, toys, bottles and lamps, prints and postcards. You never know what you might find in this treasure of a store.

Kay’s column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. For news tips, please call Kay at 984-2308 or email

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