Festival has burning need for volunteers
“Back to the future with Coal Ridge High School” is the name of this year’s Burning Mountain Festival theme. Co-chairs Judy Gordon and Karen Wood are just brimming with enthusiasm about how this theme will appeal to our local youth to get even more involved in the festival.Committee organizers need an energetic person to chair the Irene Frigge Memorial Bed Race, an unusual event that draws a curious crowd and needs to be continued. If you can set your focus on this outrageous event, please call Judy Gordon at either 984-3415 or 984-3550. There are plenty more opportunities to get involved in the festival, whatever your interests. Whether it’s helping out with the Recreation Department tournaments or the Hogback Hustle, or baking pies for the Coal Country Feud, you can become a part of this year’s festival. Call the above numbers and volunteer now.”I think it’s going to be a fun Burning Mountain Festival,” Gordon said. “We’re adding a dinner to the Coal Country Feud on Saturday, May 14. The New Castle Boy Scout troop will be serving the dinner, and they will use their proceeds to help send troop members to a national event.””During the dinner, international folk singer John Adams will be entertaining the crowd, and donating his talents to our fund-raiser,” she continued. “He plays a lot of John Denver songs in his concerts.”We won’t be using any of last year’s feud questions,” she said. “Karen’s (Wood) been holding on to all the questions she researched last year. And we’re adding some other obscure questions, too. We have seven teams this year, adding a Town Preachers team. We had a very successful first year, and we know it will be even better this time.” As you may recall, Town Council won the Feud last year, and they will try to repeat that win again in May. But not without a passionate fight. I guess that’s why they call it a feud.In other news: — On Tuesday, March 8, Town Council voted to appoint Pam Bunn to replace Sharon Owens as a council member. Owens moved out of town.– Now is your opportunity to get your hands in the mud and discover why potters have so much fun. Marilyn Cozza, a potter with more than 25 years experience, will teach “Easy Ceramic Projects” at the Rifle CMC Pottery Studio starting April 8. The class runs for five weeks.Classes will be from 9-11:50 a.m. Fridays. The cost is $40, plus $10 for materials. Call 625-1871 to register at CMC in Rifle. — Don’t forget the St. Patrick’s Dinner from 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at the Congregational Church of the Valley, at Sixth and Home streets in Silt. Luck of the Irish to you!– New Castle Business After Hours will be at 5 p.m. on March 18 at Mr. T’s Hardware. This is a great opportunity to network with some of New Castle’s heavy hitters.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. For news tips, please contact her at 945-8515, ext. 513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. For news tips, please contact her at 945-8515, ext. 513 or email@example.com.
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