Fireworks and fun at Apple Tree Park |

Fireworks and fun at Apple Tree Park

New Castle News

Ross Talbott really enjoys throwing a patriotic Christian shindig on the Fourth of July in Apple Tree Park. This is the 26th annual July 4th Freedom Celebration, and from noon until the fireworks finale, your family can be assured of wholesome fun and entertainment at this alcohol-free event.A flag raising and opening ceremony by Cub Scout Troop 221 will take place at noon, followed by rides on a 1941 fire truck through the Apple Tree community, games and tournaments, booths and plenty of food. Activities for the kids include Watermelon Woof, bump-n-jump, sand treasure hunt, water balloon relay and slip and slide.When things start to heat up in the afternoon, “Ol’ Face-Full Fountain” is put to use. It’s a contraption made of irrigation pipe, sending water 20 feet into the air. Kids and adults run through it to cool off and just plain have fun.Of interest to adults is the What’s It? contest, in which participants guess what is the true purpose of unusual antiques. The participant with the most correct guesses wins a prize.What would a family celebration be without food? Hamburgers, soft drinks and snow cones will be supplied by the Garden School, and Amber’s Playhouse will offer lemonade and cool drinks. Three families will be inducted into the “20 year Club.” These families have lived in Apple Tree for 20 years. They will receive a plaque for their home, gifts, and their names will be inscribed on a permanent plaque in the Apple Tree Mall.Bluegrace Mountain Band from Gypsum will provide energetic bluegrass entertainment at 7:15 and 8:45 p.m., with the Western Slope Stompers (cloggers) between the bluegrass music, at 8:15 p.m. A fantastic fireworks display starts about 9:30 p.m.Burning Mountain FestivalBurning Mountain Festival is coming up soon, and it’s promising to be another memorable one for everyone. Here’s a sampling of events leading up to the festival:The Burning Mountain Softball Tournament is the first of the festival events. It will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, July 8, at Riverside Middle School. Register for this tournament or the Skate Park Competition through the New Castle Recreation Department, 984-3352.The Hogback Hustle 5K race/walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 9, with the starting line at New Castle Family Fitness. Call Eileen Wysocki at 984-9705, register online at, or pick up a form from the Recreation Department. Mail to: Eileen Wysocki, P.O. Box 139, New Castle, CO 81647. Ralph Dinosaur and the Fabulous Volcanos will be a special treat from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the Concert in the (Burning Mountain) Park. Download Burning Mountain Days parade applications and the car show applications from, and pick up your festival T-shirts at The Picket Fence.Needles &PinsNeedles & Pins is now located in what is going to be called “The Cooper Street Market Place,” below Finder’s Keepers at 823 Cooper in Glenwood Springs. Proprietress Ginny Saliman is really excited about the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Every Tuesday night, someone will be demonstrating a different type of needlework in front of her shop, around the corner from the Sunlight Ski and Sport shop. Bring your own projects to work on, or just watch what other talented ladies are doing. “It is really so fun, I’m enjoying it,” Saliman said. “There will be demonstrations of knitting, spinning, weaving, tatting, bobbin lace, filet lace, cross stitch, needlepoint, crochet, embroidery, hardanger, blackwork, beading, bead knitting, just to name a few. It should be great fun so come on down ’cause … Cooper Street rocks!” Call Needles & Pins at 945-8025 to find out more about her interesting needlework supplies.”New Castle News” runs every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, contact Kay Vasilakis at 945-8515, ext. 513, or e-mail at

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