John Adams entertains at the Taste of New Castle on Friday
John Adams has been delighting Roaring Fork Valley residents with his music, and his renderings of John Denvers music, since moving to New Castle recently. Adams has played several performances of the popular songwriters pieces at the Wheeler Opera House and many concerts in New York Central Park, Vail, Montana and California.Adams will be playing at Burning Mountain Park from 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, during the Taste of New Castle.Along with the music and the Taste of New Castle, the crowning of Burning Mountain Royalty and the beer garden, the ladies of St. Johns Episcopal Church and the ladies of the Congregational Church of the Valley are having their annual pie sale at the park from 6-9 p.m. Friday. There will be a nice variety of individually famous homemade pies and coffee. Whole pies can be purchased as well. Proceeds will benefit upkeep of the churches.Start your Burning Mountain Festival off right at 7 a.m. at the pancake breakfast at the New Castle Community Center. The event is sponsored by the Silt/ New Castle Ambulance Service.A mariachi band will be entertaining festival-goers at 9 a.m. downtown and at the park.The Burning Mountain Parade begins at 10 a.m. This years theme is Back to the Future with Coal Ridge High, and staff members of the new high school will be the grand marshals. The Burning Mountain Festival consists of fun, food and activities for the whole family. A variety of craft and food vendors will be at the park all day. A car show will line Main Street with beautifully detailed vehicles of all kinds. This event is sponsored by Chappie Cook. A silent auction, with items donated from local individuals and businesses, will also be at the park. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the Friends of the New Castle branch library. The New Castle Historical Museum will be giving tours all day.A karaoke contest is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the park. So bring your best singing voice and blast your stage fright. Youll be remembered by your friends and family, for sure!New Castle High Schools 50-year class reunion will take place in conjunction with the Burning Mountain Festival. All the people who attended New Castle High School during the 1950s are invited to attend. A registration table will be set up at the Burning Mountain Park Friday night, July 15, at the Taste of New Castle event, and during the parade. Please register and pick up name tags.Childrens activities start at noon, including games, Skippy the Clown from 1-3 p.m., face painting, water games, sand hunt and a karaoke contest for children.Merchants participating in The Great Downtown Giveaway, Walk and Win, will have treasure boxes in their establishments. Participants register at the participating stores. Every store is giving away a prize, and winners will be contacted by the business owners during the next business day.If you like old movies and want to get out of the heat, the Old Flicks & Popcorn event is for you. Its from 1-4 p.m. at the New Castle Community Center. Organizers from the New Hope Church have lined up some talkies and some nontalkies.Dont forget the Irene Frigge Memorial Bed Race, which starts at the Community Center at 1:30 p.m. The race is sponsored by the New Castle Lions Club, which also has won the event, fair and square, the past three years in a row. Local Color will provide music at Burning Mountain Park from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and Lever Action will provide music from 7-9:30 p.m.With all this variety of family fun, dont even think about going anywhere else for the weekend. Youll see all your friends and have a great time. Its the highlight of the year for everyone in New Castle.Kay Vasilakis New Castle News column runs every other Thursday. To contact her, call 945-8515, ext. 513, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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