Mother’s Day had a lot to offer |

Mother’s Day had a lot to offer

New Castle NewsKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Only one mile. The non-timed open wave. My “peeps” were with me – Laurie O’Connor, Linda McFarland and Tonya Stewart – to walk the Mother’s Day Mile. The weather was nearly perfect, not too hot with a slightly cool breeze. It still felt like more than a mile, with my artificial hip and arthritis-plagued body. But my peeps and I did not come in dead-last, and sometimes that’s all I can hope for.Nancy Reinisch, Julie Olson and the Advocate Safehouse Project have the Mother’s Day Mile down to a science. Every detail was coordinated with expertise, and I felt privileged to have participated in this event which benefited not only local abused women and their children, but also women across the globe in Kenya. And the fact the event was “green” just made the event all that much sweeter. With a big smile and enthusiasm, Nancy told me she was happy to see the community embrace the event. And embrace they did, with 579 participants taking on the course. Everywhere I looked, there was someone I knew. Participants swarmed to purchase jewelry items, note cards and bags the Imani Workshops women with HIV/AIDS created to help them access life-sustaining drugs and create positive living environments for themselves. The silent auction baskets brought in its own form of competition to the festivities, with interesting items for moms and families and pets.After the race, we decided Mother’s Day wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without a trip to the Mother’s Day Quilt Exhibit at the Hotel Colorado, and that’s what we did. Our fellow “peep,” Anne Andersen, joined us as we “oohed” and “ahh-ed” and “wow-ed” the 87 incredible quilts that were displayed. From the beginning “They Touched the Quilts” small quilt, which portrays three women in leg irons – a comical warning to attendees not to touch the quilts – to the wall of quilts honoring the 19 quilts made by B. Anne Greene, the quilt show was a tribute to fabric, color and patterns; and a joy for anyone who appreciates the varied talents of quiltmakers. A very different quilt was displayed at the quilt show, made by a group of 6, 7 and 8-year-old children from The Garden School, entitled “Colonial America,” created from old wool sweaters.Kelly Wood’s “Pattern of Life” quilt, complete with boomerang, won first place in the “Seasons of the Desert” challenge, followed by Susan Dodington’s intricately-detailed “Sahara,” and Yvonne Siebert’s “What’s Up,” with different fibers in great dimension. Members of the quilt guilds explained they donate at least 25 handmade quilts per year to the Advocate Safehouse Project, for the children of abused moms to keep.Congratulations to both the Needle and I and the Quilters of the Rockies for another lovely quilt show, and a fun time for moms.Coal Country FeudMardi Gras is the theme for this year’s Coal Country Feud, to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5th, at the New Castle Community Center. Teams this year for this event in which teams compete in topics of New Castle history, will be teams from the town council, town staff, New Castle Seniors and the New Castle Lions Club. This has become a serious competition between the teams, with the town council taking top honors last year, and the New Castle Seniors winning the year before.News: A7News: From A6A raffle with donations from the community will be a part of the festivities, and pies for dessert as well. Donations and volunteers much appreciated. Organizers are also looking for submissions for the design for the 2008 Burning Mountain Festival T-shirt. Voting for the winning design will take place during the feud, and pieces from the New Castle Museum will be on display. Admission is $5/adults; $2/children, and includes a spaghetti dinner and drinks. For more information about all the Coal Country Feud details, please call Clinton Carroll at 970-593-2156.Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her with local inspirations and news tips, please call 384-9118 or e-mail

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