New Castle Garden Club is growing |

New Castle Garden Club is growing

New Castle News
Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The New Castle Garden Club started in February of 2008, and wants to exchange gardening tips, ideas and excitement. Members hope to learn from each other and guest speakers, and to visit fellow gardens and share the enjoyment of gardening.

Three major projects have sprouted as spin-offs of the club. One is a community garden, located south of the river on 335 just east of the sod farm. The community garden will have 1.25 acres total; one-third being a community garden which will be manned by the club and community, and produce will be sold at the New Castle farmers market, with excess donated to local nonprofits. Another one-third will be leased to families or organizations with different plot sizes and fees. The last third will be a variety pumpkin patch, with hopes for fun fall activities. The club will be environmentally-sensitive, and will be open to any gardeners, not just New Castle residents. The contact for the community garden is Debby Puckett at 230-0479.

The garden club is working with the town of New Castle and the Colorado Extension Service to design and build an educational xeriscape lot in beautiful downtown New Castle. Patty Ringer is the contact for this project, at 984-0445.

The third project is a collaboration with New Castle Girl Scouts and the residents at the senior apartments. They will come together in June for a container gardening class put on by the Colorado Extension Service at the senior complex, which will be open to the public. The goals are to beautify the senior complex and learn container gardening. The contact person for this project is Molly Kehoe, 948-7824.

The New Castle Chamber will host the Burning Mountain Festival to be held the weekend of July 18. This year’s theme is Mardi Gras 2008. A festival planning meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the New Castle Chamber office, at 240 W. Main St., Suite 1-E. Some of the fun events being planned are the Hogback Hustle, Raft/Kayak Race, disc golf, a barbecue, music and craft vendors at Coal Ridge Park, beer garden, Burning Mountain Pageant, and children’s activities.

The chamber is looking for volunteers and participants for all those events, plus parade volunteers, floats, bands, best dog in town (dress your dog and join the parade); and a myriad of other volunteers. If you enjoy Burning Mountain Festival, be a contributing part.

Burning Mountain Pageant rehearsals will start June 2nd for New Castle young ladies. Please call Tonya at 379-7338 or check out the chamber website, for an application and registration information.

The Castle Valley Ranch Homeowner Association is in need of one homeowner to serve as a member of the HOA board of directors. This volunteer position helps ensure a balanced homeowner representation on the five-member board.

Interested CVR homeowners should contact HOA manager Terri Knob at 945-7266.

Under the gigantic lodgepole pines at the Little Red Schoolhouse, almost 200 people came to pay their respects to Jim Stevens, former New Castle Trustee and the project coordinator for the town, who passed away April 24. It was an emotional tribute to Jim, who was a great friend to many, and who contributed so much to his community. He will be missed.

A big shout-out goes to former New Castle-ite Mary Power, aka Hula Mary, who has found her niche in the Virgin Islands. Kudos for kicking the smoking habit, and keep it up, Mary!

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact her with news tips and local inspirations, please call 384-9118 or e-mail

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