New Castle is alive with the sound of music |

New Castle is alive with the sound of music

New Castle’s very own Linda Jenks-Colby, St. Mary Church’s musical artistic director and doctor of musical arts, is bringing more quality musical performances to the St. Mary Midwinter Arts Festival. This will be an ongoing series of presentations and will include Carla Ramsey, pianist, performing the works of Bach, Mozart, Brahms, and Ginastera at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Seventh and Birch streets in Rifle. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children under 12 and for seniors. For more information, contact Colby at 984-0419.Ramsey holds a bachelor’s in Music from the University of Chicago, a master’s in Music Education from Harvard University, and a master’s in the Philosophy of Religion from Denver Seminary. She has performed professionally with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra and others. She brings her lifetime of musical experience to this concert which will benefit Feed My Sheep Ministry, an organization providing resources – counseling, job training, friendship and spiritual encouragement – to the homeless in the Glenwood Springs area.Look forward to future performances of the arts festival by Elise Helmke, London-trained harpist, on Sunday, Feb. 12; Classical Trio from Grand Junction, date to be determined; pianist Stuart Stapleton, Sunday, Feb. 26; Debra Ayers and Keith Waters, piano/vocal duo from Boston, playing in conjunction with CMC’s Calaway Series, Thursday, March 16; Andrew Todd, pianist, Friday, March 3; Lynette O’Kane, a local artist, showing her works and discussing techniques and perspectives, date to be determined; and Colby herself, date to be determined.This festival encourages audience interaction with the performers as a way to personalize the artistic experience for everyone involved. New Castle news and notesMichael Watts, who is building the Fourth Street Plaza in beautiful downtown New Castle, is going through a land use application process to condominiumize the individual units within the new building. The public hearing is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, before the Planning and Zoning meeting at the New Castle Town Hall.St. John’s Episcopal Church, First and Main streets in New Castle, will have a Morning Prayer and coffee at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 1. A blessing of watches, calendars, clocks, Palm Pilots, etc., will be held at the Epiphany Eucharistic service on Jan. 8. St. John’s spokesperson Jaci Spuhler explained the blessing of watches is for those who are concerned with spending time on the right things in their lives during the upcoming year.Why not stay in our great little town this New Year’s Eve? Burning Mountain Bowl will be hosting a New Year’s Extravaganza from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Williams, Rigger and Bradley will provide entertainment. The bowling alley features drink specials, giveaways and a raffle during the evening. Reservations are required on the lanes, call 984-2739.Have a happy and prosperous New Year, everyone. Make 2006 a great one!Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please contact her at 9456-8515, ext. 513, or by e-mail at

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