New Castle is ready to party
Don’t be a Grinch! Bring the whole family to the New Castle Chamber’s annual Holiday Party and Chili Cook-Off from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in beautiful downtown New Castle. It’s easy, it’s affordable, and it’ll turn on the holiday spirit quicker than you can scrape off your windshield.Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? Hop aboard Ross Talbott’s hay wagon from 5-8 p.m. for old fashioned hay rides up and down Main Street. Riders will be picked up and dropped off in front of the community center.Chamber hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available at the community center while you’re waiting for a hay ride or after you’ve visited the craft fair, and Santa will be at the community center with treats for kids from 7-9 p.m.Purchase something unique at the Christmas in New Castle craft fair from 5-8 p.m. Friday night. The craft fair continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Approximately 20 vendors will offer great gifts including copper items, Avon products, wood crafts, crocheted blankets and scarves, fleece blankets and apparel, Home Interior items, candles, bath soaps, jewelry, sand paintings, wood carvings, Native American crafts and leather crafts. There is something for everyone, even the pickiest Aunt Wilma. Lunch will be available on Saturday.
The Christmas Tree lighting at Burning Mountain Park with caroling led by Mayor Frank Breslin (as of press time) will be happening at 7 p.m. Friday. Rocky Mountain Realtors is sponsoring a sharing-the-toys program. Please bring an unwrapped toy so the gift of giving may be shared with those less fortunate.For those who like good-spirited competition and those who enjoy tasting a variety of chili, join the fun at Ritter Plaza. Enter your best chili in the annual Chili Cook-Off. When you purchase a New Castle Chamber Authentically Colorado Mug at Ritter Plaza, you can sample the chili and participate in the chili competition. Place your vote and decide the winners in several chili categories. Prizes from Spirits Liquor and Mo Hair will be awarded to the winners, as well as bragging rights for the next year.Chili Cook-Off applications are available at newcastlechamber.org, or call 984-2897.The Authentically Colorado mug uses the town’s branding theme, designed by Envisions Colorado Group of New Castle. The sale of the mugs is sponsored by the New Castle Chamber. Mugs can be purchased at Ritter Plaza for $6, including chili. Mugs will also be available at the community center for $6, including hot chocolate.Stick around Ritter Plaza from 5-10 p.m. and enjoy the heated tent, which is the beer and wine garden.OZ, the Artists’ Workshop, is offering an Art Show from 6-9 p.m. Friday night at the art center, located at 331 Main Street. Stroll through the gallery and enjoy local talent, featuring works by Patti Ringer, Ellen Zagoras and Noreen Nolan. Refreshments will be served.Get to know your local merchants, clients and New Castle Chamber members at the New Castle Chamber Business After Hours from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at Alpine Bank. Enjoy holiday cheer and season’s greetings.Don’t forget to take your kids to Breakfast with Santa from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Dec. 16 at the community center. Register by Dec. 8 by calling the Recreation Department at 984-3352.Have yourself a merry little Christmas. Ho! Ho! Ho!Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact her with news tips and inspirations, please call her at 384-9118 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Colo. CO
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