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What better way to brighten up your life than to attend a live comedy show. Noreen Nolan and Charlie and Patty Ringer have teamed up to bring a new form of entertainment to beautiful downtown New Castle. The first Comedy at OZ is scheduled for this Friday, March 26. Doors open at 7 p.m, and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person.

“I used to do the bowling alley comedy shows, and we had a great turnout,” said Nolan, who owns Harmony 3 Promotions. “I’ve had people stop me and ask when I’ll bring the comedy back, so the demand is here. When I asked Charlie and Patty (Ringer) what they thought, Patty said, ‘Let’s try OZ.'”

The pleasant atmosphere and wonderful acoustics of OZ, the Artists’ Workshop, is just what a new venture needs to attract locals to downtown New Castle. “It’s not a smoky bar, it’s a clean facility, and the building has nice energy,” said Nolan.

Jimmy Abeyta and Ernie Reese are the comedians scheduled for the Friday performance. Nolan has a connection with a Texas promoter who gets well-known and established comics who have played Las Vegas, Comedy Central, and a wide variety of venues. “These are clean entertainers, but we’re recommending the audience be over 21.”

Tickets may be purchased at Making New Waves, Spirits of New Castle, and at Hogback Pizza, or can be reserved by calling 984-3771.

More comedy shows are scheduled for April 16 and May 7, and will continue every three weeks. Nolan would like to offer acoustic music, cowboy poetry, and other forms of entertainment to bring people to downtown New Castle.


Putting on a successful annual town event such as the Burning Mountain Festival takes lots of time and volunteers. “It’s taking 29 committee chairs to pull this off,” said Gordon, who co-chairs this year’s Festival along with Karen Wood.

The theme for the Festival is Coal County Fair. The next Burning Mountain Festival monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Apple Tree Community Meeting Room. The two co-chairs will meet at the New Castle Cafe every Wednesday morning from 8-9 a.m. to meet with committee members. New volunteers are always needed. If you plan to meet with them at the Wednesday morning meetings, please call 984-3415 or 984-3453.

Festival organizers would like to honor descendants of the New Castle coalminers who were in the Vulcan Mine explosions. If you know of anyone who is a descendant of one of these hard-working New Castle pioneers, please call Margo Eicher at 984-0651.


Karen Boland’s Valley Veterinary Clinic, currently in Remington Plaza in Rifle, is moving to 317 West St. in Rifle. The veterinarian is married to popular Rifle High School math teacher Matt Boland. The couple have purchased a house and converted it to a veterinary clinic, to open April 1. The telephone number for the clinic remains the same at 625-5035.

Don’t forget the mail-in ballots must be received by Town Hall by April 6. Or you can hand deliver them inside Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The ballots cannot be left in the utility payment box outside Town Hall.

Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308.

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