SteamPunk Wine Festival

An update on the merchant involvement with the SteamPunk Wine Festival to be held April 11/12, 2015 from 9 AM to 5 PM
Street closures: Pikes Peak from the alley to Railroad, Front Street from Pikes Peak to Petroleum, Petroleum to the alley. The wine will be sold and served at the Elks Club with the patio open for drinking and eating from food provided by vendors.  The Legion will be designated to the children activities… crafts and karaoke. The Eagles will be the building that will house the auction and vendors who prefer to be inside.  In case of inclement weather, vendors will have option to move to either the Eagles or Legion.  Both have basements with tables.
As I have said before my purpose of organizing this event was to help the merchants. Now we have the people in their costumes (or not) checking out the vendors, having some wine, and listening to music, this is what I came up with to get them to our shops.
Window decorating contest… Best Steampunk window
Best Steampunk Mercantile award… People’s Choice award/judges award
Program with all shops listed with map.
Scavenger hunt. Please get me a picture of one item in your shop that will need to be found for the scavenger hunt. The pictures will be posted on the program and our participants will go to each shop looking for a match of each picture, and when found the merchant can sign it off on their list. All the completed forms will be put in a drawing to win something we come up with after our donations are complete. Do this soon! Call me and I will come and take the picture or you can email it to me.
Please donate one item in your shop (whatever value you choose, but be sure to put your price on for your donation value). This will be in either the live auction or the silent auction for the fund raiser. This needs to be at the Eagles Club between 7:00 Am and 9:00 Am so Mike Vendetti can get the auction organized which will take place on Sunday.
Please donate any amount of money, whatever you can afford to give, so I can put each merchant’s name on the shopping bag we are creating with all the sponsors on it. I do not want anyone to be left out because they didn’t have money to be a sponsor.
Please supply one or as many items you want for decorating the three clubs we are renting. They can be for sale with a price tag on. (Suggest clothing to hang on wall, hats, artifacts of steampunk nature, whatever you can find that will work.)
Decorating will be Friday; any help will be so very much appreciated!!
Saturday, April 11, 2015
9:00a-10:30a Bobby Dean, One Man Band
10:30-11:00 Gunfight
11:00a-1:30p w Frost Mountain Clan.. Bluegrass
1:30-2:00  Gunfight
2:30p-4:30p Bobby Dean
4:30- 5:00PM   Gunfight
7:00p-11:00p  Steampunk Ball with the Midnight Sun at the                      Elks Club
Sunday, April 12, 2015
9:30-10:00 Gunfight
10:00a-12:00p Bobby Dean
12:30-1:00  Gunfight
1:00-2:00 Auction (Eagles)
2:00p-4:00p Bobby Dean
4:00- 4:30  Gunfight
Below is a partial list of items you might already have in your possession…Dust them off and feature them for the upcoming weekend of April 11th /12th
Folks visiting Florence for our “Steampunk Festival” might be shopping for…..
Old keys (especially “skeleton” keys or small interestingly-shaped keys for making jewelry, bracelets, art, etc.
Clock parts (especially gears of any size)
Charms (especially owls, cats, bats, dragonflies, hot air balloons, wings of a bird or angel wings)
Vintage beakers, flasks, tubing from medical or laboratory use, Pocket watche, Lockets (with or without chains), Pocket compasses, Gauges… like pressure (especially those with glass fronts, dials, etc.)
Opera glasses Wire rim glasses (especially those with tinted lenses of any color), Vintage binoculars, Vintage goggles, Feathers (especially dark colored), Zippers, rivets, lacing, Small embroidery scissors, Gadgets and gizmos…you know… parts of things that wind up or have moving parts, Small wind-up music boxes or the guts/inner workings, Vintage Victrola parts
If it looks like it made something move or turn or operate…it is “STEAMPUNK”.
For lots more ideas on what you probably already have, visit a popular website like, “Google Images”, “Pinterest” or “Etsy” and type in the keyword/keywords, “steampunk” or “steampunk junk”. .. And let’s make some money, too… and also give these folks reasons to come back to Florence on a regular basis bringing their friends with them!
Barb Brierley, Owner (with Barry) of Spirit Riders   431-3592/784-2231  or

Apple Day Queen Pageant

Application out on March 16 for the apple Day Queen Pageant.  Contestants must be in 9-12 grades as of August 2015.  Must be a resident of Penrose for at least 6 months.  Applications will be at the following businesses:  Florence High School, Florence Middle School, Coyote Den, Penrose Library, and Neighborhood Market in Penrose.  Deadline for Application must be returned to Linda Freed by May 16. Pageant sponsorship is $100 for a business or individual
The queen pageant will be held June 20th at Jenkins Farm in the Red Barn Pavilion, Penrose.  No charge to attend the pageant.
Committee Linda Freed,  Jeannie Melcher, Terri Harmon, Tami Freeman, Cheryl Carrol.
372-6272 for questions or comments

Abbey Events Announces a Call to Artists

The Abbey Events Complex in Cañon City announces a call to artists for the Sixth Annual Religious Fine Art Show opening August 3rd, 2015. We are seeking works in a wide range of media and genres, that are religious, (all religions accepted), inspirational or Abbey related in some way. All mediums will be accepted including but not limited to oil, watercolor, pastel, chalk/pencil, printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital art, mixed media, illustrations, fiber art, etc. We’re looking for both quality and creativity. Large art pieces are welcome. Professionals as well as artists of all ages are encouraged to enter. We also feature a Children’s Exhibit for children ages 14 & under. Each child is limited to one art piece, $5.00 entry fee.
The Entry fee is $30.00 per Artist for the first three pieces; any additional pieces are $3.00 each.  Entry fee includes one ticket to the artist reception. There is No Limit on the number of pieces you may enter. Registration and delivery of art pieces may be received anytime during regular business hours beginning July 1 but no later than Wednesday July 29th. Pieces may be delivered to The Abbey at 2951 E. Hwy. 50, Cañon City.
The art show will be open August 3rd through September 27th, 2015 from 9 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am to 3 pm Saturdays in The Abbey Monastery. Admission to the art show is free. An artist reception will be held Friday, September 18th  rom 5 pm to 7pm, tickets to the Artist Reception are $10 each. A “People’s Choice” award will be given in the adult category and children’s category at the artist reception.
For additional information please contact Brenda McKay or Patti Jo Wagner at 719-275-8631 or email

Artists’ Gallery ‘First Friday Event”

The Artists’ Gallery, 416 Main St., Historic Downtown Cañon City, invites the public to our March 6th “First Friday” art reception from 5-8 p.m.  Two very diverse artists will have their work featured throughout the month:
Painter, Pat Wiles, is a nationally known professional transparent watercolor, acrylic and pastel artist, as well as an illustrator of popular children’s books.   Her Western-themed subjects, often of horses, are masterfully executed.  As an avid horsewoman, her philosophy is that “you cannot paint a horse properly if you have never brushed one”.  For over four decades, she has exhibited her work throughout the United States, as well as in Paris.  Her recent work simply shines with a new degree of looseness and color that is captivating!
Native Coloradoan, Rhonda Denney, loves fiber art.  After discovering the art of quilting in 2004, she began exploring the use of fabrics as her art palette.  Currently focusing on creating art quilts, incorporating an infinite variety of colors and textures, she has won awards for her amazing pieces, and several have been published in books.  A multi-faceted individual, Rhonda employs many different artistic techniques to create art that is an expression of her mercurial depths of whimsy and seriousness.  Her fanciful beaded décor items, as well as limited edition high-quality Gicleé prints and note cards of her art quilts, are also available.
Bring your friends and join us to meet some of our 50 member artists, listen to live guitar music performed by Marc Hizer, and enjoy complimentary refreshments.  The Artists’ Gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.   For more information call (719)345-4070 or visit our website:

The Confession of St. Patrick

The First United Methodist Church Adult Education Team will present The Confession of St. Patrick on Sunday, March 15th at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary.
Meet St. Patrick, portrayed by actor Roger Nelson,  through this powerful one-man drama.  This stage-play presents the real St. Patrick in his own words.  Mr. Nelson inspires the audience as he speaks of St. Patrick’s life and the enfolding dynamic ministry his life had upon the people of Ireland.  Born into a wealthy Roman family in Britain about 400 A.D., St. Patrick tells of his kidnapping by pirates at age 16 and his subsequent encounter with Christ.  Transformed through his faith in Jesus, St. Patrick went on to minister as a frontier missionary to the very people who had enslaved him.
This performance features actor Roger Nelson and was chosen to open before the debut concert of John Michael Talbot’s 1992 The Master Musician Tour.  Mr. Nelson has appeared on stage in New York, London, Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, and many other cities worldwide.
Admission is free but a love offering is appreciated.  There will be an introduction by the Serendipity Celtic Players at 5:30 PM.  Tea and cookies will be served following the stage-play.  Free qualified child care is available.
For more information, contact the First United Methodist Church, 801 Main Street in Cañon City at 719-275-0681 or visit our web site at

Cup & Cone Root Beer Tasting

On March 6th at 6:30 p.m. Cup & Cone will be hosting a Root Beer Tasting contest. In order to find the best tasting Root Beer, and add it to their menu.
The tasting contest will include 20 judges ranging from the public, government officials and member of the press. Jeri Fry the owner and operator of the Cup and Cone has 8 different types of Root Beers available for tasting. They include 1 brewed secret recipe, 6 draft based flavors and one sugar free draft version.
All the recipes are homemade and made in house from normal extracts available to anyone but with a special twist to make it delicious.

First Place Asphalt Award


The project to pave a full length parallel taxiway at the Fremont County Airport has earned Fremont County and Rocky Mountain Materials a first place asphalt award from an industry group.   The Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association presented its “Best in Colorado Airport” award Wednesday night (February 25) to Fremont County Airport Manager Richard Baker and Rocky Mountain and Materials Vice Presidents Rob Mangone and Eric Bogren.   The presentation was made at the 21st Annual “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Pavement Awards dinner in Denver.
Rocky Mountain Materials and Asphalt was the contractor on the $1.8 million project which started in late 2013 to pave a 4,800 foot full length parallel taxiway at the Fremont County Airport.   Prior to completion of the parallel taxiway, aircraft were forced to back-taxi for takeoff and landing.    The project was designated as an airport safety improvement project by the Federal Aviation Administration which provided 95% of the funding for the project.   The Colorado Board of Aeronautics provided $45,000 from the Colorado Discretionary Aviation Grant program along with $45,000 in funding from Fremont County.
The taxiway project was particularly important to improve safety and efficiency during the busy wildfire season when single engine air tankers are taking off and landing at the airport.