November 2016 Lifestyle Letter

The word “soul” comes to mind every time I step onto Mainstreet. Defined as the essence and embodiment of something, soul is what I see and feel in the faces and places of downtown Parker and, I suspect, the reason so many of us love it here.

Library Grand Opening Draws Huge Crowds

About 6,300 people came out Sept. 24 to see Douglas County Libraries’ new Parker branch on East Mainstreet. After remarks by DCL Executive Director Bob Pasicznyuk, Branch Manager Amy Long and Parker Mayor Mike Waid, visitors moved indoors to see all the library has to offer. Photography Douglas County Libraries

Colors of Autumn Soup

This is definitely the easiest and best way to make rich-tasting butternut squash soup, without having to peel and dice a large, awkwardly shaped vegetable. You start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise and roasting it in a hot oven. Scrape the roasted flesh from the skin, and simmer it with sautéed yellow onion, fresh sage and a tart…

November 2016 Around Town

Ponderosa High School will perform the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” for five consecutive days beginning Nov. 15. Originally produced in 1960 as a “black comedy,” this outlandish story of a carnivorous plant was made into a rock musical in 1982 and a hit movie in 1986. The Ponderosa Mustangs’ version will hold true to the Broadway version, so expect…

Walking the Walk

Warm and connected to those around him, Jim was involved in children’s charities, helping children access the tools and support necessary to reach their potential. So when he was killed tragically in a car accident in 1998 along with his new wife of just two weeks, his children knew they needed to create a foundation to not only celebrate his…

So you want to ski out-of-bounds, eh?

In Colorado, much of today’s ski culture has an emphasis on backcountry or big mountain exploration. While inspiring, the prospect of setting out on exploratory ski missions in the middle of nowhere when avalanche deaths seem to be at an all-time high can seem uninviting and overwhelming. Where the heck do you even begin? Here are seven suggestions to follow…

A Winter Reading List

It’s hard to compete with winter in Colorado, but these books are something you can warm up to. Whether you’re on the ski train to Winter Park or nestled comfortably in front of the fire, there’s a little something for everyone.

Set the Soiree

There’s always an excuse for a dinner party, especially this time of the year. Family gatherings. Friendsgiving. Holiday parties. It's all about friends and family coming together to eat, drink and connect. Connection happens to be the perfect word to describe the purpose of a soiree, and it’s also a concept that’s meaningful to local event planner Dagny Morrow who…

The Whiskeys of Winter

While Americans deemed drunkenness deplorable for centuries, physicians of yore prescribed whiskey as medicine, encouraging and even prescribing it for keeping warm in the winter, restoring energy, and curing colds, fevers, depression and snakebites.