CPW Weekend in Trinidad – October 4-6
Colorado Press Women will host a weekend getaway Oct. 4-6 at the historical city of Trinidad in southern Colorado. Trinidad, 10 miles from the New Mexico border. The town was founded in 1862 on the Santa Fe Trail soon after coal was discovered in the region. Currently, it’s undergoing redevelopment and historical preservation under the name of La Puerta de Colorado (The Gateway to Colorado).
Dana Crawford, known for spearheading the preservation of one of the oldest blocks in Denver and the creation of Larimer Square, has purchased a handful of buildings downtown and is working as a consultant on the redevelopment.
Activities for the weekend include a talk by the editor of the Trinidad Chronicle-News, which has been continuously in publication since 1877 and recently started an internet radio station. Then the mayor will talk about Trinidad’s current status and plans for the future. Private tours of the Trinidad History Museum and Temple Aaron, Colorado’s oldest synagogue have been arranged as well as a guided walking tour through the city’s historic downtown district.
On Friday, Oct. 4, attendees may want to stop at the site of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre (about 10 miles north of Trinidad on I-25), for a self-guided tour to learn how John D. Rockefeller’s Colorado Fuel and Iron Company’s guards and the Colorado National Guard fired machine gun into protesting miners and their families. Click here Download for the full agenda of weekend events.
Meals will be at area restaurants, including an Italian restaurant, Rino’s, that features singing waiters. CPW member Lee Anne Peck has relocated to the area, and for Sunday brunch, she will entertain the group at her home 20 miles west of Trinidad on Scenic Highway 12. Fall colors will be in their full glory, especially if those heading home northward continue on Hwy. 12 to La Veta.
La Quinta Inn & Suites has reserved a block of rooms for CPW at a special rate of $99/night, good through Sept. 21. Call 719-845-0102 to make reservations.
Author’s Meeting Set for November 9
Mystery, micro-fiction and a true story about a forgotten battle are on the lineup for this year’s Annual Authors’ Meeting, November 9. Featured speakers Jane Bock , Nancy Stohlman and Mark Obmascik will talk about their new books and their work processes during the morning and lunch event at the home of CPW member and author Donna Bryson.
Bock, a retired University of Colorado biology professor, a botanist and forensic plant scientist, will discuss her new Florida Keys Mystery: The White Heron, the second in the series that she co-wrote with her husband Carl Bock, also a CU professor emeritus. The White Heron is the second in the series that also includes The Swamp Guide, which won the 2019 NFPW Fiction for Adult Readers category.
Stohlman, a writer, performer and lecturer at the CU Program for Writing and Rhetoric, will share her take on the genre of flash fiction, which she masters in Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities. The book, a Colorado Book Awards literary fiction finalist, is bold and bawdy collection of short, short stories.
Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Obmascik will talk about his newest book, The Storm on Our Shores, about the only World War II battle on American soil and the people who fought it. The book, Obmascik’s third, was featured on CBS 60 Minutes last spring. More information about the event and the authors will be released closer to the event.
Ongoing CPW Events
The CPW Writers Group welcomes new members interested in stretching into creative writing, whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry or scripts. We meet on the second Saturday of the month. For details, contact Dala Giffin.
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