Meet up at the Denver Press Club – August 27
Whatever you call it—a “meet and greet” or a “mixer”—Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, Denver, is a time for Colorado Press Women members to get together this summer. New members in particular are encouraged to attend, so we have a chance to get to know you and you can learn more about CPW and its members.
Our late friend Judi Buehrer wanted her passing to be marked with celebration, so this mixer will be a good occasion to show up and raise a glass to her and share stories of how we knew her. (See the In Memoriam section of this month’s newsletter for more about Judi.)
Nothing formal is planned. A cash bar and a meat/cheese/cracker platter plus cookies/candies and bar snacks will be available with donations accepted to cover the cost. We’ll simply congregate in the bar area; other events are going on upstairs and downstairs.
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 and on the Santa Fe Trail, was founded in 1862 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.
Currently in the planning stages, activities for the weekend may include a visit to the city’s newspaper office, a meeting with a city representative who will explain the town’s growth and its destination for artists, tours of the A.J. Mitchell Museum of Western Art and the Trinidad History Museum, and a trolley or walking tour through the city’s historic district.
On Friday, Oct. 4, attendees may want stop at the site of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre (about 10 miles north of Trinidad on I-25), to learn how John D. Rockefeller’s Colorado Fuel and Iron Company’s guards and the Colorado National Guard machine-gun fired into protesting miners and their families.
Meals will be at area restaurants, including the infamous 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.
More details will be announced closer to the event. Email Sharon Almirall at email@example.com by August 17 to indicate interest in attending the CPW weekend. The organizing committee needs rough numbers to research accommodations and reserve tours. Registration costs will be minimal, designed to cover the group meal at Lee Anne’s house, group tours and other minor expenses. All other costs will be direct pay to vendor (hotel, restaurant meals, museum entry, etc.). Spouses and guests are welcome.
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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