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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Can We Enhance the Nederland Community Storybook?

Location: New Moon Bakery and Cafe, 1 West 1st Street, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Darcy Kitching and Mayor Joe Gierlach
reminisce the Nederland Community Storybook
Back in January 2011, Vickie Berkley and Darcy Kitching collaborated with then-mayor Sumaya Abu-Haidar and the Envision Nederland 2020 Steering Committee to create the first Community Storybook: a beautiful guide to the town's values and the sites, scenes, events, and people that make Nederland unique. They attended all eight community focus groups, analyzed the resulting data, held their own story-listening sessions at the Community Center, conducted individual interviews with residents, photographed sites around town, and collected local images to include in the book.

Recently, I had a chance to meet with Darcy Kitching, owner of Places Make People, and catch a glimpse of her impression of what the Envision Nederland 2020 process was all about.
[Reconnecting with Nederland]
It was interesting to look back at what she and her colleague had chronicled – to re-examine that year and a half long visioning process from the beginning, when I was Mayor Pro-Tem supporting Sumaya's plan.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Gearing-up in Springtime at the Nederland Food Pantry

Location: Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Susan Elizabeth Lee, Sock It To Em President,
and Mayor Joe Gierlach packing socks in Denver.
I met Susan Elizabeth Lee when she was kicking off the Sock It To Em Workday campaign at the Metro Mayors Caucus legislative reception. Its a promotional campaign where residents are asked to forego wearing socks to show support for the homeless, and to recognize the great need for warm socks. Here is a link to their website

During the reception, I mentioned to Sue, that Nederland had a robust Community Food Pantry program, and Hansen Wendlandt had asked the patrons what they needed most, and they said, "Socks!"

This year, the Sock It To Em socks program raised over 14,000 pairs of socks to date. Sue sent me a message saying she had 400 pairs of socks for Nederland (more than double her goal for Nederland). We had to get the socks from Castle Rock to Nederland and met half way in Downtown Denver at the Metro Mayors Caucus meeting in April.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ned's FDGD – One of Nation's Top Cultural Festivals.

Location: Nederland, CO 80466, USA
The Cereal Killers compete in the Coffin Race.
According to a USA Today poll, Nederland's Frozen Dead Guy Days is the nation's 5th best cultural festival, leading several familiar names, such as the Kentucky Derby, Mardi Gras, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Our end of winter festival was nominated by USA Today for their "10 Best Readers Choice" for "Best Cultural Festival in The World".
[World-wide is probably a stretch, but you can see the results on this link.]
It seems that the 'younger' festivals had more eager followers, and edged out Mardi Gras, and the Kentucky Derby from even making the top 10. These younger festivals fill niches or take different approaches, which make them special.
Related Story: [Frozen Dead Guy Days goes International]
Of course, our festival has seen film crews and reporters from three continents, but being compared to Mardi Gras, or the Kentucky Derby, somehow legitimizes something.