Your Town, Aug. 28, 2016
The Central High School wrestling team hosts a fundraiser every August, selling Olathe Sweet Corn and Palisade peaches at various locations in the valley to benefit the program.
This is the third year in a row that I headed to the gas station parking lot at 29 Road and North Avenue to purchase the freshly picked corn and, each year, I have sworn it is the best I’ve ever eaten. Last year, I made two trips to acquire some of the Olathe gold to stock up and freeze to enjoy months later.
It is the first year that I have bought the peaches though. The measly $20 I handed over for the full box of beautiful small-to-medium peaches has yielded a couple of peach cobblers, a peach crisp, a mouth-watering peach/ham/fresh basil pizza, peach salsa, a (failed) batch of peach jam (that is now cinnamon/peach pancake syrup) and finally, a poblano peach chilled soup that was out of this world.
I have had so much fun this year experimenting with the versatile fruit, creating a dishes I never considered in the past, and there are still a dozen or so of these gems left that will need to be used soon.
As John Wayne would say, “daylight’s a burnin’” and I need to peel some peaches, quick! If any Your Town readers have ideas on what I could do with the remaining fruit, I would a-“peach”-iate hearing from you. (Groan)
A Mystery Knit Nite, sponsored by Mesa Fiber Arts Guild, is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday at Color Creek Fiber Art, 1150 N. 25th St.
Participants should bring 230 yards of fingering weight yarn and 16-inch circular needles, size 3.
The Oct. 6 project will feature knitting 12-inch soft sculpture animals with Michelle.
The Mesa Fiber Arts Guild meets at noon on the first Wednesday of each month at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road. Meetings offer instruction, inspiration and fellowship for those interested in the fiber arts.
Visit mesafiberartsguild.org for information.
Grand Junction High School class of 1956 will celebrate its 60-year reunion with a barbecue from noon–5 p.m. Sept. 17 at Lincoln Park.
Call Al at 640-5176 or Darlene at 245-6728 for information.
It’s a red carpet night and the stars will shine during the annual Star Party at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Visitor Center at Highline Lake.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Western Colorado Astronomy Club invite stargazers to learn about the stars, constellations, moon and universe from local exerts.
Members of the Western Colorado Astronomy Club will provide access to their powerful telescopes and answer questions, and Highline Lake State Park will offer the remote and ideal location, far away from the glare of city lights.
Take a light jacket, insect repellent, snacks, water, camp chairs and a blanket.
Flashlights are useful, but use of a red filter is recommended.
The event is free; however, vehicles entering the park must display a valid park pass.
Call 858-7208 for information or visit wcacastronomy.org.
History and modern technology have collided, and the result is the Palisade Historical Society’s Palisade Walking Tour Brochure in an e-book form.
The brochure can be downloaded for tablets or cellphones from Kindle Books at the cost of $2.99.
The project was inspired by historical society member and volunteer Gayle Madden, who has worked tirelessly on a number of society projects, a news release said. Kent Brown, author of several e-books, volunteered his knowledge and electronic publishing skills to make the e-book brochure a reality.
Proceeds from the Kindle Book downloads go to the historical society.
In other Palisade Historical Society news, the group has updated two panels on the information kiosk, that was relocated to Independent Park, across from the Palisade Post Office.
The updated history panel has information about Palisade’s early economic development, irrigation history, coal mining, notable people and inventions. The second panel focuses on Palisade’s agriculture history, marketing cooperatives, the Insectary and fruit labels.
Visit historicpalisade.org or call 464-2177 for information.
More historical exhibits are to be had at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AirPower History tour Aug. 31–Sept. 4 at West Star Aviation, 2828 Walker Field Drive.
The CAF’s iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI, and a C-45 Expeditor will be on display during the tour that provides powerful history lessons to audiences across the United States.
“The collection of flying military aircraft brings the sights, sounds and stories of World War II aviation to the public at large. Visitors can view the aircraft up close, watch them fly, and also purchase rides in them,” a news release said.
“The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is best known as the aircraft whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War II. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, with longer range and greater bomb loads.
It was the first pressurized U.S. bomber and represented state of the art technology at the time.
The B-29 was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s.”
The display will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 11–17. Ages 10 and younger are free. Ride reservations and information is at AirPowerTour.org and facebook.com/B29B24Squadron.