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In With the New

I enjoy the arrival of the New Year. It is an inspiring time of optimism with an empty calendar waiting to be filled with interesting new adventures and quests for historic tidbits and treasures. To celebrate the arrival of 2014, I ordered a banner to use at upcoming events. During the last weekend of July, I will be promoting books and talking history, along with South Park Perils author Christie Wright, at Burro Days in Fairplay. Come see us! Look for the booth with the big red Colorado History sign!

New book sign

New book sign

Currently, I am moving forward on a biography about Colorado Springs builder and promoter, Spencer Penrose, for the popular “Now You Know Bio” series from Filter Press. The Penrose project is a double-header. I am also hard at work on a presentation piece for the next Pikes Peak Library District history symposium called “Bigwigs and Benefactors of the Pikes Peak Region”, scheduled for June 7, 2014. Working title is “The Penrose Legacy: Ventures, Vogue and Vagary”. During this time of discovery, I cannot wait to see what will happen next or what will appear around the next bend. Penrose was a fascinating character and I embrace the challenge of sharing a fresh viewpoint on his life and times. More details to come.

Looking ahead to fall, my national writers’ group, Women Writing the West, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with our annual conference taking place in Denver at the Brown Palace Hotel. As hired administrator for WWW since 2002, I will be busier than usual with additional duties as I look forward to participation in and celebration of two decades as a non-profit literary force and presence in the United States. For planning and registration information, go to: http://www.womenwritingthewest.org.

Prospects are excellent for an interesting year, and I anticipate seeing many of my peers and pals along the way. In the meantime, I will be working on the Penrose story, which I look forward to sharing upon completion.

Happy New Year!
Joyce and Don

Events in 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014 – Porter Place, Denver – “Baby Doe Tabor” –
1 p.m.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 – D.A.R., Aurora – “Eliza Routt: Colorado’s Original First Lady” – Tin Cup at Aurora Hills Golf Course, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – Columbine Genealogical Society, Littleton – “A New Age Family History Tour” – 1 p.m.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 – Pikes Peak Library District History Symposium – “Bigwigs and Benefactors” – at East Library, Colorado Springs – will feature Joyce Lohse’s Spencer Penrose presentation – pre-registration is required for this free all-day public program.

July 26-27, 2014 – Burro Days in Fairplay – Author booth with Christie Wright – last weekend in July – come see us and talk Colorado history!

October 17-19, 2014 — Women Writing the West Conference – Denver – 20th Anniversary Celebration – Brown Palace Hotel

Brown Palace Lobby

Ceiling in the Brown Palace Lobby

 

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Tea Time at the Brown Palace Hotel

Chavez and Rolex at the Brown Palace Hotel

Chavez and Rolex at the Brown Palace Hotel

 I did not see the National Western Stock Show this year. Usually, it is my chance to go totally Western and get in touch with my inner cowgirl. When things go right, I catch the mule and draft horse classes. Last year, I got up close and personal with yaks. However, I had some stock show fun right smack in the middle of Denver’s most beautiful historic hotel lobby, at the Brown Palace. We were in the vicinity while the Grand Champion Steer was on display in the lobby tea room. This tradition has taken place each year at stock show time since 1945. The steer, a black angus named Chavez, was paired up with a partner named Rolex to keep him calm in his pen. A crowd of folks took advantage of a chance to get up close and personal and for a photo with the champ and his buddy, both splendidly groomed, their coats fluffy and gleaming for the occasion.You’ve got to love the West, where folks don’t take themselves too seriously. Rather than deny Cow Town roots, Denver flaunts them. Where else can you have high tea in a historic hotel while gazing across the room at a Black Angus steer.

— Joyce Lohse, 1/27/09
 
 
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Posted by on January 27, 2009 in Denver history

 

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