Colorado Front Range (Denver-Boulder) Chapter

The Colorado Front Range chapter of American Pilgrims covers the area between Ft. Collins and Colorado Springs, Colorado centered on Denver and Boulder. The purpose of local chapters is to keep members connected to the Camino and to introduce new people to the phenomenon. We plan to accomplish this in a number of ways, such as social events, walks, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.

  • To offer opportunities for local pilgrims to gather and hold events related to the Camino.
  • To mentor future pilgrims, promote the pilgrimage and American Pilgrims through social gatherings.
  • To serve as a local host for hospitalero training in the Colorado Front Range region.

The chapter will be scheduling walks, talks, potlucks and much more! These will be listed here but you may also want to check the Local and Regional Events page for non-chapter events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinators Kris Ashton, Chris Petty and Gene McCullough at ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org for more information. If you'd like to be added to the chapter's e-mail list, click HERE.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

• If you'd like to be added to the chapter's e-mail list, click HERE. For information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrims, contact us at ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org.

• Looking for a day hike in the Front Range area? We'd suggest checking out the website Day Hikes near Denver! If you live between Larkspur and Longmont there will be something to your liking close by.

•  The chapter now has its very own sello! If you've already requested and received your credential, we can make an arrangement for you to receive your first stamp before you leave home. Just contact us through the chapter e-mail address, ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org. We will endeavor to have the sello at all chapter events as well. Don't have your credential yet? When you return to American Pilgrims' main site, click on Request a Credential. On the Request page read all of the text at the top of the page and then carefully complete the form. Triple check your entries before clicking SUBMIT. Errors result in delays and even non-delivery! (This sello doesn't actually do anything for you other than indicate that you're on your way!)

• Many peregrinos maintain blogs before, during or after their Camino. If any chapter participants have created one, let us know and we'll link to it here..

• You've arrived! You have your compostela. You've attended the Pilgrims' Mass. You've hugged the Saint. Now what? You need to scan through this blog entry by the venerable Johnnie Walker: 20 things to see and do in Santiago de Compostela

• There are a thousand and one packing lists out there but THIS is our take on the topic.

Hospitalero training in Colorado! While registration won't open until late summer, if you are interested in attending an hospitalero training session without large transportation costs, put Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, 2017 on your calendar. The session will be at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center just north of Colorado Springs. A reminder that in order to take part in this training:
     • You must have walked at least 100 km (or biked 200 km) on the Camino.
     • You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the training.
     • You must have overnighted in at least three non‑private (municipally-, parochially- or association-run) albergues on the Camino. If you haven't yet walked your Camino, keep this requirement in mind as you decide on places to stay.
     • You must be a member of American Pilgrims on the Camino. Many people are confused about membership in American Pilgrims — being on the e-mail list of a local chapter is not the same as being a paid member of the national organization. See the Membership page for further information.


EVENTS:
Scheduled Events: 

DENVER, COLORADO
Camino Book Meetup
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 10:00 AM

Wondering what books about the Camino are out there? Got a favorite Camino book or guidebook you want to tell everyone about? Bring it with you to the Meetup to show everyone. This will be a very informal conversational gathering and not a book club. The BookBar. at 4280 Tennyson St, Denver, has coffee, tea, wine and light food. They also have a bookstore to browse afterwards.

Here is a link to the event but RSVP is not required http://meetu.ps/e/DnvwS/1yclv/a. While of interest to the Chapter community, this is not a Chapter event.

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LITTLETON, COLORADO
Mary Carter Greenway — High Line Canal — Lee Gulch Trail, optional lunch at The Farm House Restaurant
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 8:30 AM convene, 9:00 AM depart

For a mid-fall hike we’re going to do a loop of about 6 miles in Littleton —The Mary Carter Greenway Trail that parallels the Platte River from where we’ll connect to the High Line Canal and the Lee Gulch Trail. The latter will take us back to the Platte. The trailhead will be Reynolds Landing. Click HERE to see the map of the loop.

The optional lunch following the hike will be at Breckenridge Brewery’s Farm House Restaurant (2990 Brewery Lane, Littleton, CO 80120). Required RSVP to the Chapter at ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org!

The trailhead and the Farm House Restaurant are about 200 ft apart, so find the restaurant, drive a wee bit further and you’ve found the trailhead.

If you have definite plans to walk or cycle on the Camino for the first time later in 2017 or very early in 2018 and would like to receive a scallop shell and a blessing, please let us know through ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org and we’ll come prepared.

Contact the chapter at ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org for further information. This will be a rain, snow or shine event — within reason! Cancellation will be posted on the chapter's page and in an e-mail sent out the day before. Event day contact will be Gene at 303-999-5179 or Chris at 563-505-6105. Hope to see you there!

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COLORADO FRONT RANGE

Screenings of "I'll Push You"
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:30 PM

Two lifelong friends, Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray embarked on an epic, five-and-a-half-week  journey on the Camino. These friends physically and mentally pushed each other, as Justin, fighting a neuromuscular disease, had to be pushed in a wheelchair. The film "I'll Push You" is being shown at numerous theaters in the Colorado Front Range, all at 7:30 on Thursday, November 2nd. The list of theaters and the facility to pre-purchase tickets can be found HERE.

For the month of November, we will be moving our third-Sunday tertulia to the first Sunday - November 5th - to avoid conflict with Thanksgiving week and to encourage discussion of this film. See below for details about the tertulia.

While of interest to our chapter members, these screenings are not chapter events.

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DENVER, COLORADO
"Camino Companions, Camino Stories" PRESENTER LIST HAS FILLED BUT ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon

Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church
1100 Fillmore Street (Social Hall)
Denver CO 80206

Have you returned from pilgrimage in the past 12 months?
Upon return the pilgrim often experiences loneliness and a flood of unprocessed memories. The Camino community can provide a gift of deep listening during this overwhelming time by companioning through themed story.

Our local chapter is offering a new opportunity for returning pilgrims to share a personal Camino story of up to 13 minutes based upon a Camino theme. We also invite past and future pilgrims to attend so that we may to surround these storytellers with supportive presence and brief affirmations.

Our time frame only allows for three returning pilgrims to share. If you have returned within the past year and would like to share a story from your Camino, please contact our story guide, Joyce DeToni-Hill at revsdh@comcast.net. Joyce will provide a sample list of themes as well as guidance and support.

Our story companioning sessions will be simple starting with an Introduction by the story guide, the pilgrim’s sharing the story, followed by the guide inviting the companions to respond to the story with three simple questions: What phrases, words, or images did you hear? What impressed you about the story? What lesson/inspiration will you take away from this story?

We invite storytellers to bring family and friends along to support and celebrate their journeys.

For any walking their first Camino before the end of March 2018 we will offer a brief Shell Ceremony - presentation of a scallop shell and a blessing - at the end of the event. Please let us know in advance through ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org.

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DENVER, COLORADO
Tertulias at The Goods
Third Sundays (November 5th) 3:00 PM - about 4:30 NOTE: In November the tertulia will convene on the first Sunday

In addition to moving away from Thanksgiving week, the 5th will encourage reflection on the film "I'll push you" which screens in area theaters on Thursday, November 2nd. See above for details.

Tertulia? “Un grupo informal de personas que se reúnen habitualmente para conversar o recrearse.” “An informal meeting of people who gather regularly to talk about current affairs, arts, etc.” Well, we all know what “etc” means!

Past and future pilgrims are invited to convene for conversation, a small plate or two and a beverage. This will be a great chance for not-yet-veterans to talk with experienced pilgrims and for the experienced pilgrims to get some great ideas for their next walk. Or simply to talk about whatever comes up! The Goods Happy Hour menu will be available.

Mark Whistler, one of the owners of The Goods and a Camino veteran himself, will be our host.

The Goods Restaurant
(Immediately east of and in the same building as the Tattered Cover on Colfax)
2550 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO. 80206
Parking is available in the parking structure immediately west of the Tattered Cover or on the street.
Download the flyer

We hope to have a bunch of people at these informal third-Sunday events. Event day contact will be Chris at 563-505-6105 or Gene at 303-999-5179. We look forward to seeing a bunch of you there!

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DENVER, COLORADO
Annual Camino 8X10 CALL FOR PRESENTERS
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Did you just return from the Camino and are you just itching to tell others about it? Or did you walk an epic a few years ago and you’d like to replay it? The Colorado Front Range chapter of American Pilgrims is going to again present “Camino 8X10” — eight presenters each with 10 minutes on the program! One of them could be you!

This is the way this is going to work: The program will be eight presenters, with 2017 first-time peregrinos having signup priority followed by all others. Each will have 10 minutes. We’ll have a backup list in case someone cancels or doesn’t appear. All of this is first to respond, first on the program!

Rules for presenters: The topic is your Camino or a Camino-related topic. Your talk can be in the form of a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation or simply a collection of JPEG images. Or none of those. If JPEGs, they will appear in alphabetical/numerical order by file name, so pay attention to that. Your program must be brought on a USB memory stick – not on your own computer! There will be no limit on the number of slides (be reasonable!) but you will be STRICTLY limited to 10 (that’s TEN) minutes. There will be a timer! And a stage hook! (Just joking about the latter, but you get the point.) Perhaps time for one or two SHORT questions and answers while we’re setting up the next speaker.

Presenters: Practice your talk with a timer! It MUST be no more than 10 minutes in length! Don’t wing it! You’ll be quacked off the stage!

REI Denver Flagship Store
        Small Community Room
1416 Platte Street
Denver, CO 80202
This is NOT an REI event. Do not contact the store for information or registration.

Please respond to ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.orgto get on the program. Include your name, whether or not you are a 2017 first time peregrino, which Camino route or topic you’ll be presenting and how you’ll be bringing your program (PowerPoint, Keynote or simply a collection of JPEGs) on your memory stick. Deadline for submissions will be Friday, December 1st midnight. At that point we’ll organize and notify the presenters.

We know this will prove to be a fun, enlightening and interesting evening!

Recent Events:
Staunton State Park, August 12th° Saturday, August 12, 2017: About 20 chapter members enjoyed an awesome day in the mountains on our fifth annual Camino de Staunton. That's for Staunton State Park! Chapter members Mark and Sandy Fisher once again organized a great route!

° Tuesday and Wednesday, August 9 and 10, 2017: Chapter coordinators Chris Petty and Kris Ashton presented back-to-back talks on two fabulous walks in Japan: The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage and the Nakasendo post-towns route.

• Saturday, July 22, 2017: The Chapter held its annual Saint James Day potluck picnic with about 30 in attendance. Five soon-to-be peregrinos received shells and a mini blessing.

• Saturday, July 18, 2017: A good 25 chapter members enjoyed a pleasant 3-mile walk through the Boulder foothills in the Chautauqua area. Four soon-to-be first-time pilgrims received scallop shells and a blessing in a fairy forest of red sandstone cairns. The walk was followed by brunch at the historic Chautauqua Dining Hall. A row of tables seating our entire group miraculously cleared just as we walked up. Good food and good conversation lasted a couple of hours.

• Friday, June 16, 2017: About 80 people from the Chapter and from the Camino Meetup group appeared to watch Looking for Infinity: El Camino. While not everyone bought into the film's cerebral, introspective, spiritual take on the Camino, it was a vehicle for a thoughtful post-screening discussion. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017: Well, it was a very small group that gathered at the Hall Ranch Boulder Open Space Area for a 9-mile hike. Hot, hot, hot! The highlight of the day was a lovely mini shell ceremony.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?

The Colorado Front Range Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org for details. Experienced Camino walkers and cyclists who would like to serve as mentors should contact us so that you can be added to our resource list. Potential mentors should provide us with your name, ZIP-code and a brief rundown of your experience including walking or cycling, which route and when. Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino on Facebook for great dialogue, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.

If you'd like to be added to the chapter's e-mail list, click HERE. For information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrlims, contact us at ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org.

Rev 10/19/17