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.


EVENTS:
Scheduled Events:

DENVER, COLORADO
Tertulia at The Goods
Third Sundays (July 15th), 3:00 PM - about 4:30

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 Kris at 720-733-6750. We look forward to seeing a bunch of you there!

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DENVER, COLORADO
St. James Day potluck picnic (and optional pre-potluck walk at 9:00)
Saturday, July 21, 2018, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
A "soft" RSVP requested. See below.

As you surely know, July 25th is St. James Feast Day and in honor of the occasion the Colorado Front Range chapter of American Pilgrims is having its fourth annual St. James Day potluck picnic! (On the previous Saturday, the 21st.) The location is once again Denver’s Mamie Doud Eisenhower Park located east of South Colorado Blvd four blocks north of Hampden Avenue. (The High Line Canal runs right along the south edge of the park if you’d like to arrive Camino style.) The picnic area is in the north central point in the park on Dartmouth Avenue. The park has a nice playground. Have you just returned from the Camino? Bring your stories! And we extend a cordial invitation to spouses, SOs and any friends or acquaintances who might be interested in the Camino.

We’ll not try to organize the potluck nature of the event – it is a potluck after all – so bring whatever picnic-appropriate dish you’d like. We’ll provide soft drinks, paper plates and plastic utensils. There is a shelter at this site but we haven’t reserved it so we’ll have to play it by ear in case of inclement weather. You might bring some lawn chairs and, although there are picnic tables, some folding tables would be nice. We’ll have a hat out for small donations to cover the park permit cost and the cost of soft drinks and supplies.

And join us for a leisurely stroll along the High Line Canal before the picnic! We’ll walk from James A. Bible Park to Mamie D. Eisenhower Park; 4.6 miles along the High Line Canal. The path is flat and easy. Be sure to have your water and sun hat!

Meet at 9:00 AM at the picnic spot (near the corner of E. Yale and Birch St. Click HERE for the details.). From there, we will carpool to the start of the walk at James A. Bible Park and then walk back to Eisenhower Park. We’ll organize a car back to Bible Park to pick up the car(s) left there.

NOTE: If you will have food/drinks for the picnic, please be sure it will remain cold, hot or whatever during the two hours of the walk!

If you have definite plans to walk or cycle on the Camino for the first time later in 2018 and would like to receive a scallop shell and a blessing, let us know and we'll come prepared.

A reminder that, due to a requirement of American Pilgrims’ liability insurance, your dog (cat, marmot, llama, boa constrictor, etc, etc) isn’t invited as well. We'd like an RSVP for the picnic and for the walk to ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org. But if you decide at the last minute to come, don't let the absence of the RSVP stop you. Click HERE for the event flyer. Event day contact will be 563-505-6105 (Chris) or 720-733-6750 (Kris).

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 Pilgrims, contact us at ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org.

Rev 07/14/18