Biz Buzz:
Pumpkins, ‘Plates’ Oct. 15-16

       The weekend of Oct. 15-16 will offer a different event each day by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group - the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off that Saturday and the new Plates and Palettes that Sunday.
       Pumpkins - The free competition in the Old Town Plaza parking lot, 25th Street and Colorado Avenue, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured will be the weighing of specially grown pumpkins. Some in recent years have exceeded 1,000 pounds. Cash prizes will go to first, second and third.
       The weighing is officially sanctioned by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth.
       An added competition this year will be “prettiest pumpkin,” according to Pam Gressett, OCCA event coordinator.
       Other entertainment will include face painting, a clown and displays of large squash and long gourds.
       “Plates” - Scheduled times are 1 to 5 p.m. Benefitting the Wounded Warrior program, the event is cooperating with 15 shops/galleries featuring art by soldiers, plus food and wine and live music in different places. Tickets are $15 a person and can be purchased at participating shops or the OCCA website,
       Attendees can also bid on art to benefit the Wounded Warrior Scholarship program.
       The artists/soldiers are “patients in therapy since coming back from the war,” Gressett said. Their therapy is provided by Military Creative Expressions at the Fine Arts Center.
       Live music will include the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale in Bancroft Park and a bluegrass band from the Colorado Springs Conservatory for the Arts at different street locations. Musicians Jason Bennett and Benjamin Pratt are scheduled for Jives Coffee Lounge and A Call to Life, respectively.

"No Alibi" is a 2002 painting by oil painter Robert Goldsberry. He will meet the public at the Thunder Mountain Trading Company during the Oct. 7 Old Colorado City Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is presented monthly by 14 participating shops and galleries.
Courtesy of Thunder Mountain

       Additions to Art Walk
       Robert Goldsberry, an oil painter from Centennial, Colo., will be on hand for an exhibit of his works as part of the Art Walk Friday, Oct. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.
       His show will be at the Thunder Mountain Trading Company, 2508 W. Colorado Ave., which has shown his works for 12 years. Goldsberry specializes in portraits of horses.
       In other late-breaking news for the Art Walk, the Velez Gallery, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., announced that it will have three new exhibits: charcoal drawings by Navajo artist Cheryl Joe; Oaxacan Monster carvings from the Zapotec people and Dia de Los Muertos (“day of the dead”) pieces by Claudio Jimenez.

Editor's note: If you know any Westside locations not listed here, or you find that any of this information has changed, please let us know at 471-6776.

Westside Pioneer/press release