Thursday, December 31, 2009


Colorado Springs, CO (Seiko Marketing) — Old Colorado City Association of merchants is pleased to announce that they have hired Pro-Promotions to coordinate the 2010 Territory Days.

“We are very excited to have agreed on a contract with Jim and Pam Wear of Pro-Promotions to coordinate the 2010 Territory Days in Old Colorado City,” said Charles Irwin, President of the Old Colorado City Association. “We couldn’t have gotten a more qualified company to continue the great traditions of Territory Days as well as move forward with exciting opportunities for greater growth.”

Pro Promotions is one of Colorado’s longest standing special event production companies. For over two decades, Pro Promotions has organized and produced such great events as the Salute to American Veterans Rally, the Tejon Street Bike Fest, the Super Show and Swap Meet (aka the Hot Rods and Cool Bikes Super Show), the Western Sportsman’s Expo, the High Country Toy Run and others.

Pro Promotions is also an advertising and marketing agency whose client list includes companies like Outpost Harley-Davidson, The Ski Shop, KILO 94.3, KRXP 103.9, Henry Ham Insurance Agency, Red Noland Jaguar, Law Tigers, and RMC Distributing (Miller/Coors, Colorado Springs) just to name a few.

“We are honored and excited to be chosen as the new organizers of the Territory Days event,” said Jim Wear, President of Pro Promotions. “As natives of Colorado Springs, my wife Pam and I fully appreciate the long standing traditions of history and quality that the Territory Days event brings to our community, and we are dedicated to the preservation of those principles along with new energy and growth in the future.”

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

ICE ON THE AVENUE Ice Festival Returning to Old Colorado City in 2010

Colorado Springs, CO (Seiko Marketing) — The Old Colorado City Association of merchants is happy to announce that the ICE ON THE AVENUE Ice Festival is returning to Old Colorado City on January 16th & 17th of 2010 with most of the activities between 24th & 28th Street along West Colorado Avenue.

The event will feature a giant 50 ice block castle with three kid’s slides in Bancroft Park and also a Family Zone with an Ice Bowling Alley (with regular pins and ball) and a Drinking Luge in the parking lot next to Barbeque Mercantile. Also included for the first time is a King’s & Queen’s Throne where the public can interact and take photos. The plans for the 2nd Annual Ice on the Avenue also will include 15-25 different
statues sponsored by the sponsoring businesses of Old Colorado City.

There will also be several Ice Piggy Banks sponsored by different non-profits of the Pikes Peak region where donors can make immediate money donations to their favorite charities and be able to see their contributions inside the clear and hollowed ice sculptures. “We had close to 17,000 people come out for the 2009 Ice on the Avenue this year and we look forward to another large crowd in 2010,” said Charles Irwin, President of the OCCA merchants group. “I am very excited to present the 2010 Ice on the Avenue because we have Ice Sculptor William Sandusky, 3rd Place Winner at
the BP World Ice Art Championship 2009 sculpting for us and he’s got some incredible ice artwork to showcase to the public.”

Over 150 blocks of ice with each weighing 300 pounds will be used during the two-day event. There are plans to have an Ice Media Desk where 12 blocks of ice will be used to create an outdoor media set big enough for two people to report the news from the ice festival.

For more information on the 2010 ICE ON THE AVENUE ice festival, please contact Charles Irwin at 719-302- 2962 or go online at

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Handcrafted Santa & More Receives Special Santa Order for Former President George W. Bush

Colorado Springs, CO (Seiko Tran) — Handcrafted Santa & More, located at 2605 W. Colorado Avenue in the heart of Historic Old Colorado City in Colorado Springs, is proud to announce that they were commissioned to make two special Santas for the former President of the United States, George W. Bush. Handcrafted Santas & More is a store that specializes in handmade Santas, Elves, Fairies, Vintage Ladies and Witches.

Melanie De Shon, the artist who created the two Santas for Former President Bush, said, “I have been creating Santas for 13 years. These Santas have found homes across the United States, Europe and Japan. I was honored to be commissioned to make the Prairie Chapel Santa as a present to the Bush family and had them delivered to Crawford Ranch in Texas. The second, the Fisherman Santa, was purchased as a Christmas gift for former President and Mrs. Bush in November 2009 and sent to Dallas, Texas.”

Each Santa’s face is individually sculpted out of clay, then baked and painted. Beards and hair are from various types of sheep’s wool. Their suits and dresses are made from vintage fabric, furs, trims & buttons collected from everywhere. They are accessorized with vintage and antique pieces. Each is unique, signed and dated.

Various Santas include Sewing Santa, Woodcutter Santa, Silver Swan Santa, Seashell Santa, Coffee Santa, Photographer Santa, Birdwatcher Santa, Clockmaker Santa, Patriotic Santa and Fisherman Santa. Prices range from $65 and up to $1,000 per Santa depending on the model.

Please contact Melanie De Shon of Handcrafted Santas & More, at 719-633-1165 or go online at for more information on the special commissioned Santas or to place an order.

Half Ton Holiday Chocolate Bar In Old Colorado City

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Seiko Tran) - The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Old Colorado City will unveil a chocolate bar weighing over a half ton to celebrate the Holiday Season. "The candy business is all about having fun and we enjoy creating memorable experiences," says Mazie Baalman, owner of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate. "This won't be your typical chocolate bar."

The Chocolate Factory has enlisted the talents of local ice sculpture, William Sandusky, to create a serving bar made entirely of ice in front of the store. Sandusky has gain international acclaims for his talents. As part of a team he recently placed third in the 2009 World Ice Art Championships held in Fairbanks, Alaska.

"We are going to give away free chocolate all weekend long to people visiting Old Colorado City," says Baalman. The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is known for freshly made samples of fudge, caramel apples, and other goodies inside the store. The chocolate bar brings it outside to the street on a grander scale. "People are stressed this time of year. What better way to cheer them up than mixing the uplifting effects of unique art and old fashioned chocolates. Plus it is Free!"

The ice sculpted chocolate serving bar is themed to go with the historic nature of Old Colorado City. "We wanted to do something that evokes the wholesome and traditional American Christmas," says Sandusky." There will be a brick fireplace and mantle. Even flaming logs with twinkling lights embedded into the ice." The sculpture will slowly melt, lasting only a few days. "We are hoping it will make it to Christmas Eve," says Baalman. "As long as it is standing, we will use it to give away chocolate and spread holiday cheer in OCC."

Over the weekend Old Colorado City will host Free Pictures with Santa located at the cabin in Bancroft Park. Carolers and actors dressed in period costume will also add to the holiday spirit.

Photo/film opportunities for the ice sculpture are available Saturday December 19th in the morning and evening. From 6am-9am, William Sandusky is sculpting (the sculpture will be mid progress at 6am). After sunset the ice sculpture is illuminated.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is located at 2431 W. Colorado Avenue in Historic Old Colorado City.

Please contact Mazie Baalman of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, at 719-635-4131 for information on placing orders for the holidays.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Book Celebrates Area Craft Brewers, and their Dogs

Dogs, Beer and Colorado: New Gift Book Showcases All Three

BrewDogs is a photographic tribute to Colorado craft brewers and the dogs they love.
Colorado is well known for its geographic beauty---mountains, rock formations, alpine streams and wildflowers. Of almost equal stature is the staggering number of craft beer breweries dotted throughout the state. Over 100 microbreweries turn out enough beer to make Colorado one of the largest beer-producing states in the nation. As a result, the Great American Beer Festival makes its yearly home here. Regardless of the numbers, there’s one statistic that’s true almost across the board: where there is a craft brewer, there is usually a brew dog at his side. As a playful tribute to those brewers and their canine companions, The BrewDogs of Colorado was born, just in time for the gift-giving season.

The book, a high quality, 152-page hardbound edition with images of over 70 brew dogs and over 200 color photos of breweries throughout Colorado, was produced by a Colorado Springs family. “While the idea was not exactly born over a beer, the connection between beer and dogs is not too far ‘fetched’”, said co-authors Brian and Becky Bennett. “We realized that not only are most Colorado breweries dog-friendly, but a lot of beers are named after dogs.” As canine lovers themselves, the idea of a book to celebrate this relationship came to fruition, and turned into a summer long project involving the whole family, including daughters Lauren and Kristen. “With over 100 breweries in Colorado, it wasn’t hard to find an award winning craft beer, and a dog to go with it.”

John Hickenlooper, Mayor of Denver and a Colorado brewpub pioneer, contributed the foreword and a photo of his own brew dog. Slated to hit the bookstands on December 15, The BrewDogs of Colorado retails for $29.95 and is an ideal gift with appeal for both dog and beer lovers alike. It can also be ordered online at Place online orders by December 20 for delivery by Christmas. Several booksignings have been scheduled at breweries and bookstores; check the Brew Dogs website for dates and venues.

About WoofMedia, LLC:
WoofMedia, LLC, is a family-owned business. Brian and Becky Bennett are long-time residents and active members of the Colorado Springs community. Co-authors and daughters Kristen and Lauren Olson are also involved as managers and photographers. Brian is an active community volunteer in Colorado, serving on various non-profit boards and committees, including current service as Chairman of the Better Business Bureau Foundation. Stay tuned for future publications.