Chamber Chat 01-30-14

The Gallery at the Windsor is pleased to announce that one of its artists, Karen Bonnie, will present a collection of new works the week before Covered Wagon Days through the month of August, entitled "We're Still Here:  Animals In The Workplace" . Oil Paintings will depict beautiful farm and ranch scenes from the San Luis Valley as well as some of the glittering "Best of the Best" draft teams from the 2014 National Western Stock Show, which featured the National Driving Championships and pulling contests. In conjunction with the Kit Carson Wagon Train and Trail Ride, sales will benefit the Wounded Warriors Foundation. More information will be available soon!


Chamber Chat 01-23-14

We're brimming over with enthusiasm for Covered Wagon Days 2014! The committee met to talk over some new ideas to extend the event into several days around the parade on the first Saturday of August. It's difficult to wait, but there will be new events announced as they are confirmed. There are new volunteers and lots of fun ideas that will keep folks entertained, inspired and in town, so have your visiting relatives start planning to stay a few extra nights. We're riding the wave that we kicked up last year, so hang on tight and start making your plans for a wild ride!


 Chamber Chat 11-07-13

            The Parade of Lights has been a treasured Del Norte tradition for many years. On Dec. 6, merchants will hold an open house, starting at 4pm, and will be offering homemade goodies and punch to visitors to their diverse shops. There may be special sales on items to stuff the stockings of loved ones. The theme for this year's event is "Sleigh Bells Ring…an Old-Timey Christmas in Del Norte".

            Let's put on a GREAT BIG SHOW in Del Norte!  Come out with your floats, wagons, walking and riding entries, all lit up with twinkle lights of every description! Registration forms are available through the Chamber website, Parade starts at 6pm. We have several caroling groups lined up to entertain us while we visit the shops before, during the parade and after. Dress up in 1800's garb if you have it! Let's turn this little western town into a Christmas Wonderland for an evening.      Nowhere in the Valley will you find better, more diverse and convenient gift buying with the recent additions of several new stores to add to the amazing array of gift shops that have been here for some years. For example, Del Norte's Teleflora flower and gift shop, The Columbine, announces a SALE on several popular items. Christmas decorations came out this week too, so join Marsha and her crew for coffee, pastry and a stroll back through time in her delightfully old fashioned and unique gift shop, filled with beautiful and unique linens for any occasion, baby gifts, customized gift baskets and home decorating items. For the coffee drinkers they offer a rack of new and old books to enjoy over a homemade cinnamon bun.

            Elk Ridge Framing and Gifts is a can't-miss shop which has been a high point destination in Del Norte since 2001. They are already decked out to the hilt for Christmas, with decorated trees of every description. If you need custom holiday decorating at your home, owner Marsha Deal and charming Elves, Jane and Donna, will design your one-of-a-kind festive rooms according to your budget. But they carry more than holiday finery, they also offer gifts for everyone on your gift list: quality custom picture frames, knives, binoculars and scopes for your hard-to-buy-for guy, Duck Dynasty men's gift sets, charming collectable kitchenware and house wares including Christmas dishes and decor, and customizable beaded jewelry. You will find many items under $20, Christmas truffles, free gift wrapping!

            After a tough summer due to the fires, please consider your local Del Norte Merchants for your gift buying and holiday decorating this year. You may just fill your Gift List in one convenient visit!



Chamber Chat 8-08-13
"A Covered Wagon Days to Remember!"

The Del Norte Chamber of Commerce wishes to sincerely thank all who attended the Covered Wagon Days Event, whether in the parade, dog show, car show or any other events, or were a spectator or playing in the Park. It was a grand day for Del Norte this year, truly a year to remember! Opening ceremonies were dedicated to our Retired Firefighters of the Del Norte Volunteer Fire Department, and those wildland firefighters who have given their lives to protect us. The Star Spangled Banner was led by Nichole Cordova and graced by a stunning display of 5 beautiful airplanes flown by our local pilots. Kids wearing black mustaches entertained us with the "Biscuit Throw" like never before. And the entire parade, which lasted 50 minutes this year, gave us Tales to enlighten and uplift us.

On a personal note, as committee chair, I wish to extend heartfelt congratulations to all the committee members, who brought to the table their shared desire to build Covered Wagon Days back to what it was long ago, as well as their creativity, work ethic and passion, and in several cases their past experience. We could not have wished for a better team or for more support from the community, who let us know with their generous sponsorships that they were pulling with us.

If you run into any of the following CWD Committee members, please shake their hand:Will Kreutzer, Car Show; Adrienne Atencio, Park Activities; Gail Berndt, Dog Show; Doug Wibbenmeyer, Wagon Show; Monica Falk, Parade Admin; Cindy & Carl Hill, Gen Admin, Advisors, Historians, Announcer and much, much more; Alice & Ken Black, Kit Salway and her crew, Sharon & Steve Reznik, Ann Robinson, Donna Greeling, Donna Velasquez and John Bricker, each of whom contributed ideas, knowledge and many hours of their time to get the work done. The CWD Committee is asking for your favorite photos and videos from this year's events. They will be posted on our CWD Facebook page. We want to see it continue to grow, and have the excitement from this year's events carry over to next year. Please send your photos and videos to:

Look for a bigger and better Covered Wagon Days in 2014!
Karen Bonnie: Chairman 2013 Covered Wagon Days

 Chamber Chat 8-01-13
2013 Covered Wagon Days is here!! This will be the Covered Wagon Days you don't want to miss. "Tales From Del Norte" so Come Tell Your Tale...

Throw a biscuit! Join the Parade! Cheer on our brave Firefighters with your signs and banners!
Meet some of the Valley's Premier Artists, watch them paint, and bid on beautiful art at the Windsor Hotel's Beer Garden!
Enter your dog in the "Tails from Del Norte" Dog Show! Bring your Beautiful or Interesting Automobile for the Car Show! Drive your team, ride your horse or bring your wagon, buggy or cart to the Wagon Show!  Visit the Farmer's Market!
Have a great BBQ Lunch at the Firehouse! Play in the Park under the cool trees! Horseshoes!
New Bouncy Houses! Mud Volleyball! Vendors in the Park! Ice Cream Social at the Museum! Book Sale at the Library! Pancake Breakfast! Pie Sale at the Ruth Marie! Pickleball! Talent Show!
Come see what your local merchants are offering at their Open House events!
For full details, visit


Chamber Chat 7-25-13
This years Covered Wagon Days is quickly approaching on Saturday August 3rd, 2013. The Del Norte Chamber of Commerce would like to reach out to the community for the following...

CALL FOR LATE 1800'S COSTUMES! Buckskinners and Cowboys, Cavalry and Schoolmarms, Gamblers, Bad Guys and Women of the Night! Little girls in pretty pinafores and little boys in suspenders and straw hats, your presence is requested on Parade Day at Covered Wagon Days, August 3rd. If you are willing to loan an outfit for someone else to wear, please call Karen Bonnie at 657-0286 and we will put your costume to work. Let's all put our best 1860's foot forward for a fun and very Western event this year!

CALL FOR REENACTORS! Please contact Karen Bonnie if you can play a part in an old west reenactment, 657-0286.

Two new business' made their names official in the community with two new ribbon cuttings last Friday. Lisa Yund of Empire Properties at 525 Columbia Ave and Kathy Black of Kathy Black of Kathy's Fabric Trunk at 610 Grand Ave. We welcome these two business' to the community and are excited for more to come in the next few months. Stay tuned for more cuttings that are being set now.


Chamber Chat 7-18-13
As the firemen and support crews leave our town this week, we wish to thank them for their service to this and surrounding communities. We offer our condolences for the loss of precious lives in Arizona, and we are deeply grateful that you are still willing to carry the burden of protecting us, our families and towns from destruction despite the danger. Stay safe, wherever you go, and know that we hold you close in our hearts.

The Del Norte Chamber of Commerce would like to announce a few new business ribbon cuttings sceduled for this Friday July 19th. At 4 pm we'll be cutting the ribbon and welcoming Kathy Black of Kathy's Fabric Trunk at 610 Grand Ave. Immediately following at 4:30 pmwe'll be cutting the ribbon and welcoming Lisa Yund of Empire Properties at 525 Columbia Ave. Come join us to welcome these new business' and enjoy treats provided by Marsha from the Columbine Flower Shop.

This Saturday July 20th, Kathy's Fabric Trunk will be hosting an Open House from 10am to 5pm at 610 Grand Ave. Stop in and see what's new downtown! You can reach the shop at 719-657-9314.

Covered Wagon Days is approaching fast on Saturday August 3rd so be sure to register for the day at or


Chamber Chat 6-27-13
The Del Norte Chamber of Commerce would like to express our deepest gratitude to all first responders and personnel for their efforts related to the fires just to our west. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do on a daily basis!

If you know anyone who has been displaced or affected by the fires and evacuations that needs assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Del Norte Chamber of Commerce through the website, or by stopping by the Red Cross Shelter setup at Del Norte High School. If you would like to help by donating time and/or materials, please do stop by the Red Cross Shelter and ask how you can help.

Many thanks are due to a few Chamber members for their efforts. Thank you to Donna Velasquez for cooking a wonderful spaghetti dinner for 70+ firefighters last week on behalf of the Chamber. Donna continues to help by volunteering her time at the Del Norte Firehouse, helping in every way she can. Thank you to Sharon and Steve Reznik for opening their doors to evacuees at the 7R Ranch Bed & Breakfast.  We’re sure there are many more thanks due to others that we’ve not yet heard of, so Thank You to everyone who has helped.

Lastly, thank you to the Del Norte community and businesses that have helped in this ongoing cause.  To the families of our Del Norte Fire Department, Police Department, Sherriff’s Office, and town officials, know that you are in our thoughts. We know that it is tough to have family members absent for extended periods of time. Your men and women are in our prayers for a safe return every time they are on duty.

Chamber Chat 6-20-13
The Del Norte Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Laura Haefeli of Haefeli's Honey Farms on her winning the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race this past weekend in New Hampshire. The race is a run up the Mount Washington Auto Road, 7.6 miles all uphill! Laura has taken third place at this race in years past but finally took first place this year beating out her competitors by over 5 minutes. You can read the full article about Laura's win by going to Nice work Laura, great job!

A tradition continues with new business ribbon cuttings coming back! Our first ribbon cutting will be held soon at Lisa Yunds new Real Estate office, Empire Properties, at 525 Columbia Ave. More to come on this and additional cuttings.

We've caught wind that a new gallery will be opening soon in Del Norte. Rene York will be opening the Blue Dragonfly Gallery soon next to Colorado Cowgirls and across the street from the Rio Grande Pharmacy. Her gallery will feature art, antiques and jewelry with more items to come as she grows. Stay tuned for more opening information coming soon.

Just a reminder that Jack's Market has it's annual outside produce sale coming up on July 2nd and July 3rd.  Hot dogs and Coke will also be on sale for 25 cents.

If you have news or information you'd like to see in this column, please contact Del Norte Chamber President Will Kreutzer at 719-657-0681 or Vice President Donna Velasquez at 719-657-2203.








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