Monday, March 9, 2009

Places I love - and places I miss

The Broadmoor

The Golden Bee features an authentic 19th century English pub that was transported to the United States from London and is stunning.

Frommer's Review
An opulent 19th-century English pub was disassembled, shipped from Great Britain, and reassembled piece by piece to create this delightful drinking establishment. You can have imported English ale by the yard or half-yard while enjoying steak-and-potato pie, Devonshire cheddar-cheese soup, sandwiches, or other British specialties. Evenings bring a ragtime pianist to enliven the atmosphere; interested guests are given songbooks for singalongs.

There are some places and people and things and sounds and smells and feelings - that evoke special memories. I loved visiting the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and the Golden Bee (and Sing Along). I miss the Broadmoor and the Golden Bee. Such happy and memorable times.
We were not special enough to have our own Beer Mug at the Golden Bee but we were friends with such Special People and were entranced with these 'old timers' stories of the Broadmoor and the Golden Bee and the history of Colorado Springs.
One evening during the Sing Along, we were fortunate to hear an opera singer who was performing in a production in Colorado Springs. I TELL YOU - she made us ALL sound good. There were so many happy times in this place and just working with this Silly Blog and posting the pictures accompanied with the memories brings a smile to my face.
I recall that on one visit to the Broadmoor, my Golfing Hubby purchased a ski cap in order to continue golfing (the snow had been shoveled off the golf course). Now THIS is a golfer.
In its sixty year history, the Broadmoor Skating Club has had eight members medal at the Olympics. Three of them won gold. The Skating Club is the home club of 200 national medalists. "We're the spot with the most history. Just go into our rink," says Broadmoor Skating Club President, Dr. Lester Cramer, "and see all the flags of our champions. There is no other place like it!"
Peggy Fleming, Janet Champion, Dorothy Hamil and other great figure skaters trained at the Broadmoor and anyone (anyone!) could watch them skate. Ah - those were the days.
The Denver Public Library has a great historical photography collection which includes old photographs of The Broadmoor and the Broadmoor Casino. That is another place I love . . . and miss - the Denver Public Library.

The Gruene Onion

On Friday and Saturday evenings, the Gruene Onion Grill hosts instrumental and vocal groups; I understand that sometimes there is some great jazz! Today was lunch (Reuben sandwich and Oriental Salad). A nice stop on the way back to Seguin.

She's Fifty!

Reporting from Shanghai and Los Angeles -- Barbie turns 50 this month, and to shake off a midlife crisis she's getting tattooed and opening the doors to her first megastore in China.
“During the 1950s and before, there was this dominant prevailing idea that women should be homemakers and mothers,” said Miriam Forman-Brunell, author of “Made to Play House: Dolls and the Commercialization of American Girlhood.” “Barbie challenged the postwar ideal about motherhood and sent the message that it was also OK to be a working woman.”

The Black Dog of Walnut Creek

I saw the pet dishes on the step at Lone Star Printing & Office Supply and figured that someone who works there (perhaps owner Bonnie Bartels) has a pet. And I thought the dish was inscribed "LoVeStar" and that seemed to be a very clever name for a pet that resides at Lone Star.
Well, today's Seguin Daily News article cleared up all of my 'suppositions' regarding these two dishes. Apparently there is a black dog who has eluded animal control and has come to be known as The Black Dog of Walnut Creek. As Mary Jo Filip writes in this article, the dog has become 'part of the local color of downtown and the creek area.'