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Colorado Front Range Chapter

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Colorado Front Range 80219

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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.

Contact chapter coordinators Kris Ashton, Chris Petty, Joyce deToni-Hill and Gene McCullough at ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org for more information.

We invite you to sign up for the chapter's email list! And you might also think about joining the national American Pilgrims on the Camino. The local chapters exist because the national organization supports them. Why should you consider doing that? Check out this video!

Announcements

  • If you are even remotely considering international travel - or actually doing almost anything! - we would suggest that you take a look at American Pilgrims "COVID-19: What You Should Know" page.
  • Our 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 (sello) before you leave home. Just email us. We will try to have the sello at all chapter events as well. (This sello doesn't actually do anything for you other than indicate that you're on your way!)
  • American Pilgrims has been receiving queries about COVID-19 and the advisability of travel. This is the organization's advice.
  • Don't have your credential yet? You can request a credential from American Pilgrims on the Camino! Credentials are free, but donations are always cheerfully accepted.
  • Several times a year American Pilgrims provides the required training to serve as an hospitalero in albergues on the Camino. In recent years one of these has been held at a facility in the Black Forest just north of Colorado Springs. If you live Colorado and that's something you've been thinking about, these sessions will be a golden opportunity to obtain the training without incurring an expensive airline ticket!  Announcements of all trainings are made to (paying) members of the national American Pilgrims on the Camino. Why not join and be alerted immediately when Colorado sessions are announced! See the Hospitaleros page for requirements and further information!
  • There are a thousand and one packing lists out there but this packing list is our take on the topic.

Events

Notice concerning all Zoom events: A new version of Zoom is available — Version 5. As of May 31st, version 5 was required to take part in Zoom events. Open the app on your device (every individual device that has the app will need to be separately updated). Launch the app. On a computer look for "zoom.us" in the app's menu at the top left of the screen. Slide down to "Check for Updates" and follow the directions. On a mobile device, tap the gear symbol and then tap "Version".  Follow the directions. 

The Colorado Front Range Chapter schedules walks, talks, potlucks and much more!

To see what we’re doing, please visit the Local Chapter Events Calendar and select our chapter name in the "All Events Category" pull-down menu. This will filter to display only our chapter's events.

For the time being, all in-person Chapter events have been cancelled with the exception of the June 27th (rescheduled from May 9th) walk on the High Line Canal and Fairmount Cemetery. Absolutely no guarantee that that will happen then but for the time being it's there.

The Chapter coordinators are busy cooking up some more online ways to keep all of us connected!


ONLINE EVENT: Tertulia virtual
Sunday, May 31st, 3:00 pm
As of May 21st there are still openings for this event

¿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 might guess that “etc” means "Camino"! And "virtual" means "virtual"!

For those of you who have attended our in-person tertulias, this won't be nearly as free flowing. And you'll have to look in your refrigerator for appetizers. Bring a beer or glass of wine. But the general premise will be the same: We hope to have past and future pilgrims. This will be a great chance for not-yet-veterans to ask questions of experienced pilgrims and for the experienced pilgrims to offer opinions. Maybe the current and future situation on the Camino. Or simply to talk about whatever comes up.

This event will be limited to 20 participants. These free Zoom meetings are limited to 40 minutes but if we're still having a good time, we'll just restart! Hopefully we'll all be experienced enough with Zoom by then that the technical issues on the front end will be minimal!

If you're in the Chapter's email list, send us a request to be registered and we'll reply with the meeting password: ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org
Please include "tertulia May 31st", your first and last names and your email address.

What you need to know:
What: Una tertulia virtual hosted by Chapter coordinator Gene McCullough
When: Sunday, May 31st, 3:00 pm
Where: Join Zoom Meeting
     https://zoom.us/j/99768329516
     Meeting ID: 997 6832 9516
     Password: Send us an RSVP and we'll reply with the password. Please include "tertulia May 31st", your first and last names and your email address.
     Cost: ¡Nada! Unless to have some of The Goods sumptuous Rosemary Fries delivered!

This is a Zoom meeting so you'll have to have downloaded the Zoom app to your device or computer. We will not be recording Chapter Zoom events.


ONLINE EVENT: Camino virtual film club
Simon Reeve BBC series Pilgrimage, Episode 2 "Santiago and Rome"
Wednesday, June 10th, 4:00 PM
Episode 3, "The Holy Land" will be on Wednesday, June 24th. See below.

The Camino de Santiago was one of the three great pilgrimages of Medieval Europe. Many of you have walked the Camino, or have plans to do so, each for his or her own personal type of pilgrimage. But what is a pilgrimage? Simon Reeve explores that question in a 3-part series made for the BBC called Pilgrimage. We have already covered episode 1, "Canterbury" and episode 3, "The Holy Land" will be on Wednesday, June 24th. See below. Join us as we discuss episode 2 — Santiago and Rome. You should watch the video on your own beforehand.

#2: Santiago and Rome https://youtu.be/a1B1rnyUxLA

Some ideas for the meetings: Had you seen this series before? What words would you use to recommend the film to others - or not? If you've walked the Camino, do you think Reeve did it justice? What do you think a pilgrimage is?

What you need to know:
What: Virtual Camino Film Club hosted by Chapter coordinator Chris Petty
     Simon Reeve "Pilgrimage" #2: Santiago and Rome https://youtu.be/a1B1rnyUxLA
When: Wednesday, June 10th, 4:00 PM

Where: https://zoom.us/j/95418075565.
Password: We will provide the password to the event upon receiving your RSVP.
 In your RSVP please include "Santiago and Rome" and your first and last names and your email address.
Cost: Zip! Bring your own popcorn.

These are Zoom meetings so you'll have to have downloaded the Zoom app to your device or computer. If you need a primer on taking part in your first Zoom event, here's a good one:
youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E
We will not be recording Chapter Zoom events.


ONLINE EVENT: Tertulia virtual
Sunday, June 14th, 3:00 pm

¿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 might guess that “etc” means "Camino"! And "virtual" means "virtual"!

For those of you who have attended our in-person tertulias, this won't be nearly as free flowing. And you'll have to look in your refrigerator for appetizers. Bring a beer or glass of wine. But the general premise will be the same: We hope to have past and future pilgrims. This will be a great chance for not-yet-veterans to ask questions of experienced pilgrims and for the experienced pilgrims to offer opinions. Maybe the current and future situation on the Camino. Or simply to talk about whatever comes up.

This event will be limited to 20 participants. These free Zoom meetings are limited to 40 minutes but if we're still having a good time, we'll just restart! Hopefully we'll all be experienced enough with Zoom by then that the technical issues on the front end will be minimal!

If you're in the Chapter's email list, send us a request to be registered and we'll reply with the meeting password: ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org
Please include "tertulia June 14th", your first and last names and your email address.

What you need to know:
What: Una tertulia virtual hosted by Chapter coordinator Gene McCullough
When: Sunday, June 14th, 3:00 pm
Where: https://zoom.us/j/91430842388
     Meeting ID: 914 3084 2388
     Password: Send us an RSVP and we'll reply with the password. Please include "tertulia June 14th", your first and last names and your email address.
     Cost: ¡Nada! Unless to have some of The Goods delicious kale salad delivered!

This is a Zoom meeting so you'll have to have downloaded the Zoom app to your device or computer. We will not be recording Chapter Zoom events.


ONLINE EVENT: Camino virtual film club
Simon Reeve BBC series Pilgrimage, Episode 3 "The Holy Land"
Wednesday, June 24th, 4:00 PM
Episode 2, "Santiago and Rome" will be on Wednesday, June 10th. See above.

The Camino de Santiago was one of the three great pilgrimages of Medieval Europe. Many of you have walked the Camino, or have plans to do so, each for his or her own personal type of pilgrimage. But what is a pilgrimage? Simon Reeve explores that question in a 3-part series made for the BBC called Pilgrimage. We have already covered episodes 1 and 2, "Canterbury" and "Santiago and Rome". Join us as we discuss part 3 — The Holy Land. You should watch the program on your own beforehand, then we'll meet to discuss and share our insights.

#3: The Holy Land https://youtu.be/FozaJKIVfNU

Some ideas for the meetings: Had you seen this series before? What words would you use to recommend the film to others - or not? If you've been to the Holy Land, do you think Reeve did it justice? What do you think a pilgrimage is?

What you need to know:
What: Virtual Camino Film Club hosted by Chapter coordinator Chris Petty
     Simon Reeve "Pilgrimage" #3: The Holy Land https://youtu.be/FozaJKIVfNU
When: Wednesday, June 24th, 4:00 PM

Where: https://zoom.us/j/374542109.
Password: We will provide the password to the event upon receiving your RSVP.
 In your RSVP please include "Holy Land" and your first and last names and your email address.
Cost: Zip! Bring your own popcorn.

These are Zoom meetings so you'll have to have downloaded the Zoom app to your device or computer. If you need a primer on taking part in your first Zoom event, here's a good one:
youtu.be/9isp3qPeQ0E
We will not be recording Chapter Zoom events.


AURORA, CO
Camino del Canal de High Line with a loop through Fairmount Cemetery
Saturday, June 27th, In the morning but times to be determined. See below.

This event is, joyfully, being met favorably! This leaves us in the happy situation that we're going to have to get creative about conducting it. To wit: As of June 1st, we have 20 people registered. That's great! However the COVID rules and regs will require us to convene groups of no more than ten people. So the Chapter coordinators are working on a scheme where we will dispatch groups of ten, each including one of us, on hourly intervals, probably starting at 8:00 am. The round trip will take about three hours. In a couple of weeks we'll contact those registered as to which group you'd like to join. Please wait for that invitation.

The Colorado Front Range Chapter is returning to a favorite walk — the High Line Canal in Aurora with a loop through Fairmount Cemetery, arguably Denver’s most historic cemetery. Fairmount is the final resting place of Denver’s history and our turnaround will be a loop through the cemetery visiting an assortment of interesting residents! Although embedded in the city, this section of the trail is surprisingly tranquil. The trail is almost entirely asphalt with a bit of concrete. The walk will be about 6 miles total.

If you have definite plans to walk or cycle on the Camino for the first time later in the year and would like to receive a scallop shell and a blessing, let us know through ColoradoFrontRange@americanpilgrims.org. We’ll come prepared!

Please RSVP to the Chapter with "High Line", your first and last names, the number of people who will be there and your email address.

What you need to know:
What: ~6-mile walk on the High Line Canal in Aurora with a loop through Fairmount Cemetery
When: Saturday, June 27th, 9:00 am
Where: Upon receipt of your RSVP, we'll provide the meetup location. Please RSVP to the Chapter with "High Line", your first and last names, the number of people who will be there and your email address. (It won't be the same as when we've done this walk in the past.)
Cost: Nada


Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?

Consider joining the American Pilgrims on the Camino Facebook group for great dialogue, Q&A, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.

Mentor Program

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.


We invite you to sign up for the chapter's email list. Please email us for information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrims.

Ver 05/24/20