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Happy Trails: Santa Fe Open Space a quaint escape north of Colorado Springs

There was some back-and-forth over the name of a newer El Paso County open space.For a while, Elephant Rock Open Space was the thought, for the shape of that rock seen from afar and now up close in the woods by Palmer Lake. But the name could be deceiving as the trail does not directly reach the formation.Santa Fe Open Space was the decision, for the name of the adjacent railroad. It makes sense, too, for the access off the Santa Fe Regional Trail. And it makes sense for the overall sense of nostalgia the open space lends, beyo...

There was some back-and-forth over the name of a newer El Paso County open space.

For a while, Elephant Rock Open Space was the thought, for the shape of that rock seen from afar and now up close in the woods by Palmer Lake. But the name could be deceiving as the trail does not directly reach the formation.

Santa Fe Open Space was the decision, for the name of the adjacent railroad. It makes sense, too, for the access off the Santa Fe Regional Trail. And it makes sense for the overall sense of nostalgia the open space lends, beyond the whistle of the train rolling by.

Outdoors

It’s a sense of unspoiled nature and old ranching days. Since the open space’s 2022 ribbon-cutting, it’s been an experience for all on the county’s northern edge — a figure-eight trail system that’s easy on body, mind and spirit.

In town, park by the playground on the east side of the lake, called Palmer Lake Recreation Area. Follow the regional trail trending south. In about a half-mile, a map marks the start of Santa Fe Open Space, where we found the trails well-marked and easy to follow — and refreshingly dry for early spring, thanks to south-facing slopes.

The trail starts through a wavy meadow overlooked by the blocky Ben Lomand Mountain. We continued into the pine forest and passed the split for Far View Trail, opting to stay straight for the outermost loop along Burlington Trail.

The trail gently rises to show Elephant Rock, before turning to views of Palmer Lake’s rolling skyline over thick oak. Rather than turn left, we stayed straight as the trail becomes Far View Trail, aptly named looking out to Mount Herman and Cheyenne Mountain.

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The trail descends to a rusted, vintage car and old farm equipment. It returns to the path that enters the open space; we turned right and continued back the way we came.

Trip log: 2.9 miles round trip (“lollipop” loop), 237 feet elevation gain

Getting there: Start from Palmer Lake Recreation Area, at 199 County Line Road, Palmer Lake.

FYI: Multi-use, nonmotorized trail. Open dawn to dark. Dogs on leash.

Little Log Church celebrating 100 years in Palmer Lake

Community members will commemorate The Little Log Church’s 100th year in Palmer Lake on May 11. The celebration — located at 133 High Street in Palmer Lake will feature a tour of the historic log chapel, refreshments and a scavenger hunt. 1920s era attire is optional for the event.“I’m really hoping that people will come dressed in 1920s era attire,” said Anne Jones, Little Log’s office administrator.According to Jones, Little Log Church was established May 12, 1924, when 10 men and women gat...

Community members will commemorate The Little Log Church’s 100th year in Palmer Lake on May 11. The celebration — located at 133 High Street in Palmer Lake will feature a tour of the historic log chapel, refreshments and a scavenger hunt. 1920s era attire is optional for the event.

“I’m really hoping that people will come dressed in 1920s era attire,” said Anne Jones, Little Log’s office administrator.

According to Jones, Little Log Church was established May 12, 1924, when 10 men and women gathered at Palmer Lake’s Town hall to express desire for a Christian fellowship in the community.

In October of that year, 41 community members signed a charter of membership, and in 1925, two log houses were purchased and rebuilt into the church locals adore today.

“The historical aspect is very endearing to know that something has lasted so long,” Jones said. “It’s wonderful to know that this building, and its community of believers, has been here so long.”

Since its founding, the church has been an active participant in Palmer Lake’s community, annually attending Palmer Lake’s Yule Log hunt and Sundance Mountain Star lighting.

Little Log Church’s second pastor, Evelina Macy, alongside Lucretia Vaile and other locals, worked together in September of 1933 to create the first Yule Log celebration in Palmer Lake, according to Jones.

“They took a splinter from the original Yule Log in Lake Placid, New York in order to pursue the idea of having the first Yule log in Palmer Lake,” Jones noted.

For Little Log’s pastor Bill Story, who has been with the church for 18 years, commemorative events such as the upcoming celebration allow people to immerse in the rich history of Palmer Lake.

“I think (celebrations) call people back to the original roots of what happened here and reminds them of the history of Palmer Lake,” Story said. “I was here for the 85th (anniversary) and now I’m here for the 100th, so I look forward to the celebration.”

Jones expressed that what has kept the church alive for 100 years is its dedicated community members.

“Many people have been married here over the years, and they call us on their anniversaries when they come back to visit and want to come look around the church,” Jones said.

“Celebrations give (residents and visitors) an opportunity to embrace the history of our community, and come together to enjoy the beautiful place we live, as well as the fellowship and sense of community that people have living in a small town.”

Colorado Springs gets update on popular pit barbecue in Palmer Lake | Table Talk

JT Cline, owner of Sundance Pit BBQ, 25 Colorado 105, Palmer Lake, and Maria Fetisova, his fiancé and front of the house manager, have changed up the interior of the former La Rosa Southwestern Dining restaurant. They have painted the walls in off-white tones with orange and black trim, which matches the outside of the building. There’s new Texas-style artwork on the walls too.Since opening in early January, the couple started out slowly smoking meat on Fridays to sell as takeout only on Saturday and Sundays.&ldquo...

JT Cline, owner of Sundance Pit BBQ, 25 Colorado 105, Palmer Lake, and Maria Fetisova, his fiancé and front of the house manager, have changed up the interior of the former La Rosa Southwestern Dining restaurant. They have painted the walls in off-white tones with orange and black trim, which matches the outside of the building. There’s new Texas-style artwork on the walls too.

Since opening in early January, the couple started out slowly smoking meat on Fridays to sell as takeout only on Saturday and Sundays.

“We have opened all dining rooms, so we’ve been seating people on Saturdays and Sundays from 11.am. until sold out” Fetisova said. “We are usually starting to sell out around 5-6 p.m. on Saturdays and around lunch on Sundays.”

They are planning to add another smoke day on Thursday in April.

“We will open for Friday dinner then,” Fetisova said. “We are working on increasing our capacity for smoking meat at the moment, so it all depends on when we get the equipment that we need.”

The menu offers sliced or chopped or sliced brisket sandwiches, pulled pork and smoked turkey sandwiches, St. Louis pork ribs, smoked brisket chili and brisket Philly cheesesteak on hoagie buns. There’s Cline’s elote — grilled corn smothered in garlic mayo — garnished with chile powder, cotija cheese, lime and cilantro, which you can have by itself or topped with brisket or pulled pork. Sides are coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread. Meats can be purchased by the pound. Details: 719-464-0467, facebook.com/sundancepitbbq.

Colorado Springs welcomes new Cuban restaurant | Table Talk

It’s been about 15 years ago since we received an invitation to lunch from French-born Blandine Mazéran. The lunch was an introduction to her dream of offering French cooking classes in her home. Fast forward to now and what started as a home-based business has grown into The French Kitchen, which is more than a cooking school — it’s a culinary center with a bakery, cafe, market and cooking school. Located at 4771 N. Academy Blvd., the core of the business continues to be cooking classes, which stretch beyond French classes to encompass cuisines of other countries and single topic classes.

Here’s a snapshot of the instructor lineup:

• Nate Potter, teaching kitchen manager and a pastry chef.

• Anne Doan, who is Vietnamese, specializes in Asian classes.

• Jason Miller, a culinary veteran in Colorado Springs with roots in Louisiana and classical French culinary training.

• Luis Pagon, from Peru and longtime college and high school culinary instructor.

• Darlee Anderson, a chocolatier.

And of course Mazéran, wih many of her devoted students having been with her since those early years in her home kitchen. Along the way she started offering VIP status to those who complete 12 classes, which rewards those students with access to private parties and special discounts. There are several students who have racked up hundreds of classes. At a recent VIP party, here are some raves from the more than 40 VIPs in attendance:

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“It’s my happy place.”

“Taking home food we prepared.”

“Easy enough to make again at home.”

“Like a family and a great place to make friends.”

“Always a good time.”

Want to get in on the action? Check out the wide array of classes offered at The French Kitchen. Visit tfkcc.com.

Meet the new owners of the former Swiss Chalet

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, 11 S. Tejon St., is offering the popular Bubbles & Pearls event and oyster specials throughout March in honor of the delicious bivalve.

Through March 31, enjoy West Coast oysters in a hot preparation with a plant-based chorizo and sourdough crumb compote, micro cilantro and white onion mignonette or a cold preparation of a raw oyster on the half shell with Napa Valley red wine gelée and fresh horseradish.

The festive month of mollusk slurping culminates on March 31, National Oyster Day with Half Shell Day. Hours are 3:30-9p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 3:30-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Details: (719) 357-4554, tinyurl.com/mmx8ar4s.

Longtime Colorado Springs fine dining eatery getting a refresh | Table Talk

The Melting Pot, 30 E. Pikes Peak Ave., has introduced the Ultimate Five-Course dining experience. For $100 per person, you a choice of celebration flowers (seasonal bouquet or rose bouquet) at your table, then a Green Goddess Bacon-Stuffed Tomato, followed by artisan cheese fondue served with their exclusive new Double Dippers (a selection of six savory, crunchy toppings including bacon and everything bagel seasoning), followed with a premium meat entrée you cook on a cast iron grill or a fondue pot and finish the meal with chocolate explosion fondue (a sparkling candle in a mini bundt cake).

Hours are 4-10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-10 p.m. Saturdays, and noon-9 p.m. Sundays. Details: 719-385-0300, tinyurl.com/2tev9un9.

Monument Med Spa opens in new Palmer Lake location with focus on the future

With a new brick-and-mortar location in Palmer Lake, Monumental Med Spa aspires to demonstrate and help the body heal itself.Monumental Med Spa opened its new doors at 88 Hwy 105 in Palmer Lake, in the building formerly occupied by Kirkland Photography, last September by owner Trina Shook. For 23 years, Shook was an emergency nurse but in 2010 while working at Skyridge Hospital in Lone Tree, she started taking classes in microdermabrasion and chemical peels at a beauty college.For $10,000, she soon bought a microdermabrasion ma...

With a new brick-and-mortar location in Palmer Lake, Monumental Med Spa aspires to demonstrate and help the body heal itself.

Monumental Med Spa opened its new doors at 88 Hwy 105 in Palmer Lake, in the building formerly occupied by Kirkland Photography, last September by owner Trina Shook. For 23 years, Shook was an emergency nurse but in 2010 while working at Skyridge Hospital in Lone Tree, she started taking classes in microdermabrasion and chemical peels at a beauty college.

For $10,000, she soon bought a microdermabrasion machine and began serving clients out of the kitchen in her home, paying off the machine after seven months. After that, she moved to downtown Monument on Washington Street in what was her business’s first brick-and-mortar location, operating as Monumental Microderm. After a year and a half, her business outgrew the three-room location and Shook took her services to a new location, in Palmer Lake, below Bella Panini where she remained almost 10 years.

She rebranded the business as Monumental Med Spa in 2020.

Shook outgrew that location as well. Just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, she looked to purchase the building on 88 Hwy 105 from Linda Ross, who owned it since it was built.

“She rented it to Kirkland Photography forever, and then Good Medicine came in. They did a lot of the renovations that I would’ve had to have done,” Shook said. “I was trying to buy this before COVID, then I pulled out.”

However, the stars soon aligned allowing Shook to purchase the building and property and open the new Monumental Med Spa location on Sept. 1 of last year with the same branding, staff and operations.

Today, Monumental Med Spa offers a large variety of services including skin treatments, including diamond glow, micro needling and cryotherapy, among many others. Intense pulse light treatments (IPL), laser teeth whitening, injectables services, tixel and CO2 services, waxing, threading and a large variety of esthetician services. More information on the spa’s available services and products are available on its website at www.MonumentalMedSpa.com, and over the next few years, there are more exciting features coming, Shook said.

Shook is originally from Northern California and moved to the Tri-Lakes area in 2003 from South Texas. She didn’t know anyone in Colorado but was looking to find a home geographically between Northern California, where her family was located and her ex-husband’s family in South Texas. Loving Colorado’s mountains, lakes and location, Shook bought a new home in the Tri-Lakes region after a handful of visits.

However, her interest in skin therapies started in high school.

“I always was interested in doing skin and hair,” Shook said. “My dad wanted me to be an educator, but I think I’ve always had a passion for beauty and helping women feel beautiful on the outside and inside. That’s kind of where my passion comes from. But honestly, I had no idea that it was going to take off like it did.

“My vision has moved more from just making people feel good on the outside to really healing our souls.”

In 2016, Shook lost 13 people to suicide. Being what she feels was the toughest year of her life, she had to do a lot of introspection to figure out “why on earth God was sending me all these people,” she said.

“I realized God put me in a position of trust and a lot of people trust me,” she said. “They trust me with their deepest, darkest secrets, and I feel I know a lot of people’s stories. I’m a great connector and I’m hoping to really build each other up.”

One element of the Monumental Med Spa in the process of being built with priority is a room which already contains an infrared sauna with a halo generator which infuses microns of medical-grade Himalayan sea salt to help with COVID, eczema, psoriasis and recently helped several clients with bad sciatica, Shook said. Severe back pain has also been relieved by the sauna.

Another device presently in-house is called a Beamer, not the car. It’s a pulse magnetic field which increases capillary, blood circulation on the superficial level, she said.

“It basically allows nutrients and oxygen to get back to the injured part so they can actually heal, which is what God intended us to be able to do,” Shook said.

In addition, that room will soon have a “fire and ice tub,” which is a cold plunge which aids people with what Shook describes as a hard reset of themselves. An Artificial Intelligence (AI) massage chair is also included which measures bone density, visceral fat, muscle density and the like. More importantly, it focuses on releasing stored trauma from the body, finds acupuncture points, she said.

“It’s similar to how we as humans only use a small percentage of our brains,” Shook said. “Once we realize we actually can and will start healing ourselves, it’s going to change everything.

“In the medical field, we are still going to need surgeons and those staff, but I think the medical big Pharma is going to collapse. Big Pharma would definitely be in trouble.”

And the treatments and services won’t stop inside the new location’s walls. Several features are planned for the outdoor areas to the property over the coming years. In fact, Shook looks to break ground of new outdoor features, like outdoor showers, a large waterfall, cedar soaking hot tubs, an inground soaking salt-water pool and sound bowl healing, this March.

The outdoor portion of the facility is planned to have events like Yoga Under the Moon and holistic healing ceremonies as well. Shook aspires to start outdoor events this summer.

Among several of Shook’s plans for Monumental Med Spa is a partnership with Tessa. Tessa is a non-profit organization which provides emergency shelter, food, case management, counseling and support for female survivors of abuse and their children. The desire to partner with Tessa comes from Shook’s own history.

“I ended up getting out of a bad situation, but my problem working with Tessa [of Colorado Springs] was because I lived in School District 38,” Shook said. “I couldn’t go into a safe house in the Springs and still get my kids to all the things they needed to do.

“I really feel like we need resources here in our little Palmer Lake and I would love to be able to have a safe house where women can help each other, get people’s kids to school or do whatever. I feel like we have the resources. We just don’t know how to go about connecting all those.”

Palmer Lake-based Bible ministry’s revenue soars more than 300% after years of decline

Century No. 3 started rough for the oldest of the Pikes Peak region’s many international evangelical organizations.Biblica, which was founded in 1809, saw its income fall from more than $26 million during some years of the 1990s and 2000s to less than $14 million in 2018.That’s the year the ministry brought on Geof Morin, former CEO of American Bible Society, which had 2022 revenue of $102 million. Morin has helped turn things around.Revenue grew to more than $15.7 million in 2019 and more than $16.8 million ...

Century No. 3 started rough for the oldest of the Pikes Peak region’s many international evangelical organizations.

Biblica, which was founded in 1809, saw its income fall from more than $26 million during some years of the 1990s and 2000s to less than $14 million in 2018.

That’s the year the ministry brought on Geof Morin, former CEO of American Bible Society, which had 2022 revenue of $102 million. Morin has helped turn things around.

Revenue grew to more than $15.7 million in 2019 and more than $16.8 million in 2020 before more dramatic increases.

In 2021, revenue rose to almost $29.8 million, a 76% increase, followed by income of almost $46.5 million in 2022, an increase of 56%, making Biblica the nation’s 10th largest Bible ministry.

Overall, income has risen 344% in five years.

A long history

Biblica was founded as the New York Bible Society to reach the city’s “lost and destitute,” distributing Bibles in subways, on beaches and to immigrants arriving at Ellis Island. In 1810, it partnered with legendary missionary William Carey to translate the Bible into languages spoken in India.

The ministry changed its name to International Bible Society in 1988 when it relocated to a 50,000-square-foot office near New Life Church in the Springs. The name changed to Biblica in 2007. The ministry now uses Biblica and IBS. It sold its Springs office and has offices in Palmer Lake.

Historically focused on translation, publication and distribution of Bibles and Scripture booklets, in 1968 Biblica launched its effort to produce a new version of the Bible in contemporary English.

A decade later, it released the completed New International Version, which remains the world’s most widely read contemporary English translation.

Technological changes

As publishing trends shifted from print to digital, Biblica made the NIV available on YouVersion, a virtual Bible that debuted in 2008 in the Apple app store. By 2021, YouVersion had been installed on more than 500 million devices worldwide, the first faith-based app to reach such a number. Biblica says its YouVersion texts are downloaded 481 million times per month.

The ministry’s Tech Advisory Group also is using artificial intelligence and machine learning to help translate the Bible into some of the many remaining languages with no Scripture.

In 2021, it released a Bible in Ewe, a language spoken by 20 million in Ghana and other African countries.

Power of partnerships

Just as Biblica partnered with William Carey in 1810, the ministry now partners with dozens of international ministries, including Springs-based Compassion International and Young Life.

“Biblica works with strategic mission partners to get print and digital Bibles to the people and places that need them most,” its website says.

Biblica representatives said they would answer questions for this article but later declined. Compassion did provide information about its partnership with Biblica.

“Compassion partners with more than 8,500 churches around the world to deliver our child development program to babies, children and youth in poverty, and Biblica serves as a resource for Bibles and discipleship materials used within our program,” said Herb Ehresman, Compassion’s director of strategic alliances.

“For example, many of Compassion’s program countries use ‘Reach4Life,’ Biblica’s discipleship curriculum for youth ages 12 to 18+. This resource helps equip our local church partners to provide long-term discipleship to the children and youth in their care.”

In August, Biblica announced its plans to “align with and absorb technology and innovation” of Clear Bible, one of its translation partners.

Financial reports show that in 2022, Biblica spent 69% of its $46.5 million on program services, which is low for Bible ministries.

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