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New Year, New You: Is it Time for a Makeover?

For many, the New Year brings with it a promise of a blank slate–an opportunity to change something about ourselves or our lives for the better. This New Year, why not update your look? “Your appearance is one of the easiest things to change, and it can have a huge impact on how you feel,” Amanda Rigby, director of The Spa and Salon at Garden of the Gods Club, said.  Below we’ve described a few simple yet effective ideas for creating a fresh look for 2012.

1. Move beyond “what works.” “It’s often the case that people feel like they’re in a beauty-related rut and don’t know why,” Amanda explained. “Generally, this is because people stick with a look that they know works for them, but it’s just not fresh anymore.” If you’re afraid to try something new with your appearance, it may be helpful to remember that changes are not permanent. “If you don’t like something, you don’t have to stick with it,” Amanda said. This year, branch out and try something new. Even a small change can go a long way!

2. Make subtle changes. Along those lines, a little really does go a long way when it comes to your appearance. “Something as simple as trying a new lipstick color can brighten your appearance,” Amanda advised. Or try adding a few highlights around your face to add brightness and dimension to your hair. On the flip side, you can also add lowlights to create a rich, vibrant look. Making subtle changes gives you the freedom to try out many different looks in order to figure out which one suits you best.

Let The Spa and Salon at Garden of the Gods Club Help You Create a New Look for the New Year
Simple changes can help you achieve a fresh, vibrant look.

3. Revisit your makeup routine. “If you haven’t changed your makeup routine in the last five years, I would advise coming in to have your makeup done,” Amanda said. “Here at the spa, we do daytime makeup applications to provide our Members and guests with ideas for how to do their makeup for everyday wear,” she continued. “This makeover is definitely not the ‘Glamour Shots’ kind but is a way to find a fresh, everyday look that works for you.”  If you need some direction on how to present a fresh face to the word, letting a professional take the reins is a great way to start.

4. Relax and rejuvenate with a spa treatment. At the end of a busy year, many of us are in dire need of rest and relaxation. Our spa offers some top-of-the-line treatments that allow you to relax while energizing your look. “I would recommend that people try one of our signature enzyme facials, try a new hair color or cut, or try a new makeup product,” Amanda recommended. “Our spa carries a very reputable cosmetics line, Becca®, and a new hair care line called Neuma®. Neuma is organic, vegan, and free of parabens and sulfates. Our new line of hair color, Majirel, is also wonderful.  These are very simple ways to dramatically improve your look without having to lose 10 pounds,” Amanda said.

The upcoming New Year is a wonderful opportunity to create a look that reflects your individuality while highlighting your natural beauty. Even small changes can have a big impact on how you look and feel about yourself. If you’re ready for a fresh look, or even some much-needed rejuvenation, we encourage you to give our spa a call at 719.520.4988 or send us an email at ggcspa@ggclub.com.

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Things to Do in Colorado Springs This Weekend: 12/30/11 to 1/1/12

New Year's Eve
New Year’s Eve

It’s almost the weekend again, and we have some ideas for you about how to kick off the new year here in Colorado Springs.  No matter how you choose to spend your time, please stay safe and remember to use a designated driver or take a cab if needed.  On behalf of the team here at Garden of the Gods Club, I send you wishes for a prosperous and healthy 2012!

  • College Ice Hockey:  Colorado College vs. U.S. Air Force Academy — Friday, 7:37 pm, World Arena.  Tickets $14-40/person.
  • NOON Year’s Eve — Saturday, 11 am, Colorado Springs City Auditorium.  Pssst…  A little birdie told us about a New Year’s Eve celebration designed for families with small children.  Pikes Peak Children’s Museum presents Noon Year’s Eve, featuring entertainment by Top Hogs (as seen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as Late Night with David Letterman), The RiP Improv Group, and Vanessa’s Violin Studio.  The cost is $10 per family, and tickets are available online at www.pikespeakchildrensmuseum.org or at the door.
  • College Ice Hockey:  U.S. Air Force Academy vs. Denver — Saturday, 6:05 pm, Cadet Ice Arena.  Reserved seating is already sold out, but limited standing-room-only tickets will be available for sale on game day at 5 pm at the Cadet Ice Arena Box Office.
  • College Ice Hockey:  Colorado College Tigers vs. Union College Dutchmen — Saturday, 7 pm, World Arena. Tickets $9-35/person.
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration — Saturday, 6 pm to 12 pm, here at Garden of the Gods Club (main dining room).  If you’re a member of our club, consider making a reservation to join us for a special prix fixe dinner ($65/person) on New Year’s Eve, accompanied by live music in the dining room from 8 pm to 12 pm.  Anyone joining us for dinner will be eligible for a reduced room rate at our Lodge so that you can “take the elevator home” and wake up to spectacular views on the first morning of 2012. For those who don’t want to take advantage of room service for breakfast on New Year’s Day, our dining room will be open until 11 am but closed the remainder of the day in observance of the holiday.
  • New Year’s Eve:  Cruising the Night Life — Saturday, 7 pm to 1 am, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Check out this third-annual New Year’s Eve event during which the FAC will be transformed into a partying cruise ship featuring cities noted for their fabulous nightlife, such as New York City, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, and Vienna!  The event will feature dinner buffet, performances, dancing, karaoke, contests, singles-mingles, gallery tours, cash bars, a midnight champagne toast, and more!  Tickets $69-119/person.  For more info, visit csfineartscenter.org.
  • New Year’s Eve:  Three Rocky Mountain Tenors — Saturday, 8 pm, Pikes Peak Center.  The Philharmonic presents perennial favorites and Broadway hits that will have you dancin’ in your seat.  Tickets $19-57/person.

More ideas for weekend events and activities in Colorado Springs are available on PeakRadar.com or Events.Gazette.com.  Have fun!

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Looking for a New Hobby? Why Golf Could Be Your Best Option

Are looking for your next great hobby to start off the 2012 season? Well, golf is the answer; these days, the sport of golf is becoming more affordable at both public and private clubs alike. Most golf facilities are making deals that you can’t refuse. Golf is a great way to entertain the whole family on weekends and especially during the summer when children are out of school.

Junior golfers receiving instruction

What makes golf a great choice? Well, to start with, it is a great family activity; how refreshing it is to participate in a hobby that the whole family can enjoy. Golf gives families a chance to spend a few hours together while being surrounded by natural beauty and taking advantage of the health benefits of a walk around the course. Most clubs offer instruction for men, women, and children. Start your children golfing at an early age, and they will have the opportunity to learn skills on the golf course that will help them later in life (etiquette, family values, etc.).

The PGA of America, along with U.S. Kids Golf, has developed a family course that makes golf fun from a forward tee position. By playing from this tee, the whole family can enjoy golf from a closer position, which helps junior and beginner golfers not to get discouraged. When you play from these family tees, you can get a better feeling for how far your clubs will go, improve your pace of play (12-14 minutes per hole), and focus on your short game instead of trying to hit the ball as far you can. Many private clubs or public golf courses give you the chance to even play in couples’ twilight golf events, which can be a great time for some romantic bonding.

GGC Members Steve and Shelley Runkle enjoying a couples’ twilight golf event together

These types of events have been well received by our membership, as they enable spouses to play golf without such a competitive feel. We also offer themed events, from murder mysteries to casino nights and even three-club challenge couples’ events finished off with heavy hors d’oeuvres. This combination of spending time together on the golf course and getting a bite to eat  afterward can make a family feel part of something special.

 The 2012 season brings a new opportunity to try golfing without feeling as though you’re going to be intimidated by a private club atmosphere.  As you can see, the benefits of joining a private club are many, particularly in light of all of the family activities that it makes available to you.  Plus, golf is a sport that you should be able to enjoy for the rest of your life, even into your later years.

If you have any questions about membership at Garden of the Gods Club or what golf family activities we offer, I invite you to comment on this blog or call me at 719.636.2520.  I wish you a New Year filled with new adventures!


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Fireworks to Ring in the New Year

On New Year’s Eve, there has been an ongoing tradition in Colorado Springs that is like no other.  It was started by a group of men (later known as “The Frozen Five”)–Fred and Ed Morath, Fred Barr, Willis Magee, and Harry Standley–who wanted to do something a little different than just throw another party.  So on December 31st, 1922, this group of men started the trek up America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak.  The weather was one for the record books that year, but our fearless group made it to the top, and to ring in the new year, the group shot off flares and started a bonfire to celebrate.  The residents of Colorado Springs saw the flames and flares and contacted authorities, and the tradition began.  The men decided that they would do this for years to come but with a twist:  every year they would add just one more man, forming what is known today as the AdAmAn Group.

There is too much history about this amazing group of individuals to talk about all of it in this week’s blog (who, by the way, are adding their 94th member and the third woman this year, Ann Nichols).  So check out their website at The AdAmAn Club and learn all there is to know.

Fireworks over Pikes Peak on New Year's Eve
Fireworks from Pikes Peak on New Year’s Eve

What are YOUR plans for New Year’s Eve?  Why not “check in” to The Lodge at Garden of the Gods Club and see the amazing fireworks display from the comfort of your own guest room?  Rooms are still available this weekend, and every guest room faces Pikes Peak, has a patio or balcony, and has a gas fireplace.  I could not think of a better way to start the year off right!

Happy New Year!


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The Culinary Art of Charcuterie

Creating delicious food is often said to be an art. And at Garden of the Gods Club, crafting food is indeed an art. We caught up with Executive Chef Nicholas Arnold about one of his favorite branches of food, charcuterie. Pronounced shar-KOO-tuhr-ee or shar-koo-tuhr-EE, this culinary art started in France sometime around the 15th century. Keep reading to learn more.

Charcuterie Cooking Class at Garden of the Gods Club

Executive Sous Chef Casey Higgins helping teach a charcuterie class here at GGC

Garden of the Gods Club (GGC): What, exactly, is charcuterie?
Nicholas Arnold (NA): Charcuterie is part of a Garde Manger Chef’s many talents. Really, this encompasses cold food like salad, cheeses, galantines, patés, sausages, terrines, and crépinettes.

GGC: Why should people try charcuterie?
NA: Well, to be honest, you either like it or you don’t. I first encountered charcuterie when I was a sous chef. At first I thought that I wouldn’t touch that food with a 10-foot pole. However, one of my mentors specialized in charcuterie and piqued my interest in the culinary art form. One of the recent food movements has seen a resurgence of charcuterie, especially in the form of sausages. Things like chicken-apple sausages are currently very popular to eat, and they’ve inspired a whole slew of cookbooks to go with them. People want to learn how to cook something that is popular to eat. In fact, I’ve had many ladies who are members at Garden of the Gods Club ask me to teach them about charcuterie. In response, we recently held a cooking class that highlighted charcuterie. The funny thing about teaching charcuterie is that while most people love to eat sausage, not many like to see it made.

GGC: What do you enjoy the most about preparing this type of food?
NA: To answer this question, I have to give you a little bit more background. My very first job as a chef when I was 23 years old was as a Garde Manger Chef at a Caneel Bay resort. And, when I worked in Riverbend, Wisconsin, I had the opportunity to learn about various ways of making sausage. Charcuterie also often involves a lot of chemistry, and that is fun. So for me, charcuterie is tied to lasting memories of experiencing and sharing a variety of flavors.

I also love that charcuterie is deep-rooted in culture. I grew up in Wisconsin, a state in which there is a lot of German culture. Growing up, foods like sausage were a “normal” thing to eat. I remember that during the 7th inning of the Milwaukee Brewer’s baseball games, people would dress up as various sausages like chorizo, brats, franks, Polish, and other types and literally race around the stadium.

As an executive chef, you have to know how to do a little bit of everything, but every chef has his or her passion. Charcuterie is definitely one of the things I most enjoy about being a chef, and I enjoy sharing something that I am passionate about with others.

Members of Garden of the Gods Club and guests of The Lodge at Garden of the Gods Club enjoy a variety of delicious cuisines, including charcuterie items, on a regular basis. If you are interested in learning more about the variety of membership opportunities offered by Garden of the Gods Club, we encourage you to contact Director of Membership Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4988 or by e-mail at tkalata@ggclub.com.

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