We Visit Denver’s First Church

Trinity United Methodist Church, organized in 1859 claims to be Denver’s First Church.   I, Zeb the Duck, with Chanel the Bear, visited this beautiful church at 1820 Broadway in Denver, Colorado.

Trinity United Methodist Church

Trinity United Methodist Church

Known today as Trinity United Methodist Church, is was first known as Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church.

Originally Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church

Originally Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church

We went inside.   From the front this is the view looking toward the balcony.

Looking to balcony

Looking to balcony

We love stained glass windows, so we were happy.   Isn’t this a great wooden Nativity display.

Nativity Scene with Zeb and Chanel

Nativity Scene with Zeb and Chanel

Chanel and I fit right into this scene.   Climbing the stairs to the balcony, we had an impressive view of the organ.

From balcony to organ

From balcony to organ

Completed in 1888, under the supervision of Frank Roosevelt of the Roosevelt Organ Works of New York, this organ has been carefully maintained.   In 1888 electricity was not dependable.  A water wheel was connected to an artesian well in the sub-basement of the building.   Thus in an emergency, there would be electricity to power the organ.    This organ has 4,275 pipes.  That is a lot!  Looking around the balcony, there are a lot of seats in this church.

Inside Trinity United Methodist Church

Inside Trinity United Methodist Church

We liked this sculpture.

He Shall Gather The Lambs

He Shall Gather The Lambs

The inscription says “He Shall Gather the Lambs”.   This church has many symbols of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).   There are three arches over the Broadway Street entrance and three sections of the steeple.

Trinity United Methodist Church

Trinity United Methodist Church

Also within the proscenium arch above the organ’s pipes, there are 66 lights.   Each light represents a book of the Bible.

From balcony toward organ

From balcony toward organ

This Roosevelt organ is so large.   Doesn’t the organist look small?   When you are downtown Denver, we recommend that you visit this church.   The church is beautiful and the organ is fantastic.   Even when the weather is not perfect for outdoor activities, remember to visit special buildings, museums and other great indoor exhibits.

The Colorado Traveling Ducks Wake Up to Snow

We have three or four inches of new snow in our yard.   Yesterday, Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck convinced mom to drive around town taking photos of our new snow.   First we went to this lake.

Snow on frozen lake

Snow on frozen lake

The lake is frozen, but the ice is not deep enough to be safe for humans.   There is snow on the ice and everything looks so fresh and clean.   Looking to the west, the tops of the Rocky Mountains are concealed in clouds.

Mountains covered by clouds

Mountains covered by clouds

There is new snow on the foothills.   Foothills are the mountains, before they get tall enough to be the real Rocky Mountains.   There was no school yesterday so the snow on this playground is still fresh and untouched.

Fresh snow on school play ground

Fresh snow on school play ground

There are thousands of Canadian Geese that spend the winter in Colorado.   But in this yard, we saw this unusual pair.   We normally just see the darker geese, but here is a rarer white goose.

Canadian geese

Canadian geese

We thought they were beautiful, so mom just had to put two photos of them in here.

Canadian geese

Canadian geese

The trees look so pretty with their new snow coats.

Snow clinging to tree

Snow clinging to tree

Next we drove to our city park.

Park in our town

Park in our town

We love to see the fresh snow and the creek flowing through the park.

A city park in our town

A city park in our town

Some of the trees have already lost their new coats of snow.   The Colorado ski areas are receiving several feet of new snow, but in town, we are happy with a few inches.   We think it is pretty and we hope you like new snow also.

Zeb the Duck and Chanel the Bear Enjoy Lunch at the Ship Tavern

I, Zeb the Duck, and Chanel the Bear, took our moms to lunch.   We went to the Ship Tavern at Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel.

Denver's Brown Palace Hotel

Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel

The statue in front is dedicated to the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, held in Denver every January.   During the Christmas Season the Brown Palace has elegant decorations.

Elegant and festive

Elegant and festive

High tea is being held now.   The Brown Palace has several dining options.

Ellyngton's looks good, but not for us today.

Ellyngton’s looks good, but not for us today.

Ellyngton’s was tempting, but it was not our main reason for coming today.   The Brown Palace, built in 1892, is Denver’s second oldest hotel.   The Oxford Hotel, completed a year earlier, is the oldest.   The Brown Palace was one of America’s first fireproof structures.   That is impressive, but we were not here because of fires either.    We wanted to eat at Ship Tavern.

Here it is!

Here it is!

We, a duck and a bear, did not know humans made reservations for lunch.   We did not make reservations.   The lady said we could make a reservation for less than an hour from now.   The extra time allowed us to explore.   Outside we saw this sky bridge.

A sky bridge

A sky bridge

The bridge connects the Brown Palace to what was built in 1959, as the Brown Palace West.   It is now the Holiday Inn Express.   Chanel and I wanted to walk through the sky bridge.   We entered from the Holiday Inn Express side.

Walking in sky bridge

Walking in sky bridge

This is a pretty walk.   There is a service tunnel under the street, but we could not go there.  Entering the Brown Palace, we liked overlooking the high tea.

Overlooking high tea

Overlooking high tea

The stairway has many red poinsettias.   These flowers, from Mexico, are very festive.   Why did Chanel and I want to go to the Ship Tavern?   In 1935 when prohibition ended in the United States, Charles Boettcher, the hotel owner at that time, decided to celebrate and had the Ship Tavern built.   Mr. Boettcher had a large collection of model ships.   His wife said he had too many.   So, many of the ships are now on display in Ship Tavern.   It is time and we are ready to enter Ship Tavern.

Let's go inside Ship Tavern

Let’s go inside Ship Tavern

We must stop to admire this ship at the entrance.

Ship at entrance

Ship at entrance

The restaurant is not large, but it is famous for the best prime rib in Denver.   But, we just want sandwiches for lunch.   Ships are displayed on the walls.

Ships displayed on walls

Ships displayed on walls

We love these ships.   Our moms liked their lunch and we all liked Ship Tavern.   So many ships.

We like ships

We like ships

Each is perfect and we enjoyed Charles’ ship collection.   If you are in Denver and want to have a great meal, remember Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace Hotel.   We might see you there.

Zeb the Duck Visits Colorado’s State Capitol Building

Walking on 16th Street Mall, I see our destination.

I see the Capitol Building

I see the Capitol Building

We are going into the state capitol building in Denver, Colorado.   Mom says we will be on that observation area just below the dome.  Outside?  Way up there?  We walk around to the east side and see this statue of an Indian and a buffalo.

East entrance. Native American with buffalo

East entrance. Native American with buffalo

Buffalos used to roam through the American west.   You can see that restoration of the capitol building is in progress.   I see our outside observation ledge again, just below the dome.   Back to the west entrance, there is a memorial for the American Civil War, complete with canons on each side.

West entrance with Civil War monument

West entrance with Civil War monument

And more renovation work being done here.   The stairs to the capitol building are a little different than most stairways.   I am sitting on the step that was dedicated to being exactly One Mile Above Sea Level.

Capitol steps. Exactly one mile above sea level

Capitol steps. Exactly one mile above sea level

It is even engraved on the step.   But, recent findings say the step with the gold circular plaque may really be exactly one mile above sea level.   That is one of the reasons that Denver is the Mile High City.  Inside the capitol building, in the rotunda, we find many paintings, emphasizing the importance of water to Colorado.

Remembering the importance of water to Colorado

Remembering the importance of water to Colorado

We have much agriculture and many cattle ranches; yet Colorado is a semi arid climate.   Water conservation is very important.   Most of our water is from snowmelt in our Rocky Mountains. The Colorado legislature is not in session now.  The desks in the Senate chambers are covered, waiting for the return of our state senators.

State Senate not in session in December

State Senate not in session in December

Continuing through the capitol, we see a ceremony taking place here.

Ceremony honoring Sergeant Godsey and Corporal Lopez

Ceremony honoring Sergeant Godsey and Corporal Lopez

This is a presentation ceremony awarding the French Legion of Honor Medal to two US Army veterans.   During World War II, while stationed in France, Sergeant Dallas I. Godsey, US Army and Corporal David E. Lopez, US Army aided the French military.   This ceremony, in Denver, Colorado, is for them to receive the French Legion of Honor Medal.  This was a private ceremony for the veterans, so we did not go into the room.   I, Zeb the Duck, was honored to be here to see these brave men.  During our free tour, we walked up stairs to the third level.

Three levels inside the capitol building

Three levels inside the capitol building

We think our capitol building is beautiful.   Many Colorado resources were used in the construction.   The granite is from Gunnison, Colorado.   The marble is from Marble, Colorado.   The pink stone is rose onyx.   This stone is rare and all known sources were used in the capitol’s construction.   The rose onyx was quarried in Beulah, Colorado.   The gold on the dome has been reapplied 4 times.   The latest was 65 ounces of .999 pure gold, mined in Colorado, hammered into gold leaf in Florence, Italy, and applied to the capitol’s dome in 2013.  Humans can come this far without a tour, but we wanted more.   We want to get closer to the dome.

Three floors and 99 more steps to go

Three floors and 99 more steps to go

So, 99 more steps to climb.   Our guide leads the way.   Reaching the 99th step, we are now able to go outside.

Looking west from observation area just under the dome

Looking west from observation area just under the dome

We are looking west toward Denver’s City and County Building.   Civic Center Park is between the two government buildings.   We see some more monuments.   We will show you a couple of them when we are back on the ground.   After walking completely around the capitol dome, we go back inside, down the same 99 steps and once again admire the interior of the capitol building.   The stained glass window across from me honors Emily Griffith.

Three levels. Window across from Zeb honors Emily Griffith

Three levels. Window across from Zeb honors Emily Griffith

Emily Griffith moved to Denver in 1894.    She believed that everyone had the right to an education   She founded The Emily Griffith Opportunity School, which helped make this possible for many people in Denver.  The Denver capitol also honors various Colorado people. This honors Peter H. Dominick, 1915-1981.

Peter H. Dominick

Peter H. Dominick

Mr. Dominick was an aviator, lawyer, legislator, and statesman.  He served in the Colorado House of Representatives 1957-1961.   Then in the US House of Representatives 1961-1963.   He was a US Senator 1963-1975.   Mr. Dominick served as US Ambassador to Switzerland in 1975.   Leaving the capitol building, we went to Civic Center Park to show you two monuments. This one you saw from above and outside, while standing under the capitol dome, honors all US Veterans.

Monument to all those that served in the US Armed Forces

Monument to all those that served in the US Armed Forces

This monument looks so much taller from the ground.   Here is a statue dedicated to Private Joe Martinez, Colorado’s first Congressional Medal of Honor recipient of World War II.

A Colorado recipient of Congressional Medal of Honor

A Colorado recipient of Congressional Medal of Honor

I, Zeb the Duck, love walking around downtown Denver.   We just walked into the capitol and took a tour and then walked around Civic Center Park.  We hope you enjoy walking around Denver or any other city you visit.

Denver’s Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

I, Zeb the Duck, went inside the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver.   This is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Denver of the Roman Catholic Church.   And it is beautiful!   Mom did not take this first photo.   It was a free download from the internet.

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado

This is the only photo she did not take and later you will see why this is not hers.   This cathedral opened in 1911.   It is beautiful.   It is 195 feet by 116 feet with a 68 foot vaulted ceiling.

Beautiful inside

Beautiful inside

In the vestibule we admired the baptismal font, which has the original communion rail around it.

Baptismal Font

Baptismal Font

Entering the cathedral, there are confessionals on each side.

Confessional

Confessional

We loved this Christmas tree.

Christmas is coming soon.

Christmas is coming soon.

Along the side are the Stations of the Cross.

Station of the Cross

VIII Station of the Cross

The craftsmanship is wonderful.

IX Station of the Cross

IX Station of the Cross

The foundation is of Gunnison granite (from Gunnison, Colorado).   The finest Carrara marble from Italy was used for altars, pedestals, pulpit and other items.   However, much of the interior structural marble is from Marble, Colorado.   The pride of this building, however, must be the 75 windows.  According to the website for the Basilica, this is more windows than any other church of any denomination in the United States.   These are considered some of the finest windows in the world.   They were crafted in Munich, Germany at the Royal Bavarian Art Institute.   Just look at these windows.  p1020151

The Calming of a Storm at Sea

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The Visitation    Luke 1:39-45

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The Immaculate Conception, West Transept Window

The choir loft features a massive pipe organ, but the loft is only open to the performing musicians.

Choir loft with pipe organ and a beautiful window

Choir loft with pipe organ and a beautiful window

Outside in the garden area, these statues are also beautiful.

Statues in the garden. Through renovation fence

Statues in the garden. Through renovation fence

Statue in the garden. Through construction fence

Statue in the garden. Through construction fence

When Pope John Paul II visited the United States in August, 1993, he celebrated Mass at the Cathedral as part of the World Youth Day celebration in Denver.   We showed you the photo of the exterior of the Cathedral.   However, restoration is now taking place, so these are our photos.

This side still looks good

This side still looks good

I, Zeb the Duck, was inside, but often in churches mom keeps me in my travel bag.   People were arriving for the 12:15 Mass.   This is the other side of the Basilica, showing construction and restoration in progress.

Under renovation now

Under restoration now

You can see, the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is just a couple blocks from Denver’s capitol building.   If you are in the area, we think you would love to see this beautiful building and the fabulous windows.

Christkindl Market in Denver 2016

One of my favorite places at Christmas is Denver’s German Christmas market.

Christkindl Market in Denver

Christkindl Market in Denver

This is the 16th annual Christkindl Market and it is right downtown, on the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall.   Gifts are available from Old German Christmas booth.

So much to see

So much to see

I, Zeb the Duck, love to see these things.   If you are cold, visit Serenity.

No reason to be cold today

No reason to be cold today

The lady working there was trying to find a hat for me.   None in my size, but I was not cold.   These warm items from baby alpaca wool are so soft.

Soft, warm alpaca wool

Soft, warm alpaca wool

The friendly lady said they are from Peru and Ecuador.   This is an international market, not just German.   Cinnamon Roasted Nuts smell so good.

Smells good. Tastes great

Smells good. Tastes great

And they taste even better!  Don’t these Danish style European pastries look tempting?

Tempting

Tempting

Yum!  There are several food booths and I wanted to try them all.   But the humans said, “not everything, Zeb.”   Look at these.

Beautiful paper stars

Beautiful paper stars

Paper stars are wonderful.  Christmas ornaments from this stand are beautiful.

Beautiful

Beautiful

The nesting dolls, or Matryoshka nesting dolls, from Russia and the Ukraine are wonderful.

Matryoshka nesting dolls

Matryoshka nesting dolls

We could buy an entire village here.

Add to your Christmas village

Add to your Christmas village

Stop here and you will be ready for Christmas.

Ready for Christmas

Ready for Christmas

Isn’t this nice.

Bear Mountain Metal Art

Bear Mountain Metal Art

Bear Mountain Metal Art has a great display.   If you get cold or want to sit for awhile, head here to the Beer Garden.

Let's go inside

Let’s go inside

We were there about 2:30 in the afternoon so the musicians had not arrived yet.   This tent is heated, large, and has many refreshment choices.

Plenty of room inside

Plenty of room inside

Christkindl Market is open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. most days.   They are open until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.   After visiting the Christmas Market, go across 16th street to visit Southwest Airlines skating rink.

Free ice skating

Free ice skating

Skating is free, if you have  your own ice skates.   No skates?  No problem.   You can rent skates for $2.00.   Some of the skaters know how to skate and some are getting a little help.

Ice skating in downtown Denver

Ice skating in downtown Denver

But everybody is having fun.   This is so great to ice skate in downtown Denver.   We hope you visit the Christkindl Market and then enjoy a little ice skating.   The market is open through December 23, so you still have time to experience more Christmas activities in Denver.

Zeb Goes to Women’s Bean Project Open House in Denver

I, Zeb the Duck, love to visit during an Open House.   Saturday we went to Women’s Bean Project in Denver.

Open House at Women's Bean Project

Open House at Women’s Bean Project

I like this already.   Humans, let’s go!

Let's go inside, humans

Let’s go inside, humans

We met some human friends here.   Now we are all going inside.   What is Women’s Bean Project?   According to their website, “the mission of Women’s Bean Project is to change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise.”    Women in the program learn gourmet food and handmade jewelry manufacturing.   During this open house, we meet employees and program participants.   Also on display are items made in Denver and available to purchase.  Here is some of the jewelry made here and offered for purchase today.

Jewelry

Jewelry

The women also provide and package ingredients for making cookies at home.

Yum! Cookie mixes.

Yum! Cookie mixes.

I, Zeb the Duck, love cookies, so we purchased a couple bags of cookie mix.   The tree makes the room very festive.   Here are baskets, ready for you to give to friends this Christmas.

Gift baskets

Gift baskets

We did not purchase a basket, but the Malaysian spice rub caught our attention, so one of those did come home.   A rather large selection of spices for rubs and dips tempted everyone.

Individual packages for rubs and dips

Individual packages for rubs and dips

In addition to preparing the food mixes and making jewelry, the program participants have classes in interpersonal and life skills needed for employment.   In Denver, Women’s Bean Project is known for delicious soups.

So many kinds of soup mixes

So many kinds of soup mixes

This is a sample of what was available for us at the Open House.   And, even more choices, including dog biscuits.

More mixes, gifts, and dog biscuits

More mixes, gifts, and dog biscuits

You could complete most of your Christmas shopping today at Women’s Bean Project.   Even if you are not hungry, or not tempted by the food choices, perhaps a shirt or reusable, cloth shopping bag?

Not hungry? Shirts and shopping bags available

Not hungry? Shirts and shopping bags available

Christmas will be here in a few weeks, so I, Zeb the Duck, stopped to chat with Santa.

I like Santa

I like Santa

Perhaps he will answer this duck’s Christmas request?   The Women’s Bean Project started in 1989, when Jossy Eyre was working with women in a shelter.   Purchasing $500 worth of beans, she put homeless women to work making bean soup.   That was just the beginning of a successful program that has helped thousands of women.   During the open house, I was happy to see my friend, Marta.

My friend, Marta

My friend, Marta

She is a program participant.   The cookie mix we purchased was made by Marta.   The women put their name on the packages they made, so we know we have Marta’s cookie mix.   Every time we eat snickerdoodle cookies, or chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, we will think of Marta and how proud we are of her success.   For more information visit http://www.womensbeanproject.com   You may also purchase their products at this website.   At the open house, we sampled several food items, and they all were delicious.   Get some and give your taste buds a treat.