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No worries . . . Make it fun with Robin Kring's Memorable Milestone Birthdays, Read more about this party planning treasure here.

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Speculative Fiction

Speculative Fiction

The Sound of Heaven

The Sound of Heaven: A Mysterious Stranger's Quest 

by Ethan Michaels

Daniel’s sudden appearance in an idyllic apple orchard introduces a mysterious stranger who immediately intrigues the townspeople. His shop becomes an enigmatic means of change. However, change is not the only thing that visits the shop.

"A hooded man approached from across the road, then another, dressed the same as the first. Alarm rose in Daniel. The man behind him had the same face as the man in front of him.

“The Gatherers are here. They know.”

Can Daniel escape them or will they collect him before he has time to complete his quest for vindication? Follow Daniel’s epic journey, beginning in a dramatic battleground beyond our world to time travels on earth. Discover how a day of murderous assault in 14th-century Flanders changed the trajectory of his path forever and how his quest led to 1940s New England into the heart of a withdrawn boy, and an ominous gathering in a strange dominion.

Colorado History

Colorado History

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A Stroll through Elmwood: a graveside (or bedside) tour of a cemetery's most intriguing and not-to-be forgotten

by Robin Kring

(2022-2024) 193 pgs. Stroll through Elmwood Cemetery with this graveside or (virtual) bedside self-guided tour. “Meet” a Colorado town’s most intriguing and not-to-be-forgotten figures! Enveloped with history, mystery, and intrigue, this book is sure to delight both experienced and novice tombstone tourists. Filled with 20+ stories and over 150 photos from beyond the grave, these strolls remind us that rich or poor, famed or forgotten—everyone’s life is worth remembering and has a story to tell.

Contains detailed directions and maps (as well as interactive GPS/QR code technology) to help you find each site. Extra cemetery miscellany enhances the tour experience: Elmwood Cemetery History; a Tombstone Tourist Guide to Hidden Symbolism (based on the Victorian secret language of flowers and other cemetery art symbology); and a Glossary of Memorial Architecture.

The intriguing and not-to-be-forgotten stories include: The SCHNELL TWINS (Adventure-loving boys tragically drowned); FAGANS (a favorite Henderson Elementary principal and his devoted wife); CUNNINGHAMS (Creator of the 1st Brighton kindergarten and WWII Navy veteran); LEFFINGWELLS (Proprietor of Leffingwell Mercantile and mercantile proprietress) and his horse ROWDY; (Frank A.) AICHELMAN (Second-generation pioneer Family); STRONG (1st permanent merchant, north-area developer, and early town leader, and his Ladies-Aid-Society wife); CARMICHAEL*("Father of Brighton" and major town developer, and his wife once credited with naming the city — and the other "Alice" that most likely did); WICKHORST and (Karl) STOLZ (Prosperous cattle-ranching family, and grandson of both Stolz and Wickhorst pioneers; BROMLEY (Prominent rancher popularly known as the "Father of Adams County" and his prize-winning equestrian wife; ALLEN (Daughter of prominent Bromley Ranch family and 1st family historian); (Pioneer) AICHELMAN (a "59-er" gold miner; (John and Namesakes) STOLZ (Bull-train-arriving pioneer and his dairy-farm legacy; BERGMAN (Swedish homesteader, community leader, and Brighton park namesake); MURRAY (Early Barr City pioneer and centennial farm founder); BARKER (Son of Ma Barker outlaw clan and his wife Jennie* that shot him).


*Please note: Although the stories shared in Elmwood's First Annual Cemetery Walk are included, the grave site of Daniel Carmichael and Jennie Barker are not located at Elmwood cemetery.

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Colorado's "Sugar Sweet" Times: One Town's Memories of Our Sugar Beet Days and Great Western Sugar Factory 

by Robin Kring

A collection of stories and photos shared by one town’s fond memories of their roots in an almost forgotten Colorado industry. Colorado’s “White Gold”—the sugar beet—once produced more money for the state than the more well-known silver of its mining industry. Local historian and author Robin Kring aka “The Brighton History Detective” takes readers on a sleuthing investigation to into the “sugar sweet" times the sugar beet brought to Colorado’s rural communities, including their very personal relationship with the Great Western Sugar Company (GWS) and the “fall of the house of sugar.” The book includes up-to-date information on preservation efforts to save a sense of place for each of the 13 abandoned Colorado GWS factories, including a final update on "Colorado’s Most Endangered Places — Brighton GWS factory” (Colorado Preservation, Inc.) team project.

Brightons Sugar Sweet Times

Brighton's "Sugar Sweet" Times: Memories of Our Sugar Beet Days and Great Western Sugar Factory  

by Robin Kring

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See New Upcoming Colorado Revision! 

(2015) 36 pgs. Inspired by the very personal connection between Brighton's sugar beet farming and Great Western Sugar Company days, local historian and writer, Robin Kring, has collected stories and photos from several community members to create a snapshot of their proud history.

 

“These stories of our sugar beet days represent a small-town community spirit that still lives on today and gives both original and new residents a sense of belonging,” says Kring. “Many of those living here have fond stories of working at the Great Western Sugar (GWS) Company factory (or know someone who did) at one time or another. Sugar beet growers and their families warmheartedly recall with pride their roots in Brighton’s history. All fondly talk of the GWS factory like a personal friend and share a spirit of recognition to the sugar sweet times that established Brighton as an agricultural hub responsible for the community’s economic opportunities.”

The 36-page publication contains memories and photos of Brighton’s sugar beet days, a saving treasured-places overview, fun sugar-beet facts, and several “sugar-sweet” recipes made with GW sugar.

Victoriana

Victoriana

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The Secret Love Language of the Victorian Fan

by Robin Kring

Strict rules of etiquette governed communication between the Victorian lady and her potential gentleman suitors. And so, what could not be voiced verbally in the ballroom or front parlor, was signaled with discreet motions of the hand fan in a secret language of “Fanology.” This book shares a fascinating glimpse into this secret love language of the Victorians.

Take a closer look at the Victorian etiquette that restricted conversation and conduct, stifling a lady's expression of preference for a dance partner, and ultimately a suitor of courtship. Learn the art of gallanting the fan and decoding the messages fluttering from what was once described as a “weapon of the petticoat battalions.” This discreet positioning the fan, in various gestures, enabled a secret courting communication within the confines of yesteryear's highly restrictive rules of etiquette.

A brief history of the hand fan is also included. Its journey may surprise you: from King Tut to battlefields and royal courts to advertising collectibles.

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The Victorian Decorum of Visiting Cards

by Robin Kring

An investigation inside the mysterious manners of yesteryear by the Brighton History Detective. Take a closer look at etiquette of using visiting cards (also known as Calling Cards) of days gone by, and the few that practice this decorum today.

Learn to decipher the secret language behind the various card-fold signals. Discover the secret meaning behind the ever-changing border width on Mourning Visiting Cards. Find out why the Victorian Entry Hall considered a “silent monitor of access.” 

The author also shares a brief history of the Visiting Card and shares photos of spectacular examples, as well as photos from her own personal collection. 

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Party Creations Book of Theme Event Design

Party Creations Book of Theme Event Design

by Robin Kring

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(1994) 504 pgs. Professional Notebook for planning and organizing unique and traditional theme events with creative flair!

Includes Planning Forms, 28 Complete Theme Party Ideas, and Creative Ideas for: Terrific Themes; Unique Invitations; Fascinating & Enchanting Table Decor; Fantasy Room Transformations & Accents; and Group Mixing Activities. Also includes Menu Planning for a party crowd.

Complete Theme Event Plans:  A Chocolate Safari Reception; Monster Bash Nightclub-A Ghoulish Night of Comedy Madness; All Aboard the Orient Express - A Progressive Dinner Party to Destinations of Mystique and Intrigue; Mission Impossible - A Secret Mission Wine Tasting; Mad Hatter Tea - An Afternoon Garden Party; a Rattlesnake Round-Up BBQ; and more.

$39.95

Memorable Milestone Birthdays

Memorable Milestone Birthdays:
48 Theme Parties to Help You Celebrate

by Robin Kring

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(1999) 171 pgs. Here's the only book that shows you how to host an unforgettable celebration for any loved one approaching a milestone birthday. It's an invaluable source of creative ideas for themes, invitations, décor, activities, refreshments, favors, and gifts.

 

Here are just a few, of the fabulous parties for folks of all ages that you'll find in Memorable Milestone Birthdays: For the first birthday: Host a Baby Buggy Boogie that rocks with merry music and fun. For the sixteenth birthday: Host a Party on Planet 16 that's out of this world! For the twenty-first birthday: Host a posh affair by recreating the uptown elegance of New York's fabled '21' Club. For the thirtieth birthday: Host an Old as Dirt party at the Big "3-0" Corral. For the fortieth birthday: Celebrate this milestone with a fiesta where guests can dance the tango, break a piñata, and enjoy some fantástico fun. For the fiftieth birthday: Host a Born to Be Wild party and drop out of the establishment for one night to help the honoree take an "easy ride" into his or her fifties.  

$15.95 

Storybook Weddings

Storybook Weddings: A Guide to Fun and Romantic Theme Weddings

by Robin Kring

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(1999) 201 pgs. A handbook on everything the future bride and groom need to create a wedding to be remembered. There are ideas for invitations, fashion and costume, decorations and special touches, entertainment, and the menu. There are 50 wedding themes, including Roaring Twenties, Roman Toga Feast, a South Seas event, a wedding on the Orient Express, Mediaeval Camelot fantasy, wedding beach party, and Love Boat wedding cruise. There is also information on coordinating wedding suppliers, such as florists, caterers and photographers. 

 

$15.95

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary! A Guide to Fun and Romantic Anniversary Celebrations

by Robin Kring

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A limited number of this out-of-print title are now available from publisher.

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(2000) 203 pgs.  Make your next anniversary unforgettable, whether you're planning a romantic celebration for two or a gala event for friends and family. Happy Anniversary!​ was inspired by the Victorian "Anniversary Language of Love" and contains fun and romantic celebrations based on the traditional and modern anniversary symbology. Inside you will find detailed instructions on everything that's needed to create a memorable event. Included are creative ideas for invitations, gifts, decor, entertainment, and menus. Themes for the first anniversary to the sixtieth and beyond include:

  • For the fourth anniversary: a moonlight and roses wine tasting. Host a wine-tasting party complete with dancing under the moonlight.

  • For the seventh anniversary: a Victorian ice-skating party. Bundle up in warm clothes and enjoy an enchanting Victorian party complete with ice skating, warm beverages, and treats.

  • For the tenth anniversary: a tinsel town party. Enjoy an evening of Hollywood glamour, complete with Madonna's "Like a Virgin" Cocktails and other delicious drinks.

  • For the twelfth anniversary: an Arabian gambling den. Enjoy a night of casino games with a Middle Eastern flavor.

  • For the fiftieth anniversary: a golden fifties sock hop. Invite guests to put on their poodle skirts and letter sweaters.

$15.95

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