We hope this month's news finds you and yours happy and well. All of us here at McGuckin Hardware want to wish you a Glorius Easter, Chag Sameach, and Happy Spring! As a reminder, our store will be closed on Sunday, April 5th.
Energy Efficiency Event Saturday, April 4th, 11am-2pm Learn how you can save time and money in your home! Stop by to:
Choose from a selection of discounted LEDs and CFLs
Take a ride on the energy bike to "feel" energy efficiency in action
Grab a checklist and scavange for energy efficient items found in our store.
And hop by for a visit from our Green Vested Easter Bunny! We'll also have our petting zoo, featuring our favorite furry and feathered friends!
Congratulations Dave and Dee! The Daily Camera announced that McGuckin Hardware founding family members, Dave and Dee Hight, have won the Pacesetter Business Award. This prestigious annual accolade recognizes Boulder County residents who have made significant contributions to our community in key areas. Look for the Pacesetter profile about Dave and Dee, to be published in the Daily Camera Sunday edition on April 19th. The community will celebrate the newest Pacesetters with a luncheon held at the Millennium Harvest House in Boulder on April 21, 2015.
Bee Safe Resolution Open House Monday, April 13th, 4-6pm In January, Bee Safe Boulder brought a resolution to City Council asking for a ban of neonicotinoids on city-owned property. Neonicotinoids are the systemic pesticides that bee advocates say are significantly contributing to the steady and dramatic decline of pollinator species around the world.
The city is gathering public feedback on the resolution, set to be determined in May, and they'll be here at the south entrance of McGuckin Hardware for an open house on the afternoon/evening of Monday, April 13th. Feel free to come and speak with city representatives, including the city forester, urban parks manager and integrated pest management coordinator, if you'd like to ask questions or give feedback on the resolution. They'll have a form you can fill out to provide commentary on the proposal.
Product Rebates Ask our Green Vests about this season's mail-in rebates and save some cash!
Get $3 back when you spend $10 or more on any Black Gold or Sunshine products (Garden Department, exp. 12/31/15)
Save up to $15 per pair of ANCO windshield wiper blades (Automotive Department, exp. 4/30/2015)
Save $5 on 3M headlight kits (Automotive Department, exp. 5/31/2015)
Get $6 back when you purchase two spools of Stren fishing line, 125 yards or longer (Sporting Goods Department, exp. 7/6/15)
Get $8 back when you purchase two spools of Berkley Trilene XL/XT, 125 yards or longer (Sporting Goods Department, exp. 4/15/15)
Get $5 back when you purchase any two bags of Berkley PowerBait (Sporting Goods Department, exp. 7/6/15)
Get $5 back when you purchase $9.95 or more of any Berkley Gulp! (Sporting Goods Department, exp. 7/6/15)
Get a free* long sleeve shirt when you purchase a Ugy Stik GX2 Rod or Combo (Sporting Goods Department, exp. 5/30/15) *(+$4.95 shipping and handling)
Get a free Stanley Vacuum Water Bottle when you purchase $50 of any Carhartt Force product (Sporting Goods Department, exp. 4/19/15)
The Splendiferous House That Ryken Built A tribute to a beloved Green Vest that we lost last month.
At halftime, he grabbed the belligerent man and slammed him against the Lamp Post’s bathroom wall, finally shutting him up.
“Some people are trying to watch the football game in here,” Tom explained to the bewildered, pinned patron who had been accosting people in the next room for the whole first half.
For a man like Tom Ryken, the irritation faded as quick as it came, and he reclaimed his seat at the bar in time for kick-off as the trouble-maker scurried out of the establishment. Soon, a drink Tom didn’t pay for appeared in front of him.
It was from a mysterious man on the other side of the bar who had been verbally confronted by the bully’s ruckus and was impressed by Tom’s succinct way of handling it. The man beckoned.
It was 1970, and what Tom didn’t know, was that he was about to meet Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche—the acclaimed and controversial figure who would start Naropa University and bring Tibetan Buddhism to the West—and embark on the journey of his life. *|IFNOT:ARCHIVE_PAGE|*Read More*|END:IF|* *|IF:ARCHIVE_PAGE|* The A-frame house that Ryken built stands in a meadow about 9,000 feet above sea level, where mountain wind whispers through nearby Ponderosas and the valley opens to a big blue Colorado sky. It’s the kind of setting he may have described with one of his favorite adjectives: splendiferous, a word that hovers somewhere above splendid and plays well beside extraordinary.
As a general contractor by trade, Tom had built houses before. But this one was different; it was the first building on the newly purchased land near Red Feather Lakes in 1971, sanctioned by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche as the main structure to house students learning Tibetan Buddhist ideals—in what would later become the Shambhala Mountain Center.
It was one of many duties Tom would perform for Rinpoche, becoming his devoted student, official representative and personal bodyguard. Yet Tom somehow still had time to be a contractor, community member and family man—all with a quirky, dry sense of humor that was all too familiar to the people who knew him.
“To me he was amazing,” said Tom’s youngest son Norman. “He was a great teacher and a great protector, and it’s amazing to me how many lives he touched.”
Thomas Francis Ryken died on March 14, 2015, of complications from a heart attack. He was seventy three.
“He had to be 500 years old with all the things he knew in his lifetime,” said another Tom—Tom Stephens—who worked alongside Ryken in the plumbing department for 16 years. “That was one of the running jokes. And when we teased him about it he would just smile.”
Tom spent his early years in the Oakland area before he joined the army and was stationed in Germany in the 1st Infantry Division.
When he got out of the service he married Jane, the love of his life, with whom he celebrated 54 anniversaries.
The couple lived in a few places throughout the country, and while travelling up from New Mexico they ran out of money in Boulder. And Boulder is where they stayed, until that fateful Monday night football game when Tom met Rinpoche, the visionary who had escaped from Tibet in 1959 and was already in the midst of his prolific life work of establishing meditation centers and retreats all over the world, eventually amounting to over 100 in all.
Through Rinpoche, Tom and Jane worked odd but instrumental jobs, helping him set up the NaropaInstitute, as well as meditation centers in Boulder, Fort Collins, Nova Scotia and Boston. They made brief homes in Nova Scotia and then the Boston-area, where for a four year stint in the 1980s, Tom worked as comedian Bill Cosby’s guard and chauffeur, while Jane simultaneously worked as actor Joel Grey’s personal assistant.
The rest of his career Tom worked as a contractor, and in 40 years he built or remodeled over 850 houses. It’s a trade he taught his son Norman, starting with that A-frame house in the mountain valley near Red Feather Lakes that not only stood, but stood for so much more.
“He taught me how to frame, how to sheetrock and how to tile,” Norman said, “but he also taught me how to look at both sides of any situation before making a judgment—and that was the most valuable lesson to me.”
Norman remembered the things his dad loved: barbecuing, golf, Native American culture, watching his grandson play football, and the occasional videogame match of Tiger Woods golf.
“That was always fun, until I started beating him,” Norman laughed.
And then there was the place Tom worked in his retirement, the hardware store. Norman estimated that a third of his dad’s customers were from the Buddhist community, and some would drive across the state two to three times a month to see him.
“McGuckin was a family to him—he loved this place,” Norman said. “He talked a lot about the people here, and the fact that is non-corporate, family-owned.
Someone once asked him if he was worried that the Home Depot was coming into town.
“Hell no,” Tom said, “because the people that shop here shop for the experience.”
Tom was part of that experience for many customers. A splendiferous experience, if he would say so himself.
“I see you’ve got supervision today,” he would remark to a passing mother towing her small child. Those who knew him say his humor was off-the-cuff: chock-full of comments that took people aback—that is—before they surrendered to the giggles.
“We always go back to his sense of humor,” Norman said. “He was a great man with so much knowledge, and he’ll be missed by a lot of people.”
Tom is survived by his wife Jane, two sons, two daughters, 13 grandkids and six great grandkids.
Early on a Saturday morning in the middle of March, those who could make it on short notice gathered around the hospital bed to say goodbye. In the weeks before, Tom had a dream where his wife appeared as a beautiful orb, preparing him for a journey, telling him that everything was going to be ok.
Surrounded by loved ones in his final minutes, Tom remained asleep, but the nurse said he could hear.
“We’re all blessed to have you in our lives,” Norman told his dad. “We honor you, and just know that it’s ok.” *|END:IF|*
Additional Upcoming Events Be sure to check our store event calendar for updates.
Ewok Live Art, Monday April 13th from 11am-3pm, Ewok, a renowned graffiti artist from the spray paint company Ironlak, will come in and improvise his live art on the back of one of our delivery trucks!
Renee's Garden Seed Rep, Saturday April 18th from 11am-2pm Meet a face behind this popular seed line! Kathy will be here to answer questions and give great advice!
Senior Fish-Off Derby, Friday April 24th from 7-10am, The annual Senior fishing derby (64 years and older, with a valid fishing license) is back at Walden Ponds! Join us for a morning of spring fun out on the pond!
Spring Tent Sale, ThursdayMay 7th through Sunday May 10th
Outdoor Expo, Saturday, May 16thfrom 10am-4pm, featuring product demos, vendors, the Bike Blue advocates for national bicycle safety, a kid’s safety bike rodeo from Community Cycles, the kick-off to a 6-day bike drive, and more!
Kid's Fishing Derby, May 23rd from 7-10am Bring the kids (12 and under) and their gear for a morning of fishing, prizes and fun. Location TBA.
Carol O’Meara,May 30thfrom 10am-12pm Locally renowned master gardener and columnist for the Daily Camera will be here in the store to help with advice about Colorado lawn and gardens.
Pet Expo,June 6th from 9am-3pm. We’re going to partner with the Boulder Humane Society again. Stay tuned for developments as they become available.
From Around the Village We're proud of our neighbors and thought you might enjoy a few newsworthy items from around our shopping center, The Village, each month. Here's our first bit of news:
Opening in early April! Lillies is so excited to introduce their shop to the Boulder community. They are a general green store that carries fair trade, eco-friendly and locally made products. Stop in soon to check out their organic cotton, bamboo and hemp clothing, repurposed garden art, household goods, bath and beauty selections and so much more. Every product has a story. We are located south of McGuckin Hardware next to The Pedestrian Shop. (303) 954-8033www.lilliesgoods.com