Solar eclipse spectators gathered in a courtyard at the Outlets at Castle Rock on Aug. 21 for a community viewing party, and although eclipse glasses were scarce, those who did score the required spectacles shared with those who had not been able …
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Solar eclipse spectators gathered in a courtyard at the Outlets at Castle Rock on Aug. 21 for a community viewing party, and although eclipse glasses were scarce, those who did score the required spectacles shared with those who had not been able to.
“I wish there were more glasses available,” Luke Nelson of Castle Rock said, as he and family discussed which locations in town had offered and then sold out of eclipse glasses.
Nelson attended with his mother, Ann, along with Donna Orr, also of Castle Rock. The trio was able to get glasses through family, they said, but were happy to give those without a chance to use theirs.
Not far away from where the Nelsons stood was Michele Andersen picnicking with Alani Andersen, 10, and Kiana Andersen, 4. The Andersens traveled from Highlands Ranch to watch the eclipse, and were among those who weren't able to acquire glasses.
“It's OK, this is still cool,” Michele said. “People have actually been really nice letting us borrow their glasses.”
One of those generous event goers was Susan Milhollan, who had taken her daughter, Samantha, out of school for a few hours so the two could watch the eclipse together. The mother-daughter duo took turns using glasses they'd received through her husband's work, Milhollan said, but also made sure to let people without glasses take a turn watching the eclipse.
As people across the event passed glasses among one another, Ann Nelson said she enjoyed seeing unity among the community.
“This is bringing everyone together,” Ann Nelson said. “I thought that was pretty cool.”
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