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Stan Carm Heidi 1970s.  HeidiTown.com

My parents strongly influenced my musical tastes, so I decided to embarrass them by using this photo of them (and me) in the 1970s.

The key to blogging professionally is that you have to do it regularly. I typically blog two to three times a week, and I aim for three. Not an easy task since I am also a full-time freelance writer.

This week I was struck down with the plague, and when I’m sick I’m about as creative as a rock. And it takes more than a few ounces of creativity to do any writing, unless perhaps you’re writing a mathematics textbook.

When creativity has taken a backseat to a runny nose, some writers (me) turn to top five lists. The reason you see so many top 3 , top 5 or top 10 lists on the Internet is because they are relatively easy to put together, although I did have to ask my readers’ help via Facebook on this one.

One of the hosts at KRFC 88.9 FM, asked those of us with a show to put together the top three songs that we felt represented our programming. This got me thinking… what three songs would I pick to represent HeidiTown? Continue Reading…

Pets Forever CSU

Connie is loving on her best bud, Mischief, who receives subcutaneous fluids from his Pets Forever friends twice a week to manage his kidney disease.

In my work as a freelance writer I occasionally get the opportunity to learn about various nonprofits around Colorado, and in fact, that’s how I discover many of the charities that end up as the recipient of HeidiTown Gives Back. This is what happened with Pets Forever.

While working on an article about the positive emotional and physical impacts pets can have on our lives, I met Dr. Lori Kogan, a licensed psychologist and associate professor in the Clinical Sciences Department at Colorado State University within the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science.

She is also the director of Pets Forever, a CSU sponsored nonprofit designed to help low-income elderly and disabled Larimer County residents maintain ownership of their pets for as long as possible, and to improve the health and well-being of these pets and owners by providing needed help and resources. Continue Reading…

9 to 5 press picture Candlelight Dinner Playhouse

Photo courtesy Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.

Who could forget Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in the 1980 woman empowerment movie, “Nine to Five,” the memorable film about three fed-up coworkers who kidnap their chauvinistic boss and turn around the office in his absence?

We saw the stage play at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse last week, and while they have big shoes, and in one case, a big bra to fill, the three lead actresses in this musical prove they’ve got the comedy chops to take on these iconic roles.

The menu at Candlelight changes a bit with each play, and this time around we had the choice of meatloaf sandwich, chicken casserole, a tilapia dish and several vegetarian options as well as upgrades such as prime rib.

We each enjoyed the hearty chicken casserole, and while I stuck with wine for dinner, Ryan ordered one of the show’s specialty drinks, the Judy’s “New Girl” Attitude Adjustment, a white Russian with an almond joy Continue Reading…

Rocky Mountain National Park in winter 2013.

Rocky Mountain National Park in winter 2013.

I’m writing this blog post from the road, so it’s going to be extra short and sweet.

If you read this blog on a regular basis, you’ll find much of what’s in this week’s HeidiTown radio segment on KRFC 88.9 FM to be a bit redundant.

This week I give the KRFC listeners a taste of Fort Collins via a preview of Great Plates and a look at the Oscar Party happening at The Kress this Sunday evening in Greeley.

Plus, a preview of Frozen Dead Guy Days and a big tip if you plan to attend.

March is a good month for fests around Colorado, so get out and have an adventure, Colorado!

Listen here.

Oscar Party at The Kress in 2011. Photo by Matthew GaleWin a pair of tickets to the Oscar Party at The Kress Cinema & Lounge in Greeley, Colorado.

Here’s a little HeidiTown trivia for newer citizens. Back in 2007, when the town was incorporated, I wrote reviews. I reviewed books, restaurants and movies. I continue to write the occasional film review for the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor where I”ve been a contributing writer since 2006.

I love the movies. They represent a chance to escape from life and live somewhere else for a couple of hours. This year’s 86th Annual Academy Awards has an interesting lineup of Best Picture nominees. These films take us to various time periods including the 1800s, the 1970s and the 1980s, and this year, they even take us to space. Continue Reading…

Good food for a great price with proceeds going to a worthy cause, that’s what Great Plates is all about. The two-week long culinary event features 30 plus restaurants and raises money for the Food Bank of Larimer County – a substantial amount of money. Last year’s event raised $35,000 and the organizers hope to beat that amount by raising $40,000 this year.

Great Plates-logo-2013

It works like this, the participating restaurants offer up a special menu for $25. It might be a fancy three course meal for one or a two course meal for two, but you’ll only pay $25 plus tip. It’s a steal of a deal and you are eating for a good cause.

While Great Plates is the perfect opportunity to get out of your restaurant rut and try something new, it’s also an opportunity to visit your favorite joints as well. We always take advantage of the Coopersmith’s pizza and beer special on the poolside part of the restaurant. For $25 you can choose an order of nachos and large specialty pizza (El Diablo is our fav) or two topping pizza PLUS a pitcher of beer or soda.

El Diablo - Chipotle sauce, smoked chicken, roasted garlic potatoes, red onion and jalapeños on a cracked black pepper crust at Coopersmiths in Fort Collins.

El Diablo pizza at Coopersmith’s. Photo used with permission.

We also use Great Plates as an excuse to get together with friends by utilizing the special at Washington’s Sports Bar & Grill that includes four half pound hamburgers, four sides and four domestic beers, well cocktails or sodas for $25. This is the deal of the century for what I consider one of the best hamburgers in Colorado. Continue Reading…

I was recently contacted via email by a woman from Arkansas who is planning a trip to Colorado this July. She wanted to know about some off-the-beaten path locations that would be ideal for a multi-generational family trip that included ages ranging from 6 to 60.

I gave her four recommendations, including Grand Lake and Glenwood Springs, two destinations I’ve written extensively about here on HeidiTown. However, there were two other locations I told her about that have received less attention in the last year, so I decided to turn them into posts.

Recommendation #2: Mt. Princeton & St. Elmo, Colorado

Here are two off the beaten path gems that would make excellent destinations for a multi-generational family trip. In fact, they are just an hour away from Fairplay, so a family could combine this trip with the one written about in the first post, Multi-generational family travel in Colorado, Part One.

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort VIP Pool. HeidiTown.com

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort VIP Pool.

Mt. Princeton is not a town, but a hot springs resort. Visitors can book a lodge style room or a full-size cabin, which would be perfect for a family traveling in a group. The VIP pools are pretty awesome, and only available to guests of the resort. In the past, however, the VIP section is 16 and over, so any young children would have to remain in the standard pool areas, which are also nice. Continue Reading…

I was recently contacted via email by a woman from Arkansas who is planning a trip to Colorado this July. She wanted to know about some off-the-beaten path locations that would be ideal for a multi-generational family trip that included ages ranging from 6 to 60.

I gave her four recommendations, including Grand Lake and Glenwood Springs, two destinations I’ve written extensively about here on HeidiTown. However, there were two other locations I told her about that have received less attention in the last year, so I decided to turn them into posts.

Recommendation #1: Fairplay, Colorado

Burro Days Parade in Fairplay, Colorado. HeidiTown.com

The Burro Days Parade is very family-friendly.

This is a very small town, but they have one of the best museums in Colorado. The South Park City Museum is actually a collection of authentic buildings that were moved to this location from around the region. The buildings were arranged to depict a real mining town in the 1800s. Continue Reading…

February is Black History Month, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to write about the Barney Ford Museum in Breckenridge, Colorado. The story behind this charming house museum is like something straight out of Hollywood, and a story you probably wouldn’t normally associate with a mining town in Colorado.

Barney Ford Museum in Breckenridge, Colorado. HeidiTown.com

Barney L. Ford was born into slavery in 1822. His father, who never recognized Barney as a son, was a white plantation owner in Virginia. His mother was a slave, who taught Ford how to read and write. According to the legend, Ford was able to escape slavery at the age of 26, when he simply walked off the riverboat that he had been working on. He left the boat in Quincy, Illinois and ended up in Chicago. Other sources say he escaped via the Underground Railroad. Continue Reading…

Skijoring in Leadville at Crystal Carnival

Skijoring competition during Crystal Carnival in Leadville, Colorado. Photo by Steve Sunday (www.sundayphotography.com), all rights reserved.

Staying warm? I hope so. This has been a rather interesting February. Tons of snow and cold temperatures may have you planning to snuggling up at home this Valentine’s Day, but throw off those blankets!

You’re tough and there’s lots of wonderful activities to experience over the next two weekends in Colorado.

In this week’s segment on KRFC 88.9 FM I talk about various festivals and events happening from Fort Collins to Leadville to Victor, Colorado. This month there’s a little something for everyone.

I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll say it, and write it again, the festival season never slows down in our wonderful state. You can always find something to do here in colorful Colorado.

Listen to this week’s HeidiTown radio segment HERE.