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Oscar party at the Kress outside pic

All photos by Matthew Gale of @NominationStation.

If you’ve been around HeidiTown for more than a couple years, you’ll remember that I used to write movie reviews here, and I’m a bit of a film buff. I absolutely LOVE the Oscars. I am one of “those people,” and I start watching as soon as the red carpet is rolled out and the limos start arriving.

Last year, I ran a similar contest here, and the winners documented their fantastic night at the Kress Oscar Party through the photographs I’m using for this post. This year, I expect to have a fabulous time at this event and here’s your chance to join me.

The Kress Cinema & Lounge in Greeley is holding their annual Oscar Party on Sunday, February 26, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The evening includes a red carpet entry, appetizer buffet, Oscar ballot (cash prize) and the 84th Academy Awards live on the big screen and in the Kress’ lounges.

appetizer buffet at Kress Oscar PartyGuests are encouraged to wear their best Oscar attire. I’m thinking of wearing something by Victoria Beckham, I hear her couture is going to be big this year.  I’m kidding, of course. This Mayor gig doesn’t pay that well!

Tickets to this event are $20/each, but this is your chance to be a VIP (with ME) at this glamour affair.  You don’t have to attend alongside me or anything like that, but I will be there so I’m hoping that we can at least shake hands for the cameras.

Watching the Main Event at the Kress Oscar Party

Just tell me your pick for Best Picture 2012, and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to this event courtesy of Kress Cinema & Lounge.

The nominees for Best Picture are Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse, The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Help.

If you haven’t seen any of these films yet – shame on you – just tell me your favorite film of this past year.

A winner will be chosen at random this Saturday, February 18 at approximately 2 p.m.

Good luck!  I hope to see you on the red carpet!

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Estes Park Winter Festival ice castle

The Estes Park Winter Festival is fun for the entire family. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

The 3rd Annual Estes Park Winter Festival runs Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 15, 2012.

Last year, my husband and I decided to randomly check out this event without really knowing what to expect, and we had so much fun! In addition to the interactive ice castle, which is really great for kids, we loved the chili cook off. I think we sampled over forty green and red chilis. The hot green chilis are always my favorite and there were some memorable ones with a good kick.

The event starts on Friday night with a Céilidh Barn dance and outdoor bonfire that includes cowboy poetry and ghost stories, hot chocolate and s’mores. This event is free and sponsored by Estes Park Weddings.

Estes Park Winter Festival chili cook-off

Last year's chili cook off attracted more than forty competitors. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

The next day is Winter Trails day at Rocky Mountain National Park and the two days of live music, chili, beer and wine tasting commence at the Estes Park Winter Festival. This event has become so popular it has been moved from Bond Park to the heated, enclosed pavilion at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. This has allowed the festival organizers to increase the size and scope of this event and I can’t wait to attend again this year! To read the entire schedule of events planned for Winter Festival, go here.

Admission to Estes Park Winter Festival is just $5, and this includes chili tasting. For $25 you can purchase festival admission that includes chili tasting and the extensive beer and wine tasting. Purchase tickets here.

And now for the really, really good part… you can enter here to win admission for two to this event. One luck winner will receive two $25 full admission tickets that include beer and wine tasting. ID required at the door.

Estes Park Winter Festival beer photo

Estes Park Winter Festival includes an extensive beer and wine tasting. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

Just leave a comment below telling me if you prefer green or red chili and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to this fantastic Estes Park event. Feel free to tell us who makes your favorite chili, whether it be a restaurant, family member or friend.

I think I make a darn good red chili, but my friend Lara, of Fly By Chili,  makes my favorite green chili.

A winner will be chosen at random this Friday, January 6, at approximately 3 p.m.

Join the Estes Park Winter Festival on Facebook and check out more photos from last year’s Estes Park Winter Festival on HeidiTown’s Facebook page.

Good luck!

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New Years Eve Bootleggers Bash

Photo from FortCollinsBrewery.com

The Brew Year’s Eve Bootlegger Bash is going to be THE place to be on New Years Eve, and I’m giving away to one lucky couple a pair of tickets to enjoy the entire evening’s lineup of events including: a beer pairing dinner, live music and a DJ, a casino room, a pinata keg smash, a dance contest, costume contest, late night buffet, raffle drawing, several keg tappings and a midnight brewers toast.

The event is being hosted by The Fort Collins Brewery and Gravity 1020 Restaurant at FCB.

If you’d like to be entered into this amazing contest, just leave me a comment here telling me what you like to drink during the holidays. Personally, during this season I’ll drink whatever you hand me!

The winner will be chosen AT RANDOM on Monday, December 26, 2011.

This prize is valued at $125, and you MUST BE 21 or older to attend this event.  For complete event details or to buy tickets go HERE.

 

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It’s Buy Local Week here in Colorado, and around the country. There are so many reasons why it’s good to buy local, and according to ColoradoLocalFirst.com, there are five main reasons.

1. Environment By buying things closer to home you are cutting down on fossil fuel use, reducing your carbon impact AND saving money!

2. Local Economy Local businesses buy more often from other local businesses, so the money you spend is retained in the community in a more concentrated fashion.

3. Local Flavor The experience at a local establishment is unique – providing the local flavor of the area.

4. Community Care Local entrepreneurs are more connected to our community, because they live here, too! They are more likely to get involved in community efforts and activities.

5. Voicing Your Opinion By buying locally you are saying, “Hey, I like this business and the neighborhood wouldn’t be the same without it.”

So without further ado, to celebrate Buy Local Week here on HeidiTown, I’ve joined forces with a local Colorado company, LoyalTee, a Denver-based t-shirt company. LoyalTee is a collection of shirts featuring local landmarks, like Johnson’s Corner, Stadium Inn, and Duranglers Fly Fishing, to name a few.

Johnsons Corner t-shirt

All LoyalTee shirts are made in the USA, and a percentage of all sales goes to the business feature on the shirt. I absolutely love this company and their concept, so I was very happy when they decided to be a part of a HeidiTown contest.

In addition to getting a $23 gift certificate and free shipping to LoyalTee, the lucky winner of this contest will also get a HeidiTown t-shirt!

HeidiTown t-shirt on blue

Just leave me a comment telling me your favorite Colorado landmark and you’ll be entered. As usually, I will pick the winner (at random) on Friday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2011, at approximately 3 p.m.

It’s hard for me to pick just one favorite Colorado landmark, but today I think I’ll go with the Bucksnort Saloon.  I love that the Bucksnort is located up a long dirt road. I love their un-level floors, and I especially love their forest fire burger with jalapenos and cream cheese.

Good luck!

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1940s WWII Ball

The Mayor of HeidiTown at the 1940s WWII Ball on June 18, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Ryan Schlaefer, all rights reserved)

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This past summer, one of the most standout events I attended was the 1940s WWII Ball. My husband and I didn’t really know what to expect, but by the end of the night we both agreed that this was the most fun we’d had at an event in a long time, and we go to A LOT of events.

This is the sort of evening out that creates memories, not only because it’s unique, but a lot of characters attend the 1940s WWII Ball, and they make this event the cat’s meow. From singers to swing dancers, to band members, to hosts, to regular guests who come decked out in unbelievable 1940s garb from head to toe, there’s never a dull moment.

The 1940s WWII Ball is held annually at the Boulder Airport, and features a hanger for dancing, a big stage, lots of vintage airplanes, a couple themed bars, entertainment and much more. When we saw the caliber of the dancers who were in attendance, we had no intention of dancing – we’re not really great at swing – but judging by the number of blisters on my feet the next day, we ended up spending hours on the dance floor. Big band music is just so infectious!

Big Band Christmas Ball posterNow it’s time for the 2nd Annual Big Band Christmas Ball, by the same people who brought you the 1940s WWII Ball.

Last June, HeidiTown ran a contest for tickets to the WWII Ball, and the organizers have been good enough to decide to give away tickets again through this blog. This time, you can sign up here to win a pair of tickets (an $80 value) to the Big Band Christmas Ball.

The event is on December 10, 2011, and will be held at the Boulder Elks Lodge. The night will feature the big band, The Hot Tomatoes. This band plays the WWII Ball and I can tell you for a fact that they are truly HOT – it’s hard to stay seated when the guys are playing

There will also be re-enactments from famous Christmas shows like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas.” Frank Sinatra will be there, along with the Andrew Sisters tribute act, Reveille 3. Other entertainment will include everything from ice carvers to chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Believe me, you don’t want to miss this event.  I’m not!

Guest are encouraged to dress up in 40s and 50s vintage era clothing, and although this isn’t a requirement, my husband and I dressed the part at the 1940s WWII Ball. We didn’t go all out, like some of the people there, but for some reason, it just makes the evening that much more fun.

So, if you’d like to win a pair of tickets to Big Band Christmas Ball in Boulder, Colorado, just leave me a comment below telling me your favorite Christmas movie, and you’ll be entered into the random drawing that will take place at approximately 3 p.m. Friday, November 25, 2011.

Tickets to this event make an excellent early Christmas present!  To purchase tickets to the Big Band Christmas Ball go here.

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Good Luck!

Liquid Arts Festival 2011Liquid Arts Festival is a new Loveland event happening on December 9, 2011.

You are invited to the 1st Annual Liquid Arts Festival during Snow Sculpture in the Dark in Loveland, Colorado. This event will be held at the Bonnell Building in downtown and will feature spirits from various Colorado distilleries.

Our state has long been known for beer, but the handcrafted distillery scene is making a splash too. Award winning distilleries will be sampling their wares at this festival, like my personal favorite, Dancing Pines Distillery. Indulge in bourbon, rum, whiskey,  infused vodkas and more while enjoying hors d’oeuvres provided by TASTE Catering. This is your chance to visit with the distillery owners and learn the story behind each of their businesses and to find out how they go about crafting their liquors.

Tasting times are at 5:30, 7 O’Clock and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $16/person, $28/couple and $18/person at the door. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Colorado Distillers Guild & Engaging Loveland. Tickets can be purchased here.

And now, here’s your chance to win tickets to this awesome event! Courtesy of Dancing Pines Distillery, I’m giving away TWO pairs of couples tickets to Liquid Arts Festival. Just leave me a comment telling me your favorite cocktail and you’ll be entered into the drawing. Two winners will be drawn – at random – on Friday, November 18 at approximately 3 p.m.

You must be 21 or older to win and IDs will be checked at the door of this event.

After sampling all the goods at Liquid Arts Festival, patrons can enjoy the many snow sculptures that will be displayed around downtown at the 2nd Annual Snow Sculpture in the Dark.

Good luck!

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haunted houseIt’s time to give away more tickets to Battle of the Haunted Houses. This haunted experience is located inside the Foothills Mall in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Destination Terror is an elaborate haunt with monsters lurking in every corner.

The Nightmare Experience is a haunted house where there really IS a monster under the bed.

Your ticket to the Battle of the Haunted Houses gets you into both Destination Terror and the Nightmare Experiment. Tickets are $17 (save a $1 by bringing a can of food to donate).

This week, I’m giving 2 lucky winners a pair of tickets each, but this time around you’ll have to work just a little bit. I want to know your favorite scary movie. I have several including The Shining, The Sixth Sense and The Others.

I will pick TWO names at random on Friday around noon.  Good luck!

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Scream Theme Logo 1 2011While I’m a wimp, I know a lot of you love being scared witless, so this giveaway is for you.  You’ll actually have two chances to win, because I’m going to run this same contest next week.

Just tell me you’d like your name entered into the drawing in the comment section and I’ll randomly pick a winner on Friday around noon.

This winner will receive 4 tickets (a $68 value) to Scream Theme Studios’ Battle of the Haunted Houses. The tickets are good for both The Nightmare Experiment and Destination Terror, located at the Foothills Mall in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Several years ago, friends forced me to go to Scream Theme Studios’ Battle of the Haunted Houses at Foothills Mall and quite frankly, it was a frightening experience. Someone had told the actors my name, so the entire time I was on the inside, the actors were whispering and calling “Heidi! Heidi!”

So go ahead and enter this contest, but you have been warned!!!  HeidiTown.com is not responsible for peed pants or damaged vocal chords or nightmares.

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Fall Harvest Brewfest 2011 logoI am dog person. I can’t imagine coming home to a house without having an excited canine there to greet me.  While some people ooh and aww over babies, I’m the person who will get overly excited about a new puppy or newly adopted dog. Let’s face it, dogs are awesome and many of us couldn’t live without ours.

That being said, this week’s give away is a pair of tickets to Fall Harvest Brewfest, the annual fundraiser for Animal House, a no-kill dog shelter in Fort Collins, Colorado. Animal House specializes in second chances. They obtain dogs from other shelters; dogs that have been slated for euthanasia.

This is the 3rd Annual Fall Harvest Brewfest and it’s being held at Drake Center in Fort Collins on October 15, 2011. There will be over 20 craft breweries in attendance as well as several micro-distilleries (including my personal favorite, Dancing Pines Distillery, in Loveland).  To satisfy your growling tummy, there will be craft-beer inspired food pairings served throughout the evening.

Draco from Animal House

Draco is a 3-yr-old shepherd mix looking for his forever home. Learn more at www.animalhousehelp.org.

So here’s the deal folks, enter to win a pair of tickets to Fall Harvest Brewfest here by telling me your best dog tale. I know it’s a little work, but it can be simple. For example, our German Shepherd likes to talk to the cat.  Here’s another, when our German Shepherd pees in snow she covers it up – true story! We have no idea why she does this, but we find it highly amusing.

I will pick a winner sometimes on Friday afternoon (October 7, 2011) – we have guests coming to town, so I can’t give you a specific time, because I won’t stick with it.  Just be sure to have your entry in by noon on Friday.

If you don’t win, I encourage you to buy a ticket to this event. Tickets can be purchased at www.fallharvestbrewfest.com. Tickets are $35 and include your night of fun and the warm fuzzy feeling that you drank for a great cause.  You can also join the Fall Harvest Brewfest and the Animal House on Facebook.

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The BrewDogs of ColoradoHere in Colorado, certain things just go together – bikes and beer, hikes and beer, climbing and beer, rafting and beer, skiing and beer, snowboarding and beer, sledding and beer, and dogs and beer.  This might explain why the Great American Beer Festival, grand-daddy of all beer festivals, is held yearly in Denver.

The GABF starts this Thursday and runs through Saturday, October 1.  In honor of this enormous beer festival featuring 450 breweries and over 2,200 different beers – more than any other beer festival in the world – I’m going to do a giveaway.

No, I didn’t manage to snag tickets, because the event has been sold out for months, but I am going to give one lucky HeidiTown citizen a signed copy of The BrewDogs of Colorado. This book is a beautiful tribute to the brewers of Colorado and the dogs who love them.

With a forward by former brewery owner and now Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, the book covers breweries from all across the state, including anecdotes about the dogs that have played a significant part in the brewers’ lives and notes about each brewery’s most famous beer, including medals and honors they have received.

From Whiskey, the Gore Range Brewery‘s golden retriever that once ate a cell phone to Milka, Oscar and Nanaimo, three best friends that call Shamrock Brewing Company home, dog lovers will adore this book.

To win a copy of The BrewDogs of Colorado, just tell me your favorite breed of dog, and if you feel inspired, tell me why that is your favorite breed – and yes, “mixed” is a breed.  My “forever” dog, as I used to call him, was a “mixed” breed. I got him when I was five-year-old and he passed away during my first year of college. He was one of the most special dogs I’ve ever owned.

The winner will be chosen at noon on Friday, September 30. Good luck!

Note: If you were lucky enough to secure a ticket to GABF, look for The BrewDogs booth – they have some great merchandise!