Nature has always has played a big part in my life. When I was just a little girl, growing up in the Pacific Northwest at the edge of the Puget Sound, my favorite outing was to our local interpretive center.
Visiting this place and getting to know the biologists who worked there played a big part in the woman I am today. The center filled me with wonder and I couldn’t wait to grow up and become a marine biologist – we can all see how that turned out!
Today, nature still fills me with a sense of awe and a kind of serenity I can obtain no where else.
I’ve lived in Colorado for a long time now, longer than I’ve ever lived anywhere else, and several years ago I finally visited the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster. Prior to my visit I’d been under the impression that this was a place just for kids. I was wrong. Of course, there is lots of programming for kids, and it is a wonderful experience for children, but I believe most adults will enjoy visiting this attraction.
A visit to the Butterfly Pavilion is a fascinating look at the natural world in a climate that’s really good for your skin. They keep the butterflies in a climate controlled environment that feels like a temporary trip to Mexico.
Located just 15 minutes northwest of Denver, the Butterfly Pavilion is more than just butterflies. In addition to the tropical conservatory that houses 12,000 butterflies from around the world, the Pavilion also has an insect exhibit (creepy crawly things that may give some of you nightmares), a Water’s Edge exhibit that takes me back to my childhood along the Puget Sound, a half-mile nature trail, outdoor gardens and Tropical Odyssey, an interactive exhibit for the family that includes active play, interactive learning and more.
Don’t miss this weekend at the Pavilion because on Saturday, May 19, it’s Bloomapalooza, a celebration of Plant Conservation Day. There will be giveaways, workshops, planting projects, a kids play area and the Garden Center of Colorado will be taking all your old gardening trays, cell packs and pots to be recycled. For additional information on this event and on the Butterfly Pavilion in general go to Butterflies.org.
Now, here’s your chance to WIN 4 TICKETS to the Butterfly Pavilion.
Just leave a comment here letting me know your favorite bug. I like ladybugs and have had several land on me this spring, which I consider lucky. I’m also very fond of bumble bees.
This contest runs today through Monday, May 21st at 3 p.m. I will pick a winner at random, and he or she will receive four tickets to the Butterfly Pavilion.
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It’s time for another great give away, and I know many of you will be very excited about this one because my citizens love beer and wine. Here is your chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the largest wine events in Colorado.
This is the 30th Anniversary of Wine Fest in Fort Collins, a wine tasting to benefit Disabled Resource Services. DRS provides support for those living with disabilities in Larimer and Jackson counties. As one of the ten centers for independents in the state of Colorado, DRS provides resources to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum level of independence through advocacy, awareness and access to the community.
Wine Fest features 500 different wines paired with food from Fort Collins’ restaurants. The evening also includes prizes, music, entertainment and a silent auction that raised $12,000 last year. For those who prefer beer, that delicious beverage will be available as well.
This year’s Wine Fest is being held at the Hilton located at 425 W. Prospect Road in Fort Collins, Colorado. The event is scheduled for Friday, March 23 with general admission at 7 p.m.
Tickets to this amazing wine event are $75 each, but here’s your opportunity to win a pair of free tickets from Wine Fest and HeidiTown.com. Just leave a comment here telling me your favorite wine country. Are you a fan of wines from Australia? France? Chile? Leave a response and be entered to win.
A winner will be chosen at random this Friday evening, March 16th.
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Some of you may still be unaware, but Fort Collins, Colorado is becoming the place to be a rising music star, and KRFC 88.9 FM has been there along the way providing a platform for these musicians to reach out to the community and the world.
Fort Collins is very lucky to have a community radio station such as KRFC, and since August 2011, I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the radio station’s family.
KRFC’s 9th Annual Birthday Bash is bringing together the community as well as some amazing bands to celebrate and rejoice in all things music. The setting is the newly remodeled Lincoln Center – which is, by the way, perfectly magnificent.
Ben Taylor, son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, is headlining the party set for this Saturday, March 10th. There will be additional performances by 2011 local chart-topping artists, John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light, Fierce Bad Rabbit, and Danielle Ate the Sandwich. Martin Gilmore (of Long Road Home) and brilliantly gifted youth-musician Jaden Carlson round out the evening, which kicks off at 5:30pm.
Tickets range from $20 to $45, but here’s the great news. You can enter to win a pair of tickets to this outstanding event right here on HeidiTown.com.
Just tell me your favorite Colorado live music venue and you’ll be entered! I will be choosing the random winner tomorrow, Friday, March 9 at NOON.
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When this Colorado attraction made it on my radar this winter I was so excited. This is the type of unique event that I love to share with my readers.
This amazing structure, located in Silverthorne, Colorado, is built entirely by hand using ice and water as the sole building materials. There is nothing like it in the country and quite possibly the world. You can visit the castle during the day or night, and in the evening hours it is lit by 360,000 lumens of light. The ice castle is in constant flux, so that if you visit in the beginning of the season and then again at the end, the place may look very different. According to the attraction’s website, “depending on the night temperatures, wind and amount of snow, the Ice Castle experience can change drastically from one day to the next.”
You can see why I was so happy to discover this creation in HeidiTown’s backyard!
Brent Christensen, of Utah, is the artist behind this spectacular creation. He went from experimenting with icicle formations in his front yard to amuse his children, to building large ice castles for a resorts in Utah.
The Ice Castles at Silverthorne are located at the Town Pavilion in Silverthorne, Colorado, approximately one hour and 20 minutes west of Denver just a quarter mile off of I70. The attraction is open 7 days a week. Adult admission is $10, children 12 and under are $7.50 and children under 4 are free. You can read more about this attraction at their website by clicking here.
Now here’s your chance to win 4 tickets to The Ice Castles at Silverthorne. Just leave a comment here on the blog letting me know that you’d like to win and you’ll be entered. A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, February 24 at approximately 3 p.m.
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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.
Guests 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.
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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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 CÃ©ilidh 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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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!
Now 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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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.
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