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wine glassSummer is quickly coming to a close… were you able to make the most of it?  I certainly hope so. Here’s another chance to enjoy the last moments of summer with some delicious wine, food and music.

It’s the 4th Annual WineDown the Summer at Chapungu Sculpture Park in Loveland, Colorado. This sculpture park is an oasis just east of the Promenade Shops at Centerra, and the perfect place to celebrate the end of a lovely Colorado summer. The park includes over eighty Shona African stone sculpture and I highly recommend bringing your camera because the landscape is breathtaking – especially at sunset.

This event takes place on Friday, September 9, from 6 to 9 p.m.

WineDown the Summer is a wine tasting event that also features food from various local restaurants, beer for those non-wine drinkers and music. This year’s band is the Adam Bodine Trio, a jazz group.

A portion of the event proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Partners Mentoring Youth. The proceeds will be applied to Partners Christmas for Kids event taking place on December 3, 2011. Christmas for Kids provides 200 Junior Partners with an unforgettable holiday experience with their Senior Partners not typically experienced in their homes.

Tickets for WineDown the Summer at Centerra are $30/person or $50/couple and can be purchased online (credit cards accepted) at or in person (cash only) at Engaging LovelandBentley’s Liquor and The Promenade Shops at Centerra -Main Office.

Now here is your chance to win tickets to this enchanted summer evening of wine, music and food.

Just leave me a comment here on the blog and tell me your favorite memory from this summer and be entered to win two tickets to WineDown the Summer.  The winner will be chosen at random this Friday at 3 p.m.  Good luck!

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It’s time to give away more tickets from one of my favorite HeidiTown sponsors, Rocky Mountain Irish Festival!

First, let me tell you about the band line up. If you enjoy Celtic music, you won’t want to miss this event.

The High Kings

The High Kings (

The music starts on Thursday, August 25 at the Budweiser Events Center with The High Kings. All the way from Ireland, The High Kings will light up the venue with their unique brand of Irish ballads. This band has been featured on television numerous times and has even played for Obama. They are the hottest thing out there and now they are coming to Loveland, Colorado.  This is a ticketed event and you can purchase yours at

On Friday night, there’s another special event, The Tossers will be on the Rocky Mountain Irish Festival’s Main Stage at Boardwalk Park in Windsor, Colorado. For $25 you can see The Tossers, an Irish punk band, plus the Young Dubliners and a special Beetles tribute.

On Saturday and Sunday the musical lineup is divine. In the queue, Searson, three Canadian sisters who put  on a high powered Celtic show. The Prodigals, an Irish rock band, will literally blow your kilt up. If you enjoy “Celtic mayhem” than The Brazen Heads is the band for you. Originally based out of Boston, the band now hails from Arizona and were the “surprise hit” of the Rocky Mountain Irish Festival in 2009.

Other bands who will strut their Celtic stuff at this year’s festival are Stephen’s Green, Green Tea, The Indulgers, Gerry Carthy, Roger Drawdy & the Firestarters, and Sligo Rags. Local bands include Juice of the Barley, The Commoners, Skean Dubh, Chancer’s Hooley, and Meadowlark.

Phew! That’s a whole lot of fiddling fun!

So here’s how to enter to win 4 pairs of tickets to witness this amazing musical lineup and attend the most kick arse Irish festival in Colorado.  Just leave me a comment here telling me your favorite musical instrument.

This week I’m going to draw the name on Thursday at 4 p.m., because my Friday schedule is a little crazy.

A special note for those of you who subscribe to HeidiTown and receive these blog posts in your inbox. You must leave your comment on the blog – do not email me – those entries won’t be counted and I want each of you to be counted!

Good luck!

The Rocky Mountain Irish Festival kicks off on Thursday, August 25th with The High Kings and then runs August 26-27 at Boardwalk Park in Windsor, Colorado.  Daily tickets are $15. Visit the festival online at or on Facebook here.

Rocky Mountain Irish Festival 2011


The count down till Rocky Mountain Irish Festival starts today with the first of several ticket giveaways.

The festival is scheduled for August 25-28, 2011.

Rocky Mountain Irish Festival kicks off at Budweiser Events Center with The High Kings at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25.

The main event will be held lakeside at Boardwalk Park in Windsor, Colorado, starting on Friday, August 26, at 4 p.m.

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this festival featuring everything from music to rugby!  Whether you are a kid or an adult with a craving for a pint of Guinness, this WILL be the place to be at the end of August.

To see the entire schedule of events head over to

Also, if you haven’t already, please *like* the festival on Facebook here. This is a great way to keep up with all the festival excitement in the days leading up to the event.

Now, for the real good stuff! If you’d like to win 4 tickets to Rocky Mountain Irish Festival, please leave me a comment telling me why you’d like to attend.  The winner will be chosen at random on Friday, August 5 at 3 p.m.

May the luck of the Irish be with you!!!

Gnarly Barley Brew Fest in Loveland, Colorado

There is nothing HeidiTown residents (and tourists) like more than free beer and it’s time, once again, to give some away.

The 3rd Annual Gnarly Barley Brew Festival is Saturday, August 6 at the Larimer County Fair at The Ranch in Loveland Colorado. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever with 24 breweries attending.

Food and beer pairings will be available again this year presented by Beer Ambassadors from Anheuser-Busch. These “mini-tastings” will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and held every 30 minutes from 2 to 5 p.m.

Guests can bring chairs and blankets and spend the afternoon at this beer event that includes musical guests 5 Minutes with Blanche, Better than Bacon and Archie Funker.

Tickets to Gnarly Barley Brew Festival are $15 and include a 4 oz. tasting mug and six tasting tokens. Additional tokens may be purchased at the fest for $1/each. Tickets are on sale now at ComcastTix. The event runs from 1 to 6 p.m.

Thankfully, for thirsty HeidiTown residents and tourists I have two pairs of Gnarly Barley Brew Festival tickets to giveaway. Enter by leaving me a comment and telling me what beer is in your fridge right now (and if you don’t have beer in your fridge perhaps you shouldn’t be allowed to win these tickets).  :-)

Two winners will be chosen at random on Friday at 3 p.m.

Good luck!  And bottoms up!



Colorado Renaissance Festival

Colorado Renaissance Festival (Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved)

With knights and ladies, sword fights and duals, turkey legs and sausage on a stick, jesters and wandering musicians, the Colorado Renaissance Festival has more fodder for a writer than most events. This festival is partly responsible for the creation of HeidiTown as it is today because it inspired my first festival review back in 2009; prior to this blog becoming exclusively dedicated to writes ups about events, festivals and road trips.

Since then I’ve written about CRF many times, and I’m very excited to be giving away tickets to the event I’ve frequently called the best festival in Colorado. In fact, I’m giving away TWO vouchers, entitling the winners to FOUR adult tickets to the CRF. These vouchers are worth approximately $75.80 each.

I’ve been attending the CRF for a decade and I believe it is fun for the young, the old, people who like to dress up, people who like to look at people who like to dress up, families, couples and friends. I always say, “if you can’t have fun at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, then I’m not sure you are capable of having fun.”

To learn more about the Colorado Renaissance Festival and to discover my tips for making the most of your visit to the realm, go here.

In the meantime, to be entered to win one of two vouchers you must leave a comment below telling me how you discovered HeidiTown and this particular giveaway. Did you hear about it through Facebook? Google+? LinkedIn? Are you a subscriber to the blog? Do you stalk the Mayor of HeidiTown on Twitter?  Just tell me how you landed here today and you’ll be entered into the random drawing for four tickets to CRF.

The two winners will be chosen at random at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 15.

Colorado Renaissance Festival runs from June 11 thru July 31, 2011. The winners will have two weekends left to use these tickets.

Please note: The winners will be contact via email. Make sure you leave me a valid email address. If I am unable to reach you within 48 hours I will contact the runner up.


Ryan at Colorado Brewers' Festival 2010

Colorado Brewers' Festival 2010 (Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all right reserved)

I’ve been writing and attending festivals in Colorado for long enough to inform you with authority that we Coloradoans celebrate beer very, very well. I don’t try to keep up with all of the beer festivals around the state – it would be nearly impossible. There are events that feature chili beers, microbrews, home brews, and there are small fests and large fests and then there’s the grand daddy of all beer festivals, the Great American Beer Festival.

One of the things I most like giving away on HeidiTown are tickets to beer events. After all, free beer always proves to be very popular.

2010 BrewFest Crowd Shot

Colorado Brewers' Festival is fondly called BrewFest by locals. (Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved)

This week I’m giving away two tickets to Colorado Brewers’ Festival.

After trying a new approach to the festival last year, the organizers have gone back to what has worked best in the past – although the event is still being held in location of Civic Center Park in downtown at LaPorte and Howes Street.

The organizers have done away with the beer sessions that were instituted last year, and now festivalgoers can enjoy tasting beers and listening to bands on three stages all day long. Twenty bands will play over the two days with 12 Cents for Marvin and 3 Twins Broadband headlining the event.

This year’s festival is being held June 25-26, 2011. Tickets purchased in advance are $10, and tickets at the gate are $15. Designated drivers get in for free. Once inside, patrons can purchase $1 tokens and exchange them for 4 oz. tasters on any of the over sixty Colorado beers that will be represented at the event.


In order to be entered to win a pair of tickets to this year’s festival, please leave me a comment below telling me your favorite Colorado beer. My current pick is Little Red Cap by Grimm Brothers Brewhouse located in Loveland. Be sure to stop by and visit them at the festival – tell them the Mayor of HeidiTown sent you.

A winner will be chosen at random on Friday at 3 p.m.

Find out more about the Colorado Brewers’ Festival at

Fly Fishing RMNPFather’s Day is less than two weeks away, so I thought it was the perfect time for this giveaway.

Fly-fishing is a popular Colorado pastime, and for good reason. The Colorado Rockies provide some of the most pristine rivers in the world, and some of the best are in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Coloradoan Steve Schweitzer started hiking and fishing RMNP eleven years ago. He kept meticulous notes about his hikes and the fish he caught. These trips and notes became the inspiration for “A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park.”

Schweitzer’s book was released in February 2011, and features 260 photographs, and 150 destinations along 48 trail systems with RMNP. It outlines each hike, including information on trail difficulty.

“It’s as much of a hiking guide as a fishing guide,” Schweitzer said.

First and foremost, the book answers the question, “Where do I want to fish today?” The book has ten tools to help answer this question. It also includes fully illustrated, full color topographic maps, tips for anglers, hatch charts and a detailed pattern listing for over 100 unique and highly effective flies.

For the Colorado fly fisherman of fisherwoman, “A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park” is a must-read. For the rest of us, it’s a beautiful book about one of America’s greatest national parks and is full of helpful hiking information.

This week you have the chance to win a signed copy of this book here at To be entered, you must tell me your favorite “fish story” in the comment story below. If you don’t have a fish story, make one up!

A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, June 10 at 3 p.m.

Here’s an example of a true fish story. My dad, younger brother and I were fishing a river in northwest Washington State, and because I was still learning the art of fly fishing, my line kept getting caught in a bush near the river’s edge. Frustrated, I blurted out the “f” word. I froze. Under no circumstance was this acceptable language in my family. However, my dad simply looked at me, shook his head and went back to fishing – leaving me to untangle the line from the bush.

To get a sneak peak inside the “A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park,” or to place a book order, visit

Good luck & happy fishing!


Dice on rearview mirrorI blogged about this event last year and then again on May 18.

I am now excited to announce that I’ll be giving away two tickets to Colorado Nationals, the largest car show west of the Mississippi.

The show is being held this weekend, June 3-5 at the The Ranch Complex in Loveland, Colorado.

This is going to be a fast and furious giveaway, just like many cars that will be at the show.

I’m making this real simple. To enter, just tell me the make, model and year of the first car you drove.  A winner will be chosen at random TOMORROW (June 1) at 3 p.m. This contest has a quick turn around so that I have time to mail the winner his or her tickets.

Admission to Colorado Nationals is $18 for adults and $6 for children six to 12. Children under 6 are free, and so is parking. To learn all the details of this event read my entire write-up about Colorado Nationals, brought to you by Good Guys.

I got my first car when I was 16. It was a bright yellow Toyota Celica (1979) stick-shift with a black leather interior. I loved that car and called it my Chiquita Banana.

See ya at the show!!!

Greeley Blues Jam 2011I never cease to be amazed at the sheer amount of quality live music available in Northern Colorado. Music festivals happen here year round from Fort Collins to Greeley.

On June 10, one of Colorado’s most anticipated music events will kick off. The Greeley Blues Jam is a nationally recognized blues festival held every year at Island Grove Arena in Greeley, Colorado.

The Greeley Chamber of Commerce and the City of Greeley host the event, laying down 45,000 square feet of fresh green sod on the arena floor creating the perfect dance floor for bare feet of all ages. One of my twitter buddies said this is, “the best dance floor in the world,” and she should know, her husband plays in two Colorado bands.

The weekend kicks off on Friday, June 10, with free music at 9th Street Plaza and other venues in downtown Greeley, including restaurants and bars. Blues talent from around Colorado will be showcased from 11:30 a.m. until the late hours of the evening.

The Main Stage Greeley Blues Jam headliners on Saturday, June 11, at Island Grove include Robert Randolph and the Family Band, the North Mississippi Allstars Duo, Coco Montoya, Trampled Underfoot, The Nighthawks and Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers.

The Back Stage line up includes Erica Brown, the Otone Brass Band, Big Jim Adam, John Stilwagen, and Another Kind of Magick.

The Greeley Blues Jam is a festival for the entire family and shouldn’t be missed. Get all the information on the event at their website:

I’m super excited to be giving away a pair of tickets to this event.  You can enter to win tickets by leaving a comment below. Be sure to include your favorite live music memory, whether it was a concert under the stars, or a sing-a-long around the campfire. A winner will be chosen at random this Thursday (May 26) at 10 a.m.

Good luck! And as always, if you aren’t a winner, you can still attend by purchasing tickets at Tickets are currently $25, and $30 at the door.

A Note from the Mayor: Be sure to visit the blues jam website for a chance to win a new Dobro Hound Dog acoustic guitar! You can also follow the Greeley Blues Jam on Facebook here.



1940s WWII Era Ball event poster

Boys, put on your zoot suit and winged tipped shoes and girls, get out the hot iron. It’s time for the 1940s WWII Era Ball at Boulder Airport. This unique event caught my eye several years ago, and last year we bought tickets for my in-laws to attend. They had a blast, so this year, the Mayor will be putting on her dancing shoes and joining the party!

The 1940s WWII Era Ball is a salute to “The Greatest Generation,” and this year’s event will be held Saturday, June 18, 2011. The schedule of events includes everything from swing lessons, a paratrooper skydiving reenactment, hula dancers, a USO style show with celebrity impersonators, dancing to the Hot Tomatoes big band and so much more. The evening also promises to deliver spontaneous 1940s reenactments throughout the night.

Guests will have the opportunity to get up and personal with real planes from WWII, and can even arrange to get a ride in a TBM Avenger or a Stearman Biplane. Other planes that will be at the event include the Staggerwing, the T6 Texan, the T-28, The Beech 18 WWII trainer plane, and the Fairchild P23.

Photo from the 1940s WWII Era Ball in 2009

Photo courtesy of on Facebook. This photo was taken at the 2009 event.

Ball guests are encouraged to dress in period clothing. Last week I stopped by Rockin’ Robin’s Retro & Retail Store in Niwot, and discovered some perfect vintage outfits for the ball. If you are in need of the proper WWII era outfit, be sure to shop at Rockin’ Robins.

And now for the really good part… the Mayor of is giving away a pair of tickets to the 1940s WWII Era Ball! This is a $60 value. If you’d like to be entered into the contest, please let me know that you were here by leaving a comment and telling me one of the names of the many WWII era planes that will be at the Boulder Airport during the ball.

A winner will be chosen in a random drawing on Friday, May 13 at 10 a.m.


All net proceeds of the 1940s WWII Era Ball go to The Wounded Warrior Project and The Spirit of Flight Center Colorado. If you don’t win a free ticket here, I strongly encourage you to purchase a ticket online at You can also join the ball on Facebook here.