This week’s radio show on KRFC 88.9 FM covers a bunch of stuff including the new online Masters in Tourism Program at Colorado State University, the Hospitality, Events and Tourism program at Metropolitan State University, my upcoming weekend trip to Cripple Creek, Colorado, a review of my favorite post from this fall season and a little housekeeping. KRFC is asking for your help – if you are a listener, please take a moment and take the survey here.
Listen to this week’s radio segment HERE.
It seems rather appropriate for the Mayor of a place called HeidiTown to have a connection to the German Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter. Full disclosure: This organization has been advertising their events with HeidiTown for a while now and it’s a match made in heaven.
This organization puts together well-organized and top-notch events that I am more than happy to slap my endorsement on. Their Biergarten Festival is a summer party my husband and I look forward to every year.
The GACC-CO’s winter event is the Denver Christkindl Market. In operation for 12 years, this year there’s a new look, but the market hasn’t lost its intimate, European feel.
Christkindl markets have deep roots in Germany where the oldest recorded Christmas market dates back to 1310 in Munich. Held in front of churches, the markets were often part of a person’s church visit. Today, these markets are still held in town squares across Germany.
Tour the Denver Christkindl Market to find unique, handmade gifts for nearly everyone on your list. I found lots of knit hats and beautiful artisan jewelry that I’d love to find under the tree this Christmas.
The best part of the market, in my illustrious opinion, is the food and the beer/entertainment tent. I’d recommend coming hungry, having some delicious European-style food and a beer or two and then going shopping.
While we were visiting the beer tent last weekend, the Chalet Dancers from Castle Rock were peforming and their authentic German dances impressed the crowd, me included. Under the tent you’ll find a full lineup of entertainment on the weekday evenings and weekends.
Sipping a beer or gluehwein (spiced wine), you’ll be transported to a different time and place, and this is what I love the most about the Denver Christkindl Market and the Biergarten Festival – it’s a chance to experience a little German culture right here in Colorado. Our state is rich with German heritage, but we don’t always get a chance to see it, taste it and feel it in action. I applaud the German Chamber of Commerce – Colorado Chapter for keeping this culture alive and well.
Keep in mind that the market is a wonderful event for children – from entertainment to delicious pastries, make the Denver Christkindl Market a part of their childhood memories this Christmas.
Denver Christkindl Market
Skyline Park (16th & Arapaho)
November 23 to December 22, 2012
Sunday – Wednesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
It’s the first Monday in December and that means it’s time to unveil the recipient of the HeidiTown Gives Back Campaign. This month’s organization came to my attention through a citizen of my little town, and I’m so glad that she shared the story with me.
CafÃ© 180 is the brainchild of Julie Mihevc and Cathy Matthews. Their original idea was to create transitional housing in Englewood, but fate had other plans. Instead, following the “pay it forward” concept pioneered by SAME CafÃ© in Denver, they decided to open their own cafÃ© with a “pay what you can” mentality. Continue reading
Some people love the holidays, but there are many of us who find the season a bit stressful. Family obligations, travel and high expectations can make an otherwise merry time of year downright excruciating.
There’s no way to avoid the holidays, but you can find ways to make them a little less hectic. In this week’s segment on KRFC 88.9 FM, I outline some activities that will slow you down and hopefully, relax you a little during the Colorado holiday season.
My segments on KRFC air on Wednesday evenings just before 6 p.m. and on Friday evenings at 5 p.m., but you can listen to this week’s segment HERE.
Birthdays are a big deal in our house and the milestone birthdays are an even bigger deal. A birthday usually involves a weekend away, but since my husband, Ryan, was turning 40 this month I asked whether he preferred a party. He informed me that he wanted a party, but “didn’t want to just meet up for beers with friends like we do all the time.”
So I had to put my thinking cap on. I came up with a hundred different ideas, but most involved meeting up with friends for beer like we do all the time. Then, Dave & Busters popped into my mind. We hadn’t been in a while, but Ryan loves video games and I figured it would give our friends a fun evening out.
So I booked Dave & Busters in Westminster, Colorado and nearly 30 people showed up to help Ryan ring in this new decade of life and to rib him about turning the big 4-0. Due to Friday evening rush hour traffic we were running a few minutes late to our own party, but I got an excellent text from a partier who beat us there.
It read: Set up looks great! 🙂
And it did. We had booked a party room that included a pool table, shuffle board, tables and lots of seating. The space was large, but not too big, and it was staffed with three attentive wait staff. As party goers continued to arrive and people began to tip back beers, the atmosphere couldn’t have been better.
I like to feed people. I got this trait from my mother. I’m always afraid people won’t get enough to eat or won’t like the offerings. I had ordered the fajita buffet and as they uncovered the food I was pleasantly surprised to see the party goers digging in.
When ordering a buffet for a party, I’m always a little nervous about the quality, but this buffet was a big hit. I was overjoyed to see people going back for seconds and thirds. The buffet included chips and queso, fajita stuff (tortillas, beef and chicken) and lettuce, cheese, fresh guacamole, pico de gallo, and an addictive green sauce.
Everything was fresh, as was noted by several guests, but despite the compliments on the food, the best praise is that people ate the heck out of it!
After a fine meal and conversation, party goers began to filter out onto the game floor. Our party package came with $10 power cards for each attendee. Our group took over air hockey, then basketball and then moved on to trivia. Smiles were wide and laughs were many.
My 7-year-old niece, the only child in attendance, made out like a bandit because everyone kept giving her their winning tickets. She was giddy with excitement as she “bought” nearly every jelly bracelet in the Dave & Busters store.
With the games and crowds, Dave & Busters is a noisy place, so it was good to have our room available as an escape from the hubbub of the game floor. Some in our party became addicted to shuffle board and never left our room. Our wait staff also remained on hand, making sure all the gifts, purses and coats were looked after and drinks were full.
Almost everyone stayed late and I deemed this birthday bash a complete success. Having a party at Dave & Busters makes it easy for everyone – the host and the guests. With food and fun at your fingertips, not to mention drinks, there’s no reason to leave early.
Dave & Busters may not be the first place you think of when planning an adult birthday party, but maybe it should be. They also specialize in team building parties and office holiday events.
Dave & Buster’s Westminster location (303) 217-7107
It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are almost upon us, and while you may have been ignoring this fact, many have not. Last December’s post entitled “Top 5 Colorado Christmas Towns” has been trending here for nearly two months already. Apparently, many people are planning a Colorado Christmas this year.
I hope that this week’s segment on KRFC 88.9 FM will help you get in the spirit. I’ve found some delightful activities including tree lighting events and holiday theater sure to get you in the proper mood for mulled wine, gingerbread cookies and roasted chestnuts.
So snuggle up with a mug of hot chocolate (I prefer it with a shot of peppermint schnapps) and listen to this week’s radio segment HERE.
As much as I love small towns, during the holidays I love taking a trip to the big city. One of my fondest Christmas memories is walking under the canopy of lights on Larimer in downtown Denver. We were checking out all the window decorations and that year they were all ski scenes. Some were very elaborate with skiers moving up and down paper mache mountains and ice skaters twirling on painted ponds.
Denver is delightful during the holiday season; horse drawn carriages clomp up and down the 16th Street Mall, children skate at Skyline Park and you might even hear a Christmas carol or two.
The Mile High City knows how to do the holidays and the city literally lights up on during the Grand Illumination on Friday, November 23, 2012.
This year there will be lighting displays at the City and County Building, Larimer Square, Denver Pavilions, Union Station, Skyline Park, the 16th Street Mall and the historic D&F Tower.
This is a FREE event, so bundle up the kids and bring them down for an evening in the city. Live entertainment starts at 5:30 p.m. at Skyline Park and at 6 p.m. at Denver Union Station and at Civic Center Park. The official “countdown” begins at 6:30 and the lights go on at 6:45 p.m.
Once the lights are on, wandering over to the Denver Christkindl Market to do a little shopping and listen to live German music from Peter Kron. Afterwards, warm up at one of Denver’s fine eating establishments – currently, my personal favorite is Euclid Hall.
Grand Illumination of Downtown Denver
Friday, November 23, 2012
Free fun for the entire family
If you are looking for more FREE winter events and activities in Denver, I love this list compiled by Visit Denver.
As the days get shorter and colder, I start to think about theater and museums. I realize these topics come up a lot on HeidiTown, but that’s because Colorado has no shortage of artistic and cultural events to write about, plus museums and live theater are the Mayor’s favorites.
On this week’s radio show on KRFC 88.9 FM, I share some upcoming art-related events happening along the Front Range in November.
Nothing destroys the stereotype of being a cow town, like Denver Arts Week. Denver is a hub of arts and culture and during this week long celebration, every type of artistic medium is celebrated including visual arts, theater, music, film, museums, dance, opera comedy, history and heritage.
Get walking, get artsy
The event kicks off on November 2 with First Friday Art Walks in numerous neighborhoods around town. A list of six different walks can be found here.
Next up, on November 3, it’s Night at the Museums. This is an opportunity to tour 22 Denver museums and pay no admission fees. There’s even a free shuttle that makes exploring that much easier. From the Denver Art Museum to the Denver Children’s Museum to the Forney Museum of Transportation, this is a whirlwind event that will leave you with a better knowledge of everything from history to art. Click here to learn more about Night at the Museums.
Every day during Denver Arts Week, you’ll have a chance to see live theater, from the Denver Performing Arts Complex (the second largest such complex in the U.S.) to more intimate neighborhood theaters. There’s also the opportunity to get a sneak peek behind the curtain; see how productions come together and learn about actors’ and dancer’s crafts during workshops. From ballet to musicals to dramatic theatre, there’s a little something for everyone on stage during Denver Arts Week. For the entire lineup go here.
Becoming Van Gogh
The Denver Art Museum is the largest jewel in the city’s cultural crown. The museum hosts world renowned exhibits, such as Yves Saint Laurent this past summer. Another amazing show just opened and it’s attracting art lovers from around the world.
The exhibit explores Van Gogh’s evolution as an artist through more than 70 paintings, alongside paintings from artists who played significant roles in his life. The exhibition is on loan from more than 60 public and private collections around the world.
Nothing like this has ever been assembled before and Denver is the only venue for this exhibit. Becoming Van Gogh is at the museum through January 20, 2013. Learn more at DenverArtMuseum.org.
Starz Denver Film Festival, brought to you by the Denver Film Society, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. If you’re a movie buff, this is the festival for you. The event runs November 1 through 11, and features 100s of films (I think. Their website doesn’t have the exact number of films being shown, but it seems like there are a lot). From documentaries to student films, the entire Starz Denver Film Festival schedule can be found here.
Denver Arts Week runs November 2 through 10th. Learn more at Denver.org/DenverArtsWeek.