Archives For Ft. Collins

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been on the radio at KRFC 88.9 FM for over a year and a half now. They came to me during the summer of 2011, asking if I’d be interested in doing a community segment, and I jumped at the chance. For 80 weeks I produced nearly 100 percent new material for the five minute show. With an increasingly active travel schedule, at the end of January, I decided to cut back to two shows per month.

My show is pre-recorded and then produced by either Dianne Fishman or her assistant Mickey. They make me sound like a professional before the show airs twice a week, once on Wednesdays just prior to 6 p.m. and Fridays at 5 p.m.

It’s been a fun experience and I look forward to continuing my relationship with KRFC.

KRFC is Fort Collins’ public radio, and it is supported entirely by volunteers and individuals who make contributions via memberships or one-time donations.

This week’s featured festival is the KRFC 10th Annual Birthday Bash, taking place on April 6 at the Sunset Event Center starting at 6:30 p.m. The musical lineup includes Great American Taxi, featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Mama Lenny & the Remedy and Michael Kirkpatrick from The Holler! This is a fundraiser for KRFC, so come ready to spend some money on auction items.

10th Annual KRFC Birthday Bash

April 6, 2013

Sunset Event Center

General Admission $20

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Heidi & Ryan Grand Lake

Happy Holidays to all the HeidiTown citizens, from Heidi & Ryan

It’s time for another segment on KRFC 88.9 FM.

Please note that there will not be a radio segment next week due to the Mayor’s crazy holiday schedule.

The evolution of the HeidiTown brand over the past year has been amazing, and lots of exciting things are in store for the upcoming year. On this week’s radio show I share with the listeners some of the changes happening around HeidiTown in 2013.

Also, I highlight some of the New Year’s Eve celebrations taking place in Fort Collins and Denver.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and may 2013 by the Best Year yet for all of us!!!

Listen to this week’s radio show HERE.

First Night Fort Collins 2012-13 largeThis year is the 17th Annual First Night in Fort Collins. This a New Year’s Eve celebration for the entire family.

This is a non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve party with entertainment galore. This year’s theme is Enchanted Voyage, and the night will not disappoint.

First Night events take place in 12 different venues around the city, from Lincoln Center to Old Town Square, and festivities get under way  at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 31st.
The schedule is jam packed with storytelling, history, interactive craft projects, street performers, international dance acts, comedy, theater, magicians and so much more it would take me too long to list them all here.

The evening’s headliner is Popovich Comedy Pet Theater from Las Vegas, Nevada. The Comedy Pet Theater features 16 dogs and other animal performers – all are rescue animals. Gregory Popovich has been featured on the Tonight Show and was named Entertainer of the Year by the American Circus Association. His unusual theater troupe has even been featured on Animal Planet.

The 45-minute Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is being held at Lincoln Center at 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. This show is included with your First Night Button.

What’s a First Night Button? It’s your $12 ticket to every event that’s happening on the evening of the 31st.

Buy your First Night Button HERE!  Kids under 5 are free.

For more information on First Night and other events happening in Fort Collins go to DowntownFortCollins.com.

This week’s radio segment on KRFC 88.9 FM offers up some seasonal fun this weekend in Fort Collins PLUS, some ideas on what to do with out-of-town guests over the holidays in Denver and beyond.

Listen to the segment HERE.

Church Carolers

 

My parents met while singing in a traveling church band in the 70s, and on many childhood nights I fell asleep listening to my dad strumming his guitar downstairs. My mom, who is an accomplished pianist, laughingly used to accuse my dad of hugging his guitar more than her.

Obviously, I was born into a musical family, and I have an honest appreciation of musicians and live music. Unfortunately, I rarely write about music festivals on HeidiTown, in part because there are so many. I could start a blog dedicated entirely to Colorado music fests and never run out of material.

Earlier this year, I was lucky to be assigned to write about Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest by an editor in my freelance life. During the assignment I had the opportunity to meet many of the people behind the event and some of the musicians who are playing this year.

I have always thought Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest was a cool event, but after getting a glimpse behind the curtain, I am convinced it’s one of the best, if not the best, music fest in the state of Colorado.

Patti Fiasco

Courtesy photo. The Patti Fiasco. Click the photo to go to this band's Facebook page.

So what makes Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest so great?

There are several reasons this fest rates so high in my mind. First, there’s the location. It takes a lot of strategic planning and cooperation between many organizations and the City of Fort Collins to put on a large, free festival in the heart of downtown. Most music festivals occur in a stadium or a farmer’s field, but this event takes place in Old Town Fort Collins. The location gives it a community vibe, and Old Town provides a lovely backdrop.

Another reason this festival is special is its longevity. This is the 24th year of this event that was originally just “NewWestFest” – a celebration of Fort Collins’ birthday. This summer the city turns 139, and she’s looking pretty good for her age.

The third and final reason this is a truly outstanding festival is that it is not only one of the largest, if not largest, gatherings of Colorado bands in the state, but it’s a chance for emerging artists to connect with new fans.

The event organizers spend hundreds of hours putting together a lineup that will please the crowds at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, but will also surprise them. They deliberately do not have music-specific stages. In other words, you will not find a “Bluegrass Stage” or “Jazz Stage.” They want to expose music-lovers to bands they might not have otherwise discovered, and to give bands a chance to strut their stuff in front on a big stage.

Alison Krauss

Courtesy Photo. Alison Krauss & Union Station.

For years now, Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest has been attracting nationally recognized headliners and this year is no exception. Michael Franti and Spearhead, Alison Krauss & Union Station with Jerry Douglas and the Gipsy Kings will play the main stage on Mountain Avenue during this three-day event.

I’m very excited to see these amazing headliners (for free), but I am also looking forward to hearing local bands like The Patti Fiasco. I interviewed the band’s front woman, Alysia Kraft, and she is a gifted singer/songwriter and performer. The Patti Fiasco plays the Library Stage on Friday, August 10 at 5 p.m.

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest runs Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12. Around 100 bands are scheduled to play over the three days on six music stages. There are also two entertainment stages, lots of arts, crafts and food vendors, and of course, beer gardens.

I have a lot of readers in the Denver area, and I promise you, Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is worth the drive to Fort Collins. Yes, it will be crowded, and yes, it’s almost always hot, but if you visit with an open mind and the goal of discovering a new and exciting band, you will not be disappointed.

For more information:

BohemianNights.com

DowntownFortCollins.com

Northern Colorado is known as the Napa Valley of Beer for a very good reason – people here LOVE beer, and everyone fancies themselves a beer snob, and whether they enjoy stouts, IPAs, wheats or reds, it’s gotta be Colorado-brewed.

Today, you’d be hard pressed to throw a rock and not hit a brewery in Northern Colorado. More than a dozen new breweries popped up in just the last year, with several more in the works.

Northern Coloradoans live in Beer Heaven, so it makes sense that they should have one of the longest running beer festivals in the state in their backyard every summer. The 23rd Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival, referred to by locals as Brewfest, is June 23 and 24, at Civic Center Park in Fort Collins, Colorado.

This year, patrons will have the opportunity to taste 70 beers from 40 Colorado breweries. There’s also a full lineup of music scheduled including a special Brewfest reunion show from 12 Cents for Marvin. There will also be a Beer Experience Tent – I believe this is new – with beer talks and demonstrations.

This year I’m giving away two pairs of passes to this fun, fun, fun event. That means that two of you will be winners – of course, all of you are winners in my heart.  The pass gets you into the fest and includes 10 free tasting tokens.  This year, tokens are good for the purchase of beer, soda and food.

Just leave me a comment letting me know your favorite taproom in Colorado. This is a difficult questions because there is a wide variety of taprooms across the state. I enjoyed the taproom at the Dolores River Brewery in Dolores, Colorado, and I love the ambiance of Equinox Brewing in Fort Collins.

Leave me a comment and you’ll be entered to win. I will choose a two winners by using Random.org next Wednesday, June 13 at 3 p.m.

Tickets to Colorado Brewers’ Festival are $20 online and $25 at the gate. For the full band line up and more details about the fest go to DowntownFortCollins.com.

Note: You must be 21 or older to enter this contest. IDs will be checked at the festival gate.

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It’s the first weekend in June and the following is the transcript from my radio show on KRFC 88.9 FM.  Find out what’s happening around Colorado this weekend, plus a look ahead at the busy month of June.

If you’d rather listen to the show CLICK HERE.

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Colorado

Proud to be writing about Colorado. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about festivals, events and destinations around Colorado.

In just a couple weeks I’m heading up to TBEX, the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers. This year the event is being held right here in Keystone, Colorado and writers from around Sydney, Australia to Paris, France are attending. I’m excited to be representing Colorado at this event. Tourism is one of the most important industries in our state, and I’m proud to have carved out my little niche in this dynamic industry.

Now… on to the show.

Here’s the lineup for June 1 through June 3, 2012.

It’s First Friday Art Walk across the state this weekend, and I recommend using this as an excuse for a date night!

This Saturday, here in Fort Collins check out Global Village Museum’s World Rhythms in Old Town Square. Seven bands will perform live World Music from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.. Dance to the beat of African drums, swing your hips to some Latin tunes and tap your toes to Celtic jams. Enjoy craft beer, international vendors booth, and new this year, the Rio Patio featuring margs and salsa. For more information on this events and other fun happenings in Fort Collins go to DowntownFortCollins.com.

Berthoud Day Parade, Berthoud, Colorado

The Berthoud Day Parade attracts thousands of spectators. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

Also on Saturday it’s the 58th Annual Berthoud Day in Berthoud, Colorado. I am excited to announce to the KRFC listeners that I will be emceeing this event. The day starts with a huge parade at 11 am that winds through this charming small town, followed by a big celebration in Berthoud Park with several stages, a pizza eating contest, a beer garden and lots more. Bring the entire family out to enjoy Berthoud Day. Go to BerthoudColorado.com to keep tabs on this event and this town.

Looking for a foot-stomping good time? Look no further than the third annual Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival. The event will be held at Parrish Ranch just west of Berthoud, Colorado on June 1 through 3rd, and the ranch will be alive with the sounds of fiddle, banjo, guitar, washboards and more. If you love old-time music you won’t to miss this musical event. For info go to the Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association website at TheCROMA.org, that’s TheCROMA.org.

Lots of stuff is happening in Denver this weekend, here are the highlights… the long awaited Toyota Elephant Passage is opening at the Denver Zoo. The 41st People’s Fair is taking place in Civic Center Park. This is a laid back event where I enjoy listening to the many different bands, doing a little shopping, a little drinking and a little people watching.

While in Denver, check out the Chalk Art Festival in Larimer Square. I have not yet had the opportunity to experience this event, but I’ve been told it’s really amazing. You can check out some of the past chalk paintings at DenverChalkArt.com or follow them on Facebook.

I want to mention that Film on the Rocks starts Monday, June 4 at Red Rocks. If you’ve never been to this event, it’s a good time. This year’s movie lineup includes one of my personal favorites, Office Space, and other films such as Bridesmaids and Wayne’s World. For everything happening at this iconic Colorado venue this summer go to RedRocksOnline.com.

1940s WWII ball

Party goers check out a WWII era plane at the 1940s Ball in Boulder, Colorado. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

Lots of other stuff is going on this weekend, but I’m going to take this opportunity to look ahead at some June events that should be on your calendar, including one of my favorite events of the entire year, the 1940s WWII Era Ball. This year’s ball takes place on June 16 at the Boulder Airport. Watch for a write up about this one-of-a-kind event on HeidiTown.com on June 1st.

Also, I hope you’ve already marked June 23 and 24th on your calendar. It’s the 23rd Annual Colorado Brewers’ Festival in Fort Collins at Civic Center Park. This is one of the most highly anticipated beer events in the State, and for good reason. More than 40 Colorado breweries will be represented this year, and there is also a reunion show scheduled for 12 Cents for Marvin. More at DowntownFortCollins.com.

I’m running out of time, so I have to wrap up, but for more be sure to visit the blog at HeidiTown.com and join the town’s block party on Facebook at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB.

You can also follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown where I tweet tons of event and festival info or circle the town on Google Plus.

Thanks for listening! I hope to see you at a festival this weekend!  Happy 1st weekend of June!

Find out what’s going on in Colorado this weekend, September 16-18, 2011. From Oktoberfests to art festivals, you can always find something interesting to do this in colorful Colorado.



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.

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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 www.downtownfortcollins.com.


The Elders at the Foote Lagoon in Loveland, Colorado

The Elders play the Foote Lagoon Concert Series in 2009. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer. All rights reserved.

One of my favorite summer activities is listening to live music while laying in the green grass and watching the clouds roll by. When I researched summer outdoor music options in Northern Colorado, I was overwhelmed. If you were so inclined, you could spend every evening of the week listening to live music somewhere in Colorado, and I think that’s pretty awesome.

I’ve mentioned several of these events before, but thought it would be nice to have them all right here in an a handy little list for my readers. I have no doubt that I’ve missed a few, so if you know of a free concert series in your town, whether it’s in Northern Colorado or beyond, please drop me a message in the comment section!

All of these concerts are FREE!

Foote Lagoon Concert Series (Loveland, Colorado)

This free concert series starts on June 16 and runs every Thursday until August 20. The Foote Lagoon is located at 500 E. 5th Street near Loveland’s municipal buildings just east of historic downtown.

The round stage is actually located in the lagoon, with the audience sitting either in the concrete seating area or on the grassy slopes of the lagoon. Concerts start at 7 p.m., and many people bring a picnic to enjoy before or during the show.

Each year the lineup at the lagoon is different and this year is no exception, featuring everything from honky-tonk to a Beetle tribute band. To see the entire schedule of bands including links to their website go to my previous post here.

Friday Fest (Greeley, Colorado)

Every Friday, starting on June 10, you can enjoy live bands during on 9th Street Plaza in downtown Greeley. The Greeley Blues Jam (June 10-11) kicks off the event and it concludes with the Arts Picnic extravaganza on July 30. Greeley’s music scene attracts talented bands from every genre. Learn all about GBJ in my previous post about the event. The Greeley Blues Jam is not a free event.

Lagoon Summer Concert Series (Ft. Collins, Colorado)

This event is held every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the lagoon on the west lawn of Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center. The concert series starts on June 29 and runs through August 10. To see what bands are on the schedule go to www.lagoonseries.com.

Also in Fort Collins…

Noontime Notes Concert Series – Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Oak Street Plaza in Old Town.  Runs June 7 through August 16.

Ben & Jerry’s FAC Concert Series – Friday nights in Old Town Square from 7 to 9 p.m. Starts June 3 and ends on August 19.

Longmont Summer Concert Series (Longmont, Colorado)

The City of Longmont offers three free concerts at various locations during the summer. First up, Concert in the Park in Roosevelt Park at 700 Longs Peak Avenue. These concerts run every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., starting on June 14 with the Celtic band, The Indulgers. <— YEAH! Love this band!

The Museum’s Summer Concert Series runs every Wednesday in the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center’s courtyard. Concerts take place from 7 to 8 p.m., and the museum is located at 400 Quail Road.

Last, but not least, the Downtown Summer Concert Series kicks off on June 10. These concerts take place every Friday night at 4th and Main in downtown Longmont with music starting at 7 p.m. To see the entire lineup of bands playing at each of these venues go to www.ci.longmont.co.us.

Rhythm on the Rails (Niwot, Colorado)

This is award winning concert series is held every Thursday evening at 6:45 p.m. in Whistle Stop Park. The event starts on June 9 and runs through August 18, 2011. This event includes food vendors, artisans, kids activities and a beer/wine/margarita tent for the adults. Find a complete lineup of bands playing this venue visit www.niwot.com.  The best part? It’s held in one of the Mayor’s favorite towns!  Read all about Niwot, here.

Update 6/15/11:

Sounds of Centerra (Loveland, Colorado)

Friday, July 15 through Friday, August 19

The concerts will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Chapungu Sculpture Park, located just east of the Promenade Shops at Centerra and are free to the public. To see the lineup of bands go here.