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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!

Oklahoma Candlelight men

"Oklahoma!" now playing at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. Courtesy photo.

It’s time for another dinner theater review and this time I went back to Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown, Colorado for “Oklahoma!” I’ve been going to theater since I was just a little girl, but I had never seen a production of this famous play until last week.

Today, “Oklahoma!” is considered a wholesome family musical and is often performed at high schools and even middle schools, so it’s difficult to think of it as ground breaking, but when “Oklahoma!” hit theaters in 1943, it broke the rules. First, the musical begins with just one person singing, and this was unusual. At the time, musicals always opened with a score performed by the ensemble cast. Secondly, a ballet takes place during the play, something that had never been done before.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with dinner theater… continue reading this review by clicking here.

This HeidiTown.com radio segment on KRFC 88.9 FM discusses where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Colorado and takes a look ahead at May, including Mother’s Day Weekend and one of the state’s most unique, and perhaps most gross, festivals.

Read the transcript of this week’s show below, or listen to the audio here.

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

Last week I had the opportunity to visit History Colorado during media day. I am very impressed with what they have done at this new facility and I have blogged about it, so be sure to go to the Museum section on HeidiTown. History Colorado officially opened to the public this past Saturday so be sure to plan a visit to this new Denver landmark.
mexican flagThis weekend, May 4 through May 6 is also Cinco de Mayo. This holiday is often thought to be Mexican Independence day, but that’s not true. It actually commemorates the Battle of Puebla which took place on May 5, 1862.

This year is the 150th anniversary of the battle. So why is this holiday so widely celebrated in the United States? Well, much like St. Patrick’s Day, it has become a commercial boon for liquor companies and restaurants, however, I don’t want to undermine the holiday’s significance as a celebration of Mexican culture, and there’s no better way to see this in action than at the Denver Cinco De Mayo in Civic Center Park.

This is the 25th Denver Cinco De Mayo and the two day festival is the largest of its kind in the United States. Families can immerse themselves in Mexican culture including dance, music, crafts, and of course, lots of deliciously tempting food. Get all the info at CincoDeMayoDenver.com.

Here in Fort Collins, I mentioned last week that there will be a high end Cinco de Mayo artisan show in the Agave Room above the Rio Grande restaurant. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and art lovers and collectors shouldn’t miss it.

The Northern Colorado Cinco de Mayo Festival 2012 runs Friday through Sunday with events happening in various venues, but mostly at the Northside Aztlan Community Center and Heritage Park. For the schedule go to FortCollinsCincoDeMayo.com.

Towns and neighborhoods around Colorado will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo, so there may be an event near you.

As I mentioned last week, this weekend is also the Estes Park Duck Races, more at EPDuckRace.org and the 74th Annual Music and Blossom Festival in Canon City. Details at CCBlossomFestival.com.

Also, don’t forget that it’s First Friday Art Walk in communities from Fort Collins to Pueblo to Steamboat Springs, so use it as an excuse to leave the kids with a sitter, grab some dinner in your downtown with your honey and enjoy some art and culture.

And now for our planning ahead section, which will grow as the festival season starts revving up. I’m going to start telling you about events well ahead of time so that you can plan your summer travel calendar.

Montrose Food & Wine Festival logo 2012Mother’s Day weekend has several events that Mom will love…

First, on May 10 through 12, it’s the 9th Annual Montrose Wine & Food Festival. The festival includes cooking demonstrations, entertainment and of course, lots of wine. Learn more at MontroseWineFestival.com.

Also Mother’s Day weekend, it’s the Downtown Art & Jazz Festival in Grand Junction, which is breathtakingly beautiful at this time of year. Listen to jazz by local and national artists, watch artistic demonstrations and shop artisan booths. Go to DowntownGJ.org for details.

There are two festivals on the 3rd weekend in May that are worth the gas money.

The Wild Wild West Festival in Pueblo is an event with a nationally televised bull riding competition at the center of it all. If you like cowboys, don’t miss this festival – it’s put together with families in mind. More at WildWildWestFestival.com.

Mike the Headless Chicken Festival logo 2012

Click this logo to go to Mike's Facebook page.

And last up, in the planning ahead section, you’ve probably heard of this festival before because it has received national and international attention. Mike was a famous chicken that was said to have lived without his head for 18 months … okay, it’s sort of gross, and today I think it would be considered animal cruelty, but in the mid forties Mike became a celebrity simply by not dying when his head was chopped off.

I’m not sure how long the fine folks of Fruita, Colorado have been celebrating poor Mike, but I’m told that attending Mike the Headless Chicken Festival is a no-brainer… ANYWAAAY… this year’s event is May 18 and 19th and to learn all about this wacky celebration of a poor headless chicken go to MiketheHeadlessChicken.org.

On that note… if you missed anything on today’s show, I post the transcripts every week at HeidiTown.com.

As always I would encourage you to join the town’s block party at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comOnFB, and follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown. You can also circle the town on Google Plus.

Thank you for listening. Until next week, I will see you online and quite possibly at a festival near you!

The weekends seem to be flying by at a frightfully fast rate!  I can’t believe that it is already mid-April.  The following is the transcript from my weekly radio show on KRFC 88.9 FM. You can either read the transcript below or listen to the audio of the show HERE.

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MyHandleBar 2012

The HeidiTown.com MyHandleBar gang after our Fort Collins ride. Photo by Alex, our bike "driver" extraordinaire.

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

As we head into the busy summer festival season I want to hand out some advice. If you are planning an event, don’t forget to calendar it online in newspapers up and down the Front Range.

I am surprised by how many organizations will make fliers, put the event in their newsletter and even create a Facebook event invite, but fail to calendar their festival in a local newspaper. This is a small and easy step for you to take and I promise, it will help with your event. I rely heavily on calendars and so does the festival going public. I LOVE social media, but if that should be an additional way to get your message out – don’t forget about the tried and true methods.

Okay, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, on to regular scheduled programming!

If you were in Old Town Fort Collins a couple weekends ago, you might have got a glimpse of my rowdy HeidiTown gang on board the MyHandleBar. This is a unique way to do a brewery crawl. MyHandleBar bike is new to Fort Collins as of last summer and this was my third ride.  If you want to see your adult friends giggle like school children this s pring and summer, get them on the MyHandleBar. There’s also a bike running in Boulder. Find out more at MyHandleBar.com.

Here are a few events that I’ve previously mentioned that are now upon us. This is the weekend of April 13th through the 15th, 2012.

The Arvada Kite Festival is this Saturday. I think this looks like the perfect event for a family outing. Visit ArvadaFestivals.com for all the details.

Shotski Steamboat Cardboard Classic

Our human-sized SHOTSKI at the 2008 Cardboard Classic in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Photo by Ryan Schlaefer.

One of my favorite mountain mud season events is also this weekend. The 32nd Annual Cardboard Classic is part of Springalicious in Steamboat Springs. If you have been considering heading up to the Boat, this is the weekend to do it. The 5th Annual Splashdown Pond Skimming Competition is on Sunday, so make a road trip out of it! There are also live bands playing all weekend. More info at Steamboat.com.

Back here in Fort Collins I have posted a review of “The Sound of Music” now on stage at Midtown Art Center. I won’t give anything away except to say that the kids steal the show and I had one of my best meals I’ve had at this venue! Read the entire review on HeidiTown.com.

And now for something completely adorable! The Plumb Farm Learning Center in Greeley celebrates spring with its annual Baby Animal Days happening now through April 21. During Baby Animal Days families are invited to the farm to see llamas, alpacas, goats, lambs, cows, horses, pigs, rabbits, chicks and ducks. Baby animals will be everywhere so if you child is anything like me when I was a kid they will be overwhelmed with delight. The event is open daily through April 21st. Visit GreeleyGov.com/museums/BabyAnimalDays.

Lastly, in our planning ahead section…

Elton John Pinball Machine Manitou Springs Colorado

An interesting Elton John pinball machine at the Penny Arcade in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

This next event is for all you pinball wizards and groupies. At the end of the month, it’s the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown. That’s Friday, April 27th through Sunday April 29th.

I blogged about this event last year on HeidiTown. There are over 100 pinball machines on display – no quarters need to play. There are also exhibitors from around the country including pinball sellers, buyers, specialists and a lot more. If you are a fan of pinball, you don’t want to miss the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown at the Embassy Suites at the Denver Tech Center. Get more information at PinBallShowdown.com.

And by the way, every week I post a transcript of this show on HeidiTown, so if you need missed something, or need a web address, you can look it up there.

That’s all the time I have for this week. Remember, you can follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown, circle the town on Google Plus, or join the town’s block party on Facebook at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB.

Thanks for listening and until next time, I will see you online!

The following is the transcript from my weekly segment on KRFC 88.9 FM.  If you’d prefer to listen to the audio —>  LISTEN HERE.

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New Belgium Scavenger Hunt poster

The hunt is on at Ski Loveland this weekend!

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

Here’s the line up for March 30th through April 1st, 2012.

First, I want to point out an error in last week’s segment.  I said the Flobots were playing the Breckenridge concert series at Peak 8, but that was last year’s schedule!  The line up this year includes Julian Marley, Soul Rebels, Leftover Salmon, Donavon Frankenreiter, Toots & Maytals & Rusted Root.  Sounds like a good time in Breckenridge this spring! Of course, it’s always a good time in Breck.  Keep tabs on the town and resort at Breckenridge.com.

There are lots of film festivals across Colorado, and I rarely mention them because there are so many and most are fairly typical, however, sometimes one catches my eye. On Friday, March 30th, the Colorado Mountain Club will host the Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Backcountry Film Festival at the Wildlife Experience in Parker.

The festival promotes the work of grassroots filmmakers who tell compelling and entertaining stories of back country, non-motorized recreation and environmental preservation. This is the seventh annual world tour of the festival and the 90-minute program features some of the most extreme winter athletes in the world. More on the film festival at BackCountryFilmFestival.org, and more on the venue at WildLifeExperience.org.

The Sound of Music

This weekend, I will be attending “The Sound of Music” at Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins. The show started last weekend, and I’m excited to see Midtown’s production of one of my favorite stories. Watch for a review of the play on HeidiTown.com next week.

Other dinner theater productions now playing include “Oklahoma” at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Loveland, running through June 2nd. “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Boulders Dinner Theater, playing through May 13. “One Enchanted Evening” is currently underway at The Heritage Square Music Hall in Golden and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” starts on April 7 at the Union Colony Dinner Theater in Greeley.

White hatHere’s one of those events that you may not here about anywhere else, because I simply find it delightful, although perhaps it won’t appeal to many of the males who might be listening. It’s the Haberdasher’s Delight Hat Workshop at the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver on Saturday, March 31st.

Participants create their very own Titanic-sized millinery masterpiece with the help of historic fashion experts. The museum provides the hat, materials and refreshments, while you supply the creativity. The material will be for spring or summer hats, but on September 15, you can return to the museum to create a winter hat. Learn more at MollyBrown.org.

On the Western Slope there’s a Spring Fest this Saturday in Palisade. This downtown festival has an Easter Bonnet contest, gardening tips, music, vendors, food and dancing. It will be a great way for the area to embrace the start of their growing season. Visit the PalisadeTribune.com for details.

This weekend at the Loveland Ski Area it’s the annual New Belgium Brewing Scavenger Hunt brought to you by the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. Be sure to put on your thinking cap before you go, because the clues won’t be easy. To give you a few hints, some of the fun includes hunting for Bigfoot and chasing down an angler. Afterwards, celebrate all your hard work with a cold brew. More at SkiLoveland.com.

That’s all the time I have for this week. Until next time, join the town’s block party on Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB. The Facebook page is such a great addition to HeidiTown, because I can tell you about a bunch of events and festivals that never make the blog or the radio show.

Be sure you are following me on Twitter @HeidiTown and join the town on Google Plus. Lastly, you are always welcome to email me directly at TheMayor@HeidiTown.com.

Thanks for listening!

Anything Goes at Candlelight 1

Photos courtesy of Candlelight Dinner Playhouse (Photos by Dave Arns/Arns Photography)

You don’t have to travel to New York City’s Broadway to see this Tony Award winning musical because it’s now playing at the Candlelight in Johnstown, Colorado. You know it’s got to be a great musical when it’s still being produced 78-years after it was written, and Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” is just that.

We started our evening by ordering the baked Brie. Served with a side of chutney, almonds and roasted garlic, it is now my favorite appetizer at the Candlelight. I’ve written this before, and I’ll likely write it again, but the food at this venue is one of the crowning achievements of this dinner theater.

The theater’s bartender puts together a special drink menu for each show, but this musical’s cocktails were all a little too sweet for my tastes so I opted for a gin martini and my husband, Ryan, ordered a beer.

For dinner we ordered from the standard menu that is included in the price of your ticket, and this menu never gets boring because they change it up a little for each show. I went with the Chicken L’Orange and Ryan ordered the Beef Pot Pie. The chicken was one of the best dishes I’ve had so far at Candlelight. Although I would have preferred potatoes instead of rice as a side, the chicken served on the bone with an orange marmalade was moist and delicious.

Ryan was quite satisfied with his potpie, a dish I’d had when we attended “Scrooge! The Musical.” The potpie has slow-roasted chunks of beef, big slices of chopped vegetables and a flaky pastry crust.

For those who are new to the concept of dinner theater, at this type of show your server is also an actor in the production, so make sure you treat them extra good when you get your bill.

On this evening Joey the Balloon Artists was visiting tables during the dinner hour and during our chat we discovered that he is playing the part of Billy Crocker during the last three weeks of “Anything Goes.” It seems everyone does double and triple duty at the Candlelight.

Anything Goes at Candlelight 2

Dave Arns/Arns Photography

One reason I love dinner theater is that it takes you way for an entire evening. On this night, I was transported to the 1930s, aboard the SS American, on its way from New York to England with some very peculiar passengers.

The first draft of this production was entitled “Crazy Week,” then it was chanted to “Hard to Get” and eventually the writing team settled on “Anything Goes.” All the names fit this nutty story. In addition to a zany love triangle, Public Enemy #13 is aboard the ship – a recipe, not for disaster, but hilarity.

Candlelight has some of the best stage sets of any dinner theater we’ve been to in Colorado, and the costumes for this particular play were fun and colorful. There were more dance numbers in this Candlelight production than some of their past performances, and they were quite good, especially the tap number during the song, “Anything Goes.”

I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face for the entire evening, and that makes for an excellent night at the theater.

Candlelight Dinner Playhouse is going into their 5th season, with upcoming shows including “Godspell,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Mame,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” and “Guys & Dolls.”

“Anything Goes” runs through March 11, and would be the perfect show for a Valentine’s Day date. “Oklahoma” starts March 17 and runs through June 3, 2012. For tickets, visit ColoradoCandlelight.com, or call (970) 744-3747.

A Note from the Mayor: Sadly for us, it was our cocktail server’s last show at the Candlelight. We’d gotten to know Katie Rhoades on previously visits to the venue. Ms. Rhoades may already be on her way out of town to the Big Apple, so we wish her lots of luck and hope to see her on Broadway one day. 

 

It’s an upside down week here at HeidiTown.com. The transcripts from my radio segment on KRFC 88.9 FM, usually get posted on Thursdays, but due to a writing scheduling conflict this week, I’m switching things up. On Thursday, I will post my review of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” now playing at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.

Listen to the audio of the follow transcript –> HERE.

Avenue Q at Midtown Arts CenterHi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and travel around Colorado.

First, keep this in mind when you are making Valentine’s Day plans… from Fort Collins’ Lincoln Center to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, great live theater is taking place across Colorado.

Also, local dinner theaters have recently finished up their holiday shows and new shows are premiering. Here in Northern Colorado the Midtown Arts Center is now playing the Broadway smash hit Avenue Q. Despite featuring puppets, this Tony Award winning musical is not for kids. Learn more at Adinnertheater.com.

For some old fashion fun, see Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, now playing at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown. More at ColoradoCandlelight.com.

At Jesters Dinner Theater in Longmont, Once Upon a Mattress, the Princess and the Pea story, starts on February 3. Learn about Jester’s at JestersTheatre.com.

Last, but not least, because there are a few other dinner theaters around Colorado, one of my favorites, Boulders Dinner Theater is now playing Phantom. Visit BouldersDinnerTheatre.com for more.

And don’t forget, it’s symphony season too, another wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Now for a few events and festivals happening this weekend, January 27 through the 29th, 2012.

Go Breck snow sculpture photo by Carl Scofield

Photo courtesy of GoBreck.com (Photography by Carl Scofield, online at CarlScofield.com)

The famed International Snow Sculpture Championships are underway in Breckenridge this week. This year there are 15 teams from ten countries participating in the event. The sculptures are located in the area around Riverwalk Center. Be sure to vote for your favorite sculpture while you are in town. Voting occurs this week through Sunday at 2 p.m. Learn more about this outstanding Colorado event at GoBreck.com.

Here’s an event that is taking place at Durango Mountain Resorts, but happens elsewhere in Colorado including at Rocky Mountain National Park. Evening Snowshoe Tours allow you to explore like never before. At Durango’s event, bundle up and enjoy a chairlift ride and guided tour to the top of the mountain. After your excursion, kick back at the Powderhouse Restaurant for a wine and cheese party. More at Durango.com.

For other evening snowshoe excursions in Colorado just Google “Night + Snowshoe + Colorado” and you’ll find other areas that offer this adventure.

sled dogI have always been intrigued with dog sled racing, and never missed watching the Iditarod while was growing up. This weekend it’s the Rocky Mountain High Sled Dog Sprints in the Grand Mesa National Forest 20 miles north of Cedaredge, Colorado. There are sanctioned and unsanctioned races being held at this event. For more information go to RMSDC.com.

For those science fiction and fantasy geeks out there – I can say this because I am totally addicted to the Game of Thrones series right now – the CoSine Science Fiction Convention is in Colorado Springs this weekend at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Guest of Honor this year is author Charles Stross. Many of his novels have been nominated for the Hugo award. Learn more about the convention at FirstFridayFandom.org/cosine.

Lastly, don’t forget to check out a local bird walk near you. These occur all over Colorado, from Fossil Creek Reservoir right here in Fort Collins, to the Nature & Raptor Center of Pueblo. It’s an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beauty and nature wonder of Colorado.

That’s all for this week. As always, you can chat with me daily on Twitter @HeidiTown, join the town’s block party at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB or circle the town on Google Plus. Until next week, I’ll see you online!

Thanks for listening!

To the theater!

December 16, 2010 — Leave a comment

When the weather in Colorado turns cold and the holidays are upon us, I get into the mood for theater. Thanks goodness for the active theater scene in Northern Colorado!  I decided to do an inventory of upcoming shows in Northern Colorado, and here’s what I discovered.

Bas Bleu

401 Pine Street

Fort Collins, CO 80521

www.basbleu.org

Now playing…

Kosher Lutherans (Nov. 27, 2010 – Dec. 26, 2011)

This is a screwball comedy about a Jewish couples attempt to have a baby. They eventually find a nice girl from Ohio who has become pregnant and is willing to give them the baby, however, the girl is not a fan of Jews, so the couple pretends to be Lutheran.

Next show…

Salem 1692 (Jan. 4-6, 2010)

This is an operatic musical about a love triangle during the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts.

Candlelight Dinner Playhouse

Just south of Johnson’s Corner along I25

www.coloradocandlelight.com

Now playing…

The Will Rogers Follies (Oct. 29, 2010 – Jan. 16, 2011)

Will Rogers died over seventy years ago, but his legacy lives on. He was a star of stage, radio, newspaper and more. This play is a musical tribute to this man and his contribution to the entertainment business. This musical has won six Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards and The New York Drama Circle Award for Best Musical.

Next show…

Bye, Bye Birdie (Jan. 21 – March 20, 2011)

One of the most memorable musicals in the history of Broadway is coming to Candlelight. This song and dance musical is sure to delight both the young and the old.

Carousel Dinner Theater

3750 S. Mason St.

Fort Collins, CO 80525

adinnertheatre.com

Now playing…

White Christmas (Nov. 19, 2010 – Jan. 1, 2011)

Sold out!

Next show…

Smokey Joe’s Café (Jan. 7 – March 19, 2011)

Get ready to rock at this longest running Broadway revue that includes songwriting from Leber and Stoller. Songs like “There Goes My Baby” to “Jailhouse Rock” will keep the Carousal audiences rocking during this show.

Colorado State University

University Theatre

sota.colostate.edu/theatre

Upcoming show…

Two plays by Neil LaBute (Feb. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 2011)

Keep an eye on the website for more information.

Lory Student Center Theater

CSU – Campus

www.fcgov.com/lctix/

Now playing…

The Nutcracker Ballet (Dec. 17-18, 2010)

It’s a classic and you can still buy ticket by visiting the website.

Lincoln Center

This Fort Collins’ landmark is closed for renovations. It is slated to reopen summer 2011.

Nonesuch

216 Pine Street

Fort Collins, CO 80524

www.nonesuchtheater.com

Now playing…

Mostlie Leftover Turkey (Nov. 26 – Dec. 17, 2010)

Original songs and parodies make up the Mostlie shows and this one is no different. Leave your pomposity at the door and settle in for an irreverent night of entertainment.

Next show…

Art of Murder (Jan. 7 – March 19, 2011)

This is the 2000 Edgar Award winner for best mystery play. This is a comedy drama with hints of satire about the world of art and its marketing ploys.

Open Stage

417 W. Magnolia St.

Fort Collins, CO 80521

www.openstagetheatre.org

Now playing…

John Marley’s A Christmas Carol (Nov. 19 – Dec. 19, 2011)

This play adds a twist to the Christmas Carol we all know and love.

Next show…

The Complete Works of WM Shakespeare (abridged) (Jan. 7 – Feb. 13, 2011)

Rialto

228 E. Fourth St.

Loveland, CO 80538

www.ci.loveland.co.us/rialto/rialto.htm

Moon Theater Company presents…

The Odd Couple (Jan. 14 – Jan. 23, 2011)

This Neil Simon classic comedy will be directed by veteran actor/director  Don Kraus and features Ken Benda and Brien Fletcher in the lead roles as two radically opposite bachelors.

Union Colony Civic Center

701 10th Avenue

Greeley, CO 80631

http://greeleygov.com/UCCC

Now playing…

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Dec. 17-18, 2010)

The Stampede Troupe returns with an encore performance of this hilarious play about delinquent children who are given parts in a church’s Christmas play.

Next show…

Missoula’s Children Theater presents Sleeping Beauty (Jan. 8, 2011)

This is a fun adaptation of the original fairytale that includes a little rock-n-roll.

Union Colony Dinner Theater

802 9th Street

Greeley, CO 80631

www.ucdinnertheatre.com

Now showing…

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Nov. 19, 2010 – Jan. 23, 2011)

The story of the Bible comes alive in this colorful musical that has become a theater classic.

Next show…

The Fantasticks (Feb. 4 – March 27, 2011)

This is the longest running production in the world because the world loves a love story.

Post also appearing at BeetStreet.org.

Photo from City of Fort Collins (www.fcgov.com)

Old Town Square will be filled with the sound of music every Tuesday and Thursday this summer.

See the entire schedule here.