FYI: I am giving away tickets to the KRFC Birthday Bash on this Thursday, March 8, so please tune back into the blog on Thursday to enter!
Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and travel in Colorado.
It’s already the second weekend in March and that means St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! I love the holiday and this year it’s landing on a Saturday. There are parades all over the state on Saturday, March 17, including the granddaddy of them all, the 50th Denver St.
Patrick’s Day Parade in Lower Downtown. There are also parades in Colorado Springs, Greeley, and of course, right here in Fort Collins.
New this year in Fort Collins, after the parade, stay downtown and enjoy and Irish Party with live music and green beer in Old Town Square. More at DowntownFortCollins.com.
Now, back to this weekend, March 9 through the 11th 2011.
First and foremost, this Saturday it’s the 9th Annual KRFC Birthday Bash and this year it’s going to be grand. The party is being held at Lincoln Center and is a fundraiser for KRFC, Fort Collin’s very own public radio. The live music showcase will include Ben Taylor, John Common and the Blinding Flashes of Light, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Jaden Carlson and Martin Gilmore. Come out and support public radio and have a great time as well.
For beer lovers this Friday and Saturday, Avery Brewing Company in Boulder Presents the 10th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest. The event celebrates craft beers from all over the country that are above 8 percent ABV. For more information go to AveryBrewing.com.
If you are a craft beer fan, and many, many of you are, you can spend nearly every weekend attending a beer event, and I can’t cover them all, but I’ve discovered a guy who does. There’s a beer blogger in Greeley who puts out a list of all beer related events each and every week. Impressive, right? So check his blog out at FermentedlyChallenged.com.
Horse lovers won’t want to miss the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo at the National Western Complex in Denver this weekend. This huge event runs the 9th through the 11th and there are over 150 presentations being given at the event in 7 venues. I did mention this is a big event, right? Cowboy tales, a craft show and an holistic horse fair are just three of dozens of events scheduled for the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. Go to ColoradoHorseCouncil.com for all the information.
Here’s a unique event I discovered. It’s the 2012 Old House Fair being held at Metro State. Denver’s Old House Society hosts the event that offers resources and workshops specifically for people who own homes over 50-years-old. The fair includes an antique road show, notable Denver appraisers, workshops on all kinds of subjects and exhibitors will be on hand to showcase products and services. If you own an old home, this is an excellent opportunity to get some of your questions answered. Visit DenversOldHouseSociety.org for details.
This is a bit of a drive from Northern Colorado, but for birders it will be worth it. The 29th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival runs the 9th through the 11th. I have friends who have been to this event and they were very impressed. The festival includes birding outings, workshops, a craft show and a lot more. To learn all about this feathery festival visit CraneFest.com.
Last, as I informed you last week, I’m a crazy soccer fan and this weekend is opening day for the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. The Colorado Rapids take on the Columbus Crew this Saturday. Join me before the match at the Class VI/PidArmy tailgate! For more visit NoFanAlone.com.
That’s all for this week. As always you can keep up with me on Facebook at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB, or on Twitter @HeidiTown or join the town on Google Plus. So until next week, I will see you online!
Thanks for listening!
The Rocky Mountain Cup is a Major League Soccer trophy awarded to the fans of the yearly winner of two matches between the Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake. The Cup is awarded to the team with the most points scored during the two matches. The Cup was created in 2005, the first year of play for Real Salt Lake.
The viewing party will be held on April 13, at C.B. & Potts – Collindale at 1441 E. Horsetooth in Fort Collins. The Colorado Rapids are the 2010 MLS Champions, but last year Real Salt Lake fans walked away at the end of the season with the Rocky Mountain Cup, so this year the Rapids fans want to take home the trophy more than ever.
The viewing party and match begins at 7:00 p.m. This event gives fans a chance to mingle with fellow soccer fanatics, drink great beer, and eat good food. All ages are welcome to attend. Please join us, no fan alone!
Seriously folks, I LOVE soccer. LOVE.
And it’s been a great year for Colorado soccer fans… first the World Cup and now the Colorado Rapids have made it to the MLS final in Toronto.
There are several watch parties in Denver, but there wasn’t an organized event in Northern Colorado, so I decided to put one together and YOU ARE INVITED!
Here are the details:
When? November 21, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. (match starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Where? C.B. & Potts Restaurant and Brewery at 1441 E. Horsetooth at Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins (we were originally holding this party at the Elizabeth location, but have decided to join the Fort Collins Soccer Club)
If you are on Facebook, please RSVP for the event BY CLICKING HERE.
Please come out and cheer on your Colorado Rapids to victory and win prizes from Rocky Mountain Soccer, HeidiTown.com and more!!!
Face paint and flags are not required, but highly recommended.
The snow may be falling along Colorado’s Front Range, but that doesn’t mean the end of market season. There are several winter markets this weekend, as well art walks, soccer and more.
If none of these events suit your fancy this weekend, the Mayor likes the events calendar at the DenverPost.com and at FortCollins.com.
Evergreen, CO – Winterfest Arts & Crafts Festival
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Evergreen High School
Admission $2, FREE for children & students
This festival features over 100 artisans with various crafts. From photography to jewelry there’s a little something to suit every taste at this popular event. The festival is presented by the Center for the Arts Evergreen, a non-profit promoting the arts, both visual and performing, to the mountain community of Evergreen.
Loveland, CO – Night on the Town
Tonight (Friday) from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Loveland
The many art galleries and shops in downtown Loveland stay open for this 2nd Friday art walk reoccurring each month in the Sweetheart City. Bundle up and stroll the charming streets of downtown Loveland. Stop in at one of the restaurants and ask about their Night on the Town special.
Niwot, CO – Winter Market
This market takes place inside Niwot Market (7960 Niwot Road) and will feature three local farmers: Ollin Farms, Aspen Moon Farm and Frog Star Farm. The wares at this market include meats, veggies and even wine tasting. There will also be craft vendors.
Denver, CO – Art Week (ends Saturday!)
It’s your last chance to experience Denver Art Week. Go to www.denver.org/DenverArtsWeek to find out more!
Denver, CO – MLS Eastern Conference Championship
Saturday, 7:30 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Get your tickets now to watch the Colorado Rapids play San Jose tomorrow! A win this weekend and they will play for the MLS Cup (scheduled for November 21 in Toronto).
Fort Collins, CO – Winter Farmer’s Market
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Opera Galleria (123 N. College Ave.)
Over 40 vendors come to the market to sell late season veggies as well as meats and other delectables likes jams, cheeses, bread, wines and more.
The weather along Colorado’s Front Range is predicted to be more spring-like than fall-like this weekend. With temps in the mid-70s, it will be a great weekend to stroll the streets of Denver or take the family on a bike ride in the foothills. Whatever you do, I recommend getting outside!
From soccer to art, there’s a lot going on this weekend. As a reminder HeidiTown is not a calendar of events, it’s merely a list of events that caught the Mayor’s interest.
Denver Arts Week starts today, and over the next nine days Coloradoans have the chance to immerse themselves in art and culture. This is the fourth annual Denver Arts Week and it will include over 200 events, and to kick off the event, today there are art walks in eight Denver neighborhoods. For all the events and other information visit www.denver.org.
To celebrate Denver Arts Week, 15 area museums will be open and FREE to the public from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday evening, including the art museum, the museum of nature and science and the botanical gardens. Visit www.denver.org/DenverArtsWeek to find a list of participating museums.
HeidiTown Tip: Many of the events during Denver Arts Week will be charging admission, but you can find two-for-one tickets at www.denver.org.
And speaking of art, both Fort Collins and Niwot have 1st Friday Art Walks tonight.
Loveland, CO – Light the Wick
Saturday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Rialto Theater
Get in the mood for ski season with this film by Teton Gravity Research. The film uses HD and 3D techniques to provide breathtaking views of thrill seekers who ski some of the most dangerous peaks in the world. Ski might not be the right word for what these do, because most of us rely on chairlifts, not helicopters to get us up the mountain. Learn more about “Light the Wick” at www.tetongravity.com.
Denver, CO – Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, 10 to 12 p.m. at Civic Center Park
The parade route will run along 14th Street to Court Place to 15th Street and Welton Street. Find out more at www.denvergov.org.
Centennial, CO – 2nd Annual Colorado Cheese Festival
Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 3 p.m. at Embassy Suites Hotel Denver Tech Center
$25, $40 for a two-day pass
Event is a fundraiser for Food Bank of the Rockies
This festival caught my eye because I love cheese! If you love cheese this is the place to be on Saturday. Patrons can taste over 100 different kinds of cheese, watch a mozzarella making demonstration, and a grilled cheese challenge. Beer and wine are also available. Visit www.cocheesefest.com for more cheesy info.
Colorado Springs, CO – All Colorado Beer Festival
Saturday, at Mr. Biggs Event Center
$30 for drinkers/$10 for designated drivers
Event raising money for the Empty Stocking Fund
If you love beer and live in Colorado it seems that you can attend a beer festival nearly every weekend year-round, and here’s another one. The event features 70 beers from 30 brewers and claims to be the 2nd largest beer festival in Colorado, behind the Great American Beer Festival.
Denver, CO – It’s the MLS Playoffs!
Colorado Rapids v. Columbus Crew
Various pubs around Denver
Saturday, 2 p.m.
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you already know that I love soccer. In fact, my husband and I are fanatical about the sport. Our team, the Colorado Rapids have reached the playoffs! They won their first playoff match against the Columbus Crew last week in Colorado, and now they will meet them again in Columbus.
There will be viewing parties around Denver and I’ve heard there might be one planned in Fort Collins (probably at CB & Potts). If you’d like to watch the match visit the Colorado Rapids’ Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ColoradoRapids to find out where to support the team.
I promise you this: if you’ve enjoyed watching World Cup, you’ll enjoy Major League Soccer. I’ve been an avid Colorado Rapids fan for a while now. Some friends call it an addiction, but I call it thrilling entertainment (read the top 5 reasons I love soccer here).
Major League Soccer is exciting, fun and just out your front door. That’s right, and for my Northern Colorado based readers, it’s an easy jaunt to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Take I25 south to 270 and you’re nearly there!
Opened in 2007, as the new home of the Colorado Rapids, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park stadium can accommodate a crowd of 26,000. In addition to the stadium, the 360-acre site features 24 soccer fields. Quite frankly, the complex rocks, but the Rapids provide the real action.
The Colorado Rapids’ squad includes two hometown boys, midfielder Colin Clark of Fort Collins and forward Conor Casey of Denver. There’s also the breathtaking speed of forward Omar Cummings of Jamaica, the solid leadership of Pablo Mastroeni, and the fearless defending of Marvell Wynne“¦ truthfully, year’s entire squad is an exciting combination of guts, grace and speed.
The Rapids currently hold 4th place in the Western Conference with 6 wins, 4 losses and 4 ties. With 16 games left, they look good to make the playoffs this year.
The Colorado Rapids also have four very busy mascots who spend the entire match entertaining the kids (and me) with their silly antics. An evening of professional soccer is fun for young and old alike.
Want to check out the Colorado Rapids? Here is your chance. Just leave a comment letting me know that you were here and you’ll be entered to win 4 free tickets to any one remaining home game – it’s that simple! There are 9 games to choose from.
This Friday, July 16, 2010, I will pick a winner at random and contact them via email.
Good luck and go Rapids!
STOP! Looking for information on World Cup 2014? Click Where to World Cup in Colorado.
As soccer fans know, this year’s FIFA World Cup is being held in South Africa, a country a few time zones ahead of the United State. See www.24timezones.com for time zone info. This means, here in the Rockies, some of the World Cup matches are being played as early as 5:30 a.m. (although most are being played between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. MST).
This past weekend I read an article in the Denver Post about where to watch early World Cup matches in the Mile High City. Read the article here.
After reading that article, I wondered if any Northern Colorado bars planned to be open early for World Cup. After calling dozens and dozens of bars in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and Greeley, this is what I’ve discovered.
Just to be sure they kept their word to the Mayor of HeidiTown. I recommend calling ahead before heading out to catch an early morning match at any of these locations.
Stonehouse Grille, 125 S. College, Fort Collins, CO – I’m a big fan of the Stonehouse (see review here). This is where my husband and I watched a lot of World Cup matches in 2006. This bar & grill plans to open at 7:30 a.m. or 8 a.m. during this year’s World Cup. www.stonehousegrille.com
CB & Potts Restaurant & Brewery, 1415 W. Elizabeth Fort Collins, CO – This restaurant hosts the official viewing parties for Colorado Rapids. This soccer-friendly place plans to open at 8 a.m. during the entire World Cup. www.cbpotts.com
Jackson’s Sports Grill,925 Harmony Road Fort Collins, CO – You can always count on Jackson’s to be there for all your sports needs. They plan to be open at 8 a.m. during World Cup and will be offering a breakfast menu. www.jacksonsallamerican.com
Kress Cinema & Lounge, 817 8th Ave., Greeley, CO – This establishments plans to show the Mexico v. France match on 6/17 at 12:30 p.m. Free admission! www.kresscinema.com
The following bars gave me a “maybe” response:
Old Chicago, Ft. Collin’s Old Town location – This bar plans to be open “upon request” during World Cup. If there’s a match you are dying to see, and want to work on your World Beer Tour at the same time, give Old C’s a call and they just might open specially for you. www.oldchicago.com
Buffalo Wild Wings, Fort Collins location – “Playing it by ear.” If they get a lot of calls about World Cup, they will open early. www.buffalowildwings.com
Avogadro’s Number, Fort Collins – Apparently lots of soccer fans work here, but they are leaving it up to the bartender as to whether he/she wants to open early on each day during World Cup. Call ahead if you’re interested in watching an early match here. www.avogadros.com
Road 34, Fort Collins – As of the posting of this article, they still hadn’t decided whether they were going to open early during World Cup, but were leaning towards opening early, so call ahead. www.road34.com UPDATE: Road 34 has been opening for all World Cup matches.
So there you have it! I’m sure I’ve missed a bar here and there, so if you know a restaurant/bar that intends to open early during World Cup, please leave me a comment so I can add them to the list.
World Cup starts this Friday, June 11, and runs through July 11, 2010. Thank you to a Heidi Town reader, Rodger Bailey, for sending me the link to this comprehensive World Cup calendar. Click here to check it out!
I am a sports fan. There is something about team sports that has always enthralled me. My first love is football, because growing up my dad and I never missed watching Monday Night Football together. Now, I never miss watching a Bronco game and I even play in two fantasy football leagues. Recently, however, I’ve developed a new love.
For several years now, my husband and I have been Rapids season ticket holders. The Rapids are Denver’s professional soccer team. The popularity of the sport on a professional level has been growing, with Major League Soccer expanding to include a team in Philadelphia this year and teams in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia in 2011.
The game of soccer use to bother me; I didn’t like any sporting event that could end in a tie. However, now that I’ve taken the time to get to know the game, the tie isn’t so bad. Understanding the nuances of a match is an important step in getting to know the game of soccer. And what a beautiful game it is. So without further ado, here are the top five reasons I love soccer.
1. No commercial interruptions. That’s right, a soccer match consists of two uninterrupted 45-minute halves, making soccer virtually commercial free. With the exception of half time, play is never stopped except for foul or injury. It’s 90 minutes of nonstop action.
2. The players are true athletes. Ask a football player or baseball player to run up and down 100-yard field for 45 minutes straight and it would never happen. Soccer players are in amazing shape and have the legs to prove it.
3. The build up. It’s true that a soccer match can end in a tie. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. However, the fact soccer is a low scoring game makes it much more exciting. There may not be fights like in hockey, but when a striker is running with the ball straight at the goal, it’s breathtaking. A shot on goal is the accumulation of minute upon minute of pure tension
4. The beauty. Soccer is a truly beautiful game. Yes, there is pushing and shoving and flopping, but watching a player control the ball, pass the ball, receive a pass, jump to head a ball – it’s all a sort of soccer poetry, or at times, soccer ballet. Look, I don’t want to get all romantic and silly, but soccer really does have a rhythm and flow unlike other team sports.
5. World Cup. They don’t call soccer “the world’s game” for nothing. While professional soccer is still working to gain a foothold in the United States, it is the most favorite sport of nearly ever other country on the planet. FIFA World Cup starts on June 11, 2010. The worldwide tournament was first played in 1930, and it now occurs every four years. Thirty-two national teams from around the globe compete in a month long competition for the right to call their team the best in the world. It’s the best time to be a soccer fan.
So there you have it, the top 5 reasons why I love soccer. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll give professional soccer a try. If you are interested in purchasing tickets to a Rapids match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Field, visit www.coloradorapids.com. To find a listing of World Cup matches, visit www.fifa.com/worldcup/.
Article also appearing in the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor.
Photo by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer
Defender Kosuke Kimura gave the Rapids a 1-0 victory against FC Dallas on July 11, 2009, with a game winning goal in the 80th minute.
Dick’s Sporting Good’s field, home to the Colorado Rapids opened in 2007. The state-of-the-art soccer complex can accommodate a crowd of 26,000, and is built on 360 acres of land in Commerce City. In addition to the stadium, the site features 24 soccer fields, two of which are artificial grass allowing for year-round play. The complex is also home to the Mile High Music Festival, attracting thousands each summer.
The Colorado Rapids are coached by Englishman Gary Smith and led by veteran midfielder Pablo Mastroeni. The team is comprised of two homegrown favorites: Conor Casey, a forward from Denver, and midfielder Colin Clark, who grew up in Fort Collins.
Rapids matches are fun and affordable. Tickets start as low as $12 (group deals are available). The affordability makes Rapids matches a great family activity, and with four mascots running around the stadium during the matches, children are always entertained.
Colorado Rapids matches are televised on Altitude TV, the Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) and occasionally on ESPN. Stonehouse Grill in Fort Collins and the British Bulldog in Denver, are two great local joints to watch soccer. Tonight, the Colorado Rapids play NY Red Bulls at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Tickets still available at www.ColoradoRapids.com, or your local Dick’s Sporting Goods store.
The British Bulldog, 2053 Stout, Denver, Colorado
Soccer fans listen up! Need a place to watch the match? Look no further.
New review of this authentic British pub, located in Denver, posted here.