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Go on an adventure - HeidiTownThis week’s a little screwy, but that’s okay. Radio is not an exact science and neither is blogging. This post usually goes up on a Monday, but this week it’s being posted on a Friday, but that’s okay too because most of what I talk about in this segment are festivals in mid-April.

As you know, my radio segments on KRFC 88.9 FM are now recorded and aired every other week instead of weekly.

In this week’s segment I discuss great events happening in mid-April. In fact, the second week in April is so busy you’ll need a couple clones to do everything. I also share a bit about my trip to Ouray, Colorado.

You can listen to the entire KRFC HeidiTown segment HERE.

ice rink at Estes Park Winter Festival

Ice rink at the Estes Park Winter Festival in 2012. This year's event is Jan. 18-21, 2013.

After a week off, it’s time for another installment of the Mayor on KRFC 88.9 FM, community public radio in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Starting in February, these shows will occur on the 1st and 3rd week of each month. Life is just getting too crazy to do a show each and every week.

Remember, if you’d like to catch the show on the radio, I’m on at 5:55 p.m. on Wednesdays, immediately before Bikes & Beer and on Fridays at 5 p.m.

On this week’s segment I talk about what I’m up to this week – it’s ULLR FESTIVAL – and preview one of my favorite winter festivals in Colorado.

LISTEN HERE.

 

It has been an AMAZING year here in HeidiTown…

and 2013 is going to be even better.

I have so many great memories from this past year, like emceeing a freezing/cold/snowy Berthoud Oktoberfest, attending the Great American Beer Festival for the first time and speaking multiple times at Metropolitan State University. There were some real standout moments however, so without further ado, here are my Top 10 Memories from the Mayor of HeidiTown, Colorado for 2012 (in pictures):

March – MyHandleBar HeidiTown ride in Fort Collins, Colorado

 My Handle Bar Ride March 2012 HeidiTown.com

May – The HeidiTown banners are revealed

 HeidiTown Banners May 2012

June – Champagne in the gondola & dining at the top of Keystone Resort during TBEX

 Champagne on the gondola in Keystone for TBEX June 2012 HeidiTown.com

June – Being a judge at the kick-off of Loveland Loves BBQ , Bands & Brews

 Haivng a laugh with Lauren Hoff at kick off for Loveland Loves BBQ Brews & Bands June 2012 HeidiTown.com

July – Gorging ourselves on food cart delights & wine at Unwined Denver

 Cupcakes from Denver Cupcake Truck at Unwined Denver 2012

July – Enjoying a really big pretzel and German dancing with my main squeeze at the Biergarten Festival

 Biergarten festival big pretzel July 2012 HeidiTown.com

August – My first hot air balloon ride at Sweetheart Balloon Rally in Loveland

 Sweetheart Balloon Rally August 2012 HeidiTown.com

August – Ziplining at Copper Mountain & riding the chairlift with beers

 zip lining at Copper Mountain HeidiTown August 2012

October – Staying at One Steamboat Place for the Governor’s Tourism Conference in Steamboat Springs (via Moving Mountains Chalet)

One Steamboat Place Diamond Peak

December – Laughing our butts off at the Cripple Creek Jail Museum & winning on Elvis at The Rush Casino

 The Rush Casino Cripple Creek December 2012 HeidiTown.com

  Thank you to everyone who has helped make this year so special & now? Bring on 2013!

P.S. A special thank you to my husband, Ryan, the person I most enjoy taking adventures with – now and always!

HeidiTown is about festivals, events and destinations in Colorado, and this post falls under the “events” category. Last month, we were invited to a friend’s birthday party at one of these new drink while you paint studios that are popping up all over the country. Google “paint & drink studios” and you’ll get about 1 million results.

Ryan's painting in progress

My husband's painting in progress. Photos by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer.

When we got invited to this party, I was not exactly excited. I am a creative person, but I am not an artist. I draw stick people and bubble flowers. The fact that I could drink wine while painting, however, made the idea more bearable.

The concept behind this type of event is to expose people to painting in a relaxed and nonthreatening environment. For the price of admission (usually between $30 and $50) attendees get a blank canvas and the use of the studio’s paint and paint brushes. A teacher stands at the front of the room and walks the group through a painting, step by step. Drinks are available for purchase – wine, beer and even cocktails at some establishments.

Our session was on a busy weekend evening and every chair in the place was full. Our birthday party of six, each a husband/wife team, had three professional artists in the mix, including a successful graphic designer, an art teacher and my husband, a furniture designer.

getting ready to paint at studio vino

My blank canvas & wine at the ready.

As someone who draws at a six-year-old level, this made the evening even more daunting, but I ordered a glass of wine, squirted paint on my paper plate palate and got ready to make some art, or something akin to art.

The painting we were to produce on this evening was called Twinkle Tree, and looked like something from a Dr. Seuss book. Once things got underway, and I started working on my second glass of wine, things began looking up, not because I was good at this – I am not – but because it was a blast.

An hour or two later, everyone in the room had completed a painting that looked more or less like Twinkle Tree. Of course, some of the artists in our group had given the tree their own amazing twist – show offs.

close up of ryans painting at studio vino

My husband's finished piece was one of the best of the night, although I may be bias.

I don’t think this is something I’d ever choose to do by myself, but with a group, it’s an entertaining way to spend an evening. The painting that I created won’t ever find its way on to the Antique Roadshow, and in fact, probably won’t even make it on my own wall, but despite my apprehension, it turns out that painting and drinking wine is a lot of fun. I highly recommend this event for your next girls’ night, birthday party or date night.

painting night with friends at studio vino

The works of art produced by our group at Studio Vino.

NOTE: We painted at Studio Vino in Loveland, Colorado. Find them online at StudioVino.biz, or join them on Facebook here.

Didn’t win a pair of tickets to Wine Fest in Fort Collins in last week’s HeidiTown contest?  Well, here is your chance to buy tickets and get treated like a star!  Wine Fest has created a special incentive package for HeidiTown readers.

If you purchase tickets through the link provided below, you will receive the following:

1. Two free raffle tickets for the Grand Wine Fest Prize, a handmade wooden wine rack with a gift certificate to fill it with wine. Check-in at the Wine Fest Will Call Table and show your badge (printed or smart phone version) to receive your bonus raffle tickets.

2. A wine sample exclusive to blog partner fans. Visit the Synergy Fine Wines table and show this badge, either printed or on your smart phone, to Mark Eppel, the Synergy wine expert, to receive your sample of Scott Base Pinot Noir, 2009, Central Otago, New Zealand, from the Allan Scott Family Winery.

Click the logo below to buy tickets.

Your tickets must be purchased through this link

to receive these special perks at Wine Fest.

Wine Fest Partner Badge

This is the 30th Anniversary of Wine Fest in Fort Collins, a wine tasting to benefit Disabled Resource Services. DRS provides support for those living with disabilities in Larimer and Jackson counties. As one of the ten centers for independents in the state of Colorado, DRS provides resources to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum level of independence through advocacy, awareness and access to the community.

Wine Fest features 500 different wines paired with food from Fort Collins’ restaurants. The evening also includes prizes, music, entertainment and a silent auction that raised $12,000 last year. For those who prefer beer, that delicious beverage will be available as well.

This year’s Wine Fest is being held at the Hilton located at 425 W. Prospect Road in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The event is scheduled for Friday, March 23 with general admission at 7 p.m.

It’s time for another great give away, and I know many of you will be very excited about this one because my citizens love beer and wine. Here is your chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the largest wine events in Colorado.

This is the 30th Anniversary of Wine Fest in Fort Collins, a wine tasting to benefit Disabled Resource Services. DRS provides support for those living with disabilities in Larimer and Jackson counties. As one of the ten centers for independents in the state of Colorado, DRS provides resources to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum level of independence through advocacy, awareness and access to the community.

Wine Fest features 500 different wines paired with food from Fort Collins’ restaurants. The evening also includes prizes, music, entertainment and a silent auction that raised $12,000 last year. For those who prefer beer, that delicious beverage will be available as well.

This year’s Wine Fest is being held at the Hilton located at 425 W. Prospect Road in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The event is scheduled for Friday, March 23 with general admission at 7 p.m.

Tickets to this amazing wine event are $75 each, but here’s your opportunity to win a pair of free tickets from Wine Fest and HeidiTown.com.  Just leave a comment here telling me your favorite wine country. Are you a fan of wines from Australia? France? Chile? Leave a response and be entered to win.

A winner will be chosen at random this Friday evening, March  16th.

Check out Wine Fest online at WineFestFC.org and check out their tasting tips.

Bon Chance!

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My weekly segment on KRFC 88.9 FM.

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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.

Is this year flying by for anyone else? Because I can’t believe that I’m already talking about the last weekend in February.

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been chatting a lot lately about mountain events, and that’s because ski season is in full swing and there’s always something happening at the resorts. However, this week I’m going to talk about events across the Front Range.

Watching the Main Event at the Kress Oscar Party

Oscar Party at the Kress 2011. Photo by Matthew Gale.

First, many of you probably don’t know, but I used to be a movie reviewer. The reviews ran in a local newspaper and on HeidiTown.com, so I’m a bit of a film buff. The Academy Awards are this Sunday evening, and I’m rooting for Hugo to win Best Picture. Not only was this a beautiful crafted 3D film, but the story was wonderful. If you can’t tell by my gushing, I loved it.

This Sunday, I will be watching the Academy Awards at the Kress Cinema & Lounge in Greeley. They have an annual Oscar Party shindig that includes hors’ orderves, champagne, a red carpet and even paparazzi. Guests can watch the Academy Awards live on the Kress’s big screen. To learn more go to KressCinema.com.

Oscar Night in America is the annual gala fundraiser for the Denver Film Society. This is one of 49 official Oscar parties sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Enjoy a glitz and glamour filled evening at this magnificent event. Go to DenverFilm.org for details.

And now for something completely different…

babyOn Saturday at the National Western Complex in Denver it’s the 9th Annual Colorado Baby & Kidz Expo. Whether you are already a parent or expecting, this event is the largest indoor Parent, Baby, Todder and Child Expo in Colorado. There will be vendors, entertainment and more. Go to TheExpoPros.com for information on this and other large shows across the country.

If you didn’t make it down to the Home & Garden Show in Denver, be sure to check out the 29th Annual Greeley Tribune Home & Garden Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Island Grove Regional Park Arena. For more go to GreeleyTribune.com or find this event on Facebook.

In Colorado Springs this weekend fans of sci-fi will enjoy GalaxyFest at Antlers Hilton Hotel. This Science Fiction Media and Literacy Conventions features shows, presentations, interactive events, costume contests, a zombie crawl, celebrity appearances and a whole lot more. Grab your Stormtrooper costume and get to Colorado Springs for a wild weekend of Sci-Fi fun. More at GalaxyFest.org.
If you prefer going back in time, instead of forward, Buffalo Bill’s Birthday Bash is this Saturday at the Buffalo Rose Music & Events Center in Golden. Born in 1846, William F. Cody experienced the Old West to its fullest. His Wild West Show was the most popular of his day and his legend will live on forever. Buffalo Bill’s grave is located on Lookout Mountain Road in Golden. His birthday bash will be a day to remember with an historic re-enactors contest and more.  Visit BuffaloBillDays.com for a schedule of events.

I mentioned this event previously, and now it’s here. The High Plains Snow Goose Festival runs February 23 through the 26th in Lamar. Celebrating birds and the heritage of Southeast Colorado, learn all about this unique event at HighPlainsSnowGoose.com or find them on Facebook. They have some lovely birding photos posted there.

And now for those planning ahead…

wine bottle & glassI love trains. If you’ve listened for any length of time you’ve probably figure that out. So I always have my eye open for fun train events.  I really wish there were trains here in Northern Colorado, but they tend to be all south.

On March 3rd the Rio Grand Scenic Railroad has a Wine Train. They also had a beer train earlier this month. Combining a wine tasting and scenic ride on the rails is my idea of the perfect outing. Other trains around Colorado run special events throughout the year as well. For more info on the wine train go to RioGrandeScenicRailroad.com.

Another wine event to put on your calendar is Wine Fest Fort Collins on March 23rd. It’s the 30th year of this event that benefits Disabled Resource Services. This is among the largest wine tasting events in Colorado, so go to WineFestFC.org to get all the delicious details.

That’s all for this week. Until we meet again, come party with me and other town citizens on Facebook at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB. Or chitchat with me on Twitter @HeidiTown or join the town on Google Plus.

Thanks for listening!

Manitou Springs CarnivaleAs you probably now know, HeidiTown.com has a weekly radio show on KRFC 88.9 FM and I post the transcript and upload the audio of each show here on the blog.  Depending on my editorial schedule for that particular week, these radio posts go up on Tuesday or Thursday.

To listen to the audio CLICK HERE, or read through the following transcripts.

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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.

Here’s the lineup for February 17-19, 2012 and a little beyond for you planners.

Last week I mentioned the 53rd Annual Home & Garden Show is at the Colorado Convention Center, but I failed to say that it runs through February 19th, so if you have a green thumb, or want to get a head start on summer projects, you still have time to get down to this event.

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday is February 21st. Mardi Gras celebrations are known as the feast before the fasts, and it’s traditionally the last day for Catholics to indulge before Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent.

While that’s the real story behind Mardi Gras, most of us just think its just another good excuse for a party.

Manitou Springs plans to celebrate Mardi Gras with their 20th Annual Carnivale & Gumbo Chili Cookoff. Manitou Springs, just west of Colorado Springs is a Colorado town with it’s own unique flair and it’s one of our favorite places to spend a weekend. The people of Manitou are quirky, fun and friendly. Carnivale involves a big parade and town party that also includes a gumbo cook off with professional and amateur chefs. For more information visit ManitouSprings.org.

I found a couple Mardi Gras parties in the mountains, although some of the other resorts are probably planning festivities as well. Winter Park Resort will be handing out beads from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. There will be bands and street performers at this event. There’s always something fun happening in Winter Park so visit WinterParkResort.com to stay informed.

SolVista Basin at Grandby Ranch is also planning events. Join them for Hurricanes and Gumbo at the Seven Trails Grill on Saturday. And don’t forget about night skiing and tubing at SolVista Basin, learn more at GranbyRanch.com.

Ice Castles in Silverthorne 1

Photo courtesy of The Ice Castles at Silverthorne. All rights reserved.

Remember, there’s more to do in the Colorado Rockies than just skiing in the wintertime… and here’s a great example. The Ice Castles at Silverthorne just made it on to my radar and I’ve got to get up to see this for myself. This is a giant structure made entirely from ice with walkways, tunnels and arches. It’s also illuminated during the evening hours. This is apparently the only structure of its kind in Colorado and is open through April. The word on the street in HeidiTown is that this is well worth the trip. To check it out go to IceCastles.com.

Staying in the mountains there’s another wine festival taking place. Keystone Winter Wine Weekend at Warren Station is a two-day event featuring wine tasting and chef demos. More at KeystoneFestivals.com.

Back on the Front Range, the 27th Annual Mid Winter Bluegrass Festival runs February 17 through the 19th at the Northglenn Ramada Plaza located at 125 and 120th. Enjoy workshops, jams for beginners and experts, and lots of bands. For the entire lineup visit MidWinterBlueGrass.com.

For music lovers, here’s an ongoing event. It’s the Estes Park Music Festival Concert and it runs November through April at the Stanley Hotel. Every Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. guests enjoy national and international musicians performing in this magnificent setting. Go to EstesParkMusicFestival.org for the lineup of performers.

Also in Estes, it’s another train show. The 15th Annual Rails in the Rockies is this Saturday at the Estes Park Conference Center. This model train show covers 16,000 square feet and has 40 model train layouts. This is the perfect event for families. Details can be found at EstesValleyModelRailroaders.org.

Oscar Party at the Kress

Oscar Party at the Kress 2011. Photo by Matthew Gale of @NominationStation.

For those of you like me, who plan ahead, it’s Oscar month and that means viewing parties will be held around Northern Colorado and the rest of the state on Sunday, February 26. I’ll be attending the Oscar Party at The Kress Cinema & Lounge in Greeley, and I hope to see you there!

That’s all for this week. Inevitably I miss things, so keep up on all the last minute events and festivals I discover by joining HeidiTown.com on Facebook. You can also follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown or circle the town on Google Plus.

Until next week, I’ll see you online. Thanks for listening!

The following is the transcript from my weekly radio segment on KRFC 88.9 FM. You can read the transcript 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 road trips around Colorado.

Freedom Service dogs

Photo courtesy of Freedom Service Dogs. All rights reserved.

Before I get started on this week’s segment, I want to tell you about HeidiTown.com Gives Back. Each month a Colorado-based nonprofit of my choosing is receiving free ad space on HeidiTown.com. This month’s organization is Freedom Service Dogs out of Englewood, Colorado. Established in 1987, their mission is to train dogs to aid disabled military veterans, and all the dogs in their program come from shelters. For more information on HeidiTown.com Gives Back, visit the blog. For more information on February’s nonprofit go to FreedomServiceDogs.org.

This year, Valentine’s Day lands on a Tuesday, so many of you might be celebrating this weekend, and there are a couple events here in Northern Colorado that just might be the ticket for a special evening with your honey.

Why not take your special someone to Loveland this weekend? In addition to Night on the Town scheduled for this Friday, also this weekend at the historic Feed & Grain it’s Love & Light, a contemporary art, photography and light exhibition. Presented by Studio Blue Bird, Love & Light runs Friday through Sunday, and art lovers shouldn’t miss this fantastic show. Visit loveandlightloveland.com for all the details and featured artists.

Here in Fort Collins, enjoy Dancing with the Stars, presented by the Canyon Concert Ballet at the Sunset Event Center this Saturday evening. Dance styles range from swing to tango to the Lindy hop. Find out more at CCBallet.org.

And don’t forget, all the ice rinks are open around Colorado, from downtown Fort Collins to Skyline Park in Denver.

OrchidIf the winter is getting you a little down, it might be a good time to start thinking about gardening at the 53rd Annual Colorado Garden & Home Show at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. I’ve been to this event and it really is huge. The year I attended, CSU had planted an entire garden inside the convention center. The show is this weekend, and to get all the dirt visit GardeningColorado.com.

Another way to beat the winter blues is at the Denver Botanic Garden’s Orchid Show Case that runs through February 20th. More than 200 flowering orchids are on display and on the weekends there are special events surrounding this showcase. Visit BotanicGardens.org for information.

Here’s a unique event, this weekend and next enjoy the 4th Annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival. This year’s theme is “A Military Salute Carved in Ice.”  Held on Main Street, the event features ice sculptures and lots of live entertainment for the entire family. To learn more visit Cripple-Creek.co.

If you are headed up to the mountains this weekend, you might consider Copper Uncorked, a Winter Wine Festival on Friday through Sunday. This is my kind of event! They call it the most attitude-free wine and food festival in the Colorado Rockies. This is a celebration of wine, food and winter recreational activities. For more visit CopperUncorked.com.

Also in the mountains this weekend, the Winter Teva Mountain Games are in Vail… more at TevaMountainGames.com.

Cowboys in the Snow SB Winter Carnival 2011

Cowboys in the snow at Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival 2011. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

And, it’s finally here, an event you’ve heard me talk about previously, Steamboat Winter Carnival is February 8 thru the 12th. This is the 99th year of this event, so you know it has to be good, and it is!  We attended last year and had so much fun. Visit Steamboat-chamber.com for info.

And now to plan ahead… for those of you looking for a fun winter road trip… the High Plains Snow Goose Festival is February 23 through 26th in Lamar, Colorado. 100s of thousands of geese fly through this area and for 10 years they’ve been celebrating the birds and the heritage of Southeast Colorado. If you enjoy nature, this is an incredible event with all sorts of wildlife tours, talks and much more. Visit HighPlainsSnowGoose.com or find the festival on Facebook.

That’s all for this week. To find out even more about what’s happening around Colorado, join the town’s block party on Facebook at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comOnFB. You can also follow HeidiTown on Twitter or circle the town on Google Plus.

Thanks for listening!

Estes Park Winter Festival ice castle

The Estes Park Winter Festival is fun for the entire family. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

The 3rd Annual Estes Park Winter Festival runs Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 15, 2012.

Last year, my husband and I decided to randomly check out this event without really knowing what to expect, and we had so much fun! In addition to the interactive ice castle, which is really great for kids, we loved the chili cook off. I think we sampled over forty green and red chilis. The hot green chilis are always my favorite and there were some memorable ones with a good kick.

The event starts on Friday night with a Céilidh Barn dance and outdoor bonfire that includes cowboy poetry and ghost stories, hot chocolate and s’mores. This event is free and sponsored by Estes Park Weddings.

Estes Park Winter Festival chili cook-off

Last year's chili cook off attracted more than forty competitors. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

The next day is Winter Trails day at Rocky Mountain National Park and the two days of live music, chili, beer and wine tasting commence at the Estes Park Winter Festival. This event has become so popular it has been moved from Bond Park to the heated, enclosed pavilion at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. This has allowed the festival organizers to increase the size and scope of this event and I can’t wait to attend again this year! To read the entire schedule of events planned for Winter Festival, go here.

Admission to Estes Park Winter Festival is just $5, and this includes chili tasting. For $25 you can purchase festival admission that includes chili tasting and the extensive beer and wine tasting. Purchase tickets here.

And now for the really, really good part… you can enter here to win admission for two to this event. One luck winner will receive two $25 full admission tickets that include beer and wine tasting. ID required at the door.

Estes Park Winter Festival beer photo

Estes Park Winter Festival includes an extensive beer and wine tasting. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

Just leave a comment below telling me if you prefer green or red chili and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to this fantastic Estes Park event. Feel free to tell us who makes your favorite chili, whether it be a restaurant, family member or friend.

I think I make a darn good red chili, but my friend Lara, of Fly By Chili,  makes my favorite green chili.

A winner will be chosen at random this Friday, January 6, at approximately 3 p.m.

Join the Estes Park Winter Festival on Facebook and check out more photos from last year’s Estes Park Winter Festival on HeidiTown’s Facebook page.

Good luck!

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