July 2013

Aztec dancer at Native American Cultural Gathering in Colorado kneels. HeidiTown.com

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was surrounded by Native American history. Therefore, it was sort of “old hat.” I knew a lot about Native Americans in the area because school presentations and museums were filled with this information, but I wasn’t innately interested. It was so common that it didn’t feel very exotic. It wasn’t until recently, that I became more intrigued by the Native American story –

riding the chairlift in terror. HeidiTown.com

Mayor’s Note: This is Part 2 of a three-part series on Winter Park in the Summer. Catch up on part one here. On day two of our girlfriend getaway to Winter Park we woke up slowly, made coffee and ate a little breakfast in our room. Today was all about exploring the village and attending The Village Uncorked and checking out the SolShine Music Festival, but first, we were determined

Crestone Music Festival Photo by Lori Nagel of Sunflower Studios

With a population of 150 souls, Crestone, Colorado is more of a village than a town. In the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, far from any metropolitan area, it really is a hidden gem. Each year in August, however, the tiny town fills to the brim with excited festival goers. The Crestone Music Festival is in its 15th year, and this event is much more than just a

Copper Mountain logo. HeidiTown.com

I can hear you through the computer screen. “Copper Mountain isn’t a summer town!” But you are wrong, and I can prove it. Last year we spent a lovely weekend at Copper Mountain in August. We were attending the Genuine Jazz & Wine Festival. I like jazz, but I was mostly there for the wine. The music, however, turned out to be the highlight of the weekend, as well as

Happy Hour at Smokin Moes in Winter Park, Colorado. Heiditown.com

A girlfriend getaway to Winter Park, Colorado With the back of my Toyota stuffed with suitcases and coolers full of wine and other sweet treats, we were off. This was our long awaited girls-only weekend to be spent stuffing our faces with delicious cheese and washing it down with wine at The Village Uncorked at Winter Park Resort. My cohorts were Christine and Susan, longtime friends who are also my

Pagosa Springs Renaissance & Pirates Festival. Courtesy Photo

Mermaids, knights in shining armor, craft beer and belly dancing? I am so there! And I will be, because I’m attending the 5th Annual Pagosa Renaissance & Pirate Festival on July 19-21, 2013. This festival is a fundraiser for the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, and the town’s 1700 residents have truly embraced this event. Last year more than 2400 people attended the Pagosa Renaissance & Pirate Festival in Town

The Sculpture Games Logo

The following featured festival has been brought to you by Mueller & Associates, CPA, LLC. Last year this event was called Assemble, but the name has been changed to The Sculpture Games. The new event proved popular and this year’s games have been extended to two days. What are The Sculpture Games? Think Junkyard Wars meets the Loveland arts scene. Loveland has long been a mecca for artists, especially sculptors.

Solshine Music Festival photo

Holiday weeks such as this one are notorious for low blog engagement, and that’s okay. I hope everyone is out enjoying the 4th of July and the extra, extra long weekend! The HeidiTown Gives Back post about National Dog Mill Rescue went up on Monday, so today I’m sharing my radio segment. My 5 minute show airs twice a month on KRFC 88.9 FM, public radio in Fort Collins, Colorado.