Hummingbirds fly through the air, a breeze blows gently from the creek, and a riot of colorful flowers spring from pots and gardens everywhere in the village. It’s just another summer day in Keystone, Colorado. The Colorado Rocky Mountains may be known as a skiers’ paradise, but they are also heavenly during the summer months. And there’s no excuse not to go, at least once—Keystone has five festivals, mostly free,
Today’s featured festival is a nonprofit event I’ve been involved with since the beginning. You see, the event incorporates two of my favorite things—dogs and beer—and 100% of the proceeds of this festival go to Harley’s Dream. Harley had a dream of ridding the world of puppy mills, and I was lucky to have met him during his lifetime. An effective spokesdog against puppy mills, he made a big difference.
There are a handful of festivals that I’ve been involved with since the beginning and Hops & Harley is one of those fests. This year is the sixth Hops & Harley, hosted by City Star Brewing. I support this festival as an in-kind sponsor because I believe so strongly in the mission of the event. The mission is to educate the public about the commercial dog breeding industry, also known
As many of you know, I’m a passionate dog-lover. I believe strongly in the dog/human bond and that’s why it’s inconceivable to me that some people abuse these wonderful animals. Puppy mills are a form of abuse. If you have any doubts, read the story of the little puppy mill rescue dog that inspired Hops & Harley. Five years ago, the first Hops & Harley occurred in the taproom of City
Haven’t made it to the Colorado Renaissance Festival this year? Well, what’s stopping you? It’s time to saddle up the pony and head out. While there, I highly recommend doing these nine and a half things. 1. Gnaw on a Turkey Leg There’s something about gnawing on a turkey leg that’s highly satisfying. Vegetarians, you can gnaw on a roasted artichoke instead, although I guarantee that it’s not nearly as
I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with Hops & Harley from the beginning. This festival is not just a fun dog-friendly event, but it raises awareness for a cause that is close to my heart, National Mill Dog Rescue. Who is Harley? National Mill Dog Rescue saves commercial breeding dogs from puppy mills, and Harley, the festival’s namesake, was a spokesdog against puppy mills until he passed over the
This is my favorite HeidiTown giveaway because I love the Colorado Renaissance Festival. Ryan and I have been attended for nearly two decades together and Ryan’s been visiting since he was a kid. It’s a chance to escape reality for a day and enjoy a fantastical experience. We like to arrive at the festival grounds when the doors open so as to buzz through the stores before the mid-day throngs
Loveland, Colorado is a great place for a car show. After all, downtown is a bit of a throwback, which works perfectly as a setting for retro cars (pre-1976), terrific tunes, cold beer and pin-up girls. We made it to the first annual Hot Cars Cool Nights last year and had lots of fun checking out the cars. Eventually we parked ourselves on the patio at Mo’Betta Gumbo, ate po’boys
CONTEST NOW CLOSED It’s summertime and that means the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur is in full swing. Ladies, lords, swordsman, wenches and peasants are gathering under the trees to celebrate all things medieval at one of Colorado’s best and longest produced festivals. It’s the 39th season of Colorado Renaissance Festival, an event that employs hundreds of talented folks who are there to make sure that YOU have the best
Father’s Day is June 21st, and I’m sure that your Colorado dad would love for you to celebrate with him by taking him to a festival. Here are several good ones that dad is sure to enjoy. BBQ DAD For the dad who loves his grill and loves all things barbeque, look no further than the Colorado BBQ Challenge in Frisco. This is the granddaddy of all Colorado’s barbeque fests.