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Win tickets to Colorado Renaissance Festival 2016

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.

Colorado Renaissance Festival 2016 win tickets. the royal court.

The Royal Court, Colorado Renaissance Festival

We like to arrive at the festival grounds when the doors open so as to buzz through the stores before the mid-day throngs arrive. Plus, parking is easier earlier in the day.

Once the place gets busy with sword wielding outlaws and busty lassies pushing baby strollers, we order hard cider, our drink of choice at Ren Fest, and start the second part of our day – people watching (there is no better place for it). Continue reading

Win 4 tickets to Colorado Renaissance Festival


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. Win tickets to Colorado Renaissance Festival 1 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 experience possible while visiting the realm.

There are eight themed weekends planned, three of which are already in the history books. Upcoming weekends include Children’s Weekend (July 4-5), Wine Revelry (July 11-12), Love & Romance (July 18-19), Music & Dance Festival (July 25-26) and Fare Thee Well & Mardi Gras Style Carnivale (August 1-2). Continue reading

#TravelTuesday – #COmetoLife Colorado gift pack giveaway


Did you hear about the #COmetoLife social media campaign early this month? Visit Colorado gave away a bunch of gift packs and then they gave away a trip to Colorado. If you weren’t a winner do not despair, Visit Colorado provided me with a pack to give away to one of my HeidiTown citizens.

Colorado Come To Life Logo

As a thank you, you should go like Visit Colorado on Facebook. You can also follow them on Twitter.

Go do that now. I’ll wait for you”¦

Did you do it? Good.

Whether you live in Colorado or long to visit this amazing state, this gift pack is for you. It’s a special, Colorado branded Osprey backpack filled with Colorado goodies such as a  USA Pro Challenge fleece, socks by SmartWool, a sweet CO logo water bottle that will be the envy of your friends, sweet treats from Honey Stinger, and more.

CometoLife Colorado gift pack

Photo courtesy of Visit Colorado on

Trust me, you want this gift pack.

As a Colorado lover, you need this gift pack.

And, it’s super-duper easy to enter this contest.

If you are lucky enough to be from Colorado, tell me your favorite Colorado summertime activity. As you know, my favorite summer activity is attending festivals, from Keystone Wine & Jazz to All Arts Fest in Steamboat Springs. What activity makes you #COmetoLife each summer?

If you are from out-of-state, tell me why you’d like to visit Colorado. I can’t make that happen, but I can give you a taste of the pure awesomeness that is the Centennial State by giving you this backpack. Do you want to go river rafting on the Arkansas River or canyoning in Ouray? Perhaps you just want to soak your cares away at one of our many natural hot springs. Tell me how you’d like to #COmetoLife in Colorado and you’ll be entered.

The winner will be chosen AT RANDOM on Friday, July 25 at noon. So leave a comment today!

Please note that you must leave me an email address that you check frequently. The winner must respond within 48 hours or the runner up will be contacted.

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Good luck!


Win tickets to the Glenn Miller Swingfest Dance

It’s time to dust off your dancing shoes, HeidiTown citizens, Glenn Miller Swingfest is just around the corner. I’ve wanted to attend this festival for a long time and this year, we’re going.

Who doesn’t love big band music? This festival is four straight days dedicated to Glenn Miller and the music he loved.

Glenn Miller spent his high school years in Fort Morgan. You can learn some fascinating stories about him at the Fort Morgan Museum. He went on to be the best-known big band musician, arranger, composer and bandleader of the swing era. He was a best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943. In 1944, while traveling from England to France to entertain U.S. troops, his aircraft disappeared over the English Channel.

Glenn Miller from Wikipedia

Glenn Miller (from Wikipedia)

Glenn Miller Swingfest is a celebration of Glenn Miller’s music and believe me, you know all the songs. The event was started in 1996 and in 2009 it was adopted by The School of Performing Arts as a way to provide scholarships for students. Continue reading

Win an overnight stay & tickets to the Breckenridge Wine Extravaganza

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A brand new wine event is happening in Breckenridge, Colorado over Memorial Day Weekend. The Breckenridge Wine Extravaganza is unique because it will feature all Colorado wineries, musicians and food. Take it from me, it’s difficult to find a Colorado-centric wine festival outside of the Western Slope area.

Breckenridge Wine Extravaganza

There are three days of festivities, all taking at Beaver Run Resort. I’m a big fan of this resort and love the chill ambiance. They have everything from hotel style rooms to four bedroom condo style suites available. There are two swimming pools; one with a poolside bar. The Colorado Suite that I stayed in this past winter was huge, with lots of character. Ours had an entire room dedicated to the gigantic jacuzzi tub. They have a wonderful shuttle service that takes you all over Breckenridge and will pick you up too, but should you decide to eat at the resort, there are three restaurant/bars to choose from. Continue reading

Win tickets to the Oscar Party at The Kress

Oscar Party at The Kress in 2011. Photo by Matthew GaleWin a pair of tickets to the Oscar Party at The Kress Cinema & Lounge in Greeley, Colorado.

Here’s a little HeidiTown trivia for newer citizens. Back in 2007, when the town was incorporated, I wrote reviews. I reviewed books, restaurants and movies. I continue to write the occasional film review for the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor where I”ve been a contributing writer since 2006.

I love the movies. They represent a chance to escape from life and live somewhere else for a couple of hours. This year’s 86th Annual Academy Awards has an interesting lineup of Best Picture nominees. These films take us to various time periods including the 1800s, the 1970s and the 1980s, and this year, they even take us to space. Continue reading

Win a weekend escape to Breckenridge, CO for Race of the Santas


As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Breckenridge. Having stayed there multiple times, I’m pretty familiar with the town and I love the chill atmosphere. It’s more than just a ski town. It’s a real, work-a-day town with a rich history and tons of festivals that happen year round.

One of those events is happening on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

and their off Race of the Santas in Breckenridge Colorado

It’s the Lighting of Breckenridge & the Race of the Santas, a benefit for Adopt an Angel. Participants in this wacky holiday race will run, jog or skip through a six-block course in downtown Breckenridge. Kids can join the fun in the Race of the Reindeer (antlers provided). The top finishers will be awarded Ullr helmets (yay!) and prize packages.

All sorts of activities are schedule for the Lighting of Breckenridge including carolers, holiday dancers, arts and crafts, and of course, the real Santa shows up after the race at 5 O’clock. You can see the entire schedule here.

And now for the really, really good news”¦ you have a chance to win a weekend stay in Breckenridge for this festive holiday event.

Here’s what one lucky winner will win:

1. Entry to Race of the Santas

2. Two Santa Suits – yours to keep!

3. A two-night stay with Beaver Run Resort  (arrive December 6, Depart December 8, 2013)

4. A $50 Gift Certificate to Motherloaded Tavern

With a two-night stay you’ll be able to treat yourself to some awesome early season skiing at Breckenridge Resort.

To enter the contest you must leave a comment below telling me why you should win a weekend in Breckenridge OR telling me your Race of the Santas strategy. Only one entry per person, please (my contest plugin will disqualify those who enter twice). The winner will be chosen at random on Friday, November 29 at 3 p.m. MST.

Beaver Run Resort

Beaver Run Resort

Be sure to leave me an email address that you check on a regular basis, The winner will have 48 hours to respond. In the past I’ve had trouble connecting with winners, so this is a new rule here in HeidiTown.

More good news!

For those of you who don’t win the Big Prize you can still attend this awesome event and receive 20% off of your December 6-8, 2013 stay with Beaver Run Resorts by mention HEIDITOWN when you make your reservation by phone. Call 1(800) 525-2253 to book your stay.

How cool is that?

A huge thank you to GoBreck, Beaver Run Resort and  Motherloaded Tavern for providing the swag for this giveaway!

Win VIP tickets to Fall Harvest Brewfest

Fall Harvest Brewfest 2011 logo

I haven’t done a giveaway for a very long time, but when Fall Harvest Brewfest approached me this year, I decided it was time.

Fall Harvest Brewfest is the annual fundraiser for Animal House Shelter in Fort Collins, Colorado – and if you’ve been following HeidiTown for any length of time, you know that I have a soft spot for animal rescue organizations. Please note that Animal House is entirely funded by private contribution and receives no government funding, making this yearly fundraiser a very important event for the shelter.

The festival is in it’s 5th year, and this year’s event will be held at Lincoln Center in downtown Fort Collins. There will be 40 breweries and micro-distillers in attendance along with craft beer-inspired local food pairings.

The brewfest runs from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2013. However, VIP ticket holders will be able to enter the festival at 6 p.m.

In addition to good food and good drinks, the evening will include live music from Steve Murray and Winchester Holiday.

General admission tickets are $37.50 and VIP tickets are $55. But WAIT, this is your chance to win 2 VIP tickets to Fall Harvest Brewfest.

I was going to use a fancy entry form, but it just won’t work correctly, so let’s go old fashion. Leave a comment telling me your favorite Colorado beer and you’ll be entered. Remember, you must leave your email address or otherwise I can’t get in touch with you!  Contest ends on Friday, August 30th at 9 p.m.

Be sure to tell your friends about this event – everyone loves drinking and eating for a good cause!  Good luck!

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NOTE: You must be 21+ to attend this event. IDs will be checked at the door!


Win passes to Colorado Brewers’ Festival in Fort Collins, Colorado

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 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

Note: You must be 21 or older to enter this contest. IDs will be checked at the festival gate.


Learn about & win tickets to the 1940s WWII Era Ball in Boulder, Colorado

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Courtesy of the 1940s WWII Era Ball. Click the picture to join the ball on Facebook.

Put on your reddest lips and slip on your most comfortable dancing shoes, it’s time for one of Colorado’s most unique events, the 1940s WWII Era Ball.

I have been to the ball and it was a terrific experience. The Big Band Christmas Ball, produced by the same folks, has also become a tradition in my family. The popularity of these two events has resulted in a third ball being added in September, the Voodoo Island 1940s & 1950s Tiki Exotica Ball.

Being involved in these parties has even inspired Ryan and I to take swing lessons, so that we can cut a proper rug on the dance floor at these events. We’re usually the ones salsa dancing to big band music, which can be done, but just doesn’t look as good.

WWII ball tank

1940s WWII Era Ball, 2011. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

The 1940s WWII Era Ball is held annually at the Boulder Airport, an ideal location for an event that includes vintage airplanes, a 40s car show, military vehicles and re-enactors. The ball is taking place Father’s Day weekend and features a 1940s USO style show with Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and the Andrews Sisters. The world famous Las Vegas Bob Hope impersonator, Bill Johnson, has been booked for the ball this year.

My favorite part of the ball is dancing the night away to the tunes of The Hot Tomatoes, the Rocky Mountain’s most sought after big band. It’s impossible not to get up and boogie when this band is on the stage.

The airport grounds are transformed into a festive atmosphere with food vendors and cocktail stands. I recommend getting to the ball early enough to tour the vintage cars and airplanes while it’s still light out so that you can take some photos.

The event is a salute to “The Greatest Generation,” and many of these men and women come to the ball. In fact, there is a vast array of ages and faces at this event, and everyone is friendly so be ready to make a few new friends.

The Mayor showing a little leg at the 1940s WWII Ball

The Mayor of HeidiTown showing a little leg at the1940s WWII Ball. Photo by Ryan Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

This year’s theme is Casablanca and the hanger at the airport will be transformed into Rick’s Café American, complete with belly dancers, Rick, Sam and a working roulette table.

This is truly a night to remember, and last year the ball sold out. This year, the 1940s WWII Era Ball will be held Saturday, June 16 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance through the website and $35 at the door. Children under 12 are not permitted.

Now here’s your chance to win a pair of tickets to this fantastic event. Just leave a comment here telling me your favorite classic film. I know many of you love “Casablanca,” but my favorite is Hitchcock’s “Rear Window.”

The winner will be chosen using on Monday, June 4 at 3 p.m.

Good luck!

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