It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been on the radio at KRFC 88.9 FM for over a year and a half now. They came to me during the summer of 2011, asking if I’d be interested in doing a community segment, and I jumped at the chance. For 80 weeks I produced nearly 100 percent new material for the five minute show. With an increasingly active travel schedule, at the end of January, I decided to cut back to two shows per month.
My show is pre-recorded and then produced by either Dianne Fishman or her assistant Mickey. They make me sound like a professional before the show airs twice a week, once on Wednesdays just prior to 6 p.m. and Fridays at 5 p.m.
It’s been a fun experience and I look forward to continuing my relationship with KRFC.
KRFC is Fort Collins’ public radio, and it is supported entirely by volunteers and individuals who make contributions via memberships or one-time donations.
This week’s featured festival is the KRFC 10th Annual Birthday Bash, taking place on April 6 at the Sunset Event Center starting at 6:30 p.m. The musical lineup includes Great American Taxi, featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Mama Lenny & the Remedy and Michael Kirkpatrick from The Holler! This is a fundraiser for KRFC, so come ready to spend some money on auction items.
10th Annual KRFC Birthday Bash
April 6, 2013
Sunset Event Center
General Admission $20
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While in Cripple Creek I was incarcerated and lost some money, but I’d still go back. We arrived in Cripple Creek on a cloudy Friday afternoon. I had been invited to be a guest at the brand new Rush Casino, formerly the Gold Rush. The building had been shuttered for three years before the new owners bought it, renovated the place and opened in August 2012.
I had never been to Cripple Creek before, and I can’t say that about many Colorado towns, so I was extra excited as we past Manitou Springs and then Woodland Park. As we neared our destination we were greeted by this view, just outside of Cripple Creek.
When we arrived in town I was quite delighted by the look of the place. Cripple Creek is an authentic mining town, all red brick and Victorian charm. While they legalized gambling in the early 1990s, the town has managed to retain its historical appeal.
At The Rush we found a open-plan casino, with extra high, golden ceilings and lots of elbow room. I dislike feeling pinned in at a casino, so this was a pleasant surprise. Apparently every guest at The Rush receives a mini-bar gift basket, a practice I would encourage every hotel to establish. At check in we were asked what we would like in our gift basket and given a list of items we could choose from.
While the casino at The Rush has been fully remodeled, the boutique hotel upstairs hasn’t receive as much attention, but there is a fresh coat of paint and upscale amenities like flat screen televisions and high end bath products. Our large room overlooked Bennett Avenue and included a nice view of the vintage Gold Rush sign.
We spent the first night gambling at The Rush, and winning at everything with the exception of three-card poker. I had very good luck at the Elvis game; the King and I got on famously. I enjoy these new games that include a chair with surround sound. At this game you rock out to famous Elvis tunes while trying to hunt down the rabbit in the Hound Dog Hunt. It’s seriously fun.
In addition to your mini-bar gift basket, guests at The Rush get free “bottomless” breakfast at the casino’s restaurant. I really enjoyed the breakfasts during our stay, especially the fresh jalapenos in my omelet, and you can’t beat the $1.50 bloody Mary.
We spent the morning of our second day exploring Bennett Avenue. As we scouted out the other casinos and did some shopping at the boutiques along the northeast side town, it began to snow. The town was quickly blanketed in white and with the twinkling Christmas lights, it felt very much like an old-fashion kind of holiday.
There are some cute shops in Cripple Creek, including a candy store that we stopped at every day during our stay and 9494, my favorite store in town where I bought an adorable hat. The General Store is over 40 years old and squished between two casinos on the south side of Bennett. It is an entertaining place to shop and includes lot of stuff for kids.
Back at the casino we met up with my in-laws who had arrived from Denver. Lunch at The Rush got fairly high marks from our group, especially the chicken wrap. After lunch, we left my mother-in-law at the slot machines and took my father-in-law with us to get into some trouble – and we succeeded, as the photos prove.
As you can tell, we had a good laugh at the Outlaw & Lawmen Jail Museum.
That evening we spent time gambling at The Rush, and my husband had too much fun at the Monopoly slot machine and the black jack tables. Every Saturday night the casino brings in a DJ who takes requests and keeps things festive. The drinks and fun flowed, and despite not winning the hourly cash prize of $100, we had another great night.
I’m very excited about the future of The Rush Casino in Cripple Creek. The Palladium is a 900-seat outdoor auditorium directly behind the casino and the owners plan to renovate it starting this spring. It should be open for summer concerts in 2013 – more than enough reason to go back and stay at The Rush again.
PLEASE NOTE: The Rush Casino unexpectedly closed on Friday, January 4, 2013. I still highly recommend a trip to Cripple Creek, Colorado.
My parents met while singing in a traveling church band in the 70s, and on many childhood nights I fell asleep listening to my dad strumming his guitar downstairs. My mom, who is an accomplished pianist, laughingly used to accuse my dad of hugging his guitar more than her.
Obviously, I was born into a musical family, and I have an honest appreciation of musicians and live music. Unfortunately, I rarely write about music festivals on HeidiTown, in part because there are so many. I could start a blog dedicated entirely to Colorado music fests and never run out of material.
Earlier this year, I was lucky to be assigned to write about Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest by an editor in my freelance life. During the assignment I had the opportunity to meet many of the people behind the event and some of the musicians who are playing this year.
I have always thought Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest was a cool event, but after getting a glimpse behind the curtain, I am convinced it’s one of the best, if not the best, music fest in the state of Colorado.
So what makes Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest so great?
There are several reasons this fest rates so high in my mind. First, there’s the location. It takes a lot of strategic planning and cooperation between many organizations and the City of Fort Collins to put on a large, free festival in the heart of downtown. Most music festivals occur in a stadium or a farmer’s field, but this event takes place in Old Town Fort Collins. The location gives it a community vibe, and Old Town provides a lovely backdrop.
Another reason this festival is special is its longevity. This is the 24th year of this event that was originally just “NewWestFest” – a celebration of Fort Collins’ birthday. This summer the city turns 139, and she’s looking pretty good for her age.
The third and final reason this is a truly outstanding festival is that it is not only one of the largest, if not largest, gatherings of Colorado bands in the state, but it’s a chance for emerging artists to connect with new fans.
The event organizers spend hundreds of hours putting together a lineup that will please the crowds at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, but will also surprise them. They deliberately do not have music-specific stages. In other words, you will not find a “Bluegrass Stage” or “Jazz Stage.” They want to expose music-lovers to bands they might not have otherwise discovered, and to give bands a chance to strut their stuff in front on a big stage.
For years now, Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest has been attracting nationally recognized headliners and this year is no exception. Michael Franti and Spearhead, Alison Krauss & Union Station with Jerry Douglas and the Gipsy Kings will play the main stage on Mountain Avenue during this three-day event.
I’m very excited to see these amazing headliners (for free), but I am also looking forward to hearing local bands like The Patti Fiasco. I interviewed the band’s front woman, Alysia Kraft, and she is a gifted singer/songwriter and performer. The Patti Fiasco plays the Library Stage on Friday, August 10 at 5 p.m.
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest runs Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12. Around 100 bands are scheduled to play over the three days on six music stages. There are also two entertainment stages, lots of arts, crafts and food vendors, and of course, beer gardens.
I have a lot of readers in the Denver area, and I promise you, Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is worth the drive to Fort Collins. Yes, it will be crowded, and yes, it’s almost always hot, but if you visit with an open mind and the goal of discovering a new and exciting band, you will not be disappointed.
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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 Random.org 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 DowntownFortCollins.com.
Note: You must be 21 or older to enter this contest. IDs will be checked at the festival gate.
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The weekends seem to be flying by at a frightfully fast rate! I can’t believe that it is already mid-April. The following is the transcript from my weekly radio show on KRFC 88.9 FM. You can either read the transcript below or listen to the audio of the show HERE.
Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and travel around Colorado.
As we head into the busy summer festival season I want to hand out some advice. If you are planning an event, don’t forget to calendar it online in newspapers up and down the Front Range.
I am surprised by how many organizations will make fliers, put the event in their newsletter and even create a Facebook event invite, but fail to calendar their festival in a local newspaper. This is a small and easy step for you to take and I promise, it will help with your event. I rely heavily on calendars and so does the festival going public. I LOVE social media, but if that should be an additional way to get your message out – don’t forget about the tried and true methods.
Okay, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, on to regular scheduled programming!
If you were in Old Town Fort Collins a couple weekends ago, you might have got a glimpse of my rowdy HeidiTown gang on board the MyHandleBar. This is a unique way to do a brewery crawl. MyHandleBar bike is new to Fort Collins as of last summer and this was my third ride. If you want to see your adult friends giggle like school children this s pring and summer, get them on the MyHandleBar. There’s also a bike running in Boulder. Find out more at MyHandleBar.com.
Here are a few events that I’ve previously mentioned that are now upon us. This is the weekend of April 13th through the 15th, 2012.
The Arvada Kite Festival is this Saturday. I think this looks like the perfect event for a family outing. Visit ArvadaFestivals.com for all the details.
One of my favorite mountain mud season events is also this weekend. The 32nd Annual Cardboard Classic is part of Springalicious in Steamboat Springs. If you have been considering heading up to the Boat, this is the weekend to do it. The 5th Annual Splashdown Pond Skimming Competition is on Sunday, so make a road trip out of it! There are also live bands playing all weekend. More info at Steamboat.com.
Back here in Fort Collins I have posted a review of “The Sound of Music” now on stage at Midtown Art Center. I won’t give anything away except to say that the kids steal the show and I had one of my best meals I’ve had at this venue! Read the entire review on HeidiTown.com.
And now for something completely adorable! The Plumb Farm Learning Center in Greeley celebrates spring with its annual Baby Animal Days happening now through April 21. During Baby Animal Days families are invited to the farm to see llamas, alpacas, goats, lambs, cows, horses, pigs, rabbits, chicks and ducks. Baby animals will be everywhere so if you child is anything like me when I was a kid they will be overwhelmed with delight. The event is open daily through April 21st. Visit GreeleyGov.com/museums/BabyAnimalDays.
Lastly, in our planning ahead section…
This next event is for all you pinball wizards and groupies. At the end of the month, it’s the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown. That’s Friday, April 27th through Sunday April 29th.
I blogged about this event last year on HeidiTown. There are over 100 pinball machines on display – no quarters need to play. There are also exhibitors from around the country including pinball sellers, buyers, specialists and a lot more. If you are a fan of pinball, you don’t want to miss the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown at the Embassy Suites at the Denver Tech Center. Get more information at PinBallShowdown.com.
And by the way, every week I post a transcript of this show on HeidiTown, so if you need missed something, or need a web address, you can look it up there.
That’s all the time I have for this week. Remember, you can follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown, circle the town on Google Plus, or join the town’s block party on Facebook at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB.
Thanks for listening and until next time, I will see you online!
The following is the transcript from my weekly segment on KRFC 88.9 FM. If you’d prefer to listen to the audio —> LISTEN HERE.
Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and travel across Colorado.
Here’s the line up for March 30th through April 1st, 2012.
First, I want to point out an error in last week’s segment. I said the Flobots were playing the Breckenridge concert series at Peak 8, but that was last year’s schedule! The line up this year includes Julian Marley, Soul Rebels, Leftover Salmon, Donavon Frankenreiter, Toots & Maytals & Rusted Root. Sounds like a good time in Breckenridge this spring! Of course, it’s always a good time in Breck. Keep tabs on the town and resort at Breckenridge.com.
There are lots of film festivals across Colorado, and I rarely mention them because there are so many and most are fairly typical, however, sometimes one catches my eye. On Friday, March 30th, the Colorado Mountain Club will host the Winter Wildlands Alliance’s Backcountry Film Festival at the Wildlife Experience in Parker.
The festival promotes the work of grassroots filmmakers who tell compelling and entertaining stories of back country, non-motorized recreation and environmental preservation. This is the seventh annual world tour of the festival and the 90-minute program features some of the most extreme winter athletes in the world. More on the film festival at BackCountryFilmFestival.org, and more on the venue at WildLifeExperience.org.
This weekend, I will be attending “The Sound of Music” at Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins. The show started last weekend, and I’m excited to see Midtown’s production of one of my favorite stories. Watch for a review of the play on HeidiTown.com next week.
Other dinner theater productions now playing include “Oklahoma” at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Loveland, running through June 2nd. “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Boulders Dinner Theater, playing through May 13. “One Enchanted Evening” is currently underway at The Heritage Square Music Hall in Golden and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” starts on April 7 at the Union Colony Dinner Theater in Greeley.
Here’s one of those events that you may not here about anywhere else, because I simply find it delightful, although perhaps it won’t appeal to many of the males who might be listening. It’s the Haberdasher’s Delight Hat Workshop at the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver on Saturday, March 31st.
Participants create their very own Titanic-sized millinery masterpiece with the help of historic fashion experts. The museum provides the hat, materials and refreshments, while you supply the creativity. The material will be for spring or summer hats, but on September 15, you can return to the museum to create a winter hat. Learn more at MollyBrown.org.
On the Western Slope there’s a Spring Fest this Saturday in Palisade. This downtown festival has an Easter Bonnet contest, gardening tips, music, vendors, food and dancing. It will be a great way for the area to embrace the start of their growing season. Visit the PalisadeTribune.com for details.
This weekend at the Loveland Ski Area it’s the annual New Belgium Brewing Scavenger Hunt brought to you by the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. Be sure to put on your thinking cap before you go, because the clues won’t be easy. To give you a few hints, some of the fun includes hunting for Bigfoot and chasing down an angler. Afterwards, celebrate all your hard work with a cold brew. More at SkiLoveland.com.
That’s all the time I have for this week. Until next time, join the town’s block party on Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB. The Facebook page is such a great addition to HeidiTown, because I can tell you about a bunch of events and festivals that never make the blog or the radio show.
Thanks for listening!
Some of you may still be unaware, but Fort Collins, Colorado is becoming the place to be a rising music star, and KRFC 88.9 FM has been there along the way providing a platform for these musicians to reach out to the community and the world.
Fort Collins is very lucky to have a community radio station such as KRFC, and since August 2011, I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the radio station’s family.
KRFC’s 9th Annual Birthday Bash is bringing together the community as well as some amazing bands to celebrate and rejoice in all things music. The setting is the newly remodeled Lincoln Center – which is, by the way, perfectly magnificent.
Ben Taylor, son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, is headlining the party set for this Saturday, March 10th. There will be additional performances by 2011 local chart-topping artists, John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light, Fierce Bad Rabbit, and Danielle Ate the Sandwich. Martin Gilmore (of Long Road Home) and brilliantly gifted youth-musician Jaden Carlson round out the evening, which kicks off at 5:30pm.
Tickets range from $20 to $45, but here’s the great news. You can enter to win a pair of tickets to this outstanding event right here on HeidiTown.com.
Just tell me your favorite Colorado live music venue and you’ll be entered! I will be choosing the random winner tomorrow, Friday, March 9 at NOON.
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This past summer, one of the most standout events I attended was the 1940s WWII Ball. My husband and I didn’t really know what to expect, but by the end of the night we both agreed that this was the most fun we’d had at an event in a long time, and we go to A LOT of events.
This is the sort of evening out that creates memories, not only because it’s unique, but a lot of characters attend the 1940s WWII Ball, and they make this event the cat’s meow. From singers to swing dancers, to band members, to hosts, to regular guests who come decked out in unbelievable 1940s garb from head to toe, there’s never a dull moment.
The 1940s WWII Ball is held annually at the Boulder Airport, and features a hanger for dancing, a big stage, lots of vintage airplanes, a couple themed bars, entertainment and much more. When we saw the caliber of the dancers who were in attendance, we had no intention of dancing – we’re not really great at swing – but judging by the number of blisters on my feet the next day, we ended up spending hours on the dance floor. Big band music is just so infectious!
Now it’s time for the 2nd Annual Big Band Christmas Ball, by the same people who brought you the 1940s WWII Ball.
Last June, HeidiTown ran a contest for tickets to the WWII Ball, and the organizers have been good enough to decide to give away tickets again through this blog. This time, you can sign up here to win a pair of tickets (an $80 value) to the Big Band Christmas Ball.
The event is on December 10, 2011, and will be held at the Boulder Elks Lodge. The night will feature the big band, The Hot Tomatoes. This band plays the WWII Ball and I can tell you for a fact that they are truly HOT – it’s hard to stay seated when the guys are playing
There will also be re-enactments from famous Christmas shows like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas.” Frank Sinatra will be there, along with the Andrew Sisters tribute act, Reveille 3. Other entertainment will include everything from ice carvers to chestnuts roasting on an open fire.
Believe me, you don’t want to miss this event. I’m not!
Guest are encouraged to dress up in 40s and 50s vintage era clothing, and although this isn’t a requirement, my husband and I dressed the part at the 1940s WWII Ball. We didn’t go all out, like some of the people there, but for some reason, it just makes the evening that much more fun.
So, if you’d like to win a pair of tickets to Big Band Christmas Ball in Boulder, Colorado, just leave me a comment below telling me your favorite Christmas movie, and you’ll be entered into the random drawing that will take place at approximately 3 p.m. Friday, November 25, 2011.
Tickets to this event make an excellent early Christmas present! To purchase tickets to the Big Band Christmas Ball go here.
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Held annually on the second weekend in July, this year (2011) will be the 5th SummerFest celebration. Held at Civic Center Park/Foote Lagoon in Loveland, Colorado, this community event features a smorgasbord of activities, and always kicks off with a Friday night event to remember.
Continue reading about Summer Fest here and get a hint about an exciting upcoming HeidiTown giveaway.