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The Mayor Goes Shopping on Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado

Shopping along Pearl Street is a longtime Colorado tradition, even for people outside of the state. Case in point, when my mother visits from Oregon, she always requests that we spend an afternoon shopping on Pearl Street.

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The pedestrian friendly Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder, Colorado.

I shopped Pearl Street Mall last Wednesday with my friend Karen on what was probably the last 80-degree day of the year. If you aren’t familiar with Pearl Street, it’s a stretch of road in Boulder, Colorado, bordered by lots of locally owned shops, restaurants and bars. And no matter the day of the week, it’s always a hub of activity.

We parked at the garage on Walnut Street below the St Julien Hotel & Spa. The hotel, which is glorious by the way, smells amazing thanks to their spa, and because of its proximity to the St. Julien, the underground garage is the best smelling parking garage in the world. This city should use this in any future parking garage marketing campaigns. Continue reading

Gift Guide for Friends with Good Tastes (In Food)

Know someone who loves food? Instead of buying them a cookbook or newfangled kitchen item, how about buying them a foodie experience?

Colorado has blossomed with food tours over the last several years, and I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing several of these delicious excursions.

Local Table Tours

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This company was started by a Boulder food blogger who has traveled extensively in the United States and abroad. Today, Local Table run tours in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins. In Denver, they do a tour at The Source, a Taste of Highlands and in downtown (Taste of LoDo and Union Station).

Gift Guide for Friends with Good Tastes

Photo courtesy of Local Table Tours.

Their Boulder-based tours including A Taste of Boulder, Cocktail Tours, Coffee & Chocolate Tours and May through October they offer tours at the Boulder Farmers’ Market.

In Fort Collins, tasting tours include a Cocktail Tour, Waffle & Chocolate Tour, Artisans at Scotch Pines Tour and, the one I experienced this past summer, the Jessup Farm Tasting Tour. Continue reading

Avenue Q at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre – Like nothing you expect

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Avenue Q at Boulder's Dinner Theatre runs through November 3, 2012. (Courtesy photo)

Dinner theaters often produce shows that will appeal to a mass audience, and old Broadway musicals are the norm. So when I go to dinner theater, I’m usually familiar with the production. Last weekend was the exception to that rule, and it was refreshing to have no preconceived notions about the show I was about to see at Boulder’s Dinner Theater.

In the spring, we saw “Cinderella” at BDT, and were pleasantly surprised to find a new, expanded menu. This time we started with the artichoke spinach dip appetizer, and I have to admit to enjoying the hummus platter on our last visit much more. Our entrees, however, were both outstanding. I opted for the potato cod served with Spanish rice and vegetables. The cod was flaky, and the chipotle aioli drizzle was packed with flavor. Ryan ordered the chicken cordon bleu, because it never disappoints.

As we ate dinner, we admired the stage set. It’s an authentic looking New York apartment building, complete with trash can and fire escape. It reminded both Ryan and I of Michael Garman’s Magic Town in his Old Colorado City studio.

“Avenue Q” is a puppet show for adults, and the winner of three Tony Awards. While the presentation is something you’ve probably never seen before, the story is ages old.

Avenue Q entire cast

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Princeton is fresh out of college with a BA in English, and finds the only apartment he can afford is on Avenue Q, a not-so-trendy part of New York City. While he searches for his purpose in life he meets his neighbors, an eclectic bunch that includes an engaged interracial couple, an assistant kindergarten teacher, an odd couple, a porn-junkie and Gary Coleman as the apartment super.

The last character is somewhat confusing, but the creators of “Avenue Q” thought the Coleman character epitomized the play’s central themes, and those themes involve the misconception that we are somehow special and the painful realization that comes with learning life is much harder than anyone told us it was going to be when we were children.

There are only six cast members in “Avenue Q,” but they have more talent than most much larger casts – they sing, they puppeteer, they change characters and voices on a dime, and they keep the audience in stitches.

While Princeton (Brett Ambler) and Kate (Ellen Kaye) are the two main characters, I can’t pick a favorite in “Avenue Q” because the entire cast works their butts off in this show. MariJane Scott, new to BDT, plays Christmas Eve, one of two “humans” in the show, and Scott Beyette is her fiancé Brian. Beyette proved his comedic chops when he was Don Lockwood in BDT’s production of “Singin’ in the Rain” in 2010, while Scott proves hers in this musical.

puppets in Avenue Q

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Joanie Brosseau and Seth Caikowski round out the cast, and these two often perform together as one puppet – each taking an arm. They are also two of the funniest characters in the musical, the Bad Idea Bears. These are the friends we’ve all had (or have been) through the years, the ones who suggest shots at 2 a.m. just before leaving the bar.

“Avenue Q” is much more relatable and poignant than you might think. Numbers like, “We’re all a little racist,” points to the hypocrisy that is rampant in today’s society. “I Wish I Could Go Back to College,” reminds us of how easy we had it in college, and why we can’t go back.

This musical is not for children, so unless you want to explain what those puppets are doing in that bedroom scene, leave the kids at home. However, “Avenue Q” reminds adults, in a not-so-subtle way, to take life less seriously, and live in the moment, because all you’ve really got is now.

I’ve been attending Boulder’s Dinner Theatre for a decade, but BDT is celebrating its 35th year in Colorado, and they set the bar for professionalism in the industry. “Avenue Q” is on stage at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre through November 3. To buy tickets go to BouldersDinnerTheatre.com  and be sure to like BDT’s new Facebook page.

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.

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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 Random.org on Monday, June 4 at 3 p.m.

Good luck!

Memorial Day Weekend 2012 in Colorado (HeidiTown on the radio)

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and that means from this point on I will be running around the state like a crazy woman with dusty festival feet and pulling a tired, but accommodating husband along behind me.

The following are my KRFC 88.9 FM radio show transcripts for Memorial Day weekend. You can either read them, or if you prefer, listen to the audio HERE.

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Realities for Children Motorcycle Ride and Rally in downtown Fort Collins, Colorado. (Courtesy Photo)

Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about festivals, events and destinations around Colorado.

It’s Memorial Day weekend, a time to remember those who have died in service of this great nation. It’s also marks the kickoff of the summer festival season, although summer doesn’t officially start until June 20.

It’s a very busy weekend, so let’s get started.

Here in Fort Collins… the Realities for Children Motorcycle Ride and Rally has become a tradition in Northern Colorado. It is one of the state’s largest charity motorcycle poker runs and features lots of stuff to get your motor runnin’ including live music, fireworks, a stunt show, vintage and custom bikes and more. The Rally starts on Saturday in downtown Fort Collins and runs from 11 to 11. Downtown’s largest fireworks display starts at 9 p.m. The ride continues on Sunday at Thunder Mountain Harley Davidson in Loveland. For details and to register for the ride go to RealitiesRide.com.

Also, mark your calendar because Bohemian Nights Presents the Thursday Night Live Concert Series on Thursday May 31. Enjoy local music every Thursday in Old Town through August 2nd. For band info, go to DowntownFortCollins.com.

In Estes Park this weekend, enjoy the Art Market. Ninety Artisans will display their talents in Bond Park. Details at ArtCenterofEstes.com.

And speaking of ART, the Downtown Denver Arts Festival is also this weekend at the Denver Pavilions. 150,000 art-lovers are expected to attend this event that includes a special exhibit of DiVinci’s Machines. Go to DowntownDenverArtsFestival.com for a map of this huge artsy affair and the schedule.

Also in Denver, the Memorial Day Parade & Tribute Ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Civic Center Park. Let’s never forget those who have paid the ultimate price for the freedoms that we enjoy and take for granted each and every day. Visit DenverGov.org/Veterans for more.

This weekend is also the Boulder Creek Festival, three days of entertainment, shopping and people watching. This event is a great way to break in your festival sandals and practice your dance moves. Go to BCEProductions.com for the details on Boulder’s unofficial kick off to summer.

Also in Boulder, Cinderella is now underway at Boulders Dinner Theater. Watch for a review coming soon to HeidiTown.com.

There are several river-oriented fests this weekend in two of my favorite Colorado mountain towns.

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Paddle Fest in Buena Vista, Colorado. (Courtesy Photo)

First it’s Paddle Fest in Buena Vista. If you haven’t been to this part of Colorado, you’ve really been missing out on one of the most spectacular destinations in the state. Located on the Arkansa River, Buena Vista and Salida are two town highly regarded by kayakers and PaddleFest is an interactive event that will get you ready for a safe, fun season on the water. This event has grown over the years, check it out at CKSPaddleFest.com.

And speaking of the water, it’s the 32nd Annual Yampa River Festival in Steamboat Springs. Take it from me, this town knows how to throw a party, and this event is no exception. The festival celebrates everything on the river with races, slaloms, tube rodeo, Crazy River Dog Competition and lots more. Go to FriendsoftheYampa.com for more information.

Staying at altitude, it’s the Beaver Creek’s 9th Annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue. This is a serious weekend of eating, drinking, golfing and more. For ticket information go to BeaverCreek.com.

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2th Annual Indian Arts & Culture Festival in Mesa Verde. (Courtesy Photo)

There is a lot more happening around Colorado this Memorial Day weekend including Territory Days in Old Colorado City, an historic family-festival the kids will love, more at ShopOldColoradoCity.com. And the 4th Annual MeadowGrass Music Festival, also in the Springs. Old time music is alive and well at this event, details at MeadowGrass.org. And in Mesa Verde it’s the 12th Annual Indian Arts & Culture Festival, a week long celebration of Native American Culture in one of the most fascinating Colorado destinations. Go to to MesaVerdeCountry.com to plan your trip.

I’m out of time, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t hook up with me out there on social media and learn even more… join the town’s block party at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB. Follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown or visit the town on Google Plus.

Thanks so much for listening! Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, and until next time, I will see you online or at a festival near you.

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A special thank you to the following for photography use: Mesa Verde Country, Colorado Kayak Supply, Realities for Children.

HeidiTown.com on KRFC 88.9 FM – Earth Day Weekend, Colorado Style

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Earth Day is April 22, 2012. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

It’s time for another HeidiTown segment on KRFC 88.9 FM. During the week these segments run Wednesday, between 12 and 12:30 p.m., and on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

For those of you who may wonder why I never mention the price of admission to events and festivals on the radio, it’s because it’s against the policy of public radio.  I am not even allowed to say whether an event is free because that’s a  momentary  value. So for those of you who have wondered, now you know the rest of the story!

The following is the transcript from the radio show, but if you prefer, you can listen to the show HERE.

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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.

This is my segment for April 20 through the 22, 2012 and wow, this is a busy, busy weekend with everything from family-friendly festivals to jazz and science fiction. Eclectic, right?

First, Earth Day is Sunday, and there are lots of events planned around this celebration of Mother Earth.

To celebrate Earth Day in one of the most awe-inspiring places in Colorado, head to the Garden of the Gods. This Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., there will be wildlife demonstrations, native American dance performances, crafts and live music. The annual Garden of the Gods park cleanup will be the same day. Go to GardenoftheGods.com for more information and directions.

Here in Fort Collins, Earth Day festivities will be held in Civic Center Park. There is a combination of activities planned and families are encouraged to bring along the kiddos. With informational booths, arts and crafts, live music, speakers, local food and a beer garden, it will be a great day to be in Old Town. Visit SustainableLivingAssociation.org for all the details.

There are many Earth Day events planned around Denver. The Museum of Nature and Science, one of my favorite museums in the country, has Earth-friendly family-fun on Sunday with GeoDome shows, crafts, renewable energy activities and more. Get info at DMNS.org.

The Denver Zoo, also one of my favorite places, is hosting a Party for the Planet on Friday, April 20 from 10 to 1. Learn about what local area students are doing in their own neighborhoods to save the planet. Learn more about this and other zoo activities at DenverZoo.org.

At the Denver Botanic Gardens enjoy Family Fun Nights – Earth Day Extravaganza on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On the first Saturday of each month, from April to October, families have the unique opportunity to explore nature at night in the Mordecal Children’s Garden. Each month brings a new theme with performers.

Get the entire lineup at BotanicGardens.org. And by the way, this facility is one of the top-rated botanic gardens in the US and you should plan to visit this season.  Just don’t forget your camera!

There are a few Earth Day events at local parks, including Barr State Park on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. This is their 42nd annual Earth Day Celebration, and one of my preferred bird watching areas in Colorado.  Also celebrate at Mueller State Park near Divide Colorado on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. Parents and children are invited to enjoy activities like crafts and hiking.

There are other events happening this weekend including the Mead Roubaix Festival on Sunday, April 22. I’ve previously mentioned this event that includes a bike race and a family-friendly festival. They have a large Kids Zone and bike tune ups, so you should definitely bring the kids and bikes to this event. Mom and dad can enjoy the vendors and beer garden while the kiddos play to their heart’s content. You can read all about the Mead Roubaix Festival on HeidiTown.com.

The 42nd UNC Greeley Jazz Festival is this weekend. This renowned event is one of the largest and most well respected of its kind in the country. Music lovers can learn more at Arts.UNCO.Edu.

Trekkies take note! StarFest is this weekend in DTC. This is Denver’s largest science fiction convention. There are 100 events taking places at three different convention hotels and special guests this year include Jonathan Frakes of Star Trek fame. There’s even… and I’m not making this up… a Klingon Feast planned. I’m also telling you that as a life-long trekkie, I totally want to go to this event!  Go to StarLand.com for the schedule and maybe I will see you there!

Phew, I told you this was a busy weekend.  There’s a lot more, but I’m running out of time, so be sure you tune into the blog and to HeidiTown’s Facebook page this week for more.  Remember, it’s Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB.

I also tweet a lot of fun festival info and you can follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown. Lastly, you can circle the town on Google Plus.

If you missed anything today or need web info, I post a transcript of this show each week to HeidiTown.com.

Thanks for listening and until next time, I will see you online!  Or at a festival near you!

Mead Roubaix Festival will be fun for entire family

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Mead Roubaix Festival (Photo courtesy of the Mead Area Chamber of Commerce).

I really enjoy sharing events like the Mead Roubaix Festival with my readers. Small town festivals are at the heart of what this blog is all about. There is just something extra charming about festivals held in little communities around Colorado.

The first Mead Roubaix Festival was held last year, and it is a combination of bike race and community fest. The bike race attracted 600 participants who made their way to Mead, Colorado, a town of about 3,000 that is one mile west of I25 and approximately 36 miles north of Denver.

Not being a cyclist, I had to look up what the word roubaix meant. It turns out it is derived from the French word rubble and has come to refer to a bike race where the riders ride a route that has paved and unpaved sections. The Mead Roubaix bike race is a 12.5-mile loop on a mixture of hard packed dirt and paved roads around the town.

Because this festival occurs in conjunction with a bike race, even if you aren’t racing you should bring along your bike because a Longmont bike shop, Bike-N-Hike, will be giving free tune ups at this event.

The day starts out at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, and at 9:30 there’s a “Who Let the Dogs Out” doggie dash being sponsored by the business where I board my dog, Happy Tails Dog Ranch in Berthoud, Colorado. The dash includes a two-mile walk with bandanas for the dogs and goodie bags and prizes for participants. You can find info on  the doggie dash here.

Mead Roubaix 2011 racers

Mead Roubaix race 2011. Courtesy photograph.

The festival has a large Kids’ Zone where children can play all day for just $5. There’s a bungee trampoline, bounce house, obstacle course, pony rides and more. And while the kids play, mom and dad can browse local vendors’ booths and partake in refreshments in the beer garden.

I think the Mead Roubaix Festival will be a great opportunity to get the family out and start working on those summer tan lines – mine usually involve stripy feet from wearing a variety of sandals.

The Mead Roubaix Festival takes place Sunday, April 22, 2012 at Mead Town Park, 441 Third Street, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration for the bike race is currently underway at CyclingEvents.com/MeadRoubaix.

 

HeidiTown.com on the radio – What to do in Colorado this weekend, April 13-15, 2012 & beyond

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.

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The HeidiTown.com MyHandleBar gang after our Fort Collins ride. Photo by Alex, our bike "driver" extraordinaire.

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.

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Our human-sized SHOTSKI at the 2008 Cardboard Classic in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Photo by Ryan Schlaefer.

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…

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An interesting Elton John pinball machine at the Penny Arcade in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

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!

HeidiTown.com on the radio – What to do in Colorado the weekend of March 9-11, 2012

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The following is my weekly segment on KRFC 88.9 FM. If you prefer, you can listen to the  audio HERE, or read through the following transcript of the show.  Enjoy!

FYI: I am giving away tickets to the KRFC Birthday Bash on this Thursday, March 8, so please tune back into the blog on Thursday to enter!

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Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and travel in Colorado.

It’s already the second weekend in March and that means St. Patrick’s Day is almost here!  I love the holiday and this year it’s landing on a Saturday. There are parades all over the state on Saturday, March 17, including the granddaddy of them all, the 50th Denver St.  

Patrick’s Day Parade in Lower Downtown. There are also parades in Colorado Springs, Greeley, and of course, right here in Fort Collins.

New this year in Fort Collins, after the parade, stay downtown and enjoy and Irish Party with live music and green beer in Old Town Square. More at DowntownFortCollins.com.

Now, back to this weekend, March 9 through the 11th 2011.

First and foremost, this Saturday it’s the 9th Annual KRFC Birthday Bash and this year it’s going to be grand. The party is being held at Lincoln Center and is a fundraiser for KRFC, Fort Collin’s very own public radio. The live music showcase will include Ben Taylor, John Common and the Blinding Flashes of Light, Fierce Bad Rabbit, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Jaden Carlson and Martin Gilmore. Come out and support public radio and have a great time as well.

Strong Ale FestFor beer lovers this Friday and Saturday, Avery Brewing Company in Boulder Presents the 10th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest. The event celebrates craft beers from all over the country that are above 8 percent ABV. For more information go to AveryBrewing.com.

If you are a craft beer fan, and many, many of you are, you can spend nearly every weekend attending a beer event, and I can’t cover them all, but I’ve discovered a guy who does.  There’s a beer blogger in Greeley who puts out a list of all beer related events each and every week. Impressive, right? So check his blog out at FermentedlyChallenged.com.

Horse lovers won’t want to miss the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo at the National Western Complex in Denver this weekend. This huge event runs the 9th through the 11th and there are over 150 presentations being given at the event in 7 venues. I did mention this is a big event, right? Cowboy tales, a craft show and an holistic horse fair are just three of dozens of events scheduled for the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. Go to ColoradoHorseCouncil.com for all the information.

window and shutters.white houseHere’s a unique event I discovered. It’s the 2012 Old House Fair being held at Metro State. Denver’s Old House Society hosts the event that offers resources and workshops specifically for people who own homes over 50-years-old. The fair includes an antique road show, notable Denver appraisers, workshops on all kinds of subjects and exhibitors will be on hand to showcase products and services.  If you own an old home, this is an excellent opportunity to get some of your questions answered.  Visit DenversOldHouseSociety.org for details.

This is a bit of a drive from Northern Colorado, but for birders it will be worth it. The 29th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival runs the 9th through the 11th. I have friends who have been to this event and they were very impressed. The festival includes birding outings, workshops, a craft show and a lot more. To learn all about this feathery festival visit CraneFest.com.

Last, as I informed you last week, I’m a crazy soccer fan and this weekend is opening day for the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. The Colorado Rapids take on the Columbus Crew this Saturday. Join me before the match at the Class VI/PidArmy tailgate!  For more visit NoFanAlone.com.

That’s all for this week. As always you can keep up with me on Facebook at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB, or on Twitter @HeidiTown or join the town on Google Plus.  So until next week, I will see you online!

Thanks for listening!

Win tickets to the Big Band Christmas Ball in Boulder, Colorado

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The Mayor of HeidiTown at the 1940s WWII Ball on June 18, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Ryan Schlaefer, all rights reserved)

CONTEST CLOSED

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!

Big Band Christmas Ball posterNow 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.

~ Contest Closed ~

Good Luck!

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