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Shooting All the Flowers at Denver Botanic Gardens

I admit that I have a small addiction to shooting flowers, as well as birds, landscapes, and animals at the zoo, but flowers are my favorite thing to shoot.

Sculptures by Alexander Calder are on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens through September 24, 2017.

Sculptures by Alexander Calder are on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens through September 24, 2017.

There’s no better place to shoot flowers than at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The person who accompanies me to the gardens, usually Ryan, ends up doing a lot of standing around, however, I’d argue that there are a lot worse placed in which to stand around than at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Last week, as you probably know if you read my last blog post, my mom was in town from Oregon. She is likely the reason that I love flowers so much, but she prefers planting and painting them as opposed to shooting them. Continue reading

What’s happening in Colorado, May 18-20, 2012 (HeidiTown’s Radio Show)

It’s time for another segment on KRFC 88.9 FM, and this weekend is full of Colorado festivals you won’t want to miss. In fact, you may want to clone yourself – and if you figure out how to do that, please share, because I am in desperate need of a clone or two this summer!

If you’d rather listen to the audio from my radio show, just click HERE, but if you prefer to utilize your reading skills, the transcripts are below.  ENJOY!  And don’t forget to let me know about that cloning idea.

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Ryan & Heidi at a Colorado Rapids game.

Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about festivals, events and destinations around Colorado. That’s right, if you’ve been listening for awhile, you might have noticed the change to my tagline. I’ve replaced travel with the word destinations, and now new banners have been made – look for them at a festival near you this summer!

I thought I’d take a minute this week to tell you a little about myself. I’m a freelance writer and small business owner here in Colorado. Originally a West Coast girl from the Pacific Northwest, I’ve lived in Colorado for 13 years. On May 18, 2002, I married a guy who grew up in Littleton. Yes, we celebrate 10 years of marriage this weekend – happy anniversary, Ryan!

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Ryan & Heidi at Rocky Mountain Irish Festival.

I started HeidiTown.com in 2007, as a review blog, but in 2010, I found my niche was blogging about festivals and events.

HeidiTown.com is not a calendar, but rather “stuff the Mayor likes” and I like small town festivals and unique events. Hundreds, if not thousands of events occur all over Colorado every weekend, especially during the summer – and I highlight the things that catch my attention.

So now – on to the show!

In past segments I’ve already previewed some of what is happening around Colorado this weekend, May 18 through the 20th, 2012. So I want to remind you that it’s Wild Wild West Days in Pueblo and Mike the Headless Chicken Festival is in Fruita this weekend.

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Ryan & Heidi at Biergarten Festival.

On Saturday and Sunday, it’s the Strawberry Festival Antique Show in Longmont. Started almost forty years ago, as a way to raise money for the St. Vrain Historical Society, this event has developed into a popular and well-respected antique show drawing thousands of attendees. Enjoy freshly made strawberry shortcake while browsing antiques in the Exhibit Building at the Boulder County Fairgrounds on Nelson Road in Longmont. For hours and info on the Strawberry Festival Antique Show go to StVrainHistoricalSociety.org.

A unique cultural event is happening at The Fort in Morrison, Colorado this weekend. It’s the 12th Annual Indian Market and Powwow presented by the Tesoro Cultural Center. Native American artists will display their wares and demonstrate their crafts. Dancers and drummers will share their heritage in competitions, and there will also be a powwow contest in the valley below The Fort. I am very familiar with this area, and it is a beautiful setting for this event. Learn more at Tesoroculturalcenter.org. That’s TESOROCultureCenter.org.

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Ryan & Heidi at the 1940s WWII Ball.

For those of you in Northern Colorado, here’s an event close to home. This weekend it’s Jazz Fest and Art Walk in downtown Estes Park. This event has grown over its twenty year existence into a two-day jazz extravaganza, featuring national and regional musicians. Eight jazz groups are scheduled to perform with two headliner acts. Go to EstesParkCVB.com for the lineup of performers.

Right here in Fort Collins, the downtown Farmers Market gets underway this weekend. The Larimer County Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest in Colorado. It runs Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. from May 19 through October 27. So bike downtown and make a day of it!

Also, starting this Friday in Fort Collins, it’s the Ben & Jerry’s FAC Concert Series. Music runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Old Town Square Stage. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this event every Friday through August 17th. This week’s band is The Backline.

For more information on this and other Old Town events, go to DowntownFortCollins.com.

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Ryan & Heidi at the Bucksnort Saloon in Pine, CO.

The Butterfly Pavilions in Westminster, Colorado has been on my mind lately. This is a fun outing with the family, but as I’ve said before, it isn’t only for kids. This weekend it’s Bloomapalooza at the Butterfly Pavilions on Saturday from 10 to 5. It’s a celebration of Plant Conservation Day. There will be giveaways, workshops, planting projects, a kids play area and The Garden Center of Colorado will be taking all your old gardening trays, cell packs and pots to be recycled. For additional details on Bloomapalooza, go to Butterflies.org.

Lastly it’s Taste of Durango this Sunday. I love this region of Colorado because the scenery is breathtaking. This would be a great weekend to make Durango your Colorado destination. Learn more at TasteofDurango.com.

There are lots of other amazing events happening this weekend around Colorado, but you’ll have to tune into the blog and HeidiTown’s Facebook page for more. Be sure to join our block party at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comOnFB.

If you are on Twitter, you can follow me @HeidiTown, or if you are a Google Plus fan, circle the town!

Thanks so much for listening. Until next week, I will see you online!

HeidiTown.com on KRFC 88.9 FM – What do to in Colorado, February 10-12, 2012

The following is the transcript from my weekly radio segment on KRFC 88.9 FM. You can read the transcript below or listen to the audio –> HERE.

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

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Photo courtesy of Freedom Service Dogs. All rights reserved.

Before I get started on this week’s segment, I want to tell you about HeidiTown.com Gives Back. Each month a Colorado-based nonprofit of my choosing is receiving free ad space on HeidiTown.com. This month’s organization is Freedom Service Dogs out of Englewood, Colorado. Established in 1987, their mission is to train dogs to aid disabled military veterans, and all the dogs in their program come from shelters. For more information on HeidiTown.com Gives Back, visit the blog. For more information on February’s nonprofit go to FreedomServiceDogs.org.

This year, Valentine’s Day lands on a Tuesday, so many of you might be celebrating this weekend, and there are a couple events here in Northern Colorado that just might be the ticket for a special evening with your honey.

Why not take your special someone to Loveland this weekend? In addition to Night on the Town scheduled for this Friday, also this weekend at the historic Feed & Grain it’s Love & Light, a contemporary art, photography and light exhibition. Presented by Studio Blue Bird, Love & Light runs Friday through Sunday, and art lovers shouldn’t miss this fantastic show. Visit loveandlightloveland.com for all the details and featured artists.

Here in Fort Collins, enjoy Dancing with the Stars, presented by the Canyon Concert Ballet at the Sunset Event Center this Saturday evening. Dance styles range from swing to tango to the Lindy hop. Find out more at CCBallet.org.

And don’t forget, all the ice rinks are open around Colorado, from downtown Fort Collins to Skyline Park in Denver.

OrchidIf the winter is getting you a little down, it might be a good time to start thinking about gardening at the 53rd Annual Colorado Garden & Home Show at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. I’ve been to this event and it really is huge. The year I attended, CSU had planted an entire garden inside the convention center. The show is this weekend, and to get all the dirt visit GardeningColorado.com.

Another way to beat the winter blues is at the Denver Botanic Garden’s Orchid Show Case that runs through February 20th. More than 200 flowering orchids are on display and on the weekends there are special events surrounding this showcase. Visit BotanicGardens.org for information.

Here’s a unique event, this weekend and next enjoy the 4th Annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival. This year’s theme is “A Military Salute Carved in Ice.”  Held on Main Street, the event features ice sculptures and lots of live entertainment for the entire family. To learn more visit Cripple-Creek.co.

If you are headed up to the mountains this weekend, you might consider Copper Uncorked, a Winter Wine Festival on Friday through Sunday. This is my kind of event! They call it the most attitude-free wine and food festival in the Colorado Rockies. This is a celebration of wine, food and winter recreational activities. For more visit CopperUncorked.com.

Also in the mountains this weekend, the Winter Teva Mountain Games are in Vail… more at TevaMountainGames.com.

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Cowboys in the snow at Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival 2011. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

And, it’s finally here, an event you’ve heard me talk about previously, Steamboat Winter Carnival is February 8 thru the 12th. This is the 99th year of this event, so you know it has to be good, and it is!  We attended last year and had so much fun. Visit Steamboat-chamber.com for info.

And now to plan ahead”¦ for those of you looking for a fun winter road trip… the High Plains Snow Goose Festival is February 23 through 26th in Lamar, Colorado. 100s of thousands of geese fly through this area and for 10 years they’ve been celebrating the birds and the heritage of Southeast Colorado. If you enjoy nature, this is an incredible event with all sorts of wildlife tours, talks and much more. Visit HighPlainsSnowGoose.com or find the festival on Facebook.

That’s all for this week. To find out even more about what’s happening around Colorado, join the town’s block party on Facebook at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comOnFB. You can also follow HeidiTown on Twitter or circle the town on Google Plus.

Thanks for listening!

HeidiTown.com on KRFC 88.9 FM – What to do in Colorado January 20-22, 2012

The following is the transcript and audio from HeidiTown.com’s weekly segment on KRFC 88.9 FM.

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Human Bowling at Winter Park's Winter Carnival. Photo courtesy of PlayWinterPark.com.

Listen to the audio –> HERE.

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

If you are anything like me, this is the time of year where I get a little down. Thankfully, the sun seems to always shine in Colorado, so that helps, and really, there’s no reason to be bored. You just have to look a little harder, and perhaps travel just a little farther to find something fun to do on the weekend.

Here’s the lineup for January 20 through the 22nd, 2012.

I recently posted a list of Colorado Winter Festivals not to be missed on HeidiTown.com, but I couldn’t list them all because there are A LOT.  So tuning in here is a good way to find out even more!

This weekend is Winter Park’s Winter Carnival. Running Friday through Sunday, the event also celebrates the birthday of one of the town’s most famous gals – Mary Jane. This is probably the biggest party of the year in Winter Park and includes everything from fireworks and a parade to tons of snow related activities, including a 5K snowshoe race. And despite getting off to a slow start this season, there IS plenty of snow in Winter Park! Learn more about this and other events year round at PlayWinterPark.com.

DinosaursI’m always on the look out for museums like the Dinosaur Resource Center located in Woodland Park, Colorado. We are really lucky, because Colorado full of these types of gems. The Dinosaur Resource Center has lots of great events for kids year round, including Magical Music Winter Fun this Saturday. Visitors can see spectacular dinosaurs including T-Rex, raptors, giant flying and marine reptiles, huge carnivorous fish and life restorations. Even take a peak into the fossil preparation lab. Visit RMDRC.com for more.

Other dinosaur museums around Colorado you might want to check out are the Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita, online at MuseumsofWesternCo.com. The Dinosaur Depot Museum in Canon City, at DinosaurDepot.com. The Dinosaur National Monument located along the Colorado/Utah border and online at NPS.gov/DNO. The Morrison Natural History Museum in Morrison, at MNHM.org, and also in Morrison, Dinosaur Ridge online DinoRidge.org.

This Saturday, celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Denver Art Museum. In addition to Chinese art there will be lion and dragon dances performed by the Colorado Asian Heritage Center followed by a martial arts demonstration. More on this event at DenverArtMuseum.org.

falconThere are a couple nature-oriented activities I’d like to tell you about. First, the Wintertime Plant Walk at my favorite Northern Colorado trail, Devil’s Backbone Open Space in Loveland. If you like to garden and you are getting the itch, this may help relieve it a bit. Join a naturalist at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the trailhead. She will explain how plants along this trail handle the harsh winter season.

Also on Saturday, if you prefer birds over plants, join a naturalist for Big Birds of River Bluffs Open Space in Windsor. Located at the I25/Windsor interchange, this two-hour program takes an in-depth look at the large birds that use the river corridor. For more information on this event and other similar events, visit Larimer.org/naturalresources.

Here’s an upcoming event you might want to calendar. The famed International Snow Sculpting Championships in Breckenridge start Tuesday, January 24 and run through February 5. For more information and to plan your trip to this amazing event, visit GoBreck.com.

Also just around the corner is Snowdown in Durango February 1 through the 5th. I’ve written about this event and other Winter Festivals on HeidiTown.com, so make sure you’re tuning into the blog or subscribe by stopping into the town’s Visitors Center. Along with useful information there are lots of contests on the blog that allow you to become a VIP at events across Colorado.

That’s all for this weekend. As always, you can contact me directly by emailing TheMayor@HeidiTown.com. Follow me on Twitter @HeidiTown, and join the town’s growing block party at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comOnFB.

Thanks for listening!

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