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The Mayor Goes Shopping in Downtown Greeley, Colorado

I’ve been a longtime champion of Greeley. Over the years, it has suffered from a reputation that’s perpetuated by people who haven’t visited the town in more than a decade or who have never visited at all. Considering this, I think their new tagline, “Greeley Unexpected”, is rather apropos.

The Mayor Goes Shopping in Downtown Greeley. Einstein in mural. Courtesy of Visit Greeley

Image courtesy of Visit Greeley.

Earlier this month, Ryan and I spent the day shopping in downtown Greeley and discovered that, in addition to a good variety of restaurants and fun bars, the town offers an interesting array of boutiques appealing to everyone from clock fanatics to gamers.

We started our outing at Aunt Helen’s Coffee House. The shop is filled with quotes from Aunt Helen, who at the ripe old age of 105, has a lot of snarky wisdom to pass along such as, “It’s important to recognize your lack of talent early in life.” Continue reading

HeidiTown on the radio – How to relax in Colorado this holiday season

brown palace coffee & tea co.

Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

Some people love the holidays, but there are many of us who find the season a bit stressful. Family obligations, travel and high expectations can make an otherwise merry time of year downright  excruciating.

There’s no way to avoid the holidays, but you can find ways to make them a little less hectic. In this week’s segment on KRFC 88.9 FM, I outline some activities that will slow you down and hopefully, relax you a little during the Colorado holiday season.

My segments on KRFC air on Wednesday evenings just before 6 p.m. and on Friday evenings at 5 p.m., but you  can listen to this week’s segment HERE.

HeidiTown on the radio – Educational festivals can be fun!

sustainable living fair no dates logoOn this week’s radio segment on KRFC 88.9 FM, I share several educational festivals happening this weekend in Northern Colorado.

Also, new plays are in production on dinner theater stages around the state, find out what exciting titles are being produced currently.

Lastly, if you are planning a wintry escape to the mountains, I share a few great winter festivals you might want to plan your trip around.

Listen to the RADIO SEGMENT HERE.

 

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

KRFC birthday bash

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!

HeidiTown.com on the KRFC 88.9 FM – What to do in Colorado this weekend & beyond

My weekly segment on KRFC 88.9 FM.

Listen to AUDIO HERE or read the transcripts below.

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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.

Is this year flying by for anyone else? Because I can’t believe that I’m already talking about the last weekend in February.

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been chatting a lot lately about mountain events, and that’s because ski season is in full swing and there’s always something happening at the resorts. However, this week I’m going to talk about events across the Front Range.

Watching the Main Event at the Kress Oscar Party

Oscar Party at the Kress 2011. Photo by Matthew Gale.

First, many of you probably don’t know, but I used to be a movie reviewer. The reviews ran in a local newspaper and on HeidiTown.com, so I’m a bit of a film buff. The Academy Awards are this Sunday evening, and I’m rooting for Hugo to win Best Picture. Not only was this a beautiful crafted 3D film, but the story was wonderful. If you can’t tell by my gushing, I loved it.

This Sunday, I will be watching the Academy Awards at the Kress Cinema & Lounge in Greeley. They have an annual Oscar Party shindig that includes hors’ orderves, champagne, a red carpet and even paparazzi. Guests can watch the Academy Awards live on the Kress’s big screen. To learn more go to KressCinema.com.

Oscar Night in America is the annual gala fundraiser for the Denver Film Society. This is one of 49 official Oscar parties sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Enjoy a glitz and glamour filled evening at this magnificent event. Go to DenverFilm.org for details.

And now for something completely different…

babyOn Saturday at the National Western Complex in Denver it’s the 9th Annual Colorado Baby & Kidz Expo. Whether you are already a parent or expecting, this event is the largest indoor Parent, Baby, Todder and Child Expo in Colorado. There will be vendors, entertainment and more. Go to TheExpoPros.com for information on this and other large shows across the country.

If you didn’t make it down to the Home & Garden Show in Denver, be sure to check out the 29th Annual Greeley Tribune Home & Garden Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Island Grove Regional Park Arena. For more go to GreeleyTribune.com or find this event on Facebook.

In Colorado Springs this weekend fans of sci-fi will enjoy GalaxyFest at Antlers Hilton Hotel. This Science Fiction Media and Literacy Conventions features shows, presentations, interactive events, costume contests, a zombie crawl, celebrity appearances and a whole lot more. Grab your Stormtrooper costume and get to Colorado Springs for a wild weekend of Sci-Fi fun. More at GalaxyFest.org.
If you prefer going back in time, instead of forward, Buffalo Bill’s Birthday Bash is this Saturday at the Buffalo Rose Music & Events Center in Golden. Born in 1846, William F. Cody experienced the Old West to its fullest. His Wild West Show was the most popular of his day and his legend will live on forever. Buffalo Bill’s grave is located on Lookout Mountain Road in Golden. His birthday bash will be a day to remember with an historic re-enactors contest and more.  Visit BuffaloBillDays.com for a schedule of events.

I mentioned this event previously, and now it’s here. The High Plains Snow Goose Festival  runs February 23 through the 26th in Lamar. Celebrating birds and the heritage of Southeast Colorado, learn all about this unique event at HighPlainsSnowGoose.com or find them on Facebook. They have some lovely birding photos posted there.

And now for those planning ahead…

wine bottle & glassI love trains. If you’ve listened for any length of time you’ve probably figure that out. So I always have my eye open for fun train events.  I really wish there were trains here in Northern Colorado, but they tend to be all south.

On March 3rd the Rio Grand Scenic Railroad has a Wine Train. They also had a beer train earlier this month. Combining a wine tasting and scenic ride on the rails is my idea of the perfect outing. Other trains around Colorado run special events throughout the year as well. For more info on the wine train go to RioGrandeScenicRailroad.com.

Another wine event to put on your calendar is Wine Fest Fort Collins on March 23rd. It’s the 30th year of this event that benefits Disabled Resource Services. This is among the largest wine tasting events in Colorado, so go to WineFestFC.org to get all the delicious details.

That’s all for this week. Until we meet again, come party with me and other town citizens on Facebook at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB. Or chitchat with me on Twitter @HeidiTown or join the town on Google Plus.

Thanks for listening!

Win a pair of tickets to the Oscar Party at the Kress

Oscar party at the Kress outside pic

All photos by Matthew Gale of @NominationStation.

If you’ve been around HeidiTown for more than a couple years, you’ll remember that I used to write movie reviews here, and I’m a bit of a film buff. I absolutely LOVE the Oscars. I am one of “those people,” and I start watching as soon as the red carpet is rolled out and the limos start arriving.

Last year, I ran a similar contest here, and the winners documented their fantastic night at the Kress Oscar Party through the photographs I’m using for this post. This year, I expect to have a fabulous time at this event and here’s your chance to join me.

The Kress Cinema & Lounge in Greeley is holding their annual Oscar Party on Sunday, February 26, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The evening includes a red carpet entry, appetizer buffet, Oscar ballot (cash prize) and the 84th Academy Awards live on the big screen and in the Kress’ lounges.

appetizer buffet at Kress Oscar PartyGuests are encouraged to wear their best Oscar attire. I’m thinking of wearing something by Victoria Beckham, I hear her couture is going to be big this year.  I’m kidding, of course. This Mayor gig doesn’t pay that well!

Tickets to this event are $20/each, but this is your chance to be a VIP (with ME) at this glamour affair.  You don’t have to attend alongside me or anything like that, but I will be there so I’m hoping that we can at least shake hands for the cameras.

Watching the Main Event at the Kress Oscar Party

Just tell me your pick for Best Picture 2012, and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to this event courtesy of Kress Cinema & Lounge.

The nominees for Best Picture are Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse, The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Help.

If you haven’t seen any of these films yet – shame on you – just tell me your favorite film of this past year.

A winner will be chosen at random this Saturday, February 18 at approximately 2 p.m.

Good luck!  I hope to see you on the red carpet!

~ CONTEST NOW CLOSED ~

“Anything Goes” a toe-tappin’ good time at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse

Anything Goes at Candlelight 1

Photos courtesy of Candlelight Dinner Playhouse (Photos by Dave Arns/Arns Photography)

You don’t have to travel to New York City’s Broadway to see this Tony Award winning musical because it’s now playing at the Candlelight in Johnstown, Colorado. You know it’s got to be a great musical when it’s still being produced 78-years after it was written, and Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” is just that.

We started our evening by ordering the baked Brie. Served with a side of chutney, almonds and roasted garlic, it is now my favorite appetizer at the Candlelight. I’ve written this before, and I’ll likely write it again, but the food at this venue is one of the crowning achievements of this dinner theater.

The theater’s bartender puts together a special drink menu for each show, but this musical’s cocktails were all a little too sweet for my tastes so I opted for a gin martini and my husband, Ryan, ordered a beer.

For dinner we ordered from the standard menu that is included in the price of your ticket, and this menu never gets boring because they change it up a little for each show. I went with the Chicken L’Orange and Ryan ordered the Beef Pot Pie. The chicken was one of the best dishes I’ve had so far at Candlelight. Although I would have preferred potatoes instead of rice as a side, the chicken served on the bone with an orange marmalade was moist and delicious.

Ryan was quite satisfied with his potpie, a dish I’d had when we attended “Scrooge! The Musical.” The potpie has slow-roasted chunks of beef, big slices of chopped vegetables and a flaky pastry crust.

For those who are new to the concept of dinner theater, at this type of show your server is also an actor in the production, so make sure you treat them extra good when you get your bill.

On this evening Joey the Balloon Artists was visiting tables during the dinner hour and during our chat we discovered that he is playing the part of Billy Crocker during the last three weeks of “Anything Goes.” It seems everyone does double and triple duty at the Candlelight.

Anything Goes at Candlelight 2

Dave Arns/Arns Photography

One reason I love dinner theater is that it takes you way for an entire evening. On this night, I was transported to the 1930s, aboard the SS American, on its way from New York to England with some very peculiar passengers.

The first draft of this production was entitled “Crazy Week,” then it was chanted to “Hard to Get” and eventually the writing team settled on “Anything Goes.” All the names fit this nutty story. In addition to a zany love triangle, Public Enemy #13 is aboard the ship – a recipe, not for disaster, but hilarity.

Candlelight has some of the best stage sets of any dinner theater we’ve been to in Colorado, and the costumes for this particular play were fun and colorful. There were more dance numbers in this Candlelight production than some of their past performances, and they were quite good, especially the tap number during the song, “Anything Goes.”

I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face for the entire evening, and that makes for an excellent night at the theater.

Candlelight Dinner Playhouse is going into their 5th season, with upcoming shows including “Godspell,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Mame,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” and “Guys & Dolls.”

“Anything Goes” runs through March 11, and would be the perfect show for a Valentine’s Day date. “Oklahoma” starts March 17 and runs through June 3, 2012. For tickets, visit ColoradoCandlelight.com, or call (970) 744-3747.

A Note from the Mayor:  Sadly for us, it was our cocktail server’s last show at the Candlelight. We’d gotten to know Katie Rhoades on previously visits to the venue. Ms. Rhoades may already be on her way out of town to the Big Apple, so we wish her lots of luck and hope to see her on Broadway one day.  

 

HeidiTown on KRFC 88.9 FM – What to do in Colorado this New Year’s Eve weekend

The following is the transcript from HeidiTown’s weekly radio segment on KRFC 88.9 FM in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Listen to the audible of this radio show HERE!

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

This weekend is New Year’s Eve”¦ so that means parties galore.

Since most of you are listening are in the Northern Colorado area, I’m first going to tell you about a few New Years parties you may want to attend this Saturday night.

Photos by Matthew Gale of NominationStation. Click photo to go to NS on FB!

In Greeley, enjoy the annual New Year Eve Party at The Kress Cinema & Lounge at 817 8th Avenue in downtown. I am a huge fan of The Kress and have written about it several times on HeidiTown.com. This party includes a live band, horde’ ores, a free movie, a champagne toast and live coverage of the Times Square ball drop. Visit the Kress online at KressCinema.com, and watch for details on their annual Oscar party.

Here in Fort Collins dress up in your best gangster duds and prepare to dance the night away at the Brew Year’s Eve Bootleggers Bash at the Fort Collins Brewery and Gravity Ten Twenty Restaurant. The evening includes dinner, drinks, prizes, casino games and more. Visit Gravity1020.com and look under the EVENTS tab for more info.

Also in Fort Collins, enjoy the 16th Annual First Night in Fort Collins on New Year’s Eve. This is a citywide celebration featuring entertainment of all shapes and sizes for all ages. From music and storytelling to interactive craft projects to international dance, this unique event features over 100 shows in venues all across the City of Fort Collins. For the schedule visit DowntownFortCollins.com.

If you want to get out of town for New Years, there are other great places to celebrate. I’ll be road tripping to one of Steamboat Springs, to ring in the New Year with old friends at bars all across this Colorado ski town.

fireworksHowever, in the past I’ve spent New Year’s Eves in downtown Denver. The fireworks on the 16th Street Mall are always a wonderful way to ring in the New Year. There are actually two shows, one at 9 p.m. and another at midnight. It’s fun to experience this event with the crowds of revelers on 16th Street Mall. Go to VisitDenver.com for details.

Last year, I discovered another fantastic way to celebrate New Years Eve. We traveled with a group of friends to Black Hawk to ring in the New Year alongside noisy slot machines and groups of excited gamblers. Being of Scottish decent, I’m not much of a fan of gambling, but the environment in Black Hawk and Central City during any holiday is contagious.

For many of us, New Year’s is a time for resolutions and goal setting. I’ve created a list at HeidiTown of the Top 5 things to add to your Colorado to-do list in 2012. Some of these simple activities include going snowshoeing, taking a train ride and soaking in a beautiful Colorado hot spring. See the entire list at HeidiTown.com!

That’s all for this week!  As always, keep up with me on Twitter @HeidiTown  and join the town’s block party at Facebook at HeidiTown.comOnFB.

Have a happy and safe New Years and I’ll see you next year!

Colorado Christmas musicals in review – Scrooge at Candlelight & White Christmas at Midtown

Two very different Christmas shows are now playing in Northern Colorado, and I have had the chance to see them.   Read my reviews and decide which one is right for your family this season. The two musicals are strikingly different, and each has strong points, so you may decide to see both.

Scrooge logo “Scrooge! The Musical” While the entire cast is talented, Brian Burron, as Scrooge, is the heart of this show. We watch as Scrooge transforms from a terrifying character into a man who is filled with a love for life, and Burron vividly emotes the difficult internal struggle his character goes through in this play… continue reading this review here.

White Christmas logo “White Christmas” From the moment go, this musical is just plain fun. The cast kicks off the production with a rousing rendition of “Happy Holidays” and “Let Yourself Go.” The young, energetic and talented cast of “White Christmas,” works hard to make sure the audience is immersed in this charming tale. I’m a sucker for a good song and dance number and this show has many… continue reading this review here.

 


HeidiTown on KRFC 88.9 FM – What to do in Colorado this weekend

What’s going on in Colorado, November 18-20, 2011…

It’s time for another one of my segments on KRFC 88.9 FM. It’s the time of year for craft shows and Santa Claus… yep, that bearded man in the jolly red suit is showing up in a town near you.  Find out where…

Subscribers, you’ll need to link over to HeidiTown.com to view this video. It will be worth it… believe me!


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