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The Wild Game Longmont, Not Just for Kids

One of the perks of being in my line of work is that occasionally I am invited to check out a new place. I don’t always accept these invites, but when The Wild Game in Longmont asked if I’d be willing to check them out on the house, I knew Ryan would be disappointed if I turned them down – the guy loves games.

The Wild Game Longmont, not just for kids. bocce ball. HeidiTown.com

The second The Wild Game opened recently in Longmont on Ken Pratt Boulevard. The first is located in Evergreen, Colorado.

While we enjoy entertainment centers such as this one, they are often filled with children and there’s no place for adults to escape. After munching on awesome happy hour pretzels at The Wild Game’s downstairs bar, we headed to The Loft, the 21 and older second-floor bar. We sipped beer and I crushed Ryan at shuffleboard. The Loft also features pool, darts and a patio for sunset watching. Continue reading

SkyPilot Farm & Creamery, Home of Heidi the Sheep

Sometimes the universe has a funny way of working things out. This is one of those instances. As some of you already know, earlier this year, The Living Farm in Paonia, Colorado named one of their spring lambs after me.

SkyPilot Farm & Creamery, Chloe & Heidi the Sheep. HeidiTown.com

Chloe Johnson & Heidi the Sheep at SkyPilot Farm & Creamery in Longmont, Colorado.

Longtime readers should be familiar with The Living Farm as I’ve written about it here on HeidiTown.com.

I was very honored by this gesture and was able to meet Heidi during my visit to Delta County at the end of July. She was a big four month old by then, not really a lamb, but more of a sheep, however, she still sat on my lap as if she’d known me her entire life.

Heidi & Heidi the Sheep at The Living Farm. HeidiTown.com

My visit with my namesake, Heidi the Sheep, at The Living Farm.

Fast forward to two week ago when I got an email from Lynn Gillespie of The Living Farm, informing me that Heidi had been bought by a farm on the Front Range. As fate would have it, Heidi’s new home, SkyPilot Farm & Creamery is just 25 minutes from my home. It seemed written in the stars that Heidi and I should meet again. Continue reading

Featured Festival: Snow Sculpture in the Dark (Loveland, Colorado Feb. 5-10, 2013)

2013 Snow Sculpture HEIDITOWNSeveral years ago I was walking through downtown Loveland, Colorado when I ran into a man carving a humongous ice block. We got to talking and I learned that he was helping bring a snow carving competition to Loveland.

I knew immediately that this would be the perfect fit for a city already internationally known for art and sculpture, and boasting one of the largest sculpture shows in the country every summer.

In a short amount of time I’ve watched Snow Sculpture in the Dark grow from a small snow carving festival into what is now a sanctioned snow sculpture event where the winners will go on to compete as Team Colorado in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition.

Ten talented teams from across Colorado will converge on Loveland on February 5th to start working on their unique snow creations. They will work every day of the week, weather permitting, until 10 p.m.

While this event has become big time, the festival is a community party that has been embraced by the residents of Loveland. It starts with snow stomping at the beginning of the week. Local businesses put together teams of at least three people to stomp the snow in preparation for the sculptors. I’m very excited for this part of the week because this year I have a HeidiTown snow stomping team. If you’d like to put a team together go here to sign up.

snow stomping at Snow Sculpture after Dark HeidiTown

Stomping snow at the 2012 Snow Sculpture in the Dark. Photo courtesy of E.L. Events.

The main event for the public gets underway on Friday, February 8, 2013. This is also the evening of Loveland’s monthly Night on the Town, art walk. In addition to art walk, downtown has put together lots of activities surrounding the snow sculpture event, such as a luminary walk, Valentine’s Day oriented fun at the Loveland Museum Gallery, entertainment at the Rialto Theater, an artisan show at The Majestic, horse-drawn carriage rides, and Loveland’s first-ever Still Parade.

What’s a Still Parade? Instead of the parade moving, the spectators move. The Still Parade, featuring floats, dance troupes, bands and more, will be held along Railroad Avenue from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

team of snow sculptors at Snow Sculpture after Dark in Loveland Colorado HeidiTown

A team of excited snow sculptors at Snow Sculpture in the Dark in Loveland in 2012. Photo courtesy E.L. Events.

Saturday, February 9, 2013 is going to be the perfect day to bring your kiddos to Loveland, Colorado to see the sculptures and participate in all sorts of family-friendly activities. There will be ice bowling, face painting, carriage rides, train rides, ice tick tack toe and more. You can also cast a vote for your favorite snow sculpture in the People’s Choice Awards. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Insider’s tip: While in town, be sure to check out the 25 Ford Model A cars that will be parked in the lot north of 4th street and just east of Railroad Avenue.

I’m very excited to be a part of this unique Colorado event, and I hope that you will join me!

Snow Sculpture in the Dark

Loveland, Colorado

February 5-10, 2013

10 sculpture on 4th Street + a party in downtown

See map here

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Please join Loveland Snow Sculpture on Facebook to win fun prizes!

To learn more about Snow Sculpture in the Dark, or to keep tabs on all the fun events happening in Loveland, Colorado, go to www.e-l-events.org. You can join EL Events on Facebook here.

 

Mead Roubaix Festival will be fun for entire family

Little girl on pony.

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 KRFC 88.9 FM – What to do in Colorado Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2011

Looking for something to do this weekend in Colorado?

It’s time for another KRFC 88.9 FM segment, and I can’t believe this is already my 6th segment. Time flies when you are having fun and I am certainly having lots of fun – my hope is that you are too!

There’s another great weekend in store for Colorado and it includes everything from fall festivals to a bass festival – that’s the bass instrument, not the fish. So hold on to your hats and get our your calendars, because here’s what’s on the agenda for Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2, 2011.

Note to Subscribers: Remember, you’ll have to head on over to the blog in order to view this video. Here’s a direct link! HeidiTown.com


Win tickets to WineDown the Summer wine tasting event

wine glassSummer is quickly coming to a close… were you able to make the most of it?  I certainly hope so. Here’s another chance to enjoy the last moments of summer with some delicious wine, food and music.

It’s the 4th Annual WineDown the Summer at  Chapungu Sculpture Park in Loveland, Colorado. This sculpture park is an oasis just east of the Promenade Shops at Centerra, and the perfect place to celebrate the end of a lovely Colorado summer. The park includes over eighty Shona African stone sculpture and I highly recommend bringing your camera because the landscape is breathtaking – especially at sunset.

This event takes place on Friday, September 9, from 6 to 9 p.m.

WineDown the Summer is a wine tasting event that also features food from various local restaurants, beer for those non-wine drinkers and music. This year’s band is the Adam Bodine Trio, a jazz group.

A portion of the event proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Partners Mentoring Youth. The proceeds will be applied to Partners Christmas for Kids event taking place on December 3, 2011. Christmas for Kids provides 200 Junior Partners with an unforgettable holiday experience with their Senior Partners not typically experienced in their homes.

Tickets for WineDown the Summer at Centerra are $30/person or $50/couple and can be purchased online (credit cards accepted) at  www.localwineevents.com or in person (cash only) at Engaging Loveland,  Bentley’s Liquor and The Promenade Shops at Centerra -Main Office.

Now here is your chance to win tickets to this enchanted summer evening of wine, music and food.

Just leave me a comment here on the blog and tell me your favorite memory from this summer and be entered to win two tickets to WineDown the Summer.  The winner will be chosen at random this Friday at 3 p.m.  Good luck!

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Up, up & away at the Sweetheart Balloon Rally in Loveland, Colorado

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Read all about this fabulous Loveland, Colorado event on August 27-28, 2011 HERE.



Win 4 tickets to Rocky Mountain Irish Festival

Rocky Mountain Irish Festival 2011

**CONTEST CLOSED**

The count down till Rocky Mountain Irish Festival starts today with the first of several ticket giveaways.

The festival is scheduled for August 25-28, 2011.

Rocky Mountain Irish Festival kicks off at Budweiser Events Center with The High Kings at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25.

The main event will be held lakeside at Boardwalk Park in Windsor, Colorado, starting on Friday, August 26, at 4 p.m.

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this festival featuring everything from music to rugby!  Whether you are a kid or an adult with a craving for a pint of  Guinness, this WILL be the place to be at the end of August.

To see the entire schedule of events head over to www.RockyMountainIrishFestival.com.

Also, if you haven’t already, please *like* the festival on Facebook here. This is a great way to keep up with all the festival excitement in the days leading up to the event.

Now, for the real good stuff! If you’d like to win 4 tickets to Rocky Mountain Irish Festival, please leave me a comment telling me why you’d like to attend.  The winner will be chosen at random on Friday, August 5 at 3 p.m.

May the luck of the Irish be with you!!!



SummerFest in the Rockies is just around the corner

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.

Where to find free live music in Northern Colorado

The Elders at the Foote Lagoon in Loveland, Colorado

The Elders play the Foote Lagoon Concert Series in 2009. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer. All rights reserved.

One of my favorite summer activities is listening to live music while laying in the green grass and watching the clouds roll by. When I researched summer outdoor music options in Northern Colorado, I was overwhelmed. If you were so inclined, you could spend every evening of the week listening to live music somewhere in Colorado, and I think that’s pretty awesome.

I’ve mentioned several of these events before, but thought it would be nice to have them all right here in an a handy little list for my readers. I have no doubt that I’ve missed a few, so if you know of a free concert series in your town, whether it’s in Northern Colorado or beyond, please drop me a message in the comment section!

All of these concerts are FREE!

Foote Lagoon Concert Series (Loveland, Colorado)

This free concert series starts on June 16 and runs every Thursday until August 20. The Foote Lagoon is located at 500 E. 5th Street near Loveland’s municipal buildings just east of historic downtown.

The round stage is actually located in the lagoon, with the audience sitting either in the concrete seating area or on the grassy slopes of the lagoon. Concerts start at 7 p.m., and many people bring a picnic to enjoy before or during the show.

Each year the lineup at the lagoon is different and this year is no exception, featuring everything from honky-tonk to a Beetle tribute band. To see the entire schedule of bands including links to their website go to my previous post here.

Friday Fest (Greeley, Colorado)

Every Friday, starting on June 10, you can enjoy live bands during on 9th Street Plaza in downtown Greeley. The Greeley Blues Jam (June 10-11) kicks off the event and it concludes with the Arts Picnic extravaganza on July 30. Greeley’s music scene attracts talented bands from every genre. Learn all about GBJ in my previous post about the event. The Greeley Blues Jam is not a free event.

Lagoon Summer Concert Series (Ft. Collins, Colorado)

This event is held every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the lagoon on the west lawn of Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center. The concert series starts on June 29 and runs through August 10. To see what bands are on the schedule go to www.lagoonseries.com.

Also in Fort Collins…

Noontime Notes Concert Series – Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Oak Street Plaza in Old Town.  Runs June 7 through August 16.

Ben & Jerry’s FAC Concert Series – Friday nights in Old Town Square from 7 to 9 p.m. Starts June 3 and ends on August 19.

Longmont Summer Concert Series (Longmont, Colorado)

The City of Longmont offers three free concerts at various locations during the summer. First up, Concert in the Park in Roosevelt Park at 700 Longs Peak Avenue. These concerts run every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., starting on June 14 with the Celtic band, The Indulgers.  <— YEAH! Love this band!

The Museum’s Summer Concert Series runs every Wednesday in the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center’s courtyard. Concerts take place from 7 to 8 p.m., and the museum is located at 400 Quail Road.

Last, but not least, the Downtown Summer Concert Series kicks off on June 10. These concerts take place every Friday night at 4th and Main in downtown Longmont with music starting at 7 p.m. To see the entire lineup of bands playing at each of these venues go to www.ci.longmont.co.us.

Rhythm on the Rails (Niwot, Colorado)

This is award winning concert series is held every Thursday evening at 6:45 p.m. in Whistle Stop Park. The event starts on June 9 and runs through August 18, 2011. This event includes food vendors, artisans, kids activities and a beer/wine/margarita tent for the adults. Find a complete lineup of bands playing this venue visit  www.niwot.com.   The best part? It’s held in one of the Mayor’s favorite towns!  Read all about Niwot, here.

Update 6/15/11:

Sounds of Centerra (Loveland, Colorado)

Friday, July 15 through Friday, August 19

The concerts will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Chapungu Sculpture Park, located just east of the Promenade Shops at Centerra and are free to the public. To see the lineup of bands go here.

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