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Cortez, Colorado: Blending the Past & Present

I love road trips and I love Americana, and Cortez has more “Americana” architecture on Main Street than I’ve seen in any other Colorado town. From the Cork n’ Bottle liquor store to the Retro Inn, vintage signs are standard fare around town. It gives this part of Colorado a “Route 66” type of feel even though that famous road is well south of the area.

Cortez, Colorado, Blending the Past & Present, Fiesta Theater retro sign. HeidiTown.com

It had been years since Ryan and I visited the Mesa Verde area of Colorado. We weren’t sure what to expect when we sailed into the region earlier this month.

The Anasazi Heritage Center – A Must Stop

Our first official stop was the Anasazi Heritage Center, 15 minutes out of Cortez. I really like this museum because a walkthrough gives the visitor an easy to comprehend history lesson on the area. I encourage everyone to make this their first stop when visiting Mesa Verde Country. 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!

What to do this weekend & where to do it in Colorado (October 2-3, 2010)

As promised here’s a list of weekend events that caught the Mayor’s eye. Again, this is not a calendar of event, just stuff the Mayor thought was worth mentioning.

I’m sure there are lots of other fun events happening this weekend. If you know of something, please share it in the comment section.

First Friday Art Walks –  An art walk is just the thing to light your creative fire. Both Fort Collins and Pueblo have art walks tonight (10/1/10).   For information on Fort Collins’ art walk go to www.fortcollinsarts.org, and for Pueblo visit www.pueblopag.org.

Estes Park, CO – Elk Fest

Sat. & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bond Park (FREE)

What: Wapiti is the Cree word for elk, and this festival is all about the majestic creature that is common in the Estes Park area at this time of year. From seminars to Native American dancing and storytelling, this two-day event is quite the extravaganza. It includes a Mountain Man Rendezvous, an elk bugling contest and even elk-viewing tours. There’s so much scheduled during the Elk Fest that I’d recommend visiting www.estesnet.com to check out the entire line up.

Lakewood, CO – Cider Days

Sat. & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lakewood’s Heritage Center in Belmar Park (Adults $6, Children, 3-12, $3)

What: Last weekend Morrison, Colorado celebrated cider and now Lakewood. This is the city’s 35th Annual Cider Days, and it’s one of those perfect family festivals. You can bring your own apples or purchase Colorado-grown apples at the event and watch them being made into cider using the Heritage Center’s vintage cider press. There is a laundry list of activities for the kids, including mule-drawn wagon rides, face painting and more. Adults will find shopping and historic demonstrations. There is also a petting zoo and tractor pull. For the entire lineup of events visit www.Lakewood.org.

Durango, CO – Cowboy Gathering

September 30 thru October 3 (Tickets Required)

What: Dust off your cowboy hat and polish up your boots. This is an event where cowboy poets and musicians gather to share their songs and stories. The Durango Cowboy Gathering, Inc. is a non-profit working to preserve and perpetuate the tradition of working ranch people in the American West. To learn more visit www.DurangoCowboyGathering.org.

Fort Collins, CO – Picture yourself with a Budweiser Clydesdale

Thursday thru Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Anheuser-Busch (FREE)

What: Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with a Budweiser Clydesdale? If you live in Northern Colorado, it’s easy and it’s free. You can even get your picture taken with one of these amazing, celebrity animals. Free brewery tours are also available. Beermaster tours require a reservation and occur at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day. For more information visit www.budweisertours.com.

HeidiTown loves Oktoberfests!

If you haven’t made it out to a local Oktoberfest, you still have a chance to hit one this weekend.

Niwot, CO – Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. in Cottonwood Square. This will be Niwot’s second annual Oktoberfest complete with German music, German dancing, German food and beer from Left Hand Brewery. Learn more about this small town Oktoberfest here.

Loveland, CO – Grimm Brothers Brewery, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The brewery will be introducing their Oktoberfest beer, The Farmer’s Daughter. In addition there will be live music and BBQ from Bottlecap. For more information visit them here on Facebook.

Also celebrating Oktoberfest (click on the town name for more info):

Nederland, CO

La Veta, CO

Ouray, CO

Cañon City, CO

Broomfield, CO

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