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Chihuly in the Denver Botanic Gardens

 

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Denver Botanic Gardens hosts Dale Chihuly’s glass creations from June thru November 2014. Thousands of glass pieces placed among the garden’s plantings draw large daily attendance. We joined the admirers yesterday, spending four hours appreciating not just the Chihuly exhibits but also the lush gardens which are looking exceptional. We noted the large crew of volunteers working meticulously to keep everything looking its best.

 

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DBG 31Pools and waterways provide marvelous mirrors for many of the glass works. We had the fortunate opportunity to see some of these same installations this spring at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. Watery reflections create entirely different views.

 

While photographing the White Tower a lady commented that she thought the best view was from the east, down a long green grassy stretch. I prefer the mirror image the pond provides. To each their own.

 

I also recommend taking time to observe individual components of the installations. It’s easy to admire the overall visual effect but looking at a single element or small groupings proves worthwhile. Does that single blue piece in the Monet Pool remind you of a waterfowl bending to feed?

 

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Frog Feet 2I loved listening to children’s reactions and views of the glass and gardens. At a viewpoint for the Blue and Purple Boat a five-year-old thought the purple pieces looked like frog feet reaching for the water. I’ve seen those same pieces several times, frog feet never entered my mind but upon consideration I thought, he’s right.

 

Bob labeled the blue pieces floating nearby Hershey Kisses; Chihuly calls them Walla Wallas after the famous Washington onions. It’s all in one’s perception.

 

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We were so taken with the gardens we almost forgot to visit Boettcher Memorial Center and Tropical Conservatory. Of course there’s Chihuly works incorporated among the plantings plus a small viewing area for a video – worth seeing but unfortunately the facility chosen is only one-tenth the size needed.

 

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We found it interesting that a month into the exhibit the Chihuly team had arrived with another semi-truck of glass and were placing additional installations along the O’Fallon Perennial Walk and The Eclipse. Apparently when Dale Chihuly visited the opening he felt these areas were a little spare and, always the perfectionist, wanted to make some additions.

 

All the more reason to return plus the fact that seeing the show at different times of day, under varying lighting conditions and through the summer and fall seasons will always offer something new.

 

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When You Go: Denver Botanic Gardens, 10th & York Street, Denver, CO, www.ChihulyInDenver.com and www.botanicgardens.org.

 

Lilies in Bloom

Denver Botanic Gardens

Bob Lilies 

A visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens today brought many pleasures including a large variety of lilies in the peak of their bloom. Temporary Dale Chihuly glass installations throughout the gardens (through November) draws large admiring crowds. I’ve never seen the gardens looking so good. We found we took as many flower pictures as we did of the glass. As much as we admire Chihuly’s creativity, Mother Nature is up to the challenge and holding her own.

 

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When You Go: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver, CO, 720-865-3501, http://www.botanicgardens.org/.

Weekend To Do

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Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival July 29 – 31, Breckenridge.

Collegiate Peaks Music Festival – July 28 – 30, Buena Vista.

40th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair – July 29 –31, Carbondale.

Rocky Mountain State Games – July 29 – 31, Colorado Springs. More than 10,000 athletes compete in over 34 sports.

Crowley County Days – July 30 & 31, Ordway.

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival – July 30 & 31, Denver.

Denver County Fair – July 28 – 31, Denver. First ever, held at National Western Complex.

76th Annual Durango Fiesta Days –July 27 – 31, Durango.

Evergreen Jazz Festival – July 29 – 31, Evergreen..

Dinosaur Days – July 29 & 30, Fruita.

Golden Arch

Buffalo Bill Days – July 28 – 31, Golden.

Arts Picnic – July 30 & 31, Greeley.

Weld County Fair – July 27 – August 1, Greeley.

San Ignacio Fiesta – July 30 & 31, Ignacio.

Colorado Renaissance Festival – July 30 & 31, Larkspur. Last weekend for the 2011 festival.

National Little Britches Final Rodeo – July 25 –30, Pueblo.

Vail International Dance Festival – July 31 – August 13, Vail.

Crankworx Colorado – July 28 – 31, Winter Park.

Wray Daze – July 28 – 31, Wray.

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Colorado Weekend – Twenty To Do

July 15 – 17, 2011

***Kidspree – July 16 & 17, Aurora. Colorado’s largest outdoor festival just for kids. Entertainers plus more than 50 hands-on activities at the 16th annual Kidspree held at Bicentennial Park. Admission and activities are FREE.

***Open Arts Fest – July 16 & 17, Boulder. Visual art showcase for local artists and those from around the country, and demonstrations. Held on the Pearl Street Mall.

***Breckenridge Beer Festival – July 16, Breckenridge. Rain or shine celebrate brews and views  accompanied by live music.

***Cheyenne Wells Tumbleweed Festival – July 16 & 17, Cheyenne Wells. Softball, horseshoe and golf tournaments, games, car show, and rocky mountain oyster fry.

***Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days – July 12 – 16, Colorado Springs. The 71st annual PPoBR kicks off with a parade through downtown on Tuesday. Rodeos begin on Wednesday evening. Family-friendly pre-rodeo events – gold panning trick roper demos, pony rides and mechanical bull rides. Nightly live music at the Coors Roadhouse Saloon after the rodeo.

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***Crested Butte Wild Flower Festival - July 11 – 17, Crested Butte. Enjoy a rich variety of wildflowers and butterflies while hiking, birding, biking or 4×4 touring. Classes include art, gardening all levels of photograph, medicinal with botanical ingredients, cooking with wild flowers and yoga.

***Colorado Black Arts Festival July 15 – 17, Denver. The 25th annual celebration of visual, literary and performing black arts and culture. All events are free and open to the public – film, drum and drill team exhibitions, Boogaloo parade, marketplace, entertainment – at Denver City Park West.

***Molly’s Birthday Jubilee – July 17, Denver. Celebrate the 144th birthday of the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” at the Molly Brown House Museum. Enjoy a Victorian afternoon with lawn games, kids’ activities, birthday cake and free Blue Bell ice cream.

***Orthodox Food Festival and Old Globeville Days – July 16 & 17, Denver. Sample foods from Russia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Eritrea, Greece and Mexico at the 8th annual festival in Argo Park. Includes music, dance, arts, tours of historical landmark Orthodox church.

***Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo – July 12 – 17, Estes Park. 85th annual PRCA rodeo includes saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bare-back and bull riding and barrel racing. Western parade, Behind the Chutes Tours, kids complete in mutton bustin’ and calf catch.

***Fort Collins Jazz Experience – Fort Collins, July 12 – 16. Downtown Sessions Free Festival Day – July 16th with 13 live jazz groups on two stages. Jam sessions, numerous venues, crawfish boil – and more.

***Buffalo BBQ Weekend – July 16 & 17, Grand Lake. Celebrate Grand Lake’s cowboy and pioneering heritage with pancake breakfast, 5k fun run, parade, barn dance and, of course, farm raised buffalo BBQ.

***Cattlemen Days – Through July 17, Gunnison. Ten days of events wrap-up with a parade, rodeo, cowboy church and Family Night Rodeo.

***Longmont Jazz Festival – July 16 & 17, Longmont. The best jazz bands of Northern Colorado, including the Queen City Jazz Band, entertain for a free weekend of music at Roosevelt Park. Refreshment by Smoke Shack BBQ.

***Pagosa Springs Renaissance and Pirate Festival July 15 – 17, Pagosa Springs. Events include archery, belly dancing, sword making, mysticism and activities for the wee ones. Feast on turkey legs and ale.

***Colorado Lavender Festival – July 15 – 17, Palisade. Lavender gardens, farm tours, wine reception, lavender lunch, seminars, aromatherapy, lavender wands and wreaths craft projects, kid activities, music.

***Logger Days Festival – July 16 & 17, South Fork. Men and women competitions in logging skills – axe throw, wood chop, choker race, cross cut, accuracy fall for example. Also music, wood carving, children’s games, arts & crafts and food at this family friendly weekend.

***High Country Kitchen and Garden Tour – July 16, Steamboat Springs. Event benefits the Strings Music Festival, tour 5 kitchens and 6 high altitude gardens, 9:30am-3:30pm.

***Telluride Yoga Festival – July 14 – 17 Telluride. For all levels – yoga from beginners to advanced students, workshops, meditations and yoga dance presentation.

***Sol Shine Music Festival – July 16 & 17, Winter Park. Free festival presenting national, regional and local musicians, food & beer garden. Events in Hideaway Park on Saturday and Cooper Creek Square on Sunday.

Colorado Weekend Dozen To Do

June 3 – 5, 2011

Fly Fisherman

             June 4 & 5 – Statewide

             The Colorado Division of Wildlife allows fishing

             without a license the first full weekend of June. Bag

             and possession limits and special regulations apply,

             check website for full details.

             June 4 – Majestic View Nature Center

                             & Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge

                     Free family event focusing on Arvada’s 125 miles of trails and

             wildlife featuring a 5K walk, 20-mile bike ride, nature exhibits, live

             raptors, Eco-Fair and self-guided nature walk.

            June 4 & 5 – Larimer Square

                Free street painting festival with over 200 artists

             including six madonnari – professionals in this

             medium. Youth challenge, kids corner and musical

             entertainment.

            June 4 & 5 – Civic Center Park

             Free admission to multiple stages of local talent,

             arts, children activities, crafts, food, wine pavilion.

             In 40 years this event has grown from 2,000

             attendees to 250,000.

                June 3 – 5 – Casey Jones Park

             Rodeo events sanctioned by Professional Bull Riders and

             the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. Saturday

             morning parade, evening dance and mutton bustin’ for

             the younger set.

             June 4 – Historic Downtown Louisville

             The 21st annual Taste of Louisville promises tempting flavors from

             local restaurants. The day includes a 5K race, half marathon, arts

             and crafts fair, and Louis-Palooza band concert.

             June 4 – Manitou Springs Soda Springs Park

             Sample wines from 25 Colorado wineries, tasting

             tickets $30, non-tasters admitted free. Food and wine

             related booths, wines for purchase by bottle or case,

             entertainment.

             June 3 – 5 – Reservoir Hill

             The hills are alive with the sounds of folk and bluegrass from

             morning to late night. On-site camping, workshops and kids tent.

             June 3 – 5 – Nature & Raptor Center

             Dozens of bluegrass groups perform on two stages.

             Nature activities, arts & crafts, storytellers, camping,

             Saturday night dance.

             June 3 & 4 – Village Mall/Fanny Hill

             A smokin’ weekend of chili, beers and music.

             Competition sanctioned by the International Chili

             Society, summer ale competition, European and exotic

             beer tasting with over 50 participating breweries.

             June 4 & 5 – Telluride Town Park

             Morning balloon risings plus Saturday evening GLO on

             Main Street.

            June 2 – 5 – Vail Valley

            Celebration of outdoor adventure sports – pro

            athletes and amateurs complete in 8 sports and 24 disciplines

            including kayaking, trail running, standup paddling,

            amateur climbing, World Cup Bouldering. Adventure

            Film School, photo competition, free concerts, art,

            expo areas and interactive family zone.

Summer Chair Lift

Click on each event name to open website.

Check back each week during the summer for a potpourri of Colorado events and festivals for the upcoming weekend.

 4th Annual Arts Festival

Greenwood Village, Colorado – Sept. 10-12, 2010

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Paintings, photography and pottery, bird houses to woodcarvings the 4th Annual Greenwood Village Arts Festival showcases the creations of local artists. Cherry Hills Marketplace, 5910 S. University Blvd., hosts the event sponsored by the Curtis Arts and Humanities Center. The festival runs Friday, Sept. 10 noon – 6pm, Saturday the 11th 10am-6pm, Sunday the 12th 10am-4pm.

We were especially impressed by the work of three of the artists when we visited the festival Friday afternoon. Watercolors by Bruce White (http://brucewhiteartist.com) capture colorful landscapes. A street scene of Telluride, Colorado was a personal favorite. In addition to dozens of original paintings White sells reasonably priced glyce prints.

The woodcarvings of Lee Thormahelm caught Bob’s eye and interest. Not only are Thormahelm’s carvings detailed and well executed but he completes each piece with excellent painting, finishes and presentation. Several works featuring trout and one of a hummingbird and Colorado blue columbine were particularly noteworthy.

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We immediately recognized the unique work of Yelena Sidorova (http://www.sidorovart.com). Bob took a workshop taught by Yelena a few years ago. Classically trained in Russia she uses silk as her canvas. The resulting creations are rich in color and texture. Subject matter ranges from art deco to cityscapes, flowers to figurative. Bob previously purchased two Prague street scenes and will return to the festival tomorrow for a third.

2010 Saturday Family Days

Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion

Families are invited to “Colorado’s Home” the first Saturday of the month this summer between 11am – 2pm.

  • Tour the historic residence
  • Explore the gardens
  • Visit the restored Carriage House

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Children’s activities, music, dance, costumed interpreters based around the monthly theme entertain the entire family.

  • June 5 – Colorado’s Beautiful Plains
  • July 10 – The San Luis Valley
  • August 7 – Northeast Colorado

FREE – No reservations required.

Colorado Weekend Ten To Do

June 4-6, 2010

 

Fly Fisherman

         June 5 & 6 – Statewide

           The Colorado Division of Wildlife allows fishing

           without a license the first full weekend of June. Bag

           and possession limits and special regulations apply,

           check website for full details.

 

         June 5 & 6 – Larimer Square

         Free street painting festival with over 200 artists

          including six madonnari – professionals in this

          medium. Youth challenge, kids corner and musical

          entertainment.

 

         June 5 & 6 – Civic Center Park

          FREE admission to multiple stages of local talent,

          arts, children activities, crafts, food, wine pavilion. 

          In 39 years this event has grown from 2,000

          attendees to 250,000.

 

         June 4 – 6 – Casey Jones Park

          Rodeo events sanctioned by Professional Bull Riders,

          Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and the

          Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. Saturday

          morning parade, evening dance and mutton bustin’ for

          the younger set.

  • Manitou Springs – Wine Festival       

         June 5 – Memorial Park

          Sample wines from 30 Colorado wineries, tasting

          tickets $30, non-tasters admitted free. Food and wine

          related booths, wines for purchase by bottle or case, 

          entertainment.

 

         June 4 & 5 – Riverwalk

          Kansas City BBQ Society competition, wing eating

          and ice cream eating contests, live music.

         June 4 – 6 – Nature & Raptor Center

          Dozens of bluegrass groups perform on two stages.

          Nature activities, arts & crafts, storytellers, camping,

          Saturday night dance.

 

  • Snowmass – Chili Pepper & Brew Fest

         June 4 & 5 – Village Mall/Fanny Hill

          A smokin’ weekend of chili, beers and music.

          Competition sanctioned by the International Chili

          Society, summer ale competition, European and exotic

          beer tasting with over 50 participating breweries.

 

         June 5 & 6 – Telluride Town Park

          Morning balloon risings plus Saturday evening GLO on

          Main Street.

 

         June 3-6 – Vail Valley

          Celebration of outdoor adventure sports – pro

          athletes and amateurs complete in 24 disciplines

          including kayaking, trail running, standup paddling,

          amateur climbing, World Cup Bouldering. Adventure

          Film School, photo competition, free concerts, art,

          expo areas and interactive family zone.

 

Summer Chair Lift

Click on each event name to open website.

Check back each week during the summer for a potpourri of Colorado events and festivals for the upcoming weekend.

MONDAY AT THE MANSION

HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL SERIES

Govenor's Mansion Front Delve into Colorado’s history and culture at the Monday at the Mansion series presented by the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund. When the fund was launched in July 2008 First Lady Jeannie Ritter said, “This is the 100th anniversary of the Residence and we want to protect it for the next 100 years so future generations of Coloradans also can enjoy it. This fund will build on the tremendous work of my predecessor, Frances Owens, when it comes to opening up the Residence to the public.”

Monday at the Mansion 2010 Schedule

  • April 12 – Art and Jazz – Colorado Style! - Champagne reception, the Jazz Connection and paintings from the First Lady’s Plein Air Art Show and Auction.

  • May 10 – Rekha Ohal Rekha’s popular whimsical music played on the 1914 Steinway piano in the Mansion’s Drawing Room and reception in the Palm Room.

  • October 11 – In the Buff – The University of Colorado’s all male a cappella choir shares harmony and their unique style; plus, the Autumn Garden Reception.

  • November 8 – Program to be announced.

  • December 13 – Rocky Mountain RingersRing in the season at the Mansion beautifully decorated for the season, reception with holiday treats and music by the Rocky Mountain Ringers.

Admission is $20 prior to the event and $25 at the door. Registration is required; cindy@grpfund.org or by phone at 303-837-8350, option 4.

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Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion
Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion

The 3 O’clock Lunch

I love a restaurant where I can have a full lunch or dinner in mid-afternoon. I’ve frequently threatened to write a book focused on The Colorado 3 O’clock Lunch. I’m a late breakfast eater and often skip lunch. About 3pm the hunger pangs hit, I can’t wait till dinner but don’t want to fill up on snacks or junk food. If I eat at three I can skip dinner and finish the day with a piece of fruit. But, where to go that’s serving a full menu, not just a bar menu or fast food.

Merle's For today’s late lunch/early dinner we headed to downtown Littleton and Merle’s, serving the same menu from opening at 11am until 9pm and then a late night menu till closing. We started with a basket of yam chips served with a generous bowl of guacamole. The chips were crisp with not a hint of grease. I asked if they were made in house; our waitress said everything they serve is start from scratch.

We both opted for soup (New England Clam Chowder) and 1/2 sandwich. We chose the BLAT – bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato  – served on sour dough. A couple at a nearby table were enjoying entrees of Ginger Salmon and Smoked BBQ Ribs.

Our “No worry” waitress was cheerful and efficient, not something guaranteed at that time of day. Too frequently the wait staff is tired from the lunch shift and seem disgusted you’re interrupting what they consider their break.

Merle’s completely satisfied our Friday 3 O’clock Lunch need and would definitely be in my book.

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