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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.

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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.

Crankwork Colorado – July 28 – 31, Winter Park.

Wray Daze – July 28 – 31, Wray.

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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 8 – 10, 2011

*Aspen Antiuqes & Fine Arts Fair – Aspen, July 1 – 10. International and national exhibitors  showcase fine antiques, paintings, jewelry and objets d’art at Aspen Ice Garden.

*Breck Bike WeekBreckenridge, July 6-10. All Breck Bike Week events are free. Join a wildflower ride, women’s skills clinic, yoga for bikers session,prime and paint your helmet. Numerous kids activities.

*Little Britches Rodeo & Parade – Cedaredge, July 8-10. Rodeo contestants range in age from 8-18, with mutton ‘bustin for ages 4-8. Saturday morning parade and evening street dance.

*Central City Opera – Central City, July 9 – August 6. Three more operas added to the season’s scheduled. Many special events including family-friendly focus.

Bear - A - B*Teddy Bear DaysColorado Springs, July 9-10. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo highlights grizzly and teddy bears. Discount rates for kids 12 and under accompanied by a teddy bear. Bear grotto and grizzly bear demonstrations and a teddy bear clinic for those need a bit of repair plus lots of TLC.

*Greenhorn Valley Arts & Music Festival – Colorado City, July 9-10. Dozens of groups play Root Music – Celtic harp to Western folk. Three dozen specialty artists – cut paper art to woodturning. Parents, check out “Circus in 60 Minutes” by The Salida Circus.

*Woodcarvers Rendezvous – Creede, July 9-15. 20th Annual gathering or carvers presents a multitude of classes for ability levels from beginners to advanced. A dozen non-carver glasses – pine needle baskets to art glass.

*Four Corners Gem & Mineral Show – Durango, July 8-10. Three days of lapidary demonstrations, jewelry, jewelry making equipment, gold panning, gems, minerals, fossils and beads.

*Music in the Mountains – Durango, July 9-31. The 25th Anniversary Celebration kicks off this weekend. More than 30 classic and world music concerts in the majestic San Juan Mountains.

*Grand Lake Antique Boat Show – Grand Lake, July 9. Enjoy the craftsmanship of historical boat building and see the classics.

*Cattlemen’s Days – Gunnison, June 8-17. Colorado’s oldest and longest running rodeo and horseshows. More than a week of dances, horse racing, parade, concert, carnival and BBQ in addition to rodeos and livestock shows.

Keystone Wine and Jazz Poster*2011 Wine & Jazz Festival – Keystone, July 9-10. Wine tastings, seminars including Up and Coming Varietals and Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles From Around the World, and lots of jazz – soulful bebop to smooth jazz by Dotsero.

*Colorado Irish Festival – Littleton, July 8-10. All things Irish at Clement Park – food, music, merchandise, dance, culture village and Gaelic sports.

*Summer Fest in the Rockies – Loveland, July 8-10. Loveland celebrates summer with events, events, events – Spirits at Sunset, class car show, fly fishing demos, kids sidewalk chalk contest, Loveland Loves Barbecue, Master’s of Magic, Saturday night fireworks, Sunday morning Songs of Joy.

*San Luis Valley Folk Arts and Fiber Festival – Monte Vista, July 8-10. Demonstrations, vendors, workshops and contest in celebration of handmade and traditional arts.

*Bluegrass in Paradise Mt. Crested Butte, July 9-10. The base area at Mt Crested Butte rings with hours of bluegrass music. Headliners include Gypsy Social Club, Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys and the Nashville Bluegrass Band.

*Colorado Brewer’s Rendezvous – Salida, July 9. Specialty Colorado craft brewers at the 15th annual event in downtown Salida’s Riverside Park. Over 50 Colorado brews plus music and vendors, root beer for the kids and designated drivers.

*Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park – SteSteamboat Balloonsamboat Springs, July 9-10. Over 40 balloons launch each morning during the 31th annual balloon rodeo at Bald Eagle Lake. The 37th Art in the Park fills Lincoln Park, Steamboats largest art and craft festival.

*High Mountain Hay Fever Festival – Westcliffe, July 7-10. Festival hosts Sons and Brothers welcome more than a dozen bluegrass groups. Two full days of workshops including High Mountain Hay Seeds just for kids 12 and under.

*Insectival! – Westminister, July 9. The Butterfly Pavillion explores wonders and mysteries of the insect world. Bug hunt, magic shows, carnival games, bubble machine and butterfly encounter.

On Going Colorado Summer Events

*Aspen Music Festival – Aspen

*Theatre Aspen – Aspen

*Colorado Music Festival – Boulder

*Crested Butte Music Festival – Crested Butte

*Colorado Renaissance Festival – Larkspur

*Strings Music Festival – Steamboat Springs

*Bravo! – Vail

Top photo courtesy of Eric Yackel.

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.

Come Blow the Alphorn

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The slopes of Mt. Crested Butte echo with the sonorous tones of a 14-foot- long alphorn. Not a Ricola cough drop commercial but one of the world’s foremost professional alphorn players – Arkady Shilkloper; plus, dozens of fascinated youngsters.

The Divine Family Concerts are a yearly feature of the Crested Butte Music Festival. Aimed at younger audiences, the 2010 informal concerts included Brass for Kids, Bluegrass for Kids, Legends for Kids, a children’s opera – Hansel and Gretel, and Blow the Alphorn.Alphorn 5

Russian born Arkady Shilkloper started playing the alto horn at age six and spent seven years as a cadet at the Moscow Military Music School. Today he lives in Germany and plays horn, fugelhorn and alphorn with orchestras and small groups around the world.

2010 is Shilkloper’s second summer as guest artist at the Crested Butte Music Festival. Between songs he shares history and facts about the lengthy alpine instrument. Alphorns date back at least 600 years. Traditionally the horn is carved from a single piece of wood with no lateral openings – no holes nor keys. The one Shilkloper plays for the mountain slope concert is made of carbon fiber and comprised of multiple telescoping pieces. He talks about the similarities to theAlphorn 3 indigenous Australian dijurido, renaming the alphorn an “alpurido.”

Shilkloper’s alphorn repertoire ranges from traditional Swiss songs to improvisational jazz. For the Divine Family Concert he included several of his own compositions including Alpine Trail and A Tribute to Crested Butte which he wrote after his visit five years ago.

Then it’s time for eager youngsters to step up to the mouthpiece. Eyes pop when they successfully hit a harmonious note – or two or more. Shilkloper patiently encourages the shyest and those who initially struggle in their efforts. A five-year-old face-painted “tiger” immediately succeeds with a short melodic tune and is pronounced by the maestro as a natural. When others have difficulties Shilkloper asks the “Natural” to teach them in, “kid language”. One amazing three-year-old needed no instruction. If a stockpile of alphAlphorn 2orns were available there would be an entire alphorn orchestra on the slopes of Crested Butte.

Arkady Shilkloper appears in a concert entitled Alpine Romance August 1, 2010 with the Crested Butte Festival Orchestra at the Center for the Arts.

The Crested Butte Music Festival completes its 13th season in 2010. Each year programs and concerts present a wide variety of music styles – classical, chamber, jazz, bluegrass, opera, western and more.

 

San Antonio Parties with a Purpose

San Antonio - Vendor With tax season at a close San Antonio prepares for the biggest party of the year. Truly a citywide celebration, Fiesta San Antonio begins today. More than a hundred scheduled events continue through April 25, 2010. The tradition reaches back 119 years when citizens decided to honor the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.

Horse-drawn carriages, bicycles decorated with fresh flowers and floats carrying children dressed as flowers comprised the first parade. At the 1891 parade half the participants went one direction, the other half headed the opposite way pelting each other with blossoms as they passed – thus the name, the Battle of Flowers Parade. The 2010 version steps off down Broadway on Friday, April 23.

San Antonio - River Parade Dancer Additional parades have been added over the years including the popular Texas Cavaliers River Parade and Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade. The Fiesta Military Parade takes place on the parade grounds at Lackland Air Force Base April 21st. The King William Historic District sponsors a fair and parade; even canines get in the act with an official Fiesta Pooch Parade.

Every single official 2010 Fiesta event is sponsored by a local nonprofit group or military organization. Arts, performances, feasts, sports, music and balls attract more than 3 millSan Antonio - Alamo with Flowersion attendees during the eleven days.

Many Fiesta events honor Texas’ rich history and heritage. One of the most solemn is the Pilgrimage to the Alamo (April 19. 2010). In tribute to the Alamo heroes a procession of historic, civic, patriotic, military and school groups walk in silence from the Municipal Auditorium to the Alamo. As each group places a floral wreath on the greensward the names of the Alamo defenders resound from inside the famed walls.

The Alamo: These Sacred Walls (April 21, 2010),  presented by a living historian dressed in period attire, tells the story of historical events leading up to the Alamo siege, the siege itself and its aftermath.

San Antono - Rodeo Queen Much more festive is A Day in Old Mexico & Charreada (April 18 and 25, 2010). This event carries on the tradition of Charreria which originated in 19th century Mexico as a way for the gentry to prepare horses and riders for war. Over time Charreria evolved into an equestrian competition featuring horse reining, bull riding and roping skills.

Today’s charros (traditional horsemen or cowboys) wear the traditional clothes and use horse equipment as required by the Federation of Charros in Mexico.  Young women demonstrate their riding skills in the colorful Escaramuza; six or twelve member teams execute precision movements while riding sidesaddle and wearing ranchera dresses. In addition to the Charreada there’s plenty of mariachi music, Mexican ballet folklorico, food and drink.San Antonio - Rodeo

 

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A Night In Old San Antonio – NIOSA - attracts a huge gathering  to La Villita Historic District four nights during Fiesta (April 20-23, 20San Antonio - NIOSA10). Friends and strangers meet and feast in the 18th-century Spanish neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Antonio. More than 250 food booths arranged in 15 ethnic areas serve  up everything from Armadillo eggs (jalapeno peppers stuffed with cheddar cheese and baked in a biscuit-batter) to ZiegenBock beer.

Entertainers on a dozen stages provide music for noshing and partying – polka at Sauerkraut Bend, country & western at Frontier Town, The Sabas Trio at Villa Espana.

When we visited San Antonio during Fiesta San Antonio, we loved all the events we could cram into four days, from morning to late night. I can’t quite imagine keeping up the pace for all 11 days – but, it might be fun to try. If you’ve ever enjoyed time in San Antonio or haven’t yet visited this unique city, I suggest putting a late April visit on your destination list. Whether it’s the Sticky Wicket Croquet Tournament, Pinatas in the Barrio or Miss Margaret’s Victorian House Tour there’s a Fiesta event to match your interest. And remember, all the proceeds support one of the sponsoring non-profit organizations – join in as San Antonio parties with a purpose.

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San Antonio Highlight

Although not one of the official Fiesta events one of my favorite San Antonio experiences is the Sunday Mariachi Mass at Mission San Jose, one of the churches comprising San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

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The church at Mission San Jose is an active parish with a full mass schedule. The Sunday12:30pm mass is a bilingual/mariachi worship attended by parishioners and tourists. The welcome is warm but it’s advisable to arrive early since the church frequently fills to capacity. Please dress and behave appropriately.

 Welcome to Oklahoma

March 12, 2010

DSCN8810 After being buffeted by March Kansas winds and a short stop in Dodge City we turned south towards Oklahoma. The constant wind force stands flags straight out in a horizontal sheet, tall grasses arc to touch heads to the ground in prayer and each passing cattle truck seems to draw the car with magnetic force. We’re reminded of the drought years of the 1930s when the region earned the moniker, “Dust Bowl”.

I’m currently reading The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan, the story of those who survived the Dust Bowl years. I truly can’t relate to experiencing the same winds carrying tons of top soil, blocking sunlight and thickening the air until one literally couldn’t see their hand in front of their face.

Today the land supports cattle ranches and acres of wheat fields in green springtime glory.

By late afternoon we’ve reached Oklahoma City and checked into the Staybridge Suites at Quail Springs. In the past year I’ve become a real fan of Staybridge. the separate bedroom is an asset when one person stays up later or is an early riser. the kitchen facilities prove an asset for late night snacks or early morning tea even though I’m not wanting to cook complete meals. I can imagine how much I would have enjoyed Staybridge Suites when we were traveling with young children.

We head to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for a special evening concert in conjunction with the temporary exhibition, Guitars – Art, Artists and Artisans. Oklahoma City’s own Edgar Cruz is playing this evening. The event is free with food and drink available for purchase. We’re exhilarated by the music and well fed with empanadas, pulled pork sliders and roasted potatoes. The evening is a great start for our Oklahoma City visit.

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