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ummer time, and the livin’ is easy— especially here in the Centennial State where outdoor adventures and eclectic festivals abound. where nothing—let alone the joyous days of summer—looked like it usually does. And while things still aren’t “back to normal,” vaccines and heightened awareness have given us a meandering path back to something that at least vaguely resembles those carefree days of yore. This issue of Summer Scene this “new normal” we now live in, offering you ways to both get out there and mingle with folks, and ways to keep the party small and at home. Because let’s be clear: COVID is here, and it’s here to stay. Take care of yourself, folks.
For those looking to cure a case of James Dziezynski offers options for hikers of all stripes along I-70, and a with a great sense of navigation and Boulder Weekly food editor John Lehndorff brings his decades of food knowledge to bear on a round-up of quirky and delicious places to eat in the mountain towns that surround Boulder County. Drink columnist Matt Maenpaa gives you a schedule of summer drinkfocused festivals you can attend, and a couple of recipes for summer porch sippers you can wow guests with during backyard parties. Music writer Adam Perry takes you on a journey to Jamestown for its
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century-old Fourth of July celebration, while Nathaniel Kennon Perkins guides read on a literary tour of Boulder. And what would summer be without a trip to Red Rocks? We give you a quick primer on the history of this storied concert venue—sharing facts you may not know, and dispelling myths you may have heard throughout the years. Finally, there’s a calendar of festivals around the state so you can get out there and watch hot air balloons in Telluride, paddle down the Animas River in Durango, listen to bluegrass in Pagosa Springs, slurp peaches in Palisade or buy art right by the creek in downtown Boulder. Long story short, get out there and enjoy the summer.
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Mountain taste stops From Ward to Wondervu, your guide to tasty roadside food attractions near Boulder
f you want to know where the best pit stops are in the tiny mountain towns west of Boulder, ask a serious bicyclist. After climbing the winding canyons for several hours, the riders know where to take a breather, grab a beverage and massage their cramping calves. You may have whizzed by the following tasty Rocky Mountain roadside attractions—dots on a map—without even knowing they were just off the road. Here is a guide to some of our favorite places to take a break in quiet places like Jamestown, Ferncliff, Wondervu, Rollinsville and Ward. We’ve included approximate driving times, but depending on day of week, As you visit these tiny rural spots, be kind. These are not chain eateries.
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rising food prices. As they are often the only eatery in town, there’s sometimes a wait. Relax, enjoy the scenery and have a cinnamon roll, Colorado’s designated roadside pastry.
Gold Hill (Driving time from Boulder: About 30 minutes) The ride is exciting enough on Sunshine Canyon’s dirt roads, but when you pull into Gold Hill’s Main Street you step back in time. At an 8,400-foot elevation, the small village has two main attractions. For a quick stop, visit the rustic Gold Hill General Store. It’s a combination mountain market, gift store, bar, music venue and cafe. The menu includes house-made pastries including some excellent pies paired with coffee drinks and chai or cocktails. On the savory side are quiche, chicken pot pie and pizza. A few yards down the street is the venerable Gold Hill Inn. The Finn family has been feeding families seasonally for 60 years and hosting live music in the bar or out in the backyard, or settle in for one of the famous multi-course meals. The inn’s classic entrees range from bacon-wrapped beef tournedos with hunter sauce to roast lamb with rosemary sauce. Meals conclude with dessert, coffee and selections from a cheese and fruit tray.
Jamestown (Driving time from Boulder: About 30 minutes) The Jamestown Mercantile is the center of everything in that small mountain town and a magnet for passing cyclists and motorists. The Merc’s menu includes breakfast and lunch items and dinner specials. Sunday brunch entrees are topped by smoked trout with eggs, greens, tomato salad, potatoes, dill cream and ciabatta toast. Beverages range from local craft beer and scratch-made lemonade to coffee and Julian’s Cliffhouse Kombucha, made in “Jimtown.” Live music is on tap almost every night of the week, especially
Ward (Driving time from Boulder: About 40 minutes) If you are headed to hike at Brainard Lake and passing through Ward, the only place to stop is Jackleggers Mercantile. The historic building is a gas-andconvenience stop dishing coffee, snacks and hot food, including elk bratwurst, see MOUNTAIN TASTES Page 12
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Head out of Ward on Highway 72
(Driving time from Boulder: About 60 minutes)
Nederland (Driving time from Boulder: About 30 minutes)
(Driving time from Boulder: About 40 minutes)
(Driving time from Boulder: About 65 minutes)
Wondervu (Driving time from Boulder: About 40 minutes)
Eldorado Springs (Driving time from Boulder: About 10 minutes)
(Driving time from Boulder: About 75 minutes)
Lyons (Driving time from Boulder: About 25 minutes)
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Pancakes, anvil bombs and pie It’s all a part of Jamestown’s century-old Fourth of July celebration
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wning the Merc is a dream come true,” says Rainbow Schultz, who runs the historic Jamestown Mercantile—about a dozen miles northwest Boulder at 7,000 feet above sea level—with her husband, Adam Burrell. “I can’t imagine anything that could be more fun than this life, in the center of a community.” The Mercantile, which serves food and drinks and live music, was established 130 years ago, when Jamestown was a thriving mining town. The population today is about 250, but on Independence Day each year the town buzzes and swells with social electricity for the annual Fourth of July festival, which most believe started over 100 years ago with feats-ofstrength “mining events” such as a pick-and-shovel contest. A Vermont native, Schultz took over the Mercantile 12 years ago, after the nearly simultaneous events of graduating with a master’s in social work been working one day a week at the Mercantile during grad school and says, “It was always the best time I had all week.” “I said to Joey [Howlett, the previous owner], ‘It looks like this would be an awesome place to raise kids—Do you just want to sell the Merc to me?’ and we decided to do it.” Schultz describes the annual Fourth of July festival in “Jimtown” as the only time that she, Burrell, and the Merc’s lovable employees don’t have to play host—though Schultz does put the music element together. “I just book the bands,” she explains, “because the bands have always called the Merc to ask if they can play, because I’m kind of the Jamestown point of contact. All the rest of the stuff, it’s the one day a year that the Merc’s not running the party. It’s all the volunteers in Jamestown who come to the Merc see JAMESTOWN Page 16
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Holder) puts it this way: Everything happens there for the rest of the day and night.”
DeVincenzo, originally from Massachusetts, has been living just above Jamestown for about 30 years and raised her son, Max, in the historic little community with her husband, Sal. “Growing up here in the mountains is the best place ever, and Max loved it,” she says. “He loved every minute of it—climbing trees, hanging out with his friends,
Fourth, around 1994 we started a our house early morning on July Fourth through the woods along the everyone who has a dog is upset. The second their dogs hear it they run in one For the uninitiated, Schultz has an explanation. they used to shoot anvils every Fourth of July because it’s a tradition from the noise you’ve ever heard, and has absolutely no purpose except to be really loud. I mean, you can hear it from a mile away.” In recent years, someone with a megaphone has been shouting “Hide your
additions—but some things never change. For over 20 years, Jamestown native Kate Farmer has sung the national anthem at the Fourth of July festival. For longer than that, some hearty revelers have hung out by the acoustic renditions until the sun comes up, while others camp
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up afterward.” “For several years I ran the pie contest, too,” DiVincenzo says. “I’m the Pie Lady. Last year I ended up helping a little bit organizing the festival, and I got my feet wet. It’s been great this year. I love it; puzzles and this is a giant puzzle, putting all the pieces together. I love it when they snap into place.”
music at the festival numerous times, I can say that the mountain view from the stage might be the sweetest thing about the event, performing while watching the landscape and the people on a clear summer day in a place that’s perhaps more authentically Colorado than any other. However, it doesn’t mean much if you don’t get in the annual town photo. small, insular community but really the Jamestown community and the Merc community reach out so far that when you see everyone who gets together in that picture it might be a really close Jamestown friend who’s lived in Denver for 20 years, but it doesn’t matter because our and be with each other.”
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the music, the myths, the magic Colorado music historian G. Brown sets the story straight about the beloved venue
performance at Red Rocks. In 1911, opera singer Mary Garden became the
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s he sits down at a patio table at The Point Cafe, G. Brown slides a heavy tome in my direction: Red Rocks: The Concert Years. The book is a collection of more than 200 interviews the veteran Denver Post music journalist conducted over nearly three decades with an array of performers who’ve graced the landmark stage: Jerry Garcia, Dave Matthews, Bono, Paul McCartney. May 2007, and wonder how fantastic that show must have been. “It was,” Brown says with a smile. Brown, who is the founding director of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, is preparing to update his Red Rocks book. In celebration of the beginning of the summer—prime Red Rocks season—Brown took some time to talk about the history of the stunning amphitheater: the music, the myths, the magic.
The making of Red Rocks
Long before the String Cheese Incident was playing three-night runs over New Years’ Eve, Red Rocks was privately held by John Brisben Walker, an industrialist and the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine who bought the 4,000 acres of land in May 1905 and dubbed it Garden of Titans to compete with Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. A year later, Denver band
Walker threw himself into developing Red Rocks, building trails through the park, a tea house, an observation deck, and a railway to ferry people up the steep venue. But after a decade he ran out of funds and sold a 1,000-acre tract of the area to the city of Denver. While there was some disagreement on what direction to take the land (mayor Ben Stapleton wanted it to be a rock garden), the city ultimately used the New Deal-created Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to create stairs and tiered seating to build the amphitheater we know and love today. “The only piece of motorized equipment they had was a truck,” Brown says. “Everything was done with picks and shovels, dynamite.” In 1941, the new and improved Red Rocks opened, featuring mostly opera since (making 2022 the 75th anniversary).
The Beatles didn’t sell out Red Rocks
It’s technically true that The Beatles didn’t sell out Red Rocks. “I’ve spent a lot of my adult life debunking the rumors around this show,” Brown says. Famously, Denver was the only date on the band’s two American tours in ’64 and ’65 that did not sell out. It was ascribed to two things: One, no mass transit. “I mean, Alameda Avenue was it,” Brown says. “Not so much I-70.” But perhaps the real reason ticket sales stalled was the price: it cost a whopping $6.60 to see the lads from Liverpool against that otherworldly backdrop on Aug. 26, 1964. see RED ROCKS Page 20 Denver Arts & Venues
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“Igor Stravinsky, at the time considered the world’s greatest living composer, played (Red Rocks) for just $3,” Brown says. “But look at any photos of that (Beatles) show, and people are spilling out over the rocks,” he adds. “They sold 7,000 tickets, and there’s 10,000 people, no doubt about it. This is before concert security. Every high school student in the metro area knew you could sneak in there. And they did.” Rocks, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Riots on the Rocks
Even before The Beatles played Red Rocks, Ray Charles took the stage on Aug. 21, 1962. Concertgoers arrived at the park around noon for a show that the heat. But when the band stepped on stage that evening, there was no Charles. his band to play extended instrumentals to appease the audience. “It wasn’t really on the record at the time,” Brown says, “but Ray was dealing with heroin addiction and was strung out before the show.” Months before the Red Rocks gig, police had discovered heroin in Charles’s hotel room before a gig in Indianapolis. When Charles still hadn’t taken the stage at Red Rocks an hour later, the crowd began hurling beer bottles and cans toward the stage, chanting, “We want Ray!” while teenagers climbed the lighting rigs and sound equipment. The police When Charles arrived at the venue and saw the unpleasant scene unfolding, he wanted to cancel the show—some members of his band had been hurt at another gig gone sour, and Charles wasn’t interested in a repeat. However, the promoters of the show pushed Charles to take the stage, and Theatres and Arenas director Joe Salankey said that if the band didn’t play, Charles would be on the hook for refunding the crowd’s money. So, Charles took the stage, knowing there was no stipulation in his contract about how long he had to play; 13 songs and less than 45 minutes later, the band was already headed backstage. Pandemonium also broke out when Aretha Franklin refused to play a show when she discovered the booking agent couldn’t pay her.
Jethro Tull: ‘Bungle in the Jungle’ becomes a Ruckus on the Rocks
There’s no discussion of riots at Red Rocks without talking about Jethro Tull. The prog rock band was booked by storied Colorado agent Barry Fey, who was responsible for bringing the Grateful Dead, the Byrds,
Van Morrison, Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa and more to the Centennial State. “I’ve always said what (Fey) did is worth something; how he did it I’ll never acquiesce to,” Brown says, referring to the “cartel methodology” that is still employed today to bring musicians to the area, including radius clauses that prevent musicians from playing at other venues within sometimes hundreds of miles. City was 600 miles one way, Salt Lake the other, and neither of those were developed markets, and (Fey) made Denver a stop.” Fey had orchestrated a show at Mile High Stadium several months before Woodstock in 1969, which devolved into tear-gas-soaked rioting.
Under the Blood Red Sky at that concert.
U2: Under the charcoal gray sky
U2 had played small venues in Colorado already by 1983, including the 1,400-capacity Rainbow Room in Denver. But the Irish lads were ready to take the world by storm with a concert Denver Arts & Venues Under the Blood Red Sky. In the hours before the show, June 5, 1983, the sky grew menacing. “You wouldn’t put a dog outside,” Brown says. “So the band’s manager got on the phone and called everybody, every radio station, and tomorrow night, but we need people to come out tonight because we’re Several thousand people did show up, but certainly not the nearly
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“So, one and done with that,” Brown says, “but it gave him the footing to start booking shows up in Red Rocks: Steve Miller Band; Hendrix famously played there opening for Vanilla Fudge.” In 1971, Fey booked Jethro Tull at the Morrison-based venue. “He should have booked Jethro Tull for two shows, of his own admission,” Brown says, because a large number of ticketless fans had showed up. “It was a different time: Music was free, cops are pigs, you know, the whole counterculture thing coming to roost in Colorado. There were a bunch of rabble rousers outside (Red Rocks), probably just a couple 100, but they decided they were gonna get in, and the cops used tear gas that the wind blew inside the venue where no one knew what was going on.” “Always a fan of that guy for what he did,” Brown says. “If he’d have just bagged it, there’d have been a riot that we’re still talking about. But they kept playing; (Anderson) gagged his way through a set like a whirling dervish madman and kept the show going on, otherwise it would have been really brutal.” The venue was eventually evacuated that evening, and rock music was banned from Red Rocks for a number of years. Of course Fey was instrumental in bringing that back: He sued the city and won the right to bring rock music back. In 1983, Fey promoted a show at Red
“(U2 guitarist) The Edge told me, people who showed up look like 10,000,” Brown says. The concert documentary went on to play on MTV, giving people all over the world a chance to see Red Rocks. “That was the advertisement that made the world aware of Red Rocks,” Brown says.
Bob Marley never played Red Rocks
For as many awesome things that have happened at Red Rocks, there are a number of things that fall squarely in the urban legend category. You might see Bob Marley in 1978 listed as one of the performances on the wall of historical shows at the visitor’s center at Red Rocks, but Brown says this is the result of shoddy research. “He never played Red Rocks,” Brown says. “That entire tour was canceled because Bob was sick (with cancer).” Brown says he pointed this out to someone from the city of Denver who was responsible for the research and was met with a shocking response: “Who’s going to know?” Rocks, I wish I’d seen that!’ Well, you didn’t miss a thing.”
Find more stories about Red Rocks in G. Brown’s forthcoming update to Red Rocks: The Concert Years, at Amazon and other booksellers.
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Gear Guide I
t’s shaping up to be a very Boulder summer: We see long, hot days on the horizon, with a few crisp mornings and chilly alpine nights sprinkled in, and mountain trails rolling as far as our eyes can see. Whether hiking, biking, paddling or hanging out with your pup, gear up with best-of-the-best 2022 products and make the most of what this Rocky Mountain state has to offer.
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1-70 Hikes Stuck in traffic? Take a hike!
by James Dziezynski
Best Summit Hikes: Denver to Vail.
Golden Bear Peak - 13,010’ & Hagar Mountain 13,220’ Round Trip Distance: 7.8 miles Trailhead Directions:
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Peak One - 12,805’
Eccles Peak 12,313’ & Deming Mountain 12,902’
Round Trip Distance: 7.2 miles Trailhead Directions:
Round Trip Distance: 11 miles (Eccles) - 13 miles (Deming)
Frisco bike path.
Trailhead Directions: Meadow Creek Trailhead. Take Exit 203 in Frisco. Take a right off the exit from westbound I-70 into a roundabout. Take the second right and follow it west 0.5 miles along a dirt road to the parking area.
along the Frisco bike trail before turning right
rock on the west side of the ridge with the lighter rock on the east.
Don’t let the big mileage discourage you from enjoying this fantastic hike. The hike begins with
Atlantic Peak 13,841’
accommodating Meadow Creek Trail to the top of the outrageously
Round Trip Distance: 3 miles
Trailhead Directions: To reach
hikers can enjoy a pleasant walk east to the summit of Eccles Peak. go west/southwest and follow a ridge scramble (Class 3) to the
Gulch upper trailhead. The upper trailhead stock SUVs and sport-utility cars like Suburu Foresters can make it. If your
round-trip day. Bonus: Strong hikers can eschew both summits and continue
the hike. Atlantic Peak’s low mileage belies a Class 3 south ridge. This is a big
Mount Bethel - 12,705’ Round Trip Distance: 3.2 miles Trailhead Directions: a hairpin turn right onto a dirt road and follow it to the end of the parking area near a closed gate. Mount Bethel is something of an I-70 classic thanZks to the long rows of snow chance! This hike starts by following the road past the gate. Where it turns northwest bushwhacking leads to the steep grind on the open slopes and the aforementioned fences. Bring poles! The hike is as simple as that. Keep chugging until you reach the summit. south or meander back to Bethel’s slopes.
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Climbing Cooper Peak
This Class 2+ summit is a masterclass in backcountry hiking bliss by James Dziezynski
ooper Peak (12,296’) is located deep in the heart of the Indian Peaks Wilderness (IPW). A hard-earned trip to its remote summit embodies the very best of Colorado backcountry exploration: a scenic approach hike, camping at one of the most beautiful lakes in the Rocky
accommodating summit block. Climbing Cooper Peak isn’t a technical endeavor but it’s not for beginners. Ropes are not needed along the standard route to the summit, which is rated Class 2+ and requires hand-and-feet scrambling. This adventure is not recommended for novice explorers due to the intriguing off-trail navigation. But for those who have strong navigational skills— backcountry hiking bliss. Round-trip mileage to the summit and back is 20.8 miles. The majority of that distance (8 miles one-way/16 miles total) is actually on-trail en route to the incongruously-named Gourd Lake. Tucked on a high shelf and surrounded by an amphitheater of pine-speckled
After a good night’s sleep, start early on summit day (no later than 6 a.m.). Don’t be fooled by the low mileage, there’s a lot of work ahead. Find a social trail on the north through here is headed to Island Lake, another IPW hidden gem. The route to Cooper Peak, however, goes the opposite way from Island Lake. The faint trail ends and the rest of the route will be off-trail as it heads west/northwest down into a magical, remote basin. Persistent granite cliffs require savvy to work around. Aiming west helps drop into the basin without getting cliffed out. In this high basin, the saddle between Cooper Peak and nearby 12,041-foot Marten Peak hangs as a low point on the horizon. Marten Peak is a nice bonus summit for strong hikers and features a spicy summit block that requires easy Class 3 scrambling. appearance it had from Gourd Lake. From the saddle an imposing ridgeline curves northeast, leading directly to the top. Thankfully, a neatly hidden gully reveals itself and cuts just below the ridge proper, making for a nice Class 2+ scramble up to the broad,
ponds that are higher still. Standing guard over this scenic realm is the imposing southern plateau of the south shoulder become apparent (it’s worth a short 10-minute detour to shoulder of Cooper, its true summit hidden from view. stand on the shoulder and gaze down at your campsite at Details, Details: It is recommended to plan two or three days for this adventure. Gourd Lake). Fees and Permits Three days is ideal, as it gives you two nights at Gourd Lake The Indian Peaks Wilderness requires slightly exposed summit block. The views here are outstanding and (see permit details at right). Even though the round-trip voyage to a backcountry permit From June Cooper’s summit from Gourd Lake is only 4 miles, that distance is 1–Sept. 15. Backcountry permits traveled mostly off-trail and through a series of tricky basins—it’s Island Lake far below. must be acquired in advance through quite easy to get turned around, especially on the return visit. It’s The return hike begins easily enough—go back to the saddle Recreation.gov (recreation.gov/ nice to not have to tack on the 8-mile walk back to your vehicle on on the Marten/Cooper Ridge. Drop back into the high basin. permits/4675318) and cost $11 as of Remain vigilant in retracing your steps back to the east/southeast. summit day, thus the suggestion for a second overnight. 2022. Permits should be acquired at Several hikers have gotten lost in this area and descended into the least three weeks in advance, though Cooper Peak Hike Guide they may be obtained up to three days regaining the trail back down to Gourd Lake. From the lake, it’s Hiking into Gourd Lake is straightforward. Starting from the prior to your trip if available. Make your back on-trail to your vehicle at Monarch Lake Trailhead, 8 Monarch Lake Trailhead on the west side of the IPW, follow the reservation for Gourd Lake in miles away. Buchanan Pass Trail to the Gourd Lake Trail to Gourd Lake the Buchanan backcountry zone. Cooper Peak isn’t a well-known summit and it takes some real basecamp. You’ll need a permit to camp here. The area is rarely Be sure to bring your printed permit. moxie to reach, but it is nonetheless one of the most spectacular crowded but the best campsites go quickly on summer weekends. Overnight parking at Monarch Lake summit journeys in the Rocky Mountains. It’s perfect for a three-day The good news is there is nice camping around the entire perimeter Trailhead is free. weekend, especially in early autumn. Just remember to get your of the lake. The bad news is that you may have to haul your heavy There are no facilities at Gourd permits and reserve your spot at Gourd Lake at least three weeks Lake and about 12 established backpack on rooty, occasionally steep social trails to reach the in advance. dispersed campsites. farther out campsites BOULDER WEEKLY
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o, the warm weather is here. The last spring freeze has hopefully passed us by, and thus begins patio-drinking season. To celebrate, we’ve got just a sample of the awesome booze-related festivals coming up this summer, along with a couple tasty cocktail recipes from our Boulder Weekly Drink columnist. In this theoretically post-pandemic world, outdoor events are coming back in force. Find something to do on any given weekend until the summer ends—here’s a few worth checking out: After a pandemic-related hiatus, Boulder Creek Festival returns with the Creekside Beer Festival, May 28 and 29. Hang out by Boulder Creek and pick up tickets for one of four tasting sessions on Saturday and Sunday. With at least 20 local breweries, there will be plenty from which to sample. Up for something wild? Summit Tacos in Longmont hosts the Sixth Annual Randy Savage Memorial Bar Crawl on May 29. Starting at 11 a.m. at Summit Tacos with a kick-off brunch, Wrestlemania will crawl through Longmont to drink beer and snap men’s leotards. The event returns to Summit Tacos in the evening for a live wrestling event. Oh yeah. Visit the distant land of Arvada on June 18 for Arvada on Tap, a craft beer and BBQ festival. Boasting dozens of vendors, live music and an amateur barbecue competition, the one-day festival is a great pre-Father’s Day option to make sure the dad in your life can nap soundly the following Sunday.
Way out yonder in Vail, the highest-altitude beer festival returns for a sixth year. The Vail Craft Beer Classic runs June 17-18, with specialty beers, limited releases and delicious libations from brewers and cider makers in the state. At 8,150 feet of altitude, please don’t try sledding down the grassy ski slopes while chugging your beer. That same weekend, June 24-26, is Keystone’s Bacon & Bourbon Festival. Bacon and whiskey are one of the most pure combinations in the world, unless you’re a vegetarian who doesn’t drink whiskey. Take the trip to enjoy live music, samplings and a tour of TINCUP. Headed toward Winter Park that weekend? TheBigWonderful is hosting Summer Beer Fest on June 25. More than 30 booze slingers from across the state, along with a craft bazaar and live music. Colorado does love drinking beer and listening to bluegrass at higher elevations. Starting June 18 and running through Aug. 7, the Colorado Renaissance Festival celebrates its 45th season with eight weeks of pseudo-historical fantasy Are there more events you could check out? Absolutely. Check out Boulder Weekly’s regular events calendar (boulderweekly.com/events) for more awesome things to do in our fair state this summer. Maybe wandering around noisy, crowded festivals sampling beer isn’t your jam. That’s OK, really. I promise. Maybe you’d rather hang out in your backyard with some friends over a few cocktails. I’m with you. Here are a couple easy, refreshing cocktails to cool you off in the summer sun. They’ve got a little sweetness and enough of a kick to make the party that much more lively. Plus, you can smash a lot of fruit. Breweries are all about smashing Blackberry Bramble 2 ounces of your favorite gin 4 or 5 large, fresh blackberries 3 large basil leaves
1/2 lemon, squeezed (roughly 1 ounce) 1/2 ounce simple syrup 2 or 3 ounces soda water
basil leaves. Now mash them together until the blackberries are fully pulped and the basil shredded. Add in your lemon juice and simple syrup, a scoop of ice and shake the hell out of it, then strain it into a clean glass. Add some ice, top off with the soda water and tell your friends to dump their White Claw down the sink. If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with lemon peel, basil and a blackberry. Strawberry Bourbon Smash 2 ounces of your favorite bourbon 2 large strawberries (or 3 small ones), sliced 3 or 4 mint leaves
1/2 ounce simple syrup 2 or 3 ounces soda water
It’s not a mojito,, it’s not an Old Fashioned, but smash. Following the same basic instructions of the Bramble, muddle the bourbon, strawberries and mint with the simple syrup. Don’t be afraid to add an extra splash of bourbon. Strain over a big ice cube in a clean glass, top off with soda water and garnish with sliced strawberries. Both of these cocktails are light and refreshing while still on the boozy side. The best part is they can be mixed ahead of time in batches to make serving easy, just save the soda water until you’re ready to drink. Both can also be served in punch bowls, if that’s your sort of thing. To make a bigger batch, just multiply the ingredients by the number of guests. Keeping the cocktails chilled will be easy without any hard seltzers taking up space in your fridge. BOULDER WEEKLY
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The literary landmarks of Boulder
A self-guided walking tour by Nathaniel Kennon Perkins
here’s a self-guided, roughly 2.5-mile walking tour that will take to you a few of the most interesting (and conveniently located) sites. Like many of the best Boulder-based excursions, yours begins on the Pearl Street Mall. Start near the County Courthouse and work your way west to check out Boulder’s most emblematic booksellers. The past decades haven’t been easy on independent bookstores; the fact that there are three of them within four blocks should tell you something about the city’s literary priorities.
Beat Book Shop
PSYCH! The shop is now 32 years old.
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Peters is an expert on the Beat Generation (in addition to various other currents of American cultural history), and the century classics. Stick around long enough and you are sure to get an informative and entertaining rant.
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With shelf space for Boulder Book Store, Pearl St.), is Boulder’s largest independent bookstore. Be sure to check out the calendar of events, as the store often hosts readings and book signings from local and touring authors.
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A few steps to the east, at 1111 Pearl St., is the building that once headquartered the original University. In 1974, literary luminaries Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman and Diane di Prima, along with the avantgarde composer John Cage, founded the organization’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. The program continues to produce cutting-edge poets and writers, though it has long since outgrown this
Continue up 9th street for several blocks. The uphill climb is worth it for opening scene of William S. Burroughs’ 1983 novel The Place of Dead Roads. laid alongside other colorful characters from the early days of Boulder. In 1878,
head of Germanic languages and literature. The Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater, named in her honor, is home to the annual Colorado Shakespeare Festival. You can visit this sandstone theater if you head east on College Avenue and enter CU Boulder’s campus. It sits next to the Hellems Arts and Sciences Building, which is home to the university’s creative writing program. Lucia Berlin, the much-respected short story writer, taught here from 1994 to 2000. Today, the program boasts award-winning writer/professors such as horror
Trident Booksellers and Café
Half coffee shop and half bookstore, the caffeinated heart of Boulder’s weirdo art world beats inside of Trident Booksellers and Café (940 Pearl St.). Since 1980, it has been the meeting place for bookish bohemians, college students and spiritual seekers of all stripes. Sip an espresso while you browse the shelves, which contain both used and new books, as well as records, zines and other treasures.
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among others. The publishing imprint Subito Press is based here, as is Timber, the student-run literary journal.
6 Glen Huntington Bandshell When you’re done seeing the sights on campus, walk north on Broadway until you reach the corner of Canyon Boulevard,
Huntington Bandshell in Central Park. This art deco stage makes a notable appearance in Stephen King’s The Stand. The King of
It’s time to take your hero’s journey away from Pearl.
Street. Shortly after crossing Boulder Creek, you’ll come to the main branch of the Boulder Public Library (1001 Arapahoe Ave.). Because of the hundreds of thousands of books its shelves hold, as well as the events that are hosted here, this building is as important a stop as any on this literary tour. However, this
this time that he wrote The Shining, one of his most famous works.
But why limit yourself to only one art deco landmark? Complete the loop by crossing back over Pearl Street and checking out the iconic Boulder Theater (2032 14th St.). Originally constructed in 1906 as an opera house, it served
Fante’s childhood home once stood. In 1933 Was a Bad Year, Fante describes a landscape well known to locals and visitors alike: “We lived on Arapahoe
Stephen White’s Harm’s Way. White is no stranger to the town, and the bulk of his thriller-mystery series is set in Boulder. The Boulder Theater is only one example of many.
the Rocky Mountains. They shot up like jagged skyscrapers, staring down at our town, a haze of blue and green in the summer, sugar white in winter, with peaked turrets shrouded in the clouds.” Stand outside the library and gaze
post up at a bench or sidewalk cafe table and take an active role in the town’s literary history by doing some writing of other great minds have. Contact us with comments or questions at email@example.com
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Colorado Renaissance Festival. Join good King Henry for a festival packed with full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, crafts, music and more
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15
Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup. The annual car show and autocross features a sea of classic cars. Various locations, Steamboat June 19.
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THURSDAY, JUNE 23
Alamosa Round-Up Rodeo. A staple of the San Luis Valley Heritage
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Boulder Comedy Festival.
Boulder Comedy Festival brings together incredible comedians and all the beauty and adventure that the Boulder area has to offer, creating an experience not to be missed. Through June 26.
Telluride Wine Festival. Four decadent days of good wine, fancy food and more. Various locations, Telluride and the Mountain Village, 970-7289790. Through June 26. Telluride Yoga Festival. A four-day event with over 100 offerings for yoga and meditation lovers. Movement, music, scenery and selfcare. 8 a.m. Various venues across Telluride and the Mountain Village. Through June 26.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24
Colorado Lavender Festival. Wake up and smell the lavender! Take themed activities. Various locations, Palisade, coloradolavender.org. Through June 26.
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Shakespeare, eat your heart
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SATURDAY, JUNE 25
Stills in the Hills. The end according to Stills in the Hills. Partake in the annual hootenanny celebrating distilleries; Main Street shuts down and turns into a speakeasy open to the public. 1 p.m. Downtown Central City, Main Street, stillsinthehills.com.
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Colorado Scottish Festival. Travel to Scotland without leaving the
Rocky Mountains at this festival that features highland dancing, piping, drumming and more. Citizens Park, 5420 W. 24th Ave., Edgewater, scottishgames.org. Through Aug. 7.
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Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts. A multi-arts,
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Palisade Peach Festival. Enjoy Palisade’s harvest of famous peaches from the Colorado peach capital. Wash it all down with a slew of other entertainment. Riverbend Park, Palisade, 970-464-7458. Through Aug. 13.
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Estes Park Wine Festival. Drink Colorado wine in the heart of downtown Estes Park with tastings of fresh food from local Colorado vendors. Bond Park, Downtown Estes Park, 970-218-4545. Through Aug. 14.
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Telluride Mushroom Festival. Celebrate the many uses of fungi and all things mycology with workshops, forays, food and more. Various venues across Telluride, telluridemushroomfest.org. Through Aug. 21.
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Trinidaddio Blues Festival. Featuring The Sugaray Rayford Band,
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