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Money will help music go mobile In celebration of its 35th anniversary, Swallow Hill Music in south Denver is delivering more music to more people in more places. And its latest effort to expand its music community comes with wheels. A donor recently gave Swallow Hill Music a 1976 Silver Streak motor home, to be turned into a mobile music community. But, the ol’ girl needs a little TLC. A crowd-funding campaign with a goal of raising $10,000 launches today to help the Swallow Hill Music mobile home hit the road. Contributions made over the next few weeks will get the Silver Steak running smoothly, add signage and give her an overall buff and shine. Once she’s up and running, she’ll turn into a mobile music community, providing Instrument Petting Zoos, impromptu performances and musical experiences throughout Denver. Taking Swallow Hill Music on the road will boost Denver’s access to music education by transporting instruments and musical experiences throughout the metro area, meeting people where they live and enriching their lives through music.

Go wild

The Wildlife Experience is hosting Wildlife Art & Wine from 6-9 p.m. on June 6 at 10035 S. Peoria St. near Parker. Bubbles Liquor World is sponsoring the event that will include samples from more than 200 bottles of wines, savory food from local restaurants, professional artists and music from the Parker Symphony Orchestra. Details at and 720-488-3344.

WineFest coming

Another great wine event, the 11th annual Castle Rock WineFest, is coming to the south suburbs on July 19. The outdoor wine tasting will feature more than two dozen Colorado wineries offering more than 180 varieties of Colorado wine. The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce’s festival presents an opportunity for wine lovers to indulge in tastings, wine seminars, cooking demos, fabulous food trucks, and live music by a popular local band. The event will be held from 2-8 p.m. on July 19 at the grounds of The Grange in The Meadows at Historic Castle Rock (3692 Meadows Blvd.). For more information, visit

Up Fort Collins way

The Choice City Stomp Music Festival returns on June 7 to Moe’s Original Bar B Que at 181 N. College Ave in Fort Collins. Tickets are $35 and available at Little Boxes Vintage or at Kids under 10 are free.


Eavesdropping on two women on the Southwest light rail line in Englewood, discussing riders’ fashion choices: “I don’t know which is worst, the woman with the tube top or the guy with the saggy trousers?” “Neither. It’s the guy who just got on with his fly open.” Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

come to Chatfield New seasonal habitat open through October By Sonya Ellingboe

Monarch Butterflies found in Colorado will be at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. Courtesyp hotos

sellingboe Many area families have delighted in the experience of visiting the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster and having a lovely creature light on them. South-metro families can make a shorter trip this summer, as Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and the Butterfly Pavilion have collaborated on a new seasonal habitat called Butterflies at Chatfield. The habitat is open now and will continue through early IF YOU GO October. It features, in a large tent, hundreds of native Colorado butDenver Botanic Garterflies such as two-tailed swallowdens at Chatfield is lotail, monarch, silver-spotted skipcated at 8500 W. Deer per and painted lady. Creek Canyon Road, just Species will vary from day to day, a short drive south of with 100 new chrysalides (butterfly the intersection of C-470 pupae in cocoons) arriving each and South Wadsworth week. Visitors can see them emergBoulevard. The buttering in a custom chrysalis chamber. fly exhibit will run until More than 50 indigenous plant early October, open 9 species will be planted in a spea.m. to 5 p.m. daily — cial garden to provide a habitat for last entry is 4 p.m. A $5 these blossoms on the wing. parking fee per vehicle The Butterfly Pavilion describes does not include the itself as “a zoo of small wonders.” separate admission Invertebrates make up 97 percent ticket required to enter of the animal species on our planet the butterfly house, and they play a major role in ensurwhich costs $6/adult, $5 ing the health of our envisenior, $4 child, free 2 ronment. and under. BotanicgarWhile families are iting the 750-acre Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, they will want to see the historic farm and explore some of the many hiking paths that illustrate different ecological systems. Birds are plentiful, and there is an old one-room schoolhouse that once served students living nearby. And one finds seasonally changing native plant life of all kinds and assorted native critters. Originally called Chatfield Arboretum, this wonderful asset was set aside as floodplain by the Army Corps of Engineers after the 1965 flood — meaning it could not be developed. In combination with Chatfield State Park, local residents have access to acres of natural areas close enough to pop in for a few hours’ visit and perhaps a picnic.

Silver Spotted Skippers will be among the Colorado native butterflies at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.

Concert recalls Englewood art-lover Wolosyn remembered as ‘always in motion’ By Sonya Ellingboe A kinetic sculpture called “Duo” stands near the Englewood Civic Center, dedicated to the late, beloved Englewood Mayor Olga Wolosyn. Like the ever-moving sculpture, Olga was “always in motion,” said conductor Eric Bertoluzzi at the beginning of the annual Wolosyn Memorial Concert, “Shuffle,” held May 17 in Hampden Hall. A professional potter, Wolosyn was involved with the beginnings of the Englewood Arts Presents concerts and the city’s efforts to strengthen music and visual arts in the schools. Bertoluzzi, a retired Colorado Symphony Orchestra cellist, was right there beside her through the startup years, and he keeps mu-

sic programs in motion now. The Up Close and Musical Ensemble, which performed the May 17 concert, has a rotating membership of about 14 musicians per performance, drawn from a pool of Colorado Symphony Orchestra members and other professional musicians in the area. They primarily perform in elementary schools, presenting informal programs for children who may not have experienced classical music. This is the 26th year for Up Close and Musical, and they have visited 38 schools and given more than 130 concerts for students during the past school year. They hope to encourage kids to learn to play an instrument and enjoy making music with others. Artists who performed on May 17 were: Concertmaster Erik Peterson; violins 1: Boram Kang, Anne-Marie Hoffman, Dorian Kincaid and Felix Petit; violins II: Allegra Wermuth, Cynthia Mancinelli, Robyn Julyan and Philip Ficsor; violas: Catherine Beeson,

Philip Stevens, Anne Ainomae and Summer Rhodes; cellos: Danielle Guideri, Gal Faganel and Beth Rosbach; bass: Mary Reed. The group performed music by Mozart, Grieg, Hindemith, Gershwin, Bartok and a young Texas composer, Jonathan Geer (born in 1980), whose “Tango Suite for String Orchestra,” modeled after tangos by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, brought a Latin beat to the concert hall. Geer performs on piano with the Austin Piazzolla Quintet, which is scheduled to appear in Englewood on April 10, 2015, in the Friday Evening Starlight Rhythms concert series, which offers a mix of jazz, bluegrass, gospel, world and folk music. Englewood Arts Presents also has scheduled nine more Chamber Music of the Masters concerts on Saturdays for the 2014-2015 season, starting on Oct. 4. For information, see the Englewood Arts Presents website at

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