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In this Issue



Out & About 8

Features 58

Shot in the Dark

Garden of the Gods Resort and Club

Revisit these recent local fundraisers and the important causes they benefit.

26 Social Calendar By Elizabeth Jones

Support the local nonprofits that do so much for our community at one of these upcoming events.

34 Bits & Pieces By Joy Lawrance

Read about the Women’s 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, the Junior League of Denver’s The Journey event featuring guest speaker Carli Lloyd, A Taste of Vail, DCPA’s New Play Summit, Denver Academy’s Capital Campaign, local Valentine’s Day offers and more.

42 Hot Tickets By Elizabeth Jones

There’s plenty going on all over the state to keep everyone busy as we wait for spring to arrive.

By Lisa Perry

Among the stunning landscape lies a welcoming wellness retreat.

64 Dr. James Rouse

Sip & Savor 48 Jovanina’s Broken Italian By Joanne Davidson

Jovanina’s offers a modern take on Italian cuisine with hand-crafted pastas and a fresh approach to classic dishes.

By Scott S. Evans


Dr. James shares his prescription for living well.

Le Bilboquet


This chic French restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients in creating classic bistro fare.

The Art of the Auction

By Elizabeth Kosar

By Lindsay Mitchell

Philae Knight brings her skill set to Phillips Auction House’s global reach.


Dr. James Rouse Photography: Julia Beck Vandenoever COLORADO EXPRESSION (ISSN # 1070-5066) is published bi-monthly by New West Publishing Inc., 3600 S. Beeler St., Ste. 100, Denver, Colorado 80237, Elizabeth Hamilton, owner, 303-694-1289; fax: 303-694-6939; e-mail: info@coloradoexpression.com; website: coloradoexpression.com. Annual one-year subscription rate is $22.00, cover price is $4.00. Periodicals postage is paid at Denver, Colorado and additional entries. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Colorado Expression, c/o New West Publishing, 3600 S. Beeler St., Ste. 100, Denver, Colorado 80237. Copyright© 2020, New West Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.












Welcome to Wel l- B ei n g Enrich i ng by Nat u re For inspired seekers, Garden of the Gods Resort and Club, along with its expanded services which include Strata Integrated Wellness Spa, is the only destination in Colorado offering a truly world-class resort, club, and wellness experience. Here members and guests relax and reconnect as they have since 1951, enjoying everything from leisurely poolside afternoons, world class golf, year-round tennis and exceptional dining experiences. With the ultimate goal of inspiring our guests and enriching their lives, we strive to deliver in every detail, creating an unrivaled hospitality and wellness experience with the power to transform lives.

Strata Integrated Wellness Spa is open to the local community and offers indulgent spa treatments as well as the latest advances in integrative medicine.





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In this Issue 68 Colorado Weekends By Kelly Smith

Colorado’s historic hot springs loop showcases 19 places to take the plunge.

72 Great Escapes By Joey Porcelli

Sea creatures, enlightening lectures and guided tours make Galápagos a dream destination.

76 Enterprise By Elizabeth Kosar

Koelbel & Company creates not only housing, but a sense of place through its support of arts and programs benefiting children.

78 Body & Soul By Joanne Davidson 68

H2a Botanicals is dedicated to skin care that’s plant-based, handcrafted and ethically sourced.




Interior Designer By Colleen Smith

Public Persona

This Minturn mountain retreat gets new furnishings, fabrics and a fresh layout.

By Scott S. Evans

A traveler since infancy, Peter Greenberg roams the globe and shares knowledge with fellow sojourners.

32 Nonprofit Profile


By Jen Reeder

Clothes To Kids of Denver provides free clothing to low-income and incrisis students.




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Art Scene


By Colleen Smith


Madeleine O’Connell creates everything from paintings to jewelry and textiles to soap.


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From the Publisher


Elizabeth Hamilton

Be Well. Be Happy. “Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind.”





Connie Robertson Andrea Späth PHOTOGRAPHY

Pamela Cress Lisa Perry Caitlin Roth DIGITAL/SOCIAL MEDIA


Joanne Davidson Scott S. Evans Joy Lawrance Elizabeth Kosar Lindsay Mitchell Lisa Perry Joey Porcelli Jen Reeder Colleen Smith Kelly Smith CONTRIBUTORS

Michael Moore


hat quote from Dodinsky reminds us to love others, and love ourselves. These colorful pages are packed with thoughts on just how to take good care of you—to rejuvenate, reinvigorate and expand your life. From self-care, travel and creativity, to giving back as you come full circle. Author and motivational speaker Dr. James Rouse provides direction and inspiration, rooted in a purpose-driven life. He truly will spark your adventure to health and well-being. Other stories SISTERHOOD! Publisher Elizabeth Hamilton with take you away from the familiar her sister Laura at the Taste of Vail in April 2019 to some other place, near and far—whether it’s the article on the Garden of the Gods Resort and Club for a wellness retreat getaway surrounded by the natural Colorado beauty, or Joey Porcelli’s story on the Galápagos enveloped in a world of wonder. Read that and, I think that like me, you’ll find yourself mapping out a trip to Quito and beyond. The velvety polish on a well-lived life includes deliciousness, creativity and art, and there’s plenty to be found here. We feature people who, as Dr. James says, embody their purpose: Philae Knight lives to bring you closer to art; Denver artist Madeleine O’Connell shares her talent and imagination; Barbara Bridges educates about women filmmakers; and Jake and Jennifer Linzinmeir widen our palate by breaking food traditions. After all that, there’s room for generosity. So much to explore. So much to understand. So much to give. I’m off right now to do just that ....Will you join me? I bet I’ll see you around Colorado as we learn more about ourselves and the incredible state where we’re so very lucky to live. Happy adventures!

Mary Rogers


President and publisher, New West Publishing



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All for a Good Cause Rev the Runway Benefiting National Jewish Health, Rev the Runway was held at Mercedes-Benz of Denver. Photography by Caitlin Roth











1 Gina Saab, Misti Mills, Melissa Oster 2 Laura Wolf, Cari Wolff 3 Yuval Moskovich, Diane Huttner 4 Goldie Cohen, chair; Lorena Torres 5 Allie Daharb, Hayden Collins 6 John Tobey, Lauren Masias, Molly Fortune, Quinn Washington 7 Cindy Farber, Jody Epstein 8 Steve Woodward, Robert Abrams, Susin Miller 9 Lauren Whitney, emcee; Clem Connolly 10 Susan Hamilton, Terri Barnes, Terry Minnisck 11 Brad Farber, Elizabeth Peros 12 Marc Steron, Bonnie Mandarich, David Mandarich, board members

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Service with Style Luncheon Held at the Halcyon Hotel, the annual Service with Style Luncheon benefited the Volunteers of America Colorado Branch. Photography by Pamela Cress













1 Models wearing Cavanagh Baker designs 2 Kathy Klugman, honoree; Cavanagh Baker, fashion designer; Betty Kuhl, honoree 3 Cavanagh Baker, David Schunk, Denise Snyder 4 Shonna Dudley, Mary Beth Heller, Danielle Williams, Dianna Kunz 5 Dena Pastorini, Melissa Jones, Susie Langford 6 David Schunk, president/CEO VOAColorado; Danielle Grant, emcee; Michael James 7 Designer Cavanagh Baker, models wearing collection pieces 8 Suzy Baker, Elizabeth Hamilton 9 Maria Suehnholz, Donna Donati 10 Dawn Nakamura Kessler, Louise Bowen 11 Anna Spaulding, Ricky Hodge, Betty Kuhl, honoree; Terry Taylor 12 Julie Withrow, Joanna Johnson




The Truth of Nature The opening of “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature” exhibit was held at and benefited the Denver Art Museum. Photography by Pamela Cress












1 Pierre Guigui, Alison Tomlinson 2 Dr. Ortrud Westheider, director Barberini Museum; Deborah Jordy 3 Jennifer Caskey, Gail Weingast, Angelica Daneo, chief curator Denver Art Museum 4 Sally Butler, Florence Müller, fashion and textile art curator Denver Art Museum; Robin Sadler 5 Christoph Heinrich, director Denver Art Museum; Bert Vescolani, president/CEO Denver Zoo 6 Stephanie Donner, Amy Harmon, Lauren Napheys 7 Mort and Toby Mower, Lindsay Goldstein-Smith, Adam Smith 8 Carolyn Barnett, Chad Skrbina, Christopher Leach 9 Dr. Ortrud Westheider, Angelica Daneo 10 Gary and Kathryn Dudley, Ryan Beiser, regional president of presenting sponsor PNC Bank 11 Ingrid and Nicolas Galvis More photos for these events: coloradoexpression.com 10



The First Tee Luncheon Held at the Denver Police Protective Association, The First Tee Luncheon was a benefit for The First Tee of Denver. Photography by Caitlin Roth










1 Finn Bresnahan, Paula Purifoy, CEO The First Tee of Denver; Meghan James 2 Scott O’Sullivan, board member; Adam Loveland 3 Mary Ann Anderson, Pam Beisenherz, Michele Brown 4 Jeffrey Allen, Libby Anschutz, Denny Coughlin 5 Pam and Dutch Bansbach, Clark Seccombe, Bart Bansbach 6 Diana Williams, Justin Williams, board member; Dennia Chromzack 7 Tom Arterberry, Chad McMahon 8 Charlotte White, Matthew White, Alan White 9 Molly Jourde, Nan Baumbusch 10 Tom Fuller, Jennifer Cassell, John Hagan 11 Dan Gutrich, Becky Gutrich, board member; Suzie Woodward More photos for these events: coloradoexpression.com 12




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Diamonds in the Ruff Held at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, Diamonds in the Ruff benefited Freedom Service Dogs. Photography by Lisa Perry











1 Michele Ostrander, president/CEO Freedom Service Dogs; Shawn Miller 2 Jeremy Hubbard, event emcee; Taunia Hottman 3 Laura Rogers, Kate Goble, Nina Muller, Nadine Pace, Erin Conley 4 Leslie Gifford, Molly Pilch, Lori Issner, Gilda Kaplan, Lani Kessler, chair 5 Laura Edwards, director of dog operations Freedom Service Dogs; Race 6 Atarah Sauer, Oak 7 Tanya Baldwin, Margot Hampleman, Betsy Wilinsky 8 Eddie, Michael and Bobbin Holtvluwer, Fender 9 Michele Ostrander, Amber Newberry, Mike Hatfield, Nancy Guerre 10 Lauren Burton, Alison Tanner, Margaret and John Gunzner 11 Michele Ostrander, Jessica Skibo

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The Women’s Foundation of Colorado Annual Luncheon Held at the Colorado Convention Center, this annual luncheon benefited The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Photography by Lisa Perry










1 Maysoon Zayid, guest speaker; Lauren Casteel, president/CEO Woman’s Foundation of Colorado; Noor Tagouri, guest speaker 2 Gloria Schoch, Hilary Baca, Courtney Downey, Mia Ballesteros, Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod, Amy Kirkland, Alison Thompson 3 Megan Wick, Greta Heitmann, Madeline Schroeder 4 Lilia Del Cid, Rose Andom, Leslie Spencer 5 Lindy Conter, Louise Myrland, Meghan Conter 6 Christina Ortez, Matt Kubiak, Adrienne Mansanares, Lauren Casteel 7 Elizabeth Dahill; Ananda Birungi, 2019 Dottie Lamm Award recipient; Robert Phifer 8 Marion Chebet, Bobbie Kite 9 Janice Smith, Susan Henderson 10 Deb Chandler, Renee Ferrufino, Carol Sarchet, Dianne Denholm 11 Julie Groves, co-chair; Megan Mahncke More photos for these events: coloradoexpression.com 18





Silver Bell Ball

It’s No Secret

Held at the Grand Hyatt Denver, the Silver Bell Ball benefited Mount Saint Vincent. Photography by Caitlin Roth



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Holiday Designers Showcase Reception The Holiday Designers Showcase Reception was held at and benefited the Cherokee Ranch & Castle. Photography by Pamela Cress










1 Donna Smith, Ellen Lynn, Jane Hannen, Jan Abbott 2 Diane Allison, Vanessa Marck 3 Ellen Lynn, Bobbi Kay 4 Jan Abbott, committee chair; Wayne Abbott 5 Nancy and David Downs 6 Don Braden, Marilyn Duckett 7 James and Melissa Coudeyras, Judy and Fred Delein 8 Ted and Lynn Tice 9 Monica and Bob Teuscher 10 Andy Mallen, Debbie Mueller-Hruza 11 Judy Cornella, Marilyn Duckett, operations manager Cherokee Ranch & Castle; Jan Abbott, committee chair

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Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show benefited the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Photography by Caitlin Roth







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Ferrari Bentley Lotus Holiday Party Held at Ferrari Bentley Lotus of Denver, the holiday party was a benefit for Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Photography by Pamela Cress









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Western Fantasy The annual Western Fantasy Gala was held at the National Western Complex to benefit Volunteers of America Colorado. Photography by Pamela Cress


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The PUSH Gala at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center supports Craig Hospital’s programs and research. 303-789-8000 • craighospital.org

March February 6

A Night in Neverland at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House benefits Colorado Ballet’s education and community engagement programs and academy scholarships. 303-339-1640 • coloradoballet.org 8

Artma is a unique, funky, fabulous art auction like no other. Don’t miss this biennial event at the Denver Design Center benefiting The Morgan Adams Foundation. 303-758-2130 • morganadamsfoundation.org 8

East meets West at the Chinese Lunar New Year Party. Celebrate the Year of the Rat at this fun-filled event, held at the Grand Hyatt Denver, all while supporting the Nathan Yip Foundation. 303-817-8400 • nathanyipfoundation.org 12

The 2020 Civil Rights Awards Reception will honor Emma Shinn of the Colorado Name Change Project. Held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to benefit the Anti-Defamation League. 303-830-7177 • mountainstates.adl.org 20

Ales, Apps & Barrels of Fun. Release your inner child at the Children’s Museum of Denver during this adults-only extravaganza. 303-433-7444 • mychildsmuseum.org


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Join the Denver Scholarship Foundation in celebration of DSF Scholars during the annual Bright Futures Breakfast at the History Colorado Center. 303-951-4140 • denverscholarship.org 20

The 25th anniversary of the Give Your Love To Breakthrough Kent Gala will honor Margot and Marc Pinto. Held at and benefiting Kent Denver School. breakthroughdenver.org 21-23

The 45th Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup at Winter Park is the signature fundraiser for the National Sports Center for the Disabled. nscd.org 22

Lose yourself in the extravagance of carnival at the Beaux Arts—Rio Ball, held at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center to benefit National Jewish Health. 877-354-6719 • njhealth.org 22-23

Enjoy la bonne vie at Kaleidoscope— French Fantastique, held at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, to benefit the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation. 720-507-0905 • rmchildren.org 29

Held at the Seawell Ballroom, The Heroes Soirée is the signature fundraising event for the American Red Cross of Colorado. 303-607-4746 • redcross.org


Challenge yourself and support the American Lung Association at the Denver Fight For Air Climb held at the Republic Plaza Building—56 floors, 1098 stairs. 303-847-0280 • lung.org 6-4

Jane-A-Thon, the premiere fundraising event for Invest in Kids, is held every year at Winter Park Resort to benefit young children and families. 303-839-1808 • iik.org 7

The Denver Heart Ball at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center will benefit the American Heart Association Colorado Branch. 303-801-4630 • ahadenver.ejoinme.org 10

The annual Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon at the Seawell Ballroom celebrates the 2020 honorees for their outstanding business and arts partnerships across Colorado. 720-428-6720 • cbca.org 12

The 37th annual Great Chefs of the West brings together 20 of Denver’s top chefs at EXDO Event Center to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. 720-748-9991 • kidney.org 13

Imagine 2020—Kempe Foundation Luncheon: Championing Healthy Childhoods held at The Brown Palace Hotel will feature guest speaker Susan Payne from Safe2Tell. 303-864-5300 • kempe.org

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The Journey, at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center, features keynotespeaker Carli Lloyd to benefit the Junior League of Denver. 303-692-0270 • jld.org 14

Opera Colorado’s 2020 Gala—Fascinating Rhythm at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver benefits Opera Colorado’s education and community programs. 303-778-1500 • operacolorado.org 18

Join the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame at the Hyatt Regency Denver for its biennial Induction Gala and congratulate the new inductees. 303-271-3599 • cogreatwomen.org

April 4

The Breaking the Silence Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver benefits The Eating Disorder Foundation. 303-322-3373 • eatingdisorderfoundation.org 4

Save the date for Celebrity Waiter, an evening of phenomenal food, exciting company and entertaining antics to benefit Amp the Cause. 303-605-2885 • ampthecause.org 4

Denver Press Club’s 26th annual Damon Runyon Award Banquet will honor Judy Woodruff with a VIP reception at the Denver Press Club followed by dinner and the award presentation at the Denver Athletic Club. denverpressclub.org 4

Watch the Men’s College Basketball Semifinals during Hoops & Hoopla at Punch Bowl Social in Stapleton to benefit Morgridge Academy at National Jewish Health. 303-728-6576 • nationaljewish.org



The annual Colors of the Mind gala at the Seawell Ballroom benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado. 303-377-9774 • epilepsycolorado.org 14

The Bright Futures Breakfast, held at the History Colorado Center, raises funds for the Denver Scholarship Foundation. 303-951-4140 • denverscholarship.org 16

Don’t miss the Laugh Yourself Blue 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Seawell Ballroom to benefit Firefly Autism. Talent to be announced. 303-759-1192 • fireflyautism.org 18

The Denver Academy Gala will be at held at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. This annual fundraiser benefits the Denver Academy tuition assistance program. 303-777-5870 • denveracademy.org 22

Denver’s Breakfast for Humanity at Infinity Park Event Center is largest fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. habitatmetrodenver.org 23

The 56th Annual Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held at the Hilton Denver City Center. 720-258-3888 • coloradosports.org 23

Denver Public Schools 2020 Achieve Gala will be held at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in celebration of the achievements of DPS students. 720-423-3553 • dpsfoundation.org 25

Mark your calendars for the annual NightShine Gala, an evening supporting the Denver Health Foundation.


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The 16th annual Jewish Family Service JFS Executive Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center will feature The Golden Bear—Jack Nicklaus. 303-597-5000 • jewishfamilyservice.org 30

Dining Out For Life. Visit participating Boulder/Denver restaurants and breweries and 25 percent of your check will be donated to Project Angel Heart. diningoutforlife.com 30

Save the date for Nate’s Night, a charity concert for youth education at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox benefiting the Nathan Yip Foundation. 303-817-8400 • natesnight.org

May 1

Enjoy cocktails, dinner and auctions at the Dominican Derby, held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to benefit the Dominican Home Health Agency. 303-322-1413 • dominicanhha.org 2

The annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver Gala at the Hyatt Regency Denver celebrates the unlimited potential of metro area club members. 303-892-9200 • bgcmd.org 2

The 27th annual Furry Scurry at Washington Park draws 12,000 people and 5,000 dogs each year in support of the Dumb Friends League. 303-751-5772 • ddfl.org Social Calendar covers formal fundraising events for nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado. If you wish to have an event listed, please contact Colorado Expression at 303-694-1289, or email info@coloradoexpression.com.


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I INTERVIEWED PETER GREENBERG, the multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter while he was in Riyadh and I was in my basement in Littleton. Peter is known in the travel industry as the “Travel Detective” and is the Travel Editor for “CBS News,” appearing on “CBS This Morning.” Greenberg’s professional life has been filled with incredible journeys and experiences and his website details so many practical travel tips and ideas that it is impossible to begin to describe them here. But a few notable adventures include Emmy-winning reporting on the “Miracle on the Hudson” and the orphan flight out of Vietnam, “What Happened to the Children?” More recently, Greenberg reports on his travels with practical tips regarding airline food, flying with a wheelchair, and how to stay fit while travelling; and interesting destinations, including hidden gems, underwater hotels and best-value cruises. One fact that stands out that you won’t find on his website says as much about Greenberg as anything: at the young age of 69, Greenberg continues his duties as a volunteer fireman in New York. No matter what Greenberg takes on, he is all in.

What surprises people about you? That I can do as much as I do in the amount of time I’m given. I’m also a fireman in New York on active duty.


How do people describe you? As Austin Powers’ original, international man of mystery. Seriously, I’d like to think they describe me as well-informed, funny and always attempting to give context to information.

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Favorite Denver metro restaurant? I love to walk up and down in LoDo and pick a new restaurant to try each time.

What is your favorite spot in Colorado to visit? Aspen in October.

What was the last great book you read? A Writer’s Notebook by W. Somerset Maugham. It’s one of those books you can open at any page randomly and appreciate where you land. What is your biggest fashion faux pas? I refuse to dress for success and have somehow beaten the odds. What is one thing that you absolutely can’t live without? My wife. Because of my job and heavy travel schedule, she and I have a rule that we can’t be separated for more than four days at a time. What was your last major purchase? I bought a KIA Telluride. What gadget can you not live without? iPhone. What are your hobbies? I love the water. I live on a boat. If I can’t get out on the water every four or five days I am an unhappy man. What one word describes Coloradans to you? Open. What is your most memorable Colorado experience? When I was doing a story on Bette Midler performing at Red Rocks, it wasn’t just the concert, but Red Rocks itself that was so incredible. I’d see anything at Red Rocks. I also remember going out on a training mission with 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson. There is nothing quite like

Are you involved with any charities? I’m involved in All Hands and Hearts, which was formed to provide relief to residents in areas affected by natural disasters worldwide and Operation USA, which is dedicated to helping communities who have suffered disaster, disease or extreme poverty. What took you down this career path? It really was an accident. I was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin and had no idea what I wanted to do. Someone suggested I either join a frat or join a newspaper. I walked to fraternity row and immediately turned around. I walked into the paper during a protest. There were smoke and broken windows and no one was left, so they hired me on the spot. And even though my first story was terrible they had to publish it because they had nothing else to run. Did you travel a lot as a kid? I have been traveling since I was six months old. On my first plane trip, I got a certificate as the very first member of the American Airlines Sky Cradle Club. I’m still waiting for my benefits though. One of your Emmys was for your “NBC News” breaking story “Miracle on the Hudson.” It’s such an iconic story. What do you emember most about covering it? Going back into the flight simulator and recreating the exact incident and realizing how lucky everybody was. If the bird strike had happened a minute sooner they wouldn’t have cleared the George Washington Bridge and a minute later, they

wouldn’t have reached the Hudson. It really is incredible how lucky they really were. You also won an Emmy for Best Investigative Reporting for your ABC special “What Happened to the Children?” a special on the final orphan flight out of Vietnam. What was special to you on that story? The government’s complicit behavior with a drug manufacturer to take advantage of the most vulnerable children. We broke it open and got the kids the medical attention they rightfully deserved. Before you were winning Emmys, you began your journalism career with Newsweek in California. What were the lessons you learned there to guide you into being such a well-known journalist? Same lesson. Never take a “no” from someone who is empowered to give you a “yes.” Not everyone is a good storyteller but everyone has a good story worth telling. Do you have any tips for young journalists today? Read three newspapers a day, not online, in print before 9 a.m. and tell me something I don’t know. How has social media impacted journalism in general? Social media has made it tougher to be a good journalist because no one is checking facts on social media so there are a lot of falsehoods out there. Where do you see yourself ten years from now? Doing exactly what I’m doing. Scott S. Evans is graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia School of Law and is a father of two, a business litigation attorney, writer and high school lacrosse coach living in Centennial. Scott has freelanced for various newspapers, magazines, journals and academic publications including The Wall Street Journal.





DENVER RESIDENT DEE DAVID WAS facing financial challenges when she enrolled her children in a new school. As a welcome, the school gave her a voucher for Clothes To Kids of Denver, a nonprofit that provides free clothing to low-income and in-crisis students in metro Denver. “They just said to call, make an appointment and the kids can go shop,” she said. “I really had no idea what to expect.” When David brought her three kids—Zoey, 14; Ryley, 12; and Noah, 4—to Clothes To Kids of Denver, they were pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the clothing. “With middle school and teen girls, looking nice is a very important thing,” she said. Volunteers helped them each pick out a week’s worth of clothing, and the kids put on a fun fashion show. “For my kids, it’s the first time we’ve ever had to use that service. At first we were like, ‘Oh no, how’d we get here?’ But the ladies there were so unbelievably helpful, bringing stuff to my daughters, saying, ‘Try this, try that. Here’s another one to try.’ They went to town,” she said with a laugh. “It wasn’t just an experience for the kids. I felt like everyone got a real experience out of it.” Providing a fun and dignified shopping experience is a core value of Clothes To Kids of Denver, which was founded in 2008 and has given away more than one million pieces of clothing to metro Denver students. “We’re serving kids who are enrolled in school, whether they’re enrolled in preschool or whether they’re up to age 21 and working on their GEDs,” said Valerie Lunka,

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Clothes To Kids of Denver has given away more than one million pieces of clothing

ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN OUTFITTING DENVERAREA STUDENTS FOR FREE SINCE 2008 By Jen Reeder executive director of Clothes To Kids of Denver. “We know of kids who actually don’t go to school because they don’t have the clothes to wear, or they go to school and they’re distracted because they’re not looking like their peers. It can be such


a distraction and such a barrier to success in school.” So Clothes To Kids of Denver tries to make services as accessible as possible. For instance, students eligible for the federal free and reduced-price school meals program


automatically qualify—which includes over 200,000 children in the metro area—as well as children in foster care. Schools, nonprofits, government agencies and places of worship refer kids for vouchers. “On rare occasions, we’ll get that family whose house burned down in the night, and we’re available to help them out,” she added. When students qualify, they make an appointment to shop at Clothes To Kids of Denver so they’ll receive individualized attention—as much or as little as they like. Each shopper picks out an entire “wardrobe”—a week’s worth of clothes that includes five new pairs of socks, five new pairs of underwear, five tops, four bottoms, a coat, a pair of shoes, a bra and an extra skirt or dress if need be. “Everything should feel like a store, except there’s no price tags and no cash registers,” Lunka said. The organization’s eight employees and more than 300 active volunteers sort through gently used clothing donated by the community. Lunka said donations are always welcome, with the caveat, “Would you give it to your friend?” “We want people to be picky because kids are picky, and this is about the dignity of the experience of shopping at Clothes To Kids,” she said. “It’s about the dignity of walking into school and not being embarrassed.” There’s obviously a big need for warm coats in winter, and a yearround need for shoes, since kids are often judged by their shoes. “Shoes are really valued,” she said. “They make a big statement.” Lunka said there can be a misconception that people can only donate children’s clothes, but there’s a need for clothing of all sizes since some students are 21 years old. Also, bras are now a core part of the wardrobe. “With young women, not having the proper bra can just be a real detriment,” she said. “If you don’t have

Shoppers pick out an entire wardrobe consisting of a week’s worth of clothes

that bra, then there can be shame associated with that, and discomfort.” After selecting the core parts of their wardrobe, students can pick as many “extras” as they like, which include books, jewelry, backpacks, pajamas, swimsuits and soccer cleats. People can donate 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the nonprofit’s location at 2890 S. Colorado Blvd., Unit M-3. Volunteers and financial donations are also always welcome. Lunka said about $50 buys one complete wardrobe. In 2018, the nonprofit provided over 10,000 wardrobes to students, and gave away its 50,000th wardrobe since its founding. “Denver is doing well and our economy’s strong, but there’s still a huge need here,” she said. Some national companies support Clothes To Kids of Denver, such as

Bombas, which donated 50,000 pairs of socks last summer. The national nonprofit I Support the Girls donated nearly 3,000 bras when Clothes To Kids of Denver added them to the core wardrobe in 2019. Lunka is grateful for support at both the national and local level. Volunteers from many local groups, from Xcel Energy to Girl Scout troops, help Clothes To Kids of Denver thrive. “We’re so grateful to the Denver community for embracing our mission and bolstering it up,” she said. “We’re really, really lucky.” Award-winning journalist Jen Reeder writes frequently about nonprofit organizations. Her work has appeared in Family Circle, BBC News, PBS’s Next Avenue, the “TODAY” show’s website, HuffPost, Best Friends Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and many other publications.




What’s Happening in the West By Joy Lawrance

Old Spaghetti Factory Transitions to Urban Putt Indoor Mini-golf


artists have created a technically sophisticated playground for folks of all ages. Urban Putt is a perfect destination for a round of mini-golf, family outing, company party, special event, or just hanging out with friends. The restaurant menu items range from chicken and waffles to salads, pizza, burgers and more. And since mini-golf is first-come, first served, they recommend golf before dinner. Guests can play one or both of the two 9-hole courses. urbanputt.com

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DENVERITES HAVE ENJOYED FAMILY fare at the Old Spaghetti Factory for years. Now, after a $5 million renovation, they can take the gang for an evening of food and mini-golf. Urban Putt includes iconic Denver and Colorado sites on the courses with innovative and imaginative lighting and clever constructions. Even the love-him-or-hate-him blue horse is there, as well as mountains, a mine, the state capitol, DIA and … well, you get the idea. Industrial designers, engineers, welders and

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Welton St. Café: It’s a family-style restaurant, Southern style. They make classic food. It feels like home. La Pasadita Inn: It’s traditional Mexican food—I like family style. It’s really authentic. Goed Zuur—World’s First Sour Beer Taproom: There are not a lot of plates on the menu, but they are perfectly made. I go here when I want a quick meal with a drink. Fruition: The chef is a genius. I remember a duck confit that was really delicious. Mercantile: I like to go here when I have time to spend. They try to make everything in-house. I had a great risotto here.

Half the Sugar, All the Love, a Family Cookbook Would you feed your child a candy bar for breakfast? Of course not. And yet today our children routinely consume three times the recommended daily allowance of added sugar, which puts them at an unprecedented risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess weight and even nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Half the Sugar, All the Love is here to help, with 100 doctor-approved recipes that cut the sugar (by half—or more!) without sacrificing the flavors our families love. Meet author Jennifer Tyler Lee and hear her speak about the book on March 14 at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Littleton, and pass the breakfast bars! 52newfoods.com/half-sugar-cookbook, tatteredcover.com




Taste of Vail, April 1-4


RATED AMONG THE NATION’S BEST spring food and wine festivals by “USA Today,” Forbes.com and The Travel Channel, The Taste of Vail showcases more than 30 of Vail’s finest chefs and restaurateurs alongside the owners and winemakers from nearly 50 of the countries’ top wineries April 1-4. Signature events include the Debut of Rosé 2020 First Taste of 2019 Rosé; The American Lamb Cook-Off & Après Ski Tasting; the Mountain Top Tasting; and The Reserve Grand Tasting & Auction: Celebrating the 30th Year. Make a weekend of it and experience it all with the Signature Four Pass. Other weekend offerings include seminars, pop-ups and special guests, all surrounded by the beauty of Vail Valley. tasteofvail.com

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COME CELEBRATE YOU AND YOUR girlfriends, and make it an evening of something special: YOU! Join makeup artist Michael Moore of Moore For Life, Colorado Expression magazine, Laurent-Perrier Champagne and Lira Clinical on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and treat yourself and your girlfriends to an evening of festive bites, bubbly and tips on how to highlight the best you. Learn from Lira creator Brenda Cumming how to have brighter, healthier and younger-looking skin, and be enhanced by a Moore For Life makeup artist at this interactive evening of pampering. Sign up now for this free event at michael@ mooreforlife.com with the subject line Galentine 2020 or call 303-484-1857. mooreforlife.com

Children’s Museum Ready Vet Go Exhibit The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus recently upgraded the Ready Vet Go exhibit through a partnership with the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The authentic, taskoriented design creates an experience full of elements families may have seen the last time they took their pets in for a check-up, including a welcome desk, exam table, X-ray machine and surgical station. The partnership between the museum and CSU empowers the next generation of leaders, developing opportunities for guests to learn how veterinary medicine plays an essential role in animal and human health. mychildsmuseum.org



SINCE 1985 THE COLORADO Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted 162 women of various races, backgrounds, economic levels, career choices, political philosophies and religious beliefs united by their outstanding contributions to society. Their lives shine as examples of what passion, commitment and spirit can be achieved, even in the face of obstacles. Their contributions span Colorado’s colorful history—they are the trailblazers and visionaries from all walks of life. The women to be inducted on March 18 include 10 women who have made exemplary contributions to their fields. They are Katherine Archuleta; Lupe Briseño; Rosalind “Bee” Harris; Velveta Howell; Dr. Marianne Neifert, MTS; Gale Norton; Mary Lou Anderson; Dr. Alida Cornelia Avery; Elizabeth Piper Ensley; and Carolina Gonzalez. The induction takes place at the Hyatt Regency Denver. The Hall is dedicated to recognizing and preserving the history of the accomplishments of past and present Colorado women and ensuring that their achievements will not be forgotten through an induction ceremony held every two years. cogreatwomen.org/inductees/ induction-gala

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IN HOLLYWOOD: HER STORY, AN Illustrated History of Women and the Movies, Barbara Bridges and Jill S. Tietjen write about 1,200 women who have contributed to the Hollywood film industry since its beginning. These women have added talent and creativity in many of the component parts needed to make a movie. Divided into chapters by decades, the book examines what was happening with women at that time in the film industry and includes photos for many of them offering a unique visual impact. According to Tietjen, “This book writes back into history the missing stories of so many women who should be celebrated for their unique contributions to the movie industry.” Bridges adds, “We

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were surprised to learn that so many women participated in every facet of moviemaking at the beginning of the industry, with more control and opportunities than at any time since.” Already garnering awards and acclaim, this book is perfect for any movie fan who will appreciate a photo-treasury of women and film. hollywoodherstory.com

Colorado New Play Summit The DCPA Theatre Company’s 15th annual Colorado New Play Summit brings familiar and new names to the festival. Playwrights include a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, Colorado Springs native, and “the definitive voice of Middle Eastern American theater.” It takes place Feb. 15-16 and 21-23 featuring readings of new plays by Benjamin Benne, L M Feldman, Yussef El Guindi, Colorado native Jessica Kahkoska, and co-writers Suzan Shown Harjo and Mary Kathryn Nagle. Festival visitors will also attend fully staged world-premiere productions by Bonnie Metzgar and Tony Meneses. “As we celebrate the 15th year of the Colorado New Play Summit, it is exciting to look back at the many playwrights whose work we heard for the first time and celebrate where they are now,” says Chris Coleman, DCPA artistic director. denvercenter.org





JUNIOR LEAGUE OF DENVER PRESENTS THE JOURNEY The Hyatt Regency Convention Center is the venue for the Junior League of Denver fundraiser, The Journey, on March 13. This annual celebration is one of the largest fundraisers for the JLD. The event supports their mission of training women to meet their potential, promoting voluntarism and improving communities by focusing on childhood literacy. It’s also a fun evening with dinner, drinks and live and silent auctions. This year’s keynote speaker is international soccer player Carli Lloyd, who holds some of the highest accolades in the sport. She is a two-time Olympic Carli Lloyd gold medalist, two-time FIFA Player of the year, and is the only American to score multiple goals in three separate Olympic Games. Her personal memoir, When Nobody Was Watching, is a New York Times best-seller. Lloyd will speak about her time as a soccer player, and how she serves as a mentor to young fans. jld.org/fundraisers/the-journey

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Denver Academy Raises $19 Million in Anniversary Capital Campaign


DENVER ACADEMY ANNOUNCES the continued success of its 50th anniversary capital campaign, “Building on Excellence.” The target date for completion of the campaign and construction projects is the school’s 50th anniversary in 2022. Headmaster Mark Twarogowski says, “Over the past 47 years, Denver Academy has developed a student-centered, transformative education model that empowers diverse learners. We now have the opportunity to ensure that our spaces serve the needs of our students and faculty, and match the

quality of our programs now and as we look to the next 50 years.” Founded in 1972, Denver Academy believes that students thrive when taught in the way they learn best. Denver Academy is dedicated to teaching diverse learners, including those with dyslexia and ADHD. Small class sizes of 12 to 14 students facilitate instruction, and several academic levels within each core subject, including honors classes and advanced coursework, allow faculty to teach to each student’s optimal level. denveracademy.org

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In Town Through Feb. 9 Peter Pan, Ellie Caulkins Opera House Experience pirates, Lost Boys, Captain Hook, an infamous crocodile and a bit of pixie dust as this brilliant story unfolds. 303-837-8888 • coloradoballet.org

Can’t-miss Events Throughout Colorado By Elizabeth Jones

Through Feb. 9 Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Buell Theatre Featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls,” and “Hot Stuff” from the Queen of Disco. 303-893-4100 • denvercenter.org

Through Feb. 23 You Lost Me, Ricketson Theatre A poetic, wistful and bright new drama that reminds us that every moment holds the opportunity to change everything. 303-893-4100 • denvercenter.org

Through March 1 twenty50, Space Theater Andres Salazar is running for office and must decide whether identifying himself as a Mexican-American will help or hinder him on Election Day. 303-893-4100 • denvercenter.org

The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Garner Galleria Theatre Nothing has been planned, rehearsed or written for these fully improvised Shakespearean performances created right before your eyes. 303-893-4100 • denvercenter.org

Through April 5 The Science Behind Pixar, Denver Museum of Nature & Science This immersive experience explores the science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts used at Pixar Animation Studios every day to bring their beloved characters to life. 303-370-6000 • dmns.org


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Through March 22

Miranda Lambert, Pepsi Center, Feb. 1

Through April 12

Feb. 1

Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits, Denver Museum of Nature & Science Do you really know what it takes? Go inside the minds and bodies of extreme athletes to explore the psychology, motivation and science behind some of the riskier sports. 303-370-6000 • dmns.org

Miranda Lambert, Pepsi Center Lambert will launch her “Wildcard Tour” in January 2020 in advance of the release of her upcoming album. 303-405-1100 • pepsicenter.com


Feb. 7, 8 Brian Regan, Paramount Theatre Regan uses observational, sarcastic


and self-deprecating humor with performances that refrain from profanity and off-color humor. 303-623-0106 • paramountdenver.com

Feb. 7-9

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Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, Boettcher Concert Hall Ingrid Fliter, a pre-eminent interpreter of Chopin, will lend her expertise to Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto. 303-623-7876 • coloradosymphony.org

Feb. 11 Sarah McLachlan, Buell Theatre Spend “An Intimate Evening of Songs and Storytelling” with Canadian singer-songwriter McLachlan, known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range. axs.com

Feb. 12 “Alan Parsons Live Project,” Paramount Theatre Singer, acoustic guitar and a keyboard player Parsons is on tour celebrating the 35th anniversary of his album “Eye in the Sky.” 303-623-0106 • paramountdenver.com

Feb. 14

The SpongeBob Musical, Buell Theatre, March 10-22

Feb. 23 “The Bachelor” Live On Stage, Buell Theatre The most successful romance reality series in the history of television is coming to Denver to help you find love. bachelorliveonstage.com

Feb. 27 Travis Tritt, Paramount Theatre Singer-songwriter Tritt has been making noise in country music for 30 years, releasing 12 studio albums

A Symphonic Valentine, Boettcher Concert Hall Featuring works like Puccini’s “O mio Babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s most famous romantic ballets. 303-623-7876 • coloradosymphony.org

Feb. 27-29 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Boettcher Concert Hall Watch the climactic sixth episode of the Star Wars saga unfold in high-definition on a giant screen as the Colorado Symphony performs John Williams’ legendary score. 303-623-7876 • coloradosymphony.org

Feb. 28-March 1 Rent, Buell Theatre This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awardwinning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant “20th Anniversary Tour” production. 303-893-4100 • denvercenter.org

Feb. 15 An Evening with Cynthia Erivo, Boettcher Concert Hall Celebrate the strengths of womanhood as Erivo gives voice to music made famous by the female greats, including Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald. 303-623-7876 • coloradosymphony.org

and more than 40 charting singles like “Country Club” and “Anymore.” 303-623-0106 • paramountdenver.com

March 6-8

An Evening with Cynthia Erivo, Boettcher Concert Hall, Feb. 15

R. Strauss A Hero’s Life, Boettcher Concert Hall Including Ravel’s rhythmic Boléro. Driving percussion propels this energetic program led by Music Director Brett Mitchell. 303-623-7876 • coloradosymphony.org




March 24 Celine Dion, Pepsi Center Canadian singer Dion launches her fourteenth concert tour “Courage World Tour” in support of her upcoming studio album “Courage.” 303-405-1100 • pepsicenter.com

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March 25-April 12

Rent, Buell Theatre, Feb. 28-March 1

March 6-8 Tour de Force, Ellie Caulkins Opera House Opening with Feast of the Gods, the program will include the world premiere of an all-new work, and close with Celts. 303-837-8888 • coloradoballet.org

March 7 Oprah’s 2020 Vision, Pepsi Center Spend a day with Oprah Winfrey and special guest Gayle King at the “Your Life in Focus Live on Tour” lecture and seminar. 303-405-1100 • pepsicenter.com

March 14 Blake Shelton, Pepsi Center The “Friends and Heroes 2020 Tour” wouldn’t be complete without some of Shelton’s friends; Lauren Alaina, The Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins. 303-405-1100 • pepsicenter.com

March 14 The Music of Queen, Boettcher Concert Hall Celebrate the immortal music of Queen as Brody Dolyniuk and his rock band join the Colorado Sym-


Mean Girls, Buell Theatre Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team: Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond, Nell Benjamin and Casey Nicholaw. 303-893-4100 • denvercenter.org

March 26, 28 Eagles “Hotel California 2020 Tour,” Pepsi Center Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Deacon Frey and Vince Gill bring the highly acclaimed “Hotel California” performances on tour. 303-405-1100 • pepsicenter.com

March 28, 29 Photo: Joan Marcus

Mean Girls, Buell Theatre, March 25-April 12

phony for an unforgettable evening. 303-623-7876 • coloradosymphony.org

March 18 “Dancing with the Stars Live,” Paramount Theatre America’s favorite dance show is back for two shows featuring celebrity guests from the 2019 season. 303-623-0106 • paramountdenver.com

March 20-22 Marion Alsop Conducts, Boettcher Concert Hall The famed conductor laureate and former Colorado Symphony music director returns to lead a riveting program of illustrious works. 303-623-7876 • coloradosymphony.org


Fantasia, Boettcher Concert Hall Disney’s stunning footage is shown on the big screen while the magnificent repertoire from the original 1940 version and Fantasia 2000 is performed live. 303-623-7876 • coloradosymphony.org

April 3, 4 Lewis Black, Paramount Theatre Known as the king of the rant, actor, author and critically acclaimed standup comedian Black returns on his “It Gets Better Everyday Tour.” 303-623-0106 • paramountdenver.com

April 4 Jo Koy, Bellco Theatre One of today’s premiere stand-up comics, Koy has gained a large following from his semi-regular appearances on “The Adam Carolla Show.” 303-228-8260 • bellcotheatre.com

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U.S. Alpine Tech Championships, Aspen Snowmass, March 28-31

Out of Town Through April 12 Kidtopia, Keystone Families will find every kind of fun they can dream of from toys and games, like giant Legos and foosball, to interactive activities and crafts, plus special programs and events. keystoneresort.com

Through Feb.17 Ice Castles, Dillon See breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, fountains and much more. icecastles.com/colorado

Feb. 14-18 Vail Legacy Days, Vail Celebrate the Legacy of Vail with the 10th Mountain Parade, 75th Anniversary Riva Ridge Ski Down and more. vail.com

Feb. 24-29 Burton US Open, Vail The country’s largest snowboarding competition will feature more than 100 of the world’s best riders and Olympic medalists competing to win



the most prestigious Halfpipe and Slopestyle titles in snowboarding. vail.com

Feb. 25 Mardi Gras Celebration & Fireworks, Snowmass This 37-year tradition includes the Mother of All Ascensions uphill race, a bead toss, the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert and a finale of fireworks. gosnowmass.com

Feb. 29 Power of Four Ski Race, Snowmass This premier ski-mountaineering race tests athletes’ endurance as they race in teams across all four area mountains covering 24 miles and more than 10,000 vertical feet. gosnowmass.com

March 23-28 NASTAR National Championships, Snowmass The nation’s top recreational skiers compete for age group titles on the same course that pro athletes will race just a few days later for the U.S. Alpine Tech Championships. gosnowmass.com


March 28-31

Feb. 11, 12

U.S. Alpine Tech Championships, Aspen Snowmass After a 60-year hiatus, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass are set to host this elite race. aspensnowmass.com

Beethoven’s Birthday Youth Concert, Boettcher Concert Hall Hear music by the birthday boy himself, by composers who influenced him and by composers who were affected by him. 303-623-7876 • coloradosymphony.org

April 1-4 A Taste of Vail, Vail Rated as one of the nation’s best spring food and wine festivals with some of the nation’s top vintners. tasteofvail.com

For the Kids Through Feb. 16 Goodnight Moon, Buell Theater Featuring whimsical music and dance, this heartwarming adaptation is produced as a part of the DCPA’s Theatre for Young Audiences program. 303-893-4100 • denvercenter.org

Feb. 29-March 1 Paw Patrol Live, Bellco Theatre It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger in this “Race to the Rescue” show. 303-228-8260 • bellcotheatre.com

March 10-22 The SpongeBob Musical, Buell Theatre Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved

Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality. 303-893-4100 • denvercenter.org

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Today’s Italian Jovanina’s offers hand-crafted pastas and fresh takes on classic dishes By JOANNE DAVIDSON


THE NAME—JOVANINA’S BROKEN Italian—is your first hint that this 15month-old restaurant in the heart of Denver’s Lower Downtown isn’t your grandmother’s Italian restaurant. “We love traditional red sauce-type Italian cooking,” says co-owner/chef Jake Linzinmeir, “but this restaurant isn’t about tables set with gingham cloths and candles in Chianti bottles. We’re creating a style of where we are and how people are dining.” That is, foods and beverages that reflect a fresh, modern take on Italian cuisine, using the best local and regional ingredients that each season offers. The pastas, for example, are everevolving—made on-site, by-hand and calibrated to the day’s temperature from flour milled in-house, purchased from Central Milling in Utah or imported from Italy. “We are constantly trying to find the best shape for how well it holds a sauce and feels in the mouth,” Linzinmeir says. “There’s nothing wrong with dry pastas, but we think ours is better.” A current diner favorite is calamarata, a ring-shaped pasta so named because of its resemblance to rounds of calamari. “We cut it in half-inch sections,” he says, and it is a perfect base for a Bolognese made from elk, rosemary mascarpone, whipped ricotta and sage salt. This dish, Linzinmeir says, is so wellexecuted that it’s comparable to anything one would find in a top-flight restaurant in Italy.“You could say we’ve made it to the Italian border, but not quite to Bologna.” 48

In September, Linzinmeir closed the restaurant for two days so that he and his crew could concentrate on pickling the sweet corn, onions, green beans and grapes that are found on several menu and cocktail items. One of the pizzas on Jovanina’s spring menu features ramps that have been covered in hot coals and left overnight in the restaurant’s custom-built, wood-burning pizza oven. Pork jowl will be added to the pizza as a finishing touch.


An ambitious craft cocktail menu includes drinks made from liquors that are barrel-aged in-house, such as the silver tequila aged with Campari in a charred Madeira barrel for 90 days and then put in a keg that is chilled to 26 degrees F. Chief mixologist Chris Dunsmoor pours the resulting beverage over a 2-inch by 2-inch cube of ice, enabling the mixture to keep its full flavor and not be diluted by shaking or the ice.

Jovanina’s Broken Italian 1520 Blake St. Denver, CO 80202 720-541-7721 jovanina.com

Photo: Rachel Adams

Linzinmeir curates his key staffers as carefully as he does his food. Dunsmoor, whose skills have been recognized by the Colorado Bartenders Guild and others, came to Jovanina’s by way of The Populist, where he was bar manager. Prior to that he tended bar at such local hotspots as the RiNo Yacht Club, American Bonded and Izakaya Den. Linzinmeir considers pastry chef Ashley Morrison “an absolute force in pastry,” one who turns out breads and desserts like no other and “tolerates my whimsical side.” Her credentials include stints as pastry chef de partie at two of chef Thomas Keller’s storied venues—The French Laundry and Bouchon Bakery, both in the Napa Valley—and as pastry chef at The Bindery in Denver. A garlic knot that she made for summer dining proved so popular that it remained on the fall/winter menu, albeit in a slightly different iteration. “Ashley took a traditional garlic knot and made it her own by having it be the size of a baseball and filling it with burrata and roasted garlic. We called it a garlic knot on steroids.” Fall/winter diners knew it as Parmesan Soufflé. “It was served with balsamic gelato, so you’d be having your cheese course and dessert all in one,” Linzinmeir explains. Jovanina’s Broken Italian opened Nov. 2, 2018, and is winning rave reviews from diners both local and out of state. Writing on the Open Table website, Lisa K from Denver says, “Fantastic food and great service. We ate downstairs and loved the cozy booth and funky old-time wine cellar/basement feel. It was a really fun dining experience. “Absolutely loved everything about it,” added OT, a diner from San Francisco. The downstairs to which Lisa K refers is Sotto Voce, an intimate, Pro-

BROKEN IS BETTER OPPOSITE PAGE: Jake Linzinmeir and his wife Jennifer ABOVE: A look into Jovanina’s Broken Italian’s dining room and kitchen

hibition-era style lounge that can accommodate 35 people seated or 45 for standing cocktail service. Via Sopra, on the restaurant’s second floor, also offers a cozy dining or cocktail party space with a panoramic view of the hustle and bustle of Blake Street. The main dining room has exposed brick walls, a zinc bar and clear lines of sight to the open kitchen. A chef and certified sommelier who graduated from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in 1992, Linzinmeir is no stranger to the restaurant biz. After Cornell he spent 19 years in Telluride as executive director of restaurants for the Telluride Ski Co., helming such popular spots as Bon Vivant and Alpino Vino, the highest-elevation fine dining restaurant in North America. He also owned the now-closed Excelsior Café there. In addition, he has been a sous chef at Le Calandre, a 3-star Michelin restaurant near Padua, Italy, and has appeared numerous times on NBC’s “Today” show, demonstrating how to make such things as Telluride Ski Patrol Pasta and his upscale take on corn dogs.

Telluride Ski Patrol Pasta is al dente orecchiette that is mixed with diced tomatoes, julienned red peppers, garlic, hot pepper flakes, spinach and oregano that have been sauteed in olive oil and finished with a dusting of pecorino Romano. Instead of having a hot dog at the center, Linzinmeir’s corn dogs have centers of lobster, buffalo short ribs or mac and cheese. “My family is really into food, although I’m the only one who went into the industry. My parents both worked for airlines, so we traveled a lot. And of course the first thing we’d do wherever we’d land is check out the local cuisine.” In fact, Linzinmeir adds, his original plan was to go into restaurant administration. He was 21 when he moved to Telluride after graduating from Cornell. “I helped open a restaurant there and when the chef quit, I ended up in the kitchen and discovered I had a knack for cooking.” Jennifer Linzinmeir, a certified public accountant, is the co-owner and general manager of the Red Lion in Vail, an establishment her husband describes as the last of the great ski bars. “We were classmates at Cornell; friends who graduated together but



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didn’t date,” he recalls. “We both ended up moving to Colorado, and 25 years later, when we both happened to be single, we’d visit each others’ restaurants and started to date.” They married in 2016 and divide their time between their primary residence in the Vail Valley and a condo in Denver. They are also partners in Bespoke Concepts, a hospitality planning and development collective that, says Jake, “Provides the tools and business guidance required to create exciting and financially sound food and beverage concepts. We help them recognize trends and movement in the industry to keep them current or to build a non-stale restaurant in a hotel that guests would want to go to.” Denver clients include the Hotel Teatro restaurant, Nickel and Union Station. Milo, a hotel and restaurant in Santa Barbara; Saltwood, a restaurant in Monterey, Calif., and 100 Sails, a restaurant in Honolulu, also are clients. But that name? How did the couple settle on something as crazy—but attention-getting—as Jovanina’s Broken Italian? 50

Simple: Jovanina is a mashup of Giovannina, a nickname given to Jake’s wife and business partner, Jennifer. “We changed the G to J and there you have it: broken Italian.”


PASTA DOUGH 2 cups 00 flour 2 cups plus 1 tbs durum flour 12 egg yolks 2 tbs water Put the flour in the bowl of a mixer with a paddle attachment and dough hook. With a paddle running on low speed, gradually add the egg yolks until the dough comes together. Switch to a dough hook and mix for 20 minutes. Rest for a minimum of 45 minutes before rolling and cutting into long noodles.

ELK BOLOGNESE ½ lb ground elk ½ lb ground pork ½ white onion ½ carrot 1 celery stalk 3 garlic cloves 5 cremini mushrooms ¼ cup red wine 1 cup milk 40 oz crushed canned tomatoes


Cut the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and mushrooms and set aside. Sear the elk and pork in a large pot until thoroughly cooked. Remove meat from pot and add vegetables. Sauté until cooked through. Deglaze the pan with red wine and reduce by half. Return the meat to the pan along with milk and crushed tomatoes. Simmer on low for about four hours.


11⁄3 cup cream cheese 3 ⁄4 cup ricotta cheese ½ cup sweetened condensed milk 2 eggs ¼ cup heavy cream Graham cracker pie crust In a mixer, paddle together cream cheese and ricotta until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add sweetened condensed milk, eggs and heavy cream and paddle until smooth. Add to prepared graham cracker crust and bake in a water bath at 250F for about 50 minutes, until the center is set. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature.

Dining out, without a doubt, is what Joanne Davidson enjoys most. After reporting this story, she’s definitely adding Jovanina’s Broken Italian to her list of “gotta get there soon” places.

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French Twist At Le Bilboquet Denver, chef uses locally sourced ingredients in creating classic bistro fare

SOMETIMES A SIGNATURE DISH earns its reputation because it is, in fact, that good. Le Poulet Cajun (that’s Cajun chicken for those of you who did not have French mercilessly drilled into your brains for four years) is a paradoxically simple, yet complex dish. A tangy, creamy beurre blanc is drizzled on tender white meat medallions, accompanied by crisp French fries. Where can one find this magic chicken? That would be at Le Bilboquet Denver, the chic French bistro located in Cherry Creek North. Open since September 2019, Le Bilboquet features the blue velvet banquettes, breathtaking art and impeccable floral arrangements one would expect of a top-notch French restaurant, but with a distinct Denver twist. Le Bilboquet originally opened on New York City’s Upper East Side as a 36-seat see-and-be-seen restaurant in 1986. After nearly three decades of success, it relocated to a larger space on East 60th Street in Manhattan in October 2013. In Denver, Philippe Delgrange, founder of the original Le Bilboquet, has teamed up with fellow restaurateur Rick Wahlstedt, owner and founder of national winning concepts and partner at the Atlanta location. Though the owners were asked to bring Le Bilboquet to Cherry Creek North, some neighbors were initially a bit hesitant about the establishment. Why would it need a New York restaurant? Would it be snooty and out of character with the area and its history?



Photos, upper left and right: Emily Teater Photography


Within just days of the grand opening, Le Bilboquet had won over most of its skeptics. Ilona Knopfler, managing partner, and previously maître d’ for Le Bilboquet in Atlanta says building Le Bilboquet Denver wasn’t “copy and paste … we didn’t want to be New York City in Denver.” For her, one of the greatest joys so far has been a string of experiences: “people come in and then come back … once a week, twice a week. It’s humbling and rewarding to be well-received by the Cherry Creek community.” Le Bilboquet does skew a bit sophisticated and Knopfler thinks Denverites enjoy having a reason to dress up. “At the grand opening, people kept saying, oh we’re so casual, and I was looking at them thinking ‘this is pretty fabulous for casual … you know, it’s truly a

Le Bilboquet 299 Saint Paul St. Denver, CO 80206 303-835-9999 lebilboquetdenver.com


pleasure to put on nice clothes and go out to a good meal.” A good meal you shall find—the appetizers at Le Bilboquet include a beet and goat cheese salad, French onion soup and tuna tartare. While tuna tartare can often go “squishy,” the version served at Le Bilboquet is robust and thoughtful. The salads and entrees shine—I found myself leering at my neighbor’s curry chicken salad and promised myself that on Denver’s next chilly day, I would pop in for a Croque Monsieur. Cyrille Holota, regional executive chef, a veteran of Michelin-star restaurants, oversees the menu in collaboration with Denver chef Steven Queen. While most of the dishes on the main menu are tried-and-true favorite from other Le Bilboquet locations, the specials are often unique to Denver, such as Queen’s Venison. Per Queen, he and Holota “let the food speak for itself,” whether that is a deliberate use of spices or procuring only the highest quality of ingredients. Speaking of ingredients, Queen notes that Le Bilboquet is “responsible” in its


Photo: Chantelle Fandino

France in Cherry Creek, inside and out. LEFT: The Beet Salad with oranges and watermelon radishes

sourcing; dairy, eggs, herbs, chicken and venison are all local or regional. Unlike many restaurants with multiple locations, they don’t insist upon using one supplier to ensure consistency, instead working with local vendors to provide excellence.

Such distinctive quality is on display in the desserts available to cap off a meal. The chocolate mousse and tarte au citron are standouts. Most chocolate mousses are glorified pudding. Now, no need to knock pudding, but don’t call it a mousse. The confec-

tion at Le Bilboquet, on the other hand, is fluffy enough to sit in the proper category. Served alongside a mound of whipped cream, it is a delight. However, the tarte au citron was the standout. Neither lemon nor lime but a melding of the two atop a buttery crust with a perfect meringue topping, it is sweet and zippy. If you’re dining with someone who doesn’t enjoy chocolate or wants a lighter treat, it is the one to try. So, when is the best time to drop by Le Bilboquet? Lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch are all great options, though worth noting are “Champagne Saturdays”—every Saturday during brunch from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., featuring a live DJ and a full brunch menu with a rotating champagne partner each week. In any case, you’ll find a warm welcome and delicious food. Elizabeth Kosar is a writer and communications strategist. She adores most cuisine, particularly desserts.




A Versatile Portfolio

Madeleine Weber O’Connell creates everything from paintings to jewelry, textiles to soap By Colleen Smith . Photography by Tammy Abramovitz


MADELEINE WEBER O’CONNELL’S oil paintings vibrate with joyful color and dynamic patterns. She also creates jewelry, textiles, decorative arts and soaps in the Denver Highland studio she shares with her husband, Kevin O’Connell. She’s a maximalist. He’s a minimalist whose fine art landscape photography is included in the permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum and represented by Robischon Gallery, one of the top art dealers in the Mile High City. The artistic couple built a modern house next door to their circa 1890 Victorian home in North Denver. Outside their studio, a Zen garden’s gravel is raked into tidy spirals beneath towering pine trees. Inside, the ground floor is filled with Madeleine O’Connell’s paintings, fabrics and gifts—dinner napkins and plates, cutting boards, scarves, pouches, coasters, and pillows— imprinted with her art.

THE DETAILS Madeleine O’Connell Art Studio (by appointment) 3273 Osceola St. Denver, CO 80210 720-341-7532 mwoconnellart.com To listen to interview segments featuring Gretchen Weber, the mother of Madeleine O’Connell, speaking about calligraphy and the artistic life, link to lucidplanet.com/iwa/ artistpages/weberg.php


Madeleine working in her Denver Highland studio



Upstairs, a treasure trove of jewelrymaking materials sparkle and shine. O’Connell’s necklaces and earrings dangle on display, and a dressmaker’s form encrusted in costume jewelry holds court on an end table. “My husband and I built this studio, and we work here and filled it with our work. It’s sacred space,” said O’Connell. “And we fight over space.” On the afternoon of the interview, the artist’s short dark hair is partially tinted turquoise. She’s wearing a patterned shirt and, surrounded by her three small rescue dogs, O’Connell could well be one of the women she’s known for painting. “Interestingly enough, I start with the eyes every single time and the personality comes out,” she says of her portraits. Mismatched eye shadow is her hallmark on more than 50 canvases of flamboyant women. “I paint asymmetrical faces, crooked features or breasts at different heights,” she says. “And one thing about my women that people don’t always pick up on is they’re always looking at you. There’s a dialog that happens with the eyes gazing at you. It’s not my thing to paint a pensive women looking down. My portraits confront you with strength. That’s a definite theme.”

“Woman with Iris and Lab” oil on canvas 36 x 24, 2019

The O’Connell home is filled with Madeleine’s paint­ings and fabrics

The artist grew up with strong female role models. Her grandmother was an artist who attended the Art Institute of Chicago in the late 1920s. Her mother had a master’s degree in calligraphy, a subject she taught at Iowa State University. O’Connell’s father taught physics at ISU. The family spent summers in Aspen, where he attended the Aspen Center for

Physics, which is how O’Connell found Colorado. For the O’Connells’ wedding in 1999, the bride-to-be collected frames and fruits and grew topiaries for an arrangement on a banquet table. The groom-to-be, who works in black-andwhite photography, insisted upon a black tablecloth, not white. “The black set off the color and




vibrancy of the objects,” she says, “and as the night went by they looked like they were just floating there in the candlelight.” Consequently, she began painting on black gesso rather than the typical white primer used by most painters. “Black gesso is much richer for me,” she says. “If you use a white canvas, it reflects light back through the paint and is not as saturated.” In addition to women, O’Connell paints joyful still life works often bursting with flowers. “I go through phases of subjects dependent on what’s going on in life. When my father was in assisted

Madeleine holding one of her custom made velvet pillows

living, he wanted to go eat sushi, so I was painting set-ups with Asian bowls and platters of sushi,” she says. “And dogs I love at all times.” Her spring trip to floriferous Holland inspired her most recent paintings. “It put me on the flower kick. Flowers I will put in a painting as an object to bring more color and pattern,” she says. “I might use two tablecloths as vehicles for color and pattern, too, but flowers bring me joy—almost painful joy—because of their beauty.” The quirky, colorful cheerfulness presents a vision slightly off-kilter. “I think it’s more interesting than

A trip to Holland inspired her most recent paintings. “Holland Tulips” oil on canvas 24 x 30, 2019




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Madeleine relaxing with one of her three rescue dogs

presenting realism,” says O’Connell, whose real-life struggles have included the death of both of her parents following Alzheimer’s disease, as well as her husband’s cancer battle. She did not paint for a year, but she’s back to her brushes and palette stronger, still joyful. “It is so not always easy,” says O’Connell. “I’ve been a shy, bashful person all my life, but I’m putting that aside. One Christmas, I Googled my mother’s name and found these audio interviews she’d done. This was at a time when her Alzheimer’s was so bad she couldn’t talk anymore. But in the interview, in her voice, one of her pieces of advice was ‘Don’t be afraid.’ And that’s one of the best gifts my mother could have given me.” Whether painting or making jewelry, designing textiles or making soap, O’Connell creates fearlessly.

“What I enjoy is the making. This is how I’m happy. This is fulfilling, a drive I have: the making of things and seeing possibilities and being inspired by fabrics or flowers or combinations of colors. Anything,” she says. “When I’m working, I’m coming from a joyful place. When I’m painting, if I’m in a bad mood, I might paint differently. My emotions do come out,” she says. “But usually I’m invoking joy. The joy I feel when I paint the work is visible if it’s a still life or a nude. That’s what people respond to: They feel the joy I felt when painting, and the cycle is complete.” Colleen Smith reports on the arts for The Denver Post, Fine Books and Collections, Art+Object.com and other publications. She is a recipient of a writer’s grant from the Haven Foundation for Freelance Artists. Follow her on Facebook: Friday Jones Publishing.

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GARDEN OF THE GODS … A BEER GARDEN? Native Americans considered the site peaceful and sacred, and the area was a beacon for pioneer wellness seekers. But in 1859, two visiting surveyors were awed simply by the stunning sight of towering red rocks framed by Pike’s Peak. When one spontaneously commented that it was the perfect spot for a beer garden, his companion immediately countered, calling it “fit for the gods to assemble.” And then he christened it accordingly. In 1951, founders Al and Margaret Hill were able to skillfully integrate luxurious amenities into the striking environment to create a welcoming retreat: Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs. “Walt Disney, Gene Autry and John Wayne used to come here back in the day, and when you walk into the hotel you get a feeling of that rich tapestry of history here,” says president and CEO James Gibson. “Certainly it’s important to pay homage to that legacy—but also evolve into a wellness destination. It is such a magical place.” The cornerstone of the resort’s wellness mission is embodied by Strata Integrated Wellness Spa: 31,000 square feet of treatments and services available to the general public, as well as guests and club members. Strata’s medical director, Dr. Michael Barber, says, “Our vision is to allow a person to come to the Garden of the Gods Resort and Club, spend three or four days—some devoted to their wellness, some to just luxuriate in the spa, some to golf or experience the area—and integrate all of that together. Not only can Strata stand alone, we’re an adjunct to what the resort offers: an escape and an opportunity for people to recharge and be well.” Barber is a cardiologist who embraces both traditional medicine and innovate treatments, often in tandem. “I take a very personal interest in each client that comes to my attention and try to customize and to personalize, and not have a one-size-fits-all,” he says. His expertise covers services from executive wellness to a complete cardiovascular evaluation. Staff members have a loyal following—especially Barber and chiropractic doctor Shane Wells, skilled far beyond functional realignments to more intricate injurypattern work. Strata’s popular clinical services also include acupuncture, mindfulness, energy work, nutrition, medical

massage and fitness. “Basically you name an aspect of wellness and we can put something together for you.” Barber adds, “We have a very devout following from our cancer patients. We embrace clients that are struggling with aspects of cancer that we can provide a holistic and comprehensive approach” in treating. Rejuvenation services at Strata include the memorable Pure Sense Soft Pack bed, where clients float weightlessly, cocooned by body-temperature warmth, designed to reduce mental and physical stress, and add the benefits of many hours of sleep in only one hour. Barber also talks about Strata’s popular couple’s massage, with the option to linger and indulge in champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. The Himalayan salt sauna is a place where medical results can mix with relaxation benefits. Barber says mindfulness sessions are available for anyone, but becoming popular with golfers to help with their mental game. Strata’s first-class pampering and beauty services run the gamut, including facials that elicit “best I’ve ever had” customer feedback. Gibson says the goal is to bring wellness into every aspect of the resort, even with something as basic as menus. “There are selections on the menus that allow people to choose healthy things if they wish … and have a great porterhouse steak and a great cabernet bottle of wine if they want. If that’s wellness to you, then go ahead and indulge and enjoy.” He’s convinced too that the nature-focused atmosphere of the views and deer and bunnies roaming the property also contribute to overall wellness. Although it’s ranked No. 1 out of 111 Colorado Springs hotels on Trip Advisor, someone told Gibson the resort may be a best-kept secret. “Because we’re more than 50 years old and only fairly recently opened up to become a full-service resort, there are still a lot of people who don’t know us,” he says. “We’re trying to change the perception. There’s a great facility and resort here that you can come and enjoy, and it’s very, very special.” Hotel rooms all face west to access the stunning views, and home-like luxury cottages and casitas are available for short-term stays as well. “When first built it was very much an invitation-only private club,” Gibson says. “We transitioned through time and have become an open club. There’s no membership committee, and you don’t have to be sponsored by a member. We encourage anybody to come and join us.” Guests and members alike comment on feeling welcomed, and enjoy being greeted by name among staff members. Multiple onsite dining options offer choices all day long, from casual patio fare to a full-service formal dining room. Daniel Daughtry, vice president of restaurant, bars and

OF THE GODS—TRULY OPPOSITE TOP TO BOTTOM: The Cottage or Casita King Room; Grand View patio; Red Rock views are framed by Pikes Peak



events, recommends the braised lamb shank at Grand View Dining Room, and handmade buttermilk-fried chicken at Kissing Camels Grille. Rich Parker, director of golf, says the 27 holes at Kissing Camels provide “spectacular views and breathtaking vistas, but it is very much player-friendly—three different 9-hole courses have just about everything most golfers could ask for. Every hole has a unique character and amazing views. No matter what skill level they may be, all golfers leave in amazement, regardless of how well they’ve played.” Guests also enjoy two outdoor and four indoor tennis courts, along with pickleball, and can choose from among three stylish, distinctive outdoor swimming pools. No surprise, the resort hosts around 60 weddings per year, and Gibson talks about fathers escorting brides with smiles and happy tears on the emerald-colored lawn with dramatic scenery. The general public can also put together functions and meetings with the option to incorporate golf and wellness activities. Groups might utilize up to 100 hotel rooms over multiple days, or host a one-day gathering for up to 200 people, allowing more staff attention and a personalized experience. Some love the Garden of the Gods Resort experience so much they choose to live it full-time in the Vermillion residential community. One builder presides over new residences that are approximately 5,000 square feet. “The design and quality are outstanding, right on the mesa, where you have 100 percent access to these wonderful views,” says Gibson. Home ownership comes with a complimentary family golf membership, concierge services, and a slew of byrequest opportunities that include a private chef and staff for home parties. “It’s a gated community,” says Gibson, “a lock-and-leave, low-maintenance lifestyle. Most of the people have been sold to full-time residents. So there’s certainly a feeling of a community within the community of people feeling really connected to their neighbors and having a beautiful place to live—a beautiful way to live.” Barber says, “We encourage people to come here to really unplug. Everything should be focused on getting the most benefit that they possibly can. Essentially anything that anybody can dream of, that they might want to have happen…we can accommodate you.” Lisa Perry has been writing about people, places and fun things to do in Colorado for more than 25 years. Garden of the Gods Park has been a favorite day trip, but extending that into a relaxing resort stay sounds like a plan.

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Dr. James Rouse grew up in a dysfunctional environment but learned, and now preaches, the path to wellness

FOR LIVING WELL Dr. James Rouse likes to be called Dr. James. If that’s all you knew about Dr. James, it would probably be enough to know his essence. Dr. James is the husband of Dr. Debra Rouse and father of Elli, 17, and Dakota, 22, three women he adores above all else. He lives in Evergreen where he podcasts nearly daily from the treehouse in his back yard. If that is all you knew about Dr. James, that would probably be enough. ¶ Dr. James is also a naturopathic doctor, a primary care trained integrative clinician, and an expert in epigenetics, functional, regenerative, and lifestyle medicine. He is the author of 13 books (and counting) on human potential, proactive aging and mind-body well-being. Dr. James is a motivational speaker who has presented to audiences on every continent while sharing the stage with celebrities such as Sir Richard Branson, Steve Wozniak, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Deepak Chopra and Arnold Schwarzenegger. As a leading human performance expert, he has worked with professional franchises in the NFL, NBA and MLB along with Fortune 10 to 100 Companies including Google and Whole Foods. Dr. James grew up as a top high school lacrosse player and is a former Ironman triathlete and is now a certified yoga instructor. ¶ Irrespective of the impressive resume, Dr. James’ accomplishments do not define the essence of the man. Dr. James’ wellness crusade is a lot like Dr. James: it’s not about the scorecard. BY SCOTT S. EVANS


Difficult early years

Growing up in rural Vermont in a family that was, as he described it, a “third-generation alcoholic family,” alcohol wasn’t just accepted, it was celebrated. Dr. James’ father was more than absent, along with his parents’ tumultuous relationship, Dr. James grew up addicted, with low self-esteem, anxiety, undiagnosed dyslexia, and was by all accounts a horrible student. When Dr. James went into his high school college counselor, the counselor told him “you’re a good kid, but you’re not college material.” Dr. James remembers the conversation as a punch to the gut.

Igniting the wellness spark

Two good memories remain from those school-boy days. First, Dr. James was a standout lacrosse midfielder and face off specialist. And he still plays. But in the high school days, given the broken family, he says “team sports are what taught me start to trust again. Facing off taught me the essence of letting go, moving on, and forgiveness of myself and others.” Second, the spark of physical wellness was ignited. Because of his social anxiety and particular fear of performing academic tasks in front of the class, Dr. James would often call in sick on days on which he was required to make a presentation. One day while skipping school, Dr. James stumbled upon Jack LaLanne’s television show, which so inspired him he began to do pushups that very day. While he didn’t know it at the time, the “Godfather of Fitness” had planted the seed of fundamental wellness in Dr. James that would sprout and then blossom a decade later. While inspiration came to Dr. James sparingly in the Vermont days clouded with family dysfunction and addiction, two stark events that lasted collectively less than five minutes would change his life forever. The first event happened at a family event when he was 20 years old. Dr. James describes alcoholism as “part of his family’s disease” and “highly encouraged at family gatherings.” At this family gathering, Dr. James had passed out in an elevator in a hotel, and stirred out of unconsciousness as the elevator’s doors opened at the lobby level at 5:30 a.m. Moved by emotion, Dr. James recounted, “The elevator doors opened, and my dad was sitting in the lobby bar. My



dad looked me and said, ‘Atta boy.’” Dr. James has been sober since. But sobriety wasn’t enough to motivate Dr. James to take the next step and prove his high school counselor wrong. Dr. James was still trapped in a bond of low selfesteem and anxiety, working as a trucker. One night, a truck driver on his way to Boston was greeted by Dr. James, and this random individual saw gold in Dr. James’ heart and told him: “I’m headed to Boston, but I’ll be back around this time tomorrow night. I’m going to kick your ass if you are still here tomorrow.” Dr. James left and began his post-secondary education, not without struggle but becoming the success he is today. As usual, Dr. James paints the picture with his own words: “There is no way in hell I should be where I am today.” And yet....

Becoming purpose-driven “It all comes down to purpose,” he says. This is the predominate theme in his philosophy. “Do you have a reason to get up in the morning that is bigger than you?” Dr. James found his purpose in his young adulthood when he came to his personal realization that “we are most motivated when we are elevating others.” Dr. James has a word for this that he meditates on every day. The word is “Eudaimonia” which means “noble purpose” or “human flourishing.” Dr. James describes the study of Eudaimonia as his “new addiction. I’m really trying to understand on a daily basis why people flourish.” The emphasis of elevating others is more than a phrase for Dr. James. Throughout our preparation for the interview, Dr. James addressed me with positive affirmations, and during the interview he gave more time than usual, addressed me by my first name regularly, discussed our shared passions and after the interview, made a deeply kind and personal offer. Dr. James’ wife vouches for his authenticity. At a conference in Zurich where the couple was presenting together, Dr. Debra was asked: “what is he like off camera and off stage?” “Better,” she responded. Dr. James often discusses the concept of purpose in connection with the ability to tune out. For example, he makes it a rule to forego all screens during the weekends—no phones, no computers, no screens. He advocates putting the phone out of eyesight while having personal interactions. “Try being with someone and don’t have your phone visible and see what happens. It changes everything.” He suggests those aspiring to become more physically fit ditch the box fitness franchises and home equipment and take a walk in the woods. He loves the outdoor opportunities Colorado has to offer. “Take a walk in the woods. Colorado is a pharmacy. We live in Walgreens.”

THE SPARK The Rouse family: daughters Dakota (holding Kiki), and Elli, wife Dr. Debra Rouse and Dr. James with their rescue miracle Shanti

Wellness is about more than a scorecard Critics have always struggled with wellness advocates, questioning how to get people to start a wellness push and promising that the push will inevitably end. Dr. James’ response is to stop focusing on the scorecard—calories burnt, miles run, veggie shakes consumed. “If we connect wellness to a scale, it is the antithesis of motivation.” Do you want to improve your nutrition? Dr. James’ solution is to start by eating really healthy one meal a day, preferably breakfast. Should it be vegan? Dr. James suggests a “plantforward” approach. Do you want to improve your fitness? Dr. James suggests moving. Outside. Critically, however, its not about the scorecard, it’s how it makes you feel and if it helps you get to your purpose. Dr. James borrows from a study by the Mayo Clinic to help describe the process and touts the “moderate delusional optimism movement” and “a community of possibilitarians.” The idea is to define your own world and establish your own firewalls. It’s also evident in his new love of epigenetics, which literally means “living above your genes.” For Dr. James, even your genes—the building blocks of life—aren’t your scorecard, and modern science is beginning to support that theory. Dr. James’ life is Exhibit One. We are all more than who we are. “We all have gold in us,” reminds the good doctor.

If the essence of being is more than a scorecard and tied to waking up each day ready to serve a higher purpose, the question must be, what is that purpose? Dr. James’ answer can be found in one of his interactions with a luminary. Dr. James was conducting a workshop with Steve Wozniak of Apple computer fame. Wozniak was asked about the famous photograph of him and Steve Jobs working in the garage together at the very beginning of one of the most successful business ventures in the history of the world. Mr. Wozniak was asked what he was thinking in that picture. Undoubtedly the countless successful business executives in the audience were expecting answers revolving around money, IPOs, jobs or fame. Instead, Mr. Wozniak said, “it was fun. I want to do this again tomorrow.” The point wasn’t blithe, but rather an example that we are more well, successful, and sustainable when the purpose isn’t just the scorecard, but something that makes you feel better. “And feeling better it turns out is contagious” Dr. James says. “Your self care, love and compassion is social activism … to the degree that we serve.” Interviewing Dr. James was fun. I’d like to do it again, or another great interview, tomorrow. Scott S. Evans is a business litigation attorney and a regular contributor to Colorado Expression.



In Hot Water

Colorado’s Historic Hot Springs Loop showcases 19 places to take the plunge By Kelly Smith


ALONG WITH THE MANY OTHER reasons to love Colorado, we are fortunate to have access to a variety of natural hot springs, scattered across the state. These hot springs were once revered as healing waters by Native Americans, and now provide a superb setting for a weekend getaway, Colorado-style. Recently, five hot springs destinations in Colorado—Chaffee County, Glenwood Springs, Ouray County, Pagosa Springs and Steamboat Springs—joined together to form the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop. The 720-mile driving loop showcases 19 hot springs facilities that run the gamut from rustic and romantic to large and family-friendly. What they all have in common is hot water, in a setting only Mother Nature can provide. No matter what kind of hot springs experience you have in mind, the Loop has something to offer. True to the Colorado lifestyle, many hot springs are close to other activities, making it simple to create a multilayered experience. Whitewater rafting, microbrewery tours and skiing go hand-in-hand with a hot springs visit, and many of the facilities offer massage, yoga and other wellnessrelated activities. Lodging is often available on the property or close by,

THE DETAILS Visit colorado.com/hotspringsloop for links to all of the facilities on the Hot Springs Loop. Be sure to confirm hours, rates and policies before visiting.


making a hot springs visit an ideal component of a Colorado weekend. Read on for highlights of locations on the Loop, and start planning your getaway.

Chaffee County

Along with being home to some of the best rafting in the state, numerous hot springs dot the Buena Vista and Salida vicinity, including Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. Set on the banks of Chalk Creek, the resort offers lodging, a restaurant, and an upper pool with a 400-foot water slide. An infinity-edge design, zeroentry point and sun bathing deck make the new family relaxation pool a popular addition to the resort. The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center is a swimming-pool sized indoor facility, with a full array of rec center amenities. For a change of pace from the bigger pools, Cottonwood Hot Springs features a smallscale hotel setting, while Creekside Hot Springs Cabin and Antero Hot Springs Cabins offer secluded accommodations for groups of two to ten, with private hot springs for each cabin.

Glenwood Springs

West of Denver on I-70, Glenwood Springs is home to the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. Glenwood Hot Springs Resort serves up two sprawling pools, a spa and athletic club. The new, seasonal Sopris Splash Zone provides water park fun, and the adjacent hotel makes this a one-stop destination. Customize your water temperature experience at Iron Mountain Hot Springs, which is comprised of 16


pools set on the banks of the Colorado River, ranging from 99 to 108 degrees. A freshwater family pool provides a kid-friendly environment, while chair and table massages add to the adult relaxation. Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves is a unique underground steam cave experience.

Ouray County

It’s a 300-mile trek from Denver to Ouray, but well worth the trip. This

Photo: Noah Wetzel, Courtesy Steamboat Springs Chamber


Steamboat Springs’ Strawberry Park Hot Springs

southwest corner of the state offers stunning scenery, along with numerous hot springs options. After a recent $10 million renovation, The Ouray Hot Springs Pool & Fitness Center serves up nearly one million gallons of clear, hot springs water, without the common sulfur aroma. Three pools range from 80 to 105 degrees. Enjoy a getaway at the Historic Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings, with three soaking pools, including

the Lorelei, a secluded, outdoor pool and waterfall. Other Ouray options include Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs and Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs, with spectacular views and amenities, as well as the clothingoptional Orvis Hot Springs.

Pagosa Springs

Make the 200-mile drive to Pagosa Springs for outside adventure—the town is surrounded by three million

acres of wilderness and National Forest. While there enjoy The Springs Resort & Spa, set on the banks of the San Juan River in downtown. It’s a 79-room hotel with 23 mineral pools and a lap pool, all fed by the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring. Relax in a rooftop tub, one of the more than a dozen soaking options, or enjoy a massage at the new Overlook Hot Springs Spa, which, true to its name, overlooks downtown



Photo: The Historic Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodge

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is ideal for families or as a romantic getaway

Photo: Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort


The Historic Wi­esbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings has three soaking pools




and the surrounding area. With 15 rooms, cabins and RV site, The Healing Waters Resort & Spa provides an intimate getaway option.

Steamboat Springs

Photo: Glenwood Hot Springs

The West is alive north of Denver near Steamboat Springs, where Strawberry Park Hot Springs sits tucked away in the forest outside town. This rustic natural pool is a popular draw, such that the town offers a parking reservation system and operates a shuttle to the facility. After dark, the all-ages pool switches to 18+ and enacts a

THE DETAILS Colorado’s Historic Hot Springs Loop

Glenwood Hot Springs Resort serves up two sprawling pools, a spa and athletic club

Chaffee County • • • •

Antero Hot Springs Cabins Cottonwood Hot Springs Creekside Hot Springs Cabin Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort • Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center

Glenwood Springs • Glenwood Hot Springs • Iron Mountain Hot Springs • Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves

• Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs • Orvis Hot Springs • Ouray Hot Springs Pool & Fitness Center • The Historic Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings • Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs

Pagosa Springs • • • •

Healing Waters Resort & Spa Ouray Hot Springs Pool Overlook Hot Springs Spa The Springs Resort & Spa

Steamboat Springs • Old Town Hot Springs • Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Photo: Visit Pagosa Springs


The Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa sits on the banks of the San Juan River

clothing-optional policy. In town, four 104-degree spring-fed pools, a climbing wall and a 230-foot water slide at the Old Town Hot Springs promise fun after a day in the mountains. Look for an upcoming multi-million dollar improvement project at Old Town Hot Springs in the near future. Colorado’s hot springs provide ideal opportunities for recreation and rest.

Whether you choose a quiet, secluded location, a crowd-friendly facility complete with water attractions or something in between, these facilities have what you are looking for. Kelly Smith is a freelance writer and editor from Littleton. She is almost finished with her bucket list item of visiting every location on the Historic Hot Springs Loop.




A World Unto Itself— The Galápagos Islands Close encounters with sea creatures, enlightening lectures and guided tours make for a dream destination By Joey Porcelli


WHEN OUR SNORKELING GUIDE popped up to yell “hammerhead,” my question was, do I swim towards him or away? Unfortunately, I didn’t see the 15-foot shark underneath my flippers, but was pleased to know we shared space in the pristine waters of the Galápagos Islands. “They’re shy,” the guide said when we were safely back in the zodiac. I’m not sure how I would have reacted to the sight of a sea creature longer than our rubber raft, but I was thrilled nonetheless. My desire to have close

THE DETAILS Galápagos Islands Climate Average temperatures: January to June: 70 to 80F July to December: from 65 to 75F Dry Season: from June to December with cooler temperatures Wet Season: from December to May with warmer temperatures

Wildlife 11 species of giant tortoises 3 species of large lizards 85 species of birds 26 endemic species among the islands including Darwin’s finches, Galápagos giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and Galápagos penguins. This is the only place on earth to see these animals in their natural habitat.


Blue-footed booby on North Seymour Island

encounters with the animal kingdom was fulfilled each day as I met the unique wildlife of this magical archipelago “face to face.” I swam with curious sea turtles who posed for my underwater camera, frolicked underwater with a family of sea lions, hiked over volcanic rock


to bask in the sun with lazy iguanas, and kayaked below steep cliffs where blue-footed boobies nest. One of the most spectacular moments I experienced was when a gang of rare Galápagos penguins chased a school of panicky fish right beneath my snorkel mask.


Galapágo is an old Spanish word for tortoise

The Post Office Barrel in Floreana

The colorful shoreline of South Plaza Island




For adventure travelers, environmentalists and animal lovers, the Galapagos are a dream destination. Although tourism is heavily regulated, visitors may book travel by land or sea. The Galápagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation work together to safeguard the more than 200 islands and islets. They limit visitors by ship to 150,000 annually. For our adventure, my husband and I chose a 95-passenger vessel, The Silver Galápagos. Our journey began at 9,350 feet in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. We toured the city’s Old Town, a UNESCO cultural heritage site, and enjoyed a symphonic performance at la Compañía, the Spanish Baroque church that glitters with seven tons of gold. Other attractions included a shopping trip to the Mariscal Aristan Market, a visit to the Museo Guayasamín, home of the legendary painter Oswaldo Guayasamín, and an afternoon at the Middle of the World Monument where we straddled the equator, one foot in the northern hemisphere and one foot in the southern. In Quito, we dined on local specialties such as ceviche, empanadas, fritadas, and tres leches cake, but didn’t have the courage to try the local specialty “cuy” or guinea pig. And then it was time to enter the magical world of the Galápagos. After

flights to Guayaquil and on to San Cristobal Island, we boarded the ship and sailed away. I learned quickly this was not be a stereotypical cruise with lounge singers, spa treatments or casinos. It felt more like a week at summer camp. Up early to catch a zodiac to the first hike of the day, back to change into a wetsuit for a morning snorkel, back shipside for a seafood lunch on deck, back out for the afternoon’s nature walk, then back on board for dinner under the stars; no time for bingo or cabaret shows. One memorable evening’s entertainment featured a well-choreographed ballet

of sharks and sea lions chasing flying fish illuminated by the ship’s running lights. Between daily tours, expert guides lectured passengers on the natural, human, and wildlife history of this protected area. They spoke of the islands’ geology, Charles Darwin’s famous voyage on the HMS Beagle, and the theory of evolution. To read about a Darwin finch is one thing, to see one in the wild makes natural selection come alive. On the island of Bartholome, we trekked up to the summit of a volcanic mountain past lava tubes and

THE DETAILS What to read before you go Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut The Galápagos: A Natural History by Henry Nicholls

What to watch before you go The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013) starring Kate Blanchett


Quito Old Town with a view of the Basilica of the National Vow



Interpretation Center and Giant Tortoise Ecological Reserve. We walked alongside giant tortoises that lumbered freely through the tropical terrain, munched on juicy guava fruit, and cooled themselves in algaecovered ponds. A short walk to the town of Puerto Ayora brought us to the Charles Darwin Research Center where scientists, educators, and volunteers from all over the world work to conserve, restore and sustain the archipelago. Here, we learned how baby tortoises are raised, protected from predators, and later repatriated to their island of origin. The exhibit that moved me most was a glass enclosure that held the body of “Lonesome George,” a Pinta Island Tortoise who died at just over 100 years old. The last of his species, George is a stark reminder of the urgent need for environmental protection. Charles Darwin called the Galápagos “a little world within itself.” For those fortunate to visit, this world leaves a lasting impression.

Sea lions at Gardner Bay on Española Island

lazy lizards. Our guide pointed out a snake trail that was visible for weeks because these islands remain basically untouched. Footprints are known to last up to five years. He also mentioned that scenes from the movie Master and Commander were filmed in the bay below our majestic vista. Before we stopped on the island of Floreana, we watched another movie, The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden. This melodrama complete with a German baroness and her three lovers documented murder, sex and mayhem in 1920s Galápagos. When we reached Floreana, our guide took us to the Post Office Barrel, a makeshift wooden mailbox constructed in the late eighteenth century. Homesick sailors put their missives in the barrel and hoped the next ship would pick up and deliver them. To recreate this clever postal system, we left postcards addressed to our family in Colorado and retrieved those left from the previous ship. It worked. On the island of Santa Cruz, we visited the Llerena Breeding and

A Sally Lightfoot crab, also known as the Red Rock crab

Freelance writer Joey Porcelli lives in Golden, when she’s not travelling the world looking for adventure. Author of two dining guides and a history of the Denver Film Festival, Porcelli teaches memoir at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities. She is working on her second novel.

Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado Reserve on San Cristobal Island




Building on Community

Koelbel and Company creates not just new and redeveloped housing, but a sense of place through its support of arts and programs that benefit children By Elizabeth Kosar


“WHEN YOU’RE HELPING CREATE community, you need to give back to the community.” That’s how Walter A. “Buz” Koelbel explains the commitment to philanthropy and charitable giving that’s built into the Koelbel family business and each member of the Koelbel family. More simply put, it’s the values instilled through work and over family meals—“dinner table DNA.” Since its founding, Koelbel and Company has focused on responsible corporate citizenship and maintains a philosophy that investment in the community, state and country builds a foundation for the future. Buz’s grandparents, Carl and Julie Norgren, were responsible for driving this ethos; according to Buz, they mentored his parents, Walter and Gene, who would in turn, guide Buz and his wife Sherri. Sherri laughs as she recalls Gene insisting that she, as Buz’s new girlfriend, do public relations for the Santa Claus shop, “I mean, we had just started dating! But Gene wasn’t a woman you wanted to say no to.” Carl, Sherri and Buz’s eldest son, is equally effusive about the expectation to give back. “When I was little, I spent a lot of time with my parents. Mom would tell us about

THE DETAILS Koelbel and Company 5291 E. Yale Ave. Denver, CO 80222 303-758-3500 koelbelco.com


Walt Koelbel, Buz Koelbel, Carl Koelbel and Dean Koelbel

the organizations where she helped people and Dad would tell us about how the company was serving the community,” Carl says. “It all really made me aware of our family’s strong tradition of giving.” Walt, another son, points out that since Koelbel and Company only works in Colorado it has additional reasons to be involved in the community. The company’s members want to make and keep the state a nice place to live. Even as the city evolves, both the Koelbel family and company have focused on supporting bedrock cultural institutions including the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the CU Leeds School of Business. In August 2019, Rocky Mountain Public Media announced it received a $1 million gift from Koelbel & Company to fund the Koelbel KUVO Studio


in its new headquarters, the Buell Public Media Center in Denver’s Arapahoe Square. With the move to the Buell Public Media Center in 2020, Koelbel will join the long list of legacy investors in KUVO who have been instrumental in the preservation and celebration of jazz in Colorado. The current KUVO broadcast studio, which was originally named after KUVO founder Flo Hernandez-Ramos—will now be the new Koelbel KUVO Studio. In honor of her indelible mark on Colorado, and on KUVO, Rocky Mountain Public Media will be naming the new KUVO community reception space after Hernandez-Ramos. “Education and cultural advancement have been Koelbel family priorities for decades,” Buz said at the announcement. “We have a great appreciation for the impact of KUVO


in the Denver—and larger—community. Supporting this cultural gem is a natural extension of our philanthropic mission.” Earlier in 2019, Sewall Child Development Center celebrated its 75th anniversary with the launch of the “We Are All Better Together” campaign in honor of Gene Koelbel (Buz’s mother) and other life-long Sewall supporters. The new headquarters for the center would be named The Koelbel Building in honor of the family’s contributions to the organization. Children of all abilities and learning styles, including those with special needs, learn and grow together at Sewall.

Winter Park’s new Chamber of Commerce building to be completed this summer

Koelbel Urban Homes in the Berkeley Neighborhood, Denver

For 67 years, Koelbel and Company has blended value with pacesetting design. Quality, functionality and longevity are prime factors in every Koelbel project, and even though Carl says, “real estate does not identify trends, it follows them,” it does seem that the newest generation of Koelbels is each pursuing his own personal passions. Carl is adeptly managing the company’s burgeoning affordable housing practice. The organization had 690 affordable housing units at the end of 2019, more units than any other real estate development firm in the state. Koelbel and Company is

also looking at creative solutions to address Denver’s affordable housing crisis, including transit-oriented locations. Carl also partnered with Buz to launch Koelbel Urban Homes in 2010. While the company originally made its mark by developing outside the city, it has circled back to projects in the heart of Denver. Noting that “Dad’s given us enough rope to be our person,” Buz and Sherri’s son Dean brings experience as a tenant-rep broker and work at 1871, Chicago’s tech hub/coworking center located inside the famed Merchandise Mart. Dean oversees the leasing of Catalyst, an “industry

integrator” embodying the relatively new concept of bringing together a full spectrum of industry stakeholders to operate in a collaborative environment. The opportunity that this development presents to improve lives is just further proof for Dean that “everything comes back to community.” Walt assists with the redevelopment of The Point at Nine Mile Station and a major reconfiguration of a park in Lousiville. His previous experience as a financial analyst/ consultant specializing in complex real estate planning and transaction assignments has given him a distinct perspective on the family business. He also smiles and notes that he and his brothers were always told that there wasn’t a just a job waiting there for them—that they “needed to add value.” As children, the Koelbel boys and their sister knew there was zero expectation that they get into real estate—the only expectation was that they give back. From where things stand today, it seems clear that they will only be building on the strong foundation of their predecessors. Elizabeth Kosar is a writer and strategist. She is passionate about causes involving children and empowering women.




The Nature of Beauty H2a Botanicals is dedicated to skin care that’s plant-based, handcrafted and ethically sourced By Joanne Davidson


TWO WEEKS INTO HER FRESHMAN year, Sierra Goldstein exited her high school campus, made a beeline for home and informed her parents she wasn’t going back. Don’t get the wrong idea, though. The straight-A student wasn’t looking to spend her teenage years goofing off. She had a plan— and it didn’t involve a traditional classroom setting. Goldstein, 22, is the co-founder of H2a Botanicals, a successful Fort Collins-based company that creates custom-formulated skin care products that are non-toxic, plant-based, ethically sourced and hand-crafted in small batches in what used to be a garage behind her cozy home on a tree-lined street not far from the city’s charming Old Town. Her entrepreneurial journey, Goldstein recalls, began long before high school, back when she was 10 and received a luxurious bath balm kit as one of her Hanukkah gifts. As she unwrapped the package, she had the proverbial “Aha!” moment. “It hit a button for me,” she recalls.

THE DETAILS H2a Botanicals

970-492-5657 info@h2abotanicals.com h2abotanicals.com Products from H2a Botanicals can be purchased at h2abotanicals.com and at Balanced Thistle, Heyday and Blue Harvest, all in Fort Collins; Vintage Willows and Wild Roots Apothecary, both in Loveland; and Free Leaf in Greeley.


H2a facial toner, and hydrating neroli bath and body oil

Inspired by her mother, Heather, whose life is guided by holistic principles, Goldstein quickly started trying her hand at making similar products, giving them as gifts to her family and friends. By the time she was 14, her repertoire had expanded to cleansers, masks, scrubs and facial oils, all of which were produced in the kitchen of the family home. When she wasn’t mixing up lotions and potions, she was completing the self-directed learning program that enabled her to graduate from high school and continue studying with an herbalist and to take college courses in biomedical science, integrative health and product development. Soon, she was considered an authority in her field. She has been featured in the 2013 PBS documentary, “Is School Enough?,” has delivered two TEDx talks and has been a panelist at SXSW. She studied with an herbalist for four years, and has taken courses in biomedical science, integrative health and product development from both Colorado State University and the American College of Health Care Sciences. In May she begins work on a master’s degree


in therapeutic herbalism from the University of Maryland online. Her company, founded with her mother, began as Herbal Heart Apothecary, but, says Goldstein, the name “just wasn’t resonating” so three years ago it rebranded as H2a Botanicals. She says the company is “rooted in ritual” and designed to elevate one’s beauty routine into that of a sacred practice—a ritual that begins during formulation and extends to each product’s eventual use. Each day’s work, Goldstein says, is “very intentional, from start to finish.” It begins with cleansing the workplace of negative vibes by smudging the room with “things I grab from the garden: rose petals, mullein, rosemary—things that smoke easily— and we won’t over-harvest plants used in the products. We have a team meditation and sound healing (hitting a small gong with a mallet) so that we can put all of our love and energy into what we’re making. We do our best to hold that space, to make the practice of making the product as sacred as the product itself. If we’re not in the right energetic space, we won’t make it.” Beauty products, Goldstein believes, “Should mirror the essence of who you truly are” and that one’s skin—and the products used— should “always encompass these four words: raw, natural, radiant and beautiful.” Each product has a gem infusion—fragments, not whole stones—and include responsibly sourced emeralds, clear quartz and selenite. “We take great care in our sourcing,” she says. “We want to give


Each product is hand-curated and infused with love and gratitude

back to the planet, not take from it.” Goldstein is also on track to having H2a Botanicals become a B Corp. B Corps are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability in order to balance profit and purpose and use business as a force for good. One of H2a Botanicals’ best-selling products is the Rosehip & Saffron Emerald Serum, which Goldstein describes as the “ultimate complexion serum; a highly regenerative blend that integrates ancient healing herbs and botanicals with skin reviving oils and the powerful anti-aging properties of raw emeralds.” It sells for $86 per vial. While she does have expansion plans, Goldstein makes it clear that her definition of expansion has more to do with production locations than retail outlets. “Our goal is for a slow, organic growth. We’re looking to

have four spaces around the world— the Mediterranean, South Africa, South America and somewhere in the U.S. that has a longer growing season than Colorado—so that we can maintain total control of our products, give back to the spaces we occupy and employ local people. In addition to Goldstein and her mother, the H2a Botanicals staff includes Sheri Corrado, who handles business and operations, and four others who work on an as-needed basis during production times. Goldstein grows most of her plantbased ingredients. Her glass bottles are recyclable; tubes and cartons come from 100 percent post-consumer waste and labels are made from recycled fibers. “We do it all here,” Goldstein says, pointing to the glass and porcelain measuring cups, bowls and stainless steel containers that line the former garage’s walls. “We started in my

kitchen, then moved to (another) remodeled garage, then to a huge space in a wellness center and now back to my former garage, which I now call a cottage. We’re looking at moving to a larger space, with more room to garden, but that’s a good three years down the road.” Goldstein says she feels blessed to have parents who encouraged her, every step of the way, and gives special credit to her mother. “Mom is very much into natural health and beauty and she taught me to take care of my skin and myself. We see the company as a legacy thing, something that bonded us even more. Our vision for it is really big, but in an authentic and intentional way.” Joanne Davidson realized early on that good genes aren’t the only thing responsible for keeping skin healthy. Monthly facials with a skilled esthetician who uses products with proven ingredients also play a key role.




of the auction BY LINDSAY MITCHELL

Photos: Courtesy of Phillips

With Colorado roots and a deep education in the arts, Philae Knight brings her skill set to Phillips Auction House’s global reach Despite being a 250-year-old global business, Phillips Auction House is far from out of touch with today’s growing and evolving art market. “By focusing on the defining aesthetic movements of the last century, we’ve set ourselves apart from the competition,” says Philae Knight, client advisory director for Phillips. In fact, Phillips is now considered by many in the industry to be the destination for international collectors to buy and sell the world’s most important contemporary and 20th-century works of art, design, jewels, watches, photographs and editions. “Over the past year in particular, it’s safe to say Phillips’ business is booming,” Knight says.


So how does Phillips ensure this kind of success in such a lively and ever-changing market? Well, it takes a village, as they say—and Phillips proudly touts its ability to aggressively recruit and hire the best of the best for every department that makes up its global team. The Phillips staff is comprised of specialists from auction houses, museums, galleries and other leading arts institutions. In addition to conducting auctions in its New York, London, Hong Kong and Geneva salerooms, it holds private sales and curated selling exhibitions around the world. With such a vast global presence and long history of highend auctions, you might think that places like Colorado would get lost or dismissed as an important market for this kind of business. Yet it’s just the opposite for Phillips—and this is surely due in no small part to the influence of Knight, who grew up in Colorado. The daughter of an architect father and designer mother, Knight’s passion for the arts sprouted at an early age thanks to the environment she grew up in and the people who raised her. “My dad was involved in the original LoDo design in Denver, and my grandparents were some of the key investors in Vail during the 1960s and 1970s—a time when people in Colorado were really starting to become more active in the arts and culture scene,” she says. By the time Knight was in high school, she was active in the Denver and Colorado arts and culture scene herself. In particular, she became very involved with the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, and today she sits on the organization’s board of directors. “Helping peo-

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ple engage with art is my passion because I truly believe that supporting artists and other individuals creating stories of cultural impact—of what was or is happening in their time and our own time—is so important,” she says. Knight’s history with and passion for the arts and artists fuels her success as a professional in the art industry. As a result, Phillips recognizes the importance of the Colorado market for its business. Knight frequently travels to the Centennial State from New York, and Phillips also has a fulltime representative—Melyora de Koning, senior specialist, 20th century and contemporary art—based in Denver. Koning works with Knight to ensure Phillips has an eye on the Colorado art and collecting markets, so they can better serve their clients all over the globe. “The two biggest things I’ve noticed in Colorado time and time again is that people love their outdoor sports and their art—and often they’re equally passionate about both,” Knight says. As a result, some of the most thriving

art markets in Colorado continue to be located in and around some of the top outdoor recreation areas in the Rocky Mountains, especially Aspen. “I think the rich history of Aspen and the Aspen Institute in the 1950s and 1960s—how it was created as a think tank and community for intellectuals and artists—played a major role in developing the arts and culture scene in Colorado,” Knight says. “It was a movement that helped attract people with a certain mindset to the state—people who really believe in supporting artists and enhancing their own lives and communities around art and culture.” Of course, this kind of mindset and movement can now be seen throughout the state, from major arts institutions like the Denver Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art to the growing influx of artists moving to the state, and the corresponding growth of the art collector market as well. “There are some really important collections all along the Front Range, and lots more in Aspen,” Knight says. Some of the exciting works and artists with ties to Colorado that have been auctioned by Phillips in recent years include ceramics by former Anderson Ranch teacher Peter Voulkos (including a piece titled “Rondena,” which sold for a world-record $915,000); photographs by Robert Adams (including a piece titled “Tract home and abandoned shopping cart.” Colorado Springs, Colorado; and a pair of rare table lamps by French furniture designer and interior decorator Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann that came from a private collection in Colorado. In addition to conducting about 50 auctions a year in their New York, London, Hong Kong, and Geneva salerooms (including a digital saleroom where clients can livestream auctions and place bids from anywhere in the world), Phillips holds private sales and curated selling exhibitions around the world. “We do a contemporary art focused event in Aspen every summer—and in the summer of 2020 we’ll also be hosting our first jewelry-focused event in Aspen as well,” Knight says, adding that details are still in the works but the new event will likely feature high-end vintage jewelry they think will be interesting to Colorado buyers. Outside of the opportunities they provide to consign or buy through auctions and private sales, the Phillips team consults with museums, advises private estates and corporate clients, and offers appraisals and other financial services. The auction house prides itself in being accessible to all levels of buyers—from $800 to $8 million-plus—and from novice to highly experienced collectors. “Another thing that’s special about Phillips is we’re able to break barriers that make people uncomfortable or nervous. We make it easy for people to connect with us and learn about the process and value of buying art at auction, so even if you know nothing about art, we can guide you through everything,” Knight says.

This spring, Phillips’ New York branch will move its headquarters to 432 Park Ave., offering collectors an extraordinary new space to experience the very best of contemporary art, design, jewelry and watches.

DENVER ROOTS Philips Client Advisory Director Philae Knight

Lindsay Mitchell is a writer and marketing consultant based in Colorado Springs. In addition to Colorado Expression, she regularly writes for Southwest Art magazine and is a fervent supporter of the arts.



Cabin Fever

Minturn mountain retreat gets fresh layout, new furnishings and fabrics

By Colleen Smith . Photography by Kimberly Gavin Photography


IMAGINE AN ICONIC RALPH LAUREN advertisement tastefully juxtaposing the rustic with the refined and you’ve grasped the vibe of this enviable log cabin in the Vail Valley. “The residences at the Minturn Racquet and Trout Club have an iconic Colorado look and feel,” says Betsy Edwards, a real estate broker with Slifer, Smith & Frampton. “The location is dreamy, situated on Main Street in Minturn, at the confluence of Cross Creek and the Eagle River, the gateway to the Holy Cross Wilderness. Even if you don’t know this charming development by name, you’d notice it driving by on Highway 24,” Edwards says. Though the milled log structures appear quintessentially Coloradan, the timbers were sourced in Europe. “The 14 private cabins, condos and the clubhouse were designed by Honka, the world’s largest wooden home builder, and built with polar pine logs harvested near the Arctic Circle in Finland,” Edwards says. A cabin, by the American Heritage Dictionary definition, is “a small, roughly built house or shelter.” This sophisticated mountain retreat is not small. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 3,800 square feet provide

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Ramey Caulkins of Griffin Design Source

plenty of space for a Denver-based family that enjoys skiing, hiking and other alpine adventures, as well as entertaining. The structure’s craftsmanship is evident in the rough-


hewn, honey-colored timbers and the decorative miters of ample window frames that let in natural light. Yet the interior of this particular cabin hadn’t been spruced up for near-


The Minturn cabin features a family room where everyone can gather and catch up




The cozy dining area surprisingly accommodates up to eight

ly 15 years. The arrangement of outdated, oversized furnishings cramped the style of the traditional cabin. When Ramey Caulkins of Griffin Design Source received free rein to rethink the property’s interior, she took into consideration the wear and tear inevitably caused by clunky ski equipment and muddy hiking boots, as well as the family’s lifestyle with an emphasis on entertaining. She kept in mind a few concept guideposts—robustness, comfort and unique materials—and created the look and feel of a ski chalet. “I had not ever worked on a log cabin before,” says Caulkins, who immediately took to the structure’s architecture. “I loved the open ceilings and sunlit rooms. One might expect a log cabin to be dark and I was surprised by how much light flowed throughout the home.” What didn’t flow was the floor plan. “I realized that I was going to have to delineate my own rooms,” Caulkins says. “Most of the first floor was an open floor plan. The client wished for plenty of seating room in the family room area. The dining area would need to accommodate all those people for dinner. I came up with a banquette against the wall and end chairs. The long bench with the red cushion can be easily


pushed under the table and kept out of the way when not in use.” Without adding square footage, Caulkins reconfigured furnishings to create a more spacious layout conducive to entertaining. She enhanced the living room with swivel chairs that allow views of both the fireplace and—out the windows—the majestic peaks and buttes, Ponderosa pines and aspen trees. For après ski libations and cocktail parties, she added an antique bar cart and butler’s tray. Caulkins’ design leveled up the cabin’s coziness. “A cabin can feel quite cold. While visually warm in color, the logs are indeed dense and full of texture. The

A blue vintage Indian blanket reimagined as a bathroom shade



sheer quantity of wood was a bit daunting,” she says. “To me, it was important to layer textures in warm neutrals and to use materials that were practical for a large family for a home that was used recreationally.” Caulkins warmed up the unpainted log and knotty pine paneled rooms with animal hides and colorful Persian rugs. She added window treatments made from vintage cotton toweling and, in one bathroom, a Native American weaving. “The wonderful fringe on the end of the Indian blanket became the valance,” Caulkins says. “I love taking unexpected materials and re-imagining them.” The designer accented the space with vintage ottomans, salvaged benches and antique accessories for an eclectic effect that invites relaxation and withstands wear and tear. Caulkins selected sturdy custom upholstery in a variety of textures including cherry-red leather, worsted wool, a Peter Dunham paisley indoor/outdoor fabric for chairs and velvet-linen for a modern sofa. “I love a strie linen velvet. It wears like iron. In a home where there was a decent chance that a guest might plop down on the sofa in ski boots, I needed a fabric that was going to withstand the elements and still look great.”

Vintage textiles juxtapose with cut crystal and fine china

A well-stocked antique bar cart

Caulkins says the biggest challenge was moving furniture up and down the stairs. “The staircases were narrower than one would expect, and making tight turns with huge log walls was quite a moment,” she says. “Window treatments were also a bit tricky. Each one measures just slightly different. The logs do not dictate perfection in measurement.” To finish the project, Caulkins installed the family’s collection of

paintings, drawings and photography. She says, “I simply hung the artwork throughout the house so that it made sense in the spaces.” The result is a more functional cabin interior, fresh as the ever-present evergreen-scented breezes. Colleen Smith, an award-winning writer, is the author of Laid-Back Skier and Glass Halo, as well as the contest-winning screenplay Thin Places. A longtime contributor to Colorado Expression, she has published hundreds of articles in magazines, newspapers and online.





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