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Introducing TREASURE


38 38 Celebrate the Season


By Danielle Yuthas Discover both new and traditional ways to enjoy the season throughout the state.

Holiday Gift Guide . 42-95 55 Perfect Presents

By Georgia Alexia Benjou From clothing and jewelry to memberships at favorite attractions, here are gift ideas that are sure to please.

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77 Nonprofits Look


By Joanne Davidson Coming off of the pandemic, nonprofit organizations are planning for the future with programming and events in 2022.




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departments In This Issue 14

Shot in the Dark See who made the scene at fundraisers and social gatherings.



24 Social Calendar

Put these upcoming fundraisers on your calendar.

26 Hot Tickets

Entertainment events you don’t want to miss.

28 Bits & Pieces

Check out what’s new with people, places and businesses around Colorado.

Art Scene 32 Museum Makeover

By Colleen Smith On its 50th anniversary, the Denver Art Museum unveils its dramatic makeover and new welcome center, restaurants and galleries.

100 Travel

Sip & Savor


34 Sweet Swap

Colorado Weekends By Lindsey Schwartz The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa caters to travelers who crave both tradition and modern comforts.

100 Getaways

By Jordan Martindell For generations, Sun Valley, Idaho, has attracted vacationers who love to ski and explore the great outdoors.


By Cynthia Pasquale Cookie exchanges are a delicious way to be with friends and share favorite recipes.

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From the Publisher

Group Publisher GROUP PUBLISHER Elizabeth Hamilton Elizabeth Hamilton Managing Editor Suzanne S. Brown MANAGING EDITOR Suzanne S. Brown Editor Lindsey Schwartz OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Lisa Buscietta Operations Director Lisa Buscietta DESIGN/PRODUCTION Connie Robertson Design/Production Andrea Späth Connie Robertson Andrea Späth PHOTOGRAPHY Eleanor PamelaWilliamson Cress Photography Jensen Sutta Pamela Cress Bernard Grant DIGITAL/SOCIAL MEDIA Steve MistiPeterson Mills Jensen Sutta EVENTS AND PARTNERSHIP Media COORDINATOR Digital/Social Olivia Steiner Misti Mills MANAGER EventsPRODUCTION and Partnership Coordinator DawnSpeegle Paul Sierra CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Production Manager GeorgiaDawn Alexia Benjou Paul Katie Coakley Joanne Davidson Contributing Writers Michael Ditchfield Georgia Alexia Benjou Kimberly Field Joanne Davidson Jen Hardie Jordan Martindell Stephanie Richards CynthiaE. Pasquale LindseySchwartz Schwartz Lindsey ColleenSmith Smith Colleen DanielleYuthas Yuthas Danielle Advertising Account Executive ADVERTISING ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Eleanor Wynant Eleanor Wynant 828-231-8551 828.231.8551 Inquiries and Submissions Printed inAND Denver, Colorado INQUIRIES SUBMISSIONS PRINTED IN DENVER, COLORADO

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THE SEASON FOR SimplyGIVING Summer WHATto DOdream THE HOLIDAYS TO YOU? As we slowly return to normal, it is time a little MEAN bigger For me, the season is about sharing. I learned and celebrate the season that at an early age from my mother and


Grandma Vera, whose elegance and generous spirit made this time of year meaningful. t seems like it has been a long time coming, but here we are. Almost back to what is familiar to us all: a full, busy life of working, seeing friends, dining, shopping,

Together we would go to afternoon tea at The Brown Palace, where they deck the halls with all the trimmings, and the magic of music fills the air. They showed me that whether it was being a part of a tradition, finding a special gift for a loved one or giving to those in need,

traveling and grabbing as many hugs as we the joy in generosity lifts us all. can. Much has changed over the last year, but what has not changed is the eagerness to In this issue we give you inspiration to

enjoy all that Colorado and the summer offer. eat, shop, celebrate, make memories and Photo: Stephanie E. Richards


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This issue is packed with our perspective on adventure your way through Colorado. No the beautiful, starting with the cover story. We feature the lovely Pamela Flanagan, who personifies a purposeful, active life. Then we

matter which holiday you celebrate, there is lots of cheer to be found in everything from shopping local to making cookies, attending

a performance of The Nutcracker, or spending a weekend

are allowed a glimpse of a Denver penthouse offering glorious views and spectacular

at The Brown Palace. With gifting and giving top of mind,

Giving is a it is natural we share a sampling of incredible charitable and rodeos happening around the state. Summer wouldn’t be complete—especially necessity more organizations. this summer as we jump back into special occasions—without smart, stylish We are so blessed to live where people give, support and urgent indeed fashion, photographed on location in Cherry Creekthat North and the Denver Countryin our sustain nonprofits help the most vulnerable than having.” Club neighborhood. Our quest to bring you the very best also led us to showcase art. One of my favorite things in this issue is the list of mountain events, festivals

communities. Our holiday guide is also packed with ideas

Soul Food Scholar Adrian Miller his to latest cookbook, —Margaret Lee Runbeck onand where shop local andBlack whatSmoke, to buy abounding for everyone on your with barbeque recipes. It makes mouthwonderful water browsing of his favorite list. my So many thingsatofew explore! recipes, such as his mother’s banana pudding. As we find the balance between

As we end the year, I wish you days of sipping eggnog, em-

keeping close to home and branching out into the flow of life, I hope to see you

braced by the warmth of those you love and the merriest of

sitting at a table in Clayton Member Club and Hotel’s Of A Kind restaurant as you

everything as we look forward to a future full of love

celebrate the season. It has always been our mission to encourage you to enjoy

and joy.

the best of Colorado, so be curious, explore and stay safe.

Elizabeth Hamilton

ELIZABETH HAMILTON Group Publisher, Colorado Expression / Colorado Homes & Lifestyles

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Summer Garden Party A garden party to raise funds for Warren Village was held Aug. 11 at the home of Dr. Jody Mathie. Photography by Pamela Cress









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Fete des Fleurs


Denver Botanic Gardens hosted its annual fundraising gala, Fete des Fleurs, on Aug. 27 at the gardens. Photography by Pamela Cress







1 Debbie and Brandon Tolany 2 Joe Woller, Katherine Rainbolt, Cody and Bridget D’Angelo 3 Jim Wagenlander and Mary Lee Chin, trustee 4 Kent and Elizabeth Stemper, Siobain and James French 5 Marianne Sulser and Meredith Coors 6 Lindsay Morton 8 Gaiser and Callie Morton Nowicki 7 Sam and Jo Ann Pegues 8 Rick and Nell Thomas, Kim Laycob and Colette Pluss 9 Becky Schaub, event co-chair; Susan Beatty, Meagan Thomas and Andi Freyer 10 Samantha Thompson, Ann Jordan and Kelly Stava




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Lulu’s BBQ The 20th Lulu’s BBQ to benefit the Dumb Friends League was held Aug. 21 at Harmony Equine Center in Franktown. Photography by Pamela Cress











1 Erinn Philpot and Jeff Wells 2 Kelly Stetter, DFL president and CEO, Dr. Apryl Steele, Brent Winston, Dr. Mark Stetter, dean of Colorado State University Veterinary School 3 Mike Slattery, Isaiah Ballinger and Nathan Shutts 4 Mel Roberts with adoptable dog Gunner 5 Don and Nancy Bouc 6 Dick and Cathey Finlon, Fred Bartlit and Beth Montoni 7 Fred and Jana Bartlit 8 Cher RevolinskiMcManus, Brian McManus, Carolyn Hayes 9 Mike Hagerty, Kristi Arellano, David and Patty Powell, Amanda deSaverio 10 Tom Perini and Ben Gate 11 Laura Krindhop, Kate and Todd Griffin, Mike Gilmour


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nov. 27 – Dec. 24, 2021 ELLIE CAULKINS OPERA HOUSE with live music featuring the COLORADO BALLET ORCHESTRA

T he beloved holiday favorite returns in a dazzling production like no one’s ever seen, featuring all new sets and costumes created especially for Colorado Ballet. A sellout every year, this magical tale of Clara, the Nutcracker and the Mouse King is going to be dreamier than ever.


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A Force of Nature Gala


The Denver Zoo was the setting for A Force of Nature gala on Sept. 18. Photography by Pamela Cress











1 Matthew Keeney, Katey Hartwell, John Byers 2 Honorees Audra and Sean McNicholas, and Mary McNicholas 3 Mike and Catharine Whipple, Shannon and Bryan Fitzgerald 4 Brian and Colleen Becker 5 Buz and Sherri Koelbel, Meredith and Peter Coors 6 Sunny and Norm Brownstein 7 Christine Donahue, Olga Donahue, Jane Karl 8 Katie Koehler, Jessica and Danielle DangoiaCrandall, Mark Stern 9 Scott Crawford and Kathy Sabine, emcee 10 Phil Workman and Elaine Torres, Justin and Alison Bresler 11 Marianne and Tim Sulser


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John Singer Sargent, A Gust of Wind (Judith Gautier) (detail), about 1883–85. Oil on canvas; 24 ¾ × 15 in. (62.9 × 38.1 cm). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection. L.2015.13.47. Photo by Travis Fullerton. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France is organized by the Denver Art Museum and presented by Bank of America. The exhibition is supported by the Tom Taplin Jr. and Ted Taplin Endowment, the Kristin and Charles Lohmiller Exhibitions Fund, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, Kathie and Keith Finger, Lauren and Geoff Smart, Christie’s, the French American Museum Exchange (FRAME), the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine and CBS4.


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Celebrate the Beat A gathering for Celebrate the Beat was held Aug. 12 at the home of Alex and Connie Wiegers. Photography by Pamela Cress










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22 The 2021 Denver Debutante Ball, chaired by Suzanne Coxhead as a benefit for Denver Botanic Gardens, will once again be held at the historic Brown Palace Hotel. Because the COVID-19 pandemic caused the 2020 edition to go on hiatus, the young women who would have been presented last year will curtsy along with the 2021 honorees. Admission is by invitation.


"Only a Matter of Time," by David Griffin is one works that will be exhibited at the Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale in January.

Charitable Events for Colorado Ballet, Children and Scholarship Funds By Joanne Davidson





Colorado Ballet unveils the new sets and costumes for its annual production of The Nutcracker at a gala chaired by Jane and Skip Netzorg. Those attending in person will gather at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for live and silent auctions, dinner and performances of the “Sugar Plum Pas de Deux” and “The Caged Bird Sings.” A virtual streaming of the event also is available. Tickets start at $350 for the in-person version; $50 for the virtual.

Coloradans are invited to support their favorite nonprofit organizations by donating to them on Colorado Gives Day. Powered by the Community First Foundation and presented by First Bank, this online event has raised $419 million since its start in 2007. Donations can be made year-round to support the programs and finances of almost 3,000 organizations,, but the biggest amounts come in on Colorado Gives Day.


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Throughout December, AMP the Cause volunteers will visit metro-area Title 1 schools to stage Holidays for Kids, joy-filled presentations where children from low-income families will enjoy arts and crafts activities, face painters, lunch and a visit from Santa. They’ll go home with backpacks filled with books and toys. Last year, AMP the Cause volunteers visited 11 Title 1 schools, distributing 17,625 gifts that had been wrapped by 605 volunteers. Those numbers are expected to rise this year.


4 The Red Carpet Reception offers its guests a first look at the art being shown and sold at the 2021 Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, 5-9 p.m. The show runs through Jan. 23 in the Coors Western Art Gallery in the National Western Stock Show’s Expo Hall, 4655 Humboldt St. The juried show features an eclectic mix of styles and mediums from both established and up-and-coming artists. Proceeds go to the National Western Scholarship Trust. Individual tickets are $350; tables $,3500-$15,000.

10 Ron Williams, a leader in the business, education, civic and philanthropic communities, becomes the 43rd Citizen of the West at a 5-9 p.m. dinner held at the National Western Events Center. It’s a benefit for the National Western Scholarship Trust. Individual tickets are $450; tables, $4,500.

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Beneficiary: National Jewish Health Event: Rev the Runway Fashion Show with

designer fashions from New York, London, Paris and Milan. Sponsors Neiman Marcus and Mercedes-Benz of Denver bring you a night of fall and holiday style. Date: Nov. 4, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $150 Location: Mercedes-Benz of Denver 940 S. Colorado Blvd. More info:



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Celebrate MCA at the Luminosity Gala Beneficiary: Museum of

Contemporary Art Denver Event: A night of drinks, dancing and fun with a live performance by jazz pianist Jason Moran. Celebrate the MCA and its artists with a silent auction and an all-evening dance party. Date: Nov. 4, 6 p.m to 12 a.m. Location: 4400 Fox St. Tickets: $500 More info:

Moving Mountains for Children Beneficiary: A Precious Child Event: This year’s event, “Together, We Can

Move Mountains,” raises funds for the most vulnerable children and families in Colorado. A Precious Child works to fight abuse and neglect, and identifies and assists families that live in poverty. Date: Nov. 6, 5 to 11:30 p.m. Location: The Westin Westminster (hybrid event with guests in person and virtually) More info:

Who Let the Dogs Out? Beneficiary: MaxFund Animal Adoption and

Rehabilitation Center Event: Puttin’ on the Max—Who Let the Dogs Out? is a black-tie event with live entertainment and a guest appearance by Diggity Dog. Includes a silent auction and dinner. Date: Nov. 6, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Location: The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa 321 17th St. Tickets: $150 More info:


A Magical Mystery Tour with Graham Hancock Event: Best-selling author Graham Hancock

takes you on a tour of mysteries and secrets of consciousness. Date: Nov. 12-14 Location: GaiaSphere, Louisville Tickets: $99-$749 More info:

Zoo Lights Beneficiary: The Denver Zoo Event: The zoo is partnering with nonprofit

industry groups for the Zoo Lights party. Families are welcome. Date: Members only preview Nov. 22-Dec. 5; general public, Dec. 6 to Jan. 2 Tickets: $25 for members, $50 for non-members More info:

The Nutcracker Gala Beneficiary: The Colorado Ballet Event: Step into the world of the Sugar Plum

Fairy to support the tradition of dance, movement and the Colorado Ballet. Get a closer look at costumes, experience on-stage performances and experience the magic of The Nutcracker tradition. Date: Nov. 19, 6 p.m. with dinner and dessert to follow Location: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

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Zoo LIghts is an annual tradition at the Denver Zoo, with a member’s preview on Nov. 22 and tickets for the public starting on Dec. 6.

Tickets: $350 (individual); $50-$300 (virtual) More info:

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Event: An American concert where rock

meets orchestra. Date: Nov. 20, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Location: Ball Arena Tickets: Starting at $92 at More info: or

Veterans of Foreign Wars Founders Gala Beneficiary: VFW Post 1 Event: The Founders Funds Gala comes

together each December to honor and raise money for veterans and their families. Date: Dec. 4, 6 to 11 p.m. Location: Sheraton Denver Downtown 1150 Court Place More info and tickets: $75-$200;

National Western Stock Show Event: 16 days of rodeos, bull riding, dancing,

mutton bustin’ and shows. Date: Jan. 8-23 Location: National Western Complex 4655 Humboldt St. More info:


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Bits & Pieces

What’s happening in the West By Lindsey Schwartz

Celebrate Denver Arts Week


The Denver Film Festival in 2018 screened the documentary, Meow Wolf: Origin Story.

BE A PART of the celebration as the city comes alive. Celebrate Denver Arts Week, Nov. 5-13, celebrates artistic vibes with more than 300 vendors bringing performance art, street art and activities for all ages. You can walk through RiNo, attend events all over the city and enjoy a free Saturday night at the museums, among many offerings. More info at

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THE IN-PERSON EVENT returns Nov. 3-14 at four main locations and several pop-up events around the metro area and throughout the state. The Denver Film Festival, now in its 44th year, is the largest film festival in the Rocky Mountain Region and will also have streaming and virtual on-demand options. To buy tickets in a package or individually, visit Director Damien Chazelle, left, and former Denver Film Festival Director Britta Erickson with actor Emma Stone at opening night of La La Land in 2016.

STROLL through the Gates Field House at the University of Denver Nov. 12-14 to find more than 100 merchants and one-of-a-kind gifts at the 42nd annual Holiday Mart presented by the Junior League of Denver. Merchants will be selling everything from spices to jewelry, fashion, wines, toys and more. The event has helped raise more than $6 million for the League’s Gates Field House mission: to empower 2201 E. Asbury Ave. women through action Ticket information at and volunteerism.

The annual house tour to benefit Central City Opera will feature a free video tour of the historic McCourt Mansion Nov. 19-Dec. 31, with performances by Central City Opera touring artists. Denver’s top florists and table designers will decorate the home. 28

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Our mission is to give Colorado children a magical Holiday.




Volunteers of America is collecting New Toys for children in Colorado this Holiday season. Please donate new toys (ages 0-16) to First American State Bank at 8390 E. Crescent Pkwy, Suite 100, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 or cash donations directly to Volunteers of America at Deadline for donations is December 17, 2021 29

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AFTER MORE THAN A YEAR, Colorado opera is back Nov. 6, 9, 12, and 14 with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the classic tale of lust and betrayal, Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. Performances will be at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, which has a new air sanitation system for the 2021-22 season. For information on tickets and how to subscribe, go to or visit


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TURN A DAY OF ART AND INDULGENCE at Denver’s new Meow Wolf art installation into an overnight vacation with a stay at The Visit Crawford hotel inside Denver’s landmark Union Station. The offers/meow-wolf-experience overnight includes cocktails inspired by Meow Wolf at the Cooper to find details. Lounge, transportation to the museum and complimentary parking. Rooms start at $349 per night and do not include Meow Wolf tickets.

Catering By Design Expands

EXPERIENCE the Georgetown Bighorn Sheep celebration on Nov. 13 with music, crafts, hikes and wildlife programs as well as anticipated viewing of one of the largest herds in Colorado. The Georgetown Train will be running for rides around the Georgetown loop. The festival is sponsored by the Clear County Tourism Board. More at


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The award-winning Denver catering company has opened a location in Gypsum, giving residents of Vail, Aspen and other mountain towns the chance to experience beautifully crafted decor and menus for events. The experienced team is known for its imaginative design and food.

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With a new executive chef and a new online and in-person look, The Stir Cooking School has classes and events to stir even the most experienced chef. The classes are themed, and twice a month, cocktail classes feature drinks from around the world. There are even classes on how to make gourmet dog treats. For information on how to take a class or host a party at the school, visit, 3215 Zuni St., Denver


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Art Scene

MUSEUM MAKEOVER The Denver Art Museum director shares 10 "don’t miss" aspects in the reimagined facility PHOTO: JAMES FLORIO PHOTOGRAPHY, COURTESY OF THE DENVER ART MUSEUM

By Colleen Smith

Civic Center and downtown Denver, as seen from the Sturm Grand Pavilion inside the Sie Welcome Center at night.

THE MILE HIGH CITY’S art scene reached a new height as the Denver Art Museum unveiled the boldly reimagined $150 million transformation of the north campus in late October. Christoph Heinrich, the museum’s director, and his staff of 400 happily anticipated the date when they could share the space. The details of the project are almost as numerous as the DAM’s extensive collection, but to simplify, Heinrich offered his top notto-miss aspects of the project

1 MARTIN BUILDING RENOVATION Coinciding with the DAM’s major upgrades, the city’s first dedicated art museum building marks its 50th anniversary in 2021. Gio


THE DETAILS Denver Art Museum 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway Denver, CO 80204

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Ponti’s iconic seven-story, ceramic tile-clad, castle-like structure is a sculpture unto itself and the only building completed by the Italian architect in the United States. The comprehensive sprucing-up includes dramatic new lighting that amplifies the effects of Ponti’s unusual lines and remarkable windows. When the DAM opened the Hamilton Building, Ponti’s masterpiece was named the North Building. The museum has renamed Ponti’s building for the institution’s chairman of the board, Lanny Martin and his

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wife, Sharon. The couple’s lead gift of $25 million was just the latest of many major donations to the Denver arts scene. Lanny Martin describes the new and improved museum campus as “a beacon of creativity for all.” 2 SIE WELCOME CENTER With 50,000 square feet, the transparent and reflective ellipse of glass designed by Machado Silvetti and Fentress Architects is the cultural complex’s new architectural crown. Constructed with innovatively engineered

Cultural Connections

curved glass panels, the new building links the campus visually. The curvilinear welcome center softens and balances the sharp lines of the existing two buildings. Heinrich called the Sie Welcome Center “the wide-open arms of the museum to the community.” The new building contains flexible event spaces and purpose-built art conservation laboratories visible to visitors.

3 BARTLIT LEARNING & ENGAGEMENT CENTER To design dynamic and interactive indoor and outdoor spaces for exhibitions, receptions and classes, the museum brought back Mexico City-based Esrawe + Cadena. In 2017, the wildly creative and community-minded duo designed La Musidora, the oversized, woven, musical lawn chairs—an artful version of patio furniture installed as interactive public art on the Hamilton Building’s piazza. “Creativity is vital at all stages of life, and we look forward to unveiling these new spaces and programs designed for preschoolers to older adults,” said Heather Nielsen, chief learning and engagement officer. 4 PONTI RESTAURANT AND GIO CAFÉ Art feeds the mind and the spirit, yet the

body needs to eat, too. The museum’s two new restaurants offer indoor and outdoor seating. Gio Café is fast-casual. Ponti—created in collaboration with Denver’s celebrated James Beard Award-winning chef, Jennifer Jasinski—will serve locally sourced and seasonally inspired dishes.

5 WESTERN AMERICAN ART GALLERY IN THE MARTIN BUILDING The DAM unified formerly separate galleries to create a large new display space. The exhibit offers an American art history lesson from a distinctly Western perspective, showcases the museum’s collection, and focuses on Denver as a hub of the Rocky Mountain West. 6 WHISTLER TO CASSATT EXHIBITION, NOV. 14 TO MARCH 13, 2022 Heinrich said that during his 14-year tenure as director, his most personally rewarding exhibition was the Monet show he’d long dreamed of presenting. He also included the Van Gogh show as a milestone exhibition at the DAM. “But we don’t reminisce too much,” Heinrich said. “We’re always looking to the next exhibit, and Timothy Standring [the DAM’s curator of painting] has curated our next beacon show.”

7 NEW TEXTILE ART & FASHION INSTITUTE AND SUITED: EMPOWERED FEMININE FASHION EXHIBITION, NOW THROUGH MARCH 6, 2022 The museum’s posh and tremendously popular Yves Saint Laurent and Dior couture exhibitions likely inspired the recent anonymous gift of $25 million to support the museum’s textile art and fashion collection. Fashion exhibitions, Heinrich said, often draw visitors who are less interested in the art museum, adding, “We have a beautiful show, Suited, in the new Martin building with the same curator from the Yves Saint Laurent show, Florence Müller.” 8 BY DESIGN EXHIBITION, NOW THROUGH JAN. 1, 2023: More than 400 objects are showcased in two exhibitions: By Design: Stories and Ideas Behind Objects and Gio Ponti: Designer of a Thousand Talents. The exhibitions were designed by OMA New York and the Colorado firm McGinty Co. 9 FREE DAYS: NOV. 6, 9 AND DEC. 14 If you missed the DAM’s free opening-day activities, check out these additional dates to visit without charge. “Art is for everyone,” Heinrich said. “We have amazing offerings, and many of them are free. And kids under 18 always come in free.”


10 DENVER’S UNIQUE CULTURAL COMPLEX The radical architecture of Denver’s cultural complex creates an artful impact with strong shapes for a rugged region. As if the triumvirate of Ponti’s gray art castle, Libeskind’s titanium-clad architectural origami and the new glass ellipse weren’t enough, add the neighboring Denver Public Library’s Michael Graves-designed building with simple but enormous shapes. “Maybe it is the spirit of the West, which is entrepreneurial and open-minded. Denver is a young city and doesn’t have centuries-old structures as temples of art,” Heinrich said. The Martin Building exterior and revitalized Gio Ponti tube entrance, with the new glass-paneled Sie Welcome Center in the back right, and the Denver Public Library’s Michael Graves building on the left.

Colleen Smith is a regular contributor on art and design to Colorado Expression.

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Host a cookie exchange and have fun while multiplying your supply of holiday treats By Cynthia Pasquale


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OLIDAYS ARE THE PERFECT TIME for sweet gatherings with friends where the stars of the party are cookies. With a little forethought and a few tips from experts, you can make a cookie exchange get-together a satisfying success. Gina Nistico, a recipe developer and food stylist who has worked on such television shows as “America’s Test Kitchen,” and Taste of Home Magazine, recommends developing a timeline to keep you on track, and to begin planning weeks in advance so you won’t become overwhelmed during the busy season. Next, decide the party parameters. Some hostesses might prefer only home-baked cookies, or they don’t want more than one guest to bring Toll House cookies, for instance. In that case, says Nistico, set up a shareable document (Google Doc, for instance) where guests can list the cookies they will be making. Other hosts might take a more freewheeling approach to enjoying treats with acquaintances, but like the idea of a theme: Ask guests to bring cookies originating from another country or ones that were a favorite childhood snack. Once you know how many guests you’ll invite, determine the number

of cookies each person needs to bring. One rule of thumb is to allow each guest to leave with four to six of each cache of cookies brought, says Lee Clayton Roper, award-winning cookbook author and blogger. Give people more lead time than you might for a typical party. Send out invitations at least four weeks in advance and be clear about the parameters you’ve set. Consider asking guests to share recipes with you beforehand so that you can print the recipes on cards. Tie the bundles of recipes with ribbons and give them to guests as they leave with their treats. Roper also recommends recruiting a partner with whom you can split party duties. “As we get closer to the holidays, we have less and less time, and if you can divide and conquer, it’s more fun for the hostess.” When possible, make cookie dough in advance and freeze until you are ready to bake. Nistico suggests storing the dough in air-tight containers with a note about baking time and temperature so you don’t need to pull out the recipe again. Plan to provide savory foods with the cookies. Roper likes to prepare a salad, for instance, with a bread or scone, along

with some fruit for a light lunch. An alternative is to serve finger foods such as a crudites platter or, says Nistico, tiny puff pastries filled with cheese and jam. For beverages, provide both an alcoholic drink as well as a mocktail. Nicole Cruse, owner of Grace & Gather Events, suggests setting up a hot cocoa or coffee bar, where guests can choose a variety of items to add to their beverage such as marshmallows, cinnamon or flavored syrups. Partygoers should choose recipes that are easy to make in bulk and that travel well: icing can smear or delicate cookies can crumble if they aren’t packed properly. As guests arrive, provide place cards to identify the cookie name, guest name and a list of allergy-inducing ingredients such as nuts or gluten, says Roper. Also provide boxes or similar containers– available at craft stores or other merchants—in which friends can carry cookies home. You can decorate them or have guests decorate them with stickers at a decoration station. Most important, says Roper, “Don’t stress out. Make it simple. The cookies overpower everything; the cookies are what people will remember.”



(Makes about 5 dozen) 2 eggs 1 tablespoon white sugar 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour 1 cup milk ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Vegetable oil for frying Sifted confectioners’ sugar

Heat 2½ inches of oil to 375 degrees in a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed stock pot. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, sugar, flour, milk and salt; beat well. Add vanilla and beat until smooth. Heat a rosette iron in deep, hot oil for 2 minutes. Drain excess oil from iron. Dip in batter to ¼ inch from the top of the iron, then dip iron immediately into hot oil. Fry rosette until golden, about 30 seconds. Gently lift out; tip upside down to drain. With a fork, gently push rosette off iron onto a rack placed over paper towels. Make remaining rosettes, reheating iron each time for one minute. Sprinkle rosettes with confectioners’ sugar.

Food stylist Gina Nistico says this recipe is a favorite of her sister-in-law Anna Hanson, whose family has made the cookies for generations.

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3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted ½ cup natural unsweetened baking cocoa, sifted ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons ground ginger 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves ½ teaspoon ground mace ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper ½ cup packed dark brown sugar ½ cup unsalted butter, softened 2 eggs, lightly whisked ¼ cup unsulphured molasses 1 bottle decorative sugar crystals (optional) Edible sugar pearls to taste (optional) Edible gold dust (optional) Sift the flour, baking cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, mace, salt and pepper into a large mixing bowl. Beat the brown sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl with the paddle attachment for 2 minutes or until light and smooth. Add the eggs in a steady stream, beating constantly. Beat until light and fluffy. Add the molasses and mix well, scraping the side of the bowl occasionally. Add the flour mixture and mix until incorporated. Cut the dough into halves and shape into balls. Place each ball on a piece of plastic wrap and flatten slightly. Wrap with the plastic wrap. Chill for 1 hour or longer. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, moving the oven rack to the top position. Roll each portion of the dough ¼ inch thick on a lightly floured


surface using a floured rolling pin; dough will be sticky at first. Cut using a 3-inch cookie cutter, arranging evenly spaced on a baking sheet using a spatula. Sprinkle with the sugar crystals, pressing lightly into the dough. Make a hole at the top of each cookie using the flat round end of a wooden cake tester and fill the hole with an edible sugar pearl or leave the hole for adding a ribbon later for a table name card or an edible tree ornament. Chill for 15 minutes. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes for ornaments, allowing less baking time for softer cookies. Brush with edible gold dust. Remove to wire racks to cool. Recipe from the Junior League of Denver’s Centennial Celebrations cookbook.

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(Makes 6 to 7 dozen)

Recipes from Fresh Tastes from a Well-Seasoned Kitchen by Lee Clayton Roper.

CHOCOLATE PECAN TOFFEE BARS (Makes about 6 dozen) 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon salt 2 cups all-purpose flour 8 ounces milk chocolate (such as Hershey brand), broken into pieces ½ cup chopped roasted pecans Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 15-by-10 rimmed baking sheet.

« CHOCOLATE OATMEAL COOKIES (Makes about 4 dozen) ½ cup butter, softened 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar Zest from 1 large orange 1 large egg, beaten ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1½ cups quick-cook oatmeal ½ cup all-purpose flour 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add orange zest, egg,

salt and vanilla and beat until well mixed. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the oatmeal and flour; add to butter mixture and beat just until mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. Using a small spring-loaded scoop, place balls of dough on prepared baking sheets about 1 inch apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, remove from oven and cool on baking sheets about 5 minutes; remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. High altitude adjustments: Above 7,000 feet, add 1 tablespoon flour and reduce baking temperature to 325 degrees.


In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until well mixed and light in color. With the mixer running, add the egg yolk and vanilla; beat until blended. Add the salt and flour and beat just until blended. Spread in prepared pan and top with a piece of waxed paper. Push down on the paper to spread the dough evenly in the pan. Remove the paper and bake for 20 minutes. In a small glass bowl, melt chocolate using the microwave oven. (Do not overheat or it can turn white.) Remove cookie base from oven and immediately spread chocolate over top. Sprinkle with chopped pecans, pressing down lightly to make sure they adhere to the chocolate. Let cool until the chocolate hardens. (I put it in the refrigerator). Cut into bars and serve.

1¼ cups all-purpose flour ½ cup unsweetened cocoa ½ cup butter, softened ½ cup unsalted butter, softened ½ cup sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1½ cups almonds, finely ground and toasted 1 cup powdered (confectioners) sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the cocoa. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butters and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Add the vanilla and beat until blended. Add one-third of the flour mixture at a time, mixing just until blended after each addition. Beat in the ground almonds (do not over mix). Using a small spring-release scoop (about 1 inch in diameter), scoop the dough into balls and place 2 to 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 22 minutes until cookies feel medium-firm to the touch. They will firm up as they cool. Cool completely on baking sheets. Combine the powdered sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Roll the cooled cookies in the sugar mixture, one at a time. Store in an airtight container.

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COLORADO IS A FANTASTIC PLACE to revel in the holiday season, whether you want to experience dazzling light displays and Old World shopping or train rides and yurt dinners. Here are a dozen ways to make the most of the season throughout the state


Celebrate the holiday season throughout Colorado with these events

By Danielle Yuthas

Step Inside the Mile High Tree At 110 feet tall, the Mile High Tree is an immersive art installation in downtown Denver. The dazzling music and lights show runs for 5 minutes every 15 minutes and is fun to experience from inside the tree. Mile High Tree 16th and Welton streets, downtown Denver Nov. 19-Jan. 1 Free milehighholidays/tree


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Hop on The Polar Express Museum is operated by the Colorado Railroad Historical Foundation, which provides education and programming about the history of railroading in Colorado, and is sponsored in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Polar Express Train Ride Nov. 11-Dec. 23 Tickets are $80 per person, ages 2-15; $100 per person, ages 16 and up. Colorado Railroad Museum polar-express

The world’s largest Zamboni-groomed outdoor ice rink is at Evergreen Lake. All ages can skate the lake or play hockey. Reservations are required for individual public skating and private group skating. Onsite skate rentals are available. Ice Skating Monday through Friday, 3-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. Rates: $8 per hour for individuals; rent the rink for up to 10

people for $40 per hour on Evergreen Lake. Call 720-880-1391 before visiting; weather may affect hours. evergreenrecreation. com/224/Ice-Skatingand-Hockey



All aboard the train ride and show at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, which recreates the magic of the beloved children’s book, The Polar Express, and leaves every passenger believing in Santa Claus. Tickets include a cabaret-style show with holiday caroling and the "Hot Chocolate" song and dance in the heated Polar Express Pavilion. Then passengers get a ride to the North Pole aboard vintage coaches pulled by a coalfired steam locomotive. The Colorado Railroad

Strap on Some Skates

Trek to a Gourmet Dinner Snowshoe or cross-country ski along a 1-mile trail from the Peanut Lake Trailhead in Crested Butte to the yurt, where your tour guides will become your servers, offering a five-course dinner prepared by chef Tim Egelhoff, paired with local libations and live music as you warm up and enjoy a leisurely evening.

Yurt Dinners Select dates starting Dec. 22 $155 per person, including snowshoes or ski equipment. Crested Butte Nordic Center yurt-dinners

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Experience the Holidaze


The spirit of the holiday season is imbued in this Broadway-style musical with a twist of circus and a splash of Vegas, in a family-friendly format. Touring nationwide, the show integrates seasonal favorites and top performers in imaginative, glitzy costumes while putting a new spin on the old favorites.

Stroll Through the Vignettes of Camp Christmas The over-the-top immersive holiday display designed by multimedia artist Lonnie Hanzon and presented by DCPA Off-Center is inspired by "gaudy holiday windows" and could not be any more festive and over-the-top. Each scene transports visitors to Christmas in different times and places, and the entire exhibit is a wonderland of selfie stations. You will see animals made of glitter, ornament chandeliers and neon trees in the flashiest sight of the season. Don’t miss the Christmas cocktails at the Santa Bar and the Blucifer tree ornaments in the gift shop. Camp Christmas Nov. 18-Jan. 2 Prices TBA Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park 303-893-4100

Cirque Dreams’ Holidaze Nov. 19-Jan. 2 Tickets start at $29 Bubly Theater at Gaylord Rockies

Shop German-style at Christkindlmarket Reminiscent of Old World Germany, the longstanding Christkindlmarket is hosted by the German American Chamber of Commerce. The market is filled with artisan merchants, and you can purchase pretzels, pierogis, speck, knodel and blinchikis, as well as German beer, glühwein, schnapps and hot chocolate. Entertainment is also on the schedule and you can meet St. Nikolaus, Krampus and the Christkind herself. Keep an eye on the events calendar to learn more about Canine Christmas, Ugly Sweater Night, ’70s Night and other fun events. Christkindlmarket Nov. 19-Dec. 23 Free admission Civic Center Park

The Broadmoor Hotel is home to one of the top gingerbread displays in the country. What started with a single gingerbread house on view in 1964 grew into life-size displays by 2013 and has since included a gingerbread chapel, train, and even a replica of the Colorado Springs resort. Last year’s display was a replica of the newly redesigned Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The cookie creations are created by the Broadmoor’s in-house pastry chefs. This year’s theme will be a secret until it is unveiled on Nov. 24. Broadmoor Gingerbread Nov. 24-Jan. 1; free Broadmoor Hotel


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Blossoms of Light Nov.19-Jan. 8 $16-$19 for members and $18-$21 for nonmembers. Denver Botanic Gardens blossoms-light

Be Dazzled by the Lights Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens started in 1988 and creates new designs and features each year to keep annual visitors intrigued. The volume of LED lights, estimated at more than a half million, are custom strung and interwoven throughout the garden—a feat that takes 13 months to design, plan and execute. Treats and warm drinks are available at the Hive Garden Bistro. Timed tickets must be purchased in advance.

Sip Tea at The Brown Afternoon tea has been a favorite elegant tradition for many generations, and what better setting than The Brown Palace Hotel, where they deck the halls — as well as the archways, the tree, the eight-story atrium and the chandeliers for the holidays. The pastries, scones and tea sandwiches are handmade; the Devonshire cream is flown in from across the pond. Holiday reservations are typically made a year in advance, but the regular tea is a treat throughout the year as well. Afternoon Tea Monday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; prices start at $42 The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa afternoon-tea

Listen to a Live Orchestra while Watching a Muppet Classic

Enjoy a New Take on The Nutcracker

As Kermit the Frog navigates Christmas past, present and future following the original Dickens tale, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra plays the movie soundtrack of A Muppet Christmas Carol. The movie is projected onto the big screen and the songs are amplified in a live concert. The unconventional event draws those who are new to the symphony and delights symphony regulars.

This modern holiday mashup is true to E.T.A. Hoffman’s original story written in 1816, set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score, with a vibrant New York City backdrop replacing the traditional 19th century Germany. In lieu of ballerinas, the cast is composed of all-star hip hop dancers, a DJ and a violinist.

Disney’s A Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert Dec. 22-23; tickets start at $15; Boettcher Concert Hall

The Hip Hop Nutcracker Nov. 19-20 Prices TBA Buell Theater at Denver Performing Arts Complex hip-hop-nutcracker

Danielle Yuthas is a Denver native and the vice president of marketing for a franchise brand. Her articles have also appeared in Franchising World Magazine. Yuthas loves Christmas, and when she is not hosting holiday parties of her own, you can find her searching for vintage ugly Christmas sweaters and ornaments for her Barbie-themed tree. november/DECEMBER 2021 c oloradoexpression . com


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2021 Gifting&Giving There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than giving. It is my hope that

our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide provides ideas for sharing your light and love through gifting and giving—gifting friends and family with thoughtful presents and giving to nonprofit organizations who welcome every act of generosity to help those in need. From everyone here at WiesnerMedia and Colorado Expression, we wish you the peace of the season throughout the year. —Elizabeth Hamilton, Group Publisher

Colorado Expression 2021 Holiday Gift Guide 54– 67 Gift Ideas A Line Boutique Bartesian Betteridge Broadmoor Canada Goose Central City Opera Cherry Creek North Dan Sharp Luxury Outerwear Denver Art Museum Deviation Distilling Epicurean Catering Ferrari of Denver Garden of the Gods Resort and Club John Atencio Junior League of Denver Lucchese LuxeRox MAX Monarch Casino Resort Gift Card Moore for Life Nathan & Co. Nordstrom Obermeyer Osmia Organics Oster Jewelers Portrait of an Artist: Conversations with Trailblazing Creative Women Restorative Injectables Savory Spice Shaver-Ramsey Sushi-Rama Sugar-WOOF by Sugarwish Table Mountain Farm The Elephant Project The Lark The Nest Nail Spa The Fort Trice Jewelers Urban Egg White Peacock

NonProfit Giving Inspiration A Precious Child Amp the Cause Central City Opera Clayton Early Learning Colorado Ballet Colorado Pet Pantry Denver Rescue Mission Dumb Friends League Global Down Syndrome Foundation Invest in Kids Jewish Family Service Junior League of Denver Judi’s House National Jewish Health Ronald McDonald House Roundup River Ranch Shining Stars Foundation Tennyson Center for Children Urban Peak Volunteers of America Warren Village We Don’t Waste The Wild Animal Sanctuary


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Feel the glow of the holidays around every corner in Cherry Creek North

275 places to shop, dine, stay and play Denver’s highest concentration of local businesses Located near 1st and University

Holiday Happenings Winter Wanderland Light Walk Explore 16 sparkling blocks with more than a half million lights, and discover eight twinkling displays choreographed to music. When: Thursday, Nov. 18–Friday, Dec. 31 Where: Throughout Cherry Creek North

domino effect* Experience the magic of the holiday season with this interactive light art installation featuring 120 oversized musical dominos bursting with light and dancing with color. When: Thursday, Nov. 18–Friday, Dec. 31 Where: Gart Plaza (3rd and Milwaukee)

Saturday Night Lights Your family tradition starts here. Stroll beneath 600 illuminated trees, and enjoy free festive treats and entertainment from 5pm to 7pm. When: Saturday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 Where: Throughout Cherry Creek North

Cherry Creek Holiday Market Produced by Fetch

Discover unique gifts from 30 local artisans, and enjoy festive live music while you shop. When: Thursday, Nov. 18–Thursday, Dec. 23 Where: Fillmore Plaza (between 1st and 2nd)

Small Business Weekend We’re big on small business. Support your favorite local shops all weekend long, and find great deals and giveaways. When: Friday, Nov. 26–Sunday, Nov. 28 Where: Participating Cherry Creek North Businesses *An original work by Ingrid Ingrid Production: Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal, Canada @cherrycreeknorth /cherrycreeknorth 47

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This is the year to give.

Volunteers of America Colorado transforms the lives of more than 150,000 Coloradoans in-need each year. VOAC’s services include housing and emergency shelters, hunger services and other community support programs. Thanks to the support of our donors and volunteers, VOAC programs touch the mind, body and heart of those most in need in our community.


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A Denver Tradition for More than 50 Years

The Lark is a hidden treasure, tucked away in the Denver Country Club neighborhood. 
 The store has been in the same location for 50 years and remains as special as the day it opened.

The atmosphere is relaxed and unhurried. Simplifying your experience is front door parking, complimentary gift wrap, shipping and a bridal registry for the most unique gifts. 
 Unique to The Lark are light and bright home furnishings, designer accessories, exquisite hard-to-find gifts, delightful presents for children, decorative art, home and garden and holiday accents. 1219 E. 4th Avenue Denver, CO 80218 Just three blocks north of Speer, off Downing on 4th Ave. Open 10-5:30pm Monday - Friday and 
 10-5pm Saturday. Closed Sunday 303.744.7464

Your tax-deductible donation to Central City Opera helps carry on the 89-year tradition of outstanding performances, enriching educational programs, in-depth training for young artists and the historic preservation of one of Colorado’s unique landmarks.




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Come Explore Belleview Station. STYLE A Line Boutique The Nest Nail Spa Matthew Morris Salon

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Give the Gift of FOR THE FESTIVE

The Winter Spectacular Package When you want to stay close to home but light up your holiday in an exciting new way, The Broadmoor offers the perfect “staycation.” Enjoy the spirit of the season with special room packages that include your whole family in festive activities. You might just find your new holiday tradition!



The Broadmoor Holiday Show

An Invigorating Wilderness Retreat

Get ready to dine, sing along and enjoy the holiday season at one of The Broadmoor’s Holiday Shows. With the Classic Broadmoor Holiday Package, you can make a night of it with your family or bring your team and make this evening your company holiday party! Either way, this show is not to be missed with headliner Sheena Easton. Show dates: December 17, 18, 19, 24, and 26, 2021.

Does anyone in your family love the outdoors or want to experience Colorado’s beauty? From fly fishing to relaxing in rustic luxury Broadmoor style, our Wilderness Experiences make a great gift. Choose from one of our three luxury, all-inclusive properties: Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Camp, Cloud Camp or The Ranch at Emerald Valley, voted 2019 Most Luxurious Ranch by AAA Colorado.


The Broadmoor New Year’s Eve Gala

Want to close out 2021 in style? Then gift yourself an unforgettable night at The New Year’s Eve Gala. Elegant and exquisite, it’s an evening of dancing and a tastefully designed menu. Ring in 2022 with champagne and a balloon drop while the band brings everyone to their feet.


The Broadmoor New Year’s Eve Bash

Let your hair down at the more casual Bash, a festive New Year’s Eve celebration held in The Broadmoor’s International Center. Get your groove on with energetic dance music by a DJ, along with a cash bar throughout the event. Welcome in the New Year with a champagne toast at midnight.

Give the gift of choice this holiday! A Broadmoor Gift Card is the gift that keeps on giving. In addition to purchases at any of our fine retail shops and galleries, The Broadmoor Gift Card can be used toward lodging, spa services and much more!

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Gifting Perfect presents Our 2021 gift guide features a curated selection of gifts ranging from out-of-the-ordinary to traditional favorites. On these pages, you’ll find ideas from Colorado retailers and organizations that are sure to make everyone on your list feel merry and bright.

By Georgia Alexia Benjou


Distinctive home accessories and gifts are the specialty at The Lark boutique, a neighborhood treasure. Available in three sizes, these elegant glass trees add sparkle to your seasonal decor. Adorn your favorite room in the house with them as a festive accent or arrange the trees as the centerpiece of your holiday table or mantle. From $80 to $98. The Lark, 1219 E. 4th Ave., 303-744-7464,

Experience the festive sights and sounds of the season as you stroll the tree-lined neighborhood of Cherry Creek North, twinkling with more than a half-million lights. Featuring the highest concentration of locally owned businesses in Denver, the 175 shops and galleries feature something for everyone on your list. Plus, you can take a break from checking off the gifts on your long holiday list at 50 food establishments, ranging from gourmet coffee and sweets to upscale Mexican, seafood and Italian cuisine.



Based just outside of Boulder, Table Mountain Farm is a female-owned small family farm that provides high-quality care to its animals while using the best environmental practices for its land. This philosophy transfers to the farm’s handcrafted caramel sauces, which combine top-notch ingredients with the farm’s rich goat milk. For the friend with a serious sweet tooth, pick up a variety pack of all four original flavors. $22 for the variety pack or $10 per jar.

Cinnamon, ginger and peppermint are among the spices that remind us of the holiday season. Make every morning smell like December with a trio of warm flavors from Savory Spice. The Cozy Cup Spice Set includes Cheerful Chai, Merry Mulling, and Jolly Java, a unique blend of holiday spices to add to your coffee grounds, a longtime family recipe of Savory Spice founder Mike Johnson. $26.99 for the set or $9.99 per tin. Visit for store locations or to purchase.

Skip the staycation this year and give the gift of a weekend getaway with a Monarch Casino Resort gift card. It will give your loved ones access to everything from upscale dining to detoxing at the resort spa. They can relax in the light therapy lounge, de-stress with a gemstone body wrap, or just rest in one of the heated lounges for a sauna-light experience. Monarch Casino Resort Spa, 488 Main St., Black Hawk, 303-582-1000,

Create your own jewelry style at Oster Jewelers with Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen. This leading Scandinavian luxury jewelry brand’s statement pieces include detachable star stud earring jackets, evil eye adornments and various colorful gemstone dangles. Build a personalized wardrobe of pieces with this stylish, playful and feminine brand. Prices start at $1,200 for 18-karat yellow gold designs. Oster Jewelers, 251 Steele St., 303-572-1111,

Look fa-la-la flawless for the holidays with Restorative Injectables. They’ve got you covered, from body-sculpting to lip plumping and skin treatments. Book your appointment today and look your holiday best. Restorative Injectables, 6981 E. Belleview Ave., 303-350-9065,

A mani or pedi (or both!) is always a favorite holiday season gift, but this year keep it eco-friendly with The Nest Nail Spa. As one of the few natural nail salons in Denver, The Nest incorporates non-toxic polishes, sugar scrubs and essential oils into its services. Plus, the friendly, knowledgeable staff members make it a casual, welcoming space. Manicures starting from $30 and pedicures from $40. The Nest Nail Spa. Visit for locations.

Foodies will enjoy getting this cookbook from the entertaining experts at Epicurean Catering: Recipes from a Lifetime of Fine Food and Celebrations from the Epicurean Experience. Collected from years of preparing and presenting innovative cuisine, this book includes 49 Epicurean favorites, as well as timeless Italian classics that company owner Larry DiPasquale grew up with and has perfected over his 30-year career. $27.

Call 303-770-0877 to order.



Say goodbye to plastic baggies and give your teen or college student a practical, eco-friendly way to take snacks and beverages on the go with these reusable melamine lunchboxes and glass tumblers. The cheerful, color-blocked lunch boxes hold everything from munchies to sandwiches and close with a silicone band. The 22-ounce glass tumblers are covered with a colored silicone sleeve and topped with a bamboo lid and silicone straw. They’re fun, upbeat and environmentfriendly. $28 lunchbox and $29 tumbler.

If you are mesmerized by the brilliance of pavé diamonds, be sure to escape with Bermuda by John Atencio this holiday. Known for his artistry and impeccable craftsmanship, each piece is meticulously sketched in Colorado and crafted by hand in 14-karat gold. The pendant has .58 total carats of pavé diamonds. The matching diamond toggle link bracelet has 2.21 carats of pavé diamonds. Pendant, $2,650, matching bracelet, $3,195; and diamond ring, $2,795. John Atencio. Visit for store locations

A DAM membership is an ideal gift for both the art expert and the art novice. Memberships include free general admission all year long, invitations to member previews and discounts on ticketed exhibitions. Members can also enjoy the new Sie Welcome Center and the reopened Martin Building, which houses the museum’s acclaimed collections of American Indian and Western American Art, as well as textile art, fashion, architecture and design. Starting at $65. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, 720-913-0130,

Your favorite skier or rider will be looking as good strolling along the streets of Aspen as flying down Snowmass mountain with Obermeyer’s Celestia jacket. Cut in a durable, good-looking denim and twill weave fabric, this jacket also features a fleece-lined hood, sealed seams, thumbhole inner cuffs, and interior pass and media pockets. Plus, its longer, shaped hem offers more coverage and warmth from moisture and snow. $299. Obermeyer,

Fashion meets function in the latest collection from Canada Goose. The luxury outerwear company has just launched its first his-and-hers footwear collection. Our pick from the new lineup is the Journey Boot, a style that easily goes from the high country to everyday urban wear. Combining references ranging from arctic and alpine boots to Italian heritage hiking shoes, the Journey is cut in fully waterproofed leather and has grip technology for traction. $750. Canada Goose,

Shaver-Ramsey has been bringing Persian, Turkish and Indian rugs, textiles and décor items to Denver for more than 40 years. One of its current standouts is this Tibetan Tiger rug from Nepal. Considered a symbol of awareness, kindness and confidence in Tibetan Buddhism, the tiger is depicted in a 3-foot by 5-foot rug that is entirely hand-knotted by Nepalese artisans. Its rich colors and beautiful design makes it a striking addition to any room in the house. $1,700. Shaver-Ramsey, 589 Fillmore St., 303-320-6363, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 COLORADO EXPRESSION


Treat that someone special to a spa gift card to the Garden of the Gods Resort’s internationally acclaimed STRATA Integrated Wellness and Spa. Giftees will enjoy the renowned spa and salon offerings providing a tranquil and rejuvenating experience. Beyond dreamy accommodations and spa services, enjoy exceptional cuisine, hand -crafted cocktails, golf, tennis and an array of wellness services and fitness offerings. Gift an unforgettable escape with some of the state’s most breathtaking views. Garden of the Gods Resort and Club, 800-923-8838,

Customize your jewelry gift for her with a personalized ring stack from Trice Jewelers. In a combination of shapes, metals, widths, and gemstones, the stackable rings at Trice offer a one-of-a-kind layered look. Curate a mix of subtle contrasts that individualize her jewelry wardrobe and dress up her fingers. Prices start at $450. Trice Jewelers, 6885 S. University Blvd., 303-759-9661,


A beautiful art book is a treasured gift for those who still enjoy the printed page. Portrait of an Artist: Conversations with Trailblazing Creative Women features world-famous women

spanning creative industries, nationalities and generations, all photographed and interviewed by Mexican artist Hugo Huerta Marin. The book brings the reader face-to-face with such pioneering women as Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović, Cate Blanchett and Miuccia Prada, $36. Available from Prestel, Amazon and


Give the gift of extraordinary musical performances this holiday season with a gift certificate to Central City Opera. It’s the perfect present for all your music-loving friends and family members. In the true spirit of the holiday season, your purchase supports a treasured and creative part of Colorado history. Central City Opera House, 124 Eureka St., Central City, 303-292-6500,

Upgrade his weekend getaway luggage with an American alligator duffel by heritage Western boot company Lucchese. The fold-end construction allows for maximum packing space (always a plus), while the inside features a natural, water-resistant canvas lining, an interior zipper pocket and two open storage slots. This luxe luggage piece is finished off with Lucchese-branded brass hardware and feet, an exterior pocket, and a detachable, adjustable shoulder strap. $5,695. New location coming Thanksgiving. Lucchese, 1883 16th St.,

Every woman wants to be her personal best, and helping her achieve a new look for the New Year inspires both confidence and positivity. A personalized lesson from top makeup artist Michael Moore teaches timeless beauty tips and techniques to achieve that ideal look for everyday and special occasions. $150, a $300 value. Moore For Life, 3035 E. Third Ave., 303-484-1857,




Give him a luxury timepiece that combines the artistry of fine watchmaking with 175 years of technical know-how with this handsome timepiece. The Marine Chronometre was created to be the most precise navigation instrument. In service to 55 navies throughout the world, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Moonphase navigates you through life's tidal ebb and flow. This timepiece has a limited edition of 300 pieces, a blue or white dial and a 42mm case. $9,900. Oster Jewelers, 251 Steele St., 303-572-1111,

Smart cocktails? Bartesian is the toprated intelligent cocktail machine that makes lounge-quality drinks with just the push of a button (think Keurig, but for cocktails!). Bartesian delivers all of the benefits of a fully stocked bar in one sleek and compact machine. Simply stock it with your favorite brand of alcohol, drop in the recyclable capsule and Bartesian will mix up the perfect apéritif. $349.99.

The landmark restaurant The Fort has long been recognized for its menu featuring the foods of the Southwest. In The Fort Restaurant Cookbook, discover more than 150 recipes developed throughout the restaurant’s 58-year history. An essential for meat-lovers, it includes regional recipes for steaks and other game, as well as Fort specialties like White Cheese Shrimp Enchiladas, Rocky Mountain Oysters and Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream Mud Pie. $35.

She’ll love a gift of vintage Chanel jewelry this holiday season. In addition to a fabulous selection of shearling, cashmere, leather and fur wraps and coats, Dan Sharp Luxury Outerwear carries an impressive array of vintage Chanel for you to bejewel her with this winter and beyond. Dan Sharp Luxury Outerwear, 218 Steele St., 303-333-6666,

For the jetsetter who wants to travel with a style icon, get him or her this sleek RIMOWA suitcase with the brand’s signature parallel aluminum grooves. Inside is a patented Flex-Divider system to keep essentials organized and cut down on travel headaches. There’s also a TSA-approved locking zipper for reliable security and patented Multiwheel technology to easily navigate any airport. Rimowa Essential Check-In Large 31-Inch Wheeled Suitcase, $900.

Enjoy a unique boutique shopping experience at the 42nd Annual Mile High Holiday Mart Nov. 12-14 while giving back to the metro Denver community, at the University of Denver’s Gates Field House. Admission, $10. Check the website for hours and COVID-19 updates. Pick up the League’s award-winning cookbooks, including Centennial Celebrations, released in 2019. Junior League of Denver, 303-692-0270, PHOTO: ASHLEY SCHENKEIN JEWELRY DESIGN

Let the holiday season be a teaching moment for little ones, and a time for giving with a gift of Kiki or Tembo from The Elephant Project. A passion project launched by product developer Kristina McKean, these stuffed animals raise funds for elephants while also fostering awareness of their mistreatment in various parts of the world. All net proceeds go to agencies with well-established programs for the care of orphaned, abused and injured elephants. $39 each.

Italian director Federico Fellini would have made the all-new 2021 Ferrari Roma a star in one of his movies. The bellissimo and curvaceous Roma is a grand touring Italian sports car. But don’t let its good looks fool you. The Roma is all about high performance, with its 612-hp turbocharged V-8 engine and state-of-the-art technology. Add in the luxurious leather interior, and it’s La Dolce Vita, indeed! Ferrari of Denver, 1480 E. County Line Road., 303-996-7393,



Sushi-Rama x Osaka Ramen is Denver's conveyor-belt sushi and ramen eatery from Denver restaurateur and chef Jeff Osaka. The concept is a fun and unique dining experience that allows guests to enjoy quick service while sampling different types of sushi from the extensive selection of fish flown in fresh. With the addition of Osaka Ramen, guests can also enjoy big bowls of ramen and other Japanese small plates. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. with 25 percent off everything on the belt and select drinks. Visit for locations and hours.

A timeless yet modern handbag is sure to please the stylish woman on your gift list. But instead of making it an expected big brand, choose a style by Spanish heritage company Loewe. Known for its dedication to craftsmanship and expertise with leather, Loewe’s Hammock bag features side panels that release to change the bag’s shape, as well as looped straps that allow the bag to be worn in various ways. Loewe Small Hammock Bag in classic calfskin, $2,650, MAX. For store locations, visit

A Line Boutique makes shopping and gifting designer ready-to-wear and accessories easy. Its team of stylists creates a seamless shopping experience for any woman, whether she’s in need of a work look or vacation style. With more than 50 designers to shop from and a variety of complimentary services, gift wrap and home delivery included. A Line makes giving the gift of fashion effortless. Visit for locations.

Your favorite mixologist has enough bottles of Tanqueray, so instead, pick up a special holiday-themed set from Deviation Distilling. Featuring three of its flagship gins— Spice Trade, Citrus Rosé and Mountain Herb—each one incorporates unexpected ingredients like Szechuan peppercorns, cardamom, lavender and white sage. For the bartender in the making, it’s an ideal way to update a classic Gin Fizz with something a bit more surprising. $42 for three 200-ml bottles. Deviation Distilling, 1821 Blake St. #130, 720-645-1539,



Nothing says luxurious getaway like The Broadmoor. And with a Broadmoor gift card loved ones will be able to dine, shop, relax, or even indulge in a day of adventure. Whether it is spending time unwinding at the spa, taking in views from Cloud Camp, or even planning a trip to Seven Falls, there are plenty of ways for every family member to enjoy all The Broadmoor has to offer. The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs, 888-806-9397,

Sugarwish—the online gifting site specializing in candy, cookies and popcorn— is now offering specialty treats for dogs. Yes, you can gift your favorite furry friend all-natural, preservative-free treats like beefy bones or peanut-butter training treats. Just select the gift size, pick your dog’s favorite treats (there are more than 30 to choose from), and Sugarwish will deliver a custom gift box and card that’ll make your pup part of the holiday fun. Starting at $22.

Urban Egg features local, organic ingredients in award-winning breakfasts and lunches delivered with sincere, genuine hospitality. Menu items include gourmet pancakes, Egg Benedict selections, coffee cocktails and more, all for America’s best breakfast. Take advantage of the special holiday promotion: buy $100 in gift cards, and receive $20 free (11/15-12/23). 6991 E. Belleview Ave., 720-482-4070, for all locations

Give the gift of clean beauty with products from Carbondale-based Osmia, which uses only high qualty, consciously-sourced ingredients.Though best known for her sublimely scented bar soaps, Osmia founder Dr. Sarah Villafranco also has created an essentials-only skincare line. She even takes the guessing game out of selecting products with Osmia’s online skin quiz for face or body. Just answer six questions and the site will generate a personalized regimen of products to purchase in a beautifully packaged kit. $73–$128. Osmia Kits, 66


Nothing says style like a beautiful piece of jewelry that can be worn as easily with an LBD as jeans and a white T-shirt. That’s what makes this stunning piece by Paul Morelli such a perfect gift—she can wear it whenever and however she likes. Handmade in Philadelphia by the Paul Morelli atelier, this 32-inch long 18-karat yellow gold chain link necklace is accented with Sleeping Beauty turquoise beads. $7,600. Betteridge, The Little Nell Hotel, 655 E. Durant Ave., Aspen, 970-239-3600, 141 E. Meadow Dr., Vail, 970-790-6560,

Have a favorite party hostess to gift this season? Indulge him or her with Baccarat’s glamorous Bubble Box. Featuring six iconic Champagne flutes, each with its own unique detail, these fine crystal glasses are just the thing for quaffing a favorite bubbly, Prosecco or fizzy cocktail. They’re the perfect sparkly addition to any hostess’s next intimate gathering or festive soirée. $990. White Peacock, 2440 E. Third Ave., 303-954-8333,

We all love gemstones, but what about their mineral cousins? Go outside the usual gifting ideas with a subscription to LuxeRox—a monthly service delivering highly curated mineral, crystal and fossil specimens. Co-owners Nan Lung Palmer and Kelly Selcer are Denver-based mineral enthusiasts and co-owners who source from sustainable mines across the globe. Each specimen is hand-selected and comes with a mineral display stand and velvet pouch. Bonus: A portion of every purchase is donated to Gem Legacy, a nonprofit organization that supports education, vocational training and local economies in Africa. Mineral Of The Month, $125/month for three months and $110/month for six months.




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JFS believes in a shared responsibility to support impactful changes throughout our community.

Founded 150 years ago, we currently offer more than 30 programs and services, providing food security, housing stability, mental health counseling, aging care, employment support, and disability services. JFS takes a holistic approach, assessing the various needs of the individual or family and provides the appropriate services all from one organization.

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CHANGE AN ANIMAL’S LIFE Colorado Pet Pantry is a statewide pet food bank that supports dogs and cats when financial times are tight. Our goal is for pets to stay in their loving homes with the people that have devoted their lives to their pets’ wellbeing. Colorado Pet Pantry hosts 102 monthly pet food banks and helps 100+ animal rescues with food and supplies. In 2020, we served 5.1 million meals! $5 feeds a pet for a month thanks to our pet food donors, partnerships, and volunteers.

Donate: /pet RezDawg Rescue works to save homeless and neglected dogs and cats in the Four Corners area, regularly transporting animals in need primarily from New Mexico and surrounding Navajo Nation lands. Through transport runs and provision of spay/neuter and low-cost vet services, we benefit underserved communities while bringing animals in need of medical care and rehabilitation into a network of shelters and foster homes, to then be rehomed through adoption.

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At BERGEN we believe healthy pets make healthy communities. We strive to provide high quality veterinary services to the most underserved communities in Colorado. Since June 2019, we have helped over 5000 pets in rural areas with low-cost sterilization, wellness vaccinations, and microchips. Making spay/neuter affordable and accessible to everyone is our mission. Your donation helps the pets (and their people) that need us the most!

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We believe that every pet should be a wanted pet. SpayToday’s mission is to reduce unplanned and unwanted litters, resulting in pet neglect, potential abuse, overpopulation, and animal homelessness. Since 2009, our Spay It Forward program has provided lifesaving services for over 80,000 animals. By easing the burden of financial constraints, we help pets stay safely at home. Your gift will change the life of a pet in need AND the people who love them.

Donate: /SpayToday Demi’s Animal Rescue focuses on solving pet homelessness through adoption, spay/neuter and pet retention. Our newly opened Thrift Store & Cat Lodge has expanded our abilities to support the most in need animals, providing high quality items for sale to the public with sales supporting the rescue. The Lodge provides a safe space and visibility for at-risk cats including bonded pairs, FIV+, owner surrenders, seniors, and under socialized cats.

Donate: /DemisAnimalRescue PawsCo is a foster-based animal rescue that changes lives through our passion and commitment to animal welfare in Colorado. PawsCo partners with shelters and rescues throughout the state to provide a safety net to animals who will have the best chances for adoption after spending time in a home environment. Our operating model enables us to fill a gap in the rescue community, and further position Colorado as a role model in animal welfare.

At Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue, we believe each cat deserves a place to meow home. Our mission is to provide a safe haven for cats and kittens with exceptional medical care, including life-saving surgeries. With a robust foster program championed by a team of devoted staff and volunteers, we are able to increase our capacity while working with regional partners in high impact areas to reduce euthanasia rates and homeless cat populations.

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Front Range German Shepherd Rescue is an all-volunteer foster based rescue. We take the sick, injured, abused & unloved dogs from shelters where they have little chance to find the right home. We help owners who are unable to keep their dogs and find good homes for these good dogs. Our greatest need is foster homes as we search for forever homes for the dogs, but there are other ways to help. Please consider joining our effort as it takes a village.


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Each December, Amp the Cause brings joy to local children through its annual Holidays for Kids events. With the support of our corporate partners and volunteers, Amp the Cause provides a once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience for these children, complete with arts and crafts, face painters, a visit from Santa, lunch, and a backpack full of books and toys for each child. Volunteers are needed to help with gift wrapping and parties. Volunteers can sign up as individuals or as a group for any opportunity.

2020 Impact 11 Schools Served 1,232 children 17,625 gifts wrapped by 506 volunteers 80% of children who participate in Holidays for Kids receive free or reduced lunch Countless smiles and laughter for local Denver children in need

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Giving Sharing the joy We love to shop to find the just-right gift and wrap it with holiday cheer and ribbon. Now is also the perfect time to share our bounty and give to organizations helping those in need, especially with the opportunity of Colorado Gives Day 2021 on Dec. 7.

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The leaders of nonprofit organizations and event planners have spent a lot of time since the pandemic trying to figure out how to stage fundraisers. They have wondered if it was a good idea to proceed with inperson gatherings or whether virtual or hybrid versions should be substituted. As 2021 winds down and attention shifts to 2022, the mood is both optimistic and cautious. We spoke with representatives from nearly two dozen nonprofits to get an idea of what’s to come. Some have event dates and venues locked in; others are more cautious, advising supporters to check their respective websites for updates.

A Precious Child

AMP the Cause 303-466-4272 303-605-2885

Founded by Carina Martin, A Precious Child provides “cradle to career support” to Colorado children to empower them to achieve their full potential. From its Broomfield headquarters to satellite offices throughout the eight-county Denver metro area, it provides low-income families food, clothing and other services necessary to give their children the best possible start in life. Annual fundraisers include a gala.

A Denver-based nonprofit founded 17 years ago by Christie and Walter Isenberg, AMP the Cause serves the metro area’s most vulnerable children and families annually through a variety of community-driven programming. Its Fill the Void program, launched in 2020, helps alleviate hunger by providing reliable access to food by distributing grocery gift cards to stores like Walmart, King Soopers and Safeway. Fundraisers planned for 2022 include the Denver Day of Rock and a Celebrity Waiters Dinner.



Check each organization’s website for event and fundraising updates

Central City Opera

Colorado Pet Pantry 303-292-6500 720-441-3111

Julie Penrose and Anne Evans founded the Central City Opera, the nation’s fifth and oldest, in 1932. Its annual Summer Festival involves world-class productions performed in the 550-seat Central City Opera House, constructed in 1878. The company celebrates its 90th season in 2022. Money to support the opera and its educational and outreach programs will be raised at a gala held in the spring; the presentation of the Central City Flower Girls and the Yellow Rose Ball are held in late June.

Colorado Pet Pantry is a statewide organization that provides food for pets, allowing people to keep their dogs and cats instead of relinquishing them to a shelter when income isn’t sufficient to cover their living expenses. Colorado Pet Pantry hosts 97 pet food banks each month and helps more than 100 animal rescue organizations with food and supplies. Executive director Eileen Lambert encourages supporters to continue donating dry pet food or money throughout 2022 to aid in this mission. A $5 donation feeds a pet for a month, she says.

Clayton Early Learning

Denver Rescue Mission 303-355-4411 303-297-1815

Clayton Early Learning is an “innovation hub” that fosters thriving, equitable communities by partnering with families to nurture a whole child/whole family approach to the early years, discovering what works and advancing systems of change. Money to support Clayton Early Learning initiatives will be raised at A Taste of Clayton in the main auditorium, 3801 Martin Luther King Drive, Denver, on April 21.

Since 1892, the Denver Rescue Mission has worked to change the lives of men, women and families in the name of Christ by meeting people at their physical and spiritual points of need with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens. The mission currently operates two 24/7 shelters and The Crossing, a residential living facility that houses up to 300 individuals and families. It is currently undergoing renovations expected to be completed in 2022. Events planned for 2022 include a celebration of the mission’s 130th year and the annual turkey drive held in November to collect 15,000 turkeys for individuals and families in need for Thanksgiving.

Colorado Ballet 303-837-8888

Colorado Ballet’s 31 dancers from all over the world—including Japan, Russia, Cuba, France, Mexico and the United States—stage 50-plus performances of classical and contemporary works throughout each year. Headquartered at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, the company also conducts education and community engagement programs that reach 35,000 students, teachers, families, people with disabilities and lifelong learners annually. Colorado Ballet’s funding comes from ticket sales, sponsorships, donations and fundraising events like the annual Nutcracker Gala staged by Colorado Ballet Auxiliary.

Dumb Friends League 303-751-5772

Founded in 1910, the Dumb Friends League is the largest independent, nonprofit, communitybased animal shelter/humane society in the Rocky Mountain region, with shelters and adoption centers in Denver, Castle Rock, Franktown (the Harmony Equine Center) and Alamosa. Each year, it cares for and helps find homes for thousands of lost or surrendered pets, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, donkeys and mules. Fundraisers planned for 2022 are the Furry Scurry, the nation’s largest dog walk, to be held in May, and the Harmony Horse Expo, a weekend-long festival. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 COLORADO EXPRESSION


Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Jewish Family Service 303-321-6277 303-597-5000

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is the largest nonprofit in the U.S. working to save lives and improve health outcomes for people with Down syndrome. GLOBAL has donated more than $32 million to establish the first Down syndrome research institute supporting 400 scientists and 2,000-plus patients with Down syndrome from 33 states and 10 countries. GLOBAL is the lead advocacy organization in the U.S. for Down syndrome research and medical care. GLOBAL is part of a network of affiliates: Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, Sie Center for Down Syndrome, and University of Colorado Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center, all on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The organization’s signature fundraiser, the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, will take place virtually on Nov. 13. To register, visit

Jewish Family Service is dedicated to strengthening the community by providing vital services to vulnerable individuals and families of all faiths, races, ages, income, abilities, sexual orientation and gender identities. In 2021, JFS served upwards of 150,000 clients through programs like the Weinberg Food Pantry, job training and placement, mental health counseling and support for older adults. In 2022, JFS will mark its 150th anniversary by hosting a variety of events. In addition, there will be the annual Executive Luncheon in the spring, a family-friendly concert at Mission Ballroom in August and a gala with entertainment, dinner and dancing in the fall.

Invest in Kids 303-839-1808

Invest in Kids uses evidence and experience to further its mission of ensuring that every child in Colorado has a strong start in life. Through its three programs—the Nurse Family Partnership, The Incredible Years and Child First—IIK reaches some 17,000 of Colorado’s youngest residents and their families. Looking ahead to 2022, Invest in Kids seeks monetary donations to help meet the increased need to support nurses, teachers and families across the state. IIK also is enlisting sponsors and participants for its 22nd Jane-A-Thon ski-a-thon set for March at Mary Jane Mountain in Winter Park.



Junior League of Denver 303-692-0270

The Junior League of Denver is a women’s training organization committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Since 2012 it has focused on improving literacy rates and providing access to books for children through third grade in Denver. Now, after two years of exploration, research and community assessment, the JLD will expand its focus area to be inclusive of women and families facing systemic poverty. In 2022, fundraising events will include the 10th edition of The Journey, a dinner with a keynote speaker, a kitchen tour and continuing sales of its six award-winning cookbooks.

Check each organization’s website for event and fundraising updates

Judi’s House

Roundup River Ranch 720-941-0331 970-524-2267

Former Denver Bronco Brian Griese established Judi’s House in memory of his mother, Judith Ann Griese, who succumbed to breast cancer in 1988 when Brian was 12 years old. The idea behind Judi’s House is that no child should be alone to cope with the death of an important person. Skilled staff members engage and support children and families using a research-backed approach so that families can heal together and receive free services. Judi’s House will mark its 20th year in 2022 and celebrate with a gala (the date, time and location for which are still being decided). In addition, Judi’s House will move from 1741 Gaylord St. to a new location east of the Stanley Marketplace in Aurora.

The Gypsum-based camp was founded by Paul Newman to give children with serious illnesses the chance to feel like ordinary kids by sharing laughter, making new friends and finding the courage to try activities they never thought possible. Camp sessions are free and staffed by health care professionals, trained staff and dedicated volunteers. Fundraising plans for 2022 include the A Taste of Camp Gala to be held in May in downtown Denver.

National Jewish Health 1-877-225-5654

For 122 years, National Jewish Health has been at the forefront of research and medical care focused on lung, heart and immune-related diseases. And, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors and researchers there have turned to research aimed at defeating it. All of this takes money, and significant funds will be raised at 2022 events, including the Beaux Arts Ball on Feb. 26, Hoop the Hoopla, taking place in the spring, and Rev the Runway, to be held in the fall.

Shining Stars Foundation 970-726-8009

The Shining Stars Foundation is one of very few nonprofits in the nation that provide year-round, no-cost outdoor, social and recreational experiences to children with pediatric cancer or another lifethreatening illness and their families. Participation in the 60-plus programs is available at any stage of the illness, including recovery. Several fundraising events, including a gala, a golf tournament and a half-marathon, are in the planning stages for 2022.

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Ronald McDonald House 303-832-2667 (Denver)

Ronald McDonald Houses—one in Denver and the other in Aurora—provide a home away from home for families with hospitalized children at no cost for as long as the treatment takes. McDonald’s owneroperators in the Rocky Mountain region and their customers fund an average of 10 to 14 percent of the organization’s operating budget; the remainder comes from fundraising events and other donations. Fundraising events for 2022 remain in the planning stages.

The nonprofits showcased can be found on the ColoradoGives website, where you can schedule donations for Colorado Gives Day 2021 and any other time of the year.

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Tennyson Center for Children

Warren Village 303-433-2541 303-321-2345

Mindy Watrous became chief executive officer of Tennyson Center for Children in July. She is working with the board of directions to set priorities around the organization’s existing commitment to building stronger, healthier lives for children who have experienced trauma, and their families. Fundraising events for 2022 are still in the planning stages, but supporters are encouraged to visit Tennyson Center’s Amazon Wish List for ideas of things that are needed. Donations of gift cards or money toward the purchase of gifts for Tennyson’s Operation Santa are always welcome.

Warren Village, a national leader in providing safe and affordable transitional housing, exists so that low-income, single-parent families can achieve sustainable personal and economic self-sufficiency. All of its residents have experienced homelessness or housing instability before establishing residence at Warren Village. Its annual fundraising gala will take place on April 30 at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center. Donations to the 2021 Holiday Shop, an in-person event on Dec. 11 for residents, can be made by visiting the Warren Village website.

We Don’t Waste Urban Peak 303-974-2900 720-443-6113

Urban Peak Denver operates a 40-bed overnight shelter for youths between the ages of 15 and 20, along with a daytime drop-in shelter, street outreach, education and employment programs and supportive housing. Its mission is to meet youth where they are and provide them with the assistance and support necessary to become self-sufficient or obtain the services they need to exit a life on the streets.

When Arlan Preblud started We Don’t Waste in 2009, it was with the belief that excess food should go to people, not landfills. From the first delivery made from his Volvo station wagon, We Don’t Waste has saved 38 million pounds of quality food. It distributes the food to 100-plus hunger relief agencies and several mobile food pantries in four trucks that fan out across the community every day. Fundraisers in 2022 will include the annual Fill a Plate for Hunger and Canstruction.

Volunteers Of America

The Wild Animal Sanctuary 303-297-0408 303-536-0118

Volunteers of America Colorado is a faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need transform their lives. VOA Colorado has more than 50 programs statewide that provide emergency shelter, housing and food to some 150,000 state residents in need. In the spring of 2022, VOA Colorado will open a new affordable housing community for older adults in Fort Collins. The 29th edition of VOA’s signature fundraiser, Western Fantasy, will take place in the fall of 2022, while the 18th Legends Golf Tournament is set to happen in the summer.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the world’s largest sanctuary for large carnivores like tigers, lions, bears and wolves, all of which have been rescued from abusive, neglectful and illegal situations around the world. It is currently home to more than 500 such animals that are now living contented lives on natural, large-acreage habitats in Keenesburg. There will be a series of limited-attendance dinners inside the sanctuary’s Bolivian Lion House to raise money in 2022. The dates are May 21, June 25, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. Reservations can be made on the sanctuary website.



Cranberry and Pomegranate Bruschetta SERVES 6 TO 8 1 pound fresh cranberries 1 medium serrano pepper 1 cup sugar ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh basil ¾ cup pomegranate seeds 1 baguette ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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8 ounces cream cheese, softened Combine the cranberries, serrano pepper and sugar in a food processor and pulse until the cranberries are coarsely chopped; do not overprocess. Add the basil and pulse a few times or just until coarsely chopped. Spoon the cranberry mixture into a bowl. Stir in the pomegranate seeds. Chill, covered, for 2 hours or longer. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the baguette diagonally into ¼-inch slices and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the slices with the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes or until golden brown, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time. Let stand to cool. Beat the cream cheese in a bowl until fluffy. Spread each crostini with ½ to 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese, arranging on a plate. Top each with a small spoonful of the Cranberry Relish. Garnish with chopped fresh basil.



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A STAY AT THE Historic hotel retains its elegance and tradition while offering the style and service that modern travelers want


By Lindsey Schwartz . Photos courtesy The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa

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with balconies bordered in cast iron railings featuring ornate grillwork panels. A few years later, I had afternoon tea in that lobby and thought I must have been transported to a different city as I sipped Champagne, listened to harp music and ate incredible pastries, sandwiches and scones. I have had drinks in the restaurants and enjoyed the Ship Tavern’s hamburgers more than a few times, but it was only recently that I came to the hotel as a true guest, staying overnight and enjoying this historic property as a getaway. If it’s been awhile since you walked through those revolving doors in downtown Denver, it is a good time to take a fresh look. Located on 17th Avenue between Tremont Street and Broadway, The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa has occupied the same block since 1892. It was designed by architect Frank E. Edbrooke for Henry C. Brown, who was denied entrance to another downtown Denver hotel because of his cowboy attire and decided to build his own. Today, the property is part of the Marriott’s Autograph Collection. There are several restaurants and bars in the facility, including Ellyngton’s where you can enjoy breakfast and brunch; Ship

Tavern, known for its prime rib and American fare; Churchill’s for cocktails; and the renovated Palace Arms for fine dining. There also is, of course, the lobby, which serves afternoon tea daily from 12 to 4 p.m. The winter holiday tea service is so popular that reservations are booked almost a year in advance. After many years in the business, Nick Moschetti took over as general manager of the hotel and spa in March 2020, “clearly a challenging time in hospitality, he said. The renovation of Palace Arms restaurant had just started when he came on board, and then the hotel closed for the first time in its history due to the global pandemic. The timing, Moschetti said, was both good and

THE DETAILS BROWN PALACE HOTEL AND SPA 321 17th St. Denver, CO 80202 303-297-3111 Rooms start at $244; check website for spa and dining packages

Musicians play in the ornate atrium of the hotel, which is decorated for the holidays.

LOOKING UP EIGHT STORIES to the stained glass ceiling from the atrium lobby of The Brown Palace Hotel recently, I was struck by both the elegance and artistry of the landmark. The traditional interior decor combined with modern amenities and service make this iconic hotel a true Colorado gem. The first time I entered the Brown was as a teenager. I recall taking in the grand entrance, the busy lobby and the upper floors

A doorman stands ready to greet guests at the main entrance to the hotel.

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The atrium is ablaze with holiday lights and decor complementing the ornate metalwork of the balconies.

bad. It was a good time to work on renovating the restaurant, but the hotel was unable to get furniture and lighting, some of which was coming from Europe. “Then, relaunching fine dining in the midst of COVID-19 was also a challenge,” Moschetti said. But it gave the staff time to work on the concept. Their goal was to keep the integrity of the restaurant but add a little light, update and replace carpet and furniture, and reframe the art in order to showcase and preserve the historic works. Today, Moschetti’s favorite menu item at Palace Arms is the steak because of the high quality of local beef from Fitch Ranch in Grand County. The Ship Tavern is the oldest restaurant in the hotel. It opened in 1934 after the

Guests sip on afternoon tea each day from noon to 4 p.m. Holiday reservations can fill up a year in advance.


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The exterior of the hotel is made from red granite and Arizona sandstone with 26 medallions carved in stone.

repeal of Prohibition. Fans of the spot will be happy to know the décor hasn’t changed, and includes a complete mast and crow’s nest, an old ship’s clock, and a collection of sailing ship models given to the restaurant by former hotel owner Charles Boettcher. And while the restaurants and the Churchill Bar have true Old-World elegance, the rooms and the spa are fresh and modern. The hotel’s several suites include the Beatles Suite, where the musicians stayed in 1964. The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift and Bruce Springsteen also have stayed at the Brown, along with almost every president from Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump. As I waited recently for my chai tea in the lobby coffee shop, I glanced through a book on the history of ghosts and The Brown Palace. When I asked Moschetti about the ghost stories, he said in a matter-of-fact tone, “It

The employees and guests who tell these stories are very passionate.” - General manager Nick Moschetti, on tales of ghosts

is part of the history of who we are. The employees and guests who tell these stories are very passionate, and it is part of the mystique of the hotel.” There have been many reported ghost sightings at the hotel, including a guest who saw a train conductor, ghostly hotel employees and laughing children in the hallways. My getaway at The Brown Palace did not induce a ghost sighting, though I was so full of good food and relaxed from the spa, I might not have noticed.

I have passed by The Brown Palace hundreds of times and admired the beauty of the red sandstone building that is a gateway to downtown Denver. But on this trip, it was a treat to go inside the historic hotel to enjoy tea, excellent food and ambiance and a relaxing night’s sleep. It was a reminder that modern luxury and old-school elegance often go hand-in-hand in Colorado. Lindsey Schwartz is editor of Colorado Expression.

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SOJOURN Idaho resort boasts history, nostalgia and superb skiing By Jordan Martindell . Photography courtesy of Sun Valley Resort

WHETHER YOU ARE a diehard shredder, love relaxing by the fireside, or want to spend your days lounging by the pool, Idaho’s Sun Valley Resort has a plethora of lodging, dining and offslope activities—tempting even the staunchest Colorado loyalist to make the trip and see what the mountains of Idaho are all about. I am one of those Coloradans who can’t fathom leaving this great state for ski season, but when a last-minute spring break trip presented itself, my family and I jumped at the chance to experience something new, and headed for Idaho. There is something special about visiting a resort of yesteryear where one cannot help but feel the history. It’s where Frank Sinatra

and Ava Gardner schmoozed in between schussing on the slopes, and Ernest Hemingway visited to fish and write. As a privately owned resort that launched in 1936, Sun Valley became an elite getaway for movie stars and cinema moguls of the 1940s and ’50s. Since then, it has remained a popular ski town, which had guest room and facilities updates in 2015. Today, with its modern amenities, the resort manages to preserve the charm of the past and meet the contemporary needs of travelers.

PANORAMIC PLAYGROUND Skiing is, of course, at the top of Sun Valley’s must-do list. Its more than 2,000 skiable

The Sun Valley Lodge at night, crowned with a snow sculpture and light-bedecked trees.


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acres offer panoramic views and a delineation that keeps beginners safe and gives experts plenty of terrain to tackle. Sun Valley has two diverse downhill areas: Dollar Mountain, with exposed beginners and intermediate terrain, and Bald Mountain, with tree skiing, expert chutes and deep powder. Families like mine with littles of their own can feel great about leaving their children at Sun Valley Ski School on Dollar Mountain. In fact, our 4-year-old was recovering from a broken leg; the ski school team helped ease our concerns and our son had a blast while regaining his confidence on the slopes. One

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could argue that the best part of Sun Valley is indeed the skiing, but those who don’t enjoy the sport will have just as good a time exploring other offerings. Ice skating, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, bowling, pool time, game time, shopping in town or just relaxing make Sun Valley perfect for all generations of travelers. Wandering through downtown Ketchum is just a short shuttle bus ride from the resort. A true main street experience, boutiques sprinkle the town, tempting window shoppers with high-end women’s clothing at Panache and specialty local artisan gifts at Fox Creek Inte-

Sun Valley’s two mountains offer more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain.

THE DETAILS Sun Valley Resort 1 Sun Valley Road Sun Valley, ID 83353 Reservations: 800-786-8259 Lift Tickets: 888-490-5950


United Airlines flies direct from Denver and just a two-hour flight puts you in the belly of the valley. The resort provides complimentary transportation to and from the airport. Sun Valley is a threehour drive from Boise, which provides more flight options from Denver.

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Guests arrive for dinner at Trail Creek Cabin via a horse-drawn sleigh.

riors. Antique Alley is fun for treasure hunters and, of course, ski and snowboard gear shops abound to keep you prepared for whatever the mountains throw your way.

RELAX AT THE SPA Sun Valley’s relaxation game is strong, with a massive heated pool, cabanas for sun protection and a full-service spa. Whether you want to enjoy a martini poolside after a day on the slopes, burn off energy in the water with the kiddos, or take in the alpenglow while wading in the water, the pool is the center of the resort’s relaxation station. The spa offers treatments with a holistic approach to wellness. Massages, facials, hair and nail care are standard options, but what truly sets the spa apart are the Body Ritual packages. Balancing, healing, detoxifying and restoring treatments will not only soothe your body but also provide a deeper dive into what full-body treatments look like. These experiences partner a massage component with cupping techniques, dry brushing stimulation, sound healing, or Nordic-inspired relaxation techniques.


An aerial view of Baldy Lodge, one of a number of places to stay in Sun Valley.

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Sun Valley’s lodging, with its elegantly updated rooms, condos and homes, reflects a timeless design. From luxurious private residences for multigenerational gatherings to individual hotel rooms, each property is cozy, updated and equipped with everything you need to make your visit comfortable and

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When it’s time to take a break from the slopes, shopping in town or just relaxing makes Sun Valley perfect for all generations of travelers.

restful—a true home away from home. While downtown Ketchum has a smattering of other lodging options, none compare to Sun Valley Resort’s, which start at $210 per night.

DINING OPTIONS It’s great to not have to drive anywhere when on vacation, and this is where a resort environment really shines. Dining at Sun Valley is convenient and restaurants are eclectic. You can transport yourself on a new culinary adventure with each meal. Sample European pastries at Konditorei for breakfast fare; refresh yourself with regional craft beers and cocktails at Duchin Lounge off the resort’s main lobby; or enjoy casual comfort food at Village Station with the whole family. On-mountain dining is at its best at Roundhouse, with sweeping vistas, vintage ski paraphernalia, and delectable dishes to fuel your afternoon of powder hunting. The multiple base lodges provide traditional ski fare with plenty of room to spread out and nosh when looking to take a lunch break (or you need to bribe the kiddos with another hot chocolate). One of Sun Valley’s most unique adventures is dinner at Trail Creek Cabin. This memorable experience includes a round-trip, horse-drawn sleigh ride through a winter wonderland that drops guests at the historic Trail Creek Lodge. The Duchin Lounge is a great spot for cocktails and appetizers.

Taking my family outside of our Colorado comfort zone was definitely worth it. Short lift lines, incredible skiing, charm for days, off-slope entertainment, and a family friendly atmosphere will definitely tempt us back to this stunning valley. Based in Boulder, Jordan Martindell blends her love of aesthetics and the outdoors, documenting adventures that are delicious, exciting and sometimes unexpected. She has written for Elevation Outdoors Magazine, Outdoor Retailer Magazine and



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