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JoAnn Skillman Caddoo: Owner of United Colors of Benetton in the Foothills Fashion Mall, wife of Skip and mother of Lindsey, 22 months, and Daniel , 5 months. JoAnn enjoys skiing, bicycling, reading and playing with her children . "This was truly a great learning experience! What I really enjoyed was meeting the other models and working with Lydia and her staff. This takes a lot of creativity and organization. It was fun to watch the experts in action!" Sandra Holter: Co-owner and manager of Carousel Dinner Theatre and Glamourage Salon. Sandra enjoys showing 4-H cattle, traveling, arts, crafts, and shopping. "I had a great time modeling for Lydia 's Style Magazine. I love clothes and fashion. Because of this opportunity I got to see another side of the fashion and advertising industry. It was a nice chance to be pampered by a make-up artist and hair stylist other than myself. Thank you very much for inviting me to participate in the spring issue." Vandi Holter: Co-owner and producer of Carousel Dinner Theatre. Vandi, in her leisure hours, stays busy with home decorating, traveling, cross country skiing , playing and training her dog, Sandy, and especially, theatre. "The experience was fantastic. I especially enjoyed meeting the Style people along the way (retailers, stylists, other models}. And I would say being the center of attention during the process was a real treat! Getting to know Lydia and her staff better was most memorable. Lydia's professional approach, and personal involvement made the experience a success! Thank you for the opportunity." Charlotte Odau: Plastics entrepreneur, and mother of Carlie, 19, and Jason, 19. Charlotte plays golf and tennis, and enjoys skiing, fishing and reading. "What a thrill, from the moment my alarm didn't go off until the final smile and quick change. The whole day was exciting, the clothes beautiful, and meeting interesting new people was fun. Lydia herself is extremely charming and paid attention to every detail. She put everyone at ease. It's a chance in a million to be a model for a day and a lot more fun than plastics. Thanks to you all." Betty Skillman: Co-owner of Skillman Photography, wife of Tom and mother of 3 grown children Tom , JoAnn and Bob. Betty enjoys family, friends, grandchildren, golf and entertaining . "I thoroughly enjoyed the entire day! It was great fun seeing how the different outfits went together with the clever props. For me, it was a total change of how I see the camera. I was in front of it, instead of "behind the scenes!" Sally Weisser: Accountant, wife of Jim and mother of Kimberly, 12, and Stacey, 10. Sally's leisure hours include gardening and horseback riding . "I enjoyed trying on all the different clothes, especially when they came to me, and I did not have to go to them. I felt honored to be asked and enjoyed working with Lydia and all the models. It was enjoyable to work in a different media than I have been accustomed to in the past."


he return of spring heralds the arrival of all things fresh and new. The snow has melted. The chill is gone. And in its place comes the promise of unlimited possibilities. For many, those possibilities include striving for a better balance between work and personal life. And, along this line, our feature, Living the Beautiful Life, offers great ideas on slowing down just a bit and adding a little more elegance, beauty and joy to every day living. What could be more luxurious and soothing than a relaxing scented bath? In The Scented Bath, read up on the latest trends and products to make this ritual a wonderful replenishing getaway. As spring approaches, many also decide to get in shape before swimsuit season arrives . Daily workouts on the Stairmaster is what works for me, but, for many, water aerobics is gaining in popularity as a user friendly and gentle way to stay in shape. Read Patty Spencer's overview, Catch the Wave, and learn how you can get started. Once pampered and in shape, it is time to indulge in a few new fashions for spring. The news this spring holds a certain charm and offers a wide array of choices. Be it military influences, ethnic touches, nostalgic remembrances, wearable art, fluid shapes, long lengths , short lengths , wide leg pants, or classic looks, the choices are many and always interpreted in a feminine way. Enjoy viewing our fashion feature shown with a particularly interesting and eclectic array of collectible chairs. Thanks to our great models and to those generous collectors who didn't mind loaning us their prize pieces. Spring is also an important planning time for all those scheduling a summer or fall wedding . Read up on wedding details and don't forget to register at Perfect Impressions for an Antonio Fermin couture bridal gown valued up to $1500 being given away by Lydia 's Style magazine! We bring you all th~ is and much more in our fresh 路 new spring issue. rJ;._ ().__ Enjoy!



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Etiquette and Social Savvy FOR KIDS AND TEENS "Social savvy is like a magical invisible cloak you can wear anywhere." By Carol Ann Hixon Once I'd established that etiquette is , indeed , a life skill, I had another question . What is a cotillion? Derived from a French term for petticoat, the cotillion has come to mean intricate ballroom dance, and in this case an assemblage of young people for the purpose of developing respect and appreciation for their role in society through learning social etiquette and dance. The course of study in Fort Collins consists of six Sunday evening sessions conducted by Jon D. Williams Cotillions, established in 1950 to "bring back the traditional values of the past and translate them into the social demands of today." Jon D. Williams Ill says , "The days of stuffy , cloistered dance classes are over. By educating our students in a party atmosphere learning becomes ... an experience that they can put to practical use .. . " And young people in more than twenty cities around the world are participating in this education . Christine and Denise can attest to the practical use. Both have children, from 4th grade through 9th grade, enrolled in this third annual event and they note that they are complimented on how the children behave . When introduced, they know how to "... just because the life of the :~~~~~~~:~~~Jill shake a hand , no limp, dead fishhomeless person is not your life, types here and they understand it does not mean that his or her the value of eye contact. problem should be ignored. It is your responsibiliThose niceties that make positive first impressions ty to be aware - not to shut out all unattractive aspects are oft best taught by someone other than mom and of the world because it seems they have nothing to do dad- after all, the prophet is without honor in his own with you. They do have to do with you. And it is up to land. you to find a way to give in a manner that suits your cirClasses are divided into two age groups, consisting of cumstances." And the book tackles other issues equal numbers of boys and girls. Fourth, fifth, and sixth drugs, divorce, religions , illness , prejudice - in an graders meet together and seventh, eighth, ninth appealing, helpful manner. We're not just talking about graders meet later. Classes are an hour and fifteen minhow to sip your soup when we discuss etiquette in 1994. utes long and during that time the participants learn We're taking a serious look at what behaviors make dance from the traditional fox-trot to the Texas two-step, sense in a world that often makes no sense . onfession: When asked to write an article about etiquette and the Cotillion, I expected to encounter a stuffy elitism (cries of "Liberty, justice, and equality for all" welled from the depths of my soul). Imagine my surprise, when reading and interviews won me over. Read on .. . you 'll like what you learn. Denise Rechnitz and Christine Burge, the forces behind bringing the Cotillion to Fort Collins, identify the focus well, "Etiquette is a life skill ." Children must learn to be "competitive," both socially and academically. Children - and adults - who feel comfortable in formal situations , will have skills to behave appropriately in all situations. Echoing those sentiments and adding additional dimension is Social Savvy by Judith Re . Subtitled "A Handbook for Teens Who Want to Know What to Say, What to Do , and How to Feel Confident in Any Situation" the easy-reading paperback goes beyond traditional social graces to confronting daily dilemmas for teens. Key word throughout the book is "respect" - for others and for one's self. For example, on the homeless:



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PLEASE • THANK YOU • PLEASE • THA NK YOU music appreciation, and proper etiquette. Chris noted that having her son as a dance partner was a special benefit reaped from the classes. Females in the younger class wear white gloves , not an easy commodity to find. There 's a practical reason for the gloves - they're not just affectations . Ten year-olds Cotillion 50's theme party is a great ice breaker. often have an aversion to "holding hands" and the gloves make the practice acceptable . For the older girls, gloves are optional. Current class enrollment is 80 and there's a waiting list. Denise said their best advertising has been word-of-mouth. Kids have had fun learning how to be socially savvy and they tell friends and the list grows. Scholarships are available Christine and Denise stress that they don't want any young person excluded because of the membership fee ($115 for the younger class and $135 for the older class that includes a formal dinner). Nor does attire need to prevent attendance. It would seem that considerable loaning and exchanging take place as youngsters outgrow one season 's Cotillion-wear. Girls must wear party dresses or dress skirts and blouses, flats or low heels, and white gloves (optional for 7th-9th). Boys wear traditional suits or sport coats, ties and either black or brown hard-sole shoes. Asked about hair and jewelry regulations, Denise indicated there are none ; the intent is not to make everyone look alike but rather to help kids understand what "dressing up" is. Think about this: The cotillion is an opportunity to look across an entire room and not see one, single "billed" cap. Relish that thought, it happens ever too rarely. The site of the Cotillion, Fort Collins Country Club, was chosen for safety and convenience Learning social etiquette and besides its ambiance. After considering various ballroom dancing can be fun . locations, the committee chose the Country Club because it allowed parents to drop their children off at the door. For those who would like a simple guide to good manners - one that could accompany the Cotillion lessons or be used independently - Beth Brainard and Sheila Behr wrote and illustrated Soup Should be Seen, not Heard!, an etiquette book for kids. Brainard's work is a delightfully illustrated stroll through good manners from introductions to dining to telephone to parties and other "stuff." The advice is practical. Take the page on sportsmanship . The' illustration shows kids shaking hands and offers these handwritten thoughts: "Be a gra-

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"May I have this dance?" Re's Social Savvy offers thoughts I'd like my teenager to read and internalize: Good manners are not simply following blind rules. "Good manners a·re about being considerate, and feeling good when your thoughtfulness helps"; they include respect for all ages and being sensitive to your surroundings She goes on to provide a metaphor worth remembering , "Social savvy is like a magical invisible cloak you can wear anywhere." Nice way to help young - and old with a sense of self-worth. In the spirit of self-reliance, I think we have neglected simple civility being respectful of one another.

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Sunlight seeps through the windowpane and spreads its morning glow around the golden rim of your china cup ... you sip your steaming gourmet coffee slowly, deeply breathing in the light and the potential of the new day ... you choose a satin camisole from your drawer and relish its softness as you dress for work . .. as you drive to work you sniff the rose-scented potpourri that you store in a lacey bag tied with ribbons to keep the car smelling sweet ... at your office you notice your freshly manicured nails shimmering as you type that report into your word processor . .. at 5:00pm you drive to your hairdresser to enjoy a stimulating scalp massage and rejuvenating hair trim ... you stop and shop for the freshest, crispest greens and succulent vegetables you can buy . .. you savor a glass of wine as you eat your delicious, simple gourmet salad and pasta creation by candlelight while devouring another chapter in your book ... the bath water runs into the tub and steams the bathroom, intermingling the fresh herb and floral fragrances you have sprinkled in ... you crawl in and languish in the hot water, closing your eyes, and letting the cares of the day float away . ..

ound like a perfect day? A life too good to be true? lmagine ... the possibilities of treating yourself as your most honored guest or you r most celebrated and endeared person. What would life be like , enjoyed with sensuous celebration of every small ritual? Your routines would be deliberate , respectful , orderly, rich. You would enjoy the best that daily life has to offer-you would relish beauty , elegance, style, and move with the fluidity of a graceful life. It's easy to create this beauty in

your daily life by paying attention to sensory details. A beautiful personal environment created by you is your opportunity to keep yourself sane in an otherwise stressful world. The elegance of small details makes an ordinary daily life extraordinary. Beauty and aesthetic stimulation generate enthusiasm, encourage vitality, and promote individual expression and creativity. Simple rituals to enhance ordinary activities are a way to start: eating, sleeping, bathing, and dressing can be luscious experiences instead of hurried or perfunctory gestures. Stimulate your senses with each


daily ritual, and start enjoying a richer depth of experience. LEEPING - Make your bed your rest-sanctuary . . . clothe it in beauty and comfort, straighten and plump it daily, and equip it with items that encourage sleep. Install an elegant reading light, stack your favorite reading materials, and store a bottle of scented massage oil beside it for a quick self-foot or knee rub while you are lying there. Use music as a relaxant - put in an extra set of speakers so that you can wander into

sleepy state with dreamy melodies. Keep a wine carafe filled with water and a glass inverted over the top for a touch of elegance that you might find at the best hotels. Choose sheets for your bed with rich textures and colors. Cool cotton or silk for warmer seasons , warm flannel for cold ones. Experiment with the many luscious colors available to create moods - dark sea blues and greens for cool escapes, tantalizing peaches and limes for sorbet-like snuggling, black or purple for rich, royal elegance. Fill a small pillow with scented potpourri and keep it plumped with your other pillows , or line your linen drawer with fragranceoil on cloth to scent your sheets and pillowcases. Some pillows are available for purchase stuffed with herbs like chamomile and lavender that encourage sleeping-or stuff your own and breath in its soothing essences.

gundy or neutrals for autumn , and rich, spicy reds and royal blues to radiate warmth for the winter months . Keep candles in simple holders on the tablelight a candle as an elegant beginning to your evening meal. If you have a fireplace, try placing your table nearby to eat by the soft natural flickering light of the fire. Celebration of a meal requires a focus on it as "special." Your place for eating should be a refuge from the outside world , a place of calm, intimacy, with a sense of privacy. It should be free of distractions (T.V., telephones) and confusion . Create a nook where you can have a quiet retreat for breakfast or during the day-a bright, light, cheerful place that will restore you with its coziness. The famous M.K. Fisher, a food expert and writer, used to say, "Eat where the sunlight is." In good weather, eat outside. Cultivate a space on your patio or porch to sit in the fresh air and sunlight, breathe deeply, and eat with an invigorated appetite.

ATING - Make each meal a celebration , a ritual especially for nourishing your spirit, as well as your body. You don't have to make complicated preparations for food-just choose fresh, natural ingredients and serve them with joy and style. Stock your refrigerator weekly with an assortment of fresh vegetables and salad greens. Choose one vegetable each night to focus on, raw or cooked . Vegetables add interesting color and texture to a meal-eye appeal is every bit as important as taste. Keep a fruitbowl on your table or counter in a beautiful pottery bowl. Create a still-life with an arrangement of apples , oranges, bananas, grapes, kiwi, and avocados. In addition to beauty, you will always have ingredients on hand to enhance a salad or to slice up for breakfast. Create elegance by dressing your table in cloth-choose colors to harmonize with the season: splashy florals or delicious pastels for spring, deep fruity raspberry and blueberry sherbets for summer, muted bur-

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Unusual presentations of food stimulate the senses. To make something simple memorable, it must look exquisite. Accumulate distinctive textural serving pieces that give food interest: original pottery or wooden bowls, woven baskets, crystal or colored glass plates. A perfect ripe pear served on a hand-painted porcelain plate is absolute elegance-add a wedge of sharp cheddar cheese and a golden muffin for a perfect breakfast to savor with a favorite mug of steamy coffee or spiced tea. AlLY CLEANSING -The intention of daily cleansing routines are to freshen, enhance beauty, and relax. All of the products used in your cleansing rituals can be selected with optimum effect on the senses. Toothpaste, shampoo, body creams and soaps can give you as much pleasure as a dinner feast. Treat your sense of smell by purchasing good-quality soaps with a delicious fragrance . Your shower or bath will become a journey into the soothing world of water and aroma. Toothpaste can even be an adventure-there are many natural flavors

available in health food stores. Skin care is extremely important in daily cleansing routines for encouraging your own personal beauty. Dr. Marilyn Braun, a Fort Collins esthetician (skin expert) recommends that a very simple routine be used that cleanses, invigorates, and nourishes the skin. Lathering your face with a non-soap cleanser in the evening is best. Don't cleanse in the morning , she advises, as that will remove the natural protective coating of a film that is produced while sleeping . Instead, splash cold water on your face in the morning and wipe with a soft cloth. Follow the cleansing with a toning, using a product like rosewater and glycerin, or witch hazel. After toning, moisturizing is the final step. "In Colorado," Dr. Braun comments, "It is almost impossible to have normalized skin because of the dryness. You must moisturize to normalize your skin back to its healthy state." Dr. Braun also recommends using all natural products for moisturizing, and adding a little olive oil, if necessary. XERCISE - Think of your exercise ritual in a new way, one that lifts and restores your spirit as well as toning and maintaining your body. If you resist exercise , try wearing beautiful clothing to perform your movements. Dress up as though you were going to an Olympic event, or on a world expedition . Indulge in the latest athletic fashions in vibrant colors or shop for funky clothing at a second-hand boutique . Have fun with it-use your imagination and create costumes that allow you time to step into other worlds. Play your favorite music while you exercise at home, and use the time for daydreaming. Overworked minds need rest , and daydreaming allows you to restore your mind while you stimulate your body . Dot on an essential oil and breathe in its fragrance as you sweat. Install full length mirrors near your exercise area and watch your body go through its fluid motions. Cover your exercise mat in pretty material and fasten it with velcro. Choose an exercise that lends itself to beautiful forms and accessories, such as dance, swimming , or skiing. Walking is one of the easiest and most versatile exercises to combine with the

enjoyment of beauty-as you walk, look at buildings and make it a study in architectural interest. Drink in the sky, the cloud formations, the mountain landscape, and the trees in their seasonal state. Exercise as a drudgery or necessity is self-defeating. Cultivate a sense of expansion and .connect your body workouts with beautiful things : an appreciation of nature, of style , of music, of textures, of breathing and meditation.

Gary Calderone, co-owner of The Pilates Center in Fort Collins , says beauty is a conscious awareness of what the body is in relation to the world around it, a world full of gravity and compression, which contributes to aging. "What does one feel like when they feel beautiful?-light, lifted, long, elegant, and vivacious," Gary explains. Pilates fights gravity-the exercises are part stretching, part breathing, and part calisthenics, all non-impact and non-weight bearing. In addition , says Calderone, the mind and the breath are used to form new neuromuscular patterning that helps to give people a new pulse of life. Strength, endurance , flexibility , detoxification, and stimulation are all the benefits of Pilates-centered movement. ERSONAL RITUALS Indulging in luxury and beauty gives a sense of well-being. Personal rituals are a perfect place to luxuriate in and restore your sense of balance and appreciation. Taking beautiful care of the body includes personal and professional indulgences on a regular basis.


."There is so much stress in our world , and we tend to neglect our bodies instead of taking care of them," says Yvonne Williams, owner of At Your Finger Tips , a personal care salon. Yvonne 's salon provides manicures, pedicures, waxing, massage , and cosmetics. Pedicures are especially important, says Williams, because feet are almost always ignored. "Feet are the mainstay of our transportation, with many nerve endings that store stress and toxins. The body sends these to the feet so that they won't be stored around the internal organs," Williams states . Pedicures are relaxing, she explains because they help release stress from the feet. A typical pedicure, costing $1521 includes a massage to the knee , treating and trimming nails, and smoothing calluses. Manicures can shape and perk up fingernails, creating grace and color with the use of the hands. Artificial nails can add a professional and well-groomed appearance, Williams says , especially since people use their hands as communication tools. Massage is a way to stimulate blood flow, release toxins, and relax muscles in the body. Full body massages stimulate a beautiful feeling that may last hours or days afterward . Hair waxing is a temporary hair removal, commonly used in European beauty salons, and although not relaxing like massage, is beauty-enhancing . A wax made from tree saps or beeswax is warmed , spread onto the skin surface , and pulled off with cloth. Hair will not grow in for 4-6 weeks, and will finally come in lighter and finer than before . This method was created and used by the Egyptians over 4,000 years ago. In fact , most beauty treatments , such as hair colors , nail polishing , eye colors, and wigs were originally developed in ancient Egypt. Body fragrances MERcor are a great way to cultivate a beautiful personal feeling .

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Perfumes, colognes, essentual oils and powders can give you a lift and a sense of "special" in your daily life. "Perfume can give you a clean, good self-image," says Ed Fletcher, owner of Perfume Scents. "A nice scent can bring out an affordable elegance. Choose what you like, one that smells good on, and is quality made," he advises. IFESTYLE ENHANCERS Keeping in tune with the seasons and all the beautiful changes inherent in them can help you add joy and elegance to your life. In the spring, you can dress your table with tulips and hyacinths and plant pots of seeds . In the fall, you can relish the crisp, cool air by raking leaves, simply for the experience. Light fires with pine branches or orange peels . When approaching the New Year, clean out your drawers and files-create new spaces for the coming season . Fall back upon traditions, or create new ones that celebrate the movement of the year through its cycles. Stimulate your sense of smell : fill your house with fragrance with some burning incense or a big pot of soup stock cooking all day. Improve your living environment: Be a beautiful caretaker and clean up the clutter; make sure that things work - get matches that light, garbage bags that hold, can openers that open , appliances that work. Effective small things that work are reassuring , full of small joys. When they're broken down or wrong, they are a burden. Eleanor Brown, a notable American interior designer now in her mid-nineties, believes, "Living requires time not overextending ourselves we avoid fragmentation, clutter, and nonsense. Life is too short for you to be caretaker of the wrong details." Beautify your workspace: Offices and work environments can be depressing and slow down motivation with their drab decor. Place your personal treasures around you and create a work environment that pleases your senses and your spirit. Use plants and rugs, pictures and objects that stimulate your eyes with color. Sit in a lovely antique chair instead of a desk swivel. Use a Rolodex and filing system with colors.

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AKE TIME - Good living does take time, but creates a life well-lived, a life balanced in beauty and joy to outweigh the negative influences that barrage us. Giving yourself time for the beautiful things, the things that enhance the spirit and the senses helps you get through the rough spots. It rejuvenates a fatiguing, demanding lifestyle and actually creates more time to do things well. Learn to be "unavailable" during your beauty rituals - close the door, don't

answer the phone, tell your family it's your "sanity" time. Controlling the private hours of your life gives you a sense of success and power to effect change in the outside world . The senses are the "doors" to beauty and joy in your life- take time to cultivate and stimulate them! Mary Herrick, The Jazz Cook, is also a free lance writer living in Fort Collins and a frequent contributor to Style magazines. Photo credits: Perfume bottles, Pamela's Bed and Bath. Bath products, EsScentua/s. Lingerie, Whisper's Lingerie.


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he bath has its origins in Greek and Roman civilizations that hono red its properties beyond ordinary function. Baths were considered sacred, both private and public rituals that enhanced the culture. Greeks bathed before public discussions and after athletic events; Hippocrates used water therapy extensively to treat disease. Magnificent bath houses were built in Rome, with emphasis on the bath as a social event, and even as an art. Baths offered a place for relaxation, gathering, and even worship in Roman times . Because of the prosperity in Rome by the third century B.C ., many of the wealthier families had bathing chambers in their houses and villas. The Romans were obsessive about cleanliness , and so not only private , but public baths were built that included hot and cold baths and massage rooms. The aqueducts built around Rome supplied the extra water needed for the plea-

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sure-seeking Romans in their bathhouses. At the height of Rome, there were 926 public bathhouses. The Roman art of bathing was enhanced with fragrant oils and unguents that were applied to the waters and to skin before and after bathing for perfuming, cleansing, and conditioning. Sculptural fountains were constructed as water shrines to combine the physical , cultural , and intellectual aspects of communal bathing. It is claimed that Emperor Nero exclaimed when he saw the beautiful fountains of Rome, "Sanitas per aquas!" (health through water) -the word "spa" is thought to have evolved from this phrase. Cold baths were the original baths, serving as a cleaning place for wounds , and a bathing place for families in primitive cultures at the watering hole. May Day served as one of the first bathing rituals, a time when Lydia's Style Magazine

the flowers and birds returned in the rebirth of Spring, and rivers- gushed with the water of melted snow. The May Bath consisted of bathing celebratorily in a spring or a tub filled with May herbs. Midsummer brought St. John the Baptist's Day, a day in June for Christians held in ritual to wash away worries and sorrows, and to begin again with hopes and dreams. The Church, however, eventually condemned the ritual communal bath as "pagan obsession," and tried to suppress it, to no avail. Bathhouses eventually sprang up as water became more portable and all of the sensual and therapeutic aspects of the bath were discovered. Bathing has now become more than a functional aspect of daily life, or an occasional interlude into a sudsy tub. The bath is evolving into an oasis from a busy world, a world of luxurious aromas, flick-

e ring lights, and sensual delights, a generous mini-vacation from the demanding lifestyle of the 90's. "The sensual art of bathing - it's not just bubbles and smell-good stuff," says Meg Deweese, owner of EsScentuals, a store filled with the essences of bath celebration. "The bath is a private reprieve, a ritual for restoration." Baths are therapy for busy lives. But they have a long-standing tradition in their therapeutic benefits. "Thalasso Therapie" is a French tradition that uses special bath retreats to provide water therapy, medical cures, seaweed wraps, mud baths, and relaxation. Bath oils and bath salts are sensual therapy, combined with the warmth and wetness of the water against dry skin and aching muscles. True batha-holies like bath oils, says Deweese, for their skin softening and moisturizing effects. Bath salts soften the water and skin, a more gentle and nourishing treatment. A new line called "Watermark" derived from the sea even nourishes the skin with sea herbs, minerals, and nutrients incor-

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porated into the products. Because the skin is our largest absorption organ, nourishing it in bath water makes sense. Bath crystals containing sea salts and essential oils can be added to the bathwater for a more sensual and skin-conditioning experience. Bath products abound for the bath ritual, including props, fragrances, decorative accessories, and skin treatments. Pamela McClanahan, co-owner of Pamela's Bed and Bath at the Foothills Fashion Mall, tells how people can incorporate a purely personal ritual into their daily routine: "With the bath, you really DO relax and pamper yourself - it makes you take time, instead of quickly cleaning up in the shower. We have a lot of tired feet, these days, and many products in and around the bath will pamper feet," says McClanahan. She explains how loofah sponges (grown from a plant) can get rid of dead skin and calluses on the feet, especially from the wintertime when skin gets dry and flaky. Loofahs are used for improving blood circulation as well, starting on the feet and working up toward the heart. A "Bodykiss" is a synthetic cross between a loofah and a natural sponge, and is used as a mild exfoliator. Sisal towels and linen towels, which McClanahan says are really just large washcloths, can be used for invigorating the skin when bathing, just as bath creams such as "Wake Up Rosemary," for a great morning bathing experience. Soaps at McClanahan's shop contain everything from essential oils to seaweed and walnut oil to nourish the skin. "We coax people to take TIME for the bath," Deweese suggests, "Use the

closed bathroom door as your signal-say this is where I will enjoy my book, my glass of wine, my time for myself. Baths slow down the paceit's a daily reprieve, and it doesn't take much." "The most important part of bathing may be what you put on your skin after the bath," says Kathryn Stubler, co-owner of the new SPA Natural Body Care store at Foothills Fashion Mall. "Using a high-quality natural moisturizer after your bath or shower is essential in helping your skin retain its natural moisture." SPA offers a variety of natural after-bath sprays and lotions which contain ingredients such as apricot kernel oil, raspberry leaf extract, and tea tree oil which soften and soothe the skin. Aromatherapy is an important component in the bath ritual, according to Phyllis Thode, owner of Headlines salon. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, extracted and distilled from the flowers, leaves, trunk, and roots of plants. Aromatherapy is used to treat ailments and help with relaxation and stimulation through the senses. It is an ancient art, rejuvenated, and is based on the body's response to each essential oil. Peppermint is used for headaches and fostering a sense of wellness, while sandalwood gives a healing, soothing, moisturizing treatment when added to the bath water. Respiratory disturbances


can be treated with eucalyptus, and vetiver is helpful to arthritics. Most people use blends of different oils that offer a synergistic treatment of the senses. "Aromatherapy takes you away from cold medicines and synthetic remedies, and goes back into nature," Thode explains, "Plants and flowers are here for us to use. We can create different feelings of sensuality and relaxation through aromatherapy." Thode uses a diffuser at the shop for adding essential oils to the air. Passive diffusers are available made of porous pottery with corks, where the oils diffuse through the materials of the container and fill the air with scents. Active diffusers vaporize the oils into the air by pushing them through an orifice with a pump. Even a diffuser pendant is available, Thode explains, that can be worn around the neck to promote relaxation by inhaling the essential oil added into it. Decor for the bath helps to set the stage for a luxurious journey into the senses. Bath trays to hang across tubs are available in brass, chrome, and coated wire for displaying pretty accoutrements. Etched glass containers, French bottles, and colorful glassware are available for storing bath oil beads, salts, and cotton balls. Bath pillows come in all different shapes and sizes to sit on as well as lean on. The pillows can be filled with air, hot water, or cold water for comfort. The "Spa" pillow at Pamela's Bed and Bath sits across the back of the shoulders and molds to the body. Bath candles can add a romantic light next to your bathtub some come in a terra cotta dish with dried flowers and herbs decorating them. Other candles filled with essential oils can be placed in an elegant champagne glass or shell for a beautiful flickering light as you soak your troubles away. The bathtub has changed considerably in the last 20 years, according to John Hahn, of Hahn Plumbing and Heating. Tubs are now available in a multitude of different designs, including heart-shaped, 2-person tubs, contour shaped (to conform to body shape), vintage style (claw-legged free standing tubs), Roman tubs, and soaking tubs (18 inches deep instead of the usual14).

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"The bathroom is becoming_ a major room in the house for many of the new custom homes," says Hahn. "It's a popular place now, with so many great new fixtures becoming available. There are all kinds of reasons for this - bathing has become a recreational fixture rather than just a necessity. Tubs can be a place for celebrations and pleasure, as well as therapeutic.


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There's nothing like a jetted tub after a good workout. And you can't beat it with a bottle of champagne!" Many are enjoying the bath as a permanent hot tub or spa in their homes, not as a cleansing unit, but as a relaxation place. The Jacuzzi, or whirlpool bath, was originally brought to a country fair in 1968 as a therapeutic product by Roy Jacuzzi. It was considered "underwater massage," or hydrotherapy. But by 1978 a hot-tub craze hit California and spread across the country as recreational water activity. Inside or outside, climbing into warm water after a long day is now considered the ultimate in luxury. "If I've had a long day, sitting in the water under the stars is very comforting," says Gregg Lasley owner of Colorado Spas. "Hot water is soothing, and the water is churning-it's always a nice time." Lasley tells of a recent story by a father who says the hot tub is what used to be the dinner table for family chatting. "It's a captive and relaxed audience for kids and parents."

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So, keep that bathtub sparkling clean-turn on the faucet and run a tubful of warm water and put on some music. Sprinkle a few drops of lavender or gardenia oils and swish them with your fingers . Watch the swirls on the water dissipate slowly, then glide into the tub and float in the fragrance that dances above the water . Be enveloped by warmth, water, and the mystical ritual of the bath . "It's a sanctuary-you make it your own," says Deweese . "It's your little marshmallow to crawl into." Mary Herrick, The Jazz Cook, is also a free lance writer living in Fort Collins and a frequent contributor to Style magazines.

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EVENTS CALENDAR 1ST INTERNATIONAL AUCTION March 26, 7:30 p.m. University Park Holiday Inn, Fort Collins $25 per couple The Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club will host an International Auction to benefit the "Youth at Risk" programs in Fort Co ll ins . Th e Rotary Di stri ct 5440 International Exchange Students will be present to talk about each item's significance to its particular fo reign country. Musical entertainment, along with a wi ne and cheese buffet, will precede the auction. For more information call Bill at 484-3214, or 225-6691 .

1994 LINCOLN CENTER SUPERSERIES April1 4-15, 5:30 & 7:30p.m. Lincoln Center, Fort Collins $4.75 The Prince Street Players will be performing "Aladdin," a musical tale which follows Aladdin on an exciting journey as he grows from the poorest boy to the richest man of China. Told in Chinese Theatre style, this oriental production brings to life the magic of flying genies, dancing dolls and the mystery of the three caves that Aladdin must brave to win his fortune and his life. For more information call 221-6730.

TASTE OF FORT COLLINS DOWNTOWN DINING April 7, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Opera Galleria, Fort Collins $25 Enjoy fine dining and fabulous entertainment while you support a great local cause. Eight downtown restaurants will serve their menu favorites at this annual benefit for Neighbor to Neighbor. For more info rmation ca ll 4847498.

3RD ANNUAL PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE LUNCHEON April 15, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Marriott Hotel , Fort Collins $25 The Lutheran Family Services will be holding their annual luncheon with proceeds going to the Fostering Family Strength s Prevention of Child Ab use Program. Guest speaker Jean Sutherland will be giving a speech entitled "The Art of Nurturing Families." For more information call 484-5955

24TH ANNUAL ANTIQUE FAIR April 9, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. April1 0, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lincoln Center, Fort Collins $3 adults, children under 12 free Fine co llections of chi na, glassware, furniture, jewelry and collectibles can be found at the Women's Guild of the Fort Collins Symphony annual show and sale. This popular show features dealers from a five state area. Also there will be hourly door prize drawings and special demonstrations. Proceeds from this event will go to the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. For more information call 223-0613.

4TH ANNUAL "SPRING SENSATION" BRUNCH April 24, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Carolyn's Cuisine, Fort Collins $12 adults, $8 seniors 62 plus $6 children 3 to 12, under 3 free "Jazz, Juleps, and Jonquil" is the theme for this elegant brunch to benefit Project Sel f- Sufficie ncy. Tasteful entrees, sumptuous side dishes, and divine desserts are donated by area restaurants. Supervised children's activities allow parents to linger over brunch. For more information call 667-3232.

ANNUAL KITCHEN KAPER HOME TOUR Apri l29 Four Homes in Fort Collins and Fort Collins Country Club Walking tour tickets $15 Patron tickets $30 The Fort Collins Service League wi ll hold it's annual fundraiser to benefit Foothills-Gateway Inc., a center for the developmentally disabled. The walk will include a tour of four unique homes where homemade chocolate products, baked goods and gourmet items will be sold. Patrons will also enjoy the patron home and a lunch at the Fort Collins Country Club. For more information call 226-4030 or 223-3454. 1994 LINCOLN CENTER SUPERSERIES May 5-6, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Lincoln Center, Fort Collins $4.75 The Steel Bandits wil l be performing their repertoire of music ranging from classical to calypso; rap to big band. They consist of seven talented musicians ranging in age from ten to twenty, 20 hand-crafted steel dru ms, woodw inds , synt hesizers and rhy me machines, beautifu l vocals, and spirited dance routines. For more information call 221-6730. OUT OF ESTES PARK CLOSETS: WOMEN'S CLOTHING FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION May 27 - October 30 Estes Park Area Historical Museum $2 adults, $1 children $5 per family From gowns to undergarments, this exhibit featu res select pieces dating 1885 to 1945. The collection is as unique as the women who wore them, each garment has a story to tell. For more information call 586-2816. 3RD ANNUAL BETHPHAGE MISSION GOLF TOURNAMENT June 3, 1:00 p.m. Marianna Butte, Loveland $75 A shotgun start will get this tournament under way, with proceeds going to help the developmen tally disabled served by Bethphage Mission West in Fort Collins. The entry fee includes green fees, cart, barbecue dinner and auction. For more information call Helen at 223-3818. COLUMBINE ARTS FESTIVAL June 18, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00p.m. Fort Collins City Park Celebrate the excellence of fine artists and artisans here in the Rocky Mountain region. About 300 of our finest will assemble to display and sell arts and crafts ranging from traditional to contemporary, real istic to abstract. As you browse, classical musicians and choral groups may serenade you . Over 40 non-profit organizations wil l be involved in ra isi ng money, including various school groups. Youngsters will enjoy the petting zoo, jugglers, Llamas, fire safety house, clowns, puppet shows, activity booths, face painting and sports demonstrations. Join the wonderful combination of artistic talent and family fun! For more information call 669-3146.


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Looking good in our splash of spring styles and ecclectic array of collectible chairs. L ight as a feather wearable art from V. C. Torias. Hand painted shades of mauve and steel blue with metallic accents on a coHon knH drop waist loose fiHing dress with nounce, $290, courtesy of Razzle Dazzle.

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~portswear with a feminine flair from Ivory Coast features a pretty teal floral shawl collar vest, $76, top路 ping a long sleeve camp shirt,$58, and trouser palazzo pants, $68. Courtesy of The Blossom, Estes Park.

C harming soft looks in spring's latest colors. On the Verge styles blue gingham check button front pleated skirt, $59, gingham trimmed blouse, $49, and cotton/flax jacket, $72 cour路 tesy of The Blossom, Estes Park.

t:f.H .CollecHbles styles soft easy dressing in luxury silk. Rich paisley print palazzo pant, $140, accents short sleeved tee, $56, and oversized shirt, $112 courtesy of The Original Beanblossom, Estes Park.

C nappy styling from Surya. Gold bead trimmed baHk look short stylish jacket, $90, tops easy wide leg navy/whHe pants, $58. Whimsical star and moon earrings add a playful touch. Courtesy of SHU Magnolias.


tylish easy dressing from UnHed Colors of Benetton. Cotton tricot tee, $34 and cotton crocheted sweater vest, $56 top a long flowing rayon side button mini print skirt, $56 courtesy of UnHed Colors of Benetton.

c hic styling In spring's newest color from Cambridge. Unen white and pesto stripe poly blouse, $88, serves as a jacket over stretch lace top, $39, and tops relaxed pants, $88, courtesy of Annie's Country store, Loveland.

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kaleidoscope of lively colors In Granny Hugs return to the wild west. Cowboy print broomstick skirt, $73, crisp white blouse with print trim, $49, and matching bolero, $37. Genuine sterling jewelry complete the look. Courtesy of Gifts from the Heart.

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'If autical dressing with a sophisticated flair from Mondi. Handsome military styled lightweight wool double breasted blazer with metallic embroidery, $493, tops star trimmed blouse, $173, and smart navy trousers, $193, courtesy of Satin Filly.

,Above: Sporty looks In spring colors from Gotcha COVered. Peach coHon twill Jeans, $58, team up with khaki blouse, $50, arid fringed tapestry vest, $58. Tapestry blazer In southwest $120, tops a fun green washed shirt, $44, and long slim skirt, _.,_,,,........ -. tesy of Colorado Classics.

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G entle feminine spring styling with a nostalgic influence. Unique two piece dressing with 100% cotton Lone Ranger style blouse by Livingston Williams, $110, and long jacquard weave broomstick skirt by Simonia, $68. Romantic body skimming delicate lace trimmed dress by M. Stephen, $132. Courtesy of Wildflower.

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catching on in fort Collin~ By Libby James ome drink it for the jolt, others for the flavor, still others belly up to one of Fort Collins' numerous coffee bars because they too want to be a part of the growing "coffee culture" in the Choice City. When Steve Martin asked for a "half-double decaffeinated half- caff with a twist of lemon" in the L.A. Story, he was poking a bit of fun at the coffee craze that is currently sweeping the country - north and west to south and east. The current search for the perfect coffee drink got started in San Francisco in 1966 when Peets Coffee and Tea began selling whole beans, dark roasted on the premises. But it took the fi rmest hold in Seattle where transplanted Annie Medaska, co-owner of Starry Night Coffee Company Californians and other upwardly mobile yuppie types have whips up another delightful cup of gourmet coffee. made the roasting , grinding, brewing and marketing of the But wait, lest you become confused, lest little coffee bean big business. you don't know what to ask for when it's As long ago as 1850, Pioneer Steam Coffee and Spice Mills set up shop in San your turn to order, here's a quick, easy-toFrancisco , and using fresh beans imported from the coasts of Central and South follow guide to 1990s java jargon. America, roasted and ground their own on the spot to satisfy the coffee hankeri ngs • single - regular strength of the gold miners. J.A. Folger, an entrepreneurially-minded tee nager, went a step • double - twice the caffeine further and took the coffee out to the gold fields . He went on to found his own com • triple - wired for the day pany- and you know the rest of that story. • short - small The Hills brothers were the first to vacuum pack and mass market coffee. • tall - medium Because of the perishable oils that they contain , roasted coffee beans don't last • grande - largest size available (usually 16 oz.) long. After a week, flavor deteriorates unless the beans are vacuu m packed or • skinny - made with 2 percent or skim milk frozen . The Hil ls brothers perfected the preservation of ground coffee in cans and • sleepy - decaffeinated the American public bought it and brewed it - in percolators and tin pots, ove r • latte - in Seattle it's espresso with stoves and camp fires. Americans became passionate about thei r coffee and cowsteamed, frothed milk. In Italy it's espresso boys sang about "drinking their java from an old tin can. " with hot milk. • cafe ole - the same as latte in Italy, but in Meanwhile, across the Atlantic Ocean , the French and Italians were developing the USA it's coffee, not espresso, with milk. the "art" of extracting the best possible flavor from the coffee bean. Ornate an d • cappuccino - named for the Capuchin intricate espresso machines called for beans roasted nearly to blackn ess and monks whose robes are the color of coffee ground to a powdery fineness to create a rich black brew, often laced with steamed with cream. It's espresso with steamed and and frothed milk. frothed milk in Italy, and in the good old USA With the reappearance of the whole coffee bean in the '60s, a new era in the proit's - the same thing, and differs from latte in the amount and type of milk used. duction and consumption of America's favorite drink was underway. It took a wh ile • espresso - the bean 's the same as to make its way to Fort Collins, but local residents are now hooked - and wired "regular'' coffee beans. Espresso is made by by the influx of indoor and outdoor coffee spots. roasting beans to "the second crack," (until The city cannot yet boast a drive-through coffee bar, but rumor has it one is on they are vety dark) grinding them until they the way. Walk-up stands are everywhere - inside Hewlett Packard and Poudre are vety fine, and ''pulling" steam through the ground coffee. Valley Hospital , and outside in Old Town , Campus West, and in front of Toddy's • baristas - the uncommonly friendly, Market and Steele's Market on Mountain Avenue. informal, and humorous humans who man If you choose to sit down and enjoy a few relaxing moments as you sip your dou(or woman) the espresso machines outdoors ble mocha grande, you don't have to look far to find a friendly and informal place to in snow, sleet and wind and send you away do so. The following is an incomplete listing and includes the comments and with a smile along with your steaming brew insights of several of the people responsible for Collins coffee comeback. (in a recyclable paper cup, of course)

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Now, got it all straight? Then you are ready to sally forth to sip and compare, in search of that supreme cup of coffee in Fort Collins. By the way, the entrepreneurial folks who own and operate these coffee houses , stands , and bars , ma intain friendly relationships with each other. Outdoor stands especially , count on regular customers from a relatively small area and don't see themselves as in direct competition with each other. Luisa Baldwin 's Over the Moon Espresso stands are located in front of Steele 's Market on West Mountain Avenue , in Campus West at the corner of South Shields and West Elizabeth Streets, and at Poudre Valley Hospital, indoors in winter and in the courtyard in summer. Luisa grew up in Columbia and Venezuela , and has always been a coffee lover. She also spent time in Colorado, and was once a potter and sculptor in Estes Park. After living in California and Arizona , she emerged from a long, hard look at herself knowing that she wanted to return to Colorado and go into the coffee business . She's been at it for less than a year and finds it rewarding , hard work. She has already developed a loyal cadre of customers who will go out of their way to get a cup of her coffee. Sam Cinotta and his daughter Carina own Gourmet Grind stands in front of Toddy's and in Old Town Square during the summer months. Geoffrey Maling , the congenial Australian who does the 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift in front of Toddy's says the first four hours of the day are his busiest. About a third of his customers order lattes , and the other two th irds choose flavored lattes and concoctions such as mocha with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Gourmet Grind was the first cart in town and has developed a loyal following. "I see people coming and start making their drink before they arrive at the cart, " Geoff says. Nancy Brown opened Deja Vu Coffee House on South College Avenue in December 1990, making it the first coffee house of its kind in the city. A degree in business administration and experience as a restaurant manager prepared Nancy well for what she always wanted to do-open her own business. In addition to espresso and coffee drinks , she serves homemade soups, salads and sandwiches,

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made fresh and in small quantities , imported teas and 1 and those who stop in for a cup most from her husband's recipes . · often choose a mocha. New York bagels that really come from New She acknowledges the coffee boom , 1 Seattle Blues opened in - September, downstairs at York. explaining that the beverage portion of Joe's Fireside Cafe 700 South College her business has increased most Avenue, near the corner of on South College rapidly , with latte being her biggest Laurel and College . seller. An informal , friendly atmosphere Avenue attracts the Lavazza Italian espresso and continuous sensitivity to subtle breakfast and lunch and Gavina ground coffee change are hallmarks of her philosocrowd, and only the from California are served occasional drop-in phy. "We have some secrets planned with their specialties , for summer," she says. espresso drinker cheese cake , carrot cake Brian Grandbouche, general managacco rding to se rvice and chocolate mousse , all er of Pour La France Bakery and Cafe manager, Joanne Boswo rth . The cafe 's made in-house. Sandwiches on the corner of College and Mountain and salads are also availreputation is built around Avenues says the cafe will double their specialty breakfasts. They do a able , according to managers , seating capacity with a patio surroundbrisk lunch business as wel l, but close Bridget Cummins and Brett Thompson . ing the restaurant this summer. Pour La France has restaurants in Denver, at 2 p.m. Owner Joe lerisi has been in "We ' re a little hard to find ," says business in Fort Collins for 17 years. Bridget. "Don't give up." Boulder , Aspen , and San Antonio, Java Mountain Roasters , formerly Not unlike gourmet ice creams, speTexas , and opened in Fort Collins in October 1993 in the old Woolworth 's Java Plaza on North College , buys cia lty coffees offer drinkers a brief from a San Francisco coffee broker site , adjoining the new Stone Lion respite from the daily grind . As one and roasts their own beans on the Bookstore. They offer their own blend coffee lover put it, " I may not be able premises. Manager Jojo Myers is also of coffee as well as cappuccino , cafe to afford a mountain condo or a new car , or even pay the rent , but I can ole , and mochaccino to enjoy with the "roastmaster" (mistress?) . She says that the trick to roasting coffee afford the best cup of coffee money sandwiches, soup, salads, quiches and can buy." There are lots of choices in beans is to learn how to maintain cona special pizza made with foccacio. sistent quality. The shop takes special the Choice City , and chances are , Starry Night Coffee Company, Fort there will soon be several more. pride in their blends and holds "cupCollins newest coffee house, as of this pings" so that customers can taste test Cindy and Mark Loade r of Coffee writing , opened last November at 112 the coffee. A cupping is to coffee what Craze have been peddling coffee in South College , in a spot that last a wine tasting is to wine. Participants Fort Collins and the surrounding area housed an auto parts store. Owners are encouraged to slurp coffee from a since 1979. Mark is a fourth generation Annie Medaska and Rob Wojtowick spoon so that it touches all those taste native, and is also the oldest coffee hail from latte land and found their way buds, and then to spit it out, to make supplier in the area . Working out of to Fort Collins after a long search for ready for the next slurp. "It' s the on ly their home, the Loaders supply coffee , just the right spot. tea, cider, hot chocolate, plates, cups , time when it's socially acceptable to Annie , who has 20 years' experience napkins, and even plastic knives , forks slurp and spit," Jojo says. in the restaurant business, wanted to and spoons to commercial customers open her own place , but knew she Java Mountain Roasters serves light from Loveland to Wellington. breakfasts and lunches , and sells cofdidn't want to do it in Seattle. After conWith the changing times they have sidering Santa Fe and Denver, they fee by the pound as well as by the cup. added to their line of coffees to include Java Mountain Blend is a big seller, settled on Fort Collins as a place that flavored coffees and flavored creamis beginning to understand the coffee Bosch Espresso ers. Their latest addition is 100 percent culture , but still has lots of room for Machine Arabica Brazilian coffee, whose beans growth . courtesy are bought from his family plantation in Starry Night offers an unusual of Coffee Brazil and, roasted and blended in gourmet menu which includes black Thyme. Fort Collins. In addition to supbean vegetarian chili , pot pies , and plying this special "Choice City Tiramisu . (a rich Italian dessert made Blend" to thei r current cusfamous in "Sleepless in Seattle"). "Our tomers, they are developing a coffee comes from Seattle 's oldest plan to market it in local grooperating roaster with 24 years experi ceries and perhaps by direct ence roasting in the traditional handsmail. "We think we've found on fashion , and is specially blended for a cost effective way to Sta r ry Night ," says Annie. "And , upgrade the taste buds of although I won 't reveal our roaster's Fort Collins, " Mark says. name (trade secret) , he provides the Next time you 're catching a coffee for the leading award wincup on the run , have a few ning coffee shops in New York moments to enjoy a break at work, or according to a recent New York lingering over a steamy cup , experiTimes article," she says. Starry ment with a new flavor and maybe Night also refuses to serve com- ~....•~=;;o;;;;;;::::=;iljj you too wil l be convinced to mercially popular flavored cofjoin the new coffee culture in fees stating that they, "ruin a good Fort Collins. cup of coffee ." Instead , they offer natural , high qual ity , gourmet Libby James is a local freeflavorings from Monin which lance writer in Fort Collins they add to a finished cup of and a frequent contributor to brewed coffee. Also availStyle Magazine. able are high quality loose leaf

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Gifts for the

' Party By Ashley Ryan Gaddis

Authentic fine porcelain Capodimonte rose by Napoleon, courtesy of The Mole Hole

his weekend is your wedding. Your best friend is flying in from out of town to be one of your bridesmaids. She has already bought the bridesmaid dress you selected and the matching shoes. She will help you with decorations the morning of the wedding , and she will calm your nerves as the processional music begins. She is delighted to be in your

wedding and was honored to be asked. However, being a bridesmaid is costing your friend time and money. You want her to know how happy you are she is in your wedding and how much you appreciate her friendship, love and support. What do you do? It is for this very reason that brides and grooms give gifts to their wedding attendants: the bridesmaids, the groomsmen, the maid or matron of honor and the best man . The gift is a way to thank them for being in the wedding and to express love and care, explains Nora Tripp, a Fort Collins resident who organizes bridal shows and seminars throughout the country. Almost anything can be an appropriate gift for a wedding attendant, but Tripp recommends gifts that will last and serve as a reminder of the occasion. Traditional attendant gifts include jewelry, picture frames, or perfume bottles for the women, and cuff links , money clips, or beer mugs for the men. Non-traditional gifts are becoming more popular, however, and these include oil lamps, gourmet food baskets , busi-


ness card cases, and dried flower arrangements. It is common for a bride to buy her attendants a piece of jewelry to wear during the wedding. One of the most traditional pieces of jewelry for bridesmaids is a pearl pendant worn on a chain . Del Miller, owner of Prisma Enterprises in Timnath, says pearls are a classic gift because they are always elegant and can be worn with almost everything. Garwood's Jewelers, in downtown Boxed men 's brass razor and brush kit, courtesy of The Mole Hole.

Fort Collins , sells a lot of pearl pendants. Owner Randy Reider says brides will choose a pendant design that looks good with their bridesmaids' dresses. He also sells earrings, necklaces, and bracelets for bridesmaids. For groomsmen, Reider sells dress pocket knives, money clips, key rings and tie tacks , all of which can be engraved at the store. William Crow Jewelers also carries a wide selection of traditional gifts: pearl pendants, earrings, necklaces, money clips, pocket knifes, and Cross pens . William Crow Jewelers is a 70year-old, familyowned jewelry store in downtown Denver. John Andersen, owner of Corner Coins & Jewelry in Fort Collins, offers more than the typical jewelry store fare. He suggests coin jewelry, such as coins mounted on chains or rings, for bridesmaids and coin-decorated money clips for groomsmen. Andersen says coins are a great gift because they are unique and can fit everyone's budget. One ounce silver special occasion bars are also available at his store , and with an engraving they can make wonderful keepsakes. The amount of money brides and grooms spend on gifts for their wedding attendants varies dramatically. The range begins at $15 a gift and goes all the way up to $100 or more. Some brides and grooms even buy their attendants' dresses and tuxedos. Tripp says the amount of money spent on the attendants' gifts should reflect how much money the attendants are spending to participate in the wedding . The number of attendants in the wedding party also determines how much money can be spent on each gift. However, the greater the number of attendants, the more money the bride and groom are likely to spend . Tripp advises brides and grooms to consider this when deciding how many attendants to have. Jennifer Hendrie, manager of Pat's Hallmark Shop in Fort Collins, says price is the most determining factor for her customers shopping for attenSpring 1994

dant gifts. Her advice to brides and grooms is "to be original and not follow the same thing that everyone else does." Items at her store that she recommends include bath oils and soaps, fine pens , bouquets of dried or fresh flowers, picture frames, beer mugs and champagne glasses. Roley 's Hallmark in the Foothills Fashion Mall offers similar items. Assistant Manager Valerie Royston notices a trend toward more personal and practical gifts. Tammy Ahlquist, owner Waterford crystal heart shaped ring of Annie's Country Store holder courtesy of Table of Contents. in downtown Loveland, trend toward handmade gifts . She also notices a trend says people do not want mass-protoward personal gifts . duced things and are more creative She sells a lot of bath and demanding in finding gifts. She and kitchen items, such claims, "People are getting fussy , as bath oils or gourmet and that's good for artists." hot sauces , to her Home Coming is a specialty store brides and grooms, that carries all types of crafts and colbut she says her lectibles , 98 percent of which are customers are also made in Fort Collins. Breeden says buying crystal and Heart Scents , which are perfumed , personal accessory beeswax hearts, are popular gifts for items. bridesmaids, as are Angel Lights, Mary McAlexander, which are handmade, individual oil owner of Table of Contents in lamps. Foothills Fashion Mall, says there Linda Tapparo of Fort Collins are three things her brides and offers a unique gift through her home grooms look for when buying gifts for business, Creative Memories. their attendants : practicality, affordTapparo teaches classes on how to ability, and something that will serve create safe, long-lasting photo as a memento of the occasion. For albums and sells quality, acid-free bridesmaids, she recommends crysphoto album materials. She recomtal perfume bottles, oil candles, mends brides treat their bridesmaids champagne glasses, and crystal ring to a class and albums so they can holders. For groomsmen, she recomcreate their own personalized scrapmends business card cases and books of the wedding. Tapparo says Pilsner beer glasses, both of which she teaches "a skill that they'll use can be engraved . for the rest of their lives." Beer glasses or mugs are a Usually, all the bridesmaids popular item for groomsmen. are given the same gift and the Rowes Flowers and Gifts in downtown Loveland sells ..-路<o~-颅 groomsmen are given the same gift. However, it is common German-made steins, which for the maid or matron of are large beer mugs with honor and the best man metals tops. Owner Bill to receive more disRodgers says these tinctive and expen steins can be made sive gifts. Tripp says out of pewter, porcethis is because of lain , metal or potthe extra duties , tery, with or without such as holding the wildlife designs , and rings and standing are often collectible pieces. Cheryl Breeden, Matte glass perfume owner of Home bottle with brass filigree Coming in downtown base by Glass Act Studio, courtesy of The Mole Hole Fort Collins, observes a


in the receiving line, they perform. What is less common is for the bride and groom to give different, individualized gifts to each attendant. Tripp thinks individualized gifts can cause "hard feelings" between attendants who receive different gifts. However, store owners are seeing this practice grow. Tricia Pittman, manager of The Mole Hole in the Foothills Fashion Mall, says her store works with a lot

of older brides, or brides in their second or third marriages , who are steering away from the traditional approach. These brides , or grooms , often have smaller wedding parties, and a larger budget, which allows them to buy a unique gift for each person. Pittman says her store offers shelves and shelves of gifts appropriate for wedding attendants, and she recommends distinctive decorative items such as glass paperweights,

crystal figurines , candle holders, jewelry boxes, wildlife art, and golf toys. Whatever gifts are to be given , Tripp strongly recommends the giftgiving be a special occasion. She says the appropriate time to present the gifts is at a bridesmaids' luncheon , for the women , and at the bachelor party, fo r the men. Even when wedding attendants arrive in town at the last minute, Tripp says a distinct occasion honoring them is

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important. She even suggests a bridesmaids' breakfast on the morning of the wedding. She says planning a special event for the attendants lets them know how much they are truly appreciated. Tripp does not feel giving the gifts at the rehearsal dinner is appropriate. Shopping for wedding attendants can be a fun experience . Brides and grooms should have an idea of what they want, and how much they can spend, before they start looking in stores , but they should enjoy the browsing process. With so many beautiful gifts out there , something can be found for everyone . And in the long run , as with so many other things, it is not the monetary value of the gift that is important , but the love and the care that goes into finding it. Ashley Ryan Gaddis is a free-lance writer living in Fort Collins . She recently got married, and she bought her three bridesmaids individualized gifts. Her groom bought his groomsmen bar coasters and trays.


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IEGNINI:S OF By Melissa Merritt

earls . The word itself substance called nacre. rolls ott the tongue. Mother-of-Pearl , which is Pearls have a special basically a flat pearl-like place in most wo substance inside the oysmen 's hearts . Ask a ter shell , is also made of woman about her layers of nacre. The reapearls and her eyes light son pearls have a lustrous up with memories . Pearls iridescence is because the are the most traditional nacreous layer is made up jewelry worn at weddings. of minute mineral crystals . These crystals, aragonite, They are also popular gifts overlap in the nacreous tor graduations, as well as anniversaries . With that layer and retract light into kind of personal history , tiny prisms or rainbows . When a young bride it's no wonder pearls are treasured tor more than gazes at he r wedding pearls, she may not be just their monetary value. But memories aside , aware of aragonite or pearls hold a wonder all nacreous layers, but she their own. What other gem senses that pearls, like rainbows , symbolize a comes perfectly formed in its own natural package? promise and hope. Their mellow surfaces otter a What other jewel actually sense of familiarity and grows over years of time. Clockwise: Double strand of delicate Japanese fresh water pearls stability, a sort of "glowing The tact that fine pearls with 14K gold bead accents, $190, courtesy of Cooper & Cooper. are the product of a close feeling," th~t no other jewPremium high lustre cultured 18" single strand 9mm pearls with 14K association with living anielry can offer. In the tradiclasp, courtesy of John Atencio. Fresh water Mabe pearl pendant mals over a period of at tional we cfdi Ag poem: set in 14K yellow gold, $238, courtesy of Garwoods Jewelers. least seven years, gives "Something old, Som Estate cultured pearl cluster ring set in 14K gold, $299, courtesy ofi thing new; Somethin them a warmer connection Corner Coin and Jewelry. borrowed and Something with human beings than cold , hard stones mined from inside the earth . In addition, blue, " the "something bo rowed" has often been a relative's heirloom strand of earls loaned tor that special our natural awe of the unknown ocean imbues pearls with an added sense of wonder. bridal moment of promises. A pearl forms when an oyster's flesh is invaded by a And heirlooms they are - tor although buyers sometiny grain of sand or a parasite . The oyster, in an effort to times express concern over tile wisdom of investing in soften this sharp irritation, covers the foreign body with a an article of jewelry which is softer than a diamond or Spring 1994


trous prismatic layer, causing pit marks and marring the surface of the pearls. Pearls can be scratched if not protected from harder diamond jewelry. Professional jeweler Steve Bewley of William Crow Jewelers, 910 16th Street, Denver Colorado, suggests that pearl owners store their pearls in

Collins, Colorado , recommends a regular professional cleaning for pearl jewelry to keep it as glowing and smooth as the day it was purchased . Pearls should also be reknotted when the silk cord knots between the pearls on a strand become soiled or frayed. She goes on to say earrings and rings usually contain an adhesive material. This material should be checked and maintained by a professional jeweler when you have your pearls cleaned to keep your jewelry strong and durable enough for daily wear . Regular attention to these details will pay off in pearls of strength , integrity, and beauty which will last many generations. People throughout history have valued pearls as symbols of wisdom and honor. The phrases "don't cast your pearls before swine ," and "pearls of wisdom" reveal our inclination to honor this softer jewel. Even the image of the " pearly gates" casts this gem in a heavenly role . Baroque pearls capture the jewelers imagination Steinbeck , in his in 14K gold free form settings. famous novel "The a soft bag or in the separate velvet Pearl," tells the legend of the "Pearl lined pearl box which they provide at of the World" and its dramatic effect Willia Crow. Mr. Bewley noted that on everyone who touches it. The pea~ls were an extremely popular glow of the pearl seems to give it a Christmas gift in 1993. He advises life of its own as it plays with light. that pearl b yers "make pearls the The pearl is so admired in this story that it is valued even above life itself. So , how can the average buyer find "The Pearl of the World ," or at least the best value for their dollar? First , determine which type of pearl you like best. Pearls are not really investment purchases because there is no ready resale market for them. So buy a pearl that appeals to Genevieve Antoine Dariaux you . Fresh water pearls resemble Rice Krispies. The last thing you put on, and the first round , more perfect looking saltwater thing you take off ' so as not to dampearls, Japanese cultured pearls , are age them witt)--l'lair spray, perfumes, cultivated by human efforts in a laboqr sharper gol~ jewelry. ratory setting . Kathy Wa l<inson with Cooper & In the lab, an oyster of the approCoope ', 23 Old Town Square, Fort priate species is impregnated with a

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pellet of crushed oyster shell from Although Mr. Bewley does not recOld Town Square, Fort Collins, the Mississippi riverbed , and then ommend that customers indulge in Colorado, reminds us that pearls are this practice, he does confirm that allowed to layer the pellet with lusclassic, "there is nothing more perfect for a wedding or graduation." A trous nacre. Pearls can be formed in the quickest way to tell a fake from 16" -18" strand is the most traditional the real thing is to gently rub them as little as six months, wi t h larger length, heirloom quality pearls. across your teeth. Simulated pearls more superior pearls requiring up to will slide like the coated plastic that Their iridescent luster seems to seven years to mature. While a sh iny layer can be accomplished in a six they are , whereas real pea rls will reveal ar;~d conceal at the same time . month period, the layer is thin, easily have a slightly gritty feel. Mr. Bewley Pearls appear to mysteriously hold scratched, and considered the mark does encourage buyers to hold up a back some of their subtle loveliness of an i nfe rio r pearl. When . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - . fo( the mme appreciative eye. drilled to be strung, the fragThere is an ev. present ile outer layer of these pearls sense that if one could just may actually peel off. The look a bit longer or deeper more matu re and nicely aged into its surface, a pearl would unfold itself fully. Perhaps it is cultured pearls are the kind this mystery and promise of generally used to produce the lovely strands which are future intrigue which attracts brides to wear pearls as symmatched according to size and color. bols of the constantly changing and growing relationship Today, a single strand of individually cultured, good which unfolds in marriage. quality white pearls of rough Melissa Merritt is a fourteen ly nine millimeters sells for at least $4000. The same strand of natprospective purchase in background year resident of Fort Collins, light. The light should not glance off Colorado. She is a mother of a nine ural pearls, the top category, would the pearl like a fish bowl, but should year old son and teaches junior high cost in the neighborhood of $80,000. radiate or glow from the pearl 's surUntil the late Renaissance a natural school English, History, and Drama pearl's value had nearly as much to face. at Heritage Christian School in Fort Like any jewelry investment, buy do with its roundness as its color, Collins, Colorado. She enjoys spendsize, and luster. About that time, howthe best you can afford. Beverly ing time with her family, reading, and ever , bizarrely misshapen pearls , Butera, manager of John Atencio, #1 writing for Style magazine! pear-shaped ones for instance became popular. Known as "baroque" Hallmark wants Prisma pearls, they were often used to create to help you plan Enterprises pieces of jewelry, and today are still your wedding. considered highly fashionable. o Diamonds o Gemstones Color seems to have little bearing on value , since pearls of any color are considered valuable and attractive . In fact, a strand of naturally Del Miller black cultured pearls may cost up to Owner $13 ,000 , and up to $120,000 for a strang o excee ingly rare natural black pearls. In both cases the colGIA Certified ora 1on is due to ~l:le unique chemGraduate Gemologist 493-0381 on staff istry of the mollusk that produces Timnath, Colorado them , the black-lipped oyster . Cultured black pearls come from the South Pacific and natural black pearls are found off the coast of ~ Albums Me ico and Panama. J The most important factors to con'sider when buying pearls are uniforPreserve your precious mity of size and color within the memories with photo safe strand a glowing luster, and as few albums. imperfections as you can afford . • Mounting • A lbums Pearl color and shape should a so be • C lasses Supplies selected complement your unique Linda Tapparo skin tones and facial structure. Avoid 495-3477 a chalky ~ hite surface. And by the way , the advice your mother gave Suzi Moran 223-4712 you about how to tell a rea~ pe rl from a simulated bead is true.

Today, asin[le strand of individually cultured, [ood quality white pearls of rou[hly nine millimeters sells for at least $4000. The same strand of natural pearls, the top cate[ory, would cost in the nei[hborhood of $80,000.

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every bride, but the designs are created for the discriminating bride who wants something more than the normal bridal gown. I discretely select the bridal salons to present the collection. I am truly pleased to have the owner of Perfect Impressions represent the gowns in the Fort Collins area. Beth and her bridal consultants offer the service and the special attention I like brides to receive. Service is most important and I will not allow my line to be represented in a salon that does not treat each bride like a Royal Princess," says Antonio. "Every bride dreams of the royal wedding and I want my gowns to be just that. They can be the regal bride of their dreams in one of my gowns. It is truly Lydia's Style Magazine

a pleasure to go to the bridal salons and work directly with today's brides. I can then design with their ideas in mind. I feel the bride of the 90's is more independent than ever before. She is concerned about her body and works hard taking care of herself. I try to redefine and flatter the feminine figure with the fabrics I use." "My brides want sophistication, elegance, and the illusion of romance and this is what they can expect with the Antonio Fermin Collection. The gowns have beautiful European detailing with lots of soft lace and exquisite neck and back lines, so the dresses can be worn with comfort and charm," say Antonio. Antonio believes in making gowns that accentuate the attractive feminine shape . The necklines may be

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vate collections. Benson Park in Loveland features a Muhlestein sculpture titled "Fiyin"'. Sculptor Muhlestein releases four to six new pieces per year. He and his wife, Sara, have recently opened a studio and gallery in Loveland. His current goal is to release an annual pewter sculpture of a children's Christmas pageant. He plans to create one piece a year with the first one available in the fall of 1994. "My long term goal is to sculpt full time. As long as I can do a good job at both sculpting and engineering, I will continue to do both , " he states. Children are the inspiration for Blair's creations and he t ries to reward that inspiration by visiting schools and introducing children to sculpture . He has taught in art schools and offe rs private classes . Blair Muhlestein 's sculptures can be viewed at his studio and gallery at 233 East 4th Street in Loveland. Call 667-6742 for hours and additional information.

Focuses On Children Capturing the innocence and spirit of children in everyday events is the hallmark of sculptures by artist Blair Muhlestein. His sculptures reflect the wonder and curiosity of children and invite adults to relive happy childhood memories. "I have three goals for every piece that I create. Each sculpture should be lifelike, happy and include some type of action," says Muhlestein. Blair lives in Loveland where he sculpts in his studio and works full time for Hewlett Packard Company in facilities engineering. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and views his art as an extension of his engineering career. "My whole career in engineering is thinking in three dimensional terms. Sculpting is the same process but you use a different kind of shape. I use a head instead of a gear, " explains Muhlestein. His interest in art began with wood carvings. He had been a scoutmaster and carved the wooden tieslide for his boy scout troop. Some other early projects were faces, figures and abstract forms carved in driftwood. Blair lived in Delaware at the time and started displaying his wood carvings in local galleries. In 1979, he transferred to the Loveland division of Hewlett Packard as the machine shop manager. His wood carvings continued but Blair was anxious to do more . Muhlestein began to attend sculpting seminars by George Lundeen, Fritz White, Rosie Sandifer and Lincoln Fox. " I was becoming mol'e serious about bronze and Georqe Lundeen

convinced me that I could do it," says Muhlestein . "I helped George with several pieces and knew then that sculpture was an interest for me ." His first bronze sculptures were of Indians but Blair was not pleased with the results. 'Those first bronzes were not me so I decided to do something I know and love-children," he states. He found his niche and has continued to focus on children. Live models are used for each of his pieces and he spends half of his time on creating the correct hand and facial expressions. He has won numerous awards for both woodcarving and sculpture. His sculptures are displayed in Canada, Australia and the United States. His works are included in corporate, public and pri-


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in wedding rings." John Atencio offers the quadrillion and trillion diamonds which can be easily modified to accomodate a customer's wishes . The diamond engagement ring is still the most popular choice according to Lynn Hamann Roberts of Sartor Hamann Jewelers. "More and more individuals are selecting the fancy shapes of diamond such as marquise , pear and baguette. Colored stones such as ruby and sapphire are being used as accents in rings. People are customizing and adding an individual touch to their rings." Ring styles that were once not considered appropriate for wedding rings are becoming more popular. Randy Reider of Garwood Jewelers explains, "Free-form and asymmetrical designs with a clean look are popular. I am seeing more and more individuals requesting a single ring or band rather than the traditional set. Many of my customers are


Galore Clara Hatton Gallery, 491-6774, Colorado State University March 19 - April 30, "lnnervisions: German Prints From the Age of Expressionism". May 6 - June 18, Master of Fine Arts candidates present their work in a variety of media. Fort Collins Museum, 221-6738, 200 Mathews. March 15 - May 8, "Through The Eyes of Tsutkwanah", photography exhibit, North Gallery. March 23 - Shoshone Stories and Myths with speaker Darwin St. Clair, 7:30p .m., North Gallery. April 5 - May 29, "The Many Faces of Fort Collins", Overland Trail Room. April 27 - The National Garden of the American Wilderness : New Concepts in Landscape Architecture with speaker Jeff Lakey, 7:30 p.m., North Gallery. May 10-13 - Demonstration of shingle splitting and attaching of new roof to Janis Cabin , Courtyard. May 17-June 27- "Grandeur, Simplicity and Convenience-The U.S. Capitol", photography exhibit, North Gallery. Opening reception May 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with discussion by speaker Linnaea Dix at 7:30p.m. Gustafson Gallery, Aylesworth Hall C1 05 at Colorado State University. Exhibition includes historic costume collection. Lincoln Center, 221-6735, 417 West Magnolia. March 25- Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, 7:30p.m. , Performance Hall. Through March 30 - Poudre R-1 School District Exhibit, Intimate and Lobby Galleries. April 5 - "Germany" Lincoln Center Passport

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searching for a unique one-of-a-kind ring." Some early legends regarding wedding rings tell of a solid band being used to signify undying love . Travelogue Film, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Performance Hall. April 13- Tokyo String Quartet, 7:30p.m. , Performance Hall. April14-15- Aladdin , 5:30 and 7:30p.m., Performance Hall. April 15-May 13- Poudre Valley Art League Art Exhibition, All Galleries. April 29 - Da Capo Chamber Players, 7:30 p.m., Performance Hall. Lloyd's Art Center, 482-2218 , 216 North College Avenue March - Poudre Valley Art League All Member Show. April - Photographs and sculpture by Ken Burns. May- Mother/Daughter Art Show. One West Contemporary Art Center, 4822787, College at Oak Plaza March-April 23 - "Art In The Family". Regional show celebrating the United Nations "Year of the Family" and will feature artists from families which include two or more artists. March 30-April 4 - "Colorado State University Design Expo". May 5-June 25- "Pencil To Paper'', a national contemporary drawing show. Opening reception May 5th 5-7 p.m. May 6-28- "Northern Colorado Weavers Guild". Trimble Court, 221-0051 , 118 Trimble Court in Historic Old Town Fort Collins March-May - Featuring pottery by regional artists. LOVELAND Baker Gallery, 663-7 407, 1041 North Lincoln Series of functional contemporary art shows March- "Plain And Fancy", Tables exhibit. April- "Choose Your Seats", Chairs exhibit. May - "Small Wonders", Children's furniture exhibit.


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from precious stones included in the bride's dowry. The first reported diamond engagement ring was given to Mary of Burgundy in 1477 by Archduke Maximilian of Austria. The tradition of wearing engagement and wedding rings on the third finger of the left hand dates back to the Egyptian belief of "vena amorif" (vein of love) which runs from the heart to the finger. Individuals are requesting unique and non-traditional styles in wedding rings and the jewelry industry has responded. William Crow Jewelers reports that there are more options available than ever before for customers seeking an engagement and wedding ring. There are diamonds, colored stones, different metals, single bands or sets available for a person to create their own work of art. Anyone can be an artist with these resources and design a masterpiece to be admired for years. Gallery East, 667-6520, Lincoln and 10th Street March 12-April 12 - "Alaska and Colorado Rockies- Watercolors by Sharon Hultf". Loveland Museum and Gallery, 962-2410, Fifth and Lincoln March-April10- "Recent Gifts To The Museum Collection", Window on Main Street. April 10-May 1 - Colorado Governor's Invitational Art Show and Sale , Gallery. Reception April16 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Loveland. May 7-July 10- "Single-Minded , Single Handed : A Retrospective of Colorado Work From 1981 To The Present by David Mespie", Gallery. Opening reception May 7 7 to 9 p.m. May ?-July 10- "The Five", Gallery. The Five are photographers John S. Benjamin, Mark James, Ron Lutz, Gary Maul and Ronda Stone. Opening reception May 7 7 to 9 p.m. ESTES PARK Impressions Ltd., 586-6353, 150 East Riverside Suite 210 March - Women 's History Month-Original handcolored photographs by Sally Carlin. April - Celebrating Earth Day all month with wildlife art by Robert Bateman and Rod Frederick. May 13, 14 & 15 - Artwalk Weekend 94 . Photography by James Frank and wildlife art by Dan D'Amico. Serendipity, 586-8410, 117 East Elkhorn March - Women's History Month with Cherokee artist Virginia Stroud. April - Pottery From The Earth with Acoma pottery. May 13, 14 & 15 - Artwalk Weekend 94. Fetish trunk show by Quam Family. Donna Lock is a free-lance writer living in Fort Collins with an interest in history and the arts.



The Poudre Yallef THE POUDRE VALLEY IS BURNING! Throughout the years of the Civil War, the majority of the regular troops of the U.S. Army had been withdrawn from the frontier to the East for more serious fighting . This left the lands of the Colorado Territory woefully lacking in troops and leadership to protect the lives and property of the settlers along the front range . This was especially the case in Northern Colorado. Far from the gold fields in the mountains and the bustling boom town of Denver, the Poudre Valley contained the only center for commerce north of Denver and all the way to Fort Laramie, 60 miles north of present day Cheyenne. This was the settlement of Laporte, a principal hub of the Overland Stage that ran along the Cherokee Trail. When the flood of the Poudre River in June of 1864 forced the army to relocate Camp Collins, the site chosen was 8 miles downstream on open land near the intersection of today's Jefferson and Linden Streets . In August, 1864, Fort Collins was established. Eventually, there would be 22 buildings erected at Fort Collins for the military reservation . With the outbreak of the Civil War, the Plains Indians seized this opportunity to declare a war of their own on the entire white population of the West.

Old Fort Collins, 1865

Outmanned, outmaneuvered and outsupplied, the soldiers of Fort Collins did their best to protect the home steads of the settlers and the far-flung outposts along the route of the Overland Stage. Up until now, the Sioux, Cheyenne and some of the Arapahoe had done most of their raiding north and east of the Poudre Valley, but in November of 1864, Colonel John M. Chivington conducted his infamous attack on a camp of nearly a thousand helpless Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians at Sand Creek, massacring them all to the last child. This infuriated all of the Plains Indians and within weeks huge war parties of allied Indians were retali ating against settlers, wagon trains and stage coaches. They sacked Julesburg in February, 1865. Now the only thing between the pioneers and a force of as many as 3 ,000 Indians were the 60 remaining soldiers at Fort Co IIi n s . The Indians were probing in a dozen places along a hundred mile front from Laporte to Captain Evan 's Headquarters, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1865 Julesburg.


By August, 1865, the Indians were raiding up and down the Cherokee Trail from Fort Laramie to Denver. They attacked the stage stations at Virginia Dale, The Forks at Livermore, the Big Thompson station near present day Loveland and were attacking and burning every house, every ranch and every farm within a 50 mile radius of Fort Collins. On August 11th, they raided the ranch of Antoine Janis, the Poudre Valley's first settler and ran off all his horses. The outskirts of Laporte were attacked. All of the settlers who had not fled for their lives to the Fort were put to the knife and their women and children were taken prisoner. Fort Collins, itself, was now surrounded as the Indian forces crept to within a mile of the garrison . The army responded to the cries for help from Colorado Territory and began sending reinforcements to the front range . Even while the Indians were slaughtering the settlers , the troops were pouring into Fort Collins. 14 companies of General George Custer's 7th Michigan Cavalry and parts of the 1st Michigan Cavalry arrived at the Fort near the first of August. These were battle-hardened troops, fresh from the engagements of the Civil War. But they were still outnumbered by the Indians ten to one. Quickly these troops were disbursed along the route of the Overland Stage in hopes that their superior firepower would deter the ragLydia's Style Magazine

ing Sioux and Cheyenne. The Indians just bypassed the army strong points and went on raiding. The climax of the summer war along the Cherokee Trail, (effectively the Poudre Valley and north along the mountains to the Wyoming border), came on September 3rd. The Indians were leaving fire lines, criss-crossing the valley. At 1 a.m. a large body of Indian warriors crossed the ford of the river at Sherwood Station, just a few miles from the Fort at the intersection of Prospect and 1-25, as we know it today. They had a large herd of horses they were driving. By 4 a.m. the command at Fort Collins had been mustered and was on the trail ... all 14 of them. After driving their horses to exhaustion, they finally gave up the chase 45 miles north and plodded back with only a few stray horses they had been able to recapture. Reflect for a moment and imagine sunset on a hot summer afternoon. Across the parade ground of the Fort was the little boarding house that Auntie Stone kept for the officers. The 64 year old widow is standing in the front of the house. Her hands wring the apron she is wearing as she turns slowly around to glance, with worried eyes, at the far horizons. Down the river is a cloud of dust as if made by the hooves of hundreds of horses. To the south, toward the Big Thompson there is the sound of gunfire. And there is smoke on the bluffs north of Laporte. There are little camps of refugees who have fled their homes at the last moment, saving what they could and leaving the rest. But they have seen the fires as one by one their homes are sacked and destroyed. The Poudre Valley was burning.

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SPEAKING OF HISTORY One of the best little books about Fort Collins is called "Fort Collins Yesterdays". It was written in 1975 and contains stories about people and events in the history of the city. It was written by Evadene Swanson. Now she has updated the book to cover some of the recent history of Fort Collins in the past 25 years. It's a nice book. Price: $9.95. It's available at the Fort Collins Museum and at King Soopers, Safeway and Toddys. Pick up a copy today. ITS TEATIME The British tradition of tea is centuries old. Tea time, called "High Tea" is served at 4 p.m. SHARP. Well, Americans have schedules that are somewhat more fluid, so to speak, and so you can enjoy the High Tea tradition weekdays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Helmshire Inn, 1212 S. College Ave., across from the running track at C.S.U. Owner Judy Mauler got into the afternoon tea habit while she was

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Her Be~ource~ When Joy Poole was 16 years old , she came across a new word she had never seen before ... CURATOR. When she looked it up in the dictionary , she found out that it meant, "Guardian of Antiquities". That had a nice ring to it. Starting right then and there, Joy set out to become one of these magical people. The pathway from her front door in Council Bluffs, Iowa , led Joy to the University of Colorado where she majored in Museum Studies, graduating in 1980. Adding in a few stops inbetween, the trail has led to her current , permanent camp as Director and .. .CURATOR, of the Fort Collins Museum. "I was allergic to corn," she said. "In Iowa , that's a crime punishable by death. And besides, for generations my family has been migrating back and forth from Council Bluffs to Colorado. My great-grandfather, you know , was the Potato King of Delores County. My uncle was a famous baseball player. Want to see my scrapbook?" Yep, that's a curator alright. She said all of that in one breath. After Joy graduated from the University of Colorado , she spent four years as an administrator at the Colorado Historical Society. She was the co-founder of the Santa Fe Trail Association. It was largely through her efforts that the famous old cattle trail of the southwest was designated as a National Historical Trail by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. The President quipped , "I did a movie once called The Santa Fe Trail." Joy came to Fort Collins to become the Director of the Museum in March,

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1992. We as ked her what he r first impression of the museum was. "Neglect ," she said candidly , "I thought the museum lacked direction and innovation ." So she started in. The staff was all stuffed into closets and alcoves. There was no way for them to do their job . The museum had no active outreach program , no large public support base, no grants , no endowments , and no way to earn money independently. The museum was totally supported by the City of Fort Collins and dependent on the annual budgeting process. During the first year, Joy presided over a $60,000 remodeling job. Offices and work spaces were provided for the staff. A gift shop was added to provide a new income stream for the museum and allow it to continue to operate with no admission charges . A changing exhibits display area was put on line. With the support and the cooperation of the Victorian Questors, the turn-ofthe-century Boxelder School was opened with much of the original desks and schoolroom paraphernalia intact. Best of all, the museum earned $6,000 in new money from Gift Shop sales. With the basic , modern museum , infrastructure in place , Joy turned to the collection itself. The display cases were simplified and made more visitor interactive. The collection of Poudre Valley memorabilia was organized into groups by subject, places and events. Programs for groups and the general public were put in place to help interpret the history of Fort Collins. In Apri I, 1993, the Fort Coil ins Museum celebrated a triumphant Grand Re-opening. It was attended by several hundred people, many of whom had never been to the museum before. A donor program and grant system was put into action to solicit help from the public to continue the expansion projects that Joy was planning. By the end of 1993, the museum had taken in over $26,000 of new money from donations and gift shop sales. Joy has started 1994 with a $50,000 appropriation from the city to combine the entire collection that is not on display at the museum into one , d ry , secure location in the trolley barn. She thinks that her gift shop sales and solicitation program this year will earn $70,000. CURATOR. Guardian of Antiquities. 2.) A whole bunch of things you hadn't planned on. See Also: JOY POOLE Phil Walker 's " Visions Along the Poudre Valley" can be heard three times daily on TRI - 102 and the EAGLE, Country 96. 1 FM. It is also available on audio cassette. Phil cohosts ''The Breakfast Club", 6 to 10 am, weekdays on the EAGLE.

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he fitness craze of the late 70's and 80's has evolved â&#x20AC;˘ 0 into healthier lifestyles for the 90's. Baby boomers tJ are aging and as they approach middle-age - and 0 )\ a potential spreading middle - they U are seeking a more balanced () approach to fitness. It wasn't always so. One of the most unique and popular activities to come out of the fitness boom is Aerobics . The aerobic exercise class, which began popping up 20 years ago, consisted of little more than body-bending and bruising exercises with a few jumping jacks thrown in for vari- ~ ety. Classes were often taught on cement ~(J floors, shoes were of -:--~~~~~-,.... the running , tennis or gardening variety, and ~~{:::7 the music of Bee Gees ~ seemed to be the only beat in town. Instructors were generally self-taught fitness enthusiasts who had huge reservoirs of energy and enough nerve to lead a group. They taunted their classes with permanent smiles and those S1lrvefs show there has never-ceasing, sadistic exercises. No recentlf been a SO% increase pain - no gain was the aerobic in the n\lmber of aquatic mantra. Times have changed. It's no longer classes being offered across how high you can kick your leg that the countrf. More and more defines your fitness level. Those torpeople are discovering water ture sessions eventually gave way to eJ[ercise is good, clean fun sane and safe exercise classes . Along the way, people began choosand a refreshing worlco\lt. ing classes that were fun, safe and much more attuned to what their paroffer variety. Hi-low aerobics, lowticipants want and need. impact, step aerobics and bodyIf those early aerobics classes sculpting are among the many types turned you off to the "group effort" of exercise classes offered at local approach to fitness , there 's now a fitness centers and health clubs . new wave to catch. Water exercise Conscientious instructors are now Spring 1994


has proven to be a kinder and gentler format. While traditional land classes have stabilized , water classes have steadily grown in popularity. Surveys show there has recently been a 50% increase in the number of aquatic classes being offered across the country. More and more people are discovering water exercise is good , clean fun and a refreshing workout. You don 't even have to get your ha ir wet! Of course , before starting any exe rcise program , you should consult you r physician. ~ With his or her go-ahead, water exercise might be o just what you 've been looking for to shake up your workout regimen . Components of most water classes are similar to land classes . Most will contain a warm-up phase , brief stretch, aerobic exercise , strength work and cool down followed by another stretch portion. Don 't be fooled - an important point to remember is your heart rate will drop approximately 10 beats per minute when you enter the wate r. So keep this in mind when monitoring your target heart rate zone during class . Your heart rate may not be as high as in a land class but you 'll definitely be working just as hard! Kelly Hernandez is the Aqua Fitness Coordinator of the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Fort Collins. Her job is to promote aqua fitness , design and sched ule water classes and t rain the city 's instructors. Kelly recommends water exercise as a val uable component to a fitness program . "Wate r exercise


can be for anybody. We have many types of participants .. . senior citizens, people over 40, pregnant women or just people who got bored with land aerobics." Kelly does admit that 90% of the participants in her classes are women, although men are welcome also. According to Kelly, there are many benefits to water exercise . It's safe - most classes are held in no more than chest high water. You don 't have to know how to swim to partake. The buoyancy factor of the water allows people to participate who might not be able to complete a land aerobics class . Water is a very supportive environment which makes water classes much less strenuous on the joints, tendons and ligaments. People with arthritis, who are overweight or injured may find water aerobics to be just what the doctor ordered. Water exercise is an effective way to achieve overall fitness because it naturally combines cardiovascular and strength workouts . Moving through water, not air, creates more resistance to working muscles. For those who have an aversion to sweat, don't worry. The cooling effect of water automatically removes that concern.

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Just as land classes have added zip by introducing hand weights , steps, slides and other props, water exercise classes have followed suit. Kelly says her instructors are very creative and constantly share new ideas. Need hand weights? Simply fill plastic milk cartons with water. Each person can work within their own abilities by filling the jug with just the right amount of water. Hand paddles, pull buoys and kick boards are all borrowed from traditional swimmers to add other dimensions to water classes . Even the pool wall can be utilized for those dreaded push ups and leg lifts. Although a recent experiment of

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water step classes didn 't work, the city's class schedule contains many interesting and diverse classes. "Aqua-Fitness" is a complete water exercise class consisting of stretching, aerobics and muscle strengthening. "Twinges-in-the -Hinges" is a class developed by the Arthritis Foundation YMCA Aquatic Program. Participants are led by trained personnel through a series of specifically designed exercises for people with arthritis. On the other end of the spectrum , "Deep H20 Workout" is held in the diving well at EPIC. This class takes an aggressive no-impact approach by being taught entirely in deep water! Buoyancy belts are available to help you get started. Among the first and most faithful devotees to water exercise are seniors . Eileen Hendee , Senior Program Coo rdinator for the Fort Collins Club , sees this as a natural combination. "Water is a great place for seniors to exercise because the impact on their joints is lessened ." Eileen notes that coordination is less important because water is such a forgiving environment. She also feels that water classes are much less intimidating to a person just starting an exercise program . Imagine looking forward to your exercise class! The Fort Collins Club senior classes turn into daily social events. "We don 't use music because of the acoustics in the pool area and that just gives us an opportunity to talk," says Eileen . An important reason people remain faithful to an exercise program is because they enjoy it and your local swimming pool might be a great way to make new friends . Eileen has specific suggestions for seniors searching for a water exercise program . Make sure the class design is sensitive to senior special needs and abilities. In general , exercises should be designed to improve range of motion which means your motions should be broad and slow instead of short and quick. There should never be over-repetitive movements and arms should not be out of the water or over the head for extended lengths of time . Part of the class should involve simply walking in the pool. If music is used , make su re it's appropriate and not played too loudly and check the temperature of the pool . Eileen recommends senio rs wo rk out in a pool kept

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between 82 and 84 degrees. Cooler temperatures might hasten your exit. Eileen cautions her participants to start slowly and don't be intimidated . "Seniors of all fitness levels can come to a water class and get a good workout. We're very supportive. Just do what you can!" Gina Swift , Director of Aquatic Therapy for Orthosport at the Orthopaedic Center of the Rockies, discovered water exercise early on in her athletic career. Aside from being a competitive swimmer, she was the

"Twinges-in-the-flinges" is a class developed by the Arthritis Fo®dation YMCA Aqllatic PrograM. Participants are led by trained personnel thro\lgh a series of specifically designed eJ[ercises for people with arthritis. first American female to compete in the modern pentathlon and went on to become the first national champion in that sport_ "I found water exercise , not just swimming , to be a great form of cross-training _" It certainly worked for her and she's convinced it will help others. In her occupation, she has encountered many recreational , elite and world-class athletes all whom she feels benefit from water exercise . "Water exercise can be extremely challenging yet still be gentle." Gina recommends water exercise for injury prevention and to increase optimum performance . Besides her work in water therapy, she has designed sports-specific water classes and taught them to all types of competitive athletes including runners, cyclists, football, track, volleyball, and basketball players _ _ . just about every kind of athlete. These classes are not just a walk in the pool! "It's important for an intense water workout for a serious athlete to mimic the activity the person is training for," cautions Gina. For example, she combines a challenging set of powe r-cycling exercises and plyometrics to help a cyclist increase


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strength and improve performance. jazz up your aqua wardrobe. Beware Last year, Gina taught her class to of submerging in regular lycra aerobic wear, the chlorine will not be kind the CSU track team and she hopes to offer more classes in the future. to this fabric. You may also want to Gina has suggestions for instructors wear a swim cap , although most who teach water instructors won 't aerobics and those put your head underwater. looking for a class . The class design :-:...â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘~~~~--... Now that you 've should address its seen how water population by taking "Deep fl20 W' orlcollt" is held exercise can iminto consideration prove your fitness the types of people in the diving well at EPIC. and revitalize your This class talces an exercise program , participating . Avoid a perhaps you're land aerobics format aggressive no-ilnpact - use the tremenready to take the approach bf being ta\lght dous qualities of the plunge. With the entirelf in deep water! water to its advanvariety and versatiltage. The class ity that water proshould contain locomotion through the vides , you may rediscover how fun water and not be anchored to one exercise really is. spot in the pool. Also , the class should move through a sensible proPatty Spencer taught aerobics in Fort gression of warm -up, aerobics, Collins for 12 years and admits to strength and cool-down with gentle occasionally submitting her particistretching at the end. pants to the "feel the burn" mentality, If you're concerned about what to but she never used the Bee Gee's music. wear, don't be. Just as land aerobics has its fashion, so does water aerobics. Most athletic shoe companies manufacture aqua shoes for use in the water. These light, colorful shoes are usually made with neoprene uppers and rubber soles . The aqua shoes will help save the soles of your feet from the rough bottom of many pools. They also give you more support and traction than bare feet. Old sneakers are slightly heavier and can work just as well but talk to your pool manager before trying them . Although a simple swim suit will fit the requirements, many aerobic wear companies are introducing special water exercise apparel to Kathy Soft, instructor of water aerobics leads a

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omfortable, casual and classic . . . that's how I felt when I entered The Armadillo, located at 354 Walnut near Old Town. Diane Dill and I were warmly greeted and led to an ample sized booth, where we were joined by Richard Lucio, the manager of the Fort Collins restaurant. For 14 years this eatery has been located in this historic building in downtown Fort Collins . The building was originally an old Rambler auto dealership location and later became a local pizza parlor and bar largely frequented by Colorado State students. For several years the building was vacant until the Lucio family decided they were ready to open another restaurant like their extremely popular one in LaSalle. That was a big step for this family , but one which has paid off quite well. The Fort Collins location set the stage for growing the restaurant group into seven current locations - in addition to LaSalle and Fort Collins, there are restaurants in Longmont, Aurora , Littleton, Arvada, and Boulder. On a morning after our dining experience , I had the pleasure of visiting via phone with the corporate president and one of the co-owners , Joe Lucio to find out the history behind The Armadillo. Joe was born and raised in La Salle and spent time as a young man working in the fields, then trained to be a barber, and also earned his real estate license . Yet it always was his dream to own a small restaurant. In January of 1970, he and his wife Lucie

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opened the first Armadillo, which went so far beyond their expectations, that Joe was able to quit his jobs as barber and real estate agent. "Sometimes the restaurant would be so full, we would have people waiting outside to get in. It really surprised my family ," Joe commented. What they opened was truly a family owned and run restaurant , and The Armadillo continues that way today. The recipes are old family favorites, many perfected by Joe's sister, Julia, another owner, who is responsible for all of the recipes . Joe's children helped in the restaurant and also began to show an interest in management. Joe's oldest son, Louie, the third coowner, is now the corporate vice-president and director of operations. He ran the operation of the Fort Collins location during its early years and was also instrumental in handling the opening of most of the other restaurants in the state. Two other Lucio children, Chuck and Hope, have positions at the corporate headquarters in LaSalle. Richard and his sister Nancy, both now handle managing the Fort Collins location. Brenda Lucio, Richard's wife, operates the Boulder location. Over his thirteen years with the company, Richard has handled almost every position in many of the restaurants , but takes particular pride in the solidarity of the Fort Collins facility . The evening that we dined at the restaurant he took great care in making sure that we had the opportunity to try almost everything on the menu . Our gracious and friendly server, Ger-


ard, was typical of the wait and service staff at The Armadillo. He offered suggestions of wonderful restaurant specialties and was quite knowledgable. Joe is honored to state, "The dedicated people who work at the restaurant, from the front people to the dishwashers are a major part of what makes The Armadillo successful. We are blessed with loyal and hardworking employees who treat the customers right." We started the evening with two of the fine margaritas available - there are 11 different flavors. Diane had a Black and Gold margarita , which is Cuervo Gold tequila, lime juice and Chambord (raspberry) liqueur in a sugared glass. It was delicious with just a hint of the berry flavor. Diane said it is a selection she definitely plans to have again. I enjoy"ed the Top Shelf Margarita with Cuervo Gold tequila, lime juice , and a hint of Grand Marnier. It was also excellent. For appetizers , Richard suggested three popular choices , the Chile Con Queso dip, which is American and monterey jack cheeses melted with green chiles , tomatoes and onions. It is excellent with both home made tortilla chips and flour tortillas. I could have made a meal on the dip and the Chicken Soup appetizer , which is actually much more than just soup. They simmer fresh chickens for a superb broth to which they add chunks of chicken, tomatoes , white onions , and rice , then top it off with slices of fresh avocado . This wonderful recipe was concocted by Joe


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Children are also truly welcomed. After all this is a family restaurant . Food is served quickly, but you never are rushed to finish. The pleasant , comfortable atmosphere offers a welcome dining experience. And of course, you must finish with dessert at The Armadillo . I'm not sure how we did it, but Diane and I somehow found room to try two of the selections. The Fried Ice Cream is heavenly vanilla ice cream covered with a crunchy coating, Mexican chocolate and whipped cream. It is wonderful - crunchy and soft and creamy all in the same bite . We also shared some Apple Chimichanga which is a rolled, crisp mini apple pie with cinnamon and raisins. Richard had them top it with more of their wonderful ice cream. Richard also had Gerard bring out very tasty Mexican

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coffees , with brandy, Kahlua, 151 rum and whipped cream. The Armadillo also serves excellent Honey Sopapillas and Flan , a Mexican egg custard with cinnamon. Diane and I didn't walk out, we waddled. The Armadillo is certainly an excellent choice for lunch or dinner for either a business meeting or with your family. They also offer reasonably priced catering for groups of all sizes and have moderate sized party rooms available. Costs for meals are very reasonable , ranging from $2.50 for the delicious soups, through $7.95 for the fajitas. Beginning in May , their patio opens providing a delightful outdoor dining experience. We want to truly thank Richard and Gerard for their outstanding service and generous hospitality, and also applaud Joe and all the Lucio family for their high quality family restaurants . We encourage our readers to visit The Armadillo soon.

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994 has the tourist boards of Europe beaming with enthusiasm . Americans have called in record numbers requesting information on everywhere from London to Lisbon, Moscow to Milan. Europe is now both less expensive and more convenient. To add to the enthusiasm for Europe there are a lot of exciting events happening this year. The Channel Tunnel, or Chunnel as the locals call it, is due to be completed in May. This long awaited high speed rail will help join Britain with the rest of Europe's rail network. Once completed , you can travel between London and Paris in about three hours; half the time it takes today . Competition has become even more fierce in the interEuropean airline market. In the past , airfares within Europe were very expensive . The new advances in rail travel have made the airlines lower their rates to compete. There are many options for rail travel in Europe . The Eurail pass provides first class travel in 17 countries for one low price . The new Europass allows travelers to ride the rails between five and fifteen days within five countries for as low as $280 dollars per person . In addition most western European countries have their own rail passes for those who want to travel extensively in one country. Another plus for Americans is the new ru le that allows you to travel between countries without passport checks or other check point inconve-

niences. Currently, nine countries have agreed to the program including Belgium, France , and Germany that will be effective sometime this year. Your European vacation can mean easier travel to Poland, Czechoslovakia and Russia where they have had record numbers of travelers these last few years . Their hotels and restaurants are improving to accommodate the discerning American traveler. Another big event this yea r is the Fiftieth Anniversary of Normandy's D-Day . The French government tourist office has spent $26 million dollars to prepare for the thousands expected . This event will be a tourism extravaganza and the tourism officials have traveled the region to assure no visitor is without a room . Britain is also offering attractive rates to persuade veterans to visit and recapture memories. After all, the planning of 0-Day did begin in Britain . Whether Veterans return to celebrate or commemorate the event, they will walk away with lasting memories of 'The Longest Day." Now that you can get around Europe easier and for less, the next question is; where do I stay? Accommodations in Europe are as diverse as the people

themselves. For those on a budget there are charming bed and breakfast hotels like the James House in London or the Continental in Paris. For those who want to indulge in the splendors of Europe, a Canterbury Castle might be your cup of tea or a jacuzzi bath suite with a breathtaking view of the Amalfi Coast Line of Italy. For a trip with lifetime memories , make Europe your destination in '94!

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Are You Suffering In Silence? Incontinence. It's no laughing matter. But thank goodness, it's a topic that people are at last beginning to talk about more freely, and, more importantly, to do something about. There was a time when urinary incontinence, the accidental leakage of urine, just wasn't discussed, even by patients with thei r doctors. Lots of people "suffered in silence," assuming that a leaky bladder was a natural part of aging that they'd just have to live with. Trouble was, living with this problem often meant that people curtailed their activities , changed their lifestyles, and became isolated and unhappy, all because they were unable to control their bladders . Instead , their bladders were controlling them . Bladder control problems affect 10 million people of all ages in the United States and are more common than heart disease. Problems are more common in people over 50, and are twice as prevalent among women. Young women often experience bladder control problems which first become apparent when they engage in active exercise. In older adults, incontinence is often a major factor in the decision to enter a nursing home, resulting in the premature loss of independence. Causes and symptoms vary. Some people experience leakage when they cough , sneeze or exercise. Others must respond immediately to the urge to urinate. Still others have their sleep disturbed frequently by the need to go to the bathroom. Absorbent pads can control leakage, but do nothing to correct the problem. There's an economic aspect also. Adult diapers have become a billion dollar business supported by those often least able to afford it. Now for the good news. In the last few years , health care providers have begun to bring together methods of evaluation and treatment that can greatly improve and even cure incontinence. Often , non-surgical treatment methods are extremely successful. Continence centers are being established across the country, and people who once thought they had an untreatable problem are finding relief. Pat Senner, a Family Nurse Practitioner, joined the Urology Center in Fort Collins last fall to open and direct the new Center for Urinary Continence, the first in northern Colorado. The Center emphasizes careful evaluation to deter-

mine the cause of bladder control problems , and the development of an individual treatment plan. Patients are taught ways to manage their bladders using strategies such as paying attention to fluid intake, number and timing of trips to the bathroom, and techniques for quieting the bladder. Exercises are often prescribed to strengthen bladder and pelvic muscles. Studies have shown that age does not determine the effectiveness of treatment, but degree of incontinence does . The sooner a person with a problem seeks treatent, the more effective the treatment is likely to be. In situations where medical therapies and/or surgery may be needed, patients are referred to the physicians at the Urology Center. "You've given me back my life!" one patient told Pat after treatment. "Our patients are really excited about this program ," Pat says, "perhaps because they had once been resigned to living with their problem and assumed there was no treatment." Most services at the Center are covered by Medicare, Home or nursing Medicaid, and major health care plans. home visits for evaluation and treatment are possible for those unable to come to the office. The Urology Center is a block and a half south of Poud re Valley Hospital, at 1500 South Lemay. Call for an appointment between 8:30a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at (303) 484-5985 or 1-800-484-8016.

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Reverend Charles A. Patchen "I'm not a Christian because the government approves it or because it's politically correct ... I'm a Christian because of the love of Christ." By Sandra Cowan he Reverend Charles A . Patchen , Senior Pastor at The First Christ ian Church , is a positive, encouraging , communicator with a charismatic personality. He is a master story teller who draws people to him to hear his message . He relates in a genuine way to people right where they are at. He has been serving in churches and the community for almost 40 years. Charlie, as most people call him , has known since childhood that his calling was to be a pastor and to share the love of Christ. He wanted to commun icate with people in a language that they understood . He wanted "to be real , not fake, to communicate genuinely with skill." He chose a style that would come across in a natural way. He was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has no pretense about the way he delivers a message. "I'm an Okie and I talk Okie. I want to be able to talk to people , to speak from my heart to their heart." He says he avoids classic English in the pulpit, but doesn't want to take away from the correctness of the language. In fact , Charlie took many classes in speech , drama, and leadership throughout his schooling to enhance his gifts of communicating and teaching. During his studies at Phillips University in Enid , Oklahoma, he met and married Emily. After their graduation , they attended seminary in Texas together. Emily says that her husband is "unlike any preacher she 's ever known. " They have been blessed with four children Bret , Kimberly, Chuck , Joel and one grandchild . Charlie began serving in 1954 at a campus ministry, spent one year as a youth pastor, three years in Texas, and five years in Alamosa. After three offers to come to Fort Collins , he finally accepted and preached his first sermon on September 19, 1965. He wanted a long-term pastorate--from five to seven

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years to establish stability in the church. He says the commitment is like a marriage where time is essential to have a loving relationship with his wife and children, and likewise , many years are needed to build a bonding relationship with the people in the church . Almost 29 years later, he says he has laid the foundation for the chu rch. Moving from locations at Spring Creek , to Drake Road in 1968, to Lemay Avenue in 1981, he has built the attendance to 900 people in worship from 200, and to 500 people in Sunday school from 100. When he rented the Lincoln Center one Sunday, he attracted over 3000 people in his three services. Charlie believed that ever since he announced his decision, at age 14, to be a full-time minister that only Jesus Christ could save people from their sins. He remembers preaching this on an orange crate. His pastor would let him participate and share in the service. The more he was allowed to speak, the more experiences he wanted to have that would allow him to develop these gifts of expression so that he could "better communicate and share the love of Jesus." He became the president of the student council, participated in drama to learn to think on his feet , conducted many business meetings, and enrolled in leadership courses. As a story teller, he has an abundant reservoir to relate about himself. He recalls the time when he and his grandfather were riding on a bus and a man collapsed to the floor. Charlie just stood up , took ahold of the situation , told many strange people to stay in their seats and remain calm. Unbeknown to everyone , the man had just had a seizure. Charlie attributed his composure to the leadership skills that had been taught to him at a very young age. His grandfather, a preacher, had a big influence on his grandson's life. Once Charlie was enrolled in a class and had a sermon to prepare. After

studying for many hours , he still was uncomfortable speaking on the subject. He took an incomplete in the course so he could spend more time on his speech . Once he stood up in the pulpit, the sermon came to him . The words just flowed naturally from his lips. His grandfather knew that Charlie was pursuing the deep desires in his heart and verbalized his thoughts of support: "You are in the right place." Charlie compares his experience to Stan Musial and Willie Mays . These baseball stars were so cente red that they were relaxed . Just as they were lost in their sport and loved their work, Charlie was focused on the sermon and spoke from his heart. "You speak out of who you are as a vehicle ." He focuses and loves what he does to the point where the work seems effortless. He says he serves with "joy and satisfaction knowing that I am doing those things that were put on my heart to do . I would do everything all over again." Charlie is driven and motivated by his love of the Lord, which in turn gives him love for the people. His measure of success is to be used by God to do His will , to be Christ like in everything a person does. "It is when you help people grow that you grow. The people and pastors need to trust, love , care and have fellowship with each other." Charlie has spent 29 years serving the church and the community often working from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Some of his outside activities include being chairman of the priorities committee of the Designing Tomorrow Today project , where work was done with the Lincoln Center , the t rail along the Poudre River, and the open spaces. His work in the Kiwanis Club gave him many opportun ities for speaking engagements to service clubs. His respect for what he learned from his parents and his experiences allows him to have compassion and a heart

for others . He encourages people to not let anyone do their thinking for them. He suggests we listen and be open to question the Christian faith, to seek the truth , and then let the truth set us free . Then peace will come. He says to seek the Lord with one's whole heart . To find him is to find life. He says "I 'm not a Christian because the government approves it or because it's politically correct. I' m a Christian because of the love of Christ. " In 1967, Charlie and Emily had a spiritual encounter that made them more available for the Lord, and consequently sparked a huge growth in the church in the early 70's. Charlie says he cannot take credit for the work. He feels he was called to lay the foundation . From September 19, 1965, to June 30, 1994, he will have established and supported a stable base for the First Christian Church. After 29 years , he is retiring and will be very much missed. Charlie laid the ground-work for many permitting the transition into a new leadership. Charlie is a master story teller , a charismatic communicator, a natural teacher who is driven by love and shares that love with thousands. Style salutes you , Charlie Patchen! Sandra Cowan is a free lance writer living in Fort Collins and is a frequent contributor to Style Magazine.

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