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orning crispness these past few days has echoed the picture on my September calendar of changing colors and autumn shades; we are so lucky to have so many tree lined streets in Fort Collins to enjoy this rich palette of gold and copper this time of year. This past summer has sped by and I didn’t have much opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Being a Baby Boomer, my “scheduled maintenance” required foot surgery in July. Little did I know that it meant hopping, crawling, swinging with crutches, or rolling on a knee cart to stay off my foot. I am finally out of the cast, and big boot and into an orthopedic shoe (designer of course). After two months of this protocol, I have an entirely new and respectful appreciation for the physically challenged and their dilemmas. Although I got a car sticker allowing me to park in the designated spaces, finding curb cuts, ramps, elevators, flat sidewalks, doors that open easily, bathroom bars etc. was critical to getting around. I think that if each of us spent one day in the shoes or wheelchair of a person, we would never park in their space, and would be sure to build handicapped accessible structures. When recently photographing Martin Lind, visionary and creator of Water Valley, I had the pleasure of getting a personal mini tour of the

exclusive Marina Doce, Phase 2 via golf cart and also a ride on their charming riverboat. The many new additions to the character of this resort development are delightful. It warrants a short drive to Windsor to see the many whimsical metal palm trees, the artistic metal art accents on the charming bridge to the wedding island, the ocean themed metal art sculptures on the privacy gates, the cute riverboat and lush landscaping. Happiness and recreation pervades the area and it is truly an oasis of relaxation and resort living. Housing is alive and strong with a high demand for waterfront lots. Thank you Martin for sharing your enthusiasm and vision of this delightful and unique development. This time of year I always turn my attention to the upcoming annual Hope Lives! Gala benefiting Hope Lives! Breast Cancer Support Center coming up October 6th. This event raises money to provide women, diagnosed with breast cancer, free complementary care. The funds raised stay right here in our area serving women in Larimer and Weld counties to improve women’s healing and recovery. The number of women served has steadily increased to serving 130 women monthly with continually more requests. I invite you to attend this fun, inspiring, and heartwarming Celebrating Life In the Pink event. Included is a cocktail hour, “Andrews Sisters” entertainment, silent and live auction, gourmet dinner, survivor

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Everything you want to do when you go on vacation you can do at home here in Water Valley. That’s been our vision, and that’s what we’ve built. - Mark Lind Developer, Water Valley master planned community


ith two golf courses, a driving range, clubhouse, restaurant and bar, sandy beaches, pristine lakes, world-class fishing, boating and water-skiing, miles of nature trails, incredible mountain views, and lots of open spaces, Water Valley has all the makings of a first-class vacation destination. But for the residents of Water Valley this idyllic spot is not just a pleasant place to visit—it is home. When asked why he decided to become the first resident to move in to the latest addition to the development, Water Valley South, Dean Juhl doesn’t hesitate to answer. “Come on out and see the beautiful views, and then you’ll know why I wanted to live here,” he says. “I’ve known about it for years, and I really think it’s the most beautiful place there is.” Water Valley is not just northern Colorado’s premier resort-style residential community; it’s also a prime example of green development— conceived in a time when green development wasn’t a mainstream idea at all. “We were

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green before green was even a concept,” says Martin Lind, developer of the Water Valley master planned community. “We started out with the goal of total land utilization,” says Lind. “I was intrigued by the concept of land development, and felt that the way most people did it was pretty uncreative and wasteful.” Purchased from Kodak in 1988, the Water Valley development began with a mining project designed to make use of the properties’ substantial aggregate reserves in a way that was dramatically different from the standard square strip-mine style that is so commonly associated with mining operations. Taking every consideration to preserve the regions’ riparian corridor of land surrounding the Poudre River, which flows through the area, the excavations were turned into reservoir basins that have since been filled with water to form the five large lakes of the water valley area, according to Lind. Although the mining permit allowed the company to mine within 100 feet of the Poudre River, they maintained a 300-400 foot corridor on

which they built the beautiful Pelican Lakes Golf course, which is surrounded by the pristine lakes that give Water Valley its name. A wildlife corridor surrounds the banks of the river and the area has become prime fish habitat, as well as a wildlife corridor for deer, beaver, fox, coyote, eagles, geese, ducks, and raccoons, which frequently migrate through the area. “I thought it was a shame to dry up farms and build subdivisions,” says Lind. “Rather than building homes and then sending the unused water rights down the river—which is the easy way to develop—we decided to preserve the historic water rights to support our lakes, golf courses, and homes.” Lind estimates that Water Valley homeowners save 300-400% on their water bills because of his forward thinking and water-friendly development strategy. Phase 1 of the Water Valley development sold out quickly—with over 1,000 residences sold in the first six years. That success paved the way for Phase 2 of the development, in which about 450 units are already under development.


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Martin Lind - President, Pat Frantz - Fitness Center Manager, Ryan Bach - Director of Real Estate Services, Gaudencio Holguin - Grounds Superintendant, Ted Svitavsky - General Legal Counsel Back row:

Jim Jensen - VP of Marketing, Leonard Wiest - COO, Bob MacNamee - Director of Golf, Pat McMeekin - Development Director, Craig Fitzsimmons - Airpark Development Coordinator, Bud Branson - Mining Operations Manager, Laurie Wickstrom - Human Resources Manager, Jennifer Choury - Controller, Cody Wooldridge - Special Projects Manager, Dick von Bernuth - Project Manager

Come on out and see the beautiful views, and then you’ll know why I wanted to live here,” he says. “I’ve known about it for years, and I really think it’s the most beautiful place there is. - Dean Juhl Water Valley Resident


“We took everything we learned from building north of the river, took everything we liked about that development, added some new ideas, and built Phase 2 south of the river. We added millions of dollars in new amenities, added nine new holes to our golf course, built the largest man-made waterfall in all of Colorado, and really embraced resort living,” says Lind. “It was only a subdivision at first, but in the next decade it will become the premier resort in Colorado.” For Juhl, the deciding factors in locating his home in the new south phase of Water Valley were the recreation opportunities afforded by the lakes, open spaces, and golf courses that surround the property. But the main draw was the thought of living so close to a recreation-sized lake. “I would have moved here years before, but I waited for the new lake to open that we can put powerboats on,” he says. “It’s a nice big lake and it’s right in my back yard.” Included in the plan to open up recreational boating on the lake is a new marina that will give residents access to world-class fishing, boating, and water-skiing. A large island in the center of the lake can be accessed by a new bridge which extends out across the water and cost well over a million dollars to develop, says Lind. Another addition to the lake has been the historic paddle-wheel boat that now floats across the surface of the lake, carrying passengers around Water Valley in unique style. The boat was purchased in St. Augustine, Florida, then dismantled and brought to Colorado where it has been reassembled, complete with a newly renovated upper

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deck, clean paint, and new motors. “The boat has been very well-received,” says Lind. “We’ve given a number of tours and thousands of people have already ridden on it.” But the paddle-boat simply can’t keep up with the speed boats that raced across the surface of the lake on September 2nd and 3rd for the Roar of the Rockies, a Formula 1 Champ Series Power Boat Race at Water Valley. “We had boats racing at 135 miles an hour right next to the golf course,” says Lind. “It was a lot of fun.” The master-plan for Water Valley includes a brand new eighteen-hole golf course that will bring the total number of holes up to 45, a new water sports marina, and a new development called Water Valley West which will include a cluster of island-homes, a unique feature for a development in land-locked Colorado. Lind’s vision of premier resort living is quickly taking shape. This agricultural land, rich in water rights and aggregate deposits, has been transformed into a master-planned community with all the amenities of a five-star vacation resort. “Everything you want to do when you go on vacation you can do at home here in Water Valley,” says Lind. “That’s been our vision, and that’s what we’ve built.” JC Clarke is a novelist and freelance writer who lives in Fort Collins with his wife Victoria and their two children.

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by Kay Rios

While conventional wisdom says that remodels choices should be made with an eye on resale potential and investment return, there are situations when that may not be the primary concern. But, in the traditional sense, Jeff Schneider, President of Armstead Construction, Inc. confirms the top remodeling choices. “The best investment is a kitchen remodel and update. You can spend $100 on a kitchen remodel, sell the house the next day and recover $95 of that investment,” he says.

Jeff Schneider, president of Armstead Construction Inc, oversaw the Drake project as general contractor.


he second best investment would be the master suite and bath or a bath in general, he says. “After that would be exterior upgrades like decks and windows. Curb appeal is important because it gets them in the house.” Particularly with plans for resale, investment potential should be considered, he says. “Sometimes when I meet with clients, if I see the return isn’t there, I tell them if it were me, I wouldn’t spend the money. I like to spend people’s money but I don’t like to waste money. I’m honest with them if they’re not going to get the money out.” While resale and investment are always part of the remodel conversation, current lifestyle and aging trends bring other considerations into the picture. That was the case for Kay and Richard Drake.

“The house was not fitting our lifestyle,” Richard Drake says. “We really like to cook and the kitchen just didn’t take care of what we wanted.” The Drakes had lived in their Windsor townhome on Pelican Cove at Water Valley since 1997 but, finally, in 2005, they made the decision to make some drastic changes. “We wanted something totally functional,” he adds. That’s when they called Schneider. After lengthy consultation, a plan was formed. “The existing kitchen was on the back of the house, facing south and catching afternoon reflections off of the lake, making far too hot to cook.” They agreed to move the entire kitchen to what was then a large library and sunroom. The old kitchen became the new library and the Drakes decided to add a fireplace. “We like to read and

have cozy down time so that room has become our cozy down room,” Kay Drake says. A covered patio with a ceiling fan was added at the rear of the new kitchen, offering more dining opportunities out of the raging sun. The choices that the Drakes made reflected their personal tastes well, she says. They picked the color theme and then each of them selected a corresponding type of granite, one from Brazil and one from India, for the kitchen countertops. The ceramic backsplash draws focus on hand-painted tiles from Italy, incorporating an international flavor in their cooking area. And it’s very large. “It’s totally functional and both of us can be in there slinging pans and not get in each other’s way,” he adds. The library’s new fireplace was originally to be made from Texas limestone marble. Since the

Sometimes when I meet with clients, if I see the return isn’t there, I tell them if it were me, I wouldn’t spend the money. I like to spend people’s money but I don’t like to waste money. I’m honest with them if they’re not going to get the money out. - Jeff Schneider President, Amrstead Construction Inc.


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Drakes are from west Texas, they thought that appropriate. The first one, however, arrived broken. The second one was shipped and mounted but listed to the front. Schneider then suggested having one made locally out of Travertine marble. He called in Fort Collins company, Castorena Marble and Granite because, he says, “I knew we’d get a high quality product.” The fireplace was carved from the Travertine as a replica of the original ones that had been rejected. The total project went over budget with the Drakes spending around $130,000 in all. But after discussing the finances and knowing they weren’t concerned with resale, they felt it was a good investment in their future. “The only way


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I’m leaving here,” Drake says, “is in a pine box.” “They did spend more than they might have if were going to sell it in the future,” Schneider confirms. But, Kay Drake adds, they’re here for the duration so it made sense to get everything they wanted and, at the same time, create a setting where they could “age in place.” That has become a new trend with the aging Boomer generation, Schneider says. “I’m working with a lot of people in their 50s who don’t want to move but need to make adaptations that will allow that.” Schneider is, in fact, a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). “I went after my CAPS certification because of the market place, the Baby Boomers, and the aging trends where people are planning for their parents and for their own aging. We just built a house with a connected father-in-law apartment. We’re seeing more of that kind of thing.” As for the Drakes, they’ve already got the next project lined up: updating the bathroom to add an additional sink, a sauna, and all the American Disability Act fixings. And, they say, Schneider is their guy. “He’s an artist who can turn the before into the after,” Drake says. Kay Rios is a Fort Collins based freelance writer who is currently a doctoral candidate in Education Leadership at Colorado State University. She is happily aging in place.

Determine what you want to achieve – is it for resale or for comfort or lifestyle changes? What improvements would you value most – how will this add to your life, how will it affect the property value? Decide what you can afford. Ensure that the remodeler has a working knowledge of the types and ages of homes in the area.


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Contact local trade associations and the Better Business Bureau and ask questions about the contractor you’re considering. Get referrals from friends and neighbors. Verify the remodeler’s licensing. Considerations for aging-in-place remodeling: Consider adding a bathroom and possibly a bedroom to the main level. How can the kitchen become more functional? Think about fall prevention. How will other members of the family benefit from modifications? How can energy efficiency be increased with the remodel? Will the remodel increase maneuverability and access? Consider bath and shower grab bar installation. Look at countertop height adjustment. Is there a need for an elevator? Information compiled from the National Association of Home Builders and CAPS brochures.


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Old Town by Julie Estlick


Drop by the Craftsman home of Jennifer and Michael Guerriero and you’re likely to find them hanging out on the large covered back porch or sitting in the wooden swing out front, puppy Kenya, laying happily at their feet. The newly constructed house is a rarity on Mountain Avenue, but its simple early 1900s architectural style and period décor fit well in the historical neighborhood. So well, in fact, that the Guerrieros’s is the only new home included in this year’s Fort Collins Historical Homes Tour. When the newlyweds went searching for a place to live in Old Town, building a new home wasn’t on the agenda. Jennifer, 30, was living in a 1910 Victorian house downtown while the couple dated. Michael, 31, grew up in Doylestown, PA, known for it’s quaint, historic buildings. They weren’t interested in a house that needed renovations, and the modern homes springing up in Fort Collins didn’t suit their tastes either. Then the Guerrieros found the perfect location at 821 Mountain Avenue. They learned from project manager, Berin Wachsmann, that developer, Wayne Johnson, of Georgia was tearing down the old residence and building a Craftsman-style home on the property. A floor plan that maximized space so the house was roomy without being huge, and an emphasis on custom detailing really appealed to them. They were sold. “We love the feel of this neighborhood,” Jennifer says. “The whole goal was to build a new house that blended in on a street filled with 100-year-old Victorians and Colonials and a trolley running down it. We enjoy being able to walk downtown, ride our bikes to restaurants and walk Kenya to City Park.”

The Guerrieros’ Craftsman home at 821 Mountain Ave., built to period and tastefully decorated, is the only new construction home included in this year’s Historic Homes Tour.

Newlyweds Michael and Jennifer Guerriero stand proudly in the kitchen, a favorite gathering place when they entertain in their new Craftsman home. Walnut countertops and antique white cabinets throughout give the room an old-fashioned look.



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Staying in harmony with nature and bringing the outdoors inside were key to the Arts & Crafts era philosophy which rejected the Industrial Revolution and the growing popularity of machinemade items over craftsmanship and handcrafted things. “The Craftsman style suits Jennifer’s tastes perfectly and she’s had the opportunity to get really creative,” Michael says. The three-bed, four bath house is 2,400 finished square feet, but feels much larger because there are no hallways. The open space concept actually originated in the 1920s based on Arts & Crafts principles and is not a contemporary innovation as many believe. “The way the floorplan works is great for entertaining, everything flows from room to room. We were lucky enough to get a home to grow into rather than something we’ll outgrow,” Michael says. Perry Todd, owner of Construction Partners in Fort Collins, tweaked some of the design to fit the American West’s focus on a larger kitchen with a view of the street and a less formal dining room. He also used green building methods that were environmentally friendly while staying within the Craftsman concept. The exterior of the home is cement James Hardi Siding, and the square columns and trim on the windows and wide eaves are white PVC that looks like wood but doesn’t rot or need repainting. The siding is painted Bunglehouse Grey, a traditional Craftsman color that reflects the “subtlety of nature” and blends with the landscape. The walls are an extra thick 2X6 and blown in with recycled newspaper for insulation. Todd’s crew also installed an energy efficient, tankless system that provides hot water on demand by heating it through a tube on its way to the shower or sink. “With cooperation from the investor and the Guerrieros, we were able to add cool green features that will reduce maintenance costs and keep the house looking this good 100 years from now,” Todd says. The opportunity to use local vendors and add their own personal touches to the home were huge selling points for Jennifer, who as manager of The Light Center has relationships with lots of area business owners. Larry Edwards, Jennifer’s father, started The Light Center in Fort Collins 35 years ago. All of the lighting in the home, from a Tiffany-inspired lamp in the living room to handforged iron sconces and Craftsman-style copper lanterns on both porches, came from The Light Center.

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“Almost every decision we made in building this house was as close to historically accurate as it could be except for the intercom and central vac system,” Jennifer says. “This home is closer in quality to how it would have been in the old days. It’s well-built, with excellent insulation and really good windows.” New construction can be expensive, but the Guerrieros paid in the $600s for their dream home and kept costs down by forgoing a walk-out basement and renovating rather than rebuilding the garage. They decorated some rooms around antique furniture they already owned and spent less than $50,000 for décor by carefully choosing historically accurate items that would last as well as a few accent pieces that look antique without the high price tag. From the moment the front door swings open directly into the living room, Craftsman features abound. Seedy glass, a clear glass with texture popular for that time and a favorite of Jennifer’s, is used on the front door. High transom windows on the East side of the room allow natural light to stream in. “Anywhere they could put in a window, they did,” Jennifer jokes. Simple yet stylish white

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Vertical grain Douglas Fir flooring and custom built-in bookcases in the living room. The focal point is a traditional decorative tile and wood fireplace. wood blinds are the only window treatments on most of the home’s windows. The focal point of the room is a beautiful custom tile and wood fireplace, but not just any tiles were selected. The couple returned to Doylestown and The Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, home of the original Craftsman titles, where they picked out hand-crafted reproductions of those designed by founder, Henry Chapman Mercer in 1912. Mercer, a hero of the Arts & Crafts Movement in America, is a noted historian and ceramist whose tiles adorn the halls and rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Blue-green and buttery yellow tiles are complemented by two larger decorative tiles at the corners of the gas fireplace. The same tiles are used in the kitchen for the stove backsplash in antique white with rust-colored raised relief decorative tiles. “We went to the Tile Works when we were dating, and Mike said if we ever build a house we should use those,” Jennifer says. “These tiles are an original Arts & Crafts element so they fit perfectly – we even brought some home in a suitcase!”

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Craftsman-style light fixtures from The Light Center provide a soft glow in the master bath and warm cherry wood cabinets add to the cozy feel.

Quality Craftsmanship is Standard As a premiere builder in northern Colorado for more than 20 years, Mark Rutt is dedicated to providing a superior product with timeless style, incorporating the most recent trends and innovations. Gather your ideas, requirements, sketches or completed plans and Rutt Construct will bring them to life. The sky is the limit! When considering your next home, let Rutt Construct make your dream a reality. Visit the current Rutt Construct model home located on Pineview Court in HighPointe Estates, Windsor. HighPointe Estates is located on County Road 13 between Highway 392 and Crossroads Blvd. Check out other luxury homes built by Rutt Construct at Rutt Construct is Marketed by:

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Vertical grain Douglas Fir flooring used throughout the downstairs has a washboard look common to Colorado in the 1910s. Fir is also used on the front porch to extend the living space outdoors, a key to Craftsman design. The back porch is made of 5-inch cedar planks. The railing wraps nearly three-quarters around the house and several large columns supporting the beadboard ceiling lend an expansive feel. “We come out here for fresh air even in bad weather,” Jennifer says. Back inside, the stairway boasts a custommade fir rail. All of the interior trim and woodwork were completed by local carpenter Marty Gruber, who set up his saw in the dining room and cut every piece himself. He added extra moulding to the fireplace mantles and first-floor bathroom for a custom look and constructed built-in bookcases a must in Craftsman homes - for the living room. The authentic-looking kitchen includes Walnut countertops from The Kitchen Place, picked over granite because wood and soapstone were the material of choice in Colorado for this period. Antique white cabinetry including cabinet facing over the modern refrigerator and dishwasher give an old-fashioned feel and work well with the farmhouse sink Jennifer found online. Craftsman-style tiles aren’t the home’s only physical connection to Michael’s hometown. The fireplace in the upstairs master bedroom is designed around some very old, large bricks that

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A beautifully restored clawfoot tub beckons in the master bath, while an antique beads chandelier from The Light Center adds a touch of elegance and luxury overhead.

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came from the farm where he grew up playing next door to his house. “These bricks were left over from some renovation at the farm and they were just sitting in a pile in my parent’s backyard,” he says. “We lugged them back on two different trips and people in the airport thought we were crazy.” All four bathrooms incorporate subway tiles into the shower and some countertops, but different colors and finishes give each bath it’s own distinct look. In the master bath, for example, the subway tile used in the shower has a crackle finish for a personal touch. “This house is decorated to reflect our tastes – we like simple, but with nice details,” Jennifer says. Outside, local landscape architect Sharon Lockwood designed a plan that reflects the home’s architectural features and historical aspects. She used antique and low-growth English Garden roses and hydrangeas for borders in the backyard and planted Dwarf Alberta Spruce trees in the front that point up to the columns in the home. “It all comes full circle I think,” Jennifer says, watching the street traffic on Mountain Ave. with Kenya at her side. Julie Estlick is a freelance writer living in Fort Collins

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interior doors, sidelights and transoms to your specifications. In addition, we offer a full range of door lines to satisfy every budget. Call or visit us today for an estimate on doors, hardware and trim.

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Deines Custom Doors Quality, Tradition, Reputation by Jason Webb

Picture walking up to a house with immaculate landscaping. A beautiful aspen grows in the middle of the neatly trimmed lawn, and there’s not a weed in sight. You’re feeling that the homeowner really understands “pride in ownership.” Then, you come to the door. . . . That initial impression quickly escalates when you see a beautiful door standing at the entrance. You wonder, “If the door looks like that, what about inside the house?”


ertainly, everyone would love to have their house give this impression. After all, a house is a home – a refuge away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life. It expresses who you are and who you want to be. So, why not customize? Deines Custom Doors is ready to take your drab entryway and make it fab. In 1945, the Deines family started a construction company that specialized in custom homes which required custom doors and cabinets. So, the two Deines sons set out to start their own businesses: one specializing in cabinets and the other building high-quality doors. Deines Custom Doors, which makes interior and exterior doors, became known for exquisite custom designs with unmatched quality. When Mary and Terry Spitzmiller bought the company in 1989, their goal was to maintain that reputation. “We’ve always really focused on quality,” says Mary, who handles the sales and design work for the company. “I look over every door before it goes out,” says Terry, the shop manager. Originally located on Cherry Street, Deines Custom Doors made the move to their larger facility on Hickory Street in 2000. With the added services of pre-hanging the doors and offering hardware and doors made by other manufacturers, the Spitzmillers needed more space to continue effectively running the operation. The husband and wife team have been very smart in keeping the business going against the growing presence of major home improvement stores. By staying with custom designs – the types of doors you just can’t get at Home Depot or Lowes – the Spitzmillers have kept Deines Custom Doors on top. But, they’ve also been very careful to keep diversified and stay up on trends. While the Spitzmillers have kept the quality of their doors exceptional, they have made changes in the construction to help improve the door’s life. By adding an engineered core in the stiles, Deines Custom Doors virtually eliminated the door’s possibility of warping. With Colorado’s tricky weather, the Spitzmillers also found a way to get rid of cracking and shifting by layering the panels with a barrier between the inside and outside

Deines Custom Door Owners: Terry & Mary Spitzmiller.


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of the door. All of the doors are handmade by a crew of five craftsmen who put great care into building them. “Some doors might take 20 hours to make and others might take 100,” says Mary. It’s that kind of attention to detail that makes the Deines doors better than any others you might find. “We really base our work on quality,” says Terry. “One door at a time.” One of the most time consuming, but arguably most impressive, tasks is how Deines Custom Doors makes arched entries. First, they figure out the correct radius of the arch and then place braces used to form several strips of veneer. The crew then carefully flexes the strips into the braces, gluing each piece of veneer to one another. Then, the veneer is clamped together. Three days

later, that arched piece is removed and is ready to become part of the door. The Deines Custom Door crew has worked with all types of wood – from cherry to mushroom wood to pickle wood. Mushroom wood and pickle wood, you ask? Both are reclaimed timber. Pickle wood was originally wood used to build vats where pickles soaked in brine, and the reclaimed mushroom wood is aged Cyprus that was used in commercial mushroom farms. The Spitzmillers have lived in Colorado since the 1970s and feel comfortable with the area and the residents’ needs. When it comes to their customers deciding on design elements for their custom door, Mary says they do their best to help them make a selection. “It’s a huge process thinking it through and selecting,” says Mary.

So, what are Coloradoans looking for when they want new doors? According to the Spitzmillers, the trend in some places has gone from using knotted woods – like the knotty alder – to a more contemporary, cleaner look. The stains that have been popular recently have been mid-tone colors, but that is changing as well. They’re now going darker or lighter. The most sought after hardware colors have been oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel, but Mary said that they are seeing more chrome requested. And, even the glass is changing over from leaded glass to stunning wrought iron creations. The Spitzmillers, who have two teenage children, have put a lot of effort into making Deines Custom Doors a top-notch custom door company, and their efforts have paid off. They do a lot of

door drama contest

Grand prize winner wins wins a $200 gift certificate and runner-up wins a $100 gift certificate courtesy of Sutherlands Design Center. The front door to your home may not be as dramatic as this one... But I bet your door still has a very interesting story.


Style is looking for unique doors and their fantastic owners. Is your door fabulous, colorful, artistic, or awe-inspiring? We want to write about it in our February, Building & Remodeling magazine!

work for customers in the Vail Valley, Colorado Springs, Boulder, and the Fort Collins area. Some of their doors have been used at Bisetti’s, Hu Hot, and Rock Bottom Brewery at Centerra – among other places. Even Trevor Pryce, a former Denver Bronco, boasts a Deines door in his front entryway. You can always visit Deines Custom Doors at their shop at 315 Hickory St. in Fort Collins. The Spitzmillers are happy to show you how they can make your entryway – or even your interior doors – capable of leaving a flawless first impression. Jason Webb is a freelance writer living down the road in Johnstown.

To enter simply email us the information below. Your Name Your Address Your Phone Number Year Door was installed Who sold you your door? Is there a story about the door?


Don’t forget to attach a photo of your door too! Email your submission to Or you can mail your materials to 211 W. Myrtle Street Fort Collins, CO 80521 Deadline for Entry is December 15, 2007

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Bathrooms are not about function alone. Materials finding their way into the bath are unique, luxurious, and durable.

Tuscany Interior Design Toni Klein, Owner & Designer 241 SW 12th Street, Loveland (970) 667-0927

No matter the architectural style of your home, the design approach needs to extend throughout the structure. Bathrooms are no exception. In this case the oval red, broken mosaic mirror was an element that started the style, and tones carried throughout the interior and exterior of this home.  The shape of the mirror along with the round sink were incorporated into the countertop and helped to soften the narrowness of the room.  The flooring and countertop material of 18 x 18 red (ROJO) travertine tiles added another eyecatching element of texture and size. The tile material used for the wainscotting on the walls is also red (ROJO) tumbled travertine, the same material used on the floor but a different texture and size.  The amber glass vessel sink is a beautiful and unique contrast in color, but of same material as the mirror. By bringing in another key feature to this bath, the amber and red swirl glass sconce lighting combined color and texture.  With all these elements involved in the design process, we created a luxurious and unique powder bathroom.  This room set the theme of natural earth-born elements and vibrant color that was carried throughout this custom home.


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Alpha Design Group, LLC Lori Briscoe-McMurren, Principal 507 N. Wyndham Ave, Greeley (970) 396-4353

High-end homes now feature more space, more comfort and far more luxury than their typical 5-piece counterparts. This bath is actually a community of 4 rooms, which center on a custom designed marble floor in the center of the main room. The 3 custom, hand-painted sinks reflect the patterns in the marble floor, the embroidered silk draperies, and the hand-glazed ceramic tiles. Custom cabinetry tucks all the day-to-day essentials into handcarved â&#x20AC;&#x153;framesâ&#x20AC;? that open secretly. Authentic Italian plaster lends a rich patina to walls and ceilings, stained glass, custom his and hers closets, an oversized jetted tub, and of course a family-sized steam shower add luxury and pampering to this bathroom! The soaring ceilings and crystal and iron chandeliers are reminiscent of an Italian Villa, while other architectural details like custom plaster moldings, sunny windows, a home entertainment system, and a sumptuous dressing table area bring a warm and cozy feeling to the dressing space.

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Aneka Jensen pictured with designers, Meredith Parrish and Corinne Finney.

Aneka Jensen Interiors, LLC Aneka Jensen, Owner 1601 Remington Street, Fort Collins (970) 212-2454

Neutral color palettes provide harmonious and elegant environments for homeowners wanting the look and feel of an Old World spa. When working with a neutral color palette, consider adding visual interest through variation in texture and pattern. In the bathroom pictured here, we combined the rough, aged feel of stone with a smooth and elegant porcelain tile creating a dynamic interplay among materials. The old world feel of the stone is softened with the floral motif inspired by the changing seasons on the decorative porcelain tile from Walker Zanger Tile. The beauty of the 18x18 honed stone floor is enhanced by a 1x1 mosaic border creating an on-point grid pattern. Alder cabinets from Aspenleaf in “Brushed Walnut” add warmth and provide contrast to the creamy tiles while keeping with the neutral color palette. The understated graceful lines of the under mount sinks along with the Oil Rubbed Bronze faucets from Moen’s “Show House” collection enhance the simple elegance of this Old World master bath retreat.


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Kitchen Bath & Design Center, Inc. Cathy & Rich Norman, Co-Owners 226 Remington Street, #2, Fort Collins (970) 224-3424

Beautiful, resilient materials used in a spectacular design create an inviting space for bathers to rest, renew, and retreat. This bathroom includes quartz countertops that are scratch-resistant, stain-resistant and non-porous. They never need to be sealed and are easy to clean.  With undermount sinks, the look is striking yet easy to care for.  Quartz is available in a wide range of colors and patterns. Finishes range from a high polished sheen to a subtle matte surface. Bow-front alder cabinets in a rich dark stain with black highlight add elegance to a useful space.  The graceful curve of the glass block wall compliments the cabinetry.   The tub deck is also curved, inviting bathers to enjoy the waterfall tub filler and jetted bath.

Photos by M H Photography & Design. Home of Dave & Gwen Potson, Fort Collins, CO.

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The Look & Feel

of Stone by Corey Radman

Time, temperature, and pressure -- that’s what it takes for stone to form. In pockets deep underground, future kitchen counters are crystallizing right now. But why wait for eons? Why would you want to search for the perfect, timeweathered piece of stone, when you can have it custom crafted to your specifications in just days?


ocal artisans, Kelly Atkins and Greg Mizer, can do just that. These owners of Stonecrafter, LLC use Shirestone, a cement-like product, to create unique and durable stone surfaces with limitless applications. Usually poured on site, Shirestone can be used for meandering seamless countertops, outdoor kitchens, tabletops, moldings, backsplashes, fireplace hearths, or for architectural accents. “Pretty much, anything you can think of, we can make it,” says co-owner, Mizer. Atkins explains that once the form for the piece is built and the Shirstone is poured, they add color with water-based stains that are applied as a spray. The craftsmen move from wet to dry and dark to light, floating dye across the moist surface like watercolors on paper. Thus, the gradual tonal changes are very natural-looking, and can be made to compliment almost any other element in the home from your floor tile or wall color to your grandmother’s silverware. The still-moist surface can also be cut or stamped to simulate natural stone inclusions like cracks or fractured stone texture. You can even press in shapes or letters – even the family crest! When dry, the edges can be chiseled for a chunkier, castle-like feel. Says Mizer, “It looks and feels like real stone. It’s a work of art, not available in stores, and can be hand crafted to personalize each customer’s own style.”

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Shirestone’s price range compares favorably to granite at about $75/square foot. Sealed with urethane, counter and tabletop surfaces are solid and easily wiped. They stand up to heat and regular use, but a chip can be easily repaired. You think concrete and you often think heavy, but not with this product. A half inch surface can be poured on top of 1 1/2" substraight or existing counter top. For versatility you can’t beat Shirestone. Because it is poured you can put it anywhere seamlessly. “It will adhere to metal, wood, foam, your old laminate countertops… heck, even my head,” Atkins jokes. One customer found that she had what looked like an entirely new kitchen without replacing her cabinets when Stonecrafter poured new countertops directly over her old ones.


Stonecrafter’s work can have a rustic matte look like it came out of a castle. Or it can be polished to a high gloss finish. No matter the direction you send them, Mizer and Atkins love to see what comes of each artistic job. The finished product beckons you to run your hand across it. Another happy customer makes a game of how long visitors to her home take to touch her countertops – usually under 30 seconds. There are several standard edges that can all be customized to your choosing.


Not only are Atkins and Mizer both accomplished craftsman but their professional touch with clients shows. Sheri Jensen, Communications Director for the Harmony residential development, relates her story. “As Harmony’s development team began the process of defining interior finishes for the Harmony Center, Stonecrafter presented us with the ‘sky’s the limit’ pallet of design possibilities. The real magic started when Kelly [Atkins] took those possibilities, combined them with our expectations, and became an advocate for our personal style. So now we know, construction miracles really do happen!” For durability, versatility, and creative freedom, you have to consider Shirestone. Call Stonecrafter, LLC about your kitchen remodel or new construction at (970) 461-9516 or (970) 612-0999. Corey Radman is Assistant Editor at Style Magazine.

Pretty much, anything you can think of, we can make it! - Greg Mizer Co-Owner, Stonecrafter, LLC


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Wyoming Home is a charming décor shop in Cheyenne. The store is the first stop for lovers of the West and is known to carry the unique and unusual in a department store format. The broad range of products includes gifts for anyone on your list as well as special touches for any room in your home. Western furniture can appeal to a variety of tastes, and need not be limited only to homes with a Western flair. You can add a bit of the West to any décor. Many decorators are using cowhides as accents for sleek modern designs. A soft leather couch can be a comfortable addition to any living room. How about a picture of a retro cowgirl for a bit of whimsy in your guest bath? Cattle brands can come inside with your dinnerware. There are many styles of branded glasses and dishes for casual dining. Or, purchase some elegant crystal engraved with your own brand for the special dinner at home. Antler candlestick holders can go from picnic table to linen tablecloth. Western food products can fill a rope basket for a wonderful gift. A leather scented candle and some bath products are great fun for any cowgirl. Don’t forget to add a piece of turquoise jewelry to the mix. Children love the West, too. Wyoming Home carries Breyer horses and accessories for the first time buyer or the serious collector. In short, the romance of the West appeals to us all and you can find it at Wyoming Home.

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Bloedorn Lumber Designed With You in Mind

by JC Clarke

When it comes to home renovations, most of us have a pretty good vision for what we want. Turning that vision into reality, though, is not always so easy. That’s where the design team at Bloedorn Lumber Company comes in. Everything you need to renovate your kitchen or bath, build a deck, install new windows, or complete just about any other project in or around your home can be found at their brand-new 24,000 square-foot location in Loveland.


ith the opening of their new location on Eisenhower, Bloedorn doesn’t just supply the materials. Their design team can help you turn your idea into a plan, provide all of the materials and installation, and bring your vision to complete fruition exactly the way you imagined it. 16,000 square feet of retail space along with a state-of-the-art 8,000 square foot showroom and a full lumber yard mean that everything needed to bring a project from the dream phase to reality can now be found in one place. “Providing everything from the initial framing to the finishing touches really makes us unique,” says Craig Pepin, manager of the Loveland Bloedorn Lumber. “Most places focus on just framing and siding, or they just focus on finishing. We’re now capable of delivering the whole package.” “We can do anything,” adds Dawn Russell, a member of the design team at Bloedorn. “We


have a lot of resources at Bloedorn to help us get through any project. Most flooring companies, for example, are limited to hardwood, tile, or vinyl, but Bloedorn also has all the lumber supplies you need along with a wide selection of windows, doors, and cabinets in all styles and types of wood.” “What I like is that we have the ability to do any part of the house, we’re not limited at all. We have experts here in all aspects of a project, so we can take on any type of interior work and bring it from design to installation. We can manage the entire project from start to finish.” The tradition of excellence at Bloedorn Lumber dates all the way back to 1919, when the Bloedorn family arrived in Torrington, Wyoming and established Torrington Lumber and Coal Company. The company logged its first sale on May 5, 1919 when it sold $99.95 worth of pine lumber and wood shingles (materials which would sell for $2,120.74 today). Despite heavy

competition and a changing world, the company has thrived and evolved to its current position with 21 different locations throughout Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, and Montana. Pepin believes that the high level of customer service separates Bloedorn from the rest of the home-improvement pack. “We’re not a big box store,” he insists. “It’s usually hard to find people to wait on you in those stores. If you need to special order products they don’t want to take the time. But we’ll sit and visit with our customers and then talk them through the whole plan from start to finish.” “Our goal is to help all of our customers and to develop a strong and lasting relationship with our repeat customers,” says Pepin. “We do have a lot of very loyal customers.” But any company is only as good as the people who work there, and Bloedorn’s Loveland design team is as good as it gets. With over 80 years of combined experience, each member of

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- INCOMPARABLE “Before working with Robert Smith, we had been involved with many builders in the various homes that we have owned from coast-to coast. None were comparable – in the quality of construction, in the value for the cost, the responsiveness to owner needs, and most importantly, in the builders’ honesty and character…If we ever have to move, we’ll have a hard time finding another builder that can live up to the Robert Smith Construction standards.” - B. Yaworsky, Ph.D.

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the team contributes unique talents and abilities to make the whole organization work. The first member of the team that many customers will see is Maryann Ordway, who can often find what a customer needs immediately. “If it’s something simple, Maryann will show them what they need, and if they need more help with a bigger project she can help them find a member of the team who can help,” says Pepin. Next a customer is likely to work with Bobbie Champlin or Dawn Russell on the design and implementation of the project. “Bobbie has a lot of experience and is very talented,” says Pepin. “She’s the kind of person who can match the paint to the counter top to the finish on your cabinets. Dawn is also essential to the design team. I recently received two letters from customers who are very pleased with the work she did for them.” Rounding out the design team is Nancy Brown who helps make sure that everything runs the way it should. “Nancy does a lot of the paperwork, helps things get through, and makes sure everything runs smooth,” says Pepin. “Without those four doing what they do it just wouldn’t work the way it’s supposed to,” he adds. “Our team is the backbone of our work. That’s what makes us the premier mid- to high-end design center in this area.” It’s the individual talent of each member of the team that makes the design center work, and Bloedorn gives its employees the freedom they need to bring customers the very best products available. “Bloedorn allows us to bring in any products we want to bring in so that we can showcase the up and coming things that we know are hot,” says Russell. “If we feel a product will sell well, they are very accommodating. We’re never stuck with just what the owners bring in; we can go out and find things for our customers.” Russell believes that this has given Bloedorn an advantage over the competition in finding and selling the best products available. “Bloedorn has done very well at bringing in the top products and showcasing them. We have a beautiful showroom with everything you need for your home.” JC Clarke is a novelist and freelance writer who lives in Fort Collins with his wife Victoria and their two children.

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Greeley Philharmonic

One dictionary defines philharmonic: phil•har•mon•ic [fil-hahr-mon-ik] – adjective Fond of or devoted to music; music-loving.

by Maryjo Faith Morgan

Fond? Music-loving? Yes, but the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra (GPO) is much more than merely fond of their music and the community with whom they share it. They are charged up, ecstatic, ready to forge ahead. The GPO has plenty to be enthusiastic about this year. Their 2-year search and arduous process of sifting through 200 applicants is over. They have unanimously chosen a new music director/ conductor. They’ve prepared a dynamic program for this 2007-2008 season. And they are launching an enterprising outreach to families and children. No wonder there is so much buzz. “These are exciting times.” Executive Director Jeannette Kolokoff is sincere in her fervor about the orchestra’s direction with Maestro Glen Cortese in the lead. Genuine welcome, burgeoning with hope and elation bridges the 1750 miles between Greeley and New York, where Maestro Cortese currently resides. Physically at least. A part of his heart will always be in Colorado as he commutes back and forth. So much so that he composed “Garden of the Gods” to express his impressions of the powerful and profound landscapes he experienced as a 24 year-old driving cross-country. The piece is but one delight this season’s offerings.

A Secure Future Kolokoff points out a part of the GPO vision not necessarily visible by simply looking at their list of concerts -- their expansive children’s programs.


“When we work with children, we are creating future musicians and future audience members.” Although the word work expresses the sincere effort and attention the GPO invests in enlightening local children about music, what Maestro Glen Cortese and the orchestra exude is fun. They have fun with their music. They have fun with the kids experiencing their music. And they want the kids to have fun listening and learning. Their dynamic program puts concert music and study guides in teachers’ hands in the fall. Twenty-three schools in the Greeley/Windsor area participate. By the time the family concert comes up in February, the kids know the pieces. They have ownership. They will feel a strong sense of belonging in the concert hall, recognizing the familiar, not confused by the foreign. It is evident that the orchestra knows how to connect with youth. Kolokoff talks about incorporating an entertainment element whenever children are involved and not only expecting them to sit quietly. Certainly a part of the orchestra’s plan is to teach youth proper etiquette in a concert hall. “But not uptight so they don’t enjoy things. We use actors and dancers, different kinds of theatrical crossover into the music within the family concert.” This season for the first time in Greeley, an “up close and personal” introduction to the orchestra puts kids in the middle. In small group settings the kids are surrounded by musicians who enjoy initiating them into the philharmonic experience. The kids can touch the instruments, feel the vibrations and see how each instrument produces sound.

“In 45 minutes of fast-paced interaction with orchestra members, older kids conduct, younger ones dance, and all of them have fun being so close to the musicians.”

Fine Tradition At GPO, tradition and innovation enjoy a finetuned balance. Maestro Cortese expresses how fortunate he feels to inherit such a well built, well maintained orchestra. “Howard Skinner spent so much time and energy here - what an intense labor of love. He will always be a part of what the GPO is.” Since 1911 there have been only five to wield the baton. That’s what happens when you acquire and retain excellent musicians. Dr. Howard Skinner initiated a 37-year tenure when he stepped in as music director and conductor of the GPO, joining the distinguished ranks of John C. Kendel, DeForest Cline, Richard Ellinger, and Henry T. Ginsburg. The recent bestowing of the title Conductor Laureate honors Skinner’s untiring efforts in the educational and musical communities at UNC. It is both a fond farewell and an open invitation for him to guest conduct the GPO, which he will do twice this season.

Giving is Fun For Maestro Cortese, it is a great gift to give audiences the total experience of hearing music that is all at once an emotional, physical, and psychological encounter. “I enjoy performing for

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Glen Cortese was just named Music director of the Greeley Philharmonic and will conduct his third season as artistic director of the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, his fifth season as artistic director of the Oregon Mozart Players, and his twenty-first season as music director of the New York Chamber Sinfonia.

the sheer joy of it and feel very fortunate doing what I do.” He goes on to explain that for musicians it is never just about the performance. It is more about what the performance achieves within the people who are listening. “Music effects us on many different levels and brings up different kinds of emotions.” Maestro Cortese sees nothing stuffy or stilted about classical music. Nor it is something written

by old dead guys. Classical music was not classical when it was written. It was the popular music of the day. He believes it is just as contemporary today as it was then. “These composers lived very colorful lives politically, personally, and in their interactions with other people. Their music is very much alive and vital.” The process is interactive across time. Musicians and conductors are constantly deciphering the information classical composers have left. This gives music an ability to be fresh and new as different people take same source material and interpret it uniquely. “It is great privilege to perform music in that way. Part of what makes it exciting is the personal involvement of performer.” In this process Maestro Cortese invites listeners to create your own internal experience. “In the visual arts, a film leads us where they want us to go. With concert music we are not handed a story. We can sit and develop the story ourselves. [It is] very abstract but within a very specific time frame. The music lets us take our own direction.” No matter which direction you choose, the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra is here, now, to set you upon a path to greater fulfillment and enjoyment of music presented in their time-honored tradition. Don’t miss it! Freelance writer Maryjo Faith Morgan adds her welcome to Maestro Cortese and bids him safe travels. Visit her website:

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Transformed Union Colony Civic Center s2007-2008 Season s Tickets Available NOW! s 356-5000 sAct fast to reserve the best seats! CONCERT 1: JUST ANOTHER VARIATION POINSETTIA POPS: MAGIC OF THE SEASON

Saturday, September 22, 7:30pm Glen Cortese, conductor / Nathaniel Rosen, cello


Saturday, October 20, 7:30 pm Glen Cortese, conductor / Roberto Plano, piano


Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 pm Howard Skinner, conductor


Saturday, December 1 David MacKenzie, conductor / Alex Ryer, soprano / Randy St. Pierre, tenor



Saturday, March 8, 7:30pm Glen Cortese, conductor


Saturday, January 12, 7:30pm Glen Cortese, conductor / Marc Deaton, tenor / Emily Johnson, mezzo

Saturday, April 12, 7:30pm - Glen Cortese, conductor / Amy Burton, soprano / John Corigliano, guest composer


CONCERT 6 : SEASON FINALE “THE CREATION” Tuesday, April 29, 7:30pm / Howard Skinner, conductor / Elena Batman, soprano / Christopher Job, bass / Matthew Potterton, tenor / with UNC Choirs

Saturday, February 16, 7:30pm Glen Cortese, conductor / Dulcie Camp as Mother Goose


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Fort Collins Symphony by Maryjo Faith Morgan Do you think you don’t have an ear for music? The Fort Collins Symphony asks you to think again.

Would symphonic music sound appealing if it came teamed with fine food and wine? The Fort Collins Symphony asks you to come to a soiree and find out. Think you don’t know enough to really get into orchestral music? The Fort Collins Symphony invites you to participate in Maestro Musings, Library Talks, or Symphony 101. Because each time Maestro Wes Kenney picks up his baton, he is passionately focused on one thing. “I want to make sure that we immediately reach anybody who comes to the concert hall. We don’t want you to be the same person coming out of the concert hall as you were coming in.” To that end this season’s offerings run the gamut, from what you’ve come to depend on from this highly skilled orchestra to some delightful surprises. Each season the Symphony endeavors to expand their audience, giving multiple opportunities for audiences to learn what to listen for, where the action is within the pieces being performed, and how to find it. Kenney explains how to create an ear map for a piece. “With 60-80 musicians on the stage you have to know where to look. If you know to watch the timpanist in this place, or another section in that place, the audience has a navigational process to set up some expectations of where they are in that particular piece of music.” He goes on to explain that enjoying an extended piece of music requires a different type of listening than our push-button society is accustomed to using on a daily basis. He stresses the more you know about a piece, the more you’ll enjoy it. Kenney is eager to share tidbits about the composer, the type of music common to that time and place when the music was written, and what the composer might be expressing though the notes. “Boomers grew up with Looney Tunes.” He says that’s where you learned about concerts but didn’t realize it. He ticks off Bugs Bunny, United Airlines and countless cartoons and commercials that have made famous concert pieces immediately recognizable to the public. Educational Opportunities Maestro’s Musings is complementary to Masterworks’ ticket holders and is sure to broaden your concert hall experience, whether you are a seasoned patron or attending the symphony for the first time. Ditto for Library Talks, which feature retired CSU music history professor Dr. William Runyan. His inimitable style is certain to entertain


Wes Kenney’s (Music Director) premiere season with FCSO was phenomenally successful and resulted in unprecedented response and growth for the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. Marta Farrell (Executive Director) has spent the last 20 years as an attorney and a volunteer in the community.

and teach simultaneously. For the Symphony, each season is more than giving people in our region an opportunity to fall in love with the unique experience of sharing and hour and a half in the music hall with an orchestra of this caliber, although it is that. It is more than teaching audiences what the composer might have been expressing. Or helping them recognize their own reaction, be it emotional or visceral, to any particular composition. Although it is indeed that also. First and foremost, the Fort Collins Symphony wants to touch you as they perform, to communicate a complete range of human emotions. They reach out through their instruments, using sensuously phrased stanzas and astonishingly synchronized movements to woo and beguile you. Music, Fort Collins Symphony style, is all about living more vibrantly through their music. Has it been a while or even never? Maestro Kenney says if you have not heard the Fort Collins Symphony in the last five years, you owe it to yourself to come and spend 90 minutes with them. “If you have never gone to hear your Fort Collins’ symphonic orchestra, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Experience what people have been experiencing for over 300 years. See why others have been interested enough to keep this tradi-

tion alive, how it is an audible museum.” Kenney finds it a pleasure to point out what is available right here in Fort Collins. Anyone can feel comfortable He understands that people sometimes feel uncomfortable with the formal attire so intrinsic to the symphonic concert hall setting. But he assures there is no need to be intimidated. “Why concert black? We are no different from any other uniformed organization. The uniform is meant to take away the individual, to enter into the collective, [to help you] enter into the music, not the individuals.” He goes on to give a mini-tutorial about compositional technique relating directly to life, a how-to for the audience. You can see how a composer orders events in a large scale piece to make it understandable, more graspable by the listener. “The whole principle - the sonata allegro principle - is a microcosm of life.” Kenney simplifies the formula as a typical “day in the life” with just three components: ~ Start at home ~ Travel somewhere else ~ Arrive back home That could be enlarged upon to encompass a person’s whole life. But it boils down to move-

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ments. The movements of going to work or school and staying a while. The movements of running errands on the way home. The movements of finally coming back home again, thinking about the day/life you’ve just lived. “Many large scale compositions that operate just like that.” Support behind the music Executive Director Marta Farrell gives one more plus to allowing yourself the luxury of attending the symphony, one that certainly has its own reward in this harried millennium. “Pure relaxation – 90 minutes of freedom! Your cell phone can’t ring. Your blackberry can’t go off. The kids can’t bug you, and you don’t have to look at your watch. A chance to let the music take you away, to sit there and dream.” Farrell underscores the symphony’s vision to be more approachable. Last year they stepped out to do the Sunday Series, which was highly successful. This year the symphony’s goal is to be the best orchestra they possibly can be. Not in competition with any other, but inviting regional residents to enjoy what is right here in Fort Collins. “We know, from the American Symphony Orchestra League, that 1-2% of the population attends symphony concerts.” In a city of 100,000 that percentage easily sells out Lincoln Center. But the symphony is hoping not only classical music lovers, who have been the backbone of their community support, will continue to fill the concert hall. But also newcomers and first-timers of all ages. The symphony’s logo was updated this past year. Their vigorous 2007-2008 program tackles works such as Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which was considered so experimental, so avant garde in Paris at the time it was first introduced, a riot ensued. The symphony hopes to entice family audiences with tunes from Disney’s Fantasia and popular cartoons. According to Farrell, much of the credit for the financial health of this organization goes to the Fort Collins Symphony Association Board of Directors, staff, and many faithful sponsors. “We have phenomenal board members and staff who have a lot of passion … together we are a strong team …success brings success.” Furthermore, she promises the community that the symphony will continue to be good stewards of the donations they receive. She approaches managing the symphony as any CEO would a Fortune 500 company. Farrell is vigilant about minimizing expenses and looking for ways to expand an ever-diversifying revenue stream. From programming choices to educational opportunities the Fort Collins Symphony has come by their stellar reputation through their determination to be the best, to reach the most, and to continually give. They issue an open invitation to you to come and experience their performance this season. Let their music carry you away. For more information visit: www.fcsymphony. org or call: 970-482-4823 A local freelance writer, Maryjo Faith Morgan is an active member of Colorado Authors’ League ( and is personally grateful for the cultural opportunities available here in northern Colorado.

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August 2 Fox Acres Country Club :: Red Feather Lakes A gorgeous day was enjoyed by over 90 golfers, at the 13th annual N2N Golf Tournament. Held at the beautiful mountain golf course, golfers gave it their best for a day of friendly competition. The tough course did not deter Dustin Camping from scoring a hole in one on hole #6. Hosted by The Sales and Marketing Council of the Home Builders Association the full day raised over $12,000 for N2N and their mission to empower people and promote housing opportunity through counseling, education, supportive services, community partnerships, and the provision of multi-family affordable housing.

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GA D ABOUT August 25 The Rio Grande :: Fort Collins “Gadabouts” traveled the world in just an afternoon at this 3rd annual Gadabout fundraiser. This tropical themed event brought together more than 220 travel enthusiasts, who enjoyed the cuisine of Fort Collins finest restaurants, musical performances, a silent auction, prize drawings and the opportunity to win a 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise for two including airfare! Over $50,000 was raised for Realities For Children Emergency Fund, for the unmet needs of abused and neglected children in Larimer County this next year.

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What’s Up in Northern Colorado Theater this Season?

Lincoln Center

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If you are into Broadway musicals, music, dance or comedy, you will love the new Lincoln Center season! This year they offer “Pick 5 or More,” which lets you choose any 5 or more Lincoln Center performances, save 10 percent and buy tickets before they go on sale to the public. This phenomenal season includes: Hairspray, the Producers and Annie!

The Union Colony Civic Center provides Northern Colorado and the surrounding areas with a variety of the best local, regional and national entertainment. From Broadway musicals, to comedy, concerts, dance, plays and more, there's always something exciting coming to entertain you! Tickets for shows like the Producers, Cats, and Annie.

Open Stage Presenting two free-spirited, smash-hit seasons: OpenStage Theatre - six imaginative, creative shows at the Lincoln Center. Also performing three edgy, daring shows at the Armstrong Hotel. Fantastic performances will include: Noises Off, Dirty Blonde, & Nickel and Dimed.

Nonesuch Theater Show Times are Wednesdays through Sundays at 7:30pm. Sunday Matinees at 2:00pm. Please call the Box Office for performance schedule. Ticket prices range from $20.00 - $27.50 depending on day of show. Now showing: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change: Now through February 16. Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings: November 10 through December 23.

Bas Bleu Theatre Company Bas Bleu Theatre Company presents outstanding, inspiring theater in an intimate “salon” setting. In its third season, it is emerging as a vibrant and dynamic independent theater house. Performances this season will include: 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Wings, and more. Several ticket packages are available, as are pro-rated season passes, please inquire.

Opera Fort Collins Come enjoy the remainder of our season for Season Ticket Prices! December 15, 2007 - Gala and Aria Concert. April 25 & 27, 2008 - Puccini’s Turandot (Concert Version) in collaboration with the Longmont Symphony. For more information contact us (970) 482-0220. Prices range between $55-$65.

Canyon Concert Ballet The Nutcracker- December 6, 7 & 8 at 7pm and December 8 & 9 at 2pm. Tribute-30 years of Dance- April 25 & 26, 2008 will be held at the Lincoln Center Performance Hall.


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