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THANK YOU FOR RECOGNITION Dear Lydia, Thank you for the recognition as a Champion of Hope for Hope Lives! The flowers, certificate, beautiful plaque, write-up in Style Magazine and honor at the Gala were all overwhelming. You take care of your volunteers! Congratulations on another very successful Gala! Although this is only the second Gala I have attended, they are such special events. What a fun evening! It is wonderful to have met you. As a survivor, thanks for all you do for all of us. Hope Lives! is a wonderful organization and offers women going through breast cancer so much support. Thanks again! Judy Seybold
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Caterer Helps Local Nonprofits 14 Philanthropic Lisa Plahuta provides inspired event planning for nonprofits at the Hilton. By Graciela Sholander
Heroes 16 Homegrown A young war hero and a wizened Berthoud patron share their inspiring stories.
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This holiday season and close of another year is the perfect time to reflect and appreciate my many blessings. This year is especially significant in that it is Style Magazine’s 25th anniversary of publishing. In the beginning, October 1984, the humble start of Style Magazine was as a newsletter of fashion and accessories information sent from my clothing store to 2,000 customers. Today, Style Magazine is published 11 times a year and our readership is close to 90,000 readers. This 25-year increase in the number of publications and readership might seem to some to be a measure of success in itself. But in my measure, this could not have been achieved without our loyal Northern Colorado readers making the time to enjoy Style Magazine all these years. Success for me is also found in our loyal advertisers having supported the magazine for 25 years and continuing to be confident in the value of their exposure in Style. The success of Style does not belong to me. It belongs to the many people who through the years have contributed their talents to make it what it is today. Without the creative and dedicated vision of these people, Style Magazine would not be the product it is today. I am deeply grateful to my past and current staff for their loyalty and dedication to the excellence of their endeavor. It is because of the editors, account executives, writers, designers, photographers, printers, office support staff and more that we have been able to produce these magazines. And it is because of the many vital and interesting local people we have been fortunate to interview and include in the pages of each magazine that keep our publications timely and reflective of the Northern Colorado Front Range. I hope over the years we have brought you interesting and informative articles about home, business, building, fashion, beauty, education, finances, food, medical and wellness, and allowed you to learn more about the local businesses and individuals that make Northern Colorado a vibrant and desirable place to live. I am profoundly and deeply grateful to all for their individual and collective contributions to our 25-year history and pledge our continued commitment to publishing excellence and celebrating the Colorado Front Range. Wishing each of you a blessed holiday season and healthy and prosperous New Year!
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Helps Local Nonprofits By Graciela Sholander
Hilton’s Director of Catering fuses her creative flair and business acumen to serve local nonprofits in style.
n addition to making a difference, what do Hope Lives!, the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, Character Fort Collins and many other area nonprofits have in common? All benefit from the extraordinary talents of Lisa A. Plahuta, Director of Catering with the Hilton Fort Collins. With 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Plahuta can whip up an elegant affair on any budget and create a fundraising event to remember. “I have always enjoyed working with nonprofits because people are so passionate about the cause they represent. I enjoy being able to help, even if it is a little bit, to make a difference in someone’s life. Over the years, I have worked with many nonprofits and feel they all have a common bond of helping each other. It warms my heart to see how much this community cares and pulls together to help those in need.” Plahuta works diligently to meet specific menu requests and accommodate any budget. “Many groups come to me with budget restric-
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tions, and it is challenging to come up with a high-class meal on a shoestring budget. As we work together, we are able to be creative with food and displays to make the most out of their budget.” A friendly, people-oriented person who strives for excellence every step of the way, Plahuta enjoys the collaborative effort involved in working with nonprofits. “I help them with new ideas for events, ideas to keep the events fresh and upbeat. I like to meet with my groups after the event as well, to talk about what went well and what could be improved.” Ned Sickle, General Manager of the Hilton Fort Collins, appreciates Plahuta’s positive attitude. “I think the thing I value most about Lisa is that she is a people-person. She values relationships and maintains long-term relationships with people. She is hardworking and treats everyone with genuine optimism. There’s a real bounce to her step in terms of her work, which makes it a pleasure to work with her.” Some of the nonprofits Plahuta has collaborated with include Habitat for Humanity, the
Food Bank of Larimer County, Foothills Gateway, and Realities for Children. Plahuta worked with the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center (SAVA) on the organization’s breakfast fundraiser, “Be The Change: SAVA’s Story Of Hope,” held at the Hilton in October. Louann DeCoursey, Executive Director of SAVA, says that Plahuta went above and beyond to communicate the nonprofit’s mission. “Lisa was able to take what we were talking about and make it come to fruition. I really wanted to immerse people into what SAVA does. She helped us make it a big event so the second someone walked through the door, they knew what we’re about.” For example, DeCoursey wanted to visually highlight a sobering statistic: In Colorado, 1 in 4 women have been sexually assaulted. Plahuta emphasized this statistic using different types of flowers and vases to create a visual impact. She also figured out ways to use teal, the traditional color for sexual assault awareness, throughout the event. Meghan Coleman, Program Coordinator and Executive Assistant of Character Fort Col-
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lins, also has glowing praise for Plahuta. “In addition to being a first-class catering and events manager, Lisa is a philanthropist at heart! She is a strong supporter of our organization, as well as of many other organizations in the Northern Colorado area. Outside of helping us with our events, Lisa participates in one of our monthly programs, Community Character Day, as often as she can.” She continues, “Lisa is so generous with her time, making herself available to go over last minute details. She demonstrates patience and flexibility when plans change with an event. She is enthusiastic about making our events as special as they can be.” Plahuta’s generosity and attention to detail aren’t the only attributes that make it a pleasure to work with her. A consummate professional, she knows how to make food exciting. For a “Round The World” menu she once developed, Plahuta set up separate stations with staff members preparing fare on the spot from six different cultures. The cuisine consisted of Asian fusion, French pastries, and Mexican, Italian, American and German dishes. Each cook dressed the part, and attractive cultural décor completed the effect. “It was a fun event,” notes Plahuta. “Everyone was able to find something to eat that they loved.” In addition to assisting nonprofits, Plahuta works extensively with Colorado State University and with the religious community. Over the years she’s had the opportunity to plan and host several Muslim weddings, experiences she has enjoyed immensely. “Planning events where men and women are on different sides of the room or in separate rooms completely can be challenging and unique. For several events, it meant having only female servers allowed in one room and special accommodations for the men and women. “I enjoy working with these groups because I learn so much about their culture and customs. It was interesting to learn the meaning of such customs and share them with the rest of my staff. I still keep in touch with these families today and enjoy their special friendships.” Whether she’s working with current clients to meet and exceed their objectives, developing catering concepts for groups of all sizes, or bringing new ideas to the table, Plahuta displays enthusiasm that’s contagious and shares expertise that can be trusted. In turn, she is moved by the nonprofits she works with and their dedication to a cause. “I am inspired by the stories I hear of how individuals have gotten involved with the groups they represent. Everyone has a personal story and passion that draws them to their cause, and I enjoy hearing those stories. It helps me connect with the event and individual to find out what is most important to them. “The most rewarding part of my job is helping groups have a successful event. When guests walk out of the hotel with smiles on their faces and rave about the wonderful service, food and atmosphere, I feel I have accomplished my job.” Graciela Sholander enjoys living and writing in Fort Collins, sharing the adventure with husband Kevin and their two children.
Heroes By Kay Rios
Marine Staff Sergeant Jesse Cottle in rehabilitation at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Inset: Cottle during his tour of duty in Afghanistan.
As a nation, we are fascinated with heroes of varying sorts. The continuing popularity of comic book flying superheroes and the enthralled audience of the on-going TV show saga “Heroes” serve as two examples. But the most truly compelling stories are those of the local heroes who have given of themselves selflessly and impact the lives of those around them, if even just by their example.
he two men profiled here are heroes in very different ways and each, in his own way, defines the term in a much greater sense than any of those heroes of our imagination.
Marine Staff Sergeant Jesse Cottle Jesse Cottle joined the Marines in 2003 after he turned 18. He made the decision fairly quickly. “I wanted a challenge and felt the calling. And then 9/11 was so big. I knew there was going to be war and I felt I needed to be to part of that.” He was drawn to the Marines because of what they offered in terms of training and hard work. So he signed up to take an active part in the war on terrorism. He was assigned to an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team and served three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. His last tour of duty in Now Zad, Afghanistan ended abruptly just
weeks short of completion. The EOD team had begun using metal detectors to locate and disarm the Taliban’s improvised explosive devices (IED). Unfortunately, the Taliban found out about the metal detectors and figured out how to make IEDs without metal content. On July 19, 2009, while on patrol with his EOD team, Cottle was seriously wounded, struck by a no-metal-IED. He sustained bi-lateral amputations because of the severity of the blast. The EOD team quickly rendered aid and med-evac'ed him to a Blackhawk helicopter where he was flown to the hospital in Bastion, Afghanistan. From there he went to Bagram, Afghanistan, then to Germany and on to Bethesda, Maryland. Cottle successfully made it through six surgeries and was then flown to the Naval Medical Center San Diego, where he is now undergoing rehabilitation and prosthetic training.
“It’s going very well,” the 24-year-old says of his rehab. “It’s slow but steady. Most of the time I’m running around doing a lot of different things. I have occupational therapy and physical therapy and a lot of work with prosthetics and walking. I also swim a couple times a week and I’ve started kayaking and surfing. I try to participate in a lot of activities to get back in shape.” He credits his recovery to his stay at the Naval Medical Center. “The care here is really good. The staff is great and the facility itself is top rate.” Cottle works hard and doesn’t have any problem keeping busy. He recently participated in the Para Olympics in archery, three-wheel cycling and volleyball. He received the Purple Heart on November 7 at a ceremony in San Diego over which the EOD Commodore of the Navy for the western hemisphere presided.
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Doc Fickel standing in front of his former home in Berthoud. He donated the home to the town, one of his many charitable contributions to the residents of Berthoud.
The country has rallied around Cottle and his recovery. He was given a hero’s welcome in both Phoenix, where his parents currently reside, and in his hometown of Loveland, where over 300 people showed up to express their support and gratitude for his service. Cottle’s mom, Peggy, says the support has been wonderful. He has touched hearts wherever he’s gone, she says, and gives one example. “His first night out in San Diego, we went to the Washington Golf and Country Club for dinner and he saw the piano and wanted to play. So I operated the pedals and he played. Then some of the people who arranged the dinner decided to give him a piano.” Members of the Club raised funds and purchased a Yamaha Clavinova for Cottle and arranged a ceremony where the San Diego Charger cheerleaders helped present the gift.
Cottle’s spirits remain high and he’s optimistic, already looking to the future. He says he still has some time in rehab. “It will be somewhere between eight to twelve months. It depends on how well I take to walking and how quickly I recover.” After rehab, he’s going back to school, he says. “I want to get my degree. I’m not sure what my major will be but I have a general idea.” He’s also not sure where he’ll apply. “I’m torn. I love San Diego but really like the Phoenix area as well, so either southern California or Phoenix.” While he doesn’t plan to move back to Loveland (“It’s too cold for my taste”), he will be back to visit. “I’ll always go back to see my friends and family I have there, but it will probably be in the summer.” On November 13 and 14, High Plains Scuba Center held their 4th Annual Underwater HPSC Hold ‘EM Poker Tournament. They selected Cottle
to be the recipient of this year’s fundraiser. They had 30 participants playing poker and a silent auction fundraiser that garnered over $2,000 to help Cottle and his family counter expenses incurred since his return. Jesse’s brother Matt played in the underwater tournament. “Doc” Bruce Fickel Bruce Fickel, or “Doc” Fickel as he is known to Berthoud residents, has spent his life in service to others. As a dentist in Berthoud for 30 years, he certainly provided a necessary service. But the story is much bigger than that. Most recently, he donated his house, built in 1916, to the Berthoud Historical Society and threw all the furnishings into the deal. Prior to that, he and his wife, Helen, built the Berthoud Library and were instrumental in creating the Berthoud Historical Society. They bought the property which was previously the Berthoud schoolyard, planted trees and redeveloped it into a community park. They also bought a couple of parcels of land they then donated to Habitat for Humanity. “I like to do things that help a lot of people. You should see the people that use Fickel Park and how many people use the museum. And I also like this town,” he says. His affection for Berthoud dates back almost 70 years. Born in Edina, Missouri, Fickel made several trips to Colorado, staying for lengthy periods with his uncle who was practicing medicine in LaSalle. So, after dental school graduation in Missouri, it was only natural that he made his way back West. Fickel was living in Denver, waiting for his Colorado license to practice and, just as he received it, he had the chance to take a tour of the area to the north. “In those days, traveling salesmen always visited every town, so one day I rode with a salesman through Denver, Fort Collins and Greeley – they called it the horn. And we stopped in Berthoud. The salesman came back and said the sign on the door of the dentist office he was visiting said ‘closed for the duration.’ I said, ‘I’m staying.’” He set up shop on the main floor of a house on Seventh Street and lived in the upstairs. Across the street in a grand brick house, Helen McCarty was living with her widowed father and practicing medicine out of an office in the house. Drawn together by circumstance and geography, they married in 1942. In 1943, Fickel was called to active duty. After his discharge, he returned to Berthoud and, once again, began to practice dentistry. He and Helen and their two children, Bruce and Jane, continued to live in the big house. Although he had officially retired in 1970, he didn’t really stop working. He had formed a construction company and took more of an active part in that. He also learned to sculpt, creating bronze sculptures of varying sizes (two of the larger ones are now in Fickel Park). “Five years ago when Helen died, I decided I didn’t want to live alone. I was getting older,” he says. So he donated the house and moved into a room in a nursing home that he built in the 60s. And he’s not done, yet, he confirms. At 97 years old, Fickel is still involved. He subsidizes the maintenance and operation of the museum and he still has a hand in the construction company. “I don’t think I’ll ever retire,” he says. Kay Rios, Ph.D., is a Fort Collins writer and is currently at work on a collection of creative nonfiction and a mystery novel.
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JAY WITLEN Jay’s Bistro Fort Collins
Duck a l’Orange Chef Witlen: Our holidays are always a bit hectic, but when Christmas Day comes our family winds down either at home or in Vail where the three of us relax together with a cozy fire and a great breakfast of Eggs Benedict or we relax playing games, watching TV with chicken wings! But dinner is an elegant affair with candles, music and our favorite duck dish – Duck a l’Orange. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Happy Holidays! 4-5 lb. duck (serves 2 when halved or 4 when quartered) 2 oranges (halved) 1 cup orange juice 3 tsp. lemon juice ½ cup sugar 3 tbs. Grand Marnier or Curacao 2 tsp. brandy 2-3 tbs. cornstarch (mixed with water) Place duck on rack in broiler pan. Squeeze juice of oranges over duck. Put orange skin halves into cavity of duck. Roast in 350º F oven for 1 hour. Lower temperature to 300º F. Cover with foil. Cook approximately 1 more hour (to 170 degrees on meat thermometer). When done remove and keep covered in foil.
Jay Witlen has a Hotel/Restaurant Management Degree from Paul Smith’s College in New York. He has also trained with Madeline Kamman and Jimmy Schmidt and completed a 6-week Professional Chef Course at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, NY. Jay and his wife Jacki opened Café Columbine in 1980 and have not looked back for 30 years!
Phil Pringle of Pringle’s Fine Wine & Spirits recommends these wine pairings . . .
2006 LYETH PINOT NOIR, SONOMA COUNTY $17.99 This pinot noir offers notes of dry cherry, blackberry, a touch of earth and spice with subtle fine tannins to complement this rendition of duck a l’orange.
Pour off excess fat from drippings. Place in sauce pan. Add orange juice, lemon juice, sugar and bring to boil. Add liquor and bring back to boil. Dissolve cornstarch in water. Add to sauce and return to boil. Remove oranges from duck. Cut duck in half or quarters. Top with sauce. Serve on wild rice with haricot verts. Bon appetite!
2006 PARITUA PINOT NOIR, CENTRAL OTAGO, NEW ZEALAND $28.99 Here is the best of the old world and the new world together in one fabulous wine! My favorite red of 2009 WineFest. Complex and sophisticated – fruit, earth and acidity in perfect harmony.
MATT SCHUMP The Canyon Chop House Fort Collins
Braised Duck Legs with White Beans and Roasted Butternut Squash
Chef Schump: Braised duck legs are as comforting as it comes during the holidays. And with white beans, this recipe is a classic! 6 each fresh duck legs 1 tbs. garlic, chopped 1 large onion, peeled and chopped 2 carrots, roughly chopped 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped 1 tbs. fresh thyme, chopped 1 tbs. black peppercorns 2 bay leaves 1 cup dry white wine ¼ cup sherry or cider vinegar 3 to 4 cups chicken stock 1 medium butternut squash 1.5 cups dry white beans (cannellini or great northern), soak and refrigerate the dried white beans the day before you plan on serving the dish Preheat oven the 350º F. Trim and reserve the skin and fat from the duck legs, leaving the skin on the top side of the leg. Coarsely chop and heat reserved duck fat in a heavy skillet over moderate heat. Stir occasionally until fat is melted. Remove any remaining solids with a slotted spoon. In a 13x9x2 baking pan add onion, celery, carrot and garlic. Toss in 2 tbs. of the rendered duck fat to coat. Roast vegetables at 350º F for 20 to 30 minutes. Use a vegetable peeler and peel the squash, then cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon then cut the squash into a 3/4-inch dice. Toss the squash in olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast for 30 to 40 minutes at 350º F (this can be done at the same time as the vegetables). While vegetables are roasting, brown the duck legs. Pat dry and generously salt and pepper. Heat remaining
Matt Schump is chef and proprietor of The Canyon Chop House. Schump graduated from Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon (now Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts). After working at a variety of fine dining restaurants from Washington D.C. to Lake Tahoe, including Flagstaff House Restaurant and Q’s in the Boulderado, both located in Boulder, Schump relocated to Fort Collins and opened The Canyon Chop House in August 2005. His restaurant focuses on using fresh, local ingredients.
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2008 LE JADE PICPOUL DE PINET, LANGUEDOC, FRANCE $12.99 This crisp and refreshing beverage style wine pairs quite nicely with the duck legs, allowing some of the stronger flavors to shine through. It is a fun, value-priced, easy drinking white wine.
2007 MACKENZIE BOSCHETTI VINEYARD PINOT NOIR, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY, CALIFORNIA $19.99 What sets this pinot noir apart is the old world nose and gritty style. This pinot noir is simply one of the best that I have tasted in the past few years, and it complements the duck quite nicely.
Mat Dinsmore of Wilbur’s Total Beverage recommends these wine pairings . . .
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Lamb Wellington Chef Yardley: This recipe is a family favorite because the unique lamb flavor pairs well with the lighter puff pastry and sweet port reduction sauce. My family raised lamb for several years, and it came to be a favorite in our house. This dish is easy to make, stunning to serve, and tastes incredible! I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do. Lamb Tenderloin: 1 whole of lamb tenderloin, approx. 1 lb. (can also use pork or beef tenderloin) 3 oz. of duxelles (diced button mushrooms, sautéed with a tablespoon of butter and 1 shallot) 3 oz. foie gras, diced ½ oz. truffles, diced (black or white will work) 1 sheet of puff pastry Egg wash (beaten egg with a splash of water) Port Sauce: 1 bottle of port wine ½ lb. butter Salt and pepper, to taste Season tenderloin with salt and pepper. Sear, browning on all sides, at high heat. Let cool. Combine the duxelles, foie gras and truffles. Spread evenly on the tenderloin. Roll out the puff pastry dough to a little less than a ¼ inch thickness. Wrap around the tenderloin, and brush with egg wash. Bake in a 425º F oven until the dough is cooked thoroughly and golden brown. The meat should have an internal temperature of about 130º F. Bring the bottle of port wine to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Continue to reduce until port has thickened into a syrup. Whisk in ½ lb. of cold, cubed butter.
Chef Geof Yardley graduated from Denver Culinary Institute of Art in 1999. After a brief hiatus from cooking, he took a position at the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, working to the position of Sous Chef at their Colorado Springs location, where he also met his wife, Colby. In June of 2007, Yardley took the position of Executive Chef at Bent Fork in Centerra, Loveland.
Cut tenderloin into ½-inch slices and cover with Port Sauce.
2005 SIMI CABERNET, ALEXANDER VALLEY, CALIFORNIA $23.99 Simi produces a bit softer style of cabernet that always shows wonderful green pepper tones, which goes quite nicely with the lamb. A bit of time to breathe will help open this wine up.
2006 GRGICH HILLS ZINFINDEL, NAPA, CALIFORNIA $35.99 This zinfandel compliments the dish with its strong backbone and slight touch of black pepper and spice. I recommend opening this wine about an hour before dinner is served, allowing it to breathe.
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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Hazel Dell Mushrooms
Chef Shaeffer: I chose this recipe because it is seasonal and the ingredients are easy to acquire and make. Other family members can help with making the soup because it is not too technical. It is a great soup to start Christmas dinner or just have around for folks to heat up and eat anytime. 1 to 2 butternut squash, weighing about two pounds 1 med. yellow onion 4 cloves garlic 2 tbsp. olive oil 5 cups chicken stock ½ lb. fresh assorted Hazel Dell mushrooms Fresh or dry thyme leaves Kosher salt and white pepper Pre-heat oven to 350º F. Cut the squash in half and remove seeds. Place flesh-side down onto an oiled baking sheet and roast until easily pierced with a knife. Remove from oven and cool. Peel and thinly slice the onion and garlic cloves, toss with olive oil and roast in oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until softened. Scoop out the inside of the squash. Combine the squash and roasted onion/garlic mixture in a soup pot. Add the stock and bring to a boil, turn heat to low and slowly simmer for a half hour. Puree in food processor (or blender) while hot until a smooth, pureed soup is formed. Additional stock (or cream) can be added to thin soup if needed. Season with salt and white pepper to taste. Slice the mushrooms, sauté over medium-high heat until soft, and add to the soup just before serving along with the chopped thyme.
2008 SINEANN PINOT GRIS, OREGON $16.99 This wine is perfect for its clean crisp fruit, full flavor, and bright acidity and will bring out the soup’s nuances without adding the unnecessary woody components to the marriage of flavors.
Jason Shaeffer is chef and proprietor of Chimney Park Restaurant and Bar in downtown Windsor. Shaeffer graduated from Johnson and Wales University in 1992. In 2004, he opened as sous chef for Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York City. In 2005, he opened the 1500 Ocean at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, receiving local and national accolades from San Diego Magazine, Bon Appetit “Gnudi, Dish of the Year 2006” and The Wall Street Journal. Chef Shaeffer purchased Chimney Park in July 2007. His uses artisan food products from local farmers, ranchers and cheese makers to create a seasonal menu that changes frequently.
2007 GERHARD RIESLING SPÄTLESE, RHEINGAU, GERMANY $39.99 The acidity, fruit, minerals and focused flavors (hints of apricot, peace, lime and melon) make this wine a truly perfect match. If you are serious, this is the perfect match for the soup - an amazing Riesling.
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Cranberry Ice Chef Coates: Sneak this recipe into your traditional holiday meal and watch and enjoy the reactions. It is pleasantly surprising! 1 bag cranberries (wash and remove the ugly ones) 1 cup sugar 1 tbs. lemon juice 1 carton lemon sherbet (softened slightly) Cook cranberries in just enough water to barely cover them in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until they ‘pop.’ Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. While hot put this mixture into a blender and whip it up to a mostly smooth consistency (it is okay to leave a little cranberry skin for interest). Cool somewhat and add the lemon juice. Mixture will become thickened when cooled. After sherbet has softened somewhat, whip it into the cranberry mixture. Refreeze in a plastic container. Dip out to serve in a chilled, footed dessert dish. Serve as a side dish with the meal.
Boomer Coates is chef de cuisine at Retro Bistro in Berthoud. Coates graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York in 1996. He has worked in restaurants in New York, Arizona and New Mexico. In 2006, he located to Greeley, where he worked as a personal chef until joining Retro Bistro as Executive Chef in 2008.
2007 CARL SITTMANN LATE HARVEST SPÄTLESE RIESLING, GERMANY $12.99 This riesling helps cut through the sweetness of the dish and pairs nicely with most other items at the meal. Its balanced acidity, sugar and a soft touch of slate makes this sweet wine quite refreshing.
2005 GOLDENEYE PINOT NOIR, ANDERSON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA $59.99 This is one of our favorite pinot noirs from California. It shows tremendous black current, strawberry, and a touch of raspberries. It also pairs quite nicely with other holiday fares such as turkey or ham.
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Meet The Models EMILY KALAI
EMILY KALAI Emily is married to Maka. They have one child together, Miles, age 19 months. Emily is a mortgage loan coordinator for The Group Guaranteed Mortgage. She enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, hiking and bike rides with family. “I had a lot of fun and enjoyed being able to experience this with my husband! I really liked the clothing and Christy Sports.” MAKA KALAI Maka is married to fellow model, Emily. They have a 19-month-old child, Miles, together. Maka is the store manager for Fort Collin’s Christy Sports. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys snowboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, mountain biking and camping. “This was a fun experience. I really enjoyed it. I loved the clothing and I love the store that provided them!”
KIRA KOLDEWAY Kira is married to Sean. She is the marketing coordinator/interior designer for HighCraft Builders. She loves spending time with family and enjoys the Colorado outdoors. “The ladies at Designs Boutique and Cloz to Home were all so helpful. The clothing was gorgeous, so it was difficult to choose a favorite. The gals at The Parlour were fantastic and made us feel so beautiful. I really liked doing something that was so out of the ordinary. I rarely have the opportunity to get dolled up and be pampered. Thanks Lydia!” SARA DUFFERT Sara is married to Mike. They have two children: Owen, age 5, and Derek, age 2. Sara is an Account Executive for Sage Marketing Group. She loves spending time with family, skiing, camping and gossiping with friends.
“What an experience to check off my bucket list – a model for the day. Designs Boutique, the gals at The Parlour, the team at Rustic Oven and Lydia’s Style Magazine were all so very kind and generous; truly an unforgettable day. Thank you.” STACI STONE Staci is married to Grant. They have four children: Gannon, age 19, and Amanda, age 13, Meghan, age 9, and Marit, 1 year. She is the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital and Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital. Staci enjoys baking, skiing, playing piano, reading and spending time with family. “Cloz to Home was wonderful to work with; they have a beautiful selection. The Parlour staff was fun and I enjoyed Lydia’s attention to detail. What a fun day – I will always cherish it!”
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Emily stays fashionably warm in her fitted and insulated Nils jacket with removable faux fur trimmed hood, $340. Underneath a stylish white turtleneck with shoulder and cuff silver trim, $136. Courtesy of Christy Sports, Fort Collins. Maka sports a handsome Descente coat on and off the slopes, featuring smart styling, state-of-the-art waterproofing and maximum breathability. A warm wool blend sweater from Meister features shoulder detail, $145. Courtesy of Christy Sports, Fort Collins.
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Sara is right in style in French Laundry’s wool blend raglan-sleeved tie jacket, $382, and flattering Christopher Blue’s blue denim straight-legged jeans, $143. Spanx tights, $68, knitted scarf, $35, and gloves, $18, keep her warm. Brighton silver pendant necklace, $38, matching earrings, $28, and bracelets add pizzazz. Courtesy of Designs Boutique, Fort Collins. Kira looks sophisticated in Jack BB Dakota’s smashing black and red houndstooth double-breasted coat tied at the waist, $86, over sassy black Spanx tights, $68. Brighton scroll and black bead drop earrings, $45, black leather gloves, $30, and leather patent clutch, $92, complete the look. Courtesy of Designs Boutique, Fort Collins. Sara and Kira pictured with Rustic Oven General Manager Danny Lefebvre.
Staci is sophisticated in Habitat’s houndstooth swing coat with tie and pockets, $98, over Tint Your World black mock turtleneck, $48, and nice fitting Christopher Blue black straight leg jeans, $140. Gold bead circle necklace, $48, and matching earrings, $18, complete the look. Courtesy of Cloz to Home, Loveland.
Staci looks smashing in Nicola Berti’s reversible leopard patterned genuine leather jacket, $375, topping Spanx black tank, $44, and Frank Lyman’s polyester black evening pants with side ankle slits, $82. Gold drop earrings, $18, add a touch of playfulness. Courtesy of Cloz to Home, Loveland.
Kira sports a stylish day-to-evening look in Metric’s short cable wool blend black sweater with silver button trim, $96, Blue Canoe’s bamboo lycra blend black tank, $50, and high fashion Brazil Roxx jeans with appliqué and stud design, $198. Jewelry accents finish the look: silver and bead necklace, $24, drop earrings, $15, and wide bangle, $18. Courtesy of Cloz to Home, Loveland.
Sara is ready for a night on the town in Vasteed’s shimmery blue green knitted and quilted jacket with portrait collar, $196, Charmed Life black cotton camisole, $49, topping sharp Alberto Makali black metallic dress jeans, $180. Brighton pewter crocodile stamped clutch, $75, corded pewter pendant, $41, matching earrings, $45, bracelet, $48, and multi stone bangle, $39, add a stylish touch. Courtesy of Designs Boutique, Fort Collins.
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Holiday Family Celebrations
By Connie Hein
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire may not be one of your family Christmas traditions, but no matter who you are, or where you grew up, you probably have a holiday tradition that has been passed down through your family.
bout the only thing holiday traditions seem to have in common is that they are indeed traditions and are done the same way every year. In fact, some Northern Colorado folks we talked to have traditions that are quite unusual and clever. Yuletide carols being sung by a choir and folks dressed up like Eskimos could have been a scene from a Dellenbach family Christmas; they definitely might have been dressed up like Eskimos. The holiday season for Mike and Janene and their family has always been a celebration based on the traditional food and customs of people in foreign countries. Janene said they chose a new country every year at Thanksgiving, then started doing research on recipes, decorations and customs in the tradition of the chosen country. “We thought it would help the kids learn diversity and would be good for them to understand that there are lots of people in the world with other ideas and traditions.” She believes it also helped them focus on something other than exchanging gifts. “It gives all of us something educational and interesting to discuss throughout the holidays.” The Dellenbachs started their tradition with the country of Denmark, which is the native home of Janene’s maternal relatives. “It was so fun doing Denmark because my mom could add so much to the celebration with her memories and family traditions.”
They chose Germany the year their son John was taking a German class in the third grade, and in other years focused on Hawaii, Japan, France, Italy, Mexico and others. Each year they learned to say “Merry Christmas” in their chosen language, such as “Feliz Navidad,” “Joyeux Noel” and “Fršhliche Weihnachten.” As the years went on, they began choosing themes representing parts of the United States. The year two of their children went to college in Montana, they had a Montana Christmas with rugged outdoor decorations and food. “It was a really fun way to get to know more about the area where our kids were living,” Janene says. The Dellenbach children are now grown and have families of their own, and all say they love their unique Christmas tradition and have learned a lot about other cultures. They all agreed that the Hawaiian Christmas was one of the most memorable. Janene said it was not always easy finding authentic recipes that her small children would enjoy. The traditional breakfast foods in Hawaii, for example, included raw fish and other interesting delicacies that Janene feared the kids would not eat. “While shopping for Hawaiian decorations, I found a cast iron fish-shaped baking pan, so I made a muffin-type recipe and baked it in the fish mold for breakfast to go along with the theme. The kids loved it.” In the past few years, as they started running out of ideas for places, they started picking nongeographical themes, such as the wedding theme
Mike and Janene Dellenbach in their kitchen with a batch of Janene’s Million Dollar Fudge.
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The Dellenbach Clan: John Dellenbach, Brooklyn Dellenbach, Haley Sauvageau, Troy Sauvageau, Kyler Sauvageau, Janene Dellenbach, Mike Dellenbach, Zach Jackson, Dan Jackson, Ava Jackson, Mary Jackson they did twice when both their daughters had January weddings. “We made everything shimmering and white, with crystals and net,” she said. Mary Dellenbach Jackson, the eldest of the siblings, said she enjoyed the Southern Christmas when they fried a turkey and had other traditional southern fare, and said her least favorite was Australia, when they dined on kangaroo meat. “My mom made sure that every one we did was fun. Having something different to look forward to every year made the holidays special,” she said. Haley Dellenbach Sauvageau says her favorites were the wedding theme and the Montana theme. “But no matter what country or theme we chose, mom made it special for us and we always looked forward to the adventures we would have and things we would learn.” John said he loved that every Christmas was fun and different and they never knew what to expect. He says his favorites were Denmark with
Mark Breimhorst (right) celebrates his alternative Christmas by having piña colada’s at happy hour on Padre Island with friend Fred Tomkins, advertising sponsorship representative for the City of Greeley, in 2007.
Danish Donuts (Aebleskiver) and Germany with the German pancakes. “When my wife and I visited Germany on a vacation, I knew a lot about the culture because of studying it for my Christmas report.” Mike says he is most fascinated with the selection process for the theme or country, and enjoys the creativity that his wife and family put in to the celebrations. “It has been fun to do something different each year and not have it always the same.” Janene says the theme for this Christmas will be Teddy Bears because they now have tiny little grandchildren, with another one on the way before Christmas, and want to celebrate them this year. Each one of the Dellenbach siblings remembered fondly that no matter what country or theme the family chose, their Grandma, Pat Dellenbach (Mike’s mom who passed away in 1994), always brought Ribbon Jell-O to contribute to the holiday meal. They recall that as the one of the special traditions that brightened every holiday. Jack Frost nipping at your nose is something that never happens to Mark Breimhorst at Christmastime, because the tradition he incorporates into his annual celebration is to travel somewhere with a more tropical clime. Breimhorst, Union Colony Civic Center (UCCC) Cultural Affairs Director, spends his Christmases on sandy beaches all around the country and the world, from Florida and Southern Texas to California, Costa Rica and South Padre Island. “After all the ‘Christmas’ I get during the holiday season (at UCCC), I feel like I just want to get away from the cold and relax in the sun,” he says. He has been doing this for several years. His parents are deceased and he has just one brother, who lives in Minnesota. “After my parents passed away, and my brother had a family of his own, I didn’t feel obligated to go back home for Christmas, so I started traveling to the warmest and most relaxing destinations
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Breimhorst’s ideal vista during the Christmas season.
I could find.” He said when he is on a beach, swimming in the ocean, or on a zip line, Christmas Day does not feel like Christmas, but like just another day of his warm, wonderful vacation. “It’s not that I skip the holidays completely. I still celebrate with my co-workers and friends until December 22nd and then off I go.” He doesn’t send cards or gifts anymore. “Since I’m a single guy, I can choose not to participate in all the stress of traditional holidays, and my brother understands completely.” At first he says he felt some guilt about this decision, but now feels okay about it. “Now, everyone knows I don’t do cards and gifts and they’re fine with that. My friends and family understand and respect my decision.” His unconventional Christmas celebrations work well for him; he comes home from his sunny destinations with great memories of the holiday feeling rejuvenated and ready to go back to work.
On a zip line through the jungles of Costa Rica, where Breimhorst will be returning to spend this Christmas with David Siever, former Director of the Lincoln Center. Siever is retired there.
Rich and Cathy Norman standing with one of their cherished nativity scenes that are on display every Christmas at their home.
Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe help to make the season bright, except in the Rich and Cathy Norman family, owners of Kitchen and Bath Design Center in Fort Collins. Their Christmas table is full of traditional Italian foods instead of turkey. And the special decoration to make the season bright is the collection of cherished nativity sets from several generations of the family. Cathy says the nativity sets are always the first decorations to come out as the season approaches. Their son Scott’s birthday is December 5th, and they never put up the tree until after his birthday so he will have a special day without having it be part of Christmas. But the nativity sets are always out right after Thanksgiving. “None of our nativity sets are fancy or beautiful, but they all have special meaning to our family.” The nativity tradition started in her family as a child, with her Italian grandparents. “My mother told us stories about the special nativity set they had growing up. She says my grandfather would set the nativity under the tree and put mirrors and sand under it to make it look realistic.” She inherited that special set and, though it is not fancy and some of the pieces have been replaced, are plastic, and not the same size, it always has a special place in their home at the holidays. When she married her husband Rich, his mother took time to make her a special nativity set for their family. “It’s a complete set made of ceramic and painted with chalk-like colors and it’s very special to us. It was such a warm and welcoming gesture as I came into my new family and it’s been part of our holiday decorations every year.” Her mother-in-law passed away and this will be the first Christmas without her. “It will be bittersweet to get out the set this year,” she says,
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The nativity tradition started with Cathy Norman’s Italian grandparents, who pass down the first nativity set. The second nativity scene was made by the Norman’s daughter, Danielle, when she was in preschool.
“but it will be a wonderful reminder of her love.” When her kids started in preschool they made Nativity sets of their own that have become part of the holiday decorations. “Danielle made hers out of blocks of wood with little pieces of felt for faces. Scott made his out of clay that hardens when it’s baked and has little clay strands for hay, and baby Jesus made out of white clay.” She says that when she joined the Norman family she quickly realized how different Christmas celebrations were in the two families. “There were nine children in my mother’s family, and, since we were Italian, everything was noisy with all the aunts and uncles and cousins stuffed into one small house and everyone talking and laughing and eating.” They always started their meals with traditional Italian foods such as antipasto appetizers with rich meats, olives, vegetables, crackers and cheese. “Aunt Rose would make martinis one year and Manhattans the next,” she said. After that, they cleared the table for the main course, which was always traditional Christmas prime-rib but also included spaghetti, ravioli and other Italian dishes. Norman family celebrations, on the other hand, were very calm, quiet and peaceful. They sat quietly with the Christmas tree lights on and had Bing Crosby music playing on the stereo. “So our family celebration is a combination of the two quite opposite families,” she concludes. Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow will find it hard to sleep tonight. This was probably how Rich Ball, VP of First Western Trust Bank, felt the night Santa brought him and his brother a Lionel train set in 1950, when he was eight-year-old. “When I was in the second or third grade, I had a problem with my leg that kept me homebound in a body cast for a year and a half. I was schooled at home and had a rough time not being able to play outside much. This train was something that would keep me busy and entertained for hours.” He made a rolling board, such as would be used to roll under and work on a car, and laid on his stomach and played with the train for hours CONTINUED ON PAGE 45
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Bent Fork the Grill
5971 Sky Pond Drive Loveland 80538 In the Promenade Shops at Centerra (Across from Dick’s Sporting Goods) (970) 613-9333 Open 11:00 a.m. daily www.bentforkgrill.com Bent Fork Grill is the venue for holiday parties. Their private room and private dining areas are perfect for family and business gatherings. The ice rink outside, cozy fireplace and holiday decorations inside create a one-ofa-kind spot for festivities. During the holiday season, Bent Fork features an extensive wine list and captain’s list, or enjoy a special holiday martini, such as the pumpkin martini, chai martini, or mocha almond latte. Always in high demand is Bent Fork’s private room. The private dining room can hold up to 38 people, but is ideal for parties of 15 to 25 people. Their semiprivate area can hold up to 55 guests. Bent Fork offers customized menus printed in-house for your special occasion. When you book a private party with Bent Fork, you have your own designated personal serving staff and may decorate the room however you wish to make the event truly special.
East Moon Asian Bistro & Hibachi
2400 East Harmony Road #102, Fort Collins 80528 (970) 223-0666 | (970) 223-5311 Open 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily www.eastmoonfc.com
East Moon Asian Bistro
1624 South Lemay Avenue, Fort Collins 80525 (970) 416-8333 Open 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily East Moon Asian Bistro offers convenience and availability during this holiday season. Enjoy East Moon’s fine Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, as well as the excitement of the Hibachi grill and their fresh sushi bar seven days a week including: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Super Bowl Sunday. East Moon is also able to cater to large take-out or delivery orders for your office party or family gathering. When dining in, large parties can be seated in both the dining room, and the Hibachi room, a perfect spot for your next company gathering. At East Moon, enjoy the tastes and flavors of Eastern culture. Linger over a nice bottle of wine with dinner or be in and out in 15 minutes for lunch, even during the holiday season.
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The Melting Pot
334 East Mountain Avenue, Fort Collins (970) 207-0100 Open Monday – Thursday: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Saturday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. www.themeltingpot.com Let The Melting Pot handle the centerpiece . . . The Melting Pot is the most unique and interactive dining experience for your holiday party, office party, rehearsal dinner, presentation or family gathering. They boast the best private rooms in Fort Collins! Their upstairs party room fits up to 60 people and has a wonderful view of the restaurant below. The main level party room fits up to 26 people and offers views of the wine room and two-story fireplace. They also have intimate tables for 6 or 8 people. Located in beautiful Old Town, The Melting Pot’s warm, quaint exterior welcomes guests to retreat from the normal and dip into something different. They offer convenient and safe access with their ample, free and well-lit street parking immediately in front of the restaurant.
200 Jefferson Street Fort Collins 80524 Open for lunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Open for dinner daily at 5:00 p.m. (970) 482-3103 www.rodiziogrill.com With no pre-selections required, no waiting for orders to be taken and over a dozen skewered meats carved table-side, Rodizio Grill offers the perfect setting for your next event. From office parties to wedding receptions, their facility can accommodate any size party up to 150 people. Rodizio Grill offers over a dozen rotisserie-grilled meats, perfectly seasoned and carved tableside by Brazilian Gauchos. Authentic Brazilian appetizers, salads and desserts abound. Located in the Historic Train Station in beautiful Old Town, Rodizio Grill welcomes guests with their festive atmosphere. There is convenient and safe access with their ample, free and well-lit off-street parking on both sides of the restaurant.
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143 W. Mountain Avenue,Fort Collins 80524 (970) 224-5428 Open 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and closing at 10:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. www.riograndemexican.com Celebrate in grand style on a grand scale at Rio Grande’s Agave Ballroom. The room, located on the second floor above the Rio, is luxuriously spacious with 18-foot ceilings and 8-foot tall windows overlooking Mountain Avenue in Old Town. The Agave room is perfect for all your special occasions. The unique downtown setting can accommodate between 50 and 300 people and corporate holiday parties are particularly popular. The room is always decorated for the season and event planners and Rio staff work to transform the space from cocktail party to casino night, or dinner party to dance party. A disco ball completes the festive atmosphere. Buffet options range from appetizers to lunch to full dinner service, with the Rio’s same dedication to fresh, authentic flavors. And, of course, your private bar is fully stocked with the Rio’s legendary margaritas. Remember, “limit 3.”
Rustic Oven – Old Town
123 North College Avenue, Fort Collins 80524 (970) 482-6500
Rustic Oven – Harmony
2350 East Harmony Road, Fort Collins 80528 (970) 226-2300 Open 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday (Both Locations) www.therusticoven.com Holiday gatherings are extra special at Rustic Oven with their Family Style Dining options, cozy private dining rooms and willingness to accommodate special requests. Whether you have 10 or 150 people, Rustic Oven can make your holiday function a memorable one. From cocktail parties to elaborate dinners, let their Private Events Coordinator put together a special menu just for your group. Or, if you prefer, they can cater your event for you at your home or office, anyplace, anytime! Every holiday season, Rustic Oven brings back their Pumpkin Pecan Praline Pie, indulgent coffee and after dinner drinks such as Pumpkin Spice Latte and Chocolate Almond Cream Coffee, and serves their delicious Chocolate Peppermint Martini, Caramel Apple Martini and Pumpkin Spice Martini. Rustic Oven creates a festive holiday atmosphere with Christmas trees, elaborate wreaths, poinsettias, and streaming holiday music all set off by the beautiful white holiday lights outside.
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Wild Boar Coffee
1510 South College Avenue, Fort Collins 80524 (970) 372-2334 Open 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily www.wildboarcoffee.com Located in a beautiful, historic 1924 home, Wild Boar is the place to “be home for the holidays.” Start off with a breakfast burrito or enchilada, then enjoy the festive decorations while you sip an eggnog latte or a mulled apple cider in a cozy leather chair or while warming yourself by the fireplace. Delicious pumpkin muffins and apple turnovers are just a sample of the wonderful fall pastries that can be enjoyed with a hot cup of CODA coffee. Homemade soups will warm you up on a chilly winter afternoon. You can also enjoy a chilled glass of wine or hot buttered rum with your lunch or dinner. You can reserve a table that seats 10 for your family, friends or business holiday celebrations. For larger, private gatherings, you can arrange for catering in their beautiful Banquet Room. Treat your guests to cold shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, baked brie, jalapeño cheese ball, or your favorite treats from their catering menu. Call soon to arrange your holiday gathering.
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The train set, given to Richard Ball at age 8, holds special meaning to him and his family. The train has appeared under the family Christmas tree every year since 1950. and hours. “The train brought so much joy to my life, which was so hard during that time,” he says. So it became a tradition in his family to place the train under the tree at Christmas, and every year they would add more cars to it. “I would run to see my friend Errol every Christmas morning to see what car he got and we would play with each other’s cars. Our fathers made sure we each got a different car so we could all play with them together.” Every Christmas after that, Ball says, he remembers the excitement of helping his dad set up
Richard Ball and grandson Finnegan are pictured with the train set. Every year, the family comes together at Ball’s Loveland home to set up the train and enjoy old memories and make new ones.
the train. Then when Balls daughters, Tiffany and Erika, came along they also loved helping their Dad and Grandpa set up the train at Christmas Ball says the engine has a distinctive whistle and blows smoke, which always seem like a signal that Christmas has arrived. “It takes an entire day to set up the train because over the years we added a little village with houses and stores. It’s quite a job, but we all love it.” When Balls’ parents passed away, he not only inherited the train but also inherited his childhood home on Lake Loveland where the train always resided. He now runs the train and blows the whistle for his four grandchildren: Dylan, Finnegan, Gavin and Sawyer. “It’s the highlight of Christmas at our house. I love running it when the kids are here, and watching their faces light up, but I also enjoy turning out all the lights except those from the tree and the train, and just sitting and watching it all by myself.” He says running the train relaxes him and brings back many fond memories of Christmases of his childhood.
No matter how you choose to celebrate the holidays, this season is a time for carrying on traditions and making new memories. And so we’re offering this simple phrase, to kids from one to ninety-two, Although it’s been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you. (Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad and Fršhliche Weihnachten) Connie Hein is a freelance writer living in Windsor and enjoying many Christmas traditions with her own family.
Flirty Lashes Give the gift of beautiful, longer and fuller lashes with one month’s supply of Latisse. Specially priced for the holidays, Latisse is available for $110 for a single month or two months for $99 each. Allura Skin & Laser Clinic, 2032 Lowe St., Ste. 103, Fort Collins, (970) 223-0193.
Whether a quiet gesture or grand statement, giving is one of the ways we say that we care! The Art Lover Slate images - an excellent gift at an affordable price. Framed with the richness of oxidized porcelain tile or natural slate, the images are laminate with UV protection making them scratch and fade resistant. 20x20 images are $95 each; 12x12 images are $39 each. Easels sold separately. Illustrated Light Gallery, #1 Old Town Square, Suite 103, Fort Collins, (970) 493-4673, www.IllustratedLight.com.
Zen Gifts Give the gift of wellness this Christmas - tea! Cha Tao Tea Co. offers a large variety of whole leaf teas, herbal remedies and a great selection of mugs, brewing and storage accessories. Gift baskets range from $20 to $150. Cha Tao Tea is located at 1 Old Town Square, Fort Collins, 493-0773, www.chataotea.com.
Baby’s First Image Give the most unique gift an expecting mom can get this holiday season. From a yawn, to a smile or even a big stretch, 3D/4D ultrasound can give you a realistic first look at your baby. Gold Packages now only $150. Gift cards available! 4D SonoImage, (970) 460-1596, www.4DSonoImage.com.
Gifts and More Find a wonderland of gifts ranging from holiday décor, bath and beauty products, jewelry, home décor and baby gifts to smart fashions. Old fashioned Santa, $75, red JOY bricks, $16, snuggly Covelo vest with avocado embroidery, $188, and silk knit top, $72. Found at Twenty Three Trees Medical and Wellness Spa, 1107 S. Lemay Avenue, Suite 100, Fort Collins, (970) 495-8400.
Pandora’s Pleasure Pandora charms and bracelets allow you to personalize every gift. Bracelets start at $35. Beads start at $25. Pictured: Gold Dawn Bracelet, solid gold, sterling silver, and precious stones. Give the gift of uniqueness this year. Designs Boutique, 164 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, (970) 484-3443
Car Lover’s Gift Give a gift everyone appreciates. Pre-paid cards allow you to purchase five washes of your choice, starting at $66/card. Save 5% on each card. Or give the $46.95 express service: a carpet and floor mat steam clean or an upholstery steam clean. The express service takes only 30 to 45 minutes and you never need an appointment. Casey’s Car Wash & Detail Center, 4315 S. Mason Street, Fort Collins, (970) 226-2222.
For The Writer Give the gift of style: two of Delta's exquisite pens, the Papillon in green resin, $385, and Delta's red Via Veneto accented with a platinum plated sterling clip, $325. Other brands, styles and prices available at Sign With Prestige, 1825 E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins, (970) 6318900, www.signwithprestige. com.
Gifts for the Home Endless gift possibilities, with famous designer accessories arriving daily! Beautify your home or select a unique gift for that special someone. Hundreds of home accents to choose from in a wide array of styles, sizes, colors . . . all affordably priced. Patio Dining Leather Lifestyles, 215 S. College Avenue (downstairs), Fort Collins, (970) 484-2940, www. patioanddining.com.
Distinctive Furniture Prado Bookcase Deck has solid ash shelves and stark iron rails on casters. This unique piece adds architectural and visual interest to any space. The base and deck may be used as a stacked unit or as two individual pieces. The base is standard with casters and is deeper than the deck, $3,500. R&R Home, 632 Mason Street, Fort Collins, (970) 484-2498, www. RandRHomeFurnishings.com.
Edible Gifts Enjoy healthy meals designed by a nutritionist and prepared by a chef. A variety of programs or packages are available. Pictured: brie, $12, and flank steak, $16. Super Suppers, 2580 E. Harmony Road, Suite 102, Fort Collins, (970) 472-9999, www.supersuppers.com.
Colorful Designs A distinctive gift! This finely crafted wood table and chairs are built from birch and poplar wood. Designed with hand-drawn imagery, etched contouring, and vibrantly blended paint, Sticks handmade object art and furniture can be personalized. The Right Card, Old Town Square, Corner of Walnut and Linden Streets in Fort Collins, (970) 221-3030.
Fine Art Gifts Indigo Gallery announces an amazing new arrival by Dimiti Danish. This hand-embellished Glicée on canvas will be a gorgeous addition to your home. Priced at $1,100. Framing additional. Our framing is completely in-house with a "holiday" December sale of 50% off all stock frames. Indigo Gallery, 119 West Oak Street in Old Town, Fort Collins, (970) 490-1001.
Watch that Swing The first watch for golf professionals, developed and worn by Tiger Woods. Its hightech materials and carefully studied ergonomic design means that the TAG Heuer professional golf watch will never bother a golfer during the swing, $1,600. Sather’s Leading Jewelers, 300 E. Foothills Parkway, Fort Collins, (970) 223-0256, www. SathersJewelers.com. Silver Lining Silpada designs are handcrafted using the finest .925 sterling silver and are backed by a lifetime guarantee. Pictured: cuff bracelet, $269, earrings with cubic zirconia, $59, foiled glass and seed bead, hematite and sterling necklace, $116, sterling and cubic zirconia ring, $54. Silpada, (970) 506-1205 or (970) 324-3371, mysilpada.com/tracie.amen.
Holiday Appeal Give the gift of a longlasting seasonal silk and natural material artificial arrangements. Pictured: from their Rustic Colorado Collection, pine boughs with birch branches, silk poinsettias, and a clever little owl accent, $80. Palmer Flowers & Decorating Gallery, 3710 Mitchell Drive, Fort Collins, (970) 226-0200.
Simply Beautiful Delicately detailed and finely crafted in the USA using 18-karat yellow or rose gold and platinum. Designer Alex Sepkus does not follow trends; he simply creates beautiful things starting at $800. One day only: view Alex's entire collection at Jewelry Emporium, Thursday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Jewelry Emporium, 124 East Monroe Drive, Fort Collins, (970) 226-5808, www. jewelryemporium.biz.
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Warm Up at Local Coffee Shops By Erica Pauly
Winter snow is coming, along with fireside cuddling with something warm in hand. The perfect cup of fragrant coffee or specialty drink is waiting for you at local coffee shops and Style is here to help you find out where. The eggnog is in, and the pumpkin spice is waiting. The following shops are eager to make you the perfect winter drink.
Dazbog Coffee Fort Collins: South Location 4532 McMurry Ave., #110 (970) 206-1515 Open Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. North Location 401 Mason Ct., #105 (970) 419-8800 Open 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily Loveland:
Hwy. 34 & Denver Ave. 1427 N. Denver Ave. (970) 622-0031 Open Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Downtown 556 N. Lincoln Ave. (970) 461-1195 Open 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
Dazbog Coffee may be at many locations, but it is still a locally owned and operated coffee shop. It’s convenient because it is consistent. “If you like one drink at one location, you can be sure that it will be consistent at all of our locations,” says Debbie Campbell, one of the three owners of Dazbog Coffee. Stop in to the location nearest you to taste the new holiday drink menu. Try the new Eggnog Latte made of real eggnog and espresso. In the mood for something spicy, try the Pumpkin Pie Latte. How about something sweet? The Butter Rum sweet sensation may do the trick. For those who like it nutty, try the Pumpkin Praline. And those who like it minty can try the Peppermint Patty. Because every drink is custom-made, they can be served hot, cold or even frozen blended.
Looking to arrange a meeting this season? Conference rooms are available for businesses or groups hoping to arrange a private meeting. Just call the Dazbog Coffee nearest you to arrange it. Being the largest independently owned coffee shop in Colorado, one may think every store is the same. But each is unique to its local surroundings. “We are excited about our upcoming move to Front Range Village (we will be moving the Harmony location there in January 2010). We will be located under the new library with a larger space, outside patio and conference room.” Keep an eye out this season, a Dazbog Coffee near you may be open for limited hours on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.
Genoa Coffee & Wine 2614 South Timberline Road Fort Collins (970) 223-7744 www.genoacoffee.blogspot.com Open Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
Genoa Coffee and Wine has made a few recent changes that are making their customers very happy. First, the coffee shop has new owners and a new Italian feel. The three owners ventured to Italy for inspiration and returned with the tools to make it happen. “We now have Italian coffee, Italian sandwiches and even Italian beer,” says Bob Christensen, one of the owners. Aside from serving Italian dishes, Genoa’s holiday menu is just as impressive. The seasonal Pumpkin Pie Latte awaits you. Or try the Eggnog Latte (with real eggnog) or the Ghirardelli Peppermint Mocha Latte. But if holiday coffee doesn’t interest you, ask about the new holiday wine selection or their daily $5/ glass wine special.
Genoa is gearing up to offer live music for this holiday season, so come in and sit by the window and listen while you sip your drink. Private parties can enjoy in-house catering too, so reserve your night soon. Gift cards are available in any amount. Or choose from a selection of gift baskets, travel mugs and an ever-changing selection of wine to purchase. The photos decorating the walls are also for sale. Every dessert and delectable pastry is made in-house for a sweet snack with your coffee. The new sensation among customers is the carrot cake. But the sweets don’t stop there: chocolate pie with peppermint, muffins, brownies, cookies, cinnamon rolls with almond frosting and scones are other options.
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Loveland Coffee Company 620 East 29th Street • Loveland (970) 278-1221 • www.lovelandcoffeeco.com 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Kim Schatz has owned and operated Loveland Coffee Company for more than five years. Loveland Coffee Co. was among the first coffee shops to offer eggnog drinks in Northern Colorado. They also offer peppermint and cinnamon lattes at this warm and inviting community meeting place with stunning customer service. “The staff is like family here,” says Schatz, “every year for Halloween, we get all dressed up and take a limo out to the corn maze. It is a ball!” The kindness and joy emitted from the baristas at Loveland Coffee Co. is not just acclaimed by Schatz, but seen by every customer who enters the shop; most customers are even known by name. Like a small family indeed. Holiday drinks are accompanied by holiday cookies and every day features a different ‘drink of the day’ for a special price. Thanksgiving Day is when Loveland Coffee Co. goes above and beyond to give back to their community. Come in for their “Thanks to Loveland” day. They will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. serving ‘you call it’s.’ As Schatz puts it, “We’re open three hours, we have three baristas and you can get a large $3.00 drink of whatever you want. If you want three espresso shots, you got it!” Loveland Coffee Co. also offers a variety of merchandise and gift cards to suit any holiday shopping tastes. Mugs, coffee cups, French presses and even local paintings are all available for purchase. The shop itself provides comfy couches to sit and relax with a friend and dark wood tables for meetings with a business colleague. “We have a constant flow of people,” says Schatz, “We have the morning rush of folks heading to work, but we have a lot of people who bring work here and stay all day. They call this their office.”
Moxie Java 2815 Harmony Road, Ste. 102 • Fort Collins (970) 266-8080 • www.moxijava.com Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
When Jen Hunter and her husband moved to Colorado nine years ago, they had no idea that what they would miss most about Idaho was their local coffee shop, Moxie Java. So they brought it to Northern Colorado. Though Moxie Java is a corporate establishment, every location is independently owned and operated. The Hunter’s opened the first and only Moxie Java in Colorado eight years ago. Stop in to the peaceful shop for business meetings, friend meet-ups or just an afternoon alone. Free Internet is available, so bring your computer too. Holiday drinks are already being served. Taste the sweet Roasted Reindeer: mocha with caramel, hazelnut, butter pecan and whip cream. For those who love eggnog, try the Noggin the Nog: a latte with (REAL) eggnog and butter rum, “And no, we don’t offer it with real rum instead,” Hunter laughs. Other specialty holiday drinks include the Candy Cane, Crème Brulée, Sweet Noel and the Moxie Java Fantasy. Moxie Java is also a great place to find the perfect gift this season. Take a walk around the shop to find hidden treasures made by local artists and entrepreneurs like, watercolors, toffee and even glass jewelry. And for your coffee-loving friends, Moxie Java also offers gift cards, specialty syrups, pre-packaged Christmas coffees, pre-packaged Big Train Chai, travel mugs, ceramic or glass mugs, French presses and specialty teas. The incredible staff at Moxie Java serves every drink with a friendly smile. “I love my staff,” says Hunter, and they know almost all of their regular customers’ drinks by heart. “We’re like a family,” she says. So stop in morning, noon or night to find the perfect holiday drink to help you recharge, or bring a laptop or book and stay all day.
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Wild Boar Coffee 2815 Harmony Road, Ste. 102 Fort Collins (970) 266-8080 www.moxijava.com Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Not only can you pick up your favorite local brew at Wild Boar this season, but you can stay for all your meals and a glass of wine too! Wild Boar is a full restaurant, popular for their delicious coffee and their at-home feel location. Located in a historical home in downtown Fort Collins, Wild Boar welcomes students, businesses, small groups, and even children. “We have a full restaurant with a coffee-bar feel,” says Susan Curiel, one of the five owners. With a parlor, sitting room, diner, library, den and a study room, there is ample space for reserved meetings or alone time in this antique home. Despite the unique location, coffee is what Wild Boar is known for. Eggnog lattes are already being served, along with pumpkin pie and gingerbread lattes. Not a coffee drinker? No need to worry, Curiel makes a homemade infused apple cider. And for those who want to give their cold day a little kick, Wild Boar can serve a delicious hot toddy. If you are hungry, take a look at the full menu of lunch and dinner items. Don’t hesitate to ask about their selection of GIBS Bagels, Lamar’s Doughnuts, cake, pumpkin pie or their yummy pumpkin cream cheese filled muffins. While any of the big rooms must be reserved for parties, there is plenty of space downstairs for groups of two up to 12. Looking to throw a Christmas party this season? Wild Boar does reservations for private parties with in-house catering. Choose from a Grecian Dip Platter, Southwest Chicken Rolls, Colossal Cold Shrimp or even a Smoked Salmon Platter; for the full detailed list, take a menu from Wild Boar home with you.
Whether in Loveland or Fort Collins this upcoming season, hop into any of these first class, friendly coffee shops and order just what you’ve been craving all year long. Linger while you are there and look around at the many ideas for holiday gifts. Erica Pauly is a freelance writer living in Loveland with her husband, Brent.
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Café Ardour 2815 Harmony Road, Ste. 102 Fort Collins (970) 266-8080 www.moxijava.com Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Owned by four Colorado residents, Café Ardour is the place to show your local spirit this holiday season. Every baked good is made in-house, by a specialist on staff who attended the Culinary School of the Rockies. Their edibles are locally sourced and organic. Not only are the treats a reminder of supporting a local community, but the store itself hosts an annual handmade craft fair to support independent artists every year. All holiday baking is available for preorder. Order cookie trays, coffee cakes, cupcakes or anything from the specialty dessert menu coming out the month of December. Pumpkin lattes, English toffee lattes and eggnog fit the perfect holiday menu for a drink to warm up with after shopping Old Town Fort Collins for local gifts. “We also offer boutique-type gifts all year long that are made locally,” says Sara Rushlow, the managing owner of Café Ardour. The eclectic array of merchandise ranges from vintage aprons, made from re-purposed scraps of fabric remnants, buttons and even doilies, to handmade paper, magnets, local prints and paintings.
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Father Evan Armatas of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Loveland
The atonal notes of their continuous, flowing prayer lilt upward in the cathedral, mixing with the incense the Father has used to imbue the image of Christ on the alter and in his parishioners – all a reminder of the ancient, Eastern roots of this mystical religion.
ach Sunday the Father Evan Armatas can be found leading his congregation in this same reverent service in the St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Loveland. The centuries old worship rituals, though primordial, are still very much alive around the world. All stem, according to the Father, from the original Orthodox church in Palestine. “If you go to Jerusalem, where Jesus was crucified, there is an Orthodox church there,” explains Armatas. “An Orthodox worship service is exactly the same now as it was in the first century. There is an unbroken link for 2,000 years.” “In humility,” he says, “the Church seeks to hand down what we’ve received as faithfully and completely as we can.” In the beginning… The story of this parish is one of faith and audacity. Before there was a cathedral filled with candles and icons, before Armatas, there were
about 20 or 30 Orthodox church members who first gathered together because of a notice in the newspaper. Meeting once a month wherever they could (sometimes in an empty warehouse), they determined that there were enough people to begin holding services. By petitioning the Archdiocese of Denver, they were assigned a traveling priest. But for many, this was not how they wanted to worship God. In June 2005, after more than three years of steady growth without a permanent home of their own, the members pooled their funds and purchased the empty Lutheran church at 745 E. Fifth Street in Loveland. Jason Mantas, a St. Spyridon founding member, recalls, “The bishop in Denver told us he couldn’t possibly send a full-time priest to a small parish of 30 families when there were so many congregations in the archdiocese without one – some, like in Houston or Albuquerque, had as many as 700 families.” Wasn’t that a bold move? Mantas replies,
“There was concern among the members. Some people felt like we were moving too quickly or too soon.” Mantas says the factor that kept the momentum going was the overwhelming drive of people who had faith in the goal. “There was going to be a permanent home for Orthodoxy in Northern Colorado,” he says. Armatas picks up the story: “I was going to be reassigned to the Holy Cross Seminary in Boston, but really didn’t want to go. Rather than that, I asked for a mission trip [abroad].” The bishop must have seen a better use of the Father’s talents in Loveland, because soon after that Armatas was assigned to St. Spyridon church. From that initial group of 20 people who responded to the newspaper ad, the St. Spyridon congregation has soared to 180 active members, about triple what it was when Armatas took his pulpit. Mantas explains that the early growth of the church was built with previous Orthodox members who already lived here or moved to Northern Colorado, but when Armatas arrived,
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new conversions accounted for most of the new growth. Mantas says, “Father Evan is a teacher, an educator.” (He previously taught at Colorado Christian University.) “He has passion for teaching and helping people. One thing that is good about our church is that people have a hunger to learn about their faith and to strengthen their personal relationships with God. Father Evan can explain in terms that people understand.” Orthodox Beliefs Asked to explain what draws so many, Armatas says, “I find that people have a huge desire to connect with Orthodoxy. People’s experience with Christianity can often be very flat. Meaningful connection cannot be found in a big box church. But to participate in a ritual that is thousands of years old – it’s the difference between reading a magazine and a novel – sometimes you want something meatier,” he says. Armatas says he frequently dispels misconceptions about the Greek Orthodox church – the main one being that you must be Greek to be a member. Not so, he says. “It’s a misnomer. I happen to be Greek, but the church has no ethnic dominion. It is the same with Roman Catholics; one does not need to be Roman to be a member.” “One other common misunderstanding about the church is that many people seem to think we’re not Christian,” Armatas explains. What, then, is a Christian? Armatas follows up, “A Christian is one who believes that Jesus is Lord and lives their life according to the commandments.” Judging by the Christ-like icons throughout the cathedral and even the number of times members cross themselves during a service, Christ is certainly ever-present in their minds.
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Armatas continues: “You’ve heard the term ‘cafeteria Christian’ – you take whatever looks good and leave the rest. We are not that. We believe you’ve gotta’ eat your beans,” he jokes. “The Lord gives Christians a path in The Sermon on the Mount: you must fast, give to the poor, pray, receive Eucharist (John 6), confess your sins to God. Being Christian means accountability. It means your life has to be different.” Armatas and his congregation are clearly proud of the parish they have built together. Their community outreach is active, and especially recognizable through the Greek Fest they sponsor each summer in Old Town Fort Collins, which draws over 6,000 attendees. Sunday visitors to their church are warmly welcomed. More information and the Father’s weekly podcast (which boasts 3,000 monthly downloads) can be found at www.stspyridon. co.goarch.org. Corey Radman is a writer and mother of two who lives in Fort Collins.
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duck fat in a heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking; sauté duck legs skin side down until well browned (about 3 to 5 minutes each), then turn legs over and sauté underside until brown (about 2 minutes more). Transfer duck to paper towels to drain. After mirepoix (vegetable mixture) and squash are done roasting, reduce oven temperature to 250º F. Nestle duck legs into vegetables (skin side up) and add wine, vinegar, and stock to partially submerge duck legs with skins still exposed. Add fresh thyme, black peppercorns and bay leaf. Braise vegetables and duck until tender (about 3 hours). While duck is braising, strain off the soaked beans. Place them in a stockpot and cover with water. Simmer until cooked to desired doneness (about 1 to 2 hours). Great northern beans will have a shorter cooking time. Transfer duck out of braising liquid. Strain braising liquid, place in small pan and reduce by ½. To plate: in a large bowl add ¼ of the beans, ¼ of the squash, and add reduced braising liquid, then duck leg. Garnish with fresh thyme and serve. Before plating, duck can be transferred to a low temperature oven to keep warm.
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ALL DRESSED UP & SOMEWHERE TO GO September 16 El Monte :: Fort Collins More than 100 women gathered together to enjoy an evening viewing the latest in fall and winter fashions. The event was the first of a series of local fashion shows and fundraisers for area charities. Participation included every major locally owned women’s boutique in Fort Collins and models included Project Self-Sufficiency (PS-S) staff, board and volunteers. This inaugural event benefitted PS-S and their mission to assist low-income, single parents in building and maintaining strong, healthy families.
Sandy Meyer Johnson, Kathy Jordan, Michelle Crutcher, Sarah Hach, Linda Vernon, Muriel Hach
Kim Strope, Mary Carraher
Corkie Odell, Michele Sheetz
COWBOYS & CADILLACS September 19 The Barn ar Rick Montera’s :: Greeley Red carpet greeted nearly 675 guests at the 17th annual signature Cattle Barons Ball and a fabulous evening of western elegance awaited all. A candlelight dinner, specialty martini bar, boot shine, nearly 100 silent auction items and six dazzling live auction experiences to bid on were part of the exciting evening. Cowboys & Cadillacs Casino and lots of dancing to live music wrapped up the incredible night and helped to net a record high $255,000 for the American Cancer Society and their programs of research, education, advocacy and patient services. Photos courtesy of Jill Bailey.
Sean Conway, Karen & Larry Wood
Lynnda Morgensen, Mike Faulkner
Lea Faulkner, Rick Montera
Sandy Helgeson, Terri Runyan
Gregory & Amber Denzel
Tom Norton, Joe Glenn, Kay Norton
Dana Bedingfield, Nonie Sheel
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PAT H WAY S T O H O P E B R E A K FA S T September 24 Hilton :: Fort Collins This year 170 community members gathered at the 2nd annual Pathways to Hope Breakfast to support and learn about the Matthews House. Keynote speaker Magistrate Mary Joan Berenato, Juvenile Magistrate for the Eighth Judicial District, spoke about the importance of community support for youths whose family support systems have failed. Several young adults involved in the Matthews House program shared their dreams for the future and how the Matthews House has played an instrumental role in the development and pursuit of those goals. Photos courtesy of Craig Vollmer Photography.
Jerri Howe, Bryce Hach, Magistrate Mary Joan Berenato
Mary Atchison, Marija Weeden-Osborn, Ki Johnson
Gordon Thibedeau, Emily Dawson Petersen
A V I N TA G E A F FA I R September 25 Miramont Lifestyle Fitness Central :: Fort Collins Merlot, chardonnay, pale ale and complex aromas were some of the buzzwords of the evening as the 8th annual event got underway. Almost 250 guests enjoyed more than 150 different fine wines and local beers, along with an assortment of gourmet food. Live music, a silent auction and prize giveaway added to the delightful evening. More than $8,000 was raised for Pathways Hospice and will go to their programs and services providing exceptional end-of-life care and communitywide grief support. Photos courtesy of richardthephotographer.com.
Cameron Knapp, Gabe Aguirre
Anne & John Blair
Bryan & Elisabeth Soth
Paul & Alissa Poduska
Evan & Chris Hyatt
Nathan & Jessica Chan
Georgie Lameiro, Brad Seymore
Jodi Merrill, Doug Vandertuin
BRAINIAC BOWL 2009 October 3 Marriott Hotel :: Fort Collins The 5th annual Brainiac Bowl Trivia Challenge and Corporate Banquet Dinner was a fabulous, interactive evening of delicious food, drink, trivia and good old competitive fun! Categories of science, history and technology tested teams as they competed for the coveted Brainiac Trophy at this one-of-a-kind event. The entertaining evening raised over $20,000 to support Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center’s mission to create meaningful opportunities for people of all ages to learn, reflect, and have fun and advance their goal of building a new, world-class science and culture museum in Fort Collins.
Costume winners – Pi-Rats Back row: Adam Hoffman, Gene Younkin, Mike Nelson, Brent Carmack, Matt Stilwell. Front row: Jill Stilwell, Victoria Bowen, Trish Hoffman, Carmen Carmack
Winning team – Lost in Space: Bob Thelen, Ann Turnquist, Steve VanderMeer, Mike Nelson, Chad Jones, Dave Zamzow, Maritina Wilkinson, Tyler Wilkinson, Joel Funk, Kevin Jones
Five Year Participant – The Corocoran Icons Back row: Tam Wahl, Kevin Corcoran, Zygi Zurakowkski, Mike Nelson, “Fabio”, Julie Zurakowski, Bob Meyer. Front row: Krisann Corcoran, John Glass, Kathleen Meyer
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B R I N G I N G D O W N T H E H O U S E - A R O O F R A I S I N G PA R T Y October 8 The Garden Room :: Loveland A warm gathering of nearly 200 friends and supporters of the housing industry offset the chill of the night at this 2nd annual Bringing Down the House event. Guests mingled, enjoyed a buffet dinner and libations, and bid on an assortment of exciting silent and live auction items. Proceeds from the evening benefit four affordable housing agencies: Fort Collins Habitat, Loveland Habitat, Neighbor to Neighbor and Restoration Now.
Keith Hubbard, Emily Ryder
Jeff Wolff, Debby Myers, Renae Hupp
Lorri McGregor, Gwen Stephenson
Candace Mayo, Kim & Alan Strope, Dotti Weber
Tracy Schwartz, Wendie Robinson
Kimberly & Bill Stenberg
C E L E B R AT E L I F E I N T H E P I N K & G R E E N - H O P E L I V E S ! G A L A October 17 Hilton :: Fort Collins More than 400 guests enjoyed an inspiring evening when 16 beautiful women, all breast cancer survivors, graced the stage along with their escorts to celebrate life at this signature Hope Lives! Gala event. The evening also honored eight individuals and businesses with a Champions of Hope Award for their unrelenting commitment and outstanding professional service to women diagnosed with breast cancer. More than $100,000 raised will benefit the Hope Lives! Breast Cancer Foundation and their mission to help support, strengthen and empower those touched by breast cancer. Photos courtesy of richardthephotographer.com
Bill West, Jep Enck
JoAnn Lovins, Champions of Hope, Care Provider Honoree
Jim & Mary McCambridge
Mary Kay & Donn Turner, Marta Farrell
Bob & Marilyn Stone-Champions of Hope Community Honoree, Lydia Dody
Shawn Charpentier, Scott Charpentier, Champions of Hope Community Honoree
Julie Sather-Browne & Duncan Browne
Jim & Beth Murray
Judy Seybold, Champions of Hope, Volunteer Honoree
John Sinnett, Dennis Sinnett Family, Champions of Hope Community Honoree
DENNIS AND NOREEN HOUSKA Personal history made Dennis and Noreen sensitive to the destruction cancer can have on families: parents from both sides had been victims of the disease. But somewhere in Dennis and Noreen’s quest to make a difference, their efforts took on a life of their own and now, when they could be travelling to other countries on nice vacations, Dennis is doing a different type of traveling and Noreen find herself staying close to home, looking for new ways to help out. Dennis and Noreen have become closely involved with local and national efforts to promote bone marrow donations; they give blood regularly, and they are supporters of the PVH Foundation and Poudre Valley Health System’s campaign to build a new Cancer Center. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Houska Automotive was opened in 1952 by Dennis’ father, Chuck Houska. Dennis grew up cleaning floors in the shop and took over operations after graduating from Colorado State University. L.J., their oldest child, followed in Dennis’ footsteps, also graduating from CSU with a business degree. Noreen’s roll is bookkeeper. They have two other children, Kate and Nate, both adopted from South Korea. Their interest began more than a decade ago. In 1995, Dennis and Noreen read an article in a local newspaper about how to get on the bone marrow registry (which incidentally began in Colorado with the Graves family, owners of Morning Fresh Dairy). Both Noreen and Dennis signed up immediately, but it was Dennis that was called to donate. That same year, he donated bone marrow to an eight-year-old boy with leukemia in California. The bone marrow transplant was a great success, the young man has graduated high school and he maintains ties with Dennis and Noreen, participating most years in the annual Houska Houska 5k run. Dennis recently became certified in transporting bone marrow, completing his first delivery in October. He flies with the bone marrow to its destination, transporting it through special security screenings, keeping it with him at all times. Dennis is now on-call whenever marrow needs transporting. These trips generally take two to three days of his time, and the need is immediate. “Once marrow is harvested it has to be moved pretty quickly and the patient is generally close to death.” After he has transported the marrow four times in the U.S., he will be qualified to
Many individuals reach a point in their lives where they begin to look for ways to give a little back to their community. Few, however, do it with the fervor of Noreen and Dennis Houska. Some would draw the line at giving blood, sponsoring a yearly 5k run, and volunteering. Not the Houskas. deliver bone marrow worldwide. While the causes are very important to the Houskas, it is Noreen and Dennis’ sense of humor infiltrating every project they take on that seems to have a contagious effect on friends and family. In fact, that quality permeates all they do. In the early 90s, they, along with son L.J. (the nickname “Little John” was picked up as a youngster hanging around his parent’s auto shop) and a friend, were planning to run the Bolder Boulder run. When they realized that late entry fees were going to cost a hefty amount, they decided to run a 10k around their neighborhood. The four completed the run and recruited friends and neighbors to join them the next year. The Houska Houska
A Legacy of Giving 5k was born. After a few years, the Houska’s took a break from organizing the run. But the bone marrow registry folks tracked them down and requested they start the run back up as a fundraiser for the registry. Additional supporters joined in and the run was moved to the Houska’s business on Riverside Avenue. Last year they raised $23,000, split between the registry and the Cancer Center campaign. Dennis refers to the run as a “traveling party.” Each year’s Memorial Day run is widely supported by Houska Automotive employees, friends of the family and the community at large. It is this support that Noreen and Dennis find particularly moving. “That is the best thing of all: all the support we get,” says Dennis. “Fort Collins is so generous. That is what makes it fun,” adds Noreen. Additionally, the Houska’s hold a Halloween Blood Drive, complete with vampires drawing blood, now in its eighth year. Dennis sits on the PVH Foundation board. Noreen sits on the board of the Redeemer Lutheran Church Mission Project Smile. They hold a yearly Christmas card contest for the students at Irish Elementary, where Noreen used to teach. Each year the winning artist receives a crisp $100 bill and Irish receives $1,000 from the Houskas and a matching $1,000 from another friend of Irish, Pat Cessnun. The Houskas invite their employees to help them choose the winning artwork, which is used for their company Christmas card. Those are just a choice few of the efforts Dennis and Noreen make in their community. They have “adopted” many new friends along the way, including Lily and her mother, Sarah, whom they met at Respite Care’s Respitality Night. The Houskas sponsored a fundraiser to help Sarah purchase a used wheelchair van to transport her disabled daughter. That was a couple years ago and now they are “like family.”
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