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Front Range Pain Medicine Experts Offer Individualized Relief By Kay Rios
Pain is claimed as the most common reason Americans access the healthcare system and, as a leading cause of disability, it is a major factor in healthcare costs. A study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences in 2011 reported that 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. The American Academy of Pain Medicine says that chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. “Pain management is a very important aspect of medical care,” confirms George Girardi, MD, at Front Range Pain Medicine. “In the ‘90s, physicians tended to ignore pain and treated primarily the four primary vital signs. But, as time went on, people began to treat pain much more aggressively.” However, based on the current concern with opioids, more people are looking for other options. “Medical management with
narcotics can get dangerous and, if you take over a certain amount of drugs, accidental death becomes a high risk. We try intervention procedures to decrease the amount of oral medications.” The beginnings of Front Range Pain Medicine are deeply rooted in those intervention procedures. Tom Boylan, DO, was an anesthesiologist who trained at the Cleveland Clinic and brought those therapies to Colorado. Although he died in a hot air balloon accident in 2007, the practice has continued to thrive. The clinic now has four doctors and two physician assistants who provide the full spectrum of pain management.
Before beginning his pain medicine career in Colorado, Dr. Girardi earned a medical degree from the University of Illinois College
of Medicine. He completed his residency in anesthesiology and critical care at the University of Chicago Hospitals, and worked as chief resident his final year. Dr. Girardi has been working with patients in Fort Collins for nearly 23 years, during which he served as chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology and of Anesthesia Quality Assurance at Poudre Valley Hospital. He joined the PVH medical staff as an anesthesiologist in 1994. Dr. Girardi joined Front Range Pain Medicine in 2002. He specializes in the treatment of back, neck and other painful conditions. His interventional management procedures use fluoroscopic guidance and patient sedation as needed. Dr. Girardi performs essentially all interventional pain procedures including nerve blocks, epidural injections, selective nerve root blocks, radiofrequency neural
ablation, sympathetic blocks, spinal cord stimulation and discograms. Michael Brown, DO, serves as staff physician at both Front Range Pain Medicine and Northern Colorado Anesthesia Professionals, working with patients and their providers to treat acute and chronic pain with interventional therapies. He specializes in treating pain conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine; trigeminal, post herpetic and peripheral neuralgia; myofascial pain syndromes; phantom limb pain; and complex regional pain syndrome. He is fluent in Spanish. Matthew D. Pouliot, DO, is board-certified in pain medicine as well as physical medicine and rehabilitation. His work emphasizes chronic spinal and orthopedic pain. Prior to joining Front Range Pain Medicine, where he practices physical medicine and rehabilitation, he held similar positions with Rocky Mountain Associates in Orthopedic Medicine in Johnston and Pain Partners MD in Lafayette. Colin Carpenter, MD, is the newest member of the team and is passionate about the treatment of spine, musculoskeletal, neurologic and sports injuries, and takes a holistic approach with his patients, focusing on goaldirected care with an emphasis on function. He employs multiple techniques in diagnosis and treatment of these disease processes, including recommendations for physical therapy programs, medical management, lifestyle modifications, ultrasound-guided joint and soft tissue injections, fluoroscopically guided spine injections, nerve conduction studies and electromyography, and radiologic review
and interpretation. He also performs botox injections for the treatment of limb spasticity because of stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other diseases. Physician assistant Deb Dennis has been with Front Range Pain Medicine for more than six years. Prior to working in pain medicine, Dennis worked as a registered nurse in family practice, she spent ten years in two separate hospital-based practices in Western Kansas and Eastern Colorado and three years in an obstetrics-gynecology practice in Greeley.
TAKING CARE OF PATIENTS
The team at Front Range Pain Medicine specializes in treating pain with interventional pain management practices. The goals include: treating the source of pain if possible; offering interventional treatment options; promoting healthy activities and preventative care; returning patients to the most functional and productive lifestyle possible; and coordinating multidisciplinary approaches, if indicated. “Each patient is an individual and the cases are often very different,” Dr. Girardi says. “We encourage them to participate in a structured plan of care of treatment.”
and therapeutic injections as ordered by a referring physician. Whether the pain experienced is from spinal stenosis, chronic back or neck pain, diabetic neuropathy or cancer pain, the staff explores a variety of effective pain relief solutions that will then be individualized to the patient. “The most important thing we practice is interventional pain management,” Dr. Girardi says. “We first try to identify the pain generator and treat it appropriately. If interventional treatment is not sufficient, then sometimes we use a combination of interventional treatment and medical management. We frequently see patients referred after spine surgery and we work hand in hand with Front Range Center for Brain and Spine Surgery and the Orthopedic Center of the Rockies.” Sometimes, the cause is not readily apparent,” he says. “It can also be something multifactorial coming from different areas. We look not only at the patient’s complaints but also at his or her functionality. In a lot of these chronic syndromes, 100 percent is not an achievable goal but, if we can decrease the pain and increase the functionality by three times the level where they are, then that, to me, is successful.”
HOW THEY HELP
Front Range Pain Medicine offers interventional pain management for chronic pain syndromes, which is pain lasting longer than six weeks. Interventions often treat pain rather than providing a temporary medication solution. The team offers diagnostic
Front Range Pain Medicine has three offices with one in Fort Collins, one in Loveland, and one in Cheyenne. Check the website at www.frpmedicine.com or call (970) 4950506 for more information.
“Very frequently patients get discouraged because they think nothing more can be done for their symptoms. These are appropriate patients to be seen by a board-certified pain management physician because there are other options that might help.” —George Girardi, MD DECEMBER 2017
2017 'Best Of ' Survey Results More than 4,000 readers voted in Style magazine’s 2017 annual “Best Of ” contest, demonstrating that Northern Coloradans are fervent about the businesses that make this region a great place to eat, drink, socialize and shop. And, they appreciate great service—from wait staff to realtors to veterinarians and landscapers. The result: Only the best of the best earn the title of winner in the "Best Of "Style magazine.
Food & Drink BEST BREAKFAST
1st - Silver Grill Cafe, Fort Collins 2nd - Snooze, Fort Collins 3rd - Lucile's, Fort Collins
BEST BREAKFAST BURRITO
1st - Consuelo's Express, Fort Collins 2nd - Santiago's, Loveland 3rd - Big City Burrito, Fort Collins
BEST FOOD TRUCK
1st - The Waffle Lab, Fort Collins 2nd - The Silver Seed, Fort Collins 3rd - Mile High Lobster Shack, Fort Collins
1st - La Creperie & French Bakery, Fort Collins 2nd - Little Bird Bake Shop, Fort Collins 3rd - Great Harvest Bread Co., Fort Collins
BEST ICE CREAM & GELATO
1st - Walrus Ice Cream, Fort Collins 2nd - Kilwins Chocolates, Fort Collins 3rd - Cold Stone, Fort Collins
BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR
1st - William Oliver's Publick House,
Fort Collins 2nd - The Farmers at Jessup Farm, Fort Collins 3rd - Henry's Pub, Loveland
BEST HAPPY HOUR
1st - Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, Fort Collins 2nd - Fuzzy's, Fort Collins 3rd - Social, Fort Collins
BEST MEXICAN FOOD
1st - Blue Agave, Fort Collins 2nd - Rio Grande, Fort Collins 3rd - Los Tarascos, Fort Collins
BEST STEAK HOUSE
2nd - Mugs Coffee Lounge, Fort Collins 3rd - Starbucks
1st - Rio Grande, Fort Collins 2nd - Blue Agave, Fort Collins 3rd - Fuzzy's, Fort Collins
BEST BLOODY MARY
1st - Silver Grill Cafe, Fort Collins 2nd - Luciles's and Snooze (tied), Fort Collins
1st - Sonny Lubick, Fort Collins 2nd - The 4th Street Chophouse, Loveland 3rd - Charco Broiler, Fort Collins
BEST PATIO DINING
BEST NATURAL GROCERY STORE
BEST HOT WINGS
1st - Krazy Karl's, Fort Collins 2nd - Beau Jo's, Fort Collins 3rd - Pulcinella Pizzeria, Fort Collins 1st - Jim's Wings, Fort Collins 2nd - Wing Shack, Fort Collins 3rd - Buffalo Wild Wings, Fort Collins
1st - Rainbow, Fort Collins 2nd - Tasty Harmony, Fort Collins 3rd - Restaurant 415, Fort Collins
BEST COFFEE HOUSE
1st - Bindle Coffee, Fort Collins
1st - Rio Grande, Fort Collins 2nd - Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Bellvue 3rd - Coopersmith's, Fort Collins 1st - Sprout's, Fort Collins 2nd - Trader Joes, Fort Collins 3rd - Whole Foods, Fort Collins
1st - Fiona's Delicatessen & Catering, Fort Collins 2nd - Babette's Feast Catering & Bakery, Fort Collins 3rd - Fresh Plate Catering and Café, Loveland
BEST ETHNIC FOOD
1st - Star of India, Fort Collins 2nd - Mt. Everest Café, Fort Collins 3rd - Taj Mahal Restaurant, Fort Collins
1st - JAWS Sushi, Fort Collins, 2nd - Suehiro Japanese Restaurant, Fort Collins 3rd - Suh Sushi, Fort Collins
1st - Nordy's, Loveland 2nd - Serious Texas Bar-B-Q, Fort Collins 3rd - Moe's Original Bar B Que, Fort Collins
1st - Stuft a burger bar, Fort Collins 2nd - Big Al's Burgers & Dogs, Fort Collins 3rd - Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, Fort Collins
BEST FINE DINING
1st - Chimney Park, Windsor 2nd - Jay's Bistro, Fort Collins 3rd - The 4th Street Chophouse, Loveland
BEST NANO/MICRO BREWERY
1st - Horse & Dragon Brewing Co., Fort Collins 2nd - High Hops Brewery, Windsor 3rd - Equinox Brewing, Fort Collins
BEST BEER GARDEN
1st - High Hops Brewery, Windsor 2nd - Equinox Brewing, Fort Collins 3rd - Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch, Fort Collins
BEST BUSINESS LUNCH
1st - The Chocolate Café, Fort Collins 2nd - Nothing Bundt Cakes, Fort Collins 3rd - Butter Cream Cupcakery, Fort Collins 1st - Austin's, Fort Collins 2nd - Restaurant 415, Fort Collins 3rd - The Moot House, Fort Collins
BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH
1st - Lucile's, Fort Collins 2nd - Silver Grill Café, Fort Collins 3rd - Café Vino, Fort Collins
1st - LaMar's, Fort Collins 2nd - Peace, Love and Little Donuts of Fort Collins 3rd - Donut Haus, Loveland
BEST CINNAMON ROLL
1st - Silver Grill Cafe, Fort Collins 2nd - Vern's Place, Laporte 3rd - Johnson's Corner, Johnstown
BEST BREWERY (LARGE)
1st - Odell Brewing, Fort Collins 2nd - New Belgium, Fort Collins 3rd - C.B. & Potts, Fort Collins
1st - Social, Fort Collins 2nd - Elliott's Martini Bar, Fort Collins 3rd - Ace Gillett's Lounge, Fort Collins
1st - CopperMuse, Fort Collins 2nd - Dancing Pines, Berthoud 3rd - Spring44, Loveland 1st - Butter Cream Cupcakery, Fort Collins 2nd - Daddy Cakes Bakery, Fort Collins 3rd - Fiona's Delicatessen & Catering, Fort Collins
BEST COFFEE DRIVE-THRU
1st - The Human Bean, Fort Collins 2nd - Dutch Bros. Coffee, Fort Collins 3rd - Starbucks
BEST FISH/SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
1st - Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, Fort Collins 2nd - Bonefish Grill, Johnstown 3rd - Fish, Fort Collins
BEST FARM TO TABLE RESTAURANT
1st - The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm, Fort Collins 2nd - Restaurant 415, Fort Collins 3rd - Door 222, Loveland
BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT
1st - Young's Cafe Vietnamese Cuisine, Fort Collins 2nd - Bann Thai, Fort Collins 3rd - Saigon Grill Asian Café, Fort Collins
BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT
1st - Bisetti's Italian Restaurant, Fort Collins 2nd - Canino's Italian Restaurant, Fort Collins 3rd - Nick's Italian, Fort Collins
BEST CAJUN RESTAURANT
1st - Lucile's, Fort Collins 2nd - Mo' Betta Gumbo, Loveland 3rd - Lost Cajun, Fort Collins
1st - Choice City Butcher & Deli, Fort Collins 2nd - B&B Pickle Barrel, Fort Collins 3rd - Cheeba Hut, Fort Collins
BEST FAST FOOD (TACO)
1st - Torchy's Tacos, Fort Collins 2nd - Fuzzy's Tacos 3rd - Café Mexicali, Fort Collins
BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH
1st - Silver Grill Café, Fort Collins 2nd - Lucile's, Fort Collins 3rd - Café Vino, Fort Collins
BEST ROOFTOP PATIO
BEST CRAFT BEER BAR
BEST ROOFING SERVICES
BEST SPORTS BAR
BEST AUTO REPAIR
BEST DIVE BAR
BEST HOME REMODELING CONTRACTOR
1st - The Mayor of Old Town, Fort Collins 2nd - William Oliver's Publick House, Fort Collins 3rd - Tap & Handle, Fort Collins 1st - C. B. & Potts, Fort Collins 2nd - Old Chicago, Fort Collins 3rd - Ryan's Sports Grill, Fort Collins 1st - Town Pump, Fort Collins 2nd - Trailhead Tavern, Fort Collins 3rd - Bruce's Bar, Severance
1st - Jason's Deli, Fort Collins 2nd - Sally's Kitchen, Fort Collins 3rd - Hunan, Fort Collins
BEST KID'S EATS
1st - Red Robin, Fort Collins 2nd - Stuft a burger bar, Fort Collins 3rd - The Twisted Noodle, Fort Collins
1st - Illegal Pete's, Fort Collins 2nd - Mainline Ale House, Fort Collins 3rd - C.B. & Potts, Fort Collins
BEST WINE BAR
1st - M & E Painting, Loveland 2nd - Horner Painting, Fort Collins 3rd - Mile High Coatings, Fort Collins
1st - Café Vino, Fort Collins 2nd - The Welsh Rabbit Cheese Bistro, Fort Collins 3rd - Origins Wine Bar & Wood Fired Pizza, Loveland
BEST PAINTING SERVICES
1st - Affordable Roofing Inc., Loveland 2nd - Rocky Mountain Roofers and Gutters, Fort Collins 3rd - Advanced Roofing Technologies, Windsor 1st - Houska Automotive, Fort Collins 2nd - Windsor Auto Repair, Windsor 3rd - Nelsen's Auto Tech Center, Fort Collins
1st - HighCraft Builders, Fort Collins 2nd - Ray's Construction, Fort Collins 3rd - Drennen Custom Contracting, Fort Collins
BEST CUSTOM HOME BUILDERS
1st - NoCO Custom Homes, Timnath 2nd - Spanjer Homes, Fort Collins 3rd - Brannen Design & Construction, Fort Collins
BEST LAWN CARE
1st - Lawn Doctor of Fort Collins 2nd - Swingle Lawn Tree & Landscape, Fort Collins 3rd - NOCO Lawn Care, Fort Collins
BEST LANDSCAPE DESIGN
1st - Bath Landscape, Fort Collins 2nd - Alpine Gardens, Fort Collins 3rd - Zak George Landscaping, Fort Collins
BEST PLUMBING SERVICE
BEST CAR TIRE SERVICE
BEST REAL ESTATE CO
BEST OIL CHANGE SERVICE
BEST HOME CLEANING SERVICE
BEST CAR WASH/DETAILER
BEST HEAT & AIR CONDITIONING SERVICE
BEST CREDIT UNION
1st - Allen Service, Fort Collins 2nd - Hahn Plumbing and Heating, Fort Collins 3rd - Aggie Plumbing, Fort Collins 1st - Houska Automotive, Fort Collins 2nd - Grease Monkey 3rd - Jiffy Lube 1st - Breeze Thru Car Wash, Fort Collins 2nd - Casey's Car Wash & Detail Center, Fort Collins 3rd - Firehouse Xpress Car Wash, Fort Collins
1st - Discount Tire, Fort Collins 2nd - Big O Tires, Fort Collins 3rd - Les Schwab Tire Center, Timnath 1st - All Star Cleaning, Fort Collins 2nd - Merry Maids and Molly Maids (tied for 2nd)
1st - Fort Collins Heating & Air 2nd - Poudre Valley Air, Fort Collins 3rd - Allen Service, Fort Collins
BEST WOOD FLOORING
1st - Burke Cleaners, Loveland 2nd - Amy's Green Dry Cleaning, Fort Collins 3rd - Foothills Cleaners, Fort Collins
1st - Lee's Hardwood Flooring, Loveland 2nd - Select Wood Flooring, Fort Collins 3rd - Schmidt Custom Floors, Loveland
BEST DAYCARE SERVICES
BEST INTERIOR FINISHES
BEST DRY CLEANING
1st - Mountain Kids, Fort Collins, and Spring Creek School, Fort Collins (tied for 1st) 2nd - KinderCare
BEST PLANT NURSERY
1st - Fort Collins Nursery 2nd - Gulley Greenhouse, Fort Collins 3rd - Bath Garden Center, Fort Collins
BEST CLOTHING ALTERATIONS
1st - The Sewing Room, Fort Collins 2nd - The Alteration Shop, Fort Collins 3rd - High Fashion Tailor, Fort Collins
1st - Loveland Design Center 2nd - Advanced Interiors, Fort Collins 3rd - Dale's Carpet One Floor & Home, Fort Collins
BEST FINANCIAL PLANNER
1st - Layman Lewis Financial Group, Loveland 2nd - Cornerstone Wealth Management, Fort Collins 3rd - Shaw & Associates, Fort Collins
1st - The Group Inc. Real Estate, Fort Collins 2nd - Coldwell Banker, Fort Collins 3rd - Re/Max, Fort Collins 1st - First National Bank 2nd - Chase Bank 3rd - Wells Fargo Bank 1st - Public Service Credit Union, Fort Collins 2nd - Elevations Credit Union, Fort Collins 3rd - Blue Federal Credit Union, Fort Collins
Health & Beauty BEST HAIR SALON
1st - Studio Be Salon, Fort Collins 2nd - Ten Salon & Spa, Loveland 3rd - Europa Colour Salon & Spa, Fort Collins
BEST MEN'S HAIRCUT & SHAVE
1st - Floyd's 99 Barbershop, Fort Collins 2nd - The Grooming Lounge at TEN Salon and Spa, Loveland 3rd - Scissors and Sinners, Fort Collins
BEST TATTOO PARLOR
1st - Tribal Rites, Fort Collins 2nd - Millennium Gallery of Living Art, Fort Collins 3rd - Covenant Tattoo, Fort Collins
BEST WAXING STUDIO
BEST LIQUOR STORE
BEST SPECIALTY FOOD & DRINK
BEST NAIL SALON
BEST FURNITURE STORE
1st - Screamin' Peach, Fort Collins 2nd - Wax Factory, Fort Collins 3rd - She She Nail & Wax Lounge, Fort Collins 1st - She She Beauty Lounge, Fort Collins 2nd - Ten Salon & Spa, Loveland 3rd - NailBar & Co., Fort Collins
Retail BEST WOMEN'S CLOTHING BOUTIQUE
1st - Lemons & Lace Boutique, Fort Collins 2nd - White Balcony, Fort Collins 3rd - Kansas City Kitty, Fort Collins
1st - Wilbur's Total Beverage, Fort Collins 2nd - Pringle's Fine Wine & Spirits, Fort Collins 3rd - Liquor Max, Loveland 1st - Woodley's Fine Furniture, Fort Collins 2nd - Roughing It In Style, Fort Collins 3rd - Furniture Consignments by Kristynn, Fort Collins
BEST CHILDREN'S CLOTHING STORE
1st - Clothes Pony & Dandelion Toys, Fort Collins 2nd - The Children's Place, Fort Collins 3rd - Gymboree, Fort Collins
BEST BIKE SHOP
BEST HOBBY & ENTHUSIAST STORE
BEST HARDWARE STORE
BEST KNITTING/QUILTING SHOP
1st - Lee's Cyclery, Fort Collins 2nd - Recycled Cycles, Fort Collins 3rd - Peloton Cycles, Fort Collins 1st - Downtown Ace Hardware, Fort Collins 2nd - Ace Hardware of Fort Collins 3rd - Orchard's Ace Hardware, Loveland
BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE
1st - Jax Outdoor Gear, Fort Collins and Loveland 2nd - REI, Fort Collins 3rd - Scheels, Johnstown
1st - Hobby Lobby, Fort Collins 2nd - Michael’s, Fort Collins 3rd - Jo-Ann Fabrics, Fort Collins 1st - Jo-Ann Fabrics, Fort Collins 2nd - My Sister Knits, Fort Collins 3rd - Lambspun, Fort Collins
BEST JEWELRY STORE
1st - Sather's Leading Jewelers, Fort Collins 2nd - John Atencio, Fort Collins 3rd - Garwood's Jewelers, Fort Collins
1st - Savory Spice Shop, Fort Collins 2nd - Rocky Mountain Olive Oil, Fort Collins 3rd - Rocket Fizz, Fort Collins 1st - Palmer Flowers, Fort Collins 2nd - Paul Wood Florist, Fort Collins 3rd - Earle's Loveland Floral, Loveland
1st - Barnes & Noble 2nd - Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins 3rd - Wolverine Farm Bookstore, Fort Collins
Pet Services BEST VETERINARY CLINICS
1st - Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Fort Collins 2nd - Chappelle Small Animal Hospital, Fort Collins 3rd - Aspen Grove Vet Care, Fort Collins
BEST PET BOARDING
1st - Camp Bow Wow, Fort Collins 2nd - Four Paws Pet Hotel & Resort, Fort Collins 3rd - Happy Tails Pet Spa & Resort, Loveland
BEST PET GROOMING
1st - The Dog Pawlour, Fort Collins 2nd - Animal House Rescue & Grooming, Fort Collins 3rd - Camp Bow Wow, Fort Collins
BEST PET SUPPLY STORE
BEST YOGA STUDIO
Recreation & Entertainment
Health & Wellness
BEST DENTAL PRACTICE
BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY
BEST COUNTRY CLUB
1st - Poudre Pet and Feed Supply, Fort Collins 2nd - Wagz Pet Market & Grooming, Fort Collins 3rd - Pet Club, Fort Collins
1st - Allura Skin, Laser & Wellness Clinic, Fort Collins and Loveland 2nd - Ten Salon & Spa, Loveland 3rd - Europa Colour Salon Spa, Fort Collins
BEST HEALTH CLUB/GYM
1st - Miramont Lifestyle Fitness Centers, Fort Collins 2nd - Fort Collins Club 3rd - Raintree Athletic Club, Fort Collins
1st - Eye Center of Northern Colorado, Fort Collins 2nd - Eyecare Associates, Fort Collins 3rd - Edge Optics, Fort Collins
1st - Scott Chiropractic of Fort Collins 2nd - Elevate Chiropractic, Fort Collins 3rd - Chiropractic Wellness Center, Fort Collins
1st - Massage Envy 2nd - Amara Massage, Fort Collins 3rd - Sanctuary Spa, Fort Collins
1st - Old Town Yoga, Fort Collins 2nd - Corepower Yoga, Fort Collins 3rd - Raintree Athletic Club, Fort Collins 1st - Front Range Dental Center, Fort Collins 2nd - Boardwalk Dental, Fort Collins 3rd - Alpine Dental Health, Fort Collins 1st - Rebound Sports & Physical
Therapy, Loveland 2nd - Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy, Fort Collins 3rd - Colorado in Motion, Fort Collins
BEST ORTHODONTIC PRACTICE
1st - Crane & Seager Orthodontics, Fort Collins 2nd - Owen & Timock Orthodontics, Fort Collins 3rd - Ebert Orthodontics, Fort Collins
BEST DERMATOLOGY PRACTICE 1st - Fort Collins Skin Clinic 2nd - Dermatology of Northern Colorado, Fort Collins 3rd - Lake Loveland Dermatology, Loveland
1st - The Armstrong Hotel, Fort Collins 2nd - Embassy Suites, Loveland 3rd - The Stanley, Estes Park 1st - Fort Collins Country Club 2nd - Ptarmigan Country Club, Fort Collins 3rd - Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club, Windsor
BEST ART GALLERY
1st - Fort Collins Museum of Art 2nd - Loveland Museum & Gallery 3rd - Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, Fort Collins
1st - Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 2nd - Loveland Museum & Gallery 3rd - Fort Collins Museum of Art
BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE
1st - Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Bellvue 2nd - Thunder Mountain Amphitheatre, Loveland 3rd - Aggie Theater, Fort Collins
1st - Fort Collins Community Acupuncture & Massage 2nd - The Acupuncture Clinic of Fort Collins 3rd - Fort Collins Family Acupuncture
BEST LIVE THEATRE
BEST CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES
BEST OUTDOOR PARK
BEST MOVIE THEATER
BEST WEDDING VENUE
BEST ART EVENT
BEST CULTURE, MUSIC, ARTS SCHOOL
BEST LOCAL BAND/MUSICIAN
BEST OUTDOOR FESTIVAL
1st - Lincoln Center, Fort Collins 2nd - Midtown Arts Center, Fort Collins 3rd - Rialto Theatre Center, Loveland 1st - Cinemark Movie Bistro, Fort Collins 2nd - Holiday Twin Drive-In, Fort Collins 3rd - The Lyric Cinema, Fort Collins
1st - Midtown Arts Center, Fort Collins 2nd - Bas Bleu Theatre Company, Fort Collins 3rd - Loveland Academy of Music
BEST GOLF COURSE
1st - Mariana Butte, Loveland 2nd - Fort Collins Country Club 3rd - Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club, Windsor
BEST DANCE STUDIO
1st - The Studio, Fort Collins 2nd - Canyon Concert Ballet, Fort Collins 3rd - Contemporary Dance Academy, Fort Collins
1st - Fort Fun, Fort Collins 2nd - Fly High Trampoline Park, Fort Collins 3rd - The Summit, Windsor 1st - Della Terra, Estes Park 2nd - The Stanley, Estes Park 3rd - Wedgewood at Tapestry House, Laporte 1st - Wendy Woo 2nd - Danielle Ate the Sandwich 3rd - Mark Sloniker
BEST FREE SUMMER CONCERTS
1st - CSU Lagoon Concert Series 2nd - Downtown Sessions Concert Series 3rd - Foote Lagoon Summer Concert Series
BEST NONPROFIT EVENT
1st - Spring Canyon Park, Fort Collins 2nd - City Park, Fort Collins 3rd - Fossil Creek Park, Fort Collins 1st - Loveland Sculpture Show 2nd - First Friday: A Night of Art, Fort Collins 3rd - Fire & Ice Festival, Loveland 1st - Bohemian Nights at New West Fest, Fort Collins 2nd - Taste of Fort Collins 3rd - The Corn Roast Festival, Loveland
BEST DOG PARK
1st - Spring Canyon Dog Park, Fort Collins 2nd - Horsetooth Dog Park, Fort Collins 3rd - Fossil Creek Dog Park, Fort Collins
1st - Respite Care Holiday Ball 2nd - Realities for Children NightLights 3rd - The Taste (Food Bank of Larimer County)
1st - Horsetooth Rock/Horsetooth Falls 2nd - Devil's Backbone Nature Trail 3rd - Greyrock Trail
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Almond toffee handcrafted in Fort Collins from all-natural ingredients in copper kettles. Gluten-free, pure toffee perfection! Gifts from $6 - $115. Gift Tower $59.95. Available at Vern’s Toffee House, celebrating 40 years in business, Fort Collins. www.vernstoffee.com
Cherry Nights Blouse ($89) double ruffle bell sleeves with a tie-neck and buttons down the front. Dream Team Blouse ($98) sheer lace sleeves with a velvet finish and a keyhole back. Available at Lemons & Lace, Fort Collins. www.shoplemonsandlace.com 970-226-3854
Up your game before next golf season with a golf lesson package from GolfTEC. Package includes a 90-minute swing evaluation, one follow-up lesson and one video practice — all for only $199. Available at GolfTEC, Fort Collins. www.golftec.com/FortCollins
Glamorous stackable bracelets from Gabriel & Co. can be worn alone or with others to create your own special look. They go with everything from jeans to formal wear. Demure bracelet in 14k white gold with 1.18 carats total diamond weight (top left) $2,824. Bujukan bracelet in 14k yellow gold with .14 carat total diamond weight (top right) $790. Demure bracelet in 14k two-tone with 1.89 carats total diamond weight (bottom) $4,835. Available at Garwood’s Jewelers, Fort Collins. www.garwoodsjewelers.com • 970-482-2205
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Uno de 50 Narriors Bracelet handcrafted in Spain $440. Available at Cloz to Home, Loveland. www.cloztohome.com
Give your home an inviting freshness with beautiful art created by one of many artists featured at Blue Moose Gallery. "Rock Solid” is an original acrylic painting by Vicki Renfro, and is the perfect piece for Colorado or CSU enthusiasts, $695. Available at Blue Moose Art Gallery & Gifts, Fort Collins. Facebook.com/BlueMoose-ArtGallery • 970-825-5704
John Atencio Opal and Diamond Signature Pendant in 18K yellow gold. Individually inspired, this is a one-of-a-kind pendant design from the John Atencio Signature Collection. Available at John Atencio, Fort Collins. www.johnatencio.com 970-221-4477
Elisa Pendant by Kendra Scott. Priced at $65. Come visit our new collection of fashion jewelry’s hottest trend. Available at Sather's Leading Jewelers, Fort Collins. www.sathersjewelers.com
Tribal Rites features a huge selection of incredible jewelry from some of the world best jewelers. Shown here is a yellow gold and turquoise flower design by Body Gems. Priced at $200. Available at Tribal Rites Tattoo & Piercing, Fort Collins. www.tribalritestattoo.com Treat yourself or a special friend to a holiday special. Free hair repair treatment with any hair service. The treatment repairs damaged hair, helps retain and protect hair color, brings back shine, strengthens and softens. Or enjoy a free haircut with any hair color service. Available at Tuana Hair Design, Fort Collins. www.tuanahairdesign.com 970-472-0522 The miniature dachshund is clever, lively, and playful, and this adorable small-breed puppy would make a perfect companion to all members of the family. All puppies are up-to-date on vaccinations and come with a health guarantee to ensure they get the best start in their new home. Prices vary. Available at Pet City, Fort Collins. www.petcityfortcollins.com 970-223-5318
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December Holiday Happenings
BERTHOUD Snowfest: December 13-16. The fun
begins with the launch party, a ticketed event at Grace Place on December 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The headline event is the Colorado State Snow Sculpting Competition, which is judged on December 16. Other activities include the Kidsâ€™ Snow Sculpting on December 14, beginning at 4 p.m., and an Artisan Market on December 16, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The festival culminates with a parade along Mountain Avenue at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, followed by the community tree lighting and singing of carols in Fickel Park. For more details, visit www.berthoudsnowfest.com.
FORT COLLINS Brewery Lights. Ongoing through December 30. Holiday
magic is on tap Thursday through Sunday nights from 5-9 p.m., as well as December 26-27, at the Biergarten at the Anheuser-Busch plant, 2351 Busch Drive. Highlights include a holiday maze of over 100 trees decked with thousands of twinkling lights and a festive digital light show synchronized to holiday music. Fun for all ages includes a 30-foot inflatable snowman and train rides for the kids. Adult guests receive tokens for four free beer samples; tokens are also available to purchase food, hot cocoa and sâ€™mores-making kits. For more details, visit www.brewerylights.com.
GREELEY Christmas with the Celts. December 20. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with
Irish dancing and carols, spontaneous humor, a childrenâ€™s choir, and an evening filled with musical Christmas hits including spectacular string arrangements. This family-friendly show is the perfect way to unwind yet get in the spirit before the bustle of the Christmas weekend begins. For more information, visit www.ucstars.com.
LOVELAND Magical Winter Knights â€“ December 29-30. Experience a renaissance festival
the likes of which youâ€™ve never seen at the Ranch Events Complex. The Village Fair, a medieval marketplace, will be open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with artisans displaying their wares, craft areas for kids, medieval-style games and two stages of entertainment. Purchase an additional ticket for the Nobles Feast, where you will dine with the king and queen on a meal fit for royalty, 1-5 p.m. The main event, The Tournament, is from 3-7 p.m. both days. The first half of the show is a hand-to-hand Medieval Combat Championship with four armored warriors battling with different medieval style weapons, followed by the Full Contact Jousting Tournament, featuring eight armor-clad knights on horseback. For more information, visit www.budweisereventscenter.com/events/family-shows/.
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Nothing says Christmas like homemade cookies. Here are a few favorites that Style staffmembers enjoy. The stockings are hung, the tree has been trimmed. Gifts have been purchased and wrapped. Now it’s time for family togetherness, and what better way than by baking a fresh batch of cookies to enjoy? Be sure to make a few extra to leave for Santa.
Ginger Spice Cookies Tonja Randolph’s favorite 1 cup sugar ¾ cup butter, softened 1 egg 3 tablespoons molasses 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1-½ teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground cloves ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, cream sugar with butter for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and molasses. In a separate medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and blend well. Fill a shallow bowl with sugar. Break off walnut-size pieces of dough and roll into balls. Roll balls in sugar and arrange on greased cookie sheets. Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer cookies to rack to cool.
Frosted Sugar Cookies Julie Spencer’s favorite 3 cups flour ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 cup butter, softened 2 eggs 1 cup sugar Frosting ¼ cup butter 1 cup powdered sugar ½ to 1 teaspoon almond extract Mix together until fluffy adding 1-2 tablespoons of mix to reach spreading consistency. Add food coloring if desired. Microwave for 10 seconds if you prefer a glaze. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and baking powder. Cut softened butter into mixture. In a small bowl, cream eggs and sugar. Add to the flour mixture, mixing thoroughly. Chill dough for one hour. Roll out on floured parchment paper and cut with decorative cookie cutters. Bake for 6-8 minutes. Remove and cool before frosting.
Almond Crescent Cookies Lisa Gould’s favorite 1 cup butter, softened ½ cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2-¼ cups sifted flour ¼ teaspoon salt ¾ cup chopped pecans or walnuts Powdered sugar for rolling baked cookies Cream together butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy; stir in vanilla. Whisk together flour and salt; add gradually to butter mixture; stir in chopped nuts. Chill dough if it seems too soft. Working with one tablespoon of dough at a time, lightly roll and then shape it so the middle is thicker than both ends. Bend dough log into a crescent shape. Place on parchment-lined or ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until light golden-brown; remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. While cookies are still warm, remove them from the baking sheets and roll in powdered sugar until evenly coated. Cool complete on wire racks. Makes approximately three dozen.
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Classic Butter Spritz Cookies Jon Ainslie's favorite 1-½ cups salted butter 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla ¼ teaspoon almond extract Food coloring, optional 3-½ cups all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds, until softened. Add sugar and baking powder. Beat until combined. Beat in egg, vanilla and almond extracts, and food coloring if desired. Add as much flour as you can with the mixer, stirring the rest in with a spoon. Add unchilled dough to cookie press and press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheets. Decorate with sprinkles. Bake for six to ten minutes or until sides are firm but not browned. Allow to cool for one to two minutes, then transfer to wire racks.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving Charitable donations yield tax deductions and help the community.
By Kay Rios
As the purse is emptied the heart is filled. â€”Victor Hugo
Philanthropic efforts offer benefits not only to the receiver of the donation but also to the giver. “There is both an immediate and a long-term psychological benefit when one gives back to others or to the community without the expectation of a reciprocal reward,” says Chris Berger, counselor, CEO and owner of Foundations Counseling LLC. “Making a contribution increases one’s self-esteem, self-worth, and self-image. There’s a larger perspective of getting outside of one’s self and one’s family and seeing the larger community.” This follows Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Berger says. Maslow’s hierarchy is a theory of psychological health based on fulfilling innate human needs by priority and lists five stages. They begin with biological and physiological needs, move up to safety needs, love and belongingness, and esteem needs. At the highest end, Berger says, is self-actualization. “It’s what Maslow calls self-transcendence which is the concept of transcending one’s own life and making a larger impact. That includes leaving a legacy and living a life of significance beyond one’s own individuality. Most of it is not in our awareness or our consciousness but it has a direct impact on our unconscious.” Quite simply, he says, “When we do something good, we experience a dopamine rush and we feel good about ourselves.” Many ways to exhibit philanthropy exist, says Ella Fahrlander, vice president of community engagement for Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, which provides services to individuals, families and organizations to help them achieve their philanthropic goals. “Giving is personal and philanthropy is as unique as the individual who makes the gift,” she says, noting that the Foundation is home
to more than 475 individual funds that enable a donor to make restricted or unrestricted gifts to nonprofit organizations, schools, churches or government programs. Donor advised funds are one option, she says. “It’s a wonderful philanthropic tool. Donors can bring their children in and get them involved as a family and then make designations throughout the course of the year. It’s the most popular charitable vehicle of choice.” Fahrlander says that in 2016, more than $80 billion in the United States was held in donor-advised funds. “At the Community Foundation, the minimum balance required is $25,000,” she says. “It’s a very accessible tool for giving. The family determines who they will make donations to and it can be a different nonprofit each time. Some of the most popular giving is to an alma mater, churches or organizations they are most passionate about.” Families can continue to add money to the donor-advised funds at any point they choose. There are other options beyond the donor-advised funds including scholarship funds, designated funds, field of interest and unrestricted funds. Another option is an endowment. Most endowments are designed to retain the principal amount and use the investment income from dividends for charitable contributions. They can be used for different goals such as permanently honoring a loved one or mentor, celebrating personal and professional accomplishments, thanking a favorite alma mater, supporting students through scholarships and, of course, leaving a permanent legacy. (Nonprofits can also set up their own endowment fund and then encourage legacy gifts. The Community Foundation's Endowment Building Toolkit on its website offers tips.)
“Giving is personal and philanthropy is as unique as the individual who makes the gift.” —Ella Fahrlander, vice president of community engagement for Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
“As a donor, you are certainly being altruistic and being kind to an organization and that’s the main reason you give.” —Mark Soukup, president of Soukup Bush Associates
“A lot of times an endowment is set up with a larger amount of money but there’s not really a minimum amount needed,” says Barry Eastman, financial advisor for High Point Financial Group. “If you have $1,000 or more, you can designate certain things it can be used for. Sometimes it’s meant to be spent down to zero and other times it's specified that only so much can be spent each year, usually dictated with a percentage.” Eastman does, however, suggest that, for larger amounts of money, the donor may want to hire someone to manage the funds. And, he adds, research any recipient before making a financial determination. “If you’re going to give a sum of money to somebody, make sure you know who you’re giving it to and confirm that organization’s focus and efforts match your interests.” Eastman, whose services include financial planning, asset management, tax efficiency strategies and business planning, also reminds potential donors that there may be tax benefits under both state and federal laws for endowments and other forms of charitable giving. Mark Soukup, president of Soukup Bush Associates and a certified public accountant says, “As a donor, you are certainly being altruistic and being kind to an organization and that’s the main reason you give. Record keeping is necessary, he adds. You must substantiate the gift. If it is under $250, keep a check or receipt. If it’s over $250, you’ll need a receipt from the charity to be able to deduct that on taxes.” State taxes are also open to charitable deductions, he says. “Colorado is one of the few states that allows a tax deduction for state taxes even if the donor doesn’t qualify for itemized deductions.” Soukup also looks at the savings to the pocketbook in a broader perspective. “If you give $125 to a charity, it really only costs you $100 because the federal goverment gives you $25 of it in a tax return. So you can look at it as, every time you give, the government matches one quarter of that contribution.” Colorado offers a child-care contribution tax credit, he says, something that few other states offer. By donating to a qualifying child-care organization center, a taxpayer may be eligible for a 50 percent state tax credit in addition to the normal state and federal deductions for the donation. “For example, a gift of $30,000 may be eligible for a $15,000 credit; a $3,000 gift for a child care program is eligible for a $1,500 tax credit. Even a $200 gift is eligible for $100 tax credit.” “So again, go out of the paradigm box,” Soukup says. “If somebody gives $1,000 and they make over $50,000, they really only pay $204 out of pocket.” He explains that the deduction to child-care organizations would bring $500 state relief and $250 in federal. Then there’s another deduction from the state of 4.6 percent ($46). So, do the math and you end up with only paying $204 for the $1,000 deduction. In effect, it’s more bang for your buck and the charity gets the full $1,000. “The big thing is that you’re being kind,” Soukup says. That’s the reason we have so many great charitable organizations that help our communities in a number of ways.” This article has been written for informational purposes. Please consult your own financial advisor for personalized advice. Kay Rios, Ph.D., is a freelance writer based in Fort Collins.
Need a resolution for 2018? Consider adding journaling as your newest healthy habit. By Michelle Venus
Almost everyone has started a journal at some point or another. There is a little thrill about opening the cover of a brand new blank book and seeing that very first pristine page. For some, it’s easy to pick up the pen and start recording thoughts, dreams and inspirations. For others. journaling is a daunting task. The very idea of committing one’s innermost confessions to paper is enough to close the book and put it back on the shelf. Don’t do that. Keep the book out and make journaling your newest healthy habit. And with 2018 just around the corner, right now—this very moment—might be the perfect time to consider putting an asterisk next to that particular line item in your resolution list. Journaling is proven to have significant health benefits. James Pennebaker, a psychologist and researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, concludes that regular journaling boosts the immune system. Pennebaker’s research has shown that journaling about stressful events helps the writer come to terms with the trauma, thus reducing the impact of stressors on physical health. Ariana Friedlander, founder of Rosabella Consulting and author of A Misfit Entrepreneur’s Guide to Building a Business Your Way, started journaling when she was 15. In a roundabout way she was inspired by a teacher. Ariana dreamed of becoming a writer but was humiliated in front of her class by her ninth grade English teacher who criticized her writing in front of the class, and her aspirations died that day. But something inside told her to go out and buy a journal and write, write, write. That’s exactly what she did, and poured out stream-of-consciousness prose. Ariana’s journal became a safe place for her thoughts: a place that gave her room for looking at her world and the world at large. For years, the stream of consciousness format was her modus operandi. But over time, as Ariana developed as an entrepreneur, the format of her journaling evolved. She found herself ideating—deep diving into how her business could become more successful, and documenting brain dumps and tasks that would take her to the next level of success. The journal morphed into including project concepts, daily and weekly planning pages that set priorities, and personal and business-related habits. Her journal is now a vital business tool. A lot of Ariana’s current journaling techniques spring from “bullet journaling.” It’s the popular, new let’s-sit-with-this-cool-kid-at-thelunch-table way to organize thoughts and goals. Her journals have moved from lines of written word to plotting projects, tracking habits and priorities, as well as brainstorming ideas and still recording stream of consciousness. Now, her journal is used for all her deep thinking. “My journal is my life,” laughs Ariana. “I don’t know what I would do without it.” Like Ariana, Lauri Pointer, a Fort Collins-based energy healer, started her journaling practice in high school. She is a certified instructor in the Journal to the Self® technique. Her day starts with meditation and journaling and she has found that by writing down her intentions, she is more inclined to actually act upon them and accomplish her goals. She conducts monthly journaling workshops that are open to the public, as well as workshops for City of Fort Collins employees as part of their wellness program. “Don’t work at journaling,” advises Lauri. “Play at it. It should be fun and creative.” Glue sticks, magazines and colored pencils are the tools that help Lauri and her students take journaling to that level. Another piece of advice is to keep your journal private, and not just say it to yourself, but announce it out loud. Wrap a rubber band around the book and write, “This is my private journal, please respect that,” on
the inside cover. The assurance of privacy provides an environment for more open and honest expression. Journaling is best and most effective when the journal is completely truthful. Write quickly. This is when grammar and spelling don’t matter. And most important, keep with it. Write, and write and write. Lauri is a big fan of bubble or cluster journaling which utilizes the creative right brain and taps into inner wisdom and intuition. It keeps the journaler away from linear writing. This practice includes putting a key word or image in the middle of the page. From that center point, start writing words that spring into your mind and then draw a circle around it, connecting with a line to the center prompt. Do that again and again, from the original prompt and from the words that stem off of it. “My workshop students are always amazed at what comes from this exercise,” she says. “I tell them the message was always there, they just needed to find it.” Artist and former Northern Colorado resident Caterina Giglio (her work can be seen at EsScentuals in downtown Fort Collins) maintains an art journal based on Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. Her book of choice is a Strathmore Mixed Media journal. Each month she starts with a two-page blank spread and just writes. She’ll turn her journal in different directions and send the writing shooting off that way or this. From that process she moves to creating imagery based on the themes developed on the written pages. “The words give birth to the images,” explains Caterina. Caterina’s journaling practice often brings up thoughts and emotions that are simmering just below the surface of her consciousness. “Journaling helps me to process these deep-seated thoughts and emotions,” she says. “Many times, I’ll look at the finished written pages and think, “Oh, so that’s what that was about. Huh.’ And then I think about how I illustrate this.” Creating the associated imagery is often the most difficult part of Caterina’s process. “I have to just let go and allow what is supposed to take place on the page happen… letting my muse take over,” she explains. “Releasing control of how it’s ‘supposed’ to look, because you want to make it pretty for people to look at…whatever it’s going to be is what it’s going to be.” Caterina shares her monthly art journal entries on her self-titled blog, along with links to YouTube videos of her creating them. Ariana, Lauri and Caterina have the same words of advice for new journalers: Do what works for you. Find the blank
book, the writing implements, the materials and images, the time, and the technique that make your practice pleasurable and meaningful. The most important thing to remember is that your journaling practice is yours and you get to make it whatever it needs to be. So go get that blank book. Find the perfect pen. And then let your heart sing onto the page.
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Workshops Rosabella Consulting January 11, 2018 EntrepreNerds Annual Planning Workshop Learn to set up your journal as the ultimate planning tool by taking those scattered ideas floating about in your head and gather them into one place—your journal; organize and prioritize your ideas; align your ideas with your purpose; set 2018 goals; populate your calendar. Register online at www.rosabellaconsulting.com. Lauri Pointer, HTCP Energy Healing and Wellness Monthly Journaling Workshop First Monday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. First Tuesday of the month, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Register online at www.lauripointer.com. Books Journal to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth - Open the Door to Self-Understanding by Writing, Reading, and Creating a Journal of Your Life ~Kathleen Adams The Artist’s Way: 25th Anniversary Edition ~Julia Cameron Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration ~Meera Lee Patel A Misfit Entrepreneur’s Guide to Building a Business Your Way ~Ariana Friedlander
Michelle Venus is a freelance writer and editor living and working in a little old bungalow in Old Town Fort Collins. She can be found pedaling her bike to coffee shops and happy hours, and is known to dance in the office. Any office.
Mosey on Over to Cozy By Michelle Venus
Here’s your guide to hygge, the Danish concept of creating an atmosphere of comfort and contentment. As the days get shorter and the mercury dips lower, getting cozy becomes more important. The Danish are experts at cozy and even have a word—hygge (pronounced hue-gah)—that embodies the concept. It even made The Oxford Dictionary’s “word of the year” shortlist in 2016. There is no English word that directly translates to hygge, which is used as both a noun and an adjective. But we all know what hygge is: it’s feeling contentment and wellbeing by embracing life’s simpler side. It’s spending time with family and friends and
creating a nurturing and warm environment where screen time is minimal and human interaction takes priority. Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of The Little Book of Hygge quotes Winnie the Pooh, “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”
Lighting and Layering
It’s not difficult to bring hygge into your home. Start with candles. Everywhere. All
the time. The soft and flattering light brings everything closer to center. Not a fan of candles? No problem. Invest in dimmer switches and banish harsh overhead lighting. Interior designer and principal of ANJO Designs, Amy Laner, recommends layering the lighting in your house. “Use a combination of table lamps, sconces and overhead lighting,” she says. Layering combines different kinds of light to create particular moods or atmosphere. Making sure your lightbulbs are matched in hue makes a difference, she says, and prevents warm light from bumping STYLEMEDIA.COM
“People still want their open floor plans,” she says, “but they also want a place they can escape to where they can still be a part of everything that’s going on, but have a quiet, restful place to go.”
into cool light. It’s very subtle, but very effective when the quality of light is consistent. You’re lucky if you have a fireplace or wood stove. The warmth and light thrown from a fireplace is über hygge. There’s a reason people have gathered around the fire for millennia. It’s about heat and light and food. Sitting in front of the fireplace is cozy and encourages conversation. Think about other ways to layer. Throwblankets tossed over the back of the sofa or across the foot of the bed. Heavy curtains insulate against the outside cold and muffle interior sound. Amy is a big proponent of paying attention to and softening acoustics. “You don’t want sound bouncing all over the room,” she says.
Amy’s clients are asking for quieter,
retreat-like spaces to be incorporated into their homes. It could be something as simple as a quiet little nook under a staircase where you can go to read. But it doesn’t have to be a space shuttled off to the side and separate from the rest of the house. “People still want their open floor plans,” she says, “but they also want a place they can escape to where they can still be a part of everything that’s going on, but have a quiet, restful place to go.” Home owners are also creating these spaces to evolve as their families grow. For instance, a young child’s playroom can easily turn into a space where teenagers can gather later on. “But keep the screens out,” says Amy. Screens and hygge don’t go together, whereas hygge and hanging out with good friends and family do.
—Amy Laner, ANJO Designs
Spending time with family and friends is a central component to hygge. Break out the board games or craft projects and hot cocoa (with marshmallows, of course) and spend the day laughing and talking. No screens. That’s the rule. Studies show that spending time with loved ones keeps us happy. Cuddling, whether with your significant other, kiddos or a pet releases the hormone oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone,” throughout the body. Loving touch actually reduces stress, fear and pain. Futurist Faith Popcorn talks of the new “clanning,” or “hanging out with like types and those with similar beliefs.” We're “micro-clanning” too, she says, referring to friends breaking from those with divergent views. There's a lot of road ahead to burrow
in further, she believes, citing the arrival of artificial intelligence, and robots as helpers and friends. So, gather the gang around. Make some popcorn and rekindle the experiences you enjoyed as a child, when family time was a priority.
Hot beverages rate high on the hygge meter: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, mulled wine. Cradling a mug of something warm in both hands is soothing and slows life down. It sends warmth and coziness from your fingertips to the very center of your body. Are you seeing a trend here?
You are what you eat, the saying goes. And that applies to hygge, too. Comfort food scores big points. It’s not necessary to start perfecting Scandinavian recipes to incorporate this aspect of hygge into your life. Think of the foods that embrace cozy. Maybe it’s a pot of stew or soup bubbling on the stovetop. Or a chicken pot pie in the oven. Or your mom’s recipe for tomato sauce. Bake a cake, bread or some muffins. Very hygge. It’s about foods that make you happy and instill a sense of comfort. The process is important, too. Cracking the eggs, sifting the flour and mixing the batter all add to the sense of contentment that hygge embodies.
Pull out the Smartwool® socks, your favorite comfy pants and oversized sweaters. This should not be hard to do in northern Colorado, where these articles of clothing are de rigueur in just about everyone’s wardrobe. Invest in a softly knitted beanie that you can pull down over your ears. Don a pair of gloves. Again, it’s all about increasing the cozy comfort factor. You can incorporate hygge concepts into your professional wardrobe. Think layering: scarves over sweaters, and jackets over shirts, over a skirt or comfy pants or leggings. Hair and makeup are casual and unfussy.
While hygge gets a lot of hype when cold winds start blowing, it really is a year-round concept, Amy advises. Candles can be burned anytime of the year. Move outdoors. Play board games on the front porch instead of around the kitchen table. Invite friends over for a dinner under twinkle lights in the backyard and follow that with your favorite movie projected onto an impromptu outdoor movie screen. And don’t forget the popcorn. It doesn’t take a lot of money or effort to bring hygge into your life. It’s about slowliving, and the small changes that make for a happy and well-lived life. Michelle Venus is a freelance writer and editor based in Fort Collins.
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During the Holidays By Angeline Grenz
For most, the holidays are a time for family and festivities. But for your pet, the holidays may mean something much more toxic: a time of chaos, forbidden treats and sparkling tinsel, all of which can be deadly if their humans fail to take precautions.
Danger to pets can come on many fronts during the holidays: food and plant items that may be poisonous, shiny solid items that pets ingest but then cannot pass, and stress from a normally quiet household gone wild. Generally, there are three food items that are the top culprits for food toxicity in both cats and dogs, says Maura Backstrom, DVM, at Moore Animal Hospital. “They are onions or garlic (anything in the onion family), grapes, and chocolate.” How toxic is chocolate really? Depends on the type of chocolate (dark chocolate is worse than milk) and the pet, but Dr. Backstrom advises, “If your pet eats any chocolate, call your vet immediately. Even a little can be lethal.” But during the holidays, when even the most reluctant cook breaks out the Cuisinart®, other food hazards can pop up. “Anything fatty, or with large pieces of fat on it, can cause pancreatitis, vomiting and diarrhea,” says Dr. Backstrom. Cooked bones of any kind are also dangerous—they can splinter in the stomach and cause gastric distress or even perforate the colon. Alcohol and marijuana are also dangers that can be more frequently present during festive times. However you choose to party, keep both items away from your pets. Both secondhand marijuana smoke exposure and marijuana edibles can pose dangers for dogs and cats. Alcohol can depress the central nervous system and cause difficulty breathing, even death. Poinsettias and many other household plants can be toxic to dogs and cats. “Be careful bringing live things into the house,” cautions Dr. Backstrom. “Put them up where pets cannot reach them, or better yet, leave them at the office.” Just like their human counterparts, the bright lights and shiny objects that appear during the holiday season often dazzle pets. Dogs, cats and even birds can be drawn to sparkly tinsel and flashing lights just as easily as we are, but without the same good sense not to take a taste. Anything ingested but indigestible can cause a linear foreign body in the stomach or intestines, which can be costly to remove at the very least, and deadly at their most serious. Dr. Backstrom recommends using a baby playpen that can be set around the Christmas tree to block pets from playing with any of these enticing objects. Finally, keep in mind that all the chaos, good cheer, stress and revelry of the holiday season can cause both overstimulation and depression in your pet, but a little planning and
mindfulness can help deter pets from getting into trouble. “Animals are just going to get into things,” says Dr. Backstrom. “Make sure your dog is getting plenty of attention. It is a busy time for us and we may not give pets the same amount of attention as we normally would.” She also recommends keeping all trash locked up, so they don’t get bored and decide to see what is lurking in there. If you do throw a loud, boisterous party, put your pets in a separate, safe and quiet room where they won’t get stressed or overwhelmed. Finally, she reminds pet owners that no toys are completely safe. “We generally recommend that you allow pets to play with new toys only when they are being supervised.” Signs that your pet may have gotten into something include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, excessive drooling, signs that they are ataxic or weak. If your pet demonstrates any of these, contact your vet. “Even a phone call is better than waiting it out to see if the signs go away,” says Dr. Backstrom. “If the signs happen during off-hours, take your pet to the nearest vet emergency room or hospital.” Do not, she adds, check in with “Dr. Google” for advice, or proceed with administering human medications without speaking to your veterinarian first. Taking precautions may save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in emergency vet bills. If, in fact, you know your pet has eaten a particular food or plant but you are uncertain as to its toxicity, consult a reliable website such as www.aspca.org. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ website contains detailed lists of poisonous plants, people-foods pets should avoid and poisonous household products. If your pet has ingested something from the list of harmful foods or products, or has eaten something that could get lodged in the gastrointestinal system, Dr. Backstrom says, “Err on the side of caution and check in with your vet.” These simple precautions can make the difference between a holiday to remember and one you’d rather forget. Angeline Grenz is a freelance writer and small-business owner based in Loveland. She can be reached at email@example.com.
A custom home at Coyote Ridge embodies a lodge ambience with sophisticated high-end finishes. By Lynette Chilcoat
Ask Dave Feyen what he likes most about his custom home in Coyote Ridge, and the answer is simple. “My favorite part of living here is just being in the country,” he says. Surrounded by open fields of tawny grasses and stately cottonwoods, nary the thrum of traffic, nor the bustle of city life is in evidence at the development north of Johnstown. And yet, amenities such as Centerra and the Promenade Shops at the Interstate 25 and Highway 34 interchange are just minutes away. An unobstructed eastern horizon offers the chance to gaze at golden sunrises. With
just a handful of lots in the development, substantial ranchettes are situated acres apart. The feel is one of natural serenity where a small community big on personal privacy thrives. “I like coming home and chilling out,” continues Dave. “It feels homey and real cozy.” And that, after all, is what a home is all about. It’s an atmosphere Dave and his wife, Taunya, have pulled together well in their western-style home, where they have lived for a little more than a year. Built by NoCO Custom Homes LLC,
a firm owned by Jason and Dani Jones, the structure consists of three levels, with most of the common living areas on the main level. Arched doorways interweave throughout the myriad angular aspects, creating a wonderful, soothing balance. Exposed ceiling beams and walls painted a delicious shade of caramel cream lend themselves to a lodge ambience, complemented by hardwood floors installed by Carpet Exchange of Fort Collins. Imagine More, a leading regional lighting and high-tech home product provider, installed Control 4 for the integrated blinds.
“We really tried to capture the western view, but still get a sense of seclusion,” says Jason. Cheyenne-based Schroll Cabinets, which has a showroom in Fort Collins, installed deluxe knotty elder cabinetry that features a “glazing application that gives a lot of warmth and depth, yet offers cohesiveness,” says Dani Jones. And Loveland's Stoneworks of Colorado provided the kitchen countertops, which tie together the recurring theme of gray, tan and taupe stone prominent in the home. “The mixture of stone and wood really did create a warm environment,” says
Taunya, vice president and chief financial officer at Snaptron Inc., in Windsor. A splash of red is used as an accent color, seen on the breakfast nook cushions and in the great room carpet downstairs. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in the living room and master bedroom are loaded not with classic books, but framed family photos in all shapes and sizes. The home office to the right of the front door, where Dave runs Redline Trucking Inc., is envy-worthy with a fireplace topped by a large rendition of a longhorn skull in southwestern hues, repeating an artistic motif seen throughout the house.
The master suite lies in a continuous line from west to east. The bed faces another fireplace sparkling like glitter with a crystallike base beneath natural gas flames. The expansive windows offer sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains. In the bathroom, a luxury tub is bordered with slate, with shelves to house candles and curios. Another side features a glass pane overlooking green pastures. A dazzling chandelier illuminates the space and a walk-in wardrobe closet the size of a studio completes the ensemble. In the basement, where the bar, wine room and guest quarters are situated, a powder room sports a petrified wood sink basin.
Not to be forgotten is the attached four-car garage and a separate barn-style shop with two more garage bays, one oversized for an RV.
“I like coming home and chilling out,” says Dave Feyen, who lives in a custom home in Coyote Ridge with his wife, Taunya. Their basement includes a bar, wine room and guest quarters.
About the Builder NoCO Custom Homes LLC specializes in capturing the custom market, and in turn has captured the heart and soul of NOCO residents, voted by Style readers as Best Custom Builder of 2017. An impressive accomplishment only five years out of the starting gate—the company has been in existence since 2012. “I've always been interested in investing in real estate, and so started with rental fix-and-flips,” says Jason of his motivation, which came after two tours in Iraq as a Marine. “We founded NoCO at the kitchen table of an apartment,” adds Dani. Her background was in nursing, but “as Northern Colorado got bigger, there came a pivotal moment when we either needed to hire someone or for me to work full time in the business.” The husband-and-wife team built 14 homes last year, but that number increased to 17 this year. Their focus is decidedly on quality rather than quantity. Jason says the award was a pleasant surprise. “It was not something we sought out or asked for,” he says. “We do have a big presence on social media and so our brand recognition is out there.” Lynette Chilcoat owns Chilcoat Custom Literary based in Loveland. She has 20 years experience enjoying the freelancer’s lifestyle.
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Seasonal Style Interior designers offer their favorite decorating tips to bedeck your home for the holidays. By Kyle Eustice
Christmas is nearly here, but your home is still missing the decorative touches that make it feel like the beloved winter holiday is here. The relatives are due to arrive any day now and thereâ€™s minimal time to throw something together to impress your winter guests. Thatâ€™s where interior decorators come in, who are able to assist in warming up your home for the holidays. Interior designer Gayle Kwan has a plethora of ideas that can quickly spruce up your home. Kwan, who earned degrees in studio art and industrial design, worked in interior design for many years before taking
a 10-year break to raise her children. In 2011, she started her own business, Sparrow House of Design, which serves as an interior workroom. The firm upholsters furniture, makes soft goods such as drapes, shades, bedding and cushions, and helps clients with design and space planning. Kwan has noticed that many of the same trends from the 2016 holiday season have stuck around. In particular, various shades of metallics (think gold and copper) complement each other well, and emanate a certain warmth against the deep green of a Christmas tree.
“I don’t think the trends have changed much from last year,” Kwan explains. “I see pastel decorations, metallics and soft matte gold still being the popular trends. Decorations that have the look of handmade modern objects created with organic materials are fun and interesting. Colors and objects that are light and delicate opposed to the more traditional greens and reds, too.” The holiday decor can begin the second your guests arrive at the door. A simple wreath or garland works wonders. To spice things up, add potpourri and various scented products. “A wreath on the door and a decorated foyer make for a great first impression,” she says. “Holiday scents and potpourri are always holiday comforts that everyone enjoys. Also, gift packages in the guest room that are full of holiday scents like lotions and soaps are fun, too.” That’s not to say that traditional colors aren’t welcome. Red, gold, alpine green and natural elements such as pinecones, holly, cinnamon sticks, dried fruits such as orange slices, mistletoe and raffia easily add plenty of holiday flavor to a home. These elements are also relatively inexpensive. For example, cinnamon sticks can be purchased during a grocery store run for under $5, and a bag of pinecones costs less than $10. If you want to send the kids on a fun outdoor mission, pinecones can often be found on the ground in your neighborhood for free. Fellow interior designer Sharon Larson, owner of Larson Design in Windsor, also recommends a more natural approach. “When all else fails, use red and white with a little sparkle,” Larson says. “It's timeless, elegant and will outlive any trend. If you like natural colors and nature-themed holiday decor, red and/or white pair beautifully with this as well.” One of her biggest tips involves the front of the house, and once inside, something as simple as a candle, essential oil diffusers or a festive pillow can add to the holiday ambiance. “Don’t make things overly fussy,” she says. “First, start with your front entry. A beautiful wreath—whether handmade or store-bought—or garland or potted winter greens and lights make an entry so pretty and welcoming for any visitor. I prefer cozy for my guests and love to add holiday throw blankets and pillows. Spend time creating a beautiful Christmas tree and add some beautifully scented holiday candles. “Essential oil diffusers also work great and you can actually blend your owns scents,” she continues. “You can always add holiday greens and plants, and don't forget a little sparkle and holiday music. Last, prepare or buy a nice assortment of snacks and beverages for your guests’ arrival to make them feel especially welcomed and at home.” Larson also reiterates that last-minute holiday decorations don’t have to break the bank. Faux trees are easily reusable every year, taking the trek to the Christmas tree lot off the list. “Invest in beautiful faux Christmas greens and a real, live Christmas tree,” she says. “These are staples every year at Christmas. I am a bit frugal and am careful with trends, so I always buy what I love, even if I pay a little more and buy less quantity, that I know I will use for several years. I like the idea of heirloom ornaments and keepsakes, so my main tree is full of very special ornaments and memories. “Whether or not you love modern or traditional decor, live Christmas trees, garland, wreaths and swags are beautiful, smell wonderful and add such a beautiful touch of elegance.” Kyle Eustice is a writer from Omaha, Nebraska, who spent time in Santa Fe, New Mexico, honing her craft. After a return to Omaha, she settled in Fort Collins with husband, Paul Lukes, and two dogs, Petey and Paco. To read about how NOCO residents are decking the halls, both indoors and out, check out “Passionate About Holiday Decorating,” at www.stylemagazinecolorado.com.
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Photogenic By Michelle Venus
The Center for Fine Art Photography captivates visitors and showcases the work of art photographers at every stage of their careers.
Picture this: a photography center that hosts juried exhibitions featuring the work of international artists and nurtures photographers at every stage of their careers, especially early on, when professional launching pads are few and far between. And picture this: a prestigious nonprofit organization known for giving attention to artists’ observations of the world around them, featured in beautifully curated shows that have broad audience appeal and refuses to shy away from complicated or controversial imagery. And this: a gallery that facilitates learning, inspiration and connection through
photography; where the playing field is equal and stipends and scholarships are offered to every level—from youth programs to portfolio reviews to solo exhibitioners. That exists in Fort Collins. Perched on the northern fringe of the Creative District, The Center for Fine Art Photography (C4FAP) has been presenting impactful exhibitions in its three galleries since 2004. Executive director Hamidah Glasgow seeks out renowned jurors and curators from all over the world to explore a wide variety of themes and social issues. An exhibition featuring portraits isn’t going to be all about smiling, happy faces. You might see a goat. Or a
woman courageously baring her mastectomy. Or photographs that deeply explore the vulnerability of gender identity. Individually, each image is a strong statement; a unique perspective, a point of view. Collectively, they are masterful. But there is so much more to the Center than being a showcase for fine art photography. For many photographers who are just starting to ping on the edge of the radar, it is an opportunity to jumpstart their careers. Often, inclusion in a C4FAP exhibition is the first time a photographer is showing his or her work. “The Center is known for bringing emerging artists to the forefront,” says STYLEMEDIA.COM
"Flamingo" Wendi Schneider Denver
Hamidah Glasgow, Executive director Center for Fine Art Photography
"Moths Circling On Field Of Light #8" Katie Kalkstein Fort Collins
"Flow" Lubomir Rechtorik Slovakia
“The Center is known for bringing emerging artists to the forefront. These are very talented artists who are not yet ready to be taken on by a museum or a major gallery. That’s our specialty.”
Hamidah. “These are very talented artists who are not yet ready to be taken on by a museum or a major gallery. That’s our specialty. Oftentimes we’ll see people [who have exhibited at C4FAP] moving onto other juried exhibitions. Then we’ll bring them back to do a solo show. Then they have more solo shows—they’re on to bigger and better things. A lot of people in the industry talk about The Center as a launching pad. Curators and gallerists watch what’s being shown here and they’re noticing the artists we hang.” That’s been the experience for Fort Collins photographer Katie Kalkstein. Her work is largely based on environmental issues and has been exhibited at the Center several times. “When I found The Center for Fine Art Photography, it was like a beacon of light in the photography world,” she says. “Hamidah has been able to bring in so many people from all over the world and so much wonderful photography. And she has the ability to connect people on a global level and start conversations on subjects that really matter.” Katie has seen her career advance. She has met curators and important figures win the photography world that would have been out of reach without her relationship with the Center. Those people have introduced her and her work to others, resulting in having her photography exhibited in galleries, festivals, and public art installations in Denver, San Diego, Portland, Scottsdale, Austria, and China. “I wouldn’t have had these opportunities without the Center,” she says. She’s received additional guidance in portfolio reviews and advice from peers. Another C4FAP exhibitor, New York based photographer Kris Graves, has his work in collections at the Guggenheim, the Brooklyn Museum, and Yale University Library, among others. Still other photographers, such as Benjamin Rasmussen, have gone on to commercial success. Rasmussen’s work has appeared in Vogue, National Geographic, Wired and the New York Times. Last spring he shot Donald Trump for Time magazine. The Center is entirely funded through memberships, donations, grants and artist-entry fees for exhibitions. “We’re not a for-profit gallery, though people can purchase artwork we exhibit,” explains Hamidah. “In that respect, we are not a museum. But we’re more like a museum space than a gallery, because we are a 501(c)(3) public non-profit organization. We’re here to serve the community and the photographers.” A typical artists’ reception at the Center is populated with patrons, jurors and curators, and exhibitors, who often travel long distances to attend. It’s not unusual to have artists from the United States to China rub elbows with art photography enthusiasts at these events. The artists talk about their work—what inspired it, their approach, challenges they faced, and stepping outside their comfort zones. At a recent reception, Montana artist Matthew Hamon described his experience taking portraits for his project “Gymnosophy” at a naturists’ community in Ontario, Canada, where all residents are nude. Even visitors have to follow the rules, so Matthew disrobed and then created imagery that commingled “aesthetics and techniques associated with both journalism and formal portraiture to capture authentic, narrative images of the culture.” The Center for Fine Art Photography is truly a gem in northern Colorado’s art scene. It rivals similar centers in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and is much easier to get to. Added bonus: there’s on-site parking. It’s worth the time to visit. You’ll be inspired, challenged and enthralled. Promise. Michelle Venus is a freelance writer and editor based in Fort Collins.
By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer
Colorado is known as a winter wonderland for skiers, but there are loads of other wintry activities to do in the Centennial State. Some of these outings require a venturesome nature, but others are experiences that anyone can enjoy.
Fine Dining at 10,500 Feet For those looking for a one-of-a-kind dining experience, here’s one that comes with bragging rights. Tennessee Pass Cookhouse, located at the base of Ski Cooper, just outside of Leadville, provides a dinner like none other. The Cookhouse is part of the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, which features cross country ski trails and lodging in new, off-the-grid yurts that include room service options. Whether you stay and play or just come for dinner at the Cookhouse, this destination is pure Colorado. A meal at the Cookhouse requires some effort on the part of the guest. One must ski or snowshoe approximately one mile to the venue, but never fear, skis, snowshoes and headlamps are provided upon arrival and included in the price of dinner, or guests can bring their own gear. The Cookhouse’s four-course dinner will satisfy every taste with options such as rack of lamb, stuffed trout and vegetarian entrees. This meal is guaranteed to create memories for a lifetime. Reservations are required. For more information, including gift certificates, visit www.TennesseePass.com. Your Yurt Awaits There’s nothing cozier than cuddling up in front of a crackling fire in a yurt that’s covered in freshly fallen snow. Less than two hours from Fort Collins, along Highway 14, and just over Cameron Pass, three yurts stand as sentinels overlooking a sweeping landscape. The North Park Yurts are the only Never Summer Nordic yurts that are dog-friendly in the winter and accessible by car year-round. Never Summer has other, more remote yurts around Northern Colorado. Packing for a stay here is like packing for a camping trip, except that the North Park yurts have kitchens that include propane-fueled cooking surfaces and big tubs for storing food and washing dishes. Solar-powered LED lights have been installed in these yurts as well. The Never Summer Nordic yurts include thoughtful touches like a bench near the fireplace and hooks for wet snow pants and coats. There’s cross country skiing and snowshoeing available right outside the front door. Each yurt also has its own large, wooden outhouse, and if there’s snow on the ground digging out a pathway between the yurt and the outhouse should be the first priority upon arrival; it makes life much easier, especially at night. Never Summer Nordic recently added a new cabin to the North Park yurts land. The Willow Lodge Cabin is also dog-friendly and has drive-up access year-round. Learn more about this cabin and all Never Summer Nordic’s yurts at www.NeverSummerNordic.com. Dog Sledding at Snow Mountain Ranch Snow Mountain Ranch, a YMCA of the Rockies property outside of Winter Park, lives up to its name. While it’s fun in the summer, this destination shines in the winter and it would take a weeklong stay to participate in all the activities available, but one of their most unique offerings is dog sledding. Both guests and visitors may book a short ride, but the long ride is an incredible hands-on experience. Available Photos by Tim Gormley Jr. at tgimage.com.
only to guests staying at Snow Mountain Ranch, these rides are offered on Friday mornings and last about 50 minutes. If you’ve ever watched the Iditarod and wondered what it would be like to experience that legendary race, this is the excursion for you. Participants are paired with a “musher,” and a dog team. A musher is the driver of the dog sled. The rider is situated in the standing position behind the musher who is also standing. The musher does all the required leaning of the sled and commanding the dogs–the rider’s job is to hold on and enjoy the ride– and what a ride it is. The trails at Snow Mountain Ranch run across large open fields and through snowy forests where the occasional deer or squirrel goes bounding by. As exciting as this outing is, it’s also incredibly peaceful. Winter lodging at Snow Mountain Ranch includes year-round yurts, lodge rooms and cabins of various sizes. It’s a wonderful place to experience with friends or family because there are so many activities to do on the property. To learn about all the winter offerings, go to www.SnowMountainRanch.org. Sleigh Rides and Mining Camps Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh isn’t only the stuff of Christmas carols. Located in the woods halfway between Breckenridge and Frisco, Golden Horseshoe Tours, formerly Nordic Sleigh Rides, has a variety of outings for the entire family. They offer family-friendly excursions, a live mining camp experience complete with dinner and romantic sleigh rides for two. The sleigh-ride packages are popular with the romance-minded, and staff can help organize a surprise engagement ride and will even arrange for a photographer to capture the moment. With recent changes in ownership due to a retirement, Golden Horseshoe Tours has added a more immersive experience at the property’s newly remodeled “mining camp.” Costumed characters welcome and incorporate guests into the mining camp story when the horse-drawn wagon arrives, making this an experience that your family won’t soon forget. Visit www.ColoradoSleighRides.com to learn about all the excursions available at this Summit County property. Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is the founder of HeidiTown.com and author of The Heidi Guide. She covers festivals and travel in the Mountain West.
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More than 450 guests came to celebrate and support the priceless companion, exotic, and barnyard animals Larimer Humane Society (LHS) cares for every year at this 19th annual event. The rockinâ€™ gala started with a social hour of appetizers, libations, and the introduction of the pet parade adoptable pets. Guests enjoyed The Fab 4 as they bid on more than 200 silent auction items generously donated by local businesses and individual supporters of the shelter. The event included a delicious dinner, Paw Studded Adoptable Pet Parade and live auction, and concluded with raising a record-breaking $150,000 and two kitties finding forever homes that evening. Proceeds from the event will benefit LHS and their mission to further the compassionate, safe, and responsible relationship between animals and people. Photos courtesy of Bill Standerfer Photography.
Timiry McCaskell, Josh Russell, Kelsy Russell, Jay Kurth, Jennifer Kurth, Jason McCaskell
Christine Cortney, Jen Mommer
Paddy Gregory, Leone Coryell
Brandon Keenon, Nate Davis, Angie Davis, Karen Horak holding Lucy, Karen Morris, Dee Lawler, Chris Lawler
Marija Balic, Sarah Bashore
Scott & Beth Kanemoto & baby
Sean & Sarah McMurray
Handler Kathy Dow with Jude
HOPS & HOT RODS September 16 | The Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch | Fort Collins Classics, Moderns, Imports, Exotics, Trucks, 4X4â€™s, and Rat Rods were some of the categories of vehicles on display at the second annual car show to benefit the United Way of Larimer County. Hosted by Anheuser Busch, this employee driven and planned event showcased more than 100 polished and beautifully maintained vehicles along with their proud owners. More than 500 attended the fun event with many multi-generations of families admiring the gems and casting their votes for their favorites. Awards, live music, hot dogs and beer were all part of the festivities. Photos courtesy of Alexander Photography.
UNITED WAY TAILGATE September 23 UNC Nottingham Field | Greeley
Chad Schneider, winner of best in show.
Gene Bocis, Erich Fromm, Katie Fromm
Josh Fromm, winner of classic import 1981-2000.
Rob Record, winner of best early import (pre-1960) and best exotic car.
Great weather greeted the more than 300 community members who attended the 20th annual United Way of Weld County Tillers Club Tailgate. The classic fall tradition brought Tiller Club donors and their guests under the big tent at UNC Nottingham Field to enjoy a true tailgate with food, drinks, door prizes, entertainment and tickets to the game. Proceeds from the event benefit United Way of Weld County and their mission to improve the lives of people by mobilizing the caring power of our community.
Jeannine Truswell, Donna Lakin
Jennifer & Tim Brynteson
Ted & Sue Warner
Juana & Justin Martinez
Margie Martinez, Betsy Ross, Brent Ross, Marcus Cervantes
THE GREELEY DREAM TEAM BREAKFAST September 26 | DoubleTree by Hilton | Greeley Thirty years of realizing education dreams was at the forefront of this special breakfast bringing together guests from across the Greeley-Evans District 6 community. The event included a reunion of founders of The Greeley Dream Team, two short films commemorating the history and future of the Dream Team, and testimonials from current students and alumni. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit programs to expand services to new students. Since 1987, the Greeley Dream Team has provided services to thousands of students in District 6, including $401,500 in scholarships.
Barb Slobojan, Elizabeth Barber, Bob Tointon
Mayor Tom Norton, Insoon Olson
Deirdre Pilch, Terri Pappas
Jody Margheim, Sarah Wyscaver, Shannon McCasland
RFC DONOR APPRECIATION September 26 | Realities for Children Homebase | Fort Collins More than 150 people gathered to celebrate the completion and official opening of the new Realities For Children (RFC) Homebase Facilities and Youth Activities Campus. All in attendance were designated donors to this world-class model of youth services and community collaboration. Offering free access for 31 partner youth agencies united in collaboration for children and families in need, this resource will enhance Realities For Children Charities services. With the generous help of a matching challenge grant by the Richardson Foundation, the Homebase campaign raised over a million dollars in designated gifts to see this valuable community resource fully funded.
Ed Osgood, Nancy Richardson, Cindy DeGroot, Carrie Baumgart, Kent & Debbie Obermann
Photos courtesy of Craig Vollmer Photography.
Tom & Kathy Metier, Kent Obermann, Phil & Tawnya Chupik, Janet & Grant Ritz
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM September 29 FCMoD | Fort Collins The Fort Collins Museum of Discoveryâ€™s (FCMoD) annual fundraiser, Night at the Museum, was a spectacularly fun 1920s themed evening full of community camaraderie and museum centric experiences. Guests enjoyed drinks, dining and dancing, and a chance to discover different explorations in science and history of the 1920s at five stations located throughout the museum. This second annual event raised $62,000 to benefit the FCMoD and its programs to provide fun and hands-on educational opportunities for the more than 100,000 guests who visit annually. Photos courtesy of Robert Parrott Photography.
A VINTAGE AFFAIR September 29 | CSU oncampus stadium | Fort Collins
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Annie Schimmel, Keaton Brown, Madison Marshall, Braden Kelleher, Lauren Hartwick, Phil Hartwick
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Andrew Schneider, Jesse Elliott, Brett Rindt, Anthony McGlaun
Guests, sponsors, beverage vendors and volunteers came together to celebrate the 16th anniversary of this classic wine- and beer-tasting event sponsored by Wilburâ€™s Total Beverage. The event, this year hosted at the new CSU on-campus stadium, featured fine wine and craft brew tastings, distinctive appetizers, silent and live auctions and drawings for 99 bottles of beer and 99 bottles of wine. Proceeds raised at this signature event for Pathways Hospice to benefit the Children's Healing Garden, whose purpose will be to provide solace for grieving and ill children in the community.
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