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July/August 2017 | Our Family, Food, and Fun Issue Longmont AT A GLANCE Everything you love about summer; enough music, food, drinks entertainment to fill those longer, warmer (and all too fleeting) days with friends and family. PAGE 70

70 Eat, Drink, Be Merry! Summer is the time for enjoying food, family and fun. So many of our summertime family activities have a traditional food component: Hot dogs and ball games, fried chicken and picnics, corn dogs and funnel cakes at the fair. Longmont, to be sure, has its share of those things, but we also like to do things a little differently. Food here often evolves around social opportunities, farm dinners, hanging out on a favorite patio, even raising community funds and awareness. Socially conscious and family friendly are what we’re all about. Even our County Fair presents an opportunity to sample from local farms and chefs, not to mention the weekly farmers market. You’ll find healthy snacks, fresh produce, honey and even skincare, as well as kids activities and live music. Music and entertainment events abound well into the fall and serve up a piping hot good time for the whole family, while showcasing our local talent and products. Good food is only part of the family and fun equation, but with so many ways to enjoy it, it might just be the best. - Misty Kaiser 4 LONGMONT MAGAZINE



Fair Food the Way It’s Meant to Be

NONPROFIT St. Vrain Historical Society takes guests back to 1925 at Hot Time on the Old Town



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Community Eyes on Longmont: Senior Film Crew PAGE 12


10th Annual Venus De Miles



2 Ways to Play with Your Food



OUTDOORS Outdoor dining: Longmont restaurants offer great food in the open air.




Downtown Block Party Replaces Festival on Main




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Longmont Startup Week

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Local Foods: The gateway to flavor, family and fun


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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Elise Oberliesen, Sarah Huber L.L. Charles, Brittany Anas Darren Thornberry, Emma Castleberry, John Lendorff, Rhema Zlaten, Emma Castleberry, Linda Thorsen Bond, Shelley Widhalm, Andy Stonehouse


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Now in its second year, Pups and Pancakes is quickly becoming a community favorite. Held this year at Village at the Peaks, around 400 breakfasts were served to almost 200 dogs (and their humans) and over $5,200 was raised for LHS! (Photos by Linda Park, Photographic Journey for Longmont Humane Society.)

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Village at the Peaks hosted, welcoming around 400 people and 200 dogs.

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People and pets get to enjoy a meal together before enjoying all of the sights at Pups and Pancakes.

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A ukulele troop, above, entertained guests at one of the annual Sylvan Suppers. (Photo courtesy St. Vrain Historical Society)

During the Roaring ‘20s, guests of the annual Sylvan Supper stopped in at the Hover home for Charles Hover’s favorite meal. The supper of fried chicken and cherry pie brought together food, dancing, music and fun—and the St. Vrain Historical Society, Inc., is repeating the experience August 25-27 in a new event named after the popular ragtime song, “A Hot Time in the Old Town.” Charles Hover’s meal served as a fundraiser for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and the historical society is doing the same thing to raise funds for the nonprofit. “It’s just an opportunity to step back 8 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

The original Sylvan Suppers, held on the grounds of the Hover home raised money for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. (Photo courtesy St. Vrain Historical Society)

in time, to have fun and to learn about the community’s history,” said Alyce Davis, Executive Director of the St. Vrain Historical Society. “We’re going to get our audience engaged, and they’re going to be part of history.” Hot Time in the Old Town: 1925 Comes to Historic Hoverhome, 1309 Hover St., will be held outdoors on the grounds, because the home is too small for the 70 guests that will be attending each evening. The guests are invited to wear 1920s costume and can enter to win a prize as the bestdressed guest.


“That’s what makes events so fun is dressing up and stepping back in history, not just being a spectator,” Davis said.

The Event Timeline The event will start with a full supper and end with homemade cherry pie as guests learn about one of Longmont’s first families and what Longmont and the wider world was like in 1925. The Hovers named their supper after a sylvan, which is a wooded area. “It was like a picnic supper,” said Luella Lindquist, director of the Historic Hoverhome. “Back in the 1920s, they had to pack it up. It took a little more effort.” The mayor of Longmont, Dennis July/August 2017

Sam Mullis, below, as tenant farmer Carl Ziegler. (Thomas Walsh/ St. Vrain Historical Society)

Jeanie Miller as Katherine Hover, inviting everyone to her Sylvan Supper on the Hover farmstead. (Thomas Walsh/ St. Vrain Historical Society)

Coombs, will reenact then mayor James F. Hays, to make a proclamation honoring Charles Hover. He will demonstrate giving him the key to the city. At the conclusion of the meal, Charles Hover’s daughter, Beatrice, played by Davis, and her friends will take the guests on a one-hour guided

tour to meet reenactors playing the roles of Charles Hover and his wife, Katherine Avey Hover, Aunt Minnie Avey Wilson, a tenant farmer and his wife, and a musician who plays the ukulele. “We want to share what’s going on, because the supper was so important to the family and the community....

They’ll enjoy an evening of fun that they will never forget,” said Jeanie Miller, a docent for the historical society who will reenact Katherine Hover. “It’s kind of the pride and joy for all of us to have the Hover farm right here in Longmont.” In 1902, Charles Hover, who originally came from Denver, bought the

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Joan Peck as Minnie Avey Wilson, the sister of Katherine Hover. (Thomas Walsh/ St. Vrain Historical Society)

John Mieras, above, plays the Charleston on his ukulele. (Thomas Walsh/ St. Vrain Historical Society)

farmland, which spanned 160 acres, and spent the next 10 years developing his family home. Charles Hover, a farmer and manager of the largest cannery in the world, turned down the nomination for governor of Colorado because he didn’t want to leave his home.

ferent and interesting.”

“They were wealthy people, but they also were humble people, not interested in the spotlight and in politics,” Davis said.

“They get to meet each of the characters and learn something about them,” Bond said. “It’s real interactive. It’s not like people are standing on a stage. … The audience is part of the event.”

The Idea for the Event The supper reenactment event is the first of its kind for the historical society, which has produced smaller supper events, tours and teas to show off the historic property. Linda Thorsen Bond, a volunteer of the historical society, experienced similar reenactment events in Texas, where she used to live, and brought the idea of the Sylvan Supper to the historical society. “It’s going to be larger and more produced,” Davis said. “When people step onto the Hover Farmstead, they’re going back in time, and they will be part of it, not just watching it. I think that’s what makes this dif10 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Bond, a Longmont resident who has produced and written 20 historic plays, wrote the script for the event set around one day of time in the Hovers’ history, developing the characters and storylines.

The event will conclude with music of the ’20s and lessons on how to do the Charleston dance. “It’s a wonderful outreach to the community, and it will get more people involved in the historical society,” said Al Jefferson, who plays Charles Hover and is a docent for the historical society. “It’s a community resource, and I hope this presentation would make people more aware of it.” The goal of the event is to raise $5,000 for the operation and management of the historical society’s properties. The historical society,

which has nearly 300 active members, has a mission of historical preservation and education. “So much of our future depends on an understanding of our history and where we come from,” Davis said. “You need that understanding of the past to figure out where you’re going. … Our mission is to ensure the future for communities past.”

The Historical Society’s History The historical society was founded in 1969, formalizing an informal group of pioneer and historical families that began meeting in the 1920s. Since it became official, the society has been in several locations, including what used to be the Callahan Carriage House and the “Old” St. Stephen’s Church. The church was built in 1881 and saved by society and community efforts and now is used as office space for the society and for tours by appointment. In 2016, the historical society moved to Hoverhome, which it purchased in 1997. “We decided it was a perfect place to move to because Hoverhome is one of our main properties,” Davis said. July/August 2017

The historical society owns four properties of the Hoverhome, the Hover Farmstead, “Old” St. Stephens Church and Old Mill Park. It owns two historic cabins, the Billings and Affolter cabins located in the park, the pioneer-era Hauke Milk House and historic artifacts related to Longmont’s and Boulder County’s history. The society provides historical education and interpretive programs for all ages, reenactment tours at the Hoverhome, where docents dress up as the Hover family, and Pioneer Days at Old Mill Park to teach St. Vrain Valley School District third-graders about the history of Longmont and the state.




The society coordinates the annual Strawberry Festival, an antique collectibles show in May, and Pumpkin Pie Days in October as fundraisers and community events. “We’re educating the community about Longmont’s and St. Vrain Valley’s history, primarily through events and tours,” Davis said. “We primarily focus on Longmont’s big picture, and the little picture of the history of the Hovers and other families.”



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EYES ON LONGMONT Video Production Club at Longmont Senior Center WHERE DO TECHIES GO WHEN THEY RETIRE? Lucky for Longmont, many of them find new uses for their abilities right here. In fact, quite a few are members of the Eyes on Longmont TV Production Club at the Senior Center. They meet once a month and put their technological skills to work creating videos. Since 2011 the volunteer members have

By LINDA THORSEN BOND for LONGMONT MAGAZINE produceed 160 films including documentariees, local events, performances, nonprofi fit public service announcements an nd shorts. They’ve donated 41 documentaries to the Longmont Public Library. L The whole city is their film ming location but their meetingg place is the Senior Center. C

Recently the club members shot a 36-minute video, “Hot Time in the Old Town,” based on an upcoming historical production at Longmont’s Hoverhome. Not one of the volunteers was casual about the taping. Days before the shoot, they scouted the location, divided the jobs and figured out the equipment they’d need. They walked around the Hover farmstead listen-

ing through their headsets to see how p the recordtraffic noise would impact ing. They looked at the sunlight and the electrical light and the light filtered through dirty historic windowpanes.

The morning of the shoot, seven men and women arrived earlier than the official start time. They lugged cameras, tripods, light stands, mics, reflectors and batteries. Keith Rensberger carried chalk and clapboard. Bill Decker brought duct tape, just in case. Barb Hau, the Channel 8 Public Access coordinator, handed out shooting scripts. Preston Newell, Jill Hepp and Glenn Sherwood helped with equipment and worked where they were needed. Thomas Walsh shot still photos.

Jill Hepp helps set the color balance on Alyce Davis, who plays Beatrice Hover in “Hot Time in the Old Town.” (Photo Courtesy Eyes on Longmont)


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They taped for three full days, capturingg the actors who portrayed Charles, Kather erine and Beatrice Hover, as well as a musician mu and the 1925 tenant farmer and d his h wife. One of the challenges wass making sure modern touches didn’t intrude in in the historical performancces. The crew even used that duct tapee to secure a board over a metal pipe wheen the tenant farmer’s wife talked about lif ife on the farmstead in 1925.

sound, sets up lights and even teaaches classes in production. A former er electrical engineer for IBM, Decker sayys he’s a nerd and proud of it. “When I was old enoug ugh to retire from IBM, I moved to Bou ulder on a temporary assignment. I stayed for years,” he said.

Decker ,the ,th most technically proficient of thee Eyes of Longmont grou up, shoots, reecords

“Before I left New York and since we’ve Y been here, I’ve been the b ‘church nerd,’ or the volunteer AV guy.” te Deecker prides himself on being a pro oblem solver, using logic to study sym mptoms and solve problems. He said, “Th The Longmont public access station has a Bill De ecker and J.P. Martin line up a shot for the video at the Hoverh rhome in Longmont. (Photo Courtesy Eyes on Longmont)

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‘relic room’ full of old video equipment. I said, ‘You give me some of those cameras and I’ll build you a computer with nonlinear editing system.’ They agreed and I took pieces and built working equipment.” He’s been involved with video production in Longmont ever since. At the end of the Hoverhome shoot, Decker edited the footage, worked in B-roll shots and still photos, added music and credits and polished up the half-hour video that will be the Senior Center’s “Big Picture” on July 20. According to Barb Hau, the Senior Center gives the group a place to network, share programming ideas, form crews and produce programs for Longmont Channel 8. The TV station provides equipment, technical expertise, classes, mentoring and “on air” programming time. She said, “For me the club has been n an extraordinary learning experien nce about myself and my communi nity... challenging my own capabilit ities: personal, technical and creeative.” Although several club ub members have their own vid deo production and editingg equipment, most pay $25 to beecome members of CH 8 Public Access A so they can have access to technical t equipment, editing and DVD D authoring software, as well w as classes, stud use and dio

mentoring in video production. Some members have professional skills such as animation, photography, audio engineer, graphics/ special effects, narration and voice over, screen writing, music, makeup and others have never used a video camera before coming to a club meeting. Rich Lukon, who founded the group in 2011 and died last October, produced the group’s first full-length documentary on The Callahan House Story. Eyes on Longmont documentaries have included a human cadaver lab, the Carousel of Happiness, a mandolin maker, Navajo Code Talkers and the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Lyons.

need a bigger boat (to put it in film vernacular)! Given the boat they do have, they are awesome! They multitask, work well together, think on their feet, have superior knowledge of their equipment and have the ability to ‘see’ a finished product in their heads. A very creative group, they were user-friendly to boot. [They] took our project from development to post production. Longmont is extremely lucky to have them. I very much enjoyed working with them and I look forward to doing so again.” Eyes on Longmont’s video version of “Hot Time in the Old Town” will be shown at the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak, Thursday, July 20 at 1 p.m.

J.P. Martin is an award winning screenwriter whose films regularly appear on The Hallmark Channel. Martin ssaid, “I have had the career privilege off working with some pretty awesomee p professional television film crews and d I must say working with the Eyes on Longmont crew was every bit as p professional as anyone I have ever work rked with. I wouldn’t be afraid to film a TV movie with these guys but we would, frankly, The sh howing is free and open to the public and o the actors and crew will aattend. The video will offer a look at the upcoming historicaal event, “Hot Time in the Old Town” on August 25-27 at HoverT home. Barbara Hau, Channel 8 public access coordinator, holds the card for white balance with Kathleen McGoey who plays Ava Ziegler in “Hot Time in the Old Town.” (Photo Courtesy Eyes on Longmont)



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Longmont restaurants offer great food in the open air.

By MISTY KAISER for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Upon moving to Colorado many (many) years ago, in addition to the beautiful weather and the amazing scenery, I noticed a wide array of something that took advantage of both: outdoor dining. There were so many choices! Charming firepits, covered bars with lazy ceiling fans, and breezy rooftops overlooking the city or foothills, all were a total novelty to me and I don’t think I ate inside for the whole of that summer. Fast forward to the present: While the new-toy shine has worn off a bit, I still love a great outdoor eating space. Fortunately for fully entrenched locals and newcomers alike, patio dining is an institution that’s here to stay. July/August 2017

At The Post, a fire pit waits for patrons to toast up some smores with the family. (Photo courtesy The Post Chicken and Beer)

You may already have your favorite, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find another. Each has their own ‘thing’ to contribute to your evening out from great happy hours to refined ambiance. Whatever food mood you’re in, take it outside this summer.

cleanup. The atmosphere is relaxed and family friendly with plenty of space for the kids and games like Corn Hole, Ring Toss and Jenga to keep everyone busy.

While a complete list is a lofty goal, here are few local spots with patios to boast about to get you started. Make a checklist and try them all, or just pick one you’ve never visited.

The patio is always open, but evening hours are particularly lovely; their fire pit and festive string lights keep things homey even after the sun sets. And, if dessert is in the stars, order a traditional S’mores kit for toasting over the fire.



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chance you’ve been living under a rock. With a front row seat to the goings on downtown, you can’t beat the location. There are plenty of tables in the shaded area during the hotter daytime hours, but tables in the open are typically covered as well.

brunchy offerings, a mimosa and a great view of Main Street and the hills beyond.

The Pumhouse/Red Zone on Main Street features casual al fresco dining that leads into the sports bar. (Dave Jennings/Longmont Magazine)

Happy hour can be a little crowded, but when it’s a good one, that’s to be expected. The atmosphere is laid-back and friendly, as any good brewery/ sports bar should be. Come early for a good spot, and you won’t be disappointed. Added bonus: With the sports bar at your back, you’re in prime position to grab a spot inside when your team hits the screen.


526 Main St., Longmont There’s a reason The Roost was recognized by Times-Call Readers as the best outdoor dining in town. There’s just not much better than a patio on high. Not only is the rooftop a level above, so is the food. Executive Chef and Owner Sean Gaffner says it best: “ I believe its not important only to enjoy the beautiful weather in Colorado by sitting outside, but also to be able to enjoy the best ingredients that this Colorado weather brings us seasonally. “ 18 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Ingredients “grown, raised, brewed or distilled” seasonally in the area make for an experience that’s unique in itself. On selected nights, plan to come for a tasty happy hour and stay for live music. Gaffner recommends sipping a Bourbon Sweet Tea (George Dickle No. 8, Teatulia black tea, fresh mint and orange slices) for a refreshing summer evening. Check for a calendar of events.

Samples World Bistro 370 Main St., Longmont Also up on the roof sits Samples World Bistro’s open air patio complete with bar, twinkling lights and even, occasionally, live enterainment. Their happy hour small plates are fantastic for a light nosh, and their craft beer list is nothing short of impressive, but their standout hour is weekend brunch. You can get your day going or relax into it with chicken and waffles, among other

If that doesn’t do it for you, an allday happy hour on Tuesdays adds a little extra enticement to climb the stairs and get up on the roof for some great outdoor dining.


Praha Restaurant and Bar 7521 Ute Hwy., Longmont A short drive to the edge of town will get you a more intimate bistro type of experience at Praha and it’s well worth the visit. The restaurant gives you the feeling of having a chef-created meal in your best friend’s dining room and that sense of personal attention extends to the outdoor space as well. Shaded by towering cottonwoods, small tables are tucked into a fenced area flanked with evergreen hedges and ivy, yet it doesn’t skimp on the sunset views. You’d swear you were in a european street café instead of the foothills of Colorado.

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Couple that with a killer happy hour and seriously spacious patio and you’ll be set to relax and refresh for the evening.

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Fried Chicken and a Cold One

If there’s another combo that screams summer as much as this one, I’m not aware of it. However, as any Coloradoan with a passion for picnics can tell you, glass is a big no-no in most parks. So, what’s a legitimate beer drinker to do? Can it, man. The Post brews locally and puts it in a can for added outdoor convenience. Bonus: Now through Labor Day, pick up a picnic basket! With your choice of chicken, sides and dessert for four, starting at $50, they make taking a meal outside simple. They do ask for 48 hours notice to pack up your party, so plan ahead. (Available at The Post Chicken & Beer, 1258 S. Hover Rd., Longmont)


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WHEN IT’S TIME TO PICK WINE FOR DINNER, THERE’S THE ORDINARY ADVICE: always pair red wine with red meat and white wine with fish and chicken. But really, who wants to be ordinary? It’s much more fun to reach out to a wine expert and make wine and food pairing extraordinary. Sommelier, Suzanne Bergman, is the wine buyer for Wyatt’s Wet Goods in Longmont. When faced with pairing wine with unusual local dishes, she didn’t hesitate to make strong decisions. She referred to Evan Goldstein’s book “Daring Pairings” for helping her make unexpected choices. Four Longmont dishes were chosen to challenge Bergman. One was goat cheese rolled in herbs, a pizza so meaty it practically mooed, a sandwich with rare tuna and spicy guacamole, and finally a gluten-free chocolate dessert.

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By LINDA THORSEN BOND for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy. The soft white cheese was rolled in Herbes de Provence including rosemary, fennel seeds, thyme and lavender leaves. The taste was somewhat sharp but milder than many goat cheeses. Suzanne paired the goat cheese (chevre) with Les Varennes du Clos 2015 Sancerre—

“The classic wine pairing for chevre is Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc) from the Loire Valley,” Suzanne said. “With a strong mineral character—think match stick, wet rocks or gun flint—matched with the rich and creamy texture of goat cheese, the Sancerre cuts through the richness and prepares the eater for another bite of a mouth watering journey.”

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Whatever the season and whatever the weather, coffee lovers will get their fix. And there’s seemingly a hundred ways to get your grounds these days as a brief scan of the menu at any coffeeshop will reveal. Coffee connoisseurs know a lot about coffee and expect the barista to as well. They likely wouldn’t dream of using a drip machine. They don’t mind the expense of quality beans or high tech machines that deliver the best possible cup. Coffee addicts just need their morning, afternoon, and/or evening coffee, however they can get it. Casual coffee drinkers aren’t particularly fussy about their Joe, don’t notice the nuances between beans, and don’t even mind sipping instant coffee from time to time. Whatever camp you’re in, if you’re enamored of coffee, read on! Three local coffee experts have July/August 2017


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What’s Hot in Coffee? Summer, already blazing hot on the Front Range, is naturally a time when more customers want their coffee cold. One of the “hottest” cold drinks going right now is nitro cold brew, which is cold brewed coffee that’s put into a keg and infused with nitrogen gas. Then … voila …

“We’ve seen nitro cold brew become a pretty popular coffee beverage among consumers,” says Kathryn Miller, marketing director for Ziggi’s Coffee. “The actual cold brewing method itself has been around for a while, but it’s quickly become more mainstream and many coffee roasters and companies are creating and selling their own versions of it, including Coda Coffee, which is the roaster we partner with. We carry their nitro cold brew on tap at our Main Street location in Longmont.” Greg Lefcourt, co-owner of Ozo


producers/farmers so the connection can be made solid all the way from seed to cup.”

The team at OZO coffee helps customers choose their perfect coffee drink. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

Coffee Company (Village at The Peaks) agrees: “Nitro Toddy Cold Brew is pretty hip right now getting into the summer season.” “The hottest trend at Brewing Market Coffee (1520 S. Hover) is our incredibly smooth and refreshing Nitro Cold Brew Coffee,” says owner Artine Yapoujian.

From Farm to Coffeeshop While nitro cold brew might be the coolest thing going locally, the link from farmer to you, the end consumer, must be strong to ensure fair trade, fair prices, and a quality cup of coffee. So what is happening across the industry that affects the type of coffee on offer at your local coffeeshop? “Trending now industry-wide is more of a focus on the quality of specialty coffee itself and less on adding a lot of milk or sweeteners,” says Lefcourt. “We’re seeing higher quality coffees each year as more roasters and green coffee buyers make more regular visits to their 28 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Miller: “We’ve noticed avid coffee drinkers’ increasing desire to learn more about the origin and story behind where their coffee comes from. We’re proud to partner with Coda Coffee, who is Farm2Cup and B Corporation certified, meaning they are using their business model to make a positive social and environmental impact globally. Their Farm2Cup certification ensures that they are initiating best practices and quality control, investing in the farming communities they work directly with and bringing a better quality of life for the individual coffee farmers.”

coffees can be found in most coffee growing regions, and just like with grapes cultivated for the finest wines, the terroir, the weather, the elevation, and the farming methods all come into play. Some areas of coffee growing regions are better than others based on these factors.” “Different regions can produce different characteristics and flavors in their coffees,” says Lefcourt. “We buy coffee from all over the planet and visit as many regions as possible each growing and harvesting season to maintain relationships and check up on quality at the farm level. When we’re at the farm, we have the opportunity to pick the exact coffee we want to purchase and bring home to Colorado to serve to our customers. We visit Central and South America most often as it is more geographically convenient.”

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and seek out a better cup, consider these words of wisdom. Lefcourt: “Nowadays, customers are aware that high quality beverages and service do exist within the specialty coffee industry and that’s what they deserve at this point. Quality coffee that is traceable, well processed, well roasted, and well prepared and presented, coupled with superior and prompt customer service, is a recipe for success. Customers want more single origin (coffee from one lot, farm, co-op, or growing region) offerings with more complexity and flavor balance from past desires for over-roasted, old, oily beans.”


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Variety is on the menu at the 2017 Boulder County Fair What’s your favorite thing to do or see at the Boulder County Fair? Some people come for the action-filled rodeo. The kids always want to visit the petting zoo. And others like the bumper-bashing fun of a good old fashioned Demolition Derby.

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UEEN’S BALL Fri., July 28, 5 to 8 p.m. Location: Fair Garden

The Queen’s Ball is a whole evening of fun, starting with a silent auction, then dinner, and the Lady-In-Waiting 2018 contest. A live auction ends the evening. Auction items often include an overnight getaway at a B&B, jewelry or art, and gift baskets that are designed by each of the Lady-in-Waiting contestants. The contents are designed to reflect their personality. The Ball is the major fundraising event for the Boulder County Fair and Rodeo Royalty program, which helps provide a college scholarship to each serving royalty member as well as defray the costs of meeting the responsibilities of their one-year term. Serving as fair royalty can be an exciting time, says Annmarie Doolittle. “The kids learn about leadership, and about our county’s western heritage. They develop speaking skills, get to know the royalty from other counties, and learn how to be ambassadors for the county.” Dinner features pulled pork sandwiches with sides, and cupcakes for dessert. Tickets are $15 per person; $10 for 4-H members. Or buy the family 4-pack for just $50. 34 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Food is a huge part of the fair tradition, from competitions to corn dogs. (Photo courtesy Boulder County Fair)

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CHUCKWAGON BREAKFAST Sat., July 29,6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Location: 4th and Kimbark

First they feed you pancakes. Then you get to watch a parade. What’s funner than this? The Longmont Twin Peaks Rotary are back again this year with their chuck wagon and a hearty breakfast for all comers. “We serve breakfast to about 700 people right before the parade,” says Jim Marty, who calls himself the “head volunteer.” Practically the whole Rotary membership gets involved. “We cook the pancakes on cast iron and they come out really well,” Marty says. You also get great sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee and an orange drink.” All proceeds go to a scholarship fund to high school

“We’ve been doing this for years and we always enjoy it,” Jim Marty explains. “It takes a lot of planning to do it. Just about everything we use is donated. We start about 4:30 a.m. to get set up, then serve and clean up and we’re out of there by 11 a.m.,” he laughs. Adults: $8 Kids 12 & under: $4


Sat., July 29, 4 to 8 p.m. Location: Picnic Area The craft distillery thing is Big Time now. With its focus on ingredients and innovation, we’ve never seen anything quite like it. Of course, this deserves its very own festival, and 350 to 500 people are expected to attend this year. July/August 2017

always have the fair royalty come by and guest flip some pancakes, too. That’s fun.” How many pancakes do they serve, we ask Ibsen. Figure 400 to 500 people, eating three plate-size cakes each, he says... “Up to 2,000 pancakes in one morning!” All proceeds go to supporting community youth programs. Adults: $7 Kids under 10: $4

While the Farm to Table Dinner is a fairly recent addition, it is also one of the most popular. (Photo by Kristin Boyer Photography)

“This is the fourth year of the festival, celebrating grain to glass,” explains Suzy Bergman, who helps organize the festival each year. “Most spirits are made with Colorado-sourced grains. To enter the competition, each spirit must be distilled in Colorado.” Twentyeight distillers are competing in five categories (vodka, gin, rum, whiskey and cordials) for top rights and prizes. Attendees receive five samples, one signature cocktail, and a meal from your choice of food vendors. Food is being provided by Waffle Cakes Food truck (with a special menu for the festival) and Smokin Dave’s Food truck with Pulled Pork BBQ sandwich, Cole slaw or beans. You get a souvenir tasting glass to take home, too. 4:45 p.m. Grain to Glass 5:45 p.m. Distilling demonstration (stills on site) 6:45 p.m. Tasting through the Flavor Wheel July/August 2017

Presentation by J.P. Mattingly, Woodford Reserve, Kentucky Tickets $20. All proceeds go to the Boulder County Fair. The Brewhop Trolley will be running between Wyatt’s Wet Goods and the fairgrounds during the event to help ease fair parking. Trolley starts running around 3:15 p.m.


PTIMIST PANCAKE BREAKFAST July 30 and Aug. 5, 7 to 11 a.m. Location: Picnic Area

The Optimists have been flippin’ flapjacks at the fair for more than 30 years now. “Well, people rave about how good our pancakes are,” says Ron Ibsen, past president and current breakfast chair. “You get all-you-can eat pancakes and sausage, coffee and orange juice for just seven dollars. We


ARM TO TABLE DINNER July 31, 6 p.m. Location: Picnic Area

Tim Payne from Farmer Girl will be back again this year to host the fifth annual Farm to Table Dinner. It is a “delightful summer evening of local foods, spirits, and festive entertainment as we celebrate our farming and ranching tradition in Boulder County,” says organizer Erin Harding. Expect live music by the Rock Bottom Boys, too. The attendance has grown each year. Last year the dinner served 85 people, a sellout. The picnic pavilion is a perfect setting, Harding says. “You hear the echoes and fun sounds of the fair, but also are a little away and can have your own setting. Over the years, we have collected an eclectic collection of china, tableware and glassware. We tell people, ‘Find the seating that speaks to you.’” “The fair has always been a nod to our local agriculture. And this dinner celebrates the bounty of the LONGMONT MAGAZINE 35

always a big hit during the auction. If their cake wins, the kids have to go and make an entirely new cake for the auction, Porter explains. “They put an incredible amount of effort into their projects.”


N THE MIDWAY Daily, regular fair hours

If you miss the selection of special food events brought to you by the fair, the midway is always peppered with fun food vendors. (Photo courtesy Boulder County Fair)

county. Practically every ingredient is grown or sourced here,” Harding says. The final menu comes together late in the process, to take advantage of what ingredients are at their best. Remember, this is about farming, and one hailstorm can change the menu entirely. Blackbelly Market, Boulder Lamb and Meat and several local wineries are also lending their talents to make the evening a huge success. Proceeds go to a general fund to help the Boulder County Fair. Tickets $79


-H PRODUCT SALE Sat., Aug. 5, 11 a.m. Location: Fair Garden The 4-H Product Sale is a showcase of farm and domestic products produced by members ages 8 through 18. The sale highlights their achievement and the winners net the proceeds of their auction sale, as well.


Ten categories are judged and offered at auction: • Judge’s Choice Plate of Cookies/ Cornmeal Muffins • Judge’s Choice Bread • Judge’s Choice Muffins/Quick Bread/Coffee • Cake-Bar Cookies/Butter CakeSponge Cake • Judge’s Choice Pie/Empanada/ Turnover/ • Fancy Pantries • Judge’s Choice Food Preservation • Judge’s Choice Decorated Cake • Judge’s Choice Fiber Product • Judge’s Choice Best Photo • Judge’s Choice Goat Milk Product • Judge’s Choice Dozen Eggs A prize for “overall most appealing product” is also awarded. “The kids have worked all year on their projects. They bring in their project notebooks and entries for the judging. They present their product and are interviewed by the judge,” explains 4-H leader Carmen Porter.

If you can fry it, freeze it or serve it on a stick, you’ll probably find it on the Midway. Nothing says “county fair” more than these classic creations. Here is this year’s lineup of food vendors: •Between the Bunz: Hamburgers and BBQ • Cajun Seafood: Meat on a stick • Chick-Fil-A • Country Lemonade: Fresh squeezed lemonade • Deb’s Pineapple Whip: Frozen pineapple treat • Dippin Dots: Ice cream • Gonuts: Donuts and sandwiches • Goodhart Coffee: Coffee • Gyro Connection: Gyros, spiral fries Kettle Krazy: Kettle popcorn • Kona Ice: Shaved Ice • Taqueria la Michoacana: Mexican food • The Wing Kingz: Chicken Wings • Wheels on Fire: Pizza

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Scott Safety Firefighter Combat Challenge at the Boulder County Fair This year’s Boulder County Fair will feature an exciting, new event: the Scott Safety Firefighter Combat Challenge. Laura Boldt, coordinator for the Boulder County Fair, says the addition of this event to the fair’s schedule is a salute to the community’s first responders. “We rely on first responders as support during the fair and this is a way for us to recognize them,” she says. July/August 2017

The Firefighter Combat Challenge was founded in 1991 by Dr. Paul Davis, an exercise physiologist and former firefighter and paramedic. The Challenge travels to about 25 different locations across the country every year. The event is a timed obstacle course that simulates real-world challenges experienced by first responders. Molly Cropp, firefighter and public information officer for the Longmont Fire Department, says the obstacles accurately depict what firefighters have to do on the scene. “The obstacles themselves simulate it very well,” she says. “But we tend not to do these things as fast as physically possible when we’re on a

fire scene. We don’t do them slowly, but we do them with purpose.” Several local firefighters will be participating in the challenge at the fair, including all ten of the Longmont Fire Department’s female firefighters. Cropp says they all felt it was important to represent their hometown. “We’re competitive by nature as firefighters and we wanted to make sure that we represented Longmont Fire this year.” Preparing for the competition doubled as training for the firefighters’ annual agility test, which they have to pass in order to keep their jobs. In fact, Dr. Davis was part of


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the team that created this test for firefighters back in the 1970s. “We have a physical ability test that is similar to the combat challenge,” says Cropp. “We work out and train year-round in order to pass that test every year. This is an extra push to train for something a little bit different.” On Friday, July 28, the Firefighter Combat Challenge will kick off at 2:00 pm in the Exhibit Building Parking Lot at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. Individuals will be competing in the challenge until 8:00 pm on Friday night. “They call the individual competitors “elite” because they do the entire course around a minute and a half,” Laura Boldt says. “They travel in from all over the nation.” On Saturday at noon in the same location, there will be a Guns and Hoses Challenge pitting members of law enforcement against a team of wildland firefighters in a relay-style challenge. This will be followed by tandem and team competitions on the course into the evening.

Competitors can pre-register in four categories: as an individual, as a twoperson partnership for the tandem challenge, as part of a three-person relay team, or with a group of four or five people for the team competition. Individual registration costs $80, tandem registration costs $95, relay registration costs $205, and team registration costs $305. An additional fee of $10 will be charged for registering on the day of the event. The Firefighter Combat Challenge features five main events. The first is called the High-Rise Pack Carry, in which the competitor must carry a 42-pound pack up several flights of stairs in a tower that measures just over 42 feet tall. The competitors drop the pack at the top of the tower and immediately begin the second event, the Hose Hoist, in which they haul a 42-lb hose load from the bottom to the top of the tower. The third event is called Forcible Entry. This challenge uses a chopping simulator called the Keiser Force Machine. After running down the tower stairs, competitors use a nine pound mallet to drive

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Longmont Fire Department’s all female team is set to compete in the Firefighter Combat Challenge. (Photo courtesy Longmont Fire Department)

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Led by Left Hand Brewing Co., the national team includes 470 riders with 16 employees. “We are simply doing our part to raise awareness and raise funds for research and programs,” shares Chris Lennert, National Team Captain. Funds raised support the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change, and help people living with MS.




remains Colorado’s biggest women’s bike event By ANDY STONEHOUSE for LONGMONT MAGAZINE

With the neverending growth in ever-more-extreme athletic events, especially those centered over yonder in Boulder, you might get the idea there’s no place for people who just want to ride their bikes and have a good time. It is with that do-itjust-for-fun crowd in mind that the yearly Venus de Miles bike event comes to Longmont for its 10th anniversary, with a day-long women’s cycling event scheduled for Aug. 26, starting and ending at Prospect Park.

Venus De Miles brings women together in the name of education. (Top Drawer Photography/Venus De Miles)

and support to underprivileged, high-achiever students in Colorado, Illinois and Georgia, with more than 120 currently attending schools across the U.S.

other 500 or so volunteers to help with on-the-road support and the all-important after-race component, with cocktails, food trucks, a spa and music to lighten the mood.

And if you had not previously associated wine, chocolate, massages and men in tutus as part of the bike racing world, Venus de Miles is just a little different – helping it to become the biggest women’s bike event in the state.

Organizers are careful not to call Venus de Miles a race, but instead an inclusive biking event which is open to female riders of all abilities. It also extends an invitation to husbands, fathers and other gentlemen to come help in a variety of support roles – often in costume, just to add to the not-so-serious atmosphere.

“It’s very much a beginner or intermediate-friendly ride, totally non-competitive, with a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere,” Stevenson says. “We get plenty of women who’ve always wanted to take part in a biking event but never have, and this is a good way of pushing them just a little bit out of their comfort zone.”

It’s also a big fundraiser for a Boulder County-based charity which helps provide college scholarships

Andrea Stevenson, co-director of the event, says she anticipates up to 1,500 riders to take part and an-

Riders get to choose from three route lengths – 33 miles, 64 miles or the full 100-mile route – with a


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marked and safely orchestrated path that stretches to Louisville, Gunbarrel and Lyons on its longest journey.

so we figured out a way to incorporate them in a playful way,” she says. “Many come along to provide on-course support, helping with flat tires and popped chains, and we asked them to think up a way of showing off some fun and flair while doing it.”

And for casual riders who may have never thought of themselves as being even 33-mile road racers, Venus de Miles provides fully-stocked rest stops along the entire route, allowing first-timers to get off their bikes and stretch their legs on the way. Those stops, and the big after-event gathering, have become great opportunities for the event’s Tutu Crew – male and female volunteers who have been known to throw together some elaborate costumes to show their support for the riders and the overall festive atmosphere.

“It’s very much a beginner or intermediate-friendly ride, totally non-competitive, with a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere.”

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Some, she says, really go for it, and riders can expect to see men decked out in wedding dresses, Hooters costumes or worse. “It ends up being good comic relief for the riders,” she adds. The finish line also sounds a bit more like a spa day than your typical after-athletic-event gathering, with lunch, cocktails, food vendors and more. Venus de Miles came about with the help of Pete Burridge, CEO of


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is there to help them prioritize and focus on completing their programs. “We provide all the extras – mentors, internships, guidance, professional networking, and then bring them all together for a three-day summer symposium,” she says. “It’s a program that provides a lot of value for the dollars that go into it. The intention is to help build a community of leaders who can help create change within their own communities.” Stevenson says Venus de Miles A team from 8Z Real Estate rides together through the Boulder County countryside. (Top Drawer Photography/Venus De Miles)

Boulder’s Greenhouse Partners, a successful marketing and advertising agency with national clients such as Coca-Cola, AOL and Celestial Seasonings, Stevenson explains. Burridge, a University of Colorado graduate and Illinois native, sought to share his success in some lasting philanthropic gesture, so he helped launch Greenhouse Scholars, an educational scholarship and support network which the Venus de Miles event helps fund each year. A second, smaller bike event is also held in the Chicago suburbs each year. Stevenson says the bike event was created a decade ago as the Greenhouse Scholars staff tried to figure out a fundraising opportunity that would be a little different than Colorado’s typical range of bike races and events. “At the time, there were no bike rides just for women, even in Colorado, so this was a wide-open niche that we could blow out with a high-quality experience,” she says. 46 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

“Prospect Park was also a new and growing community that fit that vibe.” A quick look at the organization’s website shows the many young women and men that the Venus de Miles ride ultimately benefits. “We’ve helped more than 200 students since we started – we select candidates and help support them with a four-year commitment,” Stevenson says. “We find high school seniors who are exceptional students, role models and community leaders, with at least a 3.5 GPA – but who also demonstrate financial need to fulfill their college plans.” More than just tuition money, Greenhouse Scholars offers a comprehensive infrastructure and support for the students to help the youngsters, who are often the first generation in their families to attend college. As they also tend to be overachievers who get just a little over-involved in too many school events and organizations, the charity

participants have also grown in numbers over the years, with many repeat riders who initially came for the chocolate and the good times and have moved on to the more advanced rides. There’s also been an enthusiastic show of support from Prospect Park residents themselves, who’ve formed teams and have been particularly inventive in their Tutu Crew participation.

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S TO O 2 WAYS Gil and his mom Susan Gilmore offer guests at Prospect Sound Bites a creative way to cool off with Pedals & Popsicles. (Photo courtesy Susan Gilmore.)

The Longmont Farmers Market allows guests to interact with artisans, growers and farmers like Hazel Dell Mushrooms. (Paul Litman/Longmont Magazine)

Warm summer days mean opportunities to get the whole family out on the town. Longmont offers many opportunities for entertaining all ages this season, from live music and food truck villages to morning adventures in learning about local produce and food.

Webb said. “So, there’s a lot of great interactions. It’s just a really great family event. I see three-yearold kids dancing with 70-year-old grandparents. I think that’s why I do this, is to watch them have fun.”

MONDAY EVENINGS AT PROSPECT SOUND BITES Prospect New Town’s weekly Monday night Prospect Sound Bites kicks off each week of summer outdoor dining fun (this year the Prospect Park events run until Sept. 4). Boasting a robust lineup of bands and over one dozen food truck vendors at each event, Prospect Sound Bites offers plenty of eating and listening options for every type of palette. “Kids and adults can come and sit 48 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

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Web sees most younger patrons ordering cheese burgers and pizza, but there are also opportunities for adventurous kids to try new foods from different cultures at the weekly event, such as Venezuelan cornmeal Arepa sandwiches (from the Arepas House food truck), sushi bowls (from the Roll It Up Sushi food truck) and street tacos (from the Comida food truck). Kids also love to get ice cream, crepes and dessert waffles. And this year, Prospect Sound Bites’ youngest vendor, five-year-old Gil Gilmore, made his debut selling gourmet July/August 2017

Prospect Sound bites lines up local food trucks and vendors with live music and other family friendly activities in Prospect Park. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

popsicles (and flower arrangements) via his business Pedals & Popsicles, cofounded with his mom Susan Gilmore. The duo lives in Prospect New Town, and their balcony looks over the whole park where Prospect Sound Bites takes place. Last summer, they sat on the balcony most Monday nights, watching everything happen.

everyone was having,” Gilmore said. “I thought, we need to be a part of this. One of the reasons I wanted to be a part of this is that my son has been saving for the last two years for a red Jeep when he turns 18. He has seven piggy banks that he puts spare change in to save for it. And I thought, how do we speed up this process?”

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One evening last summer, they

walked across the park to Prospect’s Comida restaurant for happy hour to brainstorm about what they could do to participate in Prospect Sound Bites. They got out a pen and started doodling on napkins. Eventually they landed on selling popsicles and flowers. “I didn’t want to get us in over our heads,” Gilmore said. “I am a single mom and I work full time. So, it

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evolved into popsicles and flowers. We came up with the name because I have this vision of eventually getting a popsicle tricycle that has a cooler and a freezer so that we can pedal all around and sell our flowers and popsicles … I am hoping for an angel investor so that we can get the popsicle tricycle for next summer.” Before the 2017 season started, Gilmore and her son worked together to compose a letter and then e-mailed Webb to pitch the business idea. “I didn’t think for a second that they would say yes to a five-year-old,” Gilmore said. “There’s big name food trucks out here. And she replied straight away, and she said, ‘We love this idea and that you are teaching him all of these skills that he will have for the rest of his life, and that he has an end goal.’ So that’s how it all came to fruition.” The Gilmores work with local produce for each week’s flavors. Some of the usuals include lime basil, strawberry or cherry lemonade, grapefruit, rhubarb, strawberry vanilla, raspberry mint and blueberry lavender. For the flowers, they handcraft the arrangements in vases made from Comida’s leftover liquor bottles. Every weekend the Gilmores pull their wagon across 50 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

the park to Comida, fill it up with the bottles, and then clean everything up. “It really is a community supporting this little five-year-old in his partnership,” Gilmore said. “I just want [Gil] to grow up to be a man of character, to be a good, decent and loving human being. I am just trying to do my best to make that happen. The love from the community has been amazing. I just keep telling them to encourage me. Fifteen Mondays has been a lot.” Gil and Susan are committed to seeing the summer season through with their new business venture. As long as Gil wants to do it, Susan will support his dream, but really, he is the one who runs the show. Gil has his own cash register and he gives every customer exact change from it. “He is really into it and thinking,” Gilmore said. “We are setting him up with life skills … I only make him take out the vendor fee. As a mom, I decided to eat the rest of it. Everything else he gets to keep and it goes into his bank account. He loves counting his money at the end of the night.”


ers market, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday until Nov. 18, offers an opportunity for families to take in active walking snacks, consumed in small tasty bites from different vendors. Samples abound, from fresh fruits and veggies, to kettle corn, local toffee, artesian crackers, local honey and jams. Kids can also experience new tastes, like mild goat cheese from Haystack Mountain Creamery or bubbly and slightly sweet kombucha from Happy Leaf Kombucha. There are also several opportunities for the whole family to sample international cuisine, such as local salsas, smoked salmon and German spätzle. One booth that often offers cooking demonstrations and samples is Baba & Pop’s Handmade Pierogi. Their handmade old world Polish recipe-based creations sizzle and pop, enticing people to stop and savor the flavors (such as green chili infused potato pierogis, fried to perfection). “So, with our pierogi, the most kidfriendly one is going to be our tomato basil mozzarella, which is almost like a mini little pizza pocket,” staff member Leslieanna Connally said. “And it also teaches them about different cultures.” The hub of the Farmers Market is the July/August 2017

Longmont Farmers Market is more than just produce.(Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

central shaded picnic table area featuring live music and many different food vendors. There’s also a strategically placed kids craft tent next to the lives tunes with different weekly art projects. The kids craft tent is also perfectly positioned next to local coffee vendors. There’s a lot going on at the Longmont Farmers Market for

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LDDA is preserving the Festival on Main gems —from music to drama and theater performances—and packaging them into smaller, occasional events. “This Longmont’s best block is a way to show people party of the summer there are reasons to will span more than come downtown every 200 acres, host thouday of the year,” McKee sands and enchant said. Thus, the annual children and adults with concert series was split strolling musicians, a into three events over hair and fashion show, June, July and August. dance and art expos, Josh Hoyer & Soul a wellness fair, games Colossal and Space for youth, an artisanal Orphan will perform market, craft brews and on Aug. 25, with the an “Amazing Race” Many guest favorites, such as street performances, will carry over from Downtown Block Party course through local Festival on Main. (Paul Goulart/for LDDA) occurring the next day businesses. from 1 to 6 p.m. The Dizzy Family Fun dining and exhibitions. LDDA The Downtown Block Center kids’ zone will also be open executive director, Kimberlee Party, coordinated by the Longduring the concert, and local resMcKee, explained, “After 16 years mont Downtown Development taurants and breweries will proffer of Festival on Main, we felt like Authority (LDDA) and presented food and drinks. it was a good time to try someby Xfinity, replaces Festival on thing new, perhaps on a more Main, which funneled 18,000 personal level, another way to The Downtown Block Party will visitors downtown last year and featured regional bands, shopping, connect people to each other and take place throughout the downJuly/August 2017


town district, with activities and performances inside businesses, on sidewalks and in the recently updated breezeways and alleys. “The block party will have something for everyone, no matter who you are or what you like to do and see,” said Colin Argys, event coordinator for LDDA. “Whether you enjoy music and dance; drama and theater; arts and culture; fashion; artisan goods; mind, body and soul enrichment; kids’ games and activities; street performers; delicious food and drink; or just exploring and learning more about downtown Longmont, you’ll find it at the Downtown Block Party.”

Dance Dimensions will bring some of their best performances to entertain audiences at the Downtown Block Party. (Paul Goulart/for LDDA) A health and wellness area provides a space for visitors to ask questionss, watch demos and get a massage. (Paul Goulart/for LDDA)

Many favorites from Festival on Main will frontline the Downtown Block Party. A hair and fashion show will present clothing and accessories from the business district, with an emphasis on Colorado-based brands. “The hair and fashion show will be a collaborative effort between more than two-dozen clothing stores, hair salons and barber shops located within the downtown district,” said Teresa Shaheen, who coowns Deluxe Barbers and is helping to organize the show. “People should expect a diverse range of 54 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

genres and styles highlighting what is being offered within such a small area. We are excited to see the talent that these creative individuals put on display.” Stylists will also discuss best makeup practices. Dance Dimensions will still offer

a dance showcase, but this year will welcome students from other local studios, including Airborne Dance Studio, Broadway Dance Academy and Production Company Dance Centre, said Dance Dimensions’ artistic director, Louise Leise. “We’re focusing on the community experience for all at the Downtown Block Party,” McKee said. A market will feature Front Range artisans selling food, apothecary products, jewelry, paintings, ceramics and furniture, among other homemade goods. Yore co-owner and makers’ market organizer, Savannah Johnson, said, “I think people appreciate buying goods directly from the person making them, especially in a community like ours that values small independent business.”

One hit last year was a district-wide course with challenges from local businesses,á la television’s “Amazing Race.” “Our second annual Amazing Race is again put on by Longmont United Hospital and will be a blast for all,” McKee said. Teams of two solve clues before completing physical challenges. Last year’s challenges included a balloon toss through Samples July/August 2017

World Bistro, a game of “red light, green light” at Wes Parker State Farm Insurance, a speedy workout at Breakaway Cycling and wolfing down a banana split at Dairy Queen. This year’s race is from 2 to 4 p.m. during the block party. Teams will receive t-shirts and compete for a $250 prize valid at downtown businesses, Argys said. Register at downtownlongmont. com. Themed-breezeways will include a kids’ space for games and crafts and an area devoted to health and wellness, where visitors can receive a massage or simple treatments or ask questions. Kettle ball, yoga, and Pilates’ instructors will be available for demonstrations. Kelly Hander, owner of Be Well Bodyworks, is organizing the wellness breezeway. She said, “I hope that

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our Longmont community can enjoy some self-care, meet new people and see what a great wellness community our downtown district has.” Arts Longmont plans an open breezeway studio, where artists will model technique and display artwork. Music and drama will fill the air, thanks to local groups, including high school ensembles. “We’ll have ‘monologues on the move,’” said McKee, “with poets and theater members strolling through the crowd.” Students from Mojo Music Academy will play on-stage, with karaoke and community performances between acts. “We’re hoping people will get together with neighbors, friends, churches and other community groups and come have a party on

our block,” McKee said. “Downtown is an extension of our neighborhoods and a place worthy of discovery.” Shaheen, of Deluxe Barbers, concluded, “Can you imagine? A neighborhood block party in a city of almost 100,000 people. Maintaining Mayberry as we grow into a grown-up city. It’s kind of beautiful.”


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aims to lift community spirits one artisan sip at a time By JOHN LEHNDORFF for LONGMONT MAGAZINE

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A shared loss pushed the friends toward starting their dream business. “We each had lost a parent. It kind of pushed us toward brewing. It’s a way to carry on our parents spirits,” he said. Young had worked for Boulder’s Avery Brewing Co.

Bartenders sling craft cocktails for the masses at Longtucky’s Spirits Grand Opening. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

A tour of the distilling rooms shows guests how the magic happens. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

“LONGTUCKY” is not exactly a term of endearment.

Begging the pardon of the state of Kentucky, the nickname indicated that Longmont was a cow (or turkey) town full of hicks from the sticks who were miles away - literally and culturally - from the infinitely hipper Boulder. The times … and Longmont have changed. Now, the former putdown is being embraced by two entrepreneurial friends as a badge of honor and point of pride. John Young and H.K. Wallace opened Longtucky Spirits on June 23 in July/August 2017

The 4,500-foot space is split between a relaxed lounge/tasting room with an industrial feel and a working distillery. Large windows allow visitors to see the brewing and distilling process. The bar serves its spirits neat, on the rocks and in craft cocktails using ingredients from local farms.

Their next door neighbor is a kindred tasting room. Last October St. Vrain Cidery started pouring its own hard ciders and others from across Colorado in its tasting room and on a shaded patio last October.


for three years before joining forces with Wallace. Then, it was a 2-year journey. “It has taken that long to get it off the ground the right way. We built the bar by hand and involved the community from the start. It’s who we are,” Young said, adding that Wallace welded the copper alembic stills himself. The duo named their new distillery Longtucky Spirits. “We want to change the meaning of the term. I had moved to Longmont and bought a house and thought the city was great. We also thought it would be a fun name. What happened is that this became a communityoriented project in every way. We had 26 investors, mostly in Longmont, and all these other folks were supporting us,” Young said.

The local mission starts with sourcing, Young said. The ingredients for brewing include Colorado-grown corn, rye, wheat and barley. The first spirits

The bar area is a great place to mingle with old friends, and make some new work toward making cordials,” he ones, while sipping said. craft spirits. (Tim Seibert/ Longmont All of those craft spirits will be Magazine)

appreciated but Young said that the distillery’s raison d’etre was to create an exceptional Colorado Single Malt Whiskey which is already aging in wooden casks.

the distillery is producing are Caribbeanstyle rum and corn whiskey, otherwise known as moonshine. “The rum is made from 75 percent beet sugar we get from the Western Sugar Co. factory in Fort Morgan. We add 25 percent molasses to give it some extra flavor and character,” Young said. Coming soon are zesty Longtucky Fire, a spiced rum, along with gin infused with botanicals, spices and herbs, some harvested in in the Rocky Mountains. “Then we’ll 58 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Since Longtucky is a tasting room, it can only pour its own product in the lounge and aside from some packaged snacks, cannot serve food. This provides an opportunity for local food trucks offering diverse menus to feed the crowd of sippers at the distillery and the cidery. Visitors can also bring food with them or order it delivered from nearby restaurants. To get Longtucky off the ground a limited number of Lifetime Memberships are available that include access to a cozy 400-square-foot members-only room at the distillery. “It’ll be lounge-y and private and we’ll also use it for groups,” he said. Benefits of membership range from access to new products to disJuly/August 2017

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laborating with will include a cheese and hard the startup week. cider pairing. Those brewerThe session will ies include: 300 delve into the Suns, Oskar basic science Blues, Left Hand behind cheeseBrewery, Open making. DurDoor Brewery, ing the session, Skeye Brewing, both Johnson Shoes & Brews, and Landi will Wibby Brewing, share how they The Pumpgot their start as house, Grossen entrepreneurs. Bart, and Bootstrap Brewing. St. Vrain Cidery Prior to the Startup Week offers panels on a variety topics for entrepreneurs. is also a part of event, Johnson (Photo courtesy Longmont Economic Development Partnership.) the collaboraand Landi shared tion, providing some of their top Smith, a senior at the University of the apple juice using in the brewing tips for those wanting to break into Denver majoring in Public Policy process. There will also be coffee entrepreneurship. and Economics and the student hours and happy hours throughout body president, will give his talk the week. “My advice to other entrepreneurs: “The Evolution of Work” from 9 Don’t feel like you have to be an to 10:30 a.m. on July 24 at Dickens “We are very excited about this year’s Opera House, 300 Main St. in Long- expert in every area of business to Longmont Startup Week,” said Dana mont. During the talk, he’ll discuss start a business,” Landi said. “Your accountant probably doesn’t know Schnieber marketing specialist and the impact that younger generations how to do what you do (assuming event coordinator. “We’ve involved and technology will have on the you’re not an accountant) so it’s a lot of our partners in the startup workplace in coming years. He’ll okay to say if something is outside community in the planning process address questions including how of your area of expertise. There are this year and we put a focus on your companies can offer the best “setkey industries in Longmont. I think up” for young talent, how businesses people you can hire or contract to we’ve put together a great schedule can best engage millennials and what help you through those uncertain arthat will really speak to our local enmillennials are searching for in work. eas. Your mental health is worth it.” trepreneurs, and provide them with He’ll also address technology in the the resources they need to push their workplace, and whether it’s necesJohnson’s advice? “Dream and concepts forward to success.” scheme: You have to know what you sary to require a worker to sit at a want and have a clear vision of your desk from 9 to 5 since they can do business to sustain and drive you.” Schnieber said she’s excited to hear almost everything you need from, She also suggests writing a busifrom the event’s opening speaker, say, a coffee shop. ness plan, and getting personal and Morgan Smith who gave a speech on professional support. millennials in the workplace at last During another session, two local year’s startup week. entrepreneurs -- Kate Johnson, Another one of Johnson’s mantras owner of The Art of Cheese and is to “start small, but thinking big.” “Since then, he’s done some interna- Cindy Landi, co-founder and CEO tional research in Denmark, studyof St. Vrain Cidery -- will team up ing how local governments support “Try not to go into massive debt,” for a Cheesemaking 101 session. innovation and entrepreneurship,” she said. “Invest initial profits back The event, which has limited availSchnieber said. “I’m excited to hear into your business instead of taking ability, will be from noon to 1 p.m. about some of his discoveries during on July 26 at St. Vrain Cidery 350 out huge loans or making long-term Terry St., Suite 130, Longmont and his talk.” financial commitments.” 62 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

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Johnson also suggests being clear on what your goals and visions are, and try not to get off track or go into too many other directions unless it supports your ideas and goals.

gram, refuel with complimentary snacks, and learn more about LSW and Longmont. Want to attend the startup week? You can create a profile online at longmont. and be included in the attendee directory.

New this year at Longmont Startup Week, CoSolve co-working space will be hosting Basecamp for Mentoring sessions are also an option for attendees. Longmont Startup Also, if you (Photo courtesy Longmont Economic Development Partnership.) Week. Basecamp is want to leave the “Powered by Nextcar at home, you PC Magazine. Basecamp will also Light”, so attendees can rent from the Zagster bikeshare, act as a gathering place for LSW atcan stop by and test out Longmont’s which has 10 stations throughout gigabit network, recently named the tendees, where they can network and Longmont and costs $3 an hour to Fastest Internet in the Country by co-work, pick up their LSW prorent.



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between locally grown produce picked within a few days, compared to under ripened produce flown in from other seas.

Nothing brings people together more than sharing recipes and passing them down from one generation to the next. Whether you break bread with friends and family around the dining table or picnic table, the truth is, it’s one of the oldest traditions that brings humans together.

Maybe you’ve driven past local farms like Kilt, Dooley, Ollin or Munsun, just a few who supply produce to Niwot Market, says Alison Steele, who co-owns the grocery store with her father, Bert Steele, and brother, Seth Steele, who dons his chef hat during summer store events, like the popular Friday Night Patio Dinners. Droves of people gather at the dinners to break bread, share stories and listen to live music.

Now more than ever, consumers care about food quality. That’s why it matters where it comes from. No doubt, a juicy vine ripened tomato grown at a local farm bursts Locally grown produce not only supports the community, it means that with more flavor than it’s ripe when it’s harvested, so the taste is more developed. the ones grown in soil “Customers like the laid who shop at Niwot Market. from China, which is the back atmosphere and number one producer of tomatoes, community feel at the Friday night “I’d rather get my produce locally according to the USDA. event,” says Steele. “It’s a popular than from Argentina,” says Chuck event and we usually get between 80 Negrelli. “Because it tastes better and 100 people.” And because local tasty flavor makes and is better for the environment.” a difference to the palate, it’s a big draw for local shoppers like Chuck The event draws neighbors, friends Negrelli says he tastes a difference and families within a wide age group, and Jeanne Negrelli, Niwot residents July/August 2017


she adds. Something you may not know about Niwot Market, the grocery business has been a long standing tradition in the Steele family. That’s because the original Steele’s Market got its start back in the day when Alison’s grandfather, Merrill Steele, originally started the store in 1942, in Eaton, Colorado. The chain eventually closed its doors in November 2001, but then the family started Niwot Market in March 2002, says Alison Steele.

Sarah Greengross, marketing manager with Lucky’s Market. “Because there’s more time with school being out, I think families are looking for more kitchen projects that involve the kids,” she says.

DIY essential oil blends, for everything from skincare to bug spray, are gaining popularity through websites like Pinterest.

Families gather in the kitchen Whether you’re making kid-friendly meals like mac and cheese and fried


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Thanks to the plethora of social media sites like Pinterest and its treasure trove of recipes, Greengross says Lucky’s customers constantly ask how to use essential oil blends.

“There’s a DIY trend right now with body care and skincare products. Customers ask about how

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they can use almond oil and essential oils to make bug sprays or ingredients to use in an essential oil diffuser,” she said.

NEWSFLASH—According to a recent MSN report, the proposed $13.7 billion Whole Foods Market purchase by Amazon would

Food Safety With so many summer parties and backyard barbecues, it’s important to keep food safety in mind, says Stephanie Holt, marketing manager with Whole Foods, in Longmont. Besides keeping summer salads on ice during outdoor parties, Holt also suggests rethinking the ingredients used in pasta and potato salads.

likely change the shopping experience--though it’s not exactly clear to what extent. In a statement, Holt said she could not make any statements to media related to the proposal.

Olive oil blended or infused with herbs from your own garden or a local farm, is a great way to safely flavor pasta or potato salads . It’s also perfect for grilling meat or fish.

By swapping out mayonnaise based dressings with olive oil, she says it’s a safer option when

could use a vinegar base instead of mayo,” says Holt. She suggests blending up vinegar, mustard, olive

refrigeration is limited.

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Besides being a lighter healthier option, compared to mayonnaise, Holt says, you won’t have to worry about a vinegar-based dressing going bad when those salads are sitting outside.

Fresh dill works well with homemade potato salad, or jazz up grilled meats, by experimenting with a blended herb assortment and fresh garlic and olive oil.

When planning a picnic, keep beverages in their own cooler since it’s constantly being opened. Pack perishable foods in a separate cooler packed with ice, at about 40 degrees, according to the FDA. Separating the two keeps perishable foods like salads and meats at a more constant temperature. Also, prevent food contamination by wrapping raw meats in plastic to prevent juices from dripping into homemade salads, fruits and veggies.

“If you’re grilling salmon, blend up basil or lemon basil with a little olive oil to make a paste,” says Holt. Then drizzle it over the meat in the last few minutes while it cooks on the grill. Fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme also work well with grilled meats, said Holt.

Flavor Tips People often forget how much flavor comes from fresh herbs, says Holt. Punch up the flavor profile in your summer dishes with a few clippings from the family herb garden, says Holt. “Adding fresh basil, cilantro, dill, parsley can really pick up the flavor in a dish,” she said. 68 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Food with Family and Friends Looking for something fun to do with family and friends? Stop by Friday Night Patio Dinners at Niwot Market for a buffet style all you can eat meal while listening to live music. The event runs every Friday night between Memorial Day and Labor Day, from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost, $20 to $25. While they don’t sell beer or wine on site, Steele said customers can bring their own alcohol to the event. The popular event brings the community together, says Niwot

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Longmont Museum Outdoor Concert series concludes on July 21. (C. Nathan Pulley Photography /City of Longmont)

THE POST CHICKEN & BEER SUMMER OF FUN All summer, The Post Chicken & Beer, 1258 S. Hover Rd., Longmont Enjoy a ‘Summer of Fun’ with $2 Post Brewing Company cans, an extended bar, an outdoor patio, and food for beer purchased at Wyatt’s. Anyone who brings in a receipt for Post beer purchased from Wyatt’s Wet Goods will receive FREE food for the same dollar amount. It’s The Post’s way of saying “thank you” to Longmont for a great first year!

PROSPECT SOUND BITES July 10- September 4, 5-8 p.m.; 100 Year Party Ct. and Tenacity Dr.,Prospect, Longmont Enjoy regional musicians and dig into some great local food and drink from over a dozen food trucks at this concert series in Prospect Park. Admission is free! For more information see page ??. JULY 10 AUGUST 7Jakarta Paradise Theater AUGUST 14JULY 17 Stone Beat Invasion Girls on Top! AUGUST 21 JULY 24 Intuit Jacob Larson Band AUGUST 28JULY 31 Soul Sacrifice Mojomama SEPTEMBER 4 Face 70 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

LONGMONT FARMERS MARKET Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m.,Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont

Pick up your produce and other farm and artisan produced items like breads, honey, salsas and cheeses, all to a background live music. Bring the family for free kid’s activities every week.

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VILLAGE AT THE PEAKS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Wednesdays July 12 - August 2, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Village at the Peaks, Longmont

LONGMONT MUSEUM’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Thursdays, Through July 20, 6:30 - 8 p.m..; Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont

Wrapping up on July 20, this free Thursday evening series begins at 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the museum. Museum galleries will also be open from 5 to 8 p.m. JULY 13 - Blue Limousine- Food truck: Cuban Fusion JULY 20 - 101st Army Dixieland Band - Food truck: 7West Pizza

Join friends and neighbors on the village green for some local favorite musicians. JULY 12 - Funkiphino JULY 19 - Cojunto Colores JULY 26 - Message in a Bottle AUGUST 2 - Tunisia

2ND FRIDAY OPENING RECEPTION July 14, 7 – 9 p.m.; Firehouse Art Center - 667 4th Avenue, Longmont

LHS YOUNG PROFESSIONAL PACK KICK OFF July 13, 5 - 6:30 p.m., Longmont Humane Society Shelter, 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont

The Firehouse Art Center’s monthly art exhibit opening night! A chance to meet the artists, sip some wine, listen to live music, and view the art.

Young (and young at heart) professionals are invited to join this new networking group —the LHS Pack! The evening will include refreshments and a behind-thescenes tour of LHS, along with a short informational session about this new group. 5 p.m. - Refreshments in Sally Port (LHS Dog Training Center) 5:20 p.m. - Brief introduction to the LHS Pack 5:30 p.m. - Behind the scenes tour of LHS 6 p.m. - Enjoy our lobby after hours

LONGMONT JAZZ FESTIVAL July 15, 11 a.m., Roosevelt Park Pavilion, 700 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont Jazz Festival is a perfect way to spend a day relaxing to the sounds of some amazing music. The event includes several different styles of jazz and food vendors will also be available. MUSICAL LINEUP: 11-11:45 a.m. - Longmont Jazz All Stars 12-1 p.m. - Espresso - gypsy swing 1:15-2:15 p.m. - Wayne Wilkinson Trio - Guitarist led trio 2:30-3:30 p.m. - After Midnight - Benny Goodman style swing 3:45-4:45 p.m. - 101st Army Dixieland Band 5-6 p.m. - Adam Bodine Trio - Piano led trio 6:15-7:15 p.m. - Mistura Fina - Latin jazz

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LONGMONT SONGWRITERS’ FESTIVAL July 15, 4-9 p.m.; 300 Suns Brewing, 335 1st Ave., Unit C, Longmont

This festival showcases local artists performing in an all day party that celebrates our community. Line-up for 2017: Tim Ostdiek 4 p.m. Danny Shafer 5 p.m. John Mieras 6 p.m. Teresa Storch 7 p.m. Native Station 8 p.m

ROD FESTIVAL AND CHARITY CAR SHOW July 22, 10 a.m.; Mountain States Children’s Home, 14780 N. 107th St., Longmont

Join the ColoRODans at Mountain States Children’s Home for a day of cool cars and hot barbecue in support of the Children’s Home. Registration is $30 per vehicle which includes two barbecue lunch tickets. Extra tickets are available for $5 each at the time of registration.

DOWNTOWN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES July 28 and August 25, 6 - 9 p.m.; 4th and Kimbark Streets, Longmont

Don’t miss the last of this Friday evening series! Spread out along 4th and Kimbark Streets, and enjoy local food and drink at this free event JULY 28 - Great American Taxi AUGUST 25 - Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

BOULDER COUNTY FAIR July 28 - August 6, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Boulder Country Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont

A long standing local tradition, the Boulder County Fair holds a statewide record as the oldest county fair in Colorado.

Take part in the latest craze—goat yoga! You also won’t want to miss, the parade, Lucky Mutt Strut Fun Run, and more familyfriendly activities. The many food options of the fair are featured on page 33. There’s also an impressive lineup of live music, including professional touring band, The Rock Bottom Boys. And the concerts aren’t the only live entertainment. The Firefighter Combat Challenge (find more on page 39) and Yellow Designs Stunt Team will be there too, along with dozens of other options. Admission and parking are both free, as are many of the activities and performances, though some do require tickets. Find more information and purchase tickets at

HISPANIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT July 21, 8:30 a.m.; Twin Peaks Golf Course,1200 Cornell Dr.,Longmont

The Hispanic Education Foundation charity golf tournament scramble event benefits St. Vrain Valley graduating seniors.

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ARISE MUSIC FESTIVAL Aug. 4-6, Sunrise Ranch, Loveland

See over 200 bands— from indie and rock genres to electronica— on eight stages plus art installations, documentary screenings, a farmer’s market in the campground, and daily yoga sessions. Popular guests include yoga star, Shiva Rea and renowned futurist, Barbara Marx Hubbard.

VOLUNTEER FAIR AT THE LIBRARY August 5, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave, Longmont World change starts with you. Want to make a difference? Start locally by volunteering in your community. Groups from around the community will be on hand to give out information about how you can help. No registration required.

The 5th Year Celebration will feature a notto-be missed lineup including: Atmosphere, Tipper, Lettuce, Beats Antique, Ani DiFranco, SunSquabi, Rising Appalachia, The Expendables, Brother Ali, Break Science and so many more. ARISE also offers “interactive villages” including a Children’s Village, Food Truck Village, Vending Village, Healers Village, Hemp Village, Wisdom Village and a Solutions Village. Visit for more information and tickets

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GNARLY BARLEY BREW FESTIVAL August 5, 1-6 p.m., The Ranch, Loveland

Make the short drive up I-25 for your taste of Colorado’s best brews. As part of the Larimer County Fair, patrons are encouraged to come early and stay late to enjoy the fun of the fair. Visit for tickets and information

LEFTAPALOOZA August 5, 12-10PM; Roosevelt Park, Longmont

CARBON VALLEY MUSIC & SPIRITS FESTIVAL Saturday, August 6 Centennial Field, 512 Cherry St., Dacono This event features a spirits tasting and contests, food and live music. If spirits aren’t to your liking there is a beer garden as well. And bring the kids by the many kid-friendly spots, like the climbing walls and bungee trampolines. It’s fun for everyone.

ESTES PARK WINE FESTIVAL August 12-13; Bond Park, Downtown Estes Park A celebration of Colorado wine s from over 20 Colorado wineries, plus local food, vendors and live music.

The Mile High Tribute Band Competition— Eight bands cover all your favorites including: Hell’s Belles — America’s Hottest All-Female AC/DC Act Shakedown Street—Colorado’s Grateful Dead Experience Mr. Knowitall— Primus, 2016 Leftapalooza Top Tribute Act Stone Beat Invasion—Rolling Stones/The Beatles Steel Monkey—Jethro Tull Zuma—Neil Young & Crazy Horse Loving The Alien— David Bowie, featuring Billy of Under A Blood Red Sky My Blue Mule—Gov’t Mule Plus, 10 local breweries, including Left Hand brewing, of course, pour the best brews in town.

FREE FITNESS CLASS IN THE PARK August 5 and 18, 9-10 a.m.

End your summer on a fit note with the last two free fitness classes at various outdoor parks in Longmont. No childcare available. Classes meet in or near the parking lot.

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DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY August 26, 1 - 6 p.m.; Downtown Longmont There’s no party like a Longmont Block Party! Head downtown for a day of art, theater, games and performers in celebration of Longmont’s vibrant downtown scene. This new event, taking the place of Festival on Main, welcomes families with plenty of fun and activities for all ages. For more information see page 53.


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