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Sipping brews and cocktails with friends and family is a summer pastime. Find the best crafted of both in tasting rooms and served up at festivals around town.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry! Summer is the time for enjoying food, family and fun. Many of our summertime events involve craft beer and spirits. Music and entertainment events pave the path into fall while pouring cocktails, pints and a good time for the whole family, while showcasing our local talent. Longmont alone has more than a handful of local breweries to treat the taste buds of beer connoisseurs. If artisan cocktails are more your style, you’ll find Longmont has plenty to celebrate as well. While the craft beer movement has exploded across Colorado, the craft distillery is just beginning to bloom. Luckily you don’t have to go far to find a tasting room offering up uniquely blended spirits with native Colorado ingredients in some creative cocktails. Good beer and spirits are only a small part of the summer fun equation. There’s plenty going on around town to appeal to everyone trying to cram in the most fun possible before school starts, schedules start to fill up and the weather slides into fall. - Misty Kaiser 4

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4 TIPS for keeping your pet safe this summer hand to feel the pavement. If it feels too hot to touch, then it’s too hot for paws. Stay in the grass or try booties so his or her paws don’t burn.

(BPT) - There are thousands of reasons to love the summer if you’re a pet owner. Summer is the perfect opportunity to get outside and get active with our pets. Between swims in the pool and walks in the sunshine, summer is a great bonding time. However, it’s also important for pet owners to have an understanding of factors that can affect their pet’s health and safety during the warmer months. This includes varying weather conditions, maintaining proper nutrition and preparing for other summertime events. Dr. Kurt Venator, Purina’s Chief Veterinary Officer, suggests four things for pet owners to keep in mind so that we can live safe, healthy and happy lives together with our pets whether at home or on the road.

Beating the heat Just like the heat can make people feel unwell, hot days of summer can leave pets dehydrated or ill. Pet owners should be mindful of a pet’s exercise, outdoor time and hydration. If heading out for a walk, go during cooler parts of the day like early morning or early evening. Also, before you start your walk, use your 6

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Above all, never leave your pet unattended in the car. Your car acts like a greenhouse on hot days, and overheating can set in quickly, causing permanent damage and even death. On hot days, it’s best to just leave your pet at home.

Summer snacks and proper ingredients

You can share healthy indulgences with pets too. Fruits like peaches, strawberries and mangoes are great treats for pets as long as pits, stems and leaves are removed and fruit is thoroughly washed.

These fruits contain vitamins, fiber and antioxidants and tend to be low in sugar, so when fed in moderation, they’re actually quite healthy for dogs. Purina includes fruits, like blueberries, in their Beneful Playful Life and Beneful Grain Free formulas. Made from real protein sources and blended with an optimal amount of fruit and veggies, these foods can give your pet the nutrition they need to play all day.

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Taking to the skies? When flying with a pet, it’s important to understand your pet’s needs. Therefore, you should conduct the appropriate research, plan ahead and understand airline/aircraft policies on the day of departure to ensure the trip is just as safe for your pet as it is for you. For instance, did you know that in order for your pet to fly you should obtain a Certificate of Veterinary LongmontMagazine.com

Inspection? Most airlines require this document within 10 days of travel. This document must be signed by an accredited veterinarian, and indicate that your pet has been examined and able to fly. Hitting the road? Buy a travel harness that clips onto a safety belt. This keeps your pet secure and prevents him or her from interfering with your driving. To keep your pet feeling comfortable and entertained on the journey, also consider bringing a blanket, spill-proof bowl and timeconsuming treats, like the Purina Busy® Bone.

Be prepared for natural disasters Although it’s difficult to predict when natural disasters will occur, preparing for the worst can make the difference when every second counts - especially during hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. Understand what weather impacts your area, have resources on hand and have a plan to keep everyone safe. Just like you, your pet should also have a disaster kit that includes basic essentials such as bottled water, food, blankets, bowls, cat litter and pan, and a leash and collar. A one- to two-week supply of food that your pet usually eats is an ideal amount to include in your disaster kit; be sure to check the expiration dates. Pack the foods your pet eats routinely to ensure nutrition in stressful moments. For more information and tips about keeping your pets safe, healthy and always prepared, please visit Purina. com/Summer. July/August 2018


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magine a place out of time, where learning emerges from dewy blades of grass; where personal growth happens amidst the whispering of trees; where joy and stillness comingle into moments that endure as forever keepsakes. Now breathe, and enjoy the knowledge that such places do exist, no further than your own backyard. In fact, one is your own backyard. Or, in Longmont’s case, the communal gem of a backyard that is Sunflower Farm. Located in South Longmont, Sunflower Farm is a public working farm and rural haven. Through ‘Farmfest’ public hours, educational programming, and numerous other activities, Sunflower Farm invites all to connect with nature, friendly animals, and one another. Feed goats, sheep, and llama; jump among hay bales; explore tree houses. Relax among free roaming chickens, guinea fowl, roosters and 8

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To describe Sunflower Farm as beloved by the community would be understatement. Appreciation and connection have always clearly expressed. However, an outpouring of gratitude swelled over recent months, when the farm’s future as a lasting community resource seemed in jeopardy.

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Sunflower Farm owners Bren Frisch and John Roberts both grew up on working farms. Each made the decision to pursue other passions, leaving their rural lifestyles for a time. Following graduation, having earned a degree in fine arts, Frisch began a career at Hallmark Cards, Inc, and later founded her own design agency, ultimately landing in Boulder. Roberts, who earned a Bachelor’s in English, explored and was respected in a range of fields, including teaching, construction and farming. The couple

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Kids get hands on experience with farm animals like chickens at Sunflower Farms. (Photos courtesy Sunflower Farms)

met through Frisch’s design firm, at which hi h R Roberts b t was a client, li t and d th they began merging their talents successfully flipping houses. “I did the design, but it was mostly John,” Frisch says modestly. “He’s a genius—a true artist. We turned around these dilapidated houses and made them incredible together.” In 1997, Frisch and Roberts came together and became certified foster parents. Evaluating how they wanted to raise their family, the two felt compelled to return to their rural roots. Making the decision to break from their careers, they began looking a personal search for a rural property. On Valentine’s Day of 1999, Frisch and Roberts were taken on a walkthrough of what was then Swanson Farm, originally homesteaded by Swedish immigrant Ivan Iverson around 1870. Since then, the land has actively been a working farm. At the time of Frisch and Roberts’ visit, however, it was far from the tranquil state Longmont has become accus-

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to omed to o. “It was atro ocious,” Friscch says. “Full o of foul smells, oill spills, dead animals,, brokendown machinery, b barrels of chemicals and dying y g trees.” Frisch recollects thinking an investment in the property was plain crazy. Roberts, however, eventually talked her around to it. Nearly 18 months later, at the end of 2000, the couple dedicated themselves to the seemingly insurmountable task of restoration. “What motivated us was a deep yearning to live a rural lifestyle, similar to our own childhood experience,” Frisch says. Little did she know just how meaningfully she would opeen up that experience to the t community-at-largee. Roberts and Frisch moved into their new property, which they had named Sunflower Farm, in 2002 with two young children, Anna and Tony. Shortly after, Frisch became preggnant with the couplle’s

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third cchild, Max. “It w was so rundo own,” Frisch says. “But we didn’t want d to waste a minute. We sstarted workin ng the farm, an nd we really worrked it. We were d dirty. I had kids in fro ont of me; I was a mama bear with dirty feet, outdoor baths—we had late nights where we fell asleep just exhausted. But it worked. It really worked.” That first year, Frisch and Roberts tried to farm the property, subcontracting with other farmers through crop share. At the end of the year, they received a shock. “The money was appallingly low,” Frisch says. “I was scared.” FarmFest, whereby the public is invited to come explore the farm, commune, and simply enjoy the agricultural setting, began as a sort of experiment. “Literally, we just put up a sign,” g , Frisch says. y “We were havingg

Goats are always a big hit with kids and adults alike. (Photos courtesy Sunflower Farms)

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Even learning about fruits and vegetables is fun when you get to pick your own. (Photos courtesy Sunflower Farms)

so much fun, all this j y and communityy joy naturally started to happen anyway. I thought, why not invite more people?” FarmFest was supposed to last one season, a means of helping keep the farm afloat. The popularity of it, however, was staggering. Before long, educational programming took root and evolved, in the form of nature-based summer camps and preschool classes. “SproutHouse started in 2005 mostly as a cooperative group with friends,” Frisch says of her popular preschool program. “I was working with my kids, and there was such a natural, fun rhythm to the day. When I was doing things with them, somehow I started doing the same with others’ kids, mostly friends, scooping them up and sharing our pod.” SproutHouse and other programs’ grew, and eventually obstacles emerged in the form of regulations. When purchased in 2000, the property came with restrictions. Boulder 10

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County holds a conservation easem ment on the land d, deeming use bee limited to singlefam mily residential aand agricultural

uses. In 2006, a zonnce ing complian affidavit estaablished allowable activities i iti on th the property, setting a limit of admitted people at any given time. With ever-growing demand for Sunflower Farms offerings and the expanding array of activities, Frisch and Roberts found themselves unintentionally out of compliance. As a result, the SproutHouse program and farm camps were ordered to suspend services in 2015. The couple were permitted to con-

What motivated us was a deep yearning to live a rural lifestyle, similar to our own childhood experience. — Bren Frisch, Co-owner Sunflower Farms LongmontMagazine.com

tinue with Farmfest public hours. Losing camps and SproutHouse, however, was a bitter blow. Were it not for Farmfest, Frisch says, they likely would have had to close permanently. Luckily, the couple channeled their dynamic creativity and determination into a rezoning application, bolstered by an outpouring of commun nity support. It was an ard duous process, but their hard work was rewarded this pring, when sp Sunflower Farm S was approved w by Boulder b County ComC missioners m to o become an offi ficial Education Dem monstration Farm. Wh t d What does th the new designation mean? First, a host of exciting kid’s programs harnessing the power of nature to promote learning, cooperation, joy, and wonder, will be relaunched this fall. Big picture, decades from now, future generations will be able to visit the farm for public hours. What’s more, Frisch hopes to further broaden that accessibility. She is planting seeds for a potential nonprofit, sunflowerroots.org, which would increase opportunity to open up the power of the farm to those who are impeded or underprivileged, for years to come. “John and I are just caretakers,” Frisch says. “As so, we have been richly blessed to witness hundreds of tender vignettes. We will come and go, but Sunflower is its own momentum. It’s such a healing place.” For more information and hours, please visit sunflowerfarminfo.com. July/August 2018


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Folks who just want to sit around and jam should stop by 300 Suns’ acoustic Jam night on Wednesday nights. (Jonathan Castner/Longmont Magazine)

The highlight of the summer season at Wibby is coming up on July 21— the Hooplagers festival, a lager-only event (formerly Lagers for Lumber) with a beach party in the parking lot, a disco-styled arcade indoors and more than 40 participating breweries. Wibby’s new Pura Vida lager will also be showcased. A few blocks south, on First Avenue, 300 Suns Brewing is cooking along with its regular Wednesday night acoustic jam and a rotating schedule of local comedians and regional bands on Friday nights. Annual highlight events include the Songwriters’ Festival held on July 7, as well as upcoming soireés such as a chili cookoff on Sept. 29. 300 Suns remains a hyper-local community brewer and has created a couple of new offerings for the summer, including a watermelon gose and a New England IPA for growlers or on-premises enjoyment. A short walk to the west, in the 14

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former Times-Call warehouse, Bootstrap Brewing mixes up a delightfully silly tiki bar theme with a wide range of brews, and a hard-core emphasis on classic rock, if that’s your deal. Bootstrap hosts live acts on a large indoor stage on Friday nights, with an open mic night on Mondays at the company’s Niwot location. Local favorites such as Cat Jerky, the Johnny O Band and Mojo Mama are regulars. Meanwhile, the tiki thing goes into high gear on Sundays with the weekly LoCo Ukelele jam, hosted by Brian Rezac – perfect for sipping special summertime brews such as Chillax Pineapple Gold, a golden ale with real fruit, or Lush Puppy, a hazy IPA, plus Bootstrap’s popular Cabana Boy Beach Lager. As one of Colorado’s oldest independent breweries, founded in 1993, Left Hand has developed a substantial following, and its tasting room at 1265 Boston Ave. has become an epicenter for beer-fueled LongmontMagazine.com

activity. Folks will flock to Roosevelt Park for August’s Leftapalooza, but the tasting room is still ground zero for a variety of action including July 14th’s Left Hand Summer Games. You’ll see some serious action with drum barrel beer pong, four square, cornhole and other activities, with live music by the Ninety Percent ’90s and specials on summery Left Hand suds such as Travelin’ Light and Juicy Goodness. Check Left Hand’s calendar as the tasting room has also hosted larger comedy and touring musical acts, when the company is not out spreading the Colorado beer gospel to the entire country. Getting off the beaten path, it’s not easy to find Grossen Bart brewing on your first visit – it’s tucked away behind Safeway and next to the St. Vrain Community School on Delaware Ave. – but once you do, you’ll find a small but very enthusiastic, three-and-a-half-year-old brewery with great beers and a variety of events including a line-up of live bands typically on Friday and SaturJuly/August 2018


Bootstrap Brewing hosts an open mic night at their Niwot location for those interested in showing off their talents on stage. (Jonathan Castner/Longmont Magazine)

day nights. And as its big-bearded name suggests, the facial hair-focused craft brewer’s big summertime focus is its Mane Event, a July 28 fundraiser for the Longmont Humane Society, which will spill out into the parking lot. Check out the hirsute talent of the Boulder Facial Hair Club team, plus games, activities and music from Craig Cornett and the Fast and Reck-

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THE LONGMONT SONGWRITERS’ FESTIVAL SHOWCASES LOCAL BEER AND MUSIC By Brittany Anas—Beer and music are a perfect duet, exemplified each year at The Longmont Songwriters’ Festival just held at 300 Suns Brewing just yesterday, July 7. Longmont loves to celebrate local craft, says songwriter, Andy Eppler, a sponsor and organizer of the The Longmont Songwriters’ Music Festival at 300 Suns Brewing. “I believe that is one of the reasons the craft beer scene has taken such hold here,” he says. “Longmont is proud of its productive and entrepreneurial culture and celebrating locally crafted music is a natural extension of that concept.” Focusing on the local songwriting culture makes the festival unique to Longmont, he explains. “This is the only event specifically celebrating locally produced original music in our city,” Eppler says. The event is free, kid- and dogfriendly. If you missed it this year, certainly keep an eye out for next year’s festival already in the works. “This year we had some really amazing songwriters like Shanna in a Dress and Tyler T,” says Eppler. “We always get to showcase the best of the best in our area and I’m always so excited to show the community what our artists are able to create.” Eppler also ran the sound for the event—a highlight for him because, he says, it allowed him to show a “high level of respect to each artist with high quality and precision.” July/August 2018

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A fun way to SAMPLE LOCAL SPIRITS and SEE LIVE MUSIC By SHELLEY WIDHALM for LONGMONT MAGAZINE

TWO LONGMONT DISTILLERY FESTIVALS ON AUG. 4 have more than a date in common—they bring in the crowds with live music, spirit tasting vendors, and competitions of handcrafted distills. One of the events, the Boulder County Craft Distillers Festival, is fairly new and part of the Boulder County Fair, while the second, the Carbon Valley Music and Spirits Fes16

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tival, separated from a tri-town event and added craft spirits to differentiate from the other two. Nels Wroe, co-founder of Dry Land Distillers in Longmont, describes attending the festival tastings as a journey. The distillery, which opened in May 2017 and added a tasting room in early June, will be at the Boulder County Craft Distillers Fest to compete with its original Colorado spirits, an heirloom wheat whiskey and a cactus spirit distilled from the cactus plant. “We would love to see people take a journey and explore the craft LongmontMagazine.com

distilleries,” said Wroe. “Even if they don’t like what they sample, the journey will be a lot of fun because they’ll meet phenomenal people and try things they never tried before.”

Boulder County Craft Distillers Festival

The fifth annual Boulder County Craft Distillers Festival in Longmont celebrates the agricultural roots of Colorado’s craft distilleries through education, tastings and competitions as part of the Boulder County Fair, in its 148th year this year. With the variety of attractions, including food trucks and live music, 800 people are expected to attend—they’ll pay a $20 July/August 2018


award for the best cocktail and best craft spirit. “Sometimes that’s not easy because they’re all pretty good,” Boldt said. “It’s really a fabulous bargain for being able to sample several craft spirits.”

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entrance fee for a meal, five tastings and a cocktail. “Consumers are much more savvy when it comes to cocktails, and they enjoy craft spirits because they understand what it takes,” said Suzy Bergman, event planner for the festival through her business Green Mountain Events in Longmont. “We like to ingest quality spirits, and we take time to research an excellent product.” To give attendees an opportunity to do that research, the event has a strong educational component. “It came in on that grain to glass of how agricultural products are used in making spirits and how some of the discarded product is returned to the agricultural industry,” said Laura Boldt, fair coordinator of the Boulder County Fair. “For example, if they use corn in the spirit, they take corn out for the alcohol and return the leftover mash and feed it to livestock.” In the past, there were presentations every half hour about the distilling and preparing of distills, but the July/August 2018

The Carbon Valley Music and Spirits Festival, presented by the city of Dacono at Centennial Field, features food and spirit tastA craft distiller pours a sample at last year’s Bouling vendors for samples and der County Craft Distillers bottle purchases, a beer Festival, where attendees garden, children’s activities can sample craft items. and a fireworks show. For (Photo courtesy Boulder County Craft Distillers $15, attendees get a tasting Festival) glass and five tasting tickets.

event was shortened this year. Monument distillery 3 Hundred Days of Shine will give the only talk on “The History of Prohibition & Bootlegging in Colorado,” focused on the local history of sugar beets and moonshine. Education also will happen at the booths, where craft distilleries, which create and distill their spirits in Colorado, will explain how the products were made. Approximately 35 distilleries will present dry ice distillation demonstrations, displays and samples of their products and a signature cocktail to taste. The competition among the distillers is a part of the judged 4-H and open events of the Boulder County Fair. Five judges will award first through third place in seven categories that include vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, cordials, moonshine and agave, and there will be a People’s Choice LongmontMagazine.com

The festival was started in the late 1970s by a Dacono developer and then combined with two other towns, Frederick and Firestone, into Fiesta Days. Eleven years ago, the towns created individual events and Dacono’s became a music festival, later adding the spirits tastings and contests. An estimated 5,000 to 6,000 people come to Dacono’s event each year. “We have a huge open grass area, so it’s a venue unlike any other,” said Valerie Taylor, city clerk for the city of Dacono and festival organizer. “We always have a good headliner and an incredible fireworks show.” Colorado distillers will present their craft distills for tastings and compete in several spirits tasting contests that will include best spirit, best cocktail, and best bottle and label. The contests will be judged by the city manager, A.J. Euckert, and members of the city council.

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“They get to sample spirits they probably wouldn’t get to experience otherwise,” Taylor said. “It’s a pretty neat opportunity. It’s a good marketing event for our spirit vendors as well.” For a taste of beer, attendees can visit the A craft distiller discusses beer garden and try lothe industry with participants of last year’s Boulder cal craft beers. There County Craft Distillers also will be food from Festival. (Photo courtesy the local vendors and Boulder County Craft the night, there will be Distillers Festival) at the food trucks a fireworks show, the and a kids festival with city’s sendoff to summer. a variety of activities, such as bungee trampolines, climbing walls and bounce castles. To end The music lineup, which will be

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The Emergence of Craft Distillers The festivals point to the emergence of craft distilleries following in the footsteps of the explosion of craft brewing in Colorado. “Creativity begets more creativity. There is a lot of commonality and crossover between those industries. … The population of Colorado is looking for local labels,”

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, a high energy mix of styles. “We always have incredible music,” Taylor said. “It’s a full day of fun with lots of activities, great music and food.”

“It’s good to get out and meet locals and good

Attendees of last year’s Boulder County Craft Distillers Festival check out the booths featuring local distilleries. (Photo courtesy Boulder County Craft Distillers Festival)

to promote the brand. As a small distillery, it’s good to get free advertising and get people to taste the spirits,” said Matt Maenpaa, distiller and bar manager of Anvil Distillery, which will have vodka,

Wroe said. “There are some outstanding spirits being produced locally right now.” When Black Canyon first opened, the owners

knew the names of all of the distilleries in the area. “Over the last eight years, it’s multiplied like crazy,” Lesnick said. “Colorado is a real active state. They love

gin, rum and whiskey at both events.

coming in and seeing what you’re do-

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ing and looking at how distills work.”

ways good. For us, it’s an opportunity to see what others are making.”

Black Canyon Distillery, which has tasting room and patio and was founded in Longmont in 2010, is participating in both festivals. “It’s fun to interact with fellow distributors and see what everybody is doing,” said Susan Lesnick, co-owner of Black Canyon. “We don’t go to compete. We go so people in our community can see what we have … and they’re more apt to come in to the distillery.” Anvil Distillery, an all-grain, smallbatch distillery that opened in Longmont in 2014 and has a tasting room, also will have a presence at both events. July/August 2018

IF YOU GO... BOULDER COUNTY CRAFT DISTILLERS FESTIVAL WHEN: Aug. 4, 5-8 p.m. WHERE: 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont TICKETS: $20 for a meal, five tasting tickets and a cocktail, purchase at Wyatts Wet Goods, 1250 Hover St., Longmont. SCHEDULE: 4:45 p.m. Grain to Glass; 5:45 p.m. Distilling with Stills on Site; 6:45 p.m. Special Tasting by 300 Days of Shine.

CARBON VALLEY MUSIC AND SPIRITS FESTIVAL WHEN: Aug. 4, 2-10 p.m. WHERE: Centennial Field, 123 Forest Ave., Dacono TICKETS: $15 for a tasting glass and five tasting tickets. At the beer garden, $5 or 1 ticket for beer, wine and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Free admission and parking. SCHEDULE: Tastings 3-8 p.m., Kids festival 2-8 p.m. and judging 5-6 p.m. LongmontMagazine.com

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ENTERTAINMENT

The he concerts and festivals closing o out summer around Longmont

By BRITTANY ANAS for LONGMONT MAGAZINE

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eed a soundtrack for your summer? From an epic tribute band competition to a celebration of jazz music, there will

be several concerts and festivals bringing live music to Longmont and the surrounding region this summer. Mark your calendars because these events sure to hit a high note in summer 2018.

Longmont Jazz Festival: A free celebration of jazz

The sounds of trumpets and trombones will reverberate through downtown Longmont during the 20th Annual Longmont Jazz Festival. Past festival-goers should note that the 2018 festival has from its previous location in Roosevelt Park to 5th Avenue and Main Street in downtown Longmont. Ritmo Jazz Latino—the Longmont Jazz Festival moves its location this year, but it’s still free 2017 nominee to attend. (Photo courtesy Longmont Jazz Festival) for Denver’s best WHEN: July 21, 10:55 a.m. jazz group—will be headlining the festival, taking the stage from 7 to 8:30 to 8:30 p.m. p.m. Getting the festival started at 10:55 a.m. will be the The Longmont All WHERE: 5th Avenue and Star Jazz Band, which is comprised of top musicians from Longmont high Main Streets, Downtown schools who audition for the band. Other bands included in the line-up are: Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles, Robert Johnson and the Mark Diamond Longmont Trio; The Steve Kovalcheck Trio; Mistura Fina; and The Fat City Mardi MORE INFORMATION: Gras Band. The outdoor festival is free. There will also be a kickoff performance at 8 p.m. on July 20 at the Dickens Opera House, featuring Funk Knuf and Signel-Z. 20

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Concerts at the Fair: See local bands for free

The Boulder County Fair has a packed calendar with events like jousting, the Demolition Derby, goat yoga, drone racing, ballet on horseback -- as well as the more traditional fair events like rodeos and carnival rides. As for the tunes? The Boulder County WHEN: Fair puts on a Aug. 3 to Aug. 12 free Concert WHERE: The Fair Series, with several musicians Garden at the Boulder performing. Fab 4 and Blue Canyon Boys are both on the line-up for the stage at the

Most of the musicians are from the Boulder and Denver area. Just a sample: High-energy funk band Funkiphino is scheduled to perform from 7 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 7 and musicians from The School of Rock Boulder will be performing several concerts throughout the series. Boulder County Fair. (Photo courtesy Boulder County Fair)

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Leftapalooza: Tribute bands, craft beer and a great cause The largest tribute band competition in Colorado is hosted by Left Hand Brewing and is entering its 8th year this summer. Last year, Loving the Alien, a band that covers David Bowie, emerged as the winner in this epic battle of the bands. Cue “Let’s Dance” because the Bowie-loving band will return this summer as the featured headliner for Leftapalooza and the Mile High Tribute Band Competition. In addition to rad bands and great craft beer, Leftapalooza rocks out for a good cause: Proceeds from the event will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and their fight against blood cancer. “There is so much to love about Leftapalooza, from seeing Colorado’s Largest Tribute Band Competition, to all of the great activities and vendors, to getting to check out all of Longmont’s amazing breweries, there is something for everyone at this event,” says Eric Leftapalooza pits cover band against cover band for the top title. (Photo courtesy Left Hand Brewing)

Kean, community outreach and events manager with Left Hand

Brewing Company. “The best part is that it all benefits great causes.” The event is for all ages.

WHEN: Aug. 11, Noon to 10 p.m. WHERE: Roosevelt Park, Longmont MORE INFORMATION: lhbfoundation.org

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival: Enjoy the ‘Lazy Days of Summer’ The hills west of Longmont will come alive with the sound of music in August. Lyons plays host to the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, a mellow, three-day event with a superb line-up. Summed up, the festival is all about embracing the “lazy days of summer.” Music lovers can enjoy song circles at night, commune with nature at a campground and enjoy folk music all day long in a picturesque mountain setting. This year’s performers include Regina Spektor, Indigo Girls, Jeff Tweedy, Los Lobos, The Milk Carton Kids, Tinariwen and many more. Festival-goers can purchase 3-day passes, single-day admission tickets and

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“We might think we are nurturing our garden, but of course, it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.” Jenny Uglow The soil is prepared, the planting is done. Now it’s time to sit back and let mother nature do her job, right? Not so fast! Gardening doesn’t just involve planting and harvesting. There are lots of steps in between that will nurture your plants during the summer. Food! Food! It is vital to feed your garden through the summer time. What you are growing will determine when and what you will feed. Mulch! Mulching will reduce water loss, prevent weeds and increase organic matter in the soil Weeding! Weeds are every gardeners nemesis! A weeded garden will grow faster and produce more than its non-weeded counterpart. Water! Plants should have a consistent water supply. It is recommended to water less often, but more deeply. Watering deeply encourages deep root growth. Pest control. Visit the garden often. Become an insect “scout”. Identify problems early when they can be easily solved. Destroy insects when seen and make life difficult for them. Deadheading (the act of taking off spent flowers so new ones can develop) can be quite therapeutic. Cutting back an otherwise unruly plant will help rejuvenate it. Give your garden some time and attention and it will, in turn, help rejuvenate your mind and soul (and give you tomatoes!). July/August 2018

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“HOT TIME IN THE OLD TOWN – 1925 SYLVAN SUPPER” wins Telly Award time when industry is rapidly changing” said Sabrina Dridje, Managing Director of the Telly Awards. “This award is a tribute to the talent and vision of its creators.”

The cast of Hot Time in the Old Town—1925 Sylvan Supper, a production about a well-known Longmont Family. (Photo courtesy Linda Thorsen Bond)

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he Longmont Channel Video, “Hot Time in the Old Town – 1925 Sylvan Supper”, has received the Silver Telly Award for the People’s Telly – TV Programs/Segments for Television and Bronze Award for General-History for television in the 39th Annual Telly Awards.

The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and it is judged by leaders from video platforms, television and streaming networks, agencies, and production companies including Vice, Vimeo, Hearst Digital Media and BuzzFeed. “Hot Time in the Old Town – 1925 Sylvan Supper” is a story written and produced by Linda Thorsen Bond highlighting one of Longmont’s prominent families, The Hovers. The story gives a history of Charles, Katherine, Beatrice Hover and their landmark home, The Hover House and the famous suppers held in their home for members of the community. As Katherine states, “The 24

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suppers illustrate the hope, determination, commitment and success of the community’. The screenplay was written and produced by Linda Thorsen Bond. The production and costume consultant for the play is credited to J P Martin and all of the actors were local Longmont citizens: Al Jefferson, Jeanie Miller, Alyce Davis, Joan Peck, Kathleen McGoey, Sam Mullis, music by Longmont’s own John Mieras and edited and filmed by Bill Decker and the Channel 8 Public Access volunteers. “The Longmont Channel is pushing the boundaries for video and television innovation and creativity at a

Today’s winner’s announcement caps a yearlong initiative by the Telly Awards to rebuild the honors for the multi-screen era. Throughout 2017-2018 the Tellys refashioned their categories to honor the type of work being made by leading producers, including branded content, social video and animation, as well as working with industry experts to identify important industry categories where technology was playing an impactful role in the ways stories are now being told: Virtual Reality, Interactive and 360 Video. To judge all this new and innovative work, the Tellys recruited over 200 new judges, from companies as Vimeo, Duplass Productions’ Donut, ustwo, Discovery Networks, VaynerMedia and Framestore.

Filming took place in the Hover’s former residence—The Hover Home. (Photo courtesy Linda Thorsen Bond)

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Celebrates 30 Years and $500,000 in Scholarships

For three decades, the Hispanic Education Foundation (HEF) has supported more than 1,000 St. Vrain Valley high school seniors from all walks of life – thanks to the generosity of donors and the annual HEF fundraiser golf tournament in Longmont. This year’s event on July 13 at Twin Peaks Golf Course will continue the legacy, with sponsors mostly covering event costs and player fees of $85 directly benefiting local students. The 18-hole scramble tournament features a shot-gun start at 8:30 am and includes prizes, games, drawings and family fun. “HEF has provided about $500,000 in scholarships to students in this school district over the past 30 years,” said HEF president Dawn Quintana. “I can’t emphasize enough that HEF exists because of a small group of hardworking people dedicated to the future of our students.”

By SARAH HUBER for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Founded in 1988 by two Longmont residents to galvanize Latino students to pursue college, the nonprofit offers $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who write an inspiring personal essay and demonstrate financial need, academic achievement and community involvement. Continuing scholarships are available to recipients who meet criteria through college. HEF awarded 23 total scholarships in the spring of 2018.

Leticia Melendez Aldana, a Skyline High School graduate who received her master’s in education from the University of Colorado, earned an HEF scholarship in 1991. She said. “I believe the HEF scholarship was my first experience of knowing someone other than myself and my mother believed in me. It was an honor and a huge responsibility to have a group of individuals decide that I deserved the scholarship.” Meca Delgado, another Skyline graduate, concurred, saying, “The HEF scholarship was one of the first scholarships I received. It gave me a sense of confidence that as a first generation Latina not only was I worthy of scholarship funds, but I was going to make the most of every opportunity and dollar I was awarded.” Quintana said HEF often awards

Above— 2017 Scholarship recipients. (Photo courtesy Hispanic Education Foundation)

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scholarship to students who “don’t fit the traditional profile expected of scholarship recipients.” She explained, “Some of our scholars have experienced challenges and have overcome them. Maybe they dropped out and then returned to an alternative high school and now are expressing an interest in attending community college. A few have been teen parents or have overcome an extreme obstacle in their youth such as homelessness, incarceration, drug-addicted parents, a death in the family or abuse. A majority of our scholarship recipients are the first in their family to achieve post-secondary education. Many are the first to graduate from high school.” Matthew Zavala received a scholarship from HEF in 2003 and went on to lead the organization as president for 10 years after college. “The opportunity of the scholarship made me want to pay it forward,” said Zavala, current president of the Longmont Community Foundation and board chairman of Community Food Share. During the day, he serves as lieutenant with the City of Boulder Fire Department. “HEF is a local organization helping local students with the hopes that they’ll return to this community to be a part of it and make it even better than it is,” Zavala said. “Anything we can do to help the next generation is important.” Thus, the foundation of 11 board members works year-round to organize and pull off the golf tournament. Quintata said the tournament exists to implement HEF’s mission to “create education opportunities, enrich lives and enhance the St. Vrain Valley School District’s community.” July/August 2018

Anything we can do to help the next generation is important.” —Matthew Zavala, President of the Longmont Community Foundation

gap by helping relieve the financial burden of higher education.” Indeed, Zavala said, “We believe that anyone with the drive and determination can go to college.” Olga Cordero, now a school counselor at Rocky Mountain Elementary School, said the scholarship helped channel her “drive and determina-

She said, “I believe passionately in the power of education to change lives and strengthen communities. I believe that when we provide equal opportunities for education to all of our students, we all reap the reward of their achievements. Studies show that a college or technical degree helps build stronger families, schools and communities.” While HEF provides equal opportunities to students of diverse backgrounds from the St. Vrain Valley, the foundation aims to support those in need. Quintata noted, “There is an identified equity gap in higher education. The Colorado Department of Higher Education has set a goal to close that gap by 2025 and raise attainment from 29 percent to 66 percent for Hispanics and Native Americans and from 39 percent to 66 percent for African Americans. I believe that HEF and organizations like HEF can help close that

tion” into helping others. She said, “This award opened up a door of opportunity – one that helped me reach my goal – school counseling. I work every day with this in mind. If someone helped me achieve my goal, I can do the same for the next generation.” Juan M. Salomon Jr., a firefighter and paramedic with the City of Longmont Fire Department, added that while his parents saved for years to support his education, a scholarship from HEF “made it possible to achieve a dream.” To enjoy a day of golf and encourage St. Vrain seniors achieve their dreams, visit helflongmont.com to register for the 2018 Annual HEF Fundraiser Golf Tournament. The tournament player fee includes a cart, range balls and lunch.

Players await the start of the Tournament. (Photo courtesy Hispanic Education Foundation)

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C H A P T E R O N E • 1979

A bold beginning – “Oh Yes You Can!” BY SARAH KUTA

Steve Bosley was fed up with the way parents and coaches screamed at other children at his kids’ track meets, often berating them for not running fast enough. The year was 1979, and Bosley was president and CEO of the Bank of Boulder. One day he expressed his frustration to Olympian Frank Shorter, who ran every day from his retail store on the Pearl Street Mall to the bank to make the day’s deposit. “They were driving kids out of the sport, not into it,” Bosley said. After listening to Bosley’s observations, Shorter suggested Bosley organize his own race. But instead of hosting a track and field event, Shorter advocated for a road race. Bosley, then 37, was a runner himself, having taken k up the h sport after f his hi father f h died di d off heart h disease in 1969. His five children were athletic, i ll hi h Td h 6

“We entered them in lots of activities,” Bosley said. “Soccer and swimming and track. Fitness and a healthy lifestyle were sort of natural for us.” By the late 1970s, the running boom was in full swing. Road races like the New York City Marathon, the Peachtree Road Race and the Falmouth Road Race were several years old — and growing in popularity. Shorter, who is widely credited with bringing distance running to the masses, moved to Boulder several years earlier to train at altitude for the 1972 Olympics, where he won gold in the marathon. He also won silver in the 1976 Olympic marathon. “At the time, there was no real formula for how to put on a road race because there just weren’t that many, and they were all locally homegrown,” Shorter said. “But Steve was not only a really very goodd banker, b k he h was also l a checklist h kli personality li — some people just love having a checklist. What f d i h i d i h

find out how to do it.’ ” Without knowing much about road racing, Bosley spent the next few weekends traveling around to observe races. All told, he spent just seven weeks organizing the first Bolder Boulder, a 10-kilometer running race through the streets of Boulder that finished at North Boulder Park. Bosley hired a running group to organize and plan the first Bolder Boulder, which was designed to be a marketing effort for the Bank of Boulder. Five days before the first Bolder Boulder, the race director called Bosley and explained that he hadn’t secured a parade permit from the city of Boulder. “Well, without a parade permit, there would be no race,” Bosley said. “He didn’t know what to do.” B l tookk matters into Bosley i his hi own hands h d andd headed down to plead with the city for a parade i Af lk lki l i ff

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varietals and subtypes, some people merely rely on mass adverted brands or cling to a limited number of names they have tried and liked. For those more adventurous souls who are interested in expanding their horizons with something new, direct import wines are a valuable option. Direct import wines are those

BY LARRY BERRETH, WYATT’S WET GOODS for LONGMONT MAGAZINE products which come directly from independent and up-and-coming wine houses that offer quality and integrity rather than visual familiarity on the bottle shelf. Often, their quality rivals those of giant companies, and at a fraction of the price.

Delatour Rosé: Who doesn’t like a good rosé this time of year? With a charming brightness and pink robe, this French rosé offers a complex nose of delicate floral and exotic aromas. It is smooth and fresh, pairing well with grilled fish and pork, Asian cuisine, or

By utilizing factors such as direct distribution channels, volume purchase, and the connections and relationships cultivated by more experienced wine buyers from larger liquor stores, these wines are starting to appear in greater number along the front range. This summer, why not try something new, and discover a new favorite? Here are some easy, direct import wine choices that will flatter any grilling experience or summer salad.

Carl Sittman Qualitatswein Riesling: Carl Sittmann wines are dedicated to producing high quality, food friendly wines that can be enjoyed by anyone. Their grapes are sourced from growers in some of Germany’s most respected wine regions. The Carl Sittmann Qualitatswein Riesling opens aromas of green apples, pears, and apricots. Sweet flavors of peaches and apples are balanced by its crisp acidity, keeping it refreshingly elegant and gracefully without being overly sweet.

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The Protest Rye Barrel Aged Red Blend: This Sonoma Valley red blend wine is Chateau Diana’s grand experiment in melding whisky and wine. The rye aromas are subtle, melding with the silky, dense-fruit Syrah with hints of cigar box and fresh leaf tobacco. Its intense, dusty-black fruit flavors have a warm intermingling of the rye whiskey flavors. The flavor extends with more delicious chewy, bacon-fat tones, with deep blackberry and black raspberry jam highlights that make it an exceptional beef barbecue accompaniment.

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SAW IT, WANTED IT

Summer is full of celebrations big and small, calling for a cadre of great local beers, wines and spirits. Luckily, Longmont has plenty of all three. Here are a few worth seeking around town:

Liberate your 4th Libertas

This pre-prohibition cream ale is an ode to the American Spirit, perfect for Independence Day with friends on the patio at Open Door Brewing Co. With a combination of Liberty and Columbus hops, and rye, this Ale is both spicy and refreshing like dusk on a hot summer’s day. (Available at Open Door Brewing Co., 2030 Ionosphere St. Unit G, Longmont)

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The Pumphouse Brewery serves up some great seasonals, but this standard on the menu is perfect for enjoying warm summer nights on their expansive patio. Wildfire is an unfiltered, very refreshing American-style wheat ale usually served with a slice of lemon or orange, with just enough hops to give it bite.(Available at The Pumphouse Brewery, 540 Main Street, Longmont) July/August 2018

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Gewurztraminer is a great flexible wine perfect for serving with spicy foods or alongside your famous grilled chicken. If you’re just looking for something to chill and sip with friends while enjoying a lovely Colorado sunset, it fits that bill too. For a local taste of an American Gewurztraminer, stop by Blue Mountain Vineyards in Berthoud for a tasting or to bring home a bottle or two. (Available at Blue Mountain Vineyards, 4480 Hoot Owl Dr., Berthoud)

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IN LONGMONT learn language, it becomes more grafted into their natural ability. But I don’t think it’s ever too late to learn.”

By LINDA THORSEN BOND for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Longmont loves music, that’s easy to see. There are musicians banging away in brewpubs, crooning in cafés and drumming in distilleries. Longmont’s symphony, ballet, theatres and festivals are all elevated by live music.

Mieras talked about neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to change throughout life. That is, brain activity Fuzz Music Studios orchestra Ensemble performs around town. (Photo courtesy Fuzz Music Studios) associated with a given funcwhere songwriting is the goal. There tion can be transferred to a different are even studios that create summer location, the proportion can change, bands, as in the movie “School of and synapses may strengthen or Rock.” And just as sure as there are musiweaken over time. cians, there are little children and Fuzz Music Studios, Mojo’s Music their parents wondering what “If we can help people learn to learn, Academy and private lessons by instruments they might play, middleeven starting later in life, they are usmusician John Mieras, are three good ing new parts of the brain they might schoolers seeking to sharpen their examples of ways to study music in skills before fall, and adults hoping not have used before,” Mieras said. Longmont. to turn the song in their hearts into a sing-along. Heather Fausnaugh, co-owner and All say that they have youth as well as academy director of Fuzz Music adult students. Mieras said, “It’s good Studios, said sometimes parents of Longmont doesn’t lack places to for children to learn when they’re learn. There are studios that concenyoung children bring them in to see young because learning music ties to trate on the basics like music theory what instrument they might want language development. The idea is and prepare students for orchestra to learn. “I place the child with one of our instructors who teaches a lot and band. There are some classes that if people learn music like they July/August 2018

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Paul Rogalski, owner of Mojo’s Music Academy, agrees. “We get quite a few students from the string and wind departments of the schools who want to further their learning so they’ll do better in school, or they want to get ahead of the game before joining class. We teach quite a few adults, but our most popular programs are the week-long summer camps for students. There are new people taking lessons all the time. There are a lot of new people this summer, and we’re surprised and pleased.”

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Mieras wants to help students become self-sufficient musicians. “I like to teach ukulele so students know how to accompany themselves so they can sing a song,” he said. “My philosophy is that if kiddos can be selfcontained with music, they will probably continue it. If I can get them sitting down playing ukulele, they don’t need an ensemble to make music or be able to go on. A song comes on radio they’re interested in, and they have skills to teach it to themselves. I still have kids come back to visit me and after high school they didn’t go on in band but they still play ukulele. It’s a fail-safe way I can make sure they continue. Everyone gets busy after their younger life, they go to college, to work, they have kids; they won’t have time for an ensemble, but the simple ukulele is something they’ll have for life.”

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Cameron Leigh on guitar, Devon Moore at the mic, Emmett Ditsler with the bass, Jack Dawson on drums, and Zoe Ellsaesser on keys play as a band at Mojo’s. (Photo courtesy Mojo’ Music Academy)

teachers. The summer camp program has a new class every Monday through Friday. In each session students form a band with a bass, drummer, guitar, keyboard and a singer, sometimes even horns. They learn to play one or two songs a day and at the end of the week there’s a concert for their parents and friends. “Kids really step up their game,” Rogalski said. “They learn to count on each other and play in synch. It’s tough but they learn to make it work.” There are two sets of age groups, 8-10 and 11-16. After the week, some even stay together as a band. “We’re hosting 120 students this summer,” Rogalski said. He even said students come to Mojo after watching YouTube music videos. “It’s having someone to interact with. You can present a question, let us respond and show you how to answer your question, which helps you work things out. Quite a few people say they’ve learned something on YouTube, and they’ve hit a wall, and can’t learn any more alone. YouTube is great for getting people started, then lessons help them learn what they’re doing and why they’re doing it.”

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Dr. William Hinkie III instructs kids in violin at one of Fuzz Music Studios’ summer camps. (Photo courtesy Fuzz Music Studios)

Fuzz Fair

Fausnaugh said most students come to Fuzz Music Studios year-round for 30-minute blocks of instruction. “Once they start with us they might stay with us for years. We have great retention,” she said. “About 95 percent study with us two-plus years. We strive for personalized instruction where the one-on-one lessons cater to each particular student. We analyze one at a time and we teach based on how they learn, because not everyone learns the same way. Some of the students come in to prepare for their audition for jazz band, or because they’re falling behind in band, or they have a big concert coming up. The instructor may concentrate on the fundamentals; the need to communicate, learning to read music, theory or even the basic chords. We offer whatever the students need to get ahead.” Fausnaugh and her husband Aaron credit part of Fuzz Music Studio’s success to their business partners/ affiliates, M’s Music and Repair. She said, “They came over with us when Miller Music closed in 2016. They provide all of our rental instruments and repairs. We are their storefront affiliate. Amazing company and the folks who run it, Maya and Masashi LongmontMagazine.com

Tsuchiya, are simply wonderful. Their dedication to our students and to the school district is worth mentioning. Maya is hands-down the best repair technician in town. Fast, efficient, and affordable.” The Back to School Fuzz Fair is an opportunity for parents and students to ask typical questions, try musical instruments, meet professional instructors who can assist and talk to them. People will get a chance to meet Dr. William Hinkie III, with whom Fausnaugh said some people drive an hour to take a 30-minute lesson. There will be light music, snacks and instrument rentals on Saturday, July 28 from 12-5 p.m. at Fuzz Music Studios.

Make Mine Mozart

Mieras studied classical French horn and voice at university. At the same time he played bluegrass with his grandpa and analyzed Beatles music to see what made it so cool. He said, “Not everyone is born with talent, but all of us are born with the ability to learn things. Maybe not all of our students will become Mozart but we can make it possible for them to enjoy music for themselves.”

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FOOD & DRINK

Brings Colorado Spirit(s) to Main Street

By DARREN THORNBERRY for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Dry Land Distillers recently had a soft opening for their brand new tasting room in downtown Longmont. Co-owner Nels Wroe was gracious enough to make time for a conversation with Longmont Magazine about their spirits made with Colorado native botanicals!

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Prickly Pear cactus is one of the uniquely Colorado botanical ingredients used in the production of spirits at Dry Land Distillers. (Photo courtesy Dry Land Distillers.)

still have tastings available at our tasting room, and folks that want bottles can get on our pre-order list.

LM: What spirits are you producing now? NW: We’re starting with our Heirloom Wheat Whiskey and our Cactus Spirit. Our gin is slated for recipe development in July, so we hope to have our first bottles in August. We are also crafting a limited edition Prickly Pear Fruit brandy that will be available after harvest in late August LongmontMagazine.com

and a holiday rum that will be released in November.

LM: Why did you choose to base your distillery in Longmont? NW: For three reasons: 1) Longmont is home, and one of the friendliest, most authentic cities in Colorado; 2) Downtown Longmont is becoming a real destination for anyone interested in being part of a collaborative, exciting and dynamic scene; and 3) Longmont is quickly July/August 2018


Prickly Pear Gin and Heirloom Wheat Whiskey make for flavorful Colorado Cocktails. (Photo courtesy Dry Land Distillers.)

becoming a center of excellence for food production, distillers, and craft beer. It’s a central focus of the city to create a food innovation and research hub. What a great way to honor the agricultural roots of this town! There is a thriving and burgeoning craft food and drink community here that is bringing in some of the best minds (and palates) in the food or drink business.

LM: How and when was Dry Land “born” as a company? NW: Aaron Main and I formed Dry Land Distillers in May 2017. It’s been a whirlwind! We also have a third partner, Marc Staats, who joined the business in May 2018. Marc brings in a whole new layer of creativity, excitement, and experience that really rounds out our team.

LM: Has making the transition from beer to craft spirits been exciting? Difficult? NW: Aaron is a MUCH better brewer than I am! While he’s an amateur brewer, he’s won several July/August 2018

gold medals for his beers over the years. Me? I just dabbled in home brew, but learned that the ingredients you start with make all the difference. I also had the opportunity to do a year-long research project for a craft distilling publication that opened up the doors to meet dozens of distillers over the past few years. Learning the business through other craft distillers was a significant help in deciding to do our own. It is not for the faint-of-heart, though! The project has been rewarding and challenging, but one must be prepared to solve new problems every day.

LM: Some would say Colorado is reaching critical mass on breweries and distilleries. What’s your opinion? NW: I think we are starting to see a contraction in the craft brewing space. It’s difficult to sustain a brewery when there is so much competition. However, I believe there is huge growth potential in craft distilling. The industry is where craft beer was 10 – 15 years ago, LongmontMagazine.com

and consumers are still learning how to explore a whole new world of spirits. The majority of spirits you’ll see in liquor stores and restaurants is produced by a tiny number of large, industrial-scale manufacturers. As consumers continue to gravitate toward learning more about the spirits they drink, and moving away from the most common distilled spirits (vodka, rum, etc.), the more excited we get at the growth prospects for craft distilling.

LM: What do you and your team love about your work?

NW: We’ve met so many wonderful people, made new friends–it’s the people we meet every day that make this journey such a delight. But it’s also about creating something wholly new that we’re sincerely proud to share. Our goal is to capture the spirit of Colorado in a bottle, and as cliché as it sounds, it’s an honest goal for us. We learn more every day about the spectacular place we live by identifying, sourcing, and working with the ingredients that represent our complex ecosystem.

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A soft opening introduced people to the distillery and its tasting room. (Photo courtesy Dry Land Distillers.)

LM: What do you want the reader with little or no experience drinking craft spirits to know about Dry Land? NW: Dry Land has created two completely authentic Colorado native spirits. We hope that whether you like it or not, you enjoy the adventure of trying something new!

LM: Has Dry Land won awards? NW: Yes, we were honored to win the bronze medal for our Cactus spirit at the International London Spirits Competition earlier this year! Knowing we’ve created a spirit that can compete with some of the best in the world… we’re pretty proud of it.

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Spray-on, roll-on, dab, rub, and smear on. When the heat is on, all varieties of sun protection come out in full force, for good reason. We all know the benefits of wearing sunscreen are worth paying attention to. Skin cancer rates are continuously on the rise, and brashly braving harmful UV rays invites serious consequences in addition Goddess Garden produces a full line of sunscreen products that are reef-safe for your summer vacations. (Photo courtesy Goddess Garden.) to sunburn and prematurely aging skin. It’s no allergic to common chemicals in They shared with family, friends, and wonder the global skincare industry bath and skincare products. Nova neighbors, and started selling at farmis forecast to reach roundabout $11 has an herbalist background. Paul, ers markets and festivals. In 2005, the billion this year. That means, plenty a biochemist, also has a nutrition couple gave their products an official of stellar choices to choose from off science degree. Recognizing her baby kickoff at the Telluride Bluegrass the shelves, right? Unfortunately, it’s daughter’s extreme sensitivity, Nova’s Festival, where their sunscreen sold not that simple. Good news? Thanks entrepreneurial spirit kicked in, and out within two days, solidifying their to dedicated, inspired efforts and rigthe couple began experimenting in path. “Inspired by our daughter, our orous high standards of Longmont’s their kitchen. Using quality, food mission became creating products Goddess Garden Organics, it can be. grade organic ingredients, they crethat work well, feel great on the ated homemade, safe options to meet skin, and are safe for people and the Goddess Garden Founder and CEO their daughter’s needs, from diaper planet,” Covington explains. Now, 13 Nova Covington and husband Paul years on, Goddess Garden products Halter first became aware of the need rash cream to lotion to sunscreen. It wasn’t long before Nova and Paul’s are available in 25,000 stores, includfor progressive skincare alternatives when their first daughter, Paige, was products began piquing interest. ing CVS, Walgreens, Natural Grocers July/August 2018

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Supplies might be one of the most intimidating parts of home brewing. Equipment like bottle cappers, airlocks and hydrometers are probably unfamiliar to new brewers. For this very reason, most home brew shops sell starter kits. “I build and sell a 5-gallon brewing equipment kit for $89.99 that includes all the equipment for a 5-gallon batch,” says Mark Miesel, owner of Bald Brewer Homebrewing & Winemaking Supplies in Longmont. Miesel July/August 2018

By EMMA CASTLEBERRY for LONGMONT MAGAZINE advises newbies to start with a 5-gallon batch, which makes about two and a half cases of beer. The 5-gallon brewing equipment kit includes everything you need for a successful batch, including a copy of the American Homebrewer’s Association’s Introduction to Homebrewing Magazine. Purchasing a kit is also about 30 percent cheaper than purchasing the supplies separately. “It helps make it easy for new folks and relieves some of the question marks and stress associated with the unknown,” Miesel says. The same applies to ingredient kits. “The beer ingredient kits contain all of the ingredients to make your LongmontMagazine.com

first batch of beer and are available across a wide range of beer styles,” says Bill Campbell, president of Brewmented. Campbell advises new brewers start with something simple, like an ale, like a Pale Ale, English Ale, Porter or Stout. Miesel says that, with an ingredient kit, new brewers can try just about anything. “I always recommend that new brewers choose a style of beer that they like to drink,” he says. “This is the beauty of the custom beer kits. They are designed to make it easy for new folks, regardless of the style.” Miesel adds that sour ales and lagers can be a little advanced for brand-new brewers.

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STEP TWO: Steep After your equipment is ready, you will steep specialty grains—like dark, roasted grains if you are making a stout—in hot water for 20-30 minutes. This creates a sort of beer tea that has taken on the flavor, sugars and color of the grain. Then, you add fermentables like liquid or dry malt extracts to the tea and let it boil for an hour. During the boil, you can add hops at various times for bittering, flavoring, and aroma.

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RAGES ON From food trucks and Ferris wheels to 5K glow party with music festival feel

Though fall is just around the corner, summer isn’t over just yet. There are still plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the warm weather with friends and family, right here in Longmont.

Rhythm on the River

When: July 13-14 Where: Roger’s Grove— Nature Area, 220 Hover Road, Longmont Time: 6-10 p.m.

this event a no-brainer to attend. “It’s a celebration of music, art and it’s a family event with amazing activities for kids,” said Program Coordinator, Marty Page, with the City of Longmont. “I don’t think there’s any other event like it.”

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the stars while listening to live music with talented musicians? With two stages and nine bands, the playlist includes a wide selection of music from multiple genres, said Page. From indie rock bands, like Wildermiss, and funky Flow Tribe, to modern country artist Spencer Crandall, Page said the eclectic lineup caters to a wide range of music lovers. Staff at the City of Longmont didn’t pick any ol’ band clamoring for the spotlight, said Page. These bands

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Rhythm on the River combines adventurous activities, a Fun 5K, live music and local foods. (Photos courtesy Longmont Recreation Services)

will hit the stage with bragging rights of their own. “Each band we have highlighted comes highly recommended and

have won many different competitions,” said Page. Band Line-up Friday Headliners— 8:30 to 10 p.m. Flowtribe, The Grove Stage

5K -Roger’s River Run, Greenway Glow—get your glow on. Pick up face paint at pre-glow check-in that starts at 6 p.m. Race begins at 7:30 p.m. After the race, head to the amphitheater for the ohso-fun glow party.

Free activities Dragondeer, The Sunset Stage Saturday Headliners— 8:30 to 10 p.m. Head for the Hills, The Grove Stage All Chiefs, The Sunset Stage Find a full list of bands at the City of Longmont’s website.

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Art and sip paint tent—for adults Kids paint toys, event sponsored by Home Depot Kids climbing tower, kayak tank, bungee tramp and climbing wall Ring the dinner bell No time to pack a picnic dinner? No worries. With 10 Food trucks onsite will feed—it’s almost like meal on wheels for this hungry crowd. Choose from food trucks like Outback Steakhouse, Fuzzy’s Tacos, Cowabunga Creamery, and Volcan Azul. Beer and cider enthusiasts can sip suds from Wibby Brewing, St. Vrain Cidery, Lefthand Brewing, to name a few. July/August 2018


The midway at the Boulder County Fair is always a treat. (Photo courtesy Boulder County Fair)

Next on the lineup— Boulder County Fair

A family tradition for many

When: August 3-12 Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, in Longmont Time: Daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. No summer is complete without a trip to the Boulder County Fair. Plus, it helps you peel the kids off the couch and unplug their brains from games like Fortnite or Super Mario Odyssey. Ah, the familiar smells of livestock, cotton candy and a sprinkle of rodeo dust brings back nostalgic memories of the county fair. Each year the rainbow colored blinking lights beckon you to ride the Ferris wheel or pick your favorite pony on the merry-go-round. Boulder County Fair draws people in with an array of fun activities that meet any family’s budget. Some popular free spectator events include July/August 2018

stunt dog shows, like, Canine Stars, and a petting zoo, to the entertaining firefighter combat challenge, says Boulder County Fair Coordinator Laura Boldt. Don’t forget popular paid events like pro bull riding, demolition derby and goat yoga. But if you’re looking for something new this year, Boldt said they’ve added three new events sure to keep things entertaining. “We will have a full armored jousting competition, drone racing in the indoor area, which includes some nationally ranked drone pilots, and we’ll have Ninja Nation, a simulated ninja course, facilitated by the Wolf Pack,” said Boldt.

No shortage of live bands All day long, enjoy free live concerts in the Fair Garden. These mostly local bands perform country, rock, folk, and blues for your listening enjoyment. Some of the headliners include: The Long Run, strumming Eagles cover songs; Stumble Monkey, a rock, funk and blues band; Mayhem Gulch dials up the Blue Grass vibe; while Raising Cain blends rock, jazz and 80s music; and Cowboy Dave Band will bringit with oldies from Johnny Cash to Willy Nelson. Check the entire music line-up on the Boulder County Fair website.

Craft distillery fanfare Check out the kids science safari sections with activities for kids ages 4 to 16 years old. Though it might even intrigue adult kids with old time faves like a giant Lite Brite. And for the pint-sized physicians in the making, a human-sized version of the game, Operation. LongmontMagazine.com

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Thank you to the United States Military—Including the fallen By Elise Oberlissen— During the recent Fourth of July concert put on by Longmont Symphony Orchestra, with Longmont Chorale and Longmont Youth Symphony, talented musicians performed theirs hearts out. They played some of the usual Americana numbers you’d expect—like the National Anthem and America the Beautiful. But there was one song that stood out from the rest. Elliot Moore, conductor and music director with Longmont Symphony decided to add a special piece of music as a way of paying tribute to Army Specialist Gabriel Conde, age 22, killed in Afghanistan, April 30, 2018. Gabriel’s parents currently reside in Loveland. After much thought, Moore’s brain sparked a lightbulb idea. “I’d been thinking of the fallen soldier, Gabriel Conde, I read about him so much and about what the community had been going through, so I added “Hymm to the Fallen,” a song from music score and motion picture, “Saving Private Ryan,” in Conde’s honor,” said Moore. “Hymm to the Fallen was just a little something the symphony could do to thank and honor all the brave men and women who serve our country.”

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Blush Crush Welcome the rum renaissance with this perfectly refreshing cocktail. 2 Oz. White Rum 2 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice 2 Oz. Simple Syrup 6 Chunks Fresh Watermelon 10 Fresh Mint Leaves Riondo Prosecco (enough to fill glass just below the rim)

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THURSDAY NIGHT SOCIAL RUN Thursdays, 6- 8:30 p.m.; Shoes and Brews, Longmont Join other folks in the community for a fun weekly run/ walk. Choose your distance and pace on an out and back on the St. Vrain trail; Afterward stick around to get your first pint half-off and take part in the weekly raffle for awesome swag. (Shoes & Brews, 63 S. Pratt Pkwy., Unit B, Longmont, shoesbrews.com)

Grab fresh salad fixin’s and a lot more at the Longmont Farmer’s Market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. (Paul Litman/Longmont Magazine)

LONGMONT FARMERS MARKET Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m.,Boulder County Fairgrounds, 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 (but leave furry friends at home) for free kid’s activities every week. Don’t miss Artisan Shows every fourth Saturday of the month. (Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont, bcfm.org/longmont-saturday)

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VILLAGE AT THE PEAKS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Wednesdays through August 1, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Village at the Peaks, 1250 S. Hover St. Longmont

Join friends and neighbors on the village green for some local favorite musicians. JULY 11- Margarita Brothers JULY 25- Tunisia JULY 18 - The Long Run AUGUST 1 - New Sensation

LONGMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Thursdays through August 2, 10 a.m.; Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave., Longmont

Families with young children could be hard-pressed to create a more pleasant summer morning than those at the popular Summertime Family Concerts and Shows, held on the West Patio, drawing parents and children with the average of 10 and under. JULY 12: Ann Lincoln’s Boogie Woogie Bunnies Magic Show JULY 19: Dan Crow - “As the Crow Flies” STEAM-themed songs from Dan’s travels

JULY 26: Mike Schneider-polka concert for the whole family AUGUST 2: Bradly Weaver-Traditional and original folk music

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LONGMONT MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES July 12 and July 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont

Held in the grassy outdoor museum courtyard, museum concerts typically host roughly 400-500 people per event—bring your lawn chairs and picnics! Alcohol and concessions available for sale (only alcohol purchased on site is allowed.) JULY 12: After Midnight JULY 19: The Heartstring HuntersFollow the concert schedule and changes at longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-e-m/museum/summer-concert-series

FARM-TO-TABLE CHEESEMAKING + FARM TOUR WITH BABY GOATS July 20, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; The Art of Cheese, Haystack Mountain Creamery 1121 Colorado Ave., Longmont Meet the adorable dairy goats that provide the fresh milk that you will then use to make your own soft cheeses. Learn how to make several types of soft cheeses, starting with fresh ricotta then make a custom-flavored classic soft goat cheese, Chevre, to eat or take home. At the end of each class, sit and enjoy a light meal featuring the freshly made cheeses, fruit and bread with a glass of wine. Registration is required. theartofcheese.com

LONGMONT JAZZ FESTIVAL July 21, 11 a.m.; 5th Ave., Downtown Longmont Celebrating its 20th year, Longmont Jazz Festival is a perfect way to spend a day jamming to the sounds of some amazing music. The event includes several different styles of jazz and food vendors will also be available. Don’t miss the Friday, July 20, kickoff performance at the Dickens Opera House featuring Funk Knuf and Signel-Z. longmontjazz.com/ annual-jazz-festival.php

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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. Registrations is $400 per team of four; register your team online at golfsquid.com/event.cfm?id=3003

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. You won’t want to miss, the parade, Demolition Derby, MaxFund’s Lucky Mutt Strut, and

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Canine Stars and Knights of Valour Extreme Jousting 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 bouldercountyfair.org.

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ROD FESTIVAL CAR SHOW AND CRUISE NIGHT July 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-9 p.m.; Mountain States Children’s Home, 14780 N. 107th St., Longmont Register your cool car for the ColoRODans Rod Festival in support of the Mountain States Children’s Home. The show will be private for registered vehicle owners and their ticketed guests only. Registration is $30 per vehicle include a dash plaque and two adult meal tickets for the BBQ. Additional BBQ tickets are available for $5 each.

After the car show, the public can gather on Main Street in downtown Longmont for a Cruise Night from 5-9 p.m. Sponsored by The City of Longmont. colorodans.org

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ARISE MUSIC FESTIVAL Aug. 3-5, Sunrise Ranch, Loveland

See bands— from indie and rock genres to electronica— on seven stages plus art installations, documentary screenings, a farmer’s market, and daily yoga sessions.

(Eric Allen Photography/Arise Music Festival) The celebration will feature a not-to-be missed lineup including: Slightly Stoopid, Thievery Corporation, Stick Figure, Trevor Hall, and so many more. ARISE also offers “interactive villages” including a Children’s Village, Food Truck Village, Vending Village, Healers Village, Hemp Village, and a Wisdom Village. This leave-no-trace event is committed to planting one tree with every ticket sold. Visit arisefestival.com for more information and tickets.

GNARLY BARLEY BREW FESTIVAL August 4, 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 gnarlybarleybrewfest.com for tickets and information.

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CARBON VALLEY MUSIC & SPIRITS FESTIVAL August 4, 2-10 p.m. Centennial Field, 512 Cherry St., Dacono

ESTES PARK WINE FESTIVAL August 11-12; Bond Park, Downtown Estes Park

This event features a spirits tasting and contests, food and live music. Admission is free and drink tickets are available for purchase. Spirit tastings happen from 3-8 p.m. and judging for best bottle/ label, best cocktail and best spirit takes place 5-6 p.m. If spirits aren’t to your liking there is a beer garden as well. And bring the kids by the many kidfriendly attractions from 2-8, like the bounce castles, climbing walls and bungee trampolines. And for one last great taste of summer...round out the evening by sticking around for fireworks in the field. carbonvalleymusicfestival.com/

LEFTAPALOOZA August 11, 12–10 p.m.; Roosevelt Park, Longmont

The Mile High Tribute Band Competition— Eight bands cover all your favorites including: LOVING THE ALIEN—David Bowie Tribute VANWHOLEN—Van Halen + The Who Tribute 4 DEGREES— Tool Tribute FIREDANCER—Dave Matthews Band Tribute MR. KNOWITALL—Primus Tribute HEY LADY—B-52’s Tribute SONIC HIGHWAYS—Foo Fighters Tribute GUERILLA RADIO—Rage Against The Machine Tribute Plus, local breweries, including Left Hand brewing, of course, pour the best brews in town. lhbfoundation. org/leftapalooza/

A celebration of Colorado wine s from over 20 Colorado wineries, plus local food, vendors and live music. estesparkwinefestival.com

B STRONG RIDE August 11, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.); Celestial Seasonings, 4600 Sleepytime Dr., Boulder

B Strong Ride is a bicycle event that celebrates cancer survivorship and funds a complete year of cancer care at the Center for Integrative Care at Boulder Community Hospital and also benefits the George Karl Foundation. bstrongride.com

VENUS DE MILES August 25, 6:45 a.m.-3 p.m.; Prospect Park, 700 Tenacity Drive, Longmont Venus de Miles is Colorado’s first and largest women’s road ride and finish line festival. Invite your sisters, your mothers, your daughters, and your friends to join you for this unforgettable celebration of sisterhood in support of Greenhouse Scholars! venusdemiles.com/colorado

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LA FIESTA WORLD PARTY September 8, 6:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.; Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont

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