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SUMMER 2017 | Our Summer Fun Issue


SUMMER 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.


Hello SUMMER! Summer is fast approaching! I don’t know about you, but by the time it rolls around each year, I’m ready for it. Especially that all too short period when spring ramps up into warmer weather. I anticipate with joy the open windows, the longer days, the flowers and green things growing and with all of that, the extra opportunity for getting outside. Whether it’s with your friends, family, or four legged friend, there’s plenty going on around Longmont to keep everyone busy straight through the warmer months—outside or in. In this edition you’ll find a laundry list of activities, events, places to go and things to do, and you don’t have to go far. The city has made it easier to get on a bike — you don’t even have to own one. Skateboarding, canoeing and cooking up some delicious BBQ all make this year’s list . We encourage you to peruse our pages and keep an eye out for something new or dust off an old favorite.





COMMUNITY Longmon’t’s new Bike Share program




With Sample Supports people with disabilities thrive in the community PAGE 42




Making Great BBQ at home—advice from the pros PAGE 49


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Summer Favorites—Everything you need to know about area favorite events. PAGE 22

RECREATION Skateboarding with Skate Start. PAGE 30


A quick guide to local courses PAGE 57



It’s Summer Home Selling Season PAGE 61


Follow the River’s Path—See the world from a canoe PAGE 34

7 steps to secure your home while you’re on vacation PAGE 65


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The historic Callahan House was later gifted to the city of Longmont to be used as a “social center.”

Types of Trees in Thompson Park The variety of tree in Thompson Park make it unique in Longmont’s Park systems. Download a guide on the city’s website and find them all.

Acres at Union Reservoir

Union Reservoir is one of a handful of naturally occurring lakes in Colorado, originally known as Calkin’s Lake.

Sandstone Ranch homesteaded

Now the The Visitors & Learning Center, this historic property was originally a homestead belonging to the Coffin family.

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Unity in the Community 2017

The Longmont Chamber of Commerce hosts Unity in the Community annually as a way to meet your Chamber and showcase local business and nonprofits. Held at the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont, (Photos courtesy Longmont Chamber of Commerce.)

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he City of Longmont and Zagster, Inc. have launched a bike share program. Made possible by a collaborative funding partnership between the City of Longmont, Colorado Government, Oskar Blues Brewery, Visit Longmont, Boulder County Government and Longmont Hospital, the Zagster bike share will provide residents and visitors with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around town. Beginning in April, 50 cruiser bikes were made available at 10 stations for members to use for on-demand, local trips. Riders can pay by the hour, or

join the program by signing up for monthly or annual memberships. Rides for members — who must be 18 or older — are free for the first hour, and then three dollars per hour after that. “Biking is a great way to get around town and explore everything Longmont has to offer, and bike sharing makes that opportunity available to everyone,” said Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs. “This program bolsters our broader transportation network by solving for last-mile trips,

and it makes Longmont an even healthier, happier and more bikefriendly place to live and visit.” Longmont’s bike share features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that’s perfect for carrying groceries, takeout, or personal belongings. And because rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell, and full reflectors.

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Unlike big-city bike shares, in which riders must drop off bikes at designated stations for every stop, the built-in lock on every Zagster bike gives users the freedom to ride as long as they want, wherever they want. Offering connections with other forms of transit, Longmont’s bike share promises to ease commutes, but it also unlocks vast recreational opportunities for exercise and fun. “Oskar Blues has always been focused on all things bikes, so when the City of Longmont reached out about helping to bring Zagster to Longmont, we jumped at the opportunity,” said Diana Ralston, Marketing and Sponsorship Director for Oskar Blues. “Longmont is our home and we’re committed to improving the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. Having a bike share will help put Longmont on the map with other progressive, bike-friendly destinations — and that’s a win for everyone.”

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codes via text message.) A key, stored inside and tethered to the lockbox, allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride so users can plan their trip around their needs — and not around the location of the stations. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy. Representatives from the City of Longmont, Zagster and local sponsors unveiled the program at a kickoff ceremony on Thursday, April 20, beginning at the recently completed SH 119 Pedestrian Underpass at Hover Street and continuing at the neighboring Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids. The event included a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and an inaugural bike ride, with remarks from Long14 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

mont Mayor Dennis Coombs, Oskar Blues, Boulder County and Zagster.

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Just because you’ve heard about them doesn’t mean you’ve heard it all! Grab the family and head out to these LONGMONT FAVORITES this summer. Warm days, long weekends and kicking back with friends and family on the patio is one of the best ways to relax during long summer days. But when you want to get away from home for a little fun and excitement, here are a few events to pencil into your summer calendar

BURNING CAN FESTIVAL AT LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES Date: June 3 Location: Bohn Park 199 2nd Ave, Lyons Cost: varies

It’s not just another beer festival. Locals know that. “It’s a beer festival that features craft can beers from across the country, with about 50 to 60 breweries,” says Chad Melis, marketing director with Oskar Blues. With all that beer, you will have a chance to sample over 200 varieties scattered throughout the U.S. and some international brands. Music lovers will dance the night away with headliner bands like—RubbleBucket, Moe Lowda and the Humble, and a third band to be announced in early May. Also going on, Lyons Outdoors 22 LONGMONT MAGAZINE


Burning can man greets beer sipping concert-goers with a smile. (Edward Bruder Photography.)

River,” said Melis. Games. Whether you enter races as a participant or just stand on the sidelines as an observer, there’s plenty of fun for the entire family. Watch competitors duke it out in disc golf, trail running or the kayak course. “It’s spacious and beautiful and there’s pretty much something for everyone from a cornhole tournament to kayak races on the St. Vrain

Proceeds from the event will help support Can’D Aid Foundation and the Town of Lyons Parks and Recreation Department. Concert only admission is $10, beer festival is $45 and includes the concert. Tent camping is available for $20, RV $35. Fees apply when buying tickets online. For more info and registration for the games, visit May-June 2017

G’KNIGHT RIDE Date: June 17 Location: Roosevelt Park 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont Cost: Varies

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including food trucks and local nonprofits serving up fare from burgers to BBQ. Cost for a family of four: pre-event price, $65 or $85 on the day of event. Cost for individual adults: pre-event price, $28 or $35 day of event. Proceeds from the event will benefit Bicycle Longmont. Register at Event is weather dependent.

A beautiful still morning sets up a perfect day for Frederick in Flight (Photo courtesy Kinetics Sculpture Race.)

resemble a human-sized transparent hamster ball. Musical artists scattered along the course will no doubt give this event that familiar BolderBoulder feel. With three courses to choose from, (short 1.5 mile, moderate 5.5 miles, or long 14 miles) you will ride along various greenways and into downtown Longmont.



The event runs from 3 to 10 p.m. By 7 p.m. live bands are scheduled to take the stage. Beer garden staff will serve up brews from Oskar Blues while wine lovers can sample Denver’s Infinite Monkey Theorem.

Date: June 23-25

When your tummy starts to rumble, choose from 12 food vendors,

Bring the family and enjoy the 7th Annual Frederick in Flight event.

Location: Centennial Park 630 8th St., Frederick Cost: Free

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Crazy themes, like the “Nurse Shark”, are only part of the fun at Kinetics. The Crafts also have to be able to travel across land and water. (Photo courtesy Kinetics Sculpture Race.)

Sure, it’s true. The alarm clock buzzer will wake you at the crack of dawn, but it will be so worth it when you stand in awe watching the rainbow of air balloons lift off at Centennial Park—all 35 balloons. Town of Frederick Event Organizer Brooke Cunningham suggests arriving at the park by 6 a.m. daily, which gives you plenty of time to watch liftoff. “To watch these giant balloons inflate all around you is really beautiful. You can feel the heat from the flames, it’s a really immersive experience,” says Cunningham. On Saturday at 7 a.m., Mayor Tony Carey will read a story to the little ones in the amphitheater, followed by a magic show with balloon twisting. Not feeling the morning vibe? That’s ok. Sleep in and plan for the evening balloon glow event on Saturday night at 5 p.m. “We saw a big increase in people last May-June 2017

Team Alienoscopy brings a little outer space-race to the water at Union Reservoir. (Photo courtesy Kinetics Sculpture Race.)

year,” says Cunningham. “We have more food vendors, four to five, and a beer garden.” Enjoy suds from Frederick-based Echo Brewing, plus Firestone-based Wild Cider, plus some domestic beers. Wine lovers can sip Infinite Monkey Theorem. The event is free. Want to take a balloon ride? Call ahead about sponsorship opportunities. The cost is $400 for two people and must be pre-arranged. Weather dependent event. For more info Frederickco. gov/frederickinflight.

38TH ANNUAL KINETICS SCULPTURE RACE. Date: June 24 Location: Union Reservoir, 461 Co Rd 26, Longmont

Cost: $10 per car, or $2 to bike or walk in, race registration fee varies

Bring the family and enjoy a day at the reservoir while watching humanpowered land water crafts take to the race course. Sandy Sherman, volunteer event coordinator and glue that holds the event together, says it’s quite a sight to see all the wacky water crafts and costumes in one place. The event originally started at the Boulder Reservoir 28 years ago, says Sherman, and now is in its 8th year in Longmont. Event draws in about 1000 people and has evolved into an all day festival. Want to race in the event? Perfect for all you creative slash engineering types interested in building a human powered land-water craft. There’s a $40 registration fee, plus $10 per person, by June 24. Enter as a solo


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“We’ve really ramped up our quality of music,” says Page.

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Headliner on Friday night, the Rob Drabkin Band. While Drabkin originally dreamt about becoming a doctor, he graduated with a degree in molecular biology. But his love for music kept him on stage performing for his fans.

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Need an escape from the summer heat? Rhythm on the River is 23 years in the running, but this is only the second year as an evening event, says Marty Page, program coordinator with the City of Longmont. Event-goers gave such positive feed-

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Headliner for Saturday, Austin, Texas-based Wild Child, comes to Longmont with plenty of accolades. Rated best indie band by the Austin Chronicle in 2013. The band also headlined on Blues on the Green Festival where they drew the largest crowds last year, said Page. The event includes plenty of family friendly activities. Home Depot will offer building kits for children to build a toy. Adults can check out the free paint and sip tent. Event parking is located at the north end of the Fairgrounds with shuttle services adjacent. For more event info, visit

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balls. As if all that didn’t keep him busy enough, he also ran boarding workshops at the new Lafayette skate park. Soon, he was spending most of his time there with kids who needed to be trained away from “scooter stance” and learn good form. They were showing up with no prior experience and bad gear. Getting 14 of them on the same page, let alone onto their boards, in a single session was a real challenge.

Patrick’s son, Kaden O’Toole demonstrates his skill at Sandstone Park in Longmont. (Phil Wegener/Longmont Magazine)

late 80s, when a kid named Patrick O’Toole was learning to skateboard in Mission Beach, California, and in Marshalltown, Iowa. Splitting time between his parents, he had no shortage of boardwalks or basements in which to hone his skills on the board. One summer, during an internship at a YMCA skate camp, helping kids to learn how to skateboard, he felt a passion for teaching the sport. This epiphany shaped everything that followed. “I realized that I was not going to go pro as a skater, but that I was good at teaching kids how to skateboard,” O’Toole remembers. “When I skate, in some ways it’s like I am still a child, too. I still learn stuff even after all these years. And every child I teach starts with this terrified look, which becomes a look of satisfaction, and finally a big smile. And that’s why I thoroughly enjoy the process of helping kids learn. At the end of the day, my job is to prove that skateboarding is safe and fun. Kids will go 32 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

home sweaty. Sometimes they fall. But with the right foundation they receive at Skate Start, they’ll come to love this active sport!” O’Toole spent some time teaching skateboarding, and in 2010 he relocated from Vail to Louisville. Although initially he had few connections, he soon landed a job as a trainer at the Colorado Athletic Club in Boulder. Additionally, he was helping run golf camps for SNAG (Starting New at Golf), where he made a note of the color-coded clubs and

Then, as happens so often in life, the simplest idea was the best one. Patrick was in the habit of using a rock to trace the outline of a kid’s foot on the grip tape of their board so they could see the best positions from which to push, roll, and lift off for an ollie (skateboarding trick). One day a student’s mother excitedly told him that these simple lines had helped her child go down a ramp. Ding! The light bulb turned on. Patrick retooled his concept using color-coded paint and stencils: A purple line for Push, a red line for Roll, and an orange line for Ollie. He spent the fall of 2012 tinkering and perfecting the design and wondering what to do next. Meanwhile, Patrick’s nephew offhandedly came up with the name of the future business - Skate Start. A rec center coordinator suggested that Patrick provide boards with his design at his workshops, and his dad got on board with funding to begin the patent process. Five years later, his patented, trademarked system is the core of his skateboarding sessions in which thousands of kids have learned the basics. O’Toole has been all over with Skate Start ever since: Broomfield, Edwards, Highlands Ranch, Leadville, Longmont, Loveland, Parker, May-June 2017

Kai Primm practices his moves on wooden ramps. (Photo courtesy Skate Start!)

and Silverthorne. In his personal time, Patrick is enjoying seeing his 13-year-old son, Kaden, take to the sport as well.

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A testimonial from a very happy mom, Dawn F., typifies the feedback that O’Toole often receives after a Skate Start session: “Avery and Gavin had an awesome time at their lesson yesterday! We’re all practicing the tic tac on the carpeted floor and I can’t wait to get them out again to practice their skills. I just wanted to tell you that I thought you were great with all the kids, which has to be challenging given all the different personality types. And the method in which you taught was very clear and understandable. It’s no wonder you’re called on to do these classes in so many cities! I also wanted to tell you that Avery seems to have picked it up quickly, and ... Gavin is very excited to keep practicing and

playing. They both thought you were a ‘cool dude.’ Thank you for a great class; it’s obvious you enjoy your work!” Skate Start’s patented design and O’Toole’s great teaching help kids learn the basics in just a few short hours of training. If summer is not a good time for your child to take a class in Longmont, don’t sweat it. Skate Start is available for private lessons, group lessons, and even birthday parties! For more information, go online to or call 541.350.9296. To sign up your kids for the summer Skate Start classes in Longmont, call the Recreation Department at 303-651-8404.




A bald eagle high in a bare, twisted tree watches from its nest. A red-tailed hawk glides across the river, startling a flock of geese that honk their disapproval. Swallows swirl under the highway bridge, returning to the mud nests they revisit each year. We paddle as silently as we can, trying not to stir up the St. Vrain River as it bears us along on its current. We’re so close to I-25 we can hear the faint rumble of 18-wheelers. But it’s easy to feel as if we are explorers of uncharted wilderness on the river’s path. I feel lucky to experience the St. Vrain from the bow of a canoe. —Dr. Linda Thorsen Bond


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auren Bond Kovsky founded The River’s Path for people who want to explore their world. She offers local trips for people who want to dip their toe into the world of canoeing. The St. Vrain River isn’t too deep or too fast; it isn’t even very far away. A short drive from Longmont or Boulder, an easy portage to the river, and then we buckled on life preserves and took up our paddles.

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Lauren had hoped to serve 200-250 people in 20 daytrips on the St. Vrain River, and to lead her first vision quest through Labyrinth Canyon on the Green River near Moab, Utah. She’s already met that goal, serving 226 clients on 27 daytrips this year. That first Vision Quest was as significant to her as to the women who went to Utah with her. Lauren wrote in The River’s Path blog, “Four amazing women joined me in Labyrinth Canyon and they told me that it was one of the most signifi-

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Judy Batty is a stained glass artist who moved to Colorado from Maine five years ago. She said, “I had never been canoeing in my life before I went on a vision quest. Now I have taken two and each one was magical. The huge towering cliffs, the rocks, all of us singing together, swimming in the river, I felt such bonding. I felt like this was all that womanhood is all about. “My husband died eight years ago after we had been married 41 years. In that first quest, I wanted to think

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about finding a relationship, to find someone worthy. The second trip was all about valuing my art. In lots of ways the Vision Quests were life changing. They were probably the most special things I’ve ever done in my life, and at 72 that’s saying something. I had an awareness, some valuable life lessons, and on top of that it was just fun.” Kathy Beadle found her first Vision Quest so life changing she left her home outside Boston and moved to the Front Range to intern at River’s Path. She was making her first solo canoeing trip on my half-day river exploration, and she talked about sitting atop a cliff above the Green River and watching the sunset change

from bright orange to purple in about three minutes. And she had the cell phone photos to prove it! Lauren is training Kathy to be a co-guide for the river trips. Nikaki Ward, a graphic artist from Boulder, had a hard issue to work though. She said, “I was adopted as a young child and my mother came in and out of my life then disappeared. I have written both my birth parents and asked them questions that I needed for health issues. And they haven’t written back; they won’t even bother to do that. I felt like I wanted to work through that pain. Bald eagles nesting along the St. Vrain are not an uncommon sight. (Linda Bond/Longmont Magazine)

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When Paul moved in with Geoff Evans, Paul, then in his mid-20s, refused to clean or cook. He yelled, threw things and pocketed Evans’ stuff. Yet Evans, a provider with Sample Supports for adults and foster youth with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities, continued to speak respectfully and model positive behavior.

Carmen Sample of Longmont founded Sample Supports with Seven years later, her husband in Paul is a poster 2010, even as the boy for Sample U.S. economy Supports. “Paul Carmen Sample with Suzy, who is learning to make jewelry to sell at tanked and has gone from Crystal Joys in Longmont. (Photo courtesy Sample Supports.) Medicaid froze flat-out refusals to accounts. “Since taking ownership ‘doing fancy’ for dinner.” we had worked in the industry for his actions,” Evans said. “He several years and I had my master’s sets the table every night and holds Mentally, Paul is about age seven. in social work, we decided to start a job at Samples World Bistro,” a “But if you put an engine in front a host home program,” Sample Longmont restaurant run in tansaid. “Soon, though, we noticed gent with Sample Supports. “Paul holes in services. So we decided will roll up our napkins, something BY SARAH HUBER to create those services ourselves, he’s learned at work, and say we’re for LONGMONT MAGAZINE 42 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

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dishware. “That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to help load the dishwasher,” said Evans, laughing. Instead, the housemates switched to plastic plates. Ryan, in his late 20s, said Sample Supports helps him “be independent.” Like Paul, Ryan hosts at Samples World Bistro. He said, “I am a hard worker.”

how to interview for and keep a job and drive them to and from work.

“For the first time,” Sample said, “these individuals are given the opportunity to live a normal life, to make friends, to make mistakes. We help them get cool jobs and ensure they’re paid a competitive wage.” Mike, who Seeing his guys lives with Evans, succeed after years shoots photos for of fervent therapy Sample Supports’ and daily challenges website. Other is priceless, Evans clients fashion said. Mike is gearing jewelry at Crystal up for an Alaskan Joys, a Longmont Sample Supports CEO Carmen Samples with client at Crystal Joys. (Photo cruise, bankrolled company created courtesy Sample Supports.) by money he earned by Sample to emthrough the Sample ploy people with “Working in this comSupports job program. He’ll travel disabilities. “Some of our individuwith residential services. On weekals with OCD love dishwashing, so munity has helped me ends, Paul, Mike and Ryan enjoy we help them find a restaurant job,” much more than I’ve fishing trips and playing pool. Most Sample said. summers, Evans leads a camping helped them,” trip, with Evans backpacking in the The crown of Sample Supports is its —Evans day before to prepare the site. residential program, in which Evans is a provider to Paul, Mike and Ryan. Before Sample Supports, Mike Evans, a former graphic designer caring for a slew of dogs, chickens bounced between providers. Now and restaurateur, said, “We work and rabbits. “My guys want to be in his 30s yet mentally a teenager, for years seeing slow results, and recognized as equals,” Evans said. he thrives under Evans’ guidance. the work is intense. But living with “So often they’re enabled to feel “Geoff helps me with independent someone gives you the best opportuhelpless. They’re given things or living skills,” he said. Mike rotates nity to make a difference. You have allowed to break the rules. But with between three jobs and loves music, to model good behavior, take deep Sample Supports, they’re empowered playing video games and hockey. breaths, show them how to use their to take ownership of their lives.” words.” “Working in this community has This empowerment shows up in helped me much more than I’ve Evans keeps a tight schedule, with small ways. Gross motor challenges helped them,” Evans said. “My guys each resident helping with houseteach me about what matters.” work, digging in the garden and render it difficult for Ryan to handle 46 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

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Sample Supports’ clients work during the day or attend the program’s daily outings. “Day program is doing what everyone loves to do,” said Alexa Cataldo, Sample Supports’ regional director for Boulder County. “We tour breweries and museums, do crafts and picnics, take in Longmont music events.” Cataldo recently led a group to Rocky Mountain National Park. “Our goal is to help these individuals live in community,” she said. “We do play bingo and Uno, but we do it at the park.” Sample Supports’ clients cheer when community members join in. Because people with disabilities often achieve a higher quality of life if they receive therapy at a young age,

The company’s high success rate with clients and low turnover rate in residential placements has made Sample Supports a leader in support services. Sample, named among the 2017 BizWest Boulder Valley Class of 40 Under 40, offers a mentoring program to organizations seeking to emulate the Sample business model. Sample Supports became a statelicensed child placement agency in February. Sample Supports’ providers of both adults and foster youth take 30 to 50 hours of classes and are financially compensated. “If you have the desire to impact someone’s life in the biggest way, we’ll do everything it takes to meet the needs,” Sample said. “We provide intensive support for both our residents and providers.”

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AT HOME (BUT FIRST, READ THIS!) Barbecue may have started out as poor people’s food, but for a lot of folks, it’s fit for a king. We are lucky in Longmont to have our fair share of good, local BBQ restaurants. They are loyal to the Southern traditions of barbecue, but plucky enough to add their own soulful sauce to the mix. You can take a virtual road trip through the culinary styles, from Kansas City to Memphis, Texas to the Carolinas – without ever leaving town. Now that it’s deck season again, you may want to try fixing up your own tasty pile of barbecue and sides at home. But you’ll want to know a few things first to get the best results. We recently visited with three popular Longmont BBQ professionals to get tips on how to serve great barbecue at home. Traditional Southern barbecue is founded on dry rub, wood smoke and amazing sauces. Oh… and time. Lots and lots of time. “It’s May-June 2017

BY L. L. CHARLES for LONGMONT MAGAZINE like southern hospitality,” says Nick Reckinger, co-owner of Georgia Boys BBQ Company. “It takes time. Georgia style means cooking the meat ‘low and slow’ and you can’t hurry it.” First, select a good quality cut of meat with a little bit of fat. The fat will be rendered down into the meat, adding flavor and moisture. Thoroughly massage the cut of meat with dry rub, a magic mixture of spices chosen to bring out the most desirable flavor profiles. Some dry rubs are created for certain types of meat, while others are for general duty. Professional pitmasters let the meat sit in the dry rub for up to 24 hours, but letting yours sit overnight in the refrigerator provides excellent results at home. Now it’s time to smoke the meat.

If you are using a home smoker, Reckinger suggests pre-soaking your wood chips in a mix of water and apple cider vinegar, to add moisture. Then get a good hot fire going at 200 to 225 degrees. Place the meat in the smoker with the fat side up. “At about 195 degrees, that’s when the fat rendering starts, so you want to keep the temperature on the low side for a few hours. The fat rendering step is how you get the tender kind of meat that you can “pull.” Try not to open the smoker cover too often. If you’re looking, you’re not cooking. The whole process can take up to 12 hours, so plan ahead. “At home, you can shorten the time by tenderizing the meat in your oven, at around 275 degrees,” says Merry Ann Webb, who opened The Rib House with her husband Tracy in the summer of 2001. “Put the meat in a pan with water or beef bullion and cover it for a couple of hours. The grill and the smoker add the flavor, but finishing the meat in the oven keeps it tender.”


with a vinegar wash,” explains Nick Reckinger. It’s a natural on pork and chicken. “To celebrate our connections to Longmont, we make a sauce using Black Jack Porter from Left Hand Brewery. It’s a bolder sauce, perfect for richer cuts of meat, like brisket.” Many customers don’t use any sauce at all, Reckinger Dry Rubs, spices and sauce are all part of creating the perfect barbecue at home. says, because they just want to Chicken breasts are one retain the juices.” full flavor of the of the easiest meats for barbecue and nothing else. home barbecue, Webb says. Sauces are always served on the side She recommends placing in a traditional barbecue restaurant. Real barbecue tradition calls for the chicken on a piece of But that doesn’t make sauce an afplain white bread to be served on aluminum foil, then putting terthought. Many a BBQ joint has it on the grill over medium heat to made its name on its sauces. The cook evenly. Sausages and hot links proprietary recipes range from are also home kitchen-friendly (and sweet and mellow to hot and people love them). Pork butts are tangy vinegar. Most barbecue resalso easy to smoke at home. taurants also sell their sauces for take home, which makes this part The professionals all agree: brisa whole lot easier for home chefs. ket is the hardest barbecue cut to The Rib House worked with food prepare at home. “It takes five or six consultants when creating their hours in the oven before you grill line of all natural sauces, which it,” Webb explains. “It’s a thick cut are also available in local grocery and tricky to cook once you get it stores. on the grill.” Georgia Boys has created seven David Oehlman, co-owner of different sauces to match just Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ, says, “If about every taste. Their Carolina you’re only doing one brisket, con“Mop Sauce” is heavy on vinegar sider injecting the meat with a beef and crushed peppers. “The oldbase to help keep it moist. You can time pitmasters would literally use also wrap the meat once it reaches a mop head to keep the smoking the 160-degree range to help it meat in those giant cookers moist

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Don’t forget the sides when you’re putting together your barbecue feast. Think about going beyond just beans and get creative. Georgia Boys offers a seasonal Sweet Potato Casserole and a Fried Okra dish to

show off their Southern bonafides. The Rib House’s popular Spicy Chipotle Potato Salad is handmade from scratch with whole potatoes and no shortcuts. According to Merry Ann Webb, it can take four hours to make each five-gallon batch. Timing everything for home serving can get tricky, David Oehlman

advises. But most side dishes can be prepared ahead of time, which also takes the pressure off kitchen space. And then he offers the best advice of all when it comes to home barbecue. “Don’t be afraid! You might make a mistake and lose a piece of meat, but that’s how you learn for next time.”

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BY BRITTANY ANAS for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Boulder County is a mecca for craft beer lovers: It’s home to dozens of breweries and even the headquarters of the Brewers Association, which promotes independent craft brewers. Now, joining the booming beer scene here is Open Door Brewing Company’s taproom, which opened this spring in Longmont’s hip Prospect New Town neighborhood. “We want to be a gathering place for people,” says Billy McDivitt, one of three co-owners at Open Door May-June 2017

Patrons enjoy the company along with their beer at Open Door. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

Brewing Company. “We brew beers we think our friends would want to drink and we think of everyone who comes through the door as a friend. We want to be the ‘Cheers’ of the craft brewing taproom industry.” We’ll run with the “Cheers” reference here for a moment. Open Door Brewing Company: “Everybody knows your name.” Or, at least a good majority of those in Colorado do as the brewing

pany began production in 2015 and its beers have quickly taken up residence on the shelves of liquor stores and on the menus at restaurants in and around Boulder County. In all, their beers—which have been contract brewed through Denver’s Sleeping Giant Brewing Company— are available at more than 60 liquor stores throughout Longmont, Boulder County and the Denver-metro area.


Open Door brings a casual atmosphere with welcoming spaces, inside and out, for enjoying great brews with friends. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)

A family (and friend) affair The brewing company is rooted in friendship and family bonds, which tie together the trio of co-owners. Here’s how the story goes: coowner Andy Riedel dabbled in homebrewing while he was at the University of Colorado, studying architectural engineering. Riedel’s buddy and former roommate roommate Michael Badaracca, another co-founder, was there for Riedel’s first homebrew session. (Riedel’s inaugural batches yielded porter and milk stouts). The other co-founder of Open Door Brewing Company is McDivitt, who is Riedel’s cousin. Their niche? Easy-drinking beers— ones that you’d want to share with your friends. 54 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Not everything they brew will technically be a session beer (which, defined, is a low-alcohol beer, typically under 4 percent ABV, or 5 percent ABV for IPA’s). But the beers are brewed so they’re easy on the palate. (Translated: No bitter beer faces because even the IPA’s aren’t superbitter).

Choosing a location Maybe it was fate. When the brewing company was approached about opening up a taproom, they were shown the location at 2030 Ionosphere St. in Prospect. The cofounders had a special connection to Longmont: Their first liquor store account was in the city, and, for a long time, Longmont had the most outlets selling their brews. “We thought ‘It’s a sign—we should be in Longmont,’” McDivitt said. Once they saw the sprawling upstairs patio with panoramic views spanning Boulder’s flatirons to

Long’s Peak and Mount Meeker, they were sold. “We say: ‘Come for the beer stay for the view,’” McDivitt said. The 175-seat taproom was designed by Longmont’s BAS1S Architecture + Design. The taproom, altogether, is 1,500 square-feet. The founders are big supporters of Colorado sports, so you can root for your home teams here, with games playing on the taproom’s televisions. But, if Riedel is around and there’s a soccer game on, there’s a good chance that will be playing, too, as he’s a big fan of the sport.

The beer The taproom has room for a dozen beers on tap. You can expect a mix of their signature brews, seasonal beers as well as collaborations with local brewers and rotating guest beers.

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As for their beers, Open Door Brewing Company recently snagged a couple of awards from the 2017 Denver International Beer Competition where certified beer judges blind test beers from all over the world. Over the Moon Vanilla Milk Stout and Libertas Pre-Prohibition Cream Ale both won bronze medals in the competition. The brewing company’s main brews are Short Arm, Over the Moon and Libertas. Short arm is an IPA with spice, pine and citrus notes, along with a subtle rye character and punch of hops. Libertas is Riedel’s favorite because its easy drinkability and doses of rye. McDivitt is partial to the Over the Moon Vanilla Milk Stout. “I love drinking that beer,” he said. “It’s a good, easy drinking stout. It’s not too roasty and not too bitter; just nice and soft.” May-June 2017

The food Whether you want pizza, barbecue or tacos to pair with your beer, Open Door Brewing Companyis surrounded by restaurants that will make deliveries to the taproom. Among the neighboring restaurants are Urban Thai; 2020 Food + Wine Bar, which makes artisanal pizzas, as well as small plates and meat and cheese platters; Comida, which serves Mexican street food; and The Rib House barbecue restaurant. Plus, the brewing company has partnered with food trucks that frequent the area. A Monday evening trip to the brewery might be in order. That’s because every Monday in the summer, Prospect New Town has the largest food truck event in Northern Colorado, with thousands of people coming to listen to bands and order from food trucks that offer everything from wood-fired pizzas to street tacos to Greek or

Asian fare.

What’s next? Lots is on tap (pun intended) for the brewing company. For starters: a summer ale is in the works that will be brewed with lemon zest and lemon juice, unlike a shandy which is typically mixed with a lemonade or soft drink. Entertainment-wise, the taproom is planning to put out yard games, like Cornhole, on its rooftop. And, beginning in May, the taproom will also host a Tuesday night trivia. Hosting the game night? None other than Jennifer Giles, the Longmont teacher who won Jeopardy’s Teachers Tournament.


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THE O OPTIONS for getting your clubs out on the greens are many. Prrofessional golfer Tom Watson once said, “No other ggame combines the wonder of nature with the discipline of sport in such carefully planned ways. A great golf course both frees and challenges a golfer’s mind.” By that standard, the Longmont area is home to some of the best golfing experiences around. There are several beautiful courses, some public and some private, catering to golfers at every skill level. p

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LAKE VALLEY GOLF CLUB Location: 4400 Lake Valley Drive Niwot 303-444-2114 Course Size: 18 holes Green Fees: Lake Valley Golf Club is a private club. Several levels of membership are available. Visit their website or visit the club in person for more information. Members also have access to clubs throughout the country via the Private Club Network.

Course Size: 18 holes Green Fees: Dynamic Pricing options (based on tee times) are available on Saddleback’s website as well as Season Pass options for regular visitors.

SADDLEBACK GOLF COURSE Location: 8631 Frontier Street, Firestone (303) 833-5000

Course Size: 18 holes Green Fees: Nine holes, $15-25; 18 holes, $21-34. Annual passes and memberships are also available.

SUNSET GOLF COURSE Location: 1900 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, 303-651-8466 Course Size: Nine holes

TWIN PEAKS GOLF COURSE Location: 1200 Cornell Dr., Longmont, 303-651-8401

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HOME-SELLING SEASON: ways to get higher, faster returns

BY SHELLEY WIDHALM for LONGMONT MAGAZINE The old saying that homebuyers decide to buy “the first minute they’re in it” still applies, especially during selling season and hot markets with low inventory. “You only get one good chance at that good first impression,” said Diane Stow, broker-associate at RE/MAX Alliance-Longmont. “People like to be wowed by a house when they walk in.” That wow factor or first impression is based on two things: curb appeal and what’s beyond the front door. Sprucing up the home’s exterior and interior should be done anytime a home goes on the market. “It lets people know the seller is truly interested in selling their home and that they care for their May-June 2017

home,” Stow said. “That’s a selling point to the buyer, knowing this home has been taken care of by the sellers.”

TIME TO SELL The timeframe for selling season, or the high season for more frequent home sales, has changed over the years, Stow said. It used to be March to October but has extended to January, in part from parents realizing the interruption to schooling isn’t as bad as the misperception, she said. Their children do not have to anticipate the move for as long and can be seen

as the new kid by enrolling in the middle of the school year, she said. “You see the most activity, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only time to sell a house and make a nice profit on it,” said Kathy Crowder, brokerassociate with RE/MAX AllianceLongmont. “People are buying and selling property 12 months a year, but we have more action in those months.” No matter when they choose to sell, homeowners can take a few steps to get higher and faster returns on their investment once


be replaced with something new and, if needed, the front door, trim and exterior walls should be repainted, she said. Crowder suggested setting up colorful Adirondack chairs or a table with flowers to make the entryway inviting. “You can do cutesy things like that to make it appealing,” Crowder said. “Paint, clean and make sure it’s green.” Painting should be done in the interior, too, if the walls are dirty, worn or Polish up entry ways to create a welcoming first impression of marked up, Stow your home. said. But if it’s a matter of color they put their home on the market. choice, she advised skipping it, and the same goes with “Consult with your Realtor in the carpeting and flooring, unless it, planning stages,” Crowder said. too, is in poor shape. “They will walk through your house with you and tell you what needs to Stow recommended focusing on be done to get the biggest bang.” the kitchen and bathrooms, updat-

ADDRESSING THE APPEAL FACTOR Realtors know that buyers first see a home from the outside, so curb appeal is crucial for homeowners to consider. Homeowners are advised to mow the grass, weed and fertilize the yard and clean up the front porch, removing toys, shoes and any clutter, cobwebs or debris, Stow said. Worn welcome mats also should 62 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

ing hardware on cabinetry and making sure fixtures are in good condition, drains are unclogged and leaks are fixed. Other maintenance issues also should be addressed, including fixing water heaters, furnaces and anything that’s dangerous or hazardous, such as worn decking, she said. Another improvement is doing a deep clean of surfaces, including the grout, tiles, countertops and mirrors, Crowder said.

“No one wants to buy someone else’s dirt,” she said. Realtors recommend homeowners minimize their belongings to allow potential buyers to see the house and not the stuff in the house, Stow said. She suggested packing up family photos especially, because sellers want buyers to be looking at the house, not who owns the house, she said. “You’re going to pack up your belongings when you move anyway,” she said. Other things to pack up include things that add clutter and are not in use to make everything look more spacious, such as out-ofseason clothing and extra pieces of furniture and items on the countertops, Crowder said. She recommended leaving things like a canister set, toaster, coffee pot and mixer but removing the extras. “It’s hard to see what the real estate is when there’s lots of clutter and items in the house,” she said. “People can have tons of walk-in closets packed to the brim, and the buyer doesn’t visualize that there’s ample storage.”

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS Other recommendations include washing windows, opening blinds and shades to let in the light and making sure the house smells good, such as with freshly baked cookies or candles. “When the buyer walks in, they don’t want to smell the cat; they want to smell a nice, fresh house,” Crowder said. Crowder tells her clients that the May-June 2017

“It’s important for them to step back and look at the home objectively,” —Kathy Crowder amount of work they put in this kind of presentation will net better results in their sales, she said. “It’s kind of a first date. When the buyer walks in, they are going to be impressed, or say, eh, too much work,” she said. “You want to show your home in the best possible light, so it will appeal to the most buyers in your price range.”

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to secure your home while you’re on vacation

(BPT) - Warmer temperatures, budding trees and blooming flowers are all lovely parts of spring, but what you really look forward to is the start of vacation planning season! Deciding where to go and what to see, making arrangements and planning your wardrobe are all exciting aspects of summer vacation planning. But before you pack up to leave on your getaway, be sure to take care of the most important asset you’ll be leaving at home - your home itself. “Before going away on vacation, homeowners do a lot of things to prepare for the security and safety of their home while away, including stopping the mail, powering down electronics and turning off water and gas,” says Emily Lewicki, brand May-June 2017

manager with Coleman Heating and Air Conditioning. “Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that a home’s temperature needs to be monitored, which can easily be done by using a programmable thermostat.” While you’re savoring the fun of your vacation planning, here are seven steps you also should take to prepare your home to remain secure while you’re away: 1. Stop the mail. Home safety experts agree: a stuffed mailbox is a sign of an empty home. The United States Postal Service allows you to request a vacation hold on your mail up to 30 days before your departure date. Go to holdmail. to see if this service is available in your area. You should also put newspaper and package

delivery on hold, too, as uncollected newspapers or parcels in front of your house could also alert others that you’re not home. 2. Turn off water and gas. If a water or gas leak occurs while you’re not there to address it, the emergency could cause significant damage to your home. You can reduce risks by turning off water flow to appliances like the clothes washer. To conserve energy and money, you can also turn off the gas flow to your water heater. 3. Adjust the thermostat. You don’t need to spend money to heat or cool your home to a comfortable level when you’re not there to enjoy it. Turn down the thermostat, but don’t turn your HVAC system completely off. Extreme temperatures can harm your home


and its contents. A programmable thermostat can take care of temperature adjustments for you while you’re away. If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, consider installing a model like Coleman’s Hx(TM) thermostat. The touch-screen interface makes it easy to program the system, plus a free downloadable app allows you to control the thermostat from your smartphone, no matter where you travel. Just be sure to leave your internet connection active at home so your thermostat can communicate with the app while you’re away. 4. Put lights on timers or sensors. A well-lit home looks lived in and is less appealing to burglars. Put outside lights on sensors so they’ll turn on when the sun goes down.

Use timers to turn interior lights on and off at appropriate times.

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5. Prep your kitchen. Go through the refrigerator and pantry and throw away any food that could go bad while you’re away. No one wants to come home to smelly, spoiled food. Empty the trash and arrange for a neighbor to put the trash at the curb on your scheduled pickup day. Unplug all small appliances like the coffee maker, toaster ovens, food processors, etc.

7. Secure the garage. This is especially important if your home has an attached garage with direct access into your home. Most garage doors have a simple bolt lock that can be engaged from inside to prevent the door from being raised. Remember to also lock the door from the garage into your house.

6. Power down electronic devices. Items like computers, TVs and phone chargers all draw power while plugged in, even if they’re not switched on. Turn off and unplug electronic devices to reduce power usage in the house and protect

Everyone looks forward to vacation. With some simple prep, you can ensure your home stays secure while you’re away. To learn more about home heating and air-conditioning, visit or follow Twitter @ColemanHVAC.

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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 (but leave furry friends at home) for free kid’s activities every week. For more information visitbcfm. org/longmont-saturday.

FREE WEDNESDAY NIGHT SOCIAL RUN Wednesdays, weekly, 6 p.m.; Shoes and Brews, 63 S. Pratt Pkwy, Unit B, Longmont Join other folks in the community for a fun weekly run/walk. Choose your distance and pace on an out and back course along the St. Vrain; Afterward stick around for drink discounts and music from Shoes and Brews weekly open mic night.


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

HAPPY SMACKAH 5K May 13, 8 a.m.,McIntosh Lake, Longmont The Happy Smackah 5k is an untimed, Fun Run / Walk that not only allows participants to enjoy the beauty of a morning jaunt around the lake, but also gives back to the community. Founded in 2011 to benefit a local middle school teacher, Dan Cribby who developed a critical bacterial infection, the 5K event has gone on to support someone in medical need. Each year, sponsorship, donations and participation in this event go to benefit someone in the St. Vrain area. This year’s recipient is Braden Stevenson, a high school sophomore undergoing treatment for osteosarcoma. Registration Fees: Child (5 and Under), $1; Youth (6 to 12): ,$15; Teen (13 to 17), $25; Adult (18 to 54), $35; Senior (55 and Over), $25 To learn more about the event, donate, sponsor or register to participate, visit

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DOWNTOWN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES June 9, July 28 and August 25, 6 - 9 p.m.; Downtown Longmont Enjoy regional musicians and dig into some great local food and drink by Breakers Grill, Samples World Bistro, Georgia Boys, 7 West and Dizzy’s at this concert series in downtown Longmont Don’t miss the Kids’ area provided by Dizzy’s Entertainment. Admission is free! Check for the musical lineup.

LONGMONT KIDS ONLY TRIATHLON June 3; Centennial Pool, 1201 Alpine St, Longmont Geared for all abilities of youth; from beginner, to recreational, to competitive in three age groups. Distances vary by age group. Registration ENDS at 12pm on Wednesday, May 31. For more information or to register visit longmont-kids-only-triathlon


May-June 2017

LONGMONT TRIATHLON June 4; Centennial Pool, 1201 Alpine St, Longmont Come compete in a 525 yard swim, 12 mile bike, 5K (3.1 mile) and test your endurance. Register in individual, wheelchair, and team divisions. Registration ends at noon on May 31. For more information and to register visit longmont-triathlon.

PROSPECT ARTISTS ASSOCIATION STUDIO TOUR June 17-18, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Prospect, Longmont Meet a variety of local artists and see how they work in their studios. You might even find that perfect new piece to take home!

KIDS FILM SERIES Tuesday Mornings, June 13 – July 25 10 am, Longmont Museum Stewart Auditorium, 400 Quail Road, Longmont Cool off this summer with a bag of popcorn in a place where you don’t have to worry if your kiddo cries in the middle of the movie. Your ticket gets you $1 off the hands-on dinosaur exhibition too! June 13: Good Dinosaur, Rated PG June 20: Beauty and the Beast (animated), Rated G Special meet and greet with Princess Belle from Truly Make Believe after the film. June 27 : Chicken Run, Rated G July 11:Trolls, Rated PG July 18: Toy Story, Rated G July 25: Moana, Rated PG $2 general admission, Free for children under 2 Tickets can be purchased online, by calling the Museum’s box office at 303-651-8374 or in person at the Museum.

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May-June 2017



PET PHOTO SHOOT FUNDRAISER June 16, 2017 From 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., SKEYE Brewing, 900 S. Hover St., Unit D, Longmont Book a photo shoot for your pet for $125 and 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Longmont Humane Society. If you have more than one pet, they’ll each require its own time slot. If you would like photos with multiple dogs, photos can be taken together and if they don’t cooperate, can be taken separately and edited together. Get five unique digital photos of your pet and a goodie bag from Only Natural Pet. For more information or to make an appointment longmont-humane-society.

G’KNIGHT RIDE June 17, Roosevelt Park, Longmont See page 23 for details.

LONGMONT MUSEUM’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Thursdays, June 22- July 29.; Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont This free series is held Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the museum. New this year: Museum galleries will also be open from 5 to 8. June 22: Bonnie & the Clydes June 29: Quemando July 6: Dixie Leadfoot & the Chrome Struts July 13 : Blue Limousine July 20: 101st Army Dixieland Band

KINETICS SOLSTICE FESTIVAL June 25, Union Reservoir 461 Co Rd 26, Longmont, Crazy costumes, wild antics and human powered crafts racing over land and water. See page 25 for details.

COLORADO LATINO FESTIVAL June 25,12-7 p.m.; The Latino Chamber, 332 Main St., Longmont Returning for its second year the Colorado Latino Festival visits downtown Longmont! The festival’s mission is to celebrate and support Latin American and Caribbean cultures. Visit

LONGMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT IN THE PARK July 4, noon; Thompson Park, Longmont Join the Symphony for the 4th of July Summer Concert in the Park on July 4. Complete with Stars and Stripes, this free performance should not be missed.

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER July 7-8, Roger’s Grove, Longmont See page 26 for details.

SCANDINAVIAN MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL June 24-25, Bond Park, Estes Park Entertainment runs continuously throughout the day at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, with dancing,

LONGMONT PRIDE June 24, 2 - 6 p.m.; 4th St. between Main and Emery Come back this year for live entertainment and fun for all with face painting, a traveling photo bus and many other family friendly activities. Enjoy yet another year of celebrating the varied LGBTQ communities in Boulder County. Visit longmontpride 74 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

live Scandinavian music, food and craft vendors, a Viking encampment, a silent auction and a raffle. Visit for more information.

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