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WHAT’S INSIDE November/December 2017 | Our History and Traditions Issue
ON THE COVER
Building community, family and friends around our common tradtions and history is especially mindful during the holiday season.
Happy Holidays! History and tradition are central to the development of a community. They deﬁne where we come from and shape where we’re going. History is the story of us and Longmont, like most of Colorado has a colorful one. Started by colonists from Chicago, Longmont has always been infused with an intrepid spirit. Some of our most central buildings are still standing, a part of the current beating heart of Longmont. That’s not to say change hasn’t come, a visit downtown shows a new spirit driven by old lifeblood. The holidays extend a special opportunity to celebrate our shared history, through town traditions like Longmont Lights, and visits to two of Longmont’s landmarks; Callahan House and Hoverhome. Much of our entertainment is steeped in tradition. Holly & Ivy is a concert of traditional holiday music that we all love and don’t forget The Nutcracker. Sugar plum fairies dance through all of our heads. This time of year is ripe for a little nostalgia, so revel in it! Focus on the things that matter, past, present and future and have a blessed holiday season. —Misty Kaiser, Editor Longmont Magazine 4 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
ON THE SCENE
Downsizing: The ins and outs you need to know
Boulder County Recycling Center Completes Major Upgrades
Pumhouse Brewery PAGE 32
St. Vrain Historical Society PAGE 36
GREEN LIVING PAGE 12
United States Air Force Academy Band Returns to Longmont
A Look at Longmont’s Most Historic Buildings
Christmas Vintage Style
OUTDOORS Lighting Up Longmont with a Grand Tradition-
PAGE 43 SAW IT, WANTED IT PAGE 50
Longmont Turkey Trot
The Annual Gift of Home Tour
Community Members share their holiday traditions PAGE 58
BUSINESS Making Main Street THE Destination Once Again
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What’s happening around Longmont? Find out here—on the scene.
Left Hand Brewing knows how to throw a party! Longmont’s two-day celebration of many things German, and all things Longmont. Traditional dress, live music from some of Colorado’s favorites, family friendly activities and of course...plenty of beer, make this festival a do-not-miss. (Eddie Clark/Left Hand Brewing)
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Brats and sauerkraut are the perfect German meal to complement your Oktoberfest experience.
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The ins and outs you need to know
By LINDA THORSEN BOND for LONGMONT MAGAZINE
She added, “I recommend people take a look at their own individual situation with their ﬁnancial planner (sometimes it’s a spouse who is the planner) and their families Make a list of the top priorities for the coming year or years.”
The “silver tsunami” is hitting Colorado fullforce. The percentage of seniors is going up, with the most recent census showing a 25 percent increase and ascending numbers expected in the
McGrane’s advice to people trying to work through housing decisions:
next couple of decades. In the face of that force of nature, downsizing is all about making choices
1. Selling a home
that are successful, rather than successive. Real estate rewards those who plan
Before going into real estate, McGrane
spent the majority of her career in physical therapy providing rehabilita-
According to Patricia McGrane of 8Z
tion services to long-term care and
Real Estate, there are 179 communities
home health clients. She sits down with
speciﬁcally designed for people 55 plus
everyone individually to work out what
in Boulder County. “There are many
they need since there’s no “one size ﬁts
one-ﬂoor living and attached dwelling
all” in real estate.
units for buyers. For those who are looking to move up, there are a large
“I have worked in many different
variety of options. Mountain views,
facilities with patients of all levels
city-style living, and many wonderful
of needs and backgrounds. It was
attached dwelling units are either built
important to me to provide the same
or being built,” she said.
standard of care and to all individuals regardless of circumstances,” McGrane
McGrane said many people 55 and
said. “I worked closely with families
over want smaller houses and ease of
helping them make life decisions
maintenance, but not always. “Ranch
regarding where to live and what to do
houses are a plus,” she said, “but handi-
if a family member was unable to live
capped access is based on individual
alone or needed to make the home they
needs and might appeal to those with
were in safer. Compassionately helping
health issues. I do see clients who want
people maintain the highest quality of
their ‘dream home’ and are ready to
life regardless of circumstances is and
buy at this time in life.”
was always the goal.”
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2. Buying a home Where do you see yourself living and what do you want in that home? What’s most important for your situation? What is your price range? Who is handling the ﬁnancing? How are they ﬁnancing? With so many questions, ﬁnding an excellent mortgage advisor is wise.
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Residents, businesses can now recycle more types of plastics
With Boulder County’s recent installation of two plastic optical sorting units and other capital improvements at the Boulder County Recycling Center (BCRC), residents and businesses can now to recycle more plastic items than ever before! Boulder County and Eco-Cycle — which was just awarded a new contract to continue operating the facility — have released updated recycling guidelines detailing the changes. The $2.8 million system upgrades, customized for the BCRC by MACHINEX Technologies of Canada, use optic technology and compressed air to sort plastic materials delivered to the recycling center. These items were previously sorted by hand. This equipment is expected to increase the amount and quality of plastics sorted, helping to further push Boulder County toward its goal of Zero Waste or Darn Near by 2025, and resulting in higher revenues. For Boulder County residents and businesses, this means that certain plastic items once barred from single-stream recycling are now accepted, including: • “Clamshell” containers, such as berry containers of all sizes • Flat plastic tub lids, such as yogurt container lids • Rigid plastics, such as buckets and backyard toys with metal axles removed “These improvements will allow us to provide residents with more recycling 12 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
opportunities while making the facility more modern, efﬁcient, and economically sustainable,” said Boulder County Resource Conservation Manager Darla Arians. “This is a smart investment for the county, which is committed to meeting its zero waste goals and providing the public with excellent service.”
The BCRC currently processes about 50,000 tons of materials annually and is recognized as an industry leader. With the upgrades, the BCRC will be able to recover and process fully 95 percent of the mixed plastics it receives, 90 percent of the aluminum, and 98 percent of other targeted materials. In addition, the upgrades are expected to increase the volume of residential material processed through the recycling center to 28 tons per hour from the current 25 tons per hour. “We are thrilled to partner with Boulder County in taking this next step towards Zero Waste,” said Eco-Cycle Director Suzanne Jones. “With these state-ofthe-art upgrades, this publicly-owned facility is helping residents, businesses, and our local communities better reach their waste diversion goals—for the beneﬁt of our climate and the planet.” In addition, the new equipment will reduce labor costs by replacing eight manual sorter positions on the container line, grueling jobs that are increasingly hard to ﬁll. “Designing this container recycling system was a team effort with MACHINEX, Boulder County, and Eco-Cycle,” said Chris Hawn, CEO of MACHINEX. “Together we created a plastic container recovery system that sets a new industry standard.” LongmontMagazine.com
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The new plastic sorting units use an advanced camera and light technology to identify which plastics are on the belt, while the facility’s new 100HP air compressor releases air jets to propel plastic items sorted by type into their correct storage bunkers. The high-speed, shortwave infrared hyperspectral detection system takes only one millisecond to analyze items on the belt, drastically increasing the rate and volume of material processed. Additionally, the new takeaway conveyor for the containers line will save hours of manual labor by automatically delivering material containing (paper) ﬁber from the pre-sort station to a new walking-ﬂoor bunker where it becomes ready to be baled. Lastly, the purchase of a new eddy current machine (which helps separate materials using magnets and electrical currents) will bring the recycling center’s recovery rate of aluminum up to 90 percent. “Aluminum is our most valuable commodity, so it’s a big deal for us to be able to increase our recovery rate for that item,” said Arians. “The new unit is twice as large as the previous one, which means more aluminum will be collected.” The improvements were purchased through the now-expired Boulder County Recycling Tax passed in 1994, with additional funding from a grant from the Carton Council. November/December 2017
World War I exhibition coming to the Longmont Museum Museum seeks artifacts and descendants As the United States commemorates the centennial anniversary of the American military entering World War I, the Longmont Museum will unveil a new exhibition illustrating Longmont’s role in the Great War. Opening February
2, 2018, WWI: Longmont & the Great War will tell the story of World War I through the experiences of people from Longmont – soldiers, doctors and nurses in training and overseas, as well as people on the homefront. “The centennial is a great chance to look back on a conﬂict that reshaped the map of Europe and brought the U.S. ﬁrmly onto the world stage,” said Museum Curator of History Erik Mason. “Through the Museum’s collections, we have an opportunity to tell a very personal story about the impact of the War on our own community.” Items from the Museum’s collections (some 17,000 3-D objects and 10,000 catalogued photographs) will make up the bulk of the exhibition, including full infantry uniforms, an airplane propeller, propaganda posters, photographs, letters and many other personal objects. The Museum is looking to the community for family heirlooms and artifacts from the War that will help
complete the story. Some of the items the Museum is looking for include a pilot helmet or goggles; photographs or objects relating to soldiers, including weapons; and artifacts relating to medical care during the War or subsequent 1918-1919 inﬂuenza epidemic. The Museum is also looking for local descendants of the following Longmont residents who were involved in World War I: Gordon Atherton, John Harold Buckley, Roscoe Douglass, Erma Dryden (later Walsh), Gaylord Frazier, Chester Heggem, Ross Large, Byron McGwire, Frank Morrison, Frances O’Connor (later Walsh), Glenn Packer, Dr. Vivian Pennock, Edna Scott, Albert “Dick” Smith, John Strand, Raymond White, and Dr. Willard White. The Museum hopes to connect with family members or friends who can help share the story of the War’s effect on Longmont, both at home and overseas. Please contact Erik Mason at 303651-8969 if you would like to contribute to this upcoming exhibition.
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HOLIDAYS ON STAGE BY AIRMAN FIRST CLASS B NINA FRIEDRICHS for LONGMONT MAGAZINE The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The long-awaited snow falling as Bing Crosby and friends lift the spirits of an old friend. A father’s heart softening just enough to top off the “Spirit Clausometer” and help send Santa on his way. The Christmas truce of 1914 that brought French, German and British soldiers together in the spirit of peace. These are some of the familiar moments that illustrate the spirit of the holidays for many Americans. These scenes and many more will be featured when the United States Air Force Academy Band comes to town on Dec. 9. Holly & Ivy 2017 will be a joyful display of classic holiday moments from stage and screen 14 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
throughout the years. This includes selections from a wide variety of genres from Broadway musicals, ballet and opera, to everyone’s favorite holiday ﬁlms. Adults and children alike will recognize the familiar characters of the season including Frosty, Rudolph, Scrooge, the Grinch, and – as long as he can ﬁt it into his busy schedule – Santa! A new Holly & Ivy show is presented annually by the United States Air Force Academy Band, frequently to packed venues that sell out in November. Each year audiences are entertained by exceptional performances and reminded of the true spirit of the season: a spirit of serving others exempliﬁed by the men and women of the Armed Forces. This year’s special guests include Mr. George Preston from Classical KCME Radio as the evening’s narrator as well as dancers from LuminosLongmontMagazine.com
SCREEN ity Dance Company. Sponsors of this performance includee the Longmont Times-Call, C ll V Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, Visit Longmont!, Longmont Chamber of Commerce, and Ron’s Printing Center. Under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Price, the United States Air Force Academy Band proudly represents the Air Force Academy, the leading educational institution producing lieutenants for our Air Force and leaders for our nation. As one of ten Air Force bands worldwide, the Academy Band maintains a rigorous schedule in support of cadet and Air Force troop morale, as well as recruiting and community outreach. As the Air Force celebrates its 70th birthday this year, the Academy Band continues to use the power of music to honor our nation’s heroes, inspire Air Force November/December 2017
personnel and the nation they serve, produce innovative musical programs and products, and communicate Air Force excellence to millions around the world. The Academy Band has multiple ensembles that fulﬁll this mission to include a rock band, country band, jazz band, brass quintet, clarinet quartet and two wind quintets. This performance will feature the Concert Band as well as members from Wild Blue Country,
the group’s country band, d while members of the rock band, Blue Steel, are down range performing for deployed troops and using music to improve community relations and international diplomacy. This performance is at 7 p.m. at the Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 East Mountain View Ave. in Longmont. Tickets are FREE (limit 4) and are available starting Nov. 8 at
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A Look at Longmont’s Most
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Longmont was founded as the Chicago-Colorado Colony in 1871. Back then, the community was just a few families from Chicago and several thousand acres of empty land. But through many trials and tribulations, the colony grew and constructed permanent buildings, many of which are still standing today. Here, we look at a few of our community’s oldest buildings: what they were then and what they are now.
Firehouse Art Center
When the town of Long-
mont was about ﬁve years old, it suffered a disastrous ﬁre. Most of the buildings on the 300 block of Main Street were demolished. The town realized the need for a volunteer ﬁre department and a ﬁrehouse, but securing funds was a problem. A settler named Walter Buckingham came to the town’s rescue with the money and leadership necessary to outﬁt a ﬁre department, including the provision of 16 uniforms for ﬁreﬁghters, on the condition that the city provide a ﬁrehouse. Longmont donated 667 4th Avenue for this purpose. From 1907 to 1971, this address housed the ﬁre department The ﬁrehouse was renovated in 1987 and 1999 into what is now the Firehouse Art Center, which houses exhibition space and the studios
of working artists. Beryl Durazo, executive director of Firehouse Art Center, says visitors often come into the center and share memories of older family members who worked as a ﬁreﬁghters. “They get to look back and see what that looks like now,” Durazo says. “It keeps our culture and our community alive to remember what has been done in the past as well as what can be done with the future of these sites.” 16 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
The Imperial Hotel
In 1881, George Zweck built Z tthe colony’s ﬁrst hotel, ﬁ The Zweck T Hotel. This H was before w ccentral heating and water works, so w water was w Courtesy Longmont Museum hauled to the h hotel from h the St. Vrain River and coal stoves kept the rooms warm. In 1894, the Zweck Hotel was purchased by Charles Allen and renamed the Imperial Hotel. The hotel was a central part of downtown life for many years before it’s remodeling in 1971. It now houses apartments on the upper ﬂoors and several small shops in the basement, including Java Stop Coffee. “Our walls house so much history,” says Keifer Johnson, media coordinator Tim Seibert for Java Stop. “People come in with stories about the hotel and it is always a treat to hear them. The historic landmarks of Longmont help to make it such a beautiful community.”
The School Board authorized the construction of Central School in 1877 and it was completed in 1878. Additional wings were added in 1881 and 1908. In 1950, an intermediate school was added and the building was certiﬁed as a Longmont Historic Landmark in 1976. It remains a school today. “The fact that Central has been educating children continuously since 1878 is something special,” says Central principal Jim Hecocks. “As an historic landmark, Central provides an idyllic setting that can take you back to a much simpler time when it wasn’t necessary to be checking your phone constantly, when you actually talked face-to-face with people, when children had fun just running and screaming and life seemed to have more substance to it.” November/December 2017
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First Library and Hall
In 1871, Elizabeth Thompson constructed a two-story frame building at 335 Pratt Street. She donated the building, along with a wealth of books, engravings and prints, to the public. This structure not only held the city’s ﬁrst free public library, but also became a cultural center where the community hosted debates, church services and music programs. This was the city’s social center until the Dickens Opera House opened in 1881. After brief stints as a private residence and an employee housing unit for the Great Western Sugar Company, the building came to be used as apartments, which remains its modern use.
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St. Stephen’s Episcopal
The people of the colony invested a considerable amount of land and money into Longmont’s ﬁrst college. The south wing of the college—the only part of it that would ever be completed— was constructed in 1886 at 546 Atwood Street. Longmont Presbyterian College operated there until 1889, when it became the Presbyterian Academy. The structure had many other educational manifestations through 1949, including stints as a Catholic high school and a “School for Exceptional Children.” It was converted to apartments in 1949 and still serves that purpose today.
While technically not the town’s ﬁrst church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal at 470 Main St. is the oldest church still standing. A Sunday school was established in 1870, but there wasn’t enough clergy to warrant a church for a full service. St. Stephen’s was erected in 1881 after the Reverend Thomas Wilson arrived from Boulder. The ﬁrst service was held with just 16 congregants. St. Stephen’s had a hard ﬁrst few decades strug-
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Gift of Home Tour
One of Longmont’s signature holiday events, The Gift of Home Tour, will take place November 30, December 1 and 2. This self-guided tour, a fundraiser for Longmont Meals on Wheels, includes a folk Victorian home from the late 1800s, a casual contemporary home, a cottage bungalow with a long tradition in Longmont and an Urban Americana home. The decorations are equally diverse, ranging from feminine and modern to natural and old-fashioned. The tour is held Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2, with a special VIP preview Thursday evening November 30. The Gift of Home is sponsored by local businesses, and homes are professionally decorated for the holidays by a team of volunteer decorators. Home decorations are for sale and available for pickup up at the end of the tour. “I’m excited to be part of the tour behind the scenes and watch it happen start to ﬁnish,” said Meghan Altland, the new Program Services Manager for Longmont Meals on Wheels. “I’m looking forward to seeing all the people who come every year and make it part of their Christmas tradi22 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
General Admission tickets ($20 in advance, $25 at the door and $10 for volunteers) are for Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2. Longmont Meals on Wheels will host a luncheon (included with ticket price) on both days 11a.m. – 2p.m. Homes will be open for touring 10a.m. – 7p.m. on Friday and 9a.m. – 3p.m. Saturday. tion. As the volunteer coordinator for the event, it’s exciting to see how many folks sign up to volunteer and bring their friends with them. And of course, for me, I love Christmas, and I cannot wait to see how each room at each house is decorated.” On Thursday, November 30 from 5 – 9 p.m., there will be a special VIP preview night, including dinner at one of seven local restaurants and tickets for the ﬁrst glimpse to see each home that evening or to view them through Saturday. VIP restaurants (reservations required) include Bin 46, Cheese Importers, The Dickens Tavern, Martinis Bistro, Tortugas, Urban Thai and West Side Tavern. VIP night tickets are $40 per person. Ticket includes lunch at The Gift of Home Cafe on Friday or Saturday. LongmontMagazine.com
Tickets are available online, or at Longmont Meals on Wheels, Ace Hardware, Woodley’s Fine Furniture, Front Range Mercantile, Niwot Market and Snyder Jewelers. Children’s tickets (12 and under) are available on Friday and Saturday at each of the tour locations for $5. This fundraising event also includes a super-silent auction, Christmas tree ornament drawings at Danish Furniture and a furniture auction by Woodley’s Fine Furniture, all open to the public, not just ticket holders. All proceeds beneﬁt Longmont Meals on Wheels. For more information, visit the website at www.TheGiftofHome.org, and call 303-808-5825 to volunteer. November/December 2017
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The late Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson’s old sidekick, traveled all across America. He came to this conclusion about our cities: “Downtown is important because it’s the heart and soul of any community. If you don’t have a healthy downtown, you simply don’t have a healthy town.” In 1870 when a group of entrepreneurs called the Chicago Colony founded Longmont, they created its downtown as the heart and soul of the community. The Main Street stores, the church, even the barbershop were so important to Longmont that the founders put them ﬁrst in their one-square-mile plan.
THE Destination Once Again By LINDA THORSEN BOND for LONGMONT MAGAZINE
Almost 150 years later that same downtown is still the heart and soul of Longmont. It is rich with history, yet vibrant with newness. It has grown and expanded, receded and recovered. Today Longmont’s downtown is once again the pride of the town and a destination to more and more tourists everyday. A dash of history, a splash of innovation and a heaping helping of excitement— that’s the blend that ﬁlls downtown Longmont’s Main Street with tourists and locals. As the holiday seasons arrive, the street is even more ﬁlled with excitement.
According to Kimberlee McKee, executive director of Longmont Downtown Development Authority (LDDA), the secret is keeping an authentic feel while providing variety. “We have heard over and over again that people love the genuine, authentic feel of downtown Longmont,” she said. “Through all the years Main Street has kept it real. In LongmontMagazine.com LONGMONT MAGAZINE 25
best thing you can do for me is to succeed.” Kirsten started working in her father’s Ace Hardware when she was only 14 years old. In 2016 her parents, Dan and Karen Gust, stripped away the modern layers of the old Miller Music to reveal the original 1906 building and Kirsten and husband Manny bought the business.
In this view of Main Street, you can just catch a glimpse of Brown’s Shoe Fit on the far left side. (Courtesy Longmont Museum)
recent years, we have seen longtime business owners and new business entrepreneurs work together to give residents and visitors an exciting place to enjoy shopping, dining, entertainment and more. Focusing on craft beverages and unique experiences, supporting downtown is more than just a purchase.” Success like this doesn’t come without planning. “When we adopted our arts and entertainment plan, people said they wanted to see live music. Since then, our restaurants and breweries have embraced this and you can now hear live music every day of the week,” Kimberlee said. “We have also heard the need for more shopping and dining. Over the past few years, many new businesses have been added. This holiday season, we welcome two new women’s clothing stores, a vintage clothing store, a kitchen store, a bicycle store, skate shop, home stores and more, added to our old favorites: outﬁtter, shoe, home and gift, jewelry stores and much more.” The plan included beautiful alleyways to link Third and Sixth 26 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
Avenues on either side of Main Street. The alleyway project and major street construction is all ﬁnished except for a few small projects including work on the 400 West breezeway. Kimberlee added, “For anyone who hasn’t been downtown lately, it has a completely new feel. We are always working and incentivizing new retailers to join our downtown family.”
The new store carries items “for the chef who has everything” as well as kitchen essentials. The demonstration kitchen is a huge success. Downstairs is a work in progress. “I wanted a comfy chair down there so people could sit and look through the cookbooks There’s no place downtown right now to buy things like batteries and tape, so we put in convenience hardware. We’re small and nimble and we can change as we learn what Longmont wants,” she said.
One of the new kids on the street is Kitchen Company. It’s fashionable, full of must-have items and a deﬁnite attraction. Owner Kirsten Pellicer said, “Downtown Longmont is in the middle of a beautiful revitalization. The area is on the upswing with the prospect of growing even more. There’s such a vital community here. These store owners walk the walk and they support each other.” Kirsten asked one of the other store owners how she could help downtown and the answer was, “The LongmontMagazine.com
Kitchen Company houses modern kitchen goods in their historic Main St. building. (Courtesy Kitchen Company)
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Customers still get the same treatment, passed down through generations. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)
Elite Barbershop has been providing the same service in the same building for over 100 years. (Courtesy Longmont Museum)
Expansion for Kitchen Company includes additions like a wedding and gift registry, new cutlery and kitchen lines and more Coloradomade spices and fun gadgets. Manager, Amanda Wessels, and assistant manager, Veronda Waterman, came to the Kitchen Company from Ace, so from opening day on, they have helped make Kitchen Company a destination for shoppers.
The red, white and blue barber pole on the front of Elite Barbershop is a signal that this is where Longmont’s ﬁrst barber plied his trade over 100 years ago. Hair has been cut in this same location since the Chicago Colony founders created the original one mile-square plan for Longmont in the 1870s. Back then it was called the Shaving Parlor, but the business hasn’t changed much. Nowadays, there are four leather barber chairs and four customers covered with red and white striped capes. Behind them are four barbers, three of whom are Orville’s family, his sons Mike and Jeff and Mike’s 28 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
daughter Nicole (their ﬁrst and only female barber). There are six people sitting around waiting their turn—Elite doesn’t take reservations. Or credit cards. Or do a blow-dry. But they do use a slap-on aftershave that smells just like a barbershop should. Brian Bara has been coming to Elite since 1996. “It’s homey and personal here, not corporate,” he said. “They’ll talk to you. And they use that straight razor. A good barber should always be able to use a straight razor.” Jeff started shining shoes from the time he was 8 to 12 years old. He learned from his dad that customer satisfaction is his job. “We never watch the clock while we’re cutting hair,” he said. “We just keep cutting until it looks right.” His big brother
Mike explains what makes Elite, well, elite. “We don’t use a lot of product,” he said. “We don’t shampoo. We’re just no nonsense, no frills. We basically just cut hair. We’ll use the straight razor and give a shave, but we just cut hair.”
Brown’s Shoe Fit
In the year 1946, the boys were home from the war and agriculture was king. Longmont was a sleepy little town; Main Street was the hub of business and almost 8,000 people called it home. A photo from 1946 shows Brown’s Shoe Fit in exactly the same place
Brown’s Shoe Fit occupies the same building it did 71 years ago. (Julia MacMonagle/Mother Ranch)
but half its current size. In fact, the only time Brown’s closed its doors was for six months in 2006 when it moved next door for renovation. Manager Jason Weitzl made the store twice as big and worked hard to take the storefront back to the original design. Now are more than 90,000 Longmonters, and Brown’s is a tourist attraction in its own right. The key to Brown’s success is 71 years of commitment to personal customer service. Employee Lonnie Dooley said, “We’re taught to check out people individually to see what their needs are. When you have problems or you have issues with your feet you’re going to want people who absolutely know where to point you and can answer questions you have. We take the time, we ﬁt you individually and we won’t make you feel rushed; we’ll help you ﬁnd the best pair of shoes for you so the chance that you’ll have to bring them back is minimal.”
Personal service is still the name of the game at Brown’s. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine)
The holiday season in Longmont is more than a day, more than a week. It’s a whole month of exciting opportunities and events. Kimberlee McKee, executive director of Longmont Downtown Development Authority, is already in the holiday spirit. She lists the big events:
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Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 25 is Small Business Saturday, the perfect time to enjoy downtown. There will be ice carvers in St. Stephen’s Plaza, an enter-to-win gift card giveaway at local businesses and holiday characters strolling the streets, giving downtown-themed gifts to local shoppers. While supplies last, shoppers will also be given a limited edition Shop Local bag for patronizing Downtown. The shop owners are getting into it too. For example, on Small Business Saturday, if shoppers bring in their receipt from other downtown busiLongmontMagazine.com
nesses, the staff of Kitchen Company will give them a discount. It’ll be a great day of support for other downtown shops.
Second Friday Friday, December 8 from 6-9 p.m. is Second Friday, a celebration of art, food and shopping downtown. The evening is a retail night out, featuring a walking tour of holiday lights and displays, shopping specials and promotions, BrewHop Trolley rides for $1 and more! It’s a perfect friends or date night. Saturday, December 9 at 5 p.m. is the Holiday Parade of Lights. The downtown shops urge everyone to come down early and stay late to do holiday shopping, enjoy food or drinks with friends or create something new.
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takes a storied history into a new era
BY ANDY STONEHOUSE for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Old age doesn’t always grant wisdom, but it’s a pretty reliable source of character. That goes for physical structures as well as mortal beings. Think of the sheer sense of personality that the ages have gifted to buildings like the Roman Colosseum and the Greek Parthenon. Longmont may not boast any monuments that stretch back millennia, but the town still touts its own architectural testimonies to the power of time. Case in point: the historic William Lugg Building at 540 Main St. 32 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
The building that now houses Pumphouse Brewery has had a long life of serving the Longmont community. This photo shows its days as a service station. (Courtesy Longmont Museum)
Its precise origins remain a bit murky; ofﬁcial city records reveal only that the structure went up some time between surveys conducted in 1911 and 1918. Whatever its exact birthdate, the building has played myriad roles over the past century. The property named after former owner and erstwhile city alderman, police, ﬁre and license committee chairman and grocer William Lugg has hosted an auto garage, a car dealership, a gas station and even a roller skating rink. LongmontMagazine.com
That storied history has left its mark on the physical structure, according to Ross Hagen. Hagen is a managing partner of the Pumphouse Brewery, the micropub that moved into the building in 1996. Founded by a quartet of former aerospace workers who had been laid off from their formal professions and were eager to take a chance on pursuing a new dream, the Pumphouse became a seminal force in ushering in a new era for Longmont’s main drag. For more than 20 years, the Pumphouse has been November/December 2017
an anchor in Main Street’s economic revival.
and we’ve formulated our business around that.”
Filling that role in a building with a history that goes back more than 100 years hasn’t always been easy, Hagen said. The owners had to build a modern business in an antique building.
Indeed, Hagen and his fellow managing partners have parlayed the building’s vintage charm into an asset. Their work in balancing the structure’s original architectural aesthetic with the demands of a modern, functional restaurant bore fruit soon after the business opened in 1996.
“As far as functionality, we’ve had The original structure wasn’t modified much from its beginnings.The addition of the some challenges. patio and bar are the most striking alterations. (Tim Seibert/Longmont Magazine) This place wasn’t originally built with a restaurant in mind. We’ve got things beams and other elements,” Hagen said. “But overall, the charm and the They chose a ﬁrehouse theme, a stored in all of the nooks and cranmotif that didn’t directly connect to nies, all of our square footage is used. unique character of the building has paid off. It’s a building with character, any of the building’s past roles. Even We’ve got to deal with structural
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Though the building hasn’t been an actual firehouse, the theme fits the aesthetic of the building well. (Tim Seibet/Longmont Magazine)
so, local residents took to the theme with gusto, ﬂocking to enjoy a beer in one of the city’s oldest buildings and to scan the historic black-and-white photos lining the walls. The Pumphouse was enough of an attraction to spur the owners into opening a complementary sports bar, the Red Zone, on the other side of the building in 2004. That success sprung from the gamble of the original investors, Craig Taylor, Tom Charles, Dave D’Epagnier and Dennis Coombs (the same Dennis Coombs who was elected mayor of Longmont in 2011). Just as a laid-off geologist named John Hickenlooper took a business risk by opening a brewpub in what was the most disreputable stretch of downtown Denver in the late ‘80s, the group saw promise in the budding world of home brewing. On a deeper level, they saw a potential in one of Longmont’s oldest neighborhoods to attract locals. “Main Street is the heart and soul of Longmont. We keep a nice, totally locally owned ﬁxture down here; we’ve been able to become prominent force and give a bit of everything to a wide 34 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
demographic of people,” Hagen said. “It’s nice to be able to appeal to Longmont residents. “I think that deﬁnitely is appreciated,” he added. Hagen speaks from personal experience. His current role as a managing partner of the business started with a job as a server in 2001; he came to the brewpub as a student at the University of Colorado Boulder looking for ways to pay his way through law school. Ultimately, Hagen’s professional aspirations shifted. “I decided law wasn’t for me. But I became increasingly interested in restaurants in general,” Hagen recalled. “The original owner, Dennis Coombs, took a shot on me. It turned into a great opportunity.” In his current role, Hagen works with his partners to make sure the welcoming atmosphere that ﬁrst drew him in persists. The business celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, marking the occasion with special events and community celebrations, and they’re looking to build on the LongmontMagazine.com
spirit as they head into their third decade. From weekly brew specials at the Pumphouse to reliable weekly meetings of like-minded sports fans at the Red Zone, the business has built up its own traditions. As one of Main Street’s anchors, the owners try to a wide range of customers, offering varied settings that range from an outdoor patio to a working brewery to a traditional sports bar ambience. According to Hagen, maintaining that kind of diverse environment is a link to the building’s rich past. It’s only ﬁtting that a structure that’s served so many different roles as Longmont has grown and evolved should appeal to a broad swath of the community. “We try to stay independent in our feel in so many different ways,” Hagen said, adding that customers have grown to appreciate the effort. “Sometimes, some people are disappointed that the building has never actually been a ﬁrehouse, but they’re still enamored with all of the things that it has been.” November/December 2017
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ST. VRAIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
“Assures a Future for Our Community’s Past”
By DARREN THORNBERRY for LONGMONT MAGAZINE
SVHS keeps local history alive through programs such as the recent Hot Time in the Old Town, cast shown here. (St. Vrain Historical Society, Jeff Schmidt)
There’s no time like the present to get involved with the St. Vrain Historical Society (SVHS), especially for those among us who love the past and feel the shadows of ancestors and enjoy learning more about how things used to be in and around Longmont. Thankfully, the St. Vrain Historical Society, with its mission to preserve the history and heritage of Longmont and the greater St. Vrain Valley, makes it easy!
families in the area wanted the his-
SVHS was incorporated with nonproﬁt status in 1967 but had been operating informally since the 1920s. Thankfully, prominent and pioneer
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tory of the area to be recorded for future generations. Today, SVHS fosters an awareness of, and appreciation for, local history with robust historic education, interpretive programming, and the preservation of historic structures and sites. Longmont Magazine was lucky enough to catch SVHS executive director Alyce Davis for a conversalocal history and the Society itself are infectious, and we’re pleased to share some of her comments here. LongmontMagazine.com
“We operate our properties for the community’s enjoyment and education, and we love sharing our history with the community and visitors alike,” says Davis. “These properties are managed, and operated by us, a nonproﬁt organization. Frequently, when guests visit our sites (Hoverhome, the Hover Farmstead, Old Mill Park and Old. St. Stephen’s church), they confuse us with being an entity that is being entirely funded/supported by the city.” Davis explains that managing four historic properties is a costly endeavor. People often don’t think about what happens next after an important site has been saved from demolition. There are bills for utilities, insurance, plumbing, etc. And there’s also preservation work, which is very costly and has to be done to the standards of the state historical society and other local agencies in historical preservation. November/December 2017
Davis’ own experience shows how powerful historical programming can be. “My very ﬁrst experience with SVHS was when I was 8 years old when I toured Old Mill Park during Pioneer Days program (an annual program we do for St. Vrain Valley third-grade students). I then started volunteering with the Society when I was around 12 years old, primarily giving tours at Historic Hoverhome. Volunteering for SVHS gave me a newfound interest and passion in history and the importance of historical education, which I pursued in college. After school, I started as an intern for SVHS and in the past three years have been SVHS’ executive director. Even today I am still learning all sorts of new and interesting facts about our community’s history.”
kind of interesting to think that SVHS has been part of my life for the majority of my life, in some way, shape or form,” she adds. “I often wonder how it has impacted the thousands of other people SVHS has touched throughout our 50-year history, and how we can continue doing so.” When you volunteer at a Society event, you’re likely to meet people from around the world who happen to be visiting Longmont. It’s a delight to make new connections and swap information and stories At Laura Ingalls Wilder Day, visitors learned how about one another’s local historical to make corn-husk dolls. (St. Vrain Historical societies, sites, and history. A case Society) in point: At the Society’s last tour at Hoverhome in September, they Little wonder then that Davis still were sharing about how Katherine feels passionate that historical educa- Hover was from Polo, Illinois. Sure enough, someone in the group was tion is needed more than ever. “It’s
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originally from that town! And as Davis notes, it’s always fun talking with visitors from Chicago and sharing that Longmont was once the Chicago-Colorado Colony. Being intertwined with an organization focused on historic preservation is, as Davis knows, extremely rewarding. At every event, you’ll meet and work with wonderful people in our community who make the Society’s mission possible. David pulls no punches about that: “I feel that this community aspect is truly what makes us a Society. Without this community involvement, we would cease to exist as an organization. I encourage everyone to get out and learn about our community’s history, and to get involved … history is relevant to all of us and we owe it to future generations to understand and learn from it the best we can. And
Held at Hoverhome, the 1920s Fashion Workshop, in conjunction with Rockin’ Robin in Longmont, demonstrated flapper fashion. (St. Vrain Historical Society)
like everything else, the ﬁrst steps are to start at home.” To learn more about these upcoming events and how you can get involved with the St. Vrain Historical Society
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Two local historic homes host holiday open houses
The holidays shine best under an 100-year-old chandelier. Each December, hundreds of visitors infuse a bit of vintage and passel of panache to their Christmas with walks through Longmontâ€™s most popular historic homes, the Callahan House and the Historic Hoverhome. This year the Callahan House will host its ďŹ fth open house with Santa, and Hoverhome will host a series of open houses with caroling, costumed docents and apple cider.
The Callahan House Christmas trees are a festive glance into the holidays of another time. (Mark A. Payler/City of Longmont)
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overhome director Luella Lindquist said, “Mr. Hover gave of himself to his community and today, the family, through Hoverhome, continues to give back to the community – especially ﬁtting in this season of giving.” Both the Victorian-styled Callahan
Details large and small, deck the halls at Callahan House. (Mark A. Payler/ City of Longmont)
House and Historic Hoverhome, featuring Tudor arches and an Arts-and-Crafts interior, are vintage, with swathes of cherry wood, ornate carvings, hand-painted ceilings, stained glass and period furniture and ﬁxtures.
The holidays arrive when volunteers drape the Callahan House and Hoverhome in crimson, emerald and gold. Christmas trees dominate most rooms, and trees are festooned by theme. At the Callahan House, decorations are vintage and include fruit, white lights mimicking candles,
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court in the home. The Callahans bequeathed their most lavish gift—their house—to the city of Longmont in 1938 when they moved to Nevada. “They gave it to the ‘ladies of Longmont’ to use as a meeting place and social center,” Korpela explained.
ﬂoral and plaid patterns and nature themes. For 2017, Hoverhome will host a different theme per room, with themes as varied as Raggedy Ann, wooded animals and the early twentieth century. “We enjoy opening up the Callahan House to give people time to take in the decorations and wander through the house,” said Kathy Korpela, Callahan House manager. “It takes about 10 people all day to get the home staged and ready, plus we keep tweaking for a couple weeks,” she said. She hangs lights from the gazebo and Hoverhome façade of the house showcases themed and bedecks the trees throughout its many rooms. fountain with (Courtesy St. Vrain home were built by holiday accents. In Historical Society) businessmen eager to addition to the open grow and bless the comhouse with Santa, the munity, said Lindquist. Callahan House hosts T.M. Callahan, a teacher who clubs and private events established The Golden Rule dry during the holidays. goods store in Longmont before expanding westward and investing Lindquist said nearly 40 volunteers in lumber, welcomed the railroad decorate Hoverhome in two days, and the sugar beet industry to though, like Korpela, she and her Longmont and constructed reserstaff adjust for a week or two. voirs for drinking water. The Hov“Our volunteers have a good time. ers moved to Longmont seeking a Many have been here more than quiet life but leapt into local agri10 years and look forward to the cultural and urban projects. Charles holidays at Hoverhome,” she said. Hover, a pharmacist and farmer, Alyce Davis, executive director of helped found the Boulder County the St. Vrain Historical Society, Fairgrounds and Roosevelt Park. which owns Hoverhome, said, “We scour our own houses for things Both families loved to give – to to ﬁt the holiday themes. We add each other, to friends and to the bows, garland and Christmas lights community. Callahan surprised his and decorate household items that might not normally be noticed.” wife, Alice, with a Steinway piano for Christmas in 1896, their ﬁrst year in Longmont. It still holds The Callahan House and Hover42 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
Likewise, the Hovers “lived to serve,” Lindquist said, and Katherine Hover, Charles Hover’s wife, was the force behind Hover Senior Living Community. “She saw some of her friends were living out their years in poverty and without family and was determined to create a home for older community members to live with dignity and respect,” Lindquist said. Beatrice Hover, daughter of Charles and Katherine, helped the St. Vrain Historical Society acquire Hoverhome. “Our open houses are an extra special time for our historic home,” Davis said. “It’s appealing to kids who can learn history, families wanting a special Christmas outing and people new to Longmont who want to learn about our history.” She added, “Some people even come to get décor and holiday decorating ideas.” The Callahan holiday open house is from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 at 312 Terry St. The event is free. The Historic Hoverhome open houses are from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 1309 Hover St. Tickets are $10 a person, and children under age six are free. A holiday high tea is Nov. 11. November/December 2017
LONGMONT With a Grand Tradition The scene in downtown Longmont — complete with ice skating, hot cocoa carts and a lit-up choochoo train — is not just reminiscent of yesteryear, but is part of a decadeslong tradition celebrating Christmas-time here in the city.
The holiday scene In Longmont:
Thousands of twinkling lights, ﬁre pits crackling, children visiting with Santa Claus and reindeers sauntering about.
The best way to describe this city’s storied holiday celebration? It looks as though a page has been torn out of a Norman Rockwell book, says organizer Sue Jacobsen, the City of Longmont’s recreation center supervisor.
Celebrations of Yesteryear
Erik Mason, curator of history at the Longmont Museum, helped us, well, unwrap the City of Longmont’s holiday history.
While the Celebration of Lights that happens on Friday night is a relatively The living snow globe feature by Cricket Wireless was a hit at last year’s Longmont Lights. (City of Longmont newer celebration, the In Longmont, the Parks and Recreation.) city has long had a parade holiday celebrations are — though, the proverbial twice as nice, as the city another “Frozen”-themed parade baton has been passed does two nights of festivities. The this year? over the years. festivities start with Friday night’s Celebration of Lights on Dec. 8, “Everyone really gets into the The ﬁrst mention of a parade that which draws about 5,000 to 8,000 theme,” Jacobsen says. Mason could ﬁnd dates back to people to Roosevelt Park. (Worth December 1982, and it was dubbed noting, the ﬁreworks moved to FriMany of the festival-goers are locals, “Santa’s Parade.” Press clippings day night this year. ) Then, on Saturbut Jacobsen has heard that families from the time described it as a small day, Dec. 9, a parade will commence, will plan their holiday parties around parade that Santa came into town drawing about 8,000 people. This year’s theme: March of the Toys. The the event so that they can bring for. The jolly man was joined by local their guests out for ﬁreworks or the parade applications are still coming choirs, musical groups and other perin, but perhaps Elsa will be back for parade. formers. And, “Miss Merry Christ-
“It’s such an idyllic scene,” she says.
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mas” and her court decorated two downtown Christmas trees with ornaments that were made by third grade students at Mountain View and Northridge elementary schools.
There is a single Longmont Lights parade. It is on Saturday, Dec. 9, beginning at 5 p.m. The parade line-up begins at 3:30 pm. Downtown Parade of Lights Float applications are due Nov. 27, 2017.
At the time, the parade was run by a group called the The Mouse King and his mousy subjects from The Nutcracker dance their way through the 2016 parade. (City of Longmont Parks and Recreation.) Heart of LongSchedule of mont Promotional events Association. Little Friday, Dec. 8 ﬁreﬁghters and all of the toys they is recorded about the association, Events happening from 5 to 8 p.m. gathered for charity. but the group helped promote community gatherings and downtown Hot Cocoa Carts, Food Trucks, Fire Ready to become part of the next businesses and began organizing Pits, Balloon Glow generation of holiday revelers? Christmas-time festivities in the 1970s. Here’s everything you need to know Open Ice Skating: 10 a.m. to 5:45 While the exact timeline isn’t clear, the Longmont Downtown Development Authority did take over the parade at some point before the city began organizing it in the mid-1990s. The city has been running the parade ever since. Other past holiday celebrations that Mason discovered include a Christmas tree that was set up downtown, in the middle of the intersection of Main St. and 4th Ave. Main St. was decorated with strings of lights. The tree was erected near a ﬂagpole, which was eventually taken down in the 1930s, so Mason estimates the Christmas tree tradition likely occurred in the 1920s. The archives also show that the Boy Scouts organized a toy drive in 1931. There’s a photo of them in front of an old ﬁre station, posing with 44 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
about the 2017 Longmont Lights celebration.
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Santa’s Workshop - 5 to 7:30 p.m.: This parent/child activity workshop is geared for children ages 10 and under. Each family takes home one free craft, courtesy of Home Depot. Due to Santa’s overwhelming schedule, the line to see Santa will be cut-off at 7:15 p.m. in order to adhere to the closing time of 7:30 p.m.
Parking: Parking lots are located around Roosevelt Park and downtown locations. Parking lots located off Coffman Street will close at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, for the Longmont Lights Parade. All cars in Coffman Street parking lots at 3 p.m. must remain until roads reopen following the parade at 8 pm. Pets: Organizers ask that you leave pets at home.
Live Reindeer: Stop by the front of the St. Vrain Memorial Building for a visit with a few of Santa’s reindeer.
ATMs: Cash machines are located at Wells Fargo Bank and US Bank, within two blocks of Roosevelt Park, for your convenience if you’re purchasing food.
Holiday Ice Show- 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: The City’s Ice Pavilion will host a Holiday Ice Show featuring ice skating instructors and professionals from the Denver area
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“It’s extremely family-friendly and extra accessible, and the course has beautiful views of the mountains.” —Sara Taylor
offers jumpstart into Thanksgiving holiday races BY SHELLEY WIDHALM for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Most Turkey Trots take place on Thanksgiving Day, but in Longmont, those wanting to get their exercise in before the big eat can run two weeks early. This year’s Longmont Turkey Trot 10K and 2M will be Nov. 11 on Veteran’s Day, so there will be a special tribute to veterans along with the regular race festivities. “Fortunately, there’s great weather, and you don’t have to compete with other Turkey Trots that happen on Thanksgiving. You can run our Turkey Trot and do the others,” said Sara Taylor, recreation program supervisor for the city of Longmont. November/December 2017
This year, the theme for the 43rd annual race is the “Veterans Days Edition” to encourage attendees to “show your pride and support for our veterans,” as stated on the city’s website, longmontcolorado.gov. The details of the veterans’ tribute have not been determined, but there will be special announcements and recognitions, and some of the racers will wear their military attire, Taylor said. “We’ll have some stuff in store for folks,” Taylor said. “It’s extremely family-friendly and extra accessible, and the course has beautiful views of the mountains.” This year, approximately 2,000 runners and walkers are expected to be involved in the race, many dressed in American turkey spirit costumes. LongmontMagazine.com
Choosing Your Course
The course will begin at Altona Middle School, 4600 Clover Basin Dr., and travel through southwest Longmont with scenic mountain views along the way on paved roads. “Our course is pretty ﬂat which makes it fast for runners,” Taylor said. Racers can choose from three versions: a 10K for a more serious run of 6.2 miles that also has a wheelchair division and a 2-mile course that can be run or alternated with walking. The options, geared to racers of all ages and abilities, are welcoming for beginners on the shorter course but also challenging for elite athletes who want to reach their ﬁtness and distance goals, Taylor said. “It allows for more racers to participate,” Taylor said. “The two-mile course is a lot more accessible, and it can be little more fun for folks.”
Turkey Trot History
Bowman said he believes the race started in 1978 but is going with the number 43. When the race had its
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start, he was the executive director of the Longmont YMCA and developed it as part of YMCA’s ﬁtness program. “I wanted to start it to make it a community run and to raise awareness of
wellness through the YMCA,” Bowman said. Initially, the race was cosponsored by Longmont Foods, which produced Butterball turkeys and gave them away as ﬁrst-place prizes. Natural Grocers came on board with gift certiﬁcates for the winners after the plant closed in 2011. “It was just a more popular event and people enjoy the nature of it and the prizes of it,” Bowman said. “It kept growing in popularity because it was a fun family competitive event.” The YMCA ran the race for 19 years but could not continue, so in 1994 the City of Longmont Department of Recreation and Golf Services stepped in, said Karen Charles, aquatic area supervisor for the department and former race director.
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“At the time, I knew it was one of the biggest races,” Charles said. “It had a good reputation and everything. We thought it was a good ﬁt with the recreation group.” After the race, participants can watch the Longmont Veterans Day Parade in downtown Longmont. “You can go to the race and go downtown and catch the parade and get the whole feel of Veterans Day,” Bowman said.
Signing up for the Race The 10K race will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the 2M at 9:05 a.m. with awards presented in the school cafeteria at 10 a.m. for the 2M and 11:30 a.m. for the 10K. Preregistration for the race, which ends Nov. 9, ranges $18 to $30:
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10K: $20 for youth and seniors and $24 for adults. Preregistration can be done on the city’s website, www.longmontcolorado.gov/rec, at Active.com or by downloading the registration form and submitting it to any of the city’s recreation facilities. Group discounts are offered for 15 or more people by emailing Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 303-7744771. Discounts are also offered for students in St. Vrain Valley Schools’ 100 Mile Club.
Quail Rd. On race day, registration is 7-8:30 a.m. at the school. First-place winners will receive $25 gift certiﬁcates to Natural Grocers, second place dessert at Button Rock Bakery and third a $15 gift certiﬁcate
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2M: $18 for youth 19 and under and seniors 60 and over and $20 for adults.
at Shoes and Brews. “By having it the second weekend in November, there’s lots of people in town, and it’s an opportunity to win money toward Thanksgiving dinner,” Taylor said.
WHAT: 43rd Annual Longmont Turkey Trot 10K & 2M WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 11: 9 a.m. 10K race; 9:05 a.m. 2M race WHERE: Altona Middle School, 4600 Clover Basin Dr. COST: $18 to $30 for registration fees. INFO: longmontcolorado.gov/rec or 303-774-4800.
After Nov. 9, there will be an additional $5 charge. On Nov. 10, registration is available 4-6 p.m. at the Longmont Recreation Center, 310
Proceeds benefit the City of Longmont Youth Scholarship Fund, which provides Longmont residents 17 and under with $100 a year to use towards recreation activities taught by recreation staff, including swim lessons and ice skating.
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Every family has those special traditions that get passed down from generation to generation. From the cute, to the cozy, to the crazy, they’re part of what makes the holidays such a joyous time.
By MISTY KAISER LONGMONT MAGAZINE
My family, from direct to distant, gets up early Christmas morning (or stays up late Christmas eve) just to be the ﬁrst to shout “Christmas Gift!” at whomever they can catch off guard. The way it’s supposed to work is that the ﬁrst person to utter the words gets an extra gift from everyone they beat to it. It gets crazy. And loud. No one ever actually pays up though and we spend the whole day joking about who cheated, who owes who gifts and who was really ﬁrst. Technology has made it more interesting of course. I once went so far as to call relatives using a calling card to disguise my number. Come to think of it, someone still owes me a gift for that one! I also think I was the ﬁrst person to try it via text. That did not ﬂy. It was funny though. I’m trying to think of something new this year and I’ll be taking ideas if anyone wants to contribute. Anyway, all of that to say, our traditions are what make our holidays uniquely ours, no matter how utterly insane. In the spirit of the season, we asked some of Longmont’s most involved people about their traditions with their own families and here’s what they shared.
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I love all the holidays, but Christmas is my favorite holiday. My family has many traditions, but the oldest tradition is to always spend time with one another on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Our Christmas tree goes up on Thanksgiving Day and we reminisce as we hang ornaments that have been collected over the years from places we have visited or special occasions. Leading up to Christmas Day, we bake lots of goodies to share and make popcorn balls with my dad. We only make popcorn balls once a year, so it is still a special treat as an adult. On Christmas Eve my family gathers at my parents house and I make lasagna, we open presents, and we enjoy the company of family members who live in other parts of the country. We then take a drive to look at all the Christmas lights in town, while drinking hot chocolate.
We have two traditions in our family. One of them is goofy and fun and the other is a little more serious.
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1. Our family likes to provide donations to nonproﬁts each year and in addition we started another tradition 5 years ago. Our family (Sandy my wife, Madeline our daughter and Jacob our son) decided as a family to not do stocking presents (OR tell Santa to skip our house). Instead we would donate what we would have spent, or Santa would have provided, on stocking presents to a nonproﬁt. We also have an Acts of Kindness bowl. For one week, each member of our family picks a holiday good deed to do each day. This might entail picking up someone’s drive-through order at a coffee place or shoveling someone’s walk, etc. 2. Our goofy fun tradition is that on Christmas Eve we all attend a movie at night. We bring comfortable slippers and enjoy some fun prior to going home and getting ready for our family gathering on Christmas Day.
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On Thanksgiving, my Mother put out a beautiful cream linen tablecloth. We thought she was crazy and knew it was going to get sooo dirty as soon as we sat down to eat. However, before she put food on the table, she had us all gather and she gave us different colored Sharpies. We each wrote something we were thankful for and the kids traced their hands designing elaborate hand-print turkeys directly on the tablecloth. Each drawing was signed and dated. Every year after that, wherever Thanksgiving dinner was to be held, we brought the holiday tablecloth. As new friends and family joined us, the wishes and gratitude grew. We still have this tablecloth and love to read it every year as we gather to celebrate the many things for which we are thankful.
One of my favorite memories as a child is awaking to the smell of onions, carrots, and celery cooking early Thanksgiving morning in preparation for my Mom’s sausage stufﬁng. A few years back, my mom and I worked together to make the stufﬁng, and the baton (er, spoon) was passed.
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Longmont Downtown Development Authority As a child in Ohio, I had 15 cousins growing up. We always celebrated the holidays with our extended family on Christmas Eve. We would all pack in someone’s house and have a huge buffet of appetizers. The tradition continued even as the cousins started having kids ourselves! After moving to Colorado, we still continue the tradition with friends.
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NUTCRACKER STORYTIME November 21, 10:30 a.m.; Longmont Public Library
Join Centennial State Ballet at the library for a free mini performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ with narration and dancers from the pre-professional youth ballet company. Families are invited to take photos with the dancers after the event. Seating is limited. Contact the library directly for additional information: (303) 651-8470. (409 4th Ave, Longmont)
HOLIDAYS AT HOVER November 24-January 1; Hover Community
Want to know where to go and what to see in Longmont this holiday season? Look no further! We’ve gathered events of all varieties in one place, just for you.
MOLLIE MCGEE’S HOLIDAY CRAFT MARKET November 18 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; November 19,10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Boulder County Fairgrounds
Over 160 carefully selected ﬁne art and craft vendors at each show. Find gourmet foods, handcrafted jewelry, bath products, home décor and more. $4 covers both days (kids under 12 free) (Hover and Nelson Roads, Longmont, molliemcgee.com)
Drive or walk through a fairy tale winter wonderland at Hover Community. The entire campus will be decked with holiday lights, trees and inﬂatables, including a gazebo and a kids/photo area. (1380 Charles Drive Longmont)
2017 ROTARY HOLIDAY BALL November 25, 7:30-11:30 p.m.; Best Western Plaza Events Center The Rotary Clubs of Longmont are partnering to kick off the season with a festive holiday ball beneﬁtting The Inn Between and to ShelterBox Disaster Relief. Enjoy snacks, sweets and drinks while dancing to the tunes of Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene. A $1,000 holiday cash drawing and a complimentary photo booth round out the evening’s fun. (1850 Industrial Cir., Longmont, twinpeaksrotary.org/holiday-ball-2017)
LONGMONT DOWNTOWN TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY November 24, 6:30-7 p.m.; Downtown Longmont
Get in the spirit and light up Longmont for the holidays at the annual Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony. Sip on hot cocoa to the festive tunes of carolers, get your goody bags, and enjoy the ﬁrst lights of the season at this community event. (6th Ave. Plaza, west of 6th Ave. and Main St., downtownlongmont.com/calendar/ holiday-events)
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LEFTOVER TURKEY TROT 5K November 25; Roger’s Grove
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Packet pickup and Race Day Registration 10 a.m. – Race begins, 11 a.m. – Awards Skip the leftover turkey this year and try the Leftover Turkey Trot instead! This run/walk event beneﬁts the Because of Becca Foundation in supporting youth, family and community organizations. Last year’s proceeds helped several area youth sports organizations. Coffee and refreshments are available and awards for the top ﬁnishers. (220 S. Hover St., Longmont, becauseofbecca.org)
15TH ANNUAL SUGAR PLUM TEA PARTY November 25, 1 and 4 p.m.; November 26, 1 p.m.; Xilinx Retreat Center
Join Centennial State Ballet for a mini Nutcracker performance and enjoy afternoon tea with goodies to delight every palate. A Nutcracker boutique is ﬁlled with whimsical ornaments and gifts available for purchase. And don’t forget get you souvenir photo with the Sugar Plum Fairy. This event has been known to sell out, so don’t delay getting your tickets! (3100 Logic Dr., Longmont, centennialstateballet.org)
THE GIFT OF HOME HOLIDAY HOME TOUR December 1, 5-9 p.m.; December 2, 9 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. December 3, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ
Four of the most beautifully decorated homes in Longmont will be open for public viewing. See page 22 for more information. (9th and Francis, Longmont)
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HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT HOVER COMMUNITY December 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Decmeber 15, 5:30-7 p.m.; Hover Community
View the Hover Community campus, beautifully decorated for the holidays as the community opens to the public for a special holiday treat. (1380 Charles Dr., Longmont)
THE NUTCRACKER December 2, 4 p.m.; December 3, 2 p.m.; Vance Brand Civic Auditorium
TLC LEARNING CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL December 2 and 3; The Plaza Event Center
Beautiful trees decorated with gifts will be rafﬂed while guests enjoy a buffet meal, cash bar, and live entertainment. (1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont, learningwithtlc.org/ctf/)
The Longmont Symphony Orchestra and The Boulder Ballet present the holiday favorite. (600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont, ongmontsymphony.org/nutcracker-
“JUST IN TIME FOR CHANUKAH” December 7, 7 to 8 p.m.; Longmont Public Library
The Colorado Hebrew Choral presents an evening of Chanukah holiday music and presentation about the holiday’s origins and traditions, including a demonstration of lighting the menorah. Registration is required for this program. Call (303) 651-8472 to register.(350 Kimbark St., Longmont, longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-e-m/library/programs-events-andclasses#Chanukah)
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LONGMONT LIGHTS December 8, 5-8 p.m.; December 9, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Roosevelt Park
Longmont’s premier holiday event, including sky divers, ﬁreworks, crafts, refreshments, entertaiment and a parade. See page 43 for details.
HOLLY & IVY December 9, 7 p.m.; Vance Brand
The United States Air Force Academy Band presents a selection of traditional holiday music from stage and screen. See page 14 for more information. (600 East Mountain View Ave., Longmont)
THE NUTCRACKER December 15,7 p.m; December 16, 2 and 7 p.m.; December 17, 1 p.m.; Niwot High School
The classic holiday tale of Clara and her prince as they travel to the land of sweets comes to life on stage, featuring students from Longmont Dance Theatre Academy, in this grand-scale production. Longmont’s youth ballet company performs under the direction of Executive Artistic Director Kristin Kingsley. Accompaniment will feature Flatirons Community Orchestra and the St. Vrain Singers. (8989 Niwot Rd, Niwot, centennialstateballet.org)
LONGMONT MUSEUM HOLIDAY FESTIVAL December 16, Concert only 7 p.m.; December 17, Santa Reception 3 p.m., Concert 4 p.m.; Longmont Museum
A holiday celebration ﬁlled with sounds of the season, featuring the Heath Walton Jazz Quintet, Longmont’s Centennial State Ballet in excerpts from the Nutcracker, Venezuelan rhythms from Gonzalo Teppa. The matinee will feature refreshments and a visit from Santa. Alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. (400 Quail Rd., Longmont)
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