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November/December 2016 | Our Entertainment Issue HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT! The holidays are chock-full of festive fun in Longmont. Don’t miss a thing with our at-aglance calendar.
Happy Holidays, Longmont! They’re baaack! Holidays may have us running around like mad soon, but may I suggest setting aside a moment to enjoy the fun of them? Longmont has holiday entertainment around every corner, for every taste. Music comes in at number one with every genre you can imagine and if you’re not satisfied with watching, what about learning? There are some wonderful places that would love to help you out in that department. Next year, you might even be able to lead the holiday sing-along yourself. Holiday fun is great, but it’s even better when you’re doing it for a cause. There are a few give and get fundraisers going on this month and next that will ‘give’ you a good time and ‘get’ funds for area nonprofits. And if you want a wider choice, Colorado Gives Day is where you may want to put your money. Throughout this edition you will see this CO GIVES heart marking one of many local organizations that is open to support through ColoradoGives.org. There are, of course, many others on the list and we encourage you to visit coloradogives.org and find a cause in the community that speaks to you, and have happy and grateful holidays Longmont! See you in 2017! 4 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
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ON THE SCENE PAGE 8
The 50th Annual Gift of Home Tour
SAW IT, WANT TO GO PAGE 39
ARTS Longmont Symphony Orchestra’s 50th Season PAGE 42
Tips for trimming your tree PAGE 16
MUSIC The United States Air Force Academy Band
Music Education: A Priceless Investment
NONPROFIT Colorado Gives Day
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ENTERTAINMENT Longmont’s Holiday Events Shine Bright PAGE 56
Driving Out Hunger PAGE 62
FAMILY Centennial State Ballet presents The Nutcracker PAGE 27 LongmontMagazine.com
Santa’s special mailboxes return to Longmont PAGE 65
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Festival on Main is one of Longmont’s signature events. The annual Festival on Main was held over a 2 day period from August 26-27 throughout downtown Longmont and featured many family-friendly activities, music, dance, art and more. (Photos by Paul Litman for Longmont Magazine.)
Kids line up for the inflatable bouncy castle and slide along with other interactive activities. A stilt walker, one of the many street performers, struts among festival-goers.
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Some patrons choose to watch it all from above. A beautifully restored truck garners some attention.
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Gift of Home Tour
BY JULIE KAILUS for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Photos courtesy The Gift of Home Tour place the first weekend in December and includes a diverse lineup of old and new, small and large homes all “dressed up” for the holidays. This year’s four locations include a downtown church-conversion home, newly remodeled 1900 Victorian ranch, Tuscan-style Italianate home in Prospect and a rustic Colorado home in Portico.
The Gift of Home—Longmont’s holiday tour of homes—is always a treat. Not only is it a special way to kick off the giving season, but this year the popular event is giving back to a brand-new beneficiary and host: Longmont Meals on Wheels. “This is a unique holiday tradition with lights, decorations, food, fellowship and prizes—at a very affordable price—all for a very worthy cause,” says Cindy Noble, who is coordinating the town’s festive fundraiser for the third year. “I can hardly wait to kick off the holidays with this year’s home tour.”
With over 1,000 attendees last year, Longmont’s Gift of Home is considered the state’s largest home tour. Running Thursday evening, December 1, through Saturday, December 3, the self-guided tour is sponsored by local businesses. All four residences on the tour are professionally decorated by a dedicated team of volunteers, including an antique appraiser, interior
Just as it has for the last 50 years, the Gift of Home Tour takes A decorated dining room from the Gift of Home tour in 2015, welcomes guests with Holiday pizazz. November/December 2016
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“When we walk through the tour we are constantly pointing out to each other, ‘Oh, we can do that now,’ or ‘We definitely want to work toward that someday.’ I hope that we can continue to dream together and be inspired together about the beauty in Longmont and what we can bring to our piece of it.”
754 Francis Street will be decorated by Nancy Mahoney. Sponsored by Michael & Diana Bogard
decorator, home stager and designer/painter/seamstress. “Each year we have made changes that hopefully appeal to the home tour audience,” Noble says. “Our outstanding decorators are each very unique in their styles, and our locations are equally different with an idea or gift for everyone at these four homes.” Tour attendees can take home holiday decorating ideas, as well as gifts, which are staged for sale throughout the home circuit. But visitors aren’t the only ones who will take away something exceptional from the holiday event. As the honorary recipient of event funds this year, Longmont Meals on Wheels couldn’t be more pleased with its new role. “We work hard to make it easier for seniors and people with disabilities to stay in their homes for as long as possible by providing meals and a daily wellness check,” says Kathryn Wiser, development coordinator for Longmont Meals on Wheels. “When you do a tour like The Gift of Home, you can see why home—someone’s own space—is so important. It isn’t just shelter; it can
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lift your spirits and bring comfort.” Last year alone, Longmont Meals on Wheels served 103,749 meals in Longmont, Niwot and Hygiene, with 80 percent of meals happening in seniors’ homes. Donating a remarkable 18,780 hours of work in 2015, over 560 volunteers helped cook, serve and deliver meals. Wiser says even before she got involved professionally, the Gift of Home Tour had become a holiday tradition for she and her husband. “I love it because we are young and starting out in our careers, so we can’t just do everything our hearts’ desire when it comes to our home or holiday decorations,” she says.
However, purchasing a ticket to journey through local homes is just one way people from the community can get involved in Longmont’s Gift of Home Tour. The event spans multiple days, with multiple ways to participate, including a VIP dinner, community luncheons and volunteering opportunities. One of the most inspiring changes this year is moving two pre-tour soup lunches to the café at the Longmont Senior Center. “We lovingly prepare and provide 450 meals every day. Delicious food is the heart of what we do, so it was important to showcase that by moving the luncheon to our café,” explains Wiser. “With Longmont Meals on Wheels’ regular volunteers manning this portion of the home tour, we want to show the community how important that individual support is and how
1922 Kristy Court will be decorated by Marybeth Keene/KV Estate Advisors. Sponsored by Longmont United Hospital LongmontMagazine.com
of event takes a lot of volunteers,” says Wiser. “We need people who can take on a two-hour shift at the homes themselves, serving as tour guides.” No training is required. Additionally, groups of up to six people can volunteer together, and volunteers receive a discount on tour tickets.
450 Pratt Sreet, will be decorated by Laurie Mazzetta/Amazing Spaces. Sponsored by Ace Hardware & Danish Furniture.
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Senior Center to the Francis House and the Pratt House,” Noble says.
The Gift of Home VIP Night, which incudes dinner at one of five Longmont restaurants, and a preview of the homes, auction and bonus luncheon is also a worthy way to get involved. In addition to citizens, Boulder County businesses make up a big part of the event. For example, this year Danish Furniture is sharing some of their pieces at the Pratt House and is developing a decorated tree drawing, with all proceeds going to Longmont Meals on Wheels.
“We hope this will be a convenient and fun way for tour-goers to get through our downtown houses and to have lunch at the Senior Center.” Also, it’s not too late to volunteer at the Gift of Home Tour. “This kind
Whether the Gift of Home is already an annual tradition or you’re hoping to experience the event for the first time, ‘tis the season to book your tickets to experience the beauty of our season of giving. As Wiser reminds, “The holidays can be stressful, so we want to provide a community-wide event that focuses on gratitude and the magic of the season.” More information and tickets at thegiftofhome.org
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Tips for trimming
Is it time to take your holiday decor to the NEXT LEVEL?
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When you were kids, did any of you spend hours gazing at all the packages under their Christmas tree, trying to guess what was in them? Did anyone else risk getting on Santa’s naughty list — and in major trouble with their parents — by actually unwrapping their gifts in secret, playing with the toys inside, then wrapping them back up and putting them back under the tree? Or, was that just me? Thankfully, I have much more selfcontrol now when it comes to sneaking peaks at my Christmas presents. But I’m still just as infatuated with Christmas trees, with all their sparkling lights and mesmerizing ornaments.
Experimenting with new ways to hold my tree more securely, I tried one of my garden urns, empty for winter. The urn not only held the tree securely, it gave it a stately air. With the tree elevated, we also had plenty of floor space for gifts. Now, all the Christmas trees at Nell Hill’s are displayed in iron garden urns.
Christmas trees are infatuating, with all their sparkling lights and mesmerizing ornaments. (Handout/TNS)
This holiday season, we are putting up a forest of brightly decorated Christmas trees, each different from the last. I asked Beverly, our Diet Dr. Pepperfueled, uber-talented floral designer, to share her secrets for trimming trees that are so magical, you feel like a kid 16 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
again. Here’s a step-by-step guide.
SET THE STAGE
Years ago, I made the switch from a traditional tree stand to a large black iron garden urn, after an ill-fated din-
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STYLING TIP: To secure an artificial tree in a garden urn, just press the tree in until it won’t go any farther. The bottom branches will bend up and stick out of the urn. Just fold those branches down over the
LIGHT IT UP
When lighting your tree, Bev says, the rule of thumb is to have 100 lights for every vertical foot of your tree. So, a 7-foot tree would need enough strands for 700 lights. In addition to using white bulbs, we are loving
STYLING TIP: I cannot guess how many zip ties Bev uses as she builds our holiday displays— probably enough to stretch around the world a few times. On our Christmas trees, she uses the ties to secure each ornament snugly to a branch, so none fall off on accident. If you have kids or pets, this might be a good idea for you, too.
EXPERIMENT WITH COLORS AND TEXTURES
Add a bit of fun to your tree with a surprise element or two, like this tree with blue and white urns. (Handout/TNS)
vintage-inspired colored lights this year, for a homey, retro look. For a brilliant tree, Bev suggests winding every branch with lights. “Start at the middle of the branch, then wrap your lights around the branch, working toward the front,” she says. “Depending upon how bright you want your tree to be, do that for every single branch or every other branch.”
HANG YOUR ORNAMENTS
Bev suggests taking all the ornaments you’re considering using on your tree and laying them out on the floor where you can see them all. Then, sort them into groups. Place like-kinds together, such all the bulbs in one pile. Then, sort those collections into sizes, with different piles for the large ones, the medium and the small. It’s easier to decide where to place the ornaments when November/December 2016
they are all in groups in front of you, she says. When she starts to add the ornaments to our trees, Bev works in sections, finishing one part of the tree at a time. To give the tree added depth, she puts several ornaments on each branch. The largest ornaments are hung toward the back of the branch. Then, on the same branch, she will place a medium sized ornament in the center and the smallest ornaments at the end of the branch. If there are special ornaments you want to spotlight, place them at the end of the branch. (For your tree at home, you may not want so many baubles, but at the store, we like ours fully loaded.) LongmontMagazine.com
“Someone told me once that decorating a Christmas tree is like doing a painting,” Bev shares. You need to experiment with colors and textures, working them together until you achieve the finished look you want. As Bev adds elements to the trees, she will add and subtract, switch things out, play with it until she likes what she’s seeing. STYLING TIP: For a fuller, more interesting tree, add a variety of floral picks, inserting them between the branches. We like to mix in picks that have berries, pinecones, frosted leaves or a bit of silver and gold. As you add picks, you will be surprised by how they transform the look of your tree.
ADD AN ELEMENT OF SURPRISE
Add a bit of fun to your tree with a surprise element or two. For this (pictured) inspiration tree, our theme was blue and white pottery. Bev and Dillon, the logistical manager for our displays, figured out how to add blue and white urns to the tree. They started with an oval mirrors used as shelves. Dillon secured the mirrors in three different places to the tree’s inside pole LONGMONT MAGAZINE 17
using picture hanging wire. Then, they rested the urns on the shelves. Wow, what an impact!
FINISH WITH RIBBON
The very last layer Bev adds to her brilliant trees is ribbon, like a pair of earrings that finishes off a great outfit. She suggests getting holiday-themed ribbon that looks attractive on both sides. Then, she cuts the ribbon into manageable sections, and twists it into loose spirals. Instead of winding the ribbon around and around the exterior of the tree, like we did back in the day, tuck the ribbon twists in and around the tree branches, willy-nilly. — — ——— This column was adapted from Mary Carol Garrity’s blog at nellhills.com.
Holiday decorating can be overwhelming, especially if you have a party in the books. Local nurseries are an excellent place to go for advice on living decor elements such as trees, flowers, wreaths and garland and more. They can help you choose the perfect size and type of tree and keep it green and fresh the whole season long. Many also carry other decor items especially for the holiday season and showcase decorated trees to give customers ideas on where to start. Locally, The Flower Bin carries holiday greenery, plants and even decor to help you deck your halls. They also host an Open House November 25-27, that’s chock-full of holiday decorating ideas and fun for the family.
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STRIKE UP THE BAND!
THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY BAND treats Longmont for the Holidays By MISTY KAISER for LONGMONT MAGAZINE
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Music as a means of forming community is not a new idea. After all, music is a universal language; it can make us feel peaceful, patriotic, nostalgic or hopeful, without ever saying a word.
Drawing from their own ranks showcases the multitude of talents that lie within our armed forces. Brinkley himself also plays saxophone in the band, while Lt. Col. Daniel Price has been the United States Air Force Academy Band Commander and Conductor for the past 2 years.
The United States Air Force Academy Band is one of nine Lt. Col. Daniel Price conducts the United States Air Force such musical programs of Academy Band. (Photo courtesy the USAF Academy Band) outreach and support for the Academy. For over 60 years understatement. The large band will also be they’ve used music to support recruitsupported by featured soloists and ment, lift troop morale, and extend a So, clear your calendar because on ensembles of active-duty professionhand to communities throughout the Saturday, December 10 at 7 p.m., the als: you’ll see guest vocal performances country. Aiming to increase awareUSAF Academy Band swings into from Master Sgt. Tim Allums, Master ness of the Academy by engaging the Longmont as one of eight stops along Sgt. Kim Lively, Senior Airman Craig public with their music, the band is the Front Range for the Holly & Ivy Larimer, Airman 1st Class Danielle very selective. holiday tour. Diaz and a feature of The USAF Falconaires Jazz Ensemble. “The band is made up of enlisted proIf you’ve never heard a true big band, fessional musicians from the top music you’ll never hear a better one, and Gather up the whole family—the more schools around the country,” explains if you have...you’ll still never hear a generations you can pack in the car, Staff Sgt. Caleb Brinkley, Concert better one. They bring the precision the better— and head to Vance Brand Band Operations and Marketing and professionalism one would expect Civic Auditorium on December 10. Manager. It’s an honor roll of music from the armed forces to classic and As a proud sponsor of this event, the degrees from prestigious universiwell-loved holiday music. Times-Call invites you to pick up your ties nation-wide. Even their list of free tickets in advance at the Timesperformances is impressive; Carnegie “[We play] all types of holiday music Call (1860 Industrial Circle, Longmont) Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, the Macy’s to include Deck the Halls, Joy to the from 8 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 Thanksgiving Day and Tournament of World, and It’s the Most Wonderful p.m. weekdays, limited to four per perRoses parades as well as many televiTime of the Year, ” says Staff Sgt. son. If you’re feeling risky, doors will sion and radio performances. Brinkley. You’ll be humming along and open to non-ticket holders 15 minutes swaying in your seat. You might even before the show starts at 7 p.m. They hardly take time to lay down their want to get up and dance a little. instruments either, with a rigorous Doors will open to ticket holders at 6 schedule of around 450 performances It’s that simply outstanding classic p.m. and you must be seated no later per year. To say its a treat to have them holiday concert experience that brings than 15 minutes prior, at which point remaining seats will be filled. together generations, and something in Longmont, even for one night, is an 20 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
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Non-profits get funding boost they need on
COLORADO GIVES DAY By ELISE OBERLISSEN for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Children try out some toys in the OUR Center’s new space. (Lucy Tuck/ OUR Center)
Community First Foundation started Colorado Gives Day in 2010 to entice Colorado residents to show their philanthropic side. By going to the Colorado Gives website, residents can find charities that resonate in their hearts, and either donate locally or across the state. Over the years this kind of philanthropy has helped many nonprofits and has raised $111.5 million since it began, says Kayla Arnesen, the organization’s Communications Director. “We’ll have more than 2000 nonprofits on our website, from animal welfare, to human services and food distribution, to environmental organizations,” says Arnesen. “Just type in your zip code and give to a local organization.” With FirstBank as its primary sponsor, company CEO John Ikard, had this to say in a statement: “We were astounded by the record-breaking 22 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
success last year, and couldn’t be prouder to sponsor an event that supports thousands of nonprofit organizations and reflects our organization’s most important values.”
Colorado Gives Day boosts yearend giving to Longmont based, OUR Center, an organization that provides meals, clothing, childcare, plus rent and utilities assistance for needy families.
Here’s how it works. When Colorado residents donate through Colorado Gives Day on December 6, nonprofits receive the individual financial gift, plus, they receive a partial matching gift through the $1 Million Incentive Fund.
“Colorado Gives Day donors have been integral in the campaign to construct OUR Center’s new program services and administration center in Longmont,” says Communications Coordinator, Samantha Barlow, with Community First Foundation.
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Donations from the community enable organizations like OUR Center to grow. (Lucy Tuck/OUR Center)
Mary Klingbeil, a Gunbarrel resident shares what she’s added for tonight’s meal: Homemade cornbread, chili, hard boiled egg, fruit, crackers and a spoon. (Elise Oberlissen/ Longmont Magazine)
Mary Klingbeil and her 15 year old son, Ben, of Gunbarrel are soup angels with Hope For Longmont. They make soup as their way of giving back to the community. (Elise Oberlissen/ Longmont Magazine)
Since the beginning of their participation in Colorado Gives Day, OUR Center Executive Director, Elaine Klotz, says it just keeps getting better each year. In fact, the organization has more than doubled the number of donors. Last year they received over $61K in donations, through Colo-
rado Gives Day, says Klotz. Because OUR Center recently moved into a new building, they’ve been working feverishly to raise money for their capital campaign, money used to renovate their building. But they still have a long way to go. “In 2015, we had an option for donors to give to our capital campaign and we received over $19K,” said Klotz. “We are still in the middle of a capital campaign and we still have $200K to go.”
Making Use Of The Funds Too many nonprofits exist on a lean budget that requires them to scrape together financial donations, volunteer support and in-kind offerings, like pro bono professional services. And Hope For Longmont is no different. The organization supports
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Conrad Nolan tops of the mini van with the rest of the meals to be delivered around town. First stop, the Justice Center in Longmont. (Elise Oberlissen/Longmont Magazine)
“Being employed by us for four months with a proven employment history would allow them to transition into more permanent employment,” says Searchinger, adding that a stable job is critical to securing housing.
Longmont resident Conrad Nolan, load coolers filled with soup and snacks to be delivered around town for the needy. (Elise Oberlissen/ Longmont Magazine)
the homeless and the working poor by offering emergency street outreach. Each night volunteers provide food, water, clothing, hygiene kits, blankets or sleeping bags. The organization also provides access to showers, laundry facilities, and computers at their drop in center. Whether or not their hearts bleed for the homeless and needy, most people do not realize how close they are to living in the margins, says Lisa Searchinger, Executive Director at Hope For Longmont.
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to a surprise eviction notice or foreclosure. And for some, they wind up in a long line of people waiting for a bed at a local shelter.
“Most of the people we serve are working, but aren’t making enough to make ends meet,” she says. “Many people are one payment or one traumatic event away from homelessness.”
Hope For Longmont runs on a four person skeletal staff. Receiving donations from Colorado Gives Day helps the non-profit pay for core programs that provide food, water, clothing and shelter to Longmont residents living in the margins, says Searchinger. The funds that come into the organization are more than appreciated, she says.
Whether from divorce, a medical condition that requires treatment, or job loss, many factors can set off a domino effect that eventually leads
“We’ve seen a 50 percent increase in donations every year since we started participating in Colorado Gives Day,” says Searchinger.
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As Hope For Longmont expands services, they will also start providing a limited number of beds to people, starting in November. In the meantime, Searchinger will also be able to provide a limited amount of jobs to people in the shelter, something she says will go a long way to help them get back on their feet.
It seems like a no-brainer for nonprofits to get on board with Colorado Gives Day, however, not all organizations realize they can, says Eric Hozempa, Executive Director of Longmont Community Foundation. “We encourage nonprofits to become Colorado Gives members because it’s a great way to get your name out there and for others to learn about your mission,” he explains. Membership is free, says Hozempa, but it will take some effort on your part to convince Community First Foundation that your organization is worthy of the cause. “It’s a thorough application and vetting process. And they will want to understand your organization, and the Board,” says Hozempa. For newcomers, the cutoff to join
Colorado Gives was August 1. If you missed it, don’t worry, just pencil it in for next year. Barlow suggests checking back with Community First Foundation around March 2017.
like paying the electric bill and for personnel, says Eric Hozempa. For that reason, he encourages people to donate throughout the year.
Keeping the Charitable Spirit Alive Year Round
Whether you make a donation in March 2017 or on December 6, 2016, just remember how much your donation counts.
While it’s important to donate on Colorado Gives Day on December 6, nonprofits want to remind everyone about the importance of giving year-round. Without that support, many would be in dire straits. While many organizations need money to run existing programs or start new ones, nonprofits must also budget for everyday expenses
Giving is fun and it makes a difference, says Kayla Arnesen, with Community First Foundation. “When we all support non-profits, people thrive and it makes our community a better pace. It improves quality of life and everyone is lifted up.”
NONPROFITS NEED YOU There are many ways in which to get involved with nonprofit organizations and so many that need your support. Financial assistance is, of course, always appreciated and needed. Many nonprofits are able to keep doing what they do through contributions from the community. Throughout this edition you will see the symbol above. The CO GIVES heart denotes an organization that is open to support through Colorado Gives Day. It’s our way of letting you know just a few of the organizations around town that rely on the community. There are, of course, many others on the list and we encourage you to visit... and find a cause in the community that speaks to you.
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Planning for the Future
One aspect of The Flower Bin that the public doesn’t often get to see is the behind-the-scenes planning that goes into each crop. Did you know that Poinsettia varieties are ordered in January and planted in July for next Christmas? Did you know that perennial planning begins around Mother’s Day--- for next Mother’s Day? Did you realize that we grow our herbs year-round? Each season we • Gauge your needs and desires for your garden, • Evaluate every variety we offer, • Compare it to other cultivars, new colors, and plants from all over the world, • Go to trials, such as the Annual Field Trials at CSU in Fort Collins, and the Plant Select trials. We put our heart and soul into bringing you the Best of the Best: plants well suited to the high, dry, steppe climate of the Front Range, plants with pizzazz and durability. So, each spring, we excitedly hold our breath, and unveil a Hand-Picked collection of plants that we are proud to put in our purple pots, and present to you. 26 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
Centennial State Ballet celebrates 16 years of
Centennial State Ballet takes a curtain call at The Nutcracker. (Photo By Keith Bobo)
By MISTY KAISER for LONGMONT MAGAZINE grand-scale production. Longmont’s youth ballet company performs under the direction of Executive Artistic Director, Kristin Kingsley, and Ballet Mistress, Stephanie Tuley. Accompaniment will feature Flatirons Community Orchestra and the St. Vrain Singers. The performances will also feature guest artists, Matthew Helms and Christopher Smidt.
THE NUTCRACKER is one
of the most well known and loved ballets world-wide, as well as a timeless holiday tradition for audiences young and old. This year, Centennial State Ballet (CSB), a local, nonprofit youth ballet company, is proud to present their 16th annual production of the holiday classic. With only four performances scheduled, it’s a tradition you won’t want to miss out on. The magical holiday tale will come to life on stage, featuring students from Longmont Dance Theatre Academy, in this November/December 2016
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Longmont Dance Theatre Academy is home to the Pre-Collegiate Ballet Intensive Program (PBIP). Students in the PBIP program receive superior instruction in ballet, pointe, variations, modern, and related disciplines. The students also have multiple performance opportunities throughout the year that serve the greater Longmont community. With a season of ballet jewels in store, The Nutcracker is only the beginning. CSB rounds out their 19th performance season titled The Season of Magic, in the spring of 2017, with a Gala Performance of classic and romantic, Giselle.
Clara dances with The Nutcracker. (Photo courtesy Centennial State Ballet.)
As a proud part of the Longmont Arts community. The mission of the organization is to provide accessible live ballet performances to the Longmont community with their exclusive, preprofessional youth ballet company. As a nonprofit organization CSB maintains operations via local business sponsors and individual donors, ticket sales from performances, and various fundraisers throughout the year.
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entertain yourself for local nonprofits By BRITTANY ANAS for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Supporting nonprofits can be as easy as drinking a local craft beer or starting a new holiday tradition at the ballet, alongside the Sugar Plum Fairy. Or, perhaps you can knock out your holiday shopping while simultaneously helping fund an early childhood center for kids in need. Just going out for dinner during the week can translate to more arts education in local schools. Some do-good businesses and nonprofits in Longmont are making fundraising fun with ongoing events as well as large-scale, holiday-themed happenings. These events are merging arts and entertainment with charity.
taken with none other than the Sugar Plum Fairy herself. Centennial State Ballet, a preprofessional youth ballet company in Longmont, hosts the fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27. The tradition helps raise
Have tea and snacks with the Sugar Plum Fairy. (Photos provided by Centennial State Ballet)
Centennial State Ballet’s Sugar Plum Tea Party
“Fundraisers such as this event help us to make up some of the other associated costs with producing a live ballet performance,” said Heidi Lawrence, marketing manager at Centennial State Ballet. “Many ballet companies have cut their costs by performing to ‘canned music’ We feel musical accompaniment with a full orchestra is extremely important, so we look for ways to pay for these talented musicians. Cue the cuteness because the sweet (and savory) treats, the shortened performance, and the chance to have a photo with the Sugarplum Fairy make this event a hit, especially with younger audiences wanting to experience the magic of The Nutcracker in a more personal way, said Lawrence.
Once you’ve taken a post-turkey nap and polished off the pumpkin pie, it’s officially time to get in the holiday spirit. You can do just that during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend while attending a ballet that has become a time-honored tradition for many families. The 13th Annual Sugar Plum Tea Party includes a tea party with harp accompaniment, a mini-Nutcracker performance and a souvenir photo 32 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
money for the local non-profit youth ballet company and ticket sales help fund the grand-scale production of The Nutcracker, featuring accompaniment by the Flatirons Community Orchestra and the St. Vrain Singers, as well as other ballet performances year-round.
But don’t wait to get tickets: The event has sold out in year’s past and the organization has three available LongmontMagazine.com
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local nonprofits. “Nonprofits are an integral part of what makes Longmont a great place to live and work and own a business,” says Jean Ditslear, coowner and chief marketing officer at 300 Suns Brewing. “They help make the city safer, more inclusive and vibrant.”
300 Suns Brewing’s 65 Days of Making It Rain With the craft beer scene flourishing in Boulder County, breweries are becoming popular community gathering spots. Exemplifying that trend is 300 Suns Brewing. Here, dogs are allowed on the patios, open mic and comedy nights showcase local talent and you won’t find any televisions because they’d just interrupt conversations. But taking the idea of community even further, every Wednesday the brewery donates 10 percent of its sales to
C d coated Candy t d sweets t adorn d ttables bl att th the T Tea P Party t fundraiser for Centennial State Ballet. (Photos provided by Centennial State Ballet.)
The brewery’s name is a nod to Colorado’s acclaimed 300 days of sunshine. Throughout the year, though, the brewery is making it rain (funds, that is) on local nonprofits. If you’re doing the math, that’s 52 days of
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decked out with gift cards, pegboards in the shape of a tree for a “tool tree” or decorating bookshelves like trees. The trees are filled with gifts, including gift cards, cash, movies, toys, pet products, fishing and camping gear, and more. Some favorite items include techy toys, like iPads. Last year, one tree included a football autographed by Denver Broncos players, and was a hot commodity, Eldred said.
The Learning Center’s Christmas Tree Festival
“It’s amazing what everyone comes up with, and seeing it all and being in awe of the displays is part of the fun and wonder of the whole experience,” Eldred said. The Tree Festival is critical for The Learning Tree’s year-round funding, helping to support education and health programs for kids in need throughout the year. Events also include speeches from alumni.
Oh, Christmas tree! At this popular, annual event, donated Christmas “trees” are creatively filled with gifts and are raffled off. The Christmas Tree Festival is now in its 35th year and is the biggest fundraiser for The Learning Center. This year, the trees will be raffled off at events on December 3 and December 4, with tickets going on sale November 1.
“It’s just a great time with lots of laughter, lots of winners, and all for an amazing cause – kids,” Eldred said.
The term “trees” is used loosely, explains Matt Eldred, executive director of The Learning Center. Donors tend to get remarkably creative, creating wreaths
Special themed trees are raffled to the highest bidder at the TLC Christmas Tree Festival. (Photo courtesy The Learning Center.)
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Some things just go together: An IPA and a hamburger, say. Or the arts community and the restaurant industry. You can enjoy both pairings during the next Dining Out for The Arts fundraiser.
The idea: Arts Longmont, which advocates for the arts in the St. Vrain Valley, teams with local restaurants for a night out. Then, a portion of the restaurant’s sales are donated to Arts Longmont. The next event is on November 15 at Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse.
In the past, when Arts Longmont has partnered with restaurants, the eateries have seen business double for the night, according to Joanne Kirves, executive director of Arts Longmont.
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“It is a way to bring business and the arts together,” she said.“We bring attention and promotion to the restaurant, and they make a donation.” Plus, the arts are like one big family. “We see the culinary arts as just that, the arts,” said Kirves. “The art of food creation and the art of presentation.” The money raised helps the nonprofit, allowing it to bring more arts education to local schools, for example. Another bonus of the events? You’ll likely run into a few friends. “It’s great to go into a restaurant see lots of people you know,” Kirves said.
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By EMMA CASTLEBERRY for LONGMONT MAGAZINE
ORCHESTRA BIDS FAREWELL TO LONG-TIME MUSIC DIRECTOR, SEARCHES FOR REPLACEMENT It’s a big year for the Longmont Symphony Orchestra (LSO). Not only are they celebrating their 50th anniversary, but they’re also bidding farewell to their music director and conductor of 33 years, Dr. Robert Olson, and searching for his replace42 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
ment. Carol Minelli, past president and current member of the LSO Board of Directors, says it’s an exciting and complicated time for the organization. “I have very mixed emotions about this year because I’m anxious to find out who’s next, but at the same time, we’re going to miss Bob Olson because he’s dedicated himself to Longmont and the LSO,” she says. “He puts his heart and soul into the music, into the performance, and into the programming.” The LSO has thrived under Dr. LongmontMagazine.com
Olson’s guidance, says Minelli. “As they’ve gotten better and better, the music has become more difficult, more complicated, more demanding, and they rise to the occasion,” she says. When the LSO was founded in 1966, it was a small group of musicians with a four-concert season and a budget of just over $1500. Now, there are over 50 orchestra members that present 12 concerts each year with a $225,000 operating budget. Dr. Olson says that his strategy
John Limon, a French Horn player who has been with the LSO for 40 years, says Dr. Olson can improve even the most sophisticated musician. when he began with the LSO 33 years ago was to build their confidence by bringing in excellent soloists and training the orchestra to thrive in the supporting role. “I made it a point early on that we were going to really excel at accompanying the concerto people, and it worked,” he says. “That was our quality identifier within ourselves and that gave everybody a sense of self confidence and we grew from there.”
“Every time we have a rehearsal or concert, I always learn something,” he says. “Not only about the music, but about the interpretation of the music and how a conductor can bring more out of each player.” Dr. Olson remembers a particular performance in the late 80s as one of the most important moments of his tenure. He led the LSO in performing Verdi’s Requiem, which he calls “one of the greatest pieces ever written.” Amidst doubts, they
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More casual concerts like this outdoor performance on July 4, are also part of the annual repertoire at the LSO. (Photo courtesy LSO)
“This was the first time of any significance that the orchestra played outside of Longmont,” he says. “The performance went really, really well. That alone seemed to be a quantum leap forward for us. It was like ‘Oh, we really can do this.’” In May of 1990, Olson was hired as Director of Orchestras at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri Kansas City. To get the LSO through the season without having to scramble for a new conductor, he set up a “band-aid” arrangement in which one of his students ran the early rehearsals and Olson flew into Colorado for the final three rehearsals and the performance. This worked so well that it continued for another 26 years. Olson attributes this set up to his long-lasting relationship with the LSO. “It’s exactly right,” he says. “The 44 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
first half of the rehearsals are the most difficult and dirty work so, I’m not there for that. They don’t have to put up with me then.” Olson’s long tenure was marked by progress and improvement that he reflects upon fondly. “When I look at the journey, the distance traveled, I get more goose bumps from our concerts than I get from any others,” he says. “How lucky am I? A seventy year old guy still getting goosebumps from what I do for a living.”
four finalists in the search for a new music director. On November 12, Elliot Moore of Michigan will conduct “Pictures at an Exhibition.” On January 28, David Handel of Florida will conduct “Reveries and Passions.” On February 25, David Rutherford of Denver will conduct “Perfect Harmony.” On April 8, Zachary Carrettin of Boulder will conduct “Pastoral Panorama.” All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. at the Vance Brand Civic Auditorium in Longmont.
“I think it needs a fresh face and a fresh approach and fresh ideas. It’s time.”
Each candidate for music director has created his own program and will manage two weeks of rehearsals leading up to his concert. This provides an important interaction between the musicians and candidates, as the orchestra will have a heavily weighted vote in the final decision.
Olson will close the Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary season with his final concert in May of 2017. Between now and then, four concerts will be conducted by the
“When the orchestra plays and performs under these people, especially in rehearsals, we learn about their techniques, their ability, and their musicianship,” says
But he also says a new conductor will be a positive change for the orchestra.
French Horn player John Limon. “Our level of playing and musicianship should stay high with any of these candidates.”
“Adopt a School” program, members of the LSO’s string quartet, brass quintet, percussion ensemble, and woodwind quintet perform at more than 26 schools in the St. Vrain Valley District every year. With this program and their annual 5th grade concerts, the LSO reaches thousands of young students with their music.
The four finalists’ concerts are in addition to the LSO’s Nutcracker Ballet on December 3 and 4, the Candlelight Concert on December 15, and the “Pops Concert” on May 13, when the new music director will be announced.
Through these programs and their ticketed concert schedule, Minelli says the LSO is actively seeking more exposure.
Amidst their concert schedule and director search, the LSO continues to participate in extensive outreach to the Longmont community through senior concerts, mentorship programs, scholarships, and educational experiences for elementary schools. Through the
“It’s our way of trying to interact and give back to the community and reach as many people as we can,” says Minelli. “That is one of our goals this year and next year is
to reach out even more and get to the point where anybody who is asked on the street has heard of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.” It’s also important to the musicians that their efforts are witnessed, says John Limon. “We need to continue to have people come in the hall and enjoy the music,” he says. “It’s wonderful to play, but it’s really wonderful to play to a large, appreciative audience.” Tickets to all of the LSO’s upcoming concerts can be purchased online at longmontsymphony.org.
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A familiar story goes like this: Bob took piano lessons for years as a kid but largely lost the skill over time because he quit when it got hard or boring. Now, as an adult, he regrets that he didn’t stick with it. Does this sound like your story, too? Longmont is blessed with many educators that can train both kids and adults. But what does it take to learn an instrument? What’s an ideal age to start? What instruments are difficult for a child to learn? On these pages, some local experts address these questions and also the benefits of music education. ——— continued on pg. 48
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Carolyn Phillips, in an article on childrensmusicworkshop.com, states that early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. “Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways.”
Maddie Warren, 9, takes piano lessons from Fuzz Music Studios instructor Karissa Beresford. (Paul Litman for Longmont Magazine) ——— continued from page 47
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matter what your age may be, learning music is a self-motivated study and requires some commitment. The experience of performing a song and being rewarded by an audience is one of the best feelings a person will know.”
How Young is Too Young? Who wouldn’t love to see their child on stage at Carnegie Hall? On the other hand, should they be subjected to hours of weekly practice? “I have found that 5-7 seems to be an ideal age for starting music lessons,” says Heather Fausnaugh, co-owner and lesson director at Fuzz Music Studios. “Children are capable enough to pay attention for the full 30 minutes at this age, while also bringing a ‘sponge’ element to the table. Children learn
Maya Nieberger practices the cello as instructed by Dr. William Hinkie at Fuzz Music Studios.(Paul Litman for Longmont Magazine)
and absorb things much easier than adults do.” Paul Rogalski: “Students respond the best at the elementary school age,
which we’ve found to be 7-8 years old. Different instruments do play a role in the decision process of the student’s age. In our experience, piano, voice and drums are a good fit for younger students.”
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“Suzuki teachers children’s physistart students as cal abilities. For early as two and example, if a young three while others student wants to will only, mostly play the guitar, by preference, Fausnaugh recomteach a certain age mends starting with or ability level,” a baritone ukulele says Elizabeth because it’s smaller, Green, owner has less strings, and of Green Music tunes the same as Studio and a the top four strings piano and violin of a guitar, making Dr. William Hinkie gives instruction for the next lesson to Angie Bustillos. Bustillo said instructor. “Some she has been playing the viola for about 4 years. (Paul Liman for Longmont Magazine) an easier transition. children are from For a young student private lessons after they can read a young age very intending to play saxomove much more quickly along the ready to have a structured 30-minute phone, she recommends starting with learning process.” lesson time and then work on specific the clarinet because it’s smaller and tasks in practice at home. Some are easier to learn and maneuver, while There is also the question of what not. Through my years of teaching, I still playing the same fingerings as a notice that children who start taking instruments are appropriate for saxophone.
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Green adds that a 5-year-old can effectively play the piano and string instruments, but may not have the lung capacity or strength to play a brass or woodwind instrument.
Purchasing an Instrument: Quality Counts
You can go to your local music store and ask for help in choosing the right size instrument for the student and your price range. Rent-to-own programs are also handy. For example, at Fuzz Music Studios, the rental program is risk-free. Students can try their instrument on a month-to-month basis until parents are certain that their child is committed. At that time, they offer an early payoff option to decrease their total amount due by 20 percent. This helps to make purchase more afford-
able for the parents. If they have been renting, they have already paid a portion of principal toward the purchase price. “It’s very important to pay attention to the quality of the instrument you are buying,” says Fausnaugh. “Parents can find these super cheap deals online, but as the saying goes ‘If it’s too good to be true, it usually is’. This is particularly true in the world of purchasing instruments. Do your homework and don’t buy cheap junk. An instrument should be an investment, not a bargain.” “When starting out, it is important to purchase an instrument that is of decent quality,” says Rogalski. “Students will be discouraged if it doesn’t play well or have a good sound. You can
easily find affordable instruments that will inspire any student.”
Keep it Fun
“I strongly believe that even though music lessons need to have structure and order to them, music and learning should be fun and enjoyable,” says Green. “I was formerly a kindergarten teacher and know the importance of movement in learning. With my younger students, we play lots of hands on games, get up and dance to rhythms we create, and create music of our own on the piano along with learning structured, already-composed pieces. With my older students, I strive to teach them theory in interesting ways and give them pieces every so often by composers or genres that interest them.”
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COMPOSTING for Longmont
A NEW CITY-WIDE PROGRAM MAKES COMPOSTING EASY
“Not only will we accept meats and bones and leftover food, but we’ll also take weeds and plants, along with paper products – Kleenex, tissues, coffee filters, greasy pizza boxes and shredded paper as well,” said Charles Kamenides, sanitation manager for the city of In 2016, composting is a Longmont. “We’ll also common and well-known take specially designed Composting is a way to put your food waste to good use complement to urban livcompostable products, and the city of Longmont wants to make it easier and more ing. Indeed, the process of products with a logo efficient for residents. turning everyday household on it, like compostable trash into a valuable and cups and forks. You seeks to use the process to find a eco-friendly fertilizer and soil amendwouldn’t want to put those in your more environmentally friendly alternament is fast becoming an American backyard composting.” tive to the landfill. household ritual as common as
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recycling and xeriscaping. Old coffee grounds, banana peels, onion peels – such refuse can transform into rich soil for any home garden, and plenty of Colorado residents have taken note. But the benefits of composting can easily go beyond the confines of a single home. The city of Longmont is following the example of other cities across the Front Range and the nation in looking to the larger potential of the process. A curbside composting program set to launch in April, 2017 52 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
Starting now, residents can sign up for the home composting collection starting next spring. The city’s sanitation department will collect the same kind of materials used in home composting – materials that range from food waste to branches and leaves. What’s more, the city will collect waste that’s taboo for a small-scale, home compost pile – materials that can attract pests and take a lot longer to break down.
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The curbside composting collection service, which will operate alternating weekly pickup schedule with the existing recycling program, will start at less than $7 a month. Customers participating in the department’s new “Virtual 24-Gallon” collection program – a service designed for households that produce less trash – can qualify for lower prices. “It’s a real progressive approach in trash collection,” Kamenides said, adding that changes stemmed directly from targeted research. “We deter-
mined that 80 percent of our customers are oversubscribed. We also found out that 70 percent of the trash carts had a substantial ial amounts of recyclable material in them.”
Bins like the one below will be provided for those who sign up for the new curbside service. (Lewis Geyser/Times-Call)
The curbside recycling program is part of a larger push to curb that kind of waste. The service is the result of work by the Longmont City Council to reimagine and redirect the state of trash collection in the city. Following the examples of Colorado cities like Boulder, Lafayette and Denvver, the council explored curbside composting as a way to addreess a difficult but straightforward problem. As more and more new residents stream into Colorado in the coming years, findingg space for all of their trash will become increasingly challenging. “I think it’s a reflection of what’s going on across the Front Range, and even the nation,” said Holly Milne, spokeswoman for the t city of Longmont. “As we look to the future, it’s going to be moree expensive to store landfill waste. Finding space to build new landfills is i not easy. Longmont is really looking ahead in its business model for creating additional options, and to do it in a convenient way.” The municipal composting program is one item in a longerr list of
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efforts to reduce waste and find alternatives to the traditional landfill model. For example, the city’s “Virtual 24-Gallon” collection program operates on a biweekly model – residents who curb their trash output enough to only need collection every two weeks can save money even as they reduce waste. The composting program aligns with that basic philosophy. Even avid home composters find value in the city-wide effort, officials insist. With an expanded menu of acceptable materials, the program can serve as an eco-friendly complement to home efforts. “A lot of backyard composters would ask, ‘Why would I pay money to do what I can do in my backyard?’ The response is what you’re doing in your backyard is great and keep doing it –
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“I think it’s a reflection of what’s going on across the Front Range, and even the nation,” —Holly Milne we’re just offering another option,” Milne said. “Some people may not be able to compost in their backyard, some may have too much material, others may have materials that you can’t compost at home. This can be a complement.” The city will launch the new service as an option for single-family homes, but there’s plenty of room to expand to other kinds of residences, Milne added. Although the program officially kicks off in April, residences interested in participating can sign up early by calling 303.651.8416 or logging on to
City officials say the benefits of the new program go beyond simple trash solutions for individuals. Just as households across the world have found useful alternatives for everyday refuse, the city of Longmont is finding new uses for old trash. The compostable material will find new life as soil and fertilizer instead of taking up precious space in a landfill. “(The disposal companies) do what you do in your backyard on a giant scale. They have acres of windrows. They turn it and add water to it,” Kamenides said. “They have an industrial process that turns all of these materials into usable compost.”
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Longmont’s Holiday Events
day, Nov. 26 with strolling carolers, costumed holiday characters and an ice carving demonstration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in St. Stephen’s Plaza.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR— there’s no shortage of holiday spirit in Longmont. Lights, music, carolers, candles and don’t forget Santa, will all be part of the festivities. And, just so you don’t miss a thing, here’s a list:
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Share your love of reading with others 6th Avenue Plaza The Downtown Tree Lighting puts Longmont residents in the holiday mood. by taking part in (C. Nathan Pulley Photography/City of Longmont) the Longmont Public Light up the holidays at Library’s annual Lightthe annual Downtown BY L.L. CHARLES A-Candle event. Each year, hundreds Tree Lighting Ceremony. Bring the for LONGMONT MAGAZINE of generous Longmont residents family and join your neighbors at th th purchase a book to add to the 6 Avenue Plaza (west of 6 Ave. library’s collection. “Our donors are and Main St.) to enjoy holiday the tree. Santa and holiday characters songs from the St. Vrain Singers and lighting a candle in our community for will be there too! Standing Room Only, the Longmont the knowledge, learning and entertainTheatre Company’s premiere musical ment that comes from reading a good The Longmont Downtown Developensemble. Bring your voice to join in book,” says Teresa Myers, communiment Authority is also celebrating on the last three songs and light up Small Business Saturday on Saturcations manager. 56 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
Books are selected from a wish list compiled throughout the year by the librarians. “We try to select a large variety of titles to appeal to every age and interest,” Myers explains. “You’ll see books for children, young adults and adults.” Each year, approximately 350 new books are purchased and donated. These donations free up over five thousand dollars in the annual budget, which then allows the library to invest this money in more materials and programs. It’s easy: Just look for the decorated book table in the lobby and choose a title (or two!) that you want to share with other readers. Each book purchase includes a bookplate with the donor’s name (you can even dedicate your gift to someone special) and shows your support for our community. An ornament with your name on it is also hung on the Light-aCandle Tree. You can also donate online at longmontcolorado.gov/library.
The Longmont Library’s Light- A-Candle program allows patrons to support them by purchasing books. (C. Nathan Pulley Photography/City of Longmont)
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Saturday, Dec. 3, Sunday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. both days Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd. bcfm.org There’s no better place to see what 70 local farm and seasonal food vendors have to offer. You’ll find a bounty of fresh produce, specialty meats, eggs, baked goods, preserves, cheese, hot sauces, wine, prepared food, craft coffee and kombucha. Colorado artists will be selling photography, candles, jewelry, ornaments, skincare, clothing, kitchen and home goods. Admission is free to this two-day event, with children’s activities and gift-wrapping, food tastings, chef demos, live music and mini-workshops. Bronco fans will cheer the football lounge on Sunday, with live streaming of the game against the Jaguars. It’s not the holidays without football, right? (Go Broncos.)
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Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m. LifeBridge Church Auditorium, 10345 Ute Hwy. longmontchorale.org The Longmont Chorale’s holiday program commemorates the 100th anniversary of composer Robert Shaw’s birth and his musical partnership with fellow composer Alice Parker. The pair’s arrangements have been called “earnest and passionate… fun to sing and to hear.” Special guests include the St. Vrain Children’s Choir and several winners of local youth vocal competitions. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased on the Longmont Chorale website. Prices are $16 for adults, $14 seniors, students $5 and children under 13 are free.
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A light covered float by Trailridge Runners 4WD Club won the 2015 Grand Marshall’s Award. (Photo courtesy Longmont Recreation & Golf Services) ——— continued from page 58
LONGMONT LIGHTS Friday, Dec. 9, Roosevelt Park, 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, Downtown Longmont, parade begins at 5 p.m. Longmont Lights offers more activities, sights and sounds than you can pack into just one night. The popular fireworks show has been moved to Friday this year and is now the grand finale for the evening’s festivities at Roosevelt Park. The park itself is transformed into a holiday wonderland with decorations, lights in the trees, fire pits and free hot cocoa. For the kids, there’s a free gingerbread house workshop presented by Aime’s Love bakery and free face painting by the Girl Scouts. A Santa’s Workshop features vendors with crafts and kids’ takeaway craft projects.
for the kids run from 5 to 9 p.m. (last boarding at 8:30 p.m.). “Our goal has been to provide activities for everyone, that take place both inside and outside, so you get plenty of choices,” says Elizabeth Honan, recreation specialist. “Up to a thousand people turn out each year to enjoy the holiday fun and see all the decoration. It’s a magical environment.” A holiday ice skating demo is planned at the Longmont Ice Pavilion, starring local skaters and teachers showing their coolest moves on the ice. Live music and free hot cocoa are the attractions at the Longmont Senior Center, with performances by I & the Many (5:30-6:30 p.m.) and the Longmont Concert Band (7-8 p.m.). The fireworks start at 8:45 p.m., promising plenty of oohs, aaahs and a panorama of exploding colors.
man to 3rd Ave., east to Main St. and continues north up both sides of Main to 8th Ave. Perennial crowd pleasers include scout groups, high school marching bands (all four Longmont high schools are represented), toy soldiers and costumed characters. There are plenty of good viewing areas along the route, but people start queuing up early for a front row seat. Parking is available on side streets, and parade route streets will be closed to traffic. Parking is not allowed in Roosevelt Park.
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Museum has added an additional performance this season. With just 250 seats available for each show, these tickets are destined to sell out quickly.
Attendees enjoy a pre-show reception with free hot chocolate and cookies, an exhibit of historical holiday photos and a visit from Santa. A cash bar will be available to purchase adult-type holiday drinks, too. The Longmont Museum Holiday Festival delivers a lively variety of performance and musical delights to entertain all ages. The Boulder Klezmer Consort returns by popular demand, with their infectious take on Eastern European “Klezmerim,” instrumental virtuosity and witty humor. The women’s a cappella ensemble Take Note will entertain with fun Broadway, jazz, popular, sacred and holiday favorites. Members of the Boulder Ballet will perform excerpts from the always-popular Nutcracker Suite. Peruvian classical guitarist Manuel Molina will enthrall the audience with a solo performance drawing from his many recordings. Additional performers are expected to be added to the lineup. “Our ninety-minute festival program is just the right length for kids to stay entertained the whole time,” says Joan Harrold, marketing and development manager. “It’s a great way to kick off the holidays.” Tickets can be purchased online at longmontmuseum.org. Cost is $15 adults; $10 for students and seniors. November/December 2016
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or many people, the holiday season is a never-ending parade of potlucks, cookies, fudge, and feasts. For many others, it’s a stark reminder of how hard it can be to keep food in the fridge. Luckily though, the holidays are also known as a time to give back—and there’s much that can be done for those who want to help feed families in need. In Longmont, and throughout Boulder County, there are a number of organizations that work hard to serve the nearly 14 percent of county households that are food insecure—a term used to describe families that don’t always have access to enough healthy food or who sometimes have to choose between food and necessities such as heat or housing. 62 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
mission is and see if that model resonates with you.” Although some of those organizations are focused primarily on providing food, others provide other types of assistance, as well, such as distributing warm clothes or making sure the utilities get paid. That’s why one of the first things potential helpers should do is to determine what a group needs before pitching in.
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“It’s all about understanding the organization and what they represent,” said Julia McGee, director of communications for Community Food Share of Boulder and Broomfield Counties. “Figure out what their LongmontMagazine.com
Community Food Share, for instance, collects food that is handed out to more than 40 organizations in their distribution area. So while food donations are helpful, individuals can have a bigger impact by giving cash (the group can provide three meals for every $1 donated), helping sort donations in the warehouse, or manning a food pantry. “Volunteers are the backbone of our organization,” McGee said, noting that 64 percent of labor is provided by volunteers. “We literally can’t open our doors without them.” Similarly, Colorado FriendShip, has specific needs when it comes to volunteers and donations. The group has a backpack program that sends
about 350 Longmont kids home with nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods each weekend. For children who rely on free and reduced lunches in schools, these “backpacks” fill the in the gaps between school days.
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But because each package needs to contain comparable items, it’s hard for the group—which also dispenses warm clothing and feeds the homeless in Boulder—to accept random donations without preplanning. Also, because they’re smaller, they have to coordinate with staff to allow for items to be dropped off.
doesn’t have a season.”
“If we’re lucky, we’ll get a call from people saying that they’d like to do a special drive or make a special meal,” said Executive Director Liz Friedenson. “It’s always good to talk to an
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organization about what their needs are first.” For the OUR Center, one of the better known agencies serving Longmont, then needs run the gamut. The center provides lunch for about 150 people per day, plus breakfasts, groceries, clothing, and assistance
To help get those items this season, the center has tote bags available that folks can pick up and fill with a variety of items—a Bag of Warmth will hold cozy clothes and blankets, while a Holiday Meal Bag can be stuffed with nonperishable food to make the holiday special. The bags are available at the OUR Center and can be distributed to groups looking for a holiday project or individuals who just want to fill a bag or two.
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Community Food Share Family Volunteer Days
Give ‘em a break! Community Food Share has volunteer opportunities for the entire family during Fall and Winter Breaks. Kids as young as 5 years old can help! For full details, visit communityfoodshare.org/getinvolved and look for Family Volunteer Day opportunities. Bags of groceries help fill the pantry during Community Food Share’s 2015 Hunger Hurts the Whole Community food drive, sponsored by the Times-Call. (Photo courtesy Community Food Share.)
Aside from the holiday bags, helping the OUR Center can take the form of purchasing gift cards for groceries, volunteering, or donating food, household items, and childcare supplies. While the needs of those helping the hungry might vary with their mission, there’s always one donation that never misses the mark—money. Unfortunately, food only lasts so long, and the giving season is short. Many organizations use the funds collected now to carry them through the year. “I’m sure were not alone in this,” said Colorado FreindShip’s Friedenson, “but you do somewhat depend on the holidays to build up your coffers.”
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Indeed, they’re not. Community Food Share collects a whopping 40 percent of its funds in the last quarter of the year, according to McGee. And for organizations that distribute food, that sort of ebb and flow means cash is much appreciated. Considering that, though, perhaps the best holiday donation is one that lasts all year long. While it might be easier to focus on giving during the season, sustained contributions of any sort—from a few cans of food to a few hours a month—would make a world of difference to those serving the community 365 days a year. “We need help all year long because people are hungry all year long,” McGee said. “Hunger doesn’t have a season.”
OUR Center Warm and Cozy Holiday Program
Help keep a family warm and cozy this winter by meeting a variety of needs. For more information on opportunities available, visit ourcenter.org/content/ getinvolved/warm-and-cozyholiday-program.
Colorado FriendShip Wishlist
The holidays are business as usual for Colorado FriendShip as it provides food through its backpack program and mobile food pantries. Check out their wishlist to see what’s especially needed and other ways you can help out atcoloradofriendship.org.
Santa’s special mailboxes return to Longmont directly from Santa Claus! Mom and Dad, be sure to include a return address with your child’s letter so that Santa knows where to send his reply.
By MISTY KAISER for LONGMONT MAGAZINE Santa is already on the lookout for letters from all the best boys and girls and the best way to make sure he gets them is to drop them off in any of his specially decorated white mailboxes springing up in several of Longmont’s favorite retailers on November 18. Letters left in the festive mailboxes require no postage or exact address thanks to the honorary elves at
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Santa wants to say a special thank you to his friends at Scrumptious, Ace Hardware, both Ziggi’s Coffee Longmont locations, Lucky’s Market and Brown’s Shoe Fit Co., for watching over his mailboxes. And, a hearty “Ho, Ho, Ho” to his helpers at Hover Senior Community — they are most certainly on the “Nice” list!
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BICYCLE LONGMONT’S 2016 KIDS’ HOLIDAY BIKE PROGRAM
Did your kiddo outgrow his or her bike this year? If so, consider passing it on to someone who needs it. Now through December 5, Bicycle Longmont will be accepting donations of used (or new!) bikes for kids at any Longmont Fire Department. If you don’t have a bike to donate but still want help, email Bicycle Longmont at firstname.lastname@example.org, info@bicyclelongmont, or visit the YMCA for more info on their fix-it day, coming up on December 3 . You don’t have to be a mechanic to help. Most just need a littleclean and polish, a few will need minor repairs.
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.
Bicycle pick-up will be December 10.
MOLLIE MCGEE’S HOLIDAY CRAFT MARKET November 19 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; November 20,10 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)
SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING DINNER November 24, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Old Chicago
Join in this annual holiday dinner for OUR Center clients and the whole community, featuring a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the fixin’s, musical entertainment, face painting for the kids and more. Free shuttle service for OUR Center clients will be available from OUR Hospitality Center, 250 3rd Ave., to Old Chicago and back. (1805 Industrial Circle, Longmont)
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LONGMONT DOWNTOWN TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY November 25, 7-8 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.)
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY November 26; Downtown Longmont
NIWOT’S ENCHANTED EVENING November 25, 6-9 p.m.; Old Town Niwot Come back to Old Town Niwot for holiday artisans, vendors and musicians and stay for the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Old Town Niwot to the tunes of The Niwot SemiMarching Free Grange Band. Be sure to look for Santa! (Old Town & Cottonwood Square)
THE FLOWER BIN HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE November 25-27; The Flower Bin The Flower Bin welcomes the holidays with live entertainment, holiday gift ideas, refreshments and of course holiday poinsettias, trees, wreaths and more. Bring your camera for a special Saturday and Sunday visits from Santa Claus and his Flower Bin Elf— Elf Luis! (1805 Nelson Rd., Longmont)
Of course any locally owned businesses will appreciate your support on Small Business Saturday, but downtown Longmont will also be celebrating with a festive atmosphere to entice you. There will be an ice carving demo in St. Stephen’s Plaza from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a photo opp afterward, roaming entertainers, holiday characters and carolers, and you may even be given a special gift just for taking part. Downtown Longmont is a neighborhood champion, so individual businesses will be giving out goodies from American Express.
LEFTOVER TURKEY TROT 5K November 26, 8:30-11 a.m.; 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)
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SUGAR PLUM TEA PARTY November 26, 1 and 4 p.m.; November 27, 1 p.m.; Xilinx Retreat Center Join Centennial Dance Theatre for a mini Nutcracker performance and enjoy afternoon tea with goodies to delight every palate. Take home a souvenir photo with the Sugar Plum Fairy! See page 32 for more information. (3100 Logic Dr., Longmont)
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 See four of the most beautifully decorated homes in Longmont. Attend a VIP night on Thursday that includes a special dinner with Longmont Restaurant Partners or attend a host of activities before and after the home tour on Saturday and Sunday, including a soup and bread meal, baked and canned goods and frozen soups sale and more. See page 11 for more information. (9th and Francis, Longmont)
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE December 2, 3-7 p.m.; Callahan House See the Historic Callahan House while it is beautifully decorated for the holidays and visit with Santa while you’re there. Guests will be able to tour the house and enjoy the decorations - just don’t forget your camera! (312 Terry St., Longmont)
SCROOGE: BAH HUMBUG! December 2-28; Jesters Dinner theater A musical version of the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.” Don’t miss this classic. (224 Main St., Longmont)
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAYRE December 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Left Hand Grange Find an array of handmade and hand-crafted art and crafts, body care, jewelry, and other unique gifts this season. Experience holiday delights of Great Britain as well as many other home-made cookies, cakes and so much more. Santa and the Mrs. will visit with children, while hot cider is served by Niwot community youth. (2nd and Franklin, Niwot)
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CARBON VALLEY HOLIDAY FESTIVAL December 3, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Dacono, Firestone, Frederick The Carbon Valley Holiday Festival is a collaborative effort between Firestone, Frederick and Dacono to host a full day of holiday activities in the Carbon Valley. Bring a can of food to any of the events to benefit the Carbon Valley Help Center! 9 a.m.: Ugly Sweater 5K - Dig out your hideous holiday sweaters and go for a run. (Clem Dufour Park,99 Glen Creighton Dr., Dacono) 11 am. - 1 p.m.: Santa at the Library - Visit and take photos with Santa. Enjoy crafts, activities and face painting. (Carbon Valley Regional Library, 7 Park Ave.)
4-6p.m.: Dacono - Dig into Christmas Chili and take family photos with Santa and MVFRâ€™s antique fire engine. Create holiday crafts and cards, take a wagon ride and pick up your official holiday ornament (while supplies last) before you watch the Dacono Tree Lighting. (Dacono City Hall, 512 Cherry St.)
12-4 p.m.: Firestone - Visit Santaâ€™s Workshop for crafts and ornaments, take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy holiday music and coloring murals for all ages. (Coal Ridge Middle School, 6201 Booth Dr.)
6-8 p.m.: Frederick- Close out the evening with a Festival of Lights. Take photos with Santa and enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides and holiday music. There will be professional ice carving and interactive ice sculptures. (Crist Park, 105 Fifth St.)
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THE NUTCRACKER December 3, 4 p.m.; December 4, 2 p.m.; Vance Brand Civic Auditorium The Longmont Symphony Orchestra and The Boulder Ballet present holiday favorite. (600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont)
LIGHTS OF LOVE December 6, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; Longmont United Hospital TLC LEARNING CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL December 3, 5:30 p.m.; December 4, 10 a.m.; The Plaza Conference Center Beautiful trees decorated with gifts will be raffled while guests enjoy a buffet meal, cash bar, and live entertainment. See page 34 for details. (1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont)
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Holiday trees will be lit following a small ceremony. Bring your children and join Santa for a fun evening with The Longmont Chorale, cookies, eggnog, clowns and more. And Santa will be there, so don’t forget to bring your camera. (1950 Mountain View Ave, Longmont)
TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE HOLIDAYS! December 4, 3 p.m.; LifeBridge Church The Longmont Chorale with the Apollo Chamber Brass, present Christmas Carol Music of Robert Shaw and Alice Parker. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Shaw’s birth, with guests: St Vrain Children’s Choir and Youth Vocal Competition winners. (10345 Ute Hwy, Longmont)
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THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER December 9, 10, 16 and 17, 7 p.m.; December 11 and 18, 2 p.m.; Longmont Theater Company Hilarity ensues when the town mean kids get involved in the annual Christmas Pageant. A pageant is full of surprises - and one of the best Christmas stories ever. (513 Main St., Longmont)
CANDLELIGHT CONCERT December 15, 7:30 p.m.; Westview Presbyterian Church
LONGMONT LIGHTS December 9, 5-9 p.m.; December 10, 3 to 9 p.m. Roosevelt Park Longmont’s premier holiday event, including sky divers, fireworks, crafts, refreshments, entertaiment and a parade. See page 60 for details.
Longmont Symphony Orchestra presents chamber music celebrating the season, with guest conductor. (15th and Hover, Longmont) TICKETS: longmontsymphony.org/ html/Candlelight_concert.html
THE NUTCRACKER December 16, 7 p.m.; December 17, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; December 18,1 p.m.; Niwot High School “Order up some Holiday Magic!” with Centennial State Ballet as they proudly present their anticipated annual performance of “The Nutcracker”. See page 27 for details. (8989 Niwot Rd, Niwot)
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BERTHOUD SNOWFEST December 14-17, Fickel Park
The first annual Berthoud SNOWFEST happens this December. Combining the best of Berthoud’s traditional ‘Christmas in Berthoud’ and a new winter festival which will be the sanctioned Colorado Snow Sculpting Competition. Snow will be made and constructed into 8-foot cylinders for carving prior to Snowfest. The carving competition will take place over four days in Fickel Park so guests will be able to see the sculptures take form. Other activities will include a Holiday arts and crafts fair at the Berthoud Community Center, and on Saturday a Kids’ Fun Snow Sculpting Contest and a Parade of Lights beginning at 5 p.m. and of course, food, drinks and fun all weekend long! The emphasis traditionally placed on giving back to the community at Christmas in Berthoud remains a large part of the seasonal festivities. Now through December 5—Donations can be made at ChristmasInBerthoud.org, and there are many other ways to give around town as well:
November 5-December 5 Coin Cans will be placed in businesses throughout Berthoud to collect your spare change or cash donations. November 9, 6 p.m. Family Call Night, Grace Place Bring a cell phone and call a family to fill in their children’s wish list and put on their tags on the trees. November 21-December 5 Giving Trees Take a tag and buy a gift the child
would like from the list on the tag. Trees are located at Hays Market, Berthoud Library, New Freedom Church
Schools collect money to purchase food cards.
November 21-December 5 Giving Table at Hays Market Take a tag from a food bundle on the Giving Table and at checkout, you will be billed for the groceries that will be added to food basket supplies.
If you decide to donate online, here’s what your gift will purchase: $5 buys a bundle of groceries or helps fill a Christmas stocking. $20 buys a gift from the Giving Tree tags. $50 goes to the parents of one child so that they can buy a gift. $100 buys a family grocery card. Your donation is tax deductible.
November 28-December 5 School Coin Drives
SANTA COLLECTING TOYS FOR OUR CENTER December 16, 5:30 p.m.; Left Hand Brewing Company
Santa will be at the Left Hand Brewing Company Tasting Room to help collect toys for gifts to the children at the OUR Center on Christmas Day. Bring your children and your camera and some new toys in original packaging for a fun time. (1265 Boston Ave, Longmont)
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NUTTY NUTCRACKER December 17, 2 and 7 p.m.; Vance Brand Civic Auditorium Airborne Gymnastics presents the 11th annual Nutty Nutcracker. See this classical tale turned upside down and inside out with tap, jazz and maybe even a little hip-hop or gymnastics. Anything is possible! (600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont)
LAST CHANCE GIFT FEST December 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Boulder County Fairgrounds
The Last Chance Gift Fest is an annual holiday shopping extravaganza with an assortment of art, crafts, toys, home decor, delicious food, unique items and much more!
LONGMONT MUSEUM HOLIDAY FESTIVAL December 17, 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Longmont Museum Join the Longmont Museum for a holiday celebration filled with classic music of the season and festive decorations in Stewart Auditorium. Enjoy orchestras, ensembles and soloists, including Jewish musical traditions from the Boulder Klezmer Consort. Refreshments (and Santa) will be on hand as well as an exhibit of historic winter photos from the Museum’s collection. Alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. See page 60 for details. (400 Quail Rd., Longmont)
There will be over 140 vendors and free live music, free hot chocolate, kids train, and fun for all ages.
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One of the best events of the holidays is taking the kids to see Santa, but sometimes he can be a little hard to find and even harder to see. Here’s a quick list of some of the places you can find Santa around town this season. For more information, and other locations, check northpolesantaclaus. christmas.
Longmont Tree Lighting 6th & Main Streets, Longmont Santa and other holiday figures will be present to help light up the Longmont Holiday Lights. This is always a fun event for the entire family. Bring your camera for “selfies” of yourself with Santa and the others.
NOVEMBER 26, DECEMBER 4, 18 3-6 p.m.
DECEMBER 3, 10 10 a.m.-3p.m.
Ace Hardware 1727 Main St., Longmont Bring the children and your camera for some fun photos. Elf Mather Hot Wheels will be with Santa.
DECEMBER 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Longmont United Hospital 1950 Mountain View Ave., Longmont Bring the kids for a fun evening with Santa, the Longmont Chorale, clowns, face painting, cookies, eggnog and service dogs and light the trees at LUH Lights of Love.
DECEMBER 9 4:30-8:30 p.m.
St Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont Make a craft with Santa at Longmont Lights in his special workshop.
Samples World Bistro 370 Main St, Longmont
DECEMBER 10 4:30-7 p.m.
Holiday treats for kids and parents at Samples Bistro. Enjoy dinner and drinks while your children take pictures with Santa. Use your own camera, make reservations to avoid the line.
Parade of Lights Downtown Longmont See Santa and the Mrs. in the Longmont Parade of Lights.
NOVEMBER 26 AND 27 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Left Hand Brewing Company 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont
The Flower Bin 1805 Nelson Rd., Longmont Santa will be talking with the children. Bring your camera for lots of fun photos.
DECEMBER 2, 3- 7 p.m.
Callahan House 312 Terry Street, Longmont Santa will be talking with children at the Holiday Open House hosted by the historic Callahan House. Be sure to bring your camera. 74 LONGMONT MAGAZINE
DECEMBER 16, 5:30 p.m.
Santa will be at the Tasting Room at 5:30 p.m. to help collect toys for the children at the OUR Center to open on Christmas Day. Bring your children and your camera and some new toys in original packaging for a fun time.
DECEMBER 19, 3- 6 p.m. Used Book Emporium 346 Main Street, Longmont
DECEMBER 21, 1-3 p.m.
Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont Santa will be telling stories, including the true story of Rudolph and how he met and married Mrs. Claus. Elf Mather Hot Wheels will be with Santa and Mrs. Claus may put in an appearance. Families will be invited to come on stage with Santa and pose for pictures. This is a ticketed event. -Adults - $15, Children and Seniors - $10, No more than 5 children for each adult or senior reservations recommended. All ticket sales will be donated to support street orphans in Kenya.
DECEMBER 22, 9-11 a.m. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont,
Come have pancakes with Santa while he entertains your whole family with holiday stories and photos with the children afterwards. Make sure to bring your holiday wish lists and camera for this special event! Advance registration is required for this ticketed even - $10 for children, $15 for adults. Register online at https:// rec.ci.longmont.co.us/ using the activity code 194447 or call / visit the museum. Event sponsored by The Roost.
DECEMBER 22 AND 23 12-5 p.m.
Village at the Peaks, 1250 S. Hover Rd., Longmont Come visit with Santa and take photos of him and your family and friends.
Santa will be reading, telling stories and talking to children. Bring your camera for photo opps.
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