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Colorado Life Magazine January/February 2023 – Go. See. Do.

January 2023
Colorado events highlighted in January and February 2023 include the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza at the National Western Stock Show, the Viking-costumes-meets-bluegrass-festival UllrGrass, and the Manitou Springs Carnivale Weekend, which includes a community parade, masquerade ball, and the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off.

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Colorado Life Magazine November/December 2022 – Go. See. Do.

November 2022
Colorado events highlighted in November and December 2022 include the Holiday Headframe Lighting in Teller County, Meeker's Skijor Races, and Colorado Uncorked, where guests can taste all 12 of the wines in the Governor's Cup Collection.

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Apples Abound in Cedaredge

September 2022
Beneath the largest flat-topped mountain in the world is a valley where hot summers, short winters, warm days and cool nights create crunchy fruit with the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Water from Grand Mesa’s alpine lakes stretches down Surface Creek and into the town of Cedaredge, creating the perfect conditions for growing crisp Colorado apples.

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RiNo: Where art touches everything

May 2022
Change is a constant in RiNo, which is short for River North. The other constant is art.

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Little league dreamers play like big leaguers

March 2022
Driving on West Alameda Avenue in Lakewood, Colorado, might elicit a double take. Is that...? It can't be! But it is: A miniature carbon copy of Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies baseball team.

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The magic of Meow Wolf

January 2022
It’s obvious this will be different from a standard museum experience from the moment visitors arrive. Someone clad in a spacesuit calls out through an amplified headset, “Welcome to Convergence Station. Have you traveled with QDOT before?” QDOT, we learn, is the Quantum Department of Transportation, the agency tasked with guiding “travelers” through this strange spot...

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Broadcasting from Boulder to the world

November 2021
A guitar twangs out a bluesy chord progression before drums and piano kick in, creating a jazzier medley. Then, Helen Forster’s soothing voice says, “From the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, it’s eTown with this week’s guests…” before dropping the names of two musical acts. This scene has unfolded nearly a thousand times on eTown, a music-meets-talk show recorded before a live audience in downtown Boulder and then broadcast weekly on 300 radio stations worldwide.

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The Brown Palace

November 2021
POP! The telltale sound of a champagne bottle uncorking reverberates in the hotel’s eight-story atrium lobby. People young and old — the tattooed, the golf-shirted and three blondes clad in yoga pants and perfect makeup — cross paths heading for elevators, restaurants and a large revolving door leading out into downtown Denver. Ladies in big hats sip tea, while an immaculately-dressed Cuban man in a Panama hat checks in for a stay celebrating his 55th birthday. This is a day in the life of the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, where similar scenes have played out since the hotel opened in 1892.

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Let’s be frank: These Colorado hot dogs are worth relishing

July 2020
Though debate continues as to whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich, one thing remains clear: The right combination of casing, cooking and toppings make for a tasty treat. A good hot dog should release a burst of juices and zest when you bite into it, an important and distinct firmness-to-flavor equation.

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NEON: Denver’s Gordon Sign lights the night

May 2020
The happy chef, who first flipped his hotcakes in 1955, beckons diners to Denver’s Colfax Avenue 24 hours a day — a neon sign with the added oomph of animation. This beauty, and many others, was made by Gordon Sign, the oldest continuously operating sign company in America.

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Dolan Geiman brings out the beast in his art

November 2019
The question isn’t what it is about Colorado that inspires Dolan Geiman, it’s what doesn’t? “If you stick around, the night birds come out and trill and rustle in the little canyons below the hills, sending their songs like sharp little lullabies gliding up the hillsides,” he said. Most of his resulting artworks draw not from a specific memory, but instead by adding elements of many observations together, “like ingredients in a stew.”

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Denver’s 16th street ‘doors to nowhere’

September 2019
Perched above Denver’s 16th Street Mall are two mysterious doors. The doors lead nowhere; opening them would mean tumbling down thirty feet to the road below. Yet these obscure doors used to be the main commercial entrance to each building. How is that possible?

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A Very Alive Ghost Town

July 2019
Front of book story for Colorado Life Magazine, a print publication exploring the Centennial State’s most fascinating stories, captivating characters, and spectacular scenery.

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Manassa: Colorado’s most perfect town?

July 2019
The town is an eerie sight on maps and satellite photos. Manassa, Colorado is not only a complete square, it’s also platted to the cardinal points: North is true north, no compass required.

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The Cherry Cricket

July/August 2019
Food and recipe multi-page feature spread for Colorado Life Magazine, a print publication exploring the Centennial State’s most fascinating stories, captivating characters, and spectacular scenery.

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Denver’s power couple of stained glass

March 2019
Multi-page feature spread for Colorado Life Magazine, a print publication exploring the Centennial State’s most fascinating stories, captivating characters, and spectacular scenery.

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Meet a ball named Saul

January 2019
The average sticker weighs .00001 pounds. The number of stickers in the ball at the record-setting event was 171,466, but, in the two years since, Saul is up to about 225,000 stickers.

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Painter brings life to barren branches

January 2019
“Anywhere I am in the world, trees call out to me and I walk up to them, reach out to them, touch them and hug them.” Including the dead ones.