Instameet for Colorado Instagram – Saturday, Mar 15th, 2014

Did you know that Colorado has its own Instagram Community? Yep, totally does! Colorado Instagram is strengthening our community by organizing cool and fun meet ups for anyone and everyone to participate in – totally free.

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Click on the photo to check out Colorado Instagram on Facebook. Credit: Colorado Instagram, Mar 2014.

For those of you who can’t get enough of Colorado, photography, art, or meeting people that have those plus many additional interests, you should really check out the next Instameet: an event where everyone gets together, takes photos around a given area, and shares them. Usually there is a theme, or style of photography to inspire those creative minds.

The next Instameet for Colorado Instagram will be held Saturday, March 15th, 2014 – everyone is to meet up at New Belgium in Fort Collins at 11:30 am. The theme will be portraits. I, Kirsten, see some fun makeup in my future for this Instameet… Also, as Denverspeax has never been to Fort Collins before, we’ll be killing two birds with one stone! Any suggestions of places to stop by? Give us a holler in the comments section.

You can check them out on Instagram or Facebook to get up to speed on all of the details, and their first Instameet. Make sure you tag your pics on Instagram with #focoinstameet – follow them on various social media, and pass along the good word about this cool new community!

Tuba Christmas 2013

After brunch at Osteria Marco yesterday, hundreds gathered in Skyline Park downtown to watch tuba players from across the country to play Christmas carols. Ranging in age from 6 to 90 years old, and with a variety of tubas, the group played for an hour. Not only was there beautiful music, singing broke out through the crowd as well. We can’t wait for next year! What a great way to join the community in getting ready for Christmas.

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Steven and Kirsten at Tuba Christmas, 2013. Credit: Scott, Dec 2013

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Hundreds gathered in Skyline Park in downtown Denver. Credit: Steve Mercer, Dec 2013

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Denver Mile High Holidays – LIGHTS, LIGHTS, and MORE LIGHTS!

Halloween’s over, which means the holidays are upon us. I know, I know – I’m early… don’t rush it. Whatever. I love the holiday season! They provide some of the best times of the year. There’s nothing like gathering with friends and family to celebrate new beginnings and holiday cheer.

To get in the spirit, I’ve scoped out the festive events of Denver Mile High Holidays. Man, does Denver love LIGHTS! Here are a few events where you can go scope out the spectacular lights this season:

Downtown Denver Grand Illumination – Nov 29 – Dec 31, 2013

On November 29th at 6 pm, Denver’s Grand Illumination event kicks off, lighting up downtown from Union Station to the City and County Building. Lights will be available and displayed nightly until the end of December. The initial lighting event on November 29th is a free event, and a great way to see this beautiful city aglow with the holiday spirit. This is a free, all ages event.

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Photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens – if this doesn’t look magical, there’s something wrong with you.

Blossoms of Light – Nov 29 – Jan 1, 2014

Need even MORE lights to get you in the spirit? No problem – check out the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Blossoms of Light. Beginning Nov 29th, over one-million lights will colorfully drape the gardens, in addition to synchronized lights dancing along with favorite holiday tunes. Hot drinks and snacks will be available at this all ages event. Ticketing prices are as follows:

Non-Peak Admission Nov. 29 – Dec. 12:
$10 Adults
$8 Adult Member, Student, Senior (65+), Military
$7 Child (ages 3-12)
$5 Child Member
Free for children 2 and younger
Group of 15 or more: $8 Adults, $5 Children

Peak Admission Dec. 13 – Jan. 1:
$12 Adults
$10 Adult Member, Student, Senior (65+), Military
$9 Child (ages 3-12)
$7 Child Member
Free for children 2 and younger
Group of 15 or more: $10 Adults, $7 Children

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Picture courtesy of Westword’s blog. What an amazing view of the lights at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Make sure to check out these, and other, amazing holiday events. Denverspeax will make sure to continue to bring you the low down on what’s good this holiday season.

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It’s All About Community – City Park Jazz

Pavillion within City Park Credit: Kirsten Ebey May 2013

A relaxing Sunday afternoon approaches us, filled with sunshine, yard games, friends and family, and, yes – Jazz in the Park. I’m referring to City Park Jazz in Denver, which happens only 10 times each summer, specifically on Sundays from 6 – 8 pm MST. Free concerts consisting of mostly jazz, salsa, and blues genres bring the community of all ages together drawing on a tradition that actually began 130 years ago.

City Park Jazz, a charity that is community-based and supported, consists of numerous volunteers that collect donations during the free show and help with the upkeep of the park before, during, and after. Many groups show their support and love for Denver, but not quite like this organization; honestly, nothing shows love for Denver like collecting over 80,000 fans in a single City Park Jazz season (2011 – Credit: City Park Jazz).

What’s so cool about sitting in a random park on a Sunday listening to music? Oh, I’ll tell you, my friends:

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Lynz visiting from LA May 2013 Credit: Kirsten Ebey

Atmosphere
The park boasts 317 acres of raw, beautiful landscape including Ferril Lake, the infamous boathouse, ponds, paths, wide-open grassy areas, and trees new and old. The sounds from City Park Jazz only enhance the surrounding beauty.

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Moguls on a walk in City Park May 2013 Credit: Kirsten Ebey

Dog Watching
You can bring your dog (on a leash)! Many people do, which calls for a pretty eclectic mix of Denver’s canines. My friend Shawna is very good at pointing out specific breeds of dogs and filling me in, which is super interesting! We’ve seen some pretty cool, rare breeds that I doubt I’ll be able to see again (anywhere short of watching Animal Planet). If you bring your four-legged friend, please remember bags for their business, and keep in mind that 100’s of dogs will be in the surrounding area. Trust me, it’s not made for everyone.

People Watching
Do I need to explain? You have thousands of individuals in one area of Denver. Entertaining is an understatement.

Food
You can make and bring your own, or hit up a few of Denver’s finest Food Trucks. Note your wait time will be long unless you visit the trucks early.

Hanging out at City Park Jazz May 2013 Credit: Some dude nice enough to take the picture for us. Thanks!

Friends and Family Time
I hope I don’t only speak for myself when I say that I absolutely love being with my friends and family, hanging out, drinking a few beers (you can bring that, too!), and playing yard games, like LadderBall. At City Park Jazz, you can do all of these things in the presence of those who are most awesome in your life, while listening to music for free. Pack up some snacks and a cooler of beer, and scope out / secure a spot early before the show starts. There’s plenty of room, but depending on your viewing preferences, or yard games being hauled along (badminton requires a little more space, just saying), get there before 4 pm MST to secure your epic location. You don’t want to be stuck next to the smelly guy and the screaming child, do you? Also, if parking close to the park, you’re going to need to leave EXTRA early. If you can walk or bike there, that’s your best bet.

So there you have it – the rundown on City Park Jazz. It’s such a cool experience that this great city offers and should definitely not be passed up this summer. Check out the schedule of acts booked, and scam the website for additional information on how to get involved with the organization.