Boulder Magazine Apr-May 2023

We showcase a 1940s home that was transformed into a beautiful space, with lots of windows to take in the views of the Flatirons. We also feature spring fashion, highlighting new attire for the season, as well as our top picks for breakfast hotspots. Read on to learn about the Access Fund, keeping the future of climbing alive, and 5 local award-winning landscapes.

We showcase a 1940s home that was transformed into a beautiful space, with lots of windows to take in the views of the Flatirons. We also feature spring fashion, highlighting new attire for the season, as well as our top picks for breakfast hotspots. Read on to learn about the Access Fund, keeping the future of climbing alive, and 5 local award-winning landscapes.


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Transforming<br />

Old Bones<br />

Revamping a 1940s<br />

House to Connect<br />

with the Outdoors<br />

Spring<br />

Fashion<br />

Flirty Attire<br />

to Step into<br />

the New Season<br />

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Inspiring Landscapes<br />

Five local landscaping<br />

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from huevos rancheros to<br />

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Beauty in Simplicity<br />

Transforming a 1940s house<br />

into an open and airy home,<br />

where function dictates form<br />

By Emily O’Brien<br />

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Conserving Crags<br />

How the Access Fund is<br />

creating a community<br />

that ensures the future<br />

of climbing<br />

By Dell Bleekman<br />


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Departments » <strong>Apr</strong>il / <strong>May</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Buzz<br />

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23 <strong>Boulder</strong> Poppies<br />

Miniature artwork by<br />

Remington Robinson<br />

24 Calendar/Events<br />

Your guide to planning<br />

your free time<br />

38 Entertainment<br />

Reviews of new movies<br />

and music<br />

40 Staff Picks<br />

Fascinating reads for<br />

the spring season<br />

42 Business MASA Seed<br />

Foundation cultivates<br />

independence for local<br />

growers<br />

46 Dwellings Accessory<br />

dwelling units are<br />

becoming more<br />

mainstream<br />

49 Newsmaker CU<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> is leading the<br />

way for our next trip to<br />

the moon<br />

52 Western Drawl Clare<br />

Gallagher on winning<br />

the Leadville 100<br />

56 Local Chatter<br />

Keeping backyard<br />

chickens as a family<br />

pastime<br />

60 Health Fitness groups<br />

with a twist<br />

64 Growing Pains<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County’s<br />

population continues to<br />

expand<br />

68 History The tradition<br />

of <strong>May</strong> Day celebrations<br />

70 Art Seen <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

artist paints canvases<br />

in mint tins<br />

Well Styled<br />

73 Poppin’ the Bubbly<br />

Celebrating on set with<br />

models Amanda and<br />

Tousaint<br />

74 Garden Springtime<br />

blooms of Tulips at the<br />

Pearl Street Mall<br />

76 Home The oldest<br />

home building method<br />

gets a fresh look<br />

78 Clutter Steps and<br />

tips to reduce clutter<br />

and regain happiness<br />

80 Consignment<br />

Secondhand furniture<br />

stores are booming<br />

82 Weddings Dogs are<br />

becoming a popular<br />

component in weddings<br />

85 Design Durable<br />

outdoor furnishings<br />

that stand the test-oftime<br />

88 Fashion A flirty<br />

fashion shoot at the<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>ado Hotel<br />

82<br />

73 119 142<br />

Food+Drink<br />

119 Dining Out Authentic<br />

Japanese cuisine at<br />

Japango<br />

122 In The Kitchen<br />

We’re hoppin’ into<br />

this next season with<br />

spring-ready dishes for<br />

your first picnic of the<br />

year<br />

128 Restaurant Guide<br />

The best spots for<br />

eating and drinking in<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County<br />

Travel<br />

142 Enlightened in<br />

the Black Forest<br />

Discovering southwest<br />

Germany’s natural<br />

respite<br />

Fundamentals<br />

20 Reader Services<br />

22 Publisher’s Letter<br />

140 Real Estate Forum<br />

144 The Last Reflection<br />

Spring<br />

Fashion<br />

Flirty Attire<br />

to Step into<br />

the New Season<br />



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Transforming<br />

Old Bones<br />

Revamping a 1940s<br />

House to Connect<br />

with the Outdoors<br />



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Transforming<br />

Old Bones<br />

Revamping a 1940s<br />

House to Connect<br />

with the Outdoors<br />



As the new owners, we are happy<br />

to meet you here on the pages<br />

of <strong>Boulder</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> and we<br />

look forward to meeting you in person<br />

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On these pages, you’ll discover how<br />

a 1940s home can be transformed to<br />

meet today’s standards. This glorious<br />

outdoors is covered by profiling recent<br />

landscape award winners and talking<br />

about how the future of climbing is<br />

being protected for us all.<br />

Food is always a part of our focus<br />

and here, we’re sharing where to get<br />

a bangin’ breakfast, the lowdown on<br />

authentic Japanese cuisine, and recipes<br />

to enjoy in the great outdoors.<br />

And there’s more. Gardens, a fresh<br />

approach for one home building method,<br />

outdoor furnishings, secondhand<br />

furniture treasures, and one flirty<br />

fashion shoot.<br />

As always, we cover the arts scene<br />

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what’s coming up, newsmakers, and<br />

Emily Sweeney &<br />

Robert Sweeney<br />

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Poppies<br />

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calendar<br />

The Reveal:<br />

APRIL – MAY<br />

Our five highlights from this issue’s calendar of events.<br />

Beer Here!<br />

Brewing the New West<br />

<strong>Apr</strong> 4 – Sept 3<br />

Join us at the Museum of <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

for a series of happy hours with local<br />

breweries! Each event will be held<br />

in the new Beer Here! exhibit in<br />

the main gallery and will include a<br />

beer flight tasting and food pairing.<br />

Beer Here! will feature stories from<br />

the past, present and future, as<br />

well as more than 160 authentic<br />

artifacts from Colorado’s beer<br />

and brewing history. $15, 5-7pm.<br />

museumofboulder.org/exhibit<br />

Elemental: Reimagining<br />

our Relationship<br />

with Wildfire<br />

<strong>May</strong> 5<br />

With fire seasons growing more<br />

destructive and more deadly, we<br />

see that our approach to reducing<br />

wildfire risk is failing. Join us for the<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> premiere of Elemental, a film<br />

that invites you to reimagine your<br />

relationship with wildfire through the<br />

eyes of top scientists and indigenous<br />

fire managers who are leading the<br />

way toward living with this essential<br />

element. $13, 7pm, Chautauqua Park<br />

Community House. chautauqua.com<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Creek Festival<br />

<strong>May</strong> 26-29<br />

Kickoff summer with the <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Creek Festival to continue this<br />

longstanding festival tradition with all<br />

kinds of fun in the sun. Music from a<br />

stellar lineup of 30+ local bands, all<br />

the eats from 15+ restaurants, with<br />

street food favorites to food trucks.<br />

Creekside for Kids offers summer<br />

camp previews, face painting, and<br />

activities. Discover handmade wares<br />

at the Makers’ Market with 200+<br />

artisans. Free, <strong>Boulder</strong> Creek Path.<br />

bouldercreekfest.com<br />

Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival<br />

<strong>Apr</strong> 23<br />

Spring officially arrives in downtown<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> when the beautiful, colorful<br />

Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies<br />

and elves, parade around the Pearl Street<br />

Mall “waking up the tulips.” This much<br />

beloved springtime tradition features<br />

live performances, special activities for<br />

children and more than 15,000 tulips that<br />

adorn the Pearl Street Mall. Free, 1-5pm.<br />

boulderdowntown.com<br />

Bolder<strong>Boulder</strong> 10k<br />

Road Race<br />

<strong>May</strong> 29<br />

The BB10k is for everybody – part<br />

race, run, walk, tribute and holiday<br />

celebration. The course winds through<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>’s neighborhoods, downtown<br />

and then finishes at the University of<br />

Colorado’s Folsom Field. Stay for one<br />

of the largest Memorial Day Tributes<br />

in the U.S. The ceremony honors all<br />

of those who have given their life<br />

in military service to our country.<br />

Start times vary at 30th and Walnut.<br />

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Mark your calendar!<br />

<strong>Apr</strong>il 15 - All About Goats Class<br />

June 3 - Goat Yoga<br />

<strong>May</strong> 31 - First <strong>Boulder</strong> Farm Stand<br />

June 28 - Picnic on the Farm<br />

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Sarah Lee Guthrie’s lineage is undeniable. There is a gentle urgency to her<br />

interpretations of the songs she sings and the classic music of her heritage.<br />

It flows from the continuity of her family, her vital artistic life today and the<br />

river of songs that have guided her to where she now stands. Over the last two<br />

decades on the road and in the studio, she and her husband Johnny Irion have<br />

created a signature pop-fused folk-rock sound that is appealing and engaging.<br />

Sarah Lee Guthrie now ventures on a road that leads back to the rich culture<br />

of her family running through the warmth of her own bloodlines. This is<br />

rare opportunity to witness the growth of one of America’s finest young folk<br />

singers. $30, 8pm, Chautauqua Park Community House. chautauqua.com<br />

Event Calendar<br />

Looking to fill your social calendar? We've got the<br />

rundown on what to do this spring season.<br />

Art in the Park<br />

<strong>Apr</strong> 4-16<br />

Plan a day trip to Chautauqua Park<br />

and discover the beautifully decorated<br />

bears of Art in the Park. 15 artists<br />

were selected to transform fiberglass<br />

bear statues into extraordinary works<br />

of art. You can even bid to take one<br />

home in the online auction. Proceeds<br />

will support participating artists,<br />

local nonprofits, and Chautauqua<br />

Park. Free. chautauqua.com<br />

Beer Here! Brewing the New West<br />

<strong>Apr</strong> 4 – Sept 3<br />

Join us at the Museum of <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

for a series of happy hours with local<br />

breweries! Each event will be held in<br />

the new Beer Here!exhibit in the main<br />

gallery and will include:<br />

• A beer flight tasting provided by the<br />

local brewery<br />

• A food pairing consisting of light<br />

appetizers<br />

• Information from the brewery on<br />

their products and history with on-site<br />

representatives<br />

• Access to the Beer Here! exhibit at<br />

the Museum of <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

Beer Here! will feature stories from<br />

the past, present and future, as well<br />

as more than 160 authentic artifacts<br />

from Colorado’s beer and brewing<br />

history, connecting time periods. $15,<br />

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and cultural offerings and our<br />

city’s thriving creativity at the 10th<br />

Annual <strong>Boulder</strong> Arts Week! This<br />

year’s event will feature digital and<br />

in-person arts and culture offerings,<br />

including art walks, exhibitions,<br />

performances, dance, music, theater,<br />

public art, lectures, readings, and<br />

workshops at venues throughout the<br />

city. boulderartsweek.org<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Comedy Show<br />

<strong>Apr</strong> 9 – <strong>May</strong> 28<br />

The live stand-up show happens<br />

every Sunday at the Rayback<br />

Collective. The comedians are some<br />

of the best working comics in the<br />

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and pretty much everything in<br />

between. The <strong>Boulder</strong> Comedy Show<br />

is the longest running weekly comedy<br />

show in <strong>Boulder</strong>, CO. The show was<br />

established in 2013 by local comedian<br />

and CU alumnus, Brent Gill, a<br />

nationally touring comedian, Comedy<br />

Works headliner, and featured<br />

performer on Viceland and the BBC.<br />

7pm. bouldercomedyshow.com<br />

BAA Spring Member Show<br />

<strong>Apr</strong> 11 – <strong>May</strong> 14<br />

“Spring Showers, Art Flowers” will<br />

be showcased at R Gallery & Wine<br />

Bar with the latest BAA Spring<br />

Member Show. The change of seasons<br />

in <strong>Boulder</strong> ushers in the blossoming<br />

of nature as the plants around us<br />

wake up from the snow. Discover the<br />

spring collection and meet the artists<br />

during the Opening Night Reception<br />

on <strong>Apr</strong>il 11. Both non-alcoholic and<br />

alcoholic drinks may be purchased<br />

at R Gallery’s bar. Free, 7:30-9pm.<br />

boulderartassociation.org<br />

Flatirons<br />

Photo Club<br />

<strong>Apr</strong> 13 &<br />

<strong>May</strong> 11<br />

The Flatirons<br />

Photo Club<br />

welcomes anyone who enjoys and<br />

wants to learn more about the field of<br />

photography, and to participate in a<br />

caring environment where amateurs<br />

and practicing professionals share<br />

their interests, experience and<br />

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followed by viewing and discussion<br />

of member’s photography. Subjects<br />

range from abstract and travel to<br />

people and nature. Free, 7-9pm.<br />

flatironsphotoclub.org<br />

Upbeat Folk<br />

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<strong>Apr</strong> 14<br />

The Dawn Hunters<br />

of Denver blend upbeat folk rock<br />

with twinges of funk, reggae and<br />

alternative rock music. The band<br />

loves to play around with different<br />

rhythms, groovy bass lines, and<br />

tight vocal harmonies. Front-woman<br />

Ashley Hunter combines creative and<br />

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vocals and rhythm guitar. No cover,<br />

BOCO Cider, 6-8pm. bococider.com<br />

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the world. GPS receivers serve to guide<br />

airplanes, Uber drivers, tractors and<br />

satellites. GPS timing synchronizes<br />

power grids, telecommunications<br />

networks and bank transactions.<br />

GPS is also essential in scientific<br />

measurements of the motion of ice<br />

sheets, variations in Earth’s gravity<br />

field, and atmospheric conditions used<br />

in numerical weather prediction. How<br />

has this system created such broadreaching<br />

benefits? Professor Penina<br />

Axelrad’s CU on the Weekend<br />

presentation will describe the<br />

“How.” That is, how GPS works and<br />

how its key technical elements came<br />

together to have an unprecedented<br />

impact on our daily lives and scientific<br />

discovery. She will also discuss<br />

threats to GPS utility and the evolving<br />

landscape of global navigation<br />

satellite system capabilities. Tours of<br />

the aerospace building will be offered<br />

before and after the lecture. Free,<br />

1-2:30pm, Ann & H.J. Smead Dept<br />

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to all levels and challenges students to<br />

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Fourth Annual Lafayette<br />

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Thursday, <strong>Apr</strong>il 27<br />

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Must register by <strong>Apr</strong>il 21<br />

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Stories of My<br />

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<strong>Apr</strong> 16<br />

The <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Children’s Chorale<br />

will perform music inspired by texts<br />

that celebrate the role of literature in<br />

our lives. This will include children’s<br />

books, classic literature, and poetry.<br />

This pairing invites our students and<br />

our audiences to understand the value<br />

of each individual story, and to connect<br />

with those around them. These stories<br />

will come to life through interactive<br />

moments and visual imagery. The<br />

children’s ensembles will prepare<br />

specially designed outreach programs for<br />

younger audiences, in collaboration with<br />

local libraries. $5-$16, 4-5:30pm, Grace<br />

Commons Church. boulderchorale.org<br />

The Ukulele<br />

Orchestra of<br />

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<strong>Apr</strong> 18<br />

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Independence Day Fun & Fireworks<br />

July 1, <strong>2023</strong><br />

4 pm - 10 pm<br />

Waneka Lake Park<br />

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Beloved Macky favorites who are as<br />

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Philharmonic<br />

Orchestra – Ravel<br />

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<strong>Apr</strong> 22<br />

Angela Cheng dazzles with Ravel’s jazzy<br />

Piano Concerto in G and Rachmaninoff’s<br />

ever-popular Rhapsody on a Theme of<br />

Paganini. Young <strong>Boulder</strong> native and<br />

2022 Resound <strong>Boulder</strong> competition<br />

winner, Leigha Amick, premieres a<br />

new commission. Our season comes to<br />

a passionate close with Tchaikovsky’s<br />

Romeo and Juliet. $22-$94, 7-9pm,<br />

Macky Auditorium Concert Hall.<br />

boulderphil.org<br />

Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival<br />

<strong>Apr</strong> 23<br />

Spring officially arrives in downtown<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> when the beautiful, colorful<br />

Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies<br />

and elves, parade around the Pearl Street<br />

Mall “waking up the tulips.” This much<br />

beloved springtime tradition features<br />

live performances, special activities for<br />

children and more than 15,000 tulips<br />

that adorn the Pearl Street Mall. Join<br />

us at the performance stage located on<br />

the 1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall<br />

for live music and performances. Free,<br />

1-5pm. boulderdowntown.com<br />

Transfigured Night<br />

<strong>Apr</strong> 29<br />

Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra<br />

concludes their season with another<br />

world premiere, this time by the 2022 CU<br />

Composition Competition winner, Jessie<br />

Lausé. Two members of the celebrated<br />

Takàcs String Quartet, Harumi Rhodes<br />

and Richard O’Neill, are the soloists in<br />

Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Following<br />

this piece for duo plus orchestra, Arnold<br />

Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht is the story<br />

of two people being transformed by their<br />

love for each other. The concert opener, by<br />

Wyoming-based composer Anne M.<br />

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Teton National Park. $25, 7:30-9:30pm,<br />

Mountain View United Methodist<br />

Church. promusicacolorado.org<br />

Just Desserts:<br />

Hazel Miller<br />

Sings Her<br />

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<strong>Apr</strong> 30<br />

Beautiful clothing<br />

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Hazel Miller, jazz icon, joins the<br />

Cultural Caravan for the first time to<br />

sing the jazz standards that inspired her<br />

to become a singer in the first place. This<br />

is music that Hazel never gets to sing, so<br />

don’t miss this opportunity to hear one<br />

of Colorado’s favorite performing artists<br />

sing the story of her love affair with jazz.<br />

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John Spencer<br />

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Voyage to an<br />

Ocean Moon<br />

<strong>May</strong> 1<br />

In 2024, NASA plans to launch a<br />

new spacecraft, Europa Clipper,<br />

to the Jupiter system. Clipper is<br />

tasked with exploring Jupiter’s moon<br />

Europa, which is thought to harbor<br />

a vast ocean beneath its strange,<br />

fractured, icy surface. The spacecraft<br />

will reach Jupiter in 2030, and spend<br />

more than 4 years in Jupiter orbit,<br />

flying past Europa about 50 times. It<br />

will investigate the ocean, which is<br />

one of the most promising potential<br />

habitats for extraterrestrial life, using<br />

a battery of 10 different scientific<br />

instruments. The talk will describe the<br />

many remarkable things we already<br />

know about Europa, why it is such<br />

a compelling target for exploration,<br />

and what we hope to learn from this<br />

exciting new mission. John Spencer is<br />

an Institute Scientist at the Southwest<br />

Research Institute in <strong>Boulder</strong>. He<br />

is deputy principal investigator<br />

for Europa Clipper’s temperature<br />

mapping instrument, and a science<br />

team member on its ultraviolet<br />

spectrometer. He specializes in<br />

observations of the outer solar system,<br />

and Jupiter’s moons in particular,<br />

with telescopes on the Earth’s<br />

surface, the Hubble Space Telescope,<br />

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Elemental: Reimagining our<br />

Relationship with Wildfire<br />

<strong>May</strong> 5<br />

With fire seasons growing more<br />

destructive and more deadly, we<br />

see that our approach to reducing<br />

wildfire risk is failing. The way we<br />

respond to this risk will have longterm<br />

effects on our communities<br />

and our forests. Join us for the<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> premiere of Elemental, a<br />

film that invites you to reimagine<br />

your relationship with wildfire<br />

through the eyes of top scientists<br />

and indigenous fire managers who<br />

are leading the way toward living<br />

with this essential element. In the<br />

wake of recent fires across the West,<br />

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filmmakers took to the air and the<br />

ground to help communities make sense<br />

of what is happening – and what we can<br />

do to prepare for more fire on the land.<br />

Their work led to a deep investigation of<br />

wildfire in a hotter, drier, more crowded<br />

world, and includes wildfires that burned<br />

across millions of acres and destroyed<br />

numerous communities. Five years in<br />

the making, Elemental is the product of<br />

their journey across the United States<br />

and into fire affected communities. $13,<br />

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DeVotchKa<br />

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<strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Philharmonic<br />

Orchestra<br />

<strong>May</strong> 6<br />

The Colorado-based quartet DeVotchKa<br />

joins the <strong>Boulder</strong> Phil for the first<br />

time with their global-infused modernindie<br />

sound. A cross-pollination of<br />

numerous influences, including cabaret,<br />

spaghetti Westerns, norteño, punk,<br />

and the immigrant dance music of<br />

Eastern Europe. Formed in Denver by<br />

multi-instrumentalists Nick Urata,<br />

Tom Hagerman, Jeanie Schroder and<br />

percussionist Shawn King, emerged as<br />

unlikely indie heroes in the mid-2000s<br />

infusing modern indie music with a<br />

global flavor. $25-$104, 7:30pm, Macky<br />

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<strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Creek<br />

Festival<br />

<strong>May</strong> 26-29<br />

Kickoff summer<br />

with the<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Creek Festival to celebrate<br />

our community and continue this<br />

longstanding festival tradition with<br />

all kinds of fun in the sun. Music from<br />

a stellar lineup of 30+ local bands on<br />

three stages, all the eats from 15+<br />

restaurants, with street food favorites<br />

to food trucks, exotic eats, and healthy<br />

options. Creekside for Kids offers<br />

summer camp previews, face painting,<br />

and activities. Discover the brilliant<br />

handmade wares at the Makers’ Market<br />

with 200+ artisans. Get to know and<br />

support the local and national <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

businesses right in our backyard. Free.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Creek Path, 1212 Canyon Blvd.<br />

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Bolder<strong>Boulder</strong> 10k Road Race<br />

<strong>May</strong> 29<br />

The BB10k is for everybody – part race,<br />

run, walk, tribute and holiday celebration.<br />

The course, over a mile above sea level,<br />

winds through <strong>Boulder</strong>’s neighborhoods,<br />

downtown and then finishes at the<br />

University of Colorado’s Folsom Field. The<br />

International Team Challenge: watch<br />

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Folsom Field as they compete for one of the<br />

largest prize purses in the world. Stay for<br />

one of the largest Memorial Day Tributes<br />

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Thirty Years of Thursdays<br />

The Happy Thursday Cruiser Ride that adds weirdness and whimsy<br />

to <strong>Boulder</strong>’s bike scene<br />


It feels like a magical<br />

bit of serendipity<br />

whenever I take<br />

visiting friends around<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> and we happen<br />

to cross paths with<br />

the Happy Thursday<br />

Cruiser Ride. A distant<br />

sound of music grows<br />

louder, until we see<br />

dozens of cyclists headed<br />

our way, some wearing<br />

costumes and some<br />

riding bikes covered in<br />

lights. The huge swarm<br />

of people ring their<br />

bells and shout “Happy<br />

Thursday!” as they pass<br />

by in a blaze of festive<br />

energy.<br />

Holding tight to the<br />

mantra “Keep <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Weird,” the Ride has<br />

been going strong for<br />

30 years. It originally<br />

started at Sports<br />

Garage, a cycling shop<br />

at 27th and Spruce<br />

streets in <strong>Boulder</strong>,<br />

where employees would<br />

go out riding together<br />

once a week after<br />

shutting down the store. They began inviting friends to join<br />

their rides, and those friends invited other friends and so on.<br />

These days, 50 to 125 people gather each week from <strong>Apr</strong>il<br />

through October, for the cruiser ride and the outdoor dance<br />

party that always follows it.<br />

“It grew exponentially because people were hungry for this.<br />

They wanted something to do after work that was fun, free,<br />

inviting and open to all,” says Gabriel, who helps facilitate<br />

the cruiser rides. Following the advice of his predecessors,<br />

Gabriel doesn’t attach his full name to the ride, so as not to<br />

suggest any ownership over it.<br />

There are no leaders of this Burning Man-esque group,<br />

which allows the gatherings to grow and evolve organically,<br />

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in whatever direction<br />

the participants choose<br />

to take them. It also<br />

limits the liability<br />

of the stewards, as<br />

the coordinators call<br />

themselves, though they<br />

seldom have problems<br />

that would present a<br />

risk in that regard.<br />

The vast majority of<br />

participants treasure<br />

the ride’s peaceful, fun<br />

atmosphere and work to<br />

enhance it.<br />

“For some, that<br />

means wearing the<br />

most fabulous and<br />

elaborate costumes, and<br />

for others, it’s making<br />

and customizing music<br />

trailers,” Gabriel says.<br />

“Some people bring food<br />

carts to the dance party<br />

and make quesadillas,<br />

but none of this is<br />

required, none of this<br />

is super orchestrated.<br />

We’re just creating<br />

a space for people to<br />

come and be creative<br />

and contribute, and it’s<br />

worked out really well so far.”<br />

To keep the rides fresh and exciting, the group meets at a<br />

different location each week and rides along different routes.<br />

They have weekly themes that people can plan their costumes<br />

around, some of which are repeated every year, like the ’80s<br />

ride, the lingerie ride and a common favorite, the Halloween<br />

ride that closes out the season. This summer, they’ll also<br />

hold a special themed ride to honor the 30th anniversary of<br />

this tradition. They haven’t decided on the specific theme,<br />

but there’s a 100 percent chance it will involve many wishes<br />

for a happy Thursday.<br />

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Reviews: Movies & Music<br />


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The “Godfather of Punk” Iggy Pop is<br />

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songs still have a visceral kick to<br />

them, and the album’s highlight is<br />

its closing track, “The Regency,”<br />

featuring Hawkins.<br />

Movies frequently explore what it feels like to be dumped by a romantic partner, but<br />

they much less often explore what it feels like when a platonic friendship ends. But<br />

the feelings mirror each other: pain, bewilderment and wondering why someone you<br />

always thought cared about you dislikes you. Writer/director Martin McDonagh’s<br />

“The Banshees of Inisherin” examines the fallout after the end of a friendship.<br />

Set in a small island off the coast of Ireland in 1923, the farmer Padraic (Colin<br />

Farrell) stops by the local pub to meet his friend Colm (Brendan Gleeson) for a<br />

drink as he does every afternoon. But on this day, Colm abruptly announces that he<br />

no longer wants to speak to Padraic. There was no act of betrayal on Padraic’s part.<br />

When pressed for an explanation, Colm can offer none other than he finds Padraic<br />

dull and he wants to focus more on his music.<br />

A hurt Padraic keeps pressing the issue, which prompts Colm to issue an<br />

ultimatum: if Padraic continues speaking to him, Colm will start cutting off his<br />

fingers with garden shears.<br />

The movie avoids taking sides with either character. Padraic does come off as a<br />

bit whiny, needy and oblivious. Colm comes off as harsh and arrogant. As Padraic’s<br />

sister Siobhan (Kerry Condon) points out when Colm tells her he finds her brother<br />

boring, “You’re ALL fecking boring.”<br />

Banshees recently racked up nine Oscar nominations, four in the acting<br />

categories: Farrell, Gleeson, Condon and Barry Keoghan for his supporting role as<br />

a town simpleton. All four acting nominees are deserving.<br />

I don’t laugh out loud often in theaters, but one scene where a lie Farrell tells<br />

spectacularly backfires made me do so. McDonagh’s script also has enough nuance<br />

to treat Keoghan’s character with dignity and poignancy when a lesser film would<br />

relegate him to cheap comic relief.<br />

However, the film’s central conceit of Colm threatening to chop off fingers every<br />

time Padraic speaks to him feels too artificial. It clearly is a storytelling gimmick/<br />

device, but the problem is it also feels like one. It does not feel like anything a<br />

human being would actually do. And because it feels artificial, it kept me at arm’s<br />

length emotionally.<br />

McDonagh’s last film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,” was my<br />

favorite film of 2017. However, I wasn’t as enamored with McDonagh’s “In Bruges”<br />

as others were (it’s become a cult favorite for many). “The Banshees of Inisherin”<br />

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“The Bandit Queens”<br />

by Parini Schroff<br />

In this darkly humorous<br />

comedy of errors, members<br />

of a micro-loan group in an<br />

Indian village collectively<br />

work to free themselves from<br />

their oppressive spouses.<br />

Everyone thinks Geeta<br />

killed her husband, and<br />

she feels like the odd woman out in a group<br />

of sharp-tongued village “mean girls.” But then Geeta<br />

discovers that being known and feared as a “self-made”<br />

widow gives her freedom and even improves her business.<br />

Soon, other members of her micro-loan group are asking<br />

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and laugh as they barb, bumble, blackmail and bond with<br />

each other. — Megan Mathis<br />

“Get a Life, Chloe Brown”<br />

by Talia Hibbert<br />

Is it possible to change your life<br />

without, you know, changing<br />

your whole life? Chloe is a<br />

chronically ill entrepreneur who<br />

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of character goals. Not on the list<br />

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artist who offers to help her learn<br />

to rebel. Watching these two learn<br />

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“A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting”<br />

by Sophie Irwin<br />

Kitty Talbot has no other option but to hunt for a man with a<br />

fortune in order to support her four younger sisters and pay<br />

off the debt that was left in the wake of her parents’ deaths.<br />

Kitty and one of her sisters, Cecily, set off for London to<br />

stay with her mother’s best friend, “Aunt” Dorothy to find<br />

more fruitful ground in order to<br />

snag a rich husband. She first sets<br />

her cap for Archie de Lacy but she<br />

hadn’t reckoned on his older brother,<br />

Lord Radcliffe. Lord Radcliffe is<br />

determined to run Kitty off, but Kitty<br />

is made of sterner stuff and they soon<br />

come to an understanding…Kitty<br />

will look elsewhere for a husband<br />

but Lord Radcliffe must provide her<br />

assistance in her endeavors. The<br />

assistance comes in the form of being<br />

a dance partner, lessons in how to<br />

curtsey and a few other things this country miss needs to<br />

learn to navigate a London Season and the marriage mart.<br />

While Irwin’s smart and fun debut definitely gives the<br />

reader old school Regency romance vibes (think Georgette<br />

Heyer) with the witty repartee and sweet romance, it is still<br />

written with modern sensibilities in mind with a strong<br />

female lead who has smarts and a take-charge attitude. —<br />

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“The Water is Wide”<br />

by Pat Conroy<br />

Start your spring off right with this<br />

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a two-room schoolhouse serves<br />

a small Gullah community.<br />

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an injustice which enrages this dedicated teacher and<br />

spurs him to pull out all the stops in the classroom and<br />

to eventually battle the school board on their behalf.<br />

Though early in his writing career, Conroy’s exquisite and<br />

unmatched descriptions of the South Carolina Lowcountry<br />

are gloriously present, as is his constant compulsion to<br />

fight for the underdog and his ruthless commitment to<br />

speak the truth. Readers will fall in love with the children<br />

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A<br />

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been patented. Farmers often have to<br />

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“There’s a big level of independence<br />

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“We can’t grow our own seed from<br />

those cultivars. If I can’t reproduce it,<br />

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of a given plant species.”<br />

In an effort to restore our local<br />

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“Our seed bank is sovereign—<br />

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plant, selecting the best-performing<br />

versions for seed collecting and<br />

planting again, that plant is considered<br />

locally adapted,” Pecoraro says.<br />

This process is fairly labor intensive,<br />

and Pecoraro is quick to point out<br />

that he doesn’t begrudge farmers who<br />

use hybrid and GMO seeds instead.<br />

“MASA actually stands for Mutual<br />

Admiration Seed Association, and I<br />

have a lot of respect for most people<br />

who do the work with crops. Farmers<br />

are in a situation where we have to<br />

produce so much. It increases demand<br />

for super high-performance seeds that<br />

really fit the industrial regimes, so<br />

those are still the top choices.”<br />

To compete in that market, Pecoraro<br />

says he needs to have top-quality seeds.<br />

His ultimate vision for MASA includes<br />

a seed co-op in which hundreds of<br />

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backyard gardeners “adopt” a certain<br />

plant variety and cultivate it for the<br />

seed bank. Before he gets to that point,<br />

however, he needs to build up the local<br />

market for his heirloom seeds and<br />

make sure there’s a support network<br />

in place to properly train and assist<br />

future co-op members.<br />

For now, MASA is focusing on field<br />

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development and its CSA. It often hosts<br />

school groups who come to learn about<br />

the work, which Allard says is a perfect<br />

fit for their mission.<br />

“We’re growing the seeds for our<br />

children’s children,” she says. “Part<br />

of founding this nonprofit is to let<br />

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future generations keep growing seed<br />

and saving seed just like this. That is<br />

what people always did. Seeds belong<br />

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To become a member of the<br />

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Tips for Saving Seeds<br />

• Save seeds from your best-performing<br />

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• Seeds that are embedded in fleshy<br />

fruit are referred to as wet seeds,<br />

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• Send some of your seeds to Colorado<br />

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they aren’t contaminated with any<br />

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• Seal your seeds in a secure container,<br />

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• Store seeds in a cool, dry area.<br />

If you’re more of a hands-on learner,<br />

volunteer with MASA to get experience<br />

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(top) Richard Pecoraro, founder of MASA<br />

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Shooting For the Moon<br />

A half-century after the last human visitor stepped on the moon, humankind is<br />

looking to the stars again—and CU <strong>Boulder</strong> is leading the way<br />


Spurred along by new technologies,<br />

falling costs and competition<br />

from China and India as<br />

well as a batch of entrepreneurial<br />

billionaires, the United States has<br />

entered a new age of space exploration.<br />

CU <strong>Boulder</strong>—which receives $120<br />

million in aerospace-related research<br />

grants every year and boasts more<br />

than 20 aerospace-related academic<br />

departments, centers and institutes—<br />

is sure to be front and center as the<br />

nation’s universal ambitions expand.<br />

CU <strong>Boulder</strong> has been a key player<br />

in space science and exploration since<br />

1948, when CU scientists participated<br />

in the launches of captured German<br />

V-2 rockets on suborbital missions at<br />

a missile range in White Sands, New<br />

Mexico. Since then, CU has worked<br />

with NASA (founded in 1958) and other<br />

space agencies to provide expertise,<br />

research and personnel for expeditions<br />

beyond Earth’s atmosphere.<br />

To date, 20 CU <strong>Boulder</strong> scientists,<br />

faculty and alumni have gone into space,<br />

on 52 missions. Hundreds of scientific<br />

instruments built at CU <strong>Boulder</strong> have<br />

flown into the outer reaches as well.<br />

One of the most significant upcoming<br />

journeys to feature CU involvement<br />

will be this spring’s Polaris launch, a<br />

commercial flight that will spend up to<br />

five days in orbit and feature the firstever<br />

all-civilian spacewalk, laser-based<br />

communications testing and much<br />

scientific research.<br />

Mission Specialist Sarah Gillis, a<br />

member of the four-person crew, is an<br />

almost–<strong>Boulder</strong> native (she moved here<br />

when she was three months old) and<br />

a CU <strong>Boulder</strong> graduate. If the launch<br />

goes as scheduled, at age 29, she will<br />

be the youngest American ever to orbit<br />

the Earth.<br />

Gillis will conduct many of the<br />

38 scheduled science and research<br />

experiments focused on human<br />

health, both on Earth and on longduration<br />

space flights during the<br />

mission. She will be participating in<br />

research conducted by CU’s Torin<br />

Clark, assistant professor in the<br />

Smead Aerospace Engineering Science<br />

Department and a faculty affiliate of<br />

BioServe Space Technologies, on how<br />

astronauts experience motion sickness,<br />

disorientation and similar issues<br />

during space flight and upon their<br />

return to Earth.<br />

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brains are affected by the environment,”<br />

Clark says.<br />

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newsmaker<br />

(clockwise from top left) The crew of the<br />

SpaceX Polaris Dawn mission event at<br />

CU <strong>Boulder</strong>; NASA Deputy Administrator<br />

Pam Melroy visit to the aerospace building<br />

at CU <strong>Boulder</strong>; Crew of SpaceX Polaris<br />

Dawn at CU <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

Sustainable Space<br />

One of the Polaris mission’s longterm<br />

goals is to prepare humans to<br />

return to the moon.<br />

“I was in high school when Apollo<br />

11 landed,” says Jack Burns, CU<br />

professor and head of the Network<br />

for Exploration and Space Science, a<br />

collaboration among 10 universities,<br />

NASA and regional commercial<br />

entities including Ball Aerospace and<br />

Lockheed Martin. “If you would have<br />

told me then, that it would have been<br />

more than 50 years before returning, I<br />

would have said you’re crazy.”<br />

Over Burns’ 50-year career spent<br />

exploring space science (including<br />

21 years at CU), he has posited the<br />

creation of what he terms a sustainable<br />

space program.<br />

“When you look at the history of<br />

American space missions, Apollo was<br />

not sustained once the political goals<br />

were finished,” he says. “Now we are<br />

concerned not with a one-and-done,<br />

‘flags and footsteps’ approach, but<br />

a public and private infrastructure<br />

for space exploration—something<br />

that would grow and develop over<br />

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time, including what NASA calls an<br />

Artemis base camp on the moon by the<br />

end of the decade.”<br />

Burns’ agenda includes setting up a<br />

radio telescope on the far side of the<br />

moon to explore the early universe .<br />

The resulting infrastructure will help<br />

researchers learn how humans could<br />

live on what the moon provides, doing<br />

things like getting water from the ice<br />

at the poles.<br />

All this is being done with an eye<br />

toward a landing on Mars by the<br />

middle of this century.<br />

CU’s dominant affiliation with space<br />

science “just all came together,” Burns<br />

says. “As a strong and well-known<br />

research university, it just continued<br />

to build over time.” B

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Sole Source of Joy<br />

Clare Gallagher on finding inner peace as an ultrarunner<br />

By CREE LAWRENCE » Photos Glen Delman Photography<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> resident Clare Gallagher<br />

is an ultrarunner with an<br />

impressive resume, but she<br />

doesn’t necessarily run to win. She<br />

runs because she loves to run.<br />

“When you strip everything down,<br />

just the act and the process of running<br />

is so fulfilling for me,” Gallagher<br />

says. “You know, you take out all the<br />

pressure and competitiveness, and<br />

I find that running is the most pure,<br />

joyful activity I think I’ll ever do.”<br />

Gallagher, who grew up in<br />

Englewood and graduated from Cherry<br />

Creek High School, won the grueling<br />

Leadville 100 for the second time last<br />

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it in 2016, aware of what a challenge<br />

it would be, but also confident she had<br />

the mental strength and capacity to<br />

pull it off.<br />

Undoubtedly, there are mental and<br />

physical challenges to running 100<br />

miles straight, she says. Suffering an<br />

injury or a hard fall requires digging<br />

into a subconscious space of purpose<br />

and grit.<br />

“I do think hundreds are a lot more<br />

mental than maybe is commonly<br />

thought of,” Gallagher says. “You can’t<br />

deny the physical element of needing to<br />

actually get through every single one<br />

of those 100 miles. But around miles<br />

50, 60, 70, I think it becomes entirely<br />

mental.”<br />

Gallagher’s favorite part of the 2022<br />

Leadville 100 was working with her<br />

crew, dear friends who surrounded her<br />

with support. She knew they would<br />

have her back no matter how the race<br />

turned out, and that was a beautiful<br />

experience for her.<br />

As a Colorado native, Gallagher<br />

spent much of her upbringing outside<br />

and in the mountains, doing activities<br />

like climbing fourteeners with her<br />

family—sometimes against her will,<br />

she jokes.<br />

She was recruited to run track<br />

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and cross country at Princeton<br />

University, where she ran the 1,500-<br />

and 3,000-meter steeplechase, but she<br />

was plagued with multiple injuries,<br />

including chondromalacia and others<br />

that were the result of muscle overuse.<br />

These injuries, which sometimes<br />

prevent her from doing what she loves<br />

most, have been the toughest part of<br />

running for Gallagher. When times get<br />

tough and she needs motivation, she<br />

turns to her role model, her 92-yearold<br />

grandfather, Pops—her biggest<br />

supporter and fan.<br />

Princeton was by no means the<br />

pinnacle of Gallagher’s career, and<br />

she didn’t find her stride again until<br />

after she graduated. While doing a<br />

teaching fellowship in a tiny rural<br />

fishing village in Southern Thailand<br />

in 2014, she found herself with a lot of<br />

time on her hands. “I kind of thought I<br />

was done with running, because I just<br />

had a bit of a sour taste from not really<br />

doing that well in college,” she says.<br />

“And lo and behold, I was just like,<br />

well, running is what I love to do, so<br />

I’m going to run. It was there that I<br />

signed up for my first ultra, which was<br />

about a 50 miler.”<br />

In 2016, Gallagher moved to <strong>Boulder</strong>,<br />

started running professionally and<br />

picked up sponsorships from Patagonia,<br />

La Sportiva and Petzl. In <strong>Boulder</strong>, she<br />

found a community of trail runners<br />

(left and below) Photos from the<br />

2022 Leadville 100 Run and crossing the<br />

finish line.<br />

who taught her how to traverse the<br />

trail system in all seasons.<br />

She loves running because “it’s a<br />

way to connect with our earth. Putting<br />

my feet on a dirt trail, being in the<br />

forest, looking at the Flatirons, it’s so<br />

immersive for me to be able to move<br />

through our world and environment<br />

that we’re so lucky to live in, in a way<br />

that feels really good. It’s the time in<br />

my day where I feel most alive.”<br />

Ultimately, her goal is to give<br />

back some of the joy she’s found in<br />

the <strong>Boulder</strong> running community. “I<br />

want to continue to share how to run,<br />

because everyone can do it. Everyone<br />

can,” she says. “It’s this beautiful sport<br />

where even if you can’t run, you can<br />

hike. You don’t have to be fast. It has<br />

changed my life for the better.”<br />

While she still runs professionally,<br />

Gallagher no longer works full-time<br />

for Patagonia, her main sponsor.<br />

She’s now a first-year PhD student<br />

in the Department of Environmental<br />

Studies at CU <strong>Boulder</strong>, and she says<br />

the break from running full-time has<br />

only deepened her love for the sport.<br />

No longer able to rely on running as<br />

her sole source of joy, she’s working on<br />

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Keeping backyard chickens as a family pastime<br />


Chicken ownership got a bump in<br />

popularity during the pandemic<br />

and recent egg shortages due to<br />

the avian flu outbreak, led to renewed<br />

interest in the trend. More people<br />

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Spring is the season when you can<br />

buy baby chicks, so now is a perfect time<br />

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to get started if you’re looking to jump<br />

on the bandwagon. Keeping chickens<br />

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in a pretty basket though, so make<br />

sure you have realistic expectations for<br />

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Backyard Chickens in<br />

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Unless your HOA prohibits them<br />

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get inside. They’ll also need nesting<br />

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Hear that? That’s the sound of<br />

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Raising your own chickens won’t<br />

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shamelessly spoils the animals in your<br />

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(above) A round coop (left) A fluffy Silkie<br />

hen that moves like the Energizer bunny.<br />

of setting up a coop, buying equipment<br />

and buying the chickens themselves<br />

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continuous expenses of coop bedding,<br />

chicken feed, occasional vet visits,<br />

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effort should also be considered part of<br />

your cost.<br />

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Whatever your age, interest, or ability<br />

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“All rides after the coffee meetups are<br />

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A 2016 study found that people who<br />

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growing pains<br />

Growing Pains<br />

As <strong>Boulder</strong> County’s population explodes, its towns and cities will need to rely<br />

even more on the resilience and community that brought so many people here<br />

in the first place<br />


“People seeing the beauty of this valley will want to stay, and their staying will be the undoing of the beauty.”<br />

Chief Niwot’s well-worn quote<br />

referring to the natural wonder<br />

of <strong>Boulder</strong> Valley, known as<br />

Niwot’s Curse, has become something<br />

of a self-fulfilling prophecy. The lands<br />

that make up <strong>Boulder</strong> County remain<br />

beautiful, but there’s no denying the<br />

density of people who continue to take<br />

up residency in the hills and valleys,<br />

that were once home to the Arapaho<br />

and other Indigenous peoples.<br />

One of the 17 original counties that<br />

made up Colorado when it became a<br />

state in 1876, <strong>Boulder</strong> County is now<br />

home to more than 300,000 people and<br />

has expanded well beyond the city that<br />

gave the county its name. Through<br />

fire, flood, plague and a constant<br />

shortage of housing, people continue to<br />

choose the valley as their home—and<br />

why wouldn’t they? <strong>Boulder</strong> County<br />

offers stunning mountain vistas and<br />

a relatively central location to places<br />

like Denver, Fort Collins and Rocky<br />

Mountain National Park, along with<br />

plenty of jobs and recreation.<br />

The first recorded population census for<br />

the county in 1870 recorded a whopping<br />

1,939 residents, according to Colorado<br />

State Archives. A hundred years later,<br />

in 1970, the population had multiplied to<br />

131,889. A little over 50 years later, that<br />

number has almost tripled.<br />

Big tech companies and<br />

manufacturers, from IBM, SeaGate<br />

and Google to Crocs and OtterBox, have<br />

all built big campuses. Towns like Erie<br />

and Superior have seen major growth<br />

since their initial incorporations, while<br />

the L-towns (Longmont, Louisville<br />

and Lafayette) continue to draw new<br />

residents and housing developments.<br />

Longmont’s population is on track to<br />

overtake <strong>Boulder</strong>’s in the next decade,<br />

with more than 100,000 people as of<br />

the last census.<br />

Some of the appeal comes from the<br />

small-town vibes found in the L-towns’<br />

quaint downtowns. If you follow Highway<br />

287 from Longmont’s Main Street all<br />

the way into Lafayette and Louisville,<br />

you’ll find plenty of restaurants, art<br />

galleries and entertainment venues<br />

to choose from—and plenty of housing<br />


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developments encroaching on once-open<br />

agricultural land.<br />

Craig Engelhorn, the owner of Spirit<br />

Hound Distillery in Lyons and former<br />

master brewer for Oskar Blues, who<br />

has lived in the area for more than 26<br />

years, says officials from the town of<br />

Superior reached out several years ago<br />

when it started having growing pains,<br />

to ask how Lyons had maintained its<br />

small-town feel as population boomed.<br />

“Lyons is lucky, in a sense,”<br />

Engelhorn says. “We can’t support<br />

unbounded growth because we’re<br />

physically penned in. Whereas<br />

Superior and Lafayette, those are built<br />

on this wide-open space.”<br />

Geographically restricted, Lyons<br />

runs into canyons, foothills and the<br />

junctions of streams that form the St.<br />

Vrain Creek. Other municipalities<br />

in the western reaches of the county,<br />

like Nederland, Jamestown and<br />

Ward, face similar restrictions that<br />

keep them smaller than their eastern<br />

counterparts.<br />

Engelhorn says community has<br />

always been a core value at the<br />

distillery. “But we realized a long<br />

time ago, that it’s not just being a part<br />

of the community,” he adds. “It’s the<br />

community being a part of you. We<br />

give, and we take.”<br />

Fires, Floods and Sprawl<br />

Hardiness is a necessity for <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

County residents. This year marks a<br />

decade since the 2013 flood ravaged the<br />

county, almost washing parts of Lyons<br />

off the map and leaving many residents<br />

without power for months.<br />

Fire has been a constant threat. The<br />

1989 Black Tiger Gulch Fire, which<br />

burned for four days and destroyed 44<br />

homes on Sugarloaf Mountain and in<br />

Four Mile Canyon, caused $10 million<br />

in damage. It was the costliest wildfire<br />

in Colorado’s history at the time—and<br />

seems underwhelming today.<br />

In 2020, as the COVID pandemic shut<br />

down the county, some of the largest<br />

wildfires in Colorado came dangerously<br />

close. Recovery and restoration efforts<br />

from nearly a million acres of wildfires,<br />

(opposite) <strong>Boulder</strong> city aerial view in<br />

2020. (clockwise from top left) Mountain<br />

views from Longmont; Hot air balloons<br />

over the town of Erie; <strong>Boulder</strong> city continues<br />

to expand towards the Flatirons.<br />

including the Calwood fire that burned<br />

more than 10,000 acres in <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

County, are still ongoing.<br />

Just over a year later, on December 30,<br />

2021, the Marshall Fire claimed more<br />

than 1,000 structures in Louisville,<br />

Superior and unincorporated <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

County, causing more than $1 billion<br />

in damage. Many residents are still<br />

struggling to find homes.<br />

Still, people move here, and new<br />

developments are built to accommodate<br />

them. In his plans for his second term<br />

and the <strong>2023</strong> legislative session, Colorado<br />

Gov. Jared Polis promises to address the<br />

housing and transportation issues now<br />

facing the state and the county.<br />

At a policy presentation with the<br />

Louisville-based Commuting Solutions<br />

group in January, Polis argued for denser<br />

neighborhoods over the continuing<br />

spread of housing developments into<br />

open space and agricultural lands.<br />

“We need to make sure we have<br />

thoughtful, smart planning, sustainable<br />

development and better transit services<br />

along transit-oriented communities that<br />

allow people to get to work in different<br />

ways,” Polis said.<br />

Perhaps one day RTD’s mythical rail<br />

line from Denver to Fort Collins will<br />

actually be built, easing the commutes<br />

of thousands along the Front Range.<br />

While we wait, more subdivisions<br />

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growing pains<br />

Urban sprawl from<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> City in the<br />

background.<br />

and developments will spring up<br />

in the county. According to the City<br />

of Longmont’s active development<br />

log, more than 1,000 units are under<br />

construction in that city alone.<br />

A Future for Everyone<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County Commissioner<br />

Marta Loachamin, a long-term<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County resident who now lives<br />

in Longmont, believes the county is<br />

ready to delve deep into the issues of<br />

housing and transportation.<br />

“They just need leadership who will<br />

listen and people who are willing to work<br />

on these issues in a way that is fair and<br />

equitable for all residents,” she adds.<br />

Before she became <strong>Boulder</strong> County’s<br />

first Latina commissioner, Loachamin<br />

worked as a teacher and a real estate<br />

agent and served as a cultural broker<br />

when the City of Longmont helped<br />

the community’s Latino population<br />

during the 2013 flood. Since she took<br />

office, she has continued the necessary<br />

work of making sure the government<br />

serves everyone who resides in the<br />

community, including people affected<br />

by COVID and fires.<br />

Community resiliency is an<br />

important factor in its growth, but<br />

Loachamin wants to ensure that the<br />

conversation includes everyone.<br />

“Resiliency and the future of the<br />

county must include those who exist<br />

outside of the system or are traditionally<br />

underserved by it,” she says.<br />

In 2021, the county partnered<br />

with the Community Foundation for<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County and Rebuild by Design<br />

to conduct public outreach, surveys<br />

and forums to address the best way<br />

to allocate $63.35 million in federal<br />

funds through the American Rescue<br />

Plan Act, “to co-determine how the…<br />

funds will be used by community<br />

members who suffered in disparate<br />

ways due to racial, social and gender<br />

inequalities and set a precedent for<br />

future planning efforts,” according to<br />

the county’s November 2021 report on<br />

the allocations.<br />

According to Loachamin, a goal<br />

of the current legislative session at<br />

both the state and county level will<br />

be to address creative solutions to the<br />

housing issues, including affordable<br />

developments and reassessing zoning<br />

restrictions. We can remain hopeful<br />

that the <strong>Boulder</strong> County Regional<br />

Housing Partnership can reach its goal<br />

of 12 percent permanently attainable<br />

housing in the county by 2035. B<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County Stats<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> County Population<br />

(US Census Bureau)<br />

1970: 131,889<br />

1980: 189,625<br />

1990: 225,339<br />

2000: 271,574<br />

2010: 295,056<br />

2021: 329,543<br />

BoCo Square Footage: 740 square miles<br />

School Districts: <strong>Boulder</strong> Valley RE-2, St.<br />

Vrain Valley RE 1J, Estes Park R-3,<br />

Thompson R-2J<br />

Cities: <strong>Boulder</strong>, Longmont, Lafayette,<br />

Louisville<br />

Towns: Erie, Jamestown, Lyons, Nederland,<br />

Superior, Ward<br />


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history<br />

<strong>May</strong> Day Celebrations<br />

A long ago tradition of flower baskets and dancing around the <strong>May</strong> pole<br />

By LAURA K. DEAL<br />

As <strong>Apr</strong>il moves into <strong>May</strong>, many<br />

people’s minds turn to Mother’s<br />

Day, and the gifting of flowers<br />

associated with that holiday. But<br />

there is another <strong>May</strong> holiday deeply<br />

associated with the return of flowers<br />

in the spring. If you’re of a certain age,<br />

perhaps you celebrated the coming of<br />

spring on <strong>May</strong> 1st by making a paper<br />

<strong>May</strong> Day Basket as a child. I remember<br />

being in grade school in the 1960s and<br />

making a basket out of folded paper,<br />

tucking early blooming flowers and<br />

maybe a piece or two of candy into it,<br />

and then hanging the basket of flowers<br />

on the neighbor’s door, ringing the bell<br />

and running to hide. The recipient was<br />

expected to give chase and try to kiss<br />

the basket giver, though the chasing<br />

was more fun than the kissing at that<br />

young age, and there wasn’t very often<br />

an actual kiss.<br />

The custom was dying out in the<br />

1960s, but was remembered by<br />

Franklin Folsom who was born in<br />

1907 in <strong>Boulder</strong>. His father, Fred,<br />

coached CU football and taught at the<br />

CU Law School, and gave his name to<br />

both Folsom Field and Folsom Street<br />

in <strong>Boulder</strong>. The younger Folsom grew<br />

up to be a prolific writer and was one of<br />

the many subjects of the Maria Rogers<br />

Oral History Program conducted<br />

by the <strong>Boulder</strong> Public Library. He<br />

recalled the horror he felt on a <strong>May</strong><br />

Day when he was six or seven, around<br />

1913 or 1914, when his mother urged<br />

him to deliver a <strong>May</strong> Day basket to a<br />

neighbor girl.<br />

“What you did on <strong>May</strong> Day according<br />

to my mother was pick flowers and<br />

take them to young ladies. Well, at<br />

the age of six or seven I wasn’t quite<br />

up to that, but she insisted that I go<br />

out and pick Johnny-jump-ups, put<br />

them in a little basket and take them...<br />

where a new family had moved in with<br />

a nice young girl...I got out there and<br />

dropped this scrunched up little bunch<br />

of flowers on the front porch and fled.<br />

I cordially disliked that young girl<br />

– a totally irrational emotion – for<br />

years!” Chasing and kissing weren’t<br />

apparently involved in the tradition in<br />

the early 1900s, but just the thought<br />


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of leaving flowers was enough to sour<br />

Franklin Folsom to the whole thing.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> school children also<br />

celebrated <strong>May</strong> Day in the early 1900s<br />

with a pageant and dance attended<br />

by parents and neighbors. The girls<br />

wore white dresses and stockings,<br />

with flowers in their hair, and the boys<br />

wore white shirts and black pants. The<br />

children walked in procession past the<br />

spectators and danced around the<br />

<strong>May</strong> Pole. This dance, which involves<br />

weaving ribbons around a tall pole,<br />

has ancient origins in Europe, India,<br />

and elsewhere in the world. The <strong>May</strong><br />

Pole dance, originally a ritual to<br />

ensure the earth’s fertility, eventually<br />

evolved into a simple celebration of the<br />

return of spring. It’s a tradition that<br />

continues today in some schools, like<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>’s Shining Mountain Waldorf<br />

School.<br />

Irene Smith Lybarger, another oldtimer<br />

in <strong>Boulder</strong>, told her oral history<br />

interviewer that she remembered “<strong>May</strong><br />

Pole dances. It was about planting<br />

time for the farmers…at school we<br />

did a <strong>May</strong> Pole every year…with crepe<br />

paper. We’d wind the [flag] pole and<br />

have a big time with it.”<br />

It wasn’t just the young children<br />

celebrating <strong>May</strong> Day, though. From<br />

1911 to 1924, women at the University<br />

of Colorado put on a <strong>May</strong> Day Fete as<br />

a way to raise money for a campus<br />

building of their own. They wanted a<br />

dormitory, with their own dining hall<br />

and gymnasium, and they raised quite<br />

a bit of money over the years, but when<br />

the First World War got underway,<br />

all building resources were dedicated<br />

to the war effort, and the women<br />

eventually donated their money toward<br />

a pipe organ for Macky Auditorium.<br />

These days, <strong>May</strong> Day celebrations<br />

are much harder to find. What can<br />

you do if you can’t find a dozen friends<br />

and a <strong>May</strong> Pole to dance around, or if<br />

you don’t want to ring your neighbor’s<br />

doorbell and run? You could always<br />

bring flowers or some candy to a friend<br />

or neighbor and tell them a little bit<br />

about the days in <strong>Boulder</strong> when <strong>May</strong><br />

Day was celebrated with dances and<br />

baskets and flowers. B<br />

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art seen<br />

Miniature Canvases<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> artist Remington Robinson breathes new life into mint tins<br />


While most people see an Altoids<br />

mint tin and instantly think<br />

“fresh breath,” <strong>Boulder</strong>-based<br />

artist Remington Robinson sees a tiny<br />

masterpiece just waiting to happen.<br />

Robinson, who goes by “Rem,” has<br />

been hooked on art since preschool,<br />

after his teacher was impressed with<br />

the complexity of one of his marker<br />

drawings. The idea of becoming an<br />

artist wasn’t much of a stretch, though—<br />

as a child, he often kept busy at his<br />

dad’s architecture office, drawing with<br />

colored pencils and drafting templates.<br />

He was surrounded by art at home,<br />

too; his great-grandfather was a wellknown<br />

impressionist named August<br />

F. Biehle, Jr., part of the “Cleveland<br />

School” of artists who dominated the<br />

art scene in that city during the first<br />

half of the 20th century. “Our house,<br />

and many of my relatives’ houses, all<br />

had his paintings hanging all over the<br />

walls,” he says.<br />

Robinson got serious about his art<br />

in high school, and it paid off quickly.<br />

He sold his first painting right after<br />

graduation in 2004, and things<br />

escalated from there; in 2010 after<br />

college, he was selling more and more<br />

works, and in 2016 started painting<br />

murals with friends. That year, he<br />

also discovered how much he enjoyed<br />

painting “en plein air”—painting<br />

outside, from life.<br />

About 10 years ago, he discovered<br />

miniature 2-by-3-inch canvases at the<br />

store and decided to start painting<br />

them for fun. A few years later, he<br />

began to see posts on Instagram that<br />

altered the trajectory of his career.<br />

“People were painting inside Altoids<br />

tins, and I ended up painting with one<br />

of those people out in the field and asked<br />

her if she wouldn’t mind if I did Altoids<br />

tin paintings, too,” explains Robinson,<br />

who now has more than 800,000<br />

followers on social media. “And she<br />

said of course she didn’t mind, because<br />

she had also started after seeing other<br />

people do it.”<br />


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Though Robinson doesn’t include<br />

words of encouragement with the mint<br />

tin paintings he sells, he does include<br />

something else that’s always a fun<br />

surprise for recipients: “When I’m out<br />

in the field, I don’t usually bring all my<br />

paint tubes with me. I squeeze a little bit<br />

of each color into the tin, and it’s better<br />

to have too much than not enough,”<br />

he explains. “Then when I send off the<br />

painting, I leave the palette of leftover<br />

paint inside the bottom half of the tin.”<br />

Although sometimes he gets comments<br />

from people who are offended that he<br />

wasted paint, most reactions to the<br />

palette are positive. “I think they enjoy<br />

seeing that part of my process, as kind of<br />

a behind-the-scenes look.”<br />

When Robinson’s not outdoors painting<br />

inside Altoids tins, he continues to take<br />

(opposite, clockwise from left)<br />

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<strong>Boulder</strong>; Chautauqua. (top) Chautauqua<br />

Winter (below) Mural at Rocky Mountain<br />

Anglers, <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

Painting inside the tins was a natural<br />

progression of both the miniature<br />

canvases he liked painting, and the<br />

plein air painting, and Robinson has<br />

now been creating them for about six<br />

years, initially doing them when he<br />

wasn’t working on mural commissions.<br />

People ask him all the time where he<br />

gets the tins, and whether he gets sick<br />

of mints. Although he occasionally buys<br />

his own Altoids from the gas station—or<br />

sometimes he strays and tries a different<br />

brand—most of the tins come empty and<br />

pre-cleaned from friends and family, or<br />

he buys them in batches on eBay. One<br />

friend even sent him a box of eight empty<br />

tins that included an extra surprise:<br />

“Her daughter had included two strips of<br />

paper inside each tin,” he says. “One had<br />

a drawing on it and the other had words<br />

of encouragement. It was absolutely<br />

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art seen<br />

mural commissions, either by himself or<br />

with his friend and fellow artist Jason T.<br />

Graves. Besides the obvious difference<br />

in scale, mural painting differs from<br />

painting inside mint tins in a number<br />

of other ways, he says. “Murals are<br />

done on location, talking with people,<br />

being out in the world and making art,<br />

and making people happy with my art,<br />

which I absolutely love. With the mint<br />

tins, it’s just me.”<br />

There’s another difference, one that’s<br />

very important to Robinson and to<br />

his creative process: He doesn’t take<br />

commissions for the mint tins.<br />

“The tiny paintings are fun and<br />

satisfying because I can basically go<br />

paint whenever and wherever I want,”<br />

he says, like up at Eldora on a snowy<br />

day, near the Flatirons, along <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

(top, left to right) <strong>Boulder</strong> Creek;<br />

Eldora in the Spring.<br />

Creek during spring runoff, or at<br />

the Pearl Street Mall. “I don’t take<br />

commissions for the tins because the<br />

work I create comes from a place of joy<br />

and a sincere interest in what I choose<br />

to paint, and people pick up on that.”<br />

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Remington Robinson with<br />

a collection of mint tins.<br />

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garden<br />

Tulip Time<br />

The riot of blooms on the Pearl Street Mall puts a little spring in everyone’s step—<br />

and then gives back again with a bulb giveaway at summer’s end<br />



children decked out in fairy<br />

wings and elfin caps, to follow<br />

the Tulip Fairy through a<br />

multicolored sea of tulips on<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>’s Pearl Street Mall.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>’s Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival,<br />

one of the city’s most endearing<br />

traditions, has been welcoming the<br />

tulips nearly every <strong>Apr</strong>il or <strong>May</strong> since<br />

the late 1970s. Back then, <strong>Boulder</strong>’s<br />

then–sister city Meppel, Holland, would<br />

send 5,000 tulip bulbs to be planted<br />

along the mall every year. <strong>Boulder</strong> is<br />

no longer a sister city with Meppel, so<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Parks and Recreation orders<br />

more than 15,000 bulbs from Holland<br />

to plant every year.<br />

The festival, a day full of music and<br />

performances, crafts and activities,<br />

face painting, foam-sword dueling and<br />

parades, was formally launched in<br />

2013 after being held informally for<br />

more than a decade. Debra Ordway,<br />

former owner of Theatrical Costumes,<br />

Etc., plays the Tulip Fairy and “really<br />

exemplifies the spirit of the event,”<br />

says Anna Salim, vice president of<br />

operations and programming for<br />

Downtown <strong>Boulder</strong> Partnership.<br />

“In 2003, about 150 kids participated.<br />

By 2010, it was thousands,” Salim<br />

says. Kids (and their parents) were<br />

so distraught when the festival was<br />

canceled in 2015 because of the weather,<br />

that the organizers implemented a<br />

makeup date in case of rain or snow.<br />

After little ones have had the<br />

opportunity to prance amid their<br />

multicolored glories and mall walkers<br />

have ogled their blooms, all the tulip<br />

bulbs are shared with the city at<br />

large. Each year, <strong>Boulder</strong> Parks and<br />

Recreation partners with the Downtown<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Partnership to provide free<br />


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Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival<br />

draws big crowds.<br />

tulip bulbs to the community.<br />

“In <strong>May</strong>, we dig up the bulbs and let<br />

them dry so we can share them with<br />

community members at our annual<br />

tulip giveaway in late August,” says<br />

Jonathan Thornton, communications<br />

program manager for the City of<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>. “We partnered with Downtown<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> and several local businesses<br />

so each receives bulbs and can then<br />

distribute one bag per family.”<br />

Bulbs are given away on a first-come,<br />

first-served basis. They’re gone within<br />

a matter of hours.<br />

In the fall, the cycle starts all<br />

over again when <strong>Boulder</strong> Parks and<br />

Recreation crews pull out the annuals<br />

that have bloomed all summer and<br />

plant a new shipment of bulbs in the<br />

mall’s flower beds. It takes about a<br />

week to get all the bulbs in the ground.<br />

“Meanwhile,” Thornton says, “people<br />

are on the mall, stopping and watching<br />

the work, asking questions and just<br />

thanking them for doing the job.” For<br />

more details on the Tulip Fairy & Elf<br />

Festival, see our Events section. B<br />

Tulips on Pearl Street<br />

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home<br />

From the Ground Up<br />

Earthen construction—the oldest building method around—is getting a fresh look<br />



into vogue all the time, as<br />

the proliferation of 1990s<br />

fashion proves. But one<br />

homebuilding trend that’s<br />

resurging in popularity, goes back much<br />

longer than decades. Much, much longer.<br />

Earthen construction is one of<br />

humankind’s oldest home-building<br />

methods, in use for tens of thousands<br />

of years. Here in Colorado, the earthen<br />

cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde have stood<br />

since the 1190s.<br />

Today, earthen construction is getting<br />

a second look for a number of reasons.<br />

First, it’s resilient. In the wake of<br />

the Marshall Fire, that’s an attractive<br />

prospect for homeowners building<br />

along the Front Range. Research from<br />

the University of California, Davis<br />

has shown that properly engineered<br />

earthen homes can withstand natural<br />

disasters, from category 5 hurricanes<br />

to 2,200-degree fires. It’s built to last,<br />

as the Great Pyramid of Giza and the<br />

Great Wall of China demonstrate.<br />

For sustainability-minded homeowners,<br />

earthen construction is more economically<br />

friendly than a typical build with<br />

fabricated materials. It helps with<br />

temperature control, reducing energy<br />

costs in both summer and winter.<br />

The construction industry accounts for<br />

around 40 percent of global greenhouse<br />

gas emissions, and much of that comes<br />

from the embodied emissions of building<br />

materials like concrete. That’s not an<br />

issue for earthen construction, which is<br />

made of, well, dirt.<br />

“Rammed earth is one of the<br />

few materials that is sustainable,<br />

structural, functional and happens to<br />

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Earthen Construction Options<br />

Rammed Earth: Rammed earth is a<br />

mixture of damp earth (usually sand,<br />

gravel, clay and a stabilizer like cement)<br />

that is put into a wall frame and then<br />

compressed with a pneumatic tamper.<br />

That process is repeated until the<br />

walls—which will be around 2 feet<br />

thick when completed—can stand<br />

without a frame.<br />

Earth Bricks: Another option is<br />

compressed earth bricks such as those<br />

produced by Colorado Earth in Golden.<br />

Colorado Earth’s ecoBlocks are made<br />

of dirt, crushed limestone and water<br />

compressed with a hydraulic press.<br />

Colorado Earth also provides design<br />

and architectural consulting services<br />

for homeowners interested in using<br />

its ecoBlocks.<br />

Adobe: Adobe construction uses sundried<br />

earthen bricks. Colorado Earth<br />

makes adobe bricks out of the same<br />

material as its ecoBlocks, but pours the<br />

wet mixture into forms in the ground<br />

to dry. Super Adobe, a construction<br />

technique pioneered by Californiabased<br />

architect Nader Khalili, uses<br />

sandbags filled with wet earth and<br />

laid out in coils.<br />


look really cool,” says Brett Fitzgerald,<br />

who co-founded Longmont-based<br />

EarthBuilt Associates with Hutch<br />

Monteson in 2012. Fitzgerald and<br />

Monteson work with homeowners to<br />

create beautiful rammed earth homes<br />

for clients along the Front Range.<br />

“Aesthetics and texture – people love<br />

the way it looks and feels,” Fitzgerald<br />

says. That’s a big reason for the uptick<br />

in interest that EarthBuilt Associates<br />

has seen in recent years, from both<br />

homeowners and the commercial sector,<br />

including an interior rammed earth<br />

wall for the Vanity Fair headquarters<br />

in downtown Denver.<br />

Rammed earth is a mixture of damp<br />

earth (usually sand, gravel, clay and a<br />

stabilizer like cement), that is put into<br />

a wall frame and then compressed with<br />

a pneumatic tamper. That process is<br />

repeated until the walls—which will be<br />

around 2 feet thick when completed—<br />

can stand without a frame.<br />

If you’re interested in earthen<br />

construction, it’s important to work<br />

with a team of experienced designers<br />

and engineers who understand the<br />

particularities of earthen homes. A pro<br />

team can also answer all your questions,<br />

like whether an earthen home will<br />

erode (the answer is no, if they’re sealed<br />

properly), crack (earthen material may<br />

contract a tiny bit when it finishes<br />

curing, but including control joints<br />

solves the issue) or shed dust (nope).<br />

Labor might cost more because<br />

earthen builders are master crafters<br />

and have to undergo extensive<br />

training—but what they build stands<br />

the test of time. B<br />

Resources<br />

earthbuiltco.com; coloradoearth.com<br />

Cob: The name “cob” comes from Old<br />

English, but the technique has been<br />

used in many parts of the world for<br />

centuries. Cob builders mix clay with<br />

sand and straw and then sculpt the<br />

mixture into structures. Cob doesn’t<br />

perform very well as insulation, which<br />

could be difficult during cold winters.<br />

But it can be a great option for<br />

outdoor ovens, chicken coops, garden<br />

sheds and other structures.<br />

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clutter<br />

Organizing Your Space<br />

Steps and tips to help reduce clutter and regain happiness<br />



need to downsize, or just feel overwhelmed<br />

with too much stuff, there are countless<br />

methods available to help you unleash your<br />

inner neat freak.<br />

KonMari. The Home Edit. Swedish Death Cleaning (yes,<br />

a real thing!). Simply Clean. Clutterbug. Minimal-ish. You’re<br />

probably at least somewhat familiar with one or two of these<br />

organizational system buzzwords.<br />

Why are these systems and methods so prevalent and<br />

so popular? Simply put, we want a quick fix to our overconsumptive<br />

ways. We may purchase items with good<br />

intentions, but over time, piles of stuff can actually have a<br />

detrimental impact on our happiness. Along with physical<br />

clutter, comes mental clutter.<br />

Anna Butler, owner and lead organizer at UnClutterCO, a<br />

professional organizing company based in <strong>Boulder</strong>, says she<br />

founded the company to help people find tranquility in their<br />

surroundings. “Our homes are a reflection of our moods,<br />

personalities, productivity, and stress levels. Because we<br />

have so little control over so many things in our lives, being<br />

organized is one area where we can take that control back.”<br />

As far as subscribing to any of the aforementioned<br />

organizational systems, Butler says any of them can work,<br />

but you really need to be committed to paring down, or<br />

“editing”, first.<br />

“Whatever the method used, editing is absolutely essential<br />

in organizing,” Butler says. “Without it, we’re just moving<br />

around clutter. We find it’s easier to start with items that<br />

have no sentimental value. Then we can move on to more<br />

difficult and challenging areas.”<br />

In general, there are three distinct categories to making<br />

your home a tidier, more livable space: decluttering/editing,<br />

organizing and maintaining what remains, and finally, stopping<br />

the cycle from happening again through mindful prevention.<br />


Take your time: The clutter didn’t all accumulate in a day and<br />

you can’t expect to resolve it, without putting some thought into<br />

what to keep and what to toss. Base your judgment on logic and<br />

not pure emotional attachment. Butler’s rule of thumb is to ask<br />

yourself, “Do I need it? Do I use it? Do I love it?”<br />

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Anna Butler<br />

Start small: Identify one small area to get started and devote<br />

just a few minutes a day to the project. Butler recommends<br />

a kitchen drawer or a bedside table. This way, you can feel<br />

an immediate sense of accomplishment and feel empowered<br />

to keep at it. If you try to work for hours at a time, you can<br />

become overwhelmed, exhausted, and discouraged.<br />

Be strategic: Grab some trash bags and some boxes and<br />

move from room to room separating out what you plan<br />

to discard, donate, offer to friends and family, or keep.<br />

Separating your things into these categories will make it<br />

easier to get them to their final destinations. If this is too<br />

overwhelming or doesn’t fit into your busy schedule, find a<br />

professional service to help you.<br />

Reclaim space: Simple strategies like scanning photos from<br />

albums onto USB cards can be huge space savers. It’s also a<br />

nice way to share the fruits of your labor with close family<br />

and friends. If books are a problem area, donate them to local<br />

libraries or schools in your area. Find ways to make some of<br />

these bigger items disappear.<br />

Distribute: Once you have your bags and boxes filled, head<br />

to a local donation center, your garbage and recycling bins,<br />

or hire a junk removal service. You might try a consignment<br />

store or an online reseller to get some of your nicer items out<br />

of your home and into new hands while making a little money<br />

in the process.<br />

Check Out:<br />

depop.com - Clothing resale<br />

deCluttr.com - Tech resale and trade<br />

brarecycling.com - Send in old undergarments<br />


Once you’ve pared down to just the items you wish to keep,<br />

it’s important to have a manageable system to keep them in<br />

their place. Shelves with baskets, bins, drawers and labels<br />

are all useful for keeping your space tidy. Find yourself a<br />

calendar or a checklist to help remind you to maintain your<br />

cleaner spaces, by doing a little bit of organizing each day.<br />

Check Out:<br />

Tody - Home cleaning app for Android or Apple<br />

clutterbug.me - Tips on home organization<br />


Once your home is closer to clutter-free, stop the vicious cycle<br />

in its tracks. Before you buy another item, ask yourself how<br />

much mental and physical space it’s going to consume and<br />

what kind of maintenance it requires. Even an item that just<br />

needs dusting regularly can add to the overwhelm.<br />

Check Out:<br />

buynothingproject.org - Online gift economy network<br />

Remember that any action is a step in the right direction.<br />

“There is no such thing as perfection in this life and organizing<br />

is no exception to that”, Butler says. “Functionality and<br />

maintainability are always the goal. It’s much easier to stay<br />

organized when you have less stuff. It’s that simple.” B<br />

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consignment<br />

Secondhand Shopping<br />

Recent events and Mother Nature have given consignment stores a boon in sales<br />


Every cloud has a silver lining,<br />

and for <strong>Boulder</strong> County sellers of<br />

secondhand furniture, the storm<br />

clouds of Covid and then the Marshall<br />

Fire were lined with the silver of several<br />

banner years for sales.<br />

“Everything has changed so much<br />

since the pandemic began, and it has<br />

been in our favor,” says Diane McCarthy,<br />

manager of Greenwood Wildlife Thrift<br />

and Consignment in <strong>Boulder</strong>. The<br />

upscale furniture shop introduced an<br />

online shop in 2019, just before virtual<br />

shopping became our only option. “When<br />

we were all locked in and locked down,<br />

people started revamping their homes,<br />

indoors and out, and we saw a surge in<br />

sales.”<br />

“It was our busiest, best year ever<br />

this past year,” agrees Clarissa Edelen,<br />

owner of Fabulous Finds Upscale<br />

Consignment in Longmont, which has<br />

sold home furnishings secondhand for<br />

12 years.<br />

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“What’s really pushed the trend is<br />

the supply chain issues from Covid<br />

and then the Marshall Fire,” she says.<br />

Hundreds of local families needed to<br />

replace everything destroyed by fire,<br />

at the same time the pandemic had<br />

already delayed furniture delivery by<br />

6-12 months. “First line stores weren’t<br />

getting their inventory. That pushed<br />

people into coming here, where they

(opposite) Home furnishings and<br />

artwork at Fabulous Finds Upscale<br />

Consignment. (left) Trending, modern<br />

finds at Greenwood Wildlife Thrift &<br />

Consignment.<br />

relationships with some design firms<br />

doing complete remodels for high-end<br />

clients,” says Edelen. In other words,<br />

their inventory has been in some<br />

nice places before it arrived and<br />

often includes a plethora of brand<br />

names: Crate and Barrel, Ethan<br />

Allen, Pottery Barn, Restoration<br />

Hardware, Woodley’s, Bernhardt<br />

and more.<br />

“When you walk into a consignment<br />

store, you see one of everything, not<br />

multiples of every item,” Edelen says.<br />

“You can shop all your favorite stores<br />

in a consignment store.”<br />


can take items home right away.”<br />

Inflation also played a role, of course,<br />

as cash-strapped folks searched for<br />

bargains; Edelen estimates their<br />

inventory is typically priced at 50-80<br />

percent of retail. However, the move<br />

toward secondhand furniture is more<br />

than simply economic. Several factors<br />

have aligned in popular culture to<br />

bring secondhand to many people’s<br />

first choice.<br />

‘Nothing New’<br />

Brings in the Young<br />

While the majority of consignment<br />

shoppers trended toward mature<br />

homeowners in the past, “I see more<br />

and more younger people coming in,<br />

who have jumped on the bandwagon<br />

to not buy new,” says McCarthy, who<br />

explains such customers usually have<br />

green motivations. “We pride ourselves<br />

on being in the business of keeping<br />

stuff out of the landfills, of recycling<br />

everything for the home.”<br />

She also says that these younger<br />

customers are less dedicated to brand<br />

names than the older generation, instead<br />

searching for one-of-a-kind style.<br />

Varied, High-Quality<br />

Inventory<br />

Unlike thrift stores, consignment<br />

stores offer a curated selection of items,<br />

meaning their inventory is often of<br />

surprising quality.<br />

“We’re utilized by property<br />

stagers and designers, and we have<br />

Hunting as a Hobby<br />

Secondhand shopping has also<br />

become a hobby in itself, an activity<br />

that’s both fun and functional.<br />

“It’s a treasure hunt,” says McCarthy.<br />

“More often than not, people walk in<br />

for something specific and leave with<br />

something entirely different. A lot of<br />

people will also say, when we ask if we<br />

can help them, ‘No, I’ll know when I<br />

see it.’”<br />

She also sees customers who bought<br />

furniture, return years later to<br />

consign the piece again, hopefully into<br />

the hands of new, joyful owner. “It’s<br />

a circle that comes back for us,” says<br />

McCarthy. “It’s wonderful that it keeps<br />

recycling.” B<br />

Secondhand Tips<br />

• Measure your space before you<br />

shop. Perhaps have photos of the<br />

space on your phone and bring a<br />

tape measure.<br />

• Thoroughly examine your finds for<br />

scratches and dents that might be<br />

dealbreakers. Almost all secondhand<br />

sales are final.<br />

• Be open to repurposing. A contemporary<br />

coat of paint can<br />

transform more traditional furniture.<br />

An armoire might become<br />

a wonderful fold-out desk or<br />

cocktail bar.<br />

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weddings<br />

Bri and Jack<br />

Fur-Ever After<br />

Dogs are a crucial and often non-negotiable part of<br />

more and more BoCo couples’ wedding parties<br />



not want to compete for<br />

attention on their wedding<br />

day, but newlyweds Lara and<br />

Zach Wright were thrilled<br />

when their dog, Rudy—wearing a floral<br />

collar and a big smile—was a big hit at<br />

their wedding last September.<br />

“Looking back, in the photos of Rudy<br />

walking down the aisle, everyone has<br />

their phones out,” says Lara Wright.<br />

“With the bridal party, everyone<br />

thought, ‘That’s nice,’ and kept their<br />

phones down, but they all wanted<br />

photos of Rudy.”<br />

Rudy’s floral collar is the only floral<br />

arrangement Wright saved from the<br />

wedding.<br />

Wright says Rudy’s inclusion was<br />

“non-negotiable,” and the Wrights<br />

certainly aren’t alone in their desire<br />

to have their beloved dog take part in<br />

their nuptials. Many couples, believing<br />

their dogs are part of the new family<br />

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Lara Zach engagement<br />

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Melissa<br />

and Zak<br />

being created, are including their<br />

pets in their wedding celebrations.<br />

“Couples love getting to have their<br />

furry family members at their wedding<br />

and taking pictures with them on<br />

one of the most important days of<br />

their lives,” says Shea McGrath, a<br />

photographer (sheamcgrath.com) who<br />

has included many dogs in engagement<br />

and wedding photos.<br />

McGrath’s biggest challenge is<br />

getting dogs to look at the camera,<br />

and she often hires an extra hand<br />

to engage the dog and give treats at<br />

engagement shoots. At her first petinclusive<br />

wedding, the dogs were the<br />

ring bearers.<br />

“At weddings, the biggest challenge<br />

is making sure the dog is being looked<br />

after so the couple — and even close<br />

friends and family — can enjoy the<br />

day without having to worry about<br />

if the dog is being taken care of,”<br />

McGrath says.<br />

For couples in the throes of a wedding<br />

celebration, walking a dog or picking<br />

up its poop are nearly impossible,<br />

and tasking a guest with dog-sitting<br />

removes that guest from the party.<br />

That’s where pet attendants come in.<br />

“The couple has so much going on<br />

during the day. How is the dog going<br />

to get there and get home? Who will<br />

watch them during the wedding? We<br />

take that stress off the couples’ plate,”<br />

says Hollie Connell, a wedding pet<br />

attendant and founder of Pup Plus<br />

One (pupplusone.com). Connell first<br />

attended a wedding as a dog’s date and<br />

minder for one of her clients, when she<br />

was a pet sitter on Rover. She’s since<br />

made the job a regular gig for herself<br />

and other attendants.<br />

Most couples want their dogs walked<br />

down the aisle, she says. Connell does<br />

that and then sits with them during the<br />

ceremony. She also walks dogs around<br />

to greet everyone—and pose for selfies<br />

with guests—during cocktail hour.<br />

“Most couples want their dogs<br />

included in every aspect of their<br />

wedding,” Connell adds. “In fact, in the<br />

State of Colorado, a dog can actually<br />

sign your marriage license with their<br />

paw print.” B<br />

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design<br />

Outdoor Haven<br />

Durable outdoor furniture that stands the test-of-time<br />

against the Colorado elements<br />

Mention <strong>Boulder</strong> and the great<br />

outdoors comes to mind.<br />

Located at the base of the<br />

Rocky Mountains at an elevation of<br />

5,430 feet above sea level, it offers wide<br />

open spaces, the sandstone slabs of the<br />

Flatirons, and incredible opportunities<br />

for outdoor sports.<br />

It’s also an ideal location to simply<br />

relax at home on the patio or porch<br />

enjoying the views.<br />

More people seem to be doing<br />

this since Covid began, according<br />

to Mariah <strong>May</strong>dew of Fruehauf’s in<br />

Winchester, who noted this has caused<br />

an increase in the sales of outdoor<br />

furniture sets, including large dining<br />

tables and extension tables versus<br />

individual pieces. Likewise, <strong>Boulder</strong>’s<br />

Christy Sports has seen an increase<br />

in popularity in sectional and flexible<br />

seating furniture that encourages<br />

entertaining and truly allows living<br />

in your outdoor space, according to<br />

Lindsay Kenison, patio furniture<br />

merchandise manager for the company.<br />


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design<br />

(opposite top) Opal Vintage by Jensen<br />

Outdoor Hero at Christy Sports. (opposite)<br />

Christy Sports Patio (top) Fruehaufs<br />

Jensen Outdoor’s Mix sectional is made<br />

from durable Ipe wood and can be configured<br />

in many different ways. (above)<br />

Fruehaufs Fermob’s Sixties collection is<br />

great for small spaces.<br />

With approximately 300 outdoor<br />

furniture manufacturers to choose<br />

from, there’s a lot of choice out there.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> spoke with<br />

<strong>May</strong>dew and Kenison about the outdoor<br />

furniture needs and availability to<br />

local residents.<br />

With annual temperature<br />

fluctuations that can be from below<br />

zero to 100 degrees, durability has to<br />

be a primary consideration they said.<br />

“We choose our outdoor furniture<br />

specifically for the Front Range and<br />

Rocky Mountain customer,” said<br />

Kenison. “We will always do our best<br />

to select furniture that is best for our<br />

dry and sunny climate.” Whether the<br />

material used for the furniture is<br />

aluminum, wrought iron, all weather<br />

wicker, wood or stainless steel, the<br />

higher quality product is the most<br />

durable, she noted. “If you want<br />

furniture that will last season to<br />

season and year to year, it’s important<br />

to purchase from a well-known<br />

manufacturer and a reliable retailer.”<br />

In addition to durability, <strong>May</strong>dew<br />

noted that weight is important to this<br />

locale. “Many of us are in high wind<br />

areas and need heavy furniture that<br />

will not blow away.” Snow, freeze/thaw<br />

and high UV are also considerations<br />

when looking at how the materials will<br />

hold up, she said.<br />

“Patio furniture must be designed<br />

and built to hold up in our climate.<br />

Using high quality materials and<br />

manufacturing processes are a must,”<br />

she added.<br />

Placement of the furniture is also a<br />

consideration. Will it be undercover,<br />

in full sun, on a small deck or a large<br />

patio. “Considering these questions<br />

will help determine what materials<br />

will be suited for you,” Kenison said.<br />

Aluminum tends to retain less heat<br />

than other metals, she said, so it does<br />

well in full sun. Ipe and teak will take<br />

longer to patina if placed in a covered<br />

area. Wrought iron is good for high<br />

winds, and poly-wood which is color<br />

fast can be a good choice for a vacation<br />

or rental property, especially since<br />

it doesn’t need to be covered in the<br />

winter, she noted.<br />

Both teak and the Brazilian wood Ipe<br />

will hold up in the <strong>Boulder</strong> climate, with<br />

little or no maintenance, <strong>May</strong>dew said.<br />

“Ipe is a stunningly beautiful Brazilian<br />

wood, possessing densely fitted natural<br />

fibers impervious to water penetration<br />

and is among the hardest woods in the<br />

world. The beautiful wood can patina<br />

over time, but will never lose its style<br />

or strength, making it ideal for <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

County outdoor spaces,” Kenison said.<br />

“Both of these woods can be left<br />

outside to weather to a gray color,<br />

without affecting the integrity of the<br />

wood. Synthetic wicker also holds up<br />

well, as long it is produced with virgin<br />

vinyl with no fillers, so it will not<br />

deteriorate or lose its shape.” Powder<br />

coated wrought iron and aluminum<br />

also do well. She added that cushions<br />

should be made with either reticulated<br />

foam or bagged indoor cushions and a<br />

fabric made of solution dyed acrylic, so<br />

that it will not fade. “Even the thread<br />

used to stitch the cushions needs to<br />

be durable enough to hold up in the<br />

elements.”<br />

“We are seeing big growth in the<br />

composite or poly-wood category. It is<br />

an eco-friendly product made from<br />


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ecycled plastics. It is extremely<br />

resistant to the elements and has made<br />

big strides in style and new looks.”<br />

Kenison said.<br />

The growth in this market is great<br />

for the environment, <strong>May</strong>hew noted.<br />

“The brand we carry is made from<br />

100% recycled plastic and has a<br />

lifetime warranty, keeping it out of<br />

the landfill. Disposable furniture has<br />

become an environmental issue, with<br />

consumers buying an inexpensive<br />

set, then throwing it in the landfill<br />

after a couple of years once it starts<br />

deteriorating. Quality furniture that<br />

will hold in our environment can be an<br />

investment, but it will last decades,”<br />

she said.<br />

Patio furniture doesn’t have big<br />

swings in trends, Kenison said,<br />

which protects your investment when<br />

purchasing high quality furniture. We<br />

pride ourselves on stocking our stores<br />

with classic, transitional and modern<br />

designs to suit any buyer and we work<br />

hard to carry over many classic pieces<br />

from year to year, so you can add to your<br />

collection or replace items as needed.”<br />

There are a few trends to be noted,<br />

however, in several online reports<br />

from the 2022 High Point Furniture<br />

Market, one of the largest in the world.<br />

Curved silhouettes such as the Fermob<br />

Sixty’s collection (pictured on page __),<br />

use organic materials with greater<br />

flexibility through modular pieces were<br />

noted. “Specialty retail stores typically<br />

sell patio furniture pieces individually,<br />

not only as a set. So, you can customize<br />

what pieces you want to fit your space,”<br />

<strong>May</strong>dew noted.<br />

Selecting the pieces you need will<br />

require thinking about whether you<br />

want them for a single purpose or<br />

dual purposes. For example, a dining<br />

height fire pit can be used for dining<br />

or lounging, <strong>May</strong>dew added. You could<br />

also consider a fire pit that converts to<br />

a coffee table when not in use.<br />

Maintenance of outdoor furniture,<br />

even in weather extremes, requires a<br />

little mild soap and water occasionally,<br />

Kinson said. The exception is for wood,<br />

which should be cleaned regularly to<br />

keep it from patinating too quickly and<br />

looking fresh, she added.<br />

Covering your furniture is also a<br />

(top) Fruehaufs Breezesta furniture is<br />

made from 100% recycled plastic. (above)<br />

Timber by Life Hero at Christy Sports.<br />

consideration. “The great thing about<br />

Colorado is we can have a beautiful day<br />

during our typical cooler months, giving<br />

us an opportunity to use our outdoor<br />

spaces year-round.” <strong>May</strong>dew said. “Of<br />

course, a fire pit can take the chill off<br />

in the evening or on a nice day in fall,<br />

while a cantilever umbrella that can<br />

angle and rotate depending on where<br />

the sun is, can make an otherwise hot<br />

day enjoyable. Another great way to<br />

always be ready for those nice days is<br />

to cover your patio furniture. Then,<br />

when you want to enjoy that nice day<br />

outside, you just pull the covers off; no<br />

need for cleaning!” christysports.com/<br />

outdoor-living/patio-furniture.html;<br />

fruehaufs.com. B<br />

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Fashion<br />

Gets<br />

Flirty<br />

Say yes to romance at Hotel<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>ado. The historic<br />

property, an icon in the heart<br />

of downtown <strong>Boulder</strong> since<br />

1909, features two on-property<br />

restaurants and one cocktail<br />

lounge that are the perfect<br />

backdrop for your next chapter.<br />

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Photography – ELEANOR WILLIAMSON<br />

Fashion Director – EMILY SWEENEY<br />

Stylist – NICOLE DOMINIC<br />

Assistant – ANNAH MEINTZER<br />

Hair and Makeup – LEILANI DRUM<br />


Special thanks to AMBER WINSTON with HOTEL BOULDERADO.<br />

On Her: Goddess Gear<br />

dress from local designer,<br />

Anna Elmore, $159;<br />

Benjamin International<br />

shrug, $39; handmade<br />

stone necklace, $89;<br />

at Alpaca Connection,<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

On Him: F2F Soft Insulator<br />

jacket; Organic cotton<br />

flannel shirt; Skar pant; at<br />

Helly Hansen, <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

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Peeking through the<br />

1906 Otis Elevator doors,<br />

Amanda is wearing<br />

an elevated black tee<br />

featuring mesh sleeves<br />

paired with a versatile<br />

organically grown cotton<br />

skirt; Reclaimed leather<br />

earrings; Wool felt fedora<br />

made in USA; all curated<br />

by SNOW for SNOW<br />

Apparel, Longmont.<br />

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On Her: Two-toned<br />

diagonal zip leather moto<br />

jacket; Porto jersey top;<br />

Alembika print jean; Chan<br />

Luu safety pin earrings; at<br />

Barbara & Co., <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

On Him: Lifaloft Insulated<br />

Shacket; Brono Softshell<br />

pant; at Helly Hansen,<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>. Chocolate Torte<br />

and Mumm Sparkling at<br />

Spruce Farm & Fish. Special<br />

thanks to Executive Chef,<br />

Mike Thom and Sous Chef,<br />

Austin Rowen.<br />

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Burgundy faux-suede<br />

fringed shacket paired<br />

with a multi-color<br />

patchwork skirt; at The<br />

Ritz, <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

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Lifalot Insulated Shacket;<br />

Skog recycled graphic<br />

t-shirt; Brono softshell<br />

pant; at Helly Hansen,<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>. Cocktail: Burnt<br />

Orange Old Fashion at The<br />

Corner Bar.<br />

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On Her: Sienna Maxi<br />

dress; Handmade semiprecious<br />

crystal stones<br />

necklace; Feathered and<br />

embroidered felt fedora;<br />

at Little Bird, Niwot.<br />

On Him: Outerknown<br />

Rambler shirt; Roark<br />

Explorer pant; Brandblack<br />

Santa Monica shoe; at<br />


Louisville.<br />

Flowers: Sturtz &<br />

Copeland Florest, <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

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Inspiring Landscapes<br />

Five local landscaping companies were among those receiving<br />

2022 ELITE Awards from Associated Landscape Contractors<br />

of Colorado (ALCC), a program of recognition with the goal<br />

of elevating the landscape industry through excellence.<br />



well as business practices and original projects,” according to the ALCC website. “The cornerstone<br />

of the program is what ALCC has always recognized: professionalism, executing work to the<br />

highest possible standards and doing so with integrity. These commitments are the bedrock of<br />

ALCC’s core values. In addition, this program also recognizes a company’s commitment to sound<br />

business practices, the ability to innovate, to have a culture wherein employees can excel, to practice<br />

environmental stewardship, to treat customers well and to give back to the community.”<br />


Changing Landscapes<br />

changinglandscapes.com<br />

Changing Landscapes won the following:<br />

• Gold ELITE Award for Sustainability – Sliker Residence<br />

Paul Hartman, president of the 36-year-old company,<br />

said this project was a contemporary home site, designed<br />

to blend into a rural area surrounded by farmland<br />

and pasture.<br />

“Working with the clients, we created a dry-land, native,<br />

xeric plan,” he said. “In order to create a garden, we built<br />

a retaining stone wall, punctuated with boulders around<br />

the house, which solved an issue of steep grades, as well<br />

as retaining soil and modifying the grade. We maintained<br />

a line of existing Honeylocust trees, preserving wildlife<br />

habitat and roosts for hawks, eagles and other species. Our<br />

clients were thrilled when the perennial gardens attracted<br />

both native and honey bees to their new hives.”<br />

The award reinforces Changing Landscapes’ mission<br />

of creating sustainable landscapes in the arid Colorado<br />

climate, Hartman said.<br />

“Every job is unique and important, no matter the scale<br />

or budget,” he added. “Much credit for our ongoing success<br />

is due to our employees, some who’ve stayed with us for 20<br />

years or longer.”<br />

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Environmental Designs<br />

environmentaldesigns.com<br />

Environmental Designs won the following:<br />

• Gold ELITE Award for Landscape Construction – Suburban<br />

Resort<br />

• Gold ELITE Award for Commercial Landscape Maintenance –<br />

JBS USA Corporate Offices<br />

• Gold ELITE Award for Community Stewardship – Community<br />

Roots Holocaust Memorial and Learning Garden<br />

• Silver ELITE Award for Residential Design/Build – Big House<br />

on the Prairie<br />

• Silver ELITE Award for Plant Design – Sunset House<br />

• Silver ELITE Award for Sustainability – Centerra Residential<br />

Irrigation Efficiency Upgrades<br />

Suburban Resort was a renovation featuring two fire pits,<br />

large patio spaces and a significant reduction in water<br />

use. JBS encompassed integrative pest management and<br />

sustainable landscape management practices. Community<br />

Roots was part of the Daffodil Project, a worldwide effort to<br />

create a Holocaust Memorial by planting 1.5 million daffodils<br />

in remembrance of children. Big House, a collaboration with<br />

Skycastle Construction / Rodwin Architecture, renovated<br />

the landscape to an at-home retreat. Sunset House called<br />

for a sleek, low-maintenance landscape that felt lush<br />

and inviting. Centerra involved upgrading a homeowner<br />

association’s landscaping and irrigation system, to impart a<br />

park-like setting with reduced water consumption.<br />

“The projects won because they are examples of our best<br />

work,” said Rachael Shuler, construction sales manager for<br />

the 34-year-old company. “They show our commitment to<br />

the environment, our clients and our community.”<br />

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LID Landscapes<br />

lidlandscapes.com<br />

LID Landscapes won the following:<br />

• Bronze ELITE Award for Landscape Construction – Majestic<br />

Mountain View<br />

The project created four new outdoor living spaces, three<br />

that capitalized on the view and one that allowed for more<br />

private gatherings and a kids’ activity space, said Ryan<br />

Campbell, design build manager/project director for the<br />

43-year-old company. Among the features are a dining<br />

space protected by a steel pergola, an automatic, retractable<br />

shade screen, a fire pit with large moss rock boulders in<br />

the background, surrounding beds filled with perennials,<br />

grasses and structure plants and landscape lighting in<br />

transition areas to highlight steps and plant material, he<br />

said.<br />

“We were able to create so many entertainment spaces<br />

within a small lot to capture and maximize their incredible<br />

view of the Flatirons,” Campbell said. “All the materials<br />

used blended in seamlessly with their existing architecture,<br />

allowing their new outdoor living spaces to feel like an<br />

extension of their home. All in all, an incredible project that<br />

allows our clients to maximize all of the incredible weather<br />

we have throughout the year.”<br />

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Lifescape Colorado<br />

lifescapecolorado.com<br />

Lifescape Colorado won the following:<br />

• Gold ELITE Award for Residential Design/Build – Denver<br />

Icon<br />

• Gold ELITE Award for Plant Design – Rooftop Doubleheader<br />

• Gold ELITE Award for Residential Landscape Maintenance –<br />

Manoir Moderne<br />

While each project has a different style, there is a common<br />

thread of inspiring outside enjoyment, said Rachelle Folsom,<br />

director of marketing and business development for the<br />

47-year-old company.<br />

Denver Icon involved a prominent family wanting to<br />

up their game for outdoor living during the COVID-19<br />

lockdown, while Rooftop Doubleheader was a combination<br />

of distinctly different outdoor living spaces, with a cohesive<br />

aesthetic thread for two adjacent rooftop residential<br />

penthouse units, she said. In addition, Manoir Moderne<br />

was a residential project that Lifescape designed and built<br />

in 2018, taking over weekly maintenance upon completion,<br />

Folsom said.<br />

“Each project involved significant challenges that had<br />

to be managed and overcome with creative, livable and<br />

functional solutions,” she said. “The variance in the style<br />

also shows that Lifescape delivers highly personalized<br />

solutions. We are always innovating and seeking the best<br />

way to bring our clients’ dreams to fruition.”<br />


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Tree of Life Landscapes<br />

treeoflifelandscapes.com<br />

Tree of Life Landscapes won the following:<br />

• Bronze ELITE Award for Plant Design – Maestoso<br />

The Maestoso project transformed a suburban<br />

backyard into a graceful garden with dramatic<br />

waves of color and blooms throughout the year, said<br />

Johnny Moore, senior landscape designer for the<br />

25-year-old company.<br />

“This was a wonderful opportunity to work with<br />

clients who were seeking to create a truly beautiful<br />

garden surrounding their home,” he said. “They<br />

were idealists and had a very specific idea in<br />

mind, but needed help figuring out what it looked<br />

like. They desired to find a natural-based design,<br />

so we derived a swirled patio design based on the<br />

Fibonacci sequence, utilizing boulders and plants<br />

as a backdrop.”<br />

The company hopes Maestoso will inspire others<br />

to strive for greater creativity and better use of<br />

plant design, Moore said.<br />

“We believe that while good hardscapes are<br />

inextricable from an excellent landscape, plants<br />

should play a central role,” he said. “Using them well<br />

can be difficult and complex, but this is something<br />

our design staff has specialized in and continues<br />

to study.”<br />


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Sunny-Side Up<br />

Wherever you wake up in <strong>Boulder</strong>, you’re not far from a bangin’ breakfast.<br />

From huevos rancheros to a steaming stack of flapjacks to a Front Range<br />

twist on the south’s own shrimp and grits, there’s no better way to start<br />

the day than with a bite from one of our favorite breakfast joints in –<br />

and around – town. Read on<br />



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B.O.B.S. Diner<br />

bobsdinerlouisville.com<br />

820 Main St, Louisville<br />

Dishing up diner classics and Front<br />

Range favorites, B.O.B.S. Diner will<br />

feed you like you’re one of the family.<br />

Go big with a smothered burrito or<br />

the Kitchen Sink – an eggy, meaty<br />

smorgasbord topped with green chili<br />

– or decide on “I Can’t Decide” for a<br />

pair of pancakes, eggs, sausage patties<br />

and bacon strips. Or keep it on the<br />

light side with a simple pancake, egg<br />

and meat, a pair of scrambled eggs<br />

with avocados and toast, or a solo<br />

buttermilk pancake.<br />

Centro Mexican Kitchen<br />

centromexican.com<br />

950 Pearl St, <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Your late breakfast might look<br />

something like brunch at Centro, but<br />

that’s alright because it’s so good you’ll<br />

want to cry. Start with a salsa sampler<br />

and the yellowfin tuna aguachile to<br />

start, then tuck into a birria breakfast<br />

burrito, a (vegetarian-friendly) Dutch<br />

Baby pancake topped with mezcal<br />

caramel apples, or the truly exceptional<br />

duck hash with sweet potatoes and a<br />

pair of eggs over-easy.<br />

Hidden Café<br />

facebook.com/hiddencafeco<br />

829 Main St, Longmont<br />

You don’t need to search for a filling<br />

breakfast, just head to Longmont’s<br />

Hidden Café. The He-Man Omelette<br />

has four eggs and a double fistful of<br />

breakfast meats – that’s enough to feed<br />

a family of three – and the Country<br />

Breakfast comes with biscuits,<br />

sausage, country gravy, eggs and a pair<br />

of pancakes. Otherwise keep it small<br />

with the two-egg breakfast options<br />

(with pit ham, chicken fried steak and<br />

more), a spicy Mexican Scramble, or<br />

even a pair of tamales topped with<br />

(opposite) Breakfast at Centro. (top)<br />

French toast of the day from the Executive<br />

Chef at Spruce Farm and Fish.<br />

eggs and served with home fries.<br />

Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro<br />

stjulien.com/dining/jills-restaurant<br />

900 Walnut St, <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

It’s hard to beat breakfast at the<br />

swank St. Julien Hotel. The gorgeous<br />

dining room and attentive service are<br />

only part of the equation, but the real<br />

star is on the plate. Keep it simple<br />

with eggs benedict, a wild mushroom<br />

omelet, or an açai energy bowl; or opt<br />

for something like the house-cured<br />

gravlax with hardboiled egg and whole<br />

grain crostini, the vegetarian-friendly<br />

pancakes or berry cheesecake French<br />

Toast, or even a fruit-filled smoothie to<br />

start your day.<br />

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(top) Gluten free pancakes at Morning<br />

Glory Cafe. (opposite) Jills Any Style breakfast<br />

at St. Julien Restaurant and Bistro.<br />

Lucile’s Creole Café<br />

luciles.com<br />

2124 14th St, <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Creole and Cajun flavors rule the day<br />

at Lucile’s Creole Café. The Cajun<br />

Breakfast – red beans with bacon or<br />

sausage, poached eggs, hollandaise and<br />

a buttermilk biscuit – is a perpetual<br />

favorite, and once you slather that<br />

biscuit with some strawberry-rhubarb<br />

jam, you’ll be a fan forever. But start<br />

your breakfast with an order of<br />

beignets – those hot and fresh New<br />

Orleans-style donuts – and begin the<br />

day on the tastiest note possible.<br />

Morning Glory Café<br />

bouldermorningglory.com<br />

1377 Forest Park Cir, Lafayette<br />

Vegetarians can dive into the<br />

breakfast burrito and the fried rice<br />

bowl while meat lovers enjoy the<br />

Spicy Jackalope Sausage and Eggs<br />

(that sausage isn’t actually jackalope,<br />

it’s boar, rabbit and antelope with<br />

cherries and habanero). Everyone<br />

enjoys the pancakes and the spinach,<br />

onion and mushroom <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Omelet. For something a little<br />

different, try the Ahi Tuna Open<br />

Face Quesadilla; the wasabi aioli is<br />

a delicious wakeup call.<br />

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery<br />

snoozeeatery.com<br />

1617 Pearl St, <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Any place that offers up a Pancake<br />

Flight has our attention, and Snooze<br />

– the bright, atomic-chic spot on Pearl<br />

Street – has done just that. But there’s<br />

more than flapjacks to get excited<br />

about. The sweet and savory Monte<br />

Cristo Brioche Toast. The bevvy<br />

of Benedicts (that barbacoa chile<br />

verde benny is *chef’s kiss*). Veggiefriendly<br />

breakfasts from bowls to<br />

tofu scrambles. An egg-topped bowl of<br />

shrimp and grits. We’re excited – and<br />

hungry – for it all.<br />

Spruce Farm & Fish<br />

spruceboulderado.com<br />

2115 13th St, <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

This is where fine dining meets<br />

an unbeatable brunch inside the<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>ado Hotel, so come to Spruce<br />

Farm & Fish hungry. The Prime Rib<br />

Hash uses Certified Angus Beef, the<br />

deviled eggs are topped with smoked<br />

Rocky Mountain trout, and the<br />

barbecue bison and pork belly burger is<br />

decadent from the first bite to the last.<br />

Add in a barrel-rested cocktail, a spicy<br />

Bloody Mary, or a classic Bushmills<br />

Irish Coffee and you’ve got a meal to<br />

remember.<br />


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(clockwise from top left) The Hucleberry.<br />

Almond and coconut bliss pancakes at<br />

Snooze. The Laughing Goat Coffe House.<br />

Strawberry jam and waffles at the Parkway<br />

Cafe. (opposite) A hearty breakfast<br />

at The Buff.<br />

Tangerine<br />

tangerineeats.com<br />

2777 Iris Ave, <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

From locations in <strong>Boulder</strong>, Lafayette<br />

and Longmont, Tangerine serves fromscratch<br />

breakfast and lunch every day<br />

of the week. From French Toast topped<br />

with pears or strawberries or other<br />

seasonal fruits to an exceptional Chicken<br />

& Waffle to a vegan scramble topped<br />

with a piquant Romesco sauce, every bite<br />

from Tangerine pleases. If you’d rather<br />

have a handheld breakfast bite, try the<br />

Pesto & Egg Sammy or one of the best<br />

friend chicken sandwiches in town.<br />

The Buff<br />

thebuffrestaurant.com<br />

1725 28th St, <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

If you’ve been around <strong>Boulder</strong> for a<br />

while, you know The Buff is really The<br />

Buff 2.0, a delicious re-envisioning of<br />

the original family-owned breakfast<br />

and lunch joint. Steak and eggs,<br />

biscuits and gravy, a half-pound<br />

breakfast burger, these heaping plates<br />

will fill you for the day, as will the toogood-to-be-true<br />

Buffaquiles (homemade<br />

tortillas heaped with chili con carne,<br />

eggs, cheese and green chili).<br />

The Garden Gate Café<br />

thegardengatecafe.com<br />

7960 Niwot Rd, Niwot and 1135<br />

Francis St, Longmont<br />

Craving a crepe? Ready to savor a<br />

skillet-sized scramble or a southwest<br />

breakfast favorite? The Garden Gate<br />

Café’s got you covered. From the<br />

simple Papas Fritas to the meaty<br />

Mammas Fritas to some spicy pork<br />

tamales, you’ll get your fill of Front<br />

Range flavors; or you can opt for<br />

omelettes, sweet or savory crepes,<br />

veggie-filled scrambles, or the classic<br />

buttermilk biscuit with sausage<br />

gravy and eggs. Everything’s fresh,<br />

everyone’s friendly, and there’s a table<br />

waiting for you.<br />

The Huckleberry<br />

thehuckleberry.com<br />

700 Main St, Louisville<br />

There’s a lot on offer at The Huckleberry,<br />

fortunately every bite of it’s delicious.<br />

We’re partial to their scramlettes – the<br />

perfect union of omelet and scramble –<br />

especially the salmon scramlette and<br />

the veggie-packed garden scramlette,<br />

but every order of French Toast, potato<br />

latkes, and breakfast tacos have us<br />

wishing we were Hobbits and it was<br />


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time for second breakfast. While<br />

you’re here, enjoy a cuppa from The<br />

Huckleberry’s sister business, The<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Tea Company.<br />

The Laughing Goat<br />

Coffeehouse<br />

thelaughinggoat.com<br />

1709 Pearl St, <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

With three locations in <strong>Boulder</strong> –<br />

Downtown on Pearl, the Baby Goat on<br />

East Pearl, and an on-campus outpost<br />

in Norlin Library – you’re never<br />

far from a killer cup of coffee. Grab<br />

something to nosh on – baked goods<br />

and breakfast sammies fill the bakery<br />

case – while you wait for your perfectlycrafted<br />

café drink to arrive. Linger a<br />

while over your coffee or tea and spend<br />

that time catching up on your studies<br />

or catching up with friends.<br />

The Parkway Café<br />

parkwaycafeboulder.com<br />

4700 Pearl St, <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

When you can’t decide between a<br />

classic diner breakfast or the flavors<br />

of Mexico, head to The Parkway<br />

Café, they dish up delicious bites<br />

either way. The classic French Toast<br />

or buttermilk pancakes shine; as<br />

do the breakfast enchiladas; a half<br />

dozen big breakfast burritos; and the<br />

Migas Cuatro Quesos, a killer combo<br />

of scrambled eggs, chorizo and tortilla<br />

chips smothered with cheese.<br />

Walnut Café<br />

walnutcafe.com<br />

3073 Walnut St and 673 S. Broadway,<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong><br />

You’ll find a monster biscuit at<br />

Walnut Café, one so big that in<br />

the south they’d call it a “cathead”<br />

biscuit because it’s the size of a<br />

tomcat’s head. It’s no joke. Neither is<br />

the Southside Omelette (a superior<br />

version of the Denver Omelette) or<br />

the Duzer-Rrito (a massive burrito<br />

you’ll need three hands to hold). Of<br />

course, you can go for something<br />

sweet like the blueberry cornbread<br />

pancakes or the classic cinnamon<br />

French Toast. B<br />

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Conserving Crags<br />

How the Access Fund is creating a community that ensures the future of climbing<br />



IN 1949, TWO CU BOULDER<br />








But times change, ethics evolve.<br />

Today, climbers realize the impact<br />

they have on the environment; they’re<br />

keenly aware that access on public and<br />

private land can be revoked. And when<br />

land closures loom, Access Fund—a<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>-based nonprofit organization<br />

that protects and conserves America’s<br />

cherished climbing destinations—<br />

steps in and steps up.<br />

The American Alpine Club (AAC),<br />

formed in 1902, was at the time<br />

the main organization designed to<br />

unite a community of climbers. A<br />

few AAC members started to see a<br />

liability crisis in the 1980s, where<br />

product and property policies were<br />

skyrocketing or being canceled. Many<br />

land owners responded by closing<br />

access to climbers. A few climbers<br />

paying attention to this alarming<br />

trend, also had law degrees and were<br />

in a position to do something about<br />

it. Rick Accomazzo was a California<br />

climber who had relocated to <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

to start his law practice. An original<br />

member of a loose-knit confederation<br />

of highly accomplished climbers in<br />

California called the Stonemasters,<br />

he now found himself interested in<br />

land issues and in the mid-1980s<br />

joined the AAC’s access committee.<br />

“The driving force was a climber<br />

and public interest lawyer named<br />

Armando Menical,” Accomazzo<br />

recalls. Menical headed up the access<br />

committee. “It was a great group of<br />

passionate people who wanted to stop<br />

the closures,” he says. So, the group<br />

opened a dialog with various land<br />

managers, letting them know that<br />

recreational use statutes protected<br />


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land owners when the land is opened<br />

for public recreation. “Oftentimes that<br />

conversation was enough to reopen a<br />

climbing area,” Accomazzo states.<br />

Soon enough, this access committee<br />

within the AAC attracted attention,<br />

donations and benefactors, and in<br />

1991 it broke away from the AAC<br />

and the Access Fund was born. And<br />

not a moment too soon—around that<br />

time American rock climbing was<br />

at a crossroads, and in a crisis. Two<br />

climbing camps were at war, each<br />

with differing philosophies toward<br />

the sport. The traditionalists, or<br />

“trad” climbers, favored a ground-up<br />

approach to climbing, while “sport”<br />

climbers, importing new techniques<br />

from Europe, were hanging on<br />

vertical rock, protected by bolts<br />

and practicing moves over and over<br />

until perfection was achieved. Chris<br />

Winter, Access Fund’s executive<br />

director since 2019, thinks Access<br />

Fund founders had incredible insight<br />

by avoiding this fight altogether.<br />

“There was an intentional focus to<br />

support all climbers and all forms of<br />

climbing,” Winter states. Rising above<br />

the fray was the first step to becoming<br />

a national organization.<br />

Initial Successes<br />

The Golden Cliffs is a popular crag<br />

at the North Table Mountain Park;<br />

climbers along the Front Range<br />

flock to this popular band of cliffs for<br />

hundreds of accessible routes. The<br />

Cliffs is also one of Access Fund’s<br />

(opposite) Climbing <strong>Boulder</strong> Canyon<br />

Sport Park. (top left) Access Fund SE<br />

regional manager Daniel Dunn, enjoys<br />

a day of climbing in <strong>Boulder</strong> Canyon.<br />

(above) Access Fund staff and volunteers<br />

partner with members of the <strong>Boulder</strong><br />

Climbing Community to replace bolts in<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Canyon. All images Ancestral<br />

lands of<br />

and Tséstho’e.<br />

earliest successes. Access Fund<br />

worked with private landowners,<br />

acquired the property and transferred<br />

it to Jefferson County, permanently<br />

protecting the land as open space<br />

for the community, not just climbers.<br />

Looking back, Rick Accomazzo sees<br />

this as the moment Access Fund<br />

decided it would purchase land to<br />

conserve climbing areas, but would<br />

transfer that parcel back to land<br />

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Catching Up with Chris Winter<br />

Executive Director, Access Fund<br />

Chris Winter is the executive director<br />

of Access Fund, a position he<br />

started in January 2019. Originally<br />

from the Pacific Northwest, Winter<br />

began his career as a public-interest<br />

environmental attorney supporting<br />

conservation groups from the North<br />

Slope of Alaska to California. Winter<br />

grew up a skier and began climbing in<br />

his twenties. But like many who feel<br />

the pull of the outdoors, he struggled<br />

to find the balance of professional<br />

pursuits and time in the mountains.<br />

The Access Fund Executive Director<br />

opportunity—a position where he<br />

could help the climbing community<br />

while working at the intersection of<br />

outdoor recreation, public lands and<br />

conservation—was simply too good<br />

to pass up.<br />

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No one work day is the same,<br />

something Winter relishes. “One<br />

of the things I love about this job is<br />

that it’s so varied,” he explains. One<br />

week he might be in Washington,<br />

DC, speaking with congressional<br />

staff and stakeholders and the<br />

following week, out in the field<br />

doing site visits on former projects<br />

where Access Fund bought<br />

parcels of property, permanently<br />

conserving them.<br />

What surprised him was the local<br />

level of involvement and activism.<br />

“I moved to <strong>Boulder</strong> for this job<br />

four years ago and had no idea<br />

I would meet so many people<br />

who supported the Access Fund,”<br />

Winter says. And the climbing<br />

opportunities? “From Eldorado<br />

Canyon, <strong>Boulder</strong> Canyon and the<br />

Flatirons; it’s world class,” Winter<br />

states, referring to both quality<br />

and volume in the region. “It’s<br />

an unbelievable gift we have<br />

inherited,” he continues, “a gift<br />

passed on from the folks who<br />

came before us.” Winter and his<br />

work at Access Fund ensure that<br />

climbers and all those who trek<br />

outdoors have a champion for the<br />

conservation of open space.

(opposite) Chris Winter climbing Thumb<br />

Open Space, just outside of Estes Park.<br />

Ancestral lands of Arapaho, Cheyenne,<br />

. (right) Access Fund<br />

staff and volunteers to improve climbing<br />

infrastructure at Castle Rock in<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Canyon. Ancestral lands of<br />

and Tséstho’e.<br />


managers. “Back then we decided<br />

we didn’t want to be long-term land<br />

managers,” he says. A better plan is to<br />

have local climbing organizations or<br />

cities own the property. A few forwardthinking<br />

Access Fund members<br />

realized the organization needed a<br />

revolving loan fund. “The idea is to<br />

have a pot of money on hand, so when<br />

a land parcel comes on the market,<br />

we don’t need to raise the money<br />

first,” Winter says. Access Fund loans<br />

the money, say to a local climbing<br />

organization, and it’s slowly paid<br />

back. “This has been a game-changer<br />

for the climbing community, giving<br />

climbers ownership and the sense<br />

that they can make a difference,”<br />

Winter states.<br />

Working Together<br />

Today, Access Fund works with<br />

a variety of land managers across<br />

the country. “We have 30 years of<br />

history working with the National<br />

Park Service,” Winter relates, “and<br />

federal land managers want that<br />

established, consistent partner.” It’s<br />

these agreements that allow climbing<br />

in meccas such as Yosemite, Zion and<br />

many others. Access Fund is also<br />

committed to the sustainability of<br />

climbing areas, by building trails and<br />

educating climbers on minimizing<br />

their impact.<br />

Looking Forward<br />

As new generations of climbers<br />

push the boundaries of the sport,<br />

Access Fund will be there. “We<br />

have an amazing opportunity to<br />

pass on a legacy of conservation and<br />

stewardship to the next generation,”<br />

Winter says. Certainly, there<br />

are issues—the impact climbers<br />

have on the environment and the<br />

competition for uses of public land.<br />

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Catching Up with Lynn Hill<br />

Simply put, Lynn Hill is a legend.<br />

Not just in the rock-climbing world,<br />

but in all of competitive sports.<br />

She’s an elite athlete with a list of<br />

accomplishments to match. So, it<br />

may surprise some to know that<br />

when Hill was on the front end of her<br />

career, she contemplated becoming<br />

a physical therapist. It makes sense;<br />

she loves the nature of motion and<br />

understanding how the body moves.<br />

That same innate understanding of<br />

movement would help her become<br />

the first person to free climb The<br />

Nose, El Capitan’s most iconic route,<br />

in 1993. Climbing The Nose, certainly<br />

one of the best-known long climbs in<br />

the world, required every technique<br />

in Hill’s book.<br />

As a professional athlete, Hill<br />

also became an advocate and<br />

an educator. She joined forces<br />

with Access Fund back in the mid-<br />

1990s; the organization’s focus<br />

on conservation and stewardship<br />

struck a chord with her. “We can’t<br />

access these beautiful cliffs if<br />

they’re closed to recreation,” Hill<br />

explains. Today, she continues to<br />

give her time and effort to Access<br />

Fund causes, meeting with policy<br />

makers, advocating for open public<br />

lands, and acting as the face of<br />

Access Fund advertising campaigns.<br />

Hill’s current passion is a longtime<br />

project that has just come<br />

to fruition, circling back to that<br />

delicate dance she executes on the<br />

rock. It’s a 70-minute video titled<br />

“Fundamentals of Climbing” and it<br />

focuses on climbing technique and<br />

efficiency. “I have a very visual way<br />

of seeing forces and movement,”<br />

Hill explains, “and in the video I<br />

explore movement over different<br />

types of rock, including slab,<br />

vertical face and others.” The goal<br />

is to help climbers recognize how<br />

to position themselves, anticipate<br />

where to put hands and feet, and<br />

better understand the mechanics<br />

of movement.<br />

When it was time to settle down,<br />

Hill chose <strong>Boulder</strong>. The diversity of<br />

climbing was a huge draw, as was<br />

the university and the population it<br />

attracts. “I’m proud that <strong>Boulder</strong> has<br />

such smart people who want to do<br />

the right thing,” she says. She moved<br />

here in 2000, raised her son and<br />

hasn’t looked back. For Hill, it’s about<br />

open space, positive interactions,<br />

great climbing and the general<br />

beauty of the area. “The Flatirons<br />

are some of the most beautiful<br />

formations in the world,” she says.<br />

Many <strong>Boulder</strong>ites, climbers and<br />

non-climbers alike, would definitely<br />

agree. lynnhillclimbing.com<br />

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BEAUTY<br />


Transforming a 1940s house into a clean, open<br />

and airy home where function dictates form<br />


A double-sided fireplace<br />

offers a cozy setting in<br />

the dining room and<br />

living room. Artwork by<br />

Carol Browning (foreground)<br />

and Derrick Breidenthal<br />

(background),<br />

both from Walker Fine<br />

Art Gallery.<br />

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Patricia first purchased<br />

a 1940s home in <strong>Boulder</strong>,<br />

they didn’t intend to live<br />

there without doing a serious overhaul<br />

first. While deciding exactly what kind<br />

of reconstruction they wanted, the<br />

couple continued working and living in<br />

Bronxville, New York and leased the<br />

home to a series of tenants.<br />

“We started with the vague idea, that<br />

after living in a hundred-year-old house<br />

in New York, we wanted something<br />

modern, simple and efficient, inside<br />

and out, and we wanted lots of natural<br />

light,” Randy says. Above all, they<br />

wanted function to dictate form. “We<br />

didn’t want any useless complicating<br />

features or ornaments. We wanted all<br />

the materials to accomplish something<br />

for us and to look like what they are<br />

rather than something else.”<br />

To Randy and Patricia, it all boiled<br />

down to the simplicity of the spaces<br />

and a connection to the outdoors.<br />

Important elements needed to hinge<br />

together: the couple wanted to take<br />

advantage of sweeping views of<br />

the Flatirons and have a secluded<br />

backyard. They also wanted enough<br />

room to host their grown children<br />

and have a mix of individual spaces, a<br />

great room that opened to the yard and<br />

a spacious kitchen.<br />

They hired David Biek, principal<br />

architect at Arcadea Architecture in<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>, for design help. Biek said his<br />

team started with some studies of more<br />

minimal remodel interventions, but<br />

quickly ruled them out realizing they<br />

weren’t meeting their needs. Instead,<br />

the firm designed a completely new<br />

house on the property, that allowed<br />

for a more direct relationship between<br />

the main level and the backyard, with<br />

the bedrooms above, but Biek’s early<br />

estimates indicated that would be<br />

too costly. The third design was the<br />

perfect fit—keeping the lower base but<br />

increasing the panoramic views to the<br />

backyard, raising the ceiling on the<br />

main level to take better advantage<br />

of the Flatirons’ rock formations and<br />

enhancing the connection to the<br />

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ackyard through a larger deck and<br />

shade trellis.<br />

Tearing out the existing lower-level<br />

slab and digging down to the level<br />

of the footings to pour a new slab,<br />

was part of the strategy to make the<br />

space feel right. This provided almost<br />

an extra foot of ceiling height that<br />

would boost the airiness. Forming<br />

a base to support the new modern<br />

addition above, the original local<br />

red sandstone on the lower level was<br />

refurbished and preserved.<br />

Builder Malcolm Morison of MLM<br />

Construction, who had worked with<br />

Arcadea numerous times over the past<br />

several years, said the homeowners<br />

were skeptical at first that the added<br />

height would impact the home enough<br />

to warrant its cost. After some<br />

thought and convincing, it became a<br />

unanimous decision that this change<br />

in scope and the additional cost would<br />

be well worth it.<br />

“It really made the lower level<br />

of the home more useable, more<br />

comfortable, and the added volume<br />

really changes the way the space is<br />

used,” Morison says.<br />

Since the original structure was a<br />

split level with half a flight of stairs on<br />

the exterior, Biek’s team also pushed<br />

out the entry to allow the staircase to<br />

be enclosed. This change also made<br />

it possible to lower the level of the<br />

downstairs floor. Luckily, because of<br />

the slope of the site, the downstairs<br />

has full daylight on three sides, a floor<br />

that now accommodates a tv room, two<br />

guest bedrooms with two bathrooms,<br />

sauna, laundry room, office and an<br />

exercise room.<br />

Upstairs, the ceiling at the entrance<br />

soars nearly 16 feet high. The<br />

homeowners find it to be the perfect<br />

spot to welcome friends and family,<br />

and for extended goodbyes.<br />

“Building on an old home’s existing<br />

foundation always presents problems<br />

when trying to construct a new<br />

building. Engineering has changed<br />

a lot in the past 75 years and trying<br />

to retrofit the old foundation and floor<br />

system was a challenge that took<br />

some creative solutions on our behalf,”<br />

Morison says.<br />

A Sense of Grounding and<br />

Cohesiveness<br />

Biek believes the existing sandstone<br />

grounds the home in its site and<br />

maintains the historical connection to<br />

the neighborhood and to <strong>Boulder</strong>. The<br />

home’s exterior simplicity is cohesive<br />

with the interior. Now, the singleslope<br />

roof matches the clean line of the<br />

interior ceiling, that carries through<br />

the main level.<br />

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The kitchen area is<br />

expansive, perfect<br />

for entertaining with<br />

panoramic views.<br />

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The rear façade of house<br />

now offers a spacious<br />

outside deck and wraparound<br />

windows for<br />

views in every room.<br />

Biek found the other exterior<br />

materials—smooth beige stucco and<br />

thick concrete siding with a syncopated<br />

joint pattern, painted dark gray—give<br />

the new construction of the main level<br />

a modern feel. Even the steel shade<br />

trellis, railings and fascias were<br />

painted to match the dark siding. All<br />

the materials are intended to be low<br />

maintenance. The new deck provides<br />

an ideal outdoor setting that’s ripe for<br />

relaxation or entertaining.<br />

Randy finds the exterior combination<br />

of the use of the existing natural stone<br />

with a lower roof profile and a stucco<br />

and dark cement board, lets the home<br />

blend peacefully into the site.<br />

“We think this work reflects Biek’s<br />

quiet approach, making what is<br />

carefully thought out seem like the<br />

most natural and honest solution,”<br />

“Before” photos of front<br />

and rear of house.<br />

Randy says.<br />

The beauty is in the home’s<br />

simplicity. The straightforward color<br />

palette of wood and soft gray balance<br />

the home throughout. White oak floors<br />

throughout the main level, in addition<br />

to the white oak cabinetry, although<br />

with a parallel grain, make the home<br />

feel cohesive and modern.<br />

“The simplicity of the space and<br />

detailing works well to form a<br />

background for modern art,” Biek says.<br />

Other stylistic and grounding<br />

interior elements include the use of<br />

soft gray hues found in the kitchen and<br />

bathroom stone countertops, which<br />

complement the polished concrete<br />

downstairs floors.<br />

“We also were able to install radiant<br />

floor heating, as the floor was to be<br />

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The master bathroom<br />

with tiled tub and large<br />

shower area.<br />

replaced, and that made the livability<br />

and comfort of the basement exceed<br />

Randy and Patricia’s expectations.<br />

After moving into the house and<br />

living through their first winter, it is<br />

commonplace to see both of them using<br />

the basement without shoes, because<br />

the floor is warm. This is really a<br />

bonus to anyone familiar with a cold<br />

concrete slab,” Morison says.<br />

Enhanced Views Without<br />

Loss of Privacy<br />

In certain areas, such as the kitchen<br />

and dining room, the windows were<br />

carefully calculated and arranged<br />

to not only amplify the views of the<br />

mountains, but to also increase privacy<br />

from the street. This also brought an<br />

abundance of southern sunshine to<br />

the interior. The architects went as<br />

far as sourcing a portion of Google<br />

Earth terrain for the design’s model, to<br />

ensure this would be achieved before<br />

the building process.<br />

“Even their bedroom has wonderful<br />

views of the mountains, but still feels<br />

very private. They have a piano in<br />

the great room. There are spaces to<br />

be alone and also to be together. The<br />

house is great for entertaining, but<br />

they mostly enjoy being able to relax<br />

there together,” Biek says.<br />

“Arcadea produced a completely<br />

transformative solution, with a simple,<br />

slightly tilted plane for a roof, plenty<br />

of windows facing our backyard, where<br />

privacy was less of a concern, and a<br />

brilliant line of higher windows facing<br />

the street,” Randy says, feeling that<br />

Arcadea picked up their principles to<br />

transform the home to function better<br />

than they could have ever imagined.<br />

“Some friends have called this house<br />

our dream house. I know what they<br />

mean, but we believe Arcadea actually<br />

completed a creative process, that we<br />

never could have dreamed on our own.”<br />

Resources<br />

Arcadea Architecture, 303-449-6605,<br />

arcadea.com<br />

MLM Construction, 303-886-5039<br />

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The living room is<br />

inviting with a soft gray<br />

palette; Artwork by Ana<br />

Zanic from Walker Fine<br />

Art Gallery.<br />

The master bedroom<br />

offers excellent views<br />

of the Flatirons.<br />

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but later left for career opportunities in<br />

Las Vegas. “When he learned that we<br />

had bought the restaurant, he eagerly<br />

rejoined the team and has been with us<br />

ever since,” she says.<br />

Another important team member is<br />

sushi chef Jesse Eshima. Known for his<br />

attention to detail and speed, he has<br />

spent more than 20 years perfecting<br />

his craft.<br />

The continuity of excellence at<br />

Japango extends beyond its staff and<br />

embraces every dish that is served.<br />

Both lunch and dinner menus have<br />

something for everyone, whether you<br />

consider yourself a sushi connoisseur<br />

or are uncertain about what to order.<br />

Both menus also feature salads, soups<br />

and a delightful selection of starters<br />

such as lobster potstickers, seared tuna<br />

tempura and spicy calamari. Sashimi,<br />

sushi, nigiri and maki are popular<br />

choices.<br />

At lunch, bento boxes — a traditional

Japanese lunch served with miso soup,<br />

mixed green salad and white rice —<br />

include several choices of teriyaki,<br />

vegetable tempura, California roll and<br />

specials. At dinner, large plates include<br />

the eight-ounce Japango filet, a lightly<br />

seasoned Hawaii tuna steak and spicy<br />

seafood udon.<br />

Enjoy perusing the captivating drink<br />

menu that changes with the season.<br />

Get ready to toast your friends with<br />

“Kanpai,” the Japanese equivalent of<br />

“Cheers!” An obligatory ritual before<br />

anyone enjoys a drink, it literally<br />

means “empty cup.” The restaurant<br />

offers the largest selection of saki and<br />

Japanese beer and whisky in <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

At Japango, enjoy tea by the cup<br />

or the pot. Among the many choices,<br />

consider Sakura cherry blossom,<br />

a prominent symbol of Japan that<br />

signifies the transient nature of life.<br />

Think of Japanese cherry blossoms<br />

wafting in a spring breeze, as you enjoy<br />

this sweet and refreshing brew.<br />

Desserts are another specialty.<br />

Taking its name from a malevolent<br />

fire spirit in Japanese folklore, the<br />

(opposite) Stylish interior digs at<br />

Japango; Sashimi Delight: Raw fish with<br />

tuna, yellowtail and salmon. (top left to<br />

right) Agedashi Tofu Appetizer: Tempura<br />

tofu, marinated shiitake mushrooms,<br />

daikon radish, dashi broth and scallions;<br />

Chef Yukiji Awasan; Chef Jesse Eshima.<br />

akuma cake is a chocolate devil’s<br />

food cake topped with miso caramel,<br />

chocolate ganache and sesame brittle,<br />

and Glacier vanilla sea salt caramel ice<br />

cream. The other desserts are equally<br />

tempting.<br />

A kid’s menu of small plates (noodles<br />

or potstickers) or large plates (teriyaki<br />

or tofu) is also available for young<br />

diners.<br />

Each dining area is inviting and<br />

has special charm. “The two patios<br />

on Pearl Street are always fun and<br />

lively. They bring a different kind of<br />

energy,” says Banis, who notes that<br />

the restaurant has more than 20 tables<br />

outside. The back patio with a fireplace<br />

and the immediate patio also provide<br />

opportunities to enjoy the scenery.<br />

Indoors, the dining room awaits you<br />

with its charm. Pull up to a seat at the<br />

lively front bar, watch the chefs at work<br />

behind the sushi bar, enjoy your meal<br />

at a classic table, or relax in the lounge.<br />

Active in the community long before<br />

“<strong>Boulder</strong> Strong” became a watchword,<br />

Japango continues to show how<br />

businesses can care for their neighbors.<br />

With the support of its customers, the<br />

restaurant gave away $100,000 in gift<br />

cards to <strong>Boulder</strong> frontline heroes and<br />

others affected by the pandemic.<br />

The restaurant also hosts special<br />

events that support local charities,<br />

such as organizations that help atrisk<br />

youth or provide financial support<br />

for patients receiving breast cancer<br />

treatments. On the monthly Giveback<br />

Thursdays, 8.88 percent of all proceeds<br />

go directly to selected charities.<br />

Why is the number eight so special<br />

and repeated three times? “That<br />

number in Japanese is associated with<br />

prosperity. Eight is a lucky number in<br />

Japan, because it conveys the idea of<br />

being prosperous,” Banis explains.<br />

Another special way they are involved<br />

in the community is its support for<br />

Foothills Elementary School. When<br />

its students complete their lesson plan<br />

on Japanese customs and traditions,<br />

the restaurant delivers lunch in bento<br />

boxes for them to enjoy.<br />

Join the family atmosphere at<br />

Japango when you want a taste of<br />

Japan. All your favorites are also<br />

available for curbside pickup when you<br />

want to simply dine at home. B<br />

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Welcome Spring!<br />

We are so hungry for bunny baskets, picnics, parties and fresh vegetables<br />

Photos and Recipes by KAITLIN GOODING<br />


of the year by biting into this spring grilled cheese stuffed with a fresh raspberry-lemon sauce. Brighten up your Easter<br />

plate with a side of asparagus drizzled in an orange hollandaise sauce. Small bites of endives are stuffed with big flavors<br />

of citrus from Cara cara oranges and creamy rich ricotta cheese. Uproot your taste buds with a spoonful of our radish<br />

soup or satisfy your sweet tooth with this refreshing lemon coconut tart. These dishes are as beautiful as they are<br />

delicious and will have your guests coming back for seconds.<br />

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Orange Hollandaise Asparagus<br />

Servings: 3-4 as a side dish<br />


12 oz asparagus (cleaned and trimmed)<br />

2 egg yolks<br />

1/2 cup unsalted butter (cut into slices)<br />

2½ tbsp fresh orange juice (add more if you like<br />

a thinner consistency)<br />

Salt & pepper<br />

1 tbsp olive oil<br />

1/4 cup pistachios (chopped)<br />


1. Begin making the hollandaise sauce by squeezing<br />

oranges and add the juice to a heat-proof bowl. Add<br />

the egg yolk.<br />

2. In a small sauce pan add a little water and bring to a<br />

boil. Turn the water down to simmering and once it<br />

has cooled, place the bowl on top. Be careful not to let<br />

the bowl touch the water so make sure the bowl is big<br />

enough.<br />

3. Slowly whisk the egg and orange juice together.<br />

Slowly, add one slice of butter at a time and continue<br />

stirring until smooth.<br />

4. Remove the mix from the heat and season with salt<br />

and pepper as desired. Set aside, stirring occasionally<br />

so it doesn’t form a top coat.<br />

5. In a separate skillet warm your olive oil at medium<br />

heat. Once the oil is hot add the asparagus and season<br />

with salt & pepper.<br />

6. Stir the asparagus frequently with a spatula until the<br />

asparagus becomes tender and reaches a bright green<br />

color. Remove the asparagus from the heat.<br />

7. Plate the asparagus, spoon the hollandaise over top,<br />

and top with pistachio pieces.<br />

Endive Spears with<br />

Orange & Ricotta<br />

Servings: 6-8 (appetizer)<br />


4 endive heads (cleaned, separated and<br />

ends trimmed)<br />

1½ cups ricotta cheese<br />

2-3 Cara Cara oranges<br />

1/2 cup roasted walnuts (chopped)<br />

Minced mint, for garnish<br />

Honey for drizzle over top<br />

Flaky sea salt, to finish<br />


1. Arrange your endive leaves on a plate.<br />

Add a dollop of ricotta to each leaf.<br />

2. Cut the top and bottom off your<br />

oranges. Remove the peel, including the<br />

white pith. Remove each piece and cut<br />

each slice into segments. Add a few orange<br />

pieces to each leaf along with a sprinkle of<br />

walnuts and mint as garnish.<br />

3. Top them off with a honey drizzle, and<br />

light sprinkle of salt over your plate of<br />

endive leaves.<br />

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Raspberry Sauce<br />


12 oz raspberries<br />

1/2 lemon (juice only)<br />

1/2 cup maple syrup<br />


1. Add the raspberries, lemon<br />

juice, and syrup into a pot and<br />

bring to a boil.<br />

2. Turn the heat down to simmer<br />

once it has reached boiling and<br />

allow it to cook down for about<br />

5-10 minutes, continuously<br />

stirring.<br />

3. Once it has thickened, remove<br />

from the heat and allow to<br />

cool. Pour into a glass closed<br />

container to keep in the fridge.<br />

4. To elevate any sandwich or<br />

piece of toast add raspberry<br />

sauce and enjoy! This pairs<br />

perfectly with our spring<br />

grilled cheese.<br />

Spring Grilled Cheese<br />

Servings: 2-3 sandwiches<br />


1/2 lb spring onions (chopped)<br />

1.5 tbsp olive oil<br />

5 oz goat cheese crumbles<br />

raspberry sauce (best to use fresh, but can also use store bought raspberry<br />

jam as well)<br />

4-6 slices of bread of choice<br />

2-3 tbsp butter (softened to spread)<br />

Mustard micro greens (or use favorite greens)<br />


1. Begin with caramelizing the spring onions. Add the onions to a pan with 1.5<br />

tbsp of olive oil and cook on low-medium heat. Stir the onions and coat them<br />

in the olive oil. Turn the heat down to simmer and allow them to cook for 15-<br />

20 more minutes or until they turn a light brown. Stir the onions every few<br />

minutes. Once finished cooking, set aside to add later.<br />

2. Butter one side of each piece of bread for your sandwiches. Place two pieces of<br />

bread butter side down on a warm pan. Cook until golden brown. Continue<br />

toasting the rest of your bread.<br />

3. To assemble the sandwiches: Lay your bread slices out, the uncooked side<br />

facing up. Spread the raspberry sauce on one piece of bread. Layer the goat<br />

cheese on top. Add the caramelized onions and top off with micro greens. Add<br />

the other slice of bread on top, toasted side facing up. Cut in half. Finish the<br />

rest of your sandwiches and enjoy.<br />

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Spring Radish Soup<br />

Servings: 3-4 (as light appetizers)<br />


2.5 cups sliced radish (extra for garnish)<br />

1 russet potato (peeled and sliced)<br />

4 green onions (chopped)<br />

1 garlic clove (minced)<br />

2 thyme sprigs<br />

1 tbsp olive oil<br />

3-4 tsp horseradish sauce<br />

3 cups chicken broth<br />

Salt & pepper<br />

Creme fraiche & microgreens (optional garnish)<br />


1. In a sauce pan warm the olive oil at medium heat and cook the<br />

garlic and onions for 2-3 minutes. Add the radish and potato<br />

and cook for about five minutes, or until radishes are<br />

becoming translucent.<br />

2. Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Season with salt<br />

and pepper and add the thyme sprigs. Reduce the heat down<br />

to simmer.<br />

3. Allow it cook for another five minutes. Remove the thyme<br />

sprigs and add the mix to a high powered blender. Mix until<br />

smooth. Add the horseradish one tsp at a time till you reach<br />

your desired taste. Season with more salt & pepper if desired.<br />

4. Pour the mix into the bowls, Mix in 1 tbsp of creme fraiche on<br />

top and swirl for a fun design. Sprinkle with freshly grated<br />

peppercorn (I used pink peppercorns) and greenery of choice (I<br />

used microgreens; you could use any herb). Serve warm or cover<br />

and refrigerate to serve cold.<br />

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Baked Lemon-Coconut Tart<br />


2 cups flour<br />

2 tbsp sugar<br />

2/3 cup unsalted butter<br />

2 eggs<br />

5 spoonfuls water<br />

pinch of salt<br />


1 whole egg<br />

3 egg yolks<br />

1/2 cup sugar<br />

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream<br />

1/2 cup coconut milk (use cream on top of can)<br />

2 tbsp lemon zest<br />

1/4 cup lemon juice<br />

1 tsp vanilla extract<br />

1/2 tsp salt<br />

2 tbsp all-purpose flour<br />


Lemon slices & shredded coconut (optional)<br />


1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together sugar, flour, and<br />

salt. Cut the butter into the dry mix until there are only<br />

pea-sized pieces left. Add the eggs and stir till it is<br />

well combined.<br />

2. Begin working with your hands, mixing and kneading<br />

the dough. Add the water. If the mixture is too dry to<br />

combine all the flour, add another spoonful of water.<br />

3. Cover your bowl and place it in the fridge for<br />

20 minutes.<br />

4. Transfer the dough to a clean surface. Roll the dough<br />

into a circle (approx. 12 in.) and press it into a greased<br />

9-inch tart pan. Trim off any excess edges.<br />

5. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prick the bottom of the<br />

crust 6-7 times with a fork and place in the freezer for<br />

15 minutes.<br />

6. Remove the pie from the freezer. Line the inside of the<br />

crust with parchment paper and fill with baking weights<br />

or dried beans. Pop the crust into the oven for 10-15<br />

minutes. While this is cooking make the filling.<br />

7. For the filling: In a medium-sized bowl whisk together<br />

the flour, sugar, salt. Add the egg and egg yolk, and<br />

vanilla. Continue to whisk together. Slowly add in<br />

the heavy cream and coconut milk until it is well<br />

combined. Mix in the zest, lemon juice, and vanilla<br />

extract. Set aside.<br />

8. Remove the crust from the oven and remove the<br />

parchment paper and weights. Pour the filling into the<br />

crust and cook for another 15-20 minutes or until the<br />

filling is set and the crust is golden.<br />

9. Allow the pie to cool for 30 minutes before serving. You<br />

can serve this warm or refrigerate and serve cold.<br />

10. Add shredded coconut and lemon slices to garnish.<br />

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eating and drinking in <strong>Boulder</strong> County.<br />


24 Carrot Bistro (E) 578 Briggs St,<br />

303-828-1392. Seasonal New American<br />

farm to table cuisine and craft cocktails<br />

in a refined, open-timbered dining<br />

room. Lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Tue-Sun<br />

and brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

95a Bistro & Co. (LA) 1381 Forest<br />

Park Cir, 303-665-3080. An eclectic<br />

eatery serxqving creative, seasonally<br />

inspired American cuisine, like tapas<br />

dishes, ruby red trout and handcrafted<br />

cocktails. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner<br />

nightly, brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

740 Front (L) 740 Front St, 720-519-<br />

1972. A traditional American dining<br />

saloon with a quaint ambiance, serving<br />

beef and bison steaks, seafood and<br />

cocktails. Dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

1914 House (N) 121 2nd Ave, 303-834-<br />

9751. Cozy and sophisticated historic<br />

home serving scratch-made New<br />

American cuisine using sustainably<br />

grown ingredients. Opens 4pm Wed-Sun.<br />

Bartaco (B) 1048 Pearl St, 719-249-<br />

8226. Enjoy upscale street food and<br />

specialty cocktails in a rustic setting.<br />

An eclectic menu of tacos, rice bowls<br />

and more. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Birdhouse (E) 526 Briggs St, 303-<br />

997-9630. A relaxed eatery serving<br />

traditional tacos like lemongrass pork,<br />

ramen dishes and rum-based cocktails.<br />

Lunch Fri-Sun, dinner nightly.<br />

Blackbelly (B) 1606 Conestoga St, 303-<br />

247-1000. A farmhouse-chic eatery and<br />

butcher shop serving local ingredients<br />

and pasture raised animals. Roasted<br />

beet salad, lamb radiatore and koji cured<br />

pork round out the menu. Dinner nightly.<br />

Black Cat Bistro (B) 1964 13th<br />

St, 303-444-9110. An elegant bistro<br />

serving farm to table New American<br />

dishes that are sourced locally. Enjoy<br />

alfresco dining with beautiful gardens<br />

and mountain views. Dinner nightly.<br />

Bramble and Hare (B) 1970 13th St,<br />

303-444-9110. Eclectic seasonal fare<br />

served in a lively, warm atmosphere.<br />

Features a 3-course prix fixe menu and<br />

hand-crafted cocktails. Dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

Chautauqua Dining Hall (B) 900<br />

Baseline Rd, 303-440-3776. A tradition<br />

since 1898 offering Flatiron views<br />

from a wraparound porch, and serving<br />

farm to table American bistro cuisine.<br />

Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Community Supper Club (LA) 206<br />

S Public Rd, 720-890-3793. A casual<br />

neighborhood eatery featuring eclectic<br />

fare like housemade pastas, slow<br />

roasted birria, sandwiches, craft beers<br />

and house cocktails. Dinner nightly,<br />

brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

DJ’s Watering Hole (L) 988 W Dillon<br />

Rd, 303-604-6000. A casual American<br />

cuisine eatery, serving up burgers and<br />

sandwiches, BBQ, tandoor dishes,<br />

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salads and apps. Lunch and dinner<br />

Tue-Sun.<br />

Oak at Fourteenth (B) 1400 Pearl St,<br />

303-444-3622. A stylish neighborhood<br />

restaurant serving upscale New<br />

American cuisine and cocktails. The oak<br />

roasted Alaskan Halibut is a favorite.<br />

Dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Redgarden Restaurant & Brewery<br />

(L) 1700 Dogwood St, 303-927-6361. A<br />

lively hangout offering scratch-made,<br />

elevated pub-style food. Braised, handsliced<br />

Banh Mi, burgers, soup, apps and<br />

more. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

River and Woods (B) 2328 Pearl St,<br />

303-993-6301. Serving elevated comfort<br />

food in a small cottage with outdoor<br />

seating. Try the Southwestern poutine or<br />

slow braised short ribs. Dinner Tue-Sun,<br />

Brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

Salt (B) 1047 Pearl St, 303-444-7258.<br />

Farm to table American eats with a<br />

changing menu, served in a rustic-chic<br />

atmosphere. Try the gnocchi Bolognese<br />

or a farmhouse salad. Lunch Wed-Fri,<br />

dinner nightly and brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery (B) 1617 Pearl<br />

St, 303-225-7344. A vibrant, retro eatery<br />

serving creative breakfast and lunch fare,<br />

plus cocktails. French toast, benedicts<br />

and more. Open daily.<br />

Spruce Farm & Fish (B) 2115 13th St,<br />

303-442-4880. A polished eatery at the<br />

Hotel <strong>Boulder</strong>ado, serving seasonal New<br />

American cuisine like sea scallop crudo<br />

and bison strip steak Diane. Brunch and<br />

dinner daily.<br />

Sugarbeet (LG) 101 Pratt St, 303-651-<br />

3330. A cozy and intimate bistro serving<br />

upscale, seasonal American cuisine and<br />

fine wines. Try the beet-cured salmon and<br />

the roasted pappardelle. Dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

Tangerine (B) 2777 Iris Ave, 303-443-<br />

2333; (LA) 300 S Public Rd, 303-443-<br />

5100; (LG) 379 Main St, 720-815-2888.<br />

A farm-fresh breakfast and lunch spot,<br />

serving innovative morning fare and<br />

mimosas. Open daily.<br />

The Kitchen Bistro (B) 1039 Pearl<br />

St, 303-544-5973. A stylish bistro and<br />

bar serving up an imaginative array<br />

of globally-inspired shared dishes, and<br />

creative cocktails. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner<br />

nightly and brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

The Melting Pot (L) 732 Main St, 303-<br />

666-7777. A fondue restaurant offering<br />

several cooking styles in heated pots and<br />

a variety of unique entrees, salads and<br />

desserts. Extensive wine list. Dinner<br />

nightly, lunch Sat-Sun.<br />

The Roost (LG) 526 Main St, 303-827-<br />

3380. A rustic-chic eatery and rooftop<br />

whiskey bar, serving New American fare<br />

and craft beer. Polenta bites, short rib<br />

tacos and more. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

ASIAN<br />

Busaba (L) 133 S McCaslin Blvd, 303-<br />

665-0330; (B) 4800 Baseline Rd, 720-<br />

350-4927. Serving authentic Thai food<br />

with fresh local ingredients. Noodle<br />

dishes, curries and more. Lunch and<br />

dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Dushanbee Teahouse (B)<br />

1770 13th St, 303-442-4993. Stunning<br />

ornate décor of this popular landmark<br />

that was shipped from Tajikistan.<br />

lunch - happy hour - dinner - late night happy hour - sake - catering<br />

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Enjoy Asian fare from an eclectic menu<br />

and extensive selection of teas. Lunch,<br />

teatime and dinner daily.<br />

Chez Thuy (B) 2655 28th St, 303-442-<br />

1700. A casual Asian eatery serving<br />

Vietnamese fare like Pho noodle soup,<br />

hot pots and stir-fry. Lunch and dinner<br />

Wed-Mon.<br />

Dragonfly Noodle (B) 2014 10th St,<br />

720-580-1100. Modern Asian dishes<br />

from the Pacific Rim, serving housemade<br />

Ramen, Bao, Pho and creative cocktails.<br />

Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Hana Japanese Bistro (L) 1148 W<br />

Dillon Rd, 720-328-8826. Traditional<br />

Japanese dishes in an intimate setting.<br />

Sushi, sashimi, tempura, teriyaki,<br />

noodles and more. Generous portions.<br />

Dinner nightly.<br />

Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar (B) 1117<br />

Pearl St, 303-473-4730. A modern sushi<br />

eatery with a creative blend of Japanese<br />

and Hawaiian fare and uniquely named<br />

rolls. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Izakaya Amu (B) 1221 Spruce St,<br />

303-440-0807. A tiny Japanese pub<br />

specializing in small plates that<br />

accompany sake. Try the grilled mackerel<br />

or fried squid legs. Dinner nightly.<br />

Japango (B) 1136 Pearl St, 303-938-<br />

0330. Inventive Japanese tapas, sushi<br />

and sashimi, served in a lively, modern<br />

atmosphere with daily happy hour. Lunch<br />

and dinner daily.<br />

Little Tibet (B) 4479 N Broadway, 720-<br />

459-8336. Authentic Tibetan and Indian<br />

food like hand-pulled noodles and fried<br />

patties stuffed with beef and onion.<br />

Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Misaki (S) 402 Marshall Rd, 720-277-<br />

8600. A Japanese eatery known for great<br />

sushi and sashimi, along with specialties<br />

like ramen, tempura and kushiyaki<br />

skewers. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Osaka’s (B) 2460 Canyon Blvd, 720-<br />

398-9115. A stylish Japanese restaurant<br />

with dining room and patio seating.<br />

Sushi, ramen, tempura and okonomiyaki.<br />

Dinner Thur-Mon.<br />

Zoe Ma Ma (B) 2010 10th St, 303-545-<br />

6262. Freshly prepared Chinese signature<br />

dishes and delicious home cooking.<br />

Homemade noodles, dim sum and daily<br />

specials. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

BAKERY<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Baked (B) 5290 Arapahoe Ave,<br />

303-444-4999. Serving a wide selection<br />

of baked goods like cupcakes, cookies,<br />

grilled sandwiches and soup. Open daily.<br />

Lucky’s Bakehouse (B) 3990 Broadway,<br />

720-596-4905. An artisan bakery featuring<br />

breakfast pastries and desserts and localroasted<br />

coffee. Open daily at 7am.<br />

Moxie Bread Co (L) 641 Main St, 720-420-<br />

9616. An heirloom bakery and mill, featuring<br />

morning pastries, coffee, rustic breads and<br />

lunchtime eats. Open daily at 7am.<br />


Acreage (LA) 1380 Horizon Ave,<br />

303-227-3243. An urban cider house<br />

experience in a tavern setting, with farm<br />

to table Basque-inspired comfort food.<br />

Outdoor deck and cider garden. Lunch<br />

and dinner Wed-Sun.<br />

Longs Peak Pub & Taphouse (LG) 600<br />

Longs Peak Ave, 303-651-7886. An<br />


freshly-brewed<br />

house craft beers!<br />

Social house beers available in 32oz to-go crowlers!<br />

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unpretentious gathering space offering<br />

high quality pub fare and award-winning<br />

craft beer. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Mike O’Shays Ale House (LG) 512<br />

Main St, 303-772-0252. A neighborhood<br />

stalwart for over 32 years, offering<br />

seafood, Irish fare, steaks, burgers and<br />

award-winning desserts. Lunch and<br />

dinner daily.<br />

Niwot Tavern (N) 7960 Niwot Rd, 303-<br />

652-0200. A casual American eatery<br />

serving classic pub fare with some Irish<br />

dishes and specialty cocktails. Lunch and<br />

dinner daily.<br />

The Corner Bar (B) 2115 13th St,<br />

303-442-4880. Located inside Hotel<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong>ado, this bar is a favorite for<br />

people watching. Enjoy lunch, a lively<br />

happy hour or a late-night meal. Open<br />

daily at 11am, brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

The Old Mine (E) 500 Briggs St, 303-<br />

905-0620. Housemade world-class<br />

hard cider, craft brews and bourbon,<br />

sandwiches and craft artisan pizza,<br />

served in a historic 1889 brick building.<br />

Lunch Thur-Sun, dinner Tue-Sun.<br />

West End Tavern (B) 926 Pearl St, 303-<br />

444-3535. An iconic American tavern,<br />

serving up home-style cuisine like juicy<br />

burgers, tasty salads and daily specials.<br />

Extensive bourbon menu and rooftop<br />

patio. Open daily at 11:30am.<br />

West Side Tavern (LG) 1283 3rd Ave, 720-<br />

526-0360. A unique gastropub in a restored<br />

1915 grocery store, serving seasonal menus,<br />

fine wines, whiskey and crafted cocktails.<br />

Dinner nightly, Sun brunch.<br />

William Oliver’s Pub & Eatery (LA)<br />

201 N Public Rd, 720-509-9537. A casual<br />

gastropub featuring craft beer, extensive<br />

whiskey list and a bacon-centric menu in a<br />

friendly ambiance. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />


Lulu’s BBQ (L) 701 Main St, 720-583-<br />

1789. Enjoy award-winning Texas style<br />

barbecue, slow smoked in Lulu’s pit. Ribs,<br />

brisket, pulled pork, chicken, turkey and<br />

sausage. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

CAFÉ<br />

Alpine Modern Café (B) 904 College Ave<br />

and 1629 29th St, 303-954-0129. A hip café<br />






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and coffeehouse with an elevated design,<br />

serving a variety of toast selections and<br />

sandwiches. Open daily.<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> Social (B) 1600 38th St, 720-<br />

716-3345. A neighborhood hangout with<br />

great food, craft beer and cocktails. Enjoy<br />

small plates, great apps like Fig & Apple<br />

Burrata, sandwiches and pizza. Lunch<br />

and dinner daily, brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

Organic Sandwich Company<br />

(B) 16th & Pearl, 720-639-3986; (L)<br />

459 S McCaslin Blvd, 720-598-5931.<br />

Creating foods with only the purest<br />

ingredients, this cozy café serves<br />

gourmet sandwiches and breakfast<br />

items, including vegetarian and vegan.<br />

Open daily.<br />

CREOLE<br />

Lucile’s Creole Café (B) 2124 14th<br />

St, 303-442-4743. A cozy eatery serving<br />

Cajun-Creole breakfast and lunch.<br />

Benedicts, beignets, shrimp & grits,<br />

gumbo and more. Open daily.<br />


Corrida (B) 1023 Walnut St, #400,<br />

303-444-1333. A sophisticated Spanishinspired<br />

steakhouse with a rooftop patio<br />

overlooking the Flatirons. An excellent<br />

wine list, tapas and meticulously<br />

sourced cuts of beef. Dinner nightly,<br />

brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

Flagstaff House (B) 1138 Flagstaff Rd,<br />

303-442-4640. Refined New American<br />

cuisine and a world-renowned wine list<br />

with breathtaking views of the Rockies.<br />

Dinner Tue-Sun.<br />

Frasca Food and Wine (B) 1738<br />

Pearl St, 303-442-6966. A James<br />

Beard Award winning concept,<br />

steeped in traditions of the Friulicentric<br />

Northern Italian cuisine, warm<br />

hospitality and expertly selected wines.<br />

Dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Greenbriar Inn (B) 8735 N Foothills<br />

Hwy, 303-440-7979. An elegant whitetablecloth<br />

eatery, tavern and private<br />

event space, serving inventive American<br />

dishes and an award-winning wine cellar.<br />

Dinner Wed-Sun, brunch Sun.<br />

Jill’s Restaurant & Bisto (B) 900<br />

Walnut St, 720-406-9696. An elegant<br />

and romantic bistro inside the St. Julien<br />

Hotel & Spa, offering scratch-made<br />

American and French cuisine using<br />

fresh, local ingredients. Breakfast,<br />

lunch and dinner daily.<br />

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Prefer the great indoors?<br />

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alongside the jellyfish, sink<br />

into a lounge or take a seat<br />

at one of our lively bars.<br />

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Martinis Bistro (LG) 543 Terry St, 303-<br />

651-2772. A casual, fine dining eatery and<br />

cocktail bar serving upscale American<br />

cuisine crafted from fresh ingredients.<br />

Opens 3pm Mon-Sat.<br />

FRENCH<br />

Brasserie <strong>Boulder</strong> (B) 1235 Pennsylvania<br />

Ave, 303-993-8131. Offering delicious,<br />

classic French cuisine for takeout or home<br />

delivery as well as dining in options. Wed-<br />

Fri 3-9pm, Sat-Sun 11am-9pm.<br />

Brasserie Ten Ten (B) 1011 Walnut St,<br />

303-998-1010. A popular French eatery<br />

with a vibrant and cozy setting. Freshly<br />

prepared seared yellowfin tuna, steaks,<br />

apps and more. Dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

Le French Café (B) 2525 Arapahoe Ave,<br />

303-284-2265. A casual French eatery<br />

serving breakfast, lunch and pastries.<br />

Indulge on sweet crepes or sandwiches<br />

made on baguettes or croissants. Open<br />

Wed-Sun.<br />

Mateo (B) 1837 Pearl St, 303-443-7766.<br />

A bustling and trendy eatery serving<br />

seasonal French cuisine from the Provence<br />

Region and small-batch French and Italian<br />

wine. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sat.<br />


Avanti F&B (B) 1401 Pearl St, 720-343-<br />

7757. Explore your culinary options with<br />

six different restaurants in one collective<br />

space, plus two bars and a rooftop deck.<br />

Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Café Aion (B) 1235 Pennsylvania Ave,<br />

303-993-8131. A Spanish and Moroccan<br />

inspired eatery, serving innovative tapas<br />

dishes like paella and brined whole roast<br />

chicken. Lunch and dinner Wed-Sun.<br />

Dagabi Tapas Bar (B) 3970 N Broadway,<br />

303-786-9004. Serving up Spanish tapas,<br />

pasta dishes and wood-fired pizza in a<br />

stylish neighborhood eatery. Dinner nightly.<br />

Mumtaz Mediterranean Food<br />

(LA) 588 US 287, 303-926-1400. A<br />

neighborhood restaurant offering<br />

traditional Mediterranean cuisine in<br />

a casual atmosphere. Falafels, gyros,<br />

kabobs, baklava and more. Lunch and<br />

dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Piripi (E) 615 Briggs St, 720-328-0787.<br />

Serving up Latin and Mediterranean<br />

cuisine featuring 99% gluten free menu.<br />

Vegetarian and vegan options. Lunch and<br />

dinner daily.<br />

Ras Kassa’s Ethiopian (LA) 802 S<br />

Public Rd, 303-447-2919. A long-standing<br />

destination serving spiced Ethiopian dishes<br />

like Rocky Mountain red trout, steak<br />

tartare and more. Opens 3pm Tue-Sun.<br />

Rincon Argentino (B) 2525 Arapahoe<br />

Ave, 303-442-4133. Authentic Argentinean<br />

dishes like hand-crafted empanadas or<br />

milanesa sandwiches using fresh, local<br />

ingredients. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Rosetta Hall (B) 1109 Walnut St. Chic<br />

space offering American and International<br />

cuisine with eight restaurants and two<br />

bars under one roof. Hang out in the main<br />

dining room, front patio or rooftop. Lunch<br />

and dinner daily.<br />

Tandoori Grill (B) 619 S Broadway,<br />

303-543-7339. Authentic Indian dishes<br />

with a modern touch for the western<br />

palate. Traditional curry classics and<br />

favorites like tamarind duck and ribeye<br />

steak. Dinner Tue-Sun.<br />

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Bacco Trattoria (B) 1200 Yarmouth<br />

Ave, 303-442-3899. Authentic Italian<br />

cuisine in a stylish, relaxed setting.<br />

Specialty cheese, pizza and traditional<br />

dishes like Cioppino and Saltimbocca.<br />

Dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Basta (B) 3601 Arapahoe Ave, 303-997-<br />

8775. Acclaimed Italian eatery known for<br />

wood-fired pizza and apps like oysters and<br />

chicken liver mousse. Dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Carelli’s of <strong>Boulder</strong> (B) 645 30th St,<br />

303-938-9300. Authentic Italian cuisine<br />

served in a contemporary setting with<br />

a large fireplace and outdoor patio.<br />

Traditional dishes and extensive wine<br />

list. Dinner Mon-Sat.<br />

Cimmini’s (N) 300 2nd Ave, 303-834-<br />

9522. A family-owned eatery, serving<br />

scratch-made authentic Italian cuisine,<br />

delicious desserts and crafted cocktails.<br />

Breakfast Sat-Sun, lunch Wed-Fri and<br />

dinner Wed-Sun.<br />

Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar<br />

(L) 1132 W Dillon Rd, 303-284-2741. An<br />

authentic Italian eatery serving scratchmade<br />

dishes, pastas and pizza. The<br />

mozzarella bar offers a variety of fresh<br />

cheeses. Dinner nightly, lunch Mon-Sat.<br />

Pasta Jay’s (B) 1001 Pearl St, 303-444-<br />

5800. A low-key Italian eatery serving pasta<br />

dishes made from family recipes, thin-crust<br />

pizza, ravioli and more. Dinner nightly.<br />

Stella’s Cucina (B) 1123 Walnut St, 303-<br />

943-1000. Authentic old-world Italian<br />

cuisine in a contemporary setting. Housemade<br />

pastas, veal, seabass and extensive<br />

wine list. Dinner Wed-Sun.<br />

Via Toscana (L) 356 McCaslin Blvd,<br />

303-604-6960. Serving regional Tuscan<br />

trattoria dishes from family recipes using<br />

farm fresh ingredients. Extensive wine<br />

and craft beer selections. Dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

Zucca (L) 808 Main St, 303-666-6499.<br />

Serving a broad range of Italian cuisine,<br />

explore the rich flavors in a cozy, relaxed<br />

atmosphere. Wine list from all regions of<br />

Italy. Dinner Tue-Sun.<br />


Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant (B)<br />

1630 63rd St, 303-440-4045; (LA) 101<br />

E Cleveland St, 303-666-7544. Classic<br />

homestyle Mexican cuisine like green<br />

chili, enchiladas, burritos and choose<br />

from 17 different margaritas. Lunch<br />

and dinner Tue-Sat.<br />

Rio Grande Mexican (B) 1101 Walnut<br />

St, 303-444-3690. Serving up delicious<br />

Tex Mex and legendary margaritas in<br />

a lively atmosphere. Great views of the<br />

Flatirons from rooftop patio. Lunch and<br />

dinner daily.<br />

Santo (B) 1265 Alpine Ave, 303-442-<br />

6100. Discover Northern New Mexican<br />

cuisine in a warm and rustic eatery<br />

serving stacked enchiladas, blue-corn<br />

tostadas, tacos and more. Breakfast,<br />

lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Teocalli Cocina (LA) 103 N Public<br />

Rd, 303-284-6597. A lively Mexican<br />

restaurant serving 100% gluten free<br />

dishes in a modern space. Tacos, seared<br />

ahi tuna, enchiladas, Verde and more.<br />

Lunch and dinner daily.<br />


<strong>Boulder</strong> Cork (B) 3295 30th St, 303-<br />

443-9505. A warm and intimate setting,<br />

serving locally sourced American<br />

cuisine like prime rib, rainbow trout<br />

and Teriyaki sirloin. Extensive wine<br />

list. Dinner nightly.<br />

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar (B)<br />

928 Pearl St, 303-444-1811. An upscale<br />

seafood restaurant serving gourmet<br />

dishes and creative cocktails. Try the<br />

chargrilled oysters and sesame crusted<br />

yellowfin tuna. Lunch and dinner daily.<br />

Steakhouse No. 316 (B) 1922 13th St,<br />

720-729-1922. A boutique steakhouse<br />

serving up prime steaks in cast-iron<br />

skillets, delicious apps like lamb<br />

carpaccio, seafood and more. Dinner<br />

Wed-Sun.<br />

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prepared meals for pick-up via preorder<br />

to fuel your busy lifestyle. Local fresh<br />

cuisine. Open daily.<br />


Leaf Vegetarian (B) 1710 Pearl St,<br />

303-442-1485. Farm to table vegetarian<br />

and vegan cuisine, using fresh, local<br />

ingredients to craft exceptional dishes.<br />

Lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Tue-Sun and<br />

brunch Sat-Sun.<br />

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REAL ESTATE FORUM | Special Advertising Feature<br />

911 High Mountain Drive<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> | $1,998,500<br />

Spectacular Mountain Views! Custombuilt<br />

home on 2 acres! Expansive space<br />

with fireplace that leads to covered patio.<br />

Gourmet kitchen with walnut cabinets,<br />

quartz counters, and a double oven. Main<br />

floor owner’s suite with luxury bath.<br />

Rec Room with a wet bar that opens to<br />

a rooftop deck with panoramic views!<br />

MLS# 977378<br />

Janet Borchert<br />

303.263.3215<br />

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3093 Ouray Street<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> | $1,339,000<br />

Welcome to the epitome of luxury living<br />

in Northfield Commons! This stunning 3B<br />

/ 3B townhome offers an unparalleled<br />

living experience with exquisite features<br />

and amenities. The primary suite is a true<br />

oasis with vaulted ceilings, balcony with<br />

mountain views! Step outside and enjoy<br />

the fresh air in the fenced-in side yard,<br />

perfect for outdoor dining or relaxing.<br />

MLS #983228<br />

Ardee Imerman<br />

303.946.5458<br />

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3135 5th Street<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> | $4,300,000<br />

Every detail has been considered to<br />

create an ideal setting for entertaining.<br />

An expansive stone patio offers space to<br />

lounge by the fireplace, dine with friends,<br />

or grill in the outdoor kitchen. Inside, a<br />

striking limestone fireplace centers the<br />

living room and a gourmet kitchen with<br />

generous Carrera marble topped island,<br />

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butler’s pantry should please any chef.<br />

MLS #983330<br />

Liz Benson<br />

303.589.8957<br />

www.3135.wkre.com<br />

4528 Sprucedale Place<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> | $1,895,000<br />

Semi-custom, move-in ready w/Flatiron<br />

Views! This light and bright home has an<br />

updated chef’s kitchen, walk-in pantry,<br />

main floor office + 3rd floor studio w/<br />

deck, hot tub and fireplace. Primary suite<br />

along w/3 other beds upstairs, full bath<br />

& laundry. Finished basement with 5th<br />

bedroom, 4th bath and home theater +<br />

a 3-car garage! Best Value in <strong>Boulder</strong>.<br />

MLS#980587<br />

445 Laramie Boulevard<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> | $1,280,000<br />

Stylish easy living in this lock and leave<br />

West <strong>Boulder</strong> townhouse. Steps to<br />

hiking and parks. Filled with sunlight<br />

and fresh contemporary finishes. Three<br />

bedrooms, four baths, attached two car<br />

garage. Welcoming front porch and three<br />

balconies. Impeccably maintained, move<br />

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MLS#982758<br />

3754 26th Street<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> | $2,685,000<br />

Hidden down a private drive, magical<br />

setting. Traditional two story filled with<br />

warmth and character. Wraparound<br />

porch. Lush landscaping, colorful<br />

gardens, almost half acre. 4,700 sq ft<br />

with six bedrooms. Chef’s kitchen. Two<br />

car attached plus one car detached<br />

garage. Coveted location!<br />

MLS# 981174<br />

Michelle Trudgeon<br />

720.272.9547<br />

www.4528.wkre.com<br />

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John Hoeffler<br />

720.564.6014<br />

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640 College Avenue<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> | $3,100,000<br />

4 bed, 3.5 bath dreamy, modern and<br />

traditional home awaits you.<br />

Ann Cooper<br />

303.517.0447<br />

anncooper@comcast.net<br />

S. St. Vrain Drive<br />

Lyons | $555,000<br />

64 acres of sheer beauty.<br />

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Ann Cooper<br />

303.517.0447<br />

anncooper@comcast.net<br />

11546 Eagle Springs Trail<br />

Longmont | $6,500,000<br />

A modern masterpiece set on 11.82 acres<br />

awaits in <strong>Boulder</strong> County: an enduring<br />

sanctuary of stone and sun-filled<br />

windows with stunning views, flowing<br />

floorplan, elevated design and luxe<br />

finishes. The included adjoining lot offers<br />

unlimited possibilities for a separate<br />

residence or guesthouse, pool + pool<br />

house, equestrian center and more.<br />

MLS #980502<br />

Jennifer Fly<br />

303.506.0253<br />

jfly@milehimodern.com<br />

0 Bluff Street<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> | $1,500,000<br />

7,252 sq. ft. lot tucked away in the<br />

Whittier neighborhood under a canopy<br />

of mature trees. Build your dream home<br />

on Sunset Hill, on a quiet, dead-end<br />

street and take in the views of downtown<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> and the Flatirons.<br />

MLS #974373<br />

Patrick Westfall<br />

303.579.0469<br />

patrick.westfall@milehimodern.com<br />

3054 11th Street<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> | $975,000<br />

This sweet cottage sits back from 11th St<br />

in the popular Newlands neighborhood.<br />

Quietly situated just a few blocks from<br />

NOBO park, Ideal Market, bus, schools,<br />

NOBO Rec. Center, coffee shops and Mt<br />

Sanitas hiking trails and the famous Pearl<br />

Street Mall. Hardwood floors throughout<br />

this sunny bungalow. New furnace and<br />

A/C. Views of the foothills! Detached<br />

single car garage. Washer and dryer<br />

included! Enjoy as it is, or update and<br />

expand. MLS #980877<br />

Eric Jacobson<br />

303.437.0221<br />

eric.jacobson@compass.com<br />

421 Baseline Road<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> | $3,000,000<br />

Secluded site at the foot of Flagstaff<br />

Mountain along Gregory Creek, with<br />

spectacular Flatirons views. Designed by<br />

<strong>Boulder</strong> mid-century architectural master,<br />

Hobart Wagener. Sprawling ranch with<br />

full walk-out lower level and incredible<br />

outdoor living spaces. Ready for a top<br />

to bottom renovation right across from<br />

Chautauqua Park. MLS #982962<br />

Timmy Duggan<br />

(co-listed with<br />

The Hellwig Team)<br />

303.441.5611<br />

TDuggan.Remax@gmail.com<br />

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Enlightened in the Black Forest<br />

Discovering Southwest Germany’s natural respite<br />


Ridges and forested<br />

slopes offer views into<br />

stunning green valleys<br />


the curvy mountain roadway, I gazed into the<br />

depths of the primeval green forest that seemed<br />

to reach out and touch the windows. I had always<br />

thought Germany’s Black Forest had earned its<br />

moniker from dark shadows and a hint of enchanted mystery,<br />

but it turns out that the trees themselves—a specific variety<br />

of conifer that clearly thrives here—are such a deep shade of<br />

green that they look black. The Fairy Tales came later.<br />

Before long, the track narrowed and rock walls I was told<br />

jut nearly 2,000 feet into the air loomed over our heads. Turns<br />

out we had entered the Höllental, or valley of hell, a five-milelong<br />

gorge that, shockingly, has been the best route through<br />

this part of the Black Forest for centuries. It was so well used<br />

that the first thoroughfare—actually, a cart path—through<br />

it was constructed in the 12th<br />

century, paved in 1753. In <strong>May</strong><br />

of 1770, Marie Antoinette took<br />

the route on her way to Paris to<br />

marry Louis XVI.<br />

Just as Marie Antoinette had<br />

done, we turned off the main<br />

pass and headed toward the<br />

Ravenna Gorge, where a natural<br />

clearing has been home to at<br />

least one guesthouse since the<br />

15th century. In 1986, the hotel<br />

Hofgut Sternen was constructed<br />

on the site as a 30-room summer resort. Now, nearly 40 years<br />

later, the resort is open all year long and has expanded to<br />

include an artisan village where guests can watch glass<br />

blowers at work and purchase traditional Black Forest<br />

products such as hand-carved cuckoo clocks, ceramic beer<br />

steins and colorful blown glassware. Even better, Hofgut<br />

Sternen produces all of its own electricity; rooms are cooled<br />

using an innovative system that utilizes the cold mountain<br />

water from the nearby stream. I was pleasantly surprised<br />

by the food, too: nearly everything is made on the premises<br />

from products grown or raised no more than 60 miles from<br />

the resort.<br />

The resort’s 107 rooms come in a cozy traditional style or<br />

in a sleek, Nordic design; either way, rates include breakfast<br />

and easy access to miles of hiking trails that loop around<br />

the property and delve into the<br />

gorge. What I thought would<br />

be an easy morning stroll<br />

drew me deep into the forest<br />

for what became a hike over<br />

picture-perfect footbridges, past<br />

thrumming waterfalls and along<br />

narrow catwalks that skirted<br />

lichen-covered monoliths.<br />

My second hike of the day<br />

started at Breg Spring, which,<br />

as the source of the main stream<br />

that becomes the Danube River,<br />


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Flanked by dramatic cliffs, the<br />

Danube River curves through<br />

the Danube Valley.<br />

Hand carved signs show<br />

hikers the way through<br />

the woods.<br />

is considered by many to be the actual source of Europe’s<br />

third-longest river. Unlike the town of Donaueschingen,<br />

which has created a gorgeous urban park around its Danube<br />

Spring (which is where the actual Danube bubbles to the<br />

surface), Breg Spring is marked by a stone statue of the river<br />

god Danuvius reclining atop a fountain.<br />

From there, we meandered through a flower-filled meadow<br />

before entering a dense wood where we were told the air<br />

is so clean that breathing it can rejuvenate the lungs. The<br />

Germans even have a name for it: a climatic health resort.<br />

An hour or so east of the Black Forest lies the Swabian<br />

Alb, a mountain range that follows the curve of the Danube<br />

as it makes its way toward Austria. In between the two,<br />

we discovered the Danube Bike Path, which begins in<br />

Donaueschingen and runs, in Germany, for about 375 miles.<br />

Our stage to Beuron covered only about ten miles, but offered<br />

a visually stunning mix of wildflower meadows, dramatic<br />

bluffs that were often topped by castle ruins, pine-covered<br />

hills and idyllic farms. Easily rentable (and ridable) E-bikes<br />

made short work of the hills and allowed us to arrive at our<br />

next destination with a minimum of sweat.<br />

After a quick stop at Beuron’s Benedictine Abbey, which<br />

was founded in the 11th century and occupies an ornate<br />

Baroque structure, we made our way to Sigmaringen<br />

Castle, an imposing structure that dominates the tiny<br />

village of Sigmaringen. Though the castle has been—and<br />

continues to be—home to the Hohenzollern family since<br />

1535, it has been open to the public for more than 100<br />

years. Inside, the structure traces more than 1,000 years<br />

of history with family portraits and other artworks, a huge<br />

collection of armor and weapons, fully decorated feasting<br />

halls and period furnishings.<br />

Though this part of Germany isn’t terribly far from Zurich or<br />

Stuttgart, it still feels wonderfully authentic. At the Rothaus<br />

Brewery near Grafenhausen, we refueled on maultaschen,<br />

the meat-filled dumplings that Medieval monks would use<br />

to hide their Friday meat-eating from the eyes of God. The<br />

next day, on a sunny deck overlooking the mountains, the<br />

staff at Berggasthof delivered homemade apple strudel so hot<br />

from the oven that the drift of schlag (whipped cream) that<br />

accompanied it melted into a sweet pool.<br />

Farms and villages dot the<br />

rolling hills that surround<br />

the Black Forest.<br />

Nearly 4,000 feet tall, Kandel Mountain<br />

is the tallest in the Black Forest.<br />

The highlight for me was an all-too-short stay at Hotel<br />

Hofgut Hohenkarpfen, which sits atop a high plateau<br />

overlooking farms, villages and, in the distance, mountains<br />

of the Swabian Alb. Thanks to an onsite artists collective,<br />

contemporary works fill the walls of the ancient barn that<br />

has been converted into a 21-room hotel with sculptures<br />

dotting the landscape.<br />

The Michelin-recognized restaurant opened in 1978 and<br />

serves elegant takes on local dishes—traditional veal stew<br />

came with rich, cheesy dauphine potatoes and horseradish<br />

foam—on an elegant terrace set to catch the moonrise. It<br />

made me long to stay at least one more day. B<br />

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the last reflection<br />

Getting Back to Reading<br />

Dive into actual books and break away from all the digital<br />


Let’s be honest: Most people don’t<br />

read for pleasure these days.<br />

Even those of us who use to sink<br />

into a good book like it was quicksand,<br />

are powerless over our phones and<br />

infinite streaming options. During the<br />

lockdown portion of the pandemic, I<br />

could have read a hundred books, but<br />

instead I watched all 15 seasons of the<br />

original “Dallas.”<br />

On our nightly walks, I regaled my<br />

husband with tales of the Ewings and<br />

their many dalliances, both personal<br />

and business, and all my feelings about<br />

them. At one point, my husband politely<br />

recommended that I might enjoy writing<br />

a thesis about the show and getting a<br />

doctorate in…I don’t know what. To<br />

be fair, I highly recommend watching<br />

the entire show, if only so you’ll enjoy<br />

reading my eventual thesis.<br />

Books! I used to read all the time.<br />

When I was a kid, I used to put a book<br />

in a plastic zippered bag, so I could read<br />

in the shower. When I went to college<br />

in a big city, public transportation<br />

thrilled me, because I could read on<br />

the way to wherever. The longer the<br />

trip the better. And magazines. There<br />

were so many magazines, and I looked<br />

forward to the end of the month, when<br />

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new issues arrived in my mailbox or on<br />

the newsstand. Those printed words<br />

have been replaced by screens. But I’m<br />

trying to do better.<br />

Reading a magazine online just<br />

isn’t the same. First of all, most of<br />

them are updated daily, so reading<br />

the latest doesn’t require any kind of<br />

commitment. Drop in and out, no need<br />

to settle into the bath or a comfy chair<br />

and consume the whole thing at once.<br />

And the ads are often embedded into<br />

the content, or worse, they move, which<br />

is distracting. Digital books are a little<br />

bit better. I usually have one going on<br />

my phone, which is probably why I let<br />

you go in front of me in the grocery<br />

store line the other day. Had to finish<br />

that chapter!<br />

Phones, of course, have their own<br />

issues – text messages that pop up<br />

and remind you your prescription is<br />

ready, your friend wants to have dinner<br />

on Thursday, your dog needs a couple<br />

shots at the vet, and on and on.<br />

So, during this season of resolutions,<br />

I’m going to read. Actual books, on<br />

actual paper. When I read about a<br />

new novel on one of those websites I<br />

browse out of habit, I’m going to reserve<br />

it immediately on my library app, or<br />

order it if it seems like a keeper. For<br />

15 minutes a day, I’ll drop everything<br />

and read. I suspect, it’ll feel like one of<br />

those assignments for school that turns<br />

out to be really interesting. You mean<br />

to do the bare minimum, but end up<br />

diving in. Pretty sure that 15 minutes<br />

will turn into a half hour or more.<br />

The trick may be to always have<br />

a book ready. Have you ever gone on<br />

vacation somewhere, relaxing for a<br />

week and plowed through a few books<br />

because the wi-fi was spotty? But then<br />

you get home to your glorious highspeed<br />

connection. Before you know it,<br />

you’ve made it through two seasons of<br />

some show you won’t remember in a<br />

month. The problem with digital media<br />

is it’s always there. The good, the bad,<br />

the ugly – it’s just so easy.<br />

This year, I’m going to make reading<br />

easy. I’ll keep a novel in the car. I’ll<br />

put away the books on my bedside<br />

table I’ve already read and replace<br />

them with new ones. There will be a<br />

book in the living room to read during<br />

commercials. And, yes, I’m bringing<br />

back the stack of bathroom magazines.<br />

I mean, sometimes you get bored in<br />

there. Please wish me the willpower to<br />

leave my phone out of reach. B






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