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Denver says “yes” to RiNo Art District

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RiNo Art District is Denver ranks as one of the leading art districts in the nation.

My feature for Colorado Expression magazine shares the area’s history and tips for making the most of your visit to this colorful and creative area of the Mile High City with lots of street art, tasty restaurants, hopping breweries, and much more. Even three hours of free, covered parking!

One point stuck with me when touring RiNo Art District with Tracy Weil, an artist who co-founded the district and serves as president/creative director. He said he prefers to think of the development as “empowerment” rather than “gentrification.”

RiNo even includes a tiny house village for people who are homeless, proving the district has not only art but also heart.

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Mile High City ups ante on corporate events: new venues, creative menus

Denver Business Journal's Corporate Events Guide

Denver Business Journal assigned me to write articles for their Corporate Events Guide, and I was impressed by the creative venues and menus.

Denver is stepping up the corporate party in the Mile High City with entertaining new venues and fresh menus. For my article “Throw a better party” in the Denver Business Journal’s Corporate Events Guide, I reported on five unusual venues including a repurposed airplane hangar and rooftop patios. I wrote, “In corporate events planning — as in real estate — one aspect prevails: location, location, location.”

I also reported on caterers with mouth-watering options for the multitudes, including people with dietary restrictions. My article “Dietary redistricting: Feeding the masses in a hot culinary market” emphasizes that Denver has shed its former cow-town meat-and-potatoes image in favor of a foodie destination. “Rubber chicken breast no longer cuts the mustard at corporate banquets,” I wrote, “and at business cocktail parties, predictable canapés are toast.”

 

 

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Chuck Morris: Colorado’s music man is a rock star of concert promotion

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Gregory Alan Isakov, one of hundreds of artists promoted by AEG Presents, performs at Red Rocks.    — Photo by Colleen Smith

 

Chuck Morris’s half-century career in the music industry is well documented.

So is his signature look with a laid-back wardrobe akin to Neil Young’s and a collection of eyeglasses to rival Elton John’s. A native New Yorker, Morris perhaps more than any other individual has struck chords in Denver’s live music scene, growing the concert market into one of the most vibrant in the nation.

I reported on Morris, who heads up AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, for the Denver Business Journal. For my article, I interviewed the former governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, and the founder/CEO of MOA (Museum of Outdoor Arts) which owns Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, the largest outdoor concert venue in the region.

Having reported on live music for many years, I was interested to learn more about how the music business runs. “It’s not a science,” Morris said.

 

 

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How container gardens can convert your balcony or patio into an oasis

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Photos by Colleen Smith.

Container gardens yield many benefits — not the least of which are lovely, low-maintenance landscapes and fresh veggies bursting from small spaces.

“The biggest benefit is that container gardening is great for people without soil to grow in, whether they live in small spaces or have balconies, or HOAs that don’t allow changes to landscaping,” said Brien Darby, manager of urban food programs at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For more information, read the full article.

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Create an outdoor room with a pergola

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A pergola by Chad Beall of Tree Frog Woodworking Inc.

To add classic garden architecture and define an outdoor space, a pergola nails it. For homes or commercial spaces, pergolas deliver both form and function. Whether attached to a building or as a stand-alone structure, a pergola can provide privacy, shade, a ceiling of sorts to an outdoor room, a focal point and a support for vines.

For more information, read the full article.

 

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Flowering plants make lasting gifts of life

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Photos by RJ Sangosti of The Denver Post

Whenever you’re wondering what to give that person who seemingly has everything, the teacher who’s shown so much patience, the elderly person with limited space, the hostess with the mostest, the birthday girl or boy, the anniversary couple, the person to whom you want to show gratitude, consider a flowering plant.
This article published by The Denver Post focuses on houseplants as holiday gifts, but flowering plants make wonderful gifts any time of year. They last longer than cut flowers. They have a long shelf-life. And many spectacular flowering plants are “set it and forget it” plants that require minimal care.
In addition to the long list of possibilities in this article, remember orchids, which are easier than most people think. Kalanchoe is another terrific bloomer that doesn’t need mollycoddling.
When you give a flowering plant, you give life to a loved one and a spirit of anticipation. One size fits all, and a blossoming plant is infinitely more personal than a gift card.

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Scandinavian ice candles warm up winter

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When the forecast calls for the mercury to drop to zero degrees Fahrenheit or even sub-zero, the frigid weather is perfect for at least one thing: making Scandinavian ice candles. All you need is water, plastic buckets, time and candles (or a string of lights.)
I reported on the history of Scandinavian ice candles, originally used to mourn soldiers lost in war. And my article includes step-by-step how-to instructions for these gorgeous winter wonders.

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