2014 Easter Sunrise Service-Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Last year we made it to our first Easter Sunrise Service at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre.  It was a wonderful experience. We had to wake up quite early.  It is best to be at Red Rocks by at least 5:00 am.  A lot of people attend this celebration.  The service starts at 6:00 am but in order to get a great seat in the back of the amphitheatre you must get there early.  We didn’t get a seat in the back but instead sat pretty close to the stage.  I didn’t mind where we sat because the whole experience was beautiful.  Some helpful tips if you are planning on attending:  the earlier the better….door time is 4:30 am but people are up and ready to get those prime seats at the top of the amphitheatre.  The top seats are where you actually get to see the sunrise above the red rocks.  Dress warmly.  It is chilly in the early am.  I would wear layers.  I would also suggest bringing a light blanket to cover your legs.  If you think about it, a hot beverage is a good idea.  Maybe coffee or hot chocolate.  Bring a backpack or tote bag to carry items.  Keep in mind that it is a steep climb up to the amphitheatre.  Admittance and parking are free. One more thing……don’t forget your camera!  You can’t beat the views from Red Rocks.  I have included some of my Easter pictures from last year.  Hope to see you there this year!  For more information please see below or visit–http://www.redrocksonline.com/CalendarEventDisplay.aspx?id=285755

DSC_0004This picture was taken at the beginning of the Easter Service.

DSC_0009This is mid-ceremony.

DSC_0010This is what it looks like when the sun has risen!

DSC_0030This is the walk up!

IMG_20130331_065451_184My husband captured this wonderful picture on our way back to the car.

Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks Amphitheatre:


Aaron Woo featured Chef at Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management

It is spring!  That means there are new cuisines to enjoy at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management.  In previous posts I have raved about the School of Hospitality Management. Before I begin this post, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management…it is a Denver must!!!!!    On Wednesday, May 15, 2013 the school will be welcoming chef Aaron Woo, Sunset Magazine’s Best Chef of the West, and Chef and Owner of Natural Selection in Portland, Oregon.  This dinner appeals to me in many ways.  First, we lived in Portland, Oregon (http://ouryearinportland.wordpress.com/)for a year and I loved it.  Next, the cuisine will be vegetarian.  If I have a choice, I prefer not to eat meat.  So I am very excited about this vegetarian cuisine.  Last, the School of Hospitality Management is phenomenal.  I sing their praises as often and as much as I can.  If I could dine at the School nightly, I would.

Aaron Woo is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy who has worked in such notable San Francisco kitchens as Absinthe Brasserie, La Folie, Stars, and as sous chef of PlumpJack Cafe under Chef Keith Luce. In Telluride, Colorado Aaron worked as Executive Chef at 9545 and Chef de Cuisine at The CosmopolitanRestaurant. Upon moving to Portland he worked with Morgan Brownlow and Jason French at ClarkLewis.

The dinner will include a wine pairing and is $70.00 per person.  Cocktails start at 6:00 pm and dinner is at 7:00 pm.  The dinner will be held at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management Joy Burns Center, 2044 East Evans Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80210.  To RSVP for this amazing night please check out the website:  http://knoebelschool.ticketleap.com/aaron-woo-guest-chef-dinner/

Please check out my other posts about University of Denver’s School of Hospitality Management: 




We have been very honored to attend these FANTASTIC events at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management:  Beer Pairing Dinner, the Guest Chef Dinner with Gina Stipo, and the Spring Showcase (picture featured below is from the Spring Showcase).IMG_20130326_221214Of course, I can’t close this post without giving my favorite peeps at the School a shout out!!!  Chef Raymond and all of the exquisite students you are the best….talented, professional, and extraordinary!!!!  ????????????????????????????????????

Colorado VisionWalk

This post is dedicated to my friend Ellie who has been living with Retinitis Pigmentosa since she was 5 years old.  On October 13, 2012 at City Park in Denver, Colorado the Colorado VisionWalk will take place.  I am not asking for you to donate.  I am just making people aware.  I actually didn’t know about Retinitis Pigmentosa until I met Ellie.  This is a little bit of Ellie’s story from her Colorado VisionWalk page:

As many of you know, I have been living every day since I was 5 years old with a blinding eye disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Because of this disease, my worst enemies in life seem to be bright yellow caution wet signs and large orange construction cones! It doesn’t matter how big or bright they are or the fact that they are in the direct location of where I am walking, it is inevitable that my fabulous eyeballs won’t see them and I trip over them every time. Then smoothly look around to make sure no one saw me! (hehe!)

VisionWalk is a signature fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Over 10 Million Americans are affected by blinding retinal diseases including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and Usher syndrome. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is working to find treatments and cures for these devastating diseases. By funding leading edge research in area such as genetics, gene therapy, transplantation, artificial retinal implants and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is making a difference today to make the world a brighter place for those suffering with retinal degenerative diseases.

To find out more about participating in the Colorado VisionWalk please visit:  http://www.fightblindness.org/site/TR/VISIONWALK/VisionWalktr?fr_id=4714&pg=entry&AddInterest=1561

The Lumineers

Have you heard of The Lumineers?  They are a Denver based band.  I actually had heard their song, Ho Hey and didn’t realize who they were until I was reading RETAILHELLINDENVER and this fellow blogger educated me on The Lumineers.  I love to support local music.  I am just a little on the slow side when it comes to identifying artists.  Usually I have to You Tube song lyrics to find out the name of a song that I want to download on iTunes.  I know, pitiful.  But, I do know a great band when I hear them.  I have downloaded Ho Hey, Flowers in Your Hair, and  Stubborn Love.  I love the music because I can imagine myself dancing when I am driving, I can sing the lyrics fairly clear, and also because the beat is one that brings happiness to my spirit even after a long day at work.  I picture myself with flowers in my hair, in Aspen, dancing around aimlessly to The Lumineers.  I hope you enjoy them too.

Take Back the Movies in Colorado

On August 11, 2012 I went to see the movie Hope Springs with a couple of friends.  On our way to the movie theater the July 20, 2012 shootings in Aurora crossed my mind.  I felt a little bit of anxiety.  When we got to the theater there was a group of people standing outside with black shirts on and these words, “take back the movies.”  A lady approached us and gave us 3 movie tickets for free.  She explained that the group of people outside were there on behalf of the victims and the people that were affected by the July 20th shootings in Aurora.  Along with the tickets she gave us a piece of paper that stated this:

We’re spreading some light in the dark!  On July 20, one man crept into a darkened movie theater in Aurora and turned a night of fun into something terrible.  He took something from our community, so tonight we’re giving it back.  We want to give you the gift of a night at the movies.  This isn’t a fundraiser, it isn’t a protest.  It’s your community’s gift to you.  Go, enjoy, and after the movie, go spread some light in return.

We were awestruck by the generosity and also emotional.  As we walked into the theater and sat down and watched the previews I tried to put myself in the shoes of the patrons that night in Aurora.  I couldn’t.  I ended up scaring myself a little and getting a bit of anxiety.  I can’t imagine sitting in the theater eating popcorn, watching the big movie screen, and waiting with anticipation for the movie to start only to have life cut short in minutes of horror.  This post is dedicated to everyone that was at the theater the night of the July 20th shootings.  This post is also dedicated to the folks who are volunteering their time with “take back the movies.”  Here is a quote from the “take back the moviesblog:

On August 11, we’re taking Denver to the movies. We’re going to go to as many theaters as we can and pay for everyone’s movie tickets.  Our message is simple: “Tonight, the movie’s on us. Go, enjoy. This isn’t a fundraiser, it’s not a memorial service. Some jerk tried to steal a night of fun from all of us. Tonight, we’re giving it back.”

I believe in paying it forward and this is exactly what this group is doing.  Bravo!  This is why Colorado is a great place to live!

Please visit the Take Back the Movies bloghttp://takebackthemovies.blogspot.com/

Don Cheadle in Colorado

I know this seems like a random post in a blog dedicated to all things Colorado but I promise there is a connection.  My husband and I were shopping at Tamarac Whole Foods Market in Denver.  We were in the meatless meat section trying to decide what meatless meat crumbles to buy for tacos.  My husband whispered, “look to your left.”  I looked over and I looked right at Don Cheadle.  I said, “hello,” and he said, “hello.”  We then ended up in the same checkout line as Don Cheadle (okay it was on purpose).  He was very nice and I just couldn’t believe Don Cheadle was casually shopping at Whole Foods.  Come to find out Don Cheadle attended and graduated from East High School in Denver.  This is another reason why we LOVE LIVING IN COLORADO!

Don Cheadle attended East High School in Denver

By the way, my personal favorite movies by Don CheadleIron Man 2, Brooklyn’s Finest, and The Guard.