Mtn. Slopestyle…..Go Pro takes over the Vail Mtn. Games

This summer Go Pro took over the Vail Mtn. Games and the result was an unbelievable show of skill, excitement, and adrenaline as well as some serious bumps and bruises. The event fell a week after the Outlaws of Dirt comp in Lyons, Colorado and many riders had their tricks dialed in. It was a very full day with wind, rain, dust and sun.

A highlight of the slopestyle contest had to be the “Open Loop”, with its high-risk-high-reward, the loop was a question mark for the competitors and judges alike.  A few brave souls attempted the daunting feature through practice rounds and qualifying and even fewer used the feature in their final rounds. Others opted to get creative with lines and some huge, crowd pleasing, transfers were put down.

Riders and fans all seemed pleased with the course and layout and, with the introduction of the “loop”, the bar was definitely raised. Now it’s only a matter of time before these guys begin to “trick” it!

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Gapter Residence…..a craftsman dream becomes reality with Vintage Woods.

This residence, located along Colorado’s front range is a work of art from curb to rooftop. Utilizing Vintage Woods shiplap Beetle Kill siding in “Antique Red” on the main house and “Brown” on the studio, the builder brought together an incredible mix of space design and materials to create a truly unique residence. From every angle of the properties space this residence has a composition that is rarely seen in home design.

The inclusion of Vintage Woods Beetle kill siding is a perfect blend of both the unique as well as function.

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Novo Coffee….Denver roasters doing coffee right.

Novo Coffee has recently opened a fantastic new cafe in the hustle of downtown Denver. Located at 1600 Glenarm, across from the historic Paramount Theater between the 16th Street Mall and Denver Pavilions, this new location brings style and service together with the World’s best coffees. The father & son team of Herb & Jake Brodsky believe that the  path of the bean, from the plant to your cup, is very important to Novo Coffee and each step is carefully chosen.

We believe that it’s important to value the people who grow and harvest coffee cherries, the cultures that exist where coffees are cultivated and the economic relationships that are formed with every coffee purchase.” -Novo Coffee

Novo Coffee roasts the many offerings at their state-of-the-art facility in Denver’s Rhino District on Larimer Street. Roasting occur at the beginning of the work week with tastings scheduled on Fridays. To arrange a visit to the facility call: 303-295-7678.

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Like the lovely sounds of little birds…..Big Kids Music Tour, Voice.

Big Kids Music Tour, a great opportunity for your older kids, is a fantastic four-course series hosted by Mile High Music Together in Denver’s historic Tennyson business district. The culmination of weeks of hard work featured a wonderful recital where the young songbirds described skills they had learned, sang solos on the mic and finally blasted out a powerful rendition of “Rock Around the Clock”. Accompanied by incredible instructor, Melissa Monforti, the class wowed parents and entertained all.

Big Kids Music Tour is made up of four separate classes: Drums, Keyboards, Guitar and finally Voice. Each of the classes teach respect, fundamental skills, interactive movement and story-telling and of course performance. Melissa is a patient and caring teacher and the classes are a real gift.

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E.T., the Alamo Drafthouse & Plus Size BMX….. A show that is out of this world!

The Alamo Drafthouse, on south Santa Fe Drive, has a fabulous free summer outdoor film series going on now. Tuesday’s feature was Spielberg’s classic, E.T. and a crowd came out in force to watch under a beautiful Colorado night. Before the show, guests were treated to an extremely exciting bicycle stunt show, put on by the talented team from Plus Size BMX.  Riders jumped, spun and flipped to the awe of the hundreds on hand and a couple of lucky fans got to get an ants eye view of what high flying jumpers can do. There was even a special appearance from Eliot and E.T. who took a wild ride over the jump. Prizes were liberally distributed to the screaming throngs and autographs were happily signed.

Participants had the opportunity to win prizes galore. The young one’s could create an E.T. communicator and attempt a Reese’s Pieces pick-up, complete with alien gloves. The Humane Society of the South Platte Valley sponsored an E.T. look-alike contest for those that brought their dogs and of course the “Draft House” had to hold a beer chugging contest for those old enough.

Giant Bicycles was on hand to provide a bike corral for those that opted to ride to this fantastic, family-friendly event. Be sure to check out the Alamo’s schedule for their remaining summer features. They are events not to be missed!

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 E.T. and Eliot take a wild ride!

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