5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 24, 25) in Colorado Springs

5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 24, 25) in Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak Derby Dames Double Header - Sat Sept 24, 6:00pm, City Auditorium

Admission: $10-20 Women's flat track Roller Derby comes to Colorado Springs as the Derby Dames are hosting their home team double header. Come watch the Danger Dolls vs the Wreckin' Rebels and the Killer Queens vs High City. The PPDD is a diverse group of female athletes committed to the athletic development and empowerment of women in the Pikes Peak region. Whoot-whoot! For more information: http://pikespeakderbydames.breezi.com/.


Colorado Springs Philharmonic -"Live and Let Die", Fri & Sat Sept 23 & 24, 7:30 at Pikes Peak Center

Admission: $23 and up, Kids Free. The best of Paul McCartney from his Beatles, Wings and solo careers set to a memorable symphonic tribute. Sir Paul's greatest hits including Hey Jude, Yesterday, Live and Let Die and more. For more information: www.csphilharmonic.org.


Chile & Frijoles Festival, Fri, Sept 23 3-12am, Sat & Sun Sept 24, 25, 10-6 pm, Union Ave Historic District, Pueblo

Admission: $3, 12 and under free. With over 140,000 attendees last year, you know this festival is something not to miss. With the scorching of chile peppers wafting through the air, browse the local famer's wares, over 40 food vendors, live entertainment and over 150 street vendors. In it's 22nd year, the Loaf 'N Jug Chile & Frijoles festival is a laidback family event. For more information: http://pueblochilefestivalinfo.com


Johnny Martin Cup, Sat Sept 24 10-4pm, Nevada Ave between Colorado & Pikes Peak

Admission: Free. A free event with live music and classic cars? What could be better than that? Nevada Avenue will be filled with hot rods, muscle cars and classic cars pre-1972. Cars from around the country are competing for a prize package. For more information: http://johnnymartins.com.


Rumble in the Rockies, Sat Sept 24 7pm, Sun Sept 25 2pm - Broadmoor World Arena

Admission: $15 adults. Rumble in the Rockies is the 22nd stop of the Professional Bull Rider's Built Ford Tough Series. With that mouth-full of an event title, the contestants are competing for a prize purse of $140,000 and hopes of collecting enough points for the all-around $1 million PBR World Championship. In addition to the weekend event, Tejon Street downtown will be closed off at 5pm for a live music party to kick off the competition. Tickets can be purchased at: www.ticketswest.com or at the World Arena box office.


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5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 17, 18) in Colorado Springs

5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 17, 18) in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Philharmonic -"Symphonic Dances", Sat Sept 17, 7:30, Sun Sept 18 2:30pm at Pikes Peak Center

Admission: $21 and up, Kids Free. Celebrating its 90th year, the Philharmonic presents Gershwin, Rachmaninoff and DiLorenzo symbolizing artists at the beginning of their career, at the end of their career and still producing. For more information: www.csphilharmonic.org.


Pawtoberfest, Sat Sept 17, 10-3pm Bear Creek Park.

Admission: Free. The eighth annual event of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak region features a fun run, food merchants and beer garden to raise money for homeless animals. Last year raised $100,000 for the shelter. For more info and a festival guide: www.pawtoberfest.org.


Bines and Brews, Sat Sept 17, 1-5 pm, Limbaugh Park, Monument, Co

Admission: $30, $10 dd. Sample brews from over 15 local breweries plus 3 Hundred Days of Shine and The Ice Cave Cider. Leave the kiddos and pooches at home for this event. For more information: http://trilakeschamber.com/bines-brews.htm


Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest, Sat Sept 17 11-6pm, Sun Sept 18 1-6pm, Woodland Park

Admission: $6, Under 21 Free. Head to higher elevation for a fun Oktoberfest featuring biergartens, brats and lederhosen. This is the 19th year for Woodland Park to host this gathering and there is a shuttle from the high school For more information: http://woodlandparkchamber.com/oktoberfest.html.


Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival, Fri Sept 16 - Sun Sept 18, Rock Ledge Ranch

Admission: $8 adults, $5 seniors, $4 6-12, under 6 free. The 38th annual art festival features 165 artists and their handcrafted folk art, clothing and furniture with antiques and live music. For more info: www.rockledgeranch.com.


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5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 10, 11) in Colorado Springs

5 Things to Do This Weekend (Sept 10, 11) in Colorado Springs

Organ Spectacular -"Pipedreams", Sat Sept 10, 7pm at the First United Methodist Church.

Admission: $20-25. Mix the unmistakable sound of the pipe organ with the Chamber Orchestra and you get "Pipedreams". Three of Colorado Springs’ finest organists will perform pieces by Albioni and Handel. For more information: www.chamberorchestraofthesprings.org.


What IF Festival, Sat Sept 10 10-4pm Downtown Colorado Springs.

Admission: Free. The premiere science, engineering and technology fair comes alive this Saturday and is fun for all ages. Over 100 interactive exhibits, music on 6 stages, food trucks and a beer and wine tasting garden. Let your imagination soar at this great event. For more info and a festival guide: www.whatif-festival.org.


"Trash", Thurs, Fri, Sat thru Sept 24, Funky Little Theater 2109 Templeton Gap Road

Admission: $15. Inspired by reality TV shows "Honey Boo Boo" and "Duck Dynasty", this regional premiere is a dark, funny and not so funny look at life. Probably not exactly appropriate for the elementary school crowd, but it is sure to draw you into the unbelievable drama. For more information: www.funkylittletheater.org


Front Range Open Studios, Sat, Sun Sept 10-11 10-5pm, Various Locations in TriLakes Area

Admission: Free. With 22 artists in 16 studios, the Front Range Open Studio is a popular weekend for those looking to get up close and personal with the artists and their craft. This is the only true studio tour in Colorado. For a map and more information: www.frontrangeopenstudios.com.


Miguel Dakota with Differents, Fri Sept 9, 6-8pm, University Village Center

Admission: Free  Originally scheduled for Aug 19th, Miguel and his band will come back to the University Village for the Free Summer Concert Series. Miguel had us glued to our set during the America's Got Talent Finals, and is always fun and appealing to all ages with his blend of pop, rock and alternative music. For more info: www.UVCShopping.com.


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Labor Day Balloon Festival Tradition

Labor Day Balloon Festival Tradition

A Colorado Springs tradition over Labor Day weekend used to be called the Balloon Classic, but was "bought" by another group and is now the Labor Day Lift Off. In either case, this awesome festival takes place in Memorial Park near downtown Colorado Springs.

Walk amongst launching balloons, enjoy booths, jumpers for kids, morning lift-offs, evening glows, mascots for local athletics and lots of entertainment. 

Here are a couple of our photos from past years... 


For more details, check out their website, Labor Day Lift off.


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2016 Parade of Homes "in the Books"

2016 Parade of Homes "in the Books"

The Colorado Springs HBA Parade of Homes is one of my absolute favorite local annual events!!! Anyone who knows me knows I don't like hot weather, and this tradition marks the beginning of school and a general cooling trend as we head into fall. Not only that, but I LOVE seeing new design trends... building styles, colors, features, locations, furniture, etc. And who doesn't love the occasional privilege of going into multi-million dollar homes?! 

Normally I'm not impressed with the "normal models"... those homes which will be models even days, weeks, months after the Parade. I try to keep to viewing the higher priced homes. But this year, even a couple of the smaller ones impressed me, and encouraged me to show my buyers in some areas. The building industry is booming, not only residential, but also commercial. I feel like there is a new neighborhood popping up east of Powers every week! 

One of my favorite "smaller" homes was Oakwood's new cluster community in Banning Lewis Ranch called Carriage House. And while we're on BLR, I'm so impressed how this neighborhood is "growing up"!... adding to their charter school campus will be a high school, adding to their neighborhood parks is a new splash park. And the neighborhood is just really coming into its own. The yards are a bit smaller and most filings still only allow split-rail fence, but their big push is small yards with trails leading to parks & the Ranch House for family and neighborhood use! However, this Oakwood community allows for privacy fences. And the homes are just adorable yet modern. Here is a shot of the models: (P.S. Gimme a call if you want to see in person, I'd love to take a buyer over there!)

In homes of all price ranges I loved seeing a mixed use of mediums both in and outdoors. Check out the exterior of Picasso Homes' Le Reve - siding, stone, stucco, steel and wood, WOW! (trust me the interior was just as impressive!!) and Saddletree's fireplace (rustic corrugated metal, wood, stone & steel beams!) in their Buena Vista II... 


Probably the most impressive landscaping credit goes to Silver Summit GC's Summit View Ranch. With over $100,000 in stone, ponds, fish, rivers, walk-ways & bridges, waterfalls, stained concrete patio, built-in fireplace/bar... it all masks highway noise from I-25 and is so convenient to everything in town! 

Most of my friends told me that the Galiant Homes' "La Visiere" in Flying Horse stole the show. I'm torn, because personally I loved the Alliance Builders' "Beaumont" most for floor plan, entertaining and family friendliness. However, as a family I think my husband, boys & I would choose the Murphy's Custom Home "Shadow Mountain Luxe" not only because it is a great house!!! but also comes on 35 acres... plenty of space for riding our dirtbikes/ATVs! 

I never take enough pictures... I don't even feel like these are adequate to show what a great Parade of Homes it was this year!! Here are a couple extras... open glass instead of railing at the Brookstone Homes' "Belmont" in The Farm and just a cool bed! The Farm is also quite impressive with it's creative combination of rustic "farm style" and modern design. And it's all so close to everything in town, but tucked in a little valley with trails, parks, and ponds. 


Flying Horse in general never ceases to impress us! Year after year I love Saddletree's models (since about 2003) and Hi Point in Gold Hill Mesa for the past 3-4 years! I was struck by the number of homes with a main level master and just one bedroom up. I guess that's a play + guest design with kids in basement bedrooms. One of the prettiest with that lay-out was Vanguard's "Ramsgate"... One of the most extravagant Kirella Homes' "Villa di Torre". And of course All About Home Design's "The Cottage at Millhaven" in Cathedral Pines was a stunner!! The design may say cottage, but the size didn't! ;-) 

As always, I enjoyed seeing the trends and designs... and my husband loves (insert sarcasm) when I come home with all the new ideas for our home. But seriously, what a great thing our HBA does! Here are a couple goofy pics of me out at the Parade home in Woodland Park... moose statue and Pike's Peak view from the "City Above the Clouds"! This is my "this is the view from the BOTTOM of the driveway?!" face... that Picasso was a beauty for sure! 


If I neglected to give any home or builder credit I truly apologize. It was a great Parade of Homes. It was a new schedule this year... Wednesday-Sunday for 3 weeks. With my sister's wedding week in the middle it's highly likely I forgot everything before that! 

Please always let me know if I can help you take a look at a home, neighborhood, builder, etc... I so love what I do and the Parade is a fun way to check out so many local homes/builders in a short time! 

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