Enchanted with squash blossom buds; drawing by Constance Sayas
—Image courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens
In January 2013, a blank 7.5-by-11-inch hardbound sketchbook, housed in a reindeer-hide box, began a one-year journey. Every few days, the book was passed, hand to hand, among 76 students and instructors in the Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration. Each artist sketched...
—Photography by Paul miller
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1. Your morning bike commute just got a whole lot more comfortable with Fly Pedals...
—Photograph by Sarah Boyum
Chiporro Wicked Hot
Boulder sauce-maker Carlos Ruiz’s decades of kitchen experience (including manning the burners at the Stanley Hotel) pay off with Wicked Hot. Ginger, mango, guava, and other Caribbean flavors form the backbone of this must-have condiment, which, as Ruiz likes to say,...
—Courtesy of Amber Blais
All Nutcracker-ed out? Contemporary Denver ballet company Wonderbound is, too. So instead of sugarplum fairies and gingerbread soldiers, the company presents Winter (December 10 to 18 at Wonderbound Studio at Junction Box), a collaboration with musician Jesse Manley and his band. Long lauded for...
—Courtesy of Mark Sims
Hannah Alkire’s cello, “Phoenix”
Musician: Marc Neihof, Colorado Springs Philharmonic
Maker: Robert Ross of Ross Double Bass, Denver
Why it’s special: Made out of copper, elm, and reclaimed fir from a set of 1940s high school bleachers, Neihof’s bass has two...
Pictured: Chris O'Donnell and his sons; Image courtesy of Chris O’Donnell
On November 7, 2013, Denverite Chris O’Donnell and his 10- and 11-year-old sons, Finn and Tanner, skied both Loveland and Arapahoe Basin. The twofer marked the beginning of the O’Donnells’ mission to ski all 24 of the resorts available through the Colorado Ski Country Pass and the Epic Pass’ School...
—A rendering of Buttermilk Mountain’s new ski school
Nearly 12.6 million people hit the slopes last winter, and 26 percent of them were kids. To appeal to this active demographic (and wallet-wielding parents), this season, four Centennial State ski mountains are increasing their offerings for the pint-size set with more than $8 million in...
—Photograph by Carmel Zucker
For nearly a decade, Boulder-based Liberty Puzzles has distributed its intricate wooden jigsaws to big-name accounts such as Barneys New York, Anthropologie, art museums, and even the White House Historical Association’s gift shop. In October, though, 47-year-old founder and owner Chris Wirth...