Thursday, June 30, 2016

Wooly Mammoth Interpretive Kiosk

Dedication of the long-awaited new kiosk at the Wooly Mammoth lot (I-70 and Hwy 93, Exit 259) took place June 30, 2016. Here are a few photos of the event.

Kristie Melendez, LLHA president, provides background on Lariat Loop projects at the grand opening and dedication of the seventh interpretive kiosk installed around the 40-mile National Scenic Byway.

“We’re trying to make this a destination that more people know and are aware of, whether they’re visitors to the area or people who have lived her a long time and don’t even know that this beautiful gem in our community exists.”

Joe Tempel, former Executive Director of LLHA, shepherded the project from concept to completion.

Steve Friesen (Buffalo Bill Museum), Jerry Smith (former Morrison town administrator), Tad Bowman (Red Rocks Amphitheatre venue director, Russ Alaimo (Friends of Red Rocks), Cathy ??, Pat Kelly (Executive Director, Friends of Dinosaur Ridge.

Jerry Smith (former Morrison town administrator), Tad Bowman (Red Rocks Amphitheatre venue director, Russ Alaimo (Friends of Red Rocks), Joe Tempel, LLHA.

Joe Tempel and John ? of All Around Recreation, contractor who built the shelter and kiosk.

Kermit Shields, Friends of Dinosaur Ridge board, and Holly Tempel, former LLHA organizer.

Kristie Melendez and Joe Tempel

Steve Friesen and Holly Tempel

Monday, February 20, 2012

News for Lariat Loop

This blog is now inactive, but will remain posted as a record of some of Lariat Loop's past events.

Visit Lariat Loop at the all-new website (same location): for tour guides and basic information on planning a visit.

For current events and announcements, check out Lariat Loop on Facebook.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Art Bistro at the Red Rocks Country Club

Be sure to come to the annual Art Bistro at the Red Rocks Country Club on October 17, 2010. Enjoy meeting 18 artists and purchase their art from 11am to 6pm. There will also be great food to purchase, a kid's station and plen aire artists creating art on site. The Art Bistro will showcase artists along Lariat Loop and benefit the Lariat Loop Heritage Alliance, the organization that manages the Lariat Loop National Scenic Byway. The Red Rocks Country Club is located on west Belleview Avenue, west of C470 approximately 1 mile. Information: Call Holly Tempel at 303-697-0160.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Katsinas in Clay at Hiwan

Exhibit at Hiwan Homestead Museum

Hiwan Homestead Museum is very pleased to announce its newest exhibit, Katsinas in Clay: Hopi Tiles 1882-Present. The exhibit consists of the third-largest collection of antique Hopi tiles in the world, as well as a smaller collection of contemporary tiles. The collections are on loan from Tad Anderman of Albuquerque, New Mexico. There are more than 160 antique tiles dating from 1882 until approximately 1910, and more than 20 tiles done by contemporary Hopi-Tewa artist Mark Tahbo between 2007 and 2009. “Katsinas in Clay” will be the first time that this private collection will be on display in a public forum.

The exhibit will be open to the public Tuesday, April 27 through Sunday, November 21, 2010, and can be seen during the Museum’s open hours. Hiwan Homestead Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 PM September through May, and 11 AM to 5 PM June through August. Please call 720-497-7650 for more information. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to see this never-before-seen collection!

Hiwan Homestead Museum is a 17-room log mansion constructed in the Rustic style of architecture. It is located in Evergreen at 4208 S. Timbervale Drive and is a Jefferson County Open Space facility operated through a partnership with the Jefferson County Historical Society. The Museum was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Events--Coming Up Fast!

Exhibit opening reception May 7th-- Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Friday, May 7 from 4-7pm --- Free and Open to the Public.

Exhibit will feature quilts from our most recent acquisition ranging from mid 1800s to Mennonite Quilts of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rare baby quilts, to quilts of the roaring 20s. Come share in the celebration of our 20th birthday!

May 8th--Happy 20th to the Quilt Museum

The Colorado Railroad Museum and Foothills Art Center celebrate the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum's 20th Anniversary with an exciting joint fundraiser on May 8, from 5:30 - 8:00PM at the Colorado Railroad Museum

Enjoy a unique Golden, Colorado experience back in time...

  • Sip a choo-choo tini
  • Ride a 1930's vintage Galloping Goose,
  • Stroll the gallery of train themed quilts and art work by Colorado artists
  • Swing to the music of a Dixieland band
  • Savor southern-style food
  • Bid in a benefit auction of unique art, quilts and railroadiana.

Tickets are $50/person or $90/couple. Order online at the Depot General Store, but do it today!! Proceeds benefit programs at all three organizations.

Special exhibit --- Lost Heroes Art Quilt ---

First exhibit in Colorado as part of the National Tour will be at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum from May 1 - May 10.

RMQM will be the first of three Colorado locations in the national tour for exhibiting this 15 foot quilt honoring America's fallen heroes in Iraq & Afghanistan. After it leaves RMQM it will go to the CO Capital and then to Fine Arts Museum in Co Springs (AFA unable to host event due to security --- so this is the closest off-sife venue for AFA). We are very excited to be hosting this magnificent quilt and honoring fallen heroes, especially those from Colorado. If you want more information, check this website!

Friday, April 9, 2010

National Byway Ribbon Cutting

Lariat Loop National Byway! It's been official since last October, but we haven't celebrated yet! Join us for the ceremonies and party in recognition of Lariat Loop's designation as a National Byway!

Meet at 3 p.m. on May 3rd, 2010, at the Morrison Mural in downtown Morrison, where we'll enjoy ice cream cones and hoola hoops and brief speeches. The mural was a Lariat Loop project in 2007, and is the centerpiece of Morrison's downtown heritage hub, which includes the interpretive kiosk and Morrison's historic school bell.

Then, we'll adjourn to the Ship Rock Grille, at the Red Rocks Visitor Center, for finger foods and drinks (cash bar) until on into the evening.

The festivities offer a fun time for all, a great photo op, and a chance to kick off another terrific year of foothills heritage touring! Come celebrate with us!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Annual Meeting March 24th

Lariat Loop Partners—

The Annual Meeting is scheduled for March 24th from noon to 2pm at the Bear Creek Tavern and Country Dining located at the east end of Kittredge adjacent to Bear Creek. Address if you want to Mapquest the restaurant: 25940 Hwy 74 (674-9929). Please RSVP to joe_tempel AT dinoridge DOT org, so he can let the restaurant know the number attending.

Highlights of 2009:

On October 16, 2009 Lariat Loop was designated a National Scenic Byway!

Ten Year Celebration: On April 2, 2009 we held our 2008 Annual Meeting and our 10-year Celebration at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum and Foothills Art Center; respectively. We had a great time and raised more than $1,000 at the silent auction. See earlier post for details.

Progress on the Buffalo Herd Overlook: Little was done to complete the final design of the Overlook because we were anticipating an additional $125,000 from CDOT's Byway Program. While we were not successful, Denver will be proceeding with a $300,000 project using existing Byway and Denver funds. Construction is expected to be underway in 2010, once the contract with CDOT is complete.

Participation in the National Scenic Byway Conference: About nine Loopers participated in the National Conference held in Denver at the end of August. We led four field trips along the Loop and received a great reception from the participants.

Progress on developing a Marketing Plan for the Loop: Holly Tempel is coordinating the development of a marketing plan for the Loop. The Marketing Committee is looking at our current brand and will be suggesting revisions to the full board. This brand will be incorporated into any of the collateral materials developed for the Loop. Terry Barnhart, a marketing professional with over 30 years experience in the Denver area and who lived on Lookout Mountain for 25 years, will meet with Marketing Committee and other members at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center on Monday, March 8th from 9am to 2pm to help work toward a marketing plan.