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Buffalo Bill Days Meeting

Buffalo Bill Days is an important event along the Lariat Loop that is held in Golden every July. It also presents an opportunity for Lariat Loop members to promote themselves. There will be a special meeting (with refreshments) about non-profit involvement with Buffalo Bill Days on Tuesday, April 25 at 4:00 pm at Table Mountain Inn.

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Steampunk at the Station

Saturday, June 18 • 10:00AM – 5:00PM • After-Hours Concert: 6:30 – 9:00PM

In celebration of the Steampunk culture that finds its roots in steam engines and technology, the Colorado Railroad Museum will host a Steampunk gathering and after-hours concert on Saturday, June 18. Our steam engines provide the perfect backdrop for this cultural phenomenon found in clothing, art, lifestyle and music.

During the day, visit steampunk vendors, enjoy performances by buskers, and take a ride behind a steam locomotive. Receive 50% off Museum admission when you arrive in your finest steampunk attire or with a gadget.

rrmuseum_062016rAfter-Hours Concert In the evening, join us for our first after-hours concert, featuring Colorado’s own Hydrogen Skyline, an acclaimed indie rock band which has played alongside bands like Abney Park and Atlas Genius.

Along with the show under our new pavilion, you’ll enjoy local food trucks and a visit to the beer garden for a brew from some of Golden’s craft breweries.

Gates open at 5:30PM; the concert begins at 6:30PM. Concert tickets are $20 and available online at Ages 21 and up only.

Thank to our sponsors: CBS4, Mix 100, 92.5 The Wolf, KOOL 105, OUTFRONT Media and SCFD

For more information on both events, call the Colorado Railroad Museum at 303-279-4591, 800-365-6263 or visit online at

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Enjoy the Plein Air Festival along the Loop



Golden Triangle Museum District (GTMD), which produces and manages the Colorado Plein Air Festival (formerly the Denver Plein Air Festival), announced today that the 2013 festival will kick-off on Thursday, Aug. 1 on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol at noon. Registered artists will have access to locations around the state to make their creations “en plein air” (in the open air) through Sept. 29, 2013 and during special “paint outs.” Professional, amateur and young artists from communities around Colorado are encouraged to participate and experience the magic of creating en plein air.

Running seven consecutive years, the Denver Plein Air Arts Festival grew to become the largest urban plein air event in the nation. Last year, it expanded beyond the city’s borders to include Denver Mountain Parks along the Lariat Loop as artist “paint out” locations. This year, History Colorado’s museums and historic sites located in Georgetown, Silver Plume, Montrose, Pueblo, Trinidad, Leadville, Fort Garland and Platteville are joining the Lariat Loop Alliance, Denver Mountain Parks and Jefferson County Open Space as “paint out” locations, in addition to urban locations around Denver. Additional statewide “paint out” locations will continue to be added in the coming years.

The festival ends in Morrison, Colo. with an artist’s reception at The Fort restaurant on Sept. 27 and final “paint out” at the Tesoro Spanish Market on Sept. 28 and 29.

Artists from all mediums are invited to participate and have the option of entering one or more pieces into the Colorado Plein Air Arts Festival’s juried competition under “Professional,” “Emerging” or “Youth” categories. Accepted works for a juried competition will be exhibited for the public at the Denver Public Library in November and December 2013, with winning works receiving a special showing at History Colorado’s Byers-Evans House Museum Gallery. See for complete festival information.


  • Denver Aug. 1 Colorado State Capitol/Civic Center: official festival kick off at noon at state capitol.
  • Denver Aug. 2 Golden Triangle Museum District/ First Friday paint out.
  • Jefferson County Aug. 3 Lookout Mountain Nature Center
  • Denver Aug. 7 Byers-Evans House Museum, Denver Public Library, Denver Art Museum (Hamilton and Acoma plazas)
  • Morrison Aug. 10 Red Rocks Amphitheater
  • Leadville Aug. 17 Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin
  • Morrison Aug. 17 Red Rocks Country Club
  • Denver Aug. 20 Tears-McFarlane House
  • Denver Aug. 21 Living Room “Full Moon Paint Out” (4 p.m. to close)
  • Genessee Park Aug. 21 Buffalo Overlook/Chief Hosa
  • Evergreen Aug. 24 Evergreen Lake/Dedisse Park
  • Georgetown Aug. 24 “Paint the Bridge” competition at the Georgetown Loop Railroad®,
  • Morrison Aug. 24 Historical buildings or Bear Creek
  • Montrose Aug. 24 Ute Indian Museum
  • Denver Sept. 4 Grant Humphreys Mansion
  • Denver Sept. 5 Museum Residences rooftop terrace
  • Pueblo Sept. 6 El Pueblo History Museum
  • Golden Sept. 7 Buffalo Bill Museum
  • Platteville Sept. 7 Fort Vasquez Museum
  • Trinidad Sept. 7 Trinidad History Museum
  • Denver Sept. 10 Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Fort Garland Sept. 14 Fort Garland Museum
  • Denver Sept. 14 Denver Art Museum sculpture deck
  • Lakewood Sept. 14 Bear Creek Park
  • Denver Sept 18 City Park
  • Denver Sept. 19 Funky Buddha “Full Moon Paint Out” (5 p.m. to close)
  • Golden Sept. 21 Dinosaur Ridge
  • Denver Sept. 25 16th Street Mall
  • Morrison Sept. 28 & 29 The Fort/Tesoro Spanish Market

Artist Entry Information

Artist participation in the Colorado Plein Air festival includes a $25 registration fee and is open to all artists and all media. Artists have the option of entering one or more pieces completed during the event into the Colorado Plein Air Arts Festival Juried Competition — artwork entry fee for juried competition for potential awards of cash and prizes is $10. Artwork may be submitted in the categories of “Professional,” “Emerging” or “Youth.”

Artists may submit one or more pieces, up to 24″ x 30″ on canvas/board/panel or watercolor paper, for official festival stamping from Aug. 1 to Sept. 29 (canvas, boards, etc. need to be stamped prior to painting).

Stamping locations are: Participants wishing to enter the juried contest should email images from Aug. 7 to Oct. 10 to See for complete festival guidelines and registration information.

About the Golden Triangle Museum District

Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District (GTMD) is a member-based 501c6 organization with both private and nonprofit members. It is a Denver Registered Neighborhood Organization and is home to many of the city’s museums, including History Colorado’s Byers-Evans House Museum, the Denver Art Museum (DAM), Denver Firefighters Museum, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, the Molly Brown House, as well as the new History Colorado Center and Clyfford Still Museum. Also within the GTMD are the Denver Public Library, Curious Theatre Company, Denver Musicians Association, Colorado Ballet, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and the Art Institute of Colorado. These cultural centers are interspersed with art galleries and open studios, as well as professional offices, specialty stores, salons, spas, coffee shops, bars and restaurants, all committed to “the art of living with art.” Visit for more information.

The Colorado Plein Air Festival could not be possible without support from:

Blue Cow; Center of Arts at Evergreen; Clubhaus Cajun Restaurant; Christies of Genesee; Civic Center Conservancy; Colorado Mountain Art Gallery; Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens; Denver Mountain Parks; Denver Public Library; Dinosaur Ridge; Downtown Denver Partnership, The Fort; Funky Buddha; History Colorado museums and historic sites (History Colorado Center, Byers-Evans House Museum, El Pueblo History Museum, Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park®, Grant Humphreys Mansion, Fort Vasquez Museum, Fort Garland Museum & Pike’s Stockade, Healy House & Dexter Cabin, Trinidad History Museum, Ute History Museum); Hooked on Colfax; The Lariat Loop Alliance; the Living Room; Jefferson County Open Space; MAD Greens; Museum Residences; Naked Juice; Pahaska Tepee; Red Rocks Country Club; Tears-McFarlane House; and TownePlace Suites by Marriott Denver Downtown.


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Has the Lariat Loop Gone to the Dogs?

Cute DogThere’s no reason to leave your best friend at home this summer as you travel along the Lariat Loop, in fact, you’ll want to make sure your furry companion joins the adventure as several canine attractions have been added to the Lariat Loop in recent years. No, it’s not the bones at Dinosaur Ridge, but rather recreational areas for dogs and their human companions.

During your travels along the Loop you can visit dog parks in western Lakewood, Golden, Evergreen and Conifer. Most are just a bark’s distance from the actual route.

The Elk Meadow Dog Park, located at 3291 Stagecoach Blvd in Evergreen has two separate off leash parks. One is dominated by trails, trees, boulders and steep inclines and is the larger of the two. The second one has more cleared open space and is geared for socialization. This award winning park is unique in its setting, and owners can leave the enclosed areas with dogs on lease and hike along side Troublesome Creek.

dogs on creekForsberg Dog Park is located just east of the new Soltera development at 14800 West Alameda Parkway in Lakewood. Note that it can be very popular (i.e. busy) at times. It provides users with sweeping views of the Hogback to the west and the foothills of the Rockies from the historic Rooney Ranch/Dinosaur Ridge area to the peaks near Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak. There are actually 2 park areas, one facing south and one facing the east. The eastern park has an obstacle course for training furry friends. This dog park is adjacent to the Green Mountain Open Space Park and the trail system in Forsberg Park.

Golden boasts two dog parks – Homer’s Run and Tony Grampsas Dog Park. Grampsas Park in located at 4471 Salvia Street in south Golden. It is located to the north of the athletic facilities and picnic areas. It has deciduous tree cover and water elements in summer with a ditch running through it. Make sure to bring a towel and look for the secret place to wash your dog off with the hose. This park has more shade than most.

Homer’s Run is part of the Ulysses Sports Complex at 17651 10th Avenue. It has a three-foot fence and is well suited for smaller dogs. It is exposed to the sun so be sure to bring water for your pet. You can watch some of the future Rockies, Buffaloes, and Broncos developing their skills at the complex while coming to or leaving the dog park.

Your furry friends are also sure to love the scenery along the Loop. Please always remember to drive safe and clean up after your pet. Help us make sure the Lariat Loop remains scenic and inviting to all visitors. Pets should be licensed and have their rabies shots and always be under control to protect our other animal friends and avian life.


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Bicycle Racks Along the Loop

Bikers along the Lariat Loop
Lariat Loop received a $25,000 grant from the Department of Transportation to manufacture and install bicycle racks along the Loop.  We have installed 44 to date and will install 4 more this year.  
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The Buffalo Bill Museum celebrates Buffalo Bill’s 167th birthday on Sunday, February 24, with a special tribute to the American Indians who performed in his show.  Formerly enemies, Buffalo Bill and the Indians became allies after the conflicts ended in the West.  Buffalo Bill advocated for their rights and gave them equal employment opportunities.  In turn the Lakota and members of other tribes performed in his Wild West, giving it an authenticity unmatched in the United States.  Indian dancing, the painting and raising of a tepee, visits by best-selling author Margaret Coel and musical performers Susie Knight and Rex Rideout, and the opening of a special exhibit on the show Indians will be featured.  Of course there will be free cake and ice cream, costumed re-enactors, and buffalo chip throwing.   These activities and museum admission will be FREE during this celebration from noon to 4:00 pm on February 24.

The Buffalo Bill Birthday celebration will include the opening of “Oskate Wicasa,” a special exhibit about the Indians who performed in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.  The exhibit will include a very rare collection of hand-colored photographs from 1901 plus posters, artifacts, and other materials associated with such show Indians as Short Bull, a leader of the Ghost Dance.

Best-selling and award-winning mystery writer Margaret Coel will be a featured guest of the event.  She will talk about her latest novel Buffalo Bill’s Dead Now, which revolves around Chief Black Heart, an Arapaho performer with the Wild West. Other featured guests will be dancers from the Denver March Pow Wow.

A special hands-on experience will be the chance to paint and raise the museum’s new tepee.  Martin Knife Chief and his wife Gale will direct the painting of the tepee with traditional Lakota symbols and oversee its raising.

As is done every year, everyone gathered for the event will sing “Happy Birthday” to Buffalo Bill at noon.  The Western Music Association’s Female Poet of the Year and songstress Susie Knight will be joined by Rex Rideout, musical star of the movie “Cowboys and Aliens,” in leading the singing.  Free cake and ice cream will be distributed afterwards as Knight and Rideout provide further musical entertainment.  Other activities that have become traditions at this celebration will include buffalo chip throwing and the opportunity to pose for pictures with the Buffalo Bill look-a-likes and other costumed re-enactors who attend the occasion.

This action-packed Buffalo Bill Birthday celebration will last from noon until 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 24.  All the activities, the cake and ice cream, and museum admission will be FREE on that day.  For further information, call 303-526-0744 or visit

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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Meghan McGinnes


Visit Hiwan Homestead Museum on Friday, October 26th, 2012 from 4 to 7 P.M., for a festive Halloween celebration!  Put on your best costume and enjoy Halloween tricks, treats and snacks, creepy music, Halloween decorations in the dark old mansion, and Halloween crafts for kids!  This event is free and open to children of all ages.

Hiwan Homestead Museum is a 25-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.  For more information call the Museum at 720-497-7650.

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History: Hiwan Kids!

For Immediate Release
Contact: Andy Spencer, Education Coordinator
Phone: 720-497-7650
Hiwan Kids!
History comes to life in these summer programs that connect kids with Colorado and world history.
Grades: K – 4
Dates: Thursdays in July and August
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Location: Hiwan Homestead Museum
Fee: $4 per program

July 12th Masks of the World!
Inca, Maya and Aztec people all made masks. Joins us as we look at South American mask making and the ideas behind this ancient art. Create a mask to take home

July 19th Bubbles! Bubbles! Bubbles!
Float over to the museum and have fun with soap bubbles. Make giant bubbles, make colored bubbles and crazy bubbles.

July 26th Dig it! Archaeology for Kids
Join us as we delve into the past and learn how archaeologists uncover its secrets. Practice excavation skills and use real archaeology techniques and tools to discover what archaeologists really do. Make a fossil craft to take home.

August 2nd Suminagashi! Japanese Paper Crafts
Suminagashi is the ancient Japanese art of paper marbling Learn the history and techniques of this beautiful art. Make your own unique marbled paper to cover a favorite book or diary. Learn more traditional Japanese paper crafts.

August 2nd Mad about Mining!
Join us as we explore the rich mining history of Jefferson County. Pan for gold and discover the fun of the 1880’s Bear Creek Store and its mining exhibits.

Following your class, take a tour of the museum and step back in time. Hiwan Homestead Museum is a 25-room log mansion constructed in the Rustic style of architecture. It is located in Evergreen at 4208 S. Timbervale Dr. Hiwan Homestead Museum is a Jefferson County Open Space facility operated in partnership with the Jefferson County Historical Society. The Museum was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

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A Carnival is Coming: Children’s Tea at Hiwan Homestead Museum

For Immediate Release, June 13, 2012

Contact Person: Meghan McGinnes, 720-497-7650

A Carnival is Coming: Children’s Tea at Hiwan Homestead Museum

Celebrate the summer with a carnival. Youngsters ages 6 to 12 are invited to step right up
and enjoy the fun! Hiwan Homestead Museum is hosting a childrens’ Carnival Tea Party on Monday, July 16, 2012 from 12:00-1:30 PM, Carnival-themed food and activities will be featured. This event is sure to be fun and exciting for all who attend! Sign up early as space is limited and pre-registration is required. A donation of $8 per child is requested. Please call the Museum at 720-497-7650 for more information and to sign up. Then come have some carnival fun.

Hiwan Homestead Museum is a 25-room log mansion constructed in the Rustic style of architecture. It is located in Evergreen at 4208 S. Timbervale Drive. Hiwan Homestead Museum is a Jefferson County Open Space facility operated in partnership with the Jefferson County Historical Society. The Museum was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

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For Immediate release
Contact: John Steinle
Hiwan Homestead Museum and Jefferson County Historical Society will present the second annual “Movie in the Grove” this summer in historic Heritage Grove, located at 4208 S. Timbervale Dr., Evergreen. On July 21, “the Mark of Zorro” with Douglas Fairbanks will be shown outdoors at 8:30 P.M. This classic silent film marked the beginning of Fairbanks’ career as the silver screen’s greatest swashbuckler. Fairbanks, a Denver native, often visited Evergreen and is said to have spent his honeymoon there. The movie will be accompanied with live music by famed pianist and jazz musician Hank Troy. The film is free to the public and snacks, popcorn and drinks will be sold during the showing. This “Movie in the Grove” is part of the “Arts Alive” celebration of Evergreen’s art and cultural community. For more information contact Hiwan Homestead Museum at 720-497-7650.
Hiwan Homestead Museum is a 25-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.

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