Urban Development in Cheyenne, WY

7 Dec

by Phillip Bowling

Updated Dinneen building from the parking lot.

Updated Dinneen building from the parking lot.

Cheyenne Downtown 

Cheyenne became a town in 1867 when the Union Pacific Railroad came through and they only had 600 people living in town. By the end of 1880 they had approached 4,000 people and F.E. Warren Air Force Base came to town, which at that time it was Fort D.A. Russell. Between 1886 and 1890 the Capital Building was built as to what is now the downtown area. While one of the first buildings built in the heart of the central business district was the Plains Hotel in 1911. Since then there has been plenty of buildings built but there hasn’t been much invested in the downtown area to make it a bright spot in the Cheyenne area. From 2007-2013 more than $21 million was invested in the downtown. Since then it has helped improve the selections and the look of downtown since, “Downtowns truly are the heart and soul of the community,” said Mary Randolph, director of Wyoming Main Street.

 CBD is the heart & soul

The central business district is the main focal point of a city as it is the easiest part of the city to reach due to the accessibility. These main focal points consist of three types of services and they are:

Sign for shops in the Dinneen building.

Sign for shops in the Dinneen building.

Business Service

  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Journalism
  • Law

Consumer Services

  • Office supplies
  • Computers
  • Clothing
  • Shoe repair
  • Rapid photocopying
  • Dry cleaning

Public Services  

Buidlings are ready for rent.

Buidlings are ready for rent.

  • City Hall
  • Courts
  • Libraries
  • Sports Facilities

According to the polls, about 9 percent of Americans prefer to live in the suburbs as to the inner cities. Where, now 50 percent of Americans live in suburbs as only 20 percent in the 1950’s but now the U.S suburbs are more labeled as sprawl due to the rapid growth over the open landscape. As more people are moving into the suburbs, there is a reason to whythere is a need to fix up the downtown area. There are companies such as Catellus, that help with reconstruction on old out dated buildings unless the City and State can do it.

Future, Present, Past changes

I was born and raised in Cheyenne and I have always thought our downtown wasn’t like other downtowns. It’s been in the need of some care in the buildings so downtown can provide the proper services to the people of Cheyenne and tourists. It’s good that in the last couple of years, Cheyenne has slowly been seeing a change and with the new changes to the Dinneen building, it’s going to help create much more traffic downtown and help boost the Cheyenne economy. Here is what some of the current changes are and what is still to come:

Frontside of the Dinneen building from the main street downtown.

Frontside of the Dinneen building from the main street downtown.

Current Changes

  • Rib & Chop House
  • Downtown Parking Lot
  • Renovate a historic building downtown
  • Renovation of the Historic Depot
  • Construction of the Depot Plaza
  • Local events such as
    • Fridays on the Plaza
    • Saturday Farmers Market
    • Pancake breakfast during CFD

      Reconstructed lot across form the Dinneen building.

      Reconstructed lot across form the Dinneen building.

Future Changes  

  • Carey Avenue Extension & Streetscape Enhancements
  • Streetscape Design Handbook
  • I-80 viaduct pedestrian fence approved for safety and to create a welcoming gateway into downtown
  • Dinneen Building with office buildings
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • More to come

These developments will help get rid of abanded buildings that are no longer safe for the community or for the tourists. This is going to help improve the downtown and now when people visit, they are going to say “WOW.” The next time you go downtown, make sure to take a minute to apprecaite the current improvements of the Central Business District of Cheyenne.

Oh, Fudge!

5 Dec

You Can Do It

The first sweet treat on the mind this Holiday season is fudge. It’s creamy, it’s delicious, and it’s simple to make.

The first recipe I’m going to show you has been a family secret for generations. My great grandmother passed it down to me, and her grandmother to her. And as they say, things only get better with age. Now, I’m here to pass this amazing peanut butter fudge recipe onto you.

Fudge is surprisingly easy to make. This recipe has little ingredients and does not require a lot of prep or cook time. Any one can do it, so give it a try!

Ingredients

¾ Cups milk

2 Cups sugar

½ TSP Cream of tartar

1 TSP Vanilla Extract

2 Giant Spoonfuls of Peanut Butter

Directions

  1. Combine the milk, sugar, and tartar in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk until incorporated.
  3. Stir occasionally till it comes to a soft boil.
  4. Add room-temperature water to a clear container, then perform the softball test. (See video to learn how.)
  5. Once the mixture sticks, quickly add in the vanilla and peanut butter.
  6. Whisk until smooth.
  7. Pour into unprepared pie tin or desired shape.
  8. It will harden as it cools, no need to refrigerate.

Nutrition Conscious

For a lower calorie and lower fat option, try substituting skim milk for the regular milk. You could also try mixing real sugar with an artificial sweetener to create a blend. This should not interfere with the cooking process.

There are other fudge recipes that require no sugar at all. See here for the recipe.

Or, if a guest or family member has diabetes, try this amazing diabetes appropriate fudge recipe.

If Fudge doesn’t interest you, try these other recipes instead, here and here.

DIY Rudoplh Hot Chocolate gift

5 Dec

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By Stephanie McGee

Buying presents for the holidays can get very expensive. This DIY gift is very quick, easy, and won’t max out your credit cards. Plus this Rudolph Hot Chocolate gift is so adorable and can be for, essentially, anyone.

I found this idea on the Internet a couple years ago and it has been a great gift since. This holiday drink is perfect to give to any friend or family member. Even your kids can take them to school for gifts for their friends at their classroom holiday parties or to their teachers or bus drivers as well.

IMG_6482What you will need:

  • 2 piping bags
  • 1 Hot chocolate envelope
  • Chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows
  • 1 Red pom-pom ball
  • 2 google eyes
  • 2 small rubber bands
  • 1 brown pipe cleaner
  • Glue
  • Ribbon

I found my supplies at my local grocery store and Hobby Lobby.

Directions:

  1. Pour your hot chocolate mix into one piping bag and get it all the way into the tip.
  2. Twist the bag closed, tie off with a rubber band and trim off the top of bag.
  3. Put that bag into another piping bag.
  4. Layer in the chocolate chips.
  5. Top it off with mini marshmallows.
  6. Twist and tie the bag with your second rubber band.
  7. Glue a pom-pom to act as a nose near tip of bag.
  8. Glue two google eyes near the top of the hot chocolate mix.
  9. Wrap Brown pipe cleaner around top for antlers and shape.
  10. Add your ribbon with a tag that reads “Poor contents of bag into mug. Add one cup of hot water or milk. Enjoy!”

This DIY Rudolph Hot Chocolate gift is a great way to save money and still spread the holiday cheer everyone deserves this season.

How-to video


 

Other blogs by Stephanie:
Thanks for giving me this baby
The ultimate sacrifice—A tiny miracle
The ultimate sacrifice—Redefining family
The ultimate sacrifice—Forever a teen mom 
Car enthusiasts start out small to make it big

Dance the night away!

5 Dec

By, Joseph Rhoades

Wyoming, wild, wide open spaces, sage brush, jackalopes, cowboys, and horses are just a few of the items that are associated with this state.  One of the biggest stereotypes many Wyomingites may experience is a dance known as swing dancing.  This type of dance is most commonly associated with country music.  However, there are people who will dance like this even when the music being played is not country.

People who have not experienced this type of dance need to experience it at least once in their lifetime.  No matter what skill level an individual has when it comes to this dance, it is still an interesting dance to experience.  It can even be a good work out depending on the speed and the moves that a person performs during the songs.  There are many different locations spread out all over Cheyenne and Laramie that will allow a person to experience this type of dance.

What is swing dancing?

Swing dancing

Swing dancing at the Church of Latter Day Saints

 

Swing dancing is exactly what the name implies.  The two partners who are performing this dance are “swinging” around using each others arms.  Like every other dance there is a lead, usually the man, and the woman or other individual follows their lead. “Swing dancing is a form of dancing that revolves around country music, it is a stress release and many people may consider it a past time” commented University of Wyoming student Mykel Owens.  “There are basic moves which just involve a few spins and twists, but with practice people are able to work up to flipping and more complex spinning and twisting,” stated University of Wyoming student James Ottman.

First time dancing?

Not a problem, even if you have not experienced or have not even taken part in this dance a student can take part in swing dancing lessons before the main event begins.  “Every Thursday from 7-9 pm, there are swing dancing lessons provided in the Union for individuals who want to better and further themselves in this type of dance.  Depending on the person’s skill level will decide what variant of the lessons will be taught to the individuals.  Beginners for example will begin by learning how to step correctly and will begin to learn how to properly “swing”.  Hand placements when actually performing the moves are also very important and we help to show and instruct the participants with the proper techniques” commented University of Wyoming Student Brittany Hamilton.

When and where does this take place?

  • Laramie

There are many different locations that people are able to go in order to participate in this dance.  Students who are attending LCCC or the University of Wyoming in Laramie have the opportunity to take part in this dance every Thursday night.  Thursday every week swing dance is available to these students from 9-11 pm.  Every few Thursdays the swing dance is moved to another location, however it is mostly located in the University of Wyoming Union building on the UW campus.

The Cowboy is another location in Laramie that individuals may attend this type of dance.  However there are more restrictions with this event.  If you are under 21 the only day that you may attend is Wednesday night, and there is a five dollar entrance fee.  If over the age of 21 an individual my participate any other night of the week.  Swing dance is from 10 pm – 2am.

  • Cheyenne

LCCC Life Enrichment offers classes for individuals who would like to learn how to swing dance along with many other different dances. If interested, you can click this link to find out the schedule for the 2015 classes, look on page 9!  These are non credit classes and do not help obtaining a degree, they are just used for helping people to find more activities they are interested in.

Another potential location for swing dancing in Cheyenne would be at the Outlaw Saloon. This however is a bar, so the participants have to be 21 in order to attend these events.  Live bands begin playing every night at 7pm and play until 2 am.

Ivinson Mansion Nutcracker Holiday Open House

4 Dec

By: Amanda Bugbee

The Ivinson Mansion, or the Laramie Plains Museum is hosting their annual Holiday Open House on Saturday December 13th and Sunday December 14th. This is a marvelous event that should not be missed- trust me I go most every year.

Open house; getting into the holiday spirit

The beautiful historic Ivinson Mansion

The beautiful historic Ivinson Mansion

The weekend of December 13th and 14th marks the dates for the annual holiday open house at the Ivinson Mansion, or the Laramie Plains Museum. This year’s theme will be The Nutcracker; which will be fitting seeing that the University of Wyoming used the Ivinson Mansion as inspiration for the settings and theme of their annual Nutcracker ballet this December according to UW’s website. During the Holiday Open House free tours will be given of the mansion, which will be beautifully decorated for the holiday season as always.

There will also be several musical performances throughout the weekend by the Wind and Roses Harp duets, The Melodees, and St Matthew’s Carolers according to the museums website. The Holiday Open House is always beautifully put together and well executed by the Executive Director, Mary Mountain.

The Alice Hardie Steven’s Center, which is also located on the mansion grounds, will be packed with holiday cheer. The Laramie Woman’s Club will be holding their annual “Christmas Trinkets” sale. They will have tons of items; holiday, homemade, and most anything you could imagine; at very low and reasonable prices. Yummy Christmas treats and drinks will also be complimentary at the sale, just as they have been every year. The Trinket Sale is a great place to find gifts for everyone on your list.

The Nutcracker Holiday Open House hours are:

Saturday December 13th from 3:00-6:00pm & Sunday December 14th from 1:00-4:00pm

Ivinson history: part of the community

Veiw of the Ivinson Mansion grounds in winter

Veiw of the Ivinson Mansion grounds in winter

Mr. Ivinson moved his family from the east to the territory that would later become Wyoming. While in Laramie the family had a huge impact on the community.  At one point Mr. Ivinson was the Governor and later a banker. Mrs. Ivinson started church services and Sunday school classes. “He (Mr. Ivinson) also completed the three towers and gave money for chimes and the clock at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, as well as a pair of stained glass windows in Jane’s memory. Mr. Ivinson also donated the War Memorial (WWI) which now stands on the northeast corner of Courthouse Square, diagonally across from the front door of the Ivinson Mansion.”(laramiemuseum.org). Mr. Ivinson also gave his home to the church to be used as a girl’s home. Upon his death Mr. Ivinson gave his money to the creation of the Ivinson Home for Aged Ladies, which was a dream of Mrs. Ivinson. The Ivinson Home for Aged Ladies still sits on Grand Ave.

The Ivinson family was very much involved in our community and has made it what it is today. The Ivinson Open House is a great way to learn more about their history and their positive impact on our community.

Other fun events and how to get involved

The Laramie Plains Museum also hosts other fun events throughout the year. According to the website their museum hours when tours are available, are Tuesday- Saturday from 12:30-5:30pm, with tickets being $10 for adults and $5 for students. The museum also holds their annual Victorian Teas in the summer months – I have heard these teas are quite beautiful and lots of fancy fun. These teas are also historically themed. The Ivinson Mansion will hold an art festival during Jubilee Days in the summer. And of course the mansion grounds are available to rent for special occasions like weddings and other gatherings.

If you are interested in being part of the museum staff they are always looking for volunteers, which is a very fun and rewarding experience as well a great learning experience; I was a docent at the museum for several summers (so trust me you’ll never forget all the fun and little details about the mansion).

Mary Mountain has done an excellent job of making the Laramie Plains Museum active in the community! There is something for everyone at the Ivinson Mansion, I strongly encourage everyone to check it out, and there’s no better time than the Holiday Open House!

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SKATING WITH SANTA

4 Dec

Where to go

 

 

Christmas 2013 Skating with Santa at the Ice & Event Center

Christmas 2013 Skating with Santa at the Ice & Event Center

The Laramie Ice & Event Center, located at 3510 Garfield Street in Laramie, offers worlds of fun this winter. Winter season for 2014-2015 runs from October 1, 2014 to March 15, 2015. What a great way to enjoy winter recreation with the whole family.  Don’t know how to skate? There are ice skating lessons available. Ice Skating is fun exercise for everyone. For more information on ice skating lessons, please click here.

 Fun stuff to do

 

During ice season, the Ice & Event Center offers convenient community public skating times. They also offer great deals on rentals of the ice, on an hourly basis, for leagues, tournaments, clinics, birthdays, school skates and parties. They offer a variety of ice activities also, like:

  • Public skating
  • Broomball
  • Curling
  • Hockey
  • Ice skating lessons
  • Short track speed skating

For more information on these activities, click here.

 

When to go                                                                                     

 

Public skating is open:                                                                                                

  • 12/02/14 from 1:30-3:30                                                                     “Did you know, the ice resurfacing                                                                                                                           machine is named after it’s inventor, 
  • 12/03/14 from 2:45-4:45                                                                         Frank Zamboni?”
  • 12/04/14 from 2:30-3:30 and is ½ price

                                                                                                                      

 

For hours of operation for all activities, please click here.

 

Admission prices are:

 

  • Public skate admission – $4 for residents / $5 for non-residents; 3-5 years old – $2 for residents / & $2.50 for non-residents
  • Skate rentals – $2.25 per pair, with tax

 

 For more information

 

  • Fee & Membership, please click here
  • Facility Rentals, please click here

 

Upcoming events

 

On Friday, December 19th from 5:30-6:30 pm, Santa will take time out of his busy schedule to visit all the good little boys and girls. Santa will be available for photos with you during this time. Regular public skate fees apply.

 

A personal touch

Laramie resident, Taylor Cheatham, is an avid skater. “I grew up in Laramie from a small child to about age 13. I made tons of really awesome memories with my sister and brother at Undine Park ice skating.  I really love ice skating at the Ice & Event Center with my 3 children, ages 4-12. I find the exercise invigorating and it takes a lot of the “extra energy” out of my 4 year old, Braden. We always buy a Public Skate Pass every year for $60.00. It includes 20 trips for skating. I especially love that the center incorporates roller skating when the ice season is over. What a great addition the Ice & Event Center has been for myself and my family.”

Please watch this short video on the Laramie Community Ice & Event Center on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k14OGCr_eWM

Kathy Ogburn, author

Kathy Ogburn, author

 

 

 

 

 

Party Pony – Where kids go to Party

3 Dec

By Phillip Bowling

 Over 6 years… Too old to party  

First birthday

First birthday

Who doesn’t like to party, especially when you are younger that 7 years old? I know at that age the young ones come with an extra energy pack that parents aren’t equipped with. This time of year the weather becomes much more colder and it makes it challenging to be able to have a party outside to let the little ones run wild and deplete their energy pack. Diane Sloan, grandmother of 5 was “frustrated about the lack of playtime options for kids under the age of 6.” The parks are great when the weather is warm while the bowling alley and municipal pool are great for older kids. There are some less expensive places to take your kids for fun but not for any special events. Diane felt that there needed to be other options for the young ones in her family. This is when she came up with the Party Pony 7 years ago and it’s been a great place as Heather Potter said “I have 3 sons and each one of them have really enjoyed going to the Party Pony to play for a couple of hours while celebrating their birthday. I will continue using the Part Pony to celebrate my kids birthdays.”

 Plenty of activities!

The Party Pony has a great selection of activities for kids under the age of seven years and they are:

Outside Jungle Gym

Outside Jungle Gym

  • Carousel
  • Jumping Castle
  • Climbing Mountain
  • Alligator Ball Toss
  • Swinging Noodle
  • Outdoor Playground Structure
  • Climbing Animals
  • Dual Tire Horse Swings
  • Giant Ball
  • Clown Bubble Machine
  • Carnival Mirror
  • Vending Cart –  Hot Dogs, Snow Cones & Popcorn – Extra Cost

Coming Soon

  • Squirt Park
  • Maze

 Details, Capacity & Price

Just like any other place to hold a birthday party or any other event there is a fee for admissions. At the Party Pony you get to have the option of how long you want to be there.

Inside the Party Pony

Inside the Party Pony

Pricing

  • I hour:          $100.00
  • 1.5 hours:    $150.00
  • 2 hours:       $200.00
  • 3 hours:       $270.00

Capacity

  • Winter – 60 People
  • Summer – Unlimited

Details

  • Hours – There are no hours, only when we party
  • Reservations – Suggested 30 days in advance as bookings fill up fast
  • Includes – Each party gets balloons and a special gift for the birthday child
  • Food & beverages – You are welcome to bring your choice of food, cake and ice cream
  • Additional information

The video below will give you a better look at the Party Pony and how big it is. The next time you are trying to think of a great place to book a birthday party for your young ones, think Party Pony!

Bluegrass, country, electronic and blues: The must-see music set to ring in 2015!

3 Dec

By Kylie Bovenzi

There is a light at the end of the tunnel

It’s called the end of the semester. As the school semester hurtles to an end, it may seem impossible to focus on anything other than the next two-and-a half weeks, what with finals bearing down on the student body. Fret not, my dear friends, because you are as ready as you will ever be, and two weeks after finals is something fantastic to look forward to: New Year’s Eve. How will you celebrate your successes and your achievements of the past year, and toast to the fresh start given at the stroke of midnight?  If you have been too consumed by finals to give this a thought, fret not again because I have compiled a list for you! You are welcome. 🙂

The String Cheese Incident

Where: First Bank Center, Broomefield CO
When: Monday, December 29 – Wednesday December 31st.
3 day passes starting @ $192
Single Day passes starting @ $49.50

A smoothe, easy to drink blend of bluegrass, rock, electronica, country, funk, jazz, reggae, psychedelia, calypso and Latin, The String Cheese Incident is a band out of Boulder, CO. Composed of six members, this band includes a variety of instruments in their live performances including acoustic and electric mandolins, acoustic and electric guitars, violins, drums, lap steel and electric slide guitars, piano, organ, accordion, bass and auxiliary percussion. Many of the songs are original, but covers are seamlessly blended in from such musical greats as The Talking Heads,The Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix. Each song leaves a plethora of room for innovation, and each jamming tune flows seamlessly into the next creating a ‘can’t stop won’t stop’ fervor and energy within the crowd never before seen. This, coupled with insane visuals being projected on and behind the stage either through LED lights or screens, proves to be an experience you would be CRAZY to miss. The whole event spans three different nights, but single day passes are available if you can only steal a day away. The only place to be this NYE in the Colorado and Wyoming area is getting CHEESY.

Some friends and I getting ready to check out Cheese in 2013

Some friends and I getting ready to check out Cheese in 2013

Cheyenne Depot NYE ball drop

Looking for something closer to home and a little bit more financially friendly? Head to the Cheyenne Depot at 4pm on December 31st, 2014 to enjoy arts, crafts, fireworks, music and the friendship of your town! This event is free, family-friendly, and a fantastic way to end 2014 and start 2015 the right way. For more information, check out the facebook page.

New Year’s Eve Cowboy Style

Where: Little America

When: December 31st, 4-1am

Tickets are $75 per couple, $40 for a ticket that discludes food and gaming

If keeping your cowboy boots and hat on sounds like your kind of evening, head over to Little America for their New Year’s Eve celebration which includes a buffet, a cash bar, gaming, and country western dance with the Boom Twang Band. At midnight, complimentary champagne will make the perfect accompaniment to ringing in the new year!

Fort Collins Brewery New Years Eve Party

Where: Fort Collins Brewery in Fort Collins, CO

When: 6pm December 31st, 2014

This 1940s speakeasy themed bash is sure to blow your socks off! $100 per couple includes a four course meal, music, champagne toast at midnight and a free cigar. Oh, and did I mention their craft beer selection? Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Whatever you decide to do for New Year’s Eve, celebrate it gloriously! Although I am sure each and every one of us has had our shares of trials and tribulations, take time to reflect on the positive strides you’ve made as well. You would not be able to appreciate them as acutely if you had not made a few mistakes along the way. Remember to designate a sober driver (or sign up for uber) and to take care of one another. Here’s to a wonderful future for all of us, may it bring happiness and joy and good grades come semester end!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

3 Dec

By Olivia Hartshorn

Don’t get your Tinsel in a Tangle!

Christmas Tree in Downtown Laramie

Christmas Tree in Downtown Laramie

 Christmas is really the most wonderful time of the year.  That might sound pretty cheesy…Alright it definitely sounds cheesy but its not that cheesy if you really believe it right? Right.  Now that Thanksgiving is over and we are all full, still eating leftovers and have packed on a couple extra pounds from that delicious dinner it is time to get ready for Christmas! This holiday has always been my favorite not because of the presents, christmas lights or decorations; even though they help, to me it is all about family traditions.  Whether you enjoy parades, Christmas movies or just curling up next to the fire with some Christmas music, having family near makes it all better.  If you are looking for some Christmas fun, look no further.  In this weeks blog I will be discussing more local events in not only the Laramie area but the Cheyenne area as well.  I hope you find some events you are interested in.

Deck the Halls in Downtown Laramie

Local Business in Downtown Laramie

Local Business in Downtown Laramie

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and on December 6th you can share that important meal with Santa!  For all my local Laramie folks if this event interests you head to the Laramie Plains Civic Center which is located on 710 Garfield Street.  Not sure where that is? Click Here for the directions.  This family fun event will be held from 8 AM to 12 PM.  This event costs $6 for children and $3 for adults.  This specific event is not just simply breakfast.  There will be crafts, cookie decorating and time to get those letters into Santa before Christmas.  Also there will be time for the children to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they want for Christmas.

Have you ever wanted to be pulled in a horse drawn carriage like the ones you see in the movies? You know what I am talking about, the couple is in a horse-drawn carriage and it starts snowing softly down on them. I know I have, and if you are anything like me then this dream can come true.  Also taking place on December 6th will be Laramie’s Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides.  This event will be held from 10 AM until 3 PM.  This event is free and will take you and your family and friends to enjoy all that downtown Laramie has to offer.  Make sure to bundle up and grab your favorite hot holiday drink and meet at 2nd and Grand to start your Holiday ride.  It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance

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Frosting? Gingerbread? All sorts of gumdrops and other delicious candy? Check, check and double check.  If this is something that sounds deliciously interesting to you keep reading.  This is the Teen Holiday House Contest and it will also be held on December 6th.  This is a very popular day for holiday activities!  The house contest will be located at the Laramie Country LIbrary.  Don’t worry this library is NOT located in Laramie, but if you still need directions Click Here.  The basics to the Houses will be provided and all the frosting as well.  This event starts at 6 PM but make sure to get there a little early and don’t leave any of your favorite candy at home.

Just like in Laramie, Cheyenne also has a festive ride for all ages.  This is the Cheyenne Street Railway Holiday Light Tour, and is guaranteed to put you right into the Christmas spirit.  This Holiday Light Tour starts on December 15th and continues on through the 24th of December.  The Tour will take you throughout Cheyenne so you can admire the glorious light displays that Cheyenne provides during the holidays.  The railway is the Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley and is appropriate for all ages. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended and can be done starting December 1st at the Visit Cheyenne Website.  The cost of the tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.  There are two tours; one starts at 6 PM and the other begins at 8 PM.  Don’t miss out on this event!

I hear those sleigh bells ringing…

Before you make a list and check it twice, make sure that you don’t forget about these events mentioned above and the fun-filled events that are starting this week!  This season is a time to be with your loved ones.  Have fun decorating each of your homes and enjoy your break!  Stay safe, keep warm and enjoy a hopefully (fingers crossed) white christmas. Below I included a video tour of what downtown Laramie looks like when decorated and lit up at night. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

My walk of downtown Laramie to see Frosty Comes to Downtown

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Actor/Model Looking for Hire

3 Dec
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Levi Darnell showing his more serious side posing on top of a roof, with a chair.

 Everyone has a dream

Levi Darnell, an 18-year-old straight out of high school, has had the same dream since he was a young boy at just the age of seven. Darnell said “The original Jurassic Park is what really sparked my passion for acting, I wanted to be as awesome as Dr. Grant.”. Darnell, all the way through high school was home schooled, he loved this because it gave him a lot more time to do what he really wanted to do — Make and act in movies. However, Darnell’s ambition for modeling came a little, as he told me “I looked in the mirror one day, and said to myself ‘That’s a model’s face!'”.

Interview with the talent

Coming home

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Picture from Levi’s most photo-shoot.

Though Levi has gotten a lot of his more in depth experiences with acting from Utah’s famous amusement park, Lagoon, and their special Halloween event ,Frightmares; where he achieved, not one – but two Character of the Year awards. Come January 1st he will be back in Wyoming, and possibly may even be attending classes at our own LCCC.
I can proudly say that I have gotten to work by Levi’s side many a times and can tell you that he has some real talent for what he wants to get into.
In conclusion if you are looking for a model, or even just an extra for a short film, remember that Levi Darnell takes to the scene January 1st.

Get in contact, or just check him out