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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

Fa La La La Fun in CheyenneIMG_6230

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!

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Deck the Halls…With Christmas Fun!

22 Nov

By Olivia Hartshorn

The most wonderful time of the year!

The most wonderful time of the year!

Tis the Season!

Thanksgiving is just next week which means that Christmas is right around the corner.  I couldn’t be more excited to blog during my favorite time of the year.  Being from California it was rare we would have a White Christmas, living in Wyoming it is almost guaranteed we will be expecting to see snow on the ground.  With that being said, I would like to share some fun Christmas ideas, events and traditions I enjoy during this time of the year.

Play time? Yes Play, time!

My best friend and me at my Christmas Ballet Recital

My best friend and me at my Christmas Ballet Recital

What would the Christmas season be without the Nutcracker?  Most of you know what The Nutcracker is about…But for those of you who have never heard of this play here is a brief synopsis for you.  One of the many reasons I love this play is due to the fact that it is a ballet and the pointework is absolutely beautiful.  This two-act play takes place with a family decorating a Christmas tree before the festivities of the night begin.  During the festivities, the godfather brings gifts to the children which include four life-like dolls and a wooden nutcracker.  Later in the night the nutcracker is broken and the daughter Clara becomes very upset.  Throughout the play we see the nutcracker come to life and engage in a fight with numerous mice and the Mouse King.  As the story progresses Clara and the Nutcracker embark to the Land of Sweets where they dance and enjoy each others company along with their friends they met along the way.  This is the perfect play to get you in the Christmas spirit. If you haven’t seen this play I highly recommend it, and if you have already seen it, take someone who hasn’t! If you are interested in seeing a brief look at what the play consists of Click Here!

When- Thursday December 11th, 7:30 PM

Where- Arts and Sciences Auditorium

Cost- $14 for General Admission, $11 for Seniors, $7 for Students w/ valid ID

Staying in? Stay warm and cozy.

Photo Credit to ABC Family

Photo Credit to ABC Family

Feeling like staying in? Well grab that blanket and some hot cocoa because nothing says Christmas time like ABC Family’s 25 days of Christmas.  This allows you to have 25 days of Christmas movies to get you ready for the holiday!  This is perfect for the family or friends.  This TV special starts December 1st and continues through the 25th of December.  Now if you don’t want to wait around by your television waiting for your favorite Christmas movie, have no fear I have the complete lineup here.

Seasons Greetings from Downtown Laramie

My favorite part of Christmas are the community events that not only gets you ready for the holidays but is fun for the entire family as well.  If your kids want to get a head start on their Letters to Santa look no further!  This event is geared towards the youth of Laramie.  If this sounds like something you and your loved ones might be interested in here are some locations of the mailboxes for Santa.  Get your letters together and head down to Big Hollow Food Co-op, First Interstate Bank, the Boomerang and Qdoba to find Santa’s Mailbox.  Letters will be collected starting November 28th and will continue through December 17th.  All responses will be mailed out before Christmas, so keep your eyes open for mail from Santa!

Mark your Calendars for December 5th because I have two very special events that you most certainly won’t want to miss.  Christmas lights, cocoa, and family fun? Count me in.  A tradition for my family is always watching the Christmas Tree Lighting in our home town.  We have participated in this event for almost 15 years.  Sound like fun? It sure is, get your family together and don’t forget warm clothes and make your way to the First Street Plaza before 5:30 PM.  Since you are already downtown get a refill of that hot apple cider or hot cocoa and enjoy the Lighted Holiday Parade.  The theme this year is “Frosty is Coming to Downtown” and will begin promptly at 6PM.

Happy Holidays Cheyenne,Wyoming

If you are also interested in a Christmas Tree Lighting but you don’t live in Laramie, don’t worry because Cheyenne is having one of their own.  The Christmas Tree Lighting in Cheyenne will take place in the Little America Lobby on December 2nd from 5:30 PM through 7:00 PM.  Also instead of having to provide your own drinks and snacks, Little America will have complimentary hot chocolate and warm apple cider, along with some tasty holiday treats!  If you are in the mood to catch a parade on the 29th of November look no further!  Cheyenne will host its very own Christmas Parade at 5PM starting at 17th Street and Carey Avenue.  Grab some warm clothes and some friends and loved ones and make your way downtown to see horse drawn carriages and much more!

Connecting with the community

I thought it would be interesting to reach out to some students and see if they knew about events I was covering in my blog and if they would be interested in knowing what holiday events were taking place in their community.  I was very surprised when I interviewed a UW student and former LCCC student Rachel Eberstein who knew barely anything about what I was covering in my blogs.  Before we started, we spoke briefly about what we would be talking about and I read her the questions so she could give her answers some thought before answering.  If you are interested in watching this video click here. Enjoy!

Happy Holidays!

Compliments of Google Images

Compliments of Google Images

Tis The Season. Happy Holidays. Is it that time again Already?!

7 Nov

By Olivia Hartshorn

Happy Holidays from my family to yours.

Happy Holidays from my family to yours.

Getting into the Holiday Mode

I absolutely love Christmas, everything it represents, every single flickering light, the decorated trees shining through darkened windows.  But before I get ahead of myself how could I forget Thanksgiving?  Even though the department stores seem to set up for Christmas before Halloween even happens, let’s focus on the holiday devoted to eating and giving!  This time of the year there are many fun events and activities that families can participate in.  This time of the year is also perfect for giving to families in need.  So let’s do our part and see what you can do to help out!

Cash in at the Food Bank

Me volunteering at a Food Bank

Me volunteering at a Food Bank

If you have ever volunteered at a food bank you would know that it is no easy task.  In the same breath it is an extremely rewarding experience.  Unfortunately there is not a local Food Bank in the Cheyenne or Laramie area.  I know that Denver, CO is outside of our range to help keep it local but you can make donations online as well.  For any of those die hard volunteers out there you are more then welcome to volunteer individually or get a group together and head down to Denver and volunteer at the Food Bank of the Rockies.  If any of you out there are interested, here is additional information on how to volunteer.  Back to Laramie.  For those local Laramie folks like myself, have no fear we do have the Laramie Soup Kitchen.  There is options to volunteer and donate just like the food bank.  If you are interested in simply mailing in donations, feel free to mail food to 104 S. 4th Street, Laramie Wyoming, 82070.  For any additional information check out the Laramie Soup Kitchen Website.

The Liar. Wait, Who is A Liar?

Yes you read that right I said Liar.  The Liar play, is an American adaptation to the “farcical play by Pierre Corneille that was first performed in 1644.”  What is a farcical play?  This could be easily defined as light and humorous, but instead of focusing on the development of a character or characters you are following a plot that unfolds in a skillful way.  This play was originally based on a Spanish-American playwright in 1634 and then adapted into a French play in 1644.  The American adaptation was completed by David Ives.  This author specializes in comedies so be prepared to laugh!  Not sure if this specific play is for you? Check out this video of a version of The Liar at Writer’s Theatre.

When- Sunday, November 9th, 2014 at 2PM

Where- Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Studio Theatre

Cost- $14 for general admission , $11 for seniors, $7 for students with a valid ID

Don’t forget to show up at least a half hour early to have a guaranteed seat!

I was just wondering…

As I was thinking of who I could interview and what type of questions I could ask I was at a loss.  So I decided that the events I was covering were community events I wanted to hear from the community.  So I set out and decided to ask the community some questions. My first person I stopped was a college student by the name of Taylor who I met in the Union.  First I explained that I was interviewing her to see if she would be interested in the types of events I mention in my blogs.  I mentioned the play “The Liar,” and she explained to me that “it sounded interesting but she was unfortunately going to be in Denver for the weekend with her family.  Otherwise she would definitely be there.  She then explained that she loved plays and used to go to them with her grandparents when she was younger.”  I then wanted to interview someone maybe a little older to see if they felt the same way.  I started conversing with a lady that I knew from a mutual friend and asked her if she had heard about the play or if it would be something she might be interested in.  To my surprise her response was, “I had no idea things like that were happening in the community! How can I check upcoming events?”  I luckily was able to point her in the right direction. Success!

If you would like to see a slideshow I put together for my topics I covered this week, Click HERE!

A Little Something for All Ages

24 Oct

By Olivia Hartshorn

Mark it on your Calendar

The University of Wyoming has several events coming up that you wouldn’t want to miss!  As we all know Halloween is coming up, which means that UW has some pretty spooky events planned not only for the students, but for the public as well.  I stumbled across some different events for all ages.  Some of which include the Halloween theme, while others include more of a casual/formal attire.  I’ll let you decide!

Cherub with Gibbz & Ghost Beach

http://cherublamusica.com/photos

Photo Credit to Cherub|Photos

If you can get down to electro-pop then this is for you my friends.  Cherub is a group that refers to themselves as “the dance love-child of 80’s funk, and pop music from the future.”  If you would like to find out more about them through their blog/ website here is the link to check them out. Cherub’s music and blog website. Also, they do have an opening act so be sure to get there early to hear Gibbz and Ghost Beach.

If you would like to listen to Cherub’s new music video to get a feel for what type of music you will be hearing during the concert, click here.

When- Wednesday, October 29th at 8PM

Where- The Education Auditorium on the University of Wyoming Campus.

Cost- FREE! The doors will open at 7:30 PM and space is limited inside the auditorium.

UW Symphony: Debussy and the Classics

This performance will be at the Buchanan Center of the Performing Arts.  According to the Box Office what will be performed is; Mozart, Concerto for Flute and Harp, Garnett, Planxty Colcannon, Debussy, Danses Sacrée et Profane, Haydn, Symphony No. 101, and The Clock.

The performers will include;

Rod Garnett- wooden flute soloist

Hillary Schefter- harp soloist

This is a ticketed event so you will need to purchase tickets prior to the show.  There are two ways to purchase tickets; first you can purchase them online by clicking here, (the online option will be in the upper left corner of the page) or you can purchase them at the Fine Arts Box Office.  The Box Office is located in the lobby of the Fine Arts building on the UW campus.

When- Thursday, October 30th from 7:30-9:30 PM

Where- Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts

Cost- $10 for non-students, $7 for Seniors, and $6 for Students with valid UW Student ID.

Murder Mystery Dessert Party

http://www.adamsmysteryplayhouse.com

Courtesy of the Adams Mystery Playhouse.   Spooky right? 

Dressing to theme? Sugary dessert greatness? Open to the Laramie community? Check, check and check.  If you are a fan of the walking dead and you have a fantastic zombie costume, search no further for some fun and spooky halloween activities.  This Murder Mystery Dessert Party is held on the UW campus and put together by the Adams Mystery Playhouse.  They have been voted the “BEST mystery theater in Denver for three consecutive years in a row. ”  Pretty interesting right?  Want to see more? Watch the latest video here.  It could be categorized as a real life Clue dessert dinner. Count me in!

When- Friday, October 31st from 9PM- 12AM

Where- The University of Wyoming Ballroom.

Cost- Besides the cost of your awesome Zombie costumes, this event is free.  UW Students can pick up tickets starting October 20.  Any non-students who are interested in attending can pick up tickets at the Union Information Desk starting October 27th.

Remember to have a safe and fun Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

May the best costumes WIN!

May the best costumes WIN!

Friday Night Fun At UW! Don’t miss the Excitement!

10 Oct

By Olivia Hartshorn

Don't be sad on a Friday Night...

Don’t be sad on a Friday Night…

The Friday Struggle is REAL.

Looking for something fun to do on a Friday night?  Want to have a good laugh with your friends? Look no more, because tonight the University of Wyoming will be hosting Raneir Pollard!  Haven’t heard of him? Well keep on reading and find out about our guest!

Who is this Stand Up Guy?

Raneir Pollard is a hilarious new stand up comedian with a fantastic sense of humor.  After reading over his brief biography on his website I found some interesting facts about his shows.  He enjoys improv and “sketch comedy” and really loves to keep his audience really engaged and interested in his shows.  For those of you who who are like me and have no idea what sketch comedy is, it is made up of short comedy scenes that generally can last between one and ten minutes in length.  Fun right? That isn’t even the best part.  Raneir Pollard has several television debuts as well.  Heard of Tosh.O?  Well the man of the hour has appeared on this famous show before.  If there wasn’t enough reason to go see him, he has the Daniel Tosh stamp of approval!

Grab your best friends and head to the Union Ballroom for some good laughs!

Grab your best friends and head to the Union Ballroom for some good laughs!

Where, when, and How much?!

Where?

The Union Ballroom at the University of Wyoming Campus! See you there!

When?

October 10, 2014

Doors open at 8:45 PM

Show begins promptly at 9PM-11PM

The Ultimate Question… How much?!

FREE! Yes you read that right! It is absolutely FREE!

FUN FACTS

Did you know?!

This event is one of the many events that the University of Wyoming hosts on campus.  The bonus is that the University doesn’t just limit its guests to strictly just students it is open to the community for almost all of their events.  UW prides itself on giving back to each and every student with fun shows like the one mentioned above.  Don’t think they left out the community. UW also loves to get the community involved as well!  So whether you are a UW student or just a fellow Laramie resident make sure you get your friends together and go see this show tonight!

A Mind Blowing Experience

26 Sep
A few years ago at a comedy show at UW!

A few years ago at a comedy show at UW!

By Olivia Hartshorn

Do you and your friends have nothing to do on a Friday night?  Everything that you would want to do costs SO much money? Thinking this will be one of those boring weekends again? Think again!

The Mentalist

For those of you who enjoy attending shows but hate paying the price…This show is for you!  Free!  Yes, you read right, a free show at the UW Campus!  Some of you might be thinking, what’s the catch?  There is no catch, just a mind blowing experience and it’s all for FREE!

The Man of The Hour

Our outstanding guest is Mr. Christopher Carter.  He has appeared at over 2500 college campuses nationwide and has several awards to show for it.  Some of which include; Entertainer of the Year and Performing Artist of the Year.  You don’t want to miss this fantastic show!

What Else?

This event is a community event, which means it is open to both students and non-students.  So grab your friends and family and head on over to the UW campus!

What to expect?

Christopher Carter loves to include his audience with his mind readings, and predictions.  Also he includes comedy into his act which college students and family members alike seem to really enjoy!  The most famous part of his act is the “Light bulb Illusion,”  from what I understand this part of his show you can’t miss!!!

 

When?!

Friday, September 26th!

Doors open at 8:45 PM.

Show starts at 9PM and goes until 12AM!

  • Wear some comfy clothes and be prepared to be amazed!

Don’t forget Admission is FREE!

 

Where?!

Located in the Wyoming Union Ballroom on the UW Campus!

Seating is unassigned, so don’t be late!

 

This event should be entertaining and fun for everyone! Hope to see you all there!