Everything You Need to Know! (Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest 2013)

Well, it’s that time of the year again: the weekends are jam-packed with a variety of outdoor activities, the sun still goes down after 8, the temps are cooling off just a tad, and the biggest musical festival in Northern Colorado is just a few days away!

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest started 25 years ago this weekend, as a way to celebrate the birth of this great city we call Fort Collins. Bohemian Nights was also a festival to put Fort Collins on the map, literally. The Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce wanted Fort Collins to be a bigger dot on the maps Rand McNally was making. Also, all the signs North of Denver just said, Cheyenne __ miles. The original idea for Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest was called, “Big Dot Days”. While it had the right idea, it didn’t have the allure that it needed from the committee members of the Chamber. So local designer, Richard Askew, came up with the name, “NewWestFest”, and it stuck a little better with the Chamber of Commerce members.

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NewWestFest was really popular from the get-go, as it brought together all things local. And so, a festival was born…

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Here is a great quote from Downtown Business Association Executive Director (and director of first two NewWestFest Events), Maggie Kuntz, ““The festival has grown as Fort Collins has,” she said. “A true expression of our Fort Collins personality, this event celebrates our artists, businesses, craft beer scene and, most prominently, our Colorado musicians. With the help of Bohemian Nights, NewWestFest has been able to stand the test of time and put Fort Collins on the map, as the originators had hoped. We’re a big dot now.” [Quote from the Coloradoan]

 

In order to stay up to date with all the fantastic musicians playing this weekend, here is a schedule of the 2013 Lineup and 2013 Festival Map.

And for smart phone users, make sure to download the app! (Don’t forget to use the lighter and hold it up high during those special songs, it’ll make for some great photos!) 😉

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NoCo Lifestyle will be your one-stop electronic destination for all photos, videos, and interviews Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest related! See you out there this weekend!!

 

 

Pianos Around Old Town Fort Collins

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Ever catch yourself walking around Old Town and stopping to admire one of these lovely, artistic pianos?

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Well, it’s a collaborative project among Bohemian Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Fort Collins. The idea is intended to be a fun experience that creates an additional element of whimsy and surprise to Old Town Fort Collins.

The concept behind Pianos is two-fold: (1) for residents and visitors to experience seeing art in action as the pianos are painted in public by local artists, and (2) for residents to have the opportunity to both play the pianos and enjoy them as works of art as we rotate the finished pianos about town.

The inspiration for Pianos About Town in Fort Collins came from British artist Luke Jerram who created a 60-piano installation that has toured the world since 2008. The Jerram pianos have been on display as works of art for people to play in several major cities including New York City, London, Sydney and Sao Paulo. Bohemian Foundation approached the Downtown Development Authority to seek their thoughts about creating a similar project here, placing painted pianos in downtown Fort Collins. From these discussions, the Art in Action component of the project was added with the idea of local artists painting the pianos in public.

The project evolved into a collaboration among Bohemian Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority’s Art in Action Program and the City of Fort Collins’ Art in Public Places Program. The first pianos were placed in Fort Collins’ Old Town Square for the 2010 holiday season and were an instant hit with the public. The program now is in operation throughout the spring, summer and fall months. We are proud that Pianos About Town brings spontaneous art and music discoveries that contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Fort Collins.

For more information on the Bohemian Foundation, click HERE

For more information on the Downtown Development Authority, click HERE

For more information on the City of Fort Collins, click HERE

Old Towne Lights by Ryan Levander

Well the time has come, the Old Towne lights will be coming down after one last beautiful night in Fort Collins. 

Each October the lights make their first appearance, and stay up through the weekend after Valentine's Day. Many people debate that the lights should stay up year-round (as they are just so beautiful). Personally, I think it's tasteful to just leave them up during a certain time of the year. I think they are appreciated more; can't have Chrismas year round! 🙂 

They certainly add an element of class, sophistication, excitement, and joy to the sensational scene. 

It certainly is a treat to live in a city where they take such pride in not only the activities of the downtown scene, but the presentation and overall look as well. 

I'll leave you with my favorite Old Towne lights photo of the beautiful season!