Kidz Zone at the Taste of Fort Collins

The annual festival known as the Taste of Fort Collins was held this past weekend (June 7, 2013 – June 9, 2013) at the intersection of Laporte Avenue and Howes Street near Old Town Fort Collins.  Sponsored by First National Bank, the Taste of Fort Collins showcases food and drinks from local restaurants and breweries.  A celebration of cuisine and music, this popular event also includes a full stage and live music nearly every hour from both local and national bands.  This year’s headliners included Matt Nathanson on Saturday evening (June 8, 2013) and AWOLNATION on Sunday afternoon (June 9, 2013).

As if the delicious food and tasty beverages were not enough to attract massive crowds, the Kidz Zone on the north end of Howes Street was a sure hit among families and children.  I have been a regular at the Taste of Fort Collins for the past several years but this was the first time I took my kids for an afternoon of fun…and they loved it!  My son (4 years old) and my daughter (2 years old) had a blast in the Bounce House and Dual Lane Slide.  Both kids also climbed their way through the bouncy Obstacle Course, but by far my son was most excited about the Quad Bungee Trampoline.

At first he was a bit reserved about putting on the safety harness.  He was both excited about doing something new but cautious about not having his Mom and Dad right next to him.  After a few small jumps to get the hang of it, he was ready to jump over 15 feet in the air…and that’s exactly what he did.  He was a bit scared on some of his intial descents, but after he got used to the feeling of falling toward the ground he was all laughs and giggles.  What an awesome experience for a four year old!  His little sister felt a bit left out, but hey, she’s only two.

For more information about the 2013 Taste of Fort Collins you can visit the official website here.

Here are some pictures from the Kidz Zone, and you can see more pictures from the Taste of Fort Collins at NoCo Lifestyle or our Facebook page.

Richard Jensen with Kids

Richard Jensen with Kids

Bungee Trampoline

Bungee Trampoline

Bungee Trampoline

SHEL Interview / Taste of Fort Collins

Last night, home-grown musical group, SHEL, kicked off the pre-Taste of Fort Collins party with a fantastic show at Hodi’s Half Note. Even if one hadn’t seen these talented sisters perform before, you could tell they were enthusiastic to be back performing in front of their home crowd in Fort Collins, Colorado.


SHEL (which forms the names of it’s members: Sarah, Hannah, Eva, Liza) just recently got back from a European Tour. It was everyone’s first time in Europe, so it was definitely an eye-opening experience as well as a stepping-stone for the band. Their favorite location they played at? Belfast, Northern Ireland. Apparently, SHEL has a fairly large base following them in that area. There were even some fans who drove hundreds of miles to see them perform.

Lead singer, Eva, told me it was pretty incredible to hear fans were traveling great distances to see them in areas where they have never played even close to before. But in the end, no matter where you are playing at, if you are putting out good sounds, people will be coming to watch. That appears to be the case and what the future looks like for SHEL.


Growing up in a home-schooled environment, father a songwriter and mother an artist, it appeared SHEL was destined for musical and artistic success all along. And really, that’s the direction they are heading in. With record label signings, tours, album releases, etc. this is what SHEL has set out to do, share their musical talents with not just their faithful supporters of Fort Collins, CO; but the rest of the world!

This evening, Taste of Fort Collins kicks off at 6:30 and will run through Sunday night. SHEL is excited to be performing at 2:30 on Sunday, right before nationally renowned group and evening headliner, AWOLNATION. (For more information on Taste of Fort Collins, click here. 

Just after I got off the phone with Eva, I thought of a question I had lined up to ask her (story of my life). I had to ask about their top hats; which are worn at every show they do; and they even have a tab on their website for ’em: Top Hats

According to Eva/SHEL, “The top hats represent a crown for those willing to pioneer their imagination. You know, the crazy youthful dreamers watching the stars from above instead of on their feet from below.” replied Eva. And there is even a book in the process. Yes, a book, about the top hats…:)

Here are a few more photos from their show last night:



For more SHEL information, visit their website HERE

For more Taste of Fort Collins information, visit their website HERE