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Friday, July 25, 2014

‘Variety’ Archives

Those autumn leaves

Those autumn leaves

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder “Those falling leaves drift by your window, those autumn leaves of red and gold....” So goes the old song. Here in Colorado, those autumn leaves are mostly gold: aspens and cottonwoods. For red, maples are the best but there are none of those in our native flora. Nonetheless, few sights equal groves of golden aspens against crisp blue skies in our mountains. In any event, why the beautiful colors as autumn arrives? And, why are those leaves ... Full Story

Paper Bird flies high

By Dani White Berthoud Recorder A vivacious sea of fans fills the whimsically old-fashioned Boulder Theater for a shoulder-to shoulder Paper Bird headliner concert. The presence of the band reels in the audience the moment they take the stage, and the applause begins before a single note is played. The massive crowd vibes to the upbeat, folky Americana composition resonating pleasantly from the amps. The sparkling voices of the three female vocalists are offset and enriched by the jazzy ... Full Story

Gassner glows as Frenchy in ‘Grease’

Briana Gassner, a 2002 graduate of Berthoud High School, is currently performing the role of Frenchy in “Grease” at the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St.  The production runs through Sunday, Oct. 25 with shows on Thursdays through Sundays.  For ticket information call 303-794-2787 or visit www.TownHallArtsCenter.com.Gassner is the daughter of Lou and Ruth Gassner of Berthoud. A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, she is in her third year of ... Full Story

Upcoming

"Return to the Twilight Zone" The Theater Company of Lafayette presents an all-new “Return to the Twilight Zone,” a parody of the classic 1950s television show, from Oct. 16 through Nov. 7. (more…)

The Amazing Fossils of Florissant

The Amazing Fossils of Florissant

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder The previous “Our Natural World” column covered the origin of the 34-million-year-old lake deposits at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and the legislative struggle to have the site preserved for the public as part of the National Park system. This column provides some details about the fossils present in this unique area. Most prominent are enormous petrified trunks of prehistoric sequoia trees, relatives of the giant redwoods of ... Full Story

Preserving a Paleontologic Treasure Chest

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder Aug. 20, 2009, was the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, a site maintained by the National Park Service for the preservation of spectacular plant and insect fossils, including huge petrified trunks of fossil sequoias, ancient relatives of the giant redwoods of California. The site is located west of Colorado Springs, just south of the town of Florissant, Colo. The efforts to save the site and its ... Full Story

Dinosaurs and Other Colorado Fossils

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder As dinosaur lovers of all ages in our state know, the Colorado State Fossil is the stegosaur (Stegosaurus stenops). This familiar herbivorous dinosaur with rows of plates along its back was officially adopted by executive order of Gov. Richard Lamm in 1982, following a two-year campaign by schoolchildren. Stegosaurs roamed Colorado during the late Jurassic period of geological time, about 145-150 million years ago. They were large animals, weighing an ... Full Story

Colorado’s Oldest Living Residents

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder Have you met one of Colorado’s oldest living residents? No, it is not that cranky, old guy down the street; it is the bristlecone pine. They are among the oldest living organisms anywhere in the world. There are some bristlecone pines in Berthoud, but they are just youngsters. The really old ones — some more than 1,500 years old — live in the Rocky Mountains. The Colorado bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata) is sometimes known by the common name ... Full Story

A Murder Most Enjoyable

By Shari Phiel Berthoud Recorder For more than 50 years, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has been bringing the comedies, tragedies and histories of the incomparable English bard to sold-out audiences in Boulder. The second-oldest Shakespeare festival -- and one of the top three according to Time magazine -- in the country, CSF kicked off its 2009 season on July 2 to a packed audience with Shakespeare’s longest play, “Hamlet.” Since joining CSF as producing artistic director in 2007, ... Full Story

Colorado’s Natural Fireworks—Volcanoes

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder Recently, fireworks have been heard around town, but they were nothing compared with Colorado’s natural fireworks -- volcanoes. Volcanoes in Colorado? Yes! Well, not recently, but definitely in the geological past. The most recent volcanic eruption in Colorado took place about 4,200 years ago near the present day town of Dotsero, by the confluence of the Colorado and Eagle Rivers, in the north-central part of the state. Interstate 70 cuts across the ... Full Story

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