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2010 Featured Woodies, Arrowwood Viburnum

2010 Featured Woodies, Arrowwood Viburnum

Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) By Keith Williamson, CCNP Little Valley Wholesale Nursery Arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) is a medium sized shrub that is native to North America from Maine to Florida, and as far west as eastern Texas.  The common name of arrowwood viburnum came about from the use of its straight young stems by Native Americans for making arrow shafts. In the garden, arrowwood viburnum has many features that combine to make it an exceptional ... Full Story

What was Johnny Appleseed up to?

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder Autumn is apple time across America — crisp fruit and sweet cider. The season may bring to mind that American folk hero Johnny Appleseed. You probably know him from the 1958 Disney film “American Legends,” which portrayed him as a young man traveling on the western frontier in the early 1800s, unselfishly planting apple trees for settlers to enjoy. But the true story of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, is somewhat ... Full Story

‘The One-Eyed Man is King’

A fable well-told By Jamie Folsom Berthoud Recorder I love it when local theater takes on big challenges. Even better when they do a brilliant job of it. Director Bruce K. Freestone admitted they were excited about doing the complex and challenging script for “The One-Eyed Man is King,” but the production hangs together as naturally as if they didn’t fuss over it for a minute. (more…)

Geek Attack: Evolution of gaming: Part 3

By Kyle Lee Berthoud Recorder When we last left off, Sony and Nintendo were slugging it out with their respective Playstation and Nintendo 64 systems, and the Sega Saturn was on the ropes struggling to survive. As games like Final Fantasy 7 and Super Smash Brothers were selling like hotcakes on their respective systems, Saturn failed to have a game that pushed consumers to buy the failing system. In an effort to appeal to customers, Sega created a new system. The Dreamcast would prove ... Full Story

The Aakash Mittal Quartet: A musical journey to India

By Dani White Berthoud Recorder There is a bold new kind of music emerging in Colorado. The Aakash Mittal Quartet, influenced by the muse of modern day India where customary meets contemporary, has fashioned a unique and worldly blend of sound. The band is an independent outfit and will soon be self-releasing their second album, “Videsh.” Mittal, the band’s innovator, was born in Dallas, Texas, was raised in Loveland and is of Indian descent. The diversity of the artist’s background ... Full Story

Killer musical comedy ‘Curtains’ hits

By Dani White Berthoud Recorder Song, dance and murder. “Curtains: The Musical Comedy Whodunit,” leaps directly from the Broadway stage to the Rialto Theater in a single bound. “Curtains” is Up In Lights Productions’ latest offering. (more…)


‘Evening of Macabre’ at Wildfire Something wickedly entertaining this way comes when the Wildfire Community Arts Center Readers bring to life some of history’s most gruesome tales and horrific musings in “Evening of Macabre.” A cast of hauntingly familiar local performers, co-directed by Berthoud’s own Kathleen Gruman and Lesley Jones, will lure you into a web of frightening (and amusing) literature spanning three centuries of the macabre — from witches and worms to the Prince of ... Full Story

Roberts stars in ‘Haunting of Winchester House’

Berthoud to Burbank shuffle worthwhile for high school freshman By Gerri Roberts Berthoud Recorder Recently on DVD at Blockbuster’s, an indie ghost story — “Haunting of Winchester House” — was released, starring Berthoud resident Patty Roberts. (more…)

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

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