Local Events in September: Beer, Strudel, BOOKS, and More Beer…

September is here and I am so excited. I’ve trotted out my first fall hat, my first cup of cider, and had my first rapid-fire sneezing attack from autumn leaves. There are some great fall events coming up in the Denver area, including my favorite year-round activity: beer tastings.

Watercourse Foods will be featuring an IPA tasting paired with some delicious hors d’oeuvres tomorrow, September 14, from 4–7 p.m. on their patio. All of the featured beers will be from local brewers, including Renegade, Asher, Great Divide, Ska, and Avery Brewing. The price for a heavenly evening of alfresco India pale ale and fine vegetarian foodstuffs is a mere $20 per person for unlimited beer and food.

No tickets or reservations required.


Denver Public Library‘s Fresh City Life series is offering a giveaway of a Breakfast at Tiffany’s DVD and dinner for two from Whole Foods Market this Saturday, September 17, from 1:30–3 p.m. After a viewing of scenes from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Chef Shellie Kark will demonstrate techniques for creating the perfect pastry. Samples of apple strudel will be available to taste. All that’s missing is an evening dress and an elegant cigarette holder.

Also, registration is now open for the Denver bookbinding tour and building your own book workshop. I have coveted this workshop since I discovered the Fresh City Life series, petting the registration page on my laptop screen and muttering “my preciousssss” late into the night, but as they are held in the middle of the day, I haven’t been able to attend. If any of our crafty blog readers attend, please submit a comment, review of the workshop, or a picture of their book, and we’ll give you a nice shout-out in the blog and the twitterverse.

For our author readers who are hoping to get published (and who have already read our post on “How to Be an Author Publishers Want to Work With,”) on Saturday, September 17, at 2 p.m., Boulder Book Store is offering a writing workshop on “Writing a Winning Book Proposal,” taught by founder and executive director of The Boulder Writers’ Workshop, Lori DeBoer. This workshop is for nonfiction writers, including memoirists and authors of how-to books. Attendees will explore the elements of a book proposal, including the hook, cover letter, and synopsis. Attendees will leave with lots of handouts. Tickets are $30 and space is limited.

And on September 28 at 7:30 p.m., Boulder Book Store is hosting a speaking, signing, and beer tasting for Garrett Oliver’s The Oxford Companion to Beer. Attendees must buy a voucher to attend. Vouchers are $5 and get you $5 off the author’s featured book or $5 off a purchase on the day of the event. Plus there’s all that free beer.

One of my all-time favorite authors is visiting Tattered Cover this month. On September 30 at 7:30 p.m., Neal Stephenson will be signing copies of his new book, Reamde, at the historic LoDo Tattered Cover. Free numbered tickets for a place in the signing line will be handed out beginning at 6:30 p.m. on September 30. Seating for the presentation prior to the booksigning is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to ticketed customers only.

Stephenson holds a special place in the jumble of gears and glitter that I have instead of a human heart. I read his book Snow Crash as an adolescent, and it quickly infiltrated and informed my malleable teenage identity and world view. I read it over and over the summer I was 14, so that when I entered high school, only 10 percent of my brain was original thought. The other 90 percent was all lines from Snow Crash and Fugazi lyrics.


Mile High Summer

If you’re like me and aren’t taking a vacation this summer, there’s plenty of fun to be had right here in Denver.

This weekend, I had a blast meeting George R. R. Martin at the Tattered Cover, along with 600 other fans. In his remarks before the signing, he admitted that Tyrion was his favorite character and that Bran was the hardest to write because of the difficulty of writing from the point of view of a young child. No word on whether he’s heard my secret prayers to kill off Sansa Stark. The good people at Tattered Cover were great at keeping the lines moving while smiling and chatting with fans. There are some more great events planned this month at Tattered Cover, so be sure to check them out.

Photo by sjogrens via Flickr.

I also hung out at the Denver Zoo for their “Colorado Proud” Date Night event. I dined on local foodstuffs, including wine pairings by Monkey Theorum wines. I was also accosted by one of the zoo’s wandering peacocks, who walked around our table several times before settling down to the side of my chair to watch me eat. Perhaps he thought my purple hair was a sign that we are distantly related. I highly recommend the zoo’s date night series. The food is delicious, and hitting the zoo during the evening is a great way to beat the heat and the crowds.

This week, I’m planning on attending the “Mucho Mojo” event put on by the Denver Public Library’s Fresh City Life. If you’ve ever wanted to create your own mojo bag to ward off creatures of the night, then you should stop by the event on Thursday.

Summertime at Fresh City Life at DPL

Are you a crafter? Noir film buff? Aspiring writer? More importantly, do you enjoy hula-hooping? These are just some of the oh-so-fun events lined up this month at Fresh City Life at the Denver Public Library’s Central Library. Fulcrum is teaming up with them in the coming months for some fun, inspiring, and wacky events built around some of our titles and authors, and we absolutely LOVE this program at DPL! (Not to mention Chris, the director). Many, many of these events are free (or require a small materials fee), are inside in the AC on those sweltering Colorado summer days, and filled with fun, hip people from your city. Amazing.

Check out some of their upcoming events this month and maybe we’ll see you at the “Grey Gardens Etsy Crafting Party” on Friday, June 10, from 1-8 pm!

Yay! Hula-hooooping! The “Hoop-Dee-Doo Workshop” on Saturday, June 25, from 1:30 -4 PM, at the Central Library. This is a two-part event (includes a $10 materials fee) including creating your own hoop (!!!!!) and learning how to use your hoop for not just fun, but exercise, with hoop enthusiast Amy Schaefer. Sold.

And… one close to our book-loving hearts: “Behind the Cover: Tour Denver Bookbinding and Build Your Own Book Workshop” on Wednesday, June 15, from 10 am- Noon. This is a tour I’ve actually taken a few years ago (in association with a summer publishing program) and it will blow your mind! Denver Bookbinding Company, Denver’s oldest and most bookbinding house, is offering a unique look inside their shop and includes making your own hardcover, single-signature book to take home. Registration required (and includes a $15 materials fee).

Finally, have you seen Grey Gardens? I know, we’re in love with that movie, too. Join fellow movie lovers and Etsy crafters at the Grey Gardens Etsy Crafting Party 2011. Friday, June 10, from 1-8 pm at the Central Library. Clips of Grey Gardens, The Beales of Grey Gardens and the Drew Barrymore redux will be shown!  Registration encouraged here.

We hope to see you at one of these great events this summer!