Ready to plan your weekend? Here are some of the many stories, reviews and features you'll find in the June 29 GO! section:
- On the cover: We have the scoop on where to watch fireworks this July 4th - in the Pikes Peak region and throughout Colorado.
- Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site again will offer its Family Fourth on the Fourth of July. Carnival games, bucket brigade, watermelon seed-spitting contest, stilt walking, candy scramble, food trucks and homemade pies for sale. Those are a few of the sweeter treats available during the day-long event. On a more historical note, visitors will get to watch a historical melodrama performance, a re-enactment of a Revolutionary War encampment, and meet re-enactors who will portray Palmer, Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and songwriter Katherine Lee Bates.
- Starting Saturday and running through July 9, The Green Box Arts Festival hearkens to the days when professional artistic companies, such as ballet troupes and the Metropolitan Opera, took the show on the road during summer, bringing the arts to tiny towns all over the country. What began as an artist-in-residency program blossomed after folks from the town and surrounding communities expressed high interest. The event attracts up to 1,000 people and has broadened to include music, the culinary arts and scores of classes and activities, including yoga, stargazing, conversations with artists, wine tasting, and bingo.
- The Colorado Springs Art and Music Festival retains its previous format, but it's now free. It is Saturday and Sunday at America the Beautiful Park. A jury chose 70 vendors from 14 states for the festival's art component. A constant soundtrack of live music is headlined by nonprofit partner the Colorado School of Rock Wounded Warrior Music Program.
- Looking to get out of town? Our Beyond the Springs story this week focuses on The Cherry Creek Arts Festival, which runs Saturday through Monday at Cherry Creek North in Denver. "There's something for everyone," says Tara Brickell, executive director. "It's pretty incredible that 255 artists are here for you to go talk to and learn from and engage with and hopefully buy artwork from." Attendees walk through a maze of booths showing art in every possible medium. This year's artists were chosen from an application pool of more than 2,000.
- Dining reviewer JL Fields checks out three vegan food trucks. Food truck culture is growing across the U.S. and, despite obstacles such as zoning and parking, it's growing in Colorado Springs, too. Local culinary sleuths are up for the challenge and follow favorite trucks through social media and websites to find their daily and weekly locations. Although none of the current food trucks in the city is fully vegan, there are a few with solid, plant-based options.
- On the beer scene, Pikes Pub columnist Jakob Rodgers talks about Brian Horton's secret ingredient for fantastically unique beer at his Divide-based brewery, Paradox Brewing Co. Not even he knows exactly what it is. But Horton wields this mystical ingredient nonetheless - a seemingly magical feat made possible with a brewing technique called spontaneous fermentation, which he and a small band of adventurous brewers in Colorado fervently embrace. It isn't wizardry, but rather a high-stakes game of chance that hearkens to the very roots of this craft.
- Food writer Teresa Farney talks about Sean Fitzgerald, who has opened three unique restaurants over the past in the last three years.
The first was The Wobbly Olive, almost an instant success owing to the upscale food complemented by sophisticated craft cocktails.
With partners he recently opened The Collective a casual neighborhood gathering place. Then this month, Fitzgerald opened Sakura, a speakeasy-style bar, in the back of Rooster's House of Ramen.
Find all these stories and more at gazette.com and in Thursday's GO! section in our print Gazette. And watch arts and entertainment writer Jen Mulson on KKTV 11 News promoting GO! Wednesday in the accompanying video.