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Tom Cryer | Featured Agent

Tom Cryer

Tom Cryer | Featured Agent


I was born and spent through 8th grade in Lutherville, Maryland. My first recollection of the telephone was we had a “party-line”. We had to drive past Maryvale School for Girls to get to mine, St. Paul’s School for Boys. Those were the days, school uniforms!

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

Nothing but fields, woods, streams, and hideouts. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn would have been jealous. In my eyes it was perfect.

What Was You First Job?

Raking leaves and mowing yards. But I would say having my own paper route was my first real job. I still wake up early. Scarred for life!


Family, skiing, hiking, walking, cooking, and my Land Rover. “I’d rather push my Land Rover than ride in your Jeep.”

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Loyal, Pragmatic, Tenacious, Happy and an Open-Book

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

I love road trips; Colorado offers some of the best. Colorado’s history is important to me.

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Ned Kelly’s Irish Pub in Littleton, Colorado.

One Unusual Thing About You:

I’m a 2%-er. 1%-er if you count the fact that I have blue eyes too. Being a redhead has set me apart in almost every room I enter.  Redheads never die, they just fade away…

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I serve on the City of Centennial’s Election Commission. I’ve been President of my HOA for the last 10 years. I can highly recommend Centennial 101, South Metro’s Fire and Rescue Citizen’s Academy and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy. Knowing how your government and related services operate explains where your taxes go.

I also spend a fair amount of time with the Daniels School of Business DU.  Long story…

Who Inspires You?

My family and friends. I’m not much for putting celebrity or politico on pedestals.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Watching my wife write that last tuition check for the last of our children knowing we had accomplished our #1 goal. Provide a world class education for our 3 children. We sent our Children to Duke, Notre Dame, and DU. I think we succeeded!

How Do You Define Success?

Next to the “meaning of life” success is tough to define. In my own mind, I’ve achieved it. I live where I want to live, my children and now grandchildren are nearby. I have a lovely wife of 36 years. I have some great friends. I’ve traveled to a bunch of countries. I’ve been Heli-Skiing. I’ve driven over Black Bear Pass twice. I’ve climbed 15 or more 14ers. I’ve been to all but 3 states.  And, I have a sense of contentment when the market drops 500 points in a day, I don’t flinch. It’s a good life!

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

I have two material loves. I like houses and I like cars. I wasn’t going to be a car salesman. I probably would have been involved in construction. I’m happy with my choices.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

I wish I was as brave as I was when I was younger and could still ski as hard as I did then. It would be great to ride a bicycle as fast as Dee.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

There have been so many. At the time, this was crazy! Two of my college buddies and I drove to California on our Spring Break. On the way back, we stopped off at the Havasu Indian Reservation and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and camped two nights at Havasu Falls. Google it. At that time and at that age, it was the epitome of paradise! Now I think it is some type of Eco-Tour.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Just one? Really? OK, let’s see. My father and brother, both passed now, would be top of my list. They meant so much to me. And, I know my mother would have loved to meet her great grandchildren, so I’d have to include her too!

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

We’ll be living it next week. Everyone in the Fam for a few days around the holidays talking about it all. Games, food, and skiing. Nestled in a house in Vail. Like I said above, they inspire me.  My children made me a better person. Life is for the living!

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

I would have to say Jethro Tull at Red Rocks 1971. I’m still not sure what happened, but helicopters, police, tear gas. Read about it – Denver History! There was no Rock-n-Roll for 5 years after this incident at Red Rocks, at the time, this was crazy punishment.

With all that said, I attended memorable concerts such as The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Bob Dylan and the Band, Steven Stills, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh, Pointer Sisters, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and most recently, for some reason, I had never seen Tom Petty. The kids gave me the tickets for my birthday. Dee and I wound up on the 4th row and two months later, Tom Petty was dead. That truly was a “Heartbreaker”.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

This is the easiest question of all. I would be John Galt in Atlas Shrugged. I love being the guy behind the scenes making it all look so easy! Who is John Galt?

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Denver New Year’s Eve Events 2018

2019 is almost upon on us and there are many ways to ring in the New Year in Denver. We’ve rounded up some of the top ways to kiss 2018 goodbye. Whether you prefer a low-key night with the family or are looking for something a little wilder, there are plenty of fun events to choose from!

Denver New Year's Eve

Family Friendly Events

Denver Resolution 5K

When: December 31st | Starting at noon

When: South High School | Denver

Denver’s oldest New Year’s Eve event, the Resoluton 5K.  New this year – noon start time (due to the Denver Bronco Home Game)!  Join 1,000 of your closest friends as you ring in the New Year in style. The event features parking, restrooms, registration, and packet pick-up at South High School. Families can walk, run or stroll. There will be a post-race party with refreshments and lots of prize drawings!

Noon Year’s Eve

When: December 31st | From 9am – 4pm

Where: Children’s Museum of Denver | Marsico Campus

The Children’s Museum of Denver is bringing in the sights, sounds, and excitement of Times Square to the Children’s Museum – all before bedtime! Countdowns and ball drops will be on the hour from 10 am – 4 pm – outside on the Plaza, led by the Master of Ceremonies. There will be bubble wrap, fireworks, rainbow confetti, sparklers, and noisemaker crafts. Kids can enjoy sparkle science experiments, balloon twister, and festive treats in the teaching kitchen!

NYE Fireworks in Downtown Denver

When: December 31st | Shows at 9pm and Midnight

Where: 16th Street Mall | Downtown Denver

The sky will once again sparkle over downtown at the close of 2018 with the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown. The two spectacular fireworks shows will occur at 9 p.m. and midnight. For the best viewpoints, stand along the 16th Street Mall. The identical fireworks shows will be synched to a music playlist from live DJs along the mall. Each show will run for about eight minutes and can be viewed from anywhere along the mall.

Skate the Lake

When: December 31st | 6pm – 10pm

Where: Evergreen Lakehouse | Evergreen

Join the Evergreen Chamber and your local mountain community for the family friendly, alcohol free 23rd annual New Years Eve Skate the Lake celebration. The Fireworks Show begins at 8 pm and there will be open skating until 10pm. Food trucks will be on site with snacks and dinner available. Entertainment will include fire pits, marshmallow roasts, and music by local DJ Sound Mountain.


Leave the Kids at Home

Decadence NYE

When: December 30th – 31st | 6:30 pm

Where: Colorado Convention Center | Downtown Denver

Citizens of Decadence! Once again return to the immaculate utopia to indulge in two nights of pure bliss and sonic delight. Prepare for another year of America’s largest New Year’s Eve dance celebration, featuring the world’s most renowned talent and larger than life production that is unmatched. Gaze upon our dazzling city and experience a trip away from reality with friends and loved ones at the biggest and best end of the year festival celebration. 

NYE Black Tie Party

When: December 31st | 8pm – 2am

Where: The Westin | Westminster

Ring in 2019 with class and style at the most upscale OPEN BAR New Year’s Eve in Denver. Denver’s NYE Black Tie Party features two incredible live bands, multiple headlining DJ’s, Vegas-style casino games, a huge confetti blast and champagne toast. Starting at 8 pm. guests will have access to three rooms with multiple all-inclusive open bars serving liquor, beer, and wine serviced by 30+ swift bar staff.

New Year’s Eve Burlesque Countdown

When: December 31st | Shows at 7pm and 10pm

Where: The Clocktower Cabaret | Downtown Denver

Naughty Pierre and The Clocktower Clockettes present their best and brightest acts from the past year, with the sassy, classy attitude that made them the Number One selling burlesque troupe in the Rocky Mountain Region. Only twelve acts were chosen – one for each month – and they range from ultra-classic to modern, from smolderingly sensuous to laugh out loud hilarious. This top-shelf, all-star line-up is the best of the best, together for one night only to ring in the new year!

Resolution NYE 2019

When: December 31st | Doors at 9pm

Where: McNichols Building | Denver

As the clock winds down on an old year, it’s time we gather to raise a toast and celebrate at the Denver New Year’s Eve party our city has come to love, Resolution NYE 2019! Now located at Downtown Denver’s chic, one-of-a-kind event center and art gallery, McNichols Civic Center Building! Resolution NYE 2019 is a revelry of elegance and indulgence dedicated to the seasoned party goers of Colorado.

White Rose Gala

When: December 31st | Doors at 9 pm

Where: Ellie Caulkins Opera House | Downtown Denver

Flapper dresses, stylish sequins and fancy fedoras for NYE?! White Rose Gala is a high end and elegant charity awareness event where you are enveloped by musical and theatrical performances. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the classic elegance of art deco of the Roaring 20’s. Be transported to an era of a modern renaissance where style, opulence, and grace were the only way to swing.

2019 New Year’s Eve Party

When: December 31st | Starting at 9pm

Where: Howl at the Moon | Denver

Are you ready to have the best New Year’s Eve Party to date? Then book a New Year’s Eve package with Howl at the Moon! A variety of packages offer you and your friends everything you need to kiss 2018 goodbye and start the New Year having a blast. Whether you want to sit down, eat and enjoy a show before you start dancing the night away or you want to jump straight to the buckets and dancing, they’ve got you covered.

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Northern Colorado New Year’s Eve Events 2018

2019 is almost upon on us and there are many ways to ring in the New Year in Northern Colorado. We’ve rounded up some of the top ways to kiss 2018 goodbye. Whether you prefer a low-key night with the family or are looking for something a little more wild, there are plenty of fun events to choose from!

Northern Colorado New Year's Eve

Family Friendly


A New York NY’s Eve

When: December 31st | 6pm – 9pm

Where: The Cooking Studio | Fort Collins

Pretend you’re in New York to ring in 2019! In this class you’ll be celebrating with some New York favorites. You’ll also be learning lots of professional chef tips and tricks to make your cooking more professional. Come and learn a few favorite recipes while cooking a full meal to share!

Noon Year’s Eve Party

When: December 31st | 11:30 am – 12:30pm

Where: Louisville Public Library | Louisville

Families are invited to celebrate the New Year a little early with crafts, a balloon drop, and music. Registration is required, so be sure to register early!

NYE Extreme Rodeo Challenge

When: December 31st | 7:30pm

Where: Budweiser Events Center | Loveland

Ring in the New Year with the 13th annual New Year’s Eve Extreme Rodeo Challenge. Enjoy saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, and bullfighting along with mutton-bustin’. Nationally acclaimed bull riders will team up with a top freestyle bullfighter forming a team that will compete for the Extreme Rodeo Challenge Championship. The teams feature two bull riders, one bareback rider, one saddle bronc rider and a freestyle bullfighter.

Snow Much Fun

When: November 17th – January 28th

Where: Boulder’s Civic Area | Boulder

Grab a cup of hot cocoa and take a stroll through Boulder’s Civic Area to explore more than 275,000 LED lights on display. Warm up with seasonal treats from the Dushanbe Teahouse or Seeds Café. Discover enriching seasonal programs for all-ages at the Boulder Public Library. Visit the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art – free admission for children under the age of 12. Kids can visit Santa for free each Saturday at St. Nick on the Bricks at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Center. And engage in weekly themed walking tours of Boulder’s Civic Area.

Leave the Kids at Home


Centerra New Year’s Eve Bash

When: December 31st | 8:00pm – 12:30am

Where: Chapungu Sculpture Park | Loveland

Ring in the New Year at Centerra amidst the twinkling glow of Winter Wonderlights! Enjoy a free community fireworks show at 8 p.m. followed by a fun interactive Silent Disco ticketed party at 8:30 p.m. till midnight on Chapungu’s Great Lawn. Don’t miss the ultimate NYE community experience by SoundDown when three DJs spin jams on Chapungu’s Great Lawn, under a heated tent, showcasing a Silent Disco Party and an epic Northern Colorado light show leading up to the midnight countdown.

New Year’s Eve Grand Gala 2019

When: December 31st | 8pm – 1am

Where: Hotel Boulderado | Boulder

Be a part of history as Hotel Boulderado celebrates their 110-year Anniversary during the New Year’s Eve Grand Gala. Join friends and family in the historic mezzanine & lobby under the sparkling stained-glass canopy. Enjoy an evening beginning with a cocktail hour and passed hors d’oeuvres before joining the party upstairs with a lavish buffet dinner. Guests will be serenaded by a history of musical favorites presented by the Mark Diamond Band, culminating in a countdown and glorious balloon drop at midnight! Revel in the timeless era of Hotel Boulderado as you ring in the New Year surrounded by glamour.

New Year’s Eve with Shakedown Street

When: December 31st | 8pm

Where: The Mishawaka Amphitheatre| Bellvue

One of the longest running Grateful Dead tribute bands in the world, Shakedown Street, makes its home in and around the Rocky Mountain region of North America. In the live music venues of the Rocky Mountains, there are only a few bands that are able to consistently draw large audiences. Shakedown Street accomplishes this year after year by embodying the Grateful Dead ethos of improvisation and discovery, while maintaining an intimacy and open repoire with its audience. Both VIP and GA Ticket price includes champagne toast at midnight. Prime Rib will be on special in the restaurant! 

Rat Pack New Year’s Eve Party

When: December 31st | 9pm – 1am

Where: Best Western Loveland Inn | Loveland

Ring in the New Year Rat Pack style! This fabulous Vegas-style party will include all you can eat Hors d’oeuvres and Desserts, DJ & Dancing, costume contests, casino-style gaming, and a midnight champagne toast.

The Burroughs – Superfly Moxi New Year’s Eve

When: December 31st | 8pm

Where: Moxi Theater | Greeley

Steeped in classic soul standards and outfitted with modern flair, The Burroughs are a nine-piece band with a powerhouse sound that has been electrifying audiences across Colorado and beyond.

Wild Game NYE Celebration w/ Joe Cool Band

When: December 31st | 8pm – 1am

Where: The Wild Game | Longmont

Ring in 2019 at The Wild Game with the Joe Cool Band! VIP Access tickets are only $35 and include a champagne toast at midnight, late night sweet treats, party favors, and live music by the Joe Cool Band! Our full menu and cash bar will also be available all night long! Bowling, arcade, pool tables, shuffleboard, cornhole, darts, foosball and ping pong will also be ready for action throughout the evening!

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2019 Promises Lots of Opportunity in the Denver Real Estate Market

Opportunities in the Denver Real Estate MarketHomebuyers and sellers are seeing a lot of opportunity in the metro-Denver real estate market as of late.

Since 2012, homeowners have received incredible appreciation. For those considering selling their home to move-up or to tap into their equity, now is an ideal time to do so. In addition to being in the midst of a seasonal slowdown, over the last few months, the market has been shifting toward balance creating conditions that benefit both buyers and sellers. So, what exactly are these conditions?

More Home Choices for Buyers and Continued Strong Home Prices for Sellers

In November, year to date, housing inventory has increased 46.76 percent compared to last year in the residential market (single-family and condos), but was down 11.82 percent from last month. Those figures reflect that fewer homes sold in the Denver area in November, down 17.27 percent from October, and that dropped the number of sales year to date to less than any in the past three years. For perspective, though, the market has been in the fast lane for several years and is simply shifting to more neutral conditions.

The low months of housing inventory will keep homes prices strong. While the average sold price of $462,344 was down 6.3 percent from the peak price mid-year, it is up 6.47 percent year over year.

Seller’s Market for Homes Priced Under $1 Million

Single-family homes priced under $1 million had three months or less of inventory at the end of November, showing sellers still had control in the bulk of the market. Anything under five months is considered a seller’s market and over six months is a buyer’s market.

Buyer’s Market for Home Priced Over $1 Million

The luxury single-family home segment is sitting at 7.22 months of inventory, and the luxury condo market is sitting at 6.67 months. This is an important indicator as this shows that the ‘luxury market’ (homes priced at $1 million and greater) is officially a buyer’s market.

Overall, 2019 promises to be another strong year for both homebuyers and sellers in the Denver-area. So, rest up this holiday season and get ready for a fresh start come January.

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8 of Denver’s Most Affordable Neighborhoods

Denver's Most Affordable NeighborhoodsFinding an affordable place to live in Denver is becoming increasingly harder these days. The average cost for a single-family home is now over $500,000 and will only continue to rise. Despite the growth in popularity, there are still pockets around Denver where you can purchase a reasonably priced home. Many of these areas are on track for redevelopment, so buying now could turn out to be a great investment! Below we have come up with a list of some of Denver’s most affordable neighborhoods, based on the average sales price of homes in that area in 2018. Some of these communities are true Denver gems!


Average Sales Price: $308,463

Montbello is one of Denver’s most vibrant, yet most misunderstood understood neighborhoods. Montbello, like other neighborhoods has suffered its fair share of socio-economic challenges. But today, the crime rate hovers right around Denver’s average, and continues to fall. In recent years, this diverse neighborhood has been home to a steady resurgence thanks in large part to its proximity to Denver International Airport and the advent of the light rail system. Montbello also boasts beautiful views of Mount Evans, Long’s Peak, and the Continental Divide.


Average Sales Price: $315,556

The Barnum neighborhood was named after P.T. Barnum of Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey after he purchased the tract of land in 1878. The neighborhood may be named for a playful circus tycoon, but the community is known for being hard-working and serious about their neighbors. Barnum is a community of families and is generally younger than the rest of Denver. It’s a culture of modest single-family homes, locally owned businesses, and a park with one of the best views of Denver’s skyline.

Mar Lee

Average Sales Price: $318,273

Mar Lee is an old urban neighborhood that sometimes gets a bad rap due to some of the surrounding areas. But overall, is a neighborhood that has lots of character and charm. A mojority of residents own their homes and the area generally has lower crime rates than its neighboring communities. Garfield Lake Park is a cornerstone in Mar Lee. It offers a variety of features for the outdoor enthusiast including a fitness running course, basketball court, outdoor public pool, softball field, tennis court, picnic facilities, football field, and playground. A beautiful walking/biking path winds around the park and people love fishing in the lake.

Indian Creek

Average Sales Price: $318,476

If you’ve never heard of Indian Creek, you aren’t alone. It’s a small neighborhood southeast of Denver with a tight-knit community and low crime rates. The area is known for its diverse populations and draws in 20-somethings along with older parents hoping to streamline their living spaces. With homes that are modest in scale, quiet streets, and the proximity to High Line Canal, it’s easy to see why young couples are flocking here.

East Colfax

Average Sales Price: $325, 896

Colfax Avenue boasts the title of longest commercial street in the US. East Colfax is bustling with an eclectic mix of eateries, bars, brewpubs, and shops, as well as entertainment and live music venues. And it will soon become even more walk-able and vibrant. The neighborhoods immediate neighbors, Lowry and Stapleton have both recently undergone residential and commercial makeovers. After being neglected for decades, East Colfax is next in line for a transformation. Nearly $20 million will be put toward creating community gathering spots, affordable housing, and a new transit project.

Sun Valley

Average Sales Price: $340,333

Sun Valley sits along the Platte River and is one of the most geographically central neighborhoods in metro Denver. It has historically been one of the lowest-density and lowest-income areas of Denver. But Sun Valley is currently undergoing a major redevelopment that will transform it into a next generation neighborhood with 3,000 homes, 300 jobs, and new neighborhoods services. It will soon become one of the city’s most vibrant mixed-use, transit-serving communities.

Ruby Hill

Average Sales Price: $345, 126

Ruby Hill is a true hidden gem. Running along the South Platte River, it is nestled just 5 miles south of Denver. Only within recent years has this community truly begun to grow in popularity and blossom with possibility. The Ruby Hill neighborhood is widely known for its recreational opportunities and being a bicyclists paradise! The city is also planning on implementing several major improvements to the South Platte River and Ruby Hill Park which will benefit the neighborhood in coming years.

Harvey Park

Average Sales Price: $376,485

Harvey Park is a slice of suburb heaven sitting just 15 minutes southwest of downtown Denver. The area is brimming with mid-century modern charm, elevating it to the status of a true Denver gem. Over the years, Harvey Park has become incredibly diverse. There are Spanish and Asian populations, young families, and people who have lived here their whole lives. The coveted, yet affordable mid-century modern homes are a draw for Baby Boomers and Millennials alike. Not only is it the design that is attracting buyers, but the amount of outdoor space that accompanies these homes has major appeal as well.

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Catherine Rogers | Featured Agent

Catherine Rogers

Catherine Rogers | Featured Agent


I grew up in Denver. But I’ve live in Fort Collins now and have been here since 91’ (grateful to be a front range native!)

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

Hard to pick one, but I would have to say appreciating/taking in the buffalo on the other side of County Line Road.

What Was You First Job?

A locally owned Mailboxes Plus store near Toddy’s market off Orchard, worked there for 2 years after school and in the summer.


Music – singing & guitar, gardening, I’m an outdoor enthusiast, and I love to travel.  Singing is definitely #1. I have been in many bands over the years, performing along the Front Range.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Reflective/Insightful, Grateful, Driven, Artistic, and Caring.

What Was Your Favorite Halloween Costume?

I love Halloween, allowing one’s imagination to dive into the depths of creativity! One year, I was an Aqua Nymph – made my costume from an old scuba suit.

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

So many of them, I love a good hike!

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Local coffee shops – and really any place with good live music!

One Unusual Thing About You:

I enjoy cold consumme’.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

Over the years, my husband Dylan and I have done a lot of work for the Larimer Humane Society. And I have worked closely with the Gardens on Spring Creek – I’m so grateful they have “The Great Lawn” going, it will be a wonderful music venue! And they are putting in a new butterfly pavilion. I also regularly contribute to The Gabriel Center and Adoption Dreams Come True.

Who Inspires You?

Hands down my children, Olivia and Ellis, every day.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Being a mother, I was mother later in life and so grateful every day for the experience of motherhood. My first pregnancy and labor was a tough one and infused more rich grace of appreciation.

How Do You Define Success?

Combination of heart, mind, and body – happiness within, can be on so many levels.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

Professional singer, psychologist or botanist.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

A pianist – to play with my daughter and perform.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

Hiked out of the Grand Canyon twice, from bottom to top with heavy packs. And my engagement – we hiked out of James Peak and down St. Mary Glacier in a thick blizzard.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

My Grandmother, to introduce her to my children and celebrate life.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Growing up, my favorite family tradition was looking at all the holiday lights of Denver around the city, in the car with my brother. Currently, it would be carving pumpkins with my husband Dylan, he takes this very seriously.  We also went on a moonlight/full moon hike through Garden of the Gods with my husband’s family the last time we were there. I hope that it can start as a new tradition!

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Hard to say one!!! Tracy Chapman with my Father at Magness Arena (DU) many years ago, The Roots & Erykah Badu at The Fillmore, Adele at the Ogden & the Pepsi Center, Roberta Flack in LoDo in the 90’s, Martin Sexton at The Lyons Rocky Mountain Folks Festival by the St. Vrain River, and Sting at Red Rocks, could go on.  All of these artists are so wonderfully talented and unique they are timeless and inspirational.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

The Voice – would like to try out someday.