Straddling the border between Wyoming and Colorado, Two Chicks Paintball's unpredictable terrain throws obstacles and tactical diversions at players. Recreational soldiers carrying the field?s rented Tippmann markers can maneuver through the trees and hide in forested fields as they strategize attacks and retreats. They can take cover behind looming boulders, which protect from opponents' quick spray of paint and give shooters a chance to catch their breath or recite their favorite inspirational movie monologue to their team before advancing. At the range?s speed-ball field, players can engage in short stints of fast-paced warfare before retreating to the picnic area to refuel their stomachs. For those who arrive unequipped, all the accouterments are available for rent, including paintball guns, safety gear, supplies, and camouflage jumpsuits.
It took Vincent Van Gogh years to complete his masterpieces, but students at Vino and VanCo classes only need a few hours. After fueling up on appetizers and drinks at Bondi Beach Bar & Grill, the class's pupils head over to Old Town Square. There, canvases, easels, and paints all await alongside that night's Van Gogh image, which the class recreates with the help of an expert instructor.
While Vino and VanCo students reproduce a renowned genius's work, most classes at VanCo School of Art are geared toward helping future masters refine their own pieces. Instructors train students of all ages in essential techniques, such as rendering semi-clothed models with materials like oil paint or charcoal still smoky from the grill. VanCo additionally caters classes to homeschooled pupils, as well as high school students readying their portfolio for college admissions.
Glass n Fire owner Ron Murphy has followed a lifetime fascination with glass sculpture by crafting models of animals and teaching students the fine art of molten manipulation for more than four decades. Along with sons Burt and Keith, Ron specializes in replicating the untamed colors and graceful movements of aquatic creatures including sea turtles, octopi, and Atlantis's figure skaters. In order to hone in on details such as the eye of an octopus or the crest of a seahorse, the family ventured to Ecuador, where they spent five years perfecting original jewelry and sculpture designs. During classes, the master wildlife sculptor and his lifetime-trained instructors teach glass-sculpting essentials and lead students through the steps to create works of art, which they can take home to display on bureaus or lay by windows to thwart barefoot burglars.
Ten Bears Winery produces smooth, handcrafted wines through a fermentation process that involves french-oak aging and an exclusive winter-hibernation technique. To begin, the facility?s winemaker hand-selects the finest grapes available, and by the time those grapes reach the bottling line, they?ve been transformed into easy-to-drink, well-balanced Colorado wines, many of which populate the shelves at local retailers. For a more personalized wine-drinking experience, Ten Bears also offers private tastings and a custom labeling service that adorns bottles with company logos, pictures, and personal pager numbers.
The goals of Youth Sports Academy are many. The courses here aim to get locals active?youths and adults?while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, and the importance of teamwork and respect. Programs range in focus from roller derby to Pilates, and take place throughout the week, catering to busy schedules and kids who own a pair of shoes for every sport. Adult athletes can also get fit during one-on-one workout sessions or group fitness classes.
As a brewer details the inspiration behind his summery wheat brew, a group of fans lift sudsy mugs to their lips. The summer day has finally begun to cool, and rock music from a nearby stage adds a festive mood to the serious business of beer tasting. Now in its third decade, the Colorado Brewers' Festival hosts thousands of visitors, drawn like moths to a burning s'more, at the Civic Center Park Area every year. Over time, the festival has found ever more Colorado breweries to celebrate, including a large number from Fort Collins alone.