Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Special from the Palisade Tribune
Nearly 30 special events are listed on the Palisade Chamber of Commerce calendar of events for 2010 that was finalized by the Chamber and the Downtown Committee.
Two events are the Peach Festival and Olde Fashioned Christmas; nine events are “downtown events” which include events like the Antique Street Fair and Marketplace, the Honey Bee Festival and Octoberfest. The two “Pig Tails and Wine Trails” events are in conjunction with the Palisade arts community.
Two new events this year are the Palisade Sweetheart Weekend in February and the Downtown Music Festival in October. The Sweetheart Weekend will feature special shopping for your Valentine, dinner deals and dancing at several venues on Feb. 13. The plans for the Downtown Music Festival are in the works and more details will be announced as they become available.
The Honey Bee Festival has been moved to April, when the fruit blossoms will be out. It had a good start last year, but will be even better in 2010. If you have never seen the peach orchards in blossom you are missing a rare treat. Palisade has scheduled several events to coincide with the blossoms and it is well worth the trip.
April, in fact is packed with great events including an Antique Street Fair and Marketplace, the Palisade Art Lovers show and an Art Lovers Paint Out.
There are several bike oriented events for those who like to ride up through the orchards and vineyards. And at least a couple excuses to go wine tasting! Life really does taste good here.
The Palisade Tribune and Lion’s Club host the Olde Fashioned Independence Day Celebration that boasts a kid’s parade and old time games like sack and three legged races in the park. The mostly volunteer fire department gets involved and has water fights with the fire hoses and variations on that theme. The kids love it and everyone wins a prize for something.
The Town of Palisade sponsors the Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival in June and the Sunday Market that runs from June to October. Other events are wine related like the Winefest and barrel tastings and Varaison Vineyard and Winery events. Many people know about our wineries here, but not everyone knows about the great beers made at the Palisade Brewery and the amazing vodkas, brandies and whiskey at the Palisade Distillery. The Distillery makes some great drinks with their products and their Bloody Mary is incredible!
If you aren’t into events, I can’t think of a better place to sit back and relax, gaze up at the Grand Mesa or Bookcliffs and let out peaceful little valley soothe your soul.
PALISADE COLORADO 2010 EVENTS CALENDAR
February 13 and 14: Palisade Sweetheart Weekend
February 13: Special shopping opportunities downtown Palisade, Sweetheart Dinner and Dance
February 14: “Pig Tails and Wine Trails” Art and Wine Tour
February 21: German Fasching – Palisade Brewery and German Club
March 14: “Pig Tails and Wine Trails” Art and Wine Tour
March 28: Spring Fest
April 11- 18: Blossom Week
April 11: Palisade Blossom Brunch and Artist’s Paint Out
April 15-18: 30th Annual Peach Blossom Art Show – Palisade Art Lovers
April 16-17: Honey Bee Festival
April 18: Peach Blossom Blast and Art Show
April 24: “Barrel Into Spring” Barrel Tasting – Grand Valley Winery Association
April 24: Outdoor Heritage Day – Division of Wildlife
April 25: Antique Street Fair and Marketplace
May 2: German Mai Day - Palisade Brewery and German Club
May 7-9: Palisade Bike Festival
May 15-16: “Barrel Into Spring” Barrel Tasting Take II – Grand Valley Winery Association
May 29-30: 5th Annual Palisade Parade of Roses – Varaison Vineyards and Winery
June 11-13: Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Music Fest – Town of Palisade
June 13-Oct. 24: Palisade Sunday Market – Town of Palisade
July 3-4: Reds, Whites and Blues Festival – Varaison Vineyards and Winery
July 4: Annual Independence Day Celebration – Palisade Tribune and Palisade Lions Club
August 19-22: Palisade Peach Festival
August 27-29: 9th Annual Ravenshire Renaissance and Pirate Faire
September 16-19: Colorado Mountain Winefest – Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology
September 18: Colorado Mountain Winefest in Riverbend Park – Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology
September 18: 17th Annual Tour de Vineyards – Events Marketing Group
October 9: 2nd Annual Palisade Oktoberfest
October 15: Downtown Palisade Music Festival
October 24: 2nd Annual Feast in the Street
December 10-11: Olde Fashioned Christmas
December 17-24: 3rd Annual Varaison Festival of Lights Benefit – Varaison Vineyards and Winery
December 31: 3rd Annual Varaison New Year’s Eve Gala – Varaison Vineyards and Winery
About the Author: Matthews is Editor-in-Chief of the Palisade Tribune in Palisade, Colorado. She is being remunerated by the Wine Country Inn for her contributions to this blog.