Takayama Women’s Chorale here in Denver August 11, 2017 for a free performance

Takayama, Japan has been Denver’s Sister City Takayama since 1960.  The Takayama Women’s Chorale is singing at Simpson United Methodist Church Friday, August 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm.  The Chorale will be performing traditional Japanese songs.  The performance is free.  For more information please contact Kaitlyn Lyle at 303.923.6865.  Simpson is located at 6001 Wolff Street in Arvada.  Want to learn about Takayama?  Visit the city’s website here:  City of Takayama website (English version): http://www.hida.jp/english/

 

Go Rockies! Happy 4th!

 

I love the Colorado Rockies fireworks games.  Nothing more pleasant than a good baseball game (Rockies beat Cincinnati!) followed by a fireworks show.  I couldn’t get tickets for a fireworks game this year so a friend surprised me with our favorite front row third base seats.

Nolan Arenado 2017

A ladies favorite who is previously tried to land in our laps in these very same seats!

July 8th last year!

Love front row third base and a great evening with the ladies!

 

Rootbeer Float another Extreme Dessert, Prohibition Treats’ Liq-Creme Alcohol Infused Ice-Cream

Extreme dessert and nostalgia?  Try this adult treat, ice cream infused with alcohol.

Rootbeer vodka and rootbeer liquor, another winner!

Thinking too sweet? Pleasant surprise, rich with just the right touch of sweetness.

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What has Brian Fashaw dreamt up for his next perfect extreme dessert?

Peach  Cobbler, yum!

Brian personally mixes each small batch to create a high quality and decadent experience.

Total Beverage (Westminster Total Beverage, 9359 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster) is my vendor.  Must be 21 years of age to indulge.

 

Sin Chata an Extreme Dessert, Prohibition Treats’ Liq-Creme Alcohol Infused Ice-Cream

Extreme Dessert?  Ice cream infused with alcohol.

Sin Chata is a rich ice cream with a lovely cinnamon finish.  Took it to a friend’s for dessert and it was perfect with her peach pie!

Cinnamon whiskey and rum chata.

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Brian Fashaw a dreamer of  perfect flavors.

Personally making each signature blend to insure a taste that will amaze.  I am unable to keep up with his new creations.

Total Beverage (Westminster Total Beverage, 9359 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster) is my vendor.  Must be 21 years of age to indulge.

 

Jason at 2017 Hina Matsuri Festival

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Jason 2017

Meet Jason.  We worked the doll room together at our Hina Matsuri Festival.

Jason knows more about the dolls than almost anybody at our church. Here he is entertaining some people describing a life-size Samurai armor replica.

Jason outgrew his boy’s kimono he wore last year but I include it here because it is amazing.  A gift from his Aunt and Uncle who live in Japan.
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A formal Kimono, not for casual wear.  A real family heirloom that he can pass down to his son one day along with his knowledge of Japanese dolls.

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Samurai at 2017 Hina Matsuri Festival

 

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The armor of the samurai.   Labor intensive, intricate,  beautiful and full of meaning.  Rows of leather and plates of metal woven together with silk cord to make formidable protection.  Functional yet mesmerizing.

Dazzling helmets designed to strike apprehension into opponents upon recognition.

Join us this Saturday or Sunday, March 4th and 5th, at Simpson United Methodist Church, 6001 Wolff St. in Arvada, Colorado for the 49th Annual Hina Matsuri Festival. Hours are 11:30am to 4pm and this is a free event.

Enjoy the doll room, tea ceremony,  bonsai displays, ikebana (flower arranging) display, nonstop entertainment  including music and martial arts or have your name written in Japanese characters.

Here are a couple more displays you will be able to appreciate:

Lion Cub Doll from Hina Matsuri Festival

Suiseki Display From The Hina Matsuri Festival

2017 Hina Matsuri Festival at Simpson

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Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day.  In Japan it is held every March 3rd.  At Simpson our Festival is held the first full weekend of every March, this year March 4th and 5th.

The Festival is open to the public and free of charge.

The families in the Japanese community display their amazing dolls, many of which have been in their families for generations.  A few posts on dolls:  Kokeshi DollsOtafuku-SanPictures from Past Hina Matsuri Festivals

Also on display are Bonsai (miniature plants and trees) Bonsai at Hina Matsuri Festival and Ikebana (flower arranging) Ikebana at Hina Matsuri Festival.  Very welcome as we wait for spring to finally replace winter.

The ladies prepare Bento Boxes for lunch each day which are extremely popular and are sold out quickly.

A constant parade of activity on the stage in the gymnasium including Taiko Drums, Martial Arts and variety of music.  Taiko with Toni 2015 Hina Matsuri Festival

Other interesting displays are the Kimonos Wedding Kimono, Gaman Art from Internment Camp The Art of Gaman in Internment Camps, a Display at Hina Matsuri Festival

Hope you can join us!  6001 Wolff Street in Arvada, Colorado (just off of Sheridan & 60th).