Time Travel in Longmont

It’s true.  You can go back and experience the 1940s and 1950s and times before that, too.  At the Longmont Museum they have a permanent display that take you back to life in rural Boulder County in those days.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Get Your Lowrider Motor Runnin’

Did you know there is a lowrider car culture including 200 cars right in Longmont?

There is and it’s on display at the Longmont Museum through May 14 at the Lowriders: Cars & Culture exhibit.

It’s one of the first-ever exhibitions to showcase lowrider culture. Lowriders are customized cars with chassis that have been lowered so that they narrowly clear the ground, and are bountiful in Colorado and rich with history.  This exhibition gives visitors a behind-the-scenes view of how these rolling works of art are created.

The lowriding lifestyle began in the Latino ethnic neighborhoods of Los Angeles in the 1950s.  Lowrider cars have had their suspensions altered or use extra-small tires and wheel rims to place the car lower to the ground.  The lifestyle draws inspiration from Latino culture–the vehicles are a way for each owner to express their style and honor their culture.

Lowriders: Cars & Culture features cars, custom bicycles, pinstriping and upholstery examples, old-school military hydraulics, vintage posters, magazines and historic accessories all related to the lowrider scene.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Visitors to the exhibit take in Fred Perez’s 1948 Chevrolet Suburban

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Jesse Rodriguez’ 1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport convertible

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Shaun Martinez’ Reaper Revenge lowrider bicycle

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Hydraulic suspension equipment

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A mirror shows the underside of this lowrider.

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Jose Carrillo’s 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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Lowrider bikes and pedal cars.

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First Lambs of the Season at SkyPilot Farm

I Am Longmont Business | SkyPilot Farm | 10384 Airport Rd., Longmont | 970.581.0647

It’s that time of year again.  The babies are starting to arrive at SkyPilot Farm in Longmont.  So far this year, they’ve had 10 lambs with a lot more coming over the next few months.

Photography and Story by Al Milligan.

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SkyPilot Farm is owned by Craig Scariot and Chloe Johnson, and they got started in 2015.

“A few years ago we didn’t have a farm. We didn’t know whether you really needed a rooster to get eggs or not. We certainly didn’t know how to shear sheep. We lived in a loft, which we hated. At some point during our one-millionth trek up four flights of stairs to take our dog out to play, we realized that where we were wasn’t really where we wanted to be. We longed for the open spaces we had enjoyed as children in rural America, and for more space to play fetch with our Australian Shepherd, Charlie,” they explained.

Start of lambing season at Sky Pilot Farms in Longmont, CO, USA

Start of lambing season at Sky Pilot Farms in Longmont, CO, USA

“Where we ended-up next was more space than Charlie really needed, so we bought a couple backyard chickens. And then we bought a goat because he seemed nice, and then we got another because goats need friends, and then we figured that since we already had goats, it couldn’t hurt to have sheep, too. Pretty soon we had 30 chickens, 24 sheep, 4 dogs, a couple barn cats and a 128 Sq. ft. organic garden. And then we decided what we really needed was a farm.

Start of lambing season at Sky Pilot Farms in Longmont, CO, USA

Start of lambing season at Sky Pilot Farms in Longmont, CO, USA

Start of lambing season at Sky Pilot Farms in Longmont, CO, USA

“SkyPilot Farm & Creamery was previously the Haas Family Farm. The Hass family owned this farm for over 100 years. It was placed under a conservation easement in 1977 to preserve our local farmland. We are proud to carry on this tradition as the new owners and to provide our neighbors and local community, with healthier, safer and better tasting food.”

Start of lambing season at Sky Pilot Farms in Longmont, CO, USA

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A Photo Visit to the Historic Hover Farm

Out behind the Hoverhome at 1303 Hover Rd in Longmont is the preserved historic Hover Farm. The farm was originally built in 1893 by George Beckwith but was bought in 1902 by Charles Hover. Charles Hover was not only a community leader but was also one of driving forces in Longmont agriculture in the early to mid-1900’s.

The farm is a historic reminder of Longmont’s rich agricultural heritage. 

The farm as well as the Hoverhome are owned and operated by the St. Vrain Historical Society and is used as an event center.

Information on the farm is courtesy of the St. Vrain Historic Society.

Photography by Al Milligan.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

The historic Hover Farm in Longmont Colorado.

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Longmont Represented at Women’s March in Denver

During the presidential campaign of 2016 Donald Trump promised that he would unite the people of the United States. On Saturday, January 21st, that promise came true. He united not only the U.S. but the rest of the world, to stand together in a unifying global Women’s March to support human rights.

A group e traveled by bus from Longmont to The Women’s March on Denver to be part of that global proclamation that violation of anyone’s human rights will not be tolerated.

The Women’s March was an effort to send a message of peace, love, and unity to all that would listen. In Denver, it’s estimated that over 100,000 people participated in the peaceful march. WomensMarch.com estimates that over four million women, children, and men took part in peaceful marches across all 7 continents.

The marches in the U.S. were part of a global change that began yesterday. Some are calling it the start of a revolution but everyone is saying that it’s time for people to join together and fight for human rights for everyone.

Women, men, children, immigrants, Native Americans, Muslims, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and members of the LGBT community, and people of all ages and classes came together peacefully and loudly stating that they’ve had enough — they’re going to fight for everyone’s human rights.

Story by Denise Milligan.

Photography by Al Milligan.

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Super Duper Good Treasures & Fun Junk

It’s billed as the Super Duper Garage Sale, and this annual sale certainly is, as it draws hundreds of antique sellers and buyers from distances near and far.  From corner to corner, they fill the Boulder Fairgrounds Exhibit Building with great treasures. And the crowds came out in droves on Saturday to search their wares.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Jammin’ & Singin’ at 300 Suns

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There are a lot of guitars and other acoustic instruments filling the room with musical tones.  Ukuleles, mandolins, drums, banjos, an old brown jug, even a washtub bass, which was remarkably well played!

300 Suns Brewing hosts the jam every Wednesday night at 6pm, and dropping in is encouraged and musicians are welcome to jump up to the mic and host a song.  And do they ever.   Last night, they had the joint tapping feet and a room full of smiles as they covered Johnny Cash, Chris Isaak, and many traditional favorites.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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Agile Little (and Big) Dogs!

Hoops, tunnels, barriers, ramps, and vertical posts to pass through.  And it’s all set up for the dogs.

The Front Range Agility Club is holding a dog agility event this weekend at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, and what a treat to see these speedy dogs (and their equally speedy handlers) running the course.  Want to check it out?  The competition continues Sunday, 1/19, from 8:00-5:00 at the fairgrounds in Longmont, and admission is free for spectators.

Photography by Kenneth Wajda.

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A Viewfinder for Boulder Photo Stories, Created by Professional Photojournalists

I love being a photojournalist. When people hear I live in Colorado, the first thing they often say is, “You must love it out there being a photographer.” To which I reply, “Yes, there are a lot of people here, and so many great stories to cover.”

As many of you know, from the mid-80’s to early 2000, I worked as a staff photographer for a daily newspaper in New Jersey, shooting everything from the NY Giants, NY Jets, and Philadelphia Eagles, to covering Presidential visits, NJ Governor news, and protests at the NJ State House. I photographed food stories, house fires, car accidents, and plenty of business portraits.

With more and more newspapers closing their doors or laying off their staffs—the newspaper I worked for, The Trenton Times, is down to one staff photographer—it’s difficult to make a living as a photojournalist. Newspapers editors who have laid off their photography staffs now expect their reporters to shoot pictures with their phones, or rely on the public to send them photos to use for free.

And the ones who don’t get to cover the stories are the real photographers, the seasoned photojournalists.

And the stories that are missed are the ones like Don’s, a 99-year-old from Lyons, sharing Thanksgiving morning with friends.  [Order Reprints]

I still long to photograph and document local moments and events like I did when I was a press photographer.  These stories continue to this day, but they are not getting documented like they used to by working photojournalists.

screenSo, that being the case, I am excited for 2017 to create a venue to shoot and publish more photo stories. Those are the stories I live for—real human stories with great emotional qualities.

Only they won’t be seen on Facebook, but rather on Boulder Viewfinder, where we will have multiple photographers documenting life in Boulder County.

With a team of top quality photographers, I want to create more amazing stories on people and events in our local community, but there has to be a model to make a few dollars and pay bills to keep it going, cover equipment costs, and pay the studio rent.

So, I’m building a group of professional photojournalists to cover local Boulder stories—Lyons, Longmont, Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, Nederland, Niwot, Erie—and will be regularly posting them on the BoulderViewfinder.com Web site.  And there will be a place for viewers to support the photographers of each story with contributions or subscriptions, and a way to purchase reprints of the photographs seen in the galleries.

That way, the stories will grow, the coverage will increase, and photojournalists will have the ability to get paid for their work, which will encourage more stories being made.

Will you please consider supporting local photojournalists?

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Do you have any STORY LEADS?  We want to document the happy to the bittersweet, if it will work for a photo package.  Send story leads to info@boulderviewfinder.com.

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The Visit – Don Colard’s 99th Thanksgiving with Friends

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Don Colard is a vibrant 99-year-old in Lyons, Colorado. He was recently mistakenly thought to have suffered an injury, which turned out to be untrue.  So, the local community made up a Happy Thanksgiving sign and brought some gifts to Don to remind him how much he means to the community.  Some stayed with him to spend a little time on Thanksgiving morning with him.  He welcomed the friends with coffee and stories from his life. [Order Reprints]

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Photography by Kenneth Wajda, photojournalist.

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