The maker’s movement is alive and well in Colorado. Here are a few ways groups can connect with artisans and perhaps try a little handy work of their own. 

» DRAM Apothecary in Salida offers a line of bitters, syrup and tea using organic and wild Colorado herbs. Stop by the apothecary and send attendees home with the fixings for their own creations (cocktails or otherwise).

» St. Peter’s Fly Shop in Fort Collins offers introduction to fly-tying classes in fall and winter and private fly-tying instruction. Then test creations on an outing with St. Peter’s guides.

» De Goats N Sheep Ranch in Bayfield (near Durango) is all about spending the day with Wensleydale sheep and Angora goats and putting hands to work at spinning lessons, watercolor felting lessons, knitting and more.

» Greeley Hat Works in Greeley simultaneously offers a peek into the past and a glimpse at the present of hat making. These fine-quality hats are all built one at a time, so they are the perfect attendee or incentive gift. 

Franny Starkey reflects on her transition from the White House to Imprint Group COO.

 

Suppliers and meeting and event planners from around Colorado gathered at the Front Range Trade Show to network and book business. Destination Colorado’s 22nd annual event happened on Dec. 5 at The Hangar at Stanley, located in Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace. The association’s annual meet - ing was immediately before the trade show, upstairs at The Infinite Monkey Theorem.

 

The Serving Up Hope Luncheon, hosted by the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado on Nov. 6 at Denver Mart and attended by approximately 700 industry professionals, raised more than $24,000 for the Food Bank of the Rockies Denver’s Table. In addition, approximately 14,700 meals were donated day-of by attendees, resulting in an overall total of 114,210 meals. Awards for the most food donated per member were given to the Christian Meetings & Conventions Association and Colorado Society of Association Executives.