Published on Friday, November 30 2012 20:03
Niwot United Methodist Church Hires Jonathan Cole as Music Director
BY LIZ EMMETT-MATTOX
Being so close to a college town has definite advantages, and Niwot United Methodist Church has made a habit of taking advantage of its proximity to the CU School of Music. The most recent appointment marks the third Music Director with a CU connection.
Pastor Pam Everhart said that of the four final candidates, two were CU graduate students. “They all had such great resumes, it was hard to turn any of them down.” In the end, Jonathan Cole was hired.
Cole is trained as an opera singer and has won competitions such as the Crescendo Music Awards, the National M.T.N.A. Competition, and several Texas N.A.T.S. competitions.
He holds a performance certificate from the Boston University Opera Institute, a master of music degree from Boston University, and a bachelor of music degree from Baylor University. Cole began work on his doctorate of musical arts in voice and pedagogy at the University of Colorado Boulder in August 2012.
“This is really a win-win situation,” said Smith. “We’re getting really top-notch people and they’re getting some experience and a paycheck.”
The church staff acknowledged that one of the down sides to hiring students is that they will not be around for more than a few years. “We realize that we probably won’t get to keep them for very long, but the choir members benefit so much from the training that they bring. They are exposed to different styles of music and different techniques.”
Everhart said, “With this being our third CU student, we’re solidifying a tradition that we hope to continue. Being so close to CU, we can be a little church and have a really great pedigreed person on our staff.”
For more information about the church, visit www.niwotumc.org.
Published on Friday, November 30 2012 19:38
Holiday Wishes Can Come True When You Shop Locally
BY NELLIE NIBNOSE
Season Greetings To All – Unless you are one of those tremendously organized shoppers, you are probably just ramping up for the holidays. (If you’re male, you probably won’t pay any attention to this until at least Dec 22.) Gunbarrel and Niwot businesses have something for everyone at prices that will both amaze and amuse.
So if you need tchotchkes for eight nights or that one special gift for the 25th, I’ve done a little investigating in the pricing department. Here, in almost no particular order, are the least and most expensive products or services our fine merchants have to offer.
Published on Wednesday, November 21 2012 17:15
Niwot’s Holiday Season Kicks off with Enchanted Evening & Holiday Parade
BY LIZ EMMETT-MATTOX
This year, Enchanted Evening and the annual Holiday Parade through Niwot will be held on the same weekend. Enchanted Evening is Friday Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving. On Saturday morning, Nov. 24, Santa will join the Holiday Parade through Niwot.
In the past, the Holiday Parade has been held on the first Saturday of December, but after getting snowed-out last year, NBA organizer Linda Klueber of Niwot Interiors said that they decided to move the date up a week and combine all the holiday activities into one weekend. “It just seemed like a good way to commence Niwot’s holiday season.”
Published on Saturday, October 27 2012 20:18
Jones Takes Honor Flight
BY KIM GLASSCOCK
Robert Jones of Niwot had a sobering memory as he stood looking at the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. in September.
“I remembered standing at attention on my troop ship anchored off the coast of Korea, while the entire time the cargo hold was being filled with caskets of men killed in Korea,” he said. “We were bringing home the last of the men killed in Korea, and it was very moving.”
Jones, a Korean War veteran, was among the 123 veterans from northern Colorado who flew to the nation’s capitol in September courtesy of the Honor Flight Network. The charter flights – done at no cost to the veterans – started in 2005 to bring WWII veterans to their memorial.
In 2011, Honor Flight began accepting Korean War veterans. Today there are 117 Honor Flight hubs in 40 states. The Northern Colorado hub was founded in 2008.Read more: Jones Takes Honor Flight November 2012
Published on Saturday, October 27 2012 20:14
Left Hand Laurel: Brianne Thiele and Underpass Mural Volunteers
If you haven’t walked through the pedestrian underpass at Sawtooth and Niwot Road lately, you may have missed some of the most recent details that artist Brianne Thiele and her crew of volunteers added.
Photo by Liz Emmett-Mattox
Surrounded by many volunteer artists, Brianne Thiele cuts the ribbon held by Heidi Storz of the NCA and George Gerstle of Boulder County Transportation.
When it was dedicated at Nostalgia Day 2012, the mural was still a work in progress, and according to Thiele, it still is. She said they were really close to being finished this summer, “but the last section we have to paint is
Cottonwood Square and we didn’t want to rush it.”