Boulder

The History Of Boulder’s Winter Star

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The lighted star on Flagstaff is a familiar symbol in Boulder. First turned on as a Christmas decoration in December 1947, the star survived several controversies to become what it is today—part of the area’s history and culture.

In April 1948, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce converted the star into an Easter cross. Then, for two decades, the long string of lights alternated between the two symbols.

Pranksters also saw uses for the bulbs and wires. In 1951, students from Colorado A & M (now Colorado State University) reconfigured the display into the shape of an “A.” In 1958, Colorado School of Mines students strung the lights into an “M.”

In 1955, 1956, and 1960, someone, or some group, painted the bulbs red, speculated to have been part of a Communist conspiracy. In 1969, the star/cross was changed again—this time into a gigantic peace sign.

Finally, some Boulder residents had had enough. They filed a complaint with the Boulder Human Relations Commission on the grounds that the star and the cross (both considered Christian symbols and located on city park property) violated the U.S. Constitution in its separation of church and state. Although the lights had sparked a controversy, they stayed on.

The debate resurfaced a year later. In 1970, the same group brought to the Boulder City Council a resolution banning all lighted displays on Flagstaff Mountain.

Of the Flagstaff star a Boulder City attorney stated, “It is our job to guarantee rights of free speech, but that does not mean that one is guaranteed a platform which gives him a captive community audience.”

The termination of the cross was something people could accept, but the possibility that the star might have to come down caused an uproar among the majority of Boulder citizens. Eventually, the council determined that the cross had to go, but the star represented “a sense of community.”

In 1980, the star served yet another purpose. It was left on month after month as a reminder of the Americans held hostage in Iran. This ongoing use of electricity, however, upset environmentalists who removed the bulbs, chopped down the wires, and publicly announced that the man-made object disturbed wildlife and wasted energy.

Even so, the majority of Boulder’s residents still wanted their star, and, once again, they rallied to its defense. It has survived the test of time and appears to be here to stay.

Content courtesy of historian Silvia Pettem’s Facebook Page

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Boulder, Real Estate

The City of Boulder is looking for feedback from pedestrians!

Where do you like to walk in Boulder? Take the City of Boulder’s super quick survey and to help improve pedestrian travel in Boulder – http://ow.ly/zxC030mqKrR

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Boulder, Boulder County, Food and Drink

Enjoy All The Best Restaurants at First Bite Boulder

Get ready to sample the most delicious food Boulder has to offer – November 9-17, 2018! First Bite is an annual event highlighting the Boulder area’s exceptional dining scene. For nine days in November, more than 50 of the area’s top restaurants will offer a special three course $34 prix-fixe dinner menu to the community. Get the the full scoop on all the participation restaurants at First Bite .

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Boulder, Downtown Boulder, Kids

CU Homecoming Weekend Is On!

University of Colorado’s Homecoming Weekend Kicks Off! 

Welcome alumni! There is so much going on this weekend!

  • Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally
  • Tailgaiting Parties
  • Buffs Game
  • And much more!

Get the full scoop at CU Homecoming.

 

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Boulder, Kids

Calling All Ghosts and Goblins to Boulder’s Annual Munchkin Masquerade Happens On Halloween!

Screen Shot 2013-10-24 at 10.15.43 PMBoulder’s Annual Munchkin Masquerade Is The Place To Be In Boulder For The Young Kiddos!

Each Halloween, Downtown Boulder is invaded by thousands of tiny ghosts & goblins, dinosaurs & dragons, fairies & princes, super heroes and animals of every size, trick-or-treating along Pearl Street. 3 to 6pm, rain or shine on the Pearl Street Mall. Join the crew on October 31, 2015 for safe and fun trick-or-treating along the Mall. More information here.

 

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Boulder, Downtown Boulder, Families

Guide to Family-Friendly Halloween Events Around Boulder

Thank you to the City of Boulder for pulling together a great list of family-friendly Halloween events around #Boulder! Take a look at this great list to find fun, engaging, scary and educational Halloween themed events around town.

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Boulder, Downtown Boulder, Educational, Families

Meet The Spirits of Boulder!

One of Historic Boulder’s signature events returns on October 21st, 2018.  Go hear the fascinating life stories from some of Boulder’s most dearly departed! As you wander through Columbia Cemetery, a National Register of Historic Places treasure and local landmark, Eben G. Fine, Mary Rippon, Tom Horn, Jane Doe, James Maxwell and Rocky Mountain Joe are just a few of the historical characters that will come to life at this favorite community event.

Learn more about the event and get tickets ahead of time at Historic Boulder.

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Boulder, Real Estate

Love Cinema? You’ll Love The Boe!

The Boedecker Theater at The Dairy Arts Center is really a gem here in the Boulder area! The Boe, Boulder’s art house cinema, continues to build on its reputation as one of the leading arts cinemas in the country. Noted for programming excellence as well as diversity, The Boe brings Boulder national art house special features, premier movies, talk backs, and more.

Current schedule of movies here.

 

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Arts and Culture, Boulder, Boulder County, Real Estate

Over 140 artists are opening their studios to the public this weekend!

The Open Studios Tour is a free self-guided tour that invites the public into 147 artist studios in and around the City of Boulder, Colorado, October 6 & 7. Get the scoop on artists, locations, and everything you want to know about this free event at Open Studios Boulder.

 

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Boulder, Families, Real Estate

Fun Corn Mazes of Colorado

Fall in Colorado makes me think of pumpkin patches and corn mazes. You too? Here is a list of corn mazes – some spooky, some tame. Have fun! Colorado Corn Mazes

 

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