www.bluegrass.com Sept. 10, 2007

Greetings Festivarians,

After ten years of dreaming, we finally uttered the magical words last Friday night: "Welcome, folks, to the Wildflower Pavilion."

Opening night at the WildflowerIt was an undeniably special night - with the stars in full bloom above, our tummies full of lovingly prepared salmon, an orange bonfire glow behind the stage, and Tim O'Brien leading us all in a chorus of "Lay Down Your Weary Tune." But it's only the beginning...

This Thursday evening we welcome founding member of Leftover Salmon, mandolinist Drew Emmitt, to our new cathedral of bluegrass here on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons. Tickets are still available.

For over 15 years Drew's high lonesome voice and driving mandolin have been a vital part of Telluride Bluegrass and RockyGrass. On September 13, he'll be performing for the lucky 300 of us in the Wildflower.

We'll have plenty of room for dancing (as well as general admission seating), beer from our friends at Oskar Blues, and another post-show bonfire along the St. Vrain River. Grab a few friends and purchase your tickets online now at wildflowerpavilion.com.

Outside bar at the Wildflower Concert SeriesPlus, if you order your tickets online before Thursday at 8am, we'll enter you in a drawing for one of five pairs of tickets to see Richard Thompson at the Fox Theatre in Boulder on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

On September 22, we celebrate the end of summer in the Wildflower Pavilion with Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann (from Yonder Mountain String Band). The festivities start at 2pm, with jamming all over the Ranch, a set from Taarka (5:30-6:30pm), bagpipes on the cliff, camping, and a special Mabon Feast (6:30pm).

The music continues through mid-October in the Wildflower Pavilion, with the roots rock of Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, the emotional songwriting of Mindy Smith, the bluegrass power of Mountain Heart, and an eclectic finale with the great Michelle Shocked.

Our new acoustic adventure is just beginning. We look forward to sharing these special evenings with you on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch this fall.

The folks at Planet Bluegrass

Renaissance of Local!

Conference and Expo, Sept. 28-30

The final weekend in September, Planet Bluegrass welcomes Renaissance of Local (Sept 28-30)A Renaissance of Local! - an uplifting celebration of local food, local energy, local economy, local culture and local community, serving as an energizing focus and catalyst for the Boulder County Going Local! Campaign.

The 3-day event features a host of local and national speakers and panelists, live music, great food from local growers and chefs, a juried art show of Colorado artists, and special activities for children and families - all in a spirited community-oriented atmosphere.

The expo features exhibits and demonstrations from local independently-owned businesses, Boulder-born-and-bred companies, non-profit organizations and community groups, local farmers and growers, renewable energy solution providers, sustainability services, green builders, and many more!

Slow on the Planet, Sept. 30

The event culminates with Slow on the Planet - an extraordinary harvest gathering of local farmers, food purveyors, restaurateurs, and wine producers who believe in supporting local sustainable food, offering culinary pleasure with awareness and sustainability.

The Slow Food Feast features the finest Colorado/locally-grown food paired with organic and biodynamic wines, served community-style on what may be the world's longest banquet table.

Advance tickets for the festival and feast can be purchased at all Boulder County Going Local! events, including the Farmers' Market (Wed. 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.), and online.

For more info visit: www.bouldercountygoinglocal.com

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