Monday, July 11Colorado's wet spring produced an overabundance of wild blossoms this summer in the Rockies, making it a banner year for the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, an annual event that's just shy of its twentieth anniversary. Lovers of natural flora converge on the scenic mountain town each year for a week of workshops, jeep and horseback tours, nature hikes, lectures, slide shows and art exhibits that celebrate the region's lush bloom of mid-summer wildflowers from every possible angle. This year's bud bash begins today and continues through July 17; for details and registration, call 1-970-349-2571 or visit www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com. For information about Crested Butte, call 1-800-545-4505 or go to www.crestedbuttechamber.com.
Tuesday, July 12Court reporters act as the proverbial fly on the wall, and oh, the stories they could tell if they chose. Now one of them has: Prominent key tickler Vivien Spitz, who sat in on the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, which took place from 1946 to 1948. Spitz revives some of the most chilling testimonies ever heard in a courtroom in her book, Doctors From Hell: The Horrific Account of Nazi Experiments on Humans, which includes rare excerpts from transcripts and photographs used as evidence. Spitz brings the horrific drama to life when she discusses the book tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Cherry Creek, 2955 East First Avenue; for details call 303-322-7727 or go to www.tatteredcover.com.
Wednesday, July 13Whether you live here or are just passing through, guided walks showcasing Denver's Western heritage and led by historians with Denver History Tours can be informative and fun. The outfit offers a variety of itineraries on request, but its two-hour Victorian Denvertour, an overview of some of downtown's best-preserved historic places, is regularly scheduled on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the tourist season. It leaves from the information kiosk at 16th Street and Glenarm Place. Another tour, Golddust and Traildust, ambles off from 16th and Lawrence streets at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Call 720-234-7929 to confirm times; tour fees range from $5 to $20.