Making It Count

Way back when Denver was still a boom-and-bust cowtown, Mayor Robert Speer saw the potential for its beauty -- or what he called a Western-style "Paris on the Platte." In tribute to that vision -- and to celebrate the anniversary of Etsy, the community-crafting website, the Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life is hosting Etsy Crafting Party: Bonjour Paris, featuring a day of painting, cooking and Denver-goes-Parisian culture.

"I love the idea that at one time, the movers and shakers of Denver wanted to turn it into a city like Paris," says Fresh City Life programming director Chris Loffelmacher. Though cities around the globe will be celebrating Etsy's birthday with events throughout June, Loffelmacher wanted to bring a specific theme to his event. Throughout the day, postcard-making sessions and painting lessons will be held at the library's downtown branch, along with Parisian-themed Shrinky Dink jewelry making, cooking demonstrations and the art of roasting chestnuts -- just like Paris street vendors.

The party, done in conjunction with the Denver Handmade Alliance, runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, in the Level B2 Conference Center. The event is free and open to all, but those wishing to participate in crafting stations are encouraged to register in advance. For more information, visit or call 720-865-1206.
Sun., June 10, 1-5 p.m., 2012


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