Its no secret that the Brown Palace Hotels annual Champagne Cascade is the most lavish, spectacular way to kick off the holidays. And this year will be even grander: Not only is the Brown Palace cascading earlier than ever in honor of Denvers 150th birthday, but there will also be celebratory cake so that all may en-joy the anniversary of the citys beginnings.
First, the bottles of champagne must be opened. A master swordsman will do the honors, using an antique Napoleonic saber to sever the necks of Moët et Chandon champagne bottles. The bottles are then used to fill the 6,000-glass pyramid in the hotels atrium lobby, which is almost two stories tall, accompanied by a special brass quintet from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
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The cascade begins at noon; its free to watch, but why not splurge on a table for premier viewing in the VIP area? That costs $250 for a table of four, with all proceeds benefiting the CSO. Complimentary photos will be taken for guests from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in front of the cascade, and you can always indulge in the Brown Palaces famous Dom Perignon Sunday Brunch before or after; with four brunch tiers to choose from, youre certain to find a package your wallet can ac-commodate. The Brown Palace is at 321 17th Street; visit www.brownpalace.com or call 303-297-3111 for information and reservations.
Sun., Nov. 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 2008