Helping Hands

Great things often have catastrophic beginnings. In Lyons, a foothills town devastated by flooding last fall, that is especially true. The Lyons community stuck together through the disaster, though it’s still rebuilding almost a year later. And because the cozy town on the St. Vrain River already has a reputation for being artsy, for brewing great beer at Oskar Blues and for hosting music festivals at Planet Bluegrass, residents Nancy and Rick Hammans thought they could do more.

“It’s my home town,” Rick Hammans says. “And after the flooding last fall, I wanted to do something to help the town get back on its feet.” Together with his wife, he founded Art on the Green, a first-year outdoor art festival in the town’s Sandstone Park — one of only a few parks in town that weren’t destroyed by the flood. Featuring approximately fifty artists in thirteen arts categories, an interactive area for kids and a cadre of food trucks (including the Oskar Blues Bone Wagon), the fest is open today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Find Sandstone Park between Third and Fourth streets off Broadway in Lyons; admission is free, but a portion of the festival’s profits will benefit the Lyons Community Foundation. Go to for information.
Sat., July 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., July 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2014

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