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Make some history at COmingle tonight, One Past 5 next week

Colorado may be a square state -- in shape, if not in spirit -- but History Colorado promises to break "out of the box" at its new monthly program, COmingle, which kicks off from 6 to 9 p.m. today, March 13, at the History Colorado Center. The theme of the gathering? "Colorado Is the Best." And the history-making opportunities to socialize don't end there. On March 19, Historic Denver will hold another One Past 5 happy-hour gathering -- this one dubbed "March Madness" -- at the exclusive, members-only University Club of Denver.

Keep reading for details on both events. See also: Best Museum Shop in Denver 2013 -- Colorado History Center

Tonight's COmingle will feature a Colorado-style, on-the-fly fashion competition overseen by Fashion Denver's Brandi Shigley (a Westword MasterMind). For the fashion-challenged, the Denver Fashion Truck will be on hand with Colorado goods by local designers, B. Fresh will offer Colorado hats -- and Colorado flag fashions are also available in the History Colorado gift shop. There will be Colorado Trivia games through the night (with prizes for the winners), along with a History Soapbox for those who want to spout off, and an interactive art piece that will allow participants to fill in "Color Me _____," an installation by illustrators Andy J. Miller and Andrew Neyer.

Future History Colorado gatherings have the potential to create even more history, judging from their themes: The April 10 COmingle will be titled "Colorado Is Trying to Kill Me"; on May 8, it's "Colorado Is Older Than Dirt"; and on June 12, "Colorado Is Delicious." Admission to each event is $10; to get those creative juices flowing, there will be a cash bar. For more information, go to

Also tonight, the Molly Brown House will be the site of Céad Míle Fáilte Night, a party title that translates to "one hundred thousand welcomes" and celebrates the Irish heritage of Margaret Brown (never Molly until Hollywood made her Unsinkable). The party is hosted by Historic Denver, which got its start in 1970 when it set out to save the turn-of-the-last-century mansion that once housed the Browns; today it's the flagship property of the nonprofit. The fun (suitable for twelve and up) starts at 6:30 p.m., , and tickets are $16 at

It's a perfect warmup for next week's Historic Denver happy hour, which starts at 5:01 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19. The event is in the College Room at the University Club, which was designed in 1923 by noted architect Temple Buell. And how's this for a blast from the past? The dress code is business-casual -- and no denim is allowed in the club. Tickets to March Madness One Past 5 are $25, $20 for Historic Denver members; for more information, go to

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