Bird’s Eye View
The Erie Chamber’s annual Town Fair and Balloon Festival on May 18 is one of those “official start of summer” events the whole family can get behind. One of the biggest hot air balloon launches in the state takes flight (weather permitting); the festival features more than 200 craft and food vendors as well as buskers and performances from local bands. In addition, the Garage Rats Car Club will display more than 60 cars and trucks as part of the annual car show and there’ll be lots of traditional games and rides. eriechamber.org
Arbor Day is dedicated to caring for and planting trees; Earth Day is the day for caring about the Earth, and both holidays are in April every year. The town of Erie has combined the two environmentally friendly events into one great celebration for the whole town. Expect a lot of fun activities all designed to educate about and celebrate the Earth: plenty of food and drinks, free seedlings, tree planting, prizes and more. The Arbor and Earth day Celebration is on April 27 at the Meadow Sweet Farm in Erie. Visit erieco.gov for all the details.
Hey, Uke Guys
There have been some impressive ukulele greats throughout the years. Remember Tiny Tim? Steve Martin? Adam Sandler? As niche instruments go, the uke’s seen a renascence of late; witness the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. This orchestra, one of the only ones in the world, is made up of eight ukulele players who bring a totally new and unique style to the world of uke. Expect to be delighted by rock and funk classics like “Pinball Wizard” and the theme from Shaft. April 18 at Macky Auditorium. Visit cupresents.org for information and tickets.
Blast from the Past
Longmont on Parade is a 20-minute long narrative on the businesses and people who called Longmont home, originally shot back in the 1930s. This will be the first viewing of this film in decades, and it features a discussion with curator of research Erik Mason from the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center. See this restored film at a special showing at the Longmont Museum on May 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $5. Check out longmontmuseum.org for more information.