CHALKBOARD IDEAS GALLERY
Year round at OTO, we always have 3-5 chalkboards with local outdoor adventure ideas. We live in an Outdoor Paradise and there are just so many ways to get the most out of it no matter what the season. Here are some, but not all, that we've done throughout the years.
NOTE: more info and links are in the descriptions for each photo below. Click the image to see them.
Even though we are on the plains, almost at the foothills, there are several great places to go sledding in town when it snows. Each one is a little different. Try them all to see what is your fav, a neighborhood environment with lots of friends? an escape where you are by yourself? fast and long? a bunny hill to train on?
The markets and stands might no be open but there are things that you can do to support your local farmers in the offseason.
In the spring, their are lots of wild baby critters out an about. Be careful around them. If they need help or you have questions, contact Greenwood Wildlife. Link to their website is below.
Bike Season kicks off in April/May in earnest with several Neighborhood Crusier Rides starting up. Floow Bicycle Longmont on fb/instagram to stay in the know on the deets ... their fb link is below.
Local gardens start to explode in May and June. The prickly peans and prairie poppies come and go quickly, the rose garden at roosevelt park comes and goes fast as well. Depending upon the weather, it hits +/1 2-3 weeks every year. Follow us on fb/instagram for updates as the Garden Season evolves.
Due to a combination of factors like N-S migration patterns, local geography, and seasonality, we live in a Birding Mecca. Check out these ideas to see some raptors and get to know their local patterns throughout the year.
Yay berries! Late May into June/July and sometimes even september you can go pick strawberries, raspberries and cherries at local farms. Apple picking is in the fall. Again, follow us on fb/instagram and we'll keep you updated as the season starts and evolves. Our instagram link is below.
By the time we hit summer, farm adventures are in high gear. Check out these ideas to get the most out of it.
Here are some good ideas to meet some locally.
We love the Boulder County Farmer's Market at the fairgrounds on Saturdays. Sometimes, we can't make it on a Saturday or we have a hankering for markets mkre than one day a week. Don't fear, during Famr Seaon, you can hit a nearby market just about any day fo the week. Stop by the store or follow our fb/instagram feed as it seems to change slightly every year. Link to the Fairgrounds Market is below.
The Historic Westside Neighborhood Association hosts movies in Thompson Park during the summer. It is such a fun, night time, outdoor community event. Sometimes there are some in other neighborhoods or nearby communities like Frederick/Firestone, Lyons/Erie. Again, follow sup on social media for updates as the time nears. Also, if you want to help out the HWNA and sponsor or volunteer at the ones in Thompson Park, their fb link is below.
In late summer, Sunflower Season is one of ouir favorite times of year. Feild of sunflowers, great views, perfect weather. Here are some ideas on how to get the most out of it.
Leaf Season follows Sunflower Season and Longmont has lots of great colors. Here is how to see all those good yellows, reds, purples and more.
Longmonsters love Halloween and there are lots of great, local pumpkin patches and pumpkin adventures to be had. Here are some of them.
Longmont loves a good parade. While there are several through out the year, in the fall/winter it kicks into high gear with the Veteran's Day Parade, teh Halloween Parade, and the Holiday Parade of Lights all fairly close together.
With family visiting and some folks needing to focus on the feast, here are some good ideas for getting folks out of the kitchen and outside during this time of year. Eagle watching is especially good then.
We don't typically get a ton of snow in town and it is usually gone in a few days when we do. We try to keep folks in the know on local weather like "Average First Snow," "Average Last Snow" etc. Come by the store and see our Weather Tidbit chalkboards. A retired local meteorologist maintains a page pro bono that often has fun snow factoids. The Longmont Snowfall Page link is below.
We try not to blather on and on about the community benefits of shopping local and how shopping online-only and big-box online is devastating to a community but that gets boring after a while and either pushes folks away or sends them into deep depression. We try to keep it light with interesting factoids and publicizing fun events like the Cash Mob and Small Business Saturday. Stay strong, stay local.
In addition to Chalkboards and social media posts, we sometimes compile fun things like BINGO Cards for local outdoor adventure ideas. Hmmmm, now that we are online, maybe we can post some here so we do'nt have to pay so much to print them?!?
From outdoor Art Adventures, to Bike Adventures, to Outdoor Summer Concerts, to Water Parks, to Local Parks ... if there is something to do outdoors in teh summer, we've likely done a BINGO card on it ...
Did you know that there is a local, old school bookbindeer nearby. Yep, we had them make some fun passports for us a while back. Maybe we'll print some more ...
Longmont is in a Goldilocks Zone for sunsets --> not to close to the high peaks and not too far away. Also, a meteorologist posted something recentl;y about why we get such spectacular sunsets here that are crisp with lots of color. We'll try to gig that up. In the meantime here are 5 of our favorite 9 spots in town to make the most out of it.
Sometimes, we just have to be corny.
Tamar & Dejah are amazing artists. Somehow, we've convinced them to do our chalkboards over the years. We are VERY lucky.