When I attended the press event for the Denver Botanic Gardens premiere for Chihuly's exhibit here in town, everyone kept saying to be sure to go back at night. That the light was completely different. That the glass looked totally different. I went back recently with my pal Danielle for a little girl's night out, and boy were they right. We made it just as the sun was setting and had dinner at the new restaurant at the Monet water lily garden, Hive. The food was quite good, in the vein of upscale fast casual - although our service was quite bumpy. (If you call bumpy not very good at all.) However, we both agreed to give them another chance some other time since they had just opened and hopefully were just working out the kinks. The main reason we were there - to see the glass at night - was definitely worth the trip. Not only does the glass look different, but the flora all around them in the shadows transform as well. We have been to the Gardens many times for Blossoms of Light, but all the lushness that is still here now during the summer was a welcome addition to the Chihuly pieces.
The first time we visited Seattle as a family, we made sure to see the Chihuly Museum at the base of the Space Needle. When we were invited back this past spring by 2 Days In Seattle, I asked Dex what he wanted to do there and he immediately said "go back to that big glass place." I was thrilled when I heard that there was going to be a Chihuly exhibit this summer at the Denver Botanic Gardens. I was honored to see a preview of the exhibit last week attended by Dale Chihuly himself and guided by his staff. "What happens if it hails?"
Summer is officially here. Sure, not REALLY till later in June, but the weather sure feels like it this weekend. On top of our blue skies and 85 degrees, there was lots of chalk art in Larimer Square. Absolutely for sure PROOF it is summer. We headed down today with our best friends and explored all the beautiful creations (as well as a few beers and some ice cream). I was really drawn to the designs with strong lines and vibrant colors, but all of them were so interesting in different ways. I love when our city comes together to celebrate art (and beer and ice cream).
Note: Tickets to the race were provided by Neon Splash Dash. Samsung Mobile provided me with a Galaxy Camera.This summer Neon Splash Dash came to Denver for the first time. I don't do too much running unless I am chased, but the thought of glow in the dark photography was super appealing to me. The event itself was super fun, because we were with our best friends and the general idea was super fun. The actual execution on the ground was a bit disorganized (for example, there was a massive storm right before the race and there was no information about delays via their social media channels... or there was a parking fee that was not listed on their web site and we had to leave to find and ATM). If we went again next year I would ask if they were looking for families to attend or if they wanted a party atmosphere. Personally, it's a night event, I would rather leave the kids at home, serve drinks and let people dance while they are crazy covered with paint.