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Ceramics in the City: Unleash Your Inner Artist at This DIY Ceramics Studio

October 7, 2015 8:10 pm

You don't have to be an experienced artist to have an enjoyable experience at Ceramics in the City. In fact, you're likely to see kids as young as 3 happily engaged in a creative endeavor at this do-it-yourself ceramics studio in Denver. For instance, you may see a toddler in the midst of making a handprint keepsake for Grandma, or you may spot older children painting their own mug or piggy bank.

That's not to say, though, that Ceramics in the City is just for kids. To the contrary, this facility frequently hosts adults-only parties (bridal showers, team building events), and caregivers are welcome to paint their own piece of pottery as they oversee the progress of their little one's project. Moreover, of-age guests can sip a glass of vino as they take a paint brush to a photo frame or a vase: Ceramics in the City serves wine, as well as beer, coffee, water, and soda. Bring your own cheese and crackers to nibble as you paint.

Ceramics in the City
1912 Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 200-0461

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Boo! Read About the History of the Jack-o’-Lantern

September 23, 2015 4:41 pm

Carving pumpkins is a beloved tradition in most households, but this history of the jack-o’-lantern dates back much farther than just your own family’s Halloween festivities. Here are a few interesting points about the history of the spooky, silly jack-o’-lantern.

  • The name “jack-o’-lantern” is derived from a 17th century British term that described a man carrying a lantern, usually a night watchman. Townspeople began to call the mysterious lights that they often saw over the wetlands "jack-o’-lanterns" because they thought that they were ghosts or spirits.
  • Irish tradition also uses the term jack-o’-lantern in a story about Stingy Jack, a man who was forced to wander the earth for all eternity with only the light from a dull ember.
  • In some parts of Great Britain, it became customary for children to carry jack-o’-lanterns door-to-door on All Saints Day to represent the souls of deceased relatives.
  • Irish immigrants brought the tradition of the jack-o’-lantern with them to the United States, and they soon began to use the more readily available pumpkin instead of the turnip.
  • Pumpkin carving and the jack-o’-lantern didn’t become a part of Halloween tradition until the late 19th century, almost 200 years after it was initially invented.

History of the Jack-O’-Lantern [History Channel]
What’s the Origin of Jack-O’-Lanterns? [Mental Floss]
Why Do We Carve Pumpkins on Halloween? [About News]

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Gobble Up Greasy-Good Garlic Knots at Big Bill’s New York Pizza

September 16, 2015 8:12 pm

One customer describes the garlic knots at Big Bill's New York Pizza as "a thing of beauty." Another simply goes with "tasty." No matter how it's expressed, Yelp reviewers across the board seem to agree that the garlic knots at Big Bill's outshine even the pizza — which is no easy feat.

So before you dig into a pie, indulge in an order of the greasy-good garlic knots. Once you've eaten your fill, you should be ready to finish filling up on an authentic East Coast pizza that is widely considered one of the best in the Denver area. Chefs enlist fresh ingredients to craft their pies, which you can customize to your tastes. Add some bacon and beef meatballs to your pie, opt for mushrooms and green peppers, or just request extra cheese. You can also just grab a white pizza or combo pie; the latter boasts everything from pepperoni to black olives.

Italian entrees such as spaghetti and chicken marinara are also on the menu, so carefully weigh your options before placing an order!

Big Bill's New York Pizza
8243 S. Holly Street
Centennial, CO 80122
(303) 741-9245

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