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Tony Award Winning Musicals of the 1950s

The Tony Awards honor the best live theatrical productions. Many of these recipients naturally made their way to the big screen. Musicals were a mainstay of popular culture in the 1950s, and as the Tony winners from this decade show, a rich time for fans of the genre.

Fabulous Farmers' Markets

Not ready to grow your own vegetables but still want to partake of the freshest produce? Farmers' Markets are a dream come true. From flowers, artisan bread, local honey, pastas and vegetables - the Farmers' Market has it all! It's easy to find the closest one, and they often go until Halloween!

My favorite farmers' market is the Old South Pearl Street Farmers' Market. Featuring the best of my neighborhood and the rest of Colorado, it's always a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. Which local Farmers' Market is your favorite? Even when the season is over, you can still partake of the best of Colorado's produce by joining a local CSA!

The Best of Banda

Banda is more than one type of music as it incorporates many different important influences including cumbia, corrido and bolero. These ensembles are usually a big band (10-20 people) with an emphasis on brass and percussion, including the tambora, and are best known for their rancheras.

Dinosaurs Next Door

Apatosaurus (Book Cover Image)

Archaeology and paleontology have never held my attention, but my visit to the newly-completed Washakie Museum in Worland, Wyoming sparked an interest. Their exhibits, so wonderfully designed by ECOS Communications, are completely engaging.

At a dinner on that same visit to Worland, I was unexpectedly seated near the curator of the museum and he shared even more about the archaeological and paleontological wonders of the Big Horn Basin.

A few of the many major discoveries of the Big Horn Basin include:

Batter Up!

Baseball has fascinated Americans since the 1800s. It is no wonder then that so many films have been made about this intriguing sport. After cheering for the Rockies, give one of these films a turn at the plate. Which baseball film is your favorite?

Music to Move to

Nothing gets me moving more than the song Eye of the Tiger, but these albums provide a motivating soundtrack to get one moving and energized - whether it is cleaning the house, working out at the gym or having a dance party in the living room!

Happy Birthday Sam Elliott!

Born August 9, 1944, Sam Elliott is most often cast as a cowboy, a role he seems to be born for, with his amazing moustache and rich deep voice.

Let Guns N' Roses Soothe Your Baby to Sleep

Rockabye Baby Guns N' Roses

What baby wouldn’t enjoy drifting off to sleep to the sounds of Welcome to the Jungle or November Rain? My daughter and I have had a blast listening to Rockabye Baby’s lullaby renditions of popular bands (ok, so maybe this is more of a treat for Mommy). Who knew the xylophone and glockenspiel could sound so good?

Not a fan of 80’s hair bands?

Battling Heaven

Not all cinematic angels are cherubs, or as kindly as Clarence. Angels, humans and demigods occasionally must be called upon to don armor and fight the ultimate battle of good versus evil. Defying destiny and clashing swords with evil incarnate, these brave few save mankind from doom and destruction.

Ice Cream in the Summertime

Spice Dreams Cover

In the summer heat, start with dessert first! July's Spice Dreams has you covered with a variety of unusual ice cream recipes, including some that use herbs fresh from the garden. Check out the recipe for Basil Ice Cream, along with ice cream books selected from the library's collection.

You may have noticed ice cream book displays in your local branches, preparing you for an essential summer staple. I took on the delicious task of testing this recipe for you:

Basil Ice Cream

2 cups whole milk

1 cup sugar, divided

1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves

2 tsp. dried basil

1/8 tsp. salt

4 large egg yolks

2 cups whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla

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