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  • Where Are They Now? Jamie McGregor

    Keith Waters|Aug 9, 2023

    Jamie McGregor kept busy playing music at Niwot High School, where he graduated in 1984. "I played in the marching band, the concert band, the jazz band, and the orchestra," he said. Then he added with a laugh, "I was the ultimate band geek, with the key to the band room." He began playing at age three, when a neighbor gave him a toy drum set (allegedly to annoy his parents), and he began studying the drums in earnest in fifth grade. At Niwot High he studied percussion with band director Mike...

  • "Stay Sweet" author draws full house for reading

    Keith Waters|Aug 2, 2023

    Chris Chandler, author of "Stay Sweet: Tales of Quirky Southern Love," read passages from her new book to a full house at Inkberry Books on Saturday, July 29. The reading was followed by a book signing. The book is a memoir about Chandler and her family, and their life in small-town Georgia. The southern love referenced in the title refers to Chandler's deep bonds with her family, particularly her female relatives, who provided the author with strong, accepting role models. The book also trades...

  • Rock & Rails kicks off its shoes

    Keith Waters|Jun 7, 2023

    Despite the threat of rain and the allure of the Denver Nuggets playoff game, Rock & Rails kicked off its summer 2023 season last Thursday, drawing an impressive and enthusiastic crowd. With looming dark clouds above, the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band provided the opening set. The headliner, Girls on Top!, followed with two sets of high-octane party music, bringing the dance floor to capacity. As usual, the team of volunteer greeters, beverage servers, and student "gargoyles"...

  • Noted "Cheap Land Colorado" author draws overflow crowd

    Keith Waters|May 31, 2023

    Acclaimed author Ted Conover appeared at Inkberry Books in Niwot on May 24 to read from his new book, "Cheap Land Colorado: Off-Gridders at America's Edge," to an overflow crowd. Conover's earlier book, "Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing," won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a professor at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and has written for the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's, and...