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Lobsterfest – Saturday in the park

It was a fun-filled "Saturday in the Park" on June 3 as the Niwot Business Association held its Third Annual Lobsterfest at Whistle Stop Park in Niwot.

The rainy skies cleared for this sunny charity event filled with over 150 friends, neighbors and family members which Deborah Fowler, an event organizer said raised over $3,000 to benefit the Niwot Sculpture Park, which is restoring the tree carvings created by Eddie Running Wolf.

In addition to Fowler, the event was organized by Linda Klueber and Mary Coonce, the NBA Treasurer, who "wanted to revive the original 'Lobster Bash' with a twist."

"We added a charity component and moved it to Whistle Stop Park," Coonce said. In previous years, the event benefited Niwot Youth Sports and Marshall Fire victims. Despite rising costs, Coonce said they kept the ticket prices the same as last year, but added a silent auction to the event to raise additional funds for the Sculpture Park.

The local House Blend Band provided festive entertainment with their array of recognizable music including covers of Fleetwood Mac, Gerry Rafferty, Chicago, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. The band and its leader, Michael Tomich, the co-owner of The Old Oak Coffeehouse in Niwot, kept spirits high, people dancing and the clouds away while the audience enjoyed Maine lobster, potatoes, corn on the cob, lobster-shaped cookies and ice cream, all provided by Niwot Market. One attendee said, "I loved the music. It felt like I was at my high school prom."

The silent auction items were donated by several local businesses including Inkberry Books, Blessings Day Spa, Niwot Natural Medicine, the Niwot Inn and Spa, the Garden Gate Cafe, Integrated Health Care Clinic, and La Fromagerie. Attendees took turns outbidding one another to purchase the many donations including artwork, wine, glassware, spa services, and gift certificates. Dr. Janine Malcolm, owner of Niwot Natural Medicine, oversaw the silent auction and kept it lively. Malcolm said, "Local businesses donated so many great items to help with the Sculpture Park."

Lobsterfest was sponsored by businesses Deborah Read Fowler at Slifer Smith & Frampton, Osmosis Art and Architecture, Porchfront Homes and The Wheel House as well as the NBA.


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