Sunday, August 18, 2013

Western Welcome Week in Littleton, Colorado


The annual ten day Western Welcome Week took place in my area of Littleton, Colorado, with Sunday, August 18, as the final wrap up day. More than 40 events take place during the celebration, on and around historic Main Street,which benefits dozens of local non-profit organizations and encourages community spirit in the greater Littleton area. There were many local food concessions and arts and crafts vendors, a juried art exhibit, "bags of books" sale at the local library, a quilt show, an antique and vintage sale, amusements and entertainers, and The Festival Day Grand Parade has been held for the last 85 years! The 33rd annual Littleton Firefighters Children's Parade also took place during Western Welcome Week.

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Unfortunately, I did not spend as much time at this wonderful event as I would have liked to, as I was recuperating from a long and tiresome dental visit that took place last week. However, I did have fun walking around the Historic Downtown Littleton.


There were so many antique shops that I can't wait to explore in the future!


I also spied a cozy Tea Room, and I'd like to try their afternoon tea one day soon.


There are some wonderful restaurants in Littleton....


...as well as a variety of specialty shops like this Irish Goods store! Did you notice the clever use of a vintage claw foot bathtub on the front lawn that was made into a planter?



I enjoyed seeing the wonderful cottage style houses that peppered the local streets.


I think this sweet little yellow cottage was my favorite.


There was also some more updated houses in the historic districts...



...as well as modern townhouses and apartments.


I know I'll be visiting Littleton frequently in the future, as this is the closest town in my area,  


Isn't it such a charming place? I can't wait to explore it more!



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32 comments:

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like you had a fun day Pat! Hope you stayed for the pig roast:@)

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a nice place to visit. Another one of my blogger friends lives in Littleton. You have my sympathy on the visit to the dentist. I've had more than my share of pain inflicted there myself :)
Sam

Vee said...

Oh I'd be making a beeline for the tea room soon, too. It looks delightful. Loved seeing the cozy little shops and homes.

(Sorry about the dental work. I have some coming in September and I'm hoping that they'll dispense a tranquilizer beforehand. The older I get, the less I can handle in the dentist's chair. To think that I used to refuse novocaine! )

ellen b. said...

Looks like a great town for sure. I'm sad we never got there to visit Dear's relatives that hailed from this town. His cousin had a bridal store there for many years...
Sorry about your dental experience. Hope all is well by now!

The Gathering Place said...

Littleton looks like an interesting town. I love the little outages! I hope your dental problems are fixed and finished!

Betsy Adams said...

What a neat town... Hope you get to go back there sometime. Isn't Littleton where that horrible killing happened at the school??? What a shame....

Hugs,
Betsy

Miss Jean said...

I love Littleton! I go once a month for a meeting at the local quilt shop. My friends and I always go to lunch at one of the local restaurants (you must try Romano's or Merles) and hit the local spice shops. Wonderful places.

eileeninmd said...

Littleton looks like a lovely town. The homes,shops and the tea room are all cute! Wonderful post and photos!

From the Kitchen said...

It is quite a charming place! I was just thinking of you as I started (a little late) my comfortable summer "read". "Goldy Schultz" is a caterer near Denver. I've been enjoying her sleuthing escapades for a number of sumers now. The author is Diane Mott Davidson. If you haven't read any of the books, I recommend them. All always turns out well in the end.

Best,
Bonnie

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww!! I want to move into Littleton!! LOL! HOW ADORABLE is this place?!?! I love love love those little houses - even the newer ones are really lovely!!

And that bathtub of flowers!! LOL! Love it!!!

Awww Pat - hope the dental visit wasn't too bad (ouch!!) and you are feeling better! Take care
x

Barbara said...

I love Old DownTown Littleton! Your pictures are great!

I recognized all of the businesses and many of the houses you captured with your camera. The Terra Cotta Cafe and Serendipi-TEA room are definitely worth your while as well as Merle's (a former gas filling station). Old DownTown Littleton is a fun place any time of year; they always make holidays special.

If you are into cross stitching, FanciMats & More on Princeton is a great place to shop.

I hope you recover soon from the dental visit....

Willow said...

What an adorable place Littleton is! I'm going to check out its history.

Michelle said...

I will need to visit there the next time we are in Denver.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...


Betsy --to answer your question: No, that happened in the town of Columbine. Littleton has a totally different high school. Sadly it was misidentified by the media as the location of the Columbine HS where the tragedy occurred many years ago. Sadly, the media often gets things wrong like that!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

What a charming town! I could just move right into that pretty yellow cottage. I'd love to explore those quaint shops, too!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the place.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

What a pretty and quaint little town. I have a friend whose son moved there.

Pamela Gordon said...

What a sweet little town! I love the charming homes and shops. Antiques?? I'd love to visit!

SmilingSally said...

You're right; it is a charming town! I'd love to go with you to the blue tea house.

Sorry to hear about the dental YUK. I seem to spend WAY too much time there myself.

Thanks for playing.

Happy Blue Monday, Pat.

An Eye for Detail said...

Hi: My first visit here! From LittleRedHouse blog.
Wow: you moved from NYC to a Colorado suburb!!! That IS culture shock!. I was a New Yorker for many years, but made a more gradual transition (Hudson Valley to now Chapel Hill, N.C.). Kudos to you. But to be near children and grands is the way to go. I'll be back!
Libby

black eyed susans kitchen said...

This town looks so charming Pat...just the kind of place to get lost in for a day or two!!

Debra at HOMESPUN: http://www.thehomespun.com said...

Love that little house with the bathtub! :) what a FUN town!

LV said...

Thank you for letting me enjoy another trip to Littleton. My son lived there several years ago and they loved it.

Lorrie said...

Littleton looks like a town with a lot going for it. How fun that you live close enough to be able to return and look through those antique stores and have tea.
Dental work makes me shudder. I have some coming up in September and I'm dreading it already.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I could see spending a day there, poking in and out of those shops and pausing for a nice cup of tea. I think that yellow house is my favorite too Pat.

Michelle said...

Pat,
Thank you for the offer of your Time magazine that includes the article on bees. I will gladly take you up on it! You can e-mail me at:

mkfarmchick104@gmail.com

Gary Phillips said...

Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Just a little something from Judy said...

My husband and I visited this lovely town and your well done pictures capture it beautifully! The mosaic pictures depict a way of life in the town.

Jeanne said...

Hi Pat, I am finally home and rested up from two weeks in MI for my cousin's funeral. Thank you so much for your kind comments about the loss of my cousin. I am still so sad and keeping her close in my heart with the many years of wonderful memories we had. A happy side was connecting to both of my parent's families. Both sides made a huge effort to gather together in a reunion because we were there.

If we ever go back to Colorado I would love to visit the town of Littleton. What a charming place to visit. I too would love the antique shops and especially the tea room. Your photos tell a lovely story as always.

I hope you are feeling better. I dread any reason to go to the dentist!!!

Thank you for the tour for Blue Monday.
xo, Jeanne

Joyful said...

Wonderful photo collages and a charming little town!

Margaret said...

Hi Pat, Thank-you for the marvelous glimpse of Littleton. It seems like a community with lots of spirit and Western week very entertaining! Have lots of fun exploring in the future Pat. :) I would be so excited being there with lovely exploring ahead of me! Margaret from B.C.

Annesphamily said...

Littleton is a nice town. My brother and his phamily have lived there for many years and my sister-in-law Cheri's mom had a lovely home right off the main street! She lost her mom this last Spring! My brother lives so close to Columbine HS he can hear the school bell ring! His youngest daughter and one of his grand daughters attended Columbine.The other kids attended Chatfield HS and if you visit the park near the school you will notice my maiden name there. It is named for my sweet niece Sarah Kocman who passed away in 1996. At the time of her death she was the first female student at Chatfield who had lettered in every single sport that a girl could participate in then! Littleton has lots of nice memories and it is sad that people recall the tragedy of Columbine HS. My grandson Andrew attended Heritage HS and each year they host the Liberty Bell XC Invitation that Nick attended for 4 years of high school! In fact, my hubby and I plan to visit the runners from Nick's high school on Sept. 13th and watch them run. It is one of the largest cross country races here and many other states participate in it. I better sign off but I could tell you lots of other nice things about Littleton, Colorado!