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What’s your love language?

I don’t know what impressed me more – the nine men who attended Mary Zalmanek’s lecture, or the incredible story she told about how one couple turned a night at Taco Bell into an incredibly fancy dinner and dancing date.

Zalmanek wrote the book “The Art of the Spark: 12 Habits to Inspire Romantic Adventures.” At her Alpine Enrichment Program session, Zalmanek shared romantic stories and ideas that anyone can benefit from – regardless of the status of their committed relationship.

She helped us figure out what our love language is and how to accommodate your beloved’s surprise tolerance. She introduced the concept of romantic traditions and illustrated how you can make an adventure out of almost anything.

Romance doesn’t always involve roses and expensive dinners. The most romantic gift one woman ever received was a can of bear repellent, proving Zalmanek’s point that romance means something different to everyone.

Zalmanek’s idea of romance is more synonymous with creativity and really knowing yourself and your loved one so that every romantic adventure is tailor-made.

In the introduction of her book, she admits she is in love with love. And here I thought I was the only one.

Can’t fake the cheesecake

There should have been a red carpet at Nancy Kramer’s retirement party because it seemed as if every Steamboat “celebrity” was there – from musicians to artists to actors to photographers to old-time locals. It was the who’s who of the art scene.

I’ve never seen so many people get on the mic to say so many nice things about someone (or at least for someone who was still alive). I literally got goose bumps from every speech.

It was obvious that Kramer has touched many people’s lives, and she apparently makes a very good cheesecake. I knew Kramer owned a bakery prior to becoming the executive director of Steamboat Springs Arts Council, but I had no idea about the cheesecakes.

– Allison Plean

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