Colorado Oil & Gas Association Sporting Clays Shoot

Longmeadow Game and Event Center would like to invite you to join us on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 for the Annual Northeast Chapter of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association Sporting Clay Shoot!

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November 5th, 2016

Dear Shooters & Sponsors:

The Annual Northeast Chapter of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association Sporting Clays Shoot will be held on Saturday, November 5th, 2016. The shoot will be held at Longmeadow Event Center, 8604 County Road 6, Wiggins, Colorado 80654.

This years’ shoot will consist of teams of Four (4) shooters per team. Each person will shoot 100 sporting clays. There will be prizes for first and second place teams. Prizes will also be awarded for overall high score. The cost per Team for this years’ tournament will be $400.00. Shooting will commence at 9:00AM. Check in at 8:00AM

Lunch to follow.

Shooters are required to supply their own ammunition 71/2 or lower

12 gauge or lower and their own eye and ear protection, (Longmeadow has ammo if needed.)

Included are a Sponsorship/ Registration Form. We encourage you to get them sent in as soon as possible. Although the tournament is being held and sponsored by the Oil & Gas industry, it will be open to the public. It is the desire of the Northeast Chapter of COGA and the tournament Committee to use this opportunity to further positive relationships with all the people who prosper by the presence of a strong oil & gas industry. Please do not bring alcohol on the premises.

All proceeds will be used to fund the NECCOGA Scholarship Fund.

Sincerely,

Harvey Greenwood

Download the tournament registration form below!

Colorado Oil & Gas Association Sporting Clay Flyer

Past, Present, and Future of Sporting Clays

The Past, Present, and Future of Sporting Clays

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Sporting Clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting that has been described as “golf with a shotgun”. A typical course includes 10 to 15 different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain, and ranges are usually no smaller than 35 acres for safety reasons.

This shooting sport is distinct from other games such as skeet and trap shooting due to the fact that it simulates the thrill of real hunting by offering a wide variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations, distances, and target sizes.

The Past:

Antique Clay pigeons, claysWhile sporting clays has become extremely popular in America in recent decades, the sport can actually trace its origins back to Great Britain in the early 1900s. At the turn of the twentieth century, several British shooting schools began using gold targets to practice for upcoming hunts. It wasn’t long before clay was adopted, rather than expensive heaps of gold, as the material of choice for this burgeoning new pastime.

In 1925 the first British Open was held in England, and sporting clays has been steadily gaining popularity since. However, Americans wouldn’t get their first taste of the sport until 1980 when Author Bob Brister wrote an article about it in Field & Stream Magazine. Not even a year later, Remington’s Lordship Gun Club in Connecticut would hold the first American sporting clays competition. A total of 90 shooters participated in the event, including executives from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

A vintage field and streams magazine cover, clays issue

By the mid 1980s a large number of American organizations, courses, and competitions began to pop-up all across the country. In 1985 Huston, Texas hosted the ever U.S. National Sporting Clays Championship. The Orvis Company sponsored this first event, and continues to promote the sport today via the annual Orvis Cup.

In 1989, the National Skeet Shooting Association formed the National Sporting Clays Association or NSCA to provide rules, regulations, and best practices for the sport, and to promote Sporting Clays across the country and world. You can find more info about the sport HERE at the NSCA website.

The Present:

Today sporting clays is one of the fastest growing sports in America. More than three million people of all ages to participate in this excellent pastime both competitively and recreationally.

rubbish container with broken shotguns, rifles and other old weapons

The sport is popular with shotgun enthusiasts, and the shotguns used are typically not standard. However, every shotgun used for sporting clays must be capable of shooting two 12 gauge cartridges or smaller. The most popular shotguns that you’ll see out on modern courses are over-and-under, semi-automatic, and pump-action.

yellow ear protection and camouflage ammunition belt for rifleSafety is crucial to enjoying the pastime of sporting clays. Proper ear and eye protection are mandatory on most if not all courses. The National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) Rule Book lists firearms safety procedures, and should be followed at all times while on a course.

A traditional sporting clays course consists of 10 to 15 stations, and each station uses trap machines to launch the targets. Typically shooters are presented with 6 to 10 targets, thrown in pairs, at each station, for a total outing of 50 to 100 targets per person for the entire course. Usually a squad of up to six shooters participates.

plat machine for sporting clays

The possibilities for target presentations are endless, and typically only limited by safety considerations, the terrain, and the imagination of the course designer. Station configurations are often changed to keep things interesting for participants, as well as for the environmental preservation of the course.

A shooting clays tower at longmeadow event center

Each station is unique, and a wide variety of hunting conditions can be simulated by combining various speeds and angles with different types of clay targets. While at a given station, shooters might see targets flying across from either side, coming inward, going outward, flying straight up, rolling on the ground, arcing high in the air, or thrown from towers. I all adds the the trill and unpredictability of the game!

The Future:

While no one truly knows for sure what the future will bring for the great pastime of sporting clays, one thing we do know for sure is that technology will continue to make improvements to the courses, guns, and equipment that we use to enjoy this wonderful hobby. Sporting clays and shooting competitions have continued to experience explosive growth of both participants and attendees in recent years. These competitions use some of the most modern and hi-tech equipment available, giving shooters a glimpse of the endless possibilities that sporting clays can provide its avid enthusiasts.

shooting clays competition

For us here at Longmeadow Game Resort and Event Center, the future is now thanks to our brand new, state-of-the-art sporting clays course! 

Men at a shooting clays course

A picture of a shooting clays tower at longmeadow events centerLONGMEADOW SPORTING CLAYS COURSE OPENING IN SEPTEMBER! Opening Event will be the Morgan County Golden Stars Shoot on September 10, 2016! The course will be open to the public by reservation after that date.  Our new course is an easy one hour drive east of Denver, Colorado off of I-76 and HWY 52 and features year-round sporting clays action on one of the newest, most exciting country clays courses in Colorado. Our course is laid out along a beautiful stretch of Antelope Creek. Each of the sporting clays stations can be reached by foot, ATV or golf cart. (Carts & ATVs not provided)

The course features 15 fully automated stations, including a 30′ tower with both elevated and ground level shooting positions. This allows maximum flexibility in target presentations and simulation of the most realistic targets possible.

To learn more about this exhilarating pastime and Longmeadow’s new sporting clay course, check out our Sporting Clays Page! Interested in pricing? Look here at our Rates Page!

 

Perfect Venue for Your Quinceañera

A grand coming of age in the Latino culture is that of the Quinceañera. The wonderful celebrations honor our young ladies and treat them like the princesas they are. Planning for the Quinceañera is very exciting but can be stressful too. There is much to consider when putting together such an important event. Finding the perfect venue for your Quinceañera includes more that just looking at the available party space; the perfect venue combines beauty, accessibility, ease of planning, and hopefully makes everyone’s lives easier, especially for Mamá, Abuelita, and all your Tías. At Longmeadow Event Center, we are sure we can be the perfect venue for your Quinceañera.

Lodging

Longmeadow Event Center offers on-site lodging as well as space for RV’s. You and your court of honor can stay in our beautiful on-site lodging. Rooms are either double rooms (which can sleep 4) or king-size suites. Each room has peaceful scenic prairie views and all the amenities you could ask for. See a full list of accommodations here.

 

 

 

 

 

Prep Area

Get ready for your quinceañera in our on-site dressing rooms. With a collapsible wall, you and your girls will be plenty comfortable getting your hair and makeup done. There is even a TV to entertain everyone on the men’s side of the room.

Ceremony

The Longmeadow Event Center is the perfect venue for your quinceañera because we can accommodate so many with both indoor or outdoor ceremony setups. Hold your mass at a local church or even on-site at Longmeadow. Our covered patio and fountain make a beautiful outdoor setting. Decor, floor plans, and even gobo lights are all customize-able.

 

Bar and Lounge

Next to our 4,000 SqFt ballroom, Longmeadow hosts an 1,800 SqFt adjoining bar. The bar itself is accessible from both the ballroom and the bar sides and is well tended by our Spanish-speaking staff. Of course, our bar also boasts a great big screen TV and is home to the Longmeadow Bartop Brides Hall of Fame. See full list of features here.

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On-Site Catering

Mamá, Abuelita, and all your Tías are going to love not having to cook for your quinceañera. Choose from any type of cuisine to include timeless favorites like BBQ or Longmeadow specialties like Bacon-Wrapped Dove. We’re happy to make your quinceañera a delicious event! See full menu here.

Bacon Jalapeno Dove Poppers food

Playtime

Before or after your quinceañera, schedule an on-site hunt. Longmeadow can tailor a hunting package for your family and friends. Enjoy our guided tours or enjoy trap shooting from our trap tower. See the list of our hunting packages here.

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On-site Games

For family fun, there are horseshoe and cornhole games. Also, we have an ATV Train for the niños.

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At Longmeadow Event Center, we will make your quinceañera as special as you are. We are a full-service event center with lodging, catering, set-up and tear-down, and entertainment. Check us out and see why we’re the perfect venue for your quinceañera with all the amenities you could ever need.

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Should I Hire A Wedding Planner – 5 Considerations for Every Bride

The decision to hire a wedding planner is a very personal one! At Longmeadow Event Center, we have had the opportunity to work with a great many wedding planners, and we have had great experiences working with them.

Advise on hiring a wedding planner from a wedding event venue in Colorado

Here are our 5 considerations to help you decide if a wedding planner is right for you:

  1. Time – This is the big one. A wedding planner can reduce stress and save you lots of time. Ask yourself this, “Do I want to get into the nitty gritty details of everything?” If you are a detail oriented person, that’s great. But if you want to make the big decisions and leave the legwork to someone else, a wedding planner may be right for you.
  2. Fun – Some parts of planning a wedding is great fun. Tasting cake comes to mind, but do you really want to be the one arranging transportation to and from the church and/or reception hall. With a wedding planner you can take on the tasks you will enjoy and leave the scut work to the wedding planner.
  3. Shopping for Vendors – Who will do the flowers, catering, photography, etc? Professional wedding planners cultivate relationships with vendors and they typically know the good from the bad. They sometimes have pre-negotiated rates that can save you some money, but don’t expect the savings to cover the full cost of the planner. Be careful here, some wedding planners get paid a kickback from certain vendors for steering couples their way. Be sure to read the planner’s contract and ask about these fees.
  4. Things Go Wrong – This may be the best reason to hire a wedding planner. Inevitably something (or things) will go wrong. If these problems occur before the wedding, you have time to fix it, but if the happen during the wedding (and they will) you can be distracted from your special day.
  5. Cost – Different levels of service are available, from day of coordination only to full blown wedding coordination. As a general rule, expect your wedding planner to cost about 10% of the total cost of the wedding. If this is something you can afford, that’s great! But if you would rather put the money toward a really great honeymoon, or the down payment on your new home you may want to skip the planner and do the job yourself.

5 considerations for hiring a wedding event planner

Our best advise is to sit down as a couple and discuss the following things:

  • Overall budget – Is a wedding planner even a possibility?
  • Helpers – Is the bride’s sister, dying to organize the wedding?
  • Who’s out there – Research local wedding planners and get a feel for their services and costs.

It’s your wedding and on your special day, be sure to make a decision that’s best for you!

Our Favorite Wedding Sites

While helping plan my sister’s wedding, it was easy to get overwhelmed with all the info, photos, and ideas out there. I also didn’t want to forget anything crucial. There’s definitely a lot to think about with a wedding. At Longmeadow Event Center, we don’t want you to stress about making your day special. So, to help you keep your sanity while considering every detail, check out our favorite wedding sites that offer beautiful, cost-effective, and fresh ideas.

 

Longmeadow Event Center country wedding venueFor a beautiful country chic wedding, start with the Rustic Wedding Guide. They offer listings of venues, photographers, invitation creators, dress shops, bakeries, florists, decorators, and planners categorized by state to find plenty of great resources for your area. Be sure to check the blog link for great rustic wedding ideas from backyard to farm to western rustic weddings. Don’t forget the “Ask Maggie” tab if you have any concerns or want to see the advice she’s offered to other brides.

 

 

intimateweddingsConcerned about the budget? Check out this great list of sweet and affordable weddings from Intimate Weddings. They are one of our favorite wedding sites because they give so many great ideas for making your day special while keeping things intimate and affordable. They still offer vendor listings while also supplying an awesome “DIY Weddings” guide full of ideas and tutorials. Intimate Weddings shows you how to create your own gifts, decor, and even bouquets. You, too, can have that beautiful wedding you’ve seen on Pinterest.

 

 

 

bridalguideWhen planning your wedding, don’t forget your new hubby’s favorite part: the honeymoon 😉 The Bridal Guide offers a great planner for your honeymoon. It details the best locations, themes, and times for your honeymoon. Like our other favorite wedding sites, the Bridal Guide has a detailed listing of vendors for your special day. It also offers a great “Countdown Calendar” and Budget guide in their Planning tab to help you pace everything. The Bridal Guide is also great at including the wedding etiquette tips to make sure your special day is as special for your guests as it is for you.

 

 

weddingpartyOne of the most memorable things about your wedding day will be the fashion. Wedding Party is one of our favorite wedding sites because their fashion blogs are positively addictive. Their “Style” tab takes you through some of the most beautiful, ethereal goddess looks to the fun and wild “color run”-type of engagement photo sessions. Their “Etiquette” section gives great tips on everything from managing your new mother-in-law’s “help” to how to take the best engagement ring selfie. One of the greatest things about Wedding Party is the ability to create your free wedding app. It allows you to manage photos, share messages with guests and the bridal party, entertain guests with a mobile photo booth, and get planning help and tips.

 

offbeatbrideWant a wedding that is as unique as you are? Search no further than the Offbeat Bride. This site is one of our favorites because it offers great advice with just a hint of brutal truth; think of the fun way you can be real with your best girlfriend. Their blogs offer great advice from what to wear under your dress to the unspoken advice most photographers wish their clients knew. Their posts center around gorgeous, vintage engagement rings, theme weddings, and advice categorized by your type of wedding. The Offbeat Bride encourages everyone to “Altar Your Thinking.” So if you’re searching for something unexpected or just want to check out the wedding advice, check out this favorite site of ours.

 

We are here to make sure your day is everything you’ve dreamed of. Any ideas from our favorite wedding sites can be brought to life at Longmeadow Event Center. Don’t forget you, too, can be part of our Bartop Brides Hall of Fame, only at Longmeadow.

 

For further reading:

20 Best Tips for Your Wedding

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Don’t Make Her Wear That

 

20 Wedding Tips From a the Owner of a Wedding Venue

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Planning the biggest day of your life can be a very time consuming and daunting task. So in order to help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls associated with weddings, here are 20 wedding tips from Heath Stencel that should help you along the way. Over the years, Heath has managed hundreds of weddings at Longmeadow Game Resort and Event Center and he has some unique insights on how to make the most of your special day!

  1. Research, Research, Research – Make sure you do your research before deciding on the location of your wedding, especially if the goal is to get the best bang for your buck. Many people decide on the home wedding far too soon assuming that it will be much cheaper but find out too late that, not only was it more expensive, it ended up being a mountain of work and responsibility for everyone involved. Just renting a tent to keep your guests out of the weather can cost between $5,000 and $7,000 and that does not even include any sort of climate control. In most cases, you can book a very nice venue for that amount and get much more than just a tent.
  2. Save yourself the grief and skip the seating chart! – Assembling a seating chart for hundreds of people is like playing emotional Tetris. You will never get all of the pieces/people to fit together perfectly; and why should it be your responsibility to try? Seating charts almost always lead to mountains of stress, fights, tears and hard feelings. Always remember, this day is about YOU not about your crazy aunt Lily and the inappropriate things she might say. At the end of the day, a seat at a wedding is only the duration of a bad B movie, and how many of those have you suffered through.
  3. Plan the Day – Want to avoid unnecessary stress on your wedding day? Take the extra time to organize the details of the day. There are literally hundreds of tools available on the net and in stores that make it so easy to do. The best ones are tutorial, organization, checklist combo’s that walk you through the entire wedding planning process. Trust us, a little extra time up front will save you a lot of headaches in the end.
  4. A photo of a wedding toast with three glasses of champagneThe “Champagne Toast” doesn’t need to be with Champagne – In our experience, purchasing Champagne for everyone at your wedding is a waste of money because, at best, most of your guests will just take a sip and leave the rest. So save the money and spend it on something you know your guests will appreciate and consume.
  5. Kids Zone – Kids are the light of our lives, however, they can be the darkness of your wedding day if allowed to run wild. So, our recommendation, provide separate entertainment for the children that is near enough to the adults that they can easily be supervised but far enough away that they are not under foot. Bounce houses work great for this!
  6. Photo Fun – Want to get some really exciting and hilarious pictures at your wedding without breaking the bank on a photo both or extra photographers? Simply put some cheap or even disposable cameras on each table and scatter some props throughout the wedding space with which people can have some photo fun. You can even take it a step further and turn it into a sort of scavenger hunt by placing cards at each table asking guests for a certain type of photo, a photo of a certain person or a photo of someone doing something “specific”. You will be amazed at what you get back!Dancing couples during party or wedding celebration
  7. Don’t skimp on the DJ! – A good DJ is key in making your special day spectacular. Your DJ will be the MC and organizer of the evening’s events so take your time, do your research and pick a good one. A standout DJ should not only have great lighting, sound and music but should be professional, organized, entertaining and, most importantly, a master of ceremonies. So save a little extra coin to invest in that perfect DJ.
  8. Wedding Slider reception hall setupVenue, Venue, Venue – Unlike real estate, the physical location of your venue is not as important as it is that it fits you. Remember, this is your special day and, in most cases, the venue is the most important piece of the puzzle. So make sure to be true to yourself and choose the perfect venue for you. The people who truly care will be there regardless of the location.
  9. Be selfish – keep the wedding day focused on you and it will be much more enjoyable and far less stressful. Too often, people try to plan their wedding around other people’s wants and needs in mind. This approach makes planning YOUR special day miserable because you are trying to accomplish the impossible! You are trying to please everyone and it cannot be done. So, keep the focus where is should be, on you.
  10. A picture of a wedding planner fixing a bride's hairDon’t be stressed, be blessed with the help of a good wedding coordinator! – Wedding/Event Coordinators are invaluable. Even if you don’t want to go to the added expense of hiring a wedding coordinator, you can choose a venue who provides one. A good event coordinator can eliminate or at least dramatically reduce the stress on your wedding day. This small piece of the puzzle will make the day astoundingly more enjoyable for everyone involved.
  11. “Don’t sweat the little things.” – There are a million details in the day but you are the only one that knows them all so, for your sanity’s sake, try not to fixate on every little thing that doesn’t go as planned. In most cases, your guests will never know the difference. Sometimes the most memorable parts of your wedding day are the unexpected curves that the day throws at you.
  12. Personalize the event – Make the guests feel like part of the wedding by including pictures of them in the decor or as part of a running slide show during the reception. This helps remind everyone that they have played a special role in your life and have a special role to play in your wedding. Will help set the mood for the reception and also serve as great conversation starters.
  13. Do your research – When choosing a venue, always ask for references and/or research customer feedback. There are many beautiful facilities out there but very few have the “complete package” so make sure to take the time to do your research. Customer service, flexibility, staff and the personal touches are the things that usually make your day and are the things that are most often neglected but NOT at Longmeadow. Those things are what set us apart.
  14. Prioritize! – You want the whole day to be a celebration of the rest of your lives. You want people to walk away saying, ‘That was so much fun.’ And we were able to accomplish that. Choose the few things that are really important to you and then go from there. Be flexible on the other details and remember to have fun.
  15. Book Early – Most people get engaged over the holidays and most good venues book out 6-12 months. So, if you are looking to tie the knot in 2016 you better get started right away before all the good venues are booked for the season.
  16. Feed the Children – Consider adding a kids meal to your next wedding or event. Even if you have a buffet style service, most good caterers or venues will plate and serve a kids meal at your request. This not only simplifies and speeds up the dinner service but makes the entire meal cheaper for you and more convenient for parents and guests. Not to mention the kids get a meal that they will enjoy and can eat with little assistance from their parents.
  17. Lights! – A very simple, inexpensive and elegant way to dress up your wedding and eliminate tedious decorating is to ask your DJ or decorator about lighting options. Things like up-lighting on the walls, table lighting, and projections will make your reception hall look like you blew your budget on decorating when, in fact, you spent very little time or money to make the room look spectacular.
  18. Take your time when planning your wedding. – As long as you get started right away, the more time you allow to plan the day the less stressful and more enjoyable it will be. Additionally, the more time you have to plan the more time you have to save for those extra’s that will make the day that much more special.
  19. A picture of a wedding cake backlit by several strands of white lightsBe Flexible on Schedule – May through October is the most popular time to schedule a wedding, which also means these months are the most expensive. Caterers, reception halls and other vendors are much more likely to offer better pricing – or be willing to negotiate on costs – if you set the date during the slower months, such as January, March or November. You can also lower your costs by avoiding a wedding on a Saturday night, the busiest time for receptions. Why not pick an afternoon affair or a Friday night instead?
  20. Relax and Have Fun! – Remember this is your day. Put yourselves and your desires first. Don’t let concerns around friends and family stress you out. It’s your wedding, not theirs!