July 2015 Around Town 2


Public Art Appears in 
Glenwood Springs

The 2 Rivers Art Project (2RAP), which is now eight years young, is beautifying downtown Glenwood Springs with outdoor art. Early this summer, 2RAP installed five new pieces of public art, all created by Colorado artists. It also relocated six previously installed pieces to accommodate the Grand Avenue bridge project. Thanks to 2RAP, 18 pieces of public art are now displayed in front of Glenwood’s Center for the Arts, along 7th, 8th and 9th Streets, at the Glenwood Springs Library and in other landmark spots.

All of the public art is for sale, and the city has set aside $10,000 to purchase art for permanent installations. After the artists who created the five new pieces have displayed them for a year, they may choose to display them for a second year or to donate them to the city. The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts has been working on a walking map that shows all the art installations; it should be completed in July or August.

Roaring Fork Conservancy Event Protects Rivers

Roaring Fork Conservancy’s National Council is celebrating its 16th Annual River Rendezvous on July 15. The sold-out, by-invitation-only event will again be held on the banks of the Fryingpan River at the Dallenbach Ranch. Several hundred participants will enjoy a Colorado country dinner, dance music, auctions and the camaraderie of those who care about our rivers.

More than ever, Roaring Fork Conservancy is focused on protecting the essential: our local rivers and streams. The Conservancy’s territory is vast; it’s a watershed that encompasses an area the size of Rhode Island (1,451 square miles) and reaches from Aspen to Glenwood and Marble to Meredith. The River Rendezvous will raise much-needed funds for programs that support watershed conservation, research, land conservation, water monitoring and education. The Conservancy invites your support and invites you to learn more at RoaringFork.org.

August Shindig to Support Sopris Historical Society

The second annual Mount Sopris Historical Society Shindig will be held August 9th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the River Valley Ranch (RVR) Barn. The RVR Barn will be furnished with historic agricultural and ranching artifacts from the Hattie Thompson and Thompson House Museum collection, plus archival photos of historic Carbondale. Hattie Thompson herself will be there — in spirit. This historic matriarch, as interpreted by a local living-history actress, will be milling amongst the period-costumed guests as they enjoy homemade barbecue and music provided by local talent. The second annual Hattie Thompson Award will be given to a woman who is chosen because she exemplifies Hattie’s pioneering spirit and has enriched the community.

The Shindig will be an event of the sort area residents would have enjoyed during Hattie Thompson’s heyday more than 100 years ago. Get your old-time get-up on and don’t miss this delightful journey into Carbondale’s not-so-distant past. The evening supports the Historical Society’s efforts to share local history and bring to life the stories of the families, ranchers, merchants and miners who built our Roaring Fork and Crystal Valley communities. Tickets can be purchased at the Pour House, online at the MtSoprisHistoricalSociety.org or by calling Executive Director Beth White at 781.632.3326.

Tin Lizzies, ‘Vettes and Beetles

On July 25th, nearly 100 vintage cars, motorcycles and even snowmobiles will be exhibited in the Grand River Classic Car Show. This year marks the show’s 12th anniversary, and judges will give separate awards for vintage snowmobiles and motorcycles, in addition to awards given to cars that come from all over Colorado. “Spectators are free so we encourage all people to come out and enjoy seeing vehicles they do not normally see on the road,” says Ron Madsen, one the founders of the Valley Cruisers Classic Car Club, which sponsors the show along with Charcoal Burger of Glenwood Springs.

The show kicks off on Friday night, July 24th, with a barbeque, food and music at Charcoal Burger in Glenwood Springs. The show will be held at the Glenwood Springs High School for the second year running. “It’s a great location and keeps the show off the streets,” comments Madsen. We have had great support from the high school. The Glenwood Springs athletic department will sell breakfast items on day of the show, as well as snow cones and other snacks during the day. Also, we cannot thank Bart Victor, the owner of the Charcoal Burger, enough. He provides all of the barbecue food for free and he’s a major part of the car show as well.

For more information, see ValleyCruisers.org or GrandRiverClassic.com.

Golfers Raise Funds for Basalt Public Schools

The Roaring Fork Charity Classic golf tournament, held at the Roaring Fork Club, raised $45,000 for Basalt Education Foundation (BEF). Nearly 100 players took to the links and joined in some entertaining contests, such as a putting competition, a “Happy Gilmore” hit-the-golf-ball-with-a-hockey-stick contest and a driving competition, where the target was a raft in the middle of a pond. (Photos in Good Times on page 9.)

While plenty of laughs and great golfing highlighted the day, the player contributions and community sponsor support added up to some series support for Basalt public schools via the nonprofit Basalt Education Foundation. Over the past 11 years, BEF has contributed more than $400,000 to the Basalt schools to support outdoor education, technology, literacy, hands-on science, art, music, and many other relevant and enriching programs for students. To learn more about BEF, visit BasaltEdu.org.