September 2015 Around Town 6


Carbondale LIT Crawl October 1

A celebration that includes poetry, spoken word, singing and musical performances will take place at the new public sculpture installations around Carbondale during the second Annual LIT (Literature in Town) Crawl on October 1. The LIT Crawl is sponsored by the Carbondale Public Library and begins at 4 p.m.

At 6 p.m. the Art aRound Town 2015-16 exhibition Best of Show winner will be announced and an Open Mic Night will begin. The Carbondale Public Art Commission’s Best of Show sculpture designation is important to artists, not only for its $1,000 award, but also because of the honor attached. This year, the winning sculpture will be chosen by art classes in local schools.

Ted Reed Walks the Camino for Christian

Ted Reed, who lives in Carbondale, begins a 600-mile pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago in Spain on September 6. He’s walking to raise funds for a third-party special needs trust that will support his young friend Christian DeRiemer, who suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy. The trust will ensure that Christian has the care and equipment he needs to live a productive and independent life.

Reed has long aspired to walk the Camino, one of medieval Europe’s three most important Christian pilgrimage routes and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage site. After seeing “The Way,” a Martin Sheen movie about a father who walks the Camino with his son’s ashes, Ted realized he had an opportunity to add meaning to his pilgrimage by scattering the ashes of Christian’s mother and gathering pledges to support Christian. The Camino is a collection of pathways that lead to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great. Reed will follow the path known as the Way of St. Frances from St. Jean Port du Pied in France, over the Pyrenees, to Santiago de Compostella in Spain, completing his trek at the Atlantic coast town of Muxia. To learn more, visit

Monks Create Compassion Mandala in Carbondale

A group of monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery, originally located in Tibet but destroyed by China’s Cultural Revolution, created Carbondale’s first sand mandala in July. Traveling from Southern India, where their monastery is now located, the monks were brought to Carbondale by the Way of Compassion for a week-long “Compassion Days” celebration that featured cultural and religious educational events in the evenings. During the days, the monks worked on an intricate mandala, which was sketched out and then painted using colored sand.

On August 1, the mandala was ceremonially swept away. Those attending the dissolution ceremony received a small bag of mandala sand, while other sand was ritually poured into the Roaring Fork River.

Ducky Derby Raises Funds for Local Charities

More than 33,000 rubber duckies raced down the Roaring Fork River in the Aspen Rotary Club’s 24th Annual Ducky Derby in August, raising funds for local youth groups, scholarships and international aid. Rotarians, along with families and friends, prepared the duckies by placing numbers on them during an annual Duck Stickering Party, or “Sticky Butt Night”. At the finish, 11 Ducky Derby winners, which cost $10 each, were fished out of the river. Top finisher Allison Kanders took home a $10,000 prize. For the second time in five years, top duck salesman Bennett Bramson of Basalt sold the winning duck, his sixth winner in ten years.

Aspen Rescue Times Seven

July 29 probably set some records for Mountain Rescue Aspen and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office—it was a day that saw seven mountain rescues! First, a 74-year-old local man was rescued after falling, injuring himself and being unable to continue his descent of Mount Sopris. Members of Mountain Rescue Aspen and Flight for Life responded to text messages sent by fellow hikers. A helicopter was able to reach the man, who was flown to the Aspen airport and then taken to Aspen Valley Hospital by ambulance.

Mountain Rescue Aspen and the Sheriff’s Office conducted five other missions the same day: They found two lost hikers heading for the Betty Bear Hut. They tended to an injured hiker in Capitol Creek. They helped a sick hiker atop West Maroon Pass and located an overdue horseman in East Creek. Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers contribute over 10,000 hours of volunteer work a year, engaging in rescues, trainings and community education.

Local United Way Expands, Changes Name

United Way Battlement to the Bells, formerly United Way of Garfield County recently changed its name to better reflect its service area, which runs from Battlement Mesa to the Maroon Bells. The nonprofit, part of United Way America, raises local funds from employee-payroll deductions, as well from as business and individual donations. United Way Battlement to the Bells provided more than 30 grants to local nonprofits and, through additional designated funds, is helping to support another half-dozen charities this year. The local United Way has launched a new website – – that matches volunteers and donors with local nonprofits that need their help.

The service area and name change had to be approved by federation headquarters, United Way America, located near Washington, D.C. “Our proposed name took some explaining to East Coasters,” comments Amy Barr, executive director of United Way Battlement to the Bells. “On a map, the service area is oddly shaped with towns in three different counties. The required geographic name doesn’t make much sense unless you’re a local. The organization also is responsible for El Jebel and Basalt, with parts also located in Eagle County, a very long way away from our sister United Way of the Eagle River Valley, headquartered in Vail.” United Way Battlement to the Bells’ service area includes all of Garfield County, plus the Roaring Fork Valley south and east up to Aspen. It covers Carbondale, El Jebel and Basalt, and extends up the Crystal Valley to include Redstone and Marble.