May 2017 Around Town

15th Annual Festival Las Americas

Glenwood Springs-based Roaring Fork Rotary, better known as Club Rotario, will host its Festival Las Americas on May 5. The event, held this year from noon to 9 p.m. at Sopris Park in downtown Carbondale, raises scholarship funds awarded to local Colorado Mountain College students. Festival admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Attendees can expect a celebration of the traditions of the Americas with cultural, artistic, and recreational activities for the whole family. Vendors will be selling a variety of foods representative of different cultures, and a full lineup of live entertainment is scheduled throughout the day. Musical guests include Mariachi San Jose de Javier de los Santos, Grupo Flama Show, and Escolta de Rancho. Special VIP tickets are available for $15 and include snacks, a drink, and time to chat with the bands. See for event details.

Sunlight Welcomes New 
Avalanche Dog

Sunlight Mountain may be closed for the season, but the resort’s new avalanche rescue dog is just getting started. Australian shepherd-husky mix puppy Denali, born January 22, will spend the summer and early fall training to become the newest member of Sunlight Ski Patrol’s avalanche team.

Denali’s owner and primary handler Rachel Thomas noted: “This spring we have been working on obedience and getting her socialized. She will need to be familiar with everything that comes with the job including snowmobiles, lifts, skis, snow, and lots of people. We started with ‘hide and seek,’ and next winter we’ll progress to finding people hiding in snow caves. We will also be going through the American Avalanche Institute K9 Training course, working toward advanced certification, and in 2019 we will attend the Wasatch Backcountry Rescue International Dog School.”

Follow Sunlight Mountain Resort on Twitter and Facebook for Denali photos and updates, or look for her around the slopes during the 2017-2018 ski season.

Osage Gardens 25th Anniversary

Tom and Sarah Rumery, owners of New Castle’s Osage Gardens, are celebrating 25 years of local, organic farming in 2017. Now the largest grower of fine organic culinary herbs in Colorado, the farm began with just six basil plants and now boasts nearly 6,000. Also grown on-site are over 20 other herb varieties including dill, marjoram, mint, oregano, tarragon, thyme, and others; many of these can be found in grocery stores and on restaurant menus across the Roaring Fork Valley.

Osage Gardens operates year-round and encompasses more than 20 acres of land and a three-acre greenhouse along the Colorado River between New Castle and Silt. Locals can visit the Rumerys’ Little Red Farm Store to sign up for the farm’s free-choice CSA program. The shop features a selection of Osage Gardens herbs and vegetables plus other locally-sourced goods from regional food producers. Find Osage Gardens on social media and at

SoL Theatre Co. Auditions

This month, Stage of Life Theatre Co. is holding auditions at the Third Street Center for two upcoming shows. Details and examples of audition material can be found at The Carbondale theatre group invites young performers to audition for the following:

RENT, directed by Dani Grace Kopf with musical direction by Jonathan Gorst and choreography by Luke Ryan. Audition dates: May 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with callbacks the following day from noon to 4 p.m. Students ages 14-19 should prepare a short monologue and 32 bars of music that show range, attitude, and commitment. An accompanist will be provided, but a cappella singing is allowed. Students must have parental permission to participate due to the mature nature of the show’s themes, and copies of the script can be checked out prior to auditions. Rehearsals will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday starting June 19, with public performances held July 20-23.

Annie Get Your Gun, directed by Jennifer Johnson with musical direction by Jonathan Gorst. Audition dates: May 19 from 3:30-7 p.m. and May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with callbacks May 21 from noon to 4 p.m. Students ages 7-14 should prepare a short song that shows range, comic chops, and personality. A short monologue is not required but welcome. An accompanist will be provided, but performers may sing a cappella or to a digital track. Rehearsals will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday starting July 5, with public performances held August 3-6.

Art Around Town Walk Features Local Sculptors

The Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC) will host its annual “Art Around Town” walk on June 1. The event begins at town hall (511 Colorado Avenue) at 5:30 p.m., and concludes with a community reception at The Launchpad downtown at 7 p.m. This year CPAC has chosen to highlight local sculptors, who will be on hand during the tour and reception to discuss their works with attendees.

Featured artists include Jack Brendlinger, Nancy Lovendahl, Alicia Matesanz de las Heras, Nathan Slape, and James and Charmaine Surls.

RFHS Scholarship Winners

Roaring Fork High School (RFHS) in Carbondale recently announced that six of its students have received prestigious full scholarships, the most of any high school in the county this year. Four seniors from the class of 2017 were awarded the Daniels Fund Scholarship, which can be used for any nonprofit college or university in the nation, and two seniors received the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship, which can be applied toward any institution of higher learning in the state of Colorado.

“These six students represent some of the finest we can send forward into the college realm and it is clear that the selection committees recognized their exemplary abilities,” said principal Drew Adams. “RFHS believes in maximizing the academic and personal potential of every student and we could not be more proud of the accomplishments of these students.”

Daniels Fund recipients include Julia Lee, Fabian Rico, Lorenzo Andrade, and Enrique Gonzalez. The two Boettcher Foundation winners are Tavia Teitler and Nick Penzel.

Roaring Fork Leadership 
Recruiting Participants

Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL), a local nonprofit program that seeks to build leaders in the community through immersive experiential learning and practical application, is seeking participants for its upcoming class of 2018. RFL is widely recognized by local organizations as a center of excellence for developing effective leaders. The program boasts some 800 graduates, of which about 80 percent reside in the Roaring Fork Valley and work in a variety of professional sectors including government, education, health, and business.

The program runs August through May, and interested individuals can apply online at Brief interviews will be held in June, and applicants will be notified of acceptance status in July. Questions can be directed to