September 2017 Around Town

Golf at RVR Benefits Mountain Family Health Center in Basalt

Come sock a few golf balls at River Valley Ranch to support Mountain Family Health Center in building its new Basalt Health Center. Teams of four will enjoy RVR’s spectacular course as the aspens start to turn. Tee-off will be at noon on Friday, September 22. Play 18 holes for $100 and enjoy prizes at the 19th hole along with a short presentation about the Basalt Health Center.

This event will raise awareness of health care needs in the Roaring Fork Valley and will help finance a new integrated medical, dental and behavioral health facility. The new Basalt facility will be located in the old Bristlecone space and will open in 2018. For more information, contact Garry Schalla: or 970.318.8018.

Harvest Time at Orchard Creek Ranch

The last weekend of September traditionally marks the beginning of apple harvest season at Orchard Creek Ranch. Located off Canyon Creek Road (150 County Road 137), just off I-70 at Exit 109, the ranch is open weekends: Friday-Sunday through October (rain or shine!) The orchard’s 240 heirloom trees of Rome, Jonathan and Double Red Delicious apples are maintained organically. This event is fun for all ages; you can enjoy the fun of picking your own with the orchard’s long-pole apple pickers. Orchard Creek Ranch also offers picked apples, fresh-pressed apple cider and apple chips for sale along with reusable cloth apple bags. Orchard Creek Ranch is a working ranch with hay, horses, and goats. Come enjoy it all.

Salon Celebrates Anniversary 
with Multiple Events

The Salon, an award-winning performance series featuring contemporary, classical, jazz, folk, world, spoken word, multimedia and dance forms, celebrates its  anniversary in Roaring Fork Valley with a series of events.The celebration launches September 9-10 with a program that features Andrea Clearfield performing piano music of Brahms and Lloyd Weber in collaboration with performance artist Alya Howe. Wayne & René of Bittersweet Highway will perform Borderland Americana: “music from the fringes”. Vocalist/guitarist Averill Lovely will share musical reflections from his hobo years in “The Long Road: Observations of a Global Hobo”, and virtuoso pianist Tania Stavreva will play original compositions and works by Ginastera and Bulgarian composers. The second half of the program includes harp music by Janet Harriman, poetry from three generations and stand-up comedy with Denver’s AJ Finney. This program will be offered September 9 at the Launchpad in Carbondale, and on September 10 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. Tickets are $25; for info email

On September 15 and 16, Salon Curator Alya Howe will premier “Nature in Translation”, a multi-media work including dance, music, art and poetry that was commissioned by Wilderness Workshop. The event takes place at the home of Sculptors James Surls and Charmaine Locke in a private event on September 15 (Contact: for details) and in a public event on September 16. (See Lifestyle calendar for details.) On September 23, the Salon returns to the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen for poetry.

Carbondale Clay Center 
Celebrates 20 Year Gala

The Carbondale Clay Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary with “Settings”, a dinner for 200. For this gala, 20 ceramic artists show off dinner plates specifically for this 20th anniversary event…no two alike. Each guest will receive the dish at their place-setting as a gift. The retail value of each plate ranges from $60 to $250, or more.

Settings will feature live music by Pearl & Wood, appetizers and dinner prepared by renowned chef Mark Fields of Field2Fork from fresh ingredients for appetizers provided by Sustainable Settings. At the bar, guests enjoy a variety of signature cocktails by the Marble Distillery and Suerez Tequila, as well as ice cold craft beer on tap thanks to the Roaring Fork Beer Company. Sculptor James Surls will speak on the vibrant history of the CCC and thanks will be given to the people who have made the clay center the creative haven it is today. See Lifestyle calendar for details.

Sol Theatre Auditions 
”Musical Comedy Murders”

Stage of Life Theatre will be holding auditions for the Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 in September. Students 12-18 are invited to prepare a comedic monologue that shows off their ability to have fun and go big! The production, directed by Jennifer Johnson and stage-managed by Dani Grace Kopf, is a hilarious murder-mystery involving a creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop. The team assembles at a mansion in December, 1940 for a backer’s audition of their new show. Over the course of the evening, the “whodunit” takes hilarious twists and turns, revealing secret passageways, murder, and mayhem! For audition details, see the Lifestyle calendar. The show will be presented at Carbondale’s Third Street Center on October 26-28.

SoL Theatre Company will be also providing afternoon and after-school programs for homeschooled students beginning in September! Everything from Acting, Voice & Movement to Costume Design and Sewing to Ballet and Tap and even Ping Pong will be offered to provide kids the arts they’re craving! All classes will take place at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. Visit, email, or call Jennifer Johnson at 970.274.0894 for more information.

Amanda Boxtel’s Wheelchair Dances at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Gala

Amanda Boxtel, executive director of Bridging Bionics, took to the stage with Joseph Watson to dance in Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Dancing with the Stars gala in August. The gala is Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Watson and Boxtel’s performance was captured for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet by photographer Michael Alvarez, who caught even the moment when Watson lifted both Amanda and her wheelchair over his head.

Boxtel, who was a child dancer and a skier, was paralyzed in a ski accident that occurred at Snowmass Ski Area 25 years ago. Boxtel now helps people who suffer spinal injuries to regain their mobility via a mechanical exoskeleton and vibration training. Boxtel’s Bridging Bionics is a Basalt-based foundation that helps fund, educate and advance the research and development of exoskeletons and bionic technology.

Thunder River Theatre Takes Home Two Henry Awards

Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) received two Henry Awards at the annual award ceremony in Parker in July. After TRTC received 11 nominations this year the theatre’s Technical Director and Production Designer, Sean Jeffries received the awards for “Outstanding Scenic Design” and “Outstanding Sound Design.”

“We are so proud of Sean’s terrific accomplishment,” says TRTC Executive Artistic Director, Corey Simpson. “It truly is something special to have an award-winning theatre in our small community in the Roaring Fork Valley. Hopefully, awards like this will continue to draw more visitors interested in seeing the innovative artistic work happening here in the Carbondale Creative District.”The Henry Awards are the highest theatre honor in the State of Colorado and are given each year by the Colorado Theatre Guild.

Basalt Chamber Welcomes New 
Executive Director

The Basalt Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Kris Mattera as its new executive director. Mattera moved to the Roaring Fork Valley from Boston, Massachusetts in late October 2016, following years of visiting Colorado and a summer working in Buena Vista. She has a background in graphic design, marketing, and communications.