We gathered in the dark at 12th Street and Bennett, lanterns in hand, preparing to embark on a walk to Glenwood’s pioneer graveyard, Linwood Cemetery. It was a brisk October evening, and the chill in the air helped quicken our pace up the rocky hillside toward the final resting places of many of the valley’s first European settlers. What during the daytime would have been a cheery jaunt up one of the town’s most popular hiking paths had, at night, turned eerie and tinged with the supernatural.
The Basalt Education Foundation invites the community to save the date for this year’s Taste of Basalt, taking place on Saturday, November 4 from 6-11 p.m. at the Roaring Fork Club. The affair features food samples from area restaurants; wine, beer, and cocktail tasting; DJ dancing; and a silent auction and raffle. The midvalley’s most anticipated autumn social event raises more than $100,000 annually to support the arts, technology, hands-on science programs, outdoor education, teacher training, and college counseling at Basalt elementary, middle, and high schools. The event’s title sponsor for the fifth year in a row is Alpine Bank, which has pledged $10,000 to support “the Taste.”
The Art Base’s phenomenal 2017 pARTy and 10×10 Name Unseen silent auction raised funds in August for a new Art as Healing program, Colorado-based artist exhibitions, arts in the schools, community outreach programs for the at-risk and underserved, and scholarships for kids’ and adults’ education programs. Photography by Jeremy Swanson.
Nature In Translation, a new work commissioned by Wilderness Workshop and choreographed by Alya Howe, premiered at the home of artists James Surls and Charmaine Locke on September 15. The cast performed to a soundscape by Mateo Sandate, David Starbear Avalos, David Alderdice, and Olivia Pevec. Photography by Alya Howe.
We all recently lived through a great historical moment: the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. I’m sure I am not the only person in the country who ran around early on that Monday morning trying to find those stylish cardboard eclipse glasses, which I never did procure. You’d think there would have been sidewalk hawkers selling them for $20 a pair, right? As each minute passed, in the final hour before the moon slowly began covering the sun, they could have hiked the price up 50 cents a minute and I still might have bought a pair; there was money to be made on saps like myself who hadn’t planned ahead.
“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” When former U.S. President Ronald Regan made this statement, he could very well have been recalling the days of his childhood, when silent films were brought to life by the accompaniment of instruments such as a photoplayer. Built between 1910-1928, there are very few left in the United States, but a painstakingly restored one sits perched above the stage at Glenwood Springs’ very own Vaudeville Revue.
Sometimes, the full impact of a life lesson is not fully understood until many years later. For a group of local women aged 30-something, this became evident a few months ago when some unexpected news spread quickly.
“How can it be?” we thought. “He’s healthy. He’s invincible. Cancer? No way. Not Coach Tom Sullivan.”
After the initial shock of the news set in, the former Glenwood Springs Purple Pride women’s soccer teams knew we needed to band together to support Tom and his family. Coach Tom provided hope for us when there was seemingly none. He always knew what to say, and his famous half-time speeches were the spark that set much-needed motivation ablaze.
In September, New Castle celebrated its annual Burning Mountain Festival with music, a pancake breakfast, and a 5K run. The festival, which has been running for 44 years, was named for underground coal mines that still flame inside nearby hillsides.
There’s a spot along the Rio Grande Trail that smells of sweet sage after a rainstorm. Rugged red cliffs dominate the eastern skyline and the view south toward Mt. Sopris stretches wide open. Adjacent grassy fields — once filled with potatoes — speak to the valley’s agricultural history. During quiet moments on her 32-mile bicycle commute on the Rio Grande, Carbondale resident Rebecca Binion can hear the faint rush of the Roaring Fork River. Binion sometimes pedals briskly past this spot between Aspen Glen and Cattle Creek; other times she’ll stop and have dinner with her husband under the picnic pavilion.
The door to the new Doc Holliday Museum whispers open. A gentleman, worn black ball cap pulled low over his dark 1970s aviators, ghosts through. Silver sideburns edge the valleys of his lean face; a gunmetal gray horseshoe ‘stache emphasizes his square chin and pursed full lips. A beat-up suede vest slides over a pinstriped collared shirt, seemingly from another era. Altogether, he’s a man you’ll look at. Twice.
Now that fall has officially arrived, are you dreaming of that home renovation project you put off all summer? Jacob Koski of Tom Roach Hardwood Floors in Carbondale says fall is the perfect season to check a big house project off your list—especially before the holidays. Roaring Fork Lifestyle recently sat down with him to learn more about the ins and outs of his professional specialty, hardwood flooring.
Regal Mt. Sopris is the crown jewel of the Roaring Fork Valley, and in this extraordinary home tucked away near Carbondale you can take in magnificent views of the mountain from just about any angle on the property—and with more than 29 acres of land to call your own, there are plenty of angles to enjoy.
“I owe the sculptor I am to this place and this woman,” says Nathan Slape, gesturing to Madeline Wiener. A slender, silver-haired bolt of energy, Wiener has momentarily come to rest, settling like the marble dust coating all the aspens in camp. There’s emotion in Slape’s voice as he stands before the wrap-up meeting of the annual marble symposium in Marble. “I first came here 13 years ago on a college scholarship. I didn’t know what it was going to be. I just went to this crazy place and they taught me to sculpt stone. Fast, efficiently.”