Roaring Fork Lifestyle recently held its first-ever Readers’ Choice “Best Of the Valley” contest. You, our readers, have responded in a big way. We had 45 categories where you could offer business nominations on RoaringForkLifestyle.com, followed by a round of voting to determine winners in the various fields. This was a two-stage process that occurred during the months of August and September where the top five nominees from the nomination round advanced to the voting round. At that point, readers had to come back and cast their actual votes.
With the season of celebration officially upon us, Roaring Fork Lifestyle is debuting the magazine’s first Readers’ Choice issue to spotlight the valley’s best and brightest in local business. In a big city this kind of round-up might not offer much of a personal connection to readers, but here in our tight-knit community this list of local favorites is filled with familiar faces. Flip through—we bet you’ll spot someone you know.
This is a great way to repurpose ribbons from past Christmases, making an elegant decoration for your holiday celebration. Coordinate colors with your Christmas theme or with your homeâs interior design to create a festive and stylish seasonal design. Have fun and be creative!
New Castle’s Coal Ridge High School (CRHS) invites local professionals and business owners to join the school’s new internship/work-study program to help provide students with real-world skills and experience. The program allows students with paid jobs and/or unpaid internships to prepare for the world of work while earning high school elective credit. Students are permitted to take advantage of flexible hours and flexibility in the number of credits that can be earned. The program also provides documentation that supports career-based skills, verification, and accountability. For more information, contact CRHS college and career advisor Deb Eichman at 970.665.6718.
On Halloween weekend, the Glenwood Springs Noon Rotary Club hosted its third annual Masquerade Ball at the Hotel Colorado, with proceeds benefitting the club’s scholarships, grants, and community projects. Masked revelers enjoyed silent and live auctions, food, dancing, and music from Symphony in the Valley. Photography by Carl Wright.
In November, local nonprofit UpRoot held two volunteer gleaning days at Eagle Springs Organic in Silt. Some 2,454 pounds of vegetables were harvested by 27 volunteers, and the food was taken to LIFT-UP for distribution to area food pantries and the Garfield County Senior Nutrition Program. Photography by Ciara Low.
The mid-valley’s tastiest social event of the year was held at the Roaring Fork Club on November 4, when the Basalt Education Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser to benefit the Basalt public schools. Guests sampled food and drinks from a variety of top local restaurants. Photography by Jeremy Swanson.
Balcomb & Green 818 Colorado Avenue, Glenwood Springs 970.945.6546
Fatbelly 220 Main Street, Carbondale 970.963.1569
Roaring Fork Lifestyle extends sincere thanks to the valley writers who have generously contributed their time and talents in the name of telling great local stories this year. Below are some of the magazine’s frequent contributors of 2017. We are always seeking new voices in the community; if you are interested in writing for the magazine, contact editor Caitlin Causey at Caitlin.Causey@LifestylePubs.com.
Generosity hits its peak during the holiday season, and that’s a good thing. At this time of year, we nonprofit directors often share our collective wisdom to help educate donors about how charities work and, more importantly, why supporters can feel confident that their donations—financial, sweat equity volunteerism, and in-kind goods—are being used to help support the mission and programs of their favorite nonprofits.
Crystal River Spas 1197 Main Street, Carbondale 970.963.2100
Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Multiple Locations 970.925.7000