Liquid Assets

If it’s Friday or Saturday evening between 5-7 p.m. in Glenwood Springs, one thing you can count on is that there’ll be a small crowd gathered at Cooper Wine & Spirits for their weekly tastings.

This Calls for a Toast

The wait is over. This fall, beer aficionados from across the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond can finally sip their favorite sours (and more) at Casey Brewing and Blending’s sleek new taproom in the heart of downtown Glenwood. After a lengthy permitting process kept the company from debuting the tasting room this summer, its doors officially opened to the public…

Sip, Sample, Savor

“Presenting a meal is a work of art,” says Judy O’Donnell. “The ingredients, the preparation of the foods, and serving it all with a wine or beer is special. What we want people to experience at this event is how food and beverages can be part of ‘the art of living.’”

Top Dogs

6 days of sheepdog magic. In addition to watching the incredible talents of the best dog/handler teams around, event spectators can enjoy food, craft vendors, doggie demos, and more. Bring your lawn chairs and plenty of sunblock, but be sure to leave family dogs at home.

Connecting is Caring

“Community” is a word you’ll hear a lot in our valley, and for good reason. Our collective need for a life deeply engaged with our neighbors is one of the things that makes this corner of Colorado so great; it’s a hallmark of our identity here, and I daresay it’s more important to us than even … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

Fall Painting Workshops Carbondale artist Sarah Uhl will host two sessions of “Plein Air Painting: Dancing in the Golden Leaves” this month. Uhl designed these all-day outdoor workshops to be an introduction to plein air painting and a glimpse into how art offers a deeper connection to nature. The focus will be to seek out the majestic nature of golden aspen leaves. Workshops will begin … Continued

Faces of Mountain Fair

On the last weekend of July, the colorful masses of Carbondale's Mountain Fair descended upon Sopris Park for the beloved festival's 48th year. Performers, artists, vendors, and revelers celebrated the theme of "Rainbow Connection" and were even treated to the sight of several real rainbows courtesy of Mother Nature. Photography by Renee Ramge

Challenge Aspen Gala

Challenge Aspen, which offers year-round adaptive experiences for individuals living with cognitive and/or physical disabilities, held its 16th annual fundraising gala at the Viceroy Snowmass on July 28. The event was followed by a golf tournament at the Snowmass Club on July 29. To learn more about the nonprofit's mission, visit ChallengeAspen.org. Photography by Sander Olson

If These Floors Could Talk

RFL: Tell us a bit about yourself and the Elite Hardwood team.

STEM Stars

Imagine never having seen a mountain with your own eyes before. Pretty tough for us around these parts, isn’t it? Imagine, too, excelling in the toughest classes at your high school—only to wonder if you’ll ever make it out of your hometown, let alone to college someday.

Becoming the Helpers

As many of us learned from our history classes in school, this country and this very valley were built by immigrants. The reason our towns and cities are here today can be traced back to some tenacious, hardworking people who crossed Independence Pass in search of silver and opportunity. We call them settlers. And for 140 years, each wave of…

Crossroads of Knowledge

When Sheri Scruby got involved in her children’s Accelerated Reader program at Glenwood Springs Elementary back in the late 1990s, little did she know that she was embarking on a journey that would encompass the next two decades of her life.

Notebooks and Pencils and Glue, Oh My

Admit it: the back-to-school aisles are fun to poke through, even for us adults. I’m convinced that a particular delight lives among the stacks of clean notebooks and folders, crayon boxes, markers, glue, and glitter (oh, the glitter!). Local kids who go to pick out supplies this month probably won’t be feeling any No. 2 pencil-inspired nostalgia for years to … Continued

College is for Me!

Since I was an eaglet, I knew that college is for me. I studied, trained hard, played with my friends, ate a protein-rich diet, and went to school. So when I heard Colorado Mountain College was looking for a mascot, I was ready.

August 2019 Around Town

Roaring Fork School Board Vacancies Applications are due August 18 for a vacancy on the Roaring Fork School Board created when Matt Hamilton resigned. The board and district leadership agree that the top priority is getting strong community leaders to run for and serve on the board through the election process. Three Roaring Fork Schools Board of Education … Continued

It Takes A Village to Heal

300 volunteers recently came together with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the Roaring Fork Conservancy to heal the burn scar in the Basalt State Wildlife Area. Volunteers, from four to 70 years old, spread seeds of native species and built dams for erosion control. Photography by RFOV staff Olivia Deihs, Ben Sherman, Lizz Bailey, and … Continued

Strawberry Days, Rain or Shine

The community celebrated the 122nd annual Strawberry Days Festival the weekend of June 21-23. In addition to the arts & crafts fair, the festival featured live music and entertainment, the crowning of Miss Strawberry Days, FamilyFest with interactive and creative experiences for the kids, and the Saturday morning Grand Avenue parade. Photography by Tara Harman

Picture This

Many local parents will recognize Katie Giglio. The Carbondale resident quickly became one of the valley's top maternity, newborn, family, and high school senior portrait photographers since starting her business, Katie J. Photography, in 2017. As a mom, small business owner, and artist, Giglio is one of those gifted locals who seems to magically find a way to juggle all the demands of everyday…

Ready for Kindergarten?

No. On May 1, 2019, the Colorado state legislature passed HB19-1262 to fund full-day kindergarten. 

The Art of Scholarship

“I’ve been interested in the arts for as long as I can remember,” says Anika Chapman, an art-school bound Roaring Fork High School grad. “It is very important for me to represent a facet of myself in each piece of art I create...I am excited to pursue my passion toward a fulfilling and lengthy career where I can have a…

Building Bridges, Not Walls: Compassion Fest 2019

What is compassion in action? It can be as simple as greeting each person you meet throughout the day as an old friend. It can be as big as dedicating your life to helping the poor and the sick in Kolkata, India. But, if you’re not sure how to take compassionate action, the second annual Compassion Film Festival and Symposium…

Roaring Forks, Corks and Kegs

The inaugural All Kids Dental Roaring Forks, Corks and Kegs event took place on May 17 at the Hotel Colorado. Hundreds of attendees enjoyed food and drinks from dozens of local restaurants, breweries, and wineries. More than $100,000 was raised for the Glenwood Springs Public Education Fund, which provides grants to local schools for scholastic projects. 

Summer’s Sweetest Joys

Summertime is magic. What makes it special for you? Maybe it’s outdoor festivals and live music, or farmers markets filled with fresh food and cheerful neighbors. Perhaps it’s picnicking with the kids after a nature hike, grilling with friends on warm Saturday nights, or gathering with family to celebrate the 4th of July. If nature is … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Brews for the Brave Western Slope Veterans Coalition (WSVC) and United Way Battlement to the Bells (UWBB) will jointly manage the Beer Garden Concession at the 2019 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo, July 31–Aug. 4, held at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle. Proceeds from the concession will be gifted to the two nonprofits that … Continued

Springfest at Strang Ranch

Aspen Valley Land Trust’s inaugural Springfest was fun for the whole family! Guests enjoyed beautiful spring weather, baby animals, and lots of ranch activities on a treasured conserved property. Save the date for May 17, 2020, for more BBQ, live music, arts and crafts, alpacas, and the magic of Strang Ranch.

DIY Your Way to a Bug-Free Summer

Adult- and Kid-Friendly Natural Bug Repellents from A Beautiful Mess Photos and Article by A Beautiful Mess Adult Blend What you need + 10 drops lemon essential oil + 10 drops lemongrass essential oil + 8 drops lavender essential oil + 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil + 1 ½ ounces distilled water (minus 1 teaspoon to … Continued

Easy Living

It’s sweet, sweet summertime—and the living is easy. As brilliant high-country days and cool, refreshing nights call us outside, we’re reminded of why we love living in the Roaring Fork Valley so much. This stunning one-of-a-kind home, complete with architectural details that welcome the outdoors in, is the perfect base for enjoying every summer delight that Mother Nature has to…

Just Peachy

Ah, Palisade peaches: The Western Slope's beloved stone fruit. As these glorious orbs of summer begin to appear in local markets later this month, many of us will find ourselves devouring them fresh over the kitchen sink before they ever make it into any home recipes. If you can manage to set a few aside, whip up a pitcher of this…

Safety First

Ice: In 2004 a friend mentioned that he was a member of the Search and Rescue team, and invited me to a training meeting. I attended and met a lot of very nice people who shared some of their experiences, which piqued my interest further.  

The Many Roles We Play

As a 68-year-old man I have passed several milestones in my life. I started three companies in my 40 years of self-employment: one in restaurant design and two in magazine publishing. I somehow managed to raise a wonderful family with four kids and five grandkids, and kept the woman of my dreams for 45 years … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Registration Open for Glenwood Car Show Save the date for the 16th annual Glenwood Springs Car Show weekend, July 26-27, presented by Vicco’s Charcoal Burger Drive-In and Valley Cruisers Car Club. Registration for participants is open now through the last day of the show. Cost: $20 for the first vehicle, $10 for a second, and free for … Continued

Trendy Cuts for Men

The Styles You Want + How to Get Them The Fade + Hard Part HAIR TYPE Straight + Short WHAT IT IS There are many different types of fades, but ultimately a fade haircut is one that tapers in length the further down you go on the back and sides, meaning it isn’t trimmed to just one … Continued

Imagine 7

In April, River Bridge Regional Center held its annual fundraiser at the Old Thompson Barn in Carbondale. The Glenwood-based nonprofit, which provides services for child abuse victims and their families in Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco counties, treated guests to a Caribbean-themed evening with live music, silent auction, and more. Photography by Kelley Cox; photo booth … Continued

All in the Family

Since 1976, Murray Dental Group has served patients from across the region. Here, Dr. Robert (Bob) Murray and his son Dr. John Murray, along with new partner Dr. Tim Huson, offer insight on their Glenwood Springs practice for Roaring Fork Lifestyle.

Master of His Universe

It’s no wonder Robbie Davis holds the CrossFit title “Fittest on Earth” two-times running. Growing up in Northern California, his family was super active; team sports, the outdoors, and adventure were all catalysts for a love of fitness in his younger years. Robbie’s father had a large influence, as did his older brother, three years his senior.

Choosing Local

In today's financial world, those with an interest in investing have a wealth of appealing options. From the stock market and bond market to precious metals, real estate, and everything in between, some investors in this valley look far and wide for large returns—but what if the best investment is sitting right here in our own back yard? As brokers who…

Boldly Imperfect

We’ve all felt pressure to seem “perfect” before, right? Or wait, maybe that’s just us ladies. Whenever I’ve heard the topic come up in conversation among guys, the notion of personal perfection seems pretty foreign to them—or pretty silly. As my own husband once said to me, like it was a total no-brainer, “Why would … Continued

Queen of the Downriver Divas

 TITLE: Founder & Retreat Leader  COMPANY: Downriver Divas  HOME BASE: Carbondale

May 2019 Around Town

Register Now: Inaugural Ukulele Fest The valley’s first-ever ukulele festival, the Western Slope Ukulele June Jam, is happening June 8 from 1-6 p.m. at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. The event is sponsored by Glenwood Music, the Crystal UkuLadies & UkuDudes, and Redstone Art Gallery owners Stephanie and Michael Askew. The festival features a day … Continued

Green is the New Black: OZ

In March, Carbondale Arts presented its 11th annual fashion extravaganza full of dazzling locals, performance art, multimedia, dance, and sustainable fashion. The event featured regional and national designers who came together for an alluring, thought-provoking, dynamic experience. All proceeds benefit Carbondale Arts youth educational initiatives in the valley. Photography by Draper White

Waldorf School ’70s Disco Gala

On April 6, the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork hosted "Saturday Night Fever," a fundraising gala at The Temporary in Willits. Proceeds will benefit various programs at the school, which has a mission committed to nurturing the highest potential in humanity through educational artistry and creating a future worthy of the human being. Photography by SocialLight Photo Aspen

Leading with Love

Momenta Recovery has joined with 4Winds Farm to provide a sacred residential healing center for women. We have combined visions to provide an unmatched spiritual space for women to feel safe to begin their intensive healing process from the moment they step foot on the grounds. Both Momenta and 4Winds believe every being is in recovery from something; to us,…

Timeless Beauty

With just a few products and a few minutes, these quick makeup routines add a little something extra when you don’t have time to spare Makeup brush 101 Your guide to must-have makeup brushes   01 | ANGLED CONTOUR Use this to apply blush, bronzer or highlighter. The angled cut flawlessly defines and highlights your features. … Continued

Daring Women

Like so many Roaring Fork Valley transplants, Ashley Mauldin moved here without friends already living in the area. Fresh from the front range about seven years ago, she was the new mom of a six-month-old daughter, and the new owner of her private counseling practice; life was changing dramatically. Although her husband’s family was close by to provide foundational support, Mauldin still…

Sweet and Simple

Marilyn Murphy was nervous about giving a “pitch” to Sopris 100 Who Care. She had been board president for Carbondale’s nonprofit newspaper, the Sopris Sun, for only about a year and didn’t feel all that confident about leading a fundraising effort. But the paper was in a tough spot, paying overlapping wages while replacing two of three staffers and needing…

To Greener Times

Each year, springtime reminds me to pay attention. Just as the cold, dark, snowy months seem as if they’ll last forever, we get that day—you know the one—when we walk outside and suddenly just feel that something’s different. It stops us in our tracks. The sun shines a little brighter, the wind blows a little sweeter, … Continued

Fermentation 101

Food preservation has been a part of Carla Farrand’s life since she was a kid. Growing up in Oklahoma with a mom who loved to can and a grandmother who made sauerkraut the old-fashioned way, Farrand picked up their skills nearly by osmosis. She recalls carefully observing her grandma work year after year with the abundant vegetables her grandfather grew…

A Toast to Education

Roaring Forks, Corks and Kegs is the valley’s newest annual night out, with the extra bonus of benefiting the Glenwood Springs public schools. The May 17 event takes place at the Hotel Colorado and will feature food, wine, and beer tastings from the best restaurants the valley has to offer with an all-inclusive ticket.

April 2019 Around Town

Tiffany of Redstone Filming TV Series in the Valley Craig Stifter, owner of local vintage and salvage shop Tiffany of Redstone, recently announced that local filming is underway for a public television series he developed over the course of the past year. The show, called “Picking 2 Repurpose,” is slated to air its first season on Rocky … Continued

Ascendigo Blue Aspen Autism Benefit

The Hotel Jerome was bathed in blue light on Presidents' Day weekend for Ascendigo Blue Aspen. Funds raised for the Carbondale-based nonprofit provide support and services for those living with autism. Guests enjoyed delicious food, cocktails, music by U2 tribute band Joshua Tree, a live auction, and paddle raise for camp scholarships. Photography by Ben Hunter and Hal Williams