A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

The “Making” of a Community

Many people think of a “maker” as someone who works with their hands: a furniture craftsman, a ceramic artist, a painter. They would not be wrong, but when I think of the word, I see our local people as the makers of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Made by Hand, with Heart

 When was the last time you created something?  Wait, that sounds a little intimidating. Let me rephrase: When was the last time you simply made something with your hands?  Chances are, it was more recent than you might give yourself credit for. Maybe it was a scratch-made meal or fresh flowers arranged in a vase, or a handwritten note to…

#HandmadeMagic

This children's art studio in Carbondale is a must-follow account filled with colorful snaps of mini-locals who create, paint, craft, draw, and sprinkle joy.

Silver and Gold

 Mountain Elegance.  That’s how Megan DeNev Wussow, the jewelry artisan behind Carbondale-based DeNev Designs, describes the feel of her work. In a place where many locals spend their days outdoors and their nights on the town, she has nailed the aesthetic of the Roaring Fork Valley—or rather, crafted it into silver and gold.  “I want people to be able to…

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue Welcomes 2018

On New Year's Eve, the cast and crew of the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue ushered in 2018 with a bang. Theatre patrons enjoyed a sold-out performance, plenty of party favors, and a special champagne toast at midnight. Photography by Olivia Savard

February 2018 Around Town

Applications are now available for Mountain Fair arts vendors. To be selected you must be an artist or craftsperson exhibiting his or her own handmade works of art (not manufactured, not imported), or any community service, civic or social organization, or educational institution selling only its own works of art. Criteria for judging includes quality and uniqueness of items. For more…

Reudi Views

Joyce Occhiato had been visiting the Roaring Fork Valley since she was a child, when she vacationed in Glenwood Springs with her family. So when the Denver resident began thinking of purchasing a mountain hideaway where her family could retreat from the hustle and bustle of the front range, her memories of the valley came to mind. Soon she discovered a…

A Day in the (Creative) Life

Painter and Willits resident Jocelyn Murray thrives on the spontaneity of abstract art. "It’s an ongoing intuitive dialogue with the piece, a process with an unknown outcome," she says. "My paintings emerge from my personal experiences in design, the theatrical stage, family life, nature, and my love of spiral marks." Murray also works as the exhibitions manager at The Art…

Fresh Batch

“I’ve been dreaming up Batch since we opened up our original place,” smiles owner Aly Sanguily, marketing director and former tasting room manager for husband Chase Engel’s Roaring Fork Beer Company (RFBC). Batch is the summation of her dreams to date.

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Try Something New This Year

The past month has brought me in closer contact with fitness gyms than I have been for the past decade. It seems like one of the requirements of working on this issue was to give me a guilt complex for the lack of effort I take in personal fitness. I will admit it: at 66, I am old (at least in…

Cheers to 2018

Welcome to January. By now you’ve hopefully polished off all the leftover pie from the back of the fridge and guzzled your last mug of eggnog for at least 11 months. So long, holiday feasting—and hellooo fitness resolutions.

SAWliday

Carbondale's Studio for Arts and Works (SAW) hosted a holiday open house in December, when the collaborative artist space invited the community to meet its creatives and visit their studios. Photography by Rachael Gillespie

January 2018 Around Town

The Glenwood Chamber Resort Association is seeking sponsorships for its annual gala and community awards ceremony on January 27. Sponsorships offer the opportunity to reach a target audience of over 300 local business people at the largest annual gathering of business owners and employers in the community. Sponsorships are available from $100 and offer significant marketing exposure for your business. Sponsorships at $1,000 and…

Now Trending

 Article Paul Heisig, Exclusive Athletic Club  Imagine it’s thousands of years ago and there you are, finding what you need to survive, all without any modern comforts. When you finally get what you need—berries, bird, fish, deer—you must carry it all in order to keep yourself and those around you alive.  Our environment has changed to become easier today, but…

Seared Ahi Tuna with Mango Salsa

 Serves Four  + 1½ lbs center cut sashimi-grade ahi 
 tuna, tataki cut
+ 2 tbsp sesame oil
+ Sea salt
+ Freshly ground black pepper
  1 large ripe mango, diced
+ 2 tbsp chili oil
+ Juice of one lime
+ 2 tbsp red bell pepper, small dice
+ Dash sea salt and white pepper

Hello, Goodbye: Memories and Milestones

 January 27, 2018  The Hotel Colorado  5:30-11:30 p.m.

15-Minute Workout

 Trainers Parker Condit and Jennifer Mendez  The Aspen Clinic (TAC)  1460 E. Valley Road, 
Suites 100 & 221, Basalt

Home Sweet Home

Some houses instantly feel like home, and this lovely retreat tucked into the sunny south-facing hills 
opposite Glenwood’s Red Mountain is one of them.

Confessions of a Trainer

Amy Bollock has some secrets to share. As co-owner of Carbondale’s private personal training studio High Performance Physiques, she believes in a customized approach to working with clients, treating each as an individual who has a unique set of strengths, weaknesses, health concerns, and goals. Amy recently confessed to Roaring Fork Lifestyle:

Our Readers 
Have Spoken

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…

Cue the Confetti!

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…

How to Make a Ribbon Wreath

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 home’s interior design to create a festive and stylish seasonal design. Have fun and be creative!

Taste of Basalt

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.

UpRoot Gleaning Days

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.

Rotary Masquerade Ball

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.

December 2017 Around Town

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…

December 2017 Our Contributors

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…

Best of the Valley: Health and Services (Continued)

 Balcomb & Green  818 Colorado Avenue, Glenwood Springs  970.945.6546

Best of the Valley: Food

 Fatbelly  220 Main Street, Carbondale  970.963.1569

Best of the Valley: Health and Services

 Crystal River Spas  1197 Main Street, Carbondale  970.963.2100

Doing All the Good You Can

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…

Best of the Valley: Home

 Coldwell Banker Mason Morse  Multiple Locations  970.925.7000

Life is a Stage

I had the pleasure of going to a play recently at Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale. Our local performing artists are truly a gift to the community. I always enjoy not only their talented performances but also the actions of the stage crew as they rearrange set pieces on a darkened stage for the ever-changing scenes. Everything is choreographed for…

To Laugh, To Cry, To Learn

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” I watched as Prospero delivered these words during Thunder River Theatre’s recent production of “The Tempest,” recognizing one of the most well-known lines in all of Shakespeare’s canon. It’s been quoted time and again in popular culture, even misquoted, to the point…

Spring Creek Uprising

September's event at Gianinetti Spring Creek Ranch in Carbondale was a day of local music, food, and family-friendly fun to kick off YouthZone Ascent, the nonprofit's annual fundraiser. Photography by Chris R. Kemp.

Dressed to the K9s

In September, Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) hosted its annual fundraiser at The Orchard in Carbondale. Festivities included a canine 
fashion show, music from Valle Musico, a performance by the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, and remarks from co-founder and valley 
philanthropist Jim Calaway. Photography by Jane Bachrach, Michael Schauber, and Joe Kracum.

Spectrum Dance Festival

This fall, Dance Initiative hosted the Sixth Annual Spectrum Dance Festival at The Launchpad in Carbondale, celebrating the art of dance in all its forms through demos, studio performance, film screenings, and a series of workshops for the Roaring Fork Valley community. Photography by Katherine Dessert.

Hurricane Relief Effort

Earlier this season, Network Interiors of Glenwood Springs hosted a donation event for hurricane and flood disaster relief in the south. The group loaded some 35,000 pounds of donations, mostly new, onto a 53-foot semi truck headed for affected areas. 

November 2017 Around Town

The Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra will perform this month on November 12 in Aspen at Edlis Neeson Hall at the Bucksbaum Campus and on November 14 in Carbondale at the Third Street Center. Both performances begin at 5:30 p.m. All concerts are free and open to the public. Families and young children are always encouraged to attend.

“Yes, and…”

Consensual Improv! and Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) are building a performance relationship and so far, it’s a perfect match. “It was amazing when Jeff [Patterson] reached out to me, because years before I was involved at Thunder River Theatre, I’d journaled about all of the exciting arts and cultural programming that could take place in a black box performance…

Under Alya’s Umbrella

Choreographer, poet, and performing arts curator Alya Howe has an “umbrella." What she needs now are additional rainmakers. Over the past five years, Howe has curated three different performing arts series: Writ Large, the Poetry Brothel, and The Salon in Aspen. The Salon celebrated its fifth anniversary this past September with a huge gala, one that for the first time…

Uncommon Opportunity

How is anyone just suddenly supposed to know what to do with their life?

Coming Soon: A New Mountain Family Health Centers Clinic

Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) will open a new integrated health center in Basalt in the fall of 2018. We recently spoke with MFHC Development Director Garry Schalla about the new clinic.

The Magic of Mead

“Most people, who are not only involved in magic but really big fans of magic for a long time, still have a misconception about what magicians are,” says Aspen magician Eric Mead. “There’s a huge spectrum. But the magicians that I like most—respect most—aren’t even on that spectrum. They’re in a different room, doing work that is aimed at really…

Spice It Up

What do you do with 100 mason jars left over from your wedding? If you’re Tony de Moraes and Jenn Dockery, you start a business with them.

A Theatre’s Ritual

Let’s be honest. We actors can be downright weird. After all, there is nothing natural about repeatedly putting ourselves into embarrassing situations or weeping uncontrollably in front of a crowd of strangers. In the best moments there is a magical synchronicity that happens between actors in a scene; in the worst, our egos get in the way and our acting…

History Repeats Itself

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…

Dance, Sculpture, and Sound: “Nature in Translation”

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.