Building the She-Shed

Outdoor fun can mean different things to different people. The Roaring Fork Valley offers unlimited activities for locals and tourists alike. I personally prefer golf and fly fishing—every weekend could be filled with just those two activities if I had the choice. And I mean choice, because my wife had other plans for me this spring. After three years of…

CMC 50th Celebration: Uncle Jimmy’s Pig Roast

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) continued its 50th anniversary festivities in late April with a celebration at the Spring Valley campus. College faculty and staff, community leaders, alumni, and students gathered for a fun-filled afternoon, which included feasting on a roasted pig donated by the Nieslanik family. Photography by Charles Engelbert.

Sweet, Sweet Summertime

There are exactly 1,439,552 fantastic things to do outside in the Roaring Fork Valley this month. I, your editor, did the dirty work for you and counted. Of course we have hiking, rafting, rock climbing, fishing, golfing, jogging, and all the other sports and physical activities we love—but what about festival frolicking, market strolling, rodeo gawking, sidewalk chalking, creek dipping,…

St. Stephen Catholic School Spring Gala

Glenwood's St. Stephen Catholic School recently held its first annual Spring Gala Masquerade Ball fundraising event. Masqueraders enjoyed cocktails, live music, dancing, and appetizers from Food Network star Susie Jimenez. Proceeds benefited the school, which strives to provide competitive tuition for students from Aspen to Rifle. Photography by Andrea Palm-Porter.

Festival las Americas

On Cinco de Mayo, the Roaring Fork Rotary Club ("Club Rotario") hosted its annual Festival las Americas in Carbondale's Sopris Park. The bicontinental cultural celebration and scholarship fundraiser featured live mariachi, dancing, beer garden, kids' area, and food from local vendors. Photography by Klaus Kocher.

Sculpting A Sense Of Place

“The artists I know are attempting to understand a sense of place and living in the world,” muses Nancy Lovendahl. “My own career has been about a call and response, a sense of place and the landscape. I’m sure my art would be very different if I lived in New York or Beijing, which I did for awhile.”

Life Beyond the Mat

Almost a decade of designing blast-proof building interiors in faraway Iraq, from her office in Denver, was a challenge for Providence Apothecary co-owner Chrissy Lee Manes. It was distant—as a project, as a place, and from immediate interactions with people. Wanting to shift her career to something closer in all regards, Manes, a certified herbalist and holistic healthcare practitioner, and…

June 2017 Around Town

It's the place to be on Thursday nights! The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo rides into town once again on Thursday, June 1 and continues every following Thursday, rain or shine, through August 17. Spectators will be treated to the thrills and spills of cowboys and cowgirls of all ages competing in bull riding, ranch bronc riding, barrel racing, and mutton…

Glenwood’s Big Three

Sunshine, music, a maze of merchant booths, laughter, locals, tourists, and fried food galore: Nothing says “summer in Glenwood” quite like Strawberry Days. Now celebrating its 120th anniversary, the festival has brought family-friendly fun and excitement to locals for generations.

Flying Colors

Pam and Bruce Wood have been flying hot air balloons professionally in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1996. Their flying company, Above It All, brings immense joy to the Woods; so much so that they purchased the company outright when their business partner and original owner, Bill Hodgden, decided to retire in 2002.

Muddy Hands, Happy Hearts

How do you foster a deep and sustaining sense of stewardship for the land? By getting your hands good and dirty in it. That’s the founding belief of the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV), the Basalt-based nonprofit that offers opportunities to pour your sweat equity into a full slate of trail work and ecological restoration projects from Aspen to Rifle.

Snowline

Every spring, an itch crawls through my bones. As the snow recedes up the mountains, I look furtively out the window, an exile scheming my way back to them. Morning rises bright, musical, and inviting. The birds paint the branches: the bold yellow-orange body and black and white wing patches of the evening grosbeak, the yellow breast of the western…

Solar Energy 101

They say that Colorado residents see 300 days of sun each year. Whether that number is factual remains open to a bit of debate, but there is no denying that we do indeed enjoy quite a lot of sunshine here compared to many other places in the U.S. Take a look out the window right now—is the sun shining? Your…

The Osprey Has Landed

Coupled with a mate for life, an osprey’s nest has been called its “center of gravity,” its place of reconnection and lifelong family home. Wherever it builds its nest, this is the place where coupled ospreys return after winters apart, year after year. Offspring, too, will return to the same area and begin their own nests. The Cornell Lab of…

Elevating Customer Success

Collaboration: It’s a big part of what Integrated Mountain Group does. Founded by Roaring Fork Valley resident of more than 20 years Scott Key and a team of longtime local professionals, the company is delivering comprehensive services to the local community with more than a century of combined experience in real estate.

Nurturing Nature in our Valley

Ah, May: the month that truly brings the Roaring Fork Valley back to life. After a cold winter and the ever-unpredictable month of April, May ushers us from mud season to sun season in a mere 31 days. Cue the green trees, late hours of daylight, and picnics in the park.

May 2017 Around Town

Tom and Sarah Rumery, owners of New Castle's Osage Gardens, are celebrating 25 years of local, organic farming in 2017. Now the largest grower of fine organic culinary herbs in Colorado, the farm began with just six basil plants and now boasts nearly 6,000. Also grown on-site are over 20 other herb varieties including dill, marjoram, mint, oregano, tarragon, thyme,…

MFHC Dental Clinic Opening

In March, Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) celebrated the opening of the organization's new Mobile Dental Van in El Jebel. MFHC CEO Ross Brooks and others from the team welcomed the public to tour the van and learn more about its services. Photography by Garry Schalla.

Spellebration: Literacy Under the Big Top

In April, Glenwood's Literacy Outreach hosted its annual adult spelling bee at the Hotel Colorado. The circus-themed event, benefiting Literacy Outreach and Colorado Mountain College's Learning Labs, featured outrageous costumes and 30 teams competing for bragging rights as the best spellers in the county. Photography by Susy Cota.

Lon Winston Theatre Naming

Carbondale's Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) celebrated opening night of their recent production of Shakespeare's The Tempest by announcing the newly named Lon Winston Theatre. Winston, who directed and designed The Tempest and many other productions, founded TRTC more than 20 years ago. Photography by Beth White Photography.

Spring Green or Cone Orange?

Spring is a time when you usually think of new green sprouts poking through the soil—but for those of us who spend a lot of time in the car commuting, spring also means a fresh crop of attractive orange traffic cones lining the roads. Sometimes it seems there are more traffic cones than spring flowers, more orange than the poppy…

Of Riddles, Rivers, and Cutthroats

Enjoy solving riddles? Try this one on for size: The beautiful greenback cutthroat trout, native to the eastern slope of Colorado, is declared extinct in 1937. In the 1950s, it is rediscovered. By the 2000s, it is found across the western slope. How?

The Air We Breathe

It’s a delight to call the Roaring Fork Valley home. We enjoy beautiful vistas, a plethora of outdoor activities, and excellent community events. Our love of the outdoors generally comes with an appreciation for a clean environment and a healthy place to live. However, we often don’t pause to think about how our daily activities can impact air quality, both…

A Greener, Cleaner Valley

Long ago, eight-year-old Davey Reindel would lurk in his Ohio ‘hood with a BMX posse, “raiding trash cans for cool stuff on pick-up day—our scores would then migrate to the woods to build forts,” he remembers. By the time he was eleven, Dave was collecting recyclables from construction sites for nickels and dimes.

Pedaling Toward Sustainability—and Community

Creating community, one pedal stroke at a time: That’s the vision of Mirte Mallory, co-founder and executive director of WE-cycle, the Roaring Fork Valley’s nonprofit bike-share program that offers an efficient, simple, sustainable transit alternative for residents and visitors.

Couple Creates a Deep-Green, DIY Home in Satank

The modern, industrial-chic home that has taken shape on Pine Street in Satank is a dream made concrete by Steven and Bailey Haines. Handsomely finished with touches like weathered cedar siding and trendy concrete countertops, their “Hainestead” isn’t just a treat for the eye, it’s a better-than-net-zero house.

Rising Up by Rooting Down

What brought me to the Roaring Fork Valley eight years ago was a deep longing for a place to root down. Having lived in multiple countries, I had encountered many of the world’s treasures but didn’t find “home” until coming here. I landed a position with Colorado Mountain College (CMC), but perhaps it was Mother Sopris that drew my family…

Flowers

Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover's dream come true. Follow these simple steps to create a beautiful centerpiece everyone can enjoy this season.

West Canyon Tree Farm

Longtime locals may recall spring and summer days spent strolling the grounds of West Canyon Tree Farm years ago, selecting shrubs or flowers to plant at home with their families. From 1980 to 2007, the farm was a bustling center of activity that served green thumbs and gardening novices alike.

Wild at Heart

In a watershed surrounded by national forest and wilderness, steeped in both prosperity and nonprofit initiatives, it would be easy to presume that money flows from one to the other as freely as the rivers and streams within. But this isn’t always the case.

A Transition of Talent

Many of our readers know that we are transitioning between editors at Roaring Fork Lifestyle. My friend and highly respected journalist, Nicolette Toussaint, is moving on to new opportunities. These opportunities include pursuing an artist’s residency, travel, and spending more time with her husband and best friend Mason. Nicolette will continue to have an important presence as a writer with…

Blooming Where You’re Planted

What does home mean to you? What about community, neighbors, or friends? In the five years that my husband and I have lived in the Roaring Fork Valley, we’ve thought a lot about what these words mean to us. We spent our twenties bouncing from place to place, exploring what the world had to offer, and found ourselves here unexpectedly…

April 2017 Around Town

Carbondale's 5Point Adventure Film Festival returns for its 10th year this month, featuring more than 50 films on April 20-23 at the community center downtown. The multi-day event includes additional annual festivities such as panel discussions, spoken word, music, live podcast recordings, art demonstrations, book signings, dance performances, and appearances by filmmakers and athletes from around the globe. Executive director…

Cirque d’Sopris

Carbondale Arts presented Cirque d'Sopris in February, featuring the talents and fashion designs of young Roaring Fork Valley creatives. For this year's theme, "7th Generation Rising," local youth explored what life could look like after the environment has drastically changed. Photography by Tyler Stableford.

Youth Poetry Slam

In February, Aspen Words hosted its fourth annual Youth Poetry Slam at the Third Street Center, with spoken word performances by local high school students. This community event was the culmination of two weeks of intensive poetry workshops held in schools from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Photography by Michael Stevens.

PRO TKD Empowerment Events

PRO TKD Martial Arts Center recently invited world champion power breaker Master Sloane Cameron to help lead a series of events for female empowerment, including the center's 20th annual Kick-A-Thon. The event raised funds to help students attend the U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang. Photography by Master Fuechsel and Carolyn Oswald.

Liquid Gold in Snowmass

Pondering this question, the honey-making family behind Wild Bear Bee Farm in Snowmass recently presented to the Cornerstone Classical School in Basalt. Co-owner Chris Stoner looked to scripture for answers. For her, the Bible’s teachings “show that God cares about how we behave. He expects us to be good stewards of His creation.” Indeed, her family business has worked hard…

Farm-to-Table Fresh

Lifting the seedling to your mouth, you marvel at its perfection: an achingly green, luminous sprout with a pubescent white root. It’s still alive. Liquid spurts across your tongue as its flesh bursts, and lingering notes of flavor hint at summer, earth, and mystery.

Delicious Delivery

If you’ve ever wanted to get more involved with the valley’s farmers and food producers but haven’t known where to start, Isaac Foust wants to help. “We have a lot of people around here who want to buy local and support growers, but they just don’t have the time,” he says. “Some families have the ability to take a trip…

Calling all CSAs

Imagine the flavor of local peaches, crisp greens, sun-warmed apricots, slicing tomatoes, eggs with creamy golden yolks, and meats raised humanely just a few miles from your house: hungry yet? The Roaring Fork Valley’s farms are rich with the freshest and most delicious foods. But how can we get our hands on what they have to offer us? Enter the…

Planting the Seeds of the Future

Mrs. Glenn loved my first-grade class. So much, she told us, that she just couldn’t let us go. She graduated along with us, becoming our teacher for the second grade too. That allowed me to proudly bring the pumpkin seeds for Mrs. Glenn’s final year of teaching.

Backyard Goodness

There is nothing better than fresh food you grow yourself. Our daughters were raised picking peas and digging carrots and potatoes. Teaching children how to grow and harvest vegetables can be fun, really; you reap the benefits of time spent together outdoors, being productive. Below are some suggested practices my family uses for growing organic produce at home.

Welcome Home

Uncork the wine, light the grill, and call up your friends and family: this River Valley Ranch showstopper was built to entertain. Test your culinary prowess in the roomy chef’s kitchen while guests enjoy the main floor’s spacious open floor plan. Is warm springtime weather beckoning the group outside, or is it just the spectacular view of Mount Sopris? Either…

Ski for Sisu

In February, the 25th annual Ski for Sisu ski-a-thon, sponsored by the Mount Sopris Nordic Council, raised funds for Spring Gulch Cross-Country Trails. More than 100 participants raised pledges and skiied 3.5K, 10K or 12.5K long-distance loops. "Sisu" is a Finnish word meaning to persevere when the going gets tough.

Down 25 Points in the 3rd Quarter—Time to Move & Shake!

A "Mover & Shaker" is usually the owner or manager of a company or organization, the person who plans and orchestrates its direction and growth. This person must be a leader who can keep a calm hand on the controls. I watched one of the calmest performances of leadership under pressure that I have ever seen on Super Bowl Sunday…

Moving In, Moving On—
My Parting Thoughts

You hold in your hands the 27th monthly issue of Roaring Fork Lifestyle. It's the last one I will edit. So far, this publication has had but one editor, yours truly. But next month, I will be moving on, and Caitlin Causey will be moving in. Caitlin's name should be familiar; she has been writing for this publication virtually since…

Step It Up with Midland Shoe

Health experts often recommend taking 10,000 steps per day. In a place like the Roaring Fork Valley, where a vigorous level of activity is central to our mountain lifestyle, many locals easily surpass that number on a daily basis. Whether walking the neighborhood, strolling the bike path with friends or hitting the town after work, quality footwear is an important…

March 2017 Around Town

Carbondale Arts' 9th annual Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza: SHE brims with locals, performance art, multimedia, inspiring sustainable fashion and an intriguing storyline. The show, always a sell-out, raises money to educate youth in the Roaring Fork Valley. This month, ticket prices are $45 for members and $50 for non-members online at CarbondaleArts.com.

Steve Beckley’s Dream: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has been honored with four Post Independent Locals’ Choice Awards and a 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. In 2001, the Beckley's exemplary environmental preservation efforts were recognized with the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative.

Kjell Mitchell – Forty Years in Hot Water

Kjell Mitchell doesn’t look like an executive. For a conversation with this magazine, he arrived Colorado-casual, bundled in a softly worn coat, a jaunty scarf about his neck, his cheeks rosy from the winter walk over. Sporting spectacles and blonde stubble, tall and lean, he lacks the paunch often typifying success. Affable and self-effacing, Mitchell seems more ready for a…