The fifth annual Family Hoedown, benefitting the Aspen and Carbondale Community Schools, was held in February at Cozy Point Ranch in Snowmass Village. More than 700 attendees of all ages enjoyed live music, square dancing, roping, pony and mechanical bull rides, food, and more. Photography by Stephanie Rae Photography
In January, the Roaring Fork Valley Fly Fishing Club and Roaring Fork Conservancy presented their third annual fly-tying competition in Basalt. Twenty youngsters from Aspen to New Castle competed in the youth division, while 14 local anglers and enthusiasts competed in the adult division. Photography by Roaring Fork Conservancy
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Art Base's phenomenal 2017 pARTy and 10x10 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.
Carbondale Arts' 46th annual Mountain Fair was a weird, wacky, water-themed celebration. Pies were judged, logs got chopped, aerialists soared, Native Americans and Gaden Shartse monks offered blessings. Not even a downpour could dampen spirits that soared from the opening drum circle to the closing band. Photos by Renee Ramge.
Vintage and tuner cars, rate rods, 29 vintage snow machines, a free barbeque and music by Bobby Mason's band made 14th Annual Glenwood Springs Car Show a retro hit. Sponsored by Valley Cruisers Car Club and Vicco’s Charcoal Burger, the event was a great success. Photos by Christie Carver.
Recently, local Pro TKD martial arts students, ages 11 to 49, showed their abilities in the 2017 black belt Dan test, vying for second- and third-degree black belts. The PRO TKD Martial Art Center is located in Carbondale under the instruction of Master Doug Fuechsel. Photos by Chuck Maker.
Advocate Safehouse marked its 30th anniversary in July and there was much to celebrate. Safehouse, located in Glenwood Springs, has provided 3,647 nights of safe shelter to 1,029 domestic violence survivors and 1,072 children while handling 25,500-plus crisis calls. Photos by Aw Snap Photo and the Personal Responsibility Education Program.
In July, Wilderness Workshop hosted Wildfest at Owl Farm in Woody Creek. The celebration of the nonprofit's work to protect and conserve our public lands featured live music, food, art, kids' activities, and remarks from Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. Photography by Eric Allen Photo.
LIFT-UP celebrated 35 years of service to the community in late June, hosting their annual hot air balloon festival, Lift Off for LIFT-UP, in El Jebel's Crown Mountain Park. Among other activities, two stunning morning ascensions delighted the event's balloon-gazers. Photography by Nicolette Toussaint.
Roaring Fork Events, along with several local sponsors, recently hosted the second annual Wild West Fermentation Fest in Glenwood. Attendees enjoyed fermented Colorado beverages including craft beer, cider, and kombucha. A portion of ticket sales benefited the Glenwood Springs Historical Society. Photography by Bobby Burch and Hannah Arredondo.
The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts recently presented its 25th annual Dancers Dancing showcase. The event featured the talents of more than 100 young dancers, performing styles ranging from ballet and pointe to jazz, hip hop, and modern dance. Photography by Klaus Kocher.
In June, New Castle's River Center held its fifth annual spaghetti fundraiser in Burning Mountain Park. Proceeds from the home-cooked spaghetti dinner went to the nonprofit's many outreach programs including its community enrichment classes, back-to-school supply drive, winter coat distribution, weekly senior luncheon, and more. Photography by Karissa Feese.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Sunlight Mountain Resort and United Companies recently sponsored their annual Skier Appreciation Day, a benefit for United Way Battlement to the Bells. The day included $20 ski tickets, a 1960's theme, a hippie costume contest and a prize drawing that include specially-designed ski and snowboard equipment commemorating Sunlight’s 50th anniversary.
Tyler Stableford's “The Calling: A Portrait of Life In The High Country” premiered at a December gala at Marble Distilling Company. The documentary shows Roaring Fork Valley locals pursuing their dreams. It stars Master Distiller Connie Baker, cowboy Max Macdonell, and rock climbers Ben Rueck and Mayan Smith-Gobat.
In creating "HEaRD", choreographer Alya Howe was inspired by schools of fish and "the marvelous murmuration of the flock.” HEaRD was performed at Carbondale's Launchpad by Bailey Barnum, Dana Ganssle Ellis, Emily Fifer, Gabriela Alvarez Espinoza, Jeni Ptacek, Meagan Londy Shapiro, Natalie Rae, and Robyn Hubbard. Photos by Renee Ramge.
Carbondale's First Friday in November featured a Day of the Dead performance by Ross Montessori students and an Invocation of the Dead at Thunder River Theatre. Altar viewings, traditional foods, hot chocolate, face painting, songs and music followed at Third Street Center. Photos by Julie Albrecht.
Colorado Rocky Mountain School recently celebrated completion of its new Alpenglow Base Camp. It's the final building in a $10.6 million capital campaign that included two new dormitories, remodeling three others, a new state-of-the-art science facility, a library, a music building and a welcome center. Photos by Renee Ramge.
In September, the Alpine Animal hospital sponsored its annual K-9 5-K fundraising race. Local residents participated by running with their canine best friends, by jogging with kids and strollers. During the event, shelter dog Jasmine found her new home. Photography by Mid Levis.
No way that a few thundershowers were going to rain on the parade of Roaring Fork locals who turned up for Jazz Aspen Snowmass over Labor Day weekend! Here’s the proof that hundreds turned out for all that jazz. Photos by Renee Ramge.
During the last weekend in July, more than 20,000 happy fair-goers gathered for the 45th annual Mountain Fair, sponsored by Carbondale Arts. Three days of music, artisans and performers, ranging from fire dancers and aerial silks performers to salsa and belly dancers, kept everyone enthralled. Photos by Renee Ramge.
YouthEntity, a nonprofit that served more 2,000 youth during the last academic year, hosted its annual pig roast in June. The benefit featured suckling pig from Tender Belly in Denver along with Chilean sea bass, prime rib, corn and blueberry salad, baked mac-n-cheese and watermelon salad. Photos by Draper White.
Held every Thursday from June until late August, rain or shine, the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo is run by a not-for-profit, volunteer organization committed to keeping the Roaring Fork Valley’s western heritage alive. Here's the proof that our Western heritage is strong, gathered from recent rodeos. Photos by George Hendrix.
More than 75 people turned out for the Western Slope’s first Go AuTism Family Fun Walk in May. Highlighting the healing effects of horses, movement, nature and a supportive community to help kids with autism and veterans with PTSD, the event was at Smiling Goat Ranch. Photos by Katie Hankinson.
“Welina I Ko Hawaii Pae Aina!” or “Welcome to the Hawaiian Islands.” This summer, the Glenwood Springs Arts Center offered kids 6-12 years old an authentic island experience. Campers hula-danced, played ukulele, sang island chants, created native art and pottery and created lemonade stands. Visit Glenwoodarts.org for additional information.
On May 5, Carbondale opened the Colorado Creative Industries summit with an Art Walk that rocked the whole town. From drumming in the park to dancing in the street, from galleries to potters, artists and sculptors workshops, both local and hundreds of visitors had a great time.
Teachers, parents and community leaders recently gathered for the annual "Date Through the Year" fundraiser for Blue Lake Preschool. The evening consisted of amazing food, great drinks, dancing, a silent auction, and a celebration of young kids in our valley. Photos by Aaron Rogers.
Ms. Reiley's second-grade class at Basalt Elementary spent February and March researching and writing opinions about Basalt's vacant, downtown riverside land. Basalt Mayor Jacquie Whitsitt, councilmen Rick Stevens and Rob Leavitt and architect Nick Aceto came to view the students' plans and ask questions! Photos by Kendall Reiley.
Recently, a crew of inspiring and dedicated yogis completed a 30-day yoga challenge at True Nature Healing Arts in Carbondale. They received free monthly, unlimited yoga passes in recognition of their hard work.
Passport to Literacy: Around the World in 80 Words, the 2016 Spellabration raised $18,000 for Literacy Outreach and Colorado Mountain College's learning labs. Twenty-six teams with names like Lost in Translation, From Russia with Love, Jefferson Airplane and Team Baggage Handlers participated in this annual contest. Photos by Suzy Cota.
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s awards night and gala featured a “Back to the Future” theme, some funny costumes and awards recognizing those who have made Glenwood Springs a seriously good place to live and work. (See Around Town for details about the awards.) Photos by Katrina Smith.