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, 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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
On February 2 the Children's Mini College, an auxiliary of Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood, held its 16th annual Chocolate Extravaganza at Morgridge Commons. Attendees bid on silent auction items donated by some 130 local businesses and individuals for a successful night of fundraising accompanied by wine, sweets, and homemade savory snacks prepared by students' families. Photography … Continued
On January 11, Sunlight Mountain Resort hosted its 34th annual Skier Appreciation event. The '80s-themed bash featured games, retro music, a costume contest, and other festivities. About 1,200 skiers and guests attended. All proceeds of some $25,000 from the day of totally rad partying benefited the local United Way Battlement to the Bells. Photography by Michael Faas and Robin Waters.
Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) celebrated the grand opening of its new Basalt clinic at 123 Emma Road on January 7. With medical, dental, and behavioral health services under one roof, the center will allow MFHC to significantly increase the number of patients receiving care in the Roaring Fork Valley, from 2,200 to 3,700. Photography by … Continued
Become A Big Buddy in 2019 January is National Mentoring Month, and the Buddy Program is currently seeking new Big Buddies to serve as mentors to local kids. The Aspen-based nonprofit invites the community to attend its Mentor & Mingle event on January 16 from 5-7 p.m. at the Marble Bar Aspen inside the Hyatt … Continued
On October 28, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park celebrated the final run of its original Iron Mountain Tramway, which will be replaced with a new high-efficiency model over the winter season while the park closes temporarily. The old tram served Glenwood Caverns guests for more than 15 years. Photography by Mandy Gauldin
On October 6, English in Action held its eighth annual Fiesta de Tamales at Eagle Crest Nursery in El Jebel. Families enjoyed homemade tamales and pupusas, a performance by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico, piñatas, and more. All proceeds benefited the nonprofit's mission to help adults learn English and foster a more cohesive community. Photography by Deborah Shannan.
Valley Settlement recently helped create a new space for children in El Jebel when the Carbondale-based nonprofit hosted some 173 volunteers for a playground build. The play equipment, picnic tables, benches, planters, shade structures, and more went up in just six hours. Project partners included KaBOOM!, The Colorado Health Foundation, Crawford Properties, and Eagle County. Photography by … Continued
Each summer, Wilderness Workshop offers a series of free, guided hikes to the public. On August 26, the bilingual Red Hill Family Hike and Picnic introduced locals and visitors alike to one of Carbondale’s most celebrated recreational hotspots. Learn more about the hike series at WildernessWorkshop.org. Photography by Justin Patrick and Alicia Zeringue
In late July, 49 ladies from the Roaring Fork Women's Triathlon Team traveled to Longmont to compete in the 11th annual Outdoor Divas Sprint race. The event marked team co-founder Nancy Reinisch's 100th triathlon to date. Photography by Matt Moore
The Redstone community celebrated Independence Day 2018 in style, welcoming hundreds of visitors to the town's main drag for a full roster of patriotic festivities. The fun included a parade, kids' activities, ducky derby, bike decorating party, pies, and plenty of small-town charm. Photography by Hunter Causey
In July, the Garfield County Libraries celebrated eight decades of service to the community with a birthday party and ice cream social at each of their six locations from Carbondale to Parachute. Over 850 children and adults attended, enjoying delicious treats, games, and interactions with neighbors. Photography by Garfield County Libraries
Carbondale's Colorado Rocky Mountain School graduated 47 seniors during a commencement ceremony held the morning of Saturday, June 2. Many of the seniors hail from Roaring Fork Valley towns. Graduates plan to continue their educations at New York University, CU Boulder, Columbia, and Sarah Lawrence College, among other prestigious schools. Photography by Renee Ramge
On May 5, Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) hosted its 2018 Derby Day Gala at The Orchard in Carbondale. Festivities included mint juleps from Marble Distilling Co., silent auction, derby-inspired hors d’oeuvres and dinner by Chef Jimmy Nadell, live paddle raise benefiting TRTC’s programs with a matching gift from Integrated Mountain Group, and more. Photography … Continued
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.