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.
This magazine's first birthday party was hosted by the Roaring Fork Co-Op and co-sponsored by Bravo Catering. It featured a tasting from Marble Distilling Company, wine and beer from Sopris Liquor and candy from Grand Avenue Sweets. A silent auction raised $1,870 for Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE).
YouthEntity recently hosted the Western Slope ProStart Competition Boot Camp, led by the Colorado Restaurant Association Education Foundation. Competitors and mentors prepared for upcoming competitions that offer awards and $800,000 in scholarships. In 2015, YouthEntity's team won the Cysco Cup in Denver. More information at YouthEntity.org. Photos by Paul Hilts.
In December, the Carbondale Clay Center held its 18th Annual Cup Auction in a pop-up gallery on Main Street in Carbondale. Local and nationally known artists donated more than 220 cups to the auction. The popular event is the Clay Center's biggest fundraiser.
The monthly business member and community mixer sponsored by the Basalt Chamber of Commerce packed in a wall-to-wall crowd in December. Hosted by Alpine Bank Downtown Basalt, which is located in Basalt’s historic train depot, the gala attracted young and old and even Santa. Photos by Robin Waters.
In November, the Basalt Education Foundation's 20th annual Taste of Basalt raised $100,000 for Basalt public schools. The event at the Roaring Fork Club featured mid-valley restaurant food samples, cocktail and wine tastings, dancing, a silent auction and a raffle. Photography Jeremy Swanson
The fourth annual Blessing of the Animals raised nearly $7,000 for The Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) shelter. The Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist congregation and CARE teamed up to sponsor the event. Photography Trina Haines and Nicolette Toussaint
Basaltines enjoyed 10 bands at 10 different venues in October. The Pumpkin Jazz & Roots Festival was free and sponsored by the Town of Basalt, the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, Willits Town Center and Alpine Bank. Photography Robin Waters
True Nature Healing Arts' Sacred Fest in September featured Kirtan singers, yoga, massage, drumming, African dance, mud puppets, high-prana food tasting and an ice cream social. Photography by Hal Williams
The Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce's annual Bizopoly fair included networking, a business expo and job fair, plus great food and prizes. Attendees also enjoyed presentations about branding and harnessing the power of mobile devices.
In August, the Thunder River Theatre Company's Glitz and Glamour fundraiser featured both theater folks and guests in Roaring Twenties costumes. The benefit celebrated TRTC's 20th anniversary and raised funds for the theater's ongoing programs.
More than 33,000 rubber duckies raced down the Roaring Fork, a fundraiser for local youth groups, scholarships and international aid. Top finisher Allison Kanders took home a $10,000 prize. Bennett Bramson of Basalt sold the winning duck, his sixth winner in 10 years.
The Mount Sopris Historical Society fundraiser featured barbecue, music, dancing and a visit from Hattie Thompson, as interpreted by a local actress. Interesting artifacts and historical photos decorated the River Valley Ranch barn.
The Grand River Classic Car Show, sponsored by The Valley Cruisers and the Glenwood Springs Car Club, featured everything from a tin lizzy to hot red convertibles, a classic trailer and a vintage police cruiser. Photography by Christie Carver
The new Iron Mountain Hot Springs Spa offers 16 mineral hot springs pools and an 86,000-gallon freshwater family pool. Locals have already discovered its discounted evening soak; get the skinny at IronMountainHotSprings.com.
The Carbondale Public Arts Commission premiered 14 new sculptures during the Art Around Town Walk in June. Many sculptors were on hand to discuss their work, which will be on display for the next year.
Local residents donated nearly $39,000 to Nepalese earthquake relief efforts. True Nature Healing Arts, Sustainable Settings, the Missing Link Band, KDNK, Gould Construction and others pulled a gala fundraiser together within days of the quake.
Nearly 100 players took to the links for the Roaring Fork Charity Classic golf tournament, held in May at the Roaring Fork Club. The event raised $45,000 for the Basalt Education Foundation. Photos by Alex Irvin Photography.
Imagine 3, a annual culinary, musical and dancing extravaganza that benefits River Bridge Regional Center, was held in April. Food Network Star Susie Jimenez served many of her delicacies to the happy crowd. Photos by Tracy Trulove
Recognizing that it takes a village to raise kids with confidence and respect, YouthZone recognized its volunteers, supporters and partners at their annual recognition reception in April. Photos by Vicky Nash