Building Bridges, Not Walls: Compassion Fest 2019

What is compassion in action? It can be as simple as greeting each person you meet throughout the day as an old friend. It can be as big as dedicating your life to helping the poor and the sick in Kolkata, India. But, if you’re not sure how to take compassionate action, the second annual Compassion Film Festival and Symposium…

Summer’s Sweetest Joys

Summertime is magic. What makes it special for you? Maybe it’s outdoor festivals and live music, or farmers markets filled with fresh food and cheerful neighbors. Perhaps it’s picnicking with the kids after a nature hike, grilling with friends on warm Saturday nights, or gathering with family to celebrate the 4th of July. If nature is … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Brews for the Brave Western Slope Veterans Coalition (WSVC) and United Way Battlement to the Bells (UWBB) will jointly manage the Beer Garden Concession at the 2019 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo, July 31–Aug. 4, held at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle. Proceeds from the concession will be gifted to the two nonprofits that … Continued

Roaring Forks, Corks and Kegs

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. 

Springfest at Strang Ranch

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.

DIY Your Way to a Bug-Free Summer

Adult- and Kid-Friendly Natural Bug Repellents from A Beautiful Mess Photos and Article by A Beautiful Mess Adult Blend What you need + 10 drops lemon essential oil + 10 drops lemongrass essential oil + 8 drops lavender essential oil + 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil + 1 ½ ounces distilled water (minus 1 teaspoon to … Continued

Easy Living

It’s sweet, sweet summertime—and the living is easy. As brilliant high-country days and cool, refreshing nights call us outside, we’re reminded of why we love living in the Roaring Fork Valley so much. This stunning one-of-a-kind home, complete with architectural details that welcome the outdoors in, is the perfect base for enjoying every summer delight that Mother Nature has to…

Just Peachy

Ah, Palisade peaches: The Western Slope's beloved stone fruit. As these glorious orbs of summer begin to appear in local markets later this month, many of us will find ourselves devouring them fresh over the kitchen sink before they ever make it into any home recipes. If you can manage to set a few aside, whip up a pitcher of this…

Safety First

Ice: In 2004 a friend mentioned that he was a member of the Search and Rescue team, and invited me to a training meeting. I attended and met a lot of very nice people who shared some of their experiences, which piqued my interest further.  

The Many Roles We Play

As a 68-year-old man I have passed several milestones in my life. I started three companies in my 40 years of self-employment: one in restaurant design and two in magazine publishing. I somehow managed to raise a wonderful family with four kids and five grandkids, and kept the woman of my dreams for 45 years … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Registration Open for Glenwood Car Show Save the date for the 16th annual Glenwood Springs Car Show weekend, July 26-27, presented by Vicco’s Charcoal Burger Drive-In and Valley Cruisers Car Club. Registration for participants is open now through the last day of the show. Cost: $20 for the first vehicle, $10 for a second, and free for … Continued

Imagine 7

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

Trendy Cuts for Men

The Styles You Want + How to Get Them The Fade + Hard Part HAIR TYPE Straight + Short WHAT IT IS There are many different types of fades, but ultimately a fade haircut is one that tapers in length the further down you go on the back and sides, meaning it isn’t trimmed to just one … Continued

All in the Family

Since 1976, Murray Dental Group has served patients from across the region. Here, Dr. Robert (Bob) Murray and his son Dr. John Murray, along with new partner Dr. Tim Huson, offer insight on their Glenwood Springs practice for Roaring Fork Lifestyle.

Master of His Universe

It’s no wonder Robbie Davis holds the CrossFit title “Fittest on Earth” two-times running. Growing up in Northern California, his family was super active; team sports, the outdoors, and adventure were all catalysts for a love of fitness in his younger years. Robbie’s father had a large influence, as did his older brother, three years his senior.

Choosing Local

In today's financial world, those with an interest in investing have a wealth of appealing options. From the stock market and bond market to precious metals, real estate, and everything in between, some investors in this valley look far and wide for large returns—but what if the best investment is sitting right here in our own back yard? As brokers who…

Boldly Imperfect

We’ve all felt pressure to seem “perfect” before, right? Or wait, maybe that’s just us ladies. Whenever I’ve heard the topic come up in conversation among guys, the notion of personal perfection seems pretty foreign to them—or pretty silly. As my own husband once said to me, like it was a total no-brainer, “Why would … Continued

Queen of the Downriver Divas

 TITLE: Founder & Retreat Leader  COMPANY: Downriver Divas  HOME BASE: Carbondale

May 2019 Around Town

Register Now: Inaugural Ukulele Fest The valley’s first-ever ukulele festival, the Western Slope Ukulele June Jam, is happening June 8 from 1-6 p.m. at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. The event is sponsored by Glenwood Music, the Crystal UkuLadies & UkuDudes, and Redstone Art Gallery owners Stephanie and Michael Askew. The festival features a day … Continued

Green is the New Black: OZ

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

Waldorf School ’70s Disco Gala

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

Timeless Beauty

With just a few products and a few minutes, these quick makeup routines add a little something extra when you don’t have time to spare Makeup brush 101 Your guide to must-have makeup brushes   01 | ANGLED CONTOUR Use this to apply blush, bronzer or highlighter. The angled cut flawlessly defines and highlights your features. … Continued

Leading with Love

Momenta Recovery has joined with 4Winds Farm to provide a sacred residential healing center for women. We have combined visions to provide an unmatched spiritual space for women to feel safe to begin their intensive healing process from the moment they step foot on the grounds. Both Momenta and 4Winds believe every being is in recovery from something; to us,…

Daring Women

Like so many Roaring Fork Valley transplants, Ashley Mauldin moved here without friends already living in the area. Fresh from the front range about seven years ago, she was the new mom of a six-month-old daughter, and the new owner of her private counseling practice; life was changing dramatically. Although her husband’s family was close by to provide foundational support, Mauldin still…

Sweet and Simple

Marilyn Murphy was nervous about giving a “pitch” to Sopris 100 Who Care. She had been board president for Carbondale’s nonprofit newspaper, the Sopris Sun, for only about a year and didn’t feel all that confident about leading a fundraising effort. But the paper was in a tough spot, paying overlapping wages while replacing two of three staffers and needing…

Fermentation 101

Food preservation has been a part of Carla Farrand’s life since she was a kid. Growing up in Oklahoma with a mom who loved to can and a grandmother who made sauerkraut the old-fashioned way, Farrand picked up their skills nearly by osmosis. She recalls carefully observing her grandma work year after year with the abundant vegetables her grandfather grew…

A Toast to Education

Roaring Forks, Corks and Kegs is the valley’s newest annual night out, with the extra bonus of benefiting the Glenwood Springs public schools. The May 17 event takes place at the Hotel Colorado and will feature food, wine, and beer tastings from the best restaurants the valley has to offer with an all-inclusive ticket.

To Greener Times

Each year, springtime reminds me to pay attention. Just as the cold, dark, snowy months seem as if they’ll last forever, we get that day—you know the one—when we walk outside and suddenly just feel that something’s different. It stops us in our tracks. The sun shines a little brighter, the wind blows a little sweeter, … Continued

April 2019 Around Town

Tiffany of Redstone Filming TV Series in the Valley Craig Stifter, owner of local vintage and salvage shop Tiffany of Redstone, recently announced that local filming is underway for a public television series he developed over the course of the past year. The show, called “Picking 2 Repurpose,” is slated to air its first season on Rocky … Continued

Ascendigo Blue Aspen Autism Benefit

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

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

Growing Together

Visit the Glenwood Community Garden this month, and you’ll find many a local green thumb already at work preparing plots for the upcoming growing season.

In Service of the Land

 ‘Follow the Life,’ we say.  Follow the question, the uncarved path, the sustaining hearth, the life-force, the equilibrium, and the others who are also on the quest.  This following led me to set a spiritual home for the work of The Guest House in the Roaring Fork Valley at the foot of Sopris, the Mother Mountain. I had met more…

Choosing Home

What makes a house a home? First are surely the people who live in it (followed closely by their pets, of course!). But beyond the love that a home’s family brings inside its walls, it seems that the sky’s the limit when it comes to making it their own—particularly here in the lower Roaring Fork … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

Habitat Seeks Basalt Vista Project Volunteers Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley has partnered with Pitkin County, the Roaring Fork School District, the Town of Basalt, and local businesses to build the Net Zero 27-unit Basalt Vista Affordable Housing Community for teachers and other middle-income workers in the local workforce. Construction on the first nine … Continued

Welcome Basket Essentials

 The Essentials:  1. Snacks. Your guests will no doubt be hungry after a day of driving or flying (or both). Even if you're planning a special meal soon after they arrive, providing them with a small nibble to keep in their room and munch on at their own discretion is a nice touch. And who wouldn't love a bag of buttery indulgence from midvalley popcorn…

CMC Mini College Chocolate Extravaganza Fundraiser

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

Setting the Stage

Staging a home to sell doesn't necessarily require new furniture pieces or a steep investment in decor. Usually, a few simple fixes that utilize what's readily available in your home are enough to pay off ten-fold; you just have to know how to use them to your advantage. 

Less is More

“Hideout”....from what? At the recently-founded Hideout Tiny Home Community off Midland Avenue in south Glenwood, it could mean hiding out from: clutter, huge mortgages, and hours maintaining a regular stick-built home. It was the allure of leaving all this behind him that led Beau Haines to downsize from a large home to a tiny one back in 2004, when living…

First Impressions

All items may be found through Designer Door Hardware at 7800 Hwy 82, Suite 202, in Glenwood Springs. Pricing available upon request; call 970.947.9900.

Have Blankets, Will Travel

Negative 40. Such was the sub-zero temperature when Betina Infante and her family arrived in Ulaanbaatar, the notoriously frigid capital city of Mongolia, during the dead of winter in 2007—straight from living in balmy Indonesia, no less.

My Artsy Valentine

Got Valentine's Day plans? Don't even think about another movie night on the couch! Skip the boring old Netflix and instead follow Cupid's arrow to one of the plentiful mid-February events featuring the creative talents of Roaring Fork Valley musicians, teaching artists, actors, and more. Because nothings says 'romance' like a good, old-fashioned night on the town—and when it involves our local…

Art and the Irresistible Urge

I think Einstein was onto something when he said, “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” As someone who was raised in the rural south without much access to art education at an early age, this speaks to me. We had no art centers in town, but my school district … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Valley Visual Art Show Continues In February The 39th annual Valley Visual Art Show, presented by Carbondale Arts, remains open for public viewing through February 22 at the R2 Gallery inside The Launchpad (76 S. 4th Street). Featuring 50 Roaring Fork Valley artists accepted to the exhibit on a first-come, first-served basis, the show has become a … Continued

Sunlight Skier Appreciation Day and United Way Benefit

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.

Art School

 (location) Glenwood Springs  Welcome back, Glenwood arts. The city-operated Glenwood Springs Community Art Center, housed at 601 East 6th Street in the same location of the former Center for the Arts, is open and ready for students to once again fill its space with creative energy. This spring, dance and martial arts classes are on offer alongside kids' art lessons, weekly…

Mountain Family Basalt Integrated Health Center Debut

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

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

Connected Creativity

On any given day, the ARTway along Carbondale’s Rio Grande Trail pulses with people and vitality. Triptych murals, fantastic sculptures, colorful gardens, pocket parks, and a pump track speak to this turned-on mountain town.

Inspired, Modern, Functional

Some properties offer more than the sum of their parts. “Home” can mean many things, but on rare occasions a dwelling simply offers something greater: a place to rest your head, but also an inspired space in which to grow, dream, and do.