Giving An Angel Its Wings

After the tragic death in 2014 of her daughter Anna Wilson, artist Diane Orlov had a life-changing dream. In it, she was being led by an angel, who gave her hope and direction in the midst of despair and loneliness. This dream motivated her, and in the years since, Orlov has been working with hundreds of Roaring Fork Valley residents…

The Art of Healing

“But I’m not an artist.” Sheri Gaynor hears this all the time. In more than three decades working as an expressive arts therapist and licensed clinical social worker, she has seen innumerable clients who don’t believe they possess any creative talent—certainly none that could aid their own healing and growth. 

Abby and the Chocolate Factory

For Abby Mandel, life is indeed like a box of chocolates. Who could have predicted that a lifelong sweet tooth and a Ph.D. in taste perception science would lead her to becoming Carbondale’s new chocolate artist? Certainly not Mandel herself.

Made with Love

RFL: Your studio is a true family operation. Tell us more.

The Beat Goes On

Each new year is like a clean slate or a blank canvas. Many of us start out with a host of good intentions, particularly in the areas of health and diet. A new restaurant in Carbondale takes the guesswork out of eating healthy. Virtually everything on the menu at The Beat is good for you.

First Serve

Grab your paddles, Carbondale. This spring, the best new tournament-quality pickleball courts in the region are coming to North Face Park.

Of Enthusiasm and Endurance

Hellooo new decade. Anyone else feeling an inexplicable desire to do something bigger or better, simply because we’re entering the ‘20s?  Whether we’re seeking improved health, career growth, or stronger relationships, the symbolism of a fresh start in January gives many of us a tangible starting line for tackling our ambitions. Treading water in the … Continued

January 2020 Around Town

Dos Gringos Continues Anniversary Giving Campaign During the 52 weeks leading up to its 20-year anniversary in November 2020, Carbondale’s Dos Gringos restaurant is conducting an $11,000 charitable campaign. Each week, a staff member will select a local nonprofit to receive a cash donation based on a percentage of sales. So far, such groups as Ascendigo Autism … Continued

Culinary Arts Fest

In late October, the Glenwood Springs Arts Council hosted its annual food and beverage tasting and fundraiser at the Hotel Colorado. Guests sampled sips and bites from a host of favorite local eateries and beverage producers, and enjoyed live music from Let Them Roar. Photography by Dave Lofland.

Owning It

Many of us struggle to prioritize our health after the indulgent holiday season. In January, when the evenings are so dark and the couch so comfy, the mere thought of getting back into a healthful routine can seem overwhelming. But what if we flipped our perspective, and exchanged that demotivating sense of obligation for a more positive mindset—could that help…

Breathe Easy, Sleep Well

Do you snore? Do you hold your breath while you sleep? Do you wake up gasping for air? Do you feel sleepy during the day? These questions may determine whether you might suffer from sleep apnea.   

Desert Delight

Like butter. That’s how I’d describe the way my muscles felt as the massage therapist kneaded the blend of aromatherapy and CBD oils into my skin. I was in the midst of a 90-minute aromatherapy wrap in the Well & Being Spa at the acclaimed Fairmont Scottsdale Princess—and it was heaven.

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

For a frosty and unforgettable evening under the stars, bundle the kiddos and venture upvalley to see the free annual community Torchlight Parade and fireworks show in Snowmass Village. At 6 p.m., a massive procession of red flare-wielding skiers and snowboarders will make wide turns down the mountain, illuminating the snow and night sky with a warm rosy glow. Your…

Cheers to Five Years

This month, I am reminiscing about when we first started discussing the prospect of creating a true community-sourced magazine. Some thought that a glossy coffee table magazine could never thrive in the mid to lower valley. But starting in December 2014, this new local magazine began appearing in mailboxes and public gathering places across the valley. Feedback and suggestions started to roll…

Traditions, Old and New

What’s your most beloved holiday tradition? Growing up, my favorite December treat involved not gifts or cookies but an annual campout beneath my family’s Christmas tree. After spending nearly an entire day each year cutting it down, stringing it with lights, and festooning it with ornaments, my (surely exhausted) mother allowed my little brother and me to spend … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

120th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) invites the valley’s birders to help count birds on December 15 for the 120th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the longest-running citizen science survey in the world. Birders of all experience levels are welcome and encouraged to participate in this important census that has helped … Continued

An Art Heist in Carbondale

In October, a gang of western outlaws showed up to support The Launchpad, home of Carbondale Arts and Dance Initiative. The wild bunch came to "steal" art right off the walls of the R2 Gallery, drink cocktails by Woody Creek Distillers, eat bites from Slow Groovin' BBQ, and play blackjack at The Way Home after-party. Photography by Carbondale Arts

12 Artists of Christmas

Forget the big scary online retailer that rhymes with Schmamazon. Are you truly looking for the perfect gift? Follow the glow of Rudolph’s nose to The Launchpad, where Carbondale Arts is once again hosting its annual Deck the Walls Artisan Market inside the R2 Gallery this month. Unique, high quality treasures abound in this tastefully curated assortment of goods made entirely…

A Holiday Tradition

For 23 Decembers, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” has delivered its special Christmas magic to valley audiences of all ages. But for the young local dance students who have themselves performed among the toys and snowflakes over the years, the ballet is more than a fleeting holiday reverie—it’s a tradition. Perhaps even more importantly, it’s an introduction…

Foundation of Success

Integrated Mountain Group has quickly become one of the valley’s most visible and successful real estate companies. But what have the years since its 2016 founding looked like from the inside? Roaring Fork Lifestyle recently caught up with founder Scott Key to find out.

Family First

Charles Dickens was ahead of his time when he urged everyone to, “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” As a teacher at St. Stephen Catholic School, I know I am so thankful to work with amazing students like the four 6th graders featured here. As…

Gratitude in Giving

Kayce Anderson never planned on being a social entrepreneur. Or an innovator. Or the founder of a nonprofit working to improve girls’ access to education in rural Kenya. In 2014, the Glenwood Springs resident was still deeply immersed in her research, happily spending a third of each year hitchhiking around the Ecuadorian Andes capturing insects for her lab. She’d recently…

Always More

I find myself constantly amazed and inspired by the Dalai Lama. Over the last couple of years I have read many of his books and watched countless speeches and interviews. I have done my best to incorporate many of his values and philosophies into my daily practices both personally and professionally. I work to focus my energy on kindness, intention,…

Feeding Heart and Soul

“Who inspires you, and why?” This is the simple question we posed to the five nonprofit directors featured here in our November issue. When their replies rolled into my inbox earlier this fall, I found myself both delighted and profoundly moved by their responses. As the season of thankfulness dawns this month, they reminded me that indeed, inspiration … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

River Bridge Expands to New Facility, Grows Team Thanks to community support through the Bridge to Their Futures Campaign, River Bridge Regional Center has expanded into a new location at 504 21st Street in Glenwood Springs. The building houses offices for therapists and comfortable exam rooms. River Bridge also added to its team to ensure adequate services are provided to local … Continued

Dedication of CMC Spring Valley Buildings

On August 28, two new buildings were dedicated at Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley. The J. Robert Young Alpine Ascent Center was named in honor of philanthropist and Alpine Bank founder and chairman Bob Young. A second building that was dedicated, the Outdoor Leadership Center & Field House, will open later this year. Photography by Charles Engelbert and Stephanie Stocking

Cozy Up Your Home

Take a cue from the Scandinavian concept of hygge and welcome the transition of summer to autumn with a relaxing refresh Pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and a hot cup of cocoa. Fall is all about getting warm and comfy as a chill hits the air—preparing yourself for winter, and cherishing those final moments of summer.  … Continued

Log Cabin Cozy

What’s your idea of the perfect Colorado Thanksgiving? If it includes a roaring fire, pies and casseroles bubbling in the oven, the glint of snow atop big peaks, crisp afternoon skies, and plenty of relaxation, this Missouri Heights log home offers the stuff of holiday dreams. An impressive setting for any gathering, it takes cozy to the next level.

An Agrarian Superstar

On weekday mornings, Matt Kennedy carves the bike path on his skateboard, shirttails flapping, Ray-Bans to the sun, with two Weimaraners in tow. After dropping his daughter off at Ross Montessori School, he skates the dogs home. Kennedy then heads to Mt. Sopris Montessori Preschool where he preps wholesome lunches for toddlers. 

Liquid Assets

If it’s Friday or Saturday evening between 5-7 p.m. in Glenwood Springs, one thing you can count on is that there’ll be a small crowd gathered at Cooper Wine & Spirits for their weekly tastings.

This Calls for a Toast

The wait is over. This fall, beer aficionados from across the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond can finally sip their favorite sours (and more) at Casey Brewing and Blending’s sleek new taproom in the heart of downtown Glenwood. After a lengthy permitting process kept the company from debuting the tasting room this summer, its doors officially opened to the public…

Sip, Sample, Savor

“Presenting a meal is a work of art,” says Judy O’Donnell. “The ingredients, the preparation of the foods, and serving it all with a wine or beer is special. What we want people to experience at this event is how food and beverages can be part of ‘the art of living.’”

Top Dogs

6 days of sheepdog magic. In addition to watching the incredible talents of the best dog/handler teams around, event spectators can enjoy food, craft vendors, doggie demos, and more. Bring your lawn chairs and plenty of sunblock, but be sure to leave family dogs at home.

Connecting is Caring

“Community” is a word you’ll hear a lot in our valley, and for good reason. Our collective need for a life deeply engaged with our neighbors is one of the things that makes this corner of Colorado so great; it’s a hallmark of our identity here, and I daresay it’s more important to us than even … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

Fall Painting Workshops Carbondale artist Sarah Uhl will host two sessions of “Plein Air Painting: Dancing in the Golden Leaves” this month. Uhl designed these all-day outdoor workshops to be an introduction to plein air painting and a glimpse into how art offers a deeper connection to nature. The focus will be to seek out the majestic nature of golden aspen leaves. Workshops will begin … Continued

If These Floors Could Talk

RFL: Tell us a bit about yourself and the Elite Hardwood team.

Faces of Mountain Fair

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 Gala

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 Photography by Sander Olson

STEM Stars

Imagine never having seen a mountain with your own eyes before. Pretty tough for us around these parts, isn’t it? Imagine, too, excelling in the toughest classes at your high school—only to wonder if you’ll ever make it out of your hometown, let alone to college someday.

Becoming the Helpers

As many of us learned from our history classes in school, this country and this very valley were built by immigrants. The reason our towns and cities are here today can be traced back to some tenacious, hardworking people who crossed Independence Pass in search of silver and opportunity. We call them settlers. And for 140 years, each wave of…

Crossroads of Knowledge

When Sheri Scruby got involved in her children’s Accelerated Reader program at Glenwood Springs Elementary back in the late 1990s, little did she know that she was embarking on a journey that would encompass the next two decades of her life.

College is for Me!

Since I was an eaglet, I knew that college is for me. I studied, trained hard, played with my friends, ate a protein-rich diet, and went to school. So when I heard Colorado Mountain College was looking for a mascot, I was ready.

Notebooks and Pencils and Glue, Oh My

Admit it: the back-to-school aisles are fun to poke through, even for us adults. I’m convinced that a particular delight lives among the stacks of clean notebooks and folders, crayon boxes, markers, glue, and glitter (oh, the glitter!). Local kids who go to pick out supplies this month probably won’t be feeling any No. 2 pencil-inspired nostalgia for years to … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Roaring Fork School Board Vacancies Applications are due August 18 for a vacancy on the Roaring Fork School Board created when Matt Hamilton resigned. The board and district leadership agree that the top priority is getting strong community leaders to run for and serve on the board through the election process. Three Roaring Fork Schools Board of Education … Continued

Strawberry Days, Rain or Shine

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

It Takes A Village to Heal

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

Picture This

Many local parents will recognize Katie Giglio. The Carbondale resident quickly became one of the valley's top maternity, newborn, family, and high school senior portrait photographers since starting her business, Katie J. Photography, in 2017. As a mom, small business owner, and artist, Giglio is one of those gifted locals who seems to magically find a way to juggle all the demands of everyday…

Ready for Kindergarten?

No. On May 1, 2019, the Colorado state legislature passed HB19-1262 to fund full-day kindergarten. 

The Art of Scholarship

“I’ve been interested in the arts for as long as I can remember,” says Anika Chapman, an art-school bound Roaring Fork High School grad. “It is very important for me to represent a facet of myself in each piece of art I create...I am excited to pursue my passion toward a fulfilling and lengthy career where I can have a…

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…