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Cue the Confetti!

With the season of celebration officially upon us, Roaring Fork Lifestyle is debuting the magazine’s first Readers’ Choice issue to spotlight the valley’s best and brightest in local business. In a big city this kind of round-up might not offer much of a personal connection to readers, but here in our tight-knit community this list of local favorites is filled…

Our Readers 
Have Spoken

Roaring Fork Lifestyle recently held its first-ever Readers’ Choice “Best Of the Valley” contest. You, our readers, have responded in a big way. We had 45 categories where you could offer business nominations on RoaringForkLifestyle.com, followed by a round of voting to determine winners in the various fields. This was a two-stage process that occurred during the months of August and September…

How to Make a Ribbon Wreath

This is a great way to repurpose ribbons from past Christmases, making an elegant decoration for your holiday celebration. Coordinate colors with your Christmas theme or with your home’s interior design to create a festive and stylish seasonal design. Have fun and be creative!

Taste of Basalt

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.

UpRoot Gleaning Days

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.

Rotary Masquerade Ball

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.

December 2017 Around Town

New Castle's Coal Ridge High School (CRHS) invites local professionals and business owners to join the school's new internship/work-study program to help provide students with real-world skills and experience. The program allows students with paid jobs and/or unpaid internships to prepare for the world of work while earning high school elective credit. Students are permitted to take advantage of flexible…

Best of the Valley: Food

 Fatbelly  220 Main Street, Carbondale  970.963.1569

Best of the Valley: Health and Services (Continued)

 Balcomb & Green  818 Colorado Avenue, Glenwood Springs  970.945.6546

December 2017 Our Contributors

Roaring Fork Lifestyle extends sincere thanks to the valley writers who have generously contributed their time and talents in the name of telling great local stories this year. Below are some of the magazine's frequent contributors of 2017. We are always seeking new voices in the community; if you are interested in writing for the magazine, contact editor Caitlin Causey at…

Best of the Valley: Home

 Coldwell Banker Mason Morse  Multiple Locations  970.925.7000

Best of the Valley: Health and Services

 Crystal River Spas  1197 Main Street, Carbondale  970.963.2100

Doing All the Good You Can

Generosity hits its peak during the holiday season, and that’s a good thing. At this time of year, we nonprofit directors often share our collective wisdom to help educate donors about how charities work and, more importantly, why supporters can feel confident that their donations—financial, sweat equity volunteerism, and in-kind goods—are being used to help support the mission and programs of…

To Laugh, To Cry, To Learn

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” I watched as Prospero delivered these words during Thunder River Theatre’s recent production of “The Tempest,” recognizing one of the most well-known lines in all of Shakespeare’s canon. It’s been quoted time and again in popular culture, even misquoted, to the point…

Life is a Stage

I had the pleasure of going to a play recently at Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale. Our local performing artists are truly a gift to the community. I always enjoy not only their talented performances but also the actions of the stage crew as they rearrange set pieces on a darkened stage for the ever-changing scenes. Everything is choreographed for…

Spring Creek Uprising

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.

November 2017 Around Town

The Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra will perform this month on November 12 in Aspen at Edlis Neeson Hall at the Bucksbaum Campus and on November 14 in Carbondale at the Third Street Center. Both performances begin at 5:30 p.m. All concerts are free and open to the public. Families and young children are always encouraged to attend.

Dressed to the K9s

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.

Spectrum Dance Festival

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.

Hurricane Relief Effort

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. 

“Yes, and…”

Consensual Improv! and Thunder River Theatre Company (TRTC) are building a performance relationship and so far, it’s a perfect match. “It was amazing when Jeff [Patterson] reached out to me, because years before I was involved at Thunder River Theatre, I’d journaled about all of the exciting arts and cultural programming that could take place in a black box performance…

Under Alya’s Umbrella

Choreographer, poet, and performing arts curator Alya Howe has an “umbrella." What she needs now are additional rainmakers. Over the past five years, Howe has curated three different performing arts series: Writ Large, the Poetry Brothel, and The Salon in Aspen. The Salon celebrated its fifth anniversary this past September with a huge gala, one that for the first time…

Uncommon Opportunity

How is anyone just suddenly supposed to know what to do with their life?

Coming Soon: A New Mountain Family Health Centers Clinic

Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) will open a new integrated health center in Basalt in the fall of 2018. We recently spoke with MFHC Development Director Garry Schalla about the new clinic.

The Magic of Mead

“Most people, who are not only involved in magic but really big fans of magic for a long time, still have a misconception about what magicians are,” says Aspen magician Eric Mead. “There’s a huge spectrum. But the magicians that I like most—respect most—aren’t even on that spectrum. They’re in a different room, doing work that is aimed at really…

Spice It Up

What do you do with 100 mason jars left over from your wedding? If you’re Tony de Moraes and Jenn Dockery, you start a business with them.

A Theatre’s Ritual

Let’s be honest. We actors can be downright weird. After all, there is nothing natural about repeatedly putting ourselves into embarrassing situations or weeping uncontrollably in front of a crowd of strangers. In the best moments there is a magical synchronicity that happens between actors in a scene; in the worst, our egos get in the way and our acting…

History Repeats Itself

We gathered in the dark at 12th Street and Bennett, lanterns in hand, preparing to embark on a walk to Glenwood’s pioneer graveyard, Linwood Cemetery. It was a brisk October evening, and the chill in the air helped quicken our pace up the rocky hillside toward the final resting places of many of the valley’s first European settlers. What during…

A pARTy at the Art Base

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.

October 2017 Around Town

The Basalt Education Foundation invites the community to save the date for this year's Taste of Basalt, taking place on Saturday, November 4 from 6-11 p.m. at the Roaring Fork Club. The affair features food samples from area restaurants; wine, beer, and cocktail tasting; DJ dancing; and a silent auction and raffle. The midvalley’s most anticipated autumn social event raises…

A Great Moment in Living History

We all recently lived through a great historical moment: the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. I’m sure I am not the only person in the country who ran around early on that Monday morning trying to find those stylish cardboard eclipse glasses, which I never did procure. You’d think there would have been sidewalk hawkers selling them for $20…

Dance, Sculpture, and Sound: “Nature in Translation”

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.

Giving It a Wurl(itzer)

“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” When former U.S. President Ronald Regan made this statement, he could very well have been recalling the days of his childhood, when silent films were brought to life by the accompaniment of instruments such as a photoplayer. Built between 1910-1928, there are very few left in the United States, but…

A Living Legend

The door to the new Doc Holliday Museum whispers open. A gentleman, worn black ball cap pulled low over his dark 1970s aviators, ghosts through. Silver sideburns edge the valleys of his lean face; a gunmetal gray horseshoe ‘stache emphasizes his square chin and pursed full lips. A beat-up suede vest slides over a pinstriped collared shirt, seemingly from another…

What’s Old is New on the Rio Grande

There’s a spot along the Rio Grande Trail that smells of sweet sage after a rainstorm. Rugged red cliffs dominate the eastern skyline and the view south toward Mt. Sopris stretches wide open. Adjacent grassy fields — once filled with potatoes — speak to the valley’s agricultural history. During quiet moments on her 32-mile bicycle commute on the Rio Grande,…

Where Fires Still Burn

In September, New Castle celebrated its annual Burning Mountain Festival with music, a pancake breakfast, and a 5K run. The festival, which has been running for 44 years, was named for underground coal mines that still flame inside nearby hillsides.

Dusty Soccer Cleats and Life Lessons

Sometimes, the full impact of a life lesson is not fully understood until many years later. For a group of local women aged 30-something, this became evident a few months ago when some unexpected news spread quickly. "How can it be?" we thought. "He’s healthy. He’s invincible. Cancer? No way. Not Coach Tom Sullivan." After the initial shock of the…

Fall: Home Renovation Season

Now that fall has officially arrived, are you dreaming of that home renovation project you put off all summer? Jacob Koski of Tom Roach Hardwood Floors in Carbondale says fall is the perfect season to check a big house project off your list—especially before the holidays. Roaring Fork Lifestyle recently sat down with him to learn more about the ins…

Prince Creek Perfection

Regal Mt. Sopris is the crown jewel of the Roaring Fork Valley, and in this extraordinary home tucked away near Carbondale you can take in magnificent views of the mountain from just about any angle on the property—and with more than 29 acres of land to call your own, there are plenty of angles to enjoy.

“Marble/marble” Launches Careers and Changes Lives

“I owe the sculptor I am to this place and this woman,” says Nathan Slape, gesturing to Madeline Wiener. A slender, silver-haired bolt of energy, Wiener has momentarily come to rest, settling like the marble dust coating all the aspens in camp. There’s emotion in Slape’s voice as he stands before the wrap-up meeting of the annual marble symposium in…

Back to School, Back to the Drawing Board

This is not a letter from this magazine's editor, just a note from her stand-in. This month, I left my artist's studio to come back for an editorial encore performance. The reason? This magazine's real editor, Caitlin Causey, has been attending to a more important assignment—the birth of her first child.

Watching Grown Kids: “Been There, Done That”

As the father of four adult children, I get to sit back and watch as they make their way in the world. I am happy to say they are headed in the right direction. They have established goals and careers. My wife and I “high five” each other thinking that most of our guidance and advice seems to be paying…

September 2017 Around Town

Amanda Boxtel, executive director of Bridging Bionics, took to the stage with Joseph Watson to dance in Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's Dancing with the Stars gala in August. The gala is Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's biggest fundraiser of the year. Watson and Boxtel's performance was captured for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet by photographer Michael Alvarez, who caught even the moment…

Mountain Fair

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.

What’s Old is New in Glenwood’s Classic Car Show

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.

Pro TKD Students Take Black Belt Challenge

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 Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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.

Stage of Life Theatre Puts Spotlight on Youth Performances

Since its first performance in June, 2012, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Stage of Life Theater (SoL) has provided a nurturing stage for Roaring Fork Valley children. When founder Logan Carter started SoL five years ago, she saw theater’s role as more than dazzling productions and limelight.

A Wild Mustang Heads to School in Carbondale

The students involved in the horse program at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) dreamt for months of adopting a wild mustang. In June, their dreams came true. Amanda Leahy, head of the CRMS horse program, spent the school year guiding her students through the planning and proposal process for adopting a mustang. The hope was to secure funds to…