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.’”

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

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.

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

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 ChallengeAspen.org. Photography by Sander Olson

If These Floors Could Talk

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

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

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

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

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…

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