Capture the magic with a camera.

The chicken on this month's cover looks a bit quizzical, and why not? He's wondering whether the creature taking his picture is old enough to know which button to push. The person behind the camera was 10-year-old Seychelle Singh, who is quite accomplished.

“Where Can I Get a Copy of the Roaring Fork Magazine?

I am happy to say that we have extended our monthly direct mail list to 11,000 homes and businesses in the Roaring Fork Valley. We reach 90 percent of single-family homeowners here each month with a fresh issue of Roaring Fork Lifestyle.

Glitz & Glamour at Thunder River Theatre

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.

Aspen Rotary Club’s 24th Annual Ducky Derby

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.

2nd Annual Shindig

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.

October 2015 Around Town

October 2015 marks the 100th birthday of the Hotel Denver in downtown Glenwood Springs. “Go out leaf peeping and enjoy the color, and then come by and enjoy some local color,” says April Carver, who owns the hotel with her husband Steven. “If the walls of this place could talk, they would tell stories of immigrant struggles, prohibition, gangsters, two…

Carbondale’s Sculpture Bases Signify International Goodwill

The sun twinkled over 14 inches of new snow as I arrived in Marble along with four other members of the Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC). We were there to view the mining operations of RED Graniti, the Italian company that has been running the quarries for the past two years. Although the mines had been closed for three days…

Valle Musico Lays Down a Danceable Groove

This month, Valle Musico will be playing at the Pumpkin Jazz and Roots Festival in Basalt. If you haven’t heard this local guitar-based world music quintet – or even if you have – you might want to catch that October 17 performance.

Tell Me Your Story and I Will Listen

"All Who Enter Here Will Find Love," reads a sign hanging outside the River Bridge Regional Center in Glenwood Springs. These days, there is a little more love inside the homelike walls of the nonprofit’s facility on 21st Street. The nationally accredited advocacy center for abused and neglected children recently welcomed a new member to their team. This employee is…

R.J. Paddywacks

For Eric Berry, the owner of R.J. Paddywacks’ Pet Supply, his parents’ keeshound and two sickly golden retrievers acquired during college provided an impetus for learning about pet nutrition. “The goldens suffered from incontinence, kidney failure, malnutrition, all kinds of problems,” he recalls. “There weren’t a lot of tools then. I did find one food that was better than what…

If You Give a Kid a Camera, MAGIC HAPPENS!

What comes from giving a kid a camera? Curiosity. Creativity. Connection.

Cameras Catch What Goes Bump in the Night

Ken Krehbiel is a photographer who does most of his work in bed – asleep. His cameras are often miles away, unnoticed, except by a curious bear or a passing mountain lion. His subjects are usually unaware that their pictures are being taken. None of them complains about an invasion of privacy.

Hut Trippin’ Colorado Style

I have lived in Colorado for an adventurous 18 years, but I hadn’t quite “arrived” until last March. That’s when friends showed me the ropes. They took me to Markley Hut. The trip was booked months in advance, and because friends were hut trippin’ together, it was sure to be a blast. Markley Hut is located at 10,400 feet, outside…

Creative Acts

My earliest adventures in art read like a baby boomer's TV guide. I began with "Winky-Dink," an interactive show, in which viewers drew the starry hero to safety on a magic screen. I colored by number with luscious, Venus Paradise pencils. The official "John Gnagy" drawing kit presented me with authentic tools of the trade. (For those of you under…

International Photographer and Humanitarian Tyler Stableford

In 2009, Tyler Stableford volunteered to film a documentary about a nonprofit that was helping transform the lives of destitute children in Ethiopia, a country devastated by drought, famine and disease. Sharp increases in HIV and malaria coupled with a lack of healthcare led to a startling statistic: 80 percent of the deaths occurring in Ethiopia were due to preventable…

Fat City Farmers Grow Kids, Community and Food

Saute onions until translucent. Add zucchini and chilies. Mix and cook, covered, for 20 minutes. Add the corn and seasonings and cook for five minutes more. Add the milk and cheese, stirring until cheese relaxes and melts.

Exemplifying the Pioneer Spirit: Mary Lilly

Recently, the Mount Sopris Historical Society (MSHS) honored Mary Lilly with the Hattie Thompson award in recognition of Lilly’s love of learning, appreciation for the land and dedication to the community. “Mary’s indomitable spirit, kind heart and practical resolve exemplify the pioneering spirit that gave rise to the American West,” says MSHS Executive Director Beth White.