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Oh What Fun BEHIND THE SCENES OF ASFB’S “THE NUTCRACKER” ARTISANS OF DECK THE WALLS HOLIDAY MARKET

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LIFESTYLE LETTER

DECEMBER 2019 PUBLISHER

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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 one special night beside it. We’d

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drag our bulky sleeping bags to the living room, set up pallets on the floor, and whisper about what presents we might soon receive from Santa. My mom would even let us leave the lights plugged in, so that if we woke at some unholy hour we could gaze up at the glowing spectacle until we fell back asleep. I can still remember waking  to the scent of pine on my pillow; it was magical. In years to come I look forward to treating my kids to Christmas tree campouts of their own, and sending this little family ritual into the next generation. This time of year, traditions like this abound—both in our homes and in the community at large. We bake the same cookies our grandmothers baked, we play the same

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songs and games we enjoyed as children, and we gather with friends and neighbors

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for a host of merry festivities across the region. Roaring Fork Lifestyle’s final issue of

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2019 features some of the valley’s biggest holiday traditions, old and new.

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Whatever your favorite ways to celebrate the season may be, we hope they find you

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in the company of your dearest loved ones this year, and for many years to come. Warmest wishes for a beautiful December.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE DECEMBER 2019

FEATURES 12 12 Artists of Christmas Deck the Walls Holiday Market Returns with Local Handmade Gifts

16 What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? Roar Into the ‘20s at One of These Exciting Valley Celebrations

24 A Holiday Tradition Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” is a Dazzling Feat of Precise Preparation

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30 Foundation of Success Integrated Mountain Group Celebrates Three Years

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Hot Spot

24 Local Limelight 30 Locally Owned 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Parting Thoughts


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AROUND TOWN 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 assess the health of bird populations and guided conservation action since 1900. Across the Western Hemisphere, over 50,000 people will be counting birds during local count events, many of them making the adventure of winter birding a seasonal tradition. Volunteers meet at Hallam Lake at 7:30 a.m. before heading out to cover the 15-mile diameter CBC circle in the Aspen vicinity. The count concludes mid-afternoon. The event is free and open to the

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On January 3, 2020, Sunlight Mountain Resort's

volunteers? Join the new Colorado Animal Rescue

Skier Appreciation Day and United Way fundraiser

(C.A.R.E.) Canine Coaching Team that helps the

returns with $20 lift tickets and a day of festivities.

shelter’s pups learn valuable clicker training, social-

Attendees are encouraged to dress for the theme

ization, leash manners, and more. C.A.R.E. provides

of "Paradise in Snow" (grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts)

necessary volunteer training and offers three lev-

and will enjoy food, music, giveaways, costume

els of coaching. The next orientation is scheduled

contests, and more. All proceeds from lift ticket

for December 11. Email programs director Keira

sales benefit the local United Way Battlement to the

Clark at programs@coloradoanimalrescue.org for

Bells. Since 1983, the event has raised more than

sign-up and details.

$220,000 to support the organization. For details

120TH ANNUAL AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) invites the valley's birders to help count birds on

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HOT SPOT 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 by more than 50 artists and craftspeople from across the Roaring Fork Valley and Colorado. This is as easy as shopping local gets, folks. For a preview of what Deck the Walls offers, check out the 12 Carbondale-based artisans we’ve spotlighted here.

12 Artists of Christmas

ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: HANDMADE HOLIDAY TREASURES, OF LOCAL ARTISTRY

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THEA DERUDDER, TOYMAKER By day, Thea DeRudder is a Handwork teacher at Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork; after school, she creates dolls and toys made from natural and recycled fibers. Her spe-

cialties include pocket dolls, cashmere bunnies, heavy babies, and Waldorf-style dolls.

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MATHEW JINKS OF JINKS & GREY Ceramic artist Mathew Jinks offers striking Japaneseinfluenced minimalist tableware, including hand thrown plates, cups, bowls, and bowl candles like the one pictured

here. His work often features bespoke mixed glazes with distressed ARTICLE CAITLIN CAUSEY

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surfaces and gold accents.


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BAILEY HAINES, PRINTMAKER

REINA KATZENBERGER OF THE PROJECT SHOP Valley native Reina Katzenberger specializes in graphic and digital arts,

painting, drawing, print, and mixed media

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ABIGAIL MANDEL OF COCOA TREE CHOCOLATES

In her professional life, graphic

installations. Since 2014 she has also run The

designer Bailey Haines has worked on

Project Shop inside S.A.W. (Studio for Arts

numerous projects throughout the valley,

and Works), a creative space providing tools,

olates dappled and splashed with vibrant

What could be more festive than a gift box of fine, small-batch choc-

including Carbondale Creative District wayfind-

instruction, and access for pros and beginners

strokes of color? Chocolatier Abby Mandel

ing and branding. She also makes lovely botan-

alike. At Deck the Walls, look for goods that

dreams up unique flavor combos (think

ical artwork featuring hand-colored woodcuts

local artists have produced in the shop, includ-

Ginger with Toasted Sesame, Banana Bread,

and monoprints. Both original pieces and prints

ing hand printed aprons, bags, tea towels,

and Mango Coconut Curry) and makes each

will be available at Deck the Walls.

postcards, ornaments, and more.

confection by hand.

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LINDA HALLORAN, GLASS ARTIST Beauty meets utility in Linda Halloran’s bright kiln glass work, which she sells locally and nationally.

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ULYSSES LOPEZ OF ULVER CRAFTS A

woodcarver

specializing

in

ornate spoons and other cookware, Ulysses Lopez crafts his pieces using

traditional

techniques

with

99-percent

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ALI O’NEAL OF THIMBLE FOX Ali O’Neal worked for a decade as an environmental educator before

Her functional pieces are created with the

reclaimed wood. Lopez says that through

belief that we need beauty in our everyday

his work he hopes to “address the issue of

ly-sourced and natural fiber fabrics to create

lives; her ornamental work is made to honor

single-use disposable plastics by providing

screen printed napkins, pillow plush animals,

beauty existing for its own sake.

a reusable, beautiful alternative.”

clothing, and more.

founding her brand, and uses ethical-

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HOT SPOT

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JAN SCHUBERT OF BEE HAPPY CANDLES

LEA TYLER OF TYLERWARE Lea Tyler is a maker at heart, whether she’s baking sourdough and brewing kombucha at home or throwing pottery at the wheel in her studio. Her Deck the Walls pieces include mugs, small bowls and plates, porcelain mason jars, vases, stemless

Jan Schubert’s sumptuous can-

wine cups, and more. She’ll also have handmade peanut butter and caramel cups.

dles are made from 100-percent beeswax, and will burn almost twice as long as mass market paraffin-based products. She cleans the raw wax, designs and makes the individual molds, and hand pours each one-of-akind candle herself

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KATY VANNOSTRAND OF ARGUS ART STUDIO Inspired by the natural world, Katy VanNostrand is a watercolor artist (and nurse!) whose notecards, prints, and mini ornaments feature holiday scenes, botanicals, and dynamic skies over many recognizable Roaring Fork Valley landscapes.

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former

interior

designer,

Kimberly Trenchard began dabbling

in jewelry-making nearly 15 years ago. Now

with turquoise, feathers, geometric shapes, and other boho elements. She says of her

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Don’t miss the special Holiday Farmers Market Pop-Up on December 21 & 22 during

I can feel myself smiling in my sleep.”

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NEW YEAR’S EVE? ROAR INTO THE ‘20S AT ONE OF THESE EXCITING VALLEY CELEBRATIONS

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OUTDOOR FAMILY FUN 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 family can even participate in the parade by catching the Village Express chairlift at 5:30 p.m. (parents and kids over eight: sign up there on the spot), or simply behold the magic as spectators at the base of the mountain. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m., and all festivities will proceed regardless of weather conditions. This is delightful winter fun at its most wholesome—a perfect way to welcome the new year with the fam.

CAPTIVATING ENTERTAINMENT Welcome the new decade with a thrilling night of music by heading to Thunder River Theatre Company’s Diva Cabaret with Beth Malone. The Broadway star, who grew up in Colorado and has longstanding ties to the valley, is a Tony Award-nominated actor and singer who brings her star power to Carbondale for two very special New Year’s Eve performances at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Patrons can expect a sensational set of Broadway, jazz, and pop numbers accompanied by David Dyer, with guest appearances by several well-known local performers. As the best New Year’s Eve entertainment deal in the valley this year ($50 general admission or $300 for a table of four with wine/champagne), these shows will certainly sell out. This is a can’t-miss opportunity to experience Malone’s powerhouse vocals in the theatre’s intimate space, so be sure to grab tickets early at ThunderRiverTheatre.com and prepare to start your year with some serious sparkle. CONTINUED >

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR’S EVE?

(CON TI N UED)

A STREET PARTY FOR ALL The City of Glenwood Springs will ring in 2020 with its first major public event at Bethel Plaza, the beautifully renovated space along 7th just below the Grand Avenue Bridge. If dancing in the street and partying ‘til late is the only way you can imagine properly bidding 2019 adieu, this come-one, come-all mega bash is just the ticket to a good time. Aptly named “A Grand New Year’s,” the festivities kick off at 6 p.m. with food vendors, live music by The Mixx, and beer sales by the Glenwood Springs Brew Garden. Then, multi-instrumentalist Zach Deputy takes the stage with his unique live looping show, finishing just before the 10 p.m. fireworks display lights up downtown. The high energy, nationally-recognized funk/ soul/jam band Ripe closes out the evening, promising to keep the crowd grooving until midnight. For locals wanting to celebrate big, Glenwood’s free and family-friendly inaugural NYE party is surely the best thing this side of Times Square—and is a valley tradition in the making.  Headlining band Ripe.

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3 4 2 2 3 3 4 3 2

2 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1

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$1,149,000 $996,000 $920,000 $745,600 $729,000 $665,000

$1,080,000 $960,000 $801,000 $750,600 $741,000 $625,000

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111 49 113 104

4 6 4 5

2 4 2 3

1 2 1 1

$255.47 $313.57 $256.79 $184.69

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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 to the hard work (and the opportunity) of the professional stage. There are dancers like Danielle Way of Rifle, a 14-year-old freshman at Glenwood Springs High School and an Advanced level student with the School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB), who has made performing in “The Nutcracker” a part of her life. Way has been dancing since the tender age of two, beginning her studies with ArtillumA in Rifle and the Center for the Arts in Glenwood before landing at ASFB. It was a production of “The Nutcracker” that, several years ago, inspired her current artistic ambitions. “When I was eight I saw it for the first time, and was

A Holiday Tradition FOR MANY OF THE VALLEY’S BALLET STUDENTS, “THE NUTCRACKER” IS A CHRISTMAS DREAM COME TRUE; FOR ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET, IT’S A DAZZLING FEAT OF PRECISE PREPARATION

captivated by it, and that was when I realized I wanted to be a professional dancer,” Way recalls. “After I started doing more rigorous training with ASFB I was able to perform in the production. The first year, in seventh grade, I was a soldier; last year in eighth grade I was a marionette doll in the party scene, and this year I’ll be a caroler and a soldier again.” Way is in the process of auditioning for prestigious out-of-state ballet programs that may soon draw her away from the valley, but in the meantime she’s training three to four hours per day, six days a week with ASFB. Since November, her Saturdays have been spent rehearsing “The Nutcracker” in Aspen. “It’s a big commitment for our family,” says Way’s mother Dana. “We have a younger daughter who dances in Level 4 as well. It’s become our way of life. When a child has a dream, a passion—and when they work this hard—it is a pleasure to do this for them.” The families of some 160 other student dancers will also commit to supporting their children’s dreams as they perform in the beloved Aspen production this holiday season. With so many participants and a host of other moving parts, how does ASFB pull off “The Nutcracker” before Christmas every year? Over time, their team has honed the process to a science. Here’s how it all comes together, month by month:

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September

October

Nearly four months before opening night, as summer tempera-

Doskocil estimates that it takes about a month to complete cast-

tures are still cooling across the valley, student dancers complete the

ing. Since the production runs for four performances, many of the

enrollment process for the school year and decide whether they want

student roles are cast four times over—meaning that every show

to perform in “The Nutcracker.” Of approximately 300 kids who are

will have its own unique assemblage of talent.

taking classes at ASFB’s school locations in Glenwood, Carbondale, Basalt, and Aspen this year, about half sign up.

“And other roles are split between two dancers,” she adds. “For example, we almost always have two for Clara. Partly

“One factor that makes our production unique is that we don’t

because we try to spread that opportunity out as much as we

do auditions,” says ASFB instructor and school director Melanie

can, but also because it’s good to have an understudy for that

Doskocil. “We find a role for every student who wants to participate,

kind of important role, just in case.”

whether they have professional aspirations or not. We have different roles that require a range of skill levels, so it’s possible to find opportunities for beginning students as young as five, all the way up to high school seniors who have been dancing for many years.” When enrollment closes mid-month, Doskocil and her team spend the remaining two weeks of September observing and working with the students to determine which roles will make a suitable challenge for each.

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LOCAL LIMELIGHT

(CON TI N U ED)

November Rehearsals begin early in November, and continue every Saturday until the week of the show. Doskocil is tasked with not only managing rehearsals for the large number of dancers, but with ensuring that the rehearsal process is a feasible one for her students’ parents. “We try very hard to make it manageable for families across the valley. We don’t want to take up their entire fall with rehearsals,” she says. “So we work very quickly, very efficiently. And many of our older, more experienced students become great role models for the younger dancers during rehearsals. They’re very supportive and helpful.”

December Pre-show preparations buzz with all the sparkle and happy chaos you might imagine during the final week of rehearsals. The enormous cast, complete with guest performers and ASFB’s professional company members, comes together for two final dress rehearsals onstage at the Aspen District Theatre. Until this point, the students have only practiced in a studio setting. “In the studio they have no sets or props to work with. So onstage, part of the process for them is dealing with the huge sets, going up and down the stairs, understanding the props, or dancing with masks,” Doskocil notes. “During the stage rehearsals we also call each group for costume fittings, so that adds another new element.” The excitement reaches a fever pitch just before showtime, when everything has fallen into place, and the wide-eyed young dancers gather together backstage with the professionals. “I remember being so elated my first year to meet the company and be in a professional production,” says student Way, who will perform her parts in all four shows this year. “I’m obviously nervous, but so grateful. All the anticipation leading up to the performance, feeling proud of yourself after putting in so much hard work—that’s the reward.” And then, curtain up. Catch Way and the rest of the cast in their dazzling performances on December 21 and 22. For full details visit AspenSantaFeBallet.com.

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Danielle Way, in the role of the marionette, waits backstage during the 2018 production. Photo courtesy of Way family.


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PARTING THOUGHTS

CHeers TO FIVE YEARS PHOTOGRAPHY ESTATEPHOTOVIDEO.COM MICHAEL HEFFERON

REFLECTIONS ON A MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY 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 into my emails. People liked it. Roaring Fork Lifestyle was born.   Wow…five years, 61 issues later and counting, here we are. A couple of our goals were to create a social and business network. We’ve featured local leaders right alongside people not usually seen in the spotlight. We’ve showcased organizations whose hard work and generosity afforded education, safety, or better health to those in need. We created a professional network to introduce services and products offered by small local businesses to residents and visitors. We want to thank all the individuals, businesses, and organizations that have allowed us to bring their stories to life in our pages. We also thank the team members who work so hard behind the scenes, including Caitlin Causey, our gifted editor, and the crew of talented freelance writers who work their wordy magic each month to create articles that have become the lifeblood of Roaring Fork Lifestyle. Also, an important thank you to our photographer Michael Hefferon of Estate Photo Video; his talent behind the lens is incredible and client service is second to none. Lastly, we’re filled with gratitude for you: our readers. Without your support and the support of our marketing partners, we could not produce this publication. I am truly looking forward to 2020, “Year Six” for the magazine, and I hope you’ll continue with us on the journey of telling our valley’s story, one issue at a time. Wishing you the happiest of holidays and prosperity in the new year.

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