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Lifestyle Letter

Back to School, Back to the Drawing Board

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his 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. Mae came into this world on July 25, and both mother and daughter are doing fine. Thus, it seems appropriate that this back-to-school issue of Roaring Fork Lifestyle focuses on young people, schools, and learning. Trina Ortega explores how Jazz Aspen Snowmass has opened possibilities for musical kids throughout the valley. Carolyn Watt-Williams, a local college counselor, shares her experience in helping to pick out Rune the Mustang for Colorado Rocky Mountain School's horse program. Frequent contributor Genevieve Villamizar takes readers behind the scenes at SoL Children's Theatre, digs into the edible gardens at Ross Montessori School, and shares a deeply evocative "Parting Thoughts" essay on the fierce and unquestioning response that a parent feels when her child is placed in sudden danger. Caitlin Causey shares the views of six young poets who attend Glenwood Springs Middle School; they were in teacher Paige Hahn's sixth-grade language arts class at the time of the article. Last year, Genevieve Villamizar and I had the privilege of visiting Hahn's class, meeting her students, and talking to students about writing. Judging from the sophisticated questions Hahn's students asked, I'm not surprised to learn that at least one of them, Brady Johnson, is aspiring to a writing career, nor am I surprised to learn that he's pondering the meaning of life. As Johnson writes: If you know the meaning then you will be, A sun, a star, a person of wonder, The one and only key To help the world stay and not sunder, Just think, that could be me. Yes, any one of these kids could be the key to unlocking better tomorrows, and collectively, I think today's kids are going to be alright. As for me, having retired as this magazine’s founding editor to become a working artist, I of course assigned myself to the arts beat. I was pleased to learn about the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet School, and to be able to visit sculptors up in Marble. Look for the ballet dancers in this issue, and the marble sculptors in October’s history issue. Caitlin Causey will be back as editor for October's magazine. For me, it's back to the drawing board and my painting easel. I have works to finish for a scheduled show at the Basalt Library in November.

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Publisher’s Letter

Watching Grown Kids: "Been There, Done That"

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s 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 off. On occasion, one of our kids will call and actually ask for advice on decisions at another crossroad on life's journey. These can be serious questions, questions that can be difficult to answer, especially when they're in areas where we have no background. Twice, I have been faced with this type of question, and on both occasions, the only thing I could say is, "Look thoroughly at the pros and cons and then make the choice that is in your heart." We can only offer suggestions and hope our suggestions are correct. As teenagers, my kids were amazed that somehow we adults had managed to survive as long as we did. Now, as adults themselves, they can see that their totally-uncool parents are actually not quite as mentally-challenged as they had originally thought!

It gives me a very satisfied feeling to see they still value my opinion. But, it is only an opinion, so the choices are still theirs to make. Three out of our four children now have families of their own. They are facing the same challenges we did in our younger days. My wife and I sit back in amusement as we watch their kids show acts of defiance. We smile as listen to our child's child reasoning about why she or he should be allowed to do what she or he wants to do. Small children today are displaying a level of education that makes their arguments seem reasonable. Maybe not logical, but still reasonable! Listening to our kids explain to their kids why they can’t do it is actually fun! The expression “been there…done that” always applies. Being grandparents definitely has its perks. We can enjoy the moment and go home. As the theme of this issue states: “The kids are alright." My wife and I know that's true as we watch our own kids make their decisions in life.

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Good Times

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.

Laurie Loeb directs the drum circle.

Amy Kimberly of Carbondale Arts with a young friend. Poet Alya Howe.

The March Fourth band.

Carbondale cops don their tie-dye. Photo by Nicolette Toussaint

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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.

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Good Times

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.

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

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Ginastera and Bulgarian composers. The second half of the program includes harp music by Janet Harriman, poetry from three generations and stand-up comedy with Denver’s AJ Finney. This program will be offered September 9 at the Launchpad in Carbondale, and on September 10 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. Tickets are $25; for info email alyahowe@me.com. On September 15 and 16, Salon Curator Alya Howe will premier "Nature in Translation", a multi-media work including dance, music, art and poetry that was commissioned by Wilderness Workshop. The event takes place at the home of Sculptors James Surls and Charmaine Locke in a private event on September 15 (Contact:

Come sock a few golf balls at River Valley Ranch to support

rebecca@wildernessworkshop.org for details) and in a public event

Mountain Family Health Center in building its new Basalt Health

on September 16. (See Lifestyle calendar for details.) On September

Center. Teams of four will enjoy RVR's spectacular course as the

23, the Salon returns to the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen for poetry.

aspens start to turn. Tee-off will be at noon on Friday, September 22. Play 18 holes for $100 and enjoy prizes at the 19th hole along with a short presentation about the Basalt Health Center.

CARBONDALE CLAY CENTER CELEBRATES 20 YEAR GALA

This event will raise awareness of health care needs in the Roaring

The Carbondale Clay Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary

Fork Valley and will help finance a new integrated medical, dental

with "Settings", a dinner for 200. For this gala, 20 ceramic artists show

and behavioral health facility. The new Basalt facility will be located in

off dinner plates specifically for this 20th anniversary event...no two

the old Bristlecone space and will open in 2018. For more information,

alike. Each guest will receive the dish at their place-setting as a gift.

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The retail value of each plate ranges from $60 to $250, or more.

HARVEST TIME AT ORCHARD CREEK RANCH

dinner prepared by renowned chef Mark Fields of Field2Fork from

Settings will feature live music by Pearl & Wood, appetizers and

The last weekend of September traditionally marks the beginning

fresh ingredients for appetizers provided by Sustainable Settings. At

of apple harvest season at Orchard Creek Ranch. Located off Canyon

the bar, guests enjoy a variety of signature cocktails by the Marble

Creek Road (150 County Road 137), just off I-70 at Exit 109, the ranch is

Distillery and Suerez Tequila, as well as ice cold craft beer on tap

open weekends: Friday-Sunday through October

thanks to the Roaring Fork Beer Company. Sculptor James Surls will

(rain or shine!) The orchard's 240 heirloom trees

speak on the vibrant history of the CCC and thanks will be given to

of Rome, Jonathan and Double Red Delicious

the people who have made the clay center the creative haven it is

apples are maintained organically. This event is

today. See Lifestyle calendar for details.

fun for all ages; you can enjoy the fun of picking your own with the orchard's long-pole apple pickers. Orchard Creek Ranch also offers picked

SOL THEATRE AUDITIONS "MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS"

apples, fresh-pressed apple cider and apple chips

Stage of Life Theatre will be holding auditions for the Musical Comedy

for sale along with reusable cloth apple bags. Orchard Creek Ranch is a

Murders of 1940 in September. Students 12-18 are invited to prepare

working ranch with hay, horses, and goats. Come enjoy it all.

a comedic monologue that shows off their ability to have fun and go

SALON CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY WITH MULTIPLE EVENTS

big! The production, directed by Jennifer Johnson and stage-managed by Dani Grace Kopf, is a hilarious murder-mystery involving a creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop. The team assembles

The Salon, an award-winning performance series featuring con-

at a mansion in December, 1940 for a backer's audition of their new

temporary, classical, jazz, folk, world, spoken word, multimedia and

show. Over the course of the evening, the "whodunit" takes hilarious

dance forms, celebrates its anniversary in Roaring Fork Valley with

twists and turns, revealing secret passageways, murder, and mayhem!

a series of events.The celebration launches September 9-10 with a

For audition details, see the Lifestyle calendar. The show will be pre-

program that features Andrea Clearfield performing piano music

sented at Carbondale's Third Street Center on October 26-28.

of Brahms and Lloyd Weber in collaboration with performance art-

SoL Theatre Company will be also providing afternoon and

ist Alya Howe. Wayne & René of Bittersweet Highway will perform

after-school programs for homeschooled students beginning

Borderland Americana: "music from the fringes". Vocalist/guitarist

in September! Everything from Acting, Voice & Movement to

Averill Lovely will share musical reflections from his hobo years

Costume Design and Sewing to Ballet and Tap and even Ping

in "The Long Road: Observations of a Global Hobo", and virtuoso

Pong will be offered to provide kids the arts they're craving! All

pianist Tania Stavreva will play original compositions and works by

classes will take place at the Third Street Center in Carbondale.

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AMANDA BOXTEL'S WHEELCHAIR DANCES AT ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET GALA 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 when Watson lifted both Amanda and her wheelchair over his head.

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BASALT CHAMBER WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Basalt Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Kris Mattera as its new executive director. Mattera moved to the Roaring Fork Valley from Boston, Massachusetts in late October 2016, following years of visiting Colorado and a summer working in Buena Vista. She

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ince 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 child’s) character offstage,” she feels, “is more important than their character on stage. Who they are inside is ultimately more important than what they do onstage. So that’s really the ‘soul’ of SoL Theater...We believe it’s about making children better people. It’s about pushing everybody to their limits and encouraging them to be the best person they could be, and not just the best performer they can be. It’s about giving these kids and a community and a family that could change their life.” In its production of plays and summer camps, SoL hopes to encourage our youths’ development, with a mission that helps “children and young adults expand their self-concept; inspires them to lead by example; and educates them to build the social and emotional tools in order to live meaningful lives through the use of theatrical training and production in a fun, safe and supportive setting.” One of SoL’s core values is to empower youth to grow with integrity. Anakeesta Ironwood, who is 12, has been with SoL for several years, through innumerable performances. This summer’s production of “Annie Get Your Gun”, in which she played the lead role of Annie Oakley, illuminated the impact SoL has had on her through the years. "Ever since I started doing productions with SoL, I have grown as a performer and a person. At my age,” she acknowledges, “I’m still figuring out what kind of a person I want to be. And with the amazing role models and mentors I’ve found through theater, I’ve learned so much.” Anakeesta’s mom, Asha Ironwood, a confessed stage mother to both Anakeesta and older brother Sage, shares SoL’s values, particularly those that encourage family support and participation in theatre. “When my kids were 4 and 7,” says Asha, “I brought them to their first audition for a local musical. I told

them if they didn’t love it, I wouldn’t push them to do any more shows. It’s been 7 years since then, and, dozens and dozens of productions later, they are both headed towards theatrical professions. I always knew that no matter what they did in their lives, having a background in theater will be a good foundation. Theater training teaches them self-confidence, communication skills, team-building and how to be in relationship, both onstage and off.” SoL summer camps, a hit every summer, offer an entry point to curious children and families. In this summer’s sold-out camp productions of “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book,” kids of all types and stripes were treated to yet another SoL core value of “instilling a standard of performance excellence.” Kids’ mornings were filled with rehearsals. Their afternoons then took all those experiences into the classroom for refinement, exploring stage presence, improvisation, stage movement, and music. Carbondalian Ayla Cuseo participated in “The Jungle Book.” As an avid naturalist enthralled with creatures and imaginary realms, Cuseo found that diving into the world of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and Shere Khan provided an adventure beyond belief. Adds her mother, Erin, “It was a great environment for my 7-year old. The wide variety of games and activities kept her engaged and entertained. All the instructors are supportive and know how to work with each child's skills to strengthen the group.” By the end of the day, Ayla was what what every mom wants: tired, happy and excited. From Aspen to Carbondale, the Roaring Fork Valley has a long-standing history of presenting and appreciating the arts, including arts for young people. SoL Theater prioritizes making it happen for all kids, from all backgrounds, with varying skill levels. True to their core values of making SoL accessible and affordable, they do offer scholarships to help get more kids on stage. Curious for your own children? Visit their website, SolTheatreCompany.org, and their Facebook Page. Click on their wonderfully-produced video link, “Who We Are” to explore how your family can join the cast.

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PARTNER WITH YOUR PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR The first line of defense in your health care arsenal, your primary care doctor should be your most trusted health care resource whether you’re in the peak of health or battling a disease. Dr. Paul Salmen of Glenwood Medical Associates (GMA), who has practiced in the area for over 30 years, sees himself as the patient’s advocate in all things health. “It’s a partnership,” he explains. “Both doctor and patient should be sharing and listening. It builds a trusting foundation from where I can guide the patient toward optimal health.” Some of his doctor-patient relationships date back 30 years.” By cultivating open, honest lines of communication, Dr. Salmen has helped patients quit smoking, lose weight and successfully tackle serious ailments like cancer and diabetes.

MAKE IT EASIER TO STAY HEALTHY With help from your primary care doctor, you should create a plan to practice prevention which includes a schedule for immunizations, vaccines, physical evaluations, lab work, x-rays and health screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies. Be sure to ask your primary about recommendations for ancillary services like radiology, physical therapy, ultrasound or lab work. Some practices, like GMA, have these additional

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n today’s complex health care landscape, it pays to be a vigilant consumer for not only your health, but for your wallet, too. Below are tips and suggestions from several well-respected physicians in the area on ways to stay informed about your health care.

services on-site or nearby to provide patients more convenience and control costs. “Don’t be afraid to ask about pricing on these types of services,” advises Dr. Jamie Faught, a family practice physician at GMA. “Your doctor shouldn’t be offended, and he or she may even have some recommendation on how to save money.”

SEEK COMPREHENSIVE, COORDINATED CARE Because GMA is certified at the highest level as a Patient Centered Medical Home or PCMH through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, patients receive prevention and wellness, acute and chronic care from one source. Information is shared freely throughout the provider team. The quality is more consistent. What’s more, efficiencies are realized. Because GMA operates under an integrated, single-source care model, costs are generally lower and those savings are passed onto the patient.

ASK THE EXPERT FOR REFERRALS When it comes to specialty care, there’s no better person to ask than your primary care doctor. Dr. Kelli Konst-Skwiot, a family practice doctor at GMA, has a number of specialty resources she feels quite comfortable

suggesting to patients, as many of them practice at GMA with her. GMA offers specialty care in dermatology, gastroenterology and internal medicine. “With your primary care physician in the loop,” points out Dr. KonstSkwiot, “he or she can answer any questions about your history or current state of health, and make sure you don’t waste money on duplicate tests or lab work.”

HAVE A BACKUP PLAN Be sure to talk with your primary care doctor about after-hours care. You should also discuss which situations necessitate a visit to an emergency room, and which ones can be resolved through a nurse line or even by waiting until the doctor’s office opens. While cost should never be the sole factor in your decision-making process, it does warrant some consideration. For example, according to the Colorado Hospital Association, visiting a hospital ER for a sore throat and cold will likely cost eight times more than visiting a primary care clinic. For details on the primary and specialty care, and ancillary services offered at GMA, visit GlenwoodMedical.com . Or, stop by their offices at 1830 Blake Avenue in Glenwood Springs or 2001 Horseshoe Trail in Silt.


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A W I L D M U S TA N G HEADS TO SCHOOL IN CARBONDALE R U N E J O I N S T H E H O R S E P R O G R A M AT C O L O R A D O R O C K Y M O U N TA I N S C H O O L

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he 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 purchase the mustang and prepare the facility to house and train it. Horse program participants Megan Leahy, L.J. Robertson, and Morgan Young drafted and submitted a proposal to win the Chris Babbs Prize for Student Innovation to finance the project. Shortly thereafter, the CRMS board granted the Mustang Adoption Initiative the $2,500 it needed to proceed.

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WHY A MUSTANG? CRMS decided to select an untrained horse to allow the students to engage in the training process themselves. Wild mustangs are routinely rounded up off of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property and sold to the public. Controversy surrounds the practice of land and resources being shared by the free-ranging mustangs and the ranching industry. The student proposal for project stated, “The initiative will provide an intensive education on the subject of BLM management of wild horse herds; allow students to learn upper-level horse training skills through the experiences of starting a horse under saddle and progressing up through each equitation/riding skill set; create an authentic, hands-on and meaningful relationship with an iconic animal, and train the mustang to be a permanent member of the CRMS horse community, one available for subsequent students to ride and care for in the program.” Once the initiative was granted funds, it was Amanda Leahy’s responsibility, as head of the program, to adopt the mustang. “There are a variety of mustang adoption initiatives out there, but I decided, in the end, to travel to Canon City State Penitentiary where the BLM has a large mustang holding facility in which they utilize the WHIP program.” WHIP stands for the Wild Horse Inmate Program. The Colorado Correctional Industries launched this program with the BLM in 1986 to train and offer mustangs for adoption. Within the facility, the inmates take care of the horses and help with the halter and saddle CONTINUED > training of a few select mustangs each month.

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fundamental ground manners needed so that we can eventually begin saddle-training applications. An experienced mustang trainer, Woodmancy agreed that the black gelding appeared to have the right temperament and confirmation.

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Rune and his trainer Jessica Woodmancy.

SELECTING RUNE Unfortunately, due to rules governing prison security, CRMS students could not venture to the correctional facility to select the horse. As a fellow horse-fanatic, I asked Amanda if I could tag along on this memorable excursion. She agreed to the company. After getting background checks and leaving our personal items at the gate, Amanda and I ventured into the prison facility to check out the horses. We were shuttled to the WHIP program in a correctional facility van, along with 10 other individuals hoping to adopt. Several hailed from Glenwood Springs and New Castle; they had adopted wild mustangs before. Upon arrival, we were given access to large pens of wild horses separated by gender and age. Amanda recalls, “It was a bit overwhelming—all of these horses, many the progeny of some long-ago ancestor gone wild, running the length of the pen, or, after some time, showing a certain amount of curiosity.” Herds of nearly 100 horses surrounded us quickly, eager to sniff our jackets. It was hard not to fall in love with these animals. With shaggy manes, fluffy feet, and gangly legs, the horses moved around in beautiful synchronicity. They raced from end to end of the field if they felt threatened in any way. Marching through the mud and in the rain, we visited eight paddocks over five hours, scribbling down numbers of the horses that caught our eyes. Finally, in a group of five-year-old geldings, a tall, proud, black beauty lifted his head and looked over at us. Calm and collected, he was curious without being overbearing. He would run with the herd, but he was not the first to lead the group away out of fear. He was strong, healthy, handsome, and seemed to have some sense. Amanda hollered for me to take his number down, as he was the one.

After filling out the paperwork, we discovered that Rune came from BLM land near Rock Springs, Wyoming. Jessica had already worked with horses from that herd, finding them healthy and sensible. We all felt good about selecting Rune. Next, we needed to load the horse into Jessica’s trailer. Inmates on horseback helped to herd Rune into a separate paddock. We held our breath as Rune charged down the chute, the fence slamming shut behind him. Rune snorted deeply, realized he had no choice, and jumped into the trailer. He was clearly scared and skeptical of what was happening, but he was also sensible and stayed relatively still. I breathed a sigh of relief, as I did not want him to get hurt in the trailer. We sped out of the prison, and the deal was done. Rune has been in some training with Jessica now for over a month. Within hours, she was able to get his halter on him, and within days she was braiding his mane. He has been an excellent student. Recently, he has even been loaded into a horse trailer. “He is very sweet and wants to please! Curious, but wary of things until I prove to him it’s nothing to worry about…he is smarter than others I have worked with,” explains Jessica. Rune should arrive at CRMS sometime late summer or early fall, and students in the advanced horse program will be able to start working with him immediately. While there is something heartbreaking about taking an animal out of the wild and making it comfortable with human touch, it is good to know that Rune will have a wonderful life on the CRMS campus. Most of all, the community there will appreciate him for who he is, and for what he once was.

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wo years ago, Basalt teenager Isaac Musselman got to meet Christian McBride after listening to the Grammy-winning jazz bassist perform at a Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) concert in Aspen. As a young musician, Musselman was nervous to play in front of McBride, but the concert inspired him, and his musical dedication took a shift. “I remember Christian McBride telling us that you can never practice too much. At the time, I was 12, so I was just in beginning band. I realized if I wanted to be that good, I would have to practice that much,” Musselman, now 14, said. “That’s when I started to really take my practicing seriously, not think of it so much as a chore but as an opportunity to get better.” Musselman has gone on to participate in music programs sponsored by JAS and the Aspen Music Festival. He was selected for the District 8 Honor Jazz Band, formed a band called Sir Isaac and the White Noise, and has performed at various local events. He has been taking piano lessons since he was eight, but as a Basalt High freshman, he is really just beginning. Like other young musicians in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys, Musselman (who plays saxophone, clarinet and piano), has benefitted from JAS music education initiatives. The nonprofit was 30

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founded in 1991 to present and preserve jazz and related music through world-class events, performances, and education programs. It hosts a two-week-long June experience with internationally-touring jazz artists at Aspen’s Benedict Music Tent and the three-day Labor Day experience that headlines popular bands in Snowmass Village. JAS provides summer camps, classroom assistance for instructors, private lessons, instrument donations, funding for instrument repair, scholarships for the Berklee College of Music Summer Camp in Boston, sponsorship of the District 8 Honor Jazz Band, and tickets to world-class concerts. “JAS Local Education Initiatives began in 1998 with the goal of developing programming that complements existing public school music programs and replaces programs where schools suffer losses due to budget cuts,” says JAS Senior Vice President Andrea Beard. To date, JAS has donated more than $7 million to music education and reached more than 1,500 students from Aspen to Rifle through its education programming. That includes 2,095 hours of faculty assistance from professional musicians in 14 different schools, a 44 percent increase from 2015. For example, JAS will help fund a new advanced music class beginning in fall 2017 at Roaring Fork High School (RFHS). The school previously offered one music class — concert band — as an elective. Mark Johnson will teach the class and also mentors the RFHS Jazz Band, a group of about eight students who have been playing together since middle school. The band meets one day a week after school for a few hours to practice with Johnson. Their skill is clearly growing; RFHS Jazz Band has played gigs at L’Hostaria in Aspen, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce's After Hours, Lions Club Chili Cook-off in Glenwood Springs, and opened for

internationally-known Etienne Charles at an Aspen JAS Café in March. Several of the students have made the District 8 Honor Band in past years and have traveled to the University of Northern Colorado/Greeley Jazz Festival for critiques from professors and musicians—again, all supported by JAS. Johnson lauds their dedication, saying, “With all the activities these students have available, they are willing to go the extra mile, spending their free time working on this project. It’s hard work requiring outside practice to be successful. They constantly surprise me with their skill.” RFHS junior Jaime Lopez, the band’s drummer, also plays percussion in the RFHS concert band. Inspired by mariachi bands he saw as a boy, Lopez started playing clarinet in fifth grade. Lopez says music has become a big part of his life and he credits that to concert band director Mark Gray, his favorite teacher. But he says he also has grown through the JAS Pays to Play program, which provides funding for students to take private lessons. Lopez will enroll in the RFHS advanced music class and aims to continue playing music throughout his life. Music has enriched his school experience. “It’s fun, I get to create music with my friends. We play a song, and I think ‘We did that together!’” Local educators agree that being part of a team that creates art together is something special. Johnson comments, “I know that the multiple disciplines involved [in playing music] address complex mathematics in real time, group cooperation and symbiosis, and a high level of creative CONTINUED > thought and action….” September 2017 | Roaring Fork Lifestyle

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Chris Bank, the director of education programming for JAS, says playing in a band forces young people to be “part of something bigger.” Bank has been part of the local music education scene since the mid-1990s. He has filled in for band directors in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, and Aspen, often taking over for an entire school year. He served as director at Colorado Rocky Mountain School and the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork. When JAS wanted to launch local music initiatives, he was the obvious choice. While JAS has helped nurture music education in many ways, Bank says one key innovation was support for band directors. He explains that band directors put in hours of extra time working with students, taking care of instruments, and attending special events, among other duties that “don’t show up on a contract.” “We started adding more people, and that’s when we started seeing directors stay around. We had a lot of turnover; people were burning out. Now we have more stability in those positions,” he noted. When it comes to directing students of varying musical ability, large classes create a dissonant challenge. “Our schools are getting a hundred-plus kids in beginning band. Without Jazz Aspen Snowmass, they’re on their own.” It all adds up to why Bank feels the greater community needs to know about and support music education. “People think music is an entitlement, like the government is supposed to supply music for the masses. If it’s something the people want bad enough, the people have a role in that. It’s not entirely any one person’s responsibility. It’s a little of everybody’s responsibility.” Parents “get it” when their normally-reserved student is on stage, rocking her head back and forth while jamming out. The comment “Holy smokes. That’s my kid?” is typically followed by, “How can I help support this?” Bank explained. “You just never know when music is going to trigger that.” For Musselman, the trigger may have been the McBride concert. Without the support of JAS, Aspen Music Festival, and his music teachers, he wouldn’t be thinking about a career performing music for major motion pictures or about playing professionally in a jazz band. On a daily basis, there is rarely an hour that passes in which music is not part of Musselman’s life. “If there’s a time in the school year when I’m overwhelmed or there’s something stressful or sad… music helps me forget what I’m worrying about,” he said. “It can bring more clarity to my thinking. It helps calm me down and keep a cool head.”

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ith its verdant hoop house, shaggy berms, and dramatic climbing net, Carbondale’s newest landmark, the Ross Montessori Elementary School playground, stirs the curious soul. With the last stage of their new landscape in place, Ross students, staff and volunteers have created holding space for immersive, experiential learning: a “natural playground.” A significant component of this is a living, dynamic, evolving landscape—not just mowed grass and a mulched playground. With intensively edible landscaping, a hoop house, vegetable gardens and an outdoor classroom, the Ross stomping grounds provide a setting for hands-on botany, art, biology, math, science, and reading for both Ross students and children attending summer camp. How did all this come to be? While still at their former compound of trailers in an industrial zone, Ross conducted a visioning process among students. Teaching Coach Mandi Franze jokes, “We couldn’t give them the

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petting zoo, the trampoline or the swimming pool they wanted, but we were able to incorporate the parkour (obstacle course) area, a tall climbing structure. But I think it was the adults on the committee that wanted the natural play area. Because kids don’t really have experience with that, they don’t even know that they want that. We used the Montessori philosophy of getting children out in real nature.” The play equipment is engineered of hardwood Robinia, versus steel. Resonant textures of wood, stone, and bark lead to simple designs encouraging bodily exploration. Surrounding the play pieces are berms the children requested. One has a tunnel to crawl through and a bonafide sledding hill. As trees mature, children will be able to pick pears from the deck of the slide. In an informal play space, wild grasses, and clovers sprawl around logs, boulders and stone pathways as freely as the children do. A chokecherry forest,


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their own forts with collected tree branches and found materials. Buckets, ropes, wheels, rocks, you name it—a collection of crazy parts will spur creative play. The outdoor classroom brings the “amphitheater” feel students and teachers requested. Gorgeous beams of Farmers stone create tier seating, with softening grasses and wildflowers. This autumn, a firewood wall, Andy Goldsbury-style, create a sound barrier from the road, and include several insectaries. All is encompassed by an orchard and pollinator garden, including many native species, to invite creatures, including birds, which further “wilding” of gardens through seed dispersal! Bird poop spreads species in patterns that Nature presents, beyond the hand of mankind. The vegetable garden and hoop house are the highlight of Ross’s playground. Explains Franz, “Maria Montessori believed children should learn through real life. How will they learn best here? By actually observing things that are growing. When they understand the life cycle of a plant, then they are ready to learn about the life cycles of animals, which leads directly into human biology and human life cycles, for example, flower pollen and reproduction, and humans and reproduction.” Planting vegetables and tending the garden was the foundation of the inaugural Montessori Magic Summer Camp. Ross Reading Specialist Carmen Montgomery developed the camp’s programming. “Montessori teachers and assistant teachers started mornings with age-appropriate lessons focused on botany and biology. Younger children studied the anatomy of butterflies and bees. Older children studied insects, specific plants, pollinators, and learned about native plants,” says Montgomery. Each day of camp was dense with activity. “Kids love to get dirty!” laughs Franz. Gung-ho campers watered, weeded, planted vegetables. “They helped care for trees by arranging them in their deer-proof fences and watering them. It happened naturally that they learned a great deal about all of our plants and trees by doing this work,” says Montgomery. As the Ross gardens are new and raw, with still-forming yet incomplete cycles, Montgomery shares that, “children went out into the community to various places with gardens and nature: the community gardens, the farmers market, True Nature’s gardens, and the RVR River Trail.” Camp field trips were designed to weave the ecological web further, experientially: the fish hatchery, Mount Sopris, and Cozy Point. “Montessori was the original experiential learning.” Franz points out. “Maria developed this system of education more than 100 years ago. It was all about exploration and the children leading the way.” In Montessori, experiential learning goes beyond academics and into forming the “whole person.” As do the metaphors and symbols within this playground. Ross’s Friendship Bench is a symbol of what the children learn stewarding nature. Just as children learn

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to nurture life, “we teach direct lessons on social graces and being courteous to other people,” says Franz. When a child is having an off day, or can’t find their friends, they’re invited to hang out on the Friendship Bench. Surrounded by wild grasses, flowers and shade, it’s welcoming and central to the playground. When the kids catch someone sitting alone on the Friendship Bench, they know to reach out. Ross Montessori's Director of Development and Enrollment Tricia Williams is the force of nature behind this highly visible and noteworthy project. With its untraditional appearance, community curiosity is piqued. “People expect it to perfect the minute it’s in there. It has to be ready and done 100 percent!” she chuckles. “It’s a work in progress and we want it to be wild. It’s a part of it. I don’t think it will ever really be finished. It will always be evolving. Always be something new and exciting to bring into it.” Wild and woolly it is, and people love it. “It’s been really fun to see the community embrace it.” Williams says. With her constant presence, Williams has noticed visits from many playground regulars who don’t attend Ross, and she enjoys that fully. “There’s a family that comes here from New Castle because they go to church at the Orchard. This is their routine now. They bring a little picnic lunch and sit at the table and the kids play. I’m so proud of what the committee put together because it has been embraced by the whole community.”


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n June, David Gabriel, a 16-year old from Glenwood Springs, was awarded a two-year, full scholarship to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, a troupe that has been turning out some of the ballet world’s top professional dancers for the past 50 years. “He’s worked very hard for this, and all that hard work is paying off,” comments Aspen Santa Fe Ballet School Director Melanie Doskocil. “He’s a brilliant dancer, extremely disciplined. He has an innate understanding of technique. He also dances jazz. I’m glad that they saw that.” Gabriel is one of multiple ASFB students who have gone on to prestigious stages across the U.S. and abroad. Right now, one is completing her training in Russia; another is dancing at the Nutmeg Conservatory in Connecticut. AFSB school alumni have gone on to careers with the New York City Ballet, Washington Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, the Julliard School, San Francisco Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, as well as ASFB. Nearly 300 boys and girls drawn from towns scattered from Rifle to Aspen are currently studying with ASFB. Some started as young as three. “At that age, they’re learning ballet in more creative, playful way,” Doskocil explains. “When they’re about eight, they start more formal training.”

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet School; photo by Rosalie O'Connor.


Graduating from a soft ballet slipper to pointe shoes marks a major milestone in a ballerina’s development. For local kids, that rite of passage usually entails a trip to Colorado Springs to see Noel Amend, who has fitted many ASFB students with their first pointe shoes. Around 11 years old, ASFB faculty evaluate each ballerina individually, looking at criteria that include ankle mobility and strength, turnout, leg strength, and core strength to determine whether she’s ready to make her first, tentative relevé onto the tip of hard, satin shoes and to advance into pointe classes. Most ASFB students “train year-round from the get–go, and once they’re on pointe, they train a minimum of three days a week,” Doskocil says, “You may have heard that it takes 10,000 hours to become expert at something?” That 10,000-hour figure comes from Malcolm Gladwell’s 2008 book Outliers. Gladwell found that geniuses aren’t just born; world-class performance is achieved through hard work, practice, and apprenticeship, work that's often made possible by parents and community members who open doors. Gladwell found the 10,000-hour figure "extraordinarily consistent” in fields ranging from ice hockey and computer programming to rock and roll. Young performer David Gabriel To train the school's advanced divisions, dancing; photo by Doskocil draws on more than 20 years of Michael Alvarez. professional dance and teaching experience. Before performing with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, she danced for the Oakland Ballet, Ballet Arizona, and Nevada Ballet Theatre. Doskocil, who lives in Basalt, has directed the School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet since 2004. Six other dancers make up the local faculty, and ASFB company members also occasionally teach at the school. En route to 10,000 hours of practice, aspiring ballet students invest years of blood, sweat, and tears into their discipline. Blisters, sprains, strains, bruises, and overcoming embarrassment are all part of the experience. At ASFB, even students who dance only recreationally typically practice five days a week. For students who aspire to perform professionally, ASFB sponsors summer intensive programs that call for them to dance eight hours a day for six days a week! Such demands explain why ballet not only requires physical strength, flexibility, and technique, it also demands resilience. “Anyone who learns a classical art form builds character,” Doskocil observes. “Our main focus is to teach great character strength. Ballet teaches kids to have growth mindset, to set goals. A young dancer learns stick-to-it-iveness. Teamwork. A work ethic. To take care of one’s body, physically and nutritionally. They learn about self-discipline, self-respect, and to respect

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The Mouse King from the

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lenwood Springs Middle School teacher Paige Hahn's sixth-grade language arts students recently studied the art of expression through poetry. Here, five of these young poets share thoughts on the medium and examples of their work.

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What is your favorite topic or theme to write about? "I love to write about experiences in my life or things that could happen in my life. I think being funny in poems is a way to remember things that make you laugh."

" I A M N OT, B U T I C A N " I am not the smartest person in the world; I am not dumb, but I do know some random facts. I am not the fastest person on this planet; I am not slow, but I was the fastest person in my class. I have not seen everything; that does not mean I can’t see, but I have seen 22 states. I have not lived 20 years; that does not mean I have not lived, but I have lived 12 years. I have not been to space; that doesn’t mean I can’t, but I have dreamed about it.

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What is your favorite style of poetry and why? "My favorite style of poetry is free verse, because you can do anything with it. You can write about anything you want to and there are no rules."

" E X- F R I E N D S " I see them standing there, All together. Without me. We were so Close. Now we’re So far apart. We don’t talk Anymore. What Happened? Did I do something wrong? What did I do? And if I did, I am sorry.


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What are your goals surrounding writing? " My goal is to write a book, so I can get my name into the writing world. Writing will impact my life and my future, because if I do write a book and it becomes popular then I could make writing my job."

J O N AT H A N F R A N C I A

As I walked through a grove of trees, I pondered the meaning of all, A piece of knowledge I wish to seize, A way to come out of thrall. To know the meaning of life is a hope, But with it you can pave, A path to power that you can cope, Until you reach your grave. If you know the meaning then you will be, A sun, a star, a person of wonder, The one and only key To help the world stay and not sunder, Just think, that could be me.

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Who is your favorite poet or author? "My favorite poet is Shakespeare because he writes a lot of great sonnets and plays."

What have you learned about poetry this year? "I’ve learned that poetry isn’t just a boring thing old guys do; it’s something all people can do to express feelings."

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Glasses, You make my world clearer. Without you, I can not see the beautiful nature of the world. Glasses, If I do not have you, I am blind. And I would be a hopeless little child that can't see. Glasses, With your blue, curved edges, And your clear lenses, You make my day clear again. Glasses, You are my life, and you guide me to a clear path. You are my love, And I would do anything for you, Glasses.

I am a person and I want you to know: I am not something to be broken or mistreated. I deserve to be treated the same as any other person. I know I may look different or act different. But inside we are all the same. Why do we put each other down? Why not ignite the torch of uniqueness? Instead of dropping it and watching its flame die out.

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SEPTEMBER 9 & 10 SALON EVENING IN CARBONDALE & ASPEN LAUNCHPAD & WHEELER OPERA HOUSE Andrea Clearfield performs piano in collaboration with performance artist Alya Howe. Bittersweet Highway performs Borderland Americana; vocalist/guitarist Averill Lovely shares hobo musical reflections; pianist Tania Stavreva plays original compositions and Bulgarian composers. Harp by Janet Harriman, poetry from three generations, standup comedy from AJ Finney. September 9 at Carbondale's Launchpad;

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SEPTEMBER 20 CARBONDALE ANNUAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE THE ORCHARD The Carbondale Chamber hosts "The Art of Business & The Business of Art," a conference and expo celebrating the Carbondale Creative District. Keynote speaker and violinist/entrepreneur Udeshi Hargett will offer insight. Cost per person is $75, but jumps to $125 after September 9, so early registration at Carbondale.com is encouraged. Call 970.963.1890 for more information.

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Parting Thoughts

ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY GENEVIÈVE JOËLLE VILLAMIZAR

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t really does happen that fast, no matter what we teach them or how we warn them. And when it does, on their own, they might be screwed. So we try. Within seconds of scrambling to the river’s edge, we saw my daughter’s muscular, competent body slip from the boulder, disappearing into the dark pull of the Crystal River’s runoff. It was visuals more than anything: the layering of clear bubbles above her summer-blonde hair and sweet round face. A wet seal. And cellular memory: my dog’s soaked, sleek, golden shoulders and head in similar waters, being swept away as I leapt down the water’s edge to haul him back out of Avalanche Creek at high water. I noticed how brown my daughter had become this summer. White bubbles. Golden tresses. Aqua depths. Child. River. Colors and cortisol. Rushing, hurtling water. No actual thoughts, my eyes only for her, I leapt down river boulders like an ape, bent low: intercept! She looked so very tiny. So helpless. Nothing we’d taught her swimming or paddling came into play: feet first, down river... swim to the side! God, we can try, but... She had no chance on her own. I had no doubts on grabbing her. No other possibility exists in a mother’s mind. Reaching down for her, I heard and saw my buddy’s body launch into the water, inches from my daughter’s head, and we lifted her together. Terrified gasps tore from my child’s mouth, her entire body trembling as she bawled in my arms. My friends and I were equally emotional. I knew I had her. I’d grown up on water, the ocean, rivers, and lakes, swimming my whole life, rowing or fishing for decades. I knew where the current was taking her. I knew I could reach her. I knew I could grab her. But for my buddy to leap in for her, too? That was new for me, a man, reacting on behalf of my child. I’ve shared fathering with no one. The Crystal was big that day, its water had been frozen snow crystals hours before. Leaping in, he too had no thought but to help a child. That support, that no-mind, instinctual effort to

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save my child? I cried. I had never experienced, that intensely, the unconditional love for my child with another parent, let alone another dad. I was ever so grateful for Tribe that day. I didn’t know how to thank him. I didn’t know how to receive that love and care for my child. I reeled with the shock of how quickly tragedy can strike. I was stunned at how meaningless words and lessons can be in the face of reality, of might, of Nature. I didn’t know what to do with all these big emotions. I was in shock through the next day, and let my daughter tell her story over and over, to help her process it for herself. I relived my friend’s body puncturing the current, over and over, too...from where does that instinct arise? And then, another summer afternoon, just days ago, actually, just me and several kids from our Tribe. I heard a crash and an endless scream, igniting the reptilian regions of my being. Looking up, I saw a vibrating black cloud whirling about a child whom I’ve known her entire life. “RUN, Juno, RUN!!” I bellowed, as the upended hornets swarmed her in fury. She was frozen. Again. No thoughts. Just visuals: her eyes squinched shut, mouth stretched open, a piercing void of agony. Sounds: dark buzzing filled my ears, louder than Juno’s scream.This child I loved with all my heart, her entire body akin to rigor mortis: immobile. I ran straight into the cloud. Eyes shut, mouth shut, bare-armed in a tank top, I lunged at her, scarcely feeling the hot bursts blossom on my arm and shoulder. I grabbed I-know-not-what, and hauled ass. No thought. Just cortisol and love for this freaking child who could not run. What we do for these children we are raising, together, all of us, Tribe, these kids of ours. No matter what we teach them, we simply cannot control everything. Not them, not their responses, not even how we ourselves respond. But unconditional, thoughtless, heartful love? It has a mind of its own. These kids. They’ll be alright.


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