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LIFESTYLE LETTER

MARCH 2019 PUBLISHER

Rick French | rfrench@lifestylepubs.com EDITOR

Caitlin Causey | caitlin.causey@lifestylepubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Choosing Home WHAT MAKES A HOUSE A HOME? First and foremost are the people who live

Caitlin Causey, Bridget Grey, Suzanne W. Kirch, Carly Passchier CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Michael Hefferon, Maya Kurtz, Summers Moore, Olive & West Photography, Estate Photo Video

in it (followed closely by their pets, of course!). But beyond the love that a home’s family brings inside its walls, it seems that the sky’s the limit when it comes to making it their own—particularly here in the lower Roaring Fork Valley. From Glenwood to Basalt, every Victorian, Craftsman, townhome, cabin, condo, loft, ranch, studio, and mansion is unique; perhaps our collective “home” here in the valley is defined by that very individuality. For our March issue, writer Suzanne W. Kirch had the chance to interview a few locals who are truly bucking norms as homeowners in south Glenwood’s growing tiny home community. Their comfortable lifestyles are proof that bigger doesn’t have to be better, and that much can be made of living small. Also encouraging us to do more with less this month is local real estate broker and valley native Carly Passchier, who shares insider tips on using what you have to stage your home effectively for potential buyers.

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that—because they have. After spending many years abroad traveling and living in a kaleidoscope of countries, the Infantes have settled midvalley and are building a fascinating luxury textile business right in Basalt. Don’t miss their story.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MARCH 2019

FEATURES 12 Setting the Stage A Local Real Estate Pro on Simple Fixes that Set Your Home Up to Sell

20 Less is More Residents in Glenwood’s Growing Hideout Tiny Home Community Live Generously by Choosing Small

26 Have Blankets, Will Travel A Globetrotting Couple Brings Luxury Mongolian Textiles to the US—and Discovers Home in Basalt

38 First Impressions Bold Hardware Elements Make A

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Good Times

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Renovate & Refine

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GOOD TIMES 1.

CMC Mini College Chocolate Extravaganza Fundraiser On February 2 the Children's Mini College, an auxiliary of Colorado Mountain College in  Glenwood, held its 16th annual Chocolate Extravaganza at Morgridge Commons. Attendees bid on silent auction items donated by some 130 local businesses and individuals for a successful night of fundraising accompanied by wine, sweets, and homemade savory snacks prepared by students' families. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MAYA KURTZ

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1. Event host Samuel Bernal (center) chats with guests. | 2. Cheryl and Daryl Yarrow serve wine. | 3. Kelli Shedden and son Powell peruse the silent auction. | 4. Mini College students help prepare chocolate treats before the main event. | 5. (From left) Sarah Bowles, Lori Welch, and Marcos Monge. | 6. (From left) Kenny Zarate, Abby Hollenbaugh, and Maddie Army prepare chocolate strawberries during class.

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AROUND TOWN Steinbeck's classic Depression-era drama adapted for the stage, "Of Mice and Men." Two migrant farmhands share a dream to settle down on their own slice of land. Quick-witted George is caretaker and best friend of Lennie, whose mental disability, brute strength, and a dangerous fascination for petting soft creatures leads to a darker conclusion. Performances: March 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $30/adult, $20/ ages 20-39, and $15/full-time student with ID. The production is directed by TRTC founder Lon Winston and stars many well-known valley actors. ThunderRiverTheatre.com

2019 ARTIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM GRANTS AVAILABLE

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partnered with Pitkin County, the Roaring Fork

categories: the Alleghany Meadows Fellowship,

School District, the Town of Basalt, and local busi-

the Ro Mead Community Arts Grant, and the

nesses to build the Net Zero 27-unit Basalt Vista

Carbondale Arts Fellowship.

Affordable Housing Community for teachers and

The Alleghany Meadows Fellowship has no

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restrictions on use. It can help an artist develop

force. Construction on the first nine homes has

a vision, buy supplies or rehearsal space, or

begun, and volunteers are needed to continue

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The Summer Advantage program will be offered

Carbondale Public Art Commission.

this summer starting June 25 through July 27,

The Carbondale Arts Fellowship is wide open,

Monday through Friday (except July 4), from 8 a.m.

but must further an artist's career in some way. This

to 2:30 p.m. This free five-week program provides

could be through continuing education or develop-

skill-building in math and reading, enrichment and

ing a website, to touring or installing an exhibit. The

talent development, and fun Friday activities with

Carbondale Arts mission is "building community

free breakfast and lunch. Summer Advantage is

through art" with a focus on providing support and

open to Basalt and Carbondale students in grades

opportunity for local artists.

K-3 and will be held at Basalt Elementary School

Applications are available at CarbondaleArts.com.

and Crystal River Elementary School. In Glenwood Springs, students in grades K-4 may attend at Glenwood Springs Elementary School. Applications open this month. Watch for more information in your child’s backpack or see your school’s office for more We

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RENOVATE & REFINE ARTICLE CARLY PASSCHIER PHOTOGRAPHY ESTATEPHOTOVIDEO.COM - MICHAEL HEFFERON

A LOCAL REAL ESTATE PRO ON THE SIMPLE FIXES THAT SET YOUR HOME UP TO SELL

Setting the Stage 12

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STAGING A HOME TO SELL DOESN’T NECESSARILY REQUIRE NEW FURNITURE PIECES OR A STEEP INVESTMENT IN DECOR. Usually, a few simple fixes that utilize what’s readily available in your home are enough to pay off ten-fold; you just have to know how to use them to your advantage. Inventory is sparse enough in the Roaring Fork Valley right now that sellers are listing at higher prices than we’ve seen in years. When you price for the stars, you must ensure your product backs up your price tag. Here are a few ideas to create a space that dazzles and yet feels like home upon entry.


brighten up. For a big return on energy costs and visual impact, consider changing out all light bulbs to LED. “Warm white” or “bright white” bulbs are ideal for home staging in nearly every interior room of the home. Be sure to show off this simple investment by making sure your lights are on for every showing.

hidden spaces matter. Is your oven clean? Is your refrigerator presentable? Do your closets showcase organization with matching hangers and visible floors? Do your cabinets and drawers display Living After

overall care of your home? Some buyers might be able to see past hidden messes, but believe me, many others are looking behind these closed doors.   

prioritize the first impression. If you’re spending time and energy on your Living Before

interior presentation, be confident in your curb appeal as well. This time of year, unplowed driveways and snow-covered pillow cushions on even the dreamiest of patio furniture are sure to put a bad taste in buyers’ mouths upon arrival.  

depersonalize and declutter. Even if it means temporarily renting a storage unit to store extra furniture, personal photographs,  and garage items, doing so can make  a huge difference in displaying the property with a canvas blank enough for buyers to envision themselves taking over the space. Even walls are fine when left bare. In fact, most buyers will request that walls be left in paint-ready condition, so removing most photographs and paintings during the listing phase will save you that headache during the move-out process.   

move out of your bathrooms. Closet After

Clear your bathroom counters, floors, and shower shelves completely of products and rugs for photographs and showings. Also, keep a set of fresh, new towels set aside to hang on towel racks for showings. Investing in new shower curtains and liners will also provide a clean feel in all bathrooms. (While you’re at it, go ahead and clear your kitchen counter as well. Less is more when it comes

Closet Before

to countertop clutter.)

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(CON TI N U ED)

beware of wallflower furniture. If your furniture has been shy being tucked up against the nearest wall, pull it away. Create comfortable living and conversation spaces by re-positioning seating you can walk around.   

green it up. Modern pieces of greenery don’t need to be real, but they do need to look real. Dried flowers and dusty silks never provide a feeling of freshness, no matter how you arrange them throughout the home.  

maintain. Bathroom After

Showing requests may come at inopportune times, but refusing a showing could mean missing out on a real buyer. Keep your home show-ready at all times. Painful as it may be to live in a listed home, a few weeks of complete commitment sure beats months and months of uninterested buyers, a lack of offers, and price reductions.   

invest in good photography. Bathroom Before

Making sure your home is being captured by a professional real estate photographer is hands-down one of the most important considerations in marketing your home effectively. Shooting with an established professional (such as Estate Photo Video) provides new perspectives  on seeing the overall picture,  as they do through a wide lens.    In summary, consider this: you know the difference between walking into the lobby of a hotel having spent a hundred bucks  versus  walking into a Ritz? It feels good; it feels welcoming; it smells like sold. Provide that feeling for your potential buyers, even if it means bringing in an extra set of eyes, and the selling process will almost certainly take care of itself. Carly Passchier was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley, and  is a broker associate with Integrated Mountain Properties. 

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OPEN HOUSE

Tiny & Mighty One of the Hideout’s custom beauties, by Jacob Smith

of

the

Durango-

based company Smith Built. 20

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“HIDEOUT”....FROM WHAT? At the recently-founded Hideout Tiny Home Community off Midland Avenue in south Glenwood, it could mean hiding out from: clutter, huge mortgages, and hours maintaining a regular stick-built home. It was the allure of leaving all this behind him that led Beau Haines to downsize from a large home to a tiny one back in 2004, when living small was still a relatively unexplored  concept in mainstream culture. Fast forward to 2016, and Haines teamed up with the Hideout’s new owner, Zach Frisch, as his on-site property manager; together, they are working toward  making the vision of a tiny home community in Glenwood Springs a reality.   After acquiring the property, Frisch and Haines’s top priority was to reverse the dicey reputation the Hideout had gotten under previous management, and make sure it became known as a safe place to live. This was accomplished in large part by running thorough background checks on all the occupants. Glenwood City Councilman Jonathan Godes, a nearby neighbor, notes, “I was excited to have the new owner step up and raise the bar for the Hideout... background checks and other screening tools are especially important when Sopris Elementary School and Mountain Valley Developmental Services are right across the street.” The residents who remained at the ARTICLE SUZANNE W. KIRCH

Hideout, and the new ones who have since

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arrived, can rest assured that their neighborhood is safe and sound.

Less is More RESIDENTS IN GLENWOOD’S GROWING HIDEOUT TINY HOME COMMUNITY LIVE GENEROUSLY BY CHOOSING SMALL

Once basic safety concerns had been addressed, the focus turned to introducing tiny homes. As of now, there are six tiny homes, out of the 42 available sites, with four more to be delivered this month. While many of the residents are still choosing to live in RVs, they are being encouraged to consider transitioning to a tiny home—either by bringing in their own, or by purchasing one of the models that will be for sale in the spring. Haines, who demonstrates charisma, compassion, and competency in his management style, is adamant that this is a work-in-progress, and that, “We have a wonderful community. We’re not kicking anyone out, but as people move out, we’re moving CONTINUED >

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OPEN HOUSE

(CON TI N U ED)

tiny homes in.” Eventually, the long-term plan is for the community to consist mostly of tiny homes. One of the tiny home owners is Shea Maier*, a local nurse. She and her dog, Lucky, moved from a 1,200-square-foot, single-family rental to a beautiful, custom-made, 190-square-foot (with a little more room up in the comfy loft) Tiny Home on Wheels (THOW) that she found for $35,000 on Craigslist. Maier pointed out that “I got rid of about 90 percent of what I owned—mostly furniture, since everything here is built-in. It makes you mindful about what you own, and why you need it.” Being inside the cozy, quiet, multi-functional space, with a view of the Red Cliffs out one window and a grove of trees out the other, helps you understand why she made the switch. Neighbors Bailey and Ashlyn Rogers have also chosen the tiny lifestyle. The couple met as students at Rifle High School, and, after marrying, first lived in a condo in Rifle. Wanting to cut back on time spent on their commutes to work, they explored moving to Glenwood. After weighing the pros and cons of renting again, however, they decided to buy a tiny home instead. The one they found, while larger than Maier’s at 286-square-feet (plus a double-bed sized sleeping loft), is still towable. “If we ever decide to move, we can take our house with us,” says Bailey. The contemporary-style THOW has more than enough room for a full kitchen, stacked washer/dryer, and their two pets: dog Denver and cat Dirks. Young professionals like these three are not alone in being unwilling to invest in buying a traditional home. With homeownership rates down compared to previous generations, many people wonder why this is the case. Some point to high student loan debt as a barrier, while others note that during the Great Recession, many coming-of-age children witnessed the very real struggles of their parents trying not to default on mortgages. As a result, many of these children have grown up vowing to never put their families through such trials. The THOW movement is just one of the creative solutions that’s right there: in plain sight. For more information about the overall project, or to apply for a site—whether as a young professional, retiree, or even a family—contact Haines at Beau@CompassMtn.com for more information.

Small Spaces: Comparing RVs and Tiny Homes RVS

TINY HOMES

SIMILARITIES

+Recreational Vehicle (RV)

+Tiny Home on Wheels (THOW)

+Titled/registered/insured as RV

+Used mostly in

+Used year-round/built like a house/heavy

+Towable

+High resale value

+Mortgage interest could be tax-deductible

+RVIA or National Organization of Alternative

+Inspected/certified by reputable organizations

summer/aerodynamic/lightweight +Depreciates quickly +Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) certification +Materials designed for

Housing (NOAH) certification

+Designed for multi-functional use

+Materials are high-quality, built for year-round dwelling

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Dog Denver peers at Bailey Rogers from the family sleeping loft.

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DIY

W ELCOME BA SK ET ESSENTIALS BUILD THE PERFECT GIFT FOR YOUR GUESTS WITH LOCAL PRODUCTS

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the must-have basics: 1.

1. SNACKS. Your guests will no doubt be hungry after a day of driving or flying (or both). Even if you’re planning a special meal soon after they arrive, providing them with a small nibble to keep in their room and munch on at their own discretion is a nice touch. And who wouldn’t love a bag of buttery indulgence from midvalley popcorn makers Too Haute Cowgirls? TooHauteCowgirls.com 2. 2.  COFFEE. The valley is chock-full of fabulous  coffee shops, so pick up a gift card at the spot closest to your home and encourage guests to pop  in for their daily fix. Or, simply tuck a bag of locally-roasted beans into your gift basket and let them brew their own. Try Silt-based Mountain Mama Roasters, which also has a new shop inside the Riviera in downtown Glenwood. 

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MountainMamaRoasters.com 3. MOISTURIZER. Dry mountain air can wreak havoc on the skin, particularly in winter  for visitors who travel from humid climates. They’ll appreciate a luxurious body cream or hand lotion like Whipped Body Butter by Olga’s Organics,  a USDA-certified organic skincare company founded in the valley in 2016. OlgasOrganics.com 4. 4. A LOCAL TREASURE. In a community that’s home to so many artisans creating gorgeously unique products, the perfect welcome gift for a visiting guest will always be a locally-crafted item they can’t find anywhere else on earth. Carbondale’s nature-inspired Bee Happy Candles are a  lovely option, offering beeswax creations molded into  fruits, pinecones, flowers, and

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more. Find them on Facebook. 5. A HAND TOWEL. A beautiful textile can be used to line the bottom of the basket  or simply rolled and tied with ribbon. This category  of personal item conveys  a host’s particular thoughtfulness, as it can be used as both a travel comfort and an elegant takeaway from a guest’s trip. Swing by Art on 8th in Glenwood to pick up a towel made by the local Mountain Valley Weavers. MtnValley.org

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6. WATER. As locals, we know that one of the  keys to feeling good at altitude is proper hydration. Since out-oftowners (particularly those from lower elevations) may not be aware of this tenet of mountain health, provide them with a  reusable water bottle to help them remember to drink up. Many of the valley’s outdoor shops carry fun branded bottles that double as souvenirs, so be sure to opt for something with local flair. March 2019 | Roaring Fork Lifestyle

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LOCALLY OWNED

have blankets, will travel HOW A GLOBETROTTING COUPLE BROUGHT SUSTAINABLE LUXURY MONGOLIAN TEXTILES TO THE U.S.—AND DISCOVERED HOME IN THE ROARING FORK VALLEY ARTICLE CAITLIN CAUSEY

Betina and Bill Infante with a small herd of yaks in Mongolia.

NEGATIVE 40. Such was the sub-zero tempera-

Betina adds, “Here’s the thing about Mongolia: It can

ture when Betina Infante and her family arrived in

be hard. But if you can ride your horses and not focus on

Ulaanbaatar, the notoriously frigid capital city of

the flies, you’ll have the adventure of a lifetime.”

Mongolia, during the dead of winter in 2007—straight from living in balmy Indonesia, no less.

For the next several years, the family did just that. They canoed the rivers of the northern part of the coun-

“I will never forget that,” she says, recalling her first

try, spent time with eagle hunters and nomadic herder

days in the remote Asian nation with both humor and

families, explored sparsely populated lands that many

fondness. “It wasn’t easy at first. Things that are normally

foreigners never see, and rode their horses despite the

easy in other parts of the world are tough in Mongolia.

flies. Although they had a stint living in Serbia while

There was no hot water, we had our two little kids, it was

Bill worked as a U.N. ambassador there, the Infantes

very cold outside, and we were constantly boiling pots

ultimately felt the call to return to the wilds of Mongolia

of water to use at home. Plus the pollution in the city is

afterward. So how did they end up here in the Roaring

devastating in winter, really quite toxic.”

Fork Valley as the owners of Hangai Mountain Textiles,

Still, Betina and her husband Bill, along with their

their Basalt-based luxury fiber goods business?

children, persevered through that first season in “UB,”

“As our kids got older we made the decision to send

a common expat term for Ulaanbaatar. As the family

them to school in the U.S. We just Googled ‘mountain

settled into a new way of life, they opened themselves

schools’ and landed at CRMS,” Betina says of discov-

to any new experience that Mongolia had to offer; soon,

ering Carbondale’s Colorado Rocky Mountain School.

Betina recalls they found themselves enchanted.

“We visited and fell in love with the valley—really fell

“There’s the city, and then there’s the rest of Mongolia,”

in love. As the Mongolian economy took a downturn

she explains. “It’s a place where the sky literally meets

in 2014, we felt like it was time to base ourselves in

the earth; it’s surreal, so special, and so beautiful, that we

Colorado. The stars aligned, we found a house in

just dealt with all the little inconveniences in UB so that

Basalt, and moved in the summer of 2015. That’s when

we could get out there as often as we could. We had our

we established Hangai here.”

own ger [yurt] an hour and a half from UB, had horses

On chilly evenings, the Infantes offered house guests

there, and spent every minute possible learning about

blankets they’d brought from Mongolia. When the guests

the country and the culture. It was total freedom.”

raved about them, Betina got an idea.

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LOCALLY OWNED

(CON TI N U ED)

“I thought, Coloradans are loving these blankets—why aren’t Mongolians importing these to the U.S.?” she says. “We were going back and forth to Mongolia for other work at the time, and started looking at the supply chain for textiles to explore

“Here’s the thing about Mongolia: It can be hard. But if you can ride your horses and not focus on the flies, you’ll have the adventure of a lifetime.”

the possibility of working with Mongolian entrepreneurs to build an international brand that would showcase their exquisite natural fiber. Despite some kinks in the supply chain, we established partnerships with several families with knitting and weaving factories and began working with them to build a sustainable model to export to the U.S..” The local families Betina and Bill had spent time with in recent years left a deep and meaningful impression on them, so the couple developed values for Hangai Mountain Textiles centered around a business model that helps the herder families preserve their ancient way of life in an economically viable way, and encourages Mongolian knitters and weavers to create high-quality items for the discerning international luxury goods market. All production remains exclusively in Mongolia, ensuring that the local producers benefit fairly in the process. The Infantes make several trips back every year, and as they work with teams on the ground to ensure quality, they’re also focusing on the sustainability and traceability of the handcombed yak down, cashmere, and camel down used in their textiles.

Photography p. 26 & 28: Summers Moore

“We’re working with the local cooperatives that source the fiber and ensure the herder families are learning more sustainable practices, such as adequate rotation of herds and keeping smaller herd sizes,” Betina notes. “Buyers in the U.S. increasingly want to know where their fine fiber comes from, much like knowing which region a wine comes from in Italy or France. For example, the yak down that we use is

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A piece from Hangai's recent Bauhaus collection. Product photography p. 27 & 29: Olive & West Photography

a rare, gorgeous, sustainable fiber sourced primarily from the Hangai region in central Mongolia. It’s our favorite fiber, which inspired our company name.” As Betina and Bill set their sights on expansion through boutique hotels, speciality retailers, interior designers, select luxury department stores, and online retail sales in 2019, they also welcome curious potential customers to their new wholesale Basalt showroom that debuted last year. “We offer a rare and unique product,” Betina says. “People want to be able to feel the blankets, discover yak versus camel, and experience the softness and the quality in person.” Hangai goods are featured around the region at the Hotel Jerome, Aspen Outfitting

Company,

and

the

Eleven

Madison Park Winter House pop-up at the St. Regis in Aspen. The Timbers Club in Snowmass is also outfitted with Hangai, and Cathers Home of Basalt carries their product in their showroom. Betina recently collaborated with Michaela Carpenter of Maker + Place to design a Bauhausinspired collection that’s currently available in the Aspen shop and online. Nearly four years after adopting the valley as their new base, it seems the Infantes are here to stay—and the community is richer for it. Somewhat like the nomadic Mongolian herder families producing fiber for Hangai Mountain Textiles, the couple once maintained a lifestyle that kept them on the move for many years; have they found a true home in the Roaring Fork Valley? “Oh yes,” Betina says. “This is where we want to be for the foreseeable future. After having been all over the map, it’s so nice to find a place where the people are so engaged. We feel extremely fortunate to have found this community and we look forward to growing here.” March 2019 | Roaring Fork Lifestyle

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WEDNESDAYS BURNING MOUNTAIN UKULELES New Castle Branch Library

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12 WINTER WORDS: JANE MAYER

Paepcke Auditorium (Aspen Institute Campus)

Aspen Words hosts its final literary guest of the 2019 Winter Words season when Jane Mayer speaks about her career covering politics, culture, and national security. A staff writer at The New Yorker since 1995, Mayer has also penned four best-selling narrative nonfiction books. Doors at 5:30 p.m., presentation at 6 p.m. Admission: $25. AspenWords.org

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21 ARTISTS AT THE LIBRARY: ROARING FORK QUILT GUILD Basalt Regional Library

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