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BLUEGRASS AND a 4th of july small but strong: FILM TURN 40 to remember unforgettable fests Issue Two

yetis, prayer flags, and vw-vans: America’s funkiest independence day parade p. 28

Colorado’s Festival Capital of the World Summer 2013

Summer 2013 Display until August 31, 2013

Welcome to a Summer of Festivities!

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Founder’s Letter L SUMMER 2013 - NATIONAL PUBLISHED BIANNUALLY | VOLUME 2, NO. 1 Chief Excutive Manager Chad Wallace Editor-in-Chief Eli Wallace Publisher Jackdawg Productions LLC Lead Design Eli Wallace Copy & Design Editors Brent Bynum, Victoria Guida, Hilary Lempit, Autumn Peyton, Angela Rae, Jeff Taylor, Chad Wallace, Jill Wilson Contributors Ruth Camrada, Mariah Elmore, Jessica L. Flammang, Morgan Foster, Jack Goose, Hilary Lempit, Ben Marshall, Eliot Muckerman, Aaron Swanson, Eli Wallace, Walter Wright Comics David Kirmse, Jeff Taylor Photography Chad Wallace, Eli Wallace stock: users ragnizzz, sepavo, subbotina. Advertising Sales Chad Wallace, Derrick Webb Newsstand Consultant Judy Publishing Services, Inc. Gary Judy, Telluride Festivarian is published thrice annually by Jackdawg Productions LLC, P.O. Box 2614, Telluride, Colorado, 81435. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited. Subscriptions are availiable online at To advertise in Telluride Festivarian, email Chad at For editorial concerns, contact Telluride Festivarian text pages are printed on all-natural, elemental chlorine free, Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper by Heidelprint of Seoul, South Korea. The extra funds necessary to print on this environmentally-friendly paper are provided through the Telluride Festivarian Green Fund, run by EcoAction Partners, a 501(c)3 non-profit in Telluride. To make a donation to this fund, visit

ife in the northern San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado is one of fresh air, mountain and desert activities, and epic views. One of the most stunning views to be had is of the Sneffels Range while driving the Dallas Divide, between Telluride and Ridgway. Yet this is one epic view that is not to be trusted. It was a crazy idea, a magazine only covering the festivals in Telluride. This was nothing new though; you see, crazy ideas come to me all the time. But on this drive along the cosmic idea incubator that is Highway 62, I ran over one that stuck. And sticky ideas are very tricky. Tricky, in that you easily can find yourself having convinced your sister to become Editor-in-Chief and move to Telluride after her college graduation two months later. Tricky, in that you have to follow sticky ideas--otherwise you would always wonder what could have been. Since then, we have published our first Winter Review, covering in depth all the festivals of the summer 2012 season. None of it would have been possible without the incredible team of individuals that have given their time and energy to make the product before you. To all those who have put countless hours in to pull this edition off on time, our support staff, writers, and contributors—we thank you. Moreover, we must thank the people of Telluride. There are very few places with a tight-knit community as fine and funky as Telluride’s. Your support has kept our spirits high and our vision clear. Our gratitude couldn’t be more for our advertisers, writers, green sponsors, the festival producers, and all those who have lent kind words of support. It has been a joy to live and document in a place as special as Telluride. So, my friends, please sit back, relax and enjoy the quality content that we have put our hearts and souls into.

Cheers to an incredible 2013 festival season,

P.S. We put a lot of effort into our Green Fund which allows us to print this magazine on responsibly-logged Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF) paper—so please don’t just go throwing this magazine in the trash. At the very least, recycle! Think green, y’all.

On the Cover: Mountainfilm’s Yeti sits atop a VW-van-turned-float for Telluride’s Independence Day Parade photo by Chad Wallace

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Chad Wallace

CONTENTS folk revolution


BLUEGRASS TURNS 40 small festivals


size isn’t everything

film festival


4/5 best picture oscars

09 Mountainfilm 11 Balloon 15 Wild West 19 BlueGrass 23 Wine 26 Plein Air 29 Fireman’s 4th 33 Theatre Week 35 Yoga 37 Ride 39 Americana & Small Festivals 41 Jazz 43 Chamber Music 45 Shroomfest 46 koto Doo-Dah 47 telluride Film 41 Blues & Brews 53 BBQ & fitness 54 HORROR 2013 Summer / Telluride Festivarian / 5

sustainable festivation the New Normal

by Walter Wright, ecoaction partners Telluride beckons. It’s a beautiful place, and we want to keep it that way. But what does being a sustainable festivarian really mean, and why is it important? Being a sustainable festivarian means you truly care about your impact. It doesn’t just mean you recycle or buy organic. It includes being conscious of what you do before you leave home, how you travel, where you stay, what you bring, what and where you buy and what is done with everything after you are done using it. Sustainable festivation is realizing everything you do (and don’t do) makes a difference and can have a positive effect on the environment and others. Why is it important? You can imagine having 10,000-plus people join a small community for a weekend might have both positive and negative impacts. Local energy use and the amount of ‘waste’ created can skyrocket. We love having people here and we want to help everyone leave as light of a footprint as possible. Here are some tips on how to be a sustainable festivarian. Many of our festivals have prizes and awards for being ultra-green, so consider this your cheat-sheet on how to be prepared and potentially win things from tickets and beer to fun and reusable, sustainable products. Plus, it’s just the right thing to do. Telluride’s festival composting story: About 15 years ago, a local farmer began to pick up food waste from Bluegrass Festival vendors. Planet Bluegrass personnel approved of this–and for the 30th annual festival asked the farmer to assist with expanding the program to the entire festival. This effort has grown and now nearly every local festival has followed suit. Festivals generally require compostable products of their vendors and have trained volunteers to help festivarians put “waste” into the correct bins (compost, recycle, trash). The food scraps and compostable products are sent to a local commercial composting center for processing. Cups, plates, utensils, and many more items are being made from renewable resources such as corn, sugar cane, grasses, palm leaves, and even wood. Many of these look and feel just like regular petroleumderived plastic. By using these products, the average festival prevents over a third of their “waste” from going to the landfill, and recycling other items can save another third. This matters because landfill space is at a premium, and throwing valuable recyclables away (composting is a form of recycling) is an unsustainable waste. Even compostables can produce methane in landfill situations, and methane is far worse than CO2 as a component of greenhouse gas emissions. Commercial composting is different from your typical backyard compost pile. Because of the heat and intensity of the process, items which are not recommended for a typical home systems (bones, meat, dairy and compostable products) can be included in a commercial system. In our local commercial system, ingredients are ground up, increasing the surface area to help the microorganisms do their thing quickly and efficiently. A well-managed compost process requires being attentive to temperature, oxygen, pH, moisture levels and the proper mixture of carbon and nitrogen. A commercial setting can create finished compost in a matter of weeks, producing a valuable soil amendment. In our case, that compost goes back on our fields, parks and local landscapes to enhance plant growth and improve soils. Now that is local recycling to the max! A sustainable festivarian considers their impact before, during and after the festival. Here are some more ideas of what you can do. For additional information visit and the festival’s website.

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Before you leave home: It’s important to minimize the impact your empty home will have while you are gone. Turn down the hot water heater to the most economical and safe setting for your climate. Unplug all those appliances and electronics that use electricity while just being plugged in to ditch your “Phantom Load.” What to pack - and not to pack: Don’t bring too much! No matter how you get to Telluride, those extra pounds in your bags take fuel to move. Airplanes, cars, bikes, and your two little feet take more energy to move the more weight they carry. Pack light and buy that extra t-shirt or fleece in Telluride if you need it. (Buying local is a way to support economic sustainability… in your own community and while visiting another). Items to bring: While our festivals have taken beneficial steps to use compostable or recyclable products for eating and drinking, these are still generally single-use products. They take natural resources to make, transport and dispose of or process after use. The most conscious festivals do not sell bottled water, instead providing water-filling stations. Embrace BYO - Bring Your Own (or buy once in town) including reusable water bottles, beverage cups, coffee/tea mugs, plates, bowls, utensils and cloth napkins. These containers can work well on planes also. Don’t accept those little plastic or styrofoam cups you use for a minute or two, then throw ‘away’. Most airlines are notoriously bad at recycling. Our Mountainfilm festival doesn’t provide any throwaway drinking containers, plates or utensils –with minor exceptions you must bring your own if you don’t want to eat off a leaf or drink from your cupped hands. They have reduced their waste by 80% with this and other progressive actions. Both Telluride and Mountain Village have a plastic bag ban or reduction initiative, so BYO reusable grocery bags. These can work well for carrying your other BYO items into the festival and can even double as a creative rain hat! Getting here: If driving, carpool – and drive with smooth starts and stops. Going slower saves fuel even though you want to get to Telluride ‘now’. Offset your travel and lodging impacts. EcoAction Partners is the local sustainability organization that works closely with festivals on waste reduction. They also have a Green Fund that has helped develop and fund projects in the community like solar panels and a greenhouse at the school. Go to their website ( to calculate your carbon footprint from attending a festival and donate to their Green Fund to offset your impact. You will also find many ideas on how to be a model sustainable festivarian. Once in Telluride: Don’t forget to carry and use your BYO items, not just in the festival grounds but also around town. Whether getting take-out, to go drinks or shopping, having these items handy will help reduce waste in the community and shows your sustainable festivarian status. Make sure you know what can be recycled in Telluride. We may have different rules than in your hometown, so look for that info wherever you are staying or check the EcoAction Partners website. Commit to becoming a Sustainable Festivarian. This community loves its festivals, and we greatly appreciate your taking the time to prepare before you arrive. We’re all in this together, and we greatly look forward to enjoying a festival with you soon!

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hank you to our green sponsors and donors for making our dream of printing on earth-friendly, natural paper a reality! We recognize the environmental responsibility that comes with publishing a print magazine—which is why we’re working with the 501(3)c nonprofit, EcoAction Partners, to manage our green sponsorship fund. We’re trying to keep our printing natural, our footprint small, and our conscience green. Green sponsor funds that go through EcoAction Partners are earmarked to make our next publication print on Forest Stewardship CouncilCertified, Elemental Chlorine-Free paper, (just like this magazine—feel those feel-good fibers!). This means our paper will be made from responsibly logged wood in a process that will minimize negative effects on the ecosystems where it is made and distributed. We had a blast during our April 4th Green Getdown, our primary fundraiser for the Telluride Festivarian Green Fund. To Mike Kennedy and the Blissters, who

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kept our toes tapping all night, and Flavor, whose appetizers kept our bellies full; to our sponsors and donors, and to all those who came out to the event, we thank you. The Telluride Festivarian Green Fund, managed by EcoAction Partners, helps us do our part to protect the beautiful world in which we live. You can play a part in achieving our green goals. First, please recycle this magazine when you’re through! Second, make a taxdeductible donation to our green fund by visiting and clicking our PayPal Donate Button–be sure to type “Telluride Festivarian Green Fund” in your donation purpose line! Organizations wishing to become green sponsors should contact Kermit says it’s not easy being green. Maybe when you’re all alone, little frog. Together, with the help of the generous support of our sponsors, being green is what it’s all about.

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Tibetan prayer flags are a sure sign Mountainfilm is here.

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No Ordinary Film Festival 35TH Annual Mountain Film May 25 to 28, 2013 Jason Smith


hen the winter finally loosens its grip on the San Juans and the aspen leaves begin to push out like light green popcorn buds, you know it’s time for Mountainfilm. Telluride locals are a hungry bunch, and this eclectic, inspiring, and educational event feeds our souls every May. It is the unofficial start of Telluride’s unbeatable summer festival season, and we like to get things off with a bang. Telluride is no ordinary ski town, and Mountainfilm is no ordinary film festival. The folks who live in this spiffy little Victorian town at the back of a box canyon have a surprising depth of cultural and environmental awareness. Sure, we love hiking the trails in summer and getting our powder turns in winter. However, underneath the veneer of outdoor recreation, we also appreciate a good story, a wellcrafted song, and a worthy cause. Mountainfilm is coming up on its 35th year in 2013, an impressive feat for a town that only edged away from its mining roots in the mid-70s. This incredibly cool festival runs for four days at the end of May and is far more than just an excuse to watch movies. And if you think it’s mere celluloid indulgence featuring hardcore types shredding impossible lines or freeclimbing granite routes only fools would dare, think again (though there’s plenty of mindblowing coolness mixed in). When Mountainfilm comes to town, Telluride rolls out its battered Navajo rugs and transforms into one big interconnected conversation.

Movies are screened inside historic theaters and outdoors in cozy parks. There are symposiums and workshops, ice cream parties and art gallery walks. Film directors stand in line for coffee, and film stars sit on Main Street benches next to locals. Mountainfilm defines the concept of community without pretention. The festival atmosphere reflects Mountainfilm’s ethos: sharing ideas that can shape communities around the world and getting inspired by close interaction with people working on the front lines around the globe. It’s about environmental awareness and heart-wrenching social issues, as well as plain-old, kick-ass mountain romping. The Mountainfilm crew annually selects 75 films, short and long, for the festival. Last year, we watched the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei get hounded by the police, the story of a man named Farmer who has been living in a northern California Redwood for the past three years, and the legendary climber Alan Gordon scampering around inside Alaska’s surreal Mendenhall Glacier. We also watched the story of activist Tim DeChristopher, a frequent guest of Mountainfilm, exercising a little civil disobedience against gas drilling permits in Utah. Because of his resulting twoyear prison sentence, he couldn’t be at Mountainfilm in person last year to talk about that film. Luckily for this year’s festivalgoers, Tim has done his time and will be one of this year’s star speakers. Whether you care to be

involved in the heavy matters discussed at the Moving Mountains Symposium or just want to spend an evening watching a series of really interesting short films, there’s something for everyone. Mountainfilm is the kind of event you leap into, filled with the same giddy anticipation you find when about to cannonball into Lake Powell in the springtime or drop into one of Telluride’s black diamond runs. In fact, the schedule of films, speakers and events will not be posted until the middle of May-two weeks before Mountainfilm kicks off. It is, however, first come, first served at the movie nights. Passholders skip the beginning of the line, so get your pass early and prepare to be wowed. For movie fans on a tight budget, there are always the free outdoor screenings each night at the Base Camp Outdoor Theater in Town Park– blankets recommended to ward off the night chill. Single program tickets are for sale if you’re only drawn to one particular evening. Seats go fast, so reserve early. For the ultimate in savings, volunteer a mere 16 hours of your life to the festival, and you’ll receive a Sunshine Pass for your efforts. Mountainfilm never fails to deliver the goods, both cinematically and socially. And what better way to kick off the summer than a long weekend of inspiration and entertainment in magical Telluride. It’s Memorial Day. Put that extra day off work to good use, and come join the fun.

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y e y a m l w o f a c Telluride’s 30th Annual Balloon Festival E

June 1 to June 2, 2013 |by Eli Wallace

very year, Telluridians will force themselves out of bed at the earlier hours for a few, very specific, reasons. The first is fresh powder fallen overnight, when diehards wake early to schlep their preferred alpine equipment to the top of Telluride’s mountains and claim first tracks. The second is to take little Telluridians to school in the morning. And the third appears in special cases: tickets to Phish go on sale, for the Bluegrass tarp run, or due to various athletic marathons like the Imogene Pass Run or the Mountains to the Desert Ride. Add to that list the annual Balloon Festival—now in its 30th year—which roars over the streets at about 7 AM. It’s worth the eye-circles to see (and catch photos of) roughly twenty balloons floating over—and sometimes crashing down upon—the main drag of Telluride. True enthusiasts wake up even earlier to find Marilyn Branch in Town Park, who pairs

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volunteers with balloon crews. Crews, like an eclectic family, bond over the task of hooking up the enormous nylon balloon envelopes to the baskets and setting up propane flamethrowers for flight. If the wind strikes the delicate balance necessary to safely lift-off, pilots might ask some of their volunteers to hop in—easily affording them the best views of the box canyon and the valley below. For those who struggle with the early wake-up call, balloonists set up shop from 6:30 to 9:30 PM on main street for GLO, a celebration of lights and fire. If the weather’s bad, the balloons won’t inflate, but the fires will still light up the night. Telluride may not be an early-bird town, but with the Balloon Festival providing free entertainment and some of the best photography opportunities of the summer, there’s reason enough to slip out of the covers, pour a gallon or so of coffee, and see where the wind can take you.

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Getting High in the San Juans...

by Hilary Lempit


he grand, jagged peaks of the San Juan Mountains hold many treasures. Crystal-clear alpine lakes, cascading waterfalls, colorful wildflowers, and expansive views of southern Colorado’s mountains, canyons, and valleys abound in the backcountry around Telluride. Incredible public lands sit within close proximity to town; two wilderness areas and two national forests surround the Telluride valley with extensive trail systems throughout. The town itself is nestled in a gorgeous high-mountain box canyon at 8,750 ft. elevation, encircled by 13,000-foot peaks, incredible rock formations, and

peaceful forests, complimented by a handful of Colorado’s famous “fourteeners,” or mountains taller than 14,000 feet, visible from the town limits. Southwestern Colorado’s natural wonders are easily accessed from the town of Telluride on foot by even beginner-level hikers. In the section that follows, we outline a list of classic Telluride hikes for varying ability levels, nearby to the summer festivals. Take a morning off from festivarian activities and experience the beauty of Telluride’s backcountry!

The Jud Wiebe Trail Difficulty: Moderate Length: 2.7 miles


or a quick afternoon jaunt, check out a locals’ favorite, named for a beloved Forest Service employee who advocated the expansion of Telluride’s trail systems and designed this loop trail. Starting at the north end of Aspen Street in downtown Telluride, the Jud Wiebe trail climbs to the left, crossing west over a permanent bridge across Cornet Creek. The 1,300-foot elevation gain over the trail’s short uphill section makes this hike a bit of a challenge: hike up a series of steep switchbacks through aspen forests and open meadows, eventually topping out at 10,200 feet. A wooden bench marks the high point, with incredible views eastward of Bridal Veil Falls, and of the entire Telluride valley. The trail then continues east across the ridgeline and meanders down to another permanent bridge crossing Cornet Creek. After the bridge crossing, hike uphill through a quiet, lush stand of conifers for about a quarter mile before hitting a junction with the Deep Creek Trail/Liberty Bell Road. Make a right and head downhill back to town, taking care on the loose, rocky switchbacks. Make sure to watch for mountain bikers and horses. Ultimately, the Jud Wiebe Trail turns into Tomboy Road and leads you back into town.

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Top of Jud Wiebe During the Fall

Bear Creek Trail Difficulty: Easy Length: 5 miles


asily one of the most popular trails in Telluride, this is a good out-and-back hike for beginners and families with about 1,250 feet of elevation gain over 2.5 miles. The scenery and Bear Creek Falls at the end are worth the exertion! Begin this trail by heading south on S. Pine Street until you see the trailhead on the left side of the street. After about half a mile, you’ll see the map kiosk and continue climbing above the creek. The wide trail rises gradually, turning south, and continues toward the canyon headwall. In the early season be prepared for muddy and wet sections of trail, some old snow, and possibly a couple rock-hopping stream crossings. A natural stopping point at 1.75 miles offers a turnaround spot for tired hikers, with views of a small cascade and plenty of room for a picnic. The trail continues to climb, and narrows close to the waterfall. The hundred-foot Bear Creek Falls are the highlight and endpoint of this hike. Take in the beautiful, towering cliff faces and peaks of Bear Creek Canyon, and head back the way you came to return to Telluride.

Bridal Veil Falls

Difficulty: Easy - Moderate Length: 3.6 miles from parking area; 7 miles from downtown


ridal Veil Falls pours down the box canyon wall of Telluride’s East End, enveloped on either side by vertical rock faces and the striking 13,000-foot peaks of the San Juans. Steeped in history and next to one of Colorado’s coolest natural wonders, the top of Bridal Veil is home to a hydroelectric power plant built in 1907 by Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse. The goal was to supply AC electric current to mining operations in the valley below. Bridal Veil Falls is also the tallest free-flowing waterfall in Colorado and a prime ice climbing area in the winter. This hike takes you from downtown Telluride to the top of the falls, a round trip length of about 7 miles. Alternatively, you can bike or drive to the end of Colorado Avenue (main street) to the trailhead parking area just west of the Pandora Mill site, which shortens the route to 3.6 miles round trip. Beginning in central Telluride, head south from main street to meet up with the River Trail. Take the River Trail east along the valley floor toward the headwall of the box canyon. Take the wide, dirt 4x4 road to the right of the mine area (marked County Road) up the switchbacks until you reach the falls at 1.2 miles, gaining 1,200 feet of elevation. Be mindful of bikers and motorized vehicles. To continue to the top of the falls and the power station (private property but neat to walk around), hike an additional .6 miles up the same dirt road. Take in the views and enjoy the mist of the waterfalls on a hot summer day! To get back to town, simply travel back the way you came.

cable runs the length of the exposed areas, to which climbers clip their self-belay lines. We intentionally won’t reveal the exact location of the Via Ferrata to preserve its mystique and elusive nature… and let it stay incognita to those who would injure themselves attempting it. Go with a guide, please! This fixed rockclimbing route was set by local climber Chuck Kroger, the source of its nickname “Krogerata.” The Via Ferrata was inspired by the fixed alpine climbing routes in the mountains of France and Italy, originally built for the benefit of troops traveling over exposed rock faces at high altitudes during World War II. The Krogerata of Telluride was built by hand–Chuck Kroger fashioned the 5 ½ inch bolts in his own iron welding shop. He passed away in 2007, but his legacy endures through this breathtaking route he built on the cliffs overlooking Telluride.

Know Before You Go!


olorado’s weather can be unpredictable–plan accordingly! Summer afternoons in the Telluride area usually bring thunderstorms. Plan to keep your hikes below treeline in the afternoon, as storms build quickly here and lightning strikes are a dangerous reality. Always bring more water, food, and layers than you think you’ll need; a good guide for carrying water is 1 liter/hour/person. Acute Mountain Sickness, or AMS, is another serious consideration when spending time in regions with high elevations, where hydration is key. Severe headache, dizziness, vomiting, and respiratory distress are symptoms of AMS or possibly a more serious condition–descend to a lower elevation and reduce your level of exertion. Seek professional medical help for any health emergencies. This article is meant as an outline for hikes in the Telluride area, not as your definitive source of information. Purchase a guidebook at one of our local outdoor stores, take a USGS topographical map with you, and research the route you plan to take in advance. Cell phone service is not guaranteed once you leave town. For up-to-date information on current local weather conditions, trail conditions, and trail or road closures, contact our local Forest Service Ranger Station in Norwood at (970) 327-4261.

Via Ferrata–The Iron Way

Difficulty: Technical Gear and Experience REQUIRED– Extremely Difficult


e’ve included this hike as a nod to the local flavor and unique climbing community of Telluride. If you are an experienced climber or mountaineer with appropriate safety equipment, then go for it! Those without skills or gear, please seek out a local guide if you’d like to climb the Via Ferrata. This is a truly technical route, traversing horizontally over exposed rock faces with fixed iron bolts as hand and footholds. A fixed

Locals Ethan and Angie Erickson spend an afternoon traversing the Via.

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WILD WEST FESTIVAL JUNE 2 - 9, 2013 |Ruth Camarda


s a playground for many worldwide, one could say Telluride is famous for a few things: unmatchable beauty, skiing (think 4,000’ of inbounds shredding) and summer festivation. For those of us who live here, well, we are spoiled by the remarkable offerings this town so freely gives. Therefore, we may unintentionally overlook the fortitude of our day-to-day blessings. However, imagine life confined to concrete and skyrises; a life where even walking through a park safely may not be feasible. The Sheridan Arts Foundation (SAF), aware of the gap between Telluridians’ good fortune and that of the less fortunate, committed itself to exposing Telluride’s natural beauty to underpriveleged children who would otherwise never be introduced to the wonderful experience of rural, alpine life. Teaming up with The Boys and Girls Club of America and the Chip Allen Mentorship Program in 1990, the Wild West Fest brings 50 inner city children

from across the nation for one week each June. All accommodations are provided, as well as an actionpacked adventure embracing a wide variety of activities. Mentors for the festival host children in outdoor recreation including horsemanship and fishing. Dance, drama, and music also play a huge role, with heaps of events for the kids to show off their talents. The opportunities our community has to share are endless. Through the Wild West Fest, Telluride can benefit participants, nurturing them with lasting and possibly life-altering memories and experiences. Of course, as a non-profit organization, the Sheridan Arts Foundation relies on donations to keep the program afloat. It costs approximately $50,000 a year to sponsor the Wild West Fest, and SAF does its best to offer this program to participants without an added financial burden. A $1,000 donation ensures the transportation, food, lodging and activities for one child. The rewards are mutual, as each sponsor receives two VIP tickets to all Wild West Fest events and a tax deduction letter from the Sheridan Arts Foundation--not to mention the exhilaration of having just made a huge difference in these kids’ lives. As a local outreach, eight local youth are invited to participate in the festival as well. A statement of “Why I’m Interested” determines which students are chosen to fill the limited spaces. Kids between the ages 12 and 18 may write these and submit their entries to the address at the bottom of this page. Festivarians might be familiar with the Telluride Film Festival, Bluegrass Festival, Blues and Brews, or even Telluride’s esteemed Shroomfest. These events pull in thousands of dollars of ticket sales in anticipation of these cherished traditions. For those less fortunate, who may never otherwise know how the sun crests the mountains and how air can taste like spruce, there is no experience quite like the Wild West Festival. Extend the luxury of festivation and happiness to a festival and to children that deserve our attention and support. This is the Wild West, after all, so cowboy up at the Wild West Fest and help a kid!

Interested in Pledging?

The main street by horseback? Wild West, indeed.

Contact Ronnie Palamar at (970) 728-6363 or at All donations are used for the sole benefit of the Wild West Fest.

Local youth participation: Contact

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by the numbers 7 21 50 1,050 8,000 50,000 days of aCTIVITIES

years of changing LIVES

students ATTENDING annually

students AFFECTED

miles traveled by students


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Dreddy Comics with Mitch & Dave

Written by Dave Kirmse Art by Jeff Taylor

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