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Authentic Nepali, Indian dining offered at Kathmandu - Page 4



Spirits come ‘alive’ at annual Cemetery tour - Page 8

Outdoor painting celebrated at Plein Air Rockies - Page 12


Bass legend George Porter, Jr. returns to Nedfest - Page 17


Ice Cream in the High Country By Jeffrey V. Smith PEAK TO PEAK othing tops summer vacation, unless it includes a visit to the ice cream shop. With so many options for hand-made, high-quality ice cream in the Peak to Peak region, however, it can be difficult to narrow down the choices. One solution would be to visit them all – or as many as your metabolism will allow – and choose your favorites. You can always stick to tasters. Among the numerous places to get ice cream, however, several stand out as being unique. From Estes Park to Idaho Springs, ice cream in flavors too many to count is widely available in numerous locations and most of it is top quality. All your favorites


are available along with a few unconventional flavors made possible by the smaller batches made in our mountain parlors. Estes Park is perhaps one of the hardest towns along the Peak to Peak to make a decision about ice cream consumption. There seems to be someone selling ice cream on every block, including a few chain operations. Yesterday’s Ice Cream Shop in downtown Estes Park on Elkhorn Ave. features a 1950s Dutch waffle cooker that has created delicious flavored cones since 1983. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the store responsible for cone creations such as the Apple Cinnamon, Toffee, Strawberry, Chocolate and Bubble Gum. Continued on page 7

Jamestown, Peaceful Valley, Raymond next on Peak to Peak route This is a year-long series exploring the history By Jeffrey V. Smith found along the drive. PEAK TO PEAK The Peak to Peak Highway, for which this PART EIGHT: From Colo. 72 and Reindeer Lane region is named, is a designated Scenic and Histo just past Riverside Drive toric Byway. The 55-mile-long This portion of the Peak to Peak Byway route provides matchless views takes drivers through one of the most of the Continental Divide and beautiful sections of an already scenic its timbered approaches and route. The drive begins near Reindeer winds past a string of popular Lane on Colo. 72 and continues through attractions including Arapaho National Forest and past what is mostly and Roosevelt National Forests, private homes visible from the highway. Golden Gate Canyon State Park, A few miles north is Overland Road, Eldora Mountain Resort and the turn off to the historic mining town of Rocky Mountain National Park. Jamestown. As the Peak to Peak continThe route combines abundant Part Eight ues, it reveals stunning views of the Conrecreation, scenery and mining tinental Divide and prominent Sawtooth history allowing those who drive it a chance to experience the full-range of Colorado’s offerings. Continued on page 7

The mining camp of “Jimtown” on March 2, 1883

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Volume 6, Issue 8 • August 2013

Firefighter Appreciation Week provides opportunity to say ‘thank you’ PEAK TO PEAK Firefighter Appreciation Week is annual, non-partisan platform enabling Colorado communities to say “Thank You” to firefighters working to keep them safe 365 days a year. Although this fire season has not been as dry as year’s past, there have still been many devastating fires, including the state’s most destructive to homes, this summer. We all continuously rely on our

local firefighters throughout the year and owe them our gratitude at all times for protecting our lives, homes and wild lands. In an effort to support firefighters and educate area residents about fire safety, a coalition of Colorado business leaders developed Firefighter Appreciation Week. With a ride range of events including, “Fight Fire With Music” at Oscar Blues in Lyons on Aug. 10 and “Fight Fire With

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Beer Festival” at the 29th St. Mall in Boulder on Aug. 17 will provide you a chance to thank the hard working firefighters from your communities. Enjoy a full day of music, beer and BBQ, Aug. 10, at Oskar Blues in Lyons to kickoff Firefighter Appreciation Week in Colorado. Lyons is an epicenter for great firefighters and will start the tribute week dedicated to firefighters and their families who support and sustain them. A premier beer festival concludes Firefighter Appreciation Week on Aug. 17 from 4-10 p.m. with unlimited beer tasting at the 29th Street Mall. Watersong will kick off the live music at 4 p.m. followed by the Tripping Griswolds. Colorado breweries will also compete for the Colorado Governors Cup with all proceeds going directly to their community firefighters. Tickets for unlimited beer tasting are $55 and are available for purchase on site. Visit www.firefighterappreciationweek. org to learn more and find out about other Colorado events. Get out and support your health and the many other non-profit and benefit events this month like the Run Like the Wind Oh My Gawd Hill Climb. Not only is the event a unique way to test your limits with a 10-mile or 10K run up Virginia Canyon, it raises money for GOALS (Get Outside And Learn Something), a Clear Creek County non-profit inspiring exploration in youth through multi-day wilderness river programs. Visit to learn more. Addiction Recovery Groups Sunday Gilpin County H.A.L.T. – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Central City NA Meeting – Clubhouse (701 Elm Road, Estes Park) Monday Clear Creek Road Runners AA, Al-Anon – United Church of Idaho Springs Al Anon – Allenspark Community Church AA Meeting – St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Estes Park AA Meeting – IOOF Hall, Lyons Tuesday AA Meeting – St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Nederland AA Meeting – Golden Gate Grange AA Meeting, Woman’s AA – St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal, Estes Park Wednesday Gilpin County H.A.L.T. – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Central City NA Meeting – Nederland Veterinary Hospital (Back Office) AA Meeting – Coal Creek Canyon United Power Offices AA Meeting – The Old Gallery AA Meeting – St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Estes Park Thursday Eating Disorders Group – Nederland Veterinary Hospital (Back Office) Overeaters Anonymous – The Old Gallery NA Meeting – Clubhouse (701 Elm Road, Estes Park) Clear Creek Road Runners AA – United Church of Idaho Springs AA Meeting – Nederland Veterinary Hospital (Back Office) AA Meeting – St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Estes Park Friday NA Meeting – Harmony Foundation of Estes Park Clear Creek Road Runners AA – United Church of Idaho Springs AA Meeting – St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Nederland AA Meeting – New Covenant Church, Allenspark AA Meeting – St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Estes Park Saturday Clear Creek Road Runners AA – United Church of Idaho Springs AA Meeting – St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Estes Park Visit; or to find other regional meetings and resources.

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Wideawake, Colo. was a small mining district and townsite in Gilpin County located near the head of Missouri Gulch on the southwestern side of Fairburn Mountain. By 1867 it was a well established camp with a population of several hundred. Although it’s received little attention in popular mining histories, it is significant as it dates back to the earliest mining activity in Colorado. Corrections: We regret any mistakes, typos or otherwise incorrect information that makes it into the paper. If you find a mistake, please let us know so we can be sure not to make it again. All information contained in MMAC Monthly is subject to change without notice. Letters to the editor must be signed with full name and include daytime phone number, full address or e-mail address. Letters should be no longer than 300 words. We reserve the right to edit and /or refuse all submissions.

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MOUNTAIN MIX – the best of all the rest August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29


Sandstone Concert Series

The 15th Annual Sandstone Summer Concert Series presents live music on the Community Stage in Sandstone Park on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. The concerts coincide with the Lyons Farmers Market – which runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. – in an effort to bring the community together through music and food. Upcoming concerts include the Blue Canyon Boys on Aug. 1, Colorado Bluegrass Band on Aug. 8, Ash & Andria Ganley on Aug. 15, Shotgun Moses on Aug. 22 and Ginger Root Band on Aug. 29.

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Salto Coffee Works in Nederland is holding its first beer dinner with San Diego’s Green Flash Brewery. Their wine dinners have been such a success and so much fun they thought it was time to “spice it up” with a summer beer dinner. Chef Joe Troupe of Lucky Pie Pizza and Taphouse in Louisville and Denver, will be hand crafting an amazing fivecourse dinner carefully paired with beers from award-winning Green Flash Brewery. Joe recently won Best Chef 2013 at the Pairsine Chefs Food & Beer (Denver International Beer Competition). Tickets, if available, can be purchased at Salto, 112 E. 2nd Street.

Butterflies and Other Flying Insects

Volunteer naturalist Jan Chu and others on Aug. 4 will lead 1.5-mile walk in search of mid-summer butterflies, birds, and other flying insects at Heil Valley Ranch Open Space off Lefthand Canyon Drive. See how creatures in the foothills find the food, water, shelter, and space needed to survive. Talk about butterfly behavior and learn tips on identification during the walk from 9-11:30 a.m. (meet at the group picnic shelter). Participants will also look for interesting butterfly behavior. Bring field guides, binoculars, and a snack.

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August 9-10

Two-Wheelin’ History Tour

Green Flash Dinner

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Pass on your way to Fraser. The next day’s climb over Rabbit Ears Pass to Steamboat Springs will have you ready for a rest day in Steamboat. After the rest day in Steamboat, you’ll go back over Rabbits Ears and head northeast to Walden. Summit Cameron Pass the next day and it is a long downhill back to Fort Collins. The ride is capped at 500 riders, so you’ll have plenty opportunity to meet new friends on the road, but you won’t get crowded out at the Aid Stations or long bathroom lines. Each year, all proceeds from the tour, benefit the University of Colorado Hospital. Visit for complete information.

Colorado Rocky Mountain Bicycle Tour

The Colorado Rocky Mountain Bicycle Tour is in it’s seventh year, riding high in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. This year’s tour will feature a loop, beginning and ending in Fort Collins. Riders will start their journey on Aug. 4, travelling over 473 miles, and finishing on Aug. 11. Riders on the tour are treated to scenic mountain views, route support, aid stations offering water and food, and camp sites to rest and recharge at in the overnight host communities. Start in Fort Collins and head up to Estes Park for the first night. Leaving Estes Park travel the Peak to Peak highway and Clear Creek Canyon to Golden. Day 3 is monumental as you’ll climb Lookout Mountain, cross Squaw Pass and transverse Berthoud

Community members are invited to take a Two Wheelin’ History Tour on either Aug. 9 or 10. Both tours will be the same and begin at the Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street, at 5 p.m. Lasting until about 6:30 p.m., the tours include significant sites where pioneers, settlers and adventurers made history in the Estes Valley. Registration is required and space is limited; contact Alicia Mittelman, Curator of Education, at 970-577-3762 to register. Cyclists must bring a bicycle, helmet and water, wear comfortable cycling attire and be prepared to ride for over an hour including some hills. The group will take breaks along the tour. The cost is $5 per cyclist, payable by cash or check on the day of the tour.

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Estes Park Community Ride

Join fellow community members Aug. 23, from 5-7 p.m. for the Community Ride around Lake Estes. This event will begin and end at the Estes Park Resort, 1701 Big Thompson Ave., and will be the official “Pep Rally” for the Aug. 24 USA Pro Challenge professional cycling race. Join other cyclists after the ride for a night full of entertainment and fun. For more information contact the Estes Park Events Office at 970-586-6104 or

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Oh My Gawd Hill Climb

Blues in the Canyon takes place Saturday, Aug 10 at the Idaho Springs Baseball Field Complex. The music and fun begins at 1 p.m. and goes to 7 p.m. The Ballfield is located off exit 241 off I-70. This year’s line up includes Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown, The Delta Sonics, Boa & the Constrictors, Delicious Point featuring Carla Vanessa. 
Admission is $15. Attendees 17 and under get in free with adult admission. Remember to bring your own chair and leave your pets at home.

GOALS (Get Outside And Learn Something) brings the “Oh My Gawd” Hill Climb back to Clear Creek County, as one of the summer’s premiere events for runners looking to test their limits in the beautiful Colorado high country. The event features both 10K and 10-mile events as well as a 10.6 mile “King/Queen of the hill competition” beginning in Idaho Springs and running up the Oh My Gawd road through historic Virginia Canyon north of town. The event provides an opportunity to test yourself while supporting GOALS - simply through your registration fees or by using the event as a fund raising platform and seeking pledges from friends. There will also be over $1,000 in free giveaways and post-race coupons for businesses downtown. The race start/finish line, race registration, race announcing, and timing services will be located at the Courtney-Riley-Cooper (CRC) Park in Idaho Springs. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m. GOALS (Get Outside And Learn Something) is a Colorado charity that provides unique outdoor education opportunities for kids in the form of multi-day wilderness river trips.

August 16-17

Cruzin’ tha Peaks Show & Shine

August 10

Blues in the Canyon

Friends of Ward Church Days

The third annual Friends of the Ward Church Days FUN-raiser is Aug. 16-17 starting with an art opening on Friday night. Saturday’s activities include food, silent auction, music, children’s activities and more. The historic building dates back to 1894 and was the subject for famed artist Georgia O’Keefe painting and is seen as the heart and soul of Ward. Today the building offers space for classes, community events as well as home to the United Church of Christ. This year a contest was held to create the annual poster commemorating the event. See the winner that depicts the spirit of the Old Ward Church and it’s activities and surrounding Indian Peaks area. The funds raised are used for maintenance on the building and special projects. The 2012 funds allows the front doors to be replaced as well as painting project on the outside trim.

The Front Range Hot Heads invites you to “Cruzin’ Tha Peaks Show & Shine” on Sunday Aug. 25. The show will be held at the Last Shot from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to benefit Ellie White and Wolfram Syndrome. There will be food, prizes and music by Van Jeffries Mobile Rock and Roll. The Last Shot is located at 17268 Hwy 119 between Central City/Black Hawk and Nederland on The Peak to Peak Highway. Call 303-642-7870 for directions and more information.

July 31

Art Adventures: The Shapes of Nature

Children ages 6-9 will learn about nature through various forms of art. Activities include learning to view art in nature (leaves, butterflies, cones, rocks, lichen, etc.) and to express appreciation of nature though sketching, painting and making collages and sculpture. Children will be inspired by learning and creating in Rocky Mountain National Park. This adventure explores the shapes and textures of things in nature through foil rubbings and a hands-on construction project that will end with a completed wind chime. Spending time in a quiet spot around the lake, participants will listen to the noises and music nature provides. Visit for more information or to sign up.

Draft Horse Show provides up close, personal experience with ‘gentle giants’ By Jeffrey V. Smith ESTES PARK Experience horsepower as nature intended at the Estes Park Draft Horse Show, Aug. 10. The free event featuring the workhorses of yesteryear and the beauty, grandeur and strength of today’s draft horses. Whether your favorite breed is Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron or Shire, you will see them all compete at the Estes Park Draft Horse Show. The Draft Horse Show, held at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, 1209 Manford Ave. in Estes Park, begins at 9 a.m. and runs until competitions are complete. The event was created by Ginny Hutchison after she took a trip to the Ranch in Loveland to see a draft horse show called Big Thunder. “After watching, I came back to the Estes Park Fairgrounds and Special Events Manager Bo Winslow and suggested we do a similar show,” Hutchinson said. “He let me run with it. The purpose of our show is to support the draft horse industry, while entertaining and educating the general public to the historic and traditional

uses of the draft horse.” Hutchinson’s interest in draft horses was renewed when her daughter married a professional jouster. “Their troupe is Knights of Valour, and my son-in-law was the host of the History Channel’s reality show, Full Metal Jousting,” Hutchinson explained. “I’m a member of the Colorado Draft Horse Association and luckily you don’t have to own a horse to belong, because I don’t.” Anyone can come see the draft horse

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competitions for free. Some of the classes included in the show are Junior Driving Classes, Farm Team Obstacle, Mare and Gelding Cart, Farm Team on the Rail, many times this class includes antique wagons, a Feed Team Race and the show hitches from a single horse up to six horses. “Besides standing in the shadow of real giants, a spectator at the show can expect to see single horses and teams display their work ethic in farm competitions, and their style and grace in hitch classes,” Hutchinson said. “Our bareback, barrel racing competition continues to be a crowd favorite.” The biggest difference in draft horse shows is the “up close and personal” experience. Attendees can visit the barns, visit with the owners and watch them hitch the horses and “feel like they are part of the show.” “The competitors are all very passionate about honoring the legacy of their horses, so by allowing the public to get close to these gentle giants, it helps insure their continued value in today’s society,”



Hutchinson said. “Many of the horses who compete in the show classes also do farm work at home. The draft horse is trained to respond to verbal commands and many times you will hear the driver talking his horse through an obstacle course.” According to Hutchinson, the show has been a tremendous success. “Many people wouldn’t miss the show and return year after year,” she said.

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FOOD & DRINK CALENDAR August 1 Food Pantry – Nederland Community Center IPA Day – Various Breweries Ladybug Launch & Potluck – Idaho Springs Community Garden August 2 Green Flash Beer Dinner w/Chef Joe Troupe – Salto Coffee Works Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony – Cheesy Lee’s @ Historic Elkhorn August 3 Blues, Brews and BBQ w/Shemekia Copeland, David Booker – Main Street, Central City Band and BBQ Dinner – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, Estes Park August 7 Locavore Farm Dinner w/Eat Catering – Lyons Farmette Soup Night – The Old Gallery August 10 Chili Cook-off and Heritage Festival – Main Street, Central City Rocky Mountain Chuck Wagon Cook Off – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park

August 12 Lovin’ Cup Community Kitchen – Deli at 8236’ August 14 Crust Pizza Night on the Farm – Lyons Farmette Whiskey University: Isles of Scotland – Stanley Hotel August 15 Community Cupboard Food Bank – The Old Gallery August 17 Gilpin County Bacon Tour – Main Street, Central City Family Picnic & Bonfire – Gilpin County Fairgrounds August 18 High Country Fire Department Pancake Breakfast – Gilpin County Fairgrounds

Friend’s Fest Wine Tasting – Nederland Community Center August 20 Avery Beer Tasting – Rock Inn (EP) August 21 Black Cat Farm Dinner – Lyons Farmette August 22 Food Pantry – Nederland Community Center A Night in Tuscany Wine Dinner – Stanley Hotel August 24 Great Central City Beer Festival – Main Street, Central City August 26 Lovin’ Cup Community Kitchen – Deli at 8236’ August 28 Blackbelly Farm Dinner – Lyons Farmette WEEKLY FOOD Sunday Brunch – Aspen Lodge Brunch – Lyons Fork Champaign Brunch – The Other Side Sunday Brunch Buffet – Waterfront Grille @ Estes Park Resort Monday NAS Lunch – Nederland Community Center Dinner Special – First Street Pub Family-Style Dinner – Lyons Fork Gilpin County Senior Lunch – Gilpin County Community Center Tuesday Pizza on the Patio w/Crust – Salto Coffee Works

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FOOD & DRINK – restaurants, cafés, bars and breweries KATHMANDU RESTAURANT - Nederland

Authentic Nepali, Indian dining offered at Kathmandu By Jennifer Pund ESTES PARK riving through Nederland it’s hard not to notice the large wooden building with the fenced patio on Jefferson Street. Kathmandu Restaurant is an authentic Indian and Nepalese restaurant catering to all types of diets and tastes. Owner Rasham Gurung Malla – as well as her future husband Luk Malla – was sponsored to visit the United States over 20 years ago by Pinecliff resident Margaret Wyss, who passed away in 2006 at age 90. “I came alone from Nepal, then I started to work at a number of jobs to save some money to start a restaurant,” Gurung Malla said. “Margaret never would take rent, encouraging me to save. I had finally had enough to open in a small space in Nederland.” Gurung Malla says she enjoys the Nederland area because of the friendly people and the area reminds her of Nepal, where she grew up. Instantly Kathmandu became a local


Kathmandu Restaurant, Nederland

favorite and the support has continued through the years. Despite community backing, the building needed a lot of help. “It was hard in the beginning, now I have almost 30 members of my family here,” Gurung Malla said. The success of the food allowed Gurung Malla to purchase the restaurant’s current building on Jefferson Street, and then eventually build the Kathmandu Plaza next door. Kathmandu Gift Shop carries gifts and items from Nepal “like the shops in Boulder.”

Gurung Malla is quick to show appreciation for her success that has allowed her to bring much of her family members to Colorado, including her sister, Suke Ghale. Ghale and her family have opened the Thai Restaurant in Nederland and have found success as well. “The locals around Nederland come in and enjoy the food here and that makes me very happy,” Gurung Malla said. “I am very happy being a part of this community. I think part of our success is that we are family owned and have a close relationship with the customers.” Kathmandu’s Meat and Veggie Combination plates are popular dishes as well as the daily buffet which is always freshly supplied with saag, dal johl, fried rice and a selection of tandoori chicken, chicken curry, chow chow or vegetarian curry. “We are a great place for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diners,” Gurung Malla explained. “I just want people to come in, have a good time and enjoy some healthy delicious food.”

Chuck Wagon Cook-Off preserves lifestyle of cowboy ESTES PARK The creators of the first annual Rocky Mountain Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, Aug. 10, are committed to preserving the heritage and lifestyle of the working ranch cowboy through food. The event is presented by the Estes Park Medical Center at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. The authentic Chuck Wagon Cook-Off – sanctioned by American Chuck Wagon Association – features over five wagons, live entertainment from Matt Skinner and a delicious menu. Attendees can also watch chefs compete for the grand prize and prepare food “like they did on the cattle drives of times gone by.” The $15 admission fee includes a plated

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dinner, live entertainment and western activities for all ages. Prize money will be awarded to first, second and third place for each of the five food categories: meat, beans, sour dough biscuits, corn and dessert. Participants also compete for the Champion Overall Food and Wagon Buckle, custom made by DC Design. The winner is determined by a combined wagon and food score made up of 40 percent “wagon” and 60 percent “food.” The cook-off begins at 4:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6 p.m. and the band starts at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes beef stew, beans, corn, sour dough biscuits and cobbler or crisp. The Fairgrounds at Stanley Park is host-

ing other Western events featuring free entry during the cook-off including the Paint and Quarter Horse Show, Aug. 9-11 and the Estes Park Heritage Festival, Aug. 10-11. The Draft Horse Show also takes place, Aug. 11.

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Coffee house creates relaxing, flavorful Allenspark stop By Jennifer Pund ALLENSPARK Situated in Allenspark at 8,500 feet in the rugged, northwest corner of Boulder County, Tapestry of Life Coffee House serves up specialty coffee, teas blended from a local herbalist as well as homemade soups, sandwiches and pastries. Although lattes are a big seller, the most popular menu items are homemade soups and dinner specials with a creative wine Tapestry of Life Coffee House, Allenspark and beer selection. Stemming from several generations of great cooks who specialized sprinkling of intense Summer storms and in their soups, owner and chef Chelsea Ack- the rivers flow - everyone is working exerman is carrying on her families tradition tremely hard to stay afloat in the winter. In of homemade recipes. Chicken with hand- the winter the population drops to half, the made noodle soup is always a quick seller. locals hibernate while the snow falls, the The family-friendly seasonal coffee house, open in the warmer months, offers more than coffee and food within its calming atmosphere. It’s an environment meant for people to relax and socialize. “It’s something we can all benefit from in this fast paced world,” Ackerman said, “but you don’t have to totally disconnect; we offer free wi-fi to our customers. One of my favorite compliments we get is that it feels like home to our customers.” Living and working in Allenspark is an “interesting experience” for Ackerman. “Summer and winter are like day and night. Summer months, the wildflowers are prolific, the weather is mild with a

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wind whips and the hearth fires crackle,” she said. “Overall it’s a great place to be.” Ackerman continued. “We have snowcapped peaks, a plethora of hiking, crosscountry skiing and snowshoe trails and every species of wildlife.” Things can get interesting, even during the weekly open mic night on Saturdays. “During our last open mic, some locals were sitting outside and a mama and baby bear wondered past them, Ackerman said. “A few summers ago, we had a mama bear and two cubs in a tree behind us. The wildlife is something that I never take for



granted or get tired of seeing.” Ackerman also loves the diverse customer base she sees come through her doors, which is usually on Fridays for the live music and Saturdays for open mic night from 6 -9 p.m. Stop in on your next drive through Allenspark or make the Tapestry of Life Coffee House a destination for a meal or just a friendly chat with mountain locals over a flavorful drink including everything from lattes, lagers and wine. Visit www.tapestryoflifecoffeehousellc. com or call 303-747-2838 for information.

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Saturday events highlight food, drink in Central City CENTRAL CITY Central City’s more than 150 year old historic Main Street transforms more Saturdays in August into a full-fledged Bourbon Street-style dining and drinking experience. The month kicks off on Aug. 3 with Blues, Brews and BBQ. Enjoy the best in barbecue while sampling some of Colorado’s finest craft beers. Plus, free live entertainment includes performances by The Queen of Blues Shemekia Copeland and David Booker and his Large Blues Band. The event takes place noon-7 p.m. The following Saturday, Aug. 10, the Chili Cook-Off and Heritage Festival features entertainment by The Belfuries and The Derailers. The event’s main focus, however, will be chili. There will be two judged categories for both commercial and non-commercial in the chili cook-off: Best Red Chili and Best Green Chili. Each places wins $100. There is also a Peoples Choice category for each type of chili There is a $10 entry fee per chili or $15 to enter both red and green categories. The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. Beginning at 1 p.m. on the day of the event, judges will sample a 6 oz. tasting of each entry – the same chili the public can taste. Guest tastings begin at noon and run until the chili is gone. The event includes other attractions like Wild

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Bunch Gunfighters at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. and a talk from a “mountain man, mining guy and beer historian” at 3 p.m. One of the more unique events this month is the Central City Bacon Tour, presented by Tender Belly on Aug. 17. Attendees taste chef-inspired creations from street vendors. While sampling some of the best bacon that Central City has to offer, enjoy musical performances by Chris Daniels & The Kings and Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown. The event runs from noon to 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on site. Denver area culinary schools have also been invited to participate in the bacon recipe competition. The top five recipes will be selected by Tender Belly and Central City Business Association representatives and will be invited to come to the Central City for the Bacon Tour, present their recipe in 200 tastings to compete for the People’s Choice Award. The first 200 guests have the opportunity to taste the recipes and vote. The winner will receive five pounds of Tender Belly bacon, a Tender Belly signature hat, $500 and a Bacon Tour commemorative chef’s coat. Whether you’re a bacon enthusiast or the loved one of a bacon connoisseur this event is for you. All ages are welcome to attend. Topping off the month, on Aug. 24, is

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the 2nd annual Great Central City Beer Festival. Sample some of Colorado’s finest craft beers while enjoying musical performances by The Young Dubliners, Marty Jones Band and Jewel & The Rough. Festivities run from noon to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. All ages are welcome to attend, but beer tasters must be at least 21 years of age with proper identification. Additional dining options also abound in Central City’s surrounding casinos. Check with individual casinos to learn about any specific food specials in August. Visit or call 303-582-5251 for more information about these events and other Central City happenings.

Wine tasting supports Community Center NEDERLAND The Friend’s Fest, Aug. 18 from 3:30-6 p.m., features more than 25 wines from around the world in a special tasting event to support the Nederland Community Center. Wine, appetizers, cheeses and brownie bars will also be offered and live music provided by the Blackdog Band. There will also be a Kids Zone with games and activities. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at door for adults, but are tax deductible and makes you a Friend of NCC. Entry for kids is free. Tickets are at DAM Liquor, 20 Lakeview Dr, or online at

FOOD & DRINK CALENDAR Soup Supper & Book Study – Nederland Community Presbyterian Church

Wednesday NAS Lunch – Nederland Community Center Pastor’s Pantry Food Distribution – Whispering Pines Church Gilpin County Senior Lunch – Gilpin County Community Center Thursday Estes Valley Farmers Market – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park Friday Brunch, Kitchen Dinner Specials – Stage Stop Farmer’s Market – Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park, Idaho Springs Gilpin County Senior Lunch – Gilpin County Community Center ‘The Table’ Chef’s Dinner – The Lodge at The Stanley

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Saturday Brunch, Kitchen Dinner Specials – Stage Stop Brunch – Lyons Fork The Table Chef’s Dinner – The Lodge at The Stanley Food Pantry – Nederland Community Center

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Ice cream a popular treat for residents, visitors along the Peak to Peak Their combination of the Danish cone and Blue Bell Ice Cream is very popular. Down the canyon in Lyons, a couple of interesting options are available for a oneof-a-kind ice cream experience. The Lyons Soda Fountain is one of the state’s oldest and best preserved American Soda Fountains. Experience old fashioned treats like ice cream sodas, floats, freezes, and classic sundaes at the Main Street store. The Lyons Soda Fountain was founded as part of the Lyons Mercantile’s drug store operations in the bustling quarry and pit-stop town in 1921. “I enjoy the vast variety of people a shop like ours attracts,” owner Patrick Reddick said. “Everyone from local kids who find it a safe and fun place to hang out to my everyday local lunch crowd and tourists from all over the globe.” Their most most popular items are the home-made root beer and malts and they are “most proud” of the ice cream sodas. “We use the same techniques that were used here nearly a 100 years ago to make a unique creamy soda that you can not just find anywhere,” Reddick said. “Aside from a couple unique items that are not available everywhere and we have an am-

Patrick Welden blends flavors into the homemade ice cream at Georgetown Valley Candy Company in Idaho Springs.

biance that can not be duplicated.” Across town, the Lyons Dairy Bar is continuing a more than 40-year family tradition of offering soft serve cones, great burgers and fresh cut double-fried French fries in a building painted like a cow. They also serve Reubens and Philly cheese steak sandwiches along with

shakes, malts and smoothies. “Everybody loves ice cream,” Owner Juli Waugh said. “It is hard to be sad, tired or cranky when you have a cone of your favorite flavor in your hand. Many of our summer customers are stopping to take a break from their travels, and nothing satisfies all age groups like an ice cream treat. We have a great staff of Lyons locals to greet you at the window with a smile and some humor to make your day that much better.” Further south on the Peak to Peak you’ll find Magill’s Ice Cream – a mom and pop company in business in Colorado for over 40 years – at Blue Owl Books and Ice Cram Parlour. Tom Kinney makes all the ice cream by hand, and purchases all his milk and cream from a local dairy. He makes only three tubs at a time to assure the best quality ice cream. They offer their own Blue Owl hot fudge, along with banana splits, milkshakes and brownie sundaes. Fresh baked goods are always available, along with espresso drinks made from locally roasted beans. “I love selling ice cream because I love ice cream,” Blue Owl Owner Kimba Stefane said. “Also, my customers are usually happy and friendly because they’re getting

ice cream. We try to provide excellent customer service, along with a high quality, handmade, local product. We have unique flavors available which can’t be found anywhere else. Having ice cream is often a family experience. When people go out for ice cream, they are in ‘vacation mode’ even if for a half hour – it’s a real treat.” In Central City, Harley Hippie’s on Main Street is the place for a scope of your favorite flavor. It’s owner was told to sell ice cream when she opened as none was available in town at the time. “The Harley Hippie is a blast from the past featuring both motorcycle and rock ‘n roll memorabilia which describes my nickname as well as my life in San Francisco,” owner Jeanne Bower said. Down in Idaho Springs, the Georgetown Valley Candy Company makes homemade flavors on-site, six gallons at a time. They also make the ice cream for stores in Georgetown and Estes Park. Ice cream maker Patrick Welden – who also creates candy treats – always dreamed of making ice cream and loves to be the center of attention, so his job is perfect. “It’s a great job,” Welden said. “People love to talk to the ice cream maker.”

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Peak just before dropping into Peaceful Valley, home of one of Colorado’s oldest and largest guest ranches. The drive then continues through more National Forest before reaching Riverside Drive, the turn off for Raymond. This section of the drive ends just past this intersection. The drive to Jamestown down the Overland Road is quite scenic and includes a reward of the Jamestown Mercantile at the end. The restaurant is a local favorite and features home-made menu items in a historic building. Often known as “Jimtown,” the community is located 13 miles northwest of Boulder on James Creek. In 1860, George Zweck had a cattle ranch at the site. In the mid1860s, when gold was discovered in the area, pros- This view of Buchanan Pass and Peaceful Valley from the Ward-Estes Park pectors descended upon the valley, and the settle- Auto Road in the early 1900s is very much the same today. ment became known as Elysian Park. The residents applied for a post office to serve the 400 inhabitants, in 1866. They wanted the name, Jimtown, but federal officials returned the application with the name Jamestown instead. The Town has a current population of approximately 300 people. Along the Peak to Peak, just past the Overland Road, the drive drops into Peaceful Valley, home of the Peaceful Valley Ranch, popular for horseback riding, weddings, retreats and a true Western experience. The Camp Dick and Peaceful Valley National Forest Campgrounds and amazing hiking is here as well. Further along the route is the turn off to Raymond known as Riverside Drive. The side trip is a nice leisurely drive along a river that eventually reaches Raymond founded by Ace Woolley, who owned a store and gas station, in 1915. The small store is still located at an interRaymond in July 1926 section leading to Lyons or back to the Peak to Peak and Allenspark.

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Residents of Jamestown in 1890

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MOUNTAIN CULTURE – high country living and activities

MOUNTAIN EVENTS CALENDAR August 1 Summer Birding with a Naturalist – Rocky Mountain Nature Association

Estes Park Equestrian Club – Estes Valley Library Community Weed Pull – Nederland Teen Center Ladybug Launch & Potluck – Idaho Springs Community Garden August 3 Rollinsville Independence Day – Main Street Glacier-Fest – St. Mary’s Glacier Peak to Creek Duck Race – North Clear Creek @ Mardi Gras Casino Meditating for your Life – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Estes Park Festival III Hunter Jumper Show – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park

August 4 Butterflies and Other Flying Creatures – Heil Valley Ranch Open Space

Native Americans in Rocky Mountain National Park – Rocky Mountain Nature Association

August 5 Walking “The Wave”: Spectacular Geology of Southern Utah and Northern Arizona – Rocky Mountain Opry Theater Common Cents Counts: Managing Money during Retirement – Maude Jellison Library, YMCA of the Rockies August 5-9 Challenger Soccer Camp – Bohn Park Multi Purpose Field August 6 Colorado Rocky Mountain Bicycle Tour – Evergreen/Idaho Springs

August 6-9 Estes Park Festival III Hunter/Jumper Show – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, Estes Park

August 7 Hike at Sunset – Heil Valley Ranch Historic People & Places: History of the Estes Valley & RMNP – Rocky Mountain Nature Association Estes Valley Model Railroaders – Estes Valley Library August 7-10 Vinyasa Flow Training – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat August 9 Young Adult Game Night – Nederland Community Center Friends of the Library Used Book Sale – Estes Valley Library August 10 Georgetown to Idaho Springs 1/2 Marathon – Georgetown 2nd Saturday Retail Celebration – Downtown Idaho Springs Draft Horse Show – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park Pints & Poses – Tadasana Mountain Yoga August 10-11 Heritage Festival – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, Estes Park August 11 Saws & Slaws Fire Mitigation Block Party – TBD Coal Creek Canyon

Draft Horse Show – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park Allenspark Chautauqua – The Old Gallery Power Yin Yoga w/ Kelly Larson – Tadasana Yoga August 11-17 Level 3 Intermediate Teacher Training – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat August 12 Climbing Big Walls: Yosemite to Zion to Greenland – Rocky Mountain Opry Theater

Estes Park Garden Club, Bears R Us – Estes Valley Library August 13 Night Hike – Bald Mountain Scenic Area

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Spirits come ‘alive’ at annual cemetery tour By Jennifer Pund ESTES PARK f you have ever wondered about the folks that called this area home more than 100 years ago, then Gilpin History’s 25th Annual Cemetery Crawl is the perfect history lesson. It’s a lot of fun, too. On Aug. 24 at 11 a.m., Gilpin History begins tours of the Russell Gulch Cemetery featuring costumed “spirits” of some of the pioneers buried in the cemetery. Each will tell visitors about their life and living in the region. Linda Jones started the tours and remembers that 25 years ago, Tom Noel had already been leading tours for years. “Everyone tried to keep up with him while he told all the history,” she said. “I could see that very few people were close enough to him to hear and I knew Gilpin History could help out.” Every year since, hundreds of visitors are divided into small groups to tour one of the 13 cemeteries in the county. Dozens of actors research, then bring to life the forgotten people that are buried in the cemetery through stories and reenactments while wearing the clothes of the period. A short introduction hosted


Hear costumed nineteenth-century pioneers tell their life stories at the annual Cemetery Crawl.

by a “Victorian” MC explains the history of that particular year’s setting and explains how it is connected to the town. “Almost without exception people love the crawls,” Executive Director and Curator of Gilpin History David

Forsyth said. People love them so much that they seem to call earlier every year just to make sure they get their tickets.” This year’s attraction, Russell Gulch Cemetery was established in 1878 by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and contains sections for Welsh, Cornish, Italian and Austrian decedents. A majority of the people buried in the cemetery are miners or families of local miners with a few merchants and landowners. The oncebooming mining town will come to life once again at this year’s crawl. The cemetery crawls are designed to be informative and entertaining. Gilpin History saves the scary stuff for the Creepy Crawls in October. The hour and 45 minute tours are “an entertaining way to educate the public on the rich history of Gilpin County,” Jones said. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on site. Children 12 and under are free. This year, every 25th person that preregisters will receive a free vial of pure silver when the check in. To order tickets in advance, call the Gilpin History office at 303-582-5283. To drive to the Russell Gulch cemetery follow the signs from the south end of Main Street in Central City.

Dynamite Days brings music, food, fun to Idaho Springs By Jennifer Pund IDAHO SPRINGS Blasting for the Idaho Springs tunnel project has ended as of July 30. In recognition of the tunnel expansion project and in combination with the rich mining history of the town of Idaho Springs, the Chamber of Commerce is hosting Dynamite Days, Saturday Aug. 24. This free street festival is to commemorate the end of summer and why not do it with a bang? Children’s activities will kick off the day with carnival games and a bouncy house stating at 11 a.m. Arts and craft vendors along with food options will line Miner Street in Downtown Idaho Springs. Local micro-brews, prizes from local casinos and businesses for raffle will be available. The hip shaking sounds of Jakarta, Delicious Point, The Wide Open Band, and

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One on One and the Miles Apart Band will keep your feet moving all day starting at 2 p.m. Jakarta will headline the music stage with their old school funk and R&B band that plays a variety of music from disco, soul, hip-hop to soft rock. Through the leadership of Isaac Points, the band will keep everyone dancing till after dark. “With the blasting scheduled for the entire summer - it seemed appropriate to play on the Dynamite theme” Says Festival Committee Chairman, Jason Siegel. “Dynamite Days is not only a way to attract some visitors that may not have been [to Idaho Springs] before, but to also give the locals a day to party in the street with their friends and neighbors and some good live music. The money raised will be put back into future community events and we encourage the locals to voice their

opinions and be involved”. Lisa Highly of the Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce explains, “It’s a chance to celebrate the end of summer, our mining heritage and putting up with that “blasted tunnel” project while creating an opportunity to keep tourism coming in the dwindling days of the summer season.”

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Gilpin County Fair offers something for entire family By George Watson GILPIN COUNTY In August, county fairs are held all over the state of Colorado and the Peak to Peak region is no exception. Boulder and Larimer counties each have fairs, but they are held out on the Plains well east of the mountains in Longmont and Loveland respectively. Gilpin County, however, has a good, old-fashioned county fair at elevation right off the Peak to Peak Highway, Aug. 17-18. This year will be the 21st celebration of Gilpin County, its residents and its mountain culture. The Gilpin County Fair offers something for the entire family including new

features this year like the NASCAR Simulator and speed contest, the Jungle Lady with exotic animals and a Toddler Bounce House. Fair favorites like Mutton Bustin’, the Gilpin Gourmet Contests, karaoke, contests, free face painting, carnival games, Wild West shootouts, crafts, vendors, dog agility, fire burn demonstrations and live music and performance on the main stage are back along with 4-H activities, gold panning, a BMX course, Magic Dog Show. Practical activities like 911 information, emergency notification signup, EKGs, dog and cat vaccinations and more are also planned. This year there are more vendors then ever with the addition of the Community Center gymnasium. Gilpin County Events Coordinator and fair organizer Vicki Nemec has been extremely busy pulling all of the events and activities together. She hopes everyone will come “enjoy a day or two in an atmosphere of rural mountain beauty and wonderful community camaraderie where neighbors meet and spend the day catching up.” On Saturday, the fair is hosting a Family Bonfire and Picnic from 6-9 p.m. including free hotdogs, beans, chips and s’mores. Attendees are asked to bring their own drinks and additional picnic items. Family games will be offered by Gilpin County 4-H and Katey Laurel sings at 7 p.m. The “Give It a

Fair Tri” Triathlon is held Saturday morning. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Sunday morning features Cowboy Church with Skip Carlson followed by the High Country Pancake Breakfast featuring pancakes, eggs and sausage. Also on Sunday, the third Gymkhana in the Buckle Series sponsored by GCART and McCollum Excavating take s place. The Gilpin County Fairgrounds is located

HIGH FIVE – know your neighbors


 hat brought you to the area W and why do you choose to stay? My wife is originally from Nederland, and I’ve been familiar with the area since I was a kid racing for the Eldora Mountain Ski Club

3 Timmy Duggan

Professional Cyclist/Team Saxo-Tinkoff Birthplace: Boulder, CO Current Residence: Nederland, Colo. Time in Peak to Peak: One year, but my wife is from Nederland and I’ve spent a lot of time there since I was a kid. Family Life: Married to Loren, we have a cattle dog/black lab mix named Karli


What do you like to do for fun when not working? Alpine skiing, mountain biking, hiking with the dog, cooking and wine

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at 230 Norton Drive, 7 miles north of Black Hawk. Visit to learn more and download an event brochure. The Boulder County Fair is Aug. 2-11 at the farigrounds in Longmont and features free admission. Visit for more information. The Larimer County Fair runs from Aug. 2-6 at The Ranch in Loveland. Visit to learn more.

 hat do you like most about W living in the Peak to Peak region? The tranquillity and laid back attitude of the mountains


 ow did you come to be in H your position or line of work? I began my athletic career as an alpine ski racer at the Eldora Mountain Ski Club. Cycling was something I did in the summer to stay in shape for skiing.


 hat is the best advice W you’ve received? “Anyone can keep going when its easy. Only a champion keeps going when things suck.” – My best friend Ian MacGregor

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Estes Park welcomes USA Pro Challenge with community events ESTES PARK For one week each year, cyclists and fans of the sport turn their attention to Colorado for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The event, once again, features the Peak to Peak Region in one of its stages. The 2013 USA Pro Challenge includes 128 of the world’s best cyclists from 25 countries making up 16 professional teams. World and Olympic medalists, national champions, Tour de France and Giro d’Italia heroes battle on Colorado’s majestic landscape and killer climbs for a piece of history. Estes Park is featured as part of

Stage 6, a route beginning in Loveland and finishing in Fort Collins on Saturday, Aug. 24. With a flat speed-fest scheduled for Sunday in Denver, any contenders for the Leader Jersey will have only this stage left to make a move or lose it all. The outskirts of Loveland will see the racers off as they spend some early miles on the flat plains passing through Windsor and back to Loveland. Then it’s up Big Thompson Canyon where things will heat up. Split north onto Devils Gultch, the race’s last King of the Mountains competition, be-

EVENTS CALENDAR Alluvial Fan Nature Hunt: A Virtual Geocache Adventure – Rocky Mountain National Park Aviation Club – Estes Valley Library

August 14 Historic People & Places: History of the Estes Valley & RMNP – Rocky Mountain Nature Association Alpine Anglers – Estes Valley Library August 16 Trance Dance – The Yoga Room, Idaho Springs History & Heroes – Stanley Hotel August 16-17 Dressage Horse Show – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park August 17 Conifers of Caribou – Caribou Ranch Open Space Visit the Assay Office Museum – James F. Bailey Wall Street Assay Office Museum

Rocky Mountain Half Marathon – Estes Park Visitor Center Aspen Climber Trail Run Day of Preparation – Aspen Lodge August 17-18 Gilpin County Fair – Gilpin County Fairgrounds, Black Hawk August 18-24 Level 2 Intermediate Teacher Training – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat August 18 Aspen Climber Trail Run – Aspen Lodge August 19 Mountain Upside Down: Hiking in the Grand Canyon – Rocky Mountain Opry Theater

August 22 Kirtan Sacred Chanting – The Yoga Room, Idaho Springs ‘Leavin’ a Testimony’: Historic Treasures of Oral History – Estes Valley Library

August 23 Hike at Sunset – Bald Mountain Scenic Area Estes-Wide Ride Around Lake Estes – Lake Estes August 23-25 Your Mindful Year Retreat – Peaceful Valley Ranch August 24 Saws & Slaws Big Springs Event No. 3 – Nederland Living in Lion and Bear Country – Heil Valley Ranch Cemetery Crawl – Russell Gulch Cemetery Dynamite Days – Downtown Idaho Springs USA Pro Challenge Bicycle Race – Estes Park Bike Festival, Big-Wheel Races – Bond Park

fore hitting Estes Park and back down Big Thompson. Horsetooth Reservoir provides one last chance for aggression on its steep rollers. The race will pass through the downtown Estes Park intersection of Highways 34 and 36 twice, making the heart of the village one of the best viewing spots and the hub of activity. Festivities will be happening throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Estes Park including a Pancake Breakfast, Bicycle Rally, Big Wheel Races and a Kid’s Fun Ride. Also, visit the Estes Park History Mu-

seum on Aug. 9 and 10 from 5-6:30 p.m. for a “Two-Wheelin’ History Tour” of historic sites where pioneers, settlers and adventurers made history in the Estes Valley. Pre-registration at 970-577-3762 is required and cost is $5. An Estes-Wide Ride Around Lake Estes takes place Aug. 23, 5-7 p.m., as well. Enjoy a mass ride around Lake Estes followed by a night of entertainment and fun. To learn more about what other communities within stage 6 are planning, please visit

Yoga w/Steffi or Mike – Yoga Room Idaho Springs Pilates Mat II, Hatha Yoga, Zumba, Aquacize – Gilpin Com-

Yoga with Cariann – Coal Creek Canyon Community Center Mindful Meditation, Zumba, Yoga – Gilpin Community Center Saturday Texas Hold’Em – Outlaw Saloon Ghost Hunt – Stanley Hotel Yoga w/Pam – The Old Gallery Yoga w/Cherie or Sarah – The Yoga Room, Idaho Springs Zumba, Kinder Kix – Gilpin Community Center Community Clothing Closet – Nederland Community Center Saturday Morning Clinic – Nederland Tennis Courts

Continued from page 8 Thunder Challenge – Central City August 24-25 Senior Pro Charity Rodeo – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park August 25 Oh My Gawd Hill Climb – Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park, Idaho Springs Making Medicinal SkinCare with ingredients from your Garden – Lyons Farmette August 25-31 Adjustments and Teaching Skills Training – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat

August 26 Journey by Canoe: the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area – Rocky Mountain Opry Theater

August 28 Authentic Kung Fu Instruction – Aspen Lodge August 29 Hike for Seniors – Caribou Ranch Open Space August 30 Cool Nights Cruz In – Estes Park Visitor Center August 31 Community Yard Sale – The Old Gallery Bellies & Beers –Very Nice Brewing August 31-September 1 Estes Park Alpaca Market – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, Estes Park WEEKLY EVENTS Sunday Master Chen Doaist Lecture, Tai Chi – Aspen Lodge Family Yoga – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Maya Vinyasa Flow, Gentle Yoga – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Mat Pilates w/Nicole – Yoga Room Idaho Springs Sunday Afternoon Tennis – Nederland Tennis Courts Monday Butterfly Release – Stanley Hotel Iyengar Level 1/2 – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Matter of Balance – Walt Self Community Building Megan Vallender Yoga – Alternative Medical Supply Gentle Yoga with Joelle – Coal Creek Canyon Community Center Yoga w/Abby – Coal Creek Canyon Community Center Yoga w/Peggy – The Old Gallery

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Tuesday Texas Hold’em Poker Series Showdown – Estes Park Resort Fly Fishing Camp – Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center Yoga w/Peggy – The Old Gallery Yoga w/Jackie – Yoga Room Idaho Springs Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Mom & Tot Yoga – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Tai Chi – Nederland Community Center Pilates Mat I, Aquacize, Kickboxing, Celtic Music Ensemble – Gilpin Community Center

Wednesday Cardio Burn w/Monique, Bible Study – Gilpin Community Center Science Art Connections – Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center Pickelball – Nederland Community Center Yoga w/Peggy – Wild Basin Lodge Yoga w/Cherie – Yoga Room Idaho Springs Moms and Babies Yoga, Vinyasa Flow – Tadasana Mountain

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Circuit Training Elevate Conditioning – CCCIA Hall Zumba, Nia, Aquacize, Hatha Yoga, Total Tone – Gilpin Community Center

Thursday Texas Hold’Em – Outlaw Saloon Local’s Night – Chipper’s Lanes Science Art Connections – Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center Spanish for Beginners, Hatha Yoga, Kickboxing, Aquacize – Gilpin Community Center

Yoga w/Pam – The Old Gallery Yoga w/Peggy – Wild Basin Lodge Yoga Therapy for Stress Release – CCCIA Hall Gentle Yoga, Yoga/Pilates Fusion – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Tai Chi – Nederland Community Center Friday Texas Hold’Em – Outlaw Saloon Cornhole League – Salto Coffee Works Yoga (beginner & intermediate) – The Old Gallery Yoga w/Cherie, Meditation – The Yoga Room/2 Brothers Hatha Yoga, Happy Hour Yoga – Tadasana Mountain Yoga



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MOUNTAIN ARTS – galleries, artists and crafts people

MOUNTAIN ARTS CALENDAR August 1 Stitchers Get-Together – Gilpin Recreation Center Advanced Watercolor Techniques: Painting the Landscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park – Rocky Mountain Nature Association Conference Center

August 1-4 Sweet Exhibit – Art Center of Estes Park Gallery August 2 First Friday Art Walk – Nederland (various) Heather Taylor Artist Demo – Very Nice Brewing Baby Doe Tabor – Idaho Springs Library August 2-4 “Fiddler on the Roof” – The Old Gallery August 3 Hilltop Guild Festival and Bazaar/Quilt Raffle – Hilltop Guild Estes Park Oratorio Society: Brahms’ A German Requiem – Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church

August 3-4 Seussical Jr. – Estes Park High School Auditorium Silent Movie Comedy Film Festival – Historic Park Theater August 3-22 Plein Air Rockies Prelude Show – Cultural Arts Council Gallery August 4 Artist of Month Opening Reception – The Old Gallery Magician Bradley Mayhew – Barlow Plaza, Estes Park Unlocking the 1920s – Baldpate Inn August 5 CMF Orchestra – Stanley Hotel Concert Hall August 5-8 Irish Step Dance Camp – CCCIA Hall August 6 Quirky Quilters – Nederland Community Center August 6-8 Painting in Oils... Getting Started & Continuing On – Art Center of Estes Park

August 7 Movie Matinee: Craig Johnson’s ‘Longmire’ – Estes Valley Library

Quilting Group – Coal Creek Coffee Summer Enchanted Evenings: Yaks – Baldpate Inn Mask Making/Hand Building Pottery – Gilpin Recreation Center August 8 Book Group – Coal Creek Coffee Estes Valley Quilt Guild – Estes Valley Library August 8-10 Finding Fine Art in Nature (Photography) – Rocky Mountain Nature Association

August 9 Wildlife and Vistas Opening Reception – Art Center Of Estes Park Ladies No. 1 Literary Society – The Old Gallery Movie Night – Idaho Springs Library August 9-11 “Marriage is Murder” – Baldpate Key-thedral Theater August 9-September 15 Wildlife and Vistas Exhibit – Art Center of Estes Park Gallery August 10 Socrates Café – The Old Gallery

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Outdoor painting celebrated at Plein Air Rockies

and workshop. Artists have the opportunity to compete for cash ESTES PARK or over 12 years, the Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park prizes and awards amounting to $12,000 and one artist’s image has produced a national plein air event in Colorado. will be selected for festival products including wine, coffee and Patrons and artists from across the globe are invited to tea labels. Artists also have the opportunity to show and sell attend the 2013 festival. The Northern Rockies and Rocky their work in a premier gallery setting for an extended length of Mountain National Park are one of the most spectacular plac- time over two of the most beautiful seasons in Estes Park. “This festival always features many of the outstanding es on earth, and a breathtaking place to visit. From Aug. 10-22, beauty and inspiration go hand-in-hand national artists placing Estes Park as a premier arts destination,” CAC Executive Director as artists arrive in the Colorado Lynda Vogel said. “As with many Rockies to paint on-location. Plein of the fine arts events the CAC Air Rockies is a festival of outdoor produces, our patrons anxiously painting which showcases unique await Opening Day. The Quick works of art inspired by subjects Draw and Auction should not be like Rocky Mountain National missed by those who have a pasPark, forests, river canyons, scesion for fine art. The glory and the nic highways, and/or people and majesty of Northern Colorado is places in Estes Park. This event forever captured on canvas, paper has garnered national attention and board.” and opening day is the place to For first time artists it is an exbe if you are a savvy collector of hilarating experience. For others fine art. Plein Air Rockies also has it is a chance to meet up with colnumerous events geared for audileagues or to paint familiar vistas. ences of all ages. Artists participating in this year’s Starting with the annual “Preevent come from all over Coloralude Show” opening Aug. 3 in the do as well as New Mexico, Texas, CAC Fine Art Gallery, patrons can Plein Air Rockies holds its “Quick Draw” competition Montana, Utah, California, Arkanenjoy a preview of works by the annually during its Estes Park-based event. sas and Missori. One artist will Plein Air Rockies participating artists while they are out painting in the field. Once the “paint out” be visiting from St. Petersburg, Russia and another is from portion of the festival ends on Aug. 22, the exhibition and sale Mineral de Pozos, Mexico. The community of Estes Park is a of the new works is held Aug. 25 through Oct. 27 at the Cultural proud host of the event, and all efforts are made to make each artist’s stay a rewarding one. Arts Council of Estes Park Fine Art Gallery in Estes Park. In addition, the 2013 festival includes many other events For more information and a complete schedule of events including, a nocturne paint out, a children’s paint out, minia- visit or call the Cultural Arts Council of ture show, Scottish-Irish Festival Paint Out, Fall paint out event Estes Park at 970-586-9203.


Baldpate Inn welcomes yaks to Wednesday educational series ESTES PARK The only chance to view yaks in Estes Park this summer will be Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Baldpate Inn parking lot just off Hwy. 7 as part of the Baldpate’s Wednesday “Summer Enchanted Evenings” series. Yaks, historically confined to elevations over 14,000 feet in Tibet, have since been domesticated, and do well at lower elevations and in other countries, provided humidity is not too high. Former Es-

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tes Park resident Jason Gillette and other members of Gillette Farms are transporting three members of their growing herd, including two calves, to the Baldpate Inn, and will be on hand to explain the myriad uses of yaks both as pack animals and providers of wool and healthier cuts of meat. Gillette Farms yaks are much more docile and agile than their bovine counterparts. Both males and females of this exotic species sport impressive sets of

horns, so while an up-close experience is possible, and children of all ages are welcome to attend, it is encouraged to be cautious around the animals. The yaks will be available for viewing for about an hour beginning at 7 p.m. As with all “Summer Enchanted Evening” events, admission is free. Visit www. or call 970-586-KEYS (5397) for information, dinner reservations or directions.

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ARTS Old Gallery supports arts with events, projects By Betsy Blade Skinner ALLENSPARK If you haven’t been to Allenspark recently, you’re in for a treat when you visit The Old Gallery, a Community Arts and Visitors Center located in a rustic 1940s cabin on scenic Hwy. 7 at the entrance to the quaint mountain town. Since its purchase in 2008, over 120 volunteers have helped to create a vital community providing resources, entertainment, a venue for artists and a gathering place for locals, summer residents and visitors of all ages and interests. If you are interested in plays, music, art and writing classes, lectures, thoughtprovoking conversations at The Socrates Café, yoga classes, the “Open Mic” or the monthly soup night, you’ll find numerous

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opportunities to connect with neighbors and meet new friends. Children love the new playground made possible by a GOCO grant and its newest offering is a Community Food Pantry and Clothes Closet located at The Old Gallery for anyone who needs a little help. Fiddler on the Roof will be presented by the Allenspark Performing Arts Group at The Old Gallery, Aug. 3-5. For tickets e-mail bladeskinner @gmail. com, call 303-7471013 or visit The New Old Gallery is currently in the midst of a major fund raising effort to renovate the gallery so that it is safe, compliant and up-to-date. The generosity of the residents and individual donors has been astounding, with contributions totaling more than half of the money needed. The project is expected to begin by September and completed by May 2014 in time for the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Allenspark. While it may be a small community in size, it is big in spirit, generosity, commitment and collaboration. The New Old Gallery, however, needs your help with funding, volunteers, donations and participation to continue supporting this valued community resource.

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Lyons distiller creates ‘moonshine’ LYONS Spirit Hound Distillers in Lyons recently released a new, high-quality, handcrafted bottled spirit called White Dog Moonshine. It is an un-aged, all-malt spirit aged in charred oak barrels. The distillery released the “white whisky” in its fresh form due to its exceptional flavor and demand. “Our customers have been clamoring for whisky since we opened,” Distiller and Coowner Craig Engelhorn said, “and we won’t compromise or rush our aged spirits. But, our un-aged spirit is clean and flavorful, and after reducing it to 90 proof I was pleas-

antly surprised by how good it tasted.” The spirit is made from an all-malt whisky wash made from Colorado Malting Company base malts and includes a small amount of peat-smoked malt. “It’s a clear spirit,” Engelhorn says, “but it’s got peaty, earthy notes much like a Scotch whisky. And the finish is quite smooth with only a little of the burn that spirits fans associate with white whisky, moonshine or white lightning.” White Dog Moonshine is only available at the distillery, 4196 Ute Hwy. (S.R. 66), one mile east of downtown. Visit www.spirithound for more information.

Music is in the air at ‘Summer Sings’ ESTES PARK Anyone who loves to sing choral masterworks is invited to bring their enthusiasm to the Oratorio Society of Estes Park’s three sight-reading sessions called Summer Sings. On several summer Saturdays, singers gather to spend time practicing some of the larger choral masterworks from the OSEP library and then perform it just for themselves all on one

Saturday afternoon. There are two more Summer Sings sessions left in August. Brahms’ A German Requiem is slated for Saturday, Aug. 3 and Haydn’s Te Deum in C and Rutter’s Te Deum are on tap for Aug. 10. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m., rehearsals start at 4 p.m. There is a break for refreshments, and then the “performance” is held. Estes Park Summer Sings is sponsored by the Oratorio Society of Estes Park and is staged at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 2000 Ptarmigan Trail, in Estes Park. “These are not really performances as such, but rather people from lots of different choirs getting together informally to practice and then sing through a choral masterwork,” Music Director Kathy Bowers said. “If your choir takes the summer off, or you normally play in the chamber orchestra, or you’re up here on vacation, or you have long wanted to sing through a choral masterwork, Summer Sings is for you.” The cost is $8 at the door. Students 25 years or under are free with a school or college ID. For more information, visit

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‘Relentless Heart’ classic family drama ESTES PARK stes Park resident Ron Froehlich was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Nebraska and Iowa. After college he worked as a newspaper reporter, interrupted by a tour of duty in Vietnam where he served as an Army correspondent and was awarded a Bronze Star for service. He was manager of investor information and a speechwriter for a U.S. Fortune 500 company before starting his own public relations/advertising agency. He now divides his time between Estes Park and Texas. His most recent work, The Restless Heart, is a classic family drama. The world of two young boys growing up in the 1950s is upended when their mother dies and their self-absorbed father loads them on a bus for a desperate trip across Nebraska in search of a new home and a new start. Only when a young, spirited woman comes into their lives do the boys begin to emerge as winners. Spanning nearly 50 years, this fast-moving story of


a down-and-out American family takes the reader on an adventurous ride from post-war Nebraska to the bright lights of Hollywood and birth of the Internet age. More than a coming of age story, though it is that, too, this story lays bare the hidden truths of the heart through a cast of well-drawn characters and intriguing action handled deftly and touchingly. According to the author, The Relentless Heart was written with the “encouragement and assistance of family members, friends, people who are here and people who have gone ahead. Of special note are two very special friends in Colorado who provided valuable assistance and timely encouragement, both talented writers in their own right. I am forever indebted to Steve Mitchell and Margaret Guthrie.” The Restless Heart is available online at and at Estes Park’s Macdonald Book Shop, 152 E. Elkhorn Ave.

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Members show opens at Gilpin Arts gallery CENTRAL CITY The Gilpin County Arts Association hosts is annual Member’s Show, Aug. 17Sept. 29, in its Washington Hall Gallery in Central City. The exhibit’s Opening Reception takes place Aug. 17 from 4-7 p.m. in Washington Hall, 117 Eureka St., across from the Opera House. The unique and historic gallery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. through Labor Day. Stop in and enjoy the creations of the talented local artists that make up the Gilpin County Arts Association. The annual juried show continues in the gallery through Aug. 3 and the group’s gallery on the second floor of the Central City Visitor Center is open all year with rotating exhibits. Call 303-582-5952 or visit for more information.



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ARTS CALENDAR 50/50 Gilpin County Arts Benefit Fundraiser –TBA Estes Park Oratorio Society: Haydn’s Te Deum in C, Rutter’s Te Deum – Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church August 10-11 Magic Felt – Art Center of Estes Park August 10-22 Plein Air Rockies Paint Out – Estes Park Valley August 11 Magician Bradley Mayhew – Barlow Plaza, Estes Park Allenspark Chautauqua w/’Carl Jung’ & ‘Amelia Earhardt’ – The Old Gallery

Friends Of The Library Book Sale – Estes Valley Library August 12-13 Sketchbook Journaling: Creatively Merging Art & Nature – Rocky Mountain Nature Association

August 13 Capturing the Garden: A Digital Photography Workshop w/Susan Peirce – Lyons Farmette August 14 Movie Matinee: Craig Johnson’s ‘Longmire’ – Estes Valley Library

Continued from page 12 Summer Enchanted Evenings – Baldpate Inn August 15 Stitchers Get-Together – Gilpin Recreation Center August 16 Ladies No. 1 Literary Society – The Old Gallery August 16-18 “Marriage is Murder” – Baldpate Key-thedral Theater, Estes Park Mastering the Art & Craft of Landscape Photography – Rocky Mountain Nature Association

August 17 Members Show Opening – Gilpin County Arts Association Show Opening – Gilpin Arts Visitors Center Gallery Artist in Residence Photo Workshop – Gilpin County Library Ned Knits – Nederland Community Center Gourd Class – The Old Gallery August 17-18 Silent Movie Comedy Film Festival – Historic Park Theater August 17-29 Members’ Show – Gilpin County Arts Association Gallery

August 18 Chamberre in the Rockies Concert – Rocky Ridge Music Center

August 21 Quilting Group – Coal Creek Coffee Movie Matinee: Craig Johnson’s ‘Longmire’ – Estes Valley Library Summer Enchanted Evenings – Baldpate Inn August 21-25 Early Music Festival & Workshop – Rocky Ridge Music Center August 22 Plein Air Rockies Paint Our Town – Downtown Estes Park August 23 Drawing - It’s all about Black & White & Shades of Grey – Art Center of Estes Park

August 23-24 “Marriage is Murder” – Baldpate Key-thedral Theater, Estes Park August 24 25th Annual Cemetery Crawl – Russell Gulch Cemetery Socrates Café, Beading Class – The Old Gallery Artist in Residence Photo Workshop – Gilpin County Library Plein Air Rockies Quick Draw & Auction – Riverside Plaza Plein Air Rockies Gala Opening – Estes Park Cultural Arts Council Gallery

August 28 Movie Matinee: Craig Johnson’s ‘Longmire’ – Estes Valley Library Summer Enchanted Evenings – Baldpate Inn August 30-31 “Marriage is Murder” – Baldpate Key-thedral Theater, Estes Park August 31 Estes Park Alpaca Market – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, Estes Park Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show & Sale – Downtown Estes Park

WEEKLY ARTS Sunday Museum Open – Nederland Mining Museum Nederland Historical Society Museum Open – Gillaspie House Monday NAS Movie Matinee – Backdoor Theater Stitch ‘n Rippers Quilters – New Covenant Church Folk Dancing in the Mountains – Nederland Community Center

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Clear Creek Chorale – CCMRD Center Tuesday Story Time – Idaho Springs Library Planet Motion Dance – Nederland Community Center Wednesday Art Group – The Old Gallery Drop In Artists – Eco-Arts Lounge @ Wild Bear Baby Story Time, Senior Art/Painting Group – Nederland Community Library

NAS Watercolor Painting – Nederland Community Presbyterian Church

Children’s Story Hour – Gilpin County Library Estes Park Anime Club, Leading Edge for Entrepreneurs Workshop – Estes Valley Library Thursday Story Time – Estes Valley Library Preschool Story Time, Toddler Story Time – Nederland Community Library

Friday Story Time – Estes Valley Library Movie – Backdoor Theater Museum Open – Nederland Mining Museum Saturday Story Time – Estes Valley Library Throwing Pottery: Forms & Techniques – Gilpin Recreation Center

Food Pantry – Nederland Community Center Movie – Backdoor Theater Museum Open – Nederland Mining Museum Nederland Historical Society Museum Open – Gillaspie House

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MOUNTAIN MUSIC – sounds from the high country


August 1 Wandering Natives – Pioneer Inn (NED) Rapidgrass Quintet – Jamestown Mercantile (JT) Brian Hornbuckle Band – Riviera Casino (BH) Richard Geppinger – YMCA of the Rockies/Hempel Auditorium (EP) Mary D’Ambra – Performance Park Amphitheater (EP) Shaefer Welch – Rock Inn (EP) August 2 Atomic Pablo – Pioneer Inn (NED) Blackdog, Zydecoasters – Stage Stop (RV) The Prairie Scholars – Jamestown Mercantile (JT) Live Music – Tapestry of Life Coffee House (AP) Rapidgrass Quintet – Oskar Blues (LY) Brian Hornbuckle Band – Riviera Casino (BH) Dotsero – Ameristar Casino (BH) Kort McCumber & the High Road – Gold Hill Inn (GH) Barlow Plaza Concerts w/Nancy Cook – Barlow Plaza (EP) Jerry Garcia Celebration w/Circus of the Dead – Rock Inn (EP) August 3 George Nelson Band – Pioneer Inn (NED) Magpie’s Duo with Ken Stevens – Jamestown Mercantile (JT) Glacier-Fest – St. Mary’s Glacier Jack Hadley – Millsite Inn (WD) Blues, Brews and BBQ w/Shemekia Copeland, David Booker – Main Street (CC) Brian Hornbuckle Band – Riviera Casino (BH) Walker Williams Band – Isle Casino (BH) Dotsero – Ameristar Casino (BH) John Lee Hooker, Jr – Oskar Blues (LY) Watersong – Spirit Hound Distillers (LY) Barlow Plaza Concerts w/Jack and Gary – Barlow Plaza (EP) Lee Murdock – YMCA of the Rockies/Hempel Auditorium (EP) Band and BBQ Dinner – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park (EP) Amplified Souls – Rock Inn (EP) August 4 Jen Cleary Duo – Gold Hill Inn, Early (GH) Larry Worster & No Bird Ever Flew – Gold Hill Inn, Late (GH) Squid – Millsite Inn (WD) Brian Hornbuckle Band – Riviera Casino (BH) Walker Williams Band – Isle Casino

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Bass legend George Porter, Jr. returns to Nedfest By Jeffrey V. Smith NEDERLAND ew bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as bassist George Porter Jr. He has proven to be capable of the ultimate fusion of rock, funk and R&B, and has gained recognition as one of the industry’s elite bass players. The musician visits Nederland to headline Nedfest Music & Arts Festival, Aug. 24, with his band the funky Meters, which also features Art Neville. It’s their only Colorado appearance. During the course of his more than four-decade career, Porter has not only made an impact with his work in the original Meters, formed in the mid-60s, but is also an accomplished studio mu- George Porter, Jr. sician and in demand for session work with artists like Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos and Taj Mahal. He’s also been a hired gun for live performances with Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes and John Scofield, to name a few. Early in his career, Porter worked with seminal New Orleans artists like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, and Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas and many more. The bassist is also the band leader of his own project called the Runnin’ Pardners which continues to be a favorite on the jam band and festival scene.


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Porter has played Nedfest twice before, once with Porter Batsite Stoltz and once as a member of a one-off jam band with Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, guitarist Steve Kimock and String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth. This time around, he is bringing the rest of the funky Meters – David Russell Batiste, Jr, Brain Stoltz and Art Neville – in tow. “I think that playing with the funky Meters is a chance to play some of the original Meters songs and stretch them out to another place in time – which is something that we don’t do with the original Meters – as well as the fun of playing non-Meter songs,” Porter said. “All the jam bands, and with most of the other artists I play with, I go and make myself a part of the body of music that those players are bringing to the table. My job is playing with the drummer to make a pocket that everyone else can get into and play while knowing that the drummer and I will be there when they come back.” Playing with band members with so much background and experience together can be fun for Porter. “Sometimes we just end up places and we all look to see if anyone knows what just happened, and some times we just start laughing,” he said. “We sometimes do annoy Art when Continued on page 22



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Pioneer Inn owners celebrate 42 years of hosting, nurturing local musicians

The “P.I.,” as it is known by locals, is By Jennifer Pund more than a good restaurant in a quaint town NEDERALND Pioneer Inn co-owner Dave Lyons re- and this year it celebrates it’s 42nd anniveralized as a child that if he wanted to play sary on Aug. 17 with Split Jive Broadcast. music for a living he was going to have to Lyons quickly offers he does not have be the best and put in the practice time in the restaurant background like his wife. “My role is to provide a quality venue order to make “at least a meager living.” “I have managed to do that for about 30 where locals can hear the best of local muyears now,” Lyons said. Playing in several sic and to give the incredible variety of lolocal bands – including Zydecoasters, Fat cal musicians a quality venue to play in, Lyons said. “I would Rabbit, Riff Raff wager on any given and the George Nelnight that the P.I. is son Band – teaching presenting music as bass, running a rehigh quality as any cording studio while venue in the state, co-owning the Pioregardless of size. neer Inn with it’s [The PI is] the kind rich music history, of place where you he has carved out can interact directly more than a “meager with the musicians. living” from music. I know most of the Lyons and wife musicians personalCindy Shaw met at ly and have worked the Pioneer Inn, 15 with a good many East First Street, so of them professionit it is only natural Pioneer Inn, Nederland ally. I have access they would end up owning the pub years later. A longtime res- to the most musically interesting local acts taurateur, Shaw knew what needed to hap- and I try hard to present them so the pubpen to keep the homey vibe while updating lic can appreciate them while they are still the food and music. It included a healthy small. Many acts that play the P.I. will go dose of cleaning, working very hard to get on to bigger things and Nederland locals the old kitchen in full compliance with can say ‘I saw them when.’” When purchasing the Pioneer Inn, the health department standards. “We have changed almost the entire music room was cleaned from floor to ceilmenu, while still keeping the pub food that ing and a high-fidelity house PA system our customers enjoy, just using fresh, bet- was installed with the intention of allowing the bands sound as good as they can while ter ingredients” Lyons said. performing in a comfortable space. “Live music does more than enhance our business, it is our business,” Lyons said. “The music is what sets us apart from the other restaurants and bars in the area.” The Pioneer Inn’s music history is rich and often overlooked when talking about the local scene that includes the Caribou Studio which provided the stars featured in most of the P.I.’s infamous tales. “People love to tell the story about throwing Steven Stills out the front window,

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The Weatherman


Gregory Alan Isakov

orn in Johannesburg, South Africa, and calling Colorado home, Gregory Alan Isakov has traveled all his life. Songs that hone a masterful quality beyond his years tell a story of miles and landscapes, and the search for a sense of place. His new album, The Weatherman, was recorded mostly in solitude outside of Nederland over the course of a year and a half. “I wanted to make something that felt genuine. We recorded everything with analogue gear and mixed it on tape, which gives the songs a raw and vulnerable feeling,” Isakov said. The title chosen for the record reflects the nature of his external surroundings as much as his inner experiences. References to the weather are a reoccurring theme in Isakov’s writing, but there is a deeper meaning. “To me, the idea of a weatherman is really powerful. There’s a guy on television or on the radio telling us the future, and nobody cares. It’s this daily mundane miracle, and I think the songs I chose are about noticing the beauty in normal, everyday life.” See Isakov at ARISE Festival, Aug. 16. Track List

1) Amsterdam 2) Saint Valentine 3) Second Chances 4) Living Proof 5) Time Will Tell 6) O’ City Lights 7) Astronaut

8) California Open Back 9) The Universe 10) Suitcase Full of Sparks 11) Honey, It’s Alright 12) All Shades of Blue 13) She Always Takes It Black

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Inaugural ARISE Festival features diverse line-up with common goals LOVELAND ARISE Festival just announced headlining artist Michael Franti and Spearhead to complete the 100+ performer lineup that encompasses a variety of musicians, independent films, workshops and environmental speakers at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland. Featuring a wildly diverse lineup united by common goals and like-minded audiences, ARISE will also host Australia’s Xavier Rudd, an eclectic singer-songwriter with a powerful message; Keller & the Keels, led by iconic Americana and roots rocker Keller Williams; and Zap Mama, the poly-ethnic, polyphonic vocal ensemble led by Marie Daulne. Colorado’s own Michal Menert headlines the electronic portion of the bill, with luminaries in the field like Random Rab, David Starfire, and Desert Dwellers. Other favorites include Greensky Bluegrass, Toubab Krewe, The Motet, Chali 2Na, newly emerging Nahko & Medicine for the People, and a who’swho of social advocates, outspoken performers, and progressive musicians that leaves no taste untapped. Headliner Michael Franti and Spearhead has gained a worldwide audience through extensive touring and word of mouth fan support. His hit 2009 single, “Say Hey, I love you,” peaked at No. 5 on the VH1 Top 20 countdown and appears frequently on feature film soundtracks. With a focus on environmental sustainability the camping festival aims to bring conscious living to the forefront including a variety of opportunities for festivalgoers to gain inspiration and education from some of the nation’s best educators, independent film makers and leaders in environmental advocacy. Presenters Julia Butterfly Hill, Daryl Hannah, and Leilani Münter will bring topics ranging from conservation, biofuels and energy alternatives, and sustainability to life with incredible stories of triumph and tragedy from years spent on the front lines. Set in an ideal location for a conscious living event, ARISE will take place on 100 acres of lush valley nestled between

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but that story is not true,” Lyons explained. “The true story is we threw Stills out many times, but never through the window.” While big stars like Billy Joel, Michael Jackson and John Lennon came from the Caribou Studio to the P.I. to drink, that is the extent of the connection. “To me, the locals who are playing music for the people every day are far more important than some big name who dropped by 40 years ago and probably didn’t even play anything,” Lyons said. “In fact I would venture to say that many big name musicians would have a hard time hanging with the Nederland jam scene; they just aren’t versatile enough. Nederland has, per capita, the best music scene in the world.” Lyons says the music is so good already that the only evolution he wants to see is more people realizing the quality of local musicians and coming out to support it. “You can pay an awful lot of money to see a big name act but chances are the music is as good or better at the P.I. for free,” he said. For the decades to come, Lyons and Shaw strive to have the Pioneer Inn recognized as the place to hear local music of the highest quality as well as a place to see next year’s stars and seasoned pros that are nothing more than locally famous. Visit for a current schedule of live music.

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Denver’s legacy remains alive in Estes Park ESTES PARK Keeping musical icon John Denver’s legacy alive, Estes Park musician Brad Fitch performs Denver’s songs at the annual John Denver Tribute Concert, Aug. 30, at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. Fitch is “continually inspired by the beauty of my Colorado home, my love for nature and appreciation for my many blessings: the gift of music, friends to play with and wonderful audiences.” The concert begins at 5 p.m. with a performance by Chain Station. At 6:30 p.m. Brad Fitch and the TropiCowboy Band perform the John Denver Tribute Concert surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Rocky Mountains. Reserved Box seat tickets may only be purchased in advance online at www.

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| AUGUST 2013 for $30. General admission tickets may be purchased on-line or in Estes Park at Hobert Office Services, MacDonald Bookstore and the Visitor Center. Day-of-event general admission tickets can be purchased at the fairgrounds box office for $25. Reserved Box seats can be purchased for $35, if available. The tickets will go on sale at 4 p.m. General admission seating is first-come, first-choice, so arrive early for the best seat. The event is organized by the Estes Park Lions Club who operate the concession stand at the fairgrounds. All proceeds are distributed amongst the community, local scholarships and various eye sight and hearing organizations around the world. Call 970-402-7348 or visit for more information.

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Porter found love of music at early age Continued from page 17

we are having too much fun and we are not letting him in on it. It is all good its just music and it should be looked at from every side you can whenever you can, when you have that chance.” Although it is easy for Porter and his band mates to tell if the audience is having a good time and the more engaged they are “usually translates to higher energy and a better time” for the band, the group usually stays focused on the task at hand. “Most of the time we are really tuned into each other and play to where the music takes us,” Porter explained. The bassist found a love for music at an early age and was influenced by his New Orleans upbringing and the countless musicians and venues that call the city home. His main influences were New Orleans musicians like Benjamin (Poppi) Francis and Herbert C Wing, Jr. and players like Earl King and Eddie Bo. “They gave me the foundations that were the reason I got to play with the players that got me to the big stages,” Porter said. “I don’t remember why I started playing I just knew that it was something I needed or wanted to do. I listened and I played. I heard every note that meant something as well as the ones that were just passing by.” Outside of his work with the Meters

and funky Meters, Porter enjoys the freedom of being a band leader with Runnin’ Pardners as it “more my music then anything else. I truly enjoy being a band leader and playing my own music.” “There are so many sets I have played in that I truly enjoyed,” Porter said. “I don’t really have a musical experience that I can say I was not happy to be there.” Over the years, Porter has developed a “wonderful relationship” with Colorado thanks to numerous appearances in multiple ensembles annually, although the state’s high altitude is becoming a problem as he gets older. “It is getting harder to play parts of the state, as it is a little hard for these 65-yearold-below-sea-level lungs to breath in the higher altitudes,” he said, “but as of yet I have not said no to any offer to come play, high or low. It is a beautiful state with truly great people.” Be sure to visit www.georgeporterjr. com to learn more, sample music and find out when he’ll be back for another performance. Go to to purchase tickets to see the funky Meters on Saturday, Aug. 24, which also includes performances by Tea Leaf Green, Euforquestra, The Congress, Danny Shafer and The 21st Century and a late-night show by Smooth Money Gesture. Nedfest is Aug. 23-25.

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MUSIC CALENDAR Truckstop Honeymoon – Oskar Blues (LY) Sarah Caton – Rock Inn (EP) August 5 CMF Orchestra – Stanley Hotel Concert Hall (EP) August 7 First Wednesday Music Club – Oskar Blues (LY) Wednesday Night at Performance Park w/Eric J. Anderson – Performance Park Amphitheater (EP)

Alex Thoele – Rock Inn (EP) August 8 Broke Bridge – Pioneer Inn (NED) Open Mic Night – Very Nice Brewing (NED) Genetics, Family FUNKtion & the Sitar Jams – Whistler’s Café (NED) Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – Sandstone Park (LY) Ark Life and Natialie Tate – Jamestown Mercantile (JT) Estes Park Village Band – Performance Park Amphitheater (EP) RJ Cowdery – YMCA of the Rockies/Hempel Auditorium (EP) Patrick Hardy – Rock Inn (EP) August 9 Don’t Stop Please – Pioneer Inn (NED) The Magic Beans – Stage Stop (RV) Laura Meyer – Jamestown Mercantile (JT) Live Music – Tapestry of Life Coffee House (AP) Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – Gold Hill Inn (GH) DJ Johnny Gear – Ameristar Casino (BH) Lil’ Ed & the Blue Imperials – Oskar Blues (LY) Bonnie & the Clydes – Spirit Hound Distillers (LY) Barlow Plaza Concerts w/Jack and Gary – Barlow Plaza (EP) Joe Gallo Acoustic – Rock Inn (EP) August 10 Los Funbags – Stage Stop (RV) Third Stream Duo – Jamestown Mercantile (JT) The SoulaBillySwampBoogie Band – Millsite Inn (WD) DJ Johnny Gear – Ameristar Casino (BH) Hip Pocket – Isle Casino (BH) Interstate Stash Express – Oskar Blues (LY) Psychodillo – Spirit Hound Distillers (LY) “We’ve Got The Blues” KGOAT Benefit – Idaho Springs Ballfield (IS) Solomon Cook – Miner Pickin’ (IS) Barlow Plaza Concerts w/Dick Orleans – Barlow Plaza (EP) The Vibe Tribe – YMCA of the Rockies/Hempel Auditorium (EP) Sarah Caton – Rock Inn (EP) August 11 Johnny Long – Oskar Blues (LY) George Nelson – Millsite Inn (WD) Hip Pocket – Isle Casino (BH) Neal Whitlock – Rock Inn (EP) August 13 Jami Lunde & Friends – Oskar Blues (LY) August 14 Danny Shafer & Friends (Songwriters in Round) – Oskar Blues (LY)

Small Potatoes – Performance Park Amphitheater (EP) Alex Thoele – Rock Inn (EP) August 14-18 Arise Music Festival – Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, CO August 15 The Coolers – Jamestown Mercantile (JT) Thursday Night Live w/Dick Zavodny Polka Band – Performance Park Amphitheater (EP)

August 16 Left Foot Green – Pioneer Inn (NED) Grandpa’s Cough Medicine – Stage Stop (RV) Rick Gibbons – Jamestown Mercantile (JT) Daniella Katzir – Tapestry of Life Coffee House (AP) Gipsy Moon – Gold Hill Inn (GH) Halden Wofford & The Hi-Beams – Oskar Blues (LY) Music on the Estes Park Riverwalk w/Dennis Tobias Band –

Continued from page 17 August 18 Gilpin Fair w/Blackdog, Karaoke – Gilpin County Fairgrounds (BH) Dan McCorison – Gold Hill Inn (GH) Doug McLeod – Oskar Blues (LY) Live Music – Millsite Inn (WD) Sarah Caton – Rock Inn (EP) August 21 Wednesday Night at Performance Park w/Dick Orleans – Performance Park Amphitheater (EP)

Tribute to Gillian Welsh & David Rawlings – Oskar Blues (LY) Alex Thoele – Rock Inn (EP) August 22 The Melodians – Pioneer Inn (NED) Open Mic Night – Very Nice Brewing (NED) Blue Ribbon Healers – Jamestown Mercantile (JT) Shotgun Moses – Sandstone Park (LY) Gabrielle Louise CD Release Show – CCCIA Hall Thursday Night Live w/Matthew Gurnsey: “The Kilted Man” – Performance Park Amphitheater (EP)

August 23 Zydecoasters – Pioneer Inn (NED) Dr. Phil Good Late Night Nedfest Party – Whistler’s Café (NED) Myshkin’s Ruby Warblers – Jamestown Mercantile (JT) Rick Gibbins – Tapestry of Life Coffee House (AP) The All Stars – Ameristar Casino (BH) Thunk – Gold Hill Inn (GH) Jim Taylor – CCCIA Hall Cowboy Dave Band – Oskar Blues (LY) Monocle – Spirit Hound Distillers (LY) James and the Devil – Rock Inn (EP) Praise in the Park Concert – Bond Park (EP) August 23-25 NedFest – Jeff Guercio Memorial Baseball Park (NED) August 24 Jaden Carlson Band – Pioneer Inn (NED) Intuit – Jamestown Mercantile (JT) The SoulaBillySwampBoogie Band – Millsite Inn (WD) Dynamite Days – Miner Street (IS) The All Stars – Ameristar Casino (BH) Danna Rocks – Isle Casino (BH) Great Central City Beer Festival w/The Young Dubliners, Marty Jones Band – Main Street (CC) Blue Canyon Boys – Oskar Blues (LY) Mojo Mama – Pizza Bar 66 (LY) August 25 Betse Ellis – Gold Hill Inn (GH) Felonious Smith – Oskar Blues (LY) Live Music – Millsite Inn (WD) Danna Rocks – Isle Casino (BH) Neal Whitlock – Rock Inn (EP) August 28 Wednesday Night at Performance Park w/Kim Lankford – Performance Park Amphitheater (EP)

Alex Thoele – Rock Inn (EP) August 29 Drink, Drank, Punk – Pioneer Inn (NED) The Semaphores – Jamestown Mercantile (JT) Neal Whitlock – Rock Inn (EP) August 30 John Denver Tribute Concert – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park (EP) Potcheen – Pioneer Inn (NED) Daniella Katzir – Jamestown Mercantile (JT) Ethan Morrison – Tapestry of Life Coffee House (AP) Finnders & Youngberg – Gold Hill Inn (GH) Delores Scott, Jack Hadley Band – Oskar Blues (LY) Dennis Tobias Band – Riverwalk @ Aspen and Evergreen Gallery (EP) Open Mic Night – The Old Gallery (AP)

August 31 Vin De Glo – Pioneer Inn (NED) Eat the Sun – Jamestown Mercantile (JT) Rewind – Millsite Inn (WD) DJ Kiss – Ameristar Casino (BH) Barwhislterry WardCook – Miner Pickin’ (IS) Brian Howe – Reserve Casino (CC) Gasoline Lollipops – Oskar Blues (LY) Craig Cornett & Phast & Reckless Band – Spirit Hound Distillers (LY) Tom Oates – Performance Park Amphitheater (EP) WEEKY MUSIC Sunday The Big Pick Jam hosted by Family Dog – Pioneer Inn (NED) Open Bluegrass Pick – Salto Coffee Works (NED) Live Music on the Deck – Outlaw Saloon (BH) Hot Club of Pearl Street – Stanley Hotel Cascades Patio (EP) Monday Dick Orleans – Historic Crags Lodge (EP) Tuesday Bluegrass Pick – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (LY) Celtic Music Class – Gilpin Community Center (BH) Open Mic hosted by Maus – Pioneer Inn (NED) Dick Orleans – Historic Crags Lodge (EP) Wednesday Blues Jam hosted by The Firebreathers – Pioneer Inn (NED) Open Mic – Miner Pickin’ (IS) Karaoke – West Winds Tavern (IS) Brown Bag Lunch Jam – Highland Music (EP) Open Mic w/Justin Faye – Lonigans Saloon (EP) Jerry Barlow – Historic Crags Lodge (EP) Thursday Bluegrass Pick – First Street Pub (NED) Open Mic – West Winds Tavern (IS) Open Mic hosted by Taylor Radio – Spirit Hound Distillers (LY) James Davis – Dunraven Inn (EP) Open Bluegrass Jam – Rock Inn (EP) Jerry Barlow – Historic Crags Lodge (EP) Dennis Tobias Band – Estes Park Resort (EP) Friday Karaoke – Pizza Bar 66 (LY) Hot Club of Pearl Street – Stanley Hotel Cascades Patio (EP) Ray Young – Nicky’s Restaurant (EP) James Davis – Twin Owls Steakhouse (EP) Scott Von – Historic Crags Lodge (EP) Karaoke w/Justin D and Colleen – Lonigans Saloon (EP) Dick Orleans – Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP) Saturday Drop In Family Pick w/Blackdog – Stage Stop (RV) Open Pick – Millsite Inn (WD) Open Mic Night – Tapestry Coffeehouse (AP) Ray Young – Nicky’s Restaurant (EP) Karaoke with Justin D and Colleen – Lonigans Saloon (EP) Dennis-Tobias Band – Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP) Open Mic hosted by James Moellers – Ed’s Cantina (EP) AP = Allenspark BH = Black Hawk CC = Central City CCC= Coal Creek Canyon EP = Estes Park GH = Gold Hill

IS = Idaho Springs JT = Jamestown LY = Lyons NED = Nederland RV = Rollinsvile WD = Ward

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DJ Bedz – Ameristar Casino (BH) Jeff Brinkman Band – Oskar Blues (LY) Barlow Plaza Concerts w/Jack & Gary – Barlow Plaza (EP) Chain Station – Rock Inn (EP) August 16-18 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival – Planet Bluegrass Ranch (LY) August 17 42nd Anniv. Party w/Split Jive Broadcast – Pioneer Inn (NED) Howl Moonshine Howl – Jamestown Mercantile (JT) Whiskey Autumn – Millsite Inn (WD) Foghat – Reserve Casino (CC) Chris Daniels & the Kings, Erica Brown – Main Street (CC) DJ Bedz – Ameristar Casino (BH) Trout Steak Revival – Oskar Blues (LY) Big Thompson Flood Band – Spirit Hound Distillers (LY) Barlow Plaza Concerts w/Dick Orleans – Barlow Plaza (EP) Jay Roemer Acoustic – Rock Inn (EP) August 17 Gilpin Fair w/Karmic Soul, Peak to Peak Chorale, Karaoke

IDAHO SPRINGS A Mountain Merc Hilldaddy’s Restaurant Mtn. Moonshine Liquor Kine Mine Luxury Laundromat Clear Creek Liquor Visitor’s Center Majestic Gallery Buffalo Restaurant Gold Mine Smoke Shop Westwinds Tavern Beau Jo’s Pizza Idaho Springs Treasures Fall River Botanicals Flipper McGills Tommyknocker Brewery Two Brothers Deli JMR Coffee Main Street Restaurant Sawtooth Gallery Grow in Peace B & J Laundromat The Soap Shop Picci’s Pizza BLACK HAWK Mountain Mocha Bobtail Corner Store Coyote Liquor

Salto Coffee Works B&F Mountain Market Mountain Man Outdoor People’s Co-op Nederland Library Peak Wine & Spirits Kathmandu Restaurant New Moon Bakery Kwik Mart Gas Visitor Center Whistler’s Café Very Nice Brewing GOLD HILL Gold Hill Inn Gold Hill Store & Café ALLENSPARK The Old Gallery Tapestry of Life Coffee Meadow Mountain Café Eagle Plume’s Trading Post WARD Millsite Inn Marroccos Ward General Store Post Office JAMESTOWN Jamestown Mercantile

CENTRAL CITY LYONS Visitor’s Center Oscar Blues Harley Hippie’s Café Pizza Bar 66 Annie Oaklie’s Stone Cup The Yoga Smokin’ Room inDave’ Idaho Springs Dostal Alley s BBQ KOA Kampground Barking Dog Café Lyons Fork MID-GILPIN St. Vrain Market Gilpin County Library Redstone Liquor Taggarts Gas Julie’s Thai Kitchen Dory Hill Campground Helping Hands Herbal Gilpin Recreation Center Lyons Laundromat ROLLINSVILLE RAYMOND Rollinsville General Store Raymond Store Stage Stop String Bean Café ESTES PARK Roy’s Last Shot Old Church Shoppes Penelope’s Burgers PINECLIFFE Elkhorn Lodge Post Office Picnic in the Park Pizza WONDERVU Cheesy Lee’s Pizza Wondervu Café & Gift Shop De-Ja-Blu Eldora Lodge Mocha Angelo’s Espresso Local’s Grill COAL CREEK CANYON Highland Music Center Kwik-Mart/Sinclair Courtyard Shops Coal Creek Coffee Longs Peak Coffee CCCIA Hall Sgt. Pepper’s Music NEDERLAND Lonigan’s Saloon Sundance Café Chicago’s Best Restaurant Back Country Pizza Bob & Tony’s Pizza Sunnyside Barber Shop Park Place Shops Trail’s End Coffee Aspen Lodge Nederland Feed & Supply Rambo’s Longhorn Liquor Sundance Café Country Market Blue Owl Books & Boutique Rocky Mountain Opry Nederland Laundry Mary’s Lake Lodge Wild Bear Center Stanley Hotel Dam Liquor Rock Inn Pioneer Inn Spur Liquor Greener Mountain Estes Park KOA First Street Pub & Grill The Wheel Bar Deli at 8236’ Glassworks Studio Cosmic Cowboy Tesora Bella Wild Mountain Estes Park Brewery Carousel of Happiness Picadilly Square Liquor Buffalo Bill’s Coffee Wapiti Restaurant

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MMAC Monthly - August 2013  

August edition of the MMAC Monthly - Mountain Music, Arts & Culture covering the music, arts and culture of the the Peak to Peak Region of C...

MMAC Monthly - August 2013  

August edition of the MMAC Monthly - Mountain Music, Arts & Culture covering the music, arts and culture of the the Peak to Peak Region of C...