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Troia’s Café offers friendly atmosphere, great food Page 4

State’s model railroaders come together in Estes Park Page 8



‘Abstractions’ exhibit features four area artists Page 12

Fusion trio takes ‘purposeful approach’ Page 14

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St. Mary’s Glacier & James Peak


Trail Features: Popular snowshoe, ski and snowboard destination with a permanent glacier, lakes, panorama views of James Peak and Mount Bancroft Trail Location: In Alice, about 9 miles up Fall River Road off I-70 at exit 237. Round-trip Length: Lake: 1.5 miles; Glacier: 2 miles; James Peak: 8 miles Trailhead Elevation: 10,300 feet Total Elevation Gain: Lake: 300 feet; Glacier: 900 feet; James Peak: 2,900 feet Highest Elevation: 13,294 feet Trail Difficulty Rating: Moderate to Difficult

St. Mary’s Glacier popular with snowshoers, backcountry skiers By Jeffrey V. Smith ALICE Colorado’s Peak to Peak region is teeming with amazing backcountry spots and the trails that take you there. Each month, MMAC Monthly takes a closer look at some popular places to enjoy the outdoors in a variety of ways and in any season. This month’s trail leads to St. Mary’s Glacier, a moderate two-mile trek and ultimately James Peak which is eight miles round-trip and is difficult and dangerous during avalanche season. Parking is allowed only in two designated lots

in Alice—a ghost town which offers it own sightseeing options—near the trailhead and costs $5 for the day. Parking on the street will get you towed. The trailhead is marked with a large sign stating “Glacier Hike.” Starting at 10,300 feet, the trail climbs 900 feet to the top of the snowfield or around 3,000 feet to the top of James Peak. The official trail to St. Mary’s Lake is only 3/4 mile each way, but is a steady climb with more than 300 feet elevation gain. This trailhead is popular all year, but in Continued on page 7

St. Mary’s Glacier is popular all year.

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February offers several fun ways to beat ‘Winter Blues’ PEAK TO PEAK While the some people have declared Jan. 6 as the “most depressing day of the year,” around here, despite being the shortest month, February can be rather blue for many mountain folks. The days are still short, the temperatures are downright frigid, winds are fierce, visitors are scarce and its been snowing since October. Regardless the reason, the “Winter Blues” can be a very real thing. Thankfully, we live in an area filled with world-class recreational opportunities as well as some fun, indoor places to

visit to help shake off any ill feelings. Take a look at the many events and places featured in this issue of the MMAC Monthly if you’re not sure where to start. Learn to play pinball, head out for a one-of-a-kind slice of pie, visit a new restaurant, check out some live music or participate in a local event like Rails in the Rockies or the Mountaintop Matrimony. The best part is there is always something close to home as well as a short, scenic drive away, without having to leave the mountains and head into the city and its traffic. Another sure way to improve your

mood is to rescue a dog from a local shelter like Summit Dog Rescue serving Boulder County and Charlie’s Place serving Clear Creek and Gilpin counties. Having a pet can help improve mild or moderate depression in many people. Nothing beats the love and companionship offered by a shelter dog. Sometimes depression can be much more serious than a simple case of Seasonal Affective Disorder. The following signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves. • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live. • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain. • Talking about being a burden to others. • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs. • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly. • Sleeping too little or too much. • Withdrawing or isolating themselves. • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge. • Displaying extreme mood swings. If you or someone you know are having thoughts about suicide, call 800-2738255. In the Denver area, you may also call Metro Crisis Services 888-885-1222. 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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February 1

February 12

Cabin Fever Festival

Lincoln: A Special Film Screening

Winter Sub-alpine Ecology & Cross-country Ski Adventure

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February 23

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike

Cheese Making Class

The Colorado State University Extension of Gilpin County presents the free Cabin Fever Festival, Feb. 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Gilpin Community Center. There are activities for the whole family and it is perfect opportunity to get out of the house before the Big Game. Participate in activities like animal snow track identification, winter bird identification and feeding, getting un-lost in the Colorado winter, kids crafts and activities (wool bouncy balls, snow people masks, weaving and mug mats, feeding the birds), beginner snowshoeing, winter fitness, snow yoga, nature journaling and more. Be sure to bring mittens, a hat and snow pants to create snow sculptures. Visit for more information.

February 3

CASA of Jeffco/Gilpin Volunteer Training

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties is growing, but continues to have a strong need for dedicated community members to become a voice for abused or neglected children in court. The next CASA of Jeffco/Gilpin volunteer training is Feb. 3. The training course includes approximately 19 hours of online class assignments and 19 hours of classroom training. All in-person sessions will be held at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, in Golden. Previous experience is not necessary, just compassion for children and the desire to make a difference in our community. For more information contact Susan Manfredi at 303-271-6537 or e-mail

February 8

Head Over Heels in Chocolates Class

Learn to make airbrushed molded chocolates with a white chocolate passion fruit caramel filling and dark chocolate Grand Marnier truffles at this Lyons Farmette class, Feb. 8, from 1-3 p.m. No experience is necessary, just a love of chocolates. The class is taught by Dorian O’Connel, an award wining chef and instructor. Participants get to take home a bag of chocolate treats to share their creations. For more information or to RSVP (payment is required to reserve a space), e-mail

February 9

Fun, No Fear, Mixed Media Surprise Painting

This art class with Dee Hampton at the Art Center of Estes Park, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m.4:30 p.m., is an opportunity to try out collage, paint, stencils to make texture, attach three-dimensional objects and learn how to develop a theme in a fun, supportive environment. One of the “surprise” elements is the surface participants will work on: a record album cover that can be hung up as a painting or used as a unique filing system. There are more “surprises” to help stimulate creative ideas including picking a “surprise” package that will contain 3-D objects and collage materials to use plus a word to use as a theme. Visit or call 970-586-5882 to learn more.

Wildlife in Winter Hike

Join volunteer naturalists, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., for a hike in the high country at Caribou Ranch Open Space to learn about the many ways that wildlife survives winter in the Rocky Mountains. Participants will talk about hibernation, dormancy, migration, and various strategies for animals that are active all winter long. They will also look for signs of wildlife activity, including tracks, scat, and browse marks on trees. Everyone is asked to bring drinking water, and clothing and boots suitable for a moderate two-mile hike in snowy, cold and windy weather. Ski or hiking poles are also recommended due to icy trail conditions. Visit for more information.

In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, there is a special screening of the film Lincoln, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hondius Room at the Estes Valley Library. Set amid the dark days of the Civil War, the President fights with many inside his own cabinet on his decision to emancipate the slaves. The film earned Daniel Day-Lewis a best actor award for his portrayal of the iconic leader. For more information, call 970-586-8116 or visit www.

The Clear Creek Metro Recreation District sponsors a full moon snowshoe hike to Echo Lake, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. The event is free to attend, but participants are asked to sign up at in advance at the Clear Creek Recreation Center or by calling 303-567-4822. Snowshoe rentals are available at the recreation center, Exit 240 Ski Shop in Idaho Springs and Black Diamond and Cycle in Georgetown. Meet at the trailhead on Colo. 103, about 13 miles from Idaho Springs. Catch a ride in the CCMRD van from the recreation center at 6:20 p.m. Visit www. or call 303-567-4822 for more information.

February 14

Underhill Museum Valentine’s Day Party

The Historical Society of Idaho Springs invites the public to the Underhill Museum in Idaho Springs, Feb. 14, at 5 p.m., for a free Valentine’s Day Celebration featuring delicious food, wine, music and an unforgettable Valentine’s Day bake sale. John “Fiddler” Wilson will perform at 6 p.m. The museum is located at 1416 Miner Street. Call at 303567-4709 with any questions or visit to learn more.

February 15

New Belgium Scavenge at Arapahoe Basin

The infamous on-mountain Colorado Scavenger Hunt, benefitting the High Country Conservation Center, is coming to Arapahoe Basin, Feb. 15. This is a day to don your best costume, chase chickens, search for bigfoot and answer some ridiculous riddles all while skiing, raising money for the HC3, and bonding with your friends. Get a buddy or three, bring $10 per person and your ski pass (or purchase a lift ticket) and join the fleet of New Belgium and Arapahoe Basin characters on the slopes . Registration is from 9-10 a.m. in the base area. The hunt takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and a Post-Hunt Celebration including prizes from the New Belgium Brewery and a chance to win Rocky Mountain Underground Skis and an Arapahoe Basin Season Pass is from 3-5 p.m.

This Rocky Mountain Nature Association seminar combines leisurely cross-country skiing (with ski instruction) and educational discussions about the winter world, Feb. 22, in Rocky Mountain National Park. Participants will get to ski and experience educational discussions about the winter world of botany, birds, mammals, geology and weather in the national park. A light snack and extra water will be provided by the instructor. Learn more at

The Lyons Farmette’s cheese making class, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., features discussions on the broad spectrum of cheese from fresh to aged, stinky to mild and bloomy to washed rind and will focus on making cheeses that are easily made in the home specifically mozzarella and ricotta, as well as pairings for cheese. Hilary Van Dusen made artisanal goat cheese for Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy for three years and worked primarily with the raw milk cheeses, which have won several awards at the American Cheese Society and World Cheese Competition. If you have questions of would like to RSVP, e-mail Payment is required to reserve a space in this class.

February 25

Coal Creek Canyon Flood Support Fair

Colorado Spirit, which offers flood support for Jefferson and Clear Creek counties, hosts an informal open house, Feb. 25, from 6-8 p.m., where residents can find out anything they’ve been wanting to know that is flood-related. Among others, representatives from the Office of Emergency Management and CDOT as well as local experts on spring runoff issues will attend. There will also be tetanus shots and opportunities available to help others. Contact the Colorado Spirit Flood Support Team for questions and event requests at 720-470-0829 or

February 28

Fireman’s Fire Hose Relay

February 22-23

Fire departments from across Colorado team up to participate in a unique slalom-style event, Feb. 28, at the 8th Annual Arapahoe Basin Fireman’s Fire Hose Relay to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Teams of five firefighters race down a 15-gate slalom course while holding on to 50 feet of fire hose. And you can’t miss them since all participants have to dress in their bunker jacket and fire helmet. So come out to cheer on these awesome men and women as they raise money to benefit the Burn Camps Program at The Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Contact Clint Cator at 303-405-2891 if interested in racing or donating.

Hunter Education Course - Lyons

March 1

Colorado Parks and Wildlife are offering a Hunter Education Course, needed to qualify for a Colorado Hunter Education Certificate, Feb. 22 and 23, at the Walter Self Center, 335 Railroad Ave., in Lyons. Hunter education cards will be awarded to students upon successful completion of the course, which includes attending all class sessions and passing a written test and live fire. Rifles and ammunition for the live fire will be provided and no personal firearms are allowed. Classes are held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. Preregister or find out more information at or call 303-297-1192.

Watercolors & Lunch

The Black Bear Inn in Lyons hosts popular teacher and award-winning Colorado artist Trish Murtha for a special Watercaolors & Lunch event, March 1, at 10 a.m. The class includes instruction, demos and Colorado’s best German food. There is limited enrollment in each workshop, which are guaranteed to be delicious and fun. To find more information and register, visit

Annual park pass celebrates 100th anniversary ESTES PARK The 2014 annual pass for Rocky Mountain National Park, which turns 100 years old in 2015, features its 100th Anniversary logo and a pika, one of the park’s most popular residents that relies on the protected tundra for survival. The pass, which will be issued throughout 2014, is a fun way to commemorate the park’s Centennial, which kicks off this year on Sept. 4. An annual pass to the park is a great purchase for anyone who enjoys visiting the park or would like to visit more often. Pass holders are able to enjoy all the beauty and adventure the park has to offer during all seasons, and the park benefits greatly from the purchase. From enjoying breathtaking scenery to hiking, viewing wildlife and wildflowers to snowshoeing, the park has something to offer everyone,

depending on their interests and what season they visit. In the past 16 years, over $60 million from fees has been spent on campground improvements, new restrooms, trail maintenance, an updated park film, enhanced trailhead bulletin boards, critical hazard tree mitigation and much, much more. Fees at the park have added approximately 30 percent to the park’s annual budget for important repairs, renovations, improvements, and resource restoration. Park staff sell approximately 32,000 annual passes a year. The annual pass is $40 and can be purchased at any park entrance station, or by calling (970) 586-1206. For general information about Rocky Mountain National Park, contact the park’s information office at 970-586-1206 or visit www.

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Stanley Hotel

All About Chocolate and the Cacao Plant – Aromatherapy Institute of Colorado

The Power of the Dream CASA Fundraiser – The Lodge at Sunspot

February 2 Super Bowl Party w/Free Buffet – Pioneer Inn Super Bowl Party Potluck w/Free Food, Swag and Jello Shots – Mothers Saloon Super Bowl Party w/Potluck, Chili Cook-off and Poker Tournament – Outlaw Saloon All-you-can-eat Buffet, Taco and Sloppy Joe Bar – First Street Pub & Grill

February 3 Lovin’ Cup Community Kitchen – Deli at 8236’ February 4 Soup Night – The Old Gallery February 7-8 Great Roads to Great Chefs: Chef Alec Schuler – Stanley Hotel

February 8 Chocolates Class – Lyons Farmette February 13 Friends Soup – John Tomay Memorial Library February 14 One Door Down Event No. 7 – Two Brothers Deli/One Door Down

February 14-15 Valentine’s Day Lobster Dinner – Sundance Café Aphrodisiac Dinner & Wine Pairing – Stage Stop Valentine’s Day Dinner – Peck House February 15 Valentine’s Pancake Breakfast – CCCIA Hall Moonlight Dinners: A Night in Spain – Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

February 16 Pie Making w/Dawn Dennison – Lyons Farmette February 17 Lovin’ Cup Community Kitchen – Deli at 8236’ February 20 Community Cupboard Food Bank – The Old Gallery Dinner with an Author – Two Brothers/One Door Down February 21 One Door Down Event No. 8 – Two Brothers Deli/One Door Down

February 21-22 Great Roads to Great Chefs: Chefs Orlando Benavidez & Drew Hardin – Stanley Hotel February 23 Cheese Making Class – Lyons Farmette Nederland Food Pantry ‘Stone Soup’ Fundraiser – Nederland Community Center

February 28-March 1 Great Roads to Great Chefs: Chef Geoff Rhyn – Stanley Hotel

WEEKLY FOOD Sunday Service Industry Sunday – Stage Stop

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FOOD & DRINK – restaurants, cafés, bars, breweries and more

Troia’s Café offers friendly atmosphere, great food

By Jennifer Pund a family favorite. “When I would have friends over, their first NEDERLAND question was always if mom was making that 30-pound lasahere is nothing like a big bowl of noodles or a plate over- gna. I can now hold down the kitchen and carry on the family flowing with lasagna and garlic bread especially on a traditional recipes,” Tracy said. cold evening or a romantic night out. Voted the The pair say their food is made “Best Place to Take a Date in Clear Creek County,” with the most important ingredient, Troia’s Cafe and Marketplace, 511 Rose Street, in love. Enjoy handmade meatballs or Georgetown has you covered with fresh, homemade in-house ground and stuffed saufood using 100-year-old family recipes. sage with any of their family sauces Tracy Troia always wanted a restaurant, and she like alfredo, marinara or vodka knew her mom, Terry, dreamed of a small place as sauce accompanied with a favorite well. When the opportunity presented itself, she soup or salad dressing. All items jumped. Tracy called Terry in Nebraska, who has over can be picked up at the marketplace, 40 years of back-of-the-house experience, saying, “I meat by the pound, meatballs by could burn water without the dozen, sauces by the pint, quart, you.” Within two weeks Terhalf-gallon or gallon and soups and ry was in Colorado on a one dressings by the pint. way ticket with a backpack “We have a lot of favorites Terry and armed with her late hussays, “but the Troia’s Traditional band’s proud Sicilian famShrimp Scampi served on Friday ily’s recipes and desserts she nights along with the prime rib speTroia’s Café and Markethad collected over the years. cial or the eggplant Parmesan” are place in Georgetown “With Tracy’s background always a hit. and mine in the kitchen, we Valentine’s Day at Troia’s Café and Marketplace offers a spewere able to put together a fine little dinning establishment,” cial menu and live music by Jim Stahlhut on Feb. 14-15, so be Terry said. The mom and daughter eatery has developed a repu- sure to call ahead to make reservations. The restaurant is open tation for its friendly and inviting atmosphere. Tracy credits her Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and occasionally on Sundays. mom with being a leader, mentor and coach, without whom Troia’s is truly “a house of friends” and a great choice to get out she “couldn’t have done it.” Terry’s cooking has always been of the cold, out of the traffic, or just out for a relaxing evening.


Valentine’s Day dining options abound in high-country By George Watson FRONT RANGE What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than dining out in style? Make your Valentine’s Day perfect with a romantic meal at a mountain restaurant in Clear Creek County or along the Peak to Peak. Many high-country restaurants host special Valentine’s Day meals but a few stand out for their Valentine’s Day offerings and romantic atmosphere. Reservations are required for most Valentine’s Day events, so plan ahead. The historic Peak House in Empire is open on Valentine’s Day and will serve its regular menu and “some great specials.” Dinner is from 3-10 p.m. In Idaho Springs, Two Brothers Deli is hosting a One Door Down event with live


music from Gary Jorgensen and Claudia Cupp on Feb. 14. The special fixed-price menu features wild mushroom puff, crab claw bisque, jumbo sea scallops, tournedos béarnaise, stuffed pork tenderloin and more. The Black Forest Restaurant in Nederland is offering wild game and fowl, west central Australian lobster tail and a full German-American menu on Valentine’s Day. The restaurant also provides complimentary chocolates and roses for the ladies. Kenny Succanano will be performing live on piano. Also in Nederland, the Sundance Café celebrates Valentine’s Day with a surf and turf special featuring a fresh 1 1/2 lb. Maine lobster and tender filet mignon. Special sides include crab cake appetizers, homemade clam chowder, and strawberry cheesecake for dessert. The restaurant is accepting reservations for both Feb. 14 and 15. A special four-course “aphrodisiac din-

ner” and wine pairing takes place at the Stage Stop in Rollinsville, Feb. 14. Boulder’s ISSOVEE will also perform. Although still recovering from the flood, the Lyons Fork will be open for Valentine’s Day for a special dinner. It will be a reservation-only evening (Feb. 10 deadline), and all entrée choices, including miso-glazed trout and flatiron steak, will need to be given with the reservation. There will be seatings available from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Also in recovery mode, the Black Bear Inn is taking advance reservations for Valentine’s Day dining. As usual, the Stanley Hotel is offering romantic getaway packages and a special menu in the Cascades Restaurant for Valentine’s Day dinner. It is usually a very romantic night at the Stanley Hotel and many proposals are made in the romantic setting on Feb. 14.

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Fresh pie found all along Peak to Peak By Geroge Watson PEAK TO PEAK It can be sweet, or savory, topped or filled, bite size or large enough to feed a family, Pie is an American staple and a favorite to many Peak to Peak visitors. Luckilly, fresh, home-made pie can be found in numerous locations in the area. The Estes Park Pie Shop & Bakery, 509 Big Thompson Ave., was founded in 2008 when Valerie and Rick Thompson fulfilled a life-long dream to own and operate a working bakery and pie shop in Estes Park. It’s well known that it is hard to beat this duo when it comes to freshly-baked pies, mouth-watering cinnamon rolls, beautiful breads, scones, cookies, and brownies. Recently, AAA Encompass Magazine featured Estes Park Pie Shop & Bakery in an article about the best places in Colorado to enjoy a slice of pie. Stop in to the bakery and watch their family of bakers in the open kitchen making pie daily. Just down the canyon is the original Colorado Cherry Company, 1024 W. U.S. 34, a fourth generation, family-owned and operated business. They pride themselves on providing the most delicious ciders, jams and preserves, syrups and condiments and claim their “cherry pie is the best, just like Grandma Lehnert used to bake.” Their Pecan pie is packed with nuts, but the special touch is the pile of pecan praline that is heaped on top and then placed back in the oven until done. The St. Vrain Market, Deli & Bakery, 455 Main Street, in Lyons offers homemade pies that are baked on-site from scratch with fresh ingredients. The market is a warm, welcoming downtown Lyons, eating and shopping destination that provides groceries, fresh produce, deli and lunch counter and of course, pie. Try the apple or blueberry or cherry or pecan. DeeDee Downing grew up in Coal Creek, and has been making pies at Wondervu Cafe, 33492 Colo. 72, in Coal Creek Canyon for over 25 years. Currently in her 80s she had perfected mak-

ing crust at 8,888 feet above sea level. She often produces over 15 pies at a time, and all are made the “old fashioned way” and filled to order. Prepared by hand, Wondervu owner Adiline Ortize says, “DeeDee’s crust is just different. You’ll never have a piece like one of her pies. The popular apple-walnut isn’t full of sugar, it’s all just pure fruit, that’s what makes it so good.” Lewis Sweet Shop, 208 East Park Ave, in Empire is a little sweet shop that has everything from chocolatecovered bacon to burritos and fried green beans. This unique eatery serves up some of the region’s best made pies. Bernie and Peggy Hubner, owners since 2005, have kept all of the original recipes and traditions intact. With free ice cream for dogs, book swaps for travelers, live music on weekends, snowboards for seats and great pie, this is a one-of-a-kind find that makes you feel right at home as soon as you walk in. Also, when in Empire, check out Jenny’s Restaurant for more pie options. Blue Owl Books and Dot’s Diner on the Mountain, both in Nederland, also offer their own selection of pies that change often and sell out quickly.

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Stanley brings nation’s most promising chefs to historic hotel ESTES PARK The Stanley Hotel created a new culinary series, Great Roads to Great Chefs, featuring the nation’s most promising chefs at Table, the hotel’s new restaurant in The Lodge. A portion of the revenue from the 16-weekend series will benefit victims of the 2013 flood. At each event, the featured chef will prepare a five-course meal, with wine pairings, plus reception for a very limited group of 20 guests per night. Dinner is $100 per person. On Feb. 1, Chef Ian Kleinman will be the featured guest chef. From the Denver-based Inventing Room, Kleinman is truly a scientist among chefs. Molecular gastronomy, his focus, is found where food meets science. Diners describe his meals as nothing short of magic The following weekend, Feb. 7 and 8, Chef Alec Schuler takes over in the kitchen. Extensive world travels have strongly influenced Schuler’s outlook on world cuisines. He is always mindful of the importance of a wholesome and healthy diet and his nutrition-oriented culinary training and lifestyle fits his restaurants, Arugula Bar e Ristorante and Tangerine. Chefs Drew Hardin and Orlando Benavidez of Lola Denver are the guests



on Feb. 21 and 22. Hardin, known for his work at the Palace Arms, Vesta Dipping Grill, Steuben’s and Deluxe has made a name for himself around the Denver area. A graduate of Denver’s Art Institute, Hardin currently serves as Executive Chef at Denver’s Lola and has a knack for creative spins on classic Mexican dishes. After steering away from a budding art career, Benavidez pushed his passions towards a culinary-based future. After earning a BA in Culinary Arts at the Arizona Culinary Institute, his path look him from New Mexico to Colorado, then to Las Vegas. He eventually ended up in Beaver Creek at the Hyatt Resort and Spa and finally worked for venerable chefs like Kevin Taylor and Richard Sandoval. On Feb. 28 and March 1, Chef Geoff Rhyne will be in the kitchen. The chef’s extensive culinary experience and recognition have taken him far away from his Southern home to some of the world’s greatest kitchens. In late 2012, however, he returned to his roots and launched seafood-focused The Ordinary as chef de cuisine in South Carolina. The series continues most weekends until mid-April. For reservations, call 970-577-4160 or book online at www.

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Lyons’ celebrated Black Bear Inn builds on decades of culinary history By Jennifer Pund LYONS Following a short closing thanks to damage and an unstable hillside from the September 2013 floods, Lyons’ venerable Black Bear Inn is open and taking reservations. Diners seeking traditional German fair, what most folks know and love about the destination restaurant, won’t be disappointed with items like sauerbraten, spaetzle and red cabbage, wiener schnitzel and the Alpine spaetzle “everyone loves.” New menu items, including more affordable options, are now available as well. Like many business owners in Lyons, reopening the Black Bear Inn has been difficult, but an important priority for the Wyppler family owners. “We love Lyons, it’s our home.” Caroline Riepler, daughter and marketing manager said. “We love the people, and even more so now. It’s so heartwarming. The community is strong and we are all pulling together. The networking has been wonderful and we are just so happy to be a part of Lyons.” The restaurant re-opened in mid-January to a packed house of 70 diners. “Unfortunately, we had to turn people away because we only had so much fresh food ordered.” Riepler explained. “Everyone coming in is helping us get back on our feet. Without our guests, we can not make it.” Riepler is not only referring to the

$30,000 of extensive damages the building suffered in the wake of the flood not covered by FEMA, but also surmounting medical expenses the family faces from illnesses and medical issues that have required hospital visits for both of Riepler’s parents since the flood. “My parents are in their 70s and they never thought this would happen to them,” Riepler explained. “My sister Sonya is the chef since my dad had a stroke and I am the all-round lady helping my mom with marketing and sales, and anything else that needs to be done. We are helping our dear parents get back on their feet again as best as we can.” Riepler’s mother Annalies met Hans Wyppler in Houston, TX while working to open the renowned Hotel America in 1962. She had a hospitality education and he was a master chef from Germany. They made a perfect pair. After marrying in Denver and gaining experience at Broadmoor Colorado Springs and the Denver Country Club,

Black Bear Inn in Lyons has been a popular destination restaurant since 1977.

Hans founded Black Bear Inn in 1977. Using Annalies’ hospitality sense, they “made it happen.” The restaurant is now open from 5-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, and for lunch from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are requested, if possible, to be sure they have everything patrons want. “We are where strangers are friends and friends are family, so we really don’t like turning anyone away, especially when driving a long distance to get to us.” Riepler says. “The Black Bear Inn strives to accommodate everyone and reservations help us prepare for the correct amount of guests per night.” Aside from the traditional fare, the Black Bear Inn has introduced new spe-




Lunch Buffet – Peaceful Valley Ranch Champagne Brunch – The Other Side Sunday Brunch Buffet w/Amanda Valley – Waterfront Grille @ Estes Park Resort

Monday NAS Lunch – Nederland Community Center Dinner Special – First Street Pub Pastor’s Pantry Food Distribution – Whispering Pines Church

Tuesday Taco Tuesday – Mothers Saloon Wednesday Burger Madness – Sundance Café NAS Lunch – Nederland Community Center Pastor’s Pantry Food Distribution – Whispering Pines Church Thursday Breakfast for Dinner – Sundance Café

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cials to please anyone. From the Colorado beef hamburger and flatiron steak to the mushroom risotto balls, the prices are just as refreshing as the new flavors. With a large dining room, banquet space, three meeting rooms, bar and large master chef’s kitchen, the Black Bear Inn is able to host all types of events like business meetings, weddings, anniversaries, graduation parties, craft workshops, church retreats, family reunions and more. The Black Bear Inn is open on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, with a special holiday menu including fried brie cheese, mushroom risotto balls and spinach dip appetizers and surf ‘n’ turf, salmon, chicken, steak and wiener schnitzel entrées. Desserts include chocolate taco, apple strudel and cream caramel. Potato-mushroom soup and salads are also on the menu. Reservation are required. The Black Bear Inn also hopes to offer more special events like its Watercolors & Lunch, March 1. The afternoon workshop features popular teacher and award-winning Colorado artist Trish Murtha. Participants learn to paint and enjoy great-tasting German food. Contact the Black Bear Inn, 42 E. Main St., at 303-823-6812 or find them online at and on Facebook for more information or to make reservations for dinner and special events. Continued from page 4

Friday Friday Night Supper – Coal Creek Coffee Pastor’s Pantry Food Distribution – Whispering Pines Church Burger Madness – Lyons Dairy Bar Saturday Food Pantry – Nederland Community Center Tacos ‘n’ Tunes – Blue Owl Books

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Pinball arcades provide mountain residents place to learn game, test skills By Jennifer Pund FRONT RANGE ou don’t have to be a wizard or know the difference between a bumper and a kicker to find fun bouncing a steel ball around a brightly lit playing field. Pinball can be a game of chance for the newcomer or a game of skill worthy of tournaments and championships. Either way, the experience is enjoyable. Fans of all ages and backgrounds can be found across the Front Range pulling plungers and flipping flippers. Pinball was outlawed in most of the country in the early 1940s, seen as a game of chance and therefore a form of gambling. Pinball remained illegal in Los Angeles until 1974 and in New York City until 1976. At the time, the games were commonly used in Hollywood films to depict characters as being rebels. A symbol of youth and rebellion, Fonzy was often shown playing pinball on the TV show Happy Days. By 1979, the pinball industry reached a peak of 200,000 machine sales and $2.3 billion in revenue before a steady decline in popularity thanks to video games. Today, pinball is again gaining in popularity. A major indicator of this are the numerous pinball and video arcades opening across Colorado and the Jersey Jack Pinball, Inc, release of the Wizard of Oz machine in 2013. It is the first pinball machine with an LCD screen, the first wide body machine since 1994 and the first new pinball machine not manufactured by the well known, Stern Pinball, since 2001. “Easily Wizard of Oz has to be our most popular game right now,” said Cory McGill owner of Flipper McGills, 1600 Miner Street, in Idaho Springs. “it has an amazing


Lyons Classic Pinball Owner Kevin Carroll plays a recently released machine.

Flipper McGill’s Owner Cory McGill examines the new Wizard of Oz pinball machine.

light and video show and looks unlike any pinball ever made. I’m really enjoying it – it’s super high tech.” Flipper McGills recently moved after waiting for an available restaurant space large enough to house the arcade. It turned out to be right across the street from its original location and reception from the town has been positive and supportive of the combination arcade, restaurant and bar. “Business has been great. We have some slow times, like any mountain town, but overall it has been amazing.” McGill said. McGill started really playing the game in the 1990s after being shown by a friend how to play “a little bit better.” He didn’t start collecting machines until 2006 “and it

has spiraled out of control since.” Of the 30 machines in McGill’s collection, he keeps only about 18 machines on location at the arcade at one time. Novice players are encouraged to play at Flipper McGill’s. Not only is it a great place to learn the ins and outs of any particular game and hone your skills, it’s also a friendly atmosphere to teach kids and new players the excitement of multiball. McGill’s best advice for new players is to learn the rules and know what you are shooting for to gain the most points instead of just bouncing the ball around. To the north, Lyons Classic Pinball, owned and operated by husband and wife team Kevin and Carole Carroll, is not only an arcade, but a museum for all things pinball. Embarking on the 11th year in business, the arcade is located at 339-A Main Street in Lyons and open four days a week, Thursday-Sunday. Players and spectators can pick from a collection of over 100 machines starting from the 1960s to present day to play once for fun, or all day for practice. All varieties are represented at Lyons

Trek to Saint Mary’s Glacier, James Peak popular winter destination

snowfield ultimately tapers into a narrow gulch where the trail the winter, skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers make their leads to the edge of a large tundra flat. James Peak and Mount way to the glacier to get away from resort crowds or do some Bancroft dominate the view on the western horizon, while backcountry skiing. Grays Peak and Torreys Peak stand out to the south. The trail begins on a rocky forest road heading northwest. Even though the trail temporarily is easy going over the flat Stay left of all offshoot trails and within the clear property lines area, only experienced winter mountaineers should consider on each side of the trail. Rising quickly continuing west on toward James Peak. through a high subalpine forest, the trail The trail moves quickly through an excrosses a bridge spanning the outlet of St panding landscape to the base of James Mary’s Lake and through bristlecone pine. Peak, where it turns south and steepens up The trail is not always clear, but it generits east face and meets the Continental Dially follows the Northeast shore of the lake vide Trail leading to the summit. toward the St. Mary’s Glacier snow field. It Remember, it’s imperative that visitors soon heads through dense willows until it respect private land and pass through with reaches the north shore just below the glaminimal noise and impact. Visitors must cier. Depending when you go, navigating stay on the designated path, and not wanthe glacier can range from easy to difficult. der onto private land. Dogs are permitted, In winter, those with proper gear climb Saint Mary’s Glacier Trailhead but must be leashed, especially when passthe snowfield for recreational purposes ing by private property. or to enjoy a spectacular view. Otherwise, depending on the Also, before heading into the backcountry, be prepared for all amount of snow coverage, the trail continues up the north side types of weather and be certain of conditions. Always contact of the glacier over rocks and soil pushed to its margins by the the Colorado Avalanche Information Center at avalanche.state. annual size changes of the snow mass. Footing can be difficult, to assess the avalanche danger before you head and depending on the size of the glacier, walking directly on into any backcountry location. This area is not recommended for the glacier may be necessary to explore its upper areas. The families with children; it requires sound mountaineering skills. Continued from page 1

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Lyons Classic Pinball features a wide range of vintage and modern games.

Photos by Jeffrey V. Smith

Classic Pinball including the most popular game of all time The Addams Family, created in 1992, and the more popular Joust, a two-player head-to-head pinball game. “If I could only have one game, it would be the one that got me into the hobby, KISS,” created by Bally in 1978, Carroll said, “but I love many games and hope never to have to make that choice.” For the more competitive player, Lyons Classic Pinball holds tournaments every third Thursday each month as well as the Mile High Pinball League 10-week league. These competitions are open to all abilities and are endorsed by the International Flipper Pinball Association. All competitors earn World Pinball Player ranking points. Players from all over the world will descend on Lyons this May to participate in the Professional & Amateur Pinball Association Special Annual Tourney. For those starting out, Kevin offers that most games have a skill shot. He reminds players that “it’s fun to just randomly beat the ball around and try not to let it go down the drain, but there is a real game going on as well. When you gain skills and get better at it, that’s when the addiction begins.” The Carrolls suggest when you stop by to ask for a few pointers or basics. They are always happy to help covert a new pinhead. When traveling between Georgetown and Estes Park, stop along the way to enjoy a variety of single games at Mother’s Saloon in Georgetown; Easy Street Casino in Central City; Roy’s Last Shot and Dory Hill Campground in Gilpin County; the Pioneer Inn, Very Nice Brewing and Backcountry Pizza in Nederland; Bob & Tony’s Pizza, Estes Park Brewery, Chippers Lane, Lonigans and the Wheel Bar in Estes Park; and Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons. FLIPPER MCGILL’S Exit 216 Interstate 70, Georgetown • 303-567-2235 LYONS CLASSIC PINBALL 339-A Main St., Lyons • 303-823-6100

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Cabin Fever Festival – Gilpin County Community Center Estes Park Anime Club – Estes Valley Library Winter Subalpine Ecology & Cross Country Ski Adventure – Rocky Mountain Nature Association Imbolc Awakenings – The StarHouse Disco Skate Night – Winter Park Resort “Soft Launch” Pre-Opening Party – Lyons Love February 2 Super Bowl Party – Very Nice Brewing Super Bowl Party – Pioneer Inn Super Bowl Party – Mothers Saloon Super Bowl Party – Outlaw Saloon February 3 Estes Park Car Club – US Bank February 4 Trail Trekkers Mini Adventure Series, Estes Park Anime Club – Estes Valley Library Snowshoe Club Hike: Grizzly Gulch – Clear Creek Recreation

February 5 Estes Valley Model Railroaders – Estes Valley Library Nighthawks Race #3 – Eldora Mountain Resort February 6 Outdoor Divas Demo Day – Loveland Ski Area February 7-8 Marc Ryan – Bonkerz Comedy Club @ Mardi Gras Casino February 7-9 26th Annual Wheel Bar Bowling Invitational Team Tournament – Chipper’s Lanes February 8 Game Night – CCCIA Hall Pints & Poses – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Perfumes for Wellness – Aromatherapy Institute of Colorado Winter Ecology: A Snowshoeing Trek for Kids & Families – Rocky Mountain Nature Association Ice Racing: Studs & Cheaters – Georgetown Lake 12th Annual Beacon Bowl and Après Ski Party – Arapahoe Basin

Ranch 2 Ranch XC Ski Trek – Fraser to Granby Trail February 8-9 Total Mountain Climbing – Estes Valley Library February 9 Wildlife in Winter Hike – Caribou Ranch Open Space Fund Raising Clothes Swap – Lyons Farmette Bent Gate Demo Day – Loveland Ski Area Ice Racing: Bare Rubber, Kids Race – Georgetown Lake February 10 Estes Valley Quilt Guild, Garden Club – Estes Valley Library February 11 Aviation Club, Estes Park Anime Club – Estes Valley Library February 12 Ski With a Ranger Day – Loveland Ski Area Nighthawks Race #4 – Eldora Mountain Resort February 13 Trail Trekkers Mini Adventure Series, Estes Park Equestrian Club, Estes Park Genealogical Society – Estes Valley Library

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February 1 Tomer Benvenisti – Bonkerz Comedy Club @ Mardi



MOUNTAIN CULTURE – high-country living and activities

State’s model railroaders come together in Estes Park By Jeffrey V Smith FRONT RANGE ith 16,000 square feet of train layouts in all scales and gauges, expert modeling, modeling clinics for adults and children of all ages, and children’s interactive layouts and activities, there is something for everyone at the 17th Annual Rails in the Rockies Model Railroad Show in Estes Park, Feb. 15-16. Organized by the Estes Valley Model Railroaders, these working exhibits include models of trains from many regions of the United States as well as selected models of British railroads, all of which have been crafted in detail by dedicated model railroaders from all over Colorado. Children will enjoy the “Kids Layout” where they can actually operate model trains themselves. In addition to the numerous layouts, this year’s event features over 40 vendors of model railroad items. The show takes place at the Estes Park Conference Center adjacent to the Rocky Mountain Park Inn on Colo. 7 in Estes Park. On Saturday, it runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday admission is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $5 per adult and children 12 and under are free. There is also a special family rate of $20. Free parking is available on site. The Estes Valley Model Railroaders “promote teamwork and fellowship among members to stimulate, foster, and encourage the art and craft of model railroading.” It also was cre-


Exhibits include models of trains from many regions of the U.S. The “Kids Layout” (above) allows children to operate model trains themselves.

ated to “increase members’ knowledge and appreciation of the history, current events, and practices of prototype railroading” and to “promote model railroading as a hobby for both youth and adults in Estes Park and the surrounding area.” The group is open to new members and meets in the Hondius Room of the Estes Park Public Library once a month from 6:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m. Upcoming meetings are Feb. 5, March 5 and April 2. For additional information contact info@railsintherockies. org or visit

Loveland hosts Mountaintop Matrimony mass wedding GEORGETOWN The Marry Me & Ski Free Mountaintop Matrimony ceremony, held on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, is one of Loveland Ski Area’s most popular events of the season. Now in its 23rd year, the annual tradition has been a favorite for couples getting married or renewing their vows in a mountaintop winter setting. The ceremony is a mass wedding done for all couples at the same time at noon and lasts approximately 30 minutes. The event takes place outside the Ptarmagin Roost Cabin, elevation 12,050 feet. At the conclusion of the ceremony, all participants and guests ski or snowboard down the


The annual Marry Me & Ski For Free Mountaintop Matrimony is one of Loveland Ski Area’s most popular events.

mountain for a casual after party with cake, music and prizes. The after party begins at 1:30 p.m. at the base of Loveland Basin.

Participating couples that complete an online pre-registration form are eligible for $61 two-for-one lift tickets the day of the event. Pre-registered couples will also be eligible to purchase lunch vouchers for $10. Complimentary wedding cake, raffle tickets and beer coupons are also be available. Couples getting married are required to obtain a valid Colorado marriage license and need to bring it with them to the ceremony to be signed. Couples are also encouraged to dress in appropriate “ski-wedding” attire for the best dressed couple prize. Visit for more information and to pre-register.

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Lotions, potions made with local ‘healing water’ By Jeffrey V. Smith PEAK TO PEAK Some of the purest spring water on Earth, so they say, flows from a plastic pipe on “Uncle Charlie’s Ranch” on Gilpin County Road 15S near the former mining town of Wideawake. Those that drink and bathe in the water believe it makes them healthier and devotees say it can ward off everything from aches and pains to cancer. These purported healing properties, along with other natural, healthy ingredients, are available in a wide range of lotions and potions from massage therapist Sandy McMannis. Red Rose Lotions and Potions is an organic therapeutic grade healing lotions and creams company McMannis started about six years ago. “I originally starting making lotions by just adding essential oils to my massage cream to help my clients stay healthy and not back slide in between sessions,” she said. “I make all the lotions and creams and also have bath salts.” All the Red Rose products are organic and made with the purest ingredients available. McMannis’ focus is helping people keep their body in as good a shape as possible. “When you feel good,” she said, “it gives you a better life experience and helps us be happier in our lives. McMannis has been a massage therapist for the past 29 years. She took her first

class in polarity therapy in 1975. Her past experiences are teaching home economics in the public schools after college, owning and running a natural foods restaurant and massage therapist. She has also studied aromatherapy for 24 years and practices another healing art called Jin Shin Jyutsu. The massage therapist was introduced to Charlie’s Healing Water several years ago by her friend Jan Bishop. “I believe it to be an amazing healer. It is very hydrating and makes a wonderful product which is healing and hydrating. It helps the products leave a watery feeling on the skin rather than an oily finish,” McMannis said. “I love making the creams and lotions and see what turns up next to make,” McMannis said. “Sometimes people request things or needs arise and I get interested in something new that will help a certain issue. As we age requirements change as our bodies need different healings. It’s fun and interesting and I love meeting people and helping other’s journeys to wellness. It’s a real blessing for me.” Red Rose Lotions and Potions are available in the Mountain People’s Co-op in Nederland, the Boulder Farmers Market and Red Rose parties in homes. Learn more and order online at Learn about Charlie’s Healing Water at

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MOUNTAIN CULTURE Home-grown Frozen Dead Guy Days festival returns for 13th year «

Nederland to celebrate, and participate in, FDGD. All this takes place amid free music from popular local and touring acts. The area’s “most frigid festival” features events like coffin races, costumed polar plunge, ice turkey bowling, frozen T-shirt contest, brain freeze contests and more. “The Parade is going to be back this year,” McDonald says, “ with a $300 prize for Best Decorated Hearse and Coffin Race Team.” Sign up online to be a VIP and guarantee your bottomless cup of spirits and beer, commemorative shirt, pint glass, free entry into all charged events along with a catered lunch and access to the VIP bus with private port-a-poty. New this year, the Blue Ball will be held


United States. Four years later, he was moved into his grandson’s care, a strong supporter of cryogenics. He kept Morstoel’s body on dry ice in a shed near his home in Nederland until he was deported when his visa expired. The Nederland Chamber of Commerce, making something positive out of the unique attraction, changed its annual Winter Festival to honor Morstoel, the Frozen Dead Guy and in 2002, the festival was born. Originally, a handful of people came on the rumblings of this weird new event. Today, thousands of active, funloving, winter enthusiasts descend upon


By George Watson NEDERLAND Celebrating it’s 13th year, Nederland’s Frozen Dead Guy Days is known as one of the most quirky festivals in the country. “FDGD, although not for the faint of heart, is a ton of frosty fun,” Amanda McDonald, festival owner and director, said. The home-grown fest pays homage to Brêdo Morstol who is frozen in a state of suspended animation and housed in a Tuff Shed on dry ice. Morstoel, an outdoorsman, spent his life in Oslo, Norway. When he died in 1989 he was packed in dry ice and shipped to a cryonics facility in the

in the Reanimate Yourself Tent from 6:4510:30 p.m. with a costume contest held at 8 p.m. Music will be provided by Caribou Mountain Collective, Gipsy Moon and DeadPhish Orchestra. “We hope an earlier ending time will give attendees time to check out the local establishments and their later music line-ups” McDonald said. The finalized music and event schedules are online at McDonald emphasizes, if there are any postponement of events on Saturday, they will be held on Sunday at the same time and location. “We will be updating the Facebook page and website throughout the event and look for official guides in mid-February,” she said.

HIGH FIVE – get to know your neighbors I got hooked because of the music, lifestyle and community. I’m perfectly content to not have the “convenience” of a 24/7 Super Target anywhere near by.

3 Joe Gierlach

Mayor of Nederland Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio Current Residence: Nederland Time in Region: 14 years Family Status: Married (at 10,360’ near Brainard Lake) with one daughter. Several rescued pets.


What do you like to do for fun when not working? When I’m not listening to live music, I ski like there’s no tomorrow: back country, alpine, cross country, Telemark and hut-to-hut.


 hat brought you to the area W and why do you choose to stay? I left corporate banking and moved to Ned for the fresh air and clean water.

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 hat do you like most about W living in the region? We escaped the Homogenization of America, and have a local distinctiveness, in pockets all across the Peak to Peak.


 ow did you come to be in H your position or line of work? I was encouraged to run for the Board of Trustees in 2008 to address the town’s serious financial problems. Now that those problems are resolved, I continue because I like the sense of community working toward sustainability and resiliency.


 hat is the best advice W you’ve received? “When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.” - Leo Burnett (1891-1971) Chicago Advertising Pioneer

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Backyard Bird Count open to anyone COLORADO From from Georgetown to Estes Park— and around the world—bird watchers from more than 100 countries are expected to participate in the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 14–17. Anyone anywhere in the world can count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at www.BirdCount. org. The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track the health of bird populations at a scale that would not otherwise be possible. “Technology has made it possible for people everywhere to unite around a shared love of birds and a commitment to protecting them,” Audubon Chief Scientist Gary Langham said. Everyone is welcome, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or any longer

period of time each day. It’s free, fun, easy and it helps the birds. Participants tally the number of individual birds of each species seen during the count period and enter the information on the GBBC website. Last year’s count shattered records after going global for the first time, thanks to integration with the eBird online checklist. Participants reported sightings from each continent, including 111 countries and territories. More than 34.5 million birds and 3,610 species were recorded—nearly one-third of the world’s bird species documented in just four days. Scientists use the information, along with observations from other citizen-science projects, such as the Christmas Bird Count, Project FeederWatch, and eBird, to get the “big picture” about bird populations. Visit for more information and to participate.




Snowshoe Club Hike: Echo Lake Full Moon Snowshoe – Clear Creek Recreation

Ski Hooky with 95.7FM, High Society Ski and Snowboard Demo Day – Loveland Ski Area Couples Yoga – The Yoga Room Idaho Springs February 14 Young Adult Game Night – Nederland Community Library Zombie Dance – Idaho Springs Library Full Moon Hike – Rocky Mountain National Park 23rd Annual Mountaintop Matrimony – Loveland Ski Area February 14-15 Cal Verduchi – Bonkerz Comedy Club @ Mardi Gras Casino February 15 Estes Park Anime Club – Estes Valley Library Winter Ecology: A Snowshoeing Trek for Kids & Families – Rocky Mountain Nature Association Valentine’s Dance – Golden Gate Grange International Dog Pull – Estes Park Visitor Center

New Belgium Scavenge, 6th Annual Save our Snow Celebration – Arapahoe Basin February 15-17 Free Entrance Day – Rocky Mountain National Park February 16 Rails in the Rockies – Estes Park Conference Center Valentine’s Day Partner Yoga – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat February 18 Goal Setting and Financial Planning, Estes Park Anime Club – Estes Valley Library Snowshoe Club Hike: Matthews Winters – Clear Creek Recreation

Ski Cup raises funds for disabled sports center WINTER PARK The National Sports Center for the Disabled hosts the 39th Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup, Feb. 21-23, at Winter Park Resort. The annual event is the largest fundraiser for the center, bringing in more than $250,000 to support therapeutic recreation summer and winter programs for children and adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. The weekend includes three races. The Corporate Cup is a Pro Am style race where teams of five friends, family or coworkers are paired with an NSCD Competition Center athlete and compete for prizes. The Kids Snowplow Sprint features up-and-coming NSCD athletes and able-bodied young skiers. Finally, the World Disabled Invitational is also held. Other festivities throughout the weekend include the Après Ski Bash, a two-day silent auction, a visit from Denver Bronco Alumni and cheerleaders and live enter-

A National Sports Center for the Disabled athlete participates in last year’s Ski Cup.

tainment. It’s easy for the general public to join in on the activities by signing up for Ski for NSCD. This on-line fundraiser rewards the public with Winter Park Resort lift tickets and season passes for raising awareness and funds for a good cause. To learn more about NSCD’s 39th Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup, visit www.

Continued from page 8 Winter Subalpine Ecology & Cross-Country Ski Adventure – Rocky Mountain Nature Association Hunter Education Course – Walter Self Center Ski With a Ranger Day – Loveland Ski Area Mahon Cup – Eldora Mountain Resort February 23 Ice Racing: Bare Rubber, Go For the Bronze – Georgetown Lake

Snowshoe Tour with Bigfoot – Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center

Rocky Mountain Freestyle Devo Competition – Arapahoe Basin

February 25 Winter Warmer Flood Support Fair – CCCIA Hall Key Investment Concepts – Estes Valley Library Lyons Business Networking Group – Lyons Yoga & Wellness February 26 Living on Less and Enjoying it More – Estes Valley Library Nighthawks Race #6 – Eldora Mountain Resort February 27 Friends of Charlie’s Place Volunteer Appreciation Party – Azteca Mexican Restaurant

February 28 Ice Racing: Fun Day Practice – Georgetown Lake Games Night – John Tomay Memorial Library Fireman’s Fire Hose Relay – Arapahoe Basin February 28-March 1 Vince Carone – Bonkerz Comedy Club @ Mardi Gras Casino February 28-March 2 Winter Photography Course: Light & Snow – Rocky

Allenspark Area Club – Peaceful Valley Ranch February 19 Estes Park Internet & Computer Users Group, Financial Book Club – Estes Valley Library Nighthawks Race #5 – Eldora Mountain Resort February 20 Trail Trekkers Mini Adventure Series – Estes Valley Library February 21-22 Chris Cope – Bonkerz Comedy Club @ Mardi Gras Casino February 21-23 39th Annual National Sports Center for the Disabled Wells Fargo Ski Cup – Winter Park Resort February 22 Ice Racing: Studs & Cheaters – Georgetown Lake Free Chair Massage (for Lyons flood victims/volunteers)

New Moon Ceremony for Women – The StarHouse WEEKLY EVENTS Sunday Open Skate, Figure Skating, Stick & Puck, Youth Hockey

Winter Wellness One Day Retreat – Dancing Aspen Ranch Seed Exchange Program – CCCIA Hall Estes Park Anime Club – Estes Valley Library

Sunday Community Yoga – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Maya Vinyasa Flow, Gentle Yoga – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Mat Pilates w/Nicole – Yoga Room Idaho Springs

– Stone Cup/Rise and Shine Bistro


Mountain Nature Association

Shakti Sisterhood: Women Dancing Together – The StarHouse

March 1 Wisdom of the Elders: Learning Harmony From the Earth – Estes Valley Library Ice Racing: Studs & Cheaters, Go For the Silver & Gold – Georgetown Lake

March 2 Ice Racing: Bare Rubber, The Cheater Invitational – Georgetown Lake

– Ned Ice Rink

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Thursday Curling Club – Ned Ice Rink Local’s Night – Chipper’s Lanes Estes Park Dog Obedience, Cardio Burn, Give Me A Break, Hatha Yoga, Kickboxing, Aquacize, Tae Kwon Do – Gilpin

Ashtanga Yoga w/Christi – Lyons Yoga & Wellness Monday Curling Club – Ned Ice Rink Iyengar Level 1/2 – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Matter of Balance – Walt Self Community Building International Folkdance, Get Movin’ – Nederland

Community Center

Texas Hold’em Poker Night – Outlaw Saloon Thursday Locals Night – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Hula Hoop, Yoga Sculpt – Clear Creek Recreation Center Yoga w/Pam – Old Gallery Yoga w/Peggy – Wild Basin Lodge Give Me A Break – Gilpin County Community Center Gentle Yoga, Yoga/Pilates Fusion – Tadasana Mountain

Community Center Poker Tournament – West Winds Tavern Gentle Yoga w/Joelle, Yoga w/Abby – CCCIA Hall Yoga – Golden Gate Grange Continuing Yoga – Clear Creek Recreation Center Yoga w/Peggy – The Old Gallery Power Vinyasa Yoga w/Darcee – Yoga Room Idaho Springs


Hatha Yoga, Aquacize, Yoga, Dance, Pilates - Mat II, Adult Drop-In Basketball, Total Tone – Gilpin Community Center

Run ‘n’ Meditate, Slow Flow Yoga – Lyons Yoga & Wellness Tuesday Adult Hockey – Ned Ice Rink Texas Hold’em Poker Series Showdown – Wheel Bar Pool Tournament – Mother’s Saloon Trivia – 1860 Tavern Yoga – The Old Gallery Tech Tuesday – Nederland Community Library Hot Jammin’ Yoga, Guided Chakra Meditation – The Yoga Room Idaho Springs

Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Mom & Tot Yoga – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Tai Chi, Drop-In Basketball – Nederland Community Center Choose Your Life – Clear Creek Recreation Center Cardio Burn, Pilates - Mat I, Kickboxing, Aquacize, Tae Kwon Do – Gilpin Community Center Yoga for Conditioning w/Alana, Gentle Yoga w/Rebecca – Lyons Yoga & Wellness

Wednesday Curling Club – Ned Ice Rink Cardio Burn w/Monique, Bible Study – Gilpin Community Center

Tai Chi, Drop-In Basketball – Nederland Community Center Yoga for Conditioning w/Alana – Lyons Yoga & Wellness Friday Family Stick & Puck, Open Skating, Figure Skating, Speed Skating – Ned Ice Rink Parent & Tot Yoga – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Get Movin’, Tai Chi – Nederland Community Center Yoga (beginner), Yoga (intermediate) – The Old Gallery Vinyasa Yoga w/Cherie – Yoga Room Idaho Springs Hatha Yoga, Happy Hour Yoga – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Yoga w/Cariann – CCCIA Hall Yoga, Aquacize, Senior “Sit & Be Fit” Class – Gilpin Community Center

Run ‘n’ Meditate, Quiet Refuge Hour, Gentle Yoga, Yoga for Kickass Ski Legs – Lyons Yoga & Wellness Saturday Curling Club, Stick & Puck, Youth Hockey, Learn to Skate, Learn to Curl, Adult Hockey – Ned Ice Rink Texas Hold’em Poker Night – Outlaw Saloon Yoga w/Pam – The Old Gallery Vinyasa Yoga w/Cherie or Sarah – The Yoga Room Idaho Springs

Zumba, Kinder Kix – Gilpin Community Center Community Clothing Closet – Nederland Community

Yoga w/Chelsea –Alice Schoolhouse Pickelball, Get Movin’, Hatha Yoga, Community Clothing Closet – Nederland Community Center Yoga w/Peggy – Wild Basin Lodge Vinyasa Yoga w/Cherie – Yoga Room Idaho Springs Beginning Yoga, Continuing Yoga – Clear Creek Recreation Center Moms & Babies Yoga, Vinyasa Flow – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Spanish for Beginners, Give Me A Break, Nia, Aquacize, Adult Strengthen Stretch & Balance, Hatha Yoga –


Run n Meditate, Quiet Refuge Hour, Gentle Yoga w/ Rebecca, Restorative Yoga w/Christi – Lyons Yoga &

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February 1-8 5th Annual First Show: A Collection of Community Art – Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park February 1-16 Artists’ Party: New Artists from 2013 – Art Center of Estes Park

February 1-August 3 Sandzén in Estes Park – Estes Park Museum February 2 Knitting Class – Lyons Farmette February 4 Quirky Quilters – Nederland Community Library February 6 Art at the Center Winter Show Open House – Nederland Community Center

Stitchers Get Together – Gilpin County Community Center February 8 Father/Daughter Sweetheart Ball – Gilpin County Community Center

Introduction to Digital Photography – Lyons Cinema & Photography Arts Center

Art and Wine – Coal Creek Coffee February 9 Fun, No Fear Mixed Media Surprise Painting w/ Deedee Hampton – Art Center of Estes Park Coal Creek Book Club: “Still Missing” – Coal Creek Coffee February 12 Lincoln: A Special Film Screening – Estes Valley Library February 14 Ladies No. 1 Literary Society – The Old Gallery February 15 Ned Knits – Nederland Community Library Beginning Paper Piecing – Lyons Quilt Shop February 17 Book Group – Idaho Springs Library February 20 Stitchers Get Together – Gilpin County Community Center Book Group – John Tomay Memorial Library February 22 Community Dance: Country Two-Step – CCCIA Hall Mentor Show Opening Reception – Art Center of Estes Park

Beginning Machine Quilting – Lyons Quilt Shop iPhoneography: Tips and Techniques for Pro Results – Lyons Cinema & Photography Arts Center February 22-March 30 Mentor Show – Art Center of Estes Park February 23-March 29 Women’s History Month Exhibit: “Art From the Heart” – Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park February 27 Estes Park Area Weavers Guild – Estes Valley Library February 28-March 1 It’s Showtime!: Estes Park Noon Rotary Club’s Local Variety Show – Estes Park High School Auditorium

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MOUNTAIN ARTS – galleries, artists and crafts people

‘Abstractions’ exhibit highlights four area artists By Jeffrey V. Smith CENTRAL CITY ilpin Arts recently opened its latest exhibit “Abstractions” in its Showcase Gallery at the Visitors Center in Central City with a reception and over 60 art patrons admiring the new artwork. The exhibit is a showcase of exceptional talent by four women artists from the area— Lynette Kupferer, Marilyn Pinaud, Kathy Thaden, and Suzie White—working in the abstract and will be on display 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through March 9. Award-winning artist Kupferer is showcasing her mosaics in the exhibition. The Lakewood artist, who began drawing at age two, has created with a variety of art styles over “Abstractions” exhibiting artists the years, but primarily uses Lynette Kupferer, Suzie White, colored pencils these days. She Kathy Thaden, Marilyn Pinaud. just recently began creating the mosaics on display in “Abstractions” exhibit. “I love doing this,” Kupferer said. “What a challenge it is designing these pieces, laying down line and values with stunningly beautiful glass. I look forward to teaching a mosaic class later this year.” Pinaud is a watermedia artist from Nederland. “I am recently retired and am now pursuing my passion of painting along with my addiction of beading,” she said. “I majored in art when I was in college and although my life has taken me on many paths, my creative spirit has always ruled. Living in Colorado now, I am


continually inspired by the beauty of nature that surrounds me.” “Working with glass is a transforming process,” Goldenbased glass and stone mosaic artist Thaden said. “The pieces are broken, change shape, fit together, then made whole again with glue or grout - sometimes in unexpected ways. It is important to me in our throw-away culture to reinvent discarded items, chipped mirrors or scrap glass into sacred art formed in prayer.” Thaden’s mosaics range from abstract sculpture and landscapes to liturgical wall hangings and commissioned works. “They allow me to connect my art to my faith,” she said. “I try to express some of my wonder at creation as the Creator in each piece.” For fused glass and metal artist Suzie White, “art has been my passion for about 15 years.” Her original career was in the computer business, but after decades of using her talents for computer analysis, she needed more creative outlets. Photography was White’s first artistic pursuit, but pottery classes produced a new passion. “After years of throwing pottery, I began using my kiln to create fused glass pieces,” she said. “The wonderful translucent colGlass and stone mosaic ors became another new delight.” by Kathy Thaden The Gilpin Arts Showcase Gallery, 103 Eureka St, is above the visitors center in Central City. For more information, visit www. or call 303-582-3345.

‘It’s Showtime’ features array of Estes Park talent By Rita DuChateau – Estes Park Rotary ESTES PARK The curtain goes up on “It’s Showtime!,” a showcase of Estes Park talent, at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 and 2 p.m. March 1. The fourth annual Estes Park Noon Rotary Club production raises funds for college scholarships for local students. According to Pete Sumey, committee chair for “It’s Showtime!,” this year’s production currently has 17 acts ranging from Estes Park High School students to folk trios to comedy. All performers and show staff volunteer their time and talent. “For the fourth year, we are providing a showcase for an impressive array of local


Many acts from 2013 will appear in this year’s production, which promises to be an entertaining mix of musical styles.

talent in a musical variety show,” Sumey said. “And we do offer variety with a range of ages and musical styles including

jazz, pop, folk, country, and show tunes performed vocally and instrumentally.” Proceeds from our 2013 ‘It’s Showtime!’ and from the Rotary Golf Tournament helped fund three four-year $8,000 academic scholarships. “We hope to continue this tradition with a successful 2014 show,” Sumey said. Ticket are on sale now at Macdonald’s Bookshop, the Estes Park Visitors Center and Med X. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. The production is at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave. All proceeds benefit Estes Park High School senior scholarships, to be awarded May 14.

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most of the wheel-thrown pottery with her husband, Russ Filippello, who does the slab-rolled dinnerware with the goal of evoking art within an everyday activity. “Just putting a little bit of ourselves into every bit of clay that passes from our hand, to the kiln, to someone else hand. It is nice and very satisfying, “ Corvalan said. Southwest Colorado artist Peter Karner, is well represented in the store. The stoneware pots designed by Karner serve a functional purpose and are compatible with modern appliances. Green Guru Bags, begun in a Nederland garage, are made of recycled inner tubes. The eco-friendly luggage, bags and lifestyle items are all durable products made from reclaimed materials and designed for friends who follow a greener path. Dalia “loves the way MM Local puts the name of the farm on each of their cans.” They make simply-preserved, locallygrown food products making it easier to eat local all year round. Founded by Ben Mustin and Jim Mills in 2009, MM Local’s products are made from ingredients grown by local family farms. “Right now we’re trying not to eat all the Helliemae’s small batch caramels that are made in Denver. They are so good.” Dalia said. “Helliemae’s products are made by hand, and created with the best ingredients. Flavor is first to them and try to source local and organic where they can.” Crafted in Colorado takes the guesswork out of where its products, which make wonderful gifts for someone special or yourself, are created. Remember to stop in often to see the changing work of the talented artists represented in the store.

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By Jennifer Pund NEDERLAND Crafted in Colorado’s concept is simple, buy local. Kelly Dalia and Ian Gillespie, owners of the new gift shop on First Street in Nederland, have stocked the shelves with an eclectic array of pottery, stoneware, recycled items and locally sourced food and snacks. The concept brings together a collection of Colorado artists and crafts people to give them a showcase retail location. The couple believes Colorado has a plethora of talented artists and every item in the store is hand selected, most based on functionality. “Many of the products found in the store we have in our own home and use on a daily basis,” Dalia explained. Opening with a base of about 35 artists, Dalia and Gillespie hand select all artists and items. “Our artists are friends, neighbors and referrals from other artists. Some artists we’ve seen at craft shows and even folks we’ve met in the lift line on a powder day.” The duo have found consumers are waking up to buying local. “Many mountain residents mentioned they were only shopping at local stores and supporting local artists this past holiday season. There has been an overwhelmingly positive response from people wanting to buy something made in Colorado,” Dalia said. According to Gillespie, they are just getting geared up for the busy summer season, so stop in often to check out new items from the following artists, and other new products. Look for pottery from the popular Wandering Blue Studios, thrown, glazed, and fired in Nederland. Tania Corvalan does


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NEDERLAND Art at the Center presents its Winter Show at an Open House, Feb. 6, from 5-7 p.m., at the Nederland Community Center. Live music, wine, appetizers and selected artwork will be featured. The exhibit features non-digital artwork including paintings, sculpture, two-dimensional wall hangings, quilts, jewelry and more. The accepted artwork will hang on the community center’s walls until spring. Three times a year, the Community Center Foundation Board and the volun-


March 1 Watercolors and Lunch – Black Bear Inn Beginners Log Cabin – Lyons Quilt Shop WEEKLY ARTS Monday NAS Movie Matinee – Backdoor Theater Stitch ‘n Rippers Quilters – New Covenant Church Folk Dancing in the Mountains – Nederland Community Center Clear Creek Chorale – CCMRD Center Swing Dancing Lessons – Appenzell Inn Tuesday Beginner Clay – Gilpin County Community Center Planet Motion Dance – Nederland Community Center Wednesday Sculpting in Clay – Gilpin County Community Center Art Group – The Old Gallery



teer Art Committee host a new Art at the Center show focusing on local artists. Area artists are invited to participate and a panel selects the pieces that will be displayed for the next show. Submissions for the Winter Show will be accepted, Feb. 2, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit for more information. Contact Community Center Foundation Board Member Tracy Brewer, chair of the Art Committee, by e-mail at or call 303-258-7980.

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Fusion trio takes ‘purposeful approach’ to music

and dabbled with other instruments throughout the years, includNEDERLAND yons-based M Squared, which plays the Pioneer inn in ing clarinet, guitar and mandolin. Valente competed in violin and Nederland, Feb. 13, is a fusion trio that started in early piano performance throughout high school, winning both state 2012 based on the simple premise to create music that and national awards. She performed with multiple symphonies pushes its members to higher levels of musicianship and in- and orchestras, acting as soloist, principal section leader, and spires the them and music lovers that hear them to do the same. concert master on many occasions. Thom Sandrock, on double-neck bass, has been playing the guiThis goal is accomplished by a love for music, lots of preparatar since he was 16 years old and has been tion and the use of loop technology to involved in music since the age of seven build layers of sound, both in a studio when he took on the violin in elementary environment and in a live setting. school. Having a natural affinity towards “All of our musicians take a scienmusic, Thom took on several instruments tific, purposeful approach to the music including voice, piano, harmonica, drums, we write and perform,” members said. and more. His passion for music has led Fusion is a blend of many styles of him on a relentless journey to spread mumusic and in this case, it means each sic and music education. Thom feels that member contributes flavors and elemusic is a necessary element in everyone’s ments of jazz, blues, classical, bluelife: one that deepens the soul and prograss and fiddle, rock, and funk to cremotes overall well being. ate challenging, unique music. “Our Troy Valente, on drums, was born music is influenced by non-traditional, and raised in Northern California and has fusion artists such as the Chick Corea, Regina Carter, Victor Wooten, Garaj M Squared at a recent recording session been living in Northern Colorado since July of 2001. Even though his interest in Mahal, Pat Metheny, Dapp Theory, and many more,” according to its members. “What inspires us the drums started at a very young age, his mom insisted on is the ability to be free to express and create in the moment. We piano lessons prior to letting him play drums. Valente’s musical cover some of these artists in a live setting, as well as perform career began with basic singing and acting through his school and church at the age of four as well as taking piano lessons original songs.” Barb Valente, on violin and keys, grew up surrounded by mu- throughout half of grade school. Having a melodic and musisic, and it is her passion. The youngest of four, all of her older cal theory background prior to moving to the drums has been siblings played at least one instrument, as well as singing. She instrumental in how Troy approaches the drumset and how he began taking violin lessons at age four, started piano at age seven anticipates and adapts to the musical discourse of a song.



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New York band brings improvisational roots rock, special guests to Rollinsville ROLLINSVILLE Gent Treadly has been a “movable feast” of some of New York City’s finest players since its inception in 1994. When the band performs at the Stage Stop, Feb. 5, even more outstanding performers will be added to the musical mix. Charles Neville, best known for his saxophone work in the Neville Brothers, joins the act for numerous shows including the Stage Stop. Bill McKay, who has played keyboards with Leftover Salmon and Derek Trucks Band, will also sit-in at the Rollinsville show and at the Little Bear in Evergreen, Feb. 6. Other Colorado dates featuring Neville include the Overlook Charles Neville Hotel in Boulder, Feb. 4 and the D-Note in Arvada, Feb. 7. Gent Treadly’s players are the “real deal” who have evolved into one of the most heralded bands in New York City. The act offers a “precocious blend of bluesy improvisational roots rock.” Over the years the act has been joined on stage by members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, Jane’s Addiction, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Band, The Neville Brothers, Particle, Spin Doctors and moe. among others. The lineup consists of one of the “slammingest” rhythm sections led by

Greg Koerner on bass, a veteran of New York bands Uncle Buzz, The Joneses and Crimson Rose and a “phil-in” for the Dark Star Orchestra. Adam Douglass on guitar and Mike Severino and Abou Diarassouba on drums round out the band. Known as “purveyors of the best blues-based rock and roll in the Big Apple,” Gent Treadly is truly a unique act. Having toured with the late great Vince Welnick of The Grateful Dead for many years, the band continues to “carry the flame” as a “diehard acolyte in search of the ultimate groove.” The same could be said for its special guests joining the act in Rollinsville. Neville’s saxophone won him a Grammy in 1989 for his haunting rendition of “Healing Chant” on the Yellow Moon CD. His experience on the sax has included R&B, funk, jazz, be-bop, popular and American Indian music and cites as influences Louis Jordan, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Professor Longhair. Visit to hear the band and learn more.


Valentine’s concert features songwriter COAL CREEK CANYON Enjoy a special Valentine’s concert with Gabrielle Louise and Friends at the Coal Creek Canyon Community Hall, Feb. 15, from 7-9 p.m. Louise is a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice. The daughter of two vagabond musicians, Louise inherited the genetic predisposition to wanderlust and song. Her music is anchored deeply in folk, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Martin Sexton. She is at one moment folkie and ethereal, the next moment a smoky jazz chanteuse. Visit to learn more about the performer.

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Potluck features food, skilled musicians ALLENSPARK Rebecca Folsom and Mark Oblinger perform at The Old Gallery in Allenspark for its Community Music Potluck series, Feb. 15, from 6-8:30 p.m. Bring a dish and beverage to share and a $10 donation for the musicians. Touted by the Denver Post as “sultry vocalist,” Folsom offers a unique blend of vocal magic, versatility and technical expertise, but also “sparks within that indefinable satisfaction which comes from experiencing something truly special.” Oblinger is a former member of Fire-

fall and has a long history of award-winning work as a songwriter, composer, producer and performer. He created and produced two national award winning Jazz CDs for children and has won five Heartland Emmy Awards for his work as a composer/producer for the PBS Children’s Show, “The Big Green Rabbit,” “Yesterday’s Zoo” and “The Sea I See.” For more information or to volunteer as a table host, contact Betsy Skinner at 303747-1013 and or Margie Patterson at 303-747-2089 and

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JAMESTOWN The members of Nederland-based The Pine Dwellers call their act a “fresh, up-and-coming band” with a “high energy, grass-roots, Americana sound.” The band, which plays the Jamestown Mercantile, Feb. 8, from 8-11 p.m., play a wide variety of groovin’ music that include elements of “mountian-funk,” “mountain-hop,” and a taste of Latin stylings. These guys are guaranteed to make your body shake and keep you on your feet all night long. The all-ages, free show at The Merc, 108 Main Street, will be the band’s second at the venue. Their last gig in Jamestown occurred right before the September 2013 flood. The Merc survived, but music was absent until January. The band is excited to return and see how the community has come together, and make them dance. The Pine Dwellers also helped raise funds for flood victims at a Pioneer Inn benefit last year. Formed during in mid-2013, the band’s four musicians each bring their own unique aspects and sounds to the group, while working together to create fresh, lively and meaningful music to Colorado. Visit for more information.


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Cracked Open

Arthur Lee Land Rock Inn (Estes Park): Feb. 1, 28


yons-based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and “loop artist,” Arthur Lee Land, released his fourth album, Cracked Open, last year offering a “ground-breaking style driven by the integration of sophisticated musical, emotional and spiritual juxtapositions.” Cracked Open speaks of the “suffering and transformation taking place in these times of uncertainty.” Its release, however, was delayed two years due to the artist’s own suffering and transformation. After finishing the album, Arthur Lee Land lost his voice and found a polyp on his vocal cord. The condition healed without surgery, but he was soon diagnosed with Graves Disease. These experiences became a “test of faith that cracked him open deeply.” Arthur Lee Land’s eclectic fusion of folk-rock, AfroGrass and electronica is often labeled “Electro-Americana,” but that doesn’t fully explain his work. The musician uses live-looping to create an “on-the-fly, full-band sound” by layering acoustic guitars, six string banjo, mandolin, B-Bender Telecaster, bass, African percussion, drum samples, beat boxing and other electronic sonic textures and effects. The performer blends elements from distinctive parts of his career for this recording including his experience as a touring musician playing folk-rock, country and roots, a world beat and bluegrass hybrid inspired by a tour of West Africa and the live-looping techniques that have defined his solo live shows since the early 2000s. From the first day of production, Cracked Open unfolded as a “whole Album” in the truest sense of the word, taking on a life of it’s own.“We recorded one song a week in my home studio, and we didn’t know what the next song would be until the day before we recorded it. It was always like “what’s next?” Arthur Lee Land said. Track List 1) Cracked Open 7) Undertow 2) After the Eclipse 8) Hawthorne Tree 3) Left Hand Creek 9) True North 4) Good Enough 10) Drum & a Chair (Intro) 5) Do You Ever Think of Me? 11) Drum & a Chair (Song) 6) Into the Waters

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Troia’s welcomes award-winning blues artist GEORGETOWN Colorado’s award-winning blues artist Jack Yoder fell in love of the blues “at first twang” as a kid in the ’80s. He had asked his childhood friend to teach him to play Judas Priest on his brother’s guitar, but was required to learn B.B. King and Robert Johnson tunes as “payment.” He has since played and performed the blues for over 20 years in numerous bands spanning the map from Atlanta to San Francisco to New Orleans. Yoder performs music on guitar, Dobro and harmonica at Troia’s Cafe and Market-

place, 511 Rose St. in Georgetown, Feb. 7, 9 and 16. When Yoder arrived in New Orleans, it became his spiritual home where he says he, “walked in a guitarist and walked out a musician.” It was also in New Orleans where he began seriously crafting his own voice and performed regularly as a solo act. The majority of music Yoder has composed over the years is unmistakably drawn from the earthy soul and ethereal state of mind New Orleans purists know well. For more information, visit

Costume contest, Latin dance band highlight of annual Hooker’s Ball NEDERLAND The Pioneer Inn hosts its annual Valentine’s Day party, known as the Hooker’s Ball, on Feb. 14 from 10 p.m.-close. The free event features ONDA and its annual, outrageous costume contest. The costume contest features the usual hooker and pimp motifs and a theme to be determined. Judging begins at midnight and the winner takes home great prizes. ONDA is an eight-piece Latin dance band that quickly made a name for itself

as one of the best dance bands on the Boulder scene. Founded in 2000, ONDA’s sound is a mix of originals, traditional Latin standards and Afro-Cuban rhythms blended with funk, Cumbia, boogaloo, merengue and modern jam arrangements. The band’s set is diverse and eclectic, interesting and easy on the ear and the feet. An explosive horn section, tight rhythm section, seductive vocals and percussion all contribute to the irresistible ONDA groove.




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Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank – Oskar Blues (LY) February 15 4-H Royalty – Pioneer Inn (NED) Trout Steak Revival – Whistler’s Café (NED) Kenny Succanano – Black Forest Restaurant (NED) Los Funbags – Stage Stop (RV) Jim Stahlhut – Troia’s Café (GT) Arnie J. Green – Alpine Restaurant & Bar (GT) Valentines Concert w/Gabrielle Louise – CCCIA Hall (CCC) Peak to Peak Concert No. 4 – Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church Lori Flynn – Rock Inn (EP) Magic Moments – Golden Gate Grange (GGC)

Community Music Potluck w/Rebecca Folsom & Mark Oblinger – The Old Gallery (AP) Bandwagon 5 Round 1 – Lava Room @ Reserve Casino (CC) Urban Dance Theory – Ameristar Casino (BH) The Railsplitters, Melody & Jacob – Oskar Blues (LY) James Faulk – Stone Cup (LY) February 16 Jack Yoder – Troia’s Café (GT) Willie Bean Bluegrass – Oskar Blues (LY)

Trout Steak Revival

Quintet plays hard-driving bluegrass

NEDERLAND Trout Steak Revival returns to Whistler’s Café in Nederland, Feb. 15. From its beginnings as an informal jamming unit during treks through the peaks of the Front Range, the Denver-based roots quintet has evolved into one of the state’s most tightly knit, hard-driving bluegrass bands. Their band’s heartfelt songwriting blends dynamic musicianship with intricately woven harmonies, all tied together with the unmistakable sound of their years of friendship. From sweat-soaked clubs to mountain festivals, the five-piece has shown a tenacity for quick-picking and all

the right polish without sacrificing the raw feeling of well-executed bluegrass. Catch Trout Steak Revival live and it’s easy to notice the band’s gift to thrive in the moment. It has earned a place in the mountain states roots scene, performing to sold-out audiences, placing in the Rockygrass Band Competition, and winning an Emmy Award for a soundtrack with Rocky Mountain PBS. Keeping an eye on traditions of the past, but boldly forging into new territory, Trout Steak Revival takes listeners back to “memories of whiskey, laughter, and the misty high country.” For more information and additional tour dates, visit

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Fred Peterbark & Audrey Peterbark – Stanley Hotel Concert Hall (EP)

February 19 Gary Jorgensen and Claudia Cupp – Troia’s Café (GT) Tribute to Queens of Country – Oskar Blues (LY) February 20 Beat Bodega – Pioneer Inn (NED) Dead Winter Carpenters – Stage Stop (RV) February 21 Wonderlic – Pioneer Inn (NED) Ralph Nichols – Troia’s Café (GT) Keith Stnnestvedt – Alpine Restaurant & Bar (GT) Lyons Funk – Rock Inn (EP) Delta Sonics – Ameristar Casino (BH) Kristina Murray Band – Oskar Blues (LY) February 22 Neptunes Only Daughter – Pioneer Inn (NED) No More Excuses, Caller Revolvers – Stage Stop (RV) Jim Stahlhut – Troia’s Café (GT) Gary Jorgensen and Claudia Cupp – Alpine Restaurant & Bar (GT) Just Jill (acoustic) – Rock Inn (EP) Atlanta Rhythm Section – Lava Room @ Reserve Casino (CC) Delta Sonics – Ameristar Casino (BH) February 23 Sarah Caton – Stone Cup (LY) Peak to Peak Concerts Series, No. 5 – Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies (EP)

Lark Powers – Stanley Hotel Concert Hall (EP) February 26 Gary Jorgensen and Claudia Cupp – Troia’s Café (GT) February 27 Isle of View – Stage Stop (RV) February 28 Ralph Nichols – Troia’s Café (GT) Nick Amodeo – Alpine Restaurant & Bar (GT) Arthur Lee Land – Rock Inn (EP) Open Mic Night – The Old Gallery (AP) DJ Rockstar Aaron – Ameristar Casino (BH) Blue Mountain Ranch Hands – Oskar Blues (LY)

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March 1 Electric Red – Pioneer Inn (NED) Sarah Caton – Rock Inn (EP) Bandwagon 5 Round 1 – Lava Room @ Reserve Casino (CC) DJ Rockstar Aaron – Ameristar Casino (BH) WEEKY MUSIC Sunday The Big Pick Jam hosted by Family Dog – Pioneer Inn (NED) Open Bluegrass Pick – Salto Coffee Works (NED) Grumpy Jam – Alpine Restaurant & Bar (GT) Live Music – Monarch Casino (BH) Brunch w/Amanda Valley – Estes Park Resort (EP) Bluegrass Jam, Bluegrass Church – Miner Pickin’ (IS) Monday Open Mike Jovan w/Jamestown Bartenders – Millsite Inn (WD) Karaoke – Flipper McGills (IS) Live Music – Lady Luck Casino (BH) Dick Orleans – The View @ Historic Crags (EP) Tuesday Live Music – Lady Luck Casino (BH) Celtic Music Class – Gilpin Community Center (BH) Open Mic hosted by Maus – Pioneer Inn (NED) Dick Orleans – The View @ Historic Crags (EP) Bluegrass Pick – Oskar Blues (LY) Wednesday Blues Jam hosted by The Firebreathers – Pioneer Inn (NED) Beginner ‘Slow’ Jam – Miner Pickin’ (IS) Karaoke – West Winds Tavern (IS) Live Music – Lady Luck Casino (BH) Open Mic Night – Outlaw Saloon (LY) Brown Bag Lunch Jam – Highland Music (EP) Wine, Cheese & More w/Dick Orleans – Coffee On The Rocks (EP) Open Mic w/Justin Faye – Lonigans (EP) Dennis-Tobias Band – The View @ Historic Crags (EP) Thursday Bluegrass Pick – First Street Pub (NED) Karaoke – 1860 Tavern (EM) Open Mic: Taylor Radio + Potluck – Spirit Hound Distillery (LY) Open Jam – Miner Pickin’ (IS)



Open Bluegrass Jam – Rock Inn (EP) Jerry Barlow – The View @ Historic Crags (EP) Ladies Nights w/Dennis Tobias Band – Waterfront Grille @ Estes Park Resort (EP)

Friday Open Mic – Flipper McGills (IS) Live Music – Monarch Casino (BH) Dennis-Tobias Band – Cheesy Lee’s Pizza (EP) Ray Young – Nicky’s Steakhouse (EP) James Davis – Twin Owls Steakhouse (EP) Karaoke – Lonigans Saloon (EP) Live Music – Waterfront Grille @ Estes Park Resort (EP) Saturday Drop In Family Pick w/Blackdog – Stage Stop (RV) Tacos ‘n’ Tunes – Blue Owl Books (NED) Live Music – Monarch Casino (BH) Open Pick – Millsite Inn (WD) Open Mic Night – Tapestry Coffeehouse (AP) Karaoke – Lonigans Saloon (EP) Ray Young – Nicky’s Steakhouse (EP) Dennis-Tobias Band – Cheesy Lee’s Pizza (EP) AP = Allenspark BH = Black Hawk CC = Central City CCC= Coal Creek Canyon EM = Empire EP = Estes Park GGC = Golden Gate Canyon

GH = Gold Hill GT = Georgetown IS = Idaho Springs JT = Jamestown LY = Lyons NED = Nederland RV = Rollinsvile WD = Ward

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MMAC Monthly February 2014  
MMAC Monthly February 2014  

The February edition of the MMAC Monthly - Mountain Music, Arts & Culture.