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Dot’s Diner location opens ‘On the Mountain’ Page 4
Flood mugs therapeutic for artist, recipients Page 12
New year ushers in recreational marijuana laws Page 8
Ridnell says performing with son ‘best thing ever’ Page 14
Snowcat By Jennifer Pund
adventures for everyone page 7 j3
Photo courtesy Winter Park Resort
Calypso Cascades & Ouzel Falls – Wild Basin Trailhead/RMNP Trail Features: Popular snowshoe destination with frozen waterfalls and cascades Trail Location: Wild Basin Trailhead - Head 2.3 miles west on Wild Basin Road (about 2 miles north of Allenspark on Colo. 7) Round-trip Length: 5.4 miles Trailhead Elevation: 8,500 feet Total Elevation Gain: 870 feet Highest Elevation: 9,370 feet Trail Difficulty Rating: Moderate
Ouzel Falls popular snowshoe hike By Jeffrey V. Smith ALLENSPARK 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 to Ouzel Falls begins at the Wild Basin Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. It features the area’s striking natural beauty, frozen creeks, waterfalls and snow-covered ice sculptures.
Located in the southeast corner of the park near Allenspark, Wild Basin is drained by the North St. Vrain Creek and its tributaries. Numerous alpine lakes and views abound, including some of the park’s most dramatic. Mountain peaks reaching over 13,000 feet form a rock boundary on the north, south, and west sides of the high mountain valley. Wild life is also numerous. Access to the Wild Basin area does not require a fee and is less traveled than the main parts of the park, especially in winter. A popular summer hike, the trail to Ouzel Continued on page 7
Ouzel Falls in winter
TAKE NOTE – supporting our community
Volume 7, Issue 1 • January 2014
New year brings new look, growth to MMAC Monthly PEAK TO PEAK A new year has begun, which if you are like most people, means you are reflecting on life changes—both wanted and needed—while also finding ways to keep new year’s resolutions. There is an excitement about the start of a new year, with all of its promise and possibility. As 2014 begins, the MMAC Monthly is itself undergoing changes, including a new design and increased distribution covering all of Clear Creek County. The content and features will continue to evolve as well.
As we begin another publishing year, it is also a time to reflect on all of those who helped us grow throughout the previous twelve months. We are incredibly thankful for the many local businesses that support the MMAC Monthly. It’s with their help that we can keep it free and allow us to tell everyone about all the events and activities in the Northern Front Range mountain communities from Clear Creek County to Estes Park. These businesses are the backbone of our small towns and fuel the local economy by contributing taxes, providing jobs
and giving people a reason to visit us up here. They deserve your support, and patronage, all year. Discover, or re-discover, the local businesses in our town and other nearby mountain communities. Hopefully, we have introduced you to at least one of the many incredibly unique stores, restaurants, galleries and music venues located in the hills through our features this past year. We also are grateful to the many people who have taken the time to let us know how much they appreciate the MMAC Monthly, and what they do and don’t like about it. We welcome all feedback and hope that our readers will continue to help us shape the paper into the best possible resource for finding out what is going on in the Peak to Peak and nearby mountain regions. This paper is for you, the readers, so if there is something you’d like to see or an event we’ve missed, let us know. Please, keep us posted of anything that might fit in our free calendar listings and we can consider for a feature. Issues of the MMAC Monthly will be distributed in more than 175 locations— including new locations in Georgetown, Empire and Dumont—on the first of each month. We look forward to bringing you the best and most reliable source for arts and entertainment in the mountains. We also wish all mountain residents, visitors and businesses a new year filled with happiness and good fortune. We also hope you enjoy the paper and its content throughout 2014. 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 www.aa.org; www.na.org or www.oa.org to find other regional meetings and resources.
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MOUNTAIN MIX – the best of all the rest
Golden Gate Canyon First Day Hike
Bent Gate Mountaineering Demo Day
Free Day at Rocky Mountain National Park
Start the new year off with a hike at Golden Gate Canyon State Park and join volunteer naturalist John Moyer for an invigorating hike along our Beaver Trail. Meet at the Visitor Center at 10 a.m. for a two to three hour hike. Dr. Moyer will discuss the history and wildlife of the area as well as taking participants for a breathtaking view of the Continental Divide. The hike wraps up with hot chocolate, cider and cookies at the Visitor Center. Due to the difficulty and length of this hike, it is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Children in backpack carriers are permitted. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a six-foot leash, as always. The First Day Hikes initiative offers individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on Jan. 1. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. The hikes themselves are free, but park visitors must have either a daily parks pass or a valid annual pass. For more information, call 303-582-3707.
Run/Walk for the Westleys
The Estes Park Mountain Shop is holding a special run/walk event to raise money for the Westley family, who were tragically hit by a drunk driver following a Fourth of July fireworks display in Grand Lake last year. Greg Westley, 50, of Estes Park was killed and his wife and three of his children were injured when a pickup truck slammed into them. The event takes place along a 3.75-mile loop around Lake Estes with the start/finish line located at the Estes Park Mountain Shop, 2050 Big Thompson Ave. Dogs and strollers welcome. Registration is $25 at the shop. The event will take place “snow, shine or wind.” All proceeds will go to the Westley family to help with their considerable medical expenses. Visit www.estesparkmountainhop.com for more information
Dances of Universal Peace – Deeper Dance
Now in its 23rd year, the annual Dances of Universal Peace event, Jan. 11, from 7:1510 p.m. at the Star House in Sunshine Canyon, provides those dancing for peace a chance to deepen into a sacred movement practice. Attended by dancers throughout the Front Range and beyond, it holds an intention for deep body prayer, wonderment in this beautiful natural setting and a confluence for the greater dance community. Selections for the evening are mantric in nature (Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Sanskrit, etc.) and a “Kindling Ceremony” invokes the “blessings of the myriad wisdom traditions contributing to the spiritual abundance we share in these amazing times.”Timothy Dobson, minister at The StarHouse and SpiritKeepers Interfaith Fellowship, serves as facilitator and master of ceremony. The StarHouse is located at 3476 Sunshine Canyon Road. Call 303-440-5714, e-mail: email@example.com or visit www.TheStarHouse.org for more information. Cost for the Deeper Dance is $12.
Bent Gate Mountaineering visits Loveland, Jan. 12, to host a demo day with its line of Telemark and AT gear. Pre-register with Bent Gate at www.bentgate.com to receive a discount lift ticket and lunch package. There is no cost to participate, although a driver’s license and credit card are required for deposit as is a valid lift ticket. Discount tickets will be available, inquire at the Bent Gate Demo registration the morning of the event. Brands that will be available for demo include: 4FRNT, Black Diamond, Armada, Scarpa, Dynafit, Moment, Kastle, Salomon, Rossignol, Icelantic. Fleet will be mounted with tele, standard AT, and tech AT bindings.
Full Moon Snowshoe Hike
The Clear Creek Metro Recreation District sponsors a full moon snowshoe hike to Saint Mary’s Glacier, Jan. 14, 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, about nine miles up Fall River Road from I-70 exit 238. Parking is $5 or catch a ride in the CCMRD van from the recreation center at 6:20 p.m. Another full moon snowshoe hike, Feb. 13, visits Echo Lake. Visit www.clearcreekrecreation.com for more information.
The Nature of Snow
Snow is an amazing substance. It changes form, it’s sculpted by the wind into beautiful shapes, it insulates, it fractures into deadly avalanches, and also makes winter survival possible for many plants and animals. Join volunteer naturalists, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, on a winter hike at Mud Lake Open Space to explore the many properties of snow, and examine the snowpack and learn how some plants and animals have adapted to life in the cold. Bring drinking water, and wear clothing and boots suitable for cold and windy weather. Ski or hiking poles are also recommended due to icy trail conditions. Be prepared to hike about 2 miles in snow, at 8,500 feet in elevation. Participants should meet at the parking lot kiosk.
Bettman & Halpin House Concert
Bettman & Halpin’s music is new and catchy; an engaging mixture of folk, roots, bluegrass and jazz with memorable lyrics and killer instrumentation. As a duo, Bettman & Halpin are fast earning a reputation for hypnotizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals. The two of them awe audiences with their soaring harmonies and foot tapping fiddles. Catch the act, Jan. 18, at a special performance at Miner Pickin’, 1614 Miner Street, Idaho Springs, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. Call 303567-2433 or visit www.minerpickin.com for more information.
Rocky Mountain National Park, and all 398 national parks across the country, are offering free entrance, Jan. 20, as the nation commemorates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Snowshoeing, sledding, backcountry skiing and sightseeing are all available. The fee waiver does not cover expanded amenity or user fees for things such as camping, transportation or special tours. Visit www.nps.gov/romo for more information.
Heroes, Villains, Dames & Disasters
The Idaho Springs Library presents Heroes, Villains, Dames & Disasters, Jan. 24, which explores 150 years of front-page stories from the Rocky Mountain News. Until its last edition in 2009, the “Rocky” was Colorado’s longest-running newspaper. Performer and author Michael Madigan conjures the famous characters of our state’s history in this Colorado Humanities presentation at 6 p.m. at the Idaho Springs Library, 219 14th Ave. Call 303567-2020 or e-mail director@clear creeklibrary.org for more information.
Winter Ecology: A Snowshoeing Trek for Kids & Families
Discover the serene beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park in the wintertime, Jan. 25, on a four-hour snowshoe hike with instructor Olson Fellow in the Wild Basin area. This fun and educational program by Rocky Mountain Field Seminars leads participants through snowcovered pine, spruce, and fir trees to learn how plants and animals survive wintertime using their unique adaptations and keen survival skills. Also, learn more about the properties of snow and how it can help the inhabitants of an area survive the long winter months. The elevation for this course will be approximately 10,000 feet and significant time will be spent outdoors in winter conditions. Dress in layers and be prepared for winter weather conditions that may vary greatly and change abruptly. The hike costs $10; snowshoes are included for children 13 and younger. The event begins in the Wild Basin winter parking area. Turn west on to Wild Basin Road from Colo. 7, about 13 miles south of Estes Park or 2 miles north of Allenspark.
Cancelled for 2014
DOJoe Memorial Uphill/Downhill Event
Organizers of the annual DOJoe Memorial Uphill/Downhill event at Eldora Resort are not holding the event this year. “It has been a wonderful string of 13 years with great memories and events. Thanks to all our friends and sponsors, and to everyone who participated and contributed to make the DOJoe possible,” organizers said. “It is difficult to break the tradition of annual events and we all hope that we can bring the DOJoe back for the 2014-2015 season with a school of rainbow trout on the poster, swimming down the West Ridge.”
Did You Know?
National Western Stock Show celebrates 108th year DENVER The National Western Stock Show is just around the corner and tickets to the January 11-26 Show are osale now. Once again, Stock Show guests will receive free parking in all NWSS lots across the complex grounds and outlying lots. “We received nothing but positive feedback about the free parking” said President and CEO, Paul Andrews. “We are thrilled to be able to offer the savings again for the 2014 Show.” Also back by popular demand is the Value Snack Pack which includes a soda & snack for only $5 and the ever-popular fan appreciation day, Jan. 26th when grounds admission tickets are just $10. Find Your Western Spirit at the National Western Stock Show offer-
ing the best value in family entertainment and western heritage with 19 Pro Rodeos, MLK Jr. Heritage Rodeo, Mexican Rodeos, Wild West Shows, Grand Prix, Super Dogs, and the third annual Colorado vs. the World Rodeos. The stock show features all these events plus Western art exhibits and sales, the largest trade show in Colorado, kid’s activities and educational programs. National Western actually hosts close to 50 performances in the Stadium Arena and Denver Coliseum and National Western Events Center. Among these are the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza, PBR Bull Riding Touring Pro Finale, Pro Rodeos, African-American Heritage Rodeo, the Gambler’s Choice Open Jumping Stake, National Western Wild West
Show, RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining, Grand Prix show jumping, Super Dogs shows, An Evening of Dancing Horses and Draft Horse and Mule Shows New this year is the National Western Nursery where you can meet National Western’s newest arrivals of your favorite farm and ranch animals. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nationalwestern.com, by phone at 1-866-4642626, at the NWSS Box Office or any King Soopers location. Become a season ticket holder and enjoy up to 50 percent savings on all ticketed events. For season tickets call 303295-6124. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.national western.com.
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Waterfront Grille @ Estes Park Resort
Monday NAS Lunch – Nederland Community Center Dinner Special – First Street Pub Pastor’s Pantry Food Distribution – Whispering Pines Church
Wednesday Burger Madness – Sundance Café NAS Lunch – Nederland Community Center Pastor’s Pantry Food Distrobution – Whispering Pines Church
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January 7 Soup Night – The Old Gallery January 11 Moonlight Dinner: A Night in France – Arapahoe Basin January 13 Lovin’ Cup Community Kitchen – Deli at 8236’ January 17 One Door Down Event #6 – Two Brothers Deli January 17-20 Whiskey Warm Up Weekend – Estes Park (various) January 18 Whiskey Warm Up Tasting Event – Riverside Plaza January 25 Italian Challenge Cook-off – CCCIA Community Hall January 26 Art Eats – Estes Park Museum January 27 Lovin’ Cup Community Kitchen – Deli at 8236’ February 1 The Power of the Dream – The Lodge at Sunspot WEEKLY FOOD Sunday Champagne Brunch – The Other Side Sunday Brunch Buffet w/Amanda Valley –
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Dot’s Diner location opens ‘on the mountain’
By Jennifer Pund positive. “We also ran out of money because we had not budgetNEDERLAND ed for a two-month delay, some towns folk came to our rescue.” here is a new spot in Ned for, “folks to get their yolks.” Rose explained, “I think we have brought to Ned a little piece of Dot’s Diner has moved into Nederland’s Caribou Shop- Old Boulder we all fell in love with 20 or 30 years ago, but with ping Center and according to all reports, it’s a hit! a Nederland twist.” No matter how you feel about the Boulder’s It hasn’t been an easy road to the Grand Opening, but with a lot restaurant, Rose did bring a good breakfast at a very fair price, of work, support from the community in a unique setting, to Nederland. It’s good home comfort and help from friends, Dot’s Diner on food in a laid back setting is enough to gain the commuthe Mountain is open for business. nity’s trust and they showed it the first weekend. A dream that started over 15 years “We served over 100 people the first day and doubled ago has now come reality, but not withthat the second day,” Pellouchoud said. “It has gone way out a few bumps. Unexpectedly, the better than we expected in terms of community support location needed repairs and upgrades and the staff we have put together.” causing a two month delay and costRose understands that staff turning thousands of dollars. “I did most of over can kill even the most sucthe work myself with the help of some cessful restaurant, fast. Although good friends,” Co-owner Mark Rose he claims the delay to repair the told MMAC Monthly. space cost him time to properly With a background of restaurant staff the restaurant, He has put toownership, Rose had wanted to open gether a great team consisting of Heather a Dot’s Diner in a Nederland locaPellouchoud who designed and tion for years. This year, “all the stars Pellouchoud and works the front of house, The Mark Rose aligned” for Rose and partner in life “Brothers Diminico” Dan and and business, Heather Pellouchoud. Between jobs and Doug, whom Rose had worked a little down on his luck, Rose mentioned the idea of Dot’s Diner On the Mountain with in the past and “knew they a Dot’s Diner On the Mountain to Peter Underwood, could deliver the goods” and the owner of Dot’s Diner in Boulder, where Pellouchoud has himself in the kitchen as well as day to day management, which worked since age 15. Underwood commented he didn’t want to seem to be doing just fine. do a restaurant in Nederland, but that he wanted Rose to. “So, I Now, there is no reason to travel the canyon to Boulder to get took the challenge and ran with it,” Rose explains. your “two-thirteen,” “Swiss Sizler” or “Arnold’s Eggs,” it’s all Community reaction and support has been overwhelmingly at Dot’s Diner... on the mountain.
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‘Warm-up’ with whiskey in Estes Park ESTES PARK The Estes Park Whiskey Warm-Up weekend celebrates whiskey in a big way, Jan. 17-20. Special whiskey-themed events, packages and specials are happening throughout the weekend. The weekend’s highlight is the Whiskey Warm-up whiskey-tasting event, Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1-4 p.m. Dress warm to sip on selections of Colorado whiskeys from a variety of local distilleries next to the heat of one of the fire pits in Riverside Plaza. The Hot Club of Peal Street will perform as well. Learn more about the styles, tastes and smells of whiskey from the Stanley Hotel Whiskey University Educators, who will be presenting live snapshot seminars throughout the event.
Start off the weekend with dinner specials and live music throughout the village on Friday, Jan. 17. Rocky Mountain National Park features a free day, Jan. 20, in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, too. Tickets – $45 each or $80 a pair in advance or $50 each at the door – include entrance to the Whiskey Warm Up event on Saturday, tasting mug and unlimited tastings, snapshot whiskey seminars and free family activities at the Ice Skating Rink both Saturday and Sunday. Children and adults can enjoy a face painter, pony rides, a s’mores bar, hot chocolate station, sandy candy, photo cut-outs and more. Visit www.visitestespark.com for more information.
by 6 p.m. There will be prizes for the top COAL CREEK CANYON The 2nd annual Italian Challenge returns three entries. The best part of the Italian Challenge, however, is to the Coal Creek that anyone can come Canyon Improvement and taste the entries Association Hall, Jan. to help determine the 25, from 5-8 p.m., in winners. Non-entrants an effort to find the cost $6 for members, best Italian entrée in $7 for non-members the area. Salad, bread and $5 for children 12 and soft drinks are years old and younger. provided but you can Winners of the first CCCIA-sponsored Contact John Stevens bring your own wine Italian Challenge in 2013. at 303-642-0842 for or beer, too. Anyone can enter for free. Just bring more information. The CCCIA Hall is loyour best Italian entrée for taste testing cated at 31528 Colo. 72.
Challenge to find best Italian entrée returns
FOOD & DRINK «« RECIPE – Kim Culver of Chef at Large
Kim Culver operates a small business, “Chef at Large,” and caters everything from small dinner parties to large weddings and business gatherings. She mainly cooks for the Nederland Area Seniors and the Mountain People’s Co-op, but also cooks for the Lovin’ Cup Community Kitchen and community events and fundraisers as a volunteer. When not cooking she can be found at Blue Owl Books, in the woods or various hot springs with the rest of the Five Weird Sisters. She also teaches herb classes and makes all her own medicines in her spare time and volunteers with the Bucket Brigade, which supports the Nederland Volunteer Fire Dept.
10-inch Cast Iron Skillet or 9-inch Cake Pan 2 Cups Cornmeal 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 eggs 1 11oz. can creamed corn (good quality) 1 cup buttermilk 2 tablespoons canola or olive oil Optional: chile powder, shredded cheese
1. Preheat oven to 425 2. Place skillet or cake pan in oven before assembling the cornbread! (It’ll make it easier to get out of the pan) 3. Mix together cornmeal, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda (You can also add dry spices like chile powder or shredded cheese to the dry mix - I like fine diced fresh jalapenos in mine). Set aside. 4. In separate bowl, mix together eggs, creamed
corn and buttermilk** with a whisk. 5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry. (Try not to over mix or your cornbread will be tough) 6. Carefully pull out the hot skillet and lightly coat bottom and sides with canola or olive oil. 7. Place the batter in skillet and bake for about 20 minutes. (When a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, it’s done) 8. Let cool for at least a half hour before turning out of the pan and cutting. ** Buttermilk can be made with 1 cup of milk and 1 teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice. Stir together and let sit 5 minutes
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Dinner supports court advocate program WINTER PARK Winter Park Resort and Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates team together, Feb. 1, to celebrate the Winter Olympics at the 5th annual “The Power of the Dream” event, a charitable evening of elegant alpine cuisine. The event, which also includes wine, Champagne and a gondola ride, takes place at The Lodge at Sunspot, 160 Sunspot Way, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Located atop Winter Park Mountain, Sunspot is a mountain lodge provid-
ing panoramic views of the Continental Divide and is only accessible by the Zephyr Express lift. Seating is limited so reservations are required. Tickets are $125 for one and $230 for two. To sponsor the event or for additional information and to purchase tickets, call Shanna Ganne at 970-531-6160, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nwrmcasa.org. The mission of CASA is to recruit, educate, and empower community volunteers to advocate in court for the best interests of abused and neglected children.
Chef puts ‘A-Basin’ spin on international cuisine KEYSTONE Experience the tastes of the French countryside right on the Continental Divide, Jan. 11, at Arapahoe Basin Ski & Snowboard Area’s January Moonlight Dinner, “A Night in France.” Guests may ride the high-speed quad Black Mountain Express lift, hike or snowshoe to the Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain. The dinner, which includes libations and live entertainment, is part of the ski area’s annual Moonlight Dinner series that highlights cuisine from mountain regions of the world, all specially sourced and prepared for these legendary dining experiences at 11,550 feet featuring incomparable views of the Continental Divide. Executive Chef Christopher Rybak brings years of culinary experience and a “passion for innovation” to the series. The classically-trained chef gathers inspi-
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Thursday Sushi Night – Stage Stop 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 (NED)
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ration from across the globe and puts his own “A-Basin” spin on traditional flavors. “I love holding these Moonlight Dinners because they challenge me to evolve my culinary creativity,” Rybak said. Held on Saturdays during the full moon cycle, the dinners allow A-Basin guests to experience the mountain in an intimate yet social evening setting, while also enjoying the natural beauty of the outdoors. The dinner costs $82 plus tax for anyone 13 years old or older. The price includes gratuity and a cash bar is offered. Other upcoming Moonlight Dinners include “A Night in Spain,” Feb. 15; “Foods of the Pacific Rim,” March 15; and “A Night in Italy,” April 12. Tickets to all Moonlight Dinner events at A-Basin are on sale now at www.arapahoe basin.com or call 888-ARAPAHOE.
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Snowcat adventures offer access to fresh snow in difficult to reach areas By Jennifer Pund FRONT RANGE Getting into the backcountry to ski or ride fresh powder and making first tracks usually takes commitment of time and determination. Most skiers and riders forgo this effort for the ease of a chairlift or gondola. Sometimes referred to as “poor man’s Heli-skiing,” snowcat access gives winter-sport enthusiasts more ways to enjoy the unparalleled access to the backcountry in the comfort of a heated enclosed cat either provided by a ski resort or independently hired for a day.
Winter Park Resort
Winter Park is making snow cat adventures easier and extremely affordable with its Cirque Sled, a 48 passenger sled pulled by a snowcat. The cat makes circuits around the top of The Cirque, the most extreme area at the resort, which was traditionally accessed only by hiking. The sled brings resort visitors to 1,332 acres of off-piste terrain including a large bowl with a steep face that funnels into glades and tree-skiing. Tickets for the Cirque Sled are only $10 and good for unlimited rides all season long. “The Cirque Sled opens up more access to our visitors like double black diamond runs for expert skiers and riders like South Headwall, West Headwall, Alphabet Chutes, South Basin, Rollover and Waterfall,” Winter Park Public Communications Manager Steve Hurlbert said. “It’s a major convenience for people looking for extreme terrain in a patrolled environment.”
Loveland Ski Area
The Ridge Cat is Loveland’s answer to providing easier access to terrain which
Winter Park’s Cirque Sled makes reaching the ski area’s The Cirque easy and comfortable.
Photo courtesy Winter Park Resort
until now was only enjoyed after a 30-minute hike. Guests now have easier access to some of the most exciting runs like Field of Dreams, Velvet Hammer, Tickler and Marmot. Running Wednesday through Sunday, skiers and riders need a Ridge Cat Access Pass, which can be picked up at the Loveland Basin ticket office seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., for free. “The biggest advantage of the Ridge Cat is that it doesn’t cost a dime,” John Sellers, Loveland’s marketing director said, “we are excited to offer this to our guests. If you have never been on a snow cat, the ride itself if quite a treat, but getting VIP treatment and a free ride to fresh powder is something every skier and rider should enjoy.” If the terrain is a bit too advanced, guests can still ride the cat up and enjoy the view of the Continental Divide and then ski the cat track to the pick up location leading to blue runs down.
For the adventure seekers looking for big mountains outside of a ski hill’s boundary, private companies offering snowcat
Loveland’s Ridge Cat takes skier to its hard-to-reach terrain for free.
trips to the backcountry with experienced guides are the answer. Jason Harper and Steve Chaney of Power Addiction, located near Winter Park, run guided tours on Jones Pass on the south side of Berthoud pass from December to April. Guests can expect to take 12-15 runs, depending on snow conditions on the high alpine glades, wide open chuted and exciting gullies. Safety is paramount for lead guide Tony Wasson and trail guides Shawn Edmondson and Scott Hefel who are all certified in wilderness first response, mountain search and rescue as well as trained in guiding. Their experience allows clients to relax and spend the day skiing or riding virgin snow at an average elevation of 11,000 feet. After a catered lunch, there are more tracks to be made before complimentary beer at the end of the day. “What makes Power Addiction stand
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Falls is also an outstanding snowshoe adventure in winter. The trail offers several attractions along the way, including Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascades. Lower Copeland Falls, the first destination along this route, arrives only 0.3 miles from the trailhead. The upper falls are located roughly one-tenth of a mile further upstream on the North St. Vrain Creek. Beyond the falls the trail crosses over Sandbeach Creek. Just over 1.3 miles from the trailhead, a spur trail accesses five backcountry camping spots. To continue onto Calypso Cascades stay to the left at this junction. At 1.7 miles, an unnamed waterfall appears and another two-tenths of a mile further up trail is Calypso Cascades which are created by Cony Creek and fan out across a steep granite cliff. It flows under two bridges above the confluence with North St Vrain Creek. Above Calypso Cascades sporadic views of the surrounding mountains, including Longs
Peak and Mt. Meeker are visible. The trail winds up a north-facing valley wall, passing for a short time through an area stricken by the 1978 Ouzel Fire. At 2.7 miles, and an elevation of 9,370 feet, snowshoers reach Ouzel Falls, which is impressive in the summer and a frozen tower of ice in winter. Ouzel Falls, Ouzel Creek and Ouzel Lake (2.25 miles further up trail) are all named after the Water Ouzel (or dipper), which is a small bird that dives under the water in search of food. Always be prepared for fast-changing weather and be aware of the symptoms of hypothermia. Stop at any visitor center to get the latest weather, snow and avalanche conditions. Skiing or snowshoeing alone is not recommended. Go with a companion, and let others know your planned route and return time. For more information, call Rocky Mountain National Park Visitor Information at 970.586.1206 or the Backcountry Office at 970.586.1242.
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There’s more than one way to experience outdoor winter fun. Many find the thrill and adventure of walking in the snow in pristine areas far outweigh the experience of paying to schuss down an icy slope. If you are new to winter sports, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are quick to learn and fun for all ages making them perfect for families and groups and they are a great way to get some exercise. For those interested in learning how to experience nature while enjoying the winter landscape, the 19th annual Winter Trails Day takes place on Jan. 11. Winter Trails Day is a nationwide event, with free or discounted access to many cross country (nordic) ski trails and snowshoe trails, free tours, free rentals and more. For 2014, Keystone Nordic Center, Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Vista Verde Ranch, and Pagosa Springs Golf Course have events planned for Winter Trails Day. You must reserve your free passes in advance at most places, so be sure to plan ahead. Visit www.snowlink.com/wintertrails. aspx to learn more.
Photo courtesy Loveland Ski Area
out – aside from access to really big mountains – is our really experienced guides, and equipment that we provide [Liberty Powder Skis] and a state of the art snow cat experience allowing for comfortable trek up and back down the mountain,” Power Addiction’s Jen Harper said.
Estes Park Outfitters
For a more unique touch to snowcat skiing, the folks at Estes Park Outfitters use their extensive backcountry experience. Offering horseback tours in the summer and big game hunts in the fall for the last 27 years, the mountain based company started the only snow cat operation in Estes Park last year. A typical two-hour tour takes guests behind locked forest gates and up Twin Sisters Mountain to a luxurious backcountry mountain lodge and 20 pristine acres. Extend your trip to include an overnight stay and sleep in the unique, rustic retreat at 9,200 feet, “with no roof tops for miles.” All day or overnight trips can be customized to accommodate any outdoor skill level from snowshoeing on groomed trails to private backcountry skiing on closed forest service roads. “If you are tired of crowds, we can take you to an all-day or all-weekend adventure without seeing another soul. You can bring your own hot or cold beverages and enjoy your own unique experience and check out the amazing views of Twin Sisters Mountain and the Front Range including Denver and Boulder, like you have never seen it. It doesn’t get any better than this,” Estes Park Outfitters Owner Tim Resch said.
LOVELAND SKI AREA Exit 216 Interstate 70, Georgetown www.skiloveland.com • 303-571-5580 WINTER PARK RESORT 85 Parsenn Road, Winter Park www.winterparkresort.com • 970-726-5514 POWER ADDICTION 15 Parry Peak Way, #400, Winter Park www.powderaddiction.com • 970-726-5442 ESTES PARK OUTFITTERS 5229 Little Valley Dr., Estes Park www.estesparkoutfitters.com • 970 215-7064
Outdoor Divas Women’s Demo – Loveland Ski Area January 2-5 Santa’s North Pole Adventure – Georgetown Loop Railroad January 3 Friday Night Mini Rail Jams – Winter Park Resort January 3-4 Michael Panzeca – Bonkerz Comedy Club at Mardi Gras Casino January 4 Walk For The Westleys – Estes Park Mountain Shop/Lake Estes Trail
Meditating for Your Life Workshop – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat
Winter Park Silver Bullet Base Bash – Derailer Bar January 4-5 Bolle Age Class - GS Race – Winter Park Resort January 5-26 Shambhava Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat
January 7 Broomball – Winter Park Resort Rise & Shine Rando Series (3 of 4) – Arapahoe Basin January 8 Estes Valley Model Railroaders – Estes Valley Library Ski With a Ranger Day – Loveland Ski Area January 9 Anand Restorative Yoga – The Yoga Room Idaho Springs Ski Hooky with 95.7FM The Party – Loveland Ski Area January 10 Games Night – Idaho Springs Library Young Adult Game Night – Nederland Community Library Friday Night Mini Rail Jams – Winter Park Resort Grange Community Meeting – Golden Gate Grange Community Center
January 10-11 John Hilder – Bonkerz Comedy Club at Mardi Gras Casino January 11 Ice Racing: Studs & Cheaters – Georgetown Lake Dances of Universal Peace – The StarHouse Game Night – CCCIA Community Hall Pints & Poses – Tadasana Mountain Yoga VANS King of the Grommets – Winter Park Resort January 11-12 Total Mountain Climbing – Estes Valley Library Burton Women’s Ride Camp & Women’s Ski Weekend – Winter Park Resort
Backcountry Babes: Tele Tune-Up & Steeps Camp – Loveland Ski Area
January 12 Ice Racing: Bare Rubber – Georgetown Lake Bent Gate Mountaineering Demo Day – Loveland Ski Area
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January 1 First Day Hike – Golden Gate Canyon State Park Free New Years Day Yoga – The Yoga Room Idaho Springs January 2 Estes Park Equestrian Club – Estes Valley Library Informational Panel and Community Dialogue on Alternative Energy in Nederland –Nederland
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MOUNTAIN CULTURE – high-country living and activities
New year ushers in recreational marijuana laws
By Jeffrey V Smith cess, each municipality has created its own unique regulations, tax structures and procedures. It can be confusing for store FRONT RANGE fter much anticipation, and some trepidation, the world’s owners and operators, as well as locals and out-of-state visitors. first government-licensed recreational marijuana stores In the Peak to Peak and nearby regions, a patchwork of varying made history and opened in Colorado, Jan. 1. Many more laws exist. Estes Park and Loveland, for example, have banned will open throughout the month and coming year. While the state marijuana sales all together, including medical, but Larimer Counhas more than 500 medical marijuana dispensaries, only 160 ap- ty has approved sales in its unincorporated areas. The city of Lyplied to make recreational sales and just 136 were approved for ons is taking a wait-and-see approach. The town has medical marijuana dispensaries, but enacted a temporary by the state in its first round of licensing. moratorium on recreational sales. Since only businesses with existing liBoulder County, Nederland, Gilpin Councenses could apply, for now, and strict zonty, Central City, Black Hawk, Clear Creek ing restrictions, sophisticated “seed to sale” County, Idaho Springs, Empire and Georgetracking and a long list of security and surtown all took care of adopting local laws earveillance measures must to be in place belier than most and cleared the way for their fore a business can open, even fewer stores dispensaries to apply for state approval. had received local approval by the start of With local moratoriums, bans and a lack the year. Only eight stores in Denver, for of existing businesses, the Peak to Peak example, were expected to have cleared all area north of Nederland started the year the hurdles to open New Years Day. Boulder with no recreational sales. It is a different dispensaries are barred from applying for story, however, south of the town. Alterstate licenses all together until Jan. 2. native Medical Supplies in unincorporated By comparison, many of the established Gilpin County received state approval for dispensaries in Gilpin and Clear Creek January sales as did The Annie’s Dispencounties received approval from the state The Annie’s Dispensary in Central City sary and Green Grass Alternative Mediin the first round of licensing and were ready recently remodeled its sales room. cine in Central City. for sales on Jan. 1. Additionally, Nederland’s Canary’s Song dispensary became the only Boulder County busi- Locally owned Green Grass decided to remodel its store to keep ness to receive a state license. The store, however, must still pass recreational and medical sales separate and over the past year expanded its grow to keep up with medical patients and just finished a local hearing, Jan. 21, before sales can begin. When Colorado residents voted to became one of the first another expansion for the retail side. “We really do not know what state to legalize recreational marijuana, with 54 percent of vot- to expect come the 1st. Our goal is to keep our high standards of ers in favor, the law required local governments to create rules quality and always have our shelves full,” owner Brandon Cowand establish a local licensing procedure. It also allowed coun- hey said. The store is proud to grow 100 percent of its product and ties or towns to ban recreational sales all together. In the proContinued on page 10
Winter Park Carnival celebrates winter, Mary Jane WINTER PARK Winter Park’s Winter Carnival, a twoday celebration of Mary Jane’s 38th birthday, Jan. 25-26, invites everyone to take part in live music, an all-day party at Club Car, a snow-sculpture contest, cross country ski race, silent auction, fireworks and a main street parade. There’s even a Mary Jane and “The Miner” look-alike contest. The annual Winter Park Winter Carnival Parade, Jan. 26, begins at 6 p.m. with fireworks to follow. The theme of this
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year’s parade is “Seasons of the Seven.” Cash prizes are awarded for the top three float winners. New this year, the Winter Park Fraser Chamber partnered with Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa to create the Stagecoach Classic. The 30km/15km classic cross country ski race and tour starts at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, traverses through the former Idlewild Ski Area and finishes with a post-race after party with live music at Hideaway Park, 78821 Main St.,
in downtown Winter Park. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on site. This is a rare chance to ski such a beautiful, “off the map” course. This will be the only time this winter that this trail system will be connected and groomed for skier access. A portion of the race and tour proceeds will go toward the Trout Unlimited campaign to protect and preserve the Fraser River. Visit www.playwinterpark.com for more information.
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‘Ski with a Ranger Day’ highlights ski area, National Forest relationship By Jeffrey V. Smith GEORGETOWN The US Forest Service and Loveland Ski Area have teamed up again this year to host Ski with a Ranger Day twice each month throughout winter. This fun, free program is an effort to educate the public about the relationship between ski areas and the Forest Service. “The Ski with a Ranger program is basically an interpretive program on skies or a snowboard. It was created to provide more of a Forest Service presence in the public’s eye, emphasize the partnership between us and Loveland Ski Area and promote the natural, cultural and spiritual qualities of National Forest Land,” Clear Creek Ranger District Mount Evans Lead Interpreter Jeremiah Hyslop said. The program started last year and there was an average of eight participants, from children to older adults, in each program.
Nancy McNab (Volunteer Snow Ranger) gathers participants of Ski with a Ranger Day at Ptarmigan Roost Warming Hut.
“The type of people that tend to go are in some ways the type of folks that go to Loveland Ski Area,” Hyslop said. “Many of the ski area users are locals. People who live in the area tend to be interested in spending time with a forest ranger and
Treasure Trunk like on-air flea market By George Watson IDAHO SPRINGS Treasure Trunk, a new show on Idaho Springs’ KYGT radio, helps listeners buy, sell, trade, donate or bargain for anything, Wednesdays, from 7-9 p.m. Host Tracy Stokes has designed the program to be like an on-air flea market. “I had this idea that a show just like Treasure Trunk would be perfect for this amazing community radio station here in our picturesque mountain town,” Stokes said. “I also believed it could catch on quickly with our worldwide livestream listenership base.” The show features lively banter, an onair “Yak Attack” with special guests from around the country and the occasional cohost. Anyone who enjoys using Ebay and Craigslist, will find the show useful as it is a great opportunity to list just about anything that can be picked up or shipped. “This show is going to be great fun for everyone – you know what they say, one man’s ‘junk’ is certainly another man’s treasure,” Stokes said. The KYGT Treasure Trunk debuted in October and recent shows have included live interviews with python wrestlers, music producers and an old friend from England who played with the Beatles for two weeks but told Paul McCartney he didnʼt want to continue playing three-chord music. The Treasure Trunk is looking for everything from musical instruments to furniture, household items to bicycles and appliances. All items are given a number, placed on the KYGT Treasure Trunk website the next day and remain for sale from the online show archives. Join in for the fun - you ever know who is going to call in and what treasure might turn up. To participate, call in after 7:30 p.m. You will be asked how you heard about the Treasure Trunk, provide contact information
and, if you want, a frequent caller ID that can be used over and over again and passed on to friends and family. Frequent callers are entered into drawings for prizes after three call-ins over three separate shows Call in if you are selling, trading, donating. If you’re looking for a particular item you can describe it; size, dimension, color and other descriptive info is helpful, or you can e-mail a photo of the item and it will be added to that particular show archive next to your item’s number. For more information e-mail kygt email@example.com or visit the website at www.kygttreasuretrunk.com.
learning about their environment.” The hour-long program starts at the Ptarmigan Roost Warming Hut and ends at the base of Tango Road. The theme of the program is “Loveland Ski Area is an example of interrelationships.” There are four stops along the way, including the start of the program at Ptarmigan Roost. Topics include alpine ecology, winter ecology, local history and the partnership between the Forest Service and Loveland Ski Area. According to Hyslop, most people have no idea of how the Forest Service and a ski area work together. “My sense is that most people are unaware that the majority of ski areas in Colorado and the country are on USFS land,” he said. “Even more are unaware that these ski areas operate under a special use permit from the USFS.” The Clear Creek rangers attempt to set their program apart from others like it by following the teachings of the National Association for Interpretation on how to develop and deliver an interpretive program. “We feel this is paying off because we’ve gotten positive feedback from both Loveland Ski Area and Forest Service employees who have been on the program, Hyslop said. “Both have said that they’ve learned things that they didn’t know.” The Clear Creek office also staffs a
Conradt Fredell talks to Ski with a Ranger Day participants about the Eisenhower Tunnel.
booth during National Ski Safety week and facilitates a Junior Snow Ranger event with the ski school. To take part, simply meet at Ptarmigan Roost Cabin at the top of Chair 2 for a run with the Snow Ranger. The Ski With a Ranger Program takes place twice a month until the end of the season. Ski With a Ranger Dates include Jan. 8 and 25, Feb. 12 and 22, March 12 and 29, April 9 and 26. Wednesday events take place at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday events are held at both 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. It is recommended to get to the meeting area 15 minutes early. Visit www.skiloveland.com or www. fs.usda.gov for more information.
Recreational sales licensing difficult, exciting for owners ent answers,” he said. “The laws are not clearly written. But, part of that problem is lawmakers have a number of variables to deal with that make it extremely difficult. It’s not easy to make it cut and dry without raising opposition in some areas.” More than anything, stores selling legal recreational marijuana are excited they no longer have to turn anyone away. “People are very excited about legalization. Ever since amendment 64 passed, we have had many people a day from all over looking to purchase some legal cannabis,” Cowhey said. “Just last week we had a nice man from England that heard weed was legal. Unfortunately we had to tell him he was three weeks early.” Seigel says, “it seems that people outside the state of Colorado have not a clue as to what’s really going on. The day after the election I turned away about 4050 people… there’s not been a single day since the election where I haven’t had at least a two or three people try to buy marijuana without a red card.” Regardless, Seigel is looking forward to “paving the way for a new and exciting industry in Clear Creek County that will,
hope to continue to do so. Adding to the confusion and headache, before state approval of dispensaries like those in Central City had to get approval in the store’s hometown as well as in Denver where they cultivate their product due to a ban on local grow operations. Background checks at all levels, large fees, unclear packaging requirements, changes to surveillance and tracking as well as required changes to a store sales area—at locations that do not ban under-21 medical sales—are only the tip of the iceberg to selling recreational pot. In Clear Creek County, The Kine Mine and Ever-Green Wellness in Idaho Springs, Serene Wellness in Empire and Sergeant Green Leaf in Georgetown were all licensed by both their local governments and the state by December. All expected to be ready to open for recreational sales, Jan. 1. At the Kine Mine, another locally operated business, manager and newly-elected Idaho Spring Chamber of Commerce President Jason Seigel said jumping through all the hoops to sell recreational marijuana “has been the most insane process anyone could imagine.” He explained ever-changing regulations along with an infinite number of interpretations of them, has made the process even more difficult. “If you ask 10 different people what the regulations are, you will get 10 differ-
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HIGH FIVE – get to know your neighbors
hat brought you to the area W and why do you choose to stay? A change of career and to own a new business
Mike “Hilldaddy” Hillman Mayor Idaho Springs Owner Wildfire Restaurant
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas Current Residence: Idaho Springs Time in Region: 8+ years Family Status: Married; Nine children: four boys, five girls ages 9-25
What do you like to do for fun when not working? Take the top off of my Corvette and ride through the mountains with my wife
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hopefully, provide the tax revenue it would take to bring this town to the next level. I am also just excited to be a part of the newest industry in the world. It’s been about as chaotic as anyone could imagine, but it’s happening and it’s happening now.” Green Grass’ Cowhey agrees. “As a business owner, I feel that we are blessed to be in such a evolving industry,” he said. “We hope to give this young industry a good name as we are being watched, not only by the country, but the world.” As of Jan. 1, Colorado residents age 21 and older can possess and buy up to an ounce of marijuana from a licensed store and grow up to six plants. Out-of-state visitors can buy up to a quarter ounce. Marijuana use, sales and cultivation remain illegal under federal law. It is also against the law to use it in public, drive under the influence, provide it to anyone under 21 or take it across state lines. Also, Colorado law does not apply in national parks, national forests (including ski area runs), monuments or other federal properties. Visit www.colorado.gov or a local government’s website to learn more about the state’s laws and regulations where you live.
hat do you like most about W living in the region? The people, the views and being just far enough away from the city
ow did you come to be in H your position or line of work? Had a business in Texas and always wanted to own a restaurant and the opportunity happened
hat is the best advice W you’ve received? Always stand for what you believe, and you have to give respect to earn respect
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Difficult, but fun, Sourdough Snowshoe race continues to grow each year By George Watson NEDERLAND The 5th annual Sourdough Snowshoe Race, Jan. 25, is a difficult, but fun, race covering 11.4 miles and 30K on marked courses limited to 74 racers. “I started the race 5 years ago because the 20 mile snowshoe race in Leadville stopped. I trained on the Sourdough Trail and I did not have to use I-70 to get to it,” Race Director Kevin Lund said. He says the race, which has no fees, has gathered a good following and grown each
year even though he pulls it off on a shoestring budget. “I talk with local companies to support the race with items donated. I have great supporters of the race. Primal Wear, American Rec, Runners Roost, Boulder Running Co, BOA Technology, Keps Balls and Vi Endurance and SporTea all have been super supportive of the race. My friend built the website for free and I put in my time and expense,” Lund said. Snowshoes will be required unless race officials decide that shoes with traction will be permitted due to trail conditions (decided
January 13 Garden Club – Estes Valley Library January 14 Full-Moon Snowshoe Hike: St. Mary’s Glacier – Clear Creek Recreation Center
Broomball – Winter Park Resort January 15 Estes Park Internet & Computer Users Group – Estes Valley Library
January 16 Pinball Tournament – Lyons Classic Pinball Trail Trekkers Mini Adventure Series – Estes Valley Library Connect for Health Colorado – Idaho Spring Library January 17 Friday Night Mini Rail Jams – Winter Park Resort January 17-18 Diaz Mackie – Bonkerz Comedy Club at Mardi Gras Casino January 18 The Nature of Snow Hike – Mud Lake Open Space Pinball Tournament – Flipper McGills Winter Park Silver Bullet Base Bash – Derailer Bar January 18-20 NSAA Safety Month Weekend – Loveland Ski Area January 19 Bee Keeping Class – Lyons Farmette January 20 Free Day – Rocky Mountain National Park January 21 Broomball – Winter Park Resort Rise & Shine Rando Series (4 of 4) – Arapahoe Basin January 22 Bob’s Bump Jamboree – Winter Park Resort January 23 Trail Trekkers Mini Adventure Series – Estes Valley Library Inversions Workshop – The Yoga Room Idaho Springs January 24 Heroes, Villains, Dames & Disasters – Idaho Springs Library Friday Night Mini Rail Jams – Winter Park Resort January 24-25 Forrest Shaw – Bonkerz Comedy Club at Mardi Gras Casino January 24-26 Bob’s Mogul Camp – Winter Park Resort
on race day). This is a difficult race, so Lund expects participants to know their abilities, carry extra food, water and clothing. Racers will rendezvous at the Nederland Community Center for registration and race number pick-up and drive/carpool to the race start. The race will begin at the south parking lot of the Sourdough Trail near the CU Research Center. Restroom are available at the start. There will also be an aid station at 5.7 miles for both races and 12.5 miles for the 30K. “There are two distances the racers can
choose, 11.4 miles or 30K,” Lund explained. “The 30K race is a real challenge to racers with the up and down through the trees.” The event is intended to be a difficult and any and all plans can change due to conditions for runners safety. While Lund doesn’t have trouble getting people to participate, getting volunteers to work the aid station and help at the finish can be more difficult. Visit www.sourdoughsnowshoerac.wix. com/sourdough-snowshoe-race to sign up or for more information.
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January 25 Sourdough Snowshoe Race – Nederland Winter Park Silver Bullet Base Bash – Derailer Bar Ice Racing: Studs & Cheaters – Georgetown Lake Ski With a Ranger Day – Loveland Ski Area Winter Ecology: A Snowshoeing Trek for Kids & Families – Rocky Mountain Nature Association
January 25-26 Mary Jane’s Birthday Bash – Club Car Winter Park Winter Carnival & Fireworks – Winter Park Total Mountain Climbing – Estes Valley Library January 26 Ice Racing: Bare Rubber – Georgetown Lake January 27 Amateur Radio Club Class – Estes Park Memorial Observatory January 27-February 2 Silent Meditation and Pottery Retreat – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat
January 28 Broomball – Winter Park Resort January 30 Trail Trekkers Mini Adventure Series – Estes Valley Library January 31-February 1 Tomer Benvenisti – Bonkerz Comedy Club at Mardi Gras Casino January 31-February 2 Winter Fest – YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center February 1 Winter Subalpine Ecology & Cross-country Ski Adventure – Rocky Mountain Nature Association WEEKLY EVENTS Sunday Sunday Community Yoga – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Maya Vinyasa Flow, Gentle Yoga – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Mat Pilates w/Nicole – Yoga Room Idaho Springs Ashtanga Yoga w/Christi – Lyons Yoga & Wellness Monday Iyengar Level 1/2 – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Matter of Balance – Walt Self Community Building International Folkdance, Get Movin’ – Nederland Community Center
Megan Vallender Yoga – Alternative Medical Supply Poker Tournament – West Winds Tavern
Gentle Yoga w/Joelle, Yoga w/Abby – CCCIA Community Hall Yoga – Golden Gate Grange Curling – Nederland Ice Rink 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 w/Sara – Lyons Yoga & Wellness
Tuesday Texas Hold’em Poker Series Showdown – Wheel Bar Pool Tournament – Mother’s Saloon Trivia Night – 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 Cardio Burn w/Monique, Bible Study – Gilpin Community Center
Pickelball, Get Movin’, Hatha Yoga, Community Clothing Closet – Nederland Community Center Yoga w/Peggy – Wild Basin Lodge Curling – Nederland Ice Rink Vinyasa Yoga w/Cherie – Yoga Room Idaho Springs Beginning Yoga, Continuing Yoga – Clear Creek Recreation Center
Moms and Babies Yoga, Vinyasa Flow – Tadasana Mountain Yoga
Spanish for Beginners, Give Me A Break, Nia, Aquacize, Adult Strengthen Stretch & Balance, Hatha Yoga – Gilpin Community Center
Curling – Nederland Ice Rink Poker Night – Outlaw Saloon Thursday Locals Night – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Hula Hoop, Yoga Sculpt – Clear Creek Recreation Center Yoga w/Pam – The Old Gallery Yoga w/Peggy – Wild Basin Lodge Give Me A Break – Gilpin County Community Center Gentle Yoga, Yoga/Pilates Fusion – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Tai Chi, Drop-In Basketball – Nederland Community Center Yoga for Conditioning w/Alana – Lyons Yoga & Wellness Friday 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 Community Hall Yoga, Aquacize, Senior “Sit & Be Fit” Class – Gilpin Community Center
Run n Meditate, Quiet Refuge Hour, Gentle Yoga w/ Rebecca, Yoga for Kickass Ski Legs – Lyons Yoga & Wellness Saturday Poker Night – Outlaw Saloon Curling – Nederland Ice Rink 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 Center
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Run n Meditate, Quiet Refuge Hour, Gentle Yoga w/Rebecca, Restorative Yoga w/Christi – Lyons Yoga & Wellness
Thursday Local’s Night – Chipper’s Lanes Estes Park Dog Obedience, Cardio Burn, Give Me A Break, Hatha Yoga, Kickboxing, Aquacize, Tae Kwon Do – Gilpin
January 10-12 Sandzén in Estes Park Gallery Tour – Estes Park Museum January 14 Music Education Workshop – Estes Valley Library January 15 Sculpting in Clay – Gilpin Recreation Center January 16 Stitchers Get-Together – Gilpin Recreation Center January 21 Music Education Workshop – Estes Valley Library January 22 Sculpting in Clay – Gilpin Recreation Center January 23 Estes Park Area Weavers Guild – Estes Valley Library January 24 Young Adult Movie Night – Nederland Community Library January 26 Art Eats – Estes Park Museum January 28 Music Education Workshop – Estes Valley Library January 29 Sculpting in Clay – Gilpin Recreation Center WEEKLY ARTS Sunday Museum Open – Nederland Mining Museum Monday NAS Movie Matinee – Backdoor Theater Stitch ‘n Rippers Quilters – New Covenant Church Folk Dancing in the Mountains – Nederland Com-
Clear Creek Chorale – CCMRD Center Swing Dancing Lessons – Appenzell Inn Tuesday Story Time – Idaho Springs Library Planet Motion Dance – Nederland Community Center
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January 1-4 Celebrating the Season: 11th Annual Holiday Art Exhibition – Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park January 1-5 Read with a Ranger – Fall River Visitor Center/RMNP January 1-12 Depth of Fields Exhibit – Visitors Center Showcase Gallery January 1-August 3 Sandzén in Estes Park – Estes Park Museum January 2 Estes Valley Quilt Guild – Estes Valley Library Stitchers Get-Together – Gilpin Recreation Center January 3 Ladies No. 1 Literary Society – The Old Gallery January 6 Meet Me @ The Museum – Estes Park Museum January 7 Quirky Quilters – Nederland Community Library January 8 Sculpting in Clay – Gilpin Recreation Center January 9 Coal Creek Canyon Book Club (Still Missing) – Coal
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MOUNTAIN ARTS – galleries, artists and crafts people
‘Flood Mugs’ therapeutic for artist, recipients By Jeffrey V. Smith COAL CREEK CANYON urvivors of last Septembers floods have many different ways of managing their emotions about the event, for Coal Creek Canyon resident Cindy Riegel, it’s making “flood mugs.” “I started making the flood mugs on the fourth day of the flood, the potter said. “After torrential rains and watching rivers flowing where none had flowed before, the only thing I could do to feel better was paint pottery.” Riegel, who is an M.D. at an urgent care facility, initially created the mugs to benefit her own needs, but eventually began given them to others impacted by the flood and found they have been “extremely therapeutic for me and the people getting them.” Each of the hand-made creations is painted by Riegel. Many of the first mugs are adorned with a sunflower painting, which also has special meaning. “A sunflower I had raised in a pot all summer that still hadn’t bloomed, finally decided to bloom in what little sun there was.,” she said. “Everything else was still sopping wet and drooping. What a sight!” The mugs and other creations in the “flood” series, have now grown to include other images besides sunflowers “be-
cause I can’t keep painting just sunflowers.” According to Riegel, her poppies were the next “survivors” and inspiration from the flood. Stellar Jays also became an inspiration when they were once again “squawking and reminding us how tenacious we all are.” Riegel, a third generation Colorado native, was born in Boulder and has lived in rural Colorado her entire life. Her grandfather was a coal miner immigrant from Italy and her father was a forest ranger whose first job was as on the fire lookout at Twin Sisters. Her love of the area, she says, is “life long” and has always been inspired by nature and the local flora and fauna. She attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine, but also studied art which has continued to be a serious pursuit. Four years ago Riegel—who is married and cares for three dogs, three cats, a sugarglider and a beehive—built a fully-equipped pottery studio on land around her home in Coal Creek Canyon. She encourages local residents to use the studio to learn pottery and pursue their creative instincts. The studio is open free of charge with voluntary contributions for electrical bills. She does not formally teach but can often be found offering advice and informal education in all aspects of ceramics. Continued on page 13
Allenspark, Estes Park groups combine for chamber music series ALLENSPARK By combining forces with the Allenspark Community Cultures Council (ACCC), The Chamber Music Society of Estes Park (CMSEP) is able to present a series of fine chamber music concerts to Allenspark residents. The two organizations of chamber music lovers have come together in order to make live chamber music performances more frequent and more easily accessible. The new format is called Peak to Peak Concerts with participating musicians evenly divided between the ACCC and CMSEP communities. Most performances are held in Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran
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Church, 2000 Ptarmigan Trail. Admission is free and open to the public, but a $10 donation is suggested to defray costs. The next Peak to Peak Concerts offering, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m., features two groups from Estes Park: The Trail Ridge Trio of flute, clarinet, and piano and Vocalease featuring a soprano, alto, tenor and bass. The Feb. 18 concert will also include Estes Park acts. This time it’s The Qs Strings and the Four French Horns. The concert on Feb. 23, held at Presbyterian Community Church, features musicians from the entire Peak to Peak region including Barbara Barber on violin, Cobus DuToit on flute and David Korevaar on piano.
The final two concerts will be given by Boulder pianist David Korevaar and Margaret Patterson and Betsy Skinner of Allenspark. The newly combined ACCC and CMSEP Boards—consisting of Kathryn Bowers, Lynette Johnson, Margie Patterson, Louise Pinkow and Betsy Skinner— welcome additional members to help sponsor these chamber music concerts. CMSEP also sponsors an annual concert by the world-famous Takacs String Quartet. For more information, call Lynette Johnson at 303-586-2192 or speak to any of the board members at one of the postperformance receptions.
Tour Sandzén exhibit with curator ESTES PARK The Estes Park Museum presents a curator-lead gallery tour of the temporary “Sandzén in Estes Park” exhibit, Jan. 11, from 3-4 p.m. Estes Park celebrated the arrival of Swedish artist Birger Sandzén (1871 – 1954) in 1925, when he helped establish and teach for a branch of Denver’s Chapell School of Art. Sandzén was fascinated by the challenges of depicting the beautiful local landscape, and would continue to summer in Estes Park until his death in 1954. Discover how the renowned artist, often referred to as “America’s Van Gogh,” inspired the community of Estes Park artists with his enthusiasm for art enrichment. The temporary exhibit “Sandzén in Estes Park” will feature paintings and graphics of the mountainscapes for
Art Eats On Sunday, Jan. 26 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. families,
couples and friends are invited to visit the new paintings on display in a short gallery tour and learn about the “impasto”style of painting for which artist Birger Sandzén became widely acclaimed. Impasto is a technique where paint, like cake frosting, is applied thickly to a surface in order to create texture. After a short demonstration, participants will apply different color frosting to a personal marble
Wednesday Art Group – The Old Gallery Give Me A Break – Gilpin County Community Center Drop In Artists – Eco-Arts Lounge @ Wild Bear Baby Story Time – Nederland Community Library NAS Watercolor Painting – Nederland Community Presbyterian Church
Children’s Story Hour – Gilpin County Library Estes Park Anime Club, Leading Edge for Entrepreneurs Workshop – Estes Valley Library Thursday Story Time – Estes Valley Library Preschool Story Time, Toddler Story Time – Nederland Community Library
Friday Story Time – Estes Valley Library
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Sunset, Estes Park, Colorado 1921 oil by Birger Sandzén
which Sandzén became so well-known. The tour is free and no reservations are necessary. Estes Park Museum is located at 200 Fourth St. in Estes Park. Call Alicia Mittelman at 970-577-3762 with any questions.
cake creating an edible impasto masterpiece of their own. The cake decorating is led by pastry chef Carol Smith of Heavenly Pastries & Confections in Estes Park. Cost is $18 for a 6” cake or $25 for an 8” cake to take home at the end of the activity. Gluten free chocolate cake is available. Space is limited to 24 participants and registration is required. Contact Alicia Mittelman at 970-577-3762 to sign-up. The program also takes place, Feb. 2, at 10:30 a.m. . Registration is currently open for both days and payment is necessary during registration.
Riegel’s love of art, the local flora and fauna and her neighbors—many of which were seriously impacted by the unprecedented flood waters—came together in her creating the “flood mugs.” Those that have received the mugs appreciate the positive gesture and a small remembrance of the life-changing rains. She says she “feels privileged to be able to live in such a close knit supportive and artistic community.” The demand for Riegel’s “flood mugs” is so high, she is now selling them to anyone interested. Each mug costs from $12 to $18 with 20 percent of the cost going to Canyon Cares Flood Relief. She is also willing to do custom work. “I will make one and customize it for you if you have a saying you would like on it. Mine was ‘Gap or Gross?’ I have orders to do personalized ones for people who did a lot of work during the flood but didn’t get recognized, like firemen, volunteers, CDOT, road crew members and members of sheriff’s departments. I also have quite
a few people who want bowls or plates instead of mugs.” Riegel also says she wants to be sure anyone who was impacted by the flood gets one if they want one. “If you want a mug and can’t afford it, I will make you one anyway. I will continue making them as long as people want them,” she said. Pretty much all of the mugs, bowls or plates are now to be personalized, which is what Riegel prefers. “It means more to me to do them. Everyone has a personal history with this flood and I am doing the mugs for that reason. I will not sell them through any shops.” The mugs, and other items, take about two to three weeks to get thrown and bisque fired and then every one is painted by hand, so “they take awhile.” If you are interested in getting your own “flood mug,” contact Riegel by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a message at 303-642-0289. She is also an active member of Tricounty Mountain Crafters and Mountain Artisans Guild and can be reached via their Facebook pages.
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Bill Groh – Lewis Sweet Shop (EM) Julie Kruger, Victor Bunin & Mario Puerini – Stanley Hotel Concert Hall (EP)
January 8 First Wednesday Music Club – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (LY) January 10 Adrienne O, Electric Soul – Pioneer Inn (NED) Potcheen – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (LY) January 11 Mountain Standard Time – Stage Stop (RV) Andrew Wynne – Alpine Restaurant & Bar (GT) Long Road Home – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (LY) Lori Flynn – Rock Inn (EP) January 12 Ginger Roots – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (LY) Tom McNeil of Rented Friends – Lewis Sweet Shop (EM) Colorado Symphony Orchestra Horn Quartet – Stanley Hotel Concert Hall (EP)
January 15 Tribute Night – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (LY)
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January 2 Peanut Butter Lovesickle – Pioneer Inn (NED) January 3 Captain Quirk & the Cosmic Rangers – Pioneer Inn (NED) Ash Ganley – Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ & Taphouse (LY) David Booker – Alpine Restaurant & Bar (GT) Paula Nelson Band – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (LY) January 4 Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool – United Center (IS) LC’s Latin Groove Band – Stage Stop (RV) Mark’s Midnight Carnival Show – Pioneer Inn (NED) Tom McNeil of Rented Friends – Lewis Sweet Shop (EM) Tiffany Christopher Band – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (LY) Shaefer Welch – Rock Inn (EP) January 5 Justin Hoffenberg & Martin Gilmore – Oskar Blues
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Ridnell says performing with son ‘best thing ever’
By Jeffrey V. Smith main love these days is performing with his son, Miles. “It’s the best thing ever,” Ridnell said. NEDERLAND fter more than 20 years in Nederland, guitarist Jon Rid- Ridnell has been playing music with his son for as long as nell has become the model mountain musician. He plays he can remember, but since Miles graduated from high school a a wide-range of styles, gigs with several different acts, couple of years ago, the two have been working professionally regularly sits-in with friends and has even raised a son who’s much more often. Miles plays bass in Ridnell’s New Family Dog project, which plays a “progressive, become an important member of his funky, jam, weirdness” mix of styles main band. Most of all, he likes to and the Country Dog band, which keep it local when showcasing his is an acoustic version of the same “on-your-feet, contagious blend of thing featuring Jordan Ramsey. Both blues-rock-funk-grazz.” routinely play regional venues, local Ridnell—known locally as events and festivals around the state. Blackdog—arrived in the Neder“We write and play as many styles land area from his home state of as possible,” Ridnell said. “The New York in the early 1990s as rock and roll and blues are always an experienced touring musician there, of course, we have a lot of and former protégé of jazz guitaroriginal tunes as well. But dependist Link Chamberlain. He jumped ing on the gig we might even throw right into the local music scene and in our versions of Miles Davis or has been a principal part of it ever Miles and Jon “Blackdog” Ridnell Earl Scruggs. Whatever gets you since. In the last two years, Ridnell Photo by Jeffrey V. Smith moving.” A new album from New has performed more than 500 times and released four independent studio projects including albums Family Dog is expected soon. with Sally Van Meter and Nicole Priola and his bands Horndog Ridnell and his son also play together as a duo for monthly jazz nights at the Wild Mountain Smokehouse in Nederland. and Country Dog. Despite his teeming talent, industry friends and enviable Catch them on Jan. 23 this month. achievements, Ridnell chooses to keep his career locally—and “[Miles] has gone ahead of me with his playing,” Ridnell family—focused. While the hard-working musician may play said, “and harmonizing with your son is really good!” Miles in all kinds of bands—including a satirical hip-hop ensemble, a can now play stand-up bass, “which I can’t,” he said. “He’ll horn-driven funk ensemble, a zydeco crew, various Americana be able to play with anybody in a few years.” The proud father groups as well as in duos and solo jazz and acoustic gigs—his Continued on page 19
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Duo creates simple, heartfelt acoustic music LYONS After thousands of concerts across tens-of-thousands of miles, Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda have emerged as one of acoustic America’s most revered musical duos. The pair play a show, Jan. 18, in Lyons at Rogers Hall with special guest Justin Roth. High Street Concerts friends and volunteers have been working hard to recover and rebuild from the devastation of the September 2013 floods. This show will be the organization’s first postflood concert. As story-tellers, as singers, as poets and as parents—they tour with their two small children—Mike + Ruthy are heralds Mike + Ruthy of an American cultural awakening that values honesty and togetherness, prefers grit to glitz, and revels in the old-fashioned story telling. Described as “rich, vintage Americana” by Time Out NY, Mike + Ruthy’s 2012 Woody Guthrie collaboration “My New York City” is being hailed as one of the most gorgeous pieces ever to have come out of the archive. It has been said, Mike + Ruthy, who’ve been on the music-making road together for over a decade, are “carrying the torch for simple, heartfelt acoustic music with a direct line back to the Carter Family via Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan and even the Byrds.” An evening
spent with Mike + Ruthy promises to thrill your senses, raise your spirits, and delve deep into your soul. Opening the evening is nationally touring singer-songwriter and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist Justin Roth. Hailing from Ft. Collins, he combines an artful blend of hooks laid on a bed of inventive guitar technique, bridging contemporary and indie/alt folk. Justin has been leading crews to volunteer with cleaning up Planet Bluegrass this fall, and all proceeds from his recent song and video, Rise, inspired by September’s flood, are going directly to flood relief. Rogers Hall is located at 4th and High streets in Lyons. Tickets, $15 in advance and $17 at the door, are available online now at www.highstreetconcerts.com and in person at the Stone Cup in Lyons. Visit www.mikeandruthy.com or www. justinroth.com for more information.
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Nederland trio plays high-energy shows ROLLINSVILLE Caribou Mountain Collective, which plays the Stage Stop, Jan. 31, is a progressive bluegrass band based out of Nederland. The trio features the unique songwriting works of Miles Perry on guitar along with Allen Cooke —who took 1st place at the 2013 RockyGrass contest— on Dobro and Curly Collins — known for his work with the original Mountain Standard Time lineup—on bass. Drawing on the revival of roots music and breaking new ground in mountain musical traditions, these young musicians perform high energy shows that keep the house moving all night.
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NEDERLAND Them Raggedy Bones is a six piece outlaw country-folk-rock band featuring two guitars, bass, drums, Dobro and keyboards. Catch the act at the Pioneer Inn in Nederland, Jan. 16 and the Stage Stop in Rollinsville, Jan. 17. The band began in 2012, as an acoustic collaboration between songwriters Andy Matteo and Adam Frishman, known for his work with the Noland McInnis Band. The two found that their similar approaches to country, folk, and blues influenced songs, firmly grounded in the American roots tradition, formed the basis for a strong musical partnership. The addition of Adam’s long-time collaborator Kevin Joseph on bass guitar brought some improvisational flair to the group. With Colorado native Luke Smith on drums, recent Texas transplant Doug Clement on lap steel and Dobro, and keyboard player John Miles rounding out the sound, the band is equally comfortable playing outlaw country, blues, folk, rock ‘n’ roll or embarking on improvisational excursions.
United Center hosts night of ‘Nuskool’ jazz IDAHO SPRINGS Start the new year with a soulful evening of jazz at the United Center in Idaho Springs when Denver trio Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool performs, Jan. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Nuskool is Jon Wirtz on piano, Tyson Ailshie on bass and Daniel Hogans on percussion. Wirtz may be familiar to area fans as he has performed locally at Mangia’s and in a variety of local jams with Idaho Springs musicians Mark and Sarah Morris as well as others around Clear Creek County. His jazz trio allows him to showcase his “prodigious” piano talent. Jon Wirtz While accumulating a diverse brew of influences as a respected sideman in almost every genre, Wirtz had a desire to put together a modern sound fueled by improvisation, groove, risk-taking and a more roots and soulful feel. “Since I moved to Colorado over 9 years ago, I’ve played with countless great musicians, all over the state and country. And
I’m grateful for every gig, every band, every friendship I’ve made, and every note played with so many great people,” Wirtz said. “For years I’ve had in mind a trio arrangement that would combine originality, groove, improvisation, jazz, experimentation, and the courage and attentiveness of its collective members to stray from the plan when the music calls for it.” Nuskool is bringing this vision to fruition. Inspired by the masters of the past as well as the innovators of the present, Nuskool is shaped by “elaborate original compositions, pocket grooves, and forward thinking mentality.” Tickets are $15 at the door. Discount tickets are available in advance in Idaho Springs at Miner Pickin, Java Mountain Roasters and Two Brother’s Deli. Tomay Memorial Library in Georgetown also has tickets for sale. For more information visit www. unitedcenterinc.com. To reserve tickets, please call 303-567-1771 or e-mail the United Center director at email@example.com. The United Center is located at 1440 Colorado Blvd.
Boulder ‘outlaw country’ act plays shows at altitude
ederland’s Gipsy Moon began its endeavor to record a fulllength album of its original material last spring when it began a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project. The new music assembled on “Eventide” was finally released in December. With the help of Daniel Rodriguez of Elephant Revival, the band recorded, mixed, mastered, printed, pressed and will distribute its album in “proper fashion.” To do this, the band estimated it needed to raise at least $10,000 to make its “dream come to life.” Friends, family and fans came through and by May 8, 165 people had contributed $10,205 to the act. Gipsy Moon’s members decided it was “finally time” to make the album after being together for more than a year. Now that it’s complete, the band’s members couldn’t be happier. “We have something that we would like to share with you,” members said. “We, as creative beings have combined our hearts, hands and individual voices to produce a fresh new sound that begs to enter your awareness. What this will do for us is beyond just making a statement or fulfilling dreams; this album will allow us to reach a larger audience, help us book successful tours, connect with the festival scene and even allow us to eat while we are living on the road.” Friend of the band, Andrew Conley, “a cello playing wizard from the Midwest” recently become the act’s newest member and joined them on the recording. “We can assure you that this new, complete incarnation of Gipsy Moon will soothe and uplift all you music lovers to levels quite unknown,” they said. The album is available at www. cdbaby.com. Visit www.gipsymoon. net or find the band on Facebook for additional details on how to purchase the new album. Track List 1. Seven Seas 2. Spring Rain 3. Flyin’ 4. Hunger 5. Walk In The Sky 6. These Mountains 7. Foggy Jungle Breakdown
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8. Right Before The Dawn 9. What Remains 10. Underwater Breathing 11. Embrace the Night 12. Nocturnal 13. Mountain Rain (Before the Flood)
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Band creates psychedelic fusion of styles ROLLINSVILLE The Malai Llama, an electronic-fusion band based out of Rollinsville, will melt your face. The act plays a hometown show at the Stage Stop, Jan. 18. The Malai Llama is a 5-piece instrumental band that combines genres like jazz, rock, and electronica in a psychedelic fusion. Each show is heightened by the energy and passion they pour into their music. The Malai Llama push musical boundaries by combining the real energy of instrumentation with the electronic exploration of synthesizers, turntables and samples in dynamic song structures. People all around Colorado have been moving their feet to their grooves created by
The Malai Lama
Chris Cornwall on drums, John DeSousa on bass, Steven Govanlu on keys and guitar, Matt Flaherty on guitar and Chris Sterling on percussion and turn tables. www.malaillama.com for more information and additional tour dates.
Nederland’s Pine Dwellers play hometown gig NEDERLAND The Pine Dwellers are a fresh, up-andcoming four-piece band from Nederland adding their own, fresh take on the highenergy, grass-roots, Americana sound for which the region is known. The band plays a hometown gig at the Pioneer Inn, Jan. 25. It’s the band’s second visit to the venue. Formed in summer 2013, each of the band’s four musicians bring their own unique aspects and sounds to the group, working together to create new pieces
of music, and “make people dance.” It’s members—Neil Bender on lead vocals and guitar, Dan Perez on bass guitar and vocals, Adam Rucker on lead guitar and Noah Koerner on fiddle—say their music is “guaranteed to make your body shake and keep you on your feet all night long.” The Pine Dwellers are also know for its unique blend of influences, incorporating aspects of “mountain-grass,” Western, funk, jazz, improvisation, Latin, hip-hop, “grass-hop” and others.
Singer-songwriter returns with new energy NEDERLAND Singer-songwriter Darryl Purpose, known for his narrative lyrics and fingerstyle guitar, plays a fundraiser for the Wild Bear Ecology Center’s Eco-Arts Lounge, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. It is the hope of local house-concert host Greg Ching, who hosting the show, that the lounge can raise funds to be able to bring in live music occasionally. Ching, who has played host to two Purpose concerts over his 14 years of house concerts, lost his sound system to water damage in the September flood. Before becoming a professional musician, Purpose was known as one of Darryl Purpose the world’s best professional blackjack players and was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame in 2009. When he was 16 years old, his mother put the book “Beat the Dealer” in his Christmas stocking. He went to Las Vegas as a teenager and began a career as professional card player. Years later, he took time off to walk across the country for peace. In 1996, inspired by his work with a traveling band of musical activists, Purpose began to tour nationally as a solo singer-songwriter. Eight
years, six CDs and a thousand-plus shows later, he was headlining well-known venues. In 2005, he set down his guitar and took a seven-year sabbatical in the Rocky Mountains. During this time, he shepherded the release of “Singer-Songwriter Heaven: the songs of Kevin Faherty.” He also continued to co-captain the Second Strings Project, which is responsible for delivering over 20,000 sets of guitar strings to those who need them all around the world. After seven years away from the singer-songwriter scene, Purpose is back to making music, with a “new energy and a new flair for connecting with audiences.” Live performance is his strength as he connects his audience to his songs with a storyteller’s heart. The Wild Bear Eco-Arts Lounge is located in Nederland’s Caribou Shopping Center next to the Carousel of Happiness. There is a suggested minimum contribution of $20 per person in advance and $25 a person at the door. Kids 12 and under are free. Reservations can be made online at www.tinyurl.com/amhc14-darrylpurpose. For more info on Darryl Purpose visit www.darrylpurpose.com.
Crookston writes universal story songs
GOLD HILL Joe Crookston, artist, writer, singer, guitar picker, painter, claw hammer banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible, plays a special show at the intimate and cozy Gold Hill Store & Café, Jan. 29. The singer-songwriter is literate, poignant and funny as hell. Listeners will be pulled in by the “magic and musical world” he creates and will end up in the moment, “humming and buzzing with the rest of the crowd.” Crookston’s story songs are universal, masterful and his concerts are a grand celebration of all of us. Audiences “ride along mystical, historical, and humorous roads and twist through personal stories along the way.” Through his spirit and Joe Crookston playfulness and his unwavering courage to be himself, audiences find they are lect stories, and write original songs. Space at the Gold Hill Store & Café, moved in ways they didn’t expect. He has been awarded “Album of the 531 Main St., is limited and reservations Year” by the International Folk Alliance are encouraged. E-mail kortmccumber@ and received a year-long songwriting gmail.com to save a space. grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to Visit www.goldhillstore.com or www. travel throughout New York State, col- joecrookston.com to learn more.
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recently finished a recording studio in their Eldora home to allow the two— and others—to record together more. In addition to New Family Dog, Country Dog, Horndog, jazz nights and other projects you can also see Ridnell perform with the Power Lung Rangers, Zydecoasters and other bands. He also teaches at Brightwood Music. Visit www.bandframe.com/jonridnell or find him on Facebook for more information and performance dates, which are added all the time.
Veteran singer-songwriters find musical harmony BOULDER The creative spark that turned into Blue Sky Riders was struck as two veteran singer-songwriters worked on their first song together. “The best part,” says Kenny Loggins of that meeting with Gary Burr, “was that when we sang together, we sounded like brothers. The last time I experienced that kind of blend was with Jimmy Blue Sky Riders Messina in 1971.” The act performs at the Boulder Theater, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. Loggins, one of the premiere voices in modern popular music, called Burr, one of Nashville’s most accomplished writers, afterward and asked if he’d like to form a
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January 16 Them Raggedy Bones – Pioneer Inn (NED) January 17 Esther Sparks and the Whiskey Remedy – Pioneer Inn (NED) Them Raggedy Bones – Stage Stop (RV) Ragged Union – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (LY) Murder By Death – Stanley Hotel (EP) January 18 Malai Llama – Stage Stop (RV) Mike + Ruthy, Justin Roth – Rogers Hall (LY) The Lantern Band – Pioneer Inn (NED) Blue Canyon Boys – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (LY) Bettman & Halpin – Miner Pickin’ (IS) Trail Ridge Trio, Vocalease – Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church
Murder By Death – Stanley Hotel (EP) January 19 Billy the Mountain – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (LY) Ron Kohler: Your Favorite Hippie – Lewis Sweet Shop (EM) Sandra Wong & the Thyme Quintet – Stanley Hotel Concert Hall (EP)
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Lori Flynn – Rock Inn (EP) Murder By Death – Stanley Hotel (EP) January 21 Old Shoe – Whistler’s Café (NED) January 23 Jazz Night w/Jon Ridnell – Wild Mountain Smokehouse (NED) January 24 Papa Juke – Pioneer Inn (NED) Open Mic Night – The Old Gallery (AP) Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (LY)
band. Then he suggested they look for a third, female voice. Burr called on Georgia Middleman. Loggins flew to Nashville and the three sat down to write. “We wrote our first song and were singing with a three-part blend that comes once in a lifetime,” Loggins said. With that, Blue Sky Riders was a reality. For Loggins, Blue Sky Riders is a new creative step forward in a career filled with magic moments. His hits, early on as half of Loggins and Messina and then as a solo artist, include “Danny’s Song,” “House at Pooh Corner,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “Angry Eyes,” a series of movie theme songs, including “I’m Alright”
(Caddyshack), “Footloose” (Footloose), “Danger Zone” (Top Gun), and “Nobody’s Fool”(Caddyshack II) and many more. Burr has been named Songwriter of the Year by ASCAP, Billboard and NSAI. His hits include Juice Newton’s “Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Me,” Conway Twitty’s “That’s My Job” and Wynonna’s “To Be Loved By You,” and his songs have been covered by LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, George Jones, Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs and Lynyrd Skynyrd, among many others. Tickets are $30-$45 and are on sale now. Visit www.blueskyridersband.com or www.bouldertheater.com to learn more.
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January 25 Pine Dwellers – Pioneer Inn (NED) Chris Daniels & The Kings – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (LY) Al Stewart – Reserve Casino (CC) Von Stomper – Stage Stop (RV) January 26 Jonny Long – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (LY) Andy Reiner – Lewis Sweet Shop (EM) 40th Parallel Woodwind Quintet – Stanley Hotel Concert Hall (EP)
January 29 Joe Crookston – Gold Hill Store & Café (GH) January 30 Wandering Natives – Pioneer Inn (NED) January 31 Caribou Mountain Collective – Stage Stop (RV) Rising Lion – Pioneer Inn (NED) Matt Skinner Band – Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (LY) David Booker – Alpine Restaurant & Bar (GT) February 1 Atomic Pablo – Pioneer Inn (NED) 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 Merc 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) Wednesday Blues Jam hosted by The Firebreathers – Pioneer Inn (NED) Beginner ‘Slow’ Jam, Open Mic – Miner Pickin’ (IS) Karaoke – West Winds Tavern (IS) Live Music – Lady Luck Casino (BH) 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 Mic Night – The Tributary at 244 (IS) Open Jam – Miner Pickin’ (IS) Open Bluegrass Jam – Rock Inn (EP) Jerry Barlow – The View @ Historic Crags (EP) Ladies Nights w/Live Band – Waterfront Grille @ Estes Park
Dennis-Tobias Band – Cheesy Lee’s Pizza (EP) Ray Young – Nicky’s Restaurant (EP) James Davis – Twin Owls Steakhouse (EP) Karaoke – Lonigans Saloon (EP) Live Music – Estes Park Resort (EP) Saturday Drop In Family Pick w/Jon Ridnell – Stage Stop (RV) Tacos ‘n’ Tunes – Blue Owl Books (NED) Live Music – Monarch Casino (BH) Open Pick – Millsite Inn (WD) Karaoke – Lonigans Saloon (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 GH = Gold Hill
GT = Georgetown IS = Idaho Springs JT = Jamestown LY = Lyons NED = Nederland RV = Rollinsvile WD = Ward
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Friday Open Mic – Flipper McGills (IS) Live Music – Monarch Casino (BH)
All listings/dates subject to change. Contact venues to confirm events.