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Historic Cemeteries Bring Peak to Peak History to Life By Jeffrey V. Smith PEAK TO PEAK apture the spirit of Halloween this October with your own personal tour of historic Peak to Peak graveyards. Autumn strolls through the area’s timeworn cemeteries can be enjoyable for their quiet beauty and unique mountainside settings, but fragments of local history can also spark the imagination – or send shivers down your spine.


Sometimes the names found on grave markers are the source of intrigue. Peak to Peak cemeteries are filled with the pioneers, leaders and business people that help build the towns we know today. The familiar family names found on buildings in the various historic districts can also be found in the town cemeteries. Other times, it’s the dates on the headstones that tell the story. Entire families perished within weeks of Continued on page 7

October is perfect time to explore the area’s many old graveyards Russell Gulch Cemetery Photo by Jeffrey V. Smith

History at north end of Peak to Peak revolves around tourism By Jeffrey V. Smith PEAK TO PEAK The Peak to Peak Highway, for which this region is named, is a designated Scenic and Historic Byway. The 55-mile-long route provides matchless views of the Continental Divide and its timbered approaches and winds past a string of popular attractions including Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Eldora Mountain Resort and Rocky Mountain National Park. The route combines Part Ten abundant recreation, scenery and mining history allowing those who drive it a chance to experience the full-range of Colorado’s

offerings. This is a year-long series exploring the history found along the drive. PART TEN: From Allenspark to the Boulder/ Larimer County Line

From Allenspark, the Peak to Peak Byway continues north on Colo. 7 to the county line between Boulder and Larimer counties. This section of the highway has little in the way of evident history. Along the route, however, are many decades-old businesses, lodges and ranches providing access to nearby National Forest and National Park attractions, and the road itself is of historical note. North of Allenspark is the turn-off to Wild Basin and Copeland Lake, which was home to the Copeland Lake Lodge that later became the View of Copeland Lake, with 13,176-foot Copeland Mountain in the distance, along the Ward-Estes Park Auto Road. Continued on page 7 Photo courtesy Denver Public Library Western History Collection

TAKE NOTE – supporting our community

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Take advantage of numerous ways to help victims of flood victims

PEAK TO PEAK The recent floods in Boulder and Larimer counties heavily impacted a large portion of the MMAC Monthly coverage area and has changed the lives of many of our readers forever. We are saddened by the loss of lives, property and access to many people’s homes. While we are not a newspaper and like to focus on the fun, positive community events and activities, this disaster is simply too big to ignore. We have included a few stories of loss by local artists and musicians in this issue, but recognize this is just the beginning of the heartbreaking stories that will emerge. Relief, clean-up

and rebuilding will take time and it is hard to know exactly where or how to help. Do what you can to support your neighbors and fellow mountain residents as they recover from this disaster by giving to the many charities and benefit events planned in the near future. While numerous fund raising efforts have been established, you can help with kind words and some elbow grease, too. There are many ways to donate money, several of which are included in this edition of the MMAC Monthly. The www. site is a comprehensive clearinghouse of ways to contribute to support recovery and to identify vol-

unteer opportunities to help rebuild. Also, is a trusted organization when it comes to helping with immediate relief. While national programs do much to help people who have experienced a devastating disaster, there are also several more that keep the money closer to home. Some are specific to certain families and businesses, while others are focused on community-wide assistance. No matter where you choose to help, we urge you to do so to help your friends and neighbors. Additionally, always make sure the charity is verified and you know where the money goes. Do not fall victim to the many scams that emerge during these times and make sure your contributions go to good use. Volunteering is another way to help. Several places are coordinating these efforts, including the site. Do not go to the scene of a disaster on your own. It is dangerous and too many people or cars hamper the effort. Another aspect of the floods is a loss of business of many mountain stores and restaurants. People can not get into the towns due to washed out roads and other access issues. Now is not the time for selfish behavior. Do your part and stay off the roads during reconstruction and patronize the businesses close to your home. Not only will repairs get done sooner, but your mountain businesses will generate the much needed income to make it through the winter. Addiction Recovery Groups

Sunday Gilpin County H.A.L.T. – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Central City NA Meeting – Clubhouse (701 Elm Road, Estes Park) Monday Clear Creek Road Runners AA, Al-Anon – United Church of Idaho Springs Al Anon – Allenspark Community Church AA Meeting – St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Estes Park AA Meeting – IOOF Hall, Lyons Tuesday AA Meeting – St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Nederland AA Meeting – Golden Gate Grange AA Meeting, Woman’s AA – St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal, Estes Park Wednesday Gilpin County H.A.L.T. – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Central City NA Meeting – Nederland Veterinary Hospital (Back Office) AA Meeting – Coal Creek Canyon United Power Offices AA Meeting – The Old Gallery AA Meeting – St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Estes Park Thursday Eating Disorders Group – Nederland Veterinary Hospital (Back Office) Overeaters Anonymous – The Old Gallery NA Meeting – Clubhouse (701 Elm Road, Estes Park) Clear Creek Road Runners AA – United Church of Idaho Springs AA Meeting – Nederland Veterinary Hospital (Back Office) AA Meeting – St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Estes Park Friday NA Meeting – Harmony Foundation of Estes Park Clear Creek Road Runners AA – United Church of Idaho Springs AA Meeting – St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Nederland AA Meeting – New Covenant Church, Allenspark AA Meeting – St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Estes Park Saturday Clear Creek Road Runners AA – United Church of Idaho Springs AA Meeting – St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Estes Park Visit; or to find other regional meetings and resources.

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MOUNTAIN MIX – the best of all the rest October 2

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Mountain Strong Community Event

Shred-a-Thon & Electronics Recycling Event Fire on the Mountain: Three Years Recycle electronics and shred personal documents Oct.12 at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park Park-n-Ride lot off Manford Ave. in Estes Park. Community members can conveniently recycle After the Fourmile Canyon Fire

YMCA of the Rockies invites the community, Oct. 2, to a free family dinner and Cowboy Brad concert in Estes Park. Come together as a community in an event of thanksgiving and gratitude for all that Estes Park neighbors have done to help one another during this great time of need. The YMCA wants to thank all community members for what they’ve done to help during the flood and the road to recovery. There is a buffet dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and concert in Ruesch Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. All donations and “Mountain Strong” T-shirt proceeds ($18 each) will go directly to Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park.

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Laura Richard Day at Carousel of Happiness

Laura Richard loved the Carousel of Happiness, and when a motorcycle accident took her life over a year ago, her husband started an annual fund raising event in her name. On Oct. 5, all day, her family and friends will match every ride with an additional $6.30. The Carousel of Happiness is Nederland’s magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ. Enjoy a wonderful experience while helping the Carousel raise money and celebrate Laura. Visit to learn more.

Banding Boreal & Saw-Whet Owls: A Service Learning Seminar

Join researcher Scott Rashid as he traps and bands Boreal and Northern Saw-Whet Owls in Rocky Mountain National Park. Learn about their habitat requirements, night-time activity, and general ecology while assisting with the capture and release of these illusive yet important species. Rashid will demonstrate proper handling and capturing techniques and provide a presentation on his research within the Park and share why it is important to care for these nocturnal species. The seminar is $35 and takes place at Hidden Valley Picnic Area, located inside Rocky Mountain National Park, from 6-10 p.m.

October 6

Photographing Elk and Aspen

Autumn is a truly magical time to be in the high country. This seminar focuses on two seasonal events that offer photographers an outstanding opportunity to capture memorable moments digitally: fall colors and bugling elk. This photographic experience in RMNP will encompass lectures, fieldwork, and critiques. Perry Conway has been a full-time professional nature photographer for more than 30 years. His work, including many images of elk and aspen trees, has been published in every major wildlife and nature magazine produced in North America. He is a former biology teacher with an M.S. degree in curriculum development in outdoor education. The class is held at Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminar & Conference Center, 1895 Fall River Road, Estes Park, from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit or to learn more.

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unwanted electronics and have old personal documents shredded and recycled. Both collections take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Rotary Club of Estes Park sponsoring the Shred-aThon and the Town of Estes Park sponsoring electronics recycling. The Rotary Club’s Shred-aThon helps residents recycle old papers and prevent identity theft. Residents may bring up to five boxes or one large trash bag full of confidential paper materials. A $10 donation to Rotary is suggested for one large trash bag of material; 100 percent of the donations support students through Rotary Club scholarships. The Town of Estes Park’s electronics recycling allows residents to recycle old television sets, cell phones, iPods and many other electronics. More than 95 percent of all materials will be fully recycled for remanufacture; no materials will be incinerated or land-filled. Metech Recycling will provide this service. A full list of accepted electronics is at For more information, contact Metech Recycling at 720-377-7700.

Join Boulder County volunteer naturalists for a moderate one-mile hike to learn about the natural role of fire in ponderosa pine ecosystems, and some of the forest management practices that can lessen the effects and scale of wildfires. Participants will see evidence of the September 2010 Fourmile Canyon fire, learn about some of the rehabilitation efforts that were employed, and observe how this ecosystem has recovered so far. The hike takes place at Bald Mountain Scenic Area; 5 miles west of Boulder on Sunshine Canyon Drive from 10 a.m. to noon. This event is considered “questionable,” so visit for current information.

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Rollins Pass is situated along the Continental Divide, separating tributary drainages of the Colorado and South Platte Rivers. The alpine pass served as a crossroads for humans and animals for at least 9000 years. Early occupations appear to have been migrating human bands, moving from Middle Park to the Front Range. Beginning about 4000 years ago, at least 12 game drives were built on top of the divide, consisting of rock walls, hunting blinds, and cairn lines. These traps were constructed by ancient Native Americans to funnel migrating game such as bighorn sheep towards blinds with waiting hunters. In total, hundreds of blinds and miles of rock wall were constructed at Rollins Pass for such purposes. In this presentation, Dr. LaBelle reviews ancient Native American history, highlighting archaeological work at hunting sites at Rollins Pass as well as in Rocky Mountain National Park. The presentation consists of a short 18-minute film about Rollins Pass, as well as a PowerPoint presentation about LaBelle’s on-going fieldwork in the high mountains. No reservations are necessary for this free event from 3-4 p.m. at the Estes Park Museum.

Bears in Our Backyard

As summer winds down, black bears gorge on berries and other food preparing for their long winter sleep. Today, bears are sharing space with a growing human population. Curious, intelligent, and very resourceful, black bears will explore all possible food sources. How much do bears need to eat before hibernation, and what are their chances of survival? What would you do if you encountered a bear on the trail, and how do you bear-proof your backyard? Get answers to these questions and more while hiking on a moderate 1.5-mile trail. Participants should meet at group picnic shelter at Heil Valley Ranch; north of Boulder off Lefthand Canyon from 10 a.m. to noon.

October 15

CASA Volunteer Training Class

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Jefferson & Gilpin Counties is recruiting volunteers for the October 2013 training class. This training class includes 15 hours of class online and 15 hours of in-person group training starting on October 15th, 2013. CASA volunteers are ordinary citizens who have a passion for protecting children. Volunteers are appointed by a judge to cases of child abuse and neglect to represent the best interests of the children involved. Many CASA volunteers have full-time jobs and/ or families, yet they have made time to become a child’s voice in court. Your time of 15-20 hours a month will give the abused and neglected children in our community a more hopeful future. Volunteers must be over 21. Right now there’s a child in your community who needs your help! You can be the difference, become a CASA Volunteer! For more information, please call Susan Manfredi at (303) 271-6539 or visit our website at!

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On Top of the Great Divide: Ancient Native American Hunting Traps

October 31

Halloween in Estes Park

Take the little ones down to Elkhorn Ave on Haloween. Elkhorn Ave is open for pedestrians only where kids can trick or treat at all the local shops. Many other free kid friendly activities will be available as well. The Town of Estes Park encourages residents to bring their little goblins downtown for a safe and fun Halloween celebration.

November 2

Story in the Rocks Hike – Our Changing Landscape

Join volunteer naturalists for a 1.3-mile moderate hike along the Lichen Loop Trail in the Heil Valley Ranch Open Space to learn how this scenic landscape has changed over time. Tales told in the rocks span over 200 million years, from ancient sand dunes to tidal flats to riverbeds where dinosaurs roamed. The rocks determine the shape and ecology of the present landscape, and plants and wildlife found here. Participants should meet at the group picnic shelter from 10 a.m. to noon.

Tuskegee ‘Top Gun’ pilot shares war-time experiences in Estes Park By Doug Fox ESTES PARK In May of 1949, 1st Lt. James Harvey III took off from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada in an obsolete P-47N Thunderbolt propeller-driven fighter and flew into history. He and three other pilots who had trained at an air base in Alabama would distinguish themselves by winning the first Top Gun Weapons Meet in U.S. Air Force history. The winning team from the 332nd Fighter Group had outperformed 11 other Air Force “top gun” teams flying cuttingedge aircraft and won the trophy for a series of aerial bombing, strafing and rocketfiring events. Retired Lt. Col. Harvey shares his experiences as an Air Force pilot when he speaks at the Stanley Hotel on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. His speech is sponsored in part

by Estes Park Post 119 of the American Legion and is free and open to the public. Curiously, for 46 years the 332nd Fighter Group was never recognized as winner of the Top Gun meet. “Each year when the Air Force Magazine’s almanac came out, the winner of the 1949 weapons meet was always listed as ‘unknown,’” says Harvey. Furthermore, the trophy from that competition remained locked in a warehouse at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio until it finally surfaced in 1995. “They just didn’t want the public to know about the Tuskegee airmen and how good we were,” Harvey told the Las Vegas Review-Journal last year. You see that winning team was composed of all African Americans – graduates of flight training at Tuskegee Army

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1st Lt. James Harvey III’s graduating class

Air Field in Alabama near the end of World War Two. The Tuskegee airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. Harvey became the first black jet fighter



pilot to fly missions over Korean airspace. His talk will recall the obstacles the Tuskegee Airmen had to overcome both in the service and out of it when Jim Crow laws permeated the south. There were separate drinking fountains, separate eating facilities, separate clubs. The entire air base was segregated. Tension grew until the base commander was replaced and the new commander did away with all the segregated activities. Everyone ate, worked, socialized and did everything together. The Tuskegee Airmen once numbered more than 900. Like a lot of WWII units, that number has shriveled to just a few dozen. Not all were pilots. In fact the majority served as ground support personnel, mechanics, nurses, and instructors. Harvey’s story is compelling, revealing, and inspiring. Page 3

FOOD & DRINK CALENDAR Wednesday, October 2 Mountain Strong Community Dinner and Concert – YMCA of the Rockies

Thursday, October 3 Estes Park Farmers Market – Elkhorn Ave & MacGregor Ave. Monday, October 7 Soup Night – Old Gallery Lovin’ Cup Community Kitchen – Deli at 8236’ Tuesday, October 8 Oktoberfest Luncheon – Estes Park Senior Center Thursday, October 10 Estes Park Farmers Market – Elkhorn Ave & MacGregor Ave. Saturday, October 12 Pints & Poses – Very Nice Brewing Thursday, October 17 O’Dells Brewery Tasting – Rock Inn Friday, October 18 One Door Down Dinner – Two Brothers Deli Dinner & A Movie – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Central City Monday, October 21 Lovin’ Cup Community Kitchen – Deli at 8236’ Friday, October 25 Altitude Paranormal Group Ghost Hunt & Dinner – Stage Stop

Saturday, October 26 One Year Anniversary Celebration – Very Nice Brewing Thursday, October 31 Halloween Costume Contest and Luncheon – Estes Park Senior Center

Friday, November 1 Oregon Pinot Noir Wine Dinner – Salto Coffee Works WEEKLY FOOD Sunday Champagne Brunch – The Other Side Sunday Brunch Buffet – Waterfront Grille @ Estes Park Resort

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FOOD & DRINK – restaurants, cafés, bars and breweries Community helps Very Nice dreams come true By Jennifer Pund IDAHO SPRINGS here has never been a better time to be a beer lover, not just in Colorado, but specifically in Nederland. In October 2012 the town welcomed the Very Nice Brewing Company and the very first tap room in Nederland. Though countless hours of brewing, and barrels of growth, Jeff and Susan Green credit the locals for helping their dreams come true. The Greens celebrate their first year in business, Oct. 26, from noon to 10 p.m., featuring Phunkin Monster, a strong anniversary brew and live music from Caribou Mountain Collective at 6 p.m. Very Nice Brewery introduced the concept of a “tap room” to Nederland. A tap room doesn’t have a typical liquor license, as it operates under a Federal Brewer’s Approval which deems it an establishment solely dedicated to the sale of the beer brewed on site. “The town of Nederland was very easy to work with,” Jeff said. “They had many questions, and rightfully so, the tap room-only concept was new, but there was an awesome willingness on both sides to make it work.”


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Susan and Jeff Green of Very Nice Brewing Company

The Greens worked more than 90 hours a week, giving up their weekend outings and sacrificing much sleep to produce their first batches of beer using the original half-barrel system. The two expected they would grow as the community became aware of their beers. “Starting small kept the overhead low and the ulcers away. We had enough to worry about, a huge loan would have been terrible,” Jeff said. “We started with what

we had; that’s the way small breweries started back when there was nothing more than small breweries before prohibition.” Expanding from their original system to a 3.5 barrel system after only five months in business followed by an expansion of the fermentor from 5 barrels to 22.5 barrels after nine months is thanks to the locals according to the Greens. “I wish I had the writing skills to explain what an eclectic and fascinating population this is. There was one weekend when we were down to one beer; we felt very low and figured no one would come for one beer. We opened and the locals came, filled up the tap room and were all drinking our stout. It looked like Ireland. We knew right then and there, we had chosen a magnificent community to be a part of,” Susan said. “We’d like to say that the beer is so great that it must be the reason for our growth, and we do hope folks think it’s great, but that would not be the whole story,” Jeff said. “Very Nice Brewing has grown due to the people it is here to serve.” Very Nice gives back to Nederland with more than good brews, it hosts a Continued on page 6

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Colorado IPA Nouveau Tommyknocker Brewery Idaho Springs, CO

“An American style IPA using all domestic ingredients, including handpicked, fresh as they get hops from Olathe, Colorado. Once a year the fresh hops go from the fields of Misty Mountain Hop Farm in Olathe, CO to brew kettle within 24 hours. We’ve raised our tank temperature to let our yeast bring forth more fruity esters reminiscent of the famous Beaujolais Nouveau wines of Europe. The result is a beer that is medium bodied, golden in color, and moderately bitter with a big fresh hop herbal and citrus aroma.” Look for it on tap, in bottles and at the GABF. Color: golden Alcohol: 7.0% IBUs: 68 Hops: Nugget, Chinook, Summit

Breweries represent Peak to Peak at annual beer festival By Jeffrey V. Smith PEAK TO PEAK The Great American Beer Festival is one of the most renowned competitions in the craft brewing industry and recognized worldwide as a symbol of brewing excellence. The GABF competition honors 84 beer style categories with gold, silver and bronze medals and in 2013, an estimated 4,600+ beers will be judged by close to 200 judges from around the world. Many of the breweries along the Peak to Peak attend the event and enter their brews into the competition. It can be good for business to take home an award, but more than anything, the breweries go to raise awareness of their beer and hype their hometowns. The Estes Park Brewery is sending its top brands like Stagering Elk Lager, Chocolate Moose Chocolate Stout, Stinger Wild Honey Wheat, a Scotch ale and their wet hop IPA, which uses 100 pounds of fresh Chinook hops from Pagosa Springs and has an “in your face” hop aroma and taste. “We attend the festival to get our name out there,” Estes Park Brewery’s Main Brewer Ben McCleary said, “and promote Estes Park a little bit. We want people to know if they are visiting the National Park, they can stop in for a cold one and kill two birds with one stone.” Oskar Blues Brewery, founded in Lyons, is a massive sponsor of the event and always does GABF in grand style. They purchase

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an oversized booth, have giveaways and otherwise heavily promote their canned beers. The brewery also has a bus tour from the Denver event to its Boulder County locations. Unfortunately, the Lyons location is no longer involved because the town is inaccessible and without utilities through October. Read about other Oskar Blues events and flood assistance in this paper. The Very Nice Brewing Company in Nederland celebrates its first year in business by attending its first GABF with its Gruit Ale and Steffie’s Heffie. Greener’s Gruit Ale is a unique, ancient style. Little known about it and it is being reinvented rather than brought back, according to Brewer Jeff Green. It pre-dates the use of hops in medieval Europe and is only bittered with herbs. Steffie’s Heffie, on the other hand, is a light, crisp beer brewed with wheat and complimented by Pilsner malt. Attending the GABF is “the realization of a dream” for the Greens. “We have both been volunteers at GABF, as pourers, and to attend as brewers is a validation for us that following one’s passion is possible,” owner Susan Green said. “Of course we would be elated to win a medal, but just being there and exposing as many folks possible to what we are passionate about is, in itself, a huge gratification. Sharing our beer with those who are so in love with the craft is a privilege and an honor and we could not be any prouder to do it in our home state.”



Dostal Alley in Central City is another long-time attendee. Unlike many, brewers Buddy Schmaltz and Dave Thomas always pour their own beer at the event. “We like to hear comments from people that have never tried our beer,” Thomas said. “Many people don’t know Central City has a brewery, and promise to come up to visit.” This year they are taking their Pub Ale, which won a silver medal in 2001; Summer Ale; Shafthouse Stout, which is a double medal winner from 2008 and 2011; 1874 Smoked Porter; and “Lew,” a first-time German Altbier entrant named for Lew Cady who passed away Aug. 4. It has triple the amount of Central City wild hops, many picked from the hillside in front of Lew and Leslie Cady’s home. “This beer is an improvement of our local-favorite Jacob Mack Brown Ale recipe and was renamed ‘Lewis Cady Mack Get Well Altbier’ while Lew was in the hospital,” Thomas explained. In Idaho Springs, Tommyknocker is also preparing for the event. They, too, get a large booth and really promote their beers. The brewery is taking its Jack Whacker Wheat, Butt Head Bock, Black Eyed Pea and the latest batch of IPA Nouveau. “Winning medals is good for marketing, but we also work on exposing the brewery to people to increase beer tourism and excitement for our brands,” Director of Brewing Steve Indrehus said.

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weekly open mic night, providing musicians a place to express their creative side and bands a stage to play and practice. “Pints and Poses” nights are always popular, where the brewery brings in with a yoga instructor for an hour class and pint of beer. The brewery has even teamed up with a Boulder woman’s shelter and donated $1 from every beer it sold of a certain style. It is all a positive change for both Susan and Jeff. “I went from a stressful desk job that made me unhappy to the freedom

of owning my own time and being much happier in my current role,” Susan said. “I love being in charge of the tap room and meeting all the locals…learning about their lives and hearing their stories. I enjoying serving Jeff’s beers, but hopefully soon I will be back there brewing up my own recipes.” The plan for the Very Nice Brewery is to brew enough beer to supply the tap room and serve local establishments in the mountain area. Be on the look out for a Very Nice tap at your favorite watering hole in the hills.

Boulder’s beer history on tap at museum BOULDER Discover the evolution of brewing in Boulder County from the late 1800s through decades of prohibition and the emergence of Colorado as a center of brewing excellence. The Boulder History Museum, 1206 Euclid Ave., hosts its new exhibit, BEER! Boulder’s History on Tap, through Oct. 27. In the past few years Boulder County has become an important center of craft brewing. At the close of 2012, Boulder County had 15 breweries and eight brew pubs with more scheduled to open in 2013. However, Boulder has not always been a beer mecca. In 1967, after 60 years of being a ‘dry’ community, voters approved the sale of ‘intoxicating beverages’. BEER! Boulder’s History on Tap highlights the evolution of today’s brewing phenomenon. Boulder’s love affair with beer started in the 1800s and lasted through decades of prohibition; emerging as a center of brewing excellence. “What a fun and fascinating exhibit this is about Beer and Boulder,” Boulder History Museum CEO Nancy Geyer said. “I never imagined that Beer would have such an interesting history or that Boulder would

emerged as such a brewing mecca. As Ben Franklin said, ‘Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy’.” Exhibits sections explore: prohibition, temperance, introduction of 3.2 beer, home brewing and the current craft brewing phenomenon. Featured artifacts include: historic beer bottles from Boulder City Brewing Company and Crystal Springs Brewery ca. 1880-1910, Crystal Springs Brewery Corner Sign ca. 1900, the original 1979 Mash Tun of Boulder Beer and many other artifacts. The Boulder History Museum provides engaging educational experiences for people to explore the continuing history of the Boulder region. The museum collects, preserves and presents Boulder history in order to connect them with the past, provide a context for the present and inspire a vision for the future. The museum’s parking lot is located on the east side. The entrance is accessible from Euclid Avenue. Free parking is also available along the surrounding streets (2 hour limit). Museum admission is $6 adults, $4 seniors and $3 students. Free First Sunday take place Oct. 6. Free admission though donations is appreciated.

FOOD & DRINK CALENDAR Monday NAS Lunch – Nederland Community Center Dinner Special – First Street Pub Pastor’s Pantry Food Distribution – Whispering Pines Church Gilpin County Senior Lunch – Gilpin County Community Center Wednesday NAS Lunch – Nederland Community Center Pastor’s Pantry Food Distribution – Whispering Pines Church Gilpin County Senior Lunch – Gilpin County Community Center Friday Pastor’s Pantry Food Distribution – Whispering Pines Church

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Gilpin County Senior Lunch – Gilpin County Community Center Saturday Food Pantry – Nederland Community Center Submit any food events for free listing in the Food & Drink Calendar to All listings/dates subject to change. Contact venues to confirm a show.

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Cemeteries provide spooky history lessons each other during the influenza outbreak of 1918, for example, and scarlet fever would take its toll on all the children in a family within the same year. Still other gravestones mark the final resting place of people who’s demise is well known. In Central City’s Masonic Cemetery, for example, is the gravestone of Sarah Ella Rudolph and her two children, who all died after being buried in an avalanche in their home in nearby Apex in 1899. Their markers all bear the same day of death. If nothing else, the interesting epitaphs, descriptions and other summations of life found engraved on the markers are enough to inspire a quiet contemplation of one’s own immortality. Beginning in Idaho Springs, numerous historic cemeteries can be found along the Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway. Each represent their towns in their own unique way and contain fascinating headstones and markers. The early inhabitants of Idaho Springs chose a beautiful spot away from town and above a creek for the final resting place of their loved ones. The Idaho Springs Cemetery is about a half-mile up Colo. 103 toward Mount Evans. A wooden sign on left side of road marks the spot. The cemetery is located on a steep hillside, so it can be difficult to navigate in places. Small roads branch out through the graves, however, providing sure footing to walk and explore the historic markers. The range of

memorials is surprising, and there are some examples of headstones not seen in other mountain cemeteries. Above Idaho Springs and Central City is the Russell Gulch Cemetery. The Independent Order of Oddfellows: Lodge No. 41 established the Russell Gulch I.O.O.F Cemetery in 1878. It has some of the best preserved markers of the old cemeteries and is located high on a hill in a thick pine and aspen forest. Russell Gulch Cemetery is about 2 1/2 miles from Central City off of Virginia Canyon Road (C.R. 279). Turn right at the Druid Mine Road and head up the hill. The cemetery is visible after about a half mile. Exploring the numerous graveyards above Central City has been popular for generation. There are as many as 11 cemeteries, representing various organizations and Christian denominations, in the area around Central City. Some of the more popular destinations include the Cathloic, Central City, I.O.O.F. Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 2, Knights of Pythius, Masonic, Missouri City and Red Man Lodge cemeteries. Many are located about one and a quarter mile west of Central City up Eureka Street. The cemeteries are very old, the I.O.O.F. was founded in 1865, for the region and contain markers dating as early as 1859. The Missouri City Cemetery is about .6 miles from Central City down the Central City Parkway (C.R. 6) on the right side of the road. The Masonic Cemetery, established in the early 1860s, is located south of Central City

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a short distance up Nevadaville Rd. For a spooky twist, visit the Masonic cemetery on April 5 or Nov. 1, dates each year when an unidentified young woman is said to appear at the grave of John Cameron, a 28-year-old bachelor who died in 1887, and leaves columbines at the stone’s base. Further north lies the Dory Hill Cemetery. Head 5.4 miles north from Black Hawk on the Peak to Peak to Colo. 46 (Golden Gate Canyon Rd) and turn right, go .6 miles and turn right again on Dory Hill Rd. The cemetery is on the right. It is one of the oldest known cemeteries in Colorado and people were buried here beginning in 1860 until 1937. The ground is full of holes, sunken graves, and many obstacles and has almost been reclaimed by the forest in many parts. In Nederland, the town’s historic cemetery is to the north, off of the Peak to Peak. Look for a sign for the Community Center, turn right and take the road behind the school, called Forest Road, about a half

mile. The cemetery is on right, the entrance marked by two huge stone pillars. The cemetery is somewhat overgrown, but many old markers and interesting tales still abound. Its first burial was 9-year-old Elizabeth Iowa Hetzer in 1873. In 1895, headstones and coffins were relocated here from the town’s other cemetery, built in 1875, that was closed to make room for the highway. The historic Gold Hill Cemetery, which had its first burial in 1859 and was established in 1861, is on the back side of town, where the dearly departed face south, overlooking peaks and valleys extending to Mount Evans. Once in town, follow Dixon Road, just off of Main Street, south. The cemetery is located on the right and marked by a sign. Somebody must own property in town to be buried at Gold Hill. Early settlers of Gold Hill, including Frank Boyd, who ran a general merchandise store and died in 1911 are buried here. Some places are inaccessible at this time due to issues as a result of recent flooding. Do not try to visit the cemeteries in Lyons, Jamestown and Sunshine Canyon at this time. When exploring, always respect the area, the graves and their markers. In some cases the cemeteries are still used for present-day burials and many times, the families of some of the oldest markers still live in the region and visit their loved ones. If you are inspired to create rubbings of any of the intricately carved headstones, learn how to rub responsibly and always leave any stone in better condition than you found it.

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Wild Basin Lodge. The road continues to the Wild Basin Ranger Station in Rocky Mountain National Park which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1932, the ranger station is an example of National Park Service rustic architecture, built to plans by the National Park Service Branch of Plans and Design. Also in the Wild Basin area is the Thunder Lake Trail-Bluebird Lake Trail built in 1926. It was designed by National Park Service architects and was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Wild Basin House, built in 1931, and Thunder Lake Patrol Cabin , built in 1930, are also on the historic register. Further north, the Peak to Peak passes Meeker Park and the impressive log structure known as the Meeker Park Lodge, owned and operated by the Dever family since 1922. Many families come back every summer to stay in the adjacent cabins. As the route continues, it passes the Chapel on the Rock at Camp View of the Snowy Range from the Shoefelt Ranch, along the Auto Road. Saint Malo Catholic Retreat. Over the years, thousand of visitors have Ward-Estes ParkPhoto courtesy Denver Public Library Western History Collection stopped at the chapel to enjoy its simplicity and beauty as it is framed against majestic Mt. Meeker. In 1999, Boulder County designated the chapel as a historic site. In 1993, Pope John Paul II visited the chapel during his trip to Denver for the World Youth Day and bestowed his personal blessing on the chapel. In 1916, a Denver priest selected the site as a summer camp for choir boys based on the large rock in which he intended to build their church. The camp was established in 1921, but highway construction threatened the rock. After extended negotiations with the governor and federal officials, the road was rerouted. The chapel was built in 1936. Just before the end of this section of the route, on the Boulder side of the county line, is Eagle Plume’s, part museum and part store. Established in 1917, the historic trading post specializes in the art and crafts of the American Indian. Contemporary works in jewelry, textiles, basketry, ceramics, sculpture, and beadwork, as well as historic pieces are available. Also housed at the trading post is the Charles Eagle Plume Collection of Native American Indian art, comprising over one thousand historic and prehistoric pieces from Native North America, Alaska, and Canada. The Chapel on the Rock at Camp Saint Malo. Your locally-owned, independent source for Music, Arts and Culture in the Peak to Peak Region



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MOUNTAIN CULTURE – high country living and activities

MOUNTAIN EVENTS CALENDAR October 1 Retrieve your Spring, Safe Investing For Retirees – Estes Park Senior Center

October 2 Mayor’s Coffee Chat – Estes Park Senior Center Mountain Strong Community Event – YMCA of the Rockies Estes Valley Model Railroaders – Estes Valley Library Coal Creek Quilters – Coal Creek Coffee October 3 Estes Park Equestrian Club – Estes Valley Library October 3-5 Elk Expositions – Rocky Mountain Field Seminars October 4 James Harvey: Tuskegee “Top Gun” Pilot Lecture – Stanley Hotel

Wild Bear Hike Club – Mud Lake Open Space October 4-5 Fall Fest/Pumpkin Run – Idaho Springs Ball Field Slash and Log Disposal Site Open – Nederland Sort Yard October 5 Laura Richard Day – Carousel of Happiness Navaratri – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Banding Boreal & Saw-whet Owls: A Service Learning Seminar – Hidden Valley Picnic Area/RMNP Joe Mills of Estes Park: A Colorado Life – Estes Park Senior Center

October 5-6 Hunter Safety Class – Gilpin Recreation Center October 6 Vaccination, Heartworm and Microchip Clinic – Coal Creek Animal Clinic

Autumn Fest - A Benefit for Crossroads Ministry Flood Relief Fund – Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park October 6-27 Shambhava Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat

October 7 One-Hour Silent Meditation w/Teresa Keller – Wild Bear Eco-Arts Lounge

October 8 Aviation Club, Common Cents Counts: Key Investment Concepts – Estes Valley Library October 10 Eating Well on $6 a Day – Estes Valley Library Dog Obedience – Gilpin Recreation Center October 10-12 Elk Expositions – Rocky Mountain Field Seminars October 11 Young Adult Game Night – Nederland Community Library Games Night – Idaho Springs Library Ski & Board Swap – West Portal Station at Winter Park Resort October 12 Rotary Club of Estes Park’s Shred-a-Thon – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park

Creepy Crawl – Central City October 12-13 Surprise Sidewalk Sale – Downtown Estes Park Therapeutic Uses Of Essential Oils – Aromatherapy Institute of Colorado

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Witches Ball blends Halloween, Gaelic traditions By Jennifer Pund NEDERLAND ederland’s own Five Weird Sisters are stirring up a cauldron of fun again this year with the second Nederland Witches Ball, Oct. 30, at the Nederland Community Center. This year’s theme is “Gypsy” and everyone is encouraged to come in a specifically “gypsy style” look or Halloween costume. Music by Gipsy Moon will give you every reason to dance the night away. Tickets are available for $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Five Weird Sisters was formed in 2012 by five local Nederland women: Kim Stefane, Kim Culver, Nancy Moon, Gail Eddy and Janette Taylor. The “sisters” decided that Nederland needed it’s own Samhian celebration, a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the start of winter, after attending similar events in other towns. The celebration originated around the time that cattle were brought back from their summer pastures and livestock was slaughtered for winter. The Nederland Witches Ball allows adults to celebrate Halloween customs as well as observe the more serious aspects of the season like honoring ancestors, family members, friends, pets and other loved ones that have passed away. It is believed at this time of year, the “veil” between this world and the afterlife is at it’s thinnest point making it easier to communicate with the deceased. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the “gypsygrass” sounds of Gipsy Moon begin at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate in the Spiral Dance at 9 p.m., which is a celebration to honer the dead and celebrate rebirth. The dance is performed by all participants holding hands and following a leader in a coun-


ter-clockwise direction. As the leader nears closing the circle, they “whip around” and move clockwise, facing the rest of the dancers. Continuing this formation, every dancer will be face to face with every other dancer, emphasizing community. At 10 p.m., the evening Ritual will begin giving those who wish not to participate the option to leave while not missing a majority of the event. “People ask me if we are a coven,” says Taylor. “I don’t think we take ourselves that seriously, at least not seriously enough to put on the mantel of official names and roles. We meet quite often as a group to keep our friendships solid and our connection with nature strong. Do I believe in magic, personally? I do. Not the kind of magic that means that I can go out and summon storms or curse someone. I think that’s kind of silly. But I believe strongly in the personal power of human connection, of positive thinking and speaking. Group dynamics, according to Taylor, can play an intense role in getting things accomplished on both a large and a small scale. You can call what we do Pagan, or Wicca, or just Friendship. I don’t like labels, but I do like what we do. Mostly we have fun, and the Witches’ Ball is our chance to share that fun with our community. Besides, I wouldn’t have missed the chance to get official mail addressed to ‘Five Weird Sisters’ from the IRS. Too much of a hoot.” Be sure to hit an ATM before arriving to support the many vendors with items like clothing, crafts, lotions, medicinal salves, bath products and other locally-produced items. “We will also have readers and prognosticators of various descriptions, Says Taylor. “ Food and drink will be available and sold separately.

Creepy Crawl tours include areas known for ghostly encounters By George Watson CENTRAL CITY Forget the scary movie or haunted house this year, to really get your hairs to stand on end, come explore some of the rarely seen and often avoided areas of the oldest buildings in Central City. The fourth annual Creepy Crawl happens Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 12, 19, 25 and 26. Take the hour-long walking tour of some of the haunted areas of town headed by a member of the Gilpin Historical Society. Leaving every 20 minutes starting at 7

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p.m., the tour winds participants up steep hills and stairways, past known haunted locations with live, chilling reenactments of supernatural accounts. The lantern lit tour

guides participants into areas known for the bone chilling ghostly encounters. Tickets are $10 in advance and available through King Soopers or City Market location or visit Tours leave the lower level of Century Casino and participants are asked to check in at the banquet room off Gregory street 10 minutes before their scheduled tour. Additional tickets, if available, will be sold at the door for $15. No one under 21 will be admitted without a parent. The tours are not suitable for children under the age of 16.

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‘Smash Hammer’ helps raise awareness of composting, sustainable solutions IDAHO SPRINGS The Pumpkin Smash is a free, familyfriendly event that brings awareness to composting and other community minded sustainability solutions in a fun and engaging setting. The event has brought Clear Creek County residents together to celebrate the fun of composting for four consecutive years. Each year the event has grown bigger and better and is now one of the most anticipated community engagement events in our region. Scraps-to-Soil, an Idaho Springsbased composting club, is eagerly looking forward to a record turnout for the 5th Annual Pumpkin Smash, which will take place Nov. 2 at the Idaho Springs Ballfield Complex and features the return of the well-loved “Smash Hammer” among other games, contests and activities.

Since 2009, the first weekend after Halloween, people of all ages bring their jack-o’-lanterns to the event to smash and compost. Children in Clear Creek County anticipate the event and begin “whooping and hollering” at the mention of it. The group channels that enthusiasm and uses it as an opportunity to educate. Organizers hope attendees learn they can solve local problems, like poor soil, with local resources. Smashing activities and educational programming will address numerous sustainability issues in a format exciting for younger attendees. Funds raised during the event will sustain and further community and home composting programs, community gardens, and the High Altitude Demonstration Garden as well as other educational efforts.

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Paranormal group hosts ghost hunts PEAK TO PEAK Altitude Paranormal Group, through research into ghosts, haunted places and unexplained phenomenon, “seeks to find answers to the many questions surrounding the paranormal realm.” In additional to private work, the group regularly conducts public ghost investigations in the state’s most haunted places. In October, the group visits the Peak to Peak region on four occasions. On Oct. 12, Altitude Paranormal Group

visits the historic Elkhorn Lodge in Estes Park and on Oct. 16, they search for ghosts at the Gold Hill Inn. The investigations move to Rollinsville and the Stage Stop on Oct. 25 and Nevadaville for a hayride and lantern tour on Oct. 26. The experiences cost either $20, $30 or $40. Investigations generally include dinner, haunting tales and stories from past hunts along with a ghost hunt. Email or call 720-237-1807 for more details.

‘Howl at the Moon’ to support animal shelter

Friends of Charlie’s Place provides IDAHO SPRINGS Friends of Charlie’s Place, a non-profit spay and neuter vouchers and financial assistance for their companion supporting the Clear Creek/ animals, including those in Gilpin County Animal Shelsearch of forever homes at the ter – Charlie’s Place, presents shelter. Charlie’s Place has all its annual enchanted Hallows’ types of dogs and cats waiting Eve fund raiser, “Howl at the for homes to call their own. Moon,” Oct. 25, at the Elk’s All of the animals are spayed Lodge in Idaho Springs. and neutered and current on The adult-only event, held vaccinations. from 5:30-10:30 p.m., features Sasha, a 2-year-old Tickets to “Howl at the food from local restaurants, Pit Bull mix, is very Moon” can be purchased at live music, cash bar, costume adoptable and ready the door. For more details, contest, live auctions and for a forever home. call Donna Gee at 303-668more. All proceeds from the $10 ticket fee benefit Friends of Charlie’s 0924 or visit www.friendsofcharliesplace. org and Place and all of the animals at the shelter.



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Oskar Blues introduces CAN’d Aid, Flood Relief Fund to help others LYONS For Oskar Blues’ owner and founder, Dale Katechis, helping people and giving back to the community comes naturally. Since they began brewing in 1997, the folks at Oskar Blues have been committed to contributing to the communities in which their businesses grow and thrive. In September of 2013, Katechis created the “Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation” to allow that compassion to expand at a local and national level. “It’s been a 15-year mission for me to organize a way to give back to the communities that helped build our businesses,” Katechis said. The “CAN’d Aid Foundation”, a 501(c) (3) organization, was developed with a national scope, but plans to make its first initiative raising funds for immediate relief and long-term help for victims impacted by the recent flooding in Colorado. Although the “CAN’d Aid Foundation” will develop national partnerships in a variety of focus areas including outdoor recreation, arts and music, and environmental sustainability, the foundation’s immediate attention will be on maximizing fund raising efforts for the expedited distribution of monies to the communities of Lyons and Longmont. Many Oskar Blues employees,

friends and family were severely impacted by the floods, and Katechis’ main goal is to support immediate recovery efforts for those affected in both communities. Additionally, now through the week of the Great American Beer Festival, Oct. 13, all Oskar Blues locations including Homemade Liquids and Solids, CHUBurger, and the Tasty Weasel tap rooms are donating $1 from every Oskar Blues brew purchased. Oskar Blues will also hype up flood relief fund raising during the Great American Beer Festival by donating a portion of the proceeds from the Fuh-CAN–Beer and Guitars, a two-day festival in Sculpture Park in downtown Denver, to the Oskar Blues Flood Relief Fund. The festival, thrown in collaboration with the Love, Hope, Strength Foundation, features live music by 18 bands including The White Buffalo, The Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Bonnie and the Clyde’s, The Congress, and many more. REEB Cycles, Oskar Blues’ bike company, is also donating $200 from every frame or complete bike sold during October. Monetary donations can be made online at or in the form of a check. Send donations to: Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation Attn: Oskar Blues Flood Relief Fund 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, CO 80501

HIGH FIVE – know your neighbors


 hat brought you to the area W and why do you choose to stay? I was born east of Boulder. After 13 years in San Francisco working in advertising and design agencies, I came back to spend time with my grandparents. I bought a quiet acre off Magnolia 12 years ago and settled in. I like being ‘home’, near the things I like to do, my family, and can’t imagine being anywhere else.

Katrina Harms

Director of Carousel of Happiness, Co-Owner Dandelion and Dog House Videos Birthplace: B  righton, CO Current Residence: Magnolia Road Time in Peak to Peak: 12 years Family Status: With partner, Tom, for 10 years; three dogs


What do you like to do for fun when not working? To relax I like to read, sew or knit. For fun we like to “get out of town” and camp, take in a festival, new museum exhibit, or just find a new city, town or neighborhood to explore.

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 hat do you like most about W living in the Peak to Peak region? It is beautiful... and the people are unique and amazing.


 ow did you come to be in H your position or line of work? I was freelancing and working as a marketing project manager when Village Video came up for sale. Tom and I bought it in 2005. Because retail in Nederland is unpredictable, I’ve kept a “real” job. I am now co-director of the Carousel of Happiness managing the gift shop, marketing and advertising and daily operational duties.


 hat is the best advice W you’ve received? Eat your vegetables.

Aspen Lodge damaged, seeks help ESTES PARK Torrential rains from a storm over central Colorado on Sept. 12, created a massive catastrophic event over Twin Peaks near Estes Park. Mud and trees destroyed everything in its path and eventually reached the Aspen Lodge Resort & Spa, causing devastating destruction to the infrastructure, cabins, stables and lake. After the mudslide, 25 employees and six guests slept in the lodge’s restaurant until they were evacuated. No one was injured, but the situation remains critical for the business and buildings. The Aspen Lodge’s owners are asking for volunteers to join their efforts to rebuild the popular resort and community. Many of the employees living on the property have been displaced. The Lodge water system was destroyed and those that

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remain on-site are without clean running water, hot water and a sewage system. The property of more than 80 acres was covered with three feet of mud and debris. A massive clean up of the area and surrounding property, as well as rebuilding the road and water systems, is needed. “Every donation, regardless of size, will have a profound impact on restoration and preservation of this beautiful area,” owners said. “We are gladly accepting volunteers to help clean up the lodge and the property.” To help, contact the Aspen Lodge at 970586-8133 for volunteering opportunities. The owners thank everyone for any support they can give, whether a donation, a thought or a prayer and look forward to opening next year with new improvements and programs. Visit to learn more.

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Coal Creek Canyon Monsterville returns to Camp Eden area WONDERVU A community of “mountain monsters” who love Halloween are located near the top of Coal Creek Canyon along Camp Eden Road. They offer trick or treating to all ages provided participants are in costume on Oct. 31. On All Hallows Eve from 5-8 p.m. residents open their doors and turn up the lights, welcoming more than 200 monster trick-ortreaters and giving everyone an opportunity to enjoy Halloween close to home. The annual event, now in its tenth year, takes a lot of work, but delivers “big smiles and major tooth decay.” Trick-

EVENTS CALENDAR October 12 Creepy Crawl Tour – Central City Pints & Poses – Very Nice Brewing Game Night – CCCIA Hall Electronics Recycling and Shred-a-thon – Fairgrounds at Stanley Park

October 13 Saws & Slaws: Coal Creek Canyon Fire Mitigation Block Party – Coal Creek Canyon TBA Octonber 14 Autumn Adventures Workshop – Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center

October 15 Retrieve your Spring – Estes Park Senior Center Common Cents Counts: Retirement Saving Vehicles – Estes Valley Library

Sugerloaf FPD Community Curbside Chipping Program – Sugarloaf Fire Protection District

October 16 Resume Basics Workshop: Larimer County Workforce Center – Estes Valley Library October 17-19 Elk Expositions – Rocky Mountain Field Seminars October 18 Minimize Your Tax Burden, Larimer Small Business Development Center Workshop – Estes Valley Library October 19 Creepy Crawl Tour – Central City Wild Bear Bird Club – Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center Fire on the Mountain – Bald Mountain Scenic Area October 20 Saws & Slaws: Nederland Neighborhood Fire Mitigation – Nederland TBA

October 21 Bears R Us – Estes Valley Library Surrendering with Backbends – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat October 22 Retrieve your Spring – Estes Park Senior Center

or-treating homes – with lights on – are located up and adjacent to Camp Eden Rd. including Sunny Dr., Katie Ln., Aspen Dr., Linn Ln., Ronnie Rd., Happy Tr., Leon Ln., Debra Ann Rd. and more. A trick-or-treat backpack will be provided to particpants in costume thanks to sponsors like Kathy Keating at Mock Realty and Hunt Country Iron which donated to CCCMonsterville. There are also “haunted houses” each year along with other festivities, so be sure to visit to keep up with events. Visible costumes with warm layers underneath are highly recommended along

with a bag to hold candy, flashlight and a printed out map of the Streets of Treats. Event coordinators are always looking for sponsors and donations. All donations go towards the workings of the CCCMonsterville website, ads in local papers, replacement and repair of signage and other costs. Visit for more information. Camp Eden Drive is located about a half mile east of the Wondervu Café on Colo. 72 across from the fire station. On the day of the event there will be signs marking the specific “Streets of Treats” to visit.

A resident gets into the spirit of Monsterville.

Continued from page 8 Lego Builder’s Club, Common Cents Counts: Common Investment Types – Estes Valley Library October 23 Internet Marketing for Small Businesses – Estes Valley Library October 24 Paranormal Investigation w/Michelle Tate from Ghosthunters – Stanley Hotel October 25 Creepy Crawl Tour – Central City “Howl at the Moon” Fundraiser for Charlie’s Place – Idaho Springs Elk’s Lodge

Murder Mystery Dinner – Stanley Hotel Halloween Party & Games Night – Idaho Springs Library Altitude Paranormal Group Ghost Hunt – Stage Stop October 26 Creepy Crawl Tour – Central City The Shining Masquerade Ball – Stanley Hotel 1st Anniversary All-Day Party – Very Nice Brewing Heritage of the Plains Bus Tour – Estes Valley Library On Top of the Great Divide: Ancient Native American Hunting Traps – Estes Park Museum October 27 Lyons Halloween – Sandstone Park October 29 Retrieve your Spring – Estes Park Senior Center Common Cents Counts: Managing Your Money During Retirement – Estes Valley Library October 30 Nederland Witches Ball – Nederland Community Center October 31 Spookorama Pre-Trick-or-Treat Party – Nederland Community Library

Halloween in Estes Park – Downtown Estes Park Halloween Costume Contest and Luncheon – Estes Park Senior Center

Halloween Night at the Library – Estes Valley Library Coal Creek Canyon Monsterville – Camp Eden Road Area Camp Eden’s Fall Festival – Camp Eden

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November 1 Astounding Stories – Estes Valley Library November 2 Pumpkin Smash – Idaho Springs Ball Field WEEKLY EVENTS Sunday Sunday Community Yoga – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Basic Dog Obedience – Nederland Community Center Maya Vinyasa Flow, Gentle Yoga – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Mat Pilates w/Nicole – Yoga Room Idaho Springs Sunday Afternoon Tennis – Nederland Tennis Courts 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 Gentle Yoga w/Joelle, Yoga w/Abby – CCCIA Hall Continuing Yoga – Clear Creek Recreation Center Yoga w/Peggy – The Old Gallery Yoga w/Steffi or Mike – Yoga Room Idaho Springs Hatha Yoga, Aquacize, Yoga, Dance, Pilates - Mat II, Adult Drop-In Basketball, Total Tone – Gilpin Community Center Tuesday Texas Hold’em Poker Series Showdown – Wheel Bar Yoga – The Old Gallery Rock and Roll Vinyasa Yoga – The Yoga Room, Idaho Springs Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Mom & Tot Yoga – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Tai Chi, Planet Motion Dance, Mountain Players – Nederland Community Center

Choose Your Life – Clear Creek Recreation Center Cardio Burn, Pilates - Mat I, Kickboxing, Aquacize, Tae Kwon Do – Gilpin Community Center Wednesday Cardio Burn w/Monique, Bible Study – Gilpin Community Center Pickelball, Get Movin’, Mountain Movers, Drop-In Basketball, Hatha Yoga, Community Clothing Closet – Nederland Community Center



Yoga w/Peggy – Wild Basin Lodge Guided Chakra Meditation – Yoga Room Idaho Springs Beginning Yoga, Continuing Yoga– Clear Creek Recreation Center Moms and Babies Yoga, Vinyasa Flow – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Give Me A Break, Nia, Aquacize, Adult Strengthen Stretch & Balance, Hatha Yoga – Gilpin Community Center Thursday Local’s Night – Chipper’s Lanes Cardio Burn, Give Me A Break, Hatha Yoga, Kickboxing, Aquacize, Tae Kwon Do – Gilpin Community Center 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 Tai Chi – Aspen Lodge Gentle Yoga, Yoga/Pilates Fusion – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Tai Chi, Mountain Movers, Drop-In Basketball – Nederland Community Center

Friday Parent & Tot Yoga – Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Get Movin’, Tai Chi – Nederland Community Center Yoga (beginner), Yoga (intermediate) – The Old Gallery Yoga w/Cherie, Meditation – The Yoga Room/2 Brothers Hatha Yoga, Happy Hour Yoga – Tadasana Mountain Yoga Yoga w/Cariann – CCCIA Hall Yoga, Aquacize, Senior “Sit & Be Fit” Class – Gilpin Community Center Saturday Ghost Hunt – Stanley Hotel Yoga w/Pam – The Old Gallery Yoga w/Cherie or Sarah – The Yoga Room/2 Brothers Zumba, Kinder Kix – Gilpin Community Center Community Clothing Closet – Nederland Community Center Saturday Morning Clinic, Pickle Ball – Nederland Tennis Courts Submit any event for free listing in the Events Calendar to All listings/dates subject to change. Contact venues to confirm a show.

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No shortage of ghost stories, paranormal activity along Peak to Peak By Jennifer Pund PEAK TO PEAK The Peak to Peak is sought out by people who want to spend their days surrounded by beauty and nature. Some folks choose to stay even after death, which means there is no shortage of haunting tales and paranormal activity all across the area. Idaho Springs resident, Jessica Andrews, recently opened Hidden Treasures, a family consignment shop, in a historic building on Miner Street. She and her dog Saddie enjoy the tall ceilings and big

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windows, but her favorite spot is the large brick fireplace where she keeps a candle lit while at the store. At closing time, Jessica will blow out the candle and take Saddie for a quick walk before heading home. It has become habit for her to return to check out the displays from the street or just saunter by the store front. On many occasions, Jessica had returned to the shop only to find the candle has re-lit itself. “One evening, a friend and I were closing up and heading out to walk Saddie. I told her to watch me blow out the candle, which she did. We were being silly and

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making it obvious we were blowing out the candle and teasing about it when we left. We went around the block and came back to the store, opened the door, and sure enough, the candle had a flame and was burning bright,” Andrews said. One of the most reportedly haunted towns in Colorado is Central City. Many who have toured the town’s opera house have been introduced to Mike Dougherty, a miner turned performer who roams backstage and often touches guests, or the onetime caretaker of the Teller House, Billy Hamilton, who loved the grand hotel so much he often regarded it as his home and is reportedly still around to protect it. Leeanna Jonas, lead investigator at Spirit Realm Investigative Project explains the town is “chock full” of the spirits of women and children who’ve died, mostly from scarlet fever. Most of the men, according to Jonas, are miners, gamblers or murders. “Every building has a story and every building has something there. Most spirits I have come in contact with are happy here and not menacing at all,” she said. Jonas has found the Historical Museum and the former Doc Holiday Casino have the most activity, with the red Russell buildings at the North end of Main Street on Lawrence Street to be very active as well. There has also been evidence of spirits in the Gilpin County Courthouse, built 1900.

Long-time resident and county worker at the courthouse, Josey Wales, stared in a Bio. com episode of My Ghost Story, sharing his experience using Jonas and her company to communicate with the spirit. When Harley Hippie’s Coffeeshop owner, Jeanne Bower, opened in Central City, she was told the building has many spirits and most were kind. Tina, a slave who is shy, stays in the basement and another woman behind her ice cream counter are just a few of the many ghosts calling her building home. Grant is an angry spirit that played with the espresso machine, unscrewed light bulbs and even messed with a sink’s water line. “Personally, I think this is fantastic and yes, I believe. Although I typically do not feel their presence, I did hear them whispering one day when I was in the dining room reading the newspaper” Bower says. She now burns sage once a week and talks to them and the other spirits. “Instead of the annoying disturbances I had last year, now I just hear some noises and knocking about,” she said. Rollinsville and the Stage Stop are also known for large amounts of paranormal activity and ghost hunts are often held in the 1868 building. Tim Underwood, owner of the Wild West Mercantile also has reported hearing odd noises in his store on Main Street in Rollinsville. “I was closed for the night, the door was shut and locked so I went to the basement to get some stuff together,” he said. “Only a few minutes later I heard footsteps and talking from the store upstairs. Thinking I must have not locked the door, I ran upstairs to greet the people. When I got up there, the door was still closed and locked and not a soul in the shop.” Nederland does not usually make it on a ghost-hunting list, but there is more than one place known to house spirits from another time. Blue Owl Books and Boutique Owner Kimba Stefane has owned her used book store for about 10 years. The building was once used as a bathhouse for miners coming to town. Stefane has found herself needing to stay overnight at the store saying she never has gotten much sleep with the small soda fridge opening and closing by itself. Being a destination for larger collections of old books, she often feels new spirits when books come in. “I’ve heard my name called on many occasions, and being in the Blue Owl after hours can be bit spooky; you can feel the spirits there. Everyone who has been there after hours confirms this. The old building combined with old books is a perfect combo for the creation of paranormal activity,” Stefane said. “I’m generally not afraid of spirits, but I do often get the vibe when I’ve been here for a while at night that it’s time for me to leave.” With the Halloween season upon us, take a tour or visit these businesses and see if you sense the connection to another time.

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MOUNTAIN ARTS – galleries, artists and crafts people

MOUNTAIN ARTS CALENDAR October 1-27 Plein Air Rockies 2013 Exhibit – Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park

October 1-31 “Western Light” Fine Art Show – Earthwood Collections October 1 –November 3 “Designs From Nature” Exhibit – Art Center of Estes Park October 1-August 3 “Sandzén in Estes Park” Exhibit – Estes Park Museum October 1 Quirky Quilters – Nederland Community Library October 2 Coal Creek Quilters – Coal Creek Coffee Wednesday Morning Clay: Decorative Tile Making – Gilpin Recreation Center

October 3 Early Childhood Music Workshop – Estes Valley Library Thursday Evening Clay: Glaze Surface Techniques, Stitchers Get-Together – Gilpin Recreation Center October 3-4 Painting Color & Light in Pastel – Art Center of Estes Park October 4 One Book/One Valley Opening Reception For Plainsong – Estes Valley Library

James Harvey: Tuskegee “Top Gun” Pilot Lecture – Stanley Hotel

October 5 Film: “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul” – Gilpin County Library Book Signing: “Joe Mills of Estes Park: A Colorado Life” – Estes Park Museum

Saturday Morning Clay: Majolica – Gilpin Recreation Center Aprons: The Stories in Fabric – Estes Valley Library October 5-6 Boulder Open Studios Tour – Nederland, Magnolia Rd, Boulder October 6 Glass Jewelry Class – CCCIA Hall

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Glen Haven artists survive flood, lose home, gallery

By Jeffrey V. Smith eryday routines, like enjoying a cup of tea. Clay is a beautiful medium to help connect us all to the earth (mud=clay) and ourGILPIN COUNTY eah and Scott DeCapio have a unique relationship. They’ve selves (bowl of soup=nourishment).” not only chosen to create a one-of-a-kind life together as a The couple met through mutual friends. Scott was in Estes couple, but to create one-of-a-kind art together as well. The Park to mountain climb and one day saw Leah at work and asked two are now picking up the pieces after their idyllic Glen Haven if he could help. “He was hooked! We started creating collaborahome, studio and gallery were destroyed by the Big Thompson tively about a year into our relationship,” she said. Scott and Leah don’t always actuRiver during the September floods. ally work together, however. “Scott The couple’s incredibly unique ceprefers to throw in the morning, and I ramic art is handmade by both Leah prefer to carve with the mid-day sun,” and Scott. Each piece, which are unique Leah said. “We also like to listen to from one another, are first shaped on different music in the studio. I love a potter’s wheel or by hand by Scott. books on tape, and Scott can’t stand Leah then paints the entire piece black them.” Creatively, however, the two and carves original designs into the clay love working as a team. “It is so much by hand with no stencils. From there, fun. Scott will make something, I look the piece goes through a series of firings at it, and am challenged to come up and some are finished with metal work with a way to decorate it,” Leah said. or handmade glass beads. Wishing Pots by Leah & Scott DeCapio “We bounce ideas off each other, but According to Leah, she has made art all of her life. She received a Studio Arts Degree, with an really just try to create what speaks to us individually and find emphasis in Ceramics, and an Anthropology Degree from the a common thread. Sometimes, what we end up with is nothing University of Colorado. Her work is inspired by the beauty of like we thought, but that’s where the creative surprises hapnature around her, family and friends, and the “smiles offered pen.” by strangers.” Scott, who “found this passion a little later” is The couple eventually found themselves in Glen Haven, a a self-taught potter. His educational background is in Biology, small mountain community seven miles from Estes Park. “I wanted to live in the mountains but still be close to Denver to from Johnson State in Vermont. The two work as artist because they “believe that beauty en- see my family,” Leah said. “Scott loved the area for the outhances our lives,” Leah said. “To use beautiful objects in daily door activities.” The two made good friends and were given the life helps remind us of the importance and connection of evContinued on page 16


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Exhibit features photo and digital art NEDERLAND Art at the Center, the realization of a long-term vision for the Nederland Community Center, unveils the new Fall Exhibit at its open house, Oct. 13, and will feature live music, wine and appetizers from 4-6 p.m. The art show includes photography and digital work by local aritsts and a portrait photography show compliments of Boulder Portrait Photographers. Selected photography and artists will be featured during the open house and the art will be on display at the Nederland Community Center, 750 North Colo. 72, until winter 2014. At each open house, sponsored by the Nederland Community Center Foundation, “Best in Show” awards are given in a variety of categories. The vision for Art at the Center sees the Nederland Community Center as a vibrant and beautiful hub for our town and a perfect place to highlight and support Nederland’s image as an emerging artisan center. Beginning in 2009, through the efforts of the Community Center Foundation Board, Art at the Center was born. From the start, Art at the Center has been a great success. Its opening wine and cheese event took place in an Oc-

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tober snowstorm, yet almost 200 people showed up. Three times per year, the Community Center Foundation Board and the volunteer Art Committee host a new Art at the Center show focusing on local artists. Nederland area artists are invited to participate and a panel selects the pieces that will be displayed for the next show. The Nederland Community Center began life as a school around 1880. It was remodeled by a WPA project in 1936-37, creating the gymnasium and the massive stone wall in the community room. In the 1960s the building was expanded and a west wing was added. In 1997, Nederland purchased the site and re-opened the building as a community center, home to the police station, the library and a variety of local non-profits. After a snowstorm destroyed the roof in March 2003, the building was completely renovated with “green” technology. It reopened in 2007 and soon added a new fitness facility, new seats in the theatre, daylighting in the gym and community room and an up-to-date commercial kitchen. For the next Art at the Center exhibit in winter 2014, non-digital artwork including all painting, fabric, pottery, jewelry and more will be featured. To learn more or find instructions on how to submit artwork for the next showing, visit or contact Nederland Community Center Foundation Board Member Tracy Brewer, chair of the Art Committee, by e-mail at yourartatthecenter@gmail. com or call 303-258-7980.

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Artist supports Jamestown with poster, T-shirt

lions and will take years to reconstruct. JAMESTOWN Ravaged by the Colorado floods of What insurance and government cannot 2013, the small mountain town of James- cover remains the responsibility of a comtown suffered unimaginable destruction. munity grappling with devastation. Lowtwait is a former Nickelodeon animaHelp as many as 274 people return home tion storyboard artist and with the purchase of a background designer, special Jamestown poster turned freelance illustraor T-shirt by artist Steve tor, turned producer of ilLowtwait. All proceeds lustrated “social fiction.” go to the town and its citiLowtwait is known zens through the Rebuild for giving “looks and Jamestown Fund. life” to characters. “I live in Jamestown “Differentiation is my and experienced the muse, “ he said. “While flood. Creating this artI welcome influence, I work is my way of giving seek purity in the act of back to my community,” creation. Details matter Lowtwait said. in my aesthetic distinc In 2010, the artist raised tion, but it is my conover $11,000 with artwork ceptual scrutiny that he created following the The historic town hall and the yields a great reception. Mercantile Cafe are featured on Fourmile Fire. In other words, I see and “This time, it’s more Steve Lowtwait’s new poster. do things differently.” personal,” he said. Starting in the early hours of Sept. 12, Visit and www. James Creek violently rose to consume the or e-mail artist@ homes, cars, bridges, and roads of James- to order posters and T-shirts, town. Damages are in the hundreds of mil- available in men’s and women’s styles.

Gold Hill Inn documentary screened GOLD HILL Heart of Gold Hill, a short documentary on the social and architectural history of the Gold Hill Inn and the Bluebird Lodge, will be screened at 8 p.m., Oct. 13, at the Gold Hill Inn following the Sunday Evening Jazz series performance. Other live-music films recorded at the venue will also be shown. Heart of Gold Hill features visual and oral accounts documenting the social and cultural history – as well as the physical and architectural history – of the Gold Hill Inn and Bluebird Lodge. The Bluebird Lodge, originally called the Wentworth Hotel, was built in 1873 to attract tourists to the growing mining town of Gold Hill. The Gold Hill Inn is a cherished restaurant completed in 1926 and originally used as the dining hall for the Bluebird

Lodge, and remains the heartbeat of the town. In August 1989, the Gold Hill Inn and Bluebird Lodge were entered into the National Registry of Historic Places. The film also features interviews with the Finn siblings, whose parents bought the two buildings in 1962 along with several longtime Gold Hill residents, local history experts and many of the musicians – including Washboard Chaz, Tim and Mollie O’Brien, Halden Wofford, Ophelia Swing Band – who have played an important role in the life and spirit of the Gold Hill Inn. The film was created by LickSkillet Films’ creative team of filmmaker Angie Burnham, director and cinematographer Juan Stewart and editor and videographer Nathaniel Kramer. Gold Hill native Cody Wiersema and Daniel Cooper also assisted with the shooting.

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Historian presents new Joe Mills biography ESTES PARK Historian Laureate Dr. Jim Pickering presents his discoveries and introduces his new book on the life of fascinating and influential Estes Park resident Joe Mills, Oct. 5 from 2-3 p.m., at the Estes Park Museum. A book signing with light refreshments will follow the presentation. Mills’ granddaughter, Pat Washburn, will also share family stories about Joe Mills. No reservations are required for this free event. Joe Mills of Estes Park: A Colorado Life is the definitive biography of a major figure in the history of Estes Park Colorado. Illustrated with historical photographs, the book focuses on the life and times of Enoch Josiah Mills, younger brother of Enos Abijah Mills, father of Rocky Mountain National Park. Although he grew up in the shadow

of his more famous sibling, Joe Mills’ own story is a compelling and engaging one, not only in his contribution to the economic and social development of the Estes Park community through his creation of the Crags, a resort that continues to host summer visitors to the mountains, but in his impact on the development of collegiate athletics in Colorado and in Texas during the opening decades of the 20th century, and his considerable literary skills and his aspirations as an author. The biography owes its inspiration and its revelations to the discovery of historical documents, including Joe Mills’ manuscripts, scrapbooks, and memorabilia in two old trunks long stored away in the family’s attic. Also, discussions with Pat Washburn, the granddaughter of Joe and Ethel Mills, and her recollections of her childhood growing up at the Crags aided the research.

‘Plainsong’ author visits Estes Park ESTES PARK Estes Valley Library’s third annual One Book/One Valley project, Plainsong by Kent Haruf, culminates in a special appearance by the author, Oct. 23. Set in the small fictional town of Holt, Colorado, Haruf’s novel weaves together the lives and stories of characters who struggle and endure as their families come together, and in other cases, fragment. The primary characters are a schoolteacher, a pair of young boys left adrift by their ill mother, a pregnant high school girl, and pair of crusty bachelorbrother farmers. The author will speak in the Estes Park High School Auditorium, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. It is a free event but advanced tickets are required and can be picked up at the Library or Macdonald Book Shop. Haruf is the recipient of numerous awards for Plainsong, including the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award,

the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the New Yorker Book Award, and a finalist designation for the National Book Award. Born on the eastern plains of Colorado, Haruf went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1973-and a career that included such experiences as teaching English with the Peace Corps in Turkey. Of all his ambitions, one would test him like no other. “Writing is the hardest thing I know,” Haruf said in a recent interview, “but it was the only thing I wanted to do. I wrote for 20 years and published nothing before my first book.” A free One Book/One Valley Opening Reception takes places, Oct. 4, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Estes Valley Library, 335 East Elkhorn Ave. For more information about One Book/ One Valley 2013, contact the Estes Valley Library at 970-586-8116 or visit

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Book explores Central City, Black Hawk history GILPIN COUNTY ilpin History’s David Forsyth, recently released his latest book, Black Hawk and Central City. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by. The author is no stranger to his book’s subject as he has worked for the Gilpin Historical Society for eight years, serving as executive director and curator for the last four. During that time he has given thousands of tours of the Teller House and Opera House in Central City and has worked to expand and improve the historical society’s mining collection and displays. “I hope that it will give the reader a good understanding of how Black Hawk and Central City developed, especially with their insistence on law and order so that the towns were attractive places to potential investors and residents who sought stability,” Forsyth said. “I also hope that it will give a fuller understanding of the




revival of the towns in the 1930s, when people wanted to use tourism to bring the towns back, but needed to find that hook (which the Central City Opera eventually provided) on which to hang the revival.” Black Hawk and Central City emphasizes the importance of law and order in Black Hawk and Central City, which did not want to be thought of as the Wild West and discusses some of the lesser known tales of Black Hawk and Central City, including the uranium boom of the late 1940s and early 50s. The book also highlights the community effort to revive Central City as a tourist town in the 1930s. A portion of the author’s profits go to Gilpin History to help fund its effort to collect and preserve the history of Gilpin County. The book is available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at 888-313-2665 or online at www.

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Artists plan to continue creating after losing everything in flood opportunity to buy a house in the “most perfect setting.” Leah explained they were fortunate to find a home with an unfinished garage, so building a studio began before they paid their first mortgage payment. “We love being surrounded by nature and the community that nurtures us. We live a pretty simple life and have more quiet time to ourselves to be with our ideas and inspirations. Really, we had the ideal setting and life,” she said. Leah uses the past tense as September rains changed everything for the couple. She explains they had four days of rain and were happy their garden was doing well and forest fire concerns were low. “Usually, we stress about forest fires all summer,” she said, “ but the rains became very heavy, and the ground was unable to soak up all of the moisture. I thought we would probably have a little bit of flooding in the studio and retail shop space. I spent Wednesday night digging trenches and picking things up off the floor.” On Thursday, the bridge to the DeCapio’s house washed away. To prevent getting stranded, Leah took their animals and headed for higher ground. “Long story short, everything washed away in a violent evening of storms while I sat in a friend’s guest room

ARTS CALENDAR Artist of the Month – Old Gallery Photographing Elk & Aspen – Rocky Mountain Nature Association October 7 Meet Me at the Museum – Estes Park Museum Lecture: “Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance” – Estes Park Senior Center October 9 Plainsong in the Themes and Settings: An Exploration – Estes Valley Library

Wednesday Morning Clay: Decorative Tile Making – Gilpin Recreation Center

October 10 Coal Creek Book Club – Coal Creek Coffee Thursday Evening Clay: Glaze Surface Techniques – Gilpin Recreation Center

October 11 Astounding Stories Presents: ‘A Mild Attack of Locusts’ – Estes Valley Library

October 12 Second Saturday – Miner Street, Idaho Springs Sound of Distant Beauty: Plainsong as Musical Form – Estes Valley Library

Saturday Morning Clay: Majolica – Gilpin Recreation Center October 12-13 Boulder Open Studios Tour – Nederland, Magnolia Rd, Boulder

The DeCapio’s home post-flood. Their studio is rubble washed miles downstream.

hearing the trees snap in half and watching the transformer on the electric poles explode in the sky,” Leah said. “I was stuck for three days… without electricity or phones.” She eventually saw one of her husband’s climbing friends, Glen Johnson, and called for help. Johnson, his wife and other climbers were able to set up a zip line to get her and their dogs out. Johnson proceeded to help the rest of their stranded neighbors get across to the other side. “My husband was away working,” she explained. “He got to me as fast as was possible, since most roads into our area were completely washed out. He arrived just as I made it over the rope. We stayed and helped

with the rest of the rescues for days. We are lucky to have climbers as friends!” The couple are very thankful for their community, which they say has been amazing. “The love and support we have received has been truly unbelievable. There are too many to thank,” Leah said. The DeCapios want to work again and want to build another art studio and home. “We are on hold right now waiting to see what will happen… there is a lot of ‘business’ that goes into losing everything,” Leah said. “In the short-term, I am trying to embrace being homeless and may try to travel to different art studios and take advantage of programs and artist-in-residency programs. Scott is going to travel with his other construction job… to try to get some income to help our re-building process.” In the meantime, the couple are relying on the kindness of friends, family and strangers to get through. A fund raising site has been established at Also, what remains of their art is online at and and in some area stores. “As we un-earth art, we will put it up for sale,” Leah said.

JAMESTOWN Holcombe Photography is donating special portrait sessions, through Oct. 31 to help the Jamestown community which “has been so devastated by the recent flood.” For a $150 donation, clients will receive a portrait session and an 8x10 print. The entire session fee will be donated to local families who are struggling to rebuild in the wake of this disaster. “Please help us support our community in this time of need and create beautiful memories of your loved ones in the process,” Peter Holcombe said. Holcombe Photography specializes in creating fine art portraits with a natural, environmental focus and a “strong sense of place to create a personal photographic work of art that is as unique as you are.” Contact Holcombe Photography to schedule a portrait session and help those most impacted by the flood. Visit, call 303514-8034 or e-mail info@Holcombe for more information.

Continued from page 12 October 13 “Art at the Center” Photography and Digital Art Opening Reception – Nederland Community Center “Heart Of Gold Hill” Screening – Gold Hill Inn October 13-January 1 “Art at the Center” Photography and Digital Art Exhibit – Nederland Community Center

October 14 Lecture: “Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance” – Estes Park Senior Center October 16 Coal Creek Quilters – Coal Creek Coffee Wednesday Morning Clay: Decorative Tile Making – Gilpin Recreation Center

October 17 Prospecting the Prairie: From Gold to Food – Estes Valley Library

Thursday Evening Clay: Glaze Surface Techniques, Dog Obedience, Stitchers Get-Together – Gilpin Recreation Center

October 18 Ladies No. 1 Literary Society – Old Gallery Movie: “Plainsong” – Estes Valley Library Dinner & A Movie – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Central City Trance Dance – The Yoga Room, Idaho Springs

October 18-20 Peter Davison in “Junk” – Estes Park High School Auditorium October 19 “Wonder Boys” Screening – Gilpin County Library Ned Knits – Nederland Community Library Aprons: A Make & Take Craft Event – Estes Valley Library Saturday Morning Clay: Majolica – Gilpin Recreation Center October 21 Lecture: “Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance” – Estes Park Senior Center Plainsong: An Estes Valley Discussion – Estes Valley Library October 23 Writing Class – Old Gallery An Evening with Kent Haruf – Estes Park High School Auditorium Wednesday Morning Clay: Decorative Tile Making – Gilpin Recreation Center

October 24 Estes Park Area Weavers Guild – Estes Valley Library Thursday Evening Clay: Glaze Surface Techniques – Gilpin Recreation Center

Kirtan Sacred Chanting – The Yoga Room, Idaho Springs October 25 Young Adult Movie Night – Nederland Community Library Movie: “Juno,” Astounding Stories Presents: ‘The Pacing Goose’ – Estes Valley Library October 25-Nov. 10 “Lines into Shapes” Exhibit – Art Center of Estes Park October 26 Lecture: “On Top of the Great Divide: Ancient Native American Hunting Traps” – Estes Park Museum Saturday Morning Clay: Majolica – Gilpin Recreation Center October 28 Simple Shibori – Art Center of Estes Park October 29 Lecture: “Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian High Renaissance” – Estes Park Senior Center October 30 Wednesday Morning Clay: Decorative Tile Making – Gilpin Recreation Center

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Photo studio donates session fees to Jamestown victims

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October 31 Thursday Evening Clay: Glaze Surface Techniques, Dog Obedience – Gilpin Recreation Center November 3 Artist of the Month – Old Gallery

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 Community Center Clear Creek Chorale – CCMRD Center Swing Dancing Lessons – Appenzell Inn Tuesday Story Time – Idaho Springs Library Planet Motion Dance – Nederland Community Center Wednesday Art Group – The Old Gallery Drop In Artists – Eco-Arts Lounge @ Wild Bear Mask Making/Hand Building Pottery – Gilpin Recreation Center

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

Movie – Backdoor Theater Museum Open – Nederland Mining Museum Submit any arts events for free listing in the Arts Calendar to All listings/dates subject to change. Contact venues to confirm a show.

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MOUNTAIN MUSIC – sounds from the high country


Wednesday, October 2 Acoustic Open Mic Hosted by Billy Shaddox – Gold Hill Inn (GH) Tom Thomas – Rock Inn (EP) Mountain Strong Community Dinner and Cowboy Brad Concert – YMCA of the Rockies (EP) Thursday, October 3 Funky Fresh Trio – Pioneer Inn (NED) Bluegrass Jam – Rock Inn (EP) Dennis-Tobias Band – Estes Park Resort (EP) James Davis – Dunraven Inn (EP) Friday, October 4 Captain Quirk & the Cosmic Rangers – Pioneer Inn (NED) Flood Benefit w/Gipsy Moon, Caribou Mountain Collective & New Family Dog – Stage Stop (RV) Bonnie & the Clydes – Gold Hill Inn (GH) Gristle Gals – Rock Inn (EP) Dick Orleans – Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP) Ray Young – Nicky’s Restaurant (EP) James Davis – Twin Owls Steakhouse (EP) DJ Bedz – Ameristar Casino (BH) Saturday, October 5 George Nelson Band – Pioneer Inn (NED) Nolan McInnis Band – West Winds Tavern (IS) New Family Dog – Stage Stop (RV) Shaefer Welch Acoustic – Rock Inn (EP) Brassworks – Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies (EP) Ray Young – Nicky’s Restaurant (EP) Dennis-Tobias Band – Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP) DJ Bedz – Ameristar Casino (BH) Sunday, October 6 Greg Schochet & Ashleigh Flynn – Gold Hill Inn, early (GH) Tribute to Neil Young – Gold Hill Inn, late (GH) Wednesday, October 9 Acoustic Open Mic Hosted by Billy Shaddox – Gold Hill Inn (GH) Thursday, October 10 Bluegrass Jam – Rock Inn (EP) Dennis-Tobias Band – Estes Park Resort (EP) James Davis – Dunraven Inn (EP)

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Popular musician escapes flood with family, little else By Ryan Lappi LYONS ike most residents of Lyons, singer-songwriter Danny Shafer had little time to escape the rising flood waters that engulfed the town on the morning of Sept. 12. “A good friend called us in the middle of the night and finally woke us up after about five phone calls. And we got out as fast as we could,” he said. A fixture of the Boulder music scene for 25 years, Shafer was able to escape with his family, but made it away with little else. “We lost our house and my van and all the gear in it,” he says. Shafer moved to Lyons last November to be with his fiancé. Before that, he lived near Gold Hill for 10 years, and had to be evacuated during the Fourmile Canyon Fire in 2010. Although he considers himself a “homebody,” Lyons has provided a creative haven for Shafer. Danny Shafer “I’ve always been very involved with the Lyons’ music scene,” he said. “I played Folks Festival numerous times, and I did my CD release at Planet Bluegrass this last year, and always played Oskar Blues and all the other places. I have a lot of friends there.” While most of the community is still reeling from the flood, it hasn’t taken long for people to join together to volunteer, fund raise, and, of course, play music. In fact, the spirit of


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musical collaboration that drew many people to Lyons is now providing an inspirational backdrop to the rebuilding process, bringing a sense of normalcy back to daily life and a feeling of community to those who are currently homeless. “Music has made a huge difference this week,” says Shafer. “I played a gig the day we were evacuated from Lyons with my band. Someone had a cancellation, and I asked the band if they would do it, and they all showed up. It’s how I see people, and it’s what I do. Any kind of regular life really means a lot. And that’s my regular life, playing gigs.” Shafer and his family are currently living with a friend in Longmont, but he fully intends on moving back to Lyons when the time comes. How the disaster will effect the character of town once it is rebuilt remains a mystery, but he hopes that much of the eclecticism that drew him there will remain intact. “I just hope that Lyons can stay as culturally and as economically varied as it was before,” he said. “I hope that people can find a way to stay in Lyons and still be part of their community. The people who had houses, the people who didn’t have houses, the people who lived in trailers, I hope that we’re able to figure out a way to keep everybody together still.” In the meantime, Shafer and many Lyons residents are


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‘Survivors Party’ celebrates end of season ESTES PARK The Rock Inn in Estes Park hosts its annual “Survivors Party,” Oct. 19 from 9-11:30 p.m. While the party may take on a different meaning this year, it’s meant to celebrate the end of tourist season. Live music is preovided by Amplified Souls, which entertains by “playing Amplified Souls live music you love, songs that you want to dance to, have fun to, and sing along with.” It plays vintage to current rock, pop, rockin’ blues and anthems.

The band is made up of “experienced rockers” including Karen Nicholson on vocals and keys; Bob Francella on guitar, keys and harmonica; Brad Henecke on lead guitar and vocals; Jim Clark on bass and vocals; and Mike Cech on drums. The Rock Inn celebrates its 76th anniversary in October as well. Celebrate the legendary venue and the end of tourist season in one night. Visit and www. for more information.

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striking a remarkably optimistic tone, while still acknowledging the magnitude of the task at hand. As is often the case, disasters of this size are often met with an almost matter-of-fact attitude, an acknowledgement that community isn’t just something that can be built in concrete or washed away in a storm, but the result of day-to-day work, reconnecting with neighbors, shoveling mud, repairing rooftops, and cultivating friendships, brick by brick. “It’s always a joy to be with my family,” Shafer says. “That’s what I’ve needed now, that’s what I will need later, my musical family. I’m lucky because I’ve built a lot of roots here over the last twenty-five years. There’s a lot of people I love, and also people I’ve just been in the community with, and seeing the people that I’ve been around for so long has really done me a lot of good. People go through a lot. The mountains, Jamestown, Salina, and Lyons, those towns are going to need a lot. It’s going to take awhile. But this isn’t the first time or the last time, it’s just our turn. And I know we can be o.k.” To donate to the Lyons Musicians Relief Fund, send a check to PO Box 25, Lyons, CO 80540. Make checks out to

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KC Groves’ LMRF (Lyons musicians relief fund), or donate at any Wells Fargo Bank – direct your donation to Lyons Musicians Relief Fund, account number 3868653936. On facebook: Catch Shafer with his band, the 21st Century, as part of the Neil Young Tribute at the Gold Hill Inn on Sunday, Oct. 6. He also plays a solo show at Gold Hill Inn on Sunday, Nov. 10. He is adding performances all the time, so keep up at www.


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Yonder Mountain String Band longside a handful of other neo-bluegrass bands, Nederland’s Yonder Mountain String Band has thoroughly revitalized bluegrass, introducing it to thousands of new fans. Over the past 15 years, it’s evolved into a phenomenon on the concert and festival circuit and is now one of the top touring bluegrass bands in the country. The act is now capturing its best performances in the studio while on the road. EP ‘13, a four-track EP self-produced by the band featuring one song written and sung by each member, marks the first of these recordings. “The EP is something we recorded while on the road,” Ben Kaufmann said. “We seek out studios to work in while touring, and while the juices are flowing and chops are at maximum potential, we take a couple of days to record. There are four singers and four songwriters in the band; what a perfect way for us to release studio material.” The band dropped one show per tour to head into the recording studio, Adam Aijala explained. “Touring is such a big part of Yonder’s life, that recording while out on the road is an excellent new paradigm for us,” he said. “I’m really excited about putting out the EP because it is a step in the right direction: working under our own creative control and intuition, being motivated to record on tour, and keeping an open dialogue about what we want out of our releases,” Dave Johnson said. “The next EP could be songs we’ve never performed before… fans can expect the unexpected!” And that has always been what YMSB has been about: expecting the unexpected! The band plays the Boulder Theater, Dec. 27, 28, 29, and 31 as well as a flood benefit show on Dec. 30 where 100 percent of the proceeds will help flood disaster victims and those most in need. For more information on Yonder Mountain String Band, visit www. Track List


1. Straight Line 3. Rag Doll (Kaufmann) (Austin) 2. Don’t Worry Happy 4. All The Time Birthday (Johnston) (Aijala)

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Wild Bear benefit features popular Young subject of Gold Hill tribute night Luke Finn, Brandy Beck and Tyler Stites, GOLD HILL Kurtis Smith and more. A stellar, and rather large, lineup of local Austin-based singer-songwriter musicians pays tribute to Neil Young’s mu- Before the tribute, Greg Schochet and NEDERLAND Eliza Gilkyson, a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter, has become one of the most respected musicians in folk and Americana music circles. The Austin-based musician performs, Oct. 31, at a benefit for Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center at Wild Bear Eco-Arts Lounge, located near the Carousel of Happiness in Nederland. The Grammy-nominated artist has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio and has toured with Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza grew up in Los Angeles knowing that her life would revolve around music. As a teenager, she recorded demos for her father, an accomplished songwriter whose songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dean Martin, Johnny Cash (“Memories Are Made of This”) and the White Stripes. After living and recording in the Southwest and in Europe, Eliza settled down in Austin, Texas. In the past year, Eliza has been busy, recording two new albums. Last summer she released the Billboard-charting recording,

sic at the Gold Hill Inn, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Ashleigh Flynn perform for free from 5-7 by performing the legendary songwriter’s p.m. and the Gold Hill Inn’s famous threeand six-course dinmusic. Proceeds from ners are available. the $12 cover benGold Hill has been efit TRU Community affected by recent Care Hospice. flooding and is on the The lineup, which path to the only acwill rotate throughout cess from the mounthe night, includes tains to Boulder. Mollie O’Brien and The town has been Rich Moore, Danny inundated by vehicle Shafer and the 21st trafffic so carpool if Century, Bonnie and you can, park responTaylor Sims, Kort Rich Moore and Mollie O’Brien sibly in town and McCumber and the High road, Patrick Dethlefs and Martin drive safely however you get there. Gilmore, Greg Schochet and Ashleigh Fly- Call 303-443-6461 for dinner reservann, Todd Adelman, Strange Byrds, Kevin tions or visit for Dooley, Danielle Dennis, Mike Spires and more information.

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Red Horse, with friends and fellow Red House songwriters John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky, and now she releases Roses at the End of Time, her first new solo recording in three years. Like the tracks she recorded for Red Horse, this new album was produced by her son Cisco Ryder and recorded in her hometown of Austin.

Female-fronted eltro-pop act visits Ned NEDERLAND Denver’s female-fronted electropop and rock trio AdrienneO is a simple threesoe that sounds like a full band with “Blondie-esque vocals.” The act, influenced by artists like Florence + the Machine and OneRepublic, plays a free show at the Pioneer Inn in Nederland, Oct. 11. Members of the act include vocalist and bassist Adrienne Osborn, worldranked national-champion waterskier and software developer turned vocal coach; guitarist, producer and engineer Justin Long who is a former guitarist for Atlantic Records band No Address;

along with Craig DeLeone, drummer and multi-instrumentalist who used to work with drummer Buddy Rich. AdrienneO’s new Superchromatic EP is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Soundcloud and numerous online blogs. This year alone, the band played the main stage at the CHUN People’s Fair, the JeffCo Fair, the Taste of Colorado, the BoulderBOULDER, and the Denver Post UMS. It was also a finalist in the Rocky Mountain Battle of the Bands. Visit to learn more and listen to AdrienneO’s music.

New music festival to raise funds for Front Range flood victims DENVER Lyons- and Longmont-based Oskar Blues Brewing’s new Fuh-CAN Beers and Guitars Festival, Oct. 11-12, is thrown in collaboration with the Love, Hope, Strength Foundation alongside the biggest beer weekend in the country and features live music by 18 bands and even more craft beer. It takes place in Sculpture Park in downtown Denver adjacent to the Great American Beer Festival. Oskar Blues will also “hype up” flood relief fund raising by donating a portion of the proceeds from the two-day festival to the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation Flood Relief Fund. They’ll also be fighting cancer across the globe with the help of the Love, Hope, Strength Foundation. Participating acts include The White Buffalo, The Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Bonnie and the Clyde’s, Musketeer Gripweed, The Yawpers, Trout Steak Revival, West Water Outlaws, Smooth Money Gesture, Union Driftwood, The Congress and more.

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Tasty brews by some of the best AmeriCAN breweries – featuring brewers dedicated to the craft beer in a can – will be served. Love, Hope, Strength Foundation will also be on site from noon to 10 p.m. daily registering bone marrow donors. Just buying a ticket to this festival means you’re helping out the folks affected by the massive flooding that hit the Front Range.

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MusiCares creates Colorado Flood Relief Fund to assist local musicians COLORADO Boulder and many of its surrounding areas were unexpectedly struck by a natural disaster that began on Sept. 11. Many in these music communities experienced significant loss — homes, cars, equipment, and rehearsal space — destroyed or significantly damaged. MusiCares understands the effects of this disaster in a unique way. Since our inception in 1989, it has been our mission to assist music industry people facing unexpected crises. MusiCares is poised and ready to help those affected by the Colorado floods get through this crisis. MusiCares has established the MusiCares Colorado Flood Relief Fund to assist music people affected by the devastation of the Colorado floods. MusiCares’ initial assistance will provide funds for food and clothing, shelter, utilities, medical expenses, gasoline and transportation, cleanup efforts, relocation costs, instrument and recording equipment replacement, and other critical supplies. To apply for assistance,

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contact one of the two toll free help lines at 1.800.687.4227 or 1.877.626.2748 or visit Applicants must be able to document participation in one of the following areas: At least 5 years of employment in the music industry; At least 6 commercially released recordings (singles); or at least 6 commercially or promotionally-released music videos and must submit detailed music industry background documentation and a resume or discography. MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.

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Local bands play Stage Stop benefit ROLLINSVILLE A special Flood Benefit concert featuring local favorites Gipsy Moon, Caribou Mountain Collective and New Family Dog takes place at the Stage Stop in Rollinsville, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. All ages are welcome. A second benefit concert with acts to be announced is scheduled for Oct. 26. Gipsy Moon is a Nederland-based fivepiece string band featuring Silas Herman on guitar and mandolin; David Matters on banjo, vocals and guitar; Mackenzie Paige on guitar, vocals, tenor guitar and wash-

board; Collin Huff on bass,vocals and guitar; and Andrew Conley on cello. The three musicians of high-energy bluegrass band Caribou Mountain Collective include Miles Perry on guitar, Curly Collins on upright bass and fiddle and Alan Cooke on Dobro. New Family Dog features Jon Ridnell on guitar and his son, Miles, on bass and vocals, Steve Saviano on drums, Paul Stadler on sax and Dave Lyons on percussion. Visit for additional details.

Band mixes blues, soul, pop sounds NEDERLAND Rachel & The Ruckus, which plays Nederland’s Pioneer Inn on Oct. 18, is a soul-soaked energetic blues-rock group that has been described as a mix between Carole King and the Pretenders. The band, born in Boulder, is bringing a blend of killer pop music infused with blues and rock to the Colorado music scene. Singer and keyboard player Rachel Alena and guitarist Alec Sims met in 2010 while sharing the stage with the popular Front Range band Girls On Top!, and formed the band shortly thereafter. Drummer Kyle Comerford joined in 2012 while bassist Vince Carmellini and sax player/ flutist Max Reed joined the group in 2013.

The band has since earned lots of positive attention from music lovers, bringing their vast musical influences and experience together to create compelling pop music with soul. It’s the sound of the blend of powerful lyrics, Rachel’s enchanting voice and a band with rocking, in-the-pocket grooves. Band member’s musical influences include Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, Grace Potter, Patty Griffin, Billy Joel, Elton John, BB King, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Adele. The band has been recording in recent months and is preparing a debut album to be released this fall. Visit and for more information.

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Drunken Hearts

Costumes, bluegrass featured at Stage Stop Halloween party ROLLINSVILLE Enjoy a Halloween costume party and live music by the Drunken Hearts and a surprise opening act at the haunted Stage Stop in Rollinsville, Oct. 31. It’s sure to be a scream. The Drunken Hearts is led by guitarist and YarmonyGrass Festival founder Andrew McConathy, who says he has been “deeply affected” by the free-spirited community vibe of The String Cheese Incident and the Grateful Dead, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earl, Robert Earl Keen and other alternative country-folk-rock musicians who passed through his community or managed

to make it to his CD player. In college McConathy’s multitude of inspirations took shape and in 2006, he set out to produce his first outdoor festival on the banks of the Colorado River just minutes from his home stomping grounds. Known as YarmonyGrass, the festival is held annually and features independent improvisational artists with a zeal for stringed instruments and electronica alike. This immersion into Colorado’s musical underworld had McConathy mixing with and meeting dozens of nationally renowned musicians – including his future teacher, guitar master Scott Law.

Bluegrass band plays Lyons Flood benefit BOULDER Harmony House music studio in Boulder hosts a benefit for the Lyons Musician Relief Fund with the Rapidgrass Quintet, Oct 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in adavcne and $20 at the door. All ticket sales will be donated to the fund. Rapidgrass Quintet is a super high-energy fusion string band blending bluegrass and violin-driven gypsy swing with modern folk, funk and more. The band is made up of old friends and new friends from the Front Range Colorado bluegrass scene and features guitarist and Rapidgrass Bluegrass Festival founder Mark Morris from Idaho Springs and his old friend and champion fiddle player Coleman Smith from Dallas. The two met as members of the Hickory Project

and have shared the stage together all over the country and as instructors in La Roche Bluegrass festival in France. On banjo is singer-songwriter Kyle James Houser who performs his original music in various bands and as a solo act around the country. On the bass is Louisville’s own Paul Watines, owner and operator of Paul’s Coffee and Tea and also former bass player for Slipstream. Alex Johnstone is on the mandolin and vocals from the Colorado band Springcreek. Additional donations will be accepted at the show and through the Harmony House website at There will also be a benefit raffle on the night of the performance. Call 303-444-7444 or e-mail for more information.

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Lyons musicians continue performing despite loss of home, possessions By Jeffrey V. Smith ESTES PARK Lyons-based Taarka, a high-energy, virtuosic ensemble of five-string violin, mandolin and tenor guitar, cello, upright bass, percussion and vocals, features innovative, beautiful compositions and songs, weaving the sounds of old and new from world folk, Celtic, bluegrass, jazz and classical with rock energy and master musicianship. The act plays the Rock Inn in Estes Park, Oct. 25. The band is fronted by husband and

wife duo David and Enion Tiller who lived in Lyons until the recent flooding took their home. According to David’s sister, Anne Catherine Tiller, the two musicians “have been seriously effected” by the recent floods. Luckily, the family made it out safely and managed to get most of their instruments out, but their house and everything in it is “totalled.” The couple, along with their five-yearold son Aesop and dog, were some of the hardest hit in Lyons. Their house and

music studio and all contents inside have been completely wiped out and lost. According to Anne, their house “meant more to them than shelter.” They used all of their inheritance from their grandparents to buy it outright and build a music production studio allowing them to continue their profession as fulltime musicians, teach lessons and produce music for other bands. Unfortunately, the couple did not have flood insurance and their homeowner’s policy is not David and Enion Tiller going to cover of TAARKA lost their the losses. On Lyons home in the top of that, the recent floods. land where their house sits has been deemed “unbuildable,” so it is likely they will not be able to rebuild on the land they own. While David and Enion have been dealing with this ordeal, they have also lost significant income they would have

earned playing gigs, teaching and producing music which would have helped carry them through the slower winter months,” Anne said. “As musicians, they have no extra money, no savings and literally live gig to gig to keep afloat. They are wiped out,” she said. A fund has been established at www.gofundme. com/4ckk64 to help the Tillers rebuild and help get them through the upcoming months. To read more about their story, check out David’s Facebook page where he has documented it well with photos and day to day accounts at People can also support the band by buying TAARKA tracks and albums from Amazon and merchandise at their shows. Visit to learn more about the band and hear its music.

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Rock Inn hosts BooGrass Halloween with Chain Station ESTES PARK Rock Inn favorites Chain Station, a four-piece, high-energy, “get ‘em out on the dance floor” stringband, plays the historic venue’s free BooGrass Halloween Party, Oct. 31. The band has become known for catchy and lyrically-poignant original songs which “flow from the mountains, through them and right back to you.” The band plays what it calls “pure mountain music” or foot-stompin’, hipshakin’, hand-clappin’ bluegrass and Americana. “The mountains inspire us and create an atmosphere that brings people together,” band members say. Chain Station’s live shows have be-

MUSIC CALENDAR Friday, October 11 Adrienne-O – Pioneer Inn (NED) Dick Orleans – Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP) Ray Young – Nicky’s Restaurant (EP) James Davis – Twin Owls Steakhouse (EP) DJ Denco – Ameristar Casino (BH) Saturday, October 12 The Pamlico Sound – Pioneer Inn (NED) Treena B Acoustic – Rock Inn (EP) Dennis-Tobias Band – Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP) Ray Young – Nicky’s Restaurant (EP) L.A. Guns – Reserve Casino (CC) DJ Shake One – Ameristar Casino (BH) Sunday, October 13 Country Dog – Gold Hill Inn (GH) Wednesday, October 16 Acoustic Open Mic Hosted by Billy Shaddox – Gold Hill Inn (GH) Jerry Barlow – Historic Crags Lodge (EP) Thursday, October 17 KR-3 – Pioneer Inn (NED) Bluegrass Jam – Rock Inn Dennis-Tobias Band – Estes Park Resort (EP) James Davis – Dunraven Inn (EP) Friday, October 18 Rachel & the Ruckus – Pioneer Inn (NED) Todd Adelman – Gold Hill Inn (GH) William & the Romantics – Stage Stop (RV) Dick Orleans – Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP) DJ Lo – Ameristar Casino (BH) Saturday, October 19 Split Jive Broadcast – Pioneer Inn (NED) Los Fun Bags – Stage Stop (RV) Annual Survivors Party w/ Amplified Souls – Rock Inn (EP) Dennis-Tobias Band – Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP) Ray Young – Nicky’s Restaurant (EP) The Long Road: Eagles Tribute – Reserve Casino (CC) DJ Kiss – Ameristar Casino (BH) Sunday, October 20 Billy Shaddox and Kara Tauchman – Gold Hill Inn, early (GH) Reed Foehl & Patrick Dethlefs – Gold Hill Inn, late (GH) Wednesday, October 23 Acoustic Open Mic Hosted by Billy Shaddox – Gold Hill Inn (GH) Jerry Barlow – Historic Crags Lodge (EP) Thursday, October 24 Banshee Bones – Pioneer Inn (NED) Open Mic Night – Very Nice Brewery (NED) Bluegrass Jam – Rock Inn (EP) Dennis-Tobias Band – Estes Park Resort (EP) James Davis – Dunraven Inn (EP) Friday, October 25 Zydecoasters – Pioneer Inn (NED) Monocle – Gold Hill Inn (GH) Open Mic Night – Old Gallery (AP) Taarka – Rock Inn (EP) Dick Orleans – Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP) Ray Young – Nicky’s Restaurant (EP) James Davis – Twin Owls Steakhouse (EP) Saturday, October 26 Rogue Sound – Pioneer Inn (NED) 1st Anniversary Party w/Caribou Mountain Collective –

Chain Station

come locally legendary, with energy and stage antics that guarantee one hell of a night out. Throw in costumed adults and it’s the perfect recipe for a fun Hallow-

een night in Estes Park. Built in 1937 as a dance hall for the big band era, the Rock Inn is notorious for its Halloween events, so get a costume together and get ready for a night to remember. The band consists of Jarett Mason on mandolin, Alex Thoele on guitar, James Weatherly on banjo and Jon Pickett on bass. Band members expect to release their debut album, Dancin With the Law by the end of October. Details will be released soon on Chain Station’s website and Facebook page. Visit www.chainstationmountainmusic. com or for more information.

Continued from page 17 Flood Benefit – Stage Stop (RV) Just Jill – Rock Inn (EP) Dennis Tobias Band – Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP) Sunday, October 27 Halloween Dance Party w/The Doors tribute band Strange Parade – Gold Hill Inn (GH) Ray Young – Nicky’s Restaurant (EP) Wednesday, October 30 Jerry Barlow – Historic Crags Lodge (EP) Witches Ball w/Gipsy Moon –Nederland Community Center Thursday, October 31 Halloween Party: Mother’s Day of Invention – Pioneer Inn (NED) Costume Party w/Drunken Hearts and Surprise Opening Act – Stage Stop (RV) Brian Parton – West Winds Tavern (IS) BooGrass with Chain Station – Rock Inn (EP) Dennis-Tobias Band – Estes Park Resort (EP) James Davis – Dunraven Inn (EP) Friday, November 1 Shaefer Welch Acoustic – Rock Inn (EP) Dick Orleans – Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP) Ray Young – Nicky’s Restaurant (EP) James Davis – Twin Owls Steakhouse (EP) Saturday, November 2 Dennis Tobias Band – Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP) Ray Young – Nicky’s Restaurant (EP) WEEKY MUSIC Sunday The Big Pick Jam hosted by Family Dog – Pioneer Inn (NED) Open Bluegrass Pick – Salto Coffee Works (NED) Open Bluegrass Jam, Bluegrass Church – Miner Pickin’ (IS) Brunch w/Amanda Valley – Estes Park Resort (EP) Monday Live Music – Lady Luck Casino (BH) Tuesday Live Music – Lady Luck Casino (BH)

Celtic Music Class – Gilpin Community Center (BH) Open Mic hosted by Maus – Pioneer Inn (NED) Wednesday Blues Jam hosted by The Firebreathers – Pioneer Inn (NED) Open Mic – Miner Pickin’ (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) Thursday Bluegrass Pick – First Street Pub (NED) Open Mic Night – The Tributary at 244 (IS) Open Jam – Miner Pickin’ (IS) Open Bluegrass Jam – Rock Inn (EP) Friday Karaoke – Lonigans Saloon (EP) Live Music – Estes Park Resort (EP) Saturday Drop In Family Pick w/Blackdog – Stage Stop (RV) Tacos ‘n’ Tunes – Blue Owl Books (NED) Open Pick – Millsite Inn (WD) Open Mic Night – Tapestry Coffeehouse (AP) Karaoke – Lonigans Saloon (EP) AP = Allenspark BH = Black Hawk CC = Central City CCC= Coal Creek Canyon EP = Estes Park GH = Gold Hill

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

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Beer festival showcases American beer revolution with massive event DENVER s the nation’s brewers continue to revolutionize the American beer scene, beer lovers from around the world will descend upon Denver for the 32nd annual Great American Beer Festival. Presented by the Brewers Association from Oct. 10-12, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served in a public tasting event, alongside one of the most prestigious beer competitions and judging panels in the world. Although tickets for the GABF sold out in a record 20 minutes during the public ticket sale, numerous mountain residents make the pilgrimage to the event annually and almost all high country brewers attend. Over the course of three days, some 49,000 attendees will have the opportunity to sample beers from approximately 600 U.S. breweries. Since the first GABF in 1982, the event has synchronously evolved with the American brewing community. In 1982, the GABF played host to 800 attendees, sampling 40 beers from 22 breweries. Comparatively, in 2013, 49,000 attendees will be offered over 3,100 beers from 624 breweries in the festival hall. Additionally, 210 judges will assess 4,875 beers in the GABF competition, which represents a 12 percent increase in en-


tries from last year. “Bringing together brewers and beer lovers of all shapes and sizes, the Great American Beer Festival is a wonderful representation of just how far the U.S. brewing community has come,” said Nancy Johnson, event director of the Brewers Association. “As the demand for festival tickets has grown, the number of breweries interested in participating has likewise skyrocketed. We worked diligently to ensure that breweries who wanted to participate could do so in some capacity. America’s brewing landscape will truly be displayed in the festival hall.” Inside the tasting hall, this year’s GABF also pays homage to the growing trend of brewpubs and craft beer and food pairings with the expanded Brewpub and Farm to Table Pavilions. Of today’s roughly 2,500 breweries, 1,100 are brewpubs. This year’s Brewpub Pavilion features 36 breweries, chosen by lottery, representing all regions of the country—a 50 percent increase from the 24 breweries showcased in 2012. The Thursday and Friday night Farm to Table Pavilion reprises its place at GABF, offering attendees an opportunity to experience top-notch craft beer and food pairings designed and prepared by chefs from around the country. New and improved for 2013 is an en-

Dave Thomas, Dostal Alley brewer and author of the book, “Of Mines and Beer! 150 Years of Brewing HIsotry in Gilpin County,” pours his brews at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival.

Photo by Jeffrey V. Smith

hanced mobile app that was redesigned based on attendee feedback from 2012. Among the new features, it will help attendees in choosing a way to navigate their GABF tasting experience by offering up “palate trips” of beers to try in the hall, grouped by style and other categories. The event also features one of the most renowned competitions in the industry and recognized worldwide as

a symbol of brewing excellence, the GABF competition honors 84 beer style categories with gold, silver and bronze medals. In 2013, an estimated 4,600+ beers will be judged by close to 200 judges from around the world. Visit to learn more, find a schedule or examine a complete list of attending breweries.

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