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Benchtalk: September 22, 2017

Oats and Corn!

The finalé of the annual Vinotok festival will be this weekend in Crested Butte. The community feast is Friday and everyone is welcome. The forecast calls for a wet Saturday so dress dry and warm to see if the Grump is let free or burned. Spoiler Alert: The bonfire will be at the Visitor’s Center parking lot at Sixth and Elk.

Crested Butte kudos

We don’t mention every time Crested Butte is mentioned in the national press or on a worldwide website but this one is unusual. The Huffington Post recently ran a piece on the “Best Library in Every State” and for Colorado the selection was…The Crested Butte Library. BTW-we miss the ‘Old Rock’ moniker. It noted that the building was “surrounded by craggy mountaintops, this sandstone beauty was originally built in 1883 as a schoolhouse.” And just because we saw this today, named Crested Butte as one of the most gorgeous fall towns in North America.

HCCA party and board election at Wildbird

The HCCA board and staff cordially invites the public to join them for a fall evening at Wildbird on Thursday, September 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate their past successes and look to the future, with an evening of live music by Tyler Lucas and Lizzie Plotkin, as well as complimentary appetizers and refreshments. HCCA’s annual board elections will also occur at the Wildbird Party. For more information about the party, and to cast your vote for the elections, please visit

Common cents continues at CB Library

The Crested Butte Library presents part three of the five-part Financial Literacy Series from Common Cents Colorado, with Mark Trautman, CFP® (retired), from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26 at the Crested Butte Town Hall, Junior Meeting Room, 507 Maroon Ave, across from the Library.  Session 3 focuses on “Retirement Savings Vehicles” and will cover the many ways individuals can use tax-advantaged investing to protect their long-term savings, especially as they plan for their retirement. For more information contact the Crested Butte Library at (970) 349-6535.

ArtStart for Toddlers at GAC

Take a moment and create some art with your little one (aged two to five with caregiver) at the Gunnison Arts Center on Friday afternoons from September 22 to November 17 from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. with instructor Anna L’Huillier. The class fee is $75 for the full nine weeks, $55 for six classes, $35 for three classes, or $13 to drop-in for a single class.You and your little artist will play and experiment with several mediums, as well as learn fundamental art skills.

Living Journeys changeover

Living Journeys would like to thank Kathy Norgard for over five years of service working to facilitate Living Journeys’ support group meetings. Cathey Jinich will be taking her place as facilitator of the Crested Butte and Crested Butte South support group meetings. Laurie Boscaro will continue facilitating the support group in Gunnison.


September 21- Jerry Chiles, Lyn Ewert, Susie Sparks, Kerry Folger, Clara Schulte, Jack Hughes, Mickey Cook, Jill Cooper

September 22- Robin Brazell, Denis Hall, Emma White and Jessie White, Ryan Loflin

September 23- Max Cozadd, Chris Pogoloff, Dr. Dan, James Beltz, Taylor Tyzzer

September 24- Carla Fanciullo, Mary Swanwick, Mike Willingham, Chad Kaiser

September 25- Cal Fenerty, Deb Gier, Amy Williams, Mike Eaton

September 26- Diane Markowitz, Krista Hildebrandt, Alexey Paden

September 27- Vicky Glab, Scout Walton, Hayes Freeman, Dan Loftus

NEW PHYSICAL THERAPIST: Emily Sackett has joined the Elk Mountain Physical Therapy Associates team and will have clinic hours in both Crested Butte and Gunnison clinics. courtesy photo
TAKING ROOT: Approximately 70 fourth graders helped plant trees on the town ranch as part of the Arbor Day celebration on Thursday, September 14. photo by Lydia Stern
SLOW FLOW: Monica Mesa led a free slow flow yoga class at the Crested Butte Library on Friday, September 15. photo by Lydia Stern

Cameos: What is your favorite part of Vinotok?

The fire controversy.
Ian Wrisley
It means fall is truly here,
which I love.
Randy Koontz
New and unexpected
Lilah Hubbard
The trial is the best part, burn the Grump!
Zoe Henderson
Seeing all of the amazing
costumes is the best.
Margaret Chavez

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