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IT’S A BOY: Amy and Caleb Young welcomed their son Truitt Dugan Young on June 30, 2018 at 5:50pm weighing 5lbs 14oz and measuring 20 inches.

Benchtalk: August 3, 2018

Art and ducks this weekend 

For 46 years artists have set up shop on Elk Avenue the first weekend in August. The Crested Butte Arts festival is this weekend and there is no shortage of fine art for sale from Friday through Sunday. One of the best times to hit Elk Avenue is Friday when the street is closed but before the tents go up. It’s a real treat. And the annual Rotary Rubber Duckie race is Sunday. It feels like the winning duck might have to do some cross country trekking to get to the finish line this year given the shallow condition of Coal Creek.

Mountain Express route changes during Arts Festival

The Mountain Express Town Shuttle will experience a route diversion during the Crested Butte Festival of the Arts. Starting Friday, August 3 until Sunday, August 5 after the Festival, the Town Shuttle will not be servicing the downtown Crested Butte stops, which include Old Town Hall, the Nordic Center and Whiterock Avenue. The shuttle will come into Crested Butte from Mt. Crested Butte and stop at Teocalli and the Four-way Stop, then proceed to 6th and Belleview. Regular service will resume sometime Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact Mountain Express at (970) 349-5616.

Call for artists: 2019 Gunnison Art Center galleries

The Gunnison Arts Center is currently accepting gallery proposals for 2019. The GAC houses two beautiful historic exhibition spaces, one on the lower level as well as a smaller space in the located on the second floor. Individual and Group exhibitions are accepted. Artists interested in exhibiting must submit an Exhibition Proposal to the program and gallery director. Pick up an application in person, or visit The application deadline has been extended to August 31, 2018.

Sundays @ 6 concert – Free music in Gunni with Alan & Issa

Join us under the big trees of Legion Park on the corner of Tomichi Avenue and Teller Street every Sunday evening through August 12th for free live music and family/community fun. Alan & Issa will perform acoustic covers this Sunday that feature tight vocal arrangements and harmonies. The concert is brought to you by the Gunnison Arts Center. The August 5 performance starts at 6 p.m.

Pure Prairie League concert to benefit Mentors

Gunnison Valley Mentors invites the community to the I Bar Ranch on Thursday, August 16 for the Pure Prairie League concert. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Thanks to the I Bar Ranch, Pure Prairie League is a benefit concert for Gunnison Valley Mentors. Come hungry! Delicious food from Mario’s will be available, with a portion of proceeds donated to GV Mentors. Bring your dancing boots!


August 2- Eileen Hughes, Ali Roth

August 3- Marcia Dowell, Claudia Bucholz, Carissa Duncan, Alec Solimeo

August 4- Steve Katzman, Patrick Curvin, Gina Morgan, Susie Schechtman, Duane Vandenbusche, James Law

August 5- Michael Helland, Robyn Zimmerman, Jerry Falkner, Olivia Bray, Dahlila Hickey, Quinn Winter, Frank Kugel

August 6- Jeremiah Robinson, Marlene Stajduhar, Paul Merck, Steve Landry

August 7- Scott Meyers, Kelly Ward, Mara McLaughlin, Daniel Davenport, Carrie Jo Chernoff, Laura Cass

August 8- Beth Gallagher, Martha Walton, Gail Buford, Ruth Romer, Heather Talbot, Alexis Miller, John Wickett, Judy Williams

IT’S A BOY: Amy and Caleb Young welcomed their son Truitt Dugan Young on June 30, 2018 at 5:50pm weighing 5lbs 14oz and measuring 20 inches.


FLEDGE FEST: A celebration at Tim Szurgot and Cassie Pence’s house in Wildbird was held on Thursday, July 26 in honor of the fledgling of at least 60 great blue heron chicks at the Upper Slate River rookery as well as the diligent work of Professor Pat McGee and Megan Zareba.


CONGRATULATIONS: Katie Driscoll and Eric Lundy eloped privately on the longest day of the year, June 21, 2018. Dinner followed at Soupçon.


Cameos: When do you feel the most artistic?

When I’m jammin’ my geeetar!
Nick Taylor
When I’m cleaning up the
artistic mess.
Lynn Moore
In the bedroom.
Rhett Yarbrough
After experiencing someone else’s art.
Katie Valach
When I’m making dinner.
Joey Wheeler

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