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Helping Haiti

“In this little bitty town of Crested Butte, we’ve got all these people working on this issue in Haiti”

By Kendra Walker

It started with Union Congregational Church (UCC) looking for an international organization to partner with that would align with their mission to do good works in the world.

They found Beyond Borders, an organization that is trying to help rural Haitians fight the practice of child domestic servitude, known as “restavek.”

Parents living in rural poverty in Haiti who are unable to provide for their children often send their children to live with an unknown family in the capital city, Port-au-Prince. The child will help perform household chores in return for food, a place to stay and the opportunity to go to school. The parents feel they have no other option and the intention is that the child will have a better life in the city; however, these children often end up abused, neglected and trapped in domestic servitude.

According to a study commissioned by UNICEF, an estimated one in four Haitian children between the ages of five and 17 live apart from their parents, and roughly half of these children end up trapped in domestic servitude. Despite being illegal, restavek is not regulated by the government.

“We were told that about 250,000 Haitian children currently live in restavek,” said UCC member Kate Vogel. “We kept hearing ‘I thought I was sending my child to something better than what I could provide,’ even though that was not the case.

“I was just horrified when I first started hearing and learning about this,” she said. “Haiti is so close to the U.S. and how can we not possibly become involved and try to help?”

Members of the UCC congregation first traveled to Haiti in 2012 to work with Beyond Borders, and made another trip in 2018. During these visits UCC members immersed themselves in remote Haitian villages to learn about the issues the communities face, live with local families, meet restavek survivors, visit school classrooms and help provide support.

“We really wanted them to understand it wasn’t about us being the rich white people trying to come in and do things our own way,” said UCC associate minister Rev. Kelly Jo Clark. “It was about respecting the Haitians, coming alongside them and helping them do what they want to do to improve their country.”

Beyond Borders’ goal is to help change the situations and the community attitudes that allow and encourage restavek, from the ground up. The organization works with the Haitian people to provide them with resources to build grassroots, community-based movements that support the following: creating work opportunities for parents, developing quality, local education for children, ending child slavery and preventing violence against women and girls.

Beyond Borders also focuses on empowering restavek survivors to come forward with their stories and become activists.

“It was so affecting to meet these women and learn about how they’re trying to rebuild their lives,” said Vogel. “They’re doing it the hard way, but a way that might actually work in the long run.”

UCC continues to support Beyond Borders through regular donations and fundraising, and hopes to organize another visit to Haiti in the future.

Artist Donna Rozman is another longtime Crested Butte community member involved in helping local Haitians. Coincidentally in line with UCC’s work with Beyond Borders, Rozman has been helping Haitian women learn skills that will lead to their getting jobs so they can afford to provide for their children, instead of sending them away.

Rozman, who lived in Crested Butte almost 40 years and now lives in Gunnison, first traveled to Haiti in 2013 with a small group of potters to teach local women how to make pottery to earn money. “I never thought my skills as a potter might be helpful to someone in a country like Haiti,” said Rozman.

Through the Haitian non-profit, The Apparent Project, Rozman works with Papillon Enterprise, which helps teach Haitians artisan skills, supports them with full-time jobs and assists in marketing and selling their hand-made goods through the website Papillon Marketplace.

Since her first visit, Rozman has visited Haiti twice more to help teach pottery to new beginners in the program, as well as help women she had previously worked with hone in their skills to make mugs, bowls and plates. The Papillon Enterprise now employs more than 300 local artisans who have all learned a craft to make a living and provide for their families.

“It was really great to see the progression,” said Rozman. “One woman who we taught has become the manager of the potters. She’s now a skilled potter and she can throw mugs faster than I ever could.”

Rozman also explained that the clay the women use in the pottery comes from the central plateau in Haiti and is often used as food by people suffering extreme poverty. They will resort to making clay cookies to feed their malnourished children as an antacid and source of calcium. But now, Rozman has helped some of these Haitians use the clay to feed their children through a more sustainable method.

“It was really wonderful to be involved with this and share my skills as a potter in that way, as opposed to teaching here in the United States,” she said. “When I teach here [in the U.S.], it might change someone’s life but not in the same way. It’s so crucial to them [Haitians] being able to make a living. I think it changed my life and has made an impact.”

When members from UCC learned about Rozman’s work with the Papillon Enterprise, they wanted to collectively share what’s happening in Haiti with the rest of the Crested Butte community. “We didn’t know each other, but we were dealing with the same problems, just in a different way. In this little bitty town of Crested Butte we’ve got all these people working on this issue in Haiti,” said Vogel.

On June 27, the UCC will host an educational event at 6 p.m. at Rumors Coffee and Tea House to inform the community about what’s happening to the people in Haiti. Rozman will speak about her experiences teaching pottery and members from the UCC congregation will share their stories about working with Beyond Borders.

“We would like more people who are interested to learn,” said Vogel. “We want to personalize it and let people know how they can help and work in Haiti.”

“There are huge problems not only in Haiti but around the world,” said Rozman. “I just did a tiny little bit. But if a lot of people do a little bit, it can actually do quite a lot.”

For more information on the June 27 event, contact Kate Vogel at kgvogel@unm.edu or (970) 349-1890.

Profile: Meaghan Young

Silver lining

By Dawne Belloise

As the hillsides have suddenly turned into a lush green in contrast to the seemingly never-ending snows and the leaves have finally exploded on the trees and town prepares for the onslaught of tourists, Meaghan Young is busy with the final touches for her new jewelry boutique’s grand opening this Saturday.

Learning the arts of platinum and goldsmithing, diamond setting, hand engraving and wax carving have, in essence, been a lifelong process for Meaghan. Her design studio and the jewelry school she’s created is a culmination of years of planning, hard work and sometimes a struggle, but it’s been a dream since the day she sold her first handmade necklace, right off her own neck, to a customer on the other side of the bar she was tending.

Meaghan started off her young life in Carthage, New York in a log cabin her parents built. “We had 400 acres that my parents bought with my dad’s brother and his wife. My parents were Catholic and I remember my dad thinking they wanted a Christian commune, but that never happened,” she mused.

As children, Meaghan and her older sister, Maura, enjoyed living life off the land. “We played outside all the time, running around barefoot, planting gardens. We had huge vegetable gardens.” As a little girl, she was an award-winning Irish step dancer but she was also a bit of a self-proclaimed tomboy. “We’d take the tractor into the woods to cut down trees since we heated the house with wood. We built forts. We didn’t have TV because Dad wanted us to use our imaginations. I had an awesome childhood. My dad would take me everywhere—skiing, camping, canoeing, mountain climbing in the Adirondacks,” Meaghan recalls fondly and adds, “He’s the reason I ski.

“The local ski hill was called Ski Ridge, which was basically one long ridge, and that was it. We used to ski in jeans,” Meaghan confesses with a grin. “I went to a Catholic school up until tenth grade. Dad was a basketball coach and I really wanted to go to college to play basketball, but we’re all short,” she laughs of her family genetics. “I was the point guard through high school and I could make three-point shots all day long.” In fact, she admits proudly, she won trophies for that talent.

Meaghan graduated from high school in 1994, and says, “I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I went to SUNY [State University of New York] Cortland.” That is, until her mom sent her a newspaper clipping of a job opportunity at the Adirondack Lodge as a joke. Meaghan applied and was hired for the front desk summer position.

“The lodge was in the High Peaks region. It was a backcountry lodge with a campground at the trailhead for the highest mountains in the New York Adirondacks. All the staff lived on the grounds. It was one of the best summers of my life.”

As often happens at summer camps, Meaghan fell in love. She quit college and hitchhiked across the country with her new romance. “We hiked 40 miles across Yellowstone wilderness and came out at Jackson Hole. It was the most challenging hike I’ve ever done. I had a 60-pound pack on my back.”

They headed to Gunnison to visit a friend who was attending Western State (now Western Colorado University). “We stayed in the dorm with him for a week. It was September 1995 when we arrived and my boyfriend decided we needed to settle for the winter so we got jobs at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. I was front desk at the Crested Butte Lodge in Crested Mountain Village. I had to be at work at 7 a.m. and we were living in Gunnison, so I’d get up, walk across town in the middle of winter and hitchhike from High Country Gas station but sometimes I could not get a ride. Then I’d have to call Deedra Bennett-Schnaitter from the pay phone and tell her I couldn’t get a ride so she’d have to open for me,” Meaghan says of that epic 1996 winter where she learned to ski powder. “The skiing was awesome. I had never powder skied, and it was deep.”

In the spring when the lifts closed, the couple bought an old Jeep and drove back to New York to work for Adirondack Mountain Club again. Two years later, when they decided to go their separate ways, Meaghan moved to the Green Mountain Club on the Long Trail as a backcountry caretaker on Mt. Mansfield.

“I carried an axe, cleared trees and helped hikers who were doing the Long Trail,” says the mountain woman. “The hikers would stay in my cabin with me, which was one room with a plank floor and they’d sleep on the floor for $5 a night. I had my own little plank area,” she laughs.

Every week, Meaghan would get a day-and-a-half break from the isolation of remote mountain-top living, but it was no easy trek out to her car. It was straight uphill and so steep that it entailed climbing ladders to get out. Once she reached her car, she could drive down to the ski dorms at Stowe to do laundry and head out to Burlington for socializing at pubs with some brews and music before heading back into her wilderness.

She decided to leave the position early, before the end of her May-through-October job was completed, because, she says, “I’d be alone for days on end and I couldn’t take it anymore. The isolation was too much. I called a friend in Gunnison and told her I was considering returning. I have a car, a pair of skis and $600,” she told her friend, who then offered a place to live. Meaghan packed up the car and drove west. It was 1998.

The following year she moved to Crested Butte from Gunnison and was employed at the Avalanche, where she stayed for eight years, working her way up from busing to bartender. She was also attending Western State College for political writing, identity politics and gender studies. “I took a year off to write my thesis and train for the Telemark Extreme Comps but I tore my ACL,” and that was the end of the Extreme training. She went on to graduate in 2003. She was planning to head to the University of Arizona to get a masters in Latin American politics. “I wanted to be fluent in Spanish and Portuguese but life had a different plan for me.”

During a weekend trip to Ouray, she happened to go into a bead shop and was enthralled with the many colors and beauty of the beads. She made herself a necklace of the beads she had bought and while she was tending bar at Timberline one of her customers offered to buy it. “I sold her my necklace, right off my neck. At the other end of the bar, another woman who had noticed my necklace also wanted one, and so did her friend and I’m thinking, I can make money selling jewelry?”

A phone call to the Ouray bead store informed Meaghan that the shop was closing up for good that very day. She jumped in her truck and raced to Ouray. “I bought that same bead in every color she had, and she gave me all her vendor information, where to buy the clasps and everything. And that’s how I got into jewelry making. I began making necklaces and decided to go to California with a friend who was doing designer clothes trunk shows. I sold out of all my necklaces. I was putting pendants on my beaded necklaces and decided I wanted to learn to be a silversmith.”

In 2006, Meaghan landed a job at local jewelry shop Zachariah Zipp, “Noel suggested I go to The New Approach School for Jewelers in Virginia Beach. I didn’t have the tuition money or a car to make it happen but I knew I was going somehow.” Her mom got her a car and a friend cosigned for her tuition loan. “I packed up my dog and drove across the country for the three-month program. It was a tech school, eight hours a day for three months. I learned diamond setting, gold and platinum smithing, hand engraving and wax carving. My plan was to return and be the jeweler at Zachariah Zipp.”

But when the owner of the school offered her a job to assist in running the school, Meaghan jumped at the opportunity, “I came back to Crested Butte and sold everything I owned.”

Meaghan stayed at the school in Virginia Beach for a few years, meeting the father of her now 10-year-old son, Jack. They married in 2008, while her husband was stationed in the Navy Special Forces there, and then transferred to San Diego.

It was an especially difficult time for Meaghan. “My father, who was in North Carolina, was dying of cancer, and I had a three-month-old baby. There were so many challenges—my father passed away, our Virginia Beach house wouldn’t sell because it was the market crash, so financially we were strapped. I had started my own jewelry company, My Om Designs. I also became a yoga teacher. My designs were yoga-oriented, lotus designs. I started traveling to go to Yoga Journal conferences and yoga festivals to sell my jewelry, mostly in California but from San Francisco to NYC. It was super promising with almost breakthrough moments, and then silver went from $15 an ounce to $50.”

With the many difficulties in their lives, Meaghan and her husband divorced and she was left on her own as a single mom to deal with the loss of her father.

“Everything came crashing down. I tried to make it on my own in California as a single mom but it was so expensive and I had very few friends. I decided to visit Crested Butte,” and that turned it for her. She moved back with her son in 2012. “It was a hard decision but I basically grew up here, spending all my twenties here and all my really good friends were here and they were all having children. I felt I needed support, especially as a single mom. It was the best decision I could have made for myself and my son.”

Starting out in property management for Crested Butte Property Management, she eventually branched out on her own after a few years. “At one point I was teaching yoga, teaching silversmithing, I was helping to run a property management company while doing some of my own on the side and trying to work on my jewelry, all while raising a three-year-old son. I was really stressed out! Luckily, my mom moved out here in December 2012 and helped me immensely. That changed everything for me.”

Fast-forward to the present and Meaghan has conquered her dreams, opening the Crested Butte Jewelry School above Marchitelli’s Gourmet Noodle. “The school is really important to me because I love teaching. It’s really cool that more and more women want to express themselves creatively and want to learn the art of silversmithing. Historically, jewelers are men, but when I went to school, half the class was women and 98 percent of students that I teach are women.”

And this week, Meaghan Young Jewelry Design, her new jewelry boutique design studio, opens on the corner of Elk and Third, just behind Lavish. “I’m giving away a $3,500 custom engagement ring at the opening. To be eligible you must sign up online www.meaghanyoungjewelry.com.”

Meaghan felt that it was important that both her school and studio were in the heart of Crested Butte’s Creative District, but she felt it equally important to be able to reach those creatives who aren’t in a position to attend in person, so her classes are now also online. “I wanted to reach more people. People who live in certain areas of the country who don’t have access to nearby classes can take my online course. When I wanted to become a silversmith, online resources weren’t available to me. This is a comprehensive course where you can successfully become a silversmith.”

Meaghan has found her place and feels fortunate. “I absolutely love and adore this community. I’m so grateful for all of the support I’ve received from friends and business people, too. Someday, I want to travel the world. I’ve worked ridiculously hard and have wanted to give up several times,” she says, but her encouragement to others who are struggling is, “Never give up on your dreams, your goals or yourself.”

Community Calendar: Thursday, June 6–Wednesday, June 12

THURSDAY 6
• 7-7:45 a.m. Guided Meditation (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 8:30 a.m. Women’s book discussion group at UCC.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa (level 2/3) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa Flow / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 9 a.m. Historic Walking Tour, meet at the Crested Butte Heritage Museum. 349-1880.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Heated Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics (level 1) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11 a.m. Weekly storytime at Townie Books. 349-7545.
• 11:30 a.m. Duplicate Bridge at UCC. 349-1008.
• noon SMART Recovery Meeting; a non-spiritual, science based alternative to AA in the Visitor’s Center Meeting Room upstairs. 970-596-6287.
• noon All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Church Community Healing Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 1-3 p.m. Tech Time at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage, a free thrift store. 300 Belleview, Unit 2, on the south end of 3rd Street. 970-318-6826.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Yin Yoga (open) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:45-7 p.m. Hatha Yoga/ CB Co-op at Town Hall.
• 6 p.m. Talk to a Lawyer: Free legal information clinic sponsored by the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project at the Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 970-668-9612. (every third Thursday of the month)
• 6-7:15 p.m. Restorative & Sound Healing (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 6:30 p.m. AA Open Meditation at UCC.
• 7 p.m. Women Supporting Women Group Discussion at the Nordic Inn.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

FRIDAY 7
• 6-7:15 a.m. Hip Hop Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Yoga for the Flexibly Challenged / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Prana Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Iyengar Yoga (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Gentle Yoga & Reiki (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 1 p.m. Art group meets at the Senior Center. 641-4529.
• 2-5 p.m. Paint Your Own Pottery in the Gunnison Arts Center Clay Studio.
• 3-5 p.m. Tech Time at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 6-7 p.m. Poi Playshop at the Pump Room.
• 6:30-7:45 p.m. Restorative Yoga (open level) at Yoga For The Peaceful.

SATURDAY 8
• 7:30 a.m. Open AA at UCC.
• 8:15-9:30 a.m. Gentle Yoga (level 1) at Yoga For The Peaceful in CB South.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9-10 a.m. Mindful Flow / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Community Yoga at the Sanctuary Yoga & Pilates Studio, Gunnison.
• 9 a.m.-noon Marimba Workshop in the Gunnison Arts Center Courtyard.
• 10-11 a.m. Hip Hop Community Dance Class at the Pump Room (above Fire House on 3rd & Maroon). 415-225-5300.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Slow Flow (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage, a free thrift store. 300 Belleview, Unit 2, on the south end of 3rd Street. 970-318-6826.
• 2-3:15 p.m. Restorative (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 3-6 p.m. Father’s Day Paint Your Own Pottery at the Center for the Arts.
• 6:30-7:30 p.m. Guided Sound Meditation at 405 4th Street.

SUNDAY 9
• 8:30 a.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 8:45 a.m. Slow Flow (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m. Worship Service at Union Congregational Church. 349-6405.
• 9 a.m. Oh Be Joyful Church Worship Service at the Center for the Arts.
• 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Crested Butte Farmers Market on the 100 block of Elk Ave.
• 9:30-11 a.m. Free Community Yoga Class / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 10-11:15 a.m. Vin-Yin (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 10:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m. Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Narcotics Anonymous Meeting at UCC, 403 Maroon Ave. Closed meeting for addicts only. (1st & 3rd Sundays)
• 2-3:30 p.m. Therapeutic Yoga (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful. (1st & 3rd Sundays)
• 5-6 p.m. All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Eucharist at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• 5-7 p.m. Pick-up Adult Basketball. HS Gym, CBCS.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Kundalini Yoga at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 6 p.m. AA meets at UCC.
• 6 p.m. Duplicate Bridge at UCC. 349-1008.
• 6 p.m. Evening Service at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 711 N. Main St., Gunnison.
• 7 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous meets at the Last Resort.
• 7-8 p.m. Guided Meditation (all levels) at Yoga for the Peaceful.

MONDAY 10
• 6-7:15 a.m. Hip Hop Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Prana Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 10:15-11 a.m. Pre-pointe conditioning (ages 12+) with the School of Dance in the Pump Room Studio.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Iyengar (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11-12:15 a.m. Ballet (ages 12+) with the School of Dance in the Pump Room Studio.
• noon Adult Children of Alcoholics open meeting at Union Congregational Church.
• 12:20-1:20 p.m. Pointe Training (ages 12+) with the School of Dance in the Pump Room Studio.
• 12:45 p.m. Bridge at the Senior Center. 641-4529.
• 4 p.m. Hard Hat Tours at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Yin Yoga Nidra (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Moms in Motion class at the GVH rehab gym.
• 6:30-8 p.m. Women’s Domestic Violence Support Group at Project Hope. Childcare available upon request. 641-2712.
• 7:30 p.m. Open AA at UCC. 349-5711.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

TUESDAY 11
• 6-7 a.m. Sunrise Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 7-7:45 a.m. Zen Meditation (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 7:30 a.m. AA/Alanon Open at UCC. 349-5711.
• 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free Co-Working Tuesdays at the ICELab at WSCU.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa (level 2/3) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga/ CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 9 a.m. Historic Walking Tour, meet at the Crested Butte Heritage Museum. 349-1880.
• 10 a.m.-noon Middle School Art Workshops: Mixed Media Collage with the Visual Arts Department of the Center for the Arts.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11:30 a.m. League of Women Voters meeting at 210 W. Spencer in Gunnison.
• noon AA Closed at UCC.
• noon-1 p.m. Open Practice (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon-5 p.m. gO girls summer program. 349-5103. (Tuesdays thru August 13)
• 2-3:15 p.m. Restorative Yoga (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 3:30-5 p.m. Modern Dance (ages 13+) with the School of Dance in the Pump Room Studio.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage, a free thrift store. 300 Belleview, Unit 2, on the south end of 3rd Street. 970-318-6826.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Slow Flow (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 6-8 p.m. Figure Drawing Sessions with live model in Downtown Crested Butte. 349-7228.
• 6-9 p.m. Whimsical Workshop in the Gunnison Arts Center Clay Studio.
• 6:30-8 p.m. Adult Modern Dance with the School of Dance in the Pump Room Studio.
• 7 p.m. Alanon meeting at the Last Resort.
• 7-8 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Sunset Hall, 349 Teocalli Ave. in CB South.
• 7-8:30 p.m. Blessing Way Circle support group at Sopris Women’s Clinic. 720-217-3843.

WEDNESDAY 12
• 7:30 a.m. The Crested Butte / Mt. Crested Butte Rotary Club breakfast meeting in the Shavano Conference Room at the Elevation Hotel.
• 8 a.m. T’ai Chi for advanced participants in the northeast corner of Rainbow Park.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa Flow-Hatha Yoga / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 9 a.m. T’ai Chi for beginner participants in the northeast corner of Rainbow Park.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Vinyasa (level 1) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Two Buttes Senior Citizens van transportation roundtrip to Gunnison, weather permitting. Call first for schedule and availability. 275-4768.
• 10:30 a.m.-noon Prana Vinyasa (level 2/3) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• 3:30-5 p.m. ICELab tours at Western State College University with Patrick Rowley.
• 4:30-6:30 p.m. Parenting Support Group in the Gunnison Valley Health Conference Room, parentingingunni@gmail.com.
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 5:30 p.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5-10 p.m. Game night at Tassinong Farms, CB South.
• 5:30-6 :30 p.m. Afro-Fusion (ages 14+) with the School of Dance in the Pump Room Studio.
• 5:30-6 :45 p.m. Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 6-7:15 p.m. Heated Vinyasa (level 2) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 6:30 p.m. Alanon at UCC Parlour (in back), 4th and Maroon. 349-6482.
• 7-9 p.m. “GriefShare,” a grief recovery seminar and support group, meets at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 711 N. Main St., Gunnison. 970-349-7769.

 

Events & Entertainment

THURSDAY 6
• 8 a.m. Gunnison Valley Transportation Authority (RTA) at the Crested Butte Town Offices.
• 6:20 p.m. The Crested Butte Mountain Runners evening trail run on the Whetstone Vista and Upper Upper Loop Trails, meet at The Alpineer at 6 p.m. for carpool. 970-275-7763.
• 7 p.m. Britton Pietz presents “Anthrozoology, Pets & Natural Disasters” at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 8 p.m. Ladies’ Night at the Red Room.

FRIDAY 7
• 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Town of Crested Butte Town Picnic at Rainbow Park with community photo at 1 p.m.
• 5-8 p.m. First Friday ArtWalk and Music at the Gunnison Arts Center and participating galleries of downtown Gunnison.
• 6 p.m. Shabbot Potluck Dinner, Service and Discussion with Rabbi Hillel Katzir and Nina at the Williams’ home, 796 Red Mountain Road, Red Mountain Ranch. 349-6766.

SATURDAY 8
• 9 a.m. Crested Butte Land Trust hosts Stewardship Education Day, meet at the Four-way stop. 349-1206.
• 9 a.m. CBMR Summer Opening Day.

• 5 p.m. Celebration of Life for Matty Robb with live music from Wiggy G Bowls and Gun Rack at Kochevars.
• 6 p.m. Reading and signing for The Book of Help: A Memoir in Remedies by Megan Griswold at Townie Books.
• 7:30 p.m. Havdallah and a Shavuot Celebration with potluck desserts at Ken and Marla Drucker’s home, 89 Coyote Circle, Skyland, 349-0355.

SUNDAY 9
• noon Community Picnic and a brief Yizkor (memorial) service at Rainbow Park. Please bring your own lunch. Ofra, 970-596-3164.
• 6-8 p.m. Sundays @ 6: Floodgate Operators in Legion Park in Gunnison.

MONDAY 10
• 6 p.m. Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.

TUESDAY 11
• 4-7 p.m. Informational meeting for business owners to purchase homes in Paradise Park at Bonez. 349-5338.
• 5:30 p.m. Books-N-Bars at Ryce Asian Bistro. 349-6535.

WEDNESDAY 12
• 8 p.m. Ladies’ Night at The Talk of the Town.

 

Kids Calendar

FRIDAY 7
• 10-10:45 a.m. Storytime! For All Ages at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 4-5 p.m. Tang Soo Do Martial Arts classes for youth with West Elk Martial Arts, Town Hall Fitness Room. 901-7417.

MONDAY 10
• 3:30-4:30 p.m. Ballet (ages 6-8) with the School of Dance in the Pump Room Studio.
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 4:15-5:15 p.m. Kids Yoga (ages 8 & under) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 4:30-5:30 p.m. Musical Theater (ages 9+) with the School of Dance in the Pump Room Studio.
• 4:45 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for juniors at Town Hall. 901-7417.

TUESDAY 11
• 9 a.m.-noon 3-5 Year Old Dance Camp with the School of Dance in the Pump Room Studio.

WEDNESDAY 12
• 9 a.m.-noon Aerial Arts & Ground Dance Camp (ages 6-8 and 9-11) with the School of Dance in the Pump Room Studio.
• 11-11:30 a.m. Baby & Toddler Storytime (ages birth-3) at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 4:45 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for juniors at Town Hall. 901-7417.

Here’s to the graduates of a great community school

If last weekend was a touchstone of the community’s past, with family of Crested Butte old timers gathering to remember their time in this changing community, this weekend is a touchstone of the community’s future. Nearly 60 children will make the walk in their gowns and officially graduate from the Crested Butte Community School on Saturday.

These graduates have an idea, but may not yet fully appreciate, what they accomplished and what they will take with them as they enter the next phase of their life. The CBCS is not a place where kids go to wait it out. The school experience over there can be demanding, engaging, challenging and fun—sort of like a good life.

As a parent of two CBCS graduates and as a community member who remembers when students learned where KBUT is now and middle school basketball games were played in Jerry’s Gym, I’ve seen that the CBCS is a phenomenal place for our children to learn. That is not an accident. The people who are in charge of caring for and teaching our children from the time they enter pre-school to the time they take that walk this Saturday are extraordinary. The teachers, coaches, principals, front desk folks, cafeteria help, custodians, bus drivers, aides and parent helpers all contribute to shaping the lives of the village’s children. And the Crested Butte school embraces that community learning.

It is not unusual to see a class of elementary or middle schoolers walking in a pack as they explore the local museum, the haunted places of Crested Butte or the studio of the local radio station. I love that the school allows the kids to get up on the ski hill as part of their winter. The students in Crested Butte don’t just talk about affordable housing in the valley—they literally design and build affordable housing in the valley. The kids can explore sports, the arts, science, the trades, AP coursework, volunteerism. The CBCS is a great college prep school but the administrators work hard to reach and teach every student no matter what their interest.

Of course it isn’t always glitter and rainbows. And that is part of the experience as well. There is the unfortunate reality for this generation that they know the difference between a lockdown and a lockout and have to prepare for and deal with both. There can be experiences of overindulgence, of parties out of control, of trying new things and failing. But that is how people here learn. There are consequences to actions and for the most part, the school and the community allow the young members of the tribe to learn from mistakes while celebrating their accomplishments.

And I’m afraid some of the resources over at the school—teacher time and workload, physical space, overall numbers—are getting spread a little too thin. Before it gets out of hand and begins to impact the quality of the product, quantity needs to be addressed.

But for the most part, there is a reason the school is overflowing—parents want their kids to go there. People move here for the school. It is that good. As we reported just a few weeks ago, the U.S. News and World Report ranking of schools in America placed the CBCS near the top 1 percent in the country. It was listed as the fifth-best school in the entire state. It is consistently recognized for its excellence.

Look at the profiles of the CBCS graduates in this paper and see where they are headed. It’s not hard for a smart parent in Texas to do the math and see the benefit of the education and the cost of a public school like CBCS that can prepare their kid for a top-notch university. Do the math comparing tuition at a private prep school and consider the social benefit of living in a small mountain town with a resort, and for many it is a no-brainer. I truly believe that school has had more impact on the growth of the community than the sale of the ski resort to Vail or the 600th mile of mountain bike trail near White Pine.

So here’s to the end of what the graduates must feel has been a long journey—but is really just the beginning of a new adventure. Here’s to a great school that treats students with respect and as full members of a different sort of community. Here’s to a place where most kids can feel the personal relationship of those that teach them. Here is to the future.

—Mark Reaman

Calendar May 23 through May 29

THURSDAY 23
• 7-7:45 a.m. Guided Meditation (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 8:30 a.m. Women’s book discussion group at UCC.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa (level 2/3) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa Flow / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Adult Ballet w/ CB School of Dance in the Pump Room Studio. (runs thru May 16)
• 9-10:15 a.m. Heated Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics (level 1) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11 a.m. Weekly storytime at Townie Books. 349-7545.
• 11:30 a.m. Duplicate Bridge at UCC. 349-1008.
• noon SMART Recovery Meeting; a non-spiritual, science based alternative to AA in the Visitor’s Center Meeting Room upstairs. 970-596-6287.
• noon All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Church Community Healing Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 1-3 p.m. Tech Time at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage, a free thrift store. 300 Belleview, Unit 2, on the south end of 3rd Street. 970-318-6826.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Yin Yoga (open) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:45-7 p.m. Hatha Yoga/ CB Co-op at Town Hall.
• 6 p.m. Talk to a Lawyer: Free legal information clinic sponsored by the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project at the Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 970-668-9612. (every third Thursday of the month)
• 6-7:15 p.m. Restorative & Sound Healing (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 6:30 p.m. AA Open Meditation at UCC.
• 7 p.m. Women Supporting Women Group Discussion at the Nordic Inn.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

FRIDAY 24
• 6-7:15 a.m. Hip Hop Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 8:30-10 a.m. Aerial Conditioning/Open Aerial w/ CB School of Dance at the Center for the Arts. (runs thru May 31)
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Yoga for the Flexibly Challenged / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Prana Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Iyengar Yoga (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Gentle Yoga & Reiki (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 1 p.m. Art group meets at the Senior Center. 641-4529.
• 3-5 p.m. Tech Time at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 6-7 p.m. Poi Playshop at the Pump Room.
• 6:30-7:45 p.m. Restorative Yoga (open level) at Yoga For The Peaceful.

SATURDAY 25
• 7:30 a.m. Open AA at UCC.
• 8:15-9:30 a.m. Gentle Yoga (level 1) at Yoga For The Peaceful in CB South.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9-10 a.m. Mindful Flow / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Community Yoga at the Sanctuary Yoga & Pilates Studio, Gunnison.
• 10-11 a.m. Hip Hop Community Dance Class at the Pump Room (above Fire House on 3rd & Maroon). 415-225-5300.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Slow Flow (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage, a free thrift store. 300 Belleview, Unit 2, on the south end of 3rd Street. 970-318-6826.
• 2-3:15 p.m. Restorative (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 6:30-7:30 p.m. Guided Sound Meditation at 405 4th Street.

SUNDAY 26
• 8:30 a.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 8:45 a.m. Slow Flow (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m. Worship Service at Union Congregational Church. 349-6405.
• 9 a.m. Oh Be Joyful Church Worship Service at the Center for the Arts.
• 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Crested Butte Farmers Market on the 100 block of Elk Ave.
• 9:30-11 a.m. Free Community Yoga Class / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 10-11:15 a.m. Vin-Yin (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 10:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m. Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Narcotics Anonymous Meeting at UCC, 403 Maroon Ave. Closed meeting for addicts only. (1st & 3rd Sundays)
• 2-3:30 p.m. Therapeutic Yoga (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful. (1st & 3rd Sundays)
• 5-6 p.m. All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Eucharist at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• 5-7 p.m. Pick-up Adult Basketball. HS Gym, CBCS.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Kundalini Yoga at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 6 p.m. AA meets at UCC.
• 6 p.m. Duplicate Bridge at UCC. 349-1008.
• 6 p.m. Evening Service at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 711 N. Main St., Gunnison.
• 7 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous meets at the Last Resort.
• 7-8 p.m. Guided Meditation (all levels) at Yoga for the Peaceful.

MONDAY 27
Crested Butte Library closed in observance of Memorial Day.
• 6-7:15 a.m. Hip Hop Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Prana Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Iyengar (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Adult Children of Alcoholics open meeting at Union Congregational Church.
• 12:45 p.m. Bridge at the Senior Center. 641-4529.
• 4 p.m. Hard Hat Tours at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Yin Yoga Nidra (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Moms in Motion class at the GVH rehab gym.
• 6:30-8 p.m. Women’s Domestic Violence Support Group at Project Hope. Childcare available upon request. 641-2712.
• 7:30 p.m. Open AA at UCC. 349-5711.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

TUESDAY 28
• 6-7 a.m. Sunrise Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 7-7:45 a.m. Zen Meditation (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 7:30 a.m. AA/Alanon Open at UCC. 349-5711.
• 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free Co-Working Tuesdays at the ICELab at WSCU.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa (level 2/3) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga/ CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga/ CB Yoga Co-op at T
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11:30 a.m. League of Women Voters meeting at 210 W. Spencer in Gunnison.
• noon AA Closed at UCC.
• noon-1 p.m. Open Practice (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 2-3:15 p.m. Restorative Yoga (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage, a free thrift store. 300 Belleview, Unit 2, on the south end of 3rd Street. 970-318-6826.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Slow Flow (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 6-8 p.m. Figure Drawing Sessions with live model in Downtown Crested Butte. 349-7228.
• 7 p.m. Alanon meeting at the Last Resort.
• 7-8 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Sunset Hall, 349 Teocalli Ave. in CB South.
• 7-8:30 p.m. Blessing Way Circle support group at Sopris Women’s Clinic. 720-217-3843.

WEDNESDAY 29
• 7:30 a.m. The Crested Butte / Mt. Crested Butte Rotary Club breakfast meeting in the Shavano Conference Room at the Elevation Hotel.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa Flow-Hatha Yoga / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Vinyasa (level 1) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Two Buttes Senior Citizens van transportation roundtrip to Gunnison, weather permitting. Call first for schedule and availability. 275-4768.
• 10:30 a.m.-noon Prana Vinyasa (level 2/3) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• 3:30-5 p.m. ICELab tours at Western State College University with Patrick Rowley.
• 4:30-6:30 p.m. Parenting Support Group in the Gunnison Valley Health Conference Room, parentingingunni@gmail.com.
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 5 p.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5-10 p.m. Game night at Tassinong Farms, CB South.
• 5:15-6 :15 p.m. Barre Sculpt (drop in) in the Gunnison Arts Center Dance Studio.
• 5:30-6 :45 p.m. Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 6-7:15 p.m. Heated Vinyasa (level 2) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 6:30 p.m. Alanon at UCC Parlour (in back), 4th and Maroon. 349-6482.
• 7-9 p.m. “GriefShare,” a grief recovery seminar and support group, meets at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 711 N. Main St., Gunnison. 970-349-7769.

 

KIDS CALENDAR

THURSDAY 23
• 9 a.m. Munchkin’s Music & Dance Class at the High Atitude Dance Academy in Gunnison. 349-9639. (runs thru May 23)

FRIDAY 24
• 11 a.m. Baby & Toddler Literacy Time at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 1:30 p.m. Little Minds (ages 3-7) at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 4-5 p.m. Tang Soo Do Martial Arts classes for youth with West Elk Martial Arts, Town Hall Fitness Room. 901-7417.
• 6:30 p.m. First Friday Family Film Ratatouille at the Crested Butte Library.

MONDAY 27
Crested Butte Library closed in observance of Memorial Day.
• 3:45-5 p.m. Messy Mondays at the Crested Butte Library. (ages 5-12, 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult)
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 4:15-5:15 p.m. Kids Yoga (ages 8 & under) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 4:45 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for juniors at Town Hall. 901-7417.

WEDNESDAY 29
• 9 a.m. Munchkin’s Music & Dance Class in the Fitness Room in Old Town Hall. 349-9639. (runs thru May 22)
• 10 a.m. Big Kids Storytime (ages 3-7) at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 4:45 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for juniors at Town Hall. 901-7417.

 

EVENTS CALENDAR

THURSDAY 23
• 2 p.m. Novel Tea Book Club at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 6 p.m. AND Series Event: Mandala & Mojitos with Boo Radford in the Gunnison Arts Center Main Gallery.
• 7 p.m. Off-Season Seminar Series: HR 101 at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 8 p.m. Ladies’ Night at the Red Room.
• 9 p.m. Family Peach plays at the Public House.

FRIDAY 24
• 5 p.m. Roper-Turner String Band plays at the Talk of the Town.
• 7 p.m. Monthly Film: Blindspotting in the Black Box Theatre at the Gunnison Arts Center.
• 7 p.m. Matt Grant plays at The Princess Wine Bar.
• 7:30 p.m. Ten-Minute Plays Festival: Bored Games at the Crested Butte Mountain Theatre.
• 10 p.m. Miss Mojo plays at The Eldo.

SATURDAY 25
• 9 a.m.- noon Drunks, Poachers & Renegades: Write your family memoir at the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum.
• 10:30-2:30 p.m. gOgirls offering donation based bike washes for racers in the Growler at the finish area in Gunnison.
• 7 p.m. Casey Falter plays at The Princess Wine Bar.
• 7:30 p.m. Ten-Minute Plays Festival: Bored Games at the Crested Butte Mountain Theatre.

SUNDAY 26
• 11:30-4:30 p.m. gOgirls offering donation based bike washes for racers in the Growler at the finish area in Gunnison.
• 6:30 p.m. Memorial Day Weekend Reunion Dinner at the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum with a showing of The Jokerville Mine Documenatry after dinner.
• 7 p.m. Tyler Hansen plays at The Princess Wine Bar.

MONDAY 27
Crested Butte Library closed in observance of Memorial Day.
• 9:30 a.m. CB Veterans march to cemetary starting at Second and Elk Ave.
• 1-5 p.m. Pete Dunda Band plays polka at Bonez Bar & Grill.

TUESDAY 28
• 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Chamber’s Business After Hours Mixer at Synergy Athlete, co-hosted by Colorado Backcountry and Good Life Girls. 349-6438.

WEDNESDAY 29
• 5-6:30 p.m. A Potluck Community Retirement Party for Bobby Pogoloff and Pat O’Neill at the Rainbow Park Pavillion.
• 8 p.m. Ladies’ Night at The Talk of the Town.

Benchtalk: May 17, 2019

Want a Twister or Teo chair? Save the date…

Save the date and get to the Adventure Center early to purchase your piece of Crested Butte Mountain Resort history. On Sunday, June 2, CBMR will sell the former Twister and Teocalli Lift chairs, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the CBMR Adventure Center. One hundred fifty chairs will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, with one chair per person. CBMR officials are still working out details of cost. All proceeds will benefit the EpicPromise Employee Foundation and the Crested Butte Land Trust.

Local historical film showing for Archaeology and Preservation Month

Russ Lallier’s film Deep Blue Sea will be shown on Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Crested Butte Town Hall (507 Maroon Avenue) in the council chambers. This film travels west from Gunnison on the Denver & Rio Grande Western rail line, past the four towns of Iola, Kezar, Cebolla and Sapinero.

Stuff at the Center

This week, the Center’s Literary Arts Department hosts Raising the Dead: Using Creative Nonfiction to Bring History to Life (Saturday, May 18 at 2 to 5 p.m., $45) at CB Mountain Heritage Museum. The Visual Arts Department presents Creativity and Cocktails: Beaded Jewelry & Beverages (Tuesday, May 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $50). Crested Butte Magazine’s Summer Release Party takes place (Wednesday, May 22 at 5 p.m.) at Public House followed by a Crested Butte Film Festival showing of the acclaimed film Blindspotting (Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m., $12).

Historical film to play at Town Hall

Russ Lallier’s film Deep Blue Sea will be shown on Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Crested Butte Town Hall, 507 Maroon Avenue, in the council chambers. This film travels west from Gunnison on the Denver & Rio Grande Western rail line, past the four towns of Iola, Kezar, Cebolla and Sapinero. All of those towns are now lost under Colorado’s largest body of water, Blue Mesa Reservoir. Jump on board and travel back in time and relive the railroad operations that took place west of Gunnison, Colo., through photos, film clips and interviews that will unlock the secrets that are hidden under the water.

Slate River Working Group open house Thursday

If you’re interested in floating the Slate River this summer, please join the Slate River Working Group this Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. at the Depot to learn about the 2019 Slate River Floating Management Plan. You’ll learn about new projects and initiatives happening in the river corridor this summer, as well as floating parameters and river etiquette to help keep it wild. Pizza and refreshments are provided. More information can be found at www.cblandtrust.org.

Birthdays:

May 16- Patrick Seifert, Will Sands, Kevin VanHorn, Bob Starr, Alia Sahr and Ayla Sahr

May 17- Joy Cunningham, Caroline Fairbanks, Jim “Whitey” White

May 18- Charlotte Camp, Marion Elizabeth Frame, Isabel Young, Ashton Malory, Bob Bernholtz, Tim Egelhoff

May 19- Reed Meredith, Joe Garcia, Matthew Evans, Mason Pruett, Calla Fenlon, Michael Mollison

May 20-Ellie Penney, Tracy Smith, Jill van Tiel, Danielle Talbot, Frank Nunes, Mark Hochraden, Kiley Sahr, Stephanie Clark, Charles Young, Ivy Walker, Maeve Murray, Brian Brown

May 21- Erica Hogan, Jerry Deverell, Mary Frame, Bobbi Pogoloff, Katherine Hargrave, Henry Sunter, Andrew Hadley, Cayla Vidmar, Stephanie Blewett

May 22- Glenda Harper, Jennifer Oberling, Rita Wengrin, Colton Parr

 

RECOGNITION: Gunnison County commissioner Jonathan Houck (center) was recognized by the board and staff of the Gunnison Valley Rural Transportation Authority at the last meeting for his twelve years of service as a board member.

 

CBCS BAND AT ELITCH GARDENS: The Crested Butte Community School Concert Band recently traveled to Denver to participate in the 2019 Elitch Gardens Music Festival. Students were awarded a Gold rating on their performance, the highest rating. Additionally, tuba player Grace Haverkampf won an Outstanding Musician Award, and Mrs. Bunting was presented with an Outstanding Director award.

 

RESTORING GRAY WOLVES: On Friday, April 26 Delia Malone and a diverse panel of experts came to the Depot to present Restoring the Natural Balance: The Vital Necessity of Restoring Gray Wolves to Colorado. The screening of the short film Canis Lupus Colorado was also part of the presentation.

Cameos: Now that summer is here…what chore do you have to do?

Summer? I’m still shoveling
out my vents.
Tim Clark
Prepare to complete
TrailQuest with Jake.
Ashley UpChurch
I have to help house the
whole valley.
Joel Wisian
Duh…opening a new
Center for the Arts.
Jenny Birnie
I need to get back in
mountain biking shape.
Jack Carter

THURSDAY 16
• 7-7:45 a.m. Guided Meditation (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 8:30 a.m. Women’s book discussion group at UCC.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa (level 2/3) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa Flow / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Adult Ballet w/ CB School of Dance in the Pump Room Studio. (runs thru May 16)
• 9-10:15 a.m. Heated Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics (level 1) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11 a.m. Weekly storytime at Townie Books. 349-7545.
• 11:30 a.m. Duplicate Bridge at UCC. 349-1008.
• noon SMART Recovery Meeting; a non-spiritual, science based alternative to AA in the Visitor’s Center Meeting Room upstairs. 970-596-6287.
• noon All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Church Community Healing Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 1-3 p.m. Tech Time at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage, a free thrift store. 300 Belleview, Unit 2, on the south end of 3rd Street. 970-318-6826.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Yin Yoga (open) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:45-7 p.m. Hatha Yoga/ CB Co-op at Town Hall.
• 6 p.m. Talk to a Lawyer: Free legal information clinic sponsored by the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project at the Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 970-668-9612. (every third Thursday of the month)
• 6-7:15 p.m. Restorative & Sound Healing (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 6:30 p.m. AA Open Meditation at UCC.
• 7 p.m. Women Supporting Women Group Discussion at the Nordic Inn.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

FRIDAY 17
• 6-7:15 a.m. Hip Hop Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 8:30-10 a.m. Aerial Conditioning/Open Aerial w/ CB School of Dance at the Center for the Arts. (runs thru May 31)
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Yoga for the Flexibly Challenged / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Prana Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Iyengar Yoga (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Gentle Yoga & Reiki (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 1 p.m. Art group meets at the Senior Center. 641-4529.
• 3-5 p.m. Tech Time at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 6-7 p.m. Poi Playshop at the Pump Room.
• 6:30-7:45 p.m. Restorative Yoga (open level) at Yoga For The Peaceful.

SATURDAY 18
• 7:30 a.m. Open AA at UCC.
• 8:15-9:30 a.m. Gentle Yoga (level 1) at Yoga For The Peaceful in CB South.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9-10 a.m. Mindful Flow / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Community Yoga at the Sanctuary Yoga & Pilates Studio, Gunnison.
• 10-11 a.m. Hip Hop Community Dance Class at the Pump Room (above Fire House on 3rd & Maroon). 415-225-5300.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Slow Flow (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage, a free thrift store. 300 Belleview, Unit 2, on the south end of 3rd Street. 970-318-6826.
• 2-3:15 p.m. Restorative (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 6:30-7:30 p.m. Guided Sound Meditation at 405 4th Street.

SUNDAY 19
• 8:30 a.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 8:45 a.m. Slow Flow (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m. Worship Service at Union Congregational Church. 349-6405.
• 9 a.m. Oh Be Joyful Church Worship Service at the Center for the Arts.
• 9:30-11 a.m. Free Community Yoga Class / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 10-11:15 a.m. Vin-Yin (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 10:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m. Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Narcotics Anonymous Meeting at UCC, 403 Maroon Ave. Closed meeting for addicts only. (1st & 3rd Sundays)
• 2-3:30 p.m. Therapeutic Yoga (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful. (1st & 3rd Sundays)
• 5-6 p.m. All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Eucharist at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• 5-7 p.m. Pick-up Adult Basketball. HS Gym, CBCS.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Kundalini Yoga at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 6 p.m. AA meets at UCC.
• 6 p.m. Duplicate Bridge at UCC. 349-1008.
• 6 p.m. Evening Service at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 711 N. Main St., Gunnison.
• 7 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous meets at the Last Resort.
• 7-8 p.m. Guided Meditation (all levels) at Yoga for the Peaceful.

MONDAY 20
• 6-7:15 a.m. Hip Hop Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Prana Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Iyengar (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Adult Children of Alcoholics open meeting at Union Congregational Church.
• 12:45 p.m. Bridge at the Senior Center. 641-4529.
• 4 p.m. Hard Hat Tours at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Yin Yoga Nidra (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Moms in Motion class at the GVH rehab gym.
• 6:30-8 p.m. Women’s Domestic Violence Support Group at Project Hope. Childcare available upon request. 641-2712.
• 7:30 p.m. Open AA at UCC. 349-5711.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

TUESDAY 21
• 6-7 a.m. Sunrise Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 7-7:45 a.m. Zen Meditation (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 7:30 a.m. AA/Alanon Open at UCC. 349-5711.
• 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free Co-Working Tuesdays at the ICELab at WSCU.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa (level 2/3) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga/ CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga/ CB Yoga Co-op at T
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11:30 a.m. League of Women Voters meeting at 210 W. Spencer in Gunnison.
• noon AA Closed at UCC.
• noon-1 p.m. Open Practice (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 2-3:15 p.m. Restorative Yoga (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage, a free thrift store. 300 Belleview, Unit 2, on the south end of 3rd Street. 970-318-6826.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Slow Flow (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 6-8 p.m. Figure Drawing Sessions with live model in Downtown Crested Butte. 349-7228.
• 7 p.m. Alanon meeting at the Last Resort.
• 7-8 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Sunset Hall, 349 Teocalli Ave. in CB South.
• 7-8:30 p.m. Blessing Way Circle support group at Sopris Women’s Clinic. 720-217-3843.

WEDNESDAY 22
• 7:30 a.m. The Crested Butte / Mt. Crested Butte Rotary Club breakfast meeting in the Shavano Conference Room at the Elevation Hotel.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa Flow-Hatha Yoga / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Vinyasa (level 1) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Two Buttes Senior Citizens van transportation roundtrip to Gunnison, weather permitting. Call first for schedule and availability. 275-4768.
• 10:30 a.m.-noon Prana Vinyasa (level 2/3) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• 3:30-5 p.m. ICELab tours at Western State College University with Patrick Rowley.
• 4:30-6:30 p.m. Parenting Support Group in the Gunnison Valley Health Conference Room, parentingingunni@gmail.com.
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 5 p.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5-10 p.m. Game night at Tassinong Farms, CB South.
• 5:15-6 :15 p.m. Barre Sculpt (drop in) in the Gunnison Arts Center Dance Studio.
• 5:30-6 :45 p.m. Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 6-7:15 p.m. Heated Vinyasa (level 2) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 6:30 p.m. Alanon at UCC Parlour (in back), 4th and Maroon. 349-6482.
• 7-9 p.m. “GriefShare,” a grief recovery seminar and support group, meets at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 711 N. Main St., Gunnison. 970-349-7769.

 

Events & Entertainment

THURSDAY 16
• 2 p.m. Novel-Tea Book Club at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 5 p.m. Slate River Working Group Open House at the Crested Butte Depot.
• 7 p.m. Off-Season Seminar Series: Financial Options for Small Business at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 7 p.m. CB School of Dance presents Elevate, grade 6 – adult performances.
• 8 p.m. Ladies’ Night at the Red Room.

FRIDAY 17
• 4-7 p.m. Reverend Doctor plays at The Eldo.
• 5 p.m. Roper-Turner String Band plays at the Talk of the Town.
• 7 p.m. CB School of Dance presents Elevate, grade 6 – adult performances.
• 7 p.m. Arts Center Singers Concert in the Kincaid Concert Hall in the Quigley Building at WCU.

SATURDAY 18
• 9 a.m. Town Clean-Up Day & Electronic Recycling, volunteers meet at Crested Butte Town Hall. Electronics recycling at the north end of the parking at Town Hall, corner of Fifth & Gothic. 349-5338.
• 9 a.m. Oh Be Dogful Rescue’s DePoo the Butte, meet at Town Hall. 349-5047.
• 9 a.m.-noon Cheat Pull Day (pull invasive cheatgrass) at Legion Park in Gunnison.
• 2 p.m. Gospel recording artist, Gordon Mote Concert at Webster Hall in Gunnison, 117 N. Iowa Street.
• 2-5 p.m. Raising the Dead: Using Creative Nonfiction to Bring History to Life at the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum.
• 7 p.m. CB School of Dance presents Elevate, grade 6 – adult performances.
• 7 p.m. Arts Center Singers Concert in the Kincaid Concert Hall in the Quigley Building at WCU.

SUNDAY 19
• 6 p.m. High School Guitar Concert at the Center for the Arts.

MONDAY 20
• 5 p.m. Block 76 Affordable Housing Ground Breaking Ceremony at Gothic Ave. and Eighth St.

TUESDAY 21
• 9 a.m. Socrates Cafe at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Creativity & Cocktails: Beaded Jewelry & Beverages at the Center for the Arts.
• 6 p.m. High School Piano Presentation in the CBCS Multi-Purpose Room.

WEDNESDAY 22
• 5-7 p.m. Crested Butte Magazine’s Summer Release Party at the Public House, followed by the showing of Blindspotting at 7 p.m.
• 6 p.m. Showing of Russ Lallier’s film Deep Blue Sea in the Council Chambers at Crested Butte Town Hall. 349-5338.
• 8 p.m. Ladies’ Night at The Talk of the Town.

 

Kids Calendar

THURSDAY 16
• 9 a.m. Munchkin’s Music & Dance Class at the High Atitude Dance Academy in Gunnison. 349-9639. (runs thru May 23)

FRIDAY 17
• 11 a.m. Baby & Toddler Literacy Time at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 1:30 p.m. Little Minds (ages 3-7) at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 4-5 p.m. Tang Soo Do Martial Arts classes for youth with West Elk Martial Arts, Town Hall Fitness Room. 901-7417.
• 6:30 p.m. First Friday Family Film Ratatouille at the Crested Butte Library.

MONDAY 20
• 3:45-5 p.m. Messy Mondays at the Crested Butte Library. (ages 5-12, 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult)
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 4:15-5:15 p.m. Kids Yoga (ages 8 & under) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 4:45 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for juniors at Town Hall. 901-7417.

WEDNESDAY 22
• 9 a.m. Munchkin’s Music & Dance Class in the Fitness Room in Old Town Hall. 349-9639. (runs thru May 22)
• 10 a.m. Big Kids Storytime (ages 3-7) at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 4:45 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for juniors at Town Hall. 901-7417.

Off-season bonding

Sunday was a good ending day—to a great season. Slushy spring skiing, tutus and onsies, smiling people all communing on the lift-served hill to enjoy one of the better ski seasons in recent memory. One mid-timer who is edging toward old-timer status mentioned Sunday in line at the NFL that this season was pretty average—even slightly below average—for when he first arrived in the 1980s. True that, but times are a-changing and I’ll take this past season over and over and over again in this world of climate change.

Transitioning to the summer and the bike, paddle, hike or golf seasons began Monday. Ahhh, off-season. They aren’t always great but they are always sweet for the breath of refreshment they bring. This one appears it might fall into the sketchy category, at least for the start, if your off-season joy is based on the weather. It looks like we may transition right back to winter for much of the next couple of weeks. Anyway, it obviously will be a while before single track mountain biking or high alpine hiking is available anywhere in the north valley. But we need the water and it’s good for Blue Mesa.

Normally, this is a great time of year for bikers to get their spinning legs back at Hartman Rocks. That won’t happen for a while, either. Tim Kugler of Gunnison Trails said that a “mud closure” was put in place at Hartman’s as of this week. It’s too muddy for fat bikes and too wet for mountain bikes, so now it is in wait-and-dry-out mode. He predicts it will be late April before biking is okayed down there for the trails that are getting the sun. But hey, the skiing is still good in a lot of places if you are willing to earn your turns.

That puts a bit of hurt on those who love the idea of great skiing literally switching to great biking like flipping on the lights in the Rec Room. It happens sometimes and it is great but it won’t happen this year. The message was sent via email this week when OpenSnow touted “Cold powder for the west this week & weekend.” Now, in theory that can weed out those who came here for constant paradise and are seeing the rougher side of that coin. They may decide the city with a mall and food court is okay after all.

It isn’t always easy to handle eight months of winter with a cold, muddy in-between period. In that vein, maybe everyone should remember to try to keep an extra eye on those staying here and who are having a difficult emotional time with their life and the weather—they might need some extra help to get through a tough time. Help out those friends, family and neighbors who might need an extra bit of help these days. We have seen too many tragic springs in our past.

Now, if the weather turns to blue sky and 50s, the school break week here is one of the best of the year. Quiet and dusty, it is a time to slow way down. But the slowdown this year might be better in Utah. It’s just part of the off-season choices. And it is the beauty of any off-season. Off-season offers the chance to slow down and not work so hard. It offers the chance to catch up with a dinner or a simple chat with friends and acquaintances you’ve missed in the bedlam of ski season. It offers the chance to chill on a bench or gather at a bar or around a campfire. It is the chance to again breathe deeply, reconnect with friends and nature, look around and deeply remember why you all moved here in the first place. It wasn’t to work more.

Off-seasons are certainly shorter these days—and I’ll argue again that working to turn every off-season week into a tourist time is not good for the general health of the overall community. Those living in a mountain town are fortunate to have off-seasons—despite how brutal they might be on the outside. There is a certain bonding between those who embrace a challenging off-season. So the choice is to make the best of it no matter what it looks like. That part is up to you.

Anyway, here’s a shout out to the really fun 2018-2019 winter ski season.

We’ll wait and see what the new Vail Resorts ownership group announces for improvements on the ski hill for next year. But that sounds like too much work at the moment—so grab a book or a friend and enjoy the bonus we get for living here. Take the memories of a great ski season with you wherever you are headed and accept the sweetness—no matter how harsh it seems on the surface—of the coming spring break.

Happy off-season, everyone.

—Mark Reaman

Community Calendar Thursday, April 4–Wednesday, April 10

THURSDAY 4
• 6-7 a.m. Sunrise Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 7 a.m. Core Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7-7:45 a.m. Guided Meditation (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 8:30 a.m. Indoor Biking at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30 a.m. Women’s book discussion group at UCC.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa Flow / CB Co-op at Town Hall.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Adult Ballet w/ CB School of Dance in the Pump Room Studio. (runs thru May 16, no class April 18)
• 9-10:15 a.m. Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics (level 1) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11 a.m. Weekly storytime at Townie Books. 349-7545.
• 11:30 a.m. Duplicate Bridge at UCC. 349-1008.
• noon SMART Recovery Meeting; a non-spiritual, science based alternative to AA in the Visitor’s Center Meeting Room upstairs. 970-596-6287.
• noon All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Church Community Healing Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 1-3 p.m. Tech Time at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage, a free thrift store. 300 Belleview, Unit 2, on the south end of 3rd Street. 970-318-6826.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Yin Yoga (open) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 5:45-7 p.m. Après Ski — Hatha Yoga/ CB Co-op at Town Hall.
• 6 p.m. Talk to a Lawyer: Free legal information clinic sponsored by the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project at the Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 970-668-9612. (every third Thursday of the month)
• 6-7:15 p.m. Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 6:30 p.m. AA Open Meditation at UCC.
• 7 p.m. Women Supporting Women Group Discussion at the Nordic Inn.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

FRIDAY 5
• 6-7:15 a.m. Hip Hop Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 7:30 a.m. Adult Ballet Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30-10 a.m. Aerial Conditioning/Open Aerial w/ CB School of Dance at the Center for the Arts. (runs thru May 31)
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Yoga for the Flexibly Challenged / CB Co-op at Town Hall.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Prana Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Iyengar Yoga (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Slow Flow (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 1 p.m. Art group meets at the Senior Center. 641-4529.
• 3-5 p.m. Tech Time at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 6-7 p.m. Poi Playshop at the Pump Room.
• 6:30-7:45 p.m. Restorative Yoga (open level) at Yoga For The Peaceful.

SATURDAY 6
• 7:30 a.m. Open AA at UCC.
• 7:45 a.m. Weights and Indoor Biking Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga For The Peaceful.
• 9-10 a.m. Mindful Flow / CB Co-op at Town Hall.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Community Yoga at the Sanctuary Yoga & Pilates Studio, Gunnison.
• 10-11 a.m. Hip Hop Community Dance Class at the Pump Room (above Fire House on 3rd & Maroon). 415-225-5300.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Slow Flow (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage, a free thrift store. 300 Belleview, Unit 2, on the south end of 3rd Street. 970-318-6826.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Yin Yoga (open) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 2-3:30 p.m. Historic Walking Tour at the Crested Butte Heritage Museum. 349-1880.
• 4:30-5:30 p.m. Slow Flow (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 6:30-7:30 p.m. Guided Sound Meditation at 405 4th Street.

SUNDAY 7
• 8:30 a.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 8:45 a.m. Slow Flow (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m. Worship Service at Union Congregational Church. 349-6405.
• 9 a.m. Oh Be Joyful Church Worship Service at the Center for the Arts.
• 9:30-11 a.m. Free Community Yoga Class / CB Co-op at Town Hall.
• 10-11:15 a.m. Vin-Yin (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 10:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m. Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Narcotics Anonymous Meeting at UCC, 403 Maroon Ave. Closed meeting for addicts only. (1st & 3rd Sundays)
• 2-3:30 p.m. Therapeutic Yoga (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.

• 5-6 p.m. All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Eucharist at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• 5-7 p.m. Pick-up Adult Basketball. HS Gym, CBCS.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Kundalini Yoga at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 6 p.m. AA meets at UCC.
• 6 p.m. Duplicate Bridge at UCC. 349-1008.
• 6 p.m. Evening Service at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 711 N. Main St., Gunnison.
• 7 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous meets at the Last Resort.
• 7-8 p.m. Guided Meditation (all levels) at Yoga for the Peaceful.

MONDAY 8
• 6-7:15 a.m. Hip Hop Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 7 a.m. Adult Ballet Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa Flow / CB Co-op at Town Hall.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Iyengar (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Adult Children of Alcoholics open meeting at Union Congregational Church.
• noon-1 p.m. Gentle Yoga (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 12:45 p.m. Bridge at the Senior Center. 641-4529.
• 4 p.m. Hard Hat Tours at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Yin Yoga Nidra (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Moms in Motion class at the GVH rehab gym.
• 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6-7:15 p.m. Prana Vinyasa (level 1) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 6-8:30 p.m. Exploring & Excavating Your Story with Shelley Read with the Literary Arts Department of the Center for the Arts at Evolve. 349-7487.
• 6:15-7:30 p.m. Adult Intermediate Aerial w/ CB School of Dance at the Center for the Arts. (runs thru April 1)
• 6:30-8 p.m. Women’s Domestic Violence Support Group at Project Hope. Childcare available upon request. 641-2712.
• 7:30 p.m. Open AA at UCC. 349-5711.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

TUESDAY 9
• 6-7 a.m. Sunrise Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 7 a.m. Core Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7-7:45 a.m. Zen Meditation (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 7:30 a.m. AA/Alanon Open at UCC. 349-5711.
• 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free Co-Working Tuesdays at the ICELab at WSCU.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Adult Afro Fusion w/ CB School of Dance in the Pump Room Studio. (runs thru April 2)
• 8:45-10 a.m. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga/ CB Co-op at Town Hall.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics (level 1) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11:30 a.m. League of Women Voters meeting at 210 W. Spencer in Gunnison.
• noon AA Closed at UCC.
• 2-3:15 p.m. Restorative Yoga (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage, a free thrift store. 300 Belleview, Unit 2, on the south end of 3rd Street. 970-318-6826.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Slow Flow (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:45-7 p.m. Rest, Relax & Renew Yoga/ CB Co-op at Town Hall.
• 6-7:15 p.m. Prana Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 6-8 p.m. Figure Drawing Sessions with live model in Downtown Crested Butte. 349-7228.
• 6:15-9:15 p.m. Adult Creative Clay: Wheel Throwing in the Gunnison Arts Center Clay Studio.
• 7 p.m. Alanon meeting at the Last Resort.
• 7-8 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Sunset Hall, 349 Teocalli Ave. in CB South.
• 7-8:30 p.m. Blessing Way Circle support group at Sopris Women’s Clinic. 720-217-3843.
• 7-8:30 p.m. Mindful Meditation at 329 Belleview #B (entrance 4th Street—runs weekly until April 9). 970-812-3559.

WEDNESDAY 10
• 7:30 a.m. The Crested Butte / Mt. Crested Butte Rotary Club breakfast meeting in the Shavano Conference Room at the Elevation Hotel.
• 8:45 a.m. Mat Mix at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Forrest Yoga at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa Flow / CB Co-op at Town Hall.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Prana Vinyasa (level 1) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Two Buttes Senior Citizens van transportation roundtrip to Gunnison, weather permitting. Call first for schedule and availability. 275-4768.
• 10:30 a.m.-noon Prana Vinyasa (level 2/3) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• 3:30-5 p.m. ICELab tours at Western State College University with Patrick Rowley.
• 4:30-6:30 p.m. Parenting Support Group in the Gunnison Valley Health Conference Room, parentingingunni@gmail.com.
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 5 p.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5-10 p.m. Game night at Tassinong Farms, CB South.
• 5:15-6 :15 p.m. Barre Sculpt (drop in) in the Gunnison Arts Center Dance Studio.
• 5:30 p.m. Prenatal Yoga class in Crested Butte South. 349-1209.
• 5:30-6 :45 p.m. Vinyasa (level 1/2) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Abhyanga Vinyasa (open level) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:45-7 p.m. Restorative Yin-Yoga-Nidra / CB Yoga Co-op at Town Hall.
• 6:30 p.m. Alanon at UCC Parlour (in back), 4th and Maroon. 349-6482.
• 7-9 p.m. “GriefShare,” a grief recovery seminar and support group, meets at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 711 N. Main St., Gunnison. 970-349-7769.

KIDS CALENDAR

THURSDAY 4
• 9 and 10 a.m. Munchkin’s Music & Dance Class at the High Atitude Dance Academy in Gunnison. 349-9639.

FRIDAY 5
• 10 a.m. Big Kids Storytime (ages 3-7) at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 1:30 p.m. Little Minds (ages 3-7) at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 4-5 p.m. Tang Soo Do Martial Arts classes for youth with West Elk Martial Arts, Town Hall Fitness Room. 901-7417.

MONDAY 8
• 3:45-5 p.m. Messy Mondays at the Crested Butte Library. (ages 5-12, 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult)
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 4:15-5:15 p.m. Kids Yoga (ages 8 & under) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 4:45 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for juniors at Town Hall. 901-7417.

WEDNESDAY 10
• 9 a.m. Munchkin’s Music and Dance Class at the Fitness Room at Town Hall. 349-9639.
• 11 a.m. Baby & Toddler Literacy Time at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 4-5 p.m. Kids Yoga (ages 8+) at Yoga for the Peaceful in CB South.
• 4-7:30 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for children and adults with West Elk Martial Arts, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall. 901-7417.
• 4:15-5:15 p.m. Kids Yoga (ages 8 and under) at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 4:45 p.m. Tang Soo Do classes for juniors at Town Hall. 901-7417.

EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

THURSDAY 4
• 5 p.m. School of Dance presents pre-K thru grade 2 spring performance: “At the Beach” at the Center for the Arts.
• 6 p.m. Auditions for Sandy (the dog) for CBMT’s Annie – The Musical at the Mallardi Theatre.
• 7 p.m. Mountain Folsom playing at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 7 p.m. Book Talk at the Gunnison Arts Center.
• 7 p.m. Casey Falter plays at The Princess Wine Bar.
• 7:30 p.m. School of Dance presents grades 3-5 spring performance: “Outer Space” at the Center for the Arts.
• 8 p.m. Ladies’ Night at the Red Room.

FRIDAY 5
• 5-8 p.m. Gunnison Arts Center’s First Friday ArtWalk & Music at participating galleries.
• 6:30 p.m. The Roper-Turner String Band plays at The Talk of the Town.
• 6:30 p.m. First Friday Family Film: Cars at the Crested Butte Library. 349-6535.
• 7:30 p.m. Crested Butte Mountain Theatre presents Teens on Stage 2019: She Kills Monsters at the Mallardi Cabaret Theatre.
• 8 p.m. Front Country plays at the Center for the Arts.
• 8 p.m. Tim O’Brien plays at the Public House.
• 9 p.m. Metal Night at The Eldo.

SATURDAY 6
• 2 p.m. LandShark Pond Skim at the base of CBMR.
• 4 p.m. Skitown Breakdown: The Main Squeeze plays in the Adventure Park Tent at the base of CBMR.
• 6 p.m. School of Dance presents grades 3-5 spring performance: “Outer Space” at the Center for the Arts.
• 7 p.m. Altius Quartet Recital in the Kincaid Concert Hall at Western Colorado University.
• 7 p.m. Nick Joubert plays at The Princess Wine Bar.
• 7:30 p.m. CBMT presents Teens on Stage 2019: She Kills Monsters at the Mallardi Cabaret Theatre.
• 7:30 p.m. Duos for Violin & Piano at Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia. 970-527-7243.
• 9 p.m. Mikey Thunder and Just How play at the Public House.
• 9 p.m. Dead Head Ed’s End of Season Bash at The Eldo with Shakedown Street.

SUNDAY 7
• 11 a.m. Celebration of Life for Paden Kelley at The Lodge at Moutaineer Square, followed by an honorary ski.
• 3:30 p.m. Skitown Breakdown: Chali 2na and Cut Chemist play at the Adventure Park Tent at the base of CBMR.
• 9 p.m. A-Mac and the Height play at The Eldo.

MONDAY 8
• 11:30 a.m. League of Women Voters meeting with speaker Sara Bratton Bradbury in the conference room of the UGRWCD, 210 W. Spencer Ave.

TUESDAY 9
• 6:30-9:30 a.m. Gunnison Early Blood Testing at the Fred Field Center. 642-8418.
• 12:30 p.m. A lecture on music entrepreneurship with Ivan Trevino in the Kincaid Concert Hall at WCU.
• 5 p.m. Stepping Stones 30th annual Art Show at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 5:30 p.m. Public meeting to hear the results of the community survey and to share opinions of the Henderson Park renovation at Town Hall.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Books-n-Bars at The Last Steep. 349-6535.
• 6-7 p.m. Stepping Stones stage performance at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 7:30 p.m. Ivan Trevino performs with the Western Percussion Ensemble in the Kincaid Concert Hall at Western Colorado University, donations accepted to benefit Western Percussion Club.

WEDNESDAY 10
• 6:30-9:30 a.m. Gunnison Early Blood Testing at the Fred Field Center. 642-8418.
• 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Western Colorado University’s Summer Job Fair in the University Center, 1st floor. 970-943-2314.
• 8 p.m. Ladies’ Night at The Talk of the Town.

 

Profile: Audrey Anderson

The Fabric that Binds Us

By Dawne Belloise

Audrey Anderson greets people with her bright smile that starts from her eyes and lights up her whole face as she tends to visitors coming into the Paragon Gallery, Crested Butte’s oldest coop of artists.

Many of the guests are tourists just passing through or passing time, waiting for the Mountain Express bus to shuttle them up to the mountain. Some are locals dropping by to catch the latest guest artist or just to say hi.

Above the door hang several of Audrey’s fabric art canvases, colorful composites, collages of landscapes reminiscent of The Beatles song lyrics with fantastical flowers and marmalade skies, or paisley trees and muted mountains of lavender shades—layers of colored fabrics, bits of lace and texture that present a surrealistic view of local scenery as interpreted by the artist.

Although she always dabbled in art, Audrey’s dream of dedicating her time to creating is finally manifesting, but it’s been a long journey to finally make it a reality.

Audrey was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where her parents met while working at an airplane plant during WWII. “I grew up in a tiny tract home,” Audrey says of the close quarters of employee houses individually enclosed by picket fences. “I came from a family that I always thought was German because we ate a lot of German foods, like kraut, boiled dinner, sour salad, and pork and lots of veggies that were boiled forever—but a DNA test resulted in a surprise. I’m mostly Irish and Scottish,” she says. She then immersed herself in the history and studies of her newly discovered Celtic heritage.

Audrey developed a love for the outdoors at an early age when her family would travel to Sage Lake in Michigan. “Mostly, I swam and went fishing. I grew up fishing, going with my grandparents in their little rowboat with a motor stuck on the back. I loved it up there. There was no plumbing. We had an outhouse and a bucket for nighttime. Those were good days.”

“I liked school,” she admits. “I always liked learning. I especially loved math and science. In high school, it was college prep all the way—study, study, study, from the ninth grade on. My mother pushed advancing so I could get a scholarship because I was always told there wasn’t any money for college.”

Audrey graduated from high school in 1967, and at her very young age, she was already engaged to her high school sweetheart and carrying their child when she started college as an art major. She had to leave after the first semester when their son, Brian, was born in January 1968. She worked various jobs, from hospitals to offices, doing mostly accounting. Their daughter, Jennifer, came along in 1971. Audrey’s husband became a police officer. “Cops have a lot of fun,” Audrey says and adds that they managed to go dancing every weekend. After 13 years though, they decided to dance their separate ways.

Audrey learned to ski, the love of which would take her to steep places and eventually land her in Crested Butte. “I started living the ski bum life,” she says of her post-divorce, “skiing every weekend at Crystal Mountain, a little resort area around Traverse City, hanging out with the National Ski Patrollers at the area.” Audrey began dating one of the patrollers and a year or so later she was a National Ski Patroller herself, heading west yearly to various resorts in Colorado with her patrol clan. She fell in love with the mountains.

Meanwhile Audrey went back to Eastern Michigan University (EMU) to finish her degree in accounting. When her ski patrol boyfriend, who was also working for Ford Motor Company, was transferred to Phoenix, Audrey went with him, enrolling at Arizona State University. However, he was transferred again to Toronto, Canada, and Audrey went along, commuting the five hours to EMU and staying the week in Ypsilanti. She went directly from her undergraduate program into a master’s degree program, earning her MB in accounting and finance in 1988.

Once again single and free, Audrey was living in Ann Arbor and back on ski patrol where she met and eventually married another ski patroller in 1991. The couple moved to Crested Butte in 1998, having visited a few times beginning in 1989. “Every year I came to Colorado to ski, I’d grab newspapers to start looking through the employment ads for work. In summer of 1998, my husband got a job with CBMR.”

They sold their house in Michigan and moved to Crested Butte that September. Audrey also started working as an accountant for CBMR. The following winter, she started her own accounting business, Butte Books, and remained in town for a couple of years after she and her hubby split in 2002. Even though she loved it here, her thoughts turned to making a decent living wage, which she imagined she could do in Denver.

Packing up in 2005, she moved there and then Dillon the following year, commuting from Dillon to Golden for work for Intrawest, doing their books for the Winter Park ski resort. But the commute was tiring, so Audrey took a job in Frisco as a controller for a construction company.

She was still visiting Crested Butte on weekends and had made friends here. In the fall of 2006, she decided to move back to Crested Butte because her Butte Books accounting business was making more money than working for someone else in Frisco and it’s where she wanted to be. Among her many clients was the Crested Butte Center for the Arts (CBCA), and she enjoyed the work. “I like operational accounting where you help a business look at where their revenue comes from, where their expenses come from, and how they can improve their bottom line,” Audrey says, “as opposed to income tax accounting that’s constantly changing because of laws in the government.”

Audrey grins, “And all this time I was skiing like crazy. I love skiing.” It was love of the outdoors that put her together with long-time local Eric Davis, aka E.D., in 2008. “I already knew E.D. from meeting him in 2000,” she says, but once they were together, the couple began exploring together. “We just started living a life filled with adventure. We went to Nepal, Mexico, and we’ve traveled around the southwest,” she says of road tripping in their 16-foot trailer RV with a big Irish setter and a golden retriever in tow.

“E.D.’s an avid skier and adventurer nut,” she laughs. “He takes me to the top of peaks. We hike and ski a lot—we ski until we can’t ski anymore. I could easily live someplace where I could ski all year. I prefer it to hiking because it’s easier on your body.” The two live in the tiny and infamous “air conditioned house, 420 square feet!” Audrey grins.

Audrey says, “I’ve dabbled in art throughout my life. There was a time in the 1990s that I was making my own paper, 3D masks and painting. I had taken a watercolor class but never did anything with it,” but she laughs, “I love ordering all the supplies. I wanted to be an art teacher and make art. I had an art teacher in high school who really inspired me and was a real supporter of mine.”

Her almost-full-time foray back into creating the art she loves began with Vinotok. Her first art show was at the Crested Butte Heritage Museum in 2013, where her Vinotok-inspired “Spirit Dolls” intrigued visitors with their primal and colorful aspects and stemmed from her role as costumer coordinator for the beloved local event.

Having made costumes for some of the principal Vinotok players, Audrey had another revelation. “I had all these scraps and didn’t know what to do with them. It dawned on me that I could paint landscapes that I love with the scrapes of fabric,” which was the beginning of her fabric art creations.

“The nature aspect of Vinotok is very important to me because it’s my church,” Audrey smiles. “The church of the great outdoors, the change of the seasons, how we’re spinning around the black hole in the center of our galaxy, moving through the universe. I try to put into my paintings the feelings I have when I look into this amazing world around us, the wilderness around us.” She expresses the importance of her Vinotok tribe, where she gets to live out her role and Vinotok character every day as the Elf Witch: “She is a being from the Other World, sent here to remind humanity that the world is our Mother.”

Audrey made full use of the multitude of classes offered by the Crested Butte Center for the Arts, from watercolor technique to drawing and jewelry design classes. Last August, her art was featured in her own show at the Piper Gallery in the Crested Butte Center for the Arts. “That really got me going. It gave me the courage to apply at Paragon Gallery.”

This past September 2018, Audrey was invited to be one of the permanent artists in the Paragon coop. She says, “I’m so honored to be a part of that group.” She’s also now the full-time accountant for the Crested Butte Center for the Arts and takes pride that in the past three years she implemented a cost accounting system. She explains, “Instead of simply having an income statement that tells what your income is, I designed a system that tracks profitability by event.”

Audrey feels that she doesn’t want to be anywhere else. “I can’t live anyplace else. I’m rooted here in this wild country. This place is so much more than a couple of towns, a Nordic and downhill ski area, or a plethora of single track. This place is still small enough that I feel connected to many folks I see on the streets and in the wilderness. There is a Tribe here, a Tribe with many members. All are welcome. All contribute. All have respect and love for one another. We are family. That’s why I’m here. Plus, I LOVE winter. It is long and phenomenal. I also love the challenges of living here, of finding good healthy food, canning and freezing, making almost everything from scratch, even corned beef, learning to repair or reinvent things, gardening, even shoveling roofs. At 69 years old, I feel so alive, so free to live a life filled with challenge, excitement, peace and contentment.”