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Profile: Ashley Upchurch-Kreykes

Finding community

By Dawne Belloise

Ashley UpChurch is all about community, which has been an ongoing theme throughout her life. She grew up in Raleigh, N.C., playing a lot of sports, from soccer and softball to basketball, volleyball and ultimate Frisbee. Horses were her fascination and she was able to get riding lessons in exchange for working at a barn and a veterinarian’s office. Her family would often go camping in West Virginia at a state park that rented cabins with electricity, a gas cook stove and a fireplace for heat. “I would spend all day at the barn where I’d groom and feed horses and they’d let me do trail rides for free,” Ashley recalls with a smile. She says she still loves horses.

Confessing that she felt awkward in school, Ashley joined the marching band because, “I liked the family that the marching band provided. We could all just go hang out in the band room instead of being awkward everywhere else in school where the cool kids were.” She played saxophone in the band throughout high school but laughs, “I was never very good and I could barely keep time.”

Ashley graduated from high school in 2005 and says that she had no idea what she wanted to do. “But I knew that I needed to figure out a way to pay for college so I got a scholarship at East Carolina University in Greenville to be a middle school language arts teacher in North Carolina. I didn’t want to be a teacher—that wasn’t the impetus to get that scholarship—I just wanted a way to pay for college,” which was a financially logical decision that allowed her to graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in middle school language arts and led her to her first teaching assignment in Colombia, South America.

“I wanted to travel and it’s really easy to get a teaching position outside of our country. It was amazing, and serious culture shock,” Ashley says. “I spoke no Spanish but I learned quickly. The school was bilingual and the kids are taught English from elementary school, but if a child transferred from another school, then they hadn’t been taught English. It’s hard enough being able to communicate with kids but additionally there was the language and cultural barrier and it was my first year teaching. I didn’t know what I was doing but I had a lot of fun,” she says, although as a 5’11” blonde woman, it was annoying when people continually called her “Barbie” in the streets.

While she was in college, Ashley studied abroad in Finland for six months, “from September through December, which is not the time to be in Finland,” she laughs. “It was so dark. But I got to go skinny-dipping under the Northern Lights, above the Arctic Circle, and it was magical. You do this after you take a sauna, so it’s a cold plunge.”

Back in North Carolina, she returned to her college job as a summer camp counselor, teaching horseback riding and guiding raft and backpacking trips in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She returned to her camp position every summer for eight years. During one spring, she hiked 500 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Virginia and in 2011, she took a teaching position in Raleigh for two years.

Ashley met Daniel Kreykes at a party in Brevard, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. “Prior to the party, I had a huge crush on him at camp where we both worked, but I got to camp late that summer and some other girl claimed him,” Ashley laughs. “Our first date was a local hike that I had done many times and Dan said he could do it from his house. He told me it was three miles to the top of this mountain, but it was actually six miles one way to the top, and our life has pretty much been like that ever since,” she says. They hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2014, starting in Maine and hiking south to North Carolina, completing the 1,700 miles and four months of trekking together. At the end of the trail, two days later, they were married.

“We had already quit our jobs, we didn’t have an apartment, and all our stuff was in storage. We knew that if we were going to move somewhere, this was the time. I had always wanted to live in Colorado for an embarrassingly silly reason— in fifth grade, when you learned what all the state mottos are, I remembered it was ‘Colorful Colorado’ and as a kid, I thought it was a state of rainbows. As an adult, I thought, I wanna go live in that place that as a kid I thought would be really cool. Dan was totally down to move there because he’s a hiker, skier, kayaker, mountain biker and climber.” Dan was looking for ski instructor jobs while they were still trekking.

The couple knew they didn’t want to live on the I-70 corridor or, Ashley smirks, “work for Vail. We’d heard of Aspen and Telluride, and Dan applied at those and a couple of other independent resorts.” Still on their trek, Dan had to run six miles to a town where he could get cell service for a phone interview with Crested Butte Mountain Resort, which offered him the job.

They arrived in Crested Butte in early December 2014. “We had to live in a motel in Gunnison for the first month because we couldn’t find housing up here,” Ashley recalls. But they finally found a home in Crested Butte South, where they’ve been ever since. Ashley took a job at Pooh’s Corner.

“I loved working at Pooh’s. The summers were a little tough, exhausting, as all retail in this town can be. I do love kids. I loved being a camp counselor and there were aspects of teaching that I just adored and were fantastic.” She “played” at Pooh’s for a year and a half before being hired at the Crested Butte-Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce as membership and marketing coordinator. She grins, admitting that the day she applied for the position, she had to ask Google what a chamber of commerce was. In May 2017, Ashley became the executive director of the chamber.

“I love it and working for these small businesses, especially when I walk into any of our stores and see that they’re succeeding. I love helping people succeed with their dreams. That’s really what a small business is, it’s your dream. The thing I like most about my job is the community. It’s been a theme in my life. I loved marching band and summer camp because it gave me a community. And teaching too, my kids were my community and we’d do all kinds of stuff together. My favorite thing on the Appalachian Trail was the trail community, the trail family.”

In their chosen community at the end of the road in Crested Butte, Ashley feels the draw of the mountains. “I love hiking with my husband and my dog, Jake. Learning to ski on this mountain as an adult is terrifying,” she admits. “I like skiing although it’s not my favorite sport but you gotta do something in the winter. I’m learning to Nordic ski. Mostly, I’m a hiker and I’m trying to complete all the trails in the Gunnison watershed. It’s called Trail Quest and it’s an app designed around mountain biking that the Tourism Association developed.

“The challenge is to ride all of the single track in the watershed. The perimeter is from our side of Monarch all the way over to Paonia and from Schofield Pass, 401, all the way to the Hartman’s. That’s what I’ve been focusing on since I’ve been here. I’m also learning to mountain bike. Before Trail Quest came out we were trying to hit every peak that you can see from town. We love to climb mountains and Teo and Whetstone are my favorites for views in the area.”

Ashley’s quest and the importance of community is a priority for her. “The community keeps me here. I love the people and how they embrace each other and it’s just so much fun here. And we still have so many mountains to climb,” she concludes.

Crested Butte Bike Week kicks off

Costumes galore at the Chainless and Bridges of the Butte

by Dawne Belloise

Summer is finally upon us, we hope, and to kick it off is one of Crested Butte’s favorite events: Crested Butte Bike Week.

The craziest and most anticipated race event of the weekend is the notorious Chainless World Championship Bike Race, which screams down from the top of Kebler Pass into the heart of town and is immediately followed by a celebratory party. Seven miles of gravitationally challenging dirt road that drops into the top of Elk Avenue takes place this Friday, June 28, with racers screaming down the dusty descent beginning at the traditional 4:20 p.m. This is the oldest mountain bike festival in the world and undeniably the best. Originally dubbed Fat Tire Bike Week before its name change several years ago, it highlights Crested Butte as the legendary home of not only mountain biking, but also of costuming.

Most Crested Butte competitions and events involve costuming up and Buttians take their costume creating seriously. In fact, many start creating their themes and get-ups months in advance, even as they cross the finish line they’ve got next year’s costumes already materializing in their heads. From teams to individuals, they are pros leaning to the theatrical extreme and they shine in the Chainless Race.

Through the years, the costumes have gotten more elaborate, complex and comical. Boat bikes, gorilla and chicken suits, Vikings, several Darth Vaders and Star Wars characters, pirates and disco glitterati, even real-life brides and grooms in their wedding garb, and on a variety of contraptions.

In past races, Mike Arbaney’s front end, loose pivot point bike named the Gambler that can bend itself in two was always amusing to watch. Racers do it for the prestige and the glory, the fun and of course, the bragging rights.

There are prizes for the best bike, best costume and an assortment of other funky awards in addition to the more tough first, second and third arriving at the bottom in one piece. The no guts/no-glory race is also famous for its carnage as racers descend the final hill trying to avoid the side slide right turn onto Elk Avenue from old Kebler Road into screaming throngs of fans.

The Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce now hosts the weekend event. Executive director Ashley UpChurch recalls her favorite costumes from years past, “There was the Beatles-themed Yellow Submarine,” a life-sized, bright yellow sub captained by Rick Murray and crew in full Sgt. Pepper garb, from the 1967 album and 1968 animated film. It was a 3-D sculpture on bike frames sailing down the pass and the subject of bar conversations for many months afterwards.

Another best-loved theme was the family team costumed up as the Mario Brothers video game, complete with a daring chariot that sported their toddler dressed up as the Toad character. “It was like a racing Mario game,” UpChurch laughs, “Not that I condone putting young children in the Chainless. The costumes are my favorite part of the Chainless, and the Chainless is the most fun.”

The Chainless race began when a gaggle of locals decided to pedal their klunkers up a mountain, disconnect their chains and fly down the pass just to see what would happen. If you go with a coaster brake bike you don’t have brakes when you take the chain off. In the old days, they were ballsy, using only their feet, so they’d wear heavy boots to brake. The participants use zip ties to bind up the chains now, which allows them to be able to brake but not pedal. It’s a true celebration of the townie klunker bike, although all bikes are welcome, and there is an eclectic assortment of handmade bikes, art bikes and all the crafty sculptures that people now take up Kebler Road.

Nod to Matty Robb

Crested Butte lost one of its own much loved locals recently, an avid Chainless contestant, Matty Robb, and in honor of Matty, his friends have also organized an after party at the Big Mine Ice Rink with live music, and the typical local fare and fun. Donations for the pig roast will be accepted and appreciated and the shindig celebration will go until the sky gets darkish.

There’s a big nod to the also celebrated and never forgotten Andy Bamberg, who was a huge inspiration to Matty. The teal-colored, three-person bike that Andy built, now called the Bamberg and bequeathed to Matty when Andy passed, was ridden by Matty and Andy in what was purportedly the first Chainless, which legend has it, was not on Kebler but off Baldy mountain and down to the Slate River in the late 1990s when a small band of local wahoos got together for Buttian craziness and decided they could ride without chains, and possibly without brakes. Matty rode that bike in every Chainless since. Watch for the Bamberg bike in the race this Friday.

UpChurch notes that only 300 racers are allowed in the Chainless because any more than that, she says, gets a little out of hand, although she adds, “It’s not a strict cap.”

Racers drop off their bikes Friday at the Four-Way Stop, behind the chamber of commerce, beginning at 9 a.m. until the deadline at noon, but the earlier the better, and UpChurch advises not to wait until the last minute.

The shuttle to schlep the racers to Kebler Pass summit starts hauling at 2:30 p.m. until the last bus up at 3:30 p.m. and if that last shuttle is full, you’re on your own to get to the summit. The chamber reminds participants to wear a helmet and sign the waiver.

The Chainless World Championship Bike Race official after-party is still at the First Street and Elk Avenue parking lot. Local brewers, Irwin Brewing is sponsoring so there’ll be beer (yay!) at all the weekend events.

Bridges!

The Chainless isn’t the only event that features insane costumes. The annual Bridges of the Butte 24-Hour Townie Tour starts Saturday, high noon at the Town Park, and is a benefit fundraiser for the Adaptive Sports Center.

Everyone shows up to loop through the streets of town and over every bridge, riding into the wee hours of the night for 24 solid hours—it’s an ongoing pedal party with lots of time to socialize. From ballerina faeries to aliens, psychedelic squid to super heroes, decked out cycles with bells and whistles that will go nuclear with disco mirror balls, flashing LEDs and glow in the dark spokes when the night falls because when the sun goes down, the aurora borealis of Crested Butte kicks in as the riders get to show off their snazzy bike lights. Some participants’ metal steeds are an all-out light show. It’s a tour, not a race, so everyone can participate and ride as much, or as little, as they feel—families, individuals, businesses who drum up their own teams, everyone from little kids to grandparents.

New this year is Adaptive’s goal to have 100 people raise $100 each and if you raise that, you’re entered to win one of the many donated awesome prizes that will be announced at the after party at noon Sunday at the Town Park base camp. If you raise over $250, you’ll get the chance to win a townie bike. Those who are ambitious and raise over $500 can win a Crested Butte Mountain Resort ski pass for the 2019-2010 season. Someone’s going to be real happy.

Last year saw the registration limit of 300 participants sign up. Registration is online at adaptivesports.org/events until 5 p.m. on Friday or until they sell out, whichever comes first, and it usually sells out, so get registered.

The tour was the brainchild of a couple of instructors, created specifically as a fundraiser for their Argentina program for training instructors and volunteers. Now, the money that’s raised from Bridges of the Butte goes for Adaptive’s general scholarship fund because all their activities are subsidized and accessible to as many people as possible. Bridges of the Butte Townie Tour helps to give hope to those who don’t have access to the same recreation others have, Adaptive helps those who have lost some of their abilities.

UpChurch says she’s really looking forward to the weekend’s events. “Bike Week is a favorite event and I just love any event that rings in the summer. I hope people come out and costume up, party, ride bikes and drink beer.”

Registration and a full schedule of events for Crested Butte Bike Week is online at cbbikeweek.com. You can also browse page 60 of this issue to see the schedule.

Adaptive Sports Center, a non-profit organization located in Crested Butte provides life-enhancing year-round recreation activities for people with disabilities and their families. Info and events can be found at adaptivesports.org.

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