Benchtalk June 19, 2015

Summertime and the living is…
Summer is here. The first major Elk Avenue closing provided a sweet spot for Ride the Rockies participants. It will not be the last closing of the summer and is one sure sign that summer has arrived. Here we go…

Celebrate the Beat Summer Program
Celebrate the Beat will hold its annual Joyful Arts Camp for two weeks this year, from Monday, June 29 to Friday, July 10. The camp will be held at the Town Hall of Crested Butte in Jerry’s Gym, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Children ages 5 to 13 may join the camp’s talented teachers and musicians for two special weeks of dance that culminate in a live performance at the end of the second week. Register online at With questions, email Colleen Macomber at

Film Fest movie of the month
The Crested Butte film fest will present its monthly film at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, June 18. This month it is Red Army, a feature-length documentary about the Soviet Union and its famous Red Army hockey team, the most successful dynasty in sports history. You can have dinner and a movie at Marchitelli’s Gourmet Noodle starting at 5 p.m. Thursday or catch the film at 7 p.m. at the Center. It will also play Saturday eveing at the Gunnison Arts Center.

GAC call for playwrights
If you’re a scribe of scripts, a potentate of prose, a princess of poetry, a person of letters perpetually possessed with a proclivity for putting pen to paper, then you need to submit your scrivening to the Gunnison Arts Center and compete to be part of the 8×10 Play Festival this September. The setting for the festival is at a picnic table and submissions are due by Saturday, August 8 at 5 p.m. Entries must be kept to 10 minutes. Authors are responsible for directing their show or finding a director and for casting and running rehearsals. The center will accept monologues, one-act plays, one-act musicals, poetry, spoken word, puppet shows, etc. as long as they follow the general theme. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists who will be chosen by audience member voting during the festival. The first-place prize is $200; second place $125 and third place is $75.

Go to for complete festival rules and details.

Townie Books starts summer author events
Author Paolo Bacigalupi will read and sign his newest novel, The Water Knife, at Townie Books on Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m. Bacigalupi is a Hugo and Nebula award-winning author for his breakout book, The Windup Girl, which was also selected by Time magazine as one of the top ten books of 2009.  His young adult novel, Ship Breaker was a finalist for the National Book Award and was a Gunnison Library One Book, One Valley choice read in 2010. Before the event, representatives from local water-focused environmental groups, River Restoration Adventures for Tomorrow, Coal Creek Watershed Coalition, and High Country Conservation Advocates will be on hand to answer questions and educate on what is being done regionally to conserve our western water. The event is free and open to the public.

B’not Mitzvah Weekend with Cantor/Rabbi Robbi Sherwin
Friday, June 26, 9 to 11 a.m. Take a break from the great outdoors and join Cantor/Rabbi Robbi for some java and schmoozing at The Guild on First and Elk Avenue.

Friday, June 26, 6:30 p.m. Friday night dinner in honor of the very special three generation B’not Mitzvah celebration of Skylar Klemme, Gloria Beim and Adele Beim to be held at the home of Joe and Becky Williams at Red Mountain Ranch.

Please bring a generous dish to share with our community and out of town guests. RSVP by Friday, June 19 if you can so we can send you the Pot Luck form if you haven’t already received it by email. Call Ofra with any questions at 349-5211.

June 18- Mark Phwah, Ava Lypps, Chuck Cerio, John Banker, Heather Paul Featherman, Dave Penney, David Baxter
June 19- Polly Huck, Nolan Probst, Jimmy Faust
June 20- Heli Peterson, Margot Levy, Bill Frame, Jr., Vic Shepard, Lindsay Kopf, Alana Dietrich
June 21- Kathy Freed, Ward Weisman, Jake Jones, Jackson Melnick
June 22- Mickey Cooper, Sandy Sullivan, Bess Baskfield, Walker Carroll, Tom Cutler
June 23- Cinamon Emde, Brittain Walton
June 24- Penni Ervin, Debbie Herndon, Rocky Kimball, Mo Finney


BASKETS AND BEYOND:  An artist reception was held for William Cameron at the Piper Gallery of the Center for the Arts on Friday, June 12.  photo by Lydia Stern


AFTER HOURS:  A business after hours mixer was held at the Mountain Heritage Museum on Thursday, June 11.  photo by Lydia Stern


RIBBON CUTTING: Representatives from Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte celebrated the completion of the rec path as a hard surface trail between the two towns last week, a project 20 years in the making. courtesy photo.

Cameo Question: why does your dad deserve to be celebrated on father’s day?


Because he’s such a great father.
Emmett Laggis


Because he always takes care of me.
Cedar Fessenden



Because he knew just how to raise his little mountain girl.
Anna Roberts


Because he’s the most supportive person I know.
Tessa Jonson


Because of all the positivity he brings to children’s lives at his school.
Callum Curley

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