Benchtalk July 31, 2015

DEVO Team fundraiser

The Crested Butte Development Team, aka Crested Butte DEVO, is hosting a fundraiser at the Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 1 from 5-8 p.m. They will be showing two phenomenal bike films, Strength in Numbers and The Ridge featuring Danny Macaskill. Cost is $15 and proceeds go to help the DEVO team provide a fun and safe environment within which young cyclists develop skills and passion that lasts a lifetime. For more information check out

Help with the Baxter Gulch trail

There will be a Baxter Gulch Trail Day on Thursday, July 30. Come help with the trail just south of Crested Butte. The work starts at 9 a.m. and runs all day so stop by and volunteer a few hours on this emerging trail. A BBQ to celebrate the work day and the volunteers of the Youth Corps will be held at 3 o’clock.

Introduction to Permaculture Design

Saturday, August 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mountain Roots presents a Sustainable Living Short Course, with Ian Oster & Kris Holstrom, from the Southwest Permaculture Team. In this course, you will have the opportunity to learn everything from garden design to maintenance and harvesting from permaculture experts. This course is for all ability levels – novice through advanced. More info and to RSVP:

Mountain Roots launches U-Pick Tuesdays

The Urban, Youth, and Community Gardens of Mountain Roots Food Project are hosting a new event, U-Pick Tuesdays, starting August 4 and running through mid-October. Local organic produce will be available on a sliding scale to everyone. At U-Pick Tuesday, you’ll be paired with an expert gardener or student to pick, wash, and weigh your own produce. Harvesters are encouraged to donate in support of Mountain Roots. U-Pick Tuesday will be hosted by a different garden each week during harvest season. The first event will be Tuesday, August 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Elk Avenue community garden in the 200 block of Elk Avenue.

It’s the final canvas and cocktail gathering next week

It’s the last Canvas & Cocktails session of the summer! Join this exciting happy hour, step-by-step painting class held in the relaxed and fun atmosphere of Bonez. Instructor Becky Chappell guides the group through a painting from start to finish, giving instruction on setting up to paint, mixing color, composition and more. Absolutely no painting or drawing experience is necessary!

Sundays @ 6 in Gunnison

Join us for our free concert series, Sundays @ 6 on August 2 with folk trio The Sisters Sweet. This exciting band from Fayetteville, Arkansas intertwines influences of funk and blues along with jazz inspired vocals that are reminiscent of Billie Holiday and The Andrew Sisters.

Portrait Drawing at the GAC ~ Ages 12-16

Instructed by Inga Ojala, students will learn the different techniques in using pencil and charcoal in drawing their self-portrait. This unique and creative class allows the student to see what they are drawing in three-dimensions by using a mirror and drawing from life. The seminars run Tuesdays, August 4-25 from 2-3:30 p.m.


July 30– Jill Norris, Dusty Demerson, Mary Barbour, Marla Covey, Joyce Dalbey, Kim Reichhelm

July 31– Betsy Heartfield, Johnny Biggers

August 1– Brad Ellis, Jerry Garcia, Amelia Rutherford

August 2– Eileen Hughes, Ali Roth

August 3– Marcia Dowell, Claudia Bucholz, Carissa Duncan

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

August 5– Michael Helland, Robyn Zimmerman, Jerry Falkner, Olivia Bray, Dahlila Hickey, Quinn Winter


QUILT ART:  Elizabeth Overholser presented “Wildflowers from the Mountain Side” at an artist reception at the Piper Gallery on Thursday, July 16.       photo by Lydia Stern


HOGWOOD BBQ:  Chef/Owner Michael Marsee of the Hogwood BBQ is serving lunch at Montanya Distillers from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and at the Farmer’s Market on Sundays.  The Hogwood’s Colorado-style smoked meat is also available for on-site catering.        photo by Lydia Stern

NEWLYWEDS: Laura Dunn and Bryce Buddemeyer tied the knot at the Mountain Wedding Garden on July 14 among close family and friends.       photo by Alison White


NEWLYWEDS: Laura Dunn and Bryce Buddemeyer tied the knot at the Mountain Wedding Garden on July 14 among close family and friends.       photo by Alison White

Cameos: What is your favorite kind of music?




R Timley’s Band of Barnacles.

Ross Tunkley


You can’t beat the bluegrass.

Sierra Fairfield-Smith


Whatever is on KBUT.

Pat Addabbo


Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Murray Wais


The fun kind.

Amy Wais

Check Also

Benchtalk: September 24, 2021

Color time Is it just us or does it seem the aspens are taking their …