Benchtalk: December 9, 2016

Annual Christmas Bells Concert is Wednesday

The Union Congregational Church Handbell Choir offers their gift of music on Wednesday, December 14 at 7 p.m. at the UCC at 403 Maroon Ave, Crested Butte. The bell choir will be joined by flutes, piano, guitar, and vocals by other local musicians including the men’s quartet. Come and enjoy a one-hour concert of holiday music. Admission is by donation.

Snowmobile Registration and Christmas tree tag opportunity this weekend

The Gunnison Ranger District, Colorado Snowmobile Association, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Sno-Trackers will host a snowmobile registration and Christmas tree tag sale this Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kebler Winter Trailhead. To register your snowmobile, bring $30.25 cash or check, Vehicle Identification Number or last year’s Colorado State Park registration number, Make, Year and Model of your snowmobile.

Community conversation on youth and alcohol use

Everyone is invited to a community discussion on alcohol use and the impact on youth, using youth artwork as a tool for conversation, at the CB Center for the Arts next Monday. The event on December 12 will go from 5 to 7 p.m. with light appetizers. This will be an opportunity to engage in community conversation. Several Crested Butte youth have created artwork that portrays “hope” and “concern” around alcohol use in our community. Participants will use this time to examine their work, view local data and trends and have a discussion around alcohol use, youth perception and the impact on youth use rates. RSVP to (not required, but appreciated).

Tree of Life Celebration this Saturday

The community is invited to join the care providers at Gunnison Valley Health’s Hospice and Palliative Care for the annual Tree of Life Celebration. This meaningful and moving ceremony will take place at the Almont Resort on Saturday, December 10 beginning at 10 a.m. This year the UCC Handbell Quartet will provide music along with Sean McCormick and Chris Coady. In addition, there will be messages from pastor Tim Clark of Union Congregational Church in Crested Butte, pastor Greg Meier of Community Church in Gunnison, Rob Santilli, CEO of Gunnison Valley Health, and Pam Brunsell of Gunnison Valley Health Hospice and Palliative Care. For more information, contact Gunnison Valley Health at (970) 642-08416.

Holiday Cabaret at the Gunnison Arts Center

The Gunnison Arts Center’s ever-popular Cabaret returns with a holiday twist on December 16-17 at 7:30 p.m. This family-friendly Holiday Cabaret will be a fun evening of song and dance held in the GAC Dance Studio. Some of our favorite Christmas characters may even make an appearance. This evening will include a sing-along to your favorite holiday carols. Directed by Enid Holden. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for kids 12 and under and seniors 60 and older. Get tickets at, stop in at 102 S. Main St., or call (970) 641-4029.


December 8- Amanda Knoll

December 9- Fred Garing, Beth Carter, Lucille Lucas, Colton Schnailter, Dan Jones

December 10- Butch Hegeman, Andy Shepard, Randy Garcia, John Hess, Roy Huffstetler, Ashleigh Cahir, Jared Tisdale, Mikayla Molitor

December 11- Mary Whitson, Jessica Frame, Susan Napier

December 12- Susan Rinaldi, Wouter van Tiel, Jack Schubert, Matt Cahir, Mike Larson

December 13- Martina Walton

December 14- Adrienne Marziano, Eric Peterson, Roger Sherman, Barb Hamblett, Lou Beckman, Dave Holt, Beth Crawford

CONGRATULATIONS: Sterling Ross Harvey was born to Angelyn and Shawn on November 17, 2016 at 1:29 p.m. weighing 6 lbs. 12 oz. and measuring 19.5 inches. She joins siblings Anders age 14, Alexander age 11, Stephanie age 10, Anastasia age 8, Saralyn age 5, and Seth age 3. courtesy photo
CONGRATULATIONS: Mariposa Amitola Earley, or Miss Mae for short, was born at 11:19 p.m. at home on August 21, 2016 weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 22 inches long.  Her parents Jessie and Shea are over the moon and her sidekicks Natty, Bombadil and Filbert are not quite sure yet. courtesy photo
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Magda Drewnowski has opened a new CPA firm in Crested Butte, but she is not a new name to the CB community, having an accounting business since 2007. Magda’s new firm, Magda Drewnowski CPA, is focused on personal, customer-centered service for individuals and businesses, including tax preparation for clients of all sizes and complexity. Magda is holding a grand opening party at the new office located at 611 Fourth St. on Thursday, December 15 at 5 p.m. photo by Lydia Stern

Cameo Question: Who would you like to sit with on your first silver queen chair lift ride?

Hannah, my sister and
Morty Brown.
Susan Gellert
Me, myself and Prince.
Allie McFarland
My wife, my daughter and Dave Ochs. My three
favorite democrats!
Bryan Phillips
Cru Jones.
Tricia Shadell
John Lennon, Wayne Gretzky, and Donald Trump
(so I could push him off).
Henrik Forsling

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