Benchtalk: December 8, 2017

Awareness Night/Beacon Brush Up this week

The Crested Butte Avalanche Center is hosting its annual Avalanche Awareness Night and the Beacon Brush Up Friday and Saturday, December 8-9. Awareness Night is at Mountaineer Square and doors open at 5:30 p.m. It’s $5 to get in and there will be beer, pizza, presentations and, not one, but two raffles. Beacon Brush Up is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the community school and is free. For more information check out

Christmas Music Wednesday

The UCC Handbell Choir and friends will present their gift of Christmas music this Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the UCC located at 403 Maroon in Crested Butte. This is a free, one hour concert and everyone is invited to come and enjoy.

Hanukkah celebration begins Tuesday

The first night of Hanukkah is Tuesday. Congregation B’nai Butte invites you to join in celebrating the first night of Hanukah at the Brick Oven at 6 p.m. We will light the Hanukia outside and continue with our traditional festive pizza party inside the Brick Oven. Pizza and non alcoholic drinks our on us. Everyone is invited to take part in the celebration.

Holiday Light Up Nights this weekend

We are approaching Light Up Night weekend in Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. Santa will parade down Elk Avenue on Friday evening to light the tree outside the Brick Oven at 5:30. Stick around to take pictures with Santa and Santa Paws from Oh Be Dogful. On Saturday, the Mt. Crested Butte Light Up Night, starts at 5:30 p.m. where there will be have a drawing for presents that Santa has promised to bring with him to the tree lighting. Enjoy live music by Tyler Hansen at both events and S’mores at Saturday night’s lighting.

Center for the Arts presents Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party

The Crested Butte Center for the Arts winter season begins soon with an energetic big band sound of holiday classics and originals from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.  They will play December 18 at 8 p.m. Early bird ticket prices are available until December 11. For this special holiday party they take a rockin’ sleigh ride from Chuck Berry’s “Run, Run Rudolph” and Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas,” to renditions of classics such as a New Orleans-infused “Frosty the Snowman,” making multiple stops through their originals such as “Rockabilly Christmas.”


December 7- Sydney Loyed, Tony Campana, Ray DelTufo, Matt Kuehlhorn, Hanna Weichsel, Jeff Deutsch

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- Wouter van Tiel, Jack Schubert, Matt Cahir, Mike Larson

December 13- Martina Walton

FAMILY NIGHT: The Trailhead Museum hosted a family fun night on Friday, December 1. photo by Lydia Stern
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: The Crested Butte Nordic Center and Living Journeys co-hosted a Chamber Business After Hours on Thursday, November 30. photo by Lydia Stern
CONGRATULATIONS: Ayla Jade Mobley was born to Jaime Jaskinia and Michael Mobley on November 7, 2017 at 2:54 a.m. weighing 5 lbs. 1 oz. and measuring 17 inches. Grandparents include Patricia and Bob Schwartzman, Paul Mobley, and Bill Jaskinia. courtesy photo

Cameos: What are your thoughts on the power of the
snow dance?

“It’s worth a try.”
Gwyn Grier
“I am the eternal optimist.”
Jon Wolff
“If you believe, it will happen,”
Nicky Wolf
“I think it’s fun, but not too realistic.”
Paul Osmundson
“I’m fine that it’s not snowing, I’m going to go biking.”
Veronica Jarolimek


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