Benchtalk: January 5, 2018

12th Night Bonfire is this weekend

Join the Crested Butte-Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce for the annual 12th Night celebration on Friday, January 5 at 5:30 p.m. Come to the Four-way parking lot for s’mores, hot chocolate and free libations around the bonfire! Drop off your Christmas tree in the back of the Four-way parking lot starting at 10:30 Friday morning, or bring it with you to the bonfire. Kid-friendly and adult beverages will be available, and be sure to bring a roasting stick for s’mores! As always, 12th night is free and open to the public!

Center’s culinary and vintner soup stock class in Mt. CB

The Crested Butte Center for the Arts is putting on a Stocks-and-Soup seminar on Thursday, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Perfect for the cold winter months, get hands-on experience using leftover cuts of meat and vegetables to make stocks ready to implement in a variety of recipes. Reduce kitchen waste by using throwaways, avoid MSG and other additives found in processed foods, and get rid of eating out of a box and can. Combine this course with “French Mother Sauces & Beyond” (January 17) for the grand finale of “Cooking with Your Valentine” (February 1), or take it as a stand-alone offering. Meet at Tracker’s Lounge in the Lodge at Mountaineer Square. The instructor is CBMR executive chef Chris Park.

Try being a silver smith starting next week

The Center is also sponsoring a silver-smithing series starting next week and continuing on Thursdays in January. Create a set of five stackable sterling silver rings, each with its own metal texture. Learn soldering, annealing, chasing and polishing, as well as safe and correct handling of a jeweler’s tools of a torch, ring mandrel, chasing hammers, soldering tools, abrasives, motorized drill and flex shaft. Take home a packet of step-by-step instructions and list of resources for tools and metal to continue working at home. The classes take place on Thursdays for three weeks. Instructor: Meaghan Young.

Meet the Masters: Pop Art & Pinot at the Gunnison Arts Center

Feeling dandy with Andy. For this Meet the Masters AND Series, Thursday, January 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Gunnison Arts Center. Instructor Cheri Isgreen will teach attendees about Andy Warhol and his influence on art. Enjoy sipping on pinot while creating your own Warhol recreation with acrylic paints on canvas. The cost of $40 per person includes two drinks, light apps and supplies. Pre-registration is required. Special: Sign four people up for the price of three.

Help out the museum

If you are starting off the new year with a little house clearing, the museum is looking for a few items to assist them in their operations. So if you have any of these items taking up extra space in your homes, please consider donating them to the museum: computer monitor, printer, sturdy shelving, medium-sized blackboard, heavy-duty paper trimmer, banker boxes, clipboards, and giant binder clips. Please call the museum at (970) 349-1880 if you wish to donate any of these items to the museum, with their thanks.


January 4- Aiden Truettner, Broderick Truettner, Conrad Truettner

January 5-Roxana Alvarez

January 6- Nathan Wojtalik, Mike Miller, Jim Schmidt

January 7- Kathy Hecker, Mike Klein, Zeb Early, Angie Greevy, Gordon Reeves

January 8- Ryan Sylvester, Maggie Chlipala, Mary Martin, Sandy Murphy, Eliane Wissocq, Sandy Parker, Cody Hillman, Elvis

January 9- Jeremy Rowland, Michael Baim, Cotton Harris, Lena Weisman, Megan Clark

January 10- Ben Morello, Mark Soleri, Anthea Schmid, Izzy Acuff

NEW BUSINESS: Graeme Roberts, owner of CB Hot Tub, recently opened his doors at 315 Belleview Ave. #B2 in Crested Butte. CB Hot Tub sells premiere Hot Spring salt water tubs as well as all hot tub accessories, covers, and chemicals. They offer affordable long-term maintenance programs and provide professional hot tub repair services. Stop by or call 275-5700. photo by Lydia Stern
NEW YEARS BABY: Aubree Rose Gesaman was the first baby born at the Gunnison Valley Hospital in 2018. She was born to Salina Grimaldo and Johnathon Gesaman on January 1, 2018 at 4:20 p.m. weighing 7 lbs. 3 oz. and measuring 19.5 inches. She joins 4-year-old brother Jordan and 8-year-old brother Skylar. courtesy photo
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Some of the regulars celebrate the Talk of the Town’s 35th Anniversary on Thurday, December 21. Pictured left to right are Moose, Joel, Johnny Mex, Ruth, Mary, Donner, Patrick and Robyn. photo by Lydia Stern

Cameos: What was your biggest highlight of 2017? 

Watching the fireworks with the Crested Butte community.
Cristina & Harry Lynch
Being in Crested Butte for
the last part of it.
The Ory Family
The Election.
Reid Clayton
Learning to do a 360.
Jakob Klemme
Having our sons with us for a Crested Butte Vacation.
Jeff & Ava Hage

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