WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT: Stacey and Zach Wilson held their wedding ceremony at Harmel’s Ranch on June 15.

Benchtalk: September 13, 2019

It’s Matchstick movie time!

It’s time to get your ski on. Hometown biz Matchstick Productions is premiering its latest film Return to Sender with two shows this Saturday at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts. It will sell out so get your tickets early and enjoy a “Home Town Throw Down” with prizes, raffles and more. The first show is at 7 and the late show is at 9:30.

It’s burlesque time!

Come out to Snacks for a Snack, a milk and cookies birthday celebration for Crested Butte Mountain Theatre’s own Malia Jones on Saturday, September 14 from 10 p.m to 2 a.m. at the Mallardi Theatre. Dress to impress! It is only $10 at door to support Crested Butte Burlesque.

It’s Cottonwood Pass time!

Cottonwood Pass is now open, paved and striped. The county announced this week that trailer, towed vehicles and vehicle length and width restrictions are now lifted. Some construction operations are still going on and short delays might occur. The Summit Parking Lot will be closed September 18 and 19 and any parked vehicles will be towed so be aware.

CBMR construction time

On-mountain trail access in the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Park is closed until the end of the week as construction occurs around the mountain. All Bike Park trails and the Peak Trail are closed until Friday, Sept. 13 when the resort reopens for fall operations. Select Bike Park trails including Avery, Psycho Rocks and Boulder Mason will remain closed until further notice as construction continues. Up to date terrain status can be found at:

Beaded jewelry sale at UCC benefiting Casa Milagro

The Union Congregational Church will have beautiful handmade beaded jewelry for sale at the UCC this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit Casa Milagro, an outreach partner of UCC in Guatemala serving women and children.

Center stuff

It’s a week to let your creativity shine at the Center with two multi-day workshops sure to set you on fire! Get to Know Yupo (Mondays, September 16, 23 & 30) works with a unique watercolor paper that lends itself to vibrancy, abstraction and intuitive painting. Get comfortable with your own creative potential in an exploratory workshop Dancing with Your Muse (Tuesday, September 17 & Wednesday, September 18) using wet and dry drawing media. Drop into the Public House and bring your writing of any genre to a fun and inviting Open Mic Reading (Monday, September 16 from 6 – 7 p.m.). There’s only three more sessions of Wheel Throwing Workshops (Fridays through September 27) so if you’ve been eyeballing this one – now’s your chance! 

Colorado State Sister City Conference coming to Western

The Colorado State Sister City Conference will be held Friday, September 20 in Western’s University Center Ballroom, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., doors open at 8:30 am. Get together with leaders from Colorado to learn and network! It is open to anyone interested. Contact Jim Gelwicks at for info and questions.


September 12- Norm Dumas, Josie Byron, Taylor Davis, Marilyn Phillips, David Hunt, Jeff Bivens, Annie Parr

September 13- Bruce Winchenbach, Jamie Watt, John Holder, Kirsten Atkins, Cresson Van Winkle, Katie Lyons, Ben and Blake Babbitt, Bruce Winchenbach

September 14- Jamie Starr, Lisa Councilman, Judy Jones, Ashlee Riemer, Erik Berglund, Bill Ewert, Allyson Taliaferro, Scott Crawford

September 15- Meagan Baim, Ryan Boulding, Heidi Montag, Randy Helm, Lizzy Bernholtz, Steve Patrick, Brett Cram, Henrik Hudson, Anne Moore

September 16- Keith Frates, Martin Catmur, Scott Pfister, Kaitlin Councilman, Marilyn Mears, Ryan Oros, Don Smith, Michelle Cowell

September 17- John Featherman, Aidan Poswalk, Todd Barnes

September 18- Colleen Hannon, Tim Clark, Chris Gelroth, Phyllis Cowell, Greg Hunt


KOOLER PAINTING AND GARAGE REWARDED: Kooler Painting & Garage Doors, represented by Matt Kuehlhorn on the left, was recently recognized with the Raynor Garage Doors Sales Achiever Award for increased sales by 50% year over year. Kooler was one of two garage door companies to achieve this recognition throughout Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and New Mexico.


WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT: Stacey and Zach Wilson held their wedding ceremony at Harmel’s Ranch on June 15.


BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT: Heather and Brent Thomson welcomed baby Logan on August 15, 2019.


Cameos: If you could go back in time, how would you change up your summer?

Do more trail hiking
Lorri Olson
Work less
Sydney Olson
I wouldn’t
Scott Carson
Work and leave the valley
a lot more
Amy Woody
Learn more about Crested Butte
Jose Manuel

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