Friday, February 23, 2007
Comunidad coming together
Friday night was one of my favorite nights in Steamboat.
Hundreds of people crowded into the basement of Holy Name Catholic Church to support Comunidad Integrada by attending Taquiza - a potluck of scrumptious foods from countries around the world.
Summer Laws, the executive director of Comunidad Integrada, is a dear friend of mine and put me to work as soon as I made it down the stairs.
I mixed traditional Mexican fruit and rice drinks, filled water pitchers, served tortillas, ate rice pudding and chatted with some of the immigrants who have become a part of our community. It never ceases to amaze me what a unique community we are living here in Northwest Colorado.
I sampled foods from Macedonia, Japan, Mexico, Columbia and Peru, among others.
I couldn't help but smile watching the many groups of people that make our community tick come together for a common goal - to integrate and appreciate diversity.
Besides the great food and conversation, a Peruvian guitarist kept the crowd entertained with traditional Peruvian and contemporary music.
I suggest that anyone looking to tap into a great organization that is always looking for volunteers should call Laws at 846-5521.
- Alexis DeLaCruz
Saturday was one of those perfect skiing days - a clear blue sky, fresh snow and too many layers of clothing on my body. To top off the semi-spring day, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. sponsored a free reggae concert near Gondola Square.
If you weren't looking directly at the stage, you would never know that Joseph Israel of the Jerusalem Band was a red-headed, dreaded white boy from Arkansas. And despite the fact that my friend said reggae music makes him angry, everybody (including him) seemed to be having a great time.
- Allison Plean
The Nawlins' themed Sunpie's Bistro was the place to be Tuesday night. Scantily clad locals sipped on hurricanes and grooved to Madonna and Michael Jackson, which were slipped in between techno beats.
- Allison Miriani