Event includes light parade, games, Santa Claus
This year's holiday kickoff event will include a light parade, reindeer games and visits with Santa Claus. Lincoln Avenue will be closed Saturday evening from Fifth Street to 11th Street for the street festival.
Local artist Jan Maret Willman was describing her “creative explosion” in the past year and a half, during which she created more than 30 works of art for her new solo show of boldly colored abstract paintings and clay panels. The show opens tonight during First Friday Artwalk at the Depot Art Center and will remain on display for the month.
Galleries and venues for December's First Friday Artwalk
‘Collective Expression’ 1 of many openings at First Friday Artwalk
Upstairs in her log home outside Stagecoach, Mary Beth Galer’s art studio is filled with mystery. The quaint space is layered with magazine collages, artwork in progress and myriad books, from math texts to an old social psychology book with a peephole cut into the pages revealing a small painting.
Oehme Graphics has open house, reception Friday
Although she may not sign the works of art she helps create as a master printer, Steamboat Springs resident and artist Susan Oehme leaves her creative mark on them. On Wednesday, as she stood in the gallery space above the workshop, Oehme’s exhilaration and passion for her new endeavor were apparent.
With 9 inches of new snow Monday, Steamboat Ski Area broke the record for snowiest November in resort history. The previous record was set in 2005, when 83 inches fell on the mountain. As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, the resort had received 90 inches of November snow with one more day to go in the month.
About 50 residents gathered on Saturday to honor those who are taking the reins in moving Steamboat toward a sustainable future. The fifth annual New Pioneers of the Yampa Valley event featured the marquee award for a New Pioneer, a special Champion of Community award and a buffet featuring locally grown foods.
Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien spoke to a group of about 30 on Friday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. O’Brien touted the importance of instilling environmental values in young students by connecting them with the outdoors.
Appalachian Ski Mountain boasts 365 vertical feet and some of the best man-made snow in North Carolina. But as Steamboat Springs resident Martin Clay’s home ski area, the small hill has a mountain of meaning. It’s where he learned to ski and where he first began filming his winter stunts with his friends.
Steamboat Ski Area expects to offer top-to-bottom skiing on several feet of natural snow Wednesday, when it opens for the season with five lifts and 66 trails including the gondola and Storm Peak Express. On Thursday, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. officials announced they would open Christie Peak Express, the gondola, Storm Peak Express, Burgess Creek and Four Points lifts on the first day of the 2010-11 season.
The fictional Deadrock, Nev., can be saved, and the performing arts might just be the thing to save it. Students from Steamboat Springs High School will take to the stage for their rendition of the musical, "Crazy For You" beginning at 7 p.m. today in the auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for SSHS students with an activities pass.
Announcement about open trails, lifts and terrain expected this week
When the sun peeked through the clouds Wednesday after nearly a week of snow, S-tracks were etched into several snow-covered runs on Mount Werner and Howelsen Hill. Steamboat reported snowfall of 74 inches this season as of Wednesday afternoon, and with almost two weeks left in the month, the resort could see the snowiest November in 30 years.
The Festival of Trees has had 16 years to grow its roots into the community organizations, nonprofits and businesses of Steamboat Springs. This year, the annual Tread of Pioneers Museum fundraiser is glowing as brightly as ever, with 16 Christmas trees decorated by local groups on display through Monday.
Buzzy Jackson has traced her family history through records, ancient cemeteries and her very own DNA, learning her son’s ancestors had been in America since colonial times. Tonight, Jackson will visit Steamboat Springs and speak at a meeting of Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Genealogy Club, at 7 p.m. in Library Hall.
Snow Bowl hosts 38 athletes Saturday for tournament
Bruce Rule didn’t have words for what it felt like to win the gold medal. He just kissed the medal that hung around his neck and smiled. Every one of the 38 Special Olympics athletes who rolled bowling balls down the lanes of Snow Bowl on Saturday afternoon got one of those medals.
The Nadas have a tour bus that acts as a rolling billboard, but the advertisement isn’t for the band. Instead, the folk rockers wrapped their tour bus with the insignia of the World Bicycle Relief Fund, an international organization that helps provide bikes for underprivileged students in Africa.
Bill Mason loves the smell of candy. He loves the taste of it, too, and he had plenty of opportunities to taste homemade toffee on his first day at a new job with the Steamboat Toffee Co. Mason was the end of a three-person assembly line Friday in a commercial kitchen near Hayden, where he, Rhi Gifford and Melinda Orr learned to measure, package and seal individual samples of toffee.
After just two years as a band and winning the prestigious Telluride Band Contest, The HillBenders have been thrown into a whirlwind of “good things happening.” The band plays at 7:30 p.m. today to kick off the Depot Show Concert Series. Tickets are $15 and are available at All That Jazz, First String Music and at the door.
Coaches Rod Wille, Rod Olinger and the five members of the Routt County 4-H Livestock Judging Team have traveled across the county, practicing with animals on local ranches. They’ve traveled across the state and region to competitions as a team. But today, they’ll leave on their most monumental journey yet.
The Yampa Valley Singers choir will perform “Sorrow to Joy,” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church. Tickets are $10 and available at the door and from chorus members. The repertoire will follow an arc beginning with the stark realities of war, death and destruction, but with each piece, the despair transforms into joy and hope.
There’s not much of a honky-tonk scene in Flint, Mich. In the late 1980s, a young Eric David Allen knew about his grandfather’s vinyl collection and the Gibson J-200 guitar he left behind, but he knew nothing about country stardom in Nashville, Tenn., or Austin, Texas.
Home, car winterizing important to safety during cold months
Winter is making a statement that it might be here to stay. The National Weather Service forecasts cool temperatures and snow all week in the Yampa Valley, and Steamboat Ski Area is expected to open in two weeks. But residents and commuters have more than just a ski tune to worry about.
Polls open until 7 p.m. today across county
About 375 people had voted at the Routt County Courthouse Annex — the polling place for precincts 13 and 14 — by 5 p.m. today. The polls will be open across the county until 7 p.m.
Routt County residents tout voter education for November election
Routt County voters have a multitude of issues facing them on this November’s ballot, from heated local races to state ballot measures that reflect a wide spectrum of political views.
Sisters, literal or figurative, join for second annual event
More than 100 “sisters” joined together this weekend for Sisters in Steamboat, which featured parties, enrichment workshops and discounts at restaurants and shops in Steamboat.
Halfway across the world, there’s a small school in Lesotho filled with more than 150 children in preschool to fourth grade. They have joyous smiles and an eagerness to learn, said Steamboat Homeschool Group mother Laurin Cook, but they are missing vital tools. Donation bins are set up to collect children's book at Bud Werner Memorial Library in the Story-time Room and in the lobby of Excel Gymnastics.
At times, it felt like a Phish show. At times, it was a String Cheese Incident show. But despite the reasons behind the sold-out attendance at the Fourmile Canyon Revival fundraiser, there was no shortage of reminders of why the gathering of legendary jam acts had come to pass.
Friday morning, as a storm loomed in the sky over Yampa, Jody Patten and two volunteers stood on the roof of a trailer, rushing to beat the weather. By the end of today, Routt County Habitat for Humanity expects to have finished at least six projects in its campaign that started last week, according to Patten, Habitat’s executive director.
Through the lens of Routt County organizations and a small, community atmosphere, the Community Cinema series presented by the Bud Werner Memorial Library will examine a large-scale issue each month with the screening of a documentary. The first film of the 2010-11 series, called “Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian,” screens at 6:30 p.m. today in Library Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Torie Christensen’s intolerance to gluten and dairy had all but eliminated her ability to eat the sumptuous baked goods she created alongside her mother and grandmother. But it wasn’t long before the perseverant teenager rose above her limitations. In May, her experiments came to fruition in a cookbook she self-published.
Group members agree that collaboration, detailed information key to effective granting
The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board spent an hour and a half of its monthly meeting Wednesday in an ongoing conversation with Routt County school district officials about the mechanics of its granting process. The goal of the workshop was to streamline the grant application and review process for projects in the Hayden, Steamboat Springs and South Routt school districts.
This year, when a group of women gathers for the second annual Sisters in Steamboat Weekend on Oct. 15, 16, and 17, their involvement in a series of sister bonding events, get-togethers and workshops will also go toward a good cause.
Over coffee cake and tea, the conversations turned to life, children, and politics. Personal issues and moral observations drifted to the ceiling tiles of the Mount Werner room in the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. It was the first coffee break during the 18th annual Literary Sojourn conference, and the words of world-renowned authors had shaken loose deep-seated stories among the 500 guests.
Frank Delaney, who is visiting Steamboat Springs this weekend for the 18th annual Literary Sojourn, will be featured as a guest reader at the inaugural Story-time for Grownups on Monday. The Irish writer, reader and interviewer will read excerpts of his works and short stories he’s written and will tell stories he has yet to put on paper.
For the sixth year, Cowboy singer and songwriter Brenn Hill will return to Steamboat Springs for two fundraisers for the Routt County 4-H Scholarship Foundation. Today at Vista Verde Ranch, Hill will join several guests on a trail ride.
Abraham Rodriguez stood in the Steamboat Art Museum on Thursday in quiet awe. The high school senior, on a field trip with his Advanced Placement art class, was tracing his finger along the pattern of the stitches of one of David Taylor’s art quilts on display at the museum.
A complete list of galleries and other businesses participating in the October First Friday Artwalk happening today.
Teri Rose is not shy about performing. The professional harpist plays at weddings, memorial services and alongside symphony orchestras. But never before has her other passion, watercolor painting, been displayed to the public. Recent Steamboat Springs transplant Rose will show her art at Spill the Beans on 13th Street across from the Depot Art Center.
Electronic artists talk laptops, evolution and a growing scene
Jamie Watts has stood behind his laptop on countless stages. Glowing in the dark, the screen in front of him is a colorful exhibit of equalizers, sine waves, grids and digital dials. The artist is one of three musicians using electronic production methods playing a show at 9 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon.
On Friday, Routt County Habitat for Humanity is launching A Brush With Kindness, a five-day volunteer effort to help community members with exterior home repairs they cannot afford or perform themselves. The program still is looking for volunteers.
K. Saari, Arts Council collaborate on event featuring Ann B. Murphy
Ann Murphy uses the interplay between the peaks and valleys of life to express her lively thoughtfulness through her art. It’s the rise and fall, the moments of fire, passion, heat, and the power of sweetness and beauty that cast light on the darkness everyone experiences. “This is one person’s explorations through life,” Murphy said, gesturing at her recently hung art pieces Wednesday at the Depot Art Center.
The Steamboat Springs Young Professionals Network is offering the opportunity for anyone to enjoy tasty local fare at discounted prices while benefiting youths in Routt County during its second annual Tour de Forks fundraiser.
The Carpenter Ranch house backs up to several acres of straw-colored dead grass and dirt, the blank canvas on which two artists are building their vision to re-create human ties to the history and landscape of the Yampa Valley. Susan Tweit and her husband, Richard Cabe, are part-time artists-in-residence at the ranch.
US Highway 40 to be closed 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday
U.S. Highway 40 in downtown Steamboat will be closed from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights to allow construction crews to grind for inlaid pavement markings.
Since leaving the Sleeping Giant Gallery in early August, local artist Cully Kistler is looking forward to where her life’s passion will go and where it will take her. The plein-air oil painter is showing her art at a nontraditional venue, The Cutting Room, a hair salon on Weiss Drive.
Free Summer Concert Series fundraiser brings in $17,000
It may seem like a lot of money, but the $17,000 raised at a Free Summer Concert Series fundraiser Sept. 12 at Sweetwater Grill is only a small percentage of the series’ annual budget.
When the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs opened its doors in June 2009, no one expected its membership to be more than 900 children strong a little more than a year later. In an effort to invest in those citizens of the future, the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs chose the club as the beneficiary of this year’s Community Barn Dance and Barbecue.
Steve “Lightnin’” Malcolm might be one of the last of his kind. In 1990, a 15-year-old boy from rural Missouri left home with his guitar on his back, hitchhiking his way across the South, playing a little roots blues here and there for a hearty meal and some good company. Few young musicians understand the old ways of the blues man, he said.
When singer-songwriters Patty Larkin and Lucy Kaplansky share a bill, the conversation backstage is just as exciting as the musical exchange onstage, Larkin said. Tonight, they will share the stage at Strings Music Pavilion.
Festivites continue today at Gondola Transit Center
As the noon sun baked the concrete at the Gondola Transit Center, self-proclaimed beer hound Linda Sasenick was just getting warmed up, too. With a 2010 OktoberWest commemorative beer stein in her hand, the woman from Golden sipped on the dark Powdercats Porter, brewed locally at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill.