Published on Tuesday, October 22 2013 17:25
Few animals evoke Colorado’s rugged and unforgiving mountains like the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. Yet the vertical terrain that keeps sheep safe from predators also limits opportunities for Coloradans to view and appreciate Colorado’s state animal. A happy exception for wildlife watchers is Georgetown, where the Town of Georgetown, the Georgetown Trust and Gateway Visitor Center, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) are finalizing preparations for the 8th Annual Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival. The festival is timed to coincide withRead more: Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival Promises Fall Fun
Published on Thursday, October 17 2013 11:39
Roads Traveled with With Linda L. Osmundson
Fall is in the air. If the wind doesn’t strip the trees of their colorful leaves, clumps of rust, gold, green, and brown will continue to dot the landscape. Fall brings to mind Halloween and other holidays. Decorations of witches, ghosts, cats, and goblins appear in yards and porches in October. They wait toRead more: Fun Ideas For Halloween
Published on Thursday, October 03 2013 18:05
At the time my husband retired from a position that required weekly travel, understandably, he wanted to stay home rather than hit the road again. However, that eventually changed. Now he wants to attend Dixieland Jazz festivals and go on a cruise once a year. This fall and winter we’ll take in three festivals and one cruise. Perhaps you’d like to get away for some toe-tappin’ music. Rates start around $100 for an all-event badge, which admits a person into four to five days of constant entertainment. The music begins each day around 10 a.m., and ends about 11 p.m. You can stay in one venue and see a different band every hour and a half. If you want to consider turning into a festival junkie like us, think about joining us for the trips listed below.
As I write this article, I’m attending the annual Summit Jazz Festival in the Denver area. This small festival brings in some very good Dixieland musicians. We’ve also spent time at festivals in Monterey, Eureka, and Fresno, CA, and Clearwater Beach, FL. This fall we plan to return to our one of our favorite festivals, and try a new one.
October 16 through 20, finds us at our favorite festival, Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree www.SunValleyJazz.com (a fourteen-hour drive). All-Event badges run $135 per person. The grounds, nestled against the mountains of this Idaho ski area, always offer perfect October “between seasons” weather. Many local shops and in nearby Ketchum remain open until the festival ends, and then re-open for the ski season. Trees glisten in shades of red, rust, yellow, and brown. Only once did we experience snow flurries. Warm days and cool nights lend themselves to comfortable walks between venues in the Lodge, Sun Valley Inn, Opera House, Ice Rink, and several smaller locations. Or, we board the free shuttles to other locals. This festival draws the best bands, forty in all, including Titan Hot Seven, High Sierra, Midiri Brothers, Cornet Chop Suey, and Blue Street. Some two hundred musicians perform, with such as guest artists as: Bob Draga, Eve Evans, Tom Hook, and many more. They limit attendance to six thousand. We stay in a condo within walking distance, and save a little by bringing breakfast and lunch items. An entire area near town is devoted to RVs with hookups, and shuttles provide transportation to and from the different venues. Buffets or restaurants offer plenty of excellent food.
To learn more October festival locations check the American Rag Jazz Newspaper’s website at http://www.theamericanrag.com/ComingEvents.htm. This fall and winter you could visit Medford, OR; New Orleans, LA; or Pismo Beach, CA.
November 7 through 10, we try a new location; the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival in Chandler. Friends tell us we’ll love the Crowne Plaza Golf Resort’s venues and the music. Again we’ll hear old musician friends as well as new, great bands, and excellent guest performers like pianist Jason Warner and drummer Danny Coots. All-Event badges cost $95.
Closer to home, consider a weekend at the Colorado Springs Jazz Party www.csjazzparty.org November 1through 3, at the Antlers Hotel. This more expensive event includes four parties, and a black tie dinner. A few of the outstanding special guests are Bill Allred, John Cocuzzi, John Sheridan, and Eddie Erickson.
December finds us aboard Holland America’s MS Statendam for a twelve day Sea of Cortez cruise. The best part of a cruise, besides being pampered by so many crewmembers, is the fact we have our own special entertainment every day. While at sea, the musicians perform for afternoon tea. Then every night of the cruise they play before and after dinner. Jazzdagen http://jazzdagen.com/ invites our group to a private cocktail party and furnishes all travelers with special gifts. We’ve received rain jackets, sweatshirts, umbrellas, toiletry bags, and more. Frequent cruise travelers also get perks from the cruise lines such as onboard credits.
If you enjoy good music, new friends, inexpensive entertainment, and a relaxing atmosphere, consider becoming a Dixieland Jazz festival follower. The best part of being a festival junkie, besides the great music, is the friends made over years of traveling together.
Published on Thursday, September 19 2013 07:51
Every morning whether I need to get up or not, my eyes pop open at 7 a.m. This morning I discovered light rain still clouds the air one week from when the rain started. Like many others I pray for all those devastated by the Colorado floods and those in Lyons surrounded by impassable roads and flooding waters.
Lyons deserves a peace pole. The Youth Art Peace Pole Project aims to create fifty poles in fifty states by the September 21, 2014 International Day of Peace.Read more: May Peace Prevail On Earth
Published on Thursday, September 19 2013 07:28
By Kelly Yelverton
Editor’s Note: Lyons resident Kelly Yelverton recently graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. To celebrate her accomplishment, she and a friend have decided to paddle their sea kayaks on a 1,200-mile journey through the Inside Passage to Alaska. She will be sending updates and photo of her adventure throughout the summer.
The day we left San Juan Island I received some words of advice. “Love the adventure for where it takes you.” This adventure has definitely taken us to someRead more: Paddling To Alaska – Part VIII
Published on Thursday, September 05 2013 04:05
The definition of a retreat is taking time away from ordinary life, withdrawing from everyday concerns, places, and emotions. Writer friends seek a place with no interruptions like phones, family, TV, or even the Internet. They strive for a place to keep their thought processes moving and words flowing.
Where can one go on to get away? Perhaps you settle in an inner sanctum within your home; anRead more: Do You Need A Retreat?
Published on Thursday, August 29 2013 07:39
Ruth and Ken Wright from the Wright Paleohydrological Institute will present the free Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) lecture titled, “Ollantaytambo’s Ancient Water Temple,” at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, September 4, at the University of Colorado’s Museum of Natural History.
The public is invited to join the Wrights as they describe their recent field research at the Incamisana, an ancient temple in Peru’s Sacred Valley thatRead more: Ancient Water Temple
Published on Thursday, August 08 2013 07:41
Editor’s Note: Lyons resident Kelly Yelverton recently graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. To celebrate her accomplishment, she and a friend have decided to paddle their sea kayaks on a 1200-mile journey through the Inside Passage to Alaska. She will be sending updates and photos of her adventure throughout the summer.
Read more: Paddling To Alaska - Part Six
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We made it to Ketchikan on July 21, after having paddled over seven hundred miles in fifty-two days. From our previous campsite we had decided to make the thirty-mile
Published on Thursday, August 01 2013 07:56
A friend said she and her children recently spent four hours at the Longmont Museum’s BUILD! The Amazing World of LEGO exhibit without tiring or getting bored. A fan of the creative toy, from the time our boys were young, I decided to check it out.
I drove to the Longmont Museum at 400 Quail Road. Before I even stepped into the exhibit, I heard happy voices and the shuffling of what I determined must be LEGO bricks. Only a few peopleRead more: BUILD! The Amazing World Of Lego