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Scuttlebutt, 7/18/13

Mountain Fair notes

The Carbondale Mountain Fair is not “just around the corner,” it’s almost here, staring us all in the face with an ear-to-ear smile. The folks at CCAH and fair crew, plus related volunteers, personnel and instigators run a smooth operation over there at Sopris Park and are putting out some last minute messages and reminders as follows:

• The “mother of all drum circles” kicks off the fair in front of the gazebo at 4 p.m. on July 26. Drum-circle founder Laurie Loeb reports she’s in rehab recovering from two herniated discs in her back and will not be able to lead the hundreds of drummers for the first time since starting the circle 16 years ago (“The Year of the Fireball.”) So, Kip Hubbard will take the reins after co-facilitating the circle for the past three years. Bring your own drum if you have one, especially bass drums. A limited number of percussion instruments will be available. Two volunteers are needed from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m., and from 5 to 6 p.m. to unpack and load up equipment. Six volunteers are needed during the drumming to distribute drums and keep them from wandering off.

• The deadline to enter the Shade Structure Lottery is July 21. Folks who want to pitch a tent behind the music-mixing board must first win one of 20 spots in the lottery. For details, go to

• Volunteers are still needed for numerous duties. Sign up for four hours and you receive a Friend of Fair T-shirt. Pick your duty at the Information Booth or go to

• This year a Hula Hoop contest with MC Betty Hoops has been added to a lineup that includes fly-casting, pie and cake baking, horseshoes, limbo, wood splitting (men’s and women’s), mountain bike race and Mt. Sopris Run-off (with a 14 miler and 4 miler).

• Sneak previews: Look for the Magicoricle Zoope Troupe creating performance art throughout the fair. On the music front, the multi-cultural lineup includes the Cambodian Space Project, Native Gospel, Paa Kow’s By All Means Band (Saturday night) and Sonora Dinamitas (Sunday night).

Off to the CrossFit games

Robbie Davis is off to the CrossFit World Games in Carson, California, on July 22-28. He’ll be competing in the Masters division for athletes 40-45 years old. Davis owns Bonedale CrossFit. He finished 19th in the Open Division in last year’s Southwest Regional. CrossFit workouts focus on using all facets of the body. In competition, participants are judged by the volume and quality of their repetitions.

Wyly news

The Wyly Community Art Center in Basalt has announced that executive director Carlyle Kyzer is leaving the organization to pursue new opportunities in the field of non-profit development.

“She has been a leader in getting the Wyly to a stable and strong financial and programmatic position,” said a Wyly spokesman. “During her tenure, the Wyly instituted a National Council and successfully pursued new grant opportunities for the organization. Carlyle has also overseen the integration of the Wyly into its new facility.”

Located downtown in the old Basalt library building, attendance at Wyly exhibitions and events increased dramatically in 2012.

Board member Jay Magidson is acting as interim director of the center. He is a long time art gallery owner.

GCSO members excel

Four members of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office recently teamed with members of the Arapahoe and Adams county sheriff’s offices to take first place in rifle synchronization movements at the recent Honor Guard Academy competition in Arvada. The Garfield County representatives were Brandon Locklear, Brian Griffin, Matthew Graham and Ryan Melody. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Honor Guard assists with funerals, parades and other events as requested, according to a press release.

They say it’s your birthday

Birthday greetings go out to: Jacque Whitsitt, Laurel Sheehan and Heidi Paul (July 18); Edgar Reyna (July 19); Ernie Kollar (July 21); Jessica Kollar (July 22); Jeff Wadley and Ruth Frey (July 23); and Mark Von Hagke (July 24). Belated greetings go out to Ian Bays (July 13), and Tony Spires and Sarah Tornare (July 16).