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Letters, 7/24/13

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Join the Dream Team

Dear Editor:

The Mountain Fair is the fair that it
is because of all the great dreamers that it takes to create it.

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Has it ever crossed your mind to become
part of the great machine that creates this marvel?

You’ve heard of the Mountain Fair
Dream Team — care to join us?

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Certain pieces of the fair come alive
only because someone dreams of them. Five years ago Patty Nadon and I
said to each other “could this become a pedestrian fair?” It’s
taken us six years but we are there!

Other teams keep dreams alive in the
Oasis, on the Gazebo, in the Jam Tent, at the Pie and Cake Contest,
at the caliber of juried art, at the … where would you create your
dream of the fair?

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Many of us have been working on the
fair for years. Is it time for you to step up to the plate and either
give us a hand or take over the leadership?

We know you are out there; we just
haven’t met yet.

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Stop by the Information Booth and say,
“Hey, I want to be on the Mountain Fair Dream Team!” … and let
the magic begin.

Barbara Bush

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In response

Dear Editor:

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I am writing in response to Gina Shaw,
who wrote in to complain about the offensiveness of the Burlesque
Show on July 28-29 at PAC3.

I can only say that yes, some of the
work might offend. Some might make you uncomfortable. But we women of
the Burlesque Show believe that feminine power in it’s rawest form
is often an uncomfortable topic of discussion, and that part of our
mission statement, so to speak, is to bring up those topics for the
community to think about. This is not your typical feather and lace,
easy on the eyes and ears kind of show. Would Carbondale want that
anyway? I hope not.

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Sincerely and sexily,

Ruby Surls

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AKA Mona Mouthfeel

AKA The Phone Operator


Shade’s for

Dear Editor:

I believe that CCAH’s idea to create
a large shaded area in the areas shouldering the Gazebo stage
soundboard at Mountain Fair is absolutely terrific.

As The Sopris Sun has reported, this
year, CCAH has initiated a fee and a lottery system for putting up
individual (10’x10′) shade tents /EZ-Ups for the duration of Mountain
Fair. The fees collected will some day be used to create a massive
shade structure.

I would like naysayers of the idea and
the rest of the community to be aware of an ethic among past, and
hopefully present, shade-tenters: The space in the park belongs to
no single-person, so we believe in sharing our shade with others to
the extent that we can still enjoy it. I hope that all shade-tenters
invite not only their close friends to join them, but also other
fair-goers who look hot and like they might like to enter the shade
and take in some music.

We have entered the lottery for an
EZ-Up site with a handful of other families with young children. We
are hopeful to have a “home base” at Mountain Fair and
grateful to CCAH for arranging the system. For those who feel “left
out” of the shade, I invite you to look for an unoccupied EZ-Up
and get yourself some shade. When the official occupants arrive, you
may just make some new friends. Also, I recommend for you THE
COOLEST place in the park to be: underneath the trees with your feet
in the ditch. That’s where IT’S really at.

Jimmy Byrne


Use it, reduce it

Dear Editor:

We (CORE) participated in the Unified
for Thompson Divide Rally on July 13 and are pleased to say it was an
outstanding event with over 700 attendees. The Community Office for
Resource Efficiency (CORE) works cooperatively with businesses,
individuals, utilities and government entities to create measurable
improvements in energy and water efficiency in order to benefit the
environment and develop a more sustainable economy.

Drilling in Thompson Divide will not
develop a more sustainable economy for the Roaring Fork Valley.
Therefore CORE opposes drilling in the divide and supports the
efforts of the Thompson Divide Coalition to preserve this important
land in our valley. In support of the Thompson Divide Coalition and
as one more way to empower residents and businesses to take action,
CORE partnered with CLEER (Clean Energy Economy for the Region) on
creating the Thompson Divide Energy Pledge, a six-week campaign to
encourage citizens in the valley to reduce their personal energy
consumption so that collectively we can prevent oil and gas
extraction in wild and scenic places like Thompson Divide. We are
doing our part and we call on valley residents to take the Thompson
Divide Energy Pledge and show their support for the protection of
Thompson Divide. Visit to learn more about what you
can do too!

Lucy Emerson-Bell

Outreach Coordinator, CORE

Carbondale and Aspen