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 carbondalearts.com.
• 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).
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.
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
“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.
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.
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).