Stuff by Will Grandbois

  • Locations: Columns Published

    Ps & Qs: Death and Vanity Fair

    What really matters at the end of this life; is it fame? Fortune? The one with the most magazine subscriptions wins? In the end, I think it’s the memories. It comes down to how you make others feel because only through the living does our legacy endure. I like the idea that we’re all in this together and at the end we reconnect in stardust. This thought brings me an easy-going, off-the-hook, peace of mind. Like one of my favorite quotes by Ogden Nash- “There is not a shred of evidence that life is serious.” So, I might as well do what makes me feel accomplished and have a little fun along the way. read more →
  • Locations: News Published

    Good spirits up and down Main Street

    Carbondale’s historic Main Street district has long been the home of a changing roster of bars and restaurants, but these days things are looking a little different as the drinking scene takes on a more social vibe, according to two entrepreneurs working on those changes. With the advent nearly two years ago of the Marble Distilling Company, 150 Main St., and now the pending inauguration of the Roaring Fork Beer Co.’s new tasting room at 358 Main, reportedly to be known as “Batch,” it would appear that the changing nature of Main Street drinking establishments is on the upswing. read more →
  • Locations: News Published

    Dharma Center offers a way of compassion

    The Roaring Fork Valley’s Buddhist practitioners now have a place they can call “home,” sort of, at the Way of Compassion Dharma Center in Carbondale. Located in the Third Street Center, it the first such center to open up in the valley, according to its Spiritual Director, John Bruna (who also goes by a traditional Buddhist name, Jangchub Chophel). In addition, according to the center’s web site (www.wocdc.org), there now is an “app” that practitioners can use “to help us stay connected to the Dharma,” a reference to the teachings of Buddha, known as Dharma. read more →
  • Locations: News Published

    Development plan would be new City Market’s neighbor

    According to Carbondale officials at Town Hall and a private land-use planner working on the Carbondale Marketplace project near the intersection of West Main Street and Highway 133, a proposed new and enlarged City Market store and its related commercial entities still are expected to be built. In addition, according to a consultant involved with the City Market project, the owner of the lot just south of the City Market site along West Main Street has arranged for an open house on June 6 at the Carbondale Town Hall to gather public input about a new development idea in the same part of town. read more →
  • Locations: News Published

    Nicki and Rita, gatekeepers of CMS

    If you’ve been to Carbondale Middle School, chances are you’ve met Nicki and Rita. The school secretaries have been manning the main office for a combined 50 years, and in the process they’ve become almost inseparable. Indeed, it’s not uncommon for folks to mix them up or even combine their names, so we’ll stick with a first name basis here to avoid even more confusion. read more →
  • Locations: News Published

    Pages of the Past: Basalt mayor resigns over radar gun controversy

    June 2, 1977: Basalt Town Hall was in turmoil after the mayor and two town staffers resigned, and most bar owners were upset that the town council had banned minors inside bars for any reason. One bar owner asked whether it would still be okay for her four-year-old daughter to take naps in the bar area. The mayor of three years (plus six as a town council member) cited “personality conflicts” with the other members for resigning. read more →
  • Locations: News Published

    Free park concerts kick off June 11

    Another summer in Carbondale, another monthly series of free concerts in Sopris Park. Starting Sunday, June 11 — and continuing every second Sunday of each month until the program’s Sept. 10 finale — locals and visitors can count on late afternoons of free concerts from 4-7 p.m. “This is an amenity for everyone,” said Marty Silverstein, co-event coordinator with Steve Standiford of Steve’s Guitars fame. Each show features two acts that includes a usually local opener followed by a touring headliner, according to Standiford. read more →
  • Locations: Letters Published

    Crystal Trail Conservancy

    Dear Editor: An advocacy group proposing appropriate and sustainable trail alignment in the Crystal River Valley was formally announced last week at the Crystal Caucus meeting in Redstone. read more →
  • Locations: News Published

    CPAC installs a new year of public art

    The Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC), established 18 years ago, is about to go into its “public” role once again with a celebration of a new round of 15 sculptures erected in “highly visible places around the town,” as stated on its Facebook page. To celebrate the 2017 collection of sculpture, submitted by artists from around Colorado as well as New Mexico, Oregon, and Minnesota, CPAC will hold its annual Art Walk on June 1, as a way of showing off the new group of art pieces to as many members of the public as show up. The Art Walk begins at Town Hall at 5:30 p.m., and culminates with a reception at The Launchpad. read more →
  • Locations: News Published

    New book brings life to Fisher Cemetery

    he names of most cemeteries in these parts tend toward the geographic (Red Butte Cemetery in Aspen or Cedar Hill Cemetery in Gypsum), the idyllic (Sunset View Cemetery in Eagle) or the generic (Evergreen Cemetery in Carbondale). Apparently only one is named after a person or family. It’s Fisher Cemetery at Spring Valley, located a few miles beyond Colorado Mountain College. read more →