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Coming in August: Theatrical concert evolves out of interviews of the East Troublesome Fire

“Wild Fire” is a theatrical concert following the lives of eight people in Grand County that will be performed one night each at four outdoor venues in Denver, Dillon, Winter Park and Grand Junction this August.
Courtesy DCPA

If Jessica Kahkoska had pitched her theatrical concert about the East Troublesome Fire in 2019, she thinks it would have been too unbelievable.

The idea of a megafire breaking out during a pandemic would have been a stretch — until it actually happened in Grand County.

“Wild Fire,” written by Kahkoska and directed by Chris Coleman, follows the lives of eight people through the devastating week surrounding the East Troublesome Fire in Grand County.

“This project was built out of a desire to respond and to hold space for what I believe is probably one of the biggest things on Colorado peoples’ minds, which is wildfire,” Kahkoska said.

The story was inspired by real testimony from more than 30 interviews, recorded as part of History Colorado’s Museum of Memory Initiative.

Kahkoska is a Colorado playwright who has spent the last nine months researching and writing this theatrical concert. She also has personal experience dealing with wildfires after the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire raced toward her and her family in Colorado Springs.

“I think it completely rocked my world,” Kahkoska said of the Waldo Canyon Fire. “It completely shifted my worldview. It’s a grief that, obviously, I’ve been thinking about a lot more in the last nine months, but it’s just a perpetual loss even when it’s something that’s resolved in some capacity.”

The show follows a fire marshal, park ranger, reporter, rancher and other evacuated residents through the momentous week. To help tell the story, the show includes a folk score performed by the “Wild Fire” cast and written by Colorado artists Cary Morin, Chimney Choir, Daniel Rodriguez, Elephant Revival, Gregory Alan Isakov, and SHEL.

For Coleman, the show highlights the horror and loss that happened that night, but also the community ties that grew stronger through the ordeal.

“I really hope that (the audiences) feel a sense of the incredible resilience and the incredible sense of community that emerged when people needed to help each other out,” Coleman said. “That is the truly moving part of it, the unbelievable heroism of regular people in this state.”

The show was commissioned by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts but will be performed across the state. There will be four shows, each at a different location, including one in Grand County. They will be:

• 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at Levitt Pavilion Denver;

• 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Dillon Amphitheater;

• 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Rendezvous Event Center at Hideaway Park in Winter Park;

• 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park in Grand Junction.

Tickets go on sale June 23, starting at $30 each. A portion of sales will go toward the Grand Foundation’s Wildfire Emergency Fund. Up to 1,500 free tickets will be available to firefighters across the four performances, which will be distributed via lottery.

Coleman explained that because the concert will be performed at outdoor venues across the state and was developed over a relatively short period of time, “Wild Fire” is different from anything the DCPA has attempted before.

For people who lived through the East Troublesome Fire, Kahkoska hopes the show gives voice to both the hurt caused by the fire along with the closeness the community gained from it.

“It’s also difficult to quantify the loss of 200,000 acres or a house or a trail that you love,” Kahkoska said. “I hope that this piece can offer an opportunity for that loss to be named a little bit.”

For those less knowledgeable about the East Troublesome Fire, Coleman hopes the story brings some mindfulness about the far-reaching consequences of this event.

“One of the things for me that the piece revealed is that the destruction from this wasn’t cleaned up and restored over night,” Coleman said. “It’s going to be years, years before it’s fully restored. Families are still trying to stand back up from the impact of it. That was something that was not at all on my awareness. I hope that it raises some awareness on that front.”

In addition to the four performances, DCPA is partnering with History Colorado to host two memory workshops on June 19 and June 29 as part of History Colorado’s Museum of Memory Initiative. Participants in the workshops are invited to contribute their lived experiences with wildfires to Colorado’s official historic record and hear the stories of others.

Learn more about the events at www.historycolorado.org/events or submit personal stories of living with wildfire through an online form. For more information on “Wild Fire,” go to www.denvercenter.org/wildfire.

What’s up this week in Grand

Participants in the 7 years old and under sack race jump down the course during kids activities during the 45th Annual Hot Sulphur Days in Hot Sulphur Springs.
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Look out for these upcoming events this week in Grand County. For more, go to the Community Calendar.

Friday, June 11

Kids Workshops: Culinary or Art — 9-11 a.m. at Headwaters Center in Winter Park. Suggested ages are 5-15. Limit 11 children per workshop and mask are required. The cost is $20 per child, per workshop. Activities include a culinary session from 9-10 a.m. and a foam printmaking art session from 10-11 a.m. For more, www.headwatersriverjourney.com.

Aviation Museum — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Granby/Grand County Airport. The Grand County Historical Association Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum is open free to visitors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. For more, www.GrandCountyHistory.org.

Panthers baseball vs. Steamboat Springs — 4 p.m. at Middle Park High School.

Destruction on KTown — 5-10 p.m. at the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo Grounds in Kremmling. Monster truck rally hosted by Monster Truck Racing League. Gates open at 5 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets available at middleparkfairandrodeo.com. GA is $15 pre-purchased and $20 at the door, while VIP is $25 pre-purchased and $30 at the door.

Hot Sulphur Days — 6 p.m at Hot Sulphur Springs Town Hall. The day’s events include a kids carnival, food concessions and pie baking contest and sale. For more, www.hotsulphurdays.com.

Celebrate Recovery — 6:45 p.m. at Grand River Assembly Church. Fellowship begins at 6 p.m. before the weekly meeting. For more, 970-887-9784.

Saturday, June 12

Hot Sulphur Days — All day in Hot Sulphur Springs. The day’s events include a flag ceremony, pancake breakfast, parade, BBQ lunch, kids games and fireworks at dark. For more, www.hotsulphurdays.com.

Women’s Basics of Pistol Shooting — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crooked Creek Trap Club. Join Granby Rec and the Crooked Creek Trap Club for a pistol shooting class specifically for women. The cost is $125. Guns and ammo are provided. Ear and eye protection are required, and some will be available at class. Participants need a hat with a brim, like a baseball cap. No low cut tops. Register by calling 970-887-3961.

Fire Cleanup Day — 9:30 a.m. at Grand Lake Town Pavillion. Help neighbors clear lots damaged by the East Troublesome Fire. Volunteers are asked to register online in advance at www.etfadoptafamily.com. If you need help clearing your lot, email Shannon Schliep at shannon.schliep@gmail.com.

Wood chipping day — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Grand Lake across from Trail Ridge Marina, 12669 US Highway 34. See what materials will be accepted bewildfireready.org/community-chipping-days. Call the Grand County Wildfire Council with questions at 970-627-7121.

Destruction on KTown — 1 p.m. at the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo Grounds in Kremmling. Monster truck rally hosted by Monster Truck Racing League. Gates open at 1 p.m., with the show starting at 3 p.m. Tickets available at middleparkfairandrodeo.com. GA is $15 pre-purchased and $20 at the door, while VIP is $25 pre-purchased and $30 at the door.

Panthers soccer vs. Bennett — 1 p.m. at Middle Park High School.

Astronomy Club — 7 p.m. at Granby Library. Join the Grand County Astronomy Club for “Astrophotography: Why Take Photos of the Night Sky?”

Granby Rodeo — 7 p.m. at Flying Heels Arena featuring Mini Broncs and 5280’s Trick Team. Junior rodeo starts at 2 p.m. For more, GranbyRodeo.com.

Sunday, June 13

Hot Sulphur Days — All day in Hot Sulphur Springs. The day’s events include church in the park and softball games. For more, www.hotsulphurdays.com.

Monday, June 14

Summer Cheer and Dance Camp — 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Granby Community Building. This is the first day of a three day camp (June 14, 15 and 16) with Granby Rec and Coach Hali Weimerskirch for kids to learn cheers, jumps, tumbling, stunts and a hip-hop dance. All kids ages 3 and up are welcome. The cost is $60. For more, call 970-887-3961 or register at granbyrec.activityreg.com.

Tuesday, June 15

Roadmap to Recovery: Survivor to Survivor Forum — 8 p.m. online. Trained volunteers with personal experience recovering from wildlifers will share tips for loss recovery and coping with insurance claims. Register at www.uphelp.org/events.

Wednesday, June 16

Teen Trip: Elitch Gardens — 8 a.m. at Granby Elementary. Granby Recreation is offering teen trips throughout the summer. Group meets at 8 a.m. at Granby Elementary and will return by 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 970-887-3961.

Mountain Family Center Mobile Food Pantry — 10-11 a.m. at Granby Jones, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Granby Senior Housing in Granby and 1-2 p.m. at Soda Springs Fire Station and 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Community Center in Grand Lake. The mobile food pantry will come with fresh produce, dairy and groceries. This is a free community resource that rolls out to different stops in the county on Wednesdays.

Granby Farmers Market — 5-7 p.m. at the parking lots between Debbie’s Drive In and Country Ace Hardware. A one-stop shopping experience showcasing the bounty of Granby and surrounding areas takes place every other Wednesday through Sept. 8.

Thursday, June 17

Fraser Community Cleanup Day — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lion’s Ponds. Join anytime to help clean up the town. All participants will receive a “Leaving Planet Earth” koozie.

Wolf Park Music Series — 6-8 p.m. at Wolf Park. Donation based concert event featuring Joe Rooyakers and the Ice Box Sound. Bring your own chairs, blankets and food. Parking limited.

Summer Kick Off Party — 7-9:30 p.m. at the Granby Soccer Dome. Bring the whole family out for a fun evening of free hot dogs, music, a bounce house, games, volleyball and blacklight dodgeball sponsored by Granby’s recreation and police departments. No registration required.

Friday, June 18

Kremmling Days — 5 p.m. at Town Park. Live music, beer garden, kids zone and community BBQ.

Rotary Bingo in the Park — 7:30-9 p.m. at Louie Heckert Pavillion. Fun for the whole family!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Opening Night — Tickets for the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre show available at www.RockyMountainRep.com

Saturday, June 19

Kremmling Days — 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Town Park. Pancake breakfast, Mustang Mile, parade, fireman’s games, cliff golf, beer garden, kids zone and live music.

Winter Park Resort opening day — Winter Park Resort and Trestle Bike Park open for the summer season. Activities at the base will include the alpine slide, e-bike tours, the mini-golf course, scenic gondola rides and mountaintop guided hiking tours. For more, www.PlayWinterPark.com.

Granby Rodeo — 7 p.m. at Flying Heels Arena featuring a motorcycle barrel race, the 5280’s Trick Team and Mini Broncs. Junior rodeo begins at 2 p.m. For more, GranbyRodeo.com.

Rotary Bingo in the Park — 7:30-9 p.m. at Louie Heckert Pavillion in Grand Lake.

Sunday, June 20

Kremmling Days — 10 a.m. Community church service at Town Park.

Granby Ranch announces free summer music series

Ghost of Paul Revere will kick off the newly announced Rocky Mountain Music Series on July 4 at Granby Ranch.
Courtesy Granby Ranch

Granby Ranch has scheduled an all-new, family friendly festival with three confirmed artists planned this summer across three dates.

The Rocky Mountain Music Series at Granby Ranch will feature national acts from the “New Outlaw” and “Americana” music genres, according to an announcement from the ski and golf resort.

“We’re really excited to bring this style of music to the area,” said Andy Wirth, CEO and founder of Ridgeline Executive Group, which manages Granby Ranch.

The festivals will be free to the public and feature a variety of family activities and dining options at the Granby Ranch ski resort base.

The festival will kick off July 4 with Ghost of Paul Revere, a trio from Maine with a dynamic distillation of folk, bluegrass, rock and alternative. Rising Appalachia will follow on July 24 bringing sisters Leah and Chloe Smith’s blend of folk, world and urban music.

The last announced performance will be Aug. 13 featuring Paul Cauthen, who blends old-school country and gritty soul with 70’s funk and gospel.

All performances will be in the early evening with additional details to follow. Wirth added that the event will truly be a festival and not just a concert, with a number of family-friendly activities planned to go with the acts.

Wirth said that more events will be announced through the summer and fall at Granby Ranch.

“This is the first of what will be many announcements and initiatives to support and bolster this effort to bring new life and energy to Granby Ranch,” Wirth added.

What’s up this week in Grand

Look out for these upcoming events this week in Grand County. For more, go to the Community Calendar.

Friday, June 4

Aviation Museum — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Granby/Grand County Airport. The Grand County Historical Association Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum will open for free to visitors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday beginning June 4. For more, www.GrandCountyHistory.org.

Tree and WildFlower Seed Fundraiser — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Granby Play Days Preschool, 149 First St., in Granby. Fundraiser benefits Granby Play Days Preschool.

First Friday Art Walk — 5-8 p.m. at Uptripping in Winter Park. A free community event with live music, food and drinks.

Ring of Fire Opening Night — Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents its first show since COVID-19. Get tickets at rockymountainrep.com.

Saturday, June 5

Tree and WildFlower Seed Fundraiser — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Granby Play Days Preschool, 149 First St. in Granby. Fundraiser benefits Granby Play Days Preschool.

Panthers soccer vs. The Academy — 1 p.m. at Middle Park High School.

Granby Rodeo opening day — 7 p.m. at Flying Heels Arena. Kick off rodeo season featuring 5280’s Trick and Fancy Riding Team. Shows continue every Saturday night through July 31. Junior rodeo starts as 2 p.m.

Sunday, June 6

Fraser Resident Tree Give-a-Way — 1-3 p.m. at Fraser Town Hall. First come, first served. One tree available per address with proof of residency. Available this year are No. 5 sized “Schubert” chokecherry and blue spruce.

Monday, June 7

Gardening Day — 10 a.m. at Pioneer Village Museum. Join Pioneer Village as they plant fresh flowers around the museum. This is a community event and is open to everyone. To learn more email shanna@grandcountyhistory.org or call 970-725-3939

Tuesday, June 8

Vaccine Clinic — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Inn at Silver Creek, Granby. Schedule an appointment at www.MiddleParkHealth.org/covid-19-vaccine/.

Wednesday, June 9

Mountain Family Center Mobile Food Pantry — 10-11 a.m. River Ranch, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Silver Spruce and 1-2 p.m. at MFC in Kremmling..

Roadmap to Recovery: Strategies for Settling — 5:30 p.m. online. United Policyholders is a nonprofit that assists disaster survivors through the insurance claims and recovery process. This webinar will cover breaking loss valuation and insurance related logjams, knowing and asserting your rights, getting to the insurance company decision maker, and using leverage and negotiating a fair outcome. Register at www.uphelp.org/june9.

Thursday, June 10

Community Gardens Application Deadline — Grand County Community Gardens is accepting applications through June 10 for community gardens beds in Fraser, Granby, Hot Sulphur, and Kremmling. For more, go to www.GrandCommunityGardens.org.

Vaccine Clinic — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CSU Extension Hall, Kremmling Fairgrounds. Schedule an appointment at www.MiddleParkHealth.org/covid-19-vaccine/.

Wolf Park Music Series — 6-8 p.m. at Wolf Park. Donation based concert event featuring Peggy Mann. Bring your own chairs, blankets and food. Parking limited.

Friday, June 11

Hot Sulphur Days — 6 p.m at Hot Sulphur Springs Town Hall. The day’s events include a kids carnival, food concessions and pie baking contest and sale. For more, www.hotsulphurdays.com.

Panthers baseball vs. Steamboat Springs — 4 p.m. at Middle Park High School.

Destruction on KTown — 5-10 p.m. at the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo Grounds in Kremmling. Monster truck rally hosted by Monster Truck Racing League. Gates open at 5 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets available at middleparkfairandrodeo.com. GA is $15 pre-purchased and $20 at the door, while VIP is $25 pre-purchased and $30 at the door.

Saturday, June 12

Hot Sulphur Days — All day. The day’s events include a flag ceremony, pancake breakfast, Texas Charlie Reenactment, parade, BBQ lunch, kids games and fireworks at dark. For more, www.hotsulphurdays.com.

Women’s Basics of Pistol Shooting — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crooked Creek Trap Club. Join Granby Rec and the Crooked Creek Trap Club for a pistol shooting class specifically for women. The cost is $125. Guns and ammo are provided. Ear and eye protection are required, and some will be available at class. Participants need a hat with a brim, like a baseball cap. No low cut tops. Register by calling 970-887-3961.

Wood chipping day — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Grand Lake across from Trail Ridge Marina, 12669 US Highway 34. See what materials will be accepted bewildfireready.org/community-chipping-days. Call the Grand County Wildfire Council with questions at 970-627-7121.

Fire Cleanup Day — 9:30 a.m. at Grand Lake Town Pavillion. Help neighbors clear lots damaged by the East Troublesome Fire. Volunteers are asked to register online in advance at www.etfadoptafamily.com. If you need help clearing your lot, email Shannon Schliep at shannon.schliep@gmail.com.

Destruction on KTown — 1 p.m. at the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo Grounds in Kremmling. Monster truck rally hosted by Monster Truck Racing League. Gates open at 1 p.m., with the show starting at 3 p.m. Tickets available at middleparkfairandrodeo.com. GA is $15 pre-purchased and $20 at the door, while VIP is $25 pre-purchased and $30 at the door.

Panthers soccer vs. Bennett — 1 p.m. at Middle Park High School.

Astronomy Club — 7 p.m. at Granby Library. Join the Grand County Astronomy Club for “Astrophotography: Why Take Photos of the Night Sky?”

Granby Rodeo — 7 p.m. at Flying Heels Arena featuring Mini Broncs and 5280’s Trick Team. Junior rodeo starts at 2 p.m.

Sunday, June 13

Hot Sulphur Days — All day. The day’s events include church in the park and softball games. For more, www.hotsulphurdays.com.

Monday, June 14

Summer Cheer and Dance Camp — 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Granby Community Building. This is the first day of a three day camp (June 14, 15 and 16) with Granby Rec and Coach Hali Weimerskirch for kids to learn cheers, jumps, tumbling, stunts and a hip-hop dance. All kids ages 3 and up are welcome. The cost is $60. For more, call 970-887-3961 or register at granbyrec.activityreg.com.

Tuesday, June 15

Roadmap to Recovery: Survivor to Survivor Forum — 8 p.m. online. Trained volunteers with personal experience recovering from wildlifers will share tips for loss recovery and coping with insurance claims. Register at www.uphelp.org/events.

Wednesday, June 16

Mountain Family Center Mobile Food Pantry — 10-11 a.m. at Granby Jones, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Granby Senior Housing in Granby and 1-2 p.m. at Soda Springs Fire Station and 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Community Center in Grand Lake. The mobile food pantry will come with fresh produce, dairy and groceries. This is a free community resource that rolls out to different stops in the county on Wednesdays.

Granby Farmers Market — 5-7 p.m. at the parking lots between Debbie’s Drive In and Country Ace Hardware. A one-stop shopping experience showcasing the bounty of Granby and surrounding areas takes place every other Wednesday through Sept. 8.

What’s up this week in Grand

Look out for these upcoming events this week in Grand County. For more, go to the Community Calendar.

Friday, May 28

Community Art Project — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 400 E Agate Ave. Join the Granby Public Art Committee to decorate the construction fencing at the Granby Station development. The theme will be purple mountains in honor of the Panther graduates.

Panthers soccer vs. Moffat County — 4 p.m. at Middle Park High School.

Panthers baseball vs. Battle Mountain — 4 p.m. at Middle Park High School.

Celebrate Recovery — 6:45 p.m. at Grand River Assembly Church. Fellowship begins at 6 p.m. before the weekly meeting. For more, 970-887-9784.

Granby Co-ed Adult Softball Registration Deadline — Play will run June 7 through mid-August. The league plans to play double-headers under the lights on Mondays. Interested teams and individuals looking for teams must register by calling Granby Rec at 970-887-3961. The fee is $450 per team. There is also field space available for team practices by calling Granby Rec.

Saturday, May 29

Middle Park Graduation — 10 a.m. at Middle Park High School. Following a ceremony for grads and their families, students will parade through Granby on the backs of convertibles starting at about 11 a.m. The community is encouraged to celebrate the parade through town.

West Grand Graduation — 10 a.m. at West Grand High School. Following the senior slideshows, the graduation ceremony will take place at the football field with all welcome to join in the celebration. The ceremony will conclude with a parade down US Highway 40 starting around noon.

Memorial Day Honor Guard — 10 a.m. at Hot Sulphur Springs Cemetery. The American Legion Post 88 will place Memorial Day grave flags, followed by Memorial Day Honor Guard Ceremony. Following the event, the post will travel to the Granby Cemetery to place Memorial Day grave flags and conduct a Memorial Day Honor Guard Ceremony.

Monday, May 31

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony — 10 a.m. down Grand Avenue in Grand Lake. The parade includes veterans, service groups, horses, and more. A ceremony will commence immediately following the parade with a special service honoring veterans in Grand Lake’s Town Park. Masks and social distancing encouraged.

Tuesday, June 1

Vaccine Clinic — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Inn at Silver Creek, Granby. Schedule an appointment at www.MiddleParkHealth.org/covid-19-vaccine/.

Wednesday, June 2

Community Clean-Up Day — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Winter Park. Meet at the Hideaway Park Pavilion to get trash bags and gloves before cleaning up the town. Come anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Participants will be entered to win one of two $50 gift cards to a local business of their choice. Plus, get free swag.

Panthers baseball vs. Bennett — 4 p.m. at Middle Park High School.

Mountain Family Center Mobile Food Pantry — 10-11 a.m. at Fox Run Apartments, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Wapiti Meadows and 1-2 p.m. at Fraser Historic Church in Fraser. The mobile food pantry will come with fresh produce, dairy and groceries. This is a free community resource that rolls out to different stops in the county on Wednesdays.

Thursday, June 3

Vaccine Clinic — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CSU Extension Hall, Kremmling Fairgrounds. Schedule an appointment at www.MiddleParkHealth.org/covid-19-vaccine/.

Panthers soccer vs. Vail Christian — Time TBA at Middle Park High School.

Wolf Park Music Series — 6-8 p.m. at Wolf Park. Donation based concert event featuring Tara Rose and the Real Deal. Bring your own chairs, blankets and food. Parking limited.

Friday, June 4

Ring of Fire Opening Night — Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents its first show since COVID-19. Get tickets at rockymountainrep.com.

First Friday Art Walk — 5-8 p.m. at Uptripping in Winter Park. A free community event with live music, food and drinks.

Aviation Museum — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Granby/Grand County Airport. The Grand County Historical Association Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum will open for free to visitors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday beginning June 4. For more, www.GrandCountyHistory.org.

Saturday, June 5

Panthers soccer vs. The Academy — 1 p.m. at Middle Park High School.

Granby Rodeo opening day — 7 p.m. at Flying Heels Arena. Kick off rodeo season featuring 5280’s Trick and Fancy Riding Team. Shows continue every Saturday night through July 31. Junior rodeo starts as 2 p.m.

Sunday, June 6

Fraser Resident Tree Give-a-Way — 1-3 p.m. at Fraser Town Hall. First come, first served. One tree available per address with proof of residency. Available this year are No. 5 sized “Schubert” chokecherry and blue spruce.

Jazz Fest lineup announced

Legendary girl group En Vogue is headlining the Winter Park Jazz Festival on July 18 at the Rendezvous Event Center.
Courtesy WPFCC

R&B legends Bell Biv DeVoe and En Vogue will headline the 38th annual Jazz Festival this July in Winter Park.

The Winter Park Fraser Chamber released the lineup on Wednesday for the two-day music festival. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 17-18 at the Rendezvous Event Center. Gates open at 10 a.m.

In addition to headliner Bell Biv DeVoe, Saturday’s lineup includes Damien Escobar, Peter White, Elan Trotman’s Marvin Gaye tribute with Larry Braggs and Julian Vaughn.

On Sunday, musicians include RnR: Rick Braun and Richard Elliot, the Family Stone, Avery*Sunshine and DOTSERO, with En Vogue wrapping up the festival.

“We strive to build a program that is a mix of jazz favorites, well-established musical acts, and new musicians,” Chamber Director Catherine Ross said. “I’m not sure who is more excited, us or the artists or the fans. The artists can’t wait to get here and get back in front of our legendary crowds.”

R&B masters Bell Biv DeVoe will headline Winter Park's Jazz Festival on July 17 at the Rendezvous Event Center. Tickets are on sale now at playwinterpark.com.
Courtesy WPFCC

Bell Biv DeVoe has been mixing R&B with soul and hip-hop for over 25 years and over 20 million albums sold. The group has been recognized by the American Music Awards and Soul Train Music Awards. Their most recent album came out in 2017.

Known for singles like “Free Your Mind” and “Hold On,” En Vogue is an iconic pop and R&B group formed in 1989. The ladies group has been Grammy nominated seven times, with over 30 million records sold. En Vogue has received numerous awards in the American Music Awards, the Soul Train Awards and the MTV Music Awards. Their most recent album came out in 2018.

Tickets are on sale at PlayWinterPark.com for $60 for general admission, $80 for VIP seating and $30 extra for an Express Pass, which allows attendees to skip the line with early admission and a separate entrance. Prices go up on June 1.

Jazz Fest is one of the most popular summer events in Winter Park and the chamber notes it has a history of selling out.

With Jazz Fest kicking off Winter Park’s music festival lineup, the chamber has announced over 200 events on the summer calendar this year, including other festivals like Blues from the Top and Solshine. More information is available at playwinterpark.com/experience-events.

What’s up this week in Grand

Courtesy Brian Garcia, Grand Lake

Look out for these upcoming events this week in Grand County. For more, go to the Community Calendar. https://www.skyhinews.com/explore-grand/calendar/#!/

Friday, May 21

Bike Park Volunteer Day — 2-7 p.m. at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex. Help get the jumps and newly rebuilt pumptrack ready for summer. Bring your own shovel.

Celebrate Recovery — 6:45 p.m. at Grand River Assembly Church. Fellowship begins at 6 p.m. before the weekly meeting. For more, 970-887-9784.

Saturday, May 22

Vaccine clinic — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Middle Park High School. Registration required at www.co.grand.co.us/vaccine.

Hunter Education Class — 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the CSU Extension Hall in Kremmling. The two-day class will be taught by Colorado Parks and Wildlife instructors Merle and Thekla Schultz. Participants will receive a hunter education card needed for a state hunting license. Participants must attend both the Saturday and Sunday classes to get their card. Register at cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/HE-Traditional-Classes.aspx.

EMS Week Community Open House — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Granby Grand EMS Station, 81 W. Agate Ave. See a hands-on demonstration with EMTs and paramedics, touch a truck, and get a tour of the station along with free hot dogs and goodie bags for kids.

Book Talk — 4 p.m. at Granby Library. The Grand County Community of Writers is hosting a conversation with Granby local Martin Smith about his new nonfiction book “Going to Trinidad.”

Wood chipping day — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Park Fire Station located at 31 CR 1935, Kremmling. See what materials will be accepted bewildfireready.org/community-chipping-days. Call the Grand County Wildfire Council with questions at 970-627-7121.

Sunday, May 23

Hunter Education Class — 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the CSU Extension Hall in Kremmling. The two-day class will be taught by Colorado Parks and Wildlife instructors Merle and Thekla Schultz. Participants will receive a hunter education card needed for a state hunting license. Participants must attend both the Saturday and Sunday classes to get their card. Register at cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/HE-Traditional-Classes.aspx.

Monday, May 24

Vaccine Clinic — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at former Grand County Human Services Building in Hot Sulphur Springs. Registration required at www.co.grand.co.us/vaccine.

East Troublesome Fire Community Meeting — 6 p.m. at River Run RV Resort. Grand County emergency responders will provide information regarding the events that led up to the mega-fire as well as post-fire lessons learned. Pre-registration required for in person attendance by emailing rthackston@suncommunities.com with name, phone number and number in party. Links to submit questions and to watch the meeting online are available at https://bit.ly/3eDoLj7.

Panthers baseball vs. Sheridan — 3 p.m. at Middle Park High School.

Wednesday, May 26

Chamber Chat — 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Zoom. Join the Winter Park and Fraser Chamber for updates and group sharing regarding important topics in the community. This is a recurring event. For more, www.playwinterpark.com/events/chamber-chat.

Mountain Family Center Mobile Food Pantry — 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Hot Sulphur Springs Library. The mobile food pantry will come with fresh produce, dairy and groceries. This is a free community resource that rolls out to different stops in the county on Wednesdays.

Panthers soccer vs. Bruce Randolph — 4 p.m. at Middle Park High School.

Responsible Alcohol Vendor Class — 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Headwaters Center. Free class limited to the first 60 participants who arrive to earn a three-year alcohol vendor certification. This class is intended for anyone who serves alcohol to the public. For questions, contact Officer Malchow with the Winter Park Police Department at 970-722-7779, ext. 110, or jmalchow@wpgov.com.

Roadmap to Recovery Q&A — 5:30 p.m. online. United Policyholders staff and experts will answer presubmitted and frequently asked questions. Register at www.uphelp.org/may26. Submit questions at www.uphelp.org/r2rhelp_co.

Thursday, May 27

Vaccine Clinic — 4-8 p.m. at Grand Fire Station in Granby. Registration required at www.co.grand.co.us/vaccine.

Colorado State of the River — 6-7:30 p.m. Hosted by the Colorado River District, the webinar will discuss how last year’s intense wildfire season has impacted our water supplies and how to prepare for the impacts of post-fire floods. The webinar is free, but registration is required. Register online at bit.ly/COsor2021.

Friday, May 28

Granby Co-ed Adult Softball Registration Deadline — Play will run June 7 through mid-August. The league plans to play double-headers under the lights on Mondays. Interested teams and individuals looking for teams must register by calling Granby Rec at 970-887-3961. The fee is $450 per team. There is also field space available for team practices by calling Granby Rec.

Panthers soccer vs. Moffat County — 4 p.m. at Middle Park High School.

Panthers baseball vs. Battle Mountain — 4 p.m. at Middle Park High School.

Saturday, May 29

Middle Park Graduation — 10 a.m. at Middle Park High School. Following a ceremony for grads and their families, students will parade through Granby on the backs of convertables. The community is encouraged to celebrate the parade with a route to be announced.

West Grand Graduation — 10 a.m. at West Grand High School. Following the senior slideshows, the graduation ceremony will take place at the football field with all welcome to join in the celebration. The ceremony will conclude with a parade down US Highway 40 starting around noon.

Wolf Park concerts to feature local artists

A new concert series benefiting local musicians will kick-off the summer event season on Thursdays in June at Wolf Park.

On Tuesday, the Winter Park Town Council approved a special event permit for the Wolf Park Local Music Series hosted by KFFR 88.3 and Fraser Valley Community Media. The concerts will be from 6-8 p.m. from June 3-24.

Event organizer Joanna Goodman said the concerts will be donation based to support whichever band or musician is playing that night.

“We want to support these musicians that haven’t been able to really play for the past year,” Goodman said.

The lineup includes Tara Rose and the Real Deal on June 3; Peggy Mann on June 10; Joe Rooyakers and the Ice Box Sound on June 17; and Tone and the Vibe on June 24.

Attendees should plan to bring their own chairs, blankets and food. Goodman added that parking will be limited at Wolf Park and encouraged attendees to walk, bike or take the Lift.

In other business:

• Council approved the second reading of an ordinance to amend the Hideaway Junction final development plan. The amendments eliminate side/rear setbacks and allow for 80% lot coverage.

• The first reading of an ordinance to amend the Winter Park Preserve final development plan was approved. The amendments add roof eaves in open space calculations, allow covered decks and cantilevered building elements to extend five feet into the front yard setback, and increase building height to 42 feet.

• Kona Ice had its special use permit approved to set up in town through October.

 

Summer events return in Grand

The Winter Park Fraser Chamber of Commerce announced a full summer lineup of events starting in July.

Returning popular events include High Note Thursdays, the Alpine Art Affair, Jazz Festival, Uncorked, Beer Festival, Fraser Mural Festival, Blues from the Top, Solshine and Fall Fest.

In addition, the chamber added new events including the Full Buck Moon Run, another August Full Moon celebration, a smaller summer concert and a wildfire benefit concert.

Partnering with Fraser Valley Arts, new art offerings have been added to the calendar in addition to the mural festival. Closing out the summer will be the Plein Air festival from Sept. 6-12 and ArtOber Festival from Sept. 17-19. Throughout the season the Fraser River Trail will feature art for the Winter Park Art Trail.

For more information and the complete lineup, go to playwinterpark.com/events.

 

What’s up this week in Grand

Look out for these upcoming events this week in Grand County. For more, go to the Community Calendar.

Friday, May 14

Vaccine Clinic — 4-8 p.m. at Winter Park Town Hall. Registration required at www.co.grand.co.us/vaccine.

Saturday, May 15

Celebration of Life, Dedication ceremony — 4:30 p.m. West Grand High School is hosting a celebration of life for Mike Wilson, a former West Grand teacher and photographer for the Grand Gazette, on the school’s football field. In addition, the school will also be dedicating the observatory in Wilson’s name and offering free star gazing to the public.

Monday, May 17

Vaccine Clinic — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at former Grand County Human Services Building in Hot Sulphur Springs. Registration required at www.co.grand.co.us/vaccine.

Tuesday, May 18

Vaccine Clinic — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Inn at Silver Creek, Granby. Schedule an appointment at www.MiddleParkHealth.org/covid-19-vaccine/.

Town Manager meet and greet — 4-5 p.m. at the Fraser Town Hall. Meet with the three candidates for town manager.

Survivor to Survivor Forum — 8 p.m. online. Workshop is sponsored by United Policyholders, a nonprofit that helps disaster survivors through insurance claims and long-term recovery efforts. Bring your questions and connect with other survivors and trained volunteers with personal experience recovering from wildfires. Register at www.uphelp.org/may18.

Wednesday, May 19

Vaccine Clinic — 4-8 p.m. at Pitkin House in Grand Lake. Registration required at www.co.grand.co.us/vaccine.

Chamber Chat — 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Zoom. Join the Winter Park and Fraser Chamber for updates and group sharing regarding important topics in the community. This is a recurring event. For more, www.playwinterpark.com/events/chamber-chat.

Friends of the Library at Dean West — 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Dean West in Kremmling. The Dean West restaurant will donate a portion of proceeds from all food and drink sales to Friends of Grand County Library.

Mountain Family Center Mobile Food Pantry — 10-11 a.m. at Granby Jones, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Granby Senior Housing in Granby and 1-2 p.m. at Soda Springs Fire Station and 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Community Center in Grand Lake. The mobile food pantry will come with fresh produce, dairy and groceries. This is a free community resource that rolls out to different stops in the county on Wednesdays.

Thursday, May 20

Vaccine Clinic — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CSU Extension Hall, Kremmling Fairgrounds. Schedule an appointment at www.MiddleParkHealth.org/covid-19-vaccine/.

Virtual Family Cooking Class — 5-6:30 p.m. Hosted by Mountain Family Center, Grand Beginnings and Sisu Farms. Using farm-fresh ingredients from Sisu Farms and instructed by Bailey of MFC, learn to cook a farm to table meal. For more information and to register, call 970-557-3186.

West Grand Football Senior Appreciation — 6:30 p.m. at West Grand High School. The seniors on the Mustangs football team and their families will be honored on the school’s football field.

Saturday, May 22

Vaccine clinic — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Middle Park High School. Registration required at www.co.grand.co.us/vaccine.

Hunter Education Class — 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the CSU Extension Hall in Kremmling. The two-day class will be taught by Colorado Parks and Wildlife instructors Merle and Thekla Schultz. Participants will receive a hunter education card needed for a state hunting license. Participants must attend both the Saturday and Sunday classes to get their card. Register at cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/HE-Traditional-Classes.aspx.

EMS Week Community Open House — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Granby Grand EMS Station, 81 W. Agate Ave. See a hands-on demonstration with EMTs and paramedics, touch a truck, and get a tour of the station along with free hot dogs and goodie bags for kids.

Book Talk — 4 p.m. at Polhamus Park. The Grand County Community of Writers is hosting a conversation with Granby local Martin Smith about his new nonfiction book “Going to Trinidad.” More details to be announced.

Wood chipping day — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Kremmling. Location to be announced. See what materials will be accepted bewildfireready.org/community-chipping-days. Call the Grand County Wildfire Council with questions at 970-627-7121.

Sunday, May 23

Hunter Education Class — 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the CSU Extension Hall in Kremmling. The two-day class will be taught by Colorado Parks and Wildlife instructors Merle and Thekla Schultz. Participants will receive a hunter education card needed for a state hunting license. Participants must attend both the Saturday and Sunday classes to get their card. Register at cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/HE-Traditional-Classes.aspx.