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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 Day Camp — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Series of camp activities hosted by Granby Rec. This camp will include a trip to the Silverthorne Rec Center. Participants will meet at the Granby Community Building. Cost is $34 per person. Pre-registration is required for each day. For more, call Granby Rec at 970-887-3961.

Spring Bike Tune Up — 6:30 p.m. online. Middle Park High School Mountain Bike Club and Two Pines Supply are working through the libraries to offer a Spring Bike Tune Up. Grab your bike and turn on your computer for this virtual class. For more, www.glcd.org.

Saturday, April 10

Waffle Weekend Brunch — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Adventures Decanted in Fraser. The wine bar is hosting a regular series of brunches for a limited time featuring made-from-scratch waffles and freshly squeezed mimosas. For more, www.AdventuresDecanted.com.

Sunday, April 11

Closing Day — Granby Ranch Resort has extended its ski season until April 11. For more about all of the resort’s festivities, www.GranbyRanch.com.

Tuesday, April 13

Books Too Good To Miss — 1 p.m. online. Group meets digitally and is reading “Eagle Catcher.” For more, go to www.GCLD.org and click on the “programs” tab.

Virtual Cooking Class Just for Kids — 5-5:30 p.m. online. This series is designed to help children learn kitchen skills and how to make snacks all on their own. For more info or to register, call Bailey at 970-557-3186.

Wednesday, April 14

Water Webinar — Noon to 1:15 p.m. The Colorado River District is hosting a free lunch hour discussion focusing on water policy and funding developments that affect West Slope water users. Register to attend live or receive a recording of the webinar, at bit.ly/WWLcapitol.

Thursday, April 15

Virtual Cooking Class — 5-6:30 p.m. online. Free and engaging cooking classes will help families and adults learn to create healthy and delicious meals and snacks for the whole family. For more info or to register, call Bailey at 970-557-3186.

Friday, April 16

Friday Day Camp — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Series of camp activities hosted by Granby Rec. This camp will include a trip to the Children’s Museum of Denver. Participants will meet at the Granby Community Building. Cost is $34 per person. Pre-registration is required for each day. For more, call Granby Rec at 970-887-3961.

Seed and Soil Restoration Seminar — 11 a.m. Cold Springs Greenhouse along with Buffalo Brand Seed Company are hosting a seed and soil restoration seminar at the Cold Springs Greenhouse at 1471 CR 60, Granby.

Sunday, April 18

Grand County Community of Writers — 2 p.m. at Granby Library. For more, GCLD.org.

MPHS theater: ‘We must go on’

Masks will cover the singers’ mouths for Middle Park High School’s performance this Saturday.

That meant that more than once during Wednesday’s rehearsal technicians had to ask the actors to move their microphone away from the ruffling material.

Over months of disruption from the pandemic and the fire, the unique setup for the production of “Les Miserables School Edition” came together through a school year that didn’t guarantee a performance.

Theater Director Christal McDougall chose “Les Mis” because it worked well in a concert format and would help with COVID-19 protocols. While the performers would not need to learn complex dances or blocking, the sung-through show would still challenge them, the director explained.

“I have so many seniors right now,” McDougall said. “They’re so awesome and they’ve been with me since I started here at the high school … I wanted to do something that would challenge them.”

The senior duo Cesar Arreguin and AJ Knorr lead as Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert. Seniors Madeline Ruttenberg plays Eponine, John Luna plays Enjolras, and Tobi Elerick and Emma Lane play the nefarious Thenardiers. Sophomores Olivia Kendziorski, Sarah Lantermans and Connor Murdoch perform as Fantine, Cosette and Marius, respectively. Young Cosette is played by eighth-grader Liv Svoboda and her classmate Tyler Maurais portrays the young rebel Gavroche.

Auditions for the show were done virtually, and the first month of rehearsals took place on Google Meet.

That meant a complicated setup for the director, who played the music through one computer while video chatting with performers on another. The singers had their mics muted, only able to hear the music and themselves, as the lag disrupted any chance to sing together.

“They couldn’t hear each other and I couldn’t hear them,” McDougall said. “I was relying on them to know if they had learned something well enough.”

In October, the group was able to rehearse outside with masks on. The students then had to work through the complex duets and chorus pieces “Les Mis” is known for. Then, the East Troublesome Fire meant another week out of school.

As COVID-19 cases increased across the county, more and more of the students had to quarantine with their cohorts until the entire high school moved online again.

State mandates released after Thanksgiving permitted rehearsals under strict guidelines, which happened to work perfectly with the chosen show. The performance is being professionally recorded and McDougall was able to obtain permission from Grand County Public Health to have a small group attend Friday’s dress rehearsal and Saturday’s final show.

Instead of complicated set pieces, each performer will sit on a chair spread out six feet apart as the students move to the front of the stage for certain scenes.

“I hope they feel good about it because I’m so, so proud of them,” McDougall said. “I’m just so grateful because they’ve kept themselves healthy. They’ve kept themselves smart in their pods and their households. They’re doing all the right things, so they deserve this.”

The old adage of “the show must go on” seemed especially apt for the high school musical, but McDougall felt that the resilience the theater group has exemplified this year meant so much more.

“In terms of ’going on,’ it’s not just the show — we must go on,” McDougall said. “We have to survive and we have to persevere and get through all of this scary, weird stuff that we’ve been through the last year and try to come out on the other side.”

Reservations are required for audience members and anyone interested in seeing the show should contact McDougall directly. The video version of the performance will be available on Middle Park’s Youtube page once it is complete.

There is no charge to watch the performance either in person or virtually, but donations to the program are accepted.

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre to stream holiday show

Cast of “Home for the Holidays” at Rocky Mountain Repertory Threatre.
Courtesy RMRT


Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre has pivoted to stream for “Home for the Holidays” online only.

The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, featuring a medley of festive songs performed by theater alumni, including Suzanna Champion, Stephen Coakley, Maya Rowe, Tyler Symone, Neil Stratman, and Travis Taylor with Greg Paladino on piano.

The production is staged and directed by Michael Querio and Jeff Duke. Streaming admission is available, and the video link will remain active until after Christmas.

For more, stop by the theater’s administrative office in Grand Lake, call 970-627-3421 or buy tickets online at RockyMountainRep.com.


Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre has tickets for ‘Home for the Holidays’

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre is welcoming people to join the theater in person or online for “Home for the Holidays” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13.

This holiday tribute will feature a medley of festive songs performed by a group of alumni, including Suzanna Champion, Stephen Coakley, Maya Rowe, Tyler Symone, Neil Stratman and Travis Taylor with Greg Paladino on piano. 

Staged and directed each year by Michael Querio and Jeff Duke, this show will have a limited number of in-person seats, so streaming is encouraged.

Both in-person and streaming admission are still available. Stop in to the administrative office in Grand Lake, call 970-627-3421, or buy tickets online at www.RockyMountainRep.com.

Country music stars to perform benefit concert at Granby Ranch

Granby Ranch Ski Resort will host a benefit concert featuring country music artists Joe Nichols and Brent Rowan at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11. 

For safety reasons and in accordance with Grand County’s COVID-19 restrictions, the performance, which coincides with the resort’s anticipated opening day, will feature a limited number of attendees. However, it will be filmed and released at www.GranbyRanch.com the day after the performance.

In accordance with Grand County COVID-19 related restrictions, Granby Ranch will be providing limited seating for the concert by making eight pairs of tickets — 16 total seats — available to the public through a lottery. The lottery program starts at noon Wednesday at www.GranbyRanch.com.

Entries will be priced at $10 per person with no limit on the number of entries individuals can purchase. Winners will be randomly selected from the pool of entries, and all proceeds from the lottery program will go to the Mountain Family Center.

Additionally, the 2020 Granby Ranch Holiday Concert will be professionally filmed and produced. The day after the performance, the video will be viewable in its entirety for those who donate $10 to the family resource center. 

“We’re so thankful for the support of Granby Ranch and honored to receive any contributions that come to our organization from this special holiday performance,” said Helen Sedlar, executive director at the Mountain Family Center. “Our ability to serve the needs of the community are constant, but the combination of the pandemic and the wildfires has augmented the need for our services and support.”

Because of Nichols’ and Rowan’s reach, along with a lack of musicians touring in 2020, the video release could draw donations for the Mountain Family Center from near and far.

After the release of his hit single “The Impossible” and the chart-topping album, Man With a Memory, Nichols has received a host of awards, including Top New Country Artist by Billboard Magazine, Country Music Association’s Horizon Award, the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist and Country Music Television’s Breakthrough Video. 

Additionally, Rowan is one of the most sought-after producers and guitarists in Nashville. He has performed with artists like Alabama, Lyle Lovett, George Strait, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shania Twain, Olivia Newton-John, Sting and Neil Diamond, among others. 

In addition to collaborating on many projects, Rowan has produced and performed on Nichols’ albums and the two have been friends for over 15 years.

“Brent has been a close family friend for many years, and I’ve always held him in such high regard, not just for his unparalleled talent on guitar, but his quality of character,” said Jace Wirth, general manager of Granby Ranch. “It’s well beyond an honor to welcome him to Granby Ranch. For Brent to bring his good friend and legendary artist Joe Nichols to Granby Ranch is truly remarkable.”

Still, Wirth said the best part by far will be driving support to the Mountain Family Center, a feeling that’s shared by the artists.

“I’m so glad to go down to Granby Ranch and perform with my friend and incredible talent, Joe Nichols. Joe and I are genuinely thrilled to bring some of our tunes, including a few of our hits and holiday favorites, to Granby Ranch,” Rowan said. “Most importantly, we are looking forward to doing our part to help support the Mountain Family Center.”

The performance will be interactive, with Nichols and Rowan engaging directly with the audience.

“Joe and I are looking forward to taking questions from the audience in a singer-songwriter, fully interactive and intimate format,” Rowan said. “Above all, I realize how hard this great mountain community has been impacted by COVID-19 and tragically, the East Troublesome fire in October. We hope this performance really helps the community and brings some holiday cheer, something all of us need in as big a serving as possible.”

Winter Park Resort cancels traditional Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade

Winter Park Resort has canceled the 42nd annual Torchlight Parade on Christmas Eve because of pandemic concerns.

Resort spokesperson Jen Miller said it was a difficult decision, but Winter Park felt there was no way to safely host the event this year.

“We looked at a whole bunch of different ways to try and make it work, but every single one of them involved people gathering, and we can’t have that this year, unfortunately,” Miller said.

This is the first time in the parade’s history that it has been canceled, though Miller said there was a year in the 1970s that the resort didn’t open until after Christmas, so there was no event that season.

With current pandemic regulations, the resort doesn’t plan to host any events this season, instead focusing on creating opportunities for individual celebrations.

The resort will still be coated in festive decorations, as well as have a traditional tree, Miller added. There will also be plenty of spots to make holiday memories, including new postcard photo cutouts.

“We are doing a few other activations in the village to create that holiday festive environment,” she said. “There are some holiday scenes that will be around the village.”

Winter Park Resort has also shared its guest guidelines for the upcoming season, as well as COVID-19 protocols, including requiring guests to wear masks when in lines, on lifts, interacting with employees, inside or when six feet of distance can’t be maintained.

Miller said though the season will definitely look different, there will still be plenty of ways to enjoy the resort.

“It’s going to be the year to be creative,” she said.

An exact opening date still hasn’t been announced, though Miller did say snowmakers have been turned on when weather allows. Previously, Winter Park said it would open no earlier than Nov. 30.

Grand Lake’s Lariat Bar and Grill, White Buffalo plan fire fundraisers

The Lariat Bar and Grill in Grand Lake is looking to house two nights of live music Friday and Saturday with proceeds going to those affected by the East Troublesome Fire, and the Lariat’s not the only one.

According to event organizers, the Lariat will welcome Hayden and the Never Summer Band from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday and from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday with 100% of the two nights’ proceeds going to fire relief. Also, there will be a costume contest with prizes.

Also, the White Buffalo is planning to have live music from 7-11 p.m. with the band Badwater. The White Buffalo is also looking to host a costume contest with awards for different costume categories.

Costumes are not necessary to attend any of the events. All money taken in on these nights will go to the Grand Foundation’s Wildfire Emergency Fund, providing direct support to those who have been evacuated, displaced or lost homes in the fire.

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Peaks n Pines plays with art

The Peaks and Pines Quilt Guild has some serious artistic talent, but the group’s workshop Sept. 11 wasn’t all that different from an elementary school art room.

“We’re a lot of fun,” one of the women said as more than a half-dozen buzzed about in the background, tending to their work and taking time to appreciate others.

The guild’s day featured fabric painting with the sun, led by Janet Schayer, though the cloudy sky was less than cooperative.

As a result, a handful of the guild members ended up huddled around a propane heater watching as the imprints on their painted fabric started to show.

“Most people see the desert in there; I’ll go with that,” guild president Martha Stephenson said as she held up her piece.

As Schayer explained, they had all the fabric, brushes, paints and stencils they needed for some pretty cool pieces, and there were no rules or mistakes made at September’s workshop.

“The combination of the sun, the paint, the wet fabric and whatever’s on top of it can make a really good sharp impression,” Schayer said, adding that once heat-set, the result would be pretty much permanent.

The technique the guild was exploring can be used on almost any fabric, including the shirt Schayer wore for the workshop. Natural materials are also wonderful for grabbing unique, interesting patterns, she said.

“It’s really artistic,” she explained of the medium. “It’s sort of like preschool for adults … but a lot of it has its application in what you would call, ‘art quilting.’ There are a lot of different genres of the quilt world, and this is one of them.”

The guild meets on the second Thursday of each month for a program. They’re meeting via Zoom right now due to COVID-19 guidelines.

In addition to the monthly meeting, the guild also hosts a workshop on the second Friday of each month where the members try their hands at artistic crafts and styles to put their talents to work.

For October, the guild is planning a modern quilts trunk show on Oct. 8 and a tailgate exchange and book sale Oct. 9.

For more about the Peaks and Pines Quilt Guild, which also produces a number of charitable quilts for veterans each year in addition to other charitable endeavors, go to PeaksnPinesQuiltGuild.org.

Constitution Week returns for 9th year in Grand Lake

Grand Lake’s ninth annual Constitution Week kicks off Monday and concludes with a flyover and keynote speaker on Sept. 19.

While the event will not have its annual fireworks due to a statewide fire ban, or parade because of COVID-19 restrictions, Constitution Week still promises a week of lectures and events based on the US Constitution.

Organizers declined to speak with Sky-Hi News, but this year’s keynote speaker is slated to be John Eastman, a visiting scholar in conservative thought and policy at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Eastman sparked controversy last month following an op-ed he wrote for Newsweek challenging Kamala Harris’ eligibility for vice president, leading to the spread of birtherism conspiracy theories on the vice presidential candidate.

Eastman’s talk is titled “Recalling our Nation’s Constitutional Founding in the Wake of Covid.”

Other speakers include Grand Lake resident Brian Blumenfeld, an adjunct professor of law at the University of Wyoming Law School and lecturer in American studies; Thomas Krannawitter, a constitutional scholar and lecturer; Kim Monson, host of a Colorado-focused conservatarian radio show; and Elizabeth C’de Baca Eastman, senior scholar in residence at CU Boulder’s Center for the Study of Western Civilization, which includes the conservative thought and policy program.

Other events feature an online Constitution Week trivia contest, two performances by the El Jebel Shrine Pipe Band and a flyover from the Peterson Air Force Base.

All speaking engagements will be outside unless inclement weather occurs, admission is free and event flyers say COVID-19 guidelines will be in place.

A full schedule is available at www.GrandLakeConstitutionWeek.com.

Trail work moving to Phases following Williams Fork Fire closure

Trail work that had been planned in the Arapaho National Forest has been delayed due to a closure from the Williams Fork Fire.

Fraser, along with other entities, hold a memorandum of understanding with the Headwaters Trail Alliance for the Trail Smart Sizing project. The town allocated $30,000 for work on trails including in the Arapaho National Forest.

However, Town Manager Jeff Durbin informed the Fraser Board of Trustees on Tuesday that the planned work was located in the portion of the forest that has closed down due to the Williams Fork Fire.

The Headwaters Trails Alliance asked if the town would be willing to move crews to the Phases Trail System near Tabernash. The agreement does not include Phases, which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, so the town would have to give permission for the money to be used that way.

Trustee Andy Miller explained that that section of land had recently been converted to non-motorized and is in need of trail rehab work. He added that this section of trails is one of the first to open in the spring as it is south facing.

Miller pointed out that the town’s interest in the project was to improve trails near Fraser, and that Phases is about as far away from Fraser as the specified Arapaho National Forest trails.

“I would really like to see them keep moving,” Miller said of the work.

There was some concern that this could close down more trails in the Fraser Valley, which even before the fire was seeing a large set of closures due to construction. Miller asserted that the crews had been good about keeping trails open as they worked.

Durbin added that HTA is making a similar request to Winter Park’s government. Fraser’s board unanimously approved allowing HTA to move the trail work to Phases.

Some of the trails currently open in the Fraser Valley include those on Berthoud Pass, Jim Creek, Discovery Loop at Bonfils, High Lonesome, Idlewild Trail System, Rendevous Trail System, Little Vasquez Road, Fraser River Trail, Givelo, Northwest Passage, Devils Thumb, Caribou, Strawberry Creek, West Strawberry and Columbine Lake.

In other business:

•  The trustees held an executive session for an hour and a half regarding development infrastructure matters, but took no action resulting from the session.

• The board appointed Tara Rose and Jerilyn Suster to both the Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Public Arts Committee. They also appointed Lisa Baird to the Fraser Valley Arts Board.