September 2008

By Cynthia Hansen Zehm
September 25 to October 2, 2008

Visible Planets: Morning: Saturn
Evening: Venus, Mars and Jupiter
Autumn has arrived, and with it comes the poignant beauty and delicate grandeur of seasonal change. Shimmering, golden aspen and crimson oak flutter in the cool, morning breeze. Days are warm and luscious. Maxfield Parish sunsets paint the celestial canvas turquoise and showcase Venus in twilight, low, above the western horizon, while brilliant Jupiter glows high in the southeast as the night’s preeminent evening star. We are enveloped in the gratitude and grace of Indian Summer amidst the magnificent beauty of Colorado. Astrologically, the Sun has entered Libra and will form the conjunction aspect of a New Moon in that sign on September 29th at 2:12 a.m. MDT. It’s time to prepare for the lunar cycle of sharing and pairing, relationship and commitment. Keep your eyes and heart open, the love of your life may be coming to a town near you! Mercury, planet of travel and communication, went retrograde on September 24th. Focus on wrapping up, finishing and returning to what you’ve already started rather than beginning something new. Take it easy, relax and enjoy the seasonal beauty and its abundant blessings. Happy New Moon!


The 2008 Autumn Equinox takes place this year on September 22nd at 9:45 a.m. MDT, when the Sun enters the cardinal air-sign Libra. The hours of light and dark are equal on this day and the Sun and Moon rise and set directly east and...

By Cynthia Hansen Zehm
September 18 to 25, 2008

Visible Planets: Morning: Saturn from the 22nd
Evening: Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter

The mission of the National Film Preserve, the 501 C (3) umbrella corporation under which the Telluride Film Festival operates all year, is to celebrate the art of filmmaking, not the business, which pumps out and promotes easy-to-swallow audio-visual capsules.

Each year, Festival directors Tom Luddy and Gary Meyer, screen hundreds of movies to find the highest quality product about 20 – 30 features, that collectively provide a great perspective of the past, present and future of film. Documentaries are given as much prominence as features.

This year, as in years past, the 35th annual Film Festival was as educational as it was entertaining, and it was played as a contact sport – minus the teeth. On the field, almost no one is overtly mollycoddled or petted. Actors, directors, cinematographers, buffs and students walk side-by-side down Main Street and side streets of town critiquing what they have just seen. But most of the buzz comes from the lines.

Officially Mr. & Mrs. Vroom

Some reporter was sleeping on the job to have missed this gem for the New York Times Sunday Styles “Vows” feature.

It was adult entertainment at its best – vintage Cole Porter, not “Boogie Nights.”

And it was not just a Big Deal. It was Brobdingnagian.

I'm so excited to be a part of Telluride Inside Out! Susan Viebrock's brilliant move to create a Telluride blog is cutting edge and so appropriate for these "cusp of the Ages" times in which we humans find ourselves living and breathing. As an...

It’s Kris Holstrom here. I’ve lived in the Telluride region for 22 years now. Can’t think of anyplace I’d rather be. My family, husband John, son Kirk and daughter Kelsey lives on Tomten Farm, Hastings Mesa.  You reach our place by turning “up” at Sawpit, climbing through the switchbacks and leveling out in one of the most beautiful places in the world.  I love my job as the Executive Director for The New Community Coalition where I act as the Regional Sustainability Coordinator for Telluride, Mountain Village and San Miguel County.

CzrzdevilstowerIn 1970, just out of high school, Denver-born Cynthia Hansen Zehm decided to visit the Southwest corner of the state. The incredible beauty of the Telluride region called her and she moved to town in 1977.

When she first moved to Telluride, Cynthia opened a store right above the current location of the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon. The Ritzy Gypsy sold her hand-made leather clothes and consignment from other local fibroids.

Cynthia met her husband Richard, a wild man skier from California, and the two built a house on Hastings Mesa.

The Women’s Travel Company is owned and operated by Telluride locals Wendy Brooks and Donna Fernald.

P1010008The Telluride Academy is the local institution Wendy Brooks founded in her backyard in 1981. A single mom with three young boys of her own, Brooks started the daycare/camp to help her friends. The initial enrollment was six kids. Today, up to 850 students, ages 5 – 17, attend about 100 unique summer course and specialized programs.

Hollywood regularly spits out films featuring the kvetching narcissistic alpha males who rule Tinsel Town. “Revanche” is an indie flick whose star, Johannes Krisch, is a virtual unknown in the U.S. The talented actor is, however, a big stage star at home in Austria, which his countryman, writer/director Götz Spielmann, described as a “more of a theatre place than a movie place.”

Spielmann spoke Monday morning, September 3, at the Sheridan Opera House. He was in town all weekend for the screening of “Revanche" at the 35th annual Telluride Film Festival.