November 2009

[click "Play" to listen to Dr. Mark Varien speak about Crow Canyon]

Painted bowl 1 The Telluride Historical Museum, 201 West Gregory Avenue, has arranged an early holiday treat for the community. "Telluride Unearthed" is a series of lectures about way back when, when cultures lived sustainably without benefit of Al Gore, solar panels, or The New Community Coalition because, well,  that was the way it was. There were no movies thousands of  millennia ago either, so no popcorn with butter. But there was corn and lots of it, which is part of what archaeologist Mark Varien will talk about, when the vice president of programs at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, opens "Telluride Unearthed" with insights about "Life is Movement: Pueblo Indians of the Mesa Verde Region."

In his two-hour talk, Tuesday, December 1, 6 – 8 p.m., Mark Varien plans to trace the Pueblo culture over a period of four millennia, beginning with the introduction of corn about 2,000 BC. He ends at the end of the 13th century with the mass exodus of the Mesa Verde Pueblo people.

[click "Play" to hear Alex Ebert's conversation with Susan]   

Noel Nite in Telluride, December 2,  is the official launch of the holiday season in town. The idea: Shop til you drop, but put some in storage. Following the feeding frenzy, guaranteed you'll be shaking what your mommy and daddy gave you and then some, when Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performs at the historic Sheridan Opera House.

You've heard it before. Telluride is a global sandbox, a place supernovas gather to play. Now in its ninth season, Telluride Musicfest occurs over several weeks in June, mostly chamber music style, in the living room of two of its producers. Telluride Musicfest's artist-in-residence...

Today, November 29, 4:00pm, Telluride viewers can see "Ponyo," Hayao Miyazaki's acclaimed animated feature as part of the Michael D. Palm Theatre's "Sunday at the Palm" series.To view a trailer, see the Apple trailers website.See you there. ...

12-1-B&C Enough food from the Thanksgiving table to last, well, until the next holiday banquet. But how about some food for thought? Telluride's Wilkinson Public Library announces its programming for the upcoming week.

Monday, November 30, 6 p.m.: The Metaphysical Cycles and Seasons of the Family Tree

 The lineage of the family tree, exactly mirrors the times of the day, seasons of years, and the mysterious stages of our spiritual evolution. Nature invites us to join and participate in the harmony that surrounds us. The featured speaker is Denny Ray Johnson (

Ted Hoff of Cottonwood Ranch and Kennel and Cottonwood Hunt Club admits an ability to train retrievers. Nowhere in the claim does it state that the retriever has to be a dog. Check out the video. How about burros, Ted? ...

November 26 to December 3, 2009
Visible Planets: Morning: Venus, Mars and Saturn   Evening: Mercury and Jupiter

"As Above, So Below"

Universe_man This week’s Dec. 2nd Full Moon in the Sagittarius/Gemini polarity marks the culmination of an on-and-off period of planetary retrogrades that served to bring us back upon ourselves and our experiences. Awakening, change and breakthrough have been themes all year, but we have consistently revisited our decisions and choices, amended plans and reconsidered directions. That’s the nature of retrogrades and, of course, life.

"As above, so below.
" The great astrological dictum. The Hermetic creed. The cosmic truth. And, today, the quintessential quantum-metaphysical law.

by Eileen Burns

IMGP0760 (editor's note: I took one run from the top of Lift 6 down See Forever to the Beach. I happened to be riding the lifts and skiing with recent Telluride immigrant, Gaile Oslapas, who is a supervisor in the Children's Ski School. We stopped a few times on the way down to take in points of interest. Welcome to Telluride, Gaile)

Before cutting into this year's juicy Thanksgiving turkey, local Telluride skiers and guests took to the slopes for some early season carving as Telluride Ski Resort celebrated opening day.

(Telluride Inside... and Out restating the point about Telluride being at the epicenter of the world map because the examples are so robust.)

Christo & Jean-Claude In May 2007, the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art held a show of the work of the world's first wrapper, the artist Christo, and his wife and partner-in-crime Jean-Claude, just two years after the couple famously created the Central Park installation known as ''The Gates." That project  involving thousands of saffron drapes was credited with injecting about $254 million into New York's economy. (Christo, how would you feel about wrapping Ajax today?)

Sadly, Jean-Claude died Wednesday, November 18, from complications of a brain aneurysm. For details, go to

Tomten greenhouse w dbl rainbow The holiday season is upon us in Telluride, with loads of opportunities for spreading a little cheer. The New Community Coalition's Kris Holstrom, owner of Tomten Farm (you buy their produce every year at the Telluride Farmer's Market) has  two greenhouses in need of a little TLC.

The ‘old standby’ greenhouse needs some clean up and organization. The ‘new growing dome’ needs its water tank put together, reflectix stapled up and a bit more. Saturday, November 28, 11 – 2 p.m.(ish), is an opportunity to check out this amazing structure as Tomten starts to get it ready for production.