June 2010

[to hear BBHC's Sam Andrew talking to Susan, click "Play"]

BBHCoriginalnologos Telluride's Sheridan Opera House welcomes Janis Joplin's original band to town. Big Brother & The Holding Company are performing live concert at the historic venue on Friday, July 2. Show time is 8 p.m. Doors and box office, 7:30 p.m. (Stop by the Sheridan Opera House courtyard from 5-8pm just prior to the show for a free Gala Premiere and Silent Auction, featuring paintings created by artists attending Telluride Plein Air’s 7th Annual Celebration of Outdoor Painting.  Complementary wine sampling and snacks provided.)

Janis Joplin brought her big, bad, bluesy voice from the red dirt of Texas to San Francisco, when "The Haight" was the heart of the drugs, sex and rock 'n roll flower child days of the 1960s. Virtually overnight, thanks to a man named Chet Helms, she went from drifter to a superstar universally described as "the greatest white urban blues and soul singer of her generation." That is, thanks to Helms and the band he managed, Big Brother & The Holding Company, which became Joplin's surrogate family.
[click "Play" to hear Jim Riley's conversation with Susan]

RWBFINAL Over the Fourth of July weekend, any lines in the sand between "uptown," the Mountain Village and "downtown," the Town of Telluride, dissolve in simple addresses with a single purpose: party large in celebration of our nation's independence.

The fun begins in Telluride with the Sheridan Arts Foundation's annual Telluride Plein Air Celebration starting July 2. The fun continues on Saturday July 3,  when the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association presents a free concert featuring Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers,  a stand-out example of the jump/swing revival performing blues, swing and bop. The concert takes place in Sunset Plaza at the top of Lift 1 starting at 4 p.m., while family activities start at 2 p.m.

by Lauren Metzger
Marketing & Exhibitions Manager
Ah Haa School for the Arts

[click "Play" to hear Lauren's conversation with Brooke Ahana]



Every now and then, if you are lucky, people come into your life who inspire you. Brooke Ahana is one of those people for me. She reminds me to have fun. Fun in life. In my work. In painting.

As a Los Angeles artist, Brooke Ahana has been leaving the big city and spending her last 7 summers in Telluride, CO inspiring kids and adults alike at the Ah Haa School for the Arts. An impassioned visiting artist instructor, Brooke teaches a variety of workshops for kids of all ages. From Portraits with Personality to Abstract Expressionism, Brooke covers the gamut and pushes her students to learn, explore and believe in their creativity (a woman after our own Ah Haa heart).

by Erik Dalton

Andy Bagnall Surfing The 3rd Annual Ridgway River Festival at Rollins Park in Ridgway, CO on Saturday, June 26, was a huge success and a great day of fun along the banks of the Uncompahgre River. Jagged Edge, as well as the Telluride Kayak School, event sponsors, were there with a fleet of demo kayaks and a series of free kayaking clinics to help introduce folks to the sport.

Junk of the Unc Race As midday approached and the temperature steadily climbed, it was time for a series of fun races open to all species of  river rats: down-river races for kayaks, racing kayaks, inflatables, and make-it-yourself contraptions to compete in the "Junk of the Unc" race. A kayak rodeo in the mid-afternoon rounded out the fun. Imagine whitewater kayakers competing on a set of waves for who could throw the best tricks and impress the judges the most.

Owl gulch hike view

By D. Dion

Telluride residents love the new Owl Gulch cutoff between the Jud Wiebe Trail and Tomboy Road, but they’re not the only locals who have been frequenting the new trail this summer. Bears have also been making their mark on the hiking route.

The young aspen trees all along the highest switchbacks of the trail are riddled with claw marks. Apparently the bruins woke up hungry after their winter nap and have been digging into the trees’ flesh, which is just beneath their bark. The inside of the tree bark has nutritional value not just for bears, but also for people, which is a good bit of information to have should you find yourself starving out in the woods. Of course, the average hiker doesn’t have nails or an appendage anything like a bear does, so you might also want to remember your Swiss army knife if you plan on getting lost and not bringing enough food.

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June 24 to July 1, 2010    Visible Planets: Morning: Jupiter  Evening: Venus, Mars and Saturn

Memories of Summer and a Cancer/Capricorn Lunar Eclipse

I’m flashing on this time of year and all the memories I have of summer.

MoonVenus2Laying in the lush green grass of my childhood home in Denver on a warm summer evening – in shorts and a tank top - watching brilliant Venus glimmer and glow in turquoise twilight, kissing a slender crescent Moon and calling to me above the deep blue silhouette of the majestic Rocky Mountains – the distinctive shape of Mount Evans and the twinkling lights of the city below…

I can remember dreaming of handsome boys and romantic possibilities. So young and full of hope, the world before me and my life an open road. And, yes, there were young men and sweet embraces, porch swings and midnight kisses, ’56 Chevys and hours of sunbathing in the backyard with my two sisters, working on our tans. Tennis and swimming, laughing and lounging, loving every minute of the long, hot summer.