Author: Eileen Burns

[caption id="attachment_32786" align="alignright" width="300"] 1970s reunion[/caption] Inaugural Telluride Homecoming Festival Town Park, Saturday, July 20, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. The newly created Telluride Homecoming Festival is an all-community “Big Tent Gathering” organized by Telluride Rotary. The main event takes place in the Town Park Oval Saturday, July 20,...

My six day hike began with a warm up outing through classic Valasian pastureland.  Our group of eight women stayed at the elegant Lindner Hotel in Lukerbad, home to 30 mineral spas.  We had coffee at a wonderful farm off of a carriage road that was tree lined with cows mulling along the pathway, cow bells and all. 

The 8 mile hike had an elevation gain of 2750ft.  We had lunch at Fluealp Kapelle with a lovely chapel on the far side of a suspension bridge spanning a small limestone ravine.  The descent was through a lush woods that ended at a hut where we celebrated with a cold beer and blueberry tart.

Waking up at the hotel Edelweiss in Switzerland, with a crisp breeze in the air and a sprinkling of rain had our group of eight women hikers a bit tentative as we set out on our bus-train-cab transfer to Mund.   After surviving the 12...

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Lee Boys 2 The 16th annual Telluride Blues and Brews Festival takes place September 18- 20 on the Fred Shellman Memorial Stage in Telluride's Town Park.  The Lee Boys, out of Miami, have been given the revered opening spot for Sunday’s musical lineup.  Out to prove there is no resting on Sunday, The Lee Boys guarantee to have the soulful crowd on their feet within moments of hearing their sacred steel musical styling.  Rooted in gospel, The Lee Boys' music is infused with rhythm & blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop and country as well as influences from the world music scene.

I celebrated my 50th birthday in Chicago with friends and family before heading on a two week trek in France and Switzerland.  I have been saving for this trip since 2002 and I can't believe I am really here in Chamonix staring at Mont Blanc. ...

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(editor's note: Take note Telluride and all other readers: This article was to have appeared on Sunday, August 31. The Challenge officially ends today, September 1. Even though the contest is over, the real challenge is to develop habits that enhance sustainability.)

6a00e553ed7fe18833011571047a02970c-120wi The Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) Reusable Bag Challenge is in it's final days of the six month  competition. In the top ten towns who have eliminated the most single-use plastic bags is the Colorado Ski Town of Eagle, currently in 7th place out of more than 30 participating communities who have joined the CAST Challenge since March 1st. Roman Yavich is Sustainability Coordinator for the Town of Eagle and is the administrator of Eagle's "bring your own bag" campaign. With 14 businesses participating, Eagle has been busy promoting the CAST Challenge through their town website, press releases in local papers, ads on County TV and posters around town. The town also bought 2000 bags and distributed them at their Earth Day Party for the Planet and at their popular Flight Days parade. Several charity races also received reusable bags.

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Hp-main Richard Turner is known world wide as "the greatest card mechanic of all time."  Richard Turner will be performing at Telluride's  Sheridan Opera House on Thursday, August 27th at 7pm, to raise funds for the local youth organization Young Life.  This performance will humor and entertain an audience of all ages.  Turner does not perform magic tricks, he demonstrates the moves used by cardsharps intended to cheat players gambling with cards.  He can deal a wining hand to anyone, anywhere...every time.  Richard Turner's demonstrations have been featured on "That's Incredible", "Ripley's Believe It Or Not", "The 700 Club" and "The Paul Daniels Magic Show" in the USA.  Turner has been asked to lecture to international corporations as well as government agencies.  His inspirational lectures promote honesty, integrity and discipline.

Turner first picked up a deck of cards at the impressionable age of seven, after watching an episode of the late 1950s TV sensation "Maverick", featuring James Garner. On the show Maverick did a trick that Turner just had to learn.   By age 19 Richard Turner was fully immersed in cards and for the next 20 years, he practiced ten to 20 hours a day.  He worked for Bob Yerkes and Circus of the Stars when he met Dai Vernon, who then schooled him until his skills surpassed Vernon's.  Legally blind, Turner is also known for being a "touch analyst" for the United States Playing Card Company, who employed him to evaluate the texture, flexibility and cut of dozens of decks of cards.  In his illustrious career, Richard Turner has received countless awards, including the Golden Lion Award in Magic by Siegfried and Roy of Las Vegas.  To date he has performed over 80,000 shows.  Richard Turner is semi-retired but still enjoys performing for a good cause, including Young Life which in partnership with our local community churches, helps raise support for the youth living in the San Juan Mountains. 

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TMF_2009Poster The 29th annual Telluride Mushroom Festival takes place Thursday August 27th through Sunday the 30th with Fungophiles from around the world attending what has been dubbed as "the nation's oldest mycological conference exploring all things fungal."  MushFest, as Telluride locals call it, is part education and part outdoor fun, with daily workshops and lectures on a variety of topics as well as forays into the mountains to search for all types of edible and some not so edible mushrooms.   There will be a tent in Elks Park, on Main Street, where anyone can bring their found mushrooms to have identified. There will be book signings, poetry readings, a vendor bazaar, drumming and dancing and the whimsical Mushroom Parade, which will take place Saturday at 5 pm beginning from Elks Park. Art Goodtimes, renowned performance poet and long time director of the Telluride Mushroom Festival, tells us what's in store this year and shares some special memories in this podcast. 

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Bag challenge poster NO STORE 2 23 (Small) The Colorado Association of Ski Towns Reusable Bag Challenge is winding down, but the number of single-use plastic bags being eliminated every day continues to climb and is pushing 3 million. Currently, the United States uses 100 billion plastic bags per year at an estimated cost of 4 billion dollars and 12 million barrels of oil. Helping to make a dent in eliminating single-use plastic bags is the Colorado Ski Town of Steamboat Springs, currently in 6th place out of more than 30 participating communities who have joined the CAST Challenge since March 1st.   The contest ends September 1st with the winning town receiving a $10,000 grant from sponsors Alpine Bank and PCL Construction to install a solar panel system at a public school for the winning community.  Independent Power Systems will install the panels for free.

Catherine Carson is Treasurer for Yampa Valley Recycles and one of the founding members of "Team Bag Ladies,"  the driving force behind Steamboat Springs participation in the CAST Challenge.  Yampa Valley Recycles Misson Statement reads: "YVR believes it is possible for people to coexist with the environment without depleting natural resources or polluting the environment. We aim to expand and support comprehensive recycling programs in the Yampa Valley by educating, promoting, and implementing creative solutions to help communities reduce, reuse, and recycle."  One of their primary accomplishments has been the sale of more than 8,000 green bags.  According to Catherine Carson, "Team Bag Ladies and Steamboat Springs," has their sights set for a piece of the podium come September when all the numbers for the CAST Challenge are tallied and winners are announced.

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Chef Kenny Gilbert Headshot - Capella Telluride A trifecta of the arts is taking place August 13th through the 16th in Mountain Village as Telluride celebrates it 2009 Festival of the Arts with a fabulous line up of food & wine, art and music.  Top celebrated chefs will be on hand to showcase and demonstrate their culinary expertise.  A gallery of more than 40 artists with national and regional acclaim will exhibit and sell their work throughout the weekend.   Grammy nominated and multi-platinum artist, Joan Osborne will perform in a free live concert at the Sunset Stage on Friday the 14th.

A highlight to Telluride’s Festival of the Arts is the ‘Celebrating the Arts ’ Celebrity Chef Dinner.  Kenny Gilbert is executive chef of Telluride's five star ultra-luxury resort, Capella Telluride, and is one of the culinary experts taking part in the weekend festivities.  Gilbert's celebrated international cuisine is showcased in all three of Capella's dining rooms including the fine dining restaurant Onyx, the casual Gray Jay Cafe and the popular Suede Bar.