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An Internet success story, Doc Holliday’s back, and a pig roast for fire rescue

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out

Whether it’s the trending ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which I took part in this week, protests sparked on Twitter, or crowdsourcing projects, I’m constantly amazed with the Internet.

We didn’t have this kind of thing when I was growing up.

That’s the simple truth. I didn’t even send my first e-mail until college, for a business course required for graduation. Back in my day — a phrase I hoped I’d never say — communication was limited to print, phones and fax. A few of my friends had pagers, but that was pretty fancy stuff for the early ’90s. Now, information travels faster than any pager. The Internet connects people around the world in ways I never envisioned in my youth.

I remember thinking call waiting was revolutionary.

Though the good always comes with the bad on the Internet, I prefer to focus on the positive impact it has on our lives. The millions of dollars the viral sensation of dumping ice water on one’s head has raised for Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) is a testament to the power of the Internet. This summer, I’ve seen many great causes come to fruition because of crowdfunding websites, encouraging the launch of ideas that might otherwise fade away like a cat-riding-a-vacuum video.

There are plenty cats on the Internet for everyone.

On Aug. 11, the creative idea of one Glenwood Springs native was successfully funded thanks to a Kickstarter campaign based on his passion for photography. Tayler Larsen, who grew up in Glenwood and attends school in Utah, spent two years in the Polochic Valley of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, learning the culture and language of the Q’eqchi’ people. He observed the decline of their culture and Mayan language, as Spanish has become more prevalent, and decided his camera could speak for them.

According to Larsen, only 800,000 native speakers worldwide speak Q’eqchi’.

His successful Kickstarter campaign is funding a trip to Senahú, Guatemala, to help preserve an ancient way of life through photography and storytelling. With 35 backers helping him beat his $2,300 goal by $142, Larsen is now able to travel and create a photography book for the world to see.

Imagine what $5,000 could do.

Larsen’s Colorado photography is featured at Valley View Hospital, and he is hoping once he shoots with a full frame and experience, his Guatemala work can take center stage there, in addition to his book. To learn more about his work with the Q’eqchi’ people, and to support the cause, visit http://www.taylerlarsen.com.

Just think of the lives it could impact.

Friday

While Silt Historical Park, 707 Orchard Ave., takes its mission of preserving Western Slope culture seriously, there’s always room for a little fun. At 7 p.m. today, bring the family to the park for an Old West shoot-out performance that would make Clark W. Griswold grin. There will be historical re-enactments by Glenwood gunslingers Doc Holliday and Kid Curry, who will tell outlaw tales and pose for photos. Enjoy live Americana and bluegrass by the Porch Pickers, rootbeer floats, freshly popped popcorn, and tours of the Silt Historical Park’s vintage buildings for a sampling of life in the Old West. Admission is free and donations are appreciated to help the park continue community programming and education. Learn more at http://www.silthistoricalpark.com.

Friday

I’m a big fan of the atmosphere at Rivers Restaurant, 2525 S. Grand Ave., on a Friday night. Not only does the friendly riverside venue offer tasty rainbow trout pate and prime rib, it also pulls out all the stops to make sure the party continues in the bar throughout the evening. Starting at 8:30 tonight, Rivers hosts a release party for Carbondale singer-songwriter Dan Rosenthal’s new CD, “Arrows of Love.” Nearly 20 valley musicians from bands including Tjaar and Electric Lemon will help Rosenthal celebrate his newest musical venture. Admission is free, but the beer isn’t. Be ready to dance the night away with the locals. I recommend the prime rib medium rare.

Saturday

Anything to do with helping Western Slope firefighters raise money and fire safety awareness takes top priority with me, and Saturday’s pig roast benefit for the Colorado River Fire Rescue is no exception. The 25th anniversary fundraiser, with a silent auction and smoked-on-the-spot pulled pork, is open to the community at the Stoney Ridge Park, 648 N. Seventh St. A free concert with country-rock band Swerve starts at 6 p.m. at the pavilion. Vendors and a beer and wine garden are available during the show. For more information, see http://www.townofsilt.org.

April E. Clark wishes lovebirds Gus Lundin and Janelle Rhoton a lovely and happy wedding this weekend surrounded by friends and family. She can be reached at arts@postindependent.com.


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