It starts with a notion of holding on to a previous time, an event, an experience, a remembrance of things past. It becomes a necessary part in the life of the individual, the group and the community.
Our town has very strong traditions that bring us together to celebrate the life of our community, and one of the oldest and biggest is the 118th annual Strawberry Days Festival taking place June 19-21. Come enjoy live music, entertainment, a carnival and some of the best food and craft vendors around. You know you must, at least once a year, be seen by friends and neighbors with a turkey leg in one hand, the world’s largest bag of kettle corn in the other and a completely brave hat that brings it all together and says “I am Strawberry Days!”
Art Center artists will be at our first-time booth with their stunning paintings, pottery, jewelry and abstract art. New concepts and traditional favorites that define them and the Center will grab your imagination and not let go. Come by and become the proud owner of an original.
SUMMER OF MUSIC: SEASON FIVE
It started 30 years ago when Mary and Bob Noone wanted their kids to know about jazz. Their commitment to the Summer of Jazz made free music in Two Rivers Park a tradition that put a small mountain town on the nation’s music map. Word spread among jazz greats and booking agents that Glenwood Springs supported the arts. When they were ready to stand down, we stepped up.
The Center for the Arts is proud to keep that tradition alive, and we invite you to Two Rivers Park this Wednesday, June 24, to kick off the 5th Season of the Glenwood Springs Summer of Music Series. The Afro-Cuban Jazz Project from Los Angeles will headline the series and get you movin’. The Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Camp opens the show at 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. Come enjoy free community music each Wednesday through July 29 at Two Rivers Park. Food vendors complement the series. Please bring a donation, and leave your pets, smokes and glass bottles at home. See you at the park this Wednesday for The Afro-Cuban Jazz Project live. For more information, visit us at http://www.glenwoodarts.org.
The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music is produced by the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and made possible by: Title Sponsor: Alpine Bank and other major sponsors: Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Reality, Bighorn Toyota, Western Slope Communications, Garfield County, City of Glenwood Springs, KMTS, Balcomb and Green, PC., Gould Construction, Glenwood Hot Springs, Cooper Wine and Spirits, Garfield and Hecht, PC, Stifel, Pioneer Steel, Inc, Century Link, The Ramada Inn, Mountain Roll Offs Inc, First Line Security, The Indoor Garden and Brew Supply, the Reynolds Company, Qdoba, Copy Copy and the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. A special thanks to everyone who donates to the series. It is because of you that we can keep this tradition alive.
A big thank you to our Summer of Music committee: Chris Bank, Judy O’Donnell, Mary Gould, Annie Olson, Dave Reynolds, Raquel Koch, Jack Green and the staff at the Center for the Arts.
AN ART GUILD TRADITION
We are always honored to host the Glenwood Springs Art Guild’s Annual Spring Exhibit that is currently at the Center through July 6. Local and nationally recognized artists have created some of their best work to date. This includes Cleopatra, Queen of the Tile, a fabulous mosaic dragon that requires your attention. Take a closer look, and you will see a variety of familiar objects that are doing their part to draw you in. Visit our gallery from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Every day I am prouder than the day before that I can be part of the community of arts in the valley. Each of us is distinct, unique and important. Together, we become a community of traditions that enrich our lives and strengthen our culture.
Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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