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Christina Brusig
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Celebration and Tradition

Every event and every performance that the Center for the Arts delivers to the community has a through line of excellence. We never lower our expectations. Instead, we raise our level of performance, and tomorrow night is no exception.

We invite you to our 16th annual Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest, and we’re back at the historic Hotel Colorado. Our biggest fundraiser of the year begins and 5 p.m., and we’ve planned an unforgettable evening for you. The response from sponsors, restaurateurs, vintner and brew masters told us one thing: This is a tradition worth supporting.

As you stroll from room to room, you will sample some of the best culinary fare, wines and beers in the valley. Take a look:

Restaurateurs: The Pullman, Zhengs, Riviera Supper Club, Smoke, Hotel Colorado, The Lost Cajun, Big Daddy’s, New Castle Diner, Uncles Pizza, May Palace, Chang Tai and Sweet Coloradough.

Ken Robinson of Roaring Fork Liquors brings us Two Rivers Winery, Baroness Wines, Canyon Wind Wine, Classic Wines, CTS Wines, Gran Vin, Il Castagno Wines, Pioneer Wines and Spirits, Republic National Distributing Company, Constellation Brands, Roaring Fork Liquors, Southern Wine and Spirits and Summit Distributing. Plus Avery Brewery, Bonfire Brewery, Boulder Beer, Deschutes Brewery, New Belgium Brewery, Odell’s Brewing, Roaring Fork Brewery, Ska Brewing and Snow Cap Ciders from Cedaredge.

Topping off the night is our silent auction, featuring return winners from past years plus an array of new supporters — retailers, artists, jewelers, hotels and restaurants who will be providing gift certificates and beautiful items for your bidding pleasure. Last year, Denver hotels and museums joined in, and they are back again this year, plus original art from nationally- and internationally-known artists.

And there will be music, music, music! As you move from room to room, you will be accompanied by the Vid Weatherwax Ensemble with their cool take on jazz and blues standards and the amazing Brad Vierheller at the piano putting his personal stamp on ragtime and jazz classics.

Your participation in this fabulous night makes all the difference by supporting more than 60 in-house art, pottery, dance and music classes for children and adults; six collaborative outreach programs at the Two Rivers Community School, Glenwood Springs Elementary School and Sopris Elementary School, as well as our large in-house world and culture program for students in the Re-2 School District. Best of all, you will help sponsor 50 annual scholarships every year to families in need.

Proceeds from this amazing night also help keep alive great community initiatives like the Summer of Music at Two Rivers Park, and our Two Rivers Outdoor Art and Sculpture Project. We maintain the designation as the “Most Vibrant Art Community in the Country” because you help us continually raise the bar of artistic excellence that is our standard.

Winterfest – Call to Artists

You still have time to be part of our annual Winterfest Gift Show. We expand the gift shop and present the most outstanding original holiday gift items in the valley. Bring us your best work in crafting, jewelry, lotions and potions and artwork on Monday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 3, and be part of something good when we launch this holiday favorite on Friday, Nov. 13.

Join Us

See you tomorrow night for a celebration of community.

Christina Brusig is the executive director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. She can be reached at

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