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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

While we packed away the Fall Art Festival for the 48th time, the we were very aware that “we couldna have dunit witoutcha” and therefore we would very much like to express our gratitude to this extremely supportive community in which we live. Without the community minded attitude of the valley businesses and the volunteering of so many individuals, many of whom were not art guild members, the Fall Art Festival would simply cease to be. This year, as always, we need to thank so many businesses and individuals who were our faithful Purchase Patrons, without whom we simply could not afford to put on this exhibition, as well as all those who supported the exhibition, and therefore the community, with their purchases. Most of the sales come from this valley, including up valley and down valley, and therefore it is most appropriate that the money raised at the Fall Art Festival is what the Glenwood Springs Art Guild uses to provide scholarships to area high school seniors and grants to all of the area grade school art programs from Basalt to Parachute, area public libraries, the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home, Mountain Valley Developmental Services, Advocate Safehouse and other deserving organizations that use art materials or art related media for either teaching or therapy. We would like to thank this year’s nationally recognized Judges, Damien Radice of Grand Junction, John Incinias of Denver, and Tom Owens of Black Forest. Their job is difficult and exhausting, judging close to one thousand pieces of artwork in one partial day before the exhibit opens to the public and they came through like troopers. They also demonstrated all week why each one of them was asked to be a judge, by giving one of the free art demonstrations open to the public each day of the show. We would also like to recognize last year’s Professional Grand Champion, local artist, Dan Young for sharing his talent and knowledge by giving his wonderful oil demonstration.We would especially like to thank the Glenwood Post, specifically Dale Shrull and John Stroud, for not only their wonderful coverage of our event, but also the generous grants for advertising in the Post and its affiliates; the Aspen Daily News for their discounted advertising rates; Paul and Jeanine with Comcast Local Channel 12; and Alpine Bank for their donated radio spot. We are most grateful for the businesses and individuals who donated awards, including The Ramada Inn, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Yvonne Reed of Ridgway, CO, Gentry’s Flowers of Colorado Springs, CO, The Pastel Society of Colorado, Basalt Printing, Artist’s Mercantile & Gallery, Main Street Gallery & The Framer, Land Title, Tillie & Roland Fischer, and the Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design, Denver, Colorado, who sponsor the generous Phillip J Steele Memorial Scholarship. In addition we would like to thank Alpine Bank again for the generous use of their credit card machine, the Hot Springs Lodge & Pool and the Glenwood Caverns & Amusement Park for donating passes to our out of town judges, the Garden Club for their fabulous floral displays, the individuals with the City of Glenwood Springs who schedule and hang our advertising banner across Grand Ave every year, Safeway for their food donation, those many businesses who donated door prizes for the artists’ banquet including local businesses, White House Pizza and the Ramada Inn, Ray and Lisabeth Vath for opening their home and cooking a delicious meal for the artists, Ray Vath again for completely re-vamping our lights, (weren’t they so much better this year?) the businesses who displayed our posters, Enterprise for the use of their van, and the Week-ender Program and the Rifle Honor Camp as well as the hard working volunteers who helped with the exhausting work of setting up and taking down the exhibition.And last, but certainly not least, a big hug and thank you to all of the exhibition chair persons for their months and months of preparation before the show, and their total dedication during the very busy week of the show. You are the back bone of what makes this show work.Thank you, thank you to all of you!! The Glenwood Springs Art Guild could not have done it without you, and this community benefits because of you.Cynthia ThomasPresident, Glenwood Springs Art Guild

Carbondale Recreation would like to thank everyone who came out to support the 2010 Celtic Fest and Oktoberfest celebration Oct. 8 and 9 at the 4th Street Plaza in downtown Carbondale. I owe a huge thank you to Alyssa and Dave Reindel and EverGreen Events for making this the first ever green Oktoberfest in Carbondale. Thank you to the following Green Team Volunteers: Dan Whitney, Karen Oliva, Becky Gallardo, Emelie Piper, Vanessa Vega, Guillermo Soto, Monica Crijalva-Ruiz, Adriana Perez, Kaleigh Wisroth, Michelle Lopez-Rochin, Stephanie Ayala, Cynthia Ayala, Kasey Bullerman, Lisa Ellena, and Katie Houchin. Thank you to Cheryl Pitout and Premier Party Rental for our tent, tables, and chairs. And a big thank you to Premier’s tent guys who helped out immensely during cleanup.Thank you to the following Recreation Staff: Rebecca “Becklesworth” Wagner, Eric Brendlinger, Justin Perdue, Tony Kern, Olive Tampol, and Bryan Kentfield. Couldn’t have done it without you Beckles!Thank you to all the beer-pouring, gate-guarding, ID-checking volunteers: Matt Wagner, Shaggy Fink, Matt Gwost, Kelly Harro, Mark Harro, Nic DeGross, Allie Rochel, Jen Jen Howell, Garrett Alexander, Jeremy Everding, Kari Heuer, Amy Heuer, Jake Heuer, Tom Heuer, and Craig Helm.Thank you to Dewey Smeins, David Grego, and Roger Janicek from Orrison Distributing for our beer. And thank you to Brian Weslar with Warsteiner for all our decorations and swag. Thank you to Steve Standiford of Steve’s Guitars for the sound setup and local bands.Thank you to Will and Simone Lamont and Tom Cochran for kicking off Celtic Fest with some bag-piping magic.Thank you to Rick Borger and The Average German Band and Gerhard Rill and Alpine Echo for playing polka music all day Saturday.Thank you to Andy Grogger and his crew for serving up delicious Austrian food and keeping the crowds fed.Thank you to the following event sponsors: Town of Carbondale, Steve’s Guitars, Premier Party Rental, Orrison Distributing, EverGreen Events, Premier Party Rental, Warsteiner, Comfort Inn Carbondale, Sopris Wine and Liquor, Flying Ace and Allendorf Wines, and Ackerman Log and Timber.Thank you to all our contest competitors and congratulations to the winners.Finally thank you to our beer-drinking, polka-dancing, brat-eating event patrons! And thanks to anyone I may have missed!Slinte and Prost!Jessi RochelCarbondale Recreation

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