Sopris Park gazebo has a new look |

Sopris Park gazebo has a new look

Dear Editor,The Gazebo in Sopris Park, Carbondale, has recently gotten a new “look” for this summer. In case anyone misses last year’s fun mural done by the Dandelion Day Crew with the butterfly, clouds, dandelions, and bee – and wonders where they disappeared to – here is the explanation.The cheery mural suffered from a lot of paint ball globs and other splatterings, damaging the paint. It didn’t show from far away, but up close it looked tired and battered and in need of serious help. Unfortunately the original mural had not been primed and sad to say it was beyond repair in several places, and since paintball is greasy and hard to clean off – it complicated the entire process.So, community volunteers of CCAH came to the rescue. The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities paid for the paint and supplies; Dru Handy, of Handy Custom Painting, cleaned and painted the entire surface for Lazure artists Melinda Schultz, of the Waldorf School, and Geoff Legg, of Carbondale Painting Company. Along with two other volunteers – Paula Lawley and Steve Horn – they worked their magic and created a bright and colorful abstract Lazure background to grace the stage for the remainder of this summer’s Performances in the Park and for the Carbondale Mountain Fair.This is just one example of what can be achieved by volunteers working for the entire community’s benefit. CCAH hopes to see you at Sopris Park next Friday evening, June 28, at 6:45 p.m. for the free musical entertainment – where you can check out the new mural, sign up to volunteer at the Mountain Fair, offer your suggestions to the CCAH Board, and hear some great sounds by Ray Bonneville and his “roots gumbo” award-winning music.Be sure to bring the kids and a picnic dinner, since there won’t be free hot dogs, chips and soda as there was at last week’s concert when Drew Sakson and his company – Sakson Mortgage Group of Carbondale – fed all comers in a generous gesture of goodwill to Carbondale concert-goers. By the way, Drew is the new CCAH board president and, along with all the Board of Directors, wants to hear your comments and suggestions on how your Arts Council can better serve your community. The board will be soliciting input from the community over the summer to hear your thoughts.Many thanks to the Dandelion Day Crew for the 1st mural, and many thanks to the Lazure Muralists for the new one.Let’s keep the good times rolling. . See you at the Park. . See you at the Fair.Thomas LawleyCarbondale Council on Arts & HumanitiesCarbondale Mountain Fair

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