Basalt, Colorado ~ Guinness World Record Holder
Announced Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Basalt
Largest Painting in the World Completed Only by Feet
126' x 180' totalling 21,752.83 square feet
It was a perfect day to set a world record. The sky was clear, wind gentle and soil soft for pushing stakes into the ground to hold the 560 panels of the world's largest foot-painted canvas. Right on schedule, the crew of community volunteers closed in on the last corner of the painting. Then the announcement floated across the field: all volunteers needed back in place. The Guinness World Record adjudicator Michael Empric had notified the Town of Basalt, organizers of the event, that the grass showing between the panels would disqualify the attempt.
For the next two hours, heated volunteers were back on the job. Every stake was pulled and each panel realigned. The sun got hotter and the dirt harder, but not a single complaint was heard. Finally, some time before noon as the last strip of art - the rich yellow one heralding "Town of Basalt - World Record 2015" - was stretched in place and secured, we heard the word that the job was done and alterations accepted. The dapper Mr. Empric read a statement announcing that Basalt had successfully set a world record, placing our town among the legions of record-setters since 1955 - oldest gymnast, youngest reader, longest kissers, most pull-ups and thousands more - all extolling strength, speed, creativity, daring and the unusual.
Photos by Dale Armstrong
Today and until a town as incredible as ours comes together feet dipped in multicolored paints, Basalt, CO holds the record for the largest painting created purely by foot and paw prints - 21,752.83 square feet. The last successful fete accompli of this kind was in 2012 in Hong Kong and covered just 18,134 square feet.
The event was not simply an exercise in placing among world record makers and breakers. "It has brought our community together and demonstrates that we can accomplish something amazing when we all work together," said Town Manager Mike Scanlon who spearheaded the project.
Our Town Planning
process that is helping to paint a picture for the downtown core with ideas and mapping from hundreds of local residents and business people, Barefoot in Basalt was designed to highlight and celebrate our ongoing unity and camaraderie. Among those leaving their footprints were government officials, teachers, the arts and recreation community, community volunteers, 672 elementary schoolchildren, 432 middle school kids and 50 high schoolers. Basalt Assistant Town Manager Judi Tippetts led the community-wide effort with Impact Marketing president Mary Kenyon and received support from sponsors Holy Cross Energy, Basalt Education Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, along with the Town of Basalt and others. For more information on how it all came about, visit
2015 Basalt Community Guide & Business Directory Hits the Streets
Hundreds of boxes of our new Basalt magazine rolled in last week are are already making their way around town. In addition to valley-wide distribution by RedWheel Media (formerly Aspen Activities), the magazine is finding its place in restaurants, shops, hotels, banks and professional offices throughout Basalt. On our first day out, Deb Morrison and
wonder kids loaded up their wagon and delivered more than 200 hundred magazines to locations in historic downtown. At Willits Town Center, Patti Beiser took to the streets with dozens more. You'll see us soon in the Basalt Business Center, Orchard Plaza, El Jebel and the mid-valley design, industrial and medical centers, If you don't find a copy as you dine and shop in Basalt, stop by the Caboose where we'll always have them outside in the rack.
Business owners and managers, stock up for your customers and clients and help share Basalt information, stories, guides and maps. Several businesses have volunteered to keep boxes available for easy access: visit
Community Banks of Colorado
in downtown Basalt,
in the Basalt Business Center, and
(above Starbucks) in Willits. We'll announce more locations next week.
Many thanks to writers, photographers, designers and advertisers who contributed to and supported this year's magazine. I think you'll all agree it's stunning!
In Case You Missed the Event News
A full slate of new and lively events is rolling out this summer for Basalt residents and valley visitors. After skyrocketing to Guinness World Record fame, Basalt offers
Habitat for Humanity Community Party
this Sunday and
at the end of the month in downtown Basalt. August kicks off with the "
All-In Community Country Dance
" and closes with
Motors on Midland
both on Midland Avenue. The
Chile Chili Festival
debuts September 19 in Willits Town Center. Beginning July 8, every Wednesday until August 12, music returns to Lions Park with the "
Basalt ArtsBeat & Summer Concert Series
Basalt Sunday Market
is back as of this Sunday, June 14, and
Basalt Bike Nights
continues every first Tuesday of the month at different restaurants downtown. Download the full 2015-2016 Basalt
, watch for updates and spread the word. Basalt is rocking!
See you around Basalt!
President/CEO, Basalt Chamber of Commerce
With the rivers high and fears of late freezes behind us, we can fully enjoy the colors and wonders of spring in the Rockies.
As a special treat, videographer Barry Stevenson focused his camera on Basalt earlier this season to remind us of how it all began. Enjoy!
Basalt Colorado: The Magic of Spring
Emmy Award winning videographer Barry Stevenson of Outside Adventure Media expertly records the magical changes in the world that make us pause in appreciation. Traveling around the country on jobs, he always returns to our community to capture the seasons, special events and even the making of world records. Click above and watch as spring comes exquisitely to life in Basalt.
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Welcome New Members!
General athletic fitness, personal training and weight management
Tania works in oils, encaustic and sculpture and is collected world-wide
A micro-roaster sourcing quality beans grown from coffee farmers world-wide
A co-op Mexican catering business and sit-down restaurant; take-out available
Gentle chiropractic, corrective exercise, functional medicine and more
The freshest, crispiest, organically grown produce around
113-room, eco-friendly hotel opening later this year in Willits Town Center
Rental & construction remodel management for 2nd home owners
Sushi & Sports Bar offering Asian cuisine at Willits. Daily lunch specials
General contracting & project management throughout the valley
Versaspa Spray Tan, Red Light Therapy
(Anti-aging Beauty Angel)
For a full list of Basalt Chamber of Commerce business members, visit
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
MAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EVENTS
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FUN-FILLED FAMILY DAY Event Poster
Sunday, June 14, 1-5pm in Lions Park
BASALT CHAMBER MAY BUSINESS AFTER HOURS See Below
Hosted by Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty,
Ann Korologos Gallery, SolarGlass Windows & Doors and Terrain Land Architects
Thursday, June 18, 5:30 to 7pm
Join us for an after-hour mini-block party at with refreshments, appetizers
BASALT PAN & FORK LEMONADE DAYS
door prizes and more.
Thursday, June 18, 3-6pm at Aspen Valley Hospital
A one-stop event for summer activities for a physically & socially active lifestyle!
Saturday, June 27, 11am to 3pm ~ Downtown Basalt
Lemonade Stands, Parade, Music & Local Restaurant Specials
11am ~ Lemonade Days Parade
12noon ~ Big Dog & the Midnight Badger Street Musicians
Recurring Events and Social Connections
Coffee With Mayor Jacque Whitsitt
Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at Saxy's in downtown Basalt
Please check the Town Calendar to confirm.
Coffee with Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry
Every 2nd Wednesday around 8:15 am at Cafe Bernard's in downtown Basalt. Please check to confirm schedule
Download the Basalt Calendar of Events here
To view a more complete calendar of Basalt events, visit the Chamber website
To download an updated list of the Chamber's monthly Business After Hours, click here
For the Town of Basalt's meetings & events schedule visit their website here and click "Calendar"
for updates and Join Us for Fun, Music & Great Food At the Basalt Sunday Market!
Basalt Business After Hours
Thursday, June 18th, 5:30-7pm
Ann Korologos Gallery, Happy Real Estate, SolarGlass Windows & Doors
Sotheby's International Realty and Terrain Land Architects
201 & 221 Midland Avenue
Rain or shine! Enjoy fine food & refreshments served in the Ann Korologos Gallery,
and scrumptious dessert across the way at Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty.
Food provided by Heather's Savory Pies & Tapas Bar. Drinks by Jimbo's Liquor.
Be sure to bring your business card for door prizes.
Rain or shine ~ always great company and opportunities for new business connections.
A BENEFIT NETWORKING EVENT FOR BASALT CHAMBER MEMBERS
Members attend free of charge. Non-members: $15 after 1st complimentary visit.
BY WEDNESDAY, June 17th AT NOON
BASALT IN THE NEWS
& OTHER NEWS AROUND THE STATE
"Basalt puts its best foot forward to set Guinness World Record" Aspen Times 5/31/15
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UPDATE: News from Willits Town Center
Willits Care Center
Grand Opening Guests
The warmer, sunny summer days brings more activity
& opening events to Willits Town Center.
- Kudos to Willits Care Center, the clinic facility owned by Valley View Hospital, for their extremely successful grand opening event in May. Care providers are ready to see patients in this welcoming space.
- Look for another Grand Opening event June 11th hosted by Bauer EyeCare on East Valley Road.
- Coming soon! Keating Fine Art is nearly ready to open in its new beautiful location. Please stop by to say hello to Gordon Keating and view the fine original artworks. Be sure leave your email address to be invited to opening events and upcoming artist showings.
- Willits Veterinary Hospital's Dr. John Kuck added a pet-friendly MRI to its unique services.
- Construction of the 113-room Element by Westin is on track to open prior to Christmas.
RFTA SUMMER SCHEDULES START SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2015
Preview schedules at www.RFTA.com
Plan your commute changes accordingly and preview the RFTA Summer Season schedules now at
Changes will occurred on the VelociRFTA BRT, Local Valley, Hogback, and City of Aspen routes.
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The FISHING REPORT
On The Fly:
Swelled up rivers are a welcome sight for anglers
This week will be an interesting one for the Roaring Fork Valley fly fisher, as the culmination of all of this May rain and snow starts its way down to the mighty Colorado River..... read the rest of the story here.
USGS Real Time
for the Fork at Basalt (Emma)
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This Month In Basalt
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