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December 17 - In This Issue:

What a night it was! Last Friday in Basalt. Not a single parking spot on Midland Avenue, as people walked up and down the street visiting the open galleries and shops offering special holiday sales. Willits Town Center was much the same. I ran over a little before 5pm to see such a lovely sight: trees wrapped in different color lights, a horse-drawn carriage turning a corner loaded with kids and families, a line half the park long with all ages of people waiting to sit with the finest-looking Santa and Mrs. Claus that ho-ho'ed this side of the North Pole.

Before I got out of my car, I heard the sounds of White Christmas coming from the speakers, a four-person carol group layered in warm holiday coats and set up in the middle of the park. The Lions Club gents were there again with their hot cider and cookies, laughing with pride as I taste-tested their two types of home-made chili. A special thank you to this hard-working, lion-hearted bunch, who do so much good in our community. Of course, they're one among a bevy of giving groups, and my heart is full of appreciation for all our non-profits and civic organizations, especially at this time of the year.

Back in historic downtown the mountain of a tree that was lit in formal ceremony last Friday still glows through the night and more and more lights come up on businesses and residences nearby. I started the December 12 ArtWalk at the Wyly Annex, with the Bayard Hollins solo exhibit of lovely expressionist paintings. Then I wandered up Midland Avenue to the still packed Ann Korologos Gallery to greet a smiling group of people, and enjoy the "Gift of Winter Holiday" Exhibition. Further up Midland were Creative Spaces I and II, with an eclectic and impressive mix of glass art, sculpture, marquetry furniture, paintings and Plains Indian reproduction pieces. The Basalt Chamber's Creative Spaces Project continues to decorate empty storefronts to liven up the town, and even a somewhat dark and dreary bus stop on Highway 81. I capped a delightful evening at Toklat Gallery on Two Rivers Road, for a lovely display of Swedish textile art, paintings, Colorado crystals, and hand-crafted three-dimensional art. I've updated information below on the lighting of the town and local art. Do wander around the galleries and see the exhibits before they change.


Tonight at sundown in downtown Basalt, a crowd of people and at least a half dozen well-behaved dogs shared a very special moment. The first candle of the first "public" menorah in Basalt was set aglow between the holiday tree and the peace pole in Lions Park. Nearly a hundred people attended the inter-faith ceremony. Town Councilman Rob Leavitt shared the story of Chunukah and Rabbi David Segal performed the Chanukah blessings. Both were clearly moved, describing their own stories of Chanukah and how meaningful it is that Basalt now has a menorah for all to see and share, the only one of its kind in the Valley. Father Will Fisher and his family were there, along with Mayor Jacque Whitsitt, Town Councilmen Bernie Grauer and Rick Stevens, Jon Fox Rubin of the Manaus Fund, friends from near and far, even a gentleman from Redstone who heard this morning's story on the radio and brought his wife and three beautiful young daughters for the celebration.  To read more about the event, see the event program or visit the Chamber's website event page


At last Tuesday's Town Council meeting, Mike Scanlon unveiled this year's video of all the Town worked on in Basalt in 2014. From 2,102,400,000 minutes of taping - I can't even imagine! - he culled down the images into six minutes of our Town in evolution. You can view the video below.

  • Downtown Area Advisory Committee Presentation, tomorrow at 4 pm
  • Basalt Chamber of Commerce's last Business After Hours of 2014, tomorrow at 5:30pm
You can read about these events and more below and on the Basalt CO Community Page.  
Warm regards,
Robin Waters
President/CEO for your Chamber of Commerce

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Thursday December 18, 5:30-7 pm 
Co-Hosts: Alpine Bank Willits, Smoke, Sure Thing Burger, El Korita & El Jebeverage
711 East Valley Road
Visit the Chamber's event page for more information 
RSVP with your name and business here 
Thursday, December 18, 4pm
Basalt Regioal Library Community Room 
The volunteer DAAC will report on their intensive work of the last 10 weeks and recommendations for the "Our Town Planning" area 
Beginning this Saturday Dec 6 through March 14
        Eagle Crest Nursery in El Jebel.

To view a more complete calendar of Basalt events, visit the Chamber website
You're Invited!

Food * Beverages * Door Prizes * Santa Claus 

    Thursday, December 18, 5:30-7pm
    WHERE:  Alpine Bank - Willits
    711 East Valley Road
Hosted by: 
Alpine Bank Willits

Food by Smoke, Sure Thing Burger & El Korita ~ Wow!
Beverages by El Jebeverage

Door prizes include gift baskets and 
a chance to win tickets to an AVS game! 

Basalt Business After Hours is a Chamber of Commerce 
business and community networking event.  
Basalt Chamber Members and first-time visitors attend free of charge. Non-member fee is $15.  
Please join us and get to know your Basalt business neighbors. 
Kids are welcome... Come visit Santa Claus! 
RSVP by 5pm on December 17 with your name & business

Thursday, December 18, 4pm 
Basalt Regional Library Community Room
They started 10 weeks ago, this group of 10 representative citizens convened to help plan the future of Basalt. The Downtown Area Advisory Committee (DAAC) members were appointed "to help the Basalt Town Council determine plausible redevelopment scenarios for the Our Town Planning Area" which includes the former Pan and Fork mobile home park, Clark's Market and Lions Park (where the Town Hall and our Chamber caboose sits) pr

This stage, in which the DAAC members will prepare recommendations for these key areas of Basalt's historic downtown, is part of a bigger process that began in early 2014 with a series of 18 chat sessions, stakeholder group discussions, and public meetings. About 3,000 ideas were generated and 300+ maps and drawings submitted, all sharing visions of the future for our Town. Once a kaleidoscope of possibilities was laid out, the challenge became to synthesize the components into three options, of which a people's vote selected one that became the basis for the current planning stage.

The progression adheres to the concept of "collective leadership," a broadly representative and logical planning process that adapts to the changing needs and stages of community planning. Once community members contributed their individual ideas, plans and drawings, then narrowed the options through a vote, the new group of individually-appointed representatives were charged with further distilling the collection of ideas into a result that was agreeable to most, if not all, DAAC members and would please most, if not all, of the broader community ~ the essence of a true democratic process.

It can't have been easy, yet in every meeting I attended there was a lively sharing of ideas and listening, creative visualization, and deep reflection on content, impact and long-term viability. 

To the original 10, thank you from the Basalt Chamber for your dedication and insightful work. We're excited to live in a Town with such an open and engaging planning process and look forward to hearing your conclusions.
  • Council Appointments: Ted Guy, Greg Shugars, Cathy Click, Steve Chase, Chris Lane, Charlie Cole
  • P&Z Appointments: Chris Touchette and Tracy Bennett
  • Mayor's Cabinet Appointments: Gerry Terwilliger and Julie Kolar
  • Moderator: Paul Andersen
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"On the Fly: Reinventing the fly-tying wheel"
Aspen Times 12/10/14

Town Manager Mike Scanlon's Weekend Update
Find information on happenings around the Town including the housing needs survey, Downtown Area Advisory Committee, development projects, parks and trails activities, and more. 
If we've missed anything or you have new news to report, please send it to us. If it's good news, and hasn't yet made the headlines, we'll see if we can get our local papers interested.
Dave Durrance "Orbits" at  
Creative Spaces I
Amy Laugesen 
"Weathered Toy" at 
Ann Korologos Gallery 
Paula Fischer  
"Naif" Paintings at 
Toklat Gallery
Shannon Muse  
& Meg McNulty at 
Creative Spaces II 

ArtWalkA World of Art in Historic Downtown Basalt 
Take a stroll around Historic Downtown Basalt 
and enjoy winter art exhibitions, special holiday sales and fine dining.
Check with the individual galleries for hours of opening.
The Creative Spaces Projects are open by appointment. 
Ann Korologos Gallery 
211 Midland Avenue
"The Gift of Winter" ~ Holiday Exhibition 
Featuring new works in a range of fine art - bronze, oils, watercolors and photography. 
Pictured: Marie Figge Wise "Winter Comes to the Roaring Fork" 

Toklat Gallery 
Riverside Plaza (Two Rivers Road & Midland Avenue)
Josefine Gordh's Swedish textile art (pictured to the right) 
Paula Fischer "Naif" painter from Argentina 
Plus one-of-a-kind Colorado Crystals, dinosaur bone earrings & pendants, and leather beaded bracelets. 

Wyly Annex 
174 Midland Avenue
Bayard Hollins Solo Exhibition  
Featuring the internationally-exhibited and collected works of
Basalt resident Bayard Hollins

"Creative Spaces Project" of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce 
I.  227 Midland Avenue #14A
    Dave Durrance paintings
    Dave Struempler marquetry and artistic furniture  
    Rick Stevens reproduction plains indian art 

II. 227 Midland Avenue 16A 
    Shannon Muse glass art & sculpture 
    Meg McNulty neon art 

V.  RFTA Park N Ride (corner of Hwy 82 & Basalt Avenue)
The Chambers Creatives Spaces Project moves outdoors for the season. Designed, installed & donated by Mountain Greenery working with Chamber volunteers Lynne Mace and Karen Andrade, with support from the Town of Basalt and Roaring Fork Transit Authority 
                                                                           (Photo by John Swanson, Basalt Realty)
LightsTHE LIGHTS OUTSIDE MY WINDOW (12/17/14 update)
Just five feet outside the front door of the Caboose is a glorious sight to delight all through the winter season, thousands of points of colored light wrapped around one of the biggest, most beautiful in-town evergreens in the valley.

Like ma
gic, every year about this time Basalt suddenly glitters with sparkling rainbow colors, rich green decor and whimsical design. I invite you to join me in recognizing the hard and dedicated work of the Town of Basalt and others for bringing us this joyous ambiance. Working again with Holiday Magic by Artful Gardens, the Town installed Christmas lights on trees in the Basalt Avenue roundabout and a lighted wreath on the Basalt monument sign to welcome holiday visitors. The Midland Avenue and Emma Bridges have been decorated with garlands and Christmas lights.

In West Basalt, the Town partnered with INDVentures and Daly Property Services (of whom owner Will Vannice is a member of the Chamber's board) to decorate for the holidays in Willits Town Center's Triangle Park, the pocket park by Whole Foods, and the Willits Lane roundabout.

Across Highway 82 from the downtown roundabout, the Chamber's Creative Spaces Project committee has taken their town revitalization efforts outdoors for the holiday season. Committee members Lynne Mace (Toklat Gallery) and Karen Andrade teamed up with Jill Kops and Sandy of Mountain Greenery to illuminate and dress the roadside corner of the Basalt Park-N-Ride. Mountain Greenery generously designed, donated and installed the trees, lights and holiday decor, while receiving enthusiastic support of the Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) and the Town of Basalt.

Thanks to the Town and Basalt Chamber, the candles of a 9' menorah now glow in Lions Park, the only one of its kind throughout the Valley. Watch as each of the candles lights up over the next seven days.

When you find yourself glowing in the spirit of the season, just remember
there are little elves working through the night to make your season bright.

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I don't remember tying a single fly this summer. The warmer months become a blur when you work for one of the busiest fly shops around, and some things, especially vise time, fall by the wayside. There is something instinctive in me that awakens when the first flakes begin to fly. Akin to spawning rituals or yearly migrations, when the days get shorter, I get on the vise....
For the rest of the story read "On the Fly" provided weekly by the Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt.


USGS Real Time Flow Chart for the Frying Pan River
USGS Real Time Flow chart for the Fork at Basalt (Emma)

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