Telluride Brewing brings home award

Face Down Brown wins bronze at the Great American Beer Festival

Special Thanks Eva Thomas, Planet Contributor

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Telluride Brewing cofounders, Tommy Thacher, left, and Chris Fish hold up their award-winning beer, the Face Down Brown. (Photo by Eva Thomas/Telluride Daily Planet)

Cheers could be heard up and down Lawson Hill’s Society Drive Friday around 5:30 p.m. as Telluride Brewing Co. employees watched their iconic Face Down Brown brew take bronze at the Great American Beer Festival.

The festival “invites industry professionals to sit together in small groups and, without knowing the brand or brewery name, evaluate beers in defined style categories. The ultimate goal of the Judge Panel is to identify up to three world-class beers that best represent each beer style category,” according to the Great American Beer Festival website.

“I was so excited to hear the name called. Knowing how much time, energy and love that goes into that beer, and all the beers the come out of here, it was a great sense of accomplishment,” Telluride Brewing president and cofounder of Tommy Thacher said.

Telluride Brewing and the Face Down Brown are no strangers to awards. The Face Down Brown, a hybrid American- and English-style brown with roasted caramel malts that create flavors of toffee, has previously won awards at the World Beer Cup in 2012, as well as the Great American Beer Festival in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

When cofounders Thacher and Chris Fish first started the brewery in 2011, they did not expect the Face Down Brown to be the success it is today. The beer did not even have its own can yet and was packaged in a Bridal Veil Pale Ale can when it took its first trip to the World Beer Cup.

“It started as one batch of brown ale. The very first batch we brewed went to that World Beer Cup and won first place. I just wanted to make a brown ale that I liked and wanted to drink. We didn’t even have a plan for it to be a standard at all, and then it won. The second beer for a brewery is typically an IPA, but after it won, I decided that would be our second beer,” said Fish, who is also the brewmaster.

Since that first batch of Face Down Brown, the recipe for the beer has remained untouched. On the Telluride Brewing website, the beer is described as “a beautiful hybrid of an English and American Brown Ale that explodes with aromas of toffee, chocolate, and nut balanced hop forward with German Noble and big American aroma hops.”

Thanks to Face Down Brown’s accolades and recognitions, the beer put Telluride Brewing “on the beer map quick,” said Fish. “The cool thing about this beer is that when they train judges at beer contests, or when they look up the style guidelines for an American-Style Brown, the Face Down shows up as an example.”

Out of the 15 barrels in the brewery warehouse, the largest tank, aptly named “Bertha,” brews the Face Down Brown during the fall and winter, when the beer is most popular. Bertha takes seven brews to fill, as compared to a typical barrel that takes three brews. The process of filling Bertha takes two full days.

Despite the Face Down Brown’s success at contests, the beer is only the second most popular beer at the brewery. The most popular beer at the Brewery is the Tempter IPA, which is an India Pale Ale. This discrepancy does not alarm Fish. “It’s pretty rare for a brewery to have one of their best-selling beers even be an American-style brown,’’ he said.

The brewery, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in October, owes part of its success to Telluride.

“We’ve joked that Telluride is our secret ingredient,” Fish said. “Beer is mostly water, and we have the headwaters of the San Miguel, so we’ve got amazing water.”

Fish, who has brewed beer for almost 19 years, began crafting his own beers in high school. He would go to the homebrew store and buy supplies to make beer for himself and his friends.

“At the time, you could go to the homebrew store and buy ingredients because it wasn’t alcohol yet,” Fish said.

When he turned 21, Fish volunteered at the Great American Beer Festival, the same festival and contest his creations are now winning. After volunteering, he took a job at Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery in Boulder.

Fish first moved to Telluride after attending the Telluride Brews and Blues Festival. Shortly after the festival, he took a job at the Smuggler-Union Brewery & Restaurant in town.

In fact, Smugglers is where Fish and Thacher initially met.

“When I first moved to Telluride in 2004, the first day I was here, I sat next to him at the bar at Smugglers. We’ve been best friends ever since,” Thacher said.

From best friends to business partners, what inspired Fish and Thacher to start a brewery in Telluride was the community.

“It’s been all about this town and the support we get,” Fish said. “When you walk in and see locals and tourists enjoying their beers … that’s what it is all about.”

San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference

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YOU’RE INVITED to join us September 22-24, 2021 in Telluride for Solving Pandora’s Box: the application of the arts and humanities to the challenges of mining and reclamation.

Telluride’s resource-rich mountains have long drawn enterprising people who viewed the landscape through diverse perspectives. Inspired by their muses, some even by hubris, many came seeking not only profitable livelihoods but also their fortunes. The early entrepreneurs who came to mine left their marks on history as well as on the Telluride landscape. Today, the community has transitioned to a much different economy based on tourism and recreation, steeped in the arts, humanities, and philanthropy.  

Building on the 2020 conference theme of adaptation and necessity inspiring innovation, the 2021 event will explore past examples of and future opportunities for incorporating the arts and humanities into various aspects of mining and reclamation project design and implementation. The theme of managing consequences with creative solutions is also intended to inspire discussion of innovative community engagement and collaboration. What opportunities exist for art installations to be incorporated into reclamation work? How are stakeholders being used effectively as resources? These questions, as well as how to preserve historic structures for modern uses and what nontraditional funding opportunities can be developed, are just a few that can be considered at this year’s conference. 

See 2021 Conference Topics



Plan your trip with room reservations, field trips, and a great line up of thought-provoking sessions and networking events.


Wednesday evening, 9/22  5:00pm- 7:00pm
Welcome Reception
at Peaks Resort, Mountain Village

Thursday, 9/23 8:30am- 4:30pm
Conference Day
at Sheridan Opera House, downtown Telluride
Session 1: Art, Design & Creative Values
Session 2: Humanistic Community Engagement
Session 3: Imaginative Solutions to Technical Challenges

Thursday Evening, 9/23 5:00pm- 7:30pm
Pandora's Party
with networking, music and art exhibits, Transfer Warehouse, downtown Telluride

Friday, 9/24 Field tours:
Morning Tours:

Option 1- Pandora Mill & Bulkhead plus Valley Floor

Option 2- Ophir Area Tour including Matterhorn, Carribeau & Other

Afternoon Tours: Option 1 or 2 (same as above)


A limited number of rooms is reserved at the Peaks Resort and Spa for 33% off normal prices ($269 for king or double king rooms) for a very limited time. Conference attendees can email or call Travis Tayrien or call (970) 728-7381 to ask for “San Juan Mining Conference” when registering to receive the discount.

Alpine Lodging is offering a 10% discount to conference attendees, valid for any stay between September 20-27, 2021, for any of its properties including Mountainside Inn (most affordable option) as well as private homes, condominiums or other hotels. Book online at, and enter the promotional booking code “sjmrc2021” at checkout.


The 19 Most Anticipated Films at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals

The 19 Most Anticipated Films at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals

Venice, Italy, and Telluride, Colorado—two cities that ordinarily have nothing in common, but for one weekend each year become the white-hot center of the film industry, with festivals that kick off awards season by premiering a huge slate of would-be contenders. Venice is where Joker became a surprise contender when it won the Golden Lion, and where audiences first embraced Roma; Telluride, meanwhile, is where a former festival volunteer named Barry Jenkins debuted his film Moonlight, while Vanity Fair’s own Richard Lawson made a bold prediction about the Oscar potential for Emma Stone. 

And this year the stakes may be higher than ever, with Telluride returning after canceling last year’s event, and both festivals attempting to set the tone for a more normal moviegoing fall. On this week’s Little Gold Men podcast, Vanity Fair’s Telluride-bound correspondents—Lawson, David Canfield, and Rebecca Ford—join Katey Rich and Joanna Robinson for a look at what to expect, as well as some Venice debuts to keep an eye on. Listen to the episode below: 

Though the Telluride lineup remains closely guarded until the day the festival begins, the Awards Insider team has been bringing exclusive early looks at some of this year’s titles. Ahead, a look at the titles we’re most intrigued by—and tune in to next week’s episode for some post-festival chatter about how it all turned out. 

A guide to Hollywood’s biggest races


The Power of the Dog

As the first film by Jane Campion in more than a decade, this 1920s-set Western was at the top of our “most anticipated” list even before David Canfield brought us an exclusive early look at the film, with insight from Campion and star Benedict Cumberbatch about how they recreated the Montana frontier in New Zealand. On a recent Little Gold Men episode, the team also discussed the novel by Thomas Savage that Campion adapted for the film, and wondered how the in-depth internal monologues of the novel might translate onscreen. Based on even the pre-festival buzz we’re hearing, they seem to translate just fine. The Power of the Dog will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival before moving on to Telluride, and then the Toronto and New York film festivals later this month. 


A massive adaptation of an enormously influential work of science fiction, delayed for nearly a year due to the pandemic—Dune will arrive at the Venice Film Festival with huge expectations, for director Denis Villeneuve as well as its starry cast (we’re hearing especially good buzz about Rebecca Ferguson’s performance). Way back in April of 2020, Anthony Breznican debuted first-look images of the film in Vanity Fair.


Several major movies this fall had to navigate pandemic challenges to go into production, but none of them solved the problem quite as creatively as Joe Wright’s Cyrano, which took over the historic city of Noto, Italy, to establish its COVID-safe bubble. “I believe that it’s our humble job as storytellers to help people heal from the kind of trauma that we’ve all been going through globally,“ Wright told Vanity Fair’s Rebecca Ford, calling his adaptation of the Cyrano musical “my heart out there.” Starring Peter Dinklage, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Wright’s real-life partner, Haley Bennett, Cyrano promises to be a mix of theater and film in the vein of Anna Karenina, with a romantic twist.

The Lost Daughter

Most debut directors don’t get the chance to show their films at a festival as prestigious as Venice—but then, most debut directors aren’t Maggie Gyllenhaal, who used her decades of experience making movies as an actor for her adaptation of the novel by Elena Ferrante. “I grew up in a time where there were some really interesting women making movies, but there weren’t very many,” she told V.F.’s David Canfield for our early look at the film. “I just, without thinking about it, was like, Oh, I’m an actress. I didn’t give myself the opportunity to think about director.” If The Lost Daughter wins over audiences in Venice as well as Telluride, Gyllenhaal might find a career behind the camera as successful as the one she’s had in front of it. 


Kenneth Branagh has had something of a shape-shifting career as a director, ranging from Shakespeare adaptations to a live-action Cinderella, but it’s likely that his premiere at this year’s Telluide Film Festival will be his biggest departure yet. Based on his own childhood memories growing up in Northern Ireland at the beginning of the Troubles, Belfast is a black-and-white, deeply personal period piece—one very connected to modern-day upheaval as well. “I found that this lockdown really triggered something for me that reminded me of a fragility in our lives,” he told Rebecca Ford for our first-look feature on the film, which stars Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds, Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, and young newcomer Jude Hill. “I felt obliged and compelled to finally revisit this moment.” 


The new film from Jackie director Pablo Larraín will premiere at Venice and Telluride with an enormous amount of anticipation around it, partly thanks to the canny marketing that’s teased the movie in only the briefest glimpses. There was the beguiling teaser poster, and then a minute-long trailer in which Kristen Stewart’s Princess Diana says only two syllables, but enough to earn heaps of praise anyway. In this period between two Diana-centric seasons of The Crown, it seems like an ideal time for Stewart to put her stamp on the People’s Princess—and for Larraín to present an intensely focused look at one of the most famous, and tragic, women to ever live. 

King Richard

Will Smith’s last Oscar nomination was for the inspirational, based-on-a-true-story family drama The Pursuit of Happyness, and there’s good reason to suspect he might follow the same path with King Richard, a biopic about Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena. Released by Warner Bros., it’s the kind of big studio movie that doesn’t often swing through Telluride, suggesting some major faith in the project. 

The Last Duel

What to make of the fact that the first of two Ridley Scott projects premiering this fall will play only at Venice? With Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Adam Driver, and Jodie Comer in the cast, it will be one of the festival’s starriest premieres—and if reviews are good, it will make critics and awards watchers trapped in North America insanely jealous that they won’t get to experience it for themselves. So why wouldn’t a film this promising take a victory lap at another fall festival? It could be because Scott has another potential awards hit coming in House of Gucci in just a few months, and it’s too much competition. It could be to amp up the anticipation even more ahead of the scheduled October 15 release date. Or there could be a reason we won’t find out until the Venice premiere. Watch this space! 

C’mon C’mon 

Certain subsets of Oscar fanatics are still furious that Annette Bening missed out on an Oscar nomination for 2016’s 20th Century Women, which puts all the more attention on director Mike Mills’s follow-up, C’mon C’mon, which will debut at Telluride. It’s Joaquin Phoenix’s first feature post-Joker, and is a family-driven story that suggests some more empathetic, grounded work than, well, strutting down a staircase in clown makeup. 

Last Night in Soho

With its release long delayed by the pandemic and a trailer that promises bloody thrills and a bit of time travel, Edgar Wright’s latest, premiering at Venice and later at the Toronto Film Festival, could be the kind of genre effort that wins over skeptics—and yet another showcase for the talents of Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit) and possible future Emmy winner Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit). 

And a few more to watch out for… 

Benedict Cumberbatch actually has two films premiering at Telluride, and The Electrical Life of Louis Waina period piece biopic about the British artist—appears to be a little more conventional than The Power of the Dog, but promising all the same. A few earlier festival hits will show back up at Telluride to build more buzz heading into the fall, including Red RocketA Hero, and Flee. On the documentary side, Free Solo directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi are back with The Rescue at Telluride, alongside the Julia Child documentary Julia from Betsy West and Julie Cohen. We’ll also be keeping an eye on Ana Lily Amirpour’s latest, Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon, at Venice, the Riz Ahmed–led Encounter at Telluride, and Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God. And as always, we’re hoping there’s something coming that’s not yet on our radar, just waiting to blow us away. 

Telluride Adaptive Sports Program holds first in-person fundraiser

‘It can only get better from here’

Telluride Adaptive Sports Program holds first in-person fundraiser

  • Special Thanks Eva Thomas, Planet ContributorTASP

Will Chapman, far fight, and Makenna Craige, center, worked Telluride Adaptive Sports Program’s Wednesday night’s fundraiser at the Transfer Warehouse. Both said how much they enjoy working and volunteering for the program. (Photo by Eva Thomas/Telluride Daily Planet)


For 25 years, the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP) has provided a safe place for individuals with disabilities to gain confidence and experience all the outdoors has to offer in the region. One of the only programs in the immediate region focusing on recreation for individuals with disabilities, TASP holds multiple fundraising events in Mountain Village and Telluride throughout the year.

TASP Executive Director Courtney Stuecheli is celebrating her 15th year with the organization in September, and continues

“I always admired the mission of the organization and the work of the previous director, Colleen Trout,” Stuecheli said. “It seemed like a natural fit.”

TASP offers year-round programs for people all ages and accessibility levels.

In Telluride, there’s no shortage of adventures and activities, and TASP’s programming hasn’t stopped because of COVID-19, Stuecheli explained. This summer, TASP held four camps for veterans, and they are getting ready for two hand-cycling camps in Moab this fall.

In the winter season, the organization runs a daily ski program.

“The program services participants with all different needs, whether it be a hearing-impaired interpreter or a visually impaired guide, we offer services and equipment to anybody out on the slopes with their able-bodied peers,” Stuecheli said.

During the pandemic, TASP had to adapt. Instead of holding in-person fundraising events, they held their first online auction. The auction included prizes like a four-day stay in a Mountain Village resort and art by local artists.

However, this year Stuecheli is excited to reinstate in-person fundraising events. On Wednesday, in conjunction with Nova Home Loans and Land Title Guarantee Company, TASP held a fundraising event at the Transfer Warehouse featuring local band Lavalanche.

“The guys at Nova Home Loans and Land Title here in Telluride approached us to be the nonprofit beneficiary to a one-night music event featuring Lavalanche. We are so grateful that they support our mission to opening the outdoors to all,” Stuecheli said. “And making it more possible for individuals with disabilities by promoting independent and personal growth through adventure and all of the activities that people cherish in a mountain town, whether that’s skiing, rock climbing, cycling and just the therapeutic benefits of our beautiful outdoors here.”

Will Chapman, who attended the event on Wednesday, works full-time for TASP. Originally from Florida, he joined the team because he “just really fell in love with the program.”

“I leave work every day happy, and that’s all I can ask for,” Chapman said.

Another volunteer at the event was Makenna Craige, who grew up in Telluride and has volunteered with the program for the past eight years.

“At the end of any lesson, you have this smile on your face; it’s stuck there. My dad is a volunteer, and then I started getting into it, and so did my sister … and it’s kind of become like a family thing for us to all get involved within the community,” Craige said.

Specially trained and experienced volunteers and employees like Craige and Chapman are one of the reasons that make TASP so unique.

“We typically offer more than 50 different trainings for our volunteers and instructors. The product we sell is highly trained and specialized instructors to create a personalized experience you can’t duplicate,” Stuecheli said. “In a non-COVID year, we have upwards of 180 active volunteers in the community, which is incredible. We couldn’t do what we do without their support, and we are always looking for people to be a part of the TASP family.”

In addition to the concert on Wednesday, a big fundraising event for the organization is the 23rd Annual Bob Miller Memorial Golf Tournament, which takes place Sept. 16.

“We still have some teams available, and the event will most likely sell out,” Stuecheli said.

To sign up, go to or call Stuecheli at 970-728-3524.

If you cannot attend the golf tournament but still want to support the program, TASP is currently holding a text fundraiser. In honor of TASP’s 25th anniversary, the organization’s goal is to raise $25,000 by Nov. 1 through 1,000 individual donations of $25 each. To give, text TASP25 to 44-321.

“It takes quite a bit of money to run a ski program, and in pre-COVID times we raised over $100,000 in scholarships for veterans’ and regional use programs,” Stuecheli said. “The money we fundraise is spent and focused on educating new highly trained volunteers and instructors, lift access for participants and spent towards new adaptive equipment to be shared by people in the community.”

Stuecheli is prepared yet remains optimistic about the future of this upcoming winter season.

“It’s safety first this winter. The safety of our volunteers, our participants and our staff are at the forefront of what we do, and skiing can be challenging. Studies show us that some individuals with disabilities are at higher risk of COVID complications, and we are doing everything in our power to adhere to local health recommendations to ensure everyone’s safety,” she said. “I hope we can get more people out on the slopes. We got through last winter, and I know that it can only get better from here.”

Denver Air Connection Spreads Its Wings

Lineup of Denver Air Connection planes in Denver (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Special Thanks to Joey Gerardi

Denver Air Connection Spreads Its Wings

Colorado-based Denver Air Connection, or DAC for short, has had a very successful year. In just the past year and a half, they went from just four-passenger destinations to nine, and they are not done yet. Between May and August of 2020, they added Clovis, N.M.; Thief River Falls, Minn.; and Minneapolis St./Paul. This past summer they added Pierre, S.D.; Watertown, S.D.; and Chicago O’Hare to their network.

Denver Air Connection planes at Denver Intl. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Clovis, Thief River Falls, Pierre, and Watertown are all Essential Air Service, or EAS, contracts that they have won. The cities of Clovis and Thief River Falls won the contracts from San Francisco-based Boutique Air. In Pierre and Watertown they won the contracts from Utah-based SkyWest although SkyWest is still serving those cities without subsidy, the SkyWest flights are flown under the United Express brand. In this update, they will be announcing two more new cities to carriers growing route map, Ironwood, Mich. and Phoenix Sky Harbor, bringing their total number of destinations up to 11 across eight states.

DAC current route map as of August 2021

Ironwood, Michigan (IWD)

DAC has secured yet another EAS contract, this time in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the city of Ironwood. Current carrier Boutique Air has decided to terminate their contract after two incidents on the route during this past winter season, the first being a wheel falling off one of their aircraft on approach to Chicago O’Hare, and the second being the cargo door in the passenger cabin opening while on takeoff roll. The city of Ironwood asked the DOT to rebid the contract for the community after the two incidents and DAC was chosen.

The carrier will not change the destinations offered from the city and will fly to Minneapolis St./Paul and Chicago O’Hare. The flights to Minneapolis and Chicago will each operate once every day of the week making a total of 12-weekly round trip flights. Although neither destination will have flights on Saturdays, meaning that there will be no available flights out of the city that day.

Denver Air Connection’s website doesn’t show what aircraft will be operating each route although we reached out to the company and they did say they would fly primarily the 50-seat Embraer E145 out of Ironwood. This is odd as third-party booking sites such as Kayak and Orbitz are still showing the 30-seat Dornier 328Jets operating the flights to Minneapolis and the 50-seat Embraer E145 operating the flights to Chicago O’Hare, but that will most likely change as we get closer to the inaugural flight. The flight to Chicago O’Hare leaves Ironwood at 12:55-P.M. and the Minneapolis flight leaves Ironwood at 3-P.M..

Boutique Air’s last day of service to Ironwood will be Sept. 30, 2021, with DAC beginning service the next day, Oct. 1, 2021. They will operate six-weekly flights to each Chicago O’Hare and Minneapolis St./Paul, for a total of 12-weekly round-trip flights. Boutique operates 18-weekly flights but on considerably smaller 8-seat Pilatus PC-12’s. Assuming none of the flights are canceled, Boutique has roughly 144-weekly seats into Ironwood, but the new flights on DAC will be using primarily 50-seat Embraer E145’s according to the company.

This means that if DAC doesn’t cancel any flights and they are all operated by the 50-seat Embraer E145 jet, they will have roughly 600-weekly seats in the city, that’s more than a 400% increase in available seats from Boutique despite having fewer departures per month. Worst-case scenario and every single flight is operated using the 30-seat jet, that’s still more than double the number of monthly seats Boutique currently has.

A Denver Air Connection plane at Chicago O’Hare (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

With the termination of the previous contract, this means the two-year contract time period will reset, so instead of the contract expiring in June of 2022 DAC will have the contract in Ironwood for the next two years, until Sept. 30, 2023. The first-year subsidy will be $3,398,947 and the second-year subsidy will be $3,466,926.

Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX)

DAC will be expanding to its fourth large airport and not only that, but this will be the southernmost and westernmost destination the airline will serve and for parts of the year they will operate flights in three different time zones. Flights to Sky Harbor will operate from Telluride, Colo. a wealthy ski village high in the Rocky Mountains, Telluride Regional Airport is the highest elevation of any airport with commercial airline service in the United States, and the second-most overall in the country coming in at 9,078-Feet or 2,767-Meters.

Flights will operate between Phoenix and Telluride once a day beginning December 15, 2021, and will complement the carrier’s current Telluride flights out of Denver. The way the flight times line up, if someone was inclined to do so they could fly between Phoenix and Denver with a connection in Telluride. All flights to Telluride will be operated using the 30-seat Dornier 328Jet, a high-winged jet that is perfect for mountain flying. It is still too early to know what terminal and gate they will be operating out of at Phoenix Sky Harbor.

This will be the first time that Telluride will receive nonstop flights to Phoenix although not the first time they will see Arizona flights. The airport did have flights to both Kingman and Prescott, Ariz. with Great Lakes Airlines before they collapsed. Boutique Air also offered one-stop flights to Phoenix out of Telluride with a connection in nearby Cortez, Colo. but that hasn’t operated for a number of years either.

All flights and schedules are subject to change.

Second Annual Pedal for Prevention Virtual Ride - raise awareness for suicide prevention

Riding Separately and Together

September 25-26, 2021

Join us for the second annual “Pedal for Prevention” Virtual Ride

(or walk, run, swim – whatever gets you moving!) to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

Take action by joining us for a “virtual” bike ride, walk, run – whatever your favorite activity may be – and help raise awareness (and funds!) during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September.

Support your community when they may need you the most. So many people are feeling uncertain and helpless during this unprecedented time.  Others may be asking, “What can I do to help?”  This is our opportunity to to be pro-active, take action, and help Save Lives.

We hope that you join us in our efforts.  “Separate and Together” . . . we can make  a difference.


Sponsorships are still available!  Please contact:

Shiara Hickey Caubarreaux at


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    Music on the Green Summer Concert Series

    Location: Mountain Village

    The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA) and Beyond the Groove Productions Present "Music on the Green" in Mountain Village, Colorado. “Music on the Green,” a free summer concert series, takes place on Friday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m., June 4 through September 10, at Mountain Village, Colorado's Reflection Plaza, adjacent to the Madeline Hotel & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection.

    The Music on the Green Concert dates are:

    • June 4 Freddy & Francine
    • June 11 The Myners- featuring John Magnie of the subdudes and International Blues Challenge winner and violinist Lionel Young
    • June 18 Tall Tall Trees
    • June 25 Jim Parker
    • July 2 Wildermiss
    • July 9 Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
    • July 16 West Side Joe and the Men of Soul
    • July 23 Cousin Curtiss
    • July 30 AJ Fullerton
    • August 6 Sammy Brue
    • August 13 Kevin McCarthy Trio
    • August 20 Cordovas
    • August 27 Cary Morin Duo
    • Sept 3 Emily Scott Robinson
    • Sept 10 Daniel Rodriguez

    Telluride Jazz festival kicks off Thursday

    Proof of vaccinations, other measures reflect ongoing COVID-19 concerns

    • Special thanks Suzanne Cheavens, Associate Editor


    Telluride Jazz Festival returns this year after its 2020 pandemic cancellation. Not only will Telluride Town Park once again come alive with the sound of jazz, but Thursday’s Jazz on Main offers free music from 4-6 p.m. performed in venues along Colorado Avenue, including the Last Dollar Saloon, shown here in 2019. (Photo courtesy of Telluride Jazz Festival)


    No vaccination card — or negative COVID-19 test — no wristband. That’s the reality of a festival during a pandemic. SBG Productions, which produces this weekend’s Telluride Jazz Festival, recently announced its new policy, one that seeks to ensure the safety of its passholders, crew, volunteers and artists.

    In addition to requiring proof of vaccination to pick up a wristband, the festival, which is capped at 3,000 tickets, has expanded the size of the festival perimeter in order to give patrons ample room to spread out. The stretched boundaries add approximately 75,000 square feet to the space the small gathering usually occupies. The measure was designed to give people a greater comfort level by expanding into Bear Creek Field, adding to the customary space on the Little League field and the festival field in front of the Town Park stage.

    “The added space will allow a larger geographical footprint for attendees to spread out in small groups,” festival officials said in a statement.

    There will also be designated pathways painted on the ground with directional signs posted, changes intended to direct the flow of traffic on the festival grounds. Sanitation measures will also be ramped up with increased sanitization stations, hand washing stations and sanitization of high-touch areas.

    But the most telling indicator that the coronavirus still has its hold on how public events are conducted is the implementation of either proof of vaccination or a negative test for entry. According to a statement from SBG Productions, for those unvaccinated, free testing will be available on-site provided by Curative, a mobile testing center. Document verification will take place at a health check-in station, located next to the festival box office (300 E. Pacific St.), prior to approaching the box office. Once health documents have been verified, participants can continue to the box office to exchange tickets for wristbands. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is only required to be shown once during check-in. After check-in, there will be an express entry lane to the festival for those that have received wristbands.

    The community has been mostly supportive of the vaccination or negative test requirement, said SBG Director of Marketing Jacob Bomersback.

    “The announcement was received with mixed responses but it was overwhelmingly positive,” Bomersback said. “We know that we’re making the right decision to protect our community and attendees. We’re also seeing an industry-wide trend with these types of entry requirements for live music. Large-scale events like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo required and are requiring similar entry requirements.”

    SBG Director of Operations Courtney McClary serves on the board of directors for nonprofit Colorado Independent Venues Association (CIVA). Given that, in Colorado, the entertainment industry is the third-largest economic driver (behind mining and tourism), creating safety protocols is a way to get venues, entertainment organizations and artists back to work after a devastating 2020. CIVA, a state branch of National Independent Venues Association (NIVA), is following the industry toolkit the national nonprofit recommends. NIVA stresses safety first as more venues open and events move forward.

    “There will be challenges: many people are vaccinated, but the United States has not yet achieved herd immunity; everyone owns a face covering, but convincing them to wear it requires effort; physical distancing is well known, but people want to be together after more than a year apart,” according to the NIVA website. “We are not epidemiologists, we are event industry professionals, so we have followed the science from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health experts. Even in this unsettled economic, social, and public health environment, the one non-negotiable goal is putting life safety first. Everything else involves choices”


    You’ve shown your vax card or you’ve tested negative and received the wristband to show for it. You’re in. This weekend is the first time Telluride Town Park has hosted a festival since Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s back-to-back weekends in June. That festival — reduced to just 2,500 attendees per day — demarcated the grounds in roped-off pods, where groups of people lounged and soaked in the sun and the music.

    Ah, yes, the music. For many, the experience of hearing live music tops the 2020 list of “what I missed the most.” The wait is over for fans of Telluride Jazz Festival and its eclectic lineup, an impressive offering dotted with both established acts and new faces on the scene.

    Friday’s headliner is cutting edge pianist, Robert Glasper, whose music brings in elements of hip-hop, jazz and soul to the fore, an infusion that is fresh and modern while honoring his influences. Glasper is a visionary artist who played with luminaries such as Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove and Terence Blanchard before striking out on his own, remarkable musical journey. The auteur of 2013’s “Black Radio,” and an avid collaborator, Glasper will join the pantheon of jazz greats like Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.

    No ticket Friday? Lucky you, as KOTO is broadcasting Friday night’s music from Town Park, marking a return to Jazz after a long hiatus. Friday’s live broadcast begins at 5 p.m., when The Dip takes the stage, followed by Hot Buttered Rum at 6:30 p.m. before Glasper’s 8 p.m. set.

    Saturday in the park is a celebration of the Crescent City. The storied Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans headlines a massive day of music that also features The Budos Band, Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom and more.

    On Sunday, Galactic, a dynamic band that is beloved by our little music-mad town. No strangers to the valley, the New Orleans ensemble is returning for another electrified delivery of its hard-to-pigeonhole sound. It being Sunday, the day begins with gospel music, of course, this year as performed by The Harlem Gospel Travelers.

    No ticket? No problem. There’s tons of free music to take in this weekend. Thursday evening is Jazz on Main from 4-6 p.m., a progressive musical feast featuring jazz combos in venues along Main Street. Get a taste at Elinoff Gallery, Floradora, La Cocina de Luz patio, the New Sheridan Historic Bar and the Last Dollar Saloon.

    In Elks Park, Friday through Sunday, there’s programming on the Society Stage from late morning until mid-afternoon.

    For the complete schedule, go to, click “Lineup” and select “Schedule” from the dropdown menu





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    Mountain Village Calendar Of Events - August 2021

    Town of Mountain Village




    RESIDENTS     |     BUSINESSES     |    RECREATING     |    EVENTS





    August Calendar




    Events are subject to change. For current information visit our event calendar.
    To submit your upcoming event, please visit our website.  



    DAILY | Live Music in the Village Center

    DAILY | Live Music in the Village Center

    2 p.m.–4 p.m. & 5–7 p.m. 
    Mountain Village Center




    JULY 16-AUGUST 7 | Ah Haa Annual Art Auction

    JULY 16–AUGUST 7 | Ah Haa Annual Art Auction

    Virtual art auction, visit website for bidding opportunities. 




    AUGUST 3 | National Night Out

    AUGUST 3 | National Night Out

    5–8 p.m.
    Village Court Apartments 




    AUGUST 3 & 5 | Cooking Matters

    AUGUST 3 & 5 | Cooking Matters

    6–7 p.m. 
    Telluride High School Culinary Room




    AUGUST 4 |�Market on the Plaza

    AUGUST 4 | Market on the Plaza

    11 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Heritage Plaza




    AUGUST 5|�Design Review Board Meeting

    AUGUST 5 | Design Review Board Meeting

    10 a.m.
    Mountain Village Town Hall 




    AUGUST 5 | Sunset Stroll – Happy Hour in Mountain Village

    5–7 p.m.
    Mountain Village Center




    AUGUST 5 |�$1 Community Night featuring Flash Mountain Flood

    AUGUST 5 | $1 Community Night featuring Flash Mountain Flood

    9 p.m.
    Sheridan Opera House




    AUGUST 6 |�Telluride Farmers Market

    AUGUST 6 | Telluride Farmers Market

    10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
    South Oak Street




    AUGUST 6 | Music on the Green with Sammy Brue

    AUGUST 6 | Music on the Green with Sammy Brue

    5–7 p.m. 
    Reflection Plaza




    AUGUST 6 & 7 | Mind Blown Telluride

    AUGUST 6 & 7 | Mind Blown Telluride

    7 p.m. both nights, plus 9 p.m. show Friday
    The Peaks 




    AUGUST 7 & 8�| Telluride Classical

    AUGUST 7 & 8 | Telluride Classical

    2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. August 7 
    11a.m. August 8
    Sheridan Opera House




    AUGUST 7 |�Movies Under the Stars:

    AUGUST 7 | Movies Under the Stars: "The Wizard of Oz"

    8:30 p.m.
    Reflection Plaza




    AUGUST 9 |�August Intergovernmental Worksession

    AUGUST 9 | August Intergovernmental Worksession

    1:30 p.m.
    Hosted by Town of Telluride




    AUGUST 10 |�Merchant Meeting

    AUGUST 10 | Merchant Meeting

    10 a.m.




    AUGUST 11 |�Market on the Plaza

    AUGUST 11 | Market on the Plaza

    11 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Heritage Plaza




    AUGUST 11 |�Comprehensive Plan Open House

    AUGUST 11 | Comprehensive Plan Open House

    1–6 p.m.
    Telluride Conference Center




    AUGUST 12 |�San Miguel Authority For Regional Transportation (SMART) Meeting August 2021

    AUGUST 12 | San Miguel Authority For Regional Transportation Meeting 

    3 p.m.




    AUGUST 12 | Sunset Stroll �Happy Hour in Mountain Village

    AUGUST 12 | Sunset Stroll – Happy Hour in Mountain Village

    5–7 p.m.
    Mountain Village Center




    AUGUST 13-15 |�Telluride Jazz Festival

    AUGUST 13-15 | Telluride Jazz Festival

    Telluride Town Park & venues throughout Telluride




    AUGUST 13 |�Telluride Farmers Market

    AUGUST 13 | Telluride Farmers Market

    10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
    South Oak Street




    AUGUST 13 |�KOTO Duck Race

    AUGUST 13 | KOTO Duck Race

    12–2 p.m.
    Race begins at Town Park Bridge and ends at the Carhenge Bridge- on the San Miguel River.




    AUGUST 13 | Music on the Green with Kevin McCarthy Trio

    AUGUST 13 | Music on the Green with Kevin McCarthy Trio

    5–7 p.m. 
    Reflection Plaza




    AUGUST 13 & 14 | Mind Blown Telluride

    AUGUST 13 & 14 | Mind Blown Telluride

    7 p.m. both nights, plus 9 p.m. show Friday
    The Peaks




    AUGUST 14 |�Movies Under the Stars:

    AUGUST 14 | Movies Under the Stars: "Abominable"

    8:30 p.m.
    Reflection Plaza




    AUGUST 17 |�August Business Development Advisory Committee Meeting

    AUGUST 17 | Business Development Advisory Committee Meeting

    11 a.m.–12 p.m.
    Mountain Village Town Hall




    AUGUST 18 |�Market on the Plaza

    AUGUST 18 | Market on the Plaza

    11 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Heritage Plaza




    AUGUST 19 | Town Council Meeting

    AUGUST 19 | Town Council Meeting

    2 p.m.
    Mountain Village Town Hall




    AUGUST 19 | Hailey Griffin Pirate Party Fundraiser

    AUGUST 19 | Hailey Griffin Pirate Party Fundraiser

    4:30–9 p.m.
    Telluride Distilling Company Tasting Room




    AUGUST 19 | Sunset Stroll Happy Hour in Mountain Village

    AUGUST 19 | Sunset Stroll – Happy Hour in Mountain Village

    5–7 p.m.
    Mountain Village Center




    AUGUST 20 |�Guest DJ Day on KOTO featuring

    AUGUST 20 | Guest DJ Day on KOTO featuring "Neighbors"

    9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    On-air event, from KOTO's Studios




    AUGUST 20 |�Telluride Farmers Market

    AUGUST 20 | Telluride Farmers Market

    10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
    South Oak Street




    AUGUST 20 | Music on the Green with Cordovas

    AUGUST 20 | Music on the Green with Cordovas

    5–7 p.m. 
    Reflection Plaza




    AUGUST 21 |�Community Clean Up Day

    AUGUST 21 | Community Clean Up Day

    9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Telluride Conference Center Plaza




    AUGUST 21 | Movies Under the Stars: "The Secret Garden (2020)"

    8:30 p.m.
    Reflection Plaza



    AUGUST 21 |�Movies Under the Stars:


    AUGUST 25 |�Market on the Plaza

    AUGUST 25 | Market on the Plaza

    11 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Heritage Plaza




    AUGUST 26 | Sunset Stroll Happy Hour in Mountain Village

    AUGUST 26 | Sunset Stroll – Happy Hour in Mountain Village

    5–7 p.m.
    Mountain Village Center




    AUGUST 26 |�The California Honeydrops live in concert

    AUGUST 26 | The California Honeydrops live in concert

    9 p.m.
    Sheridan Opera House




    JULY 23 |�Telluride Farmers Market

    AUGUST 27 | Telluride Farmers Market

    10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
    South Oak Street




    AUGUST 27 | Music on the Green with Cary Morin Duo

    AUGUST 27 | Music on the Green with Cary Morin Duo

    5–7 p.m. 
    Reflection Plaza




    JULY 3031 | Mind Blown Telluride

    AUGUST 27 & 28 | Mind Blown Telluride

    7 p.m. both nights, plus 9 p.m. show Friday
    The Peaks




    AUGUST 29 | Freddy Jones live in concert

    AUGUST 29 | Freddy Jones live in concert

    8 p.m.
    Sheridan Opera House