Mountain Fair continues to thrive
August 15, 2008
I marvel at the health of this valley and hope it sustains. I use the Carbondale Mountain Fair as my barometer, and, once again, the Roaring Fork community came through to put on a fantastic fair! The New Frontier theme was represented, as it is in the community, by innovative displays, great organizations and solar panels on the park pavilion. The great thing is these panels are there all year long, harnessing energy that we then get to use to produce the fair.
The arts and crafts were unique and interesting. It was truly exciting to see the high caliber of local work represented at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities Valleywide Artist Gallery Tent. It was even better to see that so many supported it.
Most of all, it confirms that the power of human energy coming together to create is one of the most exceptional experiences. There are so many people to thank that I could not do it here, but it is important to acknowledge that none of this could happen without everyone giving what they can. It makes me love this community even more than I already do, which is a lot! Everyone must know that this event happens every year because of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. It does raise money for their arts programming year-round, but they also give that back tenfold in so many ways, from First Fridays to the Carbondale Concert Series to arts education in the schools. They are a membership organization and depend on that support. I hope all who enjoyed the fair take a moment to check out CCAH.
The town of Carbondale gives support throughout the year. It is a wonderful opportunity to work with all our local agencies in such a supportive way. Thanks to the police, public works, town trustees and town staff for being there when we need them! I also want to give a big shout out to KDNK Community Radio, which broadcasts the fair all weekend so that many near and far can participate without being there. What a gift to have a local radio station that will do this and do it for free!
Thanks again to the healthy community we live in. Now the big challenge is, how can we get the rest of the world to work like this?
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