A&E Agenda

TACAW turns two with Eddie Roberts & The Lucky Strokes, Friday at 8 p.m., TACAW

Eddie Roberts the Lucky Strokes will help TACAW celebrate its second birthday on Friday.
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In celebration of TACAW’s second birthday, the non-profit has two bands lined up and the festivities will start early and go late. TACAW invites the community to celebrate their success and raise a glass to the future.

About Eddie Roberts & The Lucky Strokes

If luck is what happens when hard work meets opportunity, the union of Eddie Roberts & The Lucky Strokes epitomizes that adage. The New Mastersounds’ guitarist and bandleader has a knack for leaning into individual strengths and that sensibility is evidenced through his recruitment of Mississippi-based guitarist and vocalist, Shelby Kemp, who brings a Southern rock grit and candid, nimble songwriting to team up with the Tampa Bay-based Galbraith sisters who possess a simpatico rhythm section chemistry only found within a family bloodline. Powered by the urbane guitar playing and production of Roberts and you have a new tour de force ensemble that makes listeners stop in their tracks the same way Roberts did upon hearing the talents of Kemp and the Galbraith Sisters.

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Aspen Words presents ‘Let the Writing Make the Rules,Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Pitkin Country Library, 120 Mill St., Aspen

Kate Milliken will lead Aspen Words one-day intensive on Saturday.
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Aspen Words presents a one-day intensive led by author Kate Milliken focused on moving beyond crafting a story to making it your very own.

Workshop details
When we talk about (and teach) creative writing, we often speak in terms of the rules of craft. While it is important to have a knowledge of what has worked time and again to create compelling stories, in order to write a truly singular story, you will need to move beyond convention. In this one-day intensive, through close readings of unconventional narratives, generative writing prompts, and an in-depth discussion of our own projects, we will deepen our understanding of the voice, shape, and themes that our work seeks to articulate. Whether you come to our meeting with just an idea of the story you want to tell or you have a full rough draft on your desk, our time together will embolden you to take the next step — from getting the first pages written to embarking on a needed revision — with a deeper connection to the material and a greater authority, moving you beyond crafting a story to making it your very own.  

Registration is required and space is limited. Cost is $50
Financial aid is available upon request; please reach out to for assistance.

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Tony Furtado Trio featuring Matt Flinner, Saturday at 8 p.m., TACAW

Tony Furtado Trio featuring Matt Flinner will perform at TACAW on Saturday.
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Furtado is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter, and a virtuoso multi-instrumental-ist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar, and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef (He’s also an accomplished sculptor, but that’s another story). All of the music of America is in Tony’s music. Relix hit the nail on the head when writing of Tony: “True talent doesn’t need categories.” 

Furtado has performed throughout the world at top venues and appeared at such prestigious music festivals as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Jazz Aspen, Kerrville Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, and countless others. 

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Submit Ideas for the 2024 Wintersköl Slogan Contest, now through Monday, Oct. 9

Fireworks highlighted the Wintersköl festivities on Jan. 14 in downtown Aspen.
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The WinterskölTM Committee is asking for all locals to get creative and submit slogan ideas for Wintersköl, Aspen’s toast to winter. The 73rd annual festival will be celebrated Jan. 11-14, 2024.

When interpreting the slogan, entrants are asked to consider a phrase that embodies the culture and community of our unique alpine town. Submissions should be imaginative and capture the spirit of the Wintersköl celebration. The winning slogan will be featured on the 2024 Wintersköl button and throughout the celebrations.


– Slogan entries are accepted through Monday, Oct. 9 by 5 p.m.
– Limit of 5 entries per person
– Slogan must be a one to five-word phrase to fit on a three-inch button

Entries can be submitted at: or e-mailed to

The winner will receive one (1) pass* to the 2024 FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.

(*Associate Pass valid for all Grand Tastings; seminars on a space-available-basis only)*

National Sheepdog Finals Underway through Sunday, Strang Ranch, Missouri Heights

A sheepdog runs around to cut off the group of sheep while competing in the 2019 National Sheepdog Finals at Strang Ranch. The event is set to return to the ranch this year from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1.
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The United States Border Collie Handlers Association (USBCHA) National Sheepdog Finals are taking place at Carbondale’s historic Strang Ranch. All event ticket sales and parking proceeds will be donated to Colorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E.), in a longstanding fundraising partnership with the Glenwood Springs animal shelter.

“Since 2016, Colorado Animal Rescue has been proud to partner with Strang Ranch as the beneficiary of ticket and parking fees for the National Sheepdog Finals,” says Wes Boyd, C.A.R.E.’s executive director. “Our parking volunteers work to corral the many guests, and all entry proceeds come directly to our shelter pets. The Sheepdog Finals is a true example of a professional spectator event giving back to the local community.”

The event is open to the public, and spectators are encouraged to bring sunblock, hats, and lawn chairs. Limited grandstand seating is also available. The week’s itinerary includes herding runs with the nation’s top dog/handler teams, plus a vendors’ row with food, beer, and merchandise.

Strang Ranch is located at 393 County Road 102 in Missouri Heights. Daily tickets include parking and are priced individually at $20/adults, $5/seniors, and $5/kids (aged 8-16), or by car at $40/car with 3+ passengers. Family-owned pet dogs are not allowed and should be left at home.

Complete event details and USBCHA information can be found at

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s Octoberfest, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, and Oct. 14.

Alpine Echo Band at Octoberfest.
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Break out the lederhosen and dirndl dress, and take in the fall colors, sunny days, and crisp evenings with Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park — at the park’s annual Oktoberfest.

Beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday and running for the following two Saturdays, the mountain-top park transforms into a Bavarian festival complete with a beer tent, traditional oompah music from the Alpine Echo Band, fall-themed drinks for kids, spiked cider for grownups, and traditional German fare for all.

There will also be axe throwing, key bowling, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, and the traditional stein-holding competition.

As one of the later Oktoberfests in the state and paired with Glenwood Springs’ late fall foliage, it’s a great opportunity to partake in fall leaf peeping while getting your Oktoberfest fix atop Iron Mountain where you can see views of the canyons, rivers, and other mountaintops for miles.

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