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Welcome to the Roaring Fork Valley

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Aspen, CO Colorado
Contributed photoAdele Craft, Stacey Craft, Caleb Bussard, Stacy Spanyer and Kim Umemoto
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ASPEN ” The second Roaring Fork Newcomers gathering took place on Friday, Jan. 10. It was held at the Aspen Square Hotel.

This new monthly event brings newcomers together in a fun, relaxed setting. Each meeting also features “seasoned locals” to help answer any questions that newcomers might have. This month’s “seasoned local” was Jana Dillard. This month, there were 18 people in attendance (similar to the December attendance). There was a family friendly potluck dinner with lots of good food and lively conversation. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses were exchanged, and new friendships were created! Follow ing the dinner, we all went across the street to watch the Wintersköl fireworks ” an enjoyable, festive night!

The next Newcomers dinner will be held in Carbondale (we rotate the events between Basalt, Aspen and Carbondale) on Friday, Feb. 6 (to coincide with Carbon dale’s First Fridays event ” we’ll be exploring Carbondale’s art galleries and shops together after dinner). Check http://www.RoaringForkNewcomers.com for location and time (TBD).

Roaring Fork Newcomers was founded by Stacey Craft, who moved to Basalt in July with her family.

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“I had lots of questions about moving to the area last year and found that there were no online or local resources to help newcomers make the transition,” she said. “After we got settled, I put all the information I had gathered onto a website so that other people could have a specialized relocation resource. I get calls and e-mails every week from people all over the United States who have the same kinds of questions I had. It’s a good feeling to know that I can help them before, and after, they move to this beautiful valley.”


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