This Bud’s For You


Marijuana became legal for recreational use in Colorado January 1, 2014, and the state made history by becoming the first in the U.S. to allow open retail shops. Consequently, Telluride has become a destination for those interested in partaking in the controversial herb.

It’s true. Some people have actually planned vacations to the San Juans because of the ease and legality in obtaining marijuana. While some people might assume that the pot tourists are the younger college age kids, the truth is that marijuana has attracted folks of all ages and demographics from all over the country. This includes prominent businessmen, older populations and women.

Medical marijuana retail stores have been legal in Telluride since 2009. Since then, those with cannabis cards from a medical doctor could purchase pot for health reasons. This included everything from headaches and sleep disorders to PMS and back pain.

Telluride, always at the forefront of progress, respected the drug’s ability to ease pain as well as the research that indicates cannabis has incredible antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties.

Medical marijuana dispensaries still exist in Telluride.

However, the new legislation has enabled the recreational sale of pot, and that means anyone over the age of 21 can enter designated stores and make purchases.

Those interested in shopping need not look too hard. Alpine Wellness, Telluride Bud Company and the Telluride Green Room all have recreational ganja for sale. This includes edible varieties, tinctures, oils and of course, different strains of buds for smoking.

Much like walking into a liquor store and selecting a beverage, locals and visitors can pop into a pot shop and search for buds that appeal to their liking. Sales associates can assist with flavor, feel and potency.

Has this changed the ambiance of the town of Telluride? Not at all.

In fact, those that smoke or eat marijuana in Telluride likely always have. There have always been joints smoked on the chairlift and people puffing at festivals and in concerts, or after work and in their own homes.

Nothing is new here, besides the legislation.

The herb has been present in the box canyon for as long as counter-culture has existed. And, actually cannabis was here long before that in the old days of the mining industry, when the West really was wild and prostitution, gambling and other hard drugs were commonplace.

Telluride still is a quirky ski town that has always attracted hippies, artists and those who march to the beat of a different drummer.

And, the growing, selling and consumption of marijuana is not a free-for-all in Telluride. There are laws and permits and taxes and regulations.

And airport security. What is not permissible is visitors stocking up in the recreational retail stores and traveling back home to other states where marijuana is illegal. The friends and family back home will have to make their own trip to Telluride to see and experience for themselves.

Yes, the old adage is true for the box canyon too: What happens here in Colorado stays in Colorado.

Telluride Museum Winter Activities


The Telluride Historical museum is holding its winter season hours. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, locals and visitors can visit the museum and learn about Telluride history. Thursdays, the museum stays open until 7 p.m.

Several special museum-sponsored activities are in order for the 2014 winter in true Telluride style.

“We have several new winter events upcoming,” said Cameo Hoyle excitedly, Director of Programs and Interpretation.

The museum will feature a series of ski tours this January. Local Ashley Boling will be guiding participants on a ski tour that leaves the Peaks Resort and Spa at 10 a.m. on Fridays— the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st.

“Ski into History is an entertaining and exciting way to tour the mountain. Ashley Boling is a lively story teller that will captivate you with historical anecdotes and fun facts about Telluride as a pioneer mining town and also the current history of the ski resort,” Hoyle said.

This event is completely free and open to the public. Boling will be sharing some of Telluride’s rich history on the slopes. The tour leaves the Ski Valet area on level B of the Peaks Resort.

It will take place again in February, on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th  for anyone who misses the opportunity in January.

In addition, a snowshoe tour is scheduled at Alta Lakes Saturday, Jan. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $45, or $35 for museum members. All students and children are free.

This tour meets at Eco Adventures in the Mountain Village, just around the corner from the Franz Klammer Lodge, at 9:30 a.m. and will be guided by John Sir Jesse. Snowshoe rental fee is included with ticket price, and guests will get to to experience the beauty of this historic mining ghost town.

On behalf of the museum, Hoyle said, “The museum has connected with Eco Adventures to offer a monthly historic outdoor experience in January, February and March.”

And Hoyle is proud to announce that the Telluride Historical Museum is hosting the Saloon Night Education Fundraiser at the Steaming Bean on Thursday, January 30th. Saloon night invites locals and visitors to step back into the year 1890, into the old days of Telluride, for a night of live music, drinks, costume and Faro, and old-time card game.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and all tickets include one complimentary beverage.  Saloon Night supports the Telluride Historical Museum and its educational outreach programs.

The Telluride Historical Museum is looking forward to this fun-filled event.

The mission of the musem is “to preserve the rich, colorful and diverse history of the region and to bring history to life through exhibits, programs, and education.”

For more information, and a complete list of winter events, see the website at, or call Cameo Hoyle at 970-728-3344.

Better yet, stop in for a visit at 201 W. Gregory Street.

The museum is located off of the main street, Colorado Avenue, at the top of Fir Street.

Gay Ski Week

Telluride Gay Ski Week

Gay Ski Week is a Telluride tradition that is celebrated by many who come from all over the U.S. in search of powder, beautiful food and drink, along with an honoring of gay culture.

This year, it is scheduled for Feb. 21 to March 2, 2014 and will be 10 days long to celebrate its 10 years of existence.

Held in February each year, the week offers educational events in the local community, special packages for tourists, and the much-loved, always-sold-out event, the Telluride AIDs Benefit (TAB) Fashion Show.

Telluride’s Gay Ski Week is currently rated the top Gay Ski Week in the country.

And there is little wonder why. Telluride offers incredible skiing, beautiful conditions, and views of 13,000-foot peaks in a town where consciousness and open-mindedness prevail. Telluride, though it has only roughly 2000 full-time residents, is anything but small-town in thinking.

In the Telluride School District, the Telluride AIDs Benefit organization seeks to raise awareness by offering workshops at the middle school and high school level, where kids learn, ask questions, and have peer communication.

TAB is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and fight HIV/AIDS locally and globally.

TAB brings in speakers from Western Colorado AIDS Project “WestCAP”, Denver Children’s Hospital Immunodeficiency Program “CHIP”, and the Manzini Youth Care Project so that youth get a variety of perspectives.

High school students create their own version of the TAB fashion show, a highlight in the Telluride school calendar.

Gay Ski Week is sponsored by many Telluride community organizations, but foremost by Straight Out Media and Marketing , out of Dallas, along with Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association. Straight Out is a 40-year old company who has much experience in specializing in the GLBT community.

The official host hotel is Hotel Madeline, along with Inn at Lost Creek and Mountain Lodge.

Local businesses welcome gay skiers and celebrate with specials, packages and advertisements in the local newspaper. The Town of Telluride truly appreciates this yearly event.

Visitors of Gay Ski Week are encouraged to investigate the Gay Card. This photo ID gives cardholders the first day of skiing free, plus 20 percent off additional skiing days.

Additionally, it provides 10 percent off retail and food purchased in Telluride Ski Resort restaurants and shops. Credit cards can be linked to the Gay Card, and users can use it all week long in celebration of Gay Ski Week at Telluride businesses, avoiding carrying pocketbooks or wallets.

Most all consider the TAB Fashion Show the highlight. Selling out sometimes in just hours on Noel Night, early December, in Telluride, tickets to this event are highly coveted.

Taking place at the Conference Center in the Mountain Village, the TAB Fashion Show is a night of creative choreography, music to move to, often body paint and always beautiful models, male and female, flaunting local designers’ fashions on the runway.

Widly entertaining, sometimes shocking, the TAB Fashion Show is the event that nobody, gay or straight, wants to miss.

Telluride Gay Ski Week plans on going big this year. Not only does the event turn 10, but celebrations are in order because of the Supreme Courts’ ruling on the approval of gay marriage in many states.



Noel Night 2013

Noel Night 2013

Noel Night 2013 in Telluride happens Dec. 4 this year. Always occurring on an the first Wednesday in December, locals, businesses, and visitors are gearing up for the festivities.

It’s a Telluride tradition that offers discounts, give-aways, sneak-peaks, as well as foods and beverages, and all in the name of shopping local. Telluriders can purchase gifts in the canyon and keep their money in the community. It’s the biggest local shopping night of the year.

A ceremony will be held on Colorado Avenue, the main street, and all of the Christmas lights will be turned on then.

Some exciting things are new this season.

Apotheca, the local integrative pharmacy, has moved locations. Now sunny-side and located on the Main Street in a more spacious venue, they will celebrate their grand opening Noel Night. Discounts will be available, and their products include organic skin care, supplements, teas, and more.

According to Apotheca employee Megan, “We’ll have the grand re-opening, catering by There, the restaurant, and we’ll have tons of holiday items, grab bags, and a lively fun time.” She said, “We love our new space and should have it all opened up and set up by Noel night.”

Telluride Sports will host their discount promotion. Shoppers can randomly grab discounts out of a bag in the amounts of 10 – 30% off at the register. Locals can take advantage of savings on winter gear and ski and snowboard equipment.

Similarly, the Patagonia store is celebrating with a drawing for discounts. Manager Rusty Scott said, “We’ll have snacks— like Christmas cookies and other treats— and prizes given away in our drawing when you draw for discounts.”

Studio G, a local’s favorite for facials, waxing, massage, and beauty products, will also be having the discount grab at the register. Discounts are good for products, as well as services. All purchases must be made on Noel Night to receive the Studio G discount.

And, it’s likely the seasonal opening of many Telluride restaurants. Locals can relax knowing that their favorite Asian Fusion and Thai food are back for winter. Honga’s Lotus Petal and Siam will then be open, as well as the Chop House, La Marmot, 221, and Allred’s.

Many local Telluride businesses will be accepting donations for Angel Baskets, a local charity that benefits needy families for the holidays.

And, at 5:00 p.m., the Telluride AIDs Benefit Fashion Show tickets will go on sale. It’s a sold out event each February, and this is one of the highlight events of the year in town. These are purchased at Telluride Real Estate Corporation on Colorado Avenue.

Noel Night is a family-friendly event in Telluride. Most local businesses will be open and celebrating in some fashion.

Telluride businesses will express their gratitude and give back to their community.

Noel Night is the season kick-off, and this year is especially exciting as Telluride has fresh snow and is expecting a great opening of the ski resort.

Local kindergartener Erika Easterbrooks says, “I’m excited for the candy canes and cookies at Alpine Bank.”


Ski Season: Opening Day 2013

Telluride Ski Resort

The Telluride Ski Resort opens Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. Locals are excited about what looks like a great opening.

With a 39” base and 75” so far this season, conditions are looking good. Locals hope the snow continues and that 2014 turns out to be a year of good turns.

Passes can be purchased at the ticket offices in Mountain Village at the bottom of the Gondola and at Coonskin at the bottom of Chair 7 in the town of Telluride.

Season passes can also be purchased online this year.

Adult passes are now $1950 online, and $475 for children ages 6-12. Junior season passes (ages 13-18) are $675.

Options for senior passes and young adult pricing also exist at $1350.

And, as always many local businesses offer ski passes complimentary as part of their benefits package.

The folks working the pass office say they are swamped.

Manager Tom Watkinson, Public Relations and Communications Manager at Telski, was unavailable for commentary, probably because he’s dealing with the intense busyness of opening day.

Many locals this year are participating in Donation Day. Donation Day occurs the day before the official opening of the ski resort. All proceeds go to the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club in Telluride. This tradition is a benefit to the organization who relies on Donation Day as one of its major fundraisers.

Telluride local Rob Petrie, the town barber, said, “I don’t usually do Donation Day, but this year, it’s looking so good I think I will. Last year, my boys and I had first chair for the opening of the season.” Petrie, whose children participate in Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club, said his oldest son, a snowboarder, was recently sponsored by Never Summer.

Many local retailers are experiencing heavy traffic, as locals come in and get new equipment, ski tunes, and waxes. Some deals exist on older skis and snowboards for people who have waited until this week.

Parents seem to be making last minute purchases, as children who frequently outgrow things from season to season need new gear or bigger skis. One local mom said, “I just had to buy new skis a few days ago for my daughter. We took her skis in to get the bindings adjusted for new boots, and discovered the bindings were no good. It was cheaper to just get new skis and bindings. She’s happy, but we hope we get them back for Thursday, because she’s beyond ready to go skiing. She cares more about skiing than the turkey dinner.”

Telluride School students are out of school the entire week for the Thanksgiving holiday, and many will be skiing opening day.

Local retailer Eric K., said, “Every store is slammed. Everyone’s excited. It’s the holiday season and we’re getting ready for skiing. The off-season blahs are over, and we’re ready to have some fun.”

Telluriders are waiting patiently, or not so patiently, to hear just what will be open on Thursday. While most are expecting Chairs, 4, 5, and 6 to be running, the official opening of the mountain has yet to be announced.

Haunted History Thursdays

Telluride Historical Museum

The Telluride Historical Museum has been discovering “our colorful past” in some spooky ways for Halloween this year.  The museum presented several programs for the town this season in honor of the year’s scariest holiday. Though the museum building is closed for the off-season, the organization continued the community programs on Thursdays leading up to Halloween with “Haunted History Thursdays.”

October kicked off with the lamp-lighted cemetery tour on the Thursday, the third. The tour featured local history with a flair. Participants brought their own flashlights, warm layers, and a donation of $5 for ghostly tales in Lone Cone Cemetery tour. The event combined entertainment and information and reminded tourists about the multicultural and rich past that Telluride honors. With the late changing of the colors, the aspens still retained some color as they whispered in the moon glow.

Thursday, Oct. 10, was Macabre Movie Night and featured the showing of classic Halloween films. Moviegoers watched Disney’s “The Adventures of Ichabod Crane” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Tim Burton. Both films, cherished in the Halloween season, were shown indoors for a suggested donation of $5.

The pumpkin-carving extravaganza took place Thursday, Oct. 24. The museum provided carving tools, while guests brought their own pumpkins. Snacks and apple cider were provided.  The pumpkins were seen all over town. Some of them were entered in local contests for locals to vote on. Others lit the front porches for the Telluride trick-or-treaters.

One of the most celebrated highlights was the ghost stories and lamplight museum tour that took place Halloween night. Local storyteller Ashley Boling led the telling of tales in the museum’s amphitheater. Listeners were encouraged to dress warmly for the haunted stories of Telluride. The standard $5 donation was suggested. Telluride has no shortage of dramatic talent, and the storytelling event added another facet in the jewel of local theater.

The weather was cold this Halloween evening in Telluride. Temperatures reached freezing, and snow blanketed the town. That didn’t stop locals and visitors from getting out and enjoying events like the storytelling hosted by the museum.

After the ghost stories Halloween night, children and adults took flashlights through the darkened museum for a scary experience. Admission for adults was $20, while children were $15 to enter.

Visitor Becky McKain said, “This is one of the things I love about Telluride. I’ve done several different events with the museum, and I loved them all. The people are so nice, and they go so far to plan fun things for folks to do to celebrate Telluride history. My daughter is local, and I when I come visit, I make a point to see what the museum is offering. If I lived here full-time, I’d do everything.”

Haunted History Thursdays was a truly success in October 2013.

To see what events the Telluride Historical Museum has coming up, see or drop by for a visit at 201 W. Gregory. The museum will reopen December 1st. Private tours can still made in the meantime by calling 970-728-3344.

Theater Brings “Othello” to Telluride

othello in telluride

Brought to us by Sparky Productions, The National Theatre of Great Britain, and the Michael D. Palm Theatre, William Shakespeare’s Othello will be shown live Tuesday, October 22, in Telluride.

Local Jennie Franks announces this special showing of Othello. The famous Shakespearean play is performed by the National Theater of Great Britain and is live. According to Franks, this is a very special event for Telluride. Most people living in London won’t even have a chance to see this as tickets sell out rapidly. Here in Telluride, we have the opportunity to see a world-class production right here in the comforts of the Palm Theater.

Otherwise known as The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, the play was written in 1603, and the themes still resonate with audiences today. The tragedy contains four key characters: Othello, a general in the Venetian army; his new bride Desdemona, lieutenant Cassio; and also Lago. Themes of racism, love, jealousy and betrayal are present throughout and still speak to audiences today.

The London Observer had this to say regarding the National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of Othello: It’s “terrifically exciting, exceptionally coherent. It drives forward with hyper-clarity, as if each line were being X-rayed.”   Critics report that this version of Othello will not leave audiences lost or trying to interpret Shakespeare. Meaning is clearly and powerfully communicated.

Setting is done carefully in Cyprus on a British army military base. Directed by Nicolas Hytner, he hired an ex-Army expert to recreate the barracks in Cyprus. Hytner also directed War Horse and Alan Bennett’s The History Boys. Hytner is considered one of the greatest theatre directors of the times.

Current productions of Othello at the National Theatre of Great Britain on the South Bank in London are sold out; People from around the world flock to this great stage. In these sold-out circumstances, the public is fortunate that NT LIVE brings these stunning productions to other areas of the globe via simulcast.

Telluride will have the privilege of seeing Othello and having a National Theatre experience at just a fraction of the cost of a ticket to the actual event in London.

Sparky Productions and the Palm Theater were responsible for bringing the National Theater simulcast of Audience to Telluride this past summer. Similarly, the winter of 2013/2014 will feature additional new plays, as well as classics. November 19th is set for Macbeth with Kenneth Branagh. December 3rd is the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre, and 100 renown actors will star in various pieces.

Such world-class theater is a rare gift to the community of Telluride, and the town has Jennie Franks and Sparky Productions to thank. Besides adult locals and tourists, the Telluride School System and English department are also benefitting from the simulcast. Students don’t need to travel for Denver for such an incredible theater opportunity; rather, it arrives in their own auditorium.

Othello tickets in Telluride are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets can be purchased online and also before the show.

Color Sunday: The Colors Happened Late This Year

Telluride Hiking

This Sunday in San Miguel County is Color Sunday.  It’s projected to be the peak of the leaf-changing season in the Telluride area.

The colors happened late this year. The Blues and Brews crowd usually gets the glory of the golden leaves during festival weekend. So as early September usually marks the highlight of the aspens in their golden brilliance, Telluride had to wait on the leaves to change this year. It happened slowly.

Some people say the late color change in leaves is due to the heavy amount of rain the Western Slope received in 2013. Longtime local Bruce Easterbrooks had this to say: “The monsoon lasted two to three weeks- maybe even a month- longer than normal. It appeared to never end, but now it’s finally over.” Easterbrooks and others are thankful for that. Locals are ready for their Indian summer, biking season, and fall hikes through the changing aspen leaves.

Other people also notice that temperatures have not been as cold overnight. This is likely also responsible for the late change in the aspen colors. Some Telluride homeowners have still had flowers in their front yards, and the landscape garden boxes on the main street have still housed blooms of fresh plants. That’s hard to believe as October sneaks up on San Miguel County.

What will locals and tourists to do in honor of Color Sunday? Everything they always do this time of year.

This weekend marks the perfect time to get in the car and go for a drive. Highway 145 South should be incredible. The stretch from Telluride down to Delores through Rico and Stoner should enchant travelers as the “quakies” glimmer in the golden sun. Heading to Ouray for the hot springs would also serve as a nice car trip and way to view the leaves.

Telluride hikers can be sure their favorite trails will be lit up and likely covered in shades of gold.

And the mountain biking community simply treasures fall in the San Juans. Many locals really enjoy being on their bikes in fall scenery and weather, with the warm sun on their faces, and yellow leaves shimmering on all sides of them as they make their climbs and race downhill.

For more stationary views of the leaves, try happy hour or even dinner at Allred’s at the top of the Gondola. With stunning images of Ajax, Ingram Falls, and Tomboy Road, the evening sun and alpenglow can make for a magical moment.

The River Trail is another way to see the colors in Telluride, and one that locals forget about if they’re too busy. From Carhenge parking lot or even Mahoney Street on the West End, families with children can easily navigate the rolling hills of the River Trail as it passes over the San Miguel River and the Telluride Town Park.

While all seasons are sacred in these parts, there is something remarkable about fall. Autumn in Telluride is the picture that artists from other parts of the world come to town to paint. And, this Sunday is the day to take those colors in.

WOW Celebrates First Festival

WOW Festival

It was a successful Workout Weekend in the San Juans. The 2013 Telluride WOW Festival celebrated its first ever health, fitness, and wellness event last weekend.

And, Telluride local and festival founder Becca Tudor was available for commentary following the business of the inaugural events- that is after everything settled down a bit.

According Tudor, the Workout Weekend event was a “huge success” that included seventeen presenters over the course of Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday “offering a variety of fitness modalities.” They had everything from Zumba and Yoga to Kick My Abs (trademark), Cardio Circuits, Pilates, Burn Lab (trademark), and P90X. The WOW weekend also included lectures on health and nutrition, along with group outdoor activities, including hikes and traversing the Via Ferrata.

The “weekend was really well-rounded in the health and wellness world,” Tudor affirmed.

Most importantly was Tudor’s assessment of how the participants seemed to experience the Workout Weekend Festival: “People went away with a great experience. That was all we were really shooting for this first year.” And a great experience it must have been. She explains that “participants’ feedback was that the festival was very intimate and [they] were able to be up close and personal with all of the presenters.” She continued to explain that this was “super-cool and unusual for people [the presenters] of this caliber.” Tony Horton, himself, appeared in the flesh to share his powerful, cutting-edge P90X workout philosophies. And, Telluride’s own Hilary O’Neil, a The North Face-sponsored alpinist who in the last year summited both Everest at Lhotse, led a session on Peak Summiting.

Becca Tudor herself works as a fitness trainer and Pilates teacher and strives to empower her clients through “confidence in themselves.” It’s not surprising that she would want to create a festival where her passions are fully explored in so many exciting areas.

And when asked how the guests who did present at the WOW Festival felt about the first Workout Weekend ever, Tudor says they also “had a great time.” And, how could they not? Telluride does seem like the ideal place for any health and fitness enthusiast to move, challenge, and breathe into themselves, while enjoying the scenery of the San Juan Mountains- and also learning about the latest trends in supplements and nutrition.

Will they do it again? Absolutely. Tudor confirmed that the “2014 Workout Weekend is a go.” And that she and the other collaborators of the WOW Festival, including co-founder Albert Roer “are excited to bring in even more presenters of equal caliber” for the next year.

Tudor is absolutely looking forward to “sharing the passion for health and wellness throughout the community” in Telluride for years to come.

It sounds like the first WOW was… And, the Telluride community can count on seeing something just as impressive, if not more so in the near future. As for the visitors or even the guest presenters, it’s probably safe to say that they themselves wouldn’t mind another trip to the beautiful town of Telluride for another Workout Weekend.

Blues and Brews Celebrates 20th

Telluride Blues and Brews Festival

The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival celebrates 20 years this year.  For three days, festival goers will rock out to incredible music in the most scenic venue there is: the Telluride Town Park.

It’s one of the greatest festivals in the country, celebrating the tradition of blues music, along with over 50 different breweries that bring in some 150-plus beers. That’s why those that love this festival come each year, with this year being an anniversary year. Telluride locals and the visitors are ready for this special edition of Blues and Brews.

That is if they can survive the elements. With a forecast that calls for rain each day, heavy rain, temperatures have significantly dropped this week as well. With an 80% chance on Saturday, the Grand Tasting may be more like a grand soaking. Lows are supposed to be in the 40s with highs in the 60s. Snow is likely on the peaks, and you never know what might happen in town: hail? sleet?

But, the right equipment can not only save you, it can mean the difference in actually enjoying yourself and being truly miserable. Rain gear is required this weekend. Shells, insulation, rain pants, and protective boots (rubber) are all necessary if you’re in the park. Don’t forget gloves. It can be the one item that festival goers overlook, and it’s one of the most important at a beer festival. The hands will get cold. The Kelty sunshades can double as a rain cover, but they won’t stand the wind if it should pick up. The first aid station does provide heaters if people get too cold.

Being intoxicated and getting hypothermic is not a good idea. Soaking wet tee shirts will not keep you warm this weekend.

It won’t be the first Telluride Blues and Brews to have less than desirable weather. Keep in mind that with children, this weekend could be a challenge. If you can hire a babysitter, it could make your experience, as well as the little ones’, more enjoyable.

And don’t forget about the VIP section. There is a reason folks pay extra to have a VIP ticket at Blues and Brews. And, you can still find a few floating around for sale. The weather may have scared some people off, but if you really want to show up and enjoy the festival, you can likely score a VIP ticket and have a little shelter, along with some of the other perks that will help you survive and stay happy.

If all else fails…..hang out at Sierra Nevada. The big beer tent has shelter, and you’ll find lots of cold, wet people making the most of their experience. You’ll likely be fast friends.

Don’t worry. The music will not stop. The lineup this year includes The Black Crowes, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and the legendary Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. The talented Melissa Ethridge also makes a reappearance on Sunday.  You’ll also catch Booker T, Guy Clark, Otis Taylor, Anders Osborne, and others.

Stay dry. Stay warm. Stay happy Telluride Blues and Brews!