Don’t get me wrong. There are still plenty of fun things to do in Salida. But after three weeks of adventure by bike in Ireland, I decided the summer was too short to write about it. Better to HAVE fun. I hope you have enjoyed this blog and have learned about new activities and people here. This will be my last daily posting. Now I am off to watch the sunset.
Look out for the annual fly-in. Start with a pancake breakfast at Harriet Alexander Airport on Sunday June 30 and stay for the flight line. Expect to see classic, vintage, modern, experimental, war bird and other aircraft. Featured are a P-51 Mustang, a Hawker Sea Fury, North American T-6s and a Red Star Yak.
The airport is located on 9255 County Road 140 (also known as Airport Road). For more information, contact Robert Christiansen at 719 539 2218.
The core of Salida ArtWalk June 28-30 is, well…strolling the streets and viewing art.
Beyond that, there are plenty of free special events.
Symphonic Salida (the Colorado Symphony Orchestra) performs at Riverside Park for free, Sunday June 30, 3 pm. The concert is brass and percussion.
Stage Left Theatre Company performs “Defying Gravity” by Jane Anderson, which explores risk taking and finding adventure in our lives. 2:30 pm Saturday June 29 and Sunday June 30 at the SteamPlant.
ArtWalk is an easy venue for various musical performances around town. Keep your ears open.
What would ArtWalk be without the mud people? Called crazy, playful or scary, these earth artists slather on mud, decorate with designs and beads, and top it off with masks. They are the Urban aboriginals roaming the streets spontaneously.
Street sheet. Be part of a spontaneous combustion of creativity on the community art mural. All artists are invited to play and paint.
For more information, see www.salidaartwork.com.
Three local partially costumed characters will lead Salida ArtWalk’s (June 28-30) first tour of historic downtown.
Each tour will cover main elements in the approximately 11-block National Historic District. In this area, approximately 30 “contributing” buildings have the age, integrity or significance. The stories of the structures, types of businesses and people lived here who paint a vivid picture of a railroad town.
Tours are two hours and begin at 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday and noon on Sunday. Round up at Riverside Park by the flagpole. For more ArtWalk events, see www.salidaartwalk.com.
If you miss these special events, check out Historic Salida, Inc., a non-profit group dedicated “to research, preserve, interpret, and promote historic resources in and near Chaffee County.” Their goal is ”to see the historic preservation movement flower in Salida and Chaffee County in balance with retaining the character and spirit of the community.” More info at www.historicsalida.org.
The Summer Concert Series hosted by Salida Recreation presents Dr. Robert - Music of the Beatles on Thursday, 6 PM, Riverside Park. This is the second in a series of six free performances. Dinner on the grass, then a stroll down memory lane. Don’t forget your hula hoop.
Salida Artwalk is an annual event to acknowledge, support and promote the visual and performing arts community. The three-day celebration runs June 28, 29 and 30. 2013 marks the 21st anniversary. The schedule is filled with happenings. You might expect:
The usual - art demos, receptions and music.
The risqué - live model body painting and scantily clad model demo.
The alternative - sprinkler rocket ship and robots.
The spontaneous - instant participatory art. The word on the street is “be ready to jump in at any moment.”
The intellectual - discussions on creativity and today’s art, speaker’s corner, poetry soapbox and book signings.
Check out the complete schedule at www.salidaartwalk.com.
In his feature article titled “Trails of Dreams,” local Nathan Ward tells Colorado Life Magazine about miles and miles of terrain for hikers, bikers and runners built by volunteers. For decades, he says, “the public lands near town were places to dump trash and old appliances.”
To offer quiet-use access to the surrounding mountains, people joined together, loosely in 2004, then formed Salida Mountain Trails, which later became a chapter of the non-profit group Salida Parks Open Space and Trails (SPOT).
www.SalidaMountainTrails.org describes involvement with The Monarch Crest, The Rainbow Trail (different sections), Starvation, Agate, Canyon Creek, Greens, South Fooses, The Colorado Trail (so darn many different sections)—and of course the trails right around Salida (mostly built in the last 3-4 years), especially those magical trails on Tenderfoot Mountain. There are 4 projects currently underway.
As their mission, Salida Mountain Trails is “committed to building and maintaining sustainable, non-motorized, multi-user trails on public lands adjoining the City of Salida.”
See the May/June issue of Colorado Life Magazine on newsstands or contact Colorado-lifemagazine.com.