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Flashback

I felt like I traveled back in time on Friday night. The entourage at the Steamboat Yacht Club flashed back to 2004 – back when the Brewglass Boys were playing as many gigs at Mahogany Ridge as Worried Men.

It was funny because guitar player Graham Waters said he was excited about the reunion show to see the people that he only sees when they play. And that’s who was there Friday night, hanging out and dancing to bluegrass by the Brewglass Boys.

I could never say their name right. And apparently neither could they, banjo player Von Wilson said.



It was great to see all the people I haven’t seen in a while dancing like a tongue twister. I was psyched to look back at my pictures of that night and see how many people were dancing with their eyes closed and playing air guitar – building memories on memories.

– Allison Plean



Viva Mexico, Viva Steamboat

When I woke up at 8 a.m. Saturday, I was excited for the snow but sad because I knew Summer Laws, a good friend and executive director of Comunidad Integrada, was worried she was going to have to cancel the third annual Mexican Independence Day Celebration that she and so many other volunteers worked tirelessly to put together.

I was wrong.

Summer said all systems go despite frigid temperatures, wet grass and the dark, omnipresent clouds that encircled the celebration at West Lincoln Park.

Raul Leon, a journalist for The Local, and I were emcees that evening, and being onstage looking out onto the crowd of many mixed cultures and communities nearly brought a tear to my eye.

As a Latina of Mexican descent, I grew up in my abuelita’s kitchen listening to her stories and being encouraged by my father to embrace my culture and beliefs, including Mexican Independence Day.

Mexican Independence Day reminds me of my dad and Cuco Sanchez and traditional Mexican meals like enchiladas and pozole. On Saturday, Mexican Independence Day reminded me of how important understanding and cultural integration is.

I was touched by the spirit that lingered around the park well after the celebration was over.

I applaud Summer, the many volunteers and community members that made the celebration possible and everyone who attended the event.

Celebrating other cultures is what has always made the world go round, and it always will.

– Alexis DeLaCruz


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