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Free concert slash Rainbow Gathering

Everyone at the free concert/rainbow gathering Friday night saw the fluorescent pink and orange sunset and the rainbow that followed it.

Apparently I missed the rainbow circle that closed the concert and the nudist colony that was somewhere in between.

It was definitely one of the best free concerts. Even through the steady drizzle, there was a strong energy that everyone could feel. (Why does it always seem to rain at the free shows?)

Michael Franti & Spearhead were obviously fabulous, and there was a very healthy dancing crowd in front of the stage that was even bigger than the lines for the port-a-potties.

I was bummed that I didn’t get a chance to go up to Big Red Park to check out the Rainbow Gathering, but if it was as good as the feeling of so many people gathering together at the free concert, then the substitution was gratefully accepted.

Almost a fairytale

Apparently there’s quite a scene at the Thursday free concerts in the Yampa River Botanic Park. It was a too perfect way to spend the afternoon listening to live classical music while walking through gardens or sitting on the grass next to a tranquil pond. It felt almost like a fairytale.

Strings in the Mountains brings us the music that defined every other type of music. The Music on the Green concert was a simply elegant and refreshing engagement.

You’re crazy if you don’t attend one of these concerts. They occur every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at the Botanic Park.

Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters fine art exhibition and sale

Having to pick a favorite out of 108 paintings for the People’s Choice Award was not an easy task at the opening reception at the Wild Horse Gallery Friday night. Each artist had their own vision of the landscapes they recreated in the Yampa Valley. (Thirty-six painters from all over the country came to Steamboat to create plein air paintings between Yampa and Columbine in one week, to present in this show.)

The exhibit displayed all the different beautiful scenes in our backyard – every rushing river, each quaint barn, rolling hay field and aspen tree grove. They also reminded me that we live in a ranching community.

There were no paintings of skyscrapers and homeless people. There were no images of overpopulation and smoldering traffic.

The paintings illustrate that we still live in one of the most beautiful places in the world (like we need a reminder), where simplicity and history is still preserved.

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