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As folks prepare to ring in the new year, South Main will be glowing with light from “Art After Dark,” a free outdoor immersive art exhibit from lightStruct and Brett Phares.

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Out of nearly 1,500 Colorado juniors and seniors who auditioned and the 300 selected, five Buena Vista High School students were accepted into Colorado’s high school all state and Jazz Choirs, along with 10 BV Middle School students who received All-State acceptance.

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Mixing winter sports and art, Monarch Mountain and Salida Council for the Arts have joined forces to present “Freeriding,” an art exhibit at Monarch Mountain featuring works by local artists on snowboards.

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Jacob “Lovejoy” and his friend Derek Seymour play the guitar and mandolin at the corner of East Main and Railroad streets Thursday, Dec. 1. Both Lovejoy and Seymour have been on the road for over 3 years, with Lovejoy being local to Buena Vista. Lovejoy said he one day picked up a guitar not…

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A quintet of chorale members sang the beautiful and emotional song “Lully, Lulla, Lullay,” including, from left, Hannah Salisbury, Carrie Baker, Jared Lane, Jeremy Lane and Katie Goddard.

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The Collegiate Peaks Chorale, under the direction of Brandon Chism, performs Mark Hayes’ “Magnificat” during one of their two Christmas concerts at ClearView Community Church in Buena Vista. They also performed a show in Salida.

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The Buena Vista Public Library featured 20 local authors at the second annual Local Author Fair on Dec. 3. Each author had a book or two to help interested readers get to know them, as well as some candy or cookies to correlate with the Chocolate Walk taking place that day.

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Paprika Leaverton won first place in Stage Competition at the 2022 Texas Association of Magicians in Fort Worth, Texas, in early September. In mid-November, she competed again at the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians conference at Vancouver, Canada. 

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The Buena Vista Public Library featured 20 local authors at the second annual Local Author Fair on Dec. 3. Each author had a book or two to help interested readers get to know them, as well as some candy or cookies to correlate with the Chocolate Walk taking place that day.

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Paprika Leaverton won first place in Stage Competition at the 2022 Texas Association of Magicians in Fort Worth, Texas, in early September. In mid-November, she competed again at the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians conference at Vancouver, Canada. 

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Collegiate Peaks Chorale opens the holiday season with its Christmas concert series Magnificat, featuring holiday classics, including Mark Hayes’s arrangement of “Magnificat.”

The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association is excited to host the 8th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Ivy Ballroom at the Surf Hotel in Buena Vista and online with a simultaneous virtual screening.

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The world premiere of Brad Fritsch’s “The Mistakes of a Night” took place at Buena Vista High School through the Trident Theatre Company Nov. 11-13.

Actors and audiences came together to support and enjoy Fritsch’s comedy of relationships, lies and misunderstandings through two separate casts and five shows.

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Starting with the People’s Stage on East Main Street and moving on to the Watershed and then the Roastery, the community stage finally found a more permanent home at McPhelemy Park. As of Oct. 27, Phase 1 of the McPhelemy Park stage has been completed.

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Buena Vista is showcasing a monster mash of good times this Halloween weekend for adult revelers including multiple nights and multiple venues offering musical delights with a rest day on Sunday.

The Seventh Annual Feline and Fido Photo Contest and Calendar will launch Monday, Oct. 17. Ark-Valley Humane Society is thrilled to announce its 7th annual Feline & Fido Photo Contest & Calendar is returning this year, starting on Monday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 30.

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High Country Fine Arts Association brought “a spoonful of sugar” to the stage at Darren Patterson Christian Academy last weekend with the middle school musical “Mary Poppins Jr.”

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The actors gather together for the finale of the High Country Fine Arts Association’s presentation of “Mary Poppins Jr.” at 6 p.m., Oct. 8-9 at Darren Patterson Christian Academy in Buena Vista. Front row, from left, Joseph Drexler, Sam Goddard, assistant director Brianna O’Donnell, Eli Godd…

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David Lawrence and the Spoonful will launch their new album at the Lariat Oct. 6 to kickstart a five-city Colorado tour.

The band’s new album is “Lean In,” after a track on the album with the same name. Lawrence said that this title track was written for his wife and is about young love and the feeling of butterflies when you take a chance on your first kiss.

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The Buena Vista High School Marching Band performed at halftime of Friday’s football game against North Fork. Performing on the field at halftime are, bottom row from left are, Danielle Neufeld, clarinet; Peyton Wakefield, clarinet; Colin Mercer, alto sax and Avery Bott, bass clarinet. Kodee…

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Walden Chamber Music Society’s opening event is their scholarship concert, “Curtis to Colorado,” featuring award-winning pianist Nathan Lee, from the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

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This story has been corrected as the original band lineup in the story was from last year. The correct lineup has been added while the previous one has been deleted.

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The second Great Colorado vs. Texas Tomato War will be held Sept. 17, the Rotary Club of Buena Vista announced in a press release.

Individuals and teams representing the states of Colorado and Texas will toss two tons of well-ripened tomatoes at each other – all to benefit the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and the Rocky Mountain Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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The Arkansas Valley Gospel Choir is looking for more people to join their group.

The choir, directed by worship pastor Brandon Chism, will sing music from the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir as well as anthems and choruses from the late 20th century.

“From the Smokies to the Rockies: chasing and deciphering fireflies across America” is the title of the Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science program at 10 a. m., Sept. 4, at the Scout Hut, 210 E. Sackett St., Salida, CO.

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Buena Vista native Jake Riley will return to the Upper Arkansas River Valley for a show at the Tabor Opera House this weekend after years of entertaining crowds throughout the country with his performance poetry. 

Riley, who now lives in Nebraska, will perform in Leadville on Sept. 3 as the opening act for the Vail Valley Band. 

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Legacy Brick donations surpassed $38,000 to pay for the new town stage at McPhelemy Park.

The Leave a Legacy Brick campaign sponsored by the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce that began in May 2022, offered people the chance to buy a personalized brick that will be used in the border walkway that will be placed in front of the new town stage.

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The Buena Vista Community Dance returns to the floor Saturday, Sept. 3, after 2 1/2 years of social distancing due to COVID-19.

The Alpine Orchestra is preparing for its fall concert series Nov. 18-20, with Silverthorne resident Mark Jeffery set to conduct the orchestra.

In pursuit of his love of skiing, Jeffery moved from Georgia to Summit County.

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David Lawrence and the Spoonful will perform at 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Gold Rush Days festival at McPhelemy Park

“We started 3 to 4 years ago, I was hanging out with Coleman Smith and Gary Sloan after COVID hit we decided to create a band with friends. Since then we’ve been having a fun time playing around Chaffee County and Colorado,” the band’s front man and lead guitarist David Lawrence said.

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Gold Rush Days returns to Buena Vista Aug. 13-14 at McPhelemy Park.

“The chamber realizes how important our roots, history and heritage are to what makes our town so special. With that as the driving force, we are bringing Gold Rush Days back this year to truly focus on that, keep the heritage alive and have a ton of fun together as a community,” Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce executive director Heather Rupska said.