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The special guests list for Renewal, Billy Strings’ 2-day music event and record release party at The Meadows, has been revealed at last. The sold-out show is set to take place on Sept. 24–25. A waitlist is available for any still hoping to attend.

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After a year of Zoom and outdoor lectures, the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series will reopen their lecture series with a reception and a presentation by two paleontologists at the Salida SteamPlant Sept. 19.

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Applefest returns to Turner Farm on West Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features music all day, an apple pie contest, activities for kids and adults, lunch and a Victorian dress show.

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Chaffee Arts reported a total of 1,000 visitors to the Open Awards Show at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum during Aug. 21-29. Admission to the art show was free as Chaffee Arts covered visitor admission fees to the museum.

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The Tabor Opera House received national attention in an Aug. 6 New York Times article for its historic stage scenery, which dates from 1879 to 1902. “A Hidden Trove Gives a Glimpse of Opera in the Wild West” tells the tale of what is believed to be the finest collection of historic scenery in North America.

Chaffee County commissioners met in Buena Vista for the first time in 18 months Aug. 17 at the Buena Vista Community Center.

Although the meeting was in person, the county has chosen to continue convening meetings virtually until further notice due to COVID-19 precautions.

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The Honeydrops visit the Lawn at South Main Aug. 24-25.

Both nights, Nathan & Jessie will be opening and after the Honeydrops show on the Lawn Tuesday night, Dragondeer will play a free show after the Honeydrops in the Surf Hotel’s Ivy Ballroom at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, there will be a free late night Lobby Jam inside the Surf Hotel.

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Colorado TINTS (Theater In NonTraditional Spaces) will celebrate the designation of A Church, 419 D St., as part of the National Votes for Women Trail at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 with a production of “Mother! The Story of Mother Jones” at A Church.

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The Chaffee Arts Open Awards Show celebrates its 36th year Aug. 21-29 at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum on East Main Street.

This year’s Open Awards Show will feature 60 pieces of art from 41 artists.

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Not a day goes by for artist Evelyn Gottschall Baker without a visit to her home-based studio.

She has worked largely with glass sculpting, stained glass and painting. These days she has left painting and stained glass behind to focus primarily on kiln-formed glass sculptures.

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Buena Vista River Park echoed with laughter, gunfire and applause during the Gold Rush Days gunfights courtesy of the Gold Canyon Gunfighters.

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Buena Vista River Park echoed with laughter, gunfire and applause during the Gold Rush Days gunfights courtesy of the Gold Canyon Gunfighters.

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Rootin’ tootin’ shootin’ re-enactments are coming to McPhelemy Park and River Park Saturday and Sunday, so citizens are reminded not to be alarmed or feel the need to notify law enforcement if they head gunshots.

Here’s the BV Chamber of Commerce’s full schedule of events.

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“Edward S. Curtis: Unpublished Alaska,” will debut at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum on Sunday, Aug. 1. The exhibit was created by Buena Vista residents John and Coleen Graybill from newly discovered historical materials.

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Meet Me at the Creek was approved for the Meadows Sept. 24–25 after the Chaffee County Board of County Commissioners approved the permit July 20 after considerable time spent on public comment. Event producer Scotty Stoughton has not yet released the performer lineup.

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Meet Me at the Creek has been approved to take place at The Meadows on Sept. 24–25. The board of county commissioners approved the permit on Tuesday afternoon after considerable time spent on public comment. Event producer Scotty Stoughton has not yet released the performer lineup.

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Gold Rush Days is coming back to Buena Vista July 31–Aug. 1.

Performances will take place at the train depot at McPhelemy Park and at the Buena Vista River Park, the vendors location, with a shuttle running in between.

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Wildflower ID hike July 24 GARNA will host a hike from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, July 24, led by Robin Dunn of Leadville, a wildflower expert.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m., at the Presbyterian Church in Leadville and will carpool from there.

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The special event application for the Meet Me at the Creek music festival at the Meadows was unanimously approved by the Chaffee County Board of County Commissioners Tuesday.

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The Chaffee County Board of County Commissioners formally dismissed the special event permit application for the Seven Peaks Music Festival on July 14.

Meadows owner Jed Selby’s application requesting a permit for up to 12 large-scale events per year has been withdrawn by his authorized representative.

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Chaffee County’s most recent health restrictions—even as Gov. Jared Polis lifted all COVID-19 related emergency orders in the state—caused Seven Peaks to cancel its plans for the 2021 event, it announced in a release to ticket holders and others Friday afternoon.

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Chaffee County's most recent health restrictions – even as Gov. Jared Polis lifted all COVID-19 related emergency orders in the state – caused Seven Peaks to cancel its plans for the 2021 event, it announced in a release to ticket holders and others Friday afternoon.

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Soundpost Acoustics of Longmont was engaged to monitor sound levels during the August 2016 Vertex Music Festival at the Meadows near Buena Vista.

The report states at no time did sound levels exceed the 105dBA limit at the property line, but acknowledged there was a more accurate measurement of bass tones that were detected far from the property boundary.

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The Chaffee County Board of Commissioners gave Live Nation until July 6 to amend – which it did – its application for an event permit for the Seven Peaks Music Festival it is selling tickets for Sept. 3–6.

Both Live Nation for Seven Peaks and Bonfire Entertainment for Meet Me at the Creek must find nonprofits to submit applications on their behalf, according to the county commission. Applications must be in compliance with the current public health order limiting event attendees to 5,000 people.

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7–10 a.m. at Columbine Park – Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast

8:30 a.m. at E. Main and S. Railroad St. – Independence Freedom 5k race

9 a.m.–4 p.m. at McPhelemy Park – Art in the Park, beer and food

1–2 p.m. at Chaffee Arts Booth – Meet the Artist: Evelyn Gottschall Baker

Art in the Park music lineup

10 a.m. – Mountain Mantra

10:45 a.m. – Kent Lant

Noon – Bruce Hayes

1:30 p.m. – Kent Lant

2 p.m. – Coleman Smith & Friends

BV Depot Stage performances

– 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the BV Depot Stage

10 a.m., 12:45 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – Victorian Lingerie Show and Cockeyed Liz – starring Kathi Perry and Lois Goss

11:30 a.m. – Motion Exchange Dance Performance

12:15 p.m. – Alsina Dearheimer starring Lisa Wagner

3 p.m. – Suzy Kelly and Railroad History starring Vic Kuklin

Live music on the Lawn at South Main

Doors @ 2 p.m.

2:30–3:30 p.m. – Wood Belly

4–7 p.m. – Leftover Salmon

8–10 p.m. – DeadPhish Orchestra

Fireworks by the BV Legion – Dusk at the rodeo grounds

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Refreshing rain this past week has everything aligned for the Fourth of July in Buena Vista this year including the traditional American Legion fireworks display.

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South Main’s first business will change hands this fall

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Day-long public hearings on permit applications

NO DECISION: Seven Peaks left pending ‘til June 30;

UNCLEAR DECISION: Meet Me at the Creek amendments, exemptions ‘confusing’ to promoter

The Meet Me at the Creek music event planned for The Meadows in Buena Vista, is one step closer to approval by Chaffee County Board of Commissioners following a special meeting held Thursday.

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Entertainer Dierks Bentley and the world’s leading live entertainment company Live Nation announced a ticket sale date and the lineup for the third Seven Peaks Music Festival Labor Day weekend in a press release early Tuesday afternoon.

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The Chaffee County Board of Commissioners convened as the Board of Health on Monday morning to discuss issues affecting events planning in the county and raised capacity limits. Tuesday, Live Nation released its plans to begin selling general admission passes to the Seven Peaks Music Festival on June 18, 4 days before the public hearing on its event application.

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Salidan John McGowan gave a counter presentation to the Nestlé Waters North America economic impact study and Tom Bomer of Unbottle Chaffee County gave comments during the 1041 permit hearing Tuesday.

Commissioners also heard from representatives of Bonfire Entertainment, which is seeking a permit for a 2-day music event to be held Sept. 24-25 at the Meadows in Buena Vista. The company produced Campout for the Cause in prior years.

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After the COVID-19 pandemic interruption in 2020, Buena Vista High School was relieved to be able to hold its traditional Creative Arts Fair this year. At last, students were able to present their hard work from the school year, and the public was able to come and admire their talent.

Remaining members of the Central Colorado Performing Arts Center recently met to close the bank account of the nonprofit and distribute its remaining funds to area performing arts organizations.

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Coletrain Music Academy, in partnership with the Surf Hotel and the South Main Arts & Parks Trust, announced the summer lineup of their Lawn concerts, which kick off July 11 and run through Aug. 29.

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Chaffee County Public Health issued a public health order April 23 that director Andrea Carlstrom said would be amended in the future to respond to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The town’s first Keep Bewnie Buena event, an expansion of the long-standing spring River Park Cleanup, drew about 150 people of all ages to pick up surface trash not just near the river, but throughout the town.