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This Week in The Butte: January 22

Wildflowers in Crested Butte

This Week in The Butte: January 22

History of Crested Butte

It is a beautiful week in the Butte with fantastic events to attend! Immerse yourself in Crested Butte culture and enjoy this week in the Butte with live music, fat bikes and history of the town we all love.

Sam Bush | January 22

The Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride, legendary mandolin master Sam Bush has long established himself as bluegrass royalty. A lifetime of channeling his energy has led to stylistic innovations that have changed the course of bluegrass and roots music alike.  His most recent album, Storyman, is a freewheeling collection that gleefully picks and chooses from jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing, and bluegrass to create a jubilant noise only classifiable as the Sam Bush sound. This will be an evening full of light and joy, peace and frenzy, a rapt merging of life and music. Sam plays with his full band for this concert.

Borealis Fat Bike World Championships | January 24 - 27

The 4th Annual Borealis Fat Bike World Championships will be held on January 24-27, 2019. Featuring a fat bike vendor showcase, demos, and fat bike races, it is a weekend that any bike enthusiast would not want to miss! Make sure to check the schedule so you do not miss any of the fun. Every day offers something different. Now is the time to start rallying your friends for a weekend of fat biking fun you don’t want to miss!

Jokerville 135th Anniversary | January 24

Join us for the 135th anniversary of the Jokerville Mine Disaster, the greatest mining tragedy to occur in our valley. Local historian Larry McDonald has uncovered many mysteries about the event, and details about some of the victims and their lives, which are included in a historical pictorial book he recently completed.

Which victim was a convicted killer working under an assumed name? Why were boys as young as 12 working in the mine? Was the miner told not to enter the gas-filled chamber, and subsequently accused of igniting the explosion, really deaf? If you are interested in learning about this important local historical event, and would like to honor the men and boys who perished on that frigid morning in 1884, please join us at the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum at 4th and Elk on Thursday, January 24th from 6-7:30pm. Free admission, donations are greatly appreciated.

Historic Walking Tour | January 26

Want to learn more about the history of our wonderful Town and Valley? Take a historic walking tour!  Tours meet at 2pm in front of the Museum at 4th and Elk Avenue, are only $10 a person and support the Museum's general operating fund. Reservations are not necessary but accepted. To reserve your spot call the Museum at 970-349-1880. Payment will be collected at the tour. Tours may also be scheduled for groups of three or more by calling the Museum at 970-349-1880.

Watercolor Painting with Energy & Freedom | January 19

Watercolor Painting with Energy & Freedom Renowned watercolorist Steve Griggs teaches participants lively watercolor painting techniques with free and generous brush strokes. Try a variety of strategies and techniques to create loose, intuitive and spontaneous effects. Steve also demonstrates his techniques for participants in both the morning and afternoon. 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. $185 includes all materials.