For more than 25 years the Stupid Band has been rocking Montrose. Come on out, and dance for a great cause! Courtesy photo.

For more than 25 years the Stupid Band has been rocking Montrose. Come on out, and dance for a great cause! Courtesy photo.

By Caitlin Switzer

REGIONAL—(August 20, 2013)  Sure, the kids are back in school and the days are growing shorter. There’s plenty of summer fun still on the menu for Montrose and the surrounding region in the coming weeks!

From Aug. 23-25, take time to help build trails in Ridgway, and learn how to maintain and sustain them as well. The Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) Group will host three days of fun and friendship as they forge ahead to build new trails at this greatest of biking destinations. Groups will meet at the trailhead at County Road 10, one half mile east of Hwy 550. Volunteers need to bring gloves, hiking boots, hats and sunscreen; Rat will provide food, drink, tools and a free T-shirt.

This is the second weekend of trail building this summer, noted organizer Brian Scranton of Ridgway.

“We built two miles of trail during the July weekend,” Scranton said. “It was unreal!”

To learn more, visit www.ridgwaytrails.com.

Bicyclists can give back by taking part in the 19th Annual Partners Bike Challenge Bike Ride Sept. 14, a benefit for Partners of Montrose, Delta and Ouray. This year’s ride includes two routes, a free concert by Bruce Hayes in Ridgway’s Hartwell Park after the ride from 2 to 4 p.m., and a free Trek Mountain Bike to be awarded to the top pledge earner. To learn more or sign up, call Partners at 970-249-1116.

  Every year, the Montrose Farmers Market hosts the annual Montrose Garlic Festival. This year, the festival includes a community-wide celebration of the Market’s 35 year anniversary as well as the essential bulb, and will take place Sept. 7 at the Market, at South First and Uncompahgre from 8:30 to 1 p.m. Show up early, and enjoy the antique tractor show, great music by David Starr & Roy Martin, cooking demonstrations and delicious local foods!

On Sept. 20, catch the “Very Best of Western Music” with the Diamond W Wranglers and Rex Allen, Jr. at the Montrose Pavilion (7 p.m., tickets $25). The show moves to the Wright Opera House in Ouray on Saturday, Sept. 21 (7 p.m., $25) and to Ouray’s historic Western Hotel on Sunday, Sept. 22, where Chef Rosemarie will prepare a special dinner prior to the performance.

This is the fourth time the Diamond W Wranglers have come to the region, with their blend of original songs and country classics, according to promoters John and Virginia Ast. In 2008, the Diamond W Wranglers earned the Will Rogers award for “Western Music Album of the Year” from the Academy of Western Artists for their song “Deep in the Saddle.” The group has performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Theater in Branson Missouri, and on the Great Wall of China. Shows will benefit Dolphin House in Montrose and the Wright Opera House in Ouray.  Call 970-325-7255/970-901-8515 or email vjast@q.com for information. Special sponsorship packages are available including tickets & a CD. Diamond W Wranglers’ CDs are available at $15 in advance (call or email above), or for $20 autographed at the shows.  Listen to their music at www.diamondwwranglers.com or www.thediamondW.com

The good times will also roll in Lower Montrose on Sept. 21, when the always excellent Stupid Band steps up to the “plate” to show support for Sharing Ministries at the first annual Sharing Ministries Street Dance.

“We’re going to have some fun, and host a benefit to help Sharing Ministries continue purchasing food for families in need,” Sharing Ministries Executive Director Oneda Doyal said. “There is always a need, particularly this time of year before the Holidays.

“Don’t forget the hungry people in our community!”

From 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the street dance will feature three bands, with Rusty George and the Rusty Mountain Society opening for The Stupid Band on the stage in front of the Sharing Ministries Warehouse in LoMo.

Great party food—including a pig roast and smoked pork sausages–by Scotty Kenton’s Hog Rock BBQ will help you keep your strength up as you dance, and there will be $1 tacos by Ah Chihuahua on the menu as well. Great giveaways by sponsors should also keep the good times rolling, Doyal said.

Though the sun sets around 7 p.m., the party won’t—just step into 2 Rascals Brewing Company for some great beers and music by Doug Kolz.

“It’s just a big old outdoor BBQ with dance music,” Doyal said. “The weather is going to be perfect—not too hot or too cold—and this is something fun to get away and do!”

Tickets for the Sharing Ministries Street Dance will be $10 per person or $25 for families, and includes one free drink, she said. To learn more about the event, call Vogy at 970-249-1321.

If capturing the beauty of Western Colorado through the eye of a camera is your passion, spend Sept. 28 and 29 with famed photographer, publisher, teacher and preservationist John Fielder in Ouray. A fundraiser for the Ouray County Historical Society, the workshop is hands-on, and open to all skill levels. According to an OCHS news release, Fielder will guide field shoots that showcase the mountains’ brilliant fall foliage, historic mines, and snow-dusted peaks, and will work individually with each participant, providing advice on composition and technique both in the field and during editing sessions. The cost of the workshop is $750, and includes transportation to the field shoots and some meals. General instruction and critique sessions will take place at Ridgway’s Sherbino Theater, and participants should plan to bring their own 35 mm digital SLR and a laptop.

According to the news release, Fielder has taken photographs for 39 exhibit format books, guidebooks and children’s books, is a three-time winner of the Colorado Book Award, and is perhaps best known for creating Colorado’s best-selling book of all time, Colorado: 1870-2000.  He has been exploring Ouray County and the surrounding region since he was a gold and silver prospector for CF & I Steel Corporation in his college summer of 1970. As a nature photographer, he has photographed every road and trail in the area, and knows the best of the best places for autumn color.  Fielder’s photography has earned him the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award, the University of Denver’s Daniel L. Ritchie Award, and the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Colorado.

To sign up to learn more, call 970-325-4576 or visit www.ouraycountyhistoricalsociety.org.