Quick Picks: Friday, Aug. 25, 2017

Friday through 
Sunday, Aug. 25–27

Free verse

Three days will be filled with poetry and theatrical readings, symposiums and discussions at the Jack Mueller Poetry Festival in Fruita.

The hub of activity for this festival honoring poet Jack Mueller, who died earlier this year, is the Lithic Bookstore & Gallery, 138 S. Park Square, No. 202.

The festival is free to attend and begins with a 4 p.m. Friday screening of the film “The Line Has Shattered” and continues that day with readings from area poets Art Goodtimes, Judyth Hill, Adam Houle and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

On the schedule for Saturday is a symposium about Belle Turnbull, a presentation of the one-name play “Multitudes” about Walt Whitman and a reading and discussion of Mueller’s “The Gate.” Wrapping up Saturday will be readings from poets Sommer Browning, Neeli Cherkovski and Wendy Videlock.

The festival concludes Sunday with a breakfast symposium with Goodtimes.

For schedule updates, special location and open reading information, go to lithicpress.com.

Saturday, Aug. 26

‘Grit & Grace’

M.L. Hanson, founder of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, will be giving a presentation in collaboration with the Museums of Western Colorado’s exhibition “Women of Excellence: The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Collection.”

Hanson’s lecture, titled “Grit & Grace: Great Colorado Women” will be at 2 p.m. at the Whitman Center, 248 S. Fourth St.

It will be followed by a 3 p.m. special tour of the museum’s exhibit and a cookie and lemonade reception at 4 p.m.

“Grit & Grace” will “introduce the inspiring stories of extraordinary women who have been inducted in the CWHF,” their accomplishments and challenges, according to a news release from the museum.

For information about this event, go to https://museumofwesternco.com/event/grit-grace-great-colorado-women/.


Saturday, Aug. 26

Get on the river

There are only a few spots left for Raft the River with the Tamarisk Coalition.

The event starts at 3 p.m. with a float trip on the Colorado River from Rimrock Adventures in Fruita to the Loma Boat Ramp. Along the way coalition staff and river experts will talk about the restoration work along that stretch of water.

After the float, dinner will be served, prizes handed out and live music from Shaun Ray enjoyed.

Raft the River costs $68 for coalition members and $80 for non-members. Proceeds go to the coalition.

For information, go to tamariskcoalition.org/events/4th-annual-raft-river.


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