On The Scene: Fruita Fourth Friday

Susan Cowles and Amelia Marlowe

Lyndsay McKeever and her dog, Foxy

Jack, Dan and Harry Oliver

A number of people were gathered in Circle Park for the History Walk.

Indigo Montoya and Katie, Ann, Emil and Kristian Y. Hartter

John Palmer, Jared Shaw and Josh Mathews

Since beginning this “social” column, I haven’t featured our fine far west community of Fruita.

Since the monthly Fruita Fourth Friday event was May 23, I felt it was high time to remedy the situation. Not that I hadn’t been invited before now, it’s just that it finally worked out.

According to event organizers, Fruita Fourth Friday is about art, music, poetry, food, drink and history, pretty much my favorite things.

My friend Jolynn Garcia-Tillman accompanied me. First we did a drive around to see what things looked like and where people were going.

We noticed a crowd gathering in Circle Park for the History Walk. We decided to start there.

By my first count, there were about 30 people all waiting for the tour guides Steve and Denise Hight.

The Hights rolled in, and I did another head count. Nearly 50 people!

I managed a photo of Steve and Denise and some ladies waiting for the walk. The boys, Jack, Dan and Harry Oliver, grew up in Fruita where their parents had the White House Hotel and Jack’s Barber Shop at 25 South Mulberry for 40 years.

The tour was, in part, a dedication of the new historic photo plaques placed about town that tell the story of Fruita. They are a collaboration between the Fruita Historic Preservation and Downtown Advisory Boards.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Fruita Fall Festival, so watch for more events leading up to the one.

Next, art. We chose to check out the Rose Hue Gallery, 212 East Aspen St. Owner Linda Kurtz welcomed us to the beautifully remodeled building. Susan Cowles, a photographer and jewelry maker was busy creating a piece in the gallery.

Susan is bi-valley and also exhibits at The Art Cellar in Palisade. Susan, along with Amelia Marlowe are two of the featured artists for May at the Rose Hue. Amelia has been making pottery for more than 17 years and has really perfected her art. Her crystalline works were stunning.

Amelia also was accepted for the Western Colorado Center for the Arts Contemporary Clay Exhibit that is currently showing.

A fun family arrived at the Rose Hue Gallery. The Hartters, owners of the +1 Gallery, 1150 North 25th St. in Grand Junction, which features the work of gallery owner Kristian Y. Hartter. Hartter works in soapstone, metal and photography.

With Kristian was his nephew Indigo Montoya, daughter Katie, son Emil and wife, Ann Hartter.

The Rose Hue Gallery is a beautiful space thanks to a creative makeover. Linda opened the gallery because she thought an art venue was needed on the west end of the valley to show off all the talent. Indeed it does.

Heading across the street to the Cavalcade, Jo and I were surprised by a beautiful redhead on a cargo bike with a dog in tow. Lyndsay McKeever was making her way back to Virginia from California after having crossed the country, on her bike with her dog, Foxy. She rides about 50 miles per day if possible and takes her time visiting interesting towns and people and didn’t realize Fruita had such a bike culture.

Lyndsay said she also is a fire dancer and wanted to perform at the Cavalcade later that evening.

We checked into the Cavalcade. It was Vinyl Night and they encouraged people to bring their own and take it for a spin. They also had stacks in-house.

It was still early for this event, and I summoned members of the house band — John Palmer, Jared Shaw and Josh Mathews — outside into the light.

The Cavalcade is a cool place. I want to go back for its once-a-month Variety Night where I understand my 7-year-old grandson, Milo Haberkorn, has been known to perfect his comedy act.

I didn’t get to everything going on with Fruita Fourth Friday that evening. I only get so much space. But I’ll save the rest for next time. And yes, there will be a next time.

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■ The Theatre Project presents performances of “Damn Yankees” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and can be purchased at TheatreProjectGJ.com or at the door.

■ Dance works presents its annual concert at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 1 p.m. Saturday at Palisade High School, 3679 Front St., in Palisade. See performances of ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, pom, drill and more. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $15 for children ages 12 and younger and adults 65 and older. There is a $3 discount for tickets purchased in advance. Info: danceworksgj.com, 243-5954.


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