Heritage Days at Cross Orchards Living History Farm saw record crowds this past Saturday as people of all ages enjoyed “life on the farm.” Thank you to Wes Allen for sharing his photos.
The art scene is sizzling in June and this weekend was full of receptions and openings. The featured First Friday art gallery reception at Aspen Photo Art was from 5:30p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, June 6, inside Main Street Bagels, 559 Main Street. At Colorado Canyons Gallery, 623 Main Street, Doug Loring was the featured artist at the First Friday reception. The 5th Biennial Contemporary Clay Exhibit opened at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts.
Rocker Ball drew a large crowd at Allen Unique Auto Museum on Friday June 6th. The Grand Junction Rockestra, under the direction of founder Calvin Hofer is an extension of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and raises money for the GJSO and the Colorado Mesa University Music Department. The theme for Rockestra 3 was “Oh What a Night—That 70’s Show!
For the second year, Grand Junction has been the host of the Summer Games, the biggest Special Olympics Colorado competition of the year! The two-day event brings together athletes, volunteers and families from across the state to compete in Athletics, Aquatics, Gymnastics, Powerlifting & Soccer.
Since 1946, the Grand Junction El Jebel Shrine has been bringing the circus to town. This year’s show was held at the Mesa County Fairgrounds with proceeds from the event going to help send children to the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Over-the-top food and wine pairings made for a gorgeous day in Western Colorado wine country as ticket holders made their way around the vineyards. Eight wineries participated in the two day event.
The 16th Annual Mike the Headless Chicken Days were celebrated May 16th and 17th in Fruita, Colorado. A wing eating contest, 5k run, backyard games, Good Egg Award, peep eating contest, entertainment and vendors rounded out one of the most unusual festivals in the nation.
The Arts and Music Festival was held downtown all this weekend, May 9-11.
Western Coloradans turned out for a contingent from China Sunday evening: the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Wearing lavish costumes, 26 lithe athletes dazzled the audience with a blend of award-winning acrobatics and modern and traditional dance. The performance was the last in this season’s series of concerts/performances by the Mesa County Concert Association.
The annual Rose Hill Rally took place this Sunday morning.
The Girl Scouts of Colorado held their Cookies and Cocktails fundraiser at Allen Unique Autos Friday evening.
The John McConnell Math and Science Center held its family science night Thursday.
Local wine lovers enjoyed the first barrel tasting of spring at Grande River Vineyards Sunday afternoon.
Absolute Dance Studio held a Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance Saturday night.
The Southwest Arbor Fest was held Saturday at Lincoln Park.
Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra performed a concert version of Bizet’s “Carmen” Saturday evening.
Junior Service League held its annual Vivo el Vino at Two Rivers Convention Center Saturday evening.
Palisade marked its 110th birthday with a street dance Friday and a BBQ and softball game Saturday. Against the backdrop of blue skies crowning Grand Mesa, folks attending the BBQ enjoyed good food and good visiting.
A fashion show-fundraiser for the CMU Athletic Scholarship Foundation took place Wednesday evening at Brownson Arena. The track program is raising funds for scholarships. Both men and women track members modeled for the show.
Edesia held a benefit wine sampling at Palisade’s Wine Country Inn Sunday afternoon.
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