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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Art at the Center – Nederland Community Center

Location: 750 Colorado 72, Roosevelt National Forest, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Art at the Center curators Tracy Brewer and Annie Thayer
with Nederland Mayor Joe Gierlach 
The Peak to Peak region in and around Nederland attracts the most talented artist residents, and the Nederland Community Center has plenty of wall space. Therefore, since 2009, the Nederland Community Center Foundation Board has hosted a wine and hors d'oeuvres art opening called "Art at the Center" three times per year to feature new works of art by local artists at the Community Center.

The event has blossomed into a community extravaganza focused on the Nederland Area art scene. Details about how this art exhibition works can be found on the Community Center website.

The next Art at the Center opening is:
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 5:00-7:00pm
at the Nederland Community Center
750 Highway 72 North, Nederland CO, 80466

Co-curators, Tracy Brewer and Annie Thayer, have both lived in the Greater Nederland Area for more than two decades each. Annie said that back then, Nederland kept coming up randomly in peculiar ways, drawing her to the area. Both curators were willing to exchange a few inconveniences of living at high altitude, for the love of a small quiet mountain town among nature and wildlife. They recognize that many of the exhibiting artists and photographers are inspired by the protected open space surrounding Nederland.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Ned Clean-Up Day

Location: 151 East Street, Roosevelt National Forest, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Ned Clean-Up Day 2013 collected 22,750lbs of material.
I'm not exactly sure why, but Ned Clean-Up Day is one of my favorite days of the year. Typically the first Saturday after Memorial Day.

In 2013, Ned Clean-Up Day diverted 22,750 pounds of material away from the landfill. (see details at the bottom of this article)

Here's how it works:

When: Saturday, May 31, 2014 – Starts at 8:00am and ends when the dumpsters are full.

Where: TEENS, Inc. parking lot, 151 East Street

Who: Boulder County Residents only.
This service is NOT for commercial enterprises.
(Proof of Boulder County physical residency will be required, such as a tax statement, mortgage document, lease agreement or utility bill. A driver's license will not count as proof of residency.)

Cost: Eco-Cycle rates will apply for electronics. All other items are FREE.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ned featured in National Travel Mag

Location: Nederland, CO 80466, USA
The Summer 2014 edition of ALIVE Magazine
Published by the Colorado Tourism Office
On a few occasions in the past few years, I've had the opportunity to interact with Al White, Director of the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO). He portrays a sense of accomplishment, as he always comes prepared with statistics about how the tourism industry is one of the largest employers in the state, tourists spend over $10-billion in Colorado, contributing $763 million (in 2007) to taxes, which equates to over $400 in taxes per household. As he rattles-off all those big numbers, it's hard to see how the Colorado Tourism Office would ever have a direct effect on Nederland.

One of the CTO's goals is to generate positive publicity as a premiere, four-season travel destination with diverse attractions and experiences. They have a matching grant program, and in partnership with the Colorado Historical Society, the CTO developed the Heritage Tourism Program to promote the state's rich cultural heritage. The Peak to Peak Highway is also part of their scenic byways promotions.

Ideally, our community would like to have a local, self-sustaining economy, in order to increase our resiliency. We recognize this in Envision 2020:
In 2020, Nederland's economy encourages and welcomes new, non-traditional economic models, the responsible management of tourism and the stewardship of the environment. The community consistently recognizes and responsibly encourages the thoughtful and meaningful relationship between recreation, culture and the economy.
As much as we would like to migrate away from relying on tourism from a long range planning perspective, there is no doubt that currently a substantial part of Nederland's economy is tourist related. It became blatantly apparent (feeling the direct impact) when the 2013 Flood cut off Boulder Canyon road to Nederland during prime leaf-peeping season. I even discussed it with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet: