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Thursday, June 25, 2015

High Peaks Art Festival - This Weekend

Location: Nederland Town Offices, Roosevelt National Forest, 45 West 1st Street, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
High Peaks Art Festival Owner and Show
Coordinator, Cathy Stiers with Mayor Gierlach
photo by Lance Jones

This weekend, the High Peaks Art Festival  returns to Nederland for it's Fifteenth year. It is the brain child of long time resident, Cathy Stiers. Well over 30 years ago, she married jewelry designer, Rocky Stiers and moved to Nederland in the same year. (making a lifestyle change and moving to the mountains, is a fairly common theme for local Nedheads)

Even though the High Peaks Art Festival draws artists from all over the region, it embraces the local Nederland art culture of artizen craftsmanship. It's an intimate venue with 43 artists, which feels like a casual 1970's Birkenstock craft fair with macrame pot hangers & scented candles, except the artwork has developed a reputation for the highest caliber of fine arts and contemporary crafts.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

No Car Needed to access the Continential Divide

Location: Roosevelt National Forest, Hessie Road, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
The Nederland Park-N-Ride is the new pick-up and drop-off location for the summer shuttle to the Hessie trailhead.

The Hessie Trailhead has been one of the most popular access points to hike to the Indian Peaks Wilderness and the Continential Divide, where you can still directly experience icy cold glacier water in the heat of the summer.

However, that popularity typically caused traffic and parking issues on the roads near the trail head, until the shuttle service began on the weekends in the summer.

Boulder County's shuttle service (Run by Via Mobility) had reduced congestion by transporting several thousand people to the trailhead each year. This year, it will pick you up at the Nederland RTD Park-N-Ride (First and Jackson street in Ned) and drop you off at the Hessie Trailhead, and you can even bring your leashed dog on the shuttle.

Because the pick-up and drop-off is at the Nederland RTD Park-N-Ride, folks from anywhere in the RTD Region can now access the Continential Divide without a car. In the winter, of course, the RTD 'N' Bus drops people off at Eldora Ski Resort, making it also the only ski resort that is accessible without a car on RTD.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Ned Clean-Up Day – Now on Ridge Road

Location: 286 Ridge Road, 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 my opinion, it should be a local holiday.

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, June 6, 2015 – Starts at 8:00am and ends when the dumpsters are full.

Where: Boulder County Transportation Yard located on Ridge Road.

Who: Boulder County Residents only.
This service is NOT for commercial enterprises. (Proof of Boulder County physical residency will be required. Acceptable documents for proof of residency include an Xcel energy bill, a Town of Nederland utility bill, and a Boulder County property lease. A driver's license will not count as proof of residency.)