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With Bell’s on: Carelli’s hosting launch party in Craig for seasonal microbrew

If you’re a lover of craft beer, there’s a place you’ll want to be next week. And before you say, “I’ll be there with bells on,” that part’s already covered.

On tap, that is.

Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery hosts its annual re-release of its seasonal favorite, Oberon Ale, and part of the pouring effort will be Craig eatery Carelli’s, hosting a special evening with a tap takeover of drinks from the provider.

The night starts at 5 p.m. March 28 and includes the guest of honor, Oberon, as well as several other Bell’s brews coming from the Great Lakes — Hopslam Ale, Flamingo Fruit Fight, Two-Hearted Ale, and Third Coast Old Ale.

Bell’s, which operates out of Kalamazoo and Comstock, Michigan, will also provide a variation on the Oberon recipe with a tangy blend of mango-habañero.

There is no admission charge for the evening, which lasts as long as the kegs keep flowing.

Carelli’s owner Brett Etzler said he has been a fan of Bell’s since his college days when attending Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

“It was the early ’90s, Bell’s was just a few years old and a kind of tiny place,” he said. “That was one of the first microbrews I ever had, which is why it’s near and dear to my heart.”

He added that in its inception, Oberon Ale was known as Solsun, before a lawsuit from the makers of El Sol beer forced a name change.

“The quality hasn’t changed much. If anything, they’ve gotten better,” he said.

Etzler first brought in Bell’s inventory last fall as part of his ongoing effort to promote a variety of microbrews on the menu among Carelli’s Italian fare.

“Ever since we’ve started selling, we’ve been one of the biggest sellers in Colorado,” he said, adding that he was thrilled when he was approached about helping to kick off Oberon’s return.

Etzler’s hook-up in the area is Steamboat Springs-based B&K Distributing, with representative Matt Meisegener aiding him in bringing in different kinds of flavor to Northwest Colorado.

“It’s good to see he’s opened the eyes of people to the craft beer world,” he said. “There’s a whole plethora of beers out there.”

All ages welcome to audition for Craig Concert Association talent show

Whether it’s singing, dancing, playing an instrument or any other method of performance, bring your skills to the stage next weekend.

Craig Concert Association hosts auditions for its community talent show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

The show, which takes place at 7 p.m. April 6 at MCHS, is open to all types of acts within Craig and Moffat County.

Performers are asked to keep the content family-friendly and within three to five minutes in length. Auditions will be given first-come, first-served consideration.

Anyone who wants to be in the show but is unable the day of auditions can submit a tape or CD of their act prior to March 30.

For more information, call organizer Jim Simpson at 970-824-4138 or 970-326-3165.

Northwest Colorado Mule Deer Foundation banquet serves up fun April 27

Northwest Colorado Chapter of Mule Deer Foundation hosts its annual banquet April 27 at Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 640 E. Victory Way.

Doors open at 4 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Among the menu items are a roast pig, brisket, wings and shrimp.

The night includes drawings, games, door prizes and live and silent auctions.

Tickets are available at Northwest Pawn or Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Proceeds benefit mule deer and black-tailed deer and their habitat.

For more information and ticket prices, call Mike McQuay at 970-629-3292 or visit muledeer.org.

Trace Adkins announced as 2019 Garfield County Fair and Rodeo headliner

RIFLE — Country music star Trace Adkins is slated to headline the 81st annual Garfield County Fair and Rodeo concert this summer in Rifle.

The show, scheduled for Friday, Aug. 2, will feature Adkins, with fellow country musician Joe Nichols opening.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 12 p.m. Friday at garfieldcountyfair.com, according to a press release from county fair organizers.

A special ticket pre-sale took place for Trace Adkins Fan Club members Tuesday morning. An additional pre-sale for email subscribers to the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo and Monumental Tixs begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the release.

Adkins is a three-time Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards winner. His most recent album, “Something's Going On,” debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums list.

Adkins won the 2009 ACM Single of the Year award for "You're Gonna Miss This," and scored the ACM Vocal Event of the Year honors in 2010 for his collaboration with Blake Shelton on the hit song "Hillbilly Bone." He's sold more than 11 million albums, including five Platinum-certified records and three Gold, according to the release.

"As a musician, author and actor, the Louisiana native sings and lives with conviction," the release stated.

Adkins is a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project, American Red Cross, and performs at United Service Organizations (USO) tours. In 2013, he was the winner of the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice television show, in which he raised more than $1.5 million for the Red Cross, according to the press release.

Nichols, an Arkansas native, has been on the country music scene since the late 1990s. His 2002 album, "Man with a Memory," produced four singles on the Billboard "Hot Country Songs" chart, including his hit "Brokenheartsville," which earned Nichols a Grammy nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Nichols' most recent offering, "Never Gets Old," reached No. 15 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to garfieldcountyfair.com.

Craig Concert Association begins spring shows with string duo OK Factor

Craig Concert Association's latest installment takes place next week as The OK Factor takes the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

The OK Factor is a string duo comprised of midwestern musicians Karla Colahan and Olivia Diercks, with Colahan playing violin and Diercks the cello. Both of them also sing as part of the act, described as alternative folk.

The two have been working together since 2012, taking on genres including bluegrass, jazz, pop, and folk, as well as original compositions.

Among the venues where they have performed are The Dakota Jazz Club, The Cedar Cultural Center, The Aster Cafe, The Stone Arch Bridge Festival and more.

OK Factor from Allied Concert Services on Vimeo.

Colahan and Diercks provide music education and workshops at all grade levels and recently released their fourth album, "That's Enough of That."

Tickets are $20 at the door, and the show is free to members of CCA’s 2018-19 season.

For more information on shows and membership, call 970-824-2080 or visit facebook.com/Craig-Concert-Association-106958636016278/.

The Bock’s Office: ‘Captain Marvel’ feisty fun in new turn for superhero saga

If you saw a little old lady on a busy train, would you offer her a seat or punch her in the face? Most of us might forgo cold-cocking the elderly, but the eponymous character of “Captain Marvel” has seen too much to assume the best of people.

As an outsider on the planet Hala, a young woman named Vers (Brie Larson) has found her place in the universe as a member of Starforce, a military group dedicated to protecting the people of the Kree from the Skrulls, a race of shape-shifters with whom they have been at war for as long as she can remember.

However, Vers’ memory isn’t the most reliable; she has little recollection of where she came from before being taken in by Starforce and her mentor, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), with whom she has been training constantly to control her latent energy powers. On a supposed rescue mission that results in an ambush, she is taken hostage by the Skrulls and tortured in the hopes of gaining crucial information that would help them against the Kree.

Instead, their new captive unleashes hell and easily escapes, though the nearby world where Vers finds herself stranded is a whole new adventure.

The planet that she knows only as C-53 — or, as its inhabitants refer to it, Earth — should only be a temporary stop as she awaits a rendezvous with her teammates, though between the enemies that have tracked her location and government agents who are most interested in her sudden appearance, the fight is on to get back home in one piece.

Yet, the more Vers seeks answers about why the Skrulls are so intent on finding her, the more she learns why Earth feels so familiar to her.

With her star on the rise, an Oscar winner like Larson makes perfect sense on paper to play the part of a powerful female hero, but it’s her dynamic personality that shows she’s more than capable of taking on such a big role.

With more than 50 years in existence, Carol Danvers — Vers’ full name, as she discovers — is the comic book mainstay we’ve been waiting to see burst onto the screen in full force, and Larson is just the one to embody her power and unapologetic nature, which is aided along but not dependent on the photon blasts that are only part of her abilities.

Seeing a super-powered being may be getting old for most of the audience, but for SHIELD Agent Nick Fury, it’s a new experience when he sees a woman in a laser tag suit blasting energy from her hands. A digitally de-aged Samuel L. Jackson has the most screen time yet as the man who will go on to form The Avengers, currently a mid-level worker with a full head of hair and a little more optimism.

Heavy is the head that wears the eyepatch, and we’re all waiting to find out how that accessory found its way to him.

With a niche for playing smug villains in the “Star Wars” universe and other franchises, Ben Mendelsohn makes a fine fit in thick makeup as Talos, the head of the Skrulls, who swiftly infiltrate Earth in the pursuit of their prisoner and maybe something more.

Meanwhile, Law adds the right kind of aggressive authoritative attitude as the leader of Starforce, though he’s outshone by Annette Bening as both an Earth scientist who keeps popping into Carol’s dreams, and the Supreme Intelligence, the faceless ruler of the Kree, which takes different forms based on every person’s perspective of whom they most respect.

Kinda telling that Carol doesn’t see her direct supervisor that way, ain’t it?

The tangled past of the character — who had the mantle Ms. Marvel when she first took on hero status — is well-reflected in the screenplay by director team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and co-scripters Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve.

Unlike the straightforward approach of most of the Marvel Comics entries, the narrative style is heavy on flashbacks, many of which are fuzzy on the details as Carol comes to find that not everyone she’s come to trust is deserving.

Set in 1995, nostalgia plays a big part from the moment she crash-lands in a Blockbuster Video — plenty of those left — and begins soaking up the culture that she didn’t even know she was missing, with the timeframe encapsulated in a ’90s soundtrack with TLC, Nirvana, Salt-N-Pepa and perhaps most appropriately in No Doubt’s “Just a Girl.”

Besides borrowing its musical cues — and a few key players — from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the newest from Marvel Studios helps expand the ever-expanding universe with the first of its movies to be centered solely on a woman.

In case you’re wondering, “Elektra” came out before the studio’s formation, but would you really claim it if you had the choice?

Some pointed observations range from our hero being told to smile more by random dudes and regular harassment in her background as an Air Force pilot, but the most telling is a receiver in her neck that supposedly keeps her dangerous powers restrained, ultimately under the heel of her superiors.

But, since we’re talking about a gal who can jury-rig an intergalactic communicator out of a Game Boy and a payphone, you can imagine it’s only a matter of time before she hits her potential.

A few too many origin story weaknesses — not to mention attempts to parallel park its way into the Marvel timeline — keep “Captain Marvel” from truly fulfilling its goals, though not for lack of effort from its directors and star.

With a mantra of “higher, further, faster,” Carol Danvers will only soar more in future appearances, and the sooner the better.

Tony Stark still needs a ride home.

Moffat County theater examines love, life, pleasure, pain in ‘The Giver’

The vibrant red of a piece of fruit. The cool thrills of a sled ride through fresh snow. The ear-splitting terror of audio from wartime explosions.

These brief sensory experiences are something modern society might take for granted, but for someone who’s been numb to virtually everything, they can be completely life-altering.

Therein lies the many messages of the Moffat County High School spring play, “The Giver.”

The MCHS theater department presents Eric Coble’s stage adaptation of Lois Lowry’s young adult novel with shows this week at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as a 1:30 p.m. Saturday matinee at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane. Tickets are $7 apiece.

The production depicts a futuristic community in which certain parts of life are simplified — the climate never changes, all members serve assigned functions, children are conceived with surrogates and placed with approved families.

Altogether, choices and emotions are minimal and rules are many.

A young member of this pleasant yet passionless place, Jonas (Sambu Shrestha), is on the verge of being given the job he’ll perform for the rest of his life.

But, he’s quite dumbfounded when he learns his new role will be as the Receiver of Memory, a unique career that will require solitude and special training from the current holder of the position (Maria Sanchez-Silva).

His new instructor promptly opens his eyes to exhilarating memories of the past, but with those come Jonas’s realization of how none of the people around him have any knowledge of how the world used to be. For that matter, the more he learns, the more he comes to see just how flawed his home is.

The play is the final show for Shrestha, an MCHS senior.

“It’s pretty thrilling. because you want to go out with a bang,” he said. “I’m definitely appreciating that it’s a really bizarre experience.”

His role is nearly the polar opposite from Ponyboy Curtis, Shrestha’s starring role in last year’s “The Outsiders.” While Jonas is arguably more intelligent than the average adolescent, he is far more sheltered and naive and unaware of pain beyond a skinned knee.

“Each day with The Giver is something new, and just to experience it all is a little much for him,” he said.

As the title character, Sanchez-Silva portrays an aging beacon of wisdom, whose only job is to carry the burden of knowing how life used to be — good and bad. And, though the Receiver of Memory is meant to be a valued part of the community’s leadership, they have little say in most of its operations.

Still, with training someone new, hope endures that the next generation will be able to change minds.

“Giving the emotions to Jonas, that gives him the ability to go out and create more opportunities in the community,” she said.

Playing a part that is written as male in Lowry’s book and the 2014 film adaptation provides a new twist, Sanchez-Silva added.

“I think it gives it a different perspective,” she said.

Among the downsides of Jonas’s world is that people no longer have a perception of color. All costumes are black, gray and white, though the young protagonist begins to see new hues as part of his awakening.

That’s where the Moffat County lighting and sound crew comes in, as the technical elements of the play allow the audience to share the rush of excitement that comes when Jonas takes on new memories, with bursts of crimson, visions of snow, and more.

“It’s really our job to bring everything to life,” said crew member Hunter Petree. “War is a big one, we have explosions, flashing red lights, it’s all really intense, and we try to enhance that. We’re experimenting with a new kind of mold that gives us a rainbow. It’s nothing too exciting for some people on the outside, but it’s all new for us.”

Grace Pomeleo, the show’s director and MCHS’s theater and music teacher, said she considers the tech crew a “lead role” with how they boost everything happening onstage from the booth.

“It’s a huge creative challenge, but I think it’ll be really exciting for the audience to see how those things are pulled off,” she said.

Between the visual and audio and acting talents, it all comes together to present a debate — safety with many restrictions versus a riskier but richer life.

“The main conversation is, ‘Is it worth not having pain in life if you also don’t have joy?'” Pomeleo said. “It’s about being able to make choices, sometimes right sometimes wrong, but it’s all part of life.

Winter tea raises funds for Luttrell Barn Cultural Center in Craig

Cups of tea and conversation filled the old red barn as more than 60 people gathered Sunday, Feb. 24, to enjoy a Victorian-era tradition — afternoon tea — and raise funds for ongoing improvements and maintenance of the historic Luttrell Barn Cultural Center east of the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

In addition to plentiful cups of tea, Luttrell Barn Cultural Center board members made savory and sweet canapés served by a team of seven volunteers, including three students from the Moffat County High School Key Club.

Sundays Annual Winter Tea marked the fundraiser’s third year and the second consecutive year it has been held in the restored barn.

“We want the barn for our community to enjoy, and they do in so many ways. Special family occasions are celebrated there and meetings. The WiFi, sound system, and large screens are a plus,” said board member Delaine Voloshin.

The tradition of afternoon tea is believed to have begun in 1840 in England, created by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. The duchess regularly became hungry between breakfast and the evening meal, so she began requesting tea, cake, bread, and butter be brought to her in the afternoons, according to historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Afternoon-Tea. When Anna began inviting friends to join her, she established a tradition that was adopted across the British colonies.

One of the first mentions of a tea hosted in Northwest Colorado was a published by the Routt County Courier March 18, 1909.

“Nothing is more delicious for luncheons and ‘high teas’ than a Virginia baked ham,” wrote Emma Paddock Telford, who went on to provide her recipe and instructions.

In the 1940s, the Craig Order of the Rainbow Girls hosted teas to raise funds for good causes. One such event was described in the Craig Empire-Courier on July 1, 1942, which reported: “The Order of Rainbow for Girls were hostesses at a silver tea Tuesday afternoon at the Masonic Hall, and over 50 persons were served. The table decorations were lovely with pink roses in a brown basket as the centerpiece and with a beautiful crystal punchbowl and cups and tea service.”

The proceeds raised went to the United Service Organizations to aid military families.

Another resident recalled: “My grandmother, a singularly well-bred old lady, and her women friends always poured tea from cup to saucer and drunk from the saucer, which was, very thin but of a generous size. In too many hotels and even in some private houses, the cups are too thick. A sensitive person finds the tea served in them tasteless. As for that, few women know how to brew tea. As a rule, it is too strong. For this and other reasons, I prefer ale in its native pewter,” reported the Moffat County Bell on Nov. 30, 1916.

Many of the guests at Sunday’s Winter Tea wore hats and dressed in period costumes or used props provided by Katie Johnson of Katie’s Kostumes. Volunteers poured guests tea from pots into porcelain cups — many of them antiques — owned by board members.

Proceeds from ticket sales to the tea, along with other fundraising efforts, including an online auction, will go to pay for repairs to the barn.

As a result of previous fundraising, the loft, where hay was originally stored, has been opened into a large space with room for dancing, concerts, or theater presentations.

The board hopes to raise enough money to install a lift to allow people with disabilities to access the second floor and build an awning over the north entrance to help keep that entryway free of ice and snow.

“We continually work toward improvements,” Voloshin said. “The entire building can be rented by the hour or the day. Renting the barn also helps keep it operating.”

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.

Weekend Roundup: Tea party, fast food fun, hockey high note — 5 Craig happenings

Fun times for all ages are in store this weekend whether you want to dress it up for a tea party, cut loose while learning about the lord, or do a little historical study.

Fun fellowship

Yampa Valley Baptist Church hosts a Teen Night Friday, complete with food and games for all who attend.
Everyone is welcome to participate and take in the church’s message. Anyone who needs a ride can contact organizers.
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Yampa Valley Baptist Church, 3900 E. Victory Way
Cost: Free
For more information: 970-620-2448 or 970-761-0645

I’m lovin’ it

McDonald’s hosts a Saturday morning ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially unveil its newly remodeled dining area and children’s playplace.
Families are invited to bring the kids, with giveaways for all ages.
When: 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: McDonald’s, 1080 W. Victory Way
Cost: Free
For more information: 970-824-7638

Trace your roots

Preserving the Last Frontier meets for its monthly gathering Saturday at Sunset Meadows. February’s presentation will be “Researching Your Family History” as presented by Beth Gilchrist.
When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: 970-824-6761

Senior salute

Craig Youth Hockey Association's final home games of the season take place Saturday and Sunday for the 18U Midget team, the Moffat County Bulldogs.
The high school team will host a Senior Night ceremony Saturday as part of its games against Northern Colorado Youth Hockey.
When: Games at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, 9:45 a.m. Sunday
Where: Moffat County Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: craigyouthhockey.org

Fits to a tea

The third annual Winter Tea Party takes place Sunday at Luttrell Barn Cultural Center.
Tickets for the fundraiser are available at Downtown Books and Kitchen a La More.
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Luttrell Barn Cultural Center, 411 Emerson St.
Cost: Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 or younger
For more information: Facebook.com/LuttrellBarnCulturalCenter

Do you have an upcoming weekend or holiday entertainment item to promote? To submit events for Weekend Roundup, email details including time, date, place, cost and a description of the event to news@craigdailypress.com.

Craig Kiwanis Club play tickets — Get ’em while they last

The 73rd annual Craig Kiwanis Club Play takes the stage in March, and ticket sales kicked off Saturday afternoon for the annual satire of all current events at the local, state, and national levels.

Kiwanis member Kirk McKey said Kiwanis has about $12,000 in scholarships waiting for graduating seniors in the area, with forms available at Moffat County High School.

The play is an adult-oriented show for ages 21 and older and will feature performances at 8 p.m. March 1 and 2 at Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Tickets will not be available at the door, but a limited number will are available for purchase at Northwest Pawn Shop.

For more information, call 970-620-1975.