A young teen stares down the nightmarish threat of climate change and moves from fear into action. Two sea kayakers become marooned by gale force winds on a Sea of Cortez isle for eight days and are down to their last cup of water. A Venezuelan farmer finds his dream in a foreign land through snow-white buffalo milk and green technology. These and other magnificent stories will be the highlight of “Fire in the Belly: Stories of Change,” a live story event on June 6 at Rock Bottom Ranch.
The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE), in partnership with ACES, the City of Aspen and Writ Large, presents an evening of community storytelling, featuring Roaring Fork Valley locals telling true stories live on stage, directed by story master Alya Howe. The event, which includes a solar seed house tour, story engagement station, cocktails from Marble Distilling Co. and vittles for purchase from Slow Groovin’ BBQ, will take place at 5:30pm under the Rock Bottom Ranch pole barn.
“Stories are a powerful way to connect us to each other, and to connect the dots between our actions and the environment,” says Mona Newton, Executive Director of CORE.
The name of the event is also the theme of the night, Fire in the Belly: Stories of Change. Turning a corner, rallying together, playing a part, creating something new. Finding solutions in the face of shifting sands: an uncertain future, a changing environment, weird weather. Whatever keeps you rolling up your sleeves and moving forward with hope.
The diverse group of storytellers ranges in age from 13 to 72 years, represents the Valley from Aspen to Carbondale, and hails from locales as wide-ranging as Denmark to Venezuela. They include: Patty Fox, Chris Lane, Jose Miranda, Eske Ronneau, Genevieve Villamizar, and Marc Whitley.
“Fire in the Belly” follows in the tradition of the Art + Environment + Community work CORE began last year with the Snow Drawing at Ashcroft, a community environmental art installation led by artist Sonja Hinrichsen. With “Fire in the Belly,” CORE aims to help residents of the Roaring Fork Valley see that they, too, are powerful change agents, able to create impact in their own communities.
Fire in the Belly is sponsored by: Aspen Daily News, Aspen Public Radio, Aspen Thrift Shop, The Aspen Times, Colorado Audio Visual and Design, and Marble Distilling Co.
Tickets, which include a free drink, are on sale now at www.aspencore.org. Early-bird pricing of $12 is available through May 31, $15 after. Participants are invited to walk, bike or take the free shuttle from El Jebel Park & Ride to this car-free event. No parking will be available on site.
CORE is a nonprofit organization that has been helping the Roaring Fork Valley save energy since 1994. They advance “CORE Values”: clean air, sustainable energy, stable climate, strong economy and healthy community. More at www.aspencore.org and 970.925.9775.
Story by Lara Whitley