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It was here that the ini­tia­tive was taken to get the creative cor­ri­dor off the draw­ing board. Sit­ting at the con­flu­ence of the Crys­tal and Roar­ing Fork Rivers and at the foot of the mighty Mt So­pris, Car­bon­dale is home to more than 200 creative or­ga­ni­za­tions, busi­nesses, artists and ar­ti­sans. A long agri­cul­tural her­itage and a splash of Bo­hemian imag­i­na­tion from the in­ti­mate yet pro­lific art com­mu­nity com­bines to give Car­bon­dale a unique cul­ture that hosts a wealth of events through­out the year. Car­bon­dale was once the potato cap­i­tal of the United States and that her­itage is cel­e­brated with a com­mu­nity pa­rade and a bar­be­cue. The 109th An­nual Potato Day Pa­rade and Cel­e­bra­tion will take place on Oc­to­ber 6th.

Health and well­ness is big in Car­bon­dale and that goes hand in hand with utiliz­ing lo­cally-pro­duced food in a num­ber of creative ways. Creative Cor­ri­dor high­lights in­clude: True Na­ture Heal­ing Arts (read more about TNHA on page 85), the Rio Grande ARTway, and Mar­ble Dis­tillery Inn, where vis­i­tors can “Sleep with the Stills” in one of five lux­ury suites housed within the work­ing dis­tillery (to read more about the dis­tillery see page 66).

The cen­ter of Car­bon­dale's Creative District is the Third Street Cen­ter (TSC), a ren­o­vated el­e­men­tary school that is now an af­ford­able space for com­mu­nity and re­gional non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions. TSC houses sev­eral art gal­leries as well as dance and per­form­ing arts venues.

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