Vinotok Crested Butte 2019

Dated: 09/17/2019

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Autumn is a wonderful month filled with beautiful colors that show a dramatic change in the physical aspect of our landscape. It is also the season of harvest, transition, and mystic. If spring is the season that represents life, then its exact opposite season, autumn, can often be associated with death.
Even in Greek mythology this is discussed. “Where every spring, Demeter makes sure flowers are blooming and crops are growing and the fields are green with welcome. Every fall, when Persephone returns to the underworld, Demeter ignores the crops and flowers and lets them die.”
It is also no coincidence that Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day, fall in this season. Yes, these holidays were once days of fear and grievances but later became, of course with better understanding, days of celebration, costumes, candy giving, and harvest.
If you are one that likes to dabble with strange, odd and wacky events then Vinotok celebration might be for you. This is a 7-day event that takes place near the Autumn Equinox that begins with the Celebration of the Harvest Mother and culminates in the Trial of the Grump. It is quite a spectacle with a huge street party celebrated with wine, costumed dancing, and the torching of a massive “grump” that’s said to have inspired Burning Man. Read more about the tale, here.
Here in Crested Butte, the schedule for this event is as followed:

  • September 15: Marks the start of the event. This is the celebration of the Harvest Mother, which begins at high noon, featuring mummers, stilt walkers, jesters, and forest creatures which will introduce this year’s Harvest Mother, all held on Elk Avenue.

  • September 16: Myth, Meaning & Ritual as Lore of the Rune will be explained at the Crested Butte Mountain Theater.

  • September 17: Harvest Mandala & Harvest Blessing: Living Mandala Creation held at the 4-way stop between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. At the same time, The Goddess’ Red Tent will be taking place at the Crested Butte Mountain Theater; women are invited to celebrate the goddess within at this workshop of poetry, blessings, rune readings, and more.

  • September 18: Frank Orazem Memorial Storytelling Evening at Crested Butte Mountain. Heritage Museum.

  • September 19: The Botsie Spritzer Memorial Liar’s Contest at the Kochevars Saloon.

  • September 20: Community Feast & Handfasting Ceremony, 5:30 pm at 100 Block of Elk Avenue.

  • September 21: The Culmination: Vinotok Mumming, Trial & Burning of The Grump.

Read more about the event on the Travel Crested Butte website.

So if you are interested in storytelling, particularly about the ancient folklore of Crested Buttethen this might be a great festival for you and your family to enjoy.
If you are considering making a real estate purchase or if you are ready to sell, let me buy you a cup of coffee and let’s discuss Crested Butte’s potential. Who do you know that wants to buy or sell a property? Let The Heather Woodward Team help. You can contact me on my cell phone (970)596-1394 or send me an email at

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