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The year without a BeaconFest

Aug 04, 2020 10:51AM ● By Cloie Sandlin

This photo of me is from my first BeaconFest at Two Rivers Convention Center back in 2010. The handsome guy on the right is my friend and former coworker, Mike Zamora.

2020 was going to be a great year—not just for me personally, but for the BEACON as well. We were gearing up for our biggest BeaconFest senior fair to date when COVID reared its ugly head and put the kibosh on every remaining event and festival we love on the Western Slope.

Due to a summer surge in local coronavirus cases, the pandemic made it darn near impossible to conduct events safely, with any semblance of their former glory.

We’d hoped for safer times come summer, but out of concern for our readers, staff and advertisers, we decided to cancel both our 2020 BeaconFest in Grand Junction and Montrose. But we’ve already scheduled next year’s dates, so mark your calendars!

Grand Junction: April 15, 2021

Montrose-Delta: September 16, 2021

Volunteer of the Year

Don’t think we forgot about our nominated volunteers! One of BeaconFest’s most anticipated events is the Volunteer of the Year awards ceremony, where we recognize several of our community’s hardworking volunteers.

Even though our plans to publicly recognize this outstanding group were derailed, we will be featuring them in next month’s issue—along with this year’s winner!

We miss you—like, really miss you!

With more than a decade of BeaconFests under my belt, I’ve met some really fantastic people. I’ll see some around town in the grocery store or at other senior events. Others I only get to catch up with at BeaconFest once a year. Because of COVID, this is one less moment we have together.

I pray you’re staying safe, but I also hope you aren’t letting the fear of COVID keep you from living. If you feel safer at home, I hope you’re finally crossing off all the books you’ve wanted to read from the 1983 New York Times Best Seller list. I hope you’re volunteering to spend more time with your grandkids while their parents work from home. Maybe you’ve purchased a new stand up paddle board, or have plans to explore new 4x4 trails in your Jeep. Whatever you fancy, please have your mask on hand and be considerate of others.

Feel free to send me an email at [email protected] about what you’ve been up to. We’re always on the lookout for great stories.