Hot cars, curving roads, gorgeous scenery

Southwest Life

Ann Butler

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Phone Number: (970) 375-4584

Hot cars, curving roads, gorgeous scenery

From left, John and Shanan Campbell Wells check out the new Lamborghini her brother, Colin Campbell, center right, recently purchased, while Bruce Geiss, left, the Glacier Club’s director of real estate, and Colin and Shanan Campbell’s dad, former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, also admire the new wheels at the Glacier Club.

The rumors of a “pack of Lamborghinis” in the area a couple of weeks ago were not greatly exaggerated. (I’m not sure what the exact name for more than a couple of dozen Lamborghinis is – a multitude? an extravaganza? a plethora?)

Those Lamborghinis were en route to the Glacier Club for lunch, and the parking lot there has never looked so jazzy. The Glacier Club provided a buffet luncheon for the “pack” on its patio, which looks over what is arguably one of the most beautiful views anywhere in the world.

Numerous club members took advantage of the chance to see the cars and enjoy the lunch with them.

The drivers were participating in the Lamborghini Giro Rally, which is organized by the manufacturer and takes place in the U.S. each year. This year, the rally was held in Colorado, and on June 21, about 30 of the magnificent Italian sports cars drove the round trip from Telluride to Durango and back again. During the four-day event, they also went to Aspen and Denver.

I will admit to a personal fondness for the flow of driving curvy roads and mountain passes, but I can’t imagine what that would be like in a high performance vehicle such as a Lamborghini.

One of the happy drivers was Colin Campbell, who fulfilled a lifetime dream of owning a Lamborghini at the beginning of June. His father, former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, and his brother-in-law and sister, John and Shanan Campbell Wells, also came along for the ride. (Well, actually, they couldn’t all come along for the ride, because the car only seats two, but I’m sure they’ll all get a chance to check out the new wheels.)

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there’s room for my crutches, so I won’t be trying to cadge a ride.

My thanks go to Pat Lorenzen for getting the scoop.


Celebrating their birthdays along with the nation are Tiffany Loveday, Mary Santistevan, Elisabeth Leake, Marv Dworkin, Matt Bracewell, Moni Grushkin, Melanie Mazur, Tom Maloney, Becky Owen, Karen Johnson, Ruth Wagner, Avery Begg, Julie Downs, Mary Lou Hall, Lina Hoffner, Garrett Jones, DrewLewis, Sandra Mapel, Charlie Mickel and Greg Maxey.

Sally Silva is celebrating the Big Six-Oh today, and her dad, Joe T. Silva, wants me to wish her many happy returns for the day. Consider it done.


Manna Soup Kitchen has gone from one dynamic executive director named Sarah (Comerford) to another – Sara Wakefield. Now, it’s my pleasure to introduce her.

Wakefield, who started her new job in May, comes to the soup kitchen from The Bridge, the emergency shelter in Cortez, where she served as executive director for two years.

A Fort Lewis College grad with a degree in ethnobotany (more about that in a minute), Wakefield went on to earn her master’s degree in nonprofit and government administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. She spent two years interning with the town of Ignacio in community development.

“I’ve always been interested in our relationships to food and sustainable agriculture,” she said when she sat down with me one afternoon recently. And thus the ethnobotany, which is the study of how plants are used in a particular culture. (I had just been over at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, where ethnobotanists were studying how corn evolved during the Basketmaker and ancestral Puebloan periods, so it was interesting to see the field used in a more modern context.)

Wakefield actually started her career as an entrepreneur as a founding partner of Zuma Natural Foods in Mancos, where she had lived since she graduated from FLC. (As you’re reading this column, she’s probably unpacking boxes at her new home in Durango.)

But she’s always had a foot in the nonprofit world, learning about fundraising and event planning during her first stint on a board of directors at the Environmental Center at FLC. She also served on the board of the Mancos Chamber of Commerce for several years.

“It’s a blessing to walk into something so stable and well-known in the community,” she said. “Manna has a lot in place, with a good board that’s very stable. It’s serving a mission that I really believe in.”

Her plans for Manna include increasing food production in the soup kitchen’s garden; planning a capital campaign to build a teaching kitchen where Southwest Colorado Community College students and convicts re-entering the workforce can pick up job kills while feeding people; and developing new programs, all while maintaining Manna’s strong public face. Oh, and she wants to be in the kitchen at least once a week. On the day we met, she had baked banana bread.

In her nonworking time, Wakefield is mother to her 8-year-old daughter Elizabeth, or “Ellie,” who will be starting school here in the fall. They love doing anything outdoors, including cross country and backcountry skiing, river rafting, camping, hiking and mountain biking as well as the more meditative yoga.

Now that you know Wakefield, volunteer. Next on Manna’s schedule are food drives at north City Market and Walmart from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The drives will specifically benefit Manna’s Summer Food Backpack Program, which helps provide school-age kids in the area with weekend meals.

Manna is looking for volunteers for one of two shifts: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 4 p.m., with two or three people per shift needed per store.

If you are interested, email Audrey Werner, volunteer and client services coordinator, at, or call 385-5095, ext. 1.

The food they are requesting includes canned, ready-to-eat-items, such as Spaghetti-O’s and ravioli, fruit cups and canned fruit, packaged snacks, breakfast cereal, peanut butter, boxed meals and canned tuna.


I’ve attended wine tastings, cheese tastings and now, a tea tasting. This Neighbors gig is great.

The tea tasting took place at the White Dragon Good Feelings Tea Room, which is behind There’s No Place Like Home in the 800 block of Main Ave. The Camerata, the monthly discussion group consisting of members of the American Association of University Women, met there June 13 to learn something – always a goal of the group – and enjoy each other’s company.

Proprietor Michael Thunder and fellow tea guru Casey Nichols realized right up front that they provide a lot of information during a tasting, so they gave us handouts to take home.

I joined about 10 other women to sample different grades of matcha, the powdered green tea used in the classic Japanese tea ceremony, although Thunder and Nichols presented it a little less formally. They also offer tastings of white, green, oolong, black and pu-erh teas. (The latter is a post-fermented tea named for a trading post from which it was shipped during imperial China days.)

They paid attention to everything, from the shape of the tea pot and the temperature of the water to the name of the potter who made the bowls and explanations of how the tea was shaded for up to 20 days to increase the amount of healthy chlorophyll in the leaves.

Can I say I would drink every flavor again? No, but I loved the process and the ambience as well as the two men’s passion for a beverage that has inspired wars and created a world of elegance. I would return in a heartbeat, and highly recommend it for groups or as an afternoon respite while downtown with friends or company. (A reservation is suggested for tastings, or you can just stop by between 1 and 5 p.m. for a cup of tea in the tearoom.)


You can proofread, and edit and spellcheck and still not catch everything, so my apologies go out to Jonni Greiner and her store Yarn Durango, which was misidentified in my Saturday column with a typo as Yard Durango.

Yarn Durango is a co-sponsor of the exhibit “Quilts: Where History Meets Art” at the Animas Museum. The store donated gorgeous red yarn that was used to create the ropes protecting the quilts from inquiring hands. Hardly anything does more damage to delicate textiles than the oils and soils from human hands, so that’s a pretty important contribution.


While there may not be fireworks in the sky (at least in La Plata County) for these couple’s anniversaries, that doesn’t mean they can’t have fun – Emil and Elsa Nagy, Peter and Kelly Cunnion, Kenny and Michelle Schramko, Dick and Margie Hanlin and Jim and Julie Williams.


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Hot cars, curving roads, gorgeous scenery

From left, John and Shanan Campbell Wells check out the new Lamborghini her brother, Colin Campbell, center right, recently purchased, while Bruce Geiss, left, the Glacier Club’s director of real estate, and Colin and Shanan Campbell’s dad, former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, also admire the new wheels at the Glacier Club.
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