McClure benefit offers music, food |

McClure benefit offers music, food

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Coral Creek presents a funky-good bluegrass time at the High Country Conservation Center’s 21st Annual Tim McClure Memorial Benefit tonight at The Maggie in Breckenridge.

Golden-based Coral Creek fuses traditional bluegrass with reggae, funk and blues. The band predominantly performs in two areas: the Front Range and Summit County region, and interestingly enough, the Virgin Islands, the latter of which adds to the musicians’ self-described “Colorado-Caribbean jazzgrass.” Their songs range from renditions of songs from bands like the Eagles, Jimmy Buffet, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, to originals. Their influences include Jerry Garcia, Bob Marley, Bonnie Rait, James Taylor and Jimmy Cliff – all of which inform their “rock ‘n’ reggae jazz grass.”

High Country Conservation Center’s director Jen Santry choose the band, after a great personal experience.

“I knew they would be a perfect fit after they rocked the crowd at my wedding with their unique sound,” Santry said.

The fundraiser includes a show by the Mountain Gypsy Belly Dancers, as well as an Italian dinner buffet from Vail Resorts, beer from the Dillon Dam Brewery and a huge silent auction.

The goal: “to raise funds for the High Country Conservation Center’s programs and to throw a great party to celebrate our collective ‘green’ roots,” Santry said.

The conservation center has honored its founder Tim McClure for 21 years now. Originally known as the Summit Recycling Project, McClure helped develop a countywide recycling program.

McClure was both a local and a national activist, working to establish “sustainable recycling programs and other common sense conservation efforts,” Santry said.

He struggled to convince county government to support recycling, so he had to close Summit Recycling Project in 1983, said former executive director Carly Wier. In 1989, Bob and Rose Wentzell renewed the operations with two recycling centers. These days, the county fully supports recycling, which has expanded to accept a variety of different recyclable materials. High Country Conservation Center has grown too; it offers energy audits for homes, workshops on “green” living and more.

“For only $20, it’s really a great deal,” Santry said. “Plus, all of the proceeds help us create a ‘greener’ Summit County. How can you go wrong?”

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