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      The John Denver Internet Fan Club
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           Editor: Emily M. Parris
http://www.rockymtnhigh.org  *  emily@parris.net
              Table of Contents
          September 2009 - Issue #185
John Denver Events..............................1
"Sweet Rocky Mountain Paradise"
      Summit Daily News.........................4
John Denver Around the World Live DVD...........6
John Denver Notes...............................6
"John Denver Tribute Will Rekindle Old Flame"
  by Michel Nolan - Contra Costa Times..........8
John Denver Want Ads............................9
Poetry Corner
  "Aspen In The Fall"
         by Emily M. Parris....................10
                       "Around the World Live: John Denver"
                                can now be pre-ordered at
        J O H N   D E N V E R   E V E N T S

September 5, 2009 - Big Bear Lake, CA - "A Tribute to the Music of John Denver"   
  starring Jim Curry and his Band.  (909) 866-3437
September 12, 2009 - Claremont, CA - " A Tribute to the Music of
  John Denver" starring Jim Curry
  Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden  (909) 625-8767
September 12, 2009 - Doylestown, PA - Charlie Zahm presents a Tribute to  
  John Denver with fiddler Tad Marks. Salem United Church of Christ /
  186 East Court St. / Doylestown, PA  7:30pm
  http://www.charliezahm.com  Info: pahough@aol.com
September 18, 2009 - Charlottesville, VA - "A Tribute to the Music
  of John Denver" will be performed by Jim Curry, his band, and
  special guest Jim Connor  8:00pm at the Paramount Theater,
  215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  (434) 979-1333
September 25, 2009 - San Luis Obispo, Ca - Phil Christie at Linnea's
  Cafe 8:00pm  1110 Garden Street / San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
September 26, 2009 - UK - Friends of John Denver's Autumn "Denver Day"
  Histon & Impington Royal British Legion Club, Saffron Road, Histon,
  Cambridge, CB24 9LJ.  11:00am  / More info on the "Events Page" at
  http://www.fojd.org.uk  An evening concert will feature Rene and
  Thomas from "Nickels & Dimes"  For tickets to this contact her
  on 07717663829 or email Cat.1973@hotmail.co.uk
September 26, 2009 - Pacific Grove, CA - Phil Christie at the Works
  Tea and Coffeehouse 7:30pm / 667 Lighthouse Avenue / Pacific Grove,
  California 93950  Admission $10  www.philchristie.com
October 7, 2009 - Aspen, CO - Chris Collins in Concert at the
  Aspen Community Church  7:00pm  Tickets: $15
  Jeff Pine will also perform. Chris and Jeff will perform
  original music along with a few John Denver tunes.
  Hollie:  holliecwoodstock@aol.com  (678) 576-0269
  Doors open at 6:30pm
October 8, 2009 - Aspen CO - Wheeler Opera House –
  Thing". 7:30pm   Featuring the original music of: MACK BAILEY - DENNY 
October 8, 2009 - Aspen, CO - "Friends With You Band Tribute to John
   Denver"     Chris Collins, Mark Cormican, Kevin Delmolino, Paul
   Swanton, Bill Powell
   and Mark Nelson perform at the Aspen Community Church   2:00pm
   Tickets: $15  Sharon alaskanchild@yahoo.com
   Doors open at 1:30pm
   Celebrating the Man and his Music  7:30pm
   MICHAEL JOHNSON (special guest - both nights!)
   Tickets go on sale June 2009! 
   http://www.aspenshowtickets.com  (866) 449-0464
October 9, 2009 - NSW - The Higher Ground Australia annual John Denver
  weekend will be held from Friday 9th October until Sunday 11th October.
  We will be meeting at The Retreat at Anna Bay, which is near Port
  Stephens, NSW. Port Stephens is only a 20 minute drive from Newcastle
  airport. Accommodation will be AUD $75 for the weekend. Please contact
  Melanie Patfield for further details mel_belle_99@yahoo.com
October 10, 2009 - Ashcroft, CO - Pine Creek Cookhouse Luncheon
  11:00 am - 3:00 pm / This event is SOLD OUT for the third year in a 
  row.  The new DVD of previously unreleased film footage will be
  available for those in attendance. "Friends With You Band" will 
  perform.  Jennifer    windwalker@samsco.org
October 11, 2009 - Pacific Grove, California - John Denver Tribute -
  Info:  pixiedmyr@aol.com
October 11, 2009 – Aspen, CO - Jim Connor and Ellen Stapenhorst will
  present a concert at the Aspen Community Church,  200 E. Bleeker St
  in downtown Aspen. 3:00pm Donation, $15 if ordered with SASE before 
  October 1, or $20 at the door.  To order send a SASE (self-addressed-
  stamped-envelope)  to J. Therrien, 12 Dunecrest Av, Monterey, CA 93940.
  Info:  jht2008@pacbell.net
October 11, 2009 - Aspen, CO - "Coming Home - A Windstar Celebration"
  Windstar Land Conservancy / 2317 Snowmass Creek Road /
  Old Snowmass, Colorado  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  Live music, new Windstar products, silent auction,  Environmental
  presentation by John Fielder / Special Windstar History Presentation
  featuring rare photos / Q&A's with President Ron Deutschendorf /
  JD Memorial Peace Cloth Display / EARTHcamp and Connections
  History walk / Hike to the Meditation Platform / Refreshments
October 11, 2009 – Aspen, CO – Mark Cormican – A Concert for Vital Ground  
  / Mark will perform original and cover songs in this environmentally
  themed Concert.  7:00pm  Tickets $15 – Location to be announced.
  Sharon Cormican   alaskanchild@yahoo.com  http://www.vitalground.org
October 11, 2009 - Aspen, CO - "Rocky Mountain High John Denver Tribute
  Concert"  with John Adams and Friends.  Wheeler Opera House 7:00pm.
  (970) 920-5770 or (866) 449-0464  Reserved seating $35  7:00pm
  http://www.JohnAdamsMusic.com  *  www.youtube.com/JohnAdamsMusic
  Tickets: www.aspenshowtickets.com
  The band will consist of John Adams; Guitars and lead vocals,
  Tim Stroud, piano, keyboards and vocals; Keely Brown, Accordian and
  vocals; Randy Utterback, Mandolin,
  Fiddle and Dobro; Dave Harding, lead Guitar; Willie Hoevers,
  Salena Castleberry and Sally Peterson, Vocals
October 17, 2009 - Crownsville, MD - "Live on the Farm" Concert starring
  Mack Bailey and The Limeliters and local favorites, The Hard Travelers.
  The concert will be held at the Maryland Therapeutic Riding Ranch  /
  1141 Sunrise Beach Road / Crownsville, MD  7:00 pm  VIP Tickets $100
  General admission tickets $25  http://www.limeliters.com
October 24, 2009 - Bristol, PA - Join Christopher Westfall for a Tribute 
  to John Denver. 7:30pm  Chris will be returning to the Silver Lake
  Nature Center to do a Concert in the Woods.  1306 Bath Road / Bristol,
  PA 19007  Tickets: $10  PattiAnn  pacutter@co.bucks.pa.us  
  (215) 785-1177 x12
November 14, 2009 - Pacific Grove, CA - Concert by Mack Bailey and
  Rachel Levy at "The Works" Coffee house in Pacific Grove, California
  667 Lighthouse Ave.  8:00pm  for info call (831) 373-7780
March 15-23, 2010  * IRELAND CRUISE * Bill Danoff, Mack Bailey and
  Rachel Levy - Traveling Troubadour Cruises and Tours / P.O. Box 3189 /
  Staunton, VA 24402  (540) 887-8491 or 800-584-6724
  They will be re-visiting one of their favorite places, Galway, where
  they will join in the celebration of St. Patrick's Day! The tour will
  end in Dublin.     lynette@travelingtroubadour.com
Branson, MO - Monday through Saturday 10:00am
  "A Tribute to John Denver & Country Music Legends"
  James Garrett sings John Denver's best-loved hits.
  IMAX Little Opry Theatre / 3562 Shepherd of the Hills
  Expressway / Branson, MO 65616  (800) 419-4832

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Sweet Rocky Mountain Paradise
Aspen's John Denver Week, coming up in October, features concerts and tours
Summit Daily News
John Adams of John Adams and Friends
Special to the Daily
If You Go:
Oct. 9-10: 12th Annual John Denver Tribute Concert — Celebrating the Man and his Music. Wheeler Opera House, 7:30pm. Tickets: VIP $125, $75, and $55, reserved seating.
Oct. 11: John Adams and Friends — Rocky Mountain High. The band: John Adams (6, 12 string guitar, lead vocals) Tim Stroud (piano, keyboard, vocals) Randy Utterback (fiddle, mandolin, dobro) Dave Harding (lead guitar), Willie Hoevers (bass guitar), Scott Misner (drums, percussion), Keely Brown (accordion, vocals), special guest, Dawn Austen (vocals). Wheeler Opera House, 7pm. Tickets: $35, reserved seating.
All tickets can be purchased through the Wheeler Opera House: (970) 920-5770.
Aspenites keep the memory of John Denver alive in many ways, including a semi-hidden shrine in a grove of evergreens on Aspen Mountain.
It's not uncommon to venture out into the Colorado wilderness and hear John Denver's voice being whispered amongst the all-seeing eyes of lonely aspen. Standing on top of the world at the peak of Trail Ridge Road can make anyone experience a bona fide Rocky Mountain High. Thousands of people who visit Aspen each year have ski and snowboarding supplies strapped to the top of their car, but it's a much different scene each fall in the sweet Rocky Mountain paradise. This year marks the 12th annual John Denver Week in Aspen.
Highlights for the week include John Denver tribute concerts Oct. 9 and 10. On both nights, the Wheeler Opera house will be filled with John Denver fans from around the world.
For the first time, the Windstar Foundation and the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be the beneficiaries of both concerts, being sponsored by the Expect a Miracle Now Foundation. The concerts will feature special guest Michael Johnson, along with John Denver's former band members and colleagues, such as: Chris Nole, Pete Huttlinger, Alan Deremo, Mack Bailey, Bill Danoff, Jim Horn, Mollie Weaver, John Sommers and others. Oct. 9 concert will also include the presentation of the John Denver Music and Humanitarian Award. Both concerts will be held at the Wheeler Opera House, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $55, $75 and $125 for VIP, which includes a reception after the show. Tickets may be purchased through the Wheeler Opera House. For more information, please visit:
Windstar October Celebration — Coming Home, Oct. 11
Annual celebration at the land conservancy. The event will feature live music, a silent auction, an environmental presentation by John Fielder, a Windstar History presentation, Q & A's with Windstar President-Ron Deutschendorf, John Denver Memorial Peace Cloth display, EARTHcamp and connections presentations. Windstar will also be inviting people to join the Windstar Foundation and become part of John's dream of peaceful coexistence with the environment. The celebration will last from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. For more information, visit www.wstar.org or e-mail ComingHome@wstar.org
John Adams and Friends — Rocky Mountain High, Oct. 11
“He sounds exactly like me.” That's how John Denver described John Adams after the two sang a duet of “Whispering Jesse” on national television in Adams' native Holland. For those who are ready and willing to walk down memory lane and relive a John Denver concert, the John Adams and Friends concert is the one to see.
Adams story is anything but simple, boring or common. After his duet with John Denver, the two developed a friendship that lasted years after. Among the memorable experiences together, the most vivid ones were their conversations about life, their common love for acoustic guitars and environmental awareness. After John Denver's tragic and untimely death, Adams moved to the United States with one goal in mind: To keep the music and message of John Denver alive. For the past 38 years, Adams has performed throughout the United States, Germany, England, Belgium, Holland, and extensively throughout Colorado.
At “Breck 150” at the Riverwalk Center, Adams, along with his band, brought in an attendance of 600. Throughout his concerts, Adams happily shares stories about the times he spent with John Denver.
When it comes to this guy, what you see is what you get. He's just as warm, sincere and down to earth off stage as he is on stage. As he puts it, “It's not about me or you. It's about me and you.” Keeping John Denver's memory alive goes beyond the music. It's a way of life. He is everything John Denver stood for and believed in. I'm not sure how he does it, but Adams brings the spirit of John Denver alive on stage. Concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Wheeler Opera House at (970) 920-5770. Tickets are $35. For more information visit www.johnadamsmusic.com
A new DVD box set will be released in Europe on October 12th and in North America on October 13th.   It is being released by Eagle Vision. These concerts have all been restored from the original master tapes.
Disk 1 –  Rocky Mountain High, Live in Japan
This is the 1981 show recorded at the NHK Hall.
Disk 2 -  Country Roads, Live in England
This is the 1986 show recorded in Birmingham. 
Disk 3 – Thank God I’m a Country Boy, Live in Australia
This is the December 1977 show recorded at the Sydney Sports Ground.
Disk 4 –  Bonus Material: Japan 84 acoustic concert. 
This is the Lake Biwa Concert recorded in August 1984. 
This will feature the 8 songs that John performed at the annual Farm Aid concerts in the United States.  It will feature 3 songs with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band from 1985, 2 songs from 1987, and 3 songs from 1990.
Disk 5:
This disk will feature 2 documentaries, Earth Day 1990 (In Preservation of Earth), and Bighorn.   Both previously released.  Picture and sound has been improved.
 J O H N   D E N V E R   N O T E S
ROY RIVERS Videos of his performance at the Red Rocks Amphitheater
are available to watch:
www.royrivers.com/redrocks/Index.html or
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"Rocky Mountain Christmas" DVD -
 We had received information that John's TV Special
"Rocky Mountain Christmas" was to be released on dvd.
However, it now appears this may have been inaccurate.
You can order a dvd with this title from several online
shops, but the dvd is NOT the tv special. It merely
includes Christmas scenes using the album of the same name
as background music.  (Thanks to Mary Ledford for this
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John Denver U.S. commemorative postage stamp.
takes you directly to the blog about a stamp for John.
At their regular web page www.stampcenter.com you
can purchase the other John Denver stamps from other
countries.  There is a John Denver stamp from Nevis and
one from Tanzania.
To show your support for a U.S. postage stamp for John Denver write to
USPS Stamp Development
Attn: Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee
1735 N. Lynn Street - Suite 5013
Arlington, VA 22209
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John Denver Archives
Barry Ehrmann created this site so that we could see
some of the footage from the upcoming
"Around the World Live: John Denver" dvd
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At Cracker Barrel Old Country Store they have a large (12" x 16")
piece of wall art that says "Country roads take me home to the place
I belong - John Denver".  The background has a tree
and a fence along a country road. There is also a place to frame a
4" x 6" photo. The style number is 292601 and the price is $39.99
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John Denver tribute will rekindle old flame
by Michel Nolan
Contra Costa Times
Tonight we'll have a "Rocky Mountain High" and I can't wait.
Under the stars at the Discovery Center's amphitheater, the legendary John Denver lives again and I'll be transported back to the time I was madly in love with him.
He never knew it, of course - I was one of millions of sighing females. I did get to interview him on the phone though, before his 1990-something concert at Snow Valley when Reba McEntire opened for him.
My kids were brought up listening to his music and I played his songs on my guitar (quite wretchedly) around the campfire.
In October, it will be a dozen years since his experimental aircraft crashed into Monterey Bay.  Local performer Jim Curry returns to the Big Bear Amphitheater tonight in a tribute to John and his timeless music. Jim's voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie, "Take Me Home: The John Denver Story."  
If you close your eyes, it's as though John is really there.  Jim's uncanny ability to mirror John's voice and clean-cut look will take everyone back to the time when songs such as "Rocky Mountain High," "Country Roads," "Calypso" and "Annie's Song" made John one of RCA's top recording artists of all time.
"We're excited to have Jim Curry and his tribute to John Denver's music close out our 2009 Music in the Mountains Summer Concert Series at the Discovery Center," says Kathy Clapsaddle, San Bernardino National Forest Association event manager.
"Jim embodies John Denver's spirit and the strong message of his music to take care of the land and each other. We're celebrating that through our Forest Aid program, a forest restoration project in the San Bernardino National Forest."
Jim, who lives in Upland with Anne,  his fellow band member and wife of 29 years, has performed John's music in sold-out shows throughout the country, emerging as today's top performer of John's vast legacy of multi-platinum hits.
His heartfelt music about caring for the Earth speaks to all ages - especially our youth - and in that spirit, four Big Bear Valley youth leaders who have demonstrated exemplary service through the SBNFA Children's Forest Youth Leadership Program will be recognized for their service and commitment.
The honorees, B.J. Negrete, William Elbert, Noah Cooke and Pearl Craig, will join Jim on stage prior to the concert.
Bench seating is limited and beach chairs are recommended for the open and casual seating areas. Bill Knick's Cafe will feature sandwiches, salads, snacks, sodas and waters. Beer, wine and margaritas also will be available.
All proceeds benefit the Forest Aid program.
Just the way John Denver would have wanted it.
Jim Curry's Tribute to John Denver
Discovery Center Amphitheater, Highway 38
Big Bear Lake     www.bigbeardiscoverycenter.com
J O H N   D E N V E R   W A N T   A D S

Nick B < johndenver_items@yahoo.com >
I have several JD things I would like to pass on to another collector.
People can name their price for the items.
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New Music from Chris Nole: "Another Point of View" (September 2009)
Chris's latest recording effort features ten hot new tracks. Some
highlights include a dynamic piano rendition of the iconic song "House
of the Rising Sun", a boisterous arrangement of "Careless Love",
and the original Nole blues ballad "Lay Across My Piano."  Over a year
in the making, "Another Point of View" debuts five original compositions
and five fresh classic covers. Check it out at:
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Susan Leaver:  I'm looking for the videos of the tv movies
"Sunshine"  and "The Leftovers."   Write to me at... 
Susan Leaver
PO Box 11-0114
Grafton Auckland
New Zealand
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  Aspen In The Fall
           by Emily M. Parris
Every fall we gather
For a Rocky Mountain High
To pay tribute to John Denver
As the years go by
His songs are sung in tribute
His memory lingers on
For we revere his legacy
Even though he is gone
The Autumn Leaves are beautiful
The air is crisp and clear
It's John Denver week in Aspen
To bring his memory ever near
Copyright 9-1-09 by Emily M. Parris
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  September 2009   * Issue #185   *  Editor: Emily M. Parris