About The Beulah Valley Arts Council
The Mission of the Beulah Valley Arts and Council is to provide a nurturing environment for creative artist to discover, develop and express artistic vision that contributes to the enduring vitality and strengths of this community. Beulah Valley Arts Council is a non-profit organization working to enure that The Beulah Valley is A Community Alive with the Arts! Our mission is to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in Colorado in order to enhance the quality of life in our area. Our ongoing goals are to champion the arts in The Beulah Valley, to support practicing artists and local art organizations, to encourage economic development through the arts and to facilitate the growth of our community into regional arts destination.
By Mail: P.O. Box 41, Beulah, CO 81023,
President: Vicki Scott
Vice President: Tristen Faith
Secretary: Lori O.Lara
Treasurer: Bess Langdon
Members at Large: Roy Hipp, Jeff Moore, Tricia Neff, Carole Poysti, Sharon McKibben
History of the Beulah Yule Log Festival
This wonderful tradition has been a part of Beulah's history since 1952. It was started by then residents Gene and Nona Miller. They had attended the Palmer Lake, Colorado festival in 1951 and thought Beulah should have a festival of its own. They brought back a splinter of the Palmer Lake log and in 1952, the first fire of the Beulah Yule Log Festival was started with that splinter.
The event takes place in the Mountain Park in Beulah, centering the festival around an 8 foot long pine log that is hidden in the park months before the day. Sometimes it is buried in the snow, and sometimes it might be hidden in an upright position. Much fanfare and music begins the program.
Tradition has included a Yule Bunde girl dressed in a colorful Swedish outfit feeding the winter birds and a real live-fake boars head!! A trumpeter calls the hunt, and anyone can go out into the woods to look for the log or can stay at the stone lodge and sing carols. When the log is found, the finder must yell HALUEB - which is Beulah spelled backwards - to alert all the other hunters that the log has been found. The finder is then seated on the log and rides back to the pavilion, pulled by the unlucky hunters. There, the log cutter cuts the log in two. Half will be put on the fire and the other half will be kept to start the next year's fire. After toasting the finder with wassail - and bestowing upon him/her a keepsake mug - everyone is invited to taste the spicy hot apple drink and partake of homemade cookies provided by the residents of the Beulah Valley.
We invite everyone to bring their family and friends and help keep this wonderful tradition alive!
The Unique Beulah Valley Arts & Crafts Fair
The backbone of the show is the ability to purchase original art from the artist who created it. Works range from pottery to paintings; prints and photography; fabric and fiber art; wood and metal craft; sculpture and mixed media; glass art and bead work; soaps, jams and jellies; woven, sewn, knitted, natural textiles, and creative objects from new, recycled, or repurposed materials. Most works are displayed by the artist or family member, and shipping and commissioned pieces are available. There are always astounding pieces to buy and treasure.