I don’t pretend to get Woody Creek or to even know if it is gettable. But I’m glad it’s there: I’m glad there’s a place where the rules don’t apply even as I wonder what the rules might be. I love the fact that there is a place in the valley defined by a funky restaurant and store side-by-side with a lumpen trailer park. And of course there’s the beauty of the place to consider. Woody Creek, it seems to me, is always worth celebrating. Now I have another reason: their rejection of the USA Patriot Act in a Bill of Rights Defense Resolution that asks all government officials to “protect and defend” the U.S. Constitution, according to an account in the Aspen Times. Woody Creek Cellars owner Kevin Doyle told a gathering of the Woody Creek Caucus that Telluride has a “Bill of Rights Safe Community.”
It’s not that I reject all provisions of the Patriot Act outright: I don’t: but I’m grateful that someone can and will. What better place than Woody Creek for free screech?