(Last Updated On: October 2, 2010)
It happens every year. It’s a tradition in Crested Butte. The people of the community come together to celebrate the passing of another summer, welcoming fall and the impending winter in the festival of Vinotok. Though it’s not yet the New Year, Vinotok allows Buttians to start anew- they are asked to write their gripes down and put them in a boxes stashed all around town. These gripes become part of the infamous “Grump”. Every year, a new grump is built, housing the gripes of the Buttians. And every year, this Grump is put to trial. The Grump stands no chance for any hope. Every year, the Grump is sentenced to burn- in the name of Vinotok, in the name of the endless cycle of death and rebirth, and in the name of Crested Butte.
Another Vinotok, another year. Ullr bring us a good winter here! 🙂
A little video I put together captures the spirit of Vinotok even better…