Fred Haberlein


For 27 years, Fred “Lightning Heart” Haberlein began every Mountain Fair with a blessing. Though he found a true place in front of that microphone every year, it was not a bully pulpit. It was a place for him to serve our community by gently reminding us of quiet and eternal truths. His words were clear and his intent was positive, just as the Mountain Fair itself is. Sadly, Fred passed away in the spring of 2018. Please enjoy these Lightning Heart blessings from four different Mountain Fairs past.

On May 10, 2016, Bill Kight interviewed local artists Mary Noon and Fred Haberlein for one of the first ever episodes of For Land's Sake.

The Sopris Sun

Board president Marilyn Murphy joins editor Will Grandbois and reporter Megan Tackett to discuss the latest in local affairs as covered by The Sopris Sun. Plus, highlights from the recent Colorado Press Association Convention where Carbondale's nonprofit newspaper won three first place press awards.

Walter Gallacher Photo


Each Spring, Roaring Fork Valley resident and artist Fred “Lightnin’ Heart” Haberlein travels to Old Pascua in Tucson, Arizona for the Yaqui Spring Ceremonies. This year, KDNK celebrates Fred’s 47th journey to the ceremonies this year with an excerpt from Will Evan's Shifting Gears interview from last Spring. The word yahete means "from my heart" and is used both as a greeting and to say "goodbye." For more information about Yaqui traditions, click here.

Walter Gallacher Photo

Fred Haberlein has dedicated his life to taking art to the streets. His sweeping landscapes adorn halls and buildings across Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Here, Fred talks about the importance of community art and the joy of painting in public. For part 2, follow the headline...