Friday, June 17, 2011

What's a Nedhead?

Location: Nederland, CO 80466, USA

The Nedhead Cartoon:

The Nedhead was originally a cartoon character developed by local cartoonist George Blevins in the 1990's.

George had been producing editorial cartoons for the The Mountain-Ear local newspaper in his "Cabin Fever" series. He created the Nedhead character outside of the characters in Cabin Fever. Many of the Nedhead themes are timeless, and examine aspects of Nederland life that are still very relevant today.

With so many overlapping references like rhyming with Ned, and the Grateful Dead, head shops of the 1970's etc., it was a natural fit, but also metaphorically the character's head is also his home. 

The Nedhead as a local resident:

The Nedhead character caught on, as well as the the idea of Nederlanders referring to themselves as "Nedheads".

In the Fall of 2011, local resident, Janette Taylor started a closed Facebook group for local residents, with its stated purpose as: "News, photos, events, observations and quizzical inquiries relating to Nederland, Nederland life, and dogs of Nederland." It too, caught on with local residents, and has become a prime news source for local events, emergencies, and public opinion. Because this is a closed group, residents feel a bit more free to express themselves in a respectful way, and therefore this widely popular Facebook group has provided a forum for honest dialogue, which has had a profound impact on communication within the community.

The not so fine print of the Nedhead Facebook group disclaimer reads:
News, photos, events, observations and quizzical inquiries relating to Nederland, Nederland life, and dogs of Nederland. 
This is a page for Nederland and area residents, and those interested in the events that take place in Nederland, Colorado. We encourage open discussion while keeping the messages and comments kind and considerate of others. Those venturing outside of the realm of "kind and considerate" as agreed upon by the administrators, will be warned they are venturing into iffy territory. If it continues, they will be asked to remove the post. If they violate the kind and considerate rules (with warnings) three times, they will be removed from the site. 
The administrators in turn agree to do their best not to bias discussion limitations to meet any specific personal or political agenda. Fairness and communication is the goal. 
We will be monitoring our social media frequently, but not 24/7. By participating on this page, you are agreeing to our community commenting policy as stated here. 
We reserve the right to delete posts containing any of the following elements:
  • personal attacks 
  • willful misinformation
  • spam
  • any advertising that is unrelated to Nederland or Nederland-area businesses, events or non-profits
  • promotion of violence, racism, sexism or other hate language
  • anything that knowingly infringes on copyrights or trademarks
  • promoting illegal activities, although certain activities that are legal within town limits but not legal in state and federal law will be treated gently.
If you repeatedly violate this policy you will be removed from our page. If you have any questions, please message the administrator.

[Here is a Video Valediction] with Jeff Scroggins, Tristan Scroggins, Rusty Holloway & Annie Savage performing Woodland Arch. June 2012 At the Gold Award Winning Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamps. [What is a Video Valediction?]
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