If I ever have a choice for birthday parties, I usually go retro.
From college into adulthood, I’ve had my share of toga parties — that’s going way back. I’ve also celebrated years of my adult life with an ’80s party, exploding with fluorescent leggings and hair bows, and an outdoor throwback ski wear-kickball bash at Two Rivers Park.
Running bases in a one-piece ski suit and moon boots is as comical as it sounds.
The PAC3 at Third Street Center will go retro with an old-school après ski party to benefit the Carbondale Community School, a public K-8 charter school. The fundraising event, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. today, encourages guests to pull out their favorite vintage ski clothes from the backs of their closets and have some good, old-fashioned mountain fun.
The valley’s multiple thrift stores may come in handy.
The inaugural Retro Ski Party will feature DJ Mayfly spinning records (ski boots on the dance floor are optional), a bonfire, favorite ski films and a chili dinner, all for $25. Party people can chill out in the retro lounge where ski movies of old — many good for a quick laugh — with be shown on several screens.
Dinner features homemade chili and cornbread. For those who choose to socialize under the stars, a toasty bonfire outside PAC will feature hay bales and snuggling for ski bunnies and their lovers.
Don’t forget the marshmallows and sticks.
Highlights at the philanthropic Carbondale Community School soiree also include fun door prizes and fabulous silent auction items.
Maybe someone will score some new ski clothes.
Along with the Retro Ski Party, Friday night fun in Carbondale also includes a rousing good time at Steve’s Guitars with California girls the T Sisters. These three siblings straight out of Oakland — Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen — will play original music including folk, country, gospel, Americana and early ’90s R&B. I’m not sure how many people out there truly came of age in the early ’90s like I did, but En Vogue certainly comes to mind when I think of female power groups from that era. According to their website at www.tsisters.com, their music ranges in style from the Andrews Sisters to The Sirens of the 1960s. Anyone looking for some serious girl power as inspiration, head to Steve’s at 8:30 p.m. today for these soulful sisters. Tickets are $15.
The party doesn’t stop in Carbondale, with Saturday night offering even more live music at Carbondale Beer Works, 647 Main St. One of my favorite pubs in which to taste a handcrafted pint of IPA hosts a compilation band of locals who typically make up bands Jes Grew, Spore Favore and Slight of Hand. This new musical project, called Accumulation, is comprised of Rob Dasaro, John Carlin, Paul Boneau and Pete Casson. The mountain rock and groove tunes start at 9 p.m., and donations are welcome. Order a pint and a hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut. My favorite.
Friday and Saturday
This weekend, high school drama takes to the stage as two Western Slope drama departments act out two well-known, award-winning theatrical productions. At 7 p.m. today and 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Rifle High School Drama Club presents “Fiddler on the Roof,” the original Broadway production that opened in 1964. It was the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, Garfield School District Re-2 staff and seniors. Glenwood Springs High School Theatre continues its monster production of the Mel Brooks creation “Young Frankenstein” at 7 p.m. today and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. I’ve heard the show is a hoot, and Igor is excellent in his creepy role. Tickets are $15 for reserved seating, $12 for general seating, $8 for students and children, and $10 and $6 matinees, available at Gran Farnum Printing, GSHS Library or at the door.
April E. Clark still has her moon boots. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.