I have to say I’m proud of our valley.
Here we are, tucked cutely in the mountains and bursting with a host of personalities that could keep a reality TV show on the air for 10 seasons. Native or transplant, everyone who lives in the Roaring Fork Valley has a story.
The people here truly rely on each other.
When things go wrong, we support each other. When it’s time to celebrate, say at Strawberry Days, Summer of Music or Spring Fling, we do the party justice.
Fun is a great way to describe it.
This spirit derives from the Ghosts of Glenwood Past. There are many. They show us what it means to truly coexist in a land of uncertainty and progress, even in the harshest of conditions and best of times. We will never know the hard-working homesteaders who came before us. We will, however, carry on their spirit of perseverance. And sense of humor. They had to have a sense of humor.
No way there wasn’t an abundance of laughter.
In the last few months, I’ve seen Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt and New Castle host comedy shows up and down the valley. Some have been comedy showcases while others have been live theatrical productions with music. The valley has welcomed Comedy Works comics to the stage as well as locals who have performed from Aspen to Rifle. In the last six years I’ve been involved in comedy, I’ve seen it on an upswing.
With maybe a downswing or two in the middle.
This year, comedy in the valley is hot. There have been shows every weekend for the last several weeks. Today, there’s edgy stand-up at the Eagles Club and donkey basketball at Glenwood Springs High School.
Pure, unadulterated comedy at its finest.
The support of local comedy is lovely for me to see. So many persistent, creative people in this valley have toiled for many years to make this form of entertainment a routine occurrence. The people of this valley, who often work two jobs and give everything they have to the community, deserve some laughter. That is the only way to survive this cycle of life that has many on a heartbroken plane these days.
The jesters are in place.
If I could be a fly on the wall at the Eagles Club, I could probably write a book about the entertainment that has played the stage of this patriotic downtown Glenwood venue. Tonight, the jokes will be the stuff stories are made of and cannot be missed at the Valley Comedy All-Stars show. Rob O’Leary will be there, and he will keep you laughing. I promise this with all my heart. My partner in crime Don Chaney will also be there. We’ve been through it all, haven’t we, friend? The show also features joke tellers Billy Schubert and Greg Bensen, and musical guest Crapt’n Planet. Go From There podcast guy Travanti Jaramillo will host, and there will be dinner and drink specials, because those always pair well with comedy. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. but arrive a little early for that front-row seat for Rob O’Leary comedy. You won’t forget it.
For every comedy show at the Eagles Club, there must be an Elegant Tea event at Aspen Glen to balance out the universe. At 1 p.m. Saturday, the ladies of the Auxiliary of Valley View Hospital host a proper social event with tea and all the trimmings at the clubhouse, 545 Bald Eagle Way. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with friends and support VVH. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children younger than 12, and free for kids 5 and younger, and can be purchased at the VVH gift shop and Alpine Bank, main branch, in Glenwood Springs. I’ll take Earl Grey with honey and lemon, please.
I’m no stranger to the infatuation I’ve developed with the Steve’s Guitars room. I just had two delightful comedy shows there, complete with a live band, commercial breaks and audience participation. I’m extremely thankful that a friendly, world-class venue exists in our valley where locals and nationally touring performers can play any day of the week. This Saturday night, Portland ska-folk-dub grass band World’s Finest makes it to the Steve’s stage, 19 N. Fourth St., in Carbondale. Cool stuff. Admission is $15.
— April E. Clark foresees a donkey and a basketball in her near future. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.