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Redstone Grand Illumination

Looking for a small-town holiday kickoff celebration? Check out the Redstone Grand Illumination, taking place Friday evening in the small hamlet of Redstone (Colorado Highway 133 south from Carbondale) for a laid-back ushering in of the holiday season.

Santa begins the night’s festivities at Propaganda Pie at 5 p.m., then follow the jolly ol’ elf down Redstone Boulevard as he lights the tree by the park and continues to the Redstone Inn’s lower parking lot to warm up by the bonfire. Carolers will entertain with holiday favorites and a hot chocolate bar will be set up around the lower parking lot of the Redstone Inn.

The Redstone Inn features Santa’s workshop, where Santa will be poolside to visit with children and hear their Christmas wishes and hand out holiday goodie bags.

If you go…

What: Redstone Grand Illumination

When: 5 p.m. Friday

Where: Redstone Boulevard and Redstone Inn

Vaudeville Holiday Show in Glenwood Springs

Dinner theater show with a variety of comedy, high energy dance numbers and unique novelty songs for the holidays.

If you go…

What: The Vaudeville Holiday Show

When: Doors at 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Friday through Jan. 7

Where: Glenwood Vaudeville Revue

How much: $28 for adults, $25 for seniors, $16 for kids (2-12 years old)

Sopris Theatre’s ‘The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong’

Placed in the 1920’s, this Sopris Theatre production is a play within a play, featuring a comedic and chaotic opening night of the Cornley University Drama Society’s newest production, “The Murder at Haversham Manor,” where things quickly go from bad to disastrous. 

If you go…

What: The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, and continuing the next three weekends with Sunday matinees starting Nov. 18

Where: New Space Theatre at CMC Spring Valley at Glenwood Springs, 3000 County Road 114

How much: $20 and $10 for seniors, students and CMC faculty and staff. Tickets at coloradomtn.edu/theatre and click on “Current Productions,” call 970-947-8177 or contact svticketsales@coloradomtn.edu.  

‘Proof’ at Thunder River Theatre

“Proof,” a story that uses a mathematical impetus for a young woman seeking solutions, continues for the second of three weekends at Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale.

If you go…

What: Proof

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, and continuing the next three weekends with Sunday matinees

Where: Thunder River Theatre Company, on the Promenade in downtown Carbondale

How much: $35


‘It’s About Time’ Gingerbread Competition

What: Gingerbread competition

When: 3-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Hotel Colorado Roosevelt Room, 526 Pine St.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Market

What: Glenwood Springs Arts and Crafts Market

When: 12-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Glenwood Arts Council Gallery,233 6th St

‘Colorful Palette’ art show and sale

What: Art show

When: Friday–Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Glenwood Springs Branch Library, 815 Cooper Ave.

Coloring contest

What: Coloring contest 

When: 1-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mountain Ink Tattoo, 809 Grand Ave #2

Enter for a chance to win $50 to Glenwood Toys & Gifts.

Deck the Walls Holiday Market in Carbondale

What: Deck the Halls

Where: Carbondale Arts, 76 S 4th St.

When: 10 a.m.- 5p.m. Friday and Saturday. Open until Christmas with varying hours

Save the date for Mountain Madrigals

What: Mountain Madrigals Christmas Concert

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 2 p.m. Dec. 4, 7 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: Glenwood Church of Christ, 260 Soccer Field Rd.

Wine tasting at Cooper Wine and Spirits

What: Wine Tasting

Where: Cooper Wine and Spirits

When: 5-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Hotel Colorado’s tree lighting ceremony takes more than Santa’s Workshop to host

Around the holidays is when Taylor Thulson and Kristen Keefer refer to a map. This helps them pinpoint just exactly how and where staff decorates each room inside Hotel Colorado, from its grand piano lobby down to the very last suite.

“We literally created a map from the cad drawings of the hotel,” Keefer said. “We mark on there where every tree goes.”

Keefer is Hotel Colorado’s director of catering. The upstate New York native has worked for the past 10 years. Thulson, the hotel’s marketing manager, is a Roaring Fork native and worked for the hotel the past four years.

Hotel Colorado director of catering Kristen Keefer and marketing manager Taylor Thulson sort through planning and decorating documents in preparation for the lighting ceremony on Friday evening.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

After taking on the holidays and hosting Hotel Colorado’s tree-lighting ceremony for so long they’ve memorized that it takes 60 holiday trees to entirely decorate this Centennial State treasure. It also takes an estimated half million holiday lights to cover the hotel top to bottom. The hotel even hires artist Angela Drake to paint windows with holiday scenes.

“We have (trees) all throughout the lobby, in Legends Coffee Shop, in every banquet room, inside the restaurant, inside all five signature suites,” Thulson said.

The historic Hotel Colorado has hosted many notable dignitaries throughout its long-standing past. A bust of Teddy Roosevelt adorns a west entrance. A photo of the Mayo Brothers hangs from a lobby wall. Notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone also made his way through this majestic, high-country castle.

The annual Hotel Colorado lighting ceremony kicks on Friday at 3 p.m. and will conclude with the fireworks show and lighting scheduled for just after 7 p.m.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

But what’s even arguably greater is when this hotel of Italianate-style architecture envelopes itself in holiday decorations every year. The tree-lighting ceremony slated for Friday evening has been a tradition for the past 32 years, and hotel staff must begin preparing for it the first weekend of October to ensure this twinkling extravaganza is ready by the first weekend of Thanksgiving, Keefer said.

“It’s basically the entire staff,” she said. “We don’t get any outside help for decorating the entire hotel. We do it as a team.”

This all can be quite overwhelming.

“We’re also booking holiday parties, taking Thanksgiving reservations, Christmas reservations, Breakfast with Santa Reservations, all at the same time,” Keefer said. “It’s just a busy time of year for us, but it’s very festive, and we try to load on as much as possible.”

An infant gets their photo taken with Santa in the Devereux room at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony on. The annual Hotel Colorado lighting ceremony kicks on Friday at 3 p.m. and will conclude with the fireworks show and lighting scheduled for just after 7 p.m.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

This year’s celebration includes a Winter Wonderland lineup of events, including ice carving, a gingerbread house competition, caroling by Denver Dolls, performances by Symphony in the Valley and more. 

The countdown for the tree-lighting ceremony and ensuing fireworks display will be led by Santa Claus, hotel owner Marian Melville and hotel president Christian Henny.

“I’ve been a local my entire life, so I’ve been to quite a few lighting ceremonies. I think I’ve only ever missed one or two my whole life,” Thulson said. “It’s always been a family tradition that we’ve come and seen the fireworks go off, and it’s changed so much over the years.”

Seeing the lightning ceremony and everything else Friday come to fruition is rewarding, Thulson said. Everyone can come out and see how hard hotel staff has worked to operate the event.

A young child looks in awe at the lights at the 31st annual Hotel Colorado Lighting Ceremony. The annual Hotel Colorado lighting ceremony kicks on Friday at 3 p.m. and will conclude with the fireworks show and lighting scheduled for just after 7 p.m.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

But for Thulson it’s more than just the event itself. All throughout December is when the great Hotel Colorado is completely decorated in holiday lights, and people can come anytime they want to bask in illuminative displays and enjoy festive drinks in the hotel coffee shop and bar.

For now, however, Keefer is simply looking forward to Friday running smoothly.

“My favorite part is when the fireworks go off and we can take a breath, if I’m being honest,” she said. “It’s pretty stressful to make sure everything goes well.”


What: 32nd Annual Lighting Ceremony

Where: Hotel Colorado, 526 Pine St.

When: Begins 3 p.m. Friday

How much: Free

The Denver Dolls sings carols for the crowds at the 28th Annual Festival of Lights at the Hotel Colorado. The annual Hotel Colorado lighting ceremony kicks on Friday at 3 p.m. and will conclude with the fireworks show and lighting scheduled for just after 7 p.m.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent


  • Live ice-carving demonstration in the courtyard, 3-5 p.m.
  • Photo lab bar,free holiday photo booth in the Garden Room/East Veranda near the courtyard, 3-8 p.m.
  • Meet and greet with Santa in Devereux Ballroom, 3:15-5:10 p.m., 5:30-6:45 p.m., 7:45-9 p.m.
  • Gingerbread competition in the Roosevelt Banquet Room, 3-8 p.m.
  • Symphony in the Valley performance in the Colorado Room, 5-5:45 p.m., 7:45-8:30 p.m.
  • Boy Scout Troop 225 sells hot cocoa and cookies on Sixth Street, 5-8 p.m.
  • The Denver Dolls caroling in the lobby, 6:10-6:30 p.m., 7:15-8 p.m.

Main stage

  • Welcome by the Melville Family and Hotel Colorado President, Christian Henny
  • Glenwood Springs JROTC, 6:10 p.m.
  • Liberty Classical Academy sings Christmas favorites, 6:15 p.m.
  • Legacy Dance Company performs dance routines to various Christmas songs, 6:25 p.m.
  • The Denver Dolls singing various Christmas songs, 6:35 p.m.
  • Dance of the Sacred Fire performs, 6:45 p.m.
  • Lighting ceremony and fireworks show countdown led by Santa Claus, Marian Melville and Christian Henny
  • Lighting and fireworks begin, 7:05 p.m.

New Castle holiday chili cook-off, mac-and-cheese competition, tree lighting ceremony next week

Nothing like a hot bowl of chili on a cold winter’s day.

New Castle ushers in the holiday season this year with a tasty chili cook-off and tree lighting ceremony next week. The event also includes live music, fire pits, a mac-and-cheese competition, beer garden, photos with Santa Claus and more.

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Burning Mountain Park, 450 W. Main St., in downtown New Castle, Town Administrator David Reynolds said.

“This annual event brings together the community to enjoy one final town-hosted event before the end of the year,” he said. “As an added treat this year we are adding a mac-and-cheese competition to the event.” 

New Castle uses this event to accrue enough capital to enhance holiday decor around town and to support future holiday chili cook-offs. For the 2021 event, there were 270 participants in the chili cook-off and an estimated additional 150 attendees for an estimated $1,500 in profit.

Attendees sample chili during last year’s cook-off in New Castle.
Courtesy/Rochelle Firth

New Castle Recreation Coordinator Kelley Cox said the event is the perfect kickoff “for our little town.”

“It is a chance for all of us to come together to enjoy music, Santa, good food and the Christmas spirit with our neighbors and friends,” she said.

Tickets for the chili cook-off and mac-and-cheese competition can be purchased in advance at newcastle.com, with adult tickets $10 and kids $5.

Any interested chili and mac-and-cheese cooks interested in competing in this year’s event can contact the New Castle Recreation Department at 970-984-2311.


  • Chili cook-off competition: 5:30 p.m.
  • Mac & cheese competition: 5:30 p.m.
  • Elk Creek Elementary Choir performance: 6 p.m.
  • Holiday tree lighting ceremony, hosted by New Castle Mayor Art Riddile: 7 p.m.
  • Holiday music, hosted by Two Rivers Productions: all evening
  • Fire pits: all evening
  • Hot chocolate: all evening
  • Photos with Santa, hosted by Samantha Gates, photography, sponsorship by EMBRYN Keller Williams Colorado West Realty: all evening
  • Beer garden sales: all evening

What: New Castle holiday chili cook-off, mac-and-cheese competition, tree lighting ceremony

When: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: Burning Mountain Park, 450 West Main St.

How much: Tickets for the chili cookoff and mac-and-cheese competition can be purchased in advance at newcastle.com, with adult tickets $10 and kids $5


Get ready to shred, Sunlight is officially opening a little early

Start doing your snow dances to the snow gods because one more good dump means Sunlight Mountain Resort will be open early for the season.

“If we get one more decent storm we can open Dec. 2 for the season with additional terrain and lifts open,” Ross Terry, Sunlight assistant GM said.

One thing to be extra thankful for this coming week is that Sunlight will be open on a limited basis the weekend after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25-27. 

“That will be the Tercero lift only servicing our main Midway run, thanks to the hard work of our snowmakers,” Troy Hawks, Sunlight marketing and sales director, said in an email. 

Sunlight will be closed again Nov. 28 for the week. 

“If we don’t get any additional snowfall, we will open back up Dec. 2, but just for the weekend only,” Terry said. 

This is Sunlight’s 55th season, and guests will be able to enjoy a new ski-rental facility, a new digital trail map at the top of the mountain, a newly inaugurated Mini-Mayor and new outdoor food station on the West Deck, Hawks said. 

This will be the last year the Segundo lift will be run before it is replaced in 2023, so be sure to get up there this season for a couple of farewell rides. 

The replacement chair will be a three lift chair that was previously owned by Arapahoe Basin. The Segundo lift formerly was located at Aspen Mountain.

Sunlight also has a new snow grooming machine this season for smoother riding. 

Follow Sunlight on Facebook for operations updates.

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot tradition on track for return to Glenwood Springs

Thanksgiving Day has felt a little emptier the past couple of years in Glenwood Springs as the traditional Turkey Trot fun run was on hiatus. 

But that’s all set to change next week, as the 34th running of the turkey day 5K run comes to Glenwood, and to a new (sort of) venue.

Tiffany Lindenberg, the fitness and wellness supervisor at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, was busy this week mapping out the new course. The run will take off from the Community Center at 10 a.m., head down the pedestrian path along Midland Avenue to the Roaring Fork River Trail and over to Two Rivers Park for a couple of loops, then back.

A trio of runners have fun as they start the 32nd annual Turkey Day 5K in 2018 at the Glenwood Springs Golf Course.
Kyle Mills / Post Independent

It won’t quite be the same as the long-standing Turkey Trot venue at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club, affectionately known as “The Hill,” as the numbers for the popular event have long-since outgrown that site.

But the beneficiary is the same as it has been for the past several years, as the Trot will once again be hosted by the Team Sopris Barracudas swim team, with proceeds also going to support the Glenwood Springs High School swim and cross country teams.

It also marks a return to an alternative start line that was used for a few years in the middle of the last decade, as the Thanksgiving holiday tradition got more and more popular locally and across the United States.

Lindenberg said it was problematic when, at that time, it was decided to plot a course along the nearby Wulfsohn Mountain Park dirt trails.

“It ended up being kind of dangerous for people with baby joggers and dogs out on the trails, especially if it had snowed, so we decided to try something different,” Lindenberg said. “We want it to be a family event, so we need to make it the safest possible.”

With that in mind, it’s more a fun run than a race, though there will most certainly be the hardcore runners out looking for a fast time. Speaking of which, there won’t be an electronic timing system this year, so self-timing is encouraged if runners want an accurate time.

A growing tradition

Derek Young, dressed as a turkey, Jonathan Cappelli, dressed as a pilgrim, Michael Merrill dressed as a Native American, and Ryan Young dressed as a banana, run in the 2017 Glenwood Springs Turkey Trot 5K at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.
Christopher Mullen / Post Independent |

What Glenwood’s and other local turkey trots are mostly about is community. Thanksgiving morning 5K trots are also planned in Carbondale, Basalt and Rifle, and at Anytime Fitness south of Glenwood Springs by the CMC turnoff on Colorado Highway 82. 

“Just being able to see everybody and bringing families out for a fun morning, that’s why we were so adamant about bringing it back,” Lindenberg said, referencing the two-year break due to concerns about large gatherings during the pandemic and venue uncertainties. 

“I kind of feel like we lost that community feel a little bit,” she said. “In those three years our community looks a little different, too, so it’s a chance to get out and not only see friends but also meet some new people.”

Costumes are of course encouraged and dogs are allowed, but dog owners are asked to have a poop bag or two handy. And, there will be pumpkin pie at the finish line for the finishers.

Having her own children grow up in the Barracudas youth swim program, the purpose is also near and dear to hers and a lot of other parents’ and participants’ hearts.

Longtime Team Sopris coach and former trot organizer Steve Vanderhoof recalls the early days of the former Turkey Day 5K at the golf course, which essentially started on a whim back in 1986.  

“I just always liked being up there and seeing people you maybe only see once a year, and some of the former students who come home for the holiday,” Vanderhoof said. “Our daughters are both grown and gone away from home now, but we have fond memories of pushing them along in the stroller, then running together and that whole progression.”

Longtime golf course Superintendent Jim Richmond and avid local runner Mike Vidakovich started the race.

“The Turkey Day 5K was Thanksgiving to me,” Vidakovich said in a 2021 interview. “It’s always been part of my spiritual fiber.”

Registration for the Glenwood Turkey Trot is $20 online ahead of time through Active.com or $25 on race day.

Carbondale Trot

A turkey hunter with sling-shot in hand waits for the start of the annual Carbondale Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

Though there’s less history behind it, the Carbondale Turkey Trot returns for a sixth year, and is slated for a 9:30 a.m. start Thanksgiving morning from the Carbondale Recreation Center.

Same as Glenwood, the Carbondale organizers are rolling out a new 5K and 1-mile course utilizing the streets through old town, instead of the former back-and-forth course along the Rio Grande Trail.

“We’ve always wanted to go through town, but we need more volunteers to do that so we can have people at all the intersections,” said Jamie Wall, special events coordinator for Carbondale Parks and Recreation.

Volunteers are still needed. Contact jwall@carbondaleco.net if you can help out.

Wall said the Carbondale trot is looking forward to a more modest number of runners this year, after being overwhelmed with some 600 participants last year who, absent the Glenwood event, were hungry for some pre-turkey running.

“We already have more than 130 people signed up, so it will still be a pretty big event,” she said.

Baby strollers and joggers are allowed at the Carbondale trot, but no dogs after a canine tangle last year resulted in the race timing system getting knocked out of whack.

After the run, the Village Smithy will be providing mini pumpkin pie slices along with the usual post-race snacks.

Carbondale Trot advance registration is at carbondalerec.com; $15 for adults and $7 for children and youth ages 3 to 17 and seniors age 62 and up. Race-day registration is $20 and $10.

Rifle Trot

A dog keeps up with its human during the 2021 Rifle Turkey Trot.

The Rifle Turkey Trot is a benefit for the Rifle High School track and field program. It takes place at Rifle’s Deerfield Park, starting at 9 a.m. for the “little gobblers” and 9:30 a.m. for adults.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., or register in advance at active.com 

“We’re hoping for 150-200 participants, looking to raise at least $10,000 for the track program,” RHS Athletic Director Chris Bomba said. “It’s just a great community event that started with a lot of people bringing their families. It’s probably going to be one of our biggest events of the year.”

Anytime Trot

The annual running of the Anytime Fitness “Burn the Turkey 5K” takes place this year at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, instead of the day after.

The event takes place on the Rio Grande Trail behind the gym, and is a benefit for Lift-Up. The entry fee is any non-perishable food items that will be donated to Lift Up.​

Basalt Trot 

Basalt Elementary School hosts its 6th annual Basalt Gobble Wobble fundraiser for the school’s outdoor education program equipment, at 9:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Thursday.

“We are incredibly excited this event continues to thrive,” said BES Principal Grant Waaler. “The community support and participation is tremendous. Our entire school looks forward to this event every year.

“Despite living in an area with a plethora of outdoor recreational options, many of our students lack the resources and opportunities to participate in these incredible experiences located right in our valley,” he said. “Providing the chance for young students to gain confidence, build character and create positive memories through outdoor education at our school would be invaluable.”

Register online at bit.ly/basaltgobble and choose either the 5K run or a 1-mile fun run. The cost to register individually is $20 per adult and $10 per child, or a family of up to five can register and receive a capped entry fee of $50. 

The first 100 participants to register receive a custom Longhorn knit hat, and all who register receive a raffle ticket toward amazing locally sponsored raffle prizes.

Post Independent interim Managing Editor and senior reporter John Stroud can be reached at jstroud@postindependent.com or at 970-384-9160.

Accessibility key to performing music through the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra

Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra is putting on a free concert Sunday in Carbondale, with an assortment of diverse music performed by students from throughout the valley. 

“We definitely encourage young musicians to come to the concert,” RFYO Executive Director and cello teaching artist, Sarah Graf, said.

RFYO’s fall concert brings together nearly 60 young musicians ages 6 to 18 from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley region to perform a diverse program of classical and traditional music. 

“It’s really a great chance for families and little kids to come here to hear their friends or other kids of all ages playing instruments, because it can be really inspiring,” Graf said. “A lot of kids have ended up joining the orchestra that way.”

That is, once they have worked on their skill and shown the dedication to be an active musician in the ensemble. 

“Learning to play an instrument requires dedication and effort, and the rewards are absolutely worth it,” said Ross Kribbs, one of the three co-music directors.

The fall concert will feature a selection of styles from classical and traditional, including pieces by Vivaldi, tunes with traditional Irish fiddles and even the RFYO Sidewalk Strings playing some of the traditional Mexican dances they performed with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico dancers for Día de los Muertos in Carbondale last week. 

“The Preparatory String Orchestra and our group called Musica, which are even more beginner level students, will be playing together in the first part of the concert,” Graf said.

She said that they will perform Vivaldi’s “Autumn” from Four Seasons and the “Irish Washerwoman.”

They will also perform the traditional and more classical repertoire including Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” which was featured in Disney’s “Fantasia.” 

Nine-year-old Abelito E. practices with other young members of the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra in Carbondale to prepare for this weekend’s fall orchestra concert taking place on Sunday.
Chelsea Self/Post Independent

The program will include the lush and languid melody that winds its way through “The Old Boatman,” by African American composer Florence Beatrice Price, according to a new release. 

The grand finale will have all of the ensemble come together to perform an energetic piece by Gustav Holst’s Planet Suite “Jupiter.”

The program advocates accessibility for young musicians, providing students with scholarships for lessons and tuition, along with access to a growing musical instrument library. Rehearsals with the program are held after school in Aspen, Carbondale and New Castle. 

This is the first time that many students have the opportunity to play in an orchestra, Graf said.

“Creating music together adds the elements of teamwork, communication and camaraderie,” Kribbs added. “Students learn that they’ve earned a gift that they can give to others — anytime, anywhere, and forever.”

The next concert after this weekend will be during First Friday.

For more information, visit RFYO.org. 

If you go…

What: Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra Fall Concert 

Where: Carbondale’s Third Street Center, 520 S 3rd St.

When: 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13

How much: free and family friendly

Halloween treats abound in Garfield County

The bad news is, Halloween falls on a weekday this year, but the good news is the first snow happened before Halloween and isn’t expected to dump again until next weekend. 

In other words, you don’t necessarily have to wear a winter jacket over your costume — but you still probably should. 

Here are fun ways to celebrate throughout the county, for both young and old Halloween lovers. 

Glenwood Springs 

All Ages events in Glenwood Springs:

Glenwood Springs Ghost Walk

Hear the real ghost stories of the past rebels and residents of Glenwood Springs. Time in the late 1800s was grim for many, but makes for good stories now. 

If you go…

What: Ghost Walk to Linwood Cemetery

Where: starts at Glenwood Historic Society, 1001 Colorado Ave.

When: four tours go from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29

Cost: $20 for Historical Society Members and seniors, and $25 for all else

Spooky Music at Glenwood Springs Library

Find out what makes music scary or suspenseful with Kyle Jones at the all ages event. 

If you go…

What: Spooky Music

Where: The Glenwood Springs Library, 815 Cooper Ave.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 29

How much: free

Halloween Spooktacular at the Community Center

Glenwood Springs Parks & Recreation is putting on their annual Halloween Spooktacular event on Saturday and starts at 3 p.m.

There will be the typical festivities like a pumpkin hunt, carnival games, a fire pit, a bounce house, other entertainment, the annual spooky skate and more.

3-5:30 p.m. Spooktacular main event

5:30-7 p.m. Spooky Skate

$6/Child Spooktacular entrance + includes Ice Skating

If you go…

What: Halloween Spooktacular

Where: Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Rd.

When: 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

How much: $6

After Dark in the Park

After Dark in the Park at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. Opened late and all lit up, people can experience the park over the spooky weekend. Some Halloween themed events will include lantern cave tours,  a costume contest at 6 p.m., trick or treating from 4-7 p.m., live music and a scavenger hunt from 4-7 p.m.

If arriving after 4 p.m., guests should purchase their tickets at the base.

The park will close at 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. because of the weather, and there will be limited rides which are anticipated to be the Alpine Coaster, Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, 4D Theater and Laser Tag.

The Great Pumpkin Carve in all libraries throughout the county

Friday, Oct. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Rifle Branch Library, and at 2 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10:30 am at the Silt Branch Library, 11 a.m. at the Parachute Branch Library, and at 1:30 p.m. at the Carbondale Branch Library. 

These celebrations are free and open to all. Please visit www.gcpld.org for more information.

Adults only events in Glenwood Springs:

Glenwood Culinary Arts Fest

A fun date night masquerade party on Friday, Oct. 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Prices range from $40 to $50. 

If you go…

What: Culinary Arts Fest

Where: Hotel Colorado

When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28

Cost: Individuals $45 in advance and $50 at the door

Couples are $80 in advance and $90 at the door

HallowQueen Party at Bluebird Cafe

HallowQueen Party on Saturday night that will have a costume party and a  performance by the Roaring Divas. The event will be serving alcohol and therefore will be 21 and up. The event costs $20, and the doors will open at 8 p.m. and the event is planned to go until 1 a.m.

If you go…

What: HallowQueen Party

Where: Bluebird Cafe

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

How much: $20

Some other events in the county

New Castle

Spooky Music

Find out what makes music scary or suspenseful with Kyle Jones at the all ages event. 

If you go…

What: Spooky Music

Where: The New Castle Library, 402 W. Main St.

When: 2 p.m. Friday Oct. 28

How much: free


Do the Time Warp… again

Let yourself be taken on a strange journey, and get all dressed up to watch a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

If you go…

What: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Where: The Ute Theater and Events Center, 132 East Fourth St.

When: doors at 6:30 p.m. and show at 6:66 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30

How much: $10-$15

Día de los Muertos Preview for next week…

Carbondale’s Día de los Muertos will be the largest valley wide celeration and will happen during first Friday this year. More information to come next week.

If you go…

What: Día De Los Muertos Celebration

When: Friday, Nov. 4

Where: Town of Carbondale

Glenwood Springs will hold their Día de los Muertos Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 5. through the community center. More information to come next week.

CMC Spring Valley vet tech farm open house is Saturday

Colorado Mountain College’s Veterinary Technology Program at Spring Valley invites the public to visit its 220-acre farm and teaching hospital from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The open house provides an opportunity to learn about the Vet Tech Program, and children are encouraged to wear costumes for the Halloween-themed event.

“Some of the animals will be wearing costumes, too,” a news release states. 

Children can have photos taken with the animals, and there will be a petting and feeding area, plus a scavenger hunt, a silent auction, jack-o-lantern smashing (pumpkin pieces are fed to the farm’s animals), and Halloween treats. 

“In addition to the vet tech lab, small animal hospital and equine teaching barn, the college’s veterinary technology program houses a variety of large animals including horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens and ducks. Small animals include rodents, snakes, birds, ferrets and chinchillas,” the release states.

Visitors should leave their own pets at home, as federal regulations do not permit unauthorized animals on the premises or in vehicles. 

The CMC Veterinary Technology Center and Teaching Hospital is located at 3000 County Road 114, Glenwood Springs, (across from the main Spring Valley campus, past Colorado Animal Rescue).

For more information, call 970-945-7481.

Get your spuds ready for a Marble Mash themed Potato Day

Saturday will be the 113th celebration for Carbondale’s longest running tradition, Potato Day. 

This year’s theme is “Marble Mash” in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial, which was built from marble mined in the nearby Crystal River Valley town of Marble. 

“Colorado actually was the leading producer of potatoes from about the late 1800s to around the 1940s,” said Sue Gray, president of the Carbondale Historical Society board.

The weekend will kick off by bringing back the Community Contra Dance on Friday night. The actual Potato Day festival will start on Saturday on Main Street and at Sopris Park.

“The potato day dance was famous for young people meeting and falling in love and eventually getting married from meeting at the Potato Day dance,” Gray said. 

Saturday morning will start with the Rotary Club pancake breakfast at Fourth and Main, and festivities will continue with the Ross Montessori School’s “Tater Trot” fun run, a parade, online and day-of contests, a community barbecue, live music, cowboy coffee, an end-of-season harvest Farmers’ and Artisans Market as well as a Youth Gymkhana at the rodeo grounds.

“One of the things that was so great about Potato Day was it brought people in the community together who wouldn’t normally be able to see each other because everyone lived miles apart back then,” Gray said. “When they would all come together into town for Potato Day, it was a big social event.”

Courtesy Poster for Potato Day

There will also be fun activities like old-fashioned Potato Day games like potato sack races plus cowboy coffee — the way the cowboys used to drink it on the ranch, Gray said. 

“The barbecue lunches are what people come for,” she said. “It’s great to be able to sit with your neighbors and friends and enjoy local beef and local potatoes, just the ways it’s been for 113 years.”

The Lincoln Memorial was made with marble from the Colorado Yule Marble Company, which was founded by George Yule when he was prospecting for gold and silver in the Ragged Mountain Range. Instead, he found a vein of pure white marble in the 1870s. He didn’t end up doing anything with the vein, but the company was still named after him, Gray said.

The marble company was awarded the contract in 1914, using 1,800 stones that weighed 10 to 30 tons. Those stones created the 36 columns that represented the 36 states that were part of the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death in 1865, according to the release.

It took 600 train cars to transport the finished marble to the nation’s capital. Gray said that rail tracks used to run throughout the valleys, but many of the old tracks were used for metal during the world wars.

The Lincoln Memorial is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and contains a large, seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln. The memorial was officially dedicated in May 1922, according to the release.

If you go …

Friday Sept. 30

7:30-10 p.m. — Community Contra Dance

Community Hall, Third Street Center


Saturday Oct. 1

8-10 a.m. — Rotary Pancake Breakfast, Fourth Street Plaza Park; $10, or $15 for potato pancakes

9 a.m.  — Tater Trot 5K and one-mile fun run (registration begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 8:45 a.m.), Fourth Street Plaza Park on Main Street

All ages with costumes encouraged

Sopris Park

9 a.m.- 3 p.m. — Farmer’s Market and Cowboy Coffee; KDNK Radio Annual Record Sale

10:30 a.m. — Potato Day Parade, Main Street from Second Street to Seventh Street. The theme is ‘Marble Mash’

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Rosybelle Bus arts, crafts and activities

11:15 a.m. — Statue Contest

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Live Music from Dan and Pam

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. — Barbeque and baked potato lunch; $10 kids, $15 adults

1 p.m. — Announcements of parade winners, potato carving contest winners by Parade MC

1:05 p.m. — Old Fashioned Traditional Potato Day kids’ Games

1:15 – 3 p.m. — Live Music from the Hell Roaring String Band from the gazebo

2 – 5 p.m. — Youth Gymkhana, Gus Darien rodeo grounds on County Road 100

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