A colorful season for music, movies, shopping and potatoes
April E. Clark
Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year, simply based on color.
There’s the sea of aspen leaves in the high country turning as gold as a pot full of treasure at the end of a rainbow. The red apples dipped in gooey caramel shine bright at fall farmers markets. Orange pumpkins glow brightly with the flames of candles tucked neatly behind their spooky faces.
I suddenly have the urge to don a pair of overalls and chew on a piece of straw.
If there isn’t an Oktoberfest celebration flowing with beer and cheesy brats, there’s some kind of fall festival in the valley that celebrates the plentiful bounty of the season. Saturday features Oktoberfest in Glenwood Springs and Potato Day in Carbondale. Art abounds in Silt with a Last Fridays celebration at Crack in the Wall Gallery, while live music takes place at Steve’s Guitars, the Black Nugget, Colorado Mountain College Rifle campus, and more. With activities taking place day or night, don’t forget to stop and enjoy the colors.
And always keep an eye out for that pot of gold.
The 5Point Film folks are on the road again, this time stopping in at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood starting at 6 p.m. Enjoy food from The Pullman — I’m already jealous I’ll be missing this for that fact alone — and one of my favorite things in Colorado, freshly poured New Belgium Beer. And there are movies. Did I not mention the movies? Check out inspiring adventure films to get pumped for the upcoming ski/snowboard season. Learn more at http://www.5pointfilm.org/events.
I love Potato Day in Carbondale. Mostly because I’m of Irish heritage, and I love a good potato. Especially if it’s baked and topped with sour cream, butter and chives. I was once a judge of the Potato Day parade, a highly coveted position in the annual celebration of the spud. The next year I was an emcee at the park making jokes about, um, potatoes. There really aren’t enough potato jokes in the world. I also emceed the parade, a job as important as a judge. I say that because the gig scored me a free bag of potatoes. Then I subsequently baked them and topped them with sour cream, butter and chives.
Saturday night is for shopping in downtown Glenwood Springs in September. Take a stroll down Grand Avenue to shop locally and support the city’s quaint boutiques and shops perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Saturday night in downtown Glenwood will be hopping with the Oktoberfest activities that run until 7 p.m. at Centennial Park.
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