An itsy bitsy spider, dinner for the dogs and Spring Flinging in teenie bikinis |

An itsy bitsy spider, dinner for the dogs and Spring Flinging in teenie bikinis

I’m officially designating this weekend the warm-up to Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Let’s just call it St. Paddy’s pre-game.

Each year, people all over the world reserve March 17 for celebrating the holiday that started out as a religious Feast of Saint Patrick to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. The holiday now encompasses a full-blown tip of the scally cap, commemorating Irish culture and heritage, specifically food and drink.

With an emphasis on the drink here in the states.

I’m a descendant of the McAnany name, which can be traced back to County Cork in Ireland, so I celebrate with the pride of my Irish ancestors. I’m not one to drink green beer. But I can be found with a Guinness pint or glass of Jameson Irish Whiskey, neat, on March 17. I celebrate Irish cuisine by slow-cooking corned beef, cabbage and carrots and baking Irish soda bread.

And I try to catch a St. Paddy’s Day parade.

One especially memorable St. Patrick’s Day, when my best friend lived in Massachusetts, I was lucky enough to witness the world-famous parade in South Boston. The whole city was feeling the spirit of the Irish, especially all the firemen who had traveled from many areas of the East Coast to march in the parade.

I certainly was one lucky girl.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Not only do I consider E.B. White’s “The Elements of Style” English language style guide a literary masterpiece — yes I’m a journalism geek like that — but I’m also a lifetime fan of his famous novel “Charlotte’s Web.” This weekend, Carbondale’s children theater troupe SoL Theatre Company brings this beloved childhood favorite to the stage. See my favorite pig Wilbur and friends come to life at 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Carbondale Middle School, 180 Snowmass Drive. The show is perfect for audiences of all ages and tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger, available at the door and


There’s no question I love animals. I’ve had pets all my life, from my first dog Cindy, a black mixed breed that followed me on to the school bus on the first day of school when I was a first-grader. Human affection is nice, but I don’t think there’s anything better than the unconditional love animals bring to our lives.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15, the Rifle Animal Shelter will raise funds to help our furry friends on the Western Slope who need homes with its Spayghetti and No Balls Dinner. The fundraiser at Rifle Elks Lodge, 501 W. Fifth St., includes a spaghetti dinner topped off with a dessert bar featuring donated treats from the valley’s finest bakers. The community is asked to help support the dinner by dropping off desserts Friday or between 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Rifle Elks Club. Dinner tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids and seniors at the Rifle Animal Shelter, Valley Veterinary Clinic, Divide Creek Animal Hospital, Downtown Drug and at the door. Do it for the dogs and cats.

Saturday and Sunday

Each year I hear Spring Fling has returned to Sunlight Mountain Resort, I can’t help but chuckle to myself. That’s because about six years ago, I was somehow talked into slipping into an itsy bitsy teenie weenie orange polka dot bikini and sit in a Crystal River Spa hot tubs with other brave ladies while snowboarders and skiers rode the rail conveniently placed above our heads. It was a fun day on the mountain with (thankfully) a lot of beer and enough cheer to get me past the idea of wearing a bikini in the middle of March.

I still have that bikini as a reminder I should never let fear hold me back. Now I just need to get back into it.

Head up the hill on Saturday and Sunday for CARE’s Poochie Poker Run, the hot tub rail jam, skier and boarder competitions, prizes, food, drinks, and fun. The poker run starts at 9 a.m. and the Sunlight Spring Fling fun continues through Sunday.

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April E. Clark better start doing her crunches. She can be reached at

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