Celebrating dad, gearing up for ‘Les Miserables,’ cars meet art in Basalt | PostIndependent.com

Celebrating dad, gearing up for ‘Les Miserables,’ cars meet art in Basalt

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

This weekend is reserved for Dad, with Father’s Day ball games, barbecues at the park, and floats on the river planned for many families.

In know my dad deserves a break Sunday.

Some of my favorite memories of my own dad involve family vacations driving down to Florida. He couldn’t wait to float on his raft in the ocean, his freckled skin on the receiving end of a day of sun and saltwater.

We call that the Irish tan.

I also have fond memories of our vacation down to Disney World at Christmastime after my dad won a bowling tournament in Cincinnati. He was the dude before there was The Dude.

That’s a shout-out to my dad and “The Big Lebowksi.”

Sure, he could have bought himself a new car or maybe even another snake or fish — exotic animals have always been a passion — but my dad took me, my mom and my brother on a dream trip down to the happiest place on Earth. I mostly recall the holiday parade, because that was the first time I had ever seen Christmas lights and palm trees together. Mickey and Minnie were all decked out in their Mr. and Mrs. Claus gear, and there were of course Christmas carols only Disney World could make their own.

I think I may have seen my mom kissing Santa Claus.


The Defiance Community Players is a talented and dedicated bunch already looking ahead to its major fall production, “Les Miserables,” taking place in Glenwood Springs. To help make it happen, Defiance is hosting a fundraising vaudeville show open to the community. The local thespian troupe that provides theater opportunities for performers of all ages and experience levels seeks funds to present the elaborate stage production to local audiences in November. The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue is joining in the efforts to bring “Les Mis” to the local stage by providing funny talent for the benefit show. There will be a silent auction and food and drink at an additional charge. The benefit begins at 6 p.m. Friday, June 13, at The Springs Theater, 915 Grand Ave. Tickets are $30, with half of each benefiting Defiance Community Players. Contact Chip Winn Wells at 379-5940 and http://www.gvrshow.com for tickets and more information.


On Saturday, art will take to the sidewalks as Wyly Art Center presents the “Wheels, Wheels, Wheels” chalk art competition as part of the Motors on Midland Annual Car Show. Get a jump on celebrating Father’s Day with a free car show and chalk art contest for all ages, featuring prizes for adults and children for the best pieces using cars as a theme. The contest takes place from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 14, in downtown Basalt, and promises to be fun for the artists and car buffs in any family.


Basalt is also celebrating the arts this weekend at the Wyly Art Center, 99 Midland Spur, with an opening reception for Michelle Lehman’s exhibit, “HOPE: Light is Within Us” from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. The free event, open to the community, includes an art talk by professional artist Nancy Lovendahl, Lehman’s muse as part of the year-long Wyly Young Women’s Studio Mentorship Program. In this important program, women artists are introduced to the creative, artistic process, culminating in a one-woman show. Lehman’s exhibition runs through June 26.

April E. Clark wishes her dad a happy Father’s Day. Maybe someday she’ll take him on vacation. She can be reached at arts@postindependent.com.

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