Well, it’s official: Summer is over.
We’ve got some warm days left in the year, yet, but my planner has informed me that it is autumn. Where did the time go?
I got about halfway through my hike bucket list this summer, with a ton of trails yet to be traveled in Aspen and even some left over in Glenwood. I went camping a couple times, but not as many as I’d hoped I would when summer began. I didn’t get on the river once this year, which is a bit of a tragedy.
So when I saw that — “Autumn begins” — in my planner on Wednesday, my heart sank.
I can honestly say that’s never happened to me before. Summers in northern Illinois and Syracuse, New York, are balmy, densely humid, plagued by big, scary thunderstorms (and a couple tornadoes, in the case of the Midwest) and altogether pretty miserable. The first day of fall couldn’t come fast enough.
But I could live in a Colorado summer forever. Plus, there’s a lot more to do outside.
So at first it was difficult for me to accept that summer is on its way out, but then I remembered what the mountains look like when the leaves start to change, and somehow I got over it.
No matter what the season is, I’m still in the Roaring Fork Valley, and it doesn’t get much better than that.
Head out to Silt for the town’s monthly Last Friday celebration at Crack in the Wall Gallery, 1887 County Road 237. Every last Friday, artists, art lovers and community members get together at the gallery to celebrate local talent and make connections. This month, a screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” will start at 8:30 p.m. The event is BYOB, and overnight accommodations are available. Call the gallery at 970-876-1110 for more information.
At 5:30 p.m. at The Orchard in Carbondale, you’ll be able to see some of Colorado Animal Rescue’s (CARE) most adorable adoptable pets strut their stuff down the runway at the shelter’s annual Dressed to the K9s fundraiser. For $85, enjoy food, drinks, entertainment from Forever In Blue Jeans Band (Neil Diamond tribute) and, of course, cute animals. Plus, your money is going to a great cause. For tickets, visit http://www.coloradoanimalrescue.org or drop by the shelter at 2801 County Road 114 in Glenwood.
One of the coolest places in the valley, if you ask me, is the Studio for Arts and Works (SAW) in Carbondale. The warehouse-turned-studio space holds more than 20 artists working in a variety of mediums (fabrication, ceramics, jewelry, painting, welding, sculpture and more). SAW is hosting its Fall Open Studio from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, with an outdoor screening of “The Big Lebowski” at dusk. Refreshments will be served, and art will be for sale. This is a great opportunity to check out one of the most creative spaces in the valley.
Jessica Cabe still needs to make time for her Independence Pass drive before its closure sneaks up on her. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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