First Friday in Carbondale, contra dancing and country music on Saturday night |

First Friday in Carbondale, contra dancing and country music on Saturday night

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

New words are configured every day, and there’s one, with two words combined, that reminds me I’m not in 1990 anymore.

I’m talking about promposal, that new trend where kids invite each other to prom in big ways. Apparently just asking someone in the hallway or over the phone isn’t how the high schoolers of 2014 do prom these days. They have elaborate promposals, ranging from guys renting bulletin boards to bringing balloons, candy, stuffed animals and the whole shebang to pop the question.

It’s not quite the pressure of proposing marriage, but close.

I went to my junior and senior proms and don’t recall an elaborate promposal. Although my hair sure was. I think many of the sentiments are sweet, including high school baseball players asking their dates by writing P-R-O-M? on four baseballs. I’m also all for anything that involves food, so a piece of cheesecake with the question “Prom?” spelled out in drizzled chocolate would certainly get me to say yes.

Anything spelled out in drizzled chocolate has that effect.

For those not going to prom this weekend, check out these valley events that don’t require a promposal to attend.


It’s the First Friday, May edition, in Carbondale and the town is gearing up for the summer festival season. Starting at 4 p.m., Carbondale’s favorite Village Smithy hosts a Family Block Party with food, drink, live music by Hell Roaring String Band, a Kid Zone by Carbondale Recreation with games, art, face painting and a bounce house, and CARE adoptable pets. Getting in the First Friday spirit, Gandhi’s Indian Cuisine continues its tradition of belly dance at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a curry rice bowl and the First Friday entertainment. At 7:30 p.m. True Nature Healing Arts celebrates First Friday with a Gong and Singing Bowl sound meditation. Admission is $21. Experience sound in a whole new way. Also, make sure to check out all the art galleries at Third Street Center and downtown Carbondale, which are featuring new work. And don’t miss one of my favorite bands, Betty Ford Explorer, at the Black Nugget at 9.


The Glenwood Springs Contra Dance has been enjoying a fun run at its monthly community dances at Glenwood Springs Elementary School, 915 School St. This weekend is the last dance of the season before summer begins with live music by Wooden Nickel and John Unger calling. I’ve been to the contra dance, and I promise a great time of old-timey dancing and listening to music. All the dances will be taught, and no experience or partners are needed. The dance starts at 7 p.m. with a beginner walkthrough and casual instruction. There’s never any pressure to dance perfectly and the people are friendly. Can’t beat that. Admission is $8 at the door.


Live country music comes to the Silver Club Saloon Saturday with Lorin Walker Madsen and The Hustlers from Salt Lake City. This show gets going at 9:30 p.m. and features “hell-raisin’, heart breakin’ country music.” That’s straight from the foursome’s website, The band is hitting Colorado hard, playing the Lion’s Lair in Denver and Bonfire Brewing in Eagle this week before stopping in New Castle this weekend to party down with the Silver Club patrons.

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